Archive for May, 2011

Fucked Up – “David Comes To Life” NOW STREAMING at NPR

By Gabe on Monday, May 30th, 2011

Starting today you can listen to Fucked Up’s guitar-monument David Comes To Life in its entirety at NPR.

Fresh air indeed. The album, out next Monday(UK)/Tuesday(US) is available for pre-order.

If you need to know more about Fucked Up and David Comes To Life (and you need to know, more), check out this awesome documentary:


Fucked Up will hit the road in the US soon:


4th – Free Press Summer Fest @ Eleanor Tinsley Park, Houston, TX (tickets)

5th – Chaos In Tejas @ The Mohawk, Austin, TX (tickets)

23rd – Terminal 5, New York, NY (tickets)

24th – Royale, Boston, MA (tickets)

26th – First Unitarian Church, Philadelphia, PA (tickets)

27th – Rock and Roll Hotel, Washington DC (tickets)

28th – Kings Barcade, Raleigh, NC (tickets)

29th – The Earl, Atlanta, GA (tickets)

30th – Exit/In, Nashville, TN (tickets)


1st – Firebird, St. Louis, MO (tickets)

2nd – Lincoln Hall, Chicago, IL (tickets)

3rd – Call The Office, London, ON (tickets)

31st – Osheaga Festival, Montreal, QC (tickets)

Interpol and Kurt Vile on WFMU’s Primavera Sound broadcast

By Hector on Friday, May 27th, 2011

Pictured: Pavement at last year's festival

This is WFMU’s third year broadcasting from Barcelona’s Primavera Sound festival, and I daresay they’re really getting the hang of it. This year two of Matador’s finest will be featured on WFMU’s Primavera broadcasts. Tune in tonight at 7:00PM EDT to hear Interpol, and tomorrow at 5:45PM EDT for Kurt Vile & The Violators.

WFMU’s predictably stellar Primavera broadcast schedule can be found here. Listening can be accomplished at 91.1FM in the New York City area, 90.1FM in the Hudson Valley, and online at

Coming August 23 : Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks’ ‘Mirror Traffic’ LP/CD/digital album

By Gerard on Tuesday, May 24th, 2011

On August 23, 2011, Matador will be releasing ‘Mirror Traffic‘, the 5th post-Pavement album from Stephen Malkmus and the 3rd or 4th to bear the Jicks name (depending on whether you’re looking at spines, sleeves or labels).  Produced by Beck Hansen, ‘Mirror Traffic’ makes a compelling case that after some 22 years in the public eye, Stephen Malkmus’ full range of musical and lyrical capabilities had yet to be previously explored. The casual virtuosity (and staggering guitar invention) won’t necessarily come as a shock, nor will the rapier wit of one of contemporary rock’s brightest minds.  But without dissing prior works that we deeply love, we can promise that ‘Mirror Traffic’ is the album that ties together Stephen’s skill-set like none of its predecessors.  The recording is nothing short of gorgeous, the songs crackling with confidence.  Calling this an album of the year candidate is really selling the record and the talented ensemble behind it short — what’s so special about this year, anyway?

It is with regret — and deep appreciation for one of our favorite players of all-time — that we can confirm ‘Mirror Traffic’ is the final Jicks album to feature the drumming of Janet Weiss. Jake Morris, best known to many of you as the drummer for The Joggers, will assume the same position in the Jicks for upcoming shows, which we’ll be announcing very soon.  We’ll also get on with the business of previewing an MP3 from ‘Mirror Traffic’ on a date in the very near future.

Fairport Convention live in 1970

By Patrick on Saturday, May 21st, 2011

Also watch Matthews Southern Comfort cover “My Front Pages” from the same show:

Kurt Vile: un-notwatchable Yours Truly/MTV Hive session, new tour dates

By Gabe on Friday, May 20th, 2011

Kurt Vile recorded an excellent session recently with Yours Truly and MTV Hive. We overlooked it initially, but don’t make the same mistake we did. Both songs appear on Smoke Ring For My Halo (buy the album).

“Baby’s Arms”

“Jesus Fever”

Kurt’s on the road, with some dates just announced (newbies in bold):

20th: Kazimier, Liverpool (Sound City)
21st: Captain’s Rest, Glasgow (Stag and Dagger Festival)
22nd: The Hope, Brighton SOLD OUT
23rd: La Maroquinerie, Paris
24th: L’Abordage, Evreux
25th: Place Saint Michel, Bordeaux
26th: Top of the Folk @ L’antipode, Rennes
28th: Primavera Sound Festival, Barcelona
29th: Ghetto, Istanbul

11th: Bowery Ballroom, New York, NY (with Meg Baird and Purling Hiss) SOLD OUT
12th: First Unitarian Church, Philadelphia, PA (with Meg Baird and Pissed Jeans) Tickets
24th: Sled Island Fest, Calgary, AB Tickets
25th: Sled Island Fest, Calgary, AB Tickets
29th: Vega, Groningen
30th: Uebel & Gefährlich, Hamburg

11th: Brighton Music Hall, Boston, MA (with Woods) Tickets
12th: La Sala Rossa, Montreal, QUE (with Woods) Tickets
13th: Lee’s Palace, Toronto, ONT (with Woods) Tickets
14th: Grog Shop, Cleveland, OH (with Woods) Tickets Tickets
15th: Russian Recording, Bloomington, IN (with Woods) Tickets
17th: Pitchfork Fest, Chicago, IL Tickets
18th: Varsity Theatre, Minneapolis, MN (with Thurston Moore) Tickets
21st: Rickshaw Theatre, Vancouver, BC (with Thurston Moore) Tickets
22nd: Capitol Hill Block Party, Seattle, WA Tickets
23rd: Aladdin Theater, Portland, OR (with Thurston Moore) Tickets
26th: Great American Music Hall, San Francisco, CA (with Thurston Moore) Tickets
28th: Troubadour, Los Angeles, CA (with Thurston Moore) Tickets
29th: Troubadour, Los Angeles, CA (with Thurston Moore) Tickets
30th: Casbah, San Diego, CA (with Thurston Moore) Tickets
31st: Rhythm Room, Tempe, AZ

11th: Wellmont Theatre, Montclair, NJ (with M. Ward) Tickets
12th: Williamsburg Waterfront, Brooklyn, NY (with Sonic Youth and Wild Flag) Tickets

16th: Austin City Limits Festival, Zilker Park, Austin, TX

Thurston Moore sends greetings from Wilmington, DE via WXPN tonight

By Hector on Thursday, May 19th, 2011

In about five hours, the stage of the beautiful new World Cafe Live at The Queen in Wilmington, DE (pictured above) will play host to Thurston Moore, playing a set of new material at the annual Non-Commvention. If you are not attending this august gathering of non-commercial radio’s best and brightest, take solace in the fact that you can listen to Thurston’s set on the air and Internetwaves of Philadelphia’s WXPN. If you’re in the area, tune in to 88.5FM. Anywhere else in the world, point your browser at Both of the above should be done at 11:55PM 11:40PM EDT to ensure maximum enjoyment.

Delorean – Pitchfork 3D session

By Gabe on Thursday, May 19th, 2011

It’s a half-session/half-3D music video vibey from Pitchfork TV. It’s cool.

Please purchase Subiza if you haven’t already, and do last summer all over again this summer.

Bob Barker Never Would’ve Let This Happen

By Gerard on Thursday, May 19th, 2011

Mostly because he’s more of a Don Dokken George Lynch kind of guy.   Tracii Guns on “The Price Is Right”, Ladies & Gentleman.   For no other reason other than I’m pretty sure that no matter what happens next, your weekend can only get better after this.

Cold Cave Summer Tour Dates

By Claire T on Wednesday, May 18th, 2011

Photo Credit:  Steven Andrew Garcia (from Cold Cave live at Space 15Twenty)

We’ve been announcing a lot of headlining Cold Cave summer tour dates on the Matablog recently. And we’ve got a few more dates to add to the ever-growing list as the band have just confirmed July shows in LA, San Francisco, Portland and Vancouver. Here’s a full look at where they’ll be and when. And don’t forget; if you cannot wait until July, you can still catch the band this May in Kansas City, St. Louis, Cincinnati, Columbus and Pittsburgh.

Here’s the full look:

Wednesday, May 18 – Kansas City, MO – The Record Bar (CC headline) – Tickets

Thursday, May 19 – St. Louis, MO – Luminary Center for the Arts (CC headline) – Tickets

Friday, May 20 – Cincinnati, OH – MOTR Pub (CC headline)

Saturday, May 21 – Columbus, OH – Wexner Center (CC headline) – Tickets

Sunday, May 22 – Pittsburgh, PA – Brillobox (CC headline) – Tickets

Tuesday, July 12 – Brooklyn, NY — Knitting Factory (Cult of Youth Supports) – Tickets

Wednesday, July 13 – Montreal, QC –  La Sala Rossa (Cult of Youth Supports) – Tickets

Thursday, July 14 – Toronto, ON — Legendary Horseshoe Tavern (Cult of Youth Supports) – Tickets

Friday, July 15 – Detroit, MI — Magic Stick (Cult of Youth Supports) – Tickets

Saturday, July 16 – Chicago, IL — Pitchfork Festival

Sunday, July 17 – Minneapolis, MN — Varsity Theater (Cult of Youth Supports) – Tickets

Monday, July 18  — Fargo, ND  — The Aquarium (Cult of Youth Supports) – Tickets

Thursday, July 21 – Vancouver, BC — Biltmore Cabaret (Austra Supports) – Tickets

Friday, July 22 – Portland, OR — Doug Fir Lounge (Austra Supports) – Tickets

Monday, July 25 – San Francisco, CA — Great American Music Hall (Austra Supports) - ON SALE MAY 22

Tuesday,  July 26 –  San Diego, CA — Casbah  (Austra Supports) – Tickets

Wednesday, July 27 – Los Angeles, CA — Los Angeles Ukranian Center (Austra Supports)

Friday, July 29 – Salt Lake City – Urban Lounge (Austra Supports) – Tickets

Saturday, July 30 – Denver – Bluebird Theater (Austra Supports) – Tickets

Sunday, July 31 — Omaha NE  — Waiting Room    (Austra Supports) – Tickets

Monday,  August 1  – Saint Louis, MO  — Firebird (Austra Supports)

Tuesday,   August 2  — Cleveland,  OH — Grog Shop  (Austra Supports) – Tickets

Thursday, August 4 – Washington, DC — Rock N Roll Hotel (Austra Supports) – Tickets

Friday, August 5 – Philadelphia, PA — Voyeur (Austra Supports)

Saturday, August 6 – New York, NY — Bowery Ballroom – Tickets


Listen & Watch “Villains of the Moon”

Cherish The Light Years (cd, lp, digital)


Thurston Moore album available on iTunes now, blue vinyl at the indies on Tuesday

By Patrick on Tuesday, May 17th, 2011

The third proper studio album from THURSTON MOORE is available on iTunes today [US only]:

Demolished Thoughts - Thurston Moore

Or you can hold out until next Tuesday to buy the gatefold double LP on limited blue vinyl, only available at your local indie store or direct from us.

Demolished Thoughts was produced by Beck and featuring the Thurston on guitar and vocals, Samara Lubelski on violin, Mary Lattimore on harp, Beck on synths, vocals and bass, and Joey Waronker on percussion, among others.

Thurston will be playing his record release show in NYC at Music Hall of Williamsburg this Friday with the full band (including Samara and Mary, and adding Keith Woods on guitar, Matt Heyner on bass and John Maloney on drums). Tickets are still available.

Benediction (192k mp3)
Circulation (192k mp3)
Thurston Moore on Facebook

[edit:] and here’s an actual photo of the record in front of one of the pressing machines at United: