Built to Spill: 'Perfect' vs. 'Keep it Like a Secret'

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I have always felt 'Perfect from Now On' is an inferior record to 'Keep it Like a Secret.' Pitchfork thinks 'Perfect' is brilliant and better than 'Secret.' They are wrong.
Which is better in your opinion. (What of the pre-Perfect From Now On stuff is worth buying.)

Jaromil (Jaromil), Tuesday, 17 February 2004 21:05 (seventeen years ago) link

BOTH ARE EQUAL

dean! (deangulberry), Tuesday, 17 February 2004 21:07 (seventeen years ago) link

I like "Keep It Like a Secret" better, but my one tattoo is from "I Would Hurt a Fly" so I have a soft spot (not in my skull) for "Perfect".
that makes me wish for a "Hitchhiker's Guide"/BTS mashup called "Prefect from Now On." d'oh

Donna Brown (Donna Brown), Tuesday, 17 February 2004 21:09 (seventeen years ago) link

The way the guitars are layered, the vocals, and the production are all better on 'Secret.' 'Perfect' is rather slow and ponderous at points -- but still a good record 'Keep it like a Secret' is consistently interesting and has more of a pop appeal.

Jaromil (Jaromil), Tuesday, 17 February 2004 21:11 (seventeen years ago) link

Exactly equal. Also, Perfect From Now On.

The Good Dr. Bill (Andrew Unterberger), Tuesday, 17 February 2004 21:17 (seventeen years ago) link

Perfect From Now On is actually the only Built To Spill album I'm very familiar with. I Would Hurt A Fly and Kicked It In The Sun are perfect from what I remember. I need to get that one again!

Johnny Badlees (crispssssss), Tuesday, 17 February 2004 21:19 (seventeen years ago) link

I also loved the video for the "Unstoppables Pt 2" or whatever it was called. From what I remember it was all clay-mation but they'd cut to the band members head-banging for a split-second every so often. It was funny as hell. That was a long song to have a video for!

Johnny Badlees (crispssssss), Tuesday, 17 February 2004 21:29 (seventeen years ago) link

I prefer Secret way more, though "Stop the Show"'s one of my favorite BtS songs.

otto, Tuesday, 17 February 2004 21:35 (seventeen years ago) link

That video was my mental association with "indie music" for years.

Specifically that puppet thing eating the corn or whatever.

The Good Dr. Bill (Andrew Unterberger), Tuesday, 17 February 2004 21:36 (seventeen years ago) link

"Keep It Like A Secret" has Carry the Zero, their best song and one of the greatest songs of all time, IMO. Also has You Were Wrong, one of the best answer records to classic rock. Ergo "Keep It" wins.

nonthings (nonthings), Tuesday, 17 February 2004 21:37 (seventeen years ago) link

My favourite track on KILAS is actually 'Temporarily Blind.' But I like every song. 'Carry the Zero' is indeed brilliant and so is 'The Plan.'...all of them really.

Jaromil (Jaromil), Tuesday, 17 February 2004 21:39 (seventeen years ago) link

"Count your blemishes/You can't: they're all gone!"

nonthings (nonthings), Tuesday, 17 February 2004 21:41 (seventeen years ago) link

OMG. That's one of my favourite lyrics of all time. As far as lyrics go, the album isn't Dostoevskly or anything. But they don't detract form the coolnes of the album. You Were Wrong, though, is very funny. I think the lyrics on KILAS are better than PFNO. Good call on that one.

Jaromil (Jaromil), Tuesday, 17 February 2004 21:45 (seventeen years ago) link

Doestoevskly. hahaha. Have you heard much pre-Perfect stuff. Which is good?

Jaromil (Jaromil), Tuesday, 17 February 2004 21:47 (seventeen years ago) link

There's Nothing Wrong with Love has some claim to being overall best, though Keep is my all-time hands-down champ (from them, I mean). Perfect strikes me much more as a moody-mood record, and it's really good, but I'm seldom in the mood. I can listen to KILAS all the time, though.

Matos W.K. (M Matos), Tuesday, 17 February 2004 21:49 (seventeen years ago) link

Same here. KILAS is one of the few records I can listen to in any mood. I would have to include it in my all-time Top 5. I find it very uplifting, but when you listen to the lyrics they are almost all sad or ambivalent. Except for 'Temporarily Blind.' Maybe that's why it's one of my favourite songs.

Jaromil (Jaromil), Tuesday, 17 February 2004 21:52 (seventeen years ago) link

I lobbied for the strip club I once worked at to play more BTS. Eventually they played "Broken Chairs." Then I had to quit.

Donna Brown (Donna Brown), Tuesday, 17 February 2004 21:54 (seventeen years ago) link

1. There Is Nothing Wrong With Love (best lyrics, but more poppy and less guitar-heavy than the later stuff)
2. Perfect From Now On (prettier and more epic than Secret from what I remember -- haven't listened to either in a couple of years)

the first one -- Ultimate Alternative Wavers -- also has some good stuff, esp. "Nowhere Nothin' Fuckup," which is sort of a tribute to/cover of the Velvet Underground's "Oh Sweet Nuthin'"


chris herrington (chris herrington), Tuesday, 17 February 2004 21:57 (seventeen years ago) link

how the FUCK do you strip to "Broken Chairs"?! wait, I don't wanna know.

Matos W.K. (M Matos), Tuesday, 17 February 2004 21:58 (seventeen years ago) link

There's Nothing Wrong With Love = the sweet and goofy jangle-pop album
Perfect From Now On = the moody and intricate psych-jam album
Keep It Like A Secret = the "we're going to play the hook until it crushes you like a bug" album

They're all great. I can only think of a handful of other bands that have released three albums in a row that sound almost nothing like one another yet are each awesome in their own right.

Nick Mirov (nick), Tuesday, 17 February 2004 22:02 (seventeen years ago) link

Shit, I keep thinking of more great songs on that record: "Time Trap", "Center of the Universe" ("I don't like this air/but that doesn't mean I'll stop breathing it"), "Sidewalk". I don't care if it's considered "too pop". I'll listen to that record till I die way more than the others. The live record is really good, too. That cover of "Cortez the Killer" can peel fucking paint.
Not crazy about Halo Benders but his solo record "Now You Know" has some fine slide guitar work, if you're into that sort of thing.
Too much of BTS's work is guitar wankery tho, not enough concentration on song structure or melody. Except, of course, KILAS. Will they ever top it?

nonthings (nonthings), Tuesday, 17 February 2004 22:08 (seventeen years ago) link

the live cover of "Virginia Reel Around the Fountain" is one of the greatest things ever

Matos W.K. (M Matos), Tuesday, 17 February 2004 22:09 (seventeen years ago) link

you don't wanna know. My back still hurts. In fact, forget I said anything!

Donna Brown (Donna Brown), Tuesday, 17 February 2004 22:10 (seventeen years ago) link

I thought 'Ancient Melodies From the Future' was a disapointment, unfortunately.

Jaromil (Jaromil), Tuesday, 17 February 2004 22:10 (seventeen years ago) link

I kind of dilike this band but I like Perfect from Now On. KILAS was pretty "meh" for me except for Carry the Zero which I agree is the best song of theirs that I've heard. I didn't like the earlier stuff at all (aside from the lyrics, which I think are good). What was the last album like? Everyone seems to pretend it doesn't exist.

anthony kyle monday (akmonday), Tuesday, 17 February 2004 22:17 (seventeen years ago) link

I saw them play the Metro in Chicago a year or so ago and they didn't play one song off KILAS, much to my chagrin, which leads me to believe Doug Martsch considers that record too poppy as well. I'll take great hooks over noodling anyday.

nonthings (nonthings), Tuesday, 17 February 2004 22:19 (seventeen years ago) link

It's called 'Ancient Melodies form the Future' and its all over the map. But it's really quite mediocre.

Jaromil (Jaromil), Tuesday, 17 February 2004 22:20 (seventeen years ago) link

Jaromil OTM.

nonthings (nonthings), Tuesday, 17 February 2004 22:21 (seventeen years ago) link

I saw them live in Vancouver and they were too wanky and played like twenty minute guitar solos. They should have played more KILAS.

Jaromil (Jaromil), Tuesday, 17 February 2004 22:21 (seventeen years ago) link

Did they cover "Freebird" by any chance?

nonthings (nonthings), Tuesday, 17 February 2004 22:22 (seventeen years ago) link

No. And no Cortez. A lot of Perfect and Ancient Melodies. Supposedly when they came back the next year they were better. The next album is supposed to be very blues-based. Should be interesting.

Jaromil (Jaromil), Tuesday, 17 February 2004 22:24 (seventeen years ago) link

They covered "Dream Police" too and it was righteous.

nonthings (nonthings), Tuesday, 17 February 2004 22:26 (seventeen years ago) link

"blues based"? that sounds horrible. their slide into hippie jamband land continues.

anthony kyle monday (akmonday), Tuesday, 17 February 2004 22:27 (seventeen years ago) link

Keep it Like A Secret is pefect in my book. Perfect guitar pop.

I once was at a strip club where the strippers had to play their own music on the jukebox. One girl stripped to Silent Lucidity by Queensryche, so anything's possible.

M@tt He1geson (Matt Helgeson), Tuesday, 17 February 2004 22:28 (seventeen years ago) link

Yeah I know. Sounds kind of boring. The bluesy stuff on Ancient Melodies is pretty boring. Few bands can still make blues-based stuff interesting.

Jaromil (Jaromil), Tuesday, 17 February 2004 22:30 (seventeen years ago) link

Both are great but Keep Like A Secret starts higher and peters out more near the end. Perfect is more consistent overall so I'll probably give it the nod (though if I was gonna introduce the band to somebody I'd undoubtedly pick a classic on Secret).

Anthony Miccio (Anthony Miccio), Wednesday, 18 February 2004 00:57 (seventeen years ago) link

Matos OTM re: "Virginia Reel Around The Fountain" and Jaromil OTM re: Ancient Melodies being severely disappointing

Anthony Miccio (Anthony Miccio), Wednesday, 18 February 2004 01:04 (seventeen years ago) link

I like Perfect more, but I'm not sure why. I agree it's more of a moody record than Secret. Maybe I'm a moody guy.

martin m. (mushrush), Wednesday, 18 February 2004 01:24 (seventeen years ago) link

three years pass...

'randy described eternity' was the outstanding highlight of the show i saw last week.
the show reminded me that although the less sprawling, pop song-structured songs in the band's catalogue are very fine indeed, the band is in a league of its own when it comes to the longer, more layered, drawn out, melodic guitar assaults.

thus, 'perfect from now on' is not only the band's crowning achievement, but also one of the top 5 records of the 90s.

Charlie Howard, Wednesday, 9 January 2008 12:14 (thirteen years ago) link

I'm kind of amazed that there isn't more outright anti-BtS contrarianism on this thread. you won't be getting it from me, though; I love both of these records, and it really just comes down to which I'm in the mood to hear at any given time.

"Kicked It In the Sun" was pretty amazing when I saw them live a couple years back, though.

bernard snowy, Wednesday, 9 January 2008 12:48 (thirteen years ago) link

"perfecr" wins easy.
if anything,it should be "perfect" vs. "wrong with love"

Zeno, Wednesday, 9 January 2008 12:49 (thirteen years ago) link

Why aren't they coming to DC/Baltimore?

I love both of these records, but prefer Keep It Like a Secret because it is more concise (excepting Broken Chairs, which you can pretty much wander off at the end of). Temporarily Blind is one of my favorite songs ever written. Carry the Zero is pretty far up there too.

Perfect From Now On is a little too sprawling for me, even though that sprawl kinda enables them to reach the psychedelic peaks that make the record so good.

If there's a word for you
It doesn't mean anything

Is one of their best lines though.

kingkongvsgodzilla, Wednesday, 9 January 2008 13:05 (thirteen years ago) link

that's a very good line, yes!

i also really like

"we're special in other ways
ways our mothers appreciate"

Charlie Howard, Wednesday, 9 January 2008 13:42 (thirteen years ago) link

UGH where is my keep it like a secret CD?????

some fucking bitch stole my Perfect From Now On copy at college. i like harrassed her about it and she never fucking returned it.

morning btw.

Surmounter, Wednesday, 9 January 2008 13:44 (thirteen years ago) link

that's tragic, surmounter :(

my BTS records are all pretty much sacred cows. even the one(s) i don't listen to much anymore

Charlie Howard, Wednesday, 9 January 2008 13:46 (thirteen years ago) link

"there's nothing wrong with love" is best

Tracer Hand, Wednesday, 9 January 2008 14:53 (thirteen years ago) link

"I wanna see it untame itself and break its owner"

Tracer Hand, Wednesday, 9 January 2008 14:54 (thirteen years ago) link

i was hoping this thread would be on top cuz i'm putting Keep It Like A Secret on now and that is exciting

Surmounter, Wednesday, 9 January 2008 14:59 (thirteen years ago) link

it's been years since i played either one i think, but remember beeing very let down by 'keep it like a secret' back when. there was simply nothing on it that grabbed my attention, whereas 'perfect from now on' had had a great impact on me as it was *the* album that first got me into indie rock back in '97.

saxomophone, Wednesday, 9 January 2008 15:04 (thirteen years ago) link

What saxomophone said.

dblcheeksneek, Wednesday, 9 January 2008 15:14 (thirteen years ago) link

not familiar with afghan whigs what's a good record to start with

flappy bird, Tuesday, 30 January 2018 18:59 (three years ago) link

gentlemen or black love

flamenco drop (BradNelson), Tuesday, 30 January 2018 19:00 (three years ago) link

Gentlemen.

That's a weird double bill.

Josh in Chicago, Tuesday, 30 January 2018 19:00 (three years ago) link

Black Love imo

Simon H., Tuesday, 30 January 2018 19:00 (three years ago) link

I've never been that impressed by BTS live, but Afghan Whigs, I have left more than one of their shows thinking it the best I have ever seen to the extent that if I never saw another show by anyone I would be satisfied.

Josh in Chicago, Tuesday, 30 January 2018 19:01 (three years ago) link

afghan whigs are one of the only rock bands of their time to successfully ingest r&b into their songwriting, they're v special to me, hope you like them flappy

flamenco drop (BradNelson), Tuesday, 30 January 2018 19:01 (three years ago) link

Afghan Whigs, I have left more than one of their shows thinking it the best I have ever seen to the extent that if I never saw another show by anyone I would be satisfied.

exactly. best show i've ever seen in my life is still the 2012 bowery ballroom reunion show

flamenco drop (BradNelson), Tuesday, 30 January 2018 19:02 (three years ago) link

I also recommend In Spades which is much better than I ever expected from their "reunion"

Simon H., Tuesday, 30 January 2018 19:03 (three years ago) link

saw the Afghan Whigs on the Black Love tour, was unbelievably great

bhad and bhabie (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Tuesday, 30 January 2018 19:16 (three years ago) link

also I think Black Love > Gentlemen

it's not really a weird bill at all! considering they probably have a ton of mutual fans imo

Built to Spill has always been great live but you have to like solos. I love guitar solos.

bhad and bhabie (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Tuesday, 30 January 2018 19:18 (three years ago) link

same

flamenco drop (BradNelson), Tuesday, 30 January 2018 19:21 (three years ago) link

didn't know there was this much consensus on black love. it's my fav whigs record (and prob the best introduction to them, it took me a while to completely get into gentlemen)

flamenco drop (BradNelson), Tuesday, 30 January 2018 19:22 (three years ago) link

the production and sequencing is just a little more satisfying to me, Gentlemen (and Congreagation) both excellent obv

Simon H., Tuesday, 30 January 2018 19:25 (three years ago) link

black love and 1965 are my absolute favorites but there's not much distance in quality between any of them post-up in it

flamenco drop (BradNelson), Tuesday, 30 January 2018 19:28 (three years ago) link

I hope someone makes that Black Love noir one day

I've never been able to get into 1965 for some reason

Simon H., Tuesday, 30 January 2018 19:30 (three years ago) link

Probably seen BtS six or seven times, and I'd say they crushed it at about four of those, one of which was probably a top 10 concert of all time for me. Best part of the show is usually the closer ("Broken Chairs" or something fittingly epic) where they give themselves the freedom to jam without restraint, but there's always this sense they could turn any song into a Perfect From Now On-scale monster if they wanted to.

Evan R, Tuesday, 30 January 2018 19:33 (three years ago) link

1965 is the sexiest album

flamenco drop (BradNelson), Tuesday, 30 January 2018 19:33 (three years ago) link

ah that's prob why I don't like it

Simon H., Tuesday, 30 January 2018 19:34 (three years ago) link

i'm personally glad i've never seen the whigs perform "omerta" live bc the sexual energy would be overpowering

flamenco drop (BradNelson), Tuesday, 30 January 2018 19:39 (three years ago) link

I don't like Built to Spills jammy solos, I think they're vampy/noodly/predictable, but ymmv. I do like when BTS goes into cover song mode. Same with the Whigs, for that matter, but the former is usually more faithful and the latter brilliantly twists totally inspired picks into spooky/sexy/sleazy Whigs mode.

Josh in Chicago, Tuesday, 30 January 2018 20:11 (three years ago) link

I used to be one of those fans who listened for the songs and tolerated the solos, but eventually the jams became a real attraction for me... a lot of them are pretty damn dramatic. Doug Martsch admitted to me a few years ago that the jams are more for them than the audience, a way to keep themselves interested, but you can kinda tell that's where his heart is at and where he puts in the most passion.

They're one of those bands fascinated by the unattainable ideal of perfection, and the idea that there really is a perfect way to play each of these songs and the drive to get as close to that ideal as they can. Pretty satisfying seeing a band that cares that much about their craft, even if the jams aren't your thing

Evan R, Tuesday, 30 January 2018 20:29 (three years ago) link

Doug also rocks Lace Sensors in his Strat so he's automatically a better guitarist than most

i too love guitar solos

flappy bird, Tuesday, 30 January 2018 21:24 (three years ago) link

as much as keep it like a secret is my fav bts album there's nothing on it that quite achieves what, say, the first few seconds of "velvet waltz" do

i checked my old posts on this thread and got really self-conscious about my opinion not really changing much over so many years, but i still think ^^^^^

Karl Malone, Tuesday, 30 January 2018 21:32 (three years ago) link

Doug Martsch admitted to me a few years ago that the jams are more for them than the audience, a way to keep themselves interested, but you can kinda tell that's where his heart is at and where he puts in the most passion.

yeah, i agree with this and on the days when PFNO really connects with me it's because it was the album where they best balanced the hooks with the jams.

Karl Malone, Tuesday, 30 January 2018 21:36 (three years ago) link

that's what kim thayil said about the soundgarden songs they would routinely stretch out for 'noise jams' on, oddly enough since there did not seem to be much flexibility to how they did them

j., Tuesday, 30 January 2018 22:15 (three years ago) link

Well, per that, I generally like guitar solos, too, but I've never heard any BTS solo stuff that terribly impressed me, compared to, say, the epic solo on Temple of the Dog's "Reach Down." But then, as much as I respect Mike McCready as a guitar player, there are lots of times I wish he would just chill out. Doug's playing imo is best used in service of hooks, not soloing.

Josh in Chicago, Tuesday, 30 January 2018 22:40 (three years ago) link

I'm always confused when people bring up guitar solos when talking about Built to Spill. I don't think of them as a guitar solo band at all, but the way people talk you'd think Doug Martsch was up there shredding in the mixolydian mode like Yngwie or something.

I mean, of course they're a guitar band, and they do play extended jams, but those jams don't typically involve guitar solos in the classic sense. They usually involve layered, pre-written parts, and little variations within the parameters of those parts, maybe some leaning on the wah pedal for atmosphere, but not the sort of improvisational up-and-down-the-fretboard action you usually think of as a rock guitar solo. At least on the two albums this thread is about, which are the ones I know best.

JRN, Tuesday, 30 January 2018 23:14 (three years ago) link

yeah, exactly. they vamp and rearrange, but not a lot of solos per se.

Josh in Chicago, Tuesday, 30 January 2018 23:15 (three years ago) link

and it's awesome

flamenco drop (BradNelson), Tuesday, 30 January 2018 23:28 (three years ago) link

we're talking indie rock

we've defined soloing down

j., Tuesday, 30 January 2018 23:32 (three years ago) link

Motion denied on the grounds that J Mascis exists

JRN, Tuesday, 30 January 2018 23:38 (three years ago) link

Mixolydian is beneath a man of Yngwie's talent, Phrygian or bust

bhad and bhabie (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Wednesday, 31 January 2018 00:04 (three years ago) link

imo, perfect from now on could have been such a better record with a little brevity. then again, the whole thing was recorded three times (they were unhappy with first takes, and second time around the master tapes melted). the songs are so strong, but sonically it's a fucking racket.

there's nothing wrong with love and keep it like a secret are stone cold gems, though.

wonder how they are live as just a three piece, now, since interweaving guitarplay was fundamental to their sound. then again, jason from helvetia is playing bass, and he is a badass musician.

go and listen to duster if you haven't already, he was the drummer in them. wonderful slowcore, some of the best guitar tones i've ever heard on record. label mates of BTS back in the day.

meaulnes, Wednesday, 31 January 2018 02:45 (three years ago) link

Ha, I had no idea Nelson and Plouf were no longer in the band.

Wait, Brett Nelson and Brett Netson are two different people?! WTF, BTS? TS: bands with two members name Brett vs. bands with two members named Chad.

Josh in Chicago, Wednesday, 31 January 2018 14:34 (three years ago) link

sonically it's a fucking racket

This is certainly an opinion about PFNO.

Simon H., Wednesday, 31 January 2018 14:37 (three years ago) link

wonder how they are live as just a three piece
best BTS show i've seen (in 1998-ish?) was with a three-piece lineup ... was cool to see Martsch figure out how to play those intricate parts effectively.

tylerw, Wednesday, 31 January 2018 16:29 (three years ago) link

Keep it like a secret and there’s nothing wrong with love are both stunningly brilliant but perfect from now on has this ineffable quality/innigkeit about it that makes it forever my favorite bts

Winter. Dickens. Yes. (Jon not Jon), Wednesday, 31 January 2018 17:54 (three years ago) link

yeah, i agree!

tylerw, Wednesday, 31 January 2018 18:01 (three years ago) link

we can all at least agree that TNWWL has the only actually funny hidden/joke track of the period

Simon H., Wednesday, 31 January 2018 18:07 (three years ago) link

look for the record with ME on the cover

tylerw, Wednesday, 31 January 2018 18:10 (three years ago) link

Cause baby you know I’m a REBEL
I’m a RAMBLER...
(Waxes poetic on axe)

Winter. Dickens. Yes. (Jon not Jon), Wednesday, 31 January 2018 18:20 (three years ago) link

we can all at least agree that TNWWL has the only actually funny hidden/joke track of the period

― Simon H., Wednesday, January 31, 2018 11:07 AM (twenty minutes ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

look for the record with ME on the cover

― tylerw, Wednesday, January 31, 2018 11:10 AM (seventeen minutes ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

lmao it really is actually funny

flamenco drop (BradNelson), Wednesday, 31 January 2018 18:28 (three years ago) link

re: concerns about the three-piece lineup & how doug could manage to make up for missing guitars... this arrangement of Else from a couple years ago is really beautiful

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B4JxIYuVwKw

flappy bird, Wednesday, 31 January 2018 19:05 (three years ago) link

That is nice! You know what would make it better? Second guitarist.

Josh in Chicago, Wednesday, 31 January 2018 21:04 (three years ago) link

Lol yea but still, good version. There was a sweet pro shot video of a full show from 1999 at some theater in Boulder that’s disappeared off YouTube for some reason unfortunately. Amazing version of Else with lap steel

flappy bird, Wednesday, 31 January 2018 22:52 (three years ago) link

we can all at least agree that TNWWL has the only actually funny hidden/joke track of the period

― Simon H., Wednesday, January 31, 2018 11:07 AM (twenty minutes ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

look for the record with ME on the cover

― tylerw, Wednesday, January 31, 2018 11:10 AM (seventeen minutes ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

lmao it really is actually funny

― flamenco drop (BradNelson), Wednesday, January 31, 2018 1:28 PM (yesterday) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

This and Sebadoh showtape 91

YouTube_-_funy_cats.flv (Jimmy The Mod Awaits The Return Of His Beloved), Thursday, 1 February 2018 05:25 (three years ago) link

three years pass...

this seems like the more recently active Built to Spill thread so I'll bump this one... BTS sign to Sub Pop! tour dates! new album!

Pacific Northwest rock band Built to Spill have singed with Sub Pop, the Seattle-based label announced today (October 7). In celebration of the news, Built to Spill have shared a string of North American tour dates kicking off in Seattle on December 16 and wrapping up in San Francisco in February of next year. They’ll be joined by Dinosaur Jr., Team Dresch, Prism Bitch, and more on select dates. Find their full schedule below.

In addition to the tour announcement, Sub Pop revealed that Built to Spill—comprised of Doug Martsch, Melanie Radford, and Teresa Esguerra—are currently working on their debut album for the label. The LP is due out next year, and will mark the band’s follow-up to 2015’s Untethered Moon. Last year, the group issued Built to Spill Plays the Songs of Daniel Johnston.

a superficial sheeb of intelligence (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Thursday, 7 October 2021 21:09 (two weeks ago) link

said dates:

12-16 Seattle, WA - The Showbox at the Market =
12-17 Portland, OR - Revolution Hall =
12-18 Olympia, WA - Capitol Theatre =
12-19 Tacoma, WA - Spanish Ballroom at Elks Temple =
01-26 Seattle, WA - The Crocodile ^ !
01-27 Seattle, WA - The Crocodile ^ !
01-29 Portland, OR - Wonder Ballroom ^ !
01-30 Portland, OR - Wonder Ballroom ^ $
01-31 Eugene, OR - Sessions Music Hall ^ ! $
02-02 Sacramento, CA - Harlows ^ $
02-03 Santa Ana, CA - The Observatory ^ $
02-04 Las Vegas, NV - Brooklyn Bowl ^ #
02-05 Pioneertown, CA - Pappy & Harriet's (Outdoors) ^ $
02-07 San Diego, CA - Belly Up ^ $
02-08 Los Angeles, CA - Echoplex ^ $
02-09 Los Angeles, CA - Echoplex ^ $
02-10 Santa Cruz, CA - Rio Theatre ^ $
02-11 San Francisco, CA - The Fillmore ^ $
02-12 San Francisco, CA - The Fillmore ^ $

= w/ Team Dresch
^ w/ Prism Bitch
# w/ Dinosaur Jr.
! w/ Oh, Rose
$ w/ Itchy Kitty

a superficial sheeb of intelligence (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Thursday, 7 October 2021 21:09 (two weeks ago) link

Doug has been in a sort of strange - maybe transitional, it seems now - zone recently, playing backyards and tiny venues in Portland and elsewhere in the Northwest. It's cool that he has switched up the lineup to include two women, though I generally would rather see BTS as a quartet.

alpine static, Thursday, 7 October 2021 22:10 (two weeks ago) link

I saw a pretty great trio show back in the 90s (and also a terrible one!). He's definitely a cool player, I like the idea of him doing a little more heavy lifting. Glad he's still at it!

tylerw, Thursday, 7 October 2021 22:17 (two weeks ago) link


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