Archive for September, 2008

Shred Yr Face : The Skinny

By Judge on Tuesday, September 30th, 2008

So we already brought you a teaser of info about the forthcoming triple-fun-shot-fest that is SHREDYRFACE. Now here’s the full lowdown :

This will be regularly updated on the road by all bands, showing you exactly what goes on on tour. So keep heading back there for updates and exclusives.


Times New Viking, No Age and Los Campesinos! travel across the UK in a big old bus, singing show tunes and making noise. Often individually, occasionally together. We’re pretty sure a bit of Kumbaya will be going down.

14 Brighton, England – Komedia
15 Liverpool, England – Academy 2
16 Leeds, England – Irish Centre
17 Dublin, Ireland – Whelans
18 Glasgow, Scotland – School of Arts
19 London, England – Pure Groove (in-store) (3 p.m.)
19 London, England – Beyond Retro (in-store) (5 p.m.)
19 London, England – Rough Trade East (in-store) (7 p.m.)
20 London, England – Electric Ballroom
21 Bristol, England – Fleece

The three bands have got their collective heads together for a limited edition tour 7″ that will be available from the Coalition group of indie stores in the UK.
Tracklisting :
01 Los Campesinos!: “Death to Los Campesinos! (Napoleon III Remix)”
02 No Age: “Revolving Credit for Kitty”
03 Times New Viking: “Anything Could Happen” (The Clean cover)

As well as all this, there’s gonna be some super hot instore action where you can get up close and personal with each band. Maybe you’ll even get sweated on by Beth?

14 Brighton Resident – No Age
16 Leeds Crash – Times New Viking
19 London Pure Groove (3pm)
19 London Beyond Retro (5pm)
19 London Rough Trade East (7pm)
22 Manchester Piccadilly – Los Campesinos!

So this is where it gets a little confusing. You’ll already get TNV up at the Leeds Crash store, but as well as that, all three bands will play a store of their choice around London on October 19th. They’ll hit Pure Groove at 3 p.m., Beyond Retro at 5 p.m., and Rough Trade East at 7 p.m., but its currently a big secret as to who plays where. So why not go to all?

Seattle artist Carlos Ruiz has designed a t-shirt and a limited edition silkscreened poster for the Shred Yr Face tour, both of which will be available at the shows and at Coalition stores. So get down there early and bag your own piece of history.

Lars : The Customer Is Always Wrong

By Gerard on Tuesday, September 30th, 2008
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(above  :  not Lars Ulrich)

“Like DethKlok,” writes Wired’s Elliot Van Bushrick, “Metallica has its every action scrutinized to an extent other bands can only dream of, as if one misstep by the group were capable of causing a worldwide economic meltdown.” Or perhaps, they’re even worse at coping with public criticism than a certain independent record label?

The band’s loquacious drummer Lars Ulrich says fans need to quit bellyaching, accept the released version of the ‘Death Magnetic’ and stop signing an over 12,000 names-strong petition to have the album re-mixed and re-released.

Ulrich told Blender, “Listen, there’s nothing up with the audio quality. It’s 2008, and that’s how we make records. [Producer] Rick Rubin’s whole thing is to try and get it to sound lively, to get it sound loud, to get it to sound exciting, to get it to jump out of the speakers. Of course, I’ve heard that there are a few people complaining. But I’ve been listening to it the last couple of days in my car, and it sounds fuckin’ smokin’.”

He said that in the online world, negative comments reverberate stronger than positive ones. “The Internet gives everybody a voice, and the Internet has a tendency to give the complainers a louder voice. Listen, I can’t keep up with this shit. Part of being in Metallica is that there’s always somebody who’s got a problem with something that you’re doing: ‘James Hetfield had something for breakfast that I don’t like.’ That’s part of the ride.”

Fucked Up’s Damian wears clothes in FRONT magazine

By Annette on Tuesday, September 30th, 2008

Click above and find out exactly why Damian has the best tits to ever go in a magazine. It had me convinced anyway.

Want to dress like your favourite Canadian FRONTman? Follow this link here for cool threads, the likes of which will undoubtedly lead to you hanging out with Charlotte from The Subways in a field in Berkshire, a lifetime ambition I’ve yet to fulfill until now.

Shearwater — The Snow Leopard EP

By Patrick on Monday, September 29th, 2008

Cover art features a detail of Hardriim, from City Of Salt, by Kahn + Selesnick

On October 14 Shearwater will be releasing The Snow Leopard. This digital EP draws its title track from June’s critically lauded Rook, and adds many of the non-album B-sides and giveaway tracks, plus several striking recordings from radio sessions over the past few months. All fully and beautifully remastered. As with Rook, the cover art derives from the work of the artists Kahn + Selesnick. The complete track listing can be found underneath the tour dates, below. Special pricing and preorder deal will be available shortly from the Matador Store.

For those of you who haven’t yet discovered Rook, download a 192k MP3 of the song “The Snow Leopard” here:

The Snow Leopard (192k MP3) Now get the REMASTERED version of the song from the new EP:

The Snow Leopard (192k MP3)

Shearwater will be touring in support of the EP:

Mon, Oct 13 Chicago IL – Lakeshore Theater – with Hospital Ships
Tue, Oct 14 Cleveland OH – Beachland Tavern – with Hospital Ships
Wed, Oct 15 Washington DC – Kennedy Ctr — Millennium Stage, 7 PM 6 PM SET TIME, FREE
Fri, Oct 17 Annandale NY – Bard College
Sun, Oct 19 Boston MA – Cafe 939 at Berklee – with Hospital Ships
Mon, Oct 20 New York NY – Le Poisson Rouge – with Hospital Ships
Fri, Oct 24 Asheville NC – Grey Eagle (stripped-down set)
Sat, Oct 25 Durham NC – Duke Coffee House (stripped-down set)
Sun, Oct 26 Atlanta GA – Drunken Unicorn (stripped-down set) CANCELED BUT STAY TUNED FOR POSSIBLE REPLACEMENT

Fri, Nov 7 Brussels BE – Botanique
Sat, Nov 8 Antwerp BE De Nachten
Sun, Nov 9 Utrecht NL – Tivoli
Mon, Nov 10 Rouen FR – Club 106 – with Silver Mt. Zion
Tue, Nov 11 Paris FR – Le Bataclan with Silver Mt. Zion
Wed, Nov 12 Feyzin FR – L’Epicerie Moderne
Thu, Nov 13 St-Gallen CH – Palace
Fri, Nov 14 Lausanne CH – Le Romandie
Sun, Nov 16 Schorndorf DE – Manufaktur
Mon, Nov 17 Berlin DE – Postbahnhof with Okkervil River
Tue, Nov 18 Dresden DE – Beatpol
Wed, Nov 19 Hamburg DE – Nachtasyl
Thu, Nov 20 Ghent BE – Vooruit
Fri, Nov 21 The Hague NL – Crossing Borders Festival
Sat, Nov 22 London UK – St. Giles in the Fields Church
Sun, Nov 23 Coventry UK – Taylor John’s House
Mon, Nov 24 Brighton UK – Komedia

OLE-850 Shearwater The Snow Leopard digital EP
(available from all digital stores October 14):

1. The Snow Leopard (album version)
2. So Bad (iTunes bonus track)
3. North Col (vinyl and iTunes bonus track)
4. Henry Lee (live from KUT)
5. Rooks (live from Radio K)
6. I Was A Cloud (live from Radio K)
7. South Col / The Snow Leopard (live from Florence Gould Hall, NYC)

Track 2, “So Bad,” is a Baby Dee cover. Track 4, “Henry Lee,” is an American traditional song recorded by Nick Cave and Peggy Seeger among others.

Q : What Do Peter Saville, Malcom Garrett, Mark Ohe and The Design Team Behind The Frantix’ “My Dad’s A Fucking Alcoholic” 7″ Have In Common?

By Gerard on Friday, September 26th, 2008

A : Aside from being creative geniuses? They’ve all been unfairly ignored by whoever compiled this list.

Jennifer O’Connor- Live On WNYC Today

By Miwa on Friday, September 26th, 2008

Jennifer O’Connor will be performing live on WNYC’s Soundcheck with John Schaefer today at 2:30PM at 93.9 on your FM dial in NYC and online at Be advised that we’re gonna suspend all promotional campaigning on the Matablog until the national’s financial crash is sorted out. Or until later this afternoon, whichever comes first.

Jennifer will also be playing the Mercury Lounge tonight (10:30) and Brooklyn’s Union Hall on Sunday, both gigs in support of Great Lake Swimmers.

Fucking Up The NME – The Making Of…

By Judge on Friday, September 26th, 2008

So it’s on the shelves this week, Fucked Up finally get their cover time. Blood (real), nakedness, Manginas, dark secrets and an insight into life with Fucked Up.

You can check out a short clip of Danny North doing the cover shot in a north of England Halal supermarket on his Flickr HERE.

Coming January 20 : A.C. Newman’s ‘Get Guilty’

By Gerard on Wednesday, September 24th, 2008

We’re pleased to confirm — after other outlets have done so, natch — a January 20, 2008 release date for the LP/CD/digital album ‘Get Guilty’, the 2nd full-length from A.C Newman, the Vancouver-to-Brooklyn transplant best known to most of us as the primary mind & voice behind The New Pornographers.   The first A.C. Newman album, 2004′s ‘The Slow Wonder’ was awfully well received but we’re confident ‘Get Guilty’ raises the bar on Carl Newman’s songwriting prowess even higher.  We’re talking about a guy we already consider to be one of his generation’s most accomplished pop composers, and suffice to say we consider ourselves crazy lucky he’s got more skills & ideas than can be confined in one project.

We’re a couple of weeks off from making an MP3 available, however said legal leakage  will be part of Matador’s upcoming Fall 2008 Intended Play digital sampler (more news on that to follow).

‘Get Guilty’ (OLE 834-1,2) was recorded during ’08 at Brooklyn’s Seaside Lounge with Phil Palazzo. . Along with the dozen or so other players Carl roped into this affair, the album also features cameos from Jon Wurster (Superchunk), Mates Of State and Nicole Atkins.

Much of the ‘Get Guilty’ contents will receive their live debut on November 15, when A.C. Newman takes to the stage of The Bell House (Brooklyn).

All Wrongs Reversed : The Internet Is One Tough Town

By Gerard on Tuesday, September 23rd, 2008


Last week I pressed the old school Clyde Kane button and went (mildly) apeshit on an unnamed participant from the Sonic Youth message board. I would like to apologize to this individual for the following reasons :

1) He did not, in fact, call this label “a big heap o’ crud”.
2) At no time did he hold us accountable for our failure to make Railroad Jerk (or any other band) “as big as Interpol”.

Though I did not directly quote anyone, this was misleading on my part and I apologize. I was trying to make a larger, somewhat exaggerated point about the nature of message board criticism and how this label is held to a funny standard..and that our role in any band’s commercial prosperity is sometimes overrated or at least mischaracterized.

That said, I did so by alluding to actual quotes (even using one)…and not merely paraphrasing others, but coming up with a couple of over the top examples, out of the blue. While that made for a funnier blog post (in my estimation), it also wasn’t very fair.

From time to time in Matador history, we’ve taken exception to criticism from the media or the public, but we’ve always tried to engage in some kind of dialogue, even if it gets a little absurd at times. However, if I’m gonna take offense — even to express mock outrage — at inaccurate or biased accounts of Matador’s history, it is counterproductive to paint a whole bunch of message board participants with the same brush.  Or to misrepresent one individual’s complaints purely for the purposes of having a laugh.

We’ve stopped working with more than a few bands over the course of 19 years.  Some left Matador of their own accord, others were dropped (though we love to use the euphemisms about “contractual obligations being fulfilled”.) We’re rarely happy when these things happen, but it’s not necessarily high drama in each instance, either.   They’re kind of like divorces. Some are less amicable than others.  Sometimes there are reconciliations.

But in any event, we’re incredibly fortunate that anyone gives enough of a hoot about this label’s activities to debate or dissect our musical track record on a message board. And we’re fortunate that some of you care enough about the bands to openly question if they’ve been treated properly.  If it weren’t for listeners who took this stuff seriously, Matador probably never would’ve gotten off the ground. So in that sense, it’s a bit precious for anyone at Matador (ok, ME) to put on the cranky helmet when someone calls us out.   Even if we think they’re 100% wrong.

Finally, I would like to clear up one last misunderstanding. It is not true that I came across jabs at Matador by Googling the words “Fuck Matador”.   For one, the circumstances surrounding our release of the 4th Jay Reatard single would’ve popped up much faster. For another, I do occasionally read things on the interweb — blogs, web sites, message boards, stories about Patrick’s stereo, staffers’ Linked in profiles etc.  Just like anyone else. This isn’t research or some attempt at controlling public discourse — people have occasionally given us grief on the web. We know that’s gonna happen and sometimes, it’s warranted.  But we’re participants in that discourse as well, sometimes for reasons entirely related to label PR, but more often just because we’re interested.  People sometimes ask me, ‘what’s the most important lesson you, Chris and Patrick have learned from Tony Victory”, and after I look him up on Google to make sure I don’t get him mixed up with Tony Curtis, I reply that we’re all about respecting the audience’s intelligence.

ie. whatever we observe Tony doing, we try to do the opposite.

Last week, I failed to live by that credo.

On stands today

By Patrick on Tuesday, September 23rd, 2008