Episode 56: Kerosene Hat by Cracker

After a day spent searching for a place to make a record, members of the Richmond, VA by way of Redlands, CA band Cracker would decide to make a detour and get something to eat at Pappy and Harriet’s Pioneertown Palace. It was there that everything would seemingly fall into place. In Episode 56, Cracker’s David Lowery tells the story of his band’s 1993 sophomore effort Kerosene Hat. Recorded with producer Don Smith in Pioneertown, Lowery touches on the band’s experience making the album in an old barn that once served as a soundstage and the unexpected commercial success that would follow its release.

For more info on Cracker, visit crackersoul.com

Episode 55: Why That Doesn’t Surprise Me by The Lucksmiths

In the summer of 2000/2001, Melbourne, Australia’s The Lucksmiths would enter Audrey Studios in the Melbourne suburb of Richmond to record with producer Craig Pilkington. When the sessions were complete, the band would emerge with an ambitious new album. In Episode 55, The Lucksmiths’ Marty Donald and Mark Monnone tell the story of their 2001 indie pop classic Why That Doesn’t Surprise Me. Detailing the events and experiences that led to its creation, the bandmates discuss the writing and recording process as well as the people that helped shape the album’s direction and sound.

For more info on The Lucksmiths, visit thelucksmiths.bandcamp.com

Episode 54: Is a Woman by Lambchop

After experiencing some success with the release of his band’s fifth album Nixon and quitting his long standing job with a flooring company, Lambchop’s Kurt Wagner would take advantage of the momentum and extra time by working on the songs that would make up the band’s next album. In Episode 54, Wagner tells the story of Lambchop’s 2002 album Is a Woman. Recorded with frequent collaborator Mark Nevers in their home base of Nashville, Tennessee, the band’s leader recounts the process of shaping the record’s sonic direction and the positive outcomes that occurred as a result of its creation.

For more info on Lambchop, visit Lambchop.net and Mergerecords.com

Episode 53: The Jacket by Widowspeak

Having been based in Upstate New York for a time, Widowspeak’s Molly Hamilton and Robert Earl Thomas would make the decision in 2020 to return to the place where their band had first begun, Brooklyn, New York. Unfortunately, their return to the city would coincide with the entire world being shut down. It is under these abnormal circumstances that Hamilton and Thomas would begin to build the world in which their sixth album would exist. In Episode 53, the members of Widowspeak tell the story of their 2022 album The Jacket. Recounting the events that led to its creation, Hamilton and Thomas touch on the album’s concept and inspirations as well as their experience working with co-producer Homer Steinwiess at The Diamond Mine in Queens, New York. 

For more info on Widowspeak, visit widowspeakforever.com or capturedtracks.com

Episode 52: Butter by Butter 08

While on tour in Japan with The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, musician Russell Simins would meet Japanese expatriates Miho Hatori and Yuka Honda of the New York City based band Cibo Matto. Once all three were back in New York, they would form the band Butter 08 with Skeleton Key’s Rick Lee and graphic designer/ filmmaker Mike Mills. In Episode 52, Simins tells the story of how the band’s only record, 1996’s Butter, came to be. Recorded primarily at Greene Street Recordings in Manhattan, Simins delves into the experience of working there and producing the effort alongside Honda as well as the inspirations, both sonically and lyrically, behind the album’s tracks. 

Episode 51: Take a Picture by Margo Guryan

In the fall of 1968, Bell Records would release singer-songwriter Margo Guryan’s debut full-length Take a Picture. Initially, the album would fail to garner much attention due to the Guryan’s reluctance to perform and promote the record. Many years later, Take a Picture would begin to gain a cult following, leading to a reissue in the early 2000s and some long overdue acclaim. In Episode 51, Guryan’s stepson Jon Rosner and Take a Picture’s producer John Hill tell the story of the late songwriter’s lone studio album, touching on her early life in Far Rockaway, Queens, her transition from the world of jazz into pop, and the magical discovery that was made after double tracking her vocals.

For more info on Margo Guryan visit Numerogroup.com

Episode 50: Golden Time by The Rock*A*Teens

By the 1990s, the Atlanta mill village known as Cabbagetown had become a haven for artistic types due to its location and cheap rent. It is in this rich environment that The Rock*A*Teens would form and become the pride of the neighborhood’s musical community. In Episode 50 of In Loving Recollection, The Rock*A*Teens’ Chris Lopez tells the story of how the band’s 1999 album Golden Time came to be.

For more info on The Rock*A*Teens, visit therockateens.bandcamp.com and mergerecords.com

Episode 49: Protest a Dark Anniversary by Masters of the Hemisphere

Formed during the halcyon days of the late 90s/ early 2000s Athens, GA music scene, Masters of the Hemisphere would become the quintessential indie pop act of beloved local label Kindercore Records. In Episode 49, Adrian Finch, Jeff Griggs, Bren Mead, and Sean Rawls tell the story of their 2002 album Protest a Dark Anniversary. Recounting the events that led to the record’s creation, the members of the Masters touch on their experience recording at World as Myth Studio and the sense of an impending transition that permeated the whole proceeding.

Episode 48: “Jimmy Carter” by Blue Mountain

In the summer of 1995, the Oxford, Mississippi based band Blue Mountain would release their sophomore effort Dog Days. The album would contain a tribute to our nation’s 39th president and all-around good human being, Jimmy Carter. In celebration of this great man’s 99th birthday, In Loving Recollection alumna Laurie Stirratt and her Blue Mountain bandmate Cary Hudson tell the story of their song “Jimmy Carter.”

Episode 47: “No More Kings” by Pavement

In the fall of 1975, the children’s educational program Schoolhouse Rock! would debut a song about the history of the Thirteen American Colonies titled “No More Kings.” Two decades later, quintessential American indie rock band Pavement would record a version of the song that would eventually appear on the 1996 tribute album Schoolhouse Rock! Rocks. In Episode 47, Pavement’s Bob Nastanovich returns to In Loving Recollection to tell the story of how their recording of “No More Kings” came to be.

For more info on Pavement, visit pavementband.com