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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

stream/download "Pristene"
preorder 'Lush'

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

! w/ Shame
# w/ Japanese Breakfast
* w/ Belle & Sebastian
Snail Mail online:

Liz Phair - "Girly Sound To Guyville: The 25th Anniversary Box Set" Out May 4, "Divorce Song" Premiere, New U.S. Tour Dates

This year marks the 25th anniversary of Liz Phair’s landmark debut Exile in Guyville. On May 4th Matador will release a comprehensive box set: 7 LPs or 3 CDs cataloging the Guyville era in an edition of 1900, including the first official restored audio of all three 1991 Girly-Sound tapes. The tapes were meticulously restored from original copies of the cassettes, traded from hand to hand at the time, by Dave Cooley at Elysian Masters. Also available on double vinyl and regular CD for the first time in years: the original Exile in Guyville, remastered by Emily Lazar at The Lodge.

Buyers have the option of purchasing the remastered Exile in Guyville on 2xLP / CD or purchase the box set which includes Exile in Guyville as well as the Girly-Sound tapes Yo Yo Buddy Yup Yup Word To Ya Mutha, Girls! Girls! Girls! and Sooty. The box set also includes a book featuring essays by Ann Powers (excerpted below), Liz Phair, and an extensive oral history of Phair’s collaborators compiled by Jason Cohen. The vinyl edition of the book also includes never before seen photos, artwork, and ephemera.

Both sets will also be available via all digital retailers and streaming services on release date.


If a 7 LP set is not enough (and when is it ever, really) the 3 Girly-Sound tapes, restored by Dave Cooley at Elysian Masters, will be released as replica cassettes in a limited edition of 345 copies. The cassettes will be available as a premium exclusive for those ordering the box set on vinyl or CD through the Matador webstore.

 by Ann Powers
Back in the 1990s, when everybody in a certain corner of the punk scene was reading feminist theory and making mixtapes, people used to go on about "speech acts." You might wonder, what the hell is a speech act? How is it different than plain old speech? Every time you open your mouth, you're spraying out your point of view like viral spit. Pointing this out seems a little redundant.

Yet people can easily forget that their words don't just fall on empty air; they hit people and have the power to infect. "It was nothing," a guy says, after he's told a woman her ass looks good in those jeans, or she might hurt herself if she carries something heavy, or it's kind of a shock that she's so good at playing guitar. One thing feminists do is point out that the little jokes men make, the condescending asides, even the well-meaning compliments (you're so pretty, little girl) are epidemic. They keep women an invisible quarantine, away from their own subjectivity, away from power. Or, as Liz Phair says in one of the songs on her immortal Exile in Guyville, "When you said I wasn't worth talking to, I had to take your word on that."

A lot of dudes had said a lot of things to Liz Phair by the time she was 23. After college and a year of fucking around in San Francisco, she was back in her parents' house in the Illinois suburbs, semi-secretly writing and recording songs on a 4-track. She was also running with some guys who loved to tell her how much they knew about rock and roll and what it took to be a real musician. They tended to be startled when they discovered her ambition. When she gave her tapes to a couple of them, they recognized that she was brilliant, but by the time she got a record deal with a cool indie label, many were wondering how and why. "Guyville is wrapped up in how the songs were written and in the way it was created and came about: It's that girl, that girl having people say you can't do this, you aren't good enough to do this, you don't know what you are doing," Phair told the journalist Jessica Hopper in a 2013 oral history of her absolutely brilliant, groundbreaking, stereotype-defying debut album Exile in Guyville.

To preview the release of Girly Sound to Guyville, Phair has released a track from Girly-Sound: an early version of the Guyville highlight "Divorce Song" originally heard on Yo Yo Buddy Yup Yup Word To Ya Mutha.

Stream / Buy "Divorce Song (Girly-Sound Version) Here

Liz will kick off the "Girly Sound To Guyville Tour," performing material from the newly reissued set, this Spring with select dates across the U.S. Tickets are on sale next Friday March 23rd at 10am ET.

Newly Announced Tour Dates
Thursday, May 31 Masonic Lodge, Los Angeles CA
Friday, June 1 Swedish American Hall, San Francisco CA
Saturday, June 2 The Crocodile, Seattle WA
Monday, June 4 Turf Club, St. Paul MN *
Wednesday, June 6 The Sinclair, Boston MA *
Thursday, June 7 National Sawdust, Brooklyn NY *
Friday, June 8 Wichita Riverfest, Wichita, KS (previously announced)
Saturday, June 9 Empty Bottle, Chicago IL *

* support from Soccer Mommy

"Girly Sound To Guyville: The 25th Anniversary Box Set" Tracklist

Exile In Guyville
1. 6'1"
2. Help Me Mary
3. Glory
4. Dance Of The Seven Veils
5. Never Said
6. Soap Star Joe
7. Explain It To Me
8. Canary
9. Mesmerizing
10. Fuck and Run
11. Girls! Girls! Girls!
12. Divorce Song
13. Shatter
14. Flower
15. Johnny Sunshine
16. Gunshy
17. Stratford-On-Guy
18. Strange Loop

Yo Yo Buddy Yup Yup Word To Ya Mutha
1. White Babies
2. Shane
3. 6 Dick Pimp
4. Divorce Song
5. Go West
6. Don't Holdyrbreath
7. Johnny Sunshine
8. Miss Lucy
9. Elvis Song
10. Dead Shark
11. One Less Thing
12. Money
13. In Love w/Yself

Girls! Girls! Girls!
1. Hello Sailor
2. Wild-Thing
3. Fuck And Run
4. Easy Target
5. Soap Star Joe
6. Ant In Alaska
8. Polyester Bride
9. Thrax
10. Miss Mary Mack
11. Clean
12. Love Song
13. Valentine

1. Gigolo
2. Flower
3. Batmobile
4. Slave
5. Open Season
6. Whip-Smart
7. Suckerfish
8. California
9. South Dakota
10. Bomb
11. Easy
12. Chopsticks

Liz Phair Online
Matador Artist Page

OUT TODAY : Lucy Dacus - 'Historian'

Just another elbow in the ribs reminding you that Lucy Dacus' incredible 2nd album, 'Historian', is available today at the planet's best record shops and via the streaming or download platform of your choice. Dacus' show tonight at Brooklyn's Music Hall Of Williamsburg is sold out, and while that's certainly frustrating for those who snoozed on tickets, she'll be back in the region before long. AND THERE'S OTHER REGIONS (allegedly).

order/stream 'Historian'

Tour Dates
Friday, March 2 Music Hall of Williamsburg, Brooklyn NY
Wednesday, March 7 The Southern, Charlottesville VA
Thursday, March 8 Pour House, Charleston SC
Friday, March 9 The Earl, Atlanta GA
Saturday, March 10 The High Watt, Nashville TN
Monday, March 19 Valley Bar, Phoenix AZ
Tuesday, March 20 Club Congress, Tucson AZ
Wednesday, March 21 The Casbah, San Diego CA
Thursday, March 22 Teragram Ballroom, Los Angeles CA
Friday, March 23 The Crepe Place, Santa Cruz CA
Saturday, March 24 The Rickshaw Stop, San Francisco CA
Monday, March 26 Doug Fir Lounge, Portland OR
Tuesday, March 27 Biltmore Cabaret, Vancouver BC
Wednesday, March 28 Tractor Tavern, Seattle WA
Friday, March 30 Urban Lounge, Salt Lake City UT
Saturday, March 31 Globe Hall, Denver CO
Monday, April 2 Reverb Lounge, Omaha NE
Wednesday, April 4 7th Street Entry, Minneapolis MN
Thursday, April 5 High Noon Saloon, Madison WI
Friday, April 6 Empty Bottle, Chicago IL
Saturday, April 7 The HI-FI, Indianapolis IN
Sunday, April 8 The Basement, Columbus OH
Monday, April 9 Horseshoe Tavern, Toronto ON
Wednesday, April 11 The Sinclair, Cambridge MA
Friday, April 13 Johnny Brenda’s, Philadelphia PA
Saturday, April 14 Rock & Roll Hotel, Washington DC
Thursday, April 19 Belgrave Music Hall & Canteen, Leeds UK
Friday, April 20 The Hug and Pint, Glasgow UK
Saturday, April 21 Gullivers, Manchester UK
Sunday, April 22 Hare and Hounds 2, Birmingham UK
Tuesday, April 24 Louisiana, Bristol UK
Wednesday, April 25 Omeara, London UK
Thursday, April 26 The Hope and Ruin, Brighton UK
Friday, April 27 Espace B, Paris FR
Monday, April 30 Stengade, Copenhagen DK
Tuesday, May 1 Prinzenbar, Hamburg DE
Thursday, May 3 Blue Shell, Cologne DE
Friday, May 4 Sugar Factory, Amsterdam NE

Lucy Dacus online :


Iceage - "Pain Killer" Premiere, 'Beyondless' Coming May 4

Copenhagen’s Iceage -- Elias Bender Rønnenfelt (vocals, lyrics), Jakob Tvilling Pless (bass), Dan Kjær Nielsen (drums), and Johan Wieth (guitar) -- will release their fourth album, 'Beyondless', on May 4th. After returning last month with ‘Catch It’, their first new material since 2013’s 'Plowing Into The Field of Love', Iceage now share Beyondless’s "Pain Killer", featuring Sky Ferreira (the first guest vocalist to ever be featured on an Iceage song). Additionally, the band is announcing March residencies in New York and Los Angeles and dates in Japan in April, with their previously announced European and North American tours to follow in May and June.

The album was produced by the band with Nis Bysted, and recorded all-analog by Mattias Glavå at Kungsten Studios in Göteborg, Sweden, and mixed by Randall Dunn at Avast Studios in Seattle. The album was played entirely by Iceage with additional performances by Nils Gröndhal (violin), horns by Kasper Tranberg (trumpet), Lars Greve (saxophones) and Morten Jessen (trombone).

STREAM / PREORDER 'Beyondless'

 by Richard Hell

I can totally imagine myself as a kid lying in my closed-door room in the dark, listening to this band and getting what I need, the way a band can make a person feel seen and bring confidence, sometimes even represent an ideal. Or maybe I’m already all defiant and self-certain, and I identify with Iceage because they are too, and they’re who I want to represent me in music. It’s a weird combination of qualities that a rock and roll band and their recordings presents to their young crowd, imparts to them. The music being pure emotion, the strong emotions of youth—anger, sadness, contempt, longing—as well as energy and sex, and the band’s demonstration that it gracefully owns and provides those things, consoling their followers in all the confusion.

What is it that Iceage in particular brings? A large number of extraordinary things. (Poetry! But more about that later.) The band members were childhood friends, which is always good news.  They’re like a small urban gang, faithful to each other, suspicious of outsiders (of which music journalists like me are the most suspect examples). At the same time, they seem mature and competent, which is almost too much to hope for. They not only play and compose well, but the production of their records, from the very beginning, and at the music’s most chaotic, is impeccable. Their presentation is as hardcore anarchic as any, but much better played, mixed, and recorded than most.

And then there’s the poetry and the intelligence. The members of Iceage are not only smart but hyper literate. Interviews with E. Rønnenfelt, the lead singer and lyricist of the band, find him mentioning Carson McCullers, The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter; Georges Bataille, Story of the Eye; Peter Shaffer’s Equus; Mishima, The Sailor Who Fell from Grace with the Sea; Genet’s Thief’s Journal and Miracle of the Rose; The Torture Garden by Octave Mirbeau; Henry Miller on Writing; and James Agee’s A Death in the Family, and that’s in a total of four interviews. It’s not that he flaunts it; he’s simply honest and naturally acknowledges it.

The lyrics of Iceage songs have the most sophisticated vocabulary I can remember finding in rock music. Here’s a favorite example, from “Pain Killer” on the new album:

"Praying at the altar of your legs and feet
/Your saliva is a drug so bittersweet / 
I’ll arrogate what’s there to take. In an evanescent embrace."

…“Arrogate”??? I half know the word, but I had to look it up to be certain. It means “to claim or seize without justification.” It’s funny because its Latin root also underlies the word “arrogant,” which one might be tempted to apply to Rønnenfelt for the contempt he shows for people who try to understand him. But I sympathize. It is extremely annoying to be characterized by other people. And the shading of meaning of the word “arrogate” brings a subtlety to those lyrics of his that “take” or “seize” or “claim” wouldn’t. Frankly, though, what I really like about those lines is the concept of praying to his lover’s feet. That’s good. It makes me think of a similar instance in another poet, Charles Baudelaire, who wrote in his “Hymn to Beauty”:

"Who cares if you come from paradise or hell,
 appalling Beauty, artless and monstrous scourge,
  if only your eyes, your smile or your foot reveal
the infinite I love and have never known?"

(photo : Steve Gullick)














Tour Dates (new shows in bold)

Thursday, March 22nd Kinfolk, Brooklyn NY
Friday, March 23rd Kinfolk, Brooklyn NY
Saturday, March 24th Babycastles, Brooklyn NY
Sunday, March 25th Secret Project Robot, Brooklyn NY
Thursday, March 29th Golddiggers, Los Angeles CA
Friday, March 30th Golddiggers, Los Angeles CA
Saturday, March 31st Golddiggers, Los Angeles CA
Tuesday, April 3rd Metro, Kyoto JP
Friday, April 6th Duo, Tokyo JP

Sunday, April 8th Vacant, Tokyo JP
Saturday, May 5 Bitterzoet, Amsterdam NE
Sunday, May 6 Le Botanique, Bruxelles BE
Monday, May 7 Petit Bain, Paris FR
Tuesday, May 8 Scala, London UK
Thursday, May 10 Nordic Museum, Seattle WA
Wednesday, May 16 Bowery Ballroom, New York NY
Thursday, May 17 First Unitarian Church, Philadelphia PA
Friday, May 18 Union Stage, Washington DC
Saturday, May 19 The Camel, Richmond VA
Sunday, May 20 Cat’s Cradle, Carrboro NC
Monday, May 21 Mercy Lounge, Nashville TN
Tuesday, May 22 The Earl, Atlanta GA
Wednesday, May 23 Saturn, Birmingham AL
Thursday, May 24 Santos, New Orleans LA
Friday, May 25 Rockefeller’s, Houston TX
Saturday, May 26 Club Dada, Dallas TX
Sunday, May 27 Barracuda, Austin TX
Tuesday, June 5 The Casbah, San Diego CA *
Wednesday, June 6 The Regent Theater, Los Angeles CA *
Thursday, June 7 Don Quixote’s International Music Hall, Felton CA *
Friday, June 8 Great American Music Hall, San Francisco CA *
Saturday, June 9 Huichica Music Festival, Sonoma CA
Monday, June 11 Mississippi Studios, Portland OR *
Tuesday, June 12 The Astoria, Vancouver BC*
Thursday, June 14 The Bartlett, Spokane WA *
Friday, June 15 The Rialto, Bozeman MT *
Saturday, June 16 Kilby Court, Salt Lake City UT *
Sunday, June 17 Bluebird Theater, Denver CO *
Monday, June 18 Waiting Room, Omaha NE *
Tuesday, June 19 7th St Entry, Minneapolis MN *
Wednesday, June 20 Cactus Club, Milwaukee WI *
Friday, June 22 El Club, Detroit MI *
Saturday, June 23 Lee’s Palace, Toronto ON *
Sunday, June 24 The 27 Club, Ottawa ON *
Monday, June 25 La Sala Rossa, Montreal QC *
Tuesday, June 26 3S Artspace, Portsmouth NH *
Wednesday, June 27 The Sinclair, Boston MA *
Thursday, June 28 Market Hotel, Brooklyn NY *

* w/ Mary Lattimore

Iceage online :

Yo La Tengo - "For You Too" (from 'There's A Riot Going On')

(photo by GODLIS)

Perhaps you recall our mid-January premiere of 4 songs from Yo La Tengo's forthcoming album, 'There's A Riot Going On'?  And perhaps you don't --- who are we to make assumptions about your attention span and capacity for detail? THE IMPORTANT THING is that we're sharing another of the album's standout tracks, "For You Too" in advance of the album's March 16 release.

STREAM / PREORDER 'There's A Riot Going On'

Tour Dates :

March 28 - Minneapolis, MN - First Avenue*
March 29 - Chicago, IL - Thalia Hall*
March 30 - Chicago, IL - Thalia Hall*
March 31 - Toronto, ON - Phoenix*
April 2 - Burlington, VT - Higher Ground *
April 3 - Boston, MA - Paradise*
April 4 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club*
April 6 - Brooklyn, NY - Brooklyn Steel*
April 7 - Philadelphia, PA - Union Transfer *
April 8 - Charlottesville, VA - Jefferson*
April 10 - Carrboro, NC - Cat’s Cradle*
April 11 - Carrboro, NC - Cat’s Cradle*
April 12 - Atlanta, GA - Terminal West*
April 13 - Nashville, TN - Basement East *
April 14 - Nashville, TN - Basement East*
April 28 Olympia Theatre, Dublin IE
April 29 SWG3, Glasgow UK
April 30 Manchester Academy 2, Manchester UK
May 1 Birmingham Town Hall, Birmingham UK
May 3 - Church Leeds, Leeds UK
May 4 - Royal Festival Hall, London UK
May 6 - Paradiso, Amsterdam NL
May 7 - Heimathafen, Berlin DE
May 8 - Gloria Theatre, Cologne DE
May 9 - Munchner Kammerspiele, Munich DE
May 11 - Pogon Jedinstvo, Zagreb HR
May 12 - Dom Omladine, Belgrade RS
May 13 - A38 Ship, Budapest HU
May 15 - Fabrique, Milan IT
May 16 - Fri-Son, Fribourg CH
May 17 - Manufaktur, Schorndorf DE
May 19 - Le Cabaret Sauvage, Paris FR
May 20 - Ancienne Belgique, Brussels BE
May 31 - Seattle, WA - Neptune Theater *
June 1 - Seattle, WA - Neptune Theater *
June 2 - Portland, OR - Wonder Ballroom *
June 3 - Portland, OR - Wonder Ballroom *
June 5 - San Francisco, CA - Fillmore Theater *
June 6 - San Francisco, CA - Fillmore Theater *
June 8 - Los Angeles, CA - Teragram Ballroom *
June 9 - Los Angeles, CA - Teragram Ballroom *

Yo La Tengo online :

official site

Lucy Dacus - 'Historian', Coming March 2, "Night Shift" Premiere

(photo by Dustin Condren)

On March 2, Matador is releasing the hotly anticipated 2nd album from Richmond, VA's Lucy Dacus, 'Historian', the followup to her unanimously hailed 2016 debut, 'No Burden' that established her as one of modern music's top new voices & songwriters.   The album's first single, "Night Shift", can be heard above.

'Historian' is a remarkably assured 10-track statement of intent that finds Dacus unafraid to take on the big questions — the life-or-death reckonings, and the ones that just feel that way. It's a record full of bracing realizations, tearful declarations and moments of hard-won peace, expressed in lyrics that feel destined for countless yearbook quotes and first tattoos.

Dacus and her band recorded the album in Nashville last March, re-teaming with 'No Burden' producer Collin Pastore, and mixed it a few months later with John Congleton. The sound they created, with substantial input from multi-instrumentalist and live guitarist Jacob Blizard, is far richer and fuller than the debut — an outward flowering of dynamic, living, breathing rock and roll. Dacus' remarkable sense of melody and composition are the driving force throughout, giving 'Historian' the immersive feel of an album made by an artist in full command of her powers, on a new level of truth-telling and melodic grace.

The past year, with its electoral disasters and other assorted heartbreaks, has been a rough one for many of us, Dacus included. She found solace in crafting a thoughtful narrative arc for Historian, writing a concept album about cautious optimism in the face of adversity, with thematic links between songs that reveal themselves on repeat listens — touching on everything from systemic racism to creative burnout to the death of her grandmother. "It starts out dark and ends hopeful, but it gets darker in between; it goes to the deepest, darkest, place and then breaks," she explains. "What I'm trying to say throughout the album is that hope survives, even in the face of the worst stuff."

Global touring in support of 'Historian' kicks off  on release date at Brooklyn's Music Hall Of Williamsburg.  The album is available for preorder now on the format of your choice.

Tracklist :

1. Night Shift
2. Addictions
3. The Shell
4. Nonbeliever
5. Yours & Mine
6. Body To Flame
7. Timefighter
8. Next Of Kin
9. Pillar Of Truth
10. Historians

Stream "Night Shift"

Preorder 'Historian'

(Pre-orders  from The Matador Store will include ten postcards with individual art by ten different artists. Each postcard is inspired by one of the tracks off of 'Historian')

Tour Dates (on sale Friday, December 15)
Friday, March 2 Music Hall of Williamsburg, Brooklyn NY
Wednesday, March 7 The Southern, Charlottesville VA
Thursday, March 8 Pour House, Charleston SC
Friday, March 9 The Earl, Atlanta GA
Saturday, March 10 The High Watt, Nashville TN
Monday, March 19 Valley Bar, Phoenix AZ
Tuesday, March 20 Club Congress, Tucson AZ
Wednesday, March 21 The Casbah, San Diego CA
Thursday, March 22 Teragram Ballroom, Los Angeles CA
Friday, March 23 The Crepe Place, Santa Cruz CA
Saturday, March 24 The Rickshaw Stop, San Francisco CA
Monday, March 26 Doug Fir Lounge, Portland OR
Tuesday, March 27 Biltmore Cabaret, Vancouver BC
Wednesday, March 28 Tractor Tavern, Seattle WA
Friday, March 30 Urban Lounge, Salt Lake City UT
Saturday, March 31 Globe Hall, Denver CO
Monday, April 2 Reverb Lounge, Omaha NE
Wednesday, April 4 7th Street Entry, Minneapolis MN
Thursday, April 5 High Noon Saloon, Madison WI
Friday, April 6 Empty Bottle, Chicago IL
Saturday, April 7 The HI-FI, Indianapolis IN
Sunday, April 8 The Basement, Columbus OH
Monday, April 9 Horseshoe Tavern, Toronto ON
Wednesday, April 11 The Sinclair, Cambridge MA
Friday, April 13 Johnny Brenda’s, Philadelphia PA
Saturday, April 14 Rock & Roll Hotel, Washington DC
Thursday, April 19 Belgrave Music Hall & Canteen, Leeds UK
Friday, April 20 The Hug and Pint, Glasgow UK
Saturday, April 21 Gullivers, Manchester UK
Sunday, April 22 Hare and Hounds 2, Birmingham UK
Tuesday, April 24 Louisiana, Bristol UK
Wednesday, April 25 Omeara, London UK
Thursday, April 26 The Hope and Ruin, Brighton UK
Friday, April 27 Espace B, Paris FR
Monday, April 30 Stengade, Copenhagen DK
Tuesday, May 1 Prinzenbar, Hamburg DE
Thursday, May 3 Blue Shell, Cologne DE
Friday, May 4 Sugar Factory, Amsterdam NE

Lucy Dacus online :


Spoon - "A Prairie Home Companion" & "CBS This Morning" Appearances, Saturday

As mentioned earlier this week, Spoon's omnipresence in the commercial and public broadcast realms continues tomorrow with an appearance on "CBS This Morning" (7am eastern), followed by a broadcast of "A Prairie Home Companion", live from NYC's Town Hall at 6pm eastern.

We've got 100 purple vinyl editions of 'Hot Thoughts' remaining at the Matador Store, so this might be your last chance to obtain one without being forced to pay an exorbitant sum elsewhere. For those unconcerned with such hoarding rituals, the black vinyl edition of said album-of-the-year contender is on sale now thru midnight tonight for 30% off.

Tour Dates :

Friday, December 1 The Chance Theatre, Poughkeepsee NY
Sunday, December 3 Sherman Theatre, Stroudsberg PA
Tuesday, December 5 Upstate Concert Hall, Clifton Park NY
Wednesday, December 6 Higher Ground Ballroom, Burlington VT
Friday, December 8 Egyptian Room at Old National Centre, Indianapolis IN
Saturday, December 30 9:30 Club, Washington DC
Sunday, December 31 9:30 Club, Washington DC
Friday, January 12 Showbox Seattle, WA&
Saturday, January 13 McDonald Theater Eugene, OR&
Monday, January 15 Jam Cellars Napa, CA&
Wednesday, January 17 The Masonic San Francisco, CA&
Thursday, January 18 Arlington Theater Santa Barbara, CA&
Saturday January 20 Cosmopolitan Las Vegas, NV
Saturday, March 3 One Big Holiday Punta Cana DR
Thursday, March 15 La Trastienda MVD Montevideo, UY
Friday, March 16 Lollapalooza Argentina Buenos Aires AR
Saturday, March 17 Lollapalooza Chile Santiago CL
Friday, March 23 Lollapalooza Brazil Sao Paulo BR
Monday, June 4 Forbidden Fruit Festival Dublin IE

+ w/ Ron Gallo
& w/ White Reaper

Stream or order 'Hot Thoughts'

Spoon online :

Official Site

Courtney Barnett & Kurt Vile Intercontinental Mixtape

Courtney Barnett & Kurt Vile have teamed with Spotify for an intercontinental mixtape exchange in the spirit of their new album Lotta Sea Lice. Listeners can make a new musical friend by submitting a playlist, sending it into the world as a digital postcard and immediately receiving a playlist postcard in exchange.

(Intercontinental Mixtape)


Wednesday, October 25 – Palace Theatre, St. Paul, MN (SOLD OUT)
Thursday, October 26 – Thalia Hall, Chicago, IL (SOLD OUT)
Friday, October 27 – Rockerfeller Chapel, Chicago, IL (SOLD OUT)
Saturday, October 28 – Empty Bottle, Chicago, IL (SOLD OUT)
Monday, October 30 – Royal Oak Music Theatre, Royal Oak, MI
Tuesday, October 31 – Massey Hall, Toronto, ON
Wednesday, November 1 – Beacon Theatre, New York, NY (SOLD OUT)
Friday, November 3 – Tower Theatre, Upper Darby, PA
Saturday, November 4 – Orpheum Theatre, Boston, MA
Monday, November 6 – Loew's Jersey Theatre, Jersey City, NJ
Thursday, November 9 – Ryman Auditorium, Nashville, TN
Friday, November 10 – McFarlin Memorial Auditorium, Dallas, TX
Saturday, November 11 – ACL Live at the Moody Theater, Austin, TX (SOLD OUT)

Belle and Sebastian - 'How To Solve Our Human Problems' EP's & Box Set, "I'll Be Your Pilot" premiere

Harkening back to their 1997 release of three consecutive EPs ('Dog On Wheels', 'Lazy Line Painter Jane', and '3.. 6.. 9 Seconds Of Light'), Belle and Sebastian will release three new EPs under the umbrella title 'How To Solve Our Human Problems', with the first EP coming out on December 8th, the second on January 19th, and the third on February 16th  (vinyl and digital only).  The EP trilogy will culminate with a compilation CD and a limited vinyl box set containing all three EPs, with the option of a box just for EP3 for those who have already purchased 1 and 2.

Belle and Sebastian has revealed a new song titled "I’ll Be Your Pilot", which can be found on EP2.  The single takes as its subject Stuart Murdoch’s young son: “Having your first kid is a huge event, so I wrapped a lot of things I felt about Denny into the song. Being a dad made me feel a little like the pilot in The Little Prince, hence all the references to the Sahara!”

Just as those three early EPs are a crucial part of the Belle and Sebastian canon, these three new releases aren't merely a detour between albums, but as definitive releases in their own right. 'How To Solve Our Human Problems' is both an era of its own, and part of a long, rich history. 'How To Solve Our Human Problems' is, if you like, Belle and Sebastian Redux.

When Belle and Sebastian felt new music percolating, they decided to break from the working methods of the recent years and instead stay at home, record the tracks as and when, often producing themselves, working with friends and collaborators to see what emerged. Working in Glasgow gave them the freedom to work without the constraints that making an album can impose: they could take their time honing and experimenting.

One thing that has defined Belle and Sebastian has been their relationship with fans, and that’s apparent in the new EPs. For the three sleeves, the group issued a call to fans to come to be photographed by Murdoch at a studio in Belsize Park in North London. Fifty were selected, and all those photographed were also recorded answering the question: “How do you solve your human problems?”

The 3x12" boxset is available with two different purchase options. You can buy the set as a subscription which will ship an EP to your door each month, starting with the first EP on December 8th, the second EP on January 19th and the third EP and box + poster on Febraury 16th.

OR you can buy the 3x12" boxset as a complete set, which will ship to arrive on February 16th, 2018.
Alternatively, you may purchase a CD compilation of the 3 EPs, which will also ship to arrive on February 16th, 2018.

The 3 EPs are also available individually, without the boxset and poster, on each of the dates listed above. You can buy EP 1 HERE, EP 2 HERE and EP 3 HERE.

(UK orders
EU orders)

'How To Solve Our Human Problems Part 1'
1. Sweet Dew Lee
2. We Were Beautiful
3. Fickle Season
4. The Girl Doesn’t Get It
5. Everything Is Now

1. Show Me The Sun
2. Same Star
3. I’ll Be Your Pilot
4. Cornflakes
5. A Plague On All Other Boys
1. Poor Boy
2. Everything Is Now (Part Two)
3. Too Many Tears
4. There Is An Everlasting Song
5. Best Friend

Tour Dates :

Mon – 05-Feb – Belgium, Antwerp, De Roma
Tue – 06-Feb – France, Strasbourg, La Laiterie
Wed – 07-Feb – France, Paris, Salle Pleyel
Fri – 09-Feb – France, Nantes, Stereolox
Sun – 11-Feb – Luxembourg, Rockhal
Mon – 12-Feb – Switzerland, Zurich, X tra limmathaus
Tue – 13-Feb – Italy, Milan, Fabrique
Wed – 14-Feb – Italy, Bologna, Estragon
Fri – 16-Feb – Germany, Munich, Muffathalle
Sat – 17-Feb – Germany, Berlin, Admiralspalast
Sun – 18-Feb – Germany, Frankfurt, Batschkapp
Mon – 19-Feb – Netherlands, Amsterdam, Carre
Wed – 21-Feb – Denmark, Copenhagen, DK Studio 1
Thu – 22-Feb – Sweden, Stockholm, Munchen Brewery
Fri – 23-Feb – Norway, Oslo, Sentrum Scene
Sat – 24-Feb – Sweden, Gothenburg, Studios
Tue – 06-Mar – UK, Cornwall Truro Hall
Thu – 08-Mar – Wales, Cardiff, Millenium Centre
Fri – 09-Mar – Wales, Aberystwyth, Arts Centre
Sat – 10-Mar – UK, Nottingham Rock City
Mon – 12-Mar – UK, Manchester Bridgewater Hall
Tue – 13-Mar – UK, Cambridge Corn Exchange
Thu – 15-Mar – UK, Brighton Dome
Fri – 16-Mar – UK, London Troxy
Sat – 17-Mar – UK, London Troxy
Mon – 19-Mar – UK, Liverpool Philharmonic
Tue – 20-Mar – UK, York Opera House
Thu – 22-Mar – UK, Gateshead Sage
Fri – 23-Mar – Scotland, Perth, Concert Hall
Sat – 24-Mar – Scotland, Edinburgh, Usher Hall
Mon – 26-Mar – Ireland, Dublin, Vicar St
Tue – 27-Mar – Ireland, Dublin, Vicar St

Belle and Sebastian online:
Official site

Snail Mail Signs To Matador, Watch Tiny Desk Session

(photo by Bryan Regan)

Brooklyn-via-Baltimore singer /songwriter/guitar prodigy Lindsey Jordan aka Snail Mail is the latest addition to the Matador Records roster.  Snail Mail will release a full-length album in 2018, following Sister Polygon's 2017 12" reissue of the of the introductory cassette, 'Habit'.  Snail Mail’s NPR Tiny Desk concert premiered this morning, and might provide a hint or several why press, musical peers (including but not limited to Waxahatchee, Priests and Girlpool), and yeah, record labels have taken so much interest in a short spell..

(prior praise for 'Habit')

“There’s no grandstanding here, no attempts at hiding how truly confusing it is to be young and feel like the world is simultaneously infinite and hopeless. Perhaps that is why Snail Mail sound so alive despite much tangible optimism: there’s no person behind a curtain, the ugly resides in reality." - Quinn Moreland, Pitchfork

“Jordan has a voice that only comes along every now and then … she is able to fit a universe of emotion into a single turn of phrase without any vocal affectation … whether she’s muttering or shouting, you feel the heartbreak, the frustration, the joy that came with writing these lyrics” -Stereogum

"a minimalist swirl of drowsy tempos, unassumingly meticulous guitar parts, and the sort of entry-level existentialism that’s too pure to be pretentious.”  - Patrick D. McDermott, The Fader

Snail Mail on tour:
Wed October 11 The Met Pawtucket, RI *
Thu October 12 The Sinclair Cambridge, MA *
Fri October 13 Montreal, QC *
Sat October 14 Lee's Palace Toronto, ON *
Sun October 15 Loving Touch Ferndale, MI *
Mon October 16 The Bishop Bloomington, IN
Tue October 17 Bottom Lounge Chicago, IL *
Wed October 18 7th Street Entry Minneapolis, MN *
Thu October 19 Reverb Omaha, NE
Fri October 20 Cafe Berlin Columbia, MO
Sat October 21 Exit/In Nashville, TN *
Sun October 22 The Masquerade Purgatory Atlanta, GA *
Tue October 24 9:30 Club Washington, DC *
Wed October 25 Capital Ale House Richmond, VA *
Fri October 27 First Unitarian Church Philadelphia, PA *
Sat October 28 Brooklyn Steel Brooklyn, NY *

* w/ Beach Fossils & Raener

In other Snail Mail news, NPR released a Tiny Desk session featuring two songs you might recognize from Habit ("Slug" and "Thinning") as well as a new song...

Snail Mail online :


Coming October 27 : Julien Baker - 'Turn Out The Lights' ; Stream Or Download "Appointments" Today

(photo : Nolan Knight)

Julien Baker will release her highly anticipated second album,'Turn Out The Lights' on October 27th, 2017. An early preview can now be heard in the first single “Appointments”, a viscerally moving track that culminates in a swell of Baker’s voice, guitar, and piano. 'Turn Out The Lights' will arrive nearly two years to the day after her debut LP, 'Sprained Ankle' (originally released by 6131) and is now available for pre-order HERE.

Recorded at the legendary Ardent Studios in Baker’s hometown of Memphis, TN, 'Turn Out The Lights' expands upon the sound and vision of Sprained Ankle while retaining the haunting, confessional songwriting style for which she has become known. Throughout the album, she reflects on experiences of her own and those closest to her, exploring the internal conflicts that wrestle inside us all: how we deal and cope with our struggles, and how it all impacts both ourselves and our relationships of all kinds. The result is a deeply empathetic album that embraces the grays and complex truths of humanity and mental health. Turn Out The Lights was written and produced by Baker, and mixed by Craig Silvey (The National, Arcade Fire, Florence & the Machine).

1. Over
2. Appointments
3. Turn Out the Lights
4. Shadowboxing
5. Sour Breath
6. Televangelist
7. Everything That Helps You Sleep
8. Happy to Be Here
9. Hurt Less
10. Even
11. Claws In Your Back

stream or download "Appointments"
preorder 'Turn Out The Lights'
preorder 'Turn Out The Lights' from The Matador Store on clear, clear with pink and purple splatter or black vinyl editions, with or without a bundled t-shirt (see below) or on compact disc.

Julien Baker on tour :

10/12 - Atlanta, GA - Masquerade +
10/13 - Saxapahaw, NC - Haw River Ballroom +
10/14 - Asheville, NC - The Grey Eagle +
10/15 - Charlottesville, VA - Jefferson Theater +
10/17 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club +
10/18 - Millvale, PA - Mr. Smalls Theatre +
10/20 - Madison, WI - Majestic Theatre +
10/25 - Montreal, QC - Theatre Fairmount +
10/27 - New York, NY - Town Hall +
10/28 - Somerville, MA - Somerville Theatre +
10/29 - Philadelphia, PA - Union Transfer +
11/03 - The Hague, NL - Crossing Border Festival
11/04 - Utrecht, NL - Ekko
11/06 - Bristol, UK - The Lantern
11/07 - Leeds, UK - Brudenell Social Club
11/08 - Glasgow, UK - CCA
11/09 - Dublin, IE - Whelans
11/10 - London, UK - Union Chapel *SOLD OUT*
11/12 - Brussels, BE - Autumn Falls
11/14 - Berlin, DE - Heimathafen Neukolln
11/15 - Hamburg, DE - Uebel & Gefahrlich
11/16 - Düsseldorf, DE - New Fall Festival
11/17 - Madrid, ES - El Sol
11/18 - Braga, PT - Theatro Circo
11/19 - Barcelona, ES - La De Apolo
11/29 - Knoxville, TN - Bijou Theatre
11/30 - Nashville, TN - Marathon Music Works
12/01 - Memphis, TN - 1884 Lounge
12/02 - St. Louis, MO - Delmar Hall +
12/04 - Boulder, CO - Fox Theatre +
12/07 - Spokane, WA - The Bartlett +
12/08 - Seattle, WA - Neptune Theatre +
12/09 - Vancouver, BC - Rickshaw Theatre +
12/10 - Portland, OR - Aladdin Theater +
12/12 - San Francisco, CA - The Fillmore +
12/14 - Los Angeles, CA - Palace Theatre +
12/15 - San Diego, CA - The Irenic +
12/16 - Phoenix, AZ - The Crescent Ballroom +
12/18 - Austin, TX - Emo's +
12/19 - Houston, TX - The Heights Theater +
12/20 - Dallas, TX - The Kessler Theater +

* supporting Belle & Sebastian
# supporting Ben Folds
+ Half Waif supports

Julien Baker online


ALGIERS - 'The Underside Of Power', Out Today, New Dates With !!! Announced

"Walk Like A Panther"
(stream the Uniform remix of "Walk Like A Panther" at Spotify)

"A collection of songs that articulates that fury and despair with such authority, it deserves to become the soundtrack for whatever future documentary montage captures the mess of 2017. It’s galvanizing, uncompromising, and uplifting, and it should speak to everyone who still has some fight left in them." - Sean O'Neal, The A/V Club

Today marks the long-awaited release date for Algiers' incendiary 2nd album, the critically-acclaimed 'The Underside Of Power', available on digital, CD and LP formats at the url below. The first song from the Adrian Utley and Ali Chant-produced masterpiece, "Walk Like A Panther" (featuring a sample culled from a speech by Chicago Black Panther Fred Hampton), can be heard above in lyric video form.

In addition to the previously announced European stadium dates supporting Depeche Mode and this summer's headlining club shows in North America, Algiers have more US dates happening in September supporting !!! (see below).

order or stream 'The Underside Of Power'

Algiers On Tour

Friday, June 23 - Musik & Freiden, Berlin, DE
Sunday, June 25 - Stadio Olimpico, Rome, IT *
Monday, June 26 - Santeria Social Club, Milan, IT
Tuesday, June 27 - Stadio San Siro, Milan, IT *
Thursday, June 29 - Dall;Ara, Bologna, IT *
Saturday, July 1 - Stade de France, St. Denis, FR *
Tuesday, July 4 - Veltins-Arena, Gelsenkirchen, DE *
Thursday, July 13 - Cobalt, Vancouver, BC
Friday, July 14 - Mississippi Studios, Portland, OR
Saturday, July 15 - The Crocodile, Seattle, WA
Monday, July 17 - Starline Social Club, Oakland, CA
Tuesday, July 18 - The Echo, Los Angeles, CA
Saturday, July 22 - Baby’s All Right, Brooklyn, NY
Sunday, July 23 - Johnny Brenda’s, Philadelphia, PA
Monday, July 24 - Black Cat, Washington, DC
Wednesday, September 13 - The Hollow, Albany, NY^
Thursday, September 14 - Waiting Room, Buffalo, NY^
Friday, September 15 - Spirit Hall, Pittsburgh, PA^
Saturday, September 16 - Grog Shop, Cleveland, OH^
Monday, September 18 - Mercury Ballroom, Nashville, TN^
Thursday, September 21 - Saturn, Birmingham, AL^
Friday, September 22 - Hi-Ho Lounge, New Orleans, LA^
Saturday, September 23 - White Oak Music Hall, Houston, TX^
Sunday, September 24 - Dada, Dallas, TX^
Monday, September 25 - Empire Garage, Austin, TX^
Tuesday, September 26 - Paper Tiger, San Antonio, TX^
Thursday, September 28 - Meow Wolf, Santa Fe, NM^
Friday, September 29 - Crescent Ballroom, Phoenix, AZ^
Saturday, September 30 - SoHo Club, Santa Barbara, CA^
Sunday, October 1 - Soda Bar, San Diego, CA
Sunday, October 15 - Afropunk Festival, Atlanta, GA

* w/ Depeche Mode
^ w/ !!!

Algiers online:


Coming June 23 : Algiers' 'The Underside Of Power'

(photo by Joe Dilworth)

"The Underside Of Power"

(directed, produced and edited by Henry Busby and Marcus Tortorici)

Hot on the heels of NPR premiering the album's title track earlier this morning, we're very proud to announce the release of Algiers' long-awaited 2nd album, 'The Underside Of Power' (June 23). LP preorders (starting today) will include the limited edition "Walk Like A Panther" 7" and 16 page 'zine created by Algiers.

Produced by Adrian Utley (Portishead) and Ali Chant, mixed by Randall Dunn (Sunn O)))), with post-production by Ben Greenberg (Uniform, Hubble), 'The Underside Of Power' zooms across a musical landscape including but not limited to Southern rap to British grime to horror movie soundtracks to late-70s English industrial to Northern Soul. In the wake of our current political climate, Algiers cast a withering gaze on subject matter ranging from oppression, whiteness, police brutality, dystopia, and hegemonic power structures.

Now a four-piece, with the addition of Bloc Party’s Matt Tong on drums, the Atlanta-London-NYC band will bring their intense live show to major East and West Coast markets this summer, following an previously announced arena & stadium tour with Depeche Mode in Europe.

1. Walk Like A Panther
2. Cry Of The Martyrs
3. The Underside Of Power
4. Death March
5. A Murmur. A Sign.
6. Mme Rieux
7. Cleveland
8. Animals
9. Plague Years
10. A Hymn For An Average Man
11. Bury Me Standing
12. The Cycle/The Spiral: Time to Go Down Slowly

PRE-ORDER / stream : 'The Underside Of Power' / stream

preorder specials : "Walk Like A Panther" b/w "Walk Like A Panther" (Uniform remix) 7" + 16 page zine, exclusively available with LP preorders from The Matador Store

UK : Brighton's Resident Records have an exclusive cream vinyl edition with cover art designed by Algiers - preorder here.

on tour (new shows in bold) :

Tuesday, June 6 - Patterns, Brighton UK
Wednesday, June 7 - Shacklewell Arms, London UK -

Sunday, June 11 - HDI Arena, Hannover, DE *
Monday, June 12 - HDI Arena, Hannover, DE *
Thursday, June 15 - Secret Venue, Paris, FR
Saturday, June 17 - Kiff, Aarau, CH
Sunday, June 18 - Letzigrund Stadion, Zurich, CH *
Tuesday, June 20 - Commerzbank Arena, Frankfurt, DE *
Thursday, June 22 - Olympiastadion Berlin, Berlin, DE *
Friday, June 23 - Musik & Freiden, Berlin, DE
Sunday, June 25 - Stadio Olimpico, Rome, IT *
Monday, June 26 - Santeria Social Club, Milan, IT
Tuesday, June 27 - Stadio San Siro, Milan, IT *
Thursday, June 29 - Dall;Ara, Bologna, IT *
Saturday, July 1 - Stade de France, St. Denis, FR *
Tuesday, July 4 - Veltins-Arena, Gelsenkirchen, DE *
Thursday, July 13 - Cobalt, Vancouver, BC
Friday, July 14 - Mississippi Studios, Portland, OR
Saturday, July 15 - The Crocodile, Seattle, WA
Monday, July 17 - Starline Social Club, Oakland, CA
Tuesday, July 18 - The Echo, Los Angeles, CA
Saturday, July 22 - Baby’s All Right, Brooklyn, NY
Sunday, July 23 - Johnny Brenda’s, Philadelphia, PA
Monday, July 24 - Black Cat, Washington, DC

* - supporting Depeche Mode

Algiers online:

This is the musical response that dark times demand, one that not only shakes its fist but deploys it. Locally-informed global citizens, Algiers refuse to sit idly by while most contemporary artists appear perfectly content to sit out the revolution. Not only do Algiers harbor a purposeful sense of obligation in what they do on their latest resistance record The Underside Of Power, but they recognize the roots and thorns of precedent in said resistance.

“This album was recorded in a political environment that collapses the late 70s economic crisis and the looming onslaught of arch-conservative neoliberalism, via Thatcher and Reagan, into the late 1930s, a world riven by fascist nationalism and white power fantasies in the US and abroad,” says bassist Ryan Mahan. Their shared experiences and collective understanding of this rising tide of sinister politics compels them to make music together, to combat the potentially crippling waves of frustration and despair to let out a soulful roar, a call-to-action set to an eclectic, positively electric beat.

The inclination to do otherwise is one worth fighting. Take Algiers frontman Franklin James Fisher, for example. Writing incendiary and even beauteous lyrics from inside a Manhattan nightclub’s coat check room, enduring the same damn songs thumping away nightly in the next room for the pleasures of a predominantly white audience, he tends to see the bigger picture as well as its pointillistic details.

“This nightclub is every nightclub in the world, basically. Whatever is being played there, whatever is happening there is happening everywhere else in the world,” he says. “It’s as if the entire history of music is boiled down to these fifteen artists--and I use the term loosely,” he says with an exasperated, dismissive sneer. With the world burning outside, a generation’s obliviously privileged dances to a carbon copied soundtrack.

It speaks volumes that a black man in America with an expensive Master’s degree--and all its overwhelming personal debt--finds himself picking up shifts at such a place that literally manifests the culture industry’s exploitation and commodification of black experience. An aptly unjust fate, Fisher is confined to an enclosed space while others move their feet freely mere steps away from him. “You have to find ways of getting through it without completely losing your mind. Luckily I’m able to escape inside my own head.”

Fortunately, the multiracial quartet Algiers provides more than mere distraction, but rather a revelatory creative release and wholesale rejection of the globally normative corporate playlist culture. Poke at the seasoned members’ bruised flesh, and out come wafting touchpoints as disparate and intriguing as Big Black, Wendy Carlos, John Carpenter, Cybotron, The Four Tops, Portishead, Public Image Limited, Steve Reich, and Nina Simone, to name but a few. Deep echoes of Black Lives Matter and its 20th century forbears gather, surge, and subside in their often soulful work, a form of principled, acute dissent more interested in learning from the past than in evoking nostalgia.

And while many artists seem uninterested or even afraid to fully engage with these potent topics in song, Algiers has zero qualms about taking a direct approach. “We’re fortunate enough now where we’re able to openly talk about racist, violent police and murderous state structures,” says Mahan. “When we were growing up in the South, these critiques of class and race oppression were largely and sometimes violently suppressed. It’s why we take inspiration from the Panthers or the Chicano movement, to name two.”

Adding to this Casbah rocking mix of ideas is the relatively recent inclusion of drummer Matt Tong, formerly of Bloc Party. Joining the group for the touring cycle following their prior album, he’d spent time gelling with the original trio as a core component of their simply ferocious live sets to understand and help shape the dynamic. For a band that seems to revel and thrive in flux, Tong’s substantial role in the making of The Underside Of Power worked out well.

Beyond the technical necessities living their respective lives both in and outside of music, Algiers’ continued deviation from a more traditional band approach created a more versatile sound, one that better incorporates a collective and respective panoply of influences and styles.

Some of this is informed by their choice of collaborators in this process, a crew that includes Adrian Utley [Portishead], Ben Greenberg [Uniform, The Men], Randall Dunn [Sunn 0)))], among others. Pick any track off The Underside of Power and the reference points expand exponentially, a dizzying and thrilling Recommended-If-You-Like list that would consume a series of afternoons.

Featuring a fully-sanctioned sample of slain Black Panther Fred Hampton, the revolutionary “Walk Like A Panther” presents an alternate reality where Adrian Sherwood produced Yeezus instead of Rick Rubin, with Fisher bellowing justifiable threats over a storm of formidable sonics. “Death March” fuses post-punk primacy to the Italo-horror tradition, in an effort to mirror a looming and perpetual sense of modern dread. Elsewhere, the raucous “Cleveland” turns into a full-on demonstration, with names of victims of institutionally sanctioned racial violence like Sandra Bland and Tamir Rice invoked over a neck-snapping electro beat.

The dangerously poppy title track finds a glorious midpoint between Suicide and The Temptations, making for the catchiest expression of outrage this side of the ‘70s. A molotov cocktail of a single, that particular song represents a potential paradox for Algiers, the maintaining of a renegade righteousness in the midst of a peppy soul tune. “It’s more important than ever in this particular time, but it’s something we’ve never shied away from,” says Tesche.

The band doesn’t concern themselves with that risk. “No matter what your messaging is, you can’t control what people will or won’t take away from it,” says Mahan. “The only thing you can do is put stuff of substance out there.” - Gary Suarez

Kurt Vile : EP Vinyl Reissues, New US Dates

Hey, look at us, actually repressing a couple of Kurt Vile EP's you've been trying to acquire for far too long.  On May 19, we're reissuing the 6-song 'So Outta Reach' (2011) on blue vinyl and on the same day, 2010's 'Square Shells' on opaque colored vinyl.  Activate your preorder skills below :

'So Outta Reach'

'Square Shells'

(photo by @sophietajravimiles)

In addition, Kurt's playing 3 Eastern datesin June including a free show at Portsmouth, NH's Prescott Park Arts Festival  and a rather intimate show in the town made famous by Howard Stern (and infamous by Homestead Records) Rockville Centre, NY.

Wednesday, June 21 - Portsmouth, NH - Prescott Park Arts Festival
Thursday, June 22 - Providence, RI - Columbus Theatre (tickets on sale today at noon eastern, password is "prettydaze")
Friday, June 23 - Rockville Center, NY - Cannon’s Blackthorn
BUY or stream b'lieve i'm goin down...

Kurt Vile Online

Spoon : 'Hot Thoughts' Aura Reader, New Shows In Rooms Enormous + Otherwise

(photo by Zachary Michael)

Coinciding with more new shows being announced (including a February 27 show at London's historic 100 Club and massive co-headlining appearances with Belle and Sebastian at the Hollywood Bowl and Merriweather Post Pavillion), the advance campaign for Spoon's forthcoming 'Hot Thoughts' album (out March 17) takes a turn for the unexpected with the launch of the 'Hot Thoughts' Aura Reader app.

Perhaps you're saying to yourself, "doesn't this sound a bit Peter Lemonmoodring?" and you'd be right. However, we're sure you'll find the experience far more rewarding. When you create a Spoon Spotify playlist, the Aura Reader analyzes that playlist, then creates a individualized version of the 'Hot Thoughts' album cover with different colors in the artwork’s signature watercolor skull, creating a reflection of each fan’s own… (SAFE FOR WORK) Hot Thoughts.

The customized 'Hot Thoughts' skulls can then be used by as avatars on Twitter, Instagram, and various other social media. Because we're ALL ABOUT SKULLS .

the Spoon Hot Thoughts Aura Reader,

Step 1: Log in to Spotify and make a playlist that describes yourself in 10 Spoon songs.

Step 2: Connect your Spotify account to the aura reader so we can analyze your playlist.

Step 3: Share your results on Facebook, Twitter or anywhere else you choose.

Upcoming shows :

February 27 - 100 Club, London, United Kingdom
March 6 - The Observatory, Santa Ana CA
March 14 - The Main ( SXSW Residency), Austin TX
March 15 - The Main ( SXSW Residency), Austin TX
March 16 - The Main ( SXSW Residency), Austin TX
March 23rd - Metro Theatre, Sydney, Australia
March 25th - The Croxton Bandroom, Melbourne, Australia
June 27 - Gorilla, Manchester, United Kingdom
June 28 - The Arts School, Glasgow, United Kingdom
June 30 - O2 Forum, London, United Kingdom
July 7 - Mad Cool Festival, Madrid, Spain
July 14 - Forecastle, Louisville, KY
July 15 - Sloss Festival, Birmingham, AL
July 28 - Panorama Festival, New York NY
July 30 - Merriweather Post Pavilion, Columbia MD **
August 6 - Hollywood Bowl*, Los Angeles CA

** - with Belle and Sebastian and Andrew Bird
* - with Belle and Sebastian

Stream or preorder 'Hot Thoughts'

Spoon online:

Coming March 17 : Spoon's 'Hot Thoughts'

Spoon Skull Web FINAL

Spoon_by_Zackery_Michael_2 new version

(photo by Zackery Michael)

Perhaps it would be unfair to call this the most poorly kept secret in recent memory,  but it's certainly in the top ten.  On March 17, we'll releasing the 9th and latest album from Spoon, 'Hot Thoughts'  in all territories.

’Hot Thoughts’’ is the bravest, most sonically inventive work of Spoon’s career. With all due respect to earlier efforts that have made the quintet both critically acclaimed and a commercial contender, preconceptions about this band are about to be obliterated. That’s not to say ‘Hot Thoughts’ doesn’t have a requisite supply of infectious earworms but there’s a lyrical bent that’s as carnal as it’s crafty, and a newfound sense of sonic exploration that results in the genre-smasher Spoon have flirted with in the past but not fully consummated.

Co-produced by Spoon and Dave Fridmann and reunited with Matador (third time’s the charm), with the crackling, incandescent, multi-dimensional backdrop conjured on ‘Hot Thoughts’, the lines between accessible and experimental become non-factors for once and all. It’s pop as high art, delivered with total confidence and focus.

Following a streak of three consecutive Top 10 albums—'Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga' (Merge, 2007), 'Transference' (Merge, 2010) and 'They Want My Soul' (Loma Vista, 2014)--Hot 'Thoughts' is nothing short of a masterwork. Within the space of 10 songs, 'Hot Thoughts' creates a musical universe of its own, ranging from the kaleidoscopic opening/title track—available to stream here or as an instant download with all pre-orders --through the gargantuan stomp of “Do I Have To Talk You Into It” and ubiquitous wiry hooks of “Can I Sit Next To You" to the bittersweetness of “I Ain’t The One” and beyond.

Having recently previewed 'Hot Thoughts' material in a surprise hometown warm-up, Spoon has also confirmed a three-night release week SXSW residency for which the band will resurrect the original Austin venue Emo's location, currently referred to as "The Main" on March 14, 15 and 16.  Spoon will select a unique line up each night and will stubbornly be referring to the venue as "Eno's”.

Details on the various vinyl formats can be found below.

Track listing:

1. Hot Thoughts
2. WhisperI'lllistentohearit
3. Do I Have To Talk You Into It
4. First Caress
5. Pink Up
6. Can I Sit Next To You
7. I Ain't The One
8. Tear It Down
9. Shotgun
10. Us


- Standard Edition: Black vinyl, available at all retailers as well as via Matador and Spoon's webstore

Vinyl Record MockUpA white sleeve

Vinyl Record MockUpB

- Limited edition Purple vinyl, exclusive to The Matador Store and Spoon webstores  :

Vinyl Record MockUpA Purple
Vinyl Record MockUpB Purple

Green Vinyl version - Exclusive to Matador and Spoon web store orders only. Two Golden Ticket Green Vinyl versions are hidden within the purple pressing. The lucky recipient will win tickets to the nearest Spoon show upon redemption.

Vinyl Record MockUpA Green
Vinyl Record MockUpB Green

Limited edition Red vinyl, exclusive to all participating independent record stores :

Vinyl Record MockUpA Red

Vinyl Record MockUpB Red

- CD and Digital (mp3/Audiophile)

South By Southwest Residency at The Main a/k/a Eno's:

Tuesday, March 14
Wednesday, March 15
Thursday, March 16

Friday, July 7 - Mad Cool Festival, Madrid ES
Friday, July 28 - Panorama Festival, New York NY

Spoon Online

Spoon - official merch

Julien Baker - 'Sprained Ankle' re-release, "Funeral Pyre" 7", 2017 Touring


(photo by Nolan Knight)

We're very thrilled to announce the signing of Memphis, TN-based songwriter Julien Baker. The 21-year-old’s widely-acclaimed 2015 debut album, 'Sprained Ankle' (originally released by 6131) is available now digitally, with Matador's LP and CD reissue available in all territories (save for North America and Australia) on March 17. We'll be releasing Julien's next studio album everywhere.


(7" sleeve photo by Kaitlin Gladney)

As premiered earlier this morning via NPR's "All Songs Considered", you can hear the previously unreleased “Funeral Pyre”, the A-side for Baker’s new 7”, out on March 17th on Matador*. Only Baker can make a song with such a darkly macabre title so heartbreakingly gorgeous, with her signature hushed-yet-lofty vocals soaring over a quietly finger-picked melody that crescendos into layered, almost-orchestral beauty. The B-side, “Distant Solar System,” is another unheard song from the 'Sprained Ankle' sessions.

(* - said 7" will be included in the international editions of the 'Sprained Ankle' LP ; however, the single will be available for stand-alone purchase in North America).

(STREAM / PREORDER 'Sprained Ankle')
(STREAM / PREORDER "Funeral Pyre")

After extensive touring in 2015 and 2016, Baker shows no signs of slowing down in 2017. Midwestern US audiences can catch her on a short run of dates this winter, which are followed by a lengthy European tour in the spring. The full list of tour dates can be found below :

01/18 Milwaukee, WI @ Pabst Theater w/ Ben Gibbard
01/19 Chicago, IL @ Thalia Hall w/ Ben Gibbard
01/20 Chicago, IL @ Thalia Hall w/ Ben Gibbard
02/17 Davenport, IA @ GAS Feed & Seed Fest
02/18 Champaign, IL @ The Accord w/ Thunder Dreamer
04/22-04/23 N. Charleston, SC @ High Water Festival w/ Avett Brothers, The Shins, Shovels & Rope, Dawes, Lucius, Charles Bradley
05/24 Jena, DE @ Trafo
05/25 Berlin, DE @ Kantine am Berghain
05/28 Hamburg, DE @ Aalhaus
05/29 Munster, DE @ Pension Schmidt
05/30 Heidelberg, DE @ Karlstorbahnhof
05/31 Munich, DE @ Milla
06/05 London, UK @ Bush Hall
06/06 Manchester, UK @ Deaf Institute
06/09 Porto, PT @ Primavera Sound
06/10 Amsterdam, NL @ Paradiso


Julien Baker online


Out Friday : Steve Gunn - "Ancient Jules" 12" EP


photo by Sara Anke

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As touted in this space previously, a limited edition 3-song 12" EP from Steve Gunn is available at participating Record Store Day retailers this coming Friday, November 25. In addition to 'Eyes On The Lines'' "Ancient Jules", the EP includes a pair of previously unreleased tracks, "The Handshake" and "The Soloist".

Upcoming Tour Dates :

Friday, December 9 - The Bell House, Brooklyn NY (with Endless Boogie and 75 Dollar Bill)

Tuesday, January 10 — Arts at the Armory, Somerville MA*
Wednesday, January 11 — Columbus Theater, Providence RI*
Thursday, January 12 — Winooski Methodist Church, Winooski VT*
Friday, January 13 — PHI Centre, Montreal, QC*
Saturday, January 14 — The Great Hall Toronto ON*
Monday, January 16 — Thalia Hall, Chicago IL*
Tuesday, January 17 — The Cave, Louisville KY*
Wednesday, January 18 — Stuart’s Opera House, Nelsonville OH*
Friday, January 20 — Rock & Roll Hotel, Washington DC*
Saturday, January 21 — PhilaMOCA, Philadelphia, PA @ PhilaMOCA*

* = w/ Lee Ranaldo and Meg Baird

purchase and/or stream ‘Eyes On The Lines’ from the following:
The Matador Store
Steve Gunn Store


Steve Gunn online :

official site

Coming January 13 : CHAVEZ - 'Cockfighters' EP

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"The Bully Boys"

After a two decade sabbatical, highly revered U.S. quartet CHAVEZ make their hotly rumored return to the rock frontlines with a new 3 song 12”/digital EP, ‘Cockfighters’, released by Matador on January 13 of the new year. Said EP — recorded in 2015 with longtime associate John Agnello —— represents the band’s first new recordings since their 1996 album, ‘Ride the Fader’. Will this EP result in a future full-length? Will Chavez once again exhibit the sort of live form they flashed at 2010’s Matador 21 celebrations? We don’t think you should bet money on it, but on the other hand, if you have a genuine gambling problem, judgmental scolding isn’t going to help anyone. Let’s enjoy this all-too-brief reminder of the band’s genius while we can.

1. The Singer Lied
2. Blank In The Blaze
3. The Bully Boys

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It is both a blessing and a curse to be born with a penis. Freud knew this. So did Candy Darling. And so, mutatis mutandis, do the men of Chavez. They are phallus-wrestlers of the highest order, as evidenced not only by the muscular sensitivity of their music, but also quite literally by the title of their new EP, Cockfighters. Three songs in nine minutes; a new chapter and a willful engagement with the masculine issues—both hidden and overt—of our time.
To those of you who now implore, “Tell me the tale entire of Chavez,” we would caution that history is one big flaccid schlong draped across us all. Its inches are the measure of humankind’s institutionalized lies. So we don’t want to spend too much time on the past. But, for the sake of completion, we’ll blast through the pertinents real quick: Chavez was an integral part of the Matador records 1990s ejaculation of genius. With a bit more arena-rock in their DNA than most of their labelmates, Chavez took the nervous structures and ruminative lyric modes of the Indie Rock Pleistocene but added, deeper and more effectively than their peers, an injection of glistening testosterone-maximized amperage to the mix.

The band is composed of four Renaissance gents, varied and successful in their non ‘Vez pursuits.

Bassist Scott Marshall is a filmmaker who works and surfs in Malibu each and every day. He is lifelong friends with Anson Williams, which is a true fact you can research if you wish.

Drummer The James Lo, who is distinguished as a human in 2016 by the lack of a Wikipedia page that captures and classifies his essence in digital formaldehyde, is ambivalent about this rock music thing. He spends his time designing sound for contemporary dance and creating bits of hardware and software for music and theater.

Guitarist, riff-writer, and purveyor of harmony vocals Clay Tarver is a screenwriter who has worked on all four seasons of the HBO series Silicon Valley. He won a WGA Award in 2015 and subsequently, as he tells it, “nearly shit [his] pants onstage in a Men’s Warehouse rented tux.”

Guitarist, lyricist, and lead singer Matt Sweeney is a knight errant of studio and stage who has played with everyone from Iggy Pop and Neil Diamond to Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy, Adele, and Run The Jewels. When all us humans have finally moved on from this Earth and are grooving as one spiritual mass to the great afterlife band of eternity, we will surely find Sweeney at the lip of the stage.

For now, in the material world, we walk around in our mortal fleshbags looking for good things to listen to—which is where these new Chavez tunes come in handy. Aside from a scattered drippage of shows and some new vocals on a greatest hits set, this here is the first public utterance from Chavez since 1996. But please put away your hot branding iron that says REUNION in the WranglerⓇ font. You will not be able to use it on the exposed flesh of Chavez because, technically, the band never broke up. They just noticed that the less they did, the more people wanted them. So they became a wee bit diffuse in their approach, getting together now and then over the years to proverbially noodle in the proverbial woodshed.

So this is less a Lazarus vibe then it is, say, a flaming and glorious phoenix kind of a trip. Imagine if Charles Willeford—author of the 1962 cult pulp novel (and literary ancestor to this EP) Cockfighter—clawed himself out of the grave and said, through a gargle of dirt and his own decaying bones, “Hey, folks. I’ve been down there writing the whole time and, here you go: got a new book for y’all here.” This Chavez moment we’re witnessing right now is kind of like that. A much-needed and genuinely ripping jolt of new perspective from artists of experience and wisdom. Thanks, men.

—Jesse Pearson

PREORDER 'Cockfighters' here.

Chavez at Facebook.

Coming November 11 : Body/Head - 'No Waves'


photo by Annabel Mehran and Andrew Kesin


album art by Raymond Pettibon

Body/Head, the duo of Kim Gordon (CKM, Sonic Youth, Free Kitten, etc.) and Bill Nace (X.O.4, Vampire Belt, Ceylon Mange, etc.) will be releasing their new record, 'No Waves', on November 11th. The live record documents a single show (Big Ears Festival in 2014 in Knoxville, TN) from a band renowned for clearing pathways of possibility using great waves of amplification and voice.

Body/Head's debut release for Matador Records, 'Coming Apart', was arguably the heaviest record of 2013 and received with open arms and blown minds across the world. The fact that a record steeped so heavily in non-traditional structures and improvisation could touch so many people was not a surprise to anyone who had seen Body/Head in a live setting. No Waves captures that raw improvisation and harnesses the power into a listening experience of pure, unmediated intensity.

The fire of improvisation is not the fire of the elements. Body/Head deal in electricity, but they exist in the fire of improvisation. As such, they need to play live to sustain themselves. Call it the ontological necessity of a band working heavily with the flow of power (power flowing back and forth between the members of the band, flowing through band and audience, flowing through the mental and material planes, etc). 'No Waves', a document of this flow of power, offers a different side of the band they revealed on 'Coming Apart'. Yes, some of the songs cross over in undefinable ways, but the live foundation of No Waves brings all new energies to the fore. Everything reveals itself in the now.

One of the pleasures of a live record is a chance for the listener to feel the music develop and unfold from a previously known departure point. This experience is magnified with Body/Head due to the improvisatory basis of the band, which encourages new sounds and modes of communication with every show. We hear new vocal melodies developing, new attacks on strings, new clusters of intervals. It is the sound of sound evolving. Listening to No Waves, one can't help feel that despite the title of their previous record, 'Coming Apart', we're actually hearing Kim and Bill become one. Guitars and vocals flow into each as if played by a single creature. The sound of their evolution causes audiomorphic sensations. Two guitars or eight? Four hands or one? One voice or two?

The live record also plays with orientation via it's concentration on communication. Which way are you listening to it? Listen once and hear certain forms. Listen to the same part again and you may perceive new forms, like overhearing a game of telephone. With 'No Waves', Body/Head adds a document to the library of classic live records that never exhaust themselves no matter how many times they are listened to. Musicians and groups such as Albert Ayler, High Rise, Van Morrison, Rudolph Grey, Bill Evens, Swans, etc. knew the unique possibilities of a live record that invites participation from the listener. It's the beauty of a path cleared at the moment it was recorded and for every moment to come. It's Body/Head doing what they do best - making the listener smile as they participate with the band in joyous, creative time. The Élan vital never rocked so hard.
- Ben Chasny

PREORDER 'No Waves' from Matador and other beloved physical/digital outlets. Orders via Kung Fu feature a t-shirt/LP or CD bundle.

Thursday, November 10 – Ottobar, Baltimore MD

Friday, November 11 –PhilaMOCA, Philadelphia PA

Saturday, November 12 – National Sawdust, Brooklyn NY

Thursday, November 17 – Masonic Lodge @ Hollywood Forever Cemetery, Los Angeles CA

Body/Head online

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