Archive for May, 2014


By Rian on Wednesday, May 28th, 2014

We have not one, not two but SIX bands on the roster playing at Primavera Sound in Barcelona this weekend. Set times for all below, in CET.

Thursday, May 29th
Glasser 6:35-7:20pm, Pitchfork Stage
Majical Cloudz 8:55-9:45pm Pitchfork Stage
Queens of the Stone Age 11:00pm- 12:05am, Heineken Stage

Friday May 30th
Body/Head 8:45-9:45pm, Auditori Rockdelux Stage
Darkside 1:00-2:00am, Ray Ban Stage
Lee Ranaldo and The Dust 10:25-11:20pm, Vice Stage (streaming live here)

Familiar faces and sounds in the line-up include Spoon, Mogwai, The Mark Eitzel Ordeal and Cold Cave.

VIDEO : Lower – “Soft Option” from ‘Seek Warmer Climes’

By Gerard on Wednesday, May 28th, 2014

While Lower are in the midst of their 2nd US tour (dates below, along with additional continental activity), here’s a clip for “Soft Option” (directed by Kristian Emdal) from the forthcoming ‘Seek Warmer Climes’, hitting stores/desktops/minds on June 17.

(download “Soft Option” at Lower’s site)

Pre-order ‘Seek Warmer Climes’ on iTunes, get an instant download of “Lost Weight, Perfect Skin”
Pre-order from Matador : (First pressing of  the LP on white vinyl, includes a Lower pin, MP3 download card)
Listen to “Lost Weight, Perfect Skin” here
Watch a performance of “Bastard Tactics” here

Wed. May 28 – Home Sweet Home – New York, NY
Thu. May 29 – Golden Tea House – Philadelphia, CA
Fri. May 30 – Acheron – Brooklyn, NY
Mon. June 9 – Islington Assembly – London, UK (with Merchandise)
Tue. June 10 – Point Ephemere – Paris, FR (with Merchandise)
Wed. June 11 – KOMMA – Stuttgart/Esslingen, DE
Thu. June 12 – Monarch – Berlin, DE
Fri. June 13 – OT301 – Amsterdam, NL
Sun. June 15 – Gorilla – Manchester, UK (with Fucked Up)
Mon. June 16 – The Cluny – Newcastle, UK (with Fucked Up)
Tue. June 17 – Belgrave – Leeds, UK (with Fucked Up)
Wed. June 18 – Koko – London, UK (with Fucked Up)

Belle and Sebastian : New Album In The Works, Summer & Autumn Gigs

By The Management on Wednesday, May 28th, 2014

(Atlanta studio pic culled from Belle and Sebastian’s Instagram account)

Belle and Sebastian are back in action in a big way ; they’ve been working in Atlanta with producer Ben H. Allen III (Gnarls Barkley, Animal Collective) on their 9th studio album, the followup to 2010’s ‘Write About Love’, and in the meantime, they’re playing several festival and one-off dates this summer and fall. More details about the new album to follow in this space (and other spaces) :

06-19 Vienna, Austria – Arena Wien Open Air
06-20 Neuhausen, Germany – Southside Festival
06-21 Scheesel, Germany – Hurricane Festival
06-22 Hilvarenbeek, Holland – Best Kept Secret Festival
06-25 Copenhagen, Denmark – DR Concert Hall
06-26 Norkopping, Sweden – Bravalla Festival
07-26 Costa Brava, Spain – Festival Porta Ferada
07-28 Santiago de Compostela, Spain – Plaza de la Quintana
08-03 Katowice, Poland – Off Festival
08-08 Cesena, Italy – Rocca Mallatestiana
08-10 Palermo, Italy – Ypsigrock Festival
10-03 Austin, TX – Austin City Limits Festival
10-10 Austin, TX – Austin City Limits Festival
10-31 Paris, France – Pitchfork Music Festival Paris

In addition, there will be an extensive reissue series on Matador this fall, as well as the theatrical release of Stuart Murdoch’s film “God Help The Girl” in the US and Canada.

Band site:
Twitter: @BellesGlasgow

Fucked Up’s ‘Glass Boys’ – Streaming In Full, Today At Pitchfork Advance

By Gerard on Monday, May 26th, 2014

The new Fucked Up LP/CD/digital album ‘Glass Boys’ is officially available one week from tomorrow (one week from today in Europe) and can currently be heard in full via the auspices of Pitchfork Advance. In addition, the 1/2 speed drums version of the album (available as a bonus LP w/ early pressings of ‘Glass Boys’) is being streamed from start to finish by Exclaim.

(above : obligatory tote bag photograph)

Preorder ‘Glass Boys’ today and receive an instant download of “Sun Glass” and “Paper The House”
The Matador Store

(‘Glass Boys’ will be available in Canada via Arts & Crafts)

Tour Dates after the jump : (more…)

Two Iceage Shows In NYC This Weekend

By Rian on Friday, May 23rd, 2014

Tomorrow night, May 24th, Iceage will be playing the first of two New York shows at Glasslands with Uniform opening. Tickets here.

Come Sunday, Nothing Changes will present a night at 131 Chrystie St. with special guest, Anasazi. Tickets will not be on sale in advance, $12 at the door, which opens at 10pm.

These shows are on the skirt of a short run of shows that started in LA at the Posh Isolation + (now shuttered) Church on York Danish punk festival, which also had Lower sharing the top of the bill. You can catch them playing double shows in New York next week.

Wednesday, Nothing Changes present: Lower at 131 Chrystie. No advance tickets.

Friday, Lower at The Acheron w/ Dark Blue and La Cruor. Tickets here.

VIDEO : The Weekly Feed In Conversation With Body/Head

By Gerard on Thursday, May 22nd, 2014

The Weekly Feed’s Kyle Meredith traveled to Knoxville, TN to chat with Body/Head‘s Kim Gordon and Bill Nace at The Big Ears Festival. NOTE FOR PEOPLE WHO DON’T ACTUALLY WANT TO WATCH THE INTERVIEW AND NEED AN EASY QUOTE FOR A “NEWS” ITEM : Kim insists Sonic Youth never had “radio hits” (YOU’RE WELCOME!)

Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks – Today On WNYC’s “Soundcheck”, Last Night On “The Late Show With David Letterman”

By Gerard on Tuesday, May 20th, 2014

Heads up — the Jicks will be performing this afternoon at 2pm (eastern) on WNYC’s “Soundcheck” , which you can hear all over the globe at In addition, here’s Monday night’s performance of “Houston Hades”, from “The Late Show With David Letterman”. And if you’re thinking this entire campaign was an awful lot of work just so we could get Letterman to say “jagbag” on TV, well, you’re not wrong.

Lee Ranaldo & The Dust – “Blackt Out” Short Film Premiere, European Dates This Month & Next

By Gerard on Monday, May 19th, 2014

Lee Ranaldo and the Dust: Blackt Out on

Over the weekend, Nowness premiered the above film directed by Fred Riedel and based on Lee Ranaldo’s “Blackt Out” (original studio version found on 2013′s ‘Last Night On Earth’) ; here’s Lee’s take on the 13 minute short :

The basic concept plays off particular images of the Velvet Underground as filmed by Andy Warhol in the late 60s, casually rehearsing at the Factory, performing (as The Exploding Plastic Inevitable) on St Marks Place with projections and dancers, and even Warhol’s famous ‘Screen Tests’. The character of “The Projectionist” is played by legendary NYC avant-garde filmmaker Ken Jacobs (with whom both myself and director Fred Riedel studied back in the 70s). Among the dancers can be spotted former SY drummer Bob Bert. Longtime SY associate, director David Markey, is among those behind the camera on this piece. Shot at Sonic Youth studio Echo Canyon West as well as at live gigs in New York City and Los Angeles.

Lee and the Dust return to Europe next Sunday for the following shows :

May 25 Kortrijk, Belgium – De Kreun
May 26 Antwerpen, Belgium – Trix
May 27 Paris, France La Machine du Moulin Rouge
May 29 Nimes, France – This Is Not A Love Song Fest
May 30 Barcelona Primavera Sound
May 31 Lyon, France- Nuits Sonores Fest
June 1 Padova, Italy – Summer Student Fest (Je t’aime)
June 3 Ravenna, Italy – Beaches Brew
June 4 Bolzano, Italy – Sudwerk
June 5 Schorndorf, Germany – Manufaktur
June 6 Arlon, Belgium – Entrepot
June 7 Porto, Portugal – Primavera Optimus

‘Last Night On Earth’ is available from the Matador Store on 2XLP, compact disc and digital formats.. You can order the album from iTunes here.

Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks – Tonight On CBS’ “The Late Show With David Letterman”

By Gerard on Monday, May 19th, 2014

(photo culled from Food Is The New Rock, where you can hear Joanna, Stephen and Mike discussing, y’know, food)

Barring some kind of major miracle (ie. SM knocking out a new album in the next 5 months or Colbert getting cold feet), tonight (Monday, May 19) will most likely mark Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks’ final appearance on “The Late Show With David Letterman”, an occasion that ranks somewhere between Craig Ferguson’s final show and the David Letterman’s final appearance on “The Late Show With David Letterman” in terms of historical significance.

We’re told the Jicks will be performing “Houston Hades” off ‘Wigout At Jagbags’, but given the show isn’t being taped until later today, reporting this is just a tad premature. LET THE CBS CENSORS DO THEIR JOBS, that’s what I always say in these situations. They don’t show up at our place of work and tell us which critically acclaimed, commercially underwhelming records to release, nor should we poke around the Ed Sullivan Theater trying to tell them that “kids grow up really fast nowadays” and “the whole world’s a fucking sewer besides”.

It’s all happening at 11:35 eastern time, by the way, or shortly after animal trainer Jack Hanna subdues a brutish creature from either soiling or maiming the host. But enough about Dave’s old stalker — enjoy the show everybody!

Ceremony – July / August Dates

By Gerard on Friday, May 16th, 2014

(photo by Toni Francis)

Prior to entering the studio to commence work on the long-anticipated followup to ‘Zoo’, Ceremony are hitting the road this summer. Though we’ve got ticket links for several of the shows, there’s a few that’ll be sales on the door only – best to check with the venues directly. You may or may not thrilled to know Ceremony are now on Twitter,, Facebook and Instagram, but we’ll settle for “interested”.

Tuesday, July 08, 2014 Portland OR Slabtown (all ages)
Wednesday, July 09, 2014 Seattle WA The Black Lodge (all ages)
Thursday, July 10, 2014 Boise ID The Crux (all ages)
Friday, July 11, 2014 Salt Lake City UT The Shred Shed (all ages)
Saturday, July 12, 2014 Denver CO Marquis Theater (all ages)
Monday, July 14, 2014 St. Louis MO The Demo (all ages)
Tuesday, July 15, 2014 Chicago IL Subterranean (all ages)
Wednesday, July 16, 2014 Grand Rapids MI Pyramid Scheme (with Nothing) (all ages)
Thursday, July 17, 2014 Cleveland OH Now That’s Class (with Nothing) (all ages)
Friday, July 18, 2014 Brooklyn NY Brooklyn Night Bazaar* (all ages)
Saturday, July 19, 2014 Philadelphia PA First Unitarian Church* (w/Iron Lung, Anxiety Hammer), all ages
Sunday, July 20, 2014 Cambridge MA The Sinclair* (all ages)
Monday, July 21, 2014 Washington DC Rock & Roll Hotel* (all ages)
Tuesday, July 22, 2014 Charlotte NC Casbah at Tremont Music Hall* (all ages)
Wednesday, July 23, 2014 Atlanta GA Mammal Gallery* (all ages)
Thursday, July 24, 2014 Orlando FL The Social * (ages 12 and over)
The Social Saturday, July 26, 2014 New Orleans LA Mudlark (all ages)
Sunday, July 27, 2014 Houston TX Fitzgerald’s (all ages)
Monday, July 28, 2014 Dallas TX Trees** (all ages)
Tuesday, July 29, 2014 Austin TX Mohawk** (all ages)
Thursday, July 31, 2014 Tucson AZ 191 Warehouse (all ages)
Friday, August 01, 2014 West Hollywood CA Roxy Theatre (all ages)
Saturday, August 02, 2014 San Francisco CA Rickshaw Stop (all ages)

* – Iron Lung support
** – supporting Boris