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by PopMatters Staff

26 Oct 2011


POPMATTERS SPONSOR: Today at 1pm PST / 4pm EST YouTube and VEVO are bringing worldwide audiences a live Coldplay concert from Madrid as part of the American Express Unstaged series. Expect the visual bar to be set very high by today’s event as renowned film/music video director Anton Corbijn is directing the live concert film. If you happen to miss the live event this afternoon, it will be available in repeats throughout this evening and you can even catch the proceedings on mobile devices, including both the iPhone and Android devices.

For the American Express Unstaged series, Amex teamed with YouTube and VEVO to bring artists from many different genres together in locations all over the world with top-notch film directors to present a truly global musical experience with extremely high production values. Today’s concert follows yesterday’s release of Coldplay’s new album Mylo Xyloto and is sure to be a big event as Coldplay are well-known for putting on a great show.

Check out the trailer below and head on over to YouTube/VEVO this afternoon to catch the live show.

by Sam Phillips

25 Oct 2011


This video is loaded with talent, and I am not talking about myself. Ethan Johns, who later became the record producer for Ray Lamontagne and Kings of Leon, is playing guitar behind me. Ethan is a very good drummer who played guitar for me in 1994 before starting his career as a producer. Josh LaBelle, one of my favorite drummers (and human beings), is now the executive director and vice chair of the Seattle Theater Group, who run the historic Paramount and Moore theaters. The director of this video is Carlos Grasso. Carlos has recently formed a “movie band” called Dumfuxx, which is currently making a feature film and will perform live around the world, playing music while live mixing film and audio. I am merely the chick singer here, and hope to accomplish a fraction of what these talented gentlemen have accomplished.

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Live take on the tune…

by Sam Phillips

25 Oct 2011


Here I am playing my song “Taking Pictures” on one of my favorite episodes of The Gilmore Girls. Eric Gorfain, of the Section Quartet, is playing strohviolin on the street corner of Stars Hollow with me. Kim Gordon, Thurston Moore and their daughter also played in this episode, as well as Sparks and other special guests. Making the music for this show for seven years was a blast.

by Sam Phillips

25 Oct 2011


In the ‘90s I wanted to print a T-shirt that said: Videos should be heard and not seen. Instead of the T-shirt, I offer you this video. The sentiment of this song is not modern or cool, but it’s true for me and I wanted you to hear it.

by Sam Phillips

25 Oct 2011


Homemade, this is “Magic For Everybody”. The star of this video is the little reel-to-reel tape recorder I am listening to at the end. Tape sounds so much better than digital. I recently listened to the mono vinyl version of Bob Dylan’s early records and compared them to the digital versions and was shocked at how bad the digital versions sounded compared to vinyl. I had not done this test in a very long time. Even though I know digital is not great, I was shocked at how degraded recordings have become. So now I have pulled out my turntable and am only buying vinyl. It’s expensive and cumbersome to release music this way, but I am determined to find a way to release my next album on vinyl. It is amazing how entertaining playing records can be… let’s have a vinyl party!

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