After a chance encounter with a mysterious instrument called an optigan at a thrift store in Oakland, musician Pea Hicks brings it to his home in San Diego and quickly begins making music with his roommate Rob Crow (Pinback, Heavy Vegetable, Thingy). In Episode 25 of In Loving Recollection, the members of Optiganally Yours tell the story of their 1997 debut album Spotlight on Optiganally Yours touching on how the concept for the band was developed and the steps that were taken to avoid being viewed as a novelty act.
When childhood friends Ben Crum, Dan Donahue, and Jamey Huggins all eventually move to Athens, Georgia in the 1990s, they begin making music under the name Great Lakes. Episode 21 of In Loving Recollection explores the making of their 2000 self-titled debut. Self-recorded at home with the assistance and support of a strong musical community, the album’s core trio discusses the trial by error process of the record’s production as well as the inspirations behind its sights and sounds.
For more info on Great Lakes, visit greatlakesbencrum.bandcamp.com
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.
Austin-based songwriter Caroline Sallee makes wistful and dreamy indie rock under the moniker Caroline Says. In Episode 5 of In Loving Recollection, the Alabama native delves into the making of her 2018 record No Fool Like an Old Fool speaking on her method of writing and recording songs simultaneously and her penchant for re-conceptualizing pieces of culture.
Athens, Georgia in the mid to late 90s boasted an exceptionally strong music scene, and one of the great bands to emerge from that time was kincaid.. Episode 4 of In Loving Recollections explores the making of kincaid.’s 1999 record Super Hawaii. As told by through the memories of kincaid.’s Greg Harmelink, Dan Geller, Ryan Lewis, and Sean Rawls, the episode touches on the beginnings of Kindercore Records and how seeing a particular speed boat while out on tour influenced much of the record’s lyrical content.
Multi-instrumentalist and all around creative spirit John Andrews (Woods, Hand Habits, Cut Worms) tells the story of his 2017 record Bad Posture in Episode 3 of In Loving Recollection. Recorded with his “band” the Yawns, Andrews details the experiences that led to the making of his 2nd album including his move from Pennsylvania to a New Hampshire farmhouse as well as the freedoms and challenges that come with the life of an independent artist.