Times New Viking Unplagued

Folks, we could not be more excited about the September 22nd release of Born Again Revisited by Times New Viking. The melodies on this record are as catchy as any the band have written (and we defy you name a group writing catchier jams than TNV), but there’s also a depth to the album that truly rewards repeated listens.

Following last week’s star-turn portraying another one of our favorite artists, Times New Viking return with a live performance of “No Time, No Hope” (a song you might have already heard).

Not just any live performance, this is (correct me if I’m wrong B/J/A/Dave Martin) the first ever acoustic performance by Times New Viking. Shot in Chicago in a rogue run at the Pitchfork Music Festival by Babelgum and Dig For Fire, the performance also appears in an episode of Babelgum’s Ice Cream Man series.

As Dave would say (has said), Times New Viking are unSTOPPable!!! And people, you can pre-order the record for $12 on CD and $13 on vinyl! And BOTH versions come with TWO 7″s and a special poster. Best deal ever, no jk.

OK, here’s the clip:

TNV – M o v e t o C a l i f o r n i a


Catalog number OLE-896 is Times New Viking MOVE TO CALIFORNIA 7″, slated to come out on September 8. The four song 7″ contains two tracks from the upcoming BORN AGAIN REVISITED LP, those being “Move To California” and “City On Drugs,” plus two songs from the coveted STAY AWAKE REVISITED cassette, namely “Pentagram” and “Teen Spirit In Hell.”

Preorder the new album, in stores September 22, and get this 7″, plus a copy of last year’s STAY AWAKE 7″, and a free poster, all for only $13 – while supplies last.

Download the MP3 of “Move To California” here, and enjoy your weekend:

Move To California (192k mp3)

Oh, and fuck your blog.

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:

Times New Viking: New Single, New Album, New Life

Really good news, TNV fans.

The Born Again Revisited preorder is up in its final incarnation in the Matastore, and it’s unfuckingbelievable. In a fit of unprecedented (and probably never-to-be-repeated) generosity, when you preorder Born Again Revisited through Matador Direct, you get:

-the new TNV single, Move to California, 7″

-the Stay Awake EP, 7″

-the Whitney poster from the band’s 2008 performance

Click here to get in on this incredible offer, while supplies last!  Remember, your goods arrive on release day – Sept. 22nd – only when you preorder from the Matastore.


Times New Viking, On Tour WIth The Breeders

It’s the most impressive Ohio double bill since Bronson Arroyo stole the microphone during a Wussy gig and performed a solo a capella version of Human Zoo’s “Change Me”* ; Times New Viking will be supporting The Breeders on the following midwestern USA dates :

Wed-Aug-05 Newport, KY Southgate House
Thu-Aug-06 Indianapolis, IN The Vogue
Fri-Aug-07 St. Louis, MO Blueberry Hill
Sat-Aug-08 Lawrence, KS Bottleneck
Sun-Aug-09 Omaha, NE Slowdown

(*- though I have no proof this ever happened, you have no proof it didn’t)

Times New Viking – European Tour

TNV Polaroids

Yes, they’re coming back. Beth, Jared, Adam, we’ve missed you. Judge and I are prepping our livers with milk thistle right now in anticipation.


  • 16th – Buffalo Bar, Cardiff
  • 17th – Nice & Sleazy, Glasgow
  • 18th – Auntie Annie’s, Belfast
  • 19th – Whelans, Dublin
  • 20th – Korova, Liverpool
  • 21st – The Basement, York
  • 22nd – The Corner, Manchester
  • 23rd – Cargo, London
  • 24th – Freebutt, Brighton
  • 26th – Festaal Kreuzberg, Berlin
  • 28th – Paradiso, Amsterdam
  • 30th – St Ex, Bordeaux


  • 2nd – Circulo de Bellas Artes, Madrid
  • 3rd – LA 2, Barcelona

Coming Sept. 22 – Times New Viking’s ‘Born Again Revisited’


A pox on those who claim the venerable VHS format is dead ;  in fact, Times New Viking delivered the master recordings to their forthcoming LP/CD/digital album ‘Born Again Revisited’ (OLE 860) on a Video Home System cassette.  Addressing the mountain of constructive criticism they’ve received from self-styled musicologists wanna-be producers and persons with my initials, the Columbus based trio promise their 2nd Matador album (and 4th overall) features “25% higher fidelity”, a percentage our own engineering staff has confirmed after hourse of exhaustive laboratory tests.

Much has been made in the press of late of Cheap Trick’s attempts to steal Adam, Beth and Jared’s thunder by releasing their upteenth comeback album on 8-track, but with all due respect to the state fair fixtures Rockford’s finest, it’s been a generation since they’ve come up with anything as provocative as ‘Born Again Revisited”s “Move To California” or “No Time No Hope” (mp3).  While Times New Viking continue to make-it-look-easy, I can assure you it’s anything but that.   A cursory glance at the American rock underground reveals a landscape littered with well-intentioned but vastly inferior bands who’ve caught the lo-fi bug ; Times New Viking are well advised to disavow responsibility for the epidemic, but whoever the guilty party is, the ferocity of TNV’s shows and their sheer quality of their songwriting should be enough to win them a presidential pardon, not unlike the one ‘Born Again’ author Chuck Colson never quite received.

Times New Viking + TJSA + Mad Scene = Greatest Saturday Night Ever


(TNV pic culled from listenmissy’s flickr stream)

Times New Viking return to the East Coast this Saturday night at Brooklyn’s Bell House, playing alongside the reunited Thomas Jefferson Slave Apartments and the Mad Scene.  If this clip from 2008 is any indication, Ron House hasn’t lost a step, but wouldn’t you rather have an informed opinion?

Exclusive records AND live music…man, we rule!

Oh how we love thee, dearest Record Store Day. 

As if a Live Pavement LP, a Sonic Youth/Jay Reatard 7″ AND a Sonic Youth/Beck 7″ weren’t enough, we’re spreading the love with some live instore performances.  If you live in or around Memphis or Columbus, be sure to check out Jay Reatard or Times New Viking kicking it RSD style. 

(Picture taken from http://jp917.blogspot.com/)

Jay Reatard Live Instore

Saturday April 18 (known aliases: Record Store Day)

Goner Records 5:30pm

2152 Young Avenue in Memphis, Tennessee 


Picture taken from http://wexarts.org/wexblog/?m=200702
(Picture taken from http://wexarts.org/wexblog/?m=200702)

Times New Viking Live Instore

Saturday April 18 (known to his friends and loved ones as Record Store Day)

3pm @ Used Kids Records

1980 N. High Street in Columbus Ohio

Times New Viking (heart) the Velvets

This past Saturday at the Wexner Center for the Arts, on the campus of THE Ohio State University in Columbus, OH, Times New Viking offered a Valentine to rock and roll and modern art, closing out the museum’s six-month-running Andy Warhol: Other Voices, Other Rooms exhibition with a set of cover songs by the incomparable Velvet Underground.

Joined by Ohio rock legend Mike “Rep” Hummel (guitar/voice) and noise/avant man-about-many-towns C. Spencer Yeh (violin), TNV led an enthusiatic crowd through early Velvets classics including “All Tomorrow’s Parties”, “Sunday Morning”, “Venus in Furs” and a show-stopping “Heroin”, with Rep on lead vocals. Set-list courtesy of Beth TNV:

The show actually concluded with an acoustic “After Hours” singalong, featuring members of opener Psychedelic Horseshit as well as a vocal contribution from the one and only Ron House.

On a Valentine’s Day in Central Ohio, Times New Viking channeled the deposed spirit of rock and roll’s greatest band, and moved the crowd, melding their own distinctive blast-first-second-and-third rock mentality to classic jams never far from anyone’s heart.

Me + You and Times New Viking on Viva Radio

Times New Viking, in their own minds and in their own words. Today at noon on Viva Radio.

Viva Radio Presents
Me Plus You hosted by Ted Shumaker
with special guest Times New Viking
An in-depth interview and exclusive live songs at the Viva Studios.
Air Date 1/12/08, 12:00PM EST and available in the Archive Pt. 36

Intended Play sampler Fall 2008: ready to download and burn

Our spring Intended Play label download sampler was a huge hit, so we’re doing it again. Just like before, you get a track from one of each of our current and upcoming releases. Seven of the tracks have not been released on MP3 yet, and four of those are from albums that haven’t been released yet. The sampler this time is a bit more varied musically, from A.C. Newman’s jewel-like pop songscapes to the majestic neo-punk of Fucked Up to the gorgeous female vocals of Jennifer O’Connor to a track from Lou Reed’s painstaking, thoughtful, first-ever performance of his controversial classic album ‘Berlin.’ We also introduce an unreleased song from Pavement’s ‘Brighten The Corner’ sessions, due out on the deluxe edition of that album in November.

Click on the link to get a zipped file of all 13 tracks plus front and back artwork, and burn it yourself (or just listen to it digitally). And support the bands and the label… if you like the track, click on the album title link below to buy (or preorder) the album (or more individual tracks) directly from us.

Intended Play Fall 2008 (zip file)

Track listing:

1. A.C. Newman There Are Maybe Ten Or Twelve (from Get Guilty, due out January 20)
2. Belle and Sebastian The State I Am In (BBC Version) (from The BBC Sessions, due out November 18)
3. Jennifer O’Connor Here With Me (from Here With Me, released August 19)
4. Shearwater The Snow Leopard (Remastered) from Rook, released June 3)
5. Lou Reed Caroline Says, Pt. II (Live) (from Berlin: Live At St. Ann’s Warehouse, due out November 4)
6. Mogwai The Sun Smells Too Loud (from The Hawk Is Howling, released September 23)
7. Fucked Up No Epiphany (from The Chemistry Of Common Life, released October 7)
8. Jay Reatard An Ugly Death (from Matador Singles ’08, released October 7)
9. Jaguar Love Humans Evolve Into Skyscrapers (from Take Me To The Sea, released August 19)
10. Pavement Cataracts (from Brighten The Corners: Nicene Creedence Ed., due out December 9)
11. Brightblack Morning Light Oppressions Each (from Motion To Rejoin, released September 23)
12. Times New Viking Call & Respond (from the Stay Awake EP, released October 14)
13. Condo Fucks What’cha Gonna Do About It? (from Fuckbook, due out March 2009)

The Last Days of Polaroid, featuring Times New Viking

If like me, you consider yourself a budding artist and photographer, seeing beauty in our concrete jungle and capturing those happy days of youth on film and uploading them onto various social networking sites; you may have once invested in a Polaroid camera.

The Polaroid camera caters for the needs of the impatient – to achieve that instantaneous hit of immediacy and to document the here and now. Sadly, in the past few months, Polaroid have decided to discontinue manufacturing the blessed Polaroid film. Within the next few months there will be no Polaroid film left.

Thankfully I managed to snap up some film in advance of the recent UK ShredYrFace tour with Times New Viking, No Age and Los Campesinos!

I could think of no better way to use my final Polaroid film than to document the 10 day SYF journey. The highs, the lows, the good times and the hungover mornings. For your viewing pleasure :

Mad props going out to Annette Lee for her scan and Photoshop efforts.

Matador At CMJ 2008

2008’s CMJ Music Marathon in New York City begins tomorrow (10/21), but for us, the festivities start tonight with Shearwater’s performance at Le Poisson Rouge (LPR).

Find below, your guide to the official and unofficial CMJ Marathon showcases featuring a trio of Matador acts: Shearwater, Jay Reatard and Mission of Burma.

With quite the live-act triumvirate and manning of the 1’s and 2’s by Billy Hayes and Times New Viking at the Beggars/Matador After Party, this’ll be a week to remember.

We’ll see you out!

Super Shred Sunday Details

As you can see, Times New Viking have been having the time of their lives on the current Drowned in Sound endorsed Shred Yr Face tour with the lovely No Age and Los Campesinos! kids.

There’s still a fair few dates to go (see below) but if you happen to be London bound this weekend, be sure to get yourselves down to the Super Shred Sunday instore frenzy. Details had been kept secret until now, but i’m pleased to announce which band will be playing which store at what time and how you get in and what it’s all about etc etc:

3pm – Puregroove – No Age
5pm – Beyond Retro, East End – Times New Viking
7pm – Rough Trade East – Los Campesinos!

As with all things in life, there’s a catch – to get into the instores, you’ll need to obtain yourself a wristband.

There’s just 300 wristbands for the Super Shred Sunday instores. The first 100 wristbands will be available direct from Pure Groove Records when you pre order the exclusive Shredyrface 7″ (featuring all three bands), these wristbands will get you free entry into all 3 shows on the Sunday. For wristbands call Pure Groove on UK number 0207 778 9278 or visit www.puregroove.co.uk.

The remaining 200 wristbands will be available via Rough Trade East when you preorder the exclusive Shredyrface 7″ and will gain you free entry to the Beyond Retro and RT East instores.
For wristbands call Rough Trade East on 0207-392 7788 or visit www.roughtrade.com.

Remaining Shredyrface dates:

17 Oct Whelan’s, Dublin
18 Oct School Of Arts (14+), Glasgow
20 Oct Electric Ballroom (14+), London
21 Oct Fleece, Bristol (18+)
22 Oct Academy 3, Manchester (14+)

Shred Yr Face : The Skinny

So we already brought you a teaser of info about the forthcoming triple-fun-shot-fest that is SHREDYRFACE. Now here’s the full lowdown :

This will be regularly updated on the road by all bands, showing you exactly what goes on on tour. So keep heading back there for updates and exclusives.


Times New Viking, No Age and Los Campesinos! travel across the UK in a big old bus, singing show tunes and making noise. Often individually, occasionally together. We’re pretty sure a bit of Kumbaya will be going down.

14 Brighton, England – Komedia
15 Liverpool, England – Academy 2
16 Leeds, England – Irish Centre
17 Dublin, Ireland – Whelans
18 Glasgow, Scotland – School of Arts
19 London, England – Pure Groove (in-store) (3 p.m.)
19 London, England – Beyond Retro (in-store) (5 p.m.)
19 London, England – Rough Trade East (in-store) (7 p.m.)
20 London, England – Electric Ballroom
21 Bristol, England – Fleece

The three bands have got their collective heads together for a limited edition tour 7″ that will be available from the Coalition group of indie stores in the UK.
Tracklisting :
01 Los Campesinos!: “Death to Los Campesinos! (Napoleon III Remix)”
02 No Age: “Revolving Credit for Kitty”
03 Times New Viking: “Anything Could Happen” (The Clean cover)

As well as all this, there’s gonna be some super hot instore action where you can get up close and personal with each band. Maybe you’ll even get sweated on by Beth?

14 Brighton Resident – No Age
16 Leeds Crash – Times New Viking
19 London Pure Groove (3pm)
19 London Beyond Retro (5pm)
19 London Rough Trade East (7pm)
22 Manchester Piccadilly – Los Campesinos!

So this is where it gets a little confusing. You’ll already get TNV up at the Leeds Crash store, but as well as that, all three bands will play a store of their choice around London on October 19th. They’ll hit Pure Groove at 3 p.m., Beyond Retro at 5 p.m., and Rough Trade East at 7 p.m., but its currently a big secret as to who plays where. So why not go to all?

Seattle artist Carlos Ruiz has designed a t-shirt and a limited edition silkscreened poster for the Shred Yr Face tour, both of which will be available at the shows and at Coalition stores. So get down there early and bag your own piece of history.

Times New Viking – New MP3, 7″ & Poster Bundle Offer

Times New Viking’s ‘Stay Awake’ 5 song 7″ EP hits stores and digital outposts on October 7, but you can preorder said artifact TODAY from the the Matador Shop and received a limited edition poster silkscreened poster from TNV’s Summer ’08 performance at the Whitney Museum.  It’s like a PBS telethon around here — when we launch the Fucked Up umbrellas, you’ll know we’ve really lost it. 

“Call & Respond” (from ‘Stay Awake’) – mp3