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Frog Eyes Carey’s Cold Spring Details

Today, Frog Eyes’ Carey Mercer posted the details of a new album on Bandcamp, but the information is written straight-forwardly, I was caught off-guard by just how upsetting it is. He begins by simply saying it is not a concept album, though it is inspired by some of the things that have happened to him… More »

By: Miles Bowe / September 18, 2013

Blackout Beach – “Beautiful Burning Desire” (Stereogum Premiere)

Blackout Beach is the unsettling solo side project of Frog Eyes/Swan Lake member Carey Mercer; you might remember the two tracks we posted from his last Blackout Beach album, 2008's Skin Of Evil. Mercer's got another Blackout Beach album coming out soon, and he's named it Fuck Death after a Leo… More »

By: Tom Breihan / September 8, 2011

Frog Eyes – “The Sensitive Girls” Video (Stereogum Premiere)

The video for Frog Eyes' "The Sensitive Girls" -- a song from one of 2010's most overlooked albums Paul’s Tomb: A Triumph -- was directed by the London-based Russian artist Marsha Balaeva. She used just under 1,000 hand-drawn ink and pencil drawings to create the clip, the first project she's done in color. More »

By: brandon / March 24, 2011

The 20 Most Overlooked LPs Of 2010

There were more albums released in 2010 than could fit on all the lists released in 2010. (And there were many lists.) With that in mind, and certain '10 records still ringing in our ears, we put our heads together and thought about some of last year's favorites that, for some reason or other,… More »

By: Stereogum / January 13, 2011

Frog Eyes – “Lear In Love” (Stereogum Premiere)

The exuberantly layered "Lear In Love" is the first Frog Eyes to remind me of Katy Perry. It's the repeated "I kissed a girl" toward the end of the track. Not much, no, but Carey Mercer's too sharp and thoughtful a lyricist and purveyor of pop culture in addition to the tomes not to be… More »

By: brandon / March 29, 2010

New Frog Eyes – “A Flower In A Glove”

Led by sagacious howler, songwriter, and occasional op-ed writer Carey Mercer, Frog Eyes are following 2007's Tears Of The Valedictorian with Paul's Tomb: A Triumph. We've only heard the collection's 9-minute opener "A Flower In A Glove," but so far ... a triumph indeed. That said, like his Swan Lake bandmate Dan Bejar's monumental… More »

By: brandon / February 2, 2010

Indie Rockers Eulogize The King Of Pop

It wouldn't be all that risky to say everyone of a certain age has a Michael Jackson moment. He was a cultural phenomenon on a much larger scale than almost anyone else making music today (in some circles he'd get a little competition from sometime singing mate Paul McCartney, but not really). Most impressive, though,… More »

By: brandon / June 26, 2009

Stereogum’s Favorite Artists’ Favorite Things In 2008

We love year-end lists, it's really a shame that no one made any this month. To remedy that, we asked a handful of our favorite artists what music they dug most over the last twelve months. No Age, Grizzly Bear, Girl Talk, Antony Hegarty, Robin Pecknold, Sara Quin, and Kevin Barnes are among the familiar… More »

By: Scott Lapatine / December 24, 2008

New Blackout Beach – “Astoria, Menthol Lite, Hilltop, Wave of Evil, 1982″ (Stereogum Premiere)

Blackout Beach's Skin Of Evil is a monster of an album, and not just because Carey Mercer often sounds like one while incanting his dark Bowie-on-Scott Walker woe. A month or so ago we gave you "Cloud Of Evil" from the Frog Eyes frontman's second solo offering (it follows 2004's Light Flows The PutridMore »

By: brandon / November 21, 2008

New Blackout Beach – “Cloud Of Evil”

Frog Eyes mastermind Carey Mercer also records as Blackout Beach: 2004's Light Flows the Putrid Dawn is an inky, dramatic Bowie-on-downers favorite. Judging from "Cloud Of Evil," the lead (and opening) track from the forthcoming sophomore followup Skin Of Evil, Mercer's working some of the Birthday Party/Bad Seeds' percussion (and more Scott Walker operatics) into… More »

By: brandon / October 14, 2008

New Frog Eyes Video – “Idle Songs”

Those Frog Eyes. We knew they had a nurse in their ranks, but what fine actors! In the Victoria band's first ever video -- directed by frontman Carey Mercer and edited by Sikwaya Condon -- hobos hang by the wrong side of the tracks where folks get shanked, people spit, and Carey looks incredibly… More »

By: brandon / January 23, 2008

The ‘Gum Drop XIII: Hear New Frog Eyes, Win New Miles Davis

'Gum Droppers, you may wanna pop into that spam folder; there's a good chance this week's blast wound up sorted alongside other sordid emails due to Frog Eyes' "Shit" containing song title. The track itself's a reworked version of "The Policy Merchant," which appears in its initial whispery form on Frog Eyes's excellent fourth proper… More »

By: Stereogum / November 21, 2007

Frog Eyes – “Policy Merchant 2: Ah Shit Man”

After Frog Eyes drummer Melanie Campbell stopped by to discuss her job as a nurse and her husband, Frog Eyes's vocalist/guitarist Carey Mercer, provided us with MP3s from the duo's older crew, Prancing Cat, "a band with no future and no hope," we talked to them about passing along a tune by a band… More »

By: Stereogum / November 20, 2007

Frog Eyes – Tears Of The Valedictorian

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By: Stereogum / November 19, 2007

Post-Consumer: 546 Free Live Streams

This morning we got an email from Nicholas Taplin, who recently launched Post-Consumer a website currently hosting 546 live recordings of bands that played Santa Cruz basements, living rooms, etc. Intrigued, we headed over and spotted a bunch of goodies like Frog Eyes, vintage Microphones, pre-Oh, Inverted World Shins, and More »

By: Stereogum / November 14, 2007

Quit Your Day Job: Frog Eyes

When the spotlight douses Victoria, B.C.'s Frog Eyes, its beams are usually blinding frontman Carey Mercer. The guy cuts quite a figure -- a rocket of bottled energy -- but drummer Melanie Campbell's not the sort of player to hide in the background: She beats a mighty staccato syncopation (or a "ding dong… More »

By: brandon / February 28, 2007

New Frog Eyes – “Idle Songs”

It's been nearly a year since Frog Eyes floored us at Mercury Lounge over two nights of mic-assaulting anxiety-ridden freak outs. From the little we've heard of the forthcoming Tears Of The Valedictorian, Carey and crew continue to push the boundaries of their paranoid spasms, trading in pulsing band breaks, angry six-string… More »

By: Stereogum / February 9, 2007

New Swan Lake – “City Calls”

When last we checked in with Swan Lake -- the Canadian super-group comprising Spencer Krug, Frog Eyes' Carey Mercer, and New Pornographer Dan "Destroyer" Bejar -- we hoped for true collaboration (or a cappella anything), not just a Spence track after a Dan cut after a Carey freak out. Well, we finally got our… More »

By: Amrit Singh / September 25, 2006

Meet Swan Lake

Crazy Canucks and their incestuous indie rock! Spencer Krug and Dan Bejar -- no strangers to collaboration -- team up with Frog Eyes' Carey Mercer for the latest and greatest in Canadian supergroups. Swan Lake - "All Fires" (MP3) With Krug's characteristic croon, the spacey guitar trills, and those distant drums, we're not… More »

By: Amrit Singh / August 3, 2006

Sunset Rubdown/Frog Eyes @ Mercury Lounge, NYC 5/22/06 & 5/24/06

Last Monday night's Rubdown was just amazing. So pleasurable, in fact, that plans were cancelled, lives rearranged and admission secured for Wednesday night's repeat. Two nights and four sets of Spencer Krug later, we're left with the unalienable truth that not all songwriters are created equal. Krug's a modern master. If he's i… More »

By: Amrit Singh / May 30, 2006