Phantogram

Music has a way of defining events in our lives. Like the first time you got stoned. I bet you can remember what record you were listening to. For me it was the actual original vinyl edition of Marvin Gay’s, What’s Going On. It was 1979 or ’80 and I was with my friend Joey from Colombia. He gave me my first joint and there we were listening to the rhythms of this record. It became one of my top 10 records for a long time.

That’s what I mean. Once I hear any of those fantastic songs, I’m back in 1979 (or ’80) getting stoned for the first time with Joey. A few months ago a friend at worked mentioned Glass Animals. That night I gave them a listen and thought “damn!” So I went on Amazon to see what other bands people had checked out that were related to Glass Animals. That’s when I came across Phantogram. I bought Three which was released in 2016. One night I was at home and needed to get out of the house. Having no place to go I ended up on the interstate traveling north. I always have my U2 special edition iPod with the true Wolfson chip and 256 GB SSD. It’s loaded with all kinds of music and I had just transferred Three into it’s digital brain. It was about 1:30 at night and the second song from the album began to play, Same Old Blues. Holly hell is all I can say! I own an ’09 GTI I bought used from a 65 year old Music freak – the best thing I had done in years only because he had planted a fabulous Kenwood stereo in the radio bay. There is a base line in this song that touched me like I haven’t been touched in years. I cannot get enough of this band. And if you ever get a chance to see them live, please do.

Yes, the music is electronica but with much more roots in soul and rock that makes this band’s efforts much more creative and with tons of feelings. It’s not crap! At all. I mean, come-on I grew up on rock and punk and for me to say that I like, no, love this band must mean something. I know I have missed out on a large portion of music only because it can be too easy to rely on things you’re familiar with. The night I drove for hours with the Kenwood in my GTI cranking Phantogram over and over gave me clarity and helped me change some things in my life. When I hear any of the songs from Three, I immediately find myself in that place where I was inspired by the music and the lyrics of Phantogram.

Excuses. We all have them!

I have only one excuse and that is, MY LIFE HAS BEEN TRAGIC. But that is neither here nor there. We all live and suffer through tragedies and most times it makes us stronger in the end. I won’t bore you with this but rather, let’s get on with the show…

I have been broadening my music collection and taste and want to share some of the lovelies I’ve come across. So over the next few weeks I’ll be posting a lot of bands that I consider worthy of serious listening. Here are a few of my prime choices:

Phantogram

Portugal. The Man

Majical Cloudz

Frighten Rabbit

The Yowl

Pearl Jam (I know, but give me a chance to explain)

Glass Animals

The XX

And much much more. So pay attention and open you minds to what I’d like to dump in there.