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Oh, what a Gummy Awards it’s been! As Stereogum and Videogum’s readers poll has rolled on, we’ve seen your picks for 2013’s best albums, new bands, music videos, TV shows, movies, and viral videos. Now it’s time to conclude the festivities with a rundown of the 10 best songs of 2013 as voted by you. More »

Starting today we’re rolling out the winners of the Gummy Awards, Stereogum & Videogum’s annual readers’ poll. Earlier this month we asked you to vote for 2013’s best album, song, music video, new act, TV show, movie, and viral video. And you did! Thank you for listening! Best Album is the first category we’re revealing… More »

Earlier this year, New York Times pop critic Jon Caramanica wrote a piece about pop’s Summer Of Smooth, about how many of this year’s big warm-weather crossover hits were soft and breezy and immaculately produced and comforting pieces of throwbacky, slick pseudo-R&B. Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” drove the narrative, but it also encompassed Bruno Mar… More »

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Photos: Phosphorescent, Strand Of Oaks @ Troubadour, West Hollywood 4/5/13

The Troubadour was completely sold-out for the stunning combination of Phosphorescent and Strand of Oaks. Phosphorescent have been gaining traction on their latest album, Muchacho. Matthew Houck slashed away at his Fender Jazzmaster throughout the evening, visiting his discography and managing to work in covers of Randy Newman (“Days Of Heaven”) and Waylon Jennings and… More »

By: Andrew Youssef / April 8, 2013 - 10:42 am

Phosphorescent – “Song For Zula” Video

Along with Djuna Wahlrab, Matthew Houck, the craggy-voiced country-rock rambler behind Phosphorescent, co-directed his own video for “Song For Zula,” the stately and pretty first single from his very good new album Muchacho. The whole video plays out as one single six-minute tracking shot, telling the tale of a wild-eyed woman who uses a rock… More »

By: Tom Breihan / March 27, 2013 - 2:34 pm

Stream Phosphorescent Muchaco

As Phosphorescent, the Brooklyn-based Alabama transplant Matthew Houck makes dusty-but-ebullient roots-rock that feels warm and dusty and lived-in, lighter on old-timey affectations than the stuff many of his peers are making. Phosphorescent’s new album Muchacho is about to arrive, and we’ve already posted its luminous and surprisingly synthy “Song For Zula.” Hear the rest of… More »

By: Tom Breihan / March 4, 2013 - 4:39 pm

Phosphorescent – “Song For Zula”

In a few months, Phosphorescent, the project run by the Brooklyn-based Alabama-transplant songwriter Matthew Houck, will follow up 2010’s Here’s To Taking It Easy with a new album called Muchacho. Houck says that he wrote most of the songs in a Mexican beach hut. The first track we’ve heard from it is a slow, wounded,… More »

By: Tom Breihan / December 10, 2012 - 11:45 am

End Of The Road Festival 2011 In Photos

Last week, the UK’s Larmer Tree Gardens hosted a hilariously deep bill for the End Of The Road Festival, a lineup that featured Joanna Newsom, Kurt Vile, Tinawiren, Lykke Li, Best Coast, the Walkmen and dozens of other notables. Elena Morelli was there to magnificently document the epic lineup. There’s a peacock in one of… More »

By: Corban Goble / September 7, 2011 - 10:39 am

End Of The Road Festival 2010 In Photos

This past weekend Larmer Tree Gardens, near Salisbury, Wiltshire, hosted the fifth annual End Of The Road Festival. This year’s lineup continued the festival’s peripheral deviation from its folk, Americana, and alt-country roots, featuring Yo La Tengo, Black Mountain, Caribou, Iron & Wine, the Antlers, Wilco, Modest Mouse, Wolf Parade, The New Pornographers, Cymbals Eat… More »

By: Amrit Singh / September 13, 2010 - 4:19 pm

Phosphorescent – “It’s Hard To Be Humble (When You’re From Alabama)” Video

Natalie Johns of Dig For Fire TV shot a bunch of Phosphorescent shows, practices, and etc., and edited them together for Here’s To Taking It Easy’s rambunctious feel-good first single “It’s Hard To Be Humble (When You’re From Alabama).” Speaking of feel good, you get a glimpse or three of the band’s stolen/safely returnedMore »

By: brandon / August 4, 2010 - 11:42 am

Phosphorescent – “Mermaid Parade” (Stereogum Premiere)

It’s Hard To Be Humble (When You’re From Alabama),” the first single from Here’s To Taking It Easy, rolled forward on good vibes and a good horn line. You could draw a line from that song’s themes — memory, place, autobiography — to “Mermaid Parade,” but the execution is completely different. Here the instruments (mostly… More »

By: jessica / April 27, 2010 - 10:00 am

Phosphorescent – “It’s Hard To Be Humble (When You’re From Alabama)”

Matthew Houck spent the three years since the quiet triumph of his Pride LP processing others’ works and often distributing the results — see his cover of Malvina Reynolds’ “Little Boxes,” his takes on the Righteous Brothers and Nick Cave, or his entire album devoted to the works of Willie Nelson (fittingly billed To Willie). More »

By: Amrit Singh / March 1, 2010 - 11:33 am

Phosphorescent Covers Willie Nelson

Matthew Houck, aka Phosphorescent, loves doing covers. In fact, you could argue the guy’s addicted to them. Our last few posts on MH have dealt with his takes on Nick Cave’s “Right Now I’m A-Roaming,” the Righteous Brothers’ “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’,” and the truly coverable “Little Boxes.” Now we have ourselves some Willie… More »

By: brandon / January 9, 2009 - 4:02 pm

Phosphorescent Covers The Righteous Brothers

Matthew Houck, aka Phosphorescent, is not afraid to tackle someone else’s song. We’ve seen him do a version of Nick Cave’s “Right Now I’m A-Roaming” as well as offering a take on Weeds’ “Little Boxes.” Here he digs into a different realm, giving the Righteous Brothers’ “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin'” a spin. With all… More »

By: brandon / June 4, 2008 - 3:47 pm

Phosphorescent Covers Nick Cave

We enjoyed it mightily when Matthew Houck, aka Phosphorescent, added his “Little Boxes” to the Weeds canon. He also does something worth the while with Nick Cave’s “Right Now I’m A-Roaming.” Houck’s hushed rendition removes the swagger of the original, but he manages to infuse it with enough hoarse, on-the-road grit to save it from… More »

By: brandon / May 13, 2008 - 5:32 pm

Mama There’s “Wolves” In Black Cabs

Been a good six months or so, but we’re still loving Phosphorescent’s last one. Matthew’s at his best when he’s doing “Wolves,” and he’s at his best when he’s solo. Sitting in the back seat of a black cab is just gravy.

The still great Pride LP is out via DeadMore »

By: Amrit Singh / May 1, 2008 - 5:09 pm

New Phosphorescent Video – “A Picture Of Our Torn Up Praise”

You probably remember when we lost our shit over Phosphorescent’s major breakthrough Pride last year. We were a little disappointed to find the album’s first clip — Matthew stumbling around a European hotel room shirtless and drunk — wasn’t commensurate with “At Death”‘s rich, elegiac march. Clearly he’s trying to avoid a similar fate here. More »

By: Amrit Singh / March 26, 2008 - 3:50 pm

SXSW: Thursday Featured Showcases

Dinner time in Austin, time to munch tacos and figure the night sched. As the picture suggests, tonight’s the night for Jens Lekman fans: y’all have two chances to catch the Swedish troubadour (Emo’s at 8PM, Mohawk at midnight). For those looking for relatively veteran greats, the only choice is Yo La Tengo and My… More »

By: Amrit Singh / March 9, 2008 - 11:54 pm

SXSW: Wednesday Party Picks

No more pussyfooting — it’s SXSW time. The day parties are starting like now. Since those of you that are Austin bound will spend your daylight hours Thursday-Saturday at Volume for the Stereogum/Paste party (right?), today’s the best day to wander around the rest of the too-many spots to load up on free music, food,… More »

By: Amrit Singh / March 9, 2008 - 1:58 pm

New Phosphorescent Video – “At Death, A Proclamation”

Pride was a favorite of 2007, as our patented gushing attested to last year. Months later, Matthew Houck presents this, the album’s first video, filmed “late one night in the outskirts of London, after a Phosphorescent performance.” Houck’s sepia-toned and shirtless, beer can in hand, caressing a duck, dancing with a feline-headed lady friend, while… More »

By: Amrit Singh / January 28, 2008 - 1:21 pm

The ‘Gum Drop Giveaway #9

As y’all know, each week Showtime’s pot-selling-mom series Weeds’ theme song gets a different spin, by everyone from the Shins and Elvis Costello to Devendra and the Decemberists (and, well, Billy Bob Thornton). One take on the Malvina Reynolds-penned tune you haven’t heard — unless you’re a ‘Gum Drop subscriber — is the lovely, a.m. More »

By: Stereogum / October 24, 2007 - 1:22 pm

Phosphorescent – “Little Boxes”

As we cover rather closely, each week Showtime’s pot-selling-mom series Weeds’ theme song gets a different spin, by everyone from Regina Spektor and Jenny Lewis to Devendra and the Decemberists (and, well, Billy Bob Thornton). One take on the Malvina Reynolds-penned tune you haven’t heard, though, is the lovely, a.m. country turn by gothic-tinged Brooklyn-via-Georgia… More »

By: Stereogum / October 23, 2007 - 1:02 pm

New Phosphorescent – “Wolves”

Been digging on some great pre-release albums of late (Santogold, Celebration), but none have owned our non-promo/casual listening time like Brooklyn by way of Georgia singer/songwriter Matthew Houck (aka Phosphorescent) and the sublime, gothic-tinged folk fare of the forthcoming LP Pride. It’s Phosphorescent’s third full-length, first for Dead Oceans, and far and away his finest… More »

By: Stereogum / October 4, 2007 - 12:35 pm