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Album Review

Walt Mink's swan song is, fittingly, a recording of the band's final concert. Taped at New York City's cozy Mercury Lounge, Goodnite offers a glimpse of Walt Mink's sinewy concert presence; their tightly wrapped indie pop is performed with the sure-footed precision of a band that has sharpened its skills (and paid its dues) through endless touring. Injected with palpable energy and excitement, Goodnite is a no-frills live recording that shows a band ending its career on a high note.

Customer Reviews

a good representation!!

this recording is a good representation of one of the best kept secrets around...walt mink is one of the best live performing bands ever!! need to offer more of a selection of their stuff

I don't care

if this recording isn't 5 stars, which it definitely is not. The sound quality isn't very good and it is impossible to reenact the amazing live performance of walt mink. But the bamd itself was a five star band. One of indie rocks finiest ambassadors. I agree with the previous review that there needs to be more walt mink albums on i-tunes!!!

And The Critics Say...

"The venerable Walt Mink is gone. Musically, Walt Mink's sound was grounded in unique time signatures, nimble yet memorable guitar hooks, and singer John Kimbrough's sparkling, freshly-scrubbed tenor. As a final offering to its devoted fan base, Walt Mink (with the help of John Agnello and Kurt Wolf) has recorded and released the live album GOODNITE, capturing the bands last (and arguably best) moments on stage at New York's Mercury Lounge on November 1, 1997. The recording starts off with the chugging beat of the new song "Fourth Wave" that Walt Mink wrote for just this occasion. All throughout GOODNITE, Walt Mink rocks you the way you want to be rocked: with crashing dynamics, blazing guitar heroics, and an odd meter twist here and there to keep you on your toes. The blistering version of "Frail" delivered here burns full throttle and convinces you that there is no tomorrow. Many other songs here rage with the same elegant ferocity, making you grind your teeth in delight and ask yourself how they could have kept their energy up through gigs like this. GOODNITE is even arranged to feel like a real live rock concert, complete with snippets of between-song banter and hollering from the crowd for encores, of which they receive several. Walt Mink has proven once and for all that it could rock the house till the walls came down. It's proof not soon to be forgotten, and GOODNITE is a fitting tribute to a band who will be missed." - Consumable "I can think of few bands of the past decade that had such an original sound and unswerving conviction. Walt Mink music was a hybrid of complex guitar riffs, bubblegum pop vocals and frenetic rhythms. During their impressive career, this band had me by the balls from the first release. And to their credit, they ended on a good note...releasing the best full-length of their career (Colossus, also on Deep Elm). I was very saddened to hear that the band had broken it seems particularly fitting that this live recording of the band's last show in New York has been released for closure for Walt Mink fans. This disc just pulses with energy. I have a feeling that bandleaders John Kimbrough and Candice Belanoff will resurface somewhere or another. They're just too talented to not be making music. I normally don't like live discs, but this one is an exception. I would highly suggest folks go back and check out the band's entire catalog. I will never understand why this band didn't capture a larger audience. They were surely far ahead of their time." - Babysue "On Walt Mink's latest CD, America's favorite 'band-that-won't-quit' lets us eavesdrop on their last live set at the Mercury Lounge, NYC. The great mixture of a live album and a band that sounds great live isn't lost on me here. I suspect that WM's studio sessions aren't as pyrotechnic as this! The energy exploding from Goodnite's jewel box comes from Walt Mink's stadium rock bigness being boxed into a smaller-than-stadium capacity venue. Ladies and gentlemen, this is bombastic yet sublime rock music at its best! Goodnite also serves as a nice retrospective, spanning the musical life of the band's last ten years. College radio-heads will surely find things on here that bring back the memories. "Miss Happiness" is performed here with reckless abandon. For big, bad indie rock that still means indie rock, look no further than Walt Mink." - Splendid


Formed: 1989 in St. Paul, MN

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '90s

The alternative punk-pop group Walt Mink formed in the late '80s at Macalester College in Minnesota, with guitarist/vocalist John Kimbrough, bassist Candice Belanoff, and drummer Joey Waronker taking their name from a favorite psychology professor. Inspired by proto-punkster Jonathan Richman as well as English folky Nick Drake (whose "Pink Moon" the band covered on their first album), Walt Mink debuted in 1990 on a split 7" single (with Gneissmaker) for Skene! Records. After releasing two cassette-only...
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