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Listen to Ceremony ‘Zoo’ in its entirety + NYC date with Refused announced

By Robby on Wednesday, February 29th, 2012

[edit: In other awesome Ceremony news, we're happy to announce that they'll be playing at NYC's Terminal 5 on April 23 with Refused! All dates below]

Spin Magazine’s recently facelifted online presence is presenting you with the ability to listen to Ceremony‘s forthcoming rager ‘Zoo‘, in it’s entirety — a week before it’s in stores. They call it “feral”, we agree. Check it out over at SPIN and be sure to grab it on March 6 when it hits all the world’s digital & physical retailers.

LISTEN TO ‘ZOO’ at SPIN

Reminder to vinyl fans, if you pick the album up at a indie retailer, your LP might be in limited edition green, while if you grab it at one of Ceremony’s upcoming shows (after the jump), it’ll be blue. It’s also not too late to grab one of the t-shirt + “Adult” 7″ bundles.

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Tanlines “All of Me” Mp3

By truepanthersounds on Wednesday, February 29th, 2012

We’re nearing the March 20th release of Mixed Emotions on True Panther Sounds. You’ve already spent some time wrapping your head around the album opener Brothers (and the progressive house rave r die, thizz yr brains out remix) so now here’s something new.

“All of Me” is the kind of spirited and soaring track Tanlines have somehow gotten really really really good at making. An intimate song about love and fear busted out into a digital stadium. It’s a SPRING song more than a summer song, maybe even a springtime in New York song…which is convenient because this spring is going to have some Tanlines tour dates that you can find below. Hope you enjoy the track and pre-order the record, which you can get on mailorder exclusive color vinyl for the time being.

Tanlines- All Of Me (Mp3)

Pre-order Mixed Emotions HERE (and get a limited edition tan-color vinyl version)

MAR 23RD – MANCHESTER, NIGHT AND DAY – TICKETS
MAR 24TH – DEATH DISCO @ THE ART SCHOOL, GLASGOW (WITH LONE, BLONDES + RESIDENTS) – TICKETS
MAR 27TH – LONDON, CARGO – TICKETS
WED, APR 11 – WASHINGTON, DC – DC9 TICKETS
THU, APR 12 – NEW YORK, NY – BOWERY BALLROOM TICKETS
FRI, APR 13 – PHILADELPHIA, PA – MAKING TIME @ VOYEUR TICKETS
SAT, APR 14 – MIDDLETON, CT – WESLEYAN UNIVERSITY
MON, APR 16 – MONTREAL, QC – IL MOTORE TICKETS
TUE, APR 17 – TORONTO, ON – WRONG BAR TICKETS
WED, APR 18 – CLEVELAND, OH – GROG SHOP TICKETS
THU, APR 19 – CHICAGO, IL – EMPTY BOTTLE TICKETS
FRI, APR 20 – MINNEAPOLIS, MN – 7TH STREET ENTRY TICKETS
MON, APR 23 – VANCOUVER, BC – FORTUNE SOUND CLUB
TUE, APR 24 – SEATTLE, WA – BARBOZA TICKETS
WED, APR 25 – PORTLAND, OR – DOUG FIR LOUNGE TICKETS
FRI, APR 27 – SAN FRANCISCO, CA – RICKSHAW STOP TICKETS
SUN, APR 29 – SAN DIEGO, CA – CASBAH TICKETS
MON, APR 30 – LOS ANGELES, CA – ECHO TICKETS
MAY 10TH – BRIGHTON, GREAT ESCAPE – TICKETS

Get To Know Your Local Indie Retailer International Edition – Kristina Records

By Michael on Wednesday, February 29th, 2012

Since we’ve started this bi-weekly blog installment, the phone lines have been ringing off the hook with accolades and requests to be featured and even though we have so many American stores left to cover, we had to face the reality that this blog is internationally renowned. Thus we found ourselves thinking, “Hell, why don’t we ask some stores what’s shaking on the overseas scene?”

So rather than go the extra mile, I simply did my normal C-Average work and passed the job on to someone else. That someone was Britain’s own “Judge,” whom you may recognize as a frequent poster on this here blog. So here goes. God save the Queen, and all that. Take it away, Judge.

We may be in the middle of a recession over here on British soil, but thankfully there are still some folks willing to part with their hard earned cash, keep us in a job and the stores alive. Kristina Records opened less than a year ago and is having a positive start.  Located on Stoke Newington Road in Dalston, London, Jack Rollo and Co. took the brave move to set up shop and fulfill a lifelong dream; a curated store that specializes in new and old vinyl across all genres.

1. Tell us briefly about your store.
We started Kristina 8 months ago, after a year or so of planning.  We felt that Dalston needed a record shop and had a really clear idea of how we wanted it to be: friendly, vinyl only, and totally curated (IE: not full of the same bargain records you see everywhere). We sell both new and secondhand records. We’re pretty much across the board in terms of genre, but there’s some things we concentrate on more: Deep house and techno, indie-pop, post-punk, industrial and experimental stuff, psych, world music etc because that’s where our interest and knowledge lies. We also do the occasional in-store gig and try to as much as possible to promote independent DIY labels and artists.

2. What got you into the independent record store business?
All three of us had worked for other shops for years and wanted to do something for ourselves. Speaking personally, I’ve been buying records and going to gigs since I was 12, so working in a record shop thinking and talking about music all day long was always the dream!

3. Who are some of your favorite contemporary stores?
I really love Monorail and Volcanic Tongue in Glasgow, Academy in Brooklyn, and Soul Jazz, Phonica, Flashback and Second Layer in London.

4. How have things been going from a business perspective?
So far so good. We’ve had a really good response and already seem to have built up a solid customer base that keeps growing. At the moment the whole thing feels really positive. We all come form a secondhand background so the new records have been a steep learning curve but i feel like we’re getting there!

 

5. What do you think spells the survival for an independent record store today?
I feel like all the shops that are thriving are ones that have a really strong identity, a really strong sense of what they’re stocking and why they’re stocking it.

6. What are some of the coolest thing labels have done with you? Instores? Promotions? Sales?
Being situated where we are its been really easy to deal direct with some of the great DIY labels that are based locally and meet the people who are making and putting out the new music we love. As far a instores go, we’ve had some great ones so far: Veronica Falls, Raime, Golden Grrls, Proper Ornaments, Comet Gain, Ital, Beautiful Swimmers, Novella and loads more.

7. Why do we need record stores?
Because shopping online is lonely.

8. What kind of taco is your favourite?
I once had an amazing one in Queens with steak and loads of radishes. I still think about it.

9. Who are your top 3 favorite bands right now?
I’ve been listening to loads of Television Personalities and Robyn Hitchcock again recently, and I dearly love Comet Gain, having them play in our shop was totally excellent.

10. What is your favorite thing about your store? And you can’t say the customers. That’s like saying Einstein or Ghandi when asked “If you could meet one person, living or dead…”
I guess its when someone finds something they’ve always hoped to but never expected to, that’s always great.

11. What are your goals for the future of your store? Long term and short.
In the short term we need to build on what we’ve got, we’re going online properly in the next few weeks so it’ll be good to step things up as far as mail order is concerned. Long term we’ve got lots of ideas. It would be great to put some records out, maybe reissue some of the stuff we love, doing instores has given me a taste for putting bands on so maybe we might start doing that somewhere locally.

Watch the Perfume Genius +1 Session on Pitchfork

By Patrick on Monday, February 27th, 2012

Got to Pitchfork to watch Mike Hadreas of Perfume Genius perform “Take Me Home,” “Hood” and “Dark Parts” from his new album Put Your Back N2 It:

Perfume Genius: Pitchfork +1 Session

Mike also talks about how people see him as more fragile than he is, the way being gay affects and does not affect his music, the Hood video, and more.

Buy the new album on:

iTunes
Amazon
Insound
Matador

Or find the closest Matador-friendly store:

Matador-friendly stores

Perfume Genius on Facebook
matadorrecords.com/perfume_genius

Girls – “My Ma” video debuts with Team Coco, band to perform on Conan March 22, 7″ upcoming

By Gabe on Monday, February 27th, 2012

Today, our friends at Team Coco have premiered the video for “My Ma”, in advance of Girls’ March 22 performance on Conan on TBS.

“My Ma” is the third video from Father, Son, Holy Ghost (still available to purchase), following the “Vomit” and “Honey Bunny” videos.

“My Ma” was directed and edited by Aaron Brown (Focus Creeps) and shot by Grant Singer and Aaron Brown:

Also, as a thank you to the stores that participated in Girls Across America (the first ever nationwide instore that took place in September 2011) Girls are pleased to announce the May 22 release of a “My Ma b/w Love Life” 7″ single.

This 7” will be a one-time pressing of 1000, available only at the 159 participating stores (more info to come on when and where you can find the 7″). A small gesture of appreciation to all those great stores that have supported the band.

Girls are on tour starting March 1 finishing up at the Coachella Music and Arts Festival:

Mar 01 Santa Cruz CA – Coconut Grove
Mar 02 San Diego CA – Birch North Park Theatre
Mar 03 Phoenix AZ – Crescent Ballroom
Mar 05 Albuquerque NM – Launchpad
Mar 07 San Antonio TX – White Rabbit
Mar 08 Austin TX – La Zona Rosa
Mar 09 Dallas TX – Granada Theatre
Mar 12 New Orleans LA – One Eyed Jacks
Mar 13 Houston TX – Fitzgerald’s Upstairs
Mar 16 Englewood CO – Gothic Theatre
Mar 17 Salt Lake City UT – In The Venue
Mar 18 Reno NV – Cargo At CommRow
Apr 13 & Apr 20 Indio CA – Coachella

Intended Play 2012 – For The Vinyl-Phobic Amongst, The Price Just Dropped From $2 To Free

By Gerard on Friday, February 24th, 2012

(I really don’t see the resemblance)

Back in early January WE SHOCKED THE MUSIC WORLD with news of a $1.98 Matador/True Panther Sounds sampler LP including (mostly) new songs from The Young, Ceremony, Lee Ranaldo Tanlines, Perfume Genius, Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks, Fucked Up, Girls, Cold Cave, Esben and The Witch and Kurt Vile. It’s come to our attention that a) there’s a few stragglers out there who’ve yet to order this limited edition LP, and b) some of you either trashed your record players or simply prefer music in digital form.

So here’s the deal — you can still order the vinyl version from The Matador Store or hound your local retailer who might’ve filed it in THE $2 BIN.  Failing that, here’s a free download of the entire compilation. You’re welcome!

V/A – Intended Play (zip)

Never Mind The Oscars, CHAIN GANG ARE BACK…

By Gerard on Thursday, February 23rd, 2012
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…on the big screen, anyway. Chain Gang’s centuries in the making “Mondo Manhattan” receives a screening Saturday, March 3 at 1pm as part of NYC’s Demented Film Festival . You really don’t want to know what kind of VIP gift bag opportunities there are at this event.

This monumental occasion comes very quickly on the heels of Chain Gang’s Ricky Luanda releasing a limited edition 7″ to accompany the deluxe paperback of Boo-Hooray’s “Ed Wood’s Sleaze Paperbacks”. WIth all due respect to Lana Del Rey, Jeremy Lin and Rick Santorum with this flurry of activity, 2012 is quickly shaping up to be The Year Of Chain Gang.

Lemonade to tour with Neon Indian..new album soon…

By truepanthersounds on Wednesday, February 22nd, 2012

Very pleased introduce you to Lemonade, who have previously released an album and EP on True Panther Sounds. Callan, Ben and Alex will be hitting the road with Neon Indian this Spring- sharing some brand new tracks from what will be their follow-up album to 2008′s s/t debut. …more news on that very very soon…

March 4 – Bowery Ballroom – New York, NY w/ Korallreven Buy Tickets
March 8 – Snacks @ Voyeur – Philadelphia, PA
March 14 – Brooklyn Bowl – Brooklyn, NY Buy Tickets
April 20 – Echo – Los Angeles, CA Buy Tickets w/Bachelorette
April 24 – The Fillmore – San Francisco, CA * Buy Tickets
April 26 – Doug Fir Lounge – Portland, OR * Buy Tickets
April 27 – Neumos – Seattle, WA * Buy Tickets
April 28 – Venue – Vancouver, CAN * Buy Tickets
April 30 – The Starlite Room – Edmonton, CAN * Buy Tickets
May 1 – The Republik – Calgary, CAN * Buy Tickets
May 3 – Pyramid Cabaret – Winnipeg, CAN * Buy Tickets
May 4 – First Avenue – Minneapolis, MN * Buy Tickets
May 5 – Majestic Theatre – Madison, WI * Buy Tickets
May 6 – Magic Stick – Detroit, MI * Buy Tickets
May 8 – Phoenix Concert Theatre – Toronto, CAN * Buy Tickets
May 10 – Cabaret Mile End – Montreal, CAN * Buy Tickets
May 11 – Paradise – Boston, MA * Buy Tickets
* = w/Neon Indian

More info HERE

Lemonade on the internets:
http://lemonadeband.tumblr.com/
http://twitter.com/lemonadetheband
http://www.facebook.com/lemonadetheband

Lee Ranaldo in London

By Stuart on Wednesday, February 22nd, 2012

The above poster does a pretty good job in transmitting the message that Lee Ranaldo will in fact be making an appearance in London this June (shortly after his Primavera performance), though it fails to mention he’ll also be joined by Steve Shelley, Alan Licht and Irwin Menken to play many of the highlights from Between The Times and The Tides.

ATP have all the ticket links you could ever want right here and if you haven’t already seen Lee’s latest video for ‘Off The Wall’, then take a look at that below:

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Singles Going Home Along Update pt. V : Jesu 7″ coming in September

By Gerard on Tuesday, February 21st, 2012

At the risk of beating you over the head with details about our ‘Singles Going Home Alone’ 7″ subscription series (surely you’ve got a spare head?), we’re pleased to announce that along with a just-released Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks/LA Guns battle-of-the-avatars, following upcoming SGHA singles from  OBN III’s, The Men and Wounded Lion,  7″ #5 will be a new one from JESU.

Godflesh founder J.K. Broadrick had a paw or two in a number of skull-crushing projects over the last generation, including but not limited to Final, Napalm Death, Head Of David, J2 and Greymachine, along with a cup of coffee on the Matador label with his collaboration with Kevin Martin, Techno Animal.  All of that said, the Jesu titles to date from Hydra Head, Broadrick’s own Avalanche and Calo Verde have been some of the most thrilling electric guitar records of the last decade.  If Justin’s got to blow that winning streak anywhere, why not here?

To reiterate an earlier point, if you don’t sign up for SGHA soon, you run the considerable risk of being left at the mercy of the avaricious.