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Preserving the lost musical heritage of Somalia

By Patrick on Monday, June 2nd, 2014

Focus On Somalia: RADIO MOGADISHU ARCHIVE DIGITIZATION from AMISOM Public Information on Vimeo.

Radio free Mogadishu. Watch this.

Kurt Vile on Sound Opinions

By Claire T on Friday, April 19th, 2013

Photo courtesy of Sound Opinions

Kurt Vile recently stopped by Sound Opinions (WBEZ91.5 Chicago) to perform some songs from Wakin On A Pretty Daze. While there Kurt chatted with hosts, Jim DeRogatis & Greg Kot, about the new album, shredding solos, rock mythology, Tusk, and so much more. It’s a great (and informative) listen that you can check out right here.

And don’t forget Kurt Vile & The Violators will be out at Coachella this Sunday bringing the heat.
And elsewhere across this land through the Spring and Summertime.

Sun-Apr-21 – Indio, CA – Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival

Sun-May-05 – Atlanta, GA – Shaky Knees Festival
Tue-May-07 – Los Angeles, CA – Echoplex ***SOLD OUT
Wed-May-08 – San Francisco, CA – Independent  ***SOLD OUT
Fri-May-10 – Portland, OR – Doug Fir ***SOLD OUT
Sat-May-11 – Vancouver, BC – Biltmore ***SOLD OUT
Sun-May-12 – Seattle, WA – Neumos
Tue-May-14 – Chicago, IL – Lincoln Hall ***SOLD OUT
Thu-May-16 – New York, NY – Bowery Ballroom ***SOLD OUT
Fri-May-17 – Boston, MA – The Sinclair ***SOLD OUT
Sat-May-18 – Philadelphia, PA – Union Transfer

Fri – May 24 – Barcelona ES – Primavera Sound Festival
Sat – May 25 – London GB – Field Day
Sun – May 26 – Brussels BE – AB
Mon – May 27 – Amsterdam NL – Paradiso
Tue -  May 28 – Hamburg DE – Knust
Wed – May 29 – Copenhagen DK – Amager Bio
Sat-Jun-29    New York, NY    4 Knots Festival
Sun-Jul-07    Toronto, ON    Toronto Urban Roots Festival
Tue-Jul-09    Cleveland, OH    Grog Shop
Wed-Jul-10    Detroit, MI    Magic Stick
Thu-Jul-11     Chicago, IL    Metro
Fri-Jul-12    Indianapolis, IN    The Vogue
Sat-Jul-13    Louisville, KY    Forcastle Music Festival
Sun-Jul-14    Nashville, TN    Mercy Lounge
Mon-Jul-15    Birmingham, AL    The Bottletree
Wed-Jul-17    Asheville, NC    The Grey Eagle
Thu-Jul-18    Carrboro, NC    Cats Cradle
Fri-Jul-19    Charlottesville, VA    Jefferson Theatre
Sat-Jul-20    Washington, DC    9:30 Club
Sat-Jul-27    Edmonton, AB    Interstellar Rodeo
Sun-Jul-28    Calgary, AB    Calgary Folk Music Festival
Fri-Aug-2    Happy Valley, OR    Pickathon#
Sat-Aug-3    Happy Valley, OR    Pickathon#
Sun-Aug-4    Happy Valley, OR    Pickathon#
Fri-Aug-9    San Francisco, CA    Outside Lands*
Sat-Aug-10    San Francisco, CA    Outside Lands*
Sun-Aug-11    San Francisco, CA    Outside Lands*

# and * = Performing on one of these dates (exact dates TBC)

The Fresh & Onlys supporting 5/7-5/12
Angel Olsen supporting 5/16-5/18
Steve Gunn supporting 5/7-5/18

Pick up Wakin On A Pretty Daze on the Matador Store

kurtvile.com

From The Owings Archives To Your Eyeballs : Come, Live In Cambridge, MA, March, 1991

By Gerard on Tuesday, January 22nd, 2013
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We’re told this might be footage from Come’s first public performance. Perhaps you thought this would be the post where we’d announce the presale for the May reissue of Come’s debut album, ‘Eleven : Eleven’. Or maybe even the post where some live dates would be unveiled. If you should know anything by now, it’s that we have a tendency to drag this shit out. “Are they being paid by the post?” you might well wonder, and why yes, in fact WE ARE. (video courtesy Chunklet)

Happy 61st Birthday, Paul Stanley

By Gerard on Sunday, January 20th, 2013
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On this historic day in rock history, let’s recall the moment nearly 3 years ago when (Sir?) Paul attempted to explain to his adoring fans, the difference between a record store, a rock concert and an art space as world renowned as the Wentworth Gallery of the Short Hills Mall (Short Hills, NJ).  Though it  is truly sad that not everyone can respect such boundaries, please look at the bright side ; at least this didn’t take place at a Ron Wood art show.

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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From The Archives (Of Someone Else)

By Gerard on Monday, May 14th, 2012

courtesy Max Vandever, from San Antonio’s Taco Land, 1996.  At least they had air conditioning.

Fish, Meet Barrel : Dee Snider’s Salute To Broadway Musicals

By Gerard on Monday, April 30th, 2012

Far be it for me to suggest that Hall of Famer (well, Long Island Music Hall Of Famer) Dee Snider’s new career turn is the worst idea in the entire history of civilization. For instance, it’s not nearly as bad an idea as Ft. Worth’s Complete playing a tiny club instead of the hockey arenas they were destined to headline.   And there’s New Coke.  Or the soundtrack to ‘Brain Candy’ the Bay Of Pigs Invasion.  I could probably go on for at least another two or three minutes, but I think you have the idea.  Some people are gonna give Dee Snider a lot of grief over this, but I bet it’s not even in the top 20 worst ideas of all time.

Boston’s #2 Daily Newspaper’s Right To Annoy Tom Scholz Upheld By Judge

By Gerard on Friday, September 16th, 2011

(funny, when you type “Boston the band” into Google Image Search, the above Negative FX jpg comes up pretty close to the top of the entries)

Though I have MORE THAN A FEELING (sorry) we’ve not seen the last of this dispute, the Boston Herald’s Joe Dwinell reported yesterday a Superior Court judge rejected claims by Boston guitarist/founder Tom Scholz the Herald had defamed the one-time AOR radio fixture.

Scholz is suing the Herald over three 2007 Inside Track columns that he claims imply he drove fellow band member Brad Delp to commit suicide in March 2007. In May of 2010, the Herald published several articles reporting on Scholz’s lawsuit and the parties’ respective litigation positions in it. Scholz claimed that the Herald’s May 2010 articles had defamed him and caused him emotional distress.

Massachusetts Superior Court Judge John C. Cratsley previously ruled that the Herald’s articles accurately reported on the litigation. After the case was reviewed by an Appeals Court judge, Scholz argued that the articles were “unfair” and published with “malice.”

However, after review, Judge Cratsley reiterated that the articles were not only accurate, but that Scholz had “come up empty handed” in presenting evidence that the articles were unfair or published for a reason other than to inform the public.

Amateur rock historians will recall that Scholz is no stranger to litigation, and a few years back, Boston sued the now-defunct Artemis label alleging the band’s ‘Corporate America’ album was poorly marketed and promoted. Had any legal precedent been established, there’s no telling how many Matador artists from the early 1990′s would have a case.

The Matablog’s 5th Anniversary : Celebrating 5 Years Of Blatant Self-Promotion

By Gerard on Thursday, July 14th, 2011

July 26  marks the 5th anniversary of the Matablog’s public debut (after MONTHS of beta-testing), truly a day in that will go down in rock / internet history as the moment blogging finally came to fruition as letting you know about record release parties in cities thousands of miles away a force for social change.  Over these past 5 years, the Matablog has gone from being the #7 or #8 most widely read source for news and information about this label to being somewhere in the top 3 or 4.  It is, however, the number one source of information concerning whatever Patrick has concocted in his well-stocked kitchen that weekend, and if you think you’re gonna get that kind of content from Paste or Metal Sludge.com, think again.

Though I realize many of you would like to credit me alone for the Matablog’s wild success (and I thank each of you for the cards, letters and fruit baskets that arrived today, especially the videogram from former NY Gov. Elliot Spitzer) it couldn’t have happened without the hard work, insight, and passion for THE TRUTH the Matador and Beggars staffs bring to the table, nor without the contributions from our family of recording artists.  It is my fervent hope that in the days to come, the Matablog will continue to serve as a beacon of light in the otherwise dreary world of rock biz puffery.  Frankly, I’d settle for Todd Netter not referring to it as “Mata-blog”, but perhaps that’s something we can target after the 10th anniversary.

Anyhow, enough with all of that insider-baseball bullshit.  There’s no point celebrating a big anniversary without a party, and this weekend Matador has Thurston Moore, Cold Cave and Kurt Vile all appearing at our Matablog 5th Anniversary Bash in Chicago’s Union Park.  I realize there’s a bunch of non-Matador artists on the bill  ;  there might even be banners atop the stages that fail to mention the actual name of the festival, but that’s ok.  Not every record label blog is magnanimous enough to share their weekend in the sun with others, but after all this time you oughta know that we’re all about inclusion.    Here’s to five (hundred) more years!

The Greatest Piece of (Rock) Historical Revisionism Ever Committed To Video

By Gerard on Thursday, October 21st, 2010
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You know the old saying, “those who forget the past are condemned to repeat it?” No? Well, it’s a pretty good saying. The above Pussy Galore bio pic by Michele O’Mara, however brings to mind the truism “history is best retold by persons who don’t give a shit about accuracy or likenesses” (OK, I made that up myself). With all due respect to meme-tastic crazes like keyboard kitties and Alexyss Tylor, I see no reason why this video shouldn’t top a million or more views by the end of the week. (thanks to Linda Wolfe for the heads-up about this astonishing video)