Trials + Tribulations

Live & Unplugged
January 15, 2010, 11:36 am
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Phoenix had a pretty big year in 2009. Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix landed on several top of the year lists (including mine), and their music was everywhere.

Recently they performed an acoustic set in Hamburg of highlights from the album, and past albums. They also did the following cover.

Phoenix – Sad-Eyed Lady of the Lowlands (Bob Dylan cover)

Best Albums of 2009
December 11, 2009, 10:54 am
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Here they are! You are so excited! You are not that excited. But I am. So shut up. Here’s how I graded my favorite albums of the year:

1. Repeatability
2. How many songs I skip when listening to it all the way through
3. Cover art (not really)

Buttttttt behold! The albums! I only talked about the top five, because, well, I’m lazy.

ttaoty21. Yeah Yeah YeahsIt’s Blitz!

I can’t get over how awesome this album is. I started off a little ambivalent about it, but quickly grew to love it. I am not one of those people who still complains about YYY’s not being “raw” enough like on Fever to Tell. That was then. They’ve matured since then and I love the maturity.

The album has it’s awesome party-starters like “Zero” and “Heads Will Roll,” but it’s ballads are what get me. Where “Maps” was filled with longing, “Hysteric” is full of pure joy of being in love. “Soft Shock” is heartbreaking, and “Skeletons” always gets me. I have this record on repeat constantly, and am not afraid to listen to it over and over.

ttaoty4 2. Tegan & Sara – Sainthood

I was also not sold on this album the first listen. But when I put it on my headphones, it was an instant love affair. Whereas parts of The Con lagged and made me want to skip tracks, Sainthood is a complete ride from start to finish. I love their melodies and lyrics, like on “On Directing” and “The Ocean.” They’re gifted girls and I’ll love them for the rest of their career.

ttaoty13. Neko Case – Middle Cyclone

I attribute my love for this album to the many many road trips I’ve taken this year. Middle Cyclone has been a driving record for me, taking me halfway across the country more than a couple times. It’s such a big record for her. Her analogies to animal and nature really hit home, and each song is just so so great!

ttaoty74. Fever Ray – Fever Ray

I knew I was going to love this album as soon as “If I Had a Heart” leaked online. Solo projects have never looked so good. I still can’t believe this record was even made. It is so perfect. I love the dark, brooding tones on every track start to finish.

ttaoty6 5. Phoenix – Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix

Again, I knew I would love this album as soon as “1901” hit the net. I’ve liked a few songs on their other albums, but never so many great tracks on one album. “Lisztomania” and “1901” are both songs that make me dance whenever I put them on, even when driving. It’s another perfect driving record. It’s also just a perfect record, period.

ttaoty5 6. Gossip – Music for Men


7. Grizzly Bear – Veckatimest

ttaoty98. HEALTH – Get Color

9. YACHT – See Mystery Lights

ttaoty810. The XX – xx

Sweat Dreams 4

Photo by Zach Kidd; click for more photos


High Places – You in 40 Years
Universal Studios Florida – Moon Bungalow (ft. Blind Man’s Colour)
Balmorhea – Elegy
The Fresh & Onlys – I Saw Him
The Mantles – Look Away
Bosque Brown – Phone Call
JJ – Me & Dean
Kings of Convenience – Scars on Land
Thee Oh Sees – The Sun Goes All Around
Ah Holly Fam’ly – Rainstick
Phoenix – Rome (Neighbors remix)



Aeroplane, one of the blogosphere’s hottest DJ duos put up this mix of their top 9 songs for June and thought you guys definitely need to hear it if you haven’t yet. These guys are definitely going to be a force to be reckoned with. I’m posting the whole mix and the songs I have from it.

♫ Aeroplane – June Top 9 Mix

Phoenix – Lisztomania (Classixx Version)
♫ Doves – Jetstream (Lindstrøm Remix)
Florence And The Machine – Rabbit Heart (Leo Zero Remix)
Lowbrows – Dream in The Desert (Flight Facilities Remix) (thanks Too Many Sebastians)
♫ Bent – Always (Mighty Mouse Remix)
Classixx Feat. Jeppe – I’ll Get You
Fever Ray – Triangle Walks (Rex The Dog Edit)
Peaches – Lose You (Brodinski & Yuksek Remix)
♫ Joakim – Nebula Laughter



This is a mix I made for some friends, and thought I’d share it with you all! Lots of breezy summer tracks.

Jens Lekman – If I Could Cry (It Would Feel Like This)
Yeah Yeah Yeahs – Heads Will Roll (Weird Tapes Version)
Phoenix – Lisztomania (A Fight for Love 25hrs a Day Remix)
Empire of the Sun – Walking on a Dream (Treasure Fingers Remix)
Vega – Well Known Pleasures
Passion Pit – The Reeling (Calvin Harris Remix)
Air France – Never Content (Friend’s Tropic Thunder Edit)
Fever Ray – When I Grow Up (Dan Lissvik Remix)
Neon Walrus – John Solo (Bonus Remix)
Gang Gang Dance – House Jam
Neon Indian – Should Have Taken Acid With You
Animal Collective – Summertime Clothes (Dam Funk Remix)
The Tough Alliance – Lucky
Glasser – Lessons Learned (YACHT Remix)
The Golden Filter – Hide Me
Fleet Foxes – Your Protector

June 4, 2009, 9:00 am
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Phoenix+lisztomaniaAll the searching people are doing for “the summer jam” are goofy, because it’s already been posted on every blog everywhere.

Phoenix’s “Lisztomania” is the perfect summer experience. Within the first couple of licks of the guitar, you already feel like contorting your body. Then the kickdrum picks up, and you’re lost within the feeling. I just think it’s really a perfect song.

The thing about all the remixes, the Classixx, the Holy Ghost!, the Yuksek, is that they all feel so different from the original. In a bad way. They sound much more conformed, and I feel less like dancing when I hear them. This one is a different one, but still doesn’t make me feel like dancing much. Maybe it’s just time for people to leave the song alone, preserved in its original form.

♫ Listzomania (A Fight for Love 25hrs a Day Remix)

I like this video, because it’s cool to see kids just acting goofy to the song. Sure their moves are ripped from the Brat Pack mash-up, but it’s a completely believable response to the song.

April 15, 2009, 8:15 am
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phoenixPhoenix released their video for Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix‘s official first single “Lisztomania.” See it here. It’s one of my favorite tracks off their fabulous new record. They’re also planning on hitting the states for a too-brief tour that will hopefully be followed up with one that’s more extensive and hits more than the coasts and the north. And Colorado. Okay I just hope they come to Texas.

06/12 – Manchester, TN @ Bonnaroo
06/13 – Chicago, IL @ Park West
06/15 – Toronto, ON @ Phoenix Concert Theater
06/16 – Montreal, Canada @ Les Saints
06/17 – Boston, MA @ Paradise Rock Club
06/19 – NYC, NY @ Terminal 5
06/21 – Washington, D.C. @ Rock and Roll Hotel
06/23 – Minneapolis, MN @ Varsity
06/25 – Denver, CO @ Bluebird
06/27 – San Francisco, CA @ Regency Center, Grand Ballroom
06/28 – Los Angeles, CA @ Wiltern