John Darnielle, head Mountain Goat, and trip are back with a new album Beat the Champ. This album gets my early vote for the best album artwork of the year. They had me with the sweet pro wrestling comic book style artwork, but they reeled me in with the preview track about Chavo Guerrero. Seriously, The Mountain Goats, limited edition vinyl, and pro wrestling. This release was pretty much tailor made for me.

This is the 15th album from the Mountain Goats and their 3rd release for MERGE.

If you are in the states then don’t let the price get you down. MERGE offers free shipping in the US, so that’s cool.

The Details

Beat the Champ is about professional wrestling, which was an avenue of escape for me when I was a kid. Wrestling was low-budget working class entertainment back then, strictly UHF material. It was cheap theater. You had to bring your imagination to the proceedings and you got paid back double. I wrote these songs to re-immerse myself in the blood and fire of the visions that spoke to me as a child, and to see what more there might be in them now that I'm grown.

— John Darnielle, Durham, NC

Beat the Champ will ship to arrive on or around the April 7 release date. Both standard and deluxe LPs include a coupon for a full download.

Deluxe LP will be pressed on limited edition colored vinyl, and includes a bonus 12-inch "Blood Capsules" b/w "Dub Capsules".

Price $30.98

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