How To Be A Mountain Within A Brutal American Culture

February 6, 2015 1:24 PM

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How To Be A Mountain Within A Brutal American Culture

Like many of his fans, my obsession with Phil Elverum certainly borders on being far too fanboy-ish, especially considering the low-key nature of his songs and the relatively small level of fame that has come from his two musical projects, the currently ongoing Mount Eerie and the earlier work as The Microphones. In high school, "I'm a Pearl Diver" from the "Song Islands" compilation of rarities would soundtrack my drives to track practice in a Northern Virginia suburb. In college, I'd run concerts for the radio station and just about every year send Elverum an email in the hopes he might leave his home in Anacortes, Washington, and travel all the way across the country to Colonial Williamsburg. At one point, I tried to organize various bands nationwide to release a covers album of Microphones songs and, although it was cringe-worthy going back to our email exchange -- due to my over-enthusiasm -- it was obviously cool to remember Elverum had been so nice, saying that he was "flattered."

In 2001, a little more than a week after Sept. 11, Elverum released "The Glow Pt. 2" as The Microphones, his most iconic work. At the time, although the site was still in its fledgling early days, Pitchfork named "Glow" the best album of the year, beating out Radiohead's "Amnesiac," The White Stripe...

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