Pavement low price vinyl reissues are here!

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You guys say we never listen to you… well we listened. All 5 Pavement LPs plus Watery, Domestic are now available as special low-price vinyl reissues. (Premium-price audiophile versions of the first three LPs also remain in print.)

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List prices are 11.98 for the single LPs, 9.98 for the Watery, Domestic 12″ EP, and 15.98 for the Wowee Zowee double. All LPs come with download coupons.






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Look for the new “L(ow) P(rice)” sticker on the LPs. There will be more in this series.

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Buy the Pavement L(ow) P(rice) Pavement Vinyl Reissues at your favorite local store, or directly from us:

Pavement on the Matador Store

SPECIAL BUNDLE DEAL FOR A LIMITED TIME: GET ALL 5 LPs PLUS WATERY EP FOR $50. HERE BUNDLE DEAL ENDED BUT WE FORGOT TO UPDATE THIS POST. So for all of you who missed it, here’s a second chance. We’re going to make the bundle available again for 3 more days only, starting Monday morning, April 12 and extending through midnight EDT on Wednesday, April 14. ACT NOW!

Pavement track listing second prize winner – limited-edition Record Store Day vinyl release

We announced the grand prize winner of the Pavement guess the track listing contest last week. That guy, from Brazil, won an all-expenses-paid trip to New York to see Pavement in Central Park next September, for coming closest to guessing the actual track listing to Quarantine The Past: The Best Of Pavement, in stores on March 9.

The no-less-coveted second prize, for most imaginative track listing, goes to Gwendael Gouriou of Plougastel-Daoulas in France. The sequence, as chosen by the band from over 1200 entries, is as follows:

1. Zurich Is Stained (SLANTED AND ENCHANTED)
2. Trigger Cut/Wounded-Kite At :17 (SLANTED AND ENCHANTED)
3. Grave Architecture (WOWEE ZOWEE)
5. …And Carrot Rope (TERROR TWILIGHT)
6. Shady Lane / J Vs. S (BRIGHTEN THE CORNERS)
11. Extradition (WOWEE ZOWEE)
14. Shoot The Singer (1 Sick Verse) (WATERY, DOMESTIC EP)
15. Kennel District (WOWEE ZOWEE)
16. Price Yeah! (SLAY TRACKS 1933-1969 EP)
17. No Life Singed Her (SLANTED AND ENCHANTED)
21. Forklift (DEMOLITION PLOT J-7 EP)
22. Fight This Generation (WOWEE ZOWEE)
23. Box Elder (SLAY TRACKS 1933-1969 EP)

Gwen’s sequence will be pressed up as a limited-edition double vinyl LP only available on Record Store Day, April 17, at participating shops. The silkscreen cover art may have some resemblance to the image above – the band are customizing it later this week as they get together for their initial reunion tour rehearsals.

In addition to 5 copies of his sequence of the album, Gwen will be getting a complete Pavement 12″ vinyl catalog on Matador. Four runners-up will be receiving these as well – we’ll be announcing those shortly, so keep your eye on this space if you entered the contest.

Pavement’s tour dates in 2010 as announced so far are as follows:

Mar 01 Auckland, NZ Auckland Town Hall
Mar 04 Sydney, AU Enmore Theatre
Mar 05 Sydney, AU Enmore Theatre
Mar 06 Meredith, AU Golden Plains Festival
Mar 07 Adelaide, AU Thebarton Theatre
Mar 08 Northbridge, AU Metro City
Mar 10 Brisbane, AU The Tivoli
Mar 12 Melbourne, AU Palace Theatre
Mar 14 Melbourne, AU Palace Theatre
Apr 07 Tokyo, JP Studio Coast
Apr 08 Tokyo, JP Studio Coast
Apr 10 Osaka, JP Zepp
Apr 12 Nagoya, JP Zepp
Apr 18 Indio, CA Coachella Festival
May 04 Dublin, IE Tripod
May 05 Glasgow, UK Barrowland
May 07 Paris, FR Le Zenith
May 08 Amsterdam, NL Paradiso
May 10 London, UK Brixton Academy
May 11 London, UK Brixton Academy
May 12 London, UK Brixton Academy
May 13 London, UK Brixton Academy
May 15 Minehead, UK All Tomorrow’s Parties
May 18 Brussels, BE Ancienne Belgique
May 19 Berlin, DE Astra
May 20 Prague, CZ Palac Akropolis
May 21 Vienna, AT Arena
May 22 Munich, DE Muffathalle
May 24 Rome, IT Atlantico
May 25 Bologna, IT Estragon
May 28 Barcelona, ES Primavera Festival – Main Stage
Jun 19 Toronto, ON Olympic Island
Jun 25 Berkeley, CA Greek Theatre
Jul 04 Roskilde, DK Roskilde Festival
Aug 12 Oslo, NO Oya Festival
Aug 14 Gothenberg, SE Way Out West Festival
Sep 21 New York, NY Rumsey Playfield/Central Park
Sep 22 New York, NY Rumsey Playfield/Central Park
Sep 23 New York, NY Rumsey Playfield/Central Park
Sep 24 New York, NY Rumsey Playfield/Central Park
Preorder Quarantine The Past: The Best Of Pavement

FU – Couple Tracks – First MP3: Neat Parts (LTD SINGLE NOW AVAILABLE FOR PREORDER)


Here is the first MP3 from Fucked Up’s 25-song COUPLE TRACKS singles compilation, coming out January 26.

Neat Parts (192k mp3)

originally released as the B-side to the “Triumph Of Life” 7″ (Vice/Jade Tree, 2006)

Here is what the band has to say about the song in the extensive liner notes:

“Neat Parts contains an acoustic guitar. The only thing you can do with a guitar that’s more embarrassing than sitting in a studio with headphones on playing an acoustic guitar, is riding the subway with one strapped to your back so everyone knows you are going to band practice. Otherwise this is a snappy little bside. The title doesn’t mean anything, it just sounds cool. I think we might have seen it written on the wall at our practice space. The drum beat from this song and ‘Teenage Problems’ is taken from the Undertones song ‘My Perfect Cousin.'”

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To confuse matters slightly, Fucked Up will be releasing a 7″ entitled “Couple Tracks” / “Holden” on the same day as the comp. These are two brand-new songs. Although the cover image will be identical to the album, the packaging is going to be a little bit unusual – we’ll get into that closer to release day.

There will be special ways to get the 7″ both from us (including if you’ve preordered already) and from select indie retailers, to be announced shortly. We’ll also have something to announce about getting your hands on some rare original 7″es collected on the comp. For now, your best bet is to preorder the album, currently with a 15% discount – more details coming soon: UPDATE – YOU CAN NOW PREORDER THE SINGLE AS A PREORDER BUNDLE WITH THE ALBUM, CLICK THE LINK BELOW:

Preorder the album (with full details on track listing).

Tons of shows coming up in Europe starting this week, and North America in February:

Wed 25 Nov 2009 – London, UK – Barfly
Thu 26 Nov 2009 – London, UK – Barfly
Fri 27 Nov 2009 – Brussels, Belgium – Le Botanique
Sat 28 Nov 2009 – Urecht, Holland – Ekko ‘Le Guess Who Festival’
Sun 29 Nov 2009 – Leipzig, Germany – Conne Island
Mon 30 Nov 2009 – Krakow, Poland – Drukarnia
Tue 01 Dec 2009 – Vienna, Austria – Arena
Wed 02 Dec 2009 – Graz, Austria – PPC
Thu 03 Dec 2009 – Dusseldorf, Germany – Rotkompot
Sat 05 Dec 2009 – Minehead, UK – All Tomorrows Parties
Tue 23 Feb 2010 – St. Catherines, ON – L3 Nightclub w/ Leatherface

(ADDENDUM : the following February dates with Kurt Vile have just been confirmed)

Fri-Feb-12 Oberlin, OH The ‘Sco (Dionysus Disco) / Oberlin College
Sat-Feb-13 Chicago, IL Empty Bottle
Sun-Feb-14 Bloomington, IN Video Saloon
Mon-Feb-15 Newport, KY Southgate House
Tue-Feb-16 Baltimore, MD Ottobar
Wed-Feb-17 Philadelphia, PA Barbary
Thu-Feb-18 Hoboken, NJ Maxwell’s
Fri-Feb-19 Brooklyn, NY Europa
Sat-Feb-20 Boston, MA Middle East Downstairs)

Fucked Up – Couple Tracks: Singles 2002-2009


On January 26 we will be releasing a double-CD and double-LP compilation of Fucked Up‘s many, many hard-to-find uncollected 7″ and 12″ tracks. Entitled Couple Tracks, it contains 25 songs. (There are rumors that there may be a simultaneous 7″ single of the same name). Designed as a sequel to their earlier compilation, Epics In Minutes (Deranged, 2004), the cover photographs riff on the Beatles red and blue albums thang. Comes with complete illustrated discography of the contents, with extensive liner notes about each song. Double CD is only $11 $12 direct from us. Double Vinyl will be gatefold 120-gram with MP3 coupon, priced at only $18 direct from us. PREORDER here.

Couple Tracks spans an extraordinarily varied (and extraordinarily collectible) musical career that has mainly been documented on 7-inch vinyl singles released around the world on many labels in many countries. Chronologically, it ranges from the A-side of their first single, No Pasarán, a commentary on the Spanish Civil War released on Deranged in 2002, to the fast alternate take of No Epiphany, their latest 7″ on Matador from earlier this year.


Other notable tracks include:

  • the definitive version of Generation and its two B-sides, Ban Violins and Magic Kingdom, released on Slasher – the introduction to the A-side comes from a Hamas recruitment CDR
  • covers of songs by British twee -pop legends The Shop Assistants, Another Sunny Day and Dolly Mixture, from two 7″es self-released by the band and only given away at a single show in Toronto in 2006, plus the B-side of a Matador 7″ from mid-2008
  • original, heavier versions of songs that later ended up on Hidden World, such as Triumph Of Life and Neat Parts, both from the 7″ originally released by Peter Bower Records in the UK
  • Fixed Race, from the Spanish version of Dangerous Fumes, aka Humos Peligrosos, released in Spain on La Vida Es Un Mus in 2006
  • Toronto FC, from the Hard Skin split 7″, only given away at a show in London in 2007
  • the 12″ version of Last Man Standing, only available if you selected the correct set of interlocked grooves on the B-side of the Year Of The Dog 12″ released in 2006
  • 5 unreleased tracks
  • Plus much more – all beautifully remastered for your listening pleasure:


    1. No Pasarán (A-side of first 7″, Deranged, 2002)
    2. Neat Parts (7″ Version) (B-side of Triumph Of Life 7″, Peter Bower, 2006)
    3. Generation (7″ Version) (A-side of Generation 7″, Slasher, 2005)
    4. Ban Violins (B-side of Generation 7″, Slasher, 2005)
    5. Dangerous Fumes (A-side of Dangerous Fumes 7″, self-released, 2005)
    6. Triumph Of Life (7″ Version) (A-side of Triumph Of Life 7″, Peter Bower, 2006)
    7. Fixed Race (B-side of Humos Peligrosos 7″, La Vida Es Un Mus, 2006)
    8. Toronto FC (from Hard Skin split 7″, No Future, 2007)
    9. Black Hats (B-side of Year Of The Pig 12″, What’s Your Rupture?, 2006)
    10. David Christmas (A-side of David Christmas 7″, Hidden World, 2007)
    11. No Epiphany (Fast Version) (unreleased Chemistry Of Common Life outtake, intended for No Epiphany 7″, Matador, 2009)
    12. Crooked Head (Video Version) (unreleased edit of track from Chemistry Of Common Life, 2008)


    1. I Hate Summer (B-side of Crooked Head 7″, Matador, 2008)
    2. Teenage Problems (B-side of Dangerous Fumes 7″, self-released, 2005)
    3. Carried Out To Sea (unreleased demo version of song from Hidden World, 2006)
    4. Looking Back (B-side of Shop Assistants 7″, self-released giveaway at Toronto show, 2006)
    5. Anorak City (Another Sunny Day cover, B-side of Year Of The Pig UK edit 7″, Matador, 2008)
    6. I Don’t Want To Be Friends With You (A-side of Shop Assistants 7″, self-released giveaway at Toronto show, 2006)
    7. Mustaa Lunta (B-side of Year Of The Pig Japanese edit 7″, Matdaor, 2008)
    8. Dream Come True (B-side of Dolly Mixture 7″, self-released giveaway at Toronto show, 2006)
    9. Magic Kingdom (B-side of Generation 7″, Slasher, 2005)
    10. Magic Word (Daytrotter Version) (unreleased version of Chemistry Of Common Life song from Daytrotter Session, 2008)
    11. Last Man Standing (Year Of The Dog Version) (from Year Of The Dog 12″, Blocks Recording Club, 2006)
    12. He’s So Frisky (A-side of Dolly Mixture 7″, self-released giveaway at Toronto show, 2006)
    13. David Comes To Life (Daytrotter Version) (unreleased version of Hidden World song from Daytrotter Session, 2008)

If you get Couple Tracks together with Epics In Minutes, then you will still have only a portion of the incredible Fucked Up singles output, but definitely the cream of the crop.

Fucked Up play the annual Fucked Up Festival in Toronto on Halloween weekend.

Then they come down to Brooklyn for a very special event – they will play the entirety of The Chemistry Of Common Life at the Masonic Temple in Fort Greene, with all the supporting instruments and parts from the album. Andrew W.K., The Vivian Girls and Katie Stelmanis will join them onstage, along with other performers to be announced. Katie Stelmanis and Titus Andronicus will be opening. Get your tickets HERE.


Cold Cave ‘Death Comes Close’ 12″, ultra-limited edition details AND CMJ appearances


In addition to the previously announced and already-limited one-time pressing of Cold Cave’s new 12″ entitled ‘Death Comes Close’, in collaboration with Dominick Fernow of Cold Cave/Hospital Productions, Matador is set to release a different extra-limited edition of the 12″

This special version features exclusive artwork by Fernow is hand-assembled, stamped and editioned. Limited to one-hundred (100) copies, these records will make it into select stores and we’ll have it available for purchase at the Matador Store on Tuesday October 20 at 3:00 PM EST – They’re bound to go fast so mark your calendars and set your alarms.


If you’re in New York City next week for the CMJ festivities, you can catch Cold Cave at the following venues:

London record shopping: still great


Just got back from a trip to London and am happy to report that it is still one of the record shopping capitals of the world. I’ve had many memorable visits there before, especially to the great Beano’s in Croydon when it was still three stories of original UK ’60s and ’70s pressings at reasonable prices, and of course rummaging around in the back room of Minus Zero for folk private pressings, and a memorably expensive (but totally worth it) trawl through the boxes at Intoxica that netted me original 7″es by the Poets and the Mockingbirds as well a mint Parlophone 1st/2nd matrix original mono Rubber Soul.

But this trip was mostly about shopping for new records. I visited the (relatively) new Rough Trade East in Brick Lane, which is London’s answer to Amoeba. Totally great experience – nice people, huge selection (esp of dubstep and funky 12″es), interesting books, lots of space. I bought several singles by the great Ramadanman (thanks Dean) as well as a super-cavernous 12″ from Aardvarck (recommended by staff), and a £5.99 CD of Richard & Linda Thompson in concert in 1975 that I somehow missed when it came out last year. Also scored double vinyl of the latest Benin comp from Samy Ben Redjeb’s Analog Africa label.

The original Rough Trade shop in Talbot Road off Portobello Market is also still great, though I remain stymied by the cramped upstairs. Downstairs is a different matter though – the vinyl is extremely well chosen and guaranteed to appeal to American buyers who are used to paying through the nose on eBay for decent copies of UK original rock and folk. I decided to spend £10 on Genesis’s Selling England By The Pound, and also picked up a dead mint Scott 3 in its gorgeous laminated Philips gatefold. Unfortunately the £30 original UK (with insert!) of The Hangman’s Beautiful Daughter was not mint.

On to Stand Out / Minus Zero, which remains as mindblowing as ever. I didn’t have a chance to talk to the ever friendly Bill Forsyth, but on the Stand Out side of the shop, Bill Allerton still presides over the greatest collection of UK freakbeat and psych still being offered in a physical location. I spotted a copy of The Hush 7″ Grey on the wall, one of my longest-term wants, and correctly guessed its price as being £500. Oh well – pass. Bill immediately remarked, “I have boxes and boxes of that sort of thing under the counter.”

On for a quick visit to Intoxica, where they were playing some insanely over the top British humor record that could have been a Vivian Stanshall solo album – I wasn’t sure. Crazy Latin records I’d never seen before, plus the Turkish alternate sleeve for Led Zep II on the wall – also for £500, in VG. Pass. Didn’t go behind the counter here… the stock is incredible, but I don’t have that kind of money to spend at the moment.

Finally up to the top of Portobello Road to Honest Jon’s, the best world / dub / ethnic store on earth. The genial Alan Scholefield was behind the counter spinning unbelievable deep reggae cuts and coming out to discuss Trikont comps of Vietnamese street music (“total Bo Diddley”). We grabbed a bunch of the latest Honest Jon’s comps – including one compiling ’70s bands from Upper Volta – and I scored a Tabu Ley Rochereau record from 1969 and a clean original Fela Ikoyi Blindness Nigerian pressing for £25.

Great day? ABSOLUTELY.

Yo La Tengo – Popular Songs vinyl is in


And it looks and sounds incredible. Heavy-duty gatefold sleeve printed at Stoughton. Two HQ-180 gram LPs pressed at RTI. Four custom Matador labels based on classic record labels of the distant past.

The album artwork is built around sculptures by Dario Robleto. On the front, At War With the Entropy of Nature / Ghosts Don’t Always Want to Come Back (2002) depicts a cassette made out of carved bone and bone dust from every bone in the body, trinitite (glass produced during the first atomic test explotion, from the Trinity test site in 1945, when heat from the blast melted surrounding sand), metal screws, rusty and typeset. Two other works appear on the interior gatefold and the back cover.

The album comes with an MP3 download coupon for all 12 songs – 74 minutes of music.

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If you preorder the album as part of Buy Early Get Now, you’ll get an additional vinyl LP of gorgeous, wonderful instrumental score composed and performed by Yo La Tengo for the motion picture Adventureland. This LP is exclusive to this promotion and has not been released in any form before. You’ll also get two bonus MP3s, a free poster, and other surprise extras.

You can also choose to preorder the record separately, without participating in Buy Early Get Now.

Preorder from Other Music (Buy Early Get Now version)

Preorder from Insound (either version)

Preorder from the Matador Store (either version)

Preorder from Amazon (regular version)

Preorder from iTunes (digital version only)

Or visit and use the map to find a physical store near you.

UK and Europe customers: please visit Buy Early Get Now UK.

Kurt Vile – Childish Prodigy album, 7″, first MP3


As previously announced, we are releasing über-talented Philly singer-songwriter Kurt Vile’s second album Childish Prodigy this fall. Release date is October 6, and you can see the artwork above. This absorbing, addictive and richly detailed album covers an immense amount of ground compared to its predecessor, from the pounding stomp of “Hunchback” and the hypnotic beat of “Freak Train” to the unexpected, soaring trumpet in “Amplifier.”

(photo by Shawn Brackbill)

The first MP3 from Childish Prodigy is the lovely, haunting “Overnite Religion”:

Overnite Religion (192k mp3)

It’s becoming a habit for us to release a 7″ before an album, and Kurt is no exception. “He’s All Right” will be in stores on September 8. The A-side comes from the album, and it contains two non-LP B-sides.


You will have multiple opportunities to see Kurt Vile this summer, both solo and with his backing band the Violators (those dates are marked *). There will also be a national tour starting shortly after the album release date.

Fri, July 17 – Brooklyn NY – Bruar Falls * – with Blues Control, Coconuts
Sat, July 18 – Boston MA – Homegrown Fest at Church * – with Blues Control, Titan, Sunburned Hand of the Man, and more
Sun, July 19 – Montague MA – Montague Bookmill * – with Blues Control
Fri, July 23 – Philadelphia PA – Johnny Brenda’s – with Tyvek, Coconut Coolouts
Fri, July 31 – Brooklyn NY – Rooftop Film Sessions
Tue, Aug 11 – Baltimore MD – Talking Head Club – with Espers
Wed, Aug 12 – Wilmington NC – Soapbox – with Espers
Thu, Aug 13 – Asheville NC * – Transfigurations: Harvest Records Fest
Fri, Aug 14 – New York NY – Cakeshop – with Blues Control, Mad Scene, Hans Chew
Sat, Aug 15 – Ridgewood NY – Silent Barn – with Blues Control
Sun, Aug 16 – Philadelphia PA – Vox Populi – with Blues Control
Tue, Aug 18 – Jersey City NJ – WFMU – Live on Brian Turner’s Show *
Wed, Aug 19 – Philadelphia PA – Rittenhouse Square (Concert In The Park) *
Tue, Aug 25 – Santa Ana CA – Galaxy Theatre – with Built To Spill, Woods
Wed, Aug 26 – Los Angeles CA – Troubadour – with Dungen, Woods
Thu, Aug 27 – Los Angeles CA – Echoplex
Fri, Aug 28- Santa Barbara CA – Muddy Waters – with Woods
Sat, Aug 29 – Big Sur CA – Mexican Summer / Folk Yeah Outdoor Fest
Sun, Aug 30 – San Francisco CA – Bottom of the Hill – with Dungen, Woods
Tue, Sep 1 – Portland OR – Berbati’s Pan – with Dungen, Woods

* Kurt Vile & The Violators

Preorder Childish Prodigy (use the code “childish” for a 10% discount on your order)

Mission Of Burma: 1, 2, 3 Partyy! New album, 7″ and MP3


On October 6, Matador will be releasing Mission Of Burma’s fourth studio LP, The Sound The Speed The Light. Recorded in Boston with Bob Weston at the controls, the record is a departure from the pinned-needles roar of 2006’s The Obliterati. The new album sounds far more spacious and dynamic. It is more or less divided into 4 sets or suites of 3 songs. Each suite explores a set of moods or colors, across the usual dizzying array of lyrical topics, from alcoholism to fleshly concerns. The anthemic, catchy opener, our first MP3, is a classic Burma rocker on a level with “This Is Not A Photograph” or “That’s How I Escaped My Certain Fate.” Other tracks, such as “Feed,” “Forget Yourself,” and “Slow Faucet,” the latter a live favorite for some time, are slow, hypnotic builders. “Good Cheer” is a burst of almost uncontainable joy and fun that literally explodes from the speakers.

Of course, all the Burma trademarks are also present: the military snare drum, the melodic basslines high up on the neck, and the furiously experimental guitarwork, refracted and changed back into the songs via tape loops – all punctuated by the hoarse shouts of drummer Peter Prescott. This controlled chaos, this disciplined letting go, is the heart of what they do and it remains as exhilarating and fulfilling as ever.

6 weeks before the album, on August 18, we will be releasing a pre-album 7″ containing two non-LP tracks: “Innermost” and “Here It Comes.”

Download the MP3 “1, 2, 3, Partyy!” here:

1, 2, 3, Partyy! (256k mp3)


Preorder the new album (release date October 6)

Preorder the new single (release date August 18) (preorder up shortly)

Pavement – Brighten Deluxe on vinyl, June 23

Pavement - Brighten Deluxe 4 LP vinyl

On June 23 we will finally be releasing one of the deluxe Pavement reissues on vinyl. Originally slated to come out at the same time as the double CD last fall, endless production issues held up the package.

You can preorder it HERE

The set contains 4 HQ-120 gram LPs pressed at RTI in a heavy-duty matte-stock folding cardboard gatefold set, as depicted above. It also contains a 16-page 12″ by 12″ full-color matte-stock booklet, plus a download card for all 48 tracks.

Note! the vinyl contains 8 tracks that would not fit on the CD version (some of which were only discovered after that set was released). They are:

  • Westie Can Drum (Elastica) – previously unreleased recording
  • Stereo (Remix) – remixed by Steve Fisk for the second pressing of the promotional single for radio
  • Agony Of The Stars – unreleased song recorded for the film ‘Sweethearts’
  • Birds in the Majic Industry – B-side to “Stereo” CD single (a second, unreleased version was on the double CD of the album, and is also included here)
  • Painted Soldiers – unreleased, live from KCRW 2/25/97
  • What Goes On – a Velvet Underground cover, unreleased, live from KCRW 2/25/97
  • Kris Kraft – unreleased, live from KRW 2/25/97
  • And Then (7″ version) – B-side to “Spit On A Stranger” 7″

That last track, the majestic, monumental 7″ version of “And Then” (a version of the song also known as “The Hexx”) was originally intended to be the opening track of the Brighten The Corners release. The band decided to remove it entirely and relegate it to a B-side at the very last minute.

We know that this is expensive… and we know that many of you have already spent your hard-earned dollars on the double CD version. Unfortunately the economics of producing deluxe sets like this one (in either format), combined with the timing problems that bedevil this kind of release, means that we are not in a position to offer people any discount or buy-back. Sorry. If this one proves successful, then we will move forward with vinyl releases on the previous three deluxe editions.

On a lighter note, some of you may remember our “Date w/ IKEA” contest to mark the CD release, which we called Brighten Your Corners. Home furnishings-challenged fans were encouraged to submit photographs of their sad apartments. The winner, Jenny Bergen of New York, got a date with Bob Nastanovich to the IKEA in Red Hook, courtesy of the free ferry across New York Harbor in the dead of February, along with money to spend on furniture. We filmed the “date” and you can watch it here:

Brighten Your Corners: Date W/ IKEA – Pavement

Preorder Brighten The Corners – deluxe vinyl.

Pavement - Brighten Deluxe 4 LP vinyl set

Pavement - Brighten Deluxe 4 LP vinyl

The Eternal – shots of the vinyl package

Sonic Youth - The Eternal

This came out so beautifully that we decided to share a few pictures with you. (Click on the images for full-size versions.) The record comes out on June 9, and if you act fast, you can probably still score the live bonus LP as part of Buy Early Get Now.

Sonic Youth - The Eternal

Cover painting by John Fahey. Clock photo by Kim Gordon. Not Cool/Cool by John Moloney. Other artwork by Clarence Major, Gene Moore and Jutta Koether. Johnny Thunders photo by Danny Fields.

Sonic Youth - The Eternal

These pictures unfortunately can’t capture the heavy stock cover, or the special varnishes and finishes.

Vinyl titles back in print

All of the above titles are available again on quality wax. All are pressed on RTI‘s premium HQ-180 180-gram virgin vinyl. All contain MP3 coupons (except for cover songs) so that you can easily put the tracks on your computer and iPod if you wish.

If you order a Matador record bag plus any piece of long-play vinyl, you get FREE SHIPPING.

Coming soon (keep your eye on the Matastore and this space: more vinyl reissues from Cat Power, Guided By Voices, Pavement, The New Pornographers, Yo La Tengo and Mogwai.

List of currently available vinyl albums (CLICK ON THE TITLE TO BUY – we have only limited quantities on some titles so act quickly):

Belle and Sebastian – Tigermilk LP
Belle and Sebastian – If You’re Feeling Sinister LP gatefold
Belle and Sebastian – The Boy With The Arab Strap LP gatefold
Belle and Sebastian – Fold Your Hands Child You Walk Like A Peasant LP gatefold
Belle and Sebastian – The BBC Sessions dbl LP gatefold (180-gram, not RTI) †
Brightblack Morning Light – Brightblack Morning Light LP
Brightblack Morning Light – Motion To Rejoin LP
Laura Cantrell – Humming By The Flowered Vine LP
Cat Power – Moon Pix LP
Cat Power – You Are Free LP gatefold
Cat Power – The Greatest LP
Cat Power – Jukebox dbl LP gatefold †
The Cave Singers – Invitation Songs LP
Condo Fucks – Fuckbook LP (coming out March 24)
Dead Meadow – Shivering King and Others dbl LP gatefold (not RTI) *†
Dead Meadow – Old Growth dbl LP gatefold
Early Man – Closing In LP (not RTI) *†
Fucked Up – Year Of The Pig 12″
Fucked Up – The Chemistry Of Common Life dbl LP gatefold
Interpol – Turn On The Bright Lights LP
Interpol – Antics LP
Jaguar Love – Take Me To The Sea LP gatefold
Lavender Diamond – The Cavalry Of Light 12″ EP *
Lavender Diamond – Imagine Our Love LP *
Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks – Real Emotional Trash 1.5X LP gatefold
Matmos – The Civil War dbl LP (not RTI) *†
Matmos – The Rose Has Teeth In The Mouth Of A Beast dbl LP gatefold
Matmos – Supreme Balloon dbl LP gatefold
Mission Of Burma – The Obliterati dbl LP *†
Mission Of Burma – Signals, Calls & Marches dbl LP gatefold
Mission Of Burma – Vs. dbl LP gatefold
Mission Of Burma – The Horrible Truth About Burma dbl LP gatefold
Mission Of Burma – Definitive Editions: Vinyl Bundle Deal 3X dbl LP gatefold *
Mogwai – The Hawk Is Howling dbl LP gatefold
A.C. Newman – Get Guilty LP
The New Pornographers – Mass Romantic LP *
The New Pornographers – Challengers LP
Jennifer O’Connor – Over The Mountain, Across The Valley and Back To The Stars LP
Jennifer O’Connor – Here With Me LP (RTI 120-gram)
Pavement – Slanted & Enchanted LP
Pavement – Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain LP
Pizzicato Five – The Sound of Music By Pizzicato Five LP (not RTI) †
Pizzicato Five – The Fifth Release From Matador LP (not RTI) *†
The Ponys – Turn Out The Lights LP *
Preston School Of Industry – All This Sounds Gas dbl LP (not RTI) *†
Pretty Girls Make Graves – Good Health LP (not RTI) †
Pretty Girls Make Graves – The New Romance LP (not RTI) *†
Jay Reatard – Matador Singles ’08 LP
Lou Reed – Berlin: Live At St. Ann’s Warehouse dbl LP gatefold (180-gram, not RTI)
Shearwater – Palo Santo dbl LP
Shearwater – Rook LP gatefold
Silkworm – Firewater LP (not RTI) *†
Times New Viking – Rip It Off LP *
Yo La Tengo – I Am Not Afraid Of You And I Will Beat Your Ass dbl LP gatefold

* limited quantity
† no MP3 coupon

We have 7″es from Fucked Up, Shearwater, Jennifer O’Connor, Times New Viking, The New Pornographers and more.

We are also now selling non-Matador vinyl on the store, including releases from Blank Dogs, Nodzzz, Live At Rob’s House, the incredible African reissue Ofege, the Nobunny album, and more.

Cat Power Vinyl Back in Stock

Just a quick note that after a little bit of a delay at the pressing plant, we now have Moon Pix, The Greatest, and You Are Free back in stock on wonderful, black vinyl. Now you can complete a couple of pieces you were missing from your collection, or maybe just discover a couple extra gems. Jukebox is still available as well.

On the subject of vinyl, now might be a good time to pick up one of our Matador Record Bags. Buy a Cat Power (or any other record), a record bag, and get free domestic shipping. Just write “lovevinyl” in the promotion bar during checkout.

Coming April 18 : Matador, Sonic Youth, Jay Reatard, Pavement & Beck Wanna Know, “Why Can’t Every Day Be Record Store Day”?

(above : Empire Records‘ Anthonly La Paglia consoles a tearful Renee Z. after the cancellation of the Chain Gang in-store)

In honor the 2nd annual Record Store Day, we’ll be releasing the following limited edition vinyl titles, only available at independent retailers taking part in RSD.

OLE-864-7   Jay Reatard “Hang Them All” 7″ b/w  Sonic Youth – “No Garage”
OLE-865-7    Sonic Youth – “Pay No Mind” (Beck cover)  b/w  Beck – “Green Light”  (Sonic Youth cover) 7″
OLE-855-1    Pavement    Live In Germany    LP

We’re making 2500 each of the above.  After they’re gone, as the Bard Of Hookset, NH might’ve said (if he collected records), tough fuckin’ shit.

Permanent Records, Greenpoint!

Permanent Records is a new-ish record store in my neighborhood of Greenpoint, Brooklyn. When I started doing my record store visit posts on tour, I knew at some point I wanted to do one on Permanent. I visit this store at least once a week when I’m in town. They have an amazing selection of used cds and vinyl and the right selection of new titles so when I want to pick up a new release they usually have it.

I talked to Marjorie (owner) and Ron.

Marjorie, Ron, Me
Marjorie, Ron, Me

JO’C: Permanent used to be in Long Island, right? Why the move to Greenpoint?

Marjorie: Well, I live in Brooklyn, so the commute is much easier now. Also, as much as I liked Northport, people are much more supportive of music here.

JO’C: So you like having the store here in Greenpoint? How long have you been here?

Marjorie: Yes, I can hardly remember what it was like before. We opened the store in Greenpoint in May of 2007. It’s actually more like being in a small town here in Greenpoint than it was in Northport. Which is pretty rare for being in an urban setting.

JO’C: Greenpoint does feel like a small town. I think its one of the things I like most about living here.
What are your favorite places to eat in Greenpoint. This is the one question I ask of all the stores….

Ron: Brooklyn Label – They have a good balance of veggie and meat selections. And the coffee is good.

Marjorie: The Habitat on Manhattan Ave.

JO’C : I go to Brooklyn Label all the time. I’ve never even heard of The Habitat – new place to go!
Ok, what do you sell the most of in the store?

Marjorie: I’d say we’d sell the most used LPs, then used cds, then new lps, then new cds.

JO’C: That makes sense to me – as someone who comes here frequently and buys like 20 used cds at a time. ****

Marjorie: I’ve always enjoyed letting the used collections that I buy dictate the inventory I stock. We definitely carry new titles, but our niche is more used items.

JO’C: What’s the first record(s) you remember buying as a kid?

Marjorie: Yes Fragile. Blondie Heart of Glass 45 and Parliament Flashlight 45

Ron: Kiss Love Gun 45 and Aimee Stewart Knock on Wood 45

JO’C: Marjorie, I think you are the first woman record store owner I’ve ever come across, in all my years going to record stores. Do you know any other women who own record stores?

Marjorie: Not currently…

JO’C: I’ve always wanted to have my own store. Maybe someday….
What’s your favorite and least favorite thing about owning a record store?

Marjorie: Well, being my own boss is my favorite. And being my own boss, is also probably my least favorite.

JO’C: I hear that.
And you do instores here at Permanent right?

Marjore: Yup. We’ve done close to 20 or so in the last year.

JO’C: As a matter of fact, I am doing an instore at Permanent on Saturday August 23 at 3pm – to celebrate the Aug 19 release of my new record Here With Me. It’s free! (the instore, not the record). 🙂

****I should not neglect to note that there is an awesome 99 cent cd section at Permanent and a 5 for $10 cd section. Also, dollar lps and really great prices on everything really – new and used. If you are a record store fanatic like me, and live in the NYC area, you should really come check this store out!!

Jay Reatard single #4: split 7″ with Deerhunter

The fourth single in Matador’s series of limited-editions by Jay Reatard is a split 7″ with Atlanta’s Deerhunter. The A-side is Jay covering Deerhunter’s “Flourescent Grey,” and the B-side is Deerhunter covering Jay’s “Oh, It’s Such A Shame.”

The cover photo, taken by our own The Judge at May’s All Tomorrow’s Parties in Camber Sands, can be seen above.

OLE-819 will be in stores on July 22.

Our webstore preorder time and date will be: BASTILLE DAY — Monday, July 14 at 3:00 PM EDT.

Remember, if you miss the preorder, check your local stores. You can also buy the single digitally (MP3 or FLAC) from the webstore. And all six 7″es will be compiled on an LP/CD to be released this fall.

Here is the summary of the singles so far:

#1, See/Saw / Screaming Hand — April 8
#2, Painted Shut / An Ugly Death — May 20
#3, Always Wanting More / You Mean Nothing To Me — June 24
#4, Flourescent Grey (Jay Reatard) / Oh, It’s Such A Shame (Deerhunter) — July 22

July-August tour dates:

Sun 7/13 – Baltimore MD – Sonar
Mon 7/14 – Philadelphia PA – Johnny Brenda’s
Tue 7/15 – Brooklyn nY – Prospect Park (w/ Spoon)
Thu 7/17 – Providence RI – Lupo’s (w/ Spoon)
Sat 7/19 – Chicago IL – Pitchfork Late Night Show (w/ King Khan and the Shrines, Cheap Time)
Sat 7/19 – Chicago IL – Pitchfork Festival
Mon 7/21 – Minneapolis MN – Triple Rock
Tue 7/22 – Fargo ND – The Aquarium
Fri 7/25 – Seattle WA – Capitol Hill Block Party
Sat 7/26 – Vancouver BC – Commodore Ballroom
Tue 7/29 – San Francisco CA – The Independent
Wed 7/30 – Los Angeles CA – Echo
Thu 7/31 – San Diego CA – Casbah
Fri 8/1 – Mesa AZ – Hollywood Alley
Sun 8/3 – Austin TX – Red 7(w/ Cheap Time)
Mon 8/4 – Dallas TX – Club Dada