Archive for May, 2008

Jay UK visit nearly over – TNV continue to pinball across the country

By Judge on Monday, May 19th, 2008

Following a monumental few days in the capital, Times New Viking ran south for the Great Escape festival at the weekend. It was all sunburn and rock n roll as far as we heard. Meanwhile back in the capital, Jay Reatard played a secret warehouse party in North London on Saturday night. Possibly the fastest set of the tour so far, totaling a solid 14minutes (or thereabouts.)

Jay plays his final UK show tonight, supporting the Black Keys at the Astoria – get down there early. He doesn’t hang about.

Times New Viking continue tonight with their good friends the Super Furry Animals bringing their Furry Soundsystem to Club Ifor Bach. Then it goes a little something like this :

Tuesday 20 Liverpool, Korova Bar
Wednesday 21 London, Corsica Studios- Plan B Night
Thursday 22 Leeds, Royal Park Cellars
Friday 23 Edinburgh, Studio 24
Saturday 24 Glasgow, Captain’s Rest
Monday 26 Dublin, Andrew’s Lane Theatre
Wednesday 28 Amsterdam, Netherlands Paradiso
Saturday 31 Spain Primavera Sound Festival

Down In Front Dept. – Times New Viking At ATP

By Gerard on Saturday, May 17th, 2008

Who amongst us has not wondering at one point or another, “what would it be like to watch Times New Viking from the inside of a hamster cage?”.

Though the miracles of YouTube, this age-old mystery has finally been solved. Thank you, “ATP Rob”, for your contributions to science, music and cinematography.

Shearwater Presents ‘Rook’ in Austin, Thurs May 29

By Patrick on Saturday, May 17th, 2008

tickets are available via FrontGate.

Mission of Burma on

By Dean on Saturday, May 17th, 2008

The folks at are screening the recent Mission of Burma documentary “Not A Photograph: The Mission of Burma Story” this week. The film features a laundry list of epic indie talking heads, classic clips and some incredible performances from M.O.B.’s initial 2002 reunion shows. If there is a better way to start your Saturday than with images of Burma killing it across 2 decades, an always excited Mike Watt, or a 5-guitar mega jam of “All World Cowboy Romance” we don’t know it.

See the whole thing HERE
Also, the Mission of Burma CD bundle is on sale for one final week HERE

Times New Viking – Daytrotter Session

By Gerard on Friday, May 16th, 2008

(illustration by Johnnie Cluney, taken from Daytrotter)

Three songs from ‘Rip It Off’ plus “Teenage Lust” from ’07′s ‘Present The Paisley Reich’, all done in spectacular Daytrotter-sound. Believe it or not, we actually got a letter from someone this week complaining about our inclusion of “Drop Out” on ‘Intended Play’. On audiophile grounds, no less. So much for Matt Horseshit’s Grammy nomination.

Jay Reatard instore performance at Puregroove, London tonight

By Patrick on Friday, May 16th, 2008

Jay Reatard & Times New Viking photo roll…

By Annette on Friday, May 16th, 2008

The Judge has already penned a candid account of the Jay Reatard/Times New Viking UK hostile takeover but for those of you who appreciate the odd band-in-action shot, here’s some to float your boat….

These are all ATP-centric and not very good, mostly due to my inability to juggle a camera and various glasses of vodka and beer. On the upside, I would highly recommend watching both bands as an instant cure for those hangover cobwebs.

Jay Reatard (opening proceedings on Friday)

Times New Viking (first thing on Saturday)

Wishing A Great Man A Belated Happy Birthday

By Gerard on Thursday, May 15th, 2008

Wednesday marked the 50th anniversary of Mark Ohe’s arrival on this mortal coil. His contributions to modern culture — visual, musical, sartorial — are somewhat staggering. His role in the rise, fall, rise, fall and jog-around-the-block that is Matador’s 19 years in show business, cannot be understated. We wish this quality human being the happiest of birthdays —- a day after the fact.

Jay Reatard and Times New Viking Ruin The UK

By Judge on Wednesday, May 14th, 2008

So we hit the ground running in London with Jay at the Old Blue Last and Times New Viking at Proud Galleries, before heading south at the weekend and back to the homeland of Camber Sands, ATP.

Jay, Billy and Stephen opened the festival with an intense 24 minute set. Billy made a new friend.

Times New Viking’s dedications and shout outs brought a tear to the eye of every grown man in the room. English accents are being perfected this week by experiencing everything quintessentially English.

Full respect to Matt Psychedelic Horseshit (centre) who apart from working the sound magic on TNV, was smoking weed hard-core everyday with the Meat Puppets.

Our fresh faced troopers continue their take-over plan tonight at Bardens Boudoir in North London, and again tomorrow at the Old Blue Last as part of the Stag&Dagger festival. If you see this man on the street over the next few days, please give him a helping hand.

Yo La Tengo in Saturday’s NY Times Crossword

By Miwa on Wednesday, May 14th, 2008

It’s considered the weeks most difficult crossword, but 57 across was a grand slam, at least for you and I. We are proud to be in good company. Here’s my terrible attempt in photographing the paper.

To Our London Friends – Your Saturday Night Is Officially Booked

By Gerard on Wednesday, May 14th, 2008

OK, it’s not a Matador presentation.  But the flyer art could hardly be snazzier if it were.

Coming August 19 : Jennifer O’Connor’s ‘Here With Me’

By Gerard on Monday, May 12th, 2008

The pop landscape has been littered with nu Dylans, old Janis Ians (eg. Janis Ian) and any number of generational spokesmodels, troubled troubadours and assholes with bad pompadours.  And those are just the good parts of my record collection.

Occasionally, somebody not only sticks out from the pack, but manages for the space of 3 minutes or 45, to make you forget there is a pack. To make you forget that said (wacky) packs even exist.  At the risk of scaring you with my crude, and poorly taped-up hyperbole stick, I submit that not only is Jennifer O’Connor that kind of artist, but that within a matter of months, you’ll be the one hassling your friends about how fantastic her 4th album is rather than me.  I’ll have already done so.

Jennifer recorded her new LP/CD ‘Here With Me’ (OLE 787-1,2earlier this year with John Agnello (Dinosaur Jr., Sonic Youth) at Brooklyn’s Headgear Studios.  It’s a breezier, more upbeat work than 2006′s fantastic ‘Over The Mountain, Across The Valley and Back To The Stars’, but I’d be lying if I told you the new album packed any less of an emotional wallop.  Jennifer’s songs have never before sounded this crafted, or hit the listener with such immediacy.

Backed by a crack backing trio of Jon Langmead, Michael Broadlieb and Michael Strandberg (and joined, briefly, by Hold Steady keyboardist Franz Nicolay), O’Connor tackles her most evocative pile of relationship-tunes with something approaching surgical precision.  Over the past 6 years, Jennifer’s gotten scary good at this sort of thing, so much so that most other contenders for the hypothetical Nobel prize for Witty Pop Songs W/ Heart are either former members of this label’s roster (we’re thinking Manning/Phair/Daniel but if you wanna nominate someone more contemporary, please go right ahead) or they’ve already been embalmed in the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame.

Jennifer has a bunch of tour dates planned for this summer (see below) with more to come throughout 2008. In the days and weeks ahead, we’ll be selectively previewing more of ‘Here With Me’, along with some exclusive video content.  Until then, here’s the first MP3 from the forthcoming LP/CD, “Valley Road ’86″.

june 4            Chicago, IL                   Abbey Pub
june 5             Toronto, ON                  Opera House
june 6             Ottowa, ON                 Babylon
june 7             Boston, MA                 Paradise
june 8             New York, NY             Bowery Ballroom
june 9              New York, NY             Bowery Ballroom
june 11         Philadelphia, PA         World Cafe
june 12          Washington, D.C.     9:30 Club

(above dates supporting Jamie Lidell)

july 13        Kansas City, MO        Record Bar
july 14        Columbia, MO
july 18        Minneapolis, MN        Uptown Bar
july 19        Fargo, ND            Aquarium/Dempseys Upstairs
july 20        Sioux Falls, SD        Nutty’s North

(above dates supporting Son Ambulance)

Jay Reatard- Painted Shut Pre-Order Starts 3pm TODAY

By Dean on Monday, May 12th, 2008

The second 7″ in Jay Reatard’s singles series for Matador Records & Filmworks, “Painted Shut” b/w “An Ugly Death” will be available for pre-order at 3PM Eastern Time. As with the last record, quantities are extremely limited so we can only honor one copy per order.

This record features features artwork by Mike Sniper.

Order HERE

Some Police Are A-OK

By Gerard on Monday, May 12th, 2008

Sure, sneering at the cops is pretty easy. But some of ‘em are a-ok. Like the kindly NYPD officer who told me in 1992 during eviction proceedings against Matador, “this might hurt your chances of getting into college” (keep in mind, I was 27 at the time). Or, for example, Couch Flambeau’s Jay Tiller.

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Just Farr A Laugh Memphis Bash

By Gerard on Friday, May 9th, 2008

Awesome news for Memphis residents interested in comedy, music journalism, prank phone calls or trying to purchase records while a “party” is taking place.  Andrew Earles (above), one half of the Earles/Jensen comedy duo responsible for the new ‘Just Farr A Laugh, Vol. I & II’ double CD, will be greeting the public tomorrow (Saturday) at Goner Records at 5:30pm.  The establishment boldly promises “Big Bufords for everyone”,  but you might want to arrive early in case they run out of napkins.

Hidden Camera Footage From Camber Sands

By Gerard on Friday, May 9th, 2008

I’d mentioned earlier that we were hoping to get some reports from Patrick and Natalie about how things are progressing for Jay Reatard and Times New Viking on their first dates in the UK.  Of course, I made this comment without remembering just how difficult it was to obtain an internet connection at Pontin’s Holiday Camp, site of this weekend’s All Tomorrow’s Parties Festival.

That said, while we might have to wait another day or two for their field reports, I’m pleased to announce a mole deep within Barry Hogan’s organization has leaked the following video from Day One.

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For the record, I personally believe No Age have other songs besides a cover of “I Shot The Sheriff”, but everyone is entitled to their own opinion.

The Return Of Preston School Of Industry

By Spiral on Thursday, May 8th, 2008

hello there. for quite awhile, all has been quiet on the psoi front… until now! a new record is in the works, hopefully done by the end of spring, a new website (still working on it), and the most exciting of all… we’re playing shows again!  we’ve been asked to support the posies for their 20th anniversary show in seattle may 17th. we’re excited, since we still like the posies very much (even if the drummer is a rush fan). we’re also playing a bunch of new songs… as well as some old family favorites. if you’re up in the northwest, come on down. i’ve also been asked to be a guest curator for the sled island music fest up in calgary, alberta, canada june 25-28. very excited about this! i’ve picked a few of my favorite bands, old and new, to play. psoi will also be performing, but what is really gonna be special is that we’re doing a collaboration with the lads in broken social scene. most of it will be new material made up just for sled island!  ok, thanks for listening and hopefully see you soon. spiral….

seattle, wa.
psoi/posies 20th anniversary

calgary alberta, canada
sled island festival

Nordstrom’s : Totally Undaunted By The Failure Of The Mogwai Truss

By Gerard on Thursday, May 8th, 2008

Lavender Diamond’s Ron Rege writes, “we knew were were going to have a song on a JC Penny commercial, but this looks like some joke on the Matablog!”

Hey, if America’s department stores wanna take further tips from the nation’s foremost source for music-related advertorial bulletins, we’re more than up for it. In this instance, however, Nordstorm should just send the cash directly to Becky, Ron and Steve. Or at the very least, a gift certificate.

Siren’s Song : Jicks, Times New Viking, Jaguar Love At Coney Island

By Gerard on Thursday, May 8th, 2008

The initial lineup for the 2008 edition of the Village Voice’s Siren Festival was announced yesterday, and we’re pleased to note headliners Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks will be joined by Times New Viking and (making their first East Coast appearance-at-an-amusement-park) Jaguar Love.

This free event takes place on Saturday, July 19.  Times New Viking will be hopping on a plane after their set, as they’ll be playing on the 3rd day of the Pitchfork Festival the following afternoon. Mayor Bloomberg, consider this an advance request for a police escort to the airport.

Mission Of Burma – New East Coast Dates

By Gerard on Wednesday, May 7th, 2008

(pic taken from the Wooster Collective. Trust us, the new Burma shirts are a) snazzier and b) will not mess with your head)

In addition to Mission Of Burma’s forthcoming two night stands at the Paradise (Boston) and Bowery Ballroom (New York), the band have just confirmed the following shows :

June 27 – First Unitarian Church, Philadelphia, PA (performing ‘Signals, Calls & Marches’) – tickets
June 28 – The Black Cat, Washington DC (performing Vs.) – tickets