Mount Eerie, much like that first robin of spring, brings joy/music to the West Coast on tour

Mount Eerie, much like that first robin of spring, brings joy/music to the West Coast on tour

The ever-prolific Phil Elverum (perhaps better known as the man behind Mount Eerie) is taking his lo-fi earthy show on the road again this spring and he’s bringing some special friends. Mount Eerie will appear at festivals, universities, and swingin’ hotspots across the West Coast, performing songs and out-arting the art school kids. But it’s not all about the Anacortes, WA-based musician this year — oh no! In fact, Mr. Elverum and co. are about to release recordings by their spring tourmates Key Losers and Nicholas Krgovich in May, to guide our collective way into the warmer, more hopeful seasons, just as the biblical Noah released that one, gleaming, wonderful dove into the world to bring him back a symbol that the floods were abating, or perhaps to just find a nearby Jimmy John’s location.*

Anyway, sometime in late May P.W. Elverum & Sun, the record label arm of the Mount Eerie world, plans to release California Lite, an LP/download by Katy Davidson (Dear Nora, Lloyd & Michael, solo work) and an unnamed Anacortes supergroup. The mouthpiece of the Anacorteans has already described the LP as “unanimously pre-designated as a classic album.” P.W.E. & S. also has a 7-inch single by fellow tourmate Nicholas Krgovich (No Kids, Mount Eerie) scheduled for a similarly enigmatic late-May 2011 release.

* Note: the release of these recordings is actually not like that at all.


03.11.11 - Portland, OR - The Artistery
04.23.11 - Portland, OR - Lewis & Clark College’s “Sunburn” festival
05.12.11 - Seattle, WA - Seattle Occultural Music Festival
05.23.11 - TBA *
05.24.11 - Eureka, CA - TBA *
05.25.11 - Stanford, CA - Stanford University *
05.26.11 - San Francisco, CA - LAF Excelsior *
05.27.11 - Los Angeles, CA - Center for the Arts *
05.28.11 - TBA *
05.29.11 - San Diego, CA - Che Cafe *
05.30.11 - Oakland, CA - Lobot *
05.31.11 - Placerville, CA - Cozmic Cafe *
06.01.11 - Grass Valley, CA - The Tin House *
06.02.11 - Portland, OR - TBA *
06.03.11 - Seattle, WA - Vera Project *
07.15.11 - Anacortes, WA - What the Heck? Festival

* Key Losers and Nicholas Krgovich

• Mount Eerie/P.W. Elverum & Sun:

‘Anonymous’ hacker group attacks BMI website over file-sharing stance, BMI retaliates by leaking their debut album Hack’n & Sack’n

Matthew Lillard and his rollerblade gang — more specifically, the branch known as ‘Anonymous’ — have struck again. Late Tuesday night, the hacker collective best known for a) targeting credit card companies that had shut off donations to WikiLeaks and b) promoting bad Alan Moore adaptations made their next move as part of “Operation Payback,” launching a distributed denial of service attack on the website of royalty-collecting organization BMI. After being taken offline temporarily, returned to the internet and assured everyone that the Sheriff of Nottingham was back to making his rounds.

Anonymous have issued an open letter explaining the DDoS attack:

We have seen BMI consistently legislate copyright and consequently have decided to take action to show the people will not stand for its crimes against the public. This is a message to you and other corporations like you: We will not stand this abuse anymore. No company shall take advantage of our government to churn out profits and censor information in any form. This is unacceptable and will be dealt with accordingly by Anonymous. We are not pirates, we are not hackers in our mother’s basement. We are Anonymous. We do not forgive, we do not forget, you should have expected us.

Nerds these days… they’ve got panache! This week’s scuffle with BMI marks a return to the sorts of copyright-related attacks Anonymous was launching fairly frequently a year ago as part of “Operation Payback,” when they aimed their digital crosshairs at the likes of Web Sheriff, the MPAA, and the RIAA. Man, with all the publicity these guys are getting, I’m thinking of starting a rival group called ‘Synonymous.’ Who’s with me? Our first target:!

• Anonymous:
• BMI:

Arctic Monkeys title new album Suck It and See because they’re so damn controversial and working-class and shit

UK/European Readers, please read here:

Whoa, can you guys believe that it’s only been two years since THE Arctic Monkeys, one of the most fab bands in recent history, released their last epic tour-de-force record of dominating awesomeness? And now, even though they could easily be resting on their laurels as one of the most large-looming and culturally pervasive bands in a generation, they’re already hitting it hard again with a new album, entitled Suck It and See! (Really!) The new record was once again produced by local bloke James Ford of Simian Mobile Disco (he helped out a bit on the last one too, alongside that talented yank Josh Homme), and with a title like that, I think we can expect that the snide, wise-ass, street-tough attitude for which we all know and love will be ratcheted up another notch! In fact, since you probably can’t wait, you can check out the video for the lead single. I don’t know about you, but I’m pretty chuffed! The bloody thing is off to record shoppes on June 6 via Domino, followed by some tourdates across the pond and here at home. So let’s all make our plans now to drive on the left side of the road to go pick up a copy! Hip, hip, hooray!

US Readers, please read here:

So, apparently that one “Let’s Fuck on Dance Floor” band is still a thing. I can’t understand a damn word they say cuz they’re all British and shit, but they have an album coming out June 7 called I’m Hot Blooded, Check It and See or something, and they’re playing some random shows here. Not P4k though. So whatevs.

Suck It and See:

01. She’s Thunderstorms
02. Black Treacle
03. Brick by Brick
04. The Hellcat Spangled Shalalala
05. Don’t Sit Down ‘Cause I’ve Moved Your Chair
06. Library Pictures
07. All My Own Stunts
08. Reckless Serenade
09. Piledriver Waltz
10. Love Is a Laserquest
11. Suck It and See
12. That’s Where You’re Wrong


05.17.11 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club
05.18.11 - Philadelphia, PA - The Electric Factory
05.19.11 - Boston, MA - House of Blues
05.21.11 - Toronto, ON - Kool Haus
05.22.11 - Montreal, QC - L’Olympia
05.24.11 - New York, NY - Rumsey Playfield
05.26.11 - Detroit, MI - Clutch Cargoes
05.27.11 - Milwaukee, WI - The Rave
05.28.11 - Minneapolis, MN - First Avenue
05.30.11 - Denver, CO - The Ogden Theatre
05.31.11 - Salt Lake City, UT - In the Venue
06.03.11 - Los Angeles, CA - Hollywood Palladium
06.10.11 - Sheffield, UK - Don Valley Bowl *
06.11.11 - Sheffield, UK - Don Valley Bowl ^
06.26.11 - Roeser, Luxembourg - Rock A Field Festival
07.01.11 - Werchter, Belgium - Rock Werchter
07.08.11 - Kinross, Scotland - T in the Park
07.14.11 - Meco, Portugal - Super Bock Super Rock Festival
07.17.11 - Bern, Switzerland - Gurten Festival
07.29-31.11 - Naeba Ski Resort, Japan - Fuji Rock Festival
08.20-21.11 - Staffordshire, UK - V Festival
09.03.11 - Bologna, Italy - I-Day Festival

• Arctic Monkeys:
• Domino:

Face to Face reunite for a new album and tour; time to dig out those Punk-O-Rama compilations

Dust off your Punk-O-Rama compilations and shine up the spikes on your black leather jackets, because Face to Face are reuniting! Yes, the California punkers that you would listen to when you weren’t listening to NOFX or Guttermouth (remember them?) are back with a new album and a full US tour to support it. The album is entitled Laugh Now… Laugh Later and is due out May 17 on Antagonist Records/Century Media. Pre-orders for both the album and concert tickets are available now from Face to Face’s website.

Laugh Now… Laugh Later tracklisting:

01. Should Anything Go Wrong
02. It’s All About You
03. The Invisible Hand
04. Bombs Away
05. Blood in the Water
06. What You Came For
07. I Don’t Mind and You Don’t Matter
08. Stopgap
09. All For Nothing
10. Pushover
11. Under The Wreckage

Face the Faces on tour:

04.27.11 - Vancouver, BC - Commodore Ballroom
04.28.11 - Kelowna, BC - Sunplex Arena
04.29.11 - Edmonton, AB - The Starlite Room
04.30.11 - Calgary, AL - Macewan Hall Ballroom
05.01.11 - Saskatoon, SK - Louis’ Pub
05.02.11 - Winnipeg, MB - West End Cultural Center
05.04.11 - Minneapolis, MN - First Avenue
05.05.11 - Chicago, IL - The Bottom Lounge
05.06.11 - Milwaukee, WI - The Rave
05.07.11 - Covington, KY - Madiosn Theatre
05.08.11 - Detroit, MI - Majestic Theatre
05.10.11 - Cleveland, OH - Peabody’s Down Under
05.11.11 - Buffalo, NY - The Town Ballroom
05.12.11 - Toronto, ON - Phoenix Concert Theatre
05.13.11 - Montreal, QC - Olympia Theatre
05.14.11 - Boston, MA - The Paradise
05.15.11 - Portland, ME - Port City Music Hall
05.17.11 - Providence, RI - Lupo’s Heartbreak Hotel
05.18.11 - New York, NY - Best Buy Theatre
05.19.11 - New Haven, CT - Toad’s Place
05.20.11 - Sayreville, NJ - Starland Ballroom
05.21.11 - Philadelphia, PA - Trocadero
05.22.11 - Baltimore, MD - Rams Head Live!
05.23.11 - Washington, DC - Black Cat
05.24.11 - Norfolk, VA - The NorVa
05.25.11 - Asheville, NC - The Orange Peel
05.26.11 - Atlanta, GA - The Masquerade
05.27.11 - Lake Buena Vista, FL - House Of Blues
05.28.11 - Ft. Lauderdale, FL - Revolution
05.29.11 - St. Petersburg, FL - State Theatre
06.01.11 - New Orleans, LA - House Of Blues
06.02.11 - Houston, TX - Warehouse Live
06.04.11 - San Antonio, TX - White Rabbit
06.05.11 - Dallas, TX - Granada Theater

• Face to Face:

David Lynch curates charity comp with exclusive tracks from Tom Waits, Iggy Pop, and the man behind Winkie’s

In the magical unicorn-scented, doppelganger-filled whirlwind of mysterious small-town crime and rabbit people that is David Lynch’s career, news that the filmmaker/meditation advocate/artist is releasing a charity compilation might not seem all that amazing — but it is! Oh, it is. You see, this charity comp is a star-studded affair, with tracks handpicked by Mr. Lynch himself. (Okay, maybe he didn’t actually pick them up and set them aside in a “yes” pile with his own genius hands, but he probably did say, “Yes! That Iggy Pop track!” in that special, kinda nasally voice he has, before going off to read the Los Angeles weather report on YouTube and drink some of his David Lynch-brand coffee. Imagine it. Yes — it’s like you’re really there!)

These are exclusive tracks, see, set to benefit the David Lynch Foundation, which is dedicated to teaching “stress-reducing, health-promoting meditation to one million at-risk youth and 10,000 veterans with PTSD,” and not, like, buying tons and tons of donuts (although that could be good, too). For $18, the DLF will unveil 17 downloadable tracks over the course of the next seven weeks from the likes of Tom Waits, Iggy Pop, Peter Gabriel, Ben Folds, Moby, and a whole host of others. The offer expires in a few weeks and is available right here.

• David Lynch:
• DLF:

Will Oldham and Elisa Ambrogio embark on audiobook tour, with music by Ben Chasny to keep everyone awake

Time to start sporting your most fashionable bifocals, illiterate music fans, because come April you’ll likely be shuffling back and forth to some heady literary audio! Spurred on by fellow labelmate Bill Callahan’s recent string of tourdates where he swapped a guitar for a well-worn copy of Letters to Emma Bowlcut, Will Oldham (a.k.a. belly-jiggling Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy) and Elisa Ambrogio (a.k.a. the sturm und drang of Magik Markers) are pairing up for a series of live readings along the East Coast. Why no guitars/drums/git fiddles on these dates? Because Oldham has a rather unusual release to celebrate, that’s why.

On April 19, Drag City will release their very first audiobook — a five-CD, six-and-a-half-hour version of Rudolph Wurlitzer’s 1984 novel Slow Fade, read by Oldham with some help from D.V. DeVincentis. (I just looked up who D.V. DeVincentis is, and apparently he was a “Vampire Underling” in Blade. Sounds like he’s got the goods.) The mini-tour promoting the book will commence a week later in Brookline, Massachusetts, and wrap up soon after in the Big Apple. Joining Oldham and Ambrogio on these dates is Ben Chasny (of Six Organs of Admittance and Rangda and August Born and Badgerlore and Comets on Fire and Basalt Fingers and 200 Years) and he’s BRINGING HIS GUITAR!!! [thunderous applause]

Now let’s say you attend one of these shows and find yourself caught up in Wurlitzer’s story but don’t want to listen to Will Oldham speak at you for over six hours. Per usual, Drag City has a solution: wait patiently in your armchair until June 21, when Slow Fade is re-released as an actual novel! Then you can even record yourself reading the novel, and put out a rival audiobook on your own label!!

For those wondering about this mysterious author and book, let’s whet your appetite with a few fun facts. Rudolph Wurlitzer’s first novel — 1969’s Nog — was met with acclaim by Thomas effing Pynchon. Damn. Wurlitzer has also written some classic screenplays, such as Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid and Two-Lane Blacktop. An unproduced screenplay titled Zebulon was the main inspiration for Jim Jarmusch’s Dead Man, a.k.a. the greatest film of all time. As for Slow Fade, here’s a nugget from Jonathan Rosenbaum:

The story alternates between [Wesley] Hardin in Santa Fe, Mexico, and New York — shooting a last-stand Western until the producer blows the whistle and shuts off the funds, generating a cinéma vérité chronicle of his own life — and A.D. and Walker writing their script on the road, so that each movement in the present is complemented by an additional piece of the past uncovered. Apart from generating a respectable amount of plot suspense, this narrative counterpoint allows Wurlitzer to pursue a satirical bent as he charts both fantasy trips, which becomes a contrast between the spiritual excesses of two generations: Yosemite Sam and Mr. Natural, each on a suicide mission.

There’s only one remaining question: can Slow Fade possibly reach the same literary heights as Neil Hagerty’s Victory Chimp? I think not.

Readings (and music):

04.26.11 - Brookline, MA - The Coolidge Corner
04.27.11 - Montague, MA - Montague Bookmill
04.28.11 - Hudson, NY - Basilica
04.29.11 - Brooklyn, NY - Spoonbill and Sugartown Booksellers (afternoon)
04.29.11 - New York, NY - Anthology Film Archives (evening)

• Rudolph Wurlitzer:
• Will Oldham:
• Magik Markers:
• Ben Chasny:
• Drag City: