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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.

VIDEO : Perfume Genius - "Some Dream"



"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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WATCH: Car Seat Headrest on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon



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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Coming January 15 : Mary Timony - 'Mountains' (20th Anniversary Expanded Edition)



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).



"Dream Machine"
written and directed by Brett Vapnek

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Tracklist
01. Dungeon Dance
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
10. 1542
11. Valley of One Thousand Perfumes
12. Tiger Rising
13. An-deluzion
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)


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Julien Baker - "A Dreamer's Holiday"





(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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VIDEO : Perfume Genius - "Nothing At All" (LIve From The Palace Theater)



(cinematography: Adam Gundersheimer)

Perfume Genius' performance of "Nothing At All" from the recent "Live At The Palace Theater" livestream is now available to view on YouTube. The studio version of "Nothing At All" can be found on AOTY juggernaut 'Set My Heart On Fire Immediately', currently on sale at the Matador Store for 25% off (use discount code SAVE25)

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Muzz - Live in Kingston, NY



Muzz have announced Muzz – Live in Kingston NY, the band's first-ever show, playing songs from their eponymous debut album. The livestream event will take place December 4th at 4pm ET, and will commence with a live Q&A with the band. The performance will then be available on-demand for 48 hours. Tickets are available HERE. A limited edition T-shirt created by the band will also be available to ticket buyers.

Filmed at Reade’s Old Kingston Theater in New York, Muzz – Live in Kingston, NY will see the three-piece of Paul Banks (vocals, guitar, keyboard), Josh Kaufman (guitar, keyboard) and Matt Barrick (drums, percussion) joined by musicians Annie Nero (bass, backing vocals), and Stuart Bogie (saxophone, flute, harmonica, clarinet, keyboard) for a full-fledged, never-before-seen rendition of the expansive sound found on the album.

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