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End of the year playlist- #1- Mountain Goats- Sax Rohmer #1

December 18th, 2008

John Darnielle does his damndest to place the listener smack in the middle of a Sax Rohmer — you know, the dude who created “Fu Manchu” — pulp novel. Chinese spies, fog-filled harbors, capsized ships, it’s all there. The song builds on a simple acoustic melody, hinting at greater things to come (really, what better way to kick off any playlist?). The pay off is Darnielle’s furious hook, really about the protagonist getting home to a loved one, “if it’s the last thing that I do.”

 

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