On February 21, Matador will release the next album from Seattle songwriter Mike Hadreas, aka Perfume Genius. It's called Put Your Back N 2 It.
Hadreas notes in a press release that the opening cut, "AWOL Marine", is about "the desperation, demoralization and soullessness that comes with addiction," inspired by "some unedited homemade basement porn I watched." The track "17" is "basically a gay suicide letter," and another, "Take Me Home", is "a pop song about hookerism." The track "Dirge" is based on a 1921 poem by Edna St. Vincent Millay, while the title track is "about gay sex."
01 AWOL Marine
02 Normal Song
03 No Tear
05 Take Me Home
07 Dark Parts
08 All Waters
10 Put Your Back N 2 It
11 Floating Spit
12 Sister Song
Miaedu, I love all these music threads you've started. Perfume Genius is hands down one of my favorite musicians. His songs are simple but melodic and full of emotion. "All Waters" just makes me want to curl up in a ball and just bawl, haha but he is quite good. My favorite song, though, is "Mr. Peterson."
Perfume Genius Ad Rejected By Google For Not Being "Family Safe"
Have you ever wondered what constitutes a not family-safe ad on Google and YouTube? Well, according to reports from Matador and Perfume Genius, apparently it's just two guys hugging that can send Google's censors into overdrive.
It all started when Matador put out the below advert for Perfume Genius' sophomore album, Put Your Back N 2 It, that features a couple men hugging, and while not fully clothed, they aren't naked either. Matador received the following statement when they sent the ad to be used on YouTube.
Any ads that contain non family safe material are disapproved. I noted to the team that the people in the video are not entirely unclothed, but the overall feeling of the video is one of a more adult nature, including promoting mature sexual themes and what appears to be nude content. As such, the video is non family safe. In order to have this video ad approved, you will need to bring it into compliance with our policy.
Google never told Matador what would need to be different to get the ad up, mostly just saying it's sexual, when it isn't anymore sexual than ads for Viagra, or something. For their part, Matador seems pretty calm about it, and they've put the video up on Vimeo at least. It's below for you to get enraged about. [via 130 BPM]
"When an artist is heartfelt and when their music is served up, in earnest, when all you know of this artist is the conviction with which they express their inner selves through their medium, to meet them face-to-face can be an intimidating moment."
Filmed in Brooklyn, February 10th, 2012.
Filmed by Derrick Belcham
Produced by La Blogotheque et A Story Told Well
Lower Dens leader Jana Hunter is a frequent Talkhouse contributor and a fine writer — in April of 2015, she wrote a widely read piece for Cosmopolitan titled "What It's Like to Be a Female Musician When You Don't Identify as a Woman." And Perfume Genius, aka Mike Hadreas, has said he's pretty fluid with gender too. But that was only one reason why we invited these two to sit down and chat for the Talkhouse Music Podcast. Lower Dens and Perfume Genius make some of the most interestingly beautiful music around, and Hunter and Hadreas are two intriguing, well spoken people.
Sure, they talked about "gay/gender stuff" but they also just related as musicians — and talked candidly about inspiration, how to conduct yourself on stage, the perils of social media and dealing with hate mail. And they related as people too — they talk about dealing with email, the awesomeness of Rihanna, their methods for quitting smoking and why Clark Kent is hot.
Hadreas and Hunter had met only briefly once before, but they're fans of each other's music, and when they sat down at the Talkhouse Music mikes, they hit it off immediately — in fact, almost from the start these two very thoughtful people were giggling like teenagers. They do have one big difference, though: Hadreas believes in everything, but Hunter doesn't believe in anything.