John Darnielle has written almost 600 songs now, and some of them are very sad, dealing with hard drugs and tragic ends, hurting yourself and others, sicknesses of both body and brain, off-brand alcohols. They are told in beautiful, unnerving, specific detail because he is a very good writer, and also some of them are just true stories about his own life.
—John Hodgman, 2012
The Mountain Goats are John Darnielle, Peter Hughes, and Jon Wurster.
We are excited to welcome The Dinner Party Download, one of our favorite public-radio programs, to North Carolina on the Friday of our festival for a live taping of their show to celebrate 25 years of Merge music and culture.
Today, Google Play premiered a new documentary in the US about Merge Records. In candid, amusing interviews, Mac, Laura, Merge musicians, and friends of the label talk about its evolution and unwavering focus on its artists. Daniel Handler, author of the Lemony Snicket series of books (and sometime member of The Magnetic Fields), narrates the documentary.
Also, music fans in the US are invited to download 25 free Merge tracks, including five new and exclusive recordings from Superchunk, The Mountain Goats, Telekinesis, Saint Rich, and Hiss Golden Messenger.
Visit Google Play now to watch the documentary and download the tracks (US only).
In June, The Mountain Goats will descend upon the west coast in their duo formation of John Darnielle and Peter Hughes, affectionally named The Mountain Goats Twin Inhuman Highway Fiends Tour 2014.
View All The Mountain Goats News >