I just got tickets to our first concert of 2009 -- the Mountain Goats with John Vanderslice, accoustic!
"We are going to light out for the Territories in a van with two acoustic guitars, some notebooks, our soundman Brandon and a pouch full of charms against ill omen. We are going to get elemental. We are going to stomp our feet and hammer at the strings until we get what we want from them. We, a couple of guys named John, are going to tour, is what we're going to do. We're going to stand alone onstage and play our guitars and sing old songs & new, and then we'll probably play together. We are going to sit side by side with our acoustic guitars like two out of the five guys on the Five Man Acoustical Jam album, only with fewer Tesla songs. Because the whole point of playing an acoustic guitar is not to unplug. It's to get raw and draw blood."
I am SO excited, partly for all the acoustic goodness and partly because the show is not at The Middle East like the previous two times we've seen the band in concert. The Somerville Theater = seats, beer, and no need to get into an aggressive elbow match, or pour my beer into someone's backpack in retaliation for assholian crowd behavior.