The (cough) executive branch of Matador Records and Filmworks will be attending South By Southwest in Austin this week, and while the label isn’t putting on a huge gig of our own, we fully intend to gatecrash everyone else’s (this is not, btw, an solicitation for invites to sundry booshit showcases — we already run the risk of missing bands we’re nuts about, such is the overload over 4 nights). However, two members of our glittering roster will be making offish festival appearances :
SHEARWATER – 1am Friday, March 20 18th Floor, Hilton Garden
JAGUAR LOVE – 8:45pm, Thursday, March 19, Beauty Bar (I Heart Comix)
In addition, Shearwater will be performing at Mojo Magazine’s annual BBQ (Saturday afternoon, Mean Eyed Cat) and Jaguar Love will be playing the MySpace/Blacksheep Fellowship party at the Cedar Door (201 Brazos Street) on Thursday afternoon. Neither of those shows are officially sanctioned SXSW events and as such, you’ll not need a badge or wristband to attend.
If you’re looking for more fun things to do in Austin this week, the venerable Showlist is one of the better sources for (relatively) accurate / up-to-date info regarding shows, parties, etc. that won’t require SXSW credentials (or in many cases, an admission fee).
Jaguar Love stopped by Hot Topic HQ last Fall to record this session in the corporate cafeteria and proceeded to blow the roof off the place.
Watching this performance brings me back to last August when the following secret communique arrived from Matador head honcho Chris Lombardi post HT meeting:
Our meeting was in “the chamber” there were gargoyles and flaming towers in the reception area, it was like “am I at Ozzys house?” the reception desk was an embalming table and the ceo walked out with her dog “count woofenstien” or something like that …you guys have NO idea… Where have we gone what have we become.. I’m gonna go get a tattoo or become a “cutter” now….lightly slice my limbs away.. Anyway mtg was good they upped their order from xxx to xxxx, they want any merch we have a la stickers postcards or download cards, they were wondering if the band would be available to play the managers mtg in oct and the video is gonna go in rotation at the 200 or so stores that have that capability…the record is also going into in-store play at all 700+ stores as matt said.
I told em we want hot topic to OWN this band…. Ok I’m going coffin hunting ….later. CL
Jaguar Love out on the road again this spring, below dates in support of OK/Go
20-San Diego @ House of Blues
21-Anaheim @ House of Blues
24-Santa Cruz @ Catalyst
25-San Francisco @ Great American Music Hall
27-Portland @ Wonder Ballroom
28-Seattle @ Chop Suey
(J, Cody and Johnny wishing a GWB a fond farewell. Sort of.)
OK, a couple of club dates in the middle of some massive festival gigs on the NiN-headlined Soundwave clusterfück. If you’re attending one of the latter, be sure to say hi…as it’s gonna be a loooong day.
Saturday, February 21 Brisbane – Soundwave, RNA Showgrounds
Sunday, February 22 Sydney, Soundwave, Eastern Creek Fairgrounds
Monday February 23 Campbelltown – City Hotel with Minus The Bear and Straylight Run
Thursday February 26 Melbourne – NEXT! with Minus The Bear and Straylight Run
Friday February 27 Melbourne – Soundwave Festival, Melbourne Park
Saturday February 28 Adelaide – Soundwave Festival, Bonython Park
Monday March 2 Perth – Soundwave Festival, Steel Blue Oval
Our spring Intended Play label download sampler was a huge hit, so we’re doing it again. Just like before, you get a track from one of each of our current and upcoming releases. Seven of the tracks have not been released on MP3 yet, and four of those are from albums that haven’t been released yet. The sampler this time is a bit more varied musically, from A.C. Newman’s jewel-like pop songscapes to the majestic neo-punk of Fucked Up to the gorgeous female vocals of Jennifer O’Connor to a track from Lou Reed’s painstaking, thoughtful, first-ever performance of his controversial classic album ‘Berlin.’ We also introduce an unreleased song from Pavement’s ‘Brighten The Corner’ sessions, due out on the deluxe edition of that album in November.
Click on the link to get a zipped file of all 13 tracks plus front and back artwork, and burn it yourself (or just listen to it digitally). And support the bands and the label… if you like the track, click on the album title link below to buy (or preorder) the album (or more individual tracks) directly from us.
I saw Jaguar Love do-their-thing Saturday evening in the sweaty confines of Austin’s Emo’s Lounge, and fine though that performance was, a tip of the hat to videographer Jasten King for compiling footage from a recent L.A. show and giving the uninitiated a nice sub-5 minute crash course in this fantastic band.
Fucked Up will be playing a free party at Santos Party House in New York tonight. It is free to get in and the band goes on at 11pm. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to try and get on the guestlist!
FUCKED UP 11pm
VAMPIRE WEEKEND 10pm
ANDREW WK Says Whats Up 12am
JAY REATARD 7pm
Jaguar Love continue their diligent road work on behalf of the newly released ‘Take Me To The Sea’ with the following American dates, all of ‘em co-headlining with Polysics. Additional dates, sans Polysics will be confirmed shortly.
21-Tempe @ The Clubhouse
22-Tucson @ Club Congress
24-Dallas @ The Prophet Bar
25-Austin @ Emo’s Lounge
28-Atlanta @ The Earl
29-Charlotte @ Tremont Music Hall
30-Washington DC @ Black Cat
31-New York @ Mercury Lounge
1-Danbury, CT @ Heirloom Arts Center
2-Cambridge @ Middle East (Upstairs)
4-Montreal @ Club Lambi
5-Toronto @ Horseshoe Tavern
7-London @ Call The Office
8-Detroit @ Magic Stick
9-Chicago @ Abbey Pub
13-SF @ Bottom of the Hill
14-Pomona @ Glasshouse
For those who can’t wait until next Tuesday (8/19) to soak in Jaguar Love’s debut album, “Take Me To The Sea”, well, you don’t have to – MySpace and Jaguar Love have your back, and the album is streaming now at the band’s page:
I dunno about you, but I’m having serious nightmares looking at that flyer. Personal problems aside, Jaguar Love started their coast-to-coast tour with the Faint this week, and along with being dubbed Spin.com’s “Artist Of The Day” (tomorrow’s choice : Gaugin), “Bonetrees & A Broken Heart” from the forthcoming ‘Take Me To The Sea’ LP/CD can be heard in streaming fashion at the band’s MySpace page.