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

Really good news, TNV fans.

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

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

-the Stay Awake EP, 7″

-the Whitney poster from the band’s 2008 performance

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


Cave Singers celebrate ‘Welcome Joy’ Pacific Northwest style


To celebrate the release of their new record, ‘Welcome Joy’, The Cave Singers are blowing out the Pacific Northwest with 3 record release parties around the area.

The band will play not one… not two… but THREE free, all-ages instores in Seattle, Portland and Bellingham, Washington.

Tuesday August 18th @ Easy Street Records in Seattle 7pm

Wednesday August 19th @ Music Millenium in Portland 6pm

Friday August 21 @ Everyday Music in Bellingham, WA 6pm

These performances will be followed by an appearance at Bumbershoot and a full US tour.

(Preorder ‘Welcome Joy’ on CD, LP, MP3 or FLAC)

God Help The Girl: Subscription + Brand New Video

GodHelpTheGirl.com has re-launched with a very exciting, fan-drooler of a subscription offer that includes 7″s, a Deluxe CD or LP of the new album, a 10″ and oodles of extra digital goodies.  Plus, if you order you will get an instant stream of the entire album.

This subscription package will gently unwind over the months allowing you to soak up the living, breathing world of God Help The Girl. A musical project with a beautifully and diligently crafted narrative that deserves to be listened to over time, for each place, character and voice to be properly digested before moving on to the next.

As well as delivering 7″ singles, 10″ EPs and your choice of CD or LP albums straight to your door we will regularly fill your inbox with video footage made to document the creative process by Stuart Murdoch and Marisa Privitera, music videos and album streams to keep you entertained no matter how far from your record players you stray this summer.

By subscribing you will receive the following:


  • 11th May: 7″ ‘Come Monday Night’ single
  • 22nd June: LTD CD or LP God Help The Girl album
  • 20th July: 7″ ‘Funny Little Frog’ single
  • By Xmas: 10″ 5 track exclusive EP


  • A full album stream on purchase
  • MP3s of the Album & 7″ on release
  • The ‘Come Monday Night’ video
  • 4 x episodes documenting the ‘Making of”
  • The ‘Funny Little Frog’ video
Now to further get you excited, here is the brand new video for the first single “Come Monday Night” directed by Blaire Young and Stuart Murdoch. (via Pitchfork.tv)

Christmas shopping – Cat Power double 10″ EP and more

This coming Tuesday, the limited-edition double vinyl gatefold 10″ EP from Cat Power hits the stores. Entitled Dark End Of The Street, it includes six bewitching cover songs from the Jukebox sessions and not included on that album. This would make a wonderful Christmas or Hannukah present for someone who likes gatefold covers, or cover songs, and it’s available for preorder now.

We have a lot of other deluxe packages from this year appropriate for stocking-stuffers or under-the-tree action. The deluxe 44-song, 48-page book, die-cut slipcase edition of Pavement’s Brighten The Corners, for example (and if you preorder now, you can still – just – get the ultra-limited live vinyl bonus LP, exclusive to this release). Two weeks ago we released Belle and Sebastian’s justly acclaimed BBC Sessions, with essential radio performances from their early 1996-2001 period. The deluxe version of the CD comes with a second disc containing a complete concert in Belfast from December 2001. The set includes covers of I’m Waiting For The Man, The Boys Are Back In Town and Here Comes The Sun. This is strictly limited and once it goes, it’s gone.

There’s also the deluxe version of the Mogwai’s latest, The Hawk Is Howling, which comes with a bonus DVD containing two videos for “Batcat” (including one nightmarish one directed by Dominic Hailstone of Chris Cunningham / Aphex Twin video fame), and a short documentary about the band by Vincent Moon.

And of course, last March, we released to-die-for versions of the three original Mission Of Burma albums on Ace of Hearts. We’ve banged on enough about the real all-analog mastering from the original tapes, the precious live footage from the late ’70s and early ’80s, the gatefold sleeves on the vinyl, and the books with interviews and photos and more. We’re prouder of these packages than any other reissue we’ve ever done. All three are available for a very short time longer in a vinyl bundle deal for 50 bucks.

There are also a few deluxe copies of Cat Power’s Jukebox left with the gatefold foil digipak and second CD. Then there’s just about every vinyl release from this year, nearly all printed at Stoughton and pressed on RTI HQ180 vinyl. Single LPs here and double LPs here.

And of course, there are also Matador T-shirts, record bags, and slipmats… not to mention bundle deals.

The Matador Store.

photo of Chan Marshall by Stefano Giovanini

New Matador Store is LIVE


We’re very happy to announce the newest incarnation of the Matador Store is now up and running. We embed ourselves even more comfortably in the digital age by offering digital (MP3 and FLAC) downloads in addition to a nicer, easier to navigate look and loads of other geeked-out features.

* Mp3s (256k) and FLAC (lossless) files. Can we say that they’re encoded at a higher bit rate than iTunes? Because they are.
*Sample files of everything in our digital catalog
*Digital files are fully integrated with Songbird and will put the downloads you’ve purchased directly into your Songbird “Purchased Playlist” as well as allow you to easily browse and listen to sample files.
* A download helper for both MAC and PC to improve the experience of downloading singles and albums

Please note that this is a soft launch of the digital store and we’ll have a more comprehensive version of the digital catalog (along with a mess of draped up and dripped out features) next Wednesday.
Store Snapshot