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The MataBlog is edited by Matador Records’ co-moaner Gerard Cosloy and individual entries are the work of whoever’s name is next to them. If you enjoyed something in the MataBlog, thank you very much! If there was something you found particularly troubling, please be advised that a) maybe you should read it again and b) the contents of this blog do not necessarily represent the opinions of Matador Records, Beggars Group, the combined staff of either company, nor the Matador artist roster. Opinions are like friends — hardly anyone has one worth listening to.

Yo La Tengo - 'Murder In The Second Degree' CD's Now Available (From Them, Not Us)

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The long-awaited sequel to 'Yo La Tengo Is Murdering The Classics' is finally available. From Yo La Tengo.com :

We're Back, Back in the New York Groove

We can think of no more apt a headline for this second edition of "highlights" of our annual appearance on WFMU. Admittedly, the station resides in Jersey City, not New York, and among the many beats deployed within, all fall safely outside of the category of "groove." Yet apt is apt. You better believe it.

So impressive is Adrian Tomine's cover art that it is entirely possible that you, the prospective purchaser, are unfamiliar with what will unfold for the next 76 minutes should you be so rash as to part with your hard-earned money. For the last 20 years (and counting), Yo La Tengo, accompanied by cub reporter Bruce Bennett, have performed live on WFMU during their fundraising Marathon, and in return for listeners' pledges of support, we have attempted to play their requests, with no prior knowledge of what those requests will be, and without utilizing any of the many web sites that provide lyrics and chords. We rely instead on a lifetime of listening and the forgiveness of our audience.

As with this volume's predecessor, we will not tell you what songs are essayed. A track listing that includes, say, "Rock and Roll All Nite," "Rock and Roll Love Letter" and "Rock and Roll, Hoochie Koo" (one of which is here; the other two have never been requested) will all but demand imagining how it might sound, and you will be wrong. As listeners familiar with Yo La Tengo Is Murdering the Classics already know, but you will learn the hard way: There are endless ways to ruin a song.

And let's all raise a glass of something non-alcoholic to WFMU's Gaylord Fields, who has either hosted or co-hosted us for all 20 (and counting) years.

We compiled Murder in the 2nd Degree years ago. Would it have made sense to tweak the contents, and add some more recent material? Undoubtedly. But that would require us to listen back to more of these performances. And as Half Japanese put it so aptly on "No More Beatlemania" (not included): "Once is enough."


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YO LA TENGO - ON THE ROAD AGAIN (SOON)

Georgia, James and Ira are playing a handful of shows in September and I'm here to remind you about them should you find yourself in the vicinity. YLT PR photo

(photo by Mike Baehr - @mikebaehr )

Saturday, September 3 - Riot Fest, Denver CO
Friday, September 9 - Old Town School of Folk Music, Chicago IL
Sunday, September 11 - *Finney Chapel, Oberlin OH
Tuesday, September 13 - State Theatre, State College PA
Wednesday, September 14 - Carnegie Music Hall, Pittsburgh PA (with Lambchop)
Friday, September 23 - Copenhagen Beer & Music Celebration, Boston MA
Saturday, September 24 - The Warehouse at FTC, Fairfield CT

*This show only: Dave Schramm on lead guitar. Two sets by Yo La Tengo, no opener. No-fee tickets available at Finney Chapel box office.

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Tonight At Bowery Ballroom : Yo La Tengo in Salute To Other Music

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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.

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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.

Tomorrow Night : Yo La Tengo In Jersey City



(above : prior to Saturday's show, Journal Square's previous high-water mark of culture, if not independent recording)

Hey, just a reminder that Yo La Tengo's exhaustive run of North American touring on behalf of 'Stuff Like That There' takes them to Jersey City's historic Landmark Loew's Jersey Theater tomorrow night (Saturday, April 9). Good seats still remain and by good we mean they are probably very comfortable. The promoter's event listing promises "2 sets: one rock and the other more acoustic", which could also be characterized as "2 sets : one rock and one less rock,", or perhaps "2 sets : one loud and one soft," or maybe even "2 sets : one exhibiting fearsome power, the other, showcasing the band's more nuanced, some might say BREATHTAKINGLY BEAUTIFUL side." But hey, I'm no promoter and I fully get there's not a ton of room on the marquee for this kind of thing.

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Yo La Tengo - Back On Tour



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Hey Lazy! While you were relaxing over the holiday weekend, Yo La Tengo got themselves back on the road for the Spring leg of their US tour.

Tuesday, March, 29 - Exit/In, Nashville, TN SOLD OUT - (opening act: Lambchop)
Friday, April, 1 - Big Ears Festival, Knoxville TN (a special collaboration with Lambchop)
Saturday, April, 2, The Orange Peel, Asheville, NC
Sunday, April, 3 - Music Farm, Charleston SC
Tuesday, April, 5 - Baltimore Sound Stage, Baltimore MD*
Thursday, April 7 - Academy of Music, Northampton MA*
Friday, April, 8 - The Music Hall, Portsmouth NH*
Saturday, April, 9 - Landmark Loew’s Jersey Theatre, Jersey City NJ*
Friday, May 27 - Sunday, May 29 - Sasquatch! Festival, Quincy WA*
Saturday, May 28 - The Wilma, Missoula MT*
August 5 - August 7 - Pickathon, Happy Valley OR*

*all ages

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Yo La Tengo In Covers-For-Cash-Controversy



Reigning Greatest Radio Station In The World WFMU features no advertising and no underwriting, they're impervious to the nudges and bags of drugs provided by record labels like American Century Matador, and most importantly, their legion of volunteer programmers (record-hound degenerates, most of 'em) routinely pull up the greatest shit (old & new) imaginable. There are several of this label's best-known artists who received their earliest airplay on WFMU ; others still, had their minds polluted at an early age and CAUGHT THE BUG (if you'll excuse the expression) as a direct result of this Jersey City based broadcaster.

So how, pray tell, do these maniacs keep the lights on? Simple--- BEGGING, hi tech and otherwise. WFMU is 100% listener supported and without hounding the living shit out of you for two weeks every March, the station's astonishing vault of online/archived programming would be a fond,though faint memory. No one is more aware of these circumstances than Yo La Tengo --- heck, Ira Kaplan even spends hours he could otherwise devote to answering your fan mail by toiling as a fill-in host for WFMU. So once again, as they've done for most years (including those from remote locations), Ira, Georgia and James will return to WFMU this coming Saturday, March 12 between 3 and 6pm (with hosts Todd-o-Phonic Todd and Gaylord Fields) and will perform cover songs of your choosing in exchange for lavish sums wrested from your bank account. Ever wanted to hear YLT's version of "Formation"? Longed to hear their take on "Take On Me?" Me neither. In fact, there might not be enough money on earth to get them to play either of those songs, but you'll never know unless you offer. And unlike the rest of WFMU's amazing offerings, this show will not be archived, so blow this one off at your own risk.

WFMU can be heard worldwide at wfmu.org and you can pledge whatever's left in your swear jar/trust fund / structured settlement right here.

Yo La Tengo on tour :

Saturday, March, 26 - Hudson, NY - Club Helsinki
Sunday, March, 27 - Charlottesville, VA - Jefferson Theater
Tuesday, March, 29 - Nashville, TN - Exit/In
Friday, April, 1 - Knoxville, TN - Big Ears Festival (a special collaboration with Lambchop)
Saturday, April, 2 - Asheville, NC - The Orange Peel
Sunday, April, 3 - Charleston, SC - Music Farm
Tuesday, April, 5 - Baltimore, MD - Baltimore Sound Stage
Thursday ,April, 7 - Northampton, MA - Academy of Music
Friday, April, 8 - Portsmouth, NH - The Music Hall
Saturday, April, 9 - Jersey City, NJ - Landmark Loew’s Jersey Theatre

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Yo La Tengo's Ira Kaplan on Marc Maron's "WTF"



Perhaps having tired of interviewing such nobodies as Lorne Michaels, CM Punk, Steve Albini, Tom Arnold, Matt Sweeney, The Amazing Jonathan and Barack Obama (sadly, not on the same episode), Marc Maron today welcomes Yo La Tengo's Ira Kaplan to the garage . Bob Odenkirk and David Cross stop by as well, though perhaps they were taped on different days. I have no idea how Marc feels about people hanging out in his driveway waiting to talk, but I don't think I'd like it one bit.

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Yo La Tengo, New U.S. Dates Announced, Appearing On NBC's "Last Call With Carson Daly"



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After kicking off the latest leg of domestic touring support of 'Stuff Like That There', Yo La Tengo have confirmed a bunch of winter/spring 2016 show (tickets on sale this Friday), the majority of 'em with the time-tested trio of Ira, Georgia and James, though the Ann Arbor and Austin shows will feature the additional guitar stylings of Dave Schramm. If you're not already satiated by Yo La Tengo's recent appearance on WGN's Morning News (and I'm pretty sure you're not), catch YLT this Tuesday night / Wednesday morning on NBC's "Last Call With Carson Daly" (1:35 am eastern, 12:35 am central). We'll post a clip when/if network censors have approved the footage, promise.



updated tour schedule :

Monday, November 9 - Boulder CO - Boulder Theater*
Thursday, November 12 - San Diego, CA - San Diego Music Thing @ Observatory North Park
Friday, November 13 - Los Angeles CA - The Theatre at Ace Hotel
Sunday, November 15 - Santa Cruz, CA - Rio Theatre
Saturday, November 14 - San Francisco CA - The Masonic
Tuesday, November 17 - Eugene OR - WOW Hall
Wednesday, November 18 - Portland OR - Revolution Hall
Friday, November 20 - Seattle WA- Neptune Theatre
Saturday, November 21 - Vancouver BC - Vogue Theatre*

the new dates :
Wednesday, January 28 - Cleveland OH - Beachland Ballroom
Thursday, January 29 - Ann Arbor, MI - Ann Arbor Folk Festival*&
Saturday, January 30 - Columbus, OH - Wexner Center for the Arts
Sunday, January 31 - St. Louis, MO - The Ready Room
Thursday, February 4 - Oklahoma City, OK - ACM@UCO Performance Lab
Friday, February, 5 - Dallas, TX - Granada Theater
Saturday, February, 6 - Austin, TX - Hogg Auditorium*&
Saturday, March, 26 - Hudson, NY - Club Helsinki
Sunday, March, 27 - Charlottesville, VA - Jefferson Theater
Tuesday, March, 29 - Nashville, TN - Exit/In
Friday, April, 1 - Knoxville, TN - Big Ears Festival (a special collaboration with Lambchop)
Saturday, April, 2 - Asheville, NC - The Orange Peel
Sunday, April, 3 - Charleston, SC - Music Farm
Tuesday, April, 5 - Baltimore, MD - Baltimore Sound Stage
Thursday ,April, 7 - Northampton, MA - Academy of Music
Friday, April, 8 - Portsmouth, NH - The Music Hall
Saturday, April, 9 - Jersey City, NJ - Landmark Loew’s Jersey Theatre

& w/ Dave Schramm
*denotes acoustic set-up

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TOMORROW (Saturday) : Yo La Tengo With Dave Schramm + Nick Lowe at Brooklyn's King's Theatre



(video courtesy WXPN)

Hey, just wanted to remind everybody (especially those that HATE POSTSEASON BASEBALL as much as I do, can you spell B-O-R-I-N-G?) that Yo La Tengo's biggest show in the metropolitan NYC area in a long time is happening tomorrow evening at Brooklyn's beautiful (well, I'm told) King's Theatre. The one and only Nick Lowe provides support and I'm here to say that if he's half as good as he was opening for The Cars at Boston Garden in March of 1982...well, let's hope he's much better than that, right? I'm sure it'll be great!



(Nick Lowe in 1982. He doesn't look exactly like this anymore but by tomorrow night, I bet you don't, either)

Ira, Georgia, James and Dave Schramm continue their travels next week with a tour starting at Dublin's National Concert Hall. When the late Yogi Berra was once told that Dublin had elected a Jewish mayor, he declared, "only in America!" I think these words still ring true to this day.

Thursday, October 15 - Dublin Ireland - National Concert Hall
Friday, October 16 - Glasgow Scotland - The Garage
Sunday, October 18 - Bristol UK - Colston Hall
Monday, October 19 - Coventry UK - Warwick Arts Center
Tuesday, October 20 - London UK - O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire
Friday, October 23 - Paris France - La Cigale
Saturday, October 24 - Amsterdam Netherlands - Paradiso
Sunday, October 25 - Leuven Belgium - Het Depot
Tuesday, October 27 - Berlin Germany - Heimathafen
Wednesday, October 28 - Koln Germany - Kulturkirche
Friday, October 30 - Bologna, Italy - Teatro Antoniano
Saturday, October 31 - Rome, Italy - Parco Della Musica
Thursday, November 5 - Chicago IL - The Vic Theatre
Friday, November 6 - Madison WI - Barrymore Theatre
Saturday, November 7 - Minneapolis MN - Pantages Theatre
Monday, November 9 - Boulder CO - Boulder Theater*
Thursday, November 12 - San Diego, CA - San Diego Music Thing @ Observatory North Park
Friday, November 13 - Los Angeles CA - The Theatre at Ace Hotel
Sunday, November 15 - Santa Cruz, CA - Rio Theatre
Saturday, November 14 - San Francisco CA - The Masonic
Tuesday, November 17 - Eugene OR - WOW Hall
Wednesday, November 18 - Portland OR - Revolution Hall
Friday, November 20 - Seattle WA- Neptune Theatre
Saturday, November 21 - Vancouver BC - Vogue Theatre*



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Yo La Tengo With Dave Schramm : Tour Starts Tonight



(video courtesy CBS This Morning)



(photo by Dennis Condren)

Just a reminder that Yo La Tengo's massive acoustic tour (accompanied by Dave Schramm) in support of 'Stuff Like That There' kicks off tonight at Troy, NY's Troy Savings Bank Music Hall. We realize there's many exciting things to do in Troy (for instance, drive to Albany) and with that mind, felt it was super important to further highlight the first show of what should be a magically journey.

Wednesday, September 23 - Troy NY - Troy Savings Bank Music Hall
Thursday, September 24 - Glenside PA - Keswick Theatre
Friday, September 25 - Washington DC - Lincoln Theatre
Saturday, September 26 - Durham NC - The Carolina Theatre of Durham
Sunday, September 27 - Atlanta GA - Variety Playhouse
Tuesday, September 29 - Pittsburgh PA - Mr. Smalls Theatre
Wednesday, September 30 - Toronto ON - Queen Elizabeth Theatre
Friday, October 2 - Montreal QC - Corona Theatre
Saturday, October 3 - Boston MA - The Wilbur Theatre
Saturday, October 10 - New York, NY - Kings Theatre*(w/ Special Guest Nick Lowe)
Thursday, October 15 - Dublin Ireland - National Concert Hall
Friday, October 16 - Glasgow Scotland - The Garage
Sunday, October 18 - Bristol UK - Colston Hall
Monday, October 19 - Coventry UK - Warwick Arts Center
Tuesday, October 20 - London UK - O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire
Friday, October 23 - Paris France - La Cigale
Saturday, October 24 - Amsterdam Netherlands - Paradiso
Sunday, October 25 - Leuven Belgium - Het Depot
Tuesday, October 27 - Berlin Germany - Heimathafen
Wednesday, October 28 - Koln Germany - Kulturkirche
Friday, October 30 - Bologna, Italy - Teatro Antoniano
Saturday, October 31 - Rome, Italy - Parco Della Musica
Thursday, November 5 - Chicago IL - The Vic Theatre
Friday, November 6 - Madison WI - Barrymore Theatre
Saturday, November 7 - Minneapolis MN - Pantages Theatre
Monday, November 9 - Boulder CO - Boulder Theater*
Thursday, November 12 - San Diego, CA - San Diego Music Thing @ Observatory North Park
Friday, November 13 - Los Angeles CA - The Theatre at Ace Hotel
Sunday, November 15 - Santa Cruz, CA - Rio Theatre
Saturday, November 14 - San Francisco CA - The Masonic
Tuesday, November 17 - Eugene OR - WOW Hall
Wednesday, November 18 - Portland OR - Revolution Hall
Friday, November 20 - Seattle WA- Neptune Theatre
Saturday, November 21 - Vancouver BC - Vogue Theatre*



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Yo La Tengo - World Cafe Live Broadcast At Noon, "CBS This Morning" Tomorrow, 'Stuff Like That There' Out Today







If you're not already aware that today (Friday, August 28) marks the official release date of Yo La Tengo's 'Stuff Like That There', I guess you could say the record label had done a very poor job. Since you're too polite and kind to say that (to our faces, anyway), let's concentrate on the next couple of days of exciting activity :

TODAY :



Yo La Tengo, performing at World Cafe Live at noon, broadcast live on WXPN, video stream available here.

TONIGHT :

Yo La Tengo guest DJ'ing and signing copies of 'Stuff Like That There' at Other Music.

SATURDAY :

Yo La Tengo live on "CBS This Morning" (as seen below) :







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Yo La Tengo : 'Stuff Like That There' Streaming Today via NPR First Listen





In advance of the August 28 release date, NPR First Listen is streaming the new Yo La Tengo album, 'Stuff Like That There' in full today. Jason Heller hails YLT's "encyclopedic love of music that transcends genre" ("the album shows, yet again, just how euphorically Yo La Tengo scrawls outside the line"), though it seems his editors cut the line where he compliments Matador Records' restraint in eschewing some super tired "Straight Outta Hoboken" meme for cheap social media laughs.



One the evening of Friday, August 28, Other Music is hosting a release day party for 'Stuff Like That There', with Ira, Georgia and James DJ'ing and signing records. In addition, those who purchase the album will have a chance to win two guest list spots to "Songs Like These Here": an evening of YLT-themed piano karaoke featuring Joe McGinity, Tuesday, September 8, at Sid Gold's Request Room in Manhattan

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VIDEO : Yo La Tengo - "Friday I'm In Love"



Earlier today, NPR premiered the first video from Yo La Tengo's forthcoming 'Stuff Like That There', a cover of The Cure's "Friday I'm In Love". The clip, directed by Jason Woliner, may or may not prophecize a near apocalyptic event, though given all the bad news surrounding Seattle at the moment, we realize there's a risk of this important story being overshadowed. That small caveat aside, killer video for a fantastic interpretation of a Robert Smith composition we all know and love (or at least know), taken from one of this autumn's most anticipated new albums. Those in Germany can watch the video HERE.

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TOUR DATES :

Friday, September 4 - Barcelona, Spain, Tibidabo Festival
Saturday, September 5 - San Sebastian, Spain - Kutxa Kultur
Wednesday, September 23 - Troy NY - Troy Savings Bank Music Hall*
Thursday, September 24 - Glenside PA - Keswick Theatre*
Friday, September 25 - Washington DC - Lincoln Theatre*
Saturday, September 26 - Durham NC - The Carolina Theatre of Durham*
Sunday, September 27 - Atlanta GA - Variety Playhouse*
Tuesday, September 29 - Pittsburgh PA - Mr. Smalls Theatre*
Wednesday, September 30 - Toronto ON - Queen Elizabeth Theatre*
Friday, October 2 - Montreal QC - Corona Theatre*
Saturday, October 3 - Boston MA - The Wilbur Theatre*
Saturday, October 10 - New York, NY - Kings Theatre* (w/ Special Guest Nick Lowe)
Thursday, October 15 - Dublin Ireland - National Concert Hall*
Friday, October 16 - Glasgow Scotland - The Garage*
Sunday, October 18 - Bristol UK - Colston Hall*
Monday, October 19 - Coventry UK - Warwick Arts Center*
Tuesday, October 20 - London UK - O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire*
Friday, October 23 - Paris France - La Cigale*
Saturday, October 24 - Amsterdam Netherlands - Paradiso*
Sunday, October 25 - Leuven Belgium - Het Depot*
Tuesday, October 27 - Berlin Germany - Heimathafen*
Wednesday, October 28 - Koln Germany - Kulturkirche*
Friday, October 30 - Bologna, Italy - Teatro Antoniano*
Saturday, October 31 - Rome, Italy - Parco Della Musica*
Thursday, November 5 - Chicago IL - The Vic Theatre*
Friday, November 6 - Madison WI - Barrymore Theatre*
Saturday, November 7 - Minneapolis MN - Pantages Theatre*
Monday, November 9 - Boulder CO - Boulder Theater*
Thursday, November 12 - San Diego, CA - San Diego Music Thing @ Observatory North Park*
Friday, November 13 - Los Angeles CA - The Theatre at Ace Hotel*
Saturday, November 14 - San Francisco CA - The Masonic*
Tuesday, November 17 - Eugene OR - WOW Hall*
Wednesday, November 18 - Portland OR - Revolution Hall*
Friday, November 20 - Seattle WA- Neptune Theatre*
Saturday, November 21 - Vancouver BC - Vogue Theatre*

*An Acoustic Evening With Yo La Tengo (Featuring Dave Schramm)

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Coming August 28 : Yo La Tengo - 'Stuff Like That There', Tour This Autumn





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On August 28, we'll be releasing the new Yo La Tengo album, 'Stuff Like That There', a 14 song collection of covers, originals and reworking(s) (see below) that happens to coincide with the 25th anniversary of the band's landmark 1990 album, 'Fakebook'. Recorded with Gene Holder, 'Stuff Like That There' has the trio of Ira Kaplan, Georgia Hubley and James McNew augmented by the guitarist and former Yo La Tengo member Dave Schramm, with James negotiating the wonders of the upright bass for the first time. This specific fearsome foursome -- playing material from 'Stuff Like That There' and maybe, possibly/probably (we really don't dictate repertoire around here) 'Fakebook' will kick off a world tour on September 23 in Troy, NY. These will almost certainly be your only opportunities to see Yo La Tengo take the stage in this particular format, so please puruse the ticket links below and act accordingly.





Two of 'Stuff LIke That There''s standouts, a rerecording of "Deeper Into Movies" and a cover of Special Pillow's "Automatic Doom" premiered earlier today via Vulture and Pitchfork respectively.

TRACKLISTING:
A1: My Heart's Not in It (Darlene McCrea)
A2: Rickety
A3: I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry (Hank Williams)
A4: All Your Secrets (remake of track from Popular Songs)
A5: The Ballad of Red Buckets (remake of track from Electr-o-pura)
A6: Friday I'm in Love (The Cure)
A7: Before We Stopped to Think (Great Plains)
B1: Butchie's Tune (The Lovin' Spoonful)
B2: Automatic Doom (Special Pillow)
B3: Awhileaway
B4: I Can Feel the Ice Melting (The Parliaments)
B5: Naples (Antietam)
B6: Deeper Into Movies (remake of track from I Can Hear the Heart Beating as One)
B7: Somebody's in Love (The Cosmic Rays with Le Sun Ra and Arkestra)



'Stuff Like That There' is available for preorder today from The Matador Store, including the very enticing MYSTERY BUNDLE (mystery tote + cassingle w/ 2 new unreleased tracks + MYSTERY STUFF). Sure, we could specify what the MYSTERY STUFF entails, but that would be like going on Twitter and giving away the ending to whatever appointment TV saga you're watching while sitting around waiting for your MYSTERY BUNDLE to arrive. What kind of JOY KILLERS do you think we are?

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An Acoustic Evening With Yo La Tengo (Featuring Dave Schramm)
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Wednesday, September 23 - Troy NY - Troy Savings Bank Music Hall*
Thursday, September 24 - Glenside PA - Keswick Theatre**
Friday, September 25 - Washington DC - Lincoln Theatre*
Saturday, September 26 - Durham NC - The Carolina Theatre of Durham*
Sunday, September 27 - Atlanta GA - Variety Playhouse*
Tuesday, September 29 - Pittsburgh PA - Mr. Smalls Theatre*
Wednesday, September 30 - Toronto ON - Queen Elizabeth Theatre*
Friday, October 2 - Montreal QC - Corona Theatre*
Saturday, October 3 - Boston MA - The Wilbur Theatre ***
Thursday, October 15 - Dublin Ireland - National Concert Hall
Friday, October 16 - Glasgow Scotland - The Garage
Sunday, October 18 - Bristol UK - Colston Hall
Monday, October 19 - Coventry UK - Warwick Arts Center
Tuesday, October 20 - London UK - O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire
Friday, October 23 - Paris France - La Cigale
Saturday, October 24 - Amsterdam Netherlands - Paradiso
Sunday, October 25 - Leuven Belgium - Het Depot
Tuesday, October 27 - Berlin Germany - Heimathafen
Wednesday, October 28 - Koln Germany - Kulturkirche
Thursday, November 5 - Chicago IL - The Vic Theatre***
Friday, November 6 - Madison WI - Barrymore Theatre*
Saturday, November 7 - Minneapolis MN - Pantages Theatre*
Monday, November 9 - Boulder CO - Boulder Theater*
Friday, November 13 - Los Angeles CA - The Theatre at Ace Hotel+
Saturday, November 14 - San Francisco CA - The Masonic*
Tuesday, November 17 - Eugene OR - WOW Hall*
Wednesday, November 18 - Portland OR - Revolution Hall*
Friday, November 20 - Seattle WA- Neptune Theatre*
Saturday, November 21 - Vancouver BC - Vogue Theatre*

* - on sale Friday June 5
** - on sale Thursday June 4
*** - on sale Friday June 12
+ - on sale Saturday June 6

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Out Today : Yo La Tengo's 'Extra Painful'

December 2, 2014 happens to mark the 30th anniversary of one of the planet's best bands making their official live debut --- it all went down on a cold Sunday evening at Hoboken's Maxwell's, and I feel pretty confident in saying the evening's headliners have left behind a devastating body of work in the 3 decades and lineup changes since. Not only that, but they've continue to record, perform and put the rest of the rock world on notice at every opportunity



But enough about Antietam, apparently this is also the 30th anniversary of Yo La Tengo's first show, too, and with that in mind, we're celebrating the historic moment with today's double LP / double CD release of 'Extra Painful', the expanded edition of the trio's very first album for Matador, 1993's 'Painful'. Earlier today, Pitchfork's Stuart Berman said of the reissue, "Yo La Tengo would go on to define '90s indie—and its evermore sophisticated post-millenial permutations—not by refining their sound, but by blowing it wide open. Painful was the moment of detonation." ("More so than any other band in recent memory, Yo La Tengo’s body of work hinges on the notion that no song is ever a completely finished, end-state product; what we hear on any given album is seemingly a function of what mood they were in the day it was recorded, what the weather was like on the day of mixing, or how much studio time was left before the budget was blown. There is no such thing as a permanent record; songs have many lives before they’re officially documented and continue to evolve long thereafter.")



Drowned In Sound's Benjamin Bland opined that 'Extra Painful' represents "a welcome reminder of an album that has never quite gained the classic status it deserves, but despite this the vital ingredient – the intimate feeling at the heart of Painful - remains agelessly undamaged by the passage of time." It's a little late in the day for us to opt for an "AGELESSLY UNDAMAGED" sticker quote, but it's a pretty good idea just the same.



you can order 'Extra Painful' on double vinyl or CD from the following :

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a handful of tickets are still available for this week's 30th Anniversary shows in New York, Philly and DC :

12/03 Town Hall, NY NY w/ Antietam
12/04 Town Hall, NY NY w/ The Feelies
12/05 9:30 Club, Washington DC w/ Lambchop
12/06 Trocadero, Philadelphia PA w/ Antietam
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This Is What A Great Looking Reissue Package Looks Like : Yo La Tengo's 'Extra Painful'







As previously touted in this space,  we're celebrating the 21st anniversary of Yo La Tengo's first Matador album, 'Painful'. with a December 2 release of the bonus-packed 'Extra Painful' 2XLP / 2XCD, which is available for preorder now directly from us.  The band's 30th anniversary shows in NYC, Philly and DC (below) are happening in early December, but be warned, tickets are in very short supply :



(from 1994, photo by Michael Lavine)

12/03 Town Hall, NY NY w/ Antietam
12/04 Town Hall, NY NY w/ The Feelies
12/05 9:30 Club, Washington DC w/ Lambchop
12/06 Trocadero, Philadelphia PA w/ Antietam


Preorder 'Extra Painful' on double vinyl or CD from the following :

The Matador Store
Amazon

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This Weekend At Fun Fun Fun : Iceage, Ted Leo, Majical Cloudz, The New Pornographers, Yo La Tengo



The 9th annual edition of Transmission Entertainment's ridiculously awesome Fun Fun Fun Fest hits Austin's Auditorium Shores this weekend, and here's a breakdown of where and when the far-too-well-represented members of the Matador family will be appearing. NONE ARE CONFLICTING WITH KING DIAMOND (and that's all that really matters).

Tickets for the entire weekend + FFF Nites aftershows are still available here.

MAJICAL CLOUDZ:
Friday, November 7 - Yellow Stage 7:20 PM
Friday, November 7, Cheer Up Charlie's (Outdoor) 11:00 PM

TED LEO
Friday, November 7, Mohawk, 12:45 AM



ICEAGE:
- Friday, November, 7 - Holy Mountain (Indoor)12:30 AM
- Saturday, November, 8 - Black Stage 4:05 PM

THE NEW PORNOGRAPHERS:
- Saturday, November, 8 - Orange Stage 5:55 PM

YO LA TENGO:
- Sunday, November 9, Orange Stage - 5:55 PM

John Peel - remembered



Today marks 10 years since the passing of John Peel, a man who opened the BBC radio airwaves for bands and artists outside the remit of the stations "regular" programming and opened the minds of thousands listening at home to sounds they otherwise may have never heard. One of the original BBC Radio 1 DJs, throughout his 5-decade spanning career he never showed no signs of slowing down and his influence on (the good part) of modern music is immeasurable.

As a small tribute to the many Matador bands who recorded a Peel Session over the years, we've compiled a selection of some of the session that made it on to YouTube, (many - including The Fall, Wisdom Of Harry and Pretty Girls Make Graves - haven't) and there's a full archive of all the Peel sessions over at the BBC Website: http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio1/johnpeel/sessions/.

Featuring: Cat Power, Interpol, Yo La Tengo, Pavement, Belle and Sebastian, Sonic Youth, Mogwai, The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, Solex, Unsane, Arab Strab, Unwound, Guided By Voices, Superchunk, Techno Animal and Boards Of Canada.

Enjoy.

Coming December 2 : Yo La Tengo's 'Extra Painful' 2XLP / 2XCD



“Anyone who ever said they liked our older records more than 'Painful', I just told them they’re wrong.”
–Ira Kaplan





("From A Motel Six", directed by Hal Hartley)

1994 marked a number of huge world events ; OJ Simpson emerged from football retirement to claim the headlines in a most unfortunate manner. John Starks missed somewhere in the range of 300 shots en route to the Houston Rockets defeating the New York Knicks in Game 7 of the NBA Finals. CIA officer Aldrich Ames was charged with spying for the Russians, and figure skating's Tonya Harding put her own special spin on the phrase "lead pipe cinch". Still, all of the above incidents are mostly forgotten in history, completely overshadowed by the prior year's release of Yo La Tengo's first album for the Matador label, 'Painful', a record Spin's Rob Sheffield called, "the album that keeps every promise Yo La Tengo ever made, full of ravishing, wraithlink melodies around scruffy guitars that clang around your head like sneakers in the dryer...when a bunch of weird sounds add up to a masterpiece as casually majestic as Painful, well, ‘genius’ isn’t even the word, is it?”



("Big Day Coming", directed by Phil Morrison)

On December 2, we'll be reissuing this important highlight in the Yo La Tengo and Matador catalogs in deluxe double LP and double CD editions, dubbed 'Extra Painful', with the contents broken down as follows :

TRACKLISTINGS

Painful:
1. Big Day Coming
2. From A Motel 6
3. Double Dare
4. Superstar-Watcher
5. Nowhere Near
6. Sudden Organ
7. A Worrying Thing
8. I Was A Fool Beside You For Too Long
9. The Whole Of The Law
10. Big Day Coming
11. I Heard You Looking

Extra Painful:
1. Nowhere Near (demo)
2. From A Motel 6 (live acoustic)
3. Tunnel Vision (unreleased instrumental demo)
4. Sudden Organ (demo)
5. Smart Window (unreleased Painful session)
6. Big Day Coming (live acoustic)
7. Slow Learner (unreleased demo)
8. Double Dare (demo)
9. A Worrying Thing (demo)
10. I Heard You Looking (live)

Shaker 7":
A: Shaker
B: For Shame Of Doing Wrong [8-Track Version - the CD single contained a different
version which is on the download coupon]

Formats:

1. Double LP + 7" + download coupon with extra tracks
2. Double CD + download coupon with extra tracks
3. Digital release is regular and bonus disc tracks, does NOT include download coupon

bonus tracks

Vinyl:
Disc 1: The original 'Painful' album (not remastered)
Disc 2: 'Extra Painful' - the bonus tracks
7": "Shaker" / "For Shame Of Doing Wrong" - exact reproduction of the original single
Download coupon: all the album tracks + 15 additional extra bonus tracks

Packaging: Double LP + 7" (in picture sleeve) with ephemera, photos, reproduction of
original ‘band-aid’ sticker, the first ‘YLT Gazette’ in 14 years, liner notes by the band and semi-trusted advisers.

CD:
Disc 1: As on vinyl
Disc 2: As on vinyl
Download coupon: includes the 2 tracks from the "Shaker" 7" as well as the 15 extra bonus tracks


Preorder the LP or CD editions today from The Matador Store
and enter to win tickets to Yo La Tengo's 30th Anniversary shows at NYC's Town Hall plus copies of every currently in-print Yo La Tengo LP.

Yo La Tengo live :

Sam Green & Yo La Tengo “The Love Song of R. Buckminster Fuller”:
10/29 State Theatre, Portland ME
10/30 Flynn Center, Burlington VT
11/07 Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans LA
11/12 PuSh Festival, Vancouver BC

11/09 Fun Fun Fun Fest, Auditorium Shores, Austin TX

30th Anniversary Shows
12/03 Town Hall, NY NY  w/ Antietam 
12/04 Town Hall, NY NY  w/ The Feelies
12/05 9:30 Club, Washington DC  w/ Lambchop
12/06 Trocadero, Philadelphia PA  w/ Antietam

Yo La Tengo :
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The Little Black Egg Big Band (featuring Georgia Hubley, Ira Kaplan, James McNew) - Live At Hopscotch Download



(photo by PJ Sykes, h/t NYC Taper)

Last Friday,  Georgia Hubley's Little Black Egg project expanded into a larger improv ensemble at Raleigh, NC's King's Barcade, joined by Ira Kaplan, James McNew, Steve Gunn, William Tyler, and featuring prerecorded elements provided by Letha Rodman Melchior.    Melchior, a sound & visual artist with a rich history including but not limited to playing in NYC's Ruby Falls and numerous works under her own name, has been battling stage IV melanoma the last few years, at considerable financial hardship.

The folks at NYC Taper have made the full performance available with an accompanying donation to Letha's GiveForward fund ;  full details are here.  The download is only gonna be up for another 5 days, so get moving.

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