Archive for April, 2008
(photo by Jeff Allen)
Matador is pleased to announce the signing of a multi-album, worldwide, exclusive recording agreement with prolific Memphis people person Jay Reatard. The label was already engaged in a series of limited-edition 7″ releases, to be compiled on CD for fall release. The first 7″, “See/Saw,” is already sold out; the second, “Painted Shut,” is due out on May 20. Jay will be recording in August for a brand-new studio album out in early 2009. (His former label, In The Red, is releasing a compilation of early singles in June.)
(above, sleeve art to the limited edition “Rooks” b/w “The Rainbow” 7″, available starting at the May 5 Florence Gould Concert Hall show in NY)
As we’re getting ready for the June 3 release of Shearwater’s ‘Rook’ LP/CD, major live events in New York and Austin and a May tour supporting Clinic, we’d be remiss if we didn’t spill the beans on a headlining tour starting in June :
13-Atlanta @ Earl
14-Chapel Hill @ Local 506
15-Washington DC @ Black Cat
17-Philadelphia @ Johnny Brenda’s
19-Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
21-Danbury, CT @ Heirloom Arts Theatre
24-Chicago, IL @ Mansion
27-Fort Worth, TX @ Lola’s
Further U.S. dates, and quite likely some UK/European activity, will be detailed shortly.
Hey…we’ll have news about the US dates that are being moved to October pretty soon. Until then, the following shows, previously planned for this week, have been rescheduled as follows :
Cat Power & Dirty Delta Blues
Mon 05.05.08 Mexico City (MX) Lunario
Wed 05.07.08 Bogotá (CO) Teatro ECCI
Tonight on NBC’s “Late Night With Conan O’Brien”, Ira Kaplan, Georgia Hubley and James McNew —- otherwise known as internationally famous pop trio Yo La Tengo — will serve as part of the backing ensemble for Merge recording artists She & Him, aka M. Ward and Zoey Deschanel.
She & Him are not to be confused with the obscure noise rock due You & It, nor the semi-popular Y&T.
Dead Meadow is going to play a Free in-store at the Apple Store on North Michigan Ave in Chicago!
Saturday, May 3rd at 3:30pm!
…and the West Coast shall (heart) them. It is written! Consider it confirmed!
Sunday, May 25, 2008 Pomona, CA Glass House
Tuesday, May 27, 2008 Los Angeles, CA The Echo
Wednesday, May 28, 2008 San Diego, CA Beauty Bar
Thursday, May 29, 2008 San Francisco, CA Popscene
Friday, May 30, 2008 Modesto, CA Fat Cat
Saturday, May 31, 2008 Eugene The Indigo District
Monday, June 02, 2008 Vancouver, BC Richards on Richards
Tuesday, June 03, 2008 Portland, OR Hawthorne Theatre
Wednesday, June 04, 2008 Seattle, WA Neumos
On my trip up to SUNY Purchase this weekend to see Fucked Up I stopped off in Port Chester, the last town in New York on the Long Island Sound before you hit the Connecticut border. To my and Dean’s surprise, the town is totally Latin American now… almost all the businesses were Peruvian, Ecuadorean, Colombian or Mexican. Pupuserias, grosserias, a “meateria” and lots of long-distance phone card places. We had a nice Peruvian meal – half pollo a la brasa, that spicy green sauce, some potatoes in a thick yellow sauce with half hard-boiled eggs, sopa de pescado, and Mexican coke (made with sugar instead of corn syrup).
Of course it was Record Store Day and we wished we could have visited Vinyl Solution but it went out of business a long time ago, so instead we checked out 2 bootleg CDR/DVD shops with tons of chicha and cumbia CDRs. We tried to explain to the owners that it was Record Store Day but our Spanish wasn’t good enough, and that made me think that someone should record a song called “Do They Know It’s Record Store Day?” and we will give a special Matador prize to the best version. Submit MP3s to firstname.lastname@example.org, please. (Only of that song.)
The cultural contrast between Port Chester and Purchase (and especially the town in between, Harrison) was extreme, even more Greenwich to the north of it. I need to get out to the suburbs more – they’re getting weirder.