Iceage NYC 1/25 – 26/13: A Short Film by Cali Thornhill Dewitt

You’ll remember earlier this year Iceage visited New York to play two shows and help present the ‘Thrown Together‘ gallery event, an art exhibition featuring some artworks from their friends local and global. Los Angeles-based artist/photographer/director/label boss Cali Thornhill Dewitt came along for the ride and produced a striking short film tracking the band’s activities that weekend in the city & shots of the visuals on display, set to live audio of “Morals” from ‘You’re Nothing‘  — you can watch this below or at Pitchfork.TV today.

Iceage are on tour right now and will be in the states at the end of the month. Pick up ‘You’re Nothing‘ at the Matador store or your favorite music retailler.
Thu. March 7 – Liepzig DE @ UT Connewitz
Fri. March 8 – Munster, DE @ Gleiss 22
Sat. March 9 – Groningen, AT @ Vera
Sun. March 10 – Hamburg, DE @ Hafenklang
Wed. March 20 – Vancouver, BC @ the Biltmore w/ Spectres
Thu. March 21 – Seattle, WA @ Barboza w/ King Dude
Fri. March 22 – Olympia, WA @ Capital Theater (backstage)
Sat. March 23 – Portland, OR @ Star Theater
Sun. March 24 — Arcata, CA @ Big Tree
Mon. March 25 – San Francisco, CA @ Rickshaw Stop w/ Merchandise, Wet Hair
Tue. March 26 – Oakland, CA @ New Parish w/ Merchandise, Wet Hair
Thu. March 28 – Bakersfield, CA @ Munoz Gym w/ Milk Music, Sea Lions
Fri. March 29 – Los Angeles, CA @ Echoplex w/ Milk Music, Sea Lions
Sun. March 31 – San Diego, CA @ Casbah w/ Milk Music
Mon. April 1 – Tempe, AZ @ Deadhorse Warehouse w/ Milk Music, Destruction Unit
Thu. April 4 – Denver, CO @ Marquis Theater w/ Merchandise, Wet Hair
Fri. April 5 — Kansas City, KS @ Middle of the Map Festival
Sat. April 6 – Grinnell, IA @ Grinnell College w/ Wet Hair – FREE SHOW
Sun. April 7 – Minneapolis, MN @ Triple Rock Club w/ Condominium, Wild Child
Tue. April 9 – Madison, WI @ University of Wisconsin w/ Skrapyard – FREE SHOW
Wed. April 10 – Chicago, IL @ Empty Bottle w/ Violent End, Final Grin
Thu. April 11 – Columbus, OH @ Ace of Cups
Fri. April 12 – Pittsburgh, PA @ 6119
Tue. April 16 – Burlington, VT @ Monkey House w/ White Lung
Wed. April 17 – Boston, MA @ TT the Bear’s w/ White Lung
Thu. April 18 – New Haven, CT @ Lilly’s Pad (Toad’s Place Upstairs) w/ White Lung
Fri. April 19 – Philadelphia, PA @ First Unitarian Church w/ Metz, Night Birds, White Lung
Sat. April 20 – New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom w/ White Lung, Parquet Courts, Burial

Thu. May 30 thru Sun. June 2 – Austin,TX  @ Chaos In Tejas
Mon. June 3 — Houston,TX  @ Mango’s
Tue. June 4  — New Orleans,LA @ Siberia
Wed. June 5 — Gainseville,FL @ the Atlantic
Fri. June 7 — Miami,FL  @ Churchill’s
Sat. June 8 — Tampa,FL @ Crowbar
Sun. June 9 — Atlanta,GA @ the Earl
Mon. June 10 — Charlotte,NC @ the Milestone
Tue. June 11 — Richmond,VA  @ Strange Matter
Wed. June 12 — Washington,DC @ Rock and Roll Hotel
Thu. June 13 — Brooklyn,NY  @ Music Hall of Williamsburg (Northside Music Festival)
Sat. June 15 thru Sun. June 16 — Toronto,Ontario @ NXNE Music Festival
Mon. June 17 –  Ottawa,Ontario @ Babylon
Tue. June 18 — Montreal,Quebec  @ Il Motore
( 5/30-6/18 w/ Lower )





An Orgy of Self-Congratulation, Grandstanding & Overconsumption : Matador Artists & Staff Select Their 2012 Favorites

(above : angry mob reacts to the news that at least two or 3 people didn’t even mention the Total Control 7″)

Around this time every year, your overpaid overworked editor attempts to coax a list of favorite recordings, books, television programs, life events, etc. out of the label’s artist roster and our rock biz colleagues. In the past, the exercise has been an arduous process, fraught with nagging, teeth-gnashing and no shortage of reluctant participants. In more recent times, however, the serial oversharing epidemic that’s run rampant throughout all online activity has infected our bands and staff alike. The rhetorical question, “who fucking asked you?” cannot be applied in this instance, because they were all asked. For some historical perspective, here’s last year’s pile. Questions or comments about our lousy tastes and/or blatant omissions are welcome (but not necessarily appreciated). And away we go!

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Esben and the Witch – Hexagons Cinema opens next week


We’ve already teased you with the new material coming your way in November from Esben and the Witch.  We announced the release of the Hexagons EP and that the band would be a special event happening on November 4th, but just to keep you all on your toes here’s the jump on what’ll be starting next Friday.

Lasting for 6 days, with 6 showings per day, Esben and the Witch present the Hexagons cinema – an online event featuring the band showcasing the upcoming EP in full and for free.   The footage was shot in the Duke of York’s cinema in Esben’s hometown of Brighton, which also happend to be the oldest continually operating cinema in the UK.

Tickets for this online treat are free, but limited, so to grab your seat in one of the performance you’ll need to head over to The Hexagons Cinema and book now.

You can pre-order the Hexagons EP on the Matador Store, the  remaining 2011 tour dates are:

November 16th – Corsica Studios, London, UK
November 18th – Festival Saint-Ghetto, Bern, Switzerland
November 19th – Amalgame, Yverdon, Switzerland

Perfect Couples & a new A.C. Newman song

A.C. Newman has composed and performed the theme song for the new NBC primetime series Perfect Couples. It’s a pretty genius song too – at least the 19 seconds we can hear. Click on the above link for the trailer. Preview aired yesterday; show premieres January as part of NBC’s three-hour Thursday comedy block, leading into “The Office.”

The Last Days of Polaroid, featuring Times New Viking

If like me, you consider yourself a budding artist and photographer, seeing beauty in our concrete jungle and capturing those happy days of youth on film and uploading them onto various social networking sites; you may have once invested in a Polaroid camera.

The Polaroid camera caters for the needs of the impatient – to achieve that instantaneous hit of immediacy and to document the here and now. Sadly, in the past few months, Polaroid have decided to discontinue manufacturing the blessed Polaroid film. Within the next few months there will be no Polaroid film left.

Thankfully I managed to snap up some film in advance of the recent UK ShredYrFace tour with Times New Viking, No Age and Los Campesinos!

I could think of no better way to use my final Polaroid film than to document the 10 day SYF journey. The highs, the lows, the good times and the hungover mornings. For your viewing pleasure :

Mad props going out to Annette Lee for her scan and Photoshop efforts.

Times New Viking Makes Art (In Patrick’s Office)

The Times New Viking Music Festival Weekend Express made a brief stop by our offices on Friday to drop off some new tunes and create some artwork on Patrick’s floor. Both of these bits of news (and the video below) should excite you (or at least ignite another limited edish 7″ thread on the BB).


T.P. Orchestre Poly-Rythmo de Cotonou

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

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

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