When he picks up the phone to chat with CityBeat, Matt Pike is in his part-time home of New Orleans, where he’s nursing a painful broken toe—it looks like a “huge sausage,” he says—and a nagging case of strep throat.
The “lonely” (Daniel’s word) process of self-producing Transference also led to the decision to work with two big name producers for its follow-up, They Want My Soul, which Spoon released last year through Loma Vista Recordings after putting out five albums on venerable indie label Merge Records.
But Get Back, the fourth album by McBean's experimental pop-rock project Pink Mountaintops, was pushed back for years while McBean tried to find the right players and environment to not only make it, but to actually be properly prepared to make it.
Crisci planted the seeds of The Appleseed Cast in Southern California before moving to Lawrence, Kan., between the release of Ring Wars and the band’s 2000 sophomore effort, the concept record Mare Vitalis.
For a decade, Califone—the long-running experimental folk-blues band founded in Chicago—had a solid, static lineup: founder and principal songwriter Tim Rutili and multi-instrumentalists Joe Adamik, Jim Becker and Ben Massarella.