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listen to a new version of Majical Cloudz “Childhood’s End”, remixed by CFCF

By Robby on Tuesday, August 27th, 2013

Canadian producer CFCF added some trippy gamelan elements to Majical Cloudz’ “Childhood’s End”, which also features newly recorded vocals.”

Catch Majical Cloudz on tour and follow along, as Devon updates daily with summaries of every show along the way.

Tue 8-27 – Los Angeles, CA @  Echo

Wed 8-28 – San Diego, CA @ Casbah

Sat 8-31 – Austin, TX @ Red 7

Sun 9-1 – Dallas, TX @ Club Dada

Mon 9-2 – Houston, TX @ FItzgerald’s

Wed 9-4 – Atlanta, GA @ The Earl

Thu 9-5 – Nashville, TN @ The End

Fri 9-6 – Asheville, NC @ Emerald Lounge

Sat 9-7 – Raleigh, NC @ The Hive (Hopscotch Music Festival)

Mon 9-9 – Washington, DC @ DC9

Tue 9-10 – Philadelphia, PA @ Kung Fu Necktie

Wed 9-11 – New Haven, CT @ Cafe Nine

Thu 9-12 – Middletown, CT @ Eclectic House

Fri 9-13 – Brooklyn, NY @ Glasslands

Sat 9-14 – New York, NY @ Mercury Lounge

Sun 9-15 – Allston, MA @ Great Scott

Mon 9-16 – Buffalo, NY @ Tralf

Tue 9-17 – Toronto, ON @ Wrong Bar


photo from the OsheagaFestival flickr

Ted Leo and The Pharmacists: New Tour Dates, Same Great Taste

By Todd Netter on Wednesday, March 31st, 2010

(pic taken from Lori Paulson’s Flickr page)

Depending on which side of the St Lawrence River you live, Ted Leo and The Pharmacists will be hitting up the Northeast or Southeast section of your country this June. It won’t be hockey season so hopefully we all can get along?!?!

And just a reminder for all of you in Austin, Ted swings by End of an Ear today for a solo in-store performance and then meets up with The Pharmacists at Emo’s (outside stage) later tonight for a proper show with Screaming Females and Sally Crewe & The Sudden Moves supporting (tickets purchased for The Parish will be honored)

Fri, 6/18 – Milford CT – Daniel Street Club
Sat, 6/19 – Portland ME – SPACE
Sun, 6/20 – Burlington VT – Higher Ground
Mon, 6/21 – Quebec City QC – Le Cercle
Tue, 6/22 – Montreal QC – Il Motore
Thu, 6/24 – Ottawa ON – Zaphod Beeblebrox
Sat, 6/26 – Toronto ON – Lee’s Palace
Sun, 6/27 – Buffalo NY – Mohawk Place

Sun, 7/11 – Louisville KY – Forecastle Festival Buy Tickets

Click Here for a full list of Ted Leo and The Pharmacists tour dates

Jay Reatard instore tour update

By Michael on Sunday, August 23rd, 2009
Steven leaves the crowd at M-Theory speechless

Steven leaves the crowd at M-Theory speechless

Greetings from the Big White Van (whom the rental company named ‘Beth’),

So we’re officially halfway into the instore tour. 5 down, 5 to go. SoCal is in the bag and we’ve made our way north where it feels like it’s friggin October. Nobody told us it was going to be 55 degrees in August. We’re cold. A shopping day is very much in order. Anything with sleeves is tops on the menu. We’ve switched from three Mexican meals a day to three Thai meals a day. Sonic Youth, Faust, Adam Franklin, Eric’s Trip and Naked Raygun have dominated the stereo. We haven’t played the Bass Fishing video game the the rental company gave to us. A fuse blew on Jay’s amp. Twice. We got free t shirts. We got lost. The Big White Van’s battery died. And that millionaire guy killed his model girlfriend.

Are you sorry you missed one or more of the free, all-ages shows Jay’s been destroying? Well you should be. Cause they’ve been awesome. Amoeba Hollywood, Fingerprints, M-Theory, Streetlight and Amoeba SF were all packed to the gills with fans who certainly walked away satisfied. And Amoeba Berkeley, Jackpot, Easy St., Sonic Boom and Zulu should prove no different.

So if you see the Big White Van flowing through your town, be sure to follow it to the next stop for some ear-bending rock.

See yiz,

Jay, Steven, Billy, Mike and Beth

Coachella Unofficially: Catch The Cave Singers And Sneak A Listen To “The Eternal”

By Adam F on Tuesday, April 14th, 2009

deset_gold_invite2This weekend, I’ll be globbing on the Zinka and heading to Palm Springs.  It’s not about Sir Paul or Robert Smith although, admittedly, it’s a tad about TG and bear hugging this guy.

Rather, I will be suffering through Broachella to hand deliver a test pressing (approved hopefully) of Sonic Youth’s new album to spin at the Ace Hotel on Saturday from 2-4pm.

The Cave Singers will be teeing off the event by playing from 1-2pm out by the pool.  Embedded to the right is a flyer with a RSVP if you care to attend.   (click on it to make it bigger)

Thanks to the Ace Hotel for sorting this out and prepare thyselves for a big order of those famous snow cones.   We’re always looking for new ways to cool off 10,000 Marbles.

Programming note:  This having Matador bands host SY listening parties might actually turn into something, so stay tuned.

JO’C tour with Damien Jurado

By JenniferO on Saturday, September 13th, 2008

Tonight is our last night of our 5 date, west-coast run with Damien Jurado – it has been really, really great. Damien and Eric and Jenna are fantastic musicians and people and its been an honor to share a stage with them all week.

Rocky Mountains:


DJ Soundcheck:

That’s it, I guess. I meant to take more pictures and do a record store blog but there wasn’t enough time. West coast drives between cities are too long.

Playing in the van: The Shins – Oh, Inverted World, Spiritualized – Songs in A&E, Jay Reatard – Singles 06/07, Lil Wayne – Tha Carter III, Damien Jurado – Caught In The Trees, Magnetic Fields – 69 Love Songs Vol. One

T.P. Orchestre Poly-Rythmo de Cotonou

By Patrick on Sunday, July 6th, 2008

This ’70s group from the African country of Benin (or in its earlier incarnation Dahomey) has been kicking my ass lately. Poly-Rythmo recorded every imaginable type of African popular music – rhumba, funk, calypso, blues, Beninois folklore – but manage to imprint their elegantly loping, loose style onto every one. They released over 50 LPs and 100 7″es, mostly on the Albarika Store label, before guitarist Papillon died in the early ’80s.

T.P. stands for “Tout Puissant,” a moniker used by other African groups such as Franco’s OK Jazz.

Thanks to Analog Africa for posting this video from a videocassette. If this piques your interest, search out the Kings Of Benin compilation on the excellent Soundway label.

Matador Heads To The Arctic Circle

By Judge on Tuesday, June 17th, 2008

Not every day do you get offered the opportunity to head to the North Pole, but last week I did just that. I’m not one for holiday-blogging but I figured this might rival Patrick’s culinary exploits.

Last week I was lucky enough to head to the most northerly inhabited place on the planet – Longyearbyen in Svalbard, North of Norway. This tiny ‘town’ inhabits only 2000 people, with probably more polar bears and reindeer than there are humans. It took no less than three flights to get there, landing in between mountains on an incredibly small runway.

The reason I was there is somewhat ridiculous, but it involved a competition run by a tortilla crisp company. Your every day polar-sponsoring company. My friend won the competition and as part of the prize, he walked into the Guinness Book of Records as the First Advert in Space. You’d probably think that they’d send something slightly more meaningful into space in an attempt to reach out to possible life forms, but no, advertising crisps to the largest audience possible was what went first.

So we headed to a space station on top of a mountain and sent the message of Chilli Heatwave and Tangy Cheese to Ursa Major.

Truly the most beautiful place i’ve ever been. Rook got an airing at about 3am as we tried to cope with the 24hr sunlight streaming through the window. If you ever get the opportunity to head to the arctic circle courtesy of a tasty snack, I wholeheartedly endorse it.

A Poorly Lit Look Into Our Founder’s Rich Leisure Time

By Gerard on Thursday, August 23rd, 2007

Not actually a photograph of Chris Lombardi's personal rumpus room.  However, now that the idea's been successfully planted in the mind of 304 Hudson's most devoted Phil Lynott fan, check back in a few months. 

Matador Vs. The Ponys bowl-off round 1

By Dave on Monday, July 23rd, 2007


As killer as last Saturday night's Bowery Ballroom Ponys / Jay Reatard show was, it is pretty hard to compete with a bowling alley where the bands play right in the middle of the lanes. With that in mind I had no problem getting in the van for the trip to senic Asbury Park New Jersey.  I picked up Paul Sommerstein, ESQ and we raced, Corzine style, down the Garden State Parkway to the up and coming neighborhood of Asbury Park.  Once there we didn't waste too much time getting down to business on the lanes.



The first game was just me and Jered and we both we're having trouble getting into the zone.  Jered has a great style: launching the ball into the air at first with lots of spin on it producing a killer hook, but he just couldn't get it down and many a ball ended up in the gutter in the first game.  If he had it down I'd of been done for, but my basic style prevailed.  The second game brought Paul and Meslissa into the action and upped the stakes when Paul produced two awesome (and huge) home made buttons.  Aerosmith and Cheap Trick, winner gets to choose their pin. Jered clearly had me beat until the 10th frame when I channelled my love of Aerosmith into two consecutive strikes. Woo-hoo!

In our defense the Asbury Lanes, although totally cool, isn't really conducive to competitive bowling, but it sure was a good time.  And speaking of a good time, althogh these remaining Ponys / Jay Reatard shows are not happening in bowling alleys you should by all means try to attend.


23 Jul 2007  Washington DC,  Black Cat
24 Jul 2007 Columbus, OH  Skully's
25 Jul 2007 Newport, Kentucky, Southgate House

Lovin’ Love of Diagrams in the City of Brotherly Love

By Joel on Thursday, March 29th, 2007

Love of Diagrams

Love of Diagrams (above) opened the first date of their opening stint with Ted Leo and the Pharmacists last night in Philadelphia at TLA, and this correspondent reports that it was an amazing show. Totally packed house, great opening set by Love or Perish (which I just realized is also the title of a poem by W.H. Auden, thanks google!), cold Yuenglings and good times and great music all around as Matador's favorite Aussies got some Illadelphians dancing up front. If you're, y'know, a sentient being residing in the lower 48, please do yourself a favor and go see them on this tour. Dates are here: Matador tour page. Tonight's show in D.C. sold out weeks ago, though, but they're playing pretty much everywhere else, so go!