This week we are hugely excited to be releasing the debut album from London’s Savages – the record that Pitchfork called “one of rock’s most commanding and ferociously poised debuts in recent years.” (Pitchfork Best New Music 8.7)
Silence Yourself is the Rough Trade Album of the Month for May and last night the band performed at a packed Rough Trade East in support. It felt like a big moment for the band, the day the album is released in the UK, surrounded by family and friends and a huge line of devoted fans formed to say hi to the band after. First in the queue was none other but Thurston Moore: “Awesome band! Got to meet them afterwards!” I’m not sure who was more starstruck. Testament to their incredible live show.
For those that haven’t been able to catch the band live yet, this week there will be a live webstream of their headline release-week London show at legendary Ministry Of Sound nightclub on Thursday 9th May at 9.15pm GMT / 4.15pm EST / 1.15pm PST.
In conjunction with The Creators Project and with creative direction from DARYL, the band’s performance on Thursday evening will be in-the-round, (Thunderdome style!) with the crowd surrounding the band. The set will be filmed in full and will be available to view LIVE via a webcast at The Creators Project YouTube Channel. Truly not to be missed.
About The Creators Project:
Founded by a revolutionary partnership between Intel and VICE, The Creators Project celebrates and supports visionary artists across multiple disciplines who are using technology in innovative ways to push the boundaries of creative expression. Launched in 2010, The Creators Project includes daily video and editorial content, an official YouTube Channel, and original artwork commissions. To date, there are more than 500 Creators from around the world. Participating artists include Karen O, M83, Benh Zeitlin, Animal Collective, The xx, Chris Milk, Florence and the Machine, Spike Jonze, Amon Tobin, Matt Pyke, Anthony Wong, Supermarche, United Visual Artists, Sticky Monster Lab, Takeshi Murata, Andrew Huang, Vega Zaishi Wang, Mick Rock, David Bowie and Barney Clay.
The band have also announced their return to North America this summer; new tour dates are below in bold and tickets will go on sale this Friday, May 10th.
7th Bodega, Nottingham, UK 8th Old Fire Station, Bournemouth. UK cancelled
13th Botanique-Orangie, Brussels, Belgium
15th Melkweg, Amsterdam, Netherlands
16th Geb9, Cologne, Germany
17th Lido, Berlin, Germany
19th Zoom, Frankfurt, Germany
20th Kinski, Zurich, Switzerland
21st Magnolia Club, Milan, Italy
22nd Nimes, France
23rd Primavera Sound Festival, Barcelona, Spain
25th Field Day Festival, London, UK
29th Words To The Blind w/Bo Ningen, Red Gallery, London
1st Primavera Sound, Porto, Portugal
6th Pop Noire Night, La Maroquinerie, Paris
8th Parklife Festival, Manchester, UK
18th Zitadelle, Berlin (with Portishead)
19th Tipsport, Prague (with Portishead)
20th Yoko Ono’s Meltdown, London (with Iggy Pop)
22nd Best Kept Secret Festival, Hilvarenbeek, Holland
28th/29th Glastonbury Festival, UK
4th Roskilde, Denmark 11th Webster Hall, New York, NY 12th Middle East, Boston, MA 13th Rock ‘n’ Roll Hotel, Washington D.C. 14th Union Transfer, Philadelphia, PA 15th La Tulipe, Montreal, QBC 16th Mod Club, Toronto, ONT 20th Pitchfork Music Festival, Chicago, IL 21st Triple Rock, Minneapolis, MN 23rd El Rey Theater, Los Angeles, CA
It was the 40th anniversary of the release of Can’s Ege Bamyasi LP (an album known to me in my youth as Ege Bamyasi Okraschoten, because I didn’t know anything), and WEEK-END Fest was happening in Cologne. The dates were November 30 through December 2, 2012, and the festival featured artists such as Ian Svenonious, Justus Köhnke, Alexis Taylor (of Hot Chip), Scritti Politti, Deerhoof and Stephen Malkmus.
WEEK-END Fest co-curator Jan Lankisch (of Tomlab Records decided to ask Stephen, currently residing in Germany, whether he wanted to play the entirety of Ege Bamyasi with a band of German musicians Jan had rounded up. And Steve loved the idea. So after a few rehearsals, Steve was joined by Sebastian Blume (synths), Felix Hedderich (bass), Jan Philipp Janzen (drums) and Phillip Tielsch (guitar) for a truly magical & wondrous performance of one of the greatest albums of all time. It took place on December 2 at the Alte Kranhalle in Cologne, and was committed to tape by the band. The sound quality is fantastic; the performance jumps out of the grooves and bubbles its way through your stereo.
We are releasing the LP as a 3500-copy limited edition on green vinyl for Record Store Day, April 20, 2013. (Domino will be releasing it on red vinyl in Europe.) The hand-printed silkscreened sleeve was designed by David Shrigley, who also designed the poster for the event, inspired by the original artwork for Ege Bamyasi. It is being printed in Germany by Slowboy.
We’re truly honored to be part of this special collaboration between tons of talented artists.
“This was the first Can LP I bought brand-new (Torquay, July 1972), and it is still my favourite.”
– Julian Cope, Krautrocksampler
“Ege Bamyasi was one of those marginal cut-out LPs (along with the 1st Stooges, Rhinoceros, Ambergris a.o.) that you’d find in the bargain bins of department stores in the early 70s. For kids with no money and an allure to weirdness these cheapos were significant listens. Ege Bamyasi with its okra can cover and live circus rock shot on the back was completely singular. And it sounded cool as shit. I still check it as one of the top 10 greatest rock LPs of all time, and it remains a perpetual inspiration.”
Kurt Vile’s new album WAKIN ON A PRETTY DAZE will come out on April 9. He recorded it with producer John Agnello at a multitude of different studios throughout the Northeast in the second half of last year. It is a 69-minute long double album.
Check out the opening track WAKIN ON A PRETTY DAY. You can download it as an MP3 or listen on YouTube, accompanied by outtake footage from the Steve Powers (ESPO) documentary about the album cover mural. (Note: this is NOT the music video. The real video will be revealed in good time.)
1. Wakin On A Pretty Day
2. KV Crimes
3. Was All Talk
4. Girl Called Alex
5. Never Run Away
6. Pure Pain
7. Too Hard
8. Shame Chamber
9. Snowflakes Are Dancing
10. Air Bud
The record will of course be available on several different formats, as follows:
Standard double vinyl gatefold with printed innersleeves and lyric sheet
Deluxe double vinyl gatefold with different cover depicting the blank building wall before Steve Powers painted it, and including a sticker sheet of the Powers paintings so that you can customize your own album artwork. This version includes the printed innersleeves and lyric sheet, but is also on limited, numbered BLUE VINYL.
First edition CD will be in a mini-gatefold like the LP cover, with the disc in a printed innersleeve in one pocket, and fold-out lyric sheet and insert in the other pocket.
The iTunes preorder, available as of tomorrow, February 12, will include an instant download of “Wakin On A Pretty Day” PLUS a preorder-only bonus track entitled “The Ghost Of Freddy Roach.” You can only get this bonus track by preordering the album at iTunes. You’ll receive the track on the April 9 release date along with the full album.
More news. If you’re in New York City, we’re going to be heading over to the legendary Electric Lady Studios tomorrow (Tuesday, February 12) to listen to the album in all its glory and have some drinks, specifically a custom-made cocktail entitled the Pretty Daze. Interested in attending? Head over to Brooklyn Vegan for a chance to win! Space is extremely limited!
photo by Shawn Brackbill
Kurt isn’t just releasing a record, he’s also touring, with the Violators backing him up:
Sun, Apr 14 – Indio CA – Coachella Festival
Sun, Apr 21 – Indio CA – Coachella Festival
Sun, May 4 – Atlanta GA – Shaky Knees Festival
Mon, May 5 – Atlanta GA – Shaky Knees Festival
Tue, May 7 – Los Angeles CA – Echoplex # *
Wed, May 8 – San Francisco CA – Independent *
Fri, May 10 – Portland OR – Doug Fir # *
Sat, May 11 – Vancouver BC – Biltmore # *
Sun, May 12 – Seattle WA – Neumos # *
Tue, May 14 – Chicago IL – Lincoln Hall *
Thu, May 16 – New York NY – Bowery Ballroom * !
Fri, May 17 – Boston MA – The Sinclair * !
Sat, May 18 – Philadelphia PA – Union Transfer * !
Fri, May 24 – Barcelona ES – Primavera Sound Festival
Sat, May 25 – London GB – Field Day
Sun, May 26 – Brussels BE – AB
Mon, May 27 – Amsterdam NL – Paradiso
Tue, May 28 – Hamburg DE – Knust
Wed, May 29 – Copenhagen DK – Amager Bio
# The Fresh & Onlys
* Steve Gunn
! Angel Olsen
Tickets for all the US dates go on sale Feb 15 except LA (Feb 16) and Seattle (on sale today).
It’s out October 9, but today you get a first listen at A.C. Newman’s third solo effort ‘Shut Down The Streets’ Do yourself a favor and check out what in our completely unbiased opinion we believe to be 10 of the best songs ever put to tape. Then, do your friends a favor and send them this link. Carl, via a blogging on the Huffington Post, sez:
Here is my album, Shut Down The Streets. Maybe you know me from The New Pornographers, and you may recognize Neko Case’s voice in these songs, you may even think “This one sounds so much like a New Pornographers song” and you may ask yourself “Who the hell are the New Pornographers?” All that aside, this album is all about birth, death, happiness and sadness, chronicling a time in my life where all those things had to learn to coexist side by side. There was that and a sudden obsession with the song “Baker Street” by Gerry Rafferty. That led to an obsession with the psychedelic sounds of the late 70s singer songwriter. So my most personal songs ever somehow made the most sense when I played them in a mutated version of an outdated style from my childhood. That’s just how things go.
You can own ‘Shut Down The Streets’ on the LP, CD or digital formats next Tuesday. Grab it at The Matador Store (first 300 LP’s are on green vinyl) or at your favorite music retailler.
10/21 – Toronto, ON @ Lee’s Palace (Exclaim! 20th Anniversary Concert Series)
10/22 – New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom
10/23 – Allston, MA @ Brighton Music Hall
10/24 – Hoboken, NJ @ Maxwell’s
10/25 – Philadelphia, PA @ First Unitarian Church
10/26 – Washington DC @ Black Cat
10/27 – Durham, NC @ Motorco Music Hall
10/28 – Atlanta, GA @ The Earl
10/29 – St. Louis, MO @ Duck Room at Blueberry Hill
10/30 – Chicago, IL @ The Empty Bottle
11/1 – St. Paul, MN @ Turf Club
11/2 – Winnipeg, Canada @ West End Cultural Centre
11/5 – Edmonton, Canada @ Starlite Room
11/6 – Calgary, Canada @ The Republik
11/8 – Vancouver, BC @ The Biltmore Cabaret (Exclaim! 20th Anniversary Concert Series)*
11/9 – Seattle, WA @ The Crocodile*
11/10 – Portland, OR @ Doug Fir Lounge*
11/12 – San Francisco, CA @ The Independent*
11/13 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Echoplex*
11/14 – San Diego, CA @ The Casbah*
Ten years ago, Interpol’s debut album seized the imagination of a generation. The spare, lean textures, darkly oblique lyrics and suave stage presence were entirely different from the bands who preceded them on the charts and the radio.
Now on November 19, we are commemorating Turn On The Bright Lights with a Tenth Anniversary Edition, fully remastered in a beautiful deluxe hardbound book with unreleased photos (48 pages in the CD, 28 large pages in the vinyl) and a second disc of bonus tracks, many unreleased, plus demos and B-sides and a DVD.
The album will be available as a double CD+DVD, double LP+DVD, and digital album with digital booklet. Preorders will come with a replica of the band’s first piece of merchandise, a button with the original Interpol logo.
THE ORIGINAL ALBUM, REMASTERED:
2. Obstacle 1
5. Say Hello To The Angels
6. Hands Away
7. Obstacle 2
8. Stella Was A Diver And She Was Always Down
10. The New
11. Leif Erikson
THE BONUS MATERIAL:
1. Interlude (iTunes single) §
2. Specialist (Interpol EP)
3. PDA (First Demo, 1998)
4. Roland (First Demo, 1998)
5. Get The Girls (Song 5) (First Demo, 1998)
6. Precipitate (2nd Demo, 1999) §
7. Song Seven (Original Version) (2nd Demo, 1999) §
8. A Time To Be So Small (Orig Version) (2nd Demo,1999)
9. Untitled (Third Demo, 2001) * =
10. Stella (Third Demo, 2001) * =
11. NYC (Third Demo, 2001) =
12. Leif Erikson (Third Demo, 2001) * =
13. Gavilan (Cubed) (Third Demo, 2001) †
14. Obstacle 2 (Peel Session, 2001) =
15. Hands Away (Peel Session, 2001) =
16. The New (Peel Session, 2001) * =
17. NYC (Peel Session, 2001) * =
§ unreleased on vinyl
* unreleased recording
† unreleased song
= in the vinyl package, this track is only included on the bonus coupon
- The 3 music videos: PDA, NYC, Obstacle 1
- Mercury Lounge, NYC concert footage, May 2000 (Sam’s first show with the band, multi-camera shoot)
- The Troubadour, Los Angeles concert footage, September 2002 (professional multi-camera shoot)
The band writes:
In 2002, we released our first album, Turn On the Bright Lights. We had waited close to five years for the opportunity to record an album. Needless to say this was a memorable moment for us. We never had any expectations for how the album would be received. We just wanted to present our music as an album to anyone who would be open to hearing it. It was incredible to finally tour and see people react to these songs. We never could have imagined that the album would have reached so many people throughout the world.
We spent a good deal of time this past year digging through our archives and asking others to dig through theirs in the hopes of uncovering some forgotten material. The result of our hunting and gathering has yielded this Tenth Anniversary Edition of Turn On the Bright Lights. We wanted to do something special for the fans who have always supported us. We wanted to do something special for the best fans in the world. We hope you enjoy it.
A.C. Newman, founding member of The New Pornographers, is excited to announce the completion of his third solo full length. The album was recorded earlier this year in Woodstock, NY and will be released this Fall on Matador Records in the US and on Last Gang Records in Canada.
In celebration of the record — with a yet-to-be-revealed title — Newman has announced a tour this Fall, commencing October 21st at Lee’s Palace in Toronto, ON, and wrapping up November 14th at the Casbah in San Diego.
A pre-sale for all shows listed below begins Wednesday, July 25th. By buying tickets through our pre-sale, you will be able to get your tickets before anyone as well as save money on service charges. Go HERE on Wednesday to access the pre-sale for each date.
The general on sale for this tour begins Friday, July 27th.
Stay tuned as we announce more details about the new album in the coming weeks.
A.C. NEWMAN – FALL TOUR
10/21 – Toronto, ON – Lee’s Palace (Exclaim! 20th Anniversary Concert Series)
10/22 – New York, NY – Bowery Ballroom
10/23 – Allston, MA – Brighton Music Hall
10/24 – Hoboken, NJ – Maxwell’s
10/25 – Philadelphia, PA – First Unitarian Church
10/26 – Washington DC – Black Cat
10/27 – Durham, NC – Motorco Music Hall
10/28 – Atlanta, GA – The Earl
10/30 – Chicago, IL – The Empty Bottle
11/8 – Vancouver, BC – The Biltmore Cabaret (Exclaim! 20th Anniversary Concert Series)*
11/9 – Seattle, WA – The Crocodile*
11/10 – Portland, OR – Doug Fir Lounge*
11/12 – San Francisco, CA – The Independent*
11/13 – Los Angeles, CA – The Echoplex*
11/14 – San Diego, CA – The Casbah*
The moment has arrived, Ceremony‘s fourth longplayer and first for Matador, ‘Zoo‘ is in stores today! It’s available to order from the Matador store (along with an exclusive t-shirt). You’ll also find it in the racks of your favorite local indie, retailer or online store on the popular compact disc, vinyl & even digital formats.
If you live in San Francisco, head over to Ameoba MusicTODAY where Ceremony are playing a special release show at 6pm, for free. For our readers in New York and its environs, Ceremony have just added a late show on April 23 (after they open for Refused) at The Mercury Lounge, the show is 16+ and tickets are on sale tomorrow.
For everyone else, check below the jump for Ceremony’s activities in Austin during SXSW, in the UK and across the United States over the next couple months.
If all this isn’t enough, we’re very excited to unveil four live videos filmed at Ceremony’s show at Le Poisson Rouge in New York City in Febraury. Check out “Hysteria”, “World Blue”, “Citizen” & “Open Head” now!