We here at the Music Mix are big fans of French buzz band Phoenix, so when we heard that they were taping a week-long satellite radio residency, we made it our business to get into that studio.
All next week, Jake Fogelnest’s 10-11 A.M. show on the indie-leaning Sirius XMU channel will be co-hosted by Phoenix – well, half of the quartet, at least, anyway. We got to see frontman Thomas Mars and guitarist Christian Mazzalai, tres charmant as always, introduce some of their favorite tunes by other artists, as well as playing stripped-down acoustic versions of “Lisztomania,” “1901,” and “Armistice,” all from their super-cool new album, Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix.
There was also some French-accented banter about Lou Reed (his “Street Hassle” was apparently a big influence on the new record) and the band’s recent SNL performance (“I was thinking those hugs at the end of the show were fake, but they’re real!” quipped Mars), among other things.
Will you be tuning in to hear Phoenix’s Sirius XM performances next week? Tell us, oui ou non, below.
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