Archive for October, 2009

It Gets Late Early Out There – Yo La Tengo’s Brooklyn Rooftop Week, Continued

By Gerard on Thursday, October 29th, 2009

With apologies to Yogi Berra for the above headline, here’s Ira, Georgia and James performing ‘Popular Songs” climactic “And The Glitter Is Gone”, just prior to play being called on account of darkness. Video shot and hosted by Pitchfork TV. Please watch responsibly!

Cold Cave – stream “Love Comes Close” in its entirety

By Gabe on Thursday, October 29th, 2009

With Tuesday officially welcoming “Love Comes Close” to the Matador canon, here’s an opportunity to check out Cold Cave’s debut masterwork in its entirety. Listen, then order the album to own forever.

 Cold Cave – “Love Comes Close”  by  matadorrecs

Cold Cave UK Tour Starts Tonight

By Judge on Thursday, October 29th, 2009


Photo taken from Rezflicks’ photo stream, without permission.

There’s going to be a lot of these ‘insert band name’ tour starts tonight! posts from me over the next month, so make sure you’re not caught out with gig clashes by keeping up to date with the Tours page.  Europe’s the place to be in November it seems.  At least for the majority of Matador’s roster.  As I write, Cold Cave should have just touched down on UK soil to head straight to Bristol to start their 10 date tour.

Here’s the dates and at the bottom, a lovely flyer from our friends at Transparent blog who are promoting the show on Tuesday at White Heat.











Cold Cave Flyer

More Rooftop Yo La Tengo – This Time, WIth Georgia’s Traffic Report

By Gerard on Wednesday, October 28th, 2009

“Nothing To Hide” from the own-it-or-else 2XLP/CD/digital masterpiece ‘Popular Songs’, as shot and hosted by Pitchfork TV‘s “Don’t Look Down”

Coming Jan. 26- ‘Casual Victim Pile’, Matador’s Stirring Salute To A City Most Of Us Visit Once A Year

By Gerard on Wednesday, October 28th, 2009

As most of you are aware, when I’m not opening prescription medication I’ve found in Chris Lombardi’s desk attending marketing meetings at 304 Hudson Street,, I spend the majority of my time in the lovely city of Austin, TX. The region’s musical heritage, while often acknowledged in the major trade fairs and sprawling rock festivals, often leaves some folks more recognized than others ; 13th Floor Elevators, Bubble Puppy, Moving Sidewalks, Doctor’s Mob, True Believers, Big Boys, Dicks, Nice Strong Arm, Butthole Surfers, Scratch Acid, Texas Instruments, Daniel Johnston, 16 Deluxe, Glorium, …Trail Of Dead, Spoon, Shearwater, Strange Boys, Total Abuse, Hex Dispensers, etc. NONE OF THESE WONDERFUL ARTISTS HAS A STATUE, and that makes me want to cry.

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The thing is, I really suck at making statues. I’m a little more accomplished, however, at putting together compilations. On January 26, Matador will be releasing a double LP / single CD collection/ digital album called ‘Casual Victim Pile (Austin 2010′), featuring 17 songs from a newer generation of Austin bands (plus a couple of wildly talented ringers from Denton for good measure). I’ve been working on this comp. off and on over the past year and I feel pretty good about this record being a valid representation of….uh…..the bands I like to see most often? The Austin Chronicle recently touted CVP as “shaping up to be the most impressive regional comp since 1983′s ‘Cottage Cheese From the Lips of Death’ (Ward 9) , and while I’ll take that praise any day of the week, to my ears it more closely recalls Matador’s 1991 NYC underground sampler., ‘New York Eye & Ear Control’.

Of the album’s 19 songs, 18 are previously unreleased, Harlem’s “Beautiful & Very Smart” being the only current exception. Only Harlem, The Golden Boys, The Distant Seconds and Elvis have released full albums previously, while several of the bands on this album (Flesh Lights, Dikes Of Holland, KOSL, The Stuffies, The Persimmons) are making their recorded debuts (at least as of this writing). Here’s the track listing.

Follow That Bird! – The Ghosts That Wake You
The Young – Blister
Woven Bones – Spirits Roam
Flesh Lights – Crush On You
Dikes Of  Holland – Little City Girl
Tre Orsi –  The Engineer
The Distant Seconds – Akron Bureau
Kingdom Of Suicide Lovers – Hoboken Snow
Elvis – Mommy’s Little Soliders

Love Collector – First 48
Bad Sports – Can’t Remember Your Name
Wild America – Drink It Dry
Harlem – Beautiful & Very Smart
The Stuffies – No One’s Gonna Miss You
The Golden Boys – Older Than You
The No No No Hopes –  Nobody’s Fool
The Teeners - Nazis On Film
The Persimmons – The Notice
Lost Controls –  Entirely Wired For Sound

There will be more news to follow in the days in weeks ahead, including a multi-night stand at one of Austin’s more beloved nightspots (OK, Beerland) featuring the majority of the album’s participants. In the meantime, ‘Casual Victim Pile’ is available for preorders starting today from The Matador Store,  2XLP for the discount price of $15.30, single CD for $8.50

P.S.  ‘Casual Victim Pile’ is an anagram for ‘Live Music Capital’.   I learned that from a talking statue.

Jay Reatard European Tour Kicks Off Tonight

By Judge on Wednesday, October 28th, 2009


Photos by David McKenzie Grant

Jay Reatard and his new band are starting their European tour tonight in France, all the dates can be found below. As previously billed, he’s playing with the Cola Freaks as his new band and by all accounts they’re raring to go as this statement from Mr Reatard attests…

“Life has been great since I’ve been here in Aarhus (Denmark) the last ten days. Working on music all day, walking a half hour to the rehearsal studio, playing with the Cola Freaks all night.  With the last band it was all overplaying – turn it up, play it fast – but the songs got lost in all the distortion. This new band makes the songs in a way sound more pure by scaling back and putting more emphasis on the melody and the changes. It sounds exactly the I wanted these songs to sound like live when I wrote them.

We added a lot of new songs to the live set. There’s already been a secret show in Aarhus before we start a 12 country European tour before coming right back for those Pixies shows.  Can’t wait for those.

I also recorded a cover of Chris Knox’s first band The Enemy – a version of “Pull Back The Shades” for a Chris Knox tribute album.  I did it right in the bathroom of my hotel room here – put the computer on the sink, recorded the guitar and vocals sitting right on the toilet!”


L-R Jacob Elving (drums), Jay Lindsey (Flying V),  Anders Thode (bass)

Wed Oct 28 Paris, Maroquinerie

Thu Oct 29 Cologne, Luxor

Fri Oct 30 Munich, 59 to 1

Sat Oct 31 Berlin, Lido

Sun Nov 1 Copenhagen, Loppen

Mon Nov 2 Oslo, Parkteatret

Tue Nov3 Malmo, Mejeriet

Wed Nov 4 Hamburg, Logo

Thu Nov 5 Prague, Matrix

Fri Nov 6 Vienna, B72

Sat Nov 7 Bologna, Covo

Sun Nov 8 Clermont Ferrand, Coop de Mai

Mon Nov 9 Brussels, Botanique Rotonde

Tue Nov 10 Birmingham, Bar Academy

Wed Nov 11 Glasgow, King Tuts

Thu Nov 12 Manchester, Roadhouse

Fri Nov 13 London, Underworld

Sat Nov 14 Bristol, Croft

Sun Nov 15 Liverpool, Masque

Mon Nov 16 Dublin, Whelans

Girls take Boston… Instore @ Newbury Comics

By Michael on Tuesday, October 27th, 2009


Girls are shipping up to Boston to rock the Sox off of everyone from Back Bay to Somerville… so check it out, FO FREE.

Free Instore
Saturday November 7th @ 5pm
Newbury Comics – 332 Newbury Street

Until then, grab a copy of Album so you can sing along. Or just check out this wicked good video that the Lust for Life directors dropped on us without telling anyone… but we still love them.

Mission of Burma / Boston & New York City shows announced for early 2010!

By Todd Netter on Tuesday, October 27th, 2009


So it’s been a mere couple of weeks since Mission of Burma celebrated their very own day in Boston (technically they were in Cambridge, but really folks lets not knit pick) and even longer since their killer set at Jelly NYC’s Pool Party (that had no pool, again folks let’s not get caught up in the details) in Brooklyn this past July.  Well fear not Northeasterners, Burma’s tour plans include coming back our way and not just hitting the West Coast .   As the saying goes, “back by popular demand”, Mission of Burma have 4 new shows to announce, 2 in Boston (Paradise Rock Club on Fri, 1/15 + Sat, 1/16/10) and 2 in NYC (Bowery Ballroom on Fri, 1/29 + Sat, 1/30/10).

Pre-sale tickets for the Boston shows go up today at 10am.  CLICK HERE to order tickets.  Tickets are $20 for one show and $35 for both shows.  The pre-sale is only available to those purchasing 2-Day Passes.  You know what they say, double the Burma, double the Fun.  Ok maybe only we say that but we believe it.  General ticket sales for the Boston shows start on Sat, 10/31.

As for the NYC shows just CLICK HERE to purchase tickets to a single show or a 2-Day pass.

Yo La Tengo – “Here To Fall” On Pitchfork TV

By Gerard on Monday, October 26th, 2009

“Here To Fall” from the staggeringly great ‘Popular Songs’ LP/CD/digital album, as filmed and posted by PF TV.  Nice view of the Empire State Building behind Georgia, too.  More rooftop Yo La Tengo to come later this week.

Ridin’ On The Chooch Train

By Adam F on Monday, October 26th, 2009

There’s only one professional sports team that I dislike more than the Anaheim Promise-Keepers and that’s the hometown crew in pinstripes.

So as a Philly ex-pat living in New York, I’m more siked than most for the Fung Wa Bus series.

And like many in Philly, I’m on the Chooch Train.

While we’re pretty sure Kurt has not endorsed the following clip, I’m sure the kids over in Fishtown, out the Main Line and straight up Broad Street do.