Out today: the Intended Play comp and the first single in Singles Going Home Alone: Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks split with LA Guns
It's Tuesday, January 17 which means our first two releases of the New Year are out today.
First up is Intended Play, the new ultra-budget vinyl-only sampler from Matador and True Panther. The 11-song LP is $1.98 list price - you can actually order it direct for only $1.80 by clicking on the title above. It contains new tracks from THE YOUNG, CEREMONY TANLINES, LEE RANALDO, PERFUME GENIUS and STEPHEN MALKMUS - all of the above from upcoming releases except the SM track which won't appear elsewhere, and recent hits (some of them rare) from KURT VILE, GIRLS, FUCKED UP, ESBEN & THE WITCH and COLD CAVE.
Next is the first single in our new 2012 singles club, SINGLES GOING HOME ALONE. It's an unexpected conjunction between STEPHEN MALKMUS & THE JICKS and the legendary LA GUNS, covering each other. Hear Malkmus jam on "Wheels Of Fire," and Tracii Guns pull out the stops on "Gorgeous Georgie." Sleeve art at the top of the post.
It's not too late to sign up for the singles club, which gets you six exclusive limited-edition 7"es, one every other month this year, plus a special bonus record, an exclusive tote bag and a yearlong 10% discount on all items at the Matador Store, for only $45 including shipping within the US:
SIGN UP HERE
The next two confirmed singles are from Austin's OBN III's on March 20, and Brooklyn's The Men on May 8, with subsequent the singles on July 10, September 11 and November 6.
Other upcoming Matador and True Panther releases:
Feb 7 - Fucked Up - Year Of The Tiger
Feb 21 - Perfume Genius - Put Your Back N 2 It
Mar 6 - Ceremony - Zoo
Mar 20 - Tanlines - Mixed Emotions (True Panther)
Mar 20 - Lee Ranaldo - Between The Times and the Tides
Matador's Singles Going Home Alone ; A Concept Of Staggering Unoriginality (But You'll Still Wanna Sign Up)
With all due respect to our friends at Sub/Pop, Columbus Discount, HoZac, and I don't know, two dozen other labels who've tried it, we're rolling out a limited edition 7" subscription series in early 2012. A number of years back, some bright Matador exec came up with the title 'Singles Going Home Alone' for a proposed compilation album of the label's early one-off, long out of print singles (Mark Eitzel, Chain Gang, The Schramms, The Pastels, Fire In The Kitchen, etc.) A few of the artists we approached politely declined (or impolitely told us to fuck off and die) and rather than repair the shattered relationships, we shelved the title. Until once fine day last October when Robby Morris suggested we do a bunch of one off singles AGAIN, only this time we'll try not to alienate all of the participants.
We're planning on 6 singles over the course of 2012, but if we're having fun with this, there's no reason we won't have another batch lined up for 2013. The in the series will be the long-rumored split 7" between Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks (left) and L.A. Guns (right), with the former covering the latter's "Wheels Of Fire" and Tracii & Co. tackling the latter's "Gorgeous George". We've waited nearly 23 years to tell the world L.A. Guns are Matador Recording Artists, and finally we can say it at parties without lying.
(photo by Zac Sprague)
Edition #2 will be a couple of new songs from Austin, TX's OBN III's whose most recent 'The One & Only' LP (Tic Tac Totally) has made no shortage of 2011 top ten lists. Well, the good ones, anyway. There's a longish interview with frontman/dictator Orville Neeley in the latest issue of Maximum Rocknroll...and if that sentence seem a tad out of place on the Matablog, well, keep in mind we just said we're putting out a record with L.A. Guns. Surprises are relative.
Single #3 will be a new 7" from NYC's THE MEN, whose amazing 2nd album, 'Leave Home'(Sacred Bones) is (again) one of the current year's finest. It would be the height of hyperbole to claim this record hasn't left our turntable, though it would be completely truthful to say it has on some occasions, rolled across the room and supplanted whatever else we thought about putting on.
We'll reveal the identities behind singles 4, 5 and 6 pretty soon. If you wait until then, however, you run the not-so-small risk there won't be any left.
- TAKING ORDERS NOW:
- what you get: 6 subscription only 7"es every other month in 2012, plus a special secret bonus item, a tote bag and 10% off all year long on the Matador Store (which cannot be combined with other discounts)
JANUARY 17 - Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks / L.A. Guns
MARCH 20 - OBN III's
MAY 22 - The Men
JULY 10 - TBA
SEPTEMBER 11 - TBA
NOVEMBER 6 - TBA
- prices (all inclusive of shipping - each 7" will be shipped out separately for release date):
$70 rest of world
Alright. Let the thoroughly off-the-mark speculation about the next 3 singles commence.