Elvis Perkins

Elvis Perkins to release I Aubade on 2/24/15

by Woody on November 20, 2014


For the last couple of years, I have been wondering what the hell happened to Elvis Perkins. Combined with the disappearance of A.A. Bondy, I had quite a gap in my musical library. Well, my question has been answered. After a 5 year hiatus, Elvis is set to release I Aubade. The first track is below and is called Hogus Pogus. Here’s what Elvis had to say.

Here lies my third Long-Playing collection of songs. The vast majority of what can be heard is the product of my own placement of microphone to source in the period between February 2012 & December 2013. My previous releases had for the most part been made with steady players in studios and overheard by engineers and producers, so this was for me both a novel approach and a return to the 4-tracking solitary self of my early 20’s.

I recorded and edited mostly at home {middle new york}, sometimes with others and at their places {hudson, dallas, los angeles}, in american hotels and for a spell in a “Wilderness” {im}mobile home happenstantially catching radio waves {ojai}. Ultimately it is a record full of waves and of changes. Pink and white Mini Moog waves; man receives the heart of a hog and undergoes spiritual transformation; AM waves run off with fluorescent wives-to-be; the living become dead and are brought back again; barking waves, interior waves, static waves. Dewan oscillators turn medicine Tarkas; cosmic waves, sea waves, the one wave of the river; one man becomes another man without losing his skin; for a brief moment a woman becomes mannequin; another leaves secretariat for ceremonial administration; drones at large awake and alter course. And so another Earthling’s notions begat and became waves and WAVs.

After thinking I would call the record the unreal Romance infinitive, “Transformir” {its Morpho’s body emerged from my studio and newly-established label, MIR}, I thought I might simply call it “Waves”. But upon reaching dry land of completion, I discovered a word novel to me and better fitting the songs: ‘Aubade’. It conveniently spoke the name of the sort of piece I had in the beginning imagined presenting on this album. One to attend the renewal and translation pointed to by the Mesoamerican Long Count Calendar, the Eagle and the Condor Prophecy of farther south, the dawning of the Fifth Age of the Hopi & that of Aquarius, etc, etc.

And the word itself performed a little revolution before the eye. On first sight and with atrophied French it read to me as ‘obeyed’. And I was led to consider whom and what man-made I have obeyed in lieu of natural and supernatural law. And that turned to ‘Io bayed’ {a moon of Jupiter named for the lover he changed to white heifer}. And that turned to ‘I/O bade’ {the analog to digital interface I faced in making this record}. Finally it rested back with the hopeful ‘I aubade’, as whom and what we obey can go from night to day at will.

Now to me more present tense verb than antique noun, to ‘aubade’ is all I’m aiming and hoping for here, to offer redoubling night a suggestion of daybreak.

New York City
November 15, 2014

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Elvis Perkins In Dearland to Release New EP

by That Guy on October 6, 2009

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If you’ve seen Elvis Perkins In Dearland play a live show over the last several months, odds are you noticed a couple things: 1) their drummer looks a little like Tucker from There’s Something About Mary, and 2) they play several REALLY good songs that can’t be found on any of their albums. Well, now those songs are being made available on the forthcoming The Doomsday EP, available October 20th on XL Recordings.

The EP offers six tracks, including the original “Doomsday” from the self-titled Elvis Perkins In Dearland full-length released earlier this year. It also includes a slower version of the song, which isn’t a standout but is interesting nonetheless. The rest of the EP is outstanding, with three of my favorite songs from their live performances: “Stay Zombie Stay,” “Weeping Mary,” and the infectious “Stop Drop Rock And Roll.” Pick up the EP on October 20th or catch these songs live on tour.

Elvis Perkins In Dearland – Slow Doomsday

Tour Dates:

10/31 – Levon Helm’s Midnight Ramble – Woodstock, NY
11/1 – Mountain Stage – Charleston, WV
11/3 – The Southern – Charlottesville, VA
11/4 – Grey Eagle Tavern & Music Hall – Asheville, NC
11/5 – The Earl – Atlanta, GA
11/6 – Cafe 11 – St. Augustine, FL
11/7 – The Social – Orlando, FL
11/9 – Club Downunder – Tallahassee, FL
11/10 – Bottletree – Birmingham, AL
11/11 – The Parish – New Orleans, LA
11/12 – Walters On Washington – Houston, TX
11/13 – The Parish – Austin, TX
11/14 – House of Blues – Cambridge Room – Dallas, TX
11/16 – Sticky Fingerz Chicken Shack – Little Rock, AR
11/20 – Gargoyle Club – St. Louis, MO
11/21 – TBD-Chicago, IL
11/30 – Paradise Rock Club – Boston, MA
12/01 – The Hi Hat – Providence, RI
12/02 – Rock and Roll Hotel – Washington, DC
12/03 – First Unitarian Church – Philadelphia, PA
12/04 – Bowery Ballroom – New York, NY
12/05 – Music Hall of Williamsburg – Brooklyn, NY


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I adore Elvis Perkins. Ever since Oz, Woody, and I caught him play a set at SXSW in 2007 that was sandwiched between sets from Pete Townsend and the Cold War Kids (Elvis’ set was the best of the night), I’ve been hooked. And his latest effort with his backing band Dearland is absolutely incredible.

Elvis Perkins’ back story is pretty well-known, but I think knowing it adds flavor to his music. In case you missed it¦he lost his father, actor Anthony Perkins, to AIDS in 1992 and his mother, photographer Berry Berenson, when she was tragically killed on Tuesday, September 11, 2001 aboard American Airlines Flight 11.

These events seem to shape much of Elvis’ songwriting, which moves from despondence, to defiance, to hope and back again. Perkins’ debut album, Ash Wednesday, dealt with themes of life and death, and the self-titled Elvis Perkins in Dearland continues with many of those same themes. It’s filled with bright acoustic guitars, big bass drums, full-bodied upright bass, an occasional organ or trombone, and earnest, unfeigned vocals. My favorite track off the new album, Doomsday, is a bellwether for the entire album:

Now in all of my wildest dreams, it never once was seen
That doomsday would fall anywhere near a Tuesday
But a flight across the sky, see it fade before my eyes
There isn’t any sense to a goodbye and by (??)
Oh I don’t plan to die, nor should you plan to die!

Other standout tracks include Shampoo, Send My Fond Regards to Lonelyville, and I Heard Your Voice in Dresden. Producer Chris Shaw did a great job of capturing the fire and spirit of Elvis’ live show. I love this album. You can pick it up March 10.

He’ll also be playing the Auditorium Shores Stage in Austin during SXSW on March 19.

Here’s some stuff to keep you warm.

Elvis Perkins In Dearland – Shampoo

Elvis Perkins – While You Were Sleeping (Live on Letterman)


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Another hotly anticipated release of 2009 for us at HearYa is Elvis Perkins’ forthcoming effort, slated to be released sometime in the spring. Elvis and the boys are currently streaming 3 brand-spanking new tracks on their web site. Do not pass go, do not collect $200, go here immediately.

Some of you may have heard “Shampoo” before, but “Send My Fond Regards to Lonelyville” and “Doomsday” are both fresh as daisies. If these tracks are any indication, this album is going to kick a buttload of butt.

Elvis Perkins – Shampoo

Elvis Perkins – Send My Fond Regards To Lonelyville

Elvis Perkins – Doomsday

Update: The “Elvis Perkins” website hosting these tracks is not the official website and the tracks were posted against the wishes of Elvis and the record label. We’ve removed the links to the mp3’s.