The Mountain Goats

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.

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2013 Year End Lists: John Darnielle, The Mountain Goats

best of 2013 

alphabetical order only, all these are gems

Aeternus, …and the Seventh His Soul Detesteth (Karisma)

Baptist Generals, Jackleg Devotional to the Heart (Sub Pop)

Bottomless Pit, Shade Perennial (Comedy Minus One) 

John Carpenter & Alan Howarth, Prince of Darkness OST (Death Waltz)

Cocorosie, Tales of a Grass Widow (City Slang)

Molly Drake, self-titled (Squirrel Thing)

Gorguts, Colored Sands (Relapse)

Jandek, The Song of Morgan (Corwood Industries)

Laraaji, Celestial Music 1978-2011 (All Saints)

Obliteration, Black Death Horizon (Relapse)

Pinkish Black, Razed to the Ground (Century Media)

Stomach Earth, self-titled (Black Market Activities)

Matthew Shipp, Piano Sutras (Thirsty Ear)

Summoning, Old Mornings Dawn (Napalm)

V/A, Five Days Married & Other Laments: Song and Dance from Northern Greece 1928-1958 (Dust-to-Digital)

Wardruna, Yggdrasil (Indie Recordings)

White Wizzard, The Devil's Cut (Metal Blade)

The Mountain Goats reissue All Hail West Texas to much excitement & John talks records with Mac

The Mountain Goats' All Hail West Texas is remastered, reissued and in stores now on CD, LP and digital. Pitchfork named the album "Best New Reissue" writing, "an imperfectly sung ode to all the songs that don’t get sung because of the people who put into the singers’ heads that the only songs worth singing are the perfect ones," while The A.V. Club wrote, "a collection that ushered in a new creative era for a man whose songs were already great."    More >
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