There’s a little bit of a story behind this. I have had this made for quite some time. I wanted to post these since before the 1,000th Vlogbrother video, but I hesitated and I hesitated some more because I didn’t they were good enough. But today I thought screw that, they’ve been sitting in my computer for months, so I thought I would be brave post them. Hope y’all like them.
So I was browsing The Mountain Goats’ thread today and I was coming across a lot of Nerdfighter hate, which I thought was pretty unfair.
Everyone starts somewhere. Just because I came across the Mountain Goats five years ago instead of two days ago doesn’t make me a better person or more worthy of their music. Yes, there are way more songs than “This Year” and “Love, Love, Love”, but come on, we probably all went through that phase. I know I did.
I just find it discouraging when old fans try to turn away new fans.
So, Welcome Nerdfighters! Come join the party! There are in fact more Mountain Goats songs than the ones JD played last night, over 500 to be precise. All of them are amazing.
As far as albums go, “Tallahassee”, “Come, Come to the Sunset Tree”, and their newest one, “Transcendental Youth” are probably the most accessible to newbies. “We Shall All Be Healed” and “All Hail West Texas” are also amazing.
As far as songs to check out, in no order:
Up the Wolves
Last Man on Earth
High Hawk Season
Wizard Buys a Hat
He Swims Like a Fish
Color in Your Cheeks
Dirty Old Town
Pigs That Ran Straightaway into the Water, Triumph Of
Signal boost. :)
The Mountain Goats are a great band, and their fans are great fans, but we tend to be extremely passionate about tMG and their work and that can be a barrier to entry sometimes (just as it can be in other fan communities, including ours).
But I’m grateful for the generosity shown here, and I’d only add that other great and good-for-new-listeners songs include Jenny, The Best Ever Death Metal Band Out of Denton, and Damn These Vampires.
I’d also like to add that you should see them live and also buy their music. It really does make being alive a richer and more interesting experience.
I was walking to get pizza and a chasm opened up in the earth and I fell in and now I am at the bottom of this hole, screaming for help. And along comes you. Now, maybe you just keep walking, you know, there’s a strange guy screaming from the center of the earth, it’s perhaps best to ignore him. But let’s say that you don’t; let’s say that you stop. The sensible thing to do in this situation is to call down to me and say “I am going to look for a ladder, I will be right back!” but you don’t do that, instead you sit down at the edge of this abyss and then you push yourself forward and jump. And when you land at the bottom of the hole and you dust yourself off, I’m like “What the hell are you doing, now there are two of us in this hole!” and you look at me and say “Well, yeah, but now I am highly motivated to get you out.”
This is what I love about novels - both reading them and writing them. They jump into the abyss, to be with you where you are.
And I guess from the outside, it seems like, or it probably seems anyway that I jumped into the abyss with Esther. Right, like, here’s this author and he meets this reader of his and she’s a big fan and she’s sick with cancer, and so since he’s so awesome, he jumps down to be with her and he’s like “I’m with you to help you.” No. I wish, like, I wish I were that heroic. But where I’m standing, the true story is that Esther jumped into the abyss with me, because I was the one who was angry and hopeless and saw no meaning in life as it truly exists, and Esther came to me and said “You know, I’m not psyched about having cancer, and I don’t like being in pain all the time, and this is not by any stretch of the imagination an easy life, and I don’t wanna pretend that I’m excited about this, BUT, I like being alive, I am grateful to have loved and to have been loved. I have had a good life.” And that realization, that even though Esther’s life was a short life, it was still a good and rich and full life, that realization was central to The Fault in Our Stars.
John Green, An Evening of Awesome at Carnegie Hall
I am so proud of and excited for my friends who get to do this tonight. I was >this< close to being part of it, but I couldn’t juggle my other work commitments.
So, to modify the famous apocryphal saying: How do you get to Carnegie Hall? You don’t forget to be awesome.
The Project for Awesome is officially over! Thank you so much to those of you who made videos, voted on videos, commented on videos, and pledged your money and/or time to charity. The world is a better place because of you.
The past few days have been so fun, and we want to try to recap all of the greatness that went on. If you have posts of your favorite moments of the P4A, please submit them to us (preferably by linking to posts you’ve already made); we’re going to create a giant Project for Awesome retrospective post that highlights as much of the ridiculousness as we can.
Thanks again to all who helped put the “Awesome” in Project for Awesome—we love you all very much, and GET SOME SLEEP!
PEOPLE. For real perfect 1:1 scale hoverboard replica. Like in Back to the Future Part II (of the greatest movie trilogy of all time) SIGNED by the SourceFed crew (and PhillyD). LOOK AT THIS STUFF. For charity! For the Project for Awesome! Go bid!
Here’s the item’s description:
Although this is a non working replica, it’s a perfect 1:1 scale model, and was created in collaboration with the film’s special effects supervisor Michael Lantieri alongside prop maker Mary Anne Lantieri and Bob Gale. Even though this bad boy won’t send you flying through the air like Marty McFly, it does have some awesome nostalgia for a True Back To The Future fan. As an added bonus, signed by Phil DeFranco and the cast of SourceFed.
“non-working replica” of a hoverboard. <3 <3 <3
Needs to be permanent.
That is not his maiden name.
I <3 nerdfighters so much.
This year at my school seniors got to reserve a parking spot and then they could pay $20 to paint it. They wouldn’t let me put the initialism DFTBA for some reason, but now even people who aren’t familiar with Nerdfighteria will remember to be awesome. DFTBA!