The announcements weren’t over with this morning’s news of September 13th’s Saul WIlliams / Dessa show. We have another special Thursday concert to announce, along with the acts that will round out the various festivals we have lined up for you throughout August on the Terrace. No frills here; let’s get right to it.
Mount Eerie is the lo-fi indie rock moniker of Olympia, Washington’s Phil Elverum. From 1998 to 2003, Elverum gained a following and record deal with Olympia legend Calvin Johnson‘s K Records while fronting The Microphones, a collaborative project behind which Elverum was the principal member. After 2003’s Mount Eerie album as The Microphones, Elverum announced that the project was complete, and that his new focus would be a solo venture named after the The Microphones’ previous album. His material as Mount Eerie is more solitary, leaving behind the frenzied instrumentation and layered vocals for a more intimate, personal aesthetic.
The most recent creation of the almost-decade-old project is a series of two albums – May’s Clear Moon, and September-scheduled Ocean Roar. Pitchfork raved about Clear Moon, honoring it with the elusive title of ‘Best New Music’ with a a score of 8.3. The ideas for the albums were both conceived, according to Elverum, in walks from his home to the studio. He shared details with Tiny Mix Tapes on how the albums serve as foils to one another, as “[Ocean Roar] acts as a counterpoint to the soft synth walls and landscape pondering of Clear Moon, presenting the opposite of that album’s clear glints of awareness: a total wall of blue-grey oceanic fog, a half remembered dream of a trip through dense old growth hills to the gnarly winter ocean, in the middle of the night, decades ago.”
Luckily for us, we’ll be able to listen to Clear Moon on September 4th, days before he plays Music Hall here in Madison on Thursday, September 6th. Some of you may be a little stumped as to why the show won’t be in one of our normal locations at Memorial Union or Union South. The simple answer is that we think this Victorian Gothic venue located at the foot of Bascom Hill is perfect for the intimate aesthetic of Mount Eerie’s music. We think you’ll agree, so you’ll want to come out on Thursday, September 6th to experience it yourself.
Speaking of things you’ll want to experience, you may have noticed we have a series of festivals lined up for the end of the summer Terrace schedule. These include Country Fest on August 11th, Blues Fest the weekend of August 17th and 18th, Funk Fest on August 24th and 25th, and Reggae Fest on the last day of August and first day of September. The lineups to those festivals are now complete with the additions of Vintage Red to Country Fest, Paul Flipowicz Blues Guitar Savage to Blues Fest, and Kingtown Rockers and Dumate to Reggae Fest. Check below for the full lineups of each festival.
As always, head over to the updated calendar to see all the shows we’ve got lined up thus far. Thanks for making this a fantastic summer so far on the Terrace.
8/11/12 Country Fest: Hoyle Brothers, Ghost Town Council, Vintage Red – The Terrace: Memorial Union
8/17/12 Blues Fest, Day 1: Cash Box Kings, Rockin’ Johnny and Mary Lane, Paul Flipowicz Blues Guitar Savage – The Terrace: Memorial Union
8/18/12 Blues Fest, Day 2: The Right Now, Kane Place Record Club, Johnny Chimes and Gatur Bait – The Terrace: Memorial Union
8/24/12 Funk Fest, Day 1: Tweed Funk, The Mustache – The Terrace: Memorial Union
8/25/12 Funk Fest, Day 2: Mama Digdown’s Brass Band, Afro-Zep – The Terrace: Memorial Union
8/31/12 Reggae Fest, Day 1: Roots Collective, Kingtown Rockers – The Terrace: Memorial Union
9/1/12 Reggae Fest, Day 2: Taki Allstars, Dumate – The Terrace: Memorial Union
9/6/12 Mount Eerie – Music Hall (925 Bascom Mall)
9/13/12 Saul Williams Presents CHORUS — A Spoken Word Tour, with a special monologue performance by Dessa – The Terrace: Memorial Union