"I was full-on inspired," Jimmie explains, "the most I've ever been, and feeling the same wide-eyed amazement I did at those times that I ended up writing about. It wasn't a conscious, 'I feel great, just like I did when I had my first girlfriend' thing, but I'd be sitting at a table in Berlin and just start thinking about her because the excitement was resonating within my body in the same way."
Named after a high school band his friends started, Transistor Sister alludes to early influences like Pavement and Sloan, and finds Shotgun Jimmie at his most reflective. "I think it's just because I'm having a mid-life crisis," he jokes. "I'm not old enough for that at 32 but then the reviews come in and people talk about how nostalgic it is. It's weird to be psychoanalyzed by the media, but then go, 'Oh yeah, they're right, I'm talking about that stuff. Whoa.'"