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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.

IN SPACE, NO ONE CAN HEAR YOU STREAM : 25% OFF (ALMOST) EVERYTHING, NOW THRU MIDNIGHT



The good news is that we're reviving our 25% OFF EVERYTHING* sale for ONE DAY ONLY.  The bad news, however, is that our beloved Matador CEO is STILL MAROONED far above the earth and without a huge infusion of cash to fund the rescue mission we may never see him again.  In person, anyway.

The sale runs through midnight tonight, please use discount MATADOR25 at checkout.

(in-stock items only, preorders excepted - I suppose we could've added that to the headline but 25% Off Everything scans really well).



(art : Jeff Mahannah)

Spoon - "I Can't Give Everything Away" (David Bowie Cover)



Listen to Spoon's “I Can’t Give Everything Away (Amazon Original)” here:

Pre-order Lucifer on the Sofa (out Feb 11) / Stream "The Hardest Cut"

Today, critically-acclaimed rock band Spoon released a brand-new cover of David Bowie’s iconic song, “I Can’t Give Everything Away.” One of the standouts from Bowie’s masterful final album, Blackstar, the Amazon Original track was released as a part of Amazon Music’s month-long [RE]DISCOVER campaign celebrating David Bowie’s 75th birthday this Saturday, January 8th.

“’I Can’t Give Everything Away’ is a tune Alex and I have been playing since we learned it for an acoustic and piano show in Mexico City in 2016,” said Britt Daniel of Spoon. “It’s just a fantastic song, and as the last song on Bowie's final album it doesn't disappoint. We recorded this version live in December 2021.”

Spoon on Tour
January 17-22, 2022 Wilco’s Sky Blue Sky 2022, Riviera Maya MX

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New Mdou Moctar 2022 Tour Dates



(photo : Sheldon Omar-Abba)

Today, Mdou Moctar announces a run of Winter 2022 headline North American dates that includes an appearance at Big Ears Festival in Knoxville, TN. The band will be touring in support of their universally acclaimed full-length, 'Afrique Victime', that was released this past May on Matador Records. These new East Coast dates will bookend previously announced North American support dates for Parquet Courts in late February and early March. The band will then make their way across the pond to play an extensive UK/EU tour in the Spring. A full list of upcoming shows can be found below

Stream / Purchase Afrique Victime



Mdou Moctar on Tour  (new dates in bold, on sale Friday at 10am except for Big Ears Festival)




Thursday, February 24 Columbus Theatre, Providence RI
Saturday, February 26 Jefferson Theatre, Charlottesville VA
Sunday, February 27 The Orange Peel, Asheville NC %
Monday, February 28 Georgia Theatre, Atlanta GA %
Wednesday, March 2 Variety Playhouse, Atlanta GA %
Thursday, March 3 Saturn, Birmingham AL %
Friday, March 4 Cannery Ballroom, Nashville TN %
Saturday, March 5 The Pageant, St. Louis MO %
Monday, March 7 Liberty Hall, Lawrence KS %
Tuesday, March 8 The Waiting Room, Omaha NE %
Thursday, March 10 First Avenue, Minneapolis MN %
Friday, March 11 Turner Hall Ballroom, Milwaukee WI %
Saturday, March 12 The Riviera Theatre, Chicago IL %
Sunday, March 13 MOCAD, Detroit MI %
Tuesday, March 15 Mr. Smalls Theatre, Millvale PA %
Wednesday, March 16 Agora Theatre, Cleveland OH %
Thursday, March 17 Queen Elizabeth Theatre, Toronto ON %
Friday, March 18 Corona Theatre, Montreal QC %
Saturday, March 19 Northern VT State, Lyndon VT
Sunday, March 20 Higher Ground, Burlington VT
Monday, March 21 Colony, Woodstock NY
Tuesday, March 22 9:30 Club, Washington DC
Thursday, March 24 The Ramkat, Winston Salem NC
Friday, March 25 Big Ears Festival, Knoxville TN
Friday, April 1st Het Bos, Antwerpen [BE]
Saturday, April 2nd AB-club, Brussels [BE]
Sunday, April 3rd Bumann, Köln [DE]
Monday, April 4th Paradiso, Amsterdam [NL]
Tuesday, April 5th Effenaar, Eindhoven [NL]
Wednesday, April 6th, Komedia, Brighton [UK]
Thursday, April 7th Hare & Hounds, Birmingham [UK]
Friday, April 8th The Sugar Club, Dublin [IE]
Saturday, April 9th Ulster Sports Club, Belfast [UK]
Sunday, April 10th Drygate, Glasgow [UK]
Monday, April 11th The Brudenell Social Club, Leeds [UK]
Tuesday, April 12th YES, Manchester [UK]
Thursday, April 14th EartH Theatre, London [UK] (venue change)
Friday, April 15th : La cave aux Poètes, Roubaix/Lille [FR]
Saturday, April 16th Le Hasard Ludique, Paris [FR]
Sunday, April 17th Doornroosje, Nijmegen [NL]
Monday, April 18th Molotow – Hamburg [DE]
Tuesday, April 19th Alice, Copenhagen [DK]
Wednesday, April 20th Nefertiti, Gothenburg [SE]
Thursday, April 21st Blaa, Oslo [NO]
Friday, April 22nd, Fasching, Stockholm [SE]
Saturday, April 23rd Plan B, Malmö [SE]
Sunday, April 24th Frannz Club, Berlin [DE]
Monday, April 25th UT Connewitz, Leipzig [DE]
Tuesday, April 26th Meetfactory, Prague [CZ]
Wednesday, April 27th Kapu, Linz [AU]
Thursday, April 28th Rote Fabrik, Zurich [CH]
Sunday, May 1st De Post, Oostende [BE]

% w/ Parquet Courts

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Spoon - "The Hardest Cut" (Live from The Teragram)



Spoon - "The Hardest Cut", taped live at Los Angeles' Teregram Ballroom, September 28. Studio version of "The Hardest Cut", culled from the forthcoming album, 'Lucifer On The Sofa', coming February 11.

stream/download "The Hardest Cut"
presave/preorder 'Lucifer On The Sofa'

Spoon on Tour
January 17-22, 2022 Wilco’s Sky Blue Sky 2022, Riviera Maya MX

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Our Annual Orgy of Self-Congratulation, Grandstanding & Overconsumption : Matador Artists & Staff Select Their 2021 Favorites



(congrats to the winner of the 2021 Matador Invention Of The Year Award, Sarco for their development of a 3D-printed pod. The company claims it's purpose built for assisted suicides, but with addition of bluetooth speakers, it might also be the perfect place to listen to every episode of the Matador Revisionist History podcast on an endless loop.)

(Around this time every year, your underappreciated editor attempts to coax a list of favorite recordings, books, television programs, life events, etc. out of the label’s artist roster and our show-business pals. In the past, this exercise has been a trying process, fraught with nagging, GUILTING and no shortage of hesitatnt-to-violently opposed participants, some of whom actually changed labels or places of employment to avoid the task (i believe the young people call it ghosting, I call it being totally blown off for the 11th year in a row). Even worse, we sometimes overlook persons currently recording for or working for the record label (either that or they saved their list for their own Substack).

Keep in mind, we're about to close the books on the (SECOND) WORST YEAR EVER and perhaps persons with some sense of perspective or humility have other things on their mind than shouting from the rooftops about their cultural cachet. Thankfully, we only know a few people like that.

For some historical perspective, here’s last year’s selections. Questions or comments about our crap tastes and/or laughable omissions are welcome (but not so welcome that we’re inclined to acknowledge receipt).

On behalf of everyone at Matador, here's wishing you, your families and friends a safe & happy holiday and thank you, as always, for putting up with our bullshit -you won't believe what we've got planned for 2022. And without further ado, let the coronoation of Kings Of Leon's 'When You See Yourself' commence. – Gerard Cosloy)

Hugo Burnham, Gang Of Four

HUGO’S LIST OF UNCOOL, SURPRISING, OR INAPPROPRIATE THINGS HE’S DUG IN 2021

HARRY STYLES (still, since seeing th\em/him with my daughter. Great show, great records. In early 1D, he was a mix of a young Jagger and Mickey Dolenz. She goes on her own, now. )



BLOODYWOOD (Indian Heavy Metal Band…actually from India. Steaming good)
STRAIGHT BLACK ESPRESSO…LARGE (fewer calories)
AMERICANO COFFEE (I know, it’s weaker…but still good if the beans are)
DRUM LESSONS (probably way too late to start, now - but George here at school is really good)
FEAR THE WALKING DEAD (jumped the shark and back again and cheesy…but it’s a guilty pleasure)
A REALLY QUITE SMALL BASS RIG FOR SARA LEE FOR NEXT YEAR ("What? Can’t quite hear you..”)
HAVING A BETTER DRUMMER THAN ME AS OUR STAGE TECH ()
SUPERWOLVES (Folkey stuff ain’t usually my bag…but Pajo plays with them sometimes, and my Missus did a film with Will 100 years ago. Small world)
JUDY HENSKE (OK, I dig some folk music after all…that voice! Thank you, Andrew Vachss)
DEEP PURPLE (but only ‘In Rock’. My inner 14 year-old lives)
10,000 MANIACS (The diametric opposite of Deep Purple, but the loveliest people, and the smartest onstage set-up)
JOHN LYDON ON ’THE MASKED SINGER’ (I mean, c’mon! Brilliant! Plus I knew it in about 10 seconds)
GOLF (I know…I know...)
INTERNATIONAL RUGBY ON TV (SO much better than American Football. A real men’s game - Can I say that? Women play it a lot now, too - including The Bodysnatchers/Specials’ Rhoda Dakar’s daughter, who is really good)
ANTI-NOWHERE LEAGUE (A fun bunch to hang out with way back when, and they’re still at it. They’re from my Manor down in Kent, where I grew up.)
MASSACHUSETTS’ REPUBLICAN GOVERNOR (A decent guy and a real music fan. MA GOP-types call him a RINO. Ergo - a better man by far than any of those assholes)
THE OXFORD COMMA (there’s no bloody argument here. Fight me)
VINYL SIDING (I swore all my life I’d never…but some of it’s damn good these days. Only on my rental place, though)
SMOKING CIGARS (Summer time only, when I mow)
BEING ON MATADOR RECORDS (OH, WAIT…WRONG LIST…)

Ryan Mahan, Algiers

Shows
Warthog, La Milagrosa, Anti Machine 31 July | AB Studios | Rockaway, NY
Blackhaine, 18 November | Peckham Audio | London, UK
Uniform, 13 November | TV Eye | Brooklyn, NY
Armand Hammer, 7 November | Knockdown Center | Brooklyn, NY

Records
Taqbir s/t



Hiro Kone Silvercoat the throng
Armand Hammer Haram
The Bug Fire
Space Afrika Honest Labour
Regional Justice Center Crime and Punishment
Canal Irreal s/t

Lee Tesche, Algiers

Top 5 staff 2021, in order
1. Aaron
2. Emma
3. Malcolm
4. Emily
5. Gerard
Honorable Mention: Jake

Steve Gunn


RIP Milford Graves





Loren Connors at Union Pool
Natural Information Society @Woodsist fest
Willie Lane & Wednesday Knudsen Duo 10 forward
Don Cherry: Organic Music Societies Book
Dylan at the Beacon
QTIP’s Abstract Radio show
La Piscine (The Swimming Pool) film forum
George Saunders : A swim in the Pond in the Rain
John Lurie : The History of Bones
RIP Greg Tate






RIP Michael Chapman
Best day off Peaks Island, Maine
Leon & Sons Wine shop Brooklyn
Laura Ortman William Tyler Duo Bell House
Arthur Russell : Another Thought Re Issue
Most daring purchase : A Purple Beret
Oren Arembarchi & Crys Cole : Les Atelier Claus




Bill Nace at Le Poisson Rouge
Dogpatch Podcast
Jeff Parker ‘Forfolks’
Alan Licht: Common Tones Book
US Open


Myriam Gendron: Ma delire Songs love,lost & found

Nabil Ayers, 4AD

L'Rain - Fatigue
Turnstile - Glow On + this Live BBC session
Georgia Ann Muldrow - VWETO III
Patricia Brennan - Maquishti



Succumb - XXI
Dean Blunt - Black Metal 2
Black Midi - Cavalcade
Midwife - Luminol

Ruth Barlow, Beggars


One thing
And one thing only
but it’s a great thing …



Adam Bohl, Matador Direct

Madlib - Sound Ancestors (Madlib Invazion)
The Cowboy - Riddles From The Universe (Feel It Records)
Various Artists - Written On the Wall : American Soul Music 1958-1974 (Cairo Records/Mississippi Records) I highly recommend anything in this series.
Jamie Branch - Fly Or Die Live (International Anthem)
Wednesday - Twin Plagues (Orindal Records)
Ty Segall - Harmonizer (Drag City)
Endless Boogie - Admonitions (No Quarter)
Keith Hudson – The Black Breast Has Produced Her Best, Flesh Of My Skin Blood Of My Blood Reissue (VP Records)



Various Artists - Hillbillies In Hell XII (The Iron Mountain Analogue Research Facility) If you can ignore the name and album artwork this series has some great country deep cuts.
Mark Fry - Dreaming Of Alice Reissue (Now-Again)



Fatboi Sharif - Ghandi Loves Children
Grateful Dead - Fox Theatre, St. Louis, MO 12/10/71 (Rhino Records) All the jams of the era, really transports you back to a college dorm room.



bonus category :

Drink of the Year: Piña loca michelada from Mi Otra Casa Michelada House 2

Emma Buchanan, Matador Records


Astrid Øster Mortensen - Gro Mig En Blomst
bar italia - Bedhead
Backxwash - I LIE HERE BURRIED WITH MY RINGS AND MY DRESSES
The Bug - Fire
Dean Blunt - Black Metal 2
DJ Headwound - The Day You Die Is The Day I Smile
Florry - Big Fall
GG King - Remain Intact
Hawthonn - Earth Mirror
King Woman - Celestial Blues
Lily Konigsberg - Lily We Need To Talk Now
Lost Girls - Menneskekollektivet
Low Life - From Squats to Lots
MICROCORPS - XMIT
Mountain Movers - World What World
Miho Hatori - Between Isekai and Slice of Life
NINA - Classics
Scotch Rolex - Tewari
Succumb - XXI
Water From Your Eyes - Structure


Temkins, Patty and Selma, Fast Eddie, Bush Tetras, SAW I-III, SAW VI, Gwar: Scumdogs of the Universe 30th Anniversary Tour.


Gerard Cosloy, Matador Records



The Notwist - Vertigo Days (Morr Music)
Saint Abdullah - To Live Ala West (Important)
Madam Data - The Gospel Of The Devourer (PTP)
Gudrun Gut & Mabe Fratti - Let's Talk About The Weather (Umor Rex)
Leda - Covid "Music " I Made With My Guitar (Knotwilg)
The Bug - Fire (Ninja Tune)
Rosali - No Medium (Spinster)



GG King - Remain Intact (Total Punk)
Model Home - Both feet en th infinite (Don Giovanni)
Michael Beach - Dream Violence (Goner)
Patrick Shiroishi - Staying Human / Luke Stewart - Works For Pioneer Works (Profane Illumination)
billy woods / Moor Mother - BRASS (Backwoodz Studios)



Skogar - Paradise City Jams (Studio Barnhus)
Chris Corsano/ Bill Orcutt - Made Out Of Sound (Palilalia)



Astute Palate - s/t (Petty Bunco)
Senyawa - Alkisah (Phantom Limb)
Emily Robb- How To Moonwalk (Petty Bunco)
FACS - Present Tense (Trouble In Mind)
Powers/Rolin Duo - Strange Fortune (Astral Editions)
Soft Shoulder - Formerly On Fluorescent Paper (Gilgongo)
Patrick Shiroishi - Hidemi (American Dreams)



Container - Creamer (Drone)
Lucy Miller & The Dog Roses - s/t (Soleils Bleus)
Endless Boogie - Admonitions (No Quarter)
Various - We Live In Strange Times (Spacecase)
Derek Monypeny - The Hand As Dealt (2182)
Claire Rousay - A Softer Focus (American Dreams)
Rob Noyes - Arc Minutes (VDSQ)
The Weather Station - Intolerance (Fat Possum)
Claire Rousay - 17 Roles (All Mapped Out) (Shelter Press)
Tcheser Holmes - The T Is Silent (Black Science Fiction)
Model Home + Saint Abdullah - Invasive Inclinations (PTP)



Unda Fluxit - Stone Ringing Sorrows (ever/never)
Matthew J. Rolin - The Dreaming Bridge (Feeding Tube)
Armand Hammer / The Alchemist - Haram (Backwoodz Studioz)
Kuzu - All Your Ghosts In One Corner (Aerophonic)
CIA Debutante - Dust (Siltbreeze)

small screen 2021 : Sally Carmen, Kate Winslet, Eddie Kingston,
big screen 2021 : "Fire Music : The Story Of Free Jazz" (director, Tom Surgal)

people playing music in person list :

GG King, Railgarten, Memphis
Able Noise, Cafe Oto, London
Mourning [A} BLKStar Far Out Lounge, Austin
Chronophage, a barn, October
Malcolm Mooney & The Eleventh Planet, Union Pool, Brooklyn
Uniform, Elysium, Austin

Malcolm Donaldson, Matador Records

Some of my favorite new albums released in 2021
Ignorance - The Weather Station
Structure - Water From Your Eyes



Van Gogh’s Left Ear - Zelooperz
SHILOH: Lost For Words - John Glacier
World What World - Mountain Movers
Shade - Grouper
View No Country - Kraus
A Color of the Sky - Lightning Bug
Slitherman Activated - RXKNephew
Geotag IV - Boundary
Touch The Earth - Placid Angles

Some favorite reads (new and old) of 2021

Magic Actions - Tobi Haslett
A Little Devil in America - Hanif Abdurraqib
Oval - Elvia Wilk
Song of Solomon - Toni Morrison
Drive Your Plow Over The Bones of the Dead - Olga Tokarczuk
Stoner - John Williams
Father Goriot - Honoré de Balzac



Favorite dog acquisition of the year: Stanley



Rian Fossett, Matador Records

Music: Wau Wau Collectif Yaral Sa Doom (album),
Amen Dunes “Feel Nothing” (single)
Movie: Titane



TV: The White Lotus
Book: The Plot by Jean Hanff Korelitz
Podcast: Rancho Thatchmo
Photo of Enzo

Pam Garavano, Beggars

New:
John Andrews – Cookbook
Izzy Johnson – Earth Tones
Lingua Ignota – Sinner Get Ready
L’Rain - Fatigue
Low – Hey What



(photo : Eli Johnson)

Marisa Anderson & William Tyler – Lost Futures
Modern Nature – Island of Noise
Spellling – The Turning Wheel
Sylvie – s/t EP
Yu Su – yellow river blue

Reissues
Conny Frischauf – Die Drift
Phýõng Tâm – Magical Nights
Leslie Winer - When I Hit You - You'll Feel It
Telex – This is Telex
Screamers - Demo Hollywood 1977
Seefeel - Rupt + Flex 94 — 96

Matt Harmon, Beggars US

Albums
Seafoam Walls - XVI (Daydream Library)
Racchika Nayar - Our Hands Against the Dark (NNA Tapes)
The Notwist - Vertigo Days (Morr Music)
Sam Wilkes - ONE THEME & Subsequent Improvisations (Leaving Records)
James Brandon Lewis - Jesup Wagon (TAO Forms)



KMRU - Logue (Injazero Records)
Angel Bat Dawid and tha Brotherhood - LIVE (International Anthem)
Alex Ward - Gated (Discus Music)
Ryley Walker - Course of Fable (Husky Pants)
Myriam Gendron - Ma délire – Songs of love, lost & found (Feeding Tube Records)
Caroline Shaw & So Percussion - Let the Soil Play Its Simple Part (Nonesuch)
Perila – 7.37/2.11 (A Sunken Mall)
Irreversible Entanglements - Open the Gates (International Anthem)
Natural Information Society - descension (Out of Our Constrictions) featuring Evan Parker (Eremite Records)
Michael Grigoni, Chihei Hatakeyama & Stephen Vitiello – Earth Awhile (White Paddy Mountain)
Rat Columns - Pacific Kiss (Tough Love)

Re-issues, Boxset, live and misc…
Can - Live in Stuttgart 1975 (Spoon/Mute)
Gang of Four 77-81 Boxset (Matador Records)
John Coltrane – A Love Supreme : Live in Seattle (Impulse!)
Obits - Die at the Zoo (Subpop)

Songs
Shirley Collinns “The Rose and the Briar” (Domino Records)
Beak> - “Oh No” (Invada Records UK)
Oneohtrix Point Never & Elizabeth Fraser - “Tales From the Trash Stratum” (Warp)
Colloboh - “Rpm+” (Leaving Records)

Sonya Kolowrat, Beggars


RANDOM TOP 10 THINGS THAT KEPT ME SANE IN 2021



    1. Cemetery walks (Hollywood Forever Cemetery in particular)

    2. Danzig

    3. The Screamers

    4. Rock docs – too many to list, but everyone needs to watch ‘Summer Of Soul’

    5. Nicholas Canyon Beach

    6. Trazadone & Cymbalta

    7. Idles + Turnstile

    8. Osoyoos, British Columbia

    9. Stacy Karp






10. Gary Gulman (comedian)

Aaron Leitko, Matador Records
Model Home - both feet en th infinite (Don Giovanni Records)
John Coltrane - A Love Supreme: Live in Seattle (Impulse!)

Henry Kawahara - Cybernetic Defiance and Orgasm (Em Records)



Topdown Dialectic - Vol. 3 (Peak Oil)
Superabundance - S/T (Future Times)
Wild Up & Christopher Roundtree - Julius Eastman, Vol. 1: Femenine
Natural Information Society ft. Evan Parker - Descension (Out of Our Constrictions) (Eeremite)
Roland Kayn - Tektra (Reiger Records Reeks)
Skee Mask - Pool (Ilian Tapes)
Organic Music Societies (Blank Forms 06)
Ryley Walker - Course in Fable (Husky Pants)
Jeff Parker - Forfolks (International Anthem)
Le Ron Carson - Under the Conditions (Sound Signature)
Steve Summers - Generation Loss (L.I.E.S.)
Irreversible Entanglements - Open the Gates (International Anthem)
Black Rave Culture - S/T (Haus of ALTR)
PDP III - Pilled Up on a Couple of Doves (Shelter Press)
Pauline Anna Strom - Angel Tears in Sunlight (RVNG)
Bitchin Bajas - Switched on Ra (Drag City)

FACS - Present Tense (Trouble in Mind)

Vinnie Martini, Matador Direct

TOP 5 RECORD SCORES OF 2021



5) Swell Maps - Let's Build A Car b/w Big Maz In The Country & ...Then Poland (1980, Rough Trade)
Have been after this Japanese pressing of one of my all-time favorite UK punk singles (yes, this is a PUNK record, ask Geoff Travis) so jumped at the chance when a Discogs seller in the UK had it at the nice price
4) Tours - Language School b/w Foreign Girls (1979, self-released)
John Peel played this track 50 weeks in a row which caused the TOURS, from Poole to become the next big thing, major label flirting aside nothing but 8 different color PVC sleeves were to follow, this however is the OG press on b&w cardboard sleeve.
3) Dogs - Rot 'n' Roll b/w Teen Slime (1977, Rave Up Records)
#3 on my want list going into the year, I was finally able to pull off a trade with the Noxious one. Teen Slime is one of the best American punk B sides ever
2) Chiefs- Blues b/w Tower 18 & Knocked Out (1980, Playgems Records)
LA punk Holy Grail for me and the most recent acquisition, check Popsike if you want to see the most money I have ever spent for a record
1) CRIME - Frustration b/w Murder By Guitar (1977, Crime Music)

My top want of all time, I found a cherry copy courtesy of a collector friend selling of a collection, this single instantly makes every other record in your fire box obsolete, there has never been and will never be another band like San Francisco's CRIME, and this their 2nd single being their most ferocious recording ever. A reissue or a bootleg cannot match the glory of this one.




BEST ARCHIVAL RELEASE OF 2021



The Subterranean Hawks - Obviously Five Believers (Seventeen Records)
Stephen Duffy quit a not yet famous Duran Duran to join up with Birmingham's punk outfit TV EYE featuring a young Dave Kusworth who would later make brilliant solo records as well as with his band The Bounty Hunters and most importantly collaborating with Nikki Sudden in Jacobites. Presented here is various recordings over the 2 years the Subterranean Hawks, later simply renamed The Hawks existed and although this LP is not supposed to be a full length record it does flow quite well with tracks like the iconic Big Store and What Can I Give showing a moody post-punk side but the B-Side starts off with a ripping pop number that displays Duffy's lyrical power, very surprised this wasn't a hit let alone a song recorded by a band that was never signed to a label! All 10 tracks are killer and this record is a must own for fans of Duffy, Kusworth and hell I think any Echo & The Bunnymen fan would enjoy it too.
TOP 5 RETROACTIVE REVELATIONS OF 2021

  1. The Third Generation (d. R.W.Fassbinder, 1979 - West Germany)

  2. Fassbinder's radical socio-political drama, media overload. Loved it. Streaming on Criterion

  3. It Always Rains On Sunday (d. Robert Hamer, 1947 - UK)

  4. East End London noir with brilliant ensemble cast, a fully loaded 91mins. Streaming on Kanopy

  5. Major Dundee (d. Sam Peckinpah, 1965 - USA)

  6. A Moby Dick Western. Peckinpah at his most Fordian, would love to see the 4.5hr cut. Steaming on Starz

  7. Bandits of Orgosolo (Vittorio De Seta, 1961 - Italy)

  8. Maybe the best Italian Neorealist film you will see, an extension of De Seta's magnificent (which are streaming on Criterion and are highly recommended) documentary shorts about Sardinian townspeople with incredible detail of their lives, work and traditions. Not streaming

  9. Rivals (d. Krishna Shah, 1972 - USA)

  10. Very bizarre family drama starring comedian Robert Klein and future Bad Ronald, Scott Jacoby as an ambitious boy with a strong affection for his mother and Klein plays a NYC tour guide who woos her to the boy's disdain. An ending that will leave your jaw on the ground! Streaming on Tubi


Louise Lemercier, 4AD

My 2021 Massive Hits (Old and New)

EXEK - Several Souvenirs
Lil Ugly Mane - into a life
Wipers - Stormy
He Said - A.B.C. Dicks Love
Rated Z - Whatever People Say That I Am (That’s What I’m Not)
She Devil - Scraps
800 Cherries - through
Discovery Zone - Dance II
Fabiana Palladino - Shimmer
Evil House Party - Wicked
Oliver Coates - Butoh baby
Joanne Robertson, Oliver Coates - Doubt
Grouper - Kelso (Blue Sky)
Sky H1 - Elysian Heights
The Orchids - Striving For The Lazy Perfection
The Field Mice - Sensitive
Better Day - Hard Soul Mix



Koo De Tah - Missed You All Along

Sabrina Nichols, Beggars

Big Thief- Sparrow
Beach House- Pink Funeral
Spirit of the Beehive- There’s Nothing You Cant Do
Kitchen- Shooting Star
Waveform*- Favorite Song



Baby Keem- issues
Cardi B – Up
Melaina Kol- Prison Moon
Full Body 2- ador // ation
Steve Gunn - Other You
Joyer- Cranky Boy
Circuit Des Yeux- Sculpting the Exodus
Mdou Moctar- Ya Habibti
Cammy Enaharo – Real Love

Øyvind Rones, Playground
Top 10 Norwegian Albums 2021
Vilde Tuv - Melting Songs / Absolutely stunning recorder-based new age / eurodance record
Benedikt - Balcony Dream / Amazing songs, amazing album, amazing artwork, amazing everything

Smerz - Believer / The art of making techno, trip-hop, folk and classical make beautiful sense as a whole



 

Electric Eye - Horizons / One of those albums where you think you know where it’s all heading, but you’ll be wrong
Misty Coast - When I Fall From The Sky / Melodic and subtle, quiet and loud - and just excellent alt pop
Orions Belte - Villa Amorini / If Khruangbin isn’t enough for you, you definitely need Orions Belte
Kenneth Ishak - Native Tongue / Forever Norway’s best kept secret, this time produced by Lars Horntveth (Jaga Jazzist)
Frøkedal - Flora / Possibly one of the best albums yet from one of Norway’s main indie names the past couple of decades
Girl In Red - If I Could Make It Go Quiet / Just super fun and catchy from the beginning to the end

Lokoy - Badminton / Remember how Norwegians made cool indie stuff in the 90s? No? It was awesome, and this was the vibe

Abby Rubin, Beggars

Wau Wau Collectif - Yaral Sa Doom
Low - HEY WHAT
Equiknoxx - Basic Tools Mixtape
Turnstile - GLOW ON
Yu Su - Yellow River Blue



Grouper - Shade
Anika - Change
Spirit Of The Beehive - ENTERTAINMENT, DEATH
Linda Smith - Till Another Time: 1988 - 1996
Nation of Language - A Way Forward
Saint Etienne - I’ve Been Trying To Tell You
For Those I Love - s/t

Gonzalo Schiaffino, Popstock


CHARLY, new family member.
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BOOKS


  • SING BACKWARDS AND WEEP: A MEMOIR (Mark Lanegan)


  • FRANK ZAPPA. La Musica Se Resiste A Morir (Manuel de la Fuente)


TV SHOWS


  • THE OFFICE (revisited for the umpteenth time)


  • ATYPICAL


  • SEX EDUCATION


  • LOST (another one revisited)


MOVIES / DOCS

Dominik Schmidt, Beggars


Albums:

  1. Lucy Dacus - Home Video

  2. Big Red Machine - How Long Do You Think It's Gonna Last?

  3. Villagers - Fever Dreams

  4. The Notwist - Vertigo Days

  5. Grandbrothers - All the Unknown

  6. Julien Baker - Little Oblivions

  7. Snail Mail - Valentine

  8. Sam Fender - Seventeen Going Under

  9. The War On Drugs - I Don't Live Here Anymore

  10. Durand Jones & The Indications - Private Space

  11. London Grammar - Californian Soil

  12. Celeste - Not Your Muse

  13. Easy Life - Life's A Beach

  14. Joy Crookes - Skin

  15. Mini Trees - Always In Motion

  16. Torres - Thirstier

  17. BADBADNOTGOOD - Talk Memory

  18. Middle Kids - Today We're The Greatest

  19. James Blake - Friends That Break Your Heart

  20. Helado Negro - Far In

  21. Ben Howard - Collections From The Whiteout

  22. Mustafa - When Smoke Rises

  23. Parquet Courts - Sympathy For Life

  24. Sam Evian - Time To Melt

  25. Japanese Breakfast - Jubilee

  26. Geese - Projector

  27. Thala - Adolescence

  28. Modest Mouse - The Golden Casket

  29. Efterklang - Windflowers

  30. Courtney Barnett - Things Take Time, Take Time


Songs:

  1. Pinegrove - Alaska

  2. Durand Jones & The Indications - Witchoo

  3. Villagers - The First Day

  4. Julian Baker - Hardline

  5. Lucy Dacus - Brando

  6. Easy Life - Ocean View

  7. Ada Lea - damn

  8. Snail Mail - Ben Franklin

  9. Clairo - Amoeba

  10. Bayuk - Head Under Waves

  11. Torres - Don´t Go Puttin Wishes in My Head

  12. Big Red Machine - Phoenix (feat. Fleet Foxes & Anaïs Mitchell)

  13. Parquet Courts - Walking at a Downtown Pace

  14. Helado Negro - Gemini & Leo

  15. Sam Evian - Time to Melt

  16. London Grammar - Lose Your Head

  17. We Were Promised Jetpacks - Fat Chance

  18. James Vincent McMorrow - Poison to You

  19. Holly Humberstone - The Walls Are Way Too Thin

  20. Berwyn – Mia


Films:
1. Dune



  1. Free Guy

  2. Nomadland

  3. Cruella

  4. Coda

  5. James Bond

  6. Luca

  7. Nobody

  8. The Suicide Squad

  9. Black Widow


Series:

  1. Loki

  2. Foundation

  3. WandaVision

  4. Squid Game

  5. Your Honor

  6. Sex Education – series 3

  7. Mare Of Easttown

  8. Only Murders In the Building

  9. Lupin
    10. The White LotusMelanie Sheehan, Rough Trade

    Welcome to my Comedy Favorites of 2021
    (and yes maybe some 2020 in there as well, because we all know it’s just been one long stupid year anyway)

    Pen15 Season 2 Part 2

    No one has ever blown the door of cringe traumedy this far off its hinges, and as I hear this new batch of episodes that just dropped may be the last, I wanna take a moment to salute thee. Even setting aside thehuge meaning this show has had for me personally in nailing biracial Asian American adolescent angst, the value of this show to anyone and everyone who has ever been 13 is immeasurable. Set aside some time this holiday break to cry, laugh, feel queasy, then cry and laugh some more.

    Curb Your Enthusiasm – Season 11
    I’m sorry, but I will never get tired of this show. EVER. If, however, for some reason YOU are worried that you may not have it in you for yet another season of social assassinations, Leon-isms, and Susie insults then please may I inform you that this year Tracy Ullman joins the cast as City Councilwoman Irma Kostroski and steals every goddamn scene she enters.

    Prettt-y Prettt-y Prettt-y irresistible, if you ask me.

    Beth Stelling
    I’ve been a fan ever since her “meat coat” bit from 2017 and recently caught her “Girl Daddy” special from last year.

    It’s fantastic and I promise you’ll never look at a Koala Care changing station the same ever again.

    Dave Attell @ Caroline’s
    I’m reticent to share this with the world but – every year, between Christmas and New Year’s, Comedy Legend Dave Attell does a string of shows at Caroline’s on Broadway. Attending these is one of my most cherished of holiday traditions. Even though I DON’T want you there grabbing up all MY tickets, it would be irresponsible to not mention it as a favorite. And since it didn’t get to happen last year, it feels extra special to get to experience this again.

    Josh Johnson has a lot of jokes about being lazy, but don’t let him fool ya. My favorite baloney hater dropped TWO specials this year, Elusive and #(Hashtag) and they are both wonderful. He also started a top notch night at The Stand called Flex Comedy that my freshly vaccinated ass ran to the second it felt safe to watch standup indoors (where it belongs!) again. He is a true gem.

    Gary Gulman’s
    Yeah yeah, I know his fantastic Great Depresh special came out in 2019, but I saw Gary multiple times this year and he kills it, reliably, every time. He recently played Carnegie Hall but you can still catch him literally anywhere in NY, as I did on the patio of a café in Woodside, doing a captivating hour and a half that included skillfully eviscerating a brother & sister who made the mistake/bold choice of sitting up front.

    Sam Jay not only put out a fiercely funny special last year but also nabbed a show on HBO this year called Pause that finally officially freed the nipple, as well as made you wish you could be invited to every party Sam Jay is at forever.

    Maria Bamford is the perfect pandemic comedian. While others struggled to perform on Zoom during lockdown, this Dynamite Lady (Netflix heads know what I’m talking about) thrived. Maria has been performing in undesirable, challenging (i.e. outdoor) locations with minimal audiences for years. Her specials have her marvelously maneuvering bus stops, bookstores, bowling alleys, as well as a private concert for her parents and pugs in her actual house. One of my favorite examples of Maria’s abilities is her improvised set to absolutely no one in 7 Minutes in Purgatory. Bow down, bitches. She deserves it.

    Bowen Yang is my everything. I haven’t been this excited about a SNL cast member since Kate McKinnon, and the fact that I willingly listen to his pop culture podcast Las Culturistas when I can’t stand 99.9% of the format really speaks volumes. He is absolutely delightful on Nora From Queens as well (a show I would give bigger props to if she would stop going by Awkwafina completely. Girl, I love you, but pull a Dwayne Johnson already and move on!)

    NORM.
    And finally we reach the best chunk o’ coal to be on constant rotation in my comedy collection.
    I am lucky enough to have seen the genius of Norm MacDonald live in my lifetime, and this year had tickets to see him again. Sadly, I was relegated to dressing up as Turd Ferguson for Halloween instead. I hope I did him proud. (EDITOR'S NOTE : this is one occasion where we could've used a photo)

    Honorable Mentions because apparently this isn’t long enough already:
    -Jared Goldstein is a completely brand-new comedy crush for me and should be everyone else’s too.
    -Shout out to me finally watching the episode Joe Pera Discovers The Who and then starting it over and watching it again. And again.
    -Excited to binge watch MacGruber: the series and How To with John Wilson Season 2 over the holidays while my mom yells at me to turn the tv off.

    Quanie Thornton, Beggars

    ALBUMS
    Aaliyah – Aaliyah (Reissue)
    BADBADNOTGOOD – Talk Memory
    Cleo Soul – Mother
    Heaux Tales – Jazmine Sullivan



    Mustafa – When Smoke Rises
    Nala Sinephro – Space 1.8SONGS
    Amethyst Rays (Extended) – Epifania
    BADBADNOTGOOD – Love Proceeding (feat. Arthur Verocai)
    Billie Eilish – Your Power
    Chandler – Joyce Wrice
    Dynamite – Gallant & Brandy
    m y . l i f e – J. Cole, 21 Savage & Morray
    My Little Love – Adele
    NEON PEACH – Snoh Aalegra ft. Tyler, The Creator
    Nobody – Nas feat. Ms. Lauryn Hill
    Stay Alive – Mustafa

    Emma Toney, Beggars

    Olivia Rodrgio , Sour



    Wednesday, Twin Plague
    Lucy Dacus, Home Video
    Bachelor, Doomin’ Sun
    Wet Leg, Chaise Lounge
    Search Party
    The Other Two
    The Reporter of the Week Review Brah
    Frank Watkinson Youtube Covers
    The Strokes, Irving Plaza
    The New York City Ferry
    Sumo Oranges
    Beggars Coney Island trip

    Josh Turner, Matador Records

    Releases (open competition)


    1. Yu Su – ‘Yellow River Blue’

    2. PinkPantheress – ‘to hell with it’

    3. Asian Glow – ‘Cull Ficle’

    4. Lana Del Rey – ‘Chemtrails Over The Country Club’

    5. Zachary McClellan – The Gyres

    6. Richard Dawson & Circle – Henki

    7. John Carroll Kirby – Cryptozoo

    8. Jackson Reid Briggs & The Heaters – Waiting In A Corner

    9. Ánnámáret – ‘Nieguid duovdagat’

    10. DJ Manny – ‘Signals In My Head’


    Releases (hardcore & metal)



    1. Final Gasp – ‘Haunting Whisper’

    2. Ekulu – ‘Unscrew My Head’

    3. Angel Du$t – ‘YAK: A Collection Of Truck Songs’

    4. Big Cheese – ‘Anymore for Anymore?’

    5. The Chisel – ‘Retaliation’

    6. Turnstile – ‘Glow On’

    7. Portrayal of Guilt – ‘Christfucker’

    8. Suffering Hour – ‘The Cyclic Reckoning’

    9. Gulch / Sunami – Split

    10. C4 – ‘Chaos Streaks’
      Reissues

      1. David Horridge & Kevin McCormick – ‘Light Patterns’

      2. Female Species – ‘Tale Of My Lost Love’

      3. Karate – ‘Karate’

      4. Al-Dos Band – ‘Doing Our Thing With Pride’

      5. Static – ‘Toothpaste & Pills: Demos and Live 1978 – 1980


      Whiskey

      1. Angels Envy Rye - the rum barrel finish makes it special

      2. Glenfarclas 25 - affordable for a 25yr

      3. Michters Rye - currently the best US distillery

      4. Whistlepig 10 – tough but sweet. typical New Englander

      5. Nikka Coffee Grain – yet to test this against the coffee malt






    1. Playlists

      1. Pure Enough

      2. Midnight Marauder

      3. Mystic Valley Sailing & Regatta Club

      4. Glimpses Thro’ the Rift

      5. 2021 - Selects



      Jake Whitener, Matador Records

      21 for 2021


      L’Rain Fatigue (Mexican Summer)
      Low Hey What (Sub Pop)
      Civic Future Forecast (Flightless / ATO)
      Arooj Aftab Vulture Prince (New Amsterdam)
      Floating Points & Pharoah Sanders Promises (Luaka Bop)
      Rosali No Medium (SPINSTER)
      Yu Su Yellow River Blue (Self Released)
      Maria BC Devil's Rain EP (fear of missing out)
      Mabe Fratti Sera Que Ahora Podremos Entendernos (Unheard of Hope)
      Tarta Relena Fiat Lux (Self Released)
      Taqbir S/T EP (Self Released)
      Writhing Squares Chart for the Solution (Trouble in Mind)
      Nana Yamato Before Sunrise (Dull Tones)
      Sally Decker In the Tender Dream EP (NNA Tapes)
      Painted Shrines Heaven and Holy (Woodsist)
      Irreversible Entanglements Open the Gates (International Anthem)
      Nala Sinephro Space 1.8 (Warp)
      Space Afrika Honest Labour (Dais Records)
      The Reds Pinks and Purples Uncommon Weather (Slumberland Records)
      Yasmine Williams Urband Driftwood (SPINSTER)
      Ekulu Unscrew My Head (Cash Only Records)

      Favorite Songs of the year :



      For further listening




Top 5 Moments of 2021
Angel Bat Dawid and Jaimie Branch’s “Alters and Tabernacles” at IRL
Steve Gunn’s jaw dropping encore at The Bell House
Jaimie Branch’s entire opening set for Yo La Tengo’s Hanukkah
Yo La Tengo’s moving performance of “Ohm” at the Kaatsbaan Festival
Mary Lattimore’s sunset performance at Greenwood Cemetery

Emily Zaremba, Matador Records

Favorite albums/EPs:
Skee Mask - Pool
bar italia - bedhead
Hildegard - Hildegard
Siete Catorce - Temperatura
Slow Crush - Hush
Dean Blunt - Black Metal 2



Tristan Arp - Sculpturegardening
Doss - 4 New Hit Songs
Water From Your Eyes - Structure
HTRK - Rhinestones
Sassy 009 - Heart Ego
Vivian Koch - Beyond Contact
Placid Angles - Touch The Earth
James K - 036
Lawrence Le Doux - Compassion Lake
Yves Tumor - The Asymptotical World
Yu Su - Yellow River Blue
Vegyn - Like A Good Old Friend
Mica Levi - Blue Alibi
Ekulu - Unscrew My Head
Samuel Organ - A Safe Place in Cyberspace
Flock of Dimes - Head of Roses
CFCF - Memoryland
They Are Gutting A Body Of Water/Full Body 2 - EPCOT
Grouper - Shade

Favorite movies seen in theaters:
Titane
Red Rocket
Another Round
Fallen Angels 4k restoration
Out of the Blue 4k restoration
Possession 4k restoration
Cure 4k restoration
La Piscine 4k restoration
Mulholland Drive 4k restoration

Snail Mail - Rescheduled European '22 Tour





Snail Mail (Lindsey Jordan) has announced rescheduled UK and European tour dates for June 2022. The dates were originally moved back due to vocal cord surgery. They UK leg begins June 23rd in Manchester and will include a show at London’s Kentish Town Forum on June 29th. Also, just announced: US dates will be joined by Momma and Hotline TNT. All dates are listed below. Tickets are on sale now via snailmail.band.

Snail Mail On Tour, Newly Rescheduled Dates in Bold
Tuesday, April 5 Union Transfer, Philadelphia PA #
Wednesday, April 6 Union Transfer, Philadelphia PA #
Thursday, April 7 Kings Theatre, Brooklyn NY #
Friday, April 8 Royale, Boston MA #
Saturday, April 9 Club Soda, Montreal QC #
Monday, April 11 Phoenix Concert Theatre, Toronto ON #
Tuesday, April 12 Agora Theatre, Cleveland OH #
Thursday, April 14 Riviera Theatre, Chicago IL #
Friday, April 15 First Avenue, Minneapolis MN #
Saturday, April 16 Liberty Hall, Lawrence KS #
Sunday, April 17 Ogden Theater, Denver CO #
Tuesday, April 19 Olympia Film Society, Olympia WA
Wednesday, April 20 Moore Theatre, Seattle WA ^
Thursday, April 21 Vogue Theatre, Vancouver BC ^
Friday, April 22 Wonder Ballroom, Portland OR ^
Saturday, April 23 Wonder Ballroom, Portland OR ^
Sunday, April 24 Fox Theater, Oakland CA ^
Wednesday, April 27 Hollywood Palladium, Los Angeles CA ^
Thursday, April 28 The Observatory North Park, San Diego CA ^
Friday, April 29 The Nile, Mesa AZ ^
Saturday, April 30 Meow Wolf, Santa Fe NM ^
Monday, May 2 ACL Live at the Moody Theater, Austin TX ^
Tuesday, May 3 The Factory Studio, Dallas TX ^
Thursday, May 5 The Masquerade – Heaven Stage, Atlanta GA ^
Friday, May 6 The Orange Peel, Asheville NC ^
Saturday, May 7 Cat’s Cradle, Carrboro NC ^
Sunday, May 8 Brooklyn Bowl, Nashville TN ^
Monday, June 6 Gebäude 9, Cologne DE
Tuesday, June 7 Knust, Hamburg DE
Thursday, June 9 Oceanen, Gothenburg SE
Saturday, June 11 Slaktkyrkan, Stockholm SE
Monday, June 13 Columbia Theater, Berlin DE
Tuesday, June 14 Groovestation, Dresden DE
Wednesday, June 15 Ampere, Munich DE
Thursday, June 16 Santeria Toscana 31, Milan IT
Saturday, June 18 Bogen F, Zürich CH
Sunday, June 19 Le Trabendo, Paris FR
Tuesday, June 21 Paradiso Noord, Amsterdam NL
Thursday, June 23 The Ritz, Manchester UK
Friday, June 24 QMU, Glasgow UK
Tuesday, June 28 Marble Factory, Bristol UK
Wednesday, June 29 O2 Forum Kentish Town, London UK
Thursday, June 30 Chalk, Brighton UK
Tuesday, July 5 Epicerie Moderne, Lyon FR
Friday, August 12 Fete Music Hall
Tuesday, August 16 Toad’s Place, New Haven CT
Wednesday, August 17 The Stone Pony, Asbury Park NJ
Friday, August 19 The National, Richmond VA
Saturday, August 20, The NorVa, Norfolk VA
Sunday, August 21 Neighborhood Theater, Charlotte NC
Tuesday, August 23 The Beacham Theater, Orlando FL
Wednesday, August 24 The Ritz Ybor, Tampa FL
Friday, August 26 Saturn, Birmingham AL
Saturday, August 27 The Mill & Mine, Knoxville TN
Sunday, August 28 Headliners Music Hall, Louisville KY
Tuesday, August 30 The Castle Theatre, Bloomington IL
Wednesday, August 31 Majestic Theatre, Madison WI
Friday, September 2 Turner Hall, Milwaukee WI
Saturday, September 3 The Pageant, St. Louis MO
Sunday, September 4 The Athenaeum Theatre, Columbus OH
Tuesday, September 6 Majestic Theatre, Detroit MI
Wednesday, September 7 Mr. Smalls Theatre, Millvale PA
Friday, September 9 The Fillmore, Silver Spring MD

+ w/ Momma and Hotline TNT
# w/ Joy Again
^ w/ The Goon Sax

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