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Watch Mitski Perform “Nobody” and “Two Slow Dancers” on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!”

Be the Cowboy Out Now via Dead Oceans

Dec 21, 2018 Mitski
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Mitski (full name Mitski Miyawaki) released a new album, Be the Cowboy, back in August via Dead Oceans. Last night she stopped by Jimmy Kimmel Live! where she performed two songs from the album: “Nobody” and “Two Slow Dancers.” The latter was particularly mesmerizing, as it featured just Mitski and a keyboardist. Watch both below, followed by her upcoming tour dates.

Previously Mitski shared a Zia Anger-directed video for Be the Cowboy‘s first single, “Geyser,” which was our #2 Song of the Week, announced some tour dates, shared a strange video for “Nobody,” and shared the audio for Be the Cowboy‘s closing track “Two Slow Dancers” (which was also one of our Songs of the Week).

Be the Cowboy is the follow-up to 2016’s acclaimed Puberty 2 and was produced with longtime collaborator Patrick Hyland. In a previous press release, Mitski said she and Hyland were drawn to “the image of someone alone on a stage, singing solo with a single spotlight trained on them in an otherwise dark room. For most of the tracks, we didn’t layer the vocals with doubles or harmonies to achieve that campy ‘person singing alone on stage’ atmosphere.”

Mitski also said she “experimented in narrative and fiction” and had in mind “a very controlled icy repressed woman who is starting to unravel. Because women have so little power and showing emotion is seen as weakness, this ‘character’ clings to any amount of control she can get. Still, there is something very primordial in her that is trying to find a way to get out.”

“I had been on the road for a long time,” she added, “which is so isolating, and had to run my own business at the same time. A lot of this record was me not having any feelings, being completely spent but then trying to rally myself and wake up and get back to Mitski.”

Read our review of Be the Cowboy.

Read our review of Puberty 2.

Mitski Tour Dates:

Mon. Jan. 28 - Auckland, NZ @ Laneway Festival
Sat. Feb. 2 - Brisbane, AU @ Laneway Festival
Sun. Feb. 3 - Sydney, AU @ Laneway Festival
Mon. Feb. 4 - Sydney, NSW @ Oxford Art Factory
Thu. Feb. 7 - Melbourne, VIC @ The Corner Hotel
Sat. Feb. 9 - Melbourne, AU @ Laneway Festival
Tue. Feb. 12 - Tokyo, JP @ Shibuya WWW X
Wed. Feb. 13 - Osaka, JP @ Umeda SHANGRI-LA
Fri. Feb. 15 - Seoul, KR @ Rolling Hall
Sat. Feb. 16 Taipei, TW @ The Wall
Mon. Feb. 18 - Kuala Lumpur, MY @ The Bee
Wed. Feb. 20 - Jakarta, ID @ Rossi Musik
Sat. Feb. 23 - Singapore, MY @ EBX Live Space
Fri. March 29 - Pittsburgh, PA @ Mr. Small’s Theatre *
Sat. March 30 - Columbus, OH @ The Athenaeum Theatre *
Sun. March 31 - Louisville, KY @ Headliners Music Hall *
Tue. April 2 - Indianapolis, IN @ Deluxe at Old National Centre *
Wed. April 3 - Madison, WI @ Majestic Theatre *
Fri. April 5 - Iowa City, IA @ Mission Creek Music Festival *
Sat. April 6 - Kansas City, MO @ Knuckleheads *
Sun. April 7 - St. Louis, MO @ Delmar Hall *
Tue. April 9 - Athens, GA @ 40 Watt Club *
Wed. April 10 - Tallahassee, FL @ The Moon *
Thu. April 11 - Orlando, FL @ The Plaza Live Theatre *
Sat. April 13 - Charleston, SC @ High Water Festival
Sun. April 14 - Gainesville, FL @ 08 Seconds *
Tue. April 16 - Carrboro, NC @ Cat’s Cradle *
Thu. April 18 - Richmond, VA @ The National *
Fri. April 19 - Baltimore, MA @ Rams Head Live! *
Sat. April 20 - Norths Adams, MA @ Hunter Center, MASS MoCA *
Thu. Aug. 8 - Oslo, NO @ Oya Festival

* w/ Jay Som

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