A while ago I stumbled across a Google map, exhaustively notated with every place John Darnielle has ever mentioned in a song(minus the Moon, I think). The Mountain Goats effortlessly conjure places both exotic and mundane, and seeing them all laid out in front of you is thrilling.
Place plays a huge part in Bruce Springsteen's work as well, but he conjures his own universe, one were "guitars flash like switchblades", and everyone knows who the Chicken Man is. The Mountain Goats ground their struggles in strange names, familiar places, and Bruce writes of the New Jersey that should be.
Here's your guide to that place.
Now someone just needs to map the Hold Steady.