I Only Listen To The Mountain Goats is an fantastic podcast where host Joseph Fink and John Darnielle, singer for the Mountain Goats go song by song through two albums, discussing what it’s like to be an artist, what it’s like to be a fan, and what it’s like to be both.
There hasn’t been a third season yet (please let it be yet) so this video is the closest thing to it. John Darnielle disavows the idea that one person’s way of writing a song can be applied to someone else, but then goes into some detail anyway. Darnielle’s style is full of digressions and random turns, all of them fascinating. This video is a wonderful look into how he works.