Thought the passing of '09 would mark the end for our Phantogram love here? The Saratoga Springs duo just keeps making stride after stride and recently they had their EP named one of the top albums of '09 from a Minnesota radio station, found "Mouthful of Diamonds" as the download single of the week at Starbucks and then made their first appearance on Pitchfork.com. See below for their upcoming CNY date and make sure to catch them before they're too big for the area (it may be soon... they're trying to contact the NYT and NPR is lining up to stream their album early). via @Phantogram
+ Another album to look for (hmm, a great Otto-Tune podcast topic?) is the upcoming release from veteran Peter Gabriel. He won't play with Genesis at the Rock N' Roll Hall of Fame, but he is releasing covers of his favorite modern bands (including Arcade Fire and Radiohead). Stereogum has a first listen. via NME, Rolling Stone and Stereogum
+ Finally, there are still two weeks left in January and that's enough time to sneak in a few more best-of lists from 2009. We've had a few here already - I offerred a Syracuse music list and Jett Wells provided Top Songs (even if I disagree) - but here's two more of the same from CNY outlets. The Post-Standard's Listen Up blog had a CNY Year in Music list and Ra Ra Riot (technically a Syracuse outlet*) had their Top Songs. Yes, it did include Discovery.
CNY Upcoming Shows for February
Suzanne Vega - 2/3 (Wed)
Lewis Black - 2/4 (Thur)
George Clinton - 2/24 (Wed)
Cold Cave - 2/21 (Sun)
Dan Deacon - 2/14 (Sun)
Dr. Dog - 1/30 (Sat)
Ani DiFranco - 2/5 (Sat)
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