Archive for January, 2009

Sonic Youth In Twitter-tastic Mode

By Gerard on Friday, January 30th, 2009

A.C. Newman on WFMU, Saturday 3PM EST

By Robby on Friday, January 30th, 2009

(Image lifted from ryan muir‘s flickr)

A.C. Newman and band are set to bring rollicking live renditions of Get Guilty‘s finest as well as some trademark charm to Terre T’s Cherry Blossom Clinic this Saturday, January 31 at 3PM EST.

WFMU can be found on the radio dial at 91.1 FM (NYC/East Central NJ) and on WXHD, 90.1 fm (Hudson Valley, Lower Catskills, Western NJ) and as always, online.  If you miss it, the performance and interview will be archived over at

Belle Artwork Contest Winner

By Adam F on Wednesday, January 28th, 2009

To say that we were impressed with this contest would be an understatement.  The entries ranged from nü american gothic weird to recycled internet meme.

At the end of the day, Stuart said it came to this:

“once the group realised beans was in fact represented (as a mosquito at the back) they gave him the prize!”

So, without further adooo…  congratulations Colocho from France. (yes, he is a true artist…only one name)

Upon hearing of his good fortune (and enduring a GITMO-esque indemnification process to prove he was indeed the creator of this original piece of art), Colocho exclaimed:


mon véritable nom est Éric Girard , 36 ans, Colocho est mon nom d’illustrateur. Je vis et travaille à Lyon, France.

Je doit dire que la musique de Belle and Sebastian accompagne souvent mes séances de travail. C’est donc un grand honneur pour moi d’avoir été choisi par le groupe, surtout que la participation fut abondante et de qualité.

J’avoue qu’à ce jour j’ai encore beaucoup de mal à y croire, mon entourage également.
C’est surréaliste !

Mon dessin était tout en simplicité, encre, pinceau, papier… Je ne pensais vraiment pas attirer l’attention du groupe…

J’ai tout de suite eu l’envie de faire un dessin noir et blanc, mes amis et ma compagne m’ont reprochés de ne pas mettre une touche de couleur…

Cependant mon parti pris a été récompensé.

Je suis comblé… Cette nouvelle arrive au bon moment dans ma carrière, un coup de projecteur pour faire connaître mon travail.

Merci infiniment au groupe.

Merci infiniment à Matador Records.

Merci infiniment à vous.


We have consulted our French to English translator site and we are pretty sure we don’t see “remuneration” anywhere in that message.

Click here for a gallery of the finalists.  You all get the Matador B&S discography on CD.

Stay tuned for information on when these limited edition CDs will be on shelves.

Wear the Good-Cause Hat: Anna Ives vs. Cancer

By Andrew Earles on Tuesday, January 27th, 2009

Anna Ives is the very young, very adorable daughter of Zac and Amy Ives. Zac is co-owner of Goner Records, the singer for Final Solutions, and a flat-out great guy. The Goner Records BBS is currently holding an auction while Zac, Amy, and Anna are in Boston, where the latter is receiving specialized radiation treatment. The auction is to help offset the Ives’ mounting hospital bills. I’m here to encourage Matablog readers to either bid on some of the great finds that have made it to the block, and to offer their own donated items for auction. All of the needed information, including Anna’s story, can be found HERE.

The auction can be found HERE.

Read the Memphis Commercial Appeal story about Anna…

Additional questions not answered by those links can be directed to Eric Friedl:


Tonight At The Blender Theatre – Marcellus Hall & The Hostages

By Gerard on Tuesday, January 27th, 2009

If you’re looking for the proper way to observe Chris Lombardi’s birthday (rather than say, sending Chris a very lavish gift and/or cash) you might consider former Railroad Jerk/White Hassle frontman Marcellus Hall’s new band.

They’re playing tonight at the Blender Theatre — perhaps the most prestigious auditorium named after a rock magazine since the closing of the Metal Hammer Centre For The Performing Arts. I won’t be there, so tell me how it went.

My trip to Mykonos

By Patrick on Monday, January 26th, 2009



Hot Adult Video

By Gerard on Monday, January 26th, 2009

With apologies to Pedro Almodovar.

Matador artifacts, part three

By Patrick on Monday, January 26th, 2009

Here are both sides of a label catalog that was published on LP innersleeves in our early days. Click on the images to see a larger and more readable version.

Fucked Up – A>D>D Live Set; file under So Rad

By Gabe on Monday, January 26th, 2009

Filmed and and recorded in glorious analog truth, Pitchfork TV debuts it’s latest series “A>D>D” with Fucked Up, who brought the heat just hours after playing for some 12 hours in NYC.

Here is “Son the Father” and go to for “Black Albino Bones” and “Twice Born”

Tour dates below the vid.

Moore / Gustafsson East Coast Dates

By Gerard on Thursday, January 22nd, 2009

(Sonic Youth’s) Thurston Moore and scandanavian saxophone demon Mats Gustafsson are playing the following shows together starting next week.  It’s a big enough deal as is, but when you add a Cambridge date featuring a reunion of The Sickness (trunk of the Groinoids/Flesh Missles/Kil Slug/Upsidedowncross/Adolf Satan family tree — eat my dust, Pete Frame!), you’ve got the makings of an historic event.