At the end of December 2013, Phosphorescent played a four-night stand at the Music Hall of Williamsburg in Brooklyn; and for four-nights running, blew the roof off the place. Matthew Houck, fronting his six-piece band, plus two auxiliary strings players deployed throughout the set, played for more than 10 hours total, all recorded and eventually edited down to the 19 tracks that appear on the new triple gatefold, three-album set, Phosphorescent, Live At The Music Hall. Stream the album in full via:
Dark Bird Is Home, the fourth album from The Tallest Man On Earth, doesn’t feel like it came from one time, one place, or one tape machine. The songs and sounds were captured in various countries, studios, and barns, and they carry a weather-worn quality, some dirt and some grit.
While Dark Bird is The Tallest Man at his most personal and direct, deeper and darker than ever at times, it’s also an album with strokes of whimsy and the scent of new beginnings — which feels fresh for Tallest Man On Earth, and well timed. Reliably, the melodies and arrangements are sturdy and classic, like old cars and tightly wound clocks. The lyrics and their delivery are both comforting and alarming, like tall trees and wide hills.
The other musicians and layers on this recording put a wide lens on familiar themes. Fear and darkness, sleep or lack of it, dreams in the dark and in the light. Moving, leaving, going. Distance and short stops, long straight lines, temporal places. More hopefully, a grateful nod to a traveling partner, a healing mind. Maybe a little forgiveness needed. Definitely some things to forget.
Dark Bird Is Home Tracklisting:
01. Fields of Our Home
02. Darkness of the Dream
04. Slow Dance
05. Little Nowhere Towns
10. Dark Bird Is Home
This morning The FADER premiered a new track from Phosphorescent‘s upcoming live album Live At The Music Hall. Originally off 2010′s Here’s To Taking It Easy, hear the new live version of “Nothing Was Stolen (Love Me Foolishly)” above or here on Soundcloud.
On “Nothing Is Stolen (Love Me Foolishly),” Matthew Houck says:
“’Nothing Was Stolen (Love Me Foolishly)” is probably the most straightforward four-on-the-floor-type pop song I’ve got. I wouldn’t have expected it to become a live staple but it has consistently found a spot in the sets over the last couple years.
I think of shows the same way I think of albums in that, ideally, you can establish a world and then create something like a journey within that world. That said, I rarely make set-lists because you never know what kind of vibe the evening might bring. So it’s sort of like sequencing an album in real-time; reacting to the the room and the crowd and the band; and aiming for a nice arc.
Anyway, “Nothing Was Stolen” has established itself as a welcome guest on these journeys. Like an easy-going buddy who pops in and refreshes the party. Maybe lightens the mood if needed. Or maybe focuses the mood if that’s what’s needed.
Also it gives me the chance to give shout-outs to whoever’s gonna take the solos. I enjoy that bit.”
LIVE AT THE MUSIC HALL TRACKLISTING
1. Sun Arise! (An Invocation, An Introduction)
2. A New Anhedonia
3. Terror In The Canyons (The Wounded Master)
4. The Quotidian Beasts
5. Tell Me Baby (Have You Had Enough)
6. Nothing Was Stolen (Love Me Foolishly)
7. Dead Heart
8. Down To Go
9. Song For Zula
10. Ride On / Right ON
11. A Picture of Our Torn Up Praise (Solo)
12. Muchacho’s Tune (Solo)
13. Wolves (Solo)
14. Joe Tex, These Taming Blues
15. Los Angeles
16. A Picture Of Our Torn Up Praise
17. South (Of America)
19. At Death, A Proclamation
We’ve been following the the skillful guitar player and Illinois native Ryley Walker for a while now. Today we are excited to announce Ryley joins the Dead Oceans family and has a new album Primrose Green out March 31st. Get a lick of the new album by listening to the title track via Aquarium Drunkard, above, or on our Soundcloud / YouTube.
Based out of Chicago, Ryley will be making his way across the states starting in Brooklyn on January 13th. Click read more to see album art, track list, and all tour dates including shows with Zola Jesus, Kevin Morby, Steve Gunn, and more.
We have a last minute holiday present from Casey Dienel of White Hinterland. Casey shares a new video today for “David” off this year’s fantastic, expansive, and beautiful album Baby. Working again with “No Devotion” directorDerrick Belcham, Casey is unleashed on NYC and you can watch the new video here.