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Phosphorescent’s Cover of “This Land Is Your Land” Closes Out Our First 100 Days

This past Saturday marked day 100 of Our First 100 Days, a project started in conjunction with Secretly Group and 30 Days, 30 Songs. Over the course of Our First 100 Days, we’ve raised funds and awareness for organizations supporting causes that are under threat by the proposed policies of a Trump administration: All Above All, Cosecha, Hoosier Action, People’s Climate Movement, and Southerners On New Ground. Our own Phosphorescent contributed the final song – a fitting cover of Woody Guthrie’s “This Land Is Your Land.” Matthew Houck’s full statement on his contribution can be read below:

Listen to Phosphorescent’s cover of “This Land Is Your Land”

“Sometime about a year ago
I heard “This Land Is Your Land”
And it brought me to tears

Like maybe most Americans I guess I’ve known it forever
It’s one of those magic ones that snuck through somehow
And slipped into the jet-stream of collective consciousness
Just like Woody Guthrie himself did

Somebody out there on the internet had made a collage of footage
Of thousands of folks singing this song together at Bernie Sanders rallies
Voices raised together in a spirit of generosity;
Then juxtaposed it with footage from Trump rallies from that time
People punching, spitting, yelling
So much hate and anger
So much ugliness;
Everyone at ease with the empty mean-ness of it all;
Everyone agreeing on impotent vile-ness
As basic human-ness

There were a handful of Phosphorescent shows around that time
And I started singing This Land Is Your Land during the set
But it didn’t then and still doesn’t now feel political
I’m not sure I fully grasp what constitutes “political”

The other night over a drink with a friend
It came up that I was gonna record this song for this 100 Days benefit
“Oh that’ll do it,” he joked, “That’ll fix everything.”
And I laughed cuz I reckon he is right in a lot of ways
And I can be as jaded as anybody
Depending on the hour, day, mood
But I don’t want to live there

So anyway, what is this politics?
Where does personal end and politics begin?
Are all songs political?
Is this a political song?
Regardless, does an 80-year-old folk song have any purchase in 2017?
Do “most Americans” know it?
Does that matter?
Does this / Can this do anything
As relates to the 100th day in office
Of a “President” of a “Nation” ?

I don’t know

I only know that it speaks to that looming thing
That has stayed near me my whole life;
That thing that wants nothing to do with fear
Or selfishness or pettiness or greed;
That thing which blindly and stubbornly
Persists in believing in the sweetness of this world

It speaks to that thing and says,
“Stay a little longer hey,
This land was made for you and me”

Matthew Houck
Phosphorescent
April 27 2017

LISTEN // Phosphorescent Shares “Nothing Was Stolen (Love Me Foolishly)” Via The FADER, ‘Live At The Music Hall’ Is Out 2/17

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.

Pre-order the bundle including 3xLP, direct from Dead Oceans, on Amazon, iTunes, and your local record store. Those who pre-order the album on iTunes will receive an instant-grat download of “Nothing Was Stolen.”

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.”


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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)
18. Wolves
19. At Death, A Proclamation

LISTEN // Phosphorescent Shares Live Spotify London Session, Summer Tour Dates Including Sasquatch Music Festival

Recorded live in Spotify London‘s offices, Matthew Houck of Phosphorescent plays one of the most popular tracks of 2013 “Song For Zula” and songs “A New Anhedonia”, “My Dove, My Lamb”, and “Terror in the Canyon”.

Listen to the exclusive Spotify session above or here on Spotify.

If you missed it last fall, get Muchacho De Lujo now via Amazon, iTunes, your local record store, or SC Distribution.

See Phosphorescent on tour this summer including dates at Sasquatch Music Festival and more.


TOUR DATES:

05/23 | George, WASasquatch! Festival BUY TICKETS
05/25 | Boston, MABoston Calling BUY TICKETS
06/17 | Brooklyn, NYCELEBRATE BROOKLYN! @ Prospect Park Bandshell w/ The National BUY TICKETS
07/12 | London, UKBarclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Park w/ Neil Young & Crazy Horse, The National, Tom Odell, Caitlin Rose & Flyte
07/14 | Cork, IELive At The Marquee w/ The National BUY TICKETS
07/16 | Galway, IEArts Festival – Big Top BUY TICKETS
07/17 | Beccles, UKHenham Park BUY TICKETS
07/18 | Dublin, IEIveagh Gardens w/ The National BUY TICKETS
07/19 | Glasgow, UKClassic Grand BUY TICKETS

ALBUM RELEASE // Phosphorescent ‘Muchacho De Lujo’ Out Today, AV Club Streams Entire Show From London’s St. Pancras Church

Phosphorescent takes no time off after touring across North America and is already preparing to head abroad to the UK and Europe in November. Today, we are excited to release Muchacho De Lujo, the deluxe edition of Phosphorescent‘s renowned album, Muchcacho. Stream the second side of the new deluxe album right now at AV Club, here.

The deluxe album, out today digitally and on CD, features bonus material from an intimate pre-release live show recorded at St. Pancras Church in London. The set, performed with Matthew Houck on guitar and Jo Schorrnikow on piano, features Muchacho’s “Song for Zula,” Pride’s “Wolves,” and a cover of Waylon Jennings’ “Storms Never Last.”

Order the new deluxe album now via Amazon, iTunes, your local record store, or SC Distribution.

Click read more to see dates and ticket links for Phosphorescent in November and December.

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Phosphorescent Brings “Song for Zula” With Strings and Swagger to Late Night with Jimmy Fallon

 

Phosphorescent brought a transcendent performance of Muchacho‘s breakout hit “Song for Zula” to Late Night with Jimmy Fallon last night. The touring band was joined by a string section – making an already special rendition even more gorgeous. Grab a handkerchief and enjoy a good cry. This is television magic, people!

Also just in: a new feature about Phosphorescent at Urban Outfitters! And a word to you New Yorkers: go see Phosphorescent at the Crossing Brooklyn Ferry festival on Saturday night. It’ll be a Dessner-approved good time.

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Kevin Morby
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CD / LP
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CD / LP
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CD / LP