I Only Listen to the Mountain Goats

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.


219: Hand of Death
Nov 20 • 40 min
We’ve reached the end of the season, and we saved the first song written for this album for last. Today, John and Joseph have one more conversation about what it means to be a fan, an artist, and both at once — and talk about “Hand of Death,” which never…
218: In League with Dragons
Nov 7 • 56 min
John and Joseph talk touring, books, and the title track from the Mountain Goats’ In League with Dragons. Featuring an exclusive demo of the song. The Mountain Goats’ In League With Dragons is out now on Merge Records. Get it at…
217: Maureen Johnson
Oct 23 • 48 min
Writer Maureen Johnson gets loopy with a very tired Joseph and John on today’s episode. The Mountain Goats’* In League With Dragons* is out now on Merge Records. Get it at mergerecords.com/in-league-with-dragons. For more information, go to…
216: Doc Gooden
Oct 10 • 60 min
On today’s episode, John and Joseph talk baseball, tragedy, and rhythm — and Doc Gooden from the Mountain Goats’ latest album, In League With Dragons. Featuring an exclusive demo of the song. In League With Dragons is out now on Merge Records. Get it at…
215: Passaic 1975
Sep 26 • 55 min
This week, Mal Blum sticks around to talk Black Sabbath, touring, live albums, and Passaic 1975 from the Mountain Goats’ latest album, In League With Dragons . Featuring an exclusive demo of the song. In League With Dragons is out now on Merge Records.…
214: Mal Blum
Sep 12 • 59 min
Mal Blum joins John and Joseph to talk about making a living as an artist and their relationship with fans. Check out Mal’s latest album, Pity Boy, here: https://lnk.to/Pityboy. The Mountain Goats’ In League With Dragons is out now on Merge Records. Get…
213: Clemency for the Wizard King
Aug 29 • 49 min
Joseph and John talk writing, rock operas, and Clemency for the Wizard King from the Mountain Goats’ latest album, In League With Dragons. Featuring an exclusive demo of the song. In League With Dragons is out now on Merge Records. Get it at…
212: Waylon Jennings Live!
Aug 15 • 48 min
John and Joseph are back in Brooklyn to discuss outlaw country, public figures in decline, and Waylon Jennings Live! from the Mountain Goats’ new album, In League With Dragons. Featuring an exclusive demo of the song. In League With Dragons is out now on…
211: Possum by Night
Aug 1 • 44 min
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 League…
210: Divided Sky Lane
Jul 18 • 37 min
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 a…
209: Anja Keister and Iris Explosion
Jul 4 • 51 min
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,…
208: Younger
Jun 20 • 53 min
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 exclusive…
207: An Antidote for Strychnine
Jun 6 • 56 min
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 With…
206: PJ Vogt
May 23 • 47 min
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’ new…
205: Cadaver Sniffing Dog
May 9 • 54 min
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 more…
204: Going Invisible 2
Apr 25 • 49 min
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 version…
203: Done Bleeding
Apr 18 • 50 min
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…
202: Sicilian Crest
Apr 11 • 52 min
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…
201: Introduction
Apr 4 • 10 min
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 once.…
Season 2 Trailer
Mar 28 • 2 min
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 once.…
116: Steal Smoked Fish (Live)
Oct 8, 2018 • 66 min
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 Comedy…
115: Listener Questions and Kate Leth
Apr 18, 2018 • 67 min
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 today.…
114: Absolute Lithops Effect
Apr 5, 2018 • 52 min
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 “Absolute…
113: Source Decay
Mar 22, 2018 • 42 min
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 you buy…
112: Blues in Dallas
Mar 7, 2018 • 46 min
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 wherever…
111: Distant Stations
Feb 22, 2018 • 44 min
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,…
110: Jeff Davis County Blues
Feb 8, 2018 • 50 min
“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” on…
109: The Mess Inside
Jan 26, 2018 • 51 min
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…
108: Riches and Wonders
Jan 11, 2018 • 49 min
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 Bischoff’s…
107: Pink and Blue
Dec 28, 2017 • 41 min
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” on…
106: Balance
Dec 14, 2017 • 40 min
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…
105: Fault Lines
Nov 30, 2017 • 36 min
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! Buy…
104: Jenny
Nov 9, 2017 • 37 min
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…
103: Color in Your Cheeks
Oct 26, 2017 • 44 min
“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 Grunhard…
102: Fall of the Star High School Running Back
Oct 12, 2017 • 39 min
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 cover…
101: The Best Ever Death Metal Band in Denton
Sep 28, 2017 • 35 min
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…
Season 1 Trailer
Sep 5, 2017 • 3 min
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.…