The Phosphorescent Blues [LP]

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Punch Brothers join forces with producer T Bone Burnett for The Phosphorescent Blues. On the album, the band examines modern life, or, as Chris Thile puts it, asks: "How do we cultivate beautiful, three-dimensional experiences with our fellow man in this day and age?” The CBC calls it "triumphant." The Herald Scotland says it's "a quite masterly collection from a quintet of virtuosi [that] deserves to be filed next to the best work of The Beach Boys, Big Star and Richard Thompson. It's that good." The two-LP, 140-gram vinyl release includes four additional tracks not available on the CD.

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Nonesuch releases Punch Brothers’ T Bone Burnett–produced The Phosphorescent Blues on January 27, 2015, with the vinyl to follow on February 24. The two-LP, 140-gram vinyl edition includes four additional tracks not available on the CD.

After working with Burnett numerous times—most recently on the soundtrack for the Joel and Ethan Coen film Inside Llewyn Davis and the related Town Hall/Showtime concert Another Day, Another Time—Punch Brothers decided to join forces with the multiple Grammy Award–winning producer for their new record. Last summer, the band and Burnett spent a month at Hollywood’s Ocean Way Recording laying down the songs that guitarist Chris Eldridge, bassist Paul Kowert, banjo player Noam Pikelny, mandolinist and lead singer Chris Thile, and fiddler Gabe Witcher had written during several writing “retreats” last winter and spring.

Thile explains one of the ways the music on The Phosphorescent Blues reflects the band’s view of modern life: “We often go to bars after shows or writing sessions, to be around other people for a little while. And I’d see people just like me on their phones, telling people they wish they were there, texting people who really are there. Then a song would come on that somebody likes and then they see that someone else does too and maybe they both sing it together and that moment is spiritual, some shared experience, and they are interacting in the flesh, with their fellow man. And that’s communion. Many of the songs on this record dive into that: how do we cultivate beautiful, three-dimensional experiences with our fellow man in this day and age?”

Shortly before the sessions began, Thile and Witcher met with Burnett and discovered the producer had the very same things on his mind. In fact, he’d just given a commencement address at the University of Southern California on the subject of technology and human interaction. Witcher remembers, “Thile and I looked at each and said, ‘This is unbelievable. It’s exactly what we are writing about.’ So this was a perfect, serendipitous union.”

Punch Brothers was formed in 2006 by Chris Thile. Its first Nonesuch record, Punch, was released in 2008 and combined elements of the band’s many musical interests: indie rock, folk, jazz, bluegrass, classical, etc. In 2009 they began a residency at NYC’s Living Room, trying out new songs and ultimately spawning the Grammy-nominated Antifogmatic. In 2012 the band released Who’s Feeling Young Now? of which Rolling Stone said, “The acoustic framework dazzles—wild virtuosity used for more than just virtuosity.”

ProductionCredits

PRODUCTION CREDITS
Produced By T Bone Burnett
Engineered and Mixed by Mike Piersante at Oceanway Recorders, Hollywood, CA & The Village Recorders, Santa Monica, CA
Assistant Engineers: Rouble Kapoor, Vanessa Parr
Additional Engineering: Tucker Martine at Flora; Dave Sinko at Lalaland Studios; Alejandro Venguer at Ootermind Studios; Jason Wormer
Mastered by Gavin Lurssen and Ruben Cohen at Lurssen Mastering, Hollywood, CA

Mastered for vinyl by Gavin Lurssen, Lurssen Mastering, Hollywood, CA
Lacquers cut by Chris Bellman, Bernie Grunman Studios, Los Angeles, CA
Vinyl pressed on two 140-gram vinyl at Record Industry, The Netherlands

All songs written and arranged by Punch Brothers except Suite bergamasque: 4. Passepied by Claude Debussy; Prélude in C Sharp Minor, Op. 22: No. 2 by Alexander Scriabin; drum arrangement on "Familiarity" by Gabe Witcher and Jay Bellerose. All Lyrics by Chris Thile except “Sleek White Baby,” written by Gabriel Kahane.

Design by Evan Gaffney
Cover art: René Magritte, The Lovers, 1928 © 2014 C. Herscovici / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
Photography by Brantley Gutierrez

Nonesuch Selection Number

547343

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Artist Name
Punch Brothers
MusicianDetails

MUSICIANS
Chris Thile, lead vocals, mandolin, mandola
Noam Pikelny, harmony vocals, banjo, 4-string national tenor guitar
Chris Eldridge, harmony vocals, acoustic guitars
Paul Kowert, harmony vocals, bass
Gabe Witche, harmony vocals, fiddle

Jay Bellerose, drums
T Bone Burnett, electric guitars on "I Blew It Off," "Magnet," and "Little Lights"

The Punch Brothers Little Lights Singers, choir
Ed Helms, commercial announcer on "Sleek White Baby"

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UPC/Price
Label
2LP+MP3
Price
30.00
UPC
075597952643
  • 547343

Track Listing

News & Reviews

  • Punch Brothers recently concluded a US tour with Béla Fleck’s My Bluegrass Heart featuring Sierra Hull. You can now watch a holiday medley from their December 15 Indianapolis show—including “The Chipmunk Song,” “Sleigh Ride,” and letters to Santa—here. Punch Brothers' latest album, Hell on Church Street, a reimagining of, and homage to, the late bluegrass great Tony Rice’s landmark solo album Church Street Blues, has been nominated for the Grammy Award for Best Folk Album.

  • Congratulations to all of the Nonesuch nominees for the 65th Grammy Awards: Molly Tuttle for Best New Artist and Best Bluegrass Album for Crooked Tree with Golden Highway; The Black Keys for Best Rock Album for Dropout Boogie and Best Rock Performance for "Wild Child"; Dan Auerbach for Producer of the Year, Non-Classical; Cécile McLorin Salvant for Best Jazz Vocal Album for Ghost Song and Best Arrangement, Instrumental and Vocals for "Optimistic Voices / No Love Dying"; Joshua Redman, Brad Mehldau, Christian McBride, and Brian Blade's LongGone for Best Instrumental Album; Brad Mehldau's Jacob's Ladder for Best Contemporary Instrumental Album; Punch Brothers' Hell on Church Street for Best Folk Album; Caroline Shaw & Attacca Quartet's Evergreen for Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance; Taj Mahal & Ry Cooder's GET ON BOARD for Best Traditional Blues Album; Wilco's Yankee Hotel Foxtrot (20th Anniversary Super Deluxe Edition) for Best Historical Album and Best Album Notes for Bob Mehr; and Astor Piazzolla: The American Clavé Recordings. for Best Album Notes for Fernando González. 

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  • About This Album

    Nonesuch releases Punch Brothers’ T Bone Burnett–produced The Phosphorescent Blues on January 27, 2015, with the vinyl to follow on February 24. The two-LP, 140-gram vinyl edition includes four additional tracks not available on the CD.

    After working with Burnett numerous times—most recently on the soundtrack for the Joel and Ethan Coen film Inside Llewyn Davis and the related Town Hall/Showtime concert Another Day, Another Time—Punch Brothers decided to join forces with the multiple Grammy Award–winning producer for their new record. Last summer, the band and Burnett spent a month at Hollywood’s Ocean Way Recording laying down the songs that guitarist Chris Eldridge, bassist Paul Kowert, banjo player Noam Pikelny, mandolinist and lead singer Chris Thile, and fiddler Gabe Witcher had written during several writing “retreats” last winter and spring.

    Thile explains one of the ways the music on The Phosphorescent Blues reflects the band’s view of modern life: “We often go to bars after shows or writing sessions, to be around other people for a little while. And I’d see people just like me on their phones, telling people they wish they were there, texting people who really are there. Then a song would come on that somebody likes and then they see that someone else does too and maybe they both sing it together and that moment is spiritual, some shared experience, and they are interacting in the flesh, with their fellow man. And that’s communion. Many of the songs on this record dive into that: how do we cultivate beautiful, three-dimensional experiences with our fellow man in this day and age?”

    Shortly before the sessions began, Thile and Witcher met with Burnett and discovered the producer had the very same things on his mind. In fact, he’d just given a commencement address at the University of Southern California on the subject of technology and human interaction. Witcher remembers, “Thile and I looked at each and said, ‘This is unbelievable. It’s exactly what we are writing about.’ So this was a perfect, serendipitous union.”

    Punch Brothers was formed in 2006 by Chris Thile. Its first Nonesuch record, Punch, was released in 2008 and combined elements of the band’s many musical interests: indie rock, folk, jazz, bluegrass, classical, etc. In 2009 they began a residency at NYC’s Living Room, trying out new songs and ultimately spawning the Grammy-nominated Antifogmatic. In 2012 the band released Who’s Feeling Young Now? of which Rolling Stone said, “The acoustic framework dazzles—wild virtuosity used for more than just virtuosity.”

    Credits

    MUSICIANS
    Chris Thile, lead vocals, mandolin, mandola
    Noam Pikelny, harmony vocals, banjo, 4-string national tenor guitar
    Chris Eldridge, harmony vocals, acoustic guitars
    Paul Kowert, harmony vocals, bass
    Gabe Witche, harmony vocals, fiddle

    Jay Bellerose, drums
    T Bone Burnett, electric guitars on "I Blew It Off," "Magnet," and "Little Lights"

    The Punch Brothers Little Lights Singers, choir
    Ed Helms, commercial announcer on "Sleek White Baby"

    PRODUCTION CREDITS
    Produced By T Bone Burnett
    Engineered and Mixed by Mike Piersante at Oceanway Recorders, Hollywood, CA & The Village Recorders, Santa Monica, CA
    Assistant Engineers: Rouble Kapoor, Vanessa Parr
    Additional Engineering: Tucker Martine at Flora; Dave Sinko at Lalaland Studios; Alejandro Venguer at Ootermind Studios; Jason Wormer
    Mastered by Gavin Lurssen and Ruben Cohen at Lurssen Mastering, Hollywood, CA

    Mastered for vinyl by Gavin Lurssen, Lurssen Mastering, Hollywood, CA
    Lacquers cut by Chris Bellman, Bernie Grunman Studios, Los Angeles, CA
    Vinyl pressed on two 140-gram vinyl at Record Industry, The Netherlands

    All songs written and arranged by Punch Brothers except Suite bergamasque: 4. Passepied by Claude Debussy; Prélude in C Sharp Minor, Op. 22: No. 2 by Alexander Scriabin; drum arrangement on "Familiarity" by Gabe Witcher and Jay Bellerose. All Lyrics by Chris Thile except “Sleek White Baby,” written by Gabriel Kahane.

    Design by Evan Gaffney
    Cover art: René Magritte, The Lovers, 1928 © 2014 C. Herscovici / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
    Photography by Brantley Gutierrez