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I Only Listen to the Mountain Goats

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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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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

43:58 | 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

41:20 | 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

41:56 | 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

38:27 | 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

37:18 | 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

45:21 | 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

38:58 | 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

37:41 | 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

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03:32 | 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