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Spoon : 'Hot Thoughts' Aura Reader, New Shows In Rooms Enormous + Otherwise





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Coinciding with more new shows being announced (including a February 27 show at London's historic 100 Club and massive co-headlining appearances with Belle and Sebastian at the Hollywood Bowl and Merriweather Post Pavillion), the advance campaign for Spoon's forthcoming 'Hot Thoughts' album (out March 17) takes a turn for the unexpected with the launch of the 'Hot Thoughts' Aura Reader app.



Perhaps you're saying to yourself, "doesn't this sound a bit Peter Lemonmoodring?" and you'd be right. However, we're sure you'll find the experience far more rewarding. When you create a Spoon Spotify playlist, the Aura Reader analyzes that playlist, then creates a individualized version of the 'Hot Thoughts' album cover with different colors in the artwork’s signature watercolor skull, creating a reflection of each fan’s own… (SAFE FOR WORK) Hot Thoughts.

The customized 'Hot Thoughts' skulls can then be used by as avatars on Twitter, Instagram, and various other social media. Because we're ALL ABOUT SKULLS .

the Spoon Hot Thoughts Aura Reader,

Step 1: Log in to Spotify and make a playlist that describes yourself in 10 Spoon songs.


Step 2: Connect your Spotify account to the aura reader so we can analyze your playlist.

Step 3: Share your results on Facebook, Twitter or anywhere else you choose.

Upcoming shows :

February 27 - 100 Club, London, United Kingdom
March 6 - The Observatory, Santa Ana CA
March 14 - The Main ( SXSW Residency), Austin TX
March 15 - The Main ( SXSW Residency), Austin TX
March 16 - The Main ( SXSW Residency), Austin TX
March 23rd - Metro Theatre, Sydney, Australia
March 25th - The Croxton Bandroom, Melbourne, Australia
June 27 - Gorilla, Manchester, United Kingdom
June 28 - The Arts School, Glasgow, United Kingdom
June 30 - O2 Forum, London, United Kingdom
July 7 - Mad Cool Festival, Madrid, Spain
July 14 - Forecastle, Louisville, KY
July 15 - Sloss Festival, Birmingham, AL
July 28 - Panorama Festival, New York NY
July 30 - Merriweather Post Pavilion, Columbia MD **
August 6 - Hollywood Bowl*, Los Angeles CA

** - with Belle and Sebastian and Andrew Bird
* - with Belle and Sebastian

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Coming March 17 : Spoon's 'Hot Thoughts'

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Perhaps it would be unfair to call this the most poorly kept secret in recent memory,  but it's certainly in the top ten.  On March 17, we'll releasing the 9th and latest album from Spoon, 'Hot Thoughts'  in all territories.

’Hot Thoughts’’ is the bravest, most sonically inventive work of Spoon’s career. With all due respect to earlier efforts that have made the quintet both critically acclaimed and a commercial contender, preconceptions about this band are about to be obliterated. That’s not to say ‘Hot Thoughts’ doesn’t have a requisite supply of infectious earworms but there’s a lyrical bent that’s as carnal as it’s crafty, and a newfound sense of sonic exploration that results in the genre-smasher Spoon have flirted with in the past but not fully consummated.

Co-produced by Spoon and Dave Fridmann and reunited with Matador (third time’s the charm), with the crackling, incandescent, multi-dimensional backdrop conjured on ‘Hot Thoughts’, the lines between accessible and experimental become non-factors for once and all. It’s pop as high art, delivered with total confidence and focus.

Following a streak of three consecutive Top 10 albums—'Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga' (Merge, 2007), 'Transference' (Merge, 2010) and 'They Want My Soul' (Loma Vista, 2014)--Hot 'Thoughts' is nothing short of a masterwork. Within the space of 10 songs, 'Hot Thoughts' creates a musical universe of its own, ranging from the kaleidoscopic opening/title track—available to stream here or as an instant download with all pre-orders --through the gargantuan stomp of “Do I Have To Talk You Into It” and ubiquitous wiry hooks of “Can I Sit Next To You" to the bittersweetness of “I Ain’t The One” and beyond.

Having recently previewed 'Hot Thoughts' material in a surprise hometown warm-up, Spoon has also confirmed a three-night release week SXSW residency for which the band will resurrect the original Austin venue Emo's location, currently referred to as "The Main" on March 14, 15 and 16.  Spoon will select a unique line up each night and will stubbornly be referring to the venue as "Eno's”.

Details on the various vinyl formats can be found below.

Track listing:

1. Hot Thoughts
2. WhisperI'lllistentohearit
3. Do I Have To Talk You Into It
4. First Caress
5. Pink Up
6. Can I Sit Next To You
7. I Ain't The One
8. Tear It Down
9. Shotgun
10. Us

FORMATS :

- Standard Edition: Black vinyl, available at all retailers as well as via Matador and Spoon's webstore

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- Limited edition Purple vinyl, exclusive to The Matador Store and Spoon webstores  :

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Green Vinyl version - Exclusive to Matador and Spoon web store orders only. Two Golden Ticket Green Vinyl versions are hidden within the purple pressing. The lucky recipient will win tickets to the nearest Spoon show upon redemption.

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Limited edition Red vinyl, exclusive to all participating independent record stores :

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- CD and Digital (mp3/Audiophile)

South By Southwest Residency at The Main a/k/a Eno's:

Tuesday, March 14
Wednesday, March 15
Thursday, March 16

2017 TOUR DATES (SO FAR)
Friday, July 7 - Mad Cool Festival, Madrid ES
Friday, July 28 - Panorama Festival, New York NY

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Julien Baker - 'Sprained Ankle' re-release, "Funeral Pyre" 7", 2017 Touring

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We're very thrilled to announce the signing of Memphis, TN-based songwriter Julien Baker. The 21-year-old’s widely-acclaimed 2015 debut album, 'Sprained Ankle' (originally released by 6131) is available now digitally, with Matador's LP and CD reissue available in all territories (save for North America and Australia) on March 17. We'll be releasing Julien's next studio album everywhere.

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As premiered earlier this morning via NPR's "All Songs Considered", you can hear the previously unreleased “Funeral Pyre”, the A-side for Baker’s new 7”, out on March 17th on Matador*. Only Baker can make a song with such a darkly macabre title so heartbreakingly gorgeous, with her signature hushed-yet-lofty vocals soaring over a quietly finger-picked melody that crescendos into layered, almost-orchestral beauty. The B-side, “Distant Solar System,” is another unheard song from the 'Sprained Ankle' sessions.

(* - said 7" will be included in the international editions of the 'Sprained Ankle' LP ; however, the single will be available for stand-alone purchase in North America).

(STREAM / PREORDER 'Sprained Ankle')
(STREAM / PREORDER "Funeral Pyre")

After extensive touring in 2015 and 2016, Baker shows no signs of slowing down in 2017. Midwestern US audiences can catch her on a short run of dates this winter, which are followed by a lengthy European tour in the spring. The full list of tour dates can be found below :

01/18 Milwaukee, WI @ Pabst Theater w/ Ben Gibbard
01/19 Chicago, IL @ Thalia Hall w/ Ben Gibbard
01/20 Chicago, IL @ Thalia Hall w/ Ben Gibbard
02/17 Davenport, IA @ GAS Feed & Seed Fest
02/18 Champaign, IL @ The Accord w/ Thunder Dreamer
04/22-04/23 N. Charleston, SC @ High Water Festival w/ Avett Brothers, The Shins, Shovels & Rope, Dawes, Lucius, Charles Bradley
05/24 Jena, DE @ Trafo
05/25 Berlin, DE @ Kantine am Berghain
05/28 Hamburg, DE @ Aalhaus
05/29 Munster, DE @ Pension Schmidt
05/30 Heidelberg, DE @ Karlstorbahnhof
05/31 Munich, DE @ Milla
06/05 London, UK @ Bush Hall
06/06 Manchester, UK @ Deaf Institute
06/09 Porto, PT @ Primavera Sound
06/10 Amsterdam, NL @ Paradiso

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Out Friday : Steve Gunn - "Ancient Jules" 12" EP

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As touted in this space previously, a limited edition 3-song 12" EP from Steve Gunn is available at participating Record Store Day retailers this coming Friday, November 25. In addition to 'Eyes On The Lines'' "Ancient Jules", the EP includes a pair of previously unreleased tracks, "The Handshake" and "The Soloist".

Upcoming Tour Dates :

Friday, December 9 - The Bell House, Brooklyn NY (with Endless Boogie and 75 Dollar Bill)

Tuesday, January 10 — Arts at the Armory, Somerville MA*
Wednesday, January 11 — Columbus Theater, Providence RI*
Thursday, January 12 — Winooski Methodist Church, Winooski VT*
Friday, January 13 — PHI Centre, Montreal, QC*
Saturday, January 14 — The Great Hall Toronto ON*
Monday, January 16 — Thalia Hall, Chicago IL*
Tuesday, January 17 — The Cave, Louisville KY*
Wednesday, January 18 — Stuart’s Opera House, Nelsonville OH*
Friday, January 20 — Rock & Roll Hotel, Washington DC*
Saturday, January 21 — PhilaMOCA, Philadelphia, PA @ PhilaMOCA*


* = w/ Lee Ranaldo and Meg Baird

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Coming January 13 : CHAVEZ - 'Cockfighters' EP

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After a two decade sabbatical, highly revered U.S. quartet CHAVEZ make their hotly rumored return to the rock frontlines with a new 3 song 12”/digital EP, ‘Cockfighters’, released by Matador on January 13 of the new year. Said EP — recorded in 2015 with longtime associate John Agnello —— represents the band’s first new recordings since their 1996 album, ‘Ride the Fader’. Will this EP result in a future full-length? Will Chavez once again exhibit the sort of live form they flashed at 2010’s Matador 21 celebrations? We don’t think you should bet money on it, but on the other hand, if you have a genuine gambling problem, judgmental scolding isn’t going to help anyone. Let’s enjoy this all-too-brief reminder of the band’s genius while we can.

TRACK LISTING:
1. The Singer Lied
2. Blank In The Blaze
3. The Bully Boys

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It is both a blessing and a curse to be born with a penis. Freud knew this. So did Candy Darling. And so, mutatis mutandis, do the men of Chavez. They are phallus-wrestlers of the highest order, as evidenced not only by the muscular sensitivity of their music, but also quite literally by the title of their new EP, Cockfighters. Three songs in nine minutes; a new chapter and a willful engagement with the masculine issues—both hidden and overt—of our time.
To those of you who now implore, “Tell me the tale entire of Chavez,” we would caution that history is one big flaccid schlong draped across us all. Its inches are the measure of humankind’s institutionalized lies. So we don’t want to spend too much time on the past. But, for the sake of completion, we’ll blast through the pertinents real quick: Chavez was an integral part of the Matador records 1990s ejaculation of genius. With a bit more arena-rock in their DNA than most of their labelmates, Chavez took the nervous structures and ruminative lyric modes of the Indie Rock Pleistocene but added, deeper and more effectively than their peers, an injection of glistening testosterone-maximized amperage to the mix.


The band is composed of four Renaissance gents, varied and successful in their non ‘Vez pursuits.

Bassist Scott Marshall is a filmmaker who works and surfs in Malibu each and every day. He is lifelong friends with Anson Williams, which is a true fact you can research if you wish.

Drummer The James Lo, who is distinguished as a human in 2016 by the lack of a Wikipedia page that captures and classifies his essence in digital formaldehyde, is ambivalent about this rock music thing. He spends his time designing sound for contemporary dance and creating bits of hardware and software for music and theater.

Guitarist, riff-writer, and purveyor of harmony vocals Clay Tarver is a screenwriter who has worked on all four seasons of the HBO series Silicon Valley. He won a WGA Award in 2015 and subsequently, as he tells it, “nearly shit [his] pants onstage in a Men’s Warehouse rented tux.”

Guitarist, lyricist, and lead singer Matt Sweeney is a knight errant of studio and stage who has played with everyone from Iggy Pop and Neil Diamond to Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy, Adele, and Run The Jewels. When all us humans have finally moved on from this Earth and are grooving as one spiritual mass to the great afterlife band of eternity, we will surely find Sweeney at the lip of the stage.

For now, in the material world, we walk around in our mortal fleshbags looking for good things to listen to—which is where these new Chavez tunes come in handy. Aside from a scattered drippage of shows and some new vocals on a greatest hits set, this here is the first public utterance from Chavez since 1996. But please put away your hot branding iron that says REUNION in the WranglerⓇ font. You will not be able to use it on the exposed flesh of Chavez because, technically, the band never broke up. They just noticed that the less they did, the more people wanted them. So they became a wee bit diffuse in their approach, getting together now and then over the years to proverbially noodle in the proverbial woodshed.

So this is less a Lazarus vibe then it is, say, a flaming and glorious phoenix kind of a trip. Imagine if Charles Willeford—author of the 1962 cult pulp novel (and literary ancestor to this EP) Cockfighter—clawed himself out of the grave and said, through a gargle of dirt and his own decaying bones, “Hey, folks. I’ve been down there writing the whole time and, here you go: got a new book for y’all here.” This Chavez moment we’re witnessing right now is kind of like that. A much-needed and genuinely ripping jolt of new perspective from artists of experience and wisdom. Thanks, men.

—Jesse Pearson

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Coming November 11 : Body/Head - 'No Waves'

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album art by Raymond Pettibon

Body/Head, the duo of Kim Gordon (CKM, Sonic Youth, Free Kitten, etc.) and Bill Nace (X.O.4, Vampire Belt, Ceylon Mange, etc.) will be releasing their new record, 'No Waves', on November 11th. The live record documents a single show (Big Ears Festival in 2014 in Knoxville, TN) from a band renowned for clearing pathways of possibility using great waves of amplification and voice.

Body/Head's debut release for Matador Records, 'Coming Apart', was arguably the heaviest record of 2013 and received with open arms and blown minds across the world. The fact that a record steeped so heavily in non-traditional structures and improvisation could touch so many people was not a surprise to anyone who had seen Body/Head in a live setting. No Waves captures that raw improvisation and harnesses the power into a listening experience of pure, unmediated intensity.

The fire of improvisation is not the fire of the elements. Body/Head deal in electricity, but they exist in the fire of improvisation. As such, they need to play live to sustain themselves. Call it the ontological necessity of a band working heavily with the flow of power (power flowing back and forth between the members of the band, flowing through band and audience, flowing through the mental and material planes, etc). 'No Waves', a document of this flow of power, offers a different side of the band they revealed on 'Coming Apart'. Yes, some of the songs cross over in undefinable ways, but the live foundation of No Waves brings all new energies to the fore. Everything reveals itself in the now.

One of the pleasures of a live record is a chance for the listener to feel the music develop and unfold from a previously known departure point. This experience is magnified with Body/Head due to the improvisatory basis of the band, which encourages new sounds and modes of communication with every show. We hear new vocal melodies developing, new attacks on strings, new clusters of intervals. It is the sound of sound evolving. Listening to No Waves, one can't help feel that despite the title of their previous record, 'Coming Apart', we're actually hearing Kim and Bill become one. Guitars and vocals flow into each as if played by a single creature. The sound of their evolution causes audiomorphic sensations. Two guitars or eight? Four hands or one? One voice or two?

The live record also plays with orientation via it's concentration on communication. Which way are you listening to it? Listen once and hear certain forms. Listen to the same part again and you may perceive new forms, like overhearing a game of telephone. With 'No Waves', Body/Head adds a document to the library of classic live records that never exhaust themselves no matter how many times they are listened to. Musicians and groups such as Albert Ayler, High Rise, Van Morrison, Rudolph Grey, Bill Evens, Swans, etc. knew the unique possibilities of a live record that invites participation from the listener. It's the beauty of a path cleared at the moment it was recorded and for every moment to come. It's Body/Head doing what they do best - making the listener smile as they participate with the band in joyous, creative time. The Élan vital never rocked so hard.
- Ben Chasny


PREORDER 'No Waves' from Matador and other beloved physical/digital outlets. Orders via Kung Fu feature a t-shirt/LP or CD bundle.

TOUR DATES
Thursday, November 10 – Ottobar, Baltimore MD

Friday, November 11 –PhilaMOCA, Philadelphia PA

Saturday, November 12 – National Sawdust, Brooklyn NY

Thursday, November 17 – Masonic Lodge @ Hollywood Forever Cemetery, Los Angeles CA

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Steve Gunn - "Ancient Jules" 12" EP For Black Friday ; NPR "Field Recordings" Session Premieres Today

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On November 25 we'll be releasing a limited edition 12" of Steve Gunn's "Ancient Jules" + two songs that didn't feature on the recent, 'Eyes On The Lines', "The Handshake" and "The Soloist". You can watch Steve performing "Full Moon Tide", "Night Wander" and "Ark" via the auspices of NPR, starting tonight.



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Tour Dates :

Saturday, October 15 - Logan Square Food Truck Social, Chicago IL (SG w/ Jim Elkington)
Friday, October 28 – K4, Nürnberg (D)
Saturday, October 29 – Aalhaus – Hamburg (D)
Sunday, October 30 – Mejeriet – Lund (S)
Monday, October 31 – Atlas – Aarhus (DK)
Tuesday, November 1 – Pustervik – Gothenburg (S)
Wednesday, November 2 – Cafe Mono – Oslo (N)
Thursday, November 3 – Kägelbanan – Stockholm (S)
Friday, November 4 – Musikcaféen – Copenhagen (DK)
Saturday, November 5 – Auster Club – Berlin (D)
Sunday, November 6 – King George – Köln (D)
Monday, November 7 – Autumn Falls @ De Zwerver – Leffinge (B)
Tuesday, November 8 – Rotown Rotterdam – Rotterdam (NL)
Wednesday, November 9 – Autumn Falls @ Het Bos – Antwerpen (B)
Thursday, November 10 – Le Guess Who? – Utrecht (NL)
Friday, November 11 – Le Trabendo – Paris (F) with Kevin Morby*
Saturday, November 12 – The Hope & Ruin – Brighton (UK)
Sunday, November 13 – The De La Warr Pavilion – Bexhill (UK)
Monday, November 14 – 100 Club London – London (UK)
Tuesday, November 15 – Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Music Room – Liverpool (UK)
Wednesday, November 16 – Whelan’s – Dublin (Ireland)
Thursday, November 17 – McHugh’s Bar – Belfast (UK)
Friday, November 18 – Broadcast – Glasgow (UK)
Saturday, November 19 – High & Lonesome @ Brudenell Social Club – Leeds (UK)
Sunday, November 20 – Gullivers – Manchester (UK)
Friday, December 9 - The Bell House, Brooklyn NY (with Endless Boogie and 75 Dollar Bill)

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Lucy Dacus - 'No Burden' LP reissue available today

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Matador's repress of the LP version of Lucy Dacus' critically acclaimed debut, 'No Burden' in available today, September 9 and can be ordered here. Clear vinyl versions with a limited edition signed poster are in stock at our lovely offices right this moment. The CD and digital versions, though less likely to make a pleasant THUD sound when dropped on your doorstep, kitchen counter or pillow, are available from the usual suspects, listed below.

Lucy Dacus on tour :

Tuesday, September 13 – Ram’s Head Live – Baltimore MD% SOLD OUT
Thursday, September 15 – Bowery Ballroom, New York NY$ SOLD OUT
Friday, September 16 – Bowery Ballroom, New York NY$
Saturday, September 17 – The Sinclair – Boston MA$ SOLD OUT
Sunday, September 18 – Bar le Ritz PDB, Montreal QC$
Monday, September 19- Virgin Mobile Mod Club,Toronto ON$
Wednesday, September 21 – El Club, Detroit MI$
Thursday, September 22 – The Pygmalion Festival, Urbana IL
Saturday, September 24 – MidPoint Music Festival Cincinnati OH
Sunday, September 25 – Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, Cleveland OH$
Tuesday, September 27 – Majestic Theatre, Madison WI$
Wednesday, September 28 - Cedar Cultural Center, Minneapolis MN
Friday, September 30 - Stubbs's, Austin TX*, SOLD OUT
Saturday, October 1 – Austin City Limits Festival, Zilker Park, Austin, TX
Friday, October 7 – The National, Richmond VA
Friday, October 21 - Primavera Club, Barcelona
Tuesday, October 25 - Eldorado, Switzerland
Wednesday, October 26 - Pitchfork Avant-Garde @ La Mecanique Undulatory , Paris
Friday, October 28 - Charlatan, Gent
Saturday, October 29 - DDW Music @ Altstadt, Eindhoven
Sunday, October 30 - New Fall Festival, Düsseldorf
Tuesday, November 1 - The Crofters Rights, Bristol
Wednesday, November 2 - The Waiting Room, London
Thursday, November 3 - Soup Kitchen, Manchester
Friday, November 4 - Brudenell Games Room, Leeds

% w/ Frightened Rabbit
$ w/ Car Seat Headrest
* w/ Andrew Bird

You can order No Burden from the following:

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Self Congratulation Corner : Happy 10th Anniversary, Matablog!

Ten years ago when Matador founder Chris Lombardi suggested we commence publishing a label blog, skeptics sneered. Wasn't this a bit like introducing color television in 1980? Or writing about a vinyl revival in 2015? I mean, just what are we doing around here, running a record label or LiveJournaling ourselves to death?

Fast forward a decade later and the answer is clear as day : we're running a record label AND LiveJournaling ourselves to death. Next Tuesday marks the Matablog's 10th Anniversary, an incredible achievement considering the blog medium is deader than Dennis Miller's career and there's simply no way we should've been allowed to get away with calling it "Matablog" for ten minutes, let alone ten years.

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Car Seat Headrest - 'Teens Of Denial' LP & CD Available Today, 4 Knots Festival In NYC Tomorrow

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At the risk of being overly dramatic, our national nightmare of moderate length is finally over and the amended LP and CD versions of Car Seat Headrest's hotly anticipated / universally hailed 'Teens Of Denial' are either hitting your local record shop or your mailbox today (and if it's the latter, I certainly hope you ordered the CD, otherwise there could be some real problems cramming the LP inside). After taking Europe (or what's left of it) by storm, Car Seat Headrest kick off the next leg of North American touring with a free show tomorrow on Pier 16 of NYC's South Street Seaport as part of the Village Voice's 4 Knots Festival. Also appearing are Protomartyr and fledgling young hopefuls Guided By Voices (of whom we've heard promising things, apparently the main fella is considered somewhat prolific, you might even say 'Toledo-esque') and if you get there early enough, I'll be conducting a walking tour of the block former Matador receptionist Joe Gaer used to live on. The show is all-ages, though the walking tour not recommended for preteens or the emotionally immature.

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Car Seat Headrest on tour :

Saturday, July 9 - 4 Knots Festival, NYC NY
Saturday, July 16 –
Pitchfork Music Festival, Chicago IL
Saturday, July 16 – Empty Bottle, Chicago IL (evening show)
Sunday, July 17 – Turner Hall, Milwaukee WI (on sale 4-29)
Monday, July 18 – Triple Rock Social Club, Minneapolis, MN
Friday, July 22 – Capital Hill Block Party, Seattle WA
Thursday, July 28 – Eventide Victoria, Victoria BC
Saturday, August 20 - Maha Music Festival, Omaha NE
Tuesday, August 30 - Neurolux, Boise ID
Wednesday, August 31 - Urban Lounge, Salt Lake City UT
Thursday, September 1 - Bluebird Theatre, Denver CO
September 3-5 - Made in America Festival 2016, Philadelphia, PA
Monday, September 5 - The Ready Room, St. Louis MO
Tuesday, September 6 - Proud Larry's, Oxford MS
Wednesday, September 7, Mercy Lounge, Nashville TN
Thursday, September 8 - Terminal West, Atlanta GA
Friday, September 9 - Hopscotch Music Festival, Raleigh NC
Saturday, September 10 - Grey Eagle, Asheville NC
Monday, September 12 - The National, Richmond VA
Tuesday, September 13 - Ottobar, Baltimore, MD
Saturday, September 17 - The Sinclair, Cambridge MA
Sunday, September 18 - Bar Le Ritz PDB, Montreal QC
Monday, September 19 - Virgin Mobile Mod Club, Toronto, ON
Wednesday, September 21- El Club, Detroit MI
Thursday, September 23 - Pygmalion Music Festival 2016, Champaign IL
September 23-35 - Midpoint Music Festival, Cleveland OH
Sunday, September 25 - Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Cleveland OH
Tuesday, September 27 - Majestic Theater, Madison, WI
Sunday, October 16 - Treasure Island, San Francisco CA
Friday, November 4 - Opolis, Norman, OK
November 4-6 - Sound On Sound Festival, McDade TX

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Lucy Dacus Signs To Matador ; 'No Burden' Available Now (And Later)



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“An uncommonly warm indie rock record. Lead guitar lines pour in like slow columns of sunlight, and Dacus' voice itself is a comforting blur.” - Brad Nelson, Pitchfork

"Hyper-aware missives from a friend whose mind is always whirling ----disarmingly open indie rock songs, with plainspoken lyrics that hit even harder thanks to her soft, sturdy alto.” - Maura Johnson, Rolling Stone

"Her songs roll over you like waves, the matter-of-fact, plaintive delivery serving as a vessel for examining where things all went wrong and how to make them right again.” - James Rettig, Stereogum

“A brave lyricist whose sensual expression of catharsis will stay with you long after you’ve finished with this record... an amazing breath of fresh air in an otherwise overwrought genre.” - Annalise Domenighini, Noisey

We're very pleased to announce the signing of Richmond, VA singer-songwriter Lucy Dacus to Matador. Lucy's debut album, the Collin Pastore produced 'No Burden', released earlier this year by Egg Hunt, is now available digitally via Matador and all the download and streaming services you'd expect ; a re-release of 'No Burden' on LP and compact disc will be in stores September 9 with preorders available starting today.

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Recorded in Nashville last autumn with guitarist/bandmate Jacob Blizard, 'No Burden' is as arresting, direct and quick-witted as any debut we've stumbled across ; that the 21 year-old Dacus' poetic chops are more than matched by a killer vocal performance (and later down the line, by a ridiculously locked-in live band) has just a bit to do with why 'No Burden' blasted thru it's first pressing in the blink of an eye. After a ton of US touring in 2016 including dates in support of Houndmouth, Kurt Vile and Julien Baker, Lucy hits the road again this summer and fall, including July dates opening for The Decemberists, Lollapalooza and Austin City Limits appearances, a UK debut at the End Of The Road Festival and September shows in support of Car Seat Headrest (see below) :

TOUR DATES:
Monday, July 11- Meijer Gardens Amphitheater Grand Rapids, MI*
Tuesday, July 12 - Michigan Theater, Ann Arbor, MI*
Sunday, July 17 - Stage AE, Pittsburgh, PA
Tuesday, July 19 - Johnny Brenda’s, Philadelphia, PA
Thursday, July 21 - The Ballroom at the Outer Space, Hamden, CT
Tuesday, July 26 - The Basement, Columbus, OH
Wednesday, July 27 - Thalia Hall, Chicago, IL
Thursday, July 28 - Lollapalooza, Chicago, IL SOLD OUT
August 4-August 6- Doe Bay Resort and Retreat, Olga, WA
Sunday, August 7 - Tractor Tavern, Seattle, WA
Monday, August 8 - Mississippi Studios - Portland, OR ^
Wednesday, August 10 - Rickshaw Stop, San Francisco, CA
Thursday, August 11 - The Echo, Los Angeles, CA
Saturday, August 13 - The Casbah, San Diego, CA
Sunday, August 14- Valley Bar, Phoenix, AZ
Tuesday, August 16 - Stubb’s Bar-B-Q, Austin, TX
Wednesday, August 17- Three Links, Dallas, TX
Friday, August 19 - The Basement, Nashville, TN
Saturday, August 20 - The Masquerade - Purgatory, Atlanta, GA
Saturday, September 3 - End of the Road Festival, Salisbury, UK
Tuesday, September 6 - The Old Blue Last, London, UK
Tuesday, September 13 - Ram’s Head Live - Baltimore, MD%
Saturday, September 17 - The Sinclair - Boston, MA
Sunday, September 18 - Bar le Ritz PDB, Montreal, QC$
Monday, September 19- Virgin Mobile Mod Club,Toronto, ON$
Wednesday, September 21 - El Club, Detroit, MI$
Thursday, September 22 - The Pygmalion Festival, Urbana, IL
Saturday, September 24 - MidPoint Music Festival, Cincinnati, OH
Sunday, September 25 - Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, Cleveland, OH$
Tuesday, September 27 - Majestic Theatre, Madison, WI$
Saturday, October, 1 - Austin City Limits Festival, Austin, TX

* w/ The Decemberists
^ w/ Julien Baker
% w/ Frightened Rabbit
$ w/ Car Seat Headrest

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Out Today : Steve Gunn's 'Eyes On The Lines'



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While Steve Gunn completes his most leg of European touring with a show tonight at Barcelona's Primavera Festival (taped for WFMU broadcast), today marks the official release date of the hugely acclaimed new album, 'Eyes On The Lines'. You still have a shot at the Matador Store's exclusive sew-on patch and/or album + T-shirt bundle (as shown below), so GET MOVING.

. There's a bunch of new US dates & ticket links listed below, including a few October shows supporting Dinosaur Jr.



Steve Gun on tour (new dates in BOLD)

Friday, June 3 – Primavera Sound, Barcelona, ES
Sunday, June 5 – This Is Not A Love Song, Nimes, FR|
Thursday, June 9 – Northside Festival, Brooklyn, NY
Saturday, June 11 – Bonnaroo, Manchester, TN
Monday, June 13 – Gasa Gasa, New Orleans, LA
Tuesday, June 14 – Rudyard’s, Houston, TX
Wednesday, June 15 – The Sidewinder, Austin, TX
Thursday, June 16 – Three Links Deep Ellum, Dallas, TX
Friday, June 17 – Stickyz Rock’n'Roll Chicken Shack, Little Rock, AR
Saturday, June 18 – Off Broadway, St. Louis, MO
Sunday, June 19 – The Riot Room, Kansas City, MO
Monday, June 20 – 7th St Entry, Minneapolis, MN
Tuesday, June 21 – Cactus Club, Milwaukee, WI
Thursday, June 23 – Schubas, Chicago, IL
Friday, June 24 – Marble Bar, Detroit, MI
Saturday, June 25 – The Great Hall, Toronto, ON
Sunday, June 26 – La Vitrola, Montreal, Canada
Tuesday, June 28 – 3S Artspace, Portsmouth, NH
Wednesday, June 29 – Great Scott, Boston, MA
Thursday, June 30 – Garcia’s at The Capitol Theatre, Port Chester, NY
Saturday, July 9 – Union Transfer, Philadelphia, PA
Sunday, July 10 – Black Cat, Washington, DC
Monday, July 11 – The Southern, Charlottesville, VA
Tuesday, July 12 – Kings, Raleigh, NC
Wednesday, July 13 – The Mothlight, Asheville, NC
Thursday, July 14 – Exit/In, Nashville, TN
Friday, July 15 – Eddie’s Attic, Decatur, GA
Saturday, July 16 – Sloss Music & Arts Festival, Birmingham, AL
Sunday, July 17 – Forecastle, Louisville, KY
Tuesday, July 26 – Woodsist Festival, Big Sur, CA
Saturday, August 6 – Catskills Back Forty Revival @ Catskills Brewery, Livingston Manor, NY
Wednesday, Sep. 21 – Barboza, Seattle, WA
Thursday, Sep. 22 – The Bartlett, Spokane, WA
Friday, Sep. 23 – Fortune Sound Club, Vancouver, BC
Sat. Sep. 24 – Mississippi Studios, Portland, OR
Wed. Sep. 28 – The Chapel, San Francisco, CA
Fri. Sep. 30 – The Echo, Los Angeles, CA
Sat. Oct. 1 – Soda Bar, San Diego, CA
Monday, October 3 - The Depot, Salt Lake City, UT
Tuesday, October 4 - Bluebird Theatre, Denver, CO
Wednesday, October 5 - Bluebird Theatre, Denver, CO
Sunday, October 9 - Mr. Small's Theatre, Millvale, PA

6/09 w/ Cut Worms
6/11-6/30 w/ Promised Land Sound
6/26 also w/ Tim Darcy
7/09-7/15 w/ Spacin'
7/09 also w/ Nap Eyes
7/26 w/ Woods, Kevin Morby, Michael Hurley and more
8/06 w/ The Felice Brothers
9/21-10/01 w/ Nap Eyes
10/03-10/09 w/ Dinosaur Jr.
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Car Seat Headrest : NPR Webcast / BBC6 Album Of The Day / Snapchat Demoliton Derby



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Riding a crest of worldwide critical acclaim, Car Seat Headrest's 'Teens Of Denial' was deemed BBC6's 'Album Of The Day' earlier Tuesday, but as you've probably noticed, THE DAY IS ALMOST OVER. As the old saying goes, those who ignore the future are condemned to drink the Pabst, but the Matablog (recent) nostalgia fest continues with a fond look back at those glorious moments on the evening of May 23, 2016 when Car Seat Headrest's show at Washington DC's 9:30 Club was made available online via the auspices of NPR. The show will be archived for the next two weeks.



Finally, please follow us on snapchat tomorrow if your turn-ons include seeing things destroyed :



on tour :

Thursday, May 28 - London Calling, Amsterdam (NL)
Friday, May 29 – Big Next, Gent (B)
Monday, May 30 – L’Espace B, Paris
Tuesday, May 31 – Le Sonic, Lyon
Thursday, June 2 – Primavera Sound, Barcelona (ES)
Friday, June 3 – This Is Not A Love Song, Nimes (F)
Saturday, June 4 – Bad Bonn Kilbi Festival, Düdingen (CH)
Monday, June 6 – Beaches Brew, Ravenna (IT)
Friday, June 10 – Paraque de Cidade, Porto, PT
Wednesday, June 8 – Le Saint des Seins, Toulouse
Thursday, June 9 – Rock School Barbey, Bordeaux
Saturday, June 11 – Primavera Sound, Porto (PT)
Tuesday, June 14 – Privatclub, Berlin (D)
Friday, June 17 - Beanpole, Dresden (D)
Saturday, June 18 – Molotow, Hamburg (D)
Monday, June 20 – The Hope, Brighton (UK)
Tuesday, June 21 – 100 Club, London (UK)
Wednesday, June 22 – The Deaf Institute, Manchester (UK)
Thursday, June 23 – Broadcast, Glasgow (UK)
Sunday, June 26 – Down The Rabbit Hole, Beuningen (NL)
Tuesday, June 28 – Mejeriet, Lund (SE)
Wednesday, June 29 – Debaser Strand, Stockholm (SE)
Thursday, June 30 – Pustervik , Göteborg (SE)
Saturday, July 9 - 4 Knots Festival, NYC NY
Saturday, July 16 – Pitchfork Music Festival, Chicago IL
Saturday, July 16 – Empty Bottle, Chicago IL (evening show)
Sunday, July 17 – Turner Hall, Milwaukee WI (on sale 4-29)
Monday, July 18 – Triple Rock Social Club, Minneapolis, MN
Friday, July 22 – Capital Hill Block Party, Seattle WA
Thursday, July 28 – Eventide Victoria, Victoria BC
Saturday, August 20 - Maha Music Festival, Omaha NE
Tuesday, August 30 - Neurolux, Boise ID
Wednesday, August 31 - Urban Lounge, Salt Lake City UT
Thursday, September 1 - Bluebird Theatre, Denver CO
Monday, September 5 - The Ready Room, St. Louis MO
Tuesday, September 6 - Proud Larry's, Oxford MS
Wednesday, September 7, Mercy Lounge, Nashville TN
Thursday, September 8 - Terminal West, Atlanta GA
Friday, September 9 - Hopscotch Music Festival, Raleigh NC
Saturday, September 10 - Grey Eagle, Asheville NC
Monday, September 12 - The National, Richmond VA
Saturday, September 17 - The Sinclair, Cambridge MA
Sunday, September 18 - Bar Le Ritz PDB, Montreal, QC
Monday, September 19 - Virgin Mobile Mod Club, Toronto, ON
Wednesday, September 21- El Club, Detroit, MI
Sunday, September 25 - Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Cleveland, OH
Tuesday, September 27 - Majestic Theater, Madison, WI






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There's No Denying Car Seat Headrest's 'Teens Of Denial' Is Out Today (On Some Formats, But Not All)



(photo by Anna Webber)

Alright, after last week's highly publicized drama concerning THOUSANDS UPON THOUSANDS of LP's and CD's being destroyed, we are very proud to announce that today, Friday, May 20 marks the official (digital) release of Car Seat Headrest's hotly anticipated 'Teens Of Denial'. Stereogum's Tom Breihan calls it, "a sprawling concept album about what it’s like to be young and empty," ("a powerful, cutting, incisive portrait of an entire generation that’s been economically fucked by previous generations’ greed"), while Pitchfork's Jeremy Gordon testifies that TOD represents, "a firm declaration of talent", calling Will Toledo, "an incredibly imaginative, insightful singer-songwriter."  We're no experts on the law (for instance, check that business about our destroying thousands upon thousands of LP's and CD's), but I'm pretty sure Tom and Jeremy wouldn't be allowed to write these things if they weren't 100% accurate.

In all seriousness, 'Teens Of Denial' is available today via digital download or thru your favorite streaming service. The amended and 100% LEGAL double LP and CD can be preordered via the link below. In addition, there's some new tour dates which are highlighted in B-O-L-D.

Saturday, May 21 – Rough Trade, Brooklyn NY (SOLD OUT)
Monday, May 23 – Black Cat, Washington DC
Thursday, May 28 - London Calling, Amsterdam (NL)
Friday, May 29 – Big Next, Gent (B)
Monday, May 30 – L’Espace B, Paris
Tuesday, May 31 – Le Sonic, Lyon
Thursday, June 2 – Primavera Sound, Barcelona (ES)
Friday, June 3 – This Is Not A Love Song, Nimes (F)
Saturday, June 4 – Bad Bonn Kilbi Festival, Düdingen (CH)
Monday, June 6 – Beaches Brew, Ravenna (IT)
Friday, June 10 – Paraque de Cidade, Porto, PT
Wednesday, June 8 – Le Saint des Seins, Toulouse
Thursday, June 9 – Rock School Barbey, Bordeaux
Saturday, June 11 – Primavera Sound, Porto (PT)
Tuesday, June 14 – Privatclub, Berlin (D)
Friday, June 17 - Beanpole, Dresden (D)
Saturday, June 18 – Molotow, Hamburg (D)
Monday, June 20 – The Hope, Brighton (UK)
Tuesday, June 21 – 100 Club, London (UK)
Wednesday, June 22 – The Deaf Institute, Manchester (UK)
Thursday, June 23 – Broadcast, Glasgow (UK)
Sunday, June 26 – Down The Rabbit Hole, Beuningen (NL)
Tuesday, June 28 – Mejeriet, Lund (SE)
Wednesday, June 29 – Debaser Strand, Stockholm (SE)
Thursday, June 30 – Pustervik , Göteborg (SE)
Saturday, July 9 - 4 Knots Festival, NYC NY
Saturday, July 16 – Pitchfork Music Festival, Chicago IL
Saturday, July 16 – Empty Bottle, Chicago IL (evening show)
Sunday, July 17 – Turner Hall, Milwaukee WI (on sale 4-29)
Monday, July 18 – Triple Rock Social Club, Minneapolis, MN
Friday, July 22 – Capital Hill Block Party, Seattle WA
Thursday, July 28 – Eventide Victoria, Victoria BC
Saturday, August 20 - Maha Music Festival, Omaha NE
Tuesday, August 30 - Neurolux, Boise ID
Wednesday, August 31 - Urban Lounge, Salt Lake City UT
Thursday, September 1 - Bluebird Theatre, Denver CO
Monday, September 5 - The Ready Room, St. Louis MO
Tuesday, September 6  - Proud Larry's, Oxford MS
Wednesday, September 7, Mercy Lounge, Nashville TN
Thursday, September 8 - Terminal West, Atlanta GA
Friday, September 9 - Hopscotch Music Festival, Raleigh NC
Saturday, September 10 - Grey Eagle, Asheville NC
Monday, September 12 - The National, Richmond VA
Saturday, September 17 - The Sinclair, Cambridge MA
Sunday, September 18 - Bar Le Ritz PDB, Montreal, QC
Monday, September 19 - Virgin Mobile Mod Club, Toronto, ON
Wednesday, September 21- El Club, Detroit, MI
Sunday, September 25 - Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Cleveland, OH
Tuesday, September 27 - Majestic Theater, Madison, WI






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An Announcement Regarding Car Seat Headrest's 'Teens Of Denial'

(Dear Friends,

We were so inspired by Radiohead and Beyoncé’s recent success with surprise albums outta-the-blue that we decided to do the REVERSE with Car Seat Headrest’s hotly anticipated ‘Teens Of Denial’ ; instead, we’re pulling the LP and CD versions from circulation on the eve of the album’s release.

OK, sorry, that's actually not what's going on. The real story is a little more complicated. We’d love to blame it on someone else, but for once, we can’t. Please read Will Toledo's comments below. Thanks - Gerard)

=/\=/\=TEENS OF DENIAL MAJOR ANNOUNCEMENT=\/=\/=

Life happens and sometimes not in ideal ways. If you’ve heard anything about the new album, then you’re probably aware that one of its songs made use of The Cars song “Just What I Needed”. Now, obviously, when we called the record ‘done’ and sent it off to be printed, we were working in full confidence that we had the legal side of it all worked out. We found out last week that this was not the case. I’m not going to get into the nitty-gritty of email chains and invested parties; suffice it to say that Matador (and I) were neither pulling a Banksy nor operating in ignorance of the law, but that we truly believed we had the issue resolved months ago, until last week.

As you may have heard, vinyl is being pulled from stores right now. There’s a total recall out, and all copies with the original version of the song will be destroyed. Nevertheless, Teens of Denial WILL COME OUT ON MAY 20TH, at least digitally. I spent the last 48 hours working on an alternate cut of the track, which is now called “Not What I Needed”. It’s not merely an edit - it is its own thing, about half a minute longer than the original track, and goes in a much different direction. Honestly, despite the apparent clusterfuck, I had fun doing it, and I think it’s a stronger song now. In any case I’ve grown up accustomed to working on an album right up to its drop date, so this is not a freak-out scenario for me. The album is going to come out on time and it’s going to be good.

The physical release will not come out on time, obviously. We’ll likely see a street date of sometime in July. I’m very sorry to everyone who was anticipating a preorder (it does sound GREAT on vinyl). It will be in your hands eventually. But it was very important to me that we keep the digital release for May. We’ve all been waiting long enough. Most of my music only exists online anyways, so it makes sense that this album should start the same way.

Thanks for your continued support, and I am very excited for this fucking record to come out already.


Official Statement from Matador Records :

The release date for the Car Seat Headrest album “Teens Of Denial” has been pushed back from May 20 to later in the summer due to a recall of physical product, so that a song containing elements of a composition by Ric Ocasek could be removed and replaced. Matador had negotiated for al icense in good faith months ago, only to be told last week that the publisher involved was not authorized to complete the license in the United States, and that Ric Ocasek preferred that his work not be included in the song. Matador regrets that it was not informed of this much earlier, and has made changes to respect Mr. Ocasek’s wishes.


Coming June 3 : Steve Gunn - 'Eyes On The Lines', "Conditions Wild" video premiere







(photo by Constance Mensh)



"Conditions Wild" - directed by Brandon Herman

We're thrilled to announce the release of a new album from guitarist/songwriter Steve Gunn, 'Eyes On The Lines', coming June 3rd, worldwide. . Gunn’s music has always embraced expanse and movement, springing from the simple and profound relationship between humans and their environment. 'Eyes On The Lines', the follow-up to Gunn’s pastoral and highly acclaimed 'Way Out Weather', is his most explicit ode to the blissful uncertainty of adventure yet.

Accompanied by a full band --- Nathan Bowles (drums, banjo, organ), Hans Chew (wurlitzer), James Elkington (guitar, lap steel, dobro), Mary Lattimore (harp), Jason Meagher (bass, guitar, flute), Paul Sukeena, Justin Tripp (bass, keyboards), John Truscinski (drums), and (electric, guitar) –-- 'Eyes On The Lines' presents Gunn embracing his urban surroundings through a series of songs that showcase his extraordinary ability to match inventive hooks to deftly constructed melodies full of personality.

Throughout 'Eyes On The Lines', Gunn is more narrator than diarist as he pours real-life moments and real-life people into vibrant and evocative tales. Take debut single, “Conditions Wild,” for example. Directly inspired by Rebecca Solnit’s A Field Guide to Getting Lost, Gunn rambles through strange clouds of roving -- interlocking strings, percussion, and vocals join in an irrepressible rush. It’s accompanying, highly-stylized video, directed by Brandon Herman, phenomenally captures the notion of finding comfort in getting lost and embracing the unknown, an important concept to Gunn in his songwriting and playing, and the creation of 'Eyes On The Lines' as a whole.

Steve Gunn will be touring extensively all over Europe and North America this year. All confirmed dates are below.


TRACKLISTING
1. Ancient Jules
2. Full Moon Tide
3. The Drop
4. Conditions Wild
5. Nature Driver
6. Heavy Sails
7. Night Wander
8. Park Bench Smile
9. Ark

PRE-ORDER LINKS
The Matador Store
Steve Gunn Store
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US TOUR DATES

Friday, April 8 - Outpost in the Burbs, Montclair, NJ
Thursday, June 9 - Northside Festival, Brooklyn, NY
Saturday, June 11 - Bonnaroo, Manchester, TN
Monday, June 13 - Gasa Gasa, New Orleans, LA
Tuesday, June 14 - Rudyard's, Houston, TX
Wednesday, June 15 - The Sidewinder, Austin, TX
Thursday, June 16 - Three Links Deep Ellum, Dallas, TX
Saturday, June 18 - Off Broadway, St. Louis, MO
Sunday, June 19 - The Riot Room, Kansas City, MO
Monday, June 20 - 7th St Entry, Minneapolis, MN

Tuesday, June 21 - Cactus Club, Milwaukee, WI
Thursday, June 23 - Schubas, Chicago, IL
Friday, June 24 - Marble Bar, Detroit, MI
Saturday, June 25 - The Great Hall, Toronto, ON
Wednesday, June 29 - Great Scott, Boston, MA
Thursday, June 30 - Garcia's at The Capitol Theatre, Port Chester, NY
Saturday, July 9 - Union Transfer, Philadelphia, PA
Tuesday, July 12 - Kings, Raleigh, NC
Wednesday, July 13 - The Mothlight, Asheville, NC
Thursday, July 14 - Exit/In, Nashville, TN
Friday, July 15 - Eddie's Attic, Decatur, GA
Saturday, July 16 - Sloss Music & Arts Festival, Birmingham, AL
Sunday, July 17 - Forecastle, Louisville, KY

EUROPEAN TOUR DATES

Thursday, April 21 - The Lexington, London, UK
Wednesday, May 18 - Le Batofar, Paris, FR
Thursday, May 19 - Les Nuits Botanique, Brussels, BE
Friday, May 20 - Paradiso Noord, Amsterdam, NL
Saturday, May 21 - Kantine am Berghain, Berlin, DE
Sunday, May 22 - Loppen, Copenhagen, DK
Monday, May 23 - Molotow, Hamburg, DE
Tuesday, May 24 - UT Connewitz, Leipzig, DE
Wednesday, May 25 - Manufaktur, Schorndorf, DE
Thursday, May 26 - Sudpol, Kriens, CH
Friday, May 27 - Le Sonic, Lyon, FR
Saturdat, May 28 - Le Phare, Limoges, FR
Sunday, May 29 - Psilocybenea, Hondarribia, ES
Monday, May 30 - gnration, Braga, PT
Tuesday, May 31 - ZDB, Lisboa, PT
Wednesday, June 1 - Berlin Cafe, Madrid, ES
Thursday, June 2 - Loco Club, Valencia, ES
Friday, June 3 - Primavera Sound, Barcelona, ES
Sunday, June 5 - This Is Not A Love Song, Nimes, FR

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Coming May 20 : Car Seat Headrest - Teens Of Denial







"Drunk Drivers / Killer Whales"



(photo by Anna Webber)

On May 20, Matador will be releasing the new Car Seat Headrest 2XLP/CD/digital album, 'Teens Of Denial'. Though it's the 13th album to date for Will Toledo, it's the first CSH album to be recorded in a pro-style recording environment with a full band and acclaimed producer-person (specifically, Steve Fisk). Following the previously leaked "Vincent", the album's second single, "Drunk Drivers / Killer Whales" is available today. As Will explains, the song is about "post-party melancholia. Wishing to either be a better person or care less about the whole deal. Going home alone, in poor condition. The ‘killer whales’ bit is inspired by Blackfish, which is a depressing film.”

"You have no right to be depressed
You haven’t tried hard enough to like it"


There are two kinds of great lyrics.  The first is the banger/anthem catch phrase: "Normal life is borin' / but superstardom is close to post-mortem." The second is more complex (and more rarely found): "Like a bird on a wire / Like a drunk in a midnight choir/I have tried in my way to be free" — with ideas, themes, and personae unfolding over the course of songs, contradicting each other, confronting the listeners' preconceptions, like Pete Townshend, Morrissey, or Kendrick Lamar. 

Will Toledo, the singer/songwriter/visionary of Car Seat Headrest, is adept at both, having developed them over the course of his eleven college-recorded Bandcamp albums and his retrospective collection last fall, Teens of Style.

"I’m so sick of / (Fill in the blank)" or "It’s more than you bargained for / But it's a little less than what you paid for" are more than smart, edgy slogans.  Over the course of Teens of Denial's 11 songs, Will narrates a journey with his mysterious companion/alter-ego Joe that addresses big themes (personal responsibility, existential despair, the nature of identity, the Bible, heaven) and small ones (Air Jordans, cops, whether to have one more beer, why he lost his backpack). 

“Fill in The Blank,” the mission statement of the album, kicks things off — it’s a fist-pumping anthem about feeling lousy in an ill-defined way, the fear of settling into a routine of futility, and not wanting to deal with it.  Although it’s oddly joyful sounding, Toledo considers it the introduction to his angriest record yet. In that vein, “Vincent,” “Hippie Powers,” and “Connect The Dots” are about both fighting to hold your place in the crowd and to hold your drink, as well as DIY college house shows, and having no one to dance with, respectively.  Initially similar, "Drunk Drivers/Killer Whales” veers off in surprising directions, each piece flush with catchy, irony-free hooks.

At the heart of the album sits the 11:32 "Ballad of the Costa Concordia," which has more musical ideas than most whole albums (and at that length, it uses them all).  Horns, keyboards, and elegant instrumental interludes set off art-garage moments; vivid vocal harmonies follow punk frenzy.  The selfish captain of the capsized cruise liner in the Mediterranean in 2013 becomes a metaphor for struggles of the individual in society, as experienced by one hungover young man on the verge of adulthood. 

Teens of Denial refracts Toledo's particular, personal story of one difficult year through cultural touchstones such as the biography of Frank Sinatra, the evolution of the Me Generation as seen in Mad Men and elsewhere, plus elements of Eastern and Western theology. The whole thing flaunts a kind of conceptual, lyrical, and musical ambition that has been missing from far too much 21st-century music.

"I won’t go down with this shit
I will put my hands up and surrender
There will be no more flags above my door
I have lost, and always will be"


There are two kinds of great lyricists.  The first kind is one you find in books, canonized by time and a lifetime of expression.  The second has it all in front of him.  Meet Will Toledo.  Or at least one version of him.  
- Geoffrey Weiss


TRACKLISTING
1. Fill In The Blank
2. Vincent
3. Destroyed By Hippie Powers
4. (Joe Gets Kicked Out Of School For Using) Drugs With Friends (But Says This Isn’t A Problem)
5. Just What I Needed/Not Just What I Needed
6. Drunk Drivers/Killer Whales
7. 1937 State Park
8. Unforgiving Girl (She’s Not An)
9. Cosmic Hero
10. The Ballad of Costa Concordia
11. Connect The Dots (The Saga Of Frank Sinatra)
12, Joe Goes To School

Car Seat Headrest is:
Will Toledo - vocals, guitar, songwriting
Andrew Katz - drums, backing vocals
Ethan Ives - bass (on Teens of Denial), guitar (live), backing vocals
Seth Dalby - bass (live)

Produced by Steve Fisk at his studio in Seattle, July-September 2015.

Preorder 'Teens Of Denial' from the following :
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Car Seat Headrest on tour :

Friday, March 25 - Wonder Ballroom, Portland OR
Saturday, March 26 - Neptune Theatre, Seattle WA
Sunday, March 27 - The Cobalt, Vancouver BC
Wednesday, March 30 – The Holland Project, Reno NV
Thursday, March 31 - Rickshaw Stop, San Francisco, CA
Friday, April 1 – Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, Los Angeles CA
Sunday, April 3 – The Crepe Place, Santa Cruz CA
Monday, May 23 – Black Cat, Washington DC
Thursday, May 28 - London Calling, Amsterdam (NL)
Friday, May 29 - Big Next, Gent (B)
Monday, May 30 - L'Espace B, Paris
Tuesday, May 31 - Le Sonic, Lyon
Thursday, June 2 - Primavera Sound, Barcelona (ES)
Friday, June 3 - This Is Not A Love Song, Nimes (F)
Saturday, June 4 - Bad Bonn Kilbi Festival, Düdingen (CH)
Monday, June 6 - Beaches Brew, Ravenna (IT)
Friday, June 10 – Paraque de Cidade, Porto, PT
Wednesday, June 8 - Le Saint des Seins, Toulouse
Thursday, June 9 - Rock School Barbey, Bordeaux
Saturday, June 11 - Primavera Sound, Porto (PT)
Tuesday, June 14 - Privatclub, Berlin (D)
Friday, June 17 - Beanpole, Dresden (D)
Saturday, June 18 - Molotow, Hamburg (D)
Monday, June 20 - The Hope, Brighton (UK)
Tuesday, June 21 - 100 Club, London (UK)
Wednesday, June 22 - The Deaf Institute, Manchester (UK)
Thursday, June 23 - Broadcast, Glasgow (UK)
Sunday, June 26 - Down The Rabbit Hole, Beuningen (NL)
Tuesday, June 28 - Mejeriet, Lund (SE)
Wednesday, June 29 - Debaser Strand, Stockholm (SE)
Thursday, June 30 - Pustervik , Göteborg (SE)

Saturday, July 16 - Pitchfork Music Festival, Chicago IL
Friday, July 22 – Capital Hill Block Party, Seattle WA
Thursday, July 28 - Eventide Victoria, Victoria BC

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Out Today : HÆLOS - 'Full Circle'



Just a reminder that today (March 18), HÆLOS' hotly anticipated full length debut, 'Full Circle' is available on LP, CD, digital formats and via all streaming services. Currently in the midst of a whirlwind SXSW run, HÆLOS saw 'Full Circle' hailed earlier this week by outlets including but not limited to Pitchfork, Paste and more surely to come. The latter's John Brandon suggests, "NASA might consider making (this) a playlist for their next mission", and since every single one of us is an aspiring astronaut (EDITOR'S NOTE : can we get some stats on this before publishing?) we're clearly talking about an early album-of-the-year candidate. Upcoming dates and ordering details are below :



on tour :
Today - Empire Control Room, Austin (Baeble) - 2pm
Today - Hotel San Jose, Austin (SXSanJose) - 5pm
Today - Latitude 30, Austin (Clash Magazine & British Embassy) - 10pm
Saturday - Urban Outfitters, Austin - 1pm
Saturday - Barracuda, Austin (Do512.com) - 3:30pm
Monday, March 28 - U Street Music Hall, Washington, DC
Tuesday, March 29 - Mercury Lounge, New York
Wednesday, March 30 - Baby's All Right, New York
Friday, April 1 — Middle East - Upstairs, Cambridge, MA
Saturday, April 2 — O Patro Vys, Montreal, QC
Tuesday, April 5 — The Drake, Toronto, ON
Thursday, April 7 — Empty Bottle, Chicago, IL
Friday, April 8 — Collective Coffee-Prospect Cafe, Milwaukee, WI
Saturday, April 9 — 7th Street Entry, Minneapolis, MN
Tuesday, April 12 — Barboza, Seattle, WA
Wednesday, April 13 — Doug Fir Lounge, Portland, OR
Friday, April 15 — Coachella, Indio, CA
Tuesday, April 19 — Brick & Mortar, San Francisco, CA
Wednesday, April 20 — The Echo, Los Angeles, CA
Friday, April 22 - Coachella, Indio, CA



'Full Circle' availeble from the following :

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"This Day In Matador History" + "What's Up Matador" : Strolls Down Memory Lane (OR ARE YOU BEING CHASED?)



You know the old saying, "those who forget the past are doomed to repeat it?" Me neither. I have heard, however, that the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results. Alternately, Chris Lombardi has always known the value of doing different insane things throughout the passage of time, the latest of which being his edict that we introduce, "This Day In Matador History", a website that chronicles the label's low, high and medium water marks from Chris' inception of the imprint in 1989, to the present day. One of our colleagues has hopefully described the site as, "a gateway for fans of Matador (new and old) to explore the label's archive," but also, it's a great way for staffs of other companies to take their eye off the ball while browsing our salute to, well, ourselves.



It’s not that Matador’s founder and co-owners have no appreciation for music history. It isn’t that we're allergic to nostalgia. It isn’t even that we're so obsessed with the future and/or prefer to judged on the merits of stuff that’s happening right now.

No, the sad truth of the matter is that we’ve done so much damage to our hearing and brains, that we simply don’t remember important events in Matador lore. Like you, we require assistance. Think I’m kidding? What other label of this stature would totally ignore it’s own 25th Anniversary and all the accompanying cash grab / self-congratulatory opportunities?

That’s exactly the sort of monumental gaffe that wouldn’t have gone down had we taken the time to properly chronicle Matador’s story in WEBSITE/CALENDAR FORM. 27 years in, we’re finally getting shit right. Please enjoy (and keep in mind everything we’re doing right now is 1000% better)





To coincide with the launch of this nearly 3 decades-in-the-making-website, we're dragging our absurdist 1997 edutainment spectacular, "What's Up Matador" out of the VHS catacombs and uploading it to YouTube. Hosted by NYC TV fixture, 4-time Emmy winner and "Morton Downey Jr. Show" executive producer Bill Boggs and directed by Chavez' Clay Tarver, the film attempts to explain the inner workings of a lower Manhattan independent record label to an audience of small children (and thank fucking god none of their parents sued us). With special appearances by luminaries including Jon Spencer, Ira Kaplan, Liz Phair and Patrick Amory amongst others, "What's Up Matador" is probably the most accurate document of that particular moment in the music business, surpassed only by CBS' short-lived "Love Monkey" the Andrew Dice Clay star vehicle, "HITZ".

Majical Cloudz - New DIgital EP, 'Wait & See', Tour Commences Tonight





(photo by Rocco Avalone)



'Wait & See', a new, 5-song digital EP from Majical Cloudz is available today via your favorite download and streaming services. Devon Welsh's thoughts on the subject can be found after the links below :

Spotify
iTunes
Amazon


Hi,
We put together this “EP” of songs that we recorded when we were working on “Are You Alone?”, but which didn’t fit on that album for one reason or another. They aren’t more recent than the songs on AYA — they date from different periods of time, one of them is among the earliest songs written for AYA and others are more recent. Despite the fact that it’s a collection of songs that didn’t make the record, I think there is a feeling that links them all together (which is maybe why they didn’t fit on AYA). We hope you enjoy these songs!

We are going on tour in North America and then in Australia in January and February. These are the only dates we have planned right now, so if you want to see us, definitely try to come out to one of these shows. I know some of them are sold out. We tried to move the show into bigger venues where we could (and we did in Vancouver) but in some cases we couldn’t make it happen. So sorry if the show is sold out and you wanted to come.

She-Devils are going to be supporting us on all our shows in North America, which is really exciting. They are really good, so if you’re coming to the shows make sure to come early enough to see them.

It will be our first time in Australia, and it’s difficult to imagine the next time I will be back there (through music or not) so if you’re in Australia and are into our band, this is the time to see us!
Okay!





Friday, January 15 - The Garrison, Toronto ON (sold out)*
Saturday, January 16 - UFO Factory, Detroit MI *
Monday, January 18 - Schubas, Chicago IL (SOLD OUT)*
Tuesday, January 19 - Music Hall Of Williamsburg, Brooklyn NY *
Friday, January 22 - Cobalt, Vancouver BC*
Saturday, January 23 - Barboza, Seattle WA*
Sunday, January 24 - Mississippi Studios, Portland OR*
Tuesday, January 25- The Chapel, San Francisco CA *
Friday, January 29 - Masonic Lodge at Hollywood Forever, Los Angeles CA *
2/5/16 - St. Jerome's Laneway Festival, Adelaide SA, Australia
Saturday, February, 6 - St. Jerome's Laneway Festival, Brisbane QLD, Australia
Sunday, February, 7 - St. Jerome's Laneway Festival, Sydney NSW, Australia
Monday, February, 8 - Newtown Social Club, Newtown NSW, Australia
Thursday, February, 11 - Forum Theatre, Melbourne VIC, Australia
Friday, February, 12 - The Toff, Melbourne VIC, Australia
Saturday, February, 13 - St. Jerome's Laneway Festival, Footscray VIC, Australia
Sunday, February, 14 - St. Jerome's Laneway Festival, Fremantle WA, Australia
Thursday, March, 10 - La Sala Rossa, Montreal QC, Canada

(* - support from She-Devils)


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