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Out Tomorrow: Perfume Genius - 'IMMEDIATELY Remixes' for Record Store Day 2021

Available tomorrow for the first time physically, Perfume Genius' 'IMMEDIATELY Remixes' on metallic silver vinyl exclusively for Record Store Day 2021.

Released digitally earlier in the year, 'IMMEDIATELY Remixes' is the shimmering result of multiple cross-pollinations between Perfume Genius and a cast of renowned contemporaries. This new physical edition is limited to 2500 and will only be available through participating indie stores


1. Whole Life (Jaakko Eino Kalevi Remix)
2. Describe (A. G. Cook Remix)
3. Without You (Jim-E Stack)
4. Jason (Planningtorock Remix)
5. Leave (Jenny Hval Remix)
6. On The Floor (Initial Talk Remix)
7. Your Body Changes Everything (Boy Harsher Remix)
8. Moonbend (Nidia Remix)
9. Just a Touch (Danny L Harle Harlecore Remix)
10. Nothing at All (Westerman Remix)
11. One More Try (Actress Remix)
12. Some Dream (Koreless Remix)
13. Borrowed Light (Katie Dey Remix)

Listen to 'IMMEDIATELY Remixes' 

Perfume Genius Online



The Goon Sax - "Psychic"

"Psychic" - directed by Christine Marie Jones.

(photo : Hugo Nobay)

The Goon Sax return with “Psychic,” the second single from their third full-length and Matador Records debut, 'Mirror II'. The song is a slice of strobe-lit noise-pop – kinetic, hook-laden and touched with genuine dreaminess.

'Mirror II' is out July 9, 2021.
"'Psychic' exists in the fragile intersection of fantasy and reality – a supernatural world you escape into until you feel reality’s grip on your collar. As you’re dragged back to linear time and supposed objectivity, the supernatural reinstates its claim to a more powerful truth. Eventually, the friction between these worlds causes you to question your faith in both, wondering to what degree truth can be chosen and what forces from both are too strong for you to stand in their way. Much like "In the Stone," this song is a conversation. Two peoples’ truths of the search for this very thing." - Louis Forster

stream / download "Psychic"
presave/preorder 'Mirror II'

(limited quantity of signed photos of The Goon Sax available with purchase of 'Mirror II' from the band's webstore or direct from Matador)

Wednesday, September 1 Hare & Hounds, Birmingham UK
September 2 – 5 End of the Road Festival, Salisbury UK
Monday, September 6 Moth Club, London UK
Tuesday, September 7 Pink Room, Manchester UK
Wednesday, September 8, Mono, Glasgow UK

The Goon Sax Online
official website

Lucy Dacus - "Brando"

(transcription by Jacob Blizard)

(photo by Ebru Yildiz)

Later this month on June 25th, Lucy Dacus will release her new album, 'Home Video'. Today, she presents “Brando,” the album’s fourth track in a string of emotive singles - “VBS,” “Hot & Heavy,” and “Thumbs.” Continuing to showcase Dacus’ incredible storytelling and songwriting, “Brando” weaves together Old Hollywood references with frank observations of a temperamental relationship: “You called me cerebral // I didn't know what you meant // But now I do. Would it have killed you // to call me pretty instead? //I'm in a second story window // and you're yelling at me "Stella!" // and I'm laughing cause you think you're Brando but you'll never come close.” Hushed casio drums give way to a swell of instrumentation - synthesizer, synth hi hats, a range of guitars, and percussion. Dacus’ melody is an instant earworm.

“‘Brando’ refers to a very dramatic friend I had in high school whose whole personality was the media he consumed,” says Dacus. “He showed me a lot of amazing movies and music, but I think he was more interested in using me as a scrapbook of his own tastes than actually getting to know me. He claimed to know me better than anyone else but I started to feel like all he wanted from me was to be a scene partner in the movie of his life.”

stream / download "Brando"
presave / preorder 'Home Video'

Additionally, today kicks off a “Brando” video contest. Participants can send in a video of themselves dancing (or skateboarding, ice skating, roller blading, etc.) to the track for a chance to be in the official music video. All skill levels are welcome and more details can be found here.

Lucy Dacus On Tour (new dates in bold)

Wednesday, June 23 Red Rocks Amphitheater, Morrison CO @
Tuesday, July 27 Artpark Amphitheater, Lewiston NY !
Wednesday, July 28 Westville Music Bowl, New Haven CT !
Thursday, July 29 Levitt Pavilion SteelStacks !
Friday, July 30 Palladium, Worchester MA !
Saturday, July 31 Forest Hills Stadium, Queens NY !
Tuesday, August 3 Sprint Pavilion, Charlottesville VA !
Wednesday, August 4 Red Hat Amphitheater, Raleigh NC !
Thursday, August 5 Rabbit Rabbit, Asheville NC
Friday, August 6 The Eastern, Atlanta GA !
Sunday, August 8 Sloss Furnace, Birmingham AL !
Friday, September 10 The National, Richmond VA * - co-headlining with Julien Baker, + Thao & The Get Down Stay Down
Saturday, September 11 The National, Richmond VA * - co-headlining with Julien Baker + Bachelor  (SOLD OUT)
Monday, September 13 Haw River Ballroom, Saxapahaw NC %
Tuesday, September 14 Terminal West, Atlanta GA %
Wednesday, September 15 Brooklyn Bowl, Nashville TN %
Friday, September 17 Trees, Dallas TX %
Saturday, September 18 White Oak Music Hall (Downstairs), Houston TX %
Sunday, September 19 Scoot Inn, Austin TX %
Monday, September 20 Paper Tiger, San Antonio TX %
Wednesday, September 22 191 Toole, Tucson AZ %
Friday, September 24 The Theatre at Ace Hotel, Los Angeles CA %
Saturday, September 25 The Observatory OC, Santa Ana CA
Monday, September 27 The Fillmore, San Francisco, CA %
Thursday, September 30 Hollywood Theatre, Vancouver BC $
Friday, October 1 Wonder Ballroom, Portland OR $ (SOLD OUT)
Saturday, October 2 Neptune Theatre, Seattle WA $  (SOLD OUT)
Tuesday, October 5 Urban Lounge, Salt Lake City UT $
Wednesday, October 6 Bluebird Theater, Denver CO $
Friday, October 8 The Englert Theatre, Iowa City IA $
Saturday, October 9 First Avenue, Minneapolis MN $
Monday, October 11 The Vic Theatre, Chicago IL
Tuesday, October 12 Newport Music Hall, Columbus OH $
Thursday, October 14 The Opera House, Toronto ON $
Friday, October 15 L’Astral, Montreal QC $
Saturday, October 16 House of Blues, Boston MA $
Monday, October 18 Higher Ground, Burlington VT $
Wednesday, October 20 Union Transfer, Philadelphia PA ^
Friday, October 22 9:30 Club, Washington DC $ (SOLD OUT)
Saturday, October 23, 9:30 Club, Washington DC $
Monday, October 25 Brooklyn Steel, Brooklyn NY  (SOLD OUT)
Tuesday, October 26 Brooklyn Steel, Brooklyn NY

@ w/ Shakey Graves
! w/ Bright Eyes
* w/ Julien Baker, Special Guests
% w/ Bachelor
$ w/ Bartees Strange
^ w/ Shamir

Lucy Dacus Online

Spoon - Summer/Fall 2021 U.S. Tour Announcement

(Photo: Oliver Halfin)

Stream / Purchase Everything Hits At Once: The Best of Spoon

Stream Spoon's covers of Tom Petty's "Breakdown" / "A Face in the Crowd"

Spoon have announced new headlining shows that will bring them back to the stage for the first time since 2019, including dates in the Northeast, Colorado, Iowa and North Dakota. A list of all upcoming Spoon performances, including a recently-announced West Coast run with St. Vincent, is below. Dates in bold below are on sale Friday at 10am local time.

Spoon on Tour
Friday, September 3 Ogden Twilight Series, Ogden UT
Saturday, September 4 Belly Up Aspen, Aspen CO *
Sunday, September 5 Belly Up Aspen, Aspen CO *
Tuesday, September 7 Boulder Theater, Boulder CO *
Thursday, September 9 Hoyt Sherman Place, Des Moines IA *
Friday, September 10 Fargo Brewing, Fargo ND *
Wednesday, September 22 Vina Robles Amphitheatre, Paso Robles CA @
Thursday, September 23 The Greek Theatre, Berkeley CA @
Friday, September 24 Hollywood Bowl, Los Angeles CA @
Saturday, September 25 Ohana Fest 2021, Dana Point CA
Sunday, October 17 Higher Ground, Burlington VT *
Monday, October 18 State Theatre, Portland ME *
Tuesday, October 19 The Chance Theater, Poughkeepsie NY *
Thursday, October 21 The Capitol Theatre, Port Chester NY *
Saturday, October 23 Brooklyn Steel, Brooklyn NY *
Sunday, October 24 White Eagle Hall, Jersey City NJ *
January 17-22, 2022 Wilco's Sky Blue Sky 2022, Riviera Maya MX

* w/ Nicole Atkins
@ w/ St. Vincent

Spoon Online
Official Site

Fucked Up - 'David Comes To Life' 10th Anniversary Edition

(photo by Daniel Boud)

directed by Robert Semmer

In 2011, Toronto’s Fucked Up delivered an album that chafed the edges of punk rock’s conceptual boundaries – a set of songs that splayed freely into unexpected instrumentation, psychedelic drift, and situationist philosophy. Its ambition was limitless and its run time opulent.

Which is to say, they made a concept album.

On December 10th, Matador Records will celebrate the 10th anniversary of Fucked Up’s titanic 78-minute early ’10s masterpiece, 'David Comes to Life;, with a limited-edition 2xLP reissue on lightbulb-yellow vinyl.

The group will also tour North America (East and West Coast dates) and the UK early next year performing the album in full. Find the complete list of dates below.

Today, you can listen to “The Truest Road,” drawn from a rarities LP that will be announced later this year. The compilation 'David’s Town' – a companion to 'David Comes to Life', previously available only on vinyl – has also been made available on streaming for the first time ever.

'David Comes To Life' is a story of lost love, global meltdown, depression, bombs, guilt and madness. Or is it? A modern-day morality tale set amid the dour backdrop of a British industrial town in the late ’70s, it’s a four-part play that follows the dark moods and inner psyche of the titular hero. At the same time, the reliability of the narrator gets called into question. The tables are turned, responsibility shifts, and the story goes meta.

Of course, you could always ignore the backstory and just listen to a fiercely imaginative double album of blistering, melodic rock'n'roll shot through with all manner of psychic weirdness

stream/preorder 'David Comes To Life'
stream / download "The Truest Road"
stream 'David's Town'

David Comes To Life Tracklist
01. Let Her Rest
02. Queen of Hearts
03. Under My Nose
04. The Other Shoe
05. Turn the Season
06. Running on Nothing
07. Remember My Name
08. A Slanted Tone
09. Serve Me Right
10. Truth I Know
11. Life in Paper
12. Ship of Fools
13. A Little Death
14. I Was There
15. Inside a Frame
16. The Recursive Girls
17. One More Night
18. Lights Go Up

Fucked Up on Tour, Tickets on Sale Friday
Wednesday, January 19 Club Saw, Ottawa ON
Thursday, January 20 Bar Le Ritz, Montreal QC
Friday, January 21 Sinclair, Boston MA
Saturday, January 22 Brooklyn Made, Brooklyn NY
Sunday, January 23 Underground Arts, Philadelphia PA
Monday, January 24 Union Stage, Washington DC
Tuesday, January 25 Mr. Smalls, Pittsburgh PA
Wednesday, January 26 Ace of Cups, Columbus OH
Friday, January 28 Shelter, Detroit MI
Saturday, February 5  Great Hall, Toronto ON

Fucked Up Online
Fucked Up website
David Comes To Life blog




The Goon Sax - "In The Stone" (Live from Brisbane)

Pre-save/Pre-order Mirror II

The Goon Sax have shared a performance of their new single "In The Stone," recorded live at Alchemix Studios in Brisbane AU earlier this year. "In The Stone" is taken from the upcoming album Mirror II, out July 9th.

Team: Producer - James Caswell
DOP - Tom Carroll
Editor - Marisa Gesualdi
SFX Editor - Madeline
1st AC - Hugo Nobay
Audio Engineer - Marly Lüske
Musicians - Louis Forster, Riley Jones, James Harrison, Alistair Taylor

The Goon Sax on Tour
Wednesday, September 1 Hare & Hounds, Birmingham UK
September 2 – 5 End of the Road Festival, Salisbury UK
Monday, September 6 Moth Club, London UK
Tuesday, September 7 Pink Room, Manchester UK
Wednesday, September 8, Mono, Glasgow UK

The Goon Sax Online
official website

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