The Mountain Goats

The 50 Best Side One Track Ones in Music History

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

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Staff Picks: Flavorwire’s Favorite Cultural Things This Week

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. … Read More

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20 of the Flat-Out Funniest Songs in Rock ‘n’ Roll

In an attempt to save you (not to mention ourselves) from the general Monday-morning awfulness that tends to follow a lovely spring weekend, Flavorwire has compiled a playlist of indie/rock/generally guitar-based songs that are genuinely funny. These are 20 of the flat-out wittiest and most amusing songs we know — and we guarantee that at least one of them will make you chuckle. (Note: we’re discounting actual comedy songs here, so no Lonely Island/Flight of the Conchords/etc.) Keep the hilarity going by adding to our list in the comments. … Read More

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The Pop Culture Love Tester: Radiohead + The Mountain Goats

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. … Read More

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What Your Favorite Record as a Kid Says About You Now

Does music make the man? Or does it maybe just influence him a little? Yesterday, the folks over at A.V. Club recommended a few albums meant to positively (whatever that means) influence kids’ future music tastes, and we got to thinking about our favorite records as children and young teenagers and the impact they might have had on our current personalities — for good or ill. After the jump, we’ve collected a few of our (wildly subjective, tongue-in-cheek) conclusions. So read on to find out what your favorite record as a youngster says about you now, and let us know if we’ve got your number — or if we’re way off base — in the comments. … Read More

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Extremely Silly Photos of Extremely Serious Musicians

If you’ve ever wanted to see Blixa Bargeld hanging out in the kitchen, Joy Division pretending to be Monty Python, or Leonard Cohen wearing denim cut offs, then click through and get… Read More

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Stream The Mountain Goats' Daytrotter Session

Between the release of their latest excellent album, Transcendental Youth, and a string of rapturously received New York gigs, the Mountain Goats have been very much on our minds this month. It’s a good thing we never get sick of John Darnielle, because he’s got another treat for us: TMG’s Daytrotter session is… Read More

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The 15 Albums You Need to Hear in October

After a bumper month in September, the good news is that there’s a heap more good albums due in October — especially tomorrow, which is shaping up as one of the busiest/best release dates of the year. Hurrah! As we do every month, we’ve devoted ourselves to poring over the release schedule and separating the proverbial wheat from the chaff and all such things. There’s also a roundup of everything else that’s out, encompassing the good, the bad, and the Barbra Streisand. What are you looking forward to hearing this month,… Read More

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The Mountain Goats’ ‘Transcendental Youth': Full-Album Stream

“Do every stupid thing that makes you feel alive.” That’s how John Darnielle begins The Mountain Goats’ 14th studio album, Transcendental Youth. Taken together, the lyric and the title suggest the wild bent of the release. It takes up a frequent Mountain Goats theme, self-destructive youth, and focuses on characters Darnielle describes as “the sort of people you knew in high school that can’t seem to get it together… It looks as though they’re struggling, but at the same time they find a way.” In other words, if you liked “The Best Ever Death Metal Band in Denton” and want to go even deeper into the psyches of subjects like its heroes, Transcendental Youth is for you. Click through to stream the album, which comes out October 2nd via Merge and debuted at Rolling Stone. … Read More

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