Another New Video from Big Grams

April 7th, 2016, 2:00 pm by Greg

Just last week, Big Grams – the collaboration between Phantogram and Big Boi – released a pair of animated music videos.

Now they’re back with another new live-action vid directed by longtime Outkast video collaborator Bryan Barber, and they’re gettin’ their Furry on. On their Skrillex-aided “Drum Machine,” Redd Wolf (Sarah Barthel), Dabs the Squirrel (Josh Carter) and Purp (Big Boi) go clubbin’ and crashin’ the party…

Simultaneously, Big Grams have also released a new “Drum Machine” re-mix EP featuring five fresh takes on the tune from Chris Lake, Slaptop, Fareoh, Melé and Naderi, now available for purchase or stream.


Round-Up: Big Boi / Phantogram CD Reviews

December 17th, 2012, 12:00 pm by Greg

Big Boi: Vicious Lies and Dangerous Rumors
Last week Big Boi released his long-awaited sophomore solo album, Vicious Lies and Dangerous Rumors, and three of the album’s tracks are collaborations with Saratoga’s PhantogramSarah Barthel and Josh Carter – co-writing, performing and producing. (Phantogram also joined Big Boi in concert in NYC last Monday for his CD release party, and you can watch the video clips from the concert here.)

We’ve read a big batch of the Vicious Lies album reviews, and assembled this round-up of some of the Phantogram-related excerpts for you:

“That song [‘Ascending’] feels like it was intended for the album he’d originally promised would be his next: Daddy Fat Sax: Funk-Soul Crusader, a self-explanatory project shelved when the songs that wound up here took a different shape. That Big Boi has referred to Sarah Barthel of the upstate New York indie-pop duo Phantogram as his ‘new Sleepy Brown’ probably gives you an idea about that shape. Her ethereal voice — which sounds, not at all coincidentally, a hell of a lot like Kate Bush’s — graces three tracks here, buoyed by musical contributions from her bandmate, Josh Carter. ‘Objectum Sexuality’ is a wonderfully weird mélange of Big’s sharp and playful rhymes, Carter’s jagged synths, and Barthel’s icy electro-pop cool; ‘CPU’ taps that same formula with less imaginative results, but ‘Lines,’ which sports an airy, intoxicating chorus, a punchy A$AP Rocky verse, and a breathless 4-a.m.-at-the-club vibe, is more successful.”
David Peisner, Spin

“The guest list reads like a blog digest. Big Boi shares the synth-pop fever dream “Lines” with moody indie duo Phantogram and cocksure Harlem MC A$AP Rocky.”
Simon Vozick-Levinson, Rolling Stone

“Phantogram ruin an astounding three songs, at least two of which were almost good (the other being the horrible ‘C.P.U.’)”
Dan Weiss @ Paste

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LIVE: Big Boi & Phantogram @ SOB’s, 12/10/12

December 13th, 2012, 3:00 pm by Greg

Big Boi dropped his sophomore solo album, Viscous Lies and Dangerous Rumors, with a big bash at SOB’s in Manhattan on Monday night. Joining in the festivities were Saratoga’s own Phantogram – vocalist Sarah Barthel and guitarist Josh Carter – who collaborated with the former OutKast member on three songs from his new album, “Objectum Sexuality,” “CPU” and “Lines.”

Jon Blistein’s review at The Juice

Big Boi Loves Phantogram

December 22nd, 2010, 1:30 pm by Greg

OutKast’s Big Boi – whose solo album, “Sir Lucious Left Foot…The Son of Chico Dusty,” is racking up a spot on lots of Best Album of the Year lists – is giving up some love for our favorite Spa City electro-duo.

Yes, Big Boi has named Phantogram’s “Mouthful of Diamonds” as the Jam of the Week on his website.

Dig it!

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