There was a collision at the intersection of Funny and Awesome last night as The Colbert Report hosted John Darnielle and his band The Mountain Goats. Darnielle’s music can be haunting, disturbing and beautiful, but the last thing I’d expect it to be is topical. And yet the band’s new album, The Life of the World to Come, whose songs are each titled for Bible verses, has a weird timely resonance as conservatives are writing a new version of the Bible. Here, Darnielle talks to Colbert about the band’s name, and just what business Jesus had messing with the moneylenders anyway:
Later on the show, The Mountain Goats tore through a fiery version of “Psalms 40:2.” You can find the entire album streaming today at the Colbert Nation website. That’s my soundtrack for the day, anyway. Can I get an amen?