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If It Ain’t Broke, Might You Still Fix It? #BOTH

By Todd Netter on Friday, March 8th, 2013

As the title of this post suggests, it’s easy for people to mess up even the simplest of things.  But might there be more wisdom in said title then apparent at first glance?  Some things seem perfect, say chocolate and peanut butter, and then miraculously one day you discover these two things you really, really like make a perfect combination as well.  Well after months of touring together, it appears that Ted Leo and Aimee Mann, and moreover their fans starting tonight in LA, may discover a favorite new musical collaboration.   Under the name #BOTH, Ted + Aimee take to the stage tonight in Los Angeles and later this month in San Francisco to perform some new songs they’ve recently written.  And to unfix what wasn’t broken, Ted Leo will also be supporting Aimee Mann on an upcoming run of Spring tour dates.   All the touring details, in every conceivable combination are below, should you be looking to catch Ted this Spring.

#BOTH shows:

Fri, Mar 8 / Los Angeles, CA / Largo at the Coronet

Sat, Mar 9 / Los Angeles, CA / Largo at the Coronet

Tue, Mar 26 / San Francisco, CA / Bottom of the Hill

Wed, Mar 27 / San Francisco, CA / Bottom of the Hill


Ted Leo solo shows:

Fri, Mar 22 / Seattle, WA / The Vera Project

Sat, Mar 23 / Portland, OR / BackSpace Cafe


Aimee Mann shows with Ted Leo (solo) supporting:

Thu, Apr 18 / Hudson, NY / Club Helsinki

Fri, Apr 19 / Huntington, NY / Paramount Theatre

Sat, Apr 20 / New York, NY / Webster Hall

Tue, Apr 23 / Rahway, NJ / Union County Performing Arts Center

Wed, Apr 24 / Wilmington, DE / World Cafe Live At The Queen

Thu, Apr 25 / Annapolis, MD / Maryland Hall For The Creative Arts

If Popular Broadway Shows Can Have Touring Companies, Why Not Yo La Tengo?

By Gerard on Tuesday, November 6th, 2012

OK, I’ll admit the above headline is not actually what’s going on here.  But it sounds way less crass than “franchising”.

Medical Facilities Of North America Begin Wild Scramble For The ‘La Sexorcisto: Devil Music, Vol. 1′ Booklet

By Gerard on Wednesday, September 5th, 2012

(we’re not entirely sure who this is, but he’s never played drums in any lineup of White Zombie)

Sorry I’ve been out of Matablog commission for a while.  Earlier this week, me and members of the new, super-secret Matador Records Street Team (they’re kind of like SEAL Team 6, except they can’t bench press as much) visited  record stores to misfile copies of Animal Collective’s ‘Centipede Hz’ in the hopes of improving ‘Sun”s first week chart placement (guess where I got the idea?) Before you flip out over the ethics of this scheme, I should confess it didn’t turn out exactly as planned.  The entire team (save for me, thankfully) was maced by the first shop owner we hit, and after a visit to the local emergency room was followed by a conference call with our solicitors…well, guess who forgot to have the Street Team sign waivers indemnifying the label in the result of physical injury?

I won’t bore you with the details except to say some of these street teamers come from families who are very litigious.  I think we can all agree that what’s wrong with this country is job creators like my partners and I being stifled by people who are afraid of a little competition.  But don’t cry for Matador Records, folks. No matter how high or low we might get over the day to day machinations of the music business, rest assured that no one in our organization has ever faked the identity of a former White Zombie drummer in order to avoid a $75K bill.

Perhaps Someday An Internet Search Engine Will Be Invented That Will Prevent These Misunderstandings

By Gerard on Monday, July 23rd, 2012


Last week, Patrick graciously forwarded an email from someone touting a “debut” EP from “The Fall”.  Needless to say, the recordings in question were not new works from Mark E. Smith and whatever plucky young ensemble he’s assembled, but rather, someone who thought THE FALL WAS A PRETTY GOOD NAME FOR A NEW PROJECT.

And who can argue with that logic? I mean, it worked pretty well the first time. Last time I checked, there were multiple version of Batman and Spiderman doing rather well commercially. And this is hardly without precedent.  In the past we’ve been solicited by persons representing bands called Helium and The Frogs, thoroughly oblivious to the fact we’d already released records by bands with those very same names.

Demolition Derby Contender Seeks Change Of Venue

By Gerard on Friday, January 6th, 2012

(photo courtesy Nils Bernstein)

I’m really not offended by the request.  But I do think it would be more professional / polite for the Third Eyed Blind guy to at least sign his name.

What do you do between 9 and 5?

By Michael on Wednesday, September 16th, 2009

I’ve had some stupid ideas for this company, sure, but don’t you think this is taking it too far??


A Fucked Up Halloween

By Judge on Saturday, November 1st, 2008

Fucked Up dropped by Matador UK today, to catch up on some paperwork.

We also managed to get some new press shots done, exclusively for the Matablog.


Fucked Up’s Halloween weekender continues tonight and the UK tour kicks off next week :

07 Nov : 93 Feet East, London
08 Nov : Freebutt, Brighton
09 Nov : Barfly, Birmingham
10 Nov : The Zodiac, Oxford
11 Nov : Cavern, Exeter
12 Nov : Clwb Ifor Bach, Cardiff
13 Nov : Sugarmill, Stoke
14 Nov : Bodega, Nottingham
15 Nov : Kasbah, Coventry
16 Nov : King Tuts, Glasgow
17 Nov : Corporation, Sheffield
18 Nov : Cockpit, Leeds
19 Nov : Roadhouse, Manchester
20 Nov : The GYC, Guildford

For Starters, It Looks Like He’s Had Some Work Done

By Gerard on Saturday, August 9th, 2008

You’ve got to admit, that’s one heck of a transformation.

Any Similarities To Persons Living Or Dead Is Way Too Close For Comfort

By Gerard on Sunday, July 6th, 2008

The AP is reporting a first class passenger on a JFK-Guyana flight was so intoxicated / pumped up with self-entitlement, he slid down the jet’s emergency chute upon landing rather than wait for all the economy passengers to disembark.

I would like to state for the record that I have never been to Guyana.  Also, this item gives me a cheap excuse to include the Matablog’s 3rd ever reference to the thespian dynamo known as Powers Booth (ref. #1, #2).

Legendary Matador Recording Artists Return To The Stage This Friday

By Gerard on Wednesday, March 26th, 2008

The Condo Fucks are supporting the A-Bones this Friday night at Brooklyn’s Magnetic Field.  Doors open at 8pm, there’s an $8 cover and DJ Phast Phreddie will be spinning.  Records, presumably.