Archive for April, 2009

Sonic Youth – exclusive tickets presale TODAY for Buy Early Get Now customers

By Patrick on Thursday, April 30th, 2009


Buy Early Get Now customers get exclusive presale access to tickets for the upcoming US Sonic Youth dates. First, preorder the record. Then go to to get your tickets. First access to tickets anywhere!

Sonic Youth On BBC’s “Later WIth Jools Holland” (AGAIN)

By Gerard on Thursday, April 30th, 2009

Since the iPlayer isn’t happening for those of us without UK IP addresses, the below clip will have to do.

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Mogwai DJing on air and online this week

By Robby on Tuesday, April 28th, 2009

[Photo of Mogwai at the Music Hall of Williamsburg last night by Ryan Muir]

Tonights’ Music Hall of Williamsburg show is the second of Mogwai’s three sold out shows in Brooklyn. They’re taking some time while in town to DJ at some nearby radio stations

Tonight at 6:30PM EST, tune into WNYU‘s New Afternoon Show for a DJ set and interview with Stuart. WNYU can be found on 89.1 for listeners in the New York City and streaming at for the rest.

Tomorrow afternoon, Stuart will bring his playlist to East Village Radio, starting at 2:30 PM EST.

Don’t miss it!

Catch Mogwai on their remaining dates and take advantage of the Hawk Is Howling CD+DVD/ticket bundle while you still can.

Tuesday     28    Brooklyn, NY     Music Hall Of Williamsburg
Wednesday     29    Brooklyn, NY     Music Hall Of Williamsburg
Friday     01    Boston, MA     Wilbur Theatre
Saturday     02    Northampton, MA     Pearl Street
Sunday     03    Montreal, QC     Metropolis
Monday     04    Toronto, ON     The Phoenix
Tuesday     05    Buffalo, NY     The Tralf Music Hall
Wednesday     06    Pontiac, MI     Crofoot Ballroom
Friday     08    Chicago, IL     Congress Theater
Saturday     09    Milwaukee, WI     Turner Hall
Sunday     10    Minneapolis, MN     First Avenue
Monday     11    Omaha, NE     Slowdown
Tuesday     12    Denver, CO     Bluebird Theater
Wednesday     13    Salt Lake City, UT     In The Venue
Friday     15    Solana Beach, CA     Belly Up Tavern
Saturday     16    Los Angeles, CA     Orpheum Theatre
Sunday     17    San Francisco, CA     Grand Ballroom

The Sonic Youth and The Jools Holland and The BBC

By Judge on Tuesday, April 28th, 2009



Photos courtesy of David Emery

After slaying London’s Scala last night playing an intimate gig to their nearest and dearest, Sonic Youth make the jump tonight into the live TV world.  Tonight the band will be performing a track from The Eternal live on Later… With Jools Holland at 10pm on BBC2.  After the show you’ll be able to watch again via the BBC’s iPlayer.

Check out some vintage Youth footage from the first time they were on Later…

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Tonight with added Ibold !

Stephen Malkmus and Ian Svenonius in Indie Hearthrob-off

By Gabe on Monday, April 27th, 2009

Here’s the first segment of a four-part Soft Focus interview with Stephen Malkmus. I always envisioned to “Hopscotch Willy” from Real Emotional Trash to look something like Svenonius, and this really brings it home for me. Visit VBS for subsequent segments.

Shearwater : Yellow Bike Project Benefit, May 21

By Gerard on Monday, April 27th, 2009

Though Shearwater are in the midst of recording the followup to 2008′s ‘Rook‘, the band are taking time from a busy international schedule to play a May 21 benefit for Austin’s Yellow Bike Project at Red 7.  YBP is  is a community supported ALL-VOLUNTEER 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to providing human-powered transportation for the people of Austin, running a community bike shop, and educating kids and adults.  Here’s some more info courtesy a recent KLRU documentary short ;

Snapshot Central : Mission Of Burma Mixing

By Gerard on Monday, April 27th, 2009


Photograph courtesy Bob Weston.  Left-to-right, Peter Prescott, Roger Miller, Clint Conley.  Not shown : technical advisor Dick Urine II.

Sonic Youth Buy Early Get Now now available for online ordering

By Patrick on Monday, April 27th, 2009


For the last month, you’ve been able to sign up for the Sonic Youth Buy Early Get Now at participating physical retailers.

Starting today, you can order online, either directly from the Matador Store or via other online retailers such as Insound, or if you’re in Europe, our UK mail order site.

Album stream goes live tomorrow (April 28), the first bonus MP3 goes up May 12, second bonus MP3 goes up June 2, and you get the album, the bonus live vinyl LP and the limited-edition poster on release date, June 9 (or June 8 for those of you in Europe).

ALSO – for those of you who manage to get in there this week, there will be early access to presale tickets for the summer tour. Don’t miss out – preorder now.

Reminder: when you sign up online, you need to wait for a return email with your login code. Then you go to the site to get your stuff.

Here are those tour dates:

June 28th – Chicago, IL – Vic Theater
June 29th – Royal Oak, MI – Royal Oak Music Theatre
July 2nd – Philadelphia, PA – Electric Factory
July 3rd – New York, NY – United Palace Theatre
July 6th – Washington, DC – 9:30 Club
July 8th – Richmond, VA – The National
July 10th – Knoxville, TN – Bijou Theater
July 11th – Nashville, TN – War Memorial
July 12th – Birmingham, AL – Sloss Furnaces
July 13th – Atlanta, GA – Variety Playhouse
July 15th – Dallas, TX – House of Blues
July 16th – Tulsa, OK – Cain’s
July 18th – Kansas City, MO – Uptown Theater
July 20th – Milwaukee, WI – Turner Hall
July 21st – Minneapolis, MN – First Ave
July 23rd – Boise, ID – Knitting Factory
July 25th – Seattle, WA – Capitol Hill Block Party
July 28th – Portland, OR – Roseland Ballroom
July 30th – Salt Lake City, UT – Twilight Music Fest
July 31st – Denver, CO – Ogden Theater
August 2nd – Oakland, CA – Fox Theater

more coming soon.

God Help The Girl – Come Monday Night MP3

By Patrick on Friday, April 24th, 2009


The first MP3 from God Help The Girl (a story set to music by Stuart Murdoch of Belle and Sebastian) is “Come Monday Night.”

You can download it here:

Come Monday Night (mp3)

For more information, visit, where you can watch a short movie about the making of this album, including auditions, interviews, studio footage and more. Sign up for the mailing list and keep checking back, because we’ll have exciting subscription news with delicious extras there soon.

Condo Fucks’ Salute To Jon Bernhardt, June 21

By Gerard on Friday, April 24th, 2009

Many years ago, I used to answer telephones at WMBR.  Never would I have imagined  during the station’s oh-so-cool early ’80′s they would one day see fit to recognize a bunch of talented musicians from Connecticut.  But enough about Death Threat, it seems the Condo Fucks are playing an WMBR-related event in the near future.


WMBR DJ Jon Bernhardt will celebrate his 25th anniversary with the morning Breakfast of Champions radio program on June 26, from 8-10 a.m. To mark this auspicious occasion, he has convinced the bands that have been played the most on his program to perform at a pair of benefit concerts at two Boston area clubs. UK legend Bevis Frond will play in his only U.S. appearance on Sunday, June 21 at TT the Bear‘s along with the Condo Fucks and Sleepyhead. Versus reunites to play Church with Rebecca Gates (The Spinanes) and more guests TBA, on Saturday, June 27. Proceeds will benefit WMBR. Tickets for both shows are on sale now.

Sunday, June 21, TT the Bear’s, 10 Brookline St., Cambridge
The Bevis Frond – #1 on Bernhardt’s career playlist – makes a rare appearance, having last played the United States in 2002. Matador recording artists the Condo Fucks feature all three members of Bernhardt’s #2 band, Yo La Tengo. Sleepyhead, who released a song that tied for #1 on the list, opens.

Saturday, June 27, Church, 69 Kilmarnock St., Boston
Versus, who haven’t played in Boston since 2003, and are the #4 band on the list, reunite especially for the occasion. Also appearing is Rebecca Gates, whose band The Spinanes, released the other song tied for #1. More artists TBA.