RIYL: Bright Eyes, DC4C, Born Ruffians, Two Gallants, Kaki King

Label: MERGE

The Mountain Goats are in my top 10 favorite artists of all time. I go all the way back to when it was just John and a Casio and a tape recorder. I remember having friends say, “I liked the Mountain Goats better when they were lofi and just one guy.”
Everyone has their favorites I suppose. But those friends were terribly horribly wrong.

Fresh off a book tour, John Darnielle and the rest of the Goats are back with an album about feeling alone and left out. They’ve called it Goth. Because, how perfect is that?

The Deluxe Limited Edition comes with the album on a 2xLP 45rpm red vinyl along with a bonus tracklight green 12” with four ambient non-album tracks. If you recall the Beat the Champ special edition also came with a bonus 12″.

Get it while the getting is good. I need to go text the Sly boss cause he loves him some Mountain Goats.

Also at 4pm EST today, the Goats are going to be doing something on Bookface Live. So check that out as well.

The Details

Pre-orders will ship to arrive on or around the release date of May 19. Free shipping on all U.S. orders.

From Peter Hughes of the Mountain Goats:

The theme this time around is goth, a subject closer to my heart perhaps than that of any Mountain Goats album previous. And while John writes the songs, as he always has, it feels more than ever like he’s speaking for all of us in the band, erstwhile goths (raises hand) or otherwise, for these are songs that approach an identity most often associated with youth from a perspective that is inescapably adult. Anyone old enough to have had the experience of finding oneself at sea in a cultural landscape that’s suddenly indecipherable will empathize with Pat Travers showing up to a Bauhaus show looking to jam, for example.

But underneath the outward humor, there is evident throughout a real tenderness toward, and solidarity with, our former fellow travelers—the friends whose bands never made it out of Fender’s Ballroom, the Gene Loves Jezebels of the world—the ones whose gothic paths were overtaken by the realities of life, or of its opposite. It’s something we talk about a lot, how fortunate and grateful we are to share this work, a career that’s become something more rewarding and fulfilling than I think any of us could have imagined. We all know how easily it could’ve gone the other way, and indeed for a long time did.

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The album was recorded at Blackbird Studio in Nashville, TN. All packaging formats include spot-gloss detail and feature artwork by Leela Corman. Pre-orders will ship to arrive on or around the release date of May 19.

- 16-page booklet with full lyrics packaged in a jewel case

2-LP (Standard)
- black double vinyl pressed at 45 rpm
- gatefold jacket with full lyrics
- full download

3-LP (Limited-edition Deluxe)
- vampire red double vinyl pressed at 45 rpm
- gatefold jacket with full lyrics
- bonus tracklight green 12” with four ambient non-album tracks
- full download of album and bonus non-album tracks

3-LP + CD + Pin
- bundle includes deluxe limited edition 3-LP and CD of Goths
- enamel pin
- will ship together to arrive on or around May 19 release date

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Price $35.98

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