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Day For Night lineup has been announced

The other day, Day for Night, the art and music festival in Houston, Texas, announced its 2017 lineup. Among the headliners are Nine Inch Nails, Thom Yorke, Solange, Justice, St. Vincent, Tyler, the Creator, and James Blake. Also on the lineup are Jamie xx, Pussy Riot, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Sky Ferreira, Cardi B, Perfume Genius, Laurie Anderson, Lil B, Jlin, Priests, Mount Kimbie, and Jenny Hval. GAS will also be playing the festival, making it his first show in the United States since 2009. Day for Night 201 will take place December 15-17. See the full lineup here.

On the first day of the festival, there is going to be a summit with talks by Chelsea Manning, Laurie Anderson, Pussy Riot’s Nadya Tolokonnikova, and Los Angeles-based artist Lauren McCarthy. After the summit, there is going to be a “Soul Cleansing,” a performance presented by Saint Heron that will feature Solange, Earl Sweatshirt, and Kaytranada. Day for Night also will have 18 installations from artists including Ryoji Ikeda, Matthew Schreiber, and Felicie D’Estienne D’Orves.

A part of the earnings from this year’s Day for Night is going to be donated to the Greater Houston Community Foundation to help people in areas affected by Hurricane Harvey.

Last year’s festival featured the first Aphex Twin set in the States since 2008.

Perfume Genius covers Mary Margaret O’Hara’s “Body’s in Trouble”

Perfume Genius has released his cover of Mary Margaret O’Hara’s 1988 song “Body’s in Trouble.” The cover, and a live version of “Slip Away” are available now as part of Spotify’s Singles series. Listen to the tracks below. “I started covering this song on tour almost immediately after hearing it for the first time,” Perfume Genius’ Mike Hadreas said in a statement. “There are brief moments where the music fully connects in a traditional way, but after a few listens, the most satisfying part is the song’s magic formlessness. I wouldn’t dare try to mimic or recapture her performance, but I tried to sing in the same wandering, mantra-like way, but taking it somewhere a little more sinister. My relationship with my own body is confusing and I use music to try and puzzle it out, or as rebellion against needing a form at all.”

The Melodic Tree’s Weekly Playlist

1. Church Candy – Booty Feet

2. Slip Away – Perfume Genius

3. I Think You’re Really Beautiful – Starry Cat

4. Weird Around You – Eerie Summer

5. manhattan – small dad

6. There’s No Use in Trying – Acid Ghost

7. Lover is a Day – Cuco

8. Gap in the Clouds – Yellow Days

9. Strange Boy – The Shacks

10. Ran Ran Run – Pavo Pavo

11. Your Version of Me – Steady Holiday

12. Shark Smile – Big Thief

13. unreal tournament – Freya Crescent

14. Good Luck – The Undercover Dream Lovers

15. Key Largo – Arbes

16. Brown Study – Vansire

17. Get Upset – Soy Christmas

18. Away – Mons Vi

19. It Feels the Same Everyday – Yellow House

20. Ever – Tiny Deaths

Perfume Genius analyzes “Slip Away” on “Song Exploder”

Perfume Genius was a guest on the “Song Exploder” podcast recently and he discussed the making of “Slip Away,” from his latest album No Shape. Mike Hadreas, producer Blake Mills, and recording engineer Shawn Everett discuss the song’s creation, and Hadreas shared an acoustic demo and isolated tracks from the recording. “I wanted the song to sound American,” Hadreas says. “I wanted that sort of Springsteeny spirit to it.” He also notes that it’s “definitely a love song” and that it’s “joyous and free in a way that [he] had never written before.” Listen to the full episode below.


Bon Iver/The National’s Eaux Claires Fest announce lineup

Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon and the National’s Aaron Dessner have announced the lineup for their third Eaux Claires Music & Arts Festival, which is to take place June 16-17th in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, as Stereogum reports. Chance the Rapper, Wilco, along with Jeff Tweedy’s side project Tweedy, Feist, Paul Simon with yMusic, Danny Brown, Perfume Genius, and more are set to play. Additional performances listed include “Bon Iver Presents John Prine and the American Songbook,” and “Big Red Machine,” a collaborative performance from Vernon and Desnner with guests, based on their song of the same name from the compilation Dark Was the Night.

Even though the lineup has not yet been officially announced, booklets featuring the lineup were mailed to people who had ordered tickets already. Check out an image/tweet below.

Perfume Genius covers Elvis Presley for new Prada ad

Perfume Genius put music on a new fragrance ad for Prada. The video has a stripped-down cover of Elvis Presley’s “Can’t Help Falling in Love.” Watch it out below, and download the full version for free here.

The Melodic Tree’s Weekly Playlist

1. Chateau Lobby #4 (in C for Two Virgins) – Father John Misty

2. Civilian – Wye Oak

3. Roscoe – Midlake

4. This Year – The Mountain Goats

5. Despite What You’ve Told Me – Two Gallants

6. Strange Eyes – Murder By Death

7. Byegone – Volcano Choir

8. Queen – Perfume Genius

9. Blue Eyes – Destroyer

10. All Fires – Swan Lake

11. Black Hills – Gardens and Villas

12. No Stranger – Small Black

13. Variable – Millionyoung

14. Triangle Waves – Teeel

15. Faded High – Gayngs

16. Diamond – Lightning Dust

17. Open Rhythms – Bodies of Water

18. Morning Song – Le Loup

19. In Real Life – The Ruby Suns

20. Strangers – Lotus Plaza