In the winter of 2001, the Los Angeles based psychedelic country band Beachwood Sparks traveled to a snowy New England to make a record at J Mascis’s house. In Episode 27, bassist Brent Rademaker tells the story of the band’s sophomore album Once We Were Trees. Recounting the events that led to the album’s creation, Rademaker touches on the influences that shaped the record’s lyrics and sounds as well as the band’s experience working with producer Thom Monahan.
In the nascent days of New York City’s early 2000s rock scene, brothers Max and Julian Tepper along with drummer Derek Vockins created short and efficient bursts of melodically jagged pop under the name The Natural History. For Episode 16 of In Loving Recollection, the band tells the story of their 2003 debut record Beat Beat Heartbeat delving into their experience working with producer Thom Monahan (Pernice Brothers, Beachwood Sparks) and the stresses of writing a record in a short window of time.