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 or not. The new album from the Mountain Goats, the first in four years, is a loving tribute to the pro wrestling that frontman John Darnielle grew up watching in Southern California in the late ’70s. As with every Mountain Goats album, it’s a beautifully written piece of work, a moving thing even if you don’t know a wristlock from a wristwatch. But if you are enough of a dork to know that a song called “Stabbed To Death Outside San Juan” is about the murder of Bruiser Brody without Googling, then the album is an extra treat. We’ve already posted the early songs “The Legend Of Chavo Guerrero” and “Heel Turn 2,” and we’ll have a whole lot more about this album later in the week. But right now, you should really go stream the whole thing over at NPR.

Beat The Champ is out 4/7 on Merge.