ELV033: DUST by Phil Elverum : 132 pg. hardcover book (plus 48 pg. booklet)

$38

DUST is an “art book” of new photographs by Phil Elverum. There are no words. There is no narrative. These are clear images of a world in color, moments of depth and eeriness found on solitary walks and international drives. The images were made at home (Anacortes, Wash.) and all over the world (in the quiet moments found during Mount Eerie tours), but the where is not the point. The point is the breath of the unknown that a strange new image can breathe from a page if one sits still and looks at it.

They are arranged in pairs, the page spreads building a crucial interplay that creates a third, invisible, internal world as one looks, prompting a wordless conversation between the two images and the viewer. Pairs of rich and mysterious photographs, beautifully printed and bound in black stamped coarse linen. Inside the back cover is a secondary booklet containing 48 photographs.




MADE IN ANACORTES : DELUXE BRASS PIN : very rare small emblem

$29

Limited edition of 40 deluxe brass pins, 1.5” wide. These were made at Anacortes Brass Works, a rare opportunity for us to participate in the local heavy-manufacturing industry. They are just down the street from us and they make niiice stuff. Seriously.

This pin is straight up jewelery. It is made of hand-cast hand-polished brass with a tough screw-down toothed clasp on the back, plus a stamp that says “Anacortes Brass Works 2014”. They come in special jewelery boxes with a letterpressed band. Yes, we realize it’s a little bit much to be releasing a(nother) fancy coffee table book and a fancy decorative spangle at the same time, but what the heck.

The story with the design: It comes originally from a freestyle painting done by Kyle Field around 2001 and later used as the cover of Song Islands by the Microphones. I never wanted to have a “logo” for this P.W. Elverum & Sun project (or anything else) since the idea of a branded logo seems to come from somewhere at the cold pole far opposite “wild creativity”, but over the years this floating head doodle has insisted its way into many designs and iterations. It is time to admit that this is our flag. The mysterious face and the non-human sweetness are an emblem, a reminder, of that wild creativity that all these projects are about. I see it and I hear distant music. Why not wear one?




ELV035: HALF-EATEN GUITAR by Wyrd Visions : LP+download

$15

P.W. Elverum & Sun is seriously thrilled to announce the release of the long lost artifact known as “HALF-EATEN GUITAR”, the only full album ever recorded by the Swedish-Canadian musician/sorcerer known as WYRD VISIONS (also known as Colin Bergh of Toronto).

This record seemingly emerged from a northern bog in 2006 and has dominated our attention ever since. Meanwhile the first pressing quickly sold out (by Blue Fog Recordings of Toronto) and the rest of North America somehow lived on undisturbed. Finally P.W. Elverum & Sun is bringing a new pressing into existence, newly mastered, freshly designed with embossed jackets and fancy printed sleeves and a free download.

These recordings are truly eerie. If one were to imagine the music of a pagan Nordic culture, surrounded by stone and birch, taking cues from a broad grey sky, building a boat by candlelight, creating ceremonies from scratch… this would be that music. This is ancient and northern music, undistracted by the icons that divert orthodox black metal into corniness, unconcerned with adolescent ideas of authenticity. The actual spirit of the mythical northern mental landscape, the bog in mid-winter, has never been captured more perfectly than this.

Stark instrumentation and intricate playing create a thick world, a window into a very real ceremony: A single drum. A breathing reed organ. A voice. A wooden guitar being digested and transformed into a message written across the night sky.




“Firewood Industry, Tarped Woodpile, Tie Downs, Failing Roof, Load Loss, Compost Pile, Tacoma Spill, Dying Light: pictures & texts & myths” / a zween by Carson Churchill
12 pages + letterpressed cover, full color, 5” x 17”, edition of 91

$5

Poems from a young man in the Pacific Northwest in 2013, living simultaneously on the fringes of and totally within our crazy real modern times; the romance of pastoral subsistence simultaneously embraced, mastered, and mocked. There is no escape from the present moment. Casting a fishing line into a pre-dawn river, a craigslist appointment on the mind. In these poems (sent to the publisher via text message) beautiful scenes of wholesome eternity are economically juxtaposed with references to beef jerky, Mr. Pibb, Smashing Pumpkins, Ram Dass, Rihanna, bumper stickers, Wild Waves, and so on. Reading this, one remembers that nothing is real, everything is true. All pages are illustrated by full color photographs.




JNR150: Emptiness (version) by Mount Eerie : FLEXI 7”

$12

This one-song flexi single is a weird rarity. It was part of a subscription series that Joyful Noise Recordings released. We have just 32 copies of the single available here.

The song is an incomplete version of the song Emptiness which will appear in full on the forthcoming album Sauna in early 2015. Being a flexi, the sound quality is relatively low. The cover is just a wordless image of the moon on the water and a Washington state ferry. No big deal.


ELV034: Pre-Human Ideas by Mount Eerie : LP+download

$17

This is an unusual release for Mount Eerie for many reasons. Here are some of them:

  • overtly recorded on a computer (as opposed to the customary extreme 100% analog style)
  • pretty weird human portrait on the cover (as opposed to a non-personal place-focus)
  • totally synthetic voices, digitally garbled (as opposed to legible and literate human tones)
  • no new songs (as opposed to the perception that Mount Eerie is “prolific”)
  • there is no such thing as a difference between “nature” and “not nature”, it is all wild

These are strange computer recordings of pre-existing Mount Eerie songs, mostly from Clear Moon and Ocean Roar (2012), made post-album-release as exploratory and instructional demos to teach the songs to various touring bands. What’s new here are the added layers of severely pitch shifted and autotuned voices singing newly written lyrics, almost like new songs layered over the old ones, expanding and clarifying the ideas. These songs keep growing, and here they are given new life in cascading walls of MIDI instruments with a voice digitally posing as a hoarse woman or a rough older man. These are strange tones. An alien wonder enters the room.

Note: the first and last tracks are organ compositions previously buried within other songs, totally analog, totally rich, made audible here as complete and penetrable pieces of music.



ELV034-PIC: Pre-Human Ideas by Mount Eerie : PICTURE-DISC VERSION

$28

Same music as the “regular” version of Pre-Human Ideas but on a picture disc, in a silkscreened heavy sleeve, no paper jacket, with a download card. This version is limited to 300 copies.
NOTE: The silkscreened picture-disc sleeves are all different. We printed them ourselves and it was an insane process involving gnarly chemicals and methlab masks and unimaginable complications. They are all beautiful in their own way. Don’t be surprised when the picture disc you receive does not match the image.



XRA043: Live In Bloomington, Sept. 30th, 2011 by Mount Eerie : LP+download

$15

This is an LP of a high quality recording of a Mount Eerie show that happened in the fall of 2011 when we were on our way to open for the band Earth for some shows in The South. It was an unusual version of the band, consisting of 2 keyboard players (NK and JC) and minimal over-reverbed twang guitar, plus singers. It’s very keyboardy and has no drums, which is nice. The Bloomington show was held at Russian Recording, a straight up recording studio, so we were lucky to have the show documented by the experts that know what they’re doing. This LP was released by XRA Records, we are merely distributing it.


OR: download here

ELV027: Clear Moon/Ocean Roar (condensed versions) by Mount Eerie : 7”

$5

What is this? It is simple. Side A is all the songs from Clear Moon played at the same time on top of each other. Side B is all the songs from Ocean Roar played at the same time on top of each other. No further explanation necessary.


ELV026: Ocean Roar by Mount Eerie : LP+download

$17

Ocean Roar is part two in a pair of new Mount Eerie albums this year. It 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. This album is the audio equivalent of the blanket of thick dark water vapor that covers the Pacific Northwest for most of the year, revealing only brief glimpses of illumination. Ocean Roar is perhaps more experimental than the average album. Calling these things “songs” only loosely applies. These are closer to studies in sound, attempts to alter the way the brain experiences its surroundings after being subjected to endless chords, repeating note flurries, stretched drones. It’s “psychedelic” in same way as seasickness or vertigo. Warmth and distortion, burning driftwood, 9 months of rain.

The packaging is pretty rad: blue foil stamped ink lettering, heavy tip-on jackets, conceptually consistent black vinyl, sweet download cards, full color lyric/photo booket, nice bag, cool sticker. The bar continues to be raised.


OR: download here

ELV025: Clear Moon by Mount Eerie : LP+download

$17

(Click the picture to see a display of what you’ll receive.)

Here’s some explanatory promotional text:
In this first of two new albums planned for release in 2012, Mount Eerie presents a monumental work of depth and maturity. These are songs about a quiet life in and around a small northwest town, usually buried in fog, and the unexpected moments of clarity that briefly flash through. Clear Moon is the resonant lone bell symbol, the glint in the water, the sudden breath.

After all the world-touring that followed the release of Wind’s Poem, Phil Elverum has spent 2 years establishing a new recording studio, “the Unknown”, in an old de-sanctified church in Anacortes, Washington. These 2 new albums, Clear Moon and Ocean Roar (due in September), are the first Mount Eerie recordings to be released from the new old space. You can hear the giant wooden cathedral room in these songs. Vast echo, resonating gongs, impenetrable walls of thickness, and always a voice cutting through the fog, moon-like.

The sound is not lo-fi as it is sometimes called. It’s also not hi-fi. These are just crazy recordings, bigger and deeper than any real- life fjord. It’s 100% analog, and it is a sound that can only come from 15 months of studio solitude, crushing tape, riding waves of fake strings, finding new angles on “intensity”. The music of Popol Vuh was inspirational, as well as explorers from black metal such as Menace Ruine, Nadja, and others. Contemporaries in theme can be found in the heavy sacred regionalism of Olympia’s Wolves In The Throne Room. Ultimately, this is music on its own island, unlike anything else; a break in the clouds and a view of a hidden new landscape.


OR: download here

EPCD066/7: Clear Moon/Ocean Roar by Mount Eerie : 2xCD Japanese import

$28

From 7 e.p. in Japan comes the only CD release in the world of either of these albums. Packaged in a super elegant mini-gatefold LP style (like the Wind’s Poem CDs), including a beautiful lyric booklet with pictures and bilingual lyrics. 2 CDs in their own careful inner sleeves. Obi strip. The whole fancy Japanese packaging luxury celebration.

Warning: we don’t have very many copies of these.


DBN122: Distorted Cymbals by Mount Eerie b/w Anglepoise Cymbals by Selector Dub Narcotic

$4


A 7” single by Mount Eerie, recorded at Dub Narcotic Studio in Olympia, de-mixed by Selector Dub Narcotic, released by K as part of their amazing Dub Narcotic Disco Plate series. The song is “Distorted Cymbals”. The “version” mix on the B side is nuts. A cat jumping up and down on the mixing board, turning tracks on and off in a deceptively random whirlwind, melodica echoing in the ether.


ELV014: MOUNT EERIE pts. 6 & 7 : book/10” (2nd version)

$60

132 huge pages, plus a 3 panel fold-out, of natural light in the natural world, distorted and brought to life by ambient moonlight, expired film, antique cameras, and long night exposures. The photos are the visual counterpart to pretty much the entire catalog of the Microphones and Mount Eerie, spanning almost a decade. Bound within the pristine white silver foil-stamped hardcover is the new Mount Eerie EP, featuring 4 long songs: “Known World”, “Unknown World”, “Blue Light on the Floor” and “Mount Eerie Revealed”. This vinyl only release is intended to be a sequel to “Mount Eerie” by the Microphones (K records, 2003), picking up where that ambiguous myth left off and returning to firm ground to wander into the backyard in the middle of the night.

This “2nd version” is the same book as the 1st version, but with a different image on the picture disc vinyl, and also a different dust jacket: the double sided poster for sale above, but folded and wrapped around the book. It looks good.

Do you have a copy and you want to know what the photos are of? There is a supplement page now for book owners. It is here.




ELV022: Song Islands vol. 2 (2xLP+download) by Mount Eerie

$21

SONG ISLANDS vol. 2 is the 2nd collection of scattered, isolated non-album tracks (get it? “islands”?), vol. 1 having been released by K records in 2002 under the “Microphones” name.

These songs span from long ago (Where Is My Tarp? from 2002, recorded during the Microphones’ perpetual occupation of Dub Narcotic Studio in Olympia) to recent out-takes from 2009’s Wind’s Poem (Lost Wisdom and (wind lyrics), explorations into the mysteries of black metal) and all kinds of wildly divergent places in between. Raw poems barely accompanied on acoustic guitar, expanses of wooden percussion, distorted punk instructionals, hundreds of voices singing, an attempt at smooth jazz, the lowest note on a questionable piano in a big empty room.

Many of these songs have never been released before, and the rest have only been released into ultra-obscurity on limited 7” singles and forgotten compilations, finally compiled here for the first time onto 2 white vinyl LPs (with free download!), wrapped in a heavy gatefold jacket, 18 photos from the ongoing “piles series”, with a 32 page booklet of details, all enfolded in a fancy letterpressed bookband. Every song was re-mixed and then remastered by the illustrious John Golden. As always, P.W. Elverum & Sun maintains the highest standards of manufacturing quality. This is worth owning.


OR: download here

ELV020: Wind’s Poem (2xLP) by Mount Eerie

$19

Wind’s Poem is the 3rd “official” album by Mount Eerie, the third in the continuum of semi-narrative explorations on the themes of erosion and mortality. It is the best record ever made by Mount Eerie or any related projects.

Double CLEAR vinyl, incredible heavy gatefold jackets with bronze foil stamping, 36 inch double sided lyrics poster, everything manufactured to the highest standards of quality.

MUSIC VIDEO

twelve songs / 54:45 total time



also available on CD down below.
OR: download here



ELV019: Lost Wisdom (LP)
by Mount Eerie with Julie Doiron & Fred Squire

$12

10 songs recorded quickly and quietly during a surprise visit by Julie Doiron, keeper of the world’s greatest and saddest voice, and Fred Squire, hidden guitarist of the floating riff, in a small wooden room in Anacortes, Washington before they returned home to eastern Canada. Songs with the expression of the face of a baby in a burning world, in the swirling dust. They hang on a theme of impermanence and destroying forces. The river is revealed to be going right through the house, the river of inevitable chaos, sorrow and love.

Julie Doiron is a legitimate music legend. Not only are her solo albums the greatest but she is also in the band Eric’s Trip. This is a big deal. Fred Squire is called “hidden” here because he plays so dramatic gently and has primarily lived in extremely remote Canadian outposts. His songs are called Calm Down, It’s Monday. Look it up.

The LP version of this comes with a 24 × 36 inch double sided poster with all the lyrics and a painting and a photo.



also available on CD down below.
OR: download here



Dawn by Phil Elverum (book+CD)

$25

What is this? “Winter Journal”? CD? Pictures? What?
Here for sale is a potentially boring, potentially illuminating journal from a winter spent alone in a remote Norwegian cabin in 2002/2003, along with a CD of the songs written during that time and some pictures and drawings. The idea is that the journal writing is the “raw source material” that the songs were later distilled from. Reading it in journal-form perhaps recreates the slow pace of life and the swirl of thoughts that allowed the birth of such songs. Also: jokes, observations on cold nature, literature, surrealism, “home”, perception, etc. You might find it interesting.
It is a pretty nice object too: a hardcover book bound in synthetic birch wood. It looks like the piece of wood it is. (Buenaventura Press)


OR: download here




ELV032: Mount Eerie by the Microphones : LP+download
ELV031: the Glow pt. 2 by the Microphones : 2xLP+download
ELV030: Song Islands by the Microphones : 2xLP+download
ELV029: It Was Hot, We Stayed In The Water by the Microphones : LP+download
ELV028: Don’t Wake Me Up by the Microphones : LP+download

$89

Here you can order all 5 releases in our ongoing Microphones reissue series. Details about each of the releases are below.


(This is a “buy it now” button because it must ship alone because of its size.)

ELV032: Mount Eerie by the Microphones : LP+download

$17

This was originally put out in 2003 by K. This is the fifth and final release in our ongoing Microphones reissue series. Click on the picture to see a display showing what the package looks like. This comes with a big long poster depicting the “story” of the album (previously unseen). The jackets on this one are pretty classy. Rich duotone greyscale images printed on textured bone colored stock, wrapped over old style heavy jackets.



also available on CD down below.
OR: download here



ELV031: the Glow pt. 2 by the Microphones : 2xLP+download

$21

This was originally put out in 2001 by K. It is well known. This is number 4 in our ongoing Microphones reissue series.





also available on CD down below.
OR: download here



ELV030: Song Islands by the Microphones : 2xLP+download

$21

This first vinyl appearance of the singles/rarities collection from 2002 kicks of the series of reissues of all 5 Microphones albums we’re putting out throughout 2013. These songs are islands, unrelated to any “real” albums, created between 1997 and 2002, mostly in/of Olympia, Wash., and collected on CD by K. There are some songs that are well known and some songs that are super weird moments in the studio, less well-known. A broad archipelago.

This version has been remastered by John Golden and all polished and made sturdy. It includes a new fold out explanatory poster sheet thing, a download card, heavy old-style gatefold jackets, and a foil stamped obi strip. It feels good in the hand. You are invited to purchase one or more.



also available on CD down below.
OR: download here



ELV029: It Was Hot, We Stayed In The Water by the Microphones : LP+download

$17

First released in the year 2000 by K, this is the 2nd Microphones album and has been out of print on vinyl for many years. Now it is back and fancy. This is number 3 in our ongoing Microphones reissue series.



also available on CD down below.
OR: download here



ELV028: Don’t Wake Me Up by the Microphones : LP+download

$17

This first official album by the Microphones was originally released in 1999 by K and has been out of print on vinyl for many years. Now finally it’s available again in this very satisfying heavy form. Dreams and distortion and radio interference and weird grey dust.




There is also this strange Microphones live album available for super cheap on CD down below.





All shirts are made in the USA of 100% cotton (American Apparel). The sizes are “unisex”, which might mean closer to “men”. Here are the specific measurements.
Click on the shirt images and they’ll enlarge.

Here are some reissues of shirts that originally came out in conjunction with the Microphones album “Don’t Wake Me Up” (K, 1999). This is in advance of the exciting forthcoming reissue series of all 5 Microphones albums that will come out throughout this year, 2013. They come in 3 colors: yellow, white, or red. They don’t say anything. Just the letter M inside a circle with disorienting lines coming from it. It could also be a Mount Eerie shirt I guess.


sizes

$17


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$17


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$17




Q: What is that shirt of? A: It’s not really of anything. Q: But what does it say on it? A: “printing shed”. Q: Where did you get it? A: From the Mount Eerie guy’s record label website store. Q: Oh, so it’s a Mount Eerie shirt? A: I don’t think so. I think it’s just a “printing shed” shirt. Q: What does that even mean? A: Well, P.W. Elverum & Sun is a small company that celebrates self-contained small industrial styles, and they have a letterpress shop in the back shed behind the house where some of their stuff gets made. Q: Oh, so it’s an advertisement for their letterpress shop? A: No man, it’s not an advertisement like most shirts. It’s just meant to put the idea of a backyard printing shed into your mind, and small scale industrial manufacturing, and all that stuff about reclaiming the tools of production. Q: Oh. That shirt is shiny. A: Yeah, it’s metallic copper foil. I guess that the heavy black ink of the shed shape combined with the foil are meant to evoke the feeling of old style letterpress printing, also known as “the black art”. Q: OK. Goodbye.


“lime”
sizes

$17

“lemon”
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$17

“sunshine”
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$17

“white”
sizes

$17

P.S.- We have had reports of some people losing some of the foil on these shirts after repeated washings. It’s supposed to be permanent, but perhaps it’s not 100%. You might try ironing the foil part one time before washing it the first time, just to seal it in an extra amount, especially if you have a really hardcore laundry situation.



Rare remaining shirts from the recent mega successful Anacortes Unknown Music Series vol. 3. There are only a few of these so get them while they last.



sizes

$15





ELV033: DUST by Phil Elverum : 132 pg. hardcover book (plus 48 pg. booklet)

$38

DUST is an “art book” of new photographs by Phil Elverum. There are no words. There is no narrative. These are clear images of a world in color, moments of depth and eeriness found on solitary walks and international drives. The images were made at home (Anacortes, Wash.) and all over the world (in the quiet moments found during Mount Eerie tours), but the where is not the point. The point is the breath of the unknown that a strange new image can breathe from a page if one sits still and looks at it.

They are arranged in pairs, the page spreads building a crucial interplay that creates a third, invisible, internal world as one looks, prompting a wordless conversation between the two images and the viewer. Pairs of rich and mysterious photographs, beautifully printed and bound in black stamped coarse linen. Inside the back cover is a secondary booklet containing 48 photographs.



“Firewood Industry, Tarped Woodpile, Tie Downs, Failing Roof, Load Loss, Compost Pile, Tacoma Spill, Dying Light: pictures & texts & myths” / a zween by Carson Churchill
12 pages + letterpressed cover, full color, 5” x 17”, edition of 91

$5

Poems from a young man in the Pacific Northwest in 2013, living simultaneously on the fringes of and totally within our crazy real modern times; the romance of pastoral subsistence simultaneously embraced, mastered, and mocked. There is no escape from the present moment. Casting a fishing line into a pre-dawn river, a craigslist appointment on the mind. In these poems (sent to the publisher via text message) beautiful scenes of wholesome eternity are economically juxtaposed with references to beef jerky, Mr. Pibb, Smashing Pumpkins, Ram Dass, Rihanna, bumper stickers, Wild Waves, and so on. Reading this, one remembers that nothing is real, everything is true. All pages are illustrated by full color photographs.





There are also some LARGE PHOTOGRAPH PRINTS available in the ART STORE.


fogtunnelblizz

$4.75

This giant poster is 2 feet by 3 feet. It has two heavy full color images, front and back, and no words. They are both images from Mount Eerie pts. 6 & 7 and the poster doubles as the folded dust jacket to the 2nd edition of that book/record. Shipped rolled in a tube. This is a bargain version of 2 of the fancy prints available in our Art Store.

WARNING: These last remaining available posters have been folded. They still come shipped rolled in a tube, but they have been previously scored for use as book jackets. (Folds visible in photos above.)



SILKSCREENED POSTER
Summer 2012 Northwest Tour

$9

This is a limited edition hand silkscreened full color poster for the Pacific Northwest tour by Mount Eerie in June 2012. They were made by Andrew Crawshaw of Broken Press in Seattle. 18” x 24” is the size. They’ll come shipped rolled in a tube.






ELV023: California Lite LP+download by Key Losers
SUPER CHEAP FOR SOME REASON:

$10

Key Losers is a band based in Portland, Oregon, whose songwriter, singer, guitarist, and only constant member is Katy Davidson. Davidson once led the band Dear Nora, which disbanded in 2008. California Lite is Key Losers’ first official full-length album, though Key Losers did release a 9-song “mini-album” called Adjust on States Rights Records in early 2010. Key Losers is a band that may be characterized by its concept-driven lyrics and melody-driven music.

Davidson recruited an all-star band to perform as Key Losers for this album. This band should be referred to as “Key Losers Black Crow Session Band” (in alphabetical order): Karl Blau (K Records) – saxophone / Greg Campanile (Total Noise) – percussion / Andrew Dorsett (LAKE / K Records) – bass and vocals / Tom Filardo (Total Noise) – lead guitar and vocals / Nick Krgovich (No Kids / Tomlab) – keyboards and vocals / Eli Moore (LAKE / K Records) – vocals / Davidson played rhythm guitar and sang lead vocals. Phil Elverum (Mount Eerie) engineered this album in Anacortes, Washington, during late 2010 and early 2011 on all analog equipment, almost completely live, with only minimal overdubbing.

MORE: Katy’s mini-essay
AND: OFFICIAL MUSIC VIDEO




ELV024: It Never Was You (7”+download) by Nicholas Krgovich
SUPER LOW PRICE, BASICALLY FREE:

$3.50

side A: “It Never Was You”
side B: “It Never Was You (a cappella)”
This song is a hit! It was stuck in everyone’s heads here at the warehouse for literally 6 months so we had to insist on releasing it. We will be distributing the single to all the jukeboxes across the country and soon it will be everywhere, this strange new/old music singing of mistaken identity, a moment on the sidewalk, checking the look in the reflective sign on the luxury store facade.





KLP185: ADRIAN ORANGE AND HER BAND (LP)

$9

There are quite a few recordings out there of “Thanksgiving” and “Adrian Orange” and other various names. We (me, Phil Elverum, and Adrian) recorded some together and he recorded some elsewhere. Of those we recorded together, this album that K released called “Adrian Orange & Her Band” is my favorite. I am selling it here because I honestly feel it is crucial for every collection and non-collection. These are essential, true, cutting songs that need to be heard. It is for sale in this store because I helped make it (recording) but also because I want more people to hear it and have it. I guess that’s what being a fan is.

Here are the words to “Fire Dream”, from this album:
I dreamed that a fire from our bed spread all through town / But in the morning the house still was cold / A magnificent dream, nonetheless revelatory / So suddenly met by tomorrow’s sunny window / No breakfast, no time, off to town, no delay / We need the fire there to warm up our sad bones / If we greet them with warmth, they may grant us welcome / Though each of us must walk all next to our lonesome / Trees by the roadside gravely loom and feign to hide / New buildings, eye-catching like bad food packaging / In their parking lots, cans and bottles echo soft / And shiny paint jobs rest on the mid-price cars / So much depends on each separate perception / Each soul’s made the god of a separate creation / All the modern masters don’t know the power they hold / Even they must be tricked, and think they walk alone / Giving all their best and being uncompensated, / Lamenting that they only wished to belong fucking enslaved / My god, what has become of the world we could share? / This world of ours that’s now yours and mine / Once again in the west we watch the sun setting / My heart went with it then and night fell on what’s left of me.




TAUS004:Quatorze/Quinze Ans” by Ô Paon : 10”+download

$13

The small town of Anacortes, Washington is said to have some sort of magical power which makes itself most obvious during the summer. Somehow many creative people from all over the globe find themselves passing through, often making arrangements for a future, longer visit. Gus Franklin, an innovative Australian musician living in Melbourne, spent the summer of 2008 as the artist in residence at the Department of Safety (a legendary music venue in Anacortes’ old firehouse/police station). He stayed in touch and came back to town for large chunks of 2009 and 2010.

Geneviève Castrée (Ô PAON) had the idea that she wanted to work on a record with Gus and another friend of theirs, the Canadian artist Nicholas Krgovich. Both Gus and Nick have established themselves as stellar pop music producers for their own projects (Architecture in Helsinki, No Kids) but Geneviève’s style tends to be all over the place and raw. Somehow this combination and challenge sounded fun to all.

Initially, a few ideas were thrown about, but the unavoidable brutality which hides behind much of Ô PAON’s work took over. The songwriting was inspired by the most surrealistic times in the life of a teenager, the difficult moments as well as the ecstatic ones. All the lyrics were written from the perspective of an alienated teenaged girl.

Throughout the two recording sessions there were some minor miracles. “Hors-Terre” came from the shadow of an idea looped on Gus’ computer which Geneviève thought was one of her own recordings. The vocals featured on “Arbres Muets” are the first attempt at singing some words which had just been written down, this first take was kept and unchanged. Various other ghosts appear on this record due to it having been recorded at the Dept. of Safety which at the time was home to at least seven people. The second recording session had to be done at night in one of Anacortes’ oldest buildings. Microphones were snuck into a yoga studio which had a piano and wide-open windows. The night wind coming from the sea was captured by the microphones.

This record, in a way, is a love letter to struggling teenagers, as well as a love letter to those who grow up wanting to live in a calmer place.


TAUS002: Karl & Genevieve 7”

$5

In 2005, Karl Blau (known under his own name) and Geneviève Castrée (of Woelv then and of Ô Paon now) joined forces to write scientific and hallucinated songs in the garage behind Karl’s house. At first the idea was to make a full album, but with their busy schedules (records, books, exhibitions and tours) they only managed to meet up for three songs. Inspired by a taste for adventure, the month of August and the slow summer days of Anacortes, Karl and Geneviève remind us a little bit of the moods of Brigitte Fontaine and Areski Belkacem when they were young. The sharing of vocals parts is exciting, Karls’ sung French lyrics are a real jewel.

Karl & Geneviève is a limited edition seven inch featuring a homemade letterpressed jacket and a full color insert.


TAUS003:Courses” by Ô Paon : LP

$14

Ominous repetition, darkness at the ocean, sung in french, with strings, horns, big production. This is a certainty.





also available on CD down below.
OR: download here



TAUS001: Ô Paon e.p. : 7”

$5

Two songs about masks, spring deaths, and rebirths.
This is the first release by Ô Paon on the new record label of the same name. We are merely distributing it here.



KLP172:Tout Seul Dans La Forêt En Plein Jour, Avez-Vous Peur?” by Woelv : 60 page book with LP

$27

(“Alone In The Forest In The Middle Of The Day, Are You Scared?”)
This was released in Dec. 2007 by K but has gone CRIMINALLY under-noticed. For this reason we are lowering the price and giving you some examples of the incredible artwork that fills the 60 page book that accompanies the record. Click these pictures to look closer.:


Geneviève Castrée is the brilliant artist/musician behind this work and also that of Ô Paon. This book/record is an exploration of intense conflict and the beauty and grace that shines through; dramatic music sung in French with lyrics translated into SO MANY different languages throughout the book.



also available on CD down below.





ELV009 (vinyl):GRIS” by Woelv : 10”

$9

Drones and mind bends, sung in French. White vinyl.



also available on CD down below.




MAR047 (LP):the Watery Graves of Portland and Geneviève” : LP (released by Marriage)

$9

A collaboration between The Watery Graves of Portland (Marriage dudes) and Geneviève.



also available on CD down below.






ELV020: Wind’s Poem (CD) by Mount Eerie

$9

Special heavy gatefold “mini-LP” CD jackets with bronze foil stamping, 36 inch double sided lyrics poster, definitely too nice of a CD to cost $9, but here you go.


ELV019: Lost Wisdom (CD) by Mount Eerie with Julie Doiron & Fred Squire

$8

Same music but on CD. It comes in a pretty fancy sleeve. Have you seen those “mini-LP replica” sleeves that come from Japan? It’s one of those. Printed in Japan (world’s best printers) and no plastic in the construction. It’s a nice sturdy miniature disc object.


KLP158: Live In Japan (CD) by the Microphones

$5


The last album by the Microphones, not really an album. Some acoustic songs, some with a pick up band. This is a weird one.


KLP140: Mount Eerie by the Microphones (CD)

$7


The last actual album by “the Microphones”, the first intrusion of the idea of “Mount Eerie”, this was originally released in 2003. Epic narrative made up of 5 song-things that morph into each other. The CD comes with a large folded up vellum poster chart with notes on the songs. More information here.


KCD141: the Singing from Mount Eerie by the Microphones : CD

$4


Just the isolated singing tracks from the album “Mount Eerie”, with choir parts and other otherwise inaudible details. Also featuring the rarity “Universe Conclusion”, an alternate ending to Mount Eerie. (Released by K.)


KCD142: the Drums from Mount Eerie by the Microphones : CD

$4


Just the isolated drums tracks from the album “Mount Eerie”, intended for sampling, but not really. Also featuring the extended big bounce version of “Kind Dark Death”‘s party music. (Released by K.)


KCD190: the Glow pt. 2 by the Microphones : double CD

$12


This is the “deluxe” re-issue of the popular 2001 album by the Microphones featuring a whole extra disc of unreleased songs from the era and “destroyed versions” of songs from the album, plus an extra booklet of pictures and words, plus a whole bunch of photos, plus two CDs of music. It’s a substantial package. (Released by K.)


KCD133: the Glow pt. 2 by the Microphones : OLD STYLE single CD

$9


Just unearthed: some CD copies of the original CD version (before it was re-issued with bonus features). The music is the same original album. The little jackets are thin and the little booklet inside is just regular, not deluxe. (Released by K.)


KCD125: Song Islands by the Microphones : CD

$7


Singles and rarities from 1997 to 2002. (Released by K.)


KLP116: It Was Hot, We Stayed In The Water by the Microphones (CD)

$7


The second album by the Microphones. This one is about mortality and love at the ocean, hugging under a quilt in the sand, disintegrating, weird roars and groans.


TAUS003:Courses” by Ô Paon : CD

$7


CD version of the excellent album described above.


ELV009GRIS” by Woelv : CD

$5


CD version of the excellent e.p. described above.


KLP172 (C.D.):Tout Seul Dans La Forêt En Plein Jour, Avez-Vous Peur?” by Woelv : CD

$5


This is the CD version of the epic book/record that K released in Dec. 2007. It comes with an awesome booklet of some of the artwork.


MAR047the Watery Graves of Portland and Geneviève” : CD

$5

A collaboration between The Watery Graves of Portland (Marriage dudes) and Geneviève.



4-Pack of D+ CDs

$15

Buy 4 D+ CDs and save money. You get “D+”, “Mistake”, “Deception Pass”, & “What Is Doubt For?”




HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE?”:
We don’t send out any kind of receipt or notification so don’t be alarmed when you don’t hear from us after ordering. We got your order and it’ll come.
We pack orders every few days.
Domestic orders are shipped via Media Mail which takes a maximum of 8 business days.
International orders are between 1 and 5 weeks usually.
Mail orders are acceptable too.
If you want to mail a check rather than use your card please email “orders at pwelverumandsun dot com” and we’ll tell you the total with shipping.

WHY ARE SOME CARTSBUY IT NOWAND SOME AREADD TO CART”?: Most of the purchase buttons in this store are “add to cart” but some are “buy it now”. These are for items that must be shipped alone, made necessary by their unusual shape (posters). So, if you’re trying to buy a poster and a record for example, you’ll need to make 2 separate payments so that the shipping will get recalculated each time. All the “add to cart” button items can be combined and you can save on shipping. Cool?

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