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This Weekend At Fun Fun Fun : Iceage, Ted Leo, Majical Cloudz, The New Pornographers, Yo La Tengo

By Gerard on Wednesday, November 5th, 2014

The 9th annual edition of Transmission Entertainment’s ridiculously awesome Fun Fun Fun Fest hits Austin’s Auditorium Shores this weekend, and here’s a breakdown of where and when the far-too-well-represented members of the Matador family will be appearing. NONE ARE CONFLICTING WITH KING DIAMOND (and that’s all that really matters).

Tickets for the entire weekend + FFF Nites aftershows are still available here.

MAJICAL CLOUDZ:
Friday, November 7 – Yellow Stage 7:20 PM
Friday, November 7, Cheer Up Charlie’s (Outdoor) 11:00 PM

TED LEO
Friday, November 7, Mohawk, 12:45 AM

ICEAGE:
- Friday, November, 7 – Holy Mountain (Indoor)12:30 AM
- Saturday, November, 8 – Black Stage 4:05 PM

THE NEW PORNOGRAPHERS:
- Saturday, November, 8 – Orange Stage 5:55 PM

YO LA TENGO:
- Sunday, November 9, Orange Stage – 5:55 PM

YLT’S IRA KAPLAN & GEORGIA HUBLEY ARE ON KLRU’S “OVERHEARD” WITH EVAN SMITH TONIGHT, PERFORMING “THE LOVE SONG OF R. BUCKMINSTER FULLER” LIVE IN AUSTIN 4/17

By Rian on Wednesday, April 16th, 2014

Austin’s KLRU is hosting Yo La Tengo’s Ira Kaplan and Georgia Hubley TONIGHT on “Overheard” with Evan Smith. Please note that this event is free, but RSVP is required. In the event page here, you can do just that.

Time: 7pm

Map and directions to KLRU here.

The band is in town to perform “The Love Song of R. Buckminster Fuller” as a collaboration with filmmaker Sam Green. Love song premiered in 2012 at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art as part of the San Francisco International Film Festival. This revival will be in Austin for only one night and two performances on April 17th.

Love Song examines Fuller’s remarkable life as a visionary architect, designer, and social critic, most famous for his creation of the geodesic dome. Green draws heavily from the Fuller archive at Stanford, an astonishing collection of notes, letters, blueprints, photographs, films, and ephemera that contains a wonderful record of the utopian thinker and creator’s massive body of work. Yo La Tengo’s eclectic indie rock provides live musical accompaniment to the film and Green’s live narration.”

More information about this event can be found here.

Ticket links: 7PM / 9PM

 

Chelsea Light Moving live on KEXP from Mellow Johnny’s Bike Shop today

By Hector on Thursday, March 14th, 2013

If there’s one thing we know you, the Matablog faithful, hate more than anything else, it’s hyperbole. And yet here we are in the middle of SXSW, where hyperbole is the norm that inevitably leads to mediocre band after mediocre band being lauded as “killing it,” “slaying,” or “destroying it,” usually with hashtags involved. Clearly, mere hyperbole is no longer enough to separate the proverbial men from the boys, and in that spirit: Chelsea Light Moving will be literally murdering the audience this afternoon as part of their 1:30PM CDT performance at Mellow Johnny’s Bike Shop (400 Nueces St.), a performance which is free and open to the public and will also be broadcast live on KEXP (90.3FM in Seattle, and streaming on kexp.org).

Those of you at SXSW who are wondering why one would go to a show where the band is going to literally murder the audience should note that Chelsea Light Moving’s long-term plan is to literally turn Austin into a smoldering, bloody crater by the time they leave, so you’re pretty much screwed no matter what.

Chelsea Light Moving’s new self-titled album is, of course, available for purchase in many fine formats at our webstore. Now, if you’ll excuse me, I see a margarita with my name on it.

We Love Music Industry Conventions Disguised As Music Festivals (And Vice Versa) : Matador / True Panther Artists At SXSW

By Gerard on Friday, March 8th, 2013

I hope you’ll excuse my weary tone — it’s not that I don’t look forward to South By Southwest or the plethora of free, unaffiliated events (especially those that take place in glorified jello-shot emporiums masquerading as music venues for one week out of the year). It’s just that I’m really pissed off someone told all of the bands below they’re staying at my place.

CHELSEA LIGHT MOVING

Tue      3/12    Austin TX                   Queue Day Party         3 pm Mohawk  (w/ Delorean)
Wed    3/13    Austin TX                    Waterloo Records        12 pm (parking lot performance)
Wed    3/13    Austin TX                    Consequence of Sound  5 pm The Parish
Thu      3/14    Austin TX                    KEXP Session               12:30 pm Mellow Johnny’s
Thu      3/14    Austin TX                    Thrasher/Converse  party     4 pm Scoot Inn
Fri        3/15    Austin TX                    Rolling Stone Party     2 pm La Zona Rosa
Fri        3/15    Austin TX                    Ground Control Touring,  12:15 am Mohawk*  (w/ Trash Talk, Merchandise and more)

DELOREAN

Tue      3/12    Austin TX                    Queue Day Party         4 pm Mohawk
Tue      3/12    Austin TX                    Fader Fort                    8 pm Fader Fort
Thu      3/14    Austin TX                    Pitchfork Day Party    1:40 pm 1100 Warehouse
Thu      3/14    Austin TX                    Filter Party                  11 pm Clive Bar*
Sat       3/16    Austin TX                    True Panther     1 am Mohawk* (with Majical Cloudz, Empress Of, XXYYXX , Silent Diane and more)

MAJICAL CLOUDZ

Thu      3/14    Austin TX                   Spin Party                    4 pm Easy Tiger
Fri        3/15    Austin TX                   Urban Outfitters         2 pm Urban Outfitters Lot
Fri        3/15    Austin TX                   M For Montreal            9 pm Swan Dive
Sat      3/16    Austin TX                    True Panther Presents     9:30 pm Mohawk* (with Delorean, Empress Of, XXYYXX, Silent Diane  and more)

THE YOUNG

Fri       3/15   Austin TX        “Our Heart Aches For Syria” / Red Cross benefit  8 pm Long Center (w/ The Black Lips, White Lung and more)
Sat      3/16    Austin TX        Ground Control Touring  2 pm Beerland  (w/ Merchandise, Spider Bags and more)

(* – denotes an official SXSW event ; wristband or badge required for admission.  There’s public admission if venues aren’t at capacity SOMETIMES, but we can’t guarantee it)

Matador & True Panther Sounds In Austin, TX This Week

By Gerard on Wednesday, March 14th, 2012

Notice how careful I was not to use the trademarked brand-name, S—- By S——–?  That’s because the several of the events below require neither a badge nor a wristband to attend.  We’ve helpfully pointed out the exceptions, however.  As always, we’re thrilled to bits to taking part, even in the tiniest of ways, in this great annual rock biz circle jerk (that sometimes features former members of the Circle Jerks) and on behalf of my fellow Austin residents, I’d like to welcome you to America’s most self-satisfied Live Music Parking Lot Capitol.

This doesn’t mean, however, you can come over to my house.

CEREMONY :
Friday, March 16, Brooklyn Vegan / Power of the Riff / Thrasher / Converse “Death Match”, Scoot Inn, 1308 E. 4th St. , 2pm (free)

Saturday, March 17, Mess With Texas, outside stage,  1105 E. 5th St., 2:45pm (free)
Saturday, March 17, Flower Booking Presents at Red 7, 611 E. 7th St., 8pm*

THE YOUNG :
Monday, March 12, The Mohawk (inside stage), 10:20pm, (free)

Wednesday, March 14,  Bar 96, 96 Rainey Street, 10pm*  (with Screaming Females, Titus Andronicus)

Thursday, March 15,  Mess With Texas, 1105 E. 5th St., 1pm (with The Men, Cults)
Thursday, March 15,  Brooklyn Vegan Presents at Hotel Vegas, 1500 E. 6th St., 4pm (free)

Saturday, March 17, Red Eyed Fly, 715 Red River, 2pm (free) (with Bleached)
Saturday March 17, Pure Volume House at Roy’s, 340 E. 2nd St., 4:15pm (with Cymbals Eat Guitars) (free)

GIRLS :
Thursday, March 15, Mess With Texas, 1100 E. 5th St., 3pm (free)
Thursday, March 15, High Road Booking Presents at Stubb’s, 801 Red River, 10pm*

TANLINES :
Friday, March 16, Rhapsody Party, Club DeVille, 900 Red River  1:4pm (with Washed Out, Zola Jesus) (free)
Friday, March 16, Windish Agency Presents at ND Studios, 501 North IH-35, 8pm *

Saturday, March 17, Mess With Texas, 1105 E. 5th St., 4pm (free)

* – official SXSW event : badges and wristbands get first shot.  Venue might elect to sell tickets if they’re not at capacity.

LEMONADE :

The Young’s Very Hectic Mid-March Schedule In Austin, TX

By Gerard on Thursday, March 1st, 2012

A number of Matador / True Panther Sounds artists will be playing multiple times in and around Austin during the week of March 12-17, including but not limited to Girls, Ceremony, Tanlines, and The Young.  An exhaustive update of all the relevant shows is coming next week, but since The Young bothered to make their own poster for the occasion(s)*, they’re getting THE EARLY PUSH.

*- 3/14 Bar 96 w/ Titus Andronicus and Screaming Females, official SXSW event (badges/wristbands get first crack)
3/15 MWTX  free show w/ The Men, RSVP here.

The YoungLivin’ Free (192k MP3)

The Young
The Young – Facebook
The Young – Twitter

Late-breaking SXSW news: Kurt Vile at the WFMU showcase, 12:00 midnight CST

By Hector on Friday, March 18th, 2011
photo by Shawn Brackbill

If, like most good folk, you keep up with the whats and whys of America’s favorite freeform radio station, WFMU, or if, like most of the music industry, you are in Austin for SXSW, you may have come across the glaring “Special Guest TBA” in the midnight slot of tonight’s WFMU’s SXSW showcase at Barbarella (611 Red River, right in the heart of the fabled 6th Street red light district). Meme-conscious readers may have noted the day of the showcase and assumed that the ever-resourceful WFMU had snared the first-ever live performance by tween sensation Rebecca Black, but if I do say so myself the actual truth is even better: tonight’s Special Guest at the WFMU showcase is Philadelphia’s own Kurt Vile, whose new album Smoke Ring For My Halo is still just as crazily good as we’ve been saying for a while now.

If you happen to be stuck in some cultural backwater that doesn’t even have its very own Stevie Ray Vaughan statue, fear not, because WFMU will be broadcasting the entire showcase, starting at 9:00PM EST/8:00PM CST, at 91.1FM and online at wfmu.org. Those of you who are familiar with time zones will be aware that that means Kurt is on at 1:00AM EST, which is technically Saturday, which kind of screws up the Rebecca Black reference from earlier in this post. What can I say.

Matador’s Cavalcade Of Stars At SXSW (And Events That Aren’t Actually Part Of SXSW)

By Gerard on Monday, March 14th, 2011

(scenes from SXSW 2005 : Matador co-owner, Austin resident for all of 15 minutes politely instructs a motorist to “go the fuck back where you came from” before recognizing his dog’s veterinarian)

It’s that time of year, when the fair of city of Austin is besieged by thousands of aspiring musicians, label creeps, bloggers, tech pimps, cinema parasites and self-styled marketing reptiles, all of ‘em urinating in my front garden on their way to and from some dubious “showcase” or launch party designed to appeal to their MOST CRAVEN INSTINCTS. I watch all of this from my front porch, my air rifle sitting atop a cooler of Guyaki Yerba Matte, wondering exactly how much jail time I’d serve for shooting the bluetooth earpiece off the skull of a gentleman trying to negotiate a contract at the foot of my driveway.

At which point, I’m reminded that he’s actually a guest in my home and our conference call that I’ve been ignoring is already 10 minutes old. Where are my manners?  Sure, Austin’s chock-a-block with SCHMUCKS ON THE MAKE this week, but who am I to point an accusatory finger at these lovely visitors when they provide this label with such a fabulous opportunity to hawk our wares?  The following Matador artists are playing (too many times) in Austin this week.  Shows marked * will require an SXSW badge or wristband for priority entry ; happily, such gigs are in the overwhelming minority compared to the open-to-the-great unwashed public events listed below.  I look forward to seeing you around town this week, and thank you again for keeping Austin, TX’s property values well above the national average.

Esben and the Witch :

Tuesday, March 15, 10pm, M for Montreal Showcase, Spill, 212 E. 6th St. (SXSWi event)
Wednesday, March 16, 2:30pm Flavorpill / I Rock I Roll Day Party, Lipstick, 24, 606 E. 7th St. (RSVP)
Wednesday, March 16, 8pm, Windish Booking Showcase*, ND Studios, 501 N. Highway I-35 (5th St. and Brushy Avenue)
Thursday, March 17, 2:30pm, Pop Montreal Party, Beauty Bar, 617 E. 7th St.
Thursday, March 17, 6:45pm, FADER Fort, 1101 E. 5th St.  (RSVP)
Friday, March 18, 3:15pm, Windish Agency Party, Emo’s Jr., 603 Red River
Friday, March 18, midnight, BBC/Huw Stephens Showcase *, Latitude 30, 215 San Jacinto
Saturday, March 19, 2:40pm, Mess With Texas, Eastside Drive, 1001 E. 6th St.  (RSVP)
Saturday, March 19, 4:40pm, Dazed & Confused party, Flamingo Cantina, 515 E. 6th St.

Ted Leo (solo)

Wednesday, March 16, 10pm, Brooklyn Vegan Showcase*, The Swan Dive, 651 Red River,
Thursday, March 17, 5:30pm,  Other Music/Dig For Fire present, French Legation, 802 San Marcos
Friday, March 18, 3pm, Flower Booking/Onion AV Club Party, Mohawk, 912 Red River
Saturday, March 19, 4:55pm, Mess With Texas, Eastside Drive, 1001 E. 6th St.  (RSVP)

Glasser

Thursday, March 17, 10pm Pitchfork presents *, Central Presbyterian Church, 200 E. 8th St.
Friday, March 18, Rhapsody Pary, Club Deville, 900 Red River (RSVP)

Kurt Vile & The Violators

Friday, March 18, Rhapsody Party, Club Deville, 900 Red River (RSVP)
Saturday, March 19, 3:30pm, Auditorium Shores, 950 W. Riverside Drive, free, all ages
Saturday, March 19, 6pm, Waterloo Records parking lot, 600 N. Lamar Blvd.

 

Austin Movienight (or) Popcorn Makes Me Wanna High-Kick

By Michael on Friday, September 10th, 2010

2 of the first documentaries ever made about music* are set to grace Austin’s silver screen later this month when Alamo Drafthouse teams up with End Of An Ear and Matador to bring you Watch Me Jumpstart and Slow Century — two films about esteemed Matador alums Guided By Voices and Pavement — as part of the Alamo’s Music Monday Series.
$2 gets you admission along with some killer food and drink specials.

And be sure to catch the bands when they come to the Casual Victi…. er…. Live Music Capital.

Guided By Voices
Thursday September 30 @ East Side Drive
w/ Times New Viking

Pavement
Tuesday September 28 @ Stubb’s Waller Creek
w/ Woven Bones

*well, not really.

Now Playing On MTV Canada : “Shearwater’s Guide To Austin”

By Gerard on Monday, September 6th, 2010

This week is amounting to what passes for the Thor Harris Media Blitz, what with Shearwater’s multi-instrumentalist extraordinaire being photographed in Sunday’s New York Times (as part of the newly configured Swans lineup), as well as assisting bandmate Jonathan Meiburg in giving MTV Canada’s Sharlene Chiu a guided tour of Austin, TX. OK,   The latter segment begins airing today, however you can watch a web version, just be advised the Shearwater segment doesn’t start until about 3 minutes and 56 seconds in, but if you wanna watch the members of Yeasayer eating lunch, well, there’s that, too!

Casual Victim Pile / Where Are They Now, Pt II ; Love Collector

By Gerard on Friday, July 23rd, 2010

Yesterday’s admittedly incomplete round up of recent activity from Casual Victim Pile alumni glaringly omitted the Austin quartet Love Collector. Not because I wish them DEAD or anything, but rather, since Dave and Robin fucked off to San Francisco for the summer, things have gone a bit quiet on the Love Collector front. As it turns out, however, I was woefully uninformed. Not only are Love Collector returning to the stage August 28 at Beerland (with The Golden Boys and John Schooley’s One Man Band), but director Amedo DiNardo has completed a video for ‘Casual Victim Pile”s “First 48″. Bottle Service‘s tambourine-playing dynamo Joe Ryan makes a cameo appearance, while Shawn and Rob reveal themselves to be track & field’s greatest revelations since Rosie Ruiz.

Oh, The Places You’ll Go: A Day In The Life Of A Non-SXSWer

By Michael on Friday, March 19th, 2010

You know, not everyone in the music industry descends upon Austin for the SXSW Music Conference. Somebody’s got to hold the fort down. After all, these records ain’t gonna sell themselves. This is my minute-by-minute account of March 18, 2010.

9:30 am: I’m here 30 minutes early because I had to be up and at the DMV by 8 am. Wondering who in Austin is still up drinking from last night. Office is eerily quiet.

10:30 am: Still the only one here… I think.

11:18 am: Chase a dog around the office in an attempt to remove a mail order package from his mouth. Sorry J. Roger from Phoenix… let me know if your corners are bent.

11:43 am: IMing with my cousin about who it would be creepier to get hit on by (if we were girls): The Fonz or Alex P. Keaton.

12:12 pm: Make a list of fake band names. Entries include: The Shittybutts, Sweet Love, Mike Watt’s Sweaty Socks, The Super Falcons, The Burnin’ Blazin’ Mississippi Madmen (feat. Dennis DeYoung), Tugboat Crash, Doucheslayer, Cocks-A-Fire, Wicked Neptune.

12:32 pm: Get a call from Kris Chen who is either drunk or psyched. Or both.

12:35 pm: Mentally count all the people I know who are at SXSW.

12:42 pm: Get a phone call from mom to tell me that Red River is “off the fuckin’ hook.”

12:45-1:40 pm: Stared at a paperclip.

1:45 pm: Ride the elevator a couple of times.

2:00 pm: Download a program that makes my digital photos look like Polaroids. Psyched.

2:03 pm: Realize that 99% of the fun of Polaroids is waiting for the pictures to develop. Bummed.

2:12 pm: Debate telling coworkers about my plans to time-travel.

2:45 pm: Watch #2 seed Villanova squeak out an embarrassing overtime win over #15 seed Robert Morris. Almost call the university to demand a refund of my tuition.

2:50pm: Sit in Patrick’s chair. Try to sign a bunch of cover bands. No one buys it.

3:01pm: Check the Bro’d Trip twitter account to see if Adam is going on without me.

3:05: Decide to take my own Bro’d Trip… to the deli.

3:25-3:55 pm: I think I just took a nap.

4:05 pm: Think about taking up cigarettes again.

4:06 pm: Think about taking up grass again.

5:00 pm: Look up Facebook profiles of girls who dumped me in high school.

5:10 pm: Look up Facebook profiles of kids I beat up in high school.

5:30 pm: Use a Google application to determine the distance of my nightly jogging route. Feel great that it’s 1.2 miles. Immediately feel awful that I felt great over 1.2 miles.

6:15 pm: Count the emails I’ve received today: 16. New all-time low.

6:25 pm: Laugh out loud at email #17 from one of our SXSWers that simply reads “Fuck you.”

6:29 pm: One minute to go.

Casually Reminding You (The Casual Victim Pile Shows Start Tonight)

By Gerard on Thursday, February 4th, 2010

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After far too much local hype (for my comfort, anyway), our 17-band, 3 night spectacular at Austin’s Beerland kicks off this evening (doors at 9pm, music at 1opm) with the first show from The Persimmons in many months.  Running orders for all 3 evenings are below (headliners on top) but please be advised of the following ;

a) we’re giving away a ltd. edition screenprint of the above poster to the first 30 paid attendees tonight
b) End Of An Ear will be selling LP’s and CD’s on Friday and Saturday
c) Alan Benavides and Fred from The Stuffies will be spinning records Friday and Saturday
d) Friday and Saturday night’s shows start at 9pm sharp.
e) it’s $5 to get in.  If you don’t think it’s worth paying .83 cents (U.S.) per band, please keep it to yourself rather than requesting guest list space for a blog we’ve never seen before.  Thanks, dignity (yours especially) is a precious thing.

Thursday, February 4

Follow That Bird!
Dikes Of Holland
Kingdom Of Suicide Lovers

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The Distant Seconds
The Persimmons

Friday, February 5

Woven Bones
The Young

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Wild America
Flesh Lights
Elvis
The No No No Hopes

Saturday, February 6

Harlem

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The Golden Boys
Bad Sports
Love Collector
The Stuffies
Lost Controls

(Order ‘Casual Victim Pile’ on LP, CD or digital album from The Matador Store)

Casual Victim Pile – 3 Nights At Beerland (Update)

By Gerard on Friday, January 29th, 2010

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While this week’s release of Matador’s 19-band Austin/Denton compilation, ‘Casual Victim Pile’ has met with mostly favorable notices, some have rightly raised the question, “where’s the inflammatory, entirely unnecessary attacks on other genres / scenes etc.?”   So with that in mind, we commissioned Denny Schmickle to design (and Obsolete Industries to print) a limited edition poster for next week’s 3-night stand at Beerland.  Please, if 60 of these managed to completely obscure the entrance to the Saxon Pub,  rest assured this was purely the handiwork of an overzealous street team.

That said, a limited quantity of the above poster will be free with paid admission ($5) to next Thursday’s NIGHT ONE featuring Follow That Bird!, Dikes Of Holland, Kingdom Of Suicide Lovers, The Distant Seconds and The Persimmons.  On the subsequent Friday (Woven Bones, The Young, Wild America, Flesh Lights, Elvis, The No No No Hopes) and Saturday (Harlem, The Golden Boys, Bad Sports, Love Collector, The Stuffies, Lost Controls) nights, Alan B will be playing records between sets and our good friends from End Of An Ear Records will be peddling LP & CD copies of ‘CVP’.

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(Wild America, photo taken from ballrogs kill’s Flickr stream)

WOXY.com co-sponsor of next week’s shows (along with Austinist), will be broadcasting live sessions from Follow That Bird! (February 4, 4:30pm), Wild America (February 5, 12:30pm) and Love Collector (February 6, 4:30pm) as part of their Lounge Acts series.

(Order ‘Casual Victim Pile’ on LP, CD or digital album from The Matador Store)

‘Casual Victim Pile’ Comp. Marked With 17 Band, 3 Night Pile Up

By Gerard on Monday, January 4th, 2010

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(top, bottom : insanely great comp. of Austin/Denton talent, entry point to cathedral of sophisticated entertainment)

For a couple of months now we’ve been in semi to full-on promo blather mode about our ‘Casual Victim Pile’ compilation 2XLP/CD, out January 26. As promised (with some gracious assistance from Austinist and WOXY)  all of the comp’s 19 bands  —- save for Tre Orsi (outta town) and The Teeners (split up) — are taking part in a 3 night series at Austin’s Beerland. Lineups below don’t necessarily reflect the running order (though they might), but we’re hopeful with a $5 cover each evening you’ll get your money’s worth.

Thursday Feb. 4

Follow That Bird!
Dikes Of Holland
Kingdom Of Suicide Lovers
The Distant Seconds
The Persimmons

Friday, Feb. 5

Woven Bones
The Young
Wild America
Flesh Lights
Elvis
The No No No Hopes

Saturday, Feb. 6

Harlem
The Golden Boys
Bad Sports
Love Collector
The Stuffies
Lost Controls

Persons living outside the Central Texas region are fully encouraged to fly in for the event —- you’re welcome to stay on my couch at one of Austin’s many economically priced hotels.  And keep in mind, the following Sunday is Super Bowl XLIV, and there’s almost certainly going to be a huge party at my house one of Austin’s many generic sports bars/taverns.

Failing that, four of CVP’s leading lights are playing Denton, TX on Sunday, January 17. Bad Sports, Tre Orsi, Follow That Bird! and Dikes Of Holland are joined by Teenage Cool Kids at Rubber Gloves. The following Monday is Martin Luther King Day, and if you’re hoping to make the trip from Austin, you can always catch a ride with me Greyhound ($28.40 roundtrip). But you can figure out your own travel plans – what am I, Expedia? ‘Casual Victim Pile’ is still available for preorders from The Matador Store, double vinyl for the discount price of $15.30, single CD for $8.50

Coming Jan. 26- ‘Casual Victim Pile’, Matador’s Stirring Salute To A City Most Of Us Visit Once A Year

By Gerard on Wednesday, October 28th, 2009

As most of you are aware, when I’m not opening prescription medication I’ve found in Chris Lombardi’s desk attending marketing meetings at 304 Hudson Street,, I spend the majority of my time in the lovely city of Austin, TX. The region’s musical heritage, while often acknowledged in the major trade fairs and sprawling rock festivals, often leaves some folks more recognized than others ; 13th Floor Elevators, Bubble Puppy, Moving Sidewalks, Doctor’s Mob, True Believers, Big Boys, Dicks, Nice Strong Arm, Butthole Surfers, Scratch Acid, Texas Instruments, Daniel Johnston, 16 Deluxe, Glorium, …Trail Of Dead, Spoon, Shearwater, Strange Boys, Total Abuse, Hex Dispensers, etc. NONE OF THESE WONDERFUL ARTISTS HAS A STATUE, and that makes me want to cry.

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The thing is, I really suck at making statues. I’m a little more accomplished, however, at putting together compilations. On January 26, Matador will be releasing a double LP / single CD collection/ digital album called ‘Casual Victim Pile (Austin 2010′), featuring 17 songs from a newer generation of Austin bands (plus a couple of wildly talented ringers from Denton for good measure). I’ve been working on this comp. off and on over the past year and I feel pretty good about this record being a valid representation of….uh…..the bands I like to see most often? The Austin Chronicle recently touted CVP as “shaping up to be the most impressive regional comp since 1983′s ‘Cottage Cheese From the Lips of Death’ (Ward 9) , and while I’ll take that praise any day of the week, to my ears it more closely recalls Matador’s 1991 NYC underground sampler., ‘New York Eye & Ear Control’.

Of the album’s 19 songs, 18 are previously unreleased, Harlem’s “Beautiful & Very Smart” being the only current exception. Only Harlem, The Golden Boys, The Distant Seconds and Elvis have released full albums previously, while several of the bands on this album (Flesh Lights, Dikes Of Holland, KOSL, The Stuffies, The Persimmons) are making their recorded debuts (at least as of this writing). Here’s the track listing.

Follow That Bird! – The Ghosts That Wake You
The Young – Blister
Woven Bones – Spirits Roam
Flesh Lights – Crush On You
Dikes Of  Holland – Little City Girl
Tre Orsi –  The Engineer
The Distant Seconds – Akron Bureau
Kingdom Of Suicide Lovers – Hoboken Snow
Elvis – Mommy’s Little Soliders

Love Collector – First 48
Bad Sports – Can’t Remember Your Name
Wild America – Drink It Dry
Harlem – Beautiful & Very Smart
The Stuffies – No One’s Gonna Miss You
The Golden Boys – Older Than You
The No No No Hopes –  Nobody’s Fool
The Teeners - Nazis On Film
The Persimmons – The Notice
Lost Controls –  Entirely Wired For Sound

There will be more news to follow in the days in weeks ahead, including a multi-night stand at one of Austin’s more beloved nightspots (OK, Beerland) featuring the majority of the album’s participants. In the meantime, ‘Casual Victim Pile’ is available for preorders starting today from The Matador Store,  2XLP for the discount price of $15.30, single CD for $8.50

P.S.  ‘Casual Victim Pile’ is an anagram for ‘Live Music Capital’.   I learned that from a talking statue.