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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.

Matador Revisionist History: Pavement's 'Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain'



(Illustration: Jeff Mahannah)

Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain is Pavement’s record-of-many transitions. From Louder Than You to Random Falls. From Gary Young to Steve West. From indier-than-thou (Matador) to FAKE INDIE (Matador/Atlantic). But most importantly, it’s the album where Pavement would flex the sort of musical and lyrical range that would later make some of you deeply resent everything else the band members ever did solidify their status as a once-in-a-generation phenomena. Except we’re still here talking about it.
Today marks the 25th anniversary of Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain’s 1994 release, and I believe it was George Santayana who said “those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” Good thing we’ve got a goddamn photographic memory, because there’s some stuff we went thru trying to get radio stations to play “Cut Your Hair” that NO ONE SHOULD EVER BE FORCED TO RELIVE. So let’s focus on the good times and not get bogged down in gloomy stuff like the journalist last week who asked me (seriously) if Billy Corgan or Scott Weiland still bore a grudge over “Range Life”. I’m sure you think my job is super fucking easy but there’s no simple way of answering a question like that without getting the person on the other end of the phone very very angry, so if you’re ever in that situation, I suggest you handle it exactly the way I did (pretend you’re been stung by a wasp).
Stream Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain / Purchase from the US Matador Webstore HERE.





All orders received today through Thursday, February 21st from the U.S. Matador Webstore that include Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain will receive a free MATADOR REVISIONIST HISTORY slip mat and a reproduction of Pavement's 1994 press photo (credit: Gail Butensky). Random orders will receive a press photo signed by Stephen Malkmus. UPDATE: press photos are now OUT OF STOCK, orders will still receive the slip mat.





Lucy Dacus - '2019' EP ; "La Vie En Rose" Premiere





2018 was a milestone year for Richmond, VA’s Lucy Dacus.  Her widely celebrated sophomore record, 'Historian', was met by a chorus of critical acclaim, with NPR, Rolling Stone, Pitchfork, NBC News, Slate, The Atlantic, Billboard, Paste, Stereogum, and others calling one of the best albums of the year.  Her collaborative EP as 1/3 of boygenius (with Julien Baker and Phoebe Bridgers) landed on many of those same lists, plus Newsweek, The New Yorker, Esquire, and the New York Times.  She played revelatory sold-out shows at clubs and festivals alike, and made network TV appearances  on "CBS This Morning", "Late Night with Seth Meyers", and "Last Call With Carson Daly".

A cursory glance at her worldwide touring schedule in 2019 (below) shows little sign that Dacus is slowing down, and in fact, she will release a EP titled '2019' to celebrate.  Recorded in here-and-there studio spurts over the last two years, '2019 'will be released later this year, and will be made up of originals and cover songs tied to specific holidays, each of which will drop around their respective date: Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day (and Taurus season!), Independence Day, Springsteen’s Birthday (not an official holiday, though we're told Chris Christie often took that day off), Halloween, Christmas, and New Year’s.

Dacus uses her gift as a songwriter to help understand and cope with the world around her, including making sense of national holidays, often more geared towards social media boasts and manufactured consumerism than authentic celebration.  “What is going on,” she asks herself on these days, retreating from the heightened expectations of holidays to figure out what to make of them and to find her own meaning.  “I've collected some songs from trying to answer that question,” she says, and “this EP seems like the right place to put them next to each other.  These songs are self-contained, not indicative of a new direction, just a willingness to do something different and sometimes even out of character.”

stream/download "La Vie En Rose" (Edith Piaf)
stream/purchase 'Historian' (25% off sale via the Matador Store thru Valentine's Day)


Lucy Dacus on tour :

Friday, February 1st Motorco Music Hall, Durham NC * (SOLD OUT)
Saturday, February 2nd Charleston Pour House, Charleston SC *
Monday, February 4th Saturn, Birmingham AL *
Tuesday, February 5th Proud Larry’s, Oxford MS *
Thursday, February 7th Ruins, Dallas TX * (SOLD OUT)
Friday, February 8th White Oak Music Hall, Houston TX *
Saturday, February 9th Barracuda, Austin TX * (SOLD OUT)
Monday, February 11th Opolis, Norman OK *
Tuesday, February 12th The Bottleneck, Lawrence KS *
Wednesday, February 13th Rose Music Hall, Columbia MO *
Thursday, February 14th Cosmic Charlie’s, Lexington KY *
Friday, February 15th Thalia Hall, Chicago IL ^
Thursday, March 7th Savannah Stopover, Savannah GA
Friday, March 8th Barley’s Tap Room, Knoxville TN &
Saturday, March 9th The Basement East, Nashville TN &
Monday, March 11th The Basement, Columbus OH &
Tuesday, March 12th Ninth Ward, Buffalo NY & (SOLD OUT)
Thursday, March 14th The Haunt, Ithaca NY &
Friday, March 15th Colony, Woodstock NY &
Saturday, March 16th Pearl Street Club, Northampton MA &
Sunday, March 17th SPACE Gallery, Portland ME &
Tuesday, March 19th Columbus Theatre, Providence RI &
Wednesday, March 20th White Eagle Hall, Jersey City NJ &
Thursday, March 21st Union Transfer, Philadelphia PA &
Friday, March 22nd The Black Cat, Washington DC & (SOLD OUT)
Wednesday, March 27th Oxford Art Factory, Sydney AU
Thursday, March 28th Black Bear Lodge Brisbane AU
Friday, March 29th Northcote Social Club, Melbourne AU
Saturday, March 30th By The Meadow, Bambra AU
May 3-5 Shaky Knees Festival, Atlanta GA
Friday, May 31 Primavera Festival, Barcelona ES

* w/ Illuminati Hotties
^ w/ Sharon Van Etten
& w/ Mal Blum, Fenne Lily

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Interpol - "Fine Mess"




photo : Kalpesh Lathigra

Interpol have commenced 2019 with new single titled “Fine Mess,” which is now available to stream and purchase.

“Fine Mess” continues the invigorated creative spirit of 2018’s triumphant 'Marauder', presenting Interpol at their most urgent and essential – with Paul Banks’ feverish vocals and haunted lyrics telling of “a sanguine and starry pair, buoyed and dashed alike by their own dreams and appetites” interlocking with Daniel Kessler’s serpentine riffs and Sam Fogarino’s thundering rhythm section, distilled around the seditious refrain: “you and me / make a fine mess.”

Ahead of a busy worldwide tour and festival season with Primavera, NOS Primavera, and Best Kept Secret already announced, “Fine Mess” is further testament to a band at their peak, and the first chapter in what promises to be yet another eventful year for Interpol.

stream / download "Fine Mess"
stream / purchase 'Marauder'



Interpol on tour (new dates in bold)

Thursday, May 2nd Arvest Bank Theatre, Kansas City MO

Sunday, May 5th North Charleston PAC, Charleston SC

Tuesday, May 7th Florida Theatre, Jacksonville FL

Wednesday, May 8th Mahaffey Theatre, St Peterburg FL

Friday, May 10th Fillmore at Jackie Gleason Theatre, Miami FL

Saturday, May 11th Hard Rock Live, Orlando FL

Previously announced dates:
Thursday, January 31 Queen Elizabeth Theatre, Vancouver BC
Friday, February 1 Keller Auditorium, Portland OR
Saturday, February 2 The Moore Theatre, Seattle WA
Tuesday, February 5 Palace Theatre, St. Paul MN
Thursday, February 7 The Chicago Theatre, Chicago IL
Friday, February 8 Pabst Theater, Milwaukee WI (SOLD OUT)
Saturday, February 9 The Pageant, St. Louis MO
Monday, February 11 Marathon Music Works, Nashville TN
Tuesday, February 12 40 Watt Club, Athens GA  (SOLD OUT)
Thursday, February 14 The Ritz, Raleigh NC
Friday, February 15 The Anthem, Washington DC
Saturday, February 16th – Madison Square Garden, NYC NY !
Thursday, March 28 Teatro Vorterix, Buenos Aires AR
March 28-April 2 Asuncionico, Asuncion PY
March 29-March 31 Lollapalooza Argentina, Buenos Aires AR
March 29-March 31 Lollapalooza Chile, Santiago CL
April 5-April 7 Lollapalooza Brasil, Sao Paolo BR
April 5-April 7 Festival Estereo, Bogota CO
Tuesday, April 9 Domos Art, Lima PE
Wednesday, May 1 Red Rocks Amphitheater, Morrison CO #
May 3-May 5 Shaky Knees Festival, Atlanta GA @
Saturday, May 25th All Points East Festival, London UL
May 30-June 1 Heartland Festival Kvaerndrup DK
Sunday, June 2 Best Kept Secret, Hilvarenbeek NE
Tuesday, June 4 Palladium, Cologne DE
Wednesday, June 5 Schlachthof, Wiesbaden DE
Friday, June 7 Nos Primavera Sound Festival, Porto PT
Monday, June 10 Adrenaline Stadium, Moscow RS
Wednesday, June 12 Green Theatre, Kyiv UA
June 21-June 23 Southside Festival, Neuhausen CH
June 21-June 23 Hurricane Festival, Scheessel DE
Tuesday, June 25 02 Academy Leeds, Leeds UK
Wednesday, June 26 Brighton Dome, Brighton UK
Sunday, June 30 Garorock, Marmande Nouvelle-Aquitaine FR
Tuesday, July 2 L’Olympia, Paris FR
Thursday, July 4 Les Eurockeennes De Belfort, Belfort FR
Sunday, July 7 Beauregard Festival, Caen FR
! w/ Car Seat Headrest, Snail Mail
# w/ Car Seat Headrest, Sunflower Bean
@ w/ Lucy Dacus, Liz Phair

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Coming March 15 : Stephen Malkmus - 'Groove Denied'



"Viktor Borgia", directed by Jan Lankisch.




(photo by Robbie Augspurger)

For once, the rumors are true (some of 'em, anyway). The “rejected” electronic album that Stephen Malkmus has been alluding to over the past year  will see the light of day on March 15th. That said, 'Groove Denied' is not a plunge into EDM or glitch-city. In fact, there aren’t any purely instrumental tracks on the album. Every song is precisely that: a song, featuring Malkmus staples like an artfully askew melody and an oblique lyric. 'Groove Denied' is Stephen playing hooky from his customary way of going about things, jolting himself out of a comfy routine. As Malkmus commented recently in a recent video interview, “It’s kind of funny to mess with stuff you’re not supposed to mess with.”

The first taste of Stephen’s new groove can be sampled today, with the release of single “Viktor Borgia,” and its accompanying video. The title playfully merges the name of the comedian-pianist and the ruthless dynasty of Italo-Spanish nobles. . “Yes, I was thinking things like Pete Shelley’s ‘Homosapien’, the Human League, and DIY synth music circa 1982,” says Stephen, adding “and also about how in the New Wave Eighties, these suburban 18-and-over dance clubs were where all the freaks would meet – a sanctuary.”

Stephen will embark on a brief solo tour, sans Jicks, in May. The newly announced run of dates can be found below. A full bio, composed by Simon Reynolds can be found as well.

download / stream "Viktor Borgia"
stream / preorder 'Groove Denied'
When Stephen Malkmus first arrived on the scene in the early Nineties, as frontman and prime creative force in Pavement, the area of music with which he was associated couldn’t really have been further from the techno-rave sounds of the day. Electronic dance music, then as now, was about posthuman precision, inorganic textures, and hyper-digital clarity. Whereas the lo-fi movement in underground rock championed a messthetic of sloppiness, rough edges, and raw warmth - a hundred exquisitely subtle shades of distortion and abrasion. “Imperfect sound forever” was the rallying cry for a micro-generation of slacker-minded dreamers and misfits.

Fast forward to the present and here comes Malkmus with a surprising new project that embraces the very digital tools and procedures he’d have once gone out of his way to avoid. Groove Denied – Stephen’s first solo album without his cohorts the Jicks since 2001 – was made using Ableton’s Live, a software sequencer and “digital audio workstation” that is the preferred tool of discerning techno producers and deejays worldwide. Instead of a human-powered rhythm section of electric bass and drums, Malkmus’s arsenal further includes drum machines, along with a host of plug-in FX and “soft synths” (digital simulations of vintage electronic hardware that inhabit your computer rather than take over your entire living room).

For the first time on record, what you hear here is just Stephen and the Machine(s).

But Groove Denied is not a full-blown plunge into EDM or hiptronica, into the soundworlds of Deadmaus, Villalobos and Skee Mask. In fact, there aren’t any purely instrumental tracks on the album. Every song is precisely that: a song, featuring Malkmus staples like an artfully askew melody and an oblique lyric. But Groove Denied is Stephen playing hooky from his customary way of going about things, jolting himself out of a comfy routine. As Malkmus commented recently in a video interview, “It’s fun to mess with things that you’re not supposed to.”

This departure from the tried-and-tested stems back to earlier in this decade, when Malkmus spent a couple of years living in Berlin and was exposed to the city’s vibrant club scene Back in the Nineties, Stephen had given rave culture a wide berth, in part because of bad personal associations with the drug MDMA (he’d had “a really really bad trip” on Ecstasy in 1987, bizarrely on a visit to New York to see Miles Davis perform). But in Berlin, thanks to a younger deejay friend, Malkmus made forays into the city’s world-famous all-night party scene and became fascinated by techno. “The music can be great… you can zone out, dance, and focus on music - or just get wasted!”

It would not be entirely off-base, or an overly cute rock-historical reference, to describe Groove Denied as Stephen Malkmus’s Low. Although largely recorded in Oregon, the bulk of the album was written while he was living in Berlin. Updating his home studio with Ableton and teaching himself rudimentary Pro Tools, Malkmus “started fucking with effects and loops”. He compares the process of track-construction to the way his kids “used to make these girls on my iPhone - choosing hair colour, dresses, etc. That intuitive swipe and grab thing. Chop and move the waves. Apple computer scroll style of thinking.” It’s a very different way of making music to the feel-oriented way of coming up with chord progressions and rhythm grooves on a guitar alone or jamming with a band. And in fact, electric guitar – while it does feature on Groove Denied – is really “just color for the most part”.

Yet while the methodology behind Groove Denied is absolutely 21st Century, the reference points for the sound-palette hark back to the pre-digital era. “The electronic music side of the album, I wanted it to be sonically pre-Internet,” explains Stephen. “So the EQ-ing is a bit 1970’s, that sloppy DIY sequencing. And the influences are kinda 1981 post punk - actually quite British.” “A Bit Wilder”, one of the stand-out cuts, specifically recalls Cabaret Voltaire, its slack-stringed dank-with-reverb bass a dead ringer for the Stephen Mallinder sound. “Yes, I was thinking the Cabs - and Section 25, whose 1981 album Always Now I think is a serious underdog stoner album. That grey industrial Martin Hannett sound. But also all these cute DIY group that imitated The Cure back then – loners with 4-tracks tape recorders and dreams of “Killing An Arab”.” Malkmus says he was trying to conjure or reinhabit the “fan perspective” on things like Joy Division and the Cure - the sort of “getting it a bit wrong” that unintentionally brings something new into the world.

Groove Denied is frontloaded with this Cold Wave redux sound - a style we’ve never heard from Stephen Malkmus before. Opener “Belziger Faceplant”, for instance, features a most peculiar processed vocal that sounds withered and grotesque, like a deflated wrinkly balloon still lingering on in your house weeks after a party. “I envisioned ‘Belziger Faceplant’ as made by someone off their head after a night out in Friedrichshain,” says Malkmus, referring to a district of the former East Berlin now rife with techno clubs like the legendary Berghain. “Coming back at 5 AM, firing up the laptop in the morning light and trying to make a song, but the instruments are tripping over each other. You can’t even speak because of all the Ketamine or whatever!” Malkmus adds that he’s never tried K but “for some reason I imagine it like that”.

Then there’s “Viktor Borgia,” a title that playfully merges the name of the comedian-pianist and the ruthless dynasty of Italo-Spanish nobles. With its stately melody and the almost-English-accented vocal, the coordinates here are early Human League or even Men Without Hats. “Yes, I was thinking things like Pete Shelley’s ‘Homosapien’, the Human League, and DIY synth music circa 1982. And also about how in the New Wave Eighties, these suburban 18-and-over dance clubs were where all the freaks would meet – a sanctuary.”

“Forget Your Place” features another eerily wobbled vocal a la “Belziger Faceplant” plus dub-style detonations of submarine sonar and nagging bleeps. Frankly, it sounds pretty darn wasted. “Like ‘Belgizer’, this is a pretty solid Ableton-based track – moving waves around, finding a trippy loop and throwing an echo on it,” explains Stephen, adding that “at times it feels almost childish, working with Ableton - like finger painting. But ‘Forget Your Place’ also makes me think about death – don’t ask me why!”

Alongside the early Eighties “minimal synth” and industrial influences, the other main palette of tone-colors audible on Groove Denied is closer both to Stephen’s comfort zone and to what his fans would expect from him: “warped psych,” as he terms it, that avant-garage tradition of dirty guitars and ramshackle grooves, except that in this case, it’s “one person pretending to be a band.” That illusion is pulled off magnificently on loose ‘n’ swinging tunes like “Come Get Me” and “Love the Door,” although the electronic element manifests still with the crisp and prim pitter of drum machine beats and a spume of Moog frothing all over “Door”. Then there’s “Rushing the Acid Frat”, whose title came from Stephen’s memories of a student fraternity at the University of Virginia that, unlike the typical beery bro frathouse, had a “Grateful Dead druggy tie-dye” vibe. Malkmus imagined “Rushing” as a “Louie Louie”-style shindig rumpus to soundtrack a “Star Wars bar scene in such a frat… It’s kinda 12-bar, but gigged with psych lyrics”.

As the album enters the homestretch, it returns to more familiar Malkmusian terrain, with a warmer, grittier sound. “I did frontload Groove Denied with the stuff that signals “80’s/cold,” he says. “That stuff excited me the most - and it sounded braver. If I had another year, it could have been all in that style.” Still, with the second half offering gorgeous tunes like the hazy-lazy ramble “Bossviscerate” and the glittering “Ocean of Revenge” – both graced with his signature style of odd-angled melodic beauty – who’s complaining? Mellow closer “Grown Nothing” feels like Malkmus easing back towards the sound of his recent album with the Jicks, Sparkle Hard. In fact, although it has been released after Sparkle, 70% of Groove Denied was completed before work on the Jicks record. Indeed, Malkmus’s explorations with sound-processing influenced that album, most notably with the unexpected appearance of Auto-Tune on a couple of tracks.

Groove Denied will shake up settled notions of what Malkmus is about and what he’s capable of, repositioning him in the scheme of things. But looking at it from a different angle, his engagement with state-of-art digital tech actually makes perfect sense. After all, Nineties lo-fi – the sound in which he and Pavement were initially vaunted as leaders and pioneers - was nothing if not insistently sonic – it was all about the grain of guitar textures, about gratuitously over-done treatments and ear-grabbing effects. Noise for noise’s sake. It’s just that it was looking to older modes and antiquated technology. From the Big Muff and the Cry Baby Wah pedal through to today’s deliberately distorted deployment of pitch-correction, there’s really an unbroken continuity: the creative misuse of technology, the aestheticization of mistakes and flaws, wrongness-as-rightness.

As Stephen tweeted recently on the subject of Auto-Tune’s omnipresence in contemporary music-making: “We long 4 transformation....and we humans fucking luv tools.”

Simon Reynolds, Jan 2019







(Tour Dates, New Shows sans Jicks In Bold, On Sale Friday Jan 25, 10am Local Time)

Wednesday, January 23 Metro, Chicago IL
Friday, January 25 Brooklyn Steel, Brooklyn NY
Wednesday, May 1 The Great Hall, Toronto ON *
Friday, May 3 Arts At The Armory, Somerville MA *
Saturday, May 4 Ardmore Music Hall, Ardmore PA *
Sunday, May 5 Union Stage, Washington DC *
Tuesday, May 7 3TEN ACL Live, Austin TX *
Friday, May 10 Doug Fir Lounge, Portland OR *
Saturday, May 11 Columbia City Theater, Seattle WA *
Tuesday, May 14 Swedish American Hall, San Francisco CA *
Wednesday, May 15 Lodge Room, Los Angeles CA *
Thursday, May 30 Primavera Sound, Barcelona ES
Tuesday, June 4 De Casino St. Niklaas BE
Wednesday, June 5 Knust, Hamburg DE
Friday, June 7 Debaser, Stockholm SE
Tuesday, June 11 Parkteatret, Oslo NO
Wednesday, June 12 Bergenfest, Bergen NO
Friday, June 14 Lille Vega, Copenhagen DK
Saturday, June 15 Traumzeit Festival, Duisberg DE
Tuesday, June 18 De Kreun, Kortrijk BE
Wednesday, June 19 La Gaîté Lyrique, Paris FR

* Indicates Stephen Malkmus only

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Matador Revisionist History : Considering Unsane's 'Total Destruction'





(photo by Michael Galinsky)

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What would possess a respected independent label entering an (ill-fated) joint-venture with a major record company to make one of their inaugural releases a record as uncompromisingly unpleasant and visceral as Unsane's 1994, 'Total Destruction' --- once again, re-pressed by Matador and now on sale to mark the album's 25th anniversary? Well, for starters, we were a bunch of arrogant motherfuckers who thought we knew better (MAN, DID THE YEARS BEAT THAT OUT OF US). Also, maybe you had to be there (and I was there --- over and over and over again and I have the hearing/brain damage to prove it) but Chris Spencer, Pete Shore and Vincent Signorelli were a devastating force. That we did a somewhat crap job of convincing more than a few people of this is something we'd love to lay at the feet of Atlantic Records...so there you go. It's everyone's dream to do what they love and here we are still doing it.



("Body Bomb" video, directed by Richard Kern)

Fast forward a quarter century later and Unsane are still making sick records, touring the globe (now with Dave Curran in Pete's spot) and setting an impossibly high bar for a new generation of bands. And Matador's still working O.T. hoping you won't be overcome with noxious nostalgia fumes, but not before you jump on a totally destructive a 25% off sale.

Happy 25th Birthday To Yo La Tengo's "From A Motel 6"



("From A Motel 6", directed by Hal Hartley)

Today marks the 25th anniversary of Yo La Tengo's "From A Motel 6" being released as a single thru the confusing maelstrom of the major label distribution system. It's also Ira Kaplan's birthday, and to celebrate both of these historic events we're offering 25% off 'Extra Painful' and 'There's A Riot Going On'. Stream "From A Motel 6" and find your territory's Matador Webstore



Yo La Tengo On Tour :

Tuesday, January 22nd Hi How Are You Day 2019, ACL Live at the Moody Theater, Austin TX
Wednesday, February 6th Teatro Capitolio, Lisbon PT
Thursday, February 7th Hard Club, Porto PT
Friday, February 8th Sala Capitol, Santiago de Compostela ES
Saturday, February 9th Teatro Victoria Eugenia, San Sebastian ES
Monday, February 11th Sala La Riviera, Madrid ES
Tuesday, February 12th Oasis Club Teatro, Zaragoza
Wednesday, February 13th Sala Apolo, Barcelona ES
Saturday, February 16th L’Aeronef, Lille FR
Sunday, February 17th EartH, Hackney UK
Monday, February 18th EartH, Hackney UK
Tuesday, February 26th Thalia Hall, Chicago IL*


* (Live Score to “The Love Song of R. Buckminster Fuller: a “live documentary” from filmmaker Sam Green.)

August 8-12 2019, The Belle & Sebastian Boaty Weekender

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Great Music For Terrible Times : 25% Off Holiday Sale


Dear Citizens of Earth,

As we reach the end of 2018, it would not be an exaggeration to say we’re in the midst of many difficult moments in human history.  The icecaps are melting.   America is on the brink of a constitutional crisis.  You can’t walk 15 feet in any major metropolis without breaking your neck on a discarded scooter.  Your personal data (including everything we collect in this campaign) is being used for nefarious means. Nearly 15% of the public believes we actually told someone to “sound more like Adele.”  Nearly $40 million was spent to produce “The Hurricane Heist”

All of that said, there is still beauty, mystery, and grandeur in what’s left of the fine arts.  And when you’re done with the fine arts, there’s Matador's incredible array of 2018 titles from Belle and Sebastian, Body/Head, boygenius, Car Seat Headrest, Lucy Dacus, Iceage, Interpol, Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks, Liz Phair, Snail Mail, Kurt Vile and Yo La Tengo.  Will these records help you sort out a world gone mad? hey, they’re great, but not THAT GREAT.  Almost certainly, and that’s why your friends at Matador —a label as magnanimous as it is humble — are offering an unprecedented 25% OFF when you use the code, “terribletimes” thru December 13. Orders of $40.00 and above receive a free tote bag and take it from me, a tote bag skeptic, you’re way less likely to drop shit all over the sidewalk when you have a stylish bag.



(moon art : James McNew)

MATADOR HOLIDAY SALE : 25% w/ code "terribletimes"

Car Seat Headrest - 'Twin Fantasy' (Mirror To Mirror) - Available Today, Pitchfork Fest Webcast




Today marks the digital release date for Car Seat Headrest's 'Twin Fantasy (Mirror To Mirror)', the original 2011 recordings once again available via all streaming/download providers.  As mentioned earlier in this space, the 2XLP white vinyl edition, previously released for Record Store Day 2018, is coming back in print and can be found in stores next Friday, November 9.

Car Seat Headrest's set at the Paris edition of Pitchfork Music Festival is being webcast today at 2:30pm eastern time.

'Twin Fantasy - Mirror To Mirror' White Vinyl
stream  'Twin Fantasy (Mirror To Mirror)

Car Seat Headrest on tour :

Friday November 2, Pitchfork Music Festival, Paris FR
Saturday, November 3rd La Lune Des Pirates, Amiens FR
Monday, November 5th Tramshed, Cardiff UK
Tuesday, November 6th Rock City, Nottingham UK
Wednesday, November 7th Albert Hall, Manchester UK
Thursday, November 8th Kentish Town 02 Forum, London UK
Saturday, November 10 Rolling Stone Weekender Weissenhauser Strand, DE
Sunday, November 11th Pumpehuset, Copenhagen DK
Tuesday, November 13th Vera, Groningen NL
Wednesday, November 14th Tivoli, Utrecht NL
Thursday, November 15th Autumn Falls at Vooruit, Gent BE
Saturday, November 17 Rolling Stone Park Rust, DE
Thursday, February 14 Royale, Boston MA
Friday, February 15 Mass MoCA, North Adams MA
Saturday, February 16 Madison Square Garden, New York NY !
Sunday, February 17 Rams Head Live, Baltimore MD
Monday, February 18 The National, Richmond VA
Wednesday, February 20 Georgia Theatre, Athens GA
Thursday, February 21 The Moon, Tallahassee FL
Friday, February 22 The Beacham Theater, Orlando FL
Saturday, February 23 The Orpheum, Tampa Bay FL
Tuesday, February 26 Tipitina's, New Orleans LA
Wednesday, February 27 White Oak Music Hall, Houston TX
Thursday, February 28 Emo's, Austin TX
Friday, March 1 Canton Hall, Dallas TX
Saturday, March 2 Paper Tiger, San Antonio TX

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Interpol - "If You Really Love Nothing" (Reimagined By Pêtr Aleksänder)







Interpol returned to "Later… with Jools Holland" (BBC) this week with a striking performance in black & white of “The Rover”, from their critically acclaimed new album 'Marauder'. Alongside, the band have released a new version of “If You Really Love Nothing” by Pêtr Aleksänder, the duo of London musicians Tom Hobden and Eliot James, which sees the anthemic song reimagined as a transcendent, string-laden opus.

stream / download "If You Really Love Nothing" (Pêtr Aleksänder version)
stream / purchase 'Marauder'

Interpol on tour :

Tuesday, November 6th – Akasaka Blitz – Tokyo, JP
Friday, November 9 Clockenflap, Hong Kong CN
Saturday, November 10 Neon Lights, Singapore
Wednesday, November 14th – Royal Albert Hall – London, UK $
Friday, November 16th – 02 Apollo, Manchester UK $
Sunday, November 18th – Olympia Theater, Dublin IE $
Friday, November 23rd – Merhr! Theater, Hamburg DE $
Saturday, November 24th – TAP1 – Copenhagen, DK $
Sunday, November 25th – Tempodrom, Berlin DE $
Tuesday, November 27th – Tivoli Vredenburg, Utrect NL $
Wednesday, November 28th – Forest National, Brussels BE $
Thursday, November 29th – La Salle Pleyel – Paris, FR
Sunday, December 30 Falls Festival, Lorne AU
Monday, December 31 Falls Festival, Marion Bay AU
Tuesday, January 2 Falls Festival, Byron Bay AU
Thursday, January 4 Palais Theatre, Melbourne AU
Friday, January 5 Sydney Opera House, Sydney AU
Saturday, January 6 Falls Festival, Fremantle AU
Thursday, January 31 Queen Elizabeth Theatre, Vancouver BC
Friday, February 1 Keller Auditorium, Portland OR
Saturday, February 2 The Moore Theatre, Seattle WA
Tuesday, February 5 Palace Theatre, St. Paul MN
Thursday, February 7 The Chicago Theatre, Chicago IL
Friday, February 8 Pabst Theater, Milwaukee WI
Saturday, February 9 The Pageant, St. Louis MO
Monday, February 11 Marathon Music Works, Nashville TN
Thursday, February 14 The Ritz, Raleigh NC
Friday, February 15 The Anthem, Washington DC
Saturday, February 16th – Madison Square Garden, NYC NY !
$ w/ Nilüfer Yanya


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Coming January 18 : Steve Gunn - The Unseen In Between





(photo : Clay Benskin)



Steve Gunn’s long awaited new album, 'The Unseen In Between', will be released on January 18. Following the guitarist/vocalist’s 3-night residency at Brooklyn’s Union Pool this month and next, Gunn will tour with a full band throughout the US and Europe in 2019 (full dates below)

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For over a decade, guitarist/vocalist Steve Gunn has been one of American music’s most pivotal figures - conjuring immersive and psychedelic sonic landscapes both live and on record, releasing revered solo albums ranking high on in-the-know end of year lists, alongside exploratory collaborations with artists as diverse as Mike Cooper, Kurt Vile, and Michael Chapman (whose most recent studio album he produced).  Gunn is known for telling other people's stories, but on his breakthrough fourth album, 'The Unseen In Between', he explores his own emotional landscapes with his most complex, fully realized songs to date. The lyrics evoke voyages, tempests (actual and emotional), and a rich cast of characters met along the way -- the work of an artist finding a place of calm in the midst of a storm. Produced by frequent collaborator James Elkington and engineered by Daniel Schlett, the immaculately recorded 'Unseen' forces a reassessment of Gunn’s standing in the pantheon of the era’s great songwriters.

Getting to 'The Unseen In Between' itself was not easy for Gunn. In the summer of 2016, Gunn released 'Eyes On The Lines', his winning and elliptical debut for Matador. It should have been a triumphant moment, but exactly two weeks later, Gunn’s father and namesake died following a two-year struggle with cancer. During his sickness, he and his son had connected as never before, listening to one another’s experiences and understanding one another’s perspectives; they became not father and son but real friends.

This experience yielded the emotional centerpiece of the album. “Stonehurst Cowboy” is a duet for Gunn’s raw acoustic guitar and spare basslines by Bob Dylan's musical director Tony Garnier, whose featured throughout the album.  The song distills the lessons Gunn learned from his father and it is a solemn but tender remembrance, a tribute to his father’s reputation as a tough, wise, and witty guy from far west Philadelphia.

A sense of musical renewal and emotional complexity fits the new songs perfectly; “Luciano” seems to be about the chemistry between a bodega owner and his cat, an unspoken romance of gentle obedience and quiet gestures. But Gunn peers below the relationship’s surface and wonders about the owner's lonely future once the cat is gone, a devastating meditation wrapped in soft strings. And then there’s “Vagabond,” Gunn’s graceful attempt to humanize a rich cast of characters whose lives have gone astray, wanderers who live outside of society’s modern safety net, who pursue “a crooked dream” in spite of what the world expects. Supported by the perfect harmonies of Meg Baird, Gunn finds something lovely in the unloved.

Inspired by contemporary artist Walter De Maria’s Dia Art Foundation-affiliated installation of 400 stainless steel poles atop the high desert of New Mexico, “Lightning Field” considers what we get out of art when it doesn’t work, when lightning does not light up the night for visitors. Opener “New Moon" may begin in the mode of a deep track from Astral Weeks or Fred Neil, with its upright bass and sparse tremolo guitar. But during the song’s final minutes, strings double the melody, and then the guitar rushes headlong, pulling ahead in a wave of ecstatic deliverance. It is a brief but liberating solo, an instant release of tension from the fraught scene Gunn has built, complemented by one of his most arresting vocal performances.

In a final contrast, “Morning is Mended” is an acoustic beauty so resplendent it ranks alongside Sandy Denny or Jackson C. Frank. Buoyed by a melody that sparkles like sunlight on still water, Gunn acknowledges the hardships around him, the feeling of being a “nothing sky,” and then moves forward into the world, walking tall into the fresh morning.  The song is an apt encapsulation of 'The Unseen In Between', a gorgeously empathetic record that attempts to recognize the worries of the world and offer some timely assurance.  It is a revelatory and redemptive set, offering the balm of understanding at a time when that seems in very short supply.

 



Steve Gunn on tour (new dates in bold)

Thursday, October 25 Union Pool, Brooklyn NY *
Thursday, November 1 Union Pool, Brooklyn NY **
Thursday, November 8 Union Pool, Brooklyn NY ***
Thursday, January 31 Great Scott, Boston MA ^
Friday, February 1 Bowery Ballroom, New York NY ^
Saturday, February 2 Union Transfer, Philadelphia PA ^
Friday, February 8 The Casbah, San Diego CA ^
Saturday, February 9 Teragram Ballroom, Los Angeles CA ^
Sunday, February 10 Moe’s Alley, Santa Cruz CA $
Tuesday, February 12 Aladdin Theater, Portland OR $
Wednesday, February 13 Tractor Tavern, Seattle WA $
Saturday, February 16 The Chapel, San Francisco CA #
Tuesday, March 12 Bitterzoet, Amsterdam NL
Wednesday, March 13 Paard, Den Haag NL
Thursday, March 14 Vera, Groningen NL
Friday, March 15 Nochtspeicher, Hamberg DE
Saturday, March 16 Radar, Aarhus DK
Monday, March 18 Folken, Stavanger NO
Wednesday, March 20 Revolver, Oslo NO
Thursday, March 21 Pustervik, Gothenburg SE
Friday, March 22 Loppen, Copenhagen DK
Saturday, March 23 Frannz Club, Berlin DE
Sunday, March 24 Archa Theatre, Prague CZ
Monday, March 25 UT Connewitz, Leipzig DE
Tuesday, March 26 Manufaktur, Schorndorf DE
Wednesday, March 27 Arena, Vienna AT
Saturday, March 30 Südpol, Luzern CH
Sunday, March 31 Rotefabrik, Zurich CH
Monday, April 1 Sonic, Lyon FR
Tuesday, April 2 Le Petit Bain, Paris FR
Wednesday, April 3 De Kreun, Kortrijk BE
Friday, April 5 Oslo, London UK
Saturday, April 6 Hare & Hounds, Birmingham UK
Sunday, April 7 Brudenell Social Club, Leeds UK
Monday, April 8 Deaf Institute, Manchester UK

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** w/ Loren Connors & Alan Licht
*** w/ Little Black Egg
^ w/ Meg Baird & Mary Lattimore
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Out Today : KURT VILE - 'Bottle It In'



Today (Friday, October 12) marks the release date of Kurt Vile's eagerly awaited 'Bottle It In' - Kurt calls it his "best, deepest (and possibly weirdest) album to date," and WHEN HE'S RIGHT, HE'S RIGHT. Stream or order this sprawling-instant-classic, or track down the special blue 2XLP independent retail edition via this highly detailed map.

If you're a fan of the podcasting medium or simply long for a wide-ranging, effervescent chat between two of the modern age's most thoughtful conversationalists, you'll be thrilled to know that Kurt is Marc Maron's guest on this week's edition of WTF.

Kurt Vile and The Violators have added a second night at Brooklyn Steel, November 29, with support from Frankie Cosmos. Tickets are on sale Friday, October 19.



(photo by Jo McCaughey)

Kurt Vile & The Violators On Tour
Friday, October 12th - Grünspan – Hamburg, DE ^
Saturday, October 13th - Pustervik - Gothenburg, SE ^
Sunday, October 14th - Rockefeller – Oslo, NO #
Monday, October 15th - Bern – Stockholm, SE #
Tuesday, October 16th - Vega – Copenhagen, DK #
Thursday, October 18th - Huxleys – Berlin, DE #
Friday, October 19th - Muffathalle – Munich, DE #
Saturday, October 20th - X-Tra – Zurich, CH #
Sunday, October 21st - Epicerie Moderne – Lyon, FR #
Monday, October 22ns - Apolo – Barcelona, ES #
Tuesday, October 23rd - Teatro Barceló – Madrid, ES #
Thursday, October 25th - Lisboa Ao Vivo – Lisbon, PT #
Friday, October 26th - Hard Club – Porto, PT #
Sunday, October 28th - Rockschool Barbey – Bordeaux, FR #
Monday, October 29th - La Cigale – Paris, FR #
Tuesday, October 30th - Autumn Falls @ AB - Brussels, BE #
Thursday, November 1st - Paradiso – Amsterdam, NL #
Friday, November 2nd - Kantine – Köln, DE #
Monday, November 5th - Concorde 2 – Brighton, UK # (SOLD OUT)
Tuesday, November 6th - Shepherd’s Bush Empire – London, UK #
Wednesday, November 7th - Shepherd’s Bush Empire – London, UK #
Thursday, November 8th - St Philips Gate - Bristol, UK #
Friday, November 9th - The Crossing - Birmingham, UK #
Saturday, November 10th - Albert Hall – Manchester, UK #
Sunday, November 11th - 02 Academy – Leeds, UK #
Tuesday, November 13th - 02 ABC – Glasgow, UK #
Wednesday, November 14th - Vicar Street - Dublin, IR #
Sunday, November 24 House of Blues, Boston MA *
Wednesday, November 28 Brooklyn Steel, Brooklyn NY *
Thursday, Novembber 29 Brooklyn Steel, Brooklyn NY @
Friday, November 30 9:30 Club, Washington DC *
Monday, December 3 Variety Playhouse, Atlanta GA *
Wednesday, December 5 Jones Assembly, Oklahoma City OK *
Thursday, December 6 ACL Live Moody Theater, Austin TX *
Friday, December 7 Canton Hall, Dallas TX *
Sunday, December 9 The Observatory North Park, San Diego CA *
Tuesday, December 11 The Wiltern, Los Angeles CA *
Wednesday, December 12 Fox Theater, Oakland CA *
Friday, December 14 Crystal Ballroom, Portland OR *
Saturday, December 15 Moore Theatre, Seattle WA *
Sunday, December 16 Vogue, Vancouver BC *
Wednesday, December 19 First Avenue, Minneapolis MN *
Thursday, December 20 Sylvee, Madison WI *
Friday, December 21 Turner Hall Milwaukee WI *
Saturday, December 22 Rivera Theatre, Chicago IL *
Saturday, December 29 The Met Philadelphia, Philadelphia PA !
Thursday, February 14 Higher Ground, Burlington VT +
Friday, February 15 Mtelus, Montreal QC +
Saturday, February 16 Danforth Music Hall, Toronto ON + (SOLD OUT)
Sunday, February 17 Danforth Music Hall, Toronto ON
Tuesday, February 19 Majestic Theatre, Detroit MI +
Wednesday, February 20 Taft Theatre, Cincinnati OH +
Thursday, February 21 The Vogue, Indianapolis IN +
Friday, February 22 Headliners Music Hall, Louisville NY +
Saturday, February 23 Castle Theatre, Bloomington IL +
Sunday, February 24 The Pageant, St. Louis MO +
Tuesday, February 26 The Slowdown, Omaha NE +
Wednesday, February 27 Truman, Kansas City MO +
Thursday, February 28 Ogden Theatre, Denver CO +
Friday, March 1 The Depot, Salt Lake City, UT +
Saturday, March 2 M3F Fest, Phoenix AZ
Sunday, March 3 House of Blues, Las Vegas NV +
Tuesday, March 5 Rialto Theatre, Tucson AZ +
Wednesday, March 6 Meow Wolf, Sante Fe NM +
Friday, March 8 Gruene Hall, New Braunfels TX +
Saturday, March 9 White Oak Music Hall, Houston TX +
Sunday, March 10 Civic Theatre, New Orleans LA +
Tuesday, March 12 The Beacham, Orlando FL +
Wednesday, March 13 Revolution Live, Ft. Lauderdale FL +
Friday, March 15 Saturn, Birmingham AL +
Saturday, March 16 Ryman Auditorium, Nashville TN +
Sunday, March 17 The National, Richmond VA +
Thursday, April 11 Hunter Lounge, Wellington NZ
Saturday, April 13 Powerstation, Auckland NZ
Monday, April 15 Enmore, Sydney AU &
Tuesday, April 16 Unibar, Wollongong AU &
Wednesday, April 17 ANU, Canberra AU &
Thursday, April 18 Bryon Bay Bluesfest, Byron Bay AU &
Saturday, April 20 Bryon Bay Bluesfest, Byron Bay AU &
Monday, April 22 The Forum, Melbourne AU &
Friday, April 26 Bendigo Autumn Music Festival, Bendigo AU
Saturday, April 27 The Gov, Adelaide AU &
Sunday, April 28 Rosemount Carpark, Perth AU &

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Car Seat Headrest - New 2019 US Dates, 'Twin Fantasy - Mirror To Mirror' White Vinyl Edition Repress Coming November 9

(photo : Mikeal Beland) Car Seat Headrest is excited to announce a newly confirmed run of headline tour dates for 2019. Kicking off on Valentine’s Day in Boston, the tour makes its way down the East Coast, making multiple stops in Florida, a first for the band, and winds its way through Texas, culminating in San Antonio on March 2nd. Car Seat Headrest’s electrifying seven-piece live band, including members of Naked Giants, has been on the road for the past month in the States, playing grandiose, sold-out shows in support of the recently released 'Twin Fantasy', the re-recorded and re-imagined return to the band’s 2011 Bandcamp classic. Previously only available physically as a Record Store Day exclusive, the remastered 2011 version of 'Twin Fantasy' (dubbed 'Twin Fantasy - Mirror To Mirror') will be available on all digital services on November 2nd and on vinyl on November 9th. 'Twin Fantasy - Mirror To Mirror' White Vinyl preorder stream / purchase 'Twin Fantasy' Car Seat Headrest on tour (new dates in bold) Friday, October 12 The Showbox, Seattle WA Saturday, October 13 The Showbox, Seattle WA Saturday, November 3rd La Lune Des Pirates, Amiens FR Monday, November 5th Tramshed, Cardiff UK Tuesday, November 6th Rock City, Nottingham UK Wednesday, November 7th Albert Hall, Manchester UK Thursday, November 8th  Kentish Town 02 Forum, London UK Saturday, November 10 Rolling Stone Weekender Weissenhauser Strand, DE Sunday, November 11th Pumpehuset, Copenhagen DK Tuesday, November 13th Vera, Groningen NL Wednesday, November 14th Tivoli, Utrecht NL Thursday, November 15th Autumn Falls at Vooruit, Gent BE Saturday, November 17 Rolling Stone Park Rust, DE Thursday, February 14 Royale, Boston MA Friday, February 15 Mass MoCA, North Adams MA Saturday, February 16 Madison Square Garden, New York NY ! Sunday, February 17 Rams Head Live, Baltimore MD Monday, February 18 The National, Richmond VA Wednesday, February 20 Georgia Theatre, Athens GA Thursday, February 21 The Moon, Tallahassee FL (On Sale Date TBD Due to Inclement Weather) Friday, February 22 The Beacham Theater, Orlando FL Saturday, February 23 The Orpheum, Tampa Bay FL Tuesday, February 26 Tipitina's, New Orleans LA Wednesday, February 27 White Oak Music Hall, Houston TX Thursday, February 28 Emo's, Austin TX Friday, March 1 Canton Hall, Dallas TX Saturday, March 2 Paper Tiger, San Antonio TX ! - with Interpol, Snail Mail Car Seat Headrest Online Facebook Twitter Instagram Matador Artist Page

Coming October 12 : Kurt Vile - 'Bottle It In'





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Original Footage directed by Aurora Glassock)



Weeks of speculation come to an end today as details of the new Kurt Vile album can finally be confirmed: One of the most critically and commercially acclaimed artists of the last decade will release 'Bottle It In' on October 12th. Today’s announcement is accompanied by the release of a new song titled “Bassackwards", the album’s beating heart and Vile’s most compelling evocation of how he sees the world: “I was on the ground circa Planet Earth, but out of sorts,” he sings over a gently psychedelic bed of backmasked guitars. “But I snapped back, baby, just in time to jot it down.”

Kurt Vile has also confirmed a lengthy run of worldwide tour dates for 2019 with backing band The Violators, in addition to previously announced tour dates coming up this fall. The 2019 North American shows traverse a multitude of East Coast, Midwest, Southwest, and Southern cities, with support from The Feelies. A special hometown show in Philadelphia has been added for December 29th 2018, which will take place at the newly rehabilitated historic Metropolitan Opera House (aka The Met Philadelphia) as part of their opening week celebration. The full list of tour dates can be found below.
Travel can inspire in surprising ways: Kurt Vile discovered as much making his first record in three years, the eclectic and electrifying Bottle It In, which he recorded at various studios around the country over two very busy years, during sessions that usually punctuated the ends of long tours or family road trips. Every song, whether it’s a concise and catchy pop composition or a sprawling guitar epic, becomes a journey unto itself, taking unexpected detours, circuitous melodic avenues, or open-highway solos. If Vile has become something of a rock guitar god—a mantle he would dismiss out of humility but also out of a desire to keep getting better, to continue absorbing new music, new sounds, new ideas—it’s due to his precise, witty playing style, which turns every riff and rhythm into points on a map and takes the scenic route from one to the next.

Using past albums as points of departure, Bottle It In heads off in new directions, pushing at the edges of the map into unexplored territory: Here be monster jams. These songs show an artist who is still evolving and growing: a songwriter who, like his hero John Prine, can make you laugh and break your heart, often in the same line, as well as a vocalist who essentially rewrites those songs whenever he sings them in his wise, laconic jive-talkin’ drawl. He revels in the minutiae of the music—not simply incorporating new instruments but emphasizing how they interact with his guitar and voice, how the glockenspiel evokes cirrocumulus clouds on “Hysteria,” how Kim Gordon’s “acoustic guitar distortion” (her term) engulfs everything at the end of “Mutinies,” how the banjo curls around his guitar lines and backing vocals from Lucius to lend a high-lonesome aura to “Come Again.”

These journeys took Vile more than two years to navigate, during which time he toured behind his breakout 2015 album b’lieve I’m goin’ down, recorded a duets album with Australian singer-songwriter-guitarist Courtney Barnett, opened for Neil Young in front of 90,000 people in Quebec, famously became a clue on Jeopardy, hung out with friends, took vacations with his wife and daughters.

In April 2017, he trekked out to Indio, California, to catch the Stagecoach Festival and sit in with his friends the Sadies (“my favorite modern band”). Inspired by Willie Nelson’s epic set, Vile spent a few days in Los Angeles working with producer Rob Schnapf at his Mant Sounds studio. The two had previously worked together on “Pretty Pimpin,” the leadoff track on b’lieve that became a number-one AAA radio hit. Their second collaboration was similarly inspired: Featuring backing vocals from Cass McCombs, the eleven-minute title track is full of ominous bass rumbles, hazy-steady drumbeats from Warpaint’s Stella Mozgawa, delicate harp stabs from Mary Lattimore, and what sounds like chewy distortion leaking out of a David Lynch flick.

Months later, when a lengthy Violators tour ended in Salt Lake City, Vile let the momentum carry him further west, where he recorded several more songs with engineer/producer Shawn Everett (Alabama Shakes, the War on Drugs) at The Beer Hole in Los Angeles. Other songs were put to tape during sojourns to Portland, Oregon, and to Greenpoint, Brooklyn, where fellow Violator Rob Laakso co-produced. The bulk of Bottle It In was bottled up at Tarquin Studios in Bridgeport, Connecticut, with Peter Katis (Interpol, the National) engineering and producing. Bottle It In captures the spontaneity of these impromptu sessions, revealing Vile as a diligent and singularly determined musician.

These recordings are the destinations, but the journeys were just as important, whether they gave him time with his wife and kids or an opportunity to get some writing done. “For a while I was terrified of flying, so I would be listening to whatever country songs I was obsessed with. I’d have George Jones blasting in my ears. Or, I would be reading something about country music. Or, I would start writing songs in that flash of being afraid, being swallowed by life. I’m up there on a plane drinking wine because like everybody else I’m afraid to die. And I wrote ‘Hysteria’ up there.” That new song, with its woozy guitar fanfare, captures mid-flight queasiness well, as Vile daydreams about escaping the flight: “Stop this plane ‘cause I wanna get off,” he sings. “Pull over somewhere on the side of a cloud.”

Bottle It In is about place only insofar as it is about the people in those places: friends and family, bandmates and music heroes, colleagues and collaborators. There’s a lot of love in these big-hearted songs, a lot of warmth toward everyone in Vile’s orbit and even toward those whose paths he’s yet to cross. “Loved you all a long, long while,” he sings on “One-Trick Ponies.” “Looked down into a deep dark well, called all of your names.” The jangly country-rock tune serves as a valentine to… he won’t say, but he and Mozgawa and Farmer Dave Scher deliver a beautifully sympathetic sing-along chorus that invites every one of us one-trick ponies to join in.

As Vile prepares for another round of lengthy tours and countless shows, these songs should prove good company, reminders of the love and responsibility he has toward those he leaves at home and those he meets along the way. That makes the sentiments resonate more strongly and lends Bottle It In an emotional weight. “It’s like that moment on the airplane,” Vile says, “when you’re on your way somewhere and you have that burst of panic. When you’re terrified of dying, that’s when you want people to know you love them.” - Stephen Duesner

Tracklisting :
01 Loading Zones
02 Hysteria
03 Yeah Bones
04 Bassackwards
05 One Trick Ponies
06 Rollin With The Flow
07 Check Baby
08 Bottle It In
09 Mutinies
10 Come Again
11 Cold Was The Wind
12 Skinny Mini
13 (bottle back)
Saturday, December 29 The Met Philadelphia, Philadelphia PA !
Thursday, February 14 Higher Ground, Burlington VT +
Friday, February 15 Mtelus, Montreal QC +
Saturday, February 16 Danforth Music Hall, Toronto ON +
Tuesday, February 19 Majestic Theatre, Detroit MI +
Wednesday, February 20 Taft Theatre, Cincinnati OH +
Thursday, February 21 The Vogue, Indianapolis IN +
Friday, February 22 Headliners Music Hall, Louisville NY +
Saturday, February 23 Castle Theatre, Bloomington IL +
Sunday, February 24 The Pageant, St. Louis MO +
Tuesday, February 26 The Slowdown, Omaha NE +
Wednesday, February 27 Truman, Kansas City MO +
Thursday, February 28 Ogden Theatre, Denver CO +
Friday, March 1 The Depot, Salt Lake City, UT +
Saturday, March 2 M3F Fest, Phoenix AZ
Sunday, March 3 House of Blues, Las Vegas NV +
Tuesday, March 5 Rialto Theatre, Tucson AZ +
Wednesday, March 6 Meow Wolf, Sante Fe NM +
Friday, March 8 Gruene Hall, New Braunfels TX +
Saturday, March 9 White Oak Music Hall, Houston TX +
Sunday, March 10 Civic Theatre, New Orleans LA +
Tuesday, March 12 The Beacham, Orlando FL +
Wednesday, March 13 Revolution Live, Ft. Lauderdale FL +
Friday, March 15 Saturn, Birmingham AL +
Saturday, March 16 Ryman Auditorium, Nashville TN +
Sunday, March 17 The National, Richmond VA +
Thursday, April 11 Hunter Lounge, Wellington NZ
Saturday, April 13 Powerstation, Auckland NZ
Monday, April 15 Enmore, Sydney AU &
Tuesday, April 16 Unibar, Wollongong AU &
Wednesday, April 17 ANU, Canberra AU &
Thursday, April 18 Bryon Bay Bluesfest, Byron Bay AU &
Saturday, April 20 Bryon Bay Bluesfest, Byron Bay AU &
Monday, April 22 The Forum, Melbourne AU &
Saturday, April 27 The Gov, Adelaide AU &
Sunday, April 28 Rosemount Hotel, Perth AU &
! w/ The Feelies
+ w/ The Sadies

& w/ RVG





Previously announced tour dates :

Friday, October 12th - Grünspan – Hamburg, DE ^
Saturday, October 13th - Pustervik - Gothenburg, SE ^
Sunday, October 14th - Rockefeller – Oslo, NO #
Monday, October 15th - Bern – Stockholm, SE #
Tuesday, October 16th - Vega – Copenhagen, DK #
Thursday, October 18th - Huxleys – Berlin, DE #
Friday, October 19th - Muffathalle – Munich, DE #
Saturday, October 20th - X-Tra – Zurich, CH #
Sunday, October 21st - Epicerie Moderne – Lyon, FR #
Monday, October 22ns - Apolo – Barcelona, ES #
Tuesday, October 23rd - Teatro Barceló – Madrid, ES #
Thursday, October 25th - Lisboa Ao Vivo – Lisbon, PT #
Friday, October 26th - Hard Club – Porto, PT #
Sunday, October 28th - Rockschool Barbey – Bordeaux, FR #
Monday, October 29th - La Cigale – Paris, FR #
Tuesday, October 30th - Autumn Falls @ AB - Brussels, BE #
Thursday, November 1st - Paradiso – Amsterdam, NL #
Friday, November 2nd - Kantine – Köln, DE #
Monday, November 5th - Concorde 2 – Brighton, UK #
Tuesday, November 6th - Shepherd’s Bush Empire – London, UK #
Wednesday, November 7th - Shepherd’s Bush Empire – London, UK #
Thursday, November 8th - St Philips Gate - Bristol, UK #
Friday, November 9th - The Crossing - Birmingham, UK #
Saturday, November 10th - Albert Hall – Manchester, UK #
Sunday, November 11th - 02 Academy – Leeds, UK #
Tuesday, November 13th - 02 ABC – Glasgow, UK #
Wednesday, November 14th - Vicar Street - Dublin, IR #
Sunday, November 24 House of Blues, Boston MA *
Wednesday, November 28 Brooklyn Steel, Brooklyn NY *
Friday, November 30 9:30 Club, Washington DC *
Monday, December 3 Variety Playhouse, Atlanta GA *
Wednesday, December 5 Jones Assembly, Oklahoma City OK *
Thursday, December 6 ACL Live Moody Theater, Austin TX *
Friday, December 7 Canton Hall, Dallas TX *
Sunday, December 9 The Observatory North Park, San Diego CA *
Tuesday, December 11 The Wiltern, Los Angeles CA *
Wednesday, December 12 Fox Theater, Oakland CA *
Friday, December 14 Crystal Ballroom, Portland OR *
Saturday, December 15 Moore Theatre, Seattle WA *
Sunday, December 16 Vogue, Vancouver BC *
Wednesday, December 19 First Avenue, Minneapolis MN *
Thursday, December 20 Sylvee, Madison WI *
Friday, December 21 Turner Hall Milwaukee WI *
Saturday, December 22 Rivera Theatre, Chicago IL *


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Coming November 9 : boygenius






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The rumors are true: boygenius, the band of Julien Baker, Phoebe Bridgers, and Lucy Dacus will release their self-titled EP debut on November 9th on Matador. The illustrious trio is comprised of the most exciting and visionary young songwriters in independent rock, whose critically acclaimed albums were all released in the past year ('Turn Out The Lights', 'Stranger In The Alps', and 'Historian', respectively). To celebrate today’s announcement, boygenius has released a captivating triumvirate of new songs titled “Stay Down,” “Me & My Dog,” and “Bite The Hand,” which can be heard HERE.

Baker and Bridgers will hit the road in North America this fall for a co-headline tour, with Dacus opening. Each artist will play her own individual set of tunes, but fans just might be able to hear some boygenius songs along the way – though that’s another rumor we can’t yet confirm. The tour kicks off at Nashville’s  Ryman Auditorium on November 4th, and hits major markets in the Northeast, Midwest, and West Coast, culminating at The Wiltern in LA on November 30. The full list of tour dates, as well as each individual artist’s itinerary, can be found below.

(stream / preorder 'boygenius')





Julien Baker, Phoebe Bridgers and Lucy Dacus tour dates :

Sunday, November 4 Ryman Auditorium, Nashville TN
Tuesday, November 6 Brooklyn Steel, Brooklyn NY
Wednesday, November 7 Brooklyn Steel, Brooklyn NY
Thursday, November 8 Orpheum Theatre, Boston MA



Saturday, November 10 Danforth Music Hall, Toronto ON
Sunday, November 11 Majestic Theatre, Detroit MI
Monday, November 12 Thalia Hall, Chicago IL
Tuesday, November 13 Thalia Hall, Chicago IL
Thursday, November 15 The Pageant, St. Louis MO
Friday, November 16 The Sylvee, Madison WI
Saturday, November 17 First Avenue, Minneapolis MN
Monday, November 19 Ogden Theatre, Denver CO
Tuesday, November 20 The Depot, Salt Lake City UT
Friday, November 23 Commodore Ballroom, Vancouver BC
Saturday, November 24 The Moore Theatre, Seattle WA
Sunday, November 25 Crystal Ballroom, Portland OR
Monday, November 26 Fox Theater, Oakland CA
Thursday, November 29 The Observatory North Park, San Diego CA
Friday, November 30 The Wiltern, Los Angeles CA

Julien Baker Tour Dates :

Wednesday, August 29th - C/O Pop - Cologne, DE
Saturday, September 1st - End of The Road Festival - Larmer Tree Gardens, UK
Monday, September 3rd - Botanique - Brussels, BE
Tuesday, September 4th - Paradiso - Amsterdam, NL
Wednesday, September 5th - Elbphilharmonie - Hamburg, DE
Friday, September 7th - Hotel Cecil - Copenhagen, DK
Saturday, September 8th - Perfect Sounds Forever - Bergen, NO
Monday, September 10th - Kagelbanan - Stockholm, SE
Thursday, September 13th - UT Connewitz - Leipzig, DE
Friday, September 14th - NOD - Prague, CZ
Saturday, September 15th - Flex Café - Vienna, AT
Sunday, September 16th - Ampere - Munich, DE
Tuesday, September 18th - Ohibo - Milan, IT
Thursday, September 20th - Bad Bonn - Dudingen, CH
Saturday, September 22nd - La Maroquinerie - Paris, FR

Phoebe Bridgers Tour Dates:

Tuesday, August 21 Scala, London UK
Thursday, September 20 Hollywood Palladium, Los Angeles CA #
Friday, September 21 Hollywood Palladium, Los Angeles CA #
Saturday, September 22 Santa Barbara Bowl, Santa Barbara CA  #
Thursday, September 27 The Mann Center, Philadelphia, PA #
Friday, September 28 Merriweather Post Pavilion Columbia MD #
Saturday, September 29 Forest Hills Stadium, Forest Hills NY #
Wednesday, October 3 The Van Buren, Phoenix AZ *
Thursday, October 4 Pappy & Harriet’s, Pioneertown CA *
Friday, October 5 Cocoanut Grove, Santa Cruz CA *
Sunday, October 7 Gundlach Bundschu Winery Sonoma CA *

# with The National
* with Conor Oberst and the Mystic Valley Band


Lucy Dacus tour dates :

Tuesday, August 21 The Boileroom, Guilford UKThursday, August 23 Bad Bonn Festival, Dudingen CH
Saturday, August 25 Recession at Radar, Aarhus DK
Sunday, August 26 Plan B, Malmo SE
Monday, August 27 Open Oya Festival, Oslo NO
Tuesday, August 28 Perfect Sounds Forever Festival, Bergen NO
Friday, August 31, End of the Road Festival, Salisbury UK
Sunday, September 2 Electric Picnic Festival, Dublin IE
Friday, September 14 Jefferson Theater, Charlottesville VA
Saturday September 29, OutessaFest, Upper Marlboro MD
Monday, October 22 Norwich Arts Centre, Norwich UK
Tuesday, October 23 Thekla, Bristol UK
Thursday, October 25 The Cookie, Leicester UK
Friday, October 26 Mono, Glasgow UK
Saturday, October 27 Now Wave, Manchester UK
Monday, October 29 The Haunt, Brighton UK
Wednesday, October 31 Islington Assembly Hall, London UK *Julien Baker online :Facebook
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Out Today : Body/Head - 'The Switch'



(photo : David Black)

The Wire's Stewart Smith opines that "Kim Gordon and Bill Nace's Body/Head is the most compelling project to have emerged from the ashes of Sonic Youth," ("Gordon and Nace have become increasingly interested in texture and space, creating a free psychedelic music that's attuned to the play of shadow and light"), and while we're not encouraging comparison or competition between post-SY endeavors, I think we can all agree that today is a VERY GOOD DAY for The Wire's Stewart Smith, as Body/Head's 3rd Matador album, 'The Switch' is officially available via all finer record shops and digital platforms.



(purchase / stream 'The Switch')

Pitchfork's Marc Masters calls 'The Switch', "as mesmerizing as a hypnotist’s swinging clock," ("no matter how far they stretch, their tones and rhythms always cohere...in Nace and Gordon’s hands, these unchartable sounds combine like well-defined movements in a symphony. Their guitars rhyme as if they were trading chord changes rather than thick swaths of noise,") and as much as we anticipate you'll agree with him 110% upon experiencing the album in your preferred listening environment, we also wholeheartedly encourage you to catch Body/Head on tour starting tonight at Los Angeles' Hollywood Forever Masonic Lodge.


(poster by Charles Burns)

Body/Head live dates :

Friday, July 13 Masonic Lodge, Los Angeles CA
Saturday, July 14 The Lab San Francisco CA
Thursday, July 19 Elsewhere, Brooklyn NY *
Friday, July 20 BSP, Kingston NY *
Saturday, July 21 Statehouse, New Haven CT *
Sunday, July 22 The Root Cellar, Greenfield MA *
Tuesday, July 24 Great Scott, Boston MA *
Thursday, July 26 PhilaMOCA, Philadelphia PA *
September 7 Hopscotch Music Festival, Raleigh NC
Saturday, September 15 Beerland, Austin TX (with USA/Mexico, Exhalants, The Austerity Progam)

* w/ Gunn-Truscinski Duo

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Coming August 24 : Interpol - 'Marauder'




(Interpol by Jamie-James Medina)



“Marauder is a facet of myself. That’s the guy that fucks up friendships and does crazy shit. He taught me a lot, but it’s representative of a persona that’s best left in song. In a way, this album is like giving him a name and putting him to bed.” -Paul Banks

Months of speculation come to an end today as details of the new Interpol album can finally be confirmed: One of the most critically acclaimed bands of this generation will release their sixth album, Marauder, August 24th on Matador Records.

As you read this, Interpol is currently revealing all details (Themes! Making-of! Album art! Producer! Visuals!) to a convergence of their most fervent fans and media, live from General Prim 30 in Mexico City via a live-streamed press conference. (Update: see the archived video of Interpol's press conference below)



Marauder’s first single, "The Rover", can be heard HERE, and will be performed live on CBS' "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert" tomorrow night, June 8 (11:35 eastern airtime).

Interpol have also confirmed an initial run of worldwide tour dates, in addition to previously announced appearances at London’s BST Hyde Park with The Cure, Glasgow’s TRNSMT Festival, NYC’s House of Vans and Chicago’s Riot Fest. Those that preorder Marauder directly from the Interpol store will get first access to ticket presales for the new shows, which include London's Royal Albert Hall, New York City's Madison Square Garden and Los Angeles' Hollywood Bowl. The full list of tour dates can be found below.

Tracklist
1. If You Really Love Nothing
2. The Rover
3. Complications
4. Flight of Fancy
5. Stay in Touch
6. Interlude 1
7. Mountain Child
8. NYSMAW
9. Surveillance
10. Number 10
11. Party's Over
12. Interlude 2
13. It Probably Matters


(photo by Jamie-James Medina)







Special Vinyl Editions
The standard black vinyl edition of Marauder will be available from the Matador Store, Interpol band store, and all good independent music retailers.

The red vinyl edition is only available through the Matador Store or the Interpol band store.

The cream vinyl edition will only be available for purchase through independent retailers.

Preorder Marauder direct from The Interpol Store to get first access to ticket presales.



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Stream / download “The Rover”



Interpol on tour (new dates in bold)
Monday, June 25th - Arena Wien Open Air - Wien, AU
Tuesday, June 26th - Sexto Nplugged - Sesta Al Reghena, IT
Wednesday, June 26th - INmusic Festival - Zagreb, HR
Sunday, July 1st - TRNSMT Festival - Glasgow, UK
Saturday July 7th - British Summer Time, Hyde Park, London, UK (with The Cure) (SOLD OUT)
Thursday, July 5th - Roskilde Festival - Roskilde, DK
Friday, August 24th - House Of Vans, Brooklyn, NY
September 14-16, Riot Fest, Douglas Park, Chicago IL
Thursday, October 4th - Hollywood Bowl - Los Angeles, CA
General On Sale - 10am local time, June 15th
Saturday, October 6th - Greek Theatre - Berkeley CA
General On Sale - 10am local time, June 15th
Tuesday, November 6th - Akasaka Blitz - Tokyo, JP
General On Sale - 10am JST, June 23rd
Wednesday, November 14th - Royal Albert Hall - London, UK
General On Sale - 10am BST, June 15th
Saturday, November 24th - TAP1 - Copenhagen, DK
General On-Sale - 10am CEST, June 15th
Thursday, November 29th - La Salle Pleyel - Paris, FR
General On Sale - 10am CEST, June 15th
Saturday, February 16th - Madison Square Garden, NYC NY *


General On Sale - 10am EST, June 15th

* w/ Car Seat Headrest, Snail Mail



Interpol has announced plans to perform at Madison Square Garden on February 16th, featuring support from Car Seat Headrest and Snail Mail.

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It finally happened; somebody called the cops on Interpol.

The long arm of the law caught up with Daniel Kessler, Paul Banks, and Sam Fogarino in 2017, as they worked on a new album inside the Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ rehearsal space in Manhattan. Even in its infancy, Marauder was shaping up to be a beast; an early practice session was so vigorous, it resulted in Sam hitting the drums so hard that he busted his kick drum. “That rarely happens, even with heavy-hitters,” says Sam.

Eventually, the trio were playing with such force and volume, that a neighbor called the boys in blue on the boys in black, forcing them out of the practice space. “We ruined it for everyone,” reflects Daniel. “It seemed like you’re picking on the wrong rock band,” adds Sam with a laugh. “It’s not like we’re Mastodon. I mean, in certain circles, we’re considered wimps!”

If that was ever the case, the Interpol captured on their sixth album are nothing of the sort. While many fans took time over the last 18 months to read about the band’s vital part in New York City’s early 21st century rock renaissance, or bask in the glory of their hugely successful 15th anniversary tour celebrating the seminal 2002 debut Turn On the Bright Lights, the trio have been quietly (sorry, LOUDLY) working on making sure they’re not just a cultural timepiece for music historians to study. The result is Marauder: an album that sways as well as it seduces, that pounds as well as it pouts, and that batters as well as it broods.

They’ve had some help along the way. For the first time since 2007’s Our Love to Admire, Interpol have opened themselves up to the input of a producer. For two-week spells between December of 2017 to April of 2018, they travelled to upstate New York to work with Dave Fridmann – famed for recording with Mercury Rev, Flaming Lips, MGMT, Spoon, Mogwai, and countless more.

The New Yorkers arrived at his remote and frequently snowbound Tarbox Studios with most of Marauder tightly rehearsed and worked out. Fridmann made sure that their meticulous work in crafting a virile and visceral set of songs didn’t get flattened during recording. It was his suggestion to skip the Pro Tools, and record directly two-inch tape. “That meant there was a limitation to the amount of things you could track,” explains Daniel. “You couldn’t add more overdubs because you would have to erase something else. You couldn’t really over-think too much of it.” It’s a decision that allows a leaner and more muscular Interpol to flex throughout the album.

In the run up to writing and recording, Sam found himself immersed in soul drummers such as Al Jackson Jr (Otis Redding’s drummer) and 80’s funk producers Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis. “How can I make shit swing?” was the question Sam repeatedly asked himself, and the answer is in the striding gallop of opener “If You Really Love Nothing,” the embellished skip ‘n’ bounce of “Stay in Touch” and the R&B swagger of closer “It Probably Matters.” Interpol have always been world-beaters at creating a feeling, but Marauder is where the feel is just as crucial.  - Hardeep Phull

Coming July 13 : Body/Head - The Switch






(photo : David Black)

On July 13, we're releasing the new album from BODY/HEAD, 'The Switch'. The duo of Kim Gordon and Bill Nace recorded their 2nd studio album for Matador last summer in Western Massachusetts with engineer Justin Pizzoferrato and the results are equal parts dizzying & intense. Summer & Autumn U.S. dates are listed below, with several of the shows in question already on sale.

stream/download "You Don't Need"
preorder 'The Switch'
Creative alchemy doesn’t just happen in the studio or in the practice space; so much of it is the product of solo time with one’s instrument, learning how body and wood and electronics fuse, and of subconscious processes as one lives one’s daily life—picking up the ambient noise of the world outside, listening to others’ work, talking through ideas with friends. For Kim Gordon and Bill Nace, time together these days is limited to live performances and recording, so they’ve got to bring all their magic to every encounter. Lucky for us, these are two experimental sorcerers of significant renown.

Their debut album together as Body/Head, 'Coming Apart', from 2013, was more of a rock record—heavy, emotional, cathartic, spellwork in shades of black and grey. T'he Switch' is their second studio full-length, and it finds the duo working with a more subtle palette, refining their ideas and identity. Some of it was sketched out live (if you’ve not had the fortune of seeing them in that natural environment yet, see 2016’s improvisational document 'No Waves'), but much of it happened purely in the moment. Working in the same studio and with the same producer as 'Coming Apart', here Body/Head stretch out, making spacious pieces that build shivering drones, dissonant interplay, Gordon’s manipulated vocals, and scraping, haunting textures into something that feels both delicate and dangerous. Less discrete songs than one composition broken up into thematic movements, a slow-moving narrative that requires as much attention and care from the listener as it did from everyone involved in its creation, it is a record that sticks around after it’s done playing.

This is Nace’s favorite of Gordon’s guitar work; she’s truly come into her own as a guitarist, having built up her confidence through solo shows. The way the duo work together, you’d never know they spend so much time apart; on 'The Switch', their vision and focus feel truly unified. If Coming Apart was dark magic, 'The Switch' works with light, though it never forgets that these approaches are two sides of the same coin, and that binaries—black/white, near/far, emotion/analysis, body/head—are made to be broken open, and that the truth of things is in the energy between.

-Jes Skolnik, May 2018


Body/Head on tour
:

Thursday, June 21 No Response Festival, Cincinnati OH
Friday, July 13 Masonic Lodge, Los Angeles CA
Saturday, July 14 The Lab San Francisco CA
Thursday, July 19 Elsewhere, Brooklyn NY *
Friday, July 20 BSP, Kingston NY *
Saturday, July 21 Statehouse, New Haven CT *
Sunday, July 22 The Root Cellar, Greenfield MA *
Tuesday, July 24 Great Scott, Boston MA *
Thursday, July 26 PhilaMOCA, Philadelphia PA *
September 6-8 Hopscotch Music Festival, Raleigh NC
Saturday, September 15 Beerland, Austin TX

* w/ Gunn-Truscinski Duo

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Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks - 'Sparkle Hard' Out Today, New Events In Seattle, L.A.


(photo by James Rexroad)

After a wait some might describe as "interminable", or perhaps even "long", 'Sparkle Hard', the latest & greatest album from Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks is now available to purchase or download.   If you're in the Seattle area this coming Tuesday, consider making your way to KEXP's Gathering Space at noon AND NOT SIMPLY BECAUSE IT'S A LOVELY SPACE FOR GATHERING(S).

Following the unfortunate cancellation of July's FYF Festival in Los Angeles, the Jicks have added a show at LA's Roxy on July 19. Tickets go on sale today at 10am pacific time.



('Sparkle Hard - The Supercut' - directed by Brook Linder)

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Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks on tour :

Friday, June 1 Turf Club, St. Paul MN (SOLD OUT)
Saturday, June 2 The Back Room at Colectivo, Milwaukee WI
(SOLD OUT)
Sunday, June 3 Thalia Hall, Chicago IL

Tuesday, June 5 Ace of Cups, Columbus OH (SOLD OUT)
Wednesday, June 6 Rex Theater, Pittsburgh PA

Thursday, June 7 Grog Shop, Cleveland OH

Friday, June 8 Magic Stick, Detroit MI
Saturday, June 9 Lee’s Palace, Toronto ON (SOLD OUT)
Monday, June 11 Theatre Fairmount, Montreal QC
Tuesday, June 12 The Sinclair, Cambridge MA (SOLD OUT)
Thursday, June 14 Music Hall of Williamsburg, Brooklyn NY (SOLD OUT)
Friday, June 15 Music Hall of Williamsburg, Brooklyn NY (SOLD OUT)
Saturday, June 16 Theatre of Living Arts, Philadelphia PA
Sunday, June 17 Black Cat, Washington DC
Tuesday, June 19 Cat’s Cradle, Carrboro NC
Wednesday, June 20 The Georgia Theatre, Athens GA
Thursday, June 21 Mercy Lounge, Nashville TN
Friday, June 22 Zanzabar, Louisville KY
Saturday, June 23 The Woodward Theater, Cincinnati OH
Tuesday, July 17 Mystic Theatre, Petaluma CA
Wednesday, July 18 Slim’s, San Francisco CA
Thursday, July 19 The Roxy, Los Angeles CA
Sunday, July 22 The Crescent Ballroom, Phoenix AZ
Wednesday, July 25, Mohawk, Austin TX
Thursday, July 26 White Oak Music Hall, Houston TX
Friday, July 27 Granada Theater, Dallas TX
Saturday, July 28 The Vanguard, Tulsa OK
Sunday, July 29 Record Bar, Kansas City MO
Tuesday, July 31 Gothic Theatre, Englewood CO
Wednesday, August 1 Urban Lounge, Salt Lake City UT
Friday, August 3 Rickshaw Theatre, Vancouver BC
Saturday, August 4 Neptune Theatre, Seattle WA
Sunday, August 5 Star Theater, Portland OR
Wednesday, October 17th Albert Hall, Manchester UK
Thursday, October 18th SWG3, Glasgow UK
Friday, October 19th Vicar St., Dublin IE
Sunday, October 21st SXW, Bristol UK
Monday, October 22nd The Asylum, Birmingham UK
Wednesday, October 24th Hackney Arts Center, London UK
Thursday, October 25th Concorde 2, Brighton UK
Monday, October 29th Lido, Berlin DE
Tuesday, October 30th Stadtgarten, Cologne DE
Wednesday October 31st Melkweg, Amsterdam NL

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Coming May 18 : Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks - 'Sparkle Hard'





(photo : James Rexroad)

As a few of you sleuths (professional and otherwise) doubtlessly figured out from the earlier tour announcement and debut of "Middle America",there's a new album from Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks on the way May 18, and it's called 'Sparkle Hard'.  Produced by Chris Funk, the album's prerelease track, "Shiggy" can heard today on all relevant / responsible streaming platforms.
Modesty and plain good manners might prevent them from saying so themselves, but the fact that Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks have thrived, rather than simply endured over 17 years and delivered six albums of buzzy, sub-cultural significance, constitutes an impressive legacy. The challenge with album number seven is one that any successful band with integrity faces: how to safeguard that legacy and hold on to their identity without rehashing old ground (unthinkable), and also say something meaningful while (crucially) having fun doing it?

Meeting that issue head on in the run up to The Jicks’ seventh record involved some “navel gazing”, according to singer, songwriter, and guitarist Malkmus and not only in terms of what it means to be releasing music in 2018. If, like him, you’re a voracious consumer of all kinds of culture and feel the need to interact with it, rather than just react, then inevitably “there’s a world that prompts you to put your best foot forward”. With Sparkle Hard Malkmus, Mike Clark (keyboards), Joanna Bolme (bass) and Jake Morris (drums) do exactly that. And they hit the ground running – on air treads.

It’s light ’n’ breezy, head-down heavy, audacious, melancholic and reflective, goodtime and bodacious, and it pulls off the smartest trick: it’s both unmistakeably The Jicks and – due to the streamlining of their trademark tics and turns, plus the introduction of some unexpected flourishes (Auto-Tune! A fiddle! Guest vocalist Kim Gordon! One seven-minute song with an acoustic folk intro!) – The Jicks refashioned. If 2014’s 'Wig Out At Jag Bags' balanced the lengthy prog workouts of 'Pig Lib' with 'Mirror Traffic'’s sparky pop moments, then 'Sparkle Hard' bears less obvious direct relation to what’s come before. It also has turbocharged energy and enthusiasm by the truckload.

Malkmus started writing 'Sparkle Hard' in 2015. He’d upgraded his home-recording equipment and bought some electronic drums and had been working on the Netflix series 'Flaked" (he penned the incidental music and the end theme song). Demos were done in one day in April of 2017 and then in May, The Jicks started recording at a new studio in Portland called Halfling, which is managed by multi-instrumentalist Chris Funk of The Decemberists, who produced the album.

Self-indulgent escapism has never been The Jicks’ bag, but on 'Sparkle Hard', the reality of modern life sits closer to the surface, communication cutting to the chase whether it’s a proto-punk grind or a back-porch country duet doing the talking. A cleaner burn for dark and complex times. - Sharon O'Connell


stream / download "Shiggy"
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Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks on tour :

Friday, June 1 Turf Club, St. Paul MN (SOLD OUT)
Saturday, June 2 The Back Room at Colectivo, Milwaukee WI
(SOLD OUT)
Sunday, June 3 Thalia Hall, Chicago IL

Tuesday, June 5 Ace of Cups, Columbus OH (SOLD OUT)
Wednesday, June 6 Rex Theater, Pittsburgh PA

Thursday, June 7 Grog Shop, Cleveland OH

Friday, June 8 Magic Stick, Detroit MI
Saturday, June 9 Lee’s Palace, Toronto ON (SOLD OUT)
Monday, June 11 Theatre Fairmount, Montreal QC
Tuesday, June 12 The Sinclair, Cambridge MA (SOLD OUT)
Thursday, June 14 Music Hall of Williamsburg, Brooklyn NY (SOLD OUT)
Friday, June 15 Music Hall of Williamsburg, Brooklyn NY (SOLD OUT)
Saturday, June 16 Theatre of Living Arts, Philadelphia PA
Sunday, June 17 Black Cat, Washington DC
Tuesday, June 19 Cat’s Cradle, Carrboro NC
Wednesday, June 20 The Georgia Theatre, Athens GA
Thursday, June 21 Mercy Lounge, Nashville TN
Friday, June 22 Zanzabar, Louisville KY
Saturday, June 23 The Woodward Theater, Cincinnati OH
Tuesday, July 17 Mystic Theatre, Petaluma CA
Wednesday, July 18 Slim’s, San Francisco CA
Sunday, July 22 The Crescent Ballroom, Phoenix AZ
Wednesday, July 25 The Mohawk, Austin TX
Thursday, July 26 White Oak Music Hall, Houston TX
Friday, July 27 Granada Theater, Dallas TX
Saturday, July 28 The Vanguard, Tulsa OK
Sunday, July 29 Record Bar, Kansas City MO
Tuesday, July 31 Gothic Theatre, Englewood CO
Wednesday, August 1 Urban Lounge, Salt Lake City UT
Friday, August 3 Rickshaw Theatre, Vancouver BC
Saturday, August 4 Neptune Theatre, Seattle WA
Sunday, August 5 Star Theater, Portland OR

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Coming June 8 : Snail Mail - 'Lush'


(photo by Michael Lavine)



(video by Marisa Gesualdi)

On June 8, we're releasing 'Lush', the eagerly awaited debut album from Baltimore, MD's SNAIL MAIL, aka Lindsey Jordan, whose 2016 'Habit' EP for Sister Polygon lit up the universe (ours, anyway). Produced by Jake Aron and recorded last year, 'Lush' is a dramatic, ultra-confident leap forward from a songwriter & guitarist that couldn't possibly be more-in-the-moment. The video for single #1, "Pristine" can be found above. Preorders for the LP & CD versions of 'Lush' (with or without a t-shirt bundle) start today.

Lindsey Jordan is on the brink of something huge, and she’s only just graduated high school. Her voice rises and falls with electricity throughout 'Lush', her debut album as Snail Mail, spinning with bold excitement and new beginnings at every turn.

“Is there any better feeling than coming clean?” sings the eighteen-year-old guitarist and songwriter halfway through the sprawling anthem that is “Pristine,” the album’s first single. You can’t help but agree with her. It’s a hook that immediately sticks in your head—and a question she seems to be grappling with throughout the record’s 10-songs of crystalline guitar pop.

Throughout 'Lush', Jordan’s clear and powerful voice, acute sense of pacing, and razor-sharp writing cut through the chaos and messiness of growing up: the passing trends, the awkward house parties, the sick-to-your-stomach crushes and the heart wrenching breakups. Jordan’s most masterful skill is in crafting tension, working with muted melodrama that builds and never quite breaks, stretching out over moody rockers and soft-burning hooks, making for visceral slow-releases that stick under the skin. - Liz Pelly





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Tour Dates, (New Dates in Bold) :

Wednesday, March 21 Ottobar, Baltimore MD ! (SOLD OUT)
Wednesday, April 4 40 Watt Club, Athens GA #
Thursday, April 5 Saturn, Birmingham AL #
Friday, April 6 Will’s Pub, Orlando FL # (SOLD OUT)
Saturday, April 7 The Crowbar, Tampa FL # (SOLD OUT)
Tuesday, April 10 Scoot Inn, Austin TX  #
Wednesday, April 11 Paper Tiger, San Antonio TX
Sunday, April 15 Coachella Music Festival Week 1, Indio CA
Tuesday, April 17 The Roxy, Los Angeles CA # (SOLD OUT)
Sunday, April 22 Coachella Music Festival Week 2, Indio CA
Tuesday, April 24 Meow Wolf, Santa Fe NM
Friday, April 27 Sticky’z Rock’n’Roll Chicken Shack, Little Rock AR #
Saturday, April 28 Exit / In, Nashville TN #
Tuesday, May 15th - Oslo - London, UK
Saturday, May 19th - Gold Sounds 2018 - Leeds, UK
Sunday, May 20th - Gullivers - Manchester, UK
Monday, May 21st - Louisiana - Bristol, UK
Wednesday, May 23rd - Witloof Bar - Brussels, BE
Thursday, May 24th - Vera - Groningen, NL
Saturday, May 26th - London Calling - Amsterdam, NL
Tuesday, May 15 Oslo Hackney, London UK
Tuesday, June 5 State Theater, Portland ME *
Wednesday, June 6 College Street Music Hall, New Haven CT *
Thursday, June 7 Music Hall of Williamsburg, Brooklyn NY
Saturday, June 9 Asbury Park Brewing, Asbury Park NJ
Tuesday, June 12 Black Cat, Washington D.C.
Wednesday, June 13 Cattivo, Pittsburgh PA
Thursday, June 14 Velvet Underground, Toronto ON
Friday, June 15 Deluxx Fluxx, Detroit MI
Saturday, June 16 Subterranean, Chicago IL
Sunday, June 17 7th St. Entry, Minneapolis MN
Monday, June 18 Vaudeville Mews, Des Moines IA
Wednesday, June 20 Larimer Lounge, Denver CO
Friday, June 22 Funky Taco, Boise ID
Saturday, June 23 The Crocodile, Seattle WA
Sunday, June 24 Biltmore Cabaret, Vancouver BC
Monday, June 25 Holocene, Portland OR
Wednesday, June 27 Starline Social Club, Oakland CA
Thursday, June 28 Swedish American Hall, San Francisco CA
Friday, June 29 The Cellar Door, Visalia CA
Saturday, June 30 Bootleg Theater, Los Angeles CA
Tuesday, July 3 Pub Rock Live, Scottsdale AZ
Friday, July 6 Three Links, Dallas TX
Saturday, July 7 George’s Majestic Lounge, Fayetteville AR
Monday, July 9 Drunken Unicorn, Atlanta GA
Tuesday, July 10 The Pinhook, Durham NC
Wednesday, July 11 Strange Matter, Richmond VA
Thursday, July 12 Parkway Theatre, Baltimore MD
Saturday, July 14 Union Transfer, Philadelphia PA
Sunday, July 15 The Sinclair, Cambridge MA
Monday, July 16 L’Escogriffe Bar Spectacle, Montreal QC
Tuesday, July 17 ArtsRiot, Burlington VT
Tuesday, July 24 Ace of Cups, Columbus OH
Wednesday, July 25 Zanzabar, Louisville KY
Thursday, July 26 The Bishop, Bloomington IN
Friday, July 27 The Pyramid Scheme, Grand Rapids MI
Sunday, July 29 Beachland Tavern, Cleveland OH

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# w/ Japanese Breakfast
* w/ Belle & Sebastian
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