Red arrow points to the band in the Letterman lineup!
So rarely do I sabotage all three blogs with the same content but this is a very special occasion. Some of my fave guys from High School are going to be on LETTERMAN on Thursday December 9th with their band Phosphorescent and I just have to spread the word. Christopher Marine (drums) and Scott Stapleton (piano) are two guys I've been friends with since the 4th grade and have always admired their innate creativity and insane love for music. Chris and his band actually played at my 7th grade birthday party so I'd like to think that I actually booked one of his first shows, hahaha! I've also featured him HERE on my fashion blog as a Male Byter and it's still one of my favorite posts to date!
These fellas have been touring all over the world the last few years and all their hard work is about to pay off with an appearance on Letterman on Thursday night. A few months ago they played in Austin (pics below) and myself, hubby and cousin Ashlyn cruised out to see them and hear their tunes. I was so amazed with their sound...we bought the album and have been fans ever since.
Do yourself a favor and take a listen below. Also, make sure to tune in one Thursday night to see them rockin' it on Letterman...seriously, they're amazing! Just check out the last sentence in the iTunes album review below the pics, we totally agree! Woo to the hoo...we're raising our glasses for Phosphorescent!
Athens, GA, resident Mathew Houck is the sole member of Phosphorescent. Houck's career began in 2000 when he released the Hipolit album under the name Fillup Shack. A tour of England and Spain followed, and while the European press drew comparisons to Bob Dylan and Will Oldham, the London Evening Standard declared him "the most significant American in his field since Kurt Cobain."
Houck's first release as Phosphorescent, entitled A Hundred Times or More, appeared in 2003 on the Warm label. The 2004 EP The Weight of Flight was his last release for the label, as the 2005 full-length Aw Come Aw Wry landed on Misra. Two years later the release of Pride began a relationship with the Dead Oceans imprint. To Willie, Phosphorescent's tribute to Willie Nelson, arrived in early 2009, followed by the all new Here's to Taking it Easy in 2010.
My pictures from Phosphorescent's stop in Austin, Texas
If you're into reviews, here's what iTunes had to say:
Matthew Houck may operate out of the too-cool-for-school, New York City indie rock community, but the Alabama-born mastermind behind Phosphorescent has a muse that clearly resides in warmer climates. A breezy, classic rock-tinged collection of heartbreak road ballads nursed into existence on a steady diet of the Eagles and the Band, Here's to Taking It Easy, the first Phosphorescent release to rely on musicians other than Houck, plays like a lost piece of vinyl from the early '70s.
Houck is a generous, earnest songsmith, and his tales of love on the rocks (“Tell Me Baby [Have You Had Enough]”), love lost (“Heaven, Sittin’ Down”), and love of the South (“It's Hard to Be Humble [When You're From Alabama]”) feel lived in and cared for. Even on autopilot (the slight “I Don’t Care If There’s Cursing” and the hippy-drippy “Hej, Me I’m Light”), his effortless, laid-back version of modern alt-country feels like an old friend, and the weepy, sun-drenched reverb that permeates the whole affair feels authentic rather than coerced out of a Pro Tools plug-in. The only downfall is that Here's to Taking It Easy is so easy to take that at only nine songs, it flies by in no time at all.