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Phoenix Mixed Their New Album on the Thriller Console

Vocalist Thomas Mars of Phoenix performs during day 2 of the KROQ Almost Acoustic at the Gibson Amphitheatre at Universal CityWalk on December 12, 2010 in Universal City, California

Fun facts from this week's New Yorker: Phoenix bought the Harrison 4032 solid-state recording console on which Michael Jackson's Thriller was made and used it to mix their upcoming album, Bankrupt. The console was apparently on eBay; Thomas Mars told the magazine that "the most mysterious part to me was that no one else — no nerd or music engineer or memorabilia freak — seemed to want it." They paid $17,000, which they will surely recoup when their album goes infinity-platinum just like Thriller. That's how it works, right?

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