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Spoon - "Lines in the Suit - 30 Minutes Old (1999 Home Demo)"





The #GirlsCanTell 20th anniversary week marches on with this recently re-unearthed rarity, the accurately-named "Lines In The Suit - 30 Minutes Old (1999 Home Demo)." Streaming now for the first time: #matadorrevisionisthistory

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The 20th Anniversary of Spoon's 'Girls Can Tell'



“Girls Can Tell was the Hail Mary pass that absolutely no one thought was gonna find a receiver. It was the record where the colors changed, trains collided, and suddenly we sounded a lot more like us than we’d ever sounded before. At the time it felt like a last chance and it also felt like the last gasp of youth, which seems a little funny now considering how shaped it was by oldies radio, the Supremes, the Kinks, and Eleanor Friedberger's cassette of Get Happy. The big idea behind Girls Can Tell was to take stock of the band’s MO from inception until that point, to carefully consider all the things we’d been trying to do and the way we'd been doing them, and then set out specifically to avoid all of it. To instead come up with some new songs that were actually about where I was at and how I was feeling! Songs that knew no cool rules. Songs that cried themselves to sleep at night and got up and shook themselves by the collar the next morning. It was the record that sorted out how much fight we had left in us. It came out February 20, 2001.”

“And now here’s the #GirlsCanTell Deluxe Playlist - all the tracks from the album plus songs I was obsessed with and forcing on my bandmates at the time. It’s possible you'll notice some hints of You’re Lookin Fine in The Fitted Shirt, or some very similar opening lyrics in Possession and Anything You Want, or some amateur stabs at the Supremes’ rhythm section on Take The Fifth. All liberally borrowed when we needed it most, now gratefully returned via the digital sea.” — BD

 


Get 25% off Spoon's 'Girls Can Tell' now thru Friday, February 26.

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Mary Timony - "Live At St. Mark's" Bandcamp Live Stream



(Photo: Brendan Canty)

On Thursday, March 4th, Mary Timony will premiere a streamed concert, Live at St. Mark’s. Shot in Washington, D.C. and directed by Brendan Canty, the set is centered around songs from her solo debut, Mountains, reissued in January for the album's 20th anniversary.  Timony is joined throughout the performance by musicians Mark Cisneros, David Christian, Amy Domingues, and Winston Yu.



The concert will stream via Bandcamp Live and will launch at 8 PM EST. Tickets are $10. A new Mountains t-shirt (pictured below) will be available alongside the digital album at the show’s virtual merch table. A replay will remain available for 24 hours for global audiences to view. Tickets available for pre-order HERE.



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Out Today : Bailter Space - 'Wammo', 25 Anniversary Remastered Edition




"Splat" (director, Julie Hermelin


(photo Jill Greenberg)

As previously touted in this space, the 25th anniversary remastered edition of Bailter Space's 'Wammo' is available today via all streaming services, finer record shops and mail order.  Author and labelmate Andrew Earles once wrote of 'Wammo', "Bailter Space's final album for Matador (fifth overall) finds the band showing everyone how skilled it was at erasing any lines of demarcation separating wickedly catchy pop songs and washes of guitar noise and toothy dynamics."  Alister Parker, Brent McLachlan and John Halvorsen  are still erasing lines (sonic and otherwise) to this very day, so where's their Hall Of Fame nomination?

Preorder / stream : 'Wammo'

(Flying Nun are releasing a limited green vinyl edition of 'Wammo'.)


Wammo Tracklist:

Untied
Splat
At Five We Drive
Zapped
Colours
Retro
Glimmer
Voltage
D Thing
Wammo

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Coming March 26 - Spoon - 'Gimme Fiction' Limited Red/White Vinyl / "The Best Of Spoon at Austin City Limits", This Saturday



On Friday, March 26, we're releasing a red/white vinyl edition of Spoon's 5th album, 2005's 'Gimme Fiction'.  Stream/preorder here.

This Saturday night, January 30th, catch "The Best Of Spoon at Austin City Limits"on your local PBS outlet.

"Austin City Limits has always been good to us, going back to when I was served underage beers in the old UT studios at the Stevie Ray Vaughan taping of 1989. We’ve played the show four different times now, and it never feels less than epic to be on stage with that set of the Austin skyline."
-Britt Daniel



Gimme Fiction Tracklist
01 The Beast And Dragon, Adored
02 The Two Sides of Monsieur Valentine
03 I Turn My Camera On
04 My Mathematical Mind
05 The Delicate Place
06 Sister Jack
07 I Summon You
08 The Infinite Pet
09 Was It You?
10 They Never Got You
11 Merchants of Soul

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Out Today : Mary Timony - 'Mountains' (20th Anniversary Expanded Edition)






(photo  :  Stefano Giovannini)

Today is the official release date for the deluxe reissue of Mary Timony's 2000 solo debut, 'Mountains'.  The expanded, 2 disc version is available in stores today.

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Tracklist
01. Dungeon Dance
02. Poison Moon
03. I Fire Myself
04. The Bell
05. Painted Horses
06. The Hour Glass
07. 13 Bees
08. The Golden Fruit
09. Whisper From the Tree
10. 1542
11. Valley of One Thousand Perfumes
12. Tiger Rising
13. An-deluzion
14. The Fox and Hound
15. Rider on the Stormy Sea
16. Return to Pirates (Kingston St. Session)
17. Poison Moon (Kingston St. Session)
18. Killed by the Telephone (Kingston St. Session)
19. Valley of One Thousand Perfumes (Orchestral Version)


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Coming February 12, 2021 : Bailter Space - 'Wammo', 25th Anniversary Edition




"Splat" (director, Julie Hermelin
“The most massive guitar come down music ever. Pop songs that sound like they came from a greyhound bus station at 2am. Riffs baked in slime and flowers that pack the ‘THUD’ of a ball peen hammer to the knee. A blistering bookend to Bailter Space’s unstoppable Matador run, Wammo returns to smoke our collective brain resin and fall asleep with the TV on.”

Ryley Walker
Mogwai's frequent visits to the Matador office invariably resulted in Patrick, Chris, or pretty much anyone on their coffee break generously shoving records in our faces and convincing us that ‘if we hadn't heard this band already, our lives were about to get better. Bailter Space was one of those bands. I loved the use of just one or two chords (economical!) with vocals that I was happy enough with being almost indecipherable. Listening back to Wammo, that guitar sound hasn't dated to my ears at all. Please generously shove this record in your face.

Barry Burns (Mogwai)
By 1995, this NYC-by-way-of-New Zealand power trio that not nearly enough people are in love with had already released a multiple-album masterclass in remaking post-punk, shoegaze, and even industrial in their own dense, heavy, beautiful, emotional, and occasionally hostile image. Then Wammo subtracted none of that while adding hooks bigger than Brit-Pop and NEU!-ing up the rhythms. I certainly hope this reissue puts Bailter Space where they should have been for the last quarter-century: In everyone’s inspirational canon.

Andrew Earles

 



Preorder / stream : 'Wammo'

This year Matador’s Revisionist History has surfaced a number of outstanding and era-defining catalog items by the likes of Pavement, Yo La Tengo, Guided by Voices, Mary Timony, and Chavez.

Today, we bring you the final title of our 2020 lineup: Bailter Space’s 'Wammo', now celebrating its 25th anniversary.

'Wammo' has been remastered from the original tapes and returns to us pressed on translucent orange vinyl. Pre-orders for the new edition are available now via the Matador store.

Formed in Christchurch, New Zealand in 1987 as Nelsh Bailter Space, the band’s musical family tree touches on some of the nation’s most revered weirdo luminaries – including Flying Nun mainstays like the Skeptics, the Clean, and the Gordons.

Bailter Space (aka bailterspace) embraced chaos, but celebrated precision, finding melody amid networks of brooding noise and feedback. After relocating to New York City, the band – who by then included Alister Parker, John Halvorsen, and Brent McLachlan – arrived on Matador in in time for the US release of 'Robot World' (1993). 'Wammo' was the trio’s third and final full-length with the label (their fifth album overall) and was among its most tuneful efforts (relatively speaking!).

At the time, music scribes were a bit puzzled by the record’s “accessibility.” In the rear view, though, we can recognize 'Wammo' for the perfectly melancholy and drone-laced brain-zap that it is.

In July of this year, bailterspace released a new album, 'Concret'.

(Flying Nun are releasing a limited green vinyl edition of 'Wammo'.)


Wammo Tracklist
Untied
Splat
At Five We Drive
Zapped
Colours
Retro
Glimmer
Voltage
D Thing
Wammo

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Coming January 15 : Mary Timony - 'Mountains' (20th Anniversary Expanded Edition)



photo : Brett Vapnek

To date Matador’s Revisionist History series has set its focus on the hallowed year of 1995 – surfacing critical releases by Pavement, Yo La Tengo, Guided by Voices, and Chavez.

Today, however, we whirl the dial on the in-house wayback machine and travel toward the future: the year 2000 and Mary Timony’s debut solo album, 'Mountains', which will be reissued on January 15th.

Remastered by Bob Weston, Mountains comes back to us as a gold foil-embossed gatefold 2xLP and will include the previously unreleased original takes of “Return to Pirates,” “Poison Moon,” and “Killed by the Telephone,” which were delivered along with the original master tapes 20 years ago, but were omitted from the final album. The record is completed by a newly recorded orchestral version of “Valley of One Thousand Perfumes” produced by composer Joe Wong (Russian Doll, Midnight Gospel) and mixed by Dave Fridmann.

At the turn of the century, Timony (Ex Hex, Wild Flag, Hammered Hulls) was already a celebrated presence in American underground music – a fixture of D.C. and Boston rock ’n’ roll via her work in Autoclave and Helium respectively. By 1998, though, Helium was drawing to a close and Timony was feeling uncertain about the future. “I had never been good at the rock' n' roll business, and making a living from being in a band just didn't seem like it was in the realm of possibility for me,” she writes. “I just knew I wanted to make another record because that was the part of being in a band that I liked the most.”

At the time of its original release, Timony called 'Mountains', “A Trip to the New Underworld.” “A bunch of hard stuff was happening in my life: family illnesses, people dying, people leaving, relationships ending. I fell into a deep depression,” she explains. “I tried new ways of making music: I tried writing songs without any filter at all, and I purposely didn't think about what the music would sound like to anyone else. I was only interested in describing what was in my head.”
Recorded and mixed in Boston alongside Christina Files and Eric Masunaga and in Chicago with Bob Weston, Mountains found Timony dialing into territory that was barer and more confessional than her work in Helium. Stark arrangements were augmented with newly ornate instrumentation -- piano, vibraphone, and viola -- and the lyrics were tinted with slyly occult imagery.

“Listening back to Mountains now I am struck most by how raw it sounds,” says Timony. “I hear the depression and angst, but also I hear all of that darkness disappearing through the power of music and friendship—and turning into songs during those happy and productive months recording and hanging out in Christina’s loft in downtown Boston.”

Today, you can also watch Timony in the Brett Vapnek-directed short film, "Dream Machine" (1999).



"Dream Machine"
written and directed by Brett Vapnek

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Tracklist
01. Dungeon Dance
02. Poison Moon
03. I Fire Myself
04. The Bell
05. Painted Horses
06. The Hour Glass
07. 13 Bees
08. The Golden Fruit
09. Whisper From the Tree
10. 1542
11. Valley of One Thousand Perfumes
12. Tiger Rising
13. An-deluzion
14. The Fox and Hound
15. Rider on the Stormy Sea
16. Return to Pirates (Kingston St. Session)
17. Poison Moon (Kingston St. Session)
18. Killed by the Telephone (Kingston St. Session)
19. Valley of One Thousand Perfumes (Orchestral Version)


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Out Today : Chavez - 'Gone Glimmering' (25 Anniversary Edition)





(photo : Michael Lavine)

As we mark today's eagerly awaited formal release of Chavez' 1995 classic, 'Gone Glimmering',  we'll take a brief break from posting front-row videos of their performances to instead showcase Gordon Withers' interpretation of the band's "You Faded".  Though this performance is not found on the 'Gone Glimmering' reissue (just being thorough here -- you wouldn't believe the stupid questions we're asked all the time), more information on Withers' work can be found here.




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Chavez - More Live 1995 Footage



"Hack The Sides Away", live 1995



"The Nerve", live in Columbus, OH 1995



"Repeat The Ending", live 1995

All videos courtesy Chris Wilcha.

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Chavez - "Break Up Your Band", "Nailed To The Blank Spot" live footage



"Break Up Your Band", live at PS 122
(courtesy Chris Wilcha)



"Nailed To The Blank Spot" (courtesy Chris Wilcha)



(Germany radio interview, courtesy Chavez)

More gold from the vast (?) Chavez archives, above.

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Coming October 23 : Chavez - 'Gone Glimmering (Expanded)', 25th Anniversary Edition





"Break Up Your Band", director, Scott Marshall




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Today, we reintroduce you to the men of Chavez -- Matt Sweeney, James Lo, Clay Tarver, and Scott Marshall -- whose debut full-length, Gone Glimmering, will be reissued on 10/23.

First released on May 23, 1995 Gone Glimmering remains an unparalleled slab of rock-action 25 years on -- evoking the spooky power and mystery of ’70s hard-rock while charting a course toward a future guitar music where dissonance, hooks, and brain crushing beats might thrillingly exist at once.

Back then, lesser scribes tagged the Manhattan-based quartet with thinky adjectives -- knotty, algebraic, angular, etc. Not all of those were exactly off base. Still, whatever braininess Chavez employed was tempered by their passion for the visceral moves of Cheap Trick, The Pretty Things, and Aerosmith’s Rocks. They dug “difficult” sounds but pursued transcendent hooks.

“For a year Clay and I played together in a Chinatown loft as a two-guitar thing before we got together with James,” says Sweeney, recalling the band’s formative rehearsals. By the time Lo came on board, though, Chavez had become more clearly identifiable as a rock ’n roll outfit. “Before practice, we would meet up at Max Fish bar on Ludlow street then go to the rehearsal space,” says Sweeney. “And then we’d go back to Max Fish. This was the Gone Glimmering writing process.”

Back in 1995, Pavement and the Blues Explosion were Matador’s top-tier local draws. Chavez never played a show with either of them, though. Instead, the band found fellowship with psych-adjacent burners like Guided by Voices, Come, and Bardo Pond. They were -- and remain! -- outsiders.



In order to further enrich your re-experience of the record, we also bring you an instructional video in which guitarist Sadie Dupuis (Speedy Ortiz, Sad13), Sweeney, and Tarver deconstruct Chavez’s signature “moves.”

You can also view a newly restored version of the Marshall-directed video for “Break Up Your Band,’ which remains among Matador’s finest-ever productions within the medium!

Freshly remastered by Greg Calbi, Gone Glimmering returns to us as a gatefold 2xLP and will now include four extra tracks drawn from the Pentagram Ring EP never before available on vinyl. Alongside the 2xLP, there will be a limited run of long-sleeve t-shirts which are available to pre-order.

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Gone Glimmering (Expanded) Tracklist
01 Nailed To The Blank Spot
02 Break Up Your Band
03 Laugh Track
04 The Ghost By The Sea
05 Pentagram Ring
06 Peeled Out Too Late
07 The Flaming Gong
08 Wakeman’s Air
09 Relaxed Fit
10 The Nerve
11 You Faded
12 Hack The Sides Away
13 Repeat The Ending




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Out Today : Yo La Tengo - 'Electr-o-pura' 2XLP 25th Anniversary Edition



the 2XLP 25th anniversary edition of Yo La Tengo's 'Electr-o-pura' is out today and is available to purchase or stream at your leisure (though merchants tend to keep their own hours).

Tracklist
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

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Out Today - Guided By Voices 'Alien Lanes' 25th Anniversary + Pavement 'Sensitive Euro Man' Shape Disc + Bob Nastanovich clip



Out today - the 25th Anniversary limited edition 'Alien Lanes' LP from Guided By Voices. This one was pressed on distinctive blue, red and green wax to mirror the patterned drumhead of the cover, also made available as a bundle with a true-to-the-original remanufacture of an 'Alien Lanes' bottle opener. Truly a merch piece par excellence.

Rumblings from the rumour mill say a scant few LP copies might still be available here

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Also now available - the striking new Pavement speech bubble shape disc featuring the never before committed to vinyl 'Sensitive Euro Man' b/w 'Brink of The Clouds / Candy Lad' - pressed to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the band's third record 'Wowee Zowee'.

A bundle deal for the 'Sensitive Euro Man' shape disc plus 'Wowee Zowee' LP previously only available to US customers is now purchaseable via our UK & EU webstore as well. See here

Marking today's release, a full interview clip with Pavement's Bob Nastanovich - speaking on the recording of 'Wowee Zowee', the album's legacy today, and much more:



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Matador Revisionist History - New T-shirt & Tote Bag



Designs by Jeff Mahannah

Today Matador are launching two new pieces of Revisionist History merch, both featuring designs by acclaimed artist Jeff Mahannah.

The new batch features a pocket t-shirt design available in small, medium or large - printed on a lightweight fabric - and a heavyweight, one-sized tote bag.

Available for pre-order here, both items will ship around September 4th.

Spoon - 'Telephono' & 'Soft Effects' reissues out today, Britt Daniel AMA at 1pm







Spoon - "Not Turning Off" (directed by Brett Vapnek, 1996), from 'Telephono')

our reissues of Spoon's 'Telephono' and 'Soft Effects' are available today



badger Britt Daniel in a Reddit AMA on r/Music today at 1pm EDT at reddit.com/r/music

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VIDEO : Yo La Tengo - "Tom Courtenay", In Conversation With Director Phil Morrison



Today, we advance the cause of Matador’s Revisionist History series and the 25th anniversary reissue of Yo La Tengo’s 'Electr-o-pura' via a fresh look at the “Tom Courtenay” music video. Recently exhumed from our sub-basement storage facilities, this clip will today make its HQ premiere on Youtube.

Recollections are hazy, but we can say with certainty that the video was aired at least once on MTV’s 120 Minutes. After that, who knows? Maybe you saw it on a 5th generation VHS bootleg. Maybe you squinted through a greatly bit-reduced version using RealPlayer. Well, squint no more! “Tom Courtenay” is now available to stream in crisp, clear, and glorious high definition. 

The video is accompanied by a brand new interview, where Yo La Tengo’s Ira Kaplan, Georgia Hubley, and James McNew reflect on the film’s creation alongside director Phil Morrison ("Junebug"), who also helmed the much-loved YLT classics, “Sugarcube” (1997) and “I’ll Be Around” (2013).



Out this fall via Matador’s Revisionist History series, 'Electr-o-pura' remains one of the most beloved works in Ira, Georgia and James' catalog. Now in a gatefold sleeve and cut from the original 58-minute master, the new reissue is pressed for the first time on two LPs to ensure the highest quality of audio the album has had on vinyl to date.

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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

Tracklist
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

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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.

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.

(* - WE MIGHT NEED TO FACT CHECK THIS)

 





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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.

Out Today: Kurt Vile - "Childish Prodigy" Limited 10th Anniversary Blue Vinyl



Kurt Vile's Childish Prodigy celebrates 10 years this month. In commemoration, a limited blue edition of Vile's Matador debut is available today at the Matador webstore and independent record stores. The reissue includes a limited purple edition of the "He's Alright" 7", back in print for the first time since it accompanied the original release in 2009.

STREAM/PURCHASE LIMITED EDITION OF CHILDISH PRODIGY HERE


(Kurt Vile, 2009. Photo by Shawn Brackbill)



In case you missed it, this past week Kurt Vile released a new film, (bottle back), documenting a week of rehearsals in the Catskill Mountains ahead of the release of his 2018 LP Bottle It In. The documentary, along with a link to stream "Baby's Arms feat. The Sadies" from the filming is available HERE.  Save 25% when purchasing Bottle It In through the end of today (Oct 11) at the Matador Webstore.

Stream/Purchase Bottle It In (25% off today)



Kurt Vile On Tour
Wednesday, November 6 The Mission Ballroom, Denver CO %
Friday, November 8 The Criterion, Oklahoma City OK %
Saturday, November 9 Warehouse Live, Houston TX %
Sunday, November 10 Levitation Festival, Austin TX
November 16-17 Corona Capital, Mexico City MX

% w/ Dinosaur Jr.

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