Noise Pop: Pretending we’re not crying at Mount Eerie

Phil Elverum, the man behind Mount Eerie, had a banner 2017 for all the wrong reasons: After losing his wife Geneviève in 2016, he wrote an album about it in the room where she passed. As he alludes to in our recent interview with him, A Crow Looked At Me, critically and commercially, did very well. It didn't just tap into the human desire to make sense of mortality, it resonated sharply with those who have suffered similar loss. Crow is wrenching in its attention to mundanity, in its clear-eyed look at the wreckage a loved one's passing leaves behind [...]

By |February 23, 2018|Tags: |

Noise Pop: Mount Eerie never meant to have a music career

(photo: Jeff Miller) Words by Erin Lyndal Martin From now until the start of Noise Pop, we'll be profiling some of our favorite artists playing the festival this year. Phil Elverum comes to Noise Pop after his world was rocked in 2016, and issuing a world-rocking album in response. Through unimaginable loss and critical praise, he still feels really, really lucky. Throughout most of Mount Eerie’s albums, noise and hush bask in a peaceful coexistence. For instance, Mount Eerie released two albums in 2012, Ocean Roar and Clear Moon. While the former was much louder — a splintering, metal-tinged oblation [...]

Confronting real death with Mount Eerie at Starline Social Club

"This is intense. I keep wanting to apologize but you are all here. You must be getting something from it." Phil Elverum of Mount Eerie did not have too much to say during his sold-out show Friday night at the Starline Social Club in Oakland. But he did let us know that he was truly thankful for the attention and support, given that his latest album A Crow Looked At Me deals almost exclusively with his deeply personal grief after the passing of his partner Geneviève Castrée. Besides opening with a new song, Elverum played the album's sparse, acoustic songs [...]

By |April 18, 2017|Tags: |

Review: Mount Eerie at The Chapel 6/12/14

Photos: Gary Magill Mount Eerie performed at The Chapel last night, with Phil Elverum using his awkward wit to book a comedian as his supporting act. Between the distorted guitar drone of opener GNAGORIACEHT and the melancholy acoustic offers from Mount Eerie, stand-up comedian Jessica Sele did a comedy set about her experiences as a bisexual woman living in West Oakland. It was all very amusing indeed, but seemed a little out of place... especially when she yelled "Are your ready for MOUNT EERIE?" It's not like Mount Eerie's music is that depressing, but the unexpected humor did lighten the [...]

By |June 13, 2014|Tags: |

Ticket Giveaway Wednesday: Band of Horses, Mount Eerie, Jello Biafra and more

To enter any contest submit an email to contest[at] with your full name in the body and the concert you’re entering the contest for in the subject line. You may only submit your name once to only one contest. Winners will be chosen at random and will be awarded one pair of tickets unless otherwise noted. Thursday, April 11th Little Green Cars, Sparrows Gate @ The Chapel 9pm, $12, all ages. Buy advance tickets here. CONTEST CLOSED Friday, April 12th Mudhoney, Hot Lunch @ Slim’s 9pm, $23, all ages. Buy advance tickets here. CONTEST CLOSED Saturday, April 13th Band of [...]

Video: Mount Eerie – "The Place Lives" (at Bottom of the Hill, 10/4/12)

Mount Eerie, the moniker of songwriter and experimental musician Phil Elverum, has shared his first ever self-made, self-produced music video for "The Place Lives" from his latest album, Clear Moon, and announced fall tour dates including two local performances. The music video captures Elverum on a meditative walk through the woods, echoing the themes of his album. Although Clear Moon was just released in May, Mount Eerie plans to release its second album of 2012 this September, with a new round of tour dates supporting the release. The album, Ocean Roar, is intended to be a darker counterpart to Clear [...]

By |August 10, 2012|Tags: |

Stream the new Mount Eerie LP 'Clear Moon' on NPR

Mount Eerie — the always soft yet threateningly strange project of Phil Elverum — are getting set to release their newest album Clear Moon on May 22. According to NPR: "Recorded in his recently established de-sanctified church turned recording studio, The Unknown in Anacortes, Wash., Clear Moon is an immersive, sprawling album that finds common ground in folk, ominous chamber music, electronics and...ambient metal tonalities. Murky and beguiling, Clear Moon is remarkably consistent." Try before you buy and stream the entire album over at NPR right now.

By |May 17, 2012|Tags: |

Photos: Mount Eerie, Little Wings, Key Losers, Nicholas Krgovich at Brightworks

Mount Eerie, Little Wings, Key Losers, and Nicholas Krgovich in the Mission last night was one of those shows that could not be entered with any expectations. It was a completely unknown venue (which turned out to be an upcoming free radical K-12 school, Brightworks), and featured a few completely unpredictable performers -- Mount Eerie and Little Wings -- both of whom either plan for, or spontaneously provide, the most unpredictable one-off sets. Key Losers features Katy Davidson, a longtime San Franciscan, Casiotone for the Painfully Alone collaborator and core member of Dear Nora, but it was opening act Nicholas [...]

Why? returns with Mount Eerie, Au, Serengeti & Polyphonic

Why? - "This Blackest Purse" Next Saturday night (9pm, $16), it's a toss-up between sticking around Treasure Island for MGMT, or catching an enticing line-up at the Great American Music Hall: Why, Mount Eerie (WA), Au (Portland) and Serengeti & Polyphonic. This bill is nothing short of diverse -- from a Phil Elverum appearance to Au's deconstructed folk, and starting with a Windy City rapping duo. Serengeti & Polyphonic have been the main dish on the plate of experimental hip-hop lately, calling Anticon home. Check out their semi-biographical short for "Call the Law": Yoni Wolf - [...]

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