Out Today : Algiers – ‘There Is No Year’

Algiers’ eagerly anticipated 3rd full-length and an early contender for album-of-2020 status, ‘There Is No Year’ is available today via all streaming platforms along with the surviving LP and compact disc formats. LP version includes the bonus track, “Void” on flexi-disc.

(“There Is No Year”, courtesy Adult Swim, Fish Center Live)

Prior to kicking off today’s US tour of record shops at Atlanta’s Criminal Records this afternoon, Algiers’ Lee Tesche and Matt Tong will participate in an Reddit AMA at 1pm eastern.

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(limited edition cloudy clear LP available from the Matador Store and select independent retailers)

Algiers on tour :

Friday, January 17 Criminal Records, Atlanta GA
Saturday, January 18 Schoolkids Records, Raliegh NC
Monday, January 20 The Sound Garden, Baltimore MD
Tuesday, January 21 Repo Records, Philadelphia PA
Wednesday, January 22 Rough Trade NYC, Brooklyn NY
Monday, February 3 The Haunt, Brighton UK

Wednesday, February 5 Village Underground, London UK
Thursday, February 6 YES, Manchester UK
Friday, February 7 Stereo, Glasgow UK
Saturday, February 8 Whelans, Dublin IE
Monday, February 10 Brudenell, Leeds UK
Wednesday, February 12 Botanique Rotonde, Brussels BE
Thursday, February 13 Paradiso Upstairs, Amsterdam NE
Friday, February 14 Club Volta, Cologne DE
Saturday, February 15 Manufaktur, Schorndorf DE
Monday, February 17 Zoom, Frankfurt DE
Tuesday, February 18 Beatpol, Dresden DE
Thursday, February 20 Hybrydy, Warsaw PO
Friday, February 21 Lucerna Music Bar, Prague CZ
Saturday, February 22 Flex, Vienna AU
Monday, February 24 Strom, Munich DE
Wednesday, February 26 Monk, Rome IT
Thursday, February 27 Ohibo, Milan IT
Saturday, February 29 La 3 Razzmatazz, Barcelona ES
Sunday, March 1 Cafe Berlin, Madrid ES
Tuesday, March 3 Rock School Barbey, Bordeaux FR
Wednesday, March 4 Stereolux, Nantes FR
Thursday, March 5 La Maroquinerie, Paris FR
Wednesday, March 11 Johnny Brenda’s, Philadelphia PA
Thursday, March 12 Black Cat, Washington DC
Friday, March 13 Mothlight, Asheville NC
Saturday, March 14 529, Atlanta GA
Friday, March 20 Club Congress, Tucson AZ
Saturday, March 21 Casbah, San Diego CA
Tuesday, March 24 The Echo, Los Angeles CA
Wednesday, March 25 Slim’s, San Francisco CA
Saturday, March 28 Polaris Hall, Portland OR
Sunday, March 29 The Crocodile, Seattle WA
Wednesday, April 1 Turf Club, St. Paul MN
Thursday, April 2 Cactus Club, Milwaukee WI
Friday, April 3 Empty Bottle, Chicago IL
Saturday, April 4 Rumba Club, Columbus OH
Sunday, April 5 Deluxx Fluxx, Detroit MI
Monday, April 6 The Baby G, Toronto ON
Tuesday, April 7 Bar Le Ritz, Montreal QC
Thursday, April 9 Saint Vitus, Brooklyn NY
Tuesday, April 21 Knust, Hamburg DE
Friday, April 24 Nalen Klubb, Stockholm SE
Saturday, April 25 Mejeriet, Lund SE
Monday, April 27 Lido, Berlin DE
Wednesday, April 29 Morze, St. Petersberg RU
Thursday, April 30 Aglomerat, Moscow RU
Sunday, May 3rd ISC, Bern CH
Monday, May 4th Bogen F, Zurich CH

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Snail Mail – Spring 2020 U.S.Dates


(poster : Jesse Feinman )

Snail Mail On Tour, New Dates in Bold on Sale Tomorrow (Thursday, January 16) at 10am PST

Thursday, April 9 SOhO, Santa Barbara CA
Saturday, April 11 Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival, Indio CA
Tuesday, April 14 The UC Theatre, Berkeley CA
Thursday, April 16 Capitol Theater, Olympia WA
Saturday, April 18 Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival, Indio CA
Saturday, May 2 Shaky Knees Festival, Atlanta GA
Sunday, May 3 Haw River Ballroom, Saxapahaw NC *

* w/ Hotline TNT

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Our Annual Orgy of Self-Congratulation, Grandstanding & Overconsumption : Matador Artists & Staff Select Their 2019 Favorites

(reigning, defending and first-ever BACK-2-BACK Matador person-of-the-year Jered Threatin wants you to know that just by reading the lists below YOU ARE PART OF THE PROBLEM.  #SMASHTHEILLUSIONATOR)

(Around this time every year, your long-suffering editor attempts to coax a list of favorite recordings, books, television programs, life events, etc. out of the label’s artist roster and our entertainment business cronites. In the past, this exercise has been an exacting process, fraught with nagging, GUILTING and no shortage of reluctant participants, some of whom actually changed labels or places of employment or their identities/physical appearances to avoid the task. Even worse, we sometimes overlook persons currently recording for or working for the record label (either that or they saved their list for one that was published weeks ago).

For some historical perspective, here’s last year’s selections. Questions or comments about our crap taste and/or inexplicable omissions are welcome (but so welcome that we’re inclined to comment to publish or reply).  Mike Sniper correctly predicted that the below lists would be broken down thusly, “half will hugely famous commercially viable things that TMZ would report on, the other half off-kilter and ‘weird.’ McDonalds Weird. Like The McRib.” So there you go, that’s 5 or 10 minutes saved!  And without further ado, let the coronation of Angel Olson  Gesaffelstein  commence! – Gerard Cosloy)

Lucy Dacus
2019 releases I listened to most:

Lomelda – M For Empathy
Fontaines DC – Dogrel
Palehound – Black Friday
Julia Jacklin – Crushing
Sharon Van Etten – Remind Me Tomorrow
Jenny Hval – The Practice Of Love
Big Thief – UFOF & Two Hands
Brittany Howard – Jaime
Charly Bliss – Young Enough
Angel Olsen – All Mirrors
Vagabon – s/t
Bill Callahan – Shepherd In A Sheepskin Vest
Better Oblivion Community Center – s/t
Lana Del Rey – Norman Fucking Rockwell
The National – I Am Easy To Find

Favorite books of 2019:
Jazz by Toni Morrison
Another Country by James Baldwin
The Left Hand Of Darkness by Ursula K. Le Guin
Sister Outsider by Audre Lorde

In The Dream House by Carmen Maria Machado (2019)
Motherhood by Sheila Heti
The Heart Is A Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers
Abandon Me by Melissa Febos
There There by Tommy Orange
Women Talking by Miriam Toews
Year Of The Monkey by Patti Smith (2019)
Autobiography Of Red by Anne Carson
High School by Tegan & Sara Quin (2019)
Geek Love by Katherine Dunn
The Idiot by Elif Batuman
The Remains Of The Day by Kazou Ishiguro

Steve Gunn
Milford Graves & Andrew Cryille Duo, Brooklyn
Rolling Stones, Jacksonville
Robert Scott , solo,  Dunedin, NZ
Flatlanders,  Marfa TX
Hoffman Estates, Blank Forms Brooklyn

Favorite cities of the year,  Tulsa & Tokyo
Tiny Ruins in Castlemaine, AUS
Older song of the year Marilla Vinicuis – Algum Lugar
Natural Information Society & Jim White, Union Pool
Bob Dylan, Beacon Theater
Best day off :  Lisbon, Portugal
Sachiko Kanenobu solo at The Chapel, SF
RIP Steve Dalachinksy & John Giorno
Arthur Russell – Iowa Dream
Salum Abdallah & Cuban Marimba Band – Ngoma Tanzania (Domino Sound)
Maxine Funke – Silk
Bill Callahan – Shepard in A Sheepskin Vest
Mayo Thompson doing Corky’s Debt To His Father, Le Poisson Rouge, NYC

Andrew Katz, Car Seat Headrest
1 Trait Danger’s, 1 Trait World Tour (Best album 2019 – album of the decade, really. But 2019 is fine)

Bill Nace, Body/Head
France—Troglobatem fest Stuttgart Germany
Toad—Troglobatem fest Stuttgart Germany
Jerome Noetinger—C O O S fest Brighton UK
The Powers—-Vox Populi Philly
David Nance Group w/Tyler Damon—Hopscotch 3 lobed day party NC
Everyone–Strangewaves Fest London Ontario
Queen Latifah watching Lizzo at VMAs (youtube)
Werner Nötzel DJ sets Neue Schachtel Stuttgart Germany
Double Wig–Tarantula Hill Baltimore
The Scientists–JB’s Philly


Bob Nastanovich, Pavement
Mdou Moctar, September 23, 2019, Vaudeville Mews, Des Moines: If there was a more enjoyable live music performance in 2019 than this delightful madness, then I’m disappointed to have missed it.

Piranha Rama- You’ve Earned It cassette EP: Excellent rock music from Richmond, Virginia. Generously put in my hand by bass player/vocalist Chrissie Lozano in August. Look for their upcoming 7″ record on my label, Brokers Tip.
Jeffrey Lewis and Los Bolts, April 15, 2019, Vaudeville Mews, Des Moines: A performance with so much charm and graciousness that I nearly forgot to file my taxes. For the sake of transparency, I will gladly publish my unimpressive return upon request.
Red Livy (IRE): A five year old mare that greatly aided my enjoyment of horse racing in 2019.
Crooked Torus- “Gib’s On Fridge” b/w “Mystic Fire”: Two songs by two gents from Des Moines. I’m putting out their 7″ record on Brokers Tip because more than this fair city should dig them

Lee Tesche, Algiers
Top 5 staff 2019, in order
1. Rian
2. Alex
3. Gerard
4. Patrick
5. Lombardi
Honorable Mention: Noam

Matthew Tong, Algiers
TELLY:
The Crown: Don’t tell my bandmates but now I’m a real Queenhead royalist and I feel bad for young Prince Charles, here’s hoping he ends up with Camilla.
Sunnyside: NBC sitcom about my neighbourhood that got the chop after three episodes, but it sure made for good watching with confused locals in Sanger Hall.
Chernobyl: spoiler alert but Jared Harris bites it yet again.

MOST INGENIOUS USE OF MYLAR HEAT SHEETS:
Lee Tesche, who fashioned a pair of socks out of said temperature regulating item during the 6 hours we spent crossing over the Belarusian border.

MUSEUM:
Ukrainian National Chernobyl Museum, Kiev. Hoping the displayed scrap of flag that they planted on top of reactor 4 didn’t make me ill.

BEST HOUSEMATE:
Lee Tesche, April/May

RECORDS:
Alter Ratio – “Marialogia”
Weyes Blood – “Titanic Rising”
Jorge Elbrecht – “Coral Cross 002”

MEAL:
Beef Bourguignon pita w/whole roast cauliflower, Miznon, Paris.

BEST BAR FOOD:
Lloyd’s, Atlanta GA

THEATRE:
Bat Out Of Hell, New York City Center

PERFORMANCE:
Wife singing “Bright Eyes” by Art Garfunkel to me dressed as Art Garfunkel in mesh body suit.

BEST DRAG:
Sweaty Eddie as Roy Orbison with extending arms, Bushwig Fest.

FAVOURITE INTERACTION WITH SOMEONE CLEARLY ON COCAINE:
“Don’t you realise THIS IS FATBOY SLIM????” Dance floor of Shep’s, Dalston, New Year’s Day.

Patrick Amory, Matador Records
– Mdou Moctar – Ilana (The Creator) – Sahel Sounds LP
– Miaux – Black Space, White Cloud – Ultra Eczema LP
– Pierre Clément mono cartridge and the accompanying lifestyle:

– Boy Harsher – Careful – Nude Club LP
– Lankum – The Livelong Day – Rough Trade LP
– The Velvet Underground – The Complete Matrix Tapes – Universal 8XLP box
– Jenny Hval – The Practice of Love – Sacred Bones LP
– 100 gecs – 1000 gecs – YouTube full album stream
– Tropical Fuck Storm – Braindrops – Joyful Noise LP
– Toscanini – Beethoven Missa Solemnis 1940 – Pristine Classical remastered FLAC LP
– Fontaines D.C. – “Boys In The Better Land” – from Dogrel – Partisan LP
– Amelie Lens – Little Robot – Lenske 12″ EP
– Gong Gong Gong – Phantom Rhythm – Wharf Cat LP


– Angel Bat Dawid – The Oracle – International Anthem LP
– Modern Nature – How To Live – Bella Union LP
– Tyler, The Creator – Igor – A Boy is a Gun/Columbia LP
– Bad Breeding – Exiled – Iron Lung LP


– The genius responsible for a decent rip of the Propeller Cassette (Propeller Product CS)

Adam Bohl, Matador Direct
White Fence – I Have To Feed Larry’s Hawk (Drag City)
Guided By Voices – Warp and Woof (GBV Inc)
Jamie Branch – Fly or Die II: bird dogs of paradise (International Anthem)
Danny Brown – uknowwhatimsayin¿ (Warp)


Cool Greenhouse – Crap Cardboard Pet (Lumpy)
DaBaby – Dababy (Interscope)
Purple Mountains – Purple Mountains (Drag City)
Freddie Gibb and Madlib – Bandana (Madlib Invazion/ESGN/Keep Cool/RCA Records)
Mdou Moctar – Ilana The Creator (Sahel Sounds)
Ty Segall – First Taste (Drag City)

Emma Buchanan, Matador Records

Low Life – Downer Edn
Boy Harsher – Careful
Sarah Davachi – Pale Bloom
Pharmakon – Devour
Bill Orcutt- Odds Against Tomorrow
Kali Malone – The Sacrificial Code
Weak Signal – LP1
Gong Gong Gong – Phantom Rhythm
Mdou Moctar – Ilana the Creator
Modern Nature – How To Live
Cross Record – Cross Record
Tiny Ruins – Olympic Girls
Miss Red – The Four Bodies
Bill Callahan – Shepard in a Sheepskin Vest
Aldous Harding – Designer
Angel Bat Dawid – The Oracle
Jenny Hval – The Practice of Love
Carla Dal Forno – Look Up Sharp
Cate Le Bon – Reward
Urochromes – Trope House
Rare DM – Vanta Black
Jessica Pratt – Quiet Signs
Cool Greenhouse – Crap Cardboard Pet
The Gonks – The Gonks

Voivoid @ BK Bazaar
Tyvek @ The Glove
Bardo Pond @ Johnny Brenda’s
Chronophage @ a house
Boy Harsher @ Music Hall
Sarah Davachi @ Sultan Room
Circuit des Yeux @ Basilica
Spellling @ Trans Pecos
Eyehategod @ Kingsland
Nadah El Shazly @ Max Fish
Pylon @ Market Hotel
This Is Not This Heat + O Yama O @ EartH
Pharmakon @ Brooklyn Bazaar
Necrot @ Bk Bazaar
Jerusalem In My Heart @ Issue Project Room

And The Lighthouse, V; and Painkiller

Gerard Cosloy, Matador Records
LP’s
75 Dollar Bill
 – I Was Real (Thin Wrist)


Mope Grooves – Desire (See My Friends)
Uniform – The Long Walk (Sacred Bones)

Joan Shelley – Like The River Loves The Sea (No Quarter)
Joshua Abrams & Natural Information Society – Mandatory Reality (Eremite)
Cube – Decoy St (W. 25th)
Olivia Neutron-John – s/t (Sister Polygon)
Stefan Christensen – The Upcoming Flame (bruit direct disques)
Possible Humans
 – Everybody Split (Trouble In Mind)
Bill Orcutt -Odds Against Tomorrow (Palilalia)
Boy Harsher – Careful (Nude Club)
Carla dal Forno – Look Up Sharp (Kallista)
Dan Melchior Group – Ruins (Heel Turn)
More Klementines -s/t (Twin Lakes/Feeding Tube)
M. Sage – Catch A Blessing (Geographic North)
Modern Nature
 – How To Live (Bella Union)
Shit and Shine – Doing Drugs, Selling Drugs (Riot Season)

Heavy Metal – LP4 (Static Shock / Static Age)

ISS – Alles 3rd Gut (Sorry State)
Weak Signal – LP1 (Mag Mag)
Blank Hellscape – s/t
Kali Malone – The Sacrificial Code 
(iDeal)
Purple Mountains -s/t (Drag City)
Rattle – s/t (Upset The Rhythm)
Trinary System – Lights In The Center Of Your Head (Feeding Head)
Itchy Bugger – Double Bugger (Low Company)
Taiwan Housing Project – Sub-Language Trustees (Ever/Never)
Mdou Moctar – Ilana : The Creator (Sahel Sounds)
Gotobeds – Debt Begins At 30 (Sub Pop)
Wet Tuna – Water Weird (Three Lobed)
Terry Allen & The Panhandle Mystery Band – Pedal Steel & Four Corners
 (Paradise of Bachelors)
Sleaford Mods – Eton Alive (Extreme Eating)
Sarah Mary Chadwick – The Queen Who Stole The Sky (Heavy Machinery)
Robbie Lee & Mary Halvorsen – Seed Triangular (New Amsterdam)
Gong Gong Gong – Phantom Rhythm 幽靈節奏 (幽霊リズム) (Wharf Cat)
abu AMA – Aghori (Seagrave)
Thigh Master – Now For Example (Goner)

7″‘s

Michael Beach – “Curtain Of Night” b/w “Electricity” (Tall Texan)
Mick Trouble – “Glad I’m Not Me” (Emotional Response)
Long Hots – “Nickle & Dime” b/w “Give & Take” (Third Man)
Tyvek – Changing Patterns of Protective Coating EP (Double Tapes)
Civic – “Selling Sucking Blackmail Bribes” b/w “Velvet Casino” (Total Punk)
Rob Noyes – “You Are Tired” b/w “Nightmare Study” (Market Square)

ARCHIE-RIVAL :

Peter Laughner – (Smog Veil)
Jim Shepard – Heavy Action (ever/never)
Malaria – Compiled 2.0 (Moabit Musik)
Bill Direen – A Memory Of Others (Sophomore Lounge)

Various – We Were Living In Cincinatti : Punk & Underground Sounds From Ohio’s Queen City 1975-1982) (Hozac)
Gene Clark – No Other box (4AD)
Silkworm – In The West (Comedy Minus One)
The Victims – s/t (In The Red)

live :

Michael Beach and The Artists, Murphy’s, Memphis
Sumac, Barracuda, AustinTropical Fuck Storm, King’s Raleigh NC

John Talley-Jones & Volcano Rabbit, Hotel Vegas, Austin
Fire!, The North Door, Austin
Dame Evelyn Glennie Kuljit Bhamra & Charles Hayward, Cafe Oto, London
David Nance Group, Carousel Lounge, Austin

Natural Information Society, Hideout, Chicago
Sunn, Emo’s, Austin
Idles, Barracuda, Austin
Bill Callahan
, Scholz Beer Garten, Austin

King Brothers, Barracuda, Austin
Syfria Trio, Volstead Lounge, Austin
The Chills, Cheer Up Charlies, Austin

Malcolm Donaldson, Matador Records
Some Favorite Albums of 2019


Hand Habits – placeholder
Living Hour – Softer Faces
Cate Le Bon – Reward
Megan Thee Stallion – Fever
Urochromes – Trope House
Bill Orcutt – Odds Against Tomorrow
Acronym & Kali Malone – The Torrid Eye
Dry Cleaning – Boundary Road Snacks and Drinks EP

Favorite Reads in 2019
Sigrid Nunez – The Friend
Mikhail Bulgakov – The Master and Margarita
Margot Jefferson – On Michael Jackson
Eve Babitz – Sex & Rage
James Salter – Solo Faces
Quincy Troupe – Miles & Me
Natalia Ginzburg – Valentino

Jody Rosen – “The Day the Music Burned”

Bob Thompson, Triumph of Bacchus, 1964, at The Whitney this year.


Rian Fossett, Matador Records
Aldous Harding – Designer
Jenny Hval – The Practice of Love
Big Thief – U.F.O.F.
Lana Del Rey – Norman Fucking Rockwell
Damien Jurado – In the Shape of a Storm
Chris Cohen – s/t
MIKE – Tears of Joy


Hiro Kone – A Fossil Begins To Bray
Pelada – Movimeiento Para Cambio
Pink Siifu – Black Sand

Andy Larsen, Matador Direct


Rakta – Falha Comum (Iron Lung)
Hiro Kone – A Fossil Begins To Bray (Dais Records)
Kaleidoscope – After The Futures (Toxic State Records)
Kali Malone – The Sacrificial Code (iDEAL Recordings)
Teitanblood – The Baneful Choir (Norma Evangelium Diaboli)
Equiknoxx – Eternal Children (Equiknoxx Musiq)
King Blood – Hocus Focus (Petty Bunco)
Nivhek – After Its Own Death (W.25th)
Andy Stott – It Should Be Us (Modern Love)
Carla dal Forno – Look Up Sharp (Kallista Records)


Anadol – Uzun Havalar (Pingipung)
Muslimgauze – Babylon Is Iraq (Staalplaat)
Sarah Davachi – Pale Bloom (W.25th)

Jake Whitener, Matador Records
Top 20 Releases of 2019


1. MIKE – Tears of Joy (10k)
2. Cate le Bon- Reward (Mexican Summer)
3. Purple Mountains- Purple Mountains (Domino Records)
4. Sarah Mary Chadwick- The Queen Who Stole the Sky (Sinderlyn)
5. Jenny Hval- The Practice of Love (Sacred Bones)
6. Slauson Malone- A Quiet Farwell, Twenty Sixteen to Twenty Eighteen (Grand Closing)
7. Deafkids- Metaprogramação (Neurot Recordings)
8. The Golden Dregs- Hope is for the Hopeless (Funnel Music LTD)
9. Chris Cohen- Chris Cohen (Captured Tracks)
10. Bad Breeding- Exiled (One Little Indian)
11. Boy Harsher- Careful (Nude Club)
12. Big Thief- Two Hands (4AD)
13. Mope Grooves- Desire (See My Friends Records)
14. Weak Signal- LP1 (Self- Released)
15. Mick Trouble- It’s the Mick Trouble LP (Emotional Response)
16. Billy Woods / Kenny Segal- Hiding Places (Backwoodz Studioz)
17. Angel Bat Dawid- The Oracle (International Anthem)
18. Sequoyah Murray- Before You Begin (Thrill Jockey)
19. Dry Cleaning- Boundary Road Snacks and Drinks (It’s OK)
20. Spelling- Mazy Fly (Sacred Bones)

Emily Zaremba, Matador Records
Kelman Duran – 6’s (ft. DJ NA)


Caroline Polachek – Hit Me Where It Hurts
Fontaines D.C. – Big
DJ Seinfeld – Please Slow Down
Angel Olsen – Lark
Floating Points – Last Bloom
Holly Herndon – Eternal
Mavi – Eye/I and I/Nation
Lil Uzi Vert – Free Uzi
Big Thief – Not
Show Me The Body – Madonna Rocket
Young Nudy & Pi’erre Bourne – Gas Station
Nivhek – After its own death
Triad God – Bdg
Ecco2k, Bladee & Thaiboy Digital – You Lose
Arthur Russell – I Kissed the Girl From Outer Space
(Sandy) Alex G – Hope
Big Thief – Jenni
Rosalía – A Palé


Slauson Malone – Off Me! And or the Wake, Pt. 1 & 2 (ft. Pink Siifu)

Favorite Icons:
Lil Nas X
Bernie Sanders
Lamar Jackson (Ravens QB)
Adam Sandler in Uncut Gems
Cast of 90 Day Fiance
Inventor of hard seltzer
TikTokers

Perfume Genius & his Twitter

 

Nick Boyd, Beggars Group
Extremely thorough and especially gratuitous full length version of this list is available here

    • Octo Octa & Eris Drew’s stellar run of mixes, remixes, full lengths, and the launch of their new label T4TLUVNRG especially Octo Octa’s instant classic full length Resonant Body, Eris Drew’s Raving Disco Breaks Vol. 1, and Octo Octa’s ‘I Wanna Tell You A Little Story About House’ Mix.
    • The fantastic first year of Conducta’s UKG label Kiwi Rekords esp Sammy Virji – Shapes (Oh Will) 
    • Everything the crazy prolific Australian electro producer Jensen Interceptor put out this year
    • Everything from DJ Swisha’s 2019 output esp. “Moody” and “Losing Ur Mind” off HNR 03
    • Absolutely everything from Irish house/breakbeat/garage maniac KETTAMA’s banging 2019 output esp. G​-​TOWN CLUB TRAX 001 and DJ Haus – “Turn The Box Up (KETTAMA Graveyard Mix)”
  • Vancouver house music institution Mood Hut branched out in a beautiful way this year with fantastic release from CZ Wang & Neo Image, Local Artist, Ciao, and People Plus
  • Criminally underrated UK bass/techno/club label Scuffed Recordings have been frequently and consistently releasing quality music all year s/o Mitch Wade Cole, Croft, Fisky, Nikki Nair, etc.
  • Another masterful and fruitful year from Unknown To The Unknown who still manage a pace of 2+ releases monthly across five plus imprints.
  • DJ Lag proving himself to be a world class unique talent in multiple worlds from futuristic club records for Hyperdub to producing for Beyonce/Tierra Whack on the Lion King OST.
  • The kind folks over at Sweat Equity have had a brilliant 2019 with diverse and exciting releases across the board from Ben Ritz, DJ Delish, Millia Rage, Macy Rodman, The Carry Nation, and Deli Girls.
  • Everything Rosalía did. We do not deserve Rosalía. “Con Altura” forever.

J-Zbel – Dog’s Fart Is So Bad The Cat Throws Up [BFDM]
DJ Delish, Ranika Kevin JZ Prodigy, Koolaid – V A G U E
Aurora Halal – Liquiddity [Mutual Dreaming] esp. Wata Igarashi’s otherworldly Eternal Blue remixes

Ilana Bryne – Low Earth Orbit EP [Naive] esp. “Dub Box Medicine” and “Mmm Mmm Mmm”
Soundbwoy Killah ‎– Burning / Moving On [Hundred Flowers] esp. “Moving On”
SOPHIE – OIL OF EVERY PEARL’S UN-UNSIDES NON-STOP REMIX ALBUM [MSMSMSM/Future Classic]
X-Coast – Bailando [Dansu Discs]
Physical Therapy – It Takes A Village: The Sounds Of Physical Therapy [Allergy Season]
Huey Mnemonic – Huey Mnemonic EP [Vanity Press]
Clouds – Sharp Like A Razor [Headstrong]
DJ Plead – Pleats Plead esp. “Salt and Pepper”
Private Caller – Let Me Know / Want Me [ONEPUF]
Peder Mannefelt – Sissel & Bass 4 Ever esp. Sissel & Bass (Perc Remix)”
Shinichiro Yokota – I Know You Like It & Ultimate Yokota 1991-2019
Lauren Flax – One Man’s House Is Another Woman’s Techno [The Bunker New York]
SOPHIE – OIL OF EVERY PEARL’S UN-UNSIDES NON-STOP REMIX ALBUM [MSMSMSM/Future Classic]
PlayPlay – Invocation [Knightwerk]
Too Late Productions – Cops On Da Floor [Knightwerk]
Dance System – Wind ‘Em Up [Monkeytown]
Super Tuff V/A 04 [Super Tuff] esp. See Other’s “Miss You (Edit)”
Rico Nasty – Anger Management
03 Greedo – Still Summer In The Projects
TisaKorean – A Guide To Being A Partying Freshman esp. “Apple Juice”
Unsound Podcast 49: SHYBOI
Nathan Micay – “Ecstasy Is On Maple Mountain”
AJ Tracey – “Ladbroke Grove” [Prod: Conducta]
Mura Masa – “I Don’t Think I Can Do This Again (with Clairo)”
Rico Nasty – “Sandy”
Flo Milli – “Beef FloMix”
NLE Choppa – “Shotta Flow”
Lil Tecca – “Ransom”
MC Kevin o Chris – “Ela É Do Tipo”

DJ/Live :

  • Wata Igarashi (live) –  Sustain-Release Year 6
  • J-Zbel  – Sustain-Release Year 6
  • LSDXOXO – Sustain-Release Year 6
  • Powder – Sustain-Release Year 6
  • Bruce – Sustain-Release Year 6
  • FALSEBOI (SHYBOI B2B False Witness) LIVE AT UNTERMANIA III
  • Robert Armani – UnterMania III
  • VTSS  – Unter x Discwoman: Mayhem
  • Aurora Halal – Make Me, Corsica Studios
  • Eris Drew – The Bunker Pride
  • Fatherhood (Physical Therapy/Michael Magnan) – Sublimate
  • Theo Parrish – 8am – 2pm set at Nowadays Nonstop on New Years Day
  • Marc Acardipane – Spinoff Gabber
  • Octo Octa – Mister Sunday – Nowadays
  • DJ Lag – Nowadays
  • Furfriend – Unter Christopher Street
  • Noncompliant – Nowadays
  • DJ Sprinkles – Nowadays
  • DJ Swisha – Half Moon Boiler Room

Steve Burhans, Beggars Group
Most personally fulfilling LP’s released in 2019:
Sunwatchers – Illegal Moves LP (Trouble In Mind) (Also: Winner best album cover of 2019)
Royal Trux – White Stuff LP (Fat Possum)


Wayne Rogers – The Air Below LP (Twisted Village)
Sarah Mary Chadwick – The Queen Who Stole The Sky LP (Heavy Machinery)
Tor Lundvall – A Strangeness In Motion LP (Dais)
75 Dollar Bill – I Was Real 2xLP (Thin Wrist)
Nivhek – After Its Own Death / Walking In A Spiral Towards The House 2xLP (Yellow Electric)
Joshua Abrams & Natural Information Society – Mandatory Reality 2xLP (Eremite)
David Behrman – On The Other Ocean LP (Lovely Music)
Michael O’Shea – S.T. LP (Allchival)

Five Live:
Mayo Thompson
Mdou Moctar
King Brothers
California Flashback Festival (all performers)
75 Dollar Bill

Matt Harmon, Beggars Group
ALBUMS
Sunwatchers – Illegal Moves (Trouble in Mind)


Joshua Abrams & The Natural Information Society – Mandatory Reality (Eremite)
Headroom – New Heaven EP (Ever/Never Records)
Hand Habits – placeholder (Saddle Creek)
Possible Humans – Everybody Split (Hobbies Galore/Trouble in Mind)
Lee Gamble – In a Paraventral Scale (Hyperdub)
Angel Bat Dawid – The Oracle (International Anthem)
M’dou Moctar – Iiana (The Creator) (Sahel Sounds)
Damon Locks and the Black Monument Ensemble – Where Future Unfolds (International Anthem)
Chris Cohen – s/t (Captured Tracks)
Beak – Life Goes On EP (Temporary Residence)
Fennesz – Agora (Editions Mego)
Kelly Lee Owens – Let it Go Omen single (Smalltown Supersound)
Jenny Hval “The Practice of Love” (Sacred Bones)
Shellac – The End of Radio (Live on BBC/ Touch & G0)
Gavilán Rayna Russom – The Envoy (Ecstatic Recordings)

SONGS
Garcia People “Feel So Great” (Beyond Beyond is Beyond Records)
Purple Mountains “All My Happiness is Gone” (Drag City)
Fontaines DC “Boys in the Better Land” (Partisan)
Boy Harsher “Westerners” (Nude Club)

RE-ISSUES
Marion Brown – Three for Shepp (Superior Viaduct / Impulse!)
Blue “Gene” Tyranny – Out of the Blue (40th Anniversary Remaster)
This Kind of Punishment – In the Same Room (Superior Viaduct)

FAVORITE SHOWS
This is Not This Heat @ LPR 3.18.19
Weyes Blood @ Music Hall of Williamsburg 5.29.2019
Kikagaku Moyo on Elsewhere Rooftop 6.26.19
Natural Information Society w/ Jim White @ Union Pool 10.4.19
Damon Locks and Black Monument Ensemble @ South Shoure Cultural Center, Chicago, IL 11.1.2019
Angel Bat Dawid w/ Junius Paul & Emma-Jean Thackary @ Ryewax, London 11.21.19

BEST ALBUM TITLE
A Loss Permitted to Open Its Eyes for but Three Hours and There Glimpsed, Finally in Focus a Mystery That Begs Earnestly, “Ask Me Nothing” Now, Once More the Problem Is Yours Alone (Keiji Haino + Charles Hayward)

Sonya Kolowrat, Beggars Group
best things I went to in 2019 :
Smokey’s round up at Sunny’s in Red Hook
black midi at Zebulon in LA
Thom Yorke at the Greek theater in LA
Genesis P Orridge art opening at Tom’s of Finland in LA
Toms of Finland
Hilma af Klint at the Guggenheim
Lankum’s Jan 2019 shows in NY followed by the Sunday Irish seisun at the 11th street bar
Bauhaus reunion shows at The Palladium

The Brainiac documentary

Laura Lyons, Beggars Group
My 10 favorite albums in no particular order
Lana Del Rey – Norman Fucking Rockwell!
Vampire Weekend – Father of the Bride


Weyes Blood – Titanic Rising
FKA twigs – Magdalene
Solange – When I Get Home
Nilufer Yanya – Mis Universe
Sharon Van Etten – Remind Me Tomorrow
Megan Thee Stallion – Fever
Kelsey Lu – Blood
Toro y Moi – Outer Peace

Top tunes not on the aforementioned albums
Ashley O – On A Roll
Rosalia – Millionaria
KH / Four Tet – Only Human
Caroline Polachek – So Hot You’re Hurting My Feelings
Burna Boy – Anybody
Peggy Gou – Starry Night
Solange – Binz
Sneaks – Money Don’t Grow On Trees
Velvet Negroni – Wine Green
Chinatown Slalom – Who wants To Be A Millionaire?
Nadia Tehran – Down
HAIM – Summer Girl
Angel Olsen – New Love Cassette
Baby Keem – Opinions
Crumb – Fall Down
Tyler, The Creator – Gone, Gone / Thank You
Kate Bollinger – Candy
Mega Bog – Diary of a Rose


Abby Rubin, Beggars Group
Favorite Records Released in 2019
Kelsey Lu – Blood
Weyes Blood – Titanic Rising
Hand Habits – Place Holder
Charlotte Adigery – Zandoli
Jenny Hval – The Practice of Love


Florist – Emily Alone
Big Thief – UFOF
Arthur Russell – Iowa Dream
Andy Stott – It Should Be Us
Carla del Forno – Look Up Sharp
Angel Bat Dawid – The Oracle
Anadol – Uzun Havalar
Dry Cleaning – Boundary Road Snacks and Drinks
Vanishing Twin – Cryonic Suspension May Save Your Life
Lana Del Rey – Norman Fucking Rockwell!
Angel Olsen – All Mirrors
Aldous Harding – Designer
Equiknoxx – Eternal Children
Sharon Van Etten – Remind Me Tomorrow
Little Simz – GREY Area
Kim Gordon – No Home Record
Purple Mountains – s/t
Ana Roxanne – ~~~
Moodyman – Sinner:KDJ-48
OLD TOWN ROAD
Mort Garson – Plantasia (reissue)

Best Books Read (but maybe not all published) this year
Normal People – Sally Rooney
The Pieces – Melissa Broder
Early Work – Andrew Martin
The Odd Woman and the City – Vivian Gornik
Motherhood – Sheila Heti
Trick Mirror – Jia Tolentino
Black Swans – Eve Babitz
Mars Room – Rachel Kushner

Naomi Scott, Beggars Group

On April 17th 2019 Beyonce graced us with Homecoming: The Live Album and it’s accompanying Netflix film, Homecoming. If you some how missed this earth-shattering event, Homecoming The Live Album is a live album recorded at Beyonce’s historic Coachella headlining performance in 2018, Homecoming is a film of those performances cut with rehearsal footage.

In a move of unspeakable badassary, this was dropped between the two weekends of this year’s Coachella and as a consequence completely eclipsed the event. WHO EVEN HEADLINED COACHELLA THIS YEAR? We have no way of knowing.

On a personal note: I got married on April 19th and my wife and I saved Homecoming to watch in the downtime between our wedding and the evening meal. It was as much part of the festivities as everything else. I’m not saying without Beyonce there would be no wedding, but I’m also not not saying that.

Anyway, in no particular order, here are some highlights:

• Alongside her usual band, Beyonce was backed by full drumline, choir, strings and dancers, all from HBCUs, and it sounded awesome. Less than a month later, Taylor Swift performed with a drumline at the Billboard Music Awards, it was not awesome.

• The same show was performed on consecutive weekends but with different costume colors (yellow weekend one, pink weekend two), there are parts of the Netflix film that cuts from one to the other mid-dance move so it looks like everyone’s clothes change color as they move. I have never recovered from the first time I saw this.

• That bit where Beyonce notices someone miraculously has on the same outfit as her. One of many miracles in Homecoming.

• That bit where Beyonce says “Are you ready Coachella? Let’s go get em” and I want to go get em.

• That bit where Solange comes out basically just to dance and they both fall over some how. They fall over just like the rest of us. Amazing.

• That bit where Jay-Z comes out for a bit so we can all have a bathroom break.

• The fact that I have since re-evaluated several songs I didn’t like very much in light of how good they sound on Homecoming. I can only apologize for my shortsightedness.

It would be remiss of me to not point out that Homecoming won zero Emmys, losing out in the Best Variety Special (Pre-Recorded) category to fucking Carpool Karaoke. I feel I should take this opportunity to once again apologize on behalf of my people for the existence of James Corden. He’s only here because we couldn’t cope with him any more.

Anyway, in conclusion, BEYONCE.

Steve Cross, Remote Control
Spike Fuck –Body By Crystal


June Jones – Big Art Museum
Metric Systems – Your Room
Danika Smith – Suit Of Armour
Gena Rose Bruce – Angel Face
HTRK – You Know How To Make Me Happy
Screensaver –How Any Down

40 Watt Banana -Maharashana
Sunbeam Sound Machine –Talking Distance
Tropical Fuck Storm –Maria 63

Giulia Distaso, Spin Go!
Kim Gordon – No Home Record
Lightning Bolt – Sonic Citadel
clipping. – There Existed an Addiction to Blood


Lingua Ignota – Caligula
Pharmakon – Devour
Chelsea Wolfe – Birth Of Violence
Nivhek – After its own death / Walking in a spiral towards the house
DEAFKIDS – Metaprogramação
USA/Mexico – Matamoros
The Dead C – Rare Ravers
Uboa – The Origin Of My Depression
Thegn – Loss
Yatta – Wahala
Klein – Lifetime
ISS – Alles 3rd Gut
Rakta – Falha Comum
Taiwan Housing Project – Sub-Language Trustees
Diat – Positive Disintegration
Uranium Club – The Cosmo Cleaners
Billy Woods & Kenny Segal – Hiding Places
Moor Mother – Analog Fluids of Sonic Black Holes
JPEGMAFIA – All My Heroes Are Cornballs
Kinlaw & Franco Franco – Mezzi Umani Mezze Macchine
Harrga – Héroïques Animaux De La Misère
Mai Mai Mai – Nel Sud

Valerie Lynch, Spin Go!
Fountains D.C. – Dogrel
Sharon Van Etten – Remind Me Tomorrow
Lana Del Rey – Norman Fucking Rockwell!
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds – Ghosteen
Billie Eilish – When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do we Go?
Mavis Staples – We Get By


Bad Breeding – Exiled
Chelsea Wolfe – Birth Of Violence

Kurt Vile & Cate Le Bon – 2020 U.S. Tour

(poster art by futuresongs.net)

Tickets for Kurt Vile’s 2020 spring tour with Cate Le Bon go on sale this Friday (December 20) at 10am local time (links below).  The shows — featuring the accompaniment of Stella Mozgawa and Stephen Black — are billed as “solo and together” and that seems self-explanatory but perhaps you might inquire with Reddit or the Maytag repair person in your neighborhood if you need to know more.

Kurt Vile On Tour, New Dates in Bold

Saturday, January 18 Empire Grand Oasis, Thermal CA ^
Wednesday, April 8 Thalia Hall, Chicago IL *
Thursday, April 9 MOCAD, Detroit MI *
Friday, April 10 The Warhol at Carnegie Lecture Hall, Pittsburgh PA *
Saturday, April 11 Stuart’s Opera House, Nelsonville OH *
Monday, April 13 Levon Helm Studios, Woodstock NY *
Tuesday, April 14 Somerville Theater, Somerville MA *
Wednesday, April 15 Lebanon Opera House, Lebanon NH *
Thursday, April 16 Town Hall, New York NY *
Monday, April 20 World Cafe Live, Philadelphia PA *
Tuesday, April 21 World Cafe Live, Philadelphia PA *
Thursday, April 23 White Eagle Hall, Jersey City NJ *
Friday, April 24 Lincoln Theatre, Washington DC *
Thursday, April 30 Neptune Theatre, Seattle WA *
Friday, May 1 Aladdin Theatre, Portland OR *
Saturday, May 2 Aladdin Theatre, Portland OR *
Monday, May 4 Mystic Theater, Petaluma CA *
Tuesday, May 5 Castro Theatre, San Francisco CA *
Wednesday, May 6 Rio Theatre, Santa Cruz CA *
Thursday, May 7 Fremont Theater, San Luis Obispo CA *
Friday, May 8 Theatre at the Ace Hotel, Los Angeles CA *
Saturday, May 9 Pappy & Harriets, Pioneertown CA *
Friday, May 15 Paramount Theatre, Austin TX *
May 29-31 I/S Heartland Festival København DK

^ with The Violators
* with Cate Le Bon

stream/download “Baby’s Arms” (featuring the Sadies)
Stream/Purchase Bottle It In

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Lucy Dacus : Austin City LImits TV Debut, January 4

(photo by Scott Newton, courtesy Austin PBS/Austin City Limits)

Lucy Dacus makes her Austin City Limits TV debut on PBS on January 4, 2020 with a Moody Theater concert taped this past July. Viewers can catch the episode (also featuring Sharon Van Etten) airing weekly on PBS stations nationwide (check local listings for times) and full episodes are made available online for a limited time at immediately following the initial broadcast.

stream/purchase ‘2019’
stream / order ‘Historian’ on clear vinyl

Lucy Dacus on tour :

Sunday, December 29 Johnny Brenda’s, Philadelphia PA *
Monday, December 30 Johnny Brenda’s, Philadelphia PA +
Tuesday, December 31 Johnny Brenda’s, Philadelphia PA &
January 17-19 , Songwriters Festival, South Walton FL
Friday, March 6 Ryman Auditorium, Nashville TN ^

* w/ McKinley Dixon
+ w/ Angelica Garcia
& w/ Addy & Mal Blum
^ w/ Ruston Kelly

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Spoon – “Is This The Last Time” (Demo)


(photo : Marika Ripke)

continuing Spoon’s vault-plundering series of rarity-unleashing, here’s a demo version of 2002’s b-side “Is This The Last Time”, now available for streaming or download.

stream/order ‘Everything Hits At Once : The Best Of Spoon’

Spoon on tour :
Wednesday, December 4th McMenamins Christal Ballroom, Portland OR
Thursday, December 5th Knitting Factory Boise, Boise ID
Saturday, December 7 Intersect, Las Vegas NV

Spoon online :

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Spoon – “The Underdog” (demo)

(photo : Oliver Halfin)

Spoon continue to plunder their own vault(s) and today unleash the demo version of “The Underdog”, the mega-hit from 2007’s ‘Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga’. Lovers of rock / cinema history might recall the song playing in the closing credits of 2011 Palme d’Or winner “Horrible Bosses” (not, I should stress, a documentary about working at Matador Records).

stream/download “The Underdog” (demo)
stream/order ‘Everything Hits At Once : The Best Of Spoon’

Spoon on tour :
Wednesday, December 4th McMenamins Christal Ballroom, Portland OR
Thursday, December 5th Knitting Factory Boise, Boise ID
Saturday, December 7 Intersect, Las Vegas NV

Spoon online :

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Matador’s End Of Decade Sale : 2010-2019 – Banality Meets Finality

(art : William Stout)

anyone can do a Black Friday or Cyber Monday sale. Only the truly insane (h/t Crazy Eddie) will pull something like this on a random Tuesday, however. Now thru December 2, we’re offering 25% off everything at the Matador Store (save for Lucy Dacus’ ‘2019′, and new titles from Desert Sessions and Algiers) w/ code “25offeverything” (HIGH FIVE, CREATIVE COPY TEAM) . LP’s, CD’s, MP3’s, hey, maybe even a few ill-advised cassettes from the greatest catalog in modern musical history from all of your favorites – Yo La Tengo, Snail Mail, Interpol, Belle and Sebastian, Steve Gunn, Spoon, Julien Baker, Car Seat Headrest, Perfume Genius, Stephen Malkmus (with and without The Jicks), Queens of the Stone Age, Kim Gordon, Lucy Dacus, Algiers, the New Pornographers, Cat Power, Ceremony, Liz Phair, Unsane, Guided By Voices, Darkside, Pavement, the New Pornographers, Sonic Youth, Fucked Up…I could go on but YOU GET THE IDEA.

Let the gifting / hoarding commence!

Spoon – “Inside Out” (demo)


This morning we’re pleased to make available the demo version of Spoon’s much-beloved “Inside Out”, the studio version of which appeared on 2014’s ‘They Want My Soul’.   Speaking with Entertainment Weekly, Britt Daniel recalled, “I wrote that on piano. It was just the chords and a melody, and I remember singing it for my girlfriend and at the time and she was not impressed. I was like ‘Are you kidding me? I know this is fucking great! And then it kind of just existed as this piano vocal song for a long time. I knew something was good about it but we were making  ‘I Want Your Soul’ and I didn’t want to have just a vocal and piano song on there, it felt we had done that too much already. So we put a beat to it that was sort of stolen from this Dr. Dre song. Then we used that kick-snare pattern and Alex [Fischel, keyboards and guitar] came up with the idea of a harp sound on a keyboard. Then it sounded like something we’d never done before.”

There’s a lesson of some sort in here but our office is already awash in “I-told-you-so”-isms already (if that’s a thing) but the important part to focus on is that during a period in which we’re shining a spotlight on Spoon’s past works, more cool artifacts from the band’s vault will be unleashed in the days ahead (November 19, December 3 and December 10, to be exact). Play along by utilizing hashtag #spoontbt if you’re inclined.

(photo : Oliver Halfin)

stream/downnload “Inside Out” (demo)
stream/order ‘Everything Hits At Once : The Best Of Spoon’

Spoon on tour :
Wednesday, December 4th McMenamins Christal Ballroom, Portland OR
Thursday, December 5th Knitting Factory Boise, Boise ID
Saturday, December 7 Intersect, Las Vegas NV

Spoon online :

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Lucy Dacus – ‘2019’ EP Out Today

Lucy Dacus’ hotly anticipated (well, slowly released over the course of this year, anyway) ‘2019’ EP is available in full today via your favorite streaming service or on 12″ vinyl at your local record shop or thru the Matador Store.

Tracklist :
1. Fool’s Gold
2. La VIe En Rose
3. My Mother & I
4. Forever Half Mast
5. Dancing In The Dark
6. In The Air Tonight
7. Last Christmas

stream/purchase ‘2019’
stream / order ‘Historian’ on clear vinyl

Lucy Dacus on tour :

Sunday, November 17 Corona Capital Festival, Mexico City MX
Wednesday, December 4 Royale, Boston, MA%
Thursday, December 5 Webster Hall New York, NY%
Saturday, December 7 9:30 Club, Washington, DC%
Sunday, December 29 Johnny Brenda’s, Philadelphia PA *
Monday, December 30 Johnny Brenda’s, Philadelphia PA +
Tuesday, December 31 Johnny Brenda’s, Philadelphia PA &
January 17-19 , Songwriters Festival, South Walton FL
Friday, March 6 Ryman Auditorium, Nashville TN ^

% w/ Haley Heynderickx
* w/ McKinley Dixon
+ w/ Angelica Garcia
& w/ Addy & Mal Blum
^ w/ Ruston Kelly

Lucy Dacus Online
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Spoon – PBS News Hour Feature

This past Saturday, PBS’ “News Hour” ran a feature on Spoon with interview and performance footage culled from the band’s most recent stop in Austin this past June, including a visit to Austin’s Girls Rock Camp.

stream / download “Shake It Off”
stream/order ‘Everything Hits At Once : The Best Of Spoon’

Spoon on tour :
Wednesday, December 4th McMenamins Christal Ballroom, Portland OR
Thursday, December 5th Knitting Factory Boise, Boise ID
Saturday, December 7 Intersect, Las Vegas NV

Spoon online :

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Kim Gordon – “Hungry Baby”

(photo : Natalia Mantini)

“Hungry Baby” is the latest single from Kim Gordon’s forthcoming solo album, ‘No Home Record’, out this Friday (October 11). Early praise for ‘No Home Record’ has been fairly over the top (“everything a Kim Gordon record should be: provocative, challenging and effortlessly cool” –DIY,
“a bold mix of industrial noise, art-punk poetics and wry wit” – The Guardian, “sharp, savvy and engagingly subversive” – Uncut), and there will be more to talk about later this week.

stream / download “Hungry Baby”

 preorder ‘No Home Record’

Kim Gordon Online :
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Kurt Vile – “Baby’s Arms” (featuring The Sadies)

(director – Ryan Scott)

“Baby’s Arms” feat. The Sadies, from an evening in New York’s Catskill Mountains in September 2018.
Excerpted from the forthcoming documentary, (bottle back), out October 3rd.


stream/download “Baby’s Arms” (featuring the Sadies)

Stream/Purchase Bottle It In

Kurt Vile & The Violators on Tour
Saturday, October 5 The Fillmore, San Francisco CA
Sunday, October 6 Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival, San Francisco CA
Wednesday, November 6 The Mission Ballroom, Denver CO %
Friday, November 8 The Criterion, Oklahoma City OK %
Saturday, November 9 Warehouse Live, Houston TX %
Sunday, November 10 Levitation Festival, Austin TX
November 16-17 Corona Capital, Mexico City MX

% w/ Dinosaur Jr.

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Steve Gunn : November Australia Dates


(photo by Bobby Fisher)

Following November’s visits to Japan and New Zealand, Steve Gunn returns to Australia for 7 shows – tickets go on sale at 10 am local time tomorrow (September 26).  Watch this space for news about more post-‘The Unseen In Between’ material being made available very soon.

STREAM/BUY The Unseen In Between

Steve Gunn on tour (new dates in bold)

Friday, October 18 Lambert’s, Austin TX %
Sunday, October 20 Duet Jazz ,The Bob Dylan Center Presents: An Evening with Steve Gunn, Tulsa OK
Wednesday, October 23 Showbox Theater, Seattle WA @%
Thursday, October 24 Commodore Ballroom, Vancouver BC @%
Friday, October 25 Wild Buffalo, Bellingham WA @%
Saturday, October 26 Wonder Ballroom, Portland OR @%
Monday, October 28 Slim’s, San Francisco CA @%
Tuesday, October 29 Slim’s, San Francisco CA @%
Wednesday, October 30 Slim’s, San Francisco CA @%
Sunday, November 3 Shibuya 7th Floor Tokyo JP %
Wednesday, November 6 Tuning Fork, Auckland NZ %
Thursday, November 7 Blue Smoke, Christchurch NZ %
Friday, November 8 Dog With Two Tails, Dunedin NZ %
Saturday, November 9 The Plant, Blenheim NZ %
Sunday, November 10 Moon, Wellington NZ %
Wednesday, November 13 Sitting Room Session, Hawkes Bay NZ %
November 16 + 17 Mullum Music Festival %
Monday, November 18 Junk Bar, Brisbane AU %

Wednesday, November 20 Altar, Hobart AU %
Thursday, November 21 Theatre Royal, Castlemaine AU + %
Friday, November 22 Melbourne Music Week, State Library, Melbourne AU + %
Saturday, November 23 Coalchella, Wombarra Bowlo, Wombarra AU %
Sunday, November 24 Red Rattler, Sydney AU + %

% indicates solo performance
@ w/ Dinosaur Jr.
+ w/ Tiny Ruins

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Out Today : Belle and Sebastian – ‘Days of the Bagnold Summer’ OST

Belle and Sebastian’s soundtrack album to the forthcoming motion picture ‘Days of the Bagnold Summer’ is out today on LP, CD and all digital formats and can be streamed or purchased here.

Track listing :

01. Sister Buddha (Intro)
02. I Know Where The Summer Goes
03. Did The Day Go Just Like You Wanted?
04. Jill Pole
05. I’ll Keep It Inside
06. Safety Valve
07. The Colour’s Gonna Run
08. Another Day, Another Night
09. Get Me Away From Here I’m Dying
10. Wait And See What The Day Holds
11. Sister Buddha
12. This Letter
13. We Were Never Glorious

Belle and Sebastian on Tour
Thursday, October 31 L’Aéronef, Lille FR
Friday, November 1 Pitchfork Music Festival, Paris FR
Saturday, November 2 Le Krakatoa, Mérignac FR
Sunday, November 3 Le Bikini, Toulouse FR
Monday, November 4 Baluarte, Pamplona ES
Wednesday, November 6 Aula Magna, Lisbon PT
Friday, November 8 Primavera Weekender, Benidorm ES

Belle & Sebastian online
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Spoon – Covering John Lennon’s “Isolation” on The Howard Stern Show

On Tuesday, Spoon’s cover of John Lennon’s “Isolation” was performed for Sirius/XM’s Howard Stern Show. “Rent I Pay” from the same session can be viewed via the Sirius/XM app.

stream / download “Shake It Off”
(stream/order ‘Everything Hits At Once : The Best Of Spoon’)

Spoon on tour :
Monday, October 21 Pepsi Center WTC, Ciudad De Mexico MX
Saturday, December 7 Intersect, Las Vegas NV

Spoon online :

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Yo La Tengo – Hanukkah 2019 At The Bowery Ballroom

Yo La Tengo continue their (nearly) annual series of Hanukkah shows for selected charities this December at New York’s Bowery Ballroom, December 22-29, with tickets on sale this Friday (September 6) at noon eastern.  No-fee tickets will also be available at the Mercury Lounge box office at noon ($50, cash only).

Yo La Tengo live : (new dates in bold

September 13-14, Huichica Festival, Walla Walla WA
Monday, September 16 Visual Arts Collective, Garden City ID
Tuesday, September 17 The State Room, Salt Lake City UT
Friday, September 20 El Rey, Los Angeles CA
Monday, September 23 The Chapel, San Francisco CA
Tuesday, September 24 The Chapel, San Francisco CA
Wednesday, September 25 The Chapel, San Francisco CA
Friday, October 11 Barclays Center, Brooklyn NY #
Sunday, December 22 Bowery Ballroom, New York NY
Monday, December 23 Bowery Ballroom, New York NY
Tuesday, December 24 Bowery Ballroom, New York NY
Wednesday, December 25 Bowery Ballroom, New York NY
Thursday, December 26 Bowery Ballroom, New York NY
Friday, December 27 Bowery Ballroom, New York NY
Saturday, December 28 Bowery Ballroom, New York NY
Sunday, December 29 Bowery Ballroom, New York NY

January 18-22, Wilco’s Sky Blue Sky Festival, Riviera Maya MX

# w/ Bon Iver

Yo La Tengo online:

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OUT TODAY : Snail Mail – ‘Habit’ reissue

Just a reminder that today marks the release date for the LP and CD versions of our reissue of Snail Mail’s 2016 EP ‘Habit’, also featuring a cover of Lois Maffeo’s “The 2nd Most Beautiful Girl In The World” as a bonus track.  Order/stream here.

Snail Mail on tour :

Thursday, September 5 Hopscotch Music Festival, Raleigh NC
Friday, September 13 NextNOW Fest, College Park MD
Friday, October 4 Middle of the Map Festival, Kansas City MO
Sunday, October 6 Red Rocks Amphitheater, Morrison CO
November 16-17 Corona Capital Music Festival, Mexico City MX

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Steve Gunn – Tokyo & New Zealand Dates This November

Steve Gunn returns to New Zealand for 6 solo shows this November preceded by his Japanese debut at Tokyo’s  Shibuya 7th Floor on November 3rd. Ticket links can be found below.

Stream / download “Be Still Moon” and “Shrunken Heads”
STREAM/BUY The Unseen In Between
Stream “Motion Pictures” (Amazon Originals)

Steve Gunn on tour (new dates in bold)

Thursday, August 1st WTMD First Thursday, Baltimore, MD
Friday, August 2 Johnny Brenda’s Philadelphia PA +
Saturday, August 3 The Bell House Outpost at Industry City, Brooklyn NY ^
Saturday, August 17th Sole East Resort, Montauk, NY
Saturday, August 24 Merleyn, Nijmegen NL
Sunday, August 25 Cabaret Vert Festival, Charleville Mezieres FR
Monday, August 26 Patterns, Brighton UK
Tuesday, August 27 Bodega, Nottingham UK
Wednesday, August 28 Stereo, Glasgow UK
Thursday, August 29 Exchange, Bristol UK
Friday, August 30 End of the Road, Dorset UK
Saturday, August 31 OLT, Antwerp BE *
Sunday, September 1 Sidecar, Barcelona ES
Monday, September 2 Kafe Antzokia, Bilbao ES
Tuesday, September 3 Sala 0, Madrid ES
Wednesday, September 4 ZDB, Lisbon PT
Friday, September 6 Zonnehuis, Amsterdam NL
Saturday, September 7 Misty Fields, Asten-Heusden NL
Sunday, September 8 Brotfabrik, Frankfurt DE
Monday, September 9 Bumann & Sohn, Köln DE
Tuesday, September 10 Lido, Berlin DE
Wednesday, September 11 Trafo, DE
Thursday, September 12 Druckluft, Oberhausen DE
Friday, September 13 Helling, Utrecht NL
Saturday, September 14 Leffingeleuren, Leffing BE
Monday, September 16 Lost Lane, Dublin IE %
Tuesday, September 17 Omeara, London UK %
Thursday, September 19 Kuudes Linja, Helsinki FI %
Monday, September 23 Salon, Istanbul TR %
Friday, October 18 Lambert’s, Austin TX %
Sunday, October 20 Duet Jazz (The Bob Dylan Center Presents: An Evening with Steve Gunn, Tulsa OK
Wednesday, October 23 Showbox Theater, Seattle WA @%
Thursday, October 24 Commodore Ballroom, Vancouver BC @%
Friday, October 25 Wild Buffalo, Bellingham WA @%
Saturday, October 26 Wonder Ballroom, Portland OR @%
Monday, October 28 Slim’s, San Francisco CA @%
Tuesday, October 29 Slim’s, San Francisco CA @%
Wednesday, October 30 Slim’s, San Francisco CA @%
Sunday, November 3 Shibuya 7th Floor Tokyo JP %
Wednesday, November 6 Tuning Fork, Auckland NZ %
Thursday, November 7 Blue Smoke, Christchurch NZ %
Friday, November 8 Dog With Two Tails, Dunedin NZ %
Saturday, November 9 The Plant, Blenheim NZ %
Sunday, November 10 Moon, Wellington NZ %
Wednesday, November 13 Sitting Room Session, Hawkes Bay NZ %

+ w/ Nace-Truscinski Duo
^ w/ Hand Habits
* w/ John Prine
% indicates solo performance
@ w/ Dinosaur Jr.

Steve Gunn online :
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