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Beat the Champ

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David Loggins Urban legend: During a Mountain Goats concert, while playing this song, John looked to my wife in the audience when he sang the lyrics "I don't wanna die in here", thus transferring some sort of curse upon her. She has since wrecked her car twice. Both times, this song was playing through the radio. Favorite track: Heel Turn 2.
Tyler Lewis
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Tyler Lewis This is probably my favorite Mountain Goats album. It's a complete execution of vision, a passion project for the masses. You don't need to be a pro-wrestling fan to enjoy these 13 amazing songs. Favorite track: The Ballad of Bull Ramos.
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sandra_lav_ Oh man, I really love this album. And I love all of the great songs/music that Mr. Darnielle have done since, well, forever (or a very long and wonderful time) Thank you so much for all the music and poetry and your gentle heart(s) :) * Favorite track: Heel Turn 2.
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Animal Mask 02:54
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Choked Out 01:42
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Heel Turn 2 05:58
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Luna 03:27
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Unmasked! 03:28
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Hair Match 05:40

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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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