Cold Cave “Life Magazine” video premiere + Spring tour dates

We’re excited to unveil the new music video from Cold Cave for the track “Life Magazine”. Directed by Ben Chappell and Aaron Brown (Focus Creeps), the video stars Marti Domination whom you might recognize from the cover of Cold Cave’s ‘Love Comes Close’ LP and earlier, as Goodyear in Matthew Barney’s ‘Cremaster I‘. Learn more about the video over at The Quietus and stay tuned to the Matablog for more news relating to the “Life Magazine” single, coming very soon.

Alongside this video debut, we’re excited to announce new tour dates that find Cold Cave across Europe this spring (including stops at the All Tomorrow’s Parties and Primavera Festival amongst many others). The band has also added two shows in Los Angeles, CA and a free all-ages in-store in Atlanta along their current routing. All new tour dates below in bold:

  • 2/4 New York, NY – Mercury Lounge (w/ Nite Jewel) SOLD OUT
  • 2/5 Charlottesville, VA – Twisted Branch Tea Bazaar (w/ Nite Jewel)
  • 2/6 Knoxville, TN – Pilot Light (w/ Nite Jewel)
  • 2/9 Orlando, FL – Backbooth (w/ Nite Jewel)
  • 2/10 Tampa, FL – Crowbar (w/ Nite Jewel)
  • 2/11 Atlanta, GA – Criminal Records (free in-store, 7PM)
  • 2/11 Atlanta, GA – 529 (w/ Nite Jewel)
  • 2/13 Greensboro, NC – Legitimate Business (w/ Nite Jewel)
  • 2/17 Pomona, CA – The Glass House (w/ Abe Vigoda, Smith Westerns, Best Coast)
  • 2/18 Los Angeles, CA – Echoplex (w/ Smith Westerns, Best Coast)
  • 2/20 Haverford, PA – Haverford College
  • 2/21 Buffalo, NY – Mohawk Place (w/ Hair Police)
  • 2/22 Pittsburgh, PA – Garfield Artworks (w/ Hair Police)
  • 2/23 Cleveland, OH – Grog Shop (w/ Hair Police)
  • 2/24 Pontiac, MI – Crofoot Ballroom – Pike Room (w/ Hair Police)
  • 2/25 Chicago, IL – Empty Bottle (w/ Hair Police)
  • 2/26 Madison, WI – The Project Lodge (w/ Hair Police)
  • 2/27 Urbana, IL – Canopy Club/Club Void (w/ Hair Police)
  • 2/28 Lexington, KY – Al’s Bar (w/ Hair Police)
  • 5/7  Minehead Butlins, UK – All Tomorrow’s Parties
  • 5/8  Leeds, UK – Nation of Shopkeepers
  • 5/9  Glasgow, Scotland – Captain’s Rest
  • 5/10  Manchester, UK – Deaf Institute
  • 5/12  London, UK – Cargo
  • 5/13  Brighton, UK – Great Escape Festival
  • 5/14  Amsterdam, Holland – Paradiso
  • 5/15  Brussells, Belgium – Rotonde
  • 5/16  Hamburg, Germany – Ubel & Gefahrlich
  • 5/18  Stockholm, Sweden – Svenska
  • 5/19  Copenhagen, Denmark – Rust
  • 5/20  Berlin, Germany – Bang Bang club
  • 5/21  Offenbach, Germany – Hafen 2
  • 5/22  St. Gallen, Switzerland – Theater Palace
  • 5/23  Fribourg, Switzerland – Fri-Son
  • 5/24  Bologna, Italy – Rocker Festival
  • 5/25  Turin, Italiy – Spazio 211
  • 5/27  Paris, France – Point Emphere
  • 5/29  Barcelona, Spain – Primavera Festival

Yo La Tengo & Times New Viking, Tour Revisited

As the year comes to an end and the spirit of revisiting things takes us over, we’ve come across the following comment that Jared Phillips (Times New Viking) made to Pitchfork back in January 2008 when discussing life on the road:

I don’t know where the best place we’ve played would be. Probably one of those places that we played with Yo La Tengo that we’ll never get to play again [ laughs ]. Those were all pretty fun but, you know, if it ever happens we’ll be 40 years old by the time we play in a place that big again.

So I guess we’d just like to be the first to say happy 40th to TNV because this coming January good times are rolling through towns from Michigan south to Texas. That’s right like any good combination (chocolate and peanut butter immediately comes to mind), Yo La Tengo and Times New Viking have decided to revisit the road and live performance format together this coming January. If you’re in one of the towns below be sure to catch what should be the chocolate and peanut butter of live shows, for the early part of 2010 at the very least. Tickets are on sale now!!!!

Fri, Jan 22 / Pontiac, MI / Crofoot Ballroom
Sat, Jan 23 / Madison, WI / Barrymore Theatre
Sun, Jan 24 / St. Louis, MO / The Pageant
Tue, Jan 26 / Lawrence, KS / Granada Theatre
Wed, Jan 27 / Tulsa, OK / Cain’s Ballroom
Thu, Jan 28 / Houston, TX / Warehouse Live
Fri, Jan 29 / Austin, TX / Antone’s
Sat, Jan 30 / Dallas, TX / Granada Theatre

Times New Viking – “Born Again Revisited” video

Today we offer the excellent new video for “Born Again Revisited” from Times New Viking’s like-titled fourth full-length album (buy it here, do it right now, it’s their best yet. In this season of opinions and assholes – everybody’s got ’em – I’ll say it’s EASILY one of the best records of the year).

The band just finished an adult-sized US tour (take note pretenders to the pavement), with more dates to follow in the new year.

Directed by Pelham Johnston and Brandon Reichard, without further ado – “Born Again Revisited”:

Julian Plenti live – What It Looks Like From The Front Row


Ok, maybe the second row.  YooToob is chock full of footage from the first ever Julian Plenti U.S. tour, but with all due respect to the aspiring videographers out there, the above clip —- “Only If You Run”, from the November 18 show at SF’s Great American Music Hall —is one of the better looking/sounding from the pile.

(‘Julian Plenti Is Skyscraper’ LP/CD/digital album available from the The Matador Store)

Jay Reatard – Pitchfork A>D>D Session

Today sees the launch of Jay Reatard’s scorching four-track/VHS session at Pitchfork.

Stephen and Billy’s last stand, we’re happy to have this one for posterity, but here in the UK we’re also looking forward to checking out the NEW BAND (!!) this week. Find tour dates below the video, and buy Watch Me Fall here.

Tour Dates:

Nov 09 Brussels, BE -Botanique Rotonde
Nov 10 Antwerpen, BE – Bar Mondial
Nov 11 Glasgow, UK – King Tuts
Nov 12 Manchester, UK – Roadhouse
Nov 13 London, UK – Underworld
Nov 14 Bristol, UK – Croft
Nov 15 Liverpool, UK – Masque
Nov 16 Dublin, IE – Whelans
Nov 21 Chicago, IL – Aragon Ballroom w/Pixies
Nov 22 Columbus, OH – The Summit w/Black Hollies
Nov 23 Pittsburgh, PA – Brillobox
Nov 24 New York, NY – Hammerstein Ballroom w/Pixies
Nov 25 Northhampton, MA – Iron Horse
Nov 27 Boston, MA – Wang Theatre w/Pixies
Nov 28 Philadelphia, PA – Johnny Brendas
Nov 30 Washington, DC – Constitution Hall w/Pixies
Dec 01 Chapel HillC, NC – Local 506
Dec 02 Athens, GA – 40 Watt Club
Dec 03 Atlanta, GA – The Earl
Dec 04 Orlando, FL – Backbooth
Dec 05 Tampa, FL – Crowbar
Dec 07 New Orleans, LA – One Eyed Jacks
Dec 08 Houston, TX – Walters on Washington
Dec 09 Austin, TX – Emo’s
Dec 10 Dallas, TX – Granada Theater
Dec 31 Milwaukee, WI – Riverside Theater

It Gets Late Early Out There – Yo La Tengo’s Brooklyn Rooftop Week, Continued

With apologies to Yogi Berra for the above headline, here’s Ira, Georgia and James performing ‘Popular Songs” climactic “And The Glitter Is Gone”, just prior to play being called on account of darkness. Video shot and hosted by Pitchfork TV. Please watch responsibly!

Cold Cave “Love Comes Close” Video Debut

Press play below to watch Cold Cave‘s music video for the title-track from their debut LP ‘Love Comes Close’, premiering over at Stereogum today.

Directed by Art Boonparn

The ‘Love Comes Close’ CD/LP is available on November 3rd and is up for preorder now. Earlier today, the limited-to-100 version of Cold Cave’s ‘Death Comes Close’ 12″ sold out in minutes. The second version is now available. Head over to the Matador Store for both.

Don’t miss Cold Cave this week in New York for CMJ, in the United Kingdom and with Sonic Youth in the next few weeks.


  • Tuesday 21st – Stereogum CMJ Showcase @ Studio at Webster Hall, New York NY
  • Wednesday 22nd – VICE Late Night Party @ Public Assembly, Brooklyn, NY
  • Friday 23rd – Matador/True Panther Sounds Showcase @ Flamboyan Theater, New York NY
  • Thursday 29th – Louisiana, Bristol
  • Friday 30th – Club Evol @ Korova, Liverpool
  • Saturday 31st – Playdate @ Sneaky Petes, Edinburgh


  • Sunday 1st – Optimo, Glasgow
  • Monday 2nd – Liars Club @ Bodega, Nottingham
  • Tuesday 3rd – White Heat @ Madame Jo Jo’s, London
  • Wednesday 4th – Barfly, London
  • Thursday 5th – Now Wave @ Roadhouse, Manchester
  • Friday 6th – Moles, Bath
  • Saturday 7th – Be @ Proud, London
  • Wednesday 21st – Terminal 5 New York, NY w/ Sonic Youth, Dinosaur Jr.
  • Friday 23rd  – Wilbur Theater Boston, MA w/ Sonic Youth

Spiral Stairs – “Stolen Pills” video

Today we have the privilege of unveiling the first video from Spiral Stairs’ The Real Feel, out October 20 and available for pre-order here.

The song is “Stolen Pills,” and the video was directed by Jess Carfield.

Don’t forget, you can stream the entire record at Think Indie right now, and it’s GREAT, no JK maybe the most “spun” album in the office right now.

And there are a few tour dates left (I hear Spiral is selling the album on the road!):

Friday 16 Portland, OR Doug Fir Lounge w/Bob Mould
Sunday 18 San Francisco, CA Treasure Island Fest
Monday 19 Los Angeles, CA Troubadour w/Bob Mould
Tuesday 20 Solano Beach, CA Belly Up Tavern w/Bob Mould

Records out today! and a video


It’s Tuesday, which means records are in stores… today, October 6, we have new albums from Kurt Vile and Mission Of Burma.

ole-887 Kurt Vile Childish Prodigy

Kurt Vile is an evocative, textural young singer-songwriter from Philadelphia. He is already well known for his debut album, Constant Hitmaker, released on the tiny but historic Gulcher label, as well as a slew of singles and 12″es on labels from Woodsist to Mexican Summer.

His Matador debut, Childish Prodigy, is an altogether more serious affair. Opening with the pounding Hunchback, it continues through a varied set of tracks ranging from gorgeous little folk pieces (Overnite Religion) to all-out jams (Freak Train). The record has incredible depth and beauty to it – as well as sound “quality” all over the map, from lo-fi to hi-fi – and unlike so many albums today, rewards repeated listens.

The Breakfast at Sulimay’s folks as well as the team at United Way didn’t get Kurt at all, which can only be a good thing. Touchpoints range from Seger to Springsteen to Sonic Boom. See Kurt Vile with his Violators tour the US starting

Vinyl is RTI HQ-120 gram with MP3 coupon including 2 bonus tracks.

Buy at Amazon
Buy at Matador Store
Buy at eMusic
Buy at iTunes

ole-878 Mission Of Burma The Sound The Speed The Light

The fourth studio album from Mission Of Burma is The Sound The Speed The Light, a compact 12-song piece of guitar architecture in the tradition of their second album, Vs. It blasts out of the gate with the unusually tuneful 1, 2, 3, Partyy! (video debuting today – WATCH IT) and continues through moody ballads like Forget Yourself, Feed, Slow Faucet through to the volcanic energy of Good Cheer.

It’s two days after Boston City Council resolved that Sunday, October 4 was Mission Of Burma Day. Support these stalwarts of modern music, titans of our age, watch the new video below, and then buy the record.

Vinyl is RTI HQ-120 gram including MP3 coupon.

Buy at Newbury Comics
Buy at Amazon
Buy at Matador Store
Buy at eMusic
Buy at iTunes

And don’t forget, there’s an essential 7″ already out that contains 2 new songs that are conceptually part of the album, in the words of Roger Miller. It’s called Innermost, and you can find it on the Matador Store, as well as most of the fine retailers listed above.

For all of Matador’s upcoming releases, check the Release Schedule page.

Kurt Vile – Nothing To See Here…

Oh but there is! Kurt Vile’s excellent Childish Prodigy is out 10/6 (pre-order it here and get the “He’s Alright” 7″ free), and we’ve noticed there’s a wealth of great Kurt video footage floating around these here internets.

Starting today and continuing each day this week we’re going to highlight some choice KV video action for your enjoyment. The first clip comes from our friends at Yours Truly and features Kurt giving it to the kids all acoustic-style on the aformentioned “He’s Alright”, as well as “Breathin’ Out”.

Times New Viking – album out today and video premiere on Pitchfork

Today we celebrate the release of Born Again Revisited, the fine fourth album by the great Times New Viking. Buy it here, and then buy it for a friend.

Pitchfork is lending a hand, today premiering the brand new video for BAR standout “No Time, No Hope”, directed by Pelham Johnston and Brandon Reichard.

The hardest working band in sports is on tour this fall.

“No Time, No Hope”:

Cave Singers video footage from the KEXP Music Lounge at Bumbershoot

photo by Dave Lichterman
photo by Dave Lichterman

It may have taken place a few weeks ago, but we wanted to let the dust settle before unleashing some pretty stellar footage on the unsuspecting public. Local lads The Cave Singers performed a special set for KEXP listeners at the Bumbershoot Music Festival and a few songs are available for your listening and viewing pleasure. Feel free to enjoy “Summer Light” and “At The Cut” from their new album, Welcome Joy, as well as “Dancing On Our Graves” from 2007’s Invitation Songs, at

Jay Reatard – “It Ain’t Gonna Save Me” in MTVU’s “The Freshmen”

Jay’s amazing new video is currently embroiled in a Battle Royale with MTVU rotation at stake. I would make a joke about the bands Jay is up against, but I’ve never heard of any of them.

Please visit “The Freshmen” site and vote for Jay. Over and over again. It’s quick and easy. With your help Jay can infiltrate the hearts and minds and heads of college students everywhere.

Times New Viking take on Yo La Tengo and “Nothing To Hide”

It’s all love at Matador, all the time, and today is no exception. Two of our finest purveyors of rock and roll have teamed up (Times New Viking – along with directors Pelham Johnston and Brandon Reichard – took the driver’s seat on this one, with Yo La Tengo supplying the tunage and the inspiration) for a video that immediately takes its rightful place in the pantheon of Matador and Yo La Tengo classics.

Our friends at AOL Spinner bring us the “Nothing to Hide” collabo, a celebration of the upcoming full-length releases from both bands: “Nothing to Hide” can be found on Yo La Tengo’s Popular Songs, out September 8th (pre-order action), and Times New Viking unveil Born Again Revisited September 22nd (you will need to OWN THIS ALBUM, it’s a stone-cold sucker-punch, best-of-their-career stylez). Pre-order Born Again Revisited from the Matastore and receive TWO free TNV 7″s and a free poster. Yeah, I hyper-linked it twice. Born Again Revisited is that essential.

OK check this out, it RULES: