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The Mountain Goats - Words and Music - 2012

by Russ Borris
John Darnielle photo by D.L. Anderson

It's no secret that John Darnielle—the man behind The Mountain Goats—has been one of the most impressive and consistent songwriters over the last decade and a half. JD also happens to be a tremendous conversationalist and an engaging interview. When John returned to FUV for a solo session, I asked him about the somewhat quick, 18-month turnaround between All Eternals Deck and the new album, Transcendental Youth. In his mind, writing a song a month isn't asking a lot and if he can't do that, maybe he needs to do something else. Thankfully, he keeps going.

John played a few new songs from album #14 from The Mountain Goats and dipped back in the catalog, too. We also talked about his role as a dad, a bit about classic (and present day) Black Sabbath, an under-appreciated Yoko Ono and more. Great fun!

[recorded: 09/11/12]

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