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Muzz have announced details of a new EP, 'Covers'. The four-track set, which sees the trio of Paul Banks, Josh Kaufman and Matt Barrick reimagine songs by Arthur Russell, Bob Dylan, Mazzy Star and Tracy Chapman, will be released digitally on December 9th.
'Covers' is as much an illustration of the bands collective inspirations as it is a sonic testament to their expansive imagination and fluidity as a musical outfit, imbuing the singular classics with a sense of wonder and awe that come together to a short but powerfully holistic set.
Arthur Russell's 'Nobody Wants A Lonely Heart' is deconstructed to its mesmerising foundations, with Banks' baritone gliding over Kaufman's submerged piano and Barrick's gentle shuffle. Bob Dylan's 'Girl From The North Country' is recast in a cobweb of acoustic guitars, swooning slides and ghostly vocals that slow-burn to a mystical crescendo. Elsewhere, Banks’ invocation of Mazzy Star’s 'Fade Into You' is fraught with raw emotion, set to a backdrop of palpitating percussion and arching strings. Tracy Chapman's 'For You' brings the set to a buoyant and moving close, punctuated by fluttering guitar runs, cinematic pads, and Banks' soulful delivery.
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Kurt Vile - Speed of the Sound of Loneliness
from "Late Night with Seth Meyers" (NBC), 11/27/20
Thanksgiving Evening, Kurt Vile returned to NBC's "Late Night With Seth Meyers" to perform John Prine’s, “Speed and the Sound of Loneliness.” Vile traveled to the studio last week to play the song – the opening track of his recent 'Speed, Sound, Lonely KV (ep)' – solo on acoustic guitar on the show, which featured Meyers’ family as guests. See the performance above.
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"Some Dream" - directed by Charles Grant & Hunter Ray Barker
Today, Perfume Genius releases the video for “Some Dream,” taken from the critically acclaimed 'Set My Heart On Fire Immediately'. Directed by Charles Grant & Hunter Ray Barker and featuring Los Angeles Legend, pigman, Hadreas said of the inspiration, "The song is about the sort of dream world I keep myself in, in order to write. Sometimes I wonder if there will be real world costs for staying there too long. I don't want to pick my head up after a bunch of years go by and see a bunch of songs but nobody to love.” Grant said of the video, “I’ve loved Mike’s music for a long time. Marc LeBlanc is the star of the video - he plays the pigman. He’s an amazing actor and his performance in combination with how powerful and emotional Mike’s music is gave this whole project such amazing energy and spirit. Hunter and I are really grateful to have added to Mike’s creative world in a way that feels uniquely true to him, us and Marc all at once... We are all pigs.”
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Last night Car Seat Headrest shared their first late night performance of 2020, playing "Can't Cool Me Down" from their new album Making A Door Less Open on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.
Through December 1st, Making A Door Less Open (along with all other releases excluding pre-orders) is 25% off on the Matador Webstore.
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photo : Brett Vapnek
To date Matador’s Revisionist History series has set its focus on the hallowed year of 1995 – surfacing critical releases by Pavement, Yo La Tengo, Guided by Voices, and Chavez.
Today, however, we whirl the dial on the in-house wayback machine and travel toward the future: the year 2000 and Mary Timony’s debut solo album, 'Mountains', which will be reissued on January 15th.
Remastered by Bob Weston, Mountains comes back to us as a gold foil-embossed gatefold 2xLP and will include the previously unreleased original takes of “Return to Pirates,” “Poison Moon,” and “Killed by the Telephone,” which were delivered along with the original master tapes 20 years ago, but were omitted from the final album. The record is completed by a newly recorded orchestral version of “Valley of One Thousand Perfumes” produced by composer Joe Wong (Russian Doll, Midnight Gospel) and mixed by Dave Fridmann.
At the turn of the century, Timony (Ex Hex, Wild Flag, Hammered Hulls) was already a celebrated presence in American underground music – a fixture of D.C. and Boston rock ’n’ roll via her work in Autoclave and Helium respectively. By 1998, though, Helium was drawing to a close and Timony was feeling uncertain about the future. “I had never been good at the rock' n' roll business, and making a living from being in a band just didn't seem like it was in the realm of possibility for me,” she writes. “I just knew I wanted to make another record because that was the part of being in a band that I liked the most.”
At the time of its original release, Timony called 'Mountains', “A Trip to the New Underworld.” “A bunch of hard stuff was happening in my life: family illnesses, people dying, people leaving, relationships ending. I fell into a deep depression,” she explains. “I tried new ways of making music: I tried writing songs without any filter at all, and I purposely didn't think about what the music would sound like to anyone else. I was only interested in describing what was in my head.”
Recorded and mixed in Boston alongside Christina Files and Eric Masunaga and in Chicago with Bob Weston, Mountains found Timony dialing into territory that was barer and more confessional than her work in Helium. Stark arrangements were augmented with newly ornate instrumentation -- piano, vibraphone, and viola -- and the lyrics were tinted with slyly occult imagery.
“Listening back to Mountains now I am struck most by how raw it sounds,” says Timony. “I hear the depression and angst, but also I hear all of that darkness disappearing through the power of music and friendship—and turning into songs during those happy and productive months recording and hanging out in Christina’s loft in downtown Boston.”
Today, you can also watch Timony in the Brett Vapnek-directed short film, "Dream Machine" (1999).
written and directed by Brett Vapnek
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02. Poison Moon
03. I Fire Myself
04. The Bell
05. Painted Horses
06. The Hour Glass
07. 13 Bees
08. The Golden Fruit
09. Whisper From the Tree
11. Valley of One Thousand Perfumes
12. Tiger Rising
14. The Fox and Hound
15. Rider on the Stormy Sea
16. Return to Pirates (Kingston St. Session)
17. Poison Moon (Kingston St. Session)
18. Killed by the Telephone (Kingston St. Session)
19. Valley of One Thousand Perfumes (Orchestral Version)
Mary Timony Online
(photo : Alysse Gafkjen)
Today Julien Baker shares her take on the holiday classic “A Dreamer’s Holiday.” The track is out via this year’s Spotify’s Singles: Holiday Collection which includes a wide range of covers and originals, from artists across a myriad of genres.
“I chose ‘Dreamers Holiday’ because I found it incredibly unique as far as holiday songs are concerned. It’s a very understated song- both lyrically and musically; while it’s technically about a ‘holiday’, it doesn’t directly reference any specific holiday theme, it leaves the lyrics a bit more open-ended. It's the same way with the music— the chord structure is complicated but surprisingly timeless to me even though the song itself is over 70 years old. It’s the kind of song whose arrangement can be re-imagined so many times, and I love the feeling of sonic potential a single like that gives me.” - Julien Baker
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