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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.

Interpol - Bandcamp Friday



Interpol, who just announced a co-headlining tour alongside Spoon this summer, has added six albums and one EP from their catalog to Bandcamp today as the service waives their revenue share until midnight PT. Other forthcoming, new, and less-than-new music available today includes albums from Horsegirl, Perfume Genius, Pavement, Spoon, Belle and Sebastian, Lucy Dacus, and much, much more.

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Coming June 17: Perfume Genius - "Ugly Season"

 



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Today, Perfume Genius announces the release of his new album, Ugly Season out on June 17. To coincide with the release of the album, Perfume Genius (Mike Hadreas) has teamed with renowned visual artist Jacolby Satterwhite for a short film featuring Hadreas and the music of Ugly Season. Satterwhite is known for his immersive multidisciplinary technique that fuses live video, 3-D animation, drawing and print-making. Satterwhite’s work has appeared at MoMA, The Smithsonian, The Whitney and the Studio Museum of Harlem.

"This project is the genesis of a whole new direction that I’m taking, one that I’ve been thinking about within this endemic culture, since 2020,” says Satterwhite. “Mike and I are both writing scripts. 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.”



The music of Ugly Season was written as the accompaniment to Perfume Genius and choreographer Kate Wallich’s immersive dance piece, The Sun Still Burns Here. The work was commissioned by the Seattle Theatre Group and Mass MoCA and was performed via residencies in Seattle, Minneapolis, New York City and Boston throughout 2019. During this time, Perfume Genius publicly shared two of the dance project’s compositions - “Pop Song” and “Eye in the Wall.” The album was produced by Perfume Genius and producer and long-time collaborator Blake Mills and was created in collaboration with Hadreas’ long-time partner Alan Wyffels.

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

Perfume Genius on Tour
Thursday, March 24 College Street Music Hall, New Haven CT *
Friday, March 25 9:30 Club, Washington DC *
Saturday, March 26 Mr. Smalls Theatre, Millvale PA *
Monday, March 28 Turner Hall Ballroom, Milwaukee WI *
Tuesday, March 29 Thalia Hall, Chicago IL *
Wednesday, March 30 Fine Line, Minneapolis MN *
Friday, April 1 Saint Andrew’s Hall, Detroit MI *
Saturday, April 2 The Phoenix Concert Theatre, Toronto ON *
Sunday, April 3 Théâtre Rialto, Montreal QC *
Tuesday, April 5 Royale, Boston MA *
Wednesday, April 6 Gateway City Arts, Holyoke MA *
Thursday, April 7 Beacon Theatre, New York NY *

* w/ Hand Habits

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Bandcamp Friday : Snail Mail - 'Valentine' ,14% Off, Plus A Plethora Of Matador Catalog Titles Available On BC For The First TIme







Bandcamp are waiving their revenue share today (Friday, February 4) and with the unselfishness being contagious, we’re putting Snail Mail’s ‘Valentine’ on sale for 14% off today only

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New to Bandcamp this week:

Pavement – Slanted & Enchanted: Luxe & Reduxe (digital only)
Pavement – Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain: LA’s Desert Origins (digital only)
Lucy Dacus – “Kissing Lessons” download / 7” pre-order (Out June 3)
Circuit des Yeux – “The Manatee” (digital only)

And there's new-to-Bandcamp catalog titles from  Bailter Space, Body/Head, CEREMONY, Chavez, Kurt Vile, Lucy Dacus, Mary Timony, MUZZ, Perfume Genius, Snail Mail, Spoon, Stephen Malkmus, Steve Gunn, and The New Pornographers.

Perfume Genius - Live on KEXP



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KEXP has shared Perfume Genius' new in-studio session performing four tracks from last year's Set My Heart On Fire Immediately: "Without You," "Jason," "On The Floor," and "Nothing At All."



Perfume Genius has just announced new 2022 dates beginning at The Wiltern in Los Angeles on March 20th and continuing through to  New York City's Beacon Theatre on April 7.

Perfume Genius on Tour
Sunday, March 20 The Wiltern, Los Angeles CA ^
Monday, March 21 The Fillmore, San Francisco CA *
Wednesday, March 23 Union Transfer, Philadelphia PA *
Thursday, March 24 College Street Music Hall, New Haven CT *
Friday, March 25 9:30 Club, Washington DC *
Saturday, March 26 Mr. Smalls Theatre, Millvale PA *
Monday, March 28 Turner Hall Ballroom, Milwaukee WI *
Tuesday, March 29 Thalia Hall, Chicago IL *
Wednesday, March 30 Fine Line, Minneapolis MN *
Friday, April 1 Saint Andrew’s Hall, Detroit MI *
Saturday, April 2 The Phoenix Concert Theatre, Toronto ON *
Sunday, April 3 Théâtre Rialto, Montreal QC *
Tuesday, April 5 Royale, Boston MA *
Wednesday, April 6 Gateway City Arts, Holyoke MA *
Thursday, April 7 Beacon Theatre, New York NY *

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Perfume Genius - North American 2022 Tour Announcement



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Following a tour this month including two nights at a sold out Hollywood Bowl with Tame Impala, Perfume Genius aka Mike Hadreas has announced a 2022 North American Tour. The tour will kick off in Los Angeles and include stops in Philadelphia, DC, Chicago, New York City, Boston and more.

The dates mark some of his first live shows in these cities since the release of his critically acclaimed Set My Heart on Fire Immediately. Tickets are on sale Friday, November 19th at 10am local time and a full rundown of dates can be found below.

Sunday, March 20 The Wiltern, Los Angeles CA ^
Monday, March 21 The Fillmore, San Francisco CA *
Wednesday, March 23 Union Transfer, Philadelphia PA *
Thursday, March 24 College Street Music Hall, New Haven CT *
Friday, March 25 9:30 Club, Washington DC *
Saturday, March 26 Mr. Smalls Theatre, Millvale PA *
Monday, March 28 Turner Hall Ballroom, Milwaukee WI *
Tuesday, March 29 Thalia Hall, Chicago IL *
Wednesday, March 30 Fine Line, Minneapolis MN *
Friday, April 1 Saint Andrew’s Hall, Detroit MI *
Saturday, April 2 The Phoenix Concert Theatre, Toronto ON *
Sunday, April 3 Théâtre Rialto, Montreal QC *
Tuesday, April 5 Royale, Boston MA *
Wednesday, April 6 Gateway City Arts, Holyoke MA *
Thursday, April 7 Beacon Theatre, New York NY *

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Out Tomorrow: Perfume Genius - 'IMMEDIATELY Remixes' for Record Store Day 2021



Available tomorrow for the first time physically, Perfume Genius' 'IMMEDIATELY Remixes' on metallic silver vinyl exclusively for Record Store Day 2021.

Released digitally earlier in the year, 'IMMEDIATELY Remixes' is the shimmering result of multiple cross-pollinations between Perfume Genius and a cast of renowned contemporaries. This new physical edition is limited to 2500 and will only be available through participating indie stores

Tracklist

1. Whole Life (Jaakko Eino Kalevi Remix)
2. Describe (A. G. Cook Remix)
3. Without You (Jim-E Stack)
4. Jason (Planningtorock Remix)
5. Leave (Jenny Hval Remix)
6. On The Floor (Initial Talk Remix)
7. Your Body Changes Everything (Boy Harsher Remix)
8. Moonbend (Nidia Remix)
9. Just a Touch (Danny L Harle Harlecore Remix)
10. Nothing at All (Westerman Remix)
11. One More Try (Actress Remix)
12. Some Dream (Koreless Remix)
13. Borrowed Light (Katie Dey Remix)







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Perfume Genius - Fall 2021 North American Tour Announcement



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Perfume Genius aka Mike Hadreas has announced a run of tour dates this year that will see him playing venues in Big Sur, Salt Lake City, Phoenix, Portland, San Diego and more. He will also play special dates at The Gorge in Washington with Tame Impala and Red Rocks with Death Cab for Cutie. Tickets are on sale this Friday, June 4 at 10am local time and a full rundown of dates can be found below.

Following last year's release of Set My Heart On Fire Immediately, Perfume Genius released IMMEDIATELY Remixes which sees every song on the album remixed in original running sequence by an all-star cast.  In addition to Boy Harsher and A. G. Cook the lineup includes Jaakko Eino Kaleivi, Jim-E Stack, Planningtorock, Jenny Hval, Initial Talk, Boy Harsher, Nídia, Danny L Harle, Westerman, Actress, Koreless and Katie Dey.  The IMMEDIATELY Remixes vinyl is being released on June 12 (Record Store Day).

Perfume Genius on Tour, Dates in Bold On Sale Friday at 10am Local Time
Friday, June 25 Henry Miller Library, Big Sur CA +
Tuesday, September 7 Metro Music Hall, Salt Lake City UT +
Wednesday, September 8 Knitting Factory, Boise ID +
Friday, September 10 The Gorge, George WA *
Monday, September 13 Red Rocks Amphitheater, Morrison CO &
Wednesday, September 15 Crescent Ballroom, Phoenix AZ +
Thursday, September 16 Club Congress Outside, Tucson AZ +
Monday, November 1 Music Box, San Diego CA +
Friday, November 12 Revolution Hall, Portland OR +

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



(Filmed by Adam Gundersheimer)

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

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

Setlist:
You Body Changes Everything
Without You
Describe
Wreath
Valley
Jason
Fool
On The Floor
Hood
Alan
Whole Life
Slip Away
Otherside
Some Dream
Nothing at All
One More try
My Body
Queen

ENCORE:
Fade Into You
Dreeem
Learning
Normal Song

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

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Out Today : Perfume Genius - 'IMMEDIATELY Remixes' (LP on Records Store Day, June 12)

 



Today, Perfume Genius releases the 'IMMEDIATELY Remixes' album, a companion album to the 2020 tour de force,  'Set My Heart On Fire Immediately', remixed in original running sequence by Boy Harsher, Jenny Hval, A. G. Cook, Actress, Danny L Harle, Jaakko Eino Kaleivi, Jim-E Stack, Planningtorock, Initial Talk, Nídia, Westerman, Actress, Koreless and Katie Dey. Hadreas has said, "I'm very honored to have all these incredible musicians rework these songs. I felt personally remixed listening to their versions, hearing the spirit of my song completely transformed was very magical. Each one feels like a little portal to a fucked up shared world."

The 2xLP will be pressed on metallic silver vinyl, limited to an edition of 2,500 exclusive to independent  record stores as part of Record Store Day on June 12.




IMMEDIATELY Remixes Tracklist

  1. Whole Life (Jaakko Eino Kalevi Remix)

  2. Describe (A. G. Cook Remix)

  3. Without You (Jim-E Stack)

  4. Jason (Planningtorock Remix)

  5. Leave (Jenny Hval Remix)

  6. On The Floor (Initial Talk Remix)

  7. Your Body Changes Everything (Boy Harsher Remix)

  8. Moonbend (Nidia Remix)

  9. Just a Touch (Danny L Harle Harlecore Remix)

  10. Nothing at All (Westerman Remix)

  11. One More Try (Actress Remix)

  12. Some Dream (Koreless Remix)

  13. Borrowed Light (Katie Dey Remix)




Today, at 1PM PST/4EST Mike Hadreas and Alan Wyffels present Club IMMEDIATELY. Listen to the 'IMMEDIATELY Remixes' album with Mike and Alan. Between tracks, call into the Perfume Genius Loveline with your questions. Plus, special giveaways that include signed LP's and a Playstation 5. Prize winners will be chosen only during the event.



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Perfume Genius - "Describe" (A. G. Cook Remix)



"Describe" (A. G. Cook remix)
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Today Perfume Genius reveals A. G. Cook’s remix of his single “Describe.” The track is taken off the forthcoming 'IMMEDIATELY Remixes' album which is set for digital release on March 12 and in stores on June 12 (Record Store Day).



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Out Feb 19: Perfume Genius - "IMMEDIATELY Remixes" + "Your Body Changes Everything" (Boy Harsher Remix) Premiere



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2020 saw the release of Set My Heart On Fire Immediately, Perfume Genius’ most celebrated album to date which topped many end of year lists and cemented him as one of his generations most innovative and essential artists. Today, Perfume Genius (Mike Hadreas) announces IMMEDIATELY Remixes, available February 19, a companion album which sees every song on Set My Heart On Fire Immediately remixed in original running sequence by an all-star cast of Jaakko Eino Kalevi, A. G. Cook, Jim-E Stack, Planningtorock, Jenny Hval, Initial Talk, Boy Harsher, Nídia, Danny L Harle, Westerman, Actress, Koreless and Katie Dey.

"I'm very honored to have all these incredible musicians rework these songs,” says Hadreas. “I felt personally remixed listening to their versions, hearing the spirit of my song completely transformed was very magical. Each one feels like a little portal to a fucked up shared world."

Marking the announcement is a new video by electronic duo Boy Harsher for their beguiling. nocturnal take on 'Your Body Changes Everything’. The video was directed by Boy Harsher vocalist Jae Matthews together with Caitlin Driscoll and stars model Teddy Quinlivan and Brandon Gray.



Matthews notes, “For the video, I wanted to create something that reflected my feelings of disconnect. Summer during Covid was complex - everyone was locked down, but so desperately wanted out. Screens and distance became the norm for casual interaction. Inspired by David Cronenberg's Videodrome (1983) and Tobe Hooper's Poltergeist  (1982), I developed this idea where a man becomes haunted by a beautiful alien - who can only access him through his television set. Long live the new flesh ! Luckily, Teddy Quinlivan was eager to participate from the very start and was a perfect cast for the flawless extraterrestrial. The desire within the video - the man wanting this cosmic babe so bad - matches the tone of the remix, especially during the sequences where she asks "Can you feel my love?" through the static on the TV.”

Muller adds: “This remix was a product of the darkest days of spring lockdown. The original, ‘Your Body Changes Everything’, reminded me a lot of The Walker Brothers, and I focused on that vibe when picking sounds, while attempting to honor the initial feelings of lust and desire.”



("Your Body Changes Everything" Boy Harsher Remix artwork)

From operatic acid-rave ('Just A Touch’) to opulent 80's synth-funk ('On The Floor’), ambient club polyrhythms (‘Moonbend’) to breakbeat-addled electronic pop (‘Describe’), tech-damaged tremolo waltz (‘One More Try’) to a mid-song running artist commentary on the remix itself ('Leave’), IMMEDIATELY Remixes is an endlessly surprising, imaginative and replayable set to match its source material.

In the last few months, Hadreas has appeared on JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE!,  played a global live stream from The Palace Theater in downtown Los Angeles and announced the publication of Immediately, the book companion to the new album featuring iconic portraits of Perfume Genius by celebrated French photographer Camille Vivier.  Perfume Genius has also appeared on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert performing ‘Whole Life for their #PlayAtHome series and on Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon where he performed ‘On The Floor’ and ‘Jason.'

IMMEDIATELY Remixes Tracklist
1. Whole Life (Jaakko Eino Kalevi Remix)
2. Describe (A. G. Cook Remix)
3. Without You (Jim-E Stack Remix)
4. Jason (Planningtorock ‘Jason there’s no rush’ Remix)
5. Leave (Jenny Hval Remix)
6. On the Floor (Initial Talk Remix)
7. Your Body Changes Everything (Boy Harsher Remix)
8. Moonbend (Nídia Remix)
9. Just A Touch (Danny L Harle Harlecore Remix)
10. Nothing At All (Westerman Rework)
11. One More Try (Actress Remix)
12. Some Dream (Koreless Remix)
13. Borrowed Light (Katie Dey Remix)

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Perfume Genius - "Without You" (Jim-E Stack Remix)



This morning we're releasing the Jim-E Stack remix of Perfume Genius’ “Without You,” taken from the critically acclaimed album 'Set My Heart On Fire Immediately'. Stack had previously collaborated with Perfume Genius and Empress Of on the single “When I’m With Him,” and also worked with artists including Bon Iver, Caroline Polachek, Haim and more. Stack said of the “Without You” remix, “to my ears a Perfume Genius album always embodies excellence, from the song-writing to the production to the mixing. Every word, note, and sound feels so purposeful while playing its role in each song and in the greater context of the album. I chose to remix ‘Without You,’ because something about it felt timeless and familiar but also grounded and confident. That gave me room to make a completely new instrumental around the vocal.” He went on to say, “even though Mike and I are friends and we’ve worked together in the past, I was admittedly intimidated by the task of remixing ‘Without You.’ Once I found a way to bring the song into my world, I started listening to the remix outside the studio and I knew I had done my thing. I just hoped Mike would want to listen to it too."

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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)



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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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Watch: Perfume Genius on 'Jimmy Kimmel Live!'

Perfume Genius appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live! last night performing “Jason” which is taken from his critically acclaimed album Set My Heart On Fire Immediately.  As a web-only add on he also performed the album’s “Nothing At All.”





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September 19 : Perfume Genius - Live From The Palace Theatre


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On Saturday, September 19 Perfume Genius (Mike Hadreas) will appear live from The Palace Theater in downtown Los Angeles.  The show starts at 12pm PST and the stream will be available through Sunday, September 20 at midnight, PST.   Perfume Genius will be joined by a 6 piece band as well as a string quartet and the set will include music off his recently released album 'Set My Heart On Fire Immediately'.  Tickets are on-sale today, September 4 and are $15 in advance and $20 the day of the event.  For an additional $5, viewers will have the opportunity to watch a special intimate, acoustic solo encore.  Further items also being made available include a limited edition t-shirt and long sleeve, autographed limited-edition posters, 'Set My Heart on Fire Immediatel' vinyl, and the ability to pre-order Perfume Genius’ forthcoming book, the companion to the album (set for release in December).  Featuring iconic portraits of the artist from celebrated French photographer Camille Vivier, this limited edition monograph will reveal the unseen procedures beneath the music, vivid conjurings that became songs, and tactile byproducts from exercises in world-building. Tickets and all merchandise information is here: perfumegenius.veeps.com





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VIDEO : Perfume Genius - "Whole Life" (From CBS' "The Late Show WIth Stephen Colbert")



Today, Perfume Genius (Mike Hadreas) performed “Whole Life” from album of the year candidate 'Set My Heart On Fire Immediately,' on CBS' "The LateShow With Stephen Colbert". The #PlayAtHome performance was shot in Los Angeles,
CA. Hadreas was backed by long time collaborator Alan Wyffels.

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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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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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