Jay Reatard and Times New Viking Ruin The UK

So we hit the ground running in London with Jay at the Old Blue Last and Times New Viking at Proud Galleries, before heading south at the weekend and back to the homeland of Camber Sands, ATP.

Jay, Billy and Stephen opened the festival with an intense 24 minute set. Billy made a new friend.

Times New Viking’s dedications and shout outs brought a tear to the eye of every grown man in the room. English accents are being perfected this week by experiencing everything quintessentially English.

Full respect to Matt Psychedelic Horseshit (centre) who apart from working the sound magic on TNV, was smoking weed hard-core everyday with the Meat Puppets.

Our fresh faced troopers continue their take-over plan tonight at Bardens Boudoir in North London, and again tomorrow at the Old Blue Last as part of the Stag&Dagger festival. If you see this man on the street over the next few days, please give him a helping hand.

Jay Reatard- Painted Shut Pre-Order Starts 3pm TODAY

The second 7″ in Jay Reatard’s singles series for Matador Records & Filmworks, “Painted Shut” b/w “An Ugly Death” will be available for pre-order at 3PM Eastern Time. As with the last record, quantities are extremely limited so we can only honor one copy per order.

This record features features artwork by Mike Sniper.

Order HERE

Matador & Jay Reatard : This Is What We Like To Call A Press Release

(photo by Jeff Allen)

Matador is pleased to announce the signing of a multi-album, worldwide, exclusive recording agreement with prolific Memphis people person Jay Reatard. The label was already engaged in a series of limited-edition 7″ releases, to be compiled on CD for fall release. The first 7″, “See/Saw,” is already sold out; the second, “Painted Shut,” is due out on May 20. Jay will be recording in August for a brand-new studio album out in early 2009. (His former label, In The Red, is releasing a compilation of early singles in June.)

Jay Reatard – 2 Singles Down, 4 To Go

The second 7″ in Jay Reatard‘s singles series for Matador Records & Filmworks, “Painted Shut” b/w “An Ugly Death” will be in U.S. stores May 20 (May 19 in the UK). The cover art (above) is by Mike Sniper.

We’ll be announcing the preorder date soon —- keep your eyes glued to this blog and/or the Matador Bulletin Board.

May 19 remains the UK release date for “See/Saw” b/w “Screaming Hand”.

Jay Reatard – Confirmed UK Dates

(pic from Surgery‘s Flickr page)

Thu 8-May-08 Old Blue Last, Shoreditch London
Sun 11-May-08 All Tomorrow’s Parties, Camber Sands
Tue 13-May-08 White Heat, Madame JoJo’s, London
Wed 14-May-08 Cafe Otto, London with Times New Viking
Thu 15-May-08  Stag and Dagger, London with Times New Viking and Lovvers
Mon 19-May-08  Pure Groove Records, London

more dates to be announced. Unless they’re top secret, in which case they won’t be.

Jay Reatard- See/Saw Pre-Order Starts TODAY

Jay Reatard- See/Saw

The first 7″ in Jay Reatard’s singles series for Matador, “See Saw” b/w “Screaming Hand”, goes up for pre-order TODAY at 3pm Eastern Time. Because of the extremely limited quantity of this record we will only honor one copy per customer so plans to stockpile these and send your kids to college isn’t going to work this time around. Also, once they’re gone, they’re gone so don’t dilly-dally!!


Intended Play sampler 2008 — ready to download and burn

For the first time, we’re making our annual ‘Intended Play’ label sampler available digitally. Click on the link to get a zipped file of all 12 tracks plus front and back artwork, and burn it yourself (or just listen to it digitally):

Intended Play 2008 (zip file)

Track listing:

1. Jay Reatard Always Wanting More (from 7″ #3, due out June 17 June 24)
2. Times New Viking DROP-OUT (from Rip It Off, released January 22)
3. Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks Cold Son (from Real Emotional Trash, released March 4)
4. Shearwater Leviathan, Bound (from Rook, due out June 3)
5. Cat Power Metal Heart (from Jukebox, released January 22)
6. Matmos Polychords (from Supreme Balloon, due out May 6)
7. Mission Of Burma That’s How I Escaped My Certain Fate (from Vs.: The Definitive Edition, released today, March 18)
8. Jaguar Love Bats Over The Pacific Ocean (from Take Me To The Sea, due out this summer August 19)
9. The Cave Singers Helen (from Invitation Songs, released last September)
10. Dead Meadow I’m Gone (from Old Growth, released February 5)
11. The New Pornographers All The Things That Go To Make Heaven And Earth (live) (from Live From Soho (iTunes Exclusive), released March 11)
12. Earles & Jensen Bleachy Is Back In Town, Look Out (from Just Farr A Laugh Vols. 1 & 2: The Greatest Prank Phone Calls Ever!, due out April 22 May 6)

The sharp-eyed among you will note that some of these tracks are not the ones released as promo MP3s to date.

Matador’s Cavalcade Of Stars Set To Invade The Texas Capitol

(Beth and Adam from Times New Viking, using the Bowery Ballroom stage as a mere tune up for Austin’s super swank Soho Lounge. Pic swiped from Rafe Baron’s Flickr page)

I won’t be wearing a “Welcome To Austin : Now Fuck Off” tee next week, mostly because a) I hate slogans and b) there’s too much ketchup on the shirt to wear it in public (again). However, in the interests of keeping you, our close friends, fully informed, we’ve assembled as complete a list as possible of all the events various Matador recording artists are playing next week during the South By Southwest Clusterfuck ™. Please be advised that we’re gonna list the officially sanctioned SXSW events separately from the day parties, after hours bashes, gigs in non-participating clubs, etc., because we don’t wanna mislead anyone. Much like everything good in this world, the below gigs are subject to change. If you can’t get in, there’s undoubtedly something else going that’s not nearly as crowded a few feet away.

OFFICIAL SXSW “Showcases” (like plastic lucite!)

Wednesday, March 13 – Shearwater, Club DeVille, 1am (Brooklyn Vegan party)

Thursday, March 14 – Yo La Tengo, Austin Music Hall, 9:30pm (with My Morning Jacket)
Thursday, March 14 – Jay Reatard, Vice, 302 E. 6th Street 10:30pm
Thursday, March 14 – Times New Viking, Soho Lounge, 217 E. 6th St., 12:30am (Siltbreeze showcase)

Friday, March 15 – Earles & Jensen Present The History Of The Prank Call, Esther’s, 525 E. 6th St., 10:30pm (Super Deluxe showcase)


Wednesday, March 12 – Shearwater, The Mohawk, 4pm (Austinist/Gothamist party)
Wednesday, March 12 – Times New Viking, La Zona Rosa, 10pm (Free Yr Radio/Urban Outfitter party)

Thursday, March 13 – Jay Reatard, French Legation Museum, 5pm (Other Music party)
Thursday, March 13 – Times New Viking, French Legation Museum, 6pm (Other Music party)

Friday, March 14 – Jay Reatard, Emo’s Main Room, 1:30pm (Pitchfork/Windish Booking party)
Friday, March 14 – Yo La Tengo, French Legation Museum, 4pm (Other Music party)
Friday, March 14 – Times New Viking, Emo’s, 4pm (Pitchfork/Windish Booking party)
Friday, March 14 – Jay Reatard, Vice Day Stage, 1106 E. 11th Street, 4pm
Friday, March 14 – Shearwater, French Legation Museum (Other Music party)

Saturday, March 15 – Shearwater, Mess With Texas 2, Waterloo Park, 1:30pm
Saturday, March 15 – Earles & Jensen, Mess With Texas 2, Waterloo Park, 2:30pm
Saturday, March 15 – Jonathan Meiburg of Shearwater, Spiderhouse Cafe, 2908 Fruth Street, 3pm
Saturday, Match 15 – Jay Reatard, Mess With Texas 2, Waterloo Park, 5:15pm
Saturday, Match 15 – Times New Viking, Waterloo Records instore, 3pm

(a full list of the official SXSW gigs)

(a nearly full collection of unofficial gigs, parties, etc.)

Coming April 8 – Jay Reatard “See Saw” b/w “Screaming Hand” 7″

The first 7″ in Jay Reatard’s singles series for Matador, “See Saw” b/w “Screaming Hand”, will be in shops April 8 (preorders available from us, soon). Recorded at Shattered Studios this past January, both songs are unlikely to disappoint those who’ve been pestering us EVERY FUCKING DAY with questions about when these singles are coming out. Sure, the customer-is-always-right. But the customer isn’t always polite. Is it really necessary to threaten a hardworking label general manager with bodily harm? Is there any acceptable reason for someone to leave me a voice mail stating “I know what you’re wearing and I’m watching you right now?”

OK, admittedly, that message came in several weeks before we announced we were working with Jay. But regardless, this is an awesome single that totally lives up to the crazily high standards Jay Reatard has set, and we fully expect it will quell your consumerist fury for at least a day before we start being threatened about single no. 2.

Though we posted a bunch upcoming Jay Reatard dates already, all of the old ones plus a bunch of newly confirmed dates are below. Jay will be playing multiple times during the week of SXSW, but we’ve been asked to keep you guessing exactly where and when.

Thu Mar 6 Sydney The Annadale
Fri Mar 7 Melbourne E Brunswick Club
Sat Mar 8 Brisbane Club Phoenix
Sun Mar 9 Meredith Golden Plains Fest
Mon Mar 10 Melbourne The Tote

Fri 2/22/08 Reggie’s Chicago IL
Thu 3/27/08 Rialto Theater Tucson AZ w/The Black Keys
Fri 3/28/08 Marquee Theater Tempe AZ w/The Black Keys
Sat 3/29/08 House of Blues San Diego CA w/The Black Keys
Sun 3/30/08 The Glass House Pomona CA w/The Black Keys
Tue 4/1/08 Wiltern Theater Los Angeles CA w/The Black Keys
Wed 4/2/08 Warfield Theater San Francisco CA w/The Black Keys
Fri 4/4/08 Crystal Ballroom Portland OR w/The Black Keys
Sat 4/5/08 SoDo Lounge Seattle WA w/The Black Keys
Sun 4/6/08 Commodore Ballroom Vancouver BC w/The Black Keys
Wed 4/9/08 OgdenTheater Denver CO w/The Black Keys
Thu 4/10/08 Slowdown Omaha NE w/The Black Keys
Fri 4/11/08 First Avenue Minneapolis MN w/The Black Keys
Sat 4/12/08 Riviera Theater Chicago IL w/The Black Keys
Sun 4/13/08 The Vogue Indianapolis IN w/The Black Keys
Tue 4/15/08 Royal Oak Theater Royal Oak MI w/The Black Keys
Wed 4/16/08 Babylon Ottawa, Canada ON w/CPC Gangbangs
Thu 4/17/08 Silver Dollar Toronto ON w/CPC Gangbangs
Fri 4/18/08 La Sala Rossa Montreal QC w/CPC Gangbangs
Sat 4/19/08 [email protected] University Ithaca NY
Sun 4/20/08 Harper’s Ferry Allston MA w/Cheap Time
Mon 4/21/08 Bowery Ballroom New York NY w/Cheap Time
Tue 4/22/08 Europa Brooklyn NY w/Cheap Time
Thu 4/24/08 Terrace Club @ Princeton Princeton NJ w/Cheap Time
Fri 4/25/08 Swarthmore College Swarthmore PA w/Cheap Time
Sat 4/26/08 Black Cat Washington DC w/Cheap Time
Sun 4/27/08 The Milestone Charlotte NC w/Cheap Time
Mon 4/28/08 Lenny’s Atlanta GA w/Cheap Time

New Jay Reatard U.S. and Australian dates

(pic taken from Jimmybuttons’ Flickr page)

We’ll be releasing details about Jay Reatard‘s first 7″ for Matador very soon. Until then, here’s a bunch of forthcoming shows.

Feb 22 – Reggie’s Rock Club Chicago, Illinois
Mar 7 – E Brunswick Club Melbourne
Mar 8 – Club Phoenix Brisbane
Mar 9 – Meredith Golden Plains Festival Meredith
Mar 10 – The Tote Melbourne
Mar 27 – Rialto Theater ** Tucson, Arizona
Mar 28 – Marquee Theater ** Tempe, Arizona
Mar 29 – House of Blues ** San Diego, California
Mar 30 – The Glasshouse ** Pomona, California
Apr 1 – Wiltern Theater ** Los Angeles, California
Apr 2 – Warfield Theater ** San Francisco, California
Apr 4 – Crystal Ballroom ** Portland, Oregon
Apr 5 – The Showbox ** Seattle, Washington
Apr 6 – Commadore Ballroom ** Vancouver, British Columbia
Apr 9 – Ogden Theater ** Denver, Colorado
Apr 11 – First Avenue ** Minneapolis, Minnesota
Apr 12 – Riviera Theater ** Chicago, Illinois
Apr 13 – The Vogue ** Indianapolis, Indiana
Apr 15 – Royal Oak Theater ** Royal Oak, Michigan
Apr 22 – Europa, Brooklyn, NYC

(** – with The Black Keys)

Jay will be playing multiple times during SXSW and as soon as we know the times/dates (ie. we read them on Brooklyn Vegan), we’ll certainly share the news.

Tickets for the April 22 show at Europa are available here.

Jay Reatard & Matador

(pic taken from Jimmybuttons’ Flickr page)

After months of public speculation, late night phone calls and a fascinating thread on a bulletin board other than our own, we’re pleased to announce Matador will be releasing six limited edition singles in 2008 by the wildly prolific Jay Reatard.

Manufactured quantities of each single will diminish with each successive release.  We’ve not figured out the exact scheme yet, but given our commitment to the customer-always-being-angry, rest assured the numbers will be lower than you’d like.

For those not nearly hung up on the collector skum scenery, all 6 7″‘s will be compiled for a subsequent CD and LP release.

Jay’s blog can be found here.  His myspace page, here.  We’ll have some real info about this early in the new year.