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Will Toledo will be gracing Europe with his presence for the second time EVER in February next year. See dates and ticket links below:
Thursday February 18: ACUD, Berlin (D) TICKETS
Friday February 19: Ideal Bar, Copenhagen (DK) TICKETS
Saturday February 20: Aalhaus, Hamburg (D) TICKETS
Sunday February 21: Botanique, Brussels (B) TICKETS
Tuesday February 23: Dalston Victoria, London (UK) TICKETS
Wednesday February 24: La Mécanique Ondulatoire, Paris (F) TICKETS
Thursday February 25: La Route du Rock Winter, Rennes (F) TICKETS
Friday February 26: Festival Generig @ Zone Art, Besançon (F) TICKETS
Saturday February 27: La Malterie, Lille (F) TICKETS
Sunday February 28: Paradiso, Amsterdam (NL) 7pm show* TICKETS

Our Annual Orgy of Self-Congratulation, Grandstanding & Overconsumption : Matador Artists & Staff Select Their 2015 Favorites

(above : 2nd annual Tidal board of directors meetings addresses burning issue #1 : failure to manipulate Matablog Year-End results. Guy in the helmet has a solution but nobody can hear him thru that thing)

Around this time every year, your long-suffering dedicated very good-looking 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 cronies. In the past, the exercise has been an trying process, fraught with nagging, teeth-gnashing and no shortage of hesitant participants, some of whom actually changed labels or places of employment or their identities to avoid the task. In more recent times, however, people can’t wait to tell you everything. Too much, in fact. Why should the blitzkrieg of oversharing be limited to social media when we still have a label blog that attracts nearly a dozen 3 readers a week?

For some historical perspective, here’s last year’s selections. Questions or comments about our predictable tastes and/or inexplicable omissions are welcome (but probably not appreciated). And without further ado, let the coronations of Kendrick Lamar, Dick DIver and "The Leftovers" begin :

Erika M. Anderson, EMA


Fostering a kitten with a huge bolt coming out of his leg to fix a broken bone. He looked super cyberpunk and his name was Warboy.

Fronting a cover band for my dad’s 60th birthday party and having my mom sing back up.

Doing Virtual Reality / hybrid musical performances at both the Barbican and PS1 MoMA.
Performing at the New Museum as part of Deep Lab.
Interviewing William Gibson.
Getting really stoned on legal weed and watching “Green Inferno” followed by a “Best Of Leprechaun” montage on YouTube.

Books —
“In Preparation For The Next Life” by Atticus Lish
“White Girls” by Hilton Als

Music —
Force Publique — “Bloom”
Nicki Minaj — “Pinkprint”

Heaven Knows What
Green Inferno

TV --
South Park Season 19

Anthony Anzaldo
, Ceremony

5 Records
-Tony Molina bedroom demos
-Best Coast - California Nights
-The Weeknd - Beauty Behind The Madness

-Loma Prieta - Self Portrait
-Marilyn Manson - The Pale Emperor

5 Shows
-Lights Out, September 25 at The Metro Oakland, CA
-Culture Club, July 25 at The Greek Theatre Berkeley, CA
-Noel Gallagher, May 18 Warfield SF, CA
-Jesus And Mary Chain, May 16 Warfield SF, CA
-The Chameleons, September 21 at The Elbow Room SF, CA

Jehnny Beth, Savages

Best record : Kendrick Lamar - To pimp a butterfly
Best film: Mommy with Anna Dorval by Xavier Dolan
Best exhibition: 'Recording In progress' PJ Harvey at Somerset House recording her new album in front of an audience
Best TV series: Veep (with Julia Louis-Dreyfus on HBO)
Best cartoon: The Regular Show on Cartoon Network

Best book: I'll never write my memories by Grace Jones
Best gig: Nick Cave and the bad Seeds in Paris, Le Grand Rex
Best radio show: The Alligator hour by Joshua Homme on Beat 1
Best Jewel maker: Jennifer Tull Westberg
Best clothes designer: Minimarket (Swedish brand)
Best shoe maker: KMB (handmade in Spain)
Best moment: learning to ride a motorcycle!

Ross Farrar, Ceremony

Radical Opening Bands of Tour
1) Perverts Again: Cleveland. Yes, so good. The front man had a really cool marching thing he was doing throughout the set, and the music was simple, primitive and catchy–sort of reminded me of The UV Race–most interesting / radical band of tour.
2) Night Club: Atlanta. I loved this band, very lonely sounding, very sparse, very dark. For lovers of Slint.
3) Perverted Justice: Montreal. This band tripped me out in a very good way. Old and new friends were formed that night. I've never seen anything like their setup. Five people formed a horizontal line behind Josie, lead vocalist. Starting from far right: Christine on vocals and synth, an electronic drummer next to her, another synth player next to him, and another dude next to him, but I forget what he played exactly. Each of them looked different. Cartoons playing instruments. They also covered GG–Don’t Talk to Me. Fantastic.
4) Mushmind: Tampa. Chaotic at times, but also a bit funky. Time Square was said to be a scary, grimy place in the 70's. This music could be an interesting soundtrack to that time in history. For more inquiry look for the track "Substance Control."
5) Brother Beast: NC. Vengeance against society. They are putting out a record called "Pregnant God" which I believe will be their last. Phenomenal drumming. Watch out.

6) Olivia Neutron-John: DC. Whoa. Beautiful music that conjured the new wave, the groove wave, the darker waves and the water waves all together–forming a synthetic punk version of rainbow light.
7) False Punk: Orlando. Rippers who are ripe on the scene, filled with angst, and look cool on stage. A lot of punks don’t think about how they look on stage, and that’s cool, but these guys look good. Members of Gross, who also played the show, and who also played with us the previous year. Good dudes, good tunes.
8 ) Triage: Toronto. This band really ripped. Female fronted thrash punk metal. The kind of shit you listen to driving fast through the night in New Jersey, flashing by nuclear waste dumps where Toxic Avenger was inspired.
9) VCR: Toronto. Second band in Toronto. Danger House vibes. Young kids with bad attitudes who like to play fast and freaky. Greg from S.H.I.T put out their EP, and had some funny shit to say. The singer and I spoke a bit while doing merch. Two quotes: "We're playing with Sheer Mag soon" which he was very excited about, and "We played this show to get money for tour." Best quote of tour yet so far.
10) Hide: Chicago. Extremely powerful Goth beautification. The sound was huge. The people were huger.

Samuel Fogarino, Interpol

Robert Plant - Lollapalooza, Buenos Aires
Robert Plant/Jack White - The Lemon Song - Lollapalooza, Buenos Aires
Shellac - Primavera, Barcelona
Run The Jewels - NME Awards, London
Failure - Irving Plaza, NYC
Swervedriver - The 40 Watt, Athens, GA

*Sparks/Franz Ferdinand - At some festival somewhere in Italy
*Cypress Hill - At some festival somewhere in South America
Health - They opened for Interpol on a US leg of the El Pintor tour, and destroyed it nightly.
*Sleaford Mods - At some festival in the UK or EU....
*The lines that divide and define have long since faded. I could simply reference the many tour books or the webnet for specific dates/places, but so could you.
Daniel Kessler's Milan: A Night Of Food & Drink
Interpol's live configuration hit the streets of Milan for drinks, dinner, dessert, at DK's fav haunts. I may possess the Italian surname, but Kessler will always be the Don of Milan in our camp.
Cruel And Unusual
Goodnight Mommy

Thurston Moore

1. Boredoms epic colour-coordinated drum circle of program Barbican London
2. Deb Googe & Aaron Dilloway duo noise gig at Hanson Records, Oberlin Ohio
3. The acknowledgement of transgender roles in society via bathroom signage, runway models, political prisoners et al. Cheers Chelsea Manning, Rhyannon Styles....

4. Sun Ra ephemera exhibit curated by John Corbett at contemporary art museum Nottingham UK.
5. Sonic City Festival in Belgium same week as Paris attacks (whilst other gigs were cancelled and promoters were "re-thinking" an appropriate evening out during this crises;) Sonic City festival maintained calm and celebrated free jazz/first-thought-best-thought/understanding with an unsurpassed and universal line-up of musicians from around the globe coming together for the solace that comes natural to this Independent music scene.
6. Final full year of US President Obama, savouring the last moments of clarity from the anti-gun, pro-socialised medicine Grammy Award winning Prez and fingers crossed for the future of his policies staying in place.

7. Blek Metal fest in Bergen Norway with a focus on legends and newcomers alike along with tattoo impresarios and an exhibit of Gaahl's strange-mind paintings.
8. I wasn't there, but I heard it and felt it: Hong Kong student protesters all over social media. Go, you beauties!
9. Tour in New Zealand & OZ this month, with unforgettable visits to M?ori dances and the rest a new collection of recordings of Aboriginal music. Listening to the soul of both of these nations and their respect to the Land. Also seeing their hemisphere of stars at the Meredith Festival in rural Victoria I realise how small we all are in this vast universe.
10. Duo with Jack Callahan at Shredded Fleshtival 2015. Noise never lies/dies.

Bill Nace, Body/Head, Open Mouth Records

Jake Meginsky Vandals LP (open mouth records) Halloween Dj set and live at Pencil Factory Northampton MA
Coathangers @ Sled Island Fest
Gashrat live @ Elevens Florence MA
Myriam Gendron and Ruth Garbus live @ Montague Bookmill Montague MA
Fountainsun LP on Gnome Life
David Rees paper airplane making workshop with James Tenney blasting in background MassMoca North Adams MA
NAS performing Illmatic at Sugar Mountain Festival Melbourne Australia

Xylouris White Melbourne Australia
Laying eyes on all of the original art/pages for Charles Burns Black Hole
Gwen Welliver "What a Horse" at La MaMa
Ksiezyc LP Reissue on Penultimate Press
Silk Purse live @ Max Fish

Bob Nastanovich, Pavement

I had a quiet year and didn't get around as I probably should have done But, Des Moines is happening and I was fortunate enough to stumble upon the following excellent things:

(Not in any particular order)
1. Schwervon! --Great Kansas City two piece rock band.

2. Shovels and Rope --Great Charleston, SC two piece rock band.
3. The Local Pig and Pigwich--Top butcher shop/sandwich builders in KC.
4. Easy Fruit
5. Karen Meat and The Computer
6. Ramona and The Slimdudes
7. Odd Pets
8. Tires
(.4 through .8 --Good tuneage that the cool kids of Des Moines are churning out.)
9. The Other Brothers
10. Dosh --Moniker employed by Minnesota's Martin Dosh for his mesmerizing one man act.
(EDITOR'S NOTE : Mr. Nastanovich is available for DJ bookings)

Andy Nelson, Ceremony

Dawn Of Humans - Slurping At The Cosmos Spine
Dick Diver - Melbourne, Florida
Floating Points - Elaenia
Future - 56 Nights
Lower Dens - Escape From Evil

L.O.T.I.O.N. - Digital Control And Man's Obsolescence
Max Richter - SLEEP
The Necks - Vertigo
Sneaks - Gymnastics
William Basinski - Cascade

C.C.T.V. - self-titled
Galcher Lustwerk - Parlay
Jack J - Thirstin'
Kassem Mosse / Simone White - Three Versions
Lime Crush - self-titled
Rat Columns - Fooling Around
S.H.I.T. - Feeding Time
Sheer Mag - II
Terry - Talk About Terry
Vexx - Give And Take

Agnostic Front - No One Rules
Family - Casete
Man Is The Bastard - The Lost M.I.T.B. Sessions
Mariah - ??????? / Utakata No Hibi
Oppenheimer Analysis - New Mexico
Rose McDowall - Cut With The Cake Knife
Shackleton - Archive Series: #1
Shinichi Atobe - Ship-Scope
Uranium Club - Human Exploration
Velvet Underground - The Complete Matrix Tapes

Carl Newman
, The New Pornographers

Protomartyr - The Agent Intellect (+Under Color Of Official Right, belatedly)
Katie Von Schleicher - Bleaksploitation

The Butterscotch Cathedral - The Butterscotch Cathedral
Car Seat Headrest - Teens Of Style
Primitive Parts - Primitive Parts
Destroyer - Poison Season
Thee Oh Sees - Mutilator Defeated At Last
Father John Misty - I Love You, Honeybear
Miguel - Wildheart
Tame Impala - Currents

With Bob And David, Difficult People, The Leftovers, Fargo, Les Revenants, The Last Man On Earth, Nathan For You, Drunk History, Silicon Valley

Books: (I know, a couple are from 2014, but close enough)

A Brief History Of Seven Killings by Marlon James
The Book Of Strange New Things by Michel Faber

Gold Fame Citrus by Claire Vaye Watkins
You Too Can Have A Body Like Mine by Alexandra Kleeman
Fortune Smiles by Adam Johnson
Robo-Sauce by Adam Rubin and Daniel Salmieri

Death Star Troopers - a budget priced Star Wars set with 4 minifigures and a bad-ass laser cannon that feels more integral and well-designed than other small builds.
Black Manta Deep Sea Strike - a sleeper set from DC Comics that has had enduring appeal in this house. 2 undersea vehicles and what seems to be Aquaman's house (?). Don't count out the robo-shark (exclusive to this set)! Scuba Batman a great addition to our 4 other Batmans.
Lego City Deep Sea Explorers Starter Set - Have to give some love to the unlicensed product. A great cheap ($10) entry point to a world that becomes immediately way more expensive. See what happens when the shark takes on robo-shark from Black Manta Deep Sea Strike!
Hulk Lab Smash - featuring Hulk, Falcon, Modok

Lee Tesche, Algiers

Top 5 staff 2015, in order
1. Patrick
2. Blue
3. Natalie
4. Rian
5. Lombardi
Honourable mention: Robby

Jean-Philippe Aline, Beggars France

favorite city
Paris (75011)

favorite videos

JMSN - Addicted
Kendrick Lamar - Alright
Justin Bieber - Sorry
Tinashe - All hands on deck

favorite gigs
JMSN - Boule Noire
SAVAGES - La Route du Rock / La Maroquinerie

favorite albums
KENDRICK LAMAR - To Pimp A Butterfly
PNL - Le Monde Chico
MADONNA - Rebel Heart
CARLA MORRISON - amor supremo
BOMBA ESTERO - amanecer
BJORK - Vulnicura
ALABAMA SHAKES - Sound & Color
LANA DEL REY - Honeymoon
SUFJAN STEVENS - Carrie & Lowell
NATALIE PRASS - Natalie Prass
IBEYI - Ibeyi
US GIRLS - Half Free

favorite restaurants
Tannat - Paris
Soon - Paris
Les Enfants Rouges - Paris
Longman & Eagle - Chicago

Dean Bein, True Panther Sounds

Abra - Roses XOXO (Awful)
Arca - Mutant (Mute)
Beach House - Thank Your Lucky Stars (Sub Pop)
Bing & Ruth - City Lake (RVNG, Intl.)
Björk - Vulnicura (1 Little Indian)
Bryson Tiller - Trapsoul (RCA)
D'angelo - Black Messiah (RCA)
DJ Richard - Grind (Dial)
Earl Sweatshirt - I Don't Like Shit, I Don't Go Outside (Columbia)
Eartheater- RIP Chrysalis (Hausu Mountain Records)
Floating Points - Elaenia (Pluto)
Freddie Gibbs - Shadow of a Doubt (ESGN)
Future - DS2 (Freebands)
Jack Ü - Jack Ü (Mad Decent)
Jamie XX - In Colour (XL Recordings)
JME - Integrity (BBK)
Julia Holter - Have You in My Wilderness (Domino)
Julio Bashmore - Knockin' Boots (Broadwalk)
JT The Goon - King Triton (Oil Gang)
Kamasi Washington - The Epic (Brainfeeder)
Kuedo - Assertion Of A Surrounding Presence (KNIVES)
Levon Vincent - Levon vincent (Novel Sound)
London O'Connor - O?
Mariah - Utakata No Hibi (Palto Flats)
Mas Ysa- Seraph (Downtown)

M.E.S.H. - Piteous Gate (PAN)
more eaze - Accidental Prizes
Prequel Tapes - Inner Systems (R’Coupd)
Rabit - Communion (Tri Angle)
Tame Impala - Currents (Modular/Interscope)
The Internet - Ego Death (Columbia)
Various Artists Gqom Oh! The Sound of Durban Vol.1 (PAN)
Young Thug - Barter 6 (300)

Dark0 - Solace (Rinse)
Elf Kid- Golden Boy EP
Galcher Lustwerk - Parlay (Lustwerk Music)
Jack J - Thirstin' (Future Times)
Kamixlo - Demonico EP (PAN)
Kowton Glock & Roll (Whites)
Lechuga Zafiro - Aequs Nyama (Salviatek)
Nao -February 15 EP (Little Tokyo)
Nidia Minaj - Danger (Principe)
New the Pharaoh - Big Tymin
Playboi Carti - Broke Boi
Section Boyz - Lock Arff
Stormzy - everything
Tate Kobang - Bank Rolls Remix (300)

Bankroll Fresh - Bankroll Fresh
Bricc Baby Shitro - Nasty Dealer
Future- 56 Nights
J HUS – The 15th Day
Lil Herb - G Herbo
Lil Simz - Age 101 : Drop 4
Lil Uzi Vert - Luv Is Rage
Wiki - Lil Me
MPA Wicced - In The Mean Time
PNL - Que La Famile
Shy Glitzy - For Trappers Only
Various Artists - N.A.A.F.I Pirata 2 (N.A.A.F.I.)
Young M.A. - Sleepwalkin'
Young Thug - Slime Season

Adam Bohl, Matador Direct

As is becoming tradition, i've waited until the last minute to try to assemble my year end list. Instead of looking back at the whole year i've decided i'll just look at the records covering my desk. Here are a few i've happened to enjoy playing over the last few weeks.

Peacers - S/T
Jeffrey Cowell - Lucky Strikes And Liquid Gold
Shannon And The Clams - Gone by Dawn
Kelley Stoltz - In Triangle Time
The Intelligence - Future Vintage
Fuzz - II
Ork Records boxset

To make up for my half-assed list I would like to bless everyone with this amazing jam I recently discovered on Youtube. You're welcome.

Stephen Burhans, Matador Direct

New Releases:
1. Dean McPhee - Fatima's Hand LP (Hood Faire)
2. Ultimate Painting - Green Lanes LP (Trouble In Mind)
3. Meg Baird - Don't Weigh Down The Light LP (Drag City)

4. Daniel Bachman - River LP (Three Lobed)
5. Masami Kawaguchi - The Mad Guitar LP (Black Petal)
6. Mdou Moctar - Akounak Tedalat Taha Tazoughai O.S.T. LP (Sahel Sounds)
7. Flying Saucer Attack - Instrumentals 2015 2xLP (Drag City)
8. Dick Diver - Melbourne, Florida LP (Trouble In Mind)
9. The Mantles - All Odds End LP (Slumberland)
Three way tie for 10th place. Obnox - Boogalou Reed LP (12XU)
Obnox - Know America LP
Obnox - Wiglet LP (Ever/Never)

1. Clay Allison - Live At The Electric Banana LP (Boot) *This may have
been a 2014 release
2. Dredd Foole - In Quest Of Tense LP (Feeding Tube)
3. David Westlake - Play Dusty For Me LP (Captured Tracks)
4. Daniel Bachman - Miscellaneous Ephemera and Other Bullshit LP (Feeding Tube)
5. Thomas Jefferson Slave Apartments - Straight To Video LP (Straight To Video)
6. Les Rallizes Dénudés - Live! '77 2xLP (Victory UK) *No relation to
the Chicago label
7. Tommy McCook - The Sannic Sounds of Tommy McCook LP (Dub Store Japan)
8. Dusty Rhodes - Dusty On The Stick CS (American Dream Tapes)
9. Lilys - Eccsame The Photon Band LP (Frontier)
10. Ork Records 4xLP Box (Numero)

Steve Cross, Remote Control

20 Things I Enjoyed This Year
Angharad Drake – Majesty

The Apartments – No Song, No Spell, No Madrigal
Bill Fay - Who Is the Sender?
Bob Dylan - The Bootleg Series Vol. 12: The Cutting Edge 1965–1966 Collector's Edition

Chris & Cosey – Trance
Cockney Rebel – Cavaliers
Courtney Barnett - Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit
Emmanuelle Parrenin – Maison Rose
Heroin In Tahiti – Sun and Violence
Hot Chocolate - Put Your Love In Me
Iggy Pop - Don’t Look Down
Jackson C Frank – Kimbie
James Ferraro - Skid Row

John Carpenter - Lost Themes Remixed
Known Ocean – Known Ocean
Kurt Vile - b'ieve i'm goin (deep) down…
Mbongwana Star – Kala
Natalie Prass - Natalie Prass
The Orbweavers - Poison Garden
The Paradise Motel – Aeroplanes

Rian Fossett, Matador Records

Music -

Jenny Hval - Apocalypse, Girl
Floating Points - Elaenia
Kendrick Lamar - To Pimp A Butterfly
Mbongwana Star - From Kinshasa
Fluoride - Material
Deaf Wish - Pain
Salad Boys - Metalmania
The Weather Station - Loyalty
Dungen -Allas Sak
Royal Headache - High

Movies -
Mustang, Victoria

Books -
M Train, My Struggle (Book2), 10:04

TV -

Mr. Robot, The Affair, Death Parade

Al Harmon, Beggars Group

Kendrick Lamar – To Pimp A Butterfly
Jamie xx – In Colour
Adele - 25 - I bought the Target Exclusive CD with the bonus tracks. I can’t recall the last time I purchased an actual cd. So glad the Beggars’ office MACs still have a slot for cds. (no shade) Also it was the first time that I have ever been in a Target store. And get this! I play the album a lot but never listen to the bonus tracks.
Hamilton: An American Musical – Lin Manuel Miranda (and cast)

Janet Jackson - Unbreakable – Total fan bias here. Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis for the win again!

Individual Tracks
Missy Elliot – “WTF (Where They From)”
Kirk Franklin - “When” featuring Kim Burrell and Lalah Hathaway from Losing My Religion
Dr. Dre featuring Anderson.Paak “Animals” from Compton
Jill Scott – “Jahraymecofasola” from Woman
Lapsley – “Falling Short” from Understudy (EP)
Lianne La Havas – “Good Goodbye” from Blood

Stevie Wonder – “Songs In the Key of Life Tour” – November 24, 2015. – Amazing! Incredible! Diverse crowd of all ages jamming and singing along. And Stevie played for 4 hours and his voice is still golden.

Other random thoughts:
Wimbledon 2015. Finally made it to the All England Club. WOW! Just WOW! Bonus: Serena won (and I saw her first round match!)
Jessica Jones and Daredevil (Netflix) - Not a huge comic book fan but I am loving these Marvel Shows on Netflix.
The Wiz Live didn’t suck.
And the NY Mets made it the World Series.

Matt Harmon, Beggars Group

Destroyer - Poison Season (Merge)
Rat Columns - Fooling Around (Blackest Ever Black)
Royal Headache - High (What’s Your Rupture)M.E.S.H. - Piteous Gate (Pan)

Josh Abrams - Magnetoception (Eremite)
Byron Westbrook - Precipice (Root Strata)
Mikal Cronin - MCIII (Merge)
Dan Melchior / Russell Walker - In Durham LP (Kill Shaman Records)
Anna Caraagnano & Donato Dozzy - Sintetizzatrice (Spectrum Spools)
Helen - The Original Faces (Kranky)
Julia Holter - Have You In My Wilderness (Domino)
Natural Information Society & Bitchin’ Bajas - Autoimaginary Drag City)
Metabolismus und Fifty Fifty - A Circle Inside a Square Inside… (Black Sweat Records)
Ellen Fullman - The Long String Instrument (Superior Viaduct) re-issue
A Tribe Called Quest - People's Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhythm (Legacy) 25th Anniversary
Sun City Girls - Torch of the Mystics (Abduction) LP reissue
Stars of the Lid - The tired sounds of… (Kranky) LP reissue

Natalie Judge, Matador Records

Top 10 Instagram accounts for 2015

1. earlboykins
2. al_english (#goodmorningbam)
3. chrissimpsonsartist
4. snoopygrams
5. gifs
6. baloublue
7. fatherjohnmisty
8. miguel
9. goatsofanarchy
10. ziggylepiggy

Blue Kirkhope, Matador Records


Travelling on a Megabus from London to Glasgow and receiving a phone call from none other than Natalie Judge offering me the role at Matador. Best Megabus journey EVER.
Visiting America for the first time - NYC for CMJ. So much fun with the most amazing people.
Meeting Henry Rollins.
Going home to Scotland for my 23rd birthday and exploring the Isle of Skye.
Drinking lots of whisky.
Discovering this video of David Bowie and Mick Jagger (extremely late to the party I know)


Nick Cave @ Glasgow Royal Concert Hall
Suicide @ The Barbican
Deerhunter @ Shepherd’s Bush
Philip Glass @ The Barbican
Le Guess Who Festival in Utrecht (best festival ever just FYI)
Built To Spill @ Bi Nuu in Berlin

ALBUMS OF 2015 (in alphabetical order)

Algiers - Algiers
Empress Of - Me
Girls Names - Arms Around a Vision
Jenny Hval - Apocalypse, girl
Julia Holter - Have You In My Wilderness
Kurt Vile - b'lieve i'm goin down
Marching Church - This World Is Not Enough
Miguel - Wildheart
Nils Frahm - Solo
Ought - Sun Coming Down
Protomartyr – The Agent Intellect
The Soft Moon - Deeper
Viet Cong - Viet Cong

Widowspeak - All Yours
Young Fathers - White Men Are Black Men Too


David Bowie - Blackstar
Ought - Beautiful Blue Sky
Deerhunter - Snakeskin


This lizard playing leaf guitar.

Sonya Kolowrat, Beggars Group

My best "stuff" of 2015
-seeing Low Cut Connie cover Harry Nilsson at SXSW
-diving deep into Harry Nilsson

Down Down The Deep River
-Seeing FKA Twigs in Sunset Park and then schooling myself about the amazing word of ball culture/finally watched Paris is Burning
-Documentary: Deli Man
-Kirin J. Callinan's instagram
-Seeing Warpaint in Toronto and catching up with many friends, some I hadn't seen in years
-Capri Social Club
-going back in time and seeing Billy Idol + Culture Club this year
-Tracy Helsing, Rich Roll, Mishka Shubaly - people that inspired me this year
-Prurient at Output

-Superiority Burger

Shira Knishkowy, Matador Records

albums i loved this year and listened to a lot, in no particular order, aside from being alphabetical:

beach slang - the things we do to find people who feel like us

dave rawlings machine - nashville obsolete
dungen - allas sak
floating points - elaenia
hop along - painted shut
kacey musgraves - pageant material
lower dens - escape from evil
jamie xx - in colour
jim o’rourke - simple songs
moon duo - shadow of the sun
royal headache - high
ryan adams - 1989
sleater kinney - no cities to love
sannhet - revisionist
the internet - ego death
the very best - makes a king

Charlie Masure, Beggars France

1. Romare - Projections (Ninja Tune)
2. Algiers - Algiers (Matador)
3. Ivy Lab - 20/20 (20/20 LDN)
4. Kendrick Lamar - To Pimp a Butterfly (Top Dog Entertainment / Interscope)

5. Glenn Astro - Throwback (Tartelet Records)
6. Contact Field Orchestra - Volume 2 (Hit+Run)
7. Chassol - Big Sun (Tricatel)
8. Kahn.Commodo.Gantz - Volume 1 (Deep Medi Musik)
9. Alabama Shakes - Sound & Color (Rough Trade)
10. STUFF. - STUFF. (Buteo Buteo)

Emmaline McCourt
, Matador Records

Ten Eleven Great Albums of 2015
1. Royal Headache - High (What’s Your Rupture?)
2. Jamie xx - In Colour (Young Turks)
3. Protomartyr - The Agent Intellect (Hardly Art)
4. Gun Outfit - Dream All Over (Paradise of Bachelors)
5. S. Araw “Trio” XI - Gazebo Effect (Drag City)
6. Car Seat Headrest - Teens of Style (Matador)
7. Black Time - Aerial Gobs of Love (Forbjudna Ljud)
8. Baba Commandant and the Mandigo Band - Juguya (Sublime Frequencies)
9. Sufjan Stevens - Carrie & Lowell (Asthmatic Kitty)
10. Thee Arcadians - We Have Come For Your Parents (Feeding Tube)
11. Personable - New Lines (Peak Oil)

Five Comically Tragic Moments of 2015
1. The Chipotle E-Coli Outbreak
2. Losing my Dick Diver pin at a Majical Cloudz show

3. The great Pitchfork record fair flood
4. Deciding to name my bowling team Dolphin Pizza Gutz
5. Doing my taxes the day my wisdom teeth were removed

Five Memorable Show Experiences of 2015

1. Road tripping to Boston to see my friends Boom Said Thunder and Ghost Box Orchestra play with Major Stars at the Middle East Upstairs
2. (Most likely) being the youngest person in attendance for Lilys at Baby’s All Right
3. Complete playing Hoogie-Boogie Land before my very eyes at Union Pool
4. Those few months I pretty much only saw Australian bands (The Cannanes, Deaf Wish, Courtney Barnett…to name only a few)
5. Running into my high school physics teacher at The Ex and Ken Vandermark show at Bell House

And finally...Top Three Moments Celebrating Other People’s Life Events in 2015

1. Being a Groomsmaid in my roommates’ wedding...

2. Watching a couple people I went to college with become priests…

3. Catching this bouquet…

Hana Mogulescu, Beggars Group

Julia Holter - Have You In My Wilderness
Natalie Prass - S/T
Jamie xx - In Colour
D’Angelo - Black Messiah
Justin Bieber - “What Do You Mean?" (s/o to Matt Harmon)
Sufjan Stevens - Carrie & Lowell

Lower Dens - Escape From Evil
Unknown Mortal Orchestra - Multi-Love
Christine & The Queens - “Jonathan" (feat. Perfume Genuis)
Kurt Vile - b’lieve i’m going down…
Bjork - Vulnicura
Ryan Adams - 1989

Robby Morris
, Matador Records

dick diver,
floating points,
nicolas jaar,
oneohtrix point never,
royal headache,
kamasi washington,

the weather station

Angelica Pasquini, Beggars Group
Top 10 Anonymous Complaints & Questions of 2015:

10. “Ugh…. Why is the maintenance guy is always cleaning the bathroom when I have to use it?”
9. “Do you have any other kinds of candy? I don’t like this kind.”
8. “Can you stop buying this candy? I eat it too much.” (same person as #9)
7. “What should I have for lunch?” *gets a suggestion* “Mmm…No….”
6. “Ugh…Wow…This driver is an idiot. I have to walk around the corner to get to the (free) Uber.”
5. “Could you look up what kind of pen this is and order it? *hands over a pen*
4. “Where can I find an ATM?”
3. “It’s really dark above my desk. Thanks.”
2. “What is my password?”
1. “Is this PR consulting?”

Gonzalo Schiafinno, Everlasting Popstock

SEASICK STEVE - Sonic Soul Surfer
COURTNEY BARNETT - Sometimes I Sit And Think And Sometimes I Just Sit
HOUNDMOUTH - Little Neon Light
ALABAMA SHAKES - Sound And Color
JIM O’ROURKE - Simple Songs
BILL FAY - Who Is The Sender
FAITH NO MORE - Sol Invictus
CHRISTOPHER OWENS - Chriss Baby Forever
RICKIE LEE JONES - The Other Side Of Desire

RYLEY WALKER - Primrose Green
MARK LANEGAN - Houston: Publishing Demos 2002
KURT VILE - B’lieve I’m Goin’ Down
JOSEPH ARTHUR - Days Of Surrender
KEITH RICHARDS - Crosseyed Heart
TEN COMMANDOS - Ten Commandos
JOSH RITTER - Sermon On The Rocks

Albums From Spain
GUADALUPE PLATA - Guadalupe Plata (2015)
CRUDO PIMENTO - Fania Helvete

To Discover

ROLLING STONES - Sticky Fingers
MARK LANEGAN - One Way Street (Box Set)


Catálogo Irracional - Ignacio Juliá (Best book ever written about Lou Reed)

Gabe Spierer, Beggars Group
These are my favorite records of 2015, in no particular order except to say that Dick Diver made (by far) my favorite record of the year:

Dick Diver - Melbourne, Florida
Jim O’Rourke - Simple Songs
The Weeknd - Beauty Behind The Madness

Future - DS2
Sufjan Stevens - Carrie & Lowell
Dr. Dre - Compton
Mikal Cronin - MCIII

Claire Taylor, Beggars Group


Meg Baird - Don’t Weigh Down the Light
Dungen - Allas Sak
Chris Forsyth / Koen Holtkamp - The Island
Moon Duo - Shadow of the Sun
Jim O’Rourke - Simple Songs
Ty Segal - Ty Rex
Ryley Walker - Primrose Green

BoJack Horseman
The Great British Baking Show
The Leftovers
Mr. Robot
Peaky Blinders
Show Me A Hero
Silicon Valley

Patrick Amory, Matador Records

Greatest 1980s Hardcore Songs:

10. The F.U.'s - C.E.T.A. Suckers
9. Raw Power - Don't Let Me See It
8. The Middle Class - Out Of Vogue (even though it's from 1979)
7. Negative FX - Might Makes Right fragment
6. Discharge - Doomsday
5. Sorry - cover of Minor Threat Filler from last show cassette

4. The Fix - No Idols
3. Angry Samoans - Steak Knife
2. SS Decontrol - Nothing Done
1. Government Issue - Blending In

Gerard Cosloy
, Matador Records

Sleaford Mods - Key Markets (Harbinger Sounds)

75 Dollar Bill - Wooden Bag (Other Music)
Golden Pelicans - Oldest Ride, Longest Line (Total Punk)
Dick Diver - Melbourne, Florida (Trouble In Mind)
Obnox - Wiglet (Ever/Never)
Life Stinks - You’ll Never Make It (S-S)
Institute - Catharsis (Sacred Bones)
Joan Shelley - Over & Even (No Quarter)
Spray Paint - Punters On A Barge (Homeless)
Ultimate Painting - Green Lanes (Trouble In Mind)
Stickmen With Ray Guns - Grave City (End Of An Ear)

Salad Boys - Metalmania (Trouble In Mind)
Video - The Entertainers (Third Man)
Thee Speaking Canaries - Platter Base Must Be Constructed of Moon Rock (Chunklet)
Scharpling & Wurster - The Best Of The Best Show (Numero)
Protomartyr - The Agent Intellect (Hardly Art)
Waxahatchee - Ivy Trip (Merge)
Destruction Unit - Negative Feedback Resistor (Sacred Bones)
The Lloyd Pack - A Tribute (Amish)
Mint Mile - In Season & Ripe (Comedy Minus One)
Icepick -Amaranh (Astral Spirits/Monofonus Press)
Power - Electric Glitter Boogie (Cool Death)

Diãt - Positive Energy (Iron Lung)
Motherfucker - Confetti (Sick Room)
Anthony Pasquarosa - Morning Meditations (Vin Du Select Qualitite)
The Barreracudas - Can Do Easy (Oops Baby)
Black Time - Aerial Gobs Of Love (Förbjudna Ljud)
V/A - We're Loud (90's Cassette Punk Unknowns) (Slovenly/Black Gladiator)


Black Panties - "Prophet Of Hate" b/w "Violence" (Total Punk)
Girls Pissing On Girls Pissing - "Nine Of Swords" b/w "Ng." (Crane Fortune)
Savoy Motel - "Souvenir Shop Rock" b/w "Hot One" (Official Memorabilia)
Mystic Inane - "Eggs Onna Plate" 7" (Lumpy)
Dan Melchoir & Russell Walker - "Sad Son-In-Law" b/w "I Could Sit Here Forever" (Kill Shaman)
Uranium Orchard - "Unchurched Shitheads" (Cold Vomit)


ISS - s/t (Loki)
Rik & The Pigs - s/t (Lumpy)
Homostupids - sleepy time music man tape (Outsider Tapes)

live : Flesh Eaters, Great American Music Hall, January,

Deaf Wish, Trailer Space, Austin, October
Golden Pelicans, Will's Pub, Orlando, March,
Xylouris White, Bowery Ballroom, February
Carl Sagan’s Skate Shoes, over and over again, various Austin locations
Wrekmeister Harmonies, The Owl, Chicago, April
Sissy Spacek, Elk's Lodge, Cambridge, July
Mordecai, Ace Of Cups, Columbus, July
Big Zit, Mohawk, Austin, June
Watery Love, Rickshaw Stop, SF, July
Musk, Hi Tone, Memphis, September
The Grifters, Beerland, Austin, November

big screen : "The Entertainment", "The Overnighters"|

small screen : "Rick & Morty", "The Leftovers", "Nathan For You"

book : Richard Price - "The Whites" (Holt & Company)

2016 look out below dept : Lung Letters (Austin), Borzoi (Austin), Wet Ones (K.C.), Slimy Member (Dallas), Dalton Castle (Catalina Island)

OUT TODAY - EMA's Original Score for #HORROR, Music Video for "Amnesia Haze"

EMA's original score for the #HORROR is officially out today. Fact Magazine premiered the music video for “Amnesia Haze” which was directed by Severiano Martinez & EMA.

"We were looking for a track to fit in a scene for #HORROR where Chloe's character opens up her closet for all the girls to play dress up. Severiano had this instrument and I fell in love with it and wrote the top line.

Although it has a very "pretty" ethereal pop sound to it, I think of the lyrics as almost a eulogy. Kind of my 21st century version of 'Sweet Child of Mine'. Although of course my guitar solo is not quite Slash-worthy.

For the video we wanted something expansive, pristine and vast. I feel like these landscapes represent the distance of memory and some sort of unbreakable bond."

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Algiers - Mute Studio Sessions

Algiers - Blood (Mute Studio Sessions)

stream via Spotify

"But She Was Not Flying"

"The Mute Sessions were undertaken as a way of using alternate instrumentation to accentuate different sonic and conceptual contours, which may not have been so heavily in the foreground in the album versions.
Tape manipulation, musique concrete and synthesizer programming were some of the techniques employed here."
"We endeavoured to strip a few of the songs of their machinations, as if re-sung from sheet music at the end of times to a tape loop and a broken piano."

Earlier this week, Algiers have been compiling a series of personal playlists on the band tumblr alongside photos from the past year of touring ;

"Samples Reconstructed" - Franklin James Fisher
"Autumn Leaves" - Franklin James Fisher
"Hip hop and other dystopias" - Ryan Mahan
"October Moods" - Lee Tesche

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(UK customers can order 'Algiers' from Resident, Piccadilly, Rough Trade or Jumbo).

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(photo by TIM)

Savages played in Paris at La Maroquinerie on Tuesday to play songs from their upcoming album Adore Life. In addition, the band covered "I Love You All The Time" by Eagles of Death Metal, a track which all proceeds are donated to The Sweet Stuff Foundation.

For those of you who don't speak French (author of this post included):
"A year ago I was in LA and met some friends while they were working in the studio. They were recording on a song and I helped them a little bit with some lyrics in French. We had a really great day. Since then they've released their new album and tonight we would like to play you this song because the band was Eagles of Death Metal"

Archy & Jack Marshall - 'A New Place 2 Drown' - Book & Soundtrack, Short Film

News from the True Panther realm:
Earlier this morning  A New Place 2 Drown was announced. This multidisciplinary body of work includes a book, soundtrack (by Archy Marshall) and a short film, directed by Will Robson Scott (trailer above). The brains begin all this, Jack and Archy Marshall have shared details for all elements of this release below...

Following on from “Inner City Ooz,” last year’s collaborative art exhibition between Jack and Archy, which wove together music, visual art, and live performance, A New Place 2 Drown delves even deeper, drawing further from Jack’s discipline as a visual artist and Archy’s as a musician (under the pseudonym King Krule among others), to create something inimitable and entirely unique as a result.

The volume of poetry and artwork, published by Topsafe, invites readers into the brothers’ everyday lives in South London. By turns candid and tender, acute and distrait, ANP2D provides a glimpse into the creative process that Jack and Archy both share, and the restless, lyrical world that they inhabit.

Then, coming on the heels of the 208-page book is a stunning 37-minute, 12-song soundtrack of brand new music from Archy Marshall, released on December 10th on True Panther Sounds (US) / XL Recordings (UK). While intended as an essential companion piece to the book, the soundtrack showcases a different side to Archy’s musical craft, highlighting more evolved electronic production colored with Archy’s poetic verse delivered in his distinct baritone.

The entire project is tied together by a short film by Will Robson Scott, which incorporates elements of the book and the soundtrack, including behind-the-scenes interviews with the Marshall brothers and their mother.  View the trailer for the film HERE and visit the website to hear tracks from the soundtrack.

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

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



"Amnesia Haze" is the first track shared EMA's original score for the movie #Horror. The film is out today and the full score will be released December 11th. It is directed by Tara Subkoff. Trailer shown after the break.

Track List:
1. Hashtag Horror Theme
2. Visions Of Blood
3. Amnesia Haze
4. Surrender, Michael
5. Whispers
6. Harshmallow World
7. Locust Strings
8. Danger Theme
9. Cat In The Woods
10. Running Danger
11. Dr White In The Woods
12. Dr White In The House
13. Foreshadowing Pain
14. The Girls Were Really Mean
15. Soul Cycle
16. Horror #2
17. Spooky Fingers
18. #Exit Music

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Kurt Vile - La Blogothéque Session, New North American Dates

Kurt Vile's recent session for La Blogotheque's Take Away Shows (shot at Le Square Gardette - restaurant gastronomique / directed by Hugo Jouxtel) is available for viewing today (above). In addition to previously announced dates in Europe, Australian and New Zealand, Kurt's next round of tour in support of 'b'lieve I'm going down' kicks off February 17 in New Haven, CT.

(photo by Rachel Juarez-Carr)

Updated tour schedule (new U.S. dates in italics)

Wednesday, November 18 Manchester, UK – The Ritz *
Friday, November 20 Lucerne, CH – Sudpol *
Saturday, November 21 Lyon, France – Epicerie Moderne *
Sunday, November 22 Barcelona, Spain - Apolo *
Monday, November 23 Madrid, Spain – Penelope *
Tuesday, November 24 Lisbon, Portugal – Armazem F *
Wednesday, December 2 - New York - Webster Hall
Monday, December 28 – Friday January 1 – The Falls Music & Arts Festival – Lorne, Marion Bay + New South Wales, Bryon Bay
Friday, January 8 – Sunday January 10 Busselton, Western Australia - Southbound Festival
Sunday, January 10 – Tuesday January 12 – Tauranga, New Zealand – McLaren Falls Park, Echo Music & Arts Festival
Wednesday, January 13 - Wellington, San Fran, New Zealand
Thursday, January 14 - Sherwood Hotel, Queenstown, New Zealand
Friday, January 15 - Dunedin, New Zealand, Chicks Hotel
Wednesday, February 17 - College Street, New Haven CT
Thursday, February 18 - Pearl Street, Northampton MA
Friday, February 19 - Higher Ground, Burlington VT
Saturday, February 20 - Corona Theatre, Montreal, QUE
Sunday, February 21 - The Haunt, Ithaca NY
Monday, February 22 - Mr. Smalls, Pittsburgh PA
Wednesday, February 24 - Headliners, Louisville TN
Thursday, February 25 - Exit In, Nashville TN
Friday, February 26 - Orange Peel, Asheville NC
Saturday, February 27 - Variety Playhouse, Atlanta GA
Sunday, February 28 - Saturn, Birmingham AL
Monday, February 29 - Proud Larry's, Oxford MS
Wednesday, March 2 - Bijou Theatre, Knoxville TN
Thursday, March 3 - Cats Cradle, Carrboro NC
Friday, March 4 - Ottobar, Baltimore MD

Tuesday, March 8 Paris, France - Alhambra
Wednesday, March 9 Ghent, Belgium - Handelsbeurs
Thursday, March 10 London, UK - Roundhouse
Friday, March 11 Brighton, UK - All Saint’s Church
Saturday, March 12 Utrecht, Netherlands - Tivoli
Sunday, March 13 Nijmegen, Netherlands - Doornroosje
Friday, May 20 - Sunday May 22 - Hangout Music Festival, Gulf Shores

* – with Lushes

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Savages - "T.I.W.Y.G" Premiere, New Dates In Berlin, London

(photo by William Lacalmontie)

Savages - "T.I.W.Y.G"

(if you're in Germany, please click here instead)

After October's announcement of the January 22 release of Savages' 'Adore Life', here's the 2nd song from the band's eagerly awaited 2nd album, "T.I.W.Y.G.". While the band's global dates are again, listed below, there's a pair of shows in Berlin and London that have just been confirmed (ticket links below) :

Monday, November, 30 - Berghain Kantine, Berlin, Germany
Thursday, December, 3 - The Dome, London, UK

2016 tour :

February, 18 - De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill, UK
February, 19 - Junction, Cambridge, UK
February, 21 - Art School, Glasgow, UK
February, 22 - Albert Hall, Manchester, UK
February, 23 - Irish Centre, Leeds, UK
February, 27 - Epicerie Moderne, Lyon, France
February, 28 - Rockschool Barbey, Bordeaux, France
March, 2 - Botanique Orangerie, Brussels, Belgium
March, 5 - Babel, Malmö, Sweden
March, 6 - Kagelbanan, Stockholm, Sweden
March, 7 - Vega, Copenhagen, Denmark
March, 13 - Magazzini Generali, Milan, Italy
March, 15 - Dynamo, Zurich, Switzerland
March, 16 - Melkweg, Amsterdam, Netherlands
March, 17 - Roundhouse, London, UK
March, 27 - 9:30 Club, Washington DC
March, 28 - Irving Plaza, New York NY
March, 29 - Warsaw, Brooklyn NY
March, 31 - Union Transfer, Philadelphia PA
April, 1 - Paradise Rock Club, Boston MA
April, 2 - Virgin Mobile Corona Theatre, Montreal, Canada
April, 4 - Danforth Music Hall, Toronto, Canada
April, 5 - St. Andrews Hall, Detroit MI
April, 7 - Metro, Chicago IL
April, 8 - The Ready Room, St. Louis MO
April, 9 - Granada Theatre, Lawrence KS
April, 11 - Trees, Dallas TX
April, 12 - Emo's, Austin TX

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(photo by Dave Ma)

In addition to their previously announced appearance at South By Southwest this coming March, London trio HÆLOS have confirmed 3 U.S. dates for early 2016, with a January 22 North American debut at San Francisco's Rickshaw Stop. Ticket links can be found below. News regarding HÆLOS' hotly anticipated full-length debut will be unveiled very soon, and we're (not so quietly) confident that Arthur, Dom and Lottie have delivered a deep, super-crafted knockout album that far surpasses the material you've heard to date.

01/22 San Francisco CA Popscene at Rickshaw Stop
01/26 Los Angeles CA The Roxy
03/29 New York NY Mercury Lounge

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

(photograph by Francisco Michel)

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

updated tour schedule :

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

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

& w/ Dave Schramm
*denotes acoustic set-up

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Cat Power - Australian Tour Dates, 2016

Tickets for the following Cat Power solo shows go on sale this Friday, November 9 :

Friday, February 5 - City Recital Hall, Sydney
Saturday, February 6 - Space Theatre, Adelaide
Monday, February 8 - Melbourne Recital Centre, Melbourne
Tuesday, February 9 - Melbourne Recital Centre, Melbourne
Wednesday, February 10 - Capital Theatre, Bendigo
Friday, February, 12 - Brisbane Powerhouse Theatre, Brisbane
Saturday, February, 13 - Star Court Theatre, Lismore

Kurt Vile - Spotify Session Available Now

Kurt Vile's exclusive session for Spotify is up today and features artwork designed by contest winner Travis Millard, the not-lucky-at-all-he-totally-earned-it victor of our contest that we're just about done telling you about. Follow Travis on Instagram at @theotherfudge . Or don't! He deserves privacy, too, as do all of you (Matador's data-mining efforts aside).

Brandi Reeves is the winner of the Kurt Vile Fall Spotify Playlist contest, but if you ask me, you're all winners.

updated tour schedule :

Friday November 6 Stockholm, Sweden - Munchenbryggeriet *
Saturday November 7 Copenhangen, Demark - Amerbio *
Monday November 9 Berlin, Germany - Postbahnhof *
Tuesday November 10 Koln, Germany - Gebaeude 9 *
Wednesday November 11 Brighton, UK - Concorde 2 *
Thursday November 12 London, UK - Electric Ballroom
Friday November 13 Bristol, UK - Motion *
Sunday November 15 Dublin, EIR - Vicar Street *
Monday November 16 Glasgow, UK - ABC1 *
Tuesday November 17 Leeds, UK - Leeds Uni Stylus *
Wednesday November 18 Manchester, UK - The Ritz *
Friday November 20 Lucerne, CH - Sudpol *
Saturday November 21 Lyon, France - Epicerie Moderne *
Sunday November 22 Barcelona, Spain - Apolo *
Monday November 23 Madrid, Spain - Penelope *
Tuesday November 24 Lisbon, Portugal - Armazem F *
Monday, December 28 – Friday January 1 – The Falls Music & Arts Festival – Lorne, Marion Bay + New South Wales, Bryon Bay
Friday, January 8 – Sunday January 10 Busselton, Western Australia - Southbound Festival
Sunday, January 10 – Tuesday January 12 – Tauranga, New Zealand – McLaren Falls Park Music & Arts Festival

Wednesday, January 13 - Wellington, San Fran, New Zealand
Thursday, January 14 - Sherwood Hotel, Queenstown, New Zealand
Friday, January 15 - Dunedin, New Zealand, Chicks Hotel
Tuesday March 8 Paris, France - Alhambra #
Wednesday March 9 Ghent, Belgium - Handelsbeurs #
Thursday March 10 London, UK - Roundhouse #
Friday March 11 Brighton, UK - All Saint’s Church #
Saturday March 12 Utrecht, Netherlands - Tivoli #
Sunday March 13 Nijmegen, Netherlands - Doornroosje #

* – with Lushes
# – with Imarhan

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Photo courtesy of Pitchfork Festival Paris

Kurt Vile returns overseas in 2016 with some more European tour dates! See below.

Tuesday March 8 Paris, France - Alhambra
Wednesday March 9 Ghent, Belgium - Handelsbeurs
Thursday March 10 London, UK - Roundhouse
Friday March 11 Brighton, UK - All Saint’s Church
Saturday March 12 Utrecht, Netherlands - Tivoli
Sunday March 13 Nijmegen, Netherlands - Doornroosje

And also a huge thank you to everyone who submitted art work for the Kurt Vile Spotify Art Contest last month. There were so many incredible submissions. These below are dubbed honorable mention. The winning work will be announced on Friday.

Sasha Taran

Jason Green

Tomke Berning

Andreas Geier


Kurt Vile is currently touring across Europe. All upcoming dates below. b'lieve i'm goin down... is out now.

Wednesday November 4 Aarhus, Denmark – Voxhall
Thursday November 5 Oslo, Norway – Rockefeller
Friday November 6 Stockholm, Sweden – Munchenbryggeriet *
Saturday November 7 Copenhangen, Demark – Amerbio *
Monday November 9 Berlin, Germany – Postbahnhof *
Tuesday November 10 Koln, Germany – Gebaeude 9 *
Wednesday November 11 Brighton, UK – Concorde 2 *
Thursday November 12 London, UK – Electric Ballroom*
Friday November 13 Bristol, UK – Motion *
Sunday November 15 Dublin, EIR – Vicar Street *
Monday November 16 Glasgow, UK – ABC1 *
Tuesday November 17 Leeds, UK – Leeds Uni Stylus *
Wednesday November 18 Manchester, UK – The Ritz *
Friday November 20 Lucerne, CH – Sudpol *
Saturday November 21 Lyon, France – Epicerie Moderne *
Sunday November 22 Barcelona, Spain - Apolo *
Monday November 23 Madrid, Spain –
Penelope *
Tuesday November 24 Lisbon, Portugal – Armazem F *
Monday December 28 – Friday January 1 – The Falls Music & Arts Festival – Lorne, Marion Bay + New South Wales, Bryon Bay
Friday January 8 – Sunday January 10 Busselton, Western Australia - Southbound Festival
Sunday January 10 – Tuesday January 12 – Tauranga, New Zealand – McLaren Falls Park Music & Arts Festival
Tuesday March 8 Paris, France - Alhambra #
Wednesday March 9 Ghent, Belgium - Handelsbeurs #
Thursday March 10 London, UK - Roundhouse #
Friday March 11 Brighton, UK - All Saint’s Church #
Saturday March 12 Utrecht, Netherlands - Tivoli #
Sunday March 13 Nijmegen, Netherlands - Doornroosje #

* – with Lushes
# – with Imarhan


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Coming Soon : the deluxe edition of Spoon's 'Gimme Fiction'

News flash for our friends beyond North America : Spoon's classic 'Gimme Fiction' celebrates its 10th anniversary with a deluxe limited-edition version on 180g double-LP, double-CD, released on Matador in early 2016 (Merge's domestic version will be available on December 11, as will Matador's digital download version). The reissue (released by Merge in 2005 and licensed/simultaneously released by Matador for territories outside of North America) contains the original album newly-remastered by Howie Weinberg from the original tapes, a second disc with 12 previously unreleased demos from the era, a digital download of nine additional bonus tracks, and a full-color book containing photos and an extensive oral history of the making of the album by The A.V. Club's Sean O'Neal. The deluxe LP package will also include a 24" x 36" poster and a digital download of all songs.

(photo by Tom Hines)

'Gimme Fiction' dragged the sonic pointillism of Kill the Moonlight further into dub-influenced weirdness as the increasingly confident Spoon went crazy in the studio, experimenting with everything from warped hip-hop samples to horse whinnies. Whatever digging or strange alchemy had to go into it, they only produced more gold.

'Gimme Fiction' deserves special recognition as the album where Spoon took creative and stylistic quantum leaps that resulted in classics "I Turn My Camera On," "The Beast And Dragon Adored," "My Mathematical Mind," "I Summon You" and so many more. 10 years later, 'Gimme Fiction' gets the deluxe vinyl release it so richly deserves.

Listen to and share the demo version of "Was It You?" and experience the oral history of 'Gimme Fiction' via the band's Tumblr, which includes videos, excerpts, and images from the album's creation and campaign.

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Car Seat Headrest - 'Teens Of Style' Out Today, New January Dates Announced

(Sonic Boom, Seattle, 10/29/15)

It would be no exaggeration to say the amount of critical acclaim that's greeted today's release of Car Seat Headrest's 'Teens Of Style' has been equal parts awesome and overwhelming. For us, anyway.  If yesterday's KEXP session is anything to go by Will Toledo's ALL BUSINESS when it comes to this kinda thing and while "unflappable" in the dictionary used to have a picture of a bird encased in rubber bands, it will now feature a sketch of Will.  Preferably one of those Wall St. Journal style sketches, I've always liked those.

Anyhow, what oughta be a national sensation has now grown into a full-fledged INTERNATIONAL INCIDENT.  Check the dates below.

Tuesday, November 17 - London UK - Servant Jazz Quarters
Friday, November 20 - Paris, France - Espace B
Saturday, November 21 - Utrecht, Netherlands - Le Guess Who Festival
Friday, November, 27 - Minneapolis MN - 7th St Entry*
Saturday, November, 28 - Madison  WI - The Frequency*
Sunday, November, 29 - Chicago IL - Schubas
Monday, November, 30 - Detroit  MI - The Loving Touch*
Tuesday, December, 1 - Toronto ON - Silver Dollar
Wednesday December, 2 - Montreal QC - Le Ritz
Friday, December, 4 - Cambridge  MA - The Lizard Lounge*
Saturday, December, 5 - Brooklyn NY - Baby’s All Right*
Sunday, December, 6 - Philadelphia  PA - Johnny Brenda’s*
Monday, December, 7 - Washington DC - DC9*
Tuesday, December, 8 - Richmond VA - Strange Matter*
Thursday, December, 10 - Atlanta GA - The Earl*
Friday, December, 11 - Nashville TN - High Watt*
Saturday, December, 12 - St. Louis MO - The Demo*
Sunday, December 13 - The Lookout, Omaha NE
Saturday, January 9 - Sunset Tavern, Seattle WA
Monday, January 11 - The Bartlett, Spokane WA
Tuesday, January 12 - The Wild Buffalo, Bellingham WA
Wednesday, January 13  Neurolux, Boise, ID
Thursday, January 14 - Kilby Court, Salt Lake City UT
Friday, January 15 - Hi Dive, Denver CO
Sunday, January 17 - Valley Bar, Phoenix AZ
Monday, January 18 - The Casbah, San Diego CA
Tuesday, January 19 - Bootleg Bar, Los Angeles CA

* w/ NE-HI

order 'Teens Of Style' from the following :

The Matador Store

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(photo: Colin Lane)

Savages have just announced worldwide tour dates in support of their upcoming album Adore Life. An exclusive fan presale will open this Thursday, October 29th at 9am local HERE. Full list of (just announced!) tour dates below.
February, 18 - De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill, UK
February, 19 - Junction, Cambridge, UK
February, 21 - Art School, Glasgow, UK
February, 22 - Albert Hall, Manchester, UK
February, 23 - Irish Centre, Leeds, UK
February, 27 - Epicerie Moderne, Lyon, France
February, 28 - Rockschool Barbey, Bordeaux, France
March, 2 - Botanique Orangerie, Brussels, Belgium
March, 5 - Babel, Malmö, Sweden
March, 6 - Kagelbanan, Stockholm, Sweden
March, 7 - Vega, Copenhagen, Denmark
March, 13 - Magazzini Generali, Milan, Italy
March, 15 - Dynamo, Zurich, Switzerland
March, 16 -  Melkweg, Amsterdam, Netherlands
March, 17 - Roundhouse, London, UK
March, 27 - 9:30 Club, Washington DC
March, 28 - Irving Plaza, New York NY
March, 29 - Warsaw, Brooklyn NY
March, 31 - Union Transfer, Philadelphia PA
April, 1 - Paradise Rock Club, Boston MA
April, 2 - Virgin Mobile Corona Theatre, Montreal, Canada
April, 4 - Danforth Music Hall, Toronto, Canada
April, 5 - St. Andrews Hall, Detroit MI
April, 7 -  Metro, Chicago IL
April, 8 - The Ready Room, St. Louis MO
April, 9 - Granada Theatre, Lawrence KS
April, 11 - Trees, Dallas TX
April, 12 - Emo's, Austin TX
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2 New Videos From HÆLOS, "Pray" & "Dust"

(photo by Dave Ma)



HÆLOS -- the London-based trio of Arthur Delaney (vocals), Dom Goldsmith (vocals, production) and Lotti Benardout (vocals) – are sharing new single “Pray” via Part II of their video trilogy. Together, with the new video for “Dust,” HÆLOS’ intriguing inaugural song, and the previously released video for “Earth Not Above,” this completes the band’s visual triptych. It’s a rare glimpse into the HÆLOS psyche as the band explores the modern big city life with the rituals and coping strategies that occupy the early hours.

Presenting a further taste of what’s to come from HÆLOS in 2016, “Pray” sees the enigmatic trio once again treading the fine line between darkness and euphoria as intensifying drum loops and cinematic strings form a backdrop for Lotti’s haunting and impassioned vocals. “Pray” and “Dust” are available to stream now and will be available as a limited edition 12” white label on December 4th on Matador.

Both videos were directed by Jesse John Jenkins.

Order the 'Earth Not Above' EP from the following :

Rough Trade / Piccadilly / Jumbo

Upcoming dates :

Tuesday, October, 27 - The Laundry, London UK
Thursday, October, 29 - Pitchfork Festival, Paris
Saturday, March 5 - Night & Day, Manchester UK
Tuesday, March 15 - March 20 - SXSW, Austin TX

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Savages - 'Adore Life' Coming January 2016 ; "The Answer" Video Premiere

"The Answer" - directed by Giorgio Testi at Pulse
“We've observed our audience all around the world and noticed that something is happening. People want to be pushed to do good, or to be good, or just to feel good. We wanted a very intense video, that felt like banging your head against the wall, focusing on our audience: a portrait of our crowd, an homage to music lovers and the good people who are coming to gigs and shouting their lungs out, or just smiling at the back. We were touched by them every night, and wanted to get their message out there: loud guitar music is still alive and still connects people.” -Savages

(photo by Colin Lane)

Savages’ second album, 'Adore Life', was recorded at RAK Studios, London in April 2015. Johnny Hostile was the producer and Richard Woodcraft the engineer. Anders Trentemøller took care of the mixing in Copenhagen. 'Adore Life' is out January 22, 2016.

All songs were written and played by Savages – Ay?e Hassan (bass), Fay Milton (drums), Gemma Thompson (guitar), Jehnny Beth (vocals). Lyrics by Jehnny Beth.

1. The Answer
2. Evil
3. Sad Person
4. Adore
5. I Need Something New
6. Slowing Down The World
7. When In Love
8. Surrender
9. T.I.W.Y.G.
10. Mechanics

preorder ' Adore Life' from the following with "The Answer" available instantly

The Matador Store
Google Play

Savages online :