The Mountain Goats continued their prolific run of releases in 2019, following 2017's Goths with the Dungeons & Dragons-inspired In League with Dragons. They did plenty of touring in support of it too, and perhaps frontman John Darnielle kept up with 2019 releases during all those miles logged. He's shared a list of his favorite albums of the year with Merge Records, and you can read it below. John let the world know he was an Inter Arma fan from when he wore their shirt on Colbert earlier this year, and sure enough, their album Sulphur English, which he wrote the liner notes to, made his list. So did the late David Berman's Purple Mountains, one of Big Thief's 2019 albums, Cave In's final recordings with late bassist and vocalist Caleb Scofield, and much more.

The Mountain Goats have a few 2019 and 2020 shows in San Francisco, Denver, Saxapahaw NC, and Santa Fe; see them below.

John Darnielle's Favorite Albums of 2019
Allison Miller's Boom Tic Boom, Glitter Wolf
Maurice Louca, Elephantine
Contrarian, Their Worm never Dies
Inter Arma, Sulphur English
Moon Tooth, Crux
Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah, Ancestral Recall
Cave In, Final Transmission
Bergraven, Det Framlidna Minnet
Gwilym Simcock, Near and Now
Special Request, Belief System
Nubiyan Twist, Jungle Run
Nekrasov, Lust of Consciousness
Celestial Trax, Serpent Power
Theon Cross, Fyah
HYVMINE, Retaliation
Christopher Willits, Sunset
Psychic Graveyard, Loud as Laughter
Nightfell, A Sanity Deranged
Haunter, Sacramental Death Qualia
Guillermo Klein, Los Guachos Cristal
Swiss Jazz Orchestra & Guillermo Klein, s/t
Borknagar, True North
clipping., There Existed an Addiction to Blood
Purple Mountains, s/t
Big Thief, Two Hands
Ruby Rushton, Ironside
Blut Aus Nord, Hallucinogen
Stephen Mallinder, Um Dada
Fuerza Regida, Del Barrio Hasta Aqui
Galcher Lustwerk, Information
Alfredo Olivas, El Día de los Muertos
Crypt Sermon, The Ruins of Fading Light

The Mountain Goats: 2019-2020 Tour
Dec 6, 2019 Haw River Ballroom Saxapahaw, NC
Dec 7, 2019 Haw River Ballroom Saxapahaw, NC
Feb 20, 2020 Swedish American Hall San Francisco, CA
Feb 21, 2020 Swedish American Hall San Francisco, CA
Feb 22, 2020 Swedish American Hall San Francisco, CA
May 7, 2020 Meow Wolf Santa Fe, NM
May 8, 2020 Bluebird Theater Denver, CO
May 9, 2020 Bluebird Theater Denver, CO

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