The Microphones
Live in Japan, February 19th, 21st and 22nd, 2003

K Records
Reviewed by: Andrew Unterberger
Reviewed on: 2004-01-22

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Posted 01/28/2004 - 09:05:04 AM by coaxwithcandy:
 I hadn't heard there was such an album out until now, but I feel the need to make a comment as I was actually there for one of these shows. I was highly dissapointed with Phil Elvrum's performance overall. He seemed a bit apathetic about the whole night and the crowd was *very* confused. He did perform a marvellous version (heartbreaking one) of "The Moon" but thats about the only thing worth remembering.
Posted 02/05/2004 - 03:26:05 PM by philshope:
 I think that this reviewr has the typical western attitude that can't accept something it couldn't hope to produce itself. Mt. Eerie was a buddhist like odessy confronting eventual death. I wouldn't expect something that personal and heartfelt to appeal to a sense-appeasment addict like this reviewer. In todays flash-bang add culture flashy imagery and poppy melodies are traded in for actual depth in self-expression. "Live in Japan" is beautifual and I can hear Phil healing through his art. Thats why I love the Microphones, not because of its appealability to a mass audience. So I would remined the reviwer to look inwards and find whats blocking him from empathizing. I would bet its his own deep seated pretention.
Posted 02/01/2006 - 09:13:25 AM by happiness:
 "mt eerie" a disaster?? i don't see how anyone could listen to that album in its entirety and think it is a disaster. give it another listen. this time with patients and an open ear. some of the most beatiful music i have ever heard. as for live in japan...
Posted 05/21/2007 - 08:37:41 PM by barbarian:
 I'd hate to go all Paula Abdul on ya'll asses, but this album -- you know what? IT IS WHAT IT IS. Microphones fans rejoice. As far as Mt. Eerie, not a disaster, just the polar opposite of accessible.