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Do you have the tracklist for it?

Marc-, Tuesday, 31 May 2005 21:42 (fifteen years ago) link

just hearing about this has made my day. i'm trying to imagine how excited i'll be when it actually comes out.

jonathan - stl (jonathan - stl), Wednesday, 1 June 2005 00:25 (fifteen years ago) link

one month passes...
i heard something about it being released as a CD/Vinyl so you get both formats even if you just want one or something like that.

That One Guy (That One Guy), Monday, 11 July 2005 14:45 (fifteen years ago) link

that should say "CD/Vinyl Package"

That One Guy (That One Guy), Monday, 11 July 2005 15:03 (fifteen years ago) link

So it's leaked. The first track's mesmerizing, minimal and without strong melody. The rest is the same, but (on first listen) not as good. Much more Talk Talk/Mark Hollis than Sebadoh, and it sounds more like early Microphones than Mt Eerie.

sean gramophone (Sean M), Monday, 11 July 2005 15:57 (fifteen years ago) link

not neccesarily a bad thing, i still love The Glow Pt.2. when i saw him live earlier this year he was great, kinda clumsy in a charming way and a great guitarplayer

Rizz (Rizz), Monday, 11 July 2005 16:09 (fifteen years ago) link

one month passes...
When does this come out?

Christopher Costello (CGC), Monday, 15 August 2005 21:35 (fifteen years ago) link


cutty (mcutt), Monday, 15 August 2005 21:53 (fifteen years ago) link

is it going to be available in stores?

Christopher Costello (CGC), Monday, 15 August 2005 21:54 (fifteen years ago) link

god the pitchfork review is so predictable and retarded.

Kevin Erickson, Wednesday, 17 August 2005 00:18 (fourteen years ago) link

god the pitchfork review is so predictable and retarded.

Well, dude makes a point, Elverum's not so progressive. I don't agree with the 5, though. seems like a moody 5.
You put this shit in surround sound, it's definitely serene, paints an awesome backdrop.

mox twelve (Mox twleve), Wednesday, 17 August 2005 03:45 (fourteen years ago) link

I'd give this record a 6. It's not superb, it's not terrible, it's just there, and that isn't enough.

Raymond Cummings (Raymond Cummings), Wednesday, 17 August 2005 10:57 (fourteen years ago) link

I thought it was a pretty excellent review, actually. Makes up for the make-me-puke Wooden Wand piece from Monday.

sean gramophone (Sean M), Wednesday, 17 August 2005 10:58 (fourteen years ago) link

Yeah, the No Flashlight review really hit the nail on the head.

Haven’t read the Wooden Wand review yet, but I thought the 8.0 was about right.

Raymond Cummings (Raymond Cummings), Wednesday, 17 August 2005 12:01 (fourteen years ago) link

Haven’t read the Wooden Wand review yet, but I thought the 8.0 was about right.

I think a 1.0 would be about right. Talk about an album of shit with nimrods running around it coo'ing "wowzers! psych folk!"

sean gramophone (Sean M), Wednesday, 17 August 2005 13:06 (fourteen years ago) link

eleven years pass...

anybody know how the show in Anacortes went last week? I know Phil implored everyone not to come after it got picked up and publicized, just curious if anyone was there to do a write up or record it...

flappy bird, Friday, 13 January 2017 18:33 (three years ago) link

this is probably going to be a depressing listen

Dinsdale, Wednesday, 25 January 2017 15:04 (three years ago) link

That is devastating

Evan R, Wednesday, 25 January 2017 15:37 (three years ago) link

Oh god this backstory

Mount Eerie, the longstanding musical outlet of Phil Elverum, has announced the release of A Crow Looked At Me. It will be released on Elverum’s label P.W. Elverum & Sun on March 24th 2017. The album is a deeply personal and unflinchingly honest reaction to the death of Elverum’s wife, the artist Geneviève Castrée, last year. He has shared “Real Death,” a candid expression of stark domestic grief that is unlike anything else in the Mount Eerie discography.

Elverum has shared the following statement about why he made A Crow Looked At Me, and why he is sharing it with the world:

“Why share this much? Why open up like this? Why tell you, stranger, about these personal moments, the devastation and the hanging love? Our little family bubble was so sacred for so long. We carefully held it behind a curtain of privacy when we’d go out and do our art and music selves, too special to share, especially in our hyper-shared imbalanced times. Then we had a baby and this barrier felt even more important. (I still don’t want to tell you our daughter’s name.) In May 2015 they told us Geneviève had a surprise bad cancer, advanced pancreatic, and the ground opened up. ‘What matters now?’ we thought. Then on July 9th 2016 she died at home and I belonged to nobody anymore. My internal moments felt like public property. The idea that I could have a self or personal preferences or songs eroded down into an absurd old idea leftover from a more self-indulgent time before I was a hospital-driver, a caregiver, a child-raiser, a griever. I am open now, and these songs poured out quickly in the fall, watching the days grey over and watching the neighbors across the alley tear down and rebuild their house. I make these songs and put them out into the world just to multiply my voice saying that I love her. I want it known.

“DEATH IS REAL could be the name of this album. These cold mechanics of sickness and loss are real and inescapable, and can bring an alienating, detached sharpness. But it is not the thing I want to remember. A crow did look at me. There is an echo of Geneviève that still rings, a reminder of the love and infinity beneath all of this obliteration. That’s why.”

Elverum has stated that he will be playing these songs in front of audiences later in the year.


In 2015 Elverum’s wife, the French Canadian cartoonist and musician Geneviève Castrée, was diagnosed with a bad cancer just after giving birth to their first child. She died a year later. Elverum wrote and recored the album throughout the fall of 2016 in the same room where Geneviève died, using mostly her instruments; her guitar, her bass, her pick, her amp, her old family accordion, writing the words on her paper.

The songs are about the brutal details of that experience, from the hospitalizations to the grieving, the specific domestic banalities that become existential in the context of such huge and abrupt loss. These songs are not fun. They are pretty and they are deep, and they find a love that prevails beneath the overwhelming and real sorrow. It is unlike anything else in the Mount Eerie catalog in its unvarnished expressions of personal grief, metaphor-free.

Evan R, Wednesday, 25 January 2017 15:46 (three years ago) link

Yeah, this is just heartbreaking.

"Nothing wise or learned, just the described experience of living through unimaginable domestic obliteration, with names and dates"

devvvine, Wednesday, 25 January 2017 15:51 (three years ago) link

That verse about the backpack she ordered for her daughter :(

"collapsed there on the front steps I wailed." I am sobbing.

Evan R, Wednesday, 25 January 2017 16:02 (three years ago) link

Has always been amazing at conveying moments of being hit with a wave of emotion or sadness, but that verse is brutal.

another song from the album

devvvine, Wednesday, 25 January 2017 16:08 (three years ago) link

christ this is gonna be brutal

a serious and fascinating fartist (Simon H.), Wednesday, 25 January 2017 19:17 (three years ago) link

cant bring myself to listen to this yet

flappy bird, Wednesday, 25 January 2017 19:19 (three years ago) link

I don't really know what to say about this but it is so strong and raw

ogmor, Wednesday, 25 January 2017 23:53 (three years ago) link

man this song

just sayin, Thursday, 26 January 2017 10:46 (three years ago) link

This is brutal. So powerful.

Eine Kleine Nakh Musik (Le Bateau Ivre), Thursday, 26 January 2017 11:58 (three years ago) link

I love Phil and will always support him...raw stuff

Everything Moves Towards The Sun (Ross), Sunday, 29 January 2017 01:37 (three years ago) link

Yeah, likewise.

Phil was already incredibly direct but here he just immediately lets it know that "poetry is dumb" in light of what he's feeling the effect is unlike anything I've listened to before. I can't even really place the emotions listening to these songs and describing them as sad feels equally silly.

yesca, Sunday, 29 January 2017 05:22 (three years ago) link

wrote a review of the show here. hard to do justice to how heavy it was.

fits, Wednesday, 1 February 2017 17:29 (three years ago) link

Thanks for sharing that, very nice and thoughtful review.

I can't recall anticipating an album this much yet feeling almost 'scared' to listen to it...

Le Bateau Ivre, Wednesday, 1 February 2017 17:38 (three years ago) link

Hi Fits,

Thank you! Really appreciate you posting that piece.

Everything Moves Towards The Sun (Ross), Wednesday, 1 February 2017 21:21 (three years ago) link

yeah, great piece!

sean gramophone, Wednesday, 1 February 2017 21:26 (three years ago) link

v nice piece on the show.

in twelve parts (lamonti), Wednesday, 1 February 2017 23:17 (three years ago) link

wrote a review of the show here. hard to do justice to how heavy it was.

― fits

but you pretty much did! great writing, and i can tell you're v v well-versed in his musical output.

Karl Malone, Wednesday, 1 February 2017 23:36 (three years ago) link

great piece, fits.

love that he walked out as soon as he was done

flappy bird, Wednesday, 1 February 2017 23:38 (three years ago) link


Le Bateau Ivre, Wednesday, 15 February 2017 17:14 (three years ago) link


Le Bateau Ivre, Wednesday, 15 February 2017 17:14 (three years ago) link

oof. hold on to the ones you love.

Karl Malone, Wednesday, 15 February 2017 17:22 (three years ago) link

True words. I am actually nervous for this album... Ravens alone reduced me to a sobbing mess.. :-/

Le Bateau Ivre, Wednesday, 15 February 2017 18:18 (three years ago) link

maybe i haven't seen any other recent pictures of him, but man Elverum looks like he's aged years and years in the new press pic on p4k. i gotta hold off on listening to this until it comes out... the first single was so brutal

flappy bird, Wednesday, 15 February 2017 18:26 (three years ago) link

absolutely terrific piece on the show up there, fits. i read it on a lunch break and sat there and cried into my burrito

these songs are just devastating to listen to. the backpack bit ...

he announced some tour dates today, in case anyone missed it:

04-04 Eugene, OR - WOW Hall
04-06 Big Sur, CA - Henry Miller Library
04-09 Santa Ana, CA - When We Were Young Fest @ Observatory
04-10 San Diego, CA - Irenic
04-11 Los Angeles, CA - The Masonic Lodge @ Hollywood Forever
04-14 Oakland, CA - Starline Social Club
04-17 Portland, OR - Mississippi Studios
04-18 Olympia, WA - Obsidian
04-12-14 Arcosanti, AZ - FORM Arcosanti

alpine static, Friday, 17 February 2017 01:21 (three years ago) link

Seems like he has no intention of coming back to Vancouver after that shambolic show years back. I'm with flappy bird - want to listen to this and will support him $, but there's so much grief and death in our culture, that I'm not sure I can handle this atm.

Everything Moves Towards The Sun (Ross), Friday, 17 February 2017 01:24 (three years ago) link

three weeks pass...

One hell of a read.

Ned Raggett, Monday, 13 March 2017 16:53 (three years ago) link

It is.

Le Bateau Ivre, Monday, 13 March 2017 17:07 (three years ago) link

And without trying to beat a point into the ground, that it's Jayson Greene doing this story is vitally important. If you don't know why:

Ned Raggett, Monday, 13 March 2017 17:10 (three years ago) link

^ jesus, i had no idea. the p4k feature is great, dreading the day i listen to A Crow Looked at Me for the first time

flappy bird, Monday, 13 March 2017 17:24 (three years ago) link

knowing that makes a harrowing interview even more powerful.

Karl Malone, Monday, 13 March 2017 17:58 (three years ago) link

To me this was the key moment:

“I sometimes think about the life that my daughter will have with no mom,” he wonders. “What does it mean to have a ghost mom? Not that I can do anything differently about it. But it’s an inferior version of what we had planned, you know? This was not our top choice.” We both crack up; grief is funny sometimes.

Ned Raggett, Monday, 13 March 2017 18:01 (three years ago) link

really great timeline in the new Exclaim from his inception to newest record. How is the new one then, i am still suck on microphones as my favourite records, though ocean roar and the companion album blew me away

Ross, Wednesday, 10 October 2018 16:00 (one year ago) link


Ross, Wednesday, 10 October 2018 16:00 (one year ago) link

nine months pass...

i enjoyed this internet video of 'the microphones' (new lyrics at the start?) and am excited to see phil play in a couple of weeks

devvvine, Monday, 22 July 2019 22:09 (one year ago) link

It starts with kd lang's "constant craving". There's a new take on the "took my shirt off" verse at the end though... at least I haven't heard either of these things in this song before. Interesting!

maffew12, Monday, 22 July 2019 22:45 (one year ago) link

He played a ~20-minute new song at the start of the set that was basically an autobiography of the Microphones '95-'03, played a handful of old songs (incl. "Lanterns," "I Cut My Hands Off"), and then closed with another new songs that was a pretty stark and direct accounting of his past year and break-up and return home...

fits, Tuesday, 23 July 2019 16:18 (one year ago) link

thanks for that fits!

devvvine, Tuesday, 23 July 2019 18:24 (one year ago) link

of course! suffice to say the show was really something special, and the new songs are both great--if a lot more like his recent rambling mode with Mount Eerie than like anything Microphones (a distinction he discusses within the song at one point)--I hope he records them

fits, Tuesday, 23 July 2019 18:40 (one year ago) link

haha knew big phil wouldn't tough out the east coast. take the man out of PNW but you can't take the PNW out of the man.

meaulnes, Tuesday, 23 July 2019 19:54 (one year ago) link

Correction to what I said about there being new lyrics in that video... that was a bit of "The Glow Pt. 2 (sequel)"!

maffew12, Tuesday, 23 July 2019 19:59 (one year ago) link

two weeks pass...

ldn show last night, phil opened with the aforementioned microphones song then played about ten new songs - all very lyric heavy like the last couple of records seemingly all about the last year or so. friend spoke to the promoter and apparently he was able to come over for the one off show because he's been working with gaelic singers in ireland, which is v intriguing... anyway show was fantastic, really enjoyed it

devvvine, Friday, 9 August 2019 17:59 (one year ago) link

shit i had no idea he was playing london last night. or been working in ireland.

in twelve parts (lamonti), Monday, 12 August 2019 08:30 (one year ago) link

was just about to chime in to ask if anybody went to the london show. i love that i can rely on on ilxor as my sole portal for contemporary music news.

meaulnes, Monday, 12 August 2019 13:16 (one year ago) link

wish i could give more detail but i was a little drunk

devvvine, Monday, 12 August 2019 13:48 (one year ago) link

one month passes...

new album Lost Wisdom pt.2 out 8 November, collaborating with Julie Doiron again like on the original Lost Wisdom

i really like the single "Love Without Possession", and i think Now Only is the best thing he's ever done so i'm very much looking forward to this.

ufo, Wednesday, 25 September 2019 15:33 (ten months ago) link

can't listen atm but statement reads like these are the songs played live recently, is the single in similar style to the last two records?

devvvine, Wednesday, 25 September 2019 15:38 (ten months ago) link

oh!!! he played 2 shows with Julie in Montreal on Sunday - they still seemed a bit shaky so I didn't think they had recorded together (as much as i hoped)

beautiful and heartbreaking songs, mostly about the end of his recent relationship. (he seems upset about it still.)

sean gramophone, Wednesday, 25 September 2019 15:44 (ten months ago) link

it's more major key and the melodies are more direct and less rambling than anything on the last two, while the lyrics aren't so stream of consciousness narrative in style. it's still a fairly sparse folk song that gets going a little bit in a wonderful moment towards the end, it's not that removed but i prefer it to anything on A Crow Looked At Me to actually listen to already

ufo, Wednesday, 25 September 2019 15:46 (ten months ago) link

Not to be confused with the song "Lost Wisdom Pt 2" from 2009 album "Wind's Poem". Or maybe it is. Looking forward to this!

maffew12, Wednesday, 25 September 2019 15:53 (ten months ago) link

Didn't recent shows have a long song dealing with his recent divorce, sort of in the style of Now Only? His press release text makes it sound like there won't be any of that sort of thing here, but then there's only 8 songs? It doesn't exactly sound like he's going "back" to his previous sort of material either. Phil will just continue to Phil. Really glad to hear of another project

maffew12, Wednesday, 25 September 2019 15:58 (ten months ago) link

the track times are on itunes - there's one 7-minute track but the rest are pretty short and it's only 31 minutes as a whole

ufo, Wednesday, 25 September 2019 16:09 (ten months ago) link

he played the AMAZING super-long new song that he's been touring with ("The Microphones 2019"?) at one of the shows on Sunday, but he said it wasn't finished. it definitely felt thematically different than the other stuff - less about MW and more about nostalgia/looking backward from 2019 to when he was 17, 27, etc.

sean gramophone, Wednesday, 25 September 2019 16:11 (ten months ago) link

the recent live ones about the breakup were fairly long, assume these are different then

devvvine, Wednesday, 25 September 2019 16:12 (ten months ago) link

aw man, i didn't know they divorced. what a bummer.

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Wednesday, 25 September 2019 16:35 (ten months ago) link

there's so much ephemera on his bandcamp page, from shitty early tapes to random live shows to recordings with string

na (NA), Wednesday, 25 September 2019 16:36 (ten months ago) link


na (NA), Wednesday, 25 September 2019 16:36 (ten months ago) link

this song is v beautiful

devvvine, Wednesday, 25 September 2019 21:00 (ten months ago) link


I saw the back cover of the album on the Twitter promo posts. It says recorded mostly at the end of May - so before "The Microphones" played What the Heck Fest and debuted some of that longer, newer? stuff.

Phil's site has had something called "Pink Light" under "upcoming" for a while. Given that this has a song called that, I guess this is that. Also "pink light" are the last words on the first Lost Wisdom album. I listened to it tonight for the first time in ages. That was probably his most unsettling work up to that point and I never went back to it much, despite being a big fan of him and Julie. This new song is a prettier thing.

maffew12, Thursday, 26 September 2019 01:53 (ten months ago) link

i don't really like the first Lost Wisdom much, it's ok but a pretty minor work and i definitely prefer the Dawn versions of the tracks that were on both.

ufo, Thursday, 26 September 2019 01:59 (ten months ago) link

everytime i put lost wisdom (pt. 1) on i'm there in the living room with julie and phil and fred. three people kneeling by the tape recorder, singing live. it sounds like dirty socks, wooden floor, rain on the window to me and it plays out so perfectly.

meaulnes, Thursday, 26 September 2019 04:40 (ten months ago) link

Lost Wisdom 1 is... my favourite Mount Eerie album?

sean gramophone, Thursday, 26 September 2019 12:52 (ten months ago) link

yea it's my favourite too, i also love how lived-in sounding it is. the songs are so haunting and memorable. new single is just as good

ttyl, Thursday, 26 September 2019 15:38 (ten months ago) link

it definitely had a sustained vibe. I'd think I'm in a minority of Elverum fans nowadays, not going in so much for the hauntedness of it all.

maffew12, Thursday, 26 September 2019 15:47 (ten months ago) link

it definitely had a sustained vibe

one thing that phil really excels at is creating a sustained vibe for each of his releases. he covers more musical ground than his non-fans would probably know, but for each album he manages to create really coherent and complementary collections of songs

Sally Jessy (Karl Malone), Thursday, 26 September 2019 15:53 (ten months ago) link

Definitely. Most of them have a wider palate than Lost Wisdom but still hang together so well. You can get lost in any of them.

maffew12, Thursday, 26 September 2019 15:58 (ten months ago) link


maffew12, Thursday, 26 September 2019 15:59 (ten months ago) link

they're like a pallet full of sound from a fog filled netherworld

maffew12, Thursday, 26 September 2019 16:01 (ten months ago) link

three weeks pass...

not really feeling this new one

devvvine, Tuesday, 22 October 2019 14:58 (nine months ago) link

devvvine, Tuesday, 22 October 2019 14:58 (nine months ago) link

two weeks pass...

Album is out. Oof. Phil misses Michelle. It's pretty but it's another tough listen.

maffew12, Friday, 8 November 2019 13:45 (nine months ago) link

it's lower key than Now Only, which is his career peak imo, but i'm still enjoying it and certainly more than the first Lost Wisdom

ufo, Saturday, 9 November 2019 07:07 (nine months ago) link

Peak eh? I liked it a lot, bought the record, but I can't spend a load of time with these things. Anyway the first song put out from this new one, "Love Without Possession" is my favorite of his in years. Gorgeous.

After that plus the name of this project, I was surprised that it is basically Now Only pt2 featuring Julie Doiron... that doesn't have the same ring to it though. I do look forward to listening more when I'm in the mood. Some pretty stunning moments here.

maffew12, Monday, 11 November 2019 01:22 (nine months ago) link

seven months pass...

Is this the default Mt Eerie thread?

I don’t know anything about this music but my good friend is selling a job lot of early stuff - all the proceeds going to First Nations Development Institute

Priory, Friday, 3 July 2020 17:48 (one month ago) link

Ah man, cool selection. I swear there was another thread bumped recently for the upcoming album - might be under Phil Elvrum or his Microphones moniker.

cooldix, Friday, 3 July 2020 17:55 (one month ago) link

haha, i own kind of am embarrassing amount of stuff in that auction. but some really rare stuff too, like the test pressings!

time is running out to pitch in $5 (Karl Malone), Friday, 3 July 2020 20:25 (one month ago) link

one month passes...

the microphones - microphones in 2020 (2020)

devvvine, Thursday, 6 August 2020 18:00 (one week ago) link

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