Thursday, January 29, 2015

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Part 3

Vice's series about the Atlanta trap/house music scene continues, continuing its emphasis on reinforcing every negative stereotype it can find, including that of the incompetence of their own interviewers ("Do you like boiled peanuts?").

Tuesday, January 27, 2015


The new Mount Eerie album, Sauna, doesn't drop until February 3, but here is the official video for the titular opening song, a 5:23 version of the 10:01 track.

Here are the full notes and credits for the video:
Official music video for the song "SAUNA" by Mount Eerie 
First Part (0:00 - 2:10)- Exposition. The location and purpose of the sauna is described and shown, in this case the massive industrial saunas located near Anacortes, out past beyond the fields, inside the birches. Their industrial-scale steam stacks and sweat rooms are shown from a distance, as well as their enormous ice-plunge pools and bare lightbulb chill out zones. 
Second Part (2:10 - 3:25)- Transition. Other Selves appear as superimposed singers. After a period of time in the sauna your mind starts to transform and become one with all million possible realities. Your mind (played by Allyson Foster) is freestyle squaredancing alone in an abandoned garage, free from preconceptions, stretching the meaning of cultural signifiers such as “sauna” or “cowboy”.  
Third Part (3:25 - 5:22)- Climax. Who are you? Other Selves (Allyson Foster and Ashley Eriksson) are fully vivid, singing in pure tones, shredding on fiddle, enjoying gum, masterfully lassoing, bopping to an unheard rhythm. The hay bales are wet and rotting, a symbol of the old body you have just shed. There is carpet in the garage now. She has a black eye. Total annihilation. The words “wild west” finally have meaning, the national identity of Finland and a weather beaten blue tarp. A new world is here. Everything is constantly blooming. 
Idea and directing by Allyson Foster
Other idea and other directing and editing by Phil Elverum
Camera borrowed from Industrious Industries (Anacortes)
Lights borrowed from Ashley and Eli (Whidbey)
Wet hay bales borrowed from the neighbors.
Garage lent by the Sturgeon family.
Costumes by Value Village and Flip Elvrum.
Refineries by Tesoro Oil Corp.
There was no craft services.
The rain was totally crazy. 
Music performed by Phil Elverum, Geneviève Castrée, Allyson Foster, and Ashley Eriksson
This is an abbreviated video version of the song. The full song is 10 minutes long. 
from the album Sauna
"ELV036" in early 2015 from
P.W. Elverum & Sun
box 1561
Anacortes, Wash.
U.S.A. 98221

Monday, January 26, 2015


I'm off to a lousy start, having missed the first of this week's six consecutive nights of shows.  While I'm here working tonight at the home office of Music Dissolves Water enterprises, Brooklyn's The World/Inferno Friendship Society are playing at The Earl and I'm not in the audience. 

I've never seen them, so I'm not going to pretend to be some sort of authority on their music.  I get a Gogol Bordello/Firewater kind of vibe from their videos, and some of the song titles from their recent album The Anarchy and the Ecstasy tell a lot about them:  I Am Sick of People Being Sick of My Shit, Canonize Philip K. Dick, OK?, They Talk of Nora's Badness, and The Politics of Passing Out.

The week's still young as we continue the countdown to Saturday night and Zola Jesus, and then the New England Patriots' total domination in the Superb Owl.


Sunday, January 25, 2015

The Week Ahead

The winter of my discontent is about to come to an end.  After months of few to no shows in town, there will be a show every night of the week starting tomorrow.  There's no way I'm going to be able to make all of this, but here's the schedule:


If this is a little too intense for you, there's "nice" bands GEMS and Vacationer playing the same night at Vinyl.


We saw Antibalas (without Zap Mama) at the 40-Watt in Athens back during Rocktober 2012, and some of the finest Afrobeat music being performed today since the passing of Fela Kuti is coming back to Georgia to play at the Variety Playhouse.


To be honest, this one's in here somewhat as filler, but if you're late jumping on board the music train this week, this is as good a place to start as any.


This one I've got tickets for, which is a good thing because it's sold out.  In other words, if you don't have a ticket yet, you're probably not going, unless you're willing to bribe a doorman or pretend to be a roadie or something.


Hometown band playing at a low-key, late-night club.  It's always a treat catching these guys, and Cousin Dan, who "stars" in the video above, will be doing a dj set.


This is kind of a major event in my little corner of Music-Nerd World, and I bought my tickets back when the show was first announced. I don't think she's played here since Rocktober 2011 and am surprised that the show hasn't sold out.  Also, former Dirty Projector Angel Deradoorian, who we saw open for Animal Collective and as a member of Avey Tare's Slasher Flicks, opens.  This is going to be great.

So that's the week.  If you can make all of these shows, you're a better fan than I,  On Sunday, we can all finally take a break and rest at home and watch the New England Patriots defeat the Seattle Seahawks in the Superb Owl.

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Pure Bathing Culture

Pure Bathing Culture at The Drunken Unicorn, April 6, 2013
While I typically don't like videos where the performance is interrupted by an interview, this one's actually not too bad and music of Portland's Pure Bathing Culture really shines through toward the end.

Friday, January 23, 2015

Dude, I Was There!

This is the Atlanta music scene with which I'm familiar - no guns and no shootings, just graffiti artists and Little Tybee.