Archive for June, 2009

Kurt Vile Live

By Claire T on Friday, June 26th, 2009


(photo courtesy Rez Avissar / Tripwire)

For those in the area, Kurt Vile & the Violators will be playing Brooklyn tonight at Monster Island Basement (128 River St @ Metropolitan Ave) with Girls, Real Estate and Beach Fossils. More details here.

We’ve got a slew of dates to share below including a July 2 show at the Electric Factory in Philly opening for Sonic Youth and an August 25 show at Galaxy Theatre in Santa Ana opening for Built To Spill.

Keep it here for updates on Kurt’s full-length Matador release, ‘Childish Prodigy’ (Autumn 2009) and further show information.


Friday June 26 (w/ Violators) @ Monster Island Basement – Brooklyn, NY
w/ Girls

Thursday, July 2 (w/ Violators) @ Electric Factory – Philadelphia, PA
w/ Sonic Youth

Saturday, July 4 (w/ Violators) @ 979 Broadway btwn Myrtle Ave & Ditmars St – Brooklyn, NY
Woodsist/Captured Tracks Fest (Outdoors)
w/ The Oh Sees, Vivian Girls, Woods, Dum Dum Girls and more.

Sunday, July 5 (w/ Violators) @ Kung Fu Necktie – Philadelphia, PA
KRAAK Fest – w/ Jack Rose, Meg Baird and US Girls

Friday, July 17 (w/ Violators) @ Bruars Falls – Brooklyn, NY
w/ Blues Control and Coconuts

Saturday, July 18 (w/ Violators) @ Church – Boston, MA
Homegrown Fest
w/ Blues Control, Bobb Trimble, Gary War and more

Sunday, July 19 (w/ Violators) @ Montague Bookmill – Montague, MA
w/ Blues Control

Thursday, July 23 @ Johnny Brenda’s – Philadelphia, PA
w/ Tyvek and Coconuts

Tuesday, August 11 @ Talking Head Club – Baltimore, MD
w/ Espers

Thursday, August 13 (w/ Violators) @ Transfigurations -  Asheville, NC
Harvest Records Fest

Friday, August 14 @ Cakeshop – NYC, NY

Saturday, August 15 @ Silent Barn – Ridgewood, NY

Sunday, August 16 @ Vox Populi – Philadelphia, PA

Wednesday, August 19 (w/ Violators) @ Rittenhouse Square – Philadelphia, PA

Tuesday, August 25 @ Galaxy Theatre – Santa Ana, CA
w/ Built To Spill/Woods

Wednesday, August 26 @ The Troubadour – Los Angeles, CA
w/ Dungen/Woods

Saturday, August 29 @ Kemado/Mexican Summer/Folk Yeah Festival – Big Sur, CA
w/ Dungen/Woods

Sunday, August 30 @ Bottom of the Hill – San Francisco, CA
w/ Dungen/Woods

Tuesday, September 1 @ TBD – Portland, OR
w/ Dungen/Woods

Tonight At Santos Party House (NYC) : AC Newman

By Gerard on Thursday, June 25th, 2009


(photo by Caleb Beyers)

onstage at 9:30pm. Hope you can make it. Presented by this member of the witness protection program, apparently.

Coming October 20 : Spiral Stairs’ ‘The Real Feel’

By Gerard on Wednesday, June 24th, 2009


After a pair of albums under the group nom de plume Preston School Of Industry, Pavement co-founder Scott Kannberg, aka Spiral Stairs, makes his bona fide solo debut with an October 20 LP/CD/digital album release of ‘The Real Feel’ (OLE 858).  Following an extended sojourn in Melbourne, Spiral returned to Seattle rejuvenated at the end of ’08, and commenced recording with a collection of pals including members of PSOI, the Posies, guitarist Ian Moore, Gersey, and Broken Social Scene’s Kevin Drew.  Mixed by the Posies’ Jon Auer, this album is by far the most crafted and introspective of Spiral’s post-Pavement works.

In the words of associate Parker Gibbs, ‘The Real Feel’, “has a vibe similar to classic 70′s albums by Fleetwood Mac (‘Then Play On’), Captain Beefhart (‘Safe As Milk’), and guitar god Richard Thompson, not to mention Aussie psych rock icons Died Pretty. Comparisons aside, this is 100% Spiral Stairs rock, the same rock that made Pavement the most influential band of the 90″s (take that Hoobastank!) and the same strange, dischordant, playful and melodic Spiral Stairs rock that your parents loved.”

“This is indie rock at its best and brightest,” continues Gibbs,  “with Spiral Stairs getting back to the basics that have made him a legend in his own mind and to all of the children willing to enter his home.”  And on that somewhat troubling note, we’ll add the vinyl edition of ‘The Real Feel’ features a different running order and a limited edition bonus 7″.   Live activity throughout the continent of North America is planned for this Autumn, and we’ll surely be letting you know more about that in the days and weeks ahead.

The first track we’ve seen fit to leak from ‘The Real Feel’ is “Maltese Terrier” (MP3).  Please note no raccoons were harmed during the making of the album artwork.  Not by us, anyway.

Sonic Youth – “No Way” From Fallon (Monday Evening)

By Gerard on Tuesday, June 23rd, 2009
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For the second time in 3 weeks, we humbly thank the Audio Perv for his uploading prowess.  ”No Way” can be found on Sonic Youth’s new LP/CD/digital album ‘The Eternal’, conveniently available from The Matador Store.

Satan Is Boring Dept. : Everyone Already Knows Kenny Loggins Is The Devil

By Gerard on Tuesday, June 23rd, 2009
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Hey, laugh at this guy all you want, but at least he was out there plugging vinyl at the height of the CD revolution. Video link swiped from Boing Boing.

Nieuwe herring from Holland

By Patrick on Monday, June 22nd, 2009

Hollandse nieuwe haring

It’s Dutch nieuwe haring season, raw fillets of herring from the first catches of the season. I guess you’re supposed to drag it through the raw onions and then dip it into your mouth holding it by the tail, but I preferred it the way I got it at various shacks around Amsterdam: on bread and butter with the raw onions on top. It’s meltingly delicious, and does not shy away from being raw fish. This is not sushi. It’s very robust. Fantastic with beer, probably even better with vodka or champagne. For those of you in New York, Russ & Daughters still has it, flown in fresh from Holland. Get it now – it won’t last long.

Sonic Youth – Tonight On NBC’s “Late Night With Jimmy Fallon”

By Gerard on Monday, June 22nd, 2009


(photograph by Michael Schmelling)

Sonic Youth will be performing “No Way” from ‘The Eternal’ tonight on NBC’s “Late Night With Jimmy Fallon” (12:30 EST).  Jimmy’s other guests are John Legiuzamo and Nick Cannon. Nils, please remember you’re supposed to get my Criterion Collection copy

Girls’ “Album” out Sept. 22, Rejoice!

By Dean on Monday, June 22nd, 2009

Photo by Sandy Kim

We are proud to announce the September 22 release of the debut full-length from Girls, entitled Album. The record will be released by True Panther Sounds, the label that released Girls’ debut 7″, “Lust For Life,” last year, in conjunction with Matador.

Built on the powerful songwriting of Christopher Owens and the ethereal production of Chet “JR” White, Girls recorded Album in a variety of bedrooms and rehearsal studios in their adopted hometown, San Francisco. The resulting 12 tracks are the perfect San Francisco summer record, evoking a narcotic, sunny afternoon in Dolores Park, yet promising the eventual hangover of summer’s departure. Album is a redemptive song-cycle about the various characters and desires that color Christopher Owens’s life. Described by the band as “honest, loose, ethereal, obnoxious and perfect,” it is a sincere tribute to the majesty of great pop music and the healing power of rock and roll.

Album’s seven-minute opus, “Hellhole Ratrace,” rated by Pitchfork as “one of the 100 best songs of the year,” will be available prior to the album‘s release date on a limited-edition 10″ vinyl single.

The video for “Hellhole Ratrace,” directed by Aaron Brown, can be seen here
If you are outside the US, Canada and Mexico, please visit the Turnstile site for more information

1. Lust For Life
2. Laura
3. Ghostmouth
4. Goddamn
5. Big Bad Mean Motherfucker
6. Hellhole Ratrace
7. Headache
8. Summertime
9. Lauren Marie
10. Morning Light
11. Curls
12. Darling


God Help The Girl – Streaming Early, Often

By Blake on Friday, June 19th, 2009

Through the auspices of iMeem, you can stream the entire God Help The Girl full-length. The Stuart Murdoch-helmed project is available on LP/CD and digital album now at the Matador Store.

Rage Against The Cage

By Adam F on Thursday, June 18th, 2009

Hailing from the post-authenticity capital of America, Rage Against The Cage answers the age old question – “What do you get when you boil down the absolute essentials of STP, Candlebox and Collective Soul?”

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Full streaming action and lyrics –