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Beat the Champ

by The Mountain Goats

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Animal Mask 02:54
Choked Out 01:42
Heel Turn 2 05:58
Luna 03:27
Unmasked! 03:28
Hair Match 05:40


released April 7, 2015

Produced by Brandon Eggleston
Mixed by Scott Solter
Recorded at Overdub Lane, Durham, NC
Mastered by Brent Lambert at Kitchen Mastering, Carrboro, NC

Guitar, piano and keyboards: John Darnielle
Bass and additional guitar: Peter Hughes
Drums and percussion: Jon Wurster

Woodwinds arranged and performed by Matt Douglas.
Strings on “Luna” and “Stabbed to Death Outside San Juan” arranged and performed by Erik Friedlander.
Organ on “Werewolf Gimmick” and “Stabbed to Death Outside San Juan” by Phil Cook.
Backing vocals on “Luna” by Phil and Brad Cook.
Steel guitar on “Animal Mask” and “The Ballad of Bull Ramos” by Nathan Golub.
Guitar on “Southwestern Territory” and additional guitar on “The Ballad of Bull Ramos” by Austin Nevins.

Additional production on “The Legend of Chavo Guerrero” by Scott Solter.

Illustrations by Leela Corman.
Graphic Design by Rob Carmichael, SEEN.

All lyrics and music by John Darnielle.
© 2015 Cadmean Dawn (ASCAP) administered worldwide by Pacific Electric Music Publishing.


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The Mountain Goats Durham, North Carolina

John Darnielle has written almost 600 songs now, and some of them are very sad, dealing with hard drugs and tragic ends, hurting yourself and others, sicknesses of both body and brain, off-brand alcohols. They are told in beautiful, unnerving, specific detail because he is a very good writer, and also some of them are just true stories about his own life.
—John Hodgman, 2012
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