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Live recordings of the Mountain Goats

The Mountain Goats are phenomenal live. Like many people who love tMG, I adore going to live shows and listening to live recordings. These shows are so amazing for their emotional presence, John's love of his music, and John's famous storytelling between songs. The banter between songs is often as rich as the music itself.

John has said that he's OK with sharing tapings of live shows (see also Nall's FAQ). Consequently, here are the shows that I've found over the years and have been enjoying. They're all out there, as are many others that I'd love to hear. If you'd like to hear something on this list that you can't find, would like to share something that isn't here, or have corrections or more information about any of these shows, I would love to hear from you. I'm not able to share all of these shows, unfortunately, so please be understanding, but I like to help when I can. Don't be shy if you have something to offer: I believe in the value of tape trading and enjoy meeting fellow fans.

Two notes require some explanation. "Incomplete" is used when the available tape does not contain the entire show, while "partially available" is used when a more complete recording exists, only a subset of which is available for download. Tapes that I have made personally can be found here.

As the Mountain Goats

Unknown Event - venue, location Download Notes
? Unknown venue    
? WVFS station ID    
1992      
1992 KSPC session butter Incomplete
1992 KUCI session    
1992-07-18 Casa de Badger, Pomona butter  
1992-07-22 Munchie's, Pomona    
1992-12-06 Munchie's, Pomona    
1992-12-12 KUCI session    
1992-12-31 Unknown venue   Incomplete
1993      
1993-03-07 Walker Lounge, Pomona    
1994      
1994 Unknown venue, Columbus butter  
1994-08-18 Under Acme, New York    
1994-08-23 Baystate, Northampton    
1995      
1995-01-15 Chameleon, San Francisco butter  
1995-04 Fast Forward II YouTube Video
1995-04-20 Magasin 4, Brussels, Belgium   Incomplete
1995-04-19 VPRO session    
1996      
1996-01-15 Brownie's, New York    
1996-01-18 WNUR session   Show info
1996-03-14 Broadway Kino, Essen, Germany butter  
1996-03-16 Lintfabrik, Kontich, Belgium butter  
1996-03-20 The Garage, London archive.org  
1996-03-23 Covent Garden Rough Trade, London butter  
1996-08-30 Knitting Factory, New York    
1996-09-11 Argo, Denton butter  
1996-11-02 Gothenburg Radio session   Incomplete
1996-11-07 VPRO session butter  
1996-11-22 Slattery's, Dublin   Incomplete
1997      
1997 VPRO session, De Avonden, Muziek Uit Studio Amstel Volume 1    
1997-03-04 New York University, New York    
1997-04-04 Duke Coffeehouse, Durham butter  
1997-06-12 University of Wisconsin – Madison, Madison butter  
1997-06-22 Cat's Cradle, Carrboro YouTube Incomplete
1997-07-16 Yo-Yo-a-Go-Go Festival, Capitol Theater, Olympia butter  
1997-12-06 Empty Bottle, Chicago butter  
1998      
1998-02-06 Cow Haus, Tallahassee archive.org  
1998-02-07 Vinyl Fever, Tallahasse butter  
1998-04-04 Duke Coffeehouse, Durham   Incomplete
1998-04-12 Brownie's, New York butter  
1998-04-17 Terrastock II - Custer Avenue Stages, San Francisco    
1998-04-23 Blackwatch Pub, Claremont butter  
1998-10-10 Rocket Bar, St. Louis butter  
1999      
1999-01-27 Cat's Cradle, Carrboro butter  
1999-01-30 CD Exchange, Bloomington    
1999-07-23 CBGB's, New York butter  
1999-10-09 Crossing Border, Amsterdam    
2000      
2000 SPIN session, CMJ Music Marathon YouTube: (1), (2) Video
2000-02-06 Press, Claremont    
2000-02-17 VPRO session    
2000-10-15 Go! Rehearsal Studios, Room 4, Carrboro butter  
2000-10-19 WFMU session WFMU, sashwap  
2001      
2001-04-21 Olde Club, Swarthmore butter  
2001-06-23 Bottom of the Hill, San Francisco butter  
2001-08-03 40 Watt Club, Athens, Georgia butter  
2002      
2002 Brave New Waves, CBC session butter  
2002-02-27 Cafe du Nord, San Francisco    
2002-03-07 Independent Media Center, Urbana butter  
2002-03-08 Empty Bottle, Chicago butter  
2002-03-08 WNUR session butter  
2002-03-10 Green Room, Iowa City archive.org  
2002-10-08 McGarrigle's, Sligo, Ireland butter  
2002-10-09 Raidio na Life session    
2002-10-09 Cobblestone, Dublin    
2002-10-23 Bottom of the Hill, San Francisco archive.org  
2002-11-01 Empty Bottle, Chicago butter  
2002-12-07 VPRO Amstel Festival, Amsterdam   cf. the companion tEG set
2002-11-13 Opalis, Norman, Oklahoma YouTube Video
2003      
2003-01-15 VPRO session    
2003-01-22 VPRO session    
2003-02-06 Spitz, London    
2003-02-13 Peel session butter  
2003-02-18 Uffes Kallare, Vaxjo, Sweden butter  
2003-03-14 Hideout, Austin    
2003-04-04 Court Square Theater, Harrisonburg butter  
2003-04-09 Will's Pub, Orlando butter Also known as Razed to the Ground
2003-06-06 Triple Rock Social Club, Minneapolis archive.org  
2003-06-27 Mofo Festival - Mains d'Oeuvres, Paris butter  
2003-07-02 Guinguette Pirate, Paris, France butter  
2003-09-27 Mercury Hall, Austin archive.org  
2003-10-03 Berbati's Pan, Portland butter  
2004      
2004-02-01 WXDU session    
2004-02-11 Dennis Kucinich benefit - San Francisco YouTube Video
2004-02-11 Mills College Chapel, Oakland archive.org  
2004-02-18 EARL, Atlanta archive.org  
2004-03-02 First Unitarian Church, Philadelphia butter  
2004-03-03 Knitting Factory, New York archive.org  
2004-03-27 VPRO Zeldzaam Dwars session    
2004-04-08 XFM session sashwap  
2004-04-20 Go! Rehearsal Studios, Room 4, Carrboro    
2004-04-28 Peel session sashwap  
2004-05-21 KEXP session KEXP  
2004-05-26 Bottom of the Hill, San Francisco archive.org  
2004-07-17 Cat's Cradle, Carrboro    
2004-10-04 Magic Stick, Detroit butter  
2004-10-08 Knitting Factory, New York    
2004-10-11 Black Cat, Washington, DC butter  
2004-10-18 EARL, Atlanta archive.org  
2004-10-19 Village Tavern, Mt. Pleasant archive.org  
2005      
2005-01-26 WELH session sashwap  
2005-04-28 Will's Pub, Orlando butter  
2005-05-01 Transition Video Magazine Issue 001 Transition Video
2005-05-04 First Unitarian Church, Philadelphia archive.org  
2005-05-05 Knitting Factory, New York archive.org  
2005-05-07 Northsix, Brooklyn archive.org  
2005-05-14 NPR session NPR  
2005-06-16 KEXP session KEXP  
2005-06-18 China Clipper, Olympia archive.org  
2005-06-19 Neumo's, Seattle archive.org  
2005-06-20 Doug Fir Lounge, Portland archive.org  
2005-06-21 Wow Hall, Eugene archive.org  
2005-06-23 Bottom of the Hill, San Francisco archive.org  
2005-07-02 Old American Can Factory, Brooklyn archive.org  
2005-07-04 Fulton Mall Parking Garage, Brooklyn archive.org  
2005-10-12 Canopy Club, Urbana archive.org  
2005-10-13 Open End Gallery, Chicago archive.org  
2005-10-14 Empty Bottle, Chicago archive.org  
2005-10-17 Lee's Palace, Toronto archive.org  
2005-10-18 Buffalo Icon, Buffalo archive.org  
2005-10-20 Uptown Theatre, Washington, Pennsylvania archive.org  
2005-10-23 Lunt Hall Basement, Haverford College archive.org  
2005-10-27 Remis Auditorium, Boston archive.org  
2005-10-28 Fuel Rocket Club, Hanover archive.org  
2005-10-29 Bowery Ballroom, New York archive.org  
2005-10-31 Knitting Factory, New York archive.org  
2005-11-05 Duke Coffeehouse, Durham archive.org  
2006      
2006-06-09 Neumo's, Seattle YouTube: (1), (2), (3) Incomplete, video
2006-06-13 Bottom of the Hill, San Francisco archive.org  
2006-08-10 40 Watt Club, Athens, Georgia archive.org  
2006-08-03 BBC 6 session    
2006-08-21 KEXP session KEXP  
2006-08-22 Amoeba Music, San Francisco archive.org  
2006-09-16 Empty Bottle, Chicago archive.org  
2006-09-20 Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh archive.org  
2006-09-21 Sonar, Baltimore YouTube Incomplete, video
2006-09-24 Pearl Street Clubroom, Northampton archive.org  
2006-09-26 Middle East, Cambridge, Massachusetts archive.org  
2006-09-29 Club Europa, Brooklyn archive.org  
2006-09-30 Bowery Ballroom, New York archive.org  
2006-10-01 Bowery Ballroom, New York archive.org  
2006-10-23 Gargoyle, St. Louis archive.org  
2006-11-03 EARL, Atlanta archive.org  
2006-12-02 Gold Student Center, Claremont archive.org  
2006-12-18 Cat's Cradle, Carrboro    
2007      
2007-01-02 Club Capitol, Perth archive.org  
2007-03-07 Independent, San Francisco archive.org  
2007-03-08 Independent, San Francisco archive.org  
2007-06-13 Daytrotter session Daytrotter  
2007-06-16 Zoop - Farm Sanctuary, New York archive.org Incomplete
2007-06-17 Zoop - Farm Sanctuary, New York archive.org  
2007-07-22 Rhino Records, Claremont archive.org  
2007-09-20 Black Cat, Washington, DC archive.org  
2007-09-21 Sonar, Baltimore archive.org  
2007-09-22 North Star Bar, Philadelphia archive.org  
2007-09-30 Middle East, Cambridge, Massachusetts archive.org  
2007-10-01 Bowery Ballroom, New York archive.org  
2007-11-02 Gardner Lounge, Grinnell archive.org  
2007-11-03 Slowdown, The, Omaha archive.org  
2007-11-15 Empty Bottle, Chicago archive.org  
2008      
2008-02 One Shot Seattle session one shot seattle Video
2008-02-02 Weekend America session Weekend America  
2008-02-29 Bimbo's 365, San Francisco    
2008-03-01 Independent, San Francisco    
2008-03-02 Bottom of the Hill, San Francisco archive.org (alternate)  
2008-03-04 Fair Game session    
2008-03-04 Troubadour, Los Angeles    
2008-03-05 Troubadour, Los Angeles    
2008-03-11 WNYC session WNYC, NPR  
2008-03-14 Museum of Fine Arts, Boston archive.org  
2008-03-15 Middle East, Cambridge, Massachusetts archive.org  
2008-03-19 Music Hall of Williamsburg, Brooklyn archive.org  
2008-03-20 First Unitarian Church, Philadelphia butter  
2008-03-22 Black Cat, Washington, DC archive.org  
2008-04-09 Cat's Cradle, Carrboro YouTube Incomplete, video
2008-05-16 Masonic Temple, Brooklyn nyctaper  
2008-05-26 Daytrotter session Daytrotter  
2008-10-13 Park West, Chicago archive.org  
2008-10-14 Pabst Theater, Milwaukee archive.org  
2008-10-17 Bluebird Theater, Denver archive.org  
2008-10-21 Wonder Ballroom, Portland archive.org  
2008-10-25 Troubadour, Los Angeles    
2008-11-03 Republic, New Orleans archive.org  
2008-11-07 Theater of the Living Arts, Philadelphia archive.org  
2008-11-08 Music Hall of Williamsburg, Brooklyn nyctaper  
2008-11-09 Webster Hall, New York nyctaper  
2008-12-05 Manning Bar, Sydney archive.org  
2009      
2009-02 Ships and Dip V, Caribbean YouTube: (1), (2), (3), (4), (5), (6) Incomplete, video
2009-02-24 City Arts and Lectures - Herbst Theatre, San Francisco archive.org  
2009-02-25 Swedish-American Hall, San Francisco archive.org  
2009-03-20 Attucks Theatre, Norfolk, Virginia archive.org.  
2009-03-21 Sixth and I Historic Synagogue, Washington, DC archive.org  
2009-03-25 Somerville Theater, Somerville butter  
2009-03-27 Ethical Culture Hall, New York nyctaper  
2009-04-02 Courtyard Cafe, Urbana archive.org  
2009-04-06 Buskirk-Chumley Theater, Bloomington archive.org  
2009-06-13 Zoop II - Farm Sanctuary, New York archive.org  
2009-06-14 Zoop II - Farm Sanctuary, New York archive.org  
2009-08-14 Durham Armory, Durham Be Easy Festival butter  
2009-10-05 WNYC session WNYC  
2009-10-13 Point Ephémère, Paris YouTube Incomplete, video
2009-11-09 MPR session butter  
2009-11-14 Fillmore, San Francisco YouTube Incomplete, video
2009-11-22 Variety Playhouse, Atlanta archive.org  
2009-11-27 9:30 Club, Washington, DC archive.org  
2009-11-28 Theatre of the Living Arts, Philadelphia archive.org  
2009-12-01 Webster Hall, New York nyctaper (alternate)  
2009-12-02 Bell House, Brooklyn nyctaper  
2009-12-07 KEXP session    
2010      
2010-01-03 NPR session - Tiny Desk Concert NPR Video
2010-03-14 Social, Orlando breathmint  
2010-04-11 Zoo, Brisbane archive.org  
2010-05-16 American Theater Company, Chicago    
2010-09 End of the Road - Larmer Tree Gardens, North Dorset, England   Incomplete
2010-09-09 Koko, London YouTube Incomplete, partially available, video
2010-10-08 Austin City Limits Festival interview YouTube Video
2010-11-12 Chapman University, Orange butter  
2010-11-12 Memorial Hall, Chapman University butter  
2010-12-14 Sir Arne's Treasure - Castro Theater, San Francisco archive.org  
2011      
2011-03-28 Bowery Ballroom, New York archive.org  
2011-03-29 KEXP session KEXP  
2011-03-30 Bowery Ballroom, New York YouTube Incomplete, video
2011-03-30 WNYC session WNYC  
2011-04-03 Opera House, Toronto archive.org  
2011-04-04 SPIN session SPIN Video
2011-04-05 Vic Theatre, Chicago archive.org (alternate)  
2011-04-07 Sound of Young America interview Maximum Fun  
2011-04-08 Cat's Cradle, Carrboro archive.org  
2011-04-08 WUNC session    
2011-04-11 Wexner Center, Columbus archive.org  
2011-04-14 Ottobar, Baltimore archive.org (alternate)  
2011-05-11 WXPN session NPR  
2011-05-22 Whelan's, Dublin YouTube Incomplete, video
2011-05-25 Koko, London YouTube Incomplete, video
2011-06-07 AV Club session The Onion Video
2011-06-14 Varsity Theater, Minneapolis archive.org  
2011-06-23 El Rey Theater, Los Angeles archive.org  
2011-06-24 Soho Restaurant, Santa Barbara archive.org  
2011-06-26 Rhino's Youth Media Center, Bloomington archive.org  
2011-05-03 WFUV session    
2011-08-05 Lollapalooza - Playstation Stage, Chicago butter Video
2011-10-29 Littlefield NYC, Brooklyn YouTube, YouTube Incomplete, video
2011-11-18 Wits, Minnesota Public Radio - Fitzgerald Theater, Minneapolis Wits Partially available
2011-12-07 Letters to Santa - Second City, Chicago    
2011-12-16 Troubadour, Los Angeles    
2011-12-21 AV Club session The Onion Video
2012      
2012-01-17 Old Ideas with New Friends session Columbia Records Video
2012-01-21 Tipitina's, New Orleans archive.org  
2012-01-31 Visulite Theatre, Charlotte archive.org  
2012-02-17 Fuse interview YouTube Video
2012-03-13 The Music of the Rolling Stones benefit, Carnegie Hall, New York   Incomplete
2012-03-24 Kaufman Center Ecstatic Music Fest - New York    
2012-03-28 Bowery Ballroom, New York nyctaper  
2012-03-29 Bowery Ballroom, New York nyctaper  
2012-03-30 Bowery Ballroom, New York nyctaper  
2012-04-02 Barbican, London, England    
2012-04-21 Gargoyle, St Louis Facebook Video
2012-05-06 Metro, Sydney archive.org  
2012-05-09 Toff in Town, Melbourne archive.org  
2012-06-01 NPR session - Cabinet of Wonders #2 NPR  
2012-06-22 Rio Theatre, Vancouver archive.org  
2012-06-25 Mission Theatre, Portland    
2012-06-27 Swedish-American Hall, San Francisco archive.org  
2012-06-28 Swedish-American Hall, San Francisco archive.org (alternate)  
2012-06-30 McCabe's Guitar Shop, Santa Monica archive.org  
2012-07-01 McCabe's Guitar Shop, Santa Monica archive.org  
2012-07-03 Folk Music Center, Claremont archive.org  
2012-08-30 Judge John Hodgman #73 - Gavelbangers Ball Maximum Fun  
2012-09-01 Front Porch Festival, Wente Vineyards, Livermore archive.org  
2012-09-01 Front Porch session YouTube: (1), (2)  
2012-09-06 Judge John Hodgman #74 - The Split Screen Decision Maximum Fun  
2012-09-08 Hopscotch, Durham    
2012-09-19 WNYC session WNYC  
2012-10-13 Music Hall of Williamsburg, Brooklyn nyctaper  
2012-10-15 Bowery Ballroom, New York archive.org  
2012-10-16 Bowery Ballroom, New York nyctaper  
2012-10-18 Daytrotter session Daytrotter  
2012-10-22 Calvin College interview    
2012-10-27 Vic Theatre, Chicago archive.org  
2012-11-04 Keith-Albee Theatre, Huntington, West Virginia archive.org  
2012-11-29 Terminal West, Atlanta    
2012-11-29 FPK After Dark interview WFPK  
2012-12-12 Masonic Lodge, Hollywood Forever Cemetery YouTube Partially available
2012-12-13 Origami Records, Los Angeles    
2012-12-13 Troubadour, Los Angeles archive.org  
2012-12-16 opbmusic session opbmusic  
2012-12-17 Backstage at Mountain Stage interview with Larry Groce YouTube Video
2012-12-17 WFUV session    
2012-12-17 KEXP session KEXP  
2012-12-17 Showbox, Seattle    
2013      
2013-01-15 An Evening of Awesome at Carnegie Hall, New York YouTube Video
2013-01-16 FSG Originals - Studio X, New York City FSG: (1), (2) Video
2013-01-20 Rock for Roe - Pinhook, Durham YouTube Incomplete, video
2013-02-20 Judge John Hodgman #98 - All Dogs Go to Trial - Sketchfest, San Francisco Maximum Fun  
2013-03-04 WTF with Marc Maron #366 WTF  
2013-06-03 9:30 Club, Washington, DC   Incomplete
2013-06-04 Strand, York, Pennsylvania    
2013-06-05 Maxwell's, Hoboken nyctaper  
2013-06-07 Center Church on-the-Green, New Haven YouTube Partially available
2013-06-08 Portland City Music Hall, Maine    
2013-06-12 Majestic Theater, Detroit archive.org  
2013-06-14 Taft Theatre Ballroom, Cincinnati archive.org  
2013-06-15 Buskirk-Chumley Theatre, Bloomington archive.org  
2013-06-16 SPACE, Evanston, Illinois YouTube Incomplete, video
2013-06-19 Record Bar, Kansas City YouTube Incomplete, video
2013-06-22 Bottletree, Birmingham, Alabama archive.org  
2013-06-24 Culture Room, Fort Lauderdale YouTube Incomplete, video
2013-06-27 Lincoln Hall, Chicago YouTube Incomplete, video
2013-07-06 Festival for the Eno, Durham archive.org  
2013-07-26 Newport Folk Festival - Fort Adams State Park, Rhode Island NPR Video partially available
2013-07-28 Bele Chere Festival, Asheville YouTube Incomplete, video
2013-08-10 NPR interview NPR  
2013-08-13 SPIN interview SPIN Video
2013-09-17 Atlantic Ocean Comedy and Music Festival Vimeo Incomplete, video
2013-10-07 BBC Radio Bristol interview BBC  
2013-10-07 St George's, Bristol archive.org  
2013-10-08 Union Chapel, London YouTube Video
2013-10-09 Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester YouTube Incomplete, video
2013-10-13 People's Place, Amsterdam archive.org  
2013-10-19 Apolo, Barcelona    
2014      
2014-04-14 AV Club interview - Pioneering NYC AV Club Video
2014-04-16 Somerville Theater, Somerville YouTube Video
2014-04-19 Laurie's Planet of Sound, Chicago archive.org  
2014-04-19 Old Town School of Folk Music, Chicago archive.org  
2014-04-20 Old Town School of Folk Music, Chicago archive.org  
2014-04-30 Pinhook, Durham YouTube Video
2014-05-14 Kresge Recital Hall, Galesburg, Illinois YouTube Incomplete, video
2014-05-29 Tumblr Writers BEA Party reading    
2014-06-05 Gothic Theatre, Denver YouTube Incomplete, video
2014-06-11 Wonder Ballroom, Portland    
2014-06-13 Bottom of the Hill, San Francisco archive.org  
2014-06-14 Bottom of the Hill, San Francisco archive.org  
2014-06-15 Bottom of the Hill, San Francisco archive.org  
2014-06-17 The Mayan, Los Angeles archive.org  
2014-06-18 Crescent Ballroom, Phoenix archive.org  
2014-06-21 Fitzgerald's, Houston YouTube Incomplete, video
2014-06-27 Boys Rock for Girls Rock - Haw River Ballroom, Saxapahaw, North Carolina YouTube Incomplete, video
2014-07-25 Merge 25 - Cat's Cradle, Carrboro YouTube: (1), (2), (3) Incomplete, video
2014-09-10 Monsters of Talk interview Monsters of Talk  
2014-09-14 Weekend Edition interview NPR  
2014-09-17 Fresh Air interview NPR  
2014-09-17 WNYC interview WNYC  
2014-10-06 Bullseye interview Maximum Fun  
2014-10-22 Los Angeles Review of Books AV interview LARB AV Video
2014-10-23 Kreative Kontrol interview #140 Kreative Kontrol  
2014-10-30 KCRW interview KCRW  

Occasionally, I find live recordings of songs which have no information connected to them about where or when they were played. At present, thanks largely to the exceptional memories of Stephen Plummer and Caliclimber, I only have two such tracks: Mutiny in Heaven (Birthday Party cover) and Loch Lomond. If you have any ideas about where these could be from, please be in touch!

As the Extra Lens or Extra Glenns

Date Event - venue, location Download Notes
? ? archive.org Incomplete
1992-12-06 Munchie's, Pomona    
1995-09-21 Empty Bottle, Chicago    
2000-03-05 Absolutely Kosher House, San Francisco    
2002-12-07 VPRO Amstel Festival, Amsterdam   cf. the companion tMG set
2010-10-21 Mercury Lounge, New York nyctaper  
2010-10-22 KEXP session KEXP  

As the Seneca Twins

Date Event - venue, location Download Notes
1995-11-25 Empty Bottle, Chicago   See index

Other sources of live show information