The Mountain Goats will tour the United States in 2011 and 2012.

The Mountain Goats will tour the United States from late 2011 to April 2012, where they’ll ma–oh sod it, sometimes the band makes the announcement better than you ever could. From the fingertips of John Darnielle:

I want to explain something to you. On the day when the last of the undead cyborgs lies in the wet red clay of the camouflaged pit that trapped him, and the smoke rising from his circuits indicates in vanishing Morse code that he truly was the last hominid to walk the surface of this late planet, that will technically be a lie, because there will still be three hominids left, and they’ll be called the Mountain Goats, and they will still be touring. On that day, may the fates delay its coming, we will announce a tour of the network of bio-pods underneath the ruins of the former cities, and it will cost you a quart of whole blood to get in. In the present day, let’s enjoy it while it lasts, what we’re going to do is tour down south, because the American South in January is evidence that the universe loves us deeply and holds an abiding concern for our pleasure and well-being.

Translation: the Mountain Goats promise to tour forever, a promised they’ve fulfilled by touring right now. Here’s the current schedule:

12-06 Chicago, IL – The Second City (Letters to Santa Benefit)
12-16 Los Angeles, CA – The Troubadour (Invisible Children Benefit)
01-19 Austin, TX – Antone’s
01-20 Houston, TX – Fitzgerald’s
01-21 New Orleans, LA – Tipitina’s
01-23 Tallahassee, FL – Club Downunder
01-24 Orlando, FL – The Social
01-25 Tampa, FL – Crowbar
01-27 St. Augustine, FL – The Original Cafe Eleven
01-28 Atlanta, GA – The Earl
01-30 Athens, GA – 40 Watt Club
01-31 Charlotte, NC – Visulite Theatre
02-02 Asheville, NC – Grey Eagle
02-04 Saxapahaw, NC – The Haw River Ballroom
03-09 Denton, TX – 35 Denton Festival
03-13 New York, NY – Carnegie Hall (The Music of the Rolling Stones: Hot Rocks 1964-1971)
03-24 New York, NY – Ecstatic Music Festival
04-02 London, England – The Barbican

Grab what will no doubt be hotly contested Mountain Goats tickets (seriously, their fans are rabid – count me among them). And with hundreds of songs to their name, it’s hard to pick just one to show off, so I’ll go with a favorite of a good handful of my friends: “No Children.”