Archive for January, 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.
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.
31st Bad Bonn – Dudingen, Switzerland* – Tickets
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:
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
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
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)
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:
When She Comes
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”.
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 / Tickets – FB Event
04/04/2014 DK Aalborg – 1000Fryd /
05/04/2014 NO Oslo – BLÅ / Tickets - FB 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 / Tickets – FB Event
And if you haven’t checked it out yet, here’s the Late Descent #2 video:
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
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.
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
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).
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
Live act of the year: Queens of the Stone Age
Label of the year: Matador (amongst others).
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.
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 email@example.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.”
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!
Hey we will be doing an AMA on Reddit this Thursday at 1PM EST. Come on down!" pic.twitter.com/irQfYKTEm0
— SM and the Jicks (@MalkmusAndJicks) January 7, 2014
Hey everyone, we'll be over at Reddit in a half hour for our AMA so, you know, ask us anything! ( line 'em up now):http://t.co/0rIeUVWwaR
— SM and the Jicks (@MalkmusAndJicks) January 9, 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:
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.”
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:
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:
Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks – “Lariat” on Fallon / Reddit AMA / Happy National Wigout At Jagbags DayBy 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.