The Mountain Goats – “Get High And Listen To The Cure”

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The-Mountain-GoatsIf you know anything about the Mountain Goats, then you know John Darnielle regularly writes vast numbers of songs, pretty much all of which are great, and not all of which manage to make their way onto Mountain Goats albums. Darnielle has a number of ways of dealing with those overflow songs. Sometimes, he puts … More »

Watch A Fired-Up, Visibly Moved Stephen Colbert Sing “This Year” With The Mountain Goats

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Stephen-Colbert-and-the-Mountain-GoatsA decade ago, the Mountain Goats were guests on The Colbert Report. While they were there, they did something special. Together with Stephen Colbert, they performed “This Year,” the anthemic opening song from their 2005 masterpiece The Sunset Tree. That’s a song that means a whole lot to a whole lot of people, … More »

The Mountain Goats – “Sentries In The Ambush” & “Divided Sky Lane”

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The-Mountain-GoatsA couple of months ago, the Mountain Goats released their new LP In League With Dragons. It’s one more rich, thoughtful, generally excellent album in a career that’s absolutely stuffed full of them. But if you know anything about the Mountain Goats, you already know that a whole lot of the group’s best … More »

Stream The Mountain Goats’ New Album In League With Dragons

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The-Mountain-Goats-In-League-With-DragonsEvery Mountain Goats album is, on some level, a conceptual writing exercise; it seems to be how frontman John Darnielle’s brain works. But one of the remarkable things about In League With Dragons, the band’s 18th and newest album, is how far Darnielle ventures afield from the album’s whole stated idea. Darnielle has said that … More »

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 »