The Mountain Goats – “Sicilian Crest”

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The-Mountain-Goats-In-League-With-DragonsWe’re a mere couple of weeks away from the release of the new Mountain Goats album In League With Dragons. Bandleader John Darnielle has said that he hopes the album, a sort of concept LP about a small town ruled by a wizard, will kick off a whole new genre called “dragon noir.” We’ve already … More »

The Mountain Goats – “Cadaver Sniffing Dog”

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The-Mountain-GoatsFor decades, the Mountain Goats’ John Darnielle has been writing these incredibly dense and evocative lyrics. And even though he’s now a respected, award-nominated author, he’s still cranking out new music. Last month, the Mountain Goats announced that they’d release the new album In League With Dragons this spring. Darnielle wrote that the album started … More »

The Mountain Goats – “Younger”

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The-Mountain-Goats-In-League-With-DragonsHave you seen Minding The Gap yet? You should. The documentary feature, now streaming on Hulu, follows a few young skateboarders in a small and economically depressed Illinois city, but it gets into heavier subjects — generational abuse cycles, unspoken racial politics within circles of friends, entire generations growing up without any economic opportunity, the … More »

The Best & Worst Covers Of 2018

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I know this year’s been kind of exhausting music-wise. It’s been exhausting everything-wise, but stopping to think about how music felt just dredged up nothing but malaise: Post Malone going all Individual-1 about “fake news”, grotesque Soundcloud rappers turning out to be all-problematic/no-faves, the final demise of anything resemblingMore »

Stream The Mountain Goats’ Hex Of Infinite Binding EP

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The-Mountain-Goats-Hex-Of-Infinite-BindingThe Mountain Goats, an enormously prolific and powerful force within indie rock for decades, have a new EP, one that they only announced yesterday. The four-song collection Hex Of Infinite Binding follows Marsh Witch Visions, the EP that that Mountain Goats released last year. And in the Bandcamp text accompanying the new record, … More »

Watch The Mountain Goats Cover Sex Pistols’ “Holidays In The Sun” In Tulsa

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During their tour stop in Tampa earlier this week, the Mountain Goats performed a salute to death metal, welcoming onstage Hate Eternal’s Erik Rutan for “The Best Ever Death Metal Band In Denton.” Last night in Tulsa, they honored the ’70s punk rock icons Sex Pistols with a cover of their 1977 track … More »

Watch The Mountain Goats Play “The Best Ever Death Metal Band In Denton” With Hate Eternal’s Erik Rutan

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The-Mountain-Goats-and-Erik-RutanThe Mountain Goats leader John Darnielle has always been a vocal and eloquent fan of death metal. I once asked him why he never tried to play it himself, and he answered that he simply could never be a good enough musician, that death metal musicians are the types who will sit around playing classical … More »

The Mountain Goats – “Blood Bank” (Bon Iver Cover)

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The-Mountain-GoatsThe Mountain Goats leader John Darnielle is a man with fascinating musical tastes — he’s really into death metal and Amy Grant and Dionne Warwick — and the ability to talk and write about those tastes with searing precision. He’s one of our great songwriters, and the Mountain Goats don’t really do that many covers, … More »

The Mountain Goats – “Song For Sasha Banks”

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Sasha-BanksThree years ago, the Mountain Goats released Beat The Champ, a full concept album about the truly American art of pro wrestling. Shortly before the album’s release, I went to an independent wresting show with frontman John Darnielle — his first show in decades, though he’d been a regular as a kid — … More »

Watch Julien Baker Cover The Mountain Goats’ “No Children”

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Last night during a show in Massachusetts, Julien Baker covered a bit of the Mountain Goats’ “No Children,” off their 2002 album Tallahassee, as a lead-in to her own song, “Blacktop.” As Brooklyn Vegan points out, John Darnielle has already taken notice of the cover and called it “the … More »