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Mike Gordon: Five Songs That Transported Me

The Phish bassist looks back on the music that shaped him, from the Beatles and Grateful Dead to King Sunny Adé and the Louvin Brothers

Mike Gordon Sunshine Music Festival at The Mizner Park Amphitheatre, Boca Raton, Florida

Phish bassist Mike Gordon is wrapping up his tour with his band featuring guitarist Scott Murawski, keyboardist Robert Walter, drummer John Kimock and percussionist Craig Myers.

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The Phish bassist is wrapping up a solo tour. In the summer, he’ll be back on the road with Phish. Their tour kicks off July 17th in Stateline, Nevada and wraps up September 2nd in Commerce City, Colorado. 

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The Beatles, “Here Comes the Sun”

When I was seven, those harmonies oozed off the grooves of my scratchy record like pure, sunny longing, tinting the world electric yellow.

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The Grateful Dead, “Weather Report Suite”

Teenage me blasted this, winding through New Hampshire mountain roads at midnight, getting out of my car in dense fog to look at darkness.

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Tune-Yards, “Water Fountain”

Merrill [Garbus] created this by banging on random things at home and around Oakland. How can that many flowing phrases be so catchy?

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The Louvin Brothers, “Hoping That You’re Hoping”

I love when a song transports me so far it could be Mars, or at least the Honky Tonk Tuesday gigs Brett Hughes ran for years in Vermont.

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