by Andrew Frisicano

Mount Eerie

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...

Mount Eerie
Wind's Poem tracklist
1. Wind's Dark Poem
2. Through The Trees
3. My Heart Is Not At Peace
4. the Hidden Stone
5. Wind Speaks
6. Summons
7. Mouth of Sky
8. Between Two Mysteries
9. Ancient Questions
10. (something)
11. Lost Wisdom pt. 2
12. Stone's Ode

Mount Eerie - 2009 Tour Dates
July 31st to August 2nd, 2009- Sackville, New Brunswick, Canada- Sappy Fest
Weds. Aug. 5th- Charlottetown, P.E.I.- (can you help set up a show here? email me! pw (at)
Thurs. Aug. 6th- Halifax, NS- North Street Church (with Julie Doiron, Rick White, Calvin Johnson and Calm Down It's Monday)
Sat. Aug. 8th- St. John's, Newfoundland- George Street United Church (with Julie Doiron, Rick White, Calvin Johnson and Calm Down It's Monday)
Aug. 13th - 15th, 2009- Asheville, N.C.- Transfigurations
Fri. Sept. 18th- Portland, Ore.- Backspace *****
Sat. Sept. 19th- Nevada City, CA- tba
Sun. Sept. 20th- Oakland, CA- Lobot *****
Thurs. Sept. 24th- Eugene, OR- Agate Hall at U of O *****
Fri. Sept. 25th- Olympia, WA- Northern *****
Mon. Oct. 5th- Oak Harbor, Wash.- Oak Harbor Library, 1000 SE Regatta Dr.- 3pm
Tues. Oct. 13th- Anacortes, Wash.- Department of Safety ***
Weds. Oct. 14th- Seattle, Wash.- Vera Project ****
Thurs. Oct. 15th- Portland, OR- Wonder Ballroom ****
Sat. Oct. 17th- San Francisco, CA- Great American Music Hall ****
Sun. Oct. 18th- Reno, NV- tba
Mon. Oct. 19th- Salt Lake City, UT- Kilby Court, 7pm, $8 **
Tues. Oct. 20th- Denver, CO- Rhinoceropolis, 3553 Brighton Blvd. **
Weds. Oct. 21st- Springfield, MO- tba
Thurs. Oct. 22nd- Lexington, KY- Red Mile Round Barn *
Fri. Oct. 23rd- Charlottesville, VA- tba
Sat. Oct. 24th- Philadelphia, PA- Haverford College *
Sat. Oct. 31st- Brooklyn, NY- Market Hotel (with Liturgy and and Tara Jane O'Neil and No Kids)
Mon. Nov. 2nd- New York, NY- tba
Weds. Nov. 4th- Cincinnati, OH- Art Damage Lodge, 4120 Hamilton Ave., $7 *
Fri. Nov. 6th- Bloomington, IN- Banneker Community Center, 930 W. 7th St., 9:30, $8 (with Tara Jane O'Neil and No Kids and Prayer Breakfast)
Sat. Nov. 7th- Chicago, IL- tba
Sun. Nov. 8th- Madison, WI- tba
Mon. Nov. 9th- Iowa City, IA- Public Space One, 129 E. Washington St., 9pm, $5 *

* (with Tara Jane O'Neil and No Kids)
** (with No Kids)
*** (with WHY?)
**** (with WHY? and No Kids)
***** (with NO KIDS, Karl Blau, Tara Jane O'Neil)

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