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Cold Cave are playing in New York and San Diego soon

By Robby on Wednesday, May 30th, 2012


A little over a year since it’s release, ‘Cherish the Light Years‘ continues to blow our collective minds and you can expect the following Cold Cave live dates to do the same.

June 14 – Europa, Brooklyn NY – tickets
June 17 – House of Blues, San Diego, CA (with The Jesus & Mary Chain) – tickets

In other news, Wesley Eisold’s much-celebrated American Nightmare/Give Up The Ghost project is playing a rare reunion show this summer in New York City on July 22. Tickets go on sale tomorrow and are certain to disappear quickly.

photo by Angel Ceballos

The Young’s ‘Dub Egg’ – Premiering Via Spotify Today, End Of An Ear Instore June 12

By Gerard on Tuesday, May 29th, 2012

We’re two weeks away from the release of The Young’s second album and first for Matador, ‘Dub Egg’ (LP/CD/digital), and starting today you can preview the entire thing via the auspices of Spotify and Rolling Stone. If you’re in the Austin area on June 12, The Young are playing a free show at End Of An Ear (2209 S. 1st St.) along with special guest John Wesley Coleman. Limited edition posters (silkscreened by Obsolete Industries) are being given away with purchases of ‘Dub Egg’ on LP and CD at End Of An Ear, Waterloo and Trailer Space.

on tour :

Friday, June 1 – Austin,TX – Beauty Ballroom (with No Age, Ceremony, Gun Outfit and Joyce Manor)
Saturday, June 9 – McAllen, TX – Simon Sez
Tuesday, June 12 — End of An Ear Release Date In-store (with John Wesley Coleman)
Saturday, June 16 – Austin,TX – 29th Street Ballroom (with Sungod and Spray Paint) (Dub Egg Release Show)
Thursday, June 21 – New Orleans, LA – Siberia
Friday, June 22 – Atlanta, GA – Club 529
Saturday, June 23 – Charlotte, NC – Snug Harbor (with White Lung and Meat Group)
Sunday, June 24 – Richmond, VA – Strange Matter (with Purling Hiss)
Monday, June 25 – Washington, DC – the Black Cat (backstage) (with Purling Hiss)
Tuesday, June 26 – Philadelphia, PA – Johnny Brenda’s (with Purling Hiss)
Wednesday, June 27 – New York, NY – Mercury Lounge (late show) (with Purling Hiss)
Thursday, June 28 – Hoboken, NJ – Maxwell’s (with Purling Hiss)
Friday, June 29 – Brooklyn, NY – 285Kent (with Census and Nude Beach)
Saturday, June 30 – New Haven, CT – Intercambio (with Purling Hiss and Estrogen Highs)
Sunday, July 01 – Providence, RI – Dusk (with Purling Hiss)
Monday, July 02 – Boston, MA – Plough and Stars (with Purling Hiss and Saralee)
Tuesday, July 03 – Montreal, QC – Il Motore
Wednesday, July 04 – Toronto, ON – Parts & Labour
Thursday, July 05 – Pittsburgh, PA – Gooski’s (with Kim Phuc)
Friday, July 06 – Cleveland, OH – Now That’s Class
Saturday, July 07 – Chicago, IL – the Hideout (with Judson Claiborne)
Sunday, July 08 – Minneapolis, MN – the Triple Rock
Monday, July 09 – Fargo, ND – the Aquarium
Wednesday, July 11 – the Fun House
Thursday, July 12 – Portland, OR – the East End
Friday, July 13 – Reno, NV – Holland Project
Saturday, July 14 – Oakland, CA – 1-2-3-4 Go! Records (with Spray Paint and more TBA)
Sunday, July 15 – San Francisco, CA – the Hemlock
Monday, July 16 – Bakersfield, CA – Munoz Gym
Tuesday, July 17 – Los Angeles, CA – the Echo (with the Lamps and the Zig Zags)
Wednesday, July 18 – San Diego, CA – the Casbah
Thursday, July 19 – Phoenix, AZ – the Meat Market
Friday, July 20 – Las Cruces, NM – the Train Yard

Pre-order Dub Egg from the Matador Store

Chavez, A Fan’s Eye View From ATP

By Gerard on Tuesday, May 29th, 2012
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Chavez took part in All Tomorrow’s Parties’ ‘I’ll Be Your Mirror’ at London’s Alexandra Palace this past weekend, and aside from missing out on Matt, Clay, Scott and James playing to a huge mob, those of stuck stateside also didn’t see Codeine sharing a stage with Slayer. Not at the same time, mind you. I’ve got to assume we’d have heard about that on Twitter.

Ceremony on WFMU’s Cherry Blossom Clinic on Saturday, May 26

By Hector on Friday, May 25th, 2012

Attention Ceremony fans and the Ceremony-curious: if you’d love a chance to hear Rohnert Park’s favorite sons in the live environment but just haven’t been able to make it happen, you should make a point of tuning in to Terre T’s The Cherry Blossom Clinic this weekend on WFMU for a live set of furious, intense punk rock. It all starts at 3:00PM EDT, on 91.1FM in the NYC area or worldwide on wfmu.org.

Once you’ve heard what they can do live in the studio, maybe you’d like to see them live at a venue?

Sunday, May 27 – Oakland, CA – The New Parish (with Big Kids, Gun Outfit)
Monday, May 28 – Santa Barbara, CA – Velvet Jones (with Royal Headache)
Tuesday, May 29 – Phoenix, AZ – Rhythm Room (with Royal Headache, Avon Ladies)
Wednesday, May 30 – Albuquerque, NM – Launchpad (with Royal Headache)
Thursday, May 31 – Oklahoma City, OK – Conservatory (with Screaming Females)

Friday, June 01 – Austin, TX – Beauty Ballroom (Chaos In Tejas with No Age, Screaming Females, The Young, Gun Outfit, Joyce Manor)
Sunday, June 03 – Austin, TX – The Mohawk (Chaos In Tejas with Moss Icon, Iceage, Give, Thou)
Monday, June 04 – Metairie, LA – The Cypress (with Cold World, Backtrack, Expire, Dead End Path)
Tuesday, June 05 – Gainesville, FL – The Backyard (with Screaming Females)
Wednesday, June 06 – Orlando, FL – Backbooth (with Screaming Females, Great Deceivers)
Thursday, June 07 – Atlanta, GA – Drunken Unicorn (with Screaming Females)
Friday, June 08 – Belmont, NC – The Haunted Mill (with Screaming Females)
Saturday, June 09 – Washington, DC – St. Stephens Church (with Screaming Females)
Monday, June 11 – Wilkes-Barre, PA – Redwood Art Space (with Screaming Females)
Wednesday, June 13 – Hamden, CT – The Space (with Screaming Females)
Thursday, June 14 – Brooklyn, NY – Warsaw (Northside Fest with Screaming Females, Royal Headache, Magrudergrind)
Friday, June 15 – Buffalo, NY – The Funeral Home
Saturday, June 16 – Toronto, ON – Wrong Bar (NXNE with Killer Mike, Death Grips, Doldrums, Tra Tha Truth) 19+
Saturday, June 16 – Toronto, ON – Dundas Square (NXNE with The Flaming Lips, Soundtrack Of Our Lives, of Montreal, and more – free non-ticketed show)
Sunday, June 17 – Cleveland, OH – Grog Shop (with White Lung)
Monday, June 18 – Chicago, IL – Bottom Lounge (with White Lung)
Tuesday, June 19 – Minneapolis, MN – 7th Street Entry (with White Lung)
Wednesday, June 20 – Omaha, NE – The Sandbox (please note : Omaha venue change)(with White Lung)
Thursday, June 21 – Denver, CO – Marquis Theater (with White Lung)

Paul Banks – Julian Plenti Lives… EP moved to June 26

By Michael on Friday, May 25th, 2012

Heads up to all who have ordered, or are planning on ordering, the Paul Banks Julian Plenti Lives… EP has been moved back to June 26. You should also act fast if you’re going to buy, this 10″ (limited to 2,300) and gold CD (limited to 1,800) is about to sell out on the Matador Store with only 50 copies of the CD still up for grabs. It’s also 15% off through release date, so what are you waiting for???

Shake The Dub Egg

By Michael on Thursday, May 24th, 2012

Sometimes we sit around in our marketing brainstorms and wonder what we can do to pull a merch item out of an album campaign to give to our trusty local independent retailers. Often we hit it out of the park. Certain things like our Early Man Condoms or Preston School Of Industry Monsoon Ponchos were instant classics. Still some others just never really stuck, like the time we did the Pavement “Rattle(d By The Rush) Snakes” and had to deal with all of those pesky snakebite victim lawsuits or when we sent record stores envelopes full of actual “Lucky Dirt.”

So when you’ve got an album coming called Dub Egg what better to make than Dub Eggs?

The percussionally inclined of you may recognize an egg shaker when you see one, but surely you’ve never seen a Matador’d egg shaker.
So when you’re out shopping for Dub Egg – the new album from The Young – look out for these at a local indie retailer near you. They’re pretty much the best merch item we’ve made since our Bardo Pond Bongs.

The Young – “Livin’ Free” video debuts with Rolling Stone

By Gabe on Thursday, May 24th, 2012

We’re gearing up for guitarmageddon, AKA the release of The Young’s superb Matador debut Dub Egg on June 12th (pre-order the album here and check back on this space Tuesday for special pre-release radness).

Today Rolling Stone brings us the first video from Dub Egg, for opening cut “Livin’ Free”. Free and easy, babe. The Young’s Hans Zimmerman and Jason Costanzo direct:

The Young hits the road soon. Leave your face at home:

Friday, May 25 – Denton, TX – the Lion’s Den
Saturday, May 26 – Houston,TX – Walter’s on Washington (with Balaclavas and slngs)
Sunday, May 27 – Beaumont,TX – the Victoria House (with Coma in Algiers and Cussins)
Friday, June 1 – Austin,TX – Beauty Ballroom (with No Age,Ceremony,Gun Outfit and Joyce Manor)
Saturday, June 9 – McAllen, TX – Simon Sez
Tuesday, June 12 — End of An Ear Release Date In-store (with John Wesley Coleman)
Saturday, June 16 – Austin,TX – 29th Street Ballroom (with Sungod and Spray Paint) (Dub Egg Release Show)
Thursday, June 21 – New Orleans, LA – Siberia
Friday, June 22 – Atlanta, GA – Club 529
Saturday, June 23 – Charlotte, NC – Snug Harbor (with White Lung and Meat Group)
Sunday, June 24 – Richmond, VA – Strange Matter (with Purling Hiss)
Monday, June 25 – Washington, DC – the Black Cat (backstage) (with Purling Hiss)
Tuesday, June 26 – Philadelphia, PA – Johnny Brenda’s (with Purling Hiss)
Wednesday, June 27 – New York, NY – Mercury Lounge (late show) (with Purling Hiss)
Thursday, June 28 – Hoboken, NJ – Maxwell’s (with Purling Hiss)
Friday, June 29 – Brooklyn, NY – 285Kent (with Census and Nude Beach)
Saturday, June 30 – New Haven, CT – Intercambio (with Purling Hiss and Estrogen Highs)
Sunday, July 01 – Providence, RI – Dusk (with Purling Hiss)
Monday, July 02 – Boston, MA – Plough and Stars (with Purling Hiss and Saralee)
Tuesday, July 03 – Montreal, QC – Il Motore
Wednesday, July 04 – Toronto, ON – Parts & Labour
Thursday, July 05 – Pittsburgh, PA – Gooski’s (with Kim Phuc)
Friday, July 06 – Cleveland, OH – Now That’s Class
Saturday, July 07 – Chicago, IL – the Hideout (with Judson Claiborne)
Sunday, July 08 – Minneapolis, MN – the Triple Rock
Monday, July 09 – Fargo, ND – the Aquarium
Wednesday, July 11 – the Fun House
Thursday, July 12 – Portland, OR – the East End
Friday, July 13 – Reno, NV – Holland Project
Saturday, July 14 – Oakland, CA – 1-2-3-4 Go! Records (with Spray Paint and more TBA)
Sunday, July 15 – San Francisco, CA – the Hemlock
Monday, July 16 – Bakersfield, CA – Munoz Gym
Tuesday, July 17 – Los Angeles, CA – the Echo (with the Lamps and the Zig Zags)
Wednesday, July 18 – San Diego, CA – the Casbah
Thursday, July 19 – Phoenix, AZ – the Meat Market
Friday, July 20 – Las Cruces, NM – the Train Yard

Ceremony back in Europe, new US support confirmed

By Stuart on Tuesday, May 22nd, 2012
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Above: ‘Adult’ video by Ceremony, directed by Adiren Colon

Playing mainland Europe for the first time since their release of Zoo, Ceremony confirm a spate of dates around the continent this August, including festival shows with a host of other great bands.

Before that, they have tours in both Australia and the US, with a new support act confirmed in the shape of White Lung who join them on the road from June 17th-21st, as highlighted below.  Be sure to catch them soon as they cover the four corners of the earth with these latest shows.

August
10th – Way Out West festival – Gothenburgh, Sweden
11th – OYA festival – Oslo, Norway
12th – KB18 – Copenhagen, Denmark
13th – Magnet – Berlin, Germany
14th – Underground – Cologne, Germany
15th – Melkweg (Old Hall) – Amsterdam, Netherlands
16th – Hafenklang – Hamburg, Germany
17th – Nouveau Casino – Paris, France
18th – Pukkelpop festival – Hasslet, Belgium (Shelter Marquee stage)
19th – Radfest – London, UK (with Eagulls, Virals, Veronica Falls and more)
24th – Reading Festival – Reading, UK (Lock Up stage) ***
25th – Leeds Festival – Leeds, UK (Lock Up stage) ***

*** with The Cure (later that day, on another stage. Still, I know that’s what Anthony’s most excited about).

 

previously announced shows:

Sunday, May 27 – Oakland, CA – The New Parish (with Big Kids, Gun Outfit)
Monday, May 28 – Santa Barbara, CA – Velvet Jones (with Royal Headache)
Tuesday, May 29 – Phoenix, AZ – Rhythm Room (with Royal Headache, Avon Ladies)
Wednesday, May 30 – Albuquerque, NM – Launchpad (with Royal Headache)
Thursday, May 31 – Oklahoma City, OK – Conservatory (with Screaming Females)

Friday, June 01 – Austin, TX – Beauty Ballroom (Chaos In Tejas with No Age, Screaming Females, The Young, Gun Outfit, Joyce Manor)
Sunday, June 03 – Austin, TX – The Mohawk (Chaos In Tejas with Moss Icon, Iceage, Give, Thou)
Monday, June 04 – Metairie, LA – The Cypress (with Cold World, Backtrack, Expire, Dead End Path)
Tuesday, June 05 – Gainesville, FL – The Backyard (with Screaming Females)
Wednesday, June 06 – Orlando, FL – Backbooth (with Screaming Females, Great Deceivers)
Thursday, June 07 – Atlanta, GA – Drunken Unicorn (with Screaming Females)
Friday, June 08 – Belmont, NC – The Haunted Mill (with Screaming Females)
Saturday, June 09 – Washington, DC – St. Stephens Church (with Screaming Females)
Monday, June 11 – Wilkes-Barre, PA – Redwood Art Space (with Screaming Females)
Wednesday, June 13 – Hamden, CT – The Space (with Screaming Females)
Thursday, June 14 – Brooklyn, NY – Warsaw (Northside Fest with Screaming Females, Royal Headache, Magrudergrind)
Friday, June 15 – Buffalo, NY – The Funeral Home
Saturday, June 16 – Toronto, ON – Wrong Bar (NXNE with Killer Mike, Death Grips, Doldrums, Tra Tha Truth) 19+
Saturday, June 16 – Toronto, ON – Dundas Square (NXNE with The Flaming Lips, Soundtrack Of Our Lives, of Montreal, and more – free non-ticketed show)
Sunday, June 17 – Cleveland, OH – Grog Shop (with White Lung)
Monday, June 18 – Chicago, IL – Bottom Lounge
(with White Lung)
Tuesday, June 19 – Minneapolis, MN – 7th Street Entry (with White Lung)
Wednesday, June 20 – Omaha, NE – The Sandbox (please note : Omaha venue change) (with White Lung)
Thursday, June 21 – Denver, CO – Marquis Theater (with White Lung)

Australian Dates:

Friday, June 29 – Melbourne – Irenes
Saturday, June 30 – Melbourne – Bendigo Hotel – 18+
Sunday, July 1 – Adelaide – Animal House
Tuesday, July 3 – Perth – The Den – 18+
Wednesday, July 4 – Perth – YMCA HQ
Thursday, July 5 – Brisbane – Between The Walls
Friday, July 6 – Brisbane – Basement 243 – 18+
Saturday, July 7 – Sydney – Hardcore Fest – 18+
Sunday, July 8 – Sydney – Hardcore Fest (AA)

Get To Know Your Local Independent Retailer Vol. 12 – Dave’s Records

By Michael on Monday, May 21st, 2012

Chicago is arguably the best city in America when it comes to record shopping. It seems that in nearly every neighborhood there is at least one really, really fantastic store you absolutely have to check out. Some specialize in focus on hip hop, jazz and funk (the venerable Dusty Groove) while others are a destination for psych records (the previously profiled Permanent Records). And then of course, there are the few Second City retailers that focus solely on vinyl, the best of which (in my humble yet professional estimation) is Dave’s Records. I spoke with Dave’s owner Dave Crain about his love of vinyl, looking toward the future and how some people still use Myspace. I really loved Dave’s enthusiasm and his unique take on things, especially when he said, “We are the temples of musical nirvana trying not to become museums.” Read on.

1. Tell us briefly about your store.

This store has been in the neighborhood since 1976. It was called 2nd Hand tunes and I began working here for the original owner in 1985. He sold it to an internet company called Django’s  in 1999 and by 2002 they went bankrupt. Out of the bankruptcy, I bought the vinyl half of the Clark Street location from the company that bought the Django’s assets. I changed the name to the very clever Dave’s Records on Labor Day September 1, 2002. We have been concentrating on vinyl only (7″/ 12″/ LP/EP/ and even some 78′s) since the beginning. The sign on the door says “No CD’s! Never Had ‘em!! Never Will!!” We carry an ever changing stock of approximately 40,000 NEW and USED titles. We are a store for the browsing class. If you enjoy wading through the racks, we are your kind of store. But if you need one thing and want to get in and out, we are organized and know our stock availability. After 10 years of labor as the owner, the decision to remain all vinyl has been key to our ability to stay in business. We are an old school store for the new generation that is discovering the wonders of vinyl.

2. What got you into the independent record store business?

As a kid, I tried desperately to get a record store job. I finally got a job in a chain store in Woodfield Mall when vinyl was still the main format and cassettes were about to take over. It was a very corporate environment. Even if I customers were actively requesting something, if it wasn’t in the Top 25 or a sanctioned deep catalogue item, we could not order it even if it was available. It was a frustrating environment with a dress code as well. The district manager and I were at odds over my tri-color Chuck Taylors so I began to look elsewhere. I saw and ad in the back of the Reader and the timing was right because I got a call from the owner who needed some help in the Hyde Park location for some remodeling. I said I could start right away and on the Saturday I started I knew it was the right fit. We were selling James Brown, Funkadelic, Roxy Music and not the latest Night Ranger.

 

3. Who are some of your favorite contemporary stores?

Chicago and the surrounding area is fortunate that there are so many great stores. Ones of note that I like in Chicago are Permanent Records, Dusty Groove, Reckless Records, Jazz Record Mart and in the suburbs Val’s Halla Records (Oak Park) and The Old School Records (Forest Park). In the books & record department Shake, Rattle and Read (Chicago) and Squeezebox Books and Music (Evanston). I have seen a lot of stores come and go over the years. When I started here on Clark Street 27 years ago there were 8 stores (CD and record) within a 4 block radius. I admire anyone who can last.

4. How have things been going from a business perspective?

After a pretty touch and go time through the economic downturn, things seem to be rebounding. This generation embracing or at least acknowledging vinyl has been the biggest factor. In the 1990′s, kids that loved music would put there head in the door and see that it was only vinyl and turn right back around. The advent of including the download was a game changing event because then you wouldn’t have to make 2 purchases to get it digitally. Matador was at the forefront of that, so thanks! After this Record Store Day, I would say I am very optimistic. Through the economic downturn I was staying cautiously optimistic after each Record Store Day. Let’s throw caution to the wind and be optimistic!

5. What do you think spells the survival for an independent record store today?

The survival of an independent store is tied to having an identity. Our identity is vinyl. We live it. We breathe it. And when Jack White makes the edible limited Third Man Record, we will eat it and have musical toots! All record stores that survive know who they are and who there customers are. If you are unsure of that, you make missteps and try to be something that you are not and slowly lose what you originally had. When you walk in Dave’s Records, you know that we are broad based in genres. There is nothing we won’t carry if think we can sell it. Everyday we try and make this the store that I would’ve liked to come into when I was beginning to get musically literate. Endless possibilities to dream and reach for. Classical-Yes! Reggae- Yes! Vocal-Yes! Hip Hop-Yes! Metal-Yes! Folk-Yes! Country-Yes! Rock-Of Course Yes! Jazz-Yes! Soul-Yes! Klezmer-Yes! You name it on vinyl and we try to say a loud and hearty YES!!!! We like being a YES store. We may not always have it in stock but we are always trying and at some point have we had it in the store-Yes! CD’s on the other hand-not so much!

6. What are some of the coolest things labels have done with you? Instores? Promotions? Sales?

Record Store Day is really the biggest instore thing we do. We aren’t really set up for instores in this space. Last year we had the band “I Was Really Destroying It” for Record Store Day and that was great. This year though we reached capacity and I don’t think it would be possible to squeeze a band in. We are always open to new things but the records are our main focus day in and day out. I keep my eye on the spinning black circle. I been hypnotized!

7. Why do we need record stores?

We need record stores to fulfill our musical dreams in real time. Looking at internet pages of product and clicking a button even on our rarest desired record and then receiving a package days later will never replace flipping through a bin and discover that same thing – or even better something you never imagined – and walking home with it. That is what a record store does; it moves our imagination from what we already know. Artwork of a band you don’t know or a song on the stereo that perks your ears up and makes you say, “What is THIS?” is the real world brick and mortar experience. We are the temples of musical nirvana trying not to become museums. We are a space for the living passage of music from generation to generation.

8. What kind of taco is your favorite?

Breakfast taco, naturally! After I got back from SXSW in Austin I started each day with one bacon and one chorizo breakfast taco.

9. Who are your top 3 favorite bands right now?

Top 3 newer albums I can’t get off the turntable would be The Explorers Club – Grand Hotel, First Aid Kit – The Lion’s Roar, Justin Townes Earle – Nothing’s Gonna Change The Way You Feel About Me Now

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…”

My favorite thing about having a store is selling someone a record and having them say “You made my day!”. Having someone type Great Seller A++++ is not the same. My favorite thing about the physical store space is the smell of vinyl. I love the smell of vinyl in the morning. It smells like VICTORY!

11. What are your goals for the future of your store? Long term and short.

Short term my goal is to more effectively use social media. Since the second year of Record Store Day, we began with MySpace (I’m older, OK), then we moved to Facebook, then we set up a blog on WordPress, and before this SXSW, I got a smartphone and set up a Twitter account. Like most things they are only tools and I am just figuring out how to efficiently use them to get info out to customers. Balancing it with running the store is the hard part. Long term is to keep the store open. Some goals are always the same.

Listen to Lemonade’s DIVER in full Right Now

By truepanthersounds on Monday, May 21st, 2012

Over the last few days, Lemonade have released the video for their incredible heartbreaker “Neptune”“, and the yearning, soulful freestyle ballad “Softkiss“. Now, without further ado, here is their majestic forthcoming album DIVER in its full glory. Thanks to Refinery 29 and Hype Machine for premiering it on their sites in tandem. Diver is out next week, 5.29.12!! (June 18 in UK) on True Panther Sounds:

Order the record RIGHT NOW and get an instant grat MP3 download of the record, plus if you buy the lp it comes on a special Ltd. ed cola-bottle clear blue vinyl available only for mailorder customers and at forthcoming live shows.

Buy DIVER HERE (get instant mp3 download of album and blue vinyl)
Lemonade- Softkiss (MP3)

TOUR DATES:
TOUR DATES
Sat 6.2 Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall Of Williamsburg w/Teengirl Fantasy + Elite Gymnastics. Buy Tickets HERE
Fri 6.8 Chicago, IL @ Empty Bottle * Buy Tickets
Sun 6.10 Denver, CO @ Larimer Lounge * Buy Tickets
Tue 6.12 Seattle, WA @ Barboza * Buy Tickets
Wed 6.13 Vancouver, BC @ Electric Owl * Buy Tickets
Thu 6.14 Portland, OR @ Bunk Bar * Buy Tickets
Sun 6.17 San Francisco, CA @ Rickshaw Stop * Buy Tickets
Mon 6.18 Santa Barbara, CA @ Soho *
Tue 6.19 – Los Angeles, CA @ Echoplex w/Grimes (DJ), Le1f, Blood Diamonds (Check Yr Ponytail) * Buy Tickets
Thu 6.21 – Brooklyn NY @ Brooklyn Museum w/Small Black . Buy Tickets
Tue 7.3 – London UK @ White Heat Buy Tickets
Wed 7.4 – Paris, FR @ Point Ephemere w/Frankie Rose Buy Tickets
Fri 7.6 – Barcelona, SP @ Razzmatazz
*= Le1f

Lee Ranaldo today in Bloomington: live on WFHB, Landlocked instore

By Hector on Monday, May 21st, 2012

Dear citizens of Bloomington, IN: Lee Ranaldo is in your town, and he is keeping himself busy. At 4:00PM EDT, Lee will be appearing on WFHB radio to play some songs and talk about his new record, Between The Times And The Tides. Following that, he’ll be playing and reading poetry at Landlocked Music at 6:00PM EDT.

Tune in to WFHB at 91.3FM, or listen online at wfhb.org. Still a few chances to see Lee and band live, listed below.

May
22 Chicago, IL – Vic Theatre (with M. Ward)
31 Barcelona – Primavera – http://www.primaverasound.com/

June
2 Dudingen – Kilbi – http://www.badbonn.ch/
3 Paris – La Maroquinerie – www.avosbillets.com
4 Antwerp – Trix – www.trixonline.be
6 London – Scala – http://www.atpfestival.com/events/leeranaldoscala.php
7 Leeds – Brudenell – http://www.brudenellsocialclub.co.uk
9 Porto – Primavera – http://www.primaverasound.com/

 

Kurt Vile, Perfume Genius and Chavez ATP festival fun

By Stuart on Monday, May 21st, 2012

Just added to the expanding line-up for ATP curated by The National are Kurt Vile and Perfume Genius, who both return to the UK for the event this December.  In addition to this, Kurt Vile announces his largest UK headline show to date, playing  December 6th at The Forum, London.

December 6th – Kurt Vile, Lower Dens and Dark Dark Dark at The Forum, London – tickets

December 7th-9th – Kurt Vile and Perfume Genius at ATP festival curated by The National

 

Rewind back to now, and this weekend sees Chavez playing the I’ll Be Your Mirror weekender  in London, curated by Mogwai and ATP.  As a little refresher for those of you seeing Chavez on Saturday (4.15pm-5.00pm), here’s the 2006 compilation ‘Better Days Will Haunt You‘ on the Spotify player, below.

Perfume Genius “Rusty Chains”

By Claire T on Friday, May 18th, 2012

Perfume Genius in SPIN (click image to enlarge)

If you’ve seen Perfume Genius live as of late you may have heard the beautiful (non-album) track, “Rusty Chains” mixed into the set. We’re happy to bring you this track today. Mike Hadreas explains “Rusty Chains” is “a song for a man whose lover has died. He remembers a time, before his partner took sick, where everything felt safe and endless. He asks to be taken next, so they can be together again.”

Perfume GeniusRusty Chains (192k MP3)

Perfume Genius will be playing the following European dates this summer. And stay tuned for more exciting Perfume Genius announcements to follow soon.

June 29 Rock Werchter, Werchter, Belgium
Jun 30 Open Source Festival, Dusseldorf, Germany
July 02 Blaa Oslo, Norway
July 03 Strand Club, Stockholm, Sweden
July o4 Pusterviksbaren, Gothenburg, Sweden
July 05 Roskilde Festival, Roskilde, Denmark
July 07 Super Bock, Super Rock, Lisbon, Portugal
July 09 Spaziale Festival, Turin, Italy
July 10 Piazza Castello, Pordenone, Italy
July 11 Exil, Zurich, Switzerland
July 15 Latitude Festival, Southwold, United Kingdom

Watch the “Dark Parts” video here
Put Your Back N2 It on the Matador Store
Perfume Genius on Facebook
matadorrecords.com/perfume_genius

Lemonade “Neptune” Video and Tour Dates

By truepanthersounds on Thursday, May 17th, 2012

Lemonade are just now getting back from their nationwide tour with Neon Indian

We’re happy to share Lemonade’s new video for “Neptune” directed by House Plants + Weird Days.

Also, the release of Diver is just about two weeks away. Although they’ve just come back from a nationwide tour with Neon Indian, they’ll be traveling around the states and UK/Europe again. The show has gotten wild….truly special. To add to it, they’re bringing their friend Le1f on the road with them.

Enjoy the vid! Buy tix to see the band play! Buy the record wahoo!!!!!!! If you’re in New York come and see them at their biggest headlining show to date, at Music Hall of Williamsburg with Teengirl Fantasy and Elite Gymnastics!! VOLTRON SHOW!!! ALBUM RELEASE!!!!
Much more awesome news to come very very shortly!!!

Buy Diver HERE (out on True Panther Sounds 5.29)

TOUR DATES
Mon 6.2 Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall Of Williamsburg w/Teengirl Fantasy + Elite Gymnastics. Buy Tickets HERE
Fri 6.8 Chicago, IL @ Empty Bottle *
Sun 6.10 Denver, CO @ Larimer Lounge *
Tue 6.12 Seattle, WA @ Barboza *
Wed 6.13 Vancouver, BC @ Electric Owl *
Thu 6.14 Portland, OR @ Bunk Bar *
Sat 6.17 San Francisco, CA @ Rickshaw Stop *
Sun 6.18 Santa Barbara, CA @ Soho *
Mon 6.19 – Los Angeles, CA @ TBA
Thu 6.21 – Brooklyn NY @ Brooklyn Museum w/Small Black
Tue 7.3 – London UK @ White Heat
Wed 7.4 – Paris, FR @ Point Ephemere
Fri 7.6 – Barcelona, SP @ Razzmatazz
*= Le1f

From The Archives (Of Someone Else)

By Gerard on Monday, May 14th, 2012

courtesy Max Vandever, from San Antonio’s Taco Land, 1996.  At least they had air conditioning.

Lee Ranaldo on WNYC Soundcheck today

By Hector on Thursday, May 10th, 2012


(photo by Frey Ranaldo)

In the midst of a US tour, Lee Ranaldo is going to the WNYC studios in New York to perform songs from his new album, Between The Times And The Tides, for their popular WNYC Soundcheck show. Prior to performing, Lee and bandmate Steve Shelley will be talking to host John Schaefer about their experiences recording with legendary BBC DJ John Peel as part of little-known noise-rock ensemble Sonic Youth.

There is a multidude of ways to listen to WNYC Soundcheck, detailed below:

NEW YORK: live at 2:00PM on 93.9 FM WNYC. Show repeats at 10 pm.
DETROIT: live at 2:00PM EDT on 101.9 FM WDET. Show repeats at 10 pm.
U.S.: live at 2:00PM EDT on Sirius XM channel 121.
Worldwide: live at 2:00PM EDT on wnyc.org and wdet.org

There are myriad ways to catch Lee on tour on the following days in the following cities (all US dates supporting M. Ward except those marked*):

11 New York, NY – Webster Hall
12 Philadelphia, PA – Union Transfer – on sale now
13 Washington, DC – 9:30 Club – on sale now
15 Durham, NC – Duke Performances
16 Atlanta, GA – Buckhead Theatre – on sale now
17 Athens, GA – Georgia Theatre – on sale now
18 Nashville TN – Mercy Lounge*
19 Louisville KY – Zanzabar*
20 Nelsonville OH – Nelsonville Music Festival*
22 Chicago, IL – Vic Theatre
31 Barcelona – Primavera – http://www.primaverasound.com/

June
2 Dudingen – Kilbi – http://www.badbonn.ch/
3 Paris – La Maroquinerie – www.avosbillets.com
4 Antwerp – Trix – www.trixonline.be
6 London – Scala – http://www.atpfestival.com/events/leeranaldoscala.php
7 Leeds – Brudenell – http://www.brudenellsocialclub.co.uk
9 Porto – Primavera – http://www.primaverasound.com/

There is a plethora of formats on which to buy Between The Times And The Tides (okay, four formats).

Tanlines – improving emotions across Europe this week

By Stuart on Tuesday, May 8th, 2012

Following up on their smash hit debut Mixed Emotions, Tanlines head to Europe for the first time since the album’s release for a string of shows around the continent that helped inspire the writing process for Mixed Emotions.  Let’s hope that Eric and Jesse have a better trip this time around.  Check out the great video for “All Of Me” below and hit a link for tickets to the shows, which start on Thursday.

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May

10th – Brighton, Great Escape – UK – Tickets

11th – Paris, Felece d’Or – FR - Tickets

12th – Tours, Le Temps Machine – FR - Tickets

15th - Hamburg, Uebel & Gefaehrlich – DE - Tickets

16th – Berlin, Flamingo – DE - Tickets

17th – Amsterdam, Indiestad - NL - Tickets

18th – London, Lexington – UK - Tickets

Get To Know Your Local Independent Retailer Vol. 11 – Redscroll Records

By Michael on Monday, May 7th, 2012

A few notes on Wallingford, Connecticut. Roughly 43,000 people live there, making it Connecticut’s 23rd most populous community. Both Morton Downey and his namesake, Morton Downey, Jr were Wallingfordians. That really great movie Riding In Cars With Boys partly takes place in Wallingford. And that was pretty much all I could find. Well, that and the fact that it’s home to Redscroll Records, one of the raddest stores around. I spoke with store owner Rick about running a his store in a pretty awesome community. I especially like the part where he says “There are lots of great stores around these days.” Because that shit is truth.

1. Tell us briefly about your store.
Redscroll opened it’s doors as a physical store (more on that later) on April 12, 2007. We focus on “Underground Music & Culture” with a heavy slant towards the vinyl record format. We do carry a lot of things that might not be (and many that definitely wouldn’t be) considered “underground” and we also carry compact discs and assorted ephemera (DVDs, t-shirts, books, posters, turntables, record care accessories…). Used and new. Y’ know, a record store.

2. What got you into the independent record store business?
Redscroll Records started as a label to put out a few friends’ releases. That turned into a small distro that went show to show (punk and hardcore around CT mostly). About 6 years ago that distro got to be too much to handle so Josh Carlson (the guy who started the label) asked his friend Rick Sinkiewicz (that’s me; I’m talking in third person here) to open a store with him. We’ve now been open as a physical shop since April 12th of 2007 and we’ve been doing nothing but growing (to the point of being a bit over full).

3. Who are some of your favorite contemporary stores?
Once a year we make a pilgrimage to Baltimore for the Maryland Death Fest. We actually spend maybe 1/3 of our time at the actual fest (which is great by the by). We’ve developed a good relationship with a few of the stores down there. Own Guru (a CT ex-pat) was great when we first discovered that by following a sign that led you down a narrow alley to a little hobble full of records beyond an unkempt garden. He eventually grew into a second shop and I believe he only has the second shop now. I have to admit I miss that first one and the amount of moving and actual digging you had to do to find the treasures. It was satisfying. Celebrated Summer is a great spot in the back of a comic book shop specifically for punk, hardcore and what used to be called alternative (indie?). True Vine is great for left of center more esoteric record shopping. I’ve personally found the most treasures for myself in True Vine. We have a small love affair with the Baltimore area record stores. Atomic Books is great too and I end up browsing books just as much as records. Double Decker in Allentown, PA is another favorite. We’ve done more trades with Double Decker than with anyone else and Jaime
(the owner) is seriously one of the most down to earth people I’ve ever encountered. Armageddon Shop in Providence and now with a second shop in Boston also rules. We could go on and on with this one. There are lots of great stores around these days.

4. How have things been going from a business perspective?
Being a young store and having opened when physical music formats were already in decline we’ve really experienced nothing but growth. We’re able to cut weekly checks, have no debt and are constantly expanding.

5. What do you think spells the survival for an independent record store today?
Play on your strengths. We love music. We listen to it a lot and to a lot of it. We don’t listen to everything. Nobody does no matter how many people espouse to. I hold only surface knowledge of calliope music for instance. We carry a ton of more modern (60s and up – but generally even more modern than that) 7″s, but I’m not going to risk
spending money on a collection of doo-wop that could theoretically hold a golden ticket because I just don’t know much about it. On the other side of that coin I grew up listening to tons of college radio (mostly the Wesleyan University station WESU) which opened me up to lots of weird avenues that aren’t all related. Josh and I met in the
punk/hardcore community and he has a wealth of knowledge within that. There’s crossover between our two tastes of course and we don’t confine the store to just what we like, but it is reflected. We know some stuff, but not nearly everything of course. We play to our strengths.

6. What are some of the coolest thing labels have done with you? Instores? Promotions? Sales?
We’ve done some contests and whatnot, but really the coolest thing labels can do is put out great music for us to turn people on to. It’s really cool when labels discover us rather than the other way around. I’m constantly on the hunt for new music in diverse corners of the music world so when other people are doing that and discover us
it’s pretty flattering. I don’t want to mention any particular label because I’ll likely leave another equally deserving one out. As far as in-stores, we’ve had a bunch of bands play and it’s always fun, but it’s not yet been because of a label reaching out to us.

7. Why do we need record stores?
We don’t need them like water or shelter, but they’re fun so try to keep your local one around.

8. What kind of taco is your favorite?
Black beans, seitan, rice, olives, lettuce, guacamole. Fun fact: we’re both vegan.

9. Who are your top 3 favorite bands right now?
Josh: Nightbitch, Living Laser, & Snake Oil (keeping it local!)
Rick: Cowards, Trust, Legowelt (this will change by the time I hit return)

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…”
When I was a kid I collected baseball cards and loved drawing. I drew my fair share of what I considered to be my dream baseball card shop – mostly designed to look like a baseball diamond. I still like baseball, but not nearly as much as music. This shop is entirely the fulfillment of the further truth of my childhood dream (deep, right). Now I just have to get it to look like a baseball diamond with a stage in the center.

11. What are your goals for the future of your store? Long term and short.
Expansion. Further expansion.

Lee Ranaldo Playing Instores, Reading Poetry

By Michael on Friday, May 4th, 2012

You’d be hard pressed to find a dude who loves independent record stores as much as Lee Ranaldo. Rumor has it Lee is calling all sorts of indie shops around the country just to say wassup.

So it should come as no surprise that in the coming weeks, Lee will be stopping in two of our favorite record stores to play some songs for the locals. First, he’ll be playing at Durham, NC mainstay Bull City on Monday May 14 (in advance of his May 15 show at the Duke Coffeehouse). The following Monday May 21 finds Lee at Bloomington, IN’s Landlocked Music for a short performance and a reading of his poem ‘Bloomington, Indiana: Autumn.’ That’s pretty fitting.