Shearwater & Matador

February 22nd, 2007 at 5:56 pm by Gerard

In what proved to be one of our worst kept secrets in recent memory, Matador is pleased to confirm that we've reached agreement on a longterm-ish pact with one of the nation's most wildly original bands, Shearwater of Austin, TX.


(foreground, l-r, Kim Burke, Jonathan Meiburg, Howard Draper. 2nd row, Thor Harris, Will Sheff)

On April 10, we'll be releasing a new, double-disc (CD and LP) verison of Shearwater's 4th album, 'Palo Santo'. One of 2006's most critically acclaimed long-players is not merely being reissued, but is in fact, reimagined, with 5 re-recorded versions done in December 2006, along with all new art and remastering of the original tracks.   This expanded edition comes with an extra disc containing 8 tracks, some are demos of Palo Santo songs, some are previously unknown compositions, all adding up to a stunning companion piece to the album.

Disc one includes newly recorded versions of "La Dame et la Licorne", "Red Sea, Black Sea", "Seventy-Four, Seventy-Five", "Johnny Viola", and "Hail, Mary".

The album art has been given the deluxe treatment as well, and perhaps we'll even have a jpg to share later today. Impatient types can check out the new version of "Red Sea, Black Sea" (mp3) today.

upcoming live activity :

03-15 Austin, TX – Central Presbyterian Church, 7:30pm (SXSW)
03-16 Austin, TX – Mohawk, 5pm
03-29 Austin, TX – Emo's *
03-30 Baton Rouge, LA – Red Star Bar *
03-31 Birmingham, AL – BottleTree Cafe *
04-01 Murfreesboro, TN – Casa Burrito *
04-02 Durham, NC – Duke Coffee House *
04-03 Wilmington, NC – Bella Festa *
04-04 Washington, DC – Rock & Roll Hotel *
04-05 Baltimore, MD – Ottobar *
04-06 Philadelphia, PA – First Unitarian Church *
04-07 Cambridge, MA – T.T. the Bear's Place *
04-08 New York, NY – Bowery Ballroom *
(* with Xiu Xiu) 

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6 Responses to “Shearwater & Matador”

  1. ds Says:

    you had me at banjo.

  2. Matt Says:

    A Shearwater vinyl?? I can now die a happy man.

  3. cindy hotpoint Says:

    No one can blame me this time — I didn’t tell a soul. I swear.

    Thank you, Matador. Thank you for giving my favorite, favorite band a home.

  4. Jeff Says:

    You know, I liked the MISRA version a lot, and if this one is supposed to be even better, then I’m sold!

  5. Rene Says:

    Just saw the show in Austin last night. The band was amazing. I picked up the new version of ‘Palo Santo’ and it has met and beat my expectations. Good acquisition Matador!

  6. Jempi Says:

    Just heard ‘Palo Santo’…my God…just blew me away.Never had so much five star-rated songs on an album since ‘OK Computer’.
    Right now my greatest concern is wether you guys are gonna visit Europe(Belgium?) and if so,when?