1. Mt. Eerie (Phil Elverum) covers Bjork's "Undo" with some audience participation. Recorded at the old Vera Project space Seattle, WA Nov. 5th 2005

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  2. Two friends (Matt and Laurel) and I (Craig) drove from Salem Oregon to the Department of Safety in Anacortes to see the Mt. Eerie concert. Phil was playing songs that would become 'No Flashlight.' He played an acoustic guitar, and he would tap the drum beat on the guitar, and then say something like, now pretend that the beat continues like that throughout the song. Sometimes he would play the drum beat throughout the song so that we didn't have to imagine.

    I recorded the concert using a video camera. I think the quality of the sound is pretty good, and I would like to post it online at some point, unless Phil doesn't want it posted. During the concert, a cell phone rang, interrupting one of the songs. Then Phil stopped and was pretty pissed off. About five minutes later, another cell phone rang, and he stopped in the middle of his song and said something like 'okay, everyone turn off their cell phones. right now.' And he ranted a little bit about Jared Diamond's 'Collapse'. He continued the set, and in the middle of another song, another cell phone rang, and Phil was furious. (I wonder if someone made their cell phone ring on purpose.) I can't remember what he said, but then he apologized for being such an asshole about the cell phones, but then also said that he was still pissed off. If I was him, I would have been annoyed.

    One nice thing about Phil's concerts is that he asks the audience if they have any questions. Not always. But sometimes. In this concert Laurel - who doesn't listen to the Microphones or Mt. Eerie - asked Phil what 'Mount Eerie' is or means. Phil's response is ambiguous, he doesn't seem to know... it's what he's trying to explain. I liked how simple a question it is.

    The interview came about because Matt (the interviewer) and I were both doing an independent study filmmaking class, and somehow this fit into it. I'm not sure how it fit, as we both proposed to make other films, which we made, but somehow this was part of the class. I'm glad it was.

    I really like these two interviews, part 1 and part 2. I've done another interview with Phil in 2006, after a Thanksgiving concert. But it doesn't capture the same sort of moment that this does. I mean, pt. 1 was nearly perfect, since it was one take, 3 minutes, and very unplanned. Both Matt and Phil are good at responding in the moment. The camera was not intimidating to either of them. I thought that the only flaw was Matt and my pre-conceived idea to have even the camera person be asked questions. It didn't work out very well. I hope you enjoy it.

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  3. Matt Iverson is the interviewer in this video. He has a strong memory.

    Last spring he worked on a plot of land trying to make a sustainable farm-type-thing out of it. I've talked to him only rarely as of late (mid-2007).

    Last time I talked to him, he was excited about mapping fruit and nut trees in a google document. He noticed that in Eugene, there was a lot of wasted fruit on the ground. Free wasted food.

    Phil is the creator of the Microphones/Mt Eerie. I especially like the album 'Mt. Eerie' by the Microphones because it feels like a vast expanse, an alternate universe. Here is his website: pwelverumandsun.com.

    Here's mine: whatwonder.com

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  4. P.W. Elverum plays a solo set at Open End Gallery in Chicago.

    I went to this show to get an interview for my documentary on Thax Douglas, but ended up recording Phil's entire performance. Couldn't help myself.

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  5. Judah and I shot a ton of footage at What The Heck Fest that we plan on editing together, but I couldn't resist uploading this clip when I imported all the footage.

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