Wednesday, September 28, 2016

The 2015/1967 Countdown - 09/28/2016 Update

Today, we continue working through those songs that were celebrated in our 2015 and 1967 mix collections but will not factor in our upcoming best-of countdowns for those years.

Five or six years ago, when twee, folkish indie was at its peak, Baraboo, Wisconsin's Fiest-like sextet of high school classmates PHOX would have felt almost "dime-a-dozen" on the line-up.

But times change, and by 2015, wedged into an early afternoon outdoor theater slot on a day otherwise dominated by punk, rock and dance acts, the band's catchy, delicately arranged songs played like a musical breath of fresh air.

It didn't hurt that lead singer Monica Martin has a stunning live voice either.

I choose the playful Shrinking Violets from their self-titled 2014 debut to represent them on our 2015 Coachella Starters mix, but their ballad Laura was also strongly considered.

Here's an early live performance of the song from a different venue in 2013.

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