ICA Boston: 2 Listening Parties (YLT + MOB)

The Institute of Contemporary Art and Harborwalk Shuffle are hosting two events the next two Thursdays for new Matador releases from 6-830pm.

This week: Yo La Tengo Popular Songs on August 20 – come celebrate & check out the new album + enter to win a pair of tickets to the Wibur Theatre YLT show on 9/16/09 !



Next Week:  Hosted by NEWBURY COMICS on August 27 – Listen & celebrate Mission of Burma’s new album The Sound The Speed The Light – First 50 people to arrive receive a FREE 7″ with a VERY SPECIAL surprise inside you don’t want to miss!!



Records out today!


Three records out today folks – new albums from Jay Reatard and The Cave Singers, and a 7″ from Mission Of Burma.

Mission Of Burma Innermost” b/w …And Here It Comes

Absolutely killer 7″ double A-side single, both tracks not on the upcoming The Sound The Speed The Light (Oct 6), so grab this now.

If you’re in Boston, check out the Album Listening Event at the Institute Of Contemporary Art on Thursday, August 27, 6-8:30 PM. 100 Northern Avenue, Boston MA 02210 www.icaboston.org.

There are two upcoming shows – and keep your eyes peeled for Fall touring plus more dates in the New Year:

Sat, Sep 5 – Cleveland OH – Case Western Reserve (Mather Memorial Bldg)
Sun, Sep 6 – Pittsburgh PA – Club Cafe

Jay Reatard Watch Me Fall

The long-awaited second proper album from the Memphis songwriting genius fully lives up to expectations with twelve achingly perfect songs – “handmade,” as Jay said in the New York Times this weekend.

Get Watch Me Fall here:



Matador Store

Jay starts a 10-city, free all-ages tour of record stores up the West Coast, starting at Amoeba Hollywood tonight at 6 PM. That’s 6400 W. Sunset Blvd. at Ivar, Los Angeles CA 90028, www.amoeba.com.

Here are the rest of the shows – don’t miss them, Jay always gives his ALL:

Tue, Aug 18 – Los Angeles CA Amoeba Hollywood – 6 PM in-store performance
Wed, Aug 19 – Long Beach CA – Fingerprints – 7 PM in-store performance
Thu, Aug 20 – San Diego CA – M-Theory – 7 PM acoustic in-store performance
Fri, Aug 21 – Santa Cruz CA – Streetlight – 7 PM in-store performance
Sat, Aug 22 – San Francisco CA – Amoeba SF – 6 PM in-store performance
Sun, Aug 23 – Berkeley CA – Amoeba Berkeley – 6 PM in-store performance
Tue, Aug 25 – Portland OR – Jackpot Records – 6 PM in-store performance
Wed, Aug 26 – Seattle WA – Easy Street – 7 PM in-store performance
Thu, Aug 27 – Seattle WA – Sonic Boom – 7 PM in-store performance
Fri, Aug 28 – Vancouver BC – Zulu Records – 8 PM in-store performance

The Cave Singers Welcome Joy

Seattle’s Cave Singers also release their second album, the deliciously autumnal Welcome Joy, today. They are also making 3 free, all-ages live appearances at stores this week, and their live performance is not to be missed, so if you’re in the Pacific Northwest, get to these shows:

Tue, Aug 18 – Easy Street Records – Seattle WA – 7 PM
Wed, Aug 19 – Music Millennium – Portland OR – 6 PM
Fri, Aug 21 – Everyday Music – Bellingham WA – 6 PM

Get Welcome Joy here:



Matador Store


Finally, don’t forget our next release date, Tuesday, September 8, when Yo La Tengo’s masterpiece Popular Songs comes out:

Click here to preorder the regular digital album on iTunes with one bonus track.

And click here to preorder either the regular album (in any format) from the Matador Store, or to take advantage of Buy Early Get Now and get it immediately with a bonus vinyl LP and other extras.

Mission Of Burma: 1, 2, 3 Partyy! New album, 7″ and MP3


On October 6, Matador will be releasing Mission Of Burma’s fourth studio LP, The Sound The Speed The Light. Recorded in Boston with Bob Weston at the controls, the record is a departure from the pinned-needles roar of 2006’s The Obliterati. The new album sounds far more spacious and dynamic. It is more or less divided into 4 sets or suites of 3 songs. Each suite explores a set of moods or colors, across the usual dizzying array of lyrical topics, from alcoholism to fleshly concerns. The anthemic, catchy opener, our first MP3, is a classic Burma rocker on a level with “This Is Not A Photograph” or “That’s How I Escaped My Certain Fate.” Other tracks, such as “Feed,” “Forget Yourself,” and “Slow Faucet,” the latter a live favorite for some time, are slow, hypnotic builders. “Good Cheer” is a burst of almost uncontainable joy and fun that literally explodes from the speakers.

Of course, all the Burma trademarks are also present: the military snare drum, the melodic basslines high up on the neck, and the furiously experimental guitarwork, refracted and changed back into the songs via tape loops – all punctuated by the hoarse shouts of drummer Peter Prescott. This controlled chaos, this disciplined letting go, is the heart of what they do and it remains as exhilarating and fulfilling as ever.

6 weeks before the album, on August 18, we will be releasing a pre-album 7″ containing two non-LP tracks: “Innermost” and “Here It Comes.”

Download the MP3 “1, 2, 3, Partyy!” here:

1, 2, 3, Partyy! (256k mp3)


Preorder the new album (release date October 6)

Preorder the new single (release date August 18) (preorder up shortly)


Mission Of Burma / Fucked Up – Free Show Sunday (Brooklyn) Plus Additional Dates

Waterfront Flyer

OK, in addition to the above, previously announced event (careful readers will note we’ve scooped ourselves with some new release information — further information on at least one of these is coming early next week) Mission Of Burma are playing Northampton’s Pearl St. Ballroom tonight (Friday) with Doomstart and Kahoots. And here’s a bunch of forthcoming Fucked Up dates :

7/16 – Phoenix Theatre – Toronto

7/17 – Subterranean – Chicago

7/18 – Pitchfork Music Festival @ Union Park , Chicago

Mission Of Burma / Fucked Up – Free Brooklyn Show, July 12

(Clint Conley photo by Kirstie Shanley)

(Fucked Up pic by David Waldman)

Jelly NYC, the folks behind the beloved McCarren Pool parties of yesteryear have shifted their venue this summer to Brooklyn’s East River State Park (90 Kent Ave.)  Summer 2009’s kickoff show happens Sunday, July 12 and features Mission Of Burma, Fucked Up, Baltimore’s Ponytail, former Be Your Own Pet vocalist Jemina Pearl and DJ Jonathan Toubin.  It all starts at around 2pm and we can promise this will be the hottest free concert to hit the NYC area since Diana Ross played Central Park in 1983.  This is an appropriate analogy because a) much like Ms. Ross, Peter Prescott’s performance features many costume changes and b) the two performers previously were a part of historic combos that changed the face of music (Diana with the Supremes, Peter with the Molls).

Mission Of Burma in the studio

Some photos of Burma recording their new album at Q-Division studios Squid Hell studios in Somerville Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts this week. All photos by Bob Weston.

Roger Miller describes the album as “Casual but pretty rock. Doesn’t seem to suck.” Which, if true, would be a major departure on two fronts. The band has been blogging each day of the recording on their website.

Exclusive : Mission Of Burma’s Privacy Invaded

The above snapshots come to us courtesy of Mark Kates. The embedded photojournalist was on the scene as Mission Of Burma began the laborious process of recording demos for what will be the band’s 4th studio album proper (we’re not counting ‘Signals’ or the Taang compendiums, thanks), tentatively scheduled for the latter portion of 2009.

Matador Alumni Corner : The Wild World Of Kustomized

Not to be outdone by Merge’s recent Volcano Suns reissues, former Kustomized bassist Bob Moses has done an impressive job tying his old band’s history together with a new, posthumous site.  Perhaps the lesser known of Peter Prescott’s post-Mission Of Burma projects, Kustomized was once described by Rolling Stone’s Matt Diehl as “maintaining an almost savage drive…unafraid to wander into the bizarre areas outside rock convention.”   Though the same could be said of Bob Gamere jogging thru the Fenway, Mr. Diehl hit the nail on the head.  Kustomized were awesome and if you didn’t fully absorb their Matador titles at the time, you are a bad, bad person.

Christmas shopping – Cat Power double 10″ EP and more

This coming Tuesday, the limited-edition double vinyl gatefold 10″ EP from Cat Power hits the stores. Entitled Dark End Of The Street, it includes six bewitching cover songs from the Jukebox sessions and not included on that album. This would make a wonderful Christmas or Hannukah present for someone who likes gatefold covers, or cover songs, and it’s available for preorder now.

We have a lot of other deluxe packages from this year appropriate for stocking-stuffers or under-the-tree action. The deluxe 44-song, 48-page book, die-cut slipcase edition of Pavement’s Brighten The Corners, for example (and if you preorder now, you can still – just – get the ultra-limited live vinyl bonus LP, exclusive to this release). Two weeks ago we released Belle and Sebastian’s justly acclaimed BBC Sessions, with essential radio performances from their early 1996-2001 period. The deluxe version of the CD comes with a second disc containing a complete concert in Belfast from December 2001. The set includes covers of I’m Waiting For The Man, The Boys Are Back In Town and Here Comes The Sun. This is strictly limited and once it goes, it’s gone.

There’s also the deluxe version of the Mogwai’s latest, The Hawk Is Howling, which comes with a bonus DVD containing two videos for “Batcat” (including one nightmarish one directed by Dominic Hailstone of Chris Cunningham / Aphex Twin video fame), and a short documentary about the band by Vincent Moon.

And of course, last March, we released to-die-for versions of the three original Mission Of Burma albums on Ace of Hearts. We’ve banged on enough about the real all-analog mastering from the original tapes, the precious live footage from the late ’70s and early ’80s, the gatefold sleeves on the vinyl, and the books with interviews and photos and more. We’re prouder of these packages than any other reissue we’ve ever done. All three are available for a very short time longer in a vinyl bundle deal for 50 bucks.

There are also a few deluxe copies of Cat Power’s Jukebox left with the gatefold foil digipak and second CD. Then there’s just about every vinyl release from this year, nearly all printed at Stoughton and pressed on RTI HQ180 vinyl. Single LPs here and double LPs here.

And of course, there are also Matador T-shirts, record bags, and slipmats… not to mention bundle deals.

The Matador Store.

photo of Chan Marshall by Stefano Giovanini

Brother, Can You Spare 440 Microsoft Points? – Mission Of Burma For Rock Band 2

(now THIS is what we call a video game)

Lovers of the first or second most popular rocker simulation console game will be thrilled to know 3 Mission Of Burma songs are now available for the XBox 360’s “Rock Band” ;   “Mica”, “That’s When I Reach For My Revolver” and “That’s How I Escaped My Certain Fate”.  The Burma 3 pack is available for download for 440 Microsoft points, or you can order the songs individual for 160 points each.  Whether Burma’s video game debut will prove to be as hot a seller as the Century Media Girls Of Metal Pack remains to be seen, but I must admit we’re feeling a little left out in the cold on this one.  For the past 25 years, Matador’s team of programmers have been working on “The Deacons : Escape From Johnny D’s”, and it appears there will be little love for our pioneering title with all this Rock Bandmania going on.

The Oburma/Obama Banner

While Matador’s dear pal Bob Moses has some fascinating Mission Of Burma-related content at smokemusicarchive, we’re happy to share the Oburma/Obama banner that was first displayed for Burma’s auctions to support MoveOn.org earlier this month. Copy the following code into your own blog, MySpace profile, whatever, and you too can hop on this change-loving bandwagon almost as slowly as we did.

(SMALL VERSION – links to MoveOn.org)
burma for obama

<a href=”http://www.moveon.org” target=”_blank”><img src=”http://www.matadorrecords.com/images/mission_of_burma/oburma-175×300.jpg” alt=”burma for obama” /></a>

(LARGE VERSION – links to MoveOn.org as well)
burma for obama

<a href=”http://www.moveon.org” target=”_blank”><img src=”http://www.matadorrecords.com/images/mission_of_burma/oburma-300×250.jpg” alt=”burma for obama” /></a>


Election day nears but as Obama might say, there is still work to be done. Mission of Burma have heeded the call to action by creating The Burma Auction. Not only will you help raise money for a good cause but you’ll also be able to land some pretty cool stuff as well.

And for everyone in NYC don’t forget that Burma play CMJ tomorrow night (10/23): Rhapsody Rocks Party at the Music Hall of Williamsburg with Jay Reatard, The King Khan & BBQ Show and The Dutchess & the Duke.

Mission of Burma presents… THE BURMA AUCTION
In support of MoveOn.org and the Barack Obama Campaign, Mission of Burma is holding an auction of unique Burma memorabilia. All proceedings from the auction go to MoveOn.org and their mission. With your support, you are helping to bring real Americans back into the political process. Please visit MoveOn.org for more information.


Items for Auction:

This is Not a Photograph 7″ 45rpm Acetate (1979)

No New McCarthy Era Banner


Original Frottage/Scrawl by Roger Miller of Clinton J. Conley

Original Frottage/Scrawl by Roger Miller of Roger C. Miller

Silk-Screened Vs. Poster (1 of 3)

Silk-Screened Vs. Poster (2 of 3)

Silk-Screened Vs. Poster (3 of 3)

Fourteen Astounding Silk-Screened Posters for Emo’s 13th Anniversary Show with Burma

Artifacts I: West Coast Tour, Fall 2008

Artifacts II: Various 2007/2008

Original Pressing (1982) of Vs.

Original Pressing (1981) of Signals, Calls and Marches

Original Pressing (1985) of The Horrible Truth About Burma

Forget Mission of Burma, TAANG! Records. Green Vinyl

Matador At CMJ 2008

2008’s CMJ Music Marathon in New York City begins tomorrow (10/21), but for us, the festivities start tonight with Shearwater’s performance at Le Poisson Rouge (LPR).

Find below, your guide to the official and unofficial CMJ Marathon showcases featuring a trio of Matador acts: Shearwater, Jay Reatard and Mission of Burma.

With quite the live-act triumvirate and manning of the 1’s and 2’s by Billy Hayes and Times New Viking at the Beggars/Matador After Party, this’ll be a week to remember.

We’ll see you out!

Mission Of Burma to jump out of Newbury Comics’ Giant Birthday cake TONIGHT!

Oh, wait, no, not jumping out of a cake, PLAYING AN INSTORE!!!!

To help celebrate the 30th anniversary of Newbury Comics, Mission Of Burma is going to play at the Newbury St. location tonight at 7:00PM.

(photo taken from h.folkertsma‘s flickr)

Mission Of Burma
Friday, Sept. 12th
7:00 PM
Newbury Comics
332 Newbury St – Boston, MA

Happy 30th Newbury!!! Here’s to 30 more!

Mission Of Burma – The Definitive (Editions) Tour Of Western Locations

(“a little less of Peter’s vocals in the monitor, thank you” – Clint Conley at Pitchfork ’08, photo swiped from Kirstiecat‘s Flickr stream)

The following dates, featuring Mission Of Burma performing a classic album or EP from front to back (yes, they play other stuff, too — if these shows were a ripoff, our bulletin board would be the first place to find out) are on sale right now.

9/25 – LA at Echoplex – Vs.
9/26 – SF at Independent – Signals, Calls & Marches
9/27 – SF at Independent – Vs.
9/29 – Portland at Doug Fir – Signals, Calls & Marches
9/30 – Vancouver at Plaza Nightclub – Signals, Calls & Marches
10/1 – Seattle at Neumo’s – Vs.

Two day passes for the San Francisco shows entitled the bearer to a Burma poster, which you can collect at the merch table on the 26th.