Doug Martsch is an indie-rock legend, whether or not you know his name. Although his band, Built to Spill, released two albums before Perfect From Now On, that 1997 release became the modern symphony that secured a place in rock history, likely forever.
Martsch was in bands before BTS, like Treepeople and the Halo Benders, with Calvin Johnson of Beat Happening. But with Built to Spill's third album, Martsch found a lineup that suited his style. They've toured the world. He seems a sincere human being, still living in his hometown of Boise, Idaho, with his family. He's a big b-ball fan and even hosts his own weekly Wednesday-night radio show on Radio Boise.
We know all of this because of the internet but also due to a recent conversation with the musician in which we learned of his love for Dwyane Wade and desire to open hipster minds with the Dead's "Ripple."