With Capricorn Studio shut down due to a remodel, the Macon, Georgia by way of Jacksonville, Florida band Cowboy would travel to Muscle Shoals Sound Studio in Sheffield, Alabama to make a record. In Episode 36, Cowboy’s Tommy Talton tells the story of the band’s 1971 sophomore album 5’ll Getcha Ten, touching on the inspiration drawn from their time living together at an old farmhouse outside of Macon and their experience working in the studio with producer Johnny Sandlin and guitarist Duane Allman.
For more info on Cowboy and Tommy Talton, visit tommytaltonmusic.com
After moving with his family to upstate New York, singer-songwriter Walter Martin would set up in an old, one room schoolhouse and begin working on the material that would make up his next record. In Episode 35, Martin tells the story of his brand new album The Bear. Recorded at his home with some additional sessions in Los Angeles, the former member of The Walkmen and Jonathan Fire*Eater discusses the process of developing the album’s overall sound as well as the inspirations behind much of its lyrical content.
For more info on Walter Martin, visit waltermartinmusic.com
In Episode 34 of In Loving Recollection, Chicago native Liam Kazar tells the story of his 2021 debut record Due North. Recorded at various locations with help from an encouraging group of collaborators, the Kansas City based musician discusses the experiences that led to the album’s creation, touching on the specific influences that inspired the record’s overall sound and the vital piece of songwriting advice he received from Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy.
For more info on Kazar, visit liam.kazar.bandcamp.com or woodsist.com
While researching the life of English mathematician John Venn, Nashville based singer-songwriter Lou Turner became inspired after discovering parallels between her life and his. In Episode 33, Turner tells the story of her 2020 album Songs For John Venn. Recounting the events that led up to the record’s creation, the native Texan touches on how her work at a library influenced much of the album’s lyrical direction as well as her experience recording with her Styrofoam Winos bandmates.
For more info on Lou Turner, visit louturner.com or spinstersounds.com
After meeting at American University in the late 90s, Roman Kuebler and Dan Black would collaborate on a recording project that would eventually morph into the Baltimore, Maryland based quintet The Oranges Band. In Episode 32, Kuebler and Black tell the story of their band’s 2003 debut full length All Around, touching on their signing with noted independent punk label Lookout Records and their experience of making the album at Key Club Recording Company in Benton Harbor, Michigan.
For more info on The Oranges Band, visit theorangesband.com
During their brief time together, the legendary power pop trio The Nerves struggled to gain any sort of recognition. In an effort to remedy the situation, the San Francisco based band would enter a Chinese recording studio and make a record. In Episode 31, The Nerves’ Paul Collins and Jack Lee tell the story of their classic 4 song EP, detailing the band’s formation as well as their various schemes and attempts at achieving rock and roll glory.
For more info on The Nerves, visit alive-records.com and thepaulcollinsbeat.com
Having made a name for himself as an engineer and producer during the burgeoning college rock scene of the early 80s, Mitch Easter would form the band Let’s Active with bassist Faye Hunter and drummer Sara Romweber as a vehicle for his own songwriting. In Episode 30, Easter tells the story of the band’s 1984 debut full length Cypress. Recounting the events surrounding the album’s creation, the native North Carolinian touches on the band’s experience working in the studio he built inside his parents’ garage and how a bandmate’s really great hair would lead to their signing with I.R.S Records.
With their matching suits and unabashed love of the classic pop song, the band Holiday would become one of the country’s finest practitioners of indie pop during the alternative rock heyday of the 1990s. In Episode 29, Holiday’s Josh Gennet and Matt Snow tell the story of the band’s sophomore record Ready, Steady, Go. Detailing the events that led to the album’s creation, the two former bandmates discuss their beginnings in the hallowed halls of Yale University as well as their experience working in the studio with producer Dave Trumfio.
In the summer of 1994, David Berman along with bandmates Stephen Malkmus, Bob Nastanovich, and Steve West entered Easley McCain Recording in Memphis, Tennessee. The end result would be Starlite Walker. In Episode 28, Silver Jews founding member Bob Nastanovich tells the story of the band’s debut full length recounting Berman’s excursion into the woods of Oxford, Mississippi to write the album’s lyrics as well as the impetus for and the experience of working in a professional recording studio.
For more info on Silver Jews, visit dragcity.com
In the winter of 2001, the Los Angeles based psychedelic country band Beachwood Sparks traveled to a snowy New England to make a record at J Mascis’s house. In Episode 27, bassist Brent Rademaker tells the story of the band’s sophomore album Once We Were Trees. Recounting the events that led to the album’s creation, Rademaker touches on the influences that shaped the record’s lyrics and sounds as well as the band’s experience working with producer Thom Monahan.
For more info, visit curationrecords.com and subpop.com