WTF Podcast

Episode 366 - John Darnielle

John Darnielle, driving force behind The Mountain Goats, tells Marc how a childhood cycle of abuse led him down a dark path of drug use and criminal behavior before he became a psychiatric nurse and an accomplished musician. This episode is sponsored by Merge Records (enter WTF at checkout for 20% off) and by, where you can click on the radio mic and enter WTF to start a no-risk trial with a $110 bonus offer.


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aLAN March 04, 2013 at 6:23 pm


Scott Jones March 04, 2013 at 6:58 pm

Constant screaming fights doesn’t seem like a good thing for a long-term relationship :x

JR March 04, 2013 at 7:14 pm

Marc, love the podcast and all the musicians you’ve been having on as of late. i am waiting patiently for your thurston moore interview.

Kim March 04, 2013 at 7:44 pm

Marc, thanks for interviewing John Darnielle! His songs have a lot of personal value to me, and it was gratifying to hear his story within the WTF format. Previous to the interview I only knew his story threw his albums.

My favorite way to listen to The Mountain Goats is via desert road trips. If you’re driving for days across the southwest or the California desert the dramatic landscape makes for great scenery, and the dry wind will keep the tears off your face.

Lola March 04, 2013 at 9:01 pm

Brilliant, brilliant interview.

Jay March 04, 2013 at 10:23 pm

Concerning Spoon, get “Series of Sneaks”.... one of my all time favorite records…you’re welcome in advance.

K. Thor Jensen March 05, 2013 at 5:39 pm

John was right despite himself, he was thinking of Ernie Roth, the Grand Wizard of Wrestling. It does sound Klan-y.

Dan March 06, 2013 at 8:28 am

What can I say, probably my favorite WTF so far.. yet I can’t help but feel like we barely scratched the surface, a lot was left unsaid.. Marc if you read this, get him in for another talk sometime!

maron id March 06, 2013 at 9:51 am

Come on man. I need you to admit to me publicly what is “program” info. Yeah, I promote indie music, I’m a good guy. They do sponsor me. Aww, f*ck maybe I am only thinking about the bottom line and not dying broke as I discussed with Eddie. Maybe I am a Barbara Walters/ National Enquirer type of relatively unknowns but, now I’m getting “Don Draper” and other people who I will kiss their mythical feet except of course that Chelsea Handler. I snapped on her and her lavish lifestyle. Yeah, I’m of the people…. Is that a choice or situational? Boomer lives

Ryan March 19, 2013 at 11:25 pm

Huh this thread sure got weird.

Thanks for interviewing one of my favorite musicians, I absolutely loved the conversation. Can’t wait until Thursday to hear your interview with another favorite of mine, E.

Ami February 13, 2014 at 12:57 pm

Amazing interview.  One of my faves and I have listened to nearly everything.  Keep up the great work, Marc!  Love what you are doing.