I'm sure we'll be back in Fort Worth, Bo, and I'd love to have a drink. Just flag me down.
All the recording I've ever done, I think, has been in an acoustically anarchic space. Even when I'm in a nice studio I tend to put up microphones that introduce phase problems and weird incoherencies, but I tend to really like using that stuff in small doses inside a mix. So, I guess, yes; I love recording like that. I wouldn't have signed on for the last Decemberists record (in a church, no control room, total madness) if I didn't.
I like to be able to get far enough away from an instrument, especially the drumset, that the phase problems turn into delays. Much of my recording philosophy can be traced to Shellac's 'The Admiral' single, with the photo and the legend and the comprehensive list of equipment. If it weren't for that record, I'd still be trying to make everything sound like a Bob Clearmountain mix. Which is, of course, great ? but something I'm totally incapable of doing.