Category Archives: Public Access Media

Public Access Media Interrogates Phil Elverum of Mt. Eerie // The Microphones

| November 1, 2008

Phil Elverum (sometimes spelled Elvrum) is an artist in a variety of mediums, though he is probably best known for his music recorded under the names “Mount Eerie” and “The Microphones”. This interview filmed by Public Access Media at the Vera Project an all ages rock and roll non-profit located at the Seattle Center that Caffe Vita whole-heartedly supports.

Born in 1978 and raised in the forests outside Anacortes, Washington, Elverum came of age artistically during the supposed “grunge era”. The gradual realization that there was good art and music happening locally was an opening door to a new world. With a driver’s license and a job at the local book/record store Elverum began staying after hours recording in the back room late into the night, releasing a series of cassettes throughout his high school years. Eventually he moved to Olympia to attend college but soon quit because he was already totally immersed in the thriving underground music world surrounding K records. He had been given access to their Dub Narcotic Studio and continued the late night/early morning solo recording experiments in Olympia, eventually releasing his first album with K, “Don’t Wake Me Up” (by the Microphones, 1999). “The Glow pt. 2″ (by the Microphones, 2001) is probably his best known release. The culmination of this era of work is the album titled “Mount Eerie” (by the Microphones, 2003). It is supposedly “death themed” and after its release Elverum began performing under the name “Mount Eerie” as an attempt to more fully inhabit that theme and speak/sing from it.

Mt. Eerie // The Microphones // Website

Public Access Media + Caffe Vita = Chromeo

| October 6, 2008

Below is an interview which took place in the Caffe Vita bean room, conducted by Public Access Media, over Block Party weekend with Chromeo this summer. We were very lucky to have had the opportunity to grace the presence of such an awesome act. Chromeo is Pee Thug and Dave 1: best friends since their adolescence, virtuoso musicians, and walking hip hop encyclopedias. Chromeo is slick. Chromeo is dripping with reverb. Chromeo is Moog riffs, luxurious harmonies, macho guitar solos and real-deal songcraft. After their performance on main stage we ushered them through way of candle lit underground passage, bypassing the thousands of screaming fans, and into our make-shift studio for a smooth sexy interview. Enjoy!

Caffe Vita + Public Access Media = Girl Talk

| September 30, 2008

Back in early June a young gentlemen named Michael Yuasa came and visited us here at Caffe Vita wondering if we might be interested in supporting a new contemporary arts and media video publishing project his company Antarctic Records would be producing called Public Access Media. Michael is very involved with the music community within the city in addition to his monthly smash and roll dance night Club Pop he also promotes various other popular artists with our neighbors at Neumos. Michael was a former barista at the Capitol Hill Caffe Vita, given the mix of coffee, culture and music Caffe Vita was happy to join on and become a sponsoring partner of Public Access Media.

Thus far Public Access has hosted/interviewed some to todays most admired artists such as Chromeo, Tiny Vipers, Daniel Johnston, Girl Talk, Mika Miko, M83, Dan Deacon and Past Lives. Some of which took place in Caffe Vita during the Capitol Hill Block Party. Below are a few of our favorite videos but be sure to check out the full breadth of their work at

Here is a small taste of what they have been up to – a spirited interview with the controversial house party mash-up artist sensation Girl Talk – in the Vita green bean warehouse.