Boise, Idaho: Much has been made of the fact that Doug Martsch and his band, Built to Spill, are based there, as if a vast chasm yawned between the coasts where no one in the music industry could possibly reside. And like his neighbors -- gun-happy militia members, snowboarders and timber-industry dinosaurs -- Martsch seems almost aggressively unconcerned about happenings in the outside world. To hear him talk, the distance between his hometown and Los Angeles, the capital of the record-industry empire, seems even longer than 1,400 miles. He would rather play basketball with his seven-year-old son, Ben, whom he has just picked up from daycare, than worry... More >>>
Slouching toward infinity: Doug Martsch (center) with Built to Spill.