Devendra Banhart comments in the October 2007 edition of Q Magazine: "We recorded this on a ship with a really rad Armenian captain and this half-Gypsy, half Hawaiian first mate. We used a vintage church mic. There's only one in all of Los Angeles."
The album Smokey Rolls Down Thunder was Banhart's first album to reach the Billboard 200 chart. It was recorded in California's Topanga Canyon, erstwhile home to Neil Young, Gram Parsons and Charles Manson. Devendra Banhart comments in the same Magazine: "It was pretty intense. Everyone at the house suffered shingles and exhaustion. Because our studio was our house! In one way, how convenient. In another way, how difficult. The only incentive to stop working is blacking out. And now it's done and everyone's in a little bit of shock. But y'know, it was fun. The view from my window, man, I could see Neil's house where he recorded After The Gold Rush and Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere."
Geffen Records made history on June 27, 1994 when Aerosmith's "Head First" became the first major label song made available for exclusive digital download. Download speeds at the time were so slow it took around 75 minutes to download the track.
"Pretty In Pink" by Psychedelic Furs was released in 1981. Five years later, it inspired a movie of the same name starring Molly Ringwald, Andrew McCarthy and Jon Cryer. The song was remixed for the re-release to have more Pop appeal.