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VIDEO : Lee Ranaldo & The Dust – In Session at KEXP

By Gerard on Friday, January 31st, 2014

from December 8, 2013, footage courtesy KEXP.org

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VIDEO : Fucked Up – “Magic Word” (January 19)

By Gerard on Friday, January 31st, 2014

clip courtesy Pitchfork TV ; from the 285 Kent finale.

Primavera Sound 2014

By Stuart on Wednesday, January 29th, 2014

It’s another mini-Matador fest at Primavera Sound festival this year, as Queens of the Stone Age, DARKSIDE, Body/Head, Lee Ranaldo and The Dust, Majical Cloudz and Glasser all descend upon Barcelona for the weekend of May 29th-31st.  Elsewhere amongst the line-up familiar faces include Spoon, Mogwai and Cold Cave ,with tickets on sale now from www.primaverasound.es.

Kurt Vile, solo in Europe

By Stuart on Thursday, January 23rd, 2014

Despite airing his agoraphobic fears last year (with his EP “it’s a big world out there (and i am scared)” – out now), Kurt Vile’s taking on a large chunk of the world alone, as he ventures out for a headline solo tour of Europe this March/April, for a series of unique shows in a more intimate setting than usual.  Support for most dates comes from Pall Jenkins of The Black Heart procession and tickets for shows are on sale now, unless noted.

March
31st Bad Bonn – Dudingen, Switzerland* – Tickets

April
1st Gagarin 205 – Athens, Greece * – Tickets
4th Motel Mozaique – Rotterdam, Netherlands - Tickets
5th Hafenklang – Hamburg, Germany * (Tickets on sale 24/1)
6th Hebbel Am Ufer 2 (HAAU) – Berlin, Germany * (Tickets on sale 24/1)
7th Whelans – Dublin, Ireland * – Tickets
9th The Pavillion – Cork, Ireland  *- Tickets
10th Cafe de la Danse – Paris, France * – Tickets
11th Vooruit – Gent, Belgium  * – Tickets
12th St James Piccadilly – London, UK * – Tickets
13th All Saint’s Church – Brighton, UK  * – Tickets
14th Bremen Teater – Copenhagen, Denmark – Tickets
15th Rockefeller – Oslo, Norway – Tickets
16th IKSV – Istanbul, Turkey – Tickets
*Pall Jenkins supports

Currently on tour in Australia, New Zealand and Singapore with The Violators, catch Kurt down under at the following shows:

January
25th St Jerome’s Laneway Festival, Singapore, Singapore
27th St Jerome’s Laneway Festival, Auckland, NZ
31st St Jerome’s Laneway Festival, Fortitude Valley, Australia

February
1st St Jerome’s Laneway Festival, Melbourne, Australia
2nd St Jerome’s Laneway Festival, Sydney, Australia
5th Corner Hotel, Richmond, Australia
6th Corner Hotel, Richmond, Australia
7th St Jerome’s Laneway Festival, Adelaide, Australia
8th St Jerome’s Laneway Festival, Fremantle, Australia

Stephen Malkmus And The Jicks on Sirius XMU tonight

By Hector on Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014
(photo by Leah Nash)

Traipsing along your Sirius XM dial to Sirius XMU (channel 35) tonight at 9:00PM EST will pay dividends this week, as you’ll be just in time to feast your ears on a performance by the four and only Stephen Malkmus And The Jicks. Not near your satellite radio tonight? Guess what, I’ve personally seen to it that you have three more chances to listen:

Thursday, 1/23 at 4:00PM EST
Friday, 1/24 at 9:00AM EST
Sunday, 1/26 at 12:00 noon EST

I also convinced the band to go on the following tour dates. I really hope you appreciate all this.

Wed Feb 12 – Denver, CO – Gothic Theatre (with Tyvek)
Fri Feb 14 – Columbia, MO – Mojo’s (with Tyvek)
Sat Feb 15 – St. Louis, MO – Old Rock House (with Tyvek)
Sun Feb 16 – Omaha, NE – The Waiting Room (with Tyvek)
Tue Feb 18 – Minneapolis, MN – Cedar Cultural Center (with Tyvek)
Wed Feb 19 – Madison, WI – High Noon Saloon (with Tyvek)
Thu Feb 20 – Chicago, IL – Lincoln Hall (with Disappears)
Fri Feb 21 – Ferndale, MI – The Loving Touch (with Disappears)
Sat Feb 22 – Toronto, ON – Lee’s Palace (with Disappears)
Sun Feb 23 – Montreal, QC – Cafe Campus (with Disappears)
Tue Feb 25 – Boston, MA – Paradise (with Disappears)
Wed Feb 26 – New York, NY – Bowery Ballroom (with Disappears)
Thu Feb 27 – Brooklyn, NY – Music Hall of Williamsburg (with Endless Boogie)
Fri Feb 28 – Washington, DC – Black Cat (with Endless Boogie)
Sat March 01 – Philadelphia, PA - Theatre of Living Arts (with Endless Boogie)
Mon March 03 – Carrboro, NC – Cat’s Cradle (with Purling Hiss)
Tue March 04 – Atlanta, GA – Terminal West (with Purling Hiss)
Wed March 05 – Birmingham, AL – The Bottletree (with Purling Hiss)
Thu March 06 – New Orleans, LA – The Parish @ House of Blues (with Purling Hiss)
Fri March 07 – Houston, TX – Fitzgerald’s Upstairs (with Purling Hiss)
Sun March 09 – Dallas, TX – Granada Theater (with Purling Hiss)
Sat March 15 – Portland, OR – Star Theater
Thu March 27 – San Francisco, CA – Slim’s (with Speedy Ortiz)
Fri March 28 – Los Angeles, CA – El Rey Theatre (with Speedy Ortiz)
Sat March 29 – San Diego, CA – Casbah (with Speedy Ortiz)
Sun March 30 – Pioneertown, CA – Pappy & Harriets Pioneertown (with Speedy Ortiz)
Tue April 01 – Phoenix, AZ – The Crescent Ballroom (with Speedy Ortiz)
Wed April 02 – Las Vegas, NV – Beauty Bar (with Speedy Ortiz)
Thu April 03 – Salt Lake City, UT – Urban Lounge (with Speedy Ortiz)
Sat April 05 – Missoula, MT - Top Hat (with Speedy Ortiz)
Mon April 7 – Calgary, AB – Republik (with Speedy Ortiz)
Tue April 8 – Edmonton, AB – Starlite Room (with Speedy Ortiz)
Thu April 10 – Vancouver, BC – Rickshaw Theatre (with Speedy Ortiz)
Fri April 11 – Victoria, BC – Lucky Bar (with Speedy Ortiz)
Sat April 12 – Seattle, WA – Neptune Theatre (with Speedy Ortiz)

 

EMA – ‘The Future’s Void’ album details / “Satellites” video

By The Management on Tuesday, January 21st, 2014

Matador Records is even more pleased and excited than usual to announce the release date and album details for the forthcoming LP from EMA, “The Future’s Void”. The album will be released worldwide (ex-Europe) by Matador on April 8 (via City Slang in Europe April 7). The followup to her acclaimed 2011 LP, “Past Life Martyred Saints,” “The Future’s Void” was written by Erika M. Anderson, recorded in Portland, Oregon, and produced by Erika and Leif Shackelford.

(photo : Erika M. Anderson)

EMA recently told NME that the album was influenced by, among other things, NiN demos, the heavier side of early K Records, and William Gibson’s Neuromancer, and that the album deals with the digital commodification of our online lives. She says, “I gravitate toward hooks and melodies, and in some ways the structure of these songs are my poppiest yet,” while noting that the jarring production includes a lot of first takes and spontaneously-recorded ambient sounds “to keep the songs from sounding like advertisements”.

Last month the first single “Satellites” was released to raves, garnering “Best New Track” from Pitchfork, who said, ““It’s discontent composed to Carl Sagan proportion, and it’s easily the most bracing thing yet from an artist already more bracing than most.“ Spin said, “it’s a rumbling mammoth that feeds off canned, clapping percussion and waves of static feedback,” while Stereogum noted, “anxiety this ferocious is a timeless thing.”

Today also sees the debut of the “Satellites” video. It’s a DIY affair from EMA which uses tech effects that she says are either “primitive or sophisticated, depending on your point of view”.  This is coupled with an interactive “nightmare media” cube on her website, featuring a slow-motion fake-plant fetish and the only footage on the internet that shows the true nature of cats. There’s further details on the making of the “Satellites” video here (“we shot most of the footage with a few friends over a long weekend and edited it via Skype screen-share.  There were no stylists, DP, lighting crews, catering or make up artists. But we did have an iPhone that shoots slo-mo, a Canon, a fog machine, and a Microsoft Kinect”).

‘The Future’s Void’ track listing:

Satellites
So Blonde
3Jane
Cthulu
Smoulder
Neuromancer
When She Comes
100 Years
Solace
Dead Celebrity

EMA will be playing select performances during SXSW Music, and touring extensively on release; tour dates to be announced soon.

Pre-order CD, LP, and Cassette at the Matador Store (LP on limited edition lavender vinyl, also available bundled with a t-shirt at a discounted price).

Pre-order on iTunes & receive “Satellites” as an instant download. iTunes version comes with bonus track “Drown”.

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Lee Ranaldo & The Dust – Scandinavian Tour

By Judge on Tuesday, January 21st, 2014


Lee Ranaldo, swiped from his Instagram, photo credit – Leah Singer

Lee and The Dust are back on the road this year, this time taking in a tour of Scandinavia. Tickets on sale now:

LEE RANALDO AND THE DUST
03/04/2014    DK    Copenhagen – Vega / TicketsFB Event
04/04/2014    DK    Aalborg – 1000Fryd /
05/04/2014    NO    Oslo – BLÅ / TicketsFB Event
06/04/2014    NO    Bergen – Landmark / Tickets
07/04/2014    NO    Stavanger – Folken / Ticket
08/04/2014    SWE    Stockholm – Kägelbanan – Södra Teatern / Tickets
09/04/2014    FIN    Helsinki – Tavastia / TicketsFB Event

And if you haven’t checked it out yet, here’s the Late Descent #2 video:

Queens of The Stone Age – Live On The 56th Grammy Awards, This Sunday Night

By Gerard on Tuesday, January 21st, 2014

Though we’re not often in the habit of encouraging you to watch major awards shows here at Matador Records & Filmworks, we must make a rare exception in the case of this Sunday evening’s 2014 Grammy Awards on CBS. As mentioned previously, Queens of the Stone Age are up for 3 Grammys this year, having earned nominations for  Best Rock Album (‘…Like Clockwork’), Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical, and Best Rock Performance (“My God Is The Sun”).  On top of that QOTSA will be making their Grammy telecast debut during the program’s grand finale, performing alongside fellow nominees / compatriots Nine Inch Nails, Dave Grohl and Lindsey Buckingham.

Post-Grammy Southwest Victory Lap & Additional 2014 U.S. Dates 2014 after the jump
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Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks On A French TV Program WIth Very Interesting Lighting

By Gerard on Sunday, January 19th, 2014

Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks, performing “Lariat” from the new LP/CD/digital album ‘Wigout At Jagbags’ on the Friday night transmission of France 2′s “Tonight Or Never”. The program’s topic was “Vie privée/Vie publique, quelles limites et quelles conséquences?”, which loosely translates to “Privacy / Public Life, what limits and what consequences?” I’m sure there’s a clip somewhere of Stephen having a similar debate with Matt Pinfield.

Savages – “Strife” – New Video

By Judge on Friday, January 17th, 2014

Today Savages release the new video for the track Strife taken from their debut album Silence Yourself.

Some words from Savages:

“We wanted to make a video that focused on a timeless human physicality and physical expression, a search for understanding through the movement, action and reaction of two characters. We chose the classical landscape of the empty beach.  A fight ensues between two men: one older, one younger; a tragic outcome, and death.

French director Antoine Carlier – co-founder of Pop Noire records with Jehnny Beth, who previously collaborated with the band on their artwork – filmed the scene with a modern black & white aesthetic on the beaches of Gironde in South-West France. The film is a play on human instincts and desire for survival, echoing the famous beach murder scene in the novel ‘The Stranger’ by Albert Camus.

Either a tale from the past or science-fiction, this is an endless story of human struggle. We see the fragmentation between two generations, a subject of predilection for Savages (ref: ‘I Am Here’ manifesto), where the ‘young, intelligent and radical people’ live in servitude to established elders.”

Directed by Antoine Carlier
Produced by Walter Films and Savages
Actors: Leo Pochat and Richard Duval

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http://www.walterfilms.tv

Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks On Pitchfork’s “Over/Under”

By Gerard on Thursday, January 16th, 2014

During Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks’ recent NYC promo blitzkrieg, the lovely people from Pitchfork dragged cameras and a whiter-than-white screen into our Hudson Street conference room in order to quiz the quartet about such burning topics as New Year’s Resolutions, Cat Shows, Mustard, Time Travel (“timeless”, says Stephen) and a few more things. This could be the first time today you hear a kind word about Josh Groban (unless you’re Josh Groban, in which case it might be the second or third time).

Cleaning up at The Fly awards

By Stuart on Thursday, January 16th, 2014

Not content with The NME and Grammy nominations already circulating, The Fly magazine in London have  their inaugural awards show taking place on February 6th, with Thurston Moore to receive their “Living Legend” award, with the following Matador acts also up for nomination.  Voting is, of course,  demanded encouraged and can be done so here, with the chance to win tickets to the award show.

Artist of the Year: Kurt Vile, Queens of the Stone Age, Savages

Song of the Year: Kurt Vile ‘Air Bud‘, Queens of the Stone Age ‘My God Is The Sun‘, Savages ‘She Will

Live act of the year: Queens of the Stone Age

Label of the year: Matador (amongst others).

QOTSA and Savages up for a clutch of NME awards

By Stuart on Wednesday, January 15th, 2014

This years NME awards spoonsored by Austin, Texas (…no, we don’t get it either) take place on February 26th in London which sees Queens of the Stone Age and Savages battle it out in the Best Album and Best Live Act categories, whilst Queens are also nominated for Best International Band and Jehnny Beth of Savages is nominated in the Best Band Blog/Twitter.  Voting is open now over at the NME website.  Let’s help Queens and Savages fill up their trophy cabinets.

Belle and Sebastian at Sundance Festival, Jan 20th

By Stuart on Wednesday, January 15th, 2014

It’s finally here.  The much talked (and blogged) about God Help The Girl project of Stuart Murdoch sees the light of day for the first time next week, with the world premiere taking place at the Sundance Film Festival.  To mark the special occasion, Belle and Sebastian will be playing a one-off show at Sundance in Utah on Monday, January 20th, 100 pairs of tickets are up for grabs by emailing belleandsebastianatsundance@gmail.com – it’s first come, first served so get applying if you can attend.

Of performing and unveiling the film next week, Stuart says: “On behalf of the group and myself, I’d like to say how excited we are to be playing a short concert at the bequest of the Sundance Film Festival. In Park City, in Utah, in the snow. Did I say how excited we were? I’m like, vibrating.”

Stephen Malkmus and The Jicks – Reddit AMA is happening at 1PM EST!

By Gabe on Thursday, January 9th, 2014

Please join SM and The Jicks on Reddit for a chat! The band will drop by at 1PM EST but they are taking your questions now. Ask them anything!

Glasser – dazzling Shape video premieres

By Gabe on Thursday, January 9th, 2014

Today with the help of The Creators Project, Glasser debuts her incredible video for “Shape”, from the recent album Interiors (buy the album).

The video was directed by Jonathan Turner, Glasser’s visual collaborator on Interiors.

King Krule – “A Lizard State” video debuts

By Gabe on Wednesday, January 8th, 2014

Today Archy and co. released the video for “A Lizard State” from last year’s 6 Feet Beneath The Moon.

The video, directed by Jamie-James Medina and introduced by Alfred Hitchcock, was inspired by Hitchcock’s film Dial M For Murder:

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Speaking on the video, Medina said:

“Archy and I both love Hitchcock and we’ve spent a lot of time away from music talking about his films. When I heard the phone ringing over the intro all I could think about was Dial M For Murder and the scene where Grace Kelly answers the phone. That really started the conversation. I had this idea of Hitchcock introducing King Krule. I’ve seen every episode of Hitchcock Presents and every introduction that he gives is brilliant – you could use any episode and it would work. We loved the idea of Archy defying gravity and that being the setting for his performance. But right up until shooting we didn’t know if we’d get permission to use the Hitchcock footage – to have him appear. Its such an honor that the Hitchcock estate gave us the opportunity. And then at the very end he said, ‘and the room is full of lizards’, so we had to find a set of lizards and managed to get a guy who entertains at children’s parties.”

Lee Ranaldo and the Dust share “Late Descent #2″ video, tour

By Gabe on Wednesday, January 8th, 2014

Happy New Year everyone. Lee Ranaldo and the Dust are kicking off the Fort (do we like that? for 2014? get back at me) with a Vice Cooler-directed video for “Late Descent #2″ from the recent album The Last Night on Earth (available for purchase):

Additionally, the band has a few East Cost dates starting this week:

January
Thursday 09 – Hamden, CT – Spaceland Ballroom
Friday 10 – Boston, MA – Brighton Music Hall
Saturday 11 – Brooklyn, NY – The Bell House
Saturday 25 – Atlanta, GA – Red Bull Sound Select

For an idea of what you’re in for, please check out this Lee + The D session from The Wild Honey Pie:

Lee Ranaldo & The Dust – in session today on WFMU, 3pm

By Gerard on Tuesday, January 7th, 2014

Lee Ranaldo & The Dust — confusingly enough, shown above performing at another radio station a few months ago — can be heard today on Brian Turner’s WFMU program from a session recorded this past Saturday afternoon in beautiful Jersey City.

Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks – “Lariat” on Fallon / Reddit AMA / Happy National Wigout At Jagbags Day

By Gerard on Tuesday, January 7th, 2014

(“Lariat”, from Monday’s broadcast of “Late Night With JImmy Fallon”, footage courtesy NBC)

The 6th album of studio mastery from Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks, the not-at-all Dag Nasty baiting ‘Wigout At Jagbags’ is in finer record stores and is available from all better digital retailers today. (ALSO AVAILABLE DIRECT FROM US).

If this week’s multiple NYC instores, gourmet ice cream tastings and network TV appearances weren’t enough Jicks activity, Stephen will be doing a Reddit AMA on Thursday at 1pm. Will it be as illuminating as the AMA with “A Amazon warehouse associate who processes your returns”? I’m betting yes.

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