What the what? I love when people surprise me with artists I’ve never heard of before. Becky Bohn was nice enough to refer me to Phantogram’s album, Eyelid Movies, when it was streaming on NPR’s First Listen. Kind of reminds me of M83 mixed with, well, hip-hop. “When I’m Small” is fronted by eerie bass guitar amid singer Sarah D. Barthel smoky vocals, while “Running From Cops” is infectious with vocal distortion, reverb-like keys and well time guitar plucks.
See Phantogram with tour another JayeL Audio favorite, Junk Culture:
Feb 16 2010 8:00P THE TREEHOUSE (w/ Junk Culture) Columbus, Ohio
Feb 17 2010 8:00P SCHUBAS TAVERN (w/ Junk Culture) Chicago, Illinois
Feb 18 2010 8:00P 7TH STREET ENTRY (w/ Junk Culture) Minneapolis, Minnesota
Feb 20 2010 8:00P THE DRAKE HOTEL (w/ Junk Culture) Toronto
Feb 21 2010 8:00P II MOTORE (w/ Junk Culture) Montreal, Quebec
Feb 22 2010 8:00P MONKEY HOUSE (w/ Junk Culture) Burlington, Vermont
Mar 3 2010 8:00P Rickshaw Stop San Francisco, California
Mar 4 2010 8:00P Bordello Los Angeles, California
On another note, most of the full albums I’ve previewed at NPR First Listen (Dan Deacon, Vampire Weekend to name a few), I’ve ended up purchasing. I’d also recommend this week’s stream of Local Natives’ Gorilla Manor. NPR happens to have very good taste.
Thoughts on Phantogram? Has anyone used NPR’s First Listen?