Wow. Ben Bridwell has a playlist [nyt] in the New York Times (Sunday Syles section -- hmmm. what does this indicate for the hipness of Band of Horses?). The introduction says that Mat will be rejoining the band for their fall tour, explaining his absense by mentioning his work at his new Seattle bar [the Redwood].
update: nevermind. the grey lady is out of touch [lineout]