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 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

Episode 46: Good God by Cyrus Gengras

After several years of non-stop touring, Los Angeles based musician Cyrus Gengras would find himself stuck at home in the spring of 2020. Making the most of the situation, Gengras would order a digital 8 track recorder, break out the wah-wah pedal, and make a record. In Episode 46, Gengras tells the story of his 2022 album Good God, detailing the DIY nature of the album’s production and touching on the various characters he has known throughout his life that inspired much of its lyrical content.

For more info on Cyrus Gengras, visit cyrusgenras.bandcamp.com and wastemgmtmusic.com

Episode 45: The Spur by Joan Shelley

In the spring of 2021, singer-songwriter Joan Shelley would visit Earthwave Studio, a recording facility situated in the pastoral landscapes of Shelbyville, Kentucky. In this ideal environment, Shelley and her collaborators would record the collection of songs that would make up her next record. In Episode 45, the native Kentuckian tells the story of her 2022 album The Spur, discussing the lyrical themes and inspirations within the tracks as well as her experience recording them while 7 months pregnant.

For more info on Joan Shelley, visit joanshelley.net

Episode 42: Dirt Yard Street by Clay Harper

Having relocated as a teenager from the suburbs of Philadelphia to a small town in Georgia, singer-songwriter Clay Harper would eventually draw inspiration from the experience, and in the end, make a record. In Episode 42, the former Coolies front man and restaurateur tells the story of his 2020 album Dirt Yard Street. Recorded at his home studio in Atlanta with help from the city’s music community, Harper recounts the events that led to the album’s creation and details the methods used during the writing and recording process.

For more info on Clay Harper, visit clayharper.bandcamp.com

Episode 35: The Bear by Walter Martin

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

Episode 34: Due North by Liam Kazar

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