We’re thrilled to announce the release of a new album from guitarist/songwriter Steve Gunn, ‘Eyes On The Lines’, coming June 3rd, worldwide. . Gunn’s music has always embraced expanse and movement, springing from the simple and profound relationship between humans and their environment. ‘Eyes On The Lines’, the follow-up to Gunn’s pastoral and highly acclaimed ‘Way Out Weather’, is his most explicit ode to the blissful uncertainty of adventure yet.
Accompanied by a full band — Nathan Bowles (drums, banjo, organ), Hans Chew (wurlitzer), James Elkington (guitar, lap steel, dobro), Mary Lattimore (harp), Jason Meagher (bass, guitar, flute), Paul Sukeena, Justin Tripp (bass, keyboards), John Truscinski (drums), and (electric, guitar) –– ‘Eyes On The Lines’ presents Gunn embracing his urban surroundings through a series of songs that showcase his extraordinary ability to match inventive hooks to deftly constructed melodies full of personality.
Throughout ‘Eyes On The Lines’, Gunn is more narrator than diarist as he pours real-life moments and real-life people into vibrant and evocative tales. Take debut single, “Conditions Wild,” for example. Directly inspired by Rebecca Solnit’s A Field Guide to Getting Lost, Gunn rambles through strange clouds of roving — interlocking strings, percussion, and vocals join in an irrepressible rush. It’s accompanying, highly-stylized video, directed by Brandon Herman, phenomenally captures the notion of finding comfort in getting lost and embracing the unknown, an important concept to Gunn in his songwriting and playing, and the creation of ‘Eyes On The Lines’ as a whole.
Steve Gunn will be touring extensively all over Europe and North America this year. All confirmed dates are below.
1. Ancient Jules
2. Full Moon Tide
3. The Drop
4. Conditions Wild
5. Nature Driver
6. Heavy Sails
7. Night Wander
8. Park Bench Smile
On May 20, Matador will be releasing the new Car Seat Headrest 2XLP/CD/digital album, ‘Teens Of Denial’. Though it’s the 13th album to date for Will Toledo, it’s the first CSH album to be recorded in a pro-style recording environment with a full band and acclaimed producer-person (specifically, Steve Fisk). Following the previously leaked “Vincent”, the album’s second single, “Drunk Drivers / Killer Whales” is available today. As Will explains, the song is about “post-party melancholia. Wishing to either be a better person or care less about the whole deal. Going home alone, in poor condition. The ‘killer whales’ bit is inspired by Blackfish, which is a depressing film.”
“You have no right to be depressed
You haven’t tried hard enough to like it”
There are two kinds of great lyrics. The first is the banger/anthem catch phrase: “Normal life is borin’ / but superstardom is close to post-mortem.” The second is more complex (and more rarely found): “Like a bird on a wire / Like a drunk in a midnight choir/I have tried in my way to be free” — with ideas, themes, and personae unfolding over the course of songs, contradicting each other, confronting the listeners’ preconceptions, like Pete Townshend, Morrissey, or Kendrick Lamar.
Will Toledo, the singer/songwriter/visionary of Car Seat Headrest, is adept at both, having developed them over the course of his eleven college-recorded Bandcamp albums and his retrospective collection last fall, Teens of Style.
“I’m so sick of / (Fill in the blank)” or “It’s more than you bargained for / But it’s a little less than what you paid for” are more than smart, edgy slogans. Over the course of Teens of Denial’s 11 songs, Will narrates a journey with his mysterious companion/alter-ego Joe that addresses big themes (personal responsibility, existential despair, the nature of identity, the Bible, heaven) and small ones (Air Jordans, cops, whether to have one more beer, why he lost his backpack).
“Fill in The Blank,” the mission statement of the album, kicks things off — it’s a fist-pumping anthem about feeling lousy in an ill-defined way, the fear of settling into a routine of futility, and not wanting to deal with it. Although it’s oddly joyful sounding, Toledo considers it the introduction to his angriest record yet. In that vein, “Vincent,” “Hippie Powers,” and “Connect The Dots” are about both fighting to hold your place in the crowd and to hold your drink, as well as DIY college house shows, and having no one to dance with, respectively. Initially similar, “Drunk Drivers/Killer Whales” veers off in surprising directions, each piece flush with catchy, irony-free hooks.
At the heart of the album sits the 11:32 ”Ballad of the Costa Concordia,” which has more musical ideas than most whole albums (and at that length, it uses them all). Horns, keyboards, and elegant instrumental interludes set off art-garage moments; vivid vocal harmonies follow punk frenzy. The selfish captain of the capsized cruise liner in the Mediterranean in 2013 becomes a metaphor for struggles of the individual in society, as experienced by one hungover young man on the verge of adulthood.
Teens of Denial refracts Toledo’s particular, personal story of one difficult year through cultural touchstones such as the biography of Frank Sinatra, the evolution of the Me Generation as seen in Mad Men and elsewhere, plus elements of Eastern and Western theology. The whole thing flaunts a kind of conceptual, lyrical, and musical ambition that has been missing from far too much 21st-century music.
“I won’t go down with this shit
I will put my hands up and surrender
There will be no more flags above my door
I have lost, and always will be”
There are two kinds of great lyricists. The first kind is one you find in books, canonized by time and a lifetime of expression. The second has it all in front of him. Meet Will Toledo. Or at least one version of him. – Geoffrey Weiss
1. Fill In The Blank
3. Destroyed By Hippie Powers
4. (Joe Gets Kicked Out Of School For Using) Drugs With Friends (But Says This Isn’t A Problem)
5. Just What I Needed/Not Just What I Needed
6. Drunk Drivers/Killer Whales
7. 1937 State Park
8. Unforgiving Girl (She’s Not An)
9. Cosmic Hero
10. The Ballad of Costa Concordia
11. Connect The Dots (The Saga Of Frank Sinatra)
12, Joe Goes To School
Car Seat Headrest is:
Will Toledo – vocals, guitar, songwriting
Andrew Katz – drums, backing vocals
Ethan Ives – bass (on Teens of Denial), guitar (live), backing vocals
Seth Dalby – bass (live)
Produced by Steve Fisk at his studio in Seattle, July-September 2015.
Just a reminder that today (March 18), HÆLOS’ hotly anticipated full length debut, ‘Full Circle’ is available on LP, CD, digital formats and via all streaming services. Currently in the midst of a whirlwind SXSW run, HÆLOS saw ‘Full Circle’ hailed earlier this week by outlets including but not limited to Pitchfork, Paste and more surely to come. The latter’s John Brandon suggests, “NASA might consider making (this) a playlist for their next mission”, and since every single one of us is an aspiring astronaut (EDITOR’S NOTE : can we get some stats on this before publishing?) we’re clearly talking about an early album-of-the-year candidate. Upcoming dates and ordering details are below :
on tour :
Today – Empire Control Room, Austin (Baeble) – 2pm
Today – Hotel San Jose, Austin (SXSanJose) – 5pm
Today – Latitude 30, Austin (Clash Magazine & British Embassy) – 10pm
Saturday – Urban Outfitters, Austin – 1pm
Saturday – Barracuda, Austin (Do512.com) – 3:30pm
Monday, March 28 – U Street Music Hall, Washington, DC
Tuesday, March 29 – Mercury Lounge, New York
Wednesday, March 30 – Baby’s All Right, New York
Friday, April 1 — Middle East – Upstairs, Cambridge, MA
Saturday, April 2 — O Patro Vys, Montreal, QC
Tuesday, April 5 — The Drake, Toronto, ON
Thursday, April 7 — Empty Bottle, Chicago, IL
Friday, April 8 — Collective Coffee-Prospect Cafe, Milwaukee, WI
Saturday, April 9 — 7th Street Entry, Minneapolis, MN
Tuesday, April 12 — Barboza, Seattle, WA
Wednesday, April 13 — Doug Fir Lounge, Portland, OR
Friday, April 15 — Coachella, Indio, CA
Tuesday, April 19 — Brick & Mortar, San Francisco, CA
Wednesday, April 20 — The Echo, Los Angeles, CA
Friday, April 22 – Coachella, Indio, CA
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”.
‘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 :
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!
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.
04. Full Circle
05. Earth Not Above
08. Separate Lives
10. Cloud Nine
(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-sufferingdedicated 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.
“In Preparation For The Next Life” by Atticus Lish
“White Girls” by Hilton Als
Force Publique — “Bloom”
Nicki Minaj — “Pinkprint”
Heaven Knows What
South Park Season 19
Anthony Anzaldo, Ceremony
-Tony Molina bedroom demos
-Best Coast – California Nights
-The Weeknd – Beauty Behind The Madness
-Loma Prieta – Self Portrait
-Marilyn Manson – The Pale Emperor
-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
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.
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.
Cruel And Unusual
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
(.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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Honourable mention: Robby
Jean-Philippe Aline, Beggars France
JMSN – Addicted
Kendrick Lamar – Alright
Justin Bieber – Sorry
Tinashe – All hands on deck
JMSN – Boule Noire
SAVAGES – La Route du Rock / La Maroquinerie
SUFJAN STEVENS – Le Grand Rex
BONNIE BANANE – Le Point FMR
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
Tannat – Paris
Soon – Paris
Les Enfants Rouges – Paris
Longman & Eagle – Chicago
Dean Bein, True Panther Sounds
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)
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)
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
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
Obnox – Wiglet LP (Ever/Never)
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
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
M Train, My Struggle (Book2), 10:04
Mr. Robot, The Affair, Death Parade
Al Harmon, Beggars Group
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!
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
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
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
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
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
oneohtrix point never,
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
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
ROLLING STONES – Sticky Fingers
MARK LANEGAN – One Way Street (Box Set)
VELVET UNDERGROUND – Loaded
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
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
The Great British Baking Show
Show Me A Hero
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)
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)
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)
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) :
“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.
1. The Answer
3. Sad Person
5. I Need Something New
6. Slowing Down The World
7. When In Love
preorder ‘ Adore Life’ from the following with “The Answer” available instantly
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
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).
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)
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 :
(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.
(“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).
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.
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
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 :
3. And When You Fall
5. Old Girl
6. Irony. Utility. Pretext
7. But She Was Not Flying
8. Black Eunuch
10. In Parallax
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).
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.
2. Slipping Away
4. Two Thousand Miles
5. Invisible Ways
6. Bad Situations
7. Running Still
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 :
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.