I Only Listen to the Mountain Goats

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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.

The show finds Joseph Fink, creator of Welcome to Night Vale and Alice Isn’t Dead, in conversation with one of his artistic heroes, John Darnielle, singer and songwriter of the Mountain Goats. Season One explores the stories behind the Mountain Goats’ album All Hail West Texas, one song at a time.

In each episode, John, Joseph, and special guests discuss songwriting, storytelling, current events, and the art and artists that inspire them. Each episode will also premiere a brand new cover version of the song discussed that week, recorded just for the podcast by artists like Amanda Palmer, Andrew Bird, and Dessa.


Live Show

We're taking I Only Listen to the Mountain Goats to The Onion Comedy Festival in Chicago! Come see Joseph Fink and John Darnielle LIVE at Thalia Hall on May 30th. Tickets on sale now.


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The Album

I Only Listen to the Mountain Goats: All Hail West Texas collects all fourteen cover songs that will premiere this season. The album will be available both digitally and on a special double-vinyl release, which contains two LPs, one pink and one blue. All vinyl pre-orders will include an “I Only Listen to the Mountain Goats” patch.

I Only Listen to the Mountain Goats: All Hail West Texas will be released on April 6, 2018.

Pre-order the digital album on Bandcamp or the vinyl from MergeTopatoco, or your local record store.




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