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I Only Listen to the Mountain Goats

Night Vale Presents

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Welcome to Night Vale creator Joseph Fink and the Mountain Goats singer/songwriter John Darnielle discuss what it means to be an artist, a fan, and both at once. They explore the stories behind the Mountain Goats' album All Hail West Texas, one song ...Show More
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211: Possum by Night

44:09 | Aug 1st

This week, John and Joseph discuss an important point of real artistic disagreement between the two of them, cute animals, and Possum by Night from the Mountain Goats’ new album, In League With Dragons. Featuring an exclusive demo of the song. In Lea...Show More
Episode 10: Divided Sky Lane

37:51 | Jul 18th

Today Joseph and John talk time signatures, why great songs don’t always make it onto great albums, and Divided Sky Lane, a song that didn’t end up on In League With Dragons. Featuring two versions of the song: the guitar version that was released as...Show More
Episode 9: Anja Keister and Iris Explosion

51:40 | Jul 4th

Anja Keister and Iris Explosion, creators of burlesque shows based on both the Mountain Goats and Welcome to Night Vale, talk with Joseph and John about the connection between burlesque, art, and fandom. I Only Strip to the Mountain Goats 2 — a drag,...Show More
Episode 8: Younger

53:37 | Jun 20th

In this episode, John and Joseph — with the help of a guitar, engineer Vincent Cacchione, and some prune hamentashen — walk through the evolution and production of Younger, from The Mountain Goats’ new album, In League With Dragons. Featuring an excl...Show More
Episode 7: An Antidote for Strychnine

56:12 | Jun 6th

This week, John and Joseph talk about their relationships to work, art, and family, our attraction to dark imagery, and what An Antidote for Strychnine is really about. Featuring an exclusive demo of the song. The Mountain Goats’ new album, In League...Show More
Episode 6: PJ Vogt

47:56 | May 23rd

On today’s episode, PJ Vogt of Reply All stops by the studio to talk with Joseph and John about story building and sword buying. We’ll be back with more song discussion and exclusive demos on our next episode. In the meantime, get the Mountain Goats’...Show More
Episode 5: Cadaver Sniffing Dog

54:57 | May 9th

This week, John Darnielle and Joseph Fink talk tea shops, guitar solos, and Cadaver Sniffing Dog from the Mountain Goats’ new album, In League With Dragons, out now on Merge Records. Featuring an exclusive demo version of Cadaver Sniffing Dog. For mo...Show More
Episode 4: Going Invisible 2

49:39 | Apr 25th

John Darnielle and Joseph Fink discuss growth through destruction, the value of creative constraints, and Going Invisible 2 from the Mountain Goats’ upcoming album, In League With Dragons, out April 26 on Merge Records. Featuring an exclusive demo ve...Show More
Episode 3: Done Bleeding

50:04 | Apr 18th

CONTENT WARNING: This episode contains mentions of addiction and self-harm. On today’s episode, Joseph Fink and John Darnielle talk leaving, learning how to live, and Done Bleeding, from the Mountain Goats’ upcoming album, In League With Dragons, out...Show More
Episode 2: Sicilian Crest

52:41 | Apr 11th

For the first time ever, a single is being released simultaneously with an hour-long discussion of the making of the song. In our first full episode of the season, John and Joseph discuss Sicilian Crest, the last song — and first single — from the Mo...Show More
Episode 1: Introduction

10:52 | Apr 4th

A collaboration between Night Vale Presents, the Mountain Goats, and Merge Records, I Only Listen to the Mountain Goats is a podcast about what it means to be an artist, what it means to be a fan, and what it means to be, as many people are, both at ...Show More
Season 2 Trailer

02:04 | Mar 28th

A collaboration between Night Vale Presents, the Mountain Goats, and Merge Records, I Only Listen to the Mountain Goats is a podcast about what it means to be an artist, what it means to be a fan, and what it means to be, as many people are, both at ...Show More
Episode 16: Steal Smoked Fish (Live)

1:06:46 | Oct 8th, 2018

Our next season won’t be out until sometime next spring, so to hold you over, here’s a recording of our first ever live show at Thalia Hall in Chicago, featuring special guest Danny Schmidt covering “Steal Smoked Fish.” Special thanks to The Onion Co...Show More
Episode 15: Listener Questions and Kate Leth

1:07:40 | Apr 19th, 2018

In this post-season bonus episode, John and Joseph answer some of your questions, chat with artist Kate Leth , and talk about what the next season of I Only Listen to the Mountain Goats will look like. Buy the full cover album digitally or on vinyl t...Show More
Episode 14: Absolute Lithops Effect

52:53 | Apr 5th, 2018

John and Joseph talk about the final song on All Hail West Texas, endings, and what happens after the ending has ended. Carrie Elkin joins to discuss bringing kids on tour and her cover of “Absolute Lithops Effect.” Buy Carrie Elkin’s cover of “Absol...Show More
Episode 13: Source Decay

42:34 | Mar 22nd, 2018

John and Joseph are back in the basement to talk about treasuring the unknown. Emil Amos (Holy Sons) joins to discuss the heyday of indie rock and his cover of “Source Decay.” Buy Holy Sons’ cover of “Source Decay” on iTunes, Bandcamp, or wherever yo...Show More
Episode 12: Blues in Dallas

46:13 | Mar 8th, 2018

This week: Bible translations, conspiracy theories, and the power of silence. Robbie and Matte from Nana Grizol join to talk about their cover of “Blues in Dallas” and karaoke. Buy Nana Grizol’s cover of “Blues in Dallas” on iTunes, Bandcamp, or wher...Show More
Episode 11: Distant Stations

44:15 | Feb 22nd, 2018

John and Joseph discuss radio signals in Texas, Chaucer, and the origin of the phrase “I only listen to the Mountain Goats.” Andrew Bird joins to talk about what drew him to “Distant Stations.” Buy Andrew Bird’s cover of “Distant Stations” on iTunes...Show More
Episode 10: Jeff Davis County Blues

50:36 | Feb 8th, 2018

“Jeff Davis County Blues” is a song with a particular meaning to Joseph's life. Julian Koster of The Music Tapes and The Orbiting Human Circus (of the Air) joins to share his dream-inspired cover. Buy Julian Koster’s cover of “Jeff Davis County Blues...Show More
Episode 9: The Mess Inside

51:02 | Jan 26th, 2018

John and Joseph discuss why simple songs have to be perfect and how our experience of a place will always be subjective. Amanda Palmer joins to talk about feeling compelled to finish books and recording her cover of "The Mess Inside" in an empty gree...Show More
Episode 8: Riches and Wonders

49:17 | Jan 11th, 2018

John and Joseph are back at basement mattress headquarters to talk about their artistic influences and the meaning of home. Eliza Rickman and Jherek Bischoff join to talk about their cover of “Riches and Wonders.” Buy Eliza Rickman and Jherek Bischo...Show More
Episode 7: Pink and Blue

41:21 | Dec 28th, 2017

This week, John and Joseph look up some stuff on the Mountain Goats wiki and then ease into a discussion of “Pink and Blue.” Kristine Leschper from Mothers joins to talk about their approach to covering the song. Buy Mothers’ cover of “Pink and Blue...Show More
Episode 6: Balance

40:46 | Dec 14th, 2017

John and Joseph discuss artistic restraints, Silver Age Latin, and why theaters should stop producing Shakespeare. Dessa joins to talk about and premiere her cover of “Balance.” Buy Dessa’s cover of “Balance” on iTunes, Bandcamp, or wherever you buy...Show More
Episode 5: Fault Lines

36:06 | Nov 30th, 2017

Craig Finn, lead singer of The Hold Steady and solo artist, joins to talk Catholicism, music stands, and KISS. Buy Craig Finn’s cover of “Fault Lines” on iTunes, Bandcamp, or wherever you buy digital music. It supports both the artist and the show! ...Show More
Episode 4: Jenny

37:22 | Nov 9th, 2017

Erin McKeown, incredible songwriter and former tourmate to both John and Joseph, joins to talk technique, showtunes, and how songwriting is like baseball. Buy Erin McKeown’s cover of “Jenny” on iTunes, Bandcamp, or wherever you buy digital music. It...Show More
Episode 3: Color in Your Cheeks

44:21 | Oct 26th, 2017

“Color in Your Cheeks” is a song about immigration, refugees, and welcoming—the simple act of saying “You are not from here, but we’re glad you’re here now.” It seemed like a good year to talk about that. Featuring guests Eno Williams and Max Grunhar...Show More
Episode 2: Fall of the Star High School Running Back

39:00 | Oct 12th, 2017

Subjects covered: Choosing what music to put in your body, mandatory minimum sentences, and what the desert does to artists. Plus Kym Register of Loamlands joins to talk about the local Durham scene and how to tell diverse stories. Premiering a new c...Show More
Episode 1: The Best Ever Death Metal Band in Denton

35:28 | Sep 28th, 2017

John Darnielle and Joseph Fink discuss the role in their lives of art, faith, and satan with John Green, author of The Fault in Our Stars and the upcoming Turtles All The Way Down. And we learn why making the job of creating art more difficult can so...Show More
Trailer

03:31 | Sep 5th, 2017

I Only Listen to the Mountain Goats is about what it means to be an artist, a fan, and, as many people are, both at once. It finds Welcome to Night Vale creator Joseph Fink in conversation with one of his heroes, John Darnielle of the Mountain Goats....Show More