Girls – listen to “Father, Son, Holy Ghost” NOW from The Hype Machine

We’re proud and honored to share Girls’ new album Father, Son, Holy Ghost, streaming in its entirety thanks to our friends at The Hype Machine. Listen to the album, then pre-order it (the album is available everywhere a week from today):

Girls hit the road next week, as well:

September
Wednesday 14 – Atlanta, GA – Variety Playhouse
Thursday 15 – Asheville, NC – The Orange Peel
Friday 16 – Nashville, TN – Grimey’s (instore performance – 5PM)
Friday 16 – Nashville, TN – The Mercy Lounge
Saturday 17 – Carrboro, NC – Cat’s Cradle
Monday 19 – Washington, DC – 9:30 Club
Tuesday 20 – Philadelphia, PA – Theatre of Living Arts
Thursday 22 – New York, NY – Bowery Ballroom
Friday 23 – New York, NY – Bowery Ballroom
Saturday 24 – Boston, MA – Paramount Center
Sunday 25 – Montreal, AL – Corona Theatre
Tuesday 27 – Toronto, ON – The Mod Club
Thursday 29 – Chicago, IL – Lincoln Hall
Friday 30 – Madison, WI – Majestic Theater

October
Saturday 01 – Minneapolis, MN – First Avenue
Tuesday 04 – Vancouver, BC – The Biltmore Cabaret
Wednesday 05 – Seattle, WA – Neptune Theatre
Thursday 06 – Portland, OR – Wonder Ballroom
Saturday 08 – San Francisco, CA – Great American Music Hall
Sunday 09 – San Francisco, CA – Great American Music Hall

Girls Free All Ages Nashville Instore

On Friday September 16 – mere three days after their sophomore effort Father, Son, Holy Ghost hits our shores – Girls will be in Nashville (or Smashville or Nashvegas, depending on what kind of tourist you are) to play a rock and roll concert at Music City mainstay Mercy Lounge.

BUT a few hours prior they’ll stop by Music City institution Grimey’s for a free, all ages instore. You really shouldn’t miss either.

 

 

Girls – “Vomit” video

We’re proud and excited to present the first video from Father, Son, Holy Ghost, out September 13 and available for pre-order here.

The video was directed by Austin Rhodes of Heist Projects, with an assist from Matthew Kelleher and his 1966 Ford Mustang Convertible (see the description on YouTube for the video’s full credits).

Girls hit the road soon:

September
Saturday 03 – Los Angeles, CA – FYF Festival
Wednesday 14 – Atlanta, GA – Variety Playhouse
Thursday 15 – Asheville, NC – The Orange Peel
Friday 16 – Nashville, TN – The Mercy Lounge
Saturday 17 -Carrboro, NC – Cat’s Cradle
Monday 19 – Washington, DC – 9:30 Club
Tuesday 20 – Philadelphia, PA – Theatre of Living Arts
Thursday 22 – New York, NY – Bowery Ballroom
Friday 23 – New York, NY – Bowery Ballroom
Saturday 24 – Boston, MA – Paramount Center
Sunday 25 – Montreal, AL – Corona Theatre
Tuesday 27 -Toronto, ON – The Mod Club
Thursday 29 – Chicago, IL – Lincoln Hall
Friday 30 – Madison, WI – Majestic Theater

October
Saturday 01 -Minneapolis, MN – First Avenue
Tuesday 04 – Vancouver, BC – The Biltmore Cabaret
Wednesday 05 – Seattle, WA – Neptune Theatre
Thursday 06 – Portland, OR – Wonder Ballroom
Saturday 08 – San Francisco, CA – Great American Music Hall
Sunday 09 – San Francisco, CA – Great American Music Hall

Girls “Vomit” MP3 + Tour Dates

Photo by Sandy Kim

On September 13th, 2011, San Francisco’s Girls will release their second album Father, Son, Holy Ghost on True Panther. Two years after their debut (Album), and one year after the follow-up EP (Broken Dreams Club) it is the natural third entry in Girls’ recorded trinity, and features their most accomplished recordings to date. Both previous releases demonstrated that behind the noise of a back story loud enough to swallow most bands, stood two true rock craftsmen and traditionalists, who convey their own intimate, unique, and troubled visions.

For Father, Son, Holy Ghost Christopher Owens and JR White holed up in a basement recording studio located in San Francisco’s downtown Tenderloin district and “Vomit” is the first offering from those sessions. The juxtaposition of pain and beauty – hope and misery – which lie at the heart of classic rock and gospel music, are at the core of the song and the album.

Christopher shares his own thoughts: “I wrote vomit before Girls was even a band or an idea, this is one of the first songs I ever wrote along with ‘Substance’ and ‘Headache’ what you’re hearing in “Vomit” is someone who is at life’s lowest, seeing the light, and becoming a songwriter.”

Pre-order Father, Son, Holy Ghost HERE (and receive a free unreleased track flexi disc w your order)

Click HERE to download MP3

Girls are on tour this fall, below is the schedule with ticket links 🙂

SEPTEMBER
14 – Atlanta, GA – Variety Playhouse
15 – Asheville, NC – The Orange Peel
16 – Nashville, TN – Mercy Lounge
17 – Carrboro, NC – Cat’s Cradle
19 – Washington, D.C. – 9:30 Club
20 – Philadelphia, PA – Theatre of Living Arts
22 – New York, NY – Bowery Ballroom
23 – New York, NY – Bowery Ballroom
24 – Boston, MA – Paramount Center
25 – Montreal, QC Canada – Corona Theatre
27 – Toronto, ON Canada – The Mod Club
29 – Chicago, IL – Lincoln Hall
30 – Madison, Wi – Majestic Theatre

OCTOBER

1 – Minneapolis, MN – First Avenue
4 – Vancouver, BC Canada – Biltmore Cabaret
5 – Seattle, WA – Neptune
6 – Portland, OR – Wonder Ballroom
8 – San Francisco, CA – Great American Music Hall
9 – San Francisco, CA – Great American Music Hall

Girls Announce U.S. Tour Dates


Girls are pleased to announce a North American tour this fall in support of their sophomore full-length, Father, Son, Holy Ghost which comes out 9.13.11. The band is back in SF right now, hard at work practicing away and making sure the live set blows people away come September!

Tickets go on sale FRIDAY check back here or sign up for the mailing list and see if maybe we can find a way to get you a headstart…..

Pre-order Father, Son, Holy Ghost HERE

Sep 03 Los Angeles, CA – FYF
Sep 14 Atlanta, GA – Variety Playhouse
Sep 15 Asheville, NC – Orange Peel
Sep 16 Nashville. TN – Mercy Lounge
Sep 17 Chapel Hill, NC – Cat’s Cradle
Sep 19 Washington, DC – 9:30 Club
Sep 20 Philadelphia, PA – Theatre of Living Arts
Sep 22 New York, NY – Bowery Ballroom
Sep 23 New York, NY – Bowery Ballroom
Sep 24 Boston, MA – Paradise Rock
Sep 26 Montreal, QC – Corona Cabaret (POP Montreal Festival)
Sep 27 Toronto, ONT – Mod Club Theatre
Sep 29 Chicago, IL – Lincoln Hall
Sep 30 Madison, WI – Majestic Theatre
Oct 01 Minneapolis, MN – First Ave Nightclub
Oct 04 Vancouver, BC – Baltimore Cabaret
Oct 05 Seattle, WA – Neptune Theatre
Oct 06 Portland, OR – Wonder Ballroom
Oct 08 San Francisco, CA – Great American Music Hall
Oct 09 San Francisco, CA – Great American Music Hall

New album from Girls


photo by Sandy Kim

On September 13th, 2011 San Francisco’s Girls will release their second album and third record Father, Son, Holy Ghost on our imprint, True Panther Sounds and Turnstile in the UK/Europe. The album comes two years after their debut (Album), and one year after the follow-up EP (Broken Dreams Club).

On the third anniversary of the birth of Girls as a band Christopher Owens and Chet White found themselves entering the studio to begin recording their second album. More a collection of gear than a studio, recording took place in the bowels of a San Francisco office building. The two teamed up with new drummer Darren Weiss and guitarist John Anderson assembling performances and ultimately creating new music and musical relationships to carry the band through its newest incarnation.

Girls have taken what they’ve always done best and have displayed it with amazing clarity and the strongest of intent. Classic songwriting coupled with exciting production is their way. “I’m still all the same,” Owens says. “I still know I have to do it. I still love the songs and writing songs.”

Father. Son, Holy Ghost is at times ebullient and at times absolutely devastating. A truly beautiful record and the perfect amalgamation of a band’s past and present while most importantly leaving us all excited and hungry for their future.

Click HERE for cover art.

Track Listing
1. Honey Bunny
2. Alex
3. Die
4. Saying I Love You
5. My Ma
6. Vomit
7. Just A Song
8. Magic
9. Forgiveness
10. Love Like A River
11. Jamie Marie

Pitchfork.tv coverage of Matador at 21 continues!

photo by Reuben Cox

Pitchfork’s been chronicling a sneak peek into the experience that was Matador at 21: The Lost Weekend. Check out some behind-the-scenes action by heading over to Pitchfork TV where they’re rolling out documentary footage from “The Lost Weekend” as we speak. Right now you can watch Chris Lombardi and Fucked Up’s Damian Abraham take you on a tour of the concert grounds (from the Pearl Ballroom to the Hardwood Suite) , Girls’ Christopher Owens performing new tracks in a bathtub, Fucked Up and Ted Leo & The Pharmacists engaging in a legendary battle of the bands, and most recently:

Damian on The Old Strip:

Bob Nastanovich – The Gambler:

Kurt Vile – “Hunchback” (at the Palms Ballroom):

Times New Viking – “Natural Resources, I Love Mine” (at the Palms Ballroom):

The Clean – “Anything Could Happen” (at the Palms Ballroom):

Keep up with Pitchfork for Matador at 21 videos.

Myspace Music also covered the event with live concert highlights from Pavement, Come, Chavez, Fucked Up, The New Pornographers, Ted Leo & The Pharmacists, Shearwater, Guided By Voices, Liz Phair, Sonic Youth and more.

REVISED SCHEDULE : Matador At 21 : The Lost Weekend In Las Vegas, The Palms

First off, if these changes have left anyone disappointed or inconvenienced, we’re truly sorry.  I’ve been watching videos of the guys in the BP commercials all week trying to strike the right tone for this post, and wouldn’t you know it, MY VIDEO CAMERA IS BROKEN.   Bullet dodged.

On the bright side, hey, DEAD MEADOW are playing.    The opening VIP gala is still happening at 4pm Friday in the Hardwood Suite with dj sets by Ted Leo and myself.  Same room becomes a VIP lounge Friday and Saturday nights, plus late night dj action on Friday (James McNew, Dean Bein) and Saturday (Dave Martin, Robby Morris).  Here’s the live entertainment schedule of events.  Much like real life, everything is subject to change.

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 1st

THE PEARL
Pavement: 12:00am – 1:00am
Sonic Youth: 10:40pm – 11:30am
Fucked Up: 9:35pm – 10:15pm
Chavez: 8:30pm – 9:10pm
Guitar Wolf: 7:30pm – 8:10pm
Doors: 7:00pm

MC : Jeff Jensen

LATE NIGHT PARTY IN PALMS BALLROOM  (LIMITED CAPACITY)
Fucked Up Vs. Ted Leo and The Pharmacists: 1:30am – 2:30am
(One stage. Two bands.  At once. They’re supposed to take turns, song by song…but who knows?)
Doors: 1:00am

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 2nd

THE PEARL
Belle & Sebastian: 11:45pm – 1:00am
Spoon: 10:25pm – 11:15pm
Superchunk: 9:20pm – 10:00pm
Cat Power: 8:15pm – 8:55pm
Perfume Genius: 7:55pm – 8:15pm
Jon Spencer Blues Explosion: 6:50pm – 7:30pm
Come: 5:45pm – 6:25pm
Girls: 4:40pm – 5:20pm
Doors 4:00pm

MC : Bob Nastanovich

MATINEE IN THE PALMS BALLROOM (LIMITED CAPACITY)
Dead Meadow: 2:30pm – 3:15pm
Harlem: 1:30pm – 2:05pm
Doors: 1:00pm

LATE NIGHT PARTY IN PALMS BALLROOM (LIMITED CAPACITY)
Cold Cave: 2:25am – 3:15am
Esben and The Witch: 1:30am – 2:00am
Doors: 1:00am

KARAOKE UNDERGROUND AT LITTLE BUDDHA:
STARTS AT 1:30am

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 3rd

THE PEARL
Guided By Voices: 11:30pm – 1:00am
Yo La Tengo: 10:10pm – 11:05pm
Liz Phair: 9:50pm – 10:10pm
The New Pornographers: 8:40pm – 9:25pm
Ted Leo and The Pharmacists: 7:35pm – 8:15pm
Shearwater: 6:30pm – 7:10pm
Doors: 6:00pm

MC’s : Tom Scharpling & Jon Wurster

MATINEE IN THE PALMS BALLROOM
The Clean: 4:30pm – 5:15pm
Times New Viking: 3:30pm – 4:05pm
Kurt Vile: 2:30pm – 3:05pm
Doors: 2:00pm

General questions :  21@matadorrecords.com

This event is sponsored by MySpace Music, Altamont, Incase, Sailor Jerry and Yowie.

Matador At 21 – The Lost Weekend : Final Bill, Schedule Info

First of all, we know you’ve been waiting patiently for the information below, and we sincerely apologize for the length of time it took to get it together. But if wanting to put together an even sicker bill than previously announced is a crime, PLEASE LOCK US UP.

1) 50 additional pairs of tickets priced at $250.00 per person  (not including taxes and fees) will be available via a public lottery sometime next week.  We’ll announce the details here and on the 21 site beforehand.

2) Details regarding a limited number of room upgrades will be available at that time.

3) We regret to announce that at present, our supply of VIP tickets has been exhausted.  If that situation changes, we’ll let you know.

4) As rumored in a bunch of places (including this very blog), we’re very happy to confirm the following additions to The Lost Weekend Bill ;  Liz Phair, Times New Viking, Esben and the Witch, Perfume Genius, The Clean, MC’s Jeff Jensen, Bob Nastanovich, Tom Scharpling & Jon Wurster, and a late Friday evening presentation by Austin’s Karaoke Underground. The rough schedule can be found below, and is very much subject to change :

Friday:

4 PM: Gala opening party, Hardwood Suite (VIP ticketholders, limited capacity)

MAIN STAGE (The Pearl):

doors open 6 PM, first band (Guitar Wolf) on at 7 PM

Pavement
Sonic Youth
Fucked Up
Chavez
Cold Cave
Guitar Wolf

MC : Jeff Jensen

2am onwards :  Superchunk/Fucked Up/bands TBC,  Hardwood Suite (VIP ticketholders only, capacity limited)
2am onwards :  Karaoke Underground at Little Buddha (open to all ticketholders, space permitting)

Saturday:

MAIN STAGE (The Pearl):

Belle and Sebastian
Spoon
Superchunk
Cat Power
Perfume Genius
The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion
Come
Girls

MC : Bob Nastanovich

2am : Esben and the Witch, Harlem,  Key West Ballroom (open to all ticketholders, space permitting)

Sunday (MATINEE, in Key West Ballroom, open to all ticketholders, capacity limited):

The Clean
Times New Viking
Kurt Vile

Sunday evening :

MAIN STAGE (The Pearl):

Guided By Voices
Yo La Tengo
Liz Phair
The New Pornographers
Ted Leo & the Pharmacists
Shearwater

MC’s : Tom Scharpling & Jon Wurster

Matador at 21: The Lost Weekend takes place at the Palms Resort and Casino in Las Vegas from October 1-3, 2010. This event is sponsored by MySpace Music, Altamont and Incase.

Girls to headline Fillmore in SF 10/15

Girls(photo from Robbix‘ Flickr)

October 15, 2010 Girls will be playing their biggest show yet in San Francisco- at the legendary Fillmore. Growing up in SF it sometimes seemed the closest a local band could get to the Fillmore’s stage was a matinee show of The Other Ones (they are from Marin anyways!) so we couldn’t be more excited for this. Show them some love San Francisco!

Buy tickets HERE
Buy Album HERE

(p.s. the Lust for Life video went Youtube PLATINUM!! )

“The Lost Weekend” – Matador 21 In Las Vegas, Tickets On Sale This Friday, July 9

Tickets for “The Lost Weekend” aka Matador’s 21st birthday celebrations at The Palms will go on sale this Friday morning at 9am, PST. Here’s the details you’ve been hassling all of us about over the last week (and don’t think we don’t appreciate it)

a) Tickets/Pricing : An initial quantity will be on sale Friday for $SOLD. .After the $SOLD tickets sell out, the price increases to $SOLD.  A Ticketfly.com link will be posted on this site on Thursday, July 8th.  Starting Friday, you’ll have the opportunity to reserve standard rooms at the Palms for the discounted rate of $SOLD per night (the full 3 nights of the festival, only). The rooms feature two double bed and occupancy of up to 4 persons is allowed. The above rate is only available when purchasing tickets thru us. If you are interested in upgrading to a larger room or a suite you will be able to do so after purchasing the standard room. TICKETS FOR THE 3 NIGHTS  + ROOMS are being sold jointly — we’re not selling tickets to the shows separately at this time, nor are we selling tickets for individual nights.

(ADDENDUM -i) A limited number of 3-day tickets priced at  $SOLD—with no Palms reservation required — will be available Friday morning at 9am PST  via Ticketfly.com

ii)  if, for example, you’re buying 4 tickets to the shows, the $SOLD per night hotel fee can cover up to 4 people.  $SOLD over 3 nights divided by 4 is hopefully not an crazy amount to charge for rooms in a world class resort).

B) VIP tickets. A limited number of VIP packages will be available at $SOLD — details about what you’ll get for the $SOLD are forthcoming. You’ll have the ability to upgrade from the regular tickets, assuming the VIP tickets aren’t sold out.

C) Venue. The room in question is the 2100 seat Pearl at the Palms.

D) MORE BANDS. OK, we’re working on it. But in addition to the 19 artists confirmed on the above poster, we can confirm the original lineup of COME — Thalia Zedek, Chris Brokaw, Sean O’Brien and Arthur Johnson — will be participating. Actually, we already know who some of the other bands are, we’re just trying to drag this out.    MORE MATABLOG CONTENT between now and October!

E) Set times –  we’ll post these the week before the event.

F) These shows are open to all ages.  However, access to the casino floor is limited to those 21 and over.

F) WHAT ABOUT LAS VEGAS HUMANS?  Las Vegas’ Zia Records is selling 50 tickets to “The Lost Weekend” starting Friday, July 9.  You’ll need a Nevada I.D.  Reservations at the Palms are not required to purchase these tickets.

(ADDENDUM II :

INFORMATION FOR TICKETS AVAILABLE IN LAS VEGAS

Zia Records

4225 South Eastern Avenue

Las Vegas, NV 89119-5485

702-735-4942

Zia Records

4503 W. SAHARA

LAS VEGAS, NV 89102

702-233-4942

Tickets will go onsale at both stores at 10:00am on Friday, July 9th via lottery. By overwhelming demand by Nevada Residents we will be increasing the amount of tickets available (50 X 2 = 100) . There is a two ticket limit. Nevada state ID required for purchase. Any questions please email 21@matadorecords.com

Matador 21 In Las Vegas, Oct. 1-3 : Let The Crazy Speculation Begin

As mentioned previously in this space, Matador will be celebrating the label’s 21st anniversary this October and this much we can finally confirm : there will be 3 nights of shows starting Friday October 1, and concluding Sunday October 3 at the Palms Casino & Resort In Las Vegas, NV. We’ll be dropping further hints about the amazing lineup in the days ahead, but a final announcement and information about how to purchase tickets will be made here at the trusty Matablog on July 5. Are you as psyched as we are?  (hopefully yes, because we’re getting in for free).

(ADDENDUM – there’s been a bit of confusion so just to clear things up, tickets DO NOT GO ON SALE JULY 5.  We’ll merely be announcing the on sale date/time on July 5.  thanks – GC)

Girls on tour NOW

GIRLS‘ latest tour of the states kicked into gear this week. They’re hitting the states, and east coast this week!! Can’t wait to see them with their brand new keyboard player in tow! Conveniently named tour mates Dum Dum Girls are coming along for this trip. should be a helluva show, and plus you can leave the show with a frisbee!

Buy Girls’ Album HERE

Thu 4/1 Paradise Rock Club, Boston, MA*
Fri 4/2 Voyeur (Making Time), Philadelphia, PA*
Sat 4/3 Webster Hall, New York, NY*
Mon 4/5 Mr. Small’s Theater, Millvale, PA*
Tue 4/6 Wexner Center, Columbus, OH*
Wed 4/7 Dionysus Club (Oberlin College), Oberlin, OH*
Fri 4/9 Phoenix Concert Theatre Toronto, Canada*
Sat 4/10 Magic Stick, Detroit, MI*
Sun 4/11 Pabst Theater, Milwaukee, WI*
Tue 4/13 Waiting Room, Omaha, NE*
Sat 4/17 Coachella, Indio, CA
Wed 5/26 881 Granville, Vancouver Canada
Thu 5/27 881 Granville, Vancouver, Canada
*w/Dum Dum Girls

Pavement,The New Pornographers and Girls at the Sasquatch Festival

(sadly, there are no plans to show the above film at the Gorge during the weekend of May 29-31)

As you might’ve heard elsewhere last night, Pavement, The New Pornographers and Girls are each taking part in 2010’s Sasquatch Festival (May 29-31, The Gorge, WA). A number of our other favorites are taking part (No Age, Band Of Horses, Quasi, Public Enemy) but we’d I’d like to extend a very special thanks to the organizers of this event for NOT BOOKING SOUNDGARDEN. Keep hope alive!

SLC Girls instore

1 more stop on the road to instore immortality for Girls… (apologies for the hyperbole but, you know… it’s Super Bowl weekend!)
Next Friday February 12 at 7pm Girls will be at Slowtrain for a free instore performance before their show later on at Urban Lounge.

Slowtrain
221 E. Broadway
Salt Lake City
801 364 2611

And to those of you in Atlanta reading this saying “Dang, I wish Girls would play a free instore in my town” you should go to Criminal Records tonight around… oh I don’t know… 7ish??

Girls are back on the road April and May

photo by Bao Nguyen

Despite currently soldiering across the country Girls are announcing yet another batch of tour dates.  This time, they’re going back to some of our favorite cities, all over the US and Canada, with a stop through Coachella. All American dates are with the excellent Dum Dum Girls. Make all the girl-bandname jokes you want we are just here with the FACTS.

Tue 3/30 Recher Theatre Towson, MD*
Thu 4/1 Paradise Rock Club, Boston, MA*
Fri 4/2 Voyeur (Making Time), Philadelphia, PA*
Sat 4/3 Webster Hall, New York, NY*
Mon 4/5 Mr. Small’s Theater, Millvale, PA*
Tue 4/6 Wexner Center, Columbus, OH*
Wed 4/7 Dionysus Club (Oberlin College), Oberlin, OH*
Fri 4/9 Phoenix Concert Theatre Toronto, Canada*
Sat 4/10 Magic Stick, Detroit, MI*
Sun 4/11 Pabst Theater, Milwaukee, WI*
Tue 4/13 Waiting Room, Omaha, NE*
Sat 4/17 Coachella, Indio, CA
Wed 5/26 881 Granville, Vancouver Canada
Thu 5/27 881 Granville, Vancouver, Canada

*w/Dum Dum Girls

Current Tour Dates
Tue 2/2
One Eyed Jacks. New Orleans, LA *@
Thu 2/4 Bottletree. Birmingham, AL *@
Fri 2/5 The Earl. Atlanta, GA *@
Sat 2/6 Exit/In. Nashville, TN *@
Sun 2/7 The Gargoyle. St. Louis, MO *@
Mon 2/8 The Blue Note. Columbia, MO *@
Wed 2/10 Bluebird Theater. Denver, CO *@
Fri 2/12 Urban Lounge. Salt Lake City, UT *@
Sun 2/14 Great American Music Hall. San Francisco, CA *@$

Buy the new single “Laura” HERE
Buy “Album” HERE
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