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Mabon “Teenie” Hodges, RIP

By Gerard on Monday, June 23rd, 2014

Memphis guitar genius and songwriter Teenie Hodges, the Hi Rhythm Section linchpin whose accompaniment of artists including, but not limited to Al Green, Ann Peebles, Otis Clay, Syl Johnson and our own Chan Marshall are just a portion of his legacy, passed away Sunday at the age of 68. Our thoughts this morning are with the family, friends and musical collaborators

Alumni Corner : Help Marcellus Hall Complete His New Album

By Gerard on Wednesday, April 17th, 2013

There’s few reading this who didn’t have their adolescence or adulthood dramatically improved by the songs of Railroad Jerk / White Hassle founder Marcellus Hall. Following a fantastic solo LP in 2011, ‘The First Line’,, he’d like to put the finishing touches on another masterpiece, but (see above) your assistance would be appreciated..

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In addition, here’s a trailer for Hall’s new children’s book, ‘Everyone Sleeps’.

An Orgy of Self-Congratulation, Grandstanding & Overconsumption : Matador Artists & Staff Select Their 2012 Favorites

By Gerard on Wednesday, December 12th, 2012

(above : angry mob reacts to the news that at least two or 3 people didn’t even mention the Total Control 7″)

Around this time every year, your overpaid overworked editor attempts to coax a list of favorite recordings, books, television programs, life events, etc. out of the label’s artist roster and our rock biz colleagues. In the past, the exercise has been an arduous process, fraught with nagging, teeth-gnashing and no shortage of reluctant participants. In more recent times, however, the serial oversharing epidemic that’s run rampant throughout all online activity has infected our bands and staff alike. The rhetorical question, “who fucking asked you?” cannot be applied in this instance, because they were all asked. For some historical perspective, here’s last year’s pile. Questions or comments about our lousy tastes and/or blatant omissions are welcome (but not necessarily appreciated). And away we go!

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Hear A.C. Newman’s ‘Shut Down The Streets’ a week before it’s out

By Robby on Tuesday, October 2nd, 2012

It’s out October 9, but today you get a first listen at A.C. Newman’s third solo effort ‘Shut Down The Streets’ Do yourself a favor and check out what in our completely unbiased opinion we believe to be 10 of the best songs ever put to tape. Then, do your friends a favor and send them this link. Carl, via a blogging on the Huffington Post, sez:

Here is my album, Shut Down The Streets. Maybe you know me from The New Pornographers, and you may recognize Neko Case’s voice in these songs, you may even think “This one sounds so much like a New Pornographers song” and you may ask yourself “Who the hell are the New Pornographers?” All that aside, this album is all about birth, death, happiness and sadness, chronicling a time in my life where all those things had to learn to coexist side by side. There was that and a sudden obsession with the song “Baker Street” by Gerry Rafferty. That led to an obsession with the psychedelic sounds of the late 70s singer songwriter. So my most personal songs ever somehow made the most sense when I played them in a mutated version of an outdated style from my childhood. That’s just how things go.

You can own ‘Shut Down The Streets’ on the LP, CD or digital formats next Tuesday. Grab it at The Matador Store (first 300 LP’s are on green vinyl) or at your favorite music retailler.

See it live:

10/8 – Brooklyn, NY @ The Rock Shop (FREE RECORD RELEASE PARTY - a live performance, full album playback, drink specials, album giveaways, + more!)

10/21 – Toronto, ON @ Lee’s Palace (Exclaim! 20th Anniversary Concert Series)
10/22 – New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom
10/23 – Allston, MA @ Brighton Music Hall
10/24 – Hoboken, NJ @ Maxwell’s
10/25 – Philadelphia, PA @ First Unitarian Church
10/26 – Washington DC @ Black Cat
10/27 – Durham, NC @ Motorco Music Hall
10/28 – Atlanta, GA @ The Earl
10/29 – St. Louis, MO @ Duck Room at Blueberry Hill
10/30 – Chicago, IL @ The Empty Bottle
11/1 – St. Paul, MN @ Turf Club
11/2 – Winnipeg, Canada @ West End Cultural Centre
11/5 – Edmonton, Canada @ Starlite Room
11/6 – Calgary, Canada @ The Republik
11/8 – Vancouver, BC @ The Biltmore Cabaret (Exclaim! 20th Anniversary Concert Series)*
11/9 – Seattle, WA @ The Crocodile*
11/10 – Portland, OR @ Doug Fir Lounge*
11/12 – San Francisco, CA @ The Independent*
11/13 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Echoplex*
11/14 – San Diego, CA @ The Casbah*

*with special guest Harriet

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Lee Ranaldo on tour, online, and on our mind

By Todd Netter on Monday, July 16th, 2012

Because the haze of summer dayz has taken hold, it’s time to remind everyone that Lee Ranaldo starts up an East Coast tour with Wilco tomorrow night at Wolf Trap in Virginia. This summer tour has Lee in NYC next week for a Celebrate Brooklyn show at Prospect Park and a spot on the line-up at WXPN’s XPoNential Festival in Philly (technically Camden), among a number of other shows listed below.

We’re also happy to be able to share with you a brand new Rolling Stone session that Lee did with his full band (Steve Shelley, Alan Licht, and Irwin Menken). It launched today, and it’s definitely worth checking out! CLICK HERE TO DO SO

Tue, July 17 – Vienna, VA – Wolf Trap*
Wed, July 18 – Vienna, VA – Wolf Trap*
Thu, July 19 – Charlottesville, VA – nTelos Wireless Pavillon*
Sat, July 21 – Camden, NJ – XPoNential Music Festival*
Tue, July 24 – Brooklyn, NY – Celebrate Brooklyn @ Prospect Park*
Fri, July 27 – Hudson, NY – Basillia Hudson
Sat, July 28 – Cooperstown, NY – Brewery Ommegang*
Sun, July 29 – Essex Junction, VT – Midway Lawn @ Champlain Valley Expo*
Mon, July 30 – Portland, ME – SPACE Gallery
Tue, July 31 – New London, CT – Hygenic Art Park
Wed, Aug 1 – Hartford, CT – Bushnell Theatre*
Fri, Aug 3 – Rochester, NY – Highland Bowl @ Highland Park*
Sat, Aug 4 – Columbus, OH – Lifestyle Communities Pavillion*

* = supporting Wilco

A.C. Newman covers “Hey, That’s No Way To Say Goodbye”

By Robby on Friday, February 17th, 2012

In case you were wondering what A.C. Newman‘s been up to during the slight lull the New Pornographers’ heavy road-warrioring behind 2010′s excellent ‘Together‘… well, what we can tell you is he’s just recorded this great cover of Leonard Cohen’s “Hey, That’s No Way To Say Goodbye”. Watch it below, and knowing Carl, we can be sure there’s probably a lot more in the pipeline.

If Something Great Comes Out In The Next 17 Days, We Don’t Wanna Know ; Matador Artists, Staff & Pals Tie A Bow Around 2011

By Gerard on Tuesday, December 13th, 2011

(trusty 2011 Matador ballot counters voice displeasure over management cancelling a game that required them to drink 27 shots each time Total Control received a vote)

The whole year-end Best-Of thing has gotten completely out of hand. For starters, I hear Sub Pop published theirs on Labor Day. Spin’s list featured 4 albums from the same NYC indie in their top 11 ; even Vladimir Putin thinks there’s something screwy going on.  Still, even though such polls reek of patronage and self-congratulation, some traditions die hard around here.  And without further ado, we present the 2011 edition of “Hey Check Us Out, We Like Cool Stuff”.  It is our fervent hope that after scanning these lists, you’ll never again question our cultural superiority find a hidden gem or two thoroughly ignored by the mainstream media. Or failing that, you won’t resent us too much.  On behalf of the entire Matador Records family, we thank you for making 2011 one of the least litigious in our history, and here’s hoping 2012 is equally crammed with joyous milestones (weddings, births, elective plastic surgeries). Though I’d settle for a new Cat Power album.   Lists after the jump ;

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Snap, Crackle, Pop : The Condo Fucks (with The Great Gaylord) at Norton 25

By Gerard on Saturday, November 12th, 2011

Norton Records is celebrating their 25th anniversary this weekend with a star-studded, 4-night bill at Brooklyn’s Bell House.  We’d like to congratulate Billy Miller and Miriam Linna on their stewardship of one of the planet’s finest labels ; if anyone has done more to document real rock’n'roll, old & new, please don’t tell us about it because we’re running out of room in the record library. The Condo Fucks and longtime associate The Great Gaylord (Fields) were just one of the Friday highlights ; Gaylord wearing earplugs is kind of Rocky Marciano donning a protective headgear. He might be safe, but the rest of us won’t be the same for days.

Cold Cave summer mix tape and summer tour

By Robby on Monday, July 11th, 2011

Last week on their website, COLD CAVE’s Wesley Eisold posted a pretty spectacular mix of “songs for the summer”; a playlist containing sounds ranging from pure pop to avant garde, some familiar and some obscure, somehow all tied together loosely for this season and certainly worthy of repeat listens.

Check it out here.

This digital mixtape also rings in the kick off of Cold Cave’s summer tour, which starts at The Knitting Factory in Brooklyn tomorrow should likely hits your town thereafter.

And hey, check this space tomorrow for even more exciting Cold Cave content.

Tuesday, July 12 – Brooklyn, NY — Knitting Factory (Cult of Youth Supports) – Tickets
Wednesday, July 13 – Montreal, QC –  La Sala Rossa (Cult of Youth Supports) – Tickets
Thursday, July 14 – Toronto, ON — Legendary Horseshoe Tavern (Cult of Youth Supports) – Tickets
Friday, July 15 – Detroit, MI — Magic Stick (Cult of Youth Supports) – Tickets
Saturday, July 16 – Chicago, IL — Pitchfork Festival
Sunday, July 17 – Minneapolis, MN — Varsity Theater (Cult of Youth Supports) – Tickets
Monday, July 18  — Fargo, ND  — The Aquarium (Cult of Youth Supports) – Tickets
Thursday, July 21 – Vancouver, BC — Biltmore Cabaret (Austra Supports) – Tickets
Friday, July 22 – Portland, OR — Doug Fir Lounge (Austra Supports) – Tickets
Saturday, July 23 – Seattle, WA – Capitol Hill Block Party
Monday, July 25 – San Francisco, CA — Great American Music Hall (Austra Supports)
Tuesday,  July 26 –  San Diego, CA — Casbah  (Austra Supports) – Tickets
Wednesday, July 27 – Los Angeles, CA — Los Angeles Ukranian Center (Austra Supports)
Friday, July 29 – Salt Lake City – Urban Lounge (Austra Supports) – Tickets
Saturday, July 30 – Denver – Bluebird Theater (Austra Supports) – Tickets
Sunday, July 31 — Omaha NE  — Waiting Room    (Austra Supports) – Tickets
Monday,  August 1  – Saint Louis, MO  — Firebird (Austra Supports)
Tuesday,   August 2  — Cleveland,  OH — Grog Shop  (Austra Supports) – Tickets
Thursday, August 4 – Washington, DC — Rock N Roll Hotel (Austra Supports) – Tickets
Friday, August 5 – Philadelphia, PA — Voyeur (Austra Supports)
Saturday, August 6 – New York, NY — Bowery Ballroom – Tickets (Austra Supports)

Ted Leo…The Ultimate Deal

By Todd Netter on Thursday, February 24th, 2011

So Crazy Eddie’s opened it’s doors 40 years ago (1971 for the math impaired) in Brooklyn, New York. Today, and TODAY ONLY, Amazon MP3 and Ted Leo are offering up his critically lauded and commonly embraced, album from last year, The Brutalist Bricks, for just $3.99.  Yes you read that right, $3.99.  Coincidence?  Probably (thanks Wikipedia), but that really misses the point…YOU’D BE CRAZY NOT TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THIS.  Visit Amazon today for a great deal!

Also for all you West Coasters, remember that Ted’s one man show is headed your way this week.  For other parts of the country he’ll see you in April + May.

And we’re also pleased to announce that Ted will be performing at SXSW, solo style, as well:

Sun, 3/13 – The Mohawk – Barbarian Group/Stumble Upon Party

Mon, 3/14 – Venue 222 – Wearcast Party

Wed, 3/16 – The Swan Dive – Brooklyn Vegan Showcase

Thu, 3/17 – French Legation Museum – Other Music Day Party

Fri, 3/18 – The Mohawk – Flower Booking / Onion A.V. Club / Canvas Media Party