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“This Day In Matador History” + “What’s Up Matador” : Strolls Down Memory Lane (OR ARE YOU BEING CHASED?)

By Gerard on Tuesday, January 26th, 2016

You know the old saying, “those who forget the past are doomed to repeat it?” Me neither. I have heard, however, that the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results. Alternately, Chris Lombardi has always known the value of doing different insane things throughout the passage of time, the latest of which being his edict that we introduce, “This Day In Matador History”, a website that chronicles the label’s low, high and medium water marks from Chris’ inception of the imprint in 1989, to the present day. One of our colleagues has hopefully described the site as, “a gateway for fans of Matador (new and old) to explore the label’s archive,” but also, it’s a great way for staffs of other companies to take their eye off the ball while browsing our salute to, well, ourselves.

It’s not that Matador’s founder and co-owners have no appreciation for music history. It isn’t that we’re allergic to nostalgia. It isn’t even that we’re so obsessed with the future and/or prefer to judged on the merits of stuff that’s happening right now.

No, the sad truth of the matter is that we’ve done so much damage to our hearing and brains, that we simply don’t remember important events in Matador lore. Like you, we require assistance. Think I’m kidding? What other label of this stature would totally ignore it’s own 25th Anniversary and all the accompanying cash grab / self-congratulatory opportunities?

That’s exactly the sort of monumental gaffe that wouldn’t have gone down had we taken the time to properly chronicle Matador’s story in WEBSITE/CALENDAR FORM. 27 years in, we’re finally getting shit right. Please enjoy (and keep in mind everything we’re doing right now is 1000% better)

To coincide with the launch of this nearly 3 decades-in-the-making-website, we’re dragging our absurdist 1997 edutainment spectacular, “What’s Up Matador” out of the VHS catacombs and uploading it to YouTube. Hosted by NYC TV fixture, 4-time Emmy winner and “Morton Downey Jr. Show” executive producer Bill Boggs and directed by Chavez’ Clay Tarver, the film attempts to explain the inner workings of a lower Manhattan independent record label to an audience of small children (and thank fucking god none of their parents sued us). With special appearances by luminaries including Jon Spencer, Ira Kaplan, Liz Phair and Patrick Amory amongst others, “What’s Up Matador” is probably the most accurate document of that particular moment in the music business, surpassed only by CBS’ short-lived “Love Monkey” the Andrew Dice Clay star vehicle, “HITZ”.

Majical Cloudz – New DIgital EP, ‘Wait & See’, Tour Commences Tonight

By Gerard on Friday, January 15th, 2016

(photo by Rocco Avalone)

‘Wait & See’, a new, 5-song digital EP from Majical Cloudz is available today via your favorite download and streaming services. Devon Welsh’s thoughts on the subject can be found after the links below :

Spotify
iTunes
Amazon

Hi,
We put together this “EP” of songs that we recorded when we were working on “Are You Alone?”, but which didn’t fit on that album for one reason or another. They aren’t more recent than the songs on AYA — they date from different periods of time, one of them is among the earliest songs written for AYA and others are more recent. Despite the fact that it’s a collection of songs that didn’t make the record, I think there is a feeling that links them all together (which is maybe why they didn’t fit on AYA). We hope you enjoy these songs!

We are going on tour in North America and then in Australia in January and February. These are the only dates we have planned right now, so if you want to see us, definitely try to come out to one of these shows. I know some of them are sold out. We tried to move the show into bigger venues where we could (and we did in Vancouver) but in some cases we couldn’t make it happen. So sorry if the show is sold out and you wanted to come.

She-Devils are going to be supporting us on all our shows in North America, which is really exciting. They are really good, so if you’re coming to the shows make sure to come early enough to see them.

It will be our first time in Australia, and it’s difficult to imagine the next time I will be back there (through music or not) so if you’re in Australia and are into our band, this is the time to see us!
Okay!

Friday, January 15 – The Garrison, Toronto ON (sold out)*
Saturday, January 16 – UFO Factory, Detroit MI *
Monday, January 18 – Schubas, Chicago IL (SOLD OUT)*
Tuesday, January 19 – Music Hall Of Williamsburg, Brooklyn NY *
Friday, January 22 – Cobalt, Vancouver BC*
Saturday, January 23 – Barboza, Seattle WA*
Sunday, January 24 – Mississippi Studios, Portland OR*
Tuesday, January 25- The Chapel, San Francisco CA *
Friday, January 29 – Masonic Lodge at Hollywood Forever, Los Angeles CA *
2/5/16 – St. Jerome’s Laneway Festival, Adelaide SA, Australia
Saturday, February, 6 – St. Jerome’s Laneway Festival, Brisbane QLD, Australia
Sunday, February, 7 – St. Jerome’s Laneway Festival, Sydney NSW, Australia
Monday, February, 8 – Newtown Social Club, Newtown NSW, Australia
Thursday, February, 11 – Forum Theatre, Melbourne VIC, Australia
Friday, February, 12 – The Toff, Melbourne VIC, Australia
Saturday, February, 13 – St. Jerome’s Laneway Festival, Footscray VIC, Australia
Sunday, February, 14 – St. Jerome’s Laneway Festival, Fremantle WA, Australia
Thursday, March, 10 – La Sala Rossa, Montreal QC, Canada

(* – support from She-Devils)

Order ‘Are You Alone?’ from The Matador Store, iTunes or Amazon.

Majical Cloudz online :
official site
Facebook
Twitter
Instagram
Soundcloud

Coming March 18 : HÆLOS – ‘Full Circle’

By The Management on Tuesday, January 12th, 2016

(photo by Jesse Jenkins)

“Oracle”

On March 18, Matador will be releasing the long-awaited debut album from London trio HÆLOS, ‘Full Circle’. Preorder details can be found below.

Every generation has their own version of the blues, music that captures a sense of melancholia and provides a sonic reflecting pool for young lovers, old souls, and the eternally heartbroken. For their darkly shaded and radiant debut album Full Circle, HAELOS have found their blues where others go to find pure, uncut joy: the dancefloor. 

The London trio’s version of a night out is a million miles away from mirror balls and sweaty bodies, their rippling electronic pop conjuring the exhilarating privacy of a cavernous club’s dark pockets and the introspective comedowns that accompany rainy 5 a.m. cab rides.  ”It’s the music you put on after the club,” Lotti Benardout, who shares vocal duties with her other bandmates, states. ”You can still feel that energy and euphoria, but it might bring you back to reflect on certain moments or memories.” 

The three bandmates decided to collaborate having been working on separate projects. Arthur Delaney and Dom Goldsmith had been working on material under the working title of HÆLOS; Lotti had been writing with Dom who was producing an EP for her at the time. The nocturnal, throbbing “Dust” was the first finished work to come from the trio’s newly formed union; over the course of the following year, the rest of Full Circle’s shadowy sounds came together. “When you don’t know people that well, you can look back at things and retell your story,” Benardout speaks on HAELOS’ ability to mature from relative strangers into a cohesive musical unit. “It’s new again. There’s something quite cathartic about it.” 
 
Catharsis is, indeed, the name of Full Circle’s game, an embodiment of a sound that has been referred to as “dark euphoria”. Throughout the album, HÆLOS reconstruct the firmament of dance sounds past and present to construct an exquisitely elegiac mood that retains a sense of presence as it conveys the pain of emotional distance. Every moment of uneasy reflection is matched by quiet explosions—Delaney’s forceful shouts over yo-yo synths on Full Circle’s title track, Benardout’s layered pleas over Goldsmith’s cascading drum breaks on “Pray,” and the soaring “Separate Lives,” which hollows out drum’n'bass’ propulsive patter to form an atmosphere that’s as gently disruptive as it is emotionally nourishing. Throughout the album’s loudest and most peaceful moments alike, Full Circle retains a pristine intimacy thanks to Goldsmith’s keen ear for behind-the-boards magic; his touch gives the album a hermetic feel that stays with you long after it ends. 

We’re living in a time where the struggle to make human connections is hampered by our inability to unplug, and so Full Circle is a glorious, gorgeous contradiction of sorts: emotional pop that perfectly captures ageless emotional conundrums, featuring music that could only be made in the present day. ”We all have a shared human experience,” opines Delaney, HAELOS’ main lyrical contributor. “As much as we try to run away from feelings with all the distractions around us, they always follow us around. They’re a constant thing that unites us all.” And so Full Circle is the sound of three individuals finding common ground, for themselves and for anyone who’s ever believed that it’s impossible to move your body without listening to your own heart.

TRACKLISTING:
01. Intro/Spectrum
02. Pray
03. Dust
04. Full Circle
05. Earth Not Above
06. Oracle
07. Alone
08. Separate Lives
09. Sacred
10. Cloud Nine
11. Pale

Preorder ‘Full Circle’ from the following :

The Matador Store
iTunes: (“Oracle” ,”Pray”, “Earth Not Above” and “Dust” all available instantly)
Amazon
Google

HÆLOS live

January 15 – Gronigen NE, Eurosonic Festival
January 22 San Francisco CA Popscene at Rickshaw Stop
January 26 Los Angeles CA The Roxy
January 27 Seattle WA – Sunset Tavern
March 15-20, Austin TX South By Southwest
March 29 New York NY Mercury Lounge
March 30 Brooklyn NY , Baby’s Alright
April 15 Indio CA, Coachella
April 22 Indio CA, Coachella

HÆLOS online :

Website / Facebook / Twitter / Instagram / Soundcloud

Our Annual Orgy of Self-Congratulation, Grandstanding & Overconsumption : Matador Artists & Staff Select Their 2015 Favorites

By Gerard on Tuesday, December 15th, 2015

(above : 2nd annual Tidal board of directors meetings addresses burning issue #1 : failure to manipulate Matablog Year-End results. Guy in the helmet has a solution but nobody can hear him thru that thing)

Around this time every year, your long-suffering dedicated very 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 show business cronies. In the past, the exercise has been an trying process, fraught with nagging, teeth-gnashing and no shortage of hesitant participants, some of whom actually changed labels or places of employment or their identities 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 3 readers a week?

For some historical perspective, here’s last year’s selections. Questions or comments about our predictable tastes and/or inexplicable omissions are welcome (but probably not appreciated). And without further ado, let the coronations of Kendrick Lamar, Dick DIver and “The Leftovers” begin :

Erika M. Anderson, EMA

EMA 2015 TOPS

Fostering a kitten with a huge bolt coming out of his leg to fix a broken bone. He looked super cyberpunk and his name was Warboy.

Fronting a cover band for my dad’s 60th birthday party and having my mom sing back up.

Doing Virtual Reality / hybrid musical performances at both the Barbican and PS1 MoMA.
Performing at the New Museum as part of Deep Lab.
Interviewing William Gibson.
Getting really stoned on legal weed and watching “Green Inferno” followed by a “Best Of Leprechaun” montage on YouTube.

Books —
“In Preparation For The Next Life” by Atticus Lish
“White Girls” by Hilton Als

Music —
Force Publique — “Bloom”
Nicki Minaj — “Pinkprint”

Film—
Heaven Knows What
Green Inferno

TV –
South Park Season 19

Anthony Anzaldo
, Ceremony

5 Records
-Tony Molina bedroom demos
-Best Coast – California Nights
-The Weeknd – Beauty Behind The Madness

-Loma Prieta – Self Portrait
-Marilyn Manson – The Pale Emperor

5 Shows
-Lights Out, September 25 at The Metro Oakland, CA
-Culture Club, July 25 at The Greek Theatre Berkeley, CA
-Noel Gallagher, May 18 Warfield SF, CA
-Jesus And Mary Chain, May 16 Warfield SF, CA
-The Chameleons, September 21 at The Elbow Room SF, CA

Jehnny Beth, Savages

Best record : Kendrick Lamar – To pimp a butterfly
Best film: Mommy with Anna Dorval by Xavier Dolan
Best exhibition: ‘Recording In progress’ PJ Harvey at Somerset House recording her new album in front of an audience
Best TV series: Veep (with Julia Louis-Dreyfus on HBO)
Best cartoon: The Regular Show on Cartoon Network

Best book: I’ll never write my memories by Grace Jones
Best gig: Nick Cave and the bad Seeds in Paris, Le Grand Rex
Best radio show: The Alligator hour by Joshua Homme on Beat 1
Best Jewel maker: Jennifer Tull Westberg
Best clothes designer: Minimarket (Swedish brand)
Best shoe maker: KMB (handmade in Spain)
Best moment: learning to ride a motorcycle!

Ross Farrar, Ceremony

Radical Opening Bands of Tour
1) Perverts Again: Cleveland. Yes, so good. The front man had a really cool marching thing he was doing throughout the set, and the music was simple, primitive and catchy–sort of reminded me of The UV Race–most interesting / radical band of tour.
2) Night Club: Atlanta. I loved this band, very lonely sounding, very sparse, very dark. For lovers of Slint.
3) Perverted Justice: Montreal. This band tripped me out in a very good way. Old and new friends were formed that night. I’ve never seen anything like their setup. Five people formed a horizontal line behind Josie, lead vocalist. Starting from far right: Christine on vocals and synth, an electronic drummer next to her, another synth player next to him, and another dude next to him, but I forget what he played exactly. Each of them looked different. Cartoons playing instruments. They also covered GG–Don’t Talk to Me. Fantastic.
4) Mushmind: Tampa. Chaotic at times, but also a bit funky. Time Square was said to be a scary, grimy place in the 70′s. This music could be an interesting soundtrack to that time in history. For more inquiry look for the track “Substance Control.”
5) Brother Beast: NC. Vengeance against society. They are putting out a record called “Pregnant God” which I believe will be their last. Phenomenal drumming. Watch out.

6) Olivia Neutron-John: DC. Whoa. Beautiful music that conjured the new wave, the groove wave, the darker waves and the water waves all together–forming a synthetic punk version of rainbow light.
7) False Punk: Orlando. Rippers who are ripe on the scene, filled with angst, and look cool on stage. A lot of punks don’t think about how they look on stage, and that’s cool, but these guys look good. Members of Gross, who also played the show, and who also played with us the previous year. Good dudes, good tunes.
8 ) Triage: Toronto. This band really ripped. Female fronted thrash punk metal. The kind of shit you listen to driving fast through the night in New Jersey, flashing by nuclear waste dumps where Toxic Avenger was inspired.
9) VCR: Toronto. Second band in Toronto. Danger House vibes. Young kids with bad attitudes who like to play fast and freaky. Greg from S.H.I.T put out their EP, and had some funny shit to say. The singer and I spoke a bit while doing merch. Two quotes: “We’re playing with Sheer Mag soon” which he was very excited about, and “We played this show to get money for tour.” Best quote of tour yet so far.
10) Hide: Chicago. Extremely powerful Goth beautification. The sound was huge. The people were huger.

Samuel Fogarino, Interpol

Live:
Robert Plant – Lollapalooza, Buenos Aires
Robert Plant/Jack White – The Lemon Song – Lollapalooza, Buenos Aires
Shellac – Primavera, Barcelona
Run The Jewels – NME Awards, London
Failure – Irving Plaza, NYC
Swervedriver – The 40 Watt, Athens, GA

*Sparks/Franz Ferdinand – At some festival somewhere in Italy
*Cypress Hill – At some festival somewhere in South America
Health – They opened for Interpol on a US leg of the El Pintor tour, and destroyed it nightly.
*Sleaford Mods – At some festival in the UK or EU….
*The lines that divide and define have long since faded. I could simply reference the many tour books or the webnet for specific dates/places, but so could you.
Random:
Daniel Kessler’s Milan: A Night Of Food & Drink
Interpol’s live configuration hit the streets of Milan for drinks, dinner, dessert, at DK’s fav haunts. I may possess the Italian surname, but Kessler will always be the Don of Milan in our camp.
Film:
Creep
Cruel And Unusual
Goodnight Mommy

Thurston Moore

1. Boredoms epic colour-coordinated drum circle of program Barbican London
2. Deb Googe & Aaron Dilloway duo noise gig at Hanson Records, Oberlin Ohio
3. The acknowledgement of transgender roles in society via bathroom signage, runway models, political prisoners et al. Cheers Chelsea Manning, Rhyannon Styles….

4. Sun Ra ephemera exhibit curated by John Corbett at contemporary art museum Nottingham UK.
5. Sonic City Festival in Belgium same week as Paris attacks (whilst other gigs were cancelled and promoters were “re-thinking” an appropriate evening out during this crises;) Sonic City festival maintained calm and celebrated free jazz/first-thought-best-thought/understanding with an unsurpassed and universal line-up of musicians from around the globe coming together for the solace that comes natural to this Independent music scene.
6. Final full year of US President Obama, savouring the last moments of clarity from the anti-gun, pro-socialised medicine Grammy Award winning Prez and fingers crossed for the future of his policies staying in place.

7. Blek Metal fest in Bergen Norway with a focus on legends and newcomers alike along with tattoo impresarios and an exhibit of Gaahl’s strange-mind paintings.
8. I wasn’t there, but I heard it and felt it: Hong Kong student protesters all over social media. Go, you beauties!
9. Tour in New Zealand & OZ this month, with unforgettable visits to Māori dances and the rest a new collection of recordings of Aboriginal music. Listening to the soul of both of these nations and their respect to the Land. Also seeing their hemisphere of stars at the Meredith Festival in rural Victoria I realise how small we all are in this vast universe.
10. Duo with Jack Callahan at Shredded Fleshtival 2015. Noise never lies/dies.

Bill Nace, Body/Head, Open Mouth Records

Jake Meginsky Vandals LP (open mouth records) Halloween Dj set and live at Pencil Factory Northampton MA
Coathangers @ Sled Island Fest
Gashrat live @ Elevens Florence MA
Myriam Gendron and Ruth Garbus live @ Montague Bookmill Montague MA
Fountainsun LP on Gnome Life
David Rees paper airplane making workshop with James Tenney blasting in background MassMoca North Adams MA
NAS performing Illmatic at Sugar Mountain Festival Melbourne Australia

Xylouris White Melbourne Australia
Laying eyes on all of the original art/pages for Charles Burns Black Hole
Gwen Welliver “What a Horse” at La MaMa
Ksiezyc LP Reissue on Penultimate Press
Silk Purse live @ Max Fish

Bob Nastanovich, Pavement

I had a quiet year and didn’t get around as I probably should have done But, Des Moines is happening and I was fortunate enough to stumble upon the following excellent things:

(Not in any particular order)
1. Schwervon! –Great Kansas City two piece rock band.

2. Shovels and Rope –Great Charleston, SC two piece rock band.
3. The Local Pig and Pigwich–Top butcher shop/sandwich builders in KC.
4. Easy Fruit
5. Karen Meat and The Computer
6. Ramona and The Slimdudes
7. Odd Pets
8. Tires
(.4 through .8 –Good tuneage that the cool kids of Des Moines are churning out.)
9. The Other Brothers
10. Dosh –Moniker employed by Minnesota’s Martin Dosh for his mesmerizing one man act.
(EDITOR’S NOTE : Mr. Nastanovich is available for DJ bookings)

Andy Nelson, Ceremony

Albums
Dawn Of Humans – Slurping At The Cosmos Spine
Dick Diver – Melbourne, Florida
Floating Points – Elaenia
Future – 56 Nights
Lower Dens – Escape From Evil

L.O.T.I.O.N. – Digital Control And Man’s Obsolescence
Max Richter – SLEEP
The Necks – Vertigo
Sneaks – Gymnastics
William Basinski – Cascade

Singles
C.C.T.V. – self-titled
Galcher Lustwerk – Parlay
Jack J – Thirstin’
Kassem Mosse / Simone White – Three Versions
Lime Crush – self-titled
Rat Columns – Fooling Around
S.H.I.T. – Feeding Time
Sheer Mag – II
Terry – Talk About Terry
Vexx – Give And Take

Reissues
Agnostic Front – No One Rules
Family – Casete
Man Is The Bastard – The Lost M.I.T.B. Sessions
Mariah – うたかたの日々 / Utakata No Hibi
Oppenheimer Analysis – New Mexico
Rose McDowall – Cut With The Cake Knife
Shackleton – Archive Series: #1
Shinichi Atobe – Ship-Scope
Uranium Club – Human Exploration
Velvet Underground – The Complete Matrix Tapes


Carl Newman
, The New Pornographers

Albums:
Protomartyr – The Agent Intellect (+Under Color Of Official Right, belatedly)
Katie Von Schleicher – Bleaksploitation

The Butterscotch Cathedral – The Butterscotch Cathedral
Car Seat Headrest – Teens Of Style
Primitive Parts – Primitive Parts
Destroyer – Poison Season
Thee Oh Sees – Mutilator Defeated At Last
Father John Misty – I Love You, Honeybear
Miguel – Wildheart
Tame Impala – Currents

TV:
With Bob And David, Difficult People, The Leftovers, Fargo, Les Revenants, The Last Man On Earth, Nathan For You, Drunk History, Silicon Valley

Books: (I know, a couple are from 2014, but close enough)

A Brief History Of Seven Killings by Marlon James
The Book Of Strange New Things by Michel Faber

Gold Fame Citrus by Claire Vaye Watkins
You Too Can Have A Body Like Mine by Alexandra Kleeman
Fortune Smiles by Adam Johnson
Robo-Sauce by Adam Rubin and Daniel Salmieri

Lego:
Death Star Troopers – a budget priced Star Wars set with 4 minifigures and a bad-ass laser cannon that feels more integral and well-designed than other small builds.
Black Manta Deep Sea Strike – a sleeper set from DC Comics that has had enduring appeal in this house. 2 undersea vehicles and what seems to be Aquaman’s house (?). Don’t count out the robo-shark (exclusive to this set)! Scuba Batman a great addition to our 4 other Batmans.
Lego City Deep Sea Explorers Starter Set – Have to give some love to the unlicensed product. A great cheap ($10) entry point to a world that becomes immediately way more expensive. See what happens when the shark takes on robo-shark from Black Manta Deep Sea Strike!
Hulk Lab Smash – featuring Hulk, Falcon, Modok

Lee Tesche, Algiers

Top 5 staff 2015, in order
1. Patrick
2. Blue
3. Natalie
4. Rian
5. Lombardi
Honourable mention: Robby

Jean-Philippe Aline, Beggars France

favorite city
Paris (75011)

favorite videos

JMSN – Addicted
Kendrick Lamar – Alright
Justin Bieber – Sorry
Tinashe – All hands on deck

favorite gigs
JMSN – Boule Noire
SAVAGES – La Route du Rock / La Maroquinerie
SUFJAN STEVENS – Le Grand Rex
BONNIE BANANE – Le Point FMR

favorite albums
KENDRICK LAMAR – To Pimp A Butterfly
PNL – Le Monde Chico
MADONNA – Rebel Heart
CARLA MORRISON – amor supremo
BOMBA ESTERO – amanecer
BJORK – Vulnicura
ALABAMA SHAKES – Sound & Color
LANA DEL REY – Honeymoon
LA PRIEST -Inji
JULIETA VENEGAS – Algo Sucede
SUFJAN STEVENS – Carrie & Lowell
NATALIE PRASS – Natalie Prass
IBEYI – Ibeyi
US GIRLS – Half Free

favorite restaurants
Tannat – Paris
Soon – Paris
Les Enfants Rouges – Paris
Longman & Eagle – Chicago

Dean Bein, True Panther Sounds

Albums
Abra – Roses XOXO (Awful)
Arca – Mutant (Mute)
Beach House – Thank Your Lucky Stars (Sub Pop)
Bing & Ruth – City Lake (RVNG, Intl.)
Björk – Vulnicura (1 Little Indian)
Bryson Tiller – Trapsoul (RCA)
D’angelo – Black Messiah (RCA)
DJ Richard – Grind (Dial)
Earl Sweatshirt – I Don’t Like Shit, I Don’t Go Outside (Columbia)
Eartheater- RIP Chrysalis (Hausu Mountain Records)
Floating Points – Elaenia (Pluto)
Freddie Gibbs – Shadow of a Doubt (ESGN)
Future – DS2 (Freebands)
Jack Ü – Jack Ü (Mad Decent)
Jamie XX – In Colour (XL Recordings)
JME – Integrity (BBK)
Julia Holter – Have You in My Wilderness (Domino)
Julio Bashmore – Knockin’ Boots (Broadwalk)
JT The Goon – King Triton (Oil Gang)
Kamasi Washington – The Epic (Brainfeeder)
Kuedo – Assertion Of A Surrounding Presence (KNIVES)
Levon Vincent – Levon vincent (Novel Sound)
London O’Connor – O∆
Mariah – Utakata No Hibi (Palto Flats)
Mas Ysa- Seraph (Downtown)

M.E.S.H. – Piteous Gate (PAN)
more eaze – Accidental Prizes
Prequel Tapes – Inner Systems (R’Coupd)
Rabit – Communion (Tri Angle)
Tame Impala – Currents (Modular/Interscope)
The Internet – Ego Death (Columbia)
Various Artists Gqom Oh! The Sound of Durban Vol.1 (PAN)
Young Thug – Barter 6 (300)

Loosies/Footlongs/EPs
Dark0 – Solace (Rinse)
Elf Kid- Golden Boy EP
Galcher Lustwerk – Parlay (Lustwerk Music)
Jack J – Thirstin’ (Future Times)
Kamixlo – Demonico EP (PAN)
Kowton Glock & Roll (Whites)
Lechuga Zafiro – Aequs Nyama (Salviatek)
Nao -February 15 EP (Little Tokyo)
Nidia Minaj – Danger (Principe)
New the Pharaoh – Big Tymin
Playboi Carti – Broke Boi
Section Boyz – Lock Arff
Stormzy – everything
Tate Kobang – Bank Rolls Remix (300)

Mixtapes
Bankroll Fresh – Bankroll Fresh
Bricc Baby Shitro – Nasty Dealer
Future- 56 Nights
J HUS – The 15th Day
Lil Herb – G Herbo
Lil Simz – Age 101 : Drop 4
Lil Uzi Vert – Luv Is Rage
Wiki – Lil Me
MPA Wicced – In The Mean Time
PNL – Que La Famile
Shy Glitzy – For Trappers Only
Various Artists – N.A.A.F.I Pirata 2 (N.A.A.F.I.)
Young M.A. – Sleepwalkin’
Young Thug – Slime Season

Adam Bohl, Matador Direct

As is becoming tradition, i’ve waited until the last minute to try to assemble my year end list. Instead of looking back at the whole year i’ve decided i’ll just look at the records covering my desk. Here are a few i’ve happened to enjoy playing over the last few weeks.

Peacers – S/T
Jeffrey Cowell – Lucky Strikes And Liquid Gold
Shannon And The Clams – Gone by Dawn
Kelley Stoltz – In Triangle Time
The Intelligence – Future Vintage
Fuzz – II
Ork Records boxset

To make up for my half-assed list I would like to bless everyone with this amazing jam I recently discovered on Youtube. You’re welcome.

Stephen Burhans, Matador Direct

New Releases:
1. Dean McPhee – Fatima’s Hand LP (Hood Faire)
2. Ultimate Painting – Green Lanes LP (Trouble In Mind)
3. Meg Baird – Don’t Weigh Down The Light LP (Drag City)

4. Daniel Bachman – River LP (Three Lobed)
5. Masami Kawaguchi – The Mad Guitar LP (Black Petal)
6. Mdou Moctar – Akounak Tedalat Taha Tazoughai O.S.T. LP (Sahel Sounds)
7. Flying Saucer Attack – Instrumentals 2015 2xLP (Drag City)
8. Dick Diver – Melbourne, Florida LP (Trouble In Mind)
9. The Mantles – All Odds End LP (Slumberland)
Three way tie for 10th place. Obnox – Boogalou Reed LP (12XU)
Obnox – Know America LP
(Never/Ever)
Obnox – Wiglet LP (Ever/Never)

Reissues:
1. Clay Allison – Live At The Electric Banana LP (Boot) *This may have
been a 2014 release
2. Dredd Foole – In Quest Of Tense LP (Feeding Tube)
3. David Westlake – Play Dusty For Me LP (Captured Tracks)
4. Daniel Bachman – Miscellaneous Ephemera and Other Bullshit LP (Feeding Tube)
5. Thomas Jefferson Slave Apartments – Straight To Video LP (Straight To Video)
6. Les Rallizes Dénudés – Live! ’77 2xLP (Victory UK) *No relation to
the Chicago label
7. Tommy McCook – The Sannic Sounds of Tommy McCook LP (Dub Store Japan)
8. Dusty Rhodes – Dusty On The Stick CS (American Dream Tapes)
9. Lilys – Eccsame The Photon Band LP (Frontier)
10. Ork Records 4xLP Box (Numero)

Steve Cross, Remote Control

20 Things I Enjoyed This Year
Angharad Drake – Majesty

The Apartments – No Song, No Spell, No Madrigal
Bill Fay – Who Is the Sender?
Bob Dylan – The Bootleg Series Vol. 12: The Cutting Edge 1965–1966 Collector’s Edition

Chris & Cosey – Trance
Cockney Rebel – Cavaliers
Courtney Barnett – Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit
Emmanuelle Parrenin – Maison Rose
Heroin In Tahiti – Sun and Violence
Hot Chocolate – Put Your Love In Me
Iggy Pop – Don’t Look Down
Jackson C Frank – Kimbie
James Ferraro – Skid Row

John Carpenter – Lost Themes Remixed
Known Ocean – Known Ocean
Kurt Vile – b’ieve i’m goin (deep) down…
Mbongwana Star – Kala
Natalie Prass – Natalie Prass
The Orbweavers – Poison Garden
The Paradise Motel – Aeroplanes

Rian Fossett, Matador Records

Music -

Jenny Hval – Apocalypse, Girl
Floating Points – Elaenia
Kendrick Lamar – To Pimp A Butterfly
Mbongwana Star – From Kinshasa
Fluoride – Material
Deaf Wish – Pain
Salad Boys – Metalmania
The Weather Station – Loyalty
Dungen -Allas Sak
Royal Headache – High

Movies -
Mustang, Victoria

Books -
M Train, My Struggle (Book2), 10:04

TV -

Mr. Robot, The Affair, Death Parade

Al Harmon, Beggars Group

Albums
Kendrick Lamar – To Pimp A Butterfly
Jamie xx – In Colour
Adele – 25 – I bought the Target Exclusive CD with the bonus tracks. I can’t recall the last time I purchased an actual cd. So glad the Beggars’ office MACs still have a slot for cds. (no shade) Also it was the first time that I have ever been in a Target store. And get this! I play the album a lot but never listen to the bonus tracks.
Hamilton: An American Musical – Lin Manuel Miranda (and cast)

Janet Jackson – Unbreakable – Total fan bias here. Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis for the win again!

Individual Tracks
Missy Elliot – “WTF (Where They From)”
Kirk Franklin – “When” featuring Kim Burrell and Lalah Hathaway from Losing My Religion
Dr. Dre featuring Anderson.Paak “Animals” from Compton
Jill Scott – “Jahraymecofasola” from Woman
Lapsley – “Falling Short” from Understudy (EP)
Lianne La Havas – “Good Goodbye” from Blood

Concert
Stevie Wonder – “Songs In the Key of Life Tour” – November 24, 2015. – Amazing! Incredible! Diverse crowd of all ages jamming and singing along. And Stevie played for 4 hours and his voice is still golden.

Other random thoughts:
Wimbledon 2015. Finally made it to the All England Club. WOW! Just WOW! Bonus: Serena won (and I saw her first round match!)
Jessica Jones and Daredevil (Netflix) – Not a huge comic book fan but I am loving these Marvel Shows on Netflix.
The Wiz Live didn’t suck.
And the NY Mets made it the World Series.

Matt Harmon, Beggars Group

Destroyer – Poison Season (Merge)
Rat Columns – Fooling Around (Blackest Ever Black)
Royal Headache – High (What’s Your Rupture)M.E.S.H. – Piteous Gate (Pan)

Josh Abrams – Magnetoception (Eremite)
Byron Westbrook – Precipice (Root Strata)
Mikal Cronin – MCIII (Merge)
Dan Melchior / Russell Walker – In Durham LP (Kill Shaman Records)
Anna Caraagnano & Donato Dozzy – Sintetizzatrice (Spectrum Spools)
Helen – The Original Faces (Kranky)
Julia Holter – Have You In My Wilderness (Domino)
Natural Information Society & Bitchin’ Bajas – Autoimaginary Drag City)
Metabolismus und Fifty Fifty – A Circle Inside a Square Inside… (Black Sweat Records)
Ellen Fullman – The Long String Instrument (Superior Viaduct) re-issue
A Tribe Called Quest – People’s Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhythm (Legacy) 25th Anniversary
Sun City Girls – Torch of the Mystics (Abduction) LP reissue
Stars of the Lid – The tired sounds of… (Kranky) LP reissue

Natalie Judge, Matador Records

Top 10 Instagram accounts for 2015

1. earlboykins
2. al_english (#goodmorningbam)
3. chrissimpsonsartist
4. snoopygrams
5. gifs
6. baloublue
7. fatherjohnmisty
8. miguel
9. goatsofanarchy
10. ziggylepiggy

Blue Kirkhope, Matador Records

HIGHLIGHTS OF 2015

Travelling on a Megabus from London to Glasgow and receiving a phone call from none other than Natalie Judge offering me the role at Matador. Best Megabus journey EVER.
Visiting America for the first time – NYC for CMJ. So much fun with the most amazing people.
Meeting Henry Rollins.
Going home to Scotland for my 23rd birthday and exploring the Isle of Skye.
Drinking lots of whisky.
Discovering this video of David Bowie and Mick Jagger (extremely late to the party I know)

SHOWS OF 2015

Nick Cave @ Glasgow Royal Concert Hall
Suicide @ The Barbican
Deerhunter @ Shepherd’s Bush
Philip Glass @ The Barbican
Le Guess Who Festival in Utrecht (best festival ever just FYI)
Built To Spill @ Bi Nuu in Berlin

ALBUMS OF 2015 (in alphabetical order)

Algiers – Algiers
Empress Of – Me
Girls Names – Arms Around a Vision
Jenny Hval – Apocalypse, girl
Julia Holter – Have You In My Wilderness
Kurt Vile – b’lieve i’m goin down
Marching Church – This World Is Not Enough
Miguel – Wildheart
Nils Frahm – Solo
Ought – Sun Coming Down
Protomartyr – The Agent Intellect
The Soft Moon – Deeper
Viet Cong – Viet Cong

Widowspeak – All Yours
Young Fathers – White Men Are Black Men Too

TRACKS OF 2015

David Bowie – Blackstar
Ought – Beautiful Blue Sky
Deerhunter – Snakeskin

ANIMAL(S) OF 2015

This lizard playing leaf guitar.

Sonya Kolowrat, Beggars Group

My best “stuff” of 2015
-seeing Low Cut Connie cover Harry Nilsson at SXSW
-diving deep into Harry Nilsson

Down Down The Deep River
-Seeing FKA Twigs in Sunset Park and then schooling myself about the amazing word of ball culture/finally watched Paris is Burning
-Documentary: Deli Man
-Kirin J. Callinan’s instagram
-Seeing Warpaint in Toronto and catching up with many friends, some I hadn’t seen in years
-Capri Social Club
-going back in time and seeing Billy Idol + Culture Club this year
-Tracy Helsing, Rich Roll, Mishka Shubaly – people that inspired me this year
-Prurient at Output

-Superiority Burger

Shira Knishkowy, Matador Records

albums i loved this year and listened to a lot, in no particular order, aside from being alphabetical:

beach slang – the things we do to find people who feel like us

dave rawlings machine – nashville obsolete
dungen – allas sak
floating points – elaenia
hop along – painted shut
kacey musgraves – pageant material
lower dens – escape from evil
jamie xx – in colour
jim o’rourke – simple songs
moon duo – shadow of the sun
royal headache – high
ryan adams – 1989
sleater kinney – no cities to love
sannhet – revisionist
the internet – ego death
the very best – makes a king

Charlie Masure, Beggars France

1. Romare – Projections (Ninja Tune)
2. Algiers – Algiers (Matador)
3. Ivy Lab – 20/20 (20/20 LDN)
4. Kendrick Lamar – To Pimp a Butterfly (Top Dog Entertainment / Interscope)

5. Glenn Astro – Throwback (Tartelet Records)
6. Contact Field Orchestra – Volume 2 (Hit+Run)
7. Chassol – Big Sun (Tricatel)
8. Kahn.Commodo.Gantz – Volume 1 (Deep Medi Musik)
9. Alabama Shakes – Sound & Color (Rough Trade)
10. STUFF. – STUFF. (Buteo Buteo)

Emmaline McCourt
, Matador Records

Ten Eleven Great Albums of 2015
1. Royal Headache – High (What’s Your Rupture?)
2. Jamie xx – In Colour (Young Turks)
3. Protomartyr – The Agent Intellect (Hardly Art)
4. Gun Outfit – Dream All Over (Paradise of Bachelors)
5. S. Araw “Trio” XI – Gazebo Effect (Drag City)
6. Car Seat Headrest – Teens of Style (Matador)
7. Black Time – Aerial Gobs of Love (Forbjudna Ljud)
8. Baba Commandant and the Mandigo Band – Juguya (Sublime Frequencies)
9. Sufjan Stevens – Carrie & Lowell (Asthmatic Kitty)
10. Thee Arcadians – We Have Come For Your Parents (Feeding Tube)
11. Personable – New Lines (Peak Oil)

Five Comically Tragic Moments of 2015
1. The Chipotle E-Coli Outbreak
2. Losing my Dick Diver pin at a Majical Cloudz show

3. The great Pitchfork record fair flood
4. Deciding to name my bowling team Dolphin Pizza Gutz
5. Doing my taxes the day my wisdom teeth were removed

Five Memorable Show Experiences of 2015

1. Road tripping to Boston to see my friends Boom Said Thunder and Ghost Box Orchestra play with Major Stars at the Middle East Upstairs
2. (Most likely) being the youngest person in attendance for Lilys at Baby’s All Right
3. Complete playing Hoogie-Boogie Land before my very eyes at Union Pool
4. Those few months I pretty much only saw Australian bands (The Cannanes, Deaf Wish, Courtney Barnett…to name only a few)
5. Running into my high school physics teacher at The Ex and Ken Vandermark show at Bell House

And finally…Top Three Moments Celebrating Other People’s Life Events in 2015

1. Being a Groomsmaid in my roommates’ wedding…

2. Watching a couple people I went to college with become priests…

3. Catching this bouquet…

Hana Mogulescu, Beggars Group

Julia Holter – Have You In My Wilderness
Natalie Prass – S/T
Jamie xx – In Colour
#DrakeAlwaysOnBeat
D’Angelo – Black Messiah
Justin Bieber – “What Do You Mean?” (s/o to Matt Harmon)
Sufjan Stevens – Carrie & Lowell

Lower Dens – Escape From Evil
Unknown Mortal Orchestra – Multi-Love
Christine & The Queens – “Jonathan” (feat. Perfume Genuis)
Kurt Vile – b’lieve i’m going down…
Bjork – Vulnicura
Ryan Adams – 1989

Robby Morris
, Matador Records

dick diver,
floating points,
nicolas jaar,
oneohtrix point never,
ought,
royal headache,
kamasi washington,

the weather station

Angelica Pasquini, Beggars Group
Top 10 Anonymous Complaints & Questions of 2015:

10. “Ugh…. Why is the maintenance guy is always cleaning the bathroom when I have to use it?”
9. “Do you have any other kinds of candy? I don’t like this kind.”
8. “Can you stop buying this candy? I eat it too much.” (same person as #9)
7. “What should I have for lunch?” *gets a suggestion* “Mmm…No….”
6. “Ugh…Wow…This driver is an idiot. I have to walk around the corner to get to the (free) Uber.”
5. “Could you look up what kind of pen this is and order it? *hands over a pen*
4. “Where can I find an ATM?”
3. “It’s really dark above my desk. Thanks.”
2. “What is my password?”
1. “Is this PR consulting?”

Gonzalo Schiafinno, Everlasting Popstock

Albums
SEASICK STEVE – Sonic Soul Surfer
COURTNEY BARNETT – Sometimes I Sit And Think And Sometimes I Just Sit
HOUNDMOUTH – Little Neon Light
ALABAMA SHAKES – Sound And Color
JIM O’ROURKE – Simple Songs
BILL FAY – Who Is The Sender
MIKAL CRONIN – MCIII
FAITH NO MORE – Sol Invictus
CHRISTOPHER OWENS – Chriss Baby Forever
RICKIE LEE JONES – The Other Side Of Desire

RYLEY WALKER – Primrose Green
MARK LANEGAN – Houston: Publishing Demos 2002
KURT VILE – B’lieve I’m Goin’ Down
JOSEPH ARTHUR – Days Of Surrender
KEITH RICHARDS – Crosseyed Heart
TEN COMMANDOS – Ten Commandos
JOSH RITTER – Sermon On The Rocks

Albums From Spain
KIKE SUAREZ Y LA DESBANDADA – Sueño A La Vista
GUADALUPE PLATA – Guadalupe Plata (2015)
CHRISTINA ROSENVIGE – Lo Nuestro
CRUDO PIMENTO – Fania Helvete

To Discover
MONOCERO – https://soundcloud.com/monocero
DOBLE CAPA

Reissues
ROLLING STONES – Sticky Fingers
MARK LANEGAN – One Way Street (Box Set)
VELVET UNDERGROUND – Loaded

BOOK

Catálogo Irracional – Ignacio Juliá (Best book ever written about Lou Reed)

Gabe Spierer, Beggars Group
These are my favorite records of 2015, in no particular order except to say that Dick Diver made (by far) my favorite record of the year:

Dick Diver – Melbourne, Florida
Jim O’Rourke – Simple Songs
The Weeknd – Beauty Behind The Madness

Future – DS2
Sufjan Stevens – Carrie & Lowell
Dr. Dre – Compton
Mikal Cronin – MCIII

Claire Taylor, Beggars Group

Albums:

Meg Baird – Don’t Weigh Down the Light
Dungen – Allas Sak
Chris Forsyth / Koen Holtkamp – The Island
Moon Duo – Shadow of the Sun
Jim O’Rourke – Simple Songs
Ty Segal – Ty Rex
Ryley Walker – Primrose Green

TV:
Bloodline
BoJack Horseman
The Great British Baking Show
The Leftovers
Mr. Robot
Peaky Blinders
Show Me A Hero
Silicon Valley
Veep

Patrick Amory, Matador Records

Greatest 1980s Hardcore Songs:

10. The F.U.’s – C.E.T.A. Suckers
9. Raw Power – Don’t Let Me See It
8. The Middle Class – Out Of Vogue (even though it’s from 1979)
7. Negative FX – Might Makes Right fragment
6. Discharge – Doomsday
5. Sorry – cover of Minor Threat Filler from last show cassette

4. The Fix – No Idols
3. Angry Samoans – Steak Knife
2. SS Decontrol – Nothing Done
1. Government Issue – Blending In


Gerard Cosloy
, Matador Records

Sleaford Mods – Key Markets (Harbinger Sounds)

75 Dollar Bill – Wooden Bag (Other Music)
Golden Pelicans – Oldest Ride, Longest Line (Total Punk)
Dick Diver – Melbourne, Florida (Trouble In Mind)
Obnox – Wiglet (Ever/Never)
Life Stinks – You’ll Never Make It (S-S)
Institute – Catharsis (Sacred Bones)
Joan Shelley – Over & Even (No Quarter)
Spray Paint – Punters On A Barge (Homeless)
Ultimate Painting – Green Lanes (Trouble In Mind)
Stickmen With Ray Guns – Grave City (End Of An Ear)

Salad Boys – Metalmania (Trouble In Mind)
Video – The Entertainers (Third Man)
Thee Speaking Canaries – Platter Base Must Be Constructed of Moon Rock (Chunklet)
Scharpling & Wurster – The Best Of The Best Show (Numero)
Protomartyr – The Agent Intellect (Hardly Art)
Waxahatchee – Ivy Trip (Merge)
Destruction Unit – Negative Feedback Resistor (Sacred Bones)
The Lloyd Pack – A Tribute (Amish)
Mint Mile – In Season & Ripe (Comedy Minus One)
Icepick -Amaranh (Astral Spirits/Monofonus Press)
Power – Electric Glitter Boogie (Cool Death)

Diãt – Positive Energy (Iron Lung)
Motherfucker – Confetti (Sick Room)
Anthony Pasquarosa – Morning Meditations (Vin Du Select Qualitite)
The Barreracudas – Can Do Easy (Oops Baby)
Black Time – Aerial Gobs Of Love (Förbjudna Ljud)
V/A – We’re Loud (90′s Cassette Punk Unknowns) (Slovenly/Black Gladiator)

7″‘s

Black Panties – “Prophet Of Hate” b/w “Violence” (Total Punk)
Girls Pissing On Girls Pissing – “Nine Of Swords” b/w “Ng.” (Crane Fortune)
Savoy Motel – “Souvenir Shop Rock” b/w “Hot One” (Official Memorabilia)
Mystic Inane – “Eggs Onna Plate” 7″ (Lumpy)
Dan Melchoir & Russell Walker – “Sad Son-In-Law” b/w “I Could Sit Here Forever” (Kill Shaman)
Uranium Orchard – “Unchurched Shitheads” (Cold Vomit)

tapes

ISS – s/t (Loki)
Rik & The Pigs – s/t (Lumpy)
Homostupids – sleepy time music man tape (Outsider Tapes)

live : Flesh Eaters, Great American Music Hall, January,

Deaf Wish, Trailer Space, Austin, October
Golden Pelicans, Will’s Pub, Orlando, March,
Xylouris White, Bowery Ballroom, February
Carl Sagan’s Skate Shoes, over and over again, various Austin locations
Wrekmeister Harmonies, The Owl, Chicago, April
Sissy Spacek, Elk’s Lodge, Cambridge, July
Mordecai, Ace Of Cups, Columbus, July
Big Zit, Mohawk, Austin, June
Watery Love, Rickshaw Stop, SF, July
Musk, Hi Tone, Memphis, September
The Grifters, Beerland, Austin, November

big screen : “The Entertainment”, “The Overnighters”|

small screen : “Rick & Morty”, “The Leftovers”, “Nathan For You”

book : Richard Price – “The Whites” (Holt & Company)

2016 look out below dept : Lung Letters (Austin), Borzoi (Austin), Wet Ones (K.C.), Slimy Member (Dallas), Dalton Castle (Catalina Island)

Savages – “T.I.W.Y.G” Premiere, New Dates In Berlin, London

By Gerard on Tuesday, November 17th, 2015

(photo by William Lacalmontie)

Savages“T.I.W.Y.G”

(if you’re in Germany, please click here instead)

After October’s announcement of the January 22 release of Savages’ ‘Adore Life’, here’s the 2nd song from the band’s eagerly awaited 2nd album, “T.I.W.Y.G.”. While the band’s global dates are again, listed below, there’s a pair of shows in Berlin and London that have just been confirmed (ticket links below) :

Monday, November, 30 – Berghain Kantine, Berlin, Germany
Thursday, December, 3 – The Dome, London, UK

2016 tour :

February, 18 – De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill, UK
February, 19 – Junction, Cambridge, UK
February, 21 - Art School, Glasgow, UK
February, 22 – Albert Hall, Manchester, UK
February, 23 – Irish Centre, Leeds, UK
February, 27 – Epicerie Moderne, Lyon, France
February, 28 – Rockschool Barbey, Bordeaux, France
March, 2 – Botanique Orangerie, Brussels, Belgium
March, 5 - Babel, Malmö, Sweden
March, 6 – Kagelbanan, Stockholm, Sweden
March, 7 – Vega, Copenhagen, Denmark
March, 13 – Magazzini Generali, Milan, Italy
March, 15 – Dynamo, Zurich, Switzerland
March, 16 – Melkweg, Amsterdam, Netherlands
March, 17 – Roundhouse, London, UK
March, 27 – 9:30 Club, Washington DC
March, 28 - Irving Plaza, New York NY
March, 29 – Warsaw, Brooklyn NY
March, 31 – Union Transfer, Philadelphia PA
April, 1 – Paradise Rock Club, Boston MA
April, 2 – Virgin Mobile Corona Theatre, Montreal, Canada
April, 4 – Danforth Music Hall, Toronto, Canada
April, 5 – St. Andrews Hall, Detroit MI
April, 7 – Metro, Chicago IL
April, 8 – The Ready Room, St. Louis MO
April, 9 – Granada Theatre, Lawrence KS
April, 11 – Trees, Dallas TX
April, 12 – Emo’s, Austin TX

preorder ‘ Adore Life’ from the following with “”T.I.W.Y.G.” and “The Answer” available instantly

The Matador Store
Amazon
iTunes
Google Play
Streaming

Savages online :
Savagesband.com
Facebook
Twitter
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Instagram

Savages – ‘Adore Life’ Coming January 2016 ; “The Answer” Video Premiere

By The Management on Wednesday, October 21st, 2015

“The Answer” – directed by Giorgio Testi at Pulse

“We’ve observed our audience all around the world and noticed that something is happening. People want to be pushed to do good, or to be good, or just to feel good. We wanted a very intense video, that felt like banging your head against the wall, focusing on our audience: a portrait of our crowd, an homage to music lovers and the good people who are coming to gigs and shouting their lungs out, or just smiling at the back. We were touched by them every night, and wanted to get their message out there: loud guitar music is still alive and still connects people.” -Savages

(photo by Colin Lane)

Savages’ second album, ‘Adore Life’, was recorded at RAK Studios, London in April 2015. Johnny Hostile was the producer and Richard Woodcraft the engineer. Anders Trentemøller took care of the mixing in Copenhagen. ‘Adore Life’ is out January 22, 2016.

All songs were written and played by Savages – Ayşe Hassan (bass), Fay Milton (drums), Gemma Thompson (guitar), Jehnny Beth (vocals). Lyrics by Jehnny Beth.

Tracklisting
1. The Answer
2. Evil
3. Sad Person
4. Adore
5. I Need Something New
6. Slowing Down The World
7. When In Love
8. Surrender
9. T.I.W.Y.G.
10. Mechanics

preorder ‘ Adore Life’ from the following with “The Answer” available instantly

The Matador Store
Amazon
iTunes
Google Play
Streaming

Savages online :
Savagesband.com
Facebook
Twitter
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Instagram

Out Today : Majical Cloudz – Are You Alone?

By Gerard on Friday, October 16th, 2015

The hotly anticipated new album from Majical Cloudz, ‘Are You Alone?’ is available in better record shops and thru digital retailers today (Friday, October 16). Devon and Matthew’s updated tour schedule (including a recently added January 19 at Music Hall Of Williamsburg) can be found below, with things kicking off tomorrow night in Toronto.

10/17 – Smiling Buddha, Toronto ON
10/21 – National Sawdust, Brooklyn NY
10/22 – Halifax Pop Explosion, Halifax NS
10/23 – Phi Centre, Montreal QC
11/7 – Middlebury College, Middlebury VT
11/18 – St Johns on Bethnal Green, London UK
11/20 – L’Archipel, Paris FR
11/23 – Botanique Rotonde, Brussels BE
11/25 – Acud Club, Berlin DE
1/15/16 – The Garrison, Toronto ON
1/18/16 – Schubas, Chicago IL
1/19/16 – Music Hall Of Williamsburg, Brooklyn NY
1/22/16 – Cobalt, Vancouver BC
1/23/16 – Barboza, Seattle WA
1/24/16 – Mississippi Studios, Portland OR
1/26/16 – The Chapel, San Francisco CA
1/29/16 – Hollywood Forever, Los Angeles CA

Order ‘Are You Alone?’ from The Matador Store, iTunes or Amazon.

Majical Cloudz online :
official site
Facebook
Twitter
Instagram
Soundcloud

Kurt Vile – b’lieve i’m goin down… Full Album Stream Premieres Today

By Gerard on Monday, September 21st, 2015

(photo by Marina Chavez)

This morning at 10am, the new Kurt Vile album, ‘b’ieve i’m going down…’ is co-premiering via Philadelphia’s WXPN, New York’s WFUV, Minneapolis’ KCMP and Seattle’s KEXP, along with the streaming player above. Later this week, Kurt will be appearing on TBS’ “Conan” on Thursday night, and performing the following day on KCRW’s “Morning Becomes Eclectic”.

Below are shots of what the triple LP edition of ‘b’lieve i’m goin (deep) down…’. Aside from the packaging being equal parts elaborate/awesome, we’re gonna blow our own label trumpet (for a change) about the very high quality of the pressing, as manufacturing by the Czech Republic’s CZ Media. We’re painfully aware there’s been a number of (justifiable) complaints regarding quality control in a number of titles you’ve faithfully purchased of late, but we feel pretty confident you’re gonna be pleased with the results this time. And then there’s the musical contents (for which we bear no responsibility whatsoever and insist you send complaints directly to Kurt and/or Yelp).

Preorder from :
The Matador Store
UK orders
iTunes
Amazon
Kurt’s Store
Google Play

Kurt Vile on tour :

Friday October 2 Boston, MA - The Paradise * #
Saturday October 3 Austin, TX – Austin City Limits Festival
Sunday October 4 Austin, TX – Austin City Limits
Wednesday October 7 New York, NY – Webster Hall * #
Thursday October 8 Washington DC – 9:30 Club * #
Friday October 9 Philadelphia, PA – Union Transfer * #
Saturday October 10 Austin, TX – Austin City Limits Festival
Sunday October 11 Austin, TX – Austin City Limits Festival
Wednesday October 14 Los Angeles, CA – Fonda Theater %
Friday October 16 San Francisco, CA – Filmore %
Saturday October 17 Portland, OR - Crystal Ballroom %
Sunday October 18 Seattle, WA – The Showbox %
Wednesday October 21 Minneapolis, MN - Mill City Nights * #
Friday October 23 Chicago, IL – Thalia Hall * #
Saturday October 24 Detroit, MI - St Andrew’s Hall * #
Sunday October 25 Toronoto, ONT – Phoenix Theatre * #

Friday October 30 Paris, FR – Pitchfork Festival

Saturday October 31 Amsterdam, NL – London Calling @ Paradiso *
Sunday November 1 Brussel, Belgium – Autumn Falls @ AB-Box *
Tuesday November 3 Hamburg, Germany – Uebel & Gefahrlich *
Wednesday November 4 Aarhus, Denmark – Voxhall
Thursday November 5 Oslo, Norway – Rockefeller
Friday November 6 Stockholm, Sweden – Munchenbryggeriet *
Saturday November 7 Copenhangen, Demark – Amerbio *
Monday November 9 Berlin, Germany – Postbahnhof *
Tuesday November 10 Koln, Germany – Gebaeude 9 *
Wednesday November 11 Brighton, UK – Concorde 2 *
Thursday November 12 London, UK – Electric Ballroom*
Friday November 13 Bristol, UK – Motion *
Sunday November 15 Dublin, EIR – Vicar Street *
Monday November 16 Glasgow, UK – ABC1 *
Tuesday November 17 Leeds, UK – Leeds Uni Stylus *
Wednesday November 18 Manchester, UK – The Ritz *
Friday November 20 Lucerne, CH – Sudpol *
Saturday November 21 Lyon, France – Epicerie Moderne *
Sunday November 22 Barcelona, Spain - Apolo *
Monday November 23 Madrid, Spain –
Penelope *
Tuesday November 24 Lisbon, Portugal – Armazem F *
Monday December 28 – Friday January 1 – The Falls Music & Arts Festival – Lorne, Marion Bay + New South Wales, Bryon Bay
Friday January 8 – Sunday January 10 Busselton, Western Australia - Southbound Festival
Sunday January 10 – Tuesday January 12 – Tauranga, New Zealand – McLaren Falls Park Music & Arts Festival
Thursday March 10 – London, UK - Roundhouse

* – with Waxahatchee
# – with Luke Roberts
% – with Cass McCombs and Heron Oblivion

WEBSITE – http://kurtvile.com/
FACEBOOK – https://www.facebook.com/kurtvileofphilly
TWITTER – https://twitter.com/therealkurtvile
INSTAGRAM – https://instagram.com/kurtvile/
TUMBLR (NEW) – http://therealkurtvile.tumblr.com/

VIDEO : Kurt Vile – “LIfe Like This”

By Gerard on Thursday, September 10th, 2015

Kurt Vile - “Life Like This”. Directed by Adam Avilla.

As we’ve hopefully impressed upon you several times already, on September 25, we’re releasing Kurt Vile’s new album, ‘b’lieve i’m goin down’. The album’s second video, the animation-heavy, “Life Like This” can be seen above.

‘b’lieve i’m goin down..’is available on standard CD and double LP. A limited-edition triple LP expanded version*, b’lieve i’m goin (deep) down…, features 6 bonus tracks. iTunes and Amazon MP3 pre-orders both have an instant grat download of “Pretty Pimpin,” as well as two pre-order-only bonus tracks that disappear on release: “b’lieve i’m goin down” and “bad omens (no faders)”

(* – folks, we’ve taken some deserved heat for a number of quality control issues — some might say debacles, thanks for the bluntness — with some vinyl pressings in the last calendar year, but we’ve gone all the way to the Czech Republic to get this one right and feel really fucking great about the results)

Preorder from :
The Matador Store: http://smarturl.it/blieve_im_goin_down
UK orders
iTunes: http://smarturl.it/blieve_im_goin_downi
Amazon: http://smarturl.it/blieve_im_goin_downa
Kurt’s Store: https://kurtvile.merchtable.com/
Google Play: http://smarturl.it/blieve_im_goin_dwng
Streaming: http://smarturl.it/blieve_im_goin_downs

Friday October 2 Boston, MA - The Paradise * #
Saturday October 3 Austin, TX – Austin City Limits Festival
Sunday October 4 Austin, TX – Austin City Limits
Wednesday October 7 New York, NY – Webster Hall * #
Thursday October 8 Washington DC – 9:30 Club * #
Friday October 9 Philadelphia, PA – Union Transfer * #
Saturday October 10 Austin, TX – Austin City Limits Festival
Sunday October 11 Austin, TX – Austin City Limits Festival
Wednesday October 14 Los Angeles, CA – Fonda Theater %
Friday October 16 San Francisco, CA – Filmore %
Saturday October 17 Portland, OR - Crystal Ballroom %
Sunday October 18 Seattle, WA – The Showbox %
Wednesday October 21 Minneapolis, MN - Mill City Nights * #
Friday October 23 Chicago, IL – Thalia Hall * #
Saturday October 24 Detroit, MI - St Andrew’s Hall * #
Sunday October 25 Toronoto, ONT – Phoenix Theatre * #

Friday October 30 Paris, FR – Pitchfork Festival

Saturday October 31 Amsterdam, NL – London Calling @ Paradiso *
Sunday November 1 Brussel, Belgium – Autumn Falls @ AB-Box *
Tuesday November 3 Hamburg, Germany – Uebel & Gefahrlich *
Wednesday November 4 Aarhus, Denmark – Voxhall
Thursday November 5 Oslo, Norway – Rockefeller
Friday November 6 Stockholm, Sweden – Munchenbryggeriet *
Saturday November 7 Copenhangen, Demark – Amerbio *
Monday November 9 Berlin, Germany – Postbahnhof *
Tuesday November 10 Koln, Germany – Gebaeude 9 *
Wednesday November 11 Brighton, UK – Concorde 2 *
Thursday November 12 London, UK – Electric Ballroom*
Friday November 13 Bristol, UK – Motion *
Sunday November 15 Dublin, EIR – Vicar Street *
Monday November 16 Glasgow, UK – ABC1 *
Tuesday November 17 Leeds, UK – Leeds Uni Stylus *
Wednesday November 18 Manchester, UK – The Ritz *
Friday November 20 Lucerne, CH – Sudpol *
Saturday November 21 Lyon, France – Epicerie Moderne *
Sunday November 22 Barcelona, Spain - Apolo *
Monday November 23 Madrid, Spain –
Penelope *
Tuesday November 24 Lisbon, Portugal – Armazem F *
Monday December 28 – Friday January 1 – The Falls Music & Arts Festival – Lorne, Marion Bay + New South Wales, Bryon Bay
Friday January 8 – Sunday January 10 Busselton, Western Australia - Southbound Festival
Sunday January 10 – Tuesday January 12 – Tauranga, New Zealand – McLaren Falls Park Music & Arts Festival
Thursday March 10 – London, UK - Roundhouse

* – with Waxahatchee
# – with Luke Roberts
% – with Cass McCombs and Heron Oblivion

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Yo La Tengo – World Cafe Live Broadcast At Noon, “CBS This Morning” Tomorrow, ‘Stuff Like That There’ Out Today

By Gerard on Friday, August 28th, 2015

If you’re not already aware that today (Friday, August 28) marks the official release date of Yo La Tengo’s ‘Stuff Like That There’, I guess you could say the record label had done a very poor job. Since you’re too polite and kind to say that (to our faces, anyway), let’s concentrate on the next couple of days of exciting activity :

TODAY :

Yo La Tengo, performing at World Cafe Live at noon, broadcast live on WXPN, video stream available here.

TONIGHT :

Yo La Tengo guest DJ’ing and signing copies of ‘Stuff Like That There’ at Other Music.

SATURDAY :

Yo La Tengo live on “CBS This Morning” (as seen below) :

Order ‘Stuff Like That There’ on LP or CD from The Matador Store, including bundle with tote + cassingle w/ 2 new unreleased tracks

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FROM THE ARCHIVES : MARKING THE 9TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE MATABLOG

By Gerard on Wednesday, July 22nd, 2015

(Editor’s note : roughly 9 years ago this weekend, internet history was made with the introduction of the Matablog. Since the blog medium was almost entirely played out by that time, this was sort of akin to trumpeting the invention of the CB Radio in 1995, but just the same, we’ve persevered and thoroughly enjoyed spreading misinformation and hastily correcting broken links. Here’s to another 9 years — at the very least — of being scooped by Pitchfork on our own news stories! – GC)

According to New York Magazine (our personal style bible), this blog thing is really taking off. As you know, the management of Matador Records cannot resist any scheme that might either a) make us money or b) result in our selling half of the company again, so voila, it’s THE MATABLOG.

In the days and weeks ahead, you’ll be graced with intense, personal observations, screeds and propositions from a star-studded cavalcade of innovative artists and music business veterans. Probably more of the latter. But we’re not above composing something and putting Ricky Luanda’s name on it, especially if things are slow.

We’ll do our best to cover a range of cultural issues, but hopefully not sports. No one wants to read about that shit, trust me.

sincerely,

Gerard Cosloy
your editor

CEREMONY : ‘The L-Shaped Man’ Coming May 19 ; Video Premiere for “The Separation” & “The Understanding

By The Management on Thursday, March 26th, 2015

(“The Separation” and “The Understanding”, directed by Ross Thomas)

Breakup albums mark a turning point for a band: the moment when their sound completely changes and reaches a new level of emotional clarity. All that heartbreak and malaise condensed into any single record often makes for a defining piece of work, no matter the genre. The best records explore the nooks and crannies of sadness, learning it inside and out – celebrating it.

(photo by Shawn Brackbill)

Ceremony’s fifth studio album, ‘The L-Shaped Man’, uses singer Ross Farrar’s recent breakup as a platform to explore loneliness and emotional weariness, but it is by no means a purely sad album. Rather than look inward, Farrar uses his experience to write about what it means to go through something heavy and come out the other side a different person.

In telling Farrar’s story, Ceremony have almost completely stripped back the propulsive hardcore of their previous records, turning every angry outburst into simmering despair. “We’ve always tried to be minimalists in writing, even if it’s loud or fast or abrasive,” says lead guitarist Anthony Anzaldo. “It’s really intense when I hear it. Not in a way where you turn everything up to ten. Things are so bare, you’re holding this one note for so long and you don’t now where it’s going-to me, that’s intensity.” That intensity is apparent on “Exit Fears,” the first full song on the record. It meticulously pairs Justin Davis’ loping bassline, which pulls the track along, with Anzaldo’s icy, minimal guitar work. It brings to mind some alternate version of Joy Division that hasn’t quite lost all hope. It gets close to exploding, but instead plays the shadows, never quite rising above a nervous simmer.

“A lot of the content has to do with loss, and specifically the loss of someone who you care deeply about,” Farrar says. “There is no way for you to go through something like this artistically and not have really strong emotions of loss and pain. There’s not really any way to hide that.” Farrar, for his part, is singing with a new kind of intensity, his baritone swooping and retreating from stressed angst to unsettling near-mutter as he sings, “You told your friends you were fine/ you thought you were fine too…” and later, “nothing is ever fine/ nothing ever feels right/ you have to tell yourself you tried.” It’s the first of many lyrically direct moments, and it should be hard to listen to, but Ceremony have so effortlessly nailed the sound of sadness that it feels great to live inside for awhile.

The sound is abetted by producer John Reis, who honed his sound in seminal bands like Rocket from the Crypt, Drive Like Jehu, and Hot Snakes. Much of the gravelly aggression he experimented with in those bands is present on ‘The L-Shaped Man’.

There’s a story behind the title too. “I was speaking to our driver Stephen while on tour,” Farrar says. “We were talking about men in general and what shape they are…their body type. I said, ‘I guess men are in the shape of an L. The torso is straight. Vertical. And then you have the little feet at the end.’ There’s this painter named Leslie Lerner who was living in San Francisco in the ’70s and ’80s and made these beautiful paintings. He died on my 21st birthday. A lot of the record is about the similarities in our ideas. In what we’re trying to make. Things that have to do with love and losing love.”

Pre-order ‘The L-Shaped Man’ on iTunes ($7.99) and and get instant downloads of “The Separation” and “The Understanding”. Plus iTunes exclusive bonus track “Vivication” and iTunes exclusive pre-order only bonus track, “The Hide”. Both bonus tracks will be delivered with the album on May 19 release date.

You can also pre-order on Amazon MP3 and receive instant downloads of “The Separation” and “The Understanding” (click on the Amazon MP3 store option in order to receive instant downloads).

Pre-order the CD and sea foam green colored LP on the Matador Store:

Also on the Matador Store you can pre-order a special bundle that includes the CD or colored vinyl LP along with a Ceremony T-shirt and/or a 36-page limited edition book of poems by Ceremony vocalist, Ross Farrar, which parallels lyrics from The L-Shaped Man.

Tour Dates:
Friday, May 22 – 924 Gillman St, Berkeley CA*
On sale Thursday, March 26
Saturday, May 23 – Echoplex, Los Angeles CA*
On sale Thursday, March 26
Wednesday, July 1 – Bowery Ballroom, New York NY
(Amex presale starts April 1 at noon eastern, general public sale starts April 3 at noon).
Saturday, August 8 – Visions Festival, London, UK

* = w/ Negative Approach

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ALGIERS – New Album In June, “Irony. Utility. Pretext.” Video Premiere, US Dates With Interpol

By The Management on Tuesday, March 24th, 2015

“Irony. Utility. Pretext.”, directed by Lamb & Sea

An obsession with notions of historical struggle, not only over political power but also meaning and memory, led us to an interest in the former Yugoslavia. There you can find towering monuments of abstract art erected by Tito in an attempt to constitute a new identity rooted in political collectivity rather than ethnic particularity. In neighboring Bulgaria sprout an entirely different set of physical remainders of a deeply contested history. They stand imposing and forlorn dotted across the countryside, looming like decaying alien spacecraft over factory towns and desolate mountain peaks.
It was really Nikola Mihov’s book, Forget Your Past, that ultimately inspired us to explore further the notion of contested spaces in an era of neocolonialism and capitalist realism. In one sense, the Irony. Utility. Pretext. video problematizes the rise of “ruin exploitation”, a strand in photography that occupies a suspiciously colonial position wherein “white creatives” invade decaying towns such as Detroit or Gary to capture images for their own atomistic meditations. Such photography in former communist countries adopts an additional triumphalist air, ringing in the end of history and the supremacy of neoliberal capitalism.

The images provide interesting parallels with the lyrics, confronting both the age-old fetishisation of the musical artifact and the neocolonial prism of development economics. In the former, ghetto artforms from Lagos to Detroit are wrenched from their social and political contexts and whitewashed for Western hyperconsumption. In the latter, a new set of educated cosmopolitans wielding the language of human rights replace our former colonial masters.

Themes of death and decay are unavoidable in this context, mimicking capital, stalking us in our sleep in search of ever increasing profits. In the end, it is the words of revolutionaries such as Robespierre, Angela Davis and Fred Hampton that flash across the screen to remind us of the precarious nature of the search for freedom and truth in these oppressive times.

(photo credit : WFN Productions)

On June 2nd, Matador is releasing Algiers’ self-titled debut album. Steeped in radical politics and deeply indebted to post-punk’s sonic trailblazing and gospel’s spiritual bloodletting, the album imbues neo-modernist hymns with caustic social sentiment and explosive noise.

Algiers comprises singer/guitarist Franklin James Fisher (deemed “one of the most powerfully guttural vocalists in rock today” by SPIN), guitarist Lee Tesche, and bassist Ryan Mahan. From the militant stomp of “Remains” to Fisher’s commanding presence on the gospel no wave blowout “Black Eunuch,” Algiers channels righteous fury into an incisive, innovative assault that Vice Noisey has called “intense…right on the beat of the current cultural climate.”

A trio of émigrés of the American Deep South, now split between New York and London, Algiers synthesizes its eclectic influences, from Nina Simone and PJ Harvey to Suicide and Public Enemy, into frightening new forms.

Algiers also announced tour dates, including a run of shows with Interpol in the spring. The band will tour the United States extensively later this year.

track listing :
1. Remains
2. Claudette
3. And When You Fall
4. Blood
5. Old Girl
6. Irony. Utility. Pretext
7. But She Was Not Flying
8. Black Eunuch
9. Games
10. In Parallax
11. 11

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Tour Dates
April 18 – Record Store Day – Rough Trade On Tour, Point Éphémère, Paris, FR
April 22 – Power Lunches, London, UK
May 7 – The National, Richmond VA*
May 8 – The Ritz, Raleigh NC*
May 11 – The Pageant, St. Louis MO*
May 12 – Egyptian Room at Old National Centre, Indianapolis IN*
May 13 – The Fillmore, Detroit MI*
May 15 – Bogarts, Cincinatti OH*
May 16 – Stage AE, Pittsburgh PA*

* supporting Interpol

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Matador At Austin’s Mid-March Trade Fair : Get Off My Lawn (And Stay In My Overpriced AirBNB Instead) Edition

By Gerard on Friday, March 13th, 2015

Alright, the moment is almost upon us. Well, upon me, actually. The moment when my adopted hometown is overrun by the craven, the venal, the self-important and self-entitled hordes demanding free drinks, free drugs and drowning out all nuanced musical performances with their hyena-like cackling. But enough about the Matador staff, there’s loads of other horrible people descending on Austin and they DESERVE to know exactly where and when Ceremony, Iceage, Steve Gunn and The New Pornographers are appearing. And as such, Robby has carefully amended a classic Mark Ohe Matador flyer (above) — he was under strict instructions to “appropriate that shit like Robin Thicke”, and we couldn’t be happier with the results. Short of the entire week being cancelled, that is. See you in the pit(s of hell).

Introducing: HÆLOS

By Blue on Tuesday, March 10th, 2015

“Merging shimmering, silver harmonies with Massive Attack-style beats, supernova basslines and gorgeous atmospheres, the trio create something truly special.” The Line Of Best Fit

We look forward to you hearing more from Arthur, Dom and Lotti in the near future. Watch this space…

Coming May 18 On True Panther Sounds : Tanlines’ ‘Highlights’

By The Management on Wednesday, March 4th, 2015

(photo by Autumn De Wilde)

On March 18 (Europe) and 19 (North America), True Panther Sounds is releasing ‘Highlights’, the 2nd album from New York’s Tanlines. The duo of Jesse Cohen and Eric Emm worked with producers Patrick Ford and Chris Taylor in Los Angeles and NYC respectively.

The album’s first single, “Slipping Away”, premiered via SiriusXM’s XMU earlier today, and is available for free download for the next week by signing up for the mailing list at Tanlinesinternet.com. Pre-order details for ‘Highlights’ can be found below.

tracklisting :

1. Pieces
2. Slipping Away
3. Palace
4. Two Thousand Miles
5. Invisible Ways
6. Bad Situations
7. Running Still
8. Thinking
9. If You Stay
10. Darling Dreamer

‘Highlights’,the band’s first collection of new material since their critically-lauded 2012 debut, ‘Mixed Emotion’s began in a basement in Pittsburgh and ended in a church in Brooklyn. It trades world music sounds (as heard through YouTube) for a more alive, realized approach, the result of Emm and Cohen knowing they wanted to break from their ‘two guys, one screen’ writing style. And even if they had wanted to rely on old methods, they couldn’t: when they sat down to write Highlights in Emm’s childhood home in Pittsburgh, their computer blew up, quite literally, “with a burst of sparks and clouds of smoke. Whatever had just happened felt like some kind of omen,” says Emm.

Stranded without the samples and sounds that had previously defined their musical palette, they spent the rest of the week in Pittsburgh writing songs the old-fashioned way — with a guitar and drums. They found themselves falling back on facility they’d gained with their instruments over the previous two years of touring, and an alternative, simpler process evolved, one that set the tone for Highlights immediately.

Influenced by their time spent on the road touring in support of ‘Mixed Emotions’, they reached for the sounds of 90’s New York hip-hop drums, Detroit techno synths, and lots and lots of guitars. The result could almost be called an homage to the sonics of America, if that sort of phrase wouldn’t make the band cringe. Instead, let’s just call ‘Highlights’ “the album where things started making more sense.”

The following shows in NYC and Los Angeles go on sale this Friday at noon eastern :

Thursday, May 14 - Bowery Ballroom, New York NY
Monday, May 18 – Echoplex, Los Angeles CA

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Interpol : “Everything Is Wrong” Video, New North American Dates, New 7″

By Gerard on Thursday, January 22nd, 2015

We’re pleased to share the latest video from Interpol’s 5th album, ‘El Pintor, the Paul Banks/Carlos Puga directed “Everything Is Wrong”. It would probably be an exaggeration to say this clip depicts the typical day in New York City for Paul, Daniel and Sam, but only a slight exaggeration.

On Record Store Day (Saturday, April 18) we’ll be releasing a 7″ of “Everything Is Wrong” b/w “What Is What” featuring cover art by Shepard Fairey (shown below) :

Here’s a long list of recently confirmed North American shows, including reschedule dates for the Northeastern shows that were postponed during December’s blizzard.

Wednesday, April, 8 – Rialto Theatre, Tucson AZ
Thursday, April, 9 – Humphreys Concerts by the Bay, San Diego CA
Friday, April, 10 – Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, Indio CA
Wednesday, April, 15 – The Pool at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, Las Vegas NV
Friday, April, 17 – Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, Indio CA
Tuesday, April, 21 – Warfield Theatre, San Francisco CA
Thursday, May, 7 – The National, Richmond VA
Friday, May, 8 – The Ritz, Raleigh NC
http://www.crowdsurge.com/store/index.php?storeid=1337&menu=detail&eventid=45865&client_url=http%3A%2F%2Finterpolnyc.com%2Fshows%2F
Friday, May, 8 – Sunday, May, 10 – Shaky Knees Festival, Atlanta GA
Monday May, 11 – The Pageant, St. Louis MO
Tuesday May, 12 – Egyptian Room – Old National Centre, Indianapolis IN
Wednesday, May, 13 – The Fillmore Detroit, Detroit MI
http://www.crowdsurge.com/store/index.php?storeid=1337&menu=detail&eventid=45869&client_url=http%3A%2F%2Finterpolnyc.com%2Fshows%2F
Friday, May, 15 – Bogart’s, Cincinnati OH
Saturday, May, 16 – Stage AE, Pittsburgh PA
Monday, July, 20 – State Theatre, Portland ME
Tuesday, July, 21 – Prospect Park Bandshell, Brooklyn NY
http://www.crowdsurge.com/store/index.php?storeid=1337&menu=detail&eventid=45872&client_url=http%3A%2F%2Finterpolnyc.com%2Fshows%2F
Thursday, July, 23 – House of Blues, Boston MA
Saturday, July, 25 – Festival Pier at Penn’s Landing, Philadelphia PA
Monday, July, 27 – The NorVa, Norfolk VA
Tuesday, July, 28 – Echostage, Washington DC
Wednesday, July, 29 – Upstate Concert Hall, Clifton Park NY
Friday, July, 31 – Metropolis, Montreal QC

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Stream : Belle and Sebastian – ‘Girls In Peacetime Want To Dance’ Album Premiere Via NPR First Listen

By Gerard on Monday, January 12th, 2015

(photo by Søren Solkær)

“At times like these,” declared The Mail On Sunday’s Graeme Thomson, “you realize that if Belle and Sebastian cease to exist they would create a vacuum no other band would be capable of filling.” Man, what a horrible thing to contemplate! Last night at midnight, NPR First Listen offered a premiere of the new Belle and Sebastian album, ‘Girls In Peacetime Want To Dance’. NPR’s Steve Thompson took a different tact, instead of scaring the daylights out of us, he argues ‘Girls In Peacetime’, “feels personal, lived-in and universal,” (“with 12 songs stretching out for more than an hour, ‘Girls In Peacetime Want To Dance’ allows Belle And Sebastian’s music to shimmer and breathe”).

While’s there’s more tour dates forthcoming, today we can share some photos of the deluxe vinyl box set edition of ‘Girls In Peacetime Want To Dance’ as well as the 5 badges that come with any orders that come direct from The Matador Store ;

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

Tour Dates

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*
Wednesday April 1-Massey Hall, Toronto ONT*
Thursday April 2 – Royal Oak Music Theatre, Royal Oak MI*
Friday April 3 – Riviera Theatre, Chicago IL*
Saturday, April 4 – Overture Hall, Madison WI *
Saturday, April 11 – Coachella Festival, Indio CA
Saturday, April 18 – Coachella Festival, Indio CA
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 (sold out)
Tuesday May 12 – Westminster Central Hall, London (sold out)
Thursday May 14 – Albert Hall, Manchester, England
Friday May 15 – 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)
Sunday May 24 – Sound City, Liverpool, England
Wednesday, June 10 – Radio City Music Hall, New York NY
Thursday – Saturday, July 2-4 – ATP Iceland, Keflavik, Iceland

(* -Honeyblood supporting March 30 – April 4)

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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’

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‘Gone Glimmering’
‘Ride The Fader’