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Craig Clemens

January 21, 2015

The Mountain Goats are going *ahem* tackling wrestling in their upcoming (sort of) concept album called Beat The Champ due out April 7th via Merge Records.

The whole record, and the song they released today, is sort of going to be about pro wrestling. John Darnielle, primary member of the Mountain Goats, explained it a little more in-depth in a Tumblr post, saying:

“All that glory. All that shine. Nameless bodies in unremembered rooms. Some people might be thinking to themselves, JD, wrestling, I don’t know, I’ve never really been into wrestling, but did I steer you wrong with the Bible album, even though you may not have been super-into the Bible? Fear not. In a world of false promises and hollow gimmicks, please rest assured that the old maxim still holds true, whether scrawled on the back of a claim check or carved into a bench in an abandoned locker room: you can’t trust much, but you can trust the Mountain Goats.

The new record will be out on colored (oooohhh!!) vinyl and will include “Blood Capsules” b/w “Dub Capsules” 12″.

If you’re into it, you should also read John Darnielle’s novel, titled Wolf in White Van.

On top of all this, they announced a bunch of shows. Check out the tour dates and new song below:

The Mountain Goats:

01-24-25 San Francisco, CA – Sketchfest
04-02 Nashville, TN – Mercy Lounge
04-03 Asheville, NC – The Grey Eagle
04-04 Savannah, GA – The Jinx
04-07 Chapel Hill, NC – The Cat’s Cradle
04-08 Washington, DC – 9:30 Club
04-09 New York, NY – Webster Hall
04-11-12 New York, NY – City Winery
04-13 Philadelphia, PA – Union Transfer
04-14 Boston, MA – House of Blues
04-16 Cincinnati, OH – Bogart’s
04-17 Detroit, MI – Majestic Theatre
04-18 Chicago, IL – Vic Theatre
04-19 Minneapolis, MN – Cedar Cultural Theatre
04-21 Louisville, KY – Headliners
04-22 Columbus, OH – Wexner Center
04-23 Chicago, IL – Mr. Small’s Theatre
05-08-10 Atlanta, GA – Shaky Knees Festival
05-26 Denver, CO – Gothic Theatre
05-27 Salt Lake City, UT – Urban Lounge
05-29 Seattle, WA – The Showbox
05-30 Portland, OR – Wonder Ballroom
06-01 San Francisco, CA – The Fillmore
06-03 Los Angeles, CA – Mayan Theater