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In the crowd at a middle-of-nowhere North Carolina show, an earnest and bearded young man approaches John Darnielle, the Mountain Goats frontman. The young man slides in next to Darnielle, briefly and respectfully praising his music. This is nothing new. Young men in dark rooms have been approaching Darnielle for a couple of decades, and… More »

A brief taxonomy of prolific musicians, in terms of popularity. We have the obsessed cranks, those who toil in underground music caves without the usual industry strictures to condense their output: R. Stevie Moore, Jandek, Senmuth. You’ve got your restless creatives, the major figures who earned the cultural and actual capital to indulge their every… More »

John Darnielle is quite a character. Having listened to his kaleidoscopic back catalog of Mountain Goats releases since the early 1990s, I felt like a I had a pretty good handle on what he might be like as a person. After sitting down to chat with him about Transcendental Youth, the Mountain Goats’ excellent new… More »

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The Mountain Goats’ John Darnielle & Rolling Stone’s Christopher Weingarten Made A Noise Cassette

John Darnielle is the frontman of the Mountain Goats, one of the greatest bands in the world. He's also a great writer, and you should…
Tom Breihan | October 15, 2015 - 11:49 am

Mountain Goats’ John Darnielle’s Debut Novel Nominated For National Book Award

The Mountain Goats' mastermind John Darnielle recently released his debut novel, Wolf In White Van, to really good reviews. (You can hear the first few…
James Rettig | September 17, 2014 - 9:21 pm

Hear Mountain Goats’ John Darnielle Read The Beginning Of His New Book Wolf In White Van

John Darnielle recently announced he will be going on a tour to do readings from his upcoming book Wolf In White Van. Now you can…
Miles Bowe | September 12, 2014 - 4:11 pm

Mountain Goats’ John Darnielle Announces Book Tour For His Debut Novel

Fans of the Mountain Goats have surely been wishing/waiting for this moment for a long time: John Darnielle recently announced plans to release his first…
Miles Bowe | July 11, 2014 - 1:09 pm

Watch John Darnielle, Justin Vernon, & Megafaun Cover Grateful Dead’s “Friend Of The Devil”

Lately, Justin Vernon has been playing a few random shows with the North Carolina band Megafaun, his friends and former DeYarmomd Edison bandmates. They played
Tom Breihan | May 2, 2014 - 12:07 pm

Mountain Goats’ John Darnielle Announces Debut Novel Wolf In White Van

If you've spent enough time listening to the Mountain Goats, you know that frontman John Darnielle has a remarkable gift for short, economical, evocative fictions…
Tom Breihan | March 4, 2014 - 8:59 am

The Mountain Goats’ John Darnielle Does His First 100% Goat-Related Interview

Yep. What you read up there is true, folks. John Darnielle finally sat down and talked some real-talk about goats with Modern Farmer. And as…
Miles Bowe | September 20, 2013 - 5:41 pm

John Darnielle – “Short Song For Justin Bieber’s Paparazzi”

The Mountain Goats' John Darnielle -- who was recently an excellent guest on Marc Maron's WTF podcast -- has been a short ditty for Justin…
Claire Lobenfeld | March 12, 2013 - 12:36 pm

Hear John Darnielle On Marc Maron’s WTF

Mountain Goats frontman John Darnielle might be the single greatest talker in all of indie rock; as much as I love Mountain Goats songs, I’ve…
Tom Breihan | March 4, 2013 - 1:23 pm

Turntable Interview: The Mountain Goats

The Mountain Goats are just about to release Transcendental Youth, which is their 14th studio album. In support of their album the group, comprised of…
Melissa Locker | August 24, 2012 - 8:48 am

Superchunk (Feat. John Darnielle) Play First Late Night TV Show In 16 Years

It's the '90s again, and for my bucks two cents, old-time favorites Superchunk and their new album Majesty Shredding are leading the charge most emphatically.
brandon | September 21, 2010 - 12:25 pm

Superchunk – “Digging For Something” Video (Videogum Premiere)

The video for Majesty Shredding’s “Digging For Something” was directed by former Daily Show writer Scott Jacobson and stars Superchunk (Feat. One Original Member), John…
brandon | September 13, 2010 - 10:55 am

Superchunk – “Digging For Something” (Stereogum Premiere)

When I asked Superchunk's Jon Wurster about Majesty Shredding for the band's Progress Report, he said he was most looking forward to having people hear…
jessica | June 15, 2010 - 4:28 pm

Mountain Goats’ Satanic Messiah Can Be Yours For $6.66

Actually, you have three pricing options, but “devotee level” is the most appealing from a Satanic standpoint (go less for “congregant level,” $10 gets you…
brandon | October 10, 2008 - 12:05 pm

New Mountain Goats & Kaki King – “Thank You Mario But Our Princess Is In Another Castle”

In this Heretic Pride era, John Darnielle's getting involved in some interesting collaborations. His work with Aesop Rock might have felt more left-field, but despite…
brandon | September 8, 2008 - 9:40 am

New Mountain Goats Live Video – “Sign Of The Crow,” John Darnielle Talks Sci-Fi

We were pretty clear about how much we liked Heretic Pride when we analyzed the Mountain Goat's newest offering. "Sign Of The Crow" isn't on…
brandon | March 28, 2008 - 5:18 pm

John Darnielle’s Five Favorite Mountain Goats Characters

As we mentioned in our early rave of the Mountain Goats' Heretic Pride, John Darnielle is a darn good lyricist, peopling his songs with folks…
brandon | February 20, 2008 - 12:09 pm