Recommended by Leilani Polk
Forget that Mike Gordon is a member of Phish, which is one of the greatest rock bands of all time. But I digress. You mustn’t judge him because you have preconceived—and incorrect and likely ignorant—ideas about Phish. Instead, focus on Mike Gordon being the member with the most creatively intriguing solo output. His 2003 debut full-length, Inside In, is a cowboy-space-funk odyssey studded in pedal steel, banjo, and horn weirdness. It’s perfect from start to finish, and remains one of my all-time favorites 15 years later. Gordon’s new outing, OGOGO, is marked by his usual moments of avant-rock instrumental and vocal bizarreness, as well as his characteristic employment of unexpected time signatures while still laying down swinging, fart-ripping bass grooves (see the magnetic head-bobber “Crazy Sometimes”). My point is, whatever your opinion of Phish, you might just love Mike Gordon.