Song Exploder № 13: The Microphones

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Song Exploder
Phil Elverum

In the fall of 2001, Phil Elverum released the album The Glow, Pt 2 on K Records. Pitchfork named it the best album of the year. In this episode, Phil recounts how he created the first song on the record at Dub Narcotic Studio. He spoke with me from his home in Anacortes, Washington, about his love of being alone in the studio, evoking nature through music, and where the name The Microphones comes from. Plus a few words from Calvin Johnson, the founder of K Records. This episode is presented in conjunction with The Creators Project.

Buy "I Want Wind to Blow" on Amazon here. Phil Elverum's website is



Commentary on the whole album, maybe? I could listen to you Phil talking about the making of the glow pt 2 for hours.