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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.

Coming July 23 : DARKSIDE - 'Spiral'




"The Limit"


(photo : Jed DeMoss)

On July 23, DARKSIDE will release its much-anticipated second full-length, 'Spiral', via Matador Records. Today, you can listen to new song “The Limit”.

DARKSIDE is an American rock band formed in Providence, Rhode Island in 2011. The group consists of Chilean electronic musician & vocalist Nicolás Jaar and American multi-instrumentalist Dave Harrington. Jaar and Harrington first met while studying in Providence through their common friend and saxophonist Will Epstein. In the summer of 2011, they toured Europe and Australia in support of Jaar's breakthrough debut album Space Is Only Noise.

Upon returning to Providence, they continued to write together, releasing their self-titled EP in 2012 and their critically acclaimed debut album 'Psychic' on Matador in October 2013. The album was met with glowing reviews, including a 9.0 from Pitchfork and the New York Times calling it "the soundtrack to a lost David Lynch sci-fi movie."

In the years that followed the 'Psychic' tour in 2014, the musicians moved on parallel and occasionally intersecting paths. Jaar would release five albums under his name and two collections of club music as Against All Logic. Harrington worked as a producer and composer, releasing two albums with his Dave Harrington Group. During that time he also played some 300 shows in NYC and Brooklyn, becoming deeply entrenched with a wide-ranging community of improvisers and collaborators, performing and recording with Yuka Honda, Brian Chase, Ilhan Ersahin, Genesis Breyer P-Orridge, Joe Russo, Innov Gnawa, Angel Deradoorian, The Master Musicians of Jajouka, Nels Cline, and more.

In the summer of 2018, Harrington and Jaar rented a small house on Lenni-Lenape territory, which is present-day Flemington, New Jersey. The group spent a week there, making a song a day. While it would take another year and a half to complete their second album, six songs from the band's new record 'Spiral were written and recorded during this initial session.

"From the beginning, DARKSIDE has been our jam band. Something we did on days off. When we reconvened, it was because we really couldn't wait to jam together again,” says Jaar. Harrington echoes this, “It felt like it was time again,” he said. "We do things in this band that we would never do on our own. DARKSIDE is the third being in the room that just kind of occurs when we make music together."

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Tracklist

  1. Narrow Road

  2. The Limit

  3. The Question Is To See It All

  4. Lawmaker

  5. I’m the Echo

  6. Spiral

  7. Liberty Bell

  8. Inside Is Out There

  9. Only Young




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Mdou Moctar - "Live in Niamey, Niger" + "Afrique Victime" (Live)



(Credit: WH Moustapha)

On Thursday, April 22nd, guitarist and songwriter Mdou Moctar will broadcast a live streamed concert, Mdou Moctar – Live in Niamey, Niger. Filmed late last year, the set features Moctar’s full band including Mikey Coltun (bass + production), Souleymane Ibrahim (drums), and Ahmoudou Madassane (guitar).

Purchase tickets for the live-stream HERE.



(Poster: David Coltun)

“In winter 2020, the Mdou Moctar band met up in Niamey, the capital of Niger, to record a few songs in anticipation of the release of, Afrique Victime,” explains Coltun. “We were staying on the outskirts of town at a friend's home. One day, we quietly set up in front of the house to film a few songs. Despite our relative isolation, the noise of the band attracted a crowd. What started as the four of us simply playing a few songs for a camera turned into a three-night run of rowdy concerts, bringing in hundreds of eager listeners. Each night, kids from all over the city would line up at our door, rushing over after their final evening prayer. These performances were completely spontaneous and wholly unplanned. Thanks to the audience in Niamey, we were able to capture the spectacular energy of a typical Niamey concert for you. We're thrilled about it and hope you will be, too. Enjoy!”

The concert will stream via Bandcamp Live and will launch at 8 PM EDT. Tickets are $10. A replay will remain available for 24 hours for global audiences to view. As a preview, the band have released a performance of new single and album title track “Afrique Victime.”



Footage shot by: Mamadou Halidou & WH Moustapha / Dynamique image
Audio Recorded by: Mikey Coltun
Mixed and Mastered by Seth Manchester at Machines with Magnets

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Julien Baker : 2021-22 Tour Dates, Appearing On "The Late Late Show WIth James Corden"



Julien Baker has confirmed tour dates in both North America and Europe. with thehe first leg commencing in Birmingham, AL on September 3. The European tour starts on April 15, 2022 in Utrecht.  Tickets are on sale Friday, April 9 and will be available www.julienbaker.com.

Tonight (Wednesday, April 7)  Julien Baker will be performing on CBS' " The Late Late Show with James Corden" (12:37 am eastern, 11:37 pm central time)

Julien Baker on Tour :
Friday, September 3 Saturn, Birmingham AL +
Saturday, September 4 Variety Playhouse, Atlanta GA +
Sunday, September 5 Bonaroo Festival, Manchester TN +
Tuesday, September 7 Orange Peel, Asheville NC +
Wednesday, September 8 Haw River Ballroom, Saxapahaw NC +
Monday, September 13 9:30 Club, Washington DC +
Tuesday, September 14 Beacon Theater, New York NY +
Wednesday, September 15 Franklin Music Hall, Philadelphia PA +
Friday, September 17 House of Blues, Boston MA +
Saturday, September 18 Calvin Theater, Northampton MA +
Monday, September 20 Phoenix Concert Theatre, Toronto ON +
Wednesday, September 22 Metro, Chicago IL +
Thursday, September 23 Metro, Chicago IL +
Friday, September 24 First Avenue, Minneapolis MN +
Saturday, September 25 Majestic Theatre, Madison WI +
Monday, September 27 Majestic Theater, Detroit MI +
Tuesday, September 28 Newport Music Hall, Columbus OH +
Wednesday, September 29 Mr Smalls Theatre, Pittsburgh PA +
Wednesday, October 27 Stubbs, Austin TX #
Thursday, October 28 Granada Theater, Dallas TX #
Friday, October 29 Heights Theater, Houston TX #
Saturday, October 30 Paper Tiger, San Antonio TX #
Monday, November 1 Van Buren, Phoenix AZ #
Tuesday, November 2 The Observatory, San Diego CA #
Thursday, November 4 The Wiltern, Los Angeles CA #
Saturday, November 6 Fox Theater, Oakland CA #
Monday, November 8 Aladdin Theater, Portland OR #
Tuesday, November 9 Hollywood Theatre, Vancouver BC #
Wednesday, November 10 Moore Theatre, Seattle WA #
Friday, November 12 The Complex, Salt Lake City UT #
Monday, November 15 The Granada, Lawrence KS #
Tuesday, November 16 Delmar Hall, St. Louis MO #

Friday, April 15 Tivoli, Utrecht NL *
Saturday, April 16 Vera, Groningen NL *
Sunday, April 17 Fabrik, Hamburg DE *
Tuesday, April 19 Vega, Copenhagen DK *
Wednesday, April 20 Pustervik, Gothenburg SE *
Thursday, April 21 Parkteatret, Oslo NO *
Saturday, April 23 Nalen, Stockholm SE *
Monday, April 25 Mejeriet, Lund SE *
Thursday, April 28 Festsaal Kreuzberg, Berlin DE *
Friday, April 29 Rock Café, Prague CZ *
Saturday, April 30 Arena, Vienna AT *
Sunday, May 1 Rockhouse, Salzburg AT *
Wednesday, May 4 Padova Hall, Padova IT *
Friday, May 6 Bogen F, Zurich CH *
Saturday, May 7 Manufaktur, Schorndorf DE *
Sunday, May 8 Technikum, Munich DE *
Tuesday, May 10 Kulturkirche, Cologne DE *
Friday, May 13 Le Trabendo, Paris FR *
Saturday, May 14 Ancienne Belgique, Brussels BE *
Wednesday, May 18 Electric Ballroom, London UK *
Thursday, May 19 Leeds Irish Centre, Leeds UK *
Saturday, May 21 Whelan’s, Dublin IE *
Sunday, May 22 Whelan’s, Dublin IE *
Tuesday, May 24 St. Luke’s, Glasgow UK *
Wednesday, May 25 Gorilla, Manchester UK *
Sunday, May 29 Teatro Kapital, Madrid ES
Monday, May 30 La Rambleta, Valencia ES
Tuesday, May 31 Sala Apolo, Barcelona ES

+ with special guests Thao and Katie Malco
# with special guests Dehd and Katie Malco
* with Ratboys



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Horsegirl Signs With Matador, Livestream Taking Place April 12



Chicago’s Horsegirl, the trio of  Penelope Lowenstein (she/her), Nora Cheng (she/her), and Gigi Reece (they/them), have signed to Matador. In conjunction with the signing, the band will perform a free livestream concert on April 12th at 7pm EST via Vans Channel 66. This broadcast is the first time many outside of Chicago will have the chance to see Horsegirl play live.

Raised in Chicago, Lowenstein, Reece and Cheng each started playing music at a young age. Lowenstein and Cheng met through a local music program, where they initially bonded over their similar taste in records. After frequenting local shows together, and Reece joining one night, they quickly became friends who fell in love with discovering music, sending each other songs and videos from now defunct DIY bands and scenes. There was an immediate collective vision developing that would inform what would soon become Horsegirl. The idea of playing together felt very natural and fun, and a further way to explore music they loved together.  Now together for almost two years, the trio have played contemporary art museums, all ages venues, and house parties.



Horsegirl operate as a true unit, with a young and punk-minded aesthetic. There’s an edginess to their overall lyrics and sound, which feature dreamy guitars and distinct dual vocal melodies by Cheng and Lowenstein, and the propulsive rhythmic drums of Reece. While they’ve only released three songs thus far, they’ve already garnered praise from scores of media outlets worldwide. The first pressing of their 7”, “Ballroom Dance Scene” b/w “Sea Life Sandwich Boy,” (Sonic Cathedral) sold out within 24 hours.

Today is Tuesday, a wonderful day for some wonderful news. We are very excited to announce that Horsegirl has signed to Matador Records. 


Two years ago when we were underclassmen, we pooled together our money to see Yo La Tengo live (Ira Kaplan handed us his guitar). That fall we played a show in the street with a Stephen Malkmus poster taped to the kick drum. When Belle & Sebastian played the entirety of If You’re Feeling Sinister at Pitchfork, we stood in the front and said Judy had a dream of Horsegirl. Matador has been formative for our relationship as friends and musicians, and we feel insanely grateful to be working with them. 


We are really appreciative of everybody who has amplified our work in these past few months, the people who’ve found us and understand what we’re going for, and the Chicago kids who’ve understood all along. 


To the adults at the Yo La Tengo show who said we were too young to like good music (and made fun of Penelope for bringing her backpack): kids are going to bring punk-rock back.

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Mdou Moctar - "Afrique Victime" video, 'Afrique Victime' Cell Phone Edition



"Afrique Victime"
Directed by: Cem Misirlioglu
Footage shot by: Mamadou Halidou & WH Moustapha (Dynamique Image) and Mikey Coltun in Niamey, Niger, winter 2020


(photo : WH Moustapha)

Mdou Moctar returns with the tour de force title track from his new album 'Afrique Victime', released May 21st on Matador Records.

“The wind born in Tunisia spread all over Arabia / Africa is a victim of so many crimes / If we stay silent it will be the end of us / Why is this happening?” sings Moctar on the heartfelt yet defiantly incandescent seven-and-a-half-minute rallying cry as it scales mournful chanting, hypnotically propulsive groove and an interstellar coda of Moctar’s sky-bound guitar work. The accompanying video for the radio edit of the track was filmed in Niamey, the capital of Niger, where the band briefly convened in November for a set of impromptu performances.

Says Moctar: "’Afrique Victime’ is a message to all of the countries with money and power who come into Africa and kill the leaders who try to empower the people and lead revolutions. This pushes the area into danger and instability and emboldens the terrorists, and it’s the people who suffer and have no justice. Africa is innocent. The French use our uranium, but 90% of the people here don't have electricity. Imagine."

Moctar recently made a special guest appearance on Off White’s Imaginary TV channel, helmed by designer Virgil Abloh.



In addition to vinyl, CD, picture disk and digital formats, 'Afrique Victime' will be available as a special and limited cellphone edition. Hearkening back to the way Moctar's music originally spread and proliferated across the Sahara via word-of-mouth Bluetooth mobile phone swaps, this collector's edition of Afrique Victime arrives pre-loaded onto a classic Nokia 6120 handset and specially mastered for it.

Mdou Moctar will be appearing at the 2021 edition of the Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival this coming September 3.

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Coming October 8 : 25th Anniversary Remastered Edition Of Bardo Pond's 'Amanita'





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stream/download "Shadow Puppet"

"Shadow Puppet"
Video created by Michael Speed
art by Bardo Pond and Michael Gibbons



"Limerick"
Directed by Michael Gibbons



(photo by Taylor Crothers)


Formed in 1991, Philadelphia’s Bardo Pond have spent some thirty years mapping guitar music’s outer limits – dialing into extremes of noise, chaos, and harmony in free-form compositions that now unfurl across 12 full-length records and a near-limitless body of EPs, cassettes, and CD-Rs. 

On October 8th, Matador Records will celebrate the 25th anniversary of the quintet’s long out-of-print second album and label debut, 'Amanita', with a newly remastered 2xLP reissue.

Recorded by the lineup of John Gibbons (guitar), Michael Gibbons (guitar), Isobel Sollenberger (voice, flute), Clint Takeda (bass), and Joe Culver (drums), Amanita is the place where the band’s collective spontaneous creativity blazed into maturity. 

“Amanita was a manifesto of everything we were trying to do,” says Michael Gibbons. It was really a template for everything we did later. We were a real unit – just so creative, just making up riffs. There were songs, but they were still rooted in our free-improv base. We had a beauty, but we also had a really strong impulse to be dissonant.”

Even within the heady subcultural micro-verse of ’90s underground zoner-music, the Fishtown-basement-dwelling quintet’s vision of “psychedelia” was singular in its heaviness. “We weren’t interested in the cliched idea of what that term meant,” says Gibbons. "We were very interested in the psychedelic experience as it being a bridge to rebirth.” 

“What’s the chemical your brain releases when you’re overwhelmed? Endorphins. That’s what we were trying to get to when we played these parts." 

Amanita's music is emblematic of that sensibility – 82-minutes of confusion and transcendence. 

The remainder of the band’s Matador catalog – 'Lapsed' (1997), 'Set and Setting' (1999), and 'Dilate' (2001) – will see reissue later this year alongside a 2xLP rarities compilation.

Bardo Pond – now John and Michael Gibbons, Isobell Sollenberger, and Jason Kourkounis – remains active, maintaining a prolific output and performing regularly.

'Amanita' Tracklist
01 Limerick
02 Sentence
03 Tantric Porno
04 Wank
05 The High Frequency
06 Sometimes Words
07 Clean Sweep *
08 Yellow Turban
09 Rumination
10 Be A Fish
11 Tapir Song
12 Brambles *
13 RM

* Previously vinyl only, these tracks will be available on streaming/digital download on the album release date.







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