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Built To Spill’s Doug Martsch released one solo album, Now You Know, in 2002. It’s not that different from a Built To Spill record — his soaring vocals are still present, that sort of abstract, knotty lyrical wisdom is still very much in the mix, as is some of the virtuoso guitar playing that i… More »

The strangest musical moment of my adult life came when I discovered that a lot of my friends were jam band people. It’s not like they kept it a secret, but they didn’t really make a point of talking about it either. More »

All Built To Spill songs exist on a continuum between two poles: snappy, twee-inflected pop songs and vast, mind-altering classic rock soundscapes. I’ve never been to Idaho, but I can’t help wondering if this reflects the topography there, the concrete quadrants of a busy Boise business district giving way to resplendent unmarred mountain ranges and… More »

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Artist Portraits From Shaky Knees 2015

Shaky Knees Festival went down in Atlanta this weekend, and we sent two photographers to capture portraits and live shots of some of the performers on this extensive lineup. The Strokes, The Avett Brothers, Wilco, Pixies, Social Distortion, and Ryan Adams headlined, and a smattering of equally well-known acts played over the course of three… More »

By: Stereogum / May 11, 2015 - 11:46 am

Built To Spill – “Never Be The Same” Video

The triumphant Idaho guitar-manglers Built To Spill return tomorrow with their new album Untethered Moon, and while the album itself is prime slow-swelling indie rock, the videos find the veteran band acting commendably silly. We’ve already posted their goofy-as-hell “Living Zoo” video, and their new clip for “Never Be The Same” builds on that one,… More »

By: Tom Breihan / April 20, 2015 - 10:35 am

Stream Built To Spill Untethered Moon

Built To Spill will release their first album in five years next Tuesday, but the Boise-based band has offered up a preliminary stream just over a week before its due date. To make Untethered Moon, the band put together a semi-new lineup after losing drummer Scott Plouf and bassist Brett Nelson. On this record, Doug… More »

By: Gabriela Tully Claymore / April 13, 2015 - 10:30 am

Built To Spill – “Living Zoo” Video

About a month ago Built To Spill announced their first album in six years, Untethered Moon, and shared lead single “Living Zoo.” Today, they’ve premiered a video for the song directed by Jordan Minkoff, and it’s a campy, tongue-in-cheek riff on a much-anticipated big trip. In a very “Bill & Ted” fashion, the two guy… More »

By: Caitlin White / March 26, 2015 - 11:35 am

Built To Spill – “Never Be The Same”

It’s been six long years since grizzled, expansive Idaho guitar auteurs Built To Spill released There Is No Enemy, their last album. They’ll finally break their silence next month with the new album Untethered Moon. We’ve already posted the first single “Living Zoo.” They’ve now let us hear another one, “Never Be The Same,” a… More »

By: Tom Breihan / March 23, 2015 - 9:20 am

Built To Spill – “Living Zoo”

Built To Spill haven’t released an album since 2009’s There Is No Enemy: a great record, IMO, one of my favorites of that year. They didn’t go on hiatus or anything after that, but they did lose a few members — drummer Scott Plouf and bassist Brett Nelson — and replaced them with Steve Gere… More »

By: Michael Nelson / February 24, 2015 - 9:59 am

Built To Spill Announce New Album Untethered Moon

Built To Spill are gearing up to release their eighth studio album this spring. Warner Bros. confirm to Stereogum that the new album will be titled Untethered Moon, and it will be out in April. This is the band’s first album since 2009’s There Is No Enemy. Check out the tracklist below. More »

By: Caitlin White / February 5, 2015 - 2:30 pm

Photos: Project Pabst 2014

It’s just about the end of festival season, but Portland gave us one more this past weekend: Project Pabst, the Milwaukee beer company’s music festival. The festival brought together Modest Mouse, Built To Spill, GZA, Speedy Ortiz, and more. It also included some local heroes such as Shabazz Palaces and Red Fang. We sent photographer… More »

By: Miles Bowe / September 29, 2014 - 2:14 pm

Built To Spill – “Jokerman” (Bob Dylan Cover)

In a couple of months, the compilation Bob Dylan In The 80s: Volume One will pay tribute to the most neglected period in Robert Zimmerman’s career. (This is, of course, a relative thing; the Reagan-era version of Bob Dylan still gave us “Most Of The Time” and one fifth of “Handle With Care.”) The comp,… More »

By: Tom Breihan / January 22, 2014 - 8:51 am

Let’s All Imagine A World Where J Mascis Joined Nirvana

Shaggy Dinosaur Jr. guitar wizard J Mascis is a notoriously flaky and reticent interview subject, so maybe that explains why he’s kept a deeply fascinating life episode to himself for the past couple of decades. But in a recent interview, Mascis mentions offhandedly that Kurt Cobain once extended Mascis an invitation to join Nirvana. Let’… More »

By: Tom Breihan / October 4, 2012 - 11:59 am

Stream The Electronic Anthology Project of Dinosaur Jr. (Stereogum Exclusive)

A couple years ago, Built To Spill bassist Brett Nelson launched the Electronic Anthology Project, a passion project that reimagined Built To Spill’s songs through the aesthetic of New Wave bands like Talk Talk and Men Without Hats. The record contained all new vocal tracks from Built To Spill frontman Doug Martsch. Now, The ElectronicMore »

By: Corban Goble / April 16, 2012 - 10:24 am

Area Codes: 208 – Boise, ID

Today, we’re introducing a new series called Area Codes, and the focus of this biweekly feature is local music scenes across the United States and the globe. In a music landscape where musicmaking has been largely democratized and the notion of a regional sound is an outdated concern, local music scenes seem to still be… More »

By: Corban Goble / October 13, 2011 - 12:44 pm

Band of Horses, Brett Netson and the Hungry Ghost @ The Wiltern, Los Angeles 9/8/11

Fresh off their appearance on Conan, Band of Horses stopped by the Wiltern in Los Angeles for their own headlining show in the wake of the opening for the cancelled Kings of Leon tour. Brett Netson of Built to Spill fame provided support. More »

By: Andrew Youssef / September 9, 2011 - 1:05 pm

Built To Spill – “Hindsight” Video

Built To Spill’s been around for a long (long) time. If you’d told me in the early ’90s — when my brother had Ultimate Alternative Wavers and There’s Nothing Wrong With Love on repeat — or in 1997 when there was that hysterical collective breath-holding after the band signed to a major label that they’d… More »

By: brandon / September 1, 2010 - 9:39 am

Built To Spill Love The ’80s

The Electronic Anthology Project is Built To Spill’s Doug Martsch and Brett Nelson, redoing their own songs with ’80s synths and drum machines. It doesn’t sound like something BTS would do, but, according to the project’s MySpace page, the seven-song EP will be on sale at upcoming Built To Spill shows, so it seems like… More »

By: jessica / August 2, 2010 - 10:12 am

ATP 2010: Curated By Matt Groening @ Butlin’s Holiday Centre, Minehead, UK

This past weekend was the Matt Groening-curated ATP, which went down in Butlins, Minehead, UK. Iggy Pop and Toumani Diabate were the highlights of the first night (along with ATP staples Built To Spill, Broadcast, Liars, and Shonen Knife). Day 2 featured performances from the xx and Boredoms (both bands would place twice, the latter… More »

By: jessica / May 10, 2010 - 6:07 pm

Built To Spill Bring “Oh Yeah” To Letterman

Last night Built To Spill capped a sold-out four-show run in NYC — two at Webster, followed by a more intimate pair at the Music Hall Of Williamsburg. I ventured out in the Noreaster for it, and, surprise, a Built To Spill show is a sorta perfect way to spend a wet and chilly night. More »

By: Amrit Singh / October 16, 2009 - 1:45 pm
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