A Productive Cough was recorded by longtime +@ producer Kevin McMahon
at Marcata Recording in New Paltz, NY, with a cast of 21 elite musicians
whose diverse skill sets allow +@ to incorporate far-reaching musical styles.
Even amongst veteran pianist Rick Steph (Cat Power, Lucero, Hank Williams
Jr.) and esteemed cellist Jane Scarpantoni (R.E.M., Bob Mould, Lou Reed),
listeners may be most struck by lead vocals from Brooklyn singer Megg Farrell
for the aging-punk's lament "Crass Tattoo," as the perennially raspy Stickles
humbly steps away from the microphone to enable what may be +@'s most
unapologetically gorgeous track yet.