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Pretty Girls Make Graves – exclusive iTunes EP

By Gerard on Tuesday, August 22nd, 2006

Pretty Girls Make Graves, as captured in the creative hotbed of Los Angeles, CA, 4 songs, $3.96. But you can’t put a pricetag on the wonderful feelings deep inside this EP will stir.

1) Pyrite Pedestal

2) The Number

3) Pictures Of A Night Scene

4) Domino Dub Mix

available now from the iTunes Music Store.

New Burma MP3; discographies updated

By Patrick on Tuesday, August 22nd, 2006

We’ve posted a second MP3 from the astonishing new Mission Of Burma album ‘The Obliterati.’ Entitled “Donna Sumeria,” it’s in many ways a departure from any work they’ve done before (and most of the other songs on the album). It was not included in the ‘Punctuate’ 12″ series and therefore was not streamed on htttp://www.obliterati.net either.

Check it out on the Burma music page and let us know what you think (or better yet, just go buy the album – you’ll thank yourself):

http://www.matadorrecords.com/mission_of_burma/music.html

On another site update note, Nick has posted ultra-complete discographies for most of our active artists. Check the Matador Bulletin Board for the notices of which ones he’s gotten to so far, and post there to let us know what releases we’ve missed (or post here). Or just surf around the site to check active artists’ discography pages. Nick’s done great work, but this is something you can definitely help us on, especially when it comes to non-Matador releases. Thanks in advance.

“It’s Not 1978 Anymore”

By Gerard on Monday, August 21st, 2006

from Billboard.com’s Jonathan Cohen :

Kiss vocalist/guitarist Paul Stanley has inked with Universal’s New Door imprint for the release of his first solo album since his self-titled 1978 debut (above). “Live To Win” is due Oct. 24; Stanley will support it with a club tour this fall.

“It’s not 1978 anymore,” Stanley told Billboard.com of the album last November. “It’s certainly the same mentality, and certainly I’m a better singer today. My perspective and where I’m at in my life at this point, and what I’ve experienced and seen, brings something else to the table that wasn’t there then. But I still look back on that album as a really great snapshot of who I was and what I was doing then.”

Though I’m sure I am not alone in the Matador family in wishing Paul the best of luck with his new recordings, I do fear that no matter how awesome solo album no. 2 is likely to be, it will pale in comparison with Postpunk Junk’s sadly no-longer-available ‘People Let Me Get This Off My Chest’ zip file, an inspiring collection of P.S.’s patented brand of between-song spiel.

I don’t wish to tell the talented people at Universal how to do their jobs, but I am certain if they were to include ‘People…’ as a bonus CD with initial quantities of Paul’s latest opus, their first week sales would crack four figures.

Noise Noise Noise

By Ruairi on Sunday, August 20th, 2006

When Lucy told us who was supporting Matmos (with Zeena Parkins) at their upcoming London show, I got so giddy that she and Mike could only gaze at me, horrified, as I drooled between exhortations of excitement. As Matador UK’s resident noise enthusiast, the news that Russell Haswell and Florian Hecker will be putting the digital smackdown on a pre-Matmos audience is as good as it gets.


Both mainstays of the now partly defunct other ‘best record label beginning with M’, Mego, Haswell and Hecker have been pushing the envelope for quite some time now. Russell Haswell, A&R for Mego, curated the Easy To Swallow club nights for All Tomorrow’s Parties, bringing together people like Mark Stewart, Whitehouse, Autechre, Robert Hood, Earth, Aphex Twin etc for nights of uneasy dancing, and has recorded as Satanstornade with Masami Akita (Merzbow), which resulted in the best album cover ever. His ‘Live Salvage‘ album on Mego is incredible. Florian Hecker (above), along with Yasonao Tone performed one of the most intensely visceral noise shows that I’ve ever witnessed. His masterpiece, ‘Sun Pandamonium‘ is utterly, utterly terrifying. The centrepiece, ‘Stocha Acid Zlook’ sounds like pterodactyls swooping above you, with screaming victims in their mouths, occasionally getting close enough to draw blood from your ears. I am not mad, that’s exactly what it sounds like. Hecker and Haswell have recorded together once – on the ‘Revision‘ 12″. ‘Harrowing’ is how I’d describe it.

Basically, I’m as excited as it’s possible to be without bursting.

Heavy Jams

By Jesper on Saturday, August 19th, 2006

Insane Kraftwerk radio performance from Bremen 1971. The band featured the merry men from Neu! at that particular event so yes, indeed, you need to investigate this.
Hat Tip: Brian Turner/WFMU

On a more contemporary level, a truly great live show from Finland’s finest, Circle (well, never forget the mighty Hurriganes, of course, or, er, The Rutto, for that matter), from their triumphant 2006 US tour.
Hat Tip: No Quarter

Very Funny, But At Least We’re Not Responsible For April Wine

By Gerard on Friday, August 18th, 2006

Nothing like a low blow or 2 directed at the lower 48 to get your weekend started (link courtesy Boing Boing). Even if Bruce McCulloch got to the point a little faster.

Paging Stuart Murdoch!

By Gerard on Thursday, August 17th, 2006

In the snail mail days, this would’ve made the Matador Wall Of Shame, easy.

Hi,

We are currently looking for 6 artists to write 6 songs over the course of the next six months with Nikki Sixx from Mötley Crüe.  We are looking for songs to be written that can go from rock to alt to pop.

Please contact Jason Spies with questions and or artist submissions: JasonS@10thst.com; 212-334-3160

Thanks

Sam Alpert
10th Street Entertainment/Eleven Seven Music
568 Broadway, Suite 608
New York, NY 10012
p: (212) 334-3160 ext. 107
f:  (212) 334-3285

Motley Crue* Meat Loaf* Blondie* Yes* Everclear* The New Cars* Hanson* Buckcherry* Marion Raven* Jonny Lives* Exies*

Retreat Hell, I Just Got Here. Sometimes, You’ve Gotta Kill The Good Vibes

By Gerard on Wednesday, August 16th, 2006

Matt Ashare of the Boston Phoenix, on TV On The Radio recent appearance at a free Boston gig supporting the Yeah Yeah Yeahs.

TV on the Radio had to go and ruin the good vibes by ending their set with a salvo against the Marines, who had signed on as one of the event’s sponsors. Now this is no place for a political rant, but it’s worth noting — no, it’s crucial to understand, lest we fully repeat the mistakes of Viet Nam — that the Marines, Army reserves, and Navy and Air Force pilots currently fighting George Bush’s wars in the Middle East are doing just that, carrying out plans handed down by their commander in chief and doing their best not to get the asses blown to hell in the process. Soldiers take orders: they don’t make policy. To blame them for the mess in Iraq is to tacitly let the bureaucrats and politicians really responsible for the debacle off the hook.

I wasn’t at the gig, so I’ll have to take Ashare’s word about the rant in question. But differentiating between George W. and the rank & file doesn’t address the issue of whether or not TVOR — or any band with a conscience, brain or guts — should be a-ok with a military recruiting presence at their show. If the Phoenix has no problem with it, that’s their decision to make, but if the band wanted to disassociate themselves from the sponsor, I’m not unsympathetic.

It should also be mentioned there’s a sure-fire way to avoid carrying out the plans of the Commander In Chief and not get your ass blown to hell in the process : don’t join the military.

More Fun from the World of Music Journalism

By Joel on Wednesday, August 16th, 2006

Those bastions of corporate journalistic integrity – that’s right, MTV News (a division of Viacom, Inc.) – are reporting the following hilariousness involving the new Mastodon album:



There’s a certain English journalist that Mastodon’s drummer, Bränn Dailor (above), would love to meet. But there’d be no handshake between the two men, given the Brit is the one behind the online leak of the Atlanta metallers’ forthcoming album, Blood Mountain, last week.

“Hopefully one day, he’ll introduce himself,” Dailor joked about the journalist, who claimed he was one of the band’s biggest fans. “[Our record label] traced it back to the guy who did it, and he got fired from wherever he was working. It’s just so stupid. And it’s such a sh—y copy. It sounds like sh–. I’m not concerned with record sales, because I think that if anyone’s looking for it online to download it and listen to it, when it comes out [on September 12], they’ll buy it anyways. They’re fans.

“My problem is, I can equate it to when I was 11 years old,” he continued, relaying a story about discovering his Christmas presents in his mother’s closet a month before the holiday. “I wrapped it all back up, and then Christmas came, and I went downstairs, and I knew everything I was going to get. And that sucked. It totally ruined the whole thing. Up until then, I had never done that before and I was always really excited to wake up and open that first present. But that wasn’t awesome, and I never did it again.

“When I was a kid, you had to wait for that Iron Maiden record,” he recalled. “The whole thing was, this is the day it comes out, and you cannot have it before that day. But these days, with the Internet, everything just leaks. I urge people not to download it if they see it there, but I understand if they do. I want people to be excited for it and to hear it for the first time and hear it the way it was supposed to be heard.”

I’m definitely looking forward to hearing the new Mastodon, as are a lot of people, but I can wait. Though if it is anything like the Christmas Day when my mom got me the G.I. Joe USS Flagg Aircraft Carrier and the damn thing was missing half the parts, I can wait.

Furthermore, the MTV.com story has this hilarious tidbit about their recent video shoot:

Mastodon traveled 1,000 feet below the ground to complete the video inside Ruby Falls, and when it begins airing next month, expect to see lots of yetis, sasquatch and Dailor banging away on his drum kit under a 100-foot-tall, blood-red waterfall. Rej even shot footage atop Atlanta’s Stone Mountain, with “a bunch of people in crazy yeti costumes and sh–,” Dailor said. “We’ve cornered the market on the sasquatch and the yeti. No other band can use it.”

Defunct yet totally awesome mid-1990s NYC band Ruby Falls and super-great Yeti publisher Mike McGonigal were unavailable for comment.

Headline Of The Day

By Gerard on Tuesday, August 15th, 2006

Thank you, United Press International.