45: The Best Ever Songwriter Outta The 909

He's been called the best non-hip hop lyricist in the English language. This week we talk about one of the strangest cats to ever put pen to paper, and then voice to boombox recorder, and eventually, fully realized band to stage: The Mountain Goats, the brainchild of the poet laureate of Inland Empire youth, John Darnielle.

Thanks to our special guest Jose for a fascinating conversation that runs from personal interactions and tour reflections to our own intimate emotional journeys through the past two decades in music and nostalgia. Along the way we listen to some of the most well written, funny, tragic, and insanely clever "folk" music ever made.