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The Mountain Goats

    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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    LPs
    Beat the Champ
    2015

    3.4
    84 Votes
    Transcendental Youth
    10/02/2012

    3.8
    223 Votes
    All Eternals Deck
    2011

    3.8
    203 Votes
    The Life of the World to Come
    2009

    3.6
    123 Votes
    Heretic Pride
    2008

    3.8
    160 Votes
    Get Lonely
    2006

    3.6
    111 Votes
    The Sunset Tree
    2005

    4.2
    381 Votes
    We Shall All Be Healed
    2004

    4
    132 Votes
    Tallahassee
    2002

    4
    236 Votes
    All Hail West Texas
    2002

    4.2
    234 Votes
    The Coroner's Gambit
    2000

    4.2
    117 Votes
    Full Force Galesburg
    1997

    4.1
    60 Votes
    Nothing for Juice
    1996

    4.1
    31 Votes
    Sweden
    1995

    3.9
    50 Votes
    Hail and Farewell, Gothenburg
    1995

    3.9
    21 Votes
    Zopilote Machine
    1994

    3.9
    65 Votes
    Hot Garden Stomp
    1993

    3.1
    8 Votes
    The Hound Chronicles
    1992

    3.4
    12 Votes
    Taboo VI: The Homecoming
    1991

    2.9
    12 Votes
    EPs
    Satanic Messiah
    2008

    3.9
    28 Votes
    Babylon Springs
    2006

    4
    11 Votes
    Dilaudid
    2005

    3.7
    3 Votes
    Letter from Belgium
    2004

    3.9
    4 Votes
    Palmcorder Yajna
    2003

    3.7
    3 Votes
    See America Right
    2002

    3.7
    3 Votes
    Devil In the Shortwave
    2002

    4
    23 Votes
    Jam Eater Blues
    2001

    3.5
    3 Votes
    On Juhu Beach
    2001

    3.2
    6 Votes
    Isopanisad Radio Hour
    2000

    3.9
    7 Votes
    New Asian Cinema
    1998

    3.7
    5 Votes
    Jack and Faye
    1996

    4.3
    2 Votes
    Tropical Depression
    1996

    3.5
    1 Votes
    Nine Black Poppies
    1995

    3.9
    14 Votes
    Orange Raja
    1995

    3.3
    2 Votes
    Songs For Peter Hughes
    1995

    4
    3 Votes
    Beautiful Rat Sunset
    1994

    3.6
    7 Votes
    Yam, The King of Crops
    1994

    3.2
    3 Votes
    Taking The Dative
    1994

    3.5
    2 Votes
    Philyra
    1994

    3.8
    6 Votes
    Why You All So Thief?
    1994

    4
    1 Votes
    Chile De Arbol
    1993

    3.2
    3 Votes
    Transmissions to Horace
    1993

    3.9
    6 Votes
    Songs For Petronius
    1992

    3.5
    2 Votes
    Live Albums
    Daytrotter Session (June 13, 2007)
    2007

    Compilations
    Ghana
    2002

    4.2
    13 Votes
    Bitter Melon Farm
    1999

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

    4.1
    7 Votes

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