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Thursday, July 26, 2007

The Moools Are Coming!!!

posted by on July 26 at 16:18 PM

I love getting my calendars from clubs every week with all the updated show listings. You get to see all the new stuff that’s confirmed. Right now is a great time to look at them, too, because all the September tours are starting to get booked. Here’s a choice nugget from today’s mail-pile:

1: The Moools @ Chop Suey on September 30th with the Can’t See and a SECRET AWESOME GUEST (it will be announced later in the summer)
Ok. The Moools are opening this show because you’ve never heard of them. It’s ok, they’re from Japan. They don’t have a Myspace that I can find, and they don’t have an American record label (but K did distribute the above EP of theirs). So how do I even know about them, other than the fact that I am super smart?

So one time, back in the ye-olde dayes of aught-three, I had just moved to Seattle and I had no fucking idea what was going on. But somewhere in my travels I managed to pick up a flyer for a show at the old Luscious Studios loft space. If I am correct, at the time, this was the home to the Stranger’s own Sam Mickens, along with a lot of other perfect no-goodniks. It was a three band lineup—the Microphones, the Moools, and a woman named Nikaido Muzumi. This was the Microphones’ first show back from his Japanese tour, and these are the bands he toured with there. Phil Elvrum was just beginning a transition into Mt. Eerie at that point, and he recorded a live album on tour in Japan (it’s GREAT).

Blah Blah Blah. The point is, that night, the Moools, Nikaido, and Phil all played together for Phil’s set. It was the most beautiful music I had ever heard (and, going through my brain-memory, it’s definitely still at the top). Nikaido sounds like Bjork, but gentler and a little more standard, the Moools are just a great experimental psych band, and Elvrum was at the top of his game (a rarely seen artifact), playing a steel drum and singing at the top of his lungs. He wasn’t even that nervous, which he usually is. It was one of the best shows there ever was, and it proved to me that the Microphones/Mt. Eerie are worth your time if they create one-tenth of that available magic.

So, if the Moools are from Japan and they rarely come to America and no one here knows about them except for Phil Elvrum and he only lives in Anacortes, maybe I am thinking there might possibly be a reunion of this magic? I’m not saying he’s the secret guest on the show (because he’s not. I’ll tell you that one when the time comes), but I am hoping that he might just take the Greyhound down and maybe bring his steel drum. It would definitely make my entire fall just to re-live that one hour we all spent together four years ago.

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god. that show was amazing. I wish Phil brought the steel drum along more often.

(am I crazy for remembering xiu xiu -- or maybe just Jamie Stewart, solo -- as part of that lineup?)

Posted by josh | July 26, 2007 5:51 PM

oh, and it was Nikaido Kazumi

Posted by josh | July 26, 2007 5:53 PM

oh, and you know what else happened that night? the last two carissa's weird shows ever.

Posted by josh | July 26, 2007 5:58 PM

Yes! That was such a great show... thanks for reminding me of the names of Mools and Nikaido Kazumi!

Posted by xilip | July 26, 2007 9:31 PM

And yes, Jamie Steward of Xiu Xiu played solo acoustic... lots of autoharp, organ, and an unplugged version of Sad Pony Guerrilla Girl, if I remember correctly...

Posted by xilip | July 26, 2007 9:32 PM

Thanks for writing about us. We're so excited to play in Seattle again with our old friend John Atkins' The Can't See. We also have another show at The Vera Project Oct 2 with Mt. Eerie. We'll down the west coast with Mt. Eerie. Please check our myspace

Posted by moools | July 27, 2007 6:21 AM

Yeah Ari, that show at Luscious was perhaps one of the best I've ever been to. I loved it so much I've kept the flyer to that show on my wall ever since it happened.

Posted by Benji | July 27, 2007 11:13 AM

Hey Benji -- any chance you'd be willing to post a scan or photo of that flyer? It used to be online, but lossleader took it down : [

Posted by josh | July 27, 2007 4:34 PM

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