Mountain Goats Collect Early '90s Cassettes on New Compilation

Mountain Goats Collect Early '90s Cassettes on New Compilation
Having just announced a North American tour that includes a Vancouver stop on June 22, John Darnielle is hardly resting on the laurels of his long-running Mountain Goats project. With a career that's constantly moving forward, however, there's still room to look back, as Darnielle will prove with the reissue of two cassette-only Mountain Goats releases from the early '90s.

The albums include 1992's The Hound Chronicles and 1993's Hot Garden Stomp. Combined, the releases include 30 original compositions, along with covers of Hank Williams's "Keep It on Your Mind" and Andrew Lloyd Webber's "Tell Me on a Sunday." Now Shrimper Records, which originally released both tapes, will collect both on one CD reissue, set to arrive June 26.

While we know the tapes' original release dates, in the liner notes of the reissue, Darnielle insists that their time of release is unimportant:

These tapes did not have release dates. No one anticipated their coming into the world, and very few noticed or cared. All previous eras cross at some point into the territory of the unimaginable, and so it is with the days of tape-trading. The obscurity in which these songs were incubated and born and brought into their faint light is a state of being which has passed into history.

The new tracklisting for Hound Chronicles / Hot Garden Stomp is available below.

Hound Chronicles / Hot Garden Stomp:

1. The Garden Song
2. Going To Wisconsin
3. Spilling Toward Alpha
4. Alpha Negative
5. The Torch Song
6. Untitled 1
7. The Cow Song
8. Untitled 2
9. Going To Chino
10. Standard Bitter Love Song 4
11. Going To Mexico
12. Lab Rat Blues
13. Going To Kansas
14. The Water Song
15. Going To Spai
16. Keep It On Your Mind
17. Pure Milk
18. Ice Blue
19. Water Song Ii
20. Sun Song
21. Going To Japan
22. Are You Cleaning Off The Stove
23. The Hot Garden Stomp
24. Love Hymn To Aphrodite
25. Beach House
26. Hello There Howard
27. Going To Norwalk
28. Fresh Cherries In Trinidad
29. Feed This End
30. 15-i
31. Thanks For The Dress
32. Tell Me on a Sunday