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The Mountain Goats @ Vic Theatre, Chicago, October 2012 (more by Sara Pieper)
The Mountain Goats

John Darnielle is an American institution. An inspiration to poets, artists and sundry other human beings both in America and world-wide, Mr. Darnielle is a unique voice in modern word and music. For over twenty years, Mr. Darnielle has struggled on our behalf to come to terms with the base instincts of the human psyche. In literature, there is no man more worthy of recognition through the award of U.S. Poet Laureate than John Darnielle.

So do it, Mr. President. Do it!

Do you think Mountain Goats' John Darnielle would make a good United States Poet Laureate? If so, you can sign the official White House petition, which needs to get 25,000 "signatures" by January 25. (They are at 3,357 as of this posting.) John also contributed a list of "TOP FIVE GENRES OF 2012 IN JOHN DARNIELLE'S KITCHEN" to Pitchfork's end-of-year "Guestlist" feature and those genres are Opera, Heavy Metal, Classical, "Goblin Worship," and "New Age" and you can read his lengthy explanations of each over their way.

The Mountain Goats have a couple NYC shows coming up. The first is on January 15 at Carnegie Hall as part of an event called "John and Hank Green: An Evening of Awesome" which is presented by YouTube sensations Vlogbrothers. The show appears to be sold out but tickets may be available by calling the box office. The show will also be streaming live on the Vlogbrothers' YouTube channel.

UPDATE: The next night (1/16), Darnielle will be performing at Studio-X in SoHo as part of GQ and FSG's Originals Series that also features author Frank Bill and host David Rees. The show is free and you can get tickets here.

A stream of The Mountain Goats' Trancendental Youth is below...

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Comments (18)

Posted by Anonymous | January 2, 2013 5:34 PM

They are nearly there, at 21,680 as of this posting....correction. Actually there are only 3348 signatures...

Posted by scott | January 2, 2013 5:55 PM

Poet laureate of my butt

Posted by Anonymous | January 2, 2013 6:15 PM

He writes nice song lyrics. I don't know whether he's the best at what he does, but what he writes is much, much better than what we find in most popular music.

Posted by Anonymous | January 2, 2013 8:23 PM

#whitepeoplewithtoomuchfreetime

Posted by Anonymous | January 2, 2013 10:02 PM

poetry is dead until proven otherwise! new petition to abolish the position, or instate a dead poet

Posted by Anonymous | January 3, 2013 7:04 AM

always hated this guy's music. sexless.

Posted by Anonymous | January 3, 2013 7:44 AM

I'm not sure if there is a band I hate more than the Mountain Goats. It's mostly the guy's voice....like nails on a chalkboard. (I acknowledge most of the readers of BV are so young they've never seen a chalkboard.)

Posted by Anonymous | January 3, 2013 9:27 AM

lol @ 7:44. not all music has to be sexy.

Posted by Anonymous | January 3, 2013 9:35 AM

Call me a Cassandra but don't we as younger people have bigger fish to fry now than to petition the POTUS about giving some empty title to some songwriter? Isn't anyone else concerned that soon our parents will have left us with an economic debt that we can never repay? Do all of you petitioners have trust funds or something?

Posted by Anonymous | January 3, 2013 10:38 AM

Him? Sure, why not.

Posted by Anonymous | January 3, 2013 10:57 AM

I like that song he sang about crying.

Posted by Anonymous | January 3, 2013 1:27 PM

I like this guys music, but damn--this is so lame. A petition? C'mon!!!

Posted by Anonymous | January 3, 2013 1:32 PM

In poetry there is one thing to discuss
Oh that lovely tan surplus
Always calming, never dangerous
Never eaten slow, but always vigorous
Please Mr Mamoun, make me another hummus.

Posted by Anonymous | January 3, 2013 2:59 PM

and these dudes dont suck. go put on some pains of being of blah and go back to sleep.

Posted by Number Book Android | March 1, 2013 5:42 AM

I love the mountains goats more then my own brother.

Posted by catering winnipeg | June 26, 2013 6:57 PM

Wow, I don't usually listen to The Mountain Goats much, but I always come back to them because they remind me it doesn't matter how old you are or if your eyes are basically on top of each other, it's still possible to make it in the music business.

Posted by Peel | September 11, 2014 6:28 AM

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