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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.

The Goon Sax - Live on KEXP (At Home)



Following the release of the music video for "Temples" earlier this week, The Goon Sax have shared their live session for KEXP today including performances of three songs from Mirror II and a cover of Len's "Steal My Sunshine." The Goon Sax have announced 2022 dates headlining in the UK and in support of Snail Mail in the US, full itinerary below.



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Set list:
In The Stone
Psychic
Desire
Steal My Sunshine (Len cover)

Session recorded at Alchemix Studios, West End, in Brisbane, Australia
Producer - James Caswell
DOP - Tom Carroll
1st AC - Hugo Nobay
Audio Engineer - Marly Lüske
Musicians - Louis Forster, Riley Jones, James Harrison, Alistair Taylor

The Goon Sax on tour :

Monday, January 24th – Mono – Glasgow, UK
Tuesday, January 25th – YES – Manchester, UK
Wednesday, January 26th – Hare & Hounds – Birmingham, UK
Friday, January 28th – Moth Club – London, UK
Wednesday, April 20 Moore Theatre, Seattle WA ^
Thursday, April 21 Vogue Theatre, Vancouver BC ^
Friday, April 22 Wonder Ballroom, Portland OR ^
Saturday, April 23 Wonder Ballroom, Portland OR ^
Sunday, April 24 Fox Theater, Oakland CA ^
Wednesday, April 27 Hollywood Palladium, Los Angeles CA ^
Thursday, April 28 The Observatory North Park, San Diego CA ^
Friday, April 29 The Nile, Mesa AZ ^
Saturday, April 30 Meow Wolf, Santa Fe NM ^
Monday, May 2 ACL Live at the Moody Theater, Austin TX ^
Tuesday, May 3 The Factory Studio, Dallas TX ^
Thursday, May 5 The Masquerade – Heaven Stage, Atlanta GA ^
Friday, May 6 The Orange Peel, Asheville NC ^
Saturday, May 7 Cat’s Cradle, Carrboro NC ^
Sunday, May 8 Brooklyn Bowl, Nashville TN ^

^ w/ Snail Mail

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Song Exploder With Lucy Dacus



The latest episode of Song Exploder dives into Lucy Dacus' "Thumbs".  Stream it here.

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Lucy Dacus on Tour


Wednesday, September 22 191 Toole, Tucson AZ %
Friday, September 24 The Theatre at Ace Hotel, Los Angeles CA % (SOLD OUT)
Saturday, September 25 The Observatory OC, Santa Ana CA (SOLD OUT)
Sunday, September 26 August Hall, San Francisco, CA @
Monday, September 27 The Fillmore, San Francisco, CA % (SOLD OUT)
Wednesday, September 29, Neptune Theatre, Seattle WA = (SOLD OUT)
Thursday, September 30 Hollywood Theatre, Vancouver BC $ (SOLD OUT)
Friday, October 1 Wonder Ballroom, Portland OR $ (SOLD OUT)
Saturday, October 2 Neptune Theatre, Seattle WA $ (SOLD OUT)
Sunday, October 3 Spanish Ballroom, Tacoma WA $
Monday, October 4 The Elm, Bozeman MT $
Tuesday, October 5 Urban Lounge, Salt Lake City UT $ (SOLD OUT)
Wednesday, October 6 Gothic Theater, Denver CO $ (SOLD OUT)
Friday, October 8 The Englert Theatre, Iowa City IA $ (SOLD OUT)
Saturday, October 9 First Avenue, Minneapolis MN $ (SOLD OUT)
Sunday, October 10 Thalia Hall, Chicago IL (SOLD OUT)
Monday, October 11 The Vic Theatre, Chicago IL (SOLD OUT)
Tuesday, October 12 Newport Music Hall, Columbus OH $
Thursday, October 14 The Opera House, Toronto ON $ (SOLD OUT)
Friday, October 15 L’Astral, Montreal QC $ (SOLD OUT)
Saturday, October 16 House of Blues, Boston MA $ (SOLD OUT)
Monday, October 18 Higher Ground, Burlington VT $ (SOLD OUT)
Wednesday, October 20 Union Transfer, Philadelphia PA ^ (SOLD OUT)
Thursday, October 21 Union Transfer, Philadelphia PA $ (SOLD OUT)
Friday, October 22 9:30 Club, Washington DC $ (SOLD OUT)
Saturday, October 23, 9:30 Club, Washington DC $ (SOLD OUT)
Monday, October 25 Brooklyn Steel, Brooklyn NY (SOLD OUT)
Tuesday, October 26 Brooklyn Steel, Brooklyn NY (SOLD OUT)
Thursday, October 28 Brooklyn Steel, Brooklyn NY
Friday, October 29 9:30 Club, Washington DC > (SOLD OUT)
Friday, March 18th Brudenell Social Club, Leeds UK
Sunday, March 20th St Lukes, Glasgow UK
Monday, March 21st The Button Factory, Dublin IE
Wednesday, March 23rd Gorilla, Manchester UK
Thursday, March 24th SWX, Bristol UK
Friday, March 25th Kentish Town Forum, London UK
Tuesday March 29th Botanique, Brussels BL
Wednesday, March 30th Paradiso Noord, Amsterdam NL
Thursday, March 31st Artheater, Cologne DE
Saturday, April 2nd Molotow, Hamburg DE
Sunday, April 3rd Lille Vega, Copenhagen DK
Monday, April 4th Atlas, Aarhus DK
Wednesday April 6th Parkteatret, Oslo NO
Thursday, April 7th Nalen Klubb, Stockholm SE
Saturday, April 9th Lido, Berlin DE
Sunday, April 10th Trafo, Jena DE
Tuesday, April 12th Chelsea, Vienna AT
Wednesday, April 13th Milla, Munich DE
Thursday, April 14th Bogen F, Zürich SU
Friday, April 15th La Maroquinerie, Paris FR

% w/ Bachelor
= w/ y la bamba
$ w/ Bartees Strange
^ w/ Shamir
# w/ Laura Stevenson
> w/ Tomberlin

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Algiers - "TV Party"



(directed by Ian Cone)

At this very moment, Algiers are halfway through a full U.S. tour – the band’s first since the release of its third full-length, 'There Is No Year', in January of 2020.

For those seeking to preview the group’s current on-stage energies, we bring you “Algiers: TV Party.” It’s a 20-minute live set, which was filmed last fall and includes performances of “Void,” “Cleveland,” “Losing is Ours,” and “Death March.”

"This set was loosely inspired by the music performances on Glenn O'Brien's famed late 70s/early 80s NYC public access television show,” explains Lee Tesche. “It was filmed in a TV studio using the same analogue equipment."

Algiers on tour :

Thursday, September 23 Substation, Seattle WA
Friday, September 24 Polaris, Portland OR
Saturday, September 25, Treefort Music Fest, Boise ID
Monday, September 27 Rickshaw Stop, San Francisco CA
Wednesday, September 29 Constellation, Santa Ana CA
Thursday, September 30 Zebullon, Los Angeles CA
Friday, October 1 Casbah, San Diego CA
Saturday, October 2 Club Congress, Tuscon AZ
Sunday, October 3 Sister, Albuquerque NM
Tuesday, October 5 Empire Control Room, Austin TX
Wednesday, October 6 White Oak Music Hall, Houston TX
Thursday, October 7 Gasa Gasa, New Orleans LA
Saturday, October 9 The Earl, Atlanta GA
Tuesday, May 10 ISC, Bern, CH
Wednesday, May 11 Cirolo, Turin, IT
Thursday, May 12 Biko, Milan, IT
Saturday, May 14 Bogen F, Zurich, CH
Monday, May 16 Strom, Munich, DE
Tuesday, May 17th Manufaktur, Schorndorf, DE
Wednesday, May 18 Lido, Berlin, DE
Friday, May 20th Nalen Klubb, Stockholm, SE
Saturday, May 21st Revolver, Oslo, NO
Sunday, May 22nd Stengade, Copenhagen, DK
Monday, May 23rd Knust, Hamburg, DE
Wednesday, May 25th Forum, Bielefeld, DE
Thursday, May 26th Club Volta, Cologne, DE
Friday, May 27th Doornroosje, Nijmegen, NL

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VIDEO : The Goon Sax - "Temples"



"Temples"
directed by James Caswell

Back in July of this year, Brisbane trio The Goon Sax released their much-admired third album and Matador Records debut, 'Mirror II'. They return today with a video for the song “Temples,” which features James Harrison on lead vocals. The band will also join Snail Mail on a run of U.S. tour dates this spring.
"'Temples' is a song that I wanted to be overwhelmingly pretty and a bit nostalgic. It sort of reminds me of an epic biopic or a scripted love letter.

When writing the lyrics, I was trying to surmise a romance in its entirety rather than as a self-contained moment. That's why I think the romanticism is a bit unbelievable. And why I felt like I was in a dream state when I wrote it.

The lyrics are referential to The Wind and The Willows as well as Tim Buckley. The video takes inspiration from Joanna Newsom's clip for 'Divers' as well as a scene from the 2000’s Kanye West clip 'All Falls Down'". - James Harrison


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For the past 12 hours, The Goon Sax have taken over Matador's Instagram account. If that means the content is uncharacteristically interesting for a change, so be it. We'll return to regular programming soon enough.

The Goon Sax on tour :

Monday, January 24th - Mono - Glasgow, UK
Tuesday, January 25th - YES - Manchester, UK
Wednesday, January 26th - Hare & Hounds - Birmingham, UK
Friday, January 28th - Moth Club - London, UK
Wednesday, April 20 Moore Theatre, Seattle WA ^
Thursday, April 21 Vogue Theatre, Vancouver BC ^
Friday, April 22 Wonder Ballroom, Portland OR ^
Saturday, April 23 Wonder Ballroom, Portland OR ^
Sunday, April 24 Fox Theater, Oakland CA ^
Wednesday, April 27 Hollywood Palladium, Los Angeles CA ^
Thursday, April 28 The Observatory North Park, San Diego CA ^
Friday, April 29 The Nile, Mesa AZ ^
Saturday, April 30 Meow Wolf, Santa Fe NM ^
Monday, May 2 ACL Live at the Moody Theater, Austin TX ^
Tuesday, May 3 The Factory Studio, Dallas TX ^
Thursday, May 5 The Masquerade – Heaven Stage, Atlanta GA ^
Friday, May 6 The Orange Peel, Asheville NC ^
Saturday, May 7 Cat’s Cradle, Carrboro NC ^
Sunday, May 8 Brooklyn Bowl, Nashville TN ^

^ w/ Snail Mail

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Snail Mail - "Valentine" (behind the scenes footage)





Footage shot by Malcolm Donaldson
Edited by Sabrina Nichols

Following last week's premiere of the title track from the hotly anticipated new Snail Mail album, 'Valentine', here's some behind the scenes stuff from the making of the Josh Coll-directed music video.

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Snail Mail On Tour

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Saturday, November 27 The National, Richmond VA *
Sunday, November 28 Neighborhood Theatre, Charlotte NC *
Tuesday, November 30 The Beacham Theater, Orlando FL *
Wednesday, December 1 The Ritz Ybor, Tampa FL *
Friday, December 3 Saturn, Birmingham AL *
Saturday, December 4 The Mill & Mine, Knoxville TN *
Sunday, December 5 Headliners Music Hall, Louisville KY *
Tuesday, December 7 Turner Hall, Milwaukee WI *
Wednesday, December 8 Majestic Theatre, Madison WI *
Friday, December 10 The Pageant, St. Louis MO *
Saturday, December 11 The Castle Theatre, Bloomington IL *
Sunday, December 12 The Athenaeum Thratre, Columbus OH *
Monday, December 13 Majestic Theatre, Detroit MI *
Wednesday, December 15 Mr. Smalls Theatre, Millvale PA *
Thursday, December 16 Toad's Place, New Haven CT *
Friday, December 17 Fete Music Hall, Providence RI *
Saturday, December 18 The Stone Pony, Asbury Park NJ *
Sunday, December 19 The NorVa, Norfolk VA *
Tuesday, December 21 The Fillmore, Silver Spring MD *

Friday, February 18 Manchester Academy 2, Manchester UK
Sunday, February 20 QMU, Glasgow UK
Tuesday, February 22 SWX, Bristol UK
Wednesday, February 23 O2 Forum Kentish Town, London UK
Friday, February 25 Le Trabendo, Paris FR
Saturday, February 26 Epicerie Moderne, Lyon FR
Sunday, February 27 Locomotiv, Bologna IT
Monday, February 28 Magnolia, Milan IT
Wednesday, March 2 Bogen F, Zurich CH
Thursday, March 3 Ampere, Munich DE
Friday, March 4 Groovestation, Dresden DE
Sunday, March 6 Loppen, Copenhagen DK
Monday, March 7 Oceanen, Gotherburg SE
Tuesday, March 8 Parkteatret, Oslo NO
Thursday, March 10 Slaktkyrkan, Stockholm SE
Saturday, March 12 Columbia Theater, Berlin DE
Sunday, March 13 Knust, Hamburg DE
Monday, March 14 AB Ballroom, Brussels BE
Tuesday, March 15 Gebaude 9, Cologne DE
Wednesday, March 16 Paradiso Noord, Amsterdam NL

Tuesday, April 5 Union Transfer, Philadelphia PA #
Wednesday, April 6 Union Transfer, Philadelphia PA #
Thursday, April 7 Kings Theatre, Brooklyn NY #
Friday, April 8 Royale, Boston MA #
Saturday, April 9 Club Soda, Montreal QC #
Monday, April 11 Phoenix Concert Theatre, Toronto ON #
Tuesday, April 12 Agora Theatre, Cleveland OH #
Thursday, April 14 Riviera Theatre, Chicago IL #
Friday, April 15 First Avenue, Minneapolis MN #
Saturday, April 16 Liberty Hall, Lawrence KS #
Sunday, April 17 Ogden Theater, Denver CO #
Wednesday, April 20 Moore Theatre, Seattle WA ^
Thursday, April 21 Vogue Theatre, Vancouver BC ^
Friday, April 22 Wonder Ballroom, Portland OR ^
Saturday, April 23 Wonder Ballroom, Portland OR ^
Sunday, April 24 Fox Theater, Oakland CA ^
Wednesday, April 27 Hollywood Palladium, Los Angeles CA ^
Thursday, April 28 The Observatory North Park, San Diego CA ^
Friday, April 29 The Nile, Mesa AZ ^
Saturday, April 30 Meow Wolf, Santa Fe NM ^
Monday, May 2 ACL Live at the Moody Theater, Austin TX ^
Tuesday, May 3 The Factory Studio, Dallas TX ^
Thursday, May 5 The Masquerade - Heaven Stage, Atlanta GA ^
Friday, May 6 The Orange Peel, Asheville NC ^
Saturday, May 7 Cat's Cradle, Carrboro NC ^
Sunday, May 8 Brooklyn Bowl, Nashville TN ^

* w/ Spencer, Hotline TNT
# w/ Joy Again
^ w/ The Goon Sax

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Mdou Moctar - "Afrique Victime - The Documentary"



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The global pandemic trapped Mdou Moctar and his band in their home country of Niger. They could not leave to promote their upcoming album, Afrique Victime. Instead, American bassist Mikey Coltun flew to Niger, carrying cameras and recording equipment. Shortly after Mikey arrived, it became clear that it was too dangerous to travel within Niger due to the presence of guerrilla groups such as Boko Haram, which have come to prominence in the country's power vacuum. So Mdou, Mikey, Ahmoudou and Souleyman met in Niamey, the capital. It was their first time together as a band since they played over 200 concerts worldwide in 2019.

Today, Mdou Moctar releases Afrique VictimeThe Documentary. The 10-minute short film offers an intimate glimpse into Moctar and his band – rhythm guitarist Ahmoudou Madassane, drummer Souleymane Ibrahim and American bassist and producer Mikey Coltun – as they prepare for the release of their critically acclaimed latest album Afrique Victime in Niamey, Niger. Navigating complex world and regional geo-political circumstances, the film touches on the environment, inspiration, stories, challenges and singular musical and personal alchemy behind one of today’s most electrifying and trailblazing groups.

Filmed by Mamadou Halidou, Mikey Coltun & WH Moustapha
Edited by Winston Case
Film audio mix by Vitor Hirtsch

Mdou Moctar is:
Mahamadou Souleymane ‘Mdou Moctar’: lead guitar, vocals
Ahmoudou Madassane: rhythm guitar, vocals
Mikey Coltun: bass, vocals
Souleymane Ibrahim: drums, vocals

Mdou Moctar on tour (new dates in bold)

2021
Thursday, September 2 The Grey Eagle, Asheville NC
Friday, September 3 Bonnaroo, Manchester TN
Saturday, September 4 Terminal West, Atlanta GA
Sunday, September 5 Motorco Music Hall, Durham NC
Tuesday, September 7 Ottobar, Baltimore MD (SOLD OUT)
Wednesday, September 8 Johnny Brenda’s, Philadelphia PA (SOLD OUT)
Thurdsday, September 9, Music Hall of Williamsburg, Brooklyn NY (SOLD OUT)
Friday, September 10 Music Hall of Williamsburg, Brooklyn NY (SOLD OUT)
Saturday, September 11 Gateway City Arts, Holyoke MA
Sunday, September 12 The Sinclair, Boston MA (SOLD OUT)
Tuesday, September 14 Thunderbird Café & Music Hall, Pittsburgh PA
Wednesday, September 15 Ace of Cups, Columbus OH (SOLD OUT)
Thursday, September 16 The Storehouse, Galien MI (SOLD OUT)
Friday, September 17 Lincoln Hall, Chicago IL (SOLD OUT)
Saturday, September 18 Cedar Cultural Center, Minneapolis MN
Monday, September 20 Globe Hall, Denver CO (SOLD OUT)
Tuesday, September 21 Globe Hall, Denver CO
Wednesday, September 22 Urban Lounge, Salt Lake City UT
Thursday, September 23 Treefort Music Festival, Boise ID
Friday, September 24 The Crocodile, Seattle WA
Saturday, September 25 Mississippi Studios, Portland OR (SOLD OUT)
Sunday, September 26 Mississippi Studios, Portland OR (SOLD OUT)
Monday, September 27 The Miniplex, Arcata CA (SOLD OUT)
Tuesday, September 28 The Chapel, San Francisco CA (SOLD OUT)
Wednesday, September 29 Starline, Oakland CA (SOLD OUT)
Friday, October 1 The Music Box, San Diego CA
Saturday, October 2 Lodge Room, Los Angeles CA (SOLD OUT)
Sunday, October 3 Lodge Room, Los Angeles CA (SOLD OUT)
Monday, October 4 Laguminiamphitheaterette, Petaluma CA


2022 :
Friday, April 1st Het Bos, Antwerpen [BE]
Saturday, April 2nd AB-club, Brussels [BE]
Sunday, April 3rd Bumann, Köln [DE]
Monday, April 4th Paradiso, Amsterdam [NL]
Tuesday, April 5th Effenaar, Eindhoven [NL]
Wednesday, April 6th, Komedia, Brighton [UK]
Thursday, April 7th Hare & Hounds, Birmingham [UK]
Friday, April 8th The Sugar Club, Dublin [IE]
Saturday, April 9th Ulster Sports Club, Belfast [UK]
Sunday, April 10th Drygate, Glasgow [UK]
Monday, April 11th The Brudenell Social Club, Leeds [UK]
Tuesday, April 12th YES, Manchester [UK]
Thursday, April 14th EartH Theatre, London [UK] (venue change)
Friday, April 15th : La cave aux Poètes, Roubaix/Lille [FR]
Saturday, April 16th Le Hasard Ludique, Paris [FR]
Sunday, April 17th Doornroosje, Nijmegen [NL]
Monday, April 18th Molotow - Hamburg [DE]
Tuesday, April 19th Alice, Copenhagen [DK]
Wednesday, April 20th Nefertiti, Gothenburg [SE]
Thursday, April 21st Blaa, Oslo [NO]
Friday, April 22nd, Fasching, Stockholm [SE]
Saturday, April 23rd Plan B, Malmö [SE]
Sunday, April 24th Frannz Club, Berlin [DE]
Monday, April 25th UT Connewitz, Leipzig [DE]
Tuesday, April 26th Meetfactory, Prague [CZ]
Wednesday, April 27th Kapu, Linz [AU]
Thursday, April 28th Rote Fabrik, Zurich [CH]
Sunday, May 1st De Post, Oostende [BE]

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