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We Shall All Be Sober


Upon first listening to The Mountain Goats’ We Shall All Be Healed I was struck by the almost complete lack of any mention of alcohol – the only reference is to a man who “worked in a liquor store.”  The juice of the grape and the grain have figured prominently in Darnielle’s oeuvre, and its consumption was the favored activity of the benighted Alpha Couple, consumption so prodigious that their livers seemed unable to survive a single song, let alone the dozen albums through which they were forced to suffer.  Why the mainstream media has not pounced on this development baffles me.

The Whole of the Law


I’ve been quietly jamming out to The 1900s album “Plume Delivery” for about six months now.  Like me, the band’s from Chicago but was unable to escape the inexorable gravity of the small, dirty peninsula that some call San Francisco.  It was only last night when Mary quizzed Keith on the details of Aleister Crowley’s life (for those keeping score, Keith was batting about a .33)  that I realized that the chorus for the song “Whole of the Law” is actually the Law of Thelema from Crowley’s Book of the Law:  “Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law[,] . . . Love is the law, love under will.”  Strong work, boys. Strong work.

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