Mountain Goats prepare tour-only vinyl LP

The Mountain Goats are preparing a limited-edition vinyl version of their new album, The Sunset Tree (due April 25 on 4AD), featuring “home-recorded versions of most of the songs and a few LP-only adult-contemporary love jams.” Update!

Tour Dates

March 2005

04 – Gate City Noise, Greensboro, NC (solo)

23 – Emo’s, Austin, TX

24 – Mary Jane’s Fat Cat, Houston, TX

25 – Rubber Gloves, Denton, TX

26 – Space 1110, Lubbock TX

27 – The Opolis, Norman, OK

29 – JR’s Lightbulb Club, Fayetteville, AR

30 – Jackpot Saloon, Lawrence, KS

31 – Sokol Underground, Omaha, NE

April 2005

01 – The Maintenance Shop, Ames, IA

02 – Beloit College – Pearson’s Hall, Beloit, WI

04 – Catacombs Coffeehouse, Madison, WI

06 – Hi-Tone, Memphis, TN

07 – Martin’s Lounge, Jackson, MS

08 – Red Star, Baton Rouge, LA

09 – House of Blues, New Orleans, LA

The Sunset Tree tracklist

You or Your Memory

Broom People

This Year


Dance Music

Dinu Lipatti’s Bones

Up the Wolves

Lions Teeth

Hast Thou Considered the Tetrapod?


Song for Dennis Brown

Love Love Love

Pale Green Things

Special Vinyl tracklist

Side A

You or Your Memory

Up the Wolves


Collapsing Stars

Dinu Lipatti’s Bones

Love Love Love

Side B

High Doses #2

Lions Teeth

This Year

Song for Dennis Brown

The Day the Aliens Came or Hawaiian Feeling

Straight from John Darnielle: “There will be 1000 copies pressed. The covers are going to be handmade – I’ll be receiving the LPs in blank sleeves, then messing with them in various ways. I predict that I will rue the day I had this idea somewhere around the 115th sleeve, and that the lucky thousandth sleeve will feature near-illegible curse words in faded Sharpie script. I have been debating whether to tuck various surprises into random copies – original drafts of lyrics, say – but the first person who attempts, at a show, to go through a bunch of the sleeves to see which one’s the most eBayable will be promptly shot between the eyes and his corpse dragged from town to town as a warning to others. Yes, actually, I do listen to a lot of death metal, why do you ask?”

Note: these will not be available on the upcoming tour (March — early April) but on the following tour that will begin in late April.

10 thoughts on “Mountain Goats prepare tour-only vinyl LP”

  1. The ‘Goatheads out there might also be interested in the upcoming reissues of the long-sought first two Mountain Goats records, “Nothing for Juice” and “Zopilote Machine.”

    No Chicago dates on the first leg of the tour? Looks like I’m drivin’ to Beloit.

  2. How are these guys live? I may also have to make the trip to Beloit. I’ve heard some of their stuff in the past and enjoyed it.

  3. Well, I’m a superfan, so I’m driving to Beloit, but there’ll no doubt be a Chicago show in May.

  4. New dates added, including a show at the Logan Square Auditorium in Chicago. That’s like, walking distance from my apartment, yo, and I’m still gonna go to WI.

    04/26 Tue, Charleston SC

    Redux Print Factory w/ TBA

    04/27 Wed, Atlanta GA

    The Earl w/ TBA

    04/28 Thu, Orlando FL

    Will’s Pub w/ TBA

    04/29 Fri, St. Augustine FL

    Cafe Eleven w/ TBA

    05/08 Sun, Cambridge MA

    Middle East Downstairs w/ TBA

    05/10 Tue, Montreal QC

    Le Sala Rossa w/ TBA

    05/11 Wed, Toronto ON

    Lee’s Palace w/ TBA

    05/13 Fri, Chicago IL

    Logan Square w/ TBA

  5. So, over at, I notice that JD says the albums will be available for sale on the tour and also through select mail-order outlets. I’ll only be able to see ’em on the pre-release tour, so does anyone have any idea what those mailorder outlets might be?

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