Thursday, April 9, 2009

Awesome Music Week: Phoenix

I first heard them: Last week on Saturday Night Live
Would Side Bar like them?: possibly
Would Open Bar like them?: probably not, it's a little new wave-ish
Would LJT like them?: Since the default is no, we'll go with that.
Bonus Guess, Would WinIt like them?: Indubitably. If there were a party at his place, this would be on the playlist before the party would be canceled.

(Has anyone else noticed that there seems to be a debate raging among grammerians as to whether canceled is spelled with one or two L's? It seems like it should be two, but for some reason, one L seems to be the technically proper use. Both are acceptable in Microsoft Word. It's kinda strange.)

There's a thin line between real good band and a bunch of douchebags, and Phoenix toes that line really well. There's a real possibility that I'd be the only of the four of us who'd like this band. These gies have what some might deem strikes against even before any songs play. First of all they're from France. Secondly they have a real distinct 80s laid back pop sound. You can almost imagine them with huge hair and androgenous clothes jumping around on the stage. Despite that fact, however, I'm really digging on them in the last week or so. I've basically spent the last week listening to a lot of these gies along with our last two entrants, Glasvegas and the Ting Tings.

This particular band just seems to hit me in a sweet spot. Really mellow vibe, catchy tunes, the singer has a cool voice. And they use their synthesizer really well. It's not overused, as is probably the temptation, but it really adds to every song. Phoenix seems to me like the type of band that would really appeal to people under the influence of mind altering substances. I can't really say this for sure, but for some reason they just throw off that kindof vibe to me. This band has actually been around for a long time. They released their first album in 2000, I believe, and actually have 4 albums all together. Their first couple records are not as great as their more recent efforts, in my opinion. They really seem to have grown into their sound. This song posted below, 1901, represents everything that is good about them. Kick back, put your feet up, and break out your phat nug if you're still into that sort of thing, because you'll need it.


Open Bar said...

Canceled is American English, while the double-l is British English. The same thing occurs with the word travel.

Another type of American/British differing is American English uses toward while the Limeys use towards.

And yet another difference between America and Britain is that we kicked the shit out of them in the War.

The Notorious LJT said...

hate it

Side Bar said...

do you get all your music ideas from SNL and Jimmy Fallon? I mean, I'm not criticizing, I get all my music from you, so I'm just curious.

This is my favorite of the week so far. And I saw the Ting-Tings on VH1 this morning, so there's that.

Lastly, I have been listening to Arcade Fire's first album just about non-stop for two weeks. I might get neon bible next week, but I also might wait.

ChuckJerry said...

I mean, I'm not cool or anything. I don't go out to music clubs or things like that.

I do watch Jimmy Fallon and Saturday Night Live, so when I hear a band I like, I usually look into them. As it happens, there have been several bands I have liked in the past month or so, which lead to the idea for awesome music week to begin with.

My favorite albums of the past few years have been from Arcade Fire and Vampire Weekend, who I first saw on Saturday Night Live, and M.I.A, who I first saw on Conan O'Brien.

I make a conscious effort to listen to the musical acts to see if I like them.

Open Bar said...

"I'm not cool or anything...

I do watch Jimmy Fallon and Saturday Night Live."


ChuckJerry said...

Sorry, was that redundant?

Open Bar said...

Yes, and yes.