Archive for the 'Phosphorescent' Category

Tuesday, February 17th, 2015

A decade ago I saw Phosphorescent play to a small crowd at an intimate art gallery in downtown Phoenix. It was a chilly November night in 2005, and Matthew Houck played most of his new Phosphorescent’s Aw Come, Aw Wry completely solo that evening, wrangling his voice and guitar into strange shapes through a string […]

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014

The latest release from the Red Hot Organization is a tribute compilation to the late cellist and experimental composer Arthur Russell, whose work spanned the verse of classical music, disco, country, folk and the avant-garde. The players on this release include the likes of Sufjan Stevens, Lonnie Holley, Jose Gonzalez, Sam Amidon and Devendra Banhart. […]

Thursday, March 21st, 2013

Believe that album cover for three minutes and twelve seconds. That’s how long it takes for Matthew Houck, the Alabama native better known as Phosphorescent, to finish the high-harmonic tilt of “Sun, Arise! (An Invocation, An Introduction)” and drain it into the aching, pained, sublime “Song for Zula.” If you’ve been following Houck’s exploits for […]

Tuesday, January 3rd, 2012

Welcome to 2012. Here’s one for the last year of our existence, Father John Misty’s duet with Phosphorescent on the Misty original, “I Would Love You.” MP3: Father John Misty & Phosphorescent :: I Would Love You

Thursday, July 21st, 2011

Phosphorescent’s sophomore LP, 2005’s Aw Come Aw Wry, is at its heart a folk record; albeit a folk record alternately made up of dirges, brass, waltzes, and choirs—a heady, if low-key, bouillabaisse of sound.  It also remains one of my favorite releases of that year. I put this one on late night, for the first […]

Tuesday, January 11th, 2011

Phosphorescent’s take on Neil Young’s “Are You Ready For The Country?” Culled from the companion disc accompanying the new issue of Mojo—Harvest Revisited—Matthew Houck and co. stay true to the arrangement Neil and the Stray Gators worked up on the original. MP3: Phosphorescent :: Are You Ready For The Country? ____________________________________________________________________________________

Thursday, May 13th, 2010

One of the achievements of Phosphorescent’s ode to Willie was how comfortable Matthew Houck was at interpreting (or reinterpreting) Willie Nelson. It wasn’t just that he carefully selected songs that had mostly filtered out of the cadre of Willie popularity. But he was also succeeding the wintry folk soul-lashing of Pride just two years prior. […]