Entries tagged with: Perfume Genius
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
Mike Hadreas is a week away from releasing the third Perfume Genius album, Too Bright (due 9/23 via Matador), and it's currently available to stream on NPR. Much of the album's first half ("I Decline," "No Good," "Don't Let Them In") has Perfume Genius in the confessional piano singer/songwriter style we're accustomed to, with a few hints of a leap forward like the grander instrumentation of lead single "Queen" and the snappy, synthy "Fool."
But the second half of the album sees Mike going into wildly different sonic territory and pulling it off expertly. "My Body" begins with brooding synths, and then transitions into a purely out-there mix of digital age industrial and sci-fi/horror films. "Grid" (the second single) comes close to dance-pop, but in a demented sort of way with plenty of shrieks thrown in that once again sound like sci-fi/horror films. "Longpig" is yet another experiment of danceable synths and avant-leaning melodies, yet an entirely different beast than its two predecessors. Then Perfume Genius moves to almost the exact opposite side of the spectrum with "I'm A Mother," a dirge of dark, ambient soundscapes and mumbled vocals that sound even more withdrawn than the loneliest loner folk singers. For the last two tracks, it gets (mostly) back to the Perfume Genius we know and love. The whole thing is a trip. Listen for yourself.
Streams of "Queen" and "Grid," with the list of dates, below...
We've already heard "Queen" from the new Perfume Genius album, Too Bright (due 9/23 via Matador), and now he's put out another single, "Grid." You can watch the Charlotte Rutherford-directed video for the song below.
He'll be on tour soon too.
Swans @ Lincoln Hall (more by Brigid Gallagher)
From the Very Interesting Press Release Department:
Le Guess Who? Festival (The Netherlands) is extremely proud to announce two special projects for 2014: a 3-day program curated by Swans/Michael Gira, and the world premiere of 24-Hour Dronefest. Le Guess Who? 2014 takes place November 20-23 in Utrecht, NL. Previously announced acts include Dr. John & The Nite Trippers, Bonnie "Prince" Billy, Selda feat. Boom Pam, St. Vincent and Einstürzende Neubauten.24 non stop hours of drone. We can't wait!!
Michael Gira, the main force behind the mighty Swans, will curate a three-day program for the project Mouth To Mouth. This is the second installment of Mouth To Mouth, and the first spanning multiple days and venues. The curated line-up includes Swans, legendary UK post-punk band Wire, New York psychedelic/electronic pioneers Silver Apples, Dominick Fernow's Prurient, Carla Bozulich (Evangelista), Xiu Xiu, Baby Dee, Jenny Hval and noise tyrant Ben Frost.
The Mouth To Mouth-project will also feature a special performance of the London based post-punk group Savages, together with Japanese avant-rock band Bo Ningen, entitled 'Words To The Blind'. Inspired by the surrealist, early DADA concept of simultaneous poetry, the group experiments with improvisation and noise. Le Guess Who? will be the first time this performance of all new material will be seen and heard outside of London.
This year, Le Guess Who? will host the world premiere of 24-Hour Drone Fest, initiated together with New York's Basilica Hudson. Beginning at midnight on Saturday, November 22, this project will cover the entire spectrum of drone during 24 non-stop hours of live performances and installations. First acts confirmed for this project are avant-gardistic producer/composer William Basinski (amongst others known for his four-part The Disintegration Loops), guitarist/producer/composer Stephen O'Malley (Sunn O)))), Tim Hecker, London-based duo Raime, and Steve Hauschildt (formerly of Emeralds). More acts for 24-Hour Dronefest will be added soon.
As the release says, the 24 hours of drone thing is a collaboration with New York's own Basilica Hudson where Swans and Tim Hecker are also playing as part of Basilica SoundScape in September. As previously mentioned, that NY fest will also play the Scott Walker / Sunn O))) album that comes out ten days later, every hour from 2-9 PM on Saturday of the fest at Future Past Studio, which is located near Basilica.
Catch Bo Ningen back in the USA when they tour with Kasabian this fall.
The Europe festival won't be the first time Bo Ningen and Savages have collaborated.
Unlike Savages, Swans appear on the recently released "Best Albums of the Decade So Far" list from Pitchfork.
The full line-up for Mouth To Mouth, curated by Swans/Michael Gira, is listed with more Netherlands fest info 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...
by Bill Pearis
"yes, this is Gruff Rhys..."
You may remember that Gruff Rhys's American Interior is coming out as an album, book, film and interactive mobile app in May. Gruff just released the title track to this multifaceted project and you can stream it below.
The film version of American Interior will make its U.S. debut at the SXSW with screenings, appropriately, during the film and music portion of the fest, and there's a panel discussion about it too if you've got a badge. SXSW screening dates and showtimes here and the film's trailer is below. Gruff will also be playing shows during SXSW too -- including the official Turnstile Showcase with Cate Le Bon and more -- , so look out for him if you're going to be in Austin that week.
Trailer for American Interior and the stream of its title track below...
Kurt Vile in Austin in 2013 (more by Glen Brown)
Those additions include Sam Smith, Schoolboy Q, Little Dragon, The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, Kurt Vile, Mark Kozelek, Chance the Rapper, Bob Mould, Warpaint, Eagulls, Mutual Benefit, Kate Nash, Hundred Waters, Julian Lennon, Isaiah Rashad, Kevin Gates, Weekend, Perfume Genius, Yamantaka // Sonic Titan, Ab-Soul, THe Fresh and Onlys, Christopher Owens, No Joy, Diane Coffee, Ital, The Pizza Underground and more. More additions are listed below.
SXSW goes down across multiple Austin venues from March 11-16 and includes tons of other previously-announced artists like A$AP Mob, Perfect Pussy, Action Bronson, Ex Hex, La Femme, and many more.
Lineup additions below...
by Bill Pearis
Welsh singer Cate Le Bon has finished her third album, Mug Museum, which will be released November 12 via Wichita. The album was made in Los Angeles (where Cate now resides) with producer Noah Georgeson who's previously worked with Joanna Newsom and Devendra Banhart. That's the cover art above and you can check out the first released cut, a lovely duet with Perfume Genius titled "I Think I Knew," and the album tracklist below.
For fans who don't mind paying overseas shipping, her UK label, Turnstile, is offering a Mug Museum pre-order bundle that comes with a handthrown mug made by Cate herself. The maker elaborates:
ALL ATTEMPTS WERE MADE TO MAKE A UNIFORM RUN OF MUGS BUT ALL ATTEMPTS FAILED.Only 60 mugs were made. If you haven't checked out Cate's 2012 album, CYRK, it was one of my favorites of last year and can be streamed at Spotify or Rdio.
ALTHOUGH ALL MUGS LOOK MORE LIKE A CHILD'S DRAWING OF A MUG THAN A REAL LIFE MUG TRUST THAT THEY ARE ACTUAL REAL LIFE MUGS AND WILL HOLD YOUR LIQUID QUITE WELL
ALL MUGS WILL MAKE YOUR FAVOURITE BEVERAGE TASTE A TOUCH TARTER.
New song stream and Mug Museum tracklist below...
by Bill Pearis
DOWNLOAD: Ex Cops - Wonderful Christmas Time (MP3)
photo by Nanci Sarrouf
Admission. Paul McCartney's "Wonderful Christmas Time" is easily my most-hated holiday pop song. Repetive, grating, plodding, and seemingly recorded by accident, the song makes me want to suck a candycane into a point and gouge out my eardrums. (Unlike, say, The Waitresses' "Christmas Wrapping" which I can listen to ad infinitum.) So it's a Christmas miracle that Ex Cops have taken this unfortunate Macca yuletide perennial and sped it up, turned it up and transformed it into a rough-hewn little indiepop charmer. We've got the premiere of the song right here in the post to download above or stream below. Merry Ex-mas.
Another present you're going to have to wait a bit for is Ex Cops terrific debut album, True Hallucinations, which hits January 22 via Other Music Recording Company. The band are playing a record release show at Glasslands that same day with Hunters also on the bill (tickets). After that, Ex Cops play Mercury Lounge on February 15 and tickets to that show are on sale at noon. You can see them sooner than that, though, as they were just added to tonight's Paul Banks show at Webster Hall (12/14) and tickets are still available.
Meanwhile Ex Cops' Brian Harding and Amalie Bruun have each submitted lists of their favorite songs from 2012. In a bit of daring, they both include their own single "You Are a Lion, I Am a Lamb" on their respective lists. Check them out below.
Freelance Whales @ Webster Hall, 11/7/2012 (more by Sarah Gainer)
Winsome indie outfit Freelance Whales released their latest album, Diluvia, back in October and were just on NPR's World Cafe for a chat about the album and live session as well. You can stream the whole thing over at NPR. The band are also have a few shows with Hundred Waters coming up including Maxwell's on January 15 (tix), Music Hall of Williamsburg on January 29 (tix). The band were kind enough to give us their Top 10 LPs of 2012, which includes some of their Brooklyn neighbors (Bear in Heaven, Here We Go Magic), their tour-mates Hundred Waters, and year-end list regulars Tame Impala, Purity Ring and Django Django. Check out their full list below.
photos by Amanda Hatfield
Perfume Genius @ LPR,10/9/12
Perfume Genius and Holy Fuck side project Dusted brought their tour to NYC for two shows this week: Music Hall of Williamsburg on Monday (10/8) and Le Poisson Rouge last night (10/9). Pictures from the LPR show are in this post.
Mike Hadreas, the primary member of Perfume Genius, has become more and more of a confident performer over time, probably partly thanks to the increased attention he's been getting for his excellent Put Your Back N 2 It album which came out earlier this year, following the also excellent but often overlooked Learning. He performed material off both of those albums at the show last night, and like he's done in the past, covered the Neil Young-penned "Helpless" from CSNY's Deja Vu, and Madonna's "Oh Father" from Like a Prayer. And though he most often delivers his damaged tales from behind the comfort of his keyboard, at this show he opted to grab the mic and perform standing for a portion of the set.
More pics below.
As you can see above, Emceez Ansari is really good at photoshopping Aziz Ansari's face into album covers.
Speaking of funny, get the new Tig Notaro from Louis CK.
Film School Rejects is reporting that Woody Allen has cast Louis CK and Andrew Dice Clay in a new movie (must. see.).
As you may have noticed via an ad on this site, Django Django are running a sale for their new Mercury Prize-nominated album via iTunes. We recently caught them live at Knitting Factory, Bowery Ballroom, and in Chicago too.
Purity Ring at Le Poisson Rouge (more by Amanda Hatfield)
"Red Bull Music Academy" is presenting four upcoming shows in NYC:
1 - BRAINFEEDER SESSION NYC at Villain (October 10)
2 - SBTKRT LIVE at Terminal 5 (October 11)
3 - FOUR TET B2B JAMIE xx at Autumn Bowl (October 26)
4 - GRACE JONES at Roseland (October 27)
Kilo Kish, who has some CMJ shows coming up too, opens the SBTRKT show.
We're also giving away tickets to see tomorrow's Perfume Genius show at Le Poisson Rouge and Calexico and The Dodos at Webster Hall on 10/13 on our Facebook. (Perfume Genius meanwhile plays Music Hall tonight).
Speaking of, PETA released a new Pokemon game.
AND, more stuff below...
Flying Lotus @ American Museum of Natural History in 2009 (more by Zach Dilgard)
today in NYC
* ASSSSCAT 3000 @ UCB
* New Yorker Festival
* Les Hot Club @ Barbes
* The Four Bags @ Barbes
* Bob Telson @ Joe's Pub
* Blondie @ The Capitol Theatre
* Lotion, Edsel @ The Rock Shop (matinee)
* ZZ Top @ Count Basie Theatre (NJ)
* Celtic Thunder @ Wellmont Theatre
* Leyna Marika Papach @ The Stone
* Ian Anderson @ NJ Performing arts Center
* The Empty Cage Quartet @ The Stone
* The Moth @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* Believers, Landlady, Railbird @ Glasslands
* Hannibal Buress @ Knitting Factory Brooklyn
* Sewing Machines, Beloved Binge, Poingly @ Cake Shop
* Census, Lantern, Spacin', Acrobat Twin @ Shea Stadium
* Kath Bloom, Ed Askew, Tica Douglas @ Pete's Candy Store
* Flying Lotus, Thundercat, Teebs, Jeremiah Jae @ Terminal 5
* Punch Brothers, Tom Brosseau @ The Paramount (Huntington, NY)
* The Everymen, The Brooklyn What, Secret Country @ Public Assembly
* Royal Baths, Larkin Grimm, Behavior, M. Lamar @ The Bowery Electric
* Nightmare River Band, Jack Grace, Paleface, Jarrod Dickenson @ Littlefield
* The Dearloves, Eastern Hollows, Dead Stars, Memphibians @ Mercury Lounge
* Spectre Folk, Images, Scott & Charlene's Wedding, Gem Trails @ Big Snow
* Kids & Explosions, Steel Phantoms, Dance For The Dying, Ducky @ Cameo Gallery
* Ghost Light, Phone Home, No One & The Somebodies, The Drinkers Themselves @ Deliquency
* Aye Nako, Shady Hawkins w/ readings by Cristy Road, Mimi Nguyen, Osa Atoe, Ana Vo, Mariam Bastani@ Death By Audio
* Kitty Pryde, The World Is A Beautiful Place and I Am No Longer Afraid To Die, Tigers Jaw @ Stevens Insitute of Technology
You can also catch Andrew WK playing with David Blaine at Pier 54 today at 7:30, live and streaming online.
Fred Armisen, who maybe you caught flashing an upskirt on SNL last night, helps close out the New Yorker Festival today along with Carrie Brownstein "for an afternoon With the IFC show "Portlandia," featuring a conversation with Margaret Talbot."
Big Bird also made a more family-friendly appearance on SNL last night. Watch the video below. Muse was the musical guest, and those videos are HERE.
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Perfume Genius made a video for "Take Me Home." Check it out below.
Perfume Genius at Prospect Park on Tuesday (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Perfume Genius just wrapped up his tour with Sigur Ros which hit NYC on Tuesday (7/31). His set was great at that show, but if you wanted to see him in a smaller indoor venue, where his sound would work far more appropriately, then you're in luck. Perfume Genius just announced an international tour which brings him back to NYC on October 8 at Music Hall of Williamsburg and October 9 at Le Poisson Rouge. Tickets for neither of those shows have been made available yet.
UPDATE: Tickets for the MHOW show go on sale Friday, August 10 at noon and Tickets for the LPR show go on sale Monday (8/6). Dusted (the new project of Holy Fuck frontman Brian Borcherdt) will open most dates on the tour including both NYC shows.
A list of all dates, plus a few videos are below.
photos by Amanda Hatfield, words by Andrew Sacher
Sigur Ros at Prospect Park - 7/31/12
The stage at Prospect Park last night (7/31) was lit up only by the grainy footage used for their "Ekki Mukk" video as Sigur Ros walked out, greeted by thunderous applause, for their first NYC show in four years. The show was sold out, but tons of people were listening from outside the venue too.
Sigur Ros recently ended their four-year hiatus with the album Valtari, their most consistent since 2005's Takk. So with that album's success to ride on, I went into the show with pretty high expectations, all of which were easily met. They opened the show with the only two Valtari songs of the night, "Ekki Mukk" and "Varuo," but the songs melded right in with the rest of the set. They relied most on material off of Agætis Byrjun and Takk, arguably their two heaviest hitters, and of course the crowd reactions for those old favorites like "Sæglopur," "Svefn-g-englar," and "Hoppipolla" were the most massive, but they really hit no lows.
For this tour, original pianist/multi-instrumentalist Kjartan "Kjarri" Sveinsson has chosen to sit out, though in an interview with The Reykjavik Grapevine, Jonsi confirms that he is not leaving the band for good, and just "tired of touring" and wants to "spend his time doing something else." In his place was Ólafur Björn Ólafsson of Jonsi's live band and bassist Georg's younger brother, Kjartan Dagur Hólm (of For A Minor Reflection). With that lineup in tow, the three original members took their places at the front of the stage (the only three members to receive spotlights), as Ólafur and Kjartan remained in the back with the band's touring string and horn players. Save for those rare spotlights, the band continued to be lit almost exclusively by the grainy footage on the screens behind them and a series of light bulbs scattered throughout their instrument setups. The slowly drifting images on the screen were as dream-inducing as the band themselves -- but while you'll catch some ambient bands using visuals as vices, Sigur Ros are quite the splendor to watch on their own.
The show began with a great set from Perfume Genius (aka Mike Hadreas and his 2-piece backing band), who seemed pretty aware that it's a bit of a struggle to open for Sigur Ros, but delivered nonetheless. He played a number of highlights from his excellent 2012 LP, Put Your Bank N 2 It, including "Take Me Home," "Dark Parts," and "Hood," among others. He also threw in some cuts from his 2010 debut, Learning, notably the standout single, "Mr. Peterson," and covers of Neil Young's "Helpless" and Madonna's "Oh Father." The crowd was a little restless for his set, and often times the people talking were louder than Perfume Genius's music, but with the lyrical depth that Mike Hadreas has, he couldn't help but steal a few commanding moments.
Sigur Ros' tour with Perfume Genius (which started in Philadelphia two nights earlier) continues in Toronto tonight (8/1), and after the Icelandic band plays Lollapalooza and Osheaga, they'll hook up with Julia Holter to complete their North American tour on the west coast. More pictures of both bands and Sigur Ros' setlist from last night's show are below.
Sigur Ros in Philly last Sunday (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
Sigur Ros are back this year with a new album, Valtari, and their first US tour in four years, which kicked off in Philly over the weekend. Pictures and the setlist from that show are HERE. That tour brings the band to NYC tonight (7/31) for a sold out show at Prospect Park, which like the Philly show, Perfume Genius will open. If you weren't able to get tickets for tonight's show, NPR will be streaming it live and you can watch from the comfort of your own home.
Sigur Ros are also continuing their Mystery Film Experiment. The last video in that series to come out was the MFE version of "Eg Anda," earlier this month, and they just revealed a new one today (7/31) for their song "Varuo." The next video will premiere on August 13. You can watch those two recent ones below.
In related news, Alcest is working on his new LP in Sigur Ros' studio with Birgir Jón Birgisson (aka Biggi), who produces Sigur Ros' albums as well.
Videos are below.
photos by Dominick Mastrangelo
Sigur Ros at Skyline Stage 7/29/2012
Sigur Ros's played the Skyline Stage in Philadelphia last night (7/29). The show marked the Sigur Ros's return to the US as part of a tour that hits a sold-out Prospect Park tomorrow (7/31), the US indoctrination of their new LP Valtari, as well as the inaugural show at the new Skyline Stage at The Mann Center (they also bless that stage tonight). Perfume Genius, who is on tour with the Icelandic crew, supported last night and will again tonight. In celebration of the event, the venue gave away collectible cards featuring Sigur Ros. Check out one of those cards below alongside more pictures from the show and the setlist.
In interesting Sigur Ros related news, the band's producer, Birgir Jón Birgisson, will produce the new Alcest LP:
"Hello there! Some days ago Winterhalter and I recorded demos for the next Alcest album, for which I have almost finished the songwriting. Only a few arrangements are missing, and the lyrics as well... In our case they always come late in the process... I feel very excited about these songs and this new approach feels very refreshing to me. I also can tell that the album will be recorded next March in Iceland at Sundlaugin, Sigur Rós' studios, with producer Birgir Jón Birgisson. There will also be guests appearances - more infos about this will come later. I will keep you posted!" -[Neige of Alcest]Very interesting.
That trading card, pictures and the setlist are below.
We try to keep tabs on various festivals around the world here on BrooklynVegan, many of which you'll eventually see pictures from. Today we focus on Belgium.
Pukkelpop goes down from August 16 - 18. That festival includes The Stone Roses, Bjork, Bloc Party, The Black Keys, Refused, Wilco, The Hives, The Shins, The Afghan Whigs, Lykke Li, Hot Chip, Feist, Flying Lotus, tUnE-yArDs, Chromatics, Cloud Nothings, The Tallest Man on Earth, Baroness, Ceremony, A-Trak, Rustie, Hudson Mohawke, and more. The full lineup is listed below. Tickets for the festival are on sale now.
Rock Werchter, which falls a bit more on the mainstream side, happens in Belgium even sooner, running from June 28 - July 1. That lineup includes The Cure, Jack White, X, Mastodon, Garbage, The xx, M83, Metric, Amon Tobin, Skrillex, Perfume Genius, Bat For Lashes, Michael Kiwanuka, Alabama Shakes, My Morning Jacket, Regina Spektor, Florence + the Machine, The Vaccines and more. Tickets for the festival are
on sale now sold out.
The full lineups for both Pukkelpop and Rock Wercher are listed below.
DOWNLOAD: Perfume Genius - "Rusty Chains" (MP3)
Perfume Genius outside Glasslands in April (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Perfume Genius (aka Mike Hadreas) will be touring Europe at the end of this month into July, and it's just been announced that upon his return to the states, he'll open a few dates for Sigur Ros, including their sold out Prospect Park show on July 31. Perfume Genius also recently dropped a new track called "Rusty Chains," which you can download above or stream below.
While Perfume Genius will be handling support duties in NYC, Philly, and Toronto, Julia Holter will open the band's west coast shows. Julia recently announced a headlining tour of her own, which comes to NYC on August 31 at Bowery Ballroom. When we first mentioned that show, ticket info had not been made available yet, but we now know that tickets go on sale Friday, June 8 at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (6/6) at noon.
A list of all dates and the Perfume Genius song stream below...
Perfume Genius @ Glasslands
Fitting for a band that shares a label with Xiu Xiu and The Blow, Parenthetical Girls are prone to theatrics. Immediately upon stepping up to the mic at Mercury Lounge, singer Zac Pennington (who wore a tight navy blue sweatshirt emblazoned with the phrase "Butterflies are free") began to strike poses and pantomime choice lyrics, casting dramatic shadows onto the wall behind him where projected images of a wide-eyed Shelley Duvall only added to the fantastic absurdity.
Everything Pennington said between songs evoked a laugh from the crowd - even when the subject matter was grim. "I've been hurting myself almost every night of the trip," Pennington revealed with a spastic flourish. "I think I'm going to die on this trip, so hopefully I will make it through this show." (In Austin he wore a bandaid over a cut over his eye.)
As if testing his luck, Pennington leapt out into the sold-out crowd multiple times, dragging his long mic chord behind him and jumping onto the benches lining the sides of the venue to swing from a rafter or bang on a pipe.
Though much of the band's music has an orchestral bent, for the Tuesday night show, they stuck to the basics, relying on the keyboard's extra functions to supplement the absent trumpet or clarinet when necessary (as on "A Song from Ellie Greenwich").
Though quite different in presentation, the touring mates complimented each other nicely. Where dramatic flourishes, sinister undertones, and variations in Parenthetical Girls' discography made for an exciting and often unpredictable show; Mike Hadreas of Perfume Genius only needed to lift his fingers across the keys to render the crowd completely silent.
Listening to Hadreas' delicate vocals, I hardly dared to breathe for fear that the noise would somehow interrupt the scene. Even the venue itself seemed to participate in the reverent silence (unlike Glasslands the next night where noise could be heard coming through the wall from the show at 285 Kent next door). The Mercury Lounge A/C, which had been blasting all night, was noticeably absent for the entirety of Perfume Genius' set.
Hadreas' lyrics cover deeply personal terrain (addiction, body image, regret, desperation, homosexuality, and death are just a few of the topics), but somehow the nakedness of his vocals makes the sentiments and emotions he evokes feel universal. And though his songs are often filled with trauma, his music has an oddly triumphant and redemptive quality that more than borders on something spiritual.
For many musicians, writing and performing music is a cathartic experience, but with Hadreas it's something more. He's not just redeeming himself when he sings. Over the course of his short, 45-minute set, he took on all the pain and suffering in the room, effectively redeeming the entire crowd.
photos by @griffinshot - Tim Griffin
Parenthetical Girls @ the Parish
They've recently been added as openers to the upcoming Perfume Genius tour which hits NYC on April 3 at Mercury Lounge and April 4 at Glasslands. Tickets for the Mercury show and the Glasslands show are still available (though you might want to act quick since Perfume Genius recently got 'Best New Music'). All dates are listed below.
That tour is in support of Perfume Genius's great new album, Put Your Back N 2 It, which came out on 2/21 via Matador. Check out the video for album track "Hood," along with updated dates and more PG pictures from Austin below...
Ghost @ the Studio in 2011 (more by Greg Cristman)
today in NYC
* NRBQ @ Iridium Jazz Club
* Alfredo Marin @ The Stone
* Reverend Billy @ Book Court
* Brown Wing Overdrive @ The Stone
* Sharon Van Etten @ Mercury Lounge
* Daniel Kitson @ St. Ann's Warehouse
* The Black Lillies, The Woes @ Joe's Pub
* The Trews, The Robin Electric @ Mercury Lounge
* Ghost, Blood Ceremony, Ancient VVisdom @ Bowery Ballroom
* Land of Leland, Andrew Gregory, Sarah Gregory @ Union Hall
* MIVOS Quartet, Eric Wubbels, Diamond Terrifier @ Littlefield
* Relations, Kristin Flammio, Glass Rifle, The Vaycays @ Cake Shop
* The Manifestation of Bennchoumy, Brown Rice Family @ The Rock Shop
* Madlib (DJ set), J.Rocc, Freddie Gibbs @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* People Get Ready, Rich Aucoin, Landlady, Raccoon Fighter @ Glasslands
* Sean Price, Smif-N-Wessun, Phony Ppl, Maffew Ragazino @ Highline Ballroom
* No One and The Somebodies, Schwervon!, Ghost Light @ Big Snow Buffalo Lodge
* Your Skull My Closet, Pile, Porches, The Due Diligence, Speedy Ortiz @ Death By Audio
* Pretty Good Dance Moves, Tiberius, Phone Home, Brothers, Happy People, Howler @ Pianos
* Notekillers, Kyp Malone, Kid Millions, Greg Fox, Bernard Gann (Jonathan Toubin Benefit) @ Union Pool
* Jonatha Brooke (celebrates Woody Guthrie at 100 - American Songbook series) @ Lincoln Center's Allen Room
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Perfume Genius, who has tour dates coming up, has a new video for "Hood," off of his upcoming album, Put Your Back N 2 It. Check it out below.
Perfume Genius at Knitting Factory in 2010 (more by Chris Gersbeck)
As mentioned, Perfume Genius (aka Mike Hadreas) is releasing Put Your Back N 2 It on February 20 via Matador. You can grab the first single, "All Waters," HERE and preorder the album from the Matador webstore.
He'll tour North America in support of the album this spring, and hit NYC on April 3 at Mercury Lounge and April 4 at Glasslands. Tickets for the Mercury show go on sale Friday (1/13) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (1/11) at noon and tickets for the Glasslands show are on sale now.
All dates below...
DOWNLOAD: Perfume Genius - "All Waters" (MP3)
Sam Mickens at Silent Barn in 2010 (more by Amanda Dandaneu)
Sam Mickens of The Dead Science and who also plays as a member of Parenthetical Girls released his solo debut LP, Slay & Slake, in late November. He's following that release with a split 7" with Voice on Tape, which will be out "winter 2011/2012" on Silencio Records. Sam's contribution, which is making its premiere in this post, is a track called "Dark Christmas," and it features a duet with Zac Pennington, who fronts Parenthetical Girls and also sang on Slay & Shake. The song is led by floaty atmospheres, some soft acoustic guitar, and the haunting refrain, "You're gonna love me better when I'm gone." Check it out below. Voice on Tape's contribution to the 7" is a track that features Chelsea Wolfe (who has a new video you can also watch below).
"Dark Christmas" is not to be confused with Sam Mickens' Christmas EP, A Christmas Gift to You, Zac Pennington, which came out yesterday (12/13) and is available to download (for free or as much as you want to give) and stream on bandcamp...
Sam Mickens' newly-out-of-the-vault EP "A Christmas Gift To You, Zac Pennington" was recorded and mixed in one night in Dec. 2010 in the spirit of purest friendship, a private record made for one friend by another. Wrapping up(nearly!) a very prolific year for Mickens, which has seen the release of the Sinistra Secco EP, two singles with his Brooklyn massive the Ecstatic Showband & Revue, and his debut full-length Slay & Slake, this Christmas EP sets down our flight in a nestling snow bank. Have at ye merry gentlemen!----
Perfume Genius - Put Your Back N 2 It
In related news, fellow Xiu Xiu collaborator Perfume Genius, whose confessional art pop is not so far removed from Sam Mickens, will release the followup to his great 2010 debut, Learning, early next year. The new album, titled Put Your Back N 2 It, comes out on February 21 via Matador. Grab the lead track, "All Waters," at the top of this post and stream it below, along with the artwork and tracklist. The album is available for a 15% off pre-order with a free poster at the Matador webstore on CD/LP.
Song streams, artwork and tracklist below...
DOWNLOAD: Perfume Genius - "Dreem" (MP3)
Perfume Genius released a new version of Learning. In the words of Matador...
Just in time for the holidays, we're reissuing the devastating debut album from Seattle's Perfume Genius, aka Mike Hadreas, in a new slipcase edition. If you missed 'Learning' when it came out last June, now is your chance to explore the most critically acclaimed album Matador released this year. Get one for yourself, then get another for your loved one.Download one of those new tracks, "Dreem", for free above. Stream it below.
The new version of the CD comes in a cardboard slipcase with new artwork (above), along with a coupon entitling you to downloads of three new tracks: "Dreeem," "Your Drum" and "Divine Faxes." The new version of the LP is stickered with information about the new tracks, which have been added to the standard download coupon inside.
Pefume Genius and Light Asylum (Did you notice them in the Sunday NY Times?) will play Envelope, the "undisclosed Bushwick event space", on December 15th, one week from today. Tickets are on sale for the show at the new venue that you may have previously caught Marissa Nadler at. BushwickBK.com did...
In a neighborhood with more DIY than licensed music venues, Envelope presents a new approach to the homegrown experience. Envelope hosts only one show a month, with a capacity for only 60 guests. The rest of the time, it operates as a recording studio. Shows have been booked for the next 10 months, but at the moment there are no plans to expand performances beyond the once-monthly showcases.And the Envelope show makes two upcoming appearances for Light Asylum in the coming week. They also play Santos with Violens on 12/11 (tickets).
"We'd really like to keep the programming very special and only host bands that we really love," co-founder Chris Garneau told BushwickBK. "More than one show a month at this point could force us to step off of our initial path."
For Nadler, who played solo on her acoustic guitar, it was a perfect setting. In such an intimate space with minimal amplification, all of the nuances of her recordings were maintained, showcasing her equally delicate vocals and finger picking. Despite the living-room sized set up, Nadler talked little to the crowd, though she acknowledged her timid nature....
Some Perfume Genius videos are below...