I Only Listen to the Mountain Goats
By 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 at time. Plus, brand new covers of each episode's song, from artists like Amanda Palmer, Andrew Bird, and Dessa. Episodes every other Thursday.
||CleanEpisode 16: Steal Smoked Fish (Live)||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.”||8 10 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 15: Listener Questions and Kate Leth||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.||18 4 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 14: Absolute Lithops Effect||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.”||4 4 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 13: Source Decay||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."||21 3 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 12: Blues in Dallas||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.||7 3 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 11: Distant Stations||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 discuss what drew him to “Distant Stations.”||21 2 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 10: Jeff Davis County Blues||"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.||7 2 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 9: The Mess Inside||John and Joseph discuss why simple songs have to be perfect and how our experience of a place will always be subjective.||26 1 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 8: Riches and Wonders||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...||10 1 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 7: Pink and Blue||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...||27 12 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 6: Balance||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...||13 12 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 5: Fault Lines||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...||29 11 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 4: Jenny||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...||8 11 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 3: Color in Your Cheeks||“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...||25 10 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 2: Fall of the Star High School Running Back||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...||11 10 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 1: The Best Ever Death Metal Band in Denton||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...||27 9 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanTrailer||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...||5 9 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
I’m sad to have finished this series. What a great bunch of conversations. Can’t wait to see where you guys take it next.
Man I don’t even listen to the Mountain Goats...
...but John’s dope voice talking all that deep brilliance got me from every angle. Do yourself a favour and listen you fools!
I only listen to podcasts about the Mountain Goats
I didn't even know the Mountain Goats before this, and I'm torn between being glad I get to discover them in this wonderful format and the sadness of missing them all my life until now. The podcast has amazing guests and covers, but I also just love the bits when Joseph and John are talking. I'd recommend it to anyone who loves creativity and talking about life and the creative process.