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.
Following the release of his band’s 2005 record We’re Already There, Quentin Stoltzfus would lose the right to perform and record under the name Mazarin. Eight years later, he would finally release new music under the name Light Heat. In Episode 24, Stoltzfus tells the story of Light Heat’s long journey to completion, touching on the events that inspired the record’s themes of loss and hope as well as the experience of bringing the songs to fruition with the help of his friends in The Walkmen.
For more info on Light Heat, visit lightheat.bandcamp.com
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
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.