Archive for August, 2010

Shearwater November Tour

By Claire T on Monday, August 23rd, 2010

(photo taken from the portable victoria’s Flickr)

If you’re not able to catch Shearwater at this year’s Austin City Limits Festival, fear not! The band will be back on the road this November playing a cross-country tour with Damien Jurado. Tickets are now on-sale.

Tuesday 11/2 – Birmingham, AL – The Bottletree *

Wednesday 11/3 – Tallahassee, FL – The Engine Room *

Thursday, 11/4 – Orlando, FL – The Social *

Friday 11/5 – Atlanta, GA – The Earl *

Saturday 11/6 – Chapel Hill, NC – Local 506 *

Sunday 11/7 – Charlottesville, VA – The Southern *

Tuesday 11/9 – Washington, DC – Rock N Roll Hotel *

Wednesday 11/10 – Philadelphia, PA – Johnny Brenda’s *

Thursday – 11/11 – Boston, MA – The Middle East Downstairs #

Friday 11/12 – Brooklyn, NY – Music Hall of Williamsburg *

Saturday 11/13 – Pittsburgh, PA – Thunderbird Cafe *

Sunday 11/14 – Detroit, MI – The Magic Stick *

Tuesday 11/16 – Chicago, IL – Lincoln Hall *

Thursday 11/18 – St. Louis, MO – Duck Room *

Friday 11/19 – Lawrence, KS – The Jackpot *

Saturday 11/20 – Norman, OK – The Opolis *

* Damien Jurado Supports

#with Horse Feathers, Damien Jurado & Anais Mitchell

Ted Leo & The Pharmacists – “Bottled In Cork” video surprise on Funny Or Die

By Gabe on Monday, August 23rd, 2010

On Friday, Ted Leo checked in with a lengthy, illuminating instant-classic of a blog post. In it, our fearless leader looked back on the past, evaluated his present and pondered an evolving future…which, he revealed, would include the second Lookout Records alumni foray into the theeee-a-thah.

We think he must have been talking about this:

Is that Paul F. Tompkins? Julie Klaussner? John Hodgman? Patrick from Titus?? Terre fucking T???

Director Tom Scharpling and co outdid themselves, to be sure.

Ted Leo and The Pharmacists’ new album The Brutalist Bricks is available for purchase here.

The band will hit the road shortly:

Thursday 02 – La Jolla, CA – Che Cafe Collective (UC San Diego)
Friday 03 – San Diego, CA – Casbah
Saturday 04 – Los Angeles, CA – Fuck Yeah Fest
Monday 06 – Vancouver, BC – Rickshaw Theater
Tuesday 07 – Victoria, BC – Element Nightclub
Wednesday 08 – Seattle, WA – The Vera Project
Thursday 09 – Portland, OR – Crystal Ballroom
Thursday 23 – Pittsburgh, PA – Diesel
Friday 24 – Newport, KY – Midpoint Music Festival
Saturday 25 – Urbana, IL – Pygmalion Music Festival
Sunday 26 – Columbia, MO – The Blue Note
Tuesday 28 – Lawrence, KS – Jackpot Saloon and Music Hall
Wednesday 29 – Denver, CO – Marquis Theater

Monday 04 – Phoenix, AZ – Rhythm Room
Tuesday 05 – Sante Fe, NM – Corazon
Wednesday 06 – Norman, OK – The Opolis
Thursday 07 – Little Rock, AR – Vinos
Sunday 10 – Austin, TX – Austin City Limits
Tuesday 12 – Gainesville, FL – Common Grounds
Wednesday 13 – Orlando, FL – The Social (Orlando)
Thursday 14 – St Augustine, FL – Cafe Eleven
Friday 15 – Greenville, SC – The Handlebar
Saturday 16 – Charlottesville, VA – The Southern

Girls to headline Fillmore in SF 10/15

By truepanthersounds on Friday, August 20th, 2010

Girls(photo from Robbix‘ Flickr)

October 15, 2010 Girls will be playing their biggest show yet in San Francisco- at the legendary Fillmore. Growing up in SF it sometimes seemed the closest a local band could get to the Fillmore’s stage was a matinee show of The Other Ones (they are from Marin anyways!) so we couldn’t be more excited for this. Show them some love San Francisco!

Buy tickets HERE
Buy Album HERE

(p.s. the Lust for Life video went Youtube PLATINUM!! )

Esben and the Witch Sign To Matador, Confirm New EP, First US Tour

By Gerard on Thursday, August 19th, 2010

(Left to Right: Rachel Davies, Daniel Copeman, Thomas Fisher. Photo by Adam Kola)

It’s with considerable excitement that we’re able to reveal the addition of the Brighton trio Esben and the Witch to the Matador roster.  Our first UK based signing in over 6 years, a pair of the band’s recordings — the self released ’33′ and the Too Pure Singles Club-issued 7″, “Lucia, at the Precipice” (the latter already trading for excessive sums on eBay) generated no small amount of global curiosity (not the least of which coming from our offices). Hailed by The Quietus for their “opulent mixture of brooding electronics, crackling guitars and mythological rhetoric”, though Esben and the Witch’s early work is equally brooding and beautiful, we’re pretty confident Rachel, Daniel and Thomas had only skimmed the surface of what they’re capable of.  Their debut Matador EP, the limited 12″, ‘Marching Song’, is scheduled for release on October 11th (October 12 in North America), augmented by two new songs, ‘Done Because We Are Too Menny’ and ‘Souvenirs’.  The band’s first full length album is tentatively scheduled for release in early 2011.

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The accompanying video for ‘Marching Song’ was directed by David Procter and Peter King from the The Agenda Collective.

Esben and the Witch will make their US debut this September touring in support of Mercury Prize nominees Foals along with participating in Matador At 21 : The Lost Weekend  in Las Vegas.  A subsequent UK tour will begin in November.


23 Minneapolis 7th Street Entry *
24 Chicago Lincoln Hall *
25 Detroit Magic Stick *
27 Toronto Lee’s Palace *
28 Montreal La Sala Rossa *
29 Boston Paradise *
30 Philadelphia, Johnny Brenda’s (w/Efterklang)

1 New York Bowery Ballroom *
3 Las Vegas The Palms Casino & Hotel  **
5 Atlanta Masquerade *
6 Tallahassee Club Downunder *
8 Houston Walters on Washington *
9 Austin The Mohawk ***
10 Dallas The Nightmare *
12 Denver Larimer Lounge *
14 San Diego Casbah *
18 Los Angeles El Ray Theatre *
19 San Jose The Blank Club *
20 San Francisco Bottom of the Hill ****
21 Portland Doug Fir Lounge *
22 Vancouver Venue *
23 Seattle Neumos City Arts Music *
26 Brooklyn, NY Knitting Factory (with A Sunny Day In Glasgow)


4 Paris Inrockuptibles @ La Boule Noir
10 London Electrowerkz
11 Manchester Deaf Institute
12 Glasgow Captains Rest
14 Leeds Constellations Festival

* with Foals
** Matador At 21 / The Lost Weekend
*** with School of Seven Bells
**** with Scout Niblett

Preorder the “Marching Song” 12″ EP from The Matador Store (UK orders direct from the band)

Esben and the Witch – official website
Facebook group

Glasser- Home (mp3) from Ring

By truepanthersounds on Wednesday, August 18th, 2010

Glasser’s Ring is arriving in our hands September 28th but for now, here is the first taste of Ring entitled “Home”. The song remains in line with the Glasser we’ve heard before, eclectic and beat-driven with instrumental melodies often driven by Cameron’s own voice. But there is a depth to both the arrangement and recording which somehow makes the song simultaneously intimate and explosive.

Glasser- Home (mp3)

Pre-order Ring HERE and get either limited clear vinyl or limited deluxe cd jacket designed by Tauba Auerbach.


Sept 29 Milwaukee, WI @ Turner Hall

Sept 30 Chicago, IL @ Metro

Oct 2 Boston, MA @ Paradise

Oct 3 New York, NY @ Webster Hall

Oct 4 Brooklyn, NY @ The Music Hall of Williamsburg

Oct 5 Washington, DC @ Black Cat

Oct 7 Nashville, TN @ Mercy Lounge

Kurt Vile & The Violators – New US Dates, Co-Headlining w/ The Soft Pack

By Gerard on Wednesday, August 18th, 2010

(because we can never enough of photos that show Kurt tuning.  pic taken from C89′s flicker page)

Following the recent release of the ‘Square Shells’ 12″ / digital EP and subsequent recording in NYC with John Agnello, Kurt Vile (accompanied by the Violators on all dates) will be hitting the road this Autumn for dates with San Diego quartet The Soft Pack.   They’ll be taking turns on who’s playing last each night — headliner noted with initials following venue name on the schedule below ;

21 Atlanta, GA              The Earl                            KV
22 Birmingham, AL           The Nick                            TSP
23 Nashville, TN            Mercy Lounge                        KV
26 Cincinnati, OH           Mad Hatter’s                        TSP
27 Columbus, OH             Skully¹s                            KV
28 Ann Arbor, MI            Blind Pig                           TSP
29 Indianapolis, IN         White Rabbit                        KV
30 Chicago, IL              Empty Bottle                        TSP
31 Chicago, IL              Empty Bottle                        KV

01 Minneapolis, MN          Triple Rock Social Club             TSP
04 Seattle, WA              Neumos                              KV
05 Vancouver, BC            Biltmore Cabaret                    TSP
06 Portland, OR             Berbatis Pan                        KV
09 San Francisco, CA        Rickshaw Stop                       KV
11 Los Angeles, CA          Echoplex                            TSP
13 San Diego, CA            The Casbah                          TSP

Magic Kids to perform with the Memphis Youth Symphony – “Memphis” live in Memphis!

By Gabe on Tuesday, August 17th, 2010

Next Tuesday August 24th, to celebrate the release of Magic Kids’ debut album Memphis, the band will perform selections from the album live with the Memphis Youth Symphony at the legendary Levitt Shell in, you guessed it, Memphis. We’re told Elvis played his first show at the Levitt Shell (but we can’t remember who told us).

This is Memphis the way it was meant to be heard (and you can hear it how it actually sounds at the band’s MySpace where the album is streaming).

Admission to the concert is $5, all of which goes directly to the Memphis Youth Symphony Program. Doors are at 6:30, and the show starts at 7:30.

Pre-order Memphis here.

Most Assuredly Not A Matador At 21 : The Lost Weekend Update

By Gerard on Tuesday, August 17th, 2010

We’ll be announcing a couple of additions to the lineup for Oct. 1-3 very soon.  In the meantime, however, the above photograph of Matador’s Chris Lombardi, shown basking in the Palms’ Hardwood Suite, provides just a hint of what’s in store for those lucky enough to attend this sold-out event.  Not shown : Tim Donaghy.

Matador’s Natalie Judge Named One Of Billboard’s Young Execs On The Rise

By Gerard on Tuesday, August 17th, 2010

Congrats to our our London-based label manager Natalie Judge, on being named one of Billboard Magazine’s “30 Under 30″.  Said list “recognizes rising young executives who are driving our business forward with their artistic and business vision”, and along with recognizes Natalie’s work on behalf of Sonic Youth and Fucked Up, Billboard adds, somewhat ominously, that said list included “Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, then 23, in 2007.”  While this might not mean we’re 3 years away from a David Fincher movie about Judge being sued by half the universe (though if we are, I’d like to be played by Fred “The Hammer” Williamson), it does point to the rarefied nature of said acknowledgment. This sort of thing doesn’t happen to the people we like and respect nearly often enough, so an occasion like this, we’ll raise a glass in Natalie’s honor and consider ourselves very lucky she’s making stuff happen for us instead of someone else.

Belle & Sebastian – Write About Love LP/CD/digital album, Coming October 12

By Stuart Murdoch on Monday, August 16th, 2010


We got together last week with a few gallant lads and lassies, and we recorded the first part of the B&S TV show that we’ve been hinting at. Here’s a clip to get you in the mood. The song is from the new record, and it’s called “I Want The World To Stop”

We had a really nice day that day, thanks to everyone who travelled a variety of distances to be there! London, Manchester, Newcastle, etc, it was a good effort.

And while I’m at it, here’s a look at the real cover of “Belle And Sebastian Write About Love”. Some websites got hold of the wrong end of the stick last week (perhaps not suprisingly), but no harm done!