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The Mountain Goats

The Mountain Goats are, for all practical purposes, the endlessly clever and prolific John Darnielle and whatever musicians he surrounds himself with, which means that while the soundscape may change from project to project, the overall tone and feel of Darnielle's work remains remarkably consistent. At his best, he writes finely observed, slightly surreal, impressionistic vignettes that manage to mix life as we live it with life as we wish we could live it, and as such he has more in common with a short story writer than he does with the typical singer/songwriter.

Taking the name from the Screamin' Jay Hawkins song "Big Yellow Coat," Darnielle first donned the Mountain Goats moniker in 1991 while working as a nurse in a California state hospital, and began releasing cassette-only albums for the Shrimper label. Despite attracting a devoted underground following (or, possibly, because of it), the Mountain Goats continued to release songs in cassette form-only for many years, virtually using tape hiss as an additional instrument. Besides innumerable compilation tracks, the Mountain Goats have also released many 7" singles for over a dozen labels. Their full-length albums include Nine Black Poppies and Zopilote Machine (both released in 1995), Sweden (1996), Full Force Galesburg (1997), and Nothing for Juice (1997). Protein Source of the Future...NOW! and Bitter Melon Farm (both 1999 releases) collected many early tape tracks and singles.

Darnielle began the new millennium with The Coroner's Gambit for Absolutely Kosher before signing to 4AD for the release of the surprisingly polished Tallahassee in 2002. We Shall All Be Healed followed in 2004, and one year later, Darnielle was back with The Sunset Tree. Remaining as prolific as ever, Darnielle turned away from the intensity of The Sunset Tree for a calmer, more reflective set of songs on 2006's Get Lonely. The accessible and assured Heretic Pride appeared in 2008. Next up was the Bible verse-inspired The Life of the World to Come, the group's sixth album for 4AD, in 2010. Switching to Merge Records in 2011, Darnielle released All Eternals Deck, which was recorded in four different studios in Brooklyn, Boston, North Carolina, and Florida with four different producers -- John Congleton, Scott Solter, Brandon Eggleston, and Morbid Angel guitarist and Hate Eternal frontman Erik Rutan -- helming various tracks. That year the band was also hand-picked by Jeff Mangum of Neutral Milk Hotel to perform at the All Tomorrow's Parties festival that he was curating in Minehead, England, but they were ultimately unable to appear due to scheduling issues. In 2012 a reissue collecting long out of print Mountain Goats cassettes surfaced on Shrimper. The collection gathered 1992's The Hound Chronicles and 1993's Hot Garden Stomp. Following the release of 2012's dark Transcendental Youth, Darnielle shifted his focus to raising his young family and publishing his debut novel Wolf in White Van. His subsequent return to recording came in the form of 2015's Beat the Champ, a collection of songs about professional wrestling. ~ Jason Nickey & Steve Leggett
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Cry For Judas (Single)

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Track List: Steal Smoked Fish / In The Shadow Of The Western Hills

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Track List: The Legend Of Chavo Guerrero (Single)

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people praise the person who brought them to this amazing band because he is a great person, and he has exposed them to many more great people, saying that they shouldn't be saying stuff about him is like saying that John didn't make this band be seen my so many young nerd. He did make a lot of peeple see them, and yeah that is f**king great. Also may I say that John is friends with The Mountain Goats, and they have made really big impact on his life. He shared that impact with us
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Tallahassee is perfect, not a big fan of every record even though they all have gems on each one. All Eternals Deck was awesome! I was introduced to the mountain goats by my drunken friends singing no children at the top of their lungs at 3am on a New York City L Subway Train.
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Karissa-rell a I just want to tell u that I think that I think thanking John Green for bringing them to thins amazing band is one of the highest forms of compliment but I can understand where u r coming from and I think the dftba fans need to thank john green AND the mountains for sharing such great music with us
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The only band where ive seen more praise for the f**king way people were introduced than for the genius making the music. You morons s**t up every upload on youtube as well. Who cares about how you got here? Lets have a little respect and appreciation for John Darnielle! So sad that this became a trend for one of my favorite musicians.
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THANKS FOR SENDING ME HERE JOHN. DFTBA
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I always check in with bobonnit to see what he pans. If he proclaims it lame or garbage, I know to check it out because it is probably interesting.
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He may be prolific but he's not very clever nor interesting musically.
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If I were ever to marry a man, let's just say John Darnielle would receive some interesting fan mail.
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DFTBA!
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DFTBA FTW
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I only found this ( and neutral milk hotel) because of John Green! All nerdfighters follow me!! DFTBA
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bunbun1596
DFTBA!!!! XD
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I too, discovered the the mountain goats from episode 12, STILL of the Walking Dead (one of MY favorite episodes) And immediately went in search of their music! Not my usual sound of music, but definately enjoying and sharing!!
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thank u lord john green for introducing me to this band and nmh.. dftba
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Heard them on the latest episode of the Walking Dead, it was a bad episode redeemed by a cool band. Definitely a fan now!
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DFTBA!!! Go NERDFIGHTERS !
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Idk who John green is but I found the mountain goats through moral Orel years ago
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morris15245
Dftba nerdfighters ! ! ! I totally agree with hannahgrace0 0 0 ! ! ! ! :)
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Yes, thanks John Green, whoever the f**k you are
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dancingqueen 3 0 0 0
I can safely assume that 90% of us ate here because of John Green...
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The Mountain Goats, The Mountain Goats, Hank Green
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ringostarr53
DFTBA!
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foley7128
NERDFIGHTERS UNITE!
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basically how I found The Mountain Goats

John: Check these guys out!

Me: Well ok I trust your judgement John, (listens to this year then no children, then cotton, then love love love, then jam eater blues...)

I MUST HEAR MORE!!!!!!!! ! ! ! !
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Thanks John Green. I love them SOOOOOO much. French the llama they are amazing. DFTBA
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Yes, but Denton is in North Texas
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Whoever said that the Mountain Goats are "shallow in every way" must not be listening very closely. The Mountain Goats are about as far from shallow as possible!
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Here because of the vlogbrothers as well! Now The Mountain Goats are one of my favorite bands. DFTBA everyone
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andrewwinn3
John Green of VlogBrothers also brought ME here. I see other Nerdfighters in this crowd. :)
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Finally going to see them in june!
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tulindeniz
Been one of my all time faves since I first heard Original Air Blue Gown back in 98.
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I like this dude, but a lot of his s**t is just like, I did this, I saw this, I felt this, and had a prolific epiphany. Then I did this, and now I feel this way. Just saying, anyone can walk sown the street describing objects and situations, but he does it and it sounds good.
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Thank you John green for introducing me to this amazing band!!! DFTBA
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John Darnielle never ceases to amaze me. I've cried to him, laughed to him, gotten angry and gotten hopeful. There's a TMG song for every mood. Thanks, John. DFTBA!
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WTF kinda emotional-a* * bio is this? If TMG made it as far as to garner royalties from Pandora, at least give us the WhoWhatWhere W h y for these fatigues. I mean, that's why your company makes the big bucks nowadaysish, right JSR? Thank you in advance...xo
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kieran.pilli n g
John Green from the Vlogbrothers brought me here. I am happy.
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pinkperson47 8
an absolutely incredible band. consistantly gorgeous lyrics, and the new music is just as lovely as the stuff from years back..i'm a fan :)
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Great guy, went through a lot and puts in his music. Truth.
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bry.plekkenp o l
john green sent me here.....no regrets
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i listen to my Pandora at work, kinda like background music.... this caught my ear and turned my head!... and i said, sweeeeeeeet.
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Actually enjoyed this quite a bit... Probably just the feel of it that i enjoy... hm.
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spensoid
Indie cred but so so horrible shallow in every way and plain irritating.
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The Mountain Goats have been my favorite for a few years now The first song I heard was No Children from an episode Moral Orel and I was wondering who are these guys? I found the album Tallahassee and automaticall y connected with them. I love The Mountain Goats and their music always has helped me through hard times. The Best Ever!
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I heard We Shall All Be Healed at a particularly bad time in my life, and wow, it really struck a chord with me. They have become one of my alltime faves, tho Healed is my consistent fallback album.
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cei.a.lamber t
I like Tallahassee best. Maybe because I heard it first, but even after working my way through their entire discography it remains my favourite.
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Saw them open for Bright Eyes last night in Cleveland... . t a s t y !
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@ litritcher - Sunset Tree was the first album I listened to of The Mountain Goats. It's a great starter album and truly made an impact on my life.
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Also litritcher if you like your mountain goats a little grittier you can't go wrong with All Hail West Texas, or Sweden (not listed above).
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litritche, I highly recommended The Sunset Tree. If you like that, try The Life Of The World To Come.
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Best starter album (of the 15 listed above) to buy for this band? Anyone? I could use some guidance. Thanks in advance for any help.
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