I am enjoying this band a bit and only found out after the fact that they are from Ohio. I swear. They are called the Heartless Bastards and the song is The Mountain. I am almost positive this was recommended to me by someone, but for the life of me I cannot remember who. So if you are that reason, please forgive me. More than likely, it is from this blog as she has recommended (either directly or indirectly) almost every new song I have listened to in the last year. And perhaps even this one.

MP3: Heartless Bastards-The Mountain

Visit their site* or buy the song from iTunes.

Not for nothing, but there have been quite a few bands coming from O-H-I-O (what’s round on the end and high in the middle?). In case you want to reference some (and you know you do, you displaced Midwesterners (who are invariably not living in the Midwest when I meet them)), take a look at a partial list:

1. The Breeders (and any subsequent Deal sister spinoff)
2. The Pretenders
3. Devo
4. The National
5. The Black Keys
6. Nine Inch Nails (now it is veering out of music I actually like)
7. Guided by Voices

I remember my undergraduate years in Dayton when the Breeders got big (they are from there), there subsequent drug issues and reconfiguration as some semi-decent bands, including The Kelley Deal 6000 and The Amps. The Breeders made one of my favorite songs of all time, which YouTube has been so graciously willing to provide.


* Why am I less inclined to criticize a band’s website for using ridiculous intro graphics when I don’t apply that same standard to restaurant websites? I think I just have developed another contradiction, but I am sure the internal friction will do the old creative soul good.

By Michael Gallagher

My name is Michael Sean Gallagher. I am a Lecturer in Digital Education at the Centre for Research in Digital Education at the University of Edinburgh. I am Co-Founder and Director of Panoply Digital, a consultancy dedicated to ICT and mobile for development (M4D); we have worked with USAID, GSMA, UN Habitat, Cambridge University and more on education and development projects. I was a researcher on the Near Futures Teaching project, a project that explores how teaching at The University of Edinburgh unfold over the coming decades, as technology, social trends, patterns of mobility, new methods and new media continue to shift what it means to be at university. Previously, I was the Research Associate on the NERC, ESRC, and AHRC Global Challenges Research Fund sponsored GCRF Research for Emergency Aftershock Forecasting (REAR) project. I was an Assistant Professor at Hankuk University of Foreign Studies (한국외국어대학교) in Seoul, Korea. I have also completed a doctorate at University College London (formerly the independent Institute of Education, University of London) on mobile learning in the humanities in Korea.

2 thoughts on “12.04.2009 Song for the Day: Heartless Bastards’ The Mountain and Ohio Bands”
  1. Hiya!

    I one time uploaded “searching for the ghost” by Heartless Bastards, but I hadn’t heard “the mountain”, so thanks for that! And, omg, “driving on 9” *still* moves me, even after all these years! One of my faves, too!

    I’m working on a “MiddleofAmerica/Midwest” playlist these days so keep your eyes peeled for that! Did you know Damien Jurado does a lovely song called “ohio”? You might like it, I think….

    1. I cannot believe you love Driving on 9! That is brilliant and frankly it comes from a brilliant album. I actually used to literally drive on 9 (a small highway outside Dayton) listening to that song and dreaming of far-off places (Korea?). Ahhh, what good times.

      I know that Damien Jurado song and it is on my iPod. The Jayhawks have a good song called Somewhere in Ohio as well. I will be forever in your debt if you make a Middle of America/Midwest playlist! That would be so incredible I might simply die. Well, not really, but it would take center stage on my iPod. Do take care Melissa and all my best!

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