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The MataBlog is edited by Matador Records’ co-moaner Gerard Cosloy and individual entries are the work of whoever’s name is next to them. If you enjoyed something in the MataBlog, thank you very much! If there was something you found particularly troubling, please be advised that a) maybe you should read it again and b) the contents of this blog do not necessarily represent the opinions of Matador Records, Beggars Group, the combined staff of either company, nor the Matador artist roster. Opinions are like friends — hardly anyone has one worth listening to.

boygenius : demos EP (Bandcamp) (24 Hours Only)



(photo : Lera Pentelute)


On Friday, July 3 boygenius -- Julien Baker, Phoebe Bridgers, and Lucy Dacus – will make three demos from their 2018 EP available digitally exclusively through Bandcamp.

The music will remain online for one day only, coinciding with the site’s 24-hour waiver of its revenue share.
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Proceeds will be split between three charities, each member having selected an organization local to them :

Julien Baker, Phoebe Bridgers, and Lucy Dacus.

OUTMemphis, Downtown Women’s Center, and Mutual Aid Disaster Relief Richmond.

The demos are voice memo recordings of the songs “Bite the Hand,” “Me & My Dog,” and “Stay Down” that were taped in rehearsal on June 5th, 2018 the day before the group would enter the studio to record its eponymous EP.

Tracklist:
boygenius demos
1. Bite The Hand (June 5, 2018 demo)
2. Me & My Dog (June 5, 2018 demo)
3. Stay Down (June 5, 2018 demo)

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Slay On Cue : Spoon Reissue Series


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Announcing "Slay on Cue” a new series of reissues from Spoon including their 1996 debut album 'Telephono' and the 1997 'Soft Effects EP'. Along with standard black vinyl and CD versions of each album, Soft Effects has also been pressed into two editions of blue and red vinyl, featuring stamp-numbered silkscreened covers sourced from the original artwork, limited to 500 copies of each worldwide. Available July 24th.
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Perfume Genius - "Fade Into You"




“I chose ‘Fade Into You’ because I carried it with me for a long time and I always looked to it for the warmth and the very heavy vibe that it always brings..It felt almost uncoverable but I wondered what I could do to make it sharper and maybe a little more desperate but still maintain the sort of beauty of it and the quietness of it.”  - Mike Hadreas

Perfume Genius' cover of Mazzy Star's "Fade Into You" is now available to stream or purchase via Amazon Music and can also be heard on the newly relaunched PROUD playlist.

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Algiers - "Can The Sub Bass Speak?" b/w "It All Comes Around Again" 7"



Today, ALGIERS will release a special edition 7” to support the struggle to end state violence against Black people and destroy white supremacy.

"Can the Sub_Bass Speak" b/w "It All Comes Around Again" will be available physically only through Bandcamp during the 24-hour period that the site is waiving its revenue share on June 5th. The songs will remain available online indefinitely.

All proceeds from the single will be donated to Metro Atlanta Mutual Aid Fund, As They Lay and Black Alliance for Just Immigration.

“This release has been created to support, in a small way, those who continue to struggle under life and death circumstances to end the miserable condition that exists for Black and other oppressed people in this country and its colonial world," writes the band." “We dedicate this to the families of those who have been murdered by the police state in America and encourage our supporters to continue to donate in their memory.”

The A-side -- previously released as a standalone single -- is drawn from the band's audiovisual collaboration of the same name and features contributions from saxophonics pioneer Skerik and drummer D’Vonne Lewis. "It All Comes Around Again" is an unreleased track available here for the first time.


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VIDEO : Muzz - "Knuckleduster"



Video produced by Muzz
Director of Photography – Derek Sexton Horani

This morning, Muzz release a new single/video from their forthcoming self-tiitled album, “?Knuckleduster?,” which follows the previously released “?Red Western Sky,?” “?Broken Tambourine,?” and “?Bad Feeling?.”  Brimming with wall-to-wall guitars, reverberating pianos and a thunderous performance from Matt Barrick, ”Knuckleduster” is Muzz at their most immersive and grandiose. Shot below the American Treasure Tour Museum, t?he “Knuckleduster” video brings the focus to the song’s spacious sonics and musicianship of Barrick, Paul Banks and Josh Kaufman. “?While we were shooting the video for ‘Red Western Sky,’ we discovered this great space underneath the museum. Unplanned, we quickly set up and started filming again - capturing the video for ‘Knuckleduster’ on the same day?,” says Banks. “H?air was greener and times were simpler back then.? ”



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VIDEO : Muzz - "Trinidad" (acoustic)



After last week's at-home live recording of "Bad Feeling", Muzz preview another track from their forthcoming self-titled debut album in acoustic form, "Trinidad" with a DIY video released earlier today (below). 'Muzz', the resulting partnership of Paul Banks, Josh Kaufman and Matt Barrick, is out June 5.

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Out Today : Perfume Genius - 'Set My Heart On Fire Immediately'

The eagerly anticipated new album from Perfume Genius, 'Set My Heart On Fire Immediately' is available today via all streaming services, as well as on LP and CD.

At 5pm eastern today, Perfume Genius will be discussing and performing material from 'Set My Heart On Fire Immediately' on the premiere episode of Pitchfork's new Listening Club series.



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Out Today : Car Seat Headrest - 'Making A Door Less Open'

The long-awaited new album from Car Seat Headrest, 'Making A Door Less Open' is available today from all streaming services and can be purchased on the still surviving, if not entirely thriving LP and CD formats (track listings below).







Digital Tracklist
01 Weightlifters
02 Can’t Cool Me Down
03 Deadlines (Hostile)
04 Hollywood
05 Hymn (Remix)
06 Martin
07 Deadlines (Thoughtful)
08 What’s With You Lately
09 Life Worth Missing
10 There Must Be More Than Blood
11 Famous

Vinyl Track List
A01 Weightlifters
A02 Can’t Cool Me Down
A03 Hollywood
A04 There Must Be More Than Blood
B05 Hymn
B06 Deadlines
B07 Martin
B08 What’s With You Lately
B09 Life Worth Missing
B10 Famous

CD Track List
01 Weightlifters
02 Can’t Cool Me Down
03 Hollywood
04 Martin
05 Hymn (Remix)
06 There Must Be More Than Blood
07 Deadlines
08 What’s With You Lately
09 Life Worth Missing
10 Famous
11 Deadlines (Alternate Acoustic) [Bonus Track]
12 Hollywood (Acoustic) [Bonus Track]


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Perfume Genius - "On The Floor" (Initial Talk Remix)





(Photo by Camille Vivier, Illustrated by Andrew JS)

Last month Perfume Genius released the single, “On The Floor,” off of his forthcoming album, 'Set My Heart On Fire Immediately'. Today, he drops a remix of the track from Tokyo-based producer, Initial Talk, noted for remix work for Dua Lipa, Rihanna, and Lady Gaga and is known for infusing early MTV-era 80’s sounds into his work. Here, “On The Floor” is reimagined into a dance club track that falls somewhere between Prince and Pet Shop Boys.

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Car Seat Headrest - "There Must Be More Than Blood"




(art by Cate Wurtz)


(photo by Carlos Cruz)

Car Seat Headrest unveil a new song, “There Must Be More Than Blood,” ahead of the release of the forthcoming  'Making A Door Less Open', out May 1. .In addition, Will Toledo's self-directed video premiered earlier this morning after a dramatic (aren't they all?) YouTube countdown.

In its mesmeric slow burn, album centerpiece “There Must Be More Than Blood” presents another facet of the broad palette found on 'Making A Door Less Open', with Toledo placing emphasis on the individual songs, each with its own special energy.

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Steve Gunn - 'Livin' In Between' EP


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Since the release of Steve Gunn's critically acclaimed fourth studio album 'The Unseen In Between' and follow-up 'Unseen Acoustic' in 2019, we’ve been awaiting new material from the prolific songwriter and guitarist.  While today is not the day we debut said content, we're nonetheless pleased to report  Gunn has a new digital EP, 'Livin’ In Between' featuring three cover songs previously released last year as an Amazon Original and Aquarium Drunkard Lagniappe Session singles respectively, now available on streaming platforms for the first time. The EP showcases (some of)  Steve’s varied musical tastes, featuring a rendition of Neil Young’s “Motion Pictures (For Carrie)”, a thoughtful take on longtime collaborator Michael Chapman’s “Among The Trees”, and a  cover of The Misfits’ “Astro Zombies”.

Accolades for 'The Unseen In Between' keep rolling in, the most recent being a nomination for an A2IM Libera Award for “Best Americana Album”. On August 2nd, Steve and William Tyler will be performing together at the Newport Folk Festival.

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Tracklist
1. Motion Pictures (For Carrie)
2. Astro Zombies - Aquarium Drunkard Lagniappe Session
3. Among The Trees - Aquarium Drunkard Lagniappe Session

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VIDEO : Car Seat Headrest - "Hollywood"



Video directed by Sabrina Nichols



Illustration by Cate Wurtz



Car Seat Headrest release a new song, “Hollywood” today accompanied by a Sabrina Nichols-directed video and an acoustic version of the song.
“Hollywood” is taken from the band’s forthcoming new album 'Making A Door Less Open', out May 1.

“This song is about Hollywood as a place where people go to
make their fantasies come to life, and they end up exploiting
other people and doing terrible things to maintain their fantasy,”
says bandleader Will Toledo, whose alter ego Trait appears in
the video in animated form. “There's this terror you're going to
lose the fantasy, and you're going to have to face the facts, and
some people will do anything to avoid facing that. It’s about that fear, and the pain of being subjugated to someone else's fantasy against your will, and it's all tied together under this banner of this physical location of Hollywood that we all know about and dream about, but none of us really want to think about what is going on behind the scenes there.”

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Car Seat Headrest have cancelled their summer tour dates due to COVID-19, with plans to reschedule. Read a statement from Will Toledo here.

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Coming June 5 : Muzz - s/t album ; out today "Red Western Sky" video





"Red Western Sky"

Produced by Muzz
Director of Photography: Derek Sexton Horani
Assistant Camera: Michael Andrade

Muzz, the new project from Paul Banks (Interpol), Josh Kaufman (producer/multi-instrumentalist and one third of Bonny Light Horseman), and Matt Barrick (drummer of Jonathan Fire*Eater, The Walkmen, and Fleet Foxes’ touring band), will release their self-titled, debut album, on June 5th.  The album, written, arranged and performed by the trio, is dark, gorgeous, expansive and soulful.


(photo : Driely S.)

Muzz was born out of longstanding friendship and collaboration. Banks and Kaufman have known each other since childhood, attending high school together in Spain before separately moving to New York. There, they independently crossed paths with Barrick while running in similar music circles. They kept in touch in the following years: Barrick drummed in Banks + Steelz and on some of Kaufman's production sessions; Kaufman helped on Banks’ early Julian Plenti solo endeavour; various demos were collaborated on, and a studio was co-bought.

Taking shape at a simmer, the first Muzz recordings date back to 2015. A typical session incorporated demos Banks or Kaufman brought to the table with room for any member to build upon, or with a new skeleton composed during a jam in the live room. All three contributed lyrics and helped shape things vocally (a first for Banks who is usually the sole lyricist).

Josh has more training as a theory musician while Paul comes from a different perspective,” Barrick says. “You never know how Paul’s gonna approach a song, lyrically and melodically, so it’s always unusual and exciting. Everyone is open to everyone else’s ideas. I think three is a great number of people for a band. We all had a big hand in everything."

Sonically, “the music has this weird, super removed vibe but is also personal and emotional at the same time,” Kaufman says. “If something felt natural in a simple way, we left it. I’d never heard Paul’s voice framed like that—a string section, horns, guitars—we know none of that is visionary but it felt classic and kind of classy.” In fact, the band’s name holds a meaning that serves to describe that very feeling - Kaufman used the word “muzz” to describe the music’s subtle, analog quality and texture.

In conjunction with today’s announcement, Muzz present the galloping “Red Western Sky” with a video, directed and produced by the band. It’s the first video to ever be shot at the immersive, psychedelic American Treasure Tour Museum, a location chosen after a Barrick family visit. The single follows two previously released songs—the sparse and rustic “Broken Tambourine” and “Bad Feeling,” which chimes with melodic introspection. No matter the sonic direction Muzz go, they go there as if effortlessly and with maximum emotional charge.

Ultimately, the music speaks for itself,” says Banks. “We have a genuine, organic artistic chemistry together. It’s partly a shared musical taste from youth, as with me and Josh, but then it’s also the souls of my friends that resonate with me when expressed through music. I think it’s cosmic.

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Muzz

Tracklist
1. Bad Feeling
2. Evergreen
3. Red Western Sky
4. Patchouli
5. Everything Like It Used To Be
6. Broken Tambourine
7. Knuckleduster
8. Chubby Checker
9. How Many Days
10. Summer Love
11. All Is Dead To Me
12. Trinidad



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Pavement - "Sensitive Euro Man" Picture Disc, 'Wowee Zowee' 25th Anniversary'





As we continue our exasperating thrilling Revisionist History Campaign, we're releasing a Pavement three-song shaped picture disc commemorating the 25th anniversary of 'Wowee Zowee'. The special disc, cut in the shape of the speech bubble found on the cover of said albbum, features the tracks “Sensitive Euro Man” and “Brink of the Clouds/Candylad” that first debuted on 'Wowee Zowee: Sordid Sentinels', the expanded edition that was released on CD in 2006, and will be available on vinyl for the first time via Matador Records globally. The singles are available to stream HERE. Limited to a one-time press of 3,000 copies, the shape picture disc is available to pre-order individually and as a bundle with the 'Wowee Zowee' LP exclusively through the Matador webstore HERE*.


photo : Michael Wong



Originally released 25 years ago on April 11, 1995, 'Wowee Zowee' was Pavement's 3rd studio album. Their most eclectic effort saw the band ignore genre limitations  as they careened wildly from the country-tinged “Father to a Sister of Thought” to the bluesy intro of “Extradition” to the psychedelic wooze of “Brinx Job”, all strung together by Stephen Malkmus’s idiosyncratic wordplay. The record’s energy oscillates throughout its 18 tracks with ballads featuring chiming arpeggios like “Grounded” and “AT&T” that are routinely upended by blasters like “Serpentine Pad”, “Flux=Rad” and “Best Friends Arm”. Could this be the most charming and timeless collection of songs in the Pavement catalog? Wouldn't you like to argue for hours and hours with strangers on the internet about it?



The release serves as the second entry in the 2020 edition of Matador Records’ overhyped acclaimed Revisionist History reissue series. Over the course of the year, Matador will mark anniversaries for some of the most celebrated releases in our catalogue with new reissues and repressings. With each release accompanying rare live footage, photos, music videos and more will be shared (PROVIDED WE CAN GET OUR SHIT TOGETHER). Full list of anniversaries below.

April 4, 1995 — GUIDED BY VOICES Alien Lanes — 25th anniversary

April 11, 1995 — PAVEMENT Wowee Zowee — 25th anniversary

May 2, 1995 — YO LA TENGO Electr-O-Pura — 25th anniversary?

Anniversary releases for CHAVEZ’s Gone Glimmering, BAILTER SPACE’s Wammo, and MARY TIMONY’s Mountains to follow later this year.

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VIDEO : MUZZ - "Broken Tambourine"


"Broken Tambourine"

Production, concept and story by: Paul Banks
Creative Director, artist and animator: Griffin Frazen







Muzz is the new project of Paul Bank (singer of Interpol), Josh Kaufman (esteemed producer/multi-instrumentalist and one third of Bonny Light Horseman), and Matt Barrick (drummer of Jonathan Fire*Eater, The Walkmen, and Fleet Foxes’ touring band). Today, the trio release their first official single/video, “Broken Tambourine”. “Broken Tambourine” begins with sparse, floating piano by Kaufman, before surging with Banks’ rumbling vocals, Barrick’s low percussion, and a lilting clarinet, while an open door during recording brings in the surrounding nature sounds of the studio in Woodstock and augments the song’s spacious atmosphere. Written, arranged and performed by all three, it perfectly encompasses the collaborative essence of Muzz, a group with recordings dating back to 2015, but, cosmically speaking, with seeds planted long ago.






So how did we get here? Why, casually, of course. Banks and Kaufman have been friends since their formative teen years, having attended high school together overseas before separately moving to New York City for further study. They independently crossed paths with Barrick while running in similar music circles. Some years on, they each remained in touch: Barrick drummed in Banks’ project with The RZA, Banks + Steelz, and on some of Kaufman’s production sessions; Kaufman helped on Banks’s early Julian Plenti solo endeavor; various demos were collaborated on; a studio in Philadelphia was co- bought; “what if”s and “we should”s were tossed about. When the opportunity to make music as a trio presented itself, the gentlemen pounced.

While “Broken Tambourine” is the band’s first official song for Matador, earlier this month, Muzz dropped “Bad Feeling” anonymously via Soundcloud. Stereogum recognized it as “a surprisingly loose and low-key indie track that piles on layers of beauty as it goes.” It chimes and slinks with a touch of panache as Barrick’s kick drum pushes the tune along and Kaufman’s Farfisa fills the space. Together, these two initial numbers from Muzz offer an early glimpse into the band’s dark and expansive sound, and genuine artistic chemistry.

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VIDEO : Car Seat Headrest - "Martin"




(illustrator : Cate Wurtz)


The second track from the forthcoming Car Seat Headrest album, 'Making A Door Less Open' (out May 1), "Martin" is available today  ; the band-created lyric video is viewable above.

Car Seat Headrest's April date at North Adams' MASS MoCA has been rescheduled to September 4.

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Car Seat Headrest on tour :
Wednesday, May 27 Palace Theatre, St. Paul MN *
 Thursday, May 28 The Pabst Theater, Milwaukee WI *
 Friday, May 29 Vic Theatre, Chicago IL @
 Saturday, May 30 Vic Theatre, Chicago IL @
 Tuesday, June 2 Majestic Theatre, Detroit MI *
 Wednesday, June 3 Danforth Music Hall, Toronto ON *
Thursday, June 4 Danforth Music Hall, Toronto ON *
Saturday, June 6 House of Blues, Boston MA *
 Sunday, June 7 State Theatre, Portland ME *
 Tuesday, June 9 Brooklyn Steel, Brooklyn NY *
 Wednesday, June 10 Brooklyn Steel, Brooklyn NY *
 Thursday, June 11 Brooklyn Steel, Brooklyn NY *
Saturday, June 13 Franklin Music Hall, Philadelphia PA *
Sunday, June 14 The Anthem, Washington D.C. *
Tuesday, June 16 The Ritz, Raleigh NC *
Wednesday, June 17 The Orange Peel, Asheville NC (On sale Noon local time this Friday) *
Thursday, June 18 The Senate, Columbia SC *
Friday, June 19 Tabernacle, GA *
Saturday, June 20 Brooklyn Bowl Nashville, Nashville TN *
Thursday, July 9 The Commodore, Vancouver BC+
Friday, July 10 The Commodore, Vancouver BC+
Saturday, July 11 Paramount Theatre, Seattle WA+
Sunday, July 12 Roseland Theater, Portland OR+
Tuesday, July 14 The Warfield, San Francisco CA+
Friday, July 17 Observatory North Park, San Diego CA+
Saturday, July 18 The Wiltern, Los Angeles CA+
Sunday, July 19 The Van Buren, Phoenix AZ+
Wednesday, July 22 Stubb’s, Austin TX+
Thursday, July 23 White Oak Music Hall, Houston TX+
Friday, July 24 Granada Theater, Dallas TX+
Saturday, July 25 Tower Theatre, Oklahoma City OK+
Sunday, July 26 Crossroads KC at Grinder's, Kansas City MO+
Tuesday, July 28 Ogden Theatre, Denver CO+
 @ w/ Ron Gallo
* w/ Twin Peaks
+w/ Porridge Radio
 

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VIDEO : Perfume Genius - "On The Floor"



"On The Floor" (directed by Mike Hadreas)



(photo : Camille Vivier)

This morning, Perfume Genius releases a new single, “On The Floor" from the forthcoming new album 'Set My Heart On Fire Immediately' (May 15). “On the Floor” is a celebratory pop song that plays with the album’s themes of love, sex, memory and the body, channeling popular music mythologies while irreverently authoring its own. As with the last single “Describe,” Mike Hadreas directed the video for “On The Floor” and notes, “A crush can really live on its own, separate from you and the person you are pining for. The fantasy feels like its own world, obsession can turn the person you are longing for in to a monument that has less and less to do with them and more to do with the idea of love itself and what it can do, what it can soothe or quiet or light on fire. I wanted to show that maddening, solitary part of desire but keep the core which is a real warmth and belief that you have something crucial to share with each other."

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Perfume Genius on tour :

Friday, May 29 United Center, Chicago IL *
Saturday, May 30 Fiserv Forum, Milwaukee WI *
Sunday, May 31 Little Caesar’s Arena, Detroit MI *
Tuesday, June 2 Scotia Bank Arena, Toronto ON *
Wednesday, June 3 Bell Centre, Montreal QC *
Saturday, June 6 Capital One Arena, Washington DC *
Monday, June 8 Spectrum Center, Charlotte NC *
Tuesday, June 9 State Farm Arena, Atlanta GA *
Thursday, June 11 American Airlines Arena, Miami FL *
Friday, June 12 Amway Center, Orlando FL *
Wednesday, July 17 Xcel Energy Center, St. Paul MN *
Sunday, July 19 Enterprise Center, St. Louis MN *
Monday, July 20 Sprint Center, Kansas City MO *
Tuesday, July 21 BOK Center, Tulsa OK *
Thursday, July 23 Frank Erin Center, Austin TX *
Friday, July 24 American Airlines Center, Dallas TX *
Saturday, July 25 Toyota Center, Houston TX *
Tuesday, July 28 Gila River Arena, Glendale AZ *
Thursday, July 30 Pepsi Center, Denver CO *
Saturday, August 1 Vivint Smart Home Arena, Salt Lake City UT *
Tuesday, August 3 MODA Center, Portland OR *
Wednesday, August 5 Rogers Arena, Vancouver BC *
Friday, August 7 The Gorge Amphitheater, George WA *

* with Tame Impala

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VIDEO : Stephen Malkmus - "Shadowbanned"



"Shadowbanned", directed by Jan Lankisch





(photo : Samuel Gerhke)

Stephen Malkmus releases a new single/video, “Shadowbanned,” from his new album, 'Traditional Techniques', coming March 6th. Following the first single “Xian Man,” “Shadowbanned” bursts with flute-laced swagger and Malkmus, as attuned as ever to the rhythms of the ever-evolving lingual slipstream sings of “Amazon wheatfields and rivers of Red Bull//drip gush drip//data driven skip//to the part where the left bros parody TED talks.” The video, directed by Jan Lankisch, features friends and fans of Malkmus, included but not limited to Kim Gordon, Kurt Vile, Conor Oberst, Mac DeMarco, Matt Korvete, Mary Lattimore, Sharon Van Etten, Jason Schwartzman and Jake Morris performing “Shadowbanned as a cartoon version of Malkmus . Said footage is interwoven with clips from older videos by Malkmus and Pavement in which the singer has been blurred, pixelated algorithmically replaced in order to render him invisible.

"The video was inspired by reading about female singers and musicians who were photoshopped from their album covers by an Iranian music streaming site,” says Lankisch who realized "Shadowbanned“with the help of Janosch Pugnaghi, Gesa Gadow, Lina Sieckmann and Miri Gossing The video represents two polar opposites: the involuntary erasure of a person in visual imagery and one's desire to perform as a persona, thereby leaving the constraints of one's everyday identity behind. "Identity is a matter of design. People like to play with characters and pretend to be someone else.” For this reason, Lankisch and Pugnaghi developed a filter for Instagram called "Being Stephen Malkmus,” which operates via face detection. The face of the user is overlaid with a stylized version of Malkmus’ face. The “Being Stephen Malkmus” Instagram filter is available today.

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Stephen Malkmus on Tour :

Tuesday, March 31 First Avenue, Minneapolis MN
Wednesday, April 1 Turner Hall, Milwaukee WI
Thursday, April 2 Thalia Hall, Chicago IL
Friday, April 3 Headliners, Louisville KY
Saturday, April 4 Cannery Ballroom, Nashville TN
Sunday, April 5 Terminal West, Atlanta GA
Tuesday, April 7 Orange Peel, Asheville NC
Wednesday, April 8 Cat’s Cradle, Carrboro NC
Thursday, April 9 The National, Richmond VA
Friday, April 10 Black Cat, Washington DC
Saturday, April 11 Union Transfer, Philadelphia PA
Monday, April 13 Webster Hall, New York NY
Wednesday, April 15 Royale, Boston MA
Thursday, April 16 L’Astral, Montreal QC
Friday, April 17 Danforth Music Hall, Toronto ON
Saturday, April 18 Beachland Ballroom, Cleveland OH
Sunday, April 19 St. Andrew’s Hall, Detroit MI
Friday, June 26 Imperial, Vancouver BC
Saturday, June 27 The Showbox, Seattle WA
Sunday, June 28 Wonder Ballroom, Portland OR
Tuesday, June 30 The Fillmore, San Francisco CA
Wednesday, July 1 El Rey, Los Angeles CA
Thursday, July 2 The Crescent Ballroom, Phoenix AZ
Friday, July 3 Venue TBD, Santa Fe NM
Saturday, July 4 Lowbrow Palace, El Paso TX
Monday, July 6 The Mohawk, Austin TX
Tuesday, July 7 Granada Theater, Dallas TX
Wednesday, July 8 Tower Theater, Oklahoma City OK
Thursday, July 9 Granada Theater, Lawrence KS
Saturday, July 11 Gothic Theater, Denver CO

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Coming May 1 : Car Seat Headrest - 'Making A Door Less Open'


(album art : Cate Wurtz)



"Can't Cool Me Down", Produced by Dos Rios Films, Lyric Animation by Marisa Gesualdi


(photo by Carlos Cruz)

'Making A Door Less Open', the new album from Car Seat Headrest and the first set of brand new songs since 2016’s Teens Of Denial, is set for release May 1.  The first single,  “Can’t Cool Me Down,” a staple of their live sets over the past year, from the forthcoming album, and its accompanying video, are out today.

Created over the course of four years, 'Making a Door Less Open' is the result of a  collaboration between Car Seat Headrest, led by Will Toledo, and 1 Trait Danger, a CSH electronic side project consisting of drummer Andrew Katz and Toledo’s alternative persona, “Trait.”

'Making A Door Less Open' sees Toledo embarking on new and imaginative roads to songwriting and recording, placing emphasis on the individual songs, each with its own “special energy,” rather than attempting to draw a coherent storyteller narrative through the album as he has in the past, resulting in his most dynamic and open-ended work to date.

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presave / preorder 'Making A Door Less Open'
This album was made from January 2015 to December 2019, starting as a collection of vague ideas that eventually turned into songs. I wanted to make something that was different from my previous records, and I struggled to figure out how to do that. I realized that because the way I listened to music had changed, I had to change the way I wrote music, as well. I was listening less and less to albums and more and more to individual songs, songs from all over the place, every few days finding a new one that seemed to have a special energy. I thought that if I could make an album full of songs that had a special energy, each one unique and different in its vision, then that would be a good thing.

Andrew, Ethan, Seth and I started going into the studio to record songs that had more finished structures and jam on ideas that didn’t. Then I would mess with the recordings until I could see my way to a song. Most of the time on this album was spent shuttling between my house and Andrew’s, who did a lot of the mixing on this. He comes from an EDM school of mixing, so we built up sample-heavy beat-driven songs that could work to both of our strengths.

Each track is the result of an intense battle to bring out its natural colors and transform it into a complete work. The songs contain elements of EDM, hip hop, futurism, doo-wop, soul, and of course rock and roll. But underneath all these things I think these may be folk songs, because they can be played and sung in many different ways, and they’re about things that are important to a lot of people: anger with society, sickness, loneliness, love...the way this album plays out is just our own interpretation of the tracks, with Andrew, Ethan and I forming a sort of choir of contrasting natures.

I think my main hope for the world of music is that it will continue to grow by taking from the past, with a consciousness of what still works now. Exciting moments in music always form at a crossroads - a new genre emerges from the pieces of existing ones, an artist strips down a forgotten structure and makes something alien and novel. If there is a new genre emergent in our times, it has not yet been named and identified, but its threads come from new ways of listening to all types of music, of new methods of creating music at an unprecedented level of affordability and personal freedom, of new audiences rising up through the internet to embrace works that would otherwise be lost, and above all from the people whose love of music drives them to create it in the best form they possibly can. Hopefully it will remain nameless for some time, so it can be experienced with that same newness and strangeness that accompanies any and all meaningful encounters with music.

“Yea but ?what’s with the mask”
Bob Dylan said, “if someone’s wearing a mask, he’s gonna tell you the truth...if he’s not wearing a mask, it’s highly unlikely.” He never actually wore a mask onstage so I don’t know why he said that. But I decided to start wearing a mask for a couple of reasons. One, I still get nervous being onstage with everybody looking at me. If everyone is looking at the mask instead, then it feels like we’re all looking at the same thing, and that is more honest to me. Two, music should be about enjoying yourself, especially live music, and I think of this costume as a way to remind myself and everyone else to have some fun with it. I don’t think it changes anything else about the songs or how you feel about them to be able to drop it for a second and have fun with it. If you can’t do that then you’re in a bad place...

The character comes from another project Andrew and I have been working on called 1 TRAIT DANGER. This is something Andrew started doing on tour—recording ideas for his own songs as they came to him, and forcibly enlisting everyone else to participate. It appealed to me because it was nothing like Car Seat Headrest, and the ideas cracked me up. Before we knew it we had two albums released, a video game that was almost impossible to beat, and a growing number of people who seemed to be enjoying it all. It’s been a great outlet for weird and untenable musical experiments, and the live performances have been a blast. I play a character called TRAIT, and we’ve been working out the backstory as we go. I think he spent a lot of time in classified government facilities before getting into the music business.

This is the kind of stuff that kept us going while we were working on MADLO. We were in our own little world and free to try any idea we “Yea but ?what’s with the mask”wanted. A lot of the ideas for 1 Trait bled over to the Car Seat tracks, and vice versa. You just can’t make music without first creating your own environment around it...sound’s always gotta travel through something. This time it was a mask.
—trait

Vinyl Track List
A01 Weightlifters [5:38]
A02 Can’t Cool Me Down [5:08]
A03 Hollywood [3:23]
A04 There Must Be More Than Blood [7:21]
B05 Hymn [3:02]
B06 Deadlines [5:03]
B07 Martin [3:27]
B08 What’s With You Lately [1:37]
B09 Life Worth Missing [4:52]
B10 Famous [2:49]
CD Track List
01 Weightlifters [5:41]
02 Can’t Cool Me Down [5:09]
03 Hollywood [3:22]
04 Martin [3:32]
05 Hymn (Remix) [2:48]
06 There Must Be More Than Blood [7:22]
07 Deadlines [5:05]
08 What’s With You Lately [1:37]
09 Life Worth Missing [4:52]
10 Famous [2:52]
11 Deadlines (Alternate Acoustic) [Bonus Track] [3:07]

12 Hollywood (Acoustic) [Bonus Track] [3:10]

Digital Tracklist - TBD








Ticket Presale Info

Album Preorder / Ticket Presale info:  Initial preorders of 'Making A Door Less Open' via the Matador Store will come with a presale code for the U.S. tour.
Album Preorder presale begins at 3pm Wednesday, February 26th


General on-sale is 10am local time Friday February 28th


Car Seat Headrest on Tour, New Dates in Bold

 

Saturday, April 25 MASS MoCA, North Adams MA (preview performance)
Wednesday, May 27 Palace Theatre, St. Paul MN *
 Thursday, May 28 The Pabst Theater, Milwaukee WI *
 Friday, May 29 Vic Theatre, Chicago IL @
 Saturday, May 30 Vic Theatre, Chicago IL @
 Tuesday, June 2 Majestic Theatre, Detroit MI *
 Wednesday, June 3 Danforth Music Hall, Toronto ON *
Thursday, June 4 Danforth Music Hall, Toronto ON *
Saturday, June 6 House of Blues, Boston MA *
 Sunday, June 7 State Theatre, Portland ME *
 Tuesday, June 9 Brooklyn Steel, Brooklyn NY *
 Wednesday, June 10 Brooklyn Steel, Brooklyn NY *
 Thursday, June 11 Brooklyn Steel, Brooklyn NY *
Saturday, June 13 Franklin Music Hall, Philadelphia PA *
Sunday, June 14 The Anthem, Washington D.C. *
Tuesday, June 16 The Ritz, Raleigh NC *
Wednesday, June 17 The Orange Peel, Asheville NC (On sale Noon local time this Friday) *
Thursday, June 18 The Senate, Columbia SC *
Friday, June 19 Tabernacle, GA *
Saturday, June 20 Brooklyn Bowl Nashville, Nashville TN *
Thursday, July 9 The Commodore, Vancouver BC
Friday, July 10 The Commodore, Vancouver BC
Saturday, July 11 Paramount Theatre, Seattle WA
Sunday, July 12 Roseland Theater, Portland OR
Tuesday, July 14 The Warfield, San Francisco CA
Friday, July 17 Observatory North Park, San Diego CA
Saturday, July 18 The Wiltern, Los Angeles CA
Sunday, July 19 The Van Buren, Phoenix AZ
Wednesday, July 22 Stubb’s, Austin TX
Thursday, July 23 White Oak Music Hall, Houston TX
Friday, July 24 Granada Theater, Dallas TX
Saturday, July 25 Tower Theatre, Oklahoma City OK
Sunday, July 26 Crossroads KC at Grinder's, Kansas City MO
Tuesday, July 28 Ogden Theatre, Denver CO
 @ w/ Ron Gallo
* w/ Twin Peaks
 

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Coming May 15 : Perfume Genius - 'Set My Heart On Fire Immediately'


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"Describe" video, directed by Mike Haedras

On May 15 Perfume Genius (Mike Hadreas) will release his 5th studio album, 'Set My Heart On Fire Immediately',  The first single is available today  --- “Describe,” a track that captures a sense living in the moment through a heavy fog of grizzly distortion and tumbling slide guitars. Hadreas notes, “it started as a really somber ballad. It was very minimal and very slow. And then it turned into this beast of a song. I started writing about when you are in such a dark place that you don't even remember what goodness is or what anything feels like. And so, the idea was having someone describe that to you, because you forgot or can’t get to it.” Its accompanying video, self-directed by Hadreas, envisions “an end of the world where there are no boundaries, there are no edges, no rules, or the rules are completely new with how you interact with each other and the space around you."

'Set My Heart On Fire Immediately' sees Hadreas re-teaming with Grammy nominated producer Blake Mills and features contributions from musicians Jim Keltner, Pino Palladino and Matt Chamberlin. It was recorded in Los Angeles, where Perfume Genius settled in 2017 with longtime partner and musical collaborator Alan Wyffels.

The album explores and subverts concepts of masculinity and traditional roles, and introduces decidedly American musical influences. Throughout the album Hadreas plays with themes of love, sex, memory and the body, channeling popular music mythologies while irreverently authoring its own. "I wanted to feel more open, more free and spiritually wild," says Hadreas, "and I'm in a place now where those feelings are very close-- but it can border on being unhinged. I wrote these songs as a way to be more patient, more considered -- to pull at all these chaotic threads hovering around me and weave them in to something warm, thoughtful and comforting"

The sense of communion and physicality was borne in part from Hadreas’ work on 'The Sun Still Burns Here'. Already a formidable stage presence, it had elevated him to a rigorous multi-disciplinary performer. “I had been working with them for a year and a half. With lots of rehearsals, lots of performances, lots of relationships and energies, and I was feeling connected to my body. I was feeling connected to all their bodies. And having boundaries be blurred and having rules be gone and having all this play within nonsense and absurdity -- in tandem with a real connection and truly valuable work.” In 2019, the show travelled to Boston, New York and Minneapolis after its Seattle debut.

'Set My Heart On Fire Immediately' will be available on May 15th at all retailers. Fans can pre-order the limited edition double LP in translucent blue with a 24x36” poster via the Matador webstore or in regular black at this link. The Matador webstore limited edition record can also be bundled with an exclusive t-shirt.

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Tracklist

1. Whole Life
2. Describe
3. Without You
4. Jason
5. Leave
6. On the Floor
7. Your Body Changes Everything
8. Moonbend
9. Just a Touch
10. Nothing at All
11. One More Try
12. Some Dream

13. Borrowed Light






AN IMPRESSION OF PERFUME GENIUS’ SET MY HEART ON FIRE IMMEDIATELY
By Ocean Vuong
Can disruption be beautiful? Can it, through new ways of embodying joy and power, become a way of thinking and living in a world burning at the edges? Hearing Perfume Genius, one realizes that the answer is not only yes—but that it arrived years ago, when Mike Hadreas, at age 26, decided to take his life and art in to his own hands, his own mouth. In doing so, he recast what we understand as music into a weather of feeling and thinking, one where the body (queer, healing, troubled, wounded, possible and gorgeous) sings itself into its future. When listening to Perfume Genius, a powerful joy courses through me because I know the context of its arrival—the costs are right there in the lyrics, in the velvet and smoky bass and synth that verge on synesthesia, the scores at times a violet and tender heat in the ear. That the songs are made resonant through the body’s triumph is a truth this album makes palpable. As a queer artist, this truth nourishes me, inspires me anew. This is music to both fight and make love to. To be shattered and whole with. If sound is, after all, a negotiation/disruption of time, then in the soft storm of Set My Heart On Fire Immediately, the future is here. Because it was always here. Welcome home.
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Perfume Genius on tour :

Friday, May 29 United Center, Chicago IL *
Saturday, May 30 Fiserv Forum, Milwaukee WI *
Sunday, May 31 Little Caesar’s Arena, Detroit MI *
Tuesday, June 2 Scotia Bank Arena, Toronto ON *
Wednesday, June 3 Bell Centre, Montreal QC *
Saturday, June 6 Capital One Arena, Washington DC *
Monday, June 8 Spectrum Center, Charlotte NC *
Tuesday, June 9 State Farm Arena, Atlanta GA *
Thursday, June 11 American Airlines Arena, Miami FL *
Friday, June 12 Amway Center, Orlando FL *
Wednesday, July 17 Xcel Energy Center, St. Paul MN *
Sunday, July 19 Enterprise Center, St. Louis MN *
Monday, July 20 Sprint Center, Kansas City MO *
Tuesday, July 21 BOK Center, Tulsa OK *
Thursday, July 23 Frank Erin Center, Austin TX *
Friday, July 24 American Airlines Center, Dallas TX *
Saturday, July 25 Toyota Center, Houston TX *
Tuesday, July 28 Gila River Arena, Glendale AZ *
Thursday, July 30 Pepsi Center, Denver CO *
Saturday, August 1 Vivint Smart Home Arena, Salt Lake City UT *
Tuesday, August 3 MODA Center, Portland OR *
Wednesday, August 5 Rogers Arena, Vancouver BC *
Friday, August 7 The Gorge Amphitheater, George WA *


* with Tame Impala

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