Just 16 hours ago, Mountain Goats main man John Darnielle found himself in a generous mood. “So I looked over toward the right and see that I crested 25k followers recently,” he tweeted. “This calls for an unreleased song giveaway in my opinion.”
That unreleased song was “thucydides II-58”, a strummy, roughly hewn return to Darnielle’s lo-fi roots (purists, be still!) and “explicitly ancient-world-related” throwback he shared by way of tweet shortly thereafter. “By downloading,” he joked, “you sign e-blood oath not to be That Guy goin’ “T58:2 sooo much better than [album track]” next year.” Hear it while looking at two amazing things:
• Mountain Goats Singing the Mountain Goats — a Tumblr consisting of photos of actual mountain goats captioned with lyrics from MG songs.
• A Google Map tracking every location ever mentioned in a Mountain Goats song.