Also, by all means watch a bunch of old people rip on “Hunchback”. Almost as insightful as this review.
It’s Tuesday, which means records are in stores… today, October 6, we have new albums from Kurt Vile and Mission Of Burma.
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.
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.
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.
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”.
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”:
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 KEXP.org.
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.
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:
Hot on the heels of Tuesday’s release of “Julian Plenti is…Skyscraper” (buy it here), the mystery man doesn’t clear a whole lot up with this double-take on identity and fidelity (or something like that). Killer noir vibes from director Javier Aguilera.
Television watchers (and next-day-YouTubers) take note: Julian will be making his world-debut live appearance (playing “Games for Days”) TOMORROW NIGHT (Friday) on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon. NBC affiliates, 12:35/11:35 Central.
“Games For Days”
As promised, another week another Yo La Tengo video clip from their upcoming album Popular Songs. This week director John McSwain makes sure you’re getting your daily allowance of fruits – a key food group and an unlikely comedic/visual tool – as he gives us his take on YLT’s new song Periodically Double or Triple.
Please check out the latest and greatest in the Yo La Tengo video series:
Today brings us the first clip in a series of five from the upcoming Yo La Tengo album, “Popular Songs”.
“Here to Fall” kicks off director John McSwain’s multi-song visual accompaniment to the diverse and arresting sounds of YLT’s exceptional new album. Each video will debut with a unique partner site (well, the Matablog is kicking it off), one per week leading up to the September 8th release of “Popular Songs”. The videos will be collected here, so check back!
Click here to pre-order “Popular Songs”, or visit Buy Early Get Now for the unstoppable deluxe package. In a related note, the advance stream of ‘Popular Songs’ is available for BEGN customers starting today.
“Here to Fall”
Fucked Up, who by all accounts pulled together the most ferocious set of Pitchfork weekend (two of them if you happened to be at Subterranean on Friday night), also found time to interview fellow fourth-wall breakers the Jesus Lizard.
Watch Pink Eyes hold his own with the heavyweights, and also see an outstanding version of “Crusades” from the festival.
Pink Eyes interviews the Jesus Lizard
Hailing from the post-authenticity capital of America, Rage Against The Cage answers the age old question – “What do you get when you boil down the absolute essentials of STP, Candlebox and Collective Soul?”
Full streaming action and lyrics – http://www.myspace.com/rageagainstthecage
Condo Fucks – “What’cha Gonna Do About It” from the forthcoming LP/CD ‘Fuckbook‘. Little known fact : The J. Geils Band’s Magic Dick is also a resident of New London, CT.