Last year, Phil Elverum of Mount Eerie lost his wife to cancer, a scenario we all fear as we hit the age where our own mortality sinks in. It was a long time before he was ready to step into the music spotlight again. His new album A Crow Looked at Me chronicles this experience… Continue reading Mount Eerie Releases Heartbreaking Video for “Ravens”
Phil Elverum’s penchant for the unconventional has always been a recognizable trait of his work. I would argue that all his work under the Mount Eerie moniker is unconventional; there are, however, times where it stands out even more. His latest release, a forthcoming one titled Pre-Human Ideas out on his P.W. Elverum and Sun… Continue reading Mount Eerie: Pre-Human Ideas
Phil Elverum is undoubtely my favorite local artist. Hailing from the town of Anacortes about 20 miles to the west of my Mount Vernon hometown (yes, the one affected by last week’s bridge collapse), Elverum is most recognized by two musical monikers: Mount Eerie and The Microphones.
I must admit, I was quite sad to hear that What The Heck Fest, an über indie music festival in Anacortes, WA, was coming to an end after ten years. While I had only attended a few, I caught a many great acts at the event, including The Hive Dwellers and Stephen Steinbrink. Good news:… Continue reading Coming Soon: The Anacortes Unknown Music Series #2
Secretly, I was hoping Mount Eerie would play “Lost Wisdom” of their 2009 album Wind’s Poem. But given the release of two stellar new albums, Clear Moon a short few months ago and then Ocean Roar just last week, I knew the chances were slim. Besides, within the two new releases are plenty of new… Continue reading Mount Eerie: Live at The Heart of Anacortes
Little can be found online about Anacortes band Motorbikes, despite recordings dating back to 2007. It could be the commonality of the search term, or maybe a purposeful push for obscurity. I think it’s the latter. Hitting The Business in Anacortes last weekend, I grabbed a copy of the store’s Record Store exclusive, a nondescript… Continue reading Motorbikes (Feature)
I always get excited when I hear something new from Phil Elverum, the mastermind behind post-Microphones project Mount Eerie. He’s local to me; Anacortes is just a quick 20 to 30 minute drive from my house. And for being local to a somewhat rural area, he’s built an empire of great recordings. He is, to… Continue reading Mount Eerie: House Shape
In the photo above you can see Phil Elverum (Mount Eerie, Microphones, D+), Calvin Johnson (The Cave Dwellers, The Halo Benders, K Records), and Karl Blau (Karl Blau, D+). So yes, it is that time of year again. The sun is out (for once) in Western Washington and all the unique individuals in Anacortes come… Continue reading What The Heck Fest! 2011 Edition!
Karl Blau is a bit of a mad genius, like many of the folks creating music in Anacortes and it’s bigger brother Olympia. The music is grounded in genre influences like pop and folk, but it’s also a bit out there. It always has been. And you know, with artists as unique as Blau, I… Continue reading Karl Blau: Golden Chariot [Single Review]
Directly across the street from The Empyrean’s new location stands a major franchised coffee shop that can very well remain nameless (although, not Starbucks). But, there doesn’t seem to be a gathering of Spokane’s youth decked out in their finest Value Village attire outside of their shop on this fine July night. Is the coffee… Continue reading The Oregon Donor: Live At The Empyrean [07.22.10]