Stranger Things was the ultimate pleasant surprise TV of 2016, in my opinion. Released with minimal marketing last fall, the show blew up via word of mouth. And it’s easy to see why. Phenomenal storyline. Outstanding music including an original score. Stellar acting. And hugely nostalgic cinematic and thematic references for anyone who grew up… Continue reading 5 Must Have Albums for Fans of Stranger Things
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 don’t know when the last time vinyl was played on KSVR, but by the state of the record players it may have been quite a while. I dropped by the studio mid day on Friday to make sure the turntables worked properly, then came home and put together a split show. The first half,… Continue reading Fense’s Radio Show: October 26, 2012
It’s been a whirlwind few weeks, finishing the kitchen project, rearranging the living room (the above photo is from that project) and now beginning to terrace the back yard. It’s hard to imagine I found time to check out new music. This week’s favorite discoveries include the new LP by The Maldives, the latest by… Continue reading Fense’s Radio Show: September 7, 2012
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
Andi and I went to the beach this past weekend. And now we’re engaged, around five years and five days after our official first date. We’re pretty excited and have been talking to all our old friends about the plans (completely unofficial at this time); most likely a June 2013 wedding. I sense a show… Continue reading Fense’s Radio Show: August 3, 2012
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!