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The Mountain Goats Beat the Champ

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The Mountain Goats Beat The Champ on 45RPM 2LP + Download

In 2014, John Darnielle's novel Wolf in White Van spent several weeks on the New York Times Bestseller List and was nominated for the National Book Award. In April 2015, Darnielle and his band the Mountain Goats return with Beat the Champ on Merge Records, a 13-track collection of songs about professional wrestling. 

"Beat the Champ is about professional wrestling, which was an avenue of escape for me when I was a kid. Wrestling was low-budget working class entertainment back then, strictly UHF material. It was cheap theater. You had to bring your imagination to the proceedings and you got paid back double. I wrote these songs to re-immerse myself in the blood and fire of the visions that spoke to me as a child, and to see what more there might be in them now that I'm grown." - John Darnielle

"Beat the Champ is a gorgeous album that sees the Mountain Goats expand themselves musically, in startling and exciting ways. Here is a jazz chord progression over brushed cymbals. Here is a track that spirals out from verse and chorus into a slow, hazy piano solo. Here are pounding drums straight from a metal record. And here, as always, are songs like no one else can write them. Like no one else does write them." - Joseph Fink

The Mountain Goats Beat The Champ Track Listing:

1.  Southwestern Territory
2.  The Legend of Chavo Guerrero
3.  Foreign Object
4.  Animal Mask
5.  Choked Out
6.  Heel Turn 2
7.  Fire Editorial
8.  Stabbed to Death Outside San Juan
9.  Werewolf Gimmick
10. Luna
11. Unmasked!
12. The Ballad of Bull Ramos
13. Hair Match

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1. Southwestern Territory
2. The Legend of Chavo Guerrero
3. Foreign Object
4. Animal Mask
5. Choked Out
6. Heel Turn 2
7. Fire Editorial
8. Stabbed to Death Outside San Juan
9. Werewolf Gimmick
10. Luna
11. Unmasked!
12. The Ballad of Bull Ramos
13. Hair Match

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