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. On April 3, 2015 Darnielle and his band The Mountain Goats return with Beat The Champ, a collection of songs about professional wrestling.
“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,” Darnielle says of Beat The Champ’s 12 songs. Listen and share the album’s first single ’The Legend of Chavo Guerrero‘ now.
1. Elevator Operator
2. Pedestrian At Best
3. An Illustration of Loneliness (Sleepless in New York)
4. Small Poppies
6. Aqua Profunda!
7. Dead Fox
8. Nobody Really Cares If You Don’t Go to the Party
9. Debbie Downer
10. Kim’s Caravan
11. Boxing Day Blues
Check out some excellent images of Courtney and band recording the album from Rolling Stone HERE