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.

Fucked Up - '44th & Vanderbilt' EP

(photo by David Waldman)

(stream / download '44th & Vanderbilt' EP)
(stream/purchase 'The Chemistry Of Common Life')

Last fall, we celebrated the 15th anniversary of Fucked Up’s ‘The Chemistry of Common Life’ – an era-defining punk LP that also just so happened to be the Canadian band’s Matador Records debut. This Friday, our long-in-the-works orange vinyl 2xLP reissue will finally arrive on shelves.

Today, you can listen to a brand new digital EP, ‘44th & Vanderbilt,’ which compiles three ‘ChemCom’-era session performances with No Age’s excellent remix of “No Epiphany".

We’ve also posted a new episode of the Matador Revisionist History podcast, which finds Mike Haliechuk and Jonah Falco in conversation with former Matador fixture (and current World of Echo proprietor), Natalie Judge. They discuss making the record, recording nine months of overdubs, quitting their day jobs, and asking Michael Stipe to jump on the mic for a Feelies cover at the close of their 12-hour long record release show (spoiler: he passed).

Today, 'The Chemistry of Common Life' remains as conceptually ambitious as it is musically adventurous, pushing through and far beyond the accepted boundaries of punk and hardcore. At the time, we called it “an expansive epic about the mysteries of birth, death, and the origins of life (and re-living). Merging elements of hardcore songwriting with up to 70 tracks of guitars, organs, winds and vocals the music remains iconoclastic and startling.”

Fucked Up Online
Fucked Up website

Kim Gordon - "I'm a Man"

"I'm a Man", directed by Alex Ross Perry
from 'The Collective', out March 8

(stream/download "I'm a Man")
(presave/preorder 'The Collective')

Kim Gordon has released “I’m a Man,” the latest track from her second solo album, 'The Collective'. Atop a dark, churning soundscape, Gordon ruminates on the lost role of “traditional masculinity” and the role of capitalism in its demise.

An evocative video for “I’m a Man” premieres today, serving as a perfect visual accompaniment to the song’s expressive lyrics and pulsing sound. It stars Coco Gordon Moore and Conor Fay and was directed by filmmaker Alex Ross Perry.

(photo by Danielle Neu)

‘The Collective’ Tracklist
02. The Candy House
03. I Don’t Miss My Mind
04. I’m a Man
05. Trophies
06. It’s Dark Inside
07. Psychedelic Orgasm
08. Tree House
09. Shelf Warmer
10. The Believers
11. Dream Dollar

Kim Gordon on Tour

Thursday, March 21 Higher Ground, Burlington VT
Friday, March 22 Black Cat, Washington DC
Saturday, March 23 Knockdown Center, Queens NY ( with Kelsey Lu, L'Rain, Bill Nace + Circuit des Yeux, Full Size, Matt Krefting)
Wednesday, March 27 Regent Theater, Los Angeles CA
Friday, March 29 Ventura Music Hall, Ventura CA
Saturday, March 30 The Fillmore, San Francisco CA

Kim Gordon Online
Official Website

Pavement - 'Crooked Rain Crooked Rain' 30th Anniversary

Today marks the 30th anniversary of the formal release of Pavement’s 2nd album, ‘Crooked Rain Crooked Rain’. While some would prefer to commemorate the occasion with long essays, ill-advised covers or a series of tribute night at City Winery (I suppose that would also entail ill-advised covers, though you could opt for originals “in-the-style of”), your friends at Matador know there’s only two ways you really wanna celebrate ; by buying the album (again) or streaming it (over and over again).

(band photos by Gail Butensky)

stream / purchase 'Crooked Rain Crooked Rain'

Pavement Online
Pavement – official site
Pavement at Bandcamp



Coming March 22 : Butthole Surfers Vinyl Reissues

(photo by Pat Blashill)

"Butthole Surfer"

Photos by Gail Butensky, Video by Michael Speed

We are pleased to announce that Matador Records will reissue a number of key catalog titles by legendary Texas band, The Butthole Surfers, including classic albums and EPs recorded during the band’s strange, grotesque, and ultimately unparalleled first decade. All of the records have been remastered under supervision from the group.

Today, remastered audio of the first three releases in the series – 'Psychic...Powerless...Another Man's Sac', 'Rembrandt Pussyhorse', and 'PCPPEP' – have been made available on streaming services, with vinyl to follow on March 22. Pre-orders are available HERE. You can also watch a new video for the song "Butthole Surfer" featuring rarely seen photographs of the band shot by Gail Butensky during the 1980s. Further titles will follow in the fall.

The Butthole Surfers were formed in 1981 by vocalist Gibby Haynes and guitarist Paul Leary. Drummer King Coffey joined in 1983. Together, they have remained the band’s three constant members across various recording sessions and touring incarnations.

stream / purchase Butthole Surfers reissues
(order all three albums at the Matador store and get 15% off  --- with a limited three-pin set thrown in while supplies last)

(stream / preorder 'Psychic...Powerless...Another Man's Sac')

‘Psychic…Powerless…Another Man’s Sac’ Track List
01. Concubine
02. Eye of the Chicken
03. Dum Dum
04. Woly Boly
05. Butthole Surfer
06. Lady Sniff
07. Cherub
08. Mexican Caravan
09. Cowboy Bob
10. Gary Floyd

(stream/preorder 'Rembrandt Pussyhorse')

‘Rembrandt Pussyhorse’ Track List
01. Creep in the Cellar
02. Sea Ferring
03. American Woman
04. Waiting For Jimmy to Kick
05. Strangers Die Everyday
06. Perry
07. Whirling Hall of Knives
08. Mark Says Alright
09. In the Cellar

(stream / preorder 'PCPPEP')

‘PCPPEP’ Track List
01. Cowboy Bob
02. Bar-B-Q Pope
03. Dance of the Cobras
04. The Shah Sleeps in Lee Harvey’s Grave
05. Wichita Cathedral
06. Hey
07. Something

Byron Coley on The Butthole Surfers:

More than four decades after the fact, I still remember walking out of my live introduction to the Buttholes in a state of happy confoundment. By 1982 there were already plenty of bands who'd ostensibly begun as part of the American hardcore scene but were now headed in other directions. One such unit was Austin's Big Boys, whose mix of gender-bending skatepunk and funk readymades were addictively brilliant. We went to see them at L.A.'s Grandia Room with low expectations for openers, the Butthole Surfers, who we'd figured were just another thrash band from Texas with a “shock” moniker.

The Buttholes had already begun their set by the time we got there, and it was immediately evident their sonic approach was far from what we'd expected. Some of their songs resembled a better, weirder version of the Dead Kennedys, but the comprehendible snippets of lyrics sounded great as hell – “There's a time to fuck and a time to crave/But the Shah sleeps in Lee Harvey's grave!” And the singer and guitarist looked like they were competing in the nuts boy sweepstakes. Even with the Grandia Room's impossible sight-lines, the band made a real impression. I asked Mike Watt what he knew about them and he just said they were, “out there.” Which I took as a good sign.

When their records started arriving, I bought them even though they were on Jello B's label (which I usually boycotted). ‘PCPPEP’ (actually recorded after the protean version of ‘Another Man's Sac’) sounded more whacked-out than the studio record that preceded it, and was also the first to feature the power of the band's classic two drummer line-up (King Coffey and Teresa Taylor). The synchronized percussive brutarianism of this pair (falsely rumored to be siblings) provided the perfect base for the unhinged blurt of the guitars and vocals then being shared by Gibby Haynes and Paul Leary. We didn't manage to see the Buttholes again until they played the East Coast in '84, by which time a few bassists had come and gone, and the band had evolved into full freakout mode.

The early-mid '80s had their share of insane combos – The Birthday Party, Black Flag and Minor Threat had the raw power to melt your mind in seconds. SWANS, Einsturzende Neubauten and Big Black created enough overwhelming sonic pressure their sounds might actually flatten you. And Sonic Youth displayed such a dizzyingly unpredictable mix of art, pop culture and violence you'd sometimes leave their shows drooling. The Buttholes shared elements with all of these groups, but added a wild psychedelic edge and a propensity for bizarre spectacle.

By the time they started touring to preview and then support the revamped version of ‘Psychic...Powerless...Another Man's Sac’, the Buttholes' live show was an berserk, evolving extravaganza of strobes, smoke, clothespins, naked dancing, bullhorns, raving lunacy and music that was as madly mind-blowing as that of any band who ever lived. ‘Another Man's Sac’ was also wildly advanced over the previous records. Parts of the LP swaddled their punk edge inside so much oink and babble you almost couldn't discern it, with other segments stretching out into a mutant form of garage blues, and others just swirling out of control.

This evolution continued on ‘Rembrandt Pussyhorse’, which featured a set of tunes for which the Buttholes' rock-based form destruction was mixed with experimental, tape-mangling passages of many flavors. Haynes was handling all audible vocals by this point, and his mastery of post-tongue dynamism was finally in full flight. Meanwhile, their live shows became legendary examples of excess and derangement, and their music just kept getting louder and stranger and more savage. It was the diametric opposite of the hardcore scene from which it had emerged, which was heading in ever more codified and stylistically conservative directions.

This first batch of reissues is certain to raise the roof for a lot of people who thought they had a pretty good handle on the outer realms of the '80s indie-rock scene. And while the recordings are not the fully immersive experience of the Buttholes in concert, you may still feel as though you've fallen down a rabbit hole the size of Texas itself.
This is the sound of the Butthole Surfers before they were name-checked by Kurt Cobain, and signed by Capitol in a frenzy to not-be-left-out of the indie-rock sweepstakes. Before they had an actual Billboard hit with “Pepper,” from their 1996 LP, ‘Electric Larryland’. Before people saw them as something like a progenitor for theatrically oddball outfits like the Flaming Lips and Animal Collective. The Buttholes' early recordings for independent labels, and the shows they played throughout the 1980s, stand as pure exemplars of the most cussedly Dionysian vom ever spewed.

Yippie Yi Yo!

Butthole Surfers online


VIDEO : Water From Your Eyes - "Out There"

"Out There" - directed by Sophia Feuer and Tyler Macri

New York’s Water From Your Eyes closed out 2023 with an avalanche of vastly-deserved praise for their Matador Records debut, 'Everyone’s Crushed', including nods from New York Times, Pitchfork, Rolling Stone, Vogue, Stereogum, The Guardian, NME, Wired, and many more.

There’s more to come in 2024. Next month, the band will embark on a full US tour with Brighton, UK’s Squid. These performances will formally debut the band’s new quartet lineup, featuring guitarist Al Nardo and drummer Bailey Wollowitz.

And today, you can watch a brand new video for the still-very-fresh 'Everyone’s Crushed' burner, “Out There.” (above)

From video directors Sophia Feur and Tyler Macri:

When we heard “Out There” for the first time, we connected with its intensity, and the feelings of pent-up energy and confinement it inspired. When we got to talking with Rachel and Nate about their vision for the album we sensed an overlap between their music and our visual inclinations as filmmakers; decaying consumer destinations, shopping centers, fluorescent hallways, that sort of thing. Keeping all of that in mind, we decided to use an old family-owned pet store in Queens for our primary location. The animals and well-worn look of things brought the emotion of the song to life for us, and we were able to approach the video in much the same way we do our 16mm documentary work.

The band and filmmakers will be holding a screening party for the video tonight at Alphaville in Brooklyn at 8pm.

Water From Your Eyes will remain on the road through much of the spring, including a US tour with Real Estate and appearances at Kilby Block Party, Primavera Sound, Best Kept Secret, and Wilco’s Solid Sound with further dates to be announced.

stream/purchase 'Everyone's Crushed'
stream/download 'Crushed By Everyone'

Water From Your Eyes on tour :

Wednesday, January 31 Duke University, Durham NC *
Friday, February 2 The Parish, Austin TX *
Saturday, February 3 Dada, Dallas TX *
Monday, February 5 Basement East, Nashville TN *
Tuesday, February 6 Terminal West, Atlanta GA *
Thursday, February 8 9:30 Club, Washington DC *
Friday, February 9 Union Transfer, Philadelphia PA *
Saturday, February 10 Brooklyn Steel, Brooklyn NY *
Wednesday, February 14 Paradise Rock Club, Boston MA *
Thursday, February 15 SAT, Montreal QC *
Friday, February 16 Phoenix Concert Theatre, Toronto ON *
Sunday, February 18 Thalia Hall, Chicago IL *
Monday, February 19 Fine Line, Minneapolis MN *
Friday, February 23 Revolution Hall, Portland OR *
Saturday, February 24 Rickshaw Theatre, Vancouver BC *
Sunday, February 25 The Crocodile, Seattle WA *
Tuesday, February 27 Regency Ballroom, San Francisco CA *
Thursday, February 29 The Observatory OC, Santa Ana CA *
Friday, March 1 The Belasco, Los Angeles CA *
Saturday, May 11 Utah State Fairpark, Salt Lake City UT
Thursday, May 16 White Oak Music Hall Houston TX @
Monday, May 20 The Truman, Kansas City MO @
Tuesday, May 21 Delmar Hall, St. Louis MO @
Wednesday, May 22 Whirling Tiger, Louisville KY @
Friday, May 24 Orange Peel, Asheville NC @
Saturday, May 25 Haw River Ballroom Saxapahaw, NC @
June 1 - 2 Primavera Sound 2024 Barcelona, Spain
June 28 - 30 MASS MoCA, North Adams MA

* - with Squid
@ - with Real Estate

Water From Your Eyes Online

Coming March 8 : Kim Gordon - 'The Collective'

Photo by Danielle Neu

"BYE BYE", directed by Clare Blazary and featuring Coco Gordon Moore

(preorder/presave 'The Collective')
(stream / download "BYE BYE")

Musician and visual artist Kim Gordon returns with her second solo album, 'The Collective'. The lead track, “BYE BYE” is out now, driven by a
snaking bassline which guides us through a haunting packing list.

Gordon will also play six live shows around 'The Collective'’s arrival, beginning March 21 in Burlington, VT.

The video for “BYE BYE” stars Coco Gordon Moore and was directed by photographer and filmmaker Clara Balzary, with cinematography by Christopher Blauvelt.

There was a space in Kim Gordon’s No Home Record. It might not have been a home and it might not have been a record, but I seem to recall there was a space.

Boulevards, bedrooms, instruments were played, recorded, the voice and its
utterances, straining a way through the rhythms and the chords, threaded in some shared place, we met there, the guitar came too, there fell a peal of cymbals, driving on the music. We listened, we turned our back to the walls, slithered through the city at night. Kim Gordon’s words in our ears, her eyes, she saw, she knew, she remembered, she liked. We were moving somewhere. No home record. Moving.

Now I’m listening to 'The Collective'. And I’m thinking, what has been done to this space, how has she treated it, it’s not here the same way, not quite. I mean, not at all. On this evidence, it splintered, glittered, crashed and burned. It’s dark here. Can I love you with my eyes open? “It’s Dark Inside.” Haunted by synthesized voices bodiless. Planes of projections. Mirrors get your gun and the echo of a well-known tune, comes in liminal, yet never not hanging around, part of the atmosphere, fading in and out, like she says - Grinding at the edges. Grinding at us all, grinding us away. Hurting, scraping. Sediments, layers, of recorded emissions, mined, twisted, refracted. That makes the music. This shimmering, airless geology, agitated, quarried, cries made in data, bounced down underground tunnels, reaching our ears. We recalled it – but not as a memory, more like how you recall a product, when it’s flawed.

She sings “Shelf Warmer” so it sounds like shelf life, it sounds radioactive, inside our relationships, juddering, the beats chattering, edgy, the pain of love in the gift shop, assembled in hollow booms, in scratching claps. Non-reciprocal gift giving, there is a return policy. But - novel idea – A hand and a kiss. How about that. Disruption. I would say that Kim Gordon is thinking about how thinking is, now. Conceptual artists do that, did that. “I Don’t Miss My Mind.” The record opens with a list, but the list is under the title “BYE BYE.” The list says milk thistle, dog sitter…. And much more. She’s leaving. Why is the list anxious? How divisive is mascara? It’s on the list. I am packing, listening to the list. Is it mine, or hers.

She began seeking images from behind her closed eyes. Putting them to music. But I need to keep my eyes open as I walk the streets, with noise cancelled by the airbuds rammed in my ears. quiet, aware, quiet, aware, they chant at me. What could be going through Kim’s head as she goes through mine? - Josephine Pryde

Recorded in Gordon’s native Los Angeles, 'The Collective' follows her 2019 full-length debut 'No Home Record' and continues her collaboration with producer Justin Raisen (Lil Yachty, John Cale, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Charli XCX, Yves Tumor), with additional production from Anthony Paul Lopez. The album advances their joint world building, with Raisin’s damaged, blown out dub and trap constructions playing the foil to Gordon’s intuitive word collages and hooky mantras, which conjure communication, commercial sublimation and sensory overload.

‘The Collective’ Tracklist

  1. BYE BYE

  2. The Candy House

  3. I Don’t Miss My Mind

  4. I’m a Man

  5. Trophies

  6. It’s Dark Inside

  7. Psychedelic Orgasm

  8. Tree House

  9. Shelf Warmer

  10. The Believers

  11. Dream Dollar


Kim Gordon on Tour, Tickets on Sale Friday at 10am local time

Thursday, March 21 Higher Ground, Burlington VT
Friday, March 22 Black Cat, Washington DC
Saturday, March 23 Knockdown Center, Queens NY
Wednesday, March 27 Regent Theater, Los Angeles CA
Friday, March 29 Ventura Music Hall, Ventura CA
Saturday, March 30 The Fillmore, San Francisco CA

Kim Gordon Online
Official Website

Our Annual Orgy of Self-Congratulation, Grandstanding & Overconsumption: Matador Artists & Staff Select Their 2023 Favorites

(above: thespian powerhouse Jared Leto, reprising his award winning 2007 turn as Mark David Chapman after reading the third paragraph below)

Around this time every December, your heroic editor attempts to coax a list of favorite recordings, books, television programs, life events, etc. out of the label’s artist roster (GOOD LUCK WITH THAT) and our music industry co-conspirators. In the past, this exercise has been a grueling process, fraught with nagging, sobbing  and no shortage of vehemently opposed participants, some of whom actually changed labels, places of employment or identities to escape the obligation.

For some historical perspective, here’s last year’s results. Questions or comments about our terrible tastes and/or inexplicable omissions are welcome (but not so welcome that we’re going to do a damn thing about it)

On behalf of everyone at Matador, here's wishing you, your families and friends a safe & happy holiday and thanks for dealing with our bullshit. 2024 is going to be our best year ever (EDITOR'S NOTE FOR INVESTORS: this doesn’t necessarily mean the most profitable year ever).

And without further ado, let the coronation of Thirty Seconds To Mars’ ‘It’s The End Of The World, It’s A Beautiful Day’ commence.

– Gerard Cosloy

Hugo Burnham, Gang Of Four

Hugo’s Baker’s Dozen List for 2023:
1. Still playing with the best version of Gang Of Four, ever.
2. Still playing sober every night.
3. Still playing with the Legendary Sara Lee.
4. Still amazed at how David Pajo does it.
5. Jon King and I visiting our dear old friend and Bass Master, Dave Allen, after the CA dates in May.
6. Seeing old friends on the road, after too long - not least our Original 1-of-2 Younger Brothers road crew, Phil Allen.
7. Welcoming the arrival other Original 1-of-2 Younger Brothers road crew, Jolyon Burnham’s third grandchild.
8. Playing sloppy, under-rehearsed Mekons and Dr. Feelgood songs vigorously and wonderfully on our October UK tour.
9. Playing alongside Drum God, Jon Wurster. Damn, he’s good….
10. Playing with the great Nuggets band collective in Chapel Hill, led by Lenny Kaye (and the great James Mastro).
11. Playing an Iggy song behind the magnificent Alejandro Escovedo...who I once played golf with years ago at SXSW.
12. Hoping that Killing Joke might find their David Pajo. The world will be a lesser place without them.
13. Slow Horses on TV - third season just started!

Lee Tesche, Algiers

Top 5 staff 2023, in order:
1. Patrick
2. Josh
3. Emma
4. Malcolm
5. Aaron

Honorable Mention: Emily

Patrick Amory, Matador Records

stuff I enjoyed in 2023, no order:
empty country - empty country ii (get better/tough love)
suzanne ciani and jonathan fitoussi - golden apples of the sun (oblique and atmospheric)
sharp pins - turtle rock (hallogallo tapes)

badbox & bun xapa - ammo (deep root tribe)
donkey basketball - donkey basketball planet (hallogallo tapes)
poison ruïn - härvest (relapse)
sanam – aykathani malakon (mais um)
p.g. six - murmurs & whispers
lewsberg -- s/t (12xu reissue)
party dozen – the real work (grupo)
UNIFLORA – francium (self-released)

jaimie branch – fly or die fly or die fly or die ((world war)) (international anthem)
EXEK – the map and the territory (feel it)

honorable mentions:
san kazakgascar - too many people (lather)
facs - still life in decay (trouble in mind)
beirut - hadsel (pompeii)
tyvek - overground (gingko)

Jean-Philippe Aline, Beggars Group

Anohni - my back was a bridge for you to cross
Everything But The Girl - Fuse
Kelela - Raven
Roisin Murphy - Hit Parade
Kali Uchis - Red Moon In Venus
Eddie Chacon - Sundown

Jonah Yano - Portrait Of A Dog
Jessie Ware - That ! Feels Good !
Janelle Monae - The Age Of Pleasure
JMSN - Soft Spot
Sufjan Stevens - Javelin

Alex Eugenio - Veraneras
NewJeans - Get Up

Live Shows:
Madonna - The Celebration Tour
Sampha - Cirque d’Hiver / Paris
Tim Bernardes - Café de la danse / Paris
James Blake - Olympia / Paris
Roisin Murphy - Royal Albert Hall / London
Cleo Sol - Royal Albert Hall / London
Yo La Tengo - La Cigale / Paris
Sugababes - 02 / London
Romy - Cabaret sauvage / Paris
U.S. Girls - Le Petit Bain / Paris

Honorary mentions:
Amyl and the sniffers - Rock En Seine / Paris
Helado Negro - Pitchfork Paris
Nka - La Boule Noire / Paris
King Krule - La Cigale / Paris
King Krule - La Marbrerie / Montreuil
QOTSA - Nuits de Fourvieres / Lyon

Tv shows:
The Bear
The Diplomat

Best parties:
XL Plays / Fête de La Musique - Paris (merci Roxane & Cesca)

Rap & Beyond / Beirut
Nicholas Daley Aftershow / Paris

Best trip: Beirut ?

Best restaurant: Vantre / Paris

Best bakery: Terroirs d’avenir / Paris

Best boat trip: Water From Your Eyes / New York

Best exhibition: Alice Neel @ Beaubourg / Paris

Best demonstration: Against the pension reform

Favorite book: Les Enfants Endormis - Anthony Passeron

Adam Bohl,  Matador Direct

New Music:
Ryan Davis and the Roadhouse Band - Dancing On The Edge (Sophomore Lounge) I usually would avoid picking a TOP album of the year, but this one was easily my most listened to.

Sunwatchers - Music Is Victory Over Time (Trouble In Mind)
Jamie Branch - Fly or Die Fly or Die Fly or Die (World War) (International Anthem)
Equipment Pointed Ankh x2 - Downtown (Torn Light Records) / From Inside The House (bruit direct disques)
Genre - Demo (Rotten Apple)
Purling Hiss - Drag On Girard (Drag City) 
Tyvek - Overground (Ginkgo Records)
Natural Information Society - Since Time Is Gravity (Eremite records)
Mike Donovan - Meets the Mighty Flashlight (Drag City)

Old Music (I attempted to keep this limited to new reissues):
The Breeders - Last Splash (30th Anniversary) (4AD)
Hillbillies In Hell: Bards Of Prey / A Chrestomathy / Wake Me Up! (Iron Mountain Analogue Facility)
Chalino Sánchez - 15 Exito's (Musart/Craft Latino/Vinyl Me Please)
Hound Dog Taylor & The House Rockers - Natural Boogie (Alligator Records / Vinyl Me Please)
Pharoah Sanders - Black Unity (Verve / Impulse / Third Man)
Hamza El Din - Al Oud (Real Gone Music)
Clint Eastwood & General Saint - Stop That Train (Greensleeves)
Upsetter - Rhythm Shower (Music On Vinyl)
Aselefech Ashine And Getenesh Kebret With Army Band – ? ? ? ? ? = Beauties (Mississippi Records)

Horace Ferguson - Sensi Addict (333)
Don Cherry - Hear & Now (Real Gone Music)
J.T. IV - The Future (Drag City)
Funkadelic - Hardcore Jollies / Uncle Jam Wants You / One Nation Under A Groove / The Electric Spanking Of War Babies (Charly Records)

Emma Buchanan, Matador Records

Favorite records (not in order):
Godflesh – Purge
Asher White – New Excellent Woman

ML Buch – Suntub
Joanne Robertson - Blue Car
Fever Ray – Radical Romantics
Nídia – 95 MINDJERES
Pelada – Ahora Más Que Nunca
Florry – The Holey Bible
Bill Orcutt - Jump On It
Meg Baird – Furling
Tyvek – Overground
Heavy Metal – IV: Counter Electrode Iron Mono (maybe this didn’t actually come out this year)

Favorite shows (not in order):
Godflesh + Boris, Knockdown Center
The Cure, MSG
Tubby’s five-year anniversary show in Kingston
Arthur Verocai, Lincoln Center
Joanne Robertson, Union Pool
RXK Nephew + LUCY, Baby’s All Right

Favorite trips to the movies (not in order):
Dark Waters (1993), Anthology
Dog Day Afternoon, Film Forum
Spectober (especially Red Spirit Lake), Spectacle
Birth/Rebirth, IFC
Saw X opening night!, Regal Union Square
Anatomy of a Fall, Regal Essex

Favorite 29 NBA teams (in order):
Trail Blazers

Patti & Selma's Hammock

Steve Burhans, Beggars Group

Armand Hammer – We By Diabetic Test Strips 2xLP (Fat Possum) – Deserving of all the praise it gets.
King Tee – Thy Kingdom Come CS (RMV Grammofon) - Finally an official release for this 1998 rarity. Still slams.
Vladislav DelayPriceless treasure finally available to the public. Consider yourself blessed.
Multila 2xLP (Keplar) – Compilation of the classic Chain Reation singles. Unmissable.
Whistleblower 2xLP (Keplar) – 2007 stunner on LP for the first time.
Entain 2xLP (Keplar) – 2nd LP back in print after 23 years!

Les Rallies DenudesWe are most definitely living in the golden age of Les Rallizes Denudes reissues. Thanks to Temporal Drift for bringing the classics to the people. Many interesting boots about this year also. Lots for the heads to explore on both sides of the law.
Romance Of The Black Pain Otherwise Fallin’ In Love With 12” (Temporal Drift)
Mizutani/Les Rallizes Denudes LP (Temporal Drift)
Citta’ 93 3xLP (Temporal Drift)
’77 Live 3xLP (Temporal Drift)
’67-’69 Studio et Live LP (Temporal Drift),
Studio Sessions 1972 & 1980 LP (Bootleg)
Azabu-Studio-Demo-1985-Vol 1 LP (Bootleg)
Azabu-Studio-Demo-1985-Vol 2 LP (Bootleg)
Acid-Psychedelic-King-Go-To-The-East-1975-Live and Studio LP (Bootleg)
British Electric Foundation – Music For Stowaways LP (Cold Spring) – The full horror (for the first time) on this absolutely vital album. The raw/dark calm before the Heaven 17 extreme pop storm to come.

Thee Retail Simps – Live On Cool Street LP (Total Punk) – Two killers in a row and I don’t see em slowing down.

V/A – Dream the Dream (UK Techno, House and Breakbeat 1990-1994) 2xLP (Dance Music From Planet Earth) – Outta nowhere release that stayed on my turntable for much longer than expected.
Daniel Bachman – Almanac Behind LP (Three Lobed) – A record that actually sounds like life does in 2023. As quiet/distorted/mellow/jarring and visceral as walking through the world on any normal day.

Hi TechDetwat LP (FXHE) – The record we all needed in 2023. Can’t wait for what’s next.
Mozart Estate – Pop Up Ker-Ching And The Possibilities Of Modern Shopping LP (Cherry Red) – The lyrics just keep getting better. “Relative Poverty” is the song of the year.
Monolake – Honkkong LP (Field Recordings) – First ever LP for these life changing recordings. What a time to be alive.

Gerard Cosloy, Matador Records


The Native Cats - The Way On Is The Way Off (Chapter Music)
Sundae Painters - s/t (Leather Jacket)

Glittering Insects s/t (Mind Meld)
Saint Abdullah & Jason Nazary - Evicted In The Morning (Disciples)
Sanam - Aykathani Malakon (Mais Um Discos)
Ndox Electrique - Tëd Ak Mame Coumba Lamba Ak Mame Coumba Mbang (Bongo Joe)
Mother’s Milk - Render Void At Gate (State Laughter)
Dan Melchior Band - Redacted City (Midnight Cruiser)

Leda - Neuter (Discreet Music)
Institute - Ragdoll (Roach Leg)

Chrisman - Dozeage (Hakuna Kulala)
Emily Robb - If I Am Misery Then Give Me Affection (Petty Bunco)
Zoh Amba, Chris Corsano, Bill Orcutt - The Flower School (Palilalia, 2023)
Natural Information Society with Ari Brown  - Since Time Is Gravity (Eremite, 2023)
Donna Allen with Adam Jones - Melon Koly / Parker's Song Diary #1 (ever/never)
Wet Dip - Smell Of Money (Feel It)
Theee Retail Simps – Live On Cool Street LP (Total Punk)
Barbara Manning - Charm Of Yesterday, Convenience Of Tomorrow (Badabing)

Modern Nature - No Fixed Point In Space (Bella Union)
The Lloyd Pack - I Can't Remember (Digital Regress)
Tyvek - Overground (Ginkgo)

Rome Streetz - Noise Kandy 5
The Hatch Expansion - Texas Edition (Astral Spirits)
FACS - Still Life In Decay (Trouble In Mind)
Ballister - Smash & Grab (Aerophonic)

Mark Glynee & Bart Zwier - Home Comfort (La Scie Dorée)
Dawson - Discography (Sorcerer)
Da Slime - If There’s No Rubble, You Haven’t Played 1977-1989 (Celluloid Lunch)
Thinking Fellers Union Local 282 - These Things Remain Unassigned (Bulbous Monocle)
Dredd Foole & The Din - We Will Fall 1983 (Corbett vs Dempsey)
Burnt Envelope - I'm Immature : The Singles Vol. II (Hozac)
Operating Theatre - Rapid Eye Movements / Spring Is Coming WIth A Strawberry In Its Mouth ( Allchival)


Still House Plants, 411Kent, Brooklyn
Obituary, Mohawk , Austin

Bill Orcutt / Chris Corsano,  Goner Fest, Memphis

Unwound, Irving Plaza, NYC

EXEK, Thornbury Theatre, Melbourne

Who Cares Anyway : Post Punk San Francisco & The End Of The Analog Age  - Will York
Holy Ghost : The Life & Death Of Albert Ayler - Richard Koloda
Wayward : Just Another Life To Live - Vashti Bunyan

Fremont (Babak Jalali)
R.M.N. (Christian Mungiu)
Showing Up (Kelly Reichardt)
Black Medusa (Youssef Chebbi, Ismaël)

Steve Cross, Remote Control

(photo by Mary Ellen Mark)

This year looked like this to me :

Malcolm Donaldson, Matador Records

23 Favorites from 2023:
Joanne Robertson - Blue Car
Portrayal of Guilt - Devil Music
Laurel Halo - Atlas
Eterna - Wardrove

Nakibembe Embaire Group - Nakibembe Embaire Group
Julie Byrne - The Greater Wings
ML Buch - Suntub
The Sounds They Made - “Feed You With My Kiss”
Mormon Toasterhead - “Between Two Gestures”
0fret - “Worth”
12 RODS - “My Year (This Is Going To Be)”
Everything But The Girl - “No One Knows We’re Dancing”
Westerman - “Pilot Was A Dancer”
Hurricane Season - Fernanda Melchor
The Pine Barrens - by John McPhee
Levels of the Game - John McPhee
The Fatal Eggs - Mikhail Bulgakov
There and Then - James Salter
Escapes - Joy Williams
Terminal Boredom - Izumi Suzuki
Arthur Verocai at Lincoln Center

Stanley, everyone’s favorite layabout

Tristan Gatwad, Beggars Group

Tristan’s Starting Eleven:

Armand Hammer - We Buy Diabetic Test Strips (Fat Possum)
Best from a year-full of Billy Woods. No cheat sheet for mastering the glycemic index.

Delmer DarionTall Vision-of-the-Voyage (Practise)
Helped release this so keep my thoughts at arm’s length. Ends with 18-minutes of deep-sea tragedy from Mabe Fratti and Morfydd Clark which will tip you one way or the other.

Hinako Omoristillness, softness… (Houndstooth)
A trick box of an album – ear-friendly ambient pop music that lingers and lingers.

Josephine FosterDomestic Sphere (Fire)
One hell of a haunting. And one of my favourite album covers of the year, shot at the Four Corners quadripoint between UT/ CO/ AZ/ NM.

KeloraGloomerald (Crystal Rain)
No amount of telling me this band’s from Glasgow will make me believe this band’s from Glasgow.

McKinley DixonBeloved! Paradise! Jazz!? (City Slang)
Lives up to its starting pitch that Toni Morrison’s the world’s best rapper.

ML BuchSuntub (15 love)
I’ve barely listened to anything else since October because of this. Disarmingly perfect songwriting.

NighttimeKeeper Is The Heart (Ba Da Bing!)
A January looking glass that’s come good for the rest of the year, too.

Titanic (I la Católica + Mabe Fratti) – Vidrio (Unheard of Hope)
More Mabe. Mabe’s unstoppable.

V/ASearchlight Moonbeam (Efficient Space)
There’s never anyone around to hear it.

V/Z (Valentina Magaletti + Zongamin) - Suono Assente (AD93)
Cat’s out the bag, and back in the box.

Special mention to Myriam Gendron’sNot So Deep As A Well
coming to vinyl nine years late but with 2 new bonus tracks!! (one exclamation mark per track)

 Football club of the year: Yeovil Town, who win games once their opponents stop playing sport professionally.

Pam Garavano, Beggars Group

A Non-Exhaustive List of Music I Loved This Year:
Anna St. Louis – In the Air
Arooj Aftab, Vijay Iyer, Shahzad Ismaily – Love In Exile
Bill Orcutt – Jump On It
Fever Ray – Radical Romantics
H. Hawkline – Milk for Flowers

Hydroplane – Selected Songs 1997-2003
John Andrews – Love for the Underdog
June McDoom – With Strings EP
KMRU – Drawing Water EP
Natural Wonder Beauty Concept – S/T
Modern Nature – No Fixed Point in Space
Ruth Garbus – Alive People
Shiho Yabuki – The Body is a Message of the Universe
V/A – Searchlight Moonbeam
Yu Su – I Want an Earth EP

Sven Herwig, Beggars Group

All diese Gewalt – Alles ist nur Übergang
V.A. - OST Aktenzeichen XY ... Ungelöst
Cold Storage - wipe out - The Zero Gravity Soundtrack
Slow Pulp – Yard
DJ Shadow – Action Adventure
Slowdive – Everything is Alive
Die Selektion – Zeuge aus Licht
Bar Italia – The Twits

Skinny Pelembe – Hardly the same snake
Monika Roscher Bigband – Witchy Activities And The Maple Death

Alan Wake II
Super Mario Bros Wonder
Under the Waves
Vengeful Guardian: Moonrider
Dead Space (Remake)
The Legend of Zelda: Tears Of the Kingdom
The Invincible
Immortals of Aveum

TV Series:
Deutsches Haus (The Interpreter of Silence)
Das Lehrerzimmer (The Teacher´s Lounge)

Noam Klar, Matador Records

Bktherula - DO IT AGAIN
Burna Boy - Sitting’ On Top Of The World

CASISDEAD - Boys Will Be Boys
Chris Weisman - God
Cleo Sol - In Your Own Home
CTM - Drama
DJ Dog & Double Dancer - What Can I Say
Dj Js 015 feat. MC YURI REDICOPA & FURI SP - Boldin Internacional
Evita Manji - Black Hole
Geese - 3D Country
Jodie Harsh - Celebrate
jonatan leandoer96 - July
Lil Uzi Vert - Watch This (ARIZONATEARS Pluggnb Remix)
Nation & Ecco2k - Ça Va
Pesoa Pluma, Jasiel Nunez, Junior H - BIPOLAR
Pool Boy - Movie Night Cancelled (Dominique Dumont Ambient Remix)
Purelink - Pinned
PYNE featuring Gavsborg - Pum Pum Poetry
Rema - Holiday
Sugababes - When The Rain Comes

Sonya Kolowrat, Beggars Group

The VERY best show I saw this year:
Lankum at The Barbican in London. It was the only show that made me cry with emotion, and I think about it all the time. It was an honor to witness their magic and if you have the chance to see them please please please do.

Danzig sings Elvis/Danzig
Danzig sings Elvis was so ridiculous I just had to go – and it was totally worth it. Also worth it was seeing Danzig a little later in the year. Twist of Cain.

Gang Of Four two days in a row – first their own show in Pomona
SO SO SO great. I am envious of Jon King’s energy and Pajo is the perfect Andy Gill replacement. Then, Cruel World Festival the next day where everyone was completely blown away by them.

Legendary Stardust Cowboy at Zebulon – IYKYK
it wasn’t quite as insane as seeing him at SXSW in 2000, but I’m glad I got to see him again.

Nick Cave
not even sure what to say here – he’s perfect.

Arto Lindsay
it was so scronky and so dissonant and so Arto.

This show was insane and fun and featured a lot of beer throwing and people in Fear t-shirts and I loved it.

Sun Ra Arkestra
I had the pleasure of seeing them three times this year, but only one time with Marshall Allen. Dude is 99 – give him a break!

Mary Timony in Joe Wong’s backyard in Pasadena
more backyard shows please!

Numero 20 anniversary shows – this 2 day event was a blast –
Unwound, Codeine, Karate and many more and lots of pals in the house.

Andy Larsen, Matador Direct

Suishou No Fune - The wind is spring. There is a rainbow in the sky. Love is hiding in the waves.
Vanishing Twin - Afternoon X
Wolf Eyes and Model Home - More Difficult Messages
S*Glass - Cesspool of the Angels
Nakibembe Embaire Group - Nakibembe Embaire Group
Emahoy Tsege-Mariam Gebru - Jerusalem
Shizuka - Heavenly Persona
Pharoah Sanders - Pharoah
Kali Malone - Does Spring Hide Its Joy
John Coltrane with Eric Dolphy - Evenings At The Village Gate
Sarah Davachi - Long Gradus
Les Rallizes Denudes - CITTA’ ‘93
Milford Graves with Arthur Doyle & Hugh Glover - Children Of The Forest Reverend Kristin Michael Hayter - Saved!
Clara! - Pulso
Spiral Dub - Spiral Dub
Dorothy Ashby - With Strings Attached
Augustus Pablo - Roots, Rockers, & Dub
Tyvek - Overground
Tozibabe - Discography 1984-1986
Rrose - Please Touch
Sonic Youth - Live In Brooklyn 2011

Aaron Leitko, Matador Records

Unwound @ Irving Plaza 3/10/23
Screaming Females - Desire Pathway
Ryuichi Sakamoto - 12
Rezzett - Meant Like This

CS + Kreme - Orange
Arthur Russell - Picture of Bunny Rabbit
Gunn / Truscinski / Nace - Glass Band
Jonny Nash - Point of Entry
Black Eyes - Live in DC / NY / Philadelphia
Laurel Halo - Atlas
BCMC - Foreign Smokes
Kassem Mosse - Workshop 32
Purelink - Signs
Superabundance - Extrasolar
Ron Morelli - Heart Stopper
Poison Ruin - Harvest
Pauline Anna Strom - Echoes, Space, Lines
Sonic Youth - Live in Brooklyn 2011
Jim O’Rourke - Hands That Bind OST
Natural Information Society - Since Time is Gravity

Vinnie Martini, Matador Direct


*highlights include:

BILLY NICHOLLS - Love Songs (GM Records, 1974)
If Nicholls's legendary Would You Believe is the British answer to Pet Sounds then Love Songs is the missing British link between #1 Record and Radio City. The 1-2 punch of Winter Rose and Gypsy are pure 70s-pop perfection.

THE KIDS - No Monarchy b/w Rock Over Belgium & The City Is Dead (Fontana, 1978)
Choice cuts off the 2nd LP by Belgian punk pioneers THE KIDS. Got this at my favorite record shop in Brussels, Juke Box Shop.

BILLY HAMON - Butch Things b/w Amusement Arcade (Bronze, 1978)
Was hipped to this one over a decade ago by 2 prolific recording artists and collectors and finally tracked a copy down. Need the UK sleeve with lyrics on the back though.

ZEROS - They Say That (Everything's Alright) b/w Geting Nowhere Fast (Test Tube Records, 1980)
The elusive final single by SoCal's premier Chicano punk band.

ROSE WHIPPERR & MARC STOWE - Dark vs. Light b/w Heathen Girls (Stark Naked Records, 1979)
Scarce Atlanta regional new wave with a punky B side that will be stuck in your head for weeks. Almost at the point where I think I know everyone with a copy of this record. Happy hunting.  (version of Dark vs. Light on YouTube is from the 12" released 3 years later when the group renamed themselves after the singles flip side)

13TH FLOOR ELEVATORS - Bull Of The Woods (International Artists, 1969)
Still somehow very underrated final record by the Elevators. Exciting to finally have a clean original.


Anthology Film Archives proudly presented a new restoration of a preview cut of ace character actor Timothy Agoglia Carey (an Italian-American from Brooklyn)'s magnumopus THE WORLD'S GREATEST SINNER a gonzo FACE IN THE CROWD a 75min movie from 1962 that has more to say about commercialism, marketing and the moral decay of the political world than any film released this century. PLEASE PLEASE TAKE MY HAND!

RIP Ralph Cirella, the greatest caller in the history of The Howard Stern Show #heynow #byefornow

Paulina Praphanchith, Matador Records

Favorite Albums/EPs of 2023:
Caroline Polacheck - Desire, I Turn To You
Strange Ranger - Pure Music
ML Buch - Suntub
Subsonic Eye - All Around You
Mitski - The Land Is Inhospitable And So Are We
DJ Sabrina the Teenage DJ - Destiny
Being Dead - When Horses Would Run
Ana Frango Elétrico - Me Chama De Gato Que Eu Sou Sua
Parannoul - After The Magic
Fit of Body - Far From The Rhythm
Hello Mary - s/t

Nabihah Iqbal - Dreamer
La Sécurité - Stay Safe!
Mandy, Indiana - i’ve seen a way
Alpha Maid - spresso
Slow Pulp - Yard
BAMBII - Infinity Club
Helvetia - The Clever North Wind
Pantayo - Ang Pagdaloy
Amaarae - Fountain Baby
Titanic - Vidrio

Favorite Reissues of 2023:
Les Rallizes Dénudés - CITTA ’93
Donna Summer - Another Place & Time
Pasteboard - Glitter
Ivy - Apartment Life

Abby Rubin, Beggars Group

Mandy Indiana - I’ve Seen A Way

Gia Margaret - Romantic Piano
Sweeping Promises - Good Living Is Coming For You
Blonde Redhead - Sit Down For Dinner
Slowdive - Everything Is Alive
Lewsberg - Out And About
Arthur Russell - Picture of Bunny Rabbit
ML Buch - Suntub
Tara Clerkin Trio - On The Turning Ground
Grian Chattan - Chaos For The Fly
Eartheater - Powders
Woo - Into The Heart of Love (reissue)
V/Z - Suono Assente
Mary Jane Dunphe - Stage of Love
Helena Deland - Goodnight Summerland

Gonzalo Schiaffino, Everlasting/Popstock

2023. Todos Locos

SONGS IN 2023: (More than 15 hours of music. One album, One Song. One Love)

ANOHNI AND THE JOHNSONS. My Back Was A Bridge For You To Cross
CELISTIA - Dormida En Sus Ojos
DEAD MOON - Going South
EMMA TRICCA - Aspirin Sun
THE GREEN PAJAMAS - This Floating World Is A Dream
INDEX FOR WORKING MUSIK - Dragging The Needlework For The Kids At Uphole
LAEL NEALE - Star Eaters Delight
THE LEMON TWIGS - Everything Harmony
MARLODY - I'm Not Sure At All
THE MEN - New York City
MOLLY - Picturesque
MOONWALKS - Western Mystery Tradition
MUJERES - Desde Flores y Entrañas
THE ROLLING STONES - Hackney Diamonds
STEVE MASON - Brothers & Sisters
SWANS - The Beggar LIVE

BAR ITALIA - El Sol (Madrid)
BIG THIEF - La Riviera (Madrid)
BILL CALLAHAN - La Paqui (Madrid)
LAEL NEALE - Siroco (Madrid)
MUJERES - Tomavistas (Madrid)
NUDOZURDO - El Sol (Madrid)


NADA (Nothing)

Gabe Spierer, Beggars Group

listened to/thought about/thought about listening to/watched:
Taylor Swift
Corey Hanson - Western Cum
Dunc’d On Prime
The Beths
Welcome To Plathville

Liquid Mike – S/T
Triangle Of Sadness
Tara Brach
Fucked Up – One Day
Chet Holmgren
Stolen Youth: Inside The Cult at Sarah Lawrence

Quanie Thornton, Beggars Group

Honorable Mention:

Sampha – Lahai
André 3000 – New Blue Sun
Laurel Halo – Atlas

Why (Spare Me Tears) – Elmiene
ICU – Coco Jones
On My Mama – Victoria Monet
Back on 74 – Jungle
Got Me Started – Troy Sivan
To Summer, From Cole (Audio Hug) – Summer Walker, J.Cole
Part of Your World (From "The Little Mermaid") – Halle
Water – Tyla
Monaco – Bad Bunny

GRAMMYS 50th Hip Hop Tribute
Chris Stapleton's Superbowl Star Spangled Banner
Beyoncé – Renaissance Tour

Josh Turner, Matador Records

The two best albums I heard this year were Dream Unending / Worm – ‘Starpath’ and Kostnateni– ‘Úpal’. Westside Gunn, Yo La Tengo, Föllakzoid probably round out my Top 5 if pushed to commit, although if I’m honest the jonaton.leandoer96 record should really be in there too.

‘Nevolnost je vše, ?im jsem (Nausea Is All I Am)’ by Kostnaténí is my track of the year. It’s about as urgent as music gets. Changing gear, I must have listened to ‘Lullabies and Glue or My Brother’ by This Is Lorelei about fifty times since it came out in the Summer.

The chill intimacy of ‘Approaching Sound’ by Desecresy hailed another banner year for Death Metal. Sharing the summit with Urfaust, Kommand, Tomb Mold

End It, Planet On A Chain, and a band from Perth called Nervous are all playing great Hardcore.

Heroin’s ‘Discography’, ‘Selected Songs 1997 – 2003’ by Hydroplane and ‘Declination of Independence’ by Cold as Life (if I can count that) were my top reissue / archival works

Bleep-wise, releases by Ancient Methods, Rezzet and Angel Rocket helped me tolerate the hyperreal.


Tracks of the year

Metal, Punk and Hardcore tracks of the year

Top 10 Noam Klar Tweets:

  1. Hearing a lot of good things about The Bear but think I'm a bit old to be watching Disney stuff really

  2. Me on Dragon’s Den: “So I’m going to offer you all of the money but it’s going to be for 0% of the business. Take a minute to consult the wall”

  3. . When someone tells me my bag is open I’m thankful but also can’t help feel a mild resentment

  4. I don’t get pre-cubed ice for the same reason I don’t get pre-diced chicken or pre-chopped soffritto. Feels coddled and takes away the whole art and enjoyment of the process.

  5. Really enjoying ‘Barbecue Showdown’ on Netflix. The best smokers and pit masters in America making poetry out of protein.

  6. Taking a day off from work after a night out on the lash or as I like to call it 'fraternity leave'

  7. I wish software platforms would revert to speaking in terms like "address field required for import", rather than "Hi-de-ho there partner! No address make import gremlins angry "

  8. RIP Burt Bacharach. There was nothing I used to enjoy more than hearing an old scouse uni teacher in Liverpool say that name.

  9. Twitter isn’t Heathrow. Not all jokes are going to land.

  10. Nothing makes me lose faith in the authority of a cooking video more than an ingredient being added “because why not”


Jake Whitener, Matador Records

23 Favorites of 2023:
Joanna Sternberg – I’ve Got Me
Sparklehorse- Bird Machine
The Tubs- Dead Meat
Crosslegged- Another Blue
Titanic (I la Católica & Mabe Fratti)- Vidrio
Golden Apples- Banannasugarfire
Subsonic Eye- All Around You
Lower Plenty- No Poets
Feeling Figures- Migration Magic
TV Star- TV3
Sloppy Heads- Sometimes Just One Second
Guided by Voices- Welshpool Frillies
Bong Wish- Hazy Road
Ava Mirzadegan- Dark Dark Blue
Ex Pilots- S/T
Julie Byrne- The Greater Wings
Seablite- Lemon Lights
Gabe Eisner- swimfan
Dividers- Crime of Passion
Joseph Allred- Branches and Leaves
ML Buch- River mouth
Mandy, Indiana- i’ve seen a way
Wilco- Cousin

Sweetie Zamora, Remote Control

Favourite Album & EP Releases Of 2023:
André 3000 - New Blue Sun
boygenius - The Record

Carla Geneve - Hertz
Caroline Polacheck - Desire, I Want To Turn Into You
Christine and the Queens - Paranoïa, Angels, True Love
Cleo Sol - Heaven/Gold
Glenn Hopper - Something About The Weather
Jen Cloher - I Am The River, The River Is Me
Jorja Smith - falling or flying
Jungle - Volcano
Karol G - Mañana Será Bonita
Kelela - Raven
Manuel Turizo - 2000
Olivia Rodrigo - GUTS
Overmono - Good Lies
Peso Pluma - Génesis
Romy - Mid Air
Rosalía & Rauw Alejandro - RR
Sampha - Lahai
Supershy - Happy Music
The Japanese House - In the End It Always Does
Troye Sivan - Something To Give Each Other
Yussuf Dayes - Black Classical Music

Emily Zaremba, Matador Records

Favorite projects of the year (in no particular order):
Sword II - Spirit World Tour
Ulrika Spacek - Compact Trauma

Loraine James - Gentle Confrontation
Sharp Pins - Turtle Rock
ML Buch - Suntub
Nabihah Iqbal - DREAMER
Tirzah - trip9love…???
Titanic, i la católica, Mabe Fratti - Vidrio
XEXA - Vibrac???o???es de Prata
Maria BC - Spike Field
Laurel Halo - Atlas
Hinako Omori - stillness, softness…
Natural Wonder Beauty Concept - S/T
DJ E - Chuquimamani-Condori
feeble little horse - Girl with Fish
Melody English - The Web
Tsuzing - Green Hat
Joanne Robertson - Blue Car
Lael Neale - Star Eaters Delight
The Replacements - Tim (Let It Bleed Edition)
Khotin - Release Spirit
Liv.e - Girl In The Half Pearl
Hotline TNT - Cartwheel
Nídia - 95 MINDJERES
Julie Byrne - The Greater Wings
Mandy, Indiana - i’ve seen a way
Moin - Clocked Off
DJ Manny - Hypnotized
Beta Librae - Daystar
Marnie Stern - The Comeback Kid
PACKS - Crispy Crunchy Nothing
Meg Baird -

Blonde Redhead - Sit Down for Dinner
Strange Ranger - Pure Music
Duster - Remote Echoes

Queens of the Stone Age - "Emotion Sickness" on "Jimmy Kimmel Live!"

(photo : ABC/Randy Holmes)

Last night (Thursday, December 14) Queens of the Stone Age performed "Emotion Sickness" from their 2023 album, 'In Times New Roman..' on ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live!"

Saturday the band returns to the Kia Forum for their first Los Angeles appearance since their 2018 headline performance at said venue. Ticketed fans will be treated to Queens Colosseum, an official pre-party hosted by Queens of the Stone Age where guests are encouraged to “dance like no one is surviving.”

Queens Colosseum is located at the Forum’s terrace with food and drinks available. The parking lot party will include performances by local bands DeathbyRomy, Return to Dust and Ramonda Hammer, plus DJ set courtesy of Rock Night Out, carnival games, burlesque performances curated by Kitty Lane and friends from Jumbo’s Clown Room, flash tattoos, tarot reading and specialty goods vendors. Guests are encouraged to bring an item of clothing for screen printing as well. Toys for Tots will be collecting holiday gifts for donation – one lucky participant will win a ticket upgrade for two.

This event starts at 4PM and runs through the start of the show, and is for ticket purchasers only. More information can be found here

stream / purchase 'In Times New Roman'


Queens of the Stone Age on tour  :

Friday, December 15 Viejas Arena, San Diego CA **
Saturday, December 16 Kia Forum, Los Angeles CA **
Saturday, 10 Feb - Perth Red Hill Auditorium, Australia
Tuesday, 13 Feb - Adelaide The Drive, Australia
Friday 16 Feb - Hobart Mona Lawns, Australia
Sunday, 18 Feb - Torquay Torquay Commons - Lookout, Australia
Monday, 19 Feb - Melbourne Sidney Myer Music Bowl, Australia
Wednesday, 21 Feb - Sydney Hordern Pavilion, Australia
Saturday, 24 Feb - Gold Coast Broadwater Parklands - Lookout, Australia
Sunday, 25 Feb - Brisbane Fortitude Music Hall, Australia
Monday, 26 Feb - Brisbane Fortitude Music Hall, Australia
Thursday, 29 Feb - Auckland Spark Arena, New Zealand
Friday, 1 Mar - Wellington TSB Arena, New Zealand
Sunday, 3 Mar - Christchurch Wolfbrook Arena, New Zealand
Monday, April 1 Scotiabank Saddledome, Calgary CA &
Tuesday, April 2 Rogers Place, Edmonton CA &
Wednesday, April 3 Sasktel Centre, Saskatoon CA &
Friday, April 5 Canada Life Centre, Winnipeg CA &
Monday, April 8 Tribune Communities Centre, Oshawa CA &
Tuesday, April 9 Leon’s Centre, Kingston CA &
Wednesday, April 10 Budweiser Gardens, London CA &
Friday, April 12 Canadian Tire Centre, Ottawa CA &
Saturday, April 13 Place Bell, Laval CA &
Sunday, April 14 Videotron Centre, Quebec City CA &
Tuesday, April 16 Avenir Centre, Moncton CA &
Wednesday, April 17 Scotiabank Centre, Halifax CA &
Thursday, May 2 Red Hat Amphitheater, Raleigh NC
Saturday, May 4 Shaky Knees Festival, Atlanta GA
Saturday, May 11 Welcome To Rockville, Daytona Beach FL
Friday, June 7 Rock Am Ring, Nürburg DE
Sunday, June 9 Rock Im Park, Nuremburg DE
Friday, June 14 Download Festival, Leciestershire UK
Tuesday, June 18 Coliseum Da Coruña, A Coruna ES
June 20 – 24 Azkena Rock Festival, Vitoria-Gasteiz ES
Thursday, June 20 Noches del Botanico, Madrid ES
Sunday, June 23 Marenostrum, Fuengirola ES
Wednesday, June 26 Alma Festival, Barcelona ES
June 27 – 30 Hellfest, Clisson FR
June 27 – 30 Openair St. Gallen, St. Gallen CH
Saturday, July 6 I-Days, Milan IT
Wednesday, July 10 Jardin Sonore Festival, Vitrolles FR
July 11 – 13 Pohoda Festival, Trencin SK
Wednesday, July 17 Colours of Ostrava, Ostrava CZ
July 17 – 21 Electric Castle, Transylvania RO
Thursday, July 18 Metastadt Open Air, Vienna AT
Tuesday, July 23 Src Salata, Zagreb HR
August 8 – 10, Way Out West Festival, Gothenburg SE
Friday, August 9 Oya Festival, Oslo NO
Saturday, August 10 Syd for Solen, Copenhagen DK

& The Chats and Deep Tan
** Spirtualized support


Out Today : Car Seat Headrest - 'Faces From The Masquerade'

'Faces From The Masquerade', the new live album from Car Seat Headrest is available today via all streaming platforms, finer record stores (terrible ones, too) and direct from the Matador Store.

(shirt available as a bundle or separately, exclusively on the Matador store)

‘Faces From The Masquerade’ Tracklist:
1. Crows (Live at Brooklyn Steel)
2. Weightlifters (Live at Brooklyn Steel)
3. Fill in the Blank (Live at Brooklyn Steel)
4. Hymn (Live at Brooklyn Steel)
5. Hollywood (Live at Brooklyn Steel)
6. Bodys (Live at Brooklyn Steel)
7. Something Soon (Live at Brooklyn Steel)
8. 1937 State Park (Live at Brooklyn Steel)
9. Sober to Death (Live at Brooklyn Steel)
10. Drunk Drivers/Killer Whales (Live at Brooklyn Steel)
11. It's My Child (I'll Do What I Like) (Live at Brooklyn Steel)
12. Can’t Cool Me Down (Live at Brooklyn Steel) (VINYL ONLY)
13. Beach Life-In-Death (Live at Brooklyn Steel)
14. Deadlines (Live at Brooklyn St

Car Seat Headrest Online :
Car Seat Headrest at Matador
official site

Out Today: boygenius - 5th Anniversary Gatefold EP

Stream / Purchase boygenius EP

Out today: boygenius' (Julien Baker, Phoebe Bridgers, Lucy Dacus) limited fifth anniversary edition of their debut EP on yellow vinyl with a gatefold sleeve featuring the album's lyrics. Available to purchase today from the Matador webstore, boygenius site, Bandcamp, and your local record store.

boygenius online

Queens of the Stone Age : April 2024 Canadian Dates

Canadian dates on sale this Friday at 10am (see below)
Tickets :


The new Queens of the Stone Age album ‘In Times New Roman…’ is 30% off today only at the Matador store using the code SLAKEYOURTHIRST and at participating record shops (no code necessary). Find more info at

Queens of the Stone Age on tour (new dates in bold) :

Tuesday, December 5 Arizona Financial Theatre, Phoenix AZ **
Wednesday, December 6 Abraham Chavez Theatre, El Paso TX **
Friday, December 8 Moody Center, Austin TX **
Saturday, December 9 713 Music Hall, Houston TX **
Sunday, December 10 The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory, Irving TX **
Tuesday, December 12 Revel, Albuquerque NM **
Friday, December 15 Viejas Arena, San Diego CA **
Saturday, December 16 Kia Forum, Los Angeles CA **
Saturday, 10 Feb - Perth Red Hill Auditorium, Australia
Tuesday, 13 Feb - Adelaide The Drive, Australia
Friday 16 Feb - Hobart Mona Lawns, Australia
Sunday, 18 Feb - Torquay Torquay Commons - Lookout, Australia
Monday, 19 Feb - Melbourne Sidney Myer Music Bowl, Australia
Wednesday, 21 Feb - Sydney Hordern Pavilion, Australia
Saturday, 24 Feb - Gold Coast Broadwater Parklands - Lookout, Australia
Sunday, 25 Feb - Brisbane Fortitude Music Hall, Australia
Monday, 26 Feb - Brisbane Fortitude Music Hall, Australia
Thursday, 29 Feb - Auckland Spark Arena, New Zealand
Friday, 1 Mar - Wellington TSB Arena, New Zealand
Sunday, 3 Mar - Christchurch Wolfbrook Arena, New Zealand
Monday, April 1 Scotiabank Saddledome, Calgary CA &
Tuesday, April 2 Rogers Place, Edmonton CA &
Wednesday, April 3 Sasktel Centre, Saskatoon CA &
Friday, April 5 Canada Life Centre, Winnipeg CA &
Monday, April 8 Tribune Communities Centre, Oshawa CA &
Tuesday, April 9 Leon’s Centre, Kingston CA &
Wednesday, April 10 Budweiser Gardens, London CA &
Friday, April 12 Canadian Tire Centre, Ottawa CA &
Saturday, April 13 Place Bell, Laval CA &
Sunday, April 14 Videotron Centre, Quebec City CA &
Tuesday, April 16 Avenir Centre, Moncton CA &
Wednesday, April 17 Scotiabank Centre, Halifax CA &

& The Chats and Deep Tan
** Spirtualized support


Video : Car Seat Headrest - "Sober To Death" (Live)

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Ahead of the release of new live album 'Faces From The Masquerade' this Friday, December 8th, Car Seat Headrest today share a video of the band performing the song "Sober To Death".

“Another track not originally slated to be a part of this tour – it came up often enough in the polls that it soon got locked in,” says frontman Will Toledo of “Sober To Death,” taken from the album 'Twin Fantasy'. “I think this hushed version gave everyone a welcome chance to breathe. While this video is taken from our performance at the Wiltern in Los Angeles rather than the Brooklyn Steel shows featured in 'Faces From The Masquerade', it captures the same feeling of spontaneity and community that was present throughout the tour.”

The album’s title is a nod to the band’s original tour announcement, which kindly asked audiences to mask up (for obvious reasons) and also invited fans to “accoutre yourself in whatever further costumery you please” for an evening of “music, dancing, and identity loss.” It also alludes to the by now familiar custom-made gas mask worn by frontman Will Toledo at shows, complete with an expressive LED display for eyes. In addition to the group’s four core members - Toledo, guitarist/backing vocalist Ethan Ives, bassist Seth Dalby and drummer Andrew Katz - they were joined on the tour by keyboard player Ben Roth.

Car Seat Headrest Online :
Car Seat Headrest at Matador
official site

Out Today : Water From Your Eyes - 'Crushed By Everyone'

photo by Nikolas Soelter

Out today, 'Crushed By Everyone' is a song-by-song rework of Water From Your Eyes’ critically-adored Matador debut, 'Everyone’s Crushed'.

Curated by band members Rachel Brown and Nate Amos, the album dips heavily into WFYE’s personal rolodex with contributions that map the duo’s rapidly expanding community – friends, tourmates, and peers. It’s the rare “remix” record where everybody has met in person (or at least shared some DMs). Kassie Krut twists the title track up amid tumbling kick drums and snare pops. Nourished by Time croons atop a chopped up and scrambled “True Life.” The record also finds Water From Your Eyes reinterpreting themselves, with Nate dialing Nu Metal grind and microtonal drone into an undeniably epic update on “Barley".

Earlier this month, Water From Your Eyes appeared as a musical guest on The Best Show, performing a five-song set.

In February, the band will be back on the road supporting Squid on a full US tour, performing in a newly-minted quartet lineup featuring live drums. Water From Your Eyes will conclude their Europe tour tonight with a performance at Primavera Weekender. The run has received rave reviews, with Pitchfork writing "If there’s still such a thing as distinctively New York cool, we were witnessing it."

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stream / purchase 'Everyone's Crushed'

'Crushed by Everyone' Tracklist

1. Structure (The Cradle Version)
2. Crushed Barley

3. Out There (The Dare Version)

4. Open (Sword II Version)

5. Everyone’s Crushed (Kassie Krut Version)
6. True Life (Nourished by Time Version)

7. Remember Not My Name (Mandy, Indiana Version)

8. 14 (Jute Gyte Version)

9. Buy My Product (fantasy of a broken heart Version)

Water From Your Eyes on Tour
new dates in bold (tickets)

Friday November 17 Primavera Weekender, Benidorm ES
Friday, February 2 The Parish, Austin TX *
Saturday, February 3 Dada, Dallas TX *
Monday, February 5 Basement East, Nashville TN *
Tuesday, February 6 Terminal West, Atlanta GA *
Thursday, February 8 9:30 Club, Washington DC *
Friday, February 9 Union Transfer, Philadelphia PA *
Saturday, February 10 Brooklyn Steel, Brooklyn NY *
Wednesday, February 14 Paradise Rock Club, Boston MA *
Thursday, February 15 SAT, Montreal QC *
Friday, February 16 Phoenix Concert Theatre, Toronto ON *
Sunday, February 18 Thalia Hall, Chicago IL *
Monday, February 19 Fine Line, Minneapolis MN *
Friday, February 23 Revolution Hall, Portland OR *
Saturday, February 24 Rickshaw Theatre, Vancouver BC *
Sunday, February 25 The Crocodile, Seattle WA *
Tuesday, February 27 Regency Ballroom, San Francisco CA *
Thursday, February 29 The Observatory OC, Santa Ana CA *
Friday, March 1 The Belasco, Los Angeles CA *

* - with Squid

Water From Your Eyes Online

25% off everything (including 'Everyone's Crushed' and 'Crushed By Everyone' at The Matador Store and Bandcamp thru November 26 with code BRAINWASHED.

Belle and Sebastian 2024 North American Tour

photo by Anna Isola Crolla

Belle and Sebastian return to North American next Spring for a 21-show tour alongside supports Haley Heynderickx and The Weather Station. All dates on sale November 17  via

Belle and Sebastian on tour :

Tuesday, April 23 The Eastern, Atlanta GA +
Wednesday, April 24 The National, Richmond VA +
Friday, April 26 Union Transfer, Philadelphia PA &
Saturday, April 27 Orpheum Theatre, Boston MA &
Sunday, April 28 M Telus, Montreal QC &
Monday, April 29 History, Toronto ON &
Wednesday, May 1 Paramount Theater, New York NY &
Thursday, May 2 The Anthem, Washington DC &
Friday, May 3 Royal Oak Music Theatre, Detroit MI &
Saturday, May 4 Salt Shed, Chicago IL &
Monday, May 6 Bell’s Eccentric Cafe, Kalamazoo MI +
Tuesday, May 7 Turner Hall Ballroom, Milwaukee WI +
Wednesday, May 8 First Avenue, Minneapolis MN +
Friday, May 10 The Fillmore Auditorium, Denver CO &
Monday, May 13 The Bellwether, Los Angeles CA &
Tuesday, May 14 The Bellwether, Los Angeles CA &
Wednesday, May 15 The Theater at Ace Hotel, Los Angeles CA +
Thursday, May 16 Fox Theater, Oakland CA &
Saturday, May 18 Revolution Hall, Portland OR &
Sunday, May 19 Moore Theatre, Seattle WA &

w/ + Haley Heynderickx
w/ & The Weather Station

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25% off everything except pre-orders now through November 26, including Belle and Sebastian’s ‘Late Developers,’ at the Matador Store / Bandcamp using the code BRAINWASH.

Belle and Sebastian online:

Official site

Now Thru November 26 : 25% Off (Nearly) Everything At The Matador Store

Far be it for us to suggest that you, the valued customer, are in any way susceptible to manipulation. It would be an insult for the label to think you’re so weak-willed that our in-house medium (tbh he’s closer to an xtra large) could somehow dupe you into loading up a virtual shopping cart. So maybe a 25% off discount at the Matador Store with code “BRAINWASH” will do the trick ; offer good from now thru November 26 ; entire in-print catalog included save for preorders.


art : Jeffrey Mahannah

25% off sale

2023 New Releases:

Algiers – ‘Shook’
bar italia – ‘Tracey Denim’
bar italia – ‘The Twits
Belle and Sebastian – ‘Late Developers’
King Krule – ‘Space Heavy’
Lifeguard – ‘Dressed In Trenches’ / ‘Crowd Can Talk’
Queens of the Stone Age – ‘In Times New Roman’
Snail Mail – ‘Valentine (Demos)’
Water From Your Eyes – ‘Everyone’s Crushed’
Yo La Tengo – ‘This Stupid World’

Snail Mail - "Valentine West"

(photo: Skyler Barberio)

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Early next year, Snail Mail will travel to California for Valentine Fest West, a series of two-night stands at LA’s Troubadour and San Francisco’s Great American Music Hall. Each evening will feature a slate of friends and special guests, including Cola, Greg Mendez, Narrow Head, The Reds, Pinks and Purples, Softies, Stephen Steinbrink, and Umbrellas. The show will carry on the spirit of the inaugural Valentine Fest, a sold-out five-night hometown residency at Baltimore’s Ottobar that took place last February. Find a complete itinerary below. Both shows at The Great American Music Hall in San Francisco are presented as part of Noise Pop 2024.

Last week, Jordan marked the two year anniversary of her critically acclaimed album ‘Valentine’ with the release of the ‘Valentine Demos’ EP. The record gathers four stripped-down recordings of songs from the 2021 album, including “Adore You” (a working title for “Valentine”) and previously unreleased song “Easy Thing.” Listen to “Easy Thing” HERE.

2023 has seen Snail Mail tour North America and Europe and perform at festivals including Coachella, Rock En Seine, Lowlands, Green Man, and All Points East.

Snail Mail on Tour
Monday, December 4 Club Quattro, Osaka Japan
Tuesday, December 5 Club Quattro, Nagoya Japan
Wednesday, December 6 Spotify O-East, Shibuya Japan (SOLD OUT)
Thursday, December 7 WWW X, Shibuya Japan

Valentine Fest West

Monday, February 26 Troubadour, Los Angeles CA
w/ Narrow Head, Umbrellas

Tuesday, February 27 Troubadour, Los Angeles CA
w/ Cola, Greg Mendez

Friday, March 1 Great American Music Hall, San Francisco CA
w/ Narrow Head, Greg Mendez, Stephen Steinbrink

Saturday, March 2 Great American Music Hall, San Francisco CA
w/ Cola, The Reds Pinks and Purples, Softies

Snail Mail Online

Yo La Tengo - 'The Bunker Sessions'

"Sinatra Drive Breakdown"




photo by Cheryl Dunn

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It’s been a triumphant year in Yo La Tengo-world: Georgia, Ira, and James released a highly-acclaimed new album '(This Stupid World'), performed a sold-out US tour, and traveled throughout the globe. Ira even put a heater straight across home plate at Citi Field. And there’s more to come.

Today, they’ve got a new EP landing on digital services, 'The Bunker Sessions', which collects live performances of four songs from 'This Stupid World',  plus one James McNew-led classic.

As of this week, the band is in Japan for a run of shows which includes two sold out dates in Tokyo. On December 7th, they’ll begin their annual Hanukkah residency at Bowery Ballroom (also sold out!). And in February, Yo La Tengo will hit the road once again, touring from San Francisco back to the east coast. Find a complete itinerary below.

‘The Bunker Sessions’ Tracklist
1. Sinatra Drive Breakdown
2. Aselestine
3. Fallout
4. Apology Letter
5. Stockholm Syndrome

Yo La Tengo on Tour

Wednesday, November 8 Club Quattro, Nagoya JP
Thursday, November 9 Bigcat, Osaka JP
Thursday, December 7 Bowery Ballroom, New York NY (SOLD OUT)
Friday, December 8 Bowery Ballroom, New York NY (SOLD OUT)
Saturday, December 9 Bowery Ballroom, New York NY (SOLD OUT)
Sunday, December 10 Bowery Ballroom, New York NY (SOLD OUT)
Monday, December 11 Bowery Ballroom, New York NY (SOLD OUT)
Tuesday, December 12 Bowery Ballroom, New York NY (SOLD OUT)
Wednesday, December 13 Bowery Ballroom, New York NY (SOLD OUT)
Thursday, December 14 Bowery Ballroom, New York NY (SOLD OUT)
Thursday, February 8 The Fillmore, San Francisco CA
Friday, February 9 The Fillmore, San Francisco CA
Saturday, February 10 Bellwether, Los Angeles CA
Monday, February 12 Belly Up, Solana Beach CA (SOLD OUT)
Tuesday, Feb 13 Crescent Ballroom, Phoenix AZ
Wednesday, February 14 Rialto Theatre, Tucson AZ
Friday, February 16 Boulder Theater, Boulder CO
Saturday, February 17 Washington’s, Fort Collins CO
Monday February 19, The Waiting Room, Omaha NE
Tuesday, February 20 Wave, Wichita KS
Thursday, February 22 Longhorn Ballroom, Dallas TX
Friday, February 23 The Heights Theatre, Houston TX
Saturday, February 24 Mohawk, Austin TX
Sunday February 25 Mohawk, Austin TX
Tuesday, February 27 Tipitina’s, New Orleans LA
Wednesday, February 28 Tipitina’s, New Orleans LA
Friday, March 1 Haw River Ballroom, Saxapahaw NC
Saturday, March 2 Haw River Ballroom, Saxapahaw NC


Yo La Tengo online

Out Today: Snail Mail - 'Valentine (Demos)'

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Marking the two year anniversary of the release of her critically acclaimed album ‘Valentine,’ Snail Mail (Lindsey Jordan) has released ‘Valentine Demos’ EP today digitally and on vinyl. Purchase HERE. Consisting of four early stripped-down recordings of songs from the 2021 album including the previously shared “Adore You” (a working title for “Valentine”), it also features previously unreleased song “Easy Thing.”

'Valentine Demos' tracklist
1. Automate (Demo)
2. c. et al. (Demo)
3. Headlock (Demo)
4. Easy Thing (Demo)
5. Adore You (Valentine Demo)

Snail Mail on Tour
Monday, December 4 Club Quattro, Osaka Japan
Tuesday, December 5 Club Quattro, Nagoya Japan
Wednesday, December 6 Spotify O-East, Shibuya Japan (SOLD OUT)
Thursday, December 7 WWW X, Shibuya Japan

Snail Mail Online

Out Today : bar italia - 'The Twits'

The new bar italia album --- their second of 2023 --- 'The Twits' is in stores everywhere today and streaming worldwide.

'The Twits' Tracklisting
01. my little tony
02. Real house wibes (desperate house vibes)
03. twist
04. worlds greatest emoter
05. calm down with me
06. Shoo
07. que suprise
08. Hi fiver
09. Brush w Faith
10. glory hunter
11. sounds like you had to be there
12. Jelsy
13. bibs

  • Steve Gullick photo prints signed by the band will be available with every order of ‘The Twits’ exclusively via the Matador Store / bar italia Bandcamp while supplies last.

  • “worlds greatest emoter” t-shirt is available exclusively on the Matador Store / bar italia Bandcamp.

  • ‘The Twits’ limited clear LP will be available exclusively on the Matador webstore, limited silver LP will be available at record stores in UK/EU.

bar italia On Tour :

Friday, November 3 Brudenell Social Club, Leeds UK
Saturday, November 4 Room 2, Glasgow UK
Sunday, November 5 Rough Trade, Nottingham UK
Monday, November 6 Rough Trade East, London UK (SOLD OUT)
Tuesday, November 7 Village Underground, London UK (SOLD OUT)
Thursday, November 9 Antipode, Rennes FR
Saturday, November 11 Pitchfork Festival, Paris FR
Sunday, November 12 Le Ciel, Grenoble FR
Monday, November 13 Palace, St. Gallen CH
Wednesday, November 15 B72, Vienna AT
Thursday, November 16 Manufaktur, Schorndorf DE
Friday, November 17 TransCentury Update 2023, Leipzig DE
Saturday, November 18 Molotow Skybar, Hamburg DE
Sunday, November 19 Lido, Berlin DE (SOLD OUT)
Monday, November 20 VEGA, Copenhagen DK
Wednesday, November 22 Tanzhaus West, Frankfurt DE
Thursday, November 23 Rotown, Rotterdam NL
Friday, November 24 Bitterzoet, Amsterdam NL (SOLD OUT)
Saturday, November 25 Trix, Antwerp BE
Sunday, November 26 Botanique, Brussels BE
Friday, December 1 Songbyrd, Washington DC
Saturday, December 2 First Unitarian Church, Philadelphia PA
Sunday, December 3 Elsewhere, Brooklyn NY (SOLD OUT)
Monday, December 4 Bowery Ballroom, New York NY (SOLD OUT)
Tuesday, December 5 Brighton Music Hall, Boston MA
Wednesday, December 6 Sala Rossa, Montreal QC
Friday, December 8 Velvet Underground, Toronto ON
Saturday, December 9 The Loving Touch, Ferndale MI
Sunday, December 10 Empty Bottle, Chicago IL (SOLD OUT)
Monday, December 11 Empty Bottle, Chicago IL
Tuesday, December 12 Turf Club, St. Paul MN
Wednesday, December 13 High Noon Saloon, Madison WI
Friday, December 15 Ace of Cups, Columbus OH
Saturday, December 16 Mahall’s, Cleveland, OH
Sunday, December 17 Club Café, Pittsburgh PA
Wednesday, March 20 The Earl, Atlanta GA
Thursday, March 21 Motorco Music Hall, Durham NC
Friday, March 22 Eulogy, Asheville NC
Monday, March 25 The Blue Room at Third Man Records, Nashville TN
Wednesday, March 27 Toulouse Theatre, New Orleans LA
Thursday, March 28 The Secret Group, Houston TX
Friday, March 29 Mohawk, Austin TX
Saturday, March 30 Sons of Hermann Hall, Dallas TX
Monday, April 1 Sister, Albuquerque NM
Monday, April 8 Mississippi Studios, Portland OR
Tuesday, April 9 Hollywood Theatre, Vancouver BC
Wednesday, April 10 Neumos, Seattle WA
Thursday, May 2 Electric Brixton, London UK

bar italia Online
band website

Out Today: Pretty Girls Make Graves - 'The New Romance' (20th Anniversary Edition)

Pretty Girls Make Graves (2003) photographed by Michael Lavine

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Originally released in September 2003, Pretty Girls Make Graves' Matador debut 'The New Romance' is back in print today on limited white vinyl for the album's 20th anniversary. The LP is accompanied by two music videos from the album newly remastered and available on YouTube, plus two extra tracks on streaming “C-30 C-60 C-90 Go!” and "Magic Lights." Singer Andrea Zollo and guitarist J. Clark guest on the latest installment of our Matador Revisionist History podcast series alongside producer Phil Ek and our host, Matt Sweeney.

‘The New Romance (20th Anniversary Edition)’ Tracklist
01. Something Bigger, Something Brighter
02. The Grandmother Wolf
03. Mr. Club
04. All Medicated Geniuses
05. Blue Lights
06. Chemical, Chemical
07. 7
08. The Teeth Collector
09. Holy Names
10. The New Romance
11. This is Our Emergency
12. A Certain Cemetery
13. C-30 C-60 C-90 Go! (Digital Only)
14. Magic Lights (Digital Only)

Pretty Girls Make Graves online

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