After Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix’s lead MP3 “1901” hit with its heavy-synthed dance pop, the last thing I thought was “this thing needs a rasta remix.” Let alone two. But the band is suddenly and finally getting generous in spotlighting alternate takes on their winning new LP’s ’80s dance confections (yesterday it was “Listzomania”), and these… More »
“Lisztomania,” the standout single from Phoenix’s forthcoming fourth LP, is certainly ripe for remixing, and finally an official one has surfaced. In re-imagining the synthrock song for a chill discothèque LA DJ duo Classixx cut out every undeniable guitar riff, so not surprising their version doesn’t hold a candle to the original. Still, it’s fu… More »
Nineteenth century classical composer Franz Liszt was the Rex Manning of his day. He got so many chicks, you have no idea. And they would faint at his concerts because he was so awesome. If you’re surprised it took this long for a pop act to celebrate the phenomenon in song, you are not a… More »
The French quartet joined the ranks of McCartney, U2, and Coldplay when they were asked to play a third song on a recent SNL, and now they’re headed back to the U.S. (and Canada) where they’ll do a string of shows that include way more than three tunes. Amazing Baby supports. It’ll be in the… More »
McCartney, U2, Coldplay, and now Phoenix are among the acts who’ve been asked to play three songs on an episode of Saturday Night Live. I suspect only the French synth-rockers’ overtime was born of a lack of air-able sketches. Which is not to say the closing credits performance of nine-year-old soundtrack hit “Too Young” wasn’t… More »
Wanna know what the new Phoenix sounds like. “Fast and intense.” Their words, not ours, although you can take them as truth on the back of the synth-infused dancefloor pop of lead track “1901.” Whether it “shares similarities with United” as guitarist Laurent Brancowitz claims, or “is about our future” as Thomas Mars believes, one… More »
It’s not an outright club cut, and the guitars aren’t absent to a Zinner-degree, but still: lots of synths to this new Phoenix. “1901” is the lead leak from the Parisian pop-minded rockers’ forthcoming fourth LP Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix. They’re an album-oriented band, each great with little by way of filler, but also they’re unafraid… More »
PROGRESS REPORT: Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix, out in Spring 2009. Recorded at Philippe Zdar’s studio in Montmartre, Paris.
“Fast and intense” is how Phoenix’s lead singer Thomas Mars describes the band’s next record. The Paris-based foursome are men of few words, or maybe few English words and more French ones. Either way, though… More »
Leave it to Erlend Øye of Kings Of Convenience (Norway’s answer to Simon & Garfunkel) to reinvent the genre.
1. Jurgen Paape – So Weit Wie Noch Nie
2. Erlend Oye – Sheltered Life (Remix)/Fine Night (Acapella)
3. Cornelius – Drop (Kings of Convenience Remix)
4. Phoenix – If I Ever… More »