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Frog Eyes – “Joe With The Jam” Video

A few weeks back, Carey Mercer announced the latest Frog Eyes album, Pickpocket’s Locket and shared lead single “Joe With The Jam.” Now, that track has gotten a video treatment, which takes Mercer’s imaginative lyrics and translates them haphazardly into artistic representations. Animated by Marsha Baleava, it takes phrases from the song like “Jane with… More »

By: James Rettig / July 10, 2015 - 11:09 am

Frog Eyes – “Joe With the Jam”

Carey Mercer wrote the last Frog Eyes album, Carey’s Cold Spring, in an effort to come to terms with his throat cancer diagnosis and the death of his father. Two years later, he’s gearing up to put out a follow-up: Pickpocket’s Locket was written entirely on an acoustic guitar that he was left in hi… More »

By: James Rettig / June 29, 2015 - 1:37 pm

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 - 2:26 pm

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 Leon Golub painting. More »

By: Tom Breihan / September 8, 2011 - 1:24 pm

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. Carey Mercer… More »

By: brandon / March 24, 2011 - 1:13 pm

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, didn’t… More »

By: Stereogum / January 13, 2011 - 1:11 pm

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 - 2:58 pm

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 “BayMore »

By: brandon / February 2, 2010 - 3:57 pm

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 - 2:12 pm

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 - 12:36 am

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 Putrid Dawn). More »

By: brandon / November 21, 2008 - 1:28 pm

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 - 10:16 am

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 anguished… More »

By: brandon / January 23, 2008 - 5:03 pm

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 - 12:26 pm

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 with… More »

By: Stereogum / November 20, 2007 - 12:52 pm

Frog Eyes – Tears Of The Valedictorian

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By: Stereogum / November 19, 2007 - 6:32 pm

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 Six Organs Of Admittance. We… More »

By: Stereogum / November 14, 2007 - 3:29 pm

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 the witch… More »

By: brandon / February 28, 2007 - 2:23 pm

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 jags, and scene-setting… More »

By: Stereogum / February 9, 2007 - 11:38 am

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 hand… More »

By: Amrit Singh / September 25, 2006 - 11:50 am
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