The Mountain Goats will reissue All Hail West Texas on CD, LP and digital in the US on July 23 and in Europe on August 6. To celebrate the first-ever vinyl release of All Hail West Texas, we are giving away a test pressing of the remastered album.
To enter, pre-order All Hail West Texas on CD or LP in the Merge store, or email firstname.lastname@example.org and provide your name and address in the body of the message. Everyone who has already pre-ordered the album in the Merge store will be entered into the drawing automatically, so please do not enter again via email. Only one entry will be accepted per person or email address; multiple entries will be disqualified. All entries must be received by noon EDT on Monday, July 15. The winner of the test pressing will be contacted before the July 23 US release date.
Remastered from the original 1/4” reels and expanded to include seven unearthed songs from the two surviving contemporaneous cassettes, the reissue of All Hail West Texas stands as the peak of the Mountain Goats’ home-recording era, a time people like to refer to as “when John Darnielle had his four-track,” except John did not actually use a four-track. He used the condenser mic of a Panasonic boombox and there was no overdubbing. All songs were recorded on the day they were written, usually within minutes of the actual composition. Highlights include “Jenny,” “Fall of the Star High School Running Back,” and “The Best Ever Death Metal Band in Denton,” a song that has compelled audiences around the globe to yell “Hail Satan,” and to mean it.
Package art features a newly penned 1,800-word essay by John detailing his songwriting and recording process for the album. The LP is packaged in a deluxe gatefold jacket and includes a digital download of the full record plus the seven additional tracks. The CD, which includes the full album and extra tracks on one disc, comes in a premium digipak with a 12-page booklet.
Pre-order All Hail West Texas now on CD and LP. Follow the Mountain Goats on Twitter and keep up with John Darnielle on Tumblr. See John and Peter on an all-ages duo tour now in progress!
The Mountain Goats on tour:
* - w/ The Baptist Generals
# - w/ Alessi's Ark
June 14 Cincinnati, OH Taft Ballroom*
June 15 Bloomington, IN Buskirk-Chumley Theatre*
June 16 Evanston, IL Space*
June 17 Chicago, IL Lincoln Hall*
June 19 Kansas City, MO The Record Bar*
June 20 St. Louis, MO Old Rock House*
June 22 Birmingham, AL The Bottletree*
June 23 Gainesville, FL High Dive*
June 24 Ft. Lauderdale, FL Culture Room*
June 26 Charleston, SC The Charleston Pourhouse *
June 27 West Columbia, SC New Brookland Tavern*
June 28 Wilmington, NC The Soapbox *
July 06 Durham, NC Festival for the Eno
July 26-28 Newport, RI Newport Folk Festival
July 28 Asheville, NC Bele Chere Festival
Sept 13-16 Miami, FL Atlantic Ocean Comedy and Music Festival
Oct 7 Bristol, UK St. Georges #
Oct 8 London, UK Union Chapel #
Oct 9 Manchester, UK Royal Northern College of Music #
Oct 10 Glasgow, UK Arches #
Oct 12 Gent, Belgium Handelsbeurs #
Oct 13 Amsterdam, Netherlands People's Place #
Oct 14 Cologne, Germany Luxor #
Oct 16 Paris, France La Gaite Lyrique #
Oct 18 Madrid, Spain Teatre Conde Duque #
Oct 19 Barcelona, Spain Caprichos de Apolo #