Episode 23: Bright Ideas by Portastatic

In the early 2000s, indie rock stalwarts Superchunk had entered a period of reduced activity. With his long-standing project Portastatic becoming his main musical outlet, Superchunk frontman and Merge Records co-founder Mac McCaughan travels to San Francisco with his Superchunk bandmate Jim Wilbur and brother Matt McCaughan to make a record. In Episode 23, McCaughan delves into the making of 2005’s Bright Ideas touching on how fatherhood and the era’s political climate would inspire the album’s themes.

For more info on Portastatic, visit portastatic.bandcamp.com and mergerecords.com

Episode 1: Revelater by Jennyanykind

For the first episode of In Loving Recollection, Michael Holland of the North Carolina band Jennyanykind tells the story of their 1996 record Revelater. Speaking on the elements and events that inspired the album’s creation, Holland also touches the band’s experience working with noted producer Dave Fridmann (The Flaming Lips, Mercury Rev, Spoon) and their short foray into the major label system.

For more information on Jennyanykind and the Holland Brothers visit https://euramericansoul.com/