Self on Kimmel

Hey, remember Self? No. No, you probably don’t. You’re probably too young. It’s OK; I’ll fill you in. Self was the project of the Tennessee-based Matt Mahaffey, and he built himself up a serious cult following with his 1995 debut album Subliminal Plastic Motives, a piece of jagged, Beck-esque, bedroom-recorded cut-and-paste power pop. Self eventually became a real band and released a few more albums, staying quietly active all these years but not releasing any new studio music in the last 14 years. Mahaffey stayed busy by doing music for cartoons and by writing the Expedia.com jingle. But on Tuesday, Self suddenly released an out-of-nowhere new EP called Super Fake Nice, a project first announced in 2007. Last night, they also served as musical guests on Jimmy Kimmel Live, where they played the EP song “Runaway” and, as an online exclusive, the Subliminal Plastic Motives song “Lucid Anne.” Watch both performances and stream the EP below.


(via Noisey)

Super Fake Nice is out now. Subliminal Plastic Motives got a rerelease on vinyl via Fat Possum earlier this year.

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  1. Pretty sure I posted this Self cover when Stereogum was a LiveJournal: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-CwetL2x1FA

  2. one of the first mp3s i ever downloaded, in the late 90s, was a tune by self. it’s driving me crazy that i can’t recall the name of the song right now. that was the only self song i’ve heard, but i remember it was pretty good. now seeing if i can find it on spotify….

  3. I think you forgot to put the band name in the headline. You’re welcome for everything.

  4. Thanks for the #TBT, Stereogum.
    Breakfast with Girls and Gizmodery were in heavy rotation throughout my early 20s.

  5. Wow. Blast from the past.

  6. This is a sprightly little tune. I like.

  7. Good timing on this though. They’ve always been good, but the music landscape is full of artists who wish they were this band, so good to see them around again to show everyone whats up =)

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