Presents Humboldt Lagoon – March 2010 Indie Artist of the Month


When our MZ reporters showed up in Chicago to interview Humbodlt Lagoon’s Erik Lavergne they didn’t expect to have to talk him down and away from the edge of a building rooftop.  He was holding a guitar and staring into an intense sunset glinting off the towers of glass crying about the weird itch in his brain that makes things a little different for him than they are for everyone else, and the MZ kids told him “Yeah but that’s where the music you make comes from.”  He seemed to mellow, turned and walked towards them, silhouetted before the dazzling orange light, until his face became visible, and they were met with the intense gaze of a contemporary recorded music genius.

It’s rare that a place like MZ that hears literally hundreds of new songs by hundreds of new artists every month, encounters something this good, that it hadn’t known about before.  But it’s really that good.  Humbodlt Lagoon, for those of you too fickle, ADD or otherwise, to listen, is pulsing, breathing, stream of consciousness, mind-bending, intellectual, visceral and fucking rocks.  It’s like all of Broken Social Scene got stuffed into one guy’s pocket like a stick of chewing gum, along with – man I don’t know – Phleg Camp, Fugazi, Pavement, Mercury Rev, Shudder to Think, Jesus Lizard, Deftones, Soundgarden, sparklehorse, Tool, Afghan Whigs, Tricky, His Name Is Alive – and then he shows you that he has a whole haversack of other cool things that he made all on his own.

Go find this album, and buy it.  Why?  Because it deserves your less-than-ten-measly-bucks-you-were-planning-on-spending-on dumb-shit.  Bring back music in this way, please.  We need it, and the artist needs to know you are there for them.  Especially when they are doing this kind of thing.

Anyway, here is what we managed to get out of its enigmatic leadman after handcuffing him to a chair and threatening to light his guitar on fire:

MusicZeitgeist: Who?
The ghost(s) of Sun-Tzu (and others!) channeled through the drums, guitars, keyboards, bass, voice and miscellaneous- (((sound))) – generating devices of Songwriter/Musician/Producer Erik Alexander LaVergne.

MZ: What?
Say WHAT again!

Music, music, music… all the time in a post-genre fashion.  Fusion-Punk-Poignant-Pop-Psychedelic-Groove-With-Tinges-Of-Classic(and Classical)-East-Meets-West-In-The-Mid-West-With-Real-Life-Blues-Sensibilities-And-Jazz-Tendencies.  Suicidal For Life!

MZ: Why?
Because I like you. Also, I would spontaneously combust if I didn’t.  Really.

MZ: Until When?
“til death do us part.”

MZ: Where?
Humboldt Park (((CHICAGO))) or as the tourists like to say, “The Windy City”, “The Chi”, “Chi-town”, “The city with big shoulders”, “Obama’s hometown”, “Mayor Daley’s cement farm”, “The town with that BLOG OY A VICH guy”, “Wasn’t that Chuck Norris movie filmed there?”…

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Listen to “Holy City” by Humboldt Lagoon at’s Free Streaming Indie Music Jukebox right now!

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