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Yeah really happy for Phil, one of the nicest guys I have ever met in music.

Bimlo Horsewagon became Wheelbarrow Horseflesh (aldo), Friday, 27 July 2018 08:56 (one year ago) link

This is cool news, very happy for both of them!

Gavin, Leeds, Friday, 27 July 2018 08:57 (one year ago) link

viva michelverum

ogmor, Friday, 27 July 2018 09:21 (one year ago) link

whoa

Ross, Monday, 30 July 2018 15:52 (one year ago) link

I really liked this piece: https://pitchfork.com/thepitch/love-is-real-on-phil-elverum-marrying-michelle-williams/

flappy bird, Wednesday, 1 August 2018 17:04 (one year ago) link

one month passes...

I think Now Only is probably the best thing Phil has ever made

ufo, Sunday, 23 September 2018 01:01 (one year ago) link

two weeks pass...

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

*stuck

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

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kFktCAxQj8M

devvvine, Monday, 22 July 2019 22:09 (four months 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 (four months 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 (four months ago) link

thanks for that fits!

devvvine, Tuesday, 23 July 2019 18:24 (four months 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 (four months 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 (four months 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 (four months 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 (four months 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 (four months 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 (four months ago) link

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

devvvine, Monday, 12 August 2019 13:48 (four months 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

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nhKoeYiGTWs

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 (two 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 (two 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 (two 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 (two 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 (two 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 (two 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 (two 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 (two 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 (two months ago) link

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

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

quartets

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

this song is v beautiful

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

aye.

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 (two 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 (two 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 (two months ago) link

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

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

palette

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

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

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

three weeks pass...

not really feeling this new one

devvvine, Tuesday, 22 October 2019 14:58 (one month ago) link

https://youtu.be/LsvQkuwMb0Y

devvvine, Tuesday, 22 October 2019 14:58 (one month 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 (one month 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 (one month 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 (one month ago) link


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