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‘THE FUTURE’S VOID’ IS OUT NOW

By Rian on Tuesday, April 8th, 2014

The time is now. Facebook bought Oculus Rift  for $2 billion two weeks ago.  Erika wrote “Satellites” pre-NSA/Snowden. This record is about the time we are living in right now. ‘The Future’s Void’ is officially out today and not a moment too soon.

Erika posted the lyrics to the record on her blog as well as made a statement. See below:

Like the best of rock lyrics, my intention was that many of these words and lines can be interpreted in different ways.  This includes puns or phrases that take on double meanings as they are repeated.  Similar to “The Future’s Void”…  (solace/soulless, earn/urn, my Lucifer/might loose some fur, etc)

A few of these songs I pored over and edited heavily, but most of them were written through improvisation and quite often the take where the lyrics are still being written is the one that ended up on the track.  I like the urgency of that “first take” vibe, and I like the quality of something that is being created in the moment.  I feel like there is a simplicity and a truth to it, and that often gets taken away if you spend too much time consciously editing.

Pop in your local record store, choice of digital outlet OR order ‘The Future’s Void’ directly from us on CD, Cassette and LP (limited edition lavender vinyl), and there’s a shirt bundle, too.

ATTN NYC: EMA will be playing Union Pool on Friday, April 11. The only way to obtain a ticket is by purchasing ‘The Future’s Void’ at one of the following NYC record stores:
Other Music
Rough Trade
Permanent
Academy

previously announced US  tour dates:

Thursday April 24 – Washington, DC – Rock & Roll Hotel
Friday April 25 – New York, NY – Mercury Lounge
Saturday April 26 – Philadelphia, PA – Voyeur
Sunday April 27 – Chapel Hill, NC – Local 506
Tuesday April 29 – Atlanta, GA – Drunken Unicorn
Wednesday April 30 – Nashville, TN – The High Watt
Thursday May 1 – St. Louis, MO – Off Broadway
Saturday May 3 – Madison, WI – High Noon Saloon
Sunday May 4 – Chicago, IL – Empty Bottle
Monday May 5 – Detroit, MI – Magic Stick Lounge
Tuesday May 6 – Toronto, ON – Legendary Horseshoe Tavern
Wednesday May 7 – Montreal, QC – Il Motore
Friday May 9 – Brooklyn, NY – Rough Trade
Saturday May 10 – Allston, MA – Great Scott
Saturday, May 17 – Aarhus, Denmark – Pop Revo Festival
Sunday, May 18 – Oslo, Norway – John Dee
Monday, May 19 – Stavanger, Norway – Stavanger Folken
Wednesday, May 21 – Hamburg, Germany – Uebel & Gefährlich
Thursday, May 22 – Koln, Germany – Blue Shell
Friday, May 23 – Berlin, Germany – Prince Charles
Sunday, May 25 – Padova, Italy – Macello
Monday, May 26 – Rome, Italy – Circolo degli Artisti
Tuesday, May 27 – Marina di Ravenna, Italy – Hana Bi
Wednesday, May 28 – Zurich, Switzerland – Bogen
Friday, May 30 – Amsterdam, Netherlands – Paradiso
Saturday, May 31 – Mannheim, Germany – Maifeld Derby Festival
Sunday, June 1 – Gent, Belgium – DOK-Box
Monday, June 2 – Paris, France – Le Point Ephemere
Tuesday, June 3 – London, UK – The Garage
Wednesday, June 4 – Manchester, UK – Deaf Institute
Thursday, June 5 – Leeds, UK – Brudnell Social Club
Friday, June 6 – Bristol, UK – The Lantern
Monday June 23 – Boise, ID – The Crux
Tuesday June 24 – Salt Lake City, UT – Kilby Court
Wednesday June 25 – Denver, CO – Lost Lake
Friday June 27 – Albuquerque, NM – Low Spirits
Saturday June 28 – Phoenix, AZ – The Crescent Ballroom
Sunday June 29 – San Diego, CA – Casbah
Tuesday July 1 – Los Angeles, CA – Troubadour
Wednesday July 2 – San Francisco, CA – The Independent

Downtown Boys support April 24 through May 10
Trust also support on May 4
Mas Ysa supports June 23 – July 2

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EMA : ‘The Future’s Void’ Streaming via NPR’s “First Listen” / Free Brooklyn Show Details

By Gerard on Monday, March 31st, 2014

“Blending the expansive vision of speculative fiction with the often personal approach of gender-troubling indie rock, The Future’s Void is not so much a concept record as a sonic alternate universe through which many elements float, some familiar and some weird. Musically, it blends the digital and analog in uncanny ways that unsettle any one interpretation.” That’s Ann Powers’ take on EMA’s ‘The Future’s Void’, and 8 days in advance of the North American release of said LP/CD/digital album, NPR’s “First Listen” is streaming the full album here.

As mentioned in this space last week , EMA will be playing Union Pool on Friday, April 11.  The only way to obtain a ticket is by purchasing  ‘The Future’s Void’ at one of the following NYC record stores starting Tuesday, April 8 :

Other Music
Rough Trade
Permanent
Academy

The Future’s Void is available for preorder on CD, Cassette and LP (limited edition lavender vinyl), and there’s a shirt bundle, too.

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EMA – “3Jane” Track Premiere, Union Pool Show On April 11.

By Gerard on Thursday, March 27th, 2014

(photo credit : Erika M. Anderson / Leif Shackelford)

In advance of April 8th’s release of the new EMA LP/CD/digital album ‘The Future’s Void’, here’s a premiere of one of the album’s standout tracks, “3Jane”.


from Erika
:

No one was really ever that mean to me on the internet. I never had that “thing” that happens when you wake up one morning and somehow your life is ruined because a mortifying picture goes viral or a “funny” tweet becomes horribly misread. Sure, there were bitchy things in the comments of videos, but organized trolls never unleashed a wave of death threats on me, and only a few people suggested that I kill myself.

So the internet never actually did that to me. But it did that to somebody. And now we all have this stupid crippling fear that someday it will happen to us. And the likelihood increases as you move from relative obscurity to becoming more broadly visible on the internet. There are more cameras on you, more chances to be quoted saying something stupid, and more people out there who relish seeing successful people disgraced and dethroned.

Do you have that fear yet? Do you want it?

Another thing that really fucked me up is that somewhere along the way I feel like I lost control of my image. I feel very confident in making the music I want to make, but I’m not a Mouseketeer. I can try to do it all myself but I run out of time. I don’t know how to pose for a photographer and sometimes when I’m in front of somebody else’s camera I don’t know what to do. So I would do the thing that I had seen before a million times in fashion mags and advertisements because I wanted to do a “good job.” And little by little, these pictures became more sexy and pouty until I didn’t recognize myself anymore. And those images went all around, and the bold-faced pull quotes from articles that didn’t quite get it right were right there next to the too sexy images until they became a thing both separate from me and also made up of me. I got weird disassociation. I got a weird neuromancer and I dyed my hair black and unplugged.

Disassociation is a modern disease

I didn’t set out to write this song and I didn’t know when I wrote it a year ago that right now it would be ok to talk about the internet, because at the time it felt forbidden and shameful to talk about. It just all came out in a flood, a stream of consciousness. And I’m still kind of self-conscious that I said those things out loud. But I don’t think these feelings are unique to me, and I often find that the things that scare and embarrass you are the things that are worth saying.

At the end of the day all I can really do is tell the truth, the truth of what happened and how it made me feel. And if at that point, if you wanna call me a cunt in the youtube comments, that’s on you.

PS –so i wanted this missive to be perfect but instead i kind of just partied IRL. I found myself suddenly with friends and we are imbibing and watching funny videos and laughing. So that’s why this post is a little raw. And I think I’m ok with that.

EMA will be playing Brooklyn’s Union Pool on Friday, April 11.

The Future’s Void is available for preorder on CD, Cassette and LP (limited edition lavender vinyl), and there’s a shirt bundle as well.

http://www.thefuturesvoid.net
https://twitter.com/EMAthorstar
http://instagram.com/_ema_usa_#
http://emathefuturesvoid.tumblr.com
https://www.facebook.com/cameouttanowhere

previously announced US tour dates after the jump : (more…)

Coming June 3 : Fucked Up’s ‘Glass Boys’

By Gerard on Tuesday, March 18th, 2014

(filmed by Scott Cudmore & Jeremy Jansen)

On June 3, Matador will be releasing the new album from Toronto’s FUCKED UP, ‘Glass Boys’ on LP, compact disc and digital download.


“Paper The House”
– MP3

Fucked Up’s ‘Chemistry Of Common Life’ (2008 and ‘David Comes To Life’ (2011) were as conceptually ambitious as any rock albums in recent memory ; ‘Glass Boys’ while a more personal work in terms of subject matter, is the result of 13 months spent in a succession of U.S. and Canadian studios with the assistance of Bill Skibbe and Leon Taheny.  But while we’re tempted to make a very big deal about how amazing the recording is (the guitar trio of Mike Haliechuk, Ben Cook, and Josh Zucker have delivered their most powerful & multi-dimensional performances to date), the real story’s in the songs : with vocalist Damian Abraham leaving-it-all-on-the-floor (apologies for the sports analogy), Fucked Up are tackling tougher questions about themselves, their lives and where this is all going.    Our modestly compensated blurb author called ‘Glass Boys’, “a blazing, titanic, ultimately triumphant rock album…a heart-expanding, life-affirming piece of work.”  I still need to check what WebMD says about heart-expansion, but other than that, I think he nailed it.

(photo by Brendan George Ko)

Preorder the album now from the Matador Store. A limited double vinyl edition of the album available through the Matador store and independent retailers will include a bonus LP that features Jonah Falco’s half-time drums ( two separate drum tracks were recorded for ‘Glass Boys’, one of them in half-time — if that sounds kinda complex, wait ’til you hear both at the same time).

We’re also offering ‘Glass Boys’ in the format of your choice with a limited edition tote bag, available exclusively from The Matador Store.

Preorder from iTunes
(includes an instant download of “Paper The House”)

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

track listing :

Echo Boomer
Touch Stone
Sun Glass
The Art Of Patrons
Warm Change

Paper The House
DET
Led By Hand
The Great Divide
Glass Boys

Fucked Up on tour :

April 19 – Oakland, CA – Tankcrimes Brainsqueeze Festival
April 27 – St. John’s, NL – Lawnya Vawnya
June 06 – New York, NY – Bowery Ballroom (tickets on sale Friday at noon EST)
June 08 – Toronto, ON – Field Trip Festival
June 13 – B Sides Festival, Lucern, Switzerland
June 14 – Salle Rogier, Brussels, Belgium (tickets)
June 15 – Gorilla – Manchester, UK (with Lower) (tickets)
June 16 – The Cluny, Newcastle, UK (with Lower)
June 17 – Belgrave – Leeds, UK (with Lower) (tickets on sale, Thursday at 10 am)
June 18 – Koko – London, UK (with Lower)
June 19 – Point Ephemere, Paris, France
June 20 – Hurricane Festival – Scheessel, DE –
June 21- Southside Festival – Neuhausen Ob Eck, DE
June 22 – Best Kept Secret Festival – Hilvarenbeek, NL
Aug 09 – Montreal, QC – Heavy MTL

Fucked Up (band site)
iTunes Pre-Order
Deluxe LP/ Standard LP/ CD Pre-Order
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EMA – ‘The Future’s Void’ album details / “Satellites” video

By The Management on Tuesday, January 21st, 2014

Matador Records is even more pleased and excited than usual to announce the release date and album details for the forthcoming LP from EMA, “The Future’s Void”. The album will be released worldwide (ex-Europe) by Matador on April 8 (via City Slang in Europe April 7). The followup to her acclaimed 2011 LP, “Past Life Martyred Saints,” “The Future’s Void” was written by Erika M. Anderson, recorded in Portland, Oregon, and produced by Erika and Leif Shackelford.

(photo : Erika M. Anderson)

EMA recently told NME that the album was influenced by, among other things, NiN demos, the heavier side of early K Records, and William Gibson’s Neuromancer, and that the album deals with the digital commodification of our online lives. She says, “I gravitate toward hooks and melodies, and in some ways the structure of these songs are my poppiest yet,” while noting that the jarring production includes a lot of first takes and spontaneously-recorded ambient sounds “to keep the songs from sounding like advertisements”.

Last month the first single “Satellites” was released to raves, garnering “Best New Track” from Pitchfork, who said, ““It’s discontent composed to Carl Sagan proportion, and it’s easily the most bracing thing yet from an artist already more bracing than most.“ Spin said, “it’s a rumbling mammoth that feeds off canned, clapping percussion and waves of static feedback,” while Stereogum noted, “anxiety this ferocious is a timeless thing.”

Today also sees the debut of the “Satellites” video. It’s a DIY affair from EMA which uses tech effects that she says are either “primitive or sophisticated, depending on your point of view”.  This is coupled with an interactive “nightmare media” cube on her website, featuring a slow-motion fake-plant fetish and the only footage on the internet that shows the true nature of cats. There’s further details on the making of the “Satellites” video here (“we shot most of the footage with a few friends over a long weekend and edited it via Skype screen-share.  There were no stylists, DP, lighting crews, catering or make up artists. But we did have an iPhone that shoots slo-mo, a Canon, a fog machine, and a Microsoft Kinect”).

‘The Future’s Void’ track listing:

Satellites
So Blonde
3Jane
Cthulu
Smoulder
Neuromancer
When She Comes
100 Years
Solace
Dead Celebrity

EMA will be playing select performances during SXSW Music, and touring extensively on release; tour dates to be announced soon.

Pre-order CD, LP, and Cassette at the Matador Store (LP on limited edition lavender vinyl, also available bundled with a t-shirt at a discounted price).

Pre-order on iTunes & receive “Satellites” as an instant download. iTunes version comes with bonus track “Drown”.

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Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks – “Lariat” on Fallon / Reddit AMA / Happy National Wigout At Jagbags Day

By Gerard on Tuesday, January 7th, 2014

(“Lariat”, from Monday’s broadcast of “Late Night With JImmy Fallon”, footage courtesy NBC)

The 6th album of studio mastery from Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks, the not-at-all Dag Nasty baiting ‘Wigout At Jagbags’ is in finer record stores and is available from all better digital retailers today. (ALSO AVAILABLE DIRECT FROM US).

If this week’s multiple NYC instores, gourmet ice cream tastings and network TV appearances weren’t enough Jicks activity, Stephen will be doing a Reddit AMA on Thursday at 1pm. Will it be as illuminating as the AMA with “A Amazon warehouse associate who processes your returns”? I’m betting yes.

Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks on:
Tumblr.
Facebook.
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Singles Going Home Alone Update : Last Chance For the 2013 Edition

By Gerard on Monday, December 23rd, 2013

In the wake of singles from Jeffrey Novak, Superchunk, Cian Nugent, Lower Plenty, Bits Of Shit, Royal Headache, Outer Spaces, Smartboys and Tony Molina, the final 3 7″‘s of the 2013 ‘Singles Going Home Alone’ series are shipping to subscribers shortly ;

Sleaford Mods – “Routine Dean” b/w “Pubic Hair Ltd”

Steve Gunn – “WIldwood” b/w “Worn Threads”

Coho Lips - “Less Of Everything” b/w “Lick Your Sore Chops”

The 13th / bonus single is in production and the band’s identity will revealed shortly. If you’re looking for a hint, they hail from the same region as the adopted home of last year’s bonus artist and have several records (old and not-so-old) in the Matador catalog. If that’s not setting it up for you on a tee, I don’t know what is.

There’s a handful of subscriptions still available at The Matador Store. SGHA is taking a year (decade?) off in 2014 while we fantasize about pressing plant capacity magically tripling.

Our Annual Orgy of Self-Congratulation, Grandstanding & Overconsumption : Matador Artists & Staff Select Their 2013 Favorites

By Gerard on Friday, December 13th, 2013

(close personal friend of the Matador family, Ryan Seacrest salutes Dick Diver on their strong showing in the 2013 staff and artists poll)

Around this time every year, your underappreciated good-looking editor attempts to coax a list of favorite recordings, books, television programs, life events, etc. out of the label’s artist roster and our rock biz colleagues. In the past, the exercise has been an arduous process, fraught with nagging, teeth-gnashing and no shortage of reluctant participants. In more recent times, however, people can’t wait to tell you everything. Too much, in fact. 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). Bombs away! (full lists after the jump)
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Yo La Tengo – 4 Bell House Shows This Weekend, Tickets Just Released

By Gerard on Wednesday, December 11th, 2013

Wits : Game Show (“I Wast Into Their Earlier Stuff”), with Paul F. Tompkins and Yo La Tengo. (video courtesy American Public Media)

Have you ever noticed that sometimes after an enormodome show has long been sold out, at the very last minute, the promoter release a small quantity of premium tickets after it’s been determined, for instance, that Passion Pit don’t need an orchestra pit, or Porno For Pyros are forbidden from using pyro (and in some municipalities, the porno’s off the table, too). Well, in a scenario that has almost nothing to do with the above examples, the Bell House have made a tiny quantity of tickets available this morning for Yo La Tengo‘s 4 (otherwise) sold out shows happening Friday December 13-Monday December 16.

If the elbow-throwing, steel-toed boot climate surrounding the Bell House’s merch booth is not to your liking, we’d like to remind you that Album Of The Year candidate ‘Fade’ is available from the Matador store in a variety of formats, including the recently released double CD version including the ‘Fade Out’, 72 minute bonus disc. There’s also the “Super Kiwi” 7″ and the “Ohm” triple 12″ shower-curtain pack, so if you know anyone who claims this time of year is all about manipulating consumer anxiety, be sure to put in a good word for us.

Coming Spring 2014 : EMA’s ‘The Future’s Void’ (LP/CD/digital album)

By Gerard on Wednesday, December 11th, 2013

(photo : Erika M. Anderson)

In early 2014, Matador will be releasing the 2nd album from Portland-based EMA, ‘The Future’s Void’, the followup to 2011′s widely acclaimed ‘Past Life Martyred Saints’ (Souterrain Transmissions) (*- City Slang will be releasing ‘The Future’s Void’ in Europe). The first publicly available track from the new album, “Satellites”, is available today via iTunes.

“Satellites” hints at a further emboldened Erika M. Anderson, without forgoing the industrial-noise sound and glorious fuzz of her solo debut and previous work with Gowns. Crucially, she still maintains the visceral songwriting and a DIY recording ethos unique to herself (aided once again by Leif Shackelford on production duties). Opening with a wall of hiss, scree and galloping piano motif, ‘Satellites’ bursts into a flame of feedback and bass to provide one her best tracks to date.

The track also introduces us to some of the new album’s metaphysical themes, of struggling to understand where we fit in the digital age and where we are all headed. ‘Satellites’ explores the places where everyone has equal access, but is also under constant surveillance; “We fought the wars with information. Outer space seems very cold.”

With ‘Satellites’, EMA continues to evoke a distinctive sonic signature that saw her rightfully recognised as one of the most singular artists to emerge in 2011, and is likely to see her bound into the public consciousness once again in 2014.

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