I Only Listen to the Mountain Goats

16 EpisodesProduced by Night Vale Presents

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 … read more

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Episode 15: Listener Questions and Kate Leth

April 19th, 2018


Episode 14: Absolute Lithops Effect

April 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 …

Episode 13: Source Decay

March 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 …

Episode 12: Blues in Dallas

March 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 …

Episode 11: Distant Stations

February 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.”

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Episode 10: Jeff Davis County Blues

February 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 …

Episode 9: The Mess Inside

January 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 …

Episode 8: Riches and Wonders

January 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.”

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Episode 7: Pink and Blue

December 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.

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Episode 6: Balance

December 14th, 2017


John and Joseph discuss artistic restraints, Silver Age Latin, and why theaters should stop producing Shakespeare. Dessa joins to talk about and …


September 5th, 2017


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 …

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