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Out Today : Perfume Genius - 'Set My Heart On Fire Immediately'

The eagerly anticipated new album from Perfume Genius, 'Set My Heart On Fire Immediately' is available today via all streaming services, as well as on LP and CD.

At 5pm eastern today, Perfume Genius will be discussing and performing material from 'Set My Heart On Fire Immediately' on the premiere episode of Pitchfork's new Listening Club series.

stream / purchase 'Set My Heart On Fire Immediately'

Perfume Genius Online

VIDEO : Muzz - "Bad Feeling" (acoustic)

Leading up to the June 5th release of their self-titled, debut album, 'Muzz', the new project of Paul Banks (Interpol), Josh Kaufman (producer/multi-instrumentalist and one third of Bonny Light Horseman), and Matt Barrick (drummer of Jonathan Fire*Eater andThe Walkmen), release their first-ever live recording - a performance of “Bad Feeling.” For the video, the trio play from the cities where they’re currently staying home - Banks in Edinburgh, Kaufman in Brooklyn, and Barrick in Philadelphia. Using the available resources in their respective residences, the stripped-down performance can be seen above. The studio version of "Bad Feeling" can be found on 'Muzz', available via all digital services and on LP and CD.

(photo : Driley S)

preorder / presave 'Muzz'
steam/download "Red Western Sky"

Muzz Online :

Out Today : Car Seat Headrest - 'Making A Door Less Open'

The long-awaited new album from Car Seat Headrest, 'Making A Door Less Open' is available today from all streaming services and can be purchased on the still surviving, if not entirely thriving LP and CD formats (track listings below).

Digital Tracklist
01 Weightlifters
02 Can’t Cool Me Down
03 Deadlines (Hostile)
04 Hollywood
05 Hymn (Remix)
06 Martin
07 Deadlines (Thoughtful)
08 What’s With You Lately
09 Life Worth Missing
10 There Must Be More Than Blood
11 Famous

Vinyl Track List
A01 Weightlifters
A02 Can’t Cool Me Down
A03 Hollywood
A04 There Must Be More Than Blood
B05 Hymn
B06 Deadlines
B07 Martin
B08 What’s With You Lately
B09 Life Worth Missing
B10 Famous

CD Track List
01 Weightlifters
02 Can’t Cool Me Down
03 Hollywood
04 Martin
05 Hymn (Remix)
06 There Must Be More Than Blood
07 Deadlines
08 What’s With You Lately
09 Life Worth Missing
10 Famous
11 Deadlines (Alternate Acoustic) [Bonus Track]
12 Hollywood (Acoustic) [Bonus Track]

stream / purchase 'Making A Door Less Open'

Car Seat Headrest Online :

Car Seat Headrest at Matador

Yo La Tengo - ' Electr-o-pura' 25th Anniversary Reissue ; Lucy Dacus Covering "Tom Courtenay"

(photo : Michael Lavine)

Matador's Revisionist History series -- as vexing for some as it is lucrative for others -- continues this week with a 25th anniversary reissue of Yo La Tengo's 1995 masterpiece, the Roger Moutenot co-produced 'Electr-o-pura', now available in a double LP edition for the first time.

The 7th studio Yo La Tengo studio album and the follow-up to 'Painful', 'Electr-o-pura' remains one of the most beloved works in Ira, Georgia and James' catalog, and showed a stylistic range that at time was already bordering on the-very-difficult-keep-up-with (fast forward to 2020 and we'll just say "impossible").  From the single "Tom Courtenay", to the woozy & beautiful "Pablo & Andrea", to the climatic 9 minute, 18 second blowout of "Blue Line Swinger", this album was nothing short of monumental in an era that wasn't short for competition.

A while back, labelmate Lucy Dacus mentioned to us that 'Electr-o-pura' was released on her birthday.  We asked if she'd like to write a few words on the subject ; she's done just that and recorded a cover of "Tom Courtenay" as well.

I was born on May 2, 1995, the day that 'Electr-o-pura' came out.

Fourteen years later, I started high school and made a new friend who wore a leather jacket and boots, who expressed confident opinions about music that I had never heard. I devoured every recommendation they gave me in an effort to align my tastes. I wanted to be cool, or at least not uncool. I found out about The Stooges, Philip Glass, and Sonic Youth through my effort to win their approval. I loved it all, and my parents hated every new discovery. Cool was loud.

One day my friend brought me a stack of CDs, all Yo La Tengo, and told me to take them home, listen to them, burn them, and return them. I did what I was told. I liked those records from the start, and more with every listen. I’d lay in bed listening to one of their records, pause the song I was listening to when I got too tired, then push play upon waking.

I remember my confusion upon listening to Electr-o-pura for the first time. I referenced the tracklist on the back of the CD so I could learn titles, but the printed song durations didn’t match up to what I was hearing. I wondered if there was some manufacturing error and I wasn’t hearing the songs I was supposed to hear. “Flying Lesson (Hot Chicken #1)” is listed as lasting just over three minutes when it’s actually 6:42. “Blue Line Swinger” says it’s 3:15, but actually clocks in at 9:18. I know now from looking into it that Yo La Tengo intentionally misprinted the times, trying to combat short attention spans, hoping they would trick people into giving those long songs a chance. It tricked me, though I’m a sucker for long songs anyways. It’s interesting to think about how this move couldn’t be pulled today in a world of digitized music. And if people had short attention spans then, how short are they now? All to say, I liked that they were playful.

What kept me coming back to Yo La Tengo was their understanding of moods. I listened to bands that knew anger, bands that knew sadness, but I didn’t know of any other bands that could express a full life’s range of moods the way they can. From song to song, the music was anxious, celebratory, sorrowful, content, confused, etc. And even when they got loud or dissonant, it never felt hostile. The sounds could be harsh, even ugly, but they were joyful. Some songs could make me cry, but they were gentle, not malevolent. I was taking on someone else’s tastes, and in the process, discovering my own.

Tom Courtenay was the first Yo La Tengo song I learned on guitar. I didn’t know what it meant, but I knew who Julie Christie was and loved the line, “As the music swells somehow stronger from adversity / our hero finds his inner peace.” I didn’t know what the needle had to do with anything, but I couldn’t stop thinking about it. It was like any good poem, leaving space for me, between images. Now, I think the song may be about obsession with media, equating the allure of the movies and movie stars to drug addiction. Who knows, that’s just my take.

Eventually when Matador asked to sign me, the fact that Yo La Tengo is on their roster was a major component of my decision. They’ve been putting out great albums every couple of years for over three decades, experimenting and exploring with what seems to be an uncompromised creativity. That is worth celebrating, especially now, when any opportunity for celebration is a blessing. Happy 25th birthday to Electr-o-pura, and thanks for the music, Yo La Tengo.
- Lucy Dacus

01 Decora
02 Flying Lesson (Hot Chicken #1)
03 The Hour Grows Late
04 Tom Courtenay
05 False Ending
06 Pablo And Andrea
07 Paul Is Dead
08 False Alarm
09 The Ballad Of Red Buckets
10 Don’t Say A Word (Hot Chicken #2
11 (Straight Down To The) Bitter End
12 My Heart’s Reflection
13 Attack On Love
14 Blue Line Swinger

stream / purchase 'Electr-o-pura'

Yo La Tengo online:
Official Site

Anniversary releases for Chavez' 'Gone Glimmering', Bailter Space's 'Wammo', and Mary Timony's 'Mountains' will be announced later this year.  For more info : Matador Revisionist History.

Car Seat Headrest - "There Must Be More Than Blood"

(art by Cate Wurtz)

(photo by Carlos Cruz)

Car Seat Headrest unveil a new song, “There Must Be More Than Blood,” ahead of the release of the forthcoming  'Making A Door Less Open', out May 1. .In addition, Will Toledo's self-directed video premiered earlier this morning after a dramatic (aren't they all?) YouTube countdown.

In its mesmeric slow burn, album centerpiece “There Must Be More Than Blood” presents another facet of the broad palette found on 'Making A Door Less Open', with Toledo placing emphasis on the individual songs, each with its own special energy.

stream / download "There Must Be More Than Blood"
presave / preorder 'Making A Door Less Open'

Car Seat Headrest Online :

Car Seat Headrest at Matador

Steve Gunn - 'Livin' In Between' EP

(photo : Kevin Condon)

Since the release of Steve Gunn's critically acclaimed fourth studio album 'The Unseen In Between' and follow-up 'Unseen Acoustic' in 2019, we’ve been awaiting new material from the prolific songwriter and guitarist.  While today is not the day we debut said content, we're nonetheless pleased to report  Gunn has a new digital EP, 'Livin’ In Between' featuring three cover songs previously released last year as an Amazon Original and Aquarium Drunkard Lagniappe Session singles respectively, now available on streaming platforms for the first time. The EP showcases (some of)  Steve’s varied musical tastes, featuring a rendition of Neil Young’s “Motion Pictures (For Carrie)”, a thoughtful take on longtime collaborator Michael Chapman’s “Among The Trees”, and a  cover of The Misfits’ “Astro Zombies”.

Accolades for 'The Unseen In Between' keep rolling in, the most recent being a nomination for an A2IM Libera Award for “Best Americana Album”. On August 2nd, Steve and William Tyler will be performing together at the Newport Folk Festival.

stream / download 'Livin' In Between'

1. Motion Pictures (For Carrie)
2. Astro Zombies - Aquarium Drunkard Lagniappe Session
3. Among The Trees - Aquarium Drunkard Lagniappe Session

Stream/Purchase Acoustic Unseen EP

Stream/Purchase The Unseen In Between

Steve Gunn Online

VIDEO : Car Seat Headrest - "Hollywood"

Video directed by Sabrina Nichols

Illustration by Cate Wurtz

Car Seat Headrest release a new song, “Hollywood” today accompanied by a Sabrina Nichols-directed video and an acoustic version of the song.
“Hollywood” is taken from the band’s forthcoming new album 'Making A Door Less Open', out May 1.

“This song is about Hollywood as a place where people go to
make their fantasies come to life, and they end up exploiting
other people and doing terrible things to maintain their fantasy,”
says bandleader Will Toledo, whose alter ego Trait appears in
the video in animated form. “There's this terror you're going to
lose the fantasy, and you're going to have to face the facts, and
some people will do anything to avoid facing that. It’s about that fear, and the pain of being subjugated to someone else's fantasy against your will, and it's all tied together under this banner of this physical location of Hollywood that we all know about and dream about, but none of us really want to think about what is going on behind the scenes there.”

stream / download "Hollywood"
presave / preorder 'Making A Door Less Open'

Car Seat Headrest have cancelled their summer tour dates due to COVID-19, with plans to reschedule. Read a statement from Will Toledo here.

Car Seat Headrest Online
Car Seat Headrest at Matador

Pavement - "Sensitive Euro Man" Picture Disc, 'Wowee Zowee' 25th Anniversary'

As we continue our exasperating thrilling Revisionist History Campaign, we're releasing a Pavement three-song shaped picture disc commemorating the 25th anniversary of 'Wowee Zowee'. The special disc, cut in the shape of the speech bubble found on the cover of said albbum, features the tracks “Sensitive Euro Man” and “Brink of the Clouds/Candylad” that first debuted on 'Wowee Zowee: Sordid Sentinels', the expanded edition that was released on CD in 2006, and will be available on vinyl for the first time via Matador Records globally. The singles are available to stream HERE. Limited to a one-time press of 3,000 copies, the shape picture disc is available to pre-order individually and as a bundle with the 'Wowee Zowee' LP exclusively through the Matador webstore HERE*.

photo : Michael Wong

Originally released 25 years ago on April 11, 1995, 'Wowee Zowee' was Pavement's 3rd studio album. Their most eclectic effort saw the band ignore genre limitations  as they careened wildly from the country-tinged “Father to a Sister of Thought” to the bluesy intro of “Extradition” to the psychedelic wooze of “Brinx Job”, all strung together by Stephen Malkmus’s idiosyncratic wordplay. The record’s energy oscillates throughout its 18 tracks with ballads featuring chiming arpeggios like “Grounded” and “AT&T” that are routinely upended by blasters like “Serpentine Pad”, “Flux=Rad” and “Best Friends Arm”. Could this be the most charming and timeless collection of songs in the Pavement catalog? Wouldn't you like to argue for hours and hours with strangers on the internet about it?

The release serves as the second entry in the 2020 edition of Matador Records’ overhyped acclaimed Revisionist History reissue series. Over the course of the year, Matador will mark anniversaries for some of the most celebrated releases in our catalogue with new reissues and repressings. With each release accompanying rare live footage, photos, music videos and more will be shared (PROVIDED WE CAN GET OUR SHIT TOGETHER). Full list of anniversaries below.

April 4, 1995 — GUIDED BY VOICES Alien Lanes — 25th anniversary

April 11, 1995 — PAVEMENT Wowee Zowee — 25th anniversary

May 2, 1995 — YO LA TENGO Electr-O-Pura — 25th anniversary?

Anniversary releases for CHAVEZ’s Gone Glimmering, BAILTER SPACE’s Wammo, and MARY TIMONY’s Mountains to follow later this year.

Preorder / stream "Sensitive Euro Man"

Pavement Online :
Pavement - official site

(UK store, EU store)

Matador Revisionist History 2020 : Guided By Voices - 'Alien Lanes' 25th Anniversary

"Watch Me Jumpstart" - directed by Banks Tarver

(photo by Michael Lavine)
“We were fearless at the time we recorded Alien Lanes.  That's why it bristles with insane energy and confidence.  We were still riding the high accolades of Bee Thousand and probably should have succumbed to the critical pressure of a worthy follow-up.  Instead we had, in our megalomaniacal view, mastered the instant gratification machine known as the 4-track and began recording song after song with titles like "Cuddling Bozo's Octopus", "My Valuable Hunting Knife", "Pimple Zoo" and "After the Quake (Let's Bake a Cake)".

The door had been opened for us to throw out as many weird ass ideas as we were capable of and we did.  We even thought we were starting to look cooler and decided cool enough to have the entire back cover be a photograph of us in the basement looking pseudo intellectually laid back and stoned with long hair, stars and stripe gym shoes and a box of Tide in the background.

Our friend Kim thought the album was too bombastic.  Too frenetic and difficult to digest.  I agreed.  We were proud to be putting out our first album on Matador and cock strutted accordingly.  It cost us $10 to make.  It's worth a million.  I personally think it's better than B-1000 (but not by much).  There are two different camps of GBV fans to argue and debate.

God bless 1995 and open hearted record labels like Matador (and Scat before them) for allowing bands like us, with the preferred limited resources, to remove the constraints and pre-conceived notions of the more industry-minded constituents who would have much preferred we destroy the cassette master of Alien Lanes in the better interest of sound manufacturing and what's more agriculturally consumable.  It's better to leave the farm than to continue plodding through the cow shit.”

--Robert Pollard 2020


As part of our ongoing (and occasionally confusing) Revisionist History Campaign) we're pleased to announce a 25th Anniversary vinyl edition of Guided By Voices’ 1995 landmark album 'Alien Lanes'. Inspired by the multicolored drumhead featured on the album’s artwork, this new edition is pressed on blue, green and red multicolored vinyl making it the first non-exclusive color vinyl edition of this release. A limited edition Guided By Voices keyring / bottle opener, based on an original 1995 design, will be available to bundle with copies of the 'Alien Lanes’ 25th Anniversary LP exclusively through the Matador webstores while stocks last. Limited to a one time press of 2,500 copies, pre-sale for this exclusive edition is available via the Matador store HERE.

Succumbing to incredible (well, modest) demand, we've also  released a newly rendered version of the hard to find, 1996 documentary "Watch Me Jumpstart"  directed by Banks Tarver (above)

Originally released on April 4, 1995, 'Alien Lanes' was the first Guided By Voices album on Matador. With 28 tracks spanning the course of 41 minutes, the album would fundamentally alter the concept of what a rock and roll record could be*. Bursting at the seams with classic rock bravado (“Game of Pricks”, “Closer You Are”), anthemic power pop (“My Valuable Hunting Knife”, “Motor Away”), punk (“Pimple Zoo”, “My Son Cool”), psychedelic experimentalism (“Ex-Supermodel”, “Alright”), and tape-warped ballads ( “King And Caroline”, “Blimps Go 90”, “Chicken Blows”) Alien Lanes dips and dives between genres and moods with breakneck efficiency and a remarkable amount of intellect and emotion bolstered by the abstract poetry of songwriter and frontman Bob Pollard.



buy/stream 'Alien Lanes'

Guided By Voices Online :
Guided By Voices - website
Other Matador Revisionist History Catalog Features Coming in 2020
April 11, 1995 — Pavement Wowee Zowee — 25th anniversary
May 2, 1995 — Yo La Tengo Electr-O-Pura — 25th anniversary
Anniversary releases for Chavez's Gone Glimmering, Bailter Space’s Wammo, and Mary Timony's Mountains to follow later this year.

VIDEO : MUZZ - "Broken Tambourine"

"Broken Tambourine"

Production, concept and story by: Paul Banks
Creative Director, artist and animator: Griffin Frazen

Muzz is the new project of Paul Bank (singer of Interpol), Josh Kaufman (esteemed producer/multi-instrumentalist and one third of Bonny Light Horseman), and Matt Barrick (drummer of Jonathan Fire*Eater, The Walkmen, and Fleet Foxes’ touring band). Today, the trio release their first official single/video, “Broken Tambourine”. “Broken Tambourine” begins with sparse, floating piano by Kaufman, before surging with Banks’ rumbling vocals, Barrick’s low percussion, and a lilting clarinet, while an open door during recording brings in the surrounding nature sounds of the studio in Woodstock and augments the song’s spacious atmosphere. Written, arranged and performed by all three, it perfectly encompasses the collaborative essence of Muzz, a group with recordings dating back to 2015, but, cosmically speaking, with seeds planted long ago.

So how did we get here? Why, casually, of course. Banks and Kaufman have been friends since their formative teen years, having attended high school together overseas before separately moving to New York City for further study. They independently crossed paths with Barrick while running in similar music circles. Some years on, they each remained in touch: Barrick drummed in Banks’ project with The RZA, Banks + Steelz, and on some of Kaufman’s production sessions; Kaufman helped on Banks’s early Julian Plenti solo endeavor; various demos were collaborated on; a studio in Philadelphia was co- bought; “what if”s and “we should”s were tossed about. When the opportunity to make music as a trio presented itself, the gentlemen pounced.

While “Broken Tambourine” is the band’s first official song for Matador, earlier this month, Muzz dropped “Bad Feeling” anonymously via Soundcloud. Stereogum recognized it as “a surprisingly loose and low-key indie track that piles on layers of beauty as it goes.” It chimes and slinks with a touch of panache as Barrick’s kick drum pushes the tune along and Kaufman’s Farfisa fills the space. Together, these two initial numbers from Muzz offer an early glimpse into the band’s dark and expansive sound, and genuine artistic chemistry.

stream / download : "Broken Tambourine"

photo : Driley S.

Muzz Online :

Coming May 1 : Car Seat Headrest - 'Making A Door Less Open'

(album art : Cate Wurtz)

"Can't Cool Me Down", Produced by Dos Rios Films, Lyric Animation by Marisa Gesualdi

(photo by Carlos Cruz)

'Making A Door Less Open', the new album from Car Seat Headrest and the first set of brand new songs since 2016’s Teens Of Denial, is set for release May 1.  The first single,  “Can’t Cool Me Down,” a staple of their live sets over the past year, from the forthcoming album, and its accompanying video, are out today.

Created over the course of four years, 'Making a Door Less Open' is the result of a  collaboration between Car Seat Headrest, led by Will Toledo, and 1 Trait Danger, a CSH electronic side project consisting of drummer Andrew Katz and Toledo’s alternative persona, “Trait.”

'Making A Door Less Open' sees Toledo embarking on new and imaginative roads to songwriting and recording, placing emphasis on the individual songs, each with its own “special energy,” rather than attempting to draw a coherent storyteller narrative through the album as he has in the past, resulting in his most dynamic and open-ended work to date.

stream / download "Can't Cool Me Down"
presave / preorder 'Making A Door Less Open'
This album was made from January 2015 to December 2019, starting as a collection of vague ideas that eventually turned into songs. I wanted to make something that was different from my previous records, and I struggled to figure out how to do that. I realized that because the way I listened to music had changed, I had to change the way I wrote music, as well. I was listening less and less to albums and more and more to individual songs, songs from all over the place, every few days finding a new one that seemed to have a special energy. I thought that if I could make an album full of songs that had a special energy, each one unique and different in its vision, then that would be a good thing.

Andrew, Ethan, Seth and I started going into the studio to record songs that had more finished structures and jam on ideas that didn’t. Then I would mess with the recordings until I could see my way to a song. Most of the time on this album was spent shuttling between my house and Andrew’s, who did a lot of the mixing on this. He comes from an EDM school of mixing, so we built up sample-heavy beat-driven songs that could work to both of our strengths.

Each track is the result of an intense battle to bring out its natural colors and transform it into a complete work. The songs contain elements of EDM, hip hop, futurism, doo-wop, soul, and of course rock and roll. But underneath all these things I think these may be folk songs, because they can be played and sung in many different ways, and they’re about things that are important to a lot of people: anger with society, sickness, loneliness, love...the way this album plays out is just our own interpretation of the tracks, with Andrew, Ethan and I forming a sort of choir of contrasting natures.

I think my main hope for the world of music is that it will continue to grow by taking from the past, with a consciousness of what still works now. Exciting moments in music always form at a crossroads - a new genre emerges from the pieces of existing ones, an artist strips down a forgotten structure and makes something alien and novel. If there is a new genre emergent in our times, it has not yet been named and identified, but its threads come from new ways of listening to all types of music, of new methods of creating music at an unprecedented level of affordability and personal freedom, of new audiences rising up through the internet to embrace works that would otherwise be lost, and above all from the people whose love of music drives them to create it in the best form they possibly can. Hopefully it will remain nameless for some time, so it can be experienced with that same newness and strangeness that accompanies any and all meaningful encounters with music.

“Yea but ?what’s with the mask”
Bob Dylan said, “if someone’s wearing a mask, he’s gonna tell you the truth...if he’s not wearing a mask, it’s highly unlikely.” He never actually wore a mask onstage so I don’t know why he said that. But I decided to start wearing a mask for a couple of reasons. One, I still get nervous being onstage with everybody looking at me. If everyone is looking at the mask instead, then it feels like we’re all looking at the same thing, and that is more honest to me. Two, music should be about enjoying yourself, especially live music, and I think of this costume as a way to remind myself and everyone else to have some fun with it. I don’t think it changes anything else about the songs or how you feel about them to be able to drop it for a second and have fun with it. If you can’t do that then you’re in a bad place...

The character comes from another project Andrew and I have been working on called 1 TRAIT DANGER. This is something Andrew started doing on tour—recording ideas for his own songs as they came to him, and forcibly enlisting everyone else to participate. It appealed to me because it was nothing like Car Seat Headrest, and the ideas cracked me up. Before we knew it we had two albums released, a video game that was almost impossible to beat, and a growing number of people who seemed to be enjoying it all. It’s been a great outlet for weird and untenable musical experiments, and the live performances have been a blast. I play a character called TRAIT, and we’ve been working out the backstory as we go. I think he spent a lot of time in classified government facilities before getting into the music business.

This is the kind of stuff that kept us going while we were working on MADLO. We were in our own little world and free to try any idea we “Yea but ?what’s with the mask”wanted. A lot of the ideas for 1 Trait bled over to the Car Seat tracks, and vice versa. You just can’t make music without first creating your own environment around it...sound’s always gotta travel through something. This time it was a mask.

Vinyl Track List
A01 Weightlifters [5:38]
A02 Can’t Cool Me Down [5:08]
A03 Hollywood [3:23]
A04 There Must Be More Than Blood [7:21]
B05 Hymn [3:02]
B06 Deadlines [5:03]
B07 Martin [3:27]
B08 What’s With You Lately [1:37]
B09 Life Worth Missing [4:52]
B10 Famous [2:49]
CD Track List
01 Weightlifters [5:41]
02 Can’t Cool Me Down [5:09]
03 Hollywood [3:22]
04 Martin [3:32]
05 Hymn (Remix) [2:48]
06 There Must Be More Than Blood [7:22]
07 Deadlines [5:05]
08 What’s With You Lately [1:37]
09 Life Worth Missing [4:52]
10 Famous [2:52]
11 Deadlines (Alternate Acoustic) [Bonus Track] [3:07]

12 Hollywood (Acoustic) [Bonus Track] [3:10]

Digital Tracklist - TBD

Ticket Presale Info

Album Preorder / Ticket Presale info:  Initial preorders of 'Making A Door Less Open' via the Matador Store will come with a presale code for the U.S. tour.
Album Preorder presale begins at 3pm Wednesday, February 26th

General on-sale is 10am local time Friday February 28th

Car Seat Headrest on Tour, New Dates in Bold


Saturday, April 25 MASS MoCA, North Adams MA (preview performance)
Wednesday, May 27 Palace Theatre, St. Paul MN *
 Thursday, May 28 The Pabst Theater, Milwaukee WI *
 Friday, May 29 Vic Theatre, Chicago IL @
 Saturday, May 30 Vic Theatre, Chicago IL @
 Tuesday, June 2 Majestic Theatre, Detroit MI *
 Wednesday, June 3 Danforth Music Hall, Toronto ON *
Thursday, June 4 Danforth Music Hall, Toronto ON *
Saturday, June 6 House of Blues, Boston MA *
 Sunday, June 7 State Theatre, Portland ME *
 Tuesday, June 9 Brooklyn Steel, Brooklyn NY *
 Wednesday, June 10 Brooklyn Steel, Brooklyn NY *
 Thursday, June 11 Brooklyn Steel, Brooklyn NY *
Saturday, June 13 Franklin Music Hall, Philadelphia PA *
Sunday, June 14 The Anthem, Washington D.C. *
Tuesday, June 16 The Ritz, Raleigh NC *
Wednesday, June 17 The Orange Peel, Asheville NC (On sale Noon local time this Friday) *
Thursday, June 18 The Senate, Columbia SC *
Friday, June 19 Tabernacle, GA *
Saturday, June 20 Brooklyn Bowl Nashville, Nashville TN *
Thursday, July 9 The Commodore, Vancouver BC
Friday, July 10 The Commodore, Vancouver BC
Saturday, July 11 Paramount Theatre, Seattle WA
Sunday, July 12 Roseland Theater, Portland OR
Tuesday, July 14 The Warfield, San Francisco CA
Friday, July 17 Observatory North Park, San Diego CA
Saturday, July 18 The Wiltern, Los Angeles CA
Sunday, July 19 The Van Buren, Phoenix AZ
Wednesday, July 22 Stubb’s, Austin TX
Thursday, July 23 White Oak Music Hall, Houston TX
Friday, July 24 Granada Theater, Dallas TX
Saturday, July 25 Tower Theatre, Oklahoma City OK
Sunday, July 26 Crossroads KC at Grinder's, Kansas City MO
Tuesday, July 28 Ogden Theatre, Denver CO
 @ w/ Ron Gallo
* w/ Twin Peaks

Car Seat Headrest Online
Car Seat Headrest at Matador

Coming May 15 : Perfume Genius - 'Set My Heart On Fire Immediately'

(photo : Camille Vivier )

"Describe" video, directed by Mike Haedras

On May 15 Perfume Genius (Mike Hadreas) will release his 5th studio album, 'Set My Heart On Fire Immediately',  The first single is available today  --- “Describe,” a track that captures a sense living in the moment through a heavy fog of grizzly distortion and tumbling slide guitars. Hadreas notes, “it started as a really somber ballad. It was very minimal and very slow. And then it turned into this beast of a song. I started writing about when you are in such a dark place that you don't even remember what goodness is or what anything feels like. And so, the idea was having someone describe that to you, because you forgot or can’t get to it.” Its accompanying video, self-directed by Hadreas, envisions “an end of the world where there are no boundaries, there are no edges, no rules, or the rules are completely new with how you interact with each other and the space around you."

'Set My Heart On Fire Immediately' sees Hadreas re-teaming with Grammy nominated producer Blake Mills and features contributions from musicians Jim Keltner, Pino Palladino and Matt Chamberlin. It was recorded in Los Angeles, where Perfume Genius settled in 2017 with longtime partner and musical collaborator Alan Wyffels.

The album explores and subverts concepts of masculinity and traditional roles, and introduces decidedly American musical influences. Throughout the album Hadreas plays with themes of love, sex, memory and the body, channeling popular music mythologies while irreverently authoring its own. "I wanted to feel more open, more free and spiritually wild," says Hadreas, "and I'm in a place now where those feelings are very close-- but it can border on being unhinged. I wrote these songs as a way to be more patient, more considered -- to pull at all these chaotic threads hovering around me and weave them in to something warm, thoughtful and comforting"

The sense of communion and physicality was borne in part from Hadreas’ work on 'The Sun Still Burns Here'. Already a formidable stage presence, it had elevated him to a rigorous multi-disciplinary performer. “I had been working with them for a year and a half. With lots of rehearsals, lots of performances, lots of relationships and energies, and I was feeling connected to my body. I was feeling connected to all their bodies. And having boundaries be blurred and having rules be gone and having all this play within nonsense and absurdity -- in tandem with a real connection and truly valuable work.” In 2019, the show travelled to Boston, New York and Minneapolis after its Seattle debut.

'Set My Heart On Fire Immediately' will be available on May 15th at all retailers. Fans can pre-order the limited edition double LP in translucent blue with a 24x36” poster via the Matador webstore or in regular black at this link. The Matador webstore limited edition record can also be bundled with an exclusive t-shirt.

stream/download "Describe"
preorder / presave 'Set My Heart On Fire Immediately'

1. Whole Life
2. Describe
3. Without You
4. Jason
5. Leave
6. On the Floor
7. Your Body Changes Everything
8. Moonbend
9. Just a Touch
10. Nothing at All
11. One More Try
12. Some Dream

13. Borrowed Light

By Ocean Vuong
Can disruption be beautiful? Can it, through new ways of embodying joy and power, become a way of thinking and living in a world burning at the edges? Hearing Perfume Genius, one realizes that the answer is not only yes—but that it arrived years ago, when Mike Hadreas, at age 26, decided to take his life and art in to his own hands, his own mouth. In doing so, he recast what we understand as music into a weather of feeling and thinking, one where the body (queer, healing, troubled, wounded, possible and gorgeous) sings itself into its future. When listening to Perfume Genius, a powerful joy courses through me because I know the context of its arrival—the costs are right there in the lyrics, in the velvet and smoky bass and synth that verge on synesthesia, the scores at times a violet and tender heat in the ear. That the songs are made resonant through the body’s triumph is a truth this album makes palpable. As a queer artist, this truth nourishes me, inspires me anew. This is music to both fight and make love to. To be shattered and whole with. If sound is, after all, a negotiation/disruption of time, then in the soft storm of Set My Heart On Fire Immediately, the future is here. Because it was always here. Welcome home.

Perfume Genius on tour :

Friday, May 29 United Center, Chicago IL *
Saturday, May 30 Fiserv Forum, Milwaukee WI *
Sunday, May 31 Little Caesar’s Arena, Detroit MI *
Tuesday, June 2 Scotia Bank Arena, Toronto ON *
Wednesday, June 3 Bell Centre, Montreal QC *
Saturday, June 6 Capital One Arena, Washington DC *
Monday, June 8 Spectrum Center, Charlotte NC *
Tuesday, June 9 State Farm Arena, Atlanta GA *
Thursday, June 11 American Airlines Arena, Miami FL *
Friday, June 12 Amway Center, Orlando FL *
Wednesday, July 17 Xcel Energy Center, St. Paul MN *
Sunday, July 19 Enterprise Center, St. Louis MN *
Monday, July 20 Sprint Center, Kansas City MO *
Tuesday, July 21 BOK Center, Tulsa OK *
Thursday, July 23 Frank Erin Center, Austin TX *
Friday, July 24 American Airlines Center, Dallas TX *
Saturday, July 25 Toyota Center, Houston TX *
Tuesday, July 28 Gila River Arena, Glendale AZ *
Thursday, July 30 Pepsi Center, Denver CO *
Saturday, August 1 Vivint Smart Home Arena, Salt Lake City UT *
Tuesday, August 3 MODA Center, Portland OR *
Wednesday, August 5 Rogers Arena, Vancouver BC *
Friday, August 7 The Gorge Amphitheater, George WA *

* with Tame Impala

Perfume Genius Online

Out Today : King Krule - 'Man Alive!'

The new King Krule album, 'Man Alive' is available today from True Panther / Matador.  Stream or purchase here.

Track list :

01. Cellular
02. Supermarché
03. Stoned Again
04. Comet Face
05. The Dream
06. Perfecto Miserable
07. Alone, Omen 3
08. Slinky
09. Airport Antenatal Airplane
10. (Don’t Let The Dragon) Draag On
11. Theme For The Cross
12. Underclass
13. Energy Fleets
14. Please Complete Thee

stream / purchase  Man Alive!

King Krule On Tour :

Tuesday, March 3rd A.B, Brussels BE
Wednesday, March 4th L’Olympia, Paris FR
Friday, March 6th Melkweg, Amsterdam, NL
Saturday, March 7th K.B Hall, Copenhagen, DK
Sunday, March 8th Columbiahalle, Berlin DE
Thursday, March 19th Olympia, Dublin IE
Saturday, March 21st Barrowland, Glasgow UK
Sunday, March 22nd Albert Hall, Manchester UK
Tuesday, March 24th Brixton Academy, London UK
Wednesday, March 25th Brixton Academy, London UK
Thursday, April 2nd House of Blues, Dallas TX
Friday, April 3rd White Oak Music Hall, Houston TX
Saturday, April 4th Stubbs Waller Creek, Austin TX
Tuesday, April 7th Hollywood Palladium, Los Angeles CA
Wednesday, April 8th Fox Theatre, Oakland CA
Friday, April 10th Showbox Sodo, Seattle WA
Saturday, April 11th Roseland Theatre, Portland OR
Tuesday, April 14th First Avenue, Minneapolis MN
Wednesday, April 15th Riviera Theatre, Chicago IL
Friday, April 17th Queen Elizabeth Theatre, Toronto ON
Saturday, April 18th Mtelus, Montreal QC
Sunday, April 19th House of Blues, Boston MA
Tuesday, April 21st Union Transfer, Philadelphia PA
Wednesday, April 22nd 9.30 Club, Washington DC
Friday, April 24th Kings Theatre, Brooklyn NY
Saturday, April 25th Webster Hall, New York NY

King Krule Online

VIDEO : Algiers - "We Can't Be Found"

(photo : Christian Högstedt)

Algiers have debuted a new track and video ‘We Can’t Be Found’, taken from the London/NYC quartet’s highly anticipated third album, the Ben Greenberg/Randall Dunn-produced 'There Is No Year', out January 17.

The mesmerising visual for the sinuous, dub-inflected song, which builds to a soaring, cascading chorus, propelled by the powerhouse vocals of  Franklin James Fisher, was directed by Ian Cone. “I always feel the most successful music videos are the ones that are reflective and convey the mood of the song to the listener over everything else,” says guitarist Lee Tesche. “In this instance, we collaborated with the artist Lloyd Benjamin, trying to frame some of his sculpture work in a more abstracted way, referencing the urban dystopian cityscapes found in the German expressionist films of the 1930s. The result aspires to be somewhere in between the unsettling work of Darius Khondji and the set design of The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari or Fritz Lang's Metropolis.”

stream/download "We Can Be Found"
preorder 'There Is No Year'

Algiers on tour :
Friday, January 17 Criminal Records, Atlanta GA
Saturday, January 18 Schoolkids Records, Raliegh NC
Monday, January 20 The Sound Garden, Baltimore MD
Tuesday, January 21 Repo Records, Philadelphia PA
Wednesday, January 22 Rough Trade NYC, Brooklyn NY
Monday, February 3 The Haunt, Brighton UK
Wednesday, February 5 Village Underground, London UK
Thursday, February 6 YES, Manchester UK
Friday, February 7 Stereo, Glasgow UK
Saturday, February 8 Whelans, Dublin IE
Monday, February 10 Brudenell, Leeds UK
Wednesday, February 12 Botanique Rotonde, Brussels BE
Thursday, February 13 Paradiso Upstairs, Amsterdam NE
Friday, February 14 Club Volta, Cologne DE
Saturday, February 15 Manufaktur, Schorndorf DE
Monday, February 17 Zoom, Frankfurt DE
Tuesday, February 18 Beatpol, Dresden DE
Thursday, February 20 Hybrydy, Warsaw PO
Friday, February 21 Lucerna Music Bar, Prague CZ
Saturday, February 22 Flex, Vienna AU
Monday, February 24 Strom, Munich DE
Wednesday, February 26 Monk, Rome IT
Thursday, February 27 Ohibo, Milan IT
Saturday, February 29 La 3 Razzmatazz, Barcelona ES
Sunday, March 1 Cafe Berlin, Madrid ES
Tuesday, March 3 Rock School Barbey, Bordeaux FR
Wednesday, March 4 Stereolux, Nantes FR
Thursday, March 5 La Maroquinerie, Paris FR
Wednesday, March 11 Johnny Brenda’s, Philadelphia PA
Thursday, March 12 Black Cat, Washington DC
Friday, March 13 Mothlight, Asheville NC
Saturday, March 14 529, Atlanta GA
Friday, March 20 Club Congress, Tucson AZ
Saturday, March 21 Casbah, San Diego CA
Tuesday, March 24 The Echo, Los Angeles CA
Wednesday, March 25 Slim’s, San Francisco CA
Saturday, March 28 Polaris Hall, Portland OR
Sunday, March 29 The Crocodile, Seattle WA
Wednesday, April 1 Turf Club, St. Paul MN
Thursday, April 2 Cactus Club, Milwaukee WI
Friday, April 3 Empty Bottle, Chicago IL
Saturday, April 4 Rumba Club, Columbus OH
Sunday, April 5 Deluxx Fluxx, Detroit MI
Monday, April 6 The Baby G, Toronto ON
Tuesday, April 7 Bar Le Ritz, Montreal QC
Thursday, April 9 Saint Vitus, Brooklyn NY
Tuesday, April 21 Knust, Hamburg DE
Friday, April 24 Nalen Klubb, Stockholm SE
Saturday, April 25 Mejeriet, Lund SE
Monday, April 27 Lido, Berlin DE
Wednesday, April 29 Morze, St. Petersberg RU
Thursday, April 30 Aglomerat, Moscow RU
Sunday, May 3rd ISC, Bern CH
Monday, May 4th Bogen F, Zurich CH

Algiers Online :

There Is No Year

Our Annual Orgy of Self-Congratulation, Grandstanding & Overconsumption : Matador Artists & Staff Select Their 2019 Favorites

(reigning, defending and first-ever BACK-2-BACK Matador person-of-the-year Jered Threatin wants you to know that just by reading the lists below YOU ARE PART OF THE PROBLEM.  #SMASHTHEILLUSIONATOR)

(Around this time every year, your long-suffering editor attempts to coax a list of favorite recordings, books, television programs, life events, etc. out of the label’s artist roster and our entertainment business cronites. In the past, this exercise has been an exacting process, fraught with nagging, GUILTING and no shortage of reluctant participants, some of whom actually changed labels or places of employment or their identities/physical appearances to avoid the task. Even worse, we sometimes overlook persons currently recording for or working for the record label (either that or they saved their list for one that was published weeks ago).

For some historical perspective, here’s last year’s selections. Questions or comments about our crap taste and/or inexplicable omissions are welcome (but so welcome that we're inclined to comment to publish or reply).  Mike Sniper correctly predicted that the below lists would be broken down thusly, "half will hugely famous commercially viable things that TMZ would report on, the other half off-kilter and 'weird.' McDonalds Weird. Like The McRib." So there you go, that's 5 or 10 minutes saved!  And without further ado, let the coronation of Angel Olson  Gesaffelstein  commence! – Gerard Cosloy)

Lucy Dacus
2019 releases I listened to most:

Lomelda - M For Empathy
Fontaines DC - Dogrel
Palehound - Black Friday
Julia Jacklin - Crushing
Sharon Van Etten - Remind Me Tomorrow
Jenny Hval - The Practice Of Love
Big Thief - UFOF & Two Hands
Brittany Howard - Jaime
Charly Bliss - Young Enough
Angel Olsen - All Mirrors
Vagabon - s/t
Bill Callahan - Shepherd In A Sheepskin Vest
Better Oblivion Community Center - s/t
Lana Del Rey - Norman Fucking Rockwell
The National - I Am Easy To Find

Favorite books of 2019:
Jazz by Toni Morrison
Another Country by James Baldwin
The Left Hand Of Darkness by Ursula K. Le Guin
Sister Outsider by Audre Lorde

In The Dream House by Carmen Maria Machado (2019)
Motherhood by Sheila Heti
The Heart Is A Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers
Abandon Me by Melissa Febos
There There by Tommy Orange
Women Talking by Miriam Toews
Year Of The Monkey by Patti Smith (2019)
Autobiography Of Red by Anne Carson
High School by Tegan & Sara Quin (2019)
Geek Love by Katherine Dunn
The Idiot by Elif Batuman
The Remains Of The Day by Kazou Ishiguro

Steve Gunn
Milford Graves & Andrew Cryille Duo, Brooklyn
Rolling Stones, Jacksonville
Robert Scott , solo,  Dunedin, NZ
Flatlanders,  Marfa TX
Hoffman Estates, Blank Forms Brooklyn

Favorite cities of the year,  Tulsa & Tokyo
Tiny Ruins in Castlemaine, AUS
Older song of the year Marilla Vinicuis - Algum Lugar
Natural Information Society & Jim White, Union Pool
Bob Dylan, Beacon Theater
Best day off :  Lisbon, Portugal
Sachiko Kanenobu solo at The Chapel, SF
RIP Steve Dalachinksy & John Giorno
Arthur Russell - Iowa Dream
Salum Abdallah & Cuban Marimba Band - Ngoma Tanzania (Domino Sound)
Maxine Funke - Silk
Bill Callahan - Shepard in A Sheepskin Vest
Mayo Thompson doing Corky's Debt To His Father, Le Poisson Rouge, NYC

Andrew Katz, Car Seat Headrest
1 Trait Danger’s, 1 Trait World Tour (Best album 2019 - album of the decade, really. But 2019 is fine)

Bill Nace, Body/Head
France—Troglobatem fest Stuttgart Germany
Toad—Troglobatem fest Stuttgart Germany
Jerome Noetinger—C O O S fest Brighton UK
The Powers—-Vox Populi Philly
David Nance Group w/Tyler Damon—Hopscotch 3 lobed day party NC
Everyone--Strangewaves Fest London Ontario
Queen Latifah watching Lizzo at VMAs (youtube)
Werner Nötzel DJ sets Neue Schachtel Stuttgart Germany
Double Wig--Tarantula Hill Baltimore
The Scientists--JB's Philly

Bob Nastanovich, Pavement
Mdou Moctar, September 23, 2019, Vaudeville Mews, Des Moines: If there was a more enjoyable live music performance in 2019 than this delightful madness, then I'm disappointed to have missed it.

Piranha Rama- You've Earned It cassette EP: Excellent rock music from Richmond, Virginia. Generously put in my hand by bass player/vocalist Chrissie Lozano in August. Look for their upcoming 7" record on my label, Brokers Tip.
Jeffrey Lewis and Los Bolts, April 15, 2019, Vaudeville Mews, Des Moines: A performance with so much charm and graciousness that I nearly forgot to file my taxes. For the sake of transparency, I will gladly publish my unimpressive return upon request.
Red Livy (IRE): A five year old mare that greatly aided my enjoyment of horse racing in 2019.
Crooked Torus- "Gib's On Fridge" b/w "Mystic Fire": Two songs by two gents from Des Moines. I'm putting out their 7" record on Brokers Tip because more than this fair city should dig them

Lee Tesche, Algiers
Top 5 staff 2019, in order
1. Rian
2. Alex
3. Gerard
4. Patrick
5. Lombardi
Honorable Mention: Noam

Matthew Tong, Algiers
The Crown: Don't tell my bandmates but now I'm a real Queenhead royalist and I feel bad for young Prince Charles, here's hoping he ends up with Camilla.
Sunnyside: NBC sitcom about my neighbourhood that got the chop after three episodes, but it sure made for good watching with confused locals in Sanger Hall.
Chernobyl: spoiler alert but Jared Harris bites it yet again.

Lee Tesche, who fashioned a pair of socks out of said temperature regulating item during the 6 hours we spent crossing over the Belarusian border.

Ukrainian National Chernobyl Museum, Kiev. Hoping the displayed scrap of flag that they planted on top of reactor 4 didn't make me ill.

Lee Tesche, April/May

Alter Ratio - "Marialogia"
Weyes Blood - "Titanic Rising"
Jorge Elbrecht - "Coral Cross 002"

Beef Bourguignon pita w/whole roast cauliflower, Miznon, Paris.

Lloyd's, Atlanta GA

Bat Out Of Hell, New York City Center

Wife singing "Bright Eyes" by Art Garfunkel to me dressed as Art Garfunkel in mesh body suit.

Sweaty Eddie as Roy Orbison with extending arms, Bushwig Fest.

"Don't you realise THIS IS FATBOY SLIM????" Dance floor of Shep's, Dalston, New Year's Day.

Patrick Amory, Matador Records
- Mdou Moctar – Ilana (The Creator) – Sahel Sounds LP
- Miaux – Black Space, White Cloud – Ultra Eczema LP
- Pierre Clément mono cartridge and the accompanying lifestyle:

- Boy Harsher – Careful – Nude Club LP
- Lankum – The Livelong Day – Rough Trade LP
- The Velvet Underground – The Complete Matrix Tapes – Universal 8XLP box
- Jenny Hval – The Practice of Love – Sacred Bones LP
- 100 gecs – 1000 gecs – YouTube full album stream
- Tropical Fuck Storm – Braindrops – Joyful Noise LP
- Toscanini – Beethoven Missa Solemnis 1940 – Pristine Classical remastered FLAC LP
- Fontaines D.C. – "Boys In The Better Land" – from Dogrel – Partisan LP
- Amelie Lens – Little Robot – Lenske 12" EP
- Gong Gong Gong – Phantom Rhythm – Wharf Cat LP

- Angel Bat Dawid – The Oracle – International Anthem LP
- Modern Nature – How To Live – Bella Union LP
- Tyler, The Creator – Igor – A Boy is a Gun/Columbia LP
- Bad Breeding – Exiled – Iron Lung LP

- The genius responsible for a decent rip of the Propeller Cassette (Propeller Product CS)

Adam Bohl, Matador Direct
White Fence - I Have To Feed Larry's Hawk (Drag City)
Guided By Voices - Warp and Woof (GBV Inc)
Jamie Branch - Fly or Die II: bird dogs of paradise (International Anthem)
Danny Brown - uknowwhatimsayin¿ (Warp)

Cool Greenhouse - Crap Cardboard Pet (Lumpy)
DaBaby - Dababy (Interscope)
Purple Mountains - Purple Mountains (Drag City)
Freddie Gibb and Madlib - Bandana (Madlib Invazion/ESGN/Keep Cool/RCA Records)
Mdou Moctar - Ilana The Creator (Sahel Sounds)
Ty Segall - First Taste (Drag City)

Emma Buchanan, Matador Records

Low Life - Downer Edn
Boy Harsher - Careful
Sarah Davachi - Pale Bloom
Pharmakon - Devour
Bill Orcutt- Odds Against Tomorrow
Kali Malone - The Sacrificial Code
Weak Signal - LP1
Gong Gong Gong - Phantom Rhythm
Mdou Moctar - Ilana the Creator
Modern Nature - How To Live
Cross Record - Cross Record
Tiny Ruins - Olympic Girls
Miss Red - The Four Bodies
Bill Callahan - Shepard in a Sheepskin Vest
Aldous Harding - Designer
Angel Bat Dawid - The Oracle
Jenny Hval - The Practice of Love
Carla Dal Forno - Look Up Sharp
Cate Le Bon - Reward
Urochromes - Trope House
Rare DM - Vanta Black
Jessica Pratt - Quiet Signs
Cool Greenhouse - Crap Cardboard Pet
The Gonks - The Gonks

Voivoid @ BK Bazaar
Tyvek @ The Glove
Bardo Pond @ Johnny Brenda's
Chronophage @ a house
Boy Harsher @ Music Hall
Sarah Davachi @ Sultan Room
Circuit des Yeux @ Basilica
Spellling @ Trans Pecos
Eyehategod @ Kingsland
Nadah El Shazly @ Max Fish
Pylon @ Market Hotel
This Is Not This Heat + O Yama O @ EartH
Pharmakon @ Brooklyn Bazaar
Necrot @ Bk Bazaar
Jerusalem In My Heart @ Issue Project Room

And The Lighthouse, V; and Painkiller

Gerard Cosloy, Matador Records
75 Dollar Bill? - I Was Real (Thin Wrist)

Mope Grooves - Desire (See My Friends)
Uniform - The Long Walk (Sacred Bones)

Joan Shelley - Like The River Loves The Sea (No Quarter)
Joshua Abrams & Natural Information Society - Mandatory Reality (Eremite)
Cube - Decoy St (W. 25th)
Olivia Neutron-John - s/t (Sister Polygon)
Stefan Christensen - The Upcoming Flame (bruit direct disques)
Possible Humans? - Everybody Split (Trouble In Mind)
Bill Orcutt -Odds Against Tomorrow (Palilalia)
Boy Harsher - Careful (Nude Club)
Carla dal Forno - Look Up Sharp (Kallista)
Dan Melchior Group - Ruins (Heel Turn)
More Klementines -s/t (Twin Lakes/Feeding Tube)
M. Sage - Catch A Blessing (Geographic North)
Modern Nature? - How To Live (Bella Union)
Shit and Shine - Doing Drugs, Selling Drugs (Riot Season)

Heavy Metal - LP4 (Static Shock / Static Age)

ISS - Alles 3rd Gut (Sorry State)
Weak Signal - LP1 (Mag Mag)
Blank Hellscape - s/t
Kali Malone - The Sacrificial Code ?(iDeal)
Purple Mountains -s/t (Drag City)
Rattle - s/t (Upset The Rhythm)
Trinary System - Lights In The Center Of Your Head (Feeding Head)
Itchy Bugger - Double Bugger (Low Company)
Taiwan Housing Project - Sub-Language Trustees (Ever/Never)
Mdou Moctar - Ilana : The Creator (Sahel Sounds)
Gotobeds - Debt Begins At 30 (Sub Pop)
Wet Tuna - Water Weird (Three Lobed)
Terry Allen & The Panhandle Mystery Band - Pedal Steel & Four Corners? (Paradise of Bachelors)
Sleaford Mods - Eton Alive (Extreme Eating)
Sarah Mary Chadwick - The Queen Who Stole The Sky (Heavy Machinery)
Robbie Lee & Mary Halvorsen - Seed Triangular (New Amsterdam)
Gong Gong Gong - Phantom Rhythm ???? (?????) (Wharf Cat)
abu AMA - Aghori (Seagrave)
Thigh Master - Now For Example (Goner)


Michael Beach - “Curtain Of Night” b/w “Electricity” (Tall Texan)
Mick Trouble - "Glad I'm Not Me" (Emotional Response)
Long Hots - "Nickle & Dime" b/w "Give & Take" (Third Man)
Tyvek - Changing Patterns of Protective Coating EP (Double Tapes)
Civic - "Selling Sucking Blackmail Bribes" b/w "Velvet Casino" (Total Punk)
Rob Noyes - “You Are Tired” b/w "Nightmare Study" (Market Square)


Peter Laughner - (Smog Veil)
Jim Shepard - Heavy Action (ever/never)
Malaria - Compiled 2.0 (Moabit Musik)
Bill Direen - A Memory Of Others (Sophomore Lounge)

Various - We Were Living In Cincinatti : Punk & Underground Sounds From Ohio's Queen City 1975-1982) (Hozac)
Gene Clark - No Other box (4AD)
Silkworm - In The West (Comedy Minus One)
The Victims - s/t (In The Red)

live :

Michael Beach and The Artists, Murphy's, Memphis
Sumac, Barracuda, AustinTropical Fuck Storm, King's Raleigh NC

John Talley-Jones & Volcano Rabbit, Hotel Vegas, Austin
Fire!, The North Door, Austin
Dame Evelyn Glennie Kuljit Bhamra & Charles Hayward, Cafe Oto, London
David Nance Group, Carousel Lounge, Austin

Natural Information Society, Hideout, Chicago
Sunn, Emo’s, Austin
Idles, Barracuda, Austin
Bill Callahan?, Scholz Beer Garten, Austin

King Brothers, Barracuda, Austin
Syfria Trio, Volstead Lounge, Austin
The Chills, Cheer Up Charlies, Austin

Malcolm Donaldson, Matador Records
Some Favorite Albums of 2019

Hand Habits - placeholder
Living Hour - Softer Faces
Cate Le Bon - Reward
Megan Thee Stallion - Fever
Urochromes - Trope House
Bill Orcutt - Odds Against Tomorrow
Acronym & Kali Malone - The Torrid Eye
Dry Cleaning - Boundary Road Snacks and Drinks EP
Favorite Reads in 2019
Sigrid Nunez - The Friend
Mikhail Bulgakov - The Master and Margarita
Margot Jefferson - On Michael Jackson
Eve Babitz - Sex & Rage
James Salter - Solo Faces
Quincy Troupe - Miles & Me
Natalia Ginzburg - Valentino

Jody Rosen - “The Day the Music Burned”

Bob Thompson, Triumph of Bacchus, 1964, at The Whitney this year.

Rian Fossett, Matador Records
Aldous Harding - Designer
Jenny Hval - The Practice of Love
Big Thief - U.F.O.F.
Lana Del Rey - Norman Fucking Rockwell
Damien Jurado - In the Shape of a Storm
Chris Cohen - s/t
MIKE - Tears of Joy

Hiro Kone - A Fossil Begins To Bray
Pelada - Movimeiento Para Cambio
Pink Siifu - Black Sand

Andy Larsen, Matador Direct

Rakta - Falha Comum (Iron Lung)
Hiro Kone - A Fossil Begins To Bray (Dais Records)
Kaleidoscope - After The Futures (Toxic State Records)
Kali Malone - The Sacrificial Code (iDEAL Recordings)
Teitanblood - The Baneful Choir (Norma Evangelium Diaboli)
Equiknoxx - Eternal Children (Equiknoxx Musiq)
King Blood - Hocus Focus (Petty Bunco)
Nivhek - After Its Own Death (W.25th)
Andy Stott - It Should Be Us (Modern Love)
Carla dal Forno - Look Up Sharp (Kallista Records)

Anadol - Uzun Havalar (Pingipung)
Muslimgauze - Babylon Is Iraq (Staalplaat)
Sarah Davachi - Pale Bloom (W.25th)

Jake Whitener, Matador Records
Top 20 Releases of 2019

1. MIKE - Tears of Joy (10k)
2. Cate le Bon- Reward (Mexican Summer)
3. Purple Mountains- Purple Mountains (Domino Records)
4. Sarah Mary Chadwick- The Queen Who Stole the Sky (Sinderlyn)
5. Jenny Hval- The Practice of Love (Sacred Bones)
6. Slauson Malone- A Quiet Farwell, Twenty Sixteen to Twenty Eighteen (Grand Closing)
7. Deafkids- Metaprogramação (Neurot Recordings)
8. The Golden Dregs- Hope is for the Hopeless (Funnel Music LTD)
9. Chris Cohen- Chris Cohen (Captured Tracks)
10. Bad Breeding- Exiled (One Little Indian)
11. Boy Harsher- Careful (Nude Club)
12. Big Thief- Two Hands (4AD)
13. Mope Grooves- Desire (See My Friends Records)
14. Weak Signal- LP1 (Self- Released)
15. Mick Trouble- It's the Mick Trouble LP (Emotional Response)
16. Billy Woods / Kenny Segal- Hiding Places (Backwoodz Studioz)
17. Angel Bat Dawid- The Oracle (International Anthem)
18. Sequoyah Murray- Before You Begin (Thrill Jockey)
19. Dry Cleaning- Boundary Road Snacks and Drinks (It's OK)
20. Spelling- Mazy Fly (Sacred Bones)

Emily Zaremba, Matador Records
Kelman Duran - 6’s (ft. DJ NA)

Caroline Polachek - Hit Me Where It Hurts
Fontaines D.C. - Big
DJ Seinfeld - Please Slow Down
Angel Olsen - Lark
Floating Points - Last Bloom
Holly Herndon - Eternal
Mavi - Eye/I and I/Nation
Lil Uzi Vert - Free Uzi
Big Thief - Not
Show Me The Body - Madonna Rocket
Young Nudy & Pi’erre Bourne - Gas Station
Nivhek - After its own death
Triad God - Bdg
Ecco2k, Bladee & Thaiboy Digital - You Lose
Arthur Russell - I Kissed the Girl From Outer Space
(Sandy) Alex G - Hope
Big Thief - Jenni
Rosalía - A Palé

Slauson Malone - Off Me! And or the Wake, Pt. 1 & 2 (ft. Pink Siifu)

Favorite Icons:
Lil Nas X
Bernie Sanders
Lamar Jackson (Ravens QB)
Adam Sandler in Uncut Gems
Cast of 90 Day Fiance
Inventor of hard seltzer

Perfume Genius & his Twitter


Nick Boyd, Beggars Group
Extremely thorough and especially gratuitous full length version of this list is available here

    • Octo Octa & Eris Drew’s stellar run of mixes, remixes, full lengths, and the launch of their new label T4TLUVNRG especially Octo Octa’s instant classic full length Resonant Body, Eris Drew’s Raving Disco Breaks Vol. 1, and Octo Octa’s ‘I Wanna Tell You A Little Story About House’ Mix.

    • The fantastic first year of Conducta’s UKG label Kiwi Rekords esp Sammy Virji - Shapes (Oh Will) 

    • Everything the crazy prolific Australian electro producer Jensen Interceptor put out this year

    • Everything from DJ Swisha’s 2019 output esp. “Moody” and “Losing Ur Mind” off HNR 03

    • Absolutely everything from Irish house/breakbeat/garage maniac KETTAMA’s banging 2019 output esp. G?-?TOWN CLUB TRAX 001 and DJ Haus - “Turn The Box Up (KETTAMA Graveyard Mix)”

  • Vancouver house music institution Mood Hut branched out in a beautiful way this year with fantastic release from CZ Wang & Neo Image, Local Artist, Ciao, and People Plus

  • Criminally underrated UK bass/techno/club label Scuffed Recordings have been frequently and consistently releasing quality music all year s/o Mitch Wade Cole, Croft, Fisky, Nikki Nair, etc.

  • Another masterful and fruitful year from Unknown To The Unknown who still manage a pace of 2+ releases monthly across five plus imprints.

  • DJ Lag proving himself to be a world class unique talent in multiple worlds from futuristic club records for Hyperdub to producing for Beyonce/Tierra Whack on the Lion King OST.

  • The kind folks over at Sweat Equity have had a brilliant 2019 with diverse and exciting releases across the board from Ben Ritz, DJ Delish, Millia Rage, Macy Rodman, The Carry Nation, and Deli Girls.

  • Everything Rosalía did. We do not deserve Rosalía. “Con Altura” forever.

J-Zbel - Dog's Fart Is So Bad The Cat Throws Up [BFDM]
DJ Delish, Ranika Kevin JZ Prodigy, Koolaid - V A G U E
Aurora Halal - Liquiddity [Mutual Dreaming] esp. Wata Igarashi’s otherworldly Eternal Blue remixes

Ilana Bryne - Low Earth Orbit EP [Naive] esp. “Dub Box Medicine” and “Mmm Mmm Mmm”
Soundbwoy Killah ?– Burning / Moving On [Hundred Flowers] esp. “Moving On”
X-Coast - Bailando [Dansu Discs]
Physical Therapy - It Takes A Village: The Sounds Of Physical Therapy [Allergy Season]
Huey Mnemonic - Huey Mnemonic EP [Vanity Press]
Clouds - Sharp Like A Razor [Headstrong]
DJ Plead - Pleats Plead esp. “Salt and Pepper”
Private Caller - Let Me Know / Want Me [ONEPUF]
Peder Mannefelt - Sissel & Bass 4 Ever esp. Sissel & Bass (Perc Remix)”
Shinichiro Yokota - I Know You Like It & Ultimate Yokota 1991-2019
Lauren Flax - One Man’s House Is Another Woman’s Techno [The Bunker New York]
PlayPlay - Invocation [Knightwerk]
Too Late Productions - Cops On Da Floor [Knightwerk]
Dance System - Wind ‘Em Up [Monkeytown]
Super Tuff V/A 04 [Super Tuff] esp. See Other’s “Miss You (Edit)”
Rico Nasty - Anger Management
03 Greedo - Still Summer In The Projects
TisaKorean - A Guide To Being A Partying Freshman esp. “Apple Juice”
Unsound Podcast 49: SHYBOI
Nathan Micay - “Ecstasy Is On Maple Mountain”
AJ Tracey - “Ladbroke Grove” [Prod: Conducta]
Mura Masa - “I Don’t Think I Can Do This Again (with Clairo)”
Rico Nasty - “Sandy”
Flo Milli - “Beef FloMix”
NLE Choppa - “Shotta Flow”
Lil Tecca - “Ransom”
MC Kevin o Chris - “Ela É Do Tipo”

DJ/Live :

  • Wata Igarashi (live) -  Sustain-Release Year 6

  • J-Zbel  - Sustain-Release Year 6

  • LSDXOXO - Sustain-Release Year 6

  • Powder - Sustain-Release Year 6

  • Bruce - Sustain-Release Year 6


  • Robert Armani - UnterMania III

  • VTSS  - Unter x Discwoman: Mayhem

  • Aurora Halal - Make Me, Corsica Studios

  • Eris Drew - The Bunker Pride

  • Fatherhood (Physical Therapy/Michael Magnan) - Sublimate

  • Theo Parrish - 8am - 2pm set at Nowadays Nonstop on New Years Day

  • Marc Acardipane - Spinoff Gabber

  • Octo Octa - Mister Sunday - Nowadays

  • DJ Lag - Nowadays

  • Furfriend - Unter Christopher Street

  • Noncompliant - Nowadays

  • DJ Sprinkles - Nowadays

  • DJ Swisha - Half Moon Boiler Room

Steve Burhans, Beggars Group
Most personally fulfilling LP's released in 2019:
Sunwatchers - Illegal Moves LP (Trouble In Mind) (Also: Winner best album cover of 2019)
Royal Trux - White Stuff LP (Fat Possum)

Wayne Rogers - The Air Below LP (Twisted Village)
Sarah Mary Chadwick - The Queen Who Stole The Sky LP (Heavy Machinery)
Tor Lundvall - A Strangeness In Motion LP (Dais)
75 Dollar Bill - I Was Real 2xLP (Thin Wrist)
Nivhek - After Its Own Death / Walking In A Spiral Towards The House 2xLP (Yellow Electric)
Joshua Abrams & Natural Information Society - Mandatory Reality 2xLP (Eremite)
David Behrman - On The Other Ocean LP (Lovely Music)
Michael O'Shea - S.T. LP (Allchival)

Five Live:
Mayo Thompson
Mdou Moctar
King Brothers
California Flashback Festival (all performers)
75 Dollar Bill

Matt Harmon, Beggars Group
Sunwatchers – Illegal Moves (Trouble in Mind)

Joshua Abrams & The Natural Information Society – Mandatory Reality (Eremite)
Headroom – New Heaven EP (Ever/Never Records)
Hand Habits – placeholder (Saddle Creek)
Possible Humans – Everybody Split (Hobbies Galore/Trouble in Mind)
Lee Gamble - In a Paraventral Scale (Hyperdub)
Angel Bat Dawid – The Oracle (International Anthem)
M’dou Moctar – Iiana (The Creator) (Sahel Sounds)
Damon Locks and the Black Monument Ensemble – Where Future Unfolds (International Anthem)
Chris Cohen – s/t (Captured Tracks)
Beak - Life Goes On EP (Temporary Residence)
Fennesz – Agora (Editions Mego)
Kelly Lee Owens - Let it Go Omen single (Smalltown Supersound)
Jenny Hval “The Practice of Love” (Sacred Bones)
Shellac – The End of Radio (Live on BBC/ Touch & G0)
Gavilán Rayna Russom – The Envoy (Ecstatic Recordings)

Garcia People “Feel So Great” (Beyond Beyond is Beyond Records)
Purple Mountains “All My Happiness is Gone” (Drag City)
Fontaines DC “Boys in the Better Land” (Partisan)
Boy Harsher “Westerners” (Nude Club)

Marion Brown - Three for Shepp (Superior Viaduct / Impulse!)
Blue “Gene” Tyranny - Out of the Blue (40th Anniversary Remaster)
This Kind of Punishment – In the Same Room (Superior Viaduct)

This is Not This Heat @ LPR 3.18.19
Weyes Blood @ Music Hall of Williamsburg 5.29.2019
Kikagaku Moyo on Elsewhere Rooftop 6.26.19
Natural Information Society w/ Jim White @ Union Pool 10.4.19
Damon Locks and Black Monument Ensemble @ South Shoure Cultural Center, Chicago, IL 11.1.2019
Angel Bat Dawid w/ Junius Paul & Emma-Jean Thackary @ Ryewax, London 11.21.19

A Loss Permitted to Open Its Eyes for but Three Hours and There Glimpsed, Finally in Focus a Mystery That Begs Earnestly, "Ask Me Nothing" Now, Once More the Problem Is Yours Alone (Keiji Haino + Charles Hayward)

Sonya Kolowrat, Beggars Group
best things I went to in 2019 :
Smokey’s round up at Sunny’s in Red Hook
black midi at Zebulon in LA
Thom Yorke at the Greek theater in LA
Genesis P Orridge art opening at Tom’s of Finland in LA
Toms of Finland
Hilma af Klint at the Guggenheim
Lankum’s Jan 2019 shows in NY followed by the Sunday Irish seisun at the 11th street bar
Bauhaus reunion shows at The Palladium

The Brainiac documentary

Laura Lyons, Beggars Group
My 10 favorite albums in no particular order
Lana Del Rey - Norman Fucking Rockwell!
Vampire Weekend - Father of the Bride

Weyes Blood - Titanic Rising
FKA twigs - Magdalene
Solange - When I Get Home
Nilufer Yanya - Mis Universe
Sharon Van Etten - Remind Me Tomorrow
Megan Thee Stallion - Fever
Kelsey Lu - Blood
Toro y Moi - Outer Peace

Top tunes not on the aforementioned albums
Ashley O – On A Roll
Rosalia – Millionaria
KH / Four Tet – Only Human
Caroline Polachek – So Hot You’re Hurting My Feelings
Burna Boy - Anybody
Peggy Gou – Starry Night
Solange – Binz
Sneaks – Money Don’t Grow On Trees
Velvet Negroni – Wine Green
Chinatown Slalom – Who wants To Be A Millionaire?
Nadia Tehran – Down
HAIM – Summer Girl
Angel Olsen – New Love Cassette
Baby Keem – Opinions
Crumb – Fall Down
Tyler, The Creator - Gone, Gone / Thank You
Kate Bollinger – Candy
Mega Bog – Diary of a Rose

Abby Rubin, Beggars Group
Favorite Records Released in 2019
Kelsey Lu - Blood
Weyes Blood - Titanic Rising
Hand Habits - Place Holder
Charlotte Adigery - Zandoli
Jenny Hval - The Practice of Love

Florist - Emily Alone
Big Thief - UFOF
Arthur Russell - Iowa Dream
Andy Stott - It Should Be Us
Carla del Forno - Look Up Sharp
Angel Bat Dawid - The Oracle
Anadol - Uzun Havalar
Dry Cleaning - Boundary Road Snacks and Drinks
Vanishing Twin - Cryonic Suspension May Save Your Life
Lana Del Rey - Norman Fucking Rockwell!
Angel Olsen - All Mirrors
Aldous Harding - Designer
Equiknoxx - Eternal Children
Sharon Van Etten - Remind Me Tomorrow
Little Simz - GREY Area
Kim Gordon - No Home Record
Purple Mountains - s/t
Ana Roxanne - ~~~
Moodyman - Sinner:KDJ-48
Mort Garson - Plantasia (reissue)

Best Books Read (but maybe not all published) this year
Normal People - Sally Rooney
The Pieces - Melissa Broder
Early Work - Andrew Martin
The Odd Woman and the City - Vivian Gornik
Motherhood - Sheila Heti
Trick Mirror - Jia Tolentino
Black Swans - Eve Babitz
Mars Room - Rachel Kushner

Naomi Scott, Beggars Group

On April 17th 2019 Beyonce graced us with Homecoming: The Live Album and it’s accompanying Netflix film, Homecoming. If you some how missed this earth-shattering event, Homecoming The Live Album is a live album recorded at Beyonce’s historic Coachella headlining performance in 2018, Homecoming is a film of those performances cut with rehearsal footage.

In a move of unspeakable badassary, this was dropped between the two weekends of this year’s Coachella and as a consequence completely eclipsed the event. WHO EVEN HEADLINED COACHELLA THIS YEAR? We have no way of knowing.

On a personal note: I got married on April 19th and my wife and I saved Homecoming to watch in the downtime between our wedding and the evening meal. It was as much part of the festivities as everything else. I’m not saying without Beyonce there would be no wedding, but I’m also not not saying that.

Anyway, in no particular order, here are some highlights:

• Alongside her usual band, Beyonce was backed by full drumline, choir, strings and dancers, all from HBCUs, and it sounded awesome. Less than a month later, Taylor Swift performed with a drumline at the Billboard Music Awards, it was not awesome.

• The same show was performed on consecutive weekends but with different costume colors (yellow weekend one, pink weekend two), there are parts of the Netflix film that cuts from one to the other mid-dance move so it looks like everyone’s clothes change color as they move. I have never recovered from the first time I saw this.

• That bit where Beyonce notices someone miraculously has on the same outfit as her. One of many miracles in Homecoming.

• That bit where Beyonce says “Are you ready Coachella? Let’s go get em” and I want to go get em.

• That bit where Solange comes out basically just to dance and they both fall over some how. They fall over just like the rest of us. Amazing.

• That bit where Jay-Z comes out for a bit so we can all have a bathroom break.

• The fact that I have since re-evaluated several songs I didn’t like very much in light of how good they sound on Homecoming. I can only apologize for my shortsightedness.

It would be remiss of me to not point out that Homecoming won zero Emmys, losing out in the Best Variety Special (Pre-Recorded) category to fucking Carpool Karaoke. I feel I should take this opportunity to once again apologize on behalf of my people for the existence of James Corden. He’s only here because we couldn’t cope with him any more.

Anyway, in conclusion, BEYONCE.

Steve Cross, Remote Control
Spike Fuck -Body By Crystal

June Jones - Big Art Museum
Metric Systems - Your Room
Danika Smith - Suit Of Armour
Gena Rose Bruce - Angel Face
HTRK - You Know How To Make Me Happy
Screensaver -How Any Down

40 Watt Banana -Maharashana
Sunbeam Sound Machine -Talking Distance
Tropical Fuck Storm -Maria 63

Giulia Distaso, Spin Go!
Kim Gordon – No Home Record
Lightning Bolt – Sonic Citadel
clipping. - There Existed an Addiction to Blood

Lingua Ignota – Caligula
Pharmakon – Devour
Chelsea Wolfe – Birth Of Violence
Nivhek - After its own death / Walking in a spiral towards the house
DEAFKIDS – Metaprogramação
USA/Mexico – Matamoros
The Dead C – Rare Ravers
Uboa – The Origin Of My Depression
Thegn – Loss
Yatta – Wahala
Klein – Lifetime
ISS – Alles 3rd Gut
Rakta - Falha Comum
Taiwan Housing Project - Sub-Language Trustees
Diat - Positive Disintegration
Uranium Club – The Cosmo Cleaners
Billy Woods & Kenny Segal - Hiding Places
Moor Mother - Analog Fluids of Sonic Black Holes
JPEGMAFIA - All My Heroes Are Cornballs
Kinlaw & Franco Franco – Mezzi Umani Mezze Macchine
Harrga - Héroïques Animaux De La Misère
Mai Mai Mai – Nel Sud

Valerie Lynch, Spin Go!
Fountains D.C. - Dogrel
Sharon Van Etten – Remind Me Tomorrow
Lana Del Rey - Norman Fucking Rockwell!
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds – Ghosteen
Billie Eilish – When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do we Go?
Mavis Staples – We Get By

Bad Breeding – Exiled
Chelsea Wolfe – Birth Of Violence

New Algiers Track/Video, "Void", Now Streaming, In-Store Tour In January

(director : Ian Cone)

(photo : Christian Högstedt)

Today, Algiers release "Void", the second track, from the forthcoming album 'There Is No Year' , following Tuesday's premiere via the Adult Swim Singles Club.  The song is also available as a flexi-disc as part of the vinyl edition of 'There Is No Year', out January 17

stream / download "Void"
preorder 'There Is No Year'

To mark the release of 'There Is No Year', Algiers will perform in several U.S. record stores  including Atlanta’s Criminal Records, Philadelphia’s Repo and Brooklyn’s Rough Trade in mid January. See below and visit for further details. In February, the band will kick off a European tour, returning stateside in March.

Algiers on tour (new dates in bold):
Friday, January 17 Criminal Records, Atlanta GA
Saturday, January 18 Schoolkids Records, Raliegh NC
Monday, January 20 The Sound Garden, Baltimore MD
Tuesday, January 21 Repo Records, Philadelphia PA
Wednesday, January 22 Rough Trade NYC, Brooklyn NY
Monday, February 3 The Haunt, Brighton UK
Wednesday, February 5 Village Underground, London UK
Thursday, February 6 YES, Manchester UK
Friday, February 7 Stereo, Glasgow UK
Saturday, February 8 Whelans, Dublin IE
Monday, February 10 Brudenell, Leeds UK
Wednesday, February 12 Botanique Rotonde, Brussels BE
Thursday, February 13 Paradiso Upstairs, Amsterdam NE
Friday, February 14 Club Volta, Cologne DE
Saturday, February 15 Manufaktur, Schorndorf DE
Monday, February 17 Zoom, Frankfurt DE
Tuesday, February 18 Beatpol, Dresden DE
Thursday, February 20 Hybrydy, Warsaw PO
Friday, February 21 Lucerna Music Bar, Prague CZ
Saturday, February 22 Flex, Vienna AU
Monday, February 24 Strom, Munich DE
Wednesday, February 26 Monk, Rome IT
Thursday, February 27 Ohibo, Milan IT
Saturday, February 29 La 3 Razzmatazz, Barcelona ES
Sunday, March 1 Cafe Berlin, Madrid ES
Tuesday, March 3 Rock School Barbey, Bordeaux FR
Wednesday, March 4 Stereolux, Nantes FR
Thursday, March 5 La Maroquinerie, Paris FR
Wednesday, March 11 Johnny Brenda’s, Philadelphia PA
Thursday, March 12 Black Cat, Washington DC
Friday, March 13 Mothlight, Asheville NC
Saturday, March 14 529, Atlanta GA
Friday, March 20 Club Congress, Tucson AZ
Saturday, March 21 Casbah, San Diego CA
Tuesday, March 24 The Echo, Los Angeles CA
Wednesday, March 25 Slim’s, San Francisco CA
Saturday, March 28 Polaris Hall, Portland OR
Sunday, March 29 The Crocodile, Seattle WA
Wednesday, April 1 Turf Club, St. Paul MN
Thursday, April 2 Cactus Club, Milwaukee WI
Friday, April 3 Empty Bottle, Chicago IL
Saturday, April 4 Rumba Club, Columbus OH
Sunday, April 5 Deluxx Fluxx, Detroit MI
Monday, April 6 The Baby G, Toronto ON
Tuesday, April 7 Bar Le Ritz, Montreal QC
Thursday, April 9 Saint Vitus, Brooklyn NY
Tuesday, April 21 Knust, Hamburg DE
Friday, April 24 Nalen Klubb, Stockholm SE
Saturday, April 25 Mejeriet, Lund SE
Monday, April 27 Lido, Berlin DE
Wednesday, April 29 Morze, St. Petersberg RU
Thursday, April 30 Aglomerat, Moscow RU
Sunday, May 3rd ISC, Bern CH
Monday, May 4th Bogen F, Zurich CH

Algiers Online :

There Is No Year

Spoon - "Is This The Last Time" (Demo)

(photo : Marika Ripke)

continuing Spoon's vault-plundering series of rarity-unleashing, here's a demo version of 2002's b-side "Is This The Last Time", now available for streaming or download.

stream/order 'Everything Hits At Once : The Best Of Spoon'

Spoon on tour :
Wednesday, December 4th McMenamins Christal Ballroom, Portland OR
Thursday, December 5th Knitting Factory Boise, Boise ID
Saturday, December 7 Intersect, Las Vegas NV

Spoon online :

Official Site

Win The Next Decade's Worth Of Matador Vinyl - IS THAT ENOUGH BANALITY FOR YOU?

Submit a playlist of your favorite Matador songs from 2010-2019 for a chance to win a copy of every vinyl album from the next decade: (Contest is U.S. only). Today is the last day to save 25% on (almost) everything at the Matador Webstore, worldwide.  (Illustration by William Stout). #banalitymeetsfinality

Matador's End Of Decade Sale : 2010-2019 - Banality Meets Finality

(art : William Stout)

anyone can do a Black Friday or Cyber Monday sale. Only the truly insane (h/t Crazy Eddie) will pull something like this on a random Tuesday, however. Now thru December 2, we're offering 25% off everything at the Matador Store (save for Lucy Dacus’ ‘2019?, and new titles from Desert Sessions and Algiers) w/ code “25offeverything” (HIGH FIVE, CREATIVE COPY TEAM) . LP's, CD's, MP3's, hey, maybe even a few ill-advised cassettes from the greatest catalog in modern musical history from all of your favorites - Yo La Tengo, Snail Mail, Interpol, Belle and Sebastian, Steve Gunn, Spoon, Julien Baker, Car Seat Headrest, Perfume Genius, Stephen Malkmus (with and without The Jicks), Queens of the Stone Age, Kim Gordon, Lucy Dacus, Algiers, the New Pornographers, Cat Power, Ceremony, Liz Phair, Unsane, Guided By Voices, Darkside, Pavement, the New Pornographers, Sonic Youth, Fucked Up...I could go on but YOU GET THE IDEA.

Let the gifting / hoarding commence!

Spoon - "Inside Out" (demo)

This morning we're pleased to make available the demo version of Spoon's much-beloved "Inside Out", the studio version of which appeared on 2014's 'They Want My Soul'.   Speaking with Entertainment Weekly, Britt Daniel recalled, “I wrote that on piano. It was just the chords and a melody, and I remember singing it for my girlfriend and at the time and she was not impressed. I was like 'Are you kidding me? I know this is fucking great! And then it kind of just existed as this piano vocal song for a long time. I knew something was good about it but we were making  'I Want Your Soul' and I didn’t want to have just a vocal and piano song on there, it felt we had done that too much already. So we put a beat to it that was sort of stolen from this Dr. Dre song. Then we used that kick-snare pattern and Alex [Fischel, keyboards and guitar] came up with the idea of a harp sound on a keyboard. Then it sounded like something we’d never done before.”

There's a lesson of some sort in here but our office is already awash in "I-told-you-so"-isms already (if that's a thing) but the important part to focus on is that during a period in which we're shining a spotlight on Spoon's past works, more cool artifacts from the band's vault will be unleashed in the days ahead (November 19, December 3 and December 10, to be exact). Play along by utilizing hashtag #spoontbt if you're inclined.

(photo : Oliver Halfin)

stream/downnload "Inside Out" (demo)
stream/order 'Everything Hits At Once : The Best Of Spoon'

Spoon on tour :
Wednesday, December 4th McMenamins Christal Ballroom, Portland OR
Thursday, December 5th Knitting Factory Boise, Boise ID
Saturday, December 7 Intersect, Las Vegas NV

Spoon online :

Official Site

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