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Late-breaking SXSW news: Kurt Vile at the WFMU showcase, 12:00 midnight CST

By Hector on Friday, March 18th, 2011
photo by Shawn Brackbill

If, like most good folk, you keep up with the whats and whys of America’s favorite freeform radio station, WFMU, or if, like most of the music industry, you are in Austin for SXSW, you may have come across the glaring “Special Guest TBA” in the midnight slot of tonight’s WFMU’s SXSW showcase at Barbarella (611 Red River, right in the heart of the fabled 6th Street red light district). Meme-conscious readers may have noted the day of the showcase and assumed that the ever-resourceful WFMU had snared the first-ever live performance by tween sensation Rebecca Black, but if I do say so myself the actual truth is even better: tonight’s Special Guest at the WFMU showcase is Philadelphia’s own Kurt Vile, whose new album Smoke Ring For My Halo is still just as crazily good as we’ve been saying for a while now.

If you happen to be stuck in some cultural backwater that doesn’t even have its very own Stevie Ray Vaughan statue, fear not, because WFMU will be broadcasting the entire showcase, starting at 9:00PM EST/8:00PM CST, at 91.1FM and online at wfmu.org. Those of you who are familiar with time zones will be aware that that means Kurt is on at 1:00AM EST, which is technically Saturday, which kind of screws up the Rebecca Black reference from earlier in this post. What can I say.

Esben and the Witch at SXSW…and writing about it!

By Todd Netter on Tuesday, March 15th, 2011
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We couldn’t be happier to have Esben and the Witch in Austin for SXSW. If you haven’t seen them perform before then the following parties, showcases, etc are your chance.  For those not attending SXSW the band will be keeping track of their daily experience via WFUV’s “The Alternate Side” blog.  Click here to read their first entry and follow along throughout the week.  Admittedly it sounds like there off to a tough start in Texas but you know what they say, what doesn’t kill you at SXSW might just create some industry “buzz”, and well that should ultimately do you in.

For real though, don’t miss your chance to see Esben and the Witch in Austin!  And for all things Esben and the Witch please visit their site.

Esben and the Witch :

Tuesday, March 15, 10pm, M for Montreal Showcase, Spill, 212 E. 6th St. (SXSWi event)
Wednesday, March 16, 2:30pm Flavorpill / I Rock I Roll Day Party, Lipstick, 24, 606 E. 7th St. (RSVP)
Wednesday, March 16, 8pm, Windish Booking Showcase*, ND Studios, 501 N. Highway I-35 (5th St. and Brushy Avenue)
Thursday, March 17, 2:30pm, Pop Montreal Party, Beauty Bar, 617 E. 7th St.
Thursday, March 17, 6:45pm, FADER Fort, 1101 E. 5th St.  (RSVP)
Friday, March 18, 3:15pm, Windish Agency Party, Emo’s Jr., 603 Red River
Friday, March 18, midnight, BBC/Huw Stephens Showcase *, Latitude 30, 215 San Jacinto
Saturday, March 19, 2:40pm, Mess With Texas, Eastside Drive, 1001 E. 6th St.  (RSVP)

 

Matador’s Cavalcade Of Stars At SXSW (And Events That Aren’t Actually Part Of SXSW)

By Gerard on Monday, March 14th, 2011

(scenes from SXSW 2005 : Matador co-owner, Austin resident for all of 15 minutes politely instructs a motorist to “go the fuck back where you came from” before recognizing his dog’s veterinarian)

It’s that time of year, when the fair of city of Austin is besieged by thousands of aspiring musicians, label creeps, bloggers, tech pimps, cinema parasites and self-styled marketing reptiles, all of ‘em urinating in my front garden on their way to and from some dubious “showcase” or launch party designed to appeal to their MOST CRAVEN INSTINCTS. I watch all of this from my front porch, my air rifle sitting atop a cooler of Guyaki Yerba Matte, wondering exactly how much jail time I’d serve for shooting the bluetooth earpiece off the skull of a gentleman trying to negotiate a contract at the foot of my driveway.

At which point, I’m reminded that he’s actually a guest in my home and our conference call that I’ve been ignoring is already 10 minutes old. Where are my manners?  Sure, Austin’s chock-a-block with SCHMUCKS ON THE MAKE this week, but who am I to point an accusatory finger at these lovely visitors when they provide this label with such a fabulous opportunity to hawk our wares?  The following Matador artists are playing (too many times) in Austin this week.  Shows marked * will require an SXSW badge or wristband for priority entry ; happily, such gigs are in the overwhelming minority compared to the open-to-the-great unwashed public events listed below.  I look forward to seeing you around town this week, and thank you again for keeping Austin, TX’s property values well above the national average.

Esben and the Witch :

Tuesday, March 15, 10pm, M for Montreal Showcase, Spill, 212 E. 6th St. (SXSWi event)
Wednesday, March 16, 2:30pm Flavorpill / I Rock I Roll Day Party, Lipstick, 24, 606 E. 7th St. (RSVP)
Wednesday, March 16, 8pm, Windish Booking Showcase*, ND Studios, 501 N. Highway I-35 (5th St. and Brushy Avenue)
Thursday, March 17, 2:30pm, Pop Montreal Party, Beauty Bar, 617 E. 7th St.
Thursday, March 17, 6:45pm, FADER Fort, 1101 E. 5th St.  (RSVP)
Friday, March 18, 3:15pm, Windish Agency Party, Emo’s Jr., 603 Red River
Friday, March 18, midnight, BBC/Huw Stephens Showcase *, Latitude 30, 215 San Jacinto
Saturday, March 19, 2:40pm, Mess With Texas, Eastside Drive, 1001 E. 6th St.  (RSVP)
Saturday, March 19, 4:40pm, Dazed & Confused party, Flamingo Cantina, 515 E. 6th St.

Ted Leo (solo)

Wednesday, March 16, 10pm, Brooklyn Vegan Showcase*, The Swan Dive, 651 Red River,
Thursday, March 17, 5:30pm,  Other Music/Dig For Fire present, French Legation, 802 San Marcos
Friday, March 18, 3pm, Flower Booking/Onion AV Club Party, Mohawk, 912 Red River
Saturday, March 19, 4:55pm, Mess With Texas, Eastside Drive, 1001 E. 6th St.  (RSVP)

Glasser

Thursday, March 17, 10pm Pitchfork presents *, Central Presbyterian Church, 200 E. 8th St.
Friday, March 18, Rhapsody Pary, Club Deville, 900 Red River (RSVP)

Kurt Vile & The Violators

Friday, March 18, Rhapsody Party, Club Deville, 900 Red River (RSVP)
Saturday, March 19, 3:30pm, Auditorium Shores, 950 W. Riverside Drive, free, all ages
Saturday, March 19, 6pm, Waterloo Records parking lot, 600 N. Lamar Blvd.

 

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By Patrick on Sunday, March 13th, 2011

Coming May 24 : Thurston Moore’s ‘Demolished Thoughts’ (LP/CD/digital album)

By Gerard on Friday, March 11th, 2011

On Tuesday May 24*, Matador will be releasing ‘Demolished Thoughts’, the 4th solo album from Sonic Youth’s Thurston Moore (5th if you count 1998′s ‘Root’) and the first to be produced by Beck Hansen.   Recorded in Los Angeles and Northampton, MA this past autumn & winter, with a title culled from The Faith’s “It’s Time”, ‘Demolished Thoughts’ is an equally beautiful and brooding work ; while there’s more than a few tonal similarities to some of your favorite Moore compositions from years past, the execution this time around is nothing short of staggering.  No disrespect to 1995′s ‘Psychic Hearts’ or 2007′s ‘Trees Outside The Academy’ is intended on our part when we promise ‘Demolished Thoughts’ burnishes Thurston’s rep as a classic songwriter in ways we never anticipated when this album was first being talked about last year.

(photo by Shawn Brackbill)

In addition to Moore’s guitars and vocals, other players include violinist Samara Lubelski (she of prior Moore recordings and touring, her own solo works, Metal Mountains, Hall Of Fame, Tower Recordings, Metabolismus, etc.), harpist Mary Lattimore (also heard on Kurt Vile’s latest), bassist Bram Inscore, drummer Joey Waronker and Beck.

Live performance info, a pre-release MP3 and other details to follow in this space.

* – Monday, May 23 in Europe

Buy Early Get Now returns

By Patrick on Wednesday, March 9th, 2011

Kurt Vile, Ted Leo and Carl Newman, all on The Best Show On WFMU tonight

By Hector on Tuesday, March 8th, 2011

As part of Matador’s continued efforts to spread the word about WFMU’s fundraising marathon Gerard is forcing me to I’m happy to bring you the following news regarding tonight’s Best Show On WFMU, this year’s final attempt by our friend Tom Scharpling to separate you from your money (for a very, very good cause):

Kurt Vile (the man/myth/legend behind the stunning Smoke Ring For My Halo, out today on all popular formats), Ted Leo (star of Reginald Van Voorst’s Broadway musical The Brutalist Bricks), and A.C. Newman (inspiration for the character “Carl Newman” from the motion picture Moves: The Rise & Rise Of The New Pornographers) will all be joining Tom on the air tonight. We really don’t know what’s going to happen, but if it’s anything like last week’s show with Ted and Carl, it’ll be must-listen radio, plus you can get cool prizes for pledging money (including a signed Smoke Ring test pressing and the already-infamous “Rated GG” 7″ single). WFMU can be found at 91.1FM on your NY/NJ radio dial, or at wfmu.org.

Finally, lest you think we’re done talking about Kurt on his release day, please note that in addition to lending his talents to WFMU, Mr. Vile will be playing not once, not twice, but thrice at some of New York’s finest recordmongers this evening: 5PM at Academy Records in Williamsburg (with Thurston Moore & Bill Nace’s Northampton Wools), 7PM at Generation Records, and 9PM at Other Music. Who loves ya, indie retail?

Esben And The Witch on WNYU’s New Afternoon Show today at 5:00PM EST

By Hector on Tuesday, March 8th, 2011
photo by Angel Ceballos

During their recent visit to New York, Brighton nightmare pop trio Esben And The Witch paid a visit to the WNYU studio (pictured above) to record a session for the New Afternoon Show. That session airs today, and at the risk of stating the obvious, it is essential listening. The session airs around 5:00PM EST, but the show goes from 4:00PM to 7:30PM EST so why not check out the whole thing? It’s good, I promise. The greater New York area can listen at 89.1FM, those elsewhere can get their fix at wnyu.org.

If you’re in the latter group, you may want to peruse the list below to see if Esben And The Witch will be playing soon in your town. Austin residents/visitors, please note those four days the band will be spending there; more details to come.

Wed, 3/9                      Akron, OH                                    Musica

Thu, 3/10                     Chicago, IL                                   Empty Bottle

Fri, 3/11                        Toronto, ON                                 Wrongbar

Sat, 3/12                        Denton, TX                                   35 Conferette

3/16-3/19                       Austin, TX                                    SXSW

Mon, 3/21                      San Diego, CA                             The Casbah

Tue, 3/22                        Los Angeles, CA                         Bootleg Theater

Wed, 3/23                       San Francisco, CA                     Bottom of the Hill

Thu, 3/24                        Portland, OR                                Mississippi Studios

Fri, 3/25                          Seattle, WA                                   Sunset Tavern

Sat, 3/26                          Vancouver, BC                             The Waldorf Hotel

 

Kurt Vile – album release, Pitchfork session, NYC instores and tour

By Gabe on Monday, March 7th, 2011

Today (UK/Europe) and tomorrow (North America) see the release Kurt Vile’s latest/greatest album, Smoke Ring For My Halo (purchase the album here).

Pitchfork, who today revealed that they really like the record, also shot Kurt and the Violators on a cold ass rooftop a few weeks back (thanks for covering that Claire!). If you need more convincing that Kurt and the songs from Smoke Ring are pretty special, well, here you go:

Kurt continues his indie retail takeover with THREE New York City instores tomorrow (Tuesday, March 8th): 5PM at Academy Williamsburg with Northampton Wools (Thurston Moore & Bill Nace), 7PM at Generation and 9PM at Other Music.

After that, Kurt and the Violators will play a bunch of concerts:

March
Thursday 10 – Ithica, NY – Castaways w/J Mascis
Friday 11 - Toronto, ON – The Great Hall w/J Mascis
Saturday 12 – Kingston ONT, NT – The Mansion
Sunday 13 – Burlington, VT – Monkey House
Monday 14 – Milford, CT – Daniel Street
Tuesday 22 – Battleboro, VT – Headroom Stages w/J Mascis
Wednesday 23 – Philadelphia, PA – World Cafe Live Downstairs w/J Mascis
Thursday 24 – New York, NY – Mercury Lounge w/J Mascis
Friday 25 – Brooklyn, NY – Music Hall of Williamsburg w/J Mascis
Saturday 26 – Boston, MA – Brighton Music Hall w/J Mascis
Monday 28 – Red Hook, NY – Bard College
Tuesday 29 – Pittsburgh, PA – Andy Warhol Museum
Wednesday 30 – Cleveland Heights, OH – Grog Shop w/J Mascis
Thursday 31 – Ann Arbor, AL Blind Pig w/J Mascis

April
Friday 01 – Chicago, IL – Subterranean w/J Mascis
Saturday 02 – Minneapolis, MN – 7th Street Entry w/J Mascis
Sunday 03 – Iowa City, IA – The Mill
Tuesday 05 – Gambier, OH – Kenyon College
Wednesday 06 – Nashville, TN – The End
Thursday 07 – Atlanta, GA – The Earl w/J Mascis
Friday 08 - Athens, GA – Melting Point w/J Mascis
Saturday 09 – Asheville, NC – Grey Eagle Music Hall w/J Mascis
Sunday 10 – Carrboro, NC – Cat’s Cradle w/J Mascis
Monday 11 – Baltimore, MD – Ottobar
Thursday 21 – Los Angeles, CA – The Echo
Friday 22 – San Francisco, CA – Bottom of the Hill
Saturday 23 – Portland, OR – Bunk Bar
Sunday 24 – Seattle, WA – Sunset Tavern
Monday 25 – Vancouver, BC – The Waldorf Hotel

May
Sunday 08 – Koln, DE – King Georg
Monday 09 – Munich, FR – Feierwerk
Tuesday 10 – Vienna, AT – Chelsea Club
Wednesday 11 - Berlin, DE – Festaal Kreuzberg
Thursday 12 – Copehagen, DK - Vega
Friday 13 – Aarhus, DK – Voxhaul
Saturday 14 – Minehead, UK – ATP Nightmare b4 Xmas
Sunday 15 – Utrecht, NL – Tivoli
Monday 16 – Amsterdam, NL – Bitterzoet
Tuesday 17 – Brussel, BE – Les Nuits de Botanique
Wednesday 18 – Gent, BE – Charlatan
Thursday 19 – London, UK – Corsica Studios
Friday 20 – Liverpool, UK – Sound City @ Kazimier
Saturday 21 – Glasgow, UK – Stagg & Dagger Festival
Monday 23 – Paris, FR – La Maroquinerie
Wednesday 25 – Bordeaux, FR - Place Saint Michel
Thursday 26 – Rennes, FR – Top of the Folk @ L’antipode
Saturday 28 – Barcelona, ES – Primavera Sound Festival
Sunday 29 – Istanbul, TR – Ghetto

GLASSER: The QR Code and the Damage Done

By truepanthersounds on Friday, March 4th, 2011

As you may have seen on the internets the last few days, our very own Glasser performed on the Jimmy Fallon show on Monday. The concept of using QR codes on TV came from a desire to create a more interactive experience for viewers of the show (shouting out “yo hit me up on Twitter” just didn’t cut it). So we places a series of QR codes around the stage to embed special content in the performance.

About the QR Codes

We wanted to solve the problem of how can people at home or in an audience feel a greater level of participation than just sitting and listening. By using QR codes people will explore and find embedded content that was previously not available to them and have a richer viewing experience. Glasser is not a 2-dimensional artist- the primary thing that drew us into her music was the 3D world that her music and her personality invoke- it’s a world you want to dive into.

Rather than just use standard QR code generators, Glasser wanted to re-interpret the album cover for Ring. To achieve this, RISD graduate student, Kyuha Shim, built a system using programming language that receives color data sets from Glasser’s album graphics and adapts them to the modules that she designed. The result is an aesthetic for the QR codes that both departs from the monochromatic standards for QR codes, and more importantly ties the experience back to the album sleeve originally designed by Tauba Auerbach.

About the Embedded Content

Each QR code on the set of the performance links to a unique Glasser-related space, primarily via QR scanners on mobile phones.
They are a series of online 3D “zones” developed by Mitch Trale with Glasser. The zones create an added visual layer to the experience while also being a portal for content. While it was initially only accessible through the QR codes, it’s now embeddable for you and whoever else to post around and share. You can get the album cheap, download mp3s, view a music vid and watch the performance itself. Hope you have as much psychedelic/next-level fun messing around in this zone as we did conceiving and executing this whole crazy idea.

The best part is that the experience lives on after the show. Hopefully people will continue to discover and share the codes long after the broadcast is over.

You can dive into the zone below.By clicking HERE HINT THE ACTUAL FALLON PERFORMANCE IS IN THE BLUE GEM

Contributors:

Glasser (Cameron Mesirow): Concept
MCT: Zone Design + Development
Christopher P. Allick + Trevor Gilley- Technical + Creative Direction
Pablo Rochat + Kyuha Shim (RISD)- QR Code Design

Tonight On WFMU, Another Installment Of Yo La Tengo’s Covers For Cash

By Gerard on Friday, March 4th, 2011

Lest you think Matador Records is quite done twisting arms on behalf of WFMU‘s annual Marathon, THINK AGAIN. Not only are Ted Leo and A.C. Newman returning to Tom Scharpling’s “The Best Show On WFMU” for a second consecutive appearance next Tuesday, March 8th at 9pm, but Yo La Tengo will make their annual visit to the free-form station’s Jersey City studios tonight on Psue Braun‘s program (9pm eastern).

In what should be the greatest fund raising effort to hit the region since…..well, since this, Yo La Tengo will take your requests for covers, but not without an appropriate donation on your part to America’s no. 1, 100% listener supported radio station. Unlike the rest of WFMU’s sprawling schedule, this program will not be archived for later use on your iPhone, iPad, etc. so if you don’t tune in…you must have a pretty exciting Friday night planned.

It’s Not Quite Supermarket Sweep, But It’ll Do : Kurt Vile at Amoeba

By Gerard on Thursday, March 3rd, 2011

Thanks to America’s #1 GIGANTIC Record Store(s) for sending the above footage.

Esben and the Witch tour the US!

By Todd Netter on Thursday, March 3rd, 2011
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A striking clip of Eumenides premiered today via Fader. It was captured in early February from Esben and the Witch’s album release show in their hometown of Brighton, UK.  And for those who haven’t seen them live this is simply a taste of the dark, moody, and loud experience that is Esben and the Witch live.

Luckily for those of us in the US with a real appetite for Esben and the Witch, they start their first headline tour tonight in our nation’s capitol.  With a major stop in Austin for SXSW (3/16-3/19, more details on that to come shortly) they’ll be crossing our vast continent making the following major stops.

Don’t miss your chance to see them!

Thu, 3/3                      Washington, DC                        Red Palace

Fri, 3/4                        Brooklyn, NY                               The Bell House

Sat, 3/5                        New York, NY                              Mercury Lounge

Sun, 3/6                       Boston, MA                                  Brighton Music Hall

Mon, 3/7                     Philadelphia, PA                         Kung Fu Necktie

Wed, 3/9                      Akron, OH                                    Musica

Thu, 3/10                     Chicago, IL                                   Empty Bottle

Fri, 3/11                        Toronto, ON                                 Wrongbar

Sat, 3/12                        Denton, TX                                   35 Conferette

3/16-3/19                       Austin, TX                                    SXSW

Mon, 3/21                      San Diego, CA                             The Casbah

Tue, 3/22                        Los Angeles, CA                         Bootleg Theater

Wed, 3/23                       San Francisco, CA                     Bottom of the Hill

Thu, 3/24                        Portland, OR                                Mississippi Studios

Fri, 3/25                          Seattle, WA                                   Sunset Tavern

Sat, 3/26                          Vancouver, BC                             The Waldorf Hotel

Tonight On “The Best Show On WFMU” : Ted Leo, AC Newman

By Gerard on Tuesday, March 1st, 2011

As a former WFMU dj, I’ve long stressed to my colleagues the importance of the station’s unfocused, pretentious programming huge cultural contributions to the tri-state area and during Matador’s early years, it was actually mandatory for staffers (and recording artists) to contribute 10% of their annual income to the listener supported broadcaster.

Sadly, a state court ruled a few years ago that this arrangement was highly illegal — particularly as Matador refused to match the donations. However, just because we can no longer strong-arm our workforce into handing over money, that doesn’t preclude us strongly advising (HINT, HINT) that if certain self-styled “musical geniuses” don’t play ball with our friends in Jersey City, their recording careers might hang in the balance.

So with no prodding whatsoever from Matador ownership, Ted Leo and A.C. Newman will be appearing tonight on Tom Scharpling’s “The Best Show On WFMU” as part of WFMU’s premium-tastic annual cash-grab. We hope you can tune in. And if you can’t, we hope you won’t mind that we’ve already sent the station your credit card details.