Exactly 11 years ago, Miles Zuniga was jetting off to Amsterdam with his Austin-based alt-rock outfit Fastball to try to put some touring muscle behind its latest release, The Harsh Light Of Day. Expectations were high, given the surprising mainstream success of 1998’s All The Pain Money Can Buy, which the band milked for almost two years. Fast-forward to today, and Zuniga has humbler aspirations for his first solo effort, These Ghosts Have Bones (33 1/3), a wrenchingly personal, fitfully melodic ode to the breakup of his 10-year marriage. Though Fastball is still very much a working entity, Ghosts’ quirky centerpiece, “Marfa Moonlight,” would’ve undoubtedly been a much different animal with bandmates Tony Scalzo and Joey Shuffield involved. The same goes for the rest of this inward-looking song cycle. Zuniga will be guest editing magnetmagazine.com all week. Read our brand new Q&A with him.
Zuniga: I’m really not a T-shirt kind of guy. I like to wear shirts, ya know, with buttons and maybe a pocket. I don’t want your fucking logo all over my clothes. I just want a simple, tasteful design that I could run around town in. If I get a dinner invitation while I’m running around town, I want to be able to attend without going all the way back to my house to change. In short, I want something casual, but spiffy enough to go somewhere nice in. Oliver Spencer fits the bill. The main reason I like their shirts is they don’t fit you like a dress. So many dress shirts in America are made for the guy who played Norm in Cheers. Oliver Spencer shirts are fitted. You don’t have to tuck them in. You can just wear them.
“Nothing else will fit right/Or seem so directly applied/Than fitted shirt hung on me/Fitted shirt all right.