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Matmos Playing In London Tonight

By Judge on Monday, August 6th, 2012

Unconfirmed reports that Penny the dog is also appearing.

Our good friends Martin Schmidt and Drew Daniel are playing in London tonight as part of Antony’s Meltdown, held at the Southbank centre.  In their own words, the performance will be accompanied by “our Baltimore pals Owen Gardner and Sam Haberman (Horse Lords, Pleasure Wizard, Teeth Mtn, etc.) and o F F Love will also perform.”

Tickets are still available HERE and also at the Box Office door tonight.

The new Matmos EP, ‘The Ganzfeld’ comes out in October on Thrill Jockey.


European tour madness

By Stuart on Friday, May 6th, 2011

So, the time of Primavera and ATP festival (sadly their last ever May weekender) rolls around again and a ton of our bands decide it’d also be a good time to visit our (at the moment, rather sunny) shores. Just like last year.

With 3 European tours starting over this weekend, plus more to come over the next we have the following shows taking place over the next 25 days….. (though I’m not sure how much Golf they’ll have time for)


Esben and the Witch

9th – Manufaktur, Schorndorf, Germany

10th – Mascotte, Zurich, Switzerland

11th – Spazio 211, Turin, Italy

12th – Circolo degli Artisti, Rome, Italy

13th – Plastic, Milan, Italy

14th – Covo, Bologna, Italy

16th – Palace, St Gallen, Switzerland

17th – Mousonturm, Frankfurt, Germany

18th – Doornroosje, Groningen, Netherlands

19th – Bitterzoet Club, Amsterdam, Netherlands

20th – Rotown, Rotterdam, Netherlands

21st – Charlatan, Ghent, Belgium

22nd – Les Nuits Botanique (Orangerie), Brussels, Belgium

24th – Gleiss 22, Munster, Germany

25th – Karlstorbahnhof, Heidleburg, Germany

26th – Atomic Cafe, Munich, Germany

27th – B72, Vienna, Austria

28th – Seewiesen Festival, Linz, Austria

29th – K4, Nurnberg, Germany


Kurt Vile (& The Violators)

8th : King Georg, Koln

9th : Feierwerk, Munich (+ O’Death)

10th : Chelsea Club, Vienna

11th : Festsaal Kreuzberg, Berlin

12th : Vega (Small Hall), Copenhagen

13th : Voxhall, Aarhus

14th : All Tomorrow’s Parties. Minehead (curated by Animal Collective)

15th : Tivoli, Utrecht

16th : Bitterzoet, Amsterdam

17th : Les Nuits de Botanique (Rotunde), Brussels

18th : Charlatan, Gent

19th : Rough Trade East, London (free in-store, 1pm)

19th : Corsica Studio, London SOLD OUT

20th : Kazimier, Liverpool (Sound City)

21st : Captain’s Rest, Glasgow (Stag and Dagger Festival)

22nd : The Hope, Brighton SOLD OUT

23rd : La Maroquinerie, Paris

24th : L’Abordage, Evreux

25th : Place Saint Michel, Bordeaux

26th : Top of the Folk @ L’antipode, Rennes

28th : Primavera Sound Festival, Barcelona

29th : Ghetto, Istanbul


29th : Vega, Groningen

30th : Uebel & Gefährlich, Hamburg


Fucked Up

6th – White Rabbit, Plymouth – UK (tickets)

7th – Clwb Ifor Bach, Cardiff – UK (tickets) *MATINEE SHOW

7th – The Croft, Bristol – UK

8th – Institue, Birmingham – UK

9th – The Well, Leeds – UK

10th – Cabaret Voltaire, Edinburgh – UK (tickets)

11th – The Cluny, Newcastle – UK (tickets)

12th – Future Sonic – Sound Control, Manchester – UK

13th – Vera, Gronigen – Netherlands (tickets)

14th – 013 Small Hall, Tilburg – Netherlands

15th – Melkweg, Amsterdam – Netherlands (tickets)

16th – Festaal Kreuzberg, Berlin – Germany (tickets)

17th – Underground, Cologne – Germany (tickets)

18th – Batofar, Paris – France

19th – Trix, Antwerp – Belgium (tickets)

20th – Stag and Dagger @ Village Underground, London – UK (tickets)

21st – Liverpool Sound City @ Kazimir, Liverpool – UK (tickets)


Perfume Genius

14 – Sheffield City Hall (Grand Ballroom), Sheffield

15 – Bodega, Nottingham (tickets)

16 – Bush Hall, London (tickets)

17 – The Kings Arms, Manchester (tickets)

18 – The Sugar Club, Dublin (tickets)

20 – Les Nuits Botanique, Brussels (tickets)

21 – De Duif Church, Amsterdam (tickets)

28 – Primavera Sound Festival, Barcelona



26th – Primavera Sound Festival, Barcelona, Spain – Pitchfork stage


Thurston Moore

28th – Paris, France – Le Grande Halle (Villette Sonique Festival) *playing a non-Demolished Thoughts set

29th – Brussels, Belgium – AB Concerts *playing a Demolished Thoughts based set

30th – London, UK – Union Chapel *playing a Demolished Thoughts based set


even the alumni are getting in on the act….


14/05/11    Glasgow (UK), Old Fruitmarket

15/05/11    Birmingham (UK), MAC Art Centre *

16/05/11    Dublin (IE), Button Factory *

17/05/11    Belfast (UK), SARC *

19/05/11    London (UK), Auto-Italia *

21/05/11    Milano (IT), Leoncavallo (new venue!) *

23/05/11    Rome (IT), Circolo degli Artisti *

24/05/11    Bologna (IT), Scuderia (new venue!) *

26/05/11    Paris (FR), La Gaite Lyrique *

27/05/11    Brussels (BE), VK *#

28/05/11    Metz (FR), Les Trinitaires *

29/05/11    Berlin (DE), Hau1 *

30/05/11    Leipzig (DE), Centraltheater *

* w/ John Wiese

# w/ Oval


Yo La Tengo

Fast forward to June and they’re here to bring the ‘Spin The Wheel’ tour to the UK.


So if you live in Europe and none of those shows come by somewhere near you, well, its probably time to up sticks and move.

Matmos (with J. Lesser) European Tour

By Judge on Wednesday, February 16th, 2011

San Francisco’s best dressed men, Matmos, return to Europe this May with Mr J. Lesser in tow.

14/05/11    Glasgow (UK), Old Fruitmarket
15/05/11    Birmingham (UK), MAC Art Centre *
17/05/11    Belfast (UK), SARC *
18/05/11    Dublin (IE), Button Factory *
19/05/11    London (UK), Auto-Italia *
21/05/11    Torino (IT), Museum Arte Contemporanea Rivoli *
23/05/11    Rome (IT), Circolo degli Artisti *
24/05/11    Bologna (IT), Locomotiv *
26/05/11    Paris (FR), La Gaite Lyrique *
27/05/11    Brussels (BE), VK *#
28/05/11    Metz (FR), Les Trinitaires *
29/05/11    Berlin (DE), Hau1 * (date swapped with Leipzig)
30/05/11    Leipzig (DE), Centraltheater * (date swapped with Berlin)

* w/ John Wiese
# w/ Oval

And if you ever wondered what the basement of M.C. Schmidt and Drew Daniel’s Baltimore home looks like, then skip the car commercials and have a look at their Electric Independence.

What they’re up to: Kathryn Calder, Mogwai, Dead Meadow, Matmos

By Robby on Wednesday, May 26th, 2010

Even though we’d been convinced that all that slaving away at the myriad marketing gimmicks, “promo opportunities” and general suffering we put bands through would leave us with some very exhausted talent, it turns out that these guys just can’t stop doing thangs… read on to see what some of our beloved have been up to.

Though she’s on tour with the New Pornographers, as we speak, Kathryn Calder just put the finishing touches on her new solo record.  On August 11 the world’ll be treated to ‘Are You My Mother?’ which features an all-star band featuring Neko, Kurt and Todd from The New Pornographers and a handful of other Canadian musical luminaries. Check File Under: Music for more info.

Mogwai will be releasing the pretty stunning looking live LP entitled, Special Moves’ to coincide with the release of their first live film ‘Burning’, which was filmed in Brooklyn during the band’s tour in support of ‘The Hawk Is Howling’ in April of 2009. Check Mogwai’s site for info on ordering the record and where you can catch screenings of ‘Burning’.

Dead Meadow shot by 3mmet

Following the release of their live-film, Dead Meadow released their second live album ‘Three Kings’ and soundtrack to aforementioned film, on the Xemu label in April.

Matmos and So Percussion shot by maggiemoo1

Matmos‘ Drew Daniel and Martin Schmitt have teamed up with So Percussion on a collaboration entitled ‘Treasure State‘ — expect to have your mind twisted on July 8. Cantaloupe Records sez: “The record had a complex gestation period: at the invitation of Brett Allen, the members of Matmos and So Percussion went to the SnowGhost Studios in Whitefish, Montana– the Treasure State which gives the album its title– and collaboratively generated the bulk of the songs. San Francisco plunderphonicist Wobbly then chopped and edited the results on several tracks, and finally, with frequent interventions from Matmos’ M. C. Schmidt, “fifth” So Percussion member and producer Lawson White overdubbed extra elements, processed, and mixed the results.” There’s a handful of live dates, to boot!

Matmos – European Tour (Right Now)

By Gerard on Saturday, May 23rd, 2009

Not sure exactly how we spaced on this one, but as always, the Matablog is to roster news what Tom Scholz is to Boston albums.  VERY LATE BUT WELL-INTENTIONED.    From


It may be a bit short to call a tour – a “tourette”, perhaps? – but our European friends will be happy to know that Matmos will be over there very soon for a few performances:

22 – Paris, FR @ Cafe de la Danse
23 – Bergen, NO @ Bergen International Festival
26 & 27 – London, UK @ Village Underground (see below for details)
29 – Verona, IT @ Interzona
30 – Bologna, IT @ Locomotiv
31 – Foligno (Perugia), IT @ Young Jazz in Town Festival

1 – Zagreb, HR @ Kset Club
2 – Beograd (Belgrade), RS @ Rex

Hugh Brunt, Conductor
Supported by Sarah Nicolls and Micromattic
Tuesday 26 and Wednesday 27 May 2009, 8.00pm
Village Underground, Shoreditch

An adventurous collaboration between musical worlds is headlined by one of the giants of the electronic music scene, Matmos, performing with members of the LCO on material from Supreme Balloon arranged by the young composer Anna Meredith. In the hands of pianist Sarah Nicolls, that most familiar of instruments becomes augmented and reinvented for the 21st century, a bespoke contraption pushing at the boundaries of performance. LCO’s first commission of the season comes from Howard Quin and Micromattic, a thrilling audio-visual installation integrating live performance, electronic soundtracks and fractal animation.

Tickets available online or via Barbican Box Office: 020 7638 8891

Matmos at The Kitchen (NYC), Princeton University

By Gerard on Tuesday, April 7th, 2009


(Matmos and So Percussion at the Whitney, 2006, pic taken from maggiemoo1‘s flickr feed)

We were fortunate enough to receive the following communication from Matmos earlier this week ;

We (Matmos) are playing quite an unusual show this weekend in the extremely important city of New York at a venue called the Kitchen. We are playing with the So Percussion Quartet and the Princeton Laptop Orchestra-at the same time…it’s really quite an extravaganza of sound, both timbre-wise and spacially. Fans of the Acousmonium take note, this sort of thing doesn’t happen often in the United States.

All the information you might need (except plane tickets and stuff, if you don’t live in New York) is here:


Thank you for reading my spam,
M.C. Schmidt
p.s. If you are REALLY in this for the spacial thing, we’re doing this evening again in Princeton itself (considered possibly more pleasant than New York by some) with 25 laptoppists! Count ‘em TWENTY FIVE! A month later on May 16th. Princeton University’s Richardson Auditorium.

We Have Nothing Against Organized Religion…

By Gerard on Monday, March 2nd, 2009

….but if you were cleaning up all the jpgs on your desktop and happened to come across a photo of Matmos’ Drew Daniel a) wearing a Burzum tee and b) standing in front of what appears to be A BURNED DOWN CHURCH, what would you do?

That’s right. You’d post the pic to the Matablog. Enjoy your monday.

Matmos’ Drew Daniel, NYC, Saturday Nov.15

By Gerard on Monday, November 10th, 2008

Nils was kind enough to forward the following :

Matmos’s Drew Daniel will read from his book on Throbbing Gristle (Throbbing Gristle: Twenty Jazz Funk Greats, 33 1/3 Books), answer questions, and do a Soft Pink Truth performance (aka dance party).

This is all happening at the Housing Works Bookstore Cafe, Saturday, Nov. 15 at 8pm. Tickets are $10.

Matmos : At The Stone (NYC) Tomorrow

By Gerard on Friday, September 5th, 2008

Matmos will present new improvised material tomorrow night (Sept. 6) at The Stone (2nd and Ave. C, New York City) at 8pm and 10pm, joined by special guests Lisle Ellis and Zeena Parkins.  Y’know, I used to live on Ave. C and 4th Street and that was a very different neighborhood before Applebee’s, Old Navy and the Cheesecake Factory all set up shop. 

On the other hand, there’s hardly any chance of walking into a False Prophets gig by accident anymore, so who am I to say progress is a bad thing?

Matmos – Live At Chicago’s Permanent Records, July 26

By Gerard on Tuesday, July 15th, 2008

Matmos, currently touring North America in support of their most recent LP/CD, ‘Supreme Balloon’, will be playing at Chicago’s Permanent Records on July 26. We hope you can attend. Not in lieu of the show at the Lakeshore Theatre or anything, but preferably, both.