Figure 8 (album)
Figure 8 is the fifth studio album by American singer-songwriter Elliott Smith, the final album he completed before his death. It was recorded from 1998 to 2000 at numerous studios and released on April 18, 2000 through DreamWorks Records. Preceded by the singles "Happiness" and "Son of Sam", Figure 8 was Smith's second release on a major label. Titled Place Pigalle, Figure 8 was recorded at Sunset Sound in Hollywood, Sonora Studios in Los Angeles, Capitol Studios in Hollywood and Abbey Road Studios in London; the title is thought to be taken from a song by Schoolhouse Rock!. Regarding the album's title, Smith said this in a May 11, 2000 article in Boston Herald: I liked the idea of a self-contained, endless pursuit of perfection, but I have a problem with perfection. I don't think perfection is artful, but there's something I liked about the image of a skater going in this endless twisted circle that doesn't have any real endpoint. So the object is not to arrive anywhere. Smith described the songs on the album as "more fragmented and dreamlike".
The wall Smith stands in front of in Autumn de Wilde's photograph on the cover of the album exists in Los Angeles, since his death it has become a memorial to him. It is located at 4334 W. Sunset Boulevard, a store by the name of Solutions Audio-Video Repair, just east of the intersection of Sunset Boulevard and Fountain Avenue, it has at some stages been covered with written messages containing lyrics and personal messages to Smith, as well as displaying a stencil of Smith in order to mimic the photo on the album cover. It is graffiti-ed over, followed by regular restorations from fans; the album's first single, "Happiness", was released on February 8, 2000. CMJ New Music Report wrote, "While the tune's production recalls the shimmer of XO, it possesses curiously upbeat energy atypical for Smith"; this was followed by the album's second and final single, "Son of Sam", on April 11. A music video was released for "Son of Sam", directed by Autumn de Wilde. Figure 8 was released on April 18, it peaked at number 99 on the Billboard 200.
The Japanese release of this album included Smith's cover of The Beatles' song "Because" from the movie American Beauty and "Figure 8", an abridged cover of a Schoolhouse Rock! song. The promotional CD for Figure 8 featured cover artwork by director of Thumbsucker. Smith contributed songs to the Thumbsucker soundtrack; as of 2004 it has sold 185,000 copies in United States. Figure 8 was well received by critics. NME called it "Smith's best effort to date". Spin wrote, "The record is not a disappointment, it's a progression." The A. V. Club wrote, "Figure 8 is better, a strong collection of lush, densely arranged power-pop and inimitably intimate ballads". AllMusic was more critical, writing, "Even if it is a impressive statement overall, Figure 8 isn't quite the masterpiece it wants to be". Pitchfork, opined, "Figure 8 isn't as good a record as XO or Either/Or, though the man's not out of the picture yet." Trouser Press called it "a record that feels different from its predecessors", describing its style as "brisk and busy, up front and confident, upbeat.
While nothing here fails the consistent artistry of his work, neither does any of it make the direct connection to a soul and heart." In 2009, Pitchfork placed Figure 8 at number 190 on its list of the 200 greatest albums of the 2000s, noting, "Not quite as intimate as his earliest records and not quite brash and bombastic like its immediate predecessor, Figure 8 marks a subtle refinement of Smith's songwriting skills" and calling it "one of Smith's most accessible and enjoyable records". Rolling Stone placed it at number 42 on their list of the 100 greatest albums of the decade, calling it Smith's "haunted high-water mark"; the album was included in the book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die. All tracks written by Elliott Smith. Nugent, Benjamin. Elliott Smith and the Big Nothing. Da Capo Press. ISBN 0-306-81447-1. Figure 8 at Discogs
Keep It Like a Secret
Keep It Like a Secret is the fourth full-length album released by indie rock band Built to Spill, their second for Warner Bros. Records; the original tracks for the album were recorded on Nov 1997 at Bear Creek studios in Woodinville, Washington by Phil Ek, with overdubs recorded on mid 1998 at Avast! Recording Co. in Seattle, Washington. Keep It Like a Secret was released on February 2, 1999; the album spawned Center of the Universe. Pitchfork ranked the album at #41 on their "Top Albums of the 90s" list. After feeling burned out from constructing the lengthy songs on his previous album, Perfect from Now On, Doug Martsch made a conscious decision to write shorter, more concise songs for Keep It Like a Secret. Many of the songs on the album originated from a week's worth of band jam sessions in Boise. During these marathon jam sessions, which could last up to five hours at a time, Martsch used a foot pedal that triggered a tape machine to begin recording, he would comb through the hours of recorded music and find parts that he liked, methodically building them into songs.
The song "You Were Right", which features a collage of now-cliche lyrics from songs by The Rolling Stones, The Doors and Jimi Hendrix didn't make the album due to perceived copyright issues. At the last minute, Warner Bros. Records secured permission for the band to use the lyrics. In a 1999 interview with The A. V. Club, Martsch described how he wrote the song: "... I came up with the chorus,'You were wrong when you said,'Everything's gonna be all right,' and I decided the verse would be,'You were right when you said...' Something more pessimistic. And I knew that it was going to be a bunch of clichés, I decided to use other people's clichés." Keep It Like a Secret received positive reviews when it was first released. On Metacritic, the album has a score of 79 out of 100, indicating "generally positive reviews."Pitchfork's Jason Josephes praised the album, writing "at the risk of hopping on a cliché wagon, I think I'm gonna tell all my friends about Built to Spill." In another positive review, AllMusic's Stephen Thomas Erlewine called Keep It Like a Secret "the most immediate and, accessible Built to Spill record," writing that the band "embraced the sounds of a big studio and focused their sound without sacrificing their fractured indie rock aesthetic."
Kim Stitzel of MTV called the album "a great Built to Spill record, proudly displaying its strengths and reveling in its uniqueness while making concessions to a changing world." Christopher Hess of The Austin Chronicle wrote that Doug Martsch's "guitar vocabulary gives'Center of the Universe' an intrinsically bright tone, infuses'Else' with stunning beauty," while praising Scott Plouf's drumming as being "spot on throughout, providing active punctuation for the multiple layers of guitar." Spin's Will Hermes praised Martsch's guitar playing, writing that "Martsch is still making the most beautiful baroque electric guitar murals in modern rock. Robert Christgau gave the album a two-star honorable mention rating and selected "You Were Right" and "Center of the Universe" as highlights. Not all contemporary reviews were positive. Trouser Press called Keep It Like a Secret "pure BTS, but without enough sparkle or rough-hewn beauty to be memorable." In another mixed review, Q wrote, "Built to Spill sound as if they're trying too hard, both The Flaming Lips and Mercury Rev do this sort of thing with far more panache."
In 1999, Pitchfork ranked the album at number 41 on their "Top Albums of the 90s" list. In a retrospective review published in 2013, Kevin McFarland of The A. V. Club called the album "perhaps the best encapsulation of the band's oeuvre and the ever-simmering public response in a single phrase." All songs written by Built to Spill except "Broken Chairs," which includes lyrics by the poet Uhuru Black. "The Plan" – 3:29 "Center of the Universe" – 2:43 "Carry the Zero" – 5:44 "Sidewalk" – 3:51 "Bad Light" – 3:22 "Time Trap" – 5:22 "Else" – 4:09 "You Were Right" – 4:45 "Temporarily Blind" – 4:48 "Broken Chairs" – 8:40Extra song on vinyl only: "Forget Remember When" Doug Martsch – guitar, producer Brett Nelson – bass Scott Plouf – drums Sam Coomes – keyboards on "Broken Chairs" Phil Ek – producer, engineer Steve Fallone – mastering Zack Reinig – engineer assistant Scott Norton, Juan Garcia – mixing assistant Jeff Smith – photography Tae Won Yu – design, art direction Interview about the making of Keep It Like a Secret
The Go-Betweens were an indie rock band formed in Brisbane, Australia in 1977. The band was co-founded and led by singer-songwriters and guitarists Robert Forster and Grant McLennan, who were its only constant members throughout its existence. Drummer Lindy Morrison joined the band in 1980, its lineup would expand to include bass guitarist Robert Vickers and multi-instrumentalist Amanda Brown. Vickers was replaced by John Willsteed in 1987, the quintet lineup remained in place until the band split two years later. Forster and McLennan reformed the band in 2000 with a new lineup that did not include any previous personnel aside from them. McLennan died on 6 May 2006 of The Go-Betweens disbanded again. In 2010, a toll bridge in their native Brisbane was renamed the Go Between Bridge after them. In 1988, "Streets of Your Town", the first single from 16 Lovers Lane, entered the Top 100 on both the Kent Music Report chart in Australia and the UK Singles Chart in the United Kingdom; the follow-up single "Was There Anything I Could Do?" was a No. 16 hit on the Billboard Modern Rock Tracks chart in the United States.
In May 2001, "Cattle and Cane", from 1983's Before Hollywood, was selected by Australasian Performing Right Association as one of the Top 30 Australian songs of all time. In 2008, 16 Lovers Lane was highlighted on Special Broadcasting Service TV's The Great Australian Albums series. Robert Forster and Grant McLennan met at the University of Queensland where both were taking a theatre arts course. Forster on vocals, song writing, guitar, McLennan on vocals, song writing, bass guitar formed The Go-Betweens in December 1977 in Brisbane, Queensland; the name of the band reflects L. P. Hartley's classic novel The Go-Between; the band made its first public appearance as the support for The Numbers at Baroona Hall in Brisbane in early April 1978. We performed two songs, as soon as we got off stage, Mark Callaghan, Robert Vickers – we met them all, in five minutes... They asked us to play a second show; the band however were still minus a drummer. They had a succession of drummers starting with Bruce Anthon.
With a guest drummer, Dennis Cantwell, they recorded their debut single, "Lee Remick", in May 1978. The song, an ode to the US actress Lee Remick, was released on the independent Able label in September 1978; the B-side to the single, "Karen", was a love song to a librarian. The sleeve depicts Forster and McLennan alongside portraits of Bob Dylan, Che Guevara and Lee Remick; the band sent copies to record labels around the world, with interest shown by the UK arm of America's Beserkley Records. The group's first real drummer was Temucin'Tim' Mustafa, recruited after the recording of "Lee Remick", although he appears on the picture sleeve of the single; the band further expanded with the addition of guitarist Peter Milton Walsh. Beserkley offered the band a contract that proposed the re-issue of "Lee Remick" and "Karen" as two singles, followed by an eight-album deal; the band recorded two more songs for Beserkley in November 1978, however when Beserkley went bust weeks Walsh left to form The Apartments.
The band's second single, "People Say", recorded in May 1979, was produced by The Go-Betweens with Mustapha on drums and Malcolm Kelly on piano and organ. The B-side, "Don't Let Him Come Back", is a farewell to Walsh, who remained friends with Forster and McLennan. From May 1978 to May 1979, the group recorded some tracks live in Forster's bedroom using McLennan's two-track tape deck—they were not released until 1999 as 78'Til 79: The Lost Album, which includes both sides of the first two singles; these songs were simple pop tunes with a rough new wave edge, an obvious blend of pure pop influences such as The Monkees with the gritty simplicity of The Velvet Underground. In November 1979, the duo left Australia, with a plan to shop their songs from record company to record company by visiting their offices and playing them. In Glasgow, Scotland, on 28 April 1980, for independent label Postcard, they recorded their next single, "I Need Two Heads", with Steven Daly of Scottish band, Orange Juice, guesting on drums and Alex Fergusson producing.
Forster returned to Australia in June 1980, whilst McLennan continued to New York. They followed Australian contemporaries The Birthday Party to the busier music scene in London. "I Need Two Heads" peaked at No. 6 on the UK independent charts. Upon return to Brisbane they were joined by Belinda "Lindy" Morrison on drums in 1980. In November 1980 the band played their first Sydney show at the Paris Theatre, supporting The Birthday Party and the Laughing Clowns; the band impressed Missing Link Records label boss, Keith Glass, which had re-issued "I Need Two Heads" for the Australian market, offered to release the band's next single. Their fourth single, the first with Morrison, "Your Turn My Turn", was recorded in Sydney with Tony Cohen in April 1981; the single was released in September. They recorded ten tracks as demos in Brisbane during 1981, which were released as Very Quick on the Eye by Man Made Records in 1982, the tracks showed that Morrison's "drum abilities, always a underrated part of the band's appeal, fit hand in glove with the arrangements".
By this time and Morrison were lovers and Morrison was living in Spring Hill. The band's first official album, Send Me a Lullaby, produced by The Go-Betweens and Tony Cohen, on Missing Link in Australia, was released as an eight-track mini-album in November 1981. Missing Link's UK distributors, Rough Trade, released the album in the UK, three months with four tracks added. Morrison provided the album title, in pref
Heatmiser was an American alternative rock band, formed in Portland, Oregon in October 1991. Consisting of Elliott Smith, Neil Gust, Brandt Peterson and Tony Lash, they were known for their well-crafted lyrics and songs featuring the juxtaposition of melancholic and cheery words and melodies; the pop-oriented songs of Elliott Smith were a contrast to the darker songs of Neil Gust, while both Smith and Gust's songs touched on subjects such as anger, alienation and despair. In 1987, while both of them were attending classes at Hampshire College in Amherst, Neil Gust and Elliott Smith met and formed a band, Swimming Jesus. In addition to covers of songs by Ringo Starr and Elvis Costello, the pair performed original songs in clubs in nearby Northampton. Following their graduation from Hampshire College in 1991, Gust and Smith returned to Portland, Oregon. In Portland and Smith formed Heatmiser with Smith's high school friend Tony Lash, who'd been working at a recording studio and playing drums in local band Nero's Rome.
In high school and Smith played together in the school band — Lash played flute, Smith played clarinet — and Lash played drums in Smith's band Stranger Than Fiction. Lash and Smith had bonded over a mutual love of Rush, outside of their high school band class, they began to work out "insanely complicated songs" together, recording after school with Eric Hedford, future Dandy Warhols drummer. With Heatmiser in need of a bassist, a high school friend suggested Brandt Peterson to fill the position. Peterson had played in a few punk bands, but "was feeling ambivalent about another." Smith convinced him to join Heatmiser, at least until their February 14, 1992 live debut at Portland's X-Ray Cafe. Over the next few years, Heatmiser was a regular act at local Portland venues like the X-Ray Cafe, screenprinting shop Hand Prints, La Luna, whose cheap, packed Monday night concerts were a hub for the city's twenty-something underground social scene. Brandt Peterson played bass on the albums Dead Air and Cop and Speeder, the EP Yellow No. 5 and several singles.
Peterson was replaced by Sam Coomes, a friend of Smith's. Coomes played on Heatmiser's last album, Mic City Sons, on tour. Coomes has a modest view of his contributions to the album: "There's two levels of playing for me," he added, laughing. "Decent and could be better." After Peterson's departure, the band "struggled to draw the same crowds. They played wherever they could a laundromat."Smith discussed Coomes' entry into the band: Regarding his friendships with Neil Gust and Tony Lash, Smith recalled: Discussing the tension in the band, Peterson recalled: Lash recalled his memories of the band's tense relationship while recording Mic City Sons, their eventual breakup: Lash left Heatmiser in late 1996, prior to what would be their final tour. John Moen was brought in to play drums. Regarding Mic City Sons, Coomes said: Lash recalled: Gust stated: The band broke up in the fall of 1996, prior to the release of their third and last album, Mic City Sons. "It was kind of ridiculous to carry it up to a certain point and drop the ball or the bomb, like quitting the band right after we had signed to Virgin," recalled Smith.
"I was the guy who made that gravy-train crash so to speak, it was a gravy-train at the time. The breakup happened immediately after the contract was signed. I watched myself put my paw in the bear trap on that one because there was this clause about leaving members. In the event of the band dissolving, any members could be kept to that contract with or without their consent under the same terms, they didn't pick up Neil's option, only mine. It turned out to be a fucked-up situation because they said the reason they had signed Heatmiser was that they'd been hoping this would happen-or something to that effect, they said that right in front of Neil and I couldn't believe it."The recording sessions for Mic City Sons "found the band dissolving. Smith had his solo career to tend. Gust spent time in the house alone; the buffer of the new producers helped bring the album together, but at some point in 1996, the band fell apart. Mic City Sons was released on a smaller Virgin sister label and slipped into the world quietly."Going on unemployment after losing a bakery side-job had given Smith more time to devote to recording, which shifted his focus away from Heatmiser and toward his own solo music endeavors.
Gust recalled: "That was like the state giving a grant. All he did was record at his girlfriend's house, his process just went'boom!' It was amazing to watch. It was intimidating because I was working, we had the band and there things to deal with the band, but he just drifted into his own thing."Despite Smith's burgeoning solo career, there wasn't tension between him and Gust. "There was never any animosity between me and him about it, because it was art," Gust said. "It only became problematic with scheduling stuff, if the band needed to go on something. He had to give up on doing some things on his own to do it with the band and became less and less willing to do that."After Heatmiser's breakup and Lash "didn't talk for a couple years," Lash said, but they reconnected in London in 1999, as Smith toured for XO at the height of his post-Oscars fame, with Coomes in backing band. And Gust had a n
Sherman is a U. S. city in and the county seat of Grayson County, Texas. The city's population in 2010 was 38,521, it is one of the two principal cities in the Sherman–Denison Metropolitan Statistical Area, it is part of the Texoma region of North Texas and southern Oklahoma. Sherman was named after a hero of the Texas Revolution; the community was designated as the county seat by the act of the Texas legislature which created Grayson County on March 17, 1846. In 1847, a post office began operation. Sherman was located at the center of the county, but in 1848 it was moved about 3 miles east to its current location. By 1850, Sherman had become an incorporated town under Texas law, it had become a stop on the Butterfield Overland Mail route through Texas. By 1852, Sherman had a population of 300, it consisted of a public square with a log court house, several businesses, a district clerk's office, a church along the east side of the square. During the 1850s and 1860s, Sherman continued to participate in regional politics.
The first flour mill was built in 1861. Because many residents of North Texas had migrated from the Upper South and only a low percentage were slaveholders, there was considerable Unionist sentiment in the region. E. Junius Foster, the publisher of Sherman's anti-secessionist Whig newspaper, the Patriot, circulated a petition to establish North Texas as an independent free state. Following Confederate passage of a conscription law, there was resistance in North Texas to conscription as large slaveholders were exempted. Slaveholders in nearby Cooke County feared that some Unionists might ally with others, in October 1862, state militia captured and arrested 150-200 suspects from the area on suspicion of insurrection. In the Great Hanging at Gainesville, the county seat, 42 men were murdered hanged by a mob, with several men sentenced by a so-called "Citizens' Court". While the court was operating, Col. William Young had been killed by unknown assailants, he had organized the jury for the court and by the time of his death, it was responsible for more than 20 deaths.
After Foster "applauded" Young's death in his newspaper, he was murdered by Capt. Jim Young, son of the colonel. Anti-Unionist state militia rounded up more suspects in Sherman, but Confederate Brigadier General James W. Throckmorton intervened, saving all but five men, lynched. During and after the Civil War, north Texas outlaw bands led by Jesse James and William Quantrill were seen in Sherman. Years James spent at least part of his honeymoon in Sherman, where he was photographed on horseback. Education developed in north Texas during this time; the Sherman Male and Female High School started accepting students during 1866, under the patronage of the North Texas Methodist Conference. It was one of three private schools in Sherman at the time; this school operated under several names until 1935. It lost Methodist support, after the opening of Southern Methodist University in 1915 in Dallas. In 1876, Austin College, the oldest continuously operating college in Texas, relocated from Huntsville to Sherman.
Sherman Female Institute known as Mary Nash College, opened in 1877 under sponsorship of the Baptist Church. It continued operation until 1901. Carr–Burdette College, a women's college affiliated with the Disciples of Christ, operated there from 1894 to 1929. Jews have had a long history in Sherman, settling in the area and meeting for the High Holidays by 1873. While there was general depression and lawlessness during Reconstruction, Sherman remained commercially active. During the 1870s Sherman's population reached 6,000. In 1875, two fires destroyed many buildings east of the square, they were rebuilt with superior materials. This included a new Grayson County Courthouse built in 1876. In 1879, the Old Settlers' Association of North Texas met near Sherman; the Old Settlers' Association of Grayson County incorporated in 1898 and completed purchase of Old Settlers' Park in 1909. On May 15, 1896, a tornado measuring F5 on the Fujita scale struck Sherman; the tornado had a damage path 400 yards wide and 28 miles long, killing 73 people and injuring 200.
About 50 homes were destroyed, with 20 of them being obliterated. In 1901 the first electric "Interurban" railway in Texas, the Denison and Sherman Railway, was completed between Sherman and Denison; the Texas Traction Company completed a 65-mile interurban between Sherman and Dallas in 1908, it purchased the Denison and Sherman Railway in 1911. Through the connections in Dallas and Denison, it was possible to travel to the Texas destinations of Terrell, Waco, Fort Worth and Denton, as well as to Durant, Oklahoma, by interurban railways. One popular destination on the Interurban between Sherman and Denison was Wood Lake Park, a private amusement park at the time. By 1948, all interurban rail service in Texas had been discontinued. During the Sherman Riot of May 9, 1930, Sherman's elegant 1876 courthouse was burned down by arson during the trial of an African American man, George Hughes. During the riot, Hughes was died in the fire. After rioters retrieved Hughes' body from the vault, it was dragged behind a car and set afire.
The black business section was destroyed. Texas Ranger Frank Hamer was in Sherman during this riot and reported the situation to Texas Governor Dan Moody. Governor Moody sent National Guard troops to Sherman on May 9 and more on May 10 to control
Untethered Moon is the eighth studio album by American rock band Built to Spill. The album was released on vinyl for Record Store Day on April 18, 2015 and on CD and digital format on April 21, 2015, it is the band’s first album in nearly 6 years, since 2009’s There Is No Enemy, making it the band’s longest delay between studio albums. Martsch explained: It is the first album to feature Steve Gere and Jason Albertini, replacing Scott Plouf and Brett Nelson respectively; the album was announced on February 2015 along with a tour schedule beginning in March. The track "Living Zoo" was released via SoundCloud on February 24, 2015; the official music video for “Living Zoo” premiered on Noisey, March 25, 2015. The album has received praise, with critics and fans alike noting a revived energy within the band as well as Doug Marstch's impressive guitar work. At Metacritic, which assigns a weighted average rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, Untethered Moon has received an average score of 76, based on 18 reviews, indicating "generally favorable reviews".
Cam Lindsay of Exclaim! wrote that Untethered Moon is "arguably the most enjoyable Built to Spill album since 1999's pivotal Keep It Like A Secret," citing "a directness to these songs, missing for a few albums." All music written by Built to Spill and all lyrics by Built to Spill with Karena Youtz
Built to Spill
Built to Spill is an American indie rock band based in Boise, Idaho. The band has released eight full-length albums, their most recent album, Untethered Moon, was released on April 21, 2015. Former Treepeople guitarist/vocalist Doug Martsch formed Built to Spill in 1992 with Brett Netson and Ralf Youtz as the band's original members. In an interview with Spin, Martsch stated that he intended to change the band's lineup for every album, himself being the only permanent member. After the band's first album, Ultimate Alternative Wavers, was released in 1993, Netson and Youtz were replaced by Brett Nelson and Andy Capps for 1994's There's Nothing Wrong with Love. A compilation album called. Built to Spill Caustic Resin, an EP that features Martsch with the members of Caustic Resin, was released in 1996. Between recording albums in 1995, the band gained exposure by playing on the Lollapalooza tour. In 1995, the band collaborated on the song "Still Flat" for the AIDS benefit album Red Hot + Bothered, produced by the Red Hot Organization.
Martsch signed Built to Spill to Warner Bros. Records in 1995. Unlike many artists signed to major labels, the deal the band brokered with Warner Bros. allowed it to retain a large degree of creative control over future albums. Built to Spill produced its first major label release in 1997 with Perfect from Now On. By this time, the band consisted of Martsch, Nelson and Scott Plouf. Perfect from Now On was met with critical success and caused Built to Spill to become one of the United States' most recognizable indie rock bands. Before releasing another album, Martsch made Plouf permanent members of the band. In 1999, the band released Keep It Like a Secret to continued critical success and for the first time, significant commercial success. Live was released in 2000, the band's fifth studio album, Ancient Melodies of the Future, was released in 2001. In 2002, Martsch released Now, he performed numerous solo concerts in support of the album. Built to Spill was on hiatus for most of this period. Warner Bros. Records optioned the band for another album.
From 2003 to 2005, Built to Spill toured extensively, performing over 150 dates that included new songs from as early as 2004. Its sixth studio album, You in Reverse, was recorded in Portland in 2004 but was not released until April 11, 2006; the band's official lineup for the album was Martsch, Nelson and Jim Roth, only a touring guitarist. Brett Netson provided guitar work on several songs and rejoined the band as a full-time member. After the release of You in Reverse, Built to Spill continued touring non-stop. In March 2006, Martsch suffered a detached retina; this forced the band to miss an appearance at the South by Southwest music festival and postpone several dates of the tour. Worse news came when former drummer Andy Capps was found dead in his home on May 18, 2006; the band resumed touring on June 2006, with a show that included four new songs. This show and many on the tour included the dedication of the song "Car" to Capps, who had played on the track when it was recorded. Warner Bros. Records stated that Built to Spill had been recording its follow-up to You in Reverse on and off during the 2006 tour, but nothing appeared until the July 10, 2007, release of a 12" single, "They Got Away"/"Re-Arrange".
"They Got Away" is a reggae-influenced original song, while "Re-Arrange" is a cover of a song by the reggae band the Gladiators. The US tour was scheduled through October 2007, followed by an Australian tour. Martsch stated in a September 2007 interview that he didn't want to tour in the United States again until the band records. In a March 2008 interview with Playback:stl, Martsch spoke of new material from the Halo Benders, a collaboration between Martsch, Calvin Johnson, Steve Fisk, former Treepeople member Wayne "Rhino" Flower, original Built to Spill drummer Ralf Youtz, but "we started that about a year ago, we have not got anything off the ground." In the interview, Martsch gave his perspective on the future of Built to Spill past the current material. I think there is potential for the five of us to collaborate on something, just way better than anything that I have come up with by myself or that we have done in the past." Martsch interjected that "This coming record we're not doing that—it's going to be songs that I have been working on."
The band extended its 2008 tour in the United States and Europe, performing the album Perfect from Now On in its entirety. In 2009, the band announced its next album, There Is No Enemy; the track list and album art were revealed on August 17, 2009, the first single, "Hindsight", was released on September 8, the album was released on October 6, 2009. The band toured from August through November 2009 and for much of 2010, including performances at the Pitchfork Music Festival and the All Tomorrow's Parties festival, curated by Matt Groening. In July 2010, Martsch appeared on the first release from Brett Nelson's the Electric Anthology Project, in which Nelson creates covers from an artist in a synth-pop style, featuring the vocalist from the original version; this self-titled EP, which featured one song from each Built to Spill record and newly recorded vocals by Doug Martsch, received a moderately favorable review in Pitchfork though "it was released as a goof," and the "good moments make you wish Martsch had taken this concept more s