In the Winter of 2003, twin siblings Laurie and John Stirratt found themselves living in the same city for the first time in many years. Taking full advantage of the reunion, the Stirratts decide to make a record. For Episode 18 of In Loving Recollection, John Stirratt (Wilco, The Autumn Defense, Uncle Tupelo) and Laurie Stirratt (Blue Mountain, Teardrop City) tell the story of their 2004 album Arabella. Recounting the events that led to the album’s creation, the Stirratts discuss the process of writing and demoing songs while living in the Ukrainian Village neighborhood of Chicago as well as the inspiration drawn from their childhood spent in close proximity to New Orleans, Louisiana.
Following a hiatus from her work as a touring and recording artist, Mountain Man’s Molly Sarlé decided to once again make music. In Episode 17 of In Loving Recollection, Sarlé tells the story of her debut solo album Karaoke Angel. Touching on the events that led to the album’s creation, the North Carolina based songwriter speaks of her inspiring visits to a karaoke bar in Big Sur, California and her experience working with producer Sam Evian at Dreamland Studios in Upstate New York.
In the nascent days of New York City’s early 2000s rock scene, brothers Max and Julian Tepper along with drummer Derek Vockins created short and efficient bursts of melodically jagged pop under the name The Natural History. For Episode 16 of In Loving Recollection, the band tells the story of their 2003 debut record Beat Beat Heartbeat delving into their experience working with producer Thom Monahan (Pernice Brothers, Beachwood Sparks) and the stresses of writing a record in a short window of time.
During the 1980s music scene known as the Paisley Underground, no other band effortlessly combined 60s Psychedelia with the DIY spirit of Punk better than Rain Parade. In episode 15 of In Loving Recollection, Rain Parade’s Matt Piucci tells the story of the band’s 1983 debut record Emergency Third Rail Power Trip touching on his early fruitful relationship with former bandmate and friend David Roback and the self discovery made while being in the recording studio for the first time.
Beside having one of the best middle names in independent music, singer and guitarist Jake Xerxes Fussell is one of his generation’s finest interpreters of traditional music. In Episode 14 of In Loving Recollection, the Georgia native tells the story of his 2017 record What in the Natural World and discusses how his early exposure to art and folk culture as well as his relocation to North Carolina led to the album’s creation.
In the mid-90s, a group of like-minded bands known as the Elephant 6 Collective began to establish their presence throughout the various indie rock scenes of the U.S. with their most fruitful activity growing in the fertile soils of Athens, Georgia. Elf Power, one of many bands operating out of the Classic City, would become one of the scene’s best. In Episode 13 of In Loving Recollection, Elf Power’s Andrew Rieger tells the story of the band’s 1999 record A Dream in Sound. Recounting the events that led to the album’s creation, Rieger speaks on their experience working with producer Dave Fridmann (The Flaming Lips, Mercury Rev) and the valuable practice of dream journaling.
In the fall of 2003, singer-songwriter Jason Molina confused many with his decision to retire the Songs: Ohia moniker and begin recording and touring with a set group of musicians under the name Magnolia Electric Co. In Episode 12 of In Loving Recollection, Molina’s friends and bandmates recount the making of Magnolia Electric Co.’s studio debut What Comes After the Blues touching on how the songs were developed through constant touring as well as their experience working with legendary engineer Steve Albini.
Midwest native Kevin Morby has been one of the more consistent songwriters of his generation since his solo debut in 2013. For Episode 11 of In Loving Recollection, Morby discusses the making of his 2017 record City Music. Speaking on the inspiration that New York played during the writing process, the artist also touches on his experience of recording with band mates Meg Duffy (Hand Habits) and Justin Sullivan (Night Shop) in Stinson Beach, California as well as working with the late, great Richard Swift.
For Episode 10, Los Angeles-based songwriter Chris Cohen tells the story of his 2012 solo debut Overgrown Path. The multi-instrumentalist discusses the circumstances that shaped the album’s creation touching on the joys and stresses of DIY recording and the influence that his move to Vermont had on the record’s overall sound.
Following the demise of Pavement in 1999, founding member Scott Kannberg, aka Spiral Stairs, makes the most of the break up with his new project Preston School of Industry. Looking back on the moments that shaped his experience, Kannberg delves into the making of Preston School of Industry’s 2001 debut record All This Sounds Gas. Created in an atmosphere very different from that of Pavement’s final album, Kannberg discusses the joy of returning to lo-fi recording and the influences that helped to inform the record’s sound.
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