Perfume Genius touring Europe

This May will see Perfume Genius returning to Europe to play dates, which will be the first of the year for Mike. It’ll see them playing their biggest venues in the UK to date and will end at Primavera Sound festival (where you’ll also catch Glasser and Kurt Vile).


Bring on the May (touring madness). Dates listed below.



14 – Sheffield City Hall (Grand Ballroom), Sheffield

15 – Bodega, Nottingham (tickets)

16 – Bush Hall, London (tickets)

17 – The Kings Arms, Manchester (tickets)

18 – The Sugar Club, Dublin (tickets)

20 – Les Nuits Botanique, Brussels (tickets)

21 – De Duif Church, Amsterdam (tickets)

28 – Primavera Sound Festival, Barcelona


Perfume Genius – ‘Lookout, Lookout’


Perfume Genius – “Dreem”, a Yours Truly session

Doubt continues to evaporate around the assertion that Perfume Genius is one of the most significant new voices in songwriting and performance.

Further evidence here, on “Dreem” – a bonus track from the recently-released special edition of Learning (buy it here) – brought to us by our friends at Yours Truly: Presents: Perfume Genius “Dreeem” from Yours Truly on Vimeo.

Perfume Genius “Lookout, Lookout” video directed by Patrick Sher, NYC show

Click above to watch the first proper video for Perfume Genius, for the song “Lookout, Lookout” (via Pitchfork). Directed by Patrick Sher and shot in Portland.

Perfume Genius has also just announced one more NYC show before the end of the year, supporting Light Asylum at a secret space in Bushwick next Wednesday, December 15. The $28 tickets include free hors d’oeuvres and three free drinks. Go to envelopefamily to buy tickets; location information will be included with purchase confirmation.

For those of you who missed it, yesterday we re-released the Learning album in a special slipcase edition with new artwork and three new tracks. You can buy it from us:


or from your favorite local record store or online retailer. Check out an MP3 of Dreeem, one of the new tracks, HERE

Perfume Genius slipcase edition out Tuesday, new songs

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.

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.

Check out an MP3 of “Dreeem” here:

Dreeem (192k mp3)

Preorder the slipcase edition here:


Perfume Genius will be playing one more show this year, in Seattle this Saturday December 4, at the Healthy Times Fun Club.

The first proper video for Perfume Genius, “Lookout Lookout,” directed by Patrick Sher, will premiere next week. Keep your eye on this space for further information.

Perfume Genius in Europe

Photo of Perfume Genius @ Matador at 21

taken from TooSunnyOutHere’s Flickr

Perfume Genius are currently showcasing tracks from this years debut album Learning alongside some new material at dates around Europe, which you should try and attend if they head your way.  The upcoming dates are as follows:

21st October – The Cube, Bristol, UK
22nd October – The Hope, Brighton, UK
23rd October – Swn Festival, Cardiff, UK
25th October – Botanique, Brussels, Belgium
26th October – Le Point Emphere, Paris, France
27th October – Paradiso, Amsterdam, Netherlands
28th October – Prizenbar, Hamburg, Germany

If they’re not playing near you this time then you can always treat yourself to watching the Pitchfork session they did earlier this year.

Perfume Genius plays the Hollywood Forever cemetery tonight and more dates

photo from youneedtoseethese‘s flickr

Well into his first ever US tour, Perfume Genius will be stopping at the legendary Masonic Lodge at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery in Los Angeles tonight. To catch a glimpse of the tracks from ‘Learning’ come to life, check out these videos and do yourself a favor and see Perfume Genius live.

Tuesday 28        Los Angeles, CA         Masonic Lodge At Hollywood
Saturday 02        Las Vegas, NV        Palms Casino (Matador At 21)
Tuesday 05        Chicago, IL             Schubas
Thursday 07        Toronto, ON             Drake Hotel
Sunday 10        Brooklyn, NY         Knitting Factory
Monday 11        Philadelphia, PA         First Unitarian Church

REVISED SCHEDULE : Matador At 21 : The Lost Weekend In Las Vegas, The Palms

First off, if these changes have left anyone disappointed or inconvenienced, we’re truly sorry.  I’ve been watching videos of the guys in the BP commercials all week trying to strike the right tone for this post, and wouldn’t you know it, MY VIDEO CAMERA IS BROKEN.   Bullet dodged.

On the bright side, hey, DEAD MEADOW are playing.    The opening VIP gala is still happening at 4pm Friday in the Hardwood Suite with dj sets by Ted Leo and myself.  Same room becomes a VIP lounge Friday and Saturday nights, plus late night dj action on Friday (James McNew, Dean Bein) and Saturday (Dave Martin, Robby Morris).  Here’s the live entertainment schedule of events.  Much like real life, everything is subject to change.


Pavement: 12:00am – 1:00am
Sonic Youth: 10:40pm – 11:30am
Fucked Up: 9:35pm – 10:15pm
Chavez: 8:30pm – 9:10pm
Guitar Wolf: 7:30pm – 8:10pm
Doors: 7:00pm

MC : Jeff Jensen

Fucked Up Vs. Ted Leo and The Pharmacists: 1:30am – 2:30am
(One stage. Two bands.  At once. They’re supposed to take turns, song by song…but who knows?)
Doors: 1:00am


Belle & Sebastian: 11:45pm – 1:00am
Spoon: 10:25pm – 11:15pm
Superchunk: 9:20pm – 10:00pm
Cat Power: 8:15pm – 8:55pm
Perfume Genius: 7:55pm – 8:15pm
Jon Spencer Blues Explosion: 6:50pm – 7:30pm
Come: 5:45pm – 6:25pm
Girls: 4:40pm – 5:20pm
Doors 4:00pm

MC : Bob Nastanovich

Dead Meadow: 2:30pm – 3:15pm
Harlem: 1:30pm – 2:05pm
Doors: 1:00pm

Cold Cave: 2:25am – 3:15am
Esben and The Witch: 1:30am – 2:00am
Doors: 1:00am

STARTS AT 1:30am


Guided By Voices: 11:30pm – 1:00am
Yo La Tengo: 10:10pm – 11:05pm
Liz Phair: 9:50pm – 10:10pm
The New Pornographers: 8:40pm – 9:25pm
Ted Leo and The Pharmacists: 7:35pm – 8:15pm
Shearwater: 6:30pm – 7:10pm
Doors: 6:00pm

MC’s : Tom Scharpling & Jon Wurster

The Clean: 4:30pm – 5:15pm
Times New Viking: 3:30pm – 4:05pm
Kurt Vile: 2:30pm – 3:05pm
Doors: 2:00pm

General questions :  [email protected]

This event is sponsored by MySpace Music, Altamont, Incase, Sailor Jerry and Yowie.

Matador At 21 – The Lost Weekend : Final Bill, Schedule Info

First of all, we know you’ve been waiting patiently for the information below, and we sincerely apologize for the length of time it took to get it together. But if wanting to put together an even sicker bill than previously announced is a crime, PLEASE LOCK US UP.

1) 50 additional pairs of tickets priced at $250.00 per person  (not including taxes and fees) will be available via a public lottery sometime next week.  We’ll announce the details here and on the 21 site beforehand.

2) Details regarding a limited number of room upgrades will be available at that time.

3) We regret to announce that at present, our supply of VIP tickets has been exhausted.  If that situation changes, we’ll let you know.

4) As rumored in a bunch of places (including this very blog), we’re very happy to confirm the following additions to The Lost Weekend Bill ;  Liz Phair, Times New Viking, Esben and the Witch, Perfume Genius, The Clean, MC’s Jeff Jensen, Bob Nastanovich, Tom Scharpling & Jon Wurster, and a late Friday evening presentation by Austin’s Karaoke Underground. The rough schedule can be found below, and is very much subject to change :


4 PM: Gala opening party, Hardwood Suite (VIP ticketholders, limited capacity)

MAIN STAGE (The Pearl):

doors open 6 PM, first band (Guitar Wolf) on at 7 PM

Sonic Youth
Fucked Up
Cold Cave
Guitar Wolf

MC : Jeff Jensen

2am onwards :  Superchunk/Fucked Up/bands TBC,  Hardwood Suite (VIP ticketholders only, capacity limited)
2am onwards :  Karaoke Underground at Little Buddha (open to all ticketholders, space permitting)


MAIN STAGE (The Pearl):

Belle and Sebastian
Cat Power
Perfume Genius
The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion

MC : Bob Nastanovich

2am : Esben and the Witch, Harlem,  Key West Ballroom (open to all ticketholders, space permitting)

Sunday (MATINEE, in Key West Ballroom, open to all ticketholders, capacity limited):

The Clean
Times New Viking
Kurt Vile

Sunday evening :

MAIN STAGE (The Pearl):

Guided By Voices
Yo La Tengo
Liz Phair
The New Pornographers
Ted Leo & the Pharmacists

MC’s : Tom Scharpling & Jon Wurster

Matador at 21: The Lost Weekend takes place at the Palms Resort and Casino in Las Vegas from October 1-3, 2010. This event is sponsored by MySpace Music, Altamont and Incase.

Perfume Genius to play select dates in September/October

photo by Angel Ceballos

“Perfume Genius’s debut album ‘Learning’ is a bruised and suggestive affair; one of catharsis and rare, redemptive beauty, which ranks as one of the most uniquely endearing and quietly forceful debut albums of recent years.” –Drowned In Sound

Perfume Genius, the alias of Seattle songwriter Mike Hadreas, will be making eight rare live appearances this fall.  His debut album “Learning” (Matador) was released in June and has been quietly accumulating a fanatical audience.  The album puts harrowing personal stories to unshakable minor-key melodies that prove oddly hopeful despite the dark, painful tone.  Recorded in his mother’s suburban home during a time of emotional and physical recovery, these gorgeous songs are as unaffected and memorable as you’re likely to hear all year.

Hadreas rarely plays live; as the New York Times noted, “memory is etched on the body…Hadreas squeezes out the words when singing, his neck tense, his muscles taut. It must hurt.”  These shows will feature Hadreas and Alan Wyffels on just piano and vocals, with occasional guitar.  For a glimpse of what to expect, check out the live video session here:

Sep 22 Seattle – Crocodile
Sep 23 Portland – Mississippi Studios
Sep 27 San Francisco – Bottom Of The Hill
Sep 28 Los Angeles – Masonic Lodge At Hollywood Forever
Oct 5 Chicago – Schuba’s
Oct 7 Toronto – Drake Hotel
Oct 10 Brooklyn – Knitting Factory
Oct 11 Philadelphia – First Unitarian Church

Perfume Genius live session

On June 21, Matador released the debut full-length from Perfume Genius, Learning. You can buy that album here, and stream it at the band’s MySpace page.

Today, with our friends at Pitchfork, we’re happy to bring you a series of live Perfume Genius video clips, shot last month in Seattle by Jason Reid, Darren Lund and Ian Connors. The session will live in its entirety here, forever. Below, please enjoy arresting takes on album tracks “Mr. Peterson”, “Learning”, “Lookout, Lookout” and “Never Did”:

Perfume Genius will perform two live dates in New York City this month, with more shows to follow shortly:

Tuesday 20 – New York, NY – 92Y Tribeca
Friday 23 – Brooklyn, NY – Glasslands

Perfume Genius – “Learning” MP3

Yesterday, we dropped a bit of a bombshell (said in Lee “Hacksaw” Hamilton voice), revealing the Monday release of the full length debut from Seattle songwriter/vocalist Mike Hadreas, aka Perfume Genius, ‘Learning’. It’s usually our habit to drop an MP3 or two prior to commercial availability and while we hardly regret embracing the element of surprise, at the end of the day, we are creatures of habit.

“Learning” (160k mp3)

‘Learning’ is available today on LP, CD, MP3 or FLAC from The Matador Store

“Heartbreaking, rip-your-toenails out bleakness is part of the charm…a fragile, fucked-up little wonder.” (9/10), Camille Pia, NME

“‘Learning’ is a bruised and suggestive affair; of catharsis and rare, redemptive beauty, which ranks as one of the most uniquely endearing and quietly forceful debut albums of recent years.” (9/10), James Skinner, Drowned In Sound

Out TODAY : Perfume Genius – ‘Learning’ LP/CD/digital album

Today, Monday June 21*, Matador is releasing the debut full-length album (LP/CD/digital) from Seattle’s Mike Hadreas, aka Perfume Genius.  ‘Learning’ is a home recording as stark, haunting and downright jarring as any we’ve heard ;  harrowing personal stories laid atop unshakable minor-key melodies, we’ve been obsessed with Hadreas’ songs for months and have a sneaking suspicion more than a few of you will have a similar reaction. Actually, a cursory trip around the the internet reveals all sorts of reactions, and while it would be tempting to cobble together the long and varied list of iconic artists Perfume Genius has already been compared to, none of that means anything compared to laying in bed listening to ‘Learning’ at 2am. If you’d prefer to go for a drive while playing the album, that’s ok, too. We’re not here to police your activity.


You can stream ‘Learning’ starting today at the Perfume Genius MySpace page. There are a pair of Perfume Genius shows in NYC next month ;

Tue, July 20 – 92Y, Tribeca, NY, NY (tickets)
Fri, July 23 – Glasslands, Brooklyn, NY  (with Melati Malay) (tickets)

‘Learning’ is available today on LP, CD, MP3 or FLAC from The Matador Store

*- ‘Learning’ is available in the UK thru Turnstile