Archive for April, 2008

Times New Viking’s First European Tour

By Gerard on Friday, April 11th, 2008

(Beth, Jared and Adam contemplate their carry-on baggage allowance, photograph by the Wexner Center’s Erica Anderson)

Fri 9-May-08 London, Vice Calling at Proud Gallery
Sun 11-May-08 Camber Sands, All Tomorrow’s Parties
Mon 12-May-08 Bristol, Louisiana
Wed 14-May-08 London Café Otto with Jay Reatard
Thu 15-May-08 London, Stag and Dagger with Jay Reatard and Lovvers
Fri 16-May-08  Brighton, Great Escape Drowned in Sound stage
Sat 17-May-08 Brighton, Great Escape Bosh stage
Sun 18-May-08 Cardiff, Clwb Iforbach
Tue 20-May-08 Liverpool Korova Bar
Wed 21-May-08 London, Corsica Studio’s – Plan B Night
Thu 22-May-08 Leeds, The Common Place
Fri 23-May-08  Edinburgh, Studio 24
Sat 24-May-08 Glasgow, Captain’s Rest
Mon 26-May-08 Dublin, Andrew’s Lane Theatre
Wed 28-May-08 Amsterdam ,Paradiso
Sat 31-May-08 Primavera Festival, Barcelona

Jay Reatard – Confirmed UK Dates

By Gerard on Friday, April 11th, 2008

(pic from Surgery‘s Flickr page)

Thu 8-May-08 Old Blue Last, Shoreditch London
Sun 11-May-08 All Tomorrow’s Parties, Camber Sands
Tue 13-May-08 White Heat, Madame JoJo’s, London
Wed 14-May-08 Cafe Otto, London with Times New Viking
Thu 15-May-08  Stag and Dagger, London with Times New Viking and Lovvers
Mon 19-May-08  Pure Groove Records, London

more dates to be announced. Unless they’re top secret, in which case they won’t be.

Plundering The Vaults Looking Back At Rock History With Mission Of Burma

By Gerard on Thursday, April 10th, 2008

(it took 26 years, but Burma have finally emerged from Springa’s shadow — nice work!)

In addition to taking part in the forthcoming Pitchfork Festival on July 18, performing Vs. from front to back (prior to Public Enemy — finally, Professor Griff and Peter Prescott can meet in person after years of correspondence), Mission Of Burma have announced the following dates via a blast of unsolicited email :

Mission of Burma will be playing four shows this June in support of the recently released Mission of Burma: The Definitive Editions. The good folks at Matador Records and Rick Harte of Ace of Hearts have given Burma’s original material the deluxe treatment for the reissues, and each of these special performances will feature one of the albums Signals, Calls, and Marches or VS. in its entirety. This pre-sale is for limite! d number of two-day tickets available for each city, which are being sold at a discounted price ($35 for two shows vs. $20 per show), and will also include a beautiful Mission of Burma poster (to be picked up on the night of the show). Individual tickets will go on sale to the general public soon.

Thursday June 12 (performing ‘Signals Calls & Marches’)
Friday June 13 (performing ‘Vs.’)
The Paradise Rock Club, Boston , MA

Saturday June 14 (performing ‘Signals Calls & Marches’
Sunday June 15 (performing ‘Vs.’)
Bowery Ballroom, NYC, NY

And on top of all that, Burma have the following European dates written in bold ink in their personal diaries :

May 31 – Primavera Sound Festival, Barcelona
June 2- Moby Dick, Madrid (with Shellac)
June 3 – Theatre, Gijon (with Shellac)
June 4 – Cafe Antzoki, Bilbao (with Shellac)
June 5 – BT59, Bordeaux
June 6 – Olympic, Nantes (with Shellac)
June 7 – Villette Sonique (with Shellac)

Shearwater Presents ‘Rook’ – Live – May 5th (NYC) & 29th (Austin)

By Gerard on Wednesday, April 9th, 2008

On Monday, May 5th and Thursday, May 29th, Shearwater will premiere ‘Rook’ in special concerts at the beautiful Florence Gould Concert Hall at Manhattan’s French Institute and The Parish in Austin, Texas. For both events, Shearwater will be joined by a string quartet, woodwinds, trumpets, and a harpist, and will play the new album, ‘Rook’, in its entirely, along with a set of older songs.

We are especially proud to announce that the New York show will begin with a rare solo performance by the legendary Michael Gira (Swans, Angels of Light), and will also feature projections by Kahn & Selesnick, the team behind Rook’s cover art.

Tickets to these events are limited. For New York (May 5), they are available from Ticketmaster, starting Friday, April 11 at 10am, and from Other Music.

Matador is offering tickets to the May 5 show plus a preorder for ‘Rook’ via this link. For $25, you can purchase the CD version of ‘Rook’, along with a ticket to the Florence Gould Hall Show (face value, $15).

Tickets for the Austin show (May 29) are available now from Front Gate.

In addition, a limited 7″ of “Rooks” b/w “The Rainbow” (a previously unreleased Talk Talk cover — not featured on the upcoming ‘Rook’ LP/CD) will be available for purchase at both shows.

Florence Gould Hall
55 East 59th Street
Between Park & Madison avenues
New York, NY 10022

Doors at 7pm. Show begins promptly at 7:30pm

“Rooks” (mp3)

Earles And Jensen Digital Sampler

By Dean on Tuesday, April 8th, 2008

If you found yourself going insane staying caught up with the relentless barrage of comedy we sent your way with last week’s Earles & Jensen MP3s, you are saved. We’ve assembled all five tracks, plus an additional five previously-posted ones in a handsome and elegant little bundle for you to download below.

Earles & Jensen Sampler (zip)

Don’t forget, this is just a SAMPLER. These 10 calls are just a taste of the comedic cornucopia of 58 calls spread across 2 CDs that you will eventually consume upon the release of Just Farr A Laugh Vol. 1+2 April 22nd. Not only that, you get a handsome slipcase with a 64-page saddle-stitched book jammed with drawings, photos and liner notes by famous people including Devendra Banhart, Gregg Turkington (Neil Hamburger), Jennifer Herrema (Royal Trux), Gerard Cosloy, David Dunlap Jr., Gavin McInnes (Vice magazine), and many others.

Pre-order yours for $3 off the regular price (thus only $9 for the whole set!) plus a free poster HERE.

New Matador Store is LIVE

By Dean on Tuesday, April 8th, 2008


We’re very happy to announce the newest incarnation of the Matador Store is now up and running. We embed ourselves even more comfortably in the digital age by offering digital (MP3 and FLAC) downloads in addition to a nicer, easier to navigate look and loads of other geeked-out features.

* Mp3s (256k) and FLAC (lossless) files. Can we say that they’re encoded at a higher bit rate than iTunes? Because they are.
*Sample files of everything in our digital catalog
*Digital files are fully integrated with Songbird and will put the downloads you’ve purchased directly into your Songbird “Purchased Playlist” as well as allow you to easily browse and listen to sample files.
* A download helper for both MAC and PC to improve the experience of downloading singles and albums

Please note that this is a soft launch of the digital store and we’ll have a more comprehensive version of the digital catalog (along with a mess of draped up and dripped out features) next Wednesday.
Store Snapshot

Nighty Night

By Gerard on Tuesday, April 8th, 2008

Our old pal Alan McGee once famously derided Coldplay as “music for bedwetters”. Thanks to a survey by my personal favorite econo-hut, we now have conclusive proof the band are in fact, “music for people who want to sleep really well”.  From Reuters :

Britons like a dose of music from the rock band Coldplay to help them fall asleep, a survey from hotel chain Travelodge found on Monday.

The band, whose frontman Chris Martin says he avoids caffeine and alcohol and is known for a lifestyle that is anything but rock ‘n’ roll, topped a poll of music choices to help listeners nod off.

Other artists chosen for their slumber-inducing qualities were James Blunt, Snow Patrol, Take That and Norah Jones.

But those who prefer to be tucked in with a book at night judged celebrity autobiographies as the most effective sleep aid, with the life stories of glamour model Jordan, soccer star David Beckham and Sharon Osbourne ranking at the top.

The survey was carried out among 2,248 people.

I’m sure the results of this study will provoke wild debate, so it’s important to keep in mind that not everyone got to hear the last Stills album.

Game Night & JFAL internal dynamics

By Andrew Earles on Monday, April 7th, 2008 = Memphian. Jeff = KS to the bone. I tried to tell Jeff that Memphis has a habit of reaching the doorstep of great success, only to screw it up somehow, and I wasn’t just referring to the college ball. He said that Kansas has a habit of choking in these situations. Will my cock-tease of a city be defeated? This is certainly not my area of expertise (it’s his), but the coincidence is worth mentioning.

That’s One Hell Of A Drummer

By Kimberly on Monday, April 7th, 2008
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Jay Reatard, Cakeshop NYC, October 10 ’07

By Gerard on Monday, April 7th, 2008

from the newly launched

Céline Dion : Worse Than Hitler & Cancer Combined, Or Merely Misunderstood?

By Gerard on Monday, April 7th, 2008

While Q Magazine once described Céline Dion as a vocalist who”grinds out every note as if bearing some kind of grudge against the very notion of economy.,” The Calgary Herald’s Nick Lewis hopefully points out she’s won twice as many Oscars as Martin Scorsese. Hey, Marty never’s been a Eurovision contestant, either.

“Even though it’s in this post-modern, over-the-top way that can seem kind of synthetic, Céline Dion represents old fashioned values,” says Carl Wilson, author of Let’s Talk About Love, a book that examines why we love to hate Canada’s most popular musician.

“She represents loyalty and family and romance, and a lot of people around the world relate to that, and see her as articulating those emotions in a way that they feel they are not able.”

Wilson was no Dion fan when he took on the task of writing about one of Canada’s favourite singers, but says he now has a newfound respect for her and her craft.

“Part of what my book works through is the instant reaction of, ‘I would never listen to her,’” he says. “It’s one thing to say, ‘It’s not my thing,’ but it’s another to say, ‘I could never bring myself to.’ Then it sounds almost defensive or threatened. It takes on a ‘What does it mean if I do listen to her?’ aspect that could say something about you that you don’t want said.

“At that point it’s less about the music and what the music says about you.

“The implication is that people who listen to her are stupid or declassé, everything about it is that this person is a loser on some level.”

But where and why does this snobbery arise? Unlikely musicians such as Snoop Dogg and Timbaland have taken in her four-year Vegas gig, A New Day, and Prince reportedly went to see it a number of times. So why do self-professed “informed” people dislike her?

“A lot of it has to do with social position,” Wilson says. “She’s less likely to find sympathetic ears among university-educated, urban people, people who are most represented in Canadian media. And she’s more likely to find sympathetic ears among people who don’t necessarily have a stake in staying on the cutting edge, on seeming hip.”

Full Scale Prank

By Kimberly on Sunday, April 6th, 2008
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Pranks, from one extreme to another. If anyone can pull it off it’s Jeremy Beadle.

Yes, Prank Calls Existed Before JFAL (Memphis Themed, Too)

By Gerard on Saturday, April 5th, 2008

WFMU’s Vanilla Bean’s Elvis Phone Sex (mp3), lifted from Ken Freedman and WFMU’s Beware Of The Blog. Most assuredly not safe for work. ESPECIALLY if you work at Graceland. 

2008 WTF Thread

By Patrick on Saturday, April 5th, 2008

For those of you who think the Matador Bulletin Board doesn’t have anything to offer you, think again. The above image comes from the 2008 WTF Thread, which contains much more like it, and more besides.Registration is purposefully somewhat difficult, but the most determined can get past the hurdles. And you don’t need to register if you just want to read.

Green chicken curry: a song without words

By Patrick on Friday, April 4th, 2008

Third try, better attention to chopping, mincing and pounding… and much better, fresher coconut cream. The liquid was the goose stock I made the night of the daube. Oh well, I guess I wasn’t able to do this completely without words.

Q: Guess Who Else Was Impressed With The Launch Of ‘In Rainbows’?

By Gerard on Friday, April 4th, 2008

A: Chuck Manson, a keen follower of developments in the digital music world.

Earles & Jensen MP3 #5: The Yogurt Machine

By Patrick on Friday, April 4th, 2008

This call, clocking in at over five minutes, gives some idea of the depth and subtlety of the entire ‘Just Farr A Laugh‘ collection, and no, we’re not exaggerating. Multiple listens are required to tease out all the levels here… and remember, it’s the guy at the other end who is the first to bring up the topic of self-help books.

Just Farr A Laugh: The Yogurt Machine (mp3)

This is the fifth and final MP3 posted each day this week. Hear the other ones at the links below. Preorder the entire Earles & Jensen double CD box here for only $9.00 — you get 2 discs, 58 tracks, a 60-page booklet jammed with drawings, photos and long-winded liner notes by 35 big-name contributors including Gregg Turkington, Gerard Cosloy, Archer Prewitt, Jennifer Herrema, Devendra Banhart, David Dunlap, Jr., and many others. Plus a free poster.

#4: Kurt Loder Has Lost His Mind (mp3)
#3: Barbara’s Husband Clears The Air (mp3)
#2: Barbara: A Realistic Portrait (mp3)
#1: Christopher Fucking Cross (mp3)

And if you need even more, the earlier MP3s we released are collected here.

The Zebra Sessions : Times New Viking

By Gerard on Thursday, April 3rd, 2008
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Look what happens when Chris Lombardi’s out of town on business : Times New Viking prepare for the lucrative living room circuit ala Pat DiNizio by commandeering Chris’ office on a Friday. Video shot by Helen Rush.

Reuben Cox: Portraits of Musicians

By Patrick on Thursday, April 3rd, 2008

Our good friend and photographer Reuben Cox has an opening tonight at Club Midway, 25 Avenue B (between 2nd and 3rd Streets) in Manhattan.

The subject is ‘Portraits of Musicians,’ and we urge everyone to join us there.

Funny Thing Is, Our Corporate Anthem Sounds Almost Exactly Like This

By Gerard on Thursday, April 3rd, 2008

Boing (sorry – I just took down the embedded clip due to a BMW ad) explores the rich world of corporate anthems. As opposed to, y’know, fight songs.  I don’t know what the guy from Jesus Jones is up to at the moment, but surely there’s a bank /health care provider / state lottery that needs his help writing a song?