VIDEO : Algiers – “We Can’t Be Found”


(photo : Christian Högstedt)

Algiers have debuted a new track and video ‘We Can’t Be Found’, taken from the London/NYC quartet’s highly anticipated third album, the Ben Greenberg/Randall Dunn-produced ‘There Is No Year’, out January 17.

The mesmerising visual for the sinuous, dub-inflected song, which builds to a soaring, cascading chorus, propelled by the powerhouse vocals of  Franklin James Fisher, was directed by Ian Cone. “I always feel the most successful music videos are the ones that are reflective and convey the mood of the song to the listener over everything else,” says guitarist Lee Tesche. “In this instance, we collaborated with the artist Lloyd Benjamin, trying to frame some of his sculpture work in a more abstracted way, referencing the urban dystopian cityscapes found in the German expressionist films of the 1930s. The result aspires to be somewhere in between the unsettling work of Darius Khondji and the set design of The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari or Fritz Lang’s Metropolis.”

stream/download “We Can Be Found”
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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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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

New Algiers Track/Video, “Void”, Now Streaming, In-Store Tour In January

(director : Ian Cone)


(photo : Christian Högstedt)

Today, Algiers release “Void”, the second track, from the forthcoming album ‘There Is No Year’ , following Tuesday’s premiere via the Adult Swim Singles Club.  The song is also available as a flexi-disc as part of the vinyl edition of ‘There Is No Year’, out January 17

stream / download “Void”
preorder ‘There Is No Year’

To mark the release of ‘There Is No Year’, Algiers will perform in several U.S. record stores  including Atlanta’s Criminal Records, Philadelphia’s Repo and Brooklyn’s Rough Trade in mid January. See below and visit algierstheband.com/instoretour for further details. In February, the band will kick off a European tour, returning stateside in March.

Algiers on tour (new dates in bold):

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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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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Win The Next Decade’s Worth Of Matador Vinyl – IS THAT ENOUGH BANALITY FOR YOU?

Submit a playlist of your favorite Matador songs from 2010-2019 for a chance to win a copy of every vinyl album from the next decade: features.matadorrecords.com/decade (Contest is U.S. only). Today is the last day to save 25% on (almost) everything at the Matador Webstore, worldwide.  (Illustration by William Stout). #banalitymeetsfinality

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

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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

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Lucy Dacus – “Fools Gold”

(photo : Elizabeth Weinberg)

Marking the final instalment from her 2019 EP, out November 8th on Matador Records, Lucy Dacus has shared New Years-inspired original song “Fool’s Gold”

An arresting showcase of Dacus’ emotionally incisive songwriting, “Fool’s Gold” sees rhythmic acoustic guitar and Lucy’s crystalline vocals sketch with poignant brushstrokes the latent ambiguity and soul-searching that often accompanies this period of the year, moving deftly to a chorus of goosebumps-inducing emotional gravitas.

“I started writing ‘Fool’s Gold’ the moment after the last person left a New Year’s Eve party I hosted in 2018,” says Dacus, “I did what I said – drank the last of the champagne alone, felt anxious, and locked the door behind everyone. New Year’s has grown to be my favorite holiday, and this may be my favorite song on the EP.”

Dacus performed the song live in session for Seattle’s KEXP, who exclusively premiered the track. Watch the performance below :

stream/download “Fools Gold”
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

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Out Today : Desert Sessions – ‘Vols. 11 & 12’, “Crucifire” Video

(directed by Anthony Francisco Schepperd)

Ending a 16-year hiatus since its last installment, the most mythical, longest running rock n roll mixtape odyssey in existence, Desert Sessions has finally returned: The most ambitious entries yet in its expansive and elusive catalog: ‘Vols. 11 & 12′ (a/k/a respectively as ​’Arrivederci Despair​’ and ‘Tightwads & Nitwits & Critics & Heels​’) are now available on LP, CD and via all streaming services.

Highlights of the eight-song two-session collection include the creeping slowburn boogie of “Move Together” with its sublime Billy Gibbons (ZZ Top) vocal, the propulsive rocker “Crucifire” fueled by an incendiary vocal performance from Mike Kerr (Royal Blood), the self-explanatory “Chic Tweetz” featuring the enigmatic Töôrnst Hülpft, and the lush melodies of grand finale “Easier Said Than Done” featuring a showstopping vocal from ringleader Joshua Homme (Queens of the Stone Age).

Desert Sessions ‘Vols. 11 & 12’also arrive in a limited edition first vinyl pressing including a one of a kind custom mix & match body swap booklet. Exclusive merchandise bundles are available now.

‘Vols. 11 & 12’ were recorded (mostly) in December 2018 at Rancho De La Luna studios in Joshua Tree, CA, with Queens of the Stone Age founder and Desert Sessions ringleader/producer Joshua Homme enlisting a cast of players including:

Billy Gibbons (ZZ Top)
Stella Mozgawa (Warpaint)
Jake Shears (Scissor Sisters)
Mike Kerr (Royal Blood)
Carla Azar (Autolux, Jack White)
Les Claypool (Primus)
Matt Sweeney (Chavez, Superwolf, Endless Boogie)
Matt Berry (What We Do in the Shadows, Toast of London)
Libby Grace
Töôrnst Hülpft

The resulting eight songs embody the legacy of freedom from expectations and inhibitions that stretches back to 1997, when Homme led a first retreat to the Joshua Tree desert. What began as a casual writing and recording session amongst friends—isolated from daily distractions and comforts—has since become a possibly infinite body of work. Now spanning 12 volumes over the course of two decades (and a total of two documented live performances), The Desert Sessions has featured some of music’s most cherished icons—past players have included Polly Harvey, Mark Lanegan, Josh Freese, Dean Ween, among many others—deliberately removing themselves from their comfort zones and working together to create some of their most relaxed yet challenging work.

The tracklist for Desert Sessions ‘Vols. 11 & 12′ (a/k/a ​’Arrivederci Despair’​ and ​’Tightwads & Nitwits & Critics & Heels’)​ is:
Move Together (lead vocal: Billy F. Gibbons)
Noses in Roses Forever (lead vocal: Joshua Homme)
Far East for the Trees
If You Run (lead vocal: Libby Grace)
Crucifire (lead vocal: Mike Kerr)
Chic Tweetz (vocals: Töôrnst Hülpft, Matt Berry)
Something You Can’t See (lead vocal: Jake Shears)
Easier Said Than Done (lead vocal: Joshua Homme)


(photo : Andreas Neumann

STREAM/ORDER : Desert Sessions – Vols. 11 and 12

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New From Perfume Genius – “Pop Song”

(photo : Andrew J.S.)

Earlier this month, Perfume Genius (Mike Hadreas), choreographer Kate Wallich and Dance Company The YC debuted their project, The Sun Still Burns Here in Seattle. Today, Perfume Genius shares “Pop Song,” another work from the immersive dance piece and a follow up to the previously released “Eye In The Wall.” “It’s the sound of dancefloor euphoria,” said Pitchfork. “The color of lights flashing as you move through a crowd, the touch of skin damp and warm against everyone else’s.” Both songs, included in the full performance, can be seen live when the production arrives at the Joyce Theatre in NYC on November 13th. Additional performances will take place in Minneapolis in December and Boston in January. Full details below.

“Pop Song” is a riveting exploration of one’s physical form as an emotional conduit. “I imagined an ecstatic pile of bodies preparing to be consumed by the gods,” Hadreas says of the track. “A joyous communal sacrifice of the physical to spiritually level up. The lyric is like a conjuration spell to be sung when the mountain of bodies settles in position and is held still as an offering.” The track premiered yesterday on Sirius/ XMU and is available today at all streaming services.

stream / download “Pop Song”
stream/download “Eye In The Wall”

Perfume Genius with Kate Wallich + The YC Performing The Sun Still Burns Here :
November 13-17 The Joyce Theater, New York NY
December 5-7, Liquid Music X Walker Art Center, McGuire Theater, Minneapolis MN
January 17-18, ICA Boston, Boston MA

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Steve Gunn – ‘Acoustic Unseen’

(photo : Bobby Fisher)

Steve Gunn today releases ‘Acoustic Unseen’, a new EP of acoustic versions of songs from his critically acclaimed, ‘The Unseen In Between’. Following a year of worldwide touring and road testing the songs with a full band and in solo performances, the 7-song collection presents a spellbinding perspective on this stately set – disclosing the songs’ rich individual elements in Gunn’s dexterous and lyrical guitar style.

“After being on the road with the band since January,” says Gunn, “I wanted to spend an afternoon capturing the songs from ‘The Unseen In Between’ as I originally wrote them, with just me and my acoustic. Mid-year, I went back to the great Strange Weather Studio in Brooklyn, and played through the songs in their most basic form. It felt good.”

Accompanying the EP release is short compilation film “Unseen Anthology”. Directed by The Mitcham Submarine and edited by James Harman, the 12-minute film weaves together footage from touring, live sessions, official and unofficial music videos – including a breathtaking session for Toutpartout in a transformed convent in Ghent, on the road footage captured on a Fisher Price camera by Steve and his band, and acoustic videos filmed across London, including a Cecil Court bookshop. Taken together, it’s an engrossing, one-stop-shop live document of an artist in need of little more than a guitar and his voice to conjure a transfixing atmosphere, and an arresting visual companion to the EP.

stream/download ‘Acoustic Unseen’

Acoustic Unseen – Tracklist
1. New Moon
2. Vagabond
3. Chance
4. Luciano
5. New Familiar
6. Lightning Field
7. Paranoid

STREAM/BUY The Unseen In Between

Steve Gunn on tour :

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 : Kim Gordon – ‘No Home Record’

Today Kim Gordon releases her highly anticipated, ‘No Home Record’, an album already being heralded as “provocative, challenging and effortlessly cool” and “a superb genre-spanning solo debut.”  Those who purchase the CD or LP at Amoeba Hollywood (6400 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028) today can celebrate with Gordon in-person  at an in-store signing event starting at 7pm.

Earlier today, Gordon released a clip for “Hungry Baby”, which is the latest in a short video series the legendary musician and Berlin-based artist and filmmaker Loretta Fahrenholz created to accompany the album

 stream/order ‘No Home Record’ (t-shirt / tote bag bundles available from The Matador Store)


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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’

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Coming October 25 : Desert Sessions – Vols. 11 and 12

(directed by Liam Lynch)


(photo by Andreas Neumann)

Ending a 16-year hiatus since its last installment, the most mythical, longest running rock n roll mixtape odyssey in existence, Desert Sessions will return this October with the most ambitious entries yet in its expansive and elusive catalog: Vols. 11 & 12 (a/k/a respectively as ‘Arrivederci Despair’ and ‘Tightwads & Nitwits & Critics & Heels’) will be released October 25th. A limited edition first vinyl pressing will include a one of a kind custom mix & match body swap booklet. Exclusive merchandise bundles are available for pre-order now

Vols. 11 & 12 were recorded mostly in a six-day span in December 2018 at Rancho De La Luna studios in Joshua Tree, CA, with Queens of the Stone Age founder and Desert Sessions ringleader/producer Joshua Homme enlisting a cast of players including:

Billy Gibbons (ZZ Top)
Stella Mozgawa (Warpaint)
Jake Shears (Scissor Sisters)
Mike Kerr (Royal Blood)
Carla Azar (Autolux, Jack White)
Les Claypool (Primus)
Matt Sweeney (Chavez, Superwolf, Endless Boogie)
Matt Berry (What We Do in the Shadows, Toast of London)
Libby Grace
Töôrnst Hülpft

The results are eight new songs that embody the legacy of freedom from expectations and inhibitions that stretches back to 1997, when Homme led a first retreat to the Joshua Tree desert. What began as a casual writing and recording session amongst friends—isolated from daily distractions and comforts—has since become a possibly infinite body of work. Now spanning 12 volumes over the course of two decades (and a total of two documented live performances), The Desert Sessions has featured some of music’s most cherished icons—past players have included Polly Harvey, Mark Lanegan, Josh Freese, Dean Ween, among many others—deliberately removing themselves from their comfort zones and working together to create some of their most relaxed yet challenging work.

The tracklist for Desert Sessions ‘Vols. 11 & 12’ (a/k/a ‘Arrivederci Despair’ and ‘Tightwads & Nitwits & Critics & Heels’) is:

Move Together (lead vocal: Billy F. Gibbons)
Noses in Roses Forever (lead vocal: Joshua Homme)
Far East for the Trees
If You Run (lead vocal: Libby Grace)
Crucifire (lead vocal: Mike Kerr)
Chic Tweetz (vocals: Töôrnst Hülpft, Matt Berry)
Something You Can’t See (lead vocal: Jake Shears)
Easier Said Than Done (lead vocal: Joshua Homme)

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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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Algiers – “Can the Sub_Bass Speak”, New UK / European Dates In 2020

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ALGIERS have released a collaborative audiovisual piece, “Can the Sub_Bass Speak?”, a new work from the band and production duo Randall Dunn and Ben Greenberg. The new piece pits charged language and free jazz collage by ALGIERS multi-instrumentalist Franklin James Fisher, saxophonics pioneer Skerik and drummer D’Vonne Lewis against a maelstrom of visuals by award-winning filmmaker Sam Campbell and typographer Farbod Kokabi.

Inspired by a chance encounter with artists Moor Mother and Harrga at Wysing Polyphonic in 2018, “Can the Sub_Bass Speak?” contorts ALGIERS’ post-punk deconstruction of racial and class sonic politics into new collaborative directions. “Can the Sub_Bass Speak?” is the centerpiece of a larger web installation thereisnoyear
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The film recalls the ‘visual abstraction’ and political radicalism of Lis Rhodes and John Akomfrah, situating Fisher’s lyrical examination of structural racism within the disorienting resurgence of fascism across Europe and the United States.

Fisher writes :

“Who has the cultural authority to designate origin and authenticity? 
’Can the Sub_Bass Speak?’ is a frustrated regurgitation; a
re-contextualization; a re-appropriation; a shield and a mirror that
projects back onto the world a lifetime of interpellating language
rooted in weaponized ignorance and supremacist privilege.

The improvised punctuation is provided by Skerik on the tenor
saxophone and D’Vonne Lewis on drums and percussion.
The underlying cacophony traces the evolution of African-American
music, experience and identity.

This is not for the mercenary architects: the Jacks and Queens of
simulated experience.
This is for anyone who has found themselves on the sharp end of
insidious, rhetorical prying: ‘Where are you from?’ ‘What are you?’ 
This is for anyone who has had their identity assigned and determined
by the agents of patriarchy.
This is for the Subaltern.”

 

In addition, ALGIERS have announced UK & European headline tour dates for 2020, Kicking off in Brighton on February 3rd, the band headline London’s Village Underground on February 5th, before continuing to further stops in the UK and Europe. Tickets for the 2020 shows go on sale Friday, August 30th, at 10am. A full list of current and upcoming dates can be found below.

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Algiers On Tour, New 2020 Dates in Bold On Sale Friday at 9am GMT

Wednesday, August 28 Acquaviva, Montepulciano IT
Thursday, August 29 AMA Festival 2019, Bassano IT
Saturday, September 14 Soundsnoise Festival 2019, Dornbirn AT
Tuesday, September 17 Lido, Berlin DE
Friday, September 20 Reeperbahn Festival, Hamburg DE
Friday, September 27 Street Mode Festival 2019, Thessaloniki GR
Sunday, September 29 Route 66, Ioannina GR
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
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

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Coming October 11 : Kim Gordon – ‘No Home Record’

“Sketch Artist” (director – Loretta Fahrenholz)


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Multi-disciplinary artist Kim Gordon‘s first solo album, No Home Record is being released worldwide October 11th on Matador Records.  No Home Record follows the recent opening of Gordon’s solo exhibition “She Bites Her Tender Mind” at IMMA (Irish Museum of Modern Art) in Dublin and “Lo-Fi Glamour” at Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh, PA. Among its nine tracks, No Home Record features the new single “Sketch Artist” accompanied by a video directed by Berlin-based experimental artist Loretta Fahrenholz and includes a cameo from actress and writer Abbi Jacobson. Fahrenholz notes, notes ‘Sketch Artist’ is a haunted car ride. Kim drives as ‘Unter’ Pool summons passengers throughout nighttime LA. The city drifts by, passengers intermingle in the back seat and Kim’s deadly stare shocks pedestrians along her route.”

No Home Record
was produced largely by Justin Raisen (Charli XCX, Ariel Pink, Sky Ferreira) at Sphere Ranch in Los Angeles, along with contributions from Shawn Everett (Jim James, The War on Drugs) and composer/filmmaker Jake Meginsky (L’appel Du Vide, ‘Milford Graves Full Mantis’). Gordon’s solo debut album’s title is a nod to the French-Belgian director Chantal Akerman’s film No Home Movie .

‘Why a solo record? And why now?,’” Gordon mused of the upcoming solo debut. “I don’t know, but it wouldn’t have happened without the persistence of Justin Raisen.  Living in LA the last few years it feels like home, but the transience of the place makes it feel sometimes like no home.”

Since co-founding Sonic Youth in 1981, Kim Gordon has remained at the nexus of music, fashion, art and (more recently) books and film.  In the past few years alone, Gordon has debuted in the #1 spot on the NY Times Bestseller List with her 2015 memoir Girl In A Band, acted alongside Joaquin Phoenix and Jonah Hill under the direction of Gus Van Sant (in 2018’s “Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far On Foot”), released music and performed as one half of Body/Head alongside Bill Nace, and opened multiple solo-exhibitions at internationally renowned museums.

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Tracklist

1. Sketch Artist
2. Air BnB
3. Paprika Pony
4. Murdered Out
5. Don’t Play it
6. Cookie Butter
7. Hungry Baby
8. Earthquake
9. Get Yr Life Back

‘No Home Record’ will be available on standard black vinyl, limited edition white vinyl, CD, or cassette. Get 15% off your order when you bundle the record with a tee (featuring stills from the “Sketch Artist” video directed by Loretta Fahrenholz) or album art tote.

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With a career spanning nearly four decades, Kim Gordon is one of the most prolific and visionary artists working today. A co-founder of the legendary Sonic Youth, Gordon has performed all over the world, collaborating with many of music’s most exciting figures including Tony Conrad, Ikue Mori, Julie Cafritz and Stephen Malkmus. Most recently, Gordon has been hitting the road with Body/Head, her spellbinding partnership with artist and musician Bill Nace. Despite the exhaustive nature of her résumé, the most reliable aspect of Gordon’s music may be its resistance to formula. Songs discover themselves as they unspool, each one performing a test of the medium’s possibilities and limits. Her command is astonishing, but Gordon’s artistic curiosity remains the guiding force behind her music.

Gordon continues this pursuit on No Home Record, her first-ever solo release, produced by Justin Raisen (Angel Olsen, Yves Tumor, John Cale, Charli XCX, etc.) and recorded at Sphere Ranch in Los Angeles. Borrowing its name from a Chantal Akerman film, No Home Record is, in many ways, a return as much as it is a departure. When Gordon first began playing music in the early 1980s, she used a guitar, a drum machine, and some lyrics sniped from magazine advertisement copy. No Home Recordcontains echoes of that setup, in both form and concept.  On Cookie Butter (produced by Shawn Everett), Gordon’s vocals jut out insistently over a tinny raindrop beat: “You fucked / You think / I want / You fell.” The song continues, hectic and driving, until finding resolution in the lines “Industrial metal supplies / Cookie butter,” perfectly illustrating Gordon’s singular lyric capacity to meld cultural critique, divulgence and humor.

This captivating ability is further exemplified by Don’t Play it Back (produced by Jake Meginsky) where Gordon’s wiry vocals slice the track’s circling electric floor: “You don’t own me / Golden Vanity / You can pee in the ocean / It’s Free.” This nod—with a wink—towards culture’s increasingly fraught (and increasingly commodified) relationship with identity and the self is one of No Home Record’s central themes. “Shopping off a cliff / You’re a breath on my eye / To lose a compass of teeth / Hash away at twitter,” Gordon recites, phosphorescent and dirge-like, on the album’s stunning closer Get Yr Life Back Yoga,” Everydayeveryday, everyday / I feel bad for you / I feel bad for me.”

It makes sense that this “American idea” (as Gordon says on the agitated rock track Air BnB) of purchasing utopia permeates the record, as no place is this phenomenon more apparent than Los Angeles, where Gordon was born and recently returned to after several lifetimes on the east coast. It was a move precipitated by a number of seismic shifts in her personal life and undoubtedly plays a role in No Home Record’s fascination with transience. The album opens with the restless Sketch Artist, where Gordon sings about “dreaming in a tent” as the music shutters and skips like scenery through a car window. Even Earthquake, perhaps the record’s most straightforward track embodies this mood; Gordon’s voice wavering like watercolor: “If I could cry and shake for you / I’d lay awake for you / I got sand in my heart for you,” guitar strokes blending into one another as they bleed out across an unstable page. Front to back, No Home Record is an expert operation in the uncanny. You don’t simply listen to Gordon’s music; you experience it. – Elaine Kahn

 

Out Today : Spoon – ”Everything Hits At Once – The Best Of Spoon’


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‘Everything Hits At Once : The Best Of Spoon’ — featuring the new single, “No Bullets Spent” —  is out today.  LP and CD editions are now shipping from the Matador and Spoon webstores ; The album will be available at most independent record stores on August 2, and everywhere by August 16. Contact your local store for details.


Prior to Spoon’s show tonight at Austin’s 360 Ampitheater, the band will be signing copies of ‘Everything Hits At Once’ and the “No Bullets Spent” 7″ at Waterloo Records at 1pm.

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Spoon on tour :

Friday, July 26 Austin360 Amphitheater, Austin TX
Saturday, July 27 The Dos Equis Pavilion, Dallas TX
Sunday, July 28 The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, Houston TX
Tuesday, July 30 Hollywood Casino Amphitheater, St. Louis MO
Wednesday, July 31 Huntington Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island, Chicago IL
Friday, August 2 Riverbend Music Center, Cincinnati OH
Saturday, August 3 DTE Energy Music Theater, Detroit MI
Sunday, August 4 Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center, Indianapolis IN
Sunday, August 11 Budweiser Stage, Toronto ON
Monday, August 12 Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs NY
Tuesday, August 13 Darien Lake Amphitheater, Darien Center NY
Thursday, August 15 Xfinity Center, Mansfield MA
Friday, August 16 Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion, Gilford NH
Saturday, August 17 Forest Hills Stadium, Queens NY
Tuesday, August 20 PNC Bank Arts Center, Holmdel, NJ
Wednesday, August 21 BB&T Pavilion, Camden NJ
Thursday, August 22 Merriweather Post Pavilion, Columbia MD
Saturday, August 24 Coastal Credit Union Park at Walnut Creek, Raleigh NC
Sunday, August 25 PNC Music Pavilion, Charlotte NC
Tuesday, August 27 Oak Mountain Amphitheater, Birmingham AL
Thursday, August 29 Midflorida Credit Union Amphitheatre, Tampa FL
Friday, August 30 Coral Sky Amphitheatre, West Palm Beach FL

(all dates  with Beck and Cage The Elephant)

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Coming September 13 : Belle and Sebastian – ‘Days of the Bagnold Summer’

“Sister Buddha” video, directed by Stuart Murdoch

(photo by Marisa P. Murdoch)

‘Days of the Bagnold Summer’ began life as a 2012 award-winning graphic novel by Joff Winterhart, was turned into a feature film and the directorial debut of Simon Bird (“The Inbetweeners”, “Friday Night Dinner”), and is now a wonderful, rich, bittersweet, and warmly welcoming original soundtrack album by Belle and Sebastian, to be released September 13.



The announcement arrives with first single “Sister Buddha’” and its accompanying video (above).. The anthemic song is led by shards of melodic guitar and Stuart Murdoch’s compassionate lyrics and soaring vocals, telling of a protagonist in search of an escape from “the thrills, the pills, the circus ring” of daily life, brimming with a message of inner strength and solidarity.

‘Days Of The Bagnold Summer’ features eleven brand new Belle and Sebastian songs, as well as re-recorded versions of classics “Get Me Away From Here I’m Dying,” originally appearing on 1996’s If You’re Feeling Sinister, and “I Know Where The Summer Goes,” from 1998’s ‘This Is Just a Modern Rock Song’ EP.

‘Days Of The Bagnold Summer’ is set for release in 2020 and features Monica Dolan, Earl Cave, Rob Brydon, Alice Lowe, Tamsin Greig and Elliot Speller-Gillot. It’s a tender, touching and acutely observed coming-of-age story, which tells of a heavy-metal-loving teenager’s holiday plans falling through at the last minute, leading to him having to spend the summer with the person who annoys him most in the world: his mum. The film is set for release in 2020. 


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‘Days of the Bagnold Summer’ is the latest outside-the-box accomplishment from storied Glasgow 6-piece Belle and Sebastian, comprised of Stuart Murdoch, Stevie Jackson, Sarah Martin, Chris Geddes, Richard Colburn, Dave McGowan, and Bobby Kildea. The last two years have seen them go against conventional practice by releasing a trilogy of EPs to some of the best reviews of their career, and launch and curate their own four-day music festival at sea in The Boaty Weekender, continuing the individualist streak that has characterized them from day one.

Did Stuart Murdoch, Belle and Sebastian’s lead singer and songwriter, know the comic book before Bird, a longtime fan, approached the band to write the soundtrack? “No, I didn’t,” he admits. “But its style and its atmosphere set me off straight away. I read it on a Friday, and by Monday I pretty much had all my ideas lined up. What was great was that Simon hadn’t shot anything then.” He laughs. “You want to get in early, because that way you can start having late night conversations with the director about The Graduate, or whatever. We all have fantasies about those great movies of the Sixties and the Seventies. If you going to get involved with a project like this, you want to do it right.”

Interspersing some of their most casually gorgeous songs in recent memory with wildly transportal instrumentals, ‘Days of the Bagnold Summer’ is something of a scenic detour from the band’s recent work, largely exchanging the funk, soul and psych of the How To Solve Our Human Problems triptych for more pastoral and acoustic textures. Ones that make lyrical use of strings, French horn, banjo and the occasional trumpet.

Some inspiration may have stemmed from revisiting past plains: “‘Get Me Away From Here I’m Dying’ is a song from our second LP [the seminal If You’re Feeling Sinister from 1996],” says Murdoch. “Simon was adamant he wanted to use it. He’s a proper fan of the group.” The former was re-recorded for the soundtrack along with another B&S classic, “I Know Where The Summer Goes,” originally appearing on 1998 EP This Is Just A Modern Rock Song. Bird also went for a song called “Safety Valve,” (“I wrote a song to you/ I poured my soul in it/ now I’m feeling flat/ I want my soul back”), not knowing he’d stumbled upon Belle and Sebastian collector’s gold dust. “That one’s ancient,” says Murdoch. “It predates the band; it’s maybe 25 years old. The only time I can remember ever playing it was in a coffee shop with a friend of mine, and people scratching their heads. There was only a verse and a chorus, so I went back to it, and revised the words. It’s a simple song about being over-reliant on a particular person – probably my girlfriend at the time. But it seems to work okay here, too.”

The single “Sister Buddha” serves as a loose ‘theme’, appearing at the beginning and towards the end of the album. While not originally written for the film, it struck a chord with Bird: “It just came from my present interest in Buddhism. Simon picked up on it, wanting to have something uplifting at the end of movie, and we were happy for him to have it”.

Another new track, written by Murdoch specifically for the film this time, is “Did The Day Go Just Like You Wanted?” (“Did the day go just like you wanted?/ Or did you hold on with your fingernails?”). “That came out so quickly. It’s based on the relationship between the mum and the son. I guess I used my own experience a bit, feeling it: the situation they are in.”

The brief and spacious “Another Day, Another Night” (“Another day, another night/ I spend my life not-thinking about you”) was written by Sarah Martin. “In the screenplay, the mum is a richer character than in the book, and I was taken by that,” she says. “This is really her song: she doesn’t have much of a facade; she’s not robust. There’s a point when she thinks about an old boyfriend, and her whole past, with all its regrets, suddenly opens up before her. I love her character.”

“Jill Pole,” an instrumental waltz of windswept harmonica and violin, contributes an almost prairie-like expanse and melancholy, while the baroque-tinged “We Were Never Glorious” draws down the curtain with wistful clarinet and snippets of dialogue from the film.

Is releasing a soundtrack a different prospect from releasing a regular album? Would a Belle and Sebastian fan notice the difference if they didn’t know? “Everything we do that becomes an album is a big deal for us,” says Murdoch. “We’re quietly pleased with how the collaboration went, but the truth is that you don’t know what’s going to happen when it goes out into the world, and people hear it.” Martin thinks it is slightly different from other records they’ve put out. “It’s more consistent, probably, than most of our albums. Soundtracks are a deeper cut. They’re not a big pop statement.” But is making music for film that different than making it for a listener? “The whole thing with music is to make a good moment better,” Murdoch says. “Deeper, more thrilling, more heartfelt.” – Rachel Cooke

Belle and Sebastian on tour :

Tuesday, July 2 The Leadmill, Sheffield UK (SOLD OUT)
Wednesday, July 3 Albert Hall, Manchester UK (SOLD OUT)
Thursday, July 4 O2 Academy, Oxford UK (SOLD OUT)/

Wednesday, July 10, Brooklyn Steel, Brooklyn NY
Thursday, July 11 Sprint Pavilion, Charlottesville VA
Friday, July 12 Union Transfer, Philadelphia PA
Saturday, July 13 House of Blues, Boston MA
Monday, July 15 M Telus, Montreal QC
Tuesday, July 16 Danforth Music Hall, Toronto ON
Thursday, July 18 The Warhol at Carnegie Music Hall, Pittsburgh PA
Friday, July 19 House Of Blues, Cleveland OH
Saturday, July 20, Pitchfork Music Festival, Chicago IL *
Sunday, July 21 Royal Oak Music Theatre, Royal Oak MI
Tuesday, July 23 Weesner Family Amphitheater, Minnesota MN
Thursday, July 25 Calgary Folk Music Festival, Calgary AB
Thursday August 8 The Boaty Weekender, Barcelona ES
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
November 8-9, Primavera Weekender, Benidorm ES

* performing If You’re Feeling Sinister 

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