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A new Mountain Goats tape

Posted April 10, 2020, 6:51 p.m. in Records by Loren
A new Mountain Goats tape

photo by Lalitree Darnielle

The Mountain Goats released Songs for Pierre Chuvin today on Bandcamp, with additional releases on more digital platforms next week (april 17) and then on a limited run of 1,000 cassettes on June 19.


The album was recorded entirely on John Darnielle's boombox -- the first album recorded in this manner since All Hail West Texas in 2002.


Describing the making of Songs for Pierre Chuvin, Darnielle states:



I WROTE A SONG EVERY DAY for the next ten days while reading A Chronicle of the Last Pagans, starting with “Aulon Raid” and working in exactly the style I used to work in: read until something jumps out at me; play guitar and ad-lib out loud until I get a phrase I like; write the lyrics, get the song together, record immediately. Those original lyrics, exactly as written on the cardstock I save from comic books I buy, with corrections and everything, will be randomly inserted into orders; each is one of a kind, an original first draft of the lyrics to the first all-boombox Mountain Goats album since All Hail West Texas. It seems unlikely that I will ever again offer original drafts of lyrics for sale or otherwise, but pandemics call for wild measures.


I dedicate this tape to everybody who’s waited a long time for the wheels to sound their joyous grind: may they grind us into a safe future where we gather once again in rooms to sing songs about pagan priests & hidden shelters, and where we see each other face to face.



The Mountain Goats have also rescheduled their spring tour for this fall (dates below).

The Mountain Goats on tour:

May 29 El Paso, TX - Lowbrow Palace*
May 30 Oklahoma City, OK - Tower Theatre*
May 31 Dallas, TX - Kessler Theater*
Jun 04 Bethlehem, PA - Musikfest Cafe at the ArtsQuest*
Jun 05 Woodstock, NY - Levon Helm Studios (SOLD OUT)*
Jun 06 Holyoke, MA - Gateway City Arts Center (SOLD OUT)*
Jun 08 New York, NY - City Winery (SOLD OUT)*
Jun 09 New York, NY - City Winery (SOLD OUT)*
Aug 28 Asheville, NC - The Orange Peel
Aug 30 Atlanta, GA - Variety Playhouse
Aug 31 Birmingham, AL - Saturn
Sep 02 Austin, TX - Mohawk (SOLD OUT)
Sep 03 Austin, TX - Mohawk
Sep 04 San Antonio, TX - Paper Tiger
Sep 06 Santa Fe, NM - Meow Wolf
Sep 07 Santa Fe, NM - Meow Wolf
Sep 09 Denver, CO - Bluebird Theater (SOLD OUT)
Sep 10 Denver, CO - Bluebird Theater (SOLD OUT)
Sep 12 Fort Collins, CO - Washington's
Sep 14 Milwaukee, WI - Pabst Theater
Sep 15 Evanston, IL - SPACE (SOLD OUT)
Sep 16 Evanston, IL - SPACE (SOLD OUT)
Sep 17 Detroit, MI - Royal Oak Music Theater (VENUE CHANGE)

* John Darnielle solo

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