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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.

Spoon - "My Babe" Video, Adrian Sherwood Reconstruction





Today, you can watch the video for “My Babe.” It’s 'Lucifer On The Sofa''s  anthemic centerpiece – a genuine love song shot through with tenderness, optimism, and a touch of self-aware bravado.



The “My Babe” video takes inspiration from a short-lived late ’70s variety show hosted by the legendary country music producer and oddball poet, “Cowboy” Jack Clement. The clip is directed by Jamie-James Medina and stars Brad Leland ("Friday Night Lights"). On streaming services the song is backed with a reconstruction by dub pioneer Adrian Sherwood (above, photo by Harry Borden).

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stream / purchase 'Lucifer On The Sofa'

Spoon on tour :

Thursday, July 7 Town Ballroom, Buffalo NY
Friday, July 8 Empire Live, Albany NY
Saturday, July 9 Festival d'ete de Quebec, Quebec City QC
Monday, July 11 London Music Hall, London ON *
Tuesday, July 12 State Theatre, Kalamazoo MI *
Wednesday, July 13 The Sylvee, Madison WI *
Friday, July 15 Canopy Club, Urbana IL *
Saturday, July 16 Englert Civic Theatre, Iowa City IA *
Monday, July 18 Burton Cummings Theatre, Winnipeg MB
Tuesday, July 19 Conexus Arts Centre, Regina SK
Wednesday, July 20 Coors Centre, Saskatoon SK
Friday, July 22 Midway, Edmonton AB
Saturday, July 23 Calgary Folk Fest, Calgary AB
Monday, July 25 Capital Ballroom, Victoria BC
Tuesday, July 26 Commodore Ballroom, Vancouver BC
Thursday, August 25  Stone Pony Summer Stage, Asbury Park NJ %
Friday, August 26 Budweiser Stage, Toronto ON #
Saturday, August 27 Thompson’s Point, ­Portland ME %
Sunday, August 28 Bold Point Pavilion, Providence RI %
Tuesday, August 30 KEMBA Live! Outdoor, Columbus OH %
Thursday, September 1 ­­Andrew J. Brady Music Center, Cincinnati OH %
Saturday, September 3 Rabbit Rabbit, Asheville NC %
Sunday, September 4 Ryman Auditorium, Nashville TN %
Tuesday, September 6 ­Stage AE Outdoors, Pittsburgh PA %
Thursday, September 8 TCU Amphitheater at White River Park, Indianapolis IN %
Friday, September 9 ­Stifel Theatre, St. Louis MO %
Saturday, September 10 The Criterion, Oklahoma City OK %
Tuesday, September 13 The Theater at Virgin Hotels Las Vegas, Las Vegas NV %
Wednesday, September 14 Vina Robles Amphitheatre, Paso Robles CA %
Friday, September 16 Paramount Theatre, Seattle WA %
Saturday, September 17 Pioneer Courthouse Square, Portland OR %
Sunday, September 18 Pioneer Courthouse Square, Portland OR %
Thursday, October 6 Tolouse Theatre, New Orleans LA
Friday, October 7 Tolouse Theatre, New Orleans LA
October 7-9 Austin City Limits Festival, Austin TX
Tuesday, October 11 Cain’s Ballroom, Tulsa OK
October 14-16 Austin City Limits Festival, Austin TX
Saturday, November 19 Corona Capital Festival, Mexico City MX

* w/ Bodega
# Metric, Interpol, Spoon
% w/ Interpol, The Goon Sax

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Belle and Sebastian - KEXP Session





(photo by Amber Knecht)

Belle and Sebastian's May 31 session for KEXP is now available to view in full (above).  After a triumphant North American tour, the band return to the road July 8 at Bruges' Cactus Festival (full schedule can be found below.

stream / purchase the album 'A Bit Of Previous'
stream / download the single "A Bit Of Previous"

Belle and Sebastian on tour :
(tickets)

Friday, July 8 Cactus Festival, Bruges BE
Friday, July 15 Lloyds Amphitheatre, Bristol UK
Saturday, July 16 Doune The Rabbit Hole Festival, Stirling UK
Sunday, November 13 Great Hall - Student’s Union, Cardiff UK
Monday, November 14 The Roundhouse, London UK
Tuesday, November 15 The Roundhouse, London UK
Thursday, November 17 O2 Academy Sheffield, Sheffield UK
Friday, November 18 Olympia, Liverpool UK
Saturday, November 19 Hull University Union Asylum, Hull UK
Monday, November 21 Beach Ballroom, Aberdeen UK
Wednesday, November 23 Usher Hall, Edinburgh UK
Thursday, November 24 O2 City Hall, Newcastle UK
Friday, November 25 Manchester Academy, Manchester UK
Sunday, November 27 Corn Exchange, Cambridge UK
Monday, November 28 O2 Academy, Birmingham UK
Tuesday, November 29 Guildhall Southampton, Southampton UK
Wednesday, November 30 Brighton Dome, Brighton UK
Sunday, January 8 Le Mem, Rennes FR
Tuesday, January 10 Casino de Paris, Paris FR
Wednesday, January 11 Tivoli Grote Zaal, Utrecht NE
Friday, January 13 den Atelier, Luxembourg City LU
Saturday, January 14 Laeiszhalle, Hamburg DE
Monday, January 16 Tradgarn, Gothenburg SE
Tuesday, January 17 Filadelfia, Stockholm SE
Wednesday, January 18 Sentrum Scene, Oslo NO
Thursday, January 19 Vega, Copenhagen DK
Saturday, January 21 Tempodrom, Berlin DE
Sunday, January 22 Muffathalle, Munich DE
Monday, January 23 X-tra Limmathaus, Zurich CH
Wednesday, January 25 Co-op de Mai, Clermont-Ferrand FR
Thursday, January 26 Fabrique, Milan IT

+ with Thee Sacred Souls
# with Los Bitchos
^ with Japanese Breakfast and Los Bitchos

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Snail Mail - Fall '22 Tour w/ Turnstile & JPEGMAFIA



Today Snail Mail has announced over two dozen new tour dates alongside fellow Baltimore natives Turnstile and JPEGMAFIA. Tickets for the Fall '22 performances, which span across North America, are on sale this Thursday at 10am local time.

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Snail Mail on Tour, New Dates in Bold
Tuesday, June 21 Paradiso Noord, Amsterdam NL +
Thursday, June 23 The Ritz, Manchester UK +
Friday, June 24 QMU, Glasgow UK +
Sunday, June 26 Fairview Park, Dublie IE =
Tuesday, June 28 Marble Factory, Bristol UK +
Wednesday, June 29 O2 Forum Kentish Town, London UK +
Thursday, June 30 Chalk, Brighton UK +
Wednesday, July 6 Epicerie Moderne, Lyon FR +
July 7-9 Pohoda Festival, Trencin SK
Saturday, July 30 Fuji Rock Festival, Minamiuonuma JP
Friday, August 12 Fete Music Hall, Providence RI *
Saturday, August 13 Higher Ground, Burlington VT *
Sunday, August 14 Beak and Skiff, Syracuse NY !
Tuesday, August 16 Toad’s Place, New Haven CT *
Wednesday, August 17 The Stone Pony, Asbury Park NJ *
Friday, August 19 The National, Richmond VA *
Saturday, August 20, The NorVa, Norfolk VA *
Sunday, August 21 Neighborhood Theater, Charlotte NC *
Tuesday, August 23 The Beacham Theater, Orlando FL *
Wednesday, August 24 The Ritz Ybor, Tampa FL *
Friday, August 26 Saturn, Birmingham AL *
Saturday, August 27 The Mill & Mine, Knoxville TN *
Sunday, August 28 Headliners Music Hall, Louisville KY *
Tuesday, August 30 The Castle Theatre, Bloomington IL *
Wednesday, August 31 Majestic Theatre, Madison WI *
Friday, September 2 Turner Hall, Milwaukee WI *
Saturday, September 3 The Pageant, St. Louis MO *
Sunday, September 4 The Athenaeum Theatre, Columbus OH *
Tuesday, September 6 Majestic Theatre, Detroit MI *
Wednesday, September 7 Mr. Smalls Theatre, Millvale PA *
Friday, September 9 The Fillmore, Silver Spring MD *
Saturday, September 24 Frantic City, Atlantic City NJ &
Monday, October 3 The Brooklyn Mirage, Brooklyn NY ^
Tuesday, October 4 HISTORY, Toronto ON ^
Sunday, October 9 The Anthem, Washington DC ^
Tuesday, October 11 The Fillmore, Charlotte NC ^
Thursday, October 13 House of Blues, Lake Buena Vista FL ^
Friday, October 14 Jannus Live, St. Petersburg FL ^
Sunday, October 16 Orpheum Theater, New Orleans LA ^
Tuesday, October 18 Uptown Theater, Kansas City MO ^
Wednesday, October 19 The Pageant, St. Louis MO ^
Friday, October 21 Old Forester's Paristown Hall, Louisville KY ^
Saturday, October 22 KEMBA Live!, Columbus OH ^
Sunday, October 23 Byline Bank Aragon Ballroom, Chicago IL ^
Tuesday, October 25 The Fillmore, Minneapolis MN ^
Thursday, October 27 Mission Ballroom, Denver CO ^
Friday, October 28 The Complex, Salt Lake City UT ^
Sunday, October 30 Fox Theater, Oakland CA ^
Monday, October 31 The Warfield, San Francisco CA ^
Monday, November 7 The Van Buren, Phoenix AZ #
Tuesday, November 8 Brooklyn Bowl, Las Vegas NV #
Friday, November 11 The Aztec Theatre, San Antonio TX #
Saturday, November 12 Bayou Music Center, Houston TX #
Wednesday, November 16 Stage AE, Pittsburgh PA #
Thursday, November 17 Town Ballroom, Buffalo NY #
Saturday, November 19 Roadrunner, Boston MA #

+ w/ The Goon Sax
= w/ St. Vincent
* w/ Hotline TNT & Momma
! w/ Courtney Barnett, Faye Webster, and Hana Vu
& w/ Yo La Tengo, Car Seat Headrest and more
^ w/ Turnstile, JPEGMAFIA
# w/ Turnstile, special guest

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Out Today : Perfume Genius - 'Ugly Season'





The new Perfume Genius album, 'Ugly Season', which began as an accompaniment to Mike Hadreas and choreographer Kate Wallach's 2019 "The Sun Still Burns", is out today on LP and available to stream on all digital platforms.

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Ugly Season Tracklist
01. Just a Room
02. Herem
03. Teeth
04. Pop Song
05. Scherzo
06. Ugly Season
07. Eye in the Wall
08. Photograph
09. Hellbent
10. Cenote

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Perfume Genius - "Pygmalion's Ugly Season"



This Friday, June 17 Perfume Genius will release his new album, Ugly Season via Matador Records. To coincide with the release of the album, Perfume Genius (Mike Hadreas) teamed with renowned visual artist Jacolby Satterwhite for a 30 minute film featuring Hadreas and the music of Ugly Season. Entitled Pygmalion’s Ugly Season, the film - both stunning and surreal -  is out today and available to view below.



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The ten songs that make up Ugly Season began as an accompaniment to Perfume Genius (Mike Hadreas) and choreographer Kate Wallich’s dance piece, The Sun Still Burns Here, which was commissioned by the Seattle Theatre Group and Mass MoCA and performed via residencies in Seattle, Minneapolis, New York City, and Boston throughout 2019. Hadreas developed all new music for the work, which was then refined and expanded upon separately in the studio with long-time partner Alan Wyffels and producer Blake Mills.

These sessions were collaborative in nature. “Some were ‘traditional’ songs that I took into the studio, while other pieces were born out of improvisations between Blake and I. Alan wrote ‘Scherzo’ in its entirety,” says Hadreas. The presence of these external voices  – Wyffels, Mills, and Wallich – gives Ugly Season’s songs a shape and character that is singular in the P.G. oeuvre. Moments of melody and pop-songcraft intermingle with operatic multi-movement compositions steeped in pulsing percussion and alien mood. During the dance piece’s initial run, Hadreas shared two of the project’s compositions - “Pop Song” and “Eye in the Wall.”

With the onset of the pandemic in 2020, it was no longer possible to perform The Sun Still Burns Here in the spirit it was conceived. Hadreas offered the now-completed recordings up to Satterwhite, known for his immersive multidisciplinary technique that fuses live video, 3-D animation.

“I gave him free reign,” says Hadreas. “We're both the same age, I feel very aligned with Jacolby when it comes to taste and certain pop culture obsessions. There is also a spiritual harmony between us in the way we approach work and the similar energetic spaces we want to inhabit, realize and share."

“Mike and I are both writing scripts,” explains Satterwhite. “My visual narrative serendipitously mirrors the lyrical direction in his music; it’s a rare, like-minded bond. It’s a creation myth. How do you architecturally mold and render an idealized version of utopia? It’s about making something that you desire so beyond your scope that it’s hard to grapple into a concrete form.”

Ugly Season bookends a two-year period of intense creativity from Perfume Genius, which includes the full-length Set My Heart of Fire Immediately, that album’s remixed counterpart Immediately, the dance piece, and the subsequent film collaboration with Satterwhite. It is a stand-alone record, but it encompasses the mood, sweep, and moment of these works. It began within a physically and intimate space, but has since taken up residence in digital-unreality. Where it's going is different than where it started.

“PYGMALION’S UGLY SEASON”
A film by Jacolby Satterwhite
featuring Perfume Genius
Label: Matador Records
Management: New Community Management
Director: Jacolby Satterwhite
Edit: Jacolby Satterwhite
Animation: Jacolby Satterwhite
Design: Jacolby Satterwhite
VFX: Jacolby Satterwhite
Executive Producer: Jannie McInnes
Production Company: Scheme Engine
Head of Production: James Rothman
Live Action Producer: Brian Mcelroy
DP: Gary Bardizbanian
Stylist: David Casavant
HMU: Rashad Taylor
Associate Producer: Hudson Payer
Production Coordinator: Charlie Freiberg
1st AC: Mars Alba
Gaffer: Daniele Napolitano
Key Grip: Albi Sala
PA: Samson Jeter
PA: Violyt Martin
Dancers: August Henderson, Boy Radio, Jack Blackmon, Tate Justas, Trevor Hansen
“Pygmalion’s Ugly Season“ features “Herem,” ”Hellbent”, “Ugly Season,” “Photograph,” “Cenote” by Perfume Genius.



Ugly Season Tracklist
01. Just a Room
02. Herem
03. Teeth
04. Pop Song
05. Scherzo
06. Ugly Season
07. Eye in the Wall
08. Photograph
09. Hellbent
10. Cenote

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New From Belle and Sebastian - "A Bit of Previous"





"A Bit Of Previous", directed by Graham Samuels



(photo : Marisa Privitera)

It's not common practice to have an album's title track released after said album as a standalone single, but Belle and Sebastian aren't sticklers for ceremony. Today, the band release new single and video “A Bit of Previous,” which shares the title of their critically acclaimed 9th full-length released in May.

Explained alternately as an allusion to the concept of reincarnation in Buddhism and a passing reference to a past romantic relationship by a band member's father – in either instance, “A Bit of Previous” touches on how the past can give fresh perspective to our present via dark and jangly upbeat pop that is melancholy as it is purposeful and is another piece in the rich tapestry of Belle and Sebastian’s latest era.

The hand drawn video was directed and illustrated by long time band collaborator Graham Samuels and Henrik Appel, following a concept by frontman Stuart Murdoch. “The song touched on the themes of karma and reincarnation,” says Murdoch. “In the clip a woman journeys through her life ‘seeing’ people’s karma. She sees what they are and what they will become. She sees people who are doing well, who are gods in this life. ‘Just because you’ve got the highground / Doesn’t mean you have the most fun’. She imagines them transform into different life forms, even into walking ghosts. Conversely, she sees some who are destitute and alone. She sees them transforming into enlightened people. Finally, she imagines her own future, shrouded in cloud and mystery.”

stream / download the single : "A Bit Of Previous"
stream/purchase the album  'A Bit Of Previous'

Belle and Sebastian on tour :

Wednesday, June 8 The Bridge at Santa Fe Brewing Company, Santa Fe NM+
Friday, June 10 Beer City Music Hal, Oklahoma City OK+
Saturday, June 11 Stubb’s Waller Creek, Austin TX#
Monday, June 13 Ryman Auditorium, Nashville TN#
Tuesday, June 14 The Ritz, Raleigh NC^
Wednesday, June 15 Wolf Trap, Vienna VA^
Thursday, June 16 Central Park Summerstage, New York NY#
Friday, June 17 Franklin Music Hall, Philadelphia PA#
Saturday, June 18 Roadrunner, Boston MA#
Friday, July 8 Cactus Festival, Bruges BE
Friday, July 15 Lloyds Amphitheatre, Bristol UK
Saturday, July 16 Doune The Rabbit Hole Festival, Stirling UK
Sunday, November 13 Great Hall - Student’s Union, Cardiff UK
Monday, November 14 The Roundhouse, London UK
Tuesday, November 15 The Roundhouse, London UK
Thursday, November 17 O2 Academy Sheffield, Sheffield UK
Friday, November 18 Olympia, Liverpool UK
Saturday, November 19 Hull University Union Asylum, Hull UK
Monday, November 21 Beach Ballroom, Aberdeen UK
Wednesday, November 23 Usher Hall, Edinburgh UK
Thursday, November 24 O2 City Hall, Newcastle UK
Friday, November 25 Manchester Academy, Manchester UK
Sunday, November 27 Corn Exchange, Cambridge UK
Monday, November 28 O2 Academy, Birmingham UK
Tuesday, November 29 Guildhall Southampton, Southampton UK
Wednesday, November 30 Brighton Dome, Brighton UK
Sunday, January 8 Le Mem, Rennes FR
Tuesday, January 10 Casino de Paris, Paris FR
Wednesday, January 11 Tivoli Grote Zaal, Utrecht NE
Friday, January 13 den Atelier, Luxembourg City LU
Saturday, January 14 Laeiszhalle, Hamburg DE
Monday, January 16 Tradgarn, Gothenburg SE
Tuesday, January 17 Filadelfia, Stockholm SE
Wednesday, January 18 Sentrum Scene, Oslo NO
Thursday, January 19 Vega, Copenhagen DK
Saturday, January 21 Tempodrom, Berlin DE
Sunday, January 22 Muffathalle, Munich DE
Monday, January 23 X-tra Limmathaus, Zurich CH
Wednesday, January 25 Co-op de Mai, Clermont-Ferrand FR
Thursday, January 26 Fabrique, Milan IT

+ with Thee Sacred Souls
# with Los Bitchos
^ with Japanese Breakfast and Los Bitchos

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