Archive for October, 2011

Happy bloody Halloween from Fucked Up

By Gabe on Monday, October 31st, 2011

And Pitchfork TV:

Fucked Up play London tonight for Halloween, finish up in Europe and Scandinavia, then perform their incredible album David Comes To Life (buy it) in its entirety in New York City in a couple of weeks followed by dates in Australia and on a cruise:

Monday 31 – London, GB – Scala

Tuesday 01 – Hamburg, DE – Molotow
Wednesday 02 – Loppen, DK – Christiana
Thursday 03 – Nr Malmo, SE – Mejeriet
Friday 04 – Stockholm, SE – Debaser slussen
Monday 14 – New York, NY – Le Poisson Rouge – David Comes To Life show IN THE ROUND w/Titus Andronicus
Tuesday 15 – Brooklyn, NY – Warsaw – David Comes To Life show w/Titus Andronicus
Monday 28 – Perth, AU – nib Stadium

Friday 02 - Melbourne, AU – AAMI Park
Saturday 03 – Melbourne, AU – AAMI Park
Monday 05 – Adelaide, AU – Cricket Ground
Thursday 08 – Sydney, AU – Football Stadium
Saturday 10 – Gold Coast, AU – Metricon Stadium
Tuesday 13 – Auckland, AU – Western Springs

Friday 10 – Miami, FL – Bruise Cruise Festival

Esben and the Witch – Hexagons Cinema opens next week

By Stuart on Friday, October 28th, 2011


We’ve already teased you with the new material coming your way in November from Esben and the Witch.  We announced the release of the Hexagons EP and that the band would be a special event happening on November 4th, but just to keep you all on your toes here’s the jump on what’ll be starting next Friday.

Lasting for 6 days, with 6 showings per day, Esben and the Witch present the Hexagons cinema – an online event featuring the band showcasing the upcoming EP in full and for free.   The footage was shot in the Duke of York’s cinema in Esben’s hometown of Brighton, which also happend to be the oldest continually operating cinema in the UK.

Tickets for this online treat are free, but limited, so to grab your seat in one of the performance you’ll need to head over to The Hexagons Cinema and book now.

You can pre-order the Hexagons EP on the Matador Store, the  remaining 2011 tour dates are:

November 16th – Corsica Studios, London, UK
November 18th – Festival Saint-Ghetto, Bern, Switzerland
November 19th – Amalgame, Yverdon, Switzerland

Yo La Tengo’s 8 Nights of Hanukkah (2011 Edition)

By Gerard on Thursday, October 27th, 2011

(I think I heard someone backstage talking about people showing up for a gallery exhibition for all the wrong reasons!)

Tickets for Yo La Tengo’s annual Hanukkah residency at Hoboken’s Maxwell’s go on sale tomorrow at noon eastern time.  You can purchase online via or in person at Other Music (NYC) or Tunes (Hoboken).  All proceeds will be donated to a varied list of Yo La Tengo-approved charities. As has been the practice in years past, Ira, Georgia and James will be joined on these bills by an impressive array of all-star musical and comedic talent.  At the risk of siphoning some of Brooklyn Vegan’s comment traffic, feel free to make your wild guesses, but please be advised we’re not forwarding them to the band.  They’ve been planning this kind of thing for a while — they really know what they’re doing.

(Dr.) Katrina & The Gloom Wave : Aussie Doc Says Depression = Metal Abuse

By Gerard on Wednesday, October 26th, 2011

(imagine courtesy Kil Slug’s Francis Larry Kelly Jr.)

University Of Melbourne researcher Dr Katrina McFerran, no relation presumably, to one-time Matador Recording artist Bobby McFerrin, is “immersed in a new study that aims to find out why some young people use heavy metal music in a negative way.” The good Dr. would have you believe “young people at risk of depression are more likely to listen habitually and repetitively to heavy metal music.”  This will come as a crushing blow to persons devoted to exploiting the power electronics and goth genres, but let’s allow Katrina to give her side of it, via The Melbourne Newsroom ;

By conducting in-depth interviews with 50 young people aged between 13 and 18, along with a national survey of 1000 young people, Dr McFerran is looking to develop an early intervention model that can be integrated into schools to impact positively before behavioral problems occur.

“The mp3 revolution means that young people are accessing music more than ever before and it’s not uncommon for some to listen to music for seven or eight hours a day,” she said.

“Most young people listen to a range of music in positive ways; to block out crowds, to lift their mood or to give them energy when exercising, but young people at risk of depression are more likely to be listening to music, particularly heavy metal music, in a negative way.

“Examples of this are when someone listens to the same song or album of heavy metal music over and over again and doesn’t listen to anything else. They do this to isolate themselves or escape from reality.

“If this behavior continues over a period of time then it might indicate that this young person is suffering from depression or anxiety, and at worst, might suggest suicidal tendencies.”

Yes, well, ok.  But where’s the downside?



Guided By Voices – new single by original lineup, The Unsinkable Fats Domino

By Patrick on Tuesday, October 25th, 2011

The first recordings from the classic Guided By Voices lineup of Robert Pollard, Tobin Sprout, Mitch Mitchell, Greg Demos and Kevin Fennell hit the stores on November 22 with the Matador single from their upcoming self-released album “Let’s go Eat The Factory.” The single is called “The Unsinkable Fats Domino” b/w “We Won’t Apologize,” and you can download an MP3 of the A-side here:

The Unsinkable Fats Domino (192k MP3)

The single will be out on 7″ vinyl and digital single formats NOVEMBER 22.

Preorder the 7″

Fucked Up bringing Halloween horror to the UK

By Stuart on Tuesday, October 25th, 2011

What do you want for Halloween? Not a question often asked, but let Matador take the time to make sure you’re all getting what you want for this, the most special of holidays.

Burned retinas?  Pulverised ear drums?  Sweaty hugs?  More fun than you can shake a (broom)stick at?  Well, if thats the case we might be able to help you, as Fucked Up bring their festive fun to the UK this week, culminating in a special show at The Scala in London on October 31st.   And if you can’t make the show? Well, the gift of a burnt eyeball is free to all, courtesy of the flyer below.

Along with the ever fantastic Fucked Up live show, we’ll also have competitions for the best (and worst) fancy dress, prizes and a photographer to document all the stupidity. Support comes from the excellent (and costumed!) Eagulls and Cold Pumas, both of whom are well worth turning up early for.

Happy Holidays?

Further Fucked Up tour dates include:


28th – Paris, Pitchfork Music Festival (France) Tickets
29th – Leeds, Nation Of Shopkeepers (UK)
30th – Manchester, Soundcontrol (UK) Tickets
31st – London, Scala (UK)  Tickets **Halloween**


1st – Hamburg, Molotow (Germany) Tickets
2nd – Loppen Christiana, Copenhagen (Denmark) Tickets
3rd – Lund, Mejeriet (Sweden) Tickets
4th – Stockholm, Debaser (Sweden)


Performing David Comes To Life, in full

11-14 - In The Round at Le Poisson Rouge* - Sold Out

11-15 – Warsaw, Brooklyn, NY* - tickets

* Titus Andronicus support at both shows


Australia tour (supporting Foo Fighters)

Nov 28 – Perth NIB Stadium

Dec 2 – Melbourne AAMI Park

Dec 3 –  Melbourne AAMI Park

Dec 5 – Adelaide Cricket Groud

Dec 8 –  Sydney Football Stadium

Dec 10 –  Gold Cost Metricon Stadium

Dec 13 –  Auckland Western Springs

Fucked Up NYC David Comes To Life show sold out… but they’ve added a second show

By Patrick on Monday, October 24th, 2011

Fucked Up’s first-ever performance of David Comes To Life in its entirety is SOLD OUT. That’s at Le Poisson Rouge, on Monday, November 14, and the band will be playing in the round.

They have now added a second show on Tuesday, November 15 at Warsaw in Brooklyn, playing David Comes To Life – but not, sadly, in the round – not available there. However, Titus Andronicus will be supporting at both shows.

Buy David Comes To Life
Looking For Gold
Fucked Up on Facebook

Coming this Halloween: TV Casualty’s debut 7″

By Robby on Monday, October 24th, 2011

On October 31st*, Matador will release a charity 7″ from Philadelphia’s TV Casualty.

This is the first recorded document to be released by a collective made up of Brian Sokel (Franklin, AM/FM), Andy Nelson (Ceremony, Paint It Black), Atom Goren (Atom and His Package) & Chris Wilson (Ted Leo & the Pharmacists). Over the past few years the group has played out in and around Philly for different charitable events, assembling as The Ramones (with Rodney Anonymous), Black Flag (with Dan Yemin) and Minor Threat (with Mike McKee). Here, Ted Leo joins the band as Glen Danzig, in what else but their take on The Misfits (watch some past performances here)!

As part of Matador’s famed ELO- catalogue series (confused? consult the discography), this blood-red 7″ features covers of Children In Heat, Angelfuck, Teenagers From Mars, We Bite, Who Killed Marilyn, Some Kinda Hate. All proceeds collected on sales of this release will be donated on behalf of TV Casualty & Matador to The Attic Youth Center, Philadelphia’s only LGBTQ Youth Center.

TV Casualty’s next live date is on October 28 at The Florida Theater as part of The Fest in Gainesville, Florida. Money collected at this show will go to Occupy Philadelphia.

Pre-order the single at the Matador store now.

*The band will have copies for sale on their 10/28 show in Gainesville and you should be able to find the 7″ in your local stores around then. You can also buy the tracks digitally starting 10/31.

Kurt Vile Webster Hall + Union Transfer Only 7”

By Claire T on Friday, October 21st, 2011

Photo: Carl Pocket’s twitter

As previously reported, Kurt Vile and The Violators are playing a couple headline November dates in NYC and Philly in support of the November 8 So Outta Reach EP & deluxe Smoke Ring For My Halo releases.

To those attending the NYC (Webster Hall) and Philly (Union Transfer) shows…a brand new, very limited and very FREE Kurt Vile 7” will be given away at the door, upon entrance.

side a: RUNNER UPS (sweet mix)

The 7” giveaway is a while supplies last deal for both shows so if you want to get your hands on a copy be sure to arrive early to claim. This 7” will only be made available at these shows and once they’re gone, they’re gone.

In other Kurt Vile And The Violators touring news, the band will also be playing the Braddock Carnegie Library in Braddock, PA on November 10; supporting Andrew Bird. Tickets can be purchased here.

KV & The Violators On Tour::


22nd: Hamilton College, Clinton NY  (Free for Hamilton College students / Open to public with admission at the door / All Ages)

24th: State Theatre, Portland, ME (w/ The Flaming Lips) tickets

25th:  Main Street Armory, Rochester, NY (w/ The Flaming Lips) tickets

27th: The NorVa, Norfolk, VA (w/ The Flaming Lips) tickets


10th: Braddock Carnegie Library, (Levi’s Presents Benefit Braddock) – WITH ANDREW BIRD – tickets

11th: Webster Hall, New York, NY (headline) tickets – WITH WIDOWSPEAK AND THE YOUNG – tickets **

12th: Union Transfer, Philadelphia, PA (headline) tickets – WITH BLUES CONTROL AND FAR-OUT FANGTOOTH – tickets **


1st: Kings Arms Tavern, Aukland, NZ

3rd: The Bakery, Perth, AUS tickets – tickets

4th: Corner Hotel, Melbourne, AUS – tickets

6th: Oxford Art Factory, Sydney, AUS – tickets

8th: Woodland, Brisbane, AUS

9th: Meredith Music Festival, Meredith, AUS

**: free 7” with show entry (only while supplies last / first come first serve)

Listen to “The Creature” and “Life’s A Beach”

Pre-order the So Outta Reach 12” or digital EP here

Pre-order Smoke Ring For My Halo deluxe 2-CD set here

Ira Kaplan’s Participation In The Democratic Process Blown Way Out Of Proportion

By Gerard on Thursday, October 20th, 2011

Only the most cynical of observers would look at the above item, taken from the venerable Hoboken Patch, and conclude this was some sort of sleazy ploy to promote the upcoming Condo Fucks show at the Mercury Lounge (November 4, supporting The Glands). Except it is.  On our part, anyway.  Still, you’d like to think we live in a world where showing interest in community matters was the rule rather than the exception, that Ira could attend such meetings without being harassed by local reporters, photographers or his own record label.