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The MataBlog is edited by Matador Records’ co-moaner Gerard Cosloy and individual entries are the work of whoever’s name is next to them. If you enjoyed something in the MataBlog, thank you very much! If there was something you found particularly troubling, please be advised that a) maybe you should read it again and b) the contents of this blog do not necessarily represent the opinions of Matador Records, Beggars Group, the combined staff of either company, nor the Matador artist roster. Opinions are like friends — hardly anyone has one worth listening to.

Gang of Four - 'Entertainment!' and 'Solid Gold' LP & CD Reissues

"Gang of Four, in a way, were the great missing link that led us all down a road of austerity of sound, and discipline of method.
You could be fooled into thinking they are minimalist, but these are keenly arranged tracks that trade on the currency of suspense, and the power of reduction. The lyrical layer is poetic, passionate and painfully human." - Brendan Canty, Fugazi

“When I was 14, no album gave me more excitement than Entertainment! It was the first album that I wore out the vinyl grooves on. I learned the words and could "sing" along with it. Songs Of The Free and Solid Gold followed suit. Gill and King, along with Boon, McCulloch and Stipe, were rock gods for me. "
Bob Nastanovich, Pavement




On April 23, Matador Records will reissue two of Gang of Four’s critical early works, 'Entertainment! '(1979) and 'Solid Gold' (1981). Both have been remastered from the original analog tapes and will be made available on LP and CD.

Gang of Four’s debut record, 'Entertainment!', remains one of the most beloved and influential works of its era (or any era, really) – an unparalleled collection of songs that has left an indelible mark on generations of bands, producers, and artists.

The group’s second album, 'Solid Gold', celebrates its 40th anniversary today.

It boasts a much deeper, bass heavy sound and contains the singles "Outside the Trains Don't Run On Time" and "He'd Send In The Army."





'Entertainment!'and 'Solid Gold' are also collected in 'GANG OF FOUR: 77-81', due out March 12 on LP and April 23 on CD.

This stunning limited-edition box set gathers Gang of Four’s influential early work – the two aforementioned full-lengths, an exclusive singles LP, and an exclusive double LP of the never officially released 'Live at American Indian Center 1980'. Additionally, the package includes two new badges, a C90 cassette tape compiling 26 never-before-issued outtakes, rarities and studio demos from 'Entertainment!' and 'Solid Gold', and an epic 100-page, full-color hardbound book.

The book details the history and legacy of the original Gang of Four with never-before-seen photos, contributions from surviving original band members, rare posters, ephemera, flyers, essays, artwork, liner notes and more. It also marks the first official publication of their lyrics.

The CD version of the box will not include the badges or the C90. The demo recordings will instead be made available through a download code.

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A new tribute album, 'The Problem of Leisure: A Celebration of Andy Gill and Gang of Four', will be released in May via Gill Music and features contributions from Flea and John Frusciante, Warpaint, La Roux, and more.

This month, 'Solid Gold' and 'Entertainment!' will be featured on #timstwitterlisteningparty, where Dave Allen, Hugo Burnham, and Jon King will comment on the songs throughout playback. Tune in for those at 6pm GMT on 3/1 and 3/12 respectively.



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Out Today : Julien Baker - 'Little Oblivions'






Today (Friday, February 26) marks the official release date for Julien Baker's eagerly anticipated 'Little Oblivions'.   There's myrian ways to stream or purchase,  and this map of independent retailers might help you find any remaining copies of the gold vinyl edition.

Little Oblivions Tracklist

  1. Hardline

  2. Heatwave

  3. Faith Healer

  4. Relative Fiction

  5. Crying Wolf

  6. Bloodshot

  7. Ringside

  8. Favor

  9. Song in E

  10. Repeat

  11. Highlight Reel

  12. Ziptie



Today at 2pm, Julien Baker will be joined by Mackenzie Scott of Torres and WNXP’s Jewly High for NPR Music's Listening Party for 'Little Oblivions'.  RSVP here.


Julien Baker's streamed performance  from Analog at Hutton Hotel takes place Thursday, March 25 at 8pm AET / 7 pm GMT / 9 PM ET.  Tickets are available here.

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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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Julien Baker - "Heatwave" Premiere & Lyric Video


"Heatwave" - lyric video by Sabrina Nichols), from 'Little Oblivions', out this Friday, February 26


"Maybe it's a trite or well-trod topic, but ‘Heatwave’ is really just about being confronted with how much time I spend worrying about things that are trivial. I was stuck in traffic because a car had randomly combusted, and it made me feel so stupid for being concerned with the things I had been anxious about earlier that day. It was just such a poignant thing, an event that communicated a lot of complex things in a single image. So I wrote a song about it. I know I'm not the first person to witness an atrocity and consider my own mortality or life's fragility because of it, but that truly was my experience. Theoretically the lesson or symbolism to be interpreted there is that life is precious and it's not worth it to give your time and energy to negative thoughts, but jesus, how could you be a person alive on earth right now and not have negative thoughts? It's certainly less romantic to say that the consideration of life's fragility made me feel relieved at my own inconsequence, but it's true; it is comforting to think of the minuscule role everyone plays in the human drama, to realize we have more choice about what we give power over us than we maybe thought." - Julien Baker








photo by Alysse Gafkjen

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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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Julien Baker - "Favor" (Premiere & Lyric Video)



"Favor" (lyric video by Sabrina Nichols)

"Favor" is the third track from Julien Baker's eagerly anticipated 3rd album, "Little Oblivions", out February 26.

“I used to think about myself, like I was a talented liar,” Baker sings on the track, “turns out that all my friends were trying to do me a favor.” Here those friends are Baker’s boygenius collaborators, Lucy Dacus and Phoebe Bridgers. Phoebe says, “Julien is one of those people whose opinion you want to hear about everything. A true critical thinker with an ever-changing and ridiculously articulate worldview. Her music changes in the same way, and this record is my favorite thing she’s ever done. I’m sure I’ll think the same about the next one.”

Lucy noted, “We sang on "Favor" in Nashville the same day we recorded vocals for Graceland Too and a song of mine. That day had the same atmosphere as when we recorded the boygenius EP. Making music was just a natural result of being together, easy as can be but also rare in a way that feels irreplicable. I love the song for its stark but sensitive picture of friendship, what it looks like to recover from broken trust. Makes me think about how truth only ever breaks what should be broken, and how love is never one of those things. I’m always honored to be brought into Julien’s life and music.”

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Julien Baker - "Hardline" (Lyric Video)



"Hardline" - from 'LIttle Oblivions', out February 26
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Following the debut earlier this month of Joe Baughman's amazing video for Julien Baker's "Hardline", this morning we're showcasing Sabrina Nichols' lyric video for the same track.

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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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Available Today On Vinyl & CD : Kurt Vile - 'Speed, Sound, Lonely KV (EP)'





After previous release via digital auspices, today is the official release date for Kurt Vile's 'Speed, Sound, Lonely KV (ep)' on the resilient vinyl and compact disc formats.

Track List :

Speed of The Sound of Loneliness
Gone Girl
Dandelions
How Lucky (with John Prine)
Pearls



"How Lucky" (with John Prine)
"Prine, KV and Ferg as Babies" drawing by Delphine Vile in Nashville.

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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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Julien Baker - "Hardline" Premiere & Video, KEXP Performance



"Hardline"
directed by Joe Baughman


“A few years ago I started collecting travel ephemera again with a loose idea of making a piece of art with it. I had been touring pretty consistently since 2015 and had been traveling so much that items like plane tickets and hotel keycards didn't have much novelty anymore. So I saved all my travel stuff and made a little collage of a house and a van out of it. I wanted to incorporate it into the record and when we were brainstorming ideas for videos we came across Joe Baughman and really liked his work so we reached out with the idea of making a stop-motion video that had similar aesthetic qualities as the house I built did. I don't know why I have the impulse to write songs or make tiny sculptures out of plane tickets. But here it is anyway: a bunch of things I've collected and carried with me that I've re-organized into a new shape.” - Julien Baker

 


(photo : Alysse Gafkjen)

This morning we're debuting another track from Julien Baker's much anticipated forthcoming album 'Little Oblivions' with the new single, “Hardline”. The video for “Hardline” was directed by Joe Baughman who notes, “even after having spent 600 hours immersed in ‘Hardline’ and having listened to it thousands of times, I am still moved by it. It was a fun and ambitious challenge creating something that could accompany such a compelling song.  The style of the set design, inspired by a sculpture that Julien created, was especially fun to work in. I loved sifting through magazines, maps, and newspapers from the 60s and 70s and finding the right colors, shapes, and quotes to cover almost every surface in the video."

'Little Oblivions' is out February 26.

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At 10am EST today, listeners can tune in to hear Julien's KEXP session via the station’s YouTube page.  She performs “Hardline” as well as other tracks off 'Little Oblivions'. The session also features an interview with Cheryl Waters.

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Darkside - "LIberty Bell"



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DARKSIDE is the collaborative duo of Dave Harrington and Nicolas Jaar.

Dormant since the close of touring for their debut full-length, 'Psychic', the group quietly reconvened in 2018 to begin writing new music.

Following more than a year of work, Harrington and Jaar completed 'Spiral', the second DARKSIDE album, in December of 2019, which has been mixed by Rashad Becker, mastered by Heba Kadry, and will be released this spring.

Today, you can listen to the first single, "Liberty Bell".

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Out Today : Belle and Sebastian - 'What To Look For In Summer'





"I Didn't See It Coming" (video by Wide Eyed)

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Today, Belle and Sebastian release 'What to Look for in Summer', a live double album gathering choice selections from the band’s 2019 world tour, including last summer’s epic Boaty Weekender cruise.

With the release, Belle and Sebastian also present ‘channel B&S1’ – a 23-song video playlist with dedicated visuals for each track on the album. Featuring a mix-and-match of custom-made Belle and Sebastian dolls by Angharad Jefferson ("I Didn’t See It Coming", "Nice Day For A Sulk", "Dirty Dream #2"), original illustrations by Graham Samuels, ("The Fox In The Snow", "Little Lou, Ugly Jack, Prophet John"), overlays for the eagle-eyed of previous Belle and Sebastian videos ("If She Wants Me", "Beyond The Sunrise") and live footage from The Boaty Weekender and elsewhere ("The Wrong Girl", "I Didn’t See It Coming") – the collection is a one-stop shop for your "What To Look For In Summer" visual companion needs.

“Someone said it would be a good idea to have a visual clip for every song on the album. But – even though we had recorded the songs live – we only had visuals for a few of them,” explains Stuart Murdoch.

“So, we set to work with a talented pair of editors to make little vignettes for each song. We were deep in Covid, so we thought it might be interesting to have the band mime along with one of the songs while we stayed inside our respective Glasgow bubbles. Hence the clip for "Arab Strap’"came about.”

“I contrived to make a clip for "My Wandering Days Are Over" on my phone featuring my nephew Ethan and our friend Meri, who lives with us,” he says. “I had to keep them socially distanced, so that became the theme for the clip.”

tracklist :

1. The Song of The Clyde £ >
2. Dirty Dream Number Two *
3. Step Into My Office, Baby *
4. We Were Beautiful +
5. Seeing Other People %
6. If She Wants Me @
7. Beyond The Sunrise &
8. Wrapped Up In Books +
9. Little Lou, Ugly Jack, Prophet John $
10. Nice Day For A Sulk (digital only) #
11. I Can See Your Future *
12. Funny Little Frog ^
13. The Fox In The Snow+
14. If You’re Feeling Sinister*
15. My Wandering Days Are Over*
16. The Wrong Girl #
17. Stay Loose%
18. The Boy Done Wrong Again #
19. Poor Boy%
20. Dog On Wheels%
21. The Boy With The Arab Strap+
22. I Didn’t See It Coming+
23. Belle And Sebastian #

£ recorded Banchory Studios, Glasgow, August 6th, 2020 (digital version)
> recorded by Kenneth McKellar (vinyl + CD versions)
* The Boaty Weekender, August 10th, 2019
+ Royal Oak Theatre, Michigan, July 21st, 2019
% Union Transfer, Philadelphia, PA, July 12th, 2019
# House Of Blues, Boston, MA, July 13th, 2019
^ M-Telus, Montreal, QC, July 15th, 2019
@ Carnegie Hall - Pittsburgh, PA, July 18th, 2019
& House Of Blues, Cleveland, OH, July 19th, 2019
$ Auditoria Baluarte, Pamplona, Barcelona, November 4th, 2019





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out today : Muzz - 'Covers' EP



This morning, Muzz have released the digital EP 'Covers', a four-song collection which sees the trio of Paul Banks, Josh Kaufman and Matt Barrick reimagine songs by Arthur Russell, Bob Dylan, Mazzy Star and Tracy Chapman.

'Covers' is as much an illustration of the bands collective inspirations as it is a sonic testament to their expansive imagination and fluidity as a musical outfit, imbuing the singular classics with a sense of wonder and awe that come together to a short but powerfully holistic set.

Arthur Russell favourite "Nobody Wants A Lonely Heart" is deconstructed to its mesmerising foundations, with Banks' baritone gliding over Kaufman's submerged piano and Barrick's gentle shuffle. Bob Dylan's "Girl From The North Country" is recast in a cobweb of acoustic guitars, swooning slides and ghostly vocals that slow-burn to a mystical crescendo. Elsewhere, Banks’ invocation of Mazzy Star’s "Fade Into You" is fraught with raw emotion, set to a backdrop of palpitating percussion and arching strings. Tracy Chapman's "For You" brings the set to a buoyant and moving close, punctuated by fluttering guitar runs, cinematic pads, and Banks' soulful delivery.

Tracklist
1. Nobody Wants A Lonely Heart
2. Girl From The North Country
3. Fade Into You
4. For You

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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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Julien Baker - "Faith Healer" (Lyric Video)



"Faith Healer" - from the album 'Little Oblivions', out February 26, 2021

Though we've already released Daniel Henry's video for Julien Baker's "Faith Healer", this morning there's another visual take, Sabrina Nichols' lyric video for the first single from Baker's eagerly anticipated new album, 'Little Oblivions'.

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Perfume Genius - "Without You" (Jim-E Stack Remix)



This morning we're releasing the Jim-E Stack remix of Perfume Genius’ “Without You,” taken from the critically acclaimed album 'Set My Heart On Fire Immediately'. Stack had previously collaborated with Perfume Genius and Empress Of on the single “When I’m With Him,” and also worked with artists including Bon Iver, Caroline Polachek, Haim and more. Stack said of the “Without You” remix, “to my ears a Perfume Genius album always embodies excellence, from the song-writing to the production to the mixing. Every word, note, and sound feels so purposeful while playing its role in each song and in the greater context of the album. I chose to remix ‘Without You,’ because something about it felt timeless and familiar but also grounded and confident. That gave me room to make a completely new instrumental around the vocal.” He went on to say, “even though Mike and I are friends and we’ve worked together in the past, I was admittedly intimidated by the task of remixing ‘Without You.’ Once I found a way to bring the song into my world, I started listening to the remix outside the studio and I knew I had done my thing. I just hoped Mike would want to listen to it too."

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Belle and Sebastian - "The Fox In The Snow"





Prior to the December 11 release of their hotly antcipated live album, 'What To Look For In Summer', Belle and Sebastian have made available another track from the collection of 2019 concert recordings,  "The Fox In The Snow"

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Coming December 9 : Muzz - 'Covers' EP



(photo : Driely S. )

Muzz have announced details of a new EP, 'Covers'. The four-track set, which sees the trio of Paul Banks, Josh Kaufman and Matt Barrick reimagine songs by Arthur Russell, Bob Dylan, Mazzy Star and Tracy Chapman, will be released digitally on December 9th.

'Covers' is as much an illustration of the bands collective inspirations as it is a sonic testament to their expansive imagination and fluidity as a musical outfit, imbuing the singular classics with a sense of wonder and awe that come together to a short but powerfully holistic set.



Arthur Russell's 'Nobody Wants A Lonely Heart' is deconstructed to its mesmerising foundations, with Banks' baritone gliding over Kaufman's submerged piano and Barrick's gentle shuffle. Bob Dylan's 'Girl From The North Country' is recast in a cobweb of acoustic guitars, swooning slides and ghostly vocals that slow-burn to a mystical crescendo. Elsewhere, Banks’ invocation of Mazzy Star’s 'Fade Into You' is fraught with raw emotion, set to a backdrop of palpitating percussion and arching strings. Tracy Chapman's 'For You' brings the set to a buoyant and moving close, punctuated by fluttering guitar runs, cinematic pads, and Banks' soulful delivery.

stream / purchase 'Covers'

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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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