Thao and Mirah with The Most Of All, HEAT TOUR 2010
Thao and Mirah with The Most Of All on the HEAT TOUR 2010!
We are pleased to share personal, true things with you. Willis Thompson and Thao Nguyen met in a re-enactment in Colonial Williamsburg, Virginia. We found Adam Thompson one summer at a Richmond delicatessen, gingerly slicing. We got in a van together and stopped every night in different places. We got out, played music (often for real live people) and then got back in and rambled to the next town.
We recorded one album, drove around and flew to and fro, and then we recorded another. Both albums document the musical collaboration of many friends and colleagues and the efforts of one Thao to understand human interaction at all, ever.
When the band is on tour we stop at rivers and skip stones competitively. On days off, Adam bakes bread and prepares dinner while Willis builds percussive instruments using only bottle caps and intuition, and Thao awkwardly lifts the one 10-pound weight she has brought along to stay in shape for shows. Everyone watches the Food Network and the Discovery Channel together for dessert. The three of us share many hopes; most center around getting co-starring roles in a Mentos commercial and sleeping in separate beds while traveling.
We are very grateful for our musical lots in life and will always try our best to act accordingly. We thank you, very sincerely, for your ears, and your time, and your penchant for showing up and dancing.
All the best,
Thao, Adam and Willis
Mirah Yom Tov Zeitlyn has been at the heart of the vibrant Northwest independent music scene ever since her debut album 'You Think It's Like This But Really It's Like This'. A collection of her own 4-track recordings alongside collaborations with Phil Elverum of The Microphones/Mt. Eerie, the album became an instant classic. A follow-up to her first release, the stunning 'Advisory Committee' (2001) cemented Mirah's place in the alternative music canon. These albums were an exploration of the territories beyond lo-fi, aiming to transcend mere technical limitations and to push the boundaries of 'indie-rock' towards a more meaningful communicative goal. Phil Elverum's sound experiments collided with Mirah's striking lyrical poise and unabashed emotional honesty and the resulting mix proved quite evocative. 2003 saw the release of 'Songs from the Black Mountain Music Project,' the result of a self-imposed artists-in-seclusion collaboration with Brooklyn-based artist and musician Ginger Brooks Takahashi. Mirah began working with Lori Goldston and Kyle Hanson of Seattle's Black Cat Orchestra in 2003 and the release of a collection of cover songs followed. The album 'To All We Stretch the Open Arm' was conceived as an anti-war statement and included renditions of Leonard Cohen's 'Story of Isaac' and Kurt Weill's 'What Keeps Mankind Alive.' Mirah's third solo album 'C'mon Miracle' (2004) combined the ever-present youthful splendor of her earlier works with a more mature stylistic component which led many critics to hail it as her best work to date. A sonic expedition, Joyride: Remixes was released in 2006 and features dance remixes of tracks from Mirah's three solo efforts by the likes of The Blow, Guy Sigsworth, Mt. Eerie and Anna Oxygen. Next, in 2007, came another turn with Lori Goldston and Kyle Hanson who had since re-created themselves as Spectratone International. Share This Place: Stories and Observations was the culmination of this second collaboration. The insect-inspired extravaganza became a multi-media performance featuring stop motion animation by Britta Johnson and 12 songs based in part on the writings of the influential French scientist/poet Jean Henri Fabre. A dip into the past brought forth 2008's release of The Old Days Feeling, a collection of singles and previously unreleased rarities. In March of 2009 Mirah will unveil her new full length solo album, (a)spera.
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