Entries tagged with: Matteah Baim
photos by Amanda Hatfield, words by Andrew Sacher
Perfume Genius @ MHOW - 10/7/14
Perfume Genius (the project of Mike Hadreas) already had two great albums under his belt, but really took a huge leap forward for his newest Too Bright, which has him moving into weirder and more physical territory than his previous releases. His current tour in support of it hit NYC's Music Hall of Williamsburg for a sold out show last night (10/7). Unlike the album itself (which warms you up a bit with his classic sound before entering his new world), Perfume Genius went right into Too Bright's weirdest song, "My Body," to open the show. And the music isn't the only thing that's more physical; Mike's performance is too. Where previous shows saw him sitting at his piano the entire time, for "My Body" and several other songs last night, Mike was only with a microphone, prancing around the stage and exercising new vocal tricks. Everything from alien-like falsettos to piercing shrieks have now entered his repertoire. If that sounds like a move towards pop or a "more fun" show though, it isn't that. Mike's as much of a tearjerker when he's on his feet as he is hunched over a keyboard.
And "tearjerker" is meant to be taken literally. Several people in the crowd (at least where I was standing) were crying throughout his set. Perfume Genius makes the kind of music you can form a real connection to, and it felt like most people there last night had definitely done that. The cheers he got after every song and in the middle of most songs were huge. More than one person yelled "I love you!" ("I love you too," he responded each time) and others shouted their appreciation throughout the night too. And Mike seemed humbled by the whole thing. He mentioned it was the biggest show they'd ever played here, and thanked the crowd so many times. It all felt genuine, and so did the vulnerability in his songs. Even during "Mr. Peterson," an obvious fan favorite that he's sung hundreds of times, the emotions in his face and his delivery felt as real as ever.
The show was opened by Perfume Genius's tourmate Matteah Baim, who's also supporting a new album, Falling Theater, which features contributions from Antony Hegarty (who also collaborated with her in Metallic Falcon, Matteah's project with Sierra of CocoRosie) and James Richardson (of MGMT). More pictures from last night, including one of PG's setlist, below...
by Andrew Sacher
Perfume Genius is set to release his third album, Too Bright, on September 23 via Matador Records. He recorded it with Portishead's Adrian Utley, and PJ Harvey collaborator John Parish contributed to several tracks. From the sound of its first single "Queen," his melancholic songwriting is still in great form, and he's continuing to expand his sonic palette as well. Stream that, with the tracklist, below. Artwork above.
Perfume Genius has also announced a tour to go down after the album's release which hits NYC on October 7 at Music Hall of Williamsburg with Matteah Baim. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (7/18) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (7/16) at noon.
All dates are listed, with the new song and tracklist, below...
Memoryhouse at CMJ 2011 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Washed Out (aka Ernest Greene), who was just in Austin for SXSW, will head out on a US tour this April and May. That tour includes a show at Highline Ballroom on April 22 which is sold out, but he just added a Brooklyn show happening one day later at Music Hall of Williamsburg (4/23). Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (3/30) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (3/28) at noon.
Many of the tour dates, including the Highline show, are with Memoryhouse. While they're in NYC, they'll be playing their own NYC show the day before the Highline show at Public Assembly (4/21) with Ex Cops and Matteah Baim. Tickets for the Brooklyn show are on sale now. No opener has been announced for Washed Out's MHOW show yet.
Washed out recently revealed a Karina Eibatova-produced video called "Flower Anthem," to accompany music performed at his Daytrotter Session from this past February. That session included "Feel It All Around," "Amor Fati," and "You'll See It." Check out that video, along with all dates below...
Filmmaker Jim Jarmusch and Dutch composer Jozef Van Wissem teamed up for an album titled Concerning The Entrance Into Eternity (due out 2/28 via Important Records) and performed in support of it at Issue Project Room earlier this month (2/3). The performance, like the album, features Jarmusch on guitar and Van Vissem on lute. A video from it is below.
In other Jim Jarmusch news, he's featured on the new 15-minute Fucked Up single, along with Austra and Annie-Claude Deschênes, which you can listen to HERE.
Liturgy at Scion Rock Fest 2010 (more by Christopher Mumma & BBG)
Brooklyn black-metallers Liturgy released their sophomore effort Aesthethica on May 10 via Thrill Jockey. As previously mentioned, they play an album release party June 2 at Knitting Factory with Sightings, Matteah Baim, Swati, and Todd Pendu (DJ set). Tickets are still on sale. In July they head out on a month-long US tour. All dates are listed below.
If you want to understand the band better, or just need some light reading material for the beach, pick up a copy of the frontman's new book...
"Liturgy consciously inverts old-school black-metal nihilism, complete with theoretical undergirding--Hunt-Hendrix, a former philosophy student at Columbia, has even published a treatise on the subject, Transcendental Black Metal: A Vision of Apocalyptic Humanism.Download "Generation" and "High Gold" off Aesthethica above. Also check out the video for "Returner" off the album, along with the album tracklist and all tour dates below...
"I think that to the degree that anyone involved in underground music has an anti-intellectual attitude, they are making a mistake," Hunt-Hendrix writes via e-mail between European tour stops. "I guess it's just difficult to a lot of people to see that music, philosophy and art share a living common root--in the 19th century everyone knew that." This high-minded rhetoric has attracted its share of critics--"[Transcendental Black Metal] belongs to a rich, collegiate tradition of taking a movement or piece of art that you enjoy and writing about it in a way that suggests you take no enjoyment from it whatsoever," Vice quipped--but anyone attempting to brand Aesthethica as passionless will rapidly dead-end. The record's most memorable tracks ("Generation," "Veins of God") come off like high-fives between Black Sabbath and Lightning Bolt: undiluted collisions of volume and intricate groove." [Time Out]
Spencer Krug's solo project Moonface will be in Brooklyn at the secret venue Envelope for his first ever performance under the Moonface moniker. The show, originally scheduled for tonight (4/20), has been moved to Friday, May 6. The $25 ticket includes 3 fancy drinks and the location of the Bushwick venue. The show is being opened by Matteah Baim. Moonface's 2010 EP Dreamland EP: Marimba and Shit-Drums can be downloaded on his website. Donations welcomed.
In other Wolf Parade news, Handsome Furs just came through town on their tour which is still underway. Their upcoming third album Sound Kapital drops June 28 via Sub Pop. A new track, "What About Us," can be downloaded here.
DOWNLOAD: Lower Dens - Hospice Gates (MP3)
Dan Deacon dance contest @ Bonnaroo 2010 (russroe)
Did you catch Lower Dens at the show Saturday at Co-Op 87? Regardless, make sure to get to Red Hook Park (map) early enough this evening, June 15th, to catch them when they open for the Dan Deacon Ensemble at the Summerstage show happening there. The free show starts at 7pm.
Lower Dens have three more shows at the end of June including the Impose Northside Festival show on June 26th at Death By Audio...
Impose Northside Show!Matteah Baim also plays with Lower Dens in Philly and Baltimore. All dates below...
Dark Dark Dark
Frankie and the Outs
$10, doors at 8pm.
"January 2009 will be a time of reflection for the entire country. As America looks to a future of change, the pundits will provide their own spin on what the last 8 years have meant.One such screening is taking place for free tonight/Monday (1/12) in NYC at Chelsea Market.
CRAWFORD, an extraordinary documentary by first-time filmmaker David Modigliani, provides a unique perspective on the Bush presidency: through the eyes of the 705 residents of Crawford, Texas.
B-Side Entertainment is proud to announce a nationwide grassroots exhibition program for this exceptional film - "Host Your Own Farewell to W. - CRAWFORD's 50-State Screening Party". Through February, we will be coordinating grassroots screening events in all 50 states - red, blue, and everything in between."
"Before the film, Matteah Baim will be performing live, and throughout the show there will be free Radeberger Pilsner for all in attendance." I know Matteah most as a friend and collaborator of Cocorosie, Devendra Banhart and Antony, but she makes her own music too. Joining her at this free show, as her band I assume, will be Birdie Lawson and Hisham Bharoocha. I know Hisham best as an ex-member of Lightning Bolt and Black Dice, and most of all as Soft Circle.
All screening details below...