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One More Schedule Change For Matador At 21; Harlem & Dead Meadow Playing Late Friday, Saturday Repsectively

By Gerard on Wednesday, September 29th, 2010

Harlem (above, left) are playing the Palms Ballroom Friday after Fucked Up vs. Ted Leo & The Pharmacists ; Dead Meadow (right) are playing the same room late Saturday after Esben and the Witch and Cold Cave. We’re NO LONGER featuring a Saturday afternoon Harlem/Dead Meadow matinee.

It’s a long story but we came to the conclusion a 1:30pm start time on Saturday was a bad bad bad deal for the participants and everyone who’d been rocking Friday night combined. Our apologies for any inconvenience. Also, the event is now officially totally sold sold.
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REVISED SCHEDULE : Matador At 21 : The Lost Weekend In Las Vegas, The Palms

By Gerard on Thursday, September 23rd, 2010

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

By Gerard on Friday, September 3rd, 2010

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.

Harlem european August dates

By Stuart on Monday, August 9th, 2010

(Photo taken from howsmyliving‘s flickr)

Harlem’s touring madness continues this month with a stint of island hopping shows taking in some more of the countries they didn’t manage to reach on their last outing.  Rounding up the tour will be sets at Reading and Leeds festivals at the end of August before heading back stateside to hit more southern states.

The all important dates are:

August 11th – Oya Festival – Norway
August 12th – Way Out West – Sweden
August 13th – The Gun Club – Denmark
August 14th – Dockville Festival – Hamburg – Germany
August 15th – Magnet Club – Berlin – Germany
August 17th – Ekko – Utrecht – Netherlands
August 18th – La Plage – France
August 20th – Pukkelpop – Belgium
August 21st – Vera – Holland
August 23rd – Hoxton Bar & Grill – London – UK
August 24th – Buffalo Bar – Cardiff – UK
August 25th – Whelans – Dublin – Ireland
August 27th – Reading  Festival – Reading – UK
August 28th – Sneaky Petes – Edinburgh – UK
August 29th – Leeds Festival – Leeds – UK

Harlem – September US Shows

By Gerard on Friday, August 6th, 2010

After a summer playing the enormodomes of America with the Dead Weather, Harlem follow a pair of Chicago shows this weekend (Sat. afternoon at Lollapalooza, Saturday evening at the Empty Bottle) with a mix of headlining and festival dates this September.  Our attempts to classify ‘Hippies’ as “the party record of the summer” have been slightly stymied by the album’s spring release date, but do you really wanna be exercising seasonal discrimination during a new era of openness and understanding?

Sunday, September 05, 2010                       New Orleans, LA              Saturn Bar
Tuesday, September 07, 2010                     Chattanooga, TN              JJs Bohemia
Friday, September 10, 2010                         Raleigh, NC                       Hopscotch Festival
Sunday, September 12, 2010                       Lexington, KY                   Boomslang Festival
Tuesday, September 14, 2010                     Nashville, TN                     The End
Wednesday, September 15, 2010               Memphis, TN                     Hi-Tone
Thursday, September 16, 2010                   Little Rock, AR                  Sticky Fingers
Friday, September 17, 2010                         Dallas, TX                           The Nightmare
Fri, Oct 1 – Sun, Oct 3, 2010                         Las Vegas, NV                   Matador @ 21, The Palms Hotel & Casino

(order ‘Hippies’ on LP, CD or digital download from The Matador Store)

Casual Victim Pile – Where Are They Now?

By Gerard on Thursday, July 22nd, 2010

Not a day goes by during my travels around these great United States that someone fails to accost me and say, “hey mr. record company asshole, what the fuck happened with those las vegas tickets what’s going on with those amazing Austin/Denton bands featured on ‘Casual Victim Pile’?” Since I’m far too busy and successful to actually hang around and converse with these persons in public, I thought I’d write a lengthy blog post on the matter.

The Young – after a pair of singles and one song on CVP, The Young have finally released a debut album on Mexican Summer, Voyagers Of Legend. The entire thing is pretty sick, but “Bird In The Bush” is what us folks in the record business like to call “an undeniable hit”.  At least until it turns out not to be a hit, in which case we start looking for someone else to blame.  If you’re in Austin this Friday and looking FOR ACTION after The New Pornographers show, The Young’s rec release party is happening at 2906 Cole St., with additional sets from Dikes Of Holland (two 2010 7″‘s thus far that you oughta track down), Oakland’s Genesis Climber and the amazing trio Cruddy.

Harlem
– By now, hopefully you’ve fallen in love, or at least very intense like with the songs and performances of Coomers, Curtis and Jose, currently making their way across the country in support of The Dead Weather and flogging their 2nd album, ‘Hippies’ with considerable style and poise.. Potentially Matador’s first candidates to be awarded a Grammy and a Pulitzer For Tweeting in the same calendar year, Harlem will follow last weekend’s appearance at Coney Island’s Siren Fest with an even larger challenge, playing Lollapalooza in Chicago August 7. Rumors they’re supposed to play at 7am and/or are prevented from playing anywhere in the Midwest for the next 3 years are mostly exaggerated.

Wild America – on the heels of a terrific 7″ released by Brooklyn’s Freedom School, Wild America are currently in the midst of a U.S tour.  I’m not gonna say “grueling” because for all we know, they’re having a great time.

7/22 – Bassettt St. House, Madison, WI
7/23 – Lucky Gator Loft, Chicago, IL
7/24 – Loco Lemonade, Bloomington, IN
7/25 – Carabar, Columbus, OH
7/27 – Anarctica, Chattanooga, TN
7/28 – The Hanger, Athens, GA
7/29 – Couch Couch, Atlanta, GA
7/30 – Saturn Bar, New Orleans, LA
8/1 – Superhappyfunland, Houston, TX
8/6 – US Art Authority, Austin, TX (with Happy Birthday, Woven Bones)

There’s obviously more to talk about ;  The Golden Boys are featured participants at this September’s Goner Fest 7, while the band’s John Wesley Coleman is in the middle of a week long residency at Beerland and recently returned from recording his upcoming Goner album w/ assistance from Orville Neely (Bad Sports), Jeremy Steen (The Flesh Lights, Gospel Truth) and longtime associate Greg Ashley.  Bad Sports have hit both coasts this summer and recently completed recording of their second album with knobby help from Mark Ryan of The Marked Men.   Woven Bones are drowning amidst a pile of accolades for their ‘In Out & Back Again’ HoZac LP, recently inked their lives away (JOKE) to Hardly Art and will be supporting Pavement at the oh-so-big-timey Stubbs on September 28.   The Distant Seconds are prepping their 2nd album with engineering supplied by Tre Orsi‘s Matthew Barnhart, while Tre Orsi’s recent LP, ‘Devices & Emblems‘ has been reissued by Jon Solomon’s fantastic Comedy Minus One label, the same imprint that brings Bottomless Pit’s excellent recordings into your homes.   Follow That Bird! completed their first trip to the East Coast recently, and The Stuffies are hitting the road this weekend for shows in Little Rock, AR and Memphis, TN (Hi Tone, Sunday, 7/25).  Elvis are taking part in a bodywashing event (hey, I just report this stuff) at the US Art Authority on July 24     Finally, The Flesh Lights, fast becoming one of the planet’s best live bands, have a new 7″ coming soon from Twistworthy Records (helmed by Mark Twistworthy of CVP alumni The No No No Hopes), and they’ll be at Beerland on Thursday, July 29 with the OBN III’s and Dikes Of Holland.   There’s more CVP related stuff to hassle you about, but trust me, I’m saving it for another post.

Harlem live on KXLU today at 1:00PM EDT / 10:00AM PDT

By Hector on Thursday, July 8th, 2010

photo by Pooneh Ghana

The gentlemen of Harlem return to the airwaves today with a live KXLU session airing today at 1:00PM EDT / 10:00AM PDT on the Mike & Jon Show. If you’re in the City of Angels you can tune in at 88.9FM on your radio dial; otherwise, tune to kxlu.com on your Internet dial.

Don’t forget that Harlem have a slew of upcoming tour dates, as seen below.

July
Friday 09 - Los Angeles, CA – Echo (Part Time Punks)
Saturday 10 – San Diego, CA – Bar Pink
Tuesday 13 – Washington, DC – 9:30 Club w/The Dead Weather
Wednesday 14 - Boston, MA – House of Blues Boston w/The Dead Weather
Saturday 17 – Brooklyn, NY – Siren Fest
Monday 19 – San Diego, CA – House of Blues San Diego w/The Dead Weather
Wednesday 21 - Los Angeles, CA – Hollywood Palladium w/The Dead Weather
Thursday 22 – San Francisco, CA – Warfield Theatre w/The Dead Weather
Saturday 24 – Portland, OR – Crystal Ballroom w/The Dead Weather
Sunday 25 – Seattle, WA – Capitol Hill Block Party Festival w/The Dead Weather
Monday 26 – Billings, MT – Babcock Theatre w/The Dead Weather
Wednesday 28 – Minneapolis, MN – First Avenue w/The Dead Weather
Thursday 29 – Milwaukee, WI – The Rave w/The Dead Weather
Friday 30 - Chicago, IL – The Congress Theater w/The Dead Weather
Saturday 31 – Detroit, MI – The Fillmore – Detroit w/The Dead Weather

August
Monday 02 – Baltimore, MD – Rams Head Live! w/The Dead Weather
Tuesday 03 – Brooklyn, NY – Prospect Park Bandshell – Celebrate Brooklyn w/The Dead Weather
Saturday 07 – Chicago, IL - Lollapalooza & Empty Bottle w/Wavves

September
Thursday 09-11 – Raleigh, NC – Hopscotch Fest

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

By Gerard on Monday, July 5th, 2010

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

By Gerard on Tuesday, June 29th, 2010

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)

Harlem debut “Someday Soon” video and hit the road again

By Gabe on Thursday, June 24th, 2010

Today Gorilla vs Bear drops the hammer on a third video from Harlem’s Hippies (which can/should be purchased here). The “Someday Soon” video was directed by Aaron Brown and Ben Chappell (Focus Creeps).

Harlem take it to the people in the USA again starting this weekend, supporting The Dead Weather on the bulk of the dates:

June
Friday 25 – Tucson, AZ – Plush
Saturday 26 – Costa Mesa, CA – Detroit Bar
Tuesday 29 – San Francisco, CA – The Independent

July
Friday 02 – Seattle, WA – Sunset Tavern
Saturday 03 – Vancouver, BC – 917 Main
Sunday 04 – Portland, OR – East End
Friday 09 - Los Angeles, CA – Echo (Part Time Punks)
Saturday 10 – San Diego, CA – Bar Pink
Tuesday 13 – Washington, DC – 9:30 Club w/The Dead Weather
Wednesday 14 - Boston, MA – House of Blues Boston w/The Dead Weather
Saturday 17 – Brooklyn, NY – Siren Fest
Monday 19 – San Diego, CA – House of Blues San Diego w/The Dead Weather
Wednesday 21 - Los Angeles, CA – Hollywood Palladium w/The Dead Weather
Thursday 22 – San Francisco, CA – Warfield Theatre w/The Dead Weather
Saturday 24 – Portland, OR – Crystal Ballroom w/The Dead Weather
Sunday 25 – Seattle, WA – Capitol Hill Block Party Festival w/The Dead Weather
Monday 26 – Billings, MT – Babcock Theatre w/The Dead Weather
Wednesday 28 – Minneapolis, MN – First Avenue w/The Dead Weather
Thursday 29 – Milwaukee, WI – The Rave w/The Dead Weather
Friday 30 - Chicago, IL – The Congress Theater w/The Dead Weather
Saturday 31 – Detroit, MI – The Fillmore – Detroit w/The Dead Weather

August
Monday 02 – Baltimore, MD – Rams Head Live! w/The Dead Weather
Tuesday 03 – Brooklyn, NY – Prospect Park Bandshell – Celebrate Brooklyn w/The Dead Weather
Saturday 07 – Chicago, IL - Lollapalooza & Empty Bottle w/Wavves

September
Thursday 09-11 – Raleigh, NC – Hopscotch Fest