The Mountain Goats share new song “Going Back to California” — listen

Taken from an album of Ozzy Osbourne-themed songs


Professional wrestling isn’t the only sport The Mountain Goats enjoy. On Wednesday, frontman John Darnielle promised the band would release a new song called “Wizard Level” if enough people donated to a fundraiser for his bowling team, Reproductive Justice League, which was competing to benefit the Carolina Abortion Fund.

Although they did reach their goal of $4,000 in just a matter of hours, today Darnielle has posted a message via Tumblr saying that the song isn’t quite ready for release yet. To tide fans over, however, The Mountain Goats have decided to share a different new song. Dubbed “Going Back to California”, it’s “about about the plane crash that killed [Ozzy Osbourne guitarist] Randy Rhoads, which happened right in the middle of a tour,” according to Darnielle.

(Read: The Mountain Goats in 10 Songs)

The track is reportedly taken from a much larger stash of songs about Ozzy Osbourne and Black Sabbath and can be downloaded here (WAV) or here (M4A).

Below, read Darnielle’s full post.

“Hey everybody, yesterday one of my teammates from the Reproductive Justice League emailed to see if I’d RT some stuff about the Bowl-a-Thon to raise awareness and funds. I can’t bowl this year I don’t think, my spring schedule is super hectic and I can’t keep track of where I’m supposed to be from one day to the next, but I wanted to help, so I told Twitter I’d finish this acapella tune I wrote last year and give it away for free if we could get the team up to four thousand dollars.

People responded by making our league the #6 fundraisers in the nation, and our team the #1 team on the leaderboard as of this writing. I am immensely grateful. The National Network of Abortion Funds helps people pay for abortions they need but can’t afford. This is important work, in my view. This means a lot to me.

I didn’t get a chance to track the song today – the Mountain Goats, all four us us, were in the basement rehearsing from 10:30 ’til 4:15, we have a tour coming up, gotta get up to speed. But I wrote to Scott Solter and I said, hey man, remember those songs about Ozzy and Black Sabbath we recorded last year, is it cool with you if I give one away? Because I have a whole crop of new songs now, the album of songs about Ozzy is probably gonna cobweb on my hard drive for a while. Scott said “sure” so here – link is in the song title, go ahead and click now – “Going Back to California,” a song about the plane crash that killed Randy Rhoads, which happened right in the middle of a tour.

I used Zippyshare to upload. I know nothing about this program except that a lot of people seem to use it to get songs out there, so there it is.

I’m very fond of these sad songs about Ozzy which will probably never see formal release, and am so happy to give this one a home in the world – I hope you enjoy it; the other song, the acapella-harmonies one, I hope to track on Saturday, but I am a dad to two kids, Saturday mornings can be hard times to get work done so it might be next week. Meanwhile, enjoy!

Credits: guitar and vocals by John Darnielle

driven into tape by Scott Solter

(I uploaded it as a wav, by the way – it’s 80 MB. when I get another minute I’ll convert it to AAC or something and update this post with the link.)

(edit: here’s the AAC version, a scant 5.1 MB!)”