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Elvis Perkins

A singer and songwriter whose music is both literate and impressionistic, fusing elements of contemporary folk, Americana, and indie rock, Elvis Perkins seemed destined to follow a career in the arts, though not necessarily as a musician. Born on February 9, 1976, Perkins was the son of actor Anthony Perkins and photographer and actress Barry Berenson, and spent much of his childhood hopscotching between Los Angeles and New York City. Perkins took saxophone lessons when he was a youngster, and in high school he took up the guitar, for a while studying with Prescott Niles of the Knack. He played in rock bands for a spell, but over time he became more interested in acoustic music, and took up the classical guitar, a passion that merged comfortably with his new enthusiasm for writing poetry. In 1992, Anthony Perkins died from AIDS-related pneumonia, and Barry Berenson was a passenger on American Airlines Flight 11, which was hijacked and flown into the North Tower of the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001. Perkins wrote a song cycle about family and loss, informed by the unusual passing of his parents and titled Ash Wednesday. Perkins turned Ash Wednesday into his first album, which he released independently in 2006, while XL Recordings gave it a more widely distributed reissue in 2007. Perkins assembled a band to support him as he toured following Ash Wednesday's release; calling the group Elvis Perkins in Dearland; the musicians included Brigham Brough on bass, Wyndham Boylan-Garnett on keyboards and guitar, and Nicholas Kinsey on drums and percussion. Elvis Perkins in Dearland also became the name of Perkins' second album, released in 2009, which displayed a stronger country influence than the debut. That same year, Perkins issued an EP, Doomsday, but after that he cut ties with XL Recordings, and little was heard from him for the next several years. In 2015, he returned with his long-awaited third album, I Aubade, which returned to the oblique lyrical style of Ash Wednesday, matched to melodies informed by lo-fi indie music and freak folk. ~ Mark Deming
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  1.   Song
  2.   & Eveline
  3.   The Night & The Liquor
  4.   Moon Woman II
  5.   Stay Zombie Stay by Elvis Perkins In Dearland
  6.   Dumps
  7.   It's Only Me
  8.   Wheel In the Morning
  9.   Ash Wednesday
  10.   It's a Sad World After All
  11.   Accidental Tourist (a White Huayno Melody0
  12.   I Came For Fire
  13.   Teneme en Tu Corazon (Keep Me In Your Heart)
  14.   Doomsday by Elvis Perkins In Dearland
  15.   While You Were Sleeping
  16.   May Day
  17.   Good Friday
  18.   Am
  19.   All Today
  20.   My Kind
  21.   Emile's Vietnam in the Sky
  22.   The Passage of the Black Gene
  23.   Sleep Sandwich
  24.   Gasolina
  25.   Moon Woman, Pt. 2
  26.   My 2$
  27.   Congratulations
  28.   It's Now or Never Loves
  29.   Mexican Ritual
  30.   She Watches Over Me
  31.   All the Night Without Love
  32.   A Question
  33.   On Rotation Moses
  34.   Hogus Pogus
  35.   A Question (4 Track Recording)
  36.   Counterclockwise
  37.   The Dumps (4 Track Recording)
  38.   Without Love
  39.   123 Goodbye
  40.   Chains, Chains, Chains
  41.   Hey
  42.   Hours Last Stand
  43.   How's Forever Been Baby
  44.   I Heard Your Voice in Dresden
  45.   I'll Be Arriving
  46.   Send My Fond Regards to Lonelyville by Skya De Bourg
  47.   Shampoo
  48.   Moon Woman
  49.   Weeping Pilgrim

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