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Thursday, December 10, 2009

Track of the Day: Mark Matos Sings About the Mission

Posted By on Thu, Dec 10, 2009 at 12:59 PM

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  • Peter Varshavsky
There's something very Pavement-y about this Mark Matos track, "High Priest of the Mission." Perhaps the resemblance resides in the vocals, which remind me a bit of Stephen Malkmus' solo stuff. But with the warm organ melodies and the extra handclapped beats, Matos makes this upbeat pop tune all his own. It's lines like "he doesn't want to push your buttons, but his hands get in the way" that help paint the portrait of this hipster priest with "laser beam" brown eyes.

The song comes off Matos' Words of the Knife, which came out last month on local (Mission-based) label, Porto Franco. You can read our profile of the neighborhood-supporting label here.

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