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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.

Snail Mail - "Ben Franklin"



Directed by Josh Coll



photo : Tina Tyrell

Snail Mail (Lindsey Jordan) recently announced the November 5th release of her new album 'Valentine'. Today, she shares a new single “Ben Franklin,” along with a companion music video directed by Josh Coll. Lindsey writes, "I wanted to sonically and lyrically get out of my comfort zone with Ben Franklin. It felt only right that the visual accompaniment should include dancing in front of a camera and holding a 10 foot snake close to my face."
stream / download "Ben Franklin"
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Snail Mail On Tour

TICKETS AVAILABLE HERE

Saturday, November 27 The National, Richmond VA *
Sunday, November 28 Neighborhood Theatre, Charlotte NC *
Tuesday, November 30 The Beacham Theater, Orlando FL *
Wednesday, December 1 The Ritz Ybor, Tampa FL *
Friday, December 3 Saturn, Birmingham AL *
Saturday, December 4 The Mill & Mine, Knoxville TN *
Sunday, December 5 Headliners Music Hall, Louisville KY *
Tuesday, December 7 Turner Hall, Milwaukee WI *
Wednesday, December 8 Majestic Theatre, Madison WI *
Friday, December 10 The Pageant, St. Louis MO *
Saturday, December 11 The Castle Theatre, Bloomington IL *
Sunday, December 12 The Athenaeum Thratre, Columbus OH *
Monday, December 13 Majestic Theatre, Detroit MI *
Wednesday, December 15 Mr. Smalls Theatre, Millvale PA *
Thursday, December 16 Toad’s Place, New Haven CT *
Friday, December 17 Fete Music Hall, Providence RI *
Saturday, December 18 The Stone Pony, Asbury Park NJ *
Sunday, December 19 The NorVa, Norfolk VA *
Tuesday, December 21 The Fillmore, Silver Spring MD *

Friday, February 18 Manchester Academy 2, Manchester UK
Sunday, February 20 QMU, Glasgow UK
Tuesday, February 22 SWX, Bristol UK
Wednesday, February 23 O2 Forum Kentish Town, London UK
Friday, February 25 Le Trabendo, Paris FR
Saturday, February 26 Epicerie Moderne, Lyon FR
Sunday, February 27 Locomotiv, Bologna IT
Monday, February 28 Magnolia, Milan IT
Wednesday, March 2 Bogen F, Zurich CH
Thursday, March 3 Ampere, Munich DE
Friday, March 4 Groovestation, Dresden DE
Sunday, March 6 Loppen, Copenhagen DK
Monday, March 7 Oceanen, Gotherburg SE
Tuesday, March 8 Parkteatret, Oslo NO
Thursday, March 10 Slaktkyrkan, Stockholm SE
Saturday, March 12 Columbia Theater, Berlin DE
Sunday, March 13 Knust, Hamburg DE
Monday, March 14 AB Ballroom, Brussels BE
Tuesday, March 15 Gebaude 9, Cologne DE
Wednesday, March 16 Paradiso Noord, Amsterdam NL

Tuesday, April 5 Union Transfer, Philadelphia PA #
Wednesday, April 6 Union Transfer, Philadelphia PA #
Thursday, April 7 Kings Theatre, Brooklyn NY #
Friday, April 8 Royale, Boston MA #
Saturday, April 9 Club Soda, Montreal QC #
Monday, April 11 Phoenix Concert Theatre, Toronto ON #
Tuesday, April 12 Agora Theatre, Cleveland OH #
Thursday, April 14 Riviera Theatre, Chicago IL #
Friday, April 15 First Avenue, Minneapolis MN #
Saturday, April 16 Liberty Hall, Lawrence KS #
Sunday, April 17 Ogden Theater, Denver CO #
Tuesday, April 19 Olympia Film Society, Olympia WA
Wednesday, April 20 Moore Theatre, Seattle WA ^
Thursday, April 21 Vogue Theatre, Vancouver BC ^
Friday, April 22 Wonder Ballroom, Portland OR ^
Saturday, April 23 Wonder Ballroom, Portland OR ^
Sunday, April 24 Fox Theater, Oakland CA ^
Wednesday, April 27 Hollywood Palladium, Los Angeles CA ^
Thursday, April 28 The Observatory North Park, San Diego CA ^
Friday, April 29 The Nile, Mesa AZ ^
Saturday, April 30 Meow Wolf, Santa Fe NM ^
Monday, May 2 ACL Live at the Moody Theater, Austin TX ^
Tuesday, May 3 The Factory Studio, Dallas TX ^
Thursday, May 5 The Masquerade – Heaven Stage, Atlanta GA ^
Friday, May 6 The Orange Peel, Asheville NC ^
Saturday, May 7 Cat’s Cradle, Carrboro NC ^
Sunday, May 8 Brooklyn Bowl, Nashville TN ^

* w/ Spencer, Hotline TNT
# w/ Joy Again
^ w/ The Goon Sax

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Circuit des Yeux - "Vanishing", 2022 Dates



"Vanishing"
written and directed by Haley Fohr



photo : Evan Jenkins

Circuit des Yeux (Haley Fohr) has released a new single and video taken from her Matador Records debut, '-io', out October 22nd. “Vanishing” is Circuit des Yeux at her most colossal, with driving strings that border on Bond theme-esque, leading to a howling chorus refrain with Fohr’s sonorous 4-octave voice at center stage. The self-directed video for “Vanishing” sees her veering between different personas and backdrops, channelling the multifaceted drama, absurdity and apocalypse which underpin the new album.

Fohr says:
Vanishing is an account of climate change and loss through the final stage of grief.

In this video I embody our evolving consciousness toward Earth and its health by representing four characters.

Lemonade Lady is the evasive optimist who is unwilling to acknowledge her changing surroundings.

Prepared Weather Person is the anxious prepper; ready for the worst and isolated by fear.

The Mortal Sufferer gets blown away in a field and serves as evidence that us corporeal beings are at the behest of our environment.

And Worm Girl personifies the stoic reality that all things human undoubtedly decompose in time.





(stream/download "Vanishing")
(presave/preorder '-io')

Circuit des Yeux has also announced European and North American tour dates for 2022. The live band, consisting of Fohr (vocals, guitar, sampler), Ashley Guerrero (drums), Andrew Scott Young (contrabass) and Whitney Johnson (viola), will be joined on select dates by a string section. This includes a special performance at the Barbican Centre’s Milton Court Concert Hall accompanied by a quintet of soloists from the London Contemporary Orchestra on April 6th. A full list of dates can be found below.

Circuit des Yeux on Tour
Friday, October 22 Knockdown Center, Brooklyn NY *
Sunday, November 21 Thalia Hall, Chicago IL **
Friday, February 25 Freemont Abbey, Seattle WA
Saturday, February 26 Anita, Astoria OR
Sunday, February 27 The Old Church, Portland OR
Tuesday, March 1 Rickshaw Stop, San Francisco CA
Wednesday, March 2 Pico Union Project, Los Angeles CA
Saturday, April 2 Dampfzentrale, Bern CH &

Monday, April 4 HAU 1, Berlin DE
Wednesday, April 6 Milton Court, London UK $
Friday, April 8 Rewire Festival, Den Haag NL
Saturday, April 9 BRDCST Festival, Brussels BE
Monday, April 11 Centre Pompidou, Paris FR
Wednesday, April 13 L’Auditorium du Conservatoire, Lilles FR


* w/ Wordless Music Orchestra
** w/ 16 piece orchestra
& w/ Kaleidoscope String Quartet
$ w/ London Chamber Orchestra Soloists

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Algiers - "TV Party"



(directed by Ian Cone)

At this very moment, Algiers are halfway through a full U.S. tour – the band’s first since the release of its third full-length, 'There Is No Year', in January of 2020.

For those seeking to preview the group’s current on-stage energies, we bring you “Algiers: TV Party.” It’s a 20-minute live set, which was filmed last fall and includes performances of “Void,” “Cleveland,” “Losing is Ours,” and “Death March.”

"This set was loosely inspired by the music performances on Glenn O'Brien's famed late 70s/early 80s NYC public access television show,” explains Lee Tesche. “It was filmed in a TV studio using the same analogue equipment."

Algiers on tour :

Thursday, September 23 Substation, Seattle WA
Friday, September 24 Polaris, Portland OR
Saturday, September 25, Treefort Music Fest, Boise ID
Monday, September 27 Rickshaw Stop, San Francisco CA
Wednesday, September 29 Constellation, Santa Ana CA
Thursday, September 30 Zebullon, Los Angeles CA
Friday, October 1 Casbah, San Diego CA
Saturday, October 2 Club Congress, Tuscon AZ
Sunday, October 3 Sister, Albuquerque NM
Tuesday, October 5 Empire Control Room, Austin TX
Wednesday, October 6 White Oak Music Hall, Houston TX
Thursday, October 7 Gasa Gasa, New Orleans LA
Saturday, October 9 The Earl, Atlanta GA
Tuesday, May 10 ISC, Bern, CH
Wednesday, May 11 Cirolo, Turin, IT
Thursday, May 12 Biko, Milan, IT
Saturday, May 14 Bogen F, Zurich, CH
Monday, May 16 Strom, Munich, DE
Tuesday, May 17th Manufaktur, Schorndorf, DE
Wednesday, May 18 Lido, Berlin, DE
Friday, May 20th Nalen Klubb, Stockholm, SE
Saturday, May 21st Revolver, Oslo, NO
Sunday, May 22nd Stengade, Copenhagen, DK
Monday, May 23rd Knust, Hamburg, DE
Wednesday, May 25th Forum, Bielefeld, DE
Thursday, May 26th Club Volta, Cologne, DE
Friday, May 27th Doornroosje, Nijmegen, NL

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VIDEO : The Goon Sax - "Temples"



"Temples"
directed by James Caswell

Back in July of this year, Brisbane trio The Goon Sax released their much-admired third album and Matador Records debut, 'Mirror II'. They return today with a video for the song “Temples,” which features James Harrison on lead vocals. The band will also join Snail Mail on a run of U.S. tour dates this spring.
"'Temples' is a song that I wanted to be overwhelmingly pretty and a bit nostalgic. It sort of reminds me of an epic biopic or a scripted love letter.

When writing the lyrics, I was trying to surmise a romance in its entirety rather than as a self-contained moment. That's why I think the romanticism is a bit unbelievable. And why I felt like I was in a dream state when I wrote it.

The lyrics are referential to The Wind and The Willows as well as Tim Buckley. The video takes inspiration from Joanna Newsom's clip for 'Divers' as well as a scene from the 2000’s Kanye West clip 'All Falls Down'". - James Harrison


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For the past 12 hours, The Goon Sax have taken over Matador's Instagram account. If that means the content is uncharacteristically interesting for a change, so be it. We'll return to regular programming soon enough.

The Goon Sax on tour :

Monday, January 24th - Mono - Glasgow, UK
Tuesday, January 25th - YES - Manchester, UK
Wednesday, January 26th - Hare & Hounds - Birmingham, UK
Friday, January 28th - Moth Club - London, UK
Wednesday, April 20 Moore Theatre, Seattle WA ^
Thursday, April 21 Vogue Theatre, Vancouver BC ^
Friday, April 22 Wonder Ballroom, Portland OR ^
Saturday, April 23 Wonder Ballroom, Portland OR ^
Sunday, April 24 Fox Theater, Oakland CA ^
Wednesday, April 27 Hollywood Palladium, Los Angeles CA ^
Thursday, April 28 The Observatory North Park, San Diego CA ^
Friday, April 29 The Nile, Mesa AZ ^
Saturday, April 30 Meow Wolf, Santa Fe NM ^
Monday, May 2 ACL Live at the Moody Theater, Austin TX ^
Tuesday, May 3 The Factory Studio, Dallas TX ^
Thursday, May 5 The Masquerade – Heaven Stage, Atlanta GA ^
Friday, May 6 The Orange Peel, Asheville NC ^
Saturday, May 7 Cat’s Cradle, Carrboro NC ^
Sunday, May 8 Brooklyn Bowl, Nashville TN ^

^ w/ Snail Mail

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Snail Mail - "Valentine" (behind the scenes footage)





Footage shot by Malcolm Donaldson
Edited by Sabrina Nichols

Following last week's premiere of the title track from the hotly anticipated new Snail Mail album, 'Valentine', here's some behind the scenes stuff from the making of the Josh Coll-directed music video.

Stream / download "Valentine"
Pre-order 'Valentine'

Snail Mail On Tour

TICKETS AVAILABLE HERE

Saturday, November 27 The National, Richmond VA *
Sunday, November 28 Neighborhood Theatre, Charlotte NC *
Tuesday, November 30 The Beacham Theater, Orlando FL *
Wednesday, December 1 The Ritz Ybor, Tampa FL *
Friday, December 3 Saturn, Birmingham AL *
Saturday, December 4 The Mill & Mine, Knoxville TN *
Sunday, December 5 Headliners Music Hall, Louisville KY *
Tuesday, December 7 Turner Hall, Milwaukee WI *
Wednesday, December 8 Majestic Theatre, Madison WI *
Friday, December 10 The Pageant, St. Louis MO *
Saturday, December 11 The Castle Theatre, Bloomington IL *
Sunday, December 12 The Athenaeum Thratre, Columbus OH *
Monday, December 13 Majestic Theatre, Detroit MI *
Wednesday, December 15 Mr. Smalls Theatre, Millvale PA *
Thursday, December 16 Toad's Place, New Haven CT *
Friday, December 17 Fete Music Hall, Providence RI *
Saturday, December 18 The Stone Pony, Asbury Park NJ *
Sunday, December 19 The NorVa, Norfolk VA *
Tuesday, December 21 The Fillmore, Silver Spring MD *

Friday, February 18 Manchester Academy 2, Manchester UK
Sunday, February 20 QMU, Glasgow UK
Tuesday, February 22 SWX, Bristol UK
Wednesday, February 23 O2 Forum Kentish Town, London UK
Friday, February 25 Le Trabendo, Paris FR
Saturday, February 26 Epicerie Moderne, Lyon FR
Sunday, February 27 Locomotiv, Bologna IT
Monday, February 28 Magnolia, Milan IT
Wednesday, March 2 Bogen F, Zurich CH
Thursday, March 3 Ampere, Munich DE
Friday, March 4 Groovestation, Dresden DE
Sunday, March 6 Loppen, Copenhagen DK
Monday, March 7 Oceanen, Gotherburg SE
Tuesday, March 8 Parkteatret, Oslo NO
Thursday, March 10 Slaktkyrkan, Stockholm SE
Saturday, March 12 Columbia Theater, Berlin DE
Sunday, March 13 Knust, Hamburg DE
Monday, March 14 AB Ballroom, Brussels BE
Tuesday, March 15 Gebaude 9, Cologne DE
Wednesday, March 16 Paradiso Noord, Amsterdam NL

Tuesday, April 5 Union Transfer, Philadelphia PA #
Wednesday, April 6 Union Transfer, Philadelphia PA #
Thursday, April 7 Kings Theatre, Brooklyn NY #
Friday, April 8 Royale, Boston MA #
Saturday, April 9 Club Soda, Montreal QC #
Monday, April 11 Phoenix Concert Theatre, Toronto ON #
Tuesday, April 12 Agora Theatre, Cleveland OH #
Thursday, April 14 Riviera Theatre, Chicago IL #
Friday, April 15 First Avenue, Minneapolis MN #
Saturday, April 16 Liberty Hall, Lawrence KS #
Sunday, April 17 Ogden Theater, Denver CO #
Wednesday, April 20 Moore Theatre, Seattle WA ^
Thursday, April 21 Vogue Theatre, Vancouver BC ^
Friday, April 22 Wonder Ballroom, Portland OR ^
Saturday, April 23 Wonder Ballroom, Portland OR ^
Sunday, April 24 Fox Theater, Oakland CA ^
Wednesday, April 27 Hollywood Palladium, Los Angeles CA ^
Thursday, April 28 The Observatory North Park, San Diego CA ^
Friday, April 29 The Nile, Mesa AZ ^
Saturday, April 30 Meow Wolf, Santa Fe NM ^
Monday, May 2 ACL Live at the Moody Theater, Austin TX ^
Tuesday, May 3 The Factory Studio, Dallas TX ^
Thursday, May 5 The Masquerade - Heaven Stage, Atlanta GA ^
Friday, May 6 The Orange Peel, Asheville NC ^
Saturday, May 7 Cat's Cradle, Carrboro NC ^
Sunday, May 8 Brooklyn Bowl, Nashville TN ^

* w/ Spencer, Hotline TNT
# w/ Joy Again
^ w/ The Goon Sax

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VIDEO : Lucy Dacus - "Brando"

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Animation by Carson McNamara

Lucy Dacus continues her hot (and heavy) streak in support of her widely praised new album, 'Home Video', released just over two months ago. When the album’s third single, “Brando,” was released, a contest was announced inviting fans to send in a video of themselves dancing, skateboarding, ice skating, etc. to the song. Now and over 100 submissions later, the “Brando” video is being presented to the world. It’s a fun, lighthearted video which stitches together this footage and celebrates Lucy’s incredible fans. “Big thank you to everyone who submitted,” says Dacus. “These videos brought me a lot of joy and made me feel more connected to the song and all of you."

Lucy kicks off her almost entirely sold out North American headline tour tomorrow night in her hometown of Richmond, Virginia. where many of the stories shared on Home Video took place. There are now back-to-back shows in Portland, Chicago and Philadelphia, and three nights of shows in Brooklyn and Washington, D.C.

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Lucy Dacus on Tour  (new date in bold)

Friday, September 10 The National, Richmond VA * - co-headlining with Julien Baker, + Thao & The Get Down Stay Down (SOLD OUT
Saturday, September 11 The National, Richmond VA * - co-headlining with Julien Baker + Bachelor  (SOLD OUT)
Monday, September 13 Haw River Ballroom, Saxapahaw NC % (SOLD OUT)
Tuesday, September 14 Terminal West, Atlanta GA % (SOLD OUT)
Wednesday, September 15 Brooklyn Bowl, Nashville TN %
Friday, September 17 Trees, Dallas TX % (SOLD OUT)
Saturday, September 18 White Oak Music Hall (Downstairs), Houston TX %
Sunday, September 19 Scoot Inn, Austin TX % (SOLD OUT)
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 % (SOLD OUT)
Saturday, September 25 The Observatory OC, Santa Ana CA (SOLD OUT)
Sunday, September 26 August Hall, San Francisco, CA @
Monday, September 27 The Fillmore, San Francisco, CA % (SOLD OUT)
Wednesday, September 29, Neptune Theatre, Seattle WA = (SOLD OUT)
Thursday, September 30 Hollywood Theatre, Vancouver BC $ (SOLD OUT)
Friday, October 1 Wonder Ballroom, Portland OR $ (SOLD OUT)
Saturday, October 2 Neptune Theatre, Seattle WA $  (SOLD OUT)
Sunday, October 3 Spanish Ballroom, Tacoma WA $
Monday, October 4 The Elm, Bozeman MT $
Tuesday, October 5 Urban Lounge, Salt Lake City UT $ (SOLD OUT)
Wednesday, October 6 Gothic Theater, Denver CO $ (SOLD OUT)
Friday, October 8 The Englert Theatre, Iowa City IA $ (SOLD OUT)
Saturday, October 9 First Avenue, Minneapolis MN $ (SOLD OUT)
Sunday, October 10 Thalia Hall, Chicago IL (SOLD OUT)
Monday, October 11 The Vic Theatre, Chicago IL (SOLD OUT)
Tuesday, October 12 Newport Music Hall, Columbus OH $
Thursday, October 14 The Opera House, Toronto ON $ (SOLD OUT)
Friday, October 15 L’Astral, Montreal QC $ (SOLD OUT)
Saturday, October 16 House of Blues, Boston MA $ (SOLD OUT)
Monday, October 18 Higher Ground, Burlington VT $ (SOLD OUT)
Wednesday, October 20 Union Transfer, Philadelphia PA ^ (SOLD OUT)
Thursday, October 21 Union Transfer, Philadelphia PA $ (SOLD OUT)
Friday, October 22 9:30 Club, Washington DC $ (SOLD OUT)
Saturday, October 23, 9:30 Club, Washington DC $ (SOLD OUT)
Monday, October 25 Brooklyn Steel, Brooklyn NY  (SOLD OUT)
Tuesday, October 26 Brooklyn Steel, Brooklyn NY (SOLD OUT)
Thursday, October 28 Brooklyn Steel, Brooklyn NY
Friday, October 29 9:30 Club, Washington DC > (SOLD OUT)
Friday, March 18th Brudenell Social Club, Leeds UK
Sunday, March 20th St Lukes, Glasgow UK
Monday, March 21st The Button Factory, Dublin IE
Wednesday, March 23rd Gorilla, Manchester UK
Thursday, March 24th SWX, Bristol UK
Friday, March 25th Kentish Town Forum, London UK
Tuesday March 29th Botanique, Brussels BL
Wednesday, March 30th Paradiso Noord, Amsterdam NL
Thursday, March 31st Artheater, Cologne DE
Saturday, April 2nd Molotow, Hamburg DE
Sunday, April 3rd Lille Vega, Copenhagen DK
Monday, April 4th Atlas, Aarhus DK
Wednesday April 6th Parkteatret, Oslo NO
Thursday, April 7th Nalen Klubb, Stockholm SE
Saturday, April 9th Lido, Berlin DE
Sunday, April 10th Trafo, Jena DE
Tuesday, April 12th Chelsea, Vienna AT
Wednesday, April 13th Milla, Munich DE
Thursday, April 14th Bogen F, Zürich SU
Friday, April 15th La Maroquinerie, Paris FR

% w/ Bachelor
= w/ y la bamba
$ w/ Bartees Strange
^ w/ Shamir
# w/ Laura Stevenson
> w/ Tomberlin

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The Goon Sax - "Desire" (Live from Brisbane) + Rescheduled UK Tour Dates



Credit: Hugo Nobay

The Goon Sax have released a sparkling new session video for their recent single 'Desire'. Recorded on location in Brisbane, this live take has the band's uniquely three fanged delivery on full display. Set to Riley, Louis and James' adeptly spun vocal harmonies, a poignant and pulsing air washes over the group's shimmering handicraft.



The band have also today announced the rescheduling of their September batch of UK shows, with Louis sharing the following statement:
“Two days before Jim and I were going to leave for the UK, a close member of my family was diagnosed with a very serious illness. As we found out more information I realised I needed to stay in Brisbane to support my family and to be supported by them at the moment. Sorry to sound so impersonal - still finding this pretty hard to talk about… I feel incredibly grateful that I am able to be here and that I got the news before I left seeing how difficult it would have been to come back here from the UK with the Australian border being closed at the moment. Our Mirror II tour dates in the UK have been rescheduled for January next year (see below) and we’ll be announcing some more shows around these soon too! So thankful to everyone working on this tour for their support and understanding, above all to Riley and Jim."

Tour Dates

Monday, January 24th - Mono - Glasgow, UK
Tuesday, January 25th - YES - Manchester, UK
Wednesday, January 26th - Hare & Hounds - Birmingham, UK
Friday, January 28th - Moth Club - London, UK

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Coming October 22 : Circuit des Yeux - '-io'





photo : Evan Jenkins

On October 22, Matador is releasing '-io', the sixth album by vocalist and composer Haley Fohr, best known as Circuit des Yeux.

A celebrated figure in Chicago’s music community, she has released acclaimed albums via De Stijl, Thrill Jockey, and Drag City and toured throughout the world. However, '-io' is Circuit des Yeux’s most ornate and elaborate work to date – a set of compositions that nest Fohr’s otherworldly four-octave voice amid a 24-piece string, brass, and wind ensemble. The album was put to tape last fall by Cooper Crain at Chicago’s Electrical Audio studio and mixed by Marta Salogni (Bjork, Holly Herndon) with Fohr acting as arranger and producer. Written in the wake of personal loss and recorded in the midst of the pandemic, '-io' maps a geography of grief – a place where “everything is ending all the time.” While Fohr’s music has never been short on ambition, these songs are striking in their brilliance and strangeness. On '-io', Circuit des Yeux has delivered a work that is vivid, immense, and fully illuminated.

(PRESAVE / PREORDER '-io')



("Dogma", directed by Haley Fohr, co-directed by Rudy Rudio)

(STREAM / DOWNLOAD "Dogma")

Fohr says of the first single “Dogma”: “Where there is faith there is violence. The story of civilization is complicated and layered with dogmas. At each individual’s incentive lies both a beacon and an instinct. The fool follows the outer while the idiot chases her interior. Society is a necessary subversion of the self. It is through time that our quiet alarms grow with great intensity until emancipation through implosion or explosion become imminent.”
This is how grief becomes a landscape.

Before the pandemic cast its weather of mourning on the world, and before she began weaving together her sixth album as Circuit des Yeux, '-io', Haley Fohr found herself grieving a close friend. For a time, the loss severed her from her art. A singular, celebrated figure in the Chicago experimental music scene, known for her arresting voice and the transportive moods she grows around it, Fohr had kept a steady creative practice since she first began recording her own music as a teenager. Grief ruptured that foundation. Fohr could not write for months, the longest fallow period she'd crossed since she experienced her first episode of major depression at 17.

In the winter just before the pandemic took hold in the United States, Fohr was scheduled to complete an artist's residency at Robert Rauschenberg's house in Florida. She wanted to finish a roster of new material before leaving, but the music would not budge. Stalled, she turned to the organ, away from her guitar, and started tracing shards of sound, grasping melodies that began, slowly, to lead somewhere. It was not what she had hoped to bring south, but it was a start.

"I went to the Robert Rauschenberg residency with this idea of trying to explore the hard work of joy. At that point, I had just been wallowing in this grief for so long. I thought, I want to write about joy. I know it's going to be hard work," Fohr says. "But when I was on this beach and in this really privileged, gorgeous place, I felt even more despondent. I thought it would be this balm, but instead it was just the saddest beach in my life."

After sunset on Captiva Island, the Florida sky would glow a deep, burnt orange. The striking image became a conduit between Fohr’s interiority and her environment, keeping her from experiential isolation, tethering her to reality. She carried that sky back to Chicago and kept it with her as the world shut down and mass death triggered grief on an incomprehensible scale. Through this, Fohr began to cultivate a world inside the world, a world called '-io', "a place where everything is ending all the time."

The sky over '-io' is Florida's strange, radiant orange. It's a built environment, unnatural, made from concrete and glass, with skyscrapers that stretch to the vanishing point as you gaze up at them. It's crumbling and suffocating, a city perpetually on the brink of collapse, where tension never topples over into catharsis, where the heat never breaks.

Inside this world and its closed loop of time, Fohr found herself able to begin moving again. "I was haunted by memories in the pandemic," she says. "As someone with PTSD, memories are all twisted up inside of me in a way that doesn't help my higher self. Making this album was once again an exercise of trying to relieve myself of some of that darkness in a way that music has always done for me."

Under lockdown, her typically collaborative songwriting practice became solitary. She wrote on piano and organ, instruments on a larger scale than her usual guitar that felt more "like a solid foundation you can stand on." Her lyrics kept returning to images of black holes and gravity, all-consuming phenomena that rend our common experience of physical reality. "I became obsessed with black holes, which is the ultimate gravitational pull," Fohr says. "It also makes such a synonymous metaphor to death. Things go in, they can only go one way. They go in and they never come out."

From that colossal gateway, songs began to form. They followed the disintegration of the world as it stands, the hard-wrought rituals and habits that are already beginning to fracture under the pressures of climate catastrophe, as on "Vanishing," where Fohr sings "goodbye" to everything she can see and touch around her. They pinned down claustrophobic moods through the threatening whispers of "The Chase," and they shook them loose with sweeping vocal runs, like those that lattice the slow, enveloping "Walking Toward Winter" and pierce the melancholic "Stranger," a chilling piano-and-string composition that was recorded live in a single take.

Working at home on her computer, Fohr wrote, arranged, and produced each note of '-io'. She wrote for a 23-piece orchestra, gathering strings, horns, and drums around her daring vocal melodies. She staged -io on a scale vaster than anything she'd recorded before, a scale that matched the enormity she'd weathered, big enough to hold the world in its tumult.

Under COVID restrictions, Fohr could only record with six other players in the studio at a time. She and her collaborators – 13 renowned musicians from Chicago’s jazz, classical, and experimental scenes – built -io layer by layer, entwining its pain with the clear yearning that sparks at its dark heart. Horns cry out like terrified and distant voices from the dizzying waltz of "Neutron Star." A spaghetti-western guitar reverberates as if in a cavern amid the percussive pummel of “Dogma.” Strings thrash against each other like sheets of rain amid "Vanishing's" apocalyptic thrum. Amid them, Fohr's voice rears in space, overdubbed to the point where it becomes an architecture of its own, at once the subject in the narrative and the surrounding environment. The effect is at once capacious and crushing, like being drawn into a gas giant.

This is what happens when you take grief's smothering and render it in space: It expands. It becomes something you can traverse. That quiet, impossible feeling of loss can suddenly be crossed. The body moves through it. What once seemed to be an impenetrable collapse turns into a site of possibility. From the wreckage, something grows, and the ruin is no longer a ruin. In all its smoldering and all its weight, it is simply a place to begin.  - Sasha Geffen.











 



Circuit des Yeux on Tour, New Dates in Bold on Sale This Friday

September 17-18, Basilica Soundscape, Chatham NY
Friday, October 22 Knockdown Center, Brooklyn NY
Sunday, November 21 Thalia Hall, Chicago IL **


* w/ Wordless Music Orchestra
** w/ 16 piece orchestra


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Lucy Dacus - "Going Going Gone" (Edit)





"Going Going Gone" (live at Spang)

(directed by Jordan Rodericks)

In addition to this morning's digital release of an edited version of "Going Going Gone" from Lucy Dacus' universally acclaimed 'Home Video', there's a video of the song being performed at Spang earlier this year (above)

stream / download "Going Going Gone"

Purchase / Stream Home Video

Lucy Dacus on Tour  (new date in bold)

Wednesday, August 4 Red Hat Amphitheater, Raleigh NC !
Thursday, August 5 Rabbit Rabbit, Asheville NC
Friday, August 6 The Eastern, Atlanta GA ! (POSTPONED)
Saturda, August 7, The Eastern, Atlanta GA (POSTPONED)
Sunday, August 8 Sloss Furnace, Birmingham AL ! (POSTPONED)
Friday, September 10 The National, Richmond VA * - co-headlining with Julien Baker, + Thao & The Get Down Stay Down (SOLD OUT
Saturday, September 11 The National, Richmond VA * - co-headlining with Julien Baker + Bachelor  (SOLD OUT)
Monday, September 13 Haw River Ballroom, Saxapahaw NC % (SOLD OUT)
Tuesday, September 14 Terminal West, Atlanta GA % (SOLD OUT)
Wednesday, September 15 Brooklyn Bowl, Nashville TN %
Friday, September 17 Trees, Dallas TX % (SOLD OUT)
Saturday, September 18 White Oak Music Hall (Downstairs), Houston TX %
Sunday, September 19 Scoot Inn, Austin TX % (SOLD OUT)
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
Sunday, September 26 August Hall, San Francisco, CA @
Monday, September 27 The Fillmore, San Francisco, CA % (SOLD OUT)
Wednesday, September 29, Neptune Theatre, Seattle WA = (SOLD OUT)
Thursday, September 30 Hollywood Theatre, Vancouver BC $ (SOLD OUT)
Friday, October 1 Wonder Ballroom, Portland OR $ (SOLD OUT)
Saturday, October 2 Neptune Theatre, Seattle WA $  (SOLD OUT)
Monday, October 4 The Elm, Bozeman MT $
Tuesday, October 5 Urban Lounge, Salt Lake City UT $ (SOLD OUT)
Wednesday, October 6 Gothic Theater, Denver CO $ (SOLD OUT)
Friday, October 8 The Englert Theatre, Iowa City IA $ (SOLD OUT)
Saturday, October 9 First Avenue, Minneapolis MN $ (SOLD OUT)
Sunday, October 10 Thalia Hall, Chicago IL
Monday, October 11 The Vic Theatre, Chicago IL (SOLD OUT)
Tuesday, October 12 Newport Music Hall, Columbus OH $
Thursday, October 14 The Opera House, Toronto ON $ (SOLD OUT)
Friday, October 15 L’Astral, Montreal QC $ (SOLD OUT)
Saturday, October 16 House of Blues, Boston MA $
Monday, October 18 Higher Ground, Burlington VT $
Wednesday, October 20 Union Transfer, Philadelphia PA ^ (SOLD OUT)
Thursday, October 21 Union Transfer, Philadelphia PA $
Friday, October 22 9:30 Club, Washington DC $ (SOLD OUT)
Saturday, October 23, 9:30 Club, Washington DC $ (SOLD OUT)
Monday, October 25 Brooklyn Steel, Brooklyn NY  (SOLD OUT)
Tuesday, October 26 Brooklyn Steel, Brooklyn NY (SOLD OUT)
Friday, October 29 9:30 Club, Washington DC > (SOLD OUT)
Friday, March 18th Brudenell Social Club, Leeds UK
Sunday, March 20th St Lukes, Glasgow UK
Monday, March 21st The Button Factory, Dublin IE
Wednesday, March 23rd Gorilla, Manchester UK
Thursday, March 24th SWX, Bristol UK
Friday, March 25th Kentish Town Forum, London UK
Tuesday March 29th Botanique, Brussels BL
Wednesday, March 30th Paradiso Noord, Amsterdam NL
Thursday, March 31st Artheater, Cologne DE
Saturday, April 2nd Molotow, Hamburg DE
Sunday, April 3rd Lille Vega, Copenhagen DK
Monday, April 4th Atlas, Aarhus DK
Wednesday April 6th Parkteatret, Oslo NO
Thursday, April 7th Nalen Klubb, Stockholm SE
Saturday, April 9th Lido, Berlin DE
Sunday, April 10th Trafo, Jena DE
Tuesday, April 12th Chelsea, Vienna AT
Wednesday, April 13th Milla, Munich DE
Thursday, April 14th Bogen F, Zürich SU
Friday, April 15th La Maroquinerie, Paris FR

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Mdou Moctar featuring MC Yallah - "Tala Tannam" (Debmaster Remix)






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In September, Mdou Moctar and band will arrive in the US to begin a much-anticipated tour, with a number of dates already sold out.

Today, listen to “Tala Tannam” (Debmaster Remix), which flips the song’s gentle acoustic guitar vamp into a pulsing and percussive rhythm track for Kenya-born/Uganda-based rapper, MC Yallah (Nyege Nyege Tapes). “I've loved to work on my brother Mdou Moctar's track,” says Yallah. “Fusing hiphop with deep desert sounds really took me to a different place. I hope we meet in real life one day!”

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Mdou Moctar on tour (new dates in bold)

2021
Thursday, September 2 The Grey Eagle, Asheville NC
Friday, September 3 Bonnaroo, Manchester TN
Saturday, September 4 Terminal West, Atlanta GA
Sunday, September 5 Motorco Music Hall, Durham NC
Tuesday, September 7 Ottobar, Baltimore MD (SOLD OUT)
Wednesday, September 8 Johnny Brenda’s, Philadelphia PA (SOLD OUT)
Thurdsday, September 9, Music Hall of Williamsburg, Brooklyn NY (SOLD OUT)
Friday, September 10 Music Hall of Williamsburg, Brooklyn NY (SOLD OUT)
Saturday, September 11 Gateway City Arts, Holyoke MA
Sunday, September 12 The Sinclair, Boston MA (SOLD OUT)
Tuesday, September 14 Thunderbird Café & Music Hall, Pittsburgh PA
Wednesday, September 15 Ace of Cups, Columbus OH (SOLD OUT)
Thursday, September 16 The Storehouse, Galien MI *SOLD OUT*
Friday, September 17 Lincoln Hall, Chicago IL (SOLD OUT)
Saturday, September 18 Cedar Cultural Center, Minneapolis MN
Monday, September 20 Globe Hall, Denver CO (SOLD OUT)
Tuesday, September 21 Globe Hall, Denver CO
Wednesday, September 22 Urban Lounge, Salt Lake City UT
Thursday, September 23 Treefort Music Festival, Boise ID
Friday, September 24 The Crocodile, Seattle WA
Saturday, September 25 Mississippi Studios, Portland OR (SOLD OUT)
Sunday, September 26 Mississippi Studios, Portland OR (SOLD OUT)
Monday, September 27 The Miniplex, Arcata CA *SOLD OUT*
Tuesday, September 28 The Chapel, San Francisco CA * SOLD OUT*
Wednesday, September 29 Starline, Oakland CA *SOLD OUT*
Saturday, October 2 Lodge Room, Los Angeles CA (SOLD OUT)
Sunday, October 3 Lodge Room, Los Angeles CA *SOLD OUT*


2022 :
Friday, April 1st Het Bos, Antwerpen [BE]
Saturday, April 2nd AB-club, Brussels [BE]
Sunday, April 3rd Bumann, Köln [DE]
Monday, April 4th Paradiso, Amsterdam [NL]
Tuesday, April 5th Effenaar, Eindhoven [NL]
Wednesday, April 6th, Komedia, Brighton [UK]
Thursday, April 7th Hare & Hounds, Birmingham [UK]
Friday, April 8th The Sugar Club, Dublin [IE]
Saturday, April 9th Ulster Sports Club, Belfast [UK]
Sunday, April 10th Drygate, Glasgow [UK]
Monday, April 11th The Brudenell Social Club, Leeds [UK]
Tuesday, April 12th YES, Manchester [UK]
Thursday, April 14th EartH Theatre, London [UK] (venue change)
Friday, April 15th : La cave aux Poètes, Roubaix/Lille [FR]
Saturday, April 16th Le Hasard Ludique, Paris [FR]
Sunday, April 17th Doornroosje, Nijmegen [NL]
Monday, April 18th Molotow - Hamburg [DE]
Tuesday, April 19th Alice, Copenhagen [DK]
Wednesday, April 20th Nefertiti, Gothenburg [SE]
Thursday, April 21st Blaa, Oslo [NO]
Friday, April 22nd, Fasching, Stockholm [SE]
Saturday, April 23rd Plan B, Malmö [SE]
Sunday, April 24th Frannz Club, Berlin [DE]
Monday, April 25th UT Connewitz, Leipzig [DE]
Tuesday, April 26th Meetfactory, Prague [CZ]
Wednesday, April 27th Kapu, Linz [AU]
Thursday, April 28th Rote Fabrik, Zurich [CH]
Sunday, May 1st De Post, Oostende [BE]

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The Goon Sax - "Desire"

 



"Desire"
directed by Eddie Whelan

Tomorrow, The Goon Sax will release their third album and Matador debut, 'Mirror II'. To mark the occasion, the band has posted a new single and video, “Desire,” which features Riley Jones on lead vocals.

Jones says of the track:
“When I wrote ‘Desire’, I lived with James and Louis in a share house in Paddington, Brisbane called Fantasy Planet. Technically, it was written out like “$ ? a Planet.” It was my friend Tim Green’s reference to the psychoanalytic theory of Jacques Lacan. In my basic understanding of the way Lacan theorized fantasy, desire is founded upon a lack. The diamond (?) represents all the ways we relate to a lost object: everything above, below, around, more than, less than, with, without, in spite of, and because of it. The cause of our desire is a gap that we are always trying to fill, even while it constantly evades us.

Desire is complex. Unconscious attachments hang on invisible threads. Fantasies and daydreams emerge, dangerous hallucinations cause reckless actions, misremembrance causes total distortion. I think that’s why we have to resort to symbols to express it. This song is my symbol (?). I wanted it to feel as expansive as a Les Rallizes Dénudés song - to reverberate beneath waters that flood all the crevices of the earth, to leave no gap unfilled and I wanted it to be as universal as one of those crushing Elvis songs - so poignant that its sentiment seems to ring out forever, just like Desire.”

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

The Goon Sax live :

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
Sunday, October 10 Sound City, Ipswich UK

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VIDEO : The Goon Sax - "Psychic" (Live From Brisbane)



Prior to the July 9 release of The Goon Sax's eagerly awaited 3rd album, 'Mirror II', here's a live version of the album's "Psychic", recorded at Alchemix Studios, West End, Brisbane.


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The Goon Sax live :

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

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The Goon Sax - "Psychic"



"Psychic" - directed by Christine Marie Jones.



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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

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The Goon Sax live :

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

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Lucy Dacus - "VBS" Lyric Video



Transcription by Jacob Blizard

Following last month's release of Marin Leong's animated video for Lucy Dacus' "VBS", today we're releasing the official lyric video.  "VBS" is culled from Dacus' forthcoming 3rd album, 'Home Video', available everywhere June 25.

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Lucy Dacus On Tour


Wednesday, June 23 Red Rocks Amphitheater, Morrison CO @
Thursday, July 29 Levitt Pavilion SteelStacks !
Friday, July 30 Palladium, Worchester MA !
Saturday, July 31 Forest Hills Stadium, Queens NY !
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 $
Saturday, October 2 Neptune Theatre, Seattle WA $
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

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Lucy Dacus - "VBS"



(video directed and animated by Marin Leong)



(photo : Ebru Yildiz)

Lucy Dacus presents “VBS,” a new single/video from her forthcoming album, 'Home Video', coming June 25th . Like the previously released “Hot & Heavy” and “Thumbs,” “VBS” starts the way a memoir might - “In the summer of ‘07 I was sure I’d go to heaven, but I was hedging my bets at VBS” - and presents the compassion, humor and honesty of the best autobiographical writing. “VBS” features Dacus on vocals, Jacob Blizard on a slew of electric and acoustic guitars and Jake Finch on drums and organ. The song’s opening melody is contained, feeling as intimate as whisper, before erupting into a wall of reverb and static, and eventually falling away as Dacus carries it out with only her voice. The beautifully animated “VBS” video was made by Dacus’ longtime creative collaborator and 'Home Video' visual director Marin Leong. It perfectly complements the song’s pacing and 'Home Video'’s overall visual presentation .

“VBS means vacation bible school, and I went to tons of them. It's where Christian parents send their kids over the winter, spring, or summer breaks from school to get closer to God, maybe learn some outdoor skills, and bring home useless crafts and totems like fruit of the spirit sand art and purity rings. I wrote the song in the van on the way to Nashville to record Home Video after seeing one of those readerboards outside a church advertising a wholesome church camp for kids. I thought about my first boyfriend, who I met at VBS, the resident bad boy who loved Slayer and weed more than Jesus. I took it upon myself to save him, and make him stop doing drugs (with an exception for snorting nutmeg). God, I was so lame.” - Lucy Dacus

"A lot of the album examines navigation of self and how it evolves, and Lucy and I have often talked about bodies, the part they play in our ideation of self, and both connection and disconnection to them. We arrived at this world where her physical self is being distorted by the landscape that she’s present in, both in a beautiful and slightly uncanny way. One of the reasons I find animation and music compelling is the freedom in world building, the ability to translate story and tone, and synthesize it into a visual landscape using imagery that isn’t necessarily rooted in reality. And although I was treating this video like a diptych or braided essay with the song, rather than an overt visual depiction, I was able to make some subtle but direct references to the lyrics as well, so I’m excited for people to find those." - Marin Leong

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At 3pm today (May 19), Dacus and "VBS" director/animator Marin Leong will be taking questions at YouTube.

Lucy Dacus On Tour (New Dates In Bold)

Wednesday, June 23 Red Rocks Amphitheater, Morrison CO @
Thursday, July 29 Levitt Pavilion SteelStacks !
Friday, July 30 Palladium, Worchester MA !
Saturday, July 31 Forest Hills Stadium, Queens NY !
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 $
Saturday, October 2 Neptune Theatre, Seattle WA $
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)
Monday, October 25 Brooklyn Steel, Brooklyn NY
Tuesday, October 26 Brooklyn Steel, Brooklyn NY

 

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Mdou Moctar - "Taliat", Autumn US Tour Dates



Directed by Mikey Coltun
Edit & Animation by Sabrina Nichols



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Ahead of the release of his hotly-tipped new album 'Afrique Victime' this Friday, May 21st, Modu Moctar has released a further preview with the hypnotic new song "Taliat"

“Oh poor girl / She gave him her heart and he broke it / I pray to God to never experience unrequited love and the pain of a broken heart” Moctar sings in Tamasheq over lyrical electric guitar runs and ecstatic rhythm.

“Taliat means woman,” Moctar says. “In our community, women are queens, they have a lot of power, that why I use the term taliat to talk about them. A woman in the Tuareg community has to be protected, but she also has to be treated as equal.”

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Mdou Moctar On Tour, Tickets On Sale Friday at 10am ET

Friday, September 3 Bonnaroo, Manchester TN
Sunday, September 5 Motorco Music Hall, Durham NC
Tuesday, September 7 Ottobar, Baltimore MD
Wednesday, September 8 Johnny Brenda’s, Philadelphia PA
Friday, September 10 Music Hall of Williamsburg, Brooklyn NY
Saturday, September 11 Gateway City Arts, Holyoke MA
Sunday, September 12 The Sinclair, Boston MA
Tuesday, September 14 Thunderbird Café & Music Hall, Pittsburgh PA
Wednesday, September 15 Ace of Cups, Columbus OH
Friday, September 17 Lincoln Hall, Chicago IL
Saturday, September 18 Cedar Cultural Center, Minneapolis MN
Monday, September 20 Globe Hall, Denver CO
Tuesday, September 21 Globe Hall, Denver CO
Wednesday, September 22 Urban Lounge, Salt Lake City UT
Thursday, September 23 Treefort Music Festival, Boise ID
Friday, September 24 The Crocodile, Seattle WA
Saturday, September 25 Mississippi Studios, Portland OR
Sunday, September 26 Mississippi Studios, Portland OR
Tuesday, September 28 The Chapel, San Francisco CA
Wednesday, September 29 Starline, Oakland CA
Friday, October 1 Desert Daze Pre-Party, Pioneertown CA
Saturday, October 2 Lodge Room, Los Angeles CA

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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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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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“‘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


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



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

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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.

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