More than 10 years ago, John Darnielle of The Mountain Goats made a career-defining record with the crudest possible tools. D.L. Anderson/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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The Mountain Goats' John Darnielle live at the Ecstatic Music Festival, held at Merkin Concert Hall, New York City, on March 24, 2012. David Andrako/courtesy of Merkin Concert Hall hide caption

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