Mountain Goats Jam Eater Blues

Mountain Goats Jam Eater Blues

Release Date November 1, 2001

Catalog No SP581

“Life is too short to refrain from eating jam out of the jar” goes the opening refrain of this Sub Pop Singles Club entry — courtesy of eternally beloved songwriter John Darnielle — a relatively quiet (at least by Mountain Goats standards in this period), somewhat lovelorn ballad about the life not lived when you’re wasting time spreading toast, living in Tampa, and waiting for an old lover to come back home. On the flipside is “Straight Six,” which references the same Jenny character from the immortal All Hail West Texas, preceeded the classic “Store,” a song about a vision of seeing a departed friend while being concussed or dead (depending on who you ask) in the middle of a grocery, fingertips wet with blood from touching their head wound.

-Martin Douglas, courtesy of KEXP


  1. Jam Eater Blues
  2. Store
  3. Straight Six