“He was an extremely hard-working actor. He’d always pretend that he wasn’t, that he didn’t give a damn, but that wasn’t true. One day I said to him, “Bogie, you’re just a great big phony.” He put his finger to his lips and grinned at me. “Sure,” he said, “but don’t tell anyone.” –Howard Hawks
“To put it simply: There was no bunk about Bogie. He was a man.” –Katharine Hepburn
“He was endowed with the greatest gift a man can have – talent. The whole world came to recognize it. With the years he became increasingly aware of the dignity of his profession - Actor, not Star. Himself he never took seriously – his work, most seriously. He regarded the somewhat gaudy figure of Bogart, the Star, with amused cynicism; Bogart the actor he held in great respect. He is quite irreplaceable.” –John Huston
Preview Big Phony’s new acoustic album “BOBBY” here.
These songs were all recorded at home in my bedroom on a laptop with a cheap mic and my $40 guitar. Personally I would have wanted to record these songs more properly, but I’m also happy with them stripped down as they are. It represents where I am in life. Broke financially and in resources, but still committed to this journey as an artist. That’s why the album is simply titled “BOBBY”, which I found fitting given that it’s just me being myself - imperfect… but that being okay.
Thank you so much to Wendy Wang for doing such a great job of mixing this album. You’re the best, Wendy.
There are literally countless people I need to thank from the bottom of my heart for helping to make these albums possible. You all know who you are and I hope to repay you in being just as great to you as you’ve been to me over the years. Can’t wait to see you all. God bless you and keep you.
Next year is the 10 Year Anniversary of Big Phony. Expect something big…
Pairs Well With…Beck, Elliott Smith, Phosphorescent
It seems Korean artist Big Phony has chosen to pull a 180 with the release of the aptly-titled “All Bets Are Off”, a synth-laden pop song that has literally nothing in common with the 2010 LP Kicking Punching Bags, a dead-ringer for an Elliott Smith album. Let’s start with the early stuff – Big Phony had a real alt country lean, finding a way to deliver introspective lyrics with a grizzled whisper. Along comes this new track, which actually holds up just as well on it’s own, relying on 80s-style effects to enliven the soul within the record. It’s similar to what Phosphorescent pulls off with “Song for Zula”, using something once so sterile to actually make a lyric even more devastatingly personal. This upcoming LP, his first in four years, could really go in any direction at this point, but the unknown spells hope with this fascinating songwriter.
The Sunday afternoon set today is a nice mix of indie rock and pop recommendations, led by a good deal of down-tempo, electronic pop. Highlights:
Big Phony (8) – It seems Korean artist Big Phony has chosen to pull a 180 with the release of the aptly-titled “All Bets Are Off”, a synth-laden pop song that has literally nothing in common with the 2010 LP Kicking Punching Bags, a dead-ringer for an Elliott Smith album. Interesting…
Blackbear (8) – You can feel Blackbear throw his emotions into all elements of his music, from his grungy, plaintive vocal delivery to the sparing use of electronics – those looking for club bangers should search elsewhere.
Blondfire (8) - Lead single “Young Heart” is a nice sign, an understated take on a surf-pop sound.
Black City Lights (7) - With down-tempo, new wave melodies carrying most of the weight, Black City Lights incorporates dual guy/girl vocals to breathe a dulled light into this laid-back listen.
Black Pistol Fire (7) - Though there is little to distinguish them from their Akron counterparts, they do have a little more grounding in the traditional (read: 70s era) blues-rock field.
The Black Lips (6) – The more I listen to The Black Lips, the more I’m convinced that the Atlanta rock band are true revivalists. 60s pop and 70s punk grapple throughout the acclaimed Arabia Mountain – look for a crowded set wherever The Black Lips descend to in Austin next year.
The Black Lillies (5) – Roots-folk from Nashville is the calling card for The Black Lillies, an act that embraces Americana with straight blinders. Plus one for the killer slide guitar…