I Played Video Games in a Drunken Haze- A The Mountain Goats Thread


NPR is streaming the new Mountain Goats album. I love John Darnielle.


It’s great. Got tickets to see them in Leeds in October, John Darnielle is the best boy


The revelation that Enoch 18:14 was inspired by Odin Sphere.


Man, This Year was the song that I listened to on repeat that dark, dark day in November last year. Heck, I still listen to it, as I’m still in a funk of sorts. Good stuff.


Holy shit.

What a band.


I just booked tickets to their London and Brighton shows this October, i never thought i’d be one to take time off work to follow a band but here i am.


I’m so stoked! I recently picked up the Rian Johnson-directed The Life of the World to Come, and it was properly hyped as amazing.


Just dropping by to say thank you for blessing the forum with a Mountain Goats thread.


I love them so much. No one else can make a song about Mario so emotional


I love this live version of The Best Ever Death Metal Band Out Of Denton if only for the last 20 seconds of the video (the song is great to ofc)

“Hail Satan everybody , this is NPR”


I have a lot of love the the Mountain Goats. I’ve been lucky enough to see them live twice and I was really sick the second time but it was during the Beat The Champ UK tour and that was a hell of a show imo so it was still good.

I’m listening to the new stuff right now and it is going down very smooth so far.


The Mountain Goats are 100% my favorite band and John Darnielle is hands-down my favorite songwriter. Being in a room full of people dancing and screaming “This Year” at the top of their lungs is maybe the closest I’ve ever felt to what going to church is supposed to feel like? So yeah.

I think this summer is going to be my sixth time seeing them live, and I’m counting the days to it.


I only found out about them through Beat the Champ, but this has got to be one of my favorite singer-/songwriter artists. I am slowly working through the back catalog, so any suggestions for standout songs from before Beat the Champ would be appreciated!


What are your favorite songs on Beat the Champ?


Southwestern Territory, The Legend of Chavo Guerrero, Werewolf Gimmick, and Unmasked! I would say (roughly). I also like This Year very, very much, as everyone does, I guess.


One of my favorite bands. I was introduced to them through the show Moral Orel, and listened to Sunset Tree and Talahasse on loop all through 2010.

‘This Year’ got me through some hard times, though ‘Dance Music’ has done some work also. I have memories and emotions associated with every single track on both of those albums. So good.

In the last few months I’ve listened to a bunch of their other albums. Currently enjoying ‘Beat the Champ’ and ‘Transcendental Youth’.


I love this version of this song. Way more than the album version which has a weird… echo/reverb effect on the vocals which is distracting to me. Anyway, Mountain Goats are great, etc.


An ex-girlfriend put Dance Music on a mixtape and I became completely obsessed from then on. I’ve never seen them live and I think I would cry a lot if I did.


Not all of these are oldies, but I think they all have a vibe you might enjoy. You might have heard a few already.

Genesis: 19 1-2 | https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uW18ujNGiN0
Cao Dai Blowout | https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UaxuDWVZMTE
Ox Baker Triumphant | https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0azE9aVTTwQ
Jenny | https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OLPYDKC9PIU
Going to Georgia: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zW69F2yvF2Y
Oceanographer’s Choice | https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=45Q5gns3pXA
Wizard Buys A Hat | https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Q76qpBXaKs
Estate Sale Sign | https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DZiOad87Jg8


Like others in the thread (and I’m sure MANY, many people out there) This Year helped me out a lot. I’ve known about The Mountain Goats for ages and have had close friends who loved them but it was seeing No Children quoted on twitter last year that got me to actually get into them after being vaguely aware of them. Last December was really really hard for me and This Year was an appropriate song to help me out and it helped me out a lot. I’ve pretty quickly developed that kind of emotional connection to a lot of Darnielle’s music and it’s brought me closer to the friends who also appreciate him. It’s been such a wonderful, positive experience. I hope the thread gets more people into them.