I've got no beef with Britt, really. Like I said, he's going to do whatever he wants to do, and I'm sure I'll always be interested in what he's up to. I'll take whatever he's giving and I'll either buy it or not.
My complaint is that it's been almost two years with no communication from the band, besides announcements of a couple one-off shows, and now, an announcement of an entirely new band! Is Spoon still active? - that was my first thought. They don't say. Maybe they can't say yet. In that case, it might have been wise to hold off on the DF announcement, but again, that's another example of crappy communications, IMO.
I have no idea who's responsible for the band's PR. It appears to me that nobody is. That's my complaint. In the last couple months I've gotten, I think, three short emails from Wilco. Quick takes on what they're doing, where they're playing, etc. The difference being, maybe, that Wilco is actually playing.
How hard would it be for somebody to post a Facebook message, say, once a quarter?
As to all the struggles, pressure and hard work Britt faces....ok. One of the things I really admire about Britt was how he dealt with that and kept Spoon together while making some of the best albums of the last 8-10 years. He's coming off his best selling album ever. Is that more pressure? Maybe. Beats me. But it seems to me whatever pressure he's under now, he's dealt with worse before. He's been trying to build this band for what, fifteen years?
And yes, if there needs to be a break, or a side project, or a solo album, or whatever to keep Britt fresh and sane and creatively productive, then by all means, do it.
All I'm saying is, throw us fans a fricking bone now and then.