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Out Today : Spoon & Adrian Sherwood - 'Lucifer On The Moon'







Spoon - photo by Olivia Wolfe


Adrian Sherwood - photo by Harry Borden

Spoon & Adrian Sherwood's 'Lucifer On The Moon' is available today in record shops and via all streaming services.

'Lucifer on the Moon' is the anti-gravity companion to Spoon’s 'Lucifer on the Sofa'. A top-to-bottom rework of the Austin band's tenth album, it was created by On-U Sound founder and UK dub icon, Adrian Sherwood..

'Moon' first took shape as a few heady remixes for the singles from 'Lucifer on the Sofa'. Frontman Britt Daniel offered Sherwood two suggestions: “Avoid things that would not be possible on tape” and “Add whatever you want to add, the less modern the better.” The collaboration shouldn't come as a surprise: dub-inspired production is wound through Spoon’s classic tracks, from "Finer Feelings" to "Inside Out."  The initial results pleased both parties and Sherwood was invited to work on additional songs. And then a few more. “I got into the melody and the thoughts it evoked in me,” the producer explains. “It just evolved and we eventually found ourselves with a whole album.”

'Moon' flips 'Lucifer on the Sofa'’s rhythm tracks inside-out, and often rebuilds them wholesale. Sherwood supplied extensive additional instrumentation via On-U’s extended family of session players, including bassist Doug Wimbish and drummer Keith LeBlanc (both of whom performed in Sugarhill Records’ early ’80s in-house rhythm section). He dug deep into the album’s multi-tracks, surfacing forgotten details and elements not present in the final album mixes.

The result airlifts Spoon’s trademark melodies into lush alien terrain, replete with vibrant echo and rumbling low-end. “It wasn’t just a thing where you pick apart this and that and you stay on the grid and you add a delay,” explains Daniel. “He added so much more instrumentation to the tracks that they became completely different versions of the songs. Not just remixes, but companion pieces. A ‘Part II.’”

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'Lucifer On The Moon' Tracklist
01 My Babe
02 On The Radio
03 Held
04 The Devil & Mister Jones
05 Lucifer On The Sofa
06 Astral Jacket
07 Feels Alright
08 Wild
09 The Hardest Cut
10 Satellite

Spoon on Tour
Saturday, November 19 Corona Capital Festival, Mexico City MX
Tuesday, December 6 Beacon Theatre, New York NY
Wednesday, December 7 DC101-derland 2022, Washington DC
Thursday, December 8 ALT 104.5's Friendsgiving, Bensalem PA

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Matador 2022 Year-End Sale : 25% Off (Almost) Everything





We realize there's likely to be some sore feelings about Matador's decision to fully automate our mail order operations, but when we factored in the amount of time label ownership spent dealing with email complaints about bent corners, warped records or USPS going AWOL, it was time to make some bold moves.  And what move could be bolder than opting for the suave services of ACCUTRON 3000 and his not-nearly-as-polished sibling BROBOT 3000?  This dynamic duo are absolutely KILLING IT on the warehouse floor (and by "killing it", I mean Brobot 3000 might've actually killed someone --- we're still investigating) and we're very confident that as this holiday season approaches, your orders will be fulfilled quickly and competently and there's almost no chance whatsoever Brobot 3000 will threaten me with a box cutter ever again.   Think of Accutron 3000 as Gallant to Brobot 3000's Goofus.  Or the Noam to his Liam.  Or maybe the other way around.  I can't tell, this has been very stressful with all the threats.



To celebrate these 2 new additions to our team, we're offering 25% off nearly everything at the Matador Store (preorders and Queens Of The Stone Age reissues excepted) when you use the code "AUTOMATON" at check out.
The sale ends November 22 (or whenever the SWAT team is called to deal with Brobot 3000, whichever comes first).

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Accutron 3000 and Brobot 3000 illustrations by Jeff Mahannah

 

Interpol - "Passenger" (Official Music Video)



(photo: Ebru Yildiz)

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Interpol have shared a new video for ‘Passenger’, one of the highlights from this year's The Other Side of Make-Believe. The video came to be unexpectedly – longstanding Interpol fan Jamie McDonald had been experimenting with animation and produced the video on their own, feeling a special connection with the song. After uploading it to one of Interpol’s social pages, the video came to the attention of the band who loved it and asked if they could use it as an official video.



Director Jamie McDonald says: "Passenger spoke to me. As soon as I listened to it, I was inspired. The idea behind the music video visually, is that of a fever dream. We're exploring the subconscious, delving into dreams, and delving even deeper into nightmares. This is really a passion project for me."

Interpol on Tour
Friday, November 4 Jeunesse Arena, Rio de Janeiro BR $
Saturday, November 5 Primavera Sound, São Paulo BR $
Tuesday, November 8 Pedreira Paulo Leminski, Curitiba BR
Thursday, November 10 Kilkfest, Asunción PY
Saturday, November 12 Primavera Sound Santiago de Chile, Santiago CL
Sunday, November 13 Primavera Sound Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires AR
Tuesday, November 15 Arena 1, Lima PE $

$ w/ Arctic Monkeys

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Coming February 10 2023 : Yo La Tengo - 'This Stupid World'



 





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Today we bring you the indisputably excellent news that on February 10 Matador will release 'This Stupid World', the sixteenth album by Yo La Tengo.

In December, the band will return to Bowery Ballroom for their annual eight-night Hanukkah concert series. Early 2023, Yo La Tengo will hit the road on a wide-ranging tour of the US, UK, and Europe.

Time keeps moving and things keep changing, but that doesn’t mean we can't fight back. Yo La Tengo have raced time for nearly four decades and, to my ears, they just keep winning. The trio’s latest victory is called 'This Stupid World', a spellbinding set of reflective songs that resist the ticking clock. This music is not so much timeless as time- defiant. “I want to fall out of time,” Ira Kaplan sings in “Fallout.” “Reach back, unwind.”

Part of how Kaplan, Georgia Hubley, and James McNew escape time is by watching it pass, even accepting it when they must. “I see clearly how it ends / I see the moon rise as the sun descends,” they sing during opener “Sinatra Drive Breakdown.” In the séance-like "Until it Happens,” Kaplan plainly intones, “Prepare to die / Prepare yourself while there’s still time.” But 'This Stupid World' is also filled with calls to reject time – bide
it, ignore it, waste it. "Stay alive," he adds later in the same song. "Look away from the hands of time.”

Of course, times have changed for Yo La Tengo as much as they have for everyone else. In the past, the band has often worked with outside producers and mixers. They made 'This Stupid World' all by themselves. And their time-tested judgment is both sturdy enough to keep things to the band’s high standards, and nimble enough to make things new.

Another new thing about 'This Stupid World' : it’s the most live-sounding Yo La Tengo album in years. At the base of nearly every track is the trio playing all at once, giving everything a right-now feel. Take the signature combination of hypnotic rhythm and spontaneous guitar on “Sinatra Drive Breakdown,” or the steady chug of “Tonight’s Episode,” a blinkered tunnel of forward-moving sound. There’s an immediacy to the music, as if the distance between the first pass and the final product has become more
direct.

The songs on 'This Stupid World 'are still journeys, though. An example is the absorbing, three-dimensional “Brain Capers.” To construct this swirl, the band blends guitar chords, bass loops, drum punches, and various iterations of Hubley and Kaplan's voices intoshifting layers. Simpler but just as dense is closer “Miles Away"; A dubby rhythm lurks
below Hubley’s vocal, which brushes across the song like paint leaving bright blurs.

Throughout the album, these touches, accents, and surprises intensify each piece. It’s ararity – a raw-sounding record that gives you plenty of headphone-worthy detail to chew  on.

'This Stupid World' also gives your brain a lot to digest. All these battles with time drive toward heavy conclusions. In the gripping “Aselestine,” Hubley sings about what sounds like a friend on death's door : “The clock won’t tick / I can’t predict / I can’t sell your books, though you asked me to.” In “Apology Letter,” time turns simple communication into something fraught and confusing: "The words / Derail on the way from me to you.”

Not everything is so serious, though. The absurdist “Tonight’s Episode"  helps McNew learn to milk cows, steal faces, and treat guacamole as a verb. And somehow Alice Cooper, Ray Davies, and Rick Moranis show up in “Brain Capers” — all telling us that time isn’t finished yet.


So I guess everyone on This Stupid World grapples with how time keeps steamrolling and how we keep trying to do something about it. It is there in the title, a defiant but clear-eyed declaration that suggests a will to fight, against the odds. It’s there in the title track too: “This stupid world – it’s killing me / This stupid world – is all we have.” Such realism leads to the resolute optimism of 'This Stupid World's parting shot, “Miles Away,”
which sees time’s passage and life'ss impermanence as things to deal with rather than reasons to despair. “You feel alone / Friends are all gone", Hubley sings softly. "Keep wiping the dust from your eyes.” -
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Yo La Tengo on Tour, New Dates In Bold On Sale Friday

Sunday, December 18 Bowery Ballroom, New York NY
Monday, December 19 Bowery Ballroom, New York NY
Tuesday, December 20 Bowery Ballroom, New York NY
Wednesday, December 21 Bowery Ballroom, New York NY
Thursday, December 22 Bowery Ballroom, New York NY
Friday, December 23 Bowery Ballroom, New York NY
Saturday, December 24 Bowery Ballroom, New York NY
Sunday, December 25 Bowery Ballroom, New York NY

Wednesday, February 15 Neptune Theatre, Seattle WA
Thursday, February 16 Neptune Theatre, Seattle WA
Friday, February 17 Wild Buffalo, Bellingham WA
Sunday, February 19 Wonder Ballroom, Portland OR
Monday, February 20 Wonder Ballroom, Portland OR
Wednesday, February 22 The Fillmore, San Francisco CA
Friday, February 24 The Fillmore, San Francisco CA
Saturday, February 25 Teragram Ballroom, Los Angeles CA
Sunday, February 26 Teragram Ballroom, Los Angeles CA
Monday, February 27 Teragram Ballroom, Los Angeles CA|

Thursday, March 9 Cat’s Cradle, Carrboro NC
Friday, March 10 Cat’s Cradle, Carrboro NC
Saturday, March 11 Orange Peel, Asheville NC
Monday, March 13 The Basement East, Nashville TN
Tuesday, March 14 The Basement East, Nashville TN
Thursday, March 16 Jefferson Theater, Charlottesville VA
Friday, March 17 Union Transfer, Philadelphia PA
Saturday, March 18 Brooklyn Steel, Brooklyn NY
Sunday, March 19 9:30 Club, Washington DC
Tuesday, March 21 Mr. Smalls, Pittsburgh PA
Wednesday, March 22 Beachland Ballroom, Cleveland OH
Friday, March 24 Metro, Chicago IL
Saturday, March 25 Turner Hall Ballroom, Milwaukee WI
Sunday, March 26 First Avenue, Minneapolis MN
Monday, April 10 3Olympia, Dublin IE
Wednesday, April 12 New Century Hall, Manchester UK
Thursday, April 13 SWX, Bristol UK
Friday, April 14 The London Palladium, London UK
Sunday, April 16 Ancienne Belgique, Brussels BE
Tuesday, April 18 Paradiso, Amsterdam NE
Wednesday, April 19 LantarenVenster, Rotterdam NE
Thursday, April 20 Uebel & Gefaehrlich, Hamburg DE
Friday, April 21 Bremen Teater, Copenhagen DK
Sunday, April 23 Gloria Theatre, Cologne DE
Monday, April 24 Meetfactory, Prague CZ
Tuesday, April 25 Festaal Kreuzberg, Berlin DE
Thursday, April 27 La Cigale, Paris FR
Saturday, April 29 Sala Apolo, Barcelona ES
Sunday, April 30 Warm Up Festival, Murcia ES
Tuesday, May 2 Warner Music The Music Station Pricipe Pio, Madrid ES
Wednesday, May 3 Santana 27 Bilbao ES


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Spoon - The Devil & Mister Jones (Adrian Sherwood Reconstruction)



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Out Friday, Lucifer on the Moon is the anti-gravity companion to Spoon’s Lucifer on the Sofa. It’s a full-on reimagination of the Austin band's tenth album created by On-U Sound founder and UK dub icon, Adrian Sherwood.

Today, listen to “The Devil and Mr. Jones” (Rework), which twists the original song down to a head-spinning, half-time groove.



Moon flips Lucifer on the Sofa’s rhythm tracks inside-out, and often rebuilds them wholesale. Sherwood supplied extensive additional instrumentation via On-U’s extended family of session players, including bassist Doug Wimbish and drummer Keith LeBlanc (both of whom performed in Sugarhill Records’ early ’80s in-house rhythm section). He dug deep into the album’s multi-tracks, surfacing forgotten details and elements not present in the final album mixes. The result airlifts Spoon’s trademark melodies into lush alien terrain, replete with vibrant echo and rumbling low-end.

Spoon on Tour
Saturday, November 19 Corona Capital Festival, Mexico City MX
Tuesday, December 6 Beacon Theatre, New York NY
Wednesday, December 7 DC101-derland 2022, Washington DC
Thursday, December 8 ALT 104.5's Friendsgiving, Bensalem PA

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Yo La Tengo - Complete Matador Catalog Now Available On Bandcamp

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Yo La Tengo's entire Matador Records catalog is now available on Bandcamp starting today. This is significant for several reasons, not limited to this coming Friday (November 4) marking another day in which Bandcamp waives their revenue share (aka "Bandcamp Friday"). So if you're a big fan of Matador pocketing more money than usual, wait a few days.

We do realize this announcement will likely provoke replies asking when some other band's entire catalog will be available on Bandcamp and the answer to that question is most assuredly, "someday" or "maybe". Thank you.

Yo La Tengo titles now on Bandcamp:
Painful
Extra Painful
Electr-o-Pura
Genius + Love = Yo La Tengo
I Can Hear The Heart Beating As One
And Then Nothing Turned Itself Inside-Out
Danelectro
Summer Sun
I Am Not Afraid of You and I Will Beat Your Ass
Popular Songs
Fade
Fade (Deluxe)
Stuff Like That There
There’s a Riot Going On
We Have Amnesia Sometimes
Sleepless Night
Yo La Tengo on Tour, New Dates in Bold
Sunday, December 18 Bowery Ballroom, New York NY
Monday, December 19 Bowery Ballroom, New York NY
Tuesday, December 20 Bowery Ballroom, New York NY
Wednesday, December 21 Bowery Ballroom, New York NY
Thursday, December 22 Bowery Ballroom, New York NY
Friday, December 23 Bowery Ballroom, New York NY
Saturday, December 24 Bowery Ballroom, New York NY
Sunday, December 25 Bowery Ballroom, New York NY
Sunday, April 30 Warm Up Festival, Murcia ES
 

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