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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.

Yo La Tengo - "Bleeding" (From 'Sleepless Night')







(photo : Noah Kalina)

This morning, Yo La Tengo has released a second song from their forthcoming EP, 'Sleepless Night' (October 9) . “Bleeding” is the record's standalone original composition, a windswept ballad where delicate guitar melodies give way to cyclonic fuzz. The five-song record will also feature covers of songs by The Byrds, The Delmore Brothers, Bob Dylan, Ronnie Lane, and The Flying Machine.

The tracks on Sleepless Night were initially released as one side of an LP included within a limited-edition catalogue (published by LACMA and DelMonico Books/Prestel) for the LACMA exhibition, "Yoshitomo Nara", the first international retrospective for the artist Yoshitomo Nara. A longtime Yo La Tengo fan, Nara worked in collaboration with the group -- Georgia Hubley, Ira Kaplan, and James McNew -- to choose the EP’s songs.

This Matador version of the EP is a single-sided 12” with original cover art by Nara, a drawing of the band by Hubley, and an illustration by McNew etched on the record’s flip.

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Coming October 9 : Yo La Tengo - 'Sleepless Night'





"Wasn't Born To Follow"


(photo :  Noah Kalina)

On October 9th, Matador Records will release Yo La Tengo’s 'Sleepless Night' -- a six-song EP with one new song (“Bleeding”) plus covers of songs by The Byrds, The Delmore Brothers, Bob Dylan, Ronnie Lane, and The Flying Machine.


(photo : Ryoichi Kawajiri)

The tracks on 'Sleepless Night' were initially released as one side of an LP included within a limited-edition catalogue (published by LACMA and DelMonico Books/Prestel) for the LACMA exhibition, "Yoshitomo Nara", the first international retrospective for the artist Yoshitomo Nara (b. 1959). A longtime YLT fan, Nara worked in collaboration with the group -- Georgia Hubley, Ira Kaplan, and James McNew -- to choose the EP’s songs.

The Matador version of the EP is a single-sided 12” with original cover art by Nara, a drawing of the band by Hubley, and an illustration by McNew etched on the record’s flip.

Ira Kaplan on 'Sleepless Night':
We met Yoshitomo Nara in 2003, would see him at his art shows and our concerts. We dj’d at an opening at the Asia Society, and on another occasion he drew a picture of Georgia strangling me on a Gloomy pencil case that became one of Georgia’s prized possessions until it was stolen from her at the bar at the K-West hotel in Shepherd’s Bush. To make the catalogue of his 2020 exhibit at LACMA more personal, the idea came up to include an LP of some of Nara’s favorite songs as part of a deluxe edition.  We were asked to provide one side of the LP (and that one track be a new composition), with the other side being another six songs selected by Nara, in their original versions.  Here are the six songs we contributed to the LACMA record, chosen in collaboration with Nara.

I probably was introduced to "Blues Stay Away from Me” on NRBQ’s Workshop lp, working backwards to the Louvin Brothers and the Delmore Brothers (with a detour to Doug Sahm and Band). Our version was recorded by Mark Nevers in February 2011.  Charlie Louvin had died just a couple of days before. We were on a tour with William Tyler that came to an end in Nashville. The three of us and William and Kurt Wagner threw together an arrangement of “Blues Stay Away from Me” as a tribute and closed our show at the Exit/In with it. Since we were hanging around Nashville for a few days before going home, we went to Mark’s studio and recorded it.

“Wasn’t Born to Follow” was recorded by Gene Holder as part of the sessions that resulted in Stuff Like That There. Dave Schramm on lead guitar. I’m sure I heard the Byrds’ song for the first time when my mom took me and a bunch of my friends to see Easy Rider. (One kid was forbidden by his parents from joining us, as was my younger brother.  My dad took my brother to see Butch Cassidy instead, and I’m guessing my friend stayed home and did homework.)

Ronnie Lane didn’t write “Roll On Babe,” but his is the version we’re covering. James recorded it in Hoboken.  (And that song was among the songs Georgia played when we dj’d at the Asia Society.)

While making 'And Then Nothing Turned Itself Inside-Out' in Nashville, Roger Moutenot recorded Dylan’s “It Takes a Lot to Laugh, It Takes a Train to Cry” for a John Peel birthday show. As best as we can tell, we sent the one and only copy of the master to England. Yes, we’re as dumbfounded as you are, if not more so. After a lot of sleuthing, we came up with this.

“Bleeding” was written by us, recorded in Hoboken by James.

James also recorded The Flying Machine’s “Smile a Little Smile for Me” for Michael Shelley’s Super Hit Tsunami!, available to people who pledged to WFMU’s 2019 fundraising marathon.

Track List

Blues Stay Away
Wasn’t Born to Follow
Roll On Babe
It Takes a Lot to Laugh
Bleeding
Smile a Little Smile for Me

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Yo La Tengo - 'We Have Amnesia Sometimes' + 2 Live Performances Streaming This Weekend



(photo : James McNew)

In case you haven’t caught on already, Yo La Tengo have spent the week quietly seeding the web with new music -- posting one song a day via their freshly minted Bandcamp page.

Today, we’re gathering it all into a single tidy zip file: 'We Have Amnesia Sometimes'. This digital collection features five instrumental compositions that Georgia Hubley, Ira Kaplan, and James McNew recorded over 10 days in late April and early May during socially distanced sessions at their rehearsal space in Hoboken, NJ. A vinyl edition will be available at a later date on Bandcamp via Egon.

Improvisatory and atmospheric, the music expands upon the moods and processes that informed the trio’s now-more-timely-than-ever 2018 full-length, 'There’s a Riot Going On'.
If you’ve spent any time hanging out with us at our rehearsal space in Hoboken — that pretty much covers none of you — you’ve heard us playing formlessly (he said, trying to sidestep the word “improvising”).  Most of the songs we’ve written in the last 25 years have begun that way, but often we do it for no other reason than to push away the outside world.

In late April, with the outside world weighing on everybody, we determined that the three of us could assemble in Hoboken without disobeying the rules laid out by Governor Murphy, and resumed . . . “practicing” hardly describes it, because we’ve done no practicing per se, and anyway what would we be practicing for . . . playing.  James set up one microphone in the middle of the room in case we stumbled on something useful for the future. Instead we decided to release some of the things we did right now.

-- Ira

Initially exclusive to Bandcamp, 'We Have Amnesia Sometimes' is today available via the streaming service of your choice.

'We Have Amnesia Sometimes' - Track List
1. "James and Ira demonstrate mysticism and some confusion holds (Monday)"
2. "Georgia thinks it’s probably okay (Tuesday)"
3. "James gets up and watches mourning birds with Abraham (Wednesday)"
4. "Georgia considers the two blue ones (Thursday)"


5. "Ira searches for the slide, sort of (Friday)"



This weekend Yo La Tengo will be streaming two performances shot at their rehearsal space, Saturday, July 18 at 9pm EDT and Sunday, July 19 at 1pm EDT, under the name 'We Have Amnesia Live'.

The sets will be unique, approximiately 30-45 minutes in length and  generated in the “formless” style of the 'We Have Amnesia Sometimes' recordings. Tickets will be $10 (or $18 for both shows) . All proceeds from the event will benefit the Brennan Center For Justice, a nonpartisan law and policy institute fighting for democracy – to ensure fair elections, to end mass incarceration, and to preserve civil liberties.

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Gang Of Four - First 3 Albums, 14 Concert Recordings Now Streaming



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We are pleased to announce that Matador Records will now oversee a number of key catalog titles by the legendary Leeds band Gang of Four, including the classic albums 'Entertainment!' (1979), 'Solid Gold' (1981), and 'Songs of the Free' (1982).



These records are once again available across streaming services and are joined by 14 live releases capturing performances between 1979 and 1984. Find a curated playlist of highlights from the live tapes here.

Gang of Four was formed in 1976 by bassist Dave Allen, drummer Hugo Burnham, guitarist Andy Gill, and singer Jon King. The band pioneered a style of music that inverted punk's blunt and explosive energies — favoring tense rhythms, percussive guitars, and lyrics that traded in Marxist theory and situationism. This first lineup of the group released two monumental albums, 'Entertainment!' (1979) and 'Solid Gold '(1981). A third, 'Songs of the Free' (1982), was recorded with Sara Lee replacing Allen. These records have endured as a formative influence, not only to subsequent generations of musicians, but also activists, writers, and visual artists.



“Ether,” the introductory track on 'Entertainment!', was recently sampled by Run The Jewels, who used the song’s core riff to form the backbone of their track “the ground below” on the  newly released 'RTJ4'.

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boygenius : demos EP (Bandcamp) (24 Hours Only)



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On Friday, July 3 boygenius -- Julien Baker, Phoebe Bridgers, and Lucy Dacus – will make three demos from their 2018 EP available digitally exclusively through Bandcamp.

The music will remain online for one day only, coinciding with the site’s 24-hour waiver of its revenue share.
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Proceeds will be split between three charities, each member having selected an organization local to them :

Julien Baker, Phoebe Bridgers, and Lucy Dacus.

OUTMemphis, Downtown Women’s Center, and Mutual Aid Disaster Relief Richmond.

The demos are voice memo recordings of the songs “Bite the Hand,” “Me & My Dog,” and “Stay Down” that were taped in rehearsal on June 5th, 2018 the day before the group would enter the studio to record its eponymous EP.

Tracklist:
boygenius demos
1. Bite The Hand (June 5, 2018 demo)
2. Me & My Dog (June 5, 2018 demo)
3. Stay Down (June 5, 2018 demo)

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Slay On Cue : Spoon Reissue Series


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Announcing "Slay on Cue” a new series of reissues from Spoon including their 1996 debut album 'Telephono' and the 1997 'Soft Effects EP'. Along with standard black vinyl and CD versions of each album, Soft Effects has also been pressed into two editions of blue and red vinyl, featuring stamp-numbered silkscreened covers sourced from the original artwork, limited to 500 copies of each worldwide. Available July 24th.
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Perfume Genius - "Fade Into You"




“I chose ‘Fade Into You’ because I carried it with me for a long time and I always looked to it for the warmth and the very heavy vibe that it always brings..It felt almost uncoverable but I wondered what I could do to make it sharper and maybe a little more desperate but still maintain the sort of beauty of it and the quietness of it.”  - Mike Hadreas

Perfume Genius' cover of Mazzy Star's "Fade Into You" is now available to stream or purchase via Amazon Music and can also be heard on the newly relaunched PROUD playlist.

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Algiers - "Can The Sub Bass Speak?" b/w "It All Comes Around Again" 7"



Today, ALGIERS will release a special edition 7” to support the struggle to end state violence against Black people and destroy white supremacy.

"Can the Sub_Bass Speak" b/w "It All Comes Around Again" will be available physically only through Bandcamp during the 24-hour period that the site is waiving its revenue share on June 5th. The songs will remain available online indefinitely.

All proceeds from the single will be donated to Metro Atlanta Mutual Aid Fund, As They Lay and Black Alliance for Just Immigration.

“This release has been created to support, in a small way, those who continue to struggle under life and death circumstances to end the miserable condition that exists for Black and other oppressed people in this country and its colonial world," writes the band." “We dedicate this to the families of those who have been murdered by the police state in America and encourage our supporters to continue to donate in their memory.”

The A-side -- previously released as a standalone single -- is drawn from the band's audiovisual collaboration of the same name and features contributions from saxophonics pioneer Skerik and drummer D’Vonne Lewis. "It All Comes Around Again" is an unreleased track available here for the first time.


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VIDEO : Muzz - "Knuckleduster"



Video produced by Muzz
Director of Photography – Derek Sexton Horani

This morning, Muzz release a new single/video from their forthcoming self-tiitled album, “?Knuckleduster?,” which follows the previously released “?Red Western Sky,?” “?Broken Tambourine,?” and “?Bad Feeling?.”  Brimming with wall-to-wall guitars, reverberating pianos and a thunderous performance from Matt Barrick, ”Knuckleduster” is Muzz at their most immersive and grandiose. Shot below the American Treasure Tour Museum, t?he “Knuckleduster” video brings the focus to the song’s spacious sonics and musicianship of Barrick, Paul Banks and Josh Kaufman. “?While we were shooting the video for ‘Red Western Sky,’ we discovered this great space underneath the museum. Unplanned, we quickly set up and started filming again - capturing the video for ‘Knuckleduster’ on the same day?,” says Banks. “H?air was greener and times were simpler back then.? ”



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VIDEO : Muzz - "Trinidad" (acoustic)



After last week's at-home live recording of "Bad Feeling", Muzz preview another track from their forthcoming self-titled debut album in acoustic form, "Trinidad" with a DIY video released earlier today (below). 'Muzz', the resulting partnership of Paul Banks, Josh Kaufman and Matt Barrick, is out June 5.

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

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

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



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

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







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

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

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


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Perfume Genius - "On The Floor" (Initial Talk Remix)





(Photo by Camille Vivier, Illustrated by Andrew JS)

Last month Perfume Genius released the single, “On The Floor,” off of his forthcoming album, 'Set My Heart On Fire Immediately'. Today, he drops a remix of the track from Tokyo-based producer, Initial Talk, noted for remix work for Dua Lipa, Rihanna, and Lady Gaga and is known for infusing early MTV-era 80’s sounds into his work. Here, “On The Floor” is reimagined into a dance club track that falls somewhere between Prince and Pet Shop Boys.

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




(art by Cate Wurtz)


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

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

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Steve Gunn - 'Livin' In Between' EP


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

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

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

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VIDEO : Car Seat Headrest - "Hollywood"



Video directed by Sabrina Nichols



Illustration by Cate Wurtz



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

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

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

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Coming June 5 : Muzz - s/t album ; out today "Red Western Sky" video





"Red Western Sky"

Produced by Muzz
Director of Photography: Derek Sexton Horani
Assistant Camera: Michael Andrade

Muzz, the new project from Paul Banks (Interpol), Josh Kaufman (producer/multi-instrumentalist and one third of Bonny Light Horseman), and Matt Barrick (drummer of Jonathan Fire*Eater, The Walkmen, and Fleet Foxes’ touring band), will release their self-titled, debut album, on June 5th.  The album, written, arranged and performed by the trio, is dark, gorgeous, expansive and soulful.


(photo : Driely S.)

Muzz was born out of longstanding friendship and collaboration. Banks and Kaufman have known each other since childhood, attending high school together in Spain before separately moving to New York. There, they independently crossed paths with Barrick while running in similar music circles. They kept in touch in the following years: Barrick drummed in Banks + Steelz and on some of Kaufman's production sessions; Kaufman helped on Banks’ early Julian Plenti solo endeavour; various demos were collaborated on, and a studio was co-bought.

Taking shape at a simmer, the first Muzz recordings date back to 2015. A typical session incorporated demos Banks or Kaufman brought to the table with room for any member to build upon, or with a new skeleton composed during a jam in the live room. All three contributed lyrics and helped shape things vocally (a first for Banks who is usually the sole lyricist).

Josh has more training as a theory musician while Paul comes from a different perspective,” Barrick says. “You never know how Paul’s gonna approach a song, lyrically and melodically, so it’s always unusual and exciting. Everyone is open to everyone else’s ideas. I think three is a great number of people for a band. We all had a big hand in everything."

Sonically, “the music has this weird, super removed vibe but is also personal and emotional at the same time,” Kaufman says. “If something felt natural in a simple way, we left it. I’d never heard Paul’s voice framed like that—a string section, horns, guitars—we know none of that is visionary but it felt classic and kind of classy.” In fact, the band’s name holds a meaning that serves to describe that very feeling - Kaufman used the word “muzz” to describe the music’s subtle, analog quality and texture.

In conjunction with today’s announcement, Muzz present the galloping “Red Western Sky” with a video, directed and produced by the band. It’s the first video to ever be shot at the immersive, psychedelic American Treasure Tour Museum, a location chosen after a Barrick family visit. The single follows two previously released songs—the sparse and rustic “Broken Tambourine” and “Bad Feeling,” which chimes with melodic introspection. No matter the sonic direction Muzz go, they go there as if effortlessly and with maximum emotional charge.

Ultimately, the music speaks for itself,” says Banks. “We have a genuine, organic artistic chemistry together. It’s partly a shared musical taste from youth, as with me and Josh, but then it’s also the souls of my friends that resonate with me when expressed through music. I think it’s cosmic.

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Muzz

Tracklist
1. Bad Feeling
2. Evergreen
3. Red Western Sky
4. Patchouli
5. Everything Like It Used To Be
6. Broken Tambourine
7. Knuckleduster
8. Chubby Checker
9. How Many Days
10. Summer Love
11. All Is Dead To Me
12. Trinidad



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





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


photo : Michael Wong



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



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

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

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

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

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

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VIDEO : MUZZ - "Broken Tambourine"


"Broken Tambourine"

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







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






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

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

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VIDEO : Car Seat Headrest - "Martin"




(illustrator : Cate Wurtz)


The second track from the forthcoming Car Seat Headrest album, 'Making A Door Less Open' (out May 1), "Martin" is available today  ; the band-created lyric video is viewable above.

Car Seat Headrest's April date at North Adams' MASS MoCA has been rescheduled to September 4.

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

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