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Perfume Genius - "Live at The Palace Theater" on YouTube

(Filmed by Adam Gundersheimer)

It's been one year since Perfume Genius released Set My Heart On Fire Immediately. To commemorate the anniversary "Live at The Palace Theater," the concert-length film premiered last summer, has been made available on Perfume Genius' YouTube Channel.

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Stream IMMEDIATELY Remixes
(limited vinyl edition out June 12th as part of Record Store Day 2021)

You Body Changes Everything
Without You
On The Floor
Whole Life
Slip Away
Some Dream
Nothing at All
One More try
My Body

Fade Into You
Normal Song

Vocals - Mike Hadreas
Keyboard and Piano - Alan Wyffels
Guitar - Meg Duffy
Guitar / Keyboard - Greg Uhlmann
Bass - Patrick Kelly
Drums - Tim Carr
Violin I - Anna Bulbrook
Violin II - Rhea Fowler
Viola - Elizabeth Lauren Baba
Cello - April Dawn Guthrie

Perfume Genius Online

Mdou Moctar - "Chet Boghassa" (Tinariwen)

Mdou Moctar covering Tinariwen's "Chet Boghassa"
Live in Niamey, Niger, Winter 2021
Footage shot by: Mamadou Halidou & WH Moustapha / Dynamique image
Audio Recorded by: Mikey Coltun
Mixed and Mastered by Seth Manchester at Machines with Magnets

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Mdou Moctar online
Official site

Coming July 9 : The Goon Sax - 'Mirror II'

(photo : Elliott Lauren)

"In The Stone"
Directed by Mara Palena

The Goon Sax have announced a new album 'Mirror II', to be released July 9th on Matador Records. The band’s third full-length and first for Matador, 'Mirror lI' is a new beginning: a multi-dimensional eclectic journey of musical craftsmanship that moves from disco to folk to no wave skronk with staggering cohesion. The first-person narratives of their school days have graduated into an immersive and fluid world, one where “the narrator changes, the view-point isn’t definitive”. Songs have been made expansive, more universal, more weird— as introduced by the supernatural avant-pop of first single ‘In The Stone,’ directed by Mara Palena.

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(stream / download "In The Stone")

“‘In The Stone’ is set in Berlin where I moved with my partner at the time, just after finishing school and recording our last album We’re Not Talking at the end of 2017,” says Louis Forster. “We were both exploring ourselves - accepting each other's changes and celebrating flux - but also reckoning with the complicated need for a solid sense of self and the person we loved. Musically the song was influenced by what was playing in the background of our conversations which often took place in Ubers, supermarkets, outside parties etc. So, it probably bears more of a subconsciously absorbed modern pop influence than anything else we’ve done as a band.”

The band have also confirmed a run of UK dates in September, including a headline show at London’s MOTH Club on September 6th and a slot at End Of The Road festival. A full list of dates can be found below.
Since forming in high school, Brisbane band The Goon Sax— the trio of Riley Jones, Louis Forster, and James Harrison, best friends who take turns writing, singing, and playing each instrument— have been celebrated for their kinetic homemade pop.

On their debut album, 2016’s Up to Anything, it was their candid affection and scrappy instrumentation that drew praise; 2018’s We’re Not Talking was exalted for the same—their massive choruses, a sharpening of their craft, then with an addition of horns, strings, piano, and castanets to their guitar/bass/drums.

'Mirror ll', recorded in Bristol at Invada Studios, owned by Geoff Barrow of Portishead and Beak, with producer John Parish (Aldous Harding, PJ Harvey), is the result of three years of writing, and some considerable time spent apart: Louis relocated to Berlin and worked at a cinema (he sings in German on the track ‘Bathwater’), Riley and James formed an angular post-punk band called Soot. All three experimented with abstract, atonal sounds before recapturing the essence of The Goon Sax: “pop melody,” Louis explains. “The first two albums are inherently linked. They had three-word titles; they went together. This one definitely felt like going back to square one and starting again, and that was really freeing.”

“We lived in a shared house together, this tiny little Queenslander we called ‘Fantasy Planet,’ where we wrote the album,” Riley explains. “We were able to go to each other’s rooms and say anything that came to mind and go to the practice room three times a week. It was pretty intense.”

'Mirror II'  is intense, the sum of everything that has always made The Goon Sax great: robust sprechgesang, raw lyrical candor, ascending guitar pop structures that would make the most storied jangle bands blush, elevated into their newfound narrative verisimilitude and expanded sonic experimentations.

Riley’s bubblegum noise is more present than ever before (“Desire”, “Tag”) reflecting her heavy Les Rallizes Dénudés and Keiji Haino influence, and some Kylie Minogue-inspired “sparkle sound”.

Louis’ moody, shapeshifting pop (“Psychic”, “In the Stone”) stems from an admiration for HTRK, Young Marble Giants, Stereolab, The Motels’ ‘Total Control’, Justin Beiber’s ‘Sorry’, Chris Kraus’s I Love Dick and Diane Di Prima’s Memoirs of a Beatnik in equal measure.

James’ psychedelic folk (“Carpetry”, “Caterpillars”) is no doubt studied from The Walker Brothers, Jandek, Felt, and Pink Floyd’s Syd Barrett. “I got into Syd Barrett’s lyrics because they were hazy, relatable and honest but up in the air. That’s how I felt,” he says of his whimsical songs. “I was experiencing romantic love for the first time, it felt out of my control, and there’s something about Syd Barrett’s lyrics… it doesn’t just come from inside us; it is the moments that are happening to us as well.”

Those uninhibited combinations wouldn’t work for most bands, but then again, The Goon Sax aren’t most bands: their deep trust in one another is the very spirit of 'Mirror ll'. “I was reading 'The Philosophy of Andy Warhol' the other day. He said something so perfect… ‘I’m sure I’m going to look in the mirror and see nothing. People are always calling me a mirror, and if a mirror looks into a mirror, what is there to see?’” Riley recites. “The name ['Mirror II'] was totally arbitrary to begin with, but it became about reflecting on reflection: we all get so influenced by each other. You find other people who show you yourself, who you are.” - Maria Sherman.

'Mirror II' Tracklist
01. In the Stone
02. Psychic
03. Tag
04. Temples
05. The Chance
06. Bathwater
07. Desire
08. Carpetry
09. Til Dawn
10. Caterpillars

‘Mirror II’ is available on LP in a die-cut sleeve, available on white vinyl at participating independent record stores, on CD, and with a new t-shirt available exclusively on the Matador webstore. Orders will be accompanied by a glossy photo print signed by the band while supplies last. The Goon Sax is distributed by Chapter Music in Australia and New Zealand.

The Goon Sax On Tour, (Dates in Bold On Sale Friday at 10am UK)

Friday, May 21 The Zoo, Brisbane AU
Saturday, May 29 Mary’s Underground, Sydney AU
Thursday, June 3 Rising Festival, Melbourne AU
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

The Goon Sax - "In The Stone" Video Coming May 12

Premiering tomorrow (Wednesday, May 12) at 10am eastern,
The Goon Sax - "In The Stone"

The Goon Sax Online
official website

Matador Revisionist History Podcast, Ep. 2: Kurt Vile & John Agnello

We return today with the second installment of the Matador Revisionist History podcast, which pairs artists and collaborators to discuss a Matador album celebrating a noteworthy anniversary.

This episode honors Kurt Vile’s eternal and undeniable classic, 'Smoke Ring For My Halo' (2011), which celebrated its 10th birthday back in March.

Here, Kurt and producer John Agnello reminisce on the making of the record — setting the scene (“We were like the suburban Ramones,” says Kurt), geeking out, and hinting at the moment’s make-it-or-break-it pressures (“Better not fuck it up,” Kim Gordon told Agnello). Kurt and John both wind up using the word “magic” a lot and not without reason.

More Revisionist History action is on the way as we close in on big dates for Fucked Up, Gang of Four, Mission of Burma, and The New Pornographers.

And, of course, you can revisit our debut episode, which features Mary Timony, Liz Phair, and Snail Mail’s Lindsey Jordan.

'Smoke Ring For My Halo' LP/CDs are on sale now through May 18th. No discount code necessary.

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Stream/Purchase Bottle It In

Kurt Vile Online

Mdou Moctar - "Afrique Victime" Lyric Video

"Afrique Victime" lyric video (English)

"Afrique Victime"  (French)

Motion design by Michael Speed

'Afrique Victime' is available everywhere on LP, CD and digital formats May 21.

stream / download "Afrique Victime"
presave / preorder 'Afrique Victime'

Mdou Moctar online
Official site

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