The Microphones - Mount Eerie (Cover Artwork)

The Microphones

The Microphones: Mount EerieMount Eerie (2003)
Kung Fu Records

Reviewer Rating: 3.5

Contributed by: maverickScott
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Shit's fucked up, dude. The Microphones is really just one man, Phil Elvrum. His previous releases, covering the themes of air, fire, and water, have led up to this, the story of earth. And seriously, shit's fucked up, dude. None of you on this site will probably ever listen to this. It's.
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Shit's fucked up, dude.

The Microphones is really just one man, Phil Elvrum. His previous releases, covering the themes of air, fire, and water, have led up to this, the story of earth.

And seriously, shit's fucked up, dude.

None of you on this site will probably ever listen to this. It's not punk rock. It's not emo. It's not ska, or hardcore, or metal, or any other type of subgenre falling under the punk spectrum. What it is is forty-one minutes of some of the most out there music you'll ever hear on recording.

Tribal drums mixed with loops build up to rousing crescendos, only to be cut off mid beat by Phil's lazy baritone voice. Creepy piano riffs intertwine with Calvin Johnson[of Dub Narcotic fame]'s deep bass rumbling. Static [or is it the sound of the ocean?] leads into a folksy guitar and voice duet. And this barely even scratches the surface of what this disc contains.

Like I said before, shit's fucked up, dude. I don't feel like I'm smart enough or old enough to even begin to tackle the amount of creativity and originality contained on this release. I'm a blubbering idiot right now [although what else is new, right?]. All I can really say is if you have an open mind and want to hear a CD that will blow said mind out of the water, the Microphones' "Mount Eerie" might just be the disc for you.

[Note: a much better, more coherent review can be found at Pitchforkmedia.com because they're much smarter than me.]



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Anonymous (September 6, 2004)

haha, best review ever. i've never been to this site before but i was searching for mount eerie bootlegs and i saw there was a review of mount eerie's cd on punknews.org? so i said to myself, this is going to be the most retarded review ever. it turned out to be the best. hahaha.

steakhouse (January 31, 2003)

also this record is best heard on a good pair of headphnes

steakhouse (January 31, 2003)

Also the microphones are more punk than you or me.

steakhouse (January 31, 2003)

woah bro.
For those with actual ears attached to their heads, the microphones do not sound like PIL. Sure I like second edition just as much as the next man but last time I checked john lydon didn't sing about the wind, trees , snow, and other elements of nature. The bombastic drum sounds and tape effects are maybe the only thing these two groups have in common. PIL are more about dub and rhythm while the microphones are more folky pop. This record's packaging is really neat(I speak of the LP version). It features great pen and ink drawings of an old woman holdin what appears to be a dog or similar creatures skull, an old man in a stone shanty, and a drawing of mount eerie. It is bound together by thread by the elvrum family and various olympia scene makers. my favorite song is with kyle field of the little wings. also on this record are mirah, the blow , calvin johnson, karl blau, and dennis driscoll. This is more than just phil elvrum it's more like a who's who of olympia and k records. I strongly advise anyone to try the previous records by the microphones(The glow Pt. 2, It was hot we stayed in the water) before picking this one up. Not because this isn't as good but because it might be a little too out there for first time listeners.

Anonymous (January 29, 2003)

good stuff....i know it may be a bit odd and seem to simple for some people.......but it is atmosperic and it takes a lot of cresativity. Not much musical skill, but, like electronic music (which this isn't), it has a certain appeal to it if done correctly. It gives off a great atmosphere, in the way that traditional asain music does.

Anonymous (January 28, 2003)

this band / guy has the greatest name


Anonymous (January 28, 2003)

The guy below has never heard PiL...

If you mean "pop" by the song "Poptones", maybe you have a case. I'm sorry, but I'm sick of electro-gimmick bands like this. I mean, only the originals get away with it. Of course, I will admit that "This is What You Want, this is What You Get" sucks... but there's a bootleg called "Commercial Zone" that mends all those problems... it was the version that had instruments. Later PiL delved too deep into techno for my likings, especially "9". But they were never "pop"...

And this "Kill Johnny" nonsense is idiotic... "The Sex Pistols were fake and their manager made all their music!" is a popular, yet idiotic opinion in the punk community.

Let me clear this up: Johnny was auditioned because he had green hair. He auditioned well and that was that.
Certainly not the last audtition in punk history. The Sex Pistols had been around for a few years BEFORE they got a manager. Malcom offered them rehearsel space, in turn he hired Rotten to be their singer. Rotten wrote all of the lyrics to the songs, save their covers and "Belsen Was a Gas", which was written by Sid Vicious. McLaren later lost money in court for claims that he wrote all of the songs and that the Sex Pistols were puppets. And some people claim they were horrible because they wore swastikas on shirts and the likes... Sorry, but in that case the Ramones are also horrible, along with just about every punk band of that era. Swastikas weren't a symbol of hatred or racism to the punks... it meant simply rebellion and shock value. And when people say "they can't play" or "rotten sucks at writing" they have truly lost the case. Punk was originally, believe it or not, not meant to be a genre that took alot of skill to play the music to. It was about, raw, basic rock played faster and harder. Of course, pop-punk killed that. And Rotten's lyrics were genius.

The Sex Pistols were the first political punk band... Get over it you assholes.

Anonymous (January 28, 2003)

oh c'mon pil's pop stuff was fucking gross......kill pil...fuck johnny

Anonymous (January 28, 2003)

we feel smarter because you think we're indie than thou and it makes you look stupid....we really don't care =D

Anonymous (January 28, 2003)

puts thumb in ass, takes thumb out of ass, smells thumb. Umm.....

Anonymous (January 28, 2003)

"retardo ray"

Best reply ever.

Anonymous (January 27, 2003)

I like challenging music, but this is really kind of pretentious sounding. This kind of music doesnt really seem to hard to create. Its like banging on pots and pans and recording it. But yet somehow people love this, so who knows? I dont know why people at pitchfork and other indier-than-thou snobs feel smarter for some reason by liking this stuff.

Anonymous (January 25, 2003)

I was trying to give it 9 for a score, I dunno why it gave it 4. But seriously, I got this album yesterday and it's one of the albums you listen to and your just kinda like, WHAT?......... after you listen to it the first time, it's an expierence, and the packaging is beautiful too

waste_elite (January 25, 2003)

public image limited

the microphones are/is quite interesting

Anonymous (January 25, 2003)

i'm sorry that i'm not aquainted with your acronyms, but what is a PiL?

Anonymous (January 25, 2003)

PiL did it first and did it better. End of story.

Anonymous (January 25, 2003)

but amazing only deserves 4 stars?

Anonymous (January 25, 2003)

This album is amazing

Anonymous (January 25, 2003)

holy fuck, that was a spooky song.

danm (January 25, 2003)

The Microphones are great, I haven't heard anything from this album yet but I've heard good things.

Anonymous (January 24, 2003)

Sound kind of new age-ish. Kind of creepy. At the beginning of the song I heard the guy's voice and was like "What da?!", but his "anybody" lazy voice and the serene sounds around it was kind of mezmerizing and relaxing. I like that kind of stuff, so it's cool by me. I mean, you need tranquil stuff after a day of listening to your favorite hardcore bands.

Anonymous (January 24, 2003)

Best review on this entire webpage. do drugs.

Anonymous (January 24, 2003)

it's like you shot the original pitchfork review with a "retardo ray"

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