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Transcendental Youth

by The Mountain Goats

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uhyggeligpyroman doing everything stupid thing that makes me feel alive Favorite track: Amy aka Spent Gladiator 1.
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Scott Steven Erickson This album, along with many others by the Mountain Goats, is what I listen to when I need a little motivation to keep going. Favorite track: Amy aka Spent Gladiator 1.
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Adam Kennedy I’m far too many whiskeys in to be writing anything, but here we are. This album makes (encourages{allows}) feelings (to) happen in my body (brain?). I like it! Big grins and tears.
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bennett tmg make great music to drive to. transcendental youth being yet another great example of this Favorite track: Lakeside View Apartments Suite.
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tedman This album is the Mountain Goats album closest to my heart. And you can't tell me what my spirit tells me isn't true, can you? Favorite track: Cry for Judas.
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White Cedar 03:05
Night Light 03:59


released October 2, 2012

the Mountain Goats
Jon Wurster / Peter Hughes / John Darnielle

Recorded at Overdub Lane in Durham, NC
Mixed by Scott Solter at Baucom Road in Monroe, NC
Mastered by Brent Lambert at The Kitchen in Carrboro, NC
Vocal on the song “Transcendental youth” track by Brent
Produced by Brandon Eggleston, without whom, no way.

Piano on “The Diaz Brothers” by Phil Cook.

All Horn Arrangements written by Matthew E. White,
Performed by the Transcendental Quintet / Bob Miller, trumpet / Bryan Hooten, trombone / Reggie Chapman, bass trombone / John Lilley, tenor saxophone and clarinet / Jason Scott, tenor saxophone, clarinet and flute
Matthew E. White and all horns appear courtesy of Spacebomb Records,
Thank you guys for real

Additional Electronics and Atmospheres provided by Scott Solter
and hid beautiful five-foot-high stack of mainly analog circuitry

Front cover by Aeron Alfrey / Blackout by Alec Essefic
back cover quotation from In Red by Magdalena Tulli
translated from the polish by Bill Johnston.
reprinted with the permission of Archipelago Books © 2011

Thanks to Adam Voith + Billions, Alyson + Ravenhouse, everybody at Merge

All songs lyrics + music by John Darnielle
Published by Cadmean Dawn (ASCAP)
Rights administered 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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