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Chelsea Light Moving Will Destroy Your Local Record Store

By Michael on Wednesday, February 27th, 2013

Sonically, of course. Much in the same fashion they’ve been known to destroy a hullabaloo here and there. Because they’ve scheduled a handful of free, all ages instores along their upcoming tour. And that fucking rules.

Dig it. And be sure to dig their record NOW. And then buy it as soon as you can. And let it destroy you.

Sat-Mar-02 Hoboken, NJ Maxwells
Mon-Mar-04 Charlottesville, VA The Southern
Tue-Mar-05 Asheville, NC Grey Eagle
Wed-Mar-06 Raleigh, NC Kings Barcade
Thu-Mar-07 Savannah, GA Savannah Stopover
Fri-Mar-08 Atlanta, GA The Earl
Sun-Mar-10 Denton, TX 35 Denton
Tue-Mar-19 Los Angeles, CA Echoplex
Wed-Mar-20 San Francisco, CA Great American Music Hall
Fri-Mar-22 Portland, OR Doug Fir
Sat-Mar-23 Seattle, WA Neumo’s
Wed-Mar-27 Minneapolis, MN Triple Rock
Fri-Mar-29 Chicago, IL Empty Bottle
Sat-Mar-30 Detroit, MI Magic Stick
Sun-Mar-31 Toronto, ONT Lee’s Palace
Tue-Apr-02 Pittsburgh, PA Mr. Smalls
Wed-Apr-03 Philadelphia, PA Union Transfer
Thu-Apr-04 Washington, DC Black Cat
Fri-Apr-05 New York, NY Bowery Ballroom
Sun-Apr-07 Boston, MA The Sinclair

Talk Normal Supports 3/2-3/8
Merchandise also supports 3/8
Grass Widow supports 3/19-3/23
CAVE supports 3/27-3/30

Kurt Vile on Radio K today

By Hector on Monday, February 25th, 2013

Hello all. A pair of Twin Cities radio sessions is coming your way from our friend Kurt Vile, and you can listen to them no matter where you are through the magic of the internet. In just a few moments (around 1:45PM EST/12:45PM CST, to be not-very-exact), Mr. Vile will be live on the air on Radio K, which can be listened to at radiok.org or at 770AM or 110.7FM on the radio dial if you live in beautiful snowy Minneapolis.

 

Ceremony June Tour Dates

By Claire T on Monday, February 25th, 2013

Photo by Alvin Carrillo

Still touring like madmen, the always amazing Ceremony have some new shows confirmed in June (including dates with Total Control and The Soft Moon) & we’re pleased to tell you about them!

Wednesday, February 27 – San Francisco, CA – Rickshaw Stop (Noise Pop)  w/ Terry Malts, Comadre, Permanent Ruin, Synthetic ID
Thursday, February 28 – Sacramento, CA – The Where House w/ Vibrating Antennas, Rat Damage, Alarms
Friday, March 01 – Reno, NV – Holland Project w/ Spitting Image, Creative Adult, Countress
Saturday, March 02 – Fresno, CA – The Vault w/ Selfish Ways, Gorilla Stomp
Sunday, March 03 – Nipomo, CA – Rippin’ Rehearsal w/ Bad Days 805

Monday, June 6 – La Jolla CA – Che Cafe Collective (UC San Diego)
Tuesday, June 4 – Phoenix, AZ – Rhythm Room w/ Total Control, Gay Kiss
Wednesday, June 5 – Anaheim, CA – Chain Reaction w/ Total Control
Thursday, June 6 – Los Angeles, CA – Echoplex w/ The Soft Moon, Total Control
Friday, June 7 – Santa Cruz, CA – The Catalyst Atrium w/ The Soft Moon, Total Control

June tickets on-sale Friday, March 1 (except LA on-sale on Saturday, March 2)

Check out Ceremony’s killer performance on Mexico City’s “Ligeramente Desenfocado“. Performing “Citizen”, “World Blue”, “Repeating The Circle”, “Hysteria”, and “The Doldrums (Friendly City)”. A MUST WATCH.

http://www.ceremonyhc.com/

Iceage June North American Tour

By Claire T on Monday, February 25th, 2013

Photo by Tim Griffin

Off the back of their February 19 release of You’re Nothing, Iceage will be hitting the road soon with a hefty tour across Europe and North America.

We’ve already announced the February through April dates and now we’re happy to announce that the band will be coming back through the States & Canada in the much warmer month of June, kicking off at Austin’s Chaos in Tejas. Catch them if you can.

New dates in bold. All June dates with Lower.
Mon. Feb. 25 – Glasgow, UK @ Broadcast
Tue. Feb. 26 – Liverpool, UK @ Shipping Forecast
Wed. Feb. 27 – Sheffield, UK @ Shakespeare’s
Thu. Feb. 28 – London, UK @ Electrowerkz
Fri. March 1 – Brighton, UK @ The Albert
Sat. March 2 – Nottingham, UK @ Chameleon Arts Café
Mon. March 4 – Paris, FR @ Espace B
Tue. March 5 – Brussels, BE @ Les Ateliers Claus
Wed. March 6 – Eindhoven, NL @ Area 51
Thu. March 7 – Liepzig DE @ UT Connewitz
Fri. March 8 – Munster, DE @ Gleiss 22
Sat. March 9 – Groningen, AT @ Vera
Sun. March 10 – Hamburg, DE @ Hafenklang
Wed. March 20 – Vancouver, BC @ the Biltmore w/ Spectres
Thu. March 21 – Seattle, WA @ Barboza w/ King Dude
Fri. March 22 – Olympia, WA @ Capital Theater (backstage)
Sat. March 23 – Portland, OR @ Star Theater
Sun. March 24 — Arcata, CA @ Big Tree
Mon. March 25 – San Francisco, CA @ Rickshaw Stop w/ Merchandise, Wet Hair
Tue. March 26 – Oakland, CA @ New Parish w/ Merchandise, Wet Hair
Thu. March 28 – Bakersfield, CA @ Munoz Gym w/ Milk Music, Sea Lions
Fri. March 29 – Los Angeles, CA @ Echoplex w/ Milk Music, Sea Lions
Sun. March 31 – San Diego, CA @ Casbah w/ Milk Music
Mon. April 1 – Tempe, AZ @ Deadhorse Warehouse w/ Milk Music, Destruction Unit
Thu. April 4 – Denver, CO @ Marquis Theater w/ Merchandise, Wet Hair
Fri. April 5 — Kansas City, KS @ Middle of the Map Festival
Sat. April 6 – Grinnell, IA @ Grinnell College w/ Wet Hair – FREE SHOW
Sun. April 7 – Minneapolis, MN @ Triple Rock Club w/ Condominium, Wild Child
Tue. April 9 – Madison, WI @ University of Wisconsin w/ Skrapyard – FREE SHOW
Wed. April 10 – Chicago, IL @ Empty Bottle w/ Violent End, Final Grin
Thu. April 11 – Columbus, OH @ Ace of Cups
Fri. April 12 – Pittsburgh, PA @ 6119
Tue. April 16 – Burlington, VT @ Monkey House w/ White Lung
Wed. April 17 – Boston, MA @ TT the Bear’s w/ White Lung
Thu. April 18 – New Haven, CT @ Lilly’s Pad (Toad’s Place Upstairs) w/ White Lung
Fri. April 19 – Philadelphia, PA @ First Unitarian Church w/ Metz, Night Birds, White Lung
Sat. April 20 – New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom w/ White Lung, Parquet Courts, Burial

Thu. May 30 thru Sun. June 2 – Austin,TX  @ Chaos In Tejas
Mon. June 3 — Houston,TX  @ Mango’s
Tue. June 4  — New Orleans,LA @ Siberia
Wed. June 5 — Gainseville,FL @ the Atlantic
Fri. June 7 — Miami,FL  @ Churchill’s
Sat. June 8 — Tampa,FL @ Crowbar
Sun. June 9 — Atlanta,GA @ the Earl
Mon. June 10 — Charlotte,NC @ the Milestone
Tue. June 11 — Richmond,VA  @ Strange Matter
Wed. June 12 — Washington,DC @ Rock and Roll Hotel
Thu. June 13 — Brooklyn,NY  @ Music Hall of Williamsburg (Northside Music Festival)
Sat. June 15 thru Sun. June 16 — Toronto,Ontario @ NXNE Music Festival
Mon. June 17 –  Ottawa,Ontario @ Babylon
Tue. June 18 — Montreal,Quebec  @ Il Motore
( 5/30-6/18 w/ Lower )


Watch the video for “Ecstasy” directed by Catherine Pattinama Coleman.

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Matador at the Movies (on the internet)

By Gabe on Wednesday, February 20th, 2013

This week two of my personal favorites from Matador’s long-to-quite-long history (the band Silkworm and Belle & Sebastian’s If You’re Feeling Sinister album) are being celebrated on the silver-y looking screen sitting on my desk at work.

First, the long-in-the-works Silkworm documentary “Couldn’t You Wait? The Story Of Silkworm” by filmmaker Seth Pomeroy is finally completed and available for stream and purchase here. I will take this opportunity to tell you how important this band has been to me: Silkworm has been incredibly important to me, and will always rule.

Second, Pitchfork has debuted an amazing entry in their Classic (as in classic albums) documentary series about If You’re Feeling Sinister, an album I can’t really talk about here…it’s too personal, I’m sorry. I just cant.

Record Store Day LP: Stephen Malkmus performs Can’s Ege Bamyasi

By Patrick on Wednesday, February 20th, 2013

It was the 40th anniversary of the release of Can’s Ege Bamyasi LP (an album known to me in my youth as Ege Bamyasi Okraschoten, because I didn’t know anything), and WEEK-END Fest was happening in Cologne. The dates were November 30 through December 2, 2012, and the festival featured artists such as Ian Svenonious, Justus Köhnke, Alexis Taylor (of Hot Chip), Scritti Politti, Deerhoof and Stephen Malkmus.

WEEK-END Fest co-curator Jan Lankisch (of Tomlab Records decided to ask Stephen, currently residing in Germany, whether he wanted to play the entirety of Ege Bamyasi with a band of German musicians Jan had rounded up. And Steve loved the idea. So after a few rehearsals, Steve was joined by Sebastian Blume (synths), Felix Hedderich (bass), Jan Philipp Janzen (drums) and Phillip Tielsch (guitar) for a truly magical & wondrous performance of one of the greatest albums of all time. It took place on December 2 at the Alte Kranhalle in Cologne, and was committed to tape by the band. The sound quality is fantastic; the performance jumps out of the grooves and bubbles its way through your stereo.

We are releasing the LP as a 3500-copy limited edition on green vinyl for Record Store Day, April 20, 2013. (Domino will be releasing it on red vinyl in Europe.) The hand-printed silkscreened sleeve was designed by David Shrigley, who also designed the poster for the event, inspired by the original artwork for Ege Bamyasi. It is being printed in Germany by Slowboy.

We’re truly honored to be part of this special collaboration between tons of talented artists.

“This was the first Can LP I bought brand-new (Torquay, July 1972), and it is still my favourite.”

– Julian Cope, Krautrocksampler

“Ege Bamyasi was one of those marginal cut-out LPs (along with the 1st Stooges, Rhinoceros, Ambergris a.o.) that you’d find in the bargain bins of department stores in the early 70s. For kids with no money and an allure to weirdness these cheapos were significant listens. Ege Bamyasi with its okra can cover and live circus rock shot on the back was completely singular. And it sounded cool as shit. I still check it as one of the top 10 greatest rock LPs of all time, and it remains a perpetual inspiration.”

– Thurston Moore

stephenmalkmus.com

Stream Chelsea Light Moving’s debut LP at NPR…

By Gerard on Tuesday, February 19th, 2013

(photo by Carlos van Hijfte)

…two whole weeks before release date (March 5).  Plenty of time to be sold on the self-titled album’s brilliance (or alternately, an opportunity several days in to turn off the computer and get some fresh air — you could probably use a meal, too).

Pre-order Chelsea Light Moving -s/t on LP or CD from The Matador Store

Yo La Tengo : April/May US North American Dates, Summer Shows With Belle & Sebastian, Solid Sound Fest and more

By Gerard on Tuesday, February 19th, 2013
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(video courtesy KEXP.   The entire Jan. 18 session is available for viewing here)

This past Saturday night, Yo La Tengo completed the first run of North American tour in support of the universally hailed ‘Fade’ with a show at New York City’s Town Hall described by by more than one person as “triumphant”, “stunning” and “kind of long”. Though Georgia, Ira and James are off to Europe this week for some of the continent’s most anticipated shows this year, they’ll be back in the USA (and Vancouver!)  this April and May for the dates below, followed by July shows in outdoor venues with Belle & Sebastian.

With the exception of the Baltimore date on April 26 supporting Beach House, for the April/May headlining dates Yo La Tengo will be the only band playing.  As with the January/February shows, they’ll be playing two sets each night with a brief intermission.

April
26 Baltimore MD, Lyric (with Beach House)
27 Asheville NC, Orange Peel
29 Athens GA, Georgia Theater

May
1 New Orleans LA Tipitina’s
2 Houston TX, Fitzgerald’s
3 Austin TX, Mohawk (tickets on sale now)
4 Dallas TX, Granada Theater
6 Tucson AZ, Rialto
9 Loa Angeles CA, Henry Fonda Theater
10 San Francisco CA, The Fillmore
11 San Francisco CA, The Fillmore
16 Portland OR, Wonder
17 Seattle WA, Showbox
18 Vancouver BC, Commodore
20 Salt Lake City UT, State Room
21 Boulder CO, Boulder Theatre
22 Kansas City MO, Crossroads

July
9 Boston, MA , Bank Of America Pavilion (tickets on sale Friday, February 22)
10 Philadelphia PA,  Skyline Stage at the Mann
11 Brooklyn NY, Celebrate Brooklyn! – Prospect Park Bandshell
12 Washington DC , Merriweather Post Pavilion
13 Pittsburgh PA, Stage AE  (tickets on sale, Saturday, February 23)

In addition, as announced elsewhere last week, Yo La Tengo will be part of Wilco’s annual Solid Sound Festival in North Adams, MA taking place between June 21 and June 23.  In addition to a full set of their own, Yo La Tengo will be performing a live score to “The Love Song Of R. Buckminster Fuller” (dir – Sam Green)

If an outdoor festival with a tremendous bill isn’t to your liking (allergies, tendency to fall asleep behind the wheel — BUT ENOUGH ABOUT ME), you can catch Yo La Tengo’s live score for “The Love Song Of Buckminster Fuller” on April 9 and 10, at The Kitchen (512 W. 19th St., NYC) with performances at 7 and 9pm each night. Tickets are available here.

‘Fade’- available from the Matador Store on LP, CD or an array of digital files.

Iceage ‘You’re Nothing’ is out today

By Robby on Tuesday, February 19th, 2013

 

… and just like that, Iceage’s sophomore album, ‘You’re Nothing’ is available worldwide  in all modern-day conceptions of music retailler (Matador store, Insound, Amazon, iTunes & of course your local indie).   The New York Times have dropped some praise on the album’s “coiled contraptions, unruly by design” whereas Pitchfork, awarding their ‘Best New Music’ tag note Iceage coming off “even younger, wilder, and more chaotic than on their 2011 debut, but also more experienced and nuanced” & SPIN chimes in: “smarter, faster, catchier and noisier than their debut“”.

Grab a sneak peak of the album over at AbsolutePunk, where they’re streaming the album for a week.

Then, see Iceage on tour.  Oh yeah & buy the record, you’ll love it.

Mon. Feb. 25 – Glasgow, UK @ Broadcast
Tue. Feb. 26 – Liverpool, UK @ Shipping Forecast
Wed. Feb. 27 – Sheffield, UK @ Shakespeare’s
Thu. Feb. 28 – London, UK @ Electrowerkz
Fri. March 1 – Brighton, UK @ The Albert
Sat. March 2 – Nottingham, UK @ Chameleon Arts Café
Mon. March 4 – Paris, FR @ Espace B
Tue. March 5 – Brussels, BE @ Les Ateliers Claus
Wed. March 6 – Eindhoven, NL @ Area 51
Thu. March 7 – Liepzig DE @ UT Connewitz
Fri. March 8 – Munster, DE @ Gleiss 22
Sat. March 9 – Groningen, AT @ Vera
Sun. March 10 – Hamburg, DE @ Hafenklang
Wed. March 20 – Vancouver, BC @ the Biltmore w/ Spectres
Thu. March 21 – Seattle, WA @ Barboza
Fri. March 22 – Olympia, WA @ Capital Theater (backstage)
Sat. March 23 – Portland, OR @ Star Theater
Mon. March 25 – San Francisco, CA @ Rickshaw Stop w/ Merchandise, Wet Hair
Tue. March 26 – Oakland, CA @ New Parish w/ Merchandise, Wet Hair
Thu. March 28 – Bakersfield, CA @ Munoz Gym w/ Milk Music
Fri. March 29 – Los Angeles, CA @ Echoplex w/ Milk Music
Sun. March 31 – San Diego, CA @ Casbah w/ Milk Music
Mon. April 1 – Tempe, AZ @ Deadhorse Warehouse w/ Milk Music, Destruction Unit
Thu. April 4 – Denver, CO @ Marquis Theater w/ Merchandise, Wet Hair
Sat. April 6 – Grinnell, IA @ Grinnell College w/ Wet Hair – FREE SHOW
Sun. April 7 – Minneapolis, MN @ Triple Rock Club
Tue. April 9 – Madison, WI @ University of Wisconsin – FREE SHOW
Wed. April 10 – Chicago, IL @ Empty Bottle w/ Final Grin
Thu. April 11 – Columbus, OH @ Ace of Cups
Fri. April 12 – Pittsburgh, PA @ 6119
Tue. April 16 – Burlington, VT @ Monkey House w/ White Lung
Wed. April 17 – Boston, MA @ TT the Bear’s w/ White Lung
Thu. April 18 – New Haven, CT @ Lilly’s Pad (Toad’s Place Upstairs)
Fri. April 19 – Philadelphia, PA @ First Unitarian Church w/ White Lung
Sat. April 20 – New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom w/ White Lung
Thu. May 30 – Sun. June 2 – Austin, TX @ Chaos in Tejas

*photo grabbed without permission from kexp, where Dominick Mastrangelo shot their session last month.

Yo La Tengo drop into WNYC today

By Robby on Thursday, February 14th, 2013

(photo from Saturday night’s Town Hall show by Taleen Dersdepanian, qromag.com)

Along their current two-set tour (Yo La Tengo opens for Yo La Tengo), Yo La Tengo have dropped into a handful of the nation’s finest non-commercial radio stations, proving that the radio sometimes doesn’t suck. Today they’re over at WNYC.

Head over to soundcheck.org at 2pm EST to catch them live on the web, then tune into WNYC (93.9 FM if you’re in the New York ara and Soundcheck.org elsewhere) at 9pm EST tonight.

Yo La Tengo ‘Fade‘ is out now… they’ve got two more dates on this tour (but promise they’ll be back out soon). See you there

2/15 DC @ 9:30 Club
2/16 NYC @ Town Hall

 

photo lifted from bradkelly‘s flickr

 

Hullabaloos, detonations, Chelsea Light Moving and Brooklyn Vegan

By Gabe on Thursday, February 14th, 2013

From the weird/cool/whoa file: on Tuesday Brooklyn Vegan correctly pointed out that, in the bio for Chelsea Light Moving’s upcoming album, Thurston Moore threatens that “the band is ready to detonate any birthday party, wedding or hullabaloo in any country, planet or stratosphere that doesn’t support right wing extremist NRA sucking bozo-ology.”

In a moment that may go down in trolling history, the comments section went ablaze with suggestions for venues, houses and parties Thurston and the band could play. Late Tuesday Thurston himself took the comments section at BV (twice!) to state that the band is indeed up to detonate some poor sap’s shebang.

Today Brooklyn Vegan returned to the story, imploring their readers for more suggestions for Thurston and CLM. So, um, I guess this is happening (really? WTF) – visit Brooklyn Vegan and make your pitch!

Esben and The Witch – “When That Head Splits” video

By Stuart on Tuesday, February 12th, 2013
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Set your eyes to stunned – the new Esben and the Witch video for “When That Head Splits” is a psychadelic animated wonder, created by director Rafael Bonilla Jr, it uses almost 9,000 still frames and premieres today via Tumblr.

Currently on tour in Europe, they return to the UK for their largest headline show to date at London’s  Scala (Tickets), before making their long-awaited return to the USA and Canada.  The band have recently shared a track-by-track of their new album Wash The Sins Not Only The Face on their Facebook page, whilst director Ralph Bonilla had these words about the video:

“I started first with the painting that was part of the inspiration for the song, Salvador Dali’s Metamorphosis of Narcissus and the accompanying poem. One of my favorite things about Dali is that his paintings are full of hidden meanings and symbols, so I tried to do the same. I combined this with lyrics from the song, as well as an idea the band hand about a girl who gradually transforms into the landscape she’s traveling through. The girl in the video is a combination of the nude women and the dog in the Dali painting, and as she travels through different regions of this strange alien planet, her body transforms along with it. I saw the other characters and the different locations in the story as reflections of her own self, until finally in the last segment of the video, she ends up in a place made entirely out of flesh and blood, literally inside her own body. Most of the video was accomplished using plasticine models ranging from 4in. – 1ft., which were fitted with wire armatures. The backgrounds are either digital paintings or watercolors. The final product contains almost 9,000 frames that were animated by hand.”

Upcoming tour dates:

Fri 15 Feb – Brussels – Botanique – Tickets

Sat 16 Feb – Munster – Gleiss 22 – Tickets

Sun 17 Feb – Hamburg – Knust – Tickets

Mon 18 Feb – Berlin – Bi Nuu – Tickets

Wed 20 Feb – Munich – 59to1 – Tickets

Thu 21 Feb – Zürich – Rote Fabrik – Tickets

Fri 22 Feb – Cologne – Gebaude 9 – Tickets

Sat 23 Feb – Utrecht – Tivoli Oudegracht Spiegelbar – Tickets

Sun 24 Feb – Paris Point – Ephemere – Tickets

Tue 26 Feb – London – Scala – Tickets

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Thu Mar 21 – Philadephia, PA – Kung Fu Necktie

Fri Mar 22 – New York, NY – Mercury Lounge

Sat Mar 23 – Brooklyn, NY – Knitting Factory

Sun Mar 24 – Montreal, QC – Il Motore

Mon Mar 25 – Toronto, ON – Underground at The Drake

Tue Mar 26 – Chicago, IL – Empty Bottle

Wed Mar 27 – Minneapolis, MN – 7th St Entry

Sun Mar 31 – Vancouver, BC – The Media Club

Mon Apr 01 – Seattle, WA – Chop Suey

Tue Apr 02 – Portland, OR – Mississippi Studios

Thu Apr 04 – San Francisco, CA – Brick & Mortar Music Hall

Fri Apr 05 – Los Angeles, CA – Bootleg Bar

Sat Apr 06 – San Diego, CA – Soda Bar

Sun Apr 07 – Phoenix, AZ – Crescent Ballroom

Tue Apr 09 – Austin, TX – The Mohawk

Wed Apr 10 – Dallas, TX – Club Dada

Thu Apr 11 – Houston, TX – Fitzgerald’s

Fri Apr 12 – New Orleans, LA – Circle Bar

Sat Apr 13 – Atlanta, GA – Masquerade (Purgatory Stage)

Sun Apr 14 – Durham, NC – Motorco

Mon Apr 15 – Washington, DC – DC9

 

Iceage – “You’re Nothing” streaming at Pitchfork

By Gabe on Monday, February 11th, 2013

This week Pitchfork is giving readers the chance to hear Iceage’s artpunk tour de fuck-everything You’re Nothing via the site’s new Advance series. The album is streaming in its entirety.

You’re Nothing is out next week and available for pre-order.

Kurt Vile – Wakin On A Pretty Daze and Wakin On a Pretty Day

By Patrick on Monday, February 11th, 2013

Kurt Vile’s new album WAKIN ON A PRETTY DAZE will come out on April 9. He recorded it with producer John Agnello at a multitude of different studios throughout the Northeast in the second half of last year. It is a 69-minute long double album.

Check out the opening track WAKIN ON A PRETTY DAY. You can download it as an MP3 or listen on YouTube, accompanied by outtake footage from the Steve Powers (ESPO) documentary about the album cover mural. (Note: this is NOT the music video. The real video will be revealed in good time.)

Wakin On A Pretty Day (192k mp3)

Track list:

Side A:
1. Wakin On A Pretty Day
2. KV Crimes
3. Was All Talk

Side B:
4. Girl Called Alex
5. Never Run Away
6. Pure Pain

Side C:
7. Too Hard
8. Shame Chamber
9. Snowflakes Are Dancing

Side D:
10. Air Bud
11. Goldtone

The record will of course be available on several different formats, as follows:

Standard double vinyl gatefold with printed innersleeves and lyric sheet

Deluxe double vinyl gatefold with different cover depicting the blank building wall before Steve Powers painted it, and including a sticker sheet of the Powers paintings so that you can customize your own album artwork. This version includes the printed innersleeves and lyric sheet, but is also on limited, numbered BLUE VINYL.

First edition CD will be in a mini-gatefold like the LP cover, with the disc in a printed innersleeve in one pocket, and fold-out lyric sheet and insert in the other pocket.

PREORDER THE PHYSICAL EDITIONS HERE

The iTunes preorder, available as of tomorrow, February 12, will include an instant download of “Wakin On A Pretty Day” PLUS a preorder-only bonus track entitled “The Ghost Of Freddy Roach.” You can only get this bonus track by preordering the album at iTunes. You’ll receive the track on the April 9 release date along with the full album.

PREORDER THE iTUNES EDITION HERE

More news. If you’re in New York City, we’re going to be heading over to the legendary Electric Lady Studios tomorrow (Tuesday, February 12) to listen to the album in all its glory and have some drinks, specifically a custom-made cocktail entitled the Pretty Daze. Interested in attending? Head over to Brooklyn Vegan for a chance to win! Space is extremely limited!

photo by Shawn Brackbill

Kurt isn’t just releasing a record, he’s also touring, with the Violators backing him up:

Sun, Apr 14 – Indio CA – Coachella Festival
Sun, Apr 21 – Indio CA – Coachella Festival
Sun, May 4 – Atlanta GA – Shaky Knees Festival
Mon, May 5 – Atlanta GA – Shaky Knees Festival
Tue, May 7 – Los Angeles CA – Echoplex # *
Wed, May 8 – San Francisco CA – Independent *
Fri, May 10 – Portland OR – Doug Fir # *
Sat, May 11 – Vancouver BC – Biltmore # *
Sun, May 12 – Seattle WA – Neumos # *
Tue, May 14 – Chicago IL – Lincoln Hall *
Thu, May 16 – New York NY – Bowery Ballroom * !
Fri, May 17 – Boston MA – The Sinclair * !
Sat, May 18 – Philadelphia PA – Union Transfer * !
Fri, May 24 – Barcelona ES – Primavera Sound Festival
Sat, May 25 – London GB – Field Day
Sun, May 26 – Brussels BE – AB
Mon, May 27 – Amsterdam NL – Paradiso
Tue, May 28 – Hamburg DE – Knust
Wed, May 29 – Copenhagen DK – Amager Bio

# The Fresh & Onlys
* Steve Gunn
! Angel Olsen

Tickets for all the US dates go on sale Feb 15 except LA (Feb 16) and Seattle (on sale today).

kurtvile.com

VIDEO : Yo La Tengo – “Ohm” (Live On The 89.3 The Current)

By Gerard on Friday, February 8th, 2013
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A more meditative take on the first song from ‘Fade’, as recorded recently at KCMP.

A documentary on the new Kurt Vile album art

By Stuart on Friday, February 8th, 2013

As you might have seen drifting around the internet, Philadelphia’s own Kurt Vile has put a less than subtle indicator towards a new record on the side of an abandoned building in the city’s Northern Liberties.

A lesser known fact is that the mural was created by renowned street artist Steve Powers (aka ESPO) who, along with Kurt, talks us through the painting of the mural in the video below.

More info coming your way very soon.

Yo La Tengo on NPR’s World Cafe today

By Hector on Friday, February 8th, 2013

(photo by Laura Jane Brubaker)

Last month, Yo La Tengo played before a packed, rapturous house at Philadelphia’s World Cafe Live as part of WXPN’s Free At Noon series. As is their custom, the good folks at WXPN have taken the recording of that show and turned it into a segment for their popular syndicated World Cafe program. The show airs today at 2:00PM EST, and can be enjoyed at the WXPN website, or on your local NPR affiliate as seen on World Cafe’s website, or listen to the audio stream on NPR’s site when it’s posted later today. If you live in Philadelphia, it’s a little less complicated: just tune in at 88.5FM.

P.S. Have you purchased Yo La Tengo’s majestic new album, Fade, yet? You really should.

A.C. Newman on NPR’s World Cafe today

By Hector on Thursday, February 7th, 2013

(photo by Noah Kalina)

During his last jaunt across these United States, A.C. Newman swung by Philadelphia’s WXPN to record a session for the World Cafe program. The fruits of that session will finally be yours to enjoy today at 2:00PM EST. If you would like to partake of said fruits, click on over to the WXPN website, or check World Cafe’s website to see if one of the over 200 stations that airs the show is in your neck of the woods, OR listen to the audio stream on NPR’s site later in the day, OR if you live in the lovely city of Philadelphia you can tune in at 88.5FM.

Mr. Newman’s most recent album, Shut Down The Streets, is available for a variety of reasonable prices on a variety of equally reasonable formats on our webstore.

Not The Crossover We Were Counting On : The American Conservative’s Love Letter To Yo La Tengo

By Gerard on Tuesday, February 5th, 2013

They have a record called I Am Not Afraid of You and I Will Beat Your Ass, which is sure to appeal to the hyper-aggressive Breitbart wing of conservatism.

To paraphrase Michael Jordan, “tradcons buy records, too”.

Welcome Majical Cloudz

By Robby on Tuesday, February 5th, 2013

For the past few years, Devon Welsh’s been recording solo material composed between rural Ontario and Montreal, and collaborating in production & performance with Matthew Otto under the guise Majical Cloudz. This spring, we at Matador have the distinct pleasure to bring his next full-length to record stores worldwide.

It’s been written of Majical Cloudz:  Their performance is deeply expressive — strong vocals sit on top of washes of white noise, filtered synths and sparse thuds. The songs are intensely lyrical, oriented around themes of death, patience, family and desire. The live show celebrates the joy in sadness and the value of a shared musical experience.

We’ll have more details on a full-length release set for this spring shortly, but we can tell you that you’ll be hearing this song on it. Download “Turns Turns Turns” (as previously heard on a 2012 Arbutus/Merok EP) HERE.

Watch Majical Cloudz perform the track live via Yours Truly.

Majical Cloudz “Turns Turns Turns” from Yours Truly on Vimeo.

Majical Cloudz will be on tour with Autre Ne Veut at the end of the month, followed by a few performances at SXSW

February 26 Philadelphia, PA – Johnny Brendas *
February 27 New York, NY – Santos Party House *
February 28 Montreal, Quebec – Le Belmont *
March 01 Toronto, Ontario – Wrongbar *
March 02 Chicago, IL – Schubas *
March 04 Minneapolis, MN – Triple Rock *
March 07 Vancouver, British Columbia – Electric Owl *
March 08 Seattle, WA – Barboza *
March 09 Portland, OR – Bunk Bar *
March 11 San Francisco, CA – The Independent *
March 12 Los Angeles, CA – Troubadour *
March 13-18 Austin, TX – SXSW *

w/ Autre Ne Veut

 

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