The sun was coming up and he was still writing lyrics."(Stipe) said, 'Do you want me to help you with the lyrics?' and I was like, 'Hell yes.' So we worked on it until 6 a.m.
"I knew that I wanted to work with both of them," Taylor said."It's fun for me to record with people that I'm really comfortable with.For the album, recording sessions were split between Andy Le Master's Athens studio and Mike Mogis's ARC studios in Omaha, with a couple songs recorded in Los Angeles.Taylor has performed with Le Master in his band, Now It's Overhead, and with Mogis in Bright Eyes.
The first time I interviewed Maria Taylor in March 2002 she and her Azure Ray partner Orenda Fink were about to move to Omaha to become part of the city's then-burgeoning music scene. That's a difficult question to answer," Taylor said moments after she and the rest of her band, along with tour mates The Whispertown 2000, took in Niagra Falls on their way to Cleveland for the evening's show.Seven years later and Taylor is long gone, having moved to Los Angeles almost a year ago. Over the past couple of years, Omaha has seen a handful of its biggest indie music stars leave for better climes, including Cursive's Tim Kasher, and more recently, The Faint's Todd Fink and his wife, Orenda. Taylor said that there are still some "core people" living in Omaha, but "you can only stay in one place for so long.