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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
full bio

Selected Discography

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Track List: Beat The Champ

1. Southwestern Territory

2. The Legend Of Chavo Guerrero

3. Foreign Object

4. Animal Mask

5. Choked Out

6. Heel Turn 2

7. Fire Editorial

8. Stabbed To Death Outside San Juan

9. Werewolf Gimmick

10. Luna

11. Unmasked!

12. The Ballad Of Bull Ramos

13. Hair Match

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Track List: Transcendental Youth

1. Amy Aka Spent Gladiator 1

2. Lakeside View Apartments Suite

3. Cry For Judas

4. Harlem Roulette

5. White Cedar

6. Until I Am Whole

7. Night Light

8. The Diaz Brothers

9. Counterfeit Florida Plates

10. In Memory Of Satan

11. Spent Gladiator 2

12. Transcendental Youth

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Track List: All Eternals Deck

1. Damn These Vampires

2. Birth Of Serpents

3. Estate Sale Sign

4. Age Of Kings

5. The Autopsy Garland

6. Beautiful Gas Mask

7. High Hawk Season

8. Prowl Great Cain

9. Sourdoire Valley Song

10. Outer Scorpion Squadron

11. For Charles Bronson

12. Never Quite Free

13. Liza Forever Minnelli

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Track List: Life Of The World To Come

1. 1 Samuel 15:23

2. Psalms 40:2

3. Genesis 3:23

4. Philippians 3:20-21

5. Hebrews 11:40

6. Genesis 30:3

7. Romans 10:9

8. 1 John 4:16

9. Matthew 25:21

10. Deuteronomy 2:10

11. Isaiah 45:23

12. Ezekiel 7 And The Permanent Efficacy Of Grace

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Track List: Heretic Pride

1. Sax Rohmer #1

2. San Bernardino

3. Heretic Pride

4. Autoclave

5. New Zion

6. So Desperate

7. In The Craters On The Moon

8. Lovecraft In Brooklyn

9. Tianchi Lake

10. How To Embrace A Swamp Creature

11. Marduk T-Shirt Men's Room Incident

12. Sept 15 1983

13. Michael Myers Resplendent

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Track List: Get Lonely

1. Wild Sage

2. New Monster Avenue

3. Half Dead

4. Get Lonely

5. Maybe Sprout Wings

6. Moon Over Goldsboro

7. In The Hidden Places

8. Song For Lonely Giants

9. Woke Up New

10. If You See Light

11. Cobra Tattoo

12. In Corolla

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Track List: The Sunset Tree

1. You Or Your Memory

2. Broom People

3. This Year

4. Dilaudid

5. Dance Music

6. Dinu Lipatti's Bones

7. Up The Wolves

8. Lion's Teeth

9. Hast Thou Considered The Tetrapod

10. Magpie

11. Song For Dennis Brown

12. Love Love Love

13. Pale Green Things

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Track List: We Shall All Be Healed

1. Slow West Vultures

2. Palmcorder Yajna

3. Linda Blair Was Born Innocent

4. Letter From Belgium

5. The Young Thousands

6. Your Belgian Things

7. Mole

8. Home Again Garden Grove

9. All Up The Seething Coast

10. Quito

11. Cotton

12. Against Pollution

13. Pigs That Ran Straightaway Into The Water, Triumph Of

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Track List: Tallahassee

1. Tallahassee

2. First Few Desperate Hours

3. Southwood Plantation Road

4. Game Shows Touch Our Lives

5. The House That Dripped Blood

6. Idylls Of The King

7. No Children

8. See America Right

9. Peacocks

10. International Small Arms Traffic Blues

11. Have To Explode

12. Old College Try

13. Oceanographer's Choice

14. Alpha Rats Nest

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Track List: Protein Source Of The Future... Now!

1. Going To Tennessee

2. Pure Heat

3. Hand Ball

4. The Window Song

5. Night Of The Mules

6. Going To Malibu

7. Billy The Kid's Dream Of The Magic Shoes

8. Fresh Berries For You

9. Alphabetizing

10. Third Snow Song

11. The Monkey Song

12. Love Cuts The Strings

13. Pure Honey

14. Duke Ellington

15. Seed Song

16. Quetzalcoatal Comes Through

17. Omega Blaster

18. Coco-Yam Song

19. Alagemo

20. Two Thousand Seasons

21. Chinese Rifle Song

22. Yam, The King Of Crops

23. Alpha Omega

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Track List: Bitter Melon Farm

1. Noche Del Guajolote

2. Going To Bangor

3. Against Agamemnon

4. Going To Cleveland

5. Early Spring

6. Historiography

7. No, I Can't

8. Alpha Desperation March

9. Going To Monaco

10. Star Dusting

11. Teenage World

12. Going To Santiago

13. Sail On

14. Black Molly

15. Rain Song

16. The Bad Doctor

17. Alpha Double Negative: Going To Catalina

18. Pure Intentions

19. The Lady From Shanghai

20. Pure Love

21. Song For An Old Friend

22. Snow Song

23. Faithless Bacchant Song

24. Short Song About The 10 Freeway

25. No, I Can't (2)

26. Songs For Dana Plato

27. The Sign

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Track List: Ghana

1. Golden Boy

2. Pure Gold

3. Papagallo

4. Song For John Davis

5. Stars Around Her

6. Going To Port Washington

7. Blood Royal

8. The Only Thing I Know

9. Raja Vocative

10. Hatha Hill

11. Going To Kirby Singston

12. Please Come Home To Hamngatan

13. The Last Day Of Jimi Hendrix's Life

14. Orange Ball Of Peace

15. Standard Bitter Love Sone #8

16. Chino Love Song 1979

17. Wrong!

18. Going To Jamaica

19. Alpha Gelida

20. Wild Palm City

21. The Anglo-Saxons

22. Flight 717: Going To Denmark

23. The Admonishing Song

24. Anti Music Song

25. Going To Hungary

26. Earth Air Water Trees

27. Creature Song

28. Pure Sound

29. Going To Maine

30. Noctifer Birmingham

31. Leaving Home

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Track List: All Hail West Texas

1. The Best Ever Death Metal Band In Denton

2. Fall Of The Star High School Running Back

3. Color In Your Cheeks

4. Jenny

5. Fault Lines

6. Balance

7. Pink And Blue

8. Riches And Wonders

9. The Mess Inside

10. Jeff Davis County Blues

11. Distant Stations

12. Blues In Dallas

13. Source Decay

14. Absolute Lithops Effect

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Track List: Full Force Galesburg

1. New Britain

2. Snow Owl

3. West Country Dream

4. Masher

5. Chinese House Flowers

6. Ontario

7. Down Here

8. Twin Human Highway Flares

9. Weekend In Western Illinois

10. US Mill

11. Song For The Julian Calendar

12. Maize Stalk Drinking Blood

13. Evening In Stalingrad

14. Minnesota

15. Original Air-Blue-Gown

16. It's All Here In Brownsville

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Track List: Nothing For Juice

1. Then The Letting Go

2. Heights

3. Alpha Double Negative: Going To Catalina

4. Hellhound On My Trail

5. Blueberry Frost

6. Alabama Nova

7. Moon And Sand

8. I Will Grab You By The Ears

9. It Froze Me

10. Full Flower

11. Million

12. Going To Bogota

13. Orange Ball Of Pain

14. Going To Kansas

15. Waving At You

16. Going To Reykjavik

17. I Corinthians 13: 8-10

18. Going To Scotland

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Track List: Nine Black Poppies

1. Cubs In Five

2. Going To Utrecht

3. Cheshire County

4. Chanson Du Bon Chose

5. Pure Money

6. I Know You've Come To Take My Toys Away

7. Nine Black Poppies

8. Stars Fell On Alabama

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Track List: Zopilote Machine

1. Alpha Incipiens

2. Azo Tle Nelli In Tlalticpac?

3. Alpha Sun Hat

4. The Black Ice Cream Song

5. Sinaloan Milk Snake Song

6. We Have Seen The Enemy

7. Standard Bitter Love Song #7

8. Quetzalcoatl Eats Plums

9. Orange Ball Of Love

10. Orange Ball Of Hate

11. Bad Priestess

12. Going To Bristol

13. Young Caesar 2000

14. Going To Lebanon

15. Grendel's Mother

16. Song for Tura Satana

17. Alpha In Taurus

18. Going To Georgia

19. Quetzalcoatl Is Born

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Track List: Blood Capsules/Dub Capsules (Single)

1. Blood Capsules

2. Dub Capsules

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Track List: Cry For Judas (Single)

1. Cry For Judas

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

1. Steal Smoked Fish

2. In The Shadow Of The Western Hills

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Track List: The Legend Of Chavo Guerrero (Single)

1. The Legend Of Chavo Guerrero

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I'm here because of john green
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Someday something's coming, from way beyond the stars, to kill us where we stand here, it'll store our brains in mason jars.
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My reading and writing music. Im so grateful this band and their station because I'm convinced its made my writing better.
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I found the Mountain Goats from an AMV...Thank God I found that AMV.
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Best song NOT to play at a wedding reception.
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flannerymart i n
Raised on these guys, Best lyrics ever
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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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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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