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The 50 Best Albums Of 2015 So Far

The amount of great music in the past six months has been almost unfair. As in: How are we supposed to process all this? How can we fully appreciate one major piece of work when there’s always another one coming right around the corner. And when the huge, fully-formed masterpieces are dropping from the sky… More »

By: Stereogum / June 16, 2015 - 11:08 am

The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

This was a week crammed full of great videos, way too many to fit onto this list. But my favorite subplot was this: Taylor Swift drummed up weeks of hype and probably spent a fortune to make her kung-fu feminist G.I. Joe cameo party and to unveil it in the biggest way possible for a… More »

By: Tom Breihan / May 22, 2015 - 5:30 pm

The Mountain Goats – “The Legend Of Chavo Guerrero” Video (Feat. Rob Corddry & Chavo Guerrero)

Earlier this year, when the Mountain Goats were getting ready to release their great wrestling-themed album Beat The Champ, I took frontman John Darnielle to his first pro wrestling show in 35 years. He didn’t want me to put any details in the story, but he was getting ready to get his hair cut into… More »

By: Tom Breihan / May 20, 2015 - 10:48 am

Pro Wrestlers Are Asking The Mountain Goats To Write Songs About Them Now

The great new Mountain Goats album Beat The Champ is all about the pro wrestling that frontman John Darnielle watched when he was a kid growing up in Southern California. Before making the new album, Darnielle wasn’t particularly up on things that were happening in pro wrestling today. But before the album came out, I… More »

By: Tom Breihan / May 4, 2015 - 12:03 pm

Watch The Mountain Goats And The King Ad-Rock On Seth Meyers

There’s this great thing that happens in the rare event that the Mountain Goats get to play a late-night show. At some point during the performance, frontman John Darnielle will look over at bassist Peter Hughes, and they’ll exchange one of those “holy shit, we’re getting to do this” looks. It’s the best. Today, the… More »

By: Tom Breihan / April 7, 2015 - 8:44 am

We Took The Mountain Goats’ John Darnielle To His First Pro Wrestling Show In 35 Years

In the crowd at a middle-of-nowhere North Carolina show, an earnest and bearded young man approaches John Darnielle, the Mountain Goats frontman. The young man slides in next to Darnielle, briefly and respectfully praising his music. This is nothing new. Young men in dark rooms have been approaching Darnielle for a couple of decades, and… More »

By: Tom Breihan / April 1, 2015 - 9:55 am

Stream The Mountain Goats Beat The Champ

Last night, WWE held what was probably its best Wrestlemania in years in San Francisco. And if you’re still jacked up enough from it that you need to blast more pro-wrestling shit through your brain (guilty), allow me to suggest a course of action. Actually, I’ll suggest this whether you give a shit about wrestling… More »

By: Tom Breihan / March 30, 2015 - 9:22 am

The Mountain Goats – “Heel Turn 2″

Earlier today, the Mountain Goats premiered a new track on popular spooky podcast Welcome To Night Vale. The song’s called “Heel Turn 2,” and comes from John Darnielle’s upcoming wrestling-inspired album, Beat The Champ. The 6-minute track serves as the quasi-centerpiece to the new record, and features a characteristically melancholy chorus in the form of… More »

By: James Rettig / March 1, 2015 - 4:32 pm

The Mountain Goats – “The Legend Of Chavo Guerrero”

For more than two decades, ever since it was just John Darnielle and a boom box, the Mountain Goats have been cranking out new music at crazy speed. But now it’s been more than two years since the band released Transcendental Youth, their last album, which marks the longest break in the band’s existence. Darnielle… More »

By: Tom Breihan / January 21, 2015 - 10:27 am

Split Single – “Monolith” Video (Stereogum Premiere)

Split Single is a supergroup of sorts: The band consists of drummer Jon Wurster from Superchunk and the Mountain Goats, Britt Daniel of Spoon, and frontman Jason Narducy from Bob Mould’s band, Superchunk, and the owner of some outrageously sexy elbows. Split Single released their new LP, Fragmented World, in April, and today we get… More »

By: Ethan Jacobs / October 20, 2014 - 10:43 am

Mountain Goats’ John Darnielle’s Debut Novel Nominated For National Book Award

The Mountain Goats’ mastermind John Darnielle recently released his debut novel, Wolf In White Van, to really good reviews. (You can hear the first few minutes of the audiobook version, read by Darnielle himself, right here.) The New York Times reports that the novel has been nominated for the 2014 National Book Award for fiction. More »

By: James Rettig / September 17, 2014 - 9:21 pm

Hear Mountain Goats’ John Darnielle Read The Beginning Of His New Book Wolf In White Van

John Darnielle recently announced he will be going on a tour to do readings from his upcoming book Wolf In White Van. Now you can listen to some of it yourself. Below you can hear the first 10 minutes of the audiobook read by Darnielle himself. More »

By: Miles Bowe / September 12, 2014 - 4:11 pm

Mountain Goats’ John Darnielle Announces Book Tour For His Debut Novel

Fans of the Mountain Goats have surely been wishing/waiting for this moment for a long time: John Darnielle recently announced plans to release his first novel, titled Wolf In White Van, and now he will be doing a book tour for it. Be aware, though, if you head out to see him, it’ll be just… More »

By: Miles Bowe / July 11, 2014 - 1:09 pm

Download New Cover Songs And Watch A Short Documentary Celebrating 25 Years Of Merge

North Carolina-based Merge Records is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year. From taking over baseball games to planning their own four-day festival, they’ve been doing so in style. The next part of their celebration is a 24-minute documentary chronicling the rise of the indie label. It features interviews with employees and artists and narration from… More »

By: James Rettig / July 8, 2014 - 7:47 pm

Mountain Goats’ John Darnielle Announces Debut Novel Wolf In White Van

If you’ve spent enough time listening to the Mountain Goats, you know that frontman John Darnielle has a remarkable gift for short, economical, evocative fictions that come in the form of songs. He’s gone longer, too; his book in the 33 1/3 series, about Black Sabbath’s Master Of Reality, is structured as a novella about… More »

By: Tom Breihan / March 4, 2014 - 8:59 am

The Mountain Goats’ John Darnielle Does His First 100% Goat-Related Interview

Yep. What you read up there is true, folks. John Darnielle finally sat down and talked some real-talk about goats with Modern Farmer. And as funny as the idea is, it’s not played for laughs — it couldn’t possibly be. Darnielle is way too enthusiastic about pretty much everything to let it be a gimmick,… More »

By: Miles Bowe / September 20, 2013 - 5:41 pm

Watch The Mountain Goats Debut “Animal Mask” At Newport Folk Festival

In what I imagine was a weird and electric scene for both John Darnielle and the audience, the Mountain Goats recently played the historically significant Newport Folk Festival. And during their set, Darnielle took the opportunity to debut “Animal Mask” a new song that concerns two things relevant to my interests: Seeing your child born,… More »

By: Tom Breihan / August 6, 2013 - 5:21 pm

John Darnielle – “Short Song For Justin Bieber’s Paparazzi”

The Mountain Goats’ John Darnielle — who was recently an excellent guest on Marc Maron’s WTF podcast — has been a short ditty for Justin “Worst Birthday Ever” Bieber and his recent battle with the paparazzi. Darnielle notes that we shouldn’t necessarily feel bad for the Biebz and that there are certainly more pressing issue… More »

By: Claire Lobenfeld / March 12, 2013 - 12:36 pm

Hear John Darnielle On Marc Maron’s WTF

Mountain Goats frontman John Darnielle might be the single greatest talker in all of indie rock; as much as I love Mountain Goats songs, I’ve found myself at live shows, wishing they would end so that he could return to the stage patter. And as anyone who’s ever listened to The Sunset Tree or heard… More »

By: Tom Breihan / March 4, 2013 - 1:23 pm

Mountain Goats Albums From Worst To Best

A brief taxonomy of prolific musicians, in terms of popularity. We have the obsessed cranks, those who toil in underground music caves without the usual industry strictures to condense their output: R. Stevie Moore, Jandek, Senmuth. You’ve got your restless creatives, the major figures who earned the cultural and actual capital to indulge their every… More »

By: Brad Shoup / December 6, 2012 - 1:33 pm
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