On April 6, 2018, Merge Records will release I Only Listen to the Mountain Goats: All Hail West Texas, a double-LP compiling the covers of each track from All Hail West Texas that will be unveiled during the first season of I Only Listen to the Mountain Goats, a unique new podcast from Night Vale Presents. Each cover will be released as a digital single when the corresponding podcast episode is broadcast, starting with Laura Jane Grace’s cover of “The Best Ever Death Metal Band in Denton” on September 28, 2017. I Only Listen to the Mountain Goats is a collaboration between Merge Records, Night Vale Presents, and the Mountain Goats.
“As a songwriter, no other artist has influenced my own work as much,” writes Grace regarding her contribution to this project. “Darnielle’s ability with words to paint a couple scenes from a story and let your mind imagine the rest of the details is unparalleled and something I’ve always strived to learn from.”
Season one of I Only Listen to the Mountain Goats premieres today. Subscribe now. Episodes and the corresponding digital singles will be released every other week until April 5, 2018. Listen to Laura Jane Grace’s cover of “The Best Ever Death Metal Band in Denton” and pre-order I Only Listen to the Mountain Goats: All Hail West Texas now in the Merge store. This special double-vinyl release will contain two LPs, one pink and one blue. All pre-orders will include an “I Only Listen to the Mountain Goats” patch, and 50 pre-orders chosen at random will receive a copy of the album signed by John Darnielle.