Episode 54: Is a Woman by Lambchop

After experiencing some success with the release of his band’s fifth album Nixon and quitting his long standing job with a flooring company, Lambchop’s Kurt Wagner would take advantage of the momentum and extra time by working on the songs that would make up the band’s next album. In Episode 54, Wagner tells the story of Lambchop’s 2002 album Is a Woman. Recorded with frequent collaborator Mark Nevers in their home base of Nashville, Tennessee, the band’s leader recounts the process of shaping the record’s sonic direction and the positive outcomes that occurred as a result of its creation.

For more info on Lambchop, visit Lambchop.net and Mergerecords.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 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