The Mountain Goats

The Mountain Goats Find Wrestling’s Heart In Death With ‘Beat The Champ’

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The hardest lesson any wrestling fan learns while growing up isn’t that wrestling is fake; it’s learning that wrestlers are real. The men and women behind the death-defying stunts and gaudy outfits all battle with their own demons — ones that don’t fall within the good guy/bad guy dichotomy like the morality play they perform on a daily basis. Maybe it’s a grotesque injury that awakens the realization in a young fan of pro grappling. Maybe it’s the news that a former wrestler had to enter rehab for a painkiller addiction picked up during his time in the squared circle. Maybe, it’s something much worse and more permanent. Whatever the case, it happens to every wrestling fan, and it happened to John Darnielle.
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The 50 Best Side One Track Ones in Music History

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There’s an art to the album opener — it doesn’t necessarily have to be the best or most commercially appealing song on the record, but it needs to grab the listener’s attention. It’ll often also serve as an introduction to the themes and/or sound of the album in question, a sort of preview of to what’s to come. And so it is that at Flavorwire central, we’ve been having one of our unabashedly nerdy music conversations about what are, in our collective opinion, the best examples of the form. Here’s a bumper list of 50 to talk …Read More

Staff Picks: Flavorwire’s Favorite Cultural Things This Week

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Need a great book to read, album to listen to, or TV show to get hooked on? The Flavorwire team is here to help: in this [belated] weekly feature, our editorial staffers recommend the cultural object or experience they’ve enjoyed most in the past seven days. Click through for our picks, and tell us what you’ve been loving in the comments.
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The Pop Culture Love Tester: Radiohead + The Mountain Goats

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If you ever took a junior-high date to the arcade (or an older one to certain retro-minded drinking establishments), then you’ve probably experienced the Love Tester — a contraption that allows you and your beloved to test your attraction by simply gripping a handle and seeing how much heat you can generate. But why trust hand-clamminess as a measure of your compatibility when Flavorwire is here to forecast the future of your relationship using a far more reliable gauge: your cultural preferences? Send us your and your partner’s favorite band, song, movie, book, or TV show, and we’ll (anonymously) read the tea leaves to see whether you were meant to be. First up: a lady (E.) who loves The Mountain Goats and a gent (P.) who worships Radiohead.
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