This is WFMU’s third year broadcasting from Barcelona’s Primavera Sound festival, and I daresay they’re really getting the hang of it. This year two of Matador’s finest will be featured on WFMU’s Primavera broadcasts. Tune in tonight at 7:00PM EDT to hear Interpol, and tomorrow at 5:45PM EDT for Kurt Vile & The Violators.
WFMU’s predictably stellar Primavera broadcast schedule can be found here. Listening can be accomplished at 91.1FM in the New York City area, 90.1FM in the Hudson Valley, and online at wfmu.org.
On August 23, 2011, Matador will be releasing ‘Mirror Traffic‘, the 5th post-Pavement album from Stephen Malkmus and the 3rd or 4th to bear the Jicks name (depending on whether you’re looking at spines, sleeves or labels). Produced by Beck Hansen, ‘Mirror Traffic’ makes a compelling case that after some 22 years in the public eye, Stephen Malkmus’ full range of musical and lyrical capabilities had yet to be previously explored. The casual virtuosity (and staggering guitar invention) won’t necessarily come as a shock, nor will the rapier wit of one of contemporary rock’s brightest minds. But without dissing prior works that we deeply love, we can promise that ‘Mirror Traffic’ is the album that ties together Stephen’s skill-set like none of its predecessors. The recording is nothing short of gorgeous, the songs crackling with confidence. Calling this an album of the year candidate is really selling the record and the talented ensemble behind it short — what’s so special about this year, anyway?
It is with regret — and deep appreciation for one of our favorite players of all-time — that we can confirm ‘Mirror Traffic’ is the final Jicks album to feature the drumming of Janet Weiss. Jake Morris, best known to many of you as the drummer for The Joggers, will assume the same position in the Jicks for upcoming shows, which we’ll be announcing very soon. We’ll also get on with the business of previewing an MP3 from ‘Mirror Traffic’ on a date in the very near future.
Kurt Vile recorded an excellent session recently with Yours Truly and MTV Hive. We overlooked it initially, but don’t make the same mistake we did. Both songs appear on Smoke Ring For My Halo (buy the album).
Kurt’s on the road, with some dates just announced (newbies in bold):
20th: Kazimier, Liverpool (Sound City)
21st: Captain’s Rest, Glasgow (Stag and Dagger Festival)
22nd: The Hope, Brighton SOLD OUT
23rd: La Maroquinerie, Paris
24th: L’Abordage, Evreux
25th: Place Saint Michel, Bordeaux
26th: Top of the Folk @ L’antipode, Rennes
28th: Primavera Sound Festival, Barcelona
29th: Ghetto, Istanbul
11th: Bowery Ballroom, New York, NY (with Meg Baird and Purling Hiss) SOLD OUT
12th: First Unitarian Church, Philadelphia, PA (with Meg Baird and Pissed Jeans) Tickets
24th: Sled Island Fest, Calgary, AB Tickets
25th: Sled Island Fest, Calgary, AB Tickets
29th: Vega, Groningen
30th: Uebel & Gefährlich, Hamburg
11th: Brighton Music Hall, Boston, MA (with Woods) Tickets
12th: La Sala Rossa, Montreal, QUE (with Woods) Tickets
13th: Lee’s Palace, Toronto, ONT (with Woods) Tickets
14th: Grog Shop, Cleveland, OH (with Woods) Tickets Tickets
15th: Russian Recording, Bloomington, IN (with Woods) Tickets
17th: Pitchfork Fest, Chicago, IL Tickets
18th: Varsity Theatre, Minneapolis, MN (with Thurston Moore) Tickets
21st: Rickshaw Theatre, Vancouver, BC (with Thurston Moore) Tickets 22nd: Capitol Hill Block Party, Seattle, WATickets
23rd: Aladdin Theater, Portland, OR (with Thurston Moore) Tickets
26th: Great American Music Hall, San Francisco, CA (with Thurston Moore) Tickets
28th: Troubadour, Los Angeles, CA (with Thurston Moore) Tickets
29th: Troubadour, Los Angeles, CA (with Thurston Moore) Tickets
30th: Casbah, San Diego, CA (with Thurston Moore) Tickets 31st: Rhythm Room, Tempe, AZ
August 11th: Wellmont Theatre, Montclair, NJ (with M. Ward) Tickets
12th: Williamsburg Waterfront, Brooklyn, NY (with Sonic Youth and Wild Flag) Tickets
16th: Austin City Limits Festival, Zilker Park, Austin, TX
In about five hours, the stage of the beautiful new World Cafe Live at The Queen in Wilmington, DE (pictured above) will play host to Thurston Moore, playing a set of new material at the annual Non-Commvention. If you are not attending this august gathering of non-commercial radio’s best and brightest, take solace in the fact that you can listen to Thurston’s set on the air and Internetwaves of Philadelphia’s WXPN. If you’re in the area, tune in to 88.5FM. Anywhere else in the world, point your browser at xpn.org. Both of the above should be done at 11:55PM 11:40PM EDT to ensure maximum enjoyment.
Mostly because he’s more of a Don Dokken George Lynch kind of guy. Tracii Guns on “The Price Is Right”, Ladies & Gentleman. For no other reason other than I’m pretty sure that no matter what happens next, your weekend can only get better after this.
Photo Credit: Steven Andrew Garcia (from Cold Cave live at Space 15Twenty)
We’ve been announcing a lot of headlining Cold Cave summer tour dates on the Matablog recently. And we’ve got a few more dates to add to the ever-growing list as the band have just confirmed July shows in LA, San Francisco, Portland and Vancouver. Here’s a full look at where they’ll be and when. And don’t forget; if you cannot wait until July, you can still catch the band this May in Kansas City, St. Louis, Cincinnati, Columbus and Pittsburgh.
Here’s the full look:
Wednesday, May 18 – Kansas City, MO – The Record Bar (CC headline) – Tickets
Thursday, May 19 – St. Louis, MO – Luminary Center for the Arts (CC headline) – Tickets
Demolished Thoughts was produced by Beck and featuring the Thurston on guitar and vocals, Samara Lubelski on violin, Mary Lattimore on harp, Beck on synths, vocals and bass, and Joey Waronker on percussion, among others.
Thurston will be playing his record release show in NYC at Music Hall of Williamsburg this Friday with the full band (including Samara and Mary, and adding Keith Woods on guitar, Matt Heyner on bass and John Maloney on drums). Tickets are still available.