The Microphones – “Don’t Smoke”/ “Get Off the Internet” 7”
P.W. Elverum & Sun LTD, 2007
Acquired: K Records Mailorder, New, 2007
Needless to say, when Phil Elverum resurrected the Microphones moniker for a one-off 7”, I bit. Even though this 7” is basically just two PSAs advocating against smoking and the Internet, they’re also PSA’s crafted by one of indie rock’s most intelligent musicians. Sure, they’re preachy, but there’s power in ‘em. “Don’t Smoke” runs through my head anytime I see someone smoking these days. I smoked for a few years in college, and I partially blame this song for helping me quit if only because I felt Phil Elverum’s judgment raining down on me all the way from the Pacific Northwest. He has a point when he sings the line “There’s no excuse to start smoking.” The track is coated in classic Microphones fuzz and thunders along. B-side “Get Off the Internet” is a lot quieter and offers up a list of things you could do instead of sitting at your computer (sweep the floor, open the doors and windows, shut up about music, etc). “We are the ones who are alive right now so lets start living,” he intones. I ID with this one a little less than “Don’t Smoke,” but goddamn if I don’t think of it when I’ve been staring at a screen for four hours. I’m sure plenty of people find this incredibly judgmental 7” to be obnoxious. It is kind of obnoxious, but it’s also true, and he’s got a point, and the music is gorgeous.
"Don't Smoke" (this is the beefier Mount Eerie version)
"Get Off the Internet"