It’s fall, which means the heady summer days of listening almost nonstop to the Grateful Dead are slowing down only to be supplanted with artists who are a bit more melancholy.

The complicated Warren Zevon is an artist who is near the top of this list, and a recently published essay by Steven Hyden in the Ringer describes a lot of what makes the cantankerous Zevon so interesting.

This essay dovetails lovely with a recent find: a rare recording of Zevon on the beloved Cleveland radio station WMMS. Both versions—one with the interview, and the one without—are well worth your time.