Archive for the 'Phosphorescent' Category

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014

The latest release from the Red Hot Organization is a tribute compilation to the late cellist and experimental composer Arthur Russell, whose work spanned the verse of classical music, disco, country, folk and the avant-garde. The players on this release include the likes of Sufjan Stevens, Lonnie Holley, Jose Gonzalez, Sam Amidon and Devendra Banhart. […]

Thursday, March 21st, 2013

Believe that album cover for three minutes and twelve seconds. That’s how long it takes for Matthew Houck, the Alabama native better known as Phosphorescent, to finish the high-harmonic tilt of “Sun, Arise! (An Invocation, An Introduction)” and drain it into the aching, pained, sublime “Song for Zula.” If you’ve been following Houck’s exploits for […]

Tuesday, January 3rd, 2012

Welcome to 2012. Here’s one for the last year of our existence, Father John Misty’s duet with Phosphorescent on the Misty original, “I Would Love You.” MP3: Father John Misty & Phosphorescent :: I Would Love You

Thursday, July 21st, 2011

Phosphorescent’s sophomore LP, 2005’s Aw Come Aw Wry, is at its heart a folk record; albeit a folk record alternately made up of dirges, brass, waltzes, and choirs—a heady, if low-key, bouillabaisse of sound.  It also remains one of my favorite releases of that year. I put this one on late night, for the first […]

Tuesday, January 11th, 2011

Phosphorescent’s take on Neil Young’s “Are You Ready For The Country?” Culled from the companion disc accompanying the new issue of Mojo—Harvest Revisited—Matthew Houck and co. stay true to the arrangement Neil and the Stray Gators worked up on the original. MP3: Phosphorescent :: Are You Ready For The Country? ____________________________________________________________________________________

Thursday, May 13th, 2010

One of the achievements of Phosphorescent’s ode to Willie was how comfortable Matthew Houck was at interpreting (or reinterpreting) Willie Nelson. It wasn’t just that he carefully selected songs that had mostly filtered out of the cadre of Willie popularity. But he was also succeeding the wintry folk soul-lashing of Pride just two years prior. […]

Wednesday, March 3rd, 2010

Latest offering from Matthew Houck (Phosphorescent). Look for the new LP, Here’s To Taking It Easy, out May 11th via Dead Oceans. MP3: Phosphorescent :: It’s Hard to Be Humble (When You’re From Alabama) ——————— + Download Phosphorescent via eMusic’s 25 free MP3 no risk trial offer ____________________________________________________________________________________

Tuesday, March 10th, 2009

Country music, at its best, is a dark apologetic for mystery.  Like most things, it’s got its glitzy side, the side that it’s convinced itself that it wants the public to see.  But once its Nashville sheen is scraped off, country is a dark, penetrating, and mysterious force that cuts away until it reaches a […]

Wednesday, February 4th, 2009

Willie Nelson is – no argument – among the five best living songwriters on either side of the pond. Sure, lately he’s become more interested in preserving his image as America’s Stoned Grandpa than he is in making the aching sort of music he made back when he was still an actual red-headed stranger, but […]