I Only Listen to the Mountain Goats

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.

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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 album on Bandcamp or from the Merge store today.



Co-created and Co-hosted by Joseph Fink

Co-hosted by John Darnielle

Co-created and Produced by Christy Gressman

Edited by Grant Stewart

Mixed by Vincent Cacchione

Logo by Rob Wilson

Featuring music by:
Andrew BirdDessa, Carrie Elkin, Craig Finn, Laura Jane Grace, Holy Sons, Ibibio Sound Machine, Julian Koster, Loamlands, Erin McKeown, Mothers, Nana GrizolAmanda Palmer, Eliza Rickman & Jherek Bischoff


General Inquiries – Christy Gressman

Press – Christine Ragasa

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