"[Goth] was a convenient shorthand for the type of music that you liked if you had a kind of a morbid imagination and favored minor keys," says John Darnielle. Jeremy M. Lange/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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New Mix: Shakey Graves, The War On Drugs, The Mountain Goats, More

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In 'Universal Harvester,' Mountain Goats Lyricist Reaps A Creepy Crop

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"[Death metal] is a very passionate music. It's also really dark and gory--and I like that stuff." - John Darnielle, of the Mountain Goats. DL Andersoni hide caption

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John Darnielle: Master Of Reality

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Dengue Fever, Cowboy Junkies Revisited, Black Mountain, More

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Built to Spill, The Mountain Goats, Lil B, More

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Splitsville: Breaking Up With Your Favorite Bands

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Fall Music Preview

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John Darnielle's new book is Wolf In White Van. DL Anderson/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Sprinting Toward Epiphany: Talking With A Songwriter Turned Novelist

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The Mountain Goats On Mountain Stage

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More than 10 years ago, John Darnielle of The Mountain Goats made a career-defining record with the crudest possible tools. D.L. Anderson/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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'Something Being Born': On Making A Classic Album With A Boombox

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Nine-Minute Road Trip

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