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Julien Baker - "Hardline" Premiere & Video, KEXP Performance



"Hardline"
directed by Joe Baughman


“A few years ago I started collecting travel ephemera again with a loose idea of making a piece of art with it. I had been touring pretty consistently since 2015 and had been traveling so much that items like plane tickets and hotel keycards didn't have much novelty anymore. So I saved all my travel stuff and made a little collage of a house and a van out of it. I wanted to incorporate it into the record and when we were brainstorming ideas for videos we came across Joe Baughman and really liked his work so we reached out with the idea of making a stop-motion video that had similar aesthetic qualities as the house I built did. I don't know why I have the impulse to write songs or make tiny sculptures out of plane tickets. But here it is anyway: a bunch of things I've collected and carried with me that I've re-organized into a new shape.” - Julien Baker

 


(photo : Alysse Gafkjen)

This morning we're debuting another track from Julien Baker's much anticipated forthcoming album 'Little Oblivions' with the new single, “Hardline”. The video for “Hardline” was directed by Joe Baughman who notes, “even after having spent 600 hours immersed in ‘Hardline’ and having listened to it thousands of times, I am still moved by it. It was a fun and ambitious challenge creating something that could accompany such a compelling song.  The style of the set design, inspired by a sculpture that Julien created, was especially fun to work in. I loved sifting through magazines, maps, and newspapers from the 60s and 70s and finding the right colors, shapes, and quotes to cover almost every surface in the video."

'Little Oblivions' is out February 26.

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At 10am EST today, listeners can tune in to hear Julien's KEXP session via the station’s YouTube page.  She performs “Hardline” as well as other tracks off 'Little Oblivions'. The session also features an interview with Cheryl Waters.

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Video : Muzz - "Nobody Wants A Broken Heart"



(Direction – D. James Goodwin)

In the wake of last Friday's "Live In Kingston" debut online performance, Muzz have released a video for their cover of Arthur Russell's "Nobody Wants A Broken Heart". The studio version of said interpretation can found on Muzz's 'Covers' EP, out this Wednesday (December 9)

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Julien Baker - "Faith Healer" (Lyric Video)



"Faith Healer" - from the album 'Little Oblivions', out February 26, 2021

Though we've already released Daniel Henry's video for Julien Baker's "Faith Healer", this morning there's another visual take, Sabrina Nichols' lyric video for the first single from Baker's eagerly anticipated new album, 'Little Oblivions'.

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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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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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Chavez - More Live 1995 Footage



"Hack The Sides Away", live 1995



"The Nerve", live in Columbus, OH 1995



"Repeat The Ending", live 1995

All videos courtesy Chris Wilcha.

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Chavez - "Break Up Your Band", "Nailed To The Blank Spot" live footage



"Break Up Your Band", live at PS 122
(courtesy Chris Wilcha)



"Nailed To The Blank Spot" (courtesy Chris Wilcha)



(Germany radio interview, courtesy Chavez)

More gold from the vast (?) Chavez archives, above.

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Mdou Moctar - "Chismiten"



(art by Robert Beatty)





(photo : Cem Misirlioglu)

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Matador Records is thrilled to announce the addition of prodigious Tuareg guitarist and songwriter Mdou Moctar to its roster.

A once-in-a-generation artist backed by an unstoppable rhythm section, Mdou’s music has roots in both traditional Tuareg melodicism and Eddie Van Halen’s daredevil majesty. Today we offer you “Chismiten,” the white-hot ripper that will kick off an expansive new full-length due to hit down next year. “The song is about how people in a relationship lose their sense of self, they become jealous and envious of others,” explains Mdou. “It is not about one specific person, but about all people in the world. I turn to Allah for guidance not to be that person.”

The song is accompanied by a video that blends illustrations by artist Robert Beatty with animation and cellphone footage shot in Niger, capturing wedding performances by the band, their friends and family, the markets in Niamey and Agadez, and the famous Agadez Mosque.

It’s possible that you’re already familiar with Mdou via his leading role in "Akounak Tedalat Taha Tazoughai", the first Tuareg language film – a retelling of Prince’s P"urple Rain". Otherwise, you may have spent time with last year’s monumental 'Ilana: The Creator' (Sahel Sounds), the guitarist’s first true studio album recorded alongside his live band. Indeed, it was this album and the band’s explosive concerts that brought them to Matador’s attention.

Mdou and his group – bassist and producer Mikey Coltun, drummer Souleymane Ibrahim, and rhythm guitarist Ahmoudou Madassane -- have toured ceaselessly throughout the world, evolving into a ferocious ensemble that can rock a Tuareg wedding as easily as they can scorch a festival stage.

At present, their live energies are unparalleled and their range immense, capable of evoking both the mesmeric boogie of Masters of Reality-era Black Sabbath and Black Uhuru’s sublime electrified grooves. “At our concerts we never talk about the music we are going to play, never write out a setlist, it's whatever comes to my head that I'm feeling,” says Mdou. “My band is always with me listening.”

This is all evident on “Chismiten,” where Mdou’s whirling riffs embroider and illuminate the band’s hypnotic grind, kicking up a noise that is at once elemental and undeniably transcendent.

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VIDEO : King Krule - "Comet Face"



Today, King Krule is debuting a new video from his latest album 'Man Alive!' Directed by CC Wade and written by CC Wade and Jack Marshall, "Comet Face" taps into the aesthetic of classic horror movies, telling the story of a wild beast terrorizing Peckham, England. The visual features cameos from King Krule's band members, who also played supporting roles in the previous videos for "(Don't Let The Dragon) Draag On" and "Alone, Omen 3" and follows his animated visual for "Cellular," and is his third collaboration with Wade, who also directed "Biscuit Town" from 2017's The Ooz and the 2012 single "Octopus."

Additionally, King Krule is also announcing new "Comet Face" themed merchandise in the form of a t-shirt and print. Purchase at kingkrule.net.








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VIDEO : Perfume Genius - "Without You" (directed by Kirstin Massa)



The 3rd winner in the Perfume Genius "Without You" home video series is Kristin Massa's entry (above), premiering at 1pm EDT today.

Massa is donating her $1000 award to to RAICES, a non-profit organization in Texas that provides legal services and advocacy for immigrant children, families, and refugees. Every immigrant deserves the right to human dignity, and RAICES defends this right by providing legal services for thousands of children in tent cities, bond assistance, and by training pro-bono lawyers to aid detained clients forced to navigate the ICE detention system. By donating to this organization, you will directly contribute to the quality of life for immigrants caught up in the deliberately oppressive immigration policies in the United States.

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VIDEO : Perfume Genius - "Without You" (directed by Samantha Mitchell)



Second in the series of 3 winners of the Perfume Genius video contest for "Without You" is Samantha Mitchell's clip (above).

Mitchell is making a donation to the Baltimore chapter of the Sex Workers Outreach Project. "Sex work is work. The Sex Workers Outreach Project is committed to ending violence and stigma against sex workers. Their national social justice network that advocates for the fundamental human rights of sex workers, including harm reduction, positive representation, and decriminalization."

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VIDEO : Muzz - "Summer Love"



Video by Muzz
Collages courtesy of Andrew McGranahan
Animations by Sabrina Nichols
Edited by Paul Banks

Last month, Muzz released their self-titled debut, “an album that bears the tide marks of its creators — Matt Barrick’s jazzy swing, multi-instrumentalist Josh Kaufman’s soft warmth, Paul Banks’s instantly identifiable baritone — but it defies easy categorization” (The FADER). Today, the longtime friends and collaborators present a video for the laid back and nostalgic “Summer Love.” On “Summer Love,” muted organ by Kaufman and flute by Stuart Bogie drift along as the song rides out on the main vibe and vocal line by Banks: “I?m in the race//I?m on the get-go//I wanna skate//I want the XO// Summer love//Summer love ends//Silence is sung we won?t remember.” The video combines “footage Matt shot a few years ago of a deserted drive-through theater, with clips we individually generated during lockdown and the majestically psychedelic collage work of the great Andrew McGranahan. It’s what we feel is a nice visual poem to accompany the song,” says Banks. “Rather than a summer lockdown document, we aimed more to emulate the work of Truffaut, Fellini, or Cassavetes and to capture three stories of romance and solitude. Lofty aspirations, humble result; but we hope you enjoy it even a fraction as much as we did creating it.”



photo by Driely S

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Perfume Genius - "Without You" Video Competition WInners Announced



Around the release of his critically acclaimed new album 'Set My Heart On Fire Immediately' , Perfume Genius, announced the “Without You” video competition. Mike Hadreas asked his fans to submit music video ideas and 3 winners have now been chosen. Each director received $1,000 to make their vision come to life as well as $1,000 to be donated to the charity of their choice. The winners are Liz Lian, whose video will premiere today, Samantha Mitchell whose clip will debut August 4, and Kristin Massa, whose video will premiere on August 11.
"This song, and Mike's artist's statement about it, reassures me that moments of comfort and clarity are just as certain to appear as confusing, lonely moments are. It reminds me to be patient and to turn toward conflict within myself and view it as a beautiful, imperfect metamorphosis, rather than hide from it. This music video is about the exploration and discovery of self through the natural world. I aim to depict the unfamiliar, abstract, and jumbled parts of ourselves through elements of surrealism and magical realism. Narratives of self-discovery in media often center around coming-of-age stories of young white people as they enter adulthood. But self-discovery and reinvention occur throughout our lifetimes. Seeds of change sown within us can blossom into exciting, life-altering experiences when we least expect it. Annie Tezuka, who stars in this video, did a beautiful job embodying this experience. I wanted to shine a particular light on the experience of women who, as they age, are increasingly seen as they are in relation to others – mothers, wives, grandmothers – and for this video to be a tribute to the complexities and constant change within all of us, especially those women." - Liz Lian

Lian has designated The ACLU of Southern California as her charity of choice. SoCal’s long history of advocacy, litigation, and education defends civil rights and liberties regarding racial and economic justice, freedom of speech, government transparency, LGBTQ rights, privacy, gender equity, reproductive justice, immigrants’ rights, criminal justice and drug policy reform, and police practices.



Samantha Mitchell will donate to the Baltimore chapter of the Sex Workers Outreach Project. Sex work is work. The Sex Workers Outreach Project is committed to ending violence and stigma against sex workers. Their national social justice network that advocates for the fundamental human rights of sex workers, including harm reduction, positive representation, and decriminalization.

Kristin Massa will donate to RAICES
RAICES is a non-profit organization in Texas that provides legal services and advocacy for immigrant children, families, and refugees. Every immigrant deserves the right to human dignity, and RAICES defends this right by providing legal services for thousands of children in tent cities, bond assistance, and by training pro-bono lawyers to aid detained clients forced to navigate the ICE detention system. By donating to this organization, you will directly contribute to the quality of life for immigrants caught up in the deliberately oppressive immigration policies in the United States.

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Algiers - EU Tour Dates 2021 + 'Animals (Redux)' Live Version



Photo by Christian Hölgstedt

Today Algiers announce a batch of rescheduled European tour dates for quarter one of 2021. Nary ones to shy away from hitting the road, the band will be performing twenty seven shows across twenty different territories throughout February and March next year. Tickets go on-sale at 10:00 local times on Friday, July 17th.

Accompanying today's announce, the band have released a live and improvised version of 'Animals' - a track that featured on their second studio record 'The Underside of Power'. 'Animals (Redux)' was performed and recorded in Atlanta last month, and you can watch that new transmogrified take below:





Tour Dates
Monday, February 1st - Knust - Hamburg, DE
Tuesday, February 2nd - Stengade - Copenhagen, DK
Thursday, February 4th - Revolver - Oslo, NO
Friday, February 5th - Nalen Klubb - Stockholm, SE
Saturday, February 6th - Mejeriet - Lund, SE
Tuesday, February 9th - Lido - Berlin, DE
Wednesday, February 10th - Drizzly Grizzly - Gdansk, PO
Saturday, February 13th - Morze club - St. Petersburg, RU
Sunday, February 14th - Shagi Club - Moscow, RU
Wednesday, February 17th - Brugge club - Minsk, BY
Friday, February 19th - Caribbean club - Kiev, UA
Sunday, February 21st - Bandabar - Chisinau, MD
Tuesday, February 23rd - Control Club - Bucharest, RO
Wednesday, February 24th - Terminal 1 - Sofia, BG
Friday, February 26th - ?ightball Club - Thessaloniki, GR
Saturday, February 27th - Temple - Athens, GR
Monday, March 1st - MKC - Skopje, MK
Tuesday, March 2nd - Elektropionir club - Belgrade, RS
Wednesday, March 3rd - Form Space - Cluj, RO
Thursday, March 4th - Dürer Kert - middle room - Budapest, HU
Saturday, March 6th - Nova Cvernovka - Bratislava, SK
Sunday, March 7th - Vintage Industrial - Zagreb, HR
Monday, March 8th - Pogon culture - Rijeka, HR
Tuesday, March 9th - Posthof - Linz, AU
Thursday, March 11th - ISC - Bern, CH
Friday, March 12th - Bogen F - Zurich, CH
Saturday, March 13th - Serraglio - Milan, IT
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VIDEO : Muzz - "Everything Like It Used To Be" (acoustic)



Earlier this morning, Muzz debuted an acoustic performance of "Everything Like It Used To Be' ; the studio version can found on the trio's recently released debut album, 'Muzz'.

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VIDEO : Spoon - "Small Stakes"

 



Monday's announcement of the Spoon 'Slay On Cue' reissue series was accompanied by a restored and remastered video for the 'Kill The Moonlight' classic 'Small Stakes’, developed from the original 8mm film. “It’s a little glimpse into life in the studio in 2002 during the recording of 'Kill The Moonlight', filmed by our friend Peter Simonite”, says Britt Daniel.

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VIDEO : Muzz - "Knuckleduster"



Video produced by Muzz
Director of Photography – Derek Sexton Horani

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



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VIDEO : Yo La Tengo - "Tom Courtenay", In Conversation With Director Phil Morrison



Today, we advance the cause of Matador’s Revisionist History series and the 25th anniversary reissue of Yo La Tengo’s 'Electr-o-pura' via a fresh look at the “Tom Courtenay” music video. Recently exhumed from our sub-basement storage facilities, this clip will today make its HQ premiere on Youtube.

Recollections are hazy, but we can say with certainty that the video was aired at least once on MTV’s 120 Minutes. After that, who knows? Maybe you saw it on a 5th generation VHS bootleg. Maybe you squinted through a greatly bit-reduced version using RealPlayer. Well, squint no more! “Tom Courtenay” is now available to stream in crisp, clear, and glorious high definition. 

The video is accompanied by a brand new interview, where Yo La Tengo’s Ira Kaplan, Georgia Hubley, and James McNew reflect on the film’s creation alongside director Phil Morrison ("Junebug"), who also helmed the much-loved YLT classics, “Sugarcube” (1997) and “I’ll Be Around” (2013).



Out this fall via Matador’s Revisionist History series, 'Electr-o-pura' remains one of the most beloved works in Ira, Georgia and James' catalog. Now in a gatefold sleeve and cut from the original 58-minute master, the new reissue is pressed for the first time on two LPs to ensure the highest quality of audio the album has had on vinyl to date.

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VIDEO : Muzz - "Trinidad" (acoustic)



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

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Perfume Genius - "Without You" Video Contest



Perfume Genius is asking fans to submit music video ideas for "Without You", from the new album 'Set My Heart On Fire Immediately'. Mike has written about his inspirations for the song below and encourages interested fans to submit a creative treatment for the music video they would like to direct. Three fans will be selected as directors and each will receive up to $1,000 (depending on budget submitted) for the making of their video and $1,000 to be donated to the charity of their choice. Keep in mind videos should be shot indoors or outdoors respecting social distancing guidelines.
“’Without You’” is about a tiny moment of grace sustaining you through hard times. I looked in the mirror, which is usually such a jumble, and for a brief second i understood and liked what i saw. I didn't know that feeling was available to me. It left quickly, but it was enough just knowing it's in there somewhere hiding and waiting for me to figure all this out.”

Each director will have a video chat with Mike to discuss the song and video before getting started.

Submit your treatment with moodboard and budget (up to $1,000) via WeTransfer in the link below by Wednesday, June 3rd. The directors that Mike selects will be notified Wednesday, June 10th.

http://perfumegenius.org/withoutyou

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