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About The Mountain Goats

For 10 years, John Darnielle recorded his raw, tempestuous folk songs directly to boom-box cassette, the tape heads' grind and hiss the only consistent accompaniment to him and his guitar; but the songs -- vivid, frightening, funny portraits of people caught in different kinds of desperation -- leaped from these conditions like you were being grabbed and hushed. Since 2002's Tallahassee, The Mountain Goats have been a real band, with real microphones and a real rhythm section, including bassist Peter Hughes and (since 2008) drummer Jon Wurster; but their exquisitely recorded folk-rock is still a showcase for Darnielle's stubborn, dignified, doomed characters, and the nervy, nasal yelp with which he inhabits them.

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Listen toThe Mountain Goatson Napster

For 10 years, John Darnielle recorded his raw, tempestuous folk songs directly to boom-box cassette, the tape heads' grind and hiss the only consistent accompaniment to him and his guitar; but the songs -- vivid, frightening, funny portraits of people caught in different kinds of desperation -- leaped from these conditions like you were being grabbed and hushed. Since 2002's Tallahassee, The Mountain Goats have been a real band, with real microphones and a real rhythm section, including bassist Peter Hughes and (since 2008) drummer Jon Wurster; but their exquisitely recorded folk-rock is still a showcase for Darnielle's stubborn, dignified, doomed characters, and the nervy, nasal yelp with which he inhabits them.

About The Mountain Goats

For 10 years, John Darnielle recorded his raw, tempestuous folk songs directly to boom-box cassette, the tape heads' grind and hiss the only consistent accompaniment to him and his guitar; but the songs -- vivid, frightening, funny portraits of people caught in different kinds of desperation -- leaped from these conditions like you were being grabbed and hushed. Since 2002's Tallahassee, The Mountain Goats have been a real band, with real microphones and a real rhythm section, including bassist Peter Hughes and (since 2008) drummer Jon Wurster; but their exquisitely recorded folk-rock is still a showcase for Darnielle's stubborn, dignified, doomed characters, and the nervy, nasal yelp with which he inhabits them.

About The Mountain Goats

For 10 years, John Darnielle recorded his raw, tempestuous folk songs directly to boom-box cassette, the tape heads' grind and hiss the only consistent accompaniment to him and his guitar; but the songs -- vivid, frightening, funny portraits of people caught in different kinds of desperation -- leaped from these conditions like you were being grabbed and hushed. Since 2002's Tallahassee, The Mountain Goats have been a real band, with real microphones and a real rhythm section, including bassist Peter Hughes and (since 2008) drummer Jon Wurster; but their exquisitely recorded folk-rock is still a showcase for Darnielle's stubborn, dignified, doomed characters, and the nervy, nasal yelp with which he inhabits them.