Phoenix (yes, that French band)

Now before you say “Isn’t that so like them to pose like that in a photo,” listen up: It is. And they did. So what? Phoenix (yes, that French band) have a new album, entitled It’s Never Been Like That, hitting stores May 23rd on Virgin Records (yes, that weird half-label/half-airline). I had only known Phoenix because of their song on the Lost In Translation soundtrack, a damn fine song I might add, one so fine and “eighties” that I figured Phoenix to be some one-hit wonder from the Reagan years…but I’m glad I’m wrong.

Upon first listen, It’s Never Been Like That is a very well crafted pop record. I’m a little surprised that it’s actually good, but it is, seriously. If you’re a fan of Goldspot and Air, you should listen to these tracks:

[MP3] PhoenixLong Distance Call
[MP3] PhoenixRally

And here’s the track from Lost In Translation:

[MP3] PhoenixToo Young

Nathaniel’s gonna update you all with the Guillemots contest winner very shortly, and then I’m gonna have another awesome contest! Woo-hoo, free stuff!

{ 12 comments… read them below or add one }

Emily April 30, 2006 at 4:03 pm

Thanks for posting these! I’ve been meaning to look into this band for a while. I heard “If I Ever Feel Better” a while back and loved it. I hope these are just as good.


Andrew April 30, 2006 at 5:42 pm

since United came out and maybe even before, i have been a dan of Phoenix. They are a great band, and also perform well live (if you get the chance, go). I am looking forward to the new cd.


Jeremiah April 30, 2006 at 5:44 pm

The latest by Phoenix is also being released by Arts & Crafts in Canada.
They’ve apparently just been recently signed.

Check these out:


anne April 30, 2006 at 7:48 pm

I’ve had Alphabetical for awhile, I couldn’t tell they were French, heehee. They make such lovely music to dance to. I can’t wait for their new album!



Moka April 30, 2006 at 9:49 pm

I love this band.

(now that was deep…)


Trish April 30, 2006 at 10:51 pm

fuck yes, phoenix!! thanks for posting these MP3s… they just made my week.


Anonymous May 1, 2006 at 4:00 am

thanks for posting! i guess i’m floating is the best music blog EVER!


Australiandave May 1, 2006 at 5:53 am

Your ignorance to Phoenix is disturbing to say the least.

To say more, it’s also disgusting and very worthy of tsk-tsk from me.



connor May 1, 2006 at 10:15 am

ok ok, a few of the comments make seem harsh, but ever knock was made intending to be interpreted with tongue planted firmly in cheek. I assume you’re referring to:

• “(yes, that French band)”
• “It’s so like them to pose in a photo like that.”
• “I’m a little surprised this is actually good…”

Anyway….c’mmaaaaaannnn, lighten up!


Anonymous May 1, 2006 at 9:06 pm

ya woo hooo free stuff, except u never sent the last winner her prize!!!


Katie May 2, 2006 at 7:37 pm

awesome, thanks Connor. I love “If I Ever Feel Better” and look forward to listening to these. IGIF is my favorite music blog.


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