Archive for March, 2011

Cold Cave mix for The Quietus

By Annette on Thursday, March 31st, 2011

Our good friends at The Quietus have been long-time supporters of Cold Cave and they’ve not been quiet in their admiration (you can see what we mean here, here, here, here and here). So when those aforementioned gentlemen asked Cold Cave card-carrying member Dominick Fernow to compile a mix for the website, the response was never going to be anything other than a resounding affirmative.

Listen to Dom’s startling mix below.

Cold Cave are currently on tour in the UK for a handful of shows, including one at The Lexington in London hosted by none other than The Quietus.

31st – The Stereo, Glasgow [buy tickets]

1st – The Ruby Lounge, Manchester [buy tickets]
2nd – Clwb Ifor Bach, Cardiff
4th – Rough Trade East, London (free in-store show)
5th – The Lexington, London (The Quietus presents) [buy tickets]

And if you happen to be in the New York zip code, new album Cherish The Light Years can be picked up a week early from Hospital Productions (the record store run by Dom). Head to their homepage for more information.

Yo La Tengo – New U.S. Dates, Spinning Wheel & Otherwise

By Gerard on Wednesday, March 30th, 2011
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Following the wild success of Yo La Tengo’s Spinning Wheel tour of North America earlier this year, additional dates, (wheel-spinners are marked *)  have been scheduled, with a smatter of festival dates thrown in.

Tue, May 10 – Brooklyn, NY – Bell House * (tickets on sale, Friday, April 1, or at Other Music for no service charge)
Wed, May 11 – Brooklyn, NY – Bell House * (tickets on sale, Friday, April 1, or at Other Music for no service charge)
Sat, May 14 – Nelsonville, OH – Nelsonville Music Festival
Sat, June 18 – Denver, CO – Westword Music Showcase
Mon, June 20 – Columbia, MO   – Blue Note * (tickets available at the box office with no service charge)
Tue, June 21 – Iowa CIty, IA * – Englert Theater (on sale Mon, 4/4 at the box office with no service charge)
Thu, June 23 – Minneapolis, MN  – 400 Bar *  (tickets available at Down In The Valley with no service charge)
Fri, June 24 – Minneapolis, MN  – 400 Bar * (tickets available at Down In The Valley with no service charge) *
Sat, June 25 – Chicago, IL – Green Music Festival
Sun, June 26 – Chicago, IL – Subterranean *

as mentioned in this space, a tour dubbed “Reinventing The Wheel” is taking place in the UK in early June :

June, 6th Edinburgh Queens Hall
June 7th The Sage Gateshead
June 8th Leeds Cockpit
June 9th Birmingham O2 Academy 2
June 10th Oxford O2 Academy
June 12th London Royal Festival Hall (as part of the Meltdown Festival)


‘Cherish the Light Years’ available for purchase now at Hospital Productions

By Robby on Wednesday, March 30th, 2011

Cold Cave’s forthcoming LP, ‘Cherish the Light Years” “official street date” is April 5 but those in the NYC area can pick up a copy one week early (aka NOW) at Cold Cave member, Dominick Fernow’s awesome record boutique, Hospital Productions (60 E. 3rd St. NY, NY). And although the Cold Cave CD/LP shouldn’t be too hard to find once you get there, be sure to pick up some of the other treasures to be found at the store.

Magic Kids tour starts TODAY!

By truepanthersounds on Wednesday, March 30th, 2011

Hey, remember in January when we told you about the destined-to-be-awesome Magic Kids/Cults tour? Well the day has arrived, they kick off the journey tonight in Brooklyn. Get out there!

Wed. 3/30 Brooklyn, NY @Knitting Factory*
Thu 3/31 New York, NY @Mercury Lounge*
Fri 4/1 Boston, MA @Brighton Music Hall*
Sat 4/2 Montreal, QC @Il Motore*
Mon 4/4 Toronto, ONT @The Legendary Horseshoe Tavern*
Tue 4/5 Buffalo, NY @Soundland*
Wed 4/6 Cleveland, OH @ Grog Shop*
Thur 4/7 Chicago, IL @ Empty Bottle*
Fri 4/8 Minneapolis, MN @ 7th St. Entry*
Mon 4/11 Seattle, WA @ The Crocodile*
Tue 4/12 Portland, OR @ Mississippi Studios*
Thu 4/14 San Francisco, CA @The Independent*


*w/ Cults

If you haven’t gotten your hands on ‘Memphis‘ yet, well, what are you waiting for?

Fucked Up: “A Little Death” single release party at the Ace Hotel during Coachella

By Patrick on Wednesday, March 30th, 2011

To celebrate the release of the second of four singles from their upcoming album David Comes To Life, Fucked Up will be playing a midnight show at the Ace Hotel in Palm Springs on Friday, April 15. This is of course during the weekend of the Coachella Festival. The digital single is called “A Little Death” and will be available both here on the Matablog and on iTunes on that Friday.

See you there!

Mission of Burma…1, 2, 3…Tour Dates

By Todd Netter on Wednesday, March 30th, 2011
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After hitting Brooklyn and Hoboken this past January with two blistering, sold-out shows, Mission of Burma are set to follow up with a handful of new dates in the upcoming months.  First, they will officially usher in the summer in the northeast with a pair of Memorial Day weekend shows in Rhode Island and Maine, and then they’ll head to Texas in July for a one-off at the Mohawk in Austin.  A limited number of tickets for all three shows are available for presale starting today at 10AM.

Thu, May 26 – The Met Cafe, Pawtucket, RI (Presale)
Sat, May 28 – The Space, Porland, ME (Presale)
Fri, July 22 – The Mohawk, Austin TX (Presale)

Matador Releases For Record Store Day, April 16

By Patrick on Tuesday, March 29th, 2011

To be perfectly frank, we thought about blowing off Record Store Day this year. It’s not that we don’t support record stores – far from it, it’s what 37 of 38 employees prefer – but the huge glut of supposedly limited-edition releases, the scrum to get to the counter in the morning, and then the instant reappearance of many of the records on eBay at inflated sums are all an unintended and unwelcome side-effect of the event.

That said, we couldn’t help ourselves, and neither could three of our artists, so we proudly announce the following limited-edition items. They’re all awesome, they’re all limited, and if you don’t succeed on getting your hands on them on Record Store Day, just remember that the prices on eBay will (most likely) come down over time.

SO, on Saturday, April 16, Matador will have the following RSD exclusives:

From Byrdesdale Garden City in the UK comes the compilation album DAVID’S TOWN. Featuring 11 unreleased tracks from local bands including Gacy and the Boys, Animal Man, Grain and Hateful Coil, in styles varying from DIY to post-punk to power pop, this limited edition from FU-Discs was recorded in Byrdesdale between 1976 and 1979 and not released until now. An essential document of a thriving scene.

Next comes the new 7″ single from THE NEW PORNOGRAPHERS, “Moves.” Currently moving up the radio charts, and of course featured in Tom Scharpling’s genius video for the track, it comes with the unreleased B-side “Drug Deal Of The Heart,” recorded at the sessions for the album Together. (Note: the band is playing Coachella on RSD weekend, and then will tour out of there through April and May.)

Finally we have the new 12″ from ESBEN AND THE WITCH, the great trio from Brighton, UK – many of you will have seen one of their great shows at SXSW this month. They just wrapped up their US tour and returned to their homeland. The single is the radio edit of “Chorea” and features a remix of their pounding classic “Eumenides” by Stuart Braithwaite of MOGWAI, along with an entirely unreleased 18-minute version of “Corridors” recorded for The Creators Project and only played at a special installation in London for Karl Sadler‘s Lit Forest. (Note: Esben return to the road in the UK starting this Friday.)

As usual, we will be taking down our webstore in observation of Record Store Day. Get out there, get in line, and spend some money, goddammit!!!

Charlie Rose, Fuck Off : Ted Leo’s SXSW Interviews for IFC

By Gerard on Tuesday, March 29th, 2011

As if he wasn’t busy enough of late with a terrific run of solo shows (included a bunch during South By Southwest’s music and interactive festivals earlier month) and composing the music for Julie Klausner’s “How Was Your Week” podcasts, Ted Leo recently extended his arsenal of talents to include interviewing the great and near-greats of the rock scene as part of the Independent Film Channel’s coverage of SXSW.   Some of the interviews in questions are linked below, and while I’m very impressed with Ted’s work — and I say this with all due respect — it feels to me like he learned no lessons whatsoever from this footage of the late Tom Snyder I suggested he watch.  What the fuck, I am just shouting into the ether over here?

Along with Ted’s chat with Liz Phair (above), here are links to discussions with the following :

Michael Stipe
Sharon Van Etten
Emmylou Harris
J Mascis
Sir Bob Geldof
The Kills
Billy Bob Thornton

There’s more where that came from over at

stream Cold Cave ‘Cherish the Light Years’ NOW, see them in Europe

By Stuart on Monday, March 28th, 2011


Around the release date for ‘Cherish The Light Years’ (still available for pre-order with a 15% discount) and ahead of their North American Spring tour, Cold Cave take a little time out to visit Europe for a few dates around the UK, followed by a couple in mainland Europe.  These will be their first European dates in almost a year and their first with their new 5-piece line up, consisting of Wes Eisold, Dominick Fernow, Jennifer Clavin, Tonie Joy and Alex Garcia-Rivera. Get yourself along to one of the following shows ready to witness their stupendous new sounds at one of the following dates:

29th – Start The Bus, Bristol, UK
30th – Brudenell Social Club, Leeds, UK
31st – Stereo, Glasgow, UK


1st – Ruby Lounge, Manchester, UK
2nd – Ifor Bach, Cardiff, UK
4th-Rough Trade East, London, UK – free in-store show. On stage @ 7pm, wristbands available from 6pm/when purchasing album.
5th – The Lexington, London, UK (The Quietus Night)
6th – De Kreun, Kortrijk, Belgium
9th – Jack Daniels Music Day, Barcelona, Spain 

You can also stream ‘Cherish The Light Years’ ahead of its release next week right here, at KCRW, The Quietus and myriad supporters’ sites around the web.

Listen to ‘The Great Pan is Dead‘ MP3 .

Come – Back In Action

By Gerard on Monday, March 28th, 2011
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Following a terrific performance at last October’s Matador 21/ Lost Weekend in Las Vegas, Come are again returning to the stage, playing Brooklyn’s Bell House on Saturday, April 16, along with Chicago’s Eleventh Dream Day (whose new Thrill Jockey album, ‘Riot Now’ is available at better record shops).  Tickets are available here.

(ADDENDUM : Come are also playing Cambridge, MA’s Oberon Theatre on April 14).