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Our Annual Orgy of Self-Aggrandizement, Grandstanding & Overconsumption : Matador Artists & Staff Select Their 2014 Favorites

By Gerard on Monday, December 15th, 2014

(above : coaches from “The Voice Of Italy” offer their congratulations to all of 2014′s top contenders)

Around this time every year, your long-suffering dedicated editor attempts to coax a list of favorite recordings, books, television programs, life events, etc. out of the label’s artist roster and our show business colleagues. In the past, the exercise has been an arduous process, fraught with nagging, teeth-gnashing and no shortage of reluctant participants, some of whom actually changed labels or places of employment to avoid the task. In more recent times, however, people can’t wait to tell you everything. Too much, in fact. Why should the blitzkrieg of oversharing be limited to social media when we still have a label blog that attracts nearly a dozen readers a week?

For some historical perspective, here’s last year’s selections. Questions or comments about our predictable tastes and/or inexcuseable omissions are welcome (but not necessarily appreciated). And without further (Freddy) Adu, let the coronations of Protomartyr,Total Control, Sun Kil Moon and The War On Drugs begin :

Anthony Anzaldo, Ceremony

RECORDS
Lykke Li – I Never Learn
Total Control – Typical System
Prince – Art Official Age
Aphex Twin – Syro

Pharmakon – Bestial Burden

SONGS
Zola Jesus – Dangerous Days
Lykke Li – Just Like A Dream
Total Control – Flesh War
Chromeo – Jealous
Ariana Grande – Problem

SHOWS
Prince at the Fox Theatre in Oakland
NIN at Shoreline Amphitheater in Mountain View
Gorilla Biscuits at Mohawk in Austin
Failure at the El Ray in Los Angeles
The Cure at Bottle Rock in Napa

James McNew, Yo La Tengo

Xetas, “The Knife” 7″ (12XU)
Sloppy Heads, Do or Dangle cassette
Run The Jewels, RTJ2 (Fool’s Gold)
Shintaro Sakamoto, Let’s Dance Raw (Zelone/ OM)
Knyfe Hyts, K is for Knyfe (dropbox)
Spray Paint, Clean Blood Regular Acid (Monofonus Press)
Amps For Christ, Canyons Cars and Crows (Shrimper)
Salyu x Salyu, Bed Room Recordings CDR

$75 Bill, Olives In The Ears cassette
Rob Sonic, Alice in Thunderdome
(OK47)
Obnox, Louder Space (12XU)
Oneida/ People of The North “Brah Tapes” vol 1-4 cassettes
OOIOO, Gamel (Thrill Jockey)

Thurston Moore

1. Chloé Griffin  – EDGEWISE : A Picture Of COOKIE MUELLER (b_books)

This book is an astounding labor of love. The author, fascinated by who Cookie Mueller may have been after witnessing her in all the weirdo John Waters films, including Pink Flamingos and Female Trouble, decided to travel the USA interviewing anyone still left alive who spent time with this person. All the insane characters of early 70s Baltimore, P-Town and NYC raise their sloshing glasses to this incredible lightning girl Cookie and all their stories are told in a way which creates a historical travelogue of counter culture avant insanity which is responsible for helping to light the fuse that becomes punk rock and beyond.

2. John Lydon at Rough Trade East 17th October 2014

The Rotten one was bopping around the UK promoting his new book Anger Is An Energy (Simon & Schuster) and we caught his last stop at RT and it was as good as any Sex Pistols or PiL show. He came out with his manager / right hand man and Arsenal accomplice Rambo and a shopping basket full of lager and proceeded to have a high energy back and forth with the audience. His mates from nearby Finsbury Park were there shouting back and forth and Lydon actually did a weird physical transformation into Tony Blair (he hates ‘im). Savage, infuriating – everything his book is – but with a kindness that is always burbling through. I got to meet him fleetingly, the one person I wanted to meet most in this nutso rock n roll world, and he was nice enuff (“Sonic Youth, what are you bloody doing here?”) – but I think he more interested in drowning beers with his pals, which is what he should be doing but damn I think making a record with him in trio with Irmin Schmidt with Can is what Matador should be investing in big time for 2015.

Andy Nelson, Ceremony

Long
Aphex Twin – SYRO
Eno & Hyde – High Life

Francis Harris – Minutes Of Sleep
Future – Honest
Good Throb – Fuck Off
Grouper – Ruins
Hank Wood And The Hammerheads – Stay Home!!
Protomartyr – Under Color Of Official Right
Total Control – Typical System
Vladislav Delay – Visa

Short
Big Zit – Electric Zit Vol. 1
Container – Adhesive
Flesh World – A Line In Wet Grass
Frau – Punk Is My Boyfriend
Golden Teacher – Party People
Pang – Young Professionals
Portable – Surrender
S.H.I. – Struggling Harsh Immortals
Sheer Mag – self titled
Watery Love – Sick People

Elias Ronnenfelt, Iceage

Dirty Beaches – Stateless
Pharmakon – Bestial Burden

Vessel – Punish, Honey
Hank Wood and the Hammerheads – Stay home
Puce Mary – Persona
Institute – Giddy Boys EP
Lower – Seek Warmer Climes
Total Control – Typical System

Anton Rothstein, Lower

What I definitely learned in 2014 is that money still  runs the world, that racism is alive and kicking, and that cops in every aspect of the term, be it professionals or amateurs, still are the scum of the earth.

A short best of-list:
Best drummers: Joe Boyd-Brent of Condominium and Adam Kjær Nielsen of Reverie.
Best live band: Hank Wood and the Hammerheads.
Best people: Boat and Speedboat

Adrian Toubro, Lower

I guess, 2014 taught me that life is what you make it.
That positive energy is the mightiest force. It is also the most difficult energy to achieve
That i love my hometown
That i love Lissabon, Portugal
i realized that Oasis still haven’t been beaten in being the greatest band that ever existed.
AND a thousand other things i can’t remember now…

Patrick Amory, Matador Records

The J.B.’s – These Are The J.B.’s (TEG)
- Scott Walker and Sunn O))) – Soused (4AD)

- Steve Gunn – Way Out Weather (Paradise of Bachelors)
- Hailu Mergia and the Walias – Tche Belew (Awesome Tapes From Africa)
- The Velvet Underground – Super Deluxe 45th Anniversary Edition (Polydor/Universal)
- Ed Askew & Josh Burkett – Live on WFMU (Okraina)
- Sleaford Mods – Divide and Exit (Harbinger Sounds)
- Jef Gilson et Malagasy – Gilson et Malagasy (Jazzman)

- Death Wish – Death Wish (Disclaim Recordings)
- Sun Kil Moon – War On Drugs: Suck My Cock

Adam Bohl, Matador Direct
Personal highlights of 2014

Favorite Trip:

Ringing in the new year in Australia, so many great animals there.

Favorite Drink:
Inventing the best (double) mai tai recipe-
1oz Appleton Extra 12 year Jamaican rum
1oz Rhum Clement VSOP
1oz Rhum Barbancourt 8 year
1oz Smith and Cross Jamaican rum
1oz Pierre Ferrand Orange Curacao
2oz Lime juice
1oz Orgeat
Float of Lemon Hart 151
Shake with lots of crushed ice and serve with lime shell and mint bouquet

Favorite Meal:
Brooklyn Star mollasses brined pork chip

Favorite Art viewed:

Liesl Pfeffer – Asclepiadaceae, 2014

Favorite Sporting Moment:
Winning a third bowling league championship

Favorite Shows:
The xx at the Park Avenue Armory

Tyvek at DBA
Chain and the Gang at Union Pool/Babys Allright

Music I enjoyed throughout the year, big/small/new/old

Flesh Eaters – A Moment To Pray A Second To Die
Angel Olson – Burn Your Fire For No Witness
Perfume Genius – Too Bright
V/A – Anthology Of American Folk Music vinyl box
Kim Deal – 7″ series
Reigning Sound – Shattered

Turn To Crime – Can’t Love
David Kilgour and the Heavy Eights – End Times Undone
Apache Dropout – Heavy Window
Old Testament – Old Testament
Smoke Bellow – Blooming/Middling
Obliterations – Poison Everything
White Fence – For The Recently Found Innocent
Chain and the Gang – Minimum Rock and Roll
Songs: Ohia – Didn’t It Rain reissue
Steve Gunn – Way Out Weather
Obnox – Louder Space
The Young – Chrome Cactus
Ty Segall – Manipulator

Dean Bein, True Panther

ALBUMS
Aby Ngana Diop – Liital (Awesome Tapes from Africa)
Adult Jazz-  Gist Is (Spare Thought)
Ariana Grande – My Everything (Republic)
Beyoncé – Beyoncé (Columbia) [I know this was last year, but it came out after lists last year and it seems sacrilegious to not include it somewhere]
DJ Dodger stadium – Friend of Mine (FOF/Wedidit)
DJ Spoko – War God (Lit City Tracks)
Flying Lotus – You’re Dead! (Warp)
Future Islands- Singles (4AD)
Kassem Mosse- Workshop 19 (Workshop)
Leon Vynehall-  Music for the Uninvited (3024)
Lone – Reality Testing (R&S)
Mac Demarco – Salady Days (Captured Tracks)
Katie Pearl & Davinche – Unreleased Album (Self released)
Mica Levi – Under The Skin OST (Milan)
Objekt – Flatland (Pan)
Perfume Genius – Too Bright (Matador)

Popcaan – Where We Come From (Mixpak)
Real Estate -Atlas (Domino)
Rich Gang – Tha Tour Part 1 (Cash Money)
Schoolboy Q – Oxymoron (BDE)
SD Laika – That’s Harakiri (Tri Angle)
Vessel – Punish Honey (Tri Angle)
War on Drugs – Lost In The Dream (Secretly Canadian)
V/A – I’m Just Like You: Sly Stone’s Flower Power 1969-70 (Light In The Attic)
YG – My Krazy Life (Def Jam)

MIXTAPES
Bankroll Fresh- Life of a Hot Boy
Dej Loaf- Sell Sole
Ethereal – Blackli$t
Goldlink – God Complex
KevinGates – By Any Means
Lil Bibby – Free Crack 2
Lil Durk – Signed to the Streets 2
Sauce Twinz – In Sauce we Trust
Sicko Mobb – Super Saiyan Vol.1
The Stand4rd – The Stand4rd
Travis Scott – Days Before Rodeo

EP/12”s/LOOSIES
Barnt – Chappel (Hinge Finger)
Cashmere Cat – Wedding Bells EP (
Chief Keef Where’s Waldo (self-released)
Dark0 – Fate (Gobstopper)
Evian Christ- Waterfall (Tri Angle)
Future “Hardly”
Gage- Telo (Crazylegs)
Heyqt – Heyqt (XL)
iloveMakonnen – Down So Long (Self-released)
Mumdance x Novelist “Take Time” (Rinse)
Nicki Minaj feat. Lil Herb “Chiraq”
OG Maco – U Guessed It (self-released)
Shura-  Touch
Spooky Black – Reason (self-released)
SZA- Sobriety  (BDE)
Tirzah – No Romance (Greco-Roman)
Fetty Wrap – Trap Queen

Steve Cross, Remote Control

20 Moments Of Pleasure

Amen Dunes – Lonely Richard
Ann Sorel – L’amour a Plusiers
Cher – A Woman’s Story
Chris and Cosey – Dr John (Sleeping Stephen)
Copeland – Advice to Young Girls
Dean Blunt – Forever
Ernie Graham – Sebastian
Future Islands – Light House
G Wayne Thomas – Morning Of The Earth
Holly Herndon – Chorus 

Kevin Coyne – The World Is Full Of Fools
King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard – Satan Speeds Up
Leslie Winer – John Says
Marie Davidson – Perte d’identité 
New Gods – Caravan Park
Pearls – Big Shot 
Perfume Genius – Fool 
Sunbeam Sound Machine – Sailing Away
The Liminanas – I Miei Occhi Sono i Tuoi Occhi 
The War On Drugs – An Ocean Between The Waves
Ty Segall – She Don’t Care

Stuart Davie, Beggars Group

2014:

Ian William Craig – A Turn Of Breath
The War On Drugs – Lost In The Dream
Grouper – Ruins
Iceage – Plowing into the Field of Love
Total Control – Typical System
La Dispute – Rooms of the House
Alex G – DSU
Keaton Henson – Romantic Works
Sontag Shogun – Tale
Sun Kil Moon – Benji
Protomartyr – Under Color of Official Right
Caribou – Our Love
Tobias Jesso Jr in London
Ought @ The Old Blue Last
Belle and Sebastian @ Winfield House
Nils Frahm & Kurt Vile @ Village Underground
The War On Drugs @ Rickshaw Theatre
Queens of the Stone Age @ Reading Festival
The Goldfinch
Boyhood
The Imitation Game
Homeland season 4

Utopia (UK)

Rian Fossett, Matador Records

Music -
Amen Dunes – Love

Andy Stott – Faith in Strangers
Bedhead – 1992-1998
Bing & Ruth – Tomorrow Was the Golden Age
Caribou – Our Love
Cleaners From Venus – Living with Victoria Grey
Fennesz – Venice 10th Anniversary
Frankie Cosmos – Zentropy
Grouper – Ruins
MINKS – Memory Graffiti
Total Control – Typical System
Unwound – No Energy

Movies -
John Wick, Nightcrawler

TV -
Bron/Broen, Death Note, Les Revenants

Books -
Station Eleven – Emily St. John Mandel, My Misspent Youth – Meghan Daum,
Preacher: Book One – Garth Ennis

Animals-

This majestic chameleon,
Harlow & Sage,
This particular Russian fox

Matt Harmon (Beggars Group)

Steve Gunn – Way out Weather [Paradise of Bachelors]
Protomartyr – Under Color of Official Right [Hardly Art]

Ensemble – Economique Melt Into Nothing  [Denovali Records]
Ashley Paul – Heat Source [Important Recs]
Lee Gamble – KOCH [Pan]
Helena Hauff Meets Andreas Gehm EP [Solar One Music]
Jenny Hval & Susanna Meshes of Voice  [SusannaSonata]
Skull Defekts – Street Metal [Thrill Jockey]
Ought – More Than Any Other Day [Constellation]
Jon Mueller & Duane Pitre – Inverted Torch [Type]
Andy Stott -Faith in Strangers [Modern Love]
NHK’Koyxen – Dance Classics Vol III [Pan]
Grouper – Ruins  [Kranky]
William Tyler – Lost Colony EP [Merge]
Icepick – Hexane cassette [Astral Spirits]
Patrizia Oliva & Metabolismus – Noumenon cassette [self-released]

Natalie Judge, Matador Records

Stuff:

Viv Albertine – Clothes, Clothes, Clothes. Music, Music, Music. Boys, Boys, Boys.
20,000 Days on Earth – Directed by Iain Forsyth & Jane Pollard.
We Are The Best! – Directed by Lukas Moodysson (this actually came out last year, but i only saw it this year so i’m keeping it in.)
Protomartyr – Under Color Of Official Right.
Ariel Pink – Pom Pom.
Ought – More Than Any Other Day.
Caribou – Our Love.
The War on Drugs – Lost in the Dream.
Steve Gunn – Way Out Weather.
Total Control – Typical System.
Lana Del Ray – Ultraviolence.
LCD Soundsystem – The Long Goodbye.
House of Cards.

Highs:

The American Ambassadors Reception.
Sleaford Mods @ 12 Bar, London.
Kate Bush @ Hammersmith Apollo, London.
New Office.
New Office Light.
Belle & Sebastian open the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.
Jabberwocky weekend being saved by Kurt Vile, Thee Oh Sees, Ought, Iceage and many more.

Lows:
The attendees of Coachella.
Being promised laser eye surgery, only to be told my eyes are too screwed to have it done.

Sonya Kolowrat, Beggars

Best things of 2014
1) Basilica Festival + Hudson, NY

2) John Darnielle’s book Wolf In White Van
3) The Replacements at Forest Hills Stadium
5) Perfume Genius – “Too Bright”
6) Marchi’s Restaurant NYC – they don’t make them like this anymore.

7) Saltie’s Scuttlebutt sandwich

8 John Lurie art opening at Cavin-Morris gallery
9) Dean Blunt
10) And of course, the Serial podcast

Annette Lee, 4AD

2014 ‘s Highlights and Discoveries
Kate Bush @ Hammersmith Apollo
Getting an iPhone
Bitmoji app – the single greatest reason for having an iPhone
Liars @ Village Underground, London
Swans – To Be Kind
Cocktails In a snow-stormy NYC
Ultrabland by Lush
Berners Tavern, London
24 hours in Berlin with Future Islands
The Red Room bar at the Barbican, London (hooray for Barbican memberships)
Allpress Espresso Roastery, Shoreditch
Nakd bars (specifically Banana Bread and Cocoa Orange flavours)
Grayson Perry @ Royal Festival Hall, London
Julia Holter – Loud City Song
The sausage sandwiches from CWTCH aka Pig Vendor, Wandsworth (the hangover go-to place)
Bradford Cox – Teenage soundtrack (shit film, GREAT soundtrack)
The Plough, Clapton
Bounce balls (special shout out to the coconut academia and peanut butter versions)
Belfast weddings with eccentric parents (sadly not my own)
Tatu Ronkko + Efterklang @ giant asbestos-filled power station, Den Haag
Lana Del Rey – Ultraviolence
Ten-pin bowling with SOHN in Vienna
Kaosarn, Wandsworth
War On Drugs – Lost In The Dream
A weekend of feasting and beer in Brussels
Klara Lewis – Ett
Dolly Parton @ Glastonbury
Dinner at Beagle, Hoxton

Finally snapping up a copy of this at the Indie Label Market
http://www.soundwayrecords.com/product/sndwcd016-ghana-special-modern-highlife-afro-sounds–ghanaian-blues-1968—1981-
Bijou Basket cocktails at Hoi Polloi @ Ace Hotel, London
Bohren & Der Club of Gore @ Grote Kerk, Den Haag
Elton John @ Palau Sant Jordi, Barcelona (I’m actually going this weekend, so this is preemptive)
The beach at Formentera
Tobias Jesso Jr. @ some random place in London Fields
Liars – Mess

Dave Martin, Matador Direct

New Records:
1. Gotobeds – Poor People Are Revolting 12XU 
2. Nude Beach – 77 Don Giovanni
3. Sweet Apple – The Golden Age of Glitter TeePee
4. Reigning Sound – Shattered Merge

5. Elisa Ambrogio – The Immoralist Drag City  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o3gRyyGZN9A
6. Mordecai – Neil’s Generator Richie Records
7. Cheater Slicks – Live Vol. 3 Columbus Discount Records

8. Connections – Into Sixes Anyway 
9. Brain F≠ – Empty Set Sorry State / Grave Mistake
10. Watery Love – Decorative Feeding In the Red
11. Protomartyr – Under Color Of Official Right Hardly Art
12. Lower Plenty – Life/Thrills Mexican Summer
13. David Kilgour and the Heavy Eights – End Times Undone Merge
14. Dark Matter – S/T Siltbreeze
15. Obnox – Louder Space 12XU
16. The Darling Downs – In The Days When The World Was Wide Beast Records
17. J Mascis – Tied To A Star Sup Pop
18. Run The Jewels – 2 Mass Appeal
19. Mike Rep & Friends – Darby Creek Drifter 540 Records
20. Xylouris White – Goats Other Music Recording Co.
21. Hamish Kilgour – All Of It and Nothing Ba Da Bing
22. Dark Blue – Pure Reality  Jade Tree
23. Eastlink – S/T In the Red
24. Ex Hex – Rips Merge
25. The Blind Shake – Breakfast of Failures Goner

Reissues or Archival Stuff:
1. Modey Lemon – House On the Hill &  S/T Omentum Records/Mind Cure
2. Penny Arkade – Not The Freeze Sundazed 
3. The Stroke Band – Green and Yellow Anthology Recordings

4. Savage Amused – Demo Mind Cure 
5. Jack Ruby – Hit And Run AKA the two S/T LPs St. Cecilia / Feeding Tube
6. LiveFastDie – Hit Stains Almost Ready
7. Death of Samantha – If Memory Serves Us Well St. Valentine
8. Don Caballero – Five Pairs of Crazy Pants… Chunklet Industries
9. The Bats – Demo:  5-26-84 Mind Cure
10. Axemen – Derry Legend Luxury Product
11. Fugazi – First Demo Dischord
12. Bored Youth – Are You Alive 1982 Alona’s Dream
13. Terminals – Singles and Sundries Ba Da Bing
14. Bent Wind – Sussex Ugly Pop
15. Ngozi Family – Day Of Judgement Now Again
16. The Bats – The Law Of Things Flying Nun
17. Peter Jefferies – Electricity Superior Viaduct
18. Spies Battle of Bosworth Terrace Siltbreeze
19. Thor’s Hammer – If You Knew… Ugly Pop! 
20. X_____X – X__Sticky Fingers__X Ektro Recordings
21. X – Spurts: The 1977 Recordings & Aspirations Ugly Pop!
22. Dutch Masters – All In The Wires Spacecase Records
23. Breadwinner – Burner Merge
24. Necros – Live in ‘85 Jett Plastic Records
25. Jimi Hendrix – Hear My Music Dagger / Sony

7”s / 12”s / EPs
1. Gotobeds – New York’s Alright (If You Like Sex & Phones) b/w Prisoners Of Love Mind Cure 
2. Deathwish – S/T 12″ Disclaim
3. Ukiah Drag – Dirt Trip b/w Poison Ivy Wharf Cat
4. Watery Love – Sick People b/w I Don’t Care In The Red
5. S.O.A. – First Demo Dischord
6. Shock – EP 3 Shock
7. Jon Wahl and the Amadans – The Angst Blues of… Elastic Records
8. Deaf Wish – St. Vincent +3 Sub Pop
9. Giorgio Murder – Primitive World Goner
10. Whatever Brains – SSR 63/64 Sorry State

Live music
Major Stars / The Broke Revue @ Union Pool / The Gotobeds @ The Wick Nov. 29th
Death of Samantha @ Baby’s All Right May 29th
Mordecai / Watery Love / Endless Boogie @ Union Pool May 25th
Protomartyr / Spray Paint @ Cake Shop April 13th
Lower Plenty @ Baby’s All Right / Life Stinks @ Death By Audio Sept. 18th
Dick Diver/ Dark Blue @ Death By Audio Sept. 26th
JSBX / Pampers @ Union Pool March 20th
Cobra Verde @ The Marlin Room @ Webster Hall Nov. 8th
Deaf Wish / Ausmuteants / Pampers / Degreaser @ Death By Audio Oct. 2nd
Xylouris White @ Union Pool October 16th

Hana Mogulescu, Beggars

In no particular order some of my favorite things from 2014:

Angel Olsen – Burn Your Fire for No Witness
Primavera Sound Festival in Barcelona
Finally watching Twin Peaks after years of being told to do so. WHO KILLED LAURA PALMER?!
Tobias Jesso Jr playing in an airbnb in London and “someone’s kitchen” in Brooklyn
Ringing in the new year while listening to Koreless  and watching the sunrise over the ocean in Tulum
St Vincent – St Vincent. <3 you forever, Annie
Belle & Sebastian live at the American Ambassador’s house in London, complete with an on-stage cameo from the one & only Gabe Spierer
Perfume Genius – Too Bright + all three incredible music videos that have come with it
Watching my best friend since I was 12 get married (cheesy, I know)
Sun Kil Moon – Benji

Hector Montes, Beggars Group

will this year just end already: the list

his name is alive – tecuciztecatl (london london)
the dead space – faker (12xu)
hookworms – the hum (weird world)
a winged victory for the sullen – atomos (kranky)
run the jewels – run the jewels 2 (mass appeal)
wild beasts – present tense (domino)
protomartyr – under cover of official right (hardly art)
total control – typical system (iron lung)
doss – the way i feel (acephale)
naomi punk – television man (captured tracks)

inventions – s/t (temporary residence)

Robby Morris, Matador Records

Gotobeds
Grouper
Steve Gunn
Ninos Du Brasil
Protomartyr
Run The Jewels
Schoolboy Q
Sleaford Mods
Total Control

Ukiah Drag
Vessel

Mark Ohe

Full-length Albums 2014 – A Sweet 16
Alice Gerrard, Follow the Music (Tompkins Square)

Joan Shelley, Electric Ursa (No Quarter)
Steve Gunn, Way Out Weather (Paradise of Bachelors)
Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks, Wig Out at Jagbags (Matador)
Hiss Golden Messneger, Lateness of Dancers (Merge)
Laura Cantrell, No Way There From Here (Thriftshop Recordings)
Hans Chew, Life and Love (At The Helm)
V/A, Parchman Farm: Photographs & Recordings, 1947-1958 (Dust to Digital)
Doug Paisley, Strong Feelings (No Quarter)
Yo La Tengo, Extra Painful (Matador)
Robyn Hitchcock, The Man Upstairs (Yep Roc)
The Spies, The Battle of Bosworth Terrace (Siltbreeze)
Einstürzende Neubauten, Lament (Mute)
Chris Forsyth & The Solar Motel Band, Intensity Ghost (No Quarter)
Tinariwen, Emmaar (PIAS)
V/A, When I Reach That Heavenly Shore: Unearthly Black Gospel (Tompkins Square)

Books

This Changes Everything, Naomi Klein
Corruption in America, Zepher Teachout
Our Daily Poison: From Pesticides to Packaging, How Chemicals Have Contaminated the Food Chain and Are Making Us Sick, Marie-Monique Robin
DIY or Die!, Johan Kugelberg
Extracted: How the Quest for Mineral Wealth Is Plundering the Planet, Ugo Bardi
Power Systems, Noam Chomsky
Wild Tales: A Rock & Roll Life, Graham Nash
Mark Mothersbaugh: Myopia, Adam Lerner

Miwa Okumura, Beggars Senior VP, West Coast Operations & Licensing

Big Boys (re-issue) – Where’s My Towel/ Industry Standard LP
Spoon – They Want My Soul
The Horrors – Luminous
David Kilgour & The Heavy Eights – End Times Undone
Future Islands – Singles
The Flesh Eaters (re-issue) – A Minute To Pray A Second To Die LP
Caribou – Our Love
Perfume Genius-Too Bright
The War on Drugs – Lost In The Dream
The New Pornographers – Brill Bruisers

Boyhood -Richard Linklater
The Leftovers
Transparent

Snaking my way to the front to see The Replacements at Coachella.
Shot a Springfield Arms DP40, 40 Smith and Wesson and a Magpull M4 in Sun Valley, Idaho
The Bar Method (check that off my list)

GBV’s last LA show

Bobby Womack and Teenie Hodges RIP

Reuben Cox’s (Old Style) custom silver foil guitar.

Gonzalo Schiaffino, Everlasting / Popstock

IT’S NOT ONLY ROCK’N ROLL (BUT I LIKE IT) – My favourite albums in no particular order
BECK – Morning Phase
VARIOUS – Warfaring Strangers: Darkscorch Canticles
CHRIS ROBINSON BROTHERHOOD – Phosphorent Harvest

COLUMPIO ASESINO – Ballenas Muertas En San Sebastian
JOSEPH ARTHUR – Lou
JACK WHITE – Lazaretto
JOLLIE HOLLAND – Wine Dark Sea
THE APE – The Ape
TY SEGALL – Manipulator
NEW PORNOGRAPHERS – Brill Bruisers
PETER HAMMILL / GARY LUCAS – Other World
PERFUME GENIUS – Too Bright
HOLY SONS – The Fact Facer
SLEAFORD MODS – Divide And Exit
ANGEL OLSEN – Burn Your Fire For No Witness
ELISA AMBROGIO – The Inmoralist
FOXYGEN – And Star Power
ARIEL PINK – Pom Pom

BEST CONCERTS (You should be there…)
SAVAGES – Shoko (Madrid 20/2)
ROLLING STONES – Santiago Bernabeu (Madrid 25-6) *with my kids!
QOTSA – Primavera Sound (Barcelona)
TY SEGALL – Sala But (Madrid 27/10)

Helen Rush, Matador Direct
Shows: Jan 2014 – Dec 2014
Bill Nace, Okkuyng Lee & Chris Corsano – Jack
Stephen Malkmus & the Jicks – Other Music
Lee Ranaldo / Steve Gunn / Spectre Folk – The Bellhouse
Benefit For Letha Rodman Melchior: Endless Boogie, Crystal Stilts, Love As Laughter, The Rogers Sisters, August Wells, Rebecca Gaffney & Adrian Austin, Nurse & Soldier – Secret Project Robot
Tatsuya Nakatani: Nakantani Gong Orchestra – Jack
Ed Askew / Josephine Foster / Victor Herrero– Columbus Theatre – Providence RI
MV/EE – Baby’s All Right
Charlemagne Palestine (Solo Organ) – Plymouth Church/Issue Project Room
Ben Chasny – Baby’s All Right
Endless Boogie / Magik Markers – Union Pool
Kim Gordon & Okkung Lee – The Stone
Graham Lambkin / Devin DiSanto – Issue Project Room
Yoko Ono & Yo La Tengo  – Union Pool
Elisa Ambrogio  / Bill Nace / The Double – Union Pool
Jacco Gardner – Baby’s All Right
Prince Rupert’s Drops – Baby’s All Right
Heavy Blanket / Honey – Union Pool
Michael Chapman / Zachary Cale – Union Pool
Keijo Haino & Tony Conrad / Okkung Lee – Issue Project Room
Tim Barnes / Barry Weisblat – Silent Barn
Body/Head / Nate Young / Vanessa Rosetto – Union Pool
Holy Sons / Elisa Ambogio  – Union Pool
Kim Gordon & Loren Mazzacane Connors  / Gary War – Issue Project Room

Records: In No Particular Order (+ 2 from 2013)

Elisa Ambrogio – The Immoralist (Drag City)
Prince Rupert’s Drops – Climbing Light (Beyond Beyond is Beyond)
Mary Lattimore / Jeff Zeigler – Slant of Light (Thrill Jockey)
Steve Gunn – Way Out Weather (Paradise of Bachelors)
United Waters – Sunburner (Bathetic)

Tom Carter / Pat Murano – Four Infernal Rivers (MIE)
Angel Olsen – Burn Your Fire for No Witness – (Jagjaguwar)
Tinariwen – Emmaar (Anti)
Vashti Bunyan – Heartleap (Fat Cat/DiCristina)
Fugazi – First Demo (Dischord)
Nathan Bowles – Nansemond (Paradise of Bachelors)
Ty Segall – Manipulator – (Drag City)
Jacco Gardner – Cabinet of Curiosities (Trouble In Mind) 2013
Nathan Salsburg – Hard For To Win And Can’t Be Won (No Quarter ) 2013
Body/Head – The Show Is Over 7” (Matador)
Hamish Kilgour — All Of It And Nothing’ (Ba Da Bing)

Chrissy Stuart, Beggars Music

Twigs at Trees
Paragliding over Lake Atitlan
Drake – “0 to 100 / The Catch Up”
Mica Levi’s Under The Skin score
thefatjewish
The War On Drugs – Lost in the Dream
1st LA earthquake (5.1)
Kim Kardashian as bike rack
Star Wars
Busta Rhymes 2014 (in general)
Beck – “Turn Away”

Future – “Move That Dope”
NYE sunrise celebration in Tulum w/ the best of the best
Mac Demarco “Salad Days”
Popcaan

Gerard Cosloy, Matador Records

Sleaford Mods – Divide & Exit (Harbinger Sounds)
Mordecai – Neil’s Generator (Richie)
Califone – Stitches (Dead Oceans)
Ultimate Painting – s/t (Trouble In Mind)

Rat Columns – Leaf (RIP Society)
Watery Love – Decorative Feeding (In The Red)
Mark Kozelek – Live At Biko (Calo Verde)
Musk – s/t (Holy Mountain)
Swans – To Be Kind (Young God)

Golden Pelicans – s/t (Total Punk)
Chris Forsyth & The Solar Motel Band – Intensity Ghost (No Quarter)
Good Throb – Fuck Off (White Denim)
Centro-matic – Take Pride In Your Long Odds (Navigational Transmissions)
Manateees – Sit n Spin (Pelican Pow Wow)
Spray Paint – Clean Blood, Regular Acid (Monofonus Press)

Exhaustion – Biker (Aarght)
OBN III’s- Third Time To Harm (Tic Tac Totally)
Low Life – Dogging (RIP Society)
Degreaser – Rougher Squalor (ever/never)

Wussy – Attica (Shake It)
John Schooley & His One Man Band – The Man Who Rode The Mule Around The World (Voodoo Rhythm)
Dark Blue – Pure Reality (Jade Tree)
Protomarytr – Under Color Of Official Light (Hardly Art)
Ausmuteants – Order Of Operation (Goner)
Kid Millions / Jim Sauter – Fountain (Family Vineyard)
Real Kids – Shake Outta Control (Ace Of Hearts)
Shellac – Dude Incredible (Touch & Go)

12″ EP’s
Institute – Salt – (Sacred Bones)
Nazi Gold – Climbing The Tower (Super Secret)
Uniform – s/t (Beggar’s Tomb)
Gary Wrong Group – Floods Of Fire (Jeth Row/Bat Shit)

Outer Spaces – Garbage Beach (Salinas)

7”’s

Mystic Inane – “Deep Creep” (Negative Jazz)

Breakout – “True Crime” (Grave Mistake)
Deaf Wish – St. Vincent’s EP (Sub/Pop)

Hysterics – “Can’t I Live” EP (M’Ladys)
Sick Thoughts – “Moral Sickness” (Blast Of Silence)
Sick Thoughts – “Coming Over” (Going Underground)
Sick Thoughts – “I Got Hands” b/w “I’m Tired Of You” (Hidden Volume)
Total Abuse – “Looking For Love” (Deranged)
Lumpy & The Dumpers – “Gnats In The Pisser” (Total Punk)

reissues / archival stuff :

Owen Maercks – Teenage Sex Therapist (Feeding Tube)
Flesh Eaters – A Minute To Pray, A Second To Die (Superior Viaduct)
The Sluts – 12″ Of Sluts (Spread ‘Em/Jeth Row/Race)
Bedhead – 1992-1998 (Numero)
Madrigal – s/t (Lysergia)
Jack Ruby – LP1 /Volume Two (Feeding Tube)
Medival – One Morbid (Buried By Time & Dust)
Shoes This High – Straight To Hell (Siltbreeze)

live shows :

Deaf Wish, Hi Tone, Memphis, Mohawk, Austin September

Counter Intuits, Now That’s Class, Cleveland, May
Swans, Lincoln Hall, Chicago, June
Wreckmeister Harmonies, Elysium, Austin, November
Midnight, Dirty Dog, Austin, August
Wreckless Eric, Hole In The Wall, Austin, October
Tom Carter, Salvage Vanguard Theatre, Austin, November
Radioactivity, Beerland, Austin, March, Hi Tone, Memphis, September
Mordecai, Now That’s Class, Cleveland, May
Life Stinks, Murphy’s, Memphis TN, Septmber
The Clean, Ace Of Cups, Columbus, July
eyehategod, North Door, Austin, November
Godflesh, Mohawk, Austin, April
Califone, someone’s house, Austin, April
Kraftwerk, Riveria Theatre, Chicago, March
The Rebel, Beerland Austin, March, Hotel Vegas, Austin, September
No Bails, Hotel Vegas, Austin, June
Devo, ACL LIve, July
Civil Union, The Grand, Austin, July

Coming In January : LP Reissues Of Chavez’ ‘Ride The Fader’ & ‘Gone Glimmering’

By Gerard on Tuesday, November 18th, 2014

(photo : Jesse Peretz)

Here at Matador Records and Filmworks, we’ve long lived by the credo established by our founder, Chris Lombardi, who once declared, “give the people what they want. Especially if it’s easily accomplished and/or lucrative for us.” And with that in mind, we have listened to the pleas and threats of YOU, the music fans still devoted to paying for physical goods, and can finally announce that after 12 long years in the out-of-print wilderness, we’re reissuing both of Chavez’ Matador albums on vinyl on January 20, 2015

(“Break Up Your Band”, from ‘Gone Glimmering’, directed by Scott Marshall)

“It’s not like we’re out to desconstruct rock, but when we started the band, we had an agreement that we wouldn’t play anything that sounded like something we’d heard before.” – MATT SWEENEY (speaking to Billboard in 1996)

“For me, Chavez was this perfect creative beast. We had all these annoyingly strong ideas about what we wanted to do, and we did them. We did them exactly.”
– CLAY TARVER (speaking to The New York Times Magazine in 2011)

(“Unreal Is Here”, from ‘Ride The Fader’, directed by Clay Tarver and Scott Marshall)

The quartet of Tarver, Sweeney and crack rhythm section James Lo and Scott Masciarelli never quite broke up — they just take many years inbetween gigs (and many more years making us wait for a third album). But there’s an awful lot to be said for leaving a flawless recorded legacy behind, and 1995′s ‘Gone Glimmering’ and 1996′s ‘Ride The Fader’ are unbeatable slabs of thinking-person’s loud rock from an era where such sounds were not in short supply. To say both albums have grown in stature and influence years after their release would not be an exaggeration, but that’s precisely why we’re taking brutal advantage of the situation at this very moment.

Preorder from The Matador Store :
‘Gone Glimmering’
‘Ride The Fader’

(via Amazon :
‘Gone Glimmering’
‘Ride The Fader’

Celebrate Matador’s 105th Anniversary WIth A 102 Song Playlist At Spotify

By Gerard on Wednesday, November 5th, 2014

It may have escaped your attention earlier this week, what with all the column inches afforded Taylor Swift’s decision to remove music from Spotify, that the last remaining American who witnessed the formation of Matador Records had either passed away or disabled their Facebook account.  With this historic occasion in mind, we’ve assembled a 102 song Matador playlist at Spotify that will either have you partying like it’s 1889 or perhaps will provoke a huge outcry over all songs that are missing (for instance, Taylor Swift’s earliest works for Matador). Write down your favorite omissions, and we’ll try to get ‘em cleared in time for our 110th Anniversary!

 

Belle and Sebastian – “The Party Line” (from ‘ ‘Girls In Peacetime Want To Dance’), New North America & UK 2015 Dates

By The Management on Tuesday, October 28th, 2014

The people’s republic of Belle and Sebastian is on the move again, taking
its message of responsible pop music in a revolutionary age to lands far and
near.

A little bit older, but no wiser, maturing like a fine wine ought to, our
love for music, and the chance to lay it on your tender ear, is not
diminished.

We will pop you. – Stuart Murdoch

 

“The Party LIne” – from ‘Girls In Peacetime Want To Dance’, out January 19/20, 2015.

New North American dates in Boston, Toronto, Royal Oak, MI and Chicago have just been confirmed for next Spring, as well as 11 new shows in Wales and England ; tickets go on sale tomorrow (see the updated schedule below).

ALBUM PRE-ORDER:
Belle & Sebastian Store (UK)
The Matador Store (North America): http://smarturl.it/GirlsInPeacetime_LP
iTunes:
Amazon
Google Play (U.S. orders only)

TOUR DATES:
2014
Tuesday, October 28 – Manchester Cathedral, Manchester, UK – Tickets
Wednesday, October 29 – De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhll-On-Sea
Friday, October 31 – Pitchfork Music Festival Paris, Paris France

2015
Monday January 26 – Laneway Festival, Auckland, New Zealand
Wednesday January 28 – The Tivoli, Brisbane, Australia
Thursday January 29 – Enmore Theatre, Sydney, Australia
Sunday February 1 – Palais Theatre, Melbourne, Australia
Tuesday February 3 – Astor Theatre, Perth, Australia
Thursday, February 12 - AX Club, Seoul, Korea
Monday, February 16 – Hostess Club Taipei @ Legacy, Taipei, Taiwan
Saturday February 21 – Hostess Club Weekender, Studio Coast, Tokyo, Japan
Monday March 30 -House Of Blues, Boston MA (on sale now)
Wednesday April 1-Massey Hall, Toronto ONT (presale starts at 1pm eastern, Friday October 31)
Thursday April 2 – Royal Oak Music Theatre, Royal Oak MI (tickets on sale at noon eastern, Friday October 31)
Friday April 3 – Riviera Theatre, Chicago IL (tickets on sale now)
Sunday May 3 - St. David’s, Cardiff, Wales
Monday May 4 – Colston Hall, Bristol England
Tuesday May 5 – Guildhall, Portsmouth, England
Thursday May 7 – Corn Exchange, Cambridge, England
Friday May 8 - Open, Norwich, England
Sunday May 10 - Symphony Hall, Birmingham, England
Monday May 11 – Westminster Central Hall, London
Thursday May 14 – Albert Hall, Manchester, England
Saturday May 16 - City Hall, Newcastle, England
Monday May 18 – Opera House, Buxton, England
Tuesday May 19 – City Hall, Leeds, England
Friday, May 22 – Hydro Arena, Glasgow (with the Scottish Festival Orchestra)
Wednesday, June 10 – Radio City Music Hall, New York NY
Thursday – Saturday, July 2-4 – ATP Iceland, Keflavik, Iceland (NOTE : 16 years after Belle and Sebastian curated the first All Tomorrow’s Parties at Camber Sands)

Belle and Sebastian - official site
‘It Could Have Been A Brilliant Career’ – official site
Belle and Sebastian – Twitter
Facebook
Instagram

Coming December 2 : Yo La Tengo’s ‘Extra Painful’ 2XLP / 2XCD

By Gerard on Tuesday, October 21st, 2014



“Anyone who ever said they liked our older records more than ‘Painful’, I just told them they’re wrong.”
–Ira Kaplan

(“From A Motel Six”, directed by Hal Hartley)

1994 marked a number of huge world events ; OJ Simpson emerged from football retirement to claim the headlines in a most unfortunate manner. John Starks missed somewhere in the range of 300 shots en route to the Houston Rockets defeating the New York Knicks in Game 7 of the NBA Finals. CIA officer Aldrich Ames was charged with spying for the Russians, and figure skating’s Tonya Harding put her own special spin on the phrase “lead pipe cinch”. Still, all of the above incidents are mostly forgotten in history, completely overshadowed by the prior year’s release of Yo La Tengo‘s first album for the Matador label, ‘Painful’, a record Spin’s Rob Sheffield called, “the album that keeps every promise Yo La Tengo ever made, full of ravishing, wraithlink melodies around scruffy guitars that clang around your head like sneakers in the dryer…when a bunch of weird sounds add up to a masterpiece as casually majestic as Painful, well, ‘genius’ isn’t even the word, is it?”

(“Big Day Coming”, directed by Phil Morrison)

On December 2, we’ll be reissuing this important highlight in the Yo La Tengo and Matador catalogs in deluxe double LP and double CD editions, dubbed ‘Extra Painful’, with the contents broken down as follows :

TRACKLISTINGS

Painful:
1. Big Day Coming
2. From A Motel 6
3. Double Dare
4. Superstar-Watcher
5. Nowhere Near
6. Sudden Organ
7. A Worrying Thing
8. I Was A Fool Beside You For Too Long
9. The Whole Of The Law
10. Big Day Coming
11. I Heard You Looking

Extra Painful:
1. Nowhere Near (demo)
2. From A Motel 6 (live acoustic)
3. Tunnel Vision (unreleased instrumental demo)
4. Sudden Organ (demo)
5. Smart Window (unreleased Painful session)
6. Big Day Coming (live acoustic)
7. Slow Learner (unreleased demo)
8. Double Dare (demo)
9. A Worrying Thing (demo)
10. I Heard You Looking (live)

Shaker 7″:
A: Shaker
B: For Shame Of Doing Wrong [8-Track Version - the CD single contained a different
version which is on the download coupon]

Formats:

1. Double LP + 7″ + download coupon with extra tracks
2. Double CD + download coupon with extra tracks
3. Digital release is regular and bonus disc tracks, does NOT include download coupon

bonus tracks

Vinyl:
Disc 1: The original ‘Painful’ album (not remastered)
Disc 2: ‘Extra Painful’ – the bonus tracks
7″: “Shaker” / “For Shame Of Doing Wrong” – exact reproduction of the original single
Download coupon: all the album tracks + 15 additional extra bonus tracks

Packaging: Double LP + 7″ (in picture sleeve) with ephemera, photos, reproduction of
original ‘band-aid’ sticker, the first ‘YLT Gazette’ in 14 years, liner notes by the band and semi-trusted advisers.

CD:
Disc 1: As on vinyl
Disc 2: As on vinyl
Download coupon: includes the 2 tracks from the “Shaker” 7″ as well as the 15 extra bonus tracks


Preorder the LP or CD editions today from The Matador Store
and enter to win tickets to Yo La Tengo’s 30th Anniversary shows at NYC’s Town Hall plus copies of every currently in-print Yo La Tengo LP.

Yo La Tengo live :

Sam Green & Yo La Tengo “The Love Song of R. Buckminster Fuller”:
10/29 State Theatre, Portland ME
10/30 Flynn Center, Burlington VT
11/07 Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans LA
11/12 PuSh Festival, Vancouver BC

11/09 Fun Fun Fun Fest, Auditorium Shores, Austin TX

30th Anniversary Shows
12/03 Town Hall, NY NY  w/ Antietam 
12/04 Town Hall, NY NY  w/ The Feelies
12/05 9:30 Club, Washington DC  w/ Lambchop
12/06 Trocadero, Philadelphia PA  w/ Antietam

Yo La Tengo :
– band site
Facebook
Twitter
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New Release Tuesday : Thurston Moore – The Best Day 2XLP/CD/digital album

By Gerard on Tuesday, October 21st, 2014

Just a reminder – the new Thurston Moore album, ‘The Best Day’, proclaimed by the A/V Club’s Chris Mincher to be “a palpably invigorated blend of brawny, sprawling guitar rock and meditative arrangements” is available today throughout North America (everywhere else yesterday) — direct order details and updated tour dates are found below.

Thurston Moore Band on tour :

Tuesday, October 21 – Brooklyn NY –St. Vitus (with PCPC) (SOLD OUT)
Wednesday, October 22 -Cambridge MA — The Sinclair
Thursday, October 23 0-Hamden CT — The Ballroom at The Outer Space
Friday, October 24- Pawtucket RI — The Met
Saturday, October 25- Philadelphia PA — Boot & Saddle
Sunday, October 26 – Brooklyn NY — Rough Trade NYC
Thursday, October 30 – Lucerna Music Hall, Prague, Czech Republic
Friday, October 31 – BIME Festival, Bilbao Spain
Sunday, November 2 – Alcatraz, Milan, Italy
Monday, November 3 – Antoniano (seated), Bologna, Italy
Tuesday, November 4 – Komplex Club, Zurich, Switzerland
Wednesday, November 5 – Rockhal, Luxembourg, Luxembourg
Friday, November 7 – Islington Assembly Hall, London, UK
Saturday, November 8 – Fleece, Bristol, UK
Sunday, November 9 – Gorilla, Manchester, UK
Tuesday, November 11 – Art School, Glasgow, UK
Wednesday, November 12 – Bodega, Nottingham, UK
Saturday, November 15 – Crossing Border Festival, The Hague, Netherlands
Sunday, November 16 – Gebaude 9, Cologne, Germany
Tuesday, November 18 – Räucherkammer, Wiesbaden, Germany
Wednesday, November 19 – Ampere, Munich, Germany

Order ‘The Best Day’ from The Matador Store
iTunes
Amazon

(in Japan, ‘The Best Day’ will be available from Hostess)

Thurston Moore – Facebook, Twitter

Coming January 19 : Belle and Sebastian’s ‘Girls In Peacetime Want To Dance’

By The Management on Tuesday, October 14th, 2014

As previously announced, Belle and Sebastian will release their ninth studio album on January 20, 2015 (Jan 19 in the UK and Europe), ‘Girls In Peacetime Want To Dance.’ Today, a peek at the album cover, track listing, and more.

Last week, The Quietus published an interview with Stuart Murdoch and Richard Colburn which gives a hint of what to expect. The album opens with “Nobody’s Empire,” which Stuart said “is absolutely the most personal [song] I’ve ever written.” About the beginnings of his lifelong struggle with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome which led to his first forays into songwriting, it is easily one of his most musically and emotionally epic songs.

What it doesn’t indicate is how fun the album is. Produced and mixed at Maze Studios in Atlanta by Ben H. Allen III, best known for his work with Gnarls Barkley, Animal Collective, and Raury, among others, the band – who have been listening to things like vintage Detroit techno and Giogio Moroder – have brought a dance-party element (and a disco song about Sylvia Plath) into their gorgeous tales of sensitive souls navigating a world gone awry. It is perhaps the most inspired and wide-reaching album Belle and Sebastian have ever made.

ALBUM PRE-ORDER:
Belle & Sebastian Store (UK)
The Matador Store (North America): http://smarturl.it/GirlsInPeacetime_LP
iTunes:
Amazon
Google Play (U.S. orders only)

TRACK LISTING:
1. Nobody’s Empire
2. Allie
3. The Party Line
4. The Power of Three
5. The Cat with the Cream
6. Enter Sylvia Plath
7. The Everlasting Muse
8. Perfect Couples
9. Ever Had a Little Faith?
10. Play for Today
11. The Book of You
12. Today (This Army’s for Peace)

FORMATS:
- Digital (iTunes purchases include preorder bonus tracks ‘Piggy In The Middle‘ and ‘A Politician’s Silence’)
- CD (with 24 page booklet)
- Vinyl: 2x LP gatefold vinyl
- Box set: Limited edition 4x LP with exclusive bonus tracks, extended mixes and poster

TOUR DATES:
2014
Tuesday, October 28 – Manchester Cathedral, Manchester, UK – Tickets
Wednesday, October 29 – De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhll-On-Sea
Friday, October 31 – Pitchfork Music Festival Paris, Paris France

2015
Monday January 26 – Laneway Festival, Auckland, New Zealand
Wednesday January 28 – The Tivoli, Brisbane, Australia
Thursday January 29 – Enmore Theatre, Sydney, Australia
Sunday February 1 – Palais Theatre, Melbourne, Australia
Tuesday February 3 – Astor Theatre, Perth, Australia
Thursday, February 12 - AX Club, Seoul, Korea
Monday, February 16 – Hostess Club Taipei @ Legacy, Taipei, Taiwan
Saturday February 21 – Hostess Club Weekender, Studio Coast, Tokyo, Japan
Friday, May 22 – Hydro Arena, Glasgow (with the Scottish Festival Orchestra)
Wednesday, June 10 – Radio City Music Hall, New York NY
Thursday – Saturday, July 2-4 – ATP Iceland, Keflavik, Iceland (NOTE : 16 years after Belle and Sebastian curated the first All Tomorrow’s Parties at Camber Sands)

Belle and Sebastian - official site
‘It Could Have Been A Brilliant Career’ – official site
Belle and Sebastian – Twitter
Facebook
Instagram

Out Today (Mostly) : ‘It Could Have Been A Brilliant Career’ – Belle and Sebastian’s Album Catalog On Vinyl

By Gerard on Tuesday, October 7th, 2014

Belle and Sebastian’s entire 10 album catalog was reissued today by Matador and if you’ve ordered directly from us, hopefully you’ve got your copies today or shall have ‘em shortly. Unfortunately, due to manufacturing issues, the following titles aren’t in stores yet :

‘The Boy With The Arab Strap’
‘Push Barman To Open Old Wounds’
‘Write About Love’

We’re also out of ‘Third Eye Centre’ but should be getting restocks soon.

Order the full catalog from us and receive a limited edition tote bag (tote bag available individually here)

TOUR DATES:

Tuesday, October 7 – The Theatre at Ace Hotel, Los Angeles CA (SOLD OUT)
Wednesday, October 8 – Civic Space Park, Phoenix AZ
Friday, October, 10 – Austin City Limits Music Festival, Austin TX
Sunday, October, 12 – Corona Capital Music Festival, Mexico City, Mexico
Friday, October, 31 – Pitchfork Music Festival Paris, Paris France
Monday, February 16 – Hostess Club Taipei, Legacy, Taipei, Taiwan
Friday, May 22 – Hydro Arena, Glasgow (with the Scottish Festival Orchestra)
Wednesday, June 10 - Radio City Music Hall, NYC
Thursday, July 2-Saturday July 4 – ATP Iceland, Keflavik

Belle and Sebastian - official site
‘It Could Have Been A Brilliant Career’ – official site
Belle and Sebastian – Twitter
Facebook
Instagram

Out Today : Iceage’s ‘Plowing Into The Field Of Love’

By Gerard on Tuesday, October 7th, 2014

Just (another) reminder that Iceage’s 3rd album, the hotly anticipated ‘Plowing Into The Field Of Love’ is out today on compact disc and digital formats ; the 3-sided LP version is unfortunately delayed until approximately October 21, but we’ll be shipping ‘em as soon as they arrive.

Orders from the Matador store will include the snazzy Iceage pin depicted above.

In addition to previously announced dates starting this Friday in Philadelphia, Iceage have added a 2nd NYC show next Monday at the Acheron (with Uniform and Cheena). Tickets are available here.

Order ‘Plowing Into The Field Of Love’ from the following :
- The Matador Store (3 sided-vinyl edition or 16 page booklet / cd)
- iTunes
- Amazon

Tour dates:

Friday, October 10 – First Unitarian Church, Philadelphia PA*
Saturday, October 11 – Metro Gallery, Baltimore MD*
Sunday, October 12 – Bowery Ballroom, New York NY*
Monday, October 13 – Acheron, Brooklyn NY (with Uniform, Cheena)
Wednesday, October 15 – The Flywheel Arts Collective, Easthampton MA*
Thursday, October, 16 – Great Scott, Boston MA*$
Friday, October 17 – La Vitrola, Montreal QC, Canada%
Saturday, October 18 – Gabba Hey, Ottatwwa ON, Canada#
Sunday, October 19 – Horseshoe, Toronto ON, Canada#
Tuesday, October 21 – PJ’s Lager House, Detroit MI*#
Wednesday, October 22 – The Empty Bottle, Chicago IL*#
Thursday, October, 23 – Triple Rock, Minneapolis MN*
Friday, October 24 – Slowdown, Omaha NE*
Saturday, October 25 – Jackpot Music Hall, Lawrence KS*
Sunday, October 26 – Hi-Dive, Denver CO*
Monday, October 27 – Kilby Court, Salt Lake City UT*
Wednesday, October 29 – Holland Project, Reno NV*
Friday, October 31 – Elbo Room, San Francisco CA*
Saturday, November 1 – The Echo, Los Angeles CA *$
Sunday, November 2 – The Echo, Los Angeles CA*
Monday, November 3, – The Casbah, San Diego CA*
Tuesday, November 4 – 51 West, Phoenix AZ*
Wednesday, November 5 – Sister, Albuquerque NM*
Saturday, November 8 – Fun Fun Fun Fest Auditorium Shores, Austin TX
Monday, November 10 – Aveny-T, Copenhagen, Denmark
Friday, November, 21 – Le Guess Who? Festival, Utrecht, Netherlands
Saturday, November, 22 – Uebel & Gefahrlich, Hamburg, Germany
Sunday, November, 23 – Exhaus, Trier, Germany
Monday, November, 24 – Berghain Kantine, Berlin, Germany
Tuesday, November, 25 – Komma, Esslingen, Germany
Wednesday, November, 26 – Arena, Vienna, Austria
Thursday, November, 27 - Strom, Munich, Germany
Friday, November, 28 – Kinski, Zurich, Switzerland
Saturday, November, 29 – Ancienne Belgique, Brussels, Belgium
Sunday, November, 30 – Het Bos, Antwerpen, Belgium
Monday, December, 1 – Nouveau Casino, Paris, France
Tuesday, December 2 – 100 Club, London, UK

* w/ Helm
# w/ Father Murphy
$ w/ Rakta
% w/ Merchandise, Lower and Father Murphy



Iceage – official site
Iceage – Blog, Facebook

Coming January 2015 : Belle and Sebastian – ‘Girls In Peacetime Want To Dance’

By The Management on Monday, September 29th, 2014

(photo by Søren Solkær)

Belle and Sebastian will release their ninth studio album on January 19, 2015 (Jan 20 in the North America) via Matador Records – their first to be released on Matador worldwide.

‘Girls In Peacetime Want To Dance’ is the long-awaited follow-up to 2010’s ‘Write About Love’. The album was produced and mixed at Maze Studios in Atlanta by Ben H. Allen III, best known for his work with Gnarls Barkley, Animal Collective, and Raury, among others. Additional mixing was done with longtime collaborator Tony Doogan in Glasgow, and the album was mastered by Frank Arkwright at Abbey Road Studios.

A short video clip from their time in Atlanta – set to one of the new tracks can be seen above (if you’re based in Germany, click here). There are also several images from recording and other recent activities on their Instagram (link below).

As a reminder, the band’s entire vinyl catalog will be back in print on October 7.

Belle and Sebastian on tour
:

Monday, September, 29 – House Of Blues, Orlando FL
Wednesday, October 1, – Tabernacle, Atlanta GA
Friday, October 3 – Austin City Limits Music Festival, Austin TX
Monday, October 6 – The Theatre at Ace Hotel, Los Angeles CA (SOLD OUT)
Tuesday, October 7 – The Theatre at Ace Hotel, Los Angeles CA (SOLD OUT)
Wednesday, October 8 – Civic Space Park, Phoenix AZ
Friday, October, 10 – Austin City Limits Music Festival, Austin TX
Sunday, October, 12 – Corona Capital Music Festival, Mexico City, Mexico
Wednesday, October 29 – De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhll-On-Sea
Friday, October, 31 – Pitchfork Music Festival Paris, Paris France
Monday, February 16 – Hostess Club Taipei, Legacy, Taipei, Taiwan
Friday, May 22 – Hydro Arena, Glasgow (with the Scottish Festival Orchestra)
Wednesday, June 10 – Radio City Music Hall, NYC (tickets on sale, Friday, October 3 at 11am eastern)

Belle and Sebastian - official site
‘It Could Have Been A Brilliant Career’ – official site
Belle and Sebastian – Twitter
Facebook
Instagram

Out Now : Perfume Genius – ‘Too Bright’, KEXP Session Today, Sonic Boom Instore Tomorrow

By Gerard on Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014

On the heels of some wildly enthusiastic international press coverage, we’re thrilled that today marks the moment when you can bring the new Perfume Genius album, ‘Too Bright’ into your home / vehicle / phone for real. Above and below are some shots of the LP and CD packaging ; click on the individuals pics for high resolution versions.

While Mike Hadreas hits the road this Thursday night in Salt Lake City, there’s some hometown events planned for week-of-release in Seattle. For starters, you can hear Perfume Genius in session on KEXP today at 4pm eastern / 1pm pacific time, and there’s an instore performance at Sonic Boom tomorrow night at 6pm (free, all ages)

order ‘Too Bright’ from the following :
The Matador Store (LP & CD)
iTunes
Perfume Genius.net

Amazon
Amazon MP3
Google Play

Tour Dates :

September
26 – Urban Lounge – Salt Lake City UT
27 – Hi Dive – Denver CO
29 – Riot Room – Kansas City MO
30 – Triple Rock Social Club - Minneapolis MN

October
1 – Lincoln Hall – Chicago IL
2 – Magic Stick – Detroit MI
4 – Virgin Mobile Mod Club - Toronto ON
6 – Brighton Music Hall – Allston MA
7 - Music Hall of Williamsburg – Brooklyn NY
8 – Johnny Brenda’s - Philadelphia PA
9 – The Hamilton – Washington DC
10 – Cat’s Cradle Back Room – Carrboro NC
11 - Drunken Unicorn - Atlanta GA
13 - Three Links – Dallas TX
14 – The Parish – Austin TX
16 - Club Congress – Tucson AZ
17 – Soda Bar – San Diego CA
19 – Roxy Theatre - Los Angeles CA
21 – The Independent – San Francisco CA
22 – Harlow’s – Sacramento CA
24 – Mississippi Studios – Portland OR
25 – Neptune Theatre – Seattle WA

November
11 – La Maroquinerie, Paris France
12 – Exile, Zurich, Switzerland
13 – Le Romandie, Lausanne Switzerland
14 – Depot, Leuven Belgium
16 – Vega, Copenhagen Denmark
17 - Lido, Berlin German
18 – Pret-a-ecouter Festival, Heidelberg Germany
19 – Bitterzoet, Amsterdam Holland
21 – Le Guess Who Festival, Utrecht Holland
23 – Caves, Edinburgh UK
24 – The Wardrobe, Leeds UK
25 – Oobleck, Birmingham UK
26 – The Haunt, Brighton UK
27 – Islington Assembly Hall, London UK
28 – 29 — Vodafone Mexefest 2014, Lisbon Portugal

Perfume Genius online :

Perfume Genius.net

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Clarification Corner : The LP version of Perfume Genius’ ‘Too Bright’

By Gerard on Sunday, September 21st, 2014

Dear Friends,

It seems there’s been some confusion ; we’re only selling a black vinyl version of the new Perfume Genius album, ‘Too Bright’ here in North America. There is a gold vinyl version but it’s manufactured in the UK and available there from Turnstile. If anyone has ordered the album from us expecting a gold edition, that’s unfortunate, but the black vinyl LP is the only version available from us in North America. Thanks.

VIDEO : Perfume Genius – “Grid”, from the forthcoming ‘Too Bright’

By The Management on Tuesday, September 9th, 2014


“A lot of these songs are me trying to claim some power in situations that would typically depress or alienate or victimize me. Also, no matter how good I feel there is a darkness hanging, which I don’t agree with – giving it a voice is an attempt at freeing it so it can potentially dissipate” – Mike Hadreas

Prior to the September 23 release of ‘Too Bright,’ the bold and beautiful new album from Perfume Genius, comes the strange, twisted and brilliant video for the forthcoming single “Grid”.

If you’ve heard the first single “Queen”, with its swaggering stomp and anthemic choruses, you would know that “Too Bright” represents a dramatic departure from the stark piano ballad confessionals of the first two Perfume Genius albums. “Grid” goes even further down the rabbit hole, with pounding drums, tribal chants and piercing screams all lending the song a heightened air of force and unease – not so much a declaration as it is an exorcism.

Fittingly, the video, directed by Charlotte Rutherford, only adds to this intense atmosphere of resistance and release, with Mike Hadreas literally surrounded by his (hentai-clad) demons before confronting them head on and being devoured by them. It’s a quixotic, unsettling video for sure but not without flashes of Hadreas’ black humour as well, making the whole thing uniquely and typically Perfume Genius.

Preorder ‘Too Bright’ from the following :
The Matador Store (LP & CD)
iTunes (receive “Queen” and “Grid” instantly)
Perfume Genius.net

Amazon
Amazon MP3
Google Play

Tour Dates :

September
9 – Locomotiv Club, Bologna Italy
26 – Urban Lounge – Salt Lake City UT
27 – Hi Dive – Denver CO
29 – Riot Room – Kansas City MO
30 – Triple Rock Social Club - Minneapolis MN

October
1 – Lincoln Hall – Chicago IL
2 – Magic Stick – Detroit MI
4 – Virgin Mobile Mod Club - Toronto ON
6 – Brighton Music Hall – Allston MA
7 - Music Hall of Williamsburg – Brooklyn NY
8 – Johnny Brenda’s - Philadelphia PA
9 – The Hamilton – Washington DC
10 – Cat’s Cradle Back Room – Carrboro NC
11 - Drunken Unicorn - Atlanta GA
13 - Three Links – Dallas TX
14 – The Parish – Austin TX
16 - Club Congress – Tucson AZ
17 – Soda Bar – San Diego CA
19 – Roxy Theatre - Los Angeles CA
21 – The Independent – San Francisco CA
22 – Harlow’s – Sacramento CA
24 – Mississippi Studios – Portland OR
25 – Neptune Theatre – Seattle WA

November
11 – La Maroquinerie, Paris France
12 – Exile, Zurich, Switzerland
13 – Le Romandie, Lausanne Switzerland
14 – Depot, Leuven Belgium
16 – Vega, Copenhagen Denmark
17 - Lido, Berlin German
18 – Pret-a-ecouter Festival, Heidelberg Germany
19 – Bitterzoet, Amsterdam Holland
21 – Le Guess Who Festival, Utrecht Holland
23 – Caves, Edinburgh UK
24 – The Wardrobe, Leeds UK
25 – Oobleck, Birmingham UK
26 – The Haunt, Brighton UK
27 – Islington Assembly Hall, London UK

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Coming October 6 : Iceage – ‘Plowing Into The Field Of Love’, “Forever” Video, North America/EU/Australia Tour Dates

By The Management on Thursday, September 4th, 2014

“Forever” – directed by Catherine Pattinama Coleman

On October 6 (October 7 in North America, Matador will be releasing the 3rd Iceage album, ‘Plowing Into The Field Of Love’. Recorded by Jens Benz and Nis Bysted at Koppom, Sweden’s Silence Studios (and produced by Bysted and Iceage, the new record channels the rage and emotion of their tempestuous early releases into finely honed musicianship, ‘Plowing Into The Field of Love’ features piano, mandolin, viola and organ atop Johan Suurballe-Wieth’s razor-sharp guitars and the lolloping, synchronized rhythm section of Jacob Tvilling Pless and Dan Kjær Nielsen. The record has a clear, uncompressed sound, and Elias Bender Rønnenfelt’s desperate vocals are out front, nakedly accountable for the words.

On this album, Rønnenfelt sings of what it is like to be out in the world, dizzy with its offerings, perched on a plateau of false confidence, bliss, fantasy and delirious self-denial. The autobiographical “Forever,” for which Iceage have shared the video today, begins with a pretty repetitive motif over the words, “I always had the sense that I was split in two,” and climaxes with a sunburst of horns recalling South African spiritual jazz great Mongezi Feza: “If I could dive into the other, I’d lose myself forever.” At the other extreme, the album evokes a sort of euphoria, especially in the unexpectedly upbeat country number “The Lord’s Favorite,” and even humor. Yet desperation and loss lurks behind. This is an album about seeing, learning, and rejecting things, in a cycle that repeats and builds. The reference points are wildly varied, but the sound is uniquely and darkly Iceage as the record fights with itself, in the story it tells, and the sound it makes. It is not, however, a remotely difficult record. It is the anthemic sound of a band in motion, unafraid of change, filled with curiosity, musicality and ambition.

Iceage will be touring Australia, North America and Europe this fall.

tracklisting:

1. On My Fingers
2. The Lord’s Favorite
3. How Many
4. Glassy Eyed, Dormant and Veiled
5. Stay
6. Let It Vanish
7. Abundant Living
8. Forever
9. Cimmerian Shade
10. Against The Moon
11. Simony
12. Plowing Into The Field Of Love

Preorder :
- The Matador Store (3 sided-vinyl edition or 16 page booklet / cd
- iTunes
- Amazon
*- ( at iTunes and Amazon MP3, both “The Lord’s Favorite” and “Forever” are available as instant downloads with orders starting today)

Tour dates:

AUSTRALIA
Wednesday, September 17 – Good God Small Club, Sydney, Australia (w/ Low Life, Housewives, Ausmuteants)
Thursday, September 18 – Hugs & Kisses, Melbourne, Australia (w/ Exhaustion, Power)
Friday, September 19 – The Brightside, Fortitude Valley, Queensland, Australia

NORTH AMERICA
Friday, October, 10 – First Unitarian Church, Philadelphia PA*
Saturday, October, 11 – Metro Gallery, Baltimore MD*
Sunday, October, 12 – Bowery Ballroom, New York NY*
Wednesday, October, 15 – The Flywheel Arts Collective, Easthampton MA*
Thursday, October, 16 – Great Scott, Boston MA*$
Friday, October, 17 – La Vitrola, Montreal QC, Canada%
Saturday, October, 18 – Gabba Hey, Ottatwwa ON, Canada#
Sunday, October, 19 – Horseshoe, Toronto ON, Canada#
Tuesday, October, 21 – PJ’s Lager House, Detroit MI*#
Wednesday, October, 22 – The Empty Bottle, Chicago IL*#
Thursday, October, 23 – Triple Rock, Minneapolis MN*
Friday, October, 24 – Slowdown, Omaha NE*
Saturday, October, 25 – Jackpot Music Hall, Lawrence KS*
Sunday, October, 26 – Hi-Dive, Denver CO*
Monday, October, 27 – Kilby Court, Salt Lake City UT*
Wednesday, October, 29 – Holland Project, Reno NV*
Friday, October, 31 – Elbo Room, San Francisco CA*
Saturday, November, 1 – The Echo, Los Angeles CA *$
Sunday, November, 2 – The Echo, Los Angeles CA*
Monday, November, 3, – The Casbah, San Diego CA*
Tuesday, November, 4 – 51 West, Phoenix AZ*
Wednesday, November, 5 – Sister, Albuquerque NM*
Saturday, November, 8 – Fun Fun Fun Fest Auditorium Shores, Austin TX

* w/ Helm
# w/ Father Murphy
$ w/ Rakta
% w/ Merchandise, Lower and Father Murphy

EUROPE
Friday, November, 21 – Le Guess Who? Festival, Utrecht, Netherlands
Saturday, November, 22 – Uebel & Gefahrlich, Hamburg, Germany
Sunday, November, 23 – Exhaus, Trier, Germany
Monday, November, 24 – Berghain Kantine, Berlin, Germany
Tuesday, November, 25 – Komma, Esslingen, Germany
Wednesday, November, 26 – Arena, Vienna, Austria
Thursday, November, 27 - Strom, Munich, Germany
Friday, November, 28 – Kinski, Zurich, Switzerland
Saturday, November, 29 – Ancienne Belgique, Brussels, Belgium
Sunday, November, 30 – Het Bos, Antwerpen, Belgium
Monday, December, 1 – Nouveau Casino, Paris, France
Tuesday, December 2 – 100 Club, London, UK

Iceage
– official site
Iceage – Blog, Facebook

The Young – ‘Chrome Cactus’ Out Today / Waterloo (Austin) In-Store

By Gerard on Monday, August 25th, 2014

Of The Young’s ‘Chrome Cactus’, Tiny Grooves’ Jonathan Markley writes, “the heavy guitar racket on becomes almost psychedelic, the slower burning shoegaze-bent anthems become seared into yer skull and the volume knob on yer stereo will slowly inch towards 10,” and I’m pretty sure that’s a recommendation rather than a disclaimer. The shadowy Fuckin’ Record Reviews declares ‘Chrome Cactus’ is “THE HIGHWAY RECORD OF THE SUMMER” (“two guitars peel each other’s skins in empathy, acoustics are layered over top of wuzzy crunch and the groove is cinched”), The Austin Chronicle’s Austin Powell says the album, “triumphs with energy and verve”, and hey, while we sometimes find ourselves at odds with The Fourth Estate here at Matador Records and Filmworks, WHEN THEY’RE RIGHT, THEY’RE RIGHT.

‘Chrome Cactus’ is The Young’s 3rd album, it’s in stores today and whether you’ve been following this label since our inception or you still have the use of your original teeth, we’re confident — you might even say insistent — that this quartet’s uniquely Texan take on modern guitar heroics is matched only by their songwriting guile. I’m tempted to offer you a money back guarantee, but it seems kind of shallow to ruin our friendship over money (and I’m sure you agree).

If you’re lucky enough to reside in Austin, TX, The Young are playing at the venerable Waterloo Records today at 5pm sharp, with the keg provided by Austin Beerworks. There’s a limited (100) run of 12″ X 12″ silkscreen prints (above) that come with the LP version of ‘Chrome Cactus’ and they’re only available at Austin retailers (Waterloo, End Of An Ear, Trailer Space) or from the band on tour later this week (see below)

Tour Dates
Friday, August, 29 – Los Globos, Los Angeles CA*
Saturday, August, 30 – Hemlock Tavern, San Francisco CA
Sunday, August, 31 – 1234Go Records, Oakland CA^
Thursday, September, 4 – Hotel Vegas, Austin TX
Friday, September, 5 – Bottletree, Birmingham AL
Saturday, September, 6 – 529, Atlanta GA
Sunday, September, 7 – Pinhook, Durham NC
Monday, September, 8 – The Mothlight, Asheville NC%
Tuesday, September, 9 – DC9, Washington DC
Wednesday, September, 10 – Boot & Saddle, Philadelphia PA
Thursday, September, 11 – Glasslands, Brooklyn NY
Friday, September, 12 – Mercury Lounge, New York NY
Saturday, September, 13 – O’Brien’s Pub, Boston MA
Sunday, September, 14 – Vitrola, Montreal QC, Canada
Monday, September, 15 – Silver Dollar Room, Toronto ON, Canada
Tuesday, September, 16 – Now That’s Class, Cleveland OH&
Wednesday, September, 17 – Ace of Cups, Columbus OH&
Thursday, September, 18 – Empty Bottle, Chicago IL
Friday, September, 19 – Hi-Tone Cafe, Memphis TN
Saturday, September, 20 – Foundry Beer Garden, Dallas TX, FREE SHOW#

*w/ Milk ‘N’ Cookies,The Lamps and Gun Outfit
^w/ Rat Columns and Violent Change
%w/ Potty Mouth
&w/ So Cow
# w/ Radioactivity

order ‘Chrome Cactus’ from the following :
The Matador Store
iTunes
Amazon:
Amazon MP3

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The New Pornographers : ‘Brill Bruisers’ Out Today, Twitter Q&A at 12:30 eastern

By Gerard on Monday, August 25th, 2014

Elaborate ceremonies to mark today’s release of The New Pornographers’ ‘Brill Bruisers’ —- including but not limited to sky-writing and a high-concept videoclip about a radio station takeover that bears no relation whatsoever to the script for 1994′s “Airheads” (which none of us have seen or even heard of)  — will be briefly interrupted at 12:30 eastern for a Twitter Q&A (#AskTheNewP’s).  You’ve only got half an hour to get your questions in, so this is no time to wonder if your inquiries are inappropriate or completely self-indulgent on your part.

‘Brill Bruisers’ is available in better record shops today (most of the shittier ones, too) but here’s some options if no one will give you a ride :

The Matador Store : (a limited edition multi-colored, paint splattered version of the LP is available through the Matador and New Pornographers webstores. Receive a 3D poster and 3D glasses while supplies last)
New Pornos Store
iTunes
Amazon
Google

The New Pornographers will appearing on the Wednesday, September 3 airing of CBS’ “The Late Show With David Letterman”.  A high-concept reenactment of this incident is probably not in the cards, but if you don’t tune in, you’ll never know for sure.

Tour dates:
Friday, August, 29 — Sonic Boom Festival, Edmonton AB, Canada
Saturday, August, 30 — Sandjam, Halifax NS, Canada
Saturday, September, 6 — Majestic Theatre, Detroit MI#
Sunday, September, 7 — Riot Fest, Toronto ON, Canada
Thursday-Sunday, September, 11-14 — Rifflandia, Victoria BC, Canada
Saturday, September, 20 — The LC Pavilion, Columbus OH!
Sunday, October, 5 — The Showbox, Seattle WA*
Monday, October, 6 — The Showbox, Seattle WA*
Wednesday, October, 8 — Crystal Ballroom, Portland OR*
Thursday, October, 9 — Knitting Factory, Boise ID*
Friday, October, 10 — The Depot, Salt Lake City UT*
Saturday, October, 11 — Gothic Theatre, Denver CO*
Monday, October, 13 — The Crescent Ballroom, Phoenix AZ*
Tuesday, October, 14 — Rialto Theatre, Tucson AZ*
Wednesday, October, 15 — Pappy & Harriet’s Pioneertown Palace, Pioneertown CA*
Friday, October, 17 — The Wiltern, Los Angeles CA*
Saturday, October, 18 — North Park Theatre, San Diego CA*
Saturday- Sunday, October, 18-19 — Treasure Island Music Festival, San Francisco CA*
Tuesday, November, 4 — Cannery Ballroom, Nashville TN*
Wednesday, November, 5 — Orange Peel, Asheville NC*
Thursday, November, 6 — Buckhead Theatre, Atlanta GA*
Friday, November, 7 — Civic Theatre, New Orleans LA*
Saturday, November, 8 — Fun Fun Fun Fest, Austin TX*
Monday, November, 10 — The Pageant, St. Louis MO*
Tuesday, November, 11 — Slowdown, Omaha NE*
Thursday, November, 13 — Pabst Theater, Milwaukee WI*
Friday, November, 14 — Riviera Theatre, Chicago IL*
Saturday, November, 15 — House of Blues, Cleveland OH*
Monday, November, 17 — Hammerstein Ballroom, New York NY*
Wednesday, November, 19 — House of Blues, Boston MA*
Thursday, November, 20 — Union Transfer, Philadelphia PA*
Friday, November, 21 — 9:30 Club, Washington, DC*
Sunday, November, 23 — Cat’s Cradle, Carrboro NC*
Monday, December, 1 — The Deaf Institute, Manchester UK
Tuesday, December, 2 — O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire, London UK
Wednesday, December, 3 — Botanique – Rotunde, Brussels, Belgium
Thursday, December, 4 — La Maroquinerie, Paris, France
Friday, December, 5 — Gebaude 9, Cologne, Germany
Saturday, December, 6 — Doornroosje, Nijmegen, Netherlands
Sunday, December, 7 — Melkweg, Amsterdam, Netherlands

* w/ The Pains of Being Pure at Heart
# w/ Perfect Pussy, Pity Sex
^with Iron & Wine, Glass Animals
! with Pickwick, Cool

 

Coming October 21 : Thurston Moore’s ‘The Best Day’

By Gerard on Wednesday, August 20th, 2014

(photo by Phil Sharp)

On October 21, Matador will be releasing the latest solo album from Sonic Youth co-founder Thurston Moore, ‘The Best Day’. Recorded in London with his new band — featuring guitarist James Sedwards (Nøught), bassist Deb Googe (My Bloody Valentine) and SY drummer Steve Shelley, ‘The Best Day’ is a staggeringly confident, expansive work, one that not only rivals much of Moore’s past work, but also suggests his relocation to England has inspired a creative rebirth of sorts. Keep in mind, we’re already dealing with one of the harder working, prolific characters in modern music, rock or otherwise.

(NOTE : viewers in Germany can click here)

The newly dubbed Thurston Moore Band will be playing dates in Europe, UK, and North America, including Riot Fest in Denver, Chicago and Toronto as well as a West coast run with Sebadoh (all dates are below).

The Best Day Track Listing:
1. Speak To The Wild
2. Forevermore
3. Tape
4. The Best Day
5. Vocabularies
6. Grace Lake
7. Germs Burn

Preorders :
The Matador Store (autographed posters with the first 100 LP orders)
iTunes (receive the song, “The Best Day” instantly)
Amazon (receive the song, “The Best Day” instantly)

(in Japan, ‘The Best Day’ will be available from Hostess)

tour dates :

8/21– Portugal — Parades De Coura Festival
8/23 — Pully-Laussane, Switzerland — For Noise Festival
8/24 — Paris, France – Rock en Seine
8/29 — Birmingham, UK — Moseley Folk Festival (solo 12 string performance)
9/4 — Raleigh, NC — Hopscotch Music Festival
9/7 — Toronto, ON — Riot Fest
9/11 – RIfflandia, Victoria BC
9/14 — Chicago, IL — Riot Fest
9/14 — Chicago, IL — Riot Fest after show @ Double Door w/ Mudhoney
10/2 — Portland, OR — Doug Fir
10/3 — Vancouver, BC — Biltmore Cabaret*
10/4 — Seattle, WA – Neumo’s *
10/7 — San Francisco, CA — Great American Music Hall *
10/8 — Santa Cruz, CA — The Catalyst Atrium *
10/9 — Santa Barbara, CA — Soho Restaurant & Music Club *
10/10 — Los Angeles, CA — Echoplex *
10/11 — Santa, Ana, CA — Constellation Room *
10/21 — Brooklyn, NY — St. Vitus (on sale noon, Friday)
10/22 — Cambridge, MA — The Sinclair (on sale, noon, Friday)
10/23 — Hamden, CT — The Ballroom at The Outer Space (on sale noon, Friday)
10/24 — Pawtucket, RI — The Met (on sale noon, Friday)
10/25 — Philadelphia, PA — Boot & Saddle (on sale noon, Friday)
10/26 — Brooklyn, NY — Rough Trade NYC (on sale noon, Friday)

* – with Sebadoh

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Interpol – “Ancient Ways”

By Gerard on Monday, August 18th, 2014

(photo by Eliot Lee Hazel)

“Ancient Ways” is the 2nd song we’ve made available in advance of Interpol’s forthcoming 5th album, ‘El Pintor’ (September 9). In addition to the previously confirmed North American dates, new shows in Vancouver, Chicago, New York and Washington DC have recently been announced. The full list is below, with the tour kicking off this Wednesday night in Tempe :

Wednesday, August, 20 – The Marquee Theatre, Tempe AZ
Thursday, August, 21 – Boulevard Pool at The Cosmopolitan, Las Vegas NV
Saturday, August, 23 – FYF Fest, LA Sports Arena and Exposition Park, Los Angeles CA
Monday, September, 15 – Commodore Ballroom, Vancouver BC, Canada
Tuesday, September, 16 – Paramount Theatre, Seattle WA
Wednesday, September, 17 – Crystal Ballroom, Portland OR
Saturday, September, 20 – Fox Theatre, Oakland CA
Wednesday, September, 24 – House of Blues, San Diego CA (SOLD OUT)
Friday, September, 26 – The Depot, Salt Lake City UT
Saturday, September, 27 – Ogden Theatre, Denver CO
Monday, September, 29 – Granada Theatre, Lawrence KS
Tuesday, September, 30 – Cain’s Ballroom, Tulsa OK
Thursday, October, 2 – South Side Ballroom, Dallas TX
Friday, October, 3 – House of Blues, Houston TX (SOLD OUT)
Saturday, October, 4 – Austin City Limits, Zilker Park, Austin TX (SOLD OUT)
Tuesday, October, 7 – House of Blues, New Orleans LA
Thursday, October, 9 – Minglewood Hall, Memphis TN
Saturday, October, 11 – Austin City Limits, Zilker Park, Austin TX
Thursday, November, 6 – Jannus Landing, St Petersburg FL
Friday, November, 7 – House of Blues, Orlando FL
Saturday, November, 8 – Fillmore, Miami FL
Monday, November, 10 – The Tabernacle, Atlanta GA
Tuesday, November, 11 – Marathon Music Works, Nashville TN
Wednesday, November 12 – Riviera Theatre, Chicago IL
Friday, November, 14 – First Avenue, Minneapolis MN
Monday, November, 17 – Newport Music Hall, Columbus OH
Tuesday, November, 18 – Kool Haus, Toronto ON, Canada
Thursday, November, 20 – Metropolis, Montreal QC, Canada
Friday, November, 21 – House of Blues, Boston MA
Saturday, November, 22 – Union Transfer, Philadelphia PA (SOLD OUT)
Monday, November, 24 – Terminal 5, New York NY (SOLD OUT)
Wednesday, November, 26 – Terminal 5, New York NY
Saturday, November, 29 – 9:30 Club, Washington DC (SOLD OUT)
Sunday, November, 30 – 9:30 Club, Washington DC

Preorder ‘El Pintor’ from the following :

iTunes:
LP or CD from the Matador store:
Interpol store:
Amazon:
Google Play:

Interpol – official site
Interpol – Facebook, Twitter, Instagram
Interpol YouTube channel

Coming October 7 : ‘It Could Have Been A Brilliant Career’ – the Belle and Sebastian Reissues

By The Management on Thursday, August 14th, 2014

On October 7, 2014, Matador will be reissuing all ten Belle and Sebastian LP’s ;

TITLES:
Tigermilk (Matador / Jeepster)
If You’re Feeling Sinister (Matador / Jeepster)
The Boy With The Arab Strap (Matador / Jeepster)
Fold Your Hands Child, You walk Like A Peasant (Matador / Jeepster)
Push Barman To Open Old Wounds (Matador / Jeepster)

Dear Catastrophe Waitress (Matador / Rough Trade) with alternate art
The Life Pursuit (Matador / Rough Trade)
The BBC Sessions (Matador / Jeepster)
Write About Love (Matador / Rough Trade)
The Third Eye Centre (Matador / Rough Trade)

Each album is repackaged in resealable mylar bags, each with a customized obi strip and download card.
There’s new cover art for ‘Dear Catastrophe Waitress’, and ‘Push Barman To Open Old Wounds’, “The Life Pursuit’ and ‘Dear Catastrophe Waitress’ will be back in print on vinyl for the first time in ages.

You can preorder the series (in whole or ala carte) from The Matador Store,. Order the full set and receive the handsome tote bag shown above (or if you prefer, order the bag separately)

Belle and Sebastian on tour :

TOUR DATES:
Sunday, September, 28 – Fillmore Miami Beach at Jackie Gleason Theater, Miami FL
Monday, September, 29 – House Of Blues, Orlando FL
Wednesday, October 1, – Tabernacle, Atlanta GA
Friday, October 3 – Austin City Limits Music Festival, Austin TX
Monday, October 6 – The Theatre at Ace Hotel, Los Angeles CA (SOLD OUT)
Tuesday, October 7 – The Theatre at Ace Hotel, Los Angeles CA (SOLD OUT)
Wednesday, October 8 – Civic Space Park, Phoenix AZ
Friday, October, 10 – Austin City Limits Music Festival, Austin TX
Sunday, October, 12 – Corona Capital Music Festival, Mexico City, Mexico
Friday, October, 31 – Pitchfork Music Festival Paris, Paris France

Belle and Sebastian - official site
‘It Could Have Been A Brilliant Career’ – official site
Belle and Sebastian – Twitter
Facebook
Instagram

True Panther Unveils Tobias Jesso Jr’s Five Songs For $5

By Gerard on Tuesday, August 5th, 2014

In Dean’s words :

There’s been some rumblings about a new member of the True Panther family….a songwriter by the name of Tobias Jesso Jr. He’s got a couple of songs out there on the internets right now if you want to listen. More on him soon but first, we wanted to share a very simple thing with you.

Five new Tobias Jesso Jr. songs for $5 (plus shipping). Once a month you’ll get a flexi single in the mail with a new unheard song written and recorded by Tobias. We’re not doing a digital of this so if you’re subscribed, you’ll hear it, if you’re not, you’ll have to find a friend who is….We made 300 of them.

Order the flexi series here.

Tobias Jesso Jr.

Tobias Jesso Jr. - Facebook
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