At seventeen

Seventeen years ago today, our “Autumn Sweater” ep was released, featuring remixes by Bundy K. Brown and Team Tortoise, µ-ziq, and Kevin Shields.  As anyone who spent 22 years waiting for the followup to Loveless will probably have no trouble believing, cajoling Kevin to meet his deadline was no fun.  The only way to reach him was by a telephone without an answering machine–the phone would ring and ring and ring and ring.  Sometimes no one would pick up, and that felt bad.  Sometimes, eventually,  Kevin would answer and I’d be the guy trying to pressure him, and that felt terrible.  But then came the day that the track arrived, which in itself felt like a miracle, and when we heard it, the excitement was indescribable.