Phoenix is still getting great mileage out of “Lisztomania”, which they played on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon last night.
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Mittens on Strings
Let’s Go to Baba’s
Releasing: October 6
Mittens on strings, the hand-warming items, seem like a silly idea until the first time you let a mitten dangle from your sleeve while doing precise finger work, only to retrieve the mitten seconds later from its convenient position mere inches away from your hand.
Mittens on Strings, the band, have a song called “Big Brother” that seems like standard lo-fi rock at first, until the gang vocals kick in and demand your attention, and the guitar solo combines notes that surely have been combined before in a way that seems like they’ve crossed galaxies to meet in a totally unique formation, and a second listen reveals that the entire song is silly-awesome. Slawesome?
The album will be for sale on vinyl and as a DRM-free download via the pay-what-you-want model.
01 M2 (Big Black Car)
02 Big Brother
03 Hearts and Mines
04 Lumbering Giant
05 The Flaming Pig
06 Fireball’s Revenge
07 The Middle Ages
08 Lou Reed Says
09 Thanks, Vern
10 The Incensed Sleeper
11 Mountain of Light
Mittens on Strings
Big Brother [MP3]
Oh, Glory. Oh, Wilderness.
Releasing: 3 November
John Orth’s voice has this quivering quality that’s a refreshing antidote to all the auto-tune found on the radio. “The Art Teacher and the Little Stallion” is a good song to enjoy a sunny day with, or to play on a rainy day in protest to the weather. The song has a crisp sound to it, making me wish I knew the words so I could sing along.
01 The Art Teacher and the Little Stallion
02 Black Lacquered Shame
03 Boys on Motorbikes
04 Cherry Glow
05 The Conductor and the Hobbyist (Avalanche)
06 The Last Transmission (Honeybee)
07 The Lazy Matador
08 Little Stallion with a Glass Jaw
09 Oh, Glory
11 Snow-packed Hush
The Art Teacher and the Little Stallion [MP3]
“Selfish Gene”, along with all the other songs on the Jimi Tenor/Tony Allen collaboration, Inspiration Information Vol. 4, came together in under a week, but the loose vibe feels exquisitely seasoned. Allen’s stumbling drum beat owns the track, gathering everything else into a beautiful tumbleweed of a jam.
Jimi Tenor & Tony Allen
Selfish Gene [MP3]
In the summer of 1992, Arrested Development had the first of three top ten hits with “Tennessee”, a song as powerful and hypnotic today as it was seventeen years ago. A quest for spiritual enlightenment hindered by the anger and pain of growing up in a world that often makes no sense, the song ended with the strong, pleading voice of Dionne Farris echoing the song’s search for home.
Dionne, who was more one of the “extended family” than an actual member of Arrested Development, got noticed after the song became such a major hit, and Chrysalis (Arrested Development’s record company) offered her a solo contract. Looking for more creative control than the company was willing to give, Dionne turned down the offer. Fortunately, Sony Music heard a demo she made with David Harris, and they offered her a contract that was more flexible.
The result was one of the best albums of the year, Wild Seed, Wild Flower.