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Give A Listen: Roosevelt Islander Binky Phillips and The Planets "Established 1972 NYC"

Updated 3 weeks ago David Stone
The Planets at their record release party at Arlene's Grocery. Roosevelt Islander Binky Phillips plays guitar on the left.
The Planets at their record release party at Arlene's Grocery. Roosevelt Islander Binky Phillips plays guitar on the left.

Friday, April 26th, was a big day for Roosevelt Island's rock 'n' roll legend, a guitar virtuoso with roots way back in the CBGB era. Binky Phillips with his band, The Planets, released Established 1972 NYC, a hard-charging album seasoned with fun. Give a listen on Amazon.

In the rush of Friday morning, Phillips told me that he'd just finished his fourth radio interview, promoting Established 1972 NYC

Phillips, whose given name is John, "But everyone calls me Binky," plays guitar in the band and is a little embarrassed by the eponymous title. When The Planets went into the studio to record their album, they discovered that on Spotify and elsewhere there were "about 30 bands using the same name." Making theirs distinctive required leaning on their best known member.

Although never a full-fledged star, Phillips carved out a space for himself among guitar fans in New York and extended that by becoming a Huff Post contributor and even writing a book about his experiences.

Give A Listen: Roosevelt Islander Binky Phillips and The Planets "Established 1972 NYC"
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A small part of his much larger instrument collection decorates his Manhattan Park apartment, and a list of which ones he used in recording the album rests on his coffee table. He's that much a creature of his art. 

The album itself...?

It's terrific.

We listened to it over lunch on the first day of its release. As promised, Established 1972 NYC is hard-charging, pure rock 'n' roll, guitar driven and carried by raw, unpretentious - even sometimes funny - lyrics. (Some lyrics are explicit; so, be conscious of who else is listening.)

Take a spin with it yourself. It's available for streaming or buying on CD Baby, iTunes, Spotify and Amazon, whichever is your music source of choice.

 

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