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The Microphones is the name of a project that Anacortes, WA’s Phil Elvrum has headed since the late 90s. Its sound is best described as lo-fi “fuzz folk,” ranging from drum-crashing, bass-thrashing sonic freakouts, strummy classical guitar love songs, angelic vocal choirs, and almost-whispered vocals over harmoniums and bell kits. In 2004, Elverum abandoned the “Microphones” name to begin recording as Mount Eerie. But in December 2007, he began selling a new 7” single by the Microphones (“Don’t Smoke” / “Get Off The Internet”) on his website and at concerts, suggesting that the project is not yet over. Microphones members/collaborators include Karl Blau, Dennis Driscoll, Kyle Field aka Little Wings, Mirah, Khaela Maricich aka The Blow, Adrian Orange aka Thanksgiving, Adam Forkner and K Records’ founder, Calvin Johnson of Beat Happening and The Halo Benders.


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  • EndOfNovember

    This is "life changing" good.

    25 Jul 11:11am Reply
  • Dawngaward

    shoegaze folk

    18 Jul 6:57am Reply
  • zombinella

    uhm c:

    9 Jul 5:05pm Reply
  • Grycho

    I came in thinking this was just some band, and instead was introduced to an entire world that this man has apparently been personally building since I was still in diapers. Elverum's work (as well as his artistic vision in general) is honestly some of the most inspiring content I've ever had the fortune of coming across.

    8 Jul 6:37pm Reply
  • jpzitoleopold

    Tests is a good album, so damn underrated.

    25 Jun 11:51pm Reply
  • xn0153x

    Solar System might just be the best song ever...

    22 Jun 10:02am Reply
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    17 Jun 7:54pm Reply
  • matt1337c

    Reminder that this video of Phil Elverum rapping is the greatest video on the internet:

    16 Jun 2:53am Reply
  • ThePich

    Come on let's put babby Phil on the front

    13 Jun 6:56pm Reply
  • Iansallgirlband

    Mount Eerie (the album, not the band) is probably closer to perfect than any album i've heard.

    3 Jun 9:17pm Reply
  • jpzitoleopold

    their last album is amazing. "the sun" is probably one of the greatest things i've ever heard

    21 May 9:40am Reply
  • charliethebrown

    The Glow Pt.2 the best album ever!

    3 Apr 8:17am Reply
  • ilyshane

    anybody got a download link to the microphone cassette, tugboat fiasco and wires + cords?

    11 Mar 1:18am Reply
  • privetplastik

    it's just another world, the whole world with its own demons, pain and fears. it took me a week to compleatly steep in the music, bit i cant stop listening to it now.

    26 Feb 6:09pm Reply
  • naotas_forehead

    Actually, Don't Wake Me Up is quite possibly his best album

    17 Feb 2:59am Reply
  • m1a100

    The worst thing about The Microphones' ending is the fact that, maybe, I'll never realize my dream of experiencing listening to "Samurai World" live, in the same fashion of the album version ;----;

    30 Jan 4:32pm Reply
  • Feli_

    omg. i slightly feel a big love growing for this

    28 Jan 1:52am Reply
  • mahgeneration

    The Glow Pt 2 is the perfect winter album.

    15 Jan 10:50am Reply
  • spuuf

    it is criminal how Don't Wake Me Up is not being discussed here

    14 Jan 8:09pm Reply
  • SaltyJedi

    I'm pretty disappointed that this is just a circle jerk to The Glow Pt. 2. That's not even his best work, so I highly recommend checking out more albums by The Microphones! (It Was Hot; We Stayed In the Water)

    9 Jan 12:39am Reply
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