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Sunday, July 26, 2009

Song of the Day: Lisztomania by Phoenix

If you haven't heard of Phoenix, there's still a good chance you've heard them- their music have appeared on many soundtracks, such as 'Shallow Hal' and 'Lost In Translation', and they appeared in 'Marie Antoinette' (which might have something to do with Phoenix's vocalist, Thomas Mars, dating the director, Sofia Coppola). Their fourth studio album, 'Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix' came out in May, and seems to have the critics smitten- it was awarded four stars by NME, Rolling Stone and an A- from Entertainment Weekly.
The album's opening songs ('Lisztomania' and '1901') in particular are triumphs- joyous and dance-y, and highly welcome off the dancefloor as well as on.
And here's an interesting fact for you (aren't I full of 'em?): according to Wikipedia (source of all knowledge worth knowing- for instance, did you know the state muffin of Minnesota was blueberry?), the word 'Lisztomania' ''was coined by the German romantic literary figure Heinrich Heine to describe the massive public response to Franz Liszt's virtuosic piano performances. There were allegedly screaming women at these performances, and the audience was sometimes limited to standing room only." Fascinating stuff right there.

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