As you've probably read elsewhere, West 4th Street's much beloved Other Music closed this past weekend after two decades of passionate curation/musical evangelism. Others have done far better than I in eulogizing this store and what it brought to New York City (and beyond) but suffice to say OM played an outsized role in the trajectory of more than a few Matador artists (see above). Consider this a belated thanks to Other Music's staff, ownership and patrons for their respective roles in making the planet a more interesting place.
Tonight at Bowery Ballroom, Yo La Tengo --- no strangers to Other Music --- are participating in Other Music Forever, alongside Julianna Barwick, Bill Callahan, Frankie Cosmos, Helado Negro, Menahan Street Band, Psychic Ills, Matana Roberts, The Tallest Man On Earth, Sharon Van Etten, and John Zorn’s SIMULACRUM. Tickets are sold out, however there's still some action on Stubhub as of this writing.
BELLE AND SEBASTIAN ANNOUNCE MANY NEW TOUR DATES AROUND COACHELLA INCLUDING SEVERAL WITH PERFUME GENIUS, AMOEBA MUSIC HOLLYWOOD SIGNING JANUARY 20
(photo by @bellesglasgow)
For those who have not already heard and have since been enjoying, Belle and Sebastian's new album 'Girls in Peacetime Want to Dance' is streaming in full on many corners of the internet. NPR First Listen & Amazon are hosting in the US, NME in the UK, MagicRPM in France, DeMorgen in Belgium, Rolling Stone in Italy, Exclaim in Canada and many other media outlets. If you check in with the band's Facebook page to find a geographically suited way to enjoy the streaming the album until it's official release next week.
This afternoon, MANY MANY new tour dates have been announced around Coachella and not around Coachella this spring, including several in California with Perfume Genius. Pre-sale begins tomorrow at 10am local.
Reminder for those in the Los Angeles area, the band will be doing a singing at Amoeba Hollywood on January 20st at 3pm. More details here.
amazon CD (signed, US Only): http://mata.do/1AFRgAI
matador store: http://smarturl.it/GirlsInPeacetime_LP
Monday January 26 – Laneway Festival, Auckland, New Zealand
Wednesday January 28 – The Tivoli, Brisbane, Australia
Thursday January 29 – Enmore Theatre, Sydney, Australia
Sunday February 1 – Palais Theatre, Melbourne, Australia
Tuesday February 3 – Astor Theatre, Perth, Australia
Thursday, February 12 - AX Club, Seoul, Korea
Saturday, February 14 - The Gathering - Fort Canning, Singapore
Monday, February 16 – Hostess Club Taipei @ Legacy, Taipei, Taiwan
Saturday February 21 – Hostess Club Weekender, Studio Coast, Tokyo, Japan
Monday March 30 -House Of Blues, Boston MA*
Wednesday April 1-Massey Hall, Toronto ONT*
Thursday April 2 – Royal Oak Music Theatre, Royal Oak MI*
Friday April 3 – Riviera Theatre, Chicago IL*
Saturday, April 4 – Overture Hall, Madison WI *
Tuesday, April, 7 - Paramount Ballroom, Seattle WA #
Wednesday, April, 8 - Vogue Theatre, Vancouver, BC #
Thursday, April, 9 - Roseland, Portland OR #
Saturday, April, 11 - Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival, Indio CA
Sunday, April, 12 - Greek Theatre, Berkley CA %#
Tuesday, April, 14 - Mondavi Center, Davis CA #
Friday, April, 17 - The North Park Theatre, San Diego CA#
Saturday, April, 18 - Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival, Indio CA
Sunday May 3 - St. David’s, Cardiff, Wales
Monday May 4 – Colston Hall, Bristol England
Tuesday May 5 – Guildhall, Portsmouth, England
Thursday May 7 – Corn Exchange, Cambridge, England
Friday May 8 - Open, Norwich, England
Sunday May 10 - Symphony Hall, Birmingham, England
Monday May 11 – Westminster Central Hall, London (sold out)
Tuesday May 12 – Westminster Central Hall, London (sold out)
Thursday May 14 – Albert Hall, Manchester, England
Friday May 15 – Albert Hall, Manchester, England
Saturday May 16 - City Hall, Newcastle, England
Monday May 18 – Opera House, Buxton, England
Tuesday May 19 – City Hall, Leeds, England
Friday, May 22 – Hydro Arena, Glasgow (with the Scottish Festival Orchestra)
Sunday May 24 – Sound City, Liverpool, England
Tuesday, June 9 – Tower Theater, Upper Darby PA
Wednesday, June 10 – Radio City Music Hall, New York NY
Thursday, June, 11 – Echostage, Washington DC
Sunday, June, 14 - LC Amphitheatre Pavilion, Columbus OH
Wednesday, June, 17 - Red Rocks, Morrison CO^
Thursday, June, 18 - Uptown Theater, Kansas City MO
Thursday – Saturday, July 2-4 – ATP Iceland, Keflavik, Iceland
% with Real Estate
Firstly, just a reminder that Wig Out At Jagbags is currently streaming in full on Amazon. Listen up and love it here.
Secondly, on Monday, January 6th, 2014 Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks will be performing on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. Interested in attending? Enter here for a chance to win seats on the band bench and an opportunity to surround the stage during Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks’ performance. Please make sure you include the following band code: SMJ, in your entry form.
Thirdly, if you didn't win the Other Music private in-store contest fear not. The band will also be playing an in-store at Generation Records in NYC on Tuesday, January 7 at 8pm. Come by and ring in the release of Wig Out At Jagbags. All you gotta do to get in is pick up the record at Generation on Jan 7. First come, first served. More details on the below flyer.
Synchronize your Malkmus/Jicks watches:
NOW - Wig Out At Jagbags streaming in full on Amazon.
Monday Jan 6 - Late Night with Jimmy Fallon performance. Win a chance to attend here.
Tuesday Jan 7 - Generation Records in-store performance.
Thursday Jan 9 - Other Music private in-store for contest winners. Winners announced here.
And hey now, there's a good chance we'll have even more Malkmus & The Jicks fun stuff to announce in the coming days. Just keep it here for more...
Pre-order Wig Out At Jagbags on the Matador Store.
Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks on:
So on Wednesday December 11 at 5pm, head on over to 1855 Haight Street and get yourself schooled by a true master of his trade. And make sure you grab a copy of the new album Last Night On Earth.
And Be Sure Catch Lee And The Dust On Tour Now
Fri Dec 06 – Portland, OR – Doug Fir Lounge
Sat Dec 07 – Vancouver, BC – Biltmore Cabaret
Sun Dec 08 – Seattle, WA – Barboza
Tue Dec 10 – San Jose, CA – The Blank Club
Wed Dec 11 - San Francisco - Amoeba Music Free All Ages Guitar Clinic
Wed Dec 11 – San Francisco, CA – The Chapel
Fri Dec 13 – Los Angeles, CA – The Echo
Sat Dec 14 – San Diego, CA – The Casbah
Wed Jan 8 – Philadelphia, PA – Boot & Saddle
Thurs Jan 9 - Hamden, CT - Spaceland Ballroom
Fri Jan 10 – Boston, MA – Brighton Music Hall
Sat Jan 11 – Brooklyn NY – The Bell House
Sat Jan 25 - Atlanta, GA - Red Bull Sound Select
OK, we missed Black Friday by a few days, but if that means ONE LESS TRAMPLING this holiday shopping season, it was totally worth it. On December 3, we're releasing a limited edition, one-time pressing of a $5.99 list LP , 'It's Been A Business Doing Pleasure With You', featuring 9 songs from (most of) our 2013 releases. In addition to album tracks from Chelsea Light Moving, Majical Cloudz, Body/Head, Lee Ranaldo & The Dust, Iceage and Kurt Vile, there's a live version of Queens of the Stone Age performing "If I Had A Tail" at the 2013 iTunes Festival (Roundhouse, London), Savages' "City's Full" from last summer's KEXP session, and Yo La Tengo performing "Before We Run" in those same KEXP studios.
We don't have any copies for mail order, sadly, but hopefully you'll find one at your favorite record store after they're done sweeping up all the broken glass, blood, etc. from Black Friday. If you prefer, you can order a digital version of the comp. right now at the Matador Store.
Hey people of LA, after rocking New York, King Krule + the band are on their way towards you now. A few nights ago, they played to a sold out Bowery Ballroom and the night before a free all ages secret show at Alife in the Lower East Side.
The two LA shows, both at the Echo on the 17th and 18th sold out within a couple of days. To show gratitude and respect to the folks left out in the cold (including the 18 and unders) Archy is continuing his run of free all ages shows with a show at Space15Twenty THIS SATURDAY September 14. The show will start promptly at 2pm.
To help us keep attendance sensible you can purchase a copy of the record at Amoeba Hollywood starting THIS FRIDAY or at Space 15Twenty and get two wristbands to get into the show. If you’ve already bought the album, buy one for a friend, and take him/her out to the show while you’re at it.
Saturday 9/14 King Krule Live at Space15Twenty (1520 N. Cahuenga Blvd Los Angeles) 2pm
Buy The Album at Amoeba Hollywood starting this Friday September 13 or Space 15Twenty for Two Wristbands Guaranteeing Admission
And while you're there, be absolutely fucking sure that you pick up a copy of the reissue of "one of the best rock albums of all time."
You'll probably be treated to at least one version of " Submerge"
Kurt Vile & The Violators On Tour:
Wednesday, July 17 – Asheville, NC – The Grey Eagle #
Thursday, July 18 – Carrboro, NC – Cats Cradle #
Friday, July 19 – Charlottesville, VA – Jefferson Theatre #
Saturday, July 20 – Washington, DC – 9:30 Club #
Saturday, July 27 – Edmonton, AB – Interstellar Rodeo
Sunday, July 28 – Calgary, AB – Calgary Folk Music Festival
Friday, August 02 – Sunday, August 4 – Happy Valley, OR – Pickathon
Monday, August 05 – Vancouver, BC – Rickshaw Theater
Tuesday, August 06 – Seattle, WA – Showbox At The Market
Friday, August 09 – Fresno, CA – Audie’s Olympic
Saturday, August 10 – San Miguel, CA – The Ranch in San Miguel
Sunday, August 11 – San Francisco, CA – Outside Lands
Tuesday, August 13 – Salt Lake City, UT – Urban Lounge
Thursday, August 15 – Denver, CO – Bluebird Cafe
Friday, August 16 – Lawrence, KS – The Granada
Saturday, August 17 – St. Louis, MO – Firebird
Monday, August 19 – Dallas, TX – Trees
Tuesday, August 20 – Austin, TX – Mohawk (Outside)
Friday, August 23 – Albuquerque, NM – Sister
Saturday, August 24 – Phoenix, AZ – Crescent Ballroom
Sunday, August 25 – Los Angeles, CA – FYF Fest
Wednesday, August 28 – Philadelphia, PA – City Hall Concert Series
Thursday, September 05 – Saturday, September 07 – Raleigh, NC – Hopscotch Music Festival
Wednesday, September 25 – Pittsburgh, PA – The Warhol Sound Series @ Carnegie Music Hall
Thursday, September 26 – Cincinatti, OH – Midpoint Music Festival
Friday, September 27 – Urbana, IL – Pygmalian Music Festival
Saturday, October 12 – Mexico City, Mexico – Corona Capital Music Festival
Friday, October 25 – New York, NY – Terminal 5 !
Saturday, October 26 – Philadelphia, PA – Union Transfer !
Sunday, October 27 – Baltimore, MD – Ottobar !
Tuesday, October 29 – Athens, GA – 40 Watt !
Thursday, October 31 – Jacksonville, FL – Jack Rabbits !
Saturday, November 2 – Orlando, FL – The Social !
Sunday, November 3 – Tallahassee, FL – Club Downunder !
Tuesday, November 5 – New Orleans, LA – One Eyed Jack’s !
Wednesday, November 6 – Houston, TX – Walter’s !
Monday, November 11 – Oxford, MS – Proud Larry’s !
Tuesday, November 12 – Chattanooga, TN – JJ’s Bohemia !
# = Swirlies support
! = Beach Fossils support
Wakin On A Pretty Daze on the Matador Store
It's a very specific filing, but this is a very specific event. KV just announced a free, all-ages solo acoustic instore at Music City institution Grimey's.
Check him out when you're wondering, "What am I gonna do today?" on Sunday.
And after this jawn wraps, be sure to catch Mr. Vile and his Violators at the Mercy Lounge that evening.
Well lucky you, out west-ers because in a few short weeks, Majical Cloudz are taking their intimate show to one of the most intimate settings of all; the free all-ages instore.
The band will be hitting four of our favorite California independent retailers on their way up the coast from San Diego to Santa Rosa. Details below.
In the meantime, check out this new video for 'Bugs Don't Buzz.'
Majical Cloudz West Coast Instore Tour
Sunday July 21
915 W Washington
Monday July 22
1816 W Sunset Blvd
Tuesday July 23
235 Yale Ave
Wednesday July 24
1055 Valencia St
Thursday July 25
The Last Record Store
1899 Mendocino Ave
Video courtesy NorthernTransmisisons.com and the good folks at Zulu Records. I am 100% certain no diss of the Pointed Sticks was intended.
That's right. You can check out Queens Of The Stone Age's guitar moves with 199 or so other people in a fucking record store in Jersey.
All you have to do is preorder ...Like Clockwork over at Vintage Vinyl starting NOW and get a wristband for entry to the instore (while supplies last). Of course the capacity is EXTREMELY limited to get your asses over there RIGHT FUCKING NOW to get a wristband with your copy of ...Like Clockwork. They probably won't last very long*.
And if you haven't listened to ...Like Clockwork yet, well, what the hell is wrong with you. Stream it NOW.
*They definitely won't last very long.
But if you don't live in the Live Music Capital you should still check out the band on their lengthy tour, on which the band is playing an absolutely stunning two-part set.
...or, if you prefer, 8 more days to find great records in real record stores before you risk being trampled to death in a Furby-esque frenzy. Naturally, we think the above LP is worth the hassle.
Dig it. And be sure to dig their record NOW. And then buy it as soon as you can. And let it destroy you.
Sat-Mar-02 Hoboken, NJ Maxwells
Mon-Mar-04 Charlottesville, VA The Southern
Tue-Mar-05 Asheville, NC Grey Eagle
Wed-Mar-06 Raleigh, NC Kings Barcade
Thu-Mar-07 Savannah, GA Savannah Stopover
Fri-Mar-08 Atlanta, GA The Earl
Sun-Mar-10 Denton, TX 35 Denton
Tue-Mar-19 Los Angeles, CA Echoplex
Wed-Mar-20 San Francisco, CA Great American Music Hall
Fri-Mar-22 Portland, OR Doug Fir
Sat-Mar-23 Seattle, WA Neumo’s
Wed-Mar-27 Minneapolis, MN Triple Rock
Fri-Mar-29 Chicago, IL Empty Bottle
Sat-Mar-30 Detroit, MI Magic Stick
Sun-Mar-31 Toronto, ONT Lee’s Palace
Tue-Apr-02 Pittsburgh, PA Mr. Smalls
Wed-Apr-03 Philadelphia, PA Union Transfer
Thu-Apr-04 Washington, DC Black Cat
Fri-Apr-05 New York, NY Bowery Ballroom
Sun-Apr-07 Boston, MA The Sinclair
Talk Normal Supports 3/2-3/8
Merchandise also supports 3/8
Grass Widow supports 3/19-3/23
CAVE supports 3/27-3/30
And to add to the fun, Grimey's will be providing all in attendance (while delicious, piping hot supplies last) with some Prince's Hot Chicken. So come for the rock, stay for the fowl. Or the other way around. Whichever you prefer. Remember #rocknfowl And be sure to pick up a copy of the absolutely stunning new Yo La Tengo album Fade while you're in the house.
Oh you don't live in Nashville? Well lucky you. The band is but a few days into their tour and maybe they're coming to a town near you.
1/25 Atlanta @ Buckhead Theater
1/27 Birmingham @ Workplay Theater
1/29 Louisville @ Brown Theater
1/31 St Louis @ The Pageant
2/1 Chicago @ Vic Theatre
2/2 Milwaukee @ Tuner Hall
2/4 Minneapolis @ First Avenue
2/5 Madison @ Barrymore Theater
2/7 Cleveland @ Beachland Ballroom
2/8 Ann Arbor @ Michigan Theater
2/9 Toronto @ Phoenix Concert Theater
2/11 Montreal @ Corona Theater
2/12 Burlington @ Higher Ground
2/13 Boston @ Paradise Rock Club
2/15 DC @ 9:30 Club
2/16 NYC @ Town Hall
Fade release week rolls on as Yo La Tengo, fresh from yesterday's triumphant (and packed) Amoeba in-store in LA, hits the Pacific Northwest in suitably grand style. If you're savvy enough to own either a radio OR a computer, you can check out an exclusive live set from Georgia, Ira and James on Seattle's KEXP, after which Ira will be sticking around to guest DJ with host Kevin Cole. It all goes down starting at 6pm EST/3pm PST at 90.3FM and KEXP.org.
BUT WAIT, THERE'S MORE. If you find yourself in Seattle today, it would behoove you to make your way to the soon-to-shutter Queen Anne location of Easy Street Records, which Yo La Tengo will be sending off with the store's final in- store performance ever at 7pm. This is sure to be a rip-roaring farewell so don't be the one to have to tell your grandkids you missed it because I promise they will never forgive you.
Starting in Long Beach and rolling up the coast, Yo La Tengo will be celebrating the new album with instores from the confines of Fingerprints, Amoeba Hollywood, Amoeba SF, & Easy Street Queen Anne (which is of special import as due to the impending closure of Easy Street QA this will be the very last instore ever to be held at that amazing place. But fear not, Seattlites. Their other location - Easy Street West Seattle - ain't going nowhere).
So come out, support your local indie, check out one of the best bands around and walk out with what is sure to be one of the best albums of this year, which will be especially easy since these record stores will be freshly stocked with the indie retail only deluxe version of Fade. It's a deluxe version which comes as a numbered edition printed on rainbow foil with a deluxe 7" featuring two exclusive covers: "I Saw The Light" (Todd Rundgren) b/w "Move To California" (Times New Viking); MP3 download included in the deluxe edition contains an eleven-minute bonus track titled "Oriole."
But don't be bummed if you decided to move back east and are gonna miss these soon to be legendary instores. The band will be kicking off a tour shortly thereafter followed by a bunch of European dates in March. Check those out after the jump.
But first listen to the album track "Ohm" which, in case you missed it due to holiday hangovers, scored a Pitchfork Best New Track designation HERE.
1/23 - Carrboro, NC - Cat's Cradle
1/24 - Charlottesville, VA - Jefferson Theater
1/25 - Atlanta, GA - The Buckhead Theater
1/26 - Nashville, TN - Mercy Lounge
1/27 - Birmingham, AL - WorkPlay Theatre
1/29 - Louisville, KY - Brown Theatre
1/31 - St Louis, MO - The Pageant
2/1 - Chicago, IL - Vic Theatre
2/2 - Milwaukee, WI - Turner Hall
2/4 - Minneapolis, MN - First Avenue
2/5 - Madison, WI - Barrymore Theatre
2/7 - Cleveland, OH - Beachland Ballroom
2/8 - Ann Arbor, MI - Michigan Theater
2/9 - Toronto, ONT - Phoenix Concert Theatre
2/11 - Montreal, QB - Corona Theatre
2/12 - South Burlington, VT - Higher Ground
2/13 - Boston, MA - Paradise Rock Club
2/15 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club
2/16 - New York, NY - Town Hall
3/1 - Lisbon, Portugal - Aula Magna
3/2 - Porto, Portugal - Casa Da Musica
3/4 - Santiago de Compostela, Spain - Sala Capitol
3/5 - Madrid, Spain - Sala La Riveria
3/6 - Barcelona, Spain - L'Auditori
3/8 - Lausanna, Switzerland - Les Docks
3/10 - Milan, Italy - Limelight
3/11 - Frankfurt, Germany - Mousonturm
3/12 - Dusseldorf, Germany - Zakk
3/13 - Berlin, Germany - Volksbuhne
3/15 - Schorndorf, Germany - Manufaktur
3/15 - Brussels, Belgium - AB
3/17 - Amsterdam, Netherlands - Paradiso
3/18 - Paris, France - Le Bataclan
3/20 - London, England - Barbican Centre
3/21 - Manchester, England - The Ritz
3/22 - Glasgow, Scotland - O2 ABC Glasgow
3/23 - Dublin, Ireland - Vicar Street
1. Tell us briefly about your store.
1-2-3-4 Go! Records started as a label in 2001 and opened our real world store in Oakland, CA in March 0f 2008. Pretty much the worst time to start any business, especially one in an industry most people thought was on it's last legs. We're very proud to say we're having our 5th anniversary in March 2013! We moved in to our latest location last year and now host shows in a separate room. We have 4 to 8 a month as well as a rotating monthly art installation.
2. What got you into the independent record store business?
For most of my adult life I had worked in record stores or music related businesses so I had the history and I saw that there were some great really big stores in the bay area but nothing like the smaller shops I was used to working in. Well curated and focused on punk/indie/etc records. Since those early days we've expanded to have a small but pretty killer selection of jazz, blues, classic rock, funk, reggae etc as well but keep still keep our main focus. We pride ourselves on the fact that you can come in here, spend half an hour or so and walk out with an armload of great finds that would have taken you a few hours to dig out in larger stores.
3. Who are some of your favorite contemporary stores?
Green Noise in Portland, Singles Going Steady and Jive Time in Seattle and you still can't beat Amoeba for size and pure volume.
4. How have things been going from a business perspective?
Every year business is consistently up. We're currently doing five times the business we did the first year we were open so things are definitely moving forward. Always a bit tight but always getting better.
5. What do you think spells the survival for an independent record store today?
Focus. Not trying to be the everything to everyone sort of store. That's a brutal game to try and compete in and for one stop shopping people hit the internet these days I think. But if you offer something special you'll drag people out of their homes and offices to come have a look.
6. What are some of the coolest thing labels have done with you? Instores? Promotions? Sales?
Sales and giveaway stuff are always great. When a label works with you to sell a record you believe in it's the best for everyone. What's better than loving a new record and being able to get in someones hand at a discount and/or give them something cool to go with it? Nothin!
7. Why do we need record stores?
It provides an experience that you don't get online. The thrill of the hunt and subsequent score in a store can't be beat in my opinion. Every store is different and you never know what you'll find or who you'll meet inside it. Some of my longest band/genre tangents have been inspired by talking to folks at stores and about new things or getting hyped on them from customers or the guy behind the counter. I prefer it to blogs myself.
8. What kind of taco is your favorite?
Flour tortilla for sure. Heresy I know. I'm vegetarian so it can be difficult to get a good one but La Pinata in Alameda makes a damn fine one.
9. Who are your top 3 favorite bands right now?
Been on a huge Smog kick lately, got really in to Jobriath and I'm biased because their LP is coming out on my label but Synthetic ID is really killing it for me out here. Really great tense bay area post punk.
10. What is your favorite thing about your store?
The amount of support it continues to have from our customers. I'll be out and see our stickers on cars of people I don't know and if I ever overhear something about the shop it's how much people like it. I wanted to establish a place that was fairly priced and consistently had great new and used stuff in it, staffed by friendly people you can actually talk to about music and I think I did a pretty good job.
11. What are your goals for the future of your store? Long term and short.
Continuing to grow at the pace we have been short term. Long term (also possibly short) a second location. Possibly in San Francisco or Portland.