The F.I.B. fanzine is created and self-published entirely by former Fidalgo Island resident, turned Olympia local, Jimi Sharp.
The Fidalgo Island’s Beautiful fanzine issue #22 is the first issue of The FIB to focus exclusively on one band - LAKE - and the first issue to not feature an artist from Fidalgo Island. This issue’s lack of any direct connection to Fidalgo Island isn’t a big deal because of the many indirect connections such as Eli Moore being a Whidbey Island native, (Whidbey Island and Fidalgo Island are connected via the Deception Pass bridge) and LAKE having recorded some of their latest albums, Circular Doorway and The World Is Real [KLP 246] at Anacortes’ Unknown Studio in addition to properly name-checking Fidalgo Island resident and super-talented-multi-instrumentalist-genius, Karl Blau during their interview for issue #22.
In the many, many pages of this issue, LAKE fans will learn more about the friendly members of their favorite indie pop band throughout the lengthy and informative interviews and non-stop photographs, before getting an opportunity to sit in on a band practice during the beginning practice sessions for beautifully melodic songs that would later be released on the awesome-catchy-chorusy album, The World Is Real [KLP 246]. Issue #22 features artwork by LAKE’s Eli Moore throughout the interviews and band practice article. Issue #22 features cover art by LAKE’s Ashley Eriksson. Issue #22 is being released out-of-sequential-order after the release of issue #17. Issues 18 - 21 will likely be released non-sequentially too, just for the heck of it. Look for the upcoming Little Wings issue #23 to be released next…be patient, don’t hold your breath.
Eli Moore and Ashley Eriksson's radiant songwriting chemistry is on display on both sides of the new 7” single by LAKE. Recorded by Tucker Martine before Oh, The Places We’ll Go [KLP196] and Let’s Build a Roof [KLP213], this single represents the fluidity of sounds that LAKE operates with: both songs are hopeful in different ways – “You Are Alone” (featuring Moore's sympathetic voice and calm keys) is a hand on your shoulder, and “Higher Than Merry” (featuring Eriksson's contagious glee and a kaleidoscope of percussions, horns, and animal sounds) is a hand that pulls you into a Technicolor dream. Known to change tempos and styles on an album, LAKE throws a sharp curveball for this edition of K's International Pop Underground series of 7” singles. Your hand makes the transition; flipping Side A to Side B is like opening a letter from a familiar friend: insightful and cheerful.
Just in! This cassette is the latest from a long-running compilation series put out by our friends at Antiquated Future (formerly Ms. Valerie Park Distro). It features twenty-two previously unreleased songs by artists from the Pacific Northwest and beyond, such as Olympia’s very own Eli Moore from LAKE, You Are Plural, Stephen Steinbeck and Eleanor Murray.
The cassette comes with a digital download code, track listing and liner notes. The cover art was down by Ariel Birks and printed by Eberhardt Press, and you can stream it all on Antiquated Future’s Bandcamp site! This is a hand-stamped and hand-numbered first edition of 100 copies.
With tracks by: You Are Plural, Upside Drown, Fear Kittens, Let’s Wait, Little Angry & The Sweets, Corespondents, Blindfolder, If It Ain’t Breakfast Don’t Fix It, Letters, L’ile Pica, David Thomas Broughton, Eli Moore, Ariel Birks, Christina Antipa, Stephen Steinbrink, Ladeeda, Barren Nieces, Will Sprott, Gossimer, Tucker Theodore, Brumes, and Eleanor Murray.
Here’s the long-lost music video for LAKE's “Oh, the Places We'll Go” from the Oh, The Places We’ll Go LP [KLP196], now available for your viewing pleasure.
From the Phil Elverum cam: The Wedding Band (Andrew, Mark, and Lindsay from LAKE, April Scheif, Karl Blau, and David Jaberi) cover “Gonna Make You Sweat” by C&C Music Factory for an encore performance at the wedding of LAKErs Ashley and Eli. This madness occurred on Saturday, Jan 29 on Whidbey Island in the middle of Puget Sound.
Sooooooo… LAKE songwriters Ashley and Eli got married this past weekend on Whidbey Island, and it was a wonderful wedding! And the reception was something else… the rest of LAKE collaborated with Karl Blau (on sax) and David Jaberi for the most amazing live wedding entertainment ever! They covered a number of R&B standards, with C&C Music Factory’s “Gonna Make You Sweat" as the encore)… afterwards, Selector Dub Narcotic DJ’ed late into the night, and hordes of friends and loved ones swirled and spun on the dance floor. The food was delicious, the decor delightful, and the company enfused with so many K artists, past and present (and probably future), that it’s hard to even remember who was there… but I will say that a certain El Philverum was there with a video camera. Expect further documentation in the very near future.
Oh, and Karl BBQ’ed up the mooooost delectable oysters you ever did taste…. man of many talents, that Blau is.
Anyway, send happy thoughts to Ashley and Eli as they embark upon the wonderful journey into married life… they are such a wonderful team!
And need some new LAKE to fight those winter blues? Haven’t heard any of the upcoming stuff for Giving & Receiving? Check out “One Small Step" and "Within & Without,” and then listen to a remix of “Roger Miller" by K-fam-fer-life member Shawn Parke… and look for more stuff soon!