Entries tagged with: Phil Elverum
by Andrew Sacher
Phil Elverum is set to release a new Mount Eerie album, Sauna, on February 3 via his own P.W. Elverum and Sun label. Its first single, "THIS," is pulsing ambient pop with angelic harmonies courtesy of Hungry Cloud Darkening's Allyson Foster and LAKE's Ashley Eriksson accompanying Phil's own fragile voice. Watch the video (dir. Peter J. Brant), along with the album tracklist, below. That's the artwork above.
No tour dates announced at the moment, but hopefully that changes soon.
Mount Eerie at LPR in 2012 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Mount Eerie doesn't have a full tour scheduled at the moment, but he'll be playing a couple festivals this year, as well as a NYC show on September 24 at Le Poisson Rouge. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
One of the fests is the Harvest Records 10th Anniversary in Asheville this August (lineup), and the other is this week's Unknown Music Series in Anacortes, WA. It takes place at various Washington venues, including The Unknown (where Mount Eerie plays), from Friday (7/18) through Sunday (7/20). The festival also features Bonnie 'Prince' Billy, Broken Water, Hive Dwellers, LAKE, O Paon, Mecca Normal, Lori Goldston (who was Nirvana's cellist), a performance of Blocks Recording Club co-founder Steve Kado's 2003 (which featured Owen Pallett), and more. In addition to Mount Eerie's performance, main member Phil Elverum will also be showcasing his art book Dust. Tickets, full lineup and more info at the festival's website.
Mount Eerie's last release was 2013's Pre-Human Ideas, "computerized demonstration versions recorded Nowhere by Phil Elverum between 2011 and 2013, plus 2 excerpted organs from other songs recorded at the UNKNOWN in Anacortes, Wash." Stream that, with a video of him playing a couple favorites from The Microphones' classic The Glow Pt. 2, below...
Weary Engine Blues is the title of a forthcoming benefit album that pays tribute to Jason Molina who died last week. It will be released by Graveface Records and artists contributing Molina covers include Mark Kozelek, Will Oldham, Allo Darlin', Scout Niblett, John Vanderslice, Jeffrey Lewis, Damien Jurado, Jonathan Meiburg (Sheerwater), Hospital Ships, Wave Pictures, and more. The album will be out April 24 and proceeds will go to help medical and funeral costs for Molina's family. Preorder it here. It comes with a screen print by William Schaff which you can see below, along with a note from Schaff as well.
You can stream Kozelek's contribution, "It's Easier Now," below.
Mount Eerie at LPR in September (more by Amanda Hatfield)
If you've been following along with Phil Elverum's Mount Eerie project, you probably know that he's released two albums, Clear Moon and Ocean Roar, this year. But if you've felt like two albums in one year is a lot to digest in the ADD age, Phil has graciously released a 7" where side A is every song on Clear Moon being played simultaneously and side B is every song on Ocean Roar being played simultaneously. You can give a listen to the experiment below, and if you like (or can even make out) what you hear, you can order the 7" at the Mount Eerie webstore.
Mount Eerie is already starting to end up on some year-end lists this year (like MOJO) and it won't be surprising to see him on more as they come out.
As mentioned, he's got two NYC shows coming up this month which happen on Wednesday (11/28) at Le Poisson Rouge and Thursday (11/29) at NYU's Kimmel's Eisner and Lubin Auditorium. Tickets for the LPR show are on sale now and admisison for the NYU show is free to NYU students and $3 to the general public. These are his only two announced US shows before he heads to Australia in February.
An updated list of dates and song streams are below.
Mount Eerie at Inferno Festival 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro // BBG)
Mount Eerie (aka Phil Elverum) already released the very solid Clear Moon LP this year, and he's set to follow that with his second album of 2012, Ocean Roar, which is due out on September 4 via his own P.W. Elverum and Sun label. You can stream two tracks from Clear Moon, "House Shape" and "Lone Bell," and a clip of "Pale Lights" from Ocean Roar below, along with the latter's cover art and tracklist.
Mount Eerie will be heading out on an extensive tour later this summer and into fall which hits NYC on September 15 at 285 Kent and September 16 at Le Poisson Rouge with Loren Connors. Both of those shows, and most of the others on the tour are all ages. Tickets for the LPR show are on sale now.
A list of all dates, streams, cover art and tracklist are below.
BBG is back in Oslo, this time for Inferno. Here's what he's catching at the Norwegian metal festival...
Earth @ Inferno 2012
I stepped into the elevator at 2AM and almost slipped. Blood was all over the tile. It's hard to know what the source is when you're dealing with raging metalheads... costume? Drunken stumble? I'm back in Oslo at the heart of the Inferno Festival (at the Clarion Royal Christiana) which features some heavy hitters in the world of metal; the possibilities are endless.
Inferno Festival is in its eleventh year and features mostly Scandinavian artists with some touring bands. This year's fest features appearances from Autopsy, Borknagar, Arcturus, Agalloch, Velnias, Church of Misery, Anaal Nathrakh, and many more over four days at multiple venues. The first night (last night, 4/4) is "club night" where smaller bands play across a litany of small stages. The rest of the shows happen at John Dee and Rockefeller, a pair of stages that are connected by a stairway.
Last night started at Victoria, a jazz club decorated with the standard issue acoutrements: a mirrored bar with wood and glass, brass railings from floor to ceiling, and tons of tufted burgundy leather couches. The center of the room was a 200 capacity floor space (that usually houses tables and chairs), with the back wall housing stadium style seating and a pair of balconys above it all.
The show was a stop on the ongoing Earth/Mount Eerie/O Paon tour, a five week jaunt in Europe. The bands on this tour all specialize in darkly melodic tunes with clean guitar tones, so some might find their inclusion in Inferno Festival odd, but Earth has considerable metal pedigree and influence.
O Paon started the evening with her one-woman show. French is the primary tongue for Geneviève Castrée, whose compositions use looped vocals and guitar. Her performance was moving, with some of the songs being completely spontaneous despite the fact that she was fighting a cold.
"Sorry this is our 35th show and sometimes I like to get weird," she said after performing a short interlude with multiple interlocked vocal harmonies. One person's scratchpad is another's gold mine, I guess.
Mount Eerie followed O Paon, featuring Phil Elverum performing solo with a looping pedal and twelve-string. Elverum's fantastic bright guitar tone was the highlight of his outstanding set, which was comprised entirely of new material due on a pair of records coming in May and October. Some of the new material seemed to be in sketchbook form, others sounded like they were cut from the same reverby cloth as the black-metal influenced Wind's Poem, but there was definitely a song or two that sounded like the time on the road with Dylan Carlson had made its mark.
The room was full by the time Earth took the stage, mixed with Inferno festival-goers and indie folk alike. Earth was a four-piece in Oslo that night with a cello to add droney mid-tones in between Carlson's bright Telecaster and the basslines. As usual, Earth was somber, powerful and stunning.
After Earth, I made a pit stop to catch a bit of DJ Nocturno Culto's set before heading to see Solstorm at Rock In. Solstorm mixed elements of Isis-style post-metal with doom and a heavier post-rock influence, and unfortunately, a bit of uncontrollable noise. Despite the band's roots in the noise scene, they couldn't seem to control the waves of noise. Noise music to me is the art of controlling noise and feedback, but Solstorm's seemingl-random ear-piercing squeals didn't do anything but distract from their set.
More pictures from the first night, below...
by Andrew Frisicano
Mount Eerie's Phil Elverum @ Market Hotel...
The haunting, cryptic grind of Malkuth and the high-intensity shriek of Liturgy (in full corpsepaint) were quite the introduction for Mount Eerie's headlining set at Market Hotel on Halloween. The latest opus from Mt. Eerie (aka Phil Elverum), Wind's Poem, is a metal-inspired noise odyssey that manages to expertly pair brutal passages of distortion with ethereal lyrics and tender interludes usually found in his acoustic work. The somewhat rare occurrence of Phil's full-band tour, armed with the abrasive new album, was the obvious impetus for the creative holiday-night booking. Mount Eerie's live set, with Elverum backed by No Kids' Nick and Julia on synths and two drummers (one of which manned a massive gong), did not disappoint with its dynamic range - guitars blasted and died alongside Phil's whispered words.
No Kids, the quiet, restrained indie pop trio responsible for 2008's excellent Come Into My House, must have felt a bit out of place in the opening Halloween-night spot, but it was a different scene the following night at (Le) Poisson Rouge (I showed up too late to see them on Halloween so I stopped by the next night at LPR). At that show, the band followed classical pianist Dina Pruzhansky, whose opening set included selections from Debussy and Schumann. Welcoming the diversity, singer and songwriter Nick Krgovich played all his synth parts on the club's grand piano. Phil Elverum has been playing drums with the group all tour (drummer Justin Kellam has been living in Berlin) . His casual, sound-sensitive approach to the kit is rooted in his production style - subtle and unafraid of the occasional slip.
No Kids played a set of all new songs written for a forthcoming LP expected in fall 2010 (no word if they played the supremely excellent "For Halloween" on the night itself). The tunes dealt in Tin Pan Alley melodies (aided by the piano for synth substitution) and lyrics that painted a Hopperesque picture of isolation (and focused on Hollywood in specific terms). The crowd sat, still in a haze from Halloween, and soaked in the restrained songs.
I didn't see Tara Jane O'Neil's set either night. I don't believe she played at Market Hotel, but she was definitely set up to go at LPR. The Mount Eerie/No Kids/TJO tour continues through November 8th. Dates and more pictures from both shows are below...
"Let's see how long it takes BV to mention that Phil Collins will never drum again." - Anonymous
In the UK press today, there appeared some articles about Phil's physical state, with some slightly misleading headlines. Here, in Phil's own words, are how he describes his situation:In other drummers named Phil news, NME reports that "Radiohead drummer Phil Selway has announced that he is set to release a solo album."
"There isn't any drama regarding my 'disability' and playing drums.
Somehow during the last Genesis tour I dislocated some vertebrae in my upper neck and that affected my hands. After a successful operation on my neck, my hands still can't function normally.
"Maybe in a year or so it will change, but for now it is impossible for me to play drums or piano. I am not in any 'distressed' state, stuff happens in life."
Selway, who sings on the album, is currently in the process of recording the as-yet untitled record in his band's Oxfordshire studio.No release date or any more details yet. A video of Phil McKenna playing drums, below...
He enlisted the services of Wilco members Glenn Kotche and Pat Sansone to play on the project, and multi-instrumentalist solo artist Lisa Germano and bass player Sebastian Steinberg have also contributed.
by Andrew Frisicano
DOWNLOAD: Mount Eerie - Wind's Dark Poem (MP3)
Mount Eerie/Phil Elverum is going on tour this fall. In addition to his dates with Why?, Elverum will be headlining a trip with friends and collaborators Tara Jane O'Neil and No Kids. One NYC stop on the tour will be a Halloween show at the Market Hotel with an eclectic bill of metal bands Liturgy and
Krallice, the minimal folk of Tara Jane O'Neil, and No Kids's indie pop. (There's also a TBA NYC show for Mount Eerie on November 2nd.)
UPDATE: Krallice are not playing the Halloween show (which is curated by Brandon Stosuy of Show No Mercy), anymore. Another band will be announced instead. We also found out that No Kids will be Phil's backing band. That is all.
If that lineup sounds strange, it might make more sense after looking at the lineup of this year's What The Heck Fest, or hearing the new Mount Eerie record, Wind's Poem, which is out now on his own PW Elverum & Sun label. The double LP covers a range of sounds from the first blast of introductory noise (as heard in the inaugural track, above) to more melodic, image-driven storytelling to creepy marimba-eque textures (notably on "Between Two Mysteries").
No idea if live he'll be doing the songs with band, iPod or solo.
Elverum just wrapped up What the Heck Fest 8, which ran July 17-19 and brought a lot of great artists to his hometown of Anacortes, Washington...
What the Heck Fest is a festival out of Anacortes, Wa put on (more-or-less) by Phil Elverum of Mount Eerie and Geneviève Castrée of Woelv. It's kind of like summer camp with tons of indie bands. They've been at it for 8 years now. This year's fest was awesomely diverse (highlighted humorously saturday night with Olympia black metal superstars Wolves in the Throne Room following posi indie folkster Kimya Dawson) and I really couldn't have been more pleased to have the presence of so many things that didn't fit the k records/indie rock mold that people assume this festival is in the mix. [Letters With Mixtapes]Other NYC Halloween shows this year include Lez Zeppelin, The Get Up Kids and the Misfits. All Mt Eerie tour dates, album art and tracklist, below...
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