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The Mountain Goats began life in a Norwalk employee-housing studio apartment that had awesome deco tiling on the bathroom floor butlittle more to recommend the place as a living space. Still, you take what you can get, and it was ridiculously cheap. In this room, equippedwith a dual-cassette recorder, John D. started setting some of his poetry to music, using a guitar he'd gotten for a few bucks at a nearbystrip mall music store. His idea at the time was that eventually his day job would be "poet." Young men have all kinds of crazy ideas aboutwhat they're going to end up doing for a living. < ...read more

The Mountain Goats began life in a Norwalk employee-housing studio apartment that had awesome deco tiling on the bathroom floor butlittle more to recommend the place as a living space. Still, you take what you can get, and it was ridiculously cheap. In this room, equippedwith a dual-cassette recorder, John D. started setting some of his poetry to music, using a guitar he'd gotten for a few bucks at a nearbystrip mall music store. His idea at the time was that eventually his day job would be "poet." Young men have all kinds of crazy ideas aboutwhat they're going to end up doing for a living.

After a while the songs became more like songs than poems set to music, and John started playing them for his friend Rachel, who as itturned out, played bass. John and Rachel toured the eastern U.S. & Europe once, the midwest twice (if "Chicago, Columbus and Madison"count as "the midwest"), and played San Francisco a few times, and they recorded two albums and a couple of EPs. Then John graduatedfrom college and moved to Chicago, and the Mountain Goats became Mainly Just John, except for a couple of European tours where John'sfriend Peter Hughes played bass. In 2001, though, 4AD called up and asked if the Mountain Goats wouldn't like to make records with them.John called Peter. They hit the studio.

As a duo, the two toured at a pace that can fairly be called "relentless" from 2002 until 2007. They made records: Tallahassee, We ShallAll Be Healed, The Sunset Tree, Get Lonely. They took to recruiting drummers from their opening acts to play the last few songs with them.And then they met Jon Wurster, and the three took to the road in support of Get Lonely, from Fairbanks, Alaska to Hobart, Tasmania, and afew points even further south. They enjoyed playing together so much that when it came time to repair to the studio again, all three went in.In 2008, the three recorded Heretic Pride, and in early 2009, The Life of the World to Come.

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Transcendental Youth
10/02/2012

3.8
201 Votes
All Eternals Deck
2011

3.8
195 Votes
The Life of the World to Come
2009

3.6
118 Votes
Heretic Pride
2008

3.8
155 Votes
Get Lonely
2006

3.6
108 Votes
The Sunset Tree
2005

4.1
340 Votes
We Shall All Be Healed
2004

4
123 Votes
Tallahassee
2002

4
217 Votes
All Hail West Texas
2002

4.2
212 Votes
The Coroner's Gambit
2000

4.2
108 Votes
Full Force Galesburg
1997

4.1
55 Votes
Nothing for Juice
1996

4
27 Votes
Sweden
1995

3.9
44 Votes
Hail and Farewell, Gothenburg
1995

4
17 Votes
Zopilote Machine
1994

3.9
58 Votes
Yam, The King of Crops
1994

3.2
3 Votes
Taking The Dative
1994

3.5
2 Votes
Hot Garden Stomp
1993

3.1
8 Votes
Transmissions to Horace
1993

4.1
5 Votes
The Hound Chronicles
1992

3.4
11 Votes
Taboo VI: The Homecoming
1991

3
10 Votes
EPs
Satanic Messiah
2008

3.8
29 Votes
Babylon Springs
2006

4
10 Votes
Dilaudid
2005

4
2 Votes
Letter from Belgium
2004

4
2 Votes
Palmcorder Yajna
2003

3.8
2 Votes
See America Right
2002

3.8
2 Votes
Devil In the Shortwave
2002

4.1
20 Votes
Jam Eater Blues
2001

4
2 Votes
On Juhu Beach
2001

3.2
6 Votes
Isopanisad Radio Hour
2000

4
6 Votes
New Asian Cinema
1998

4
3 Votes
Tropical Depression
1996

Jack and Faye
1996

4.3
2 Votes
Nine Black Poppies
1995

3.9
12 Votes
Songs For Peter Hughes
1995

4
2 Votes
Orange Raja
1995

3.3
2 Votes
Beautiful Rat Sunset
1994

3.8
4 Votes
Philyra
1994

3.8
6 Votes
Why You All So Thief?
1994

4
1 Votes
Chile De Arbol
1993

3
2 Votes
Songs For Petronius
1992

3.5
2 Votes
Compilations
Ghana
2002

4.3
11 Votes
Bitter Melon Farm
1999

4.2
10 Votes
Protein Source of the Future...Now!
1999

4.3
6 Votes

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