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Cat Power Band Profiles #4 – Nico

By Gabe on Friday, September 28th, 2012

Before Cat Power hits the road this fall with her new band in support of Sun, we wanted you to meetherband, and with the final introduction of Nico, now you have. Get psyched for this fiery feline fivesome (sorrysorrysorrysorry) to hit your town soon (tour dates below!).

FULL NAME and ANY ALIASES:
Nico Turner

INSTRUMENT:
Percussion
Keys
Electronics
Bass
Vocals

HOMETOWN/HOMEBASE:
Los Angeles, California

PREVIOUS ROCK ‘N ROLL EXPERIENCE/QUALIFICATIONS:
VOICEsVOICEs
(work with) Prefuse 73
Brightblack Morning Light
RRIICCEE (Vincent Gallo)

FIRST EXPOSURE TO CAT POWER/FAVORITE CAT POWER SONG:
My first exposure to Cat Power was at age fifteen or sixteen, watching MTV2, the Cross Bones Style video came on and I immediately stopped everything I was doing to watch. Favorite Cat Power song is “Maybe Not”

“DON’T LEAVE HOME WITHOUT IT” ALBUM FOR THE ROAD:
Aaliyah – Aaliyah
Sister Crayon – Bellow
Fever Ray
Rio En Medio – Frontier

Say it with me, one last time with feeling: Cat Power and her new band hit the road soon!

October
Thursday 11 – Miami, FL – Grand Central
Saturday 13 – Mexico City, MX – Corona Capital Music Festival
Thursday 18 – Ithaca, NY – The State Theater
Friday 19 – Montreal, QC – The Metropolis
Saturday 20 – Toronto, ON – Kool Haus
Monday 22 – Washington, DC – 9:30 Club
Tuesday 23 – New York, NY – Hammerstein Ballroom
Wednesday 24 – San Boston, MA – House Of Blues
Thursday 25 – Philadelphia, PA – Electric Factory
Saturday 27 – Detroit, MI Royal – Oak Music Theater
Sunday 28 – Chicago, IL – Riviera Theater
Monday 29 – Milwaukee, WI – Pabst Theater
Tuesday 30 – Minneapolis, MN – Mill City Nights

November
Friday 02 – Vancouver, BC – Vogue Theater
Saturday 03 – Seattle, WA – Showbox Sodo
Sunday 04 – Portland, OR – Crystal Ballroom
Tuesday 06 – Oakland, CA – Fox Theater
Thursday 08 – Los Angeles, CA – Hollywood Palladium

Interpol – Turn On The Bright Lights: The Tenth Anniversary Edition

By Patrick on Friday, September 28th, 2012

Photo: Exum

Ten years ago, Interpol’s debut album seized the imagination of a generation. The spare, lean textures, darkly oblique lyrics and suave stage presence were entirely different from the bands who preceded them on the charts and the radio.

Now on November 19, we are commemorating Turn On The Bright Lights with a Tenth Anniversary Edition, fully remastered in a beautiful deluxe hardbound book with unreleased photos (48 pages in the CD, 28 large pages in the vinyl) and a second disc of bonus tracks, many unreleased, plus demos and B-sides and a DVD.

The album will be available as a double CD+DVD, double LP+DVD, and digital album with digital booklet. Preorders will come with a replica of the band’s first piece of merchandise, a button with the original Interpol logo.

THE ORIGINAL ALBUM, REMASTERED:

1. Untitled
2. Obstacle 1
3. NYC
4. PDA
5. Say Hello To The Angels
6. Hands Away
7. Obstacle 2
8. Stella Was A Diver And She Was Always Down
9. Roland
10. The New
11. Leif Erikson

THE BONUS MATERIAL:

1. Interlude (iTunes single) §
2. Specialist (Interpol EP)
3. PDA (First Demo, 1998)
4. Roland (First Demo, 1998)
5. Get The Girls (Song 5) (First Demo, 1998)
6. Precipitate (2nd Demo, 1999) §
7. Song Seven (Original Version) (2nd Demo, 1999) §
8. A Time To Be So Small (Orig Version) (2nd Demo,1999)
9. Untitled (Third Demo, 2001) * =
10. Stella (Third Demo, 2001) * =
11. NYC (Third Demo, 2001) =
12. Leif Erikson (Third Demo, 2001) * =
13. Gavilan (Cubed) (Third Demo, 2001) †
14. Obstacle 2 (Peel Session, 2001) =
15. Hands Away (Peel Session, 2001) =
16. The New (Peel Session, 2001) * =
17. NYC (Peel Session, 2001) * =

§ unreleased on vinyl
* unreleased recording
† unreleased song
= in the vinyl package, this track is only included on the bonus coupon

THE DVD:

- The 3 music videos: PDA, NYC, Obstacle 1
- Mercury Lounge, NYC concert footage, May 2000 (Sam’s first show with the band, multi-camera shoot)
- The Troubadour, Los Angeles concert footage, September 2002 (professional multi-camera shoot)

The band writes:

In 2002, we released our first album, Turn On the Bright Lights. We had waited close to five years for the opportunity to record an album. Needless to say this was a memorable moment for us. We never had any expectations for how the album would be received. We just wanted to present our music as an album to anyone who would be open to hearing it. It was incredible to finally tour and see people react to these songs. We never could have imagined that the album would have reached so many people throughout the world.

We spent a good deal of time this past year digging through our archives and asking others to dig through theirs in the hopes of uncovering some forgotten material. The result of our hunting and gathering has yielded this Tenth Anniversary Edition of Turn On the Bright Lights. We wanted to do something special for the fans who have always supported us. We wanted to do something special for the best fans in the world. We hope you enjoy it.

Sincerely yours,
Daniel Kessler

Preorder the album and get limited bonus Interpol pin
interpolnyc.com

AC Newman – Brooklyn Record Release Gig/Party, October 8

By Gerard on Friday, September 28th, 2012
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“Want You To Know”: A Short Film By James Blose set to the music of A.C. Newman’s ‘Shut Down The Streets’

Do I need to repeat the information listed above?  Quite possibly, if your eyesight sucks or you don’t have one of those new fancy Retina displays (HINT HINT).  On Monday, October 8 our good friends at Brooklyn Vegan are presenting a bash to commemorate the following day’s U.S. release of AC Newman‘s ‘Shut Down The Streets’ at The Rock Shop (249 4th Avenue, Brooklyn).    The evening is said to feature “a live performance, full album playback, drink specials, album giveaways, + more!” and I don’t know about you, but it’s the whole, ” + more!” portion of the pitch that really has my curiosity piqued.   Surely a free AC Newman show would be enough to get you out of the house.  Throw in the drink specials, swag giveaways, etc. and this already sounds too good to be true.  But “more”?   Either we’re promising more than one mere record release party can possibly deliver (hey, it wouldn’t be the first time) or this truly is the can’t miss event of early October, 2012 (in Brooklyn.  on weeknights). I don’t think you wanna risk missing out on the latter. And the former already sounded pretty good to me.  In fact, if I see you there, I’ll personally buy you a drink (keep in mind the room might be quite dark and my eyesight sucks).

You can score a free ticket to the 10/8 party by purchasing ‘Shut Down The Streets’ at one of the following NYC area independent shops.  The following stores will have the LP/CD in stock the weekend prior :

Other Music
Generation/Bleecker
Academy
Sound Fix
Ear Wax
Halcyon
Permanent
In Living Stereo
Rebel Rebel
Co Op

“Encyclopedia Of Classic Takedowns” (192 kbps MP3)

Pre-order ‘Shut Down The Streets’ on the LP, CD or digital formats from The Matador Store (first 300 LP’s are on colored vinyl)


A.C. Newman
at Facebook
@acnewman – Twitter
ACNewman.net (official site)

Light In The Attic hits the road…with some doucher we used to know

By Gabe on Thursday, September 27th, 2012

Venerable and esteemed American record-reissue label Light In The Attic has ventured out on the highways and byways of the Northwest and Pacific Coast regions to visit a whopping 58 record retail establishments – many of whom we at Matador and Matador Direct work with every day.

We salute LITA for their dedication to quality, curation, craftsmansip…and for giving former Matador warehouse troll Jon Treneff an excuse to make his internet comedy debut. Here’s the first installment in LITA’s roadtrip video series (cuz if you aren’t doing content, you just can’t be content) – check here for more video updates from LITA, and patronize America’s great (and medium-great) record stores.

Cat Power Band Profiles #3 – Alianna

By Gabe on Thursday, September 27th, 2012

Yesterday we said “hello again!” to Gregg, and before that we were introduced to Adeline, but we were only halfway home! Say hello Alianna, and we’ll wrap up the fun tomorrow.

FULL NAME and ANY ALIASES:
ALIANNA KALABA

INSTRUMENT:
DRUMS

HOMETOWN/HOMEBASE:
Grew up in CHICAGO, lived in NY for 8 years and been living in SF for the past year….

PREVIOUS ROCK ‘N ROLL EXPERIENCE/QUALIFICATIONS:
WE RAGAZZI was my first band in chicago. played with a bunch of bands in chicago and new york over the years. played 77 BOADRUM in NY and 88 BOADRUM in LA. the last band that i played with was the CROCODILES…..

FIRST EXPOSURE TO CAT POWER/FAVORITE CAT POWER SONG:
My first exposure was to MOON PIX in my 20′s while living in chicago…..METAL HEART

“DON’T LEAVE HOME WITHOUT IT” ALBUM FOR THE ROAD:
NEIL YOUNG – EVERYBODY KNOWS THIS IS NOWHERE

Cat Power and band are hitting the road! Purchase Sun!

October
Thursday 11 – Miami, FL – Grand Central
Saturday 13 – Mexico City, MX – Corona Capital Music Festival
Thursday 18 – Ithaca, NY – The State Theater
Friday 19 – Montreal, QC – The Metropolis
Saturday 20 – Toronto, ON – Kool Haus
Monday 22 – Washington, DC – 9:30 Club
Tuesday 23 – New York, NY – Hammerstein Ballroom
Wednesday 24 – San Boston, MA – House Of Blues
Thursday 25 – Philadelphia, PA – Electric Factory
Saturday 27 – Detroit, MI Royal – Oak Music Theater
Sunday 28 – Chicago, IL – Riviera Theater
Monday 29 – Milwaukee, WI – Pabst Theater
Tuesday 30 – Minneapolis, MN – Mill City Nights

November
Friday 02 – Vancouver, BC – Vogue Theater
Saturday 03 – Seattle, WA – Showbox Sodo
Sunday 04 – Portland, OR – Crystal Ballroom
Tuesday 06 – Oakland, CA – Fox Theater
Thursday 08 – Los Angeles, CA – Hollywood Palladium

Cat Power Band Profiles #2 – Gregg

By Gabe on Wednesday, September 26th, 2012

A familiar face to anyone lucky enough to catch Cat Power with the Dirty Delta Blues combo over the last few years, our second CP side-”man” is in fact the only man in the group. Joining Adeline Jasso, who was introduced yesterday, the second member the new Cat Power outfit to be unveiled (in the role of musical director – shit I’m spoiling!) is none other than Mr. Gregg Foreman.

FULL NAME and ANY ALIASES:
Gregg Foreman (Mr.Pharmacist)

INSTRUMENT:
Guitar . Organs . Piano . Synth . Electronics . Sitar . Vocals

HOMETOWN/HOMEBASE:
Philadelphia/ Los Angeles (homebase)

PREVIOUS ROCK ‘N ROLL EXPERIENCE/QUALIFICATIONS:
The Delta 72 . Pink Mountaintops . The Black Ryder . The Meek . Cat Power (2006-2011) Cat Power(Current Musical Director)
The Blues Explosion (session piano on Acme) . Producer of various underground bands . . .

FIRST EXPOSURE TO CAT POWER/FAVORITE CAT POWER SONG:
Played with Chan (Delta 72) at the cooler in NYC in 96
Favorite Cat Power Song(s) – Rockets . Good Woman

“DON’T LEAVE HOME WITHOUT IT” ALBUM FOR THE ROAD:
sorry I can’t name one

Velvet Underground – VU and Nico
Serge Gainsbourg – Comic Strip
Suicide – First Album
Rowland S Howard – Teenage Snuff Film
The Cure – Seventeen Seconds
Black Flag – Damaged

Once again, catch Cat Power and band on tour and pickup Sun if you haven’t.

October
Thursday 11 – Miami, FL – Grand Central
Saturday 13 – Mexico City, MX – Corona Capital Music Festival
Thursday 18 – Ithaca, NY – The State Theater
Friday 19 – Montreal, QC – The Metropolis
Saturday 20 – Toronto, ON – Kool Haus
Monday 22 – Washington, DC – 9:30 Club
Tuesday 23 – New York, NY – Hammerstein Ballroom
Wednesday 24 – San Boston, MA – House Of Blues
Thursday 25 – Philadelphia, PA – Electric Factory
Saturday 27 – Detroit, MI Royal – Oak Music Theater
Sunday 28 – Chicago, IL – Riviera Theater
Monday 29 – Milwaukee, WI – Pabst Theater
Tuesday 30 – Minneapolis, MN – Mill City Nights

November
Friday 02 – Vancouver, BC – Vogue Theater
Saturday 03 – Seattle, WA – Showbox Sodo
Sunday 04 – Portland, OR – Crystal Ballroom
Tuesday 06 – Oakland, CA – Fox Theater
Thursday 08 – Los Angeles, CA – Hollywood Palladium

Green Day Out Buy Early Get Nows Us

By Adam F on Wednesday, September 26th, 2012

photo: Nabil Ayers

If Feist would finally confirm to host the first-ever “Christoper Pell Lombardi Awards For Excellence In Convoluted Marketing Schemes”, the fourth installment of Buy Early Get Now (aka The New Ps “Box Of Air”) would finally get its due in the Lifetime Achievement category.   (Note:  Dave Martin still maintains that only time will help folks discover BEGN #4′s genius, and Dave knows both time and genius.)

So here we are, five years and two IHeartRadio Festivals later…and the majors have finally decided to embark on the trail toward customer confusion that we so dutifully blazed.   To wit, Green Day’s foray into the world of selling futures in music.

And because other members of the Matador family have done a far better job lampooning Billie and friends, I’ll leave only a link to this space where we can all watch customer ire unfold in real time:

 

Cat Power Band Profiles #1 – Adeline

By Gabe on Tuesday, September 25th, 2012

As Cat Power readies a brand new band and innovative stage show for her upcoming tour, we thought we’d take some time to introduce you to her (mostly) new musical sisters (and brother) in arms.

FULL NAME and ANY ALIASES:
Adeline Fargier (maiden) Jasso (married)

INSTRUMENT:
Guitar

HOMETOWN/HOMEBASE:
I was born in Valence, France and I now live in Los Angeles, California.

PREVIOUS ROCK ‘N ROLL EXPERIENCE/QUALIFICATIONS:
Played and recorded with Troy Von Balthazar (ex Chokebore)
Over Gain Optimal Death (OGOD)
Antarcticans
LANDy (actor/director Adam Goldberg)
Hot Gossip
The Black Pine

FIRST EXPOSURE TO CAT POWER/FAVORITE CAT POWER SONG:
I saw her perform on the French television show Nulle Part Ailleurs when I was 15 years old back in 1996. They played Nude As The News, it was my first exposure to Cat Power and it is still to this day my favorite song. I went see her play a few months later in Lyon.

“DON’T LEAVE HOME WITHOUT IT” ALBUM FOR THE ROAD:
Too hard to choose between these three, they all are indispensable to me for different reasons:
Soft Machine “Soft Machine”
George Harrison “All things must pass”
Les Rallizes Denudes “Mitzutani”

Look for Cat Power and band on tour in support of Sun (and purchase the album if you haven’t already):

October
Thursday 11 – Miami, FL – Grand Central
Saturday 13 – Mexico City, MX – Corona Capital Music Festival
Thursday 18 – Ithaca, NY – The State Theater
Friday 19 - Montreal, QC – The Metropolis
Saturday 20 – Toronto, ON – Kool Haus
Monday 22 – Washington, DC – 9:30 Club
Tuesday 23 – New York, NY – Hammerstein Ballroom
Wednesday 24 – San Boston, MA – House Of Blues
Thursday 25 – Philadelphia, PA – Electric Factory
Saturday 27 – Detroit, MI Royal – Oak Music Theater
Sunday 28 – Chicago, IL – Riviera Theater
Monday 29 – Milwaukee, WI – Pabst Theater
Tuesday 30 – Minneapolis, MN – Mill City Nights

November
Friday 02 – Vancouver, BC – Vogue Theater
Saturday 03 – Seattle, WA – Showbox Sodo
Sunday 04 – Portland, OR – Crystal Ballroom
Tuesday 06 – Oakland, CA – Fox Theater
Thursday 08 – Los Angeles, CA – Hollywood Palladium

Paul Banks’ Noisey documentary debuts: “Beyond tight is the realm of feel”

By Gabe on Tuesday, September 25th, 2012

And other priceless nuggets contained herein.

Noisey was given unprecedented access as Paul Banks prepared for the first shows in support of his upcoming solo album Banks (available for pre-order). What resulted is possibly the most transparent and intimate portrayal yet of the Interpol frontman. An absolute must-watch:

Look for Paul and the band on tour soon:

November
Saturday 03 – Austin, TX – Fun Fun Fun Fest
Friday 09 – Washington, DC – The Howard Theater
Saturday 10 – Philadelphia, PA – The Trocadero
Tuesday 13 – New York, NY – Studio @ Webster Hall
Thursday 29 – Las Vegas, NV – House Of Blues (Las Vegas)
Friday 30 – Santa Ana, CA – The Observatory

December
Saturday 01 – San Francisco, CA – Slim’s
Monday 03 – San Diego, CA – House of Blues San Diego
Wednesday 05 – Los Angeles, CA – The Fonda Theater

The Young – “Dance With The Ramblers” video and new U.S. Dates

By Gerard on Monday, September 24th, 2012

Today’s announcement of upcoming dates for The Young (including Texas shows with Merchandise and The Spits) just happens to coincide with the World Premiere of the 2nd video from ‘Dub Egg’. Sans any appearance by members of The Young, “Dance With The Ramblers” was directed by Austin auteur John Wesley Coleman, whose previous videos for The Golden Boys, James Arthur’s Manhunt and the Riverboat Gamblers have made him one of the most sought after video directors since F. Gary Gray.

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We’ll be issuing a further reminder and/or revision to the below dates as they draw closer, along with a top-secret (for now) bit of new recording of someone else’s composition.

Oct 2nd Denton TX at Rubber Gloves
Oct 3rd Austin TX at Red 7
Nov 3rd Austin TX at Fun Fun Fun Festival, Auditorium Shores
Nov 4th San Antonio TX at the Korova
Nov 7th Nashville TN at the Mercy Lounge
Nov 8th Charlottesville VA at the Box
Nov 9th Philadelphia PA at Kung Fu Necktie
Nov 10th New York City NY at the Cake Shop
Nov 11th Brooklyn NY at Cameo Gallery
Nov 12th State Collage PA at Chronic Town
Nov 13th Columbus OH at Ace of Cups
Nov 14th Bloomington IN at the Bishop
Nov 15th Chicago IL at the Beat Kitchen
Nov 16th St Louis MO at Plush
Nov 17th Dallas TX at Bryan Street Tavern

10/2-10/3 w/ Merchandise
10/2 w/ Wiccans
11/4 w/ the Spits
11/17 w/ Young Prisms

Dub Egg’, LP/CD and digital album, available from the Matador Store
The Young on Facebook