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ALGIERS - 'The Underside Of Power', Out Today, New Dates With !!! Announced






"Walk Like A Panther"
(stream the Uniform remix of "Walk Like A Panther" at Spotify)

"A collection of songs that articulates that fury and despair with such authority, it deserves to become the soundtrack for whatever future documentary montage captures the mess of 2017. It’s galvanizing, uncompromising, and uplifting, and it should speak to everyone who still has some fight left in them." - Sean O'Neal, The A/V Club

Today marks the long-awaited release date for Algiers' incendiary 2nd album, the critically-acclaimed 'The Underside Of Power', available on digital, CD and LP formats at the url below. The first song from the Adrian Utley and Ali Chant-produced masterpiece, "Walk Like A Panther" (featuring a sample culled from a speech by Chicago Black Panther Fred Hampton), can be heard above in lyric video form.

In addition to the previously announced European stadium dates supporting Depeche Mode and this summer's headlining club shows in North America, Algiers have more US dates happening in September supporting !!! (see below).

order or stream 'The Underside Of Power'

Algiers On Tour

Friday, June 23 - Musik & Freiden, Berlin, DE
Sunday, June 25 - Stadio Olimpico, Rome, IT *
Monday, June 26 - Santeria Social Club, Milan, IT
Tuesday, June 27 - Stadio San Siro, Milan, IT *
Thursday, June 29 - Dall;Ara, Bologna, IT *
Saturday, July 1 - Stade de France, St. Denis, FR *
Tuesday, July 4 - Veltins-Arena, Gelsenkirchen, DE *
Thursday, July 13 - Cobalt, Vancouver, BC
Friday, July 14 - Mississippi Studios, Portland, OR
Saturday, July 15 - The Crocodile, Seattle, WA
Monday, July 17 - Starline Social Club, Oakland, CA
Tuesday, July 18 - The Echo, Los Angeles, CA
Saturday, July 22 - Baby’s All Right, Brooklyn, NY
Sunday, July 23 - Johnny Brenda’s, Philadelphia, PA
Monday, July 24 - Black Cat, Washington, DC
Wednesday, September 13 - The Hollow, Albany, NY^
Thursday, September 14 - Waiting Room, Buffalo, NY^
Friday, September 15 - Spirit Hall, Pittsburgh, PA^
Saturday, September 16 - Grog Shop, Cleveland, OH^
Monday, September 18 - Mercury Ballroom, Nashville, TN^
Thursday, September 21 - Saturn, Birmingham, AL^
Friday, September 22 - Hi-Ho Lounge, New Orleans, LA^
Saturday, September 23 - White Oak Music Hall, Houston, TX^
Sunday, September 24 - Dada, Dallas, TX^
Monday, September 25 - Empire Garage, Austin, TX^
Tuesday, September 26 - Paper Tiger, San Antonio, TX^
Thursday, September 28 - Meow Wolf, Santa Fe, NM^
Friday, September 29 - Crescent Ballroom, Phoenix, AZ^
Saturday, September 30 - SoHo Club, Santa Barbara, CA^
Sunday, October 1 - Soda Bar, San Diego, CA
Sunday, October 15 - Afropunk Festival, Atlanta, GA



* w/ Depeche Mode
^ w/ !!!

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Queens Of The Stone Age - 'Villains', coming August 25, "The Way You Used To Do" Premiere, Upcoming Dates




“The title Villains isn’t a political statement. It has nothing to do with Trump or any of that shit. It’s simply 1) a word that looks fantastic and 2) a comment on the three versions of every scenario: yours, mine and what actually happened… Everyone needs someone or something to rail against—their villain—same as it ever was. You can’t control that. The only thing you can really control is when you let go."—Joshua Homme



(photo by Andreas Neumann)

Hundreds of epic shows, memory lapses, unexplained injuries, one yearlong detour with Iggy Pop and multiple Grammy nominations later, Queens Of The Stone Age reemerge from the desert newly scarred and somehow strangely prettier with lucky seventh album, 'Villains', out August 25 on Matador Records. Now available for preorder on deluxe vinyl, standard vinyl, CD and digital, 'Villains' consists of the following songs:

1. Feet Don’t Fail Me
2. The Way You Used To Do
3. Domesticated Animals
4. Fortress
5. Head Like A Haunted House
6. Un-Reborn Again
7. Hideaway
8. The Evil Has Landed
9. Villains Of Circumstance

Produced by Mark Ronson and co-produced by Mark Rankin and mixed by Alan Moulder, 'Villains' is the first full album offering from Queens Of The Stone Age since 2013’s '…Like Clockwork' gave the band its first #1 album in the U.S. (and #1s in Australia, Belgium, Ireland, Portugal, Scotland, #2s in the UK, Canada, Switzerland, Norway, New Zealand, Finland… but really, who’s counting?). Like the stunning artwork of returning illustrator Boneface, the sonic signatures of the lineup that took '…Like Clockwork' around the world and back—Founder/guitarist/vocalist/lyricist Joshua Homme, Troy Van Leeuwen (guitar, keys), Michael Shuman (bass), Dean Fertita (keys, guitar), Jon Theodore (drums)—are as unmistakable as ever, though coexisting with sufficient new twists to induce recurring double takes. As Homme himself puts it, “The most important aspect of making this record was redefining our sound, asking and answering the question 'what do we sound like now?' If you can’t make a great first record, you should just stop—but if you can make a great record but you keep making records and your sound doesn’t evolve, you become a parody of that original sound."

Of his role working within such a closed and confident ecosystem as Queens Of The Stone Age, Ronson says, "Queens are and have always been my favorite rock n roll band ever since I walked into Tower on Sunset and bought 'Rated R' in the summer of 2000, so it was incredibly surreal to be welcomed into their secret, pirate clan—or the ‘jacuzzi’ as Josh likes to call it. I also knew that my super fandom alone would not keep me in the jacuzzi. There were moments during the making of the album in which i was aware i was watching my musical heroes craft something that was sure to become one of my favorite moments on any Queens album. And to have some part in that felt like being in a dream--a very heavy, dark, wonderful dream.”

Longtime Queens cohort co-producer Mark Rankin added, "After the baptism of fire that was …Like Clockwork, I was excited to get into the studio again with the challenge of pushing the sound for this record, especially with the the addition of Ronson into the creative mix. We wanted to evolve the production to be processed in a modern way yet be totally organic and still performed fully live, like lifting a veil and what you thought was electronic is actually live and things are not as they first appear… What we’ve made is forward looking yet unmistakably Queens."

Queens Of The Stone Age have also confirmed a slew of North American dates filling in the space between and beyond their previously announced appearances at Outside Lands and Riot Fest. The new shows, which include Queens’ first ever Madison Square Garden headline, are detailed below. For further information, keep an eye on Queens Of The Stone Age sites and socials and just let go.

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TOUR DATES (new dates in bold, Tickets On Sale To The Public June 22)

Thursday, June 22 - Rapids Theater — Niagara Falls, NY SOLD OUT
Saturday, June 24 - Amnesia Rockfest 2017 — Montebello, QC
Thursday, July 13 - Logan Campbell, Auckland, New Zealand SOLD OUT
Sunday, July 16 - Convention Centre, Darwin, Australia
Wednesday, July 19 - Hodern Pavilion, Sydney NSW, Australia SOLD OUT
Thursday, July 20 - Festival Hall, Melbourne, Australia SOLD OUT
Saturday, July 22, Splendour In The Grass, Tenindewa, Australia SOLD OUT
Friday, July 28 - Fuji Rock Festival, Kinsasa, Japan
Thursday, August 10 - Ventura Theatre, Ventura CA
Saturday, August 12 - Outside Lands, San Francisco, CA
Wednesday, September 6 - Capitol Theatre, Port Chester NY
Thursday, September 7 - Festival Pier, Philadelphia PA
Saturday, September 9 - Moison Amphitheatre (Budweiser Stage), Toronto ON
Sunday, September 10 - 20 Monroe Live, Grand Rapids MI
Tuesday, September 12 - Express Live! Outdoor Pavilion, Columbus OH
Wednesday, September 13 - Stage AE (Outdoors), Pittsburgh PA
Friday, September 15 - Agora Theatre, Cleveland OH
Saturday, September 16 - Riot Fest, Chicago IL
Monday, October 9 - The Complex, Salt Lake City UT
Tuesday, October 10 - Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Morrison CO
Thursday, October 12 - Peabody, St. Louis MO
Friday, October 13 - Crossroads KC, Kansas City MO
Saturday, October 14 - Roy Wilkins Auditorium, Saint Paul MN
Sunday, October 15 - Eagles Ballroom, Milwaukee WI
Tuesday, October 17 - Fox Theatre, Detroit MI
Wednesday, October 18 - Old Theatre Centre - Murat Theatre, Indianapolis IN
Saturday, October 21 - Agganis Arena, Boston MA
Sunday, October 22 - State Theatre, Portland ME
Tuesday, October 24, Madison Square Garden, New York NY
Saturday, November 4th - Unipol Arena, Bologna, Italy
Sunday, November 5th - Stadthalle, Vienna, Austria
Monday, November 6th - Samsung Hall, Zurich, Switzerland
Tuesday, November 7th - AccorHotels Arena, Paris, France
Thursday, November 9th - König-Pilsener-Arena, Oberhausen, Germany
Friday, November 10th - Zenith, Munich, Germany
Saturday November 11th - Velodrom, Berlin, Germany
Sunday, November 12th - Ziggo Dome, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Tuesday, November 14th - TAP1, Copenhagen, Denmark
Wednesday, November 15th - Sporthalle, Hamburg, Germany
Thursday, November 16th - Sportspaleis, Antwerp, Belgium
Sunday, November 19th - Manchester Arena, Manchester, UK
Tuesday, November 21st - The 02, London, UK
Thursday, November 23rd - Usher Hall, Edinburgh, UK
Friday, November 24th - 3Arena, Dublin, Ireland

Customers ordering any format off the Matador store are entitled to Jump The Q when ordering tickets for the upcoming tour, visit http://presale.qotsa.com for info and access (by participating in this promotion, entrants hereby agree to the collection and usage of their personal information to enable Matador and Ticketmaster to fulfill this promotion)



All Matador Store customers will receive an exclusive sticker sheet, featuring artwork designed by Boneface.



Pre-order the deluxe LP edition from Matador for the chance to find a golden ticket awarding you a pair of tickets to the headline show of your choice.” (Entries also accepted by mailing a letter to QOTSA Tickets c/o Matador Records, 134 Grand St. New York, NY 10013)

Deluxe LP comes pressed on heavyweight 180 gram vinyl at Pallas and includes 14 limited-edition Boneface art prints and an etching on side 4 of the vinyl and includes an MP3 and FLAC download coupon.



Standard and Indie Retail Edition LP's (the latter sleeve above) are pressed on 140 gram vinyl with an etching on side 4 of the vinyl and includes an MP3 and FLAC download coupon. The Indie LP will feature alternate cover art from the original.

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STREAM Algiers' "Cleveland" (From 'The Underside Of Power')





(photo by Dustin Condren)

"A recurring theme in our music is the idea of injustice and the bitter understanding that obtaining justice in this world is all but impossible--particularly for black and brown people. I wanted the song to sound like the Final Judgement in the Bible, wherein the wicked are judged and condemned by the righteous with all the 'weeping and gnashing of teeth,' of the damned when justice is finally realized. This translates in the 'solo' section of the song. It consists of various recordings of people inconsolably crying and weeping while the guitar and lead vocal mirror their contortions. If you’ve ever witnessed something like that in real life, sound of a person’s sorrow is equal parts frightening and musical." - Franklin James Fisher

We're 10 days away from the global release of Algiers' hotly anticipated 2nd album, the Adrian Utely-produced 'The Underside Of Power', and with that in mind, here's the premiere of another track from this crucial work, "Cleveland". Algiers' updated tour itinerary, with headlining North American dates starting July 13 following European stadium shows supporting Depeche Mode, can be found below.

Preorder or stream 'The Underside Of Power'

TOUR DATES
Monday, June 12 - HDI Arena, Hannover, DE *
Thursday, June 15 - Secret Show, Paris, FR
Saturday, June 17 - Kiff, Aarau, CH
Sunday, June 18 - Letzigrund Stadion, Zurich, CH *
Tuesday, June 20 - Commerzbank Arena, Frankfurt, DE *
Thursday, June 22 - Olympiastadion Berlin, Berlin, DE *
Friday, June 23 - Musik & Freiden, Berlin, DE
Sunday, June 25 - Stadio Olimpico, Rome, IT *
Monday, June 26 - Santeria Social Club, Milan, IT
Tuesday, June 27 - Stadio San Siro, Milan, IT *
Thursday, June 29 - Dall;Ara, Bologna, IT *
Saturday, July 1 - Stade de France, St. Denis, FR *
Tuesday, July 4 - Veltins-Arena, Gelsenkirchen, DE *
Thursday, July 13 - Cobalt, Vancouver, BC
Friday, July 14 - Mississippi Studios, Portland, OR
Saturday, July 15 - The Crocodile, Seattle, WA
Monday, July 17 - Starline Social Club, Oakland, CA
Tuesday, July 18 - The Echo, Los Angeles, CA
Saturday, July 22 - Baby’s All Right, Brooklyn, NY
Sunday, July 23 - Johnny Brenda’s, Philadelphia, PA
Monday, July 24 - Black Cat, Washington, DC

* denotes w/ Depeche Mode

Today's The Day : Helium - 'Ends With And' 2XLP, 'The Dirt Of Luck' and 'The Magic City' Reissues Now Available



Took long enough right?  The long-awaited reissues of Helium's 'The Dirt Of Luck', 'The Magic City' and the double LP 'Ends With An' compilation are available to purchase or stream today.  There's been a mountain of recent press surrounding these albums and Mary Timony's outsize role in shaping the music of then-and-now... and while the upcoming Mary Timony Plays Helium shows in Boston and New York City are totally sold out, some tickets in other cities still remain (see below).  In addition, Mary's been confirmed for September's Hopscotch Festival in Raleigh, NC.






Mary Timony Plays Helium :
Tuesday, June 6 - Rock & Roll Hotel, Washington, DC
Wednesday, June 7 - Boot and Saddle, Philadelphia, PA (early show & late show SOLD OUT)
Thursday, June 8 - Northside Festival - Rough Trade, Brooklyn, NY SOLD OUT
Friday, June 9 - Mercury Lounge, New York, NY (early show & late show SOLD OUT)
Saturday, June 10 - The Sinclair, Boston, MA
Monday, June 12 - Horseshoe Tavern, Toronto, ON
Tuesday, June 13 - Beachland Ballroom, Cleveland, OH
Wednesday, June 14 - Marble Bar, Detroit, MI
Thursday, June 15 - The Empty Bottle, Chicago, IL
Sunday, September 10 - Hopscotch Music Festival, Raleigh, NC

Perfume Genius - 'No Shape' Out Today, Appearing On "The Late Show With Stephen Colbert" Tonight



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Today (Friday, May 4) marks the release date for one of 2017's most anticipated and critically acclaimed new album's, Perfume Genius' 'No Shape'. If you've yet to order the album, here's a map of U.S. independent retailers who have the clear vinyl edition (as shown below)

You can catch Perfume Genius tonight on CBS' "The Late Show With Stephen Colbert" at 11:35 eastern / 10:35 central. Colbert's other guests are Richard Gere and Maria Bamford.

stream "Slip Away"
order 'No Shape'
order 'No Shape' on CD or 2XLP (limited clear vinyl or black vinyl editions)






TOUR DATES
Wednesday, May 10 - Magic Stick Lounge, Detroit MI*
Thursday, May 11 - Virgin Mobile Mod Club, Toronto ON*
Friday, May 12 - Theatre Fairmount, Montreal, QC*
Saturday, May 13 - Royale, Boston MA*
Monday, May 15 - 9:30 Club, Washington DC*
Tuesday, May 16 - Brooklyn Steel, Brooklyn NY*
Thursday, May 18 - Union Transfer, Philadelphia PA*
Friday, May 19 - Cat's Cradle, Carrboro NC*
Saturday, May 20 - Terminal West, Atlanta GA*
Sunday, May 21 - Exit/In, Nashville TN*
Tuesday, May 23 - The Back Room at Colectivo, Milwaukee WI*
Wednesday, May 24 - Cedar Cultural Center, Minneapolis MN*
Thursday, May 25 - Lincoln Hall, Chicago IL*
June 8 - Heaven - London, UK - Tickets
June 9 - AB Club - Brussels BE - Tickets
June 11 - We Love Green Festival - Paris FR - Tickets
June 13 - Paradiso Noord - Amsterdam NE - Tickets
June 14 - Berghain/Kantine - Berlin DE - Tickets
Friday June 16, Eaux Claires Festival, Eaux Claires, WI
Saturday, July 15 - Imperial, Vancouver, BC
Sunday, July 16 - Revolution Hall, Portland OR
Tuesday, July 18 - The Independent, San Francisco CA
Sunday, July 23 - Capitol Hill Block Party - Seattle WA
August 10-11 - Way Out West - Gothenburg, Sweden
August 11-12 - Haven Festival - Copenhagen, Denmark
Friday, August 18 - Pukkelpop, Kiewit Hasselt, Belgium
Thursday August 31-Sunday, September 3 - End Of The Road Festival, South Wiltshire, United Kingdom

* - w/ Serpentwithfeet

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Coming June 23 : Algiers' 'The Underside Of Power'





(photo by Joe Dilworth)



"The Underside Of Power"

(directed, produced and edited by Henry Busby and Marcus Tortorici)

Hot on the heels of NPR premiering the album's title track earlier this morning, we're very proud to announce the release of Algiers' long-awaited 2nd album, 'The Underside Of Power' (June 23). LP preorders (starting today) will include the limited edition "Walk Like A Panther" 7" and 16 page 'zine created by Algiers.

Produced by Adrian Utley (Portishead) and Ali Chant, mixed by Randall Dunn (Sunn O)))), with post-production by Ben Greenberg (Uniform, Hubble), 'The Underside Of Power' zooms across a musical landscape including but not limited to Southern rap to British grime to horror movie soundtracks to late-70s English industrial to Northern Soul. In the wake of our current political climate, Algiers cast a withering gaze on subject matter ranging from oppression, whiteness, police brutality, dystopia, and hegemonic power structures.

Now a four-piece, with the addition of Bloc Party’s Matt Tong on drums, the Atlanta-London-NYC band will bring their intense live show to major East and West Coast markets this summer, following an previously announced arena & stadium tour with Depeche Mode in Europe.

TRACKLISTING
1. Walk Like A Panther
2. Cry Of The Martyrs
3. The Underside Of Power
4. Death March
5. A Murmur. A Sign.
6. Mme Rieux
7. Cleveland
8. Animals
9. Plague Years
10. A Hymn For An Average Man
11. Bury Me Standing
12. The Cycle/The Spiral: Time to Go Down Slowly

PRE-ORDER / stream : 'The Underside Of Power' / stream

preorder specials : "Walk Like A Panther" b/w "Walk Like A Panther" (Uniform remix) 7" + 16 page zine, exclusively available with LP preorders from The Matador Store

UK : Brighton's Resident Records have an exclusive cream vinyl edition with cover art designed by Algiers - preorder here.

on tour (new shows in bold) :

Tuesday, June 6 - Patterns, Brighton UK
Wednesday, June 7 - Shacklewell Arms, London UK -

Sunday, June 11 - HDI Arena, Hannover, DE *
Monday, June 12 - HDI Arena, Hannover, DE *
Thursday, June 15 - Secret Venue, Paris, FR
Saturday, June 17 - Kiff, Aarau, CH
Sunday, June 18 - Letzigrund Stadion, Zurich, CH *
Tuesday, June 20 - Commerzbank Arena, Frankfurt, DE *
Thursday, June 22 - Olympiastadion Berlin, Berlin, DE *
Friday, June 23 - Musik & Freiden, Berlin, DE
Sunday, June 25 - Stadio Olimpico, Rome, IT *
Monday, June 26 - Santeria Social Club, Milan, IT
Tuesday, June 27 - Stadio San Siro, Milan, IT *
Thursday, June 29 - Dall;Ara, Bologna, IT *
Saturday, July 1 - Stade de France, St. Denis, FR *
Tuesday, July 4 - Veltins-Arena, Gelsenkirchen, DE *
Thursday, July 13 - Cobalt, Vancouver, BC
Friday, July 14 - Mississippi Studios, Portland, OR
Saturday, July 15 - The Crocodile, Seattle, WA
Monday, July 17 - Starline Social Club, Oakland, CA
Tuesday, July 18 - The Echo, Los Angeles, CA
Saturday, July 22 - Baby’s All Right, Brooklyn, NY
Sunday, July 23 - Johnny Brenda’s, Philadelphia, PA
Monday, July 24 - Black Cat, Washington, DC


* - supporting Depeche Mode

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This is the musical response that dark times demand, one that not only shakes its fist but deploys it. Locally-informed global citizens, Algiers refuse to sit idly by while most contemporary artists appear perfectly content to sit out the revolution. Not only do Algiers harbor a purposeful sense of obligation in what they do on their latest resistance record The Underside Of Power, but they recognize the roots and thorns of precedent in said resistance.

“This album was recorded in a political environment that collapses the late 70s economic crisis and the looming onslaught of arch-conservative neoliberalism, via Thatcher and Reagan, into the late 1930s, a world riven by fascist nationalism and white power fantasies in the US and abroad,” says bassist Ryan Mahan. Their shared experiences and collective understanding of this rising tide of sinister politics compels them to make music together, to combat the potentially crippling waves of frustration and despair to let out a soulful roar, a call-to-action set to an eclectic, positively electric beat.

The inclination to do otherwise is one worth fighting. Take Algiers frontman Franklin James Fisher, for example. Writing incendiary and even beauteous lyrics from inside a Manhattan nightclub’s coat check room, enduring the same damn songs thumping away nightly in the next room for the pleasures of a predominantly white audience, he tends to see the bigger picture as well as its pointillistic details.

“This nightclub is every nightclub in the world, basically. Whatever is being played there, whatever is happening there is happening everywhere else in the world,” he says. “It’s as if the entire history of music is boiled down to these fifteen artists--and I use the term loosely,” he says with an exasperated, dismissive sneer. With the world burning outside, a generation’s obliviously privileged dances to a carbon copied soundtrack.

It speaks volumes that a black man in America with an expensive Master’s degree--and all its overwhelming personal debt--finds himself picking up shifts at such a place that literally manifests the culture industry’s exploitation and commodification of black experience. An aptly unjust fate, Fisher is confined to an enclosed space while others move their feet freely mere steps away from him. “You have to find ways of getting through it without completely losing your mind. Luckily I’m able to escape inside my own head.”

Fortunately, the multiracial quartet Algiers provides more than mere distraction, but rather a revelatory creative release and wholesale rejection of the globally normative corporate playlist culture. Poke at the seasoned members’ bruised flesh, and out come wafting touchpoints as disparate and intriguing as Big Black, Wendy Carlos, John Carpenter, Cybotron, The Four Tops, Portishead, Public Image Limited, Steve Reich, and Nina Simone, to name but a few. Deep echoes of Black Lives Matter and its 20th century forbears gather, surge, and subside in their often soulful work, a form of principled, acute dissent more interested in learning from the past than in evoking nostalgia.

And while many artists seem uninterested or even afraid to fully engage with these potent topics in song, Algiers has zero qualms about taking a direct approach. “We’re fortunate enough now where we’re able to openly talk about racist, violent police and murderous state structures,” says Mahan. “When we were growing up in the South, these critiques of class and race oppression were largely and sometimes violently suppressed. It’s why we take inspiration from the Panthers or the Chicano movement, to name two.”

Adding to this Casbah rocking mix of ideas is the relatively recent inclusion of drummer Matt Tong, formerly of Bloc Party. Joining the group for the touring cycle following their prior album, he’d spent time gelling with the original trio as a core component of their simply ferocious live sets to understand and help shape the dynamic. For a band that seems to revel and thrive in flux, Tong’s substantial role in the making of The Underside Of Power worked out well.

Beyond the technical necessities living their respective lives both in and outside of music, Algiers’ continued deviation from a more traditional band approach created a more versatile sound, one that better incorporates a collective and respective panoply of influences and styles.

Some of this is informed by their choice of collaborators in this process, a crew that includes Adrian Utley [Portishead], Ben Greenberg [Uniform, The Men], Randall Dunn [Sunn 0)))], among others. Pick any track off The Underside of Power and the reference points expand exponentially, a dizzying and thrilling Recommended-If-You-Like list that would consume a series of afternoons.

Featuring a fully-sanctioned sample of slain Black Panther Fred Hampton, the revolutionary “Walk Like A Panther” presents an alternate reality where Adrian Sherwood produced Yeezus instead of Rick Rubin, with Fisher bellowing justifiable threats over a storm of formidable sonics. “Death March” fuses post-punk primacy to the Italo-horror tradition, in an effort to mirror a looming and perpetual sense of modern dread. Elsewhere, the raucous “Cleveland” turns into a full-on demonstration, with names of victims of institutionally sanctioned racial violence like Sandra Bland and Tamir Rice invoked over a neck-snapping electro beat.

The dangerously poppy title track finds a glorious midpoint between Suicide and The Temptations, making for the catchiest expression of outrage this side of the ‘70s. A molotov cocktail of a single, that particular song represents a potential paradox for Algiers, the maintaining of a renegade righteousness in the midst of a peppy soul tune. “It’s more important than ever in this particular time, but it’s something we’ve never shied away from,” says Tesche.

The band doesn’t concern themselves with that risk. “No matter what your messaging is, you can’t control what people will or won’t take away from it,” says Mahan. “The only thing you can do is put stuff of substance out there.” - Gary Suarez

Kurt Vile : EP Vinyl Reissues, New US Dates





Hey, look at us, actually repressing a couple of Kurt Vile EP's you've been trying to acquire for far too long.  On May 19, we're reissuing the 6-song 'So Outta Reach' (2011) on blue vinyl and on the same day, 2010's 'Square Shells' on opaque colored vinyl.  Activate your preorder skills below :

'So Outta Reach'

'Square Shells'

(photo by @sophietajravimiles)

In addition, Kurt's playing 3 Eastern datesin June including a free show at Portsmouth, NH's Prescott Park Arts Festival  and a rather intimate show in the town made famous by Howard Stern (and infamous by Homestead Records) Rockville Centre, NY.

Wednesday, June 21 - Portsmouth, NH - Prescott Park Arts Festival
Thursday, June 22 - Providence, RI - Columbus Theatre (tickets on sale today at noon eastern, password is "prettydaze")
Friday, June 23 - Rockville Center, NY - Cannon’s Blackthorn
BUY or stream b'lieve i'm goin down...

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Coming May 19 : Helium - 'Ends wIth And' Compilation, 'The Dirt Of Luck' & 'The Magic City' Reissues



("XXX", directed by David Kleiler)





(photo : Stephen Apicella-Hitchcock)
“Compiling Ends with And has been like stumbling upon a long forgotten time capsule and trying to put the pieces in order. I hadn’t heard most of the songs in a very long time. I pored over hours of unlabeled cassette demos, odd test pressings, and DAT tapes.  A few of the live recordings and bonus tracks were hard to find - I knew that they existed but I had lost copies, but luckily a few kind souls had stored tapes in dusty basements and attics in various parts of the country. It’s good to know that these songs will all be in one place now.” - Mary Timony

Trying to describe the creative shadow cast by Mary Timony & Helium is a fun task, but one that's far better served by Matador FINALLY GETTING AROUND to reissuing 1995's breakthrough 'The Dirt Of Luck' and 1997's 'The Magic City' (coupled with the tracks from the 'No Guitars' EP) on LP/digital, plus a 2 LP, 19 song singles & rarities compilation, 'Ends with And', featuring 3 previously unreleased demo versions ("Superball", "Ghost Car", "Leon's Space Song") and one, never-before-heard composition, "Golden Bridge". Packaging and liner notes to all of the above are pretty killer and whether you've been following Helium since their ascent in the Boston scene a couple of decades ago or you've more recently found yourself blown away by Mary's solo work or subsequent stints in Wild Flag and Ex Hex, we're not-so-quietly confident you need these titles on your turntable and in your head.

Preorder links to ala carte and/or bundled versions of the LP's can be found below, and there's an tote bag option as well.





In June, Mary has confirmed a run of East Coast and Midwest dates billed as "Mary Timony plays Helium", and will feature members of Hospitality (Brian Bettencourt and David Christian) as her rhythm section., Tickets go on-sale tomorrow at noon, March 24th (venue links below).

PRE-ORDER :

'Ends with And' (digital preorders come with instant downloads of "XXX" and "Hole In The Ground")
'The Dirt Of Luck'
'The Magic City'

'Ends with And' tracklisting :
1. Baby Vampire Made Me
2. XXX
3. OOO
4. Love $$$
5. Lucy
6. Termite Tree
7. Hole In The Ground
8. Magic Box
9. Superball (Demo)
10. What Institution Are You From?
11. Lucky Charm
12. #12 L'Enfant
13. I Am A Witch
14. Ghost Car (Demo)
15. Puffin Stars
16. Leon's Space Song (Demo)
17. The Dragon #1
18. Fantastic Castle
19. Golden Bridge (Demo)

LISTEN :




-“Hole In The Ground” (via your choice of streaming service)

TOUR DATES  - "Mary Timony Plays Helium" :
Tuesday, June 6 - Rock & Roll Hotel, Washington, DC
Wednesday, June 7 - Boot and Saddle, Philadelphia, PA
Thursday, June 8 - Northside Festival - Rough Trade, Brooklyn, NY
Friday, June 9 - Mercury Lounge, New York, NY
Saturday, June 10 - The Sinclair, Boston, MA
Monday, June 12 - Horseshoe Tavern, Toronto, ON
Tuesday, June 13 - Beachland Ballroom, Cleveland, OH
Wednesday, June 14 - Marble Bar, Detroit, MI
Thursday, June 15 - The Empty Bottle, Chicago, IL

*all tickets on sale Friday, March 24th

online :
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Perfume Genius - 'No Shape' coming May 5, "Slip Away" Video Premiere Via The Fader





"Slip Away", directed by Andrew Thomas Huang


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Perfume Genius, nom de poster+wraith of musician Mike Hadreas, will release his fourth album, 'No Shape', May 5 on Matador Records. The album was recorded in Los Angeles, produced by Blake Mills, mixed by Shawn Everett.

The video for the first single, “Slip Away,” was directed by longtime Bjork collaborator Andrew Thomas Huang  and is co-presented by The Fader, whose current Perfume Genius cover story is a peek into his mindset upon completing the album in January.

Perfume Genius’s 2014 breakout album 'Too Bright'—called “awe-inspiring, magnificent” by NPR—marked a musical and performative leap that sounds unlike anything before or since. With his new songs, he goes even further, merging church music, makeout music, R&B, art pop, krautrock, and queer soul into his take on stadium anthems.

Of the album, Hadreas says: “I pay my rent. I’m approaching health. The things that are bothering me personally now are less clear, more confusing. I don’t think I really figured them out with these songs. There’s something freeing about how I don’t have it figured out. Unpacking little morsels, magnifying my discomfort, wading through buried harm, laughing at or digging in to the embarrassing drama of it all. I may never come out the other side but it’s invigorating to try and hopefully, ultimately helpful. I think a lot of them are about trying to be happy in the face of whatever bullshit I created for myself or how horrible everything and everyone is.”

In a bio for the album, writer Choire Sicha says, “God is all around actually and some of these songs are about being equal and some are about the witchcraft of believing. This is church music the same way Prince’s Black Album is — too dirty. It’s femme art pop the way Kate Bush’s The Dreaming is — too scary.”

track listing :
1. Otherside
2. Slip Away
3. Just Like Love
4. Go Ahead
5. Valley
6. Wreath
7. Every Night
8. Choir
9. Die 4 You
10. Sides (feat. Weyes Blood)
11. Braid
12. Run Me Through
13. Alan
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TOUR DATES
Wednesday, May 10 - Magic Stick Lounge, Detroit MI*
Thursday, May 11 - Virgin Mobile Mod Club, Toronto ON*
Friday, May 12 - Theatre Fairmount, Montreal, QC*
Saturday, May 13 - Royale, Boston MA*
Monday, May 15 - 9:30 Club, Washington DC*
Tuesday, May 16 - Brooklyn Steel, Brooklyn NY*
Thursday, May 18 - Union Transfer, Philadelphia PA*
Friday, May 19 - Cat's Cradle, Carrboro NC*
Saturday, May 20 - Terminal West, Atlanta GA*
Sunday, May 21 - Exit/In, Nashville TN*
Tuesday, May 23 - The Back Room at Colectivo, Milwaukee WI*
Wednesday, May 24 - Cedar Cultural Center, Minneapolis MN*
Thursday, May 25 - Lincoln Hall, Chicago IL*
Friday June 16, Eaux Claires Festival, Eaux Claires, WI
Saturday, July 15 - Imperial, Vancouver, BC
Sunday, July 16 - Revolution Hall, Portland OR
Tuesday, July 18 - The Independent, San Francisco CA
Sunday, July 23 - Capitol Hill Block Party - Seattle WA
August 10-11 - Way Out West - Gothenburg, Sweden
August 11-12 - Haven Festival - Copenhagen, Denmark
Friday, August 18 - Pukkelpop, Kiewit Hasselt, Belgium
Thursday August 31-Sunday, September 3 - End Of The Road Festival, South Wiltshire, United Kingdom

* - w/ Serpentwithfeet

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OUT TODAY : Spoon's 'Hot Thoughts'





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On the heels of last week's national TV appearances and the past 3 nights at the former Emo's building, re-dubbed "Eno's" for the occasion, Spoon commemorate today's release of their insanely well-reviewed 'Hot Thoughts' with an appearance in the parking lot of Austin's Waterloo Records at 6pm. After that, a sick global touring run commences (see below) and if this week's gigs are any measure, you're gonna see a band at the absolute peak of their powers. A few of us have spent a VERY LONG TIME following this band and it's no hype job whatsoever to say that in 2017, Spoon not only still have the capacity to stun & surprise, they might only just be getting started.

tour dates :

March 23rd - Metro Theatre, Sydney, Australia
March 25th - The Croxton Bandroom, Melbourne, Australia
April 27– Soul Kitchen – Mobile, AL
April 28 – The Lyric – Oxford, MS
April 29 – Varsity Theater – Baton Rouge, LA
May 1 – Ritz Ybor – Tampa, FL
May 2 – House of Blues – Orlando, FL
May 3 – Georgia Theatre – Athens, GA
May 5 – Music Farm – Charleston ,SC
May 7 – The Ritz – Raleigh, NC
May 9 – Mill and Mine – Knoxville, TN
May 11 – Newport Music Hall – Columbus, OH

June 17 - Festsaal Kreuzberg, Berlin, Germany
June 18 - Maifeld Derby Festival, Manheim, Germany
June 19 - Technikum, Munich, Germany

June 22 - Piknik i Parken, Oslo, Norway
June 24 - Amager Bio, Copenhagen South, Denmark
June 27 - Gorilla, Manchester, United Kingdom
June 28 - The Arts School, Glasgow, United Kingdom
June 30 - O2 Forum, London, United Kingdom
July 2 - Main Square Festival, Arras, France
July 3 - Gloria Theatre, Cologne, Germany
July 5 - La Maroquinerie, Paris, France
July 7 - Mad Cool Festival, Madrid, Spain
July 8 - NOS Alive, Lisbon, Portugal
July 14 - Forecastle, Louisville, KY
July 15 - Sloss Festival, Birmingham, AL
July 28 - Panorama Festival, New York NY
July 29 - BB&T Pavilion (XPoNential Music Festival), Camden NJ
July 30 - Merriweather Post Pavilion, Columbia MD **
August 6 - Hollywood Bowl*, Los Angeles CA
September 8 – Belly Up - Aspen, CO
September 9- Mishwaka Amphitheatre – Bellevue, CO


** - with Belle and Sebastian and Andrew Bird
* - with Belle and Sebastian

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Out Today : Julien Baker - "Funeral Pyre" 7" and 'Sprained Ankle' LP/CD European re-release



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Just a reminder that today (March 17) marks the re-release of Julien Baker's amazing 'Sprained Ankle' LP/CD (in all territories save for North America and Australia) along with the new "Funeral Pyre" b/w "Distant Solar Systems" 7" here in the USA and Canada (said 7" is included in the international LP editions of 'Sprained Ankle' and can be streamed or downloaded everywhere). Julien's got an ambitious tour schedule for the rest of the year with shows both enormo and intimate ; details can be found below.

Friday, March 31 - Calvin College (Festival of Faith and Music), Grand Rapids, MI
Friday, April 7 - State Theatre, Ithaca, NY
Saturday, April 8 - Stage AE, Pittsburgh, PA ^
Sunday, April 9 - The National, Richmond, VA ^
Tuesday, April 11 - Fox Theatre, Atlanta, GA ^
Wednesday, April 12 - Ryman Auditorium, Nashville, TN ^
Friday, April 14 - The Fillmore, Philadelphia, PA ^ SOLD OUT
Saturday, April 15 - College Street Music Hall, New Haven, CT ^
Monday, April 17 - Brooklyn Steel, Brooklyn, NY ^ SOLD OUT
Tuesday, April 18 - Brooklyn Steel, Brooklyn, NY ^
Wednesday, April 19 - Brooklyn Steel, Brooklyn, NY ^ SOLD OUT
Saturday, April 22 - Sunday, April 23 - High Water Festival, N. Charleston, SC
Saturday, May 13 - Greek Theatre, Los Angeles &
Wednesday, May 24 - Trafo, Jena, DE
Thursday, May 25 - Kantine am Berghain, Berlin, DE
Friday, May 26 - Immergut Festival, Neustrelitz, DE
Sunday, May 28 - Aalhaus, Hamburg, DE
Monday, May 29 - Pension Schmidt, Munster, DE
Tuesday, May 30 - Karlstorbahnhof, Heidelberg, DE
Wednesday, May 31 - Milla, Munich, DE
Friday, June 2 - Moers Festival, Moers, DE
Monday, June 5 - Bush Hall, London, UK
Tuesday, June 6 - Deaf Institute, Manchester, UK
Friday, June 9 - Primavera Sound, Porto, PT
Saturday, June 10 - Paradiso, Amsterdam, NL
July 27 - Sony Centre, Toronto, ON*
August 15 - Palace Theatre, St. Paul, MN*
August 16 - Iroquois Amphitheater, Louisville, KY
August 17 - Chicago Theatre, Chicago, IL *
November 10 - Union Chapel, London, UK

! w/ Avett Brothers, The Shins, Shovels & Rope, Dawes, Lucius, Charles Bradley
^ w/ The Decemberists
& w/ Connor Oberst
* w/ Belle and Sebastian

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Spoon - "Can I Sit Next To You" Video Premiere, New US & Germany Dates





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Earlier today, Apple Music's Beats 1 and Zane Lowe premiered the second track from Spoon's forthcoming album, 'Hot Thoughts', "Can I Sit Next To You" . The accompanying video, directed by directed by Marcel Dzama, can be viewed above.

In addition, a number of U.S. and Germny tour dates have just been added below, with tickets on sale February 24 at 10am.

Stream or preorder 'Hot Thoughts' (digital preorders receive "Can I Sit Next To You" and "Hot Thoughts" instantly)
Stream "Can I Sit Next To You"



Upcoming shows (new dates in bold) :

February 27 - 100 Club, London, United Kingdom
March 6 - The Observatory, Santa Ana CA
March 14 - The Main ( SXSW Residency), Austin TX
March 15 - The Main ( SXSW Residency), Austin TX
March 16 - The Main ( SXSW Residency), Austin TX
March 23rd - Metro Theatre, Sydney, Australia
March 25th - The Croxton Bandroom, Melbourne, Australia
April 27– Soul Kitchen – Mobile, AL
April 28 – The Lyric – Oxford, MS
April 29 – Varsity Theater – Baton Rouge, LA
May 1 – Ritz Ybor – Tampa, FL
May 2 – House of Blues – Orlando, FL
May 3 – Georgia Theatre – Athens, GA
May 5 – Music Farm – Charleston ,SC
May 7 – The Ritz – Raleigh, NC
May 9 – Mill and Mine – Knoxville, TN
May 11 – Newport Music Hall – Columbus, OH

June 17 - Festsaal Kreuzberg, Berlin, Germany
June 18 - Maifeld Derby Festival, Manheim, Germany
June 19 - Technikum, Munich, Germany

June 27 - Gorilla, Manchester, United Kingdom
June 28 - The Arts School, Glasgow, United Kingdom
June 30 - O2 Forum, London, United Kingdom
July 7 - Mad Cool Festival, Madrid, Spain
July 14 - Forecastle, Louisville, KY
July 15 - Sloss Festival, Birmingham, AL
July 28 - Panorama Festival, New York NY
July 30 - Merriweather Post Pavilion, Columbia MD **
August 6 - Hollywood Bowl*, Los Angeles CA
September 8 – Belly Up - Aspen, CO
September 9- Mishwaka Amphitheatre – Bellevue, CO


** - with Belle and Sebastian and Andrew Bird
* - with Belle and Sebastian

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Coming March 17 : Spoon's 'Hot Thoughts'

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Perhaps it would be unfair to call this the most poorly kept secret in recent memory,  but it's certainly in the top ten.  On March 17, we'll releasing the 9th and latest album from Spoon, 'Hot Thoughts'  in all territories.

’Hot Thoughts’’ is the bravest, most sonically inventive work of Spoon’s career. With all due respect to earlier efforts that have made the quintet both critically acclaimed and a commercial contender, preconceptions about this band are about to be obliterated. That’s not to say ‘Hot Thoughts’ doesn’t have a requisite supply of infectious earworms but there’s a lyrical bent that’s as carnal as it’s crafty, and a newfound sense of sonic exploration that results in the genre-smasher Spoon have flirted with in the past but not fully consummated.

Co-produced by Spoon and Dave Fridmann and reunited with Matador (third time’s the charm), with the crackling, incandescent, multi-dimensional backdrop conjured on ‘Hot Thoughts’, the lines between accessible and experimental become non-factors for once and all. It’s pop as high art, delivered with total confidence and focus.

Following a streak of three consecutive Top 10 albums—'Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga' (Merge, 2007), 'Transference' (Merge, 2010) and 'They Want My Soul' (Loma Vista, 2014)--Hot 'Thoughts' is nothing short of a masterwork. Within the space of 10 songs, 'Hot Thoughts' creates a musical universe of its own, ranging from the kaleidoscopic opening/title track—available to stream here or as an instant download with all pre-orders --through the gargantuan stomp of “Do I Have To Talk You Into It” and ubiquitous wiry hooks of “Can I Sit Next To You" to the bittersweetness of “I Ain’t The One” and beyond.

Having recently previewed 'Hot Thoughts' material in a surprise hometown warm-up, Spoon has also confirmed a three-night release week SXSW residency for which the band will resurrect the original Austin venue Emo's location, currently referred to as "The Main" on March 14, 15 and 16.  Spoon will select a unique line up each night and will stubbornly be referring to the venue as "Eno's”.

Details on the various vinyl formats can be found below.

Track listing:

1. Hot Thoughts
2. WhisperI'lllistentohearit
3. Do I Have To Talk You Into It
4. First Caress
5. Pink Up
6. Can I Sit Next To You
7. I Ain't The One
8. Tear It Down
9. Shotgun
10. Us

FORMATS :

- Standard Edition: Black vinyl, available at all retailers as well as via Matador and Spoon's webstore

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- Limited edition Purple vinyl, exclusive to The Matador Store and Spoon webstores  :

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Green Vinyl version - Exclusive to Matador and Spoon web store orders only. Two Golden Ticket Green Vinyl versions are hidden within the purple pressing. The lucky recipient will win tickets to the nearest Spoon show upon redemption.

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Limited edition Red vinyl, exclusive to all participating independent record stores :

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- CD and Digital (mp3/Audiophile)

South By Southwest Residency at The Main a/k/a Eno's:

Tuesday, March 14
Wednesday, March 15
Thursday, March 16

2017 TOUR DATES (SO FAR)
Friday, July 7 - Mad Cool Festival, Madrid ES
Friday, July 28 - Panorama Festival, New York NY

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Julien Baker - 'Sprained Ankle' re-release, "Funeral Pyre" 7", 2017 Touring

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We're very thrilled to announce the signing of Memphis, TN-based songwriter Julien Baker. The 21-year-old’s widely-acclaimed 2015 debut album, 'Sprained Ankle' (originally released by 6131) is available now digitally, with Matador's LP and CD reissue available in all territories (save for North America and Australia) on March 17. We'll be releasing Julien's next studio album everywhere.

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(7" sleeve photo by Kaitlin Gladney)

As premiered earlier this morning via NPR's "All Songs Considered", you can hear the previously unreleased “Funeral Pyre”, the A-side for Baker’s new 7”, out on March 17th on Matador*. Only Baker can make a song with such a darkly macabre title so heartbreakingly gorgeous, with her signature hushed-yet-lofty vocals soaring over a quietly finger-picked melody that crescendos into layered, almost-orchestral beauty. The B-side, “Distant Solar System,” is another unheard song from the 'Sprained Ankle' sessions.

(* - said 7" will be included in the international editions of the 'Sprained Ankle' LP ; however, the single will be available for stand-alone purchase in North America).

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After extensive touring in 2015 and 2016, Baker shows no signs of slowing down in 2017. Midwestern US audiences can catch her on a short run of dates this winter, which are followed by a lengthy European tour in the spring. The full list of tour dates can be found below :

01/18 Milwaukee, WI @ Pabst Theater w/ Ben Gibbard
01/19 Chicago, IL @ Thalia Hall w/ Ben Gibbard
01/20 Chicago, IL @ Thalia Hall w/ Ben Gibbard
02/17 Davenport, IA @ GAS Feed & Seed Fest
02/18 Champaign, IL @ The Accord w/ Thunder Dreamer
04/22-04/23 N. Charleston, SC @ High Water Festival w/ Avett Brothers, The Shins, Shovels & Rope, Dawes, Lucius, Charles Bradley
05/24 Jena, DE @ Trafo
05/25 Berlin, DE @ Kantine am Berghain
05/28 Hamburg, DE @ Aalhaus
05/29 Munster, DE @ Pension Schmidt
05/30 Heidelberg, DE @ Karlstorbahnhof
05/31 Munich, DE @ Milla
06/05 London, UK @ Bush Hall
06/06 Manchester, UK @ Deaf Institute
06/09 Porto, PT @ Primavera Sound
06/10 Amsterdam, NL @ Paradiso

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Out Friday : Steve Gunn - "Ancient Jules" 12" EP

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As touted in this space previously, a limited edition 3-song 12" EP from Steve Gunn is available at participating Record Store Day retailers this coming Friday, November 25. In addition to 'Eyes On The Lines'' "Ancient Jules", the EP includes a pair of previously unreleased tracks, "The Handshake" and "The Soloist".

Upcoming Tour Dates :

Friday, December 9 - The Bell House, Brooklyn NY (with Endless Boogie and 75 Dollar Bill)

Tuesday, January 10 — Arts at the Armory, Somerville MA*
Wednesday, January 11 — Columbus Theater, Providence RI*
Thursday, January 12 — Winooski Methodist Church, Winooski VT*
Friday, January 13 — PHI Centre, Montreal, QC*
Saturday, January 14 — The Great Hall Toronto ON*
Monday, January 16 — Thalia Hall, Chicago IL*
Tuesday, January 17 — The Cave, Louisville KY*
Wednesday, January 18 — Stuart’s Opera House, Nelsonville OH*
Friday, January 20 — Rock & Roll Hotel, Washington DC*
Saturday, January 21 — PhilaMOCA, Philadelphia, PA @ PhilaMOCA*


* = w/ Lee Ranaldo and Meg Baird

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Coming January 13 : CHAVEZ - 'Cockfighters' EP

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After a two decade sabbatical, highly revered U.S. quartet CHAVEZ make their hotly rumored return to the rock frontlines with a new 3 song 12”/digital EP, ‘Cockfighters’, released by Matador on January 13 of the new year. Said EP — recorded in 2015 with longtime associate John Agnello —— represents the band’s first new recordings since their 1996 album, ‘Ride the Fader’. Will this EP result in a future full-length? Will Chavez once again exhibit the sort of live form they flashed at 2010’s Matador 21 celebrations? We don’t think you should bet money on it, but on the other hand, if you have a genuine gambling problem, judgmental scolding isn’t going to help anyone. Let’s enjoy this all-too-brief reminder of the band’s genius while we can.

TRACK LISTING:
1. The Singer Lied
2. Blank In The Blaze
3. The Bully Boys

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It is both a blessing and a curse to be born with a penis. Freud knew this. So did Candy Darling. And so, mutatis mutandis, do the men of Chavez. They are phallus-wrestlers of the highest order, as evidenced not only by the muscular sensitivity of their music, but also quite literally by the title of their new EP, Cockfighters. Three songs in nine minutes; a new chapter and a willful engagement with the masculine issues—both hidden and overt—of our time.
To those of you who now implore, “Tell me the tale entire of Chavez,” we would caution that history is one big flaccid schlong draped across us all. Its inches are the measure of humankind’s institutionalized lies. So we don’t want to spend too much time on the past. But, for the sake of completion, we’ll blast through the pertinents real quick: Chavez was an integral part of the Matador records 1990s ejaculation of genius. With a bit more arena-rock in their DNA than most of their labelmates, Chavez took the nervous structures and ruminative lyric modes of the Indie Rock Pleistocene but added, deeper and more effectively than their peers, an injection of glistening testosterone-maximized amperage to the mix.


The band is composed of four Renaissance gents, varied and successful in their non ‘Vez pursuits.

Bassist Scott Marshall is a filmmaker who works and surfs in Malibu each and every day. He is lifelong friends with Anson Williams, which is a true fact you can research if you wish.

Drummer The James Lo, who is distinguished as a human in 2016 by the lack of a Wikipedia page that captures and classifies his essence in digital formaldehyde, is ambivalent about this rock music thing. He spends his time designing sound for contemporary dance and creating bits of hardware and software for music and theater.

Guitarist, riff-writer, and purveyor of harmony vocals Clay Tarver is a screenwriter who has worked on all four seasons of the HBO series Silicon Valley. He won a WGA Award in 2015 and subsequently, as he tells it, “nearly shit [his] pants onstage in a Men’s Warehouse rented tux.”

Guitarist, lyricist, and lead singer Matt Sweeney is a knight errant of studio and stage who has played with everyone from Iggy Pop and Neil Diamond to Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy, Adele, and Run The Jewels. When all us humans have finally moved on from this Earth and are grooving as one spiritual mass to the great afterlife band of eternity, we will surely find Sweeney at the lip of the stage.

For now, in the material world, we walk around in our mortal fleshbags looking for good things to listen to—which is where these new Chavez tunes come in handy. Aside from a scattered drippage of shows and some new vocals on a greatest hits set, this here is the first public utterance from Chavez since 1996. But please put away your hot branding iron that says REUNION in the WranglerⓇ font. You will not be able to use it on the exposed flesh of Chavez because, technically, the band never broke up. They just noticed that the less they did, the more people wanted them. So they became a wee bit diffuse in their approach, getting together now and then over the years to proverbially noodle in the proverbial woodshed.

So this is less a Lazarus vibe then it is, say, a flaming and glorious phoenix kind of a trip. Imagine if Charles Willeford—author of the 1962 cult pulp novel (and literary ancestor to this EP) Cockfighter—clawed himself out of the grave and said, through a gargle of dirt and his own decaying bones, “Hey, folks. I’ve been down there writing the whole time and, here you go: got a new book for y’all here.” This Chavez moment we’re witnessing right now is kind of like that. A much-needed and genuinely ripping jolt of new perspective from artists of experience and wisdom. Thanks, men.

—Jesse Pearson

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Coming November 11 : Body/Head - 'No Waves'

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Body/Head, the duo of Kim Gordon (CKM, Sonic Youth, Free Kitten, etc.) and Bill Nace (X.O.4, Vampire Belt, Ceylon Mange, etc.) will be releasing their new record, 'No Waves', on November 11th. The live record documents a single show (Big Ears Festival in 2014 in Knoxville, TN) from a band renowned for clearing pathways of possibility using great waves of amplification and voice.

Body/Head's debut release for Matador Records, 'Coming Apart', was arguably the heaviest record of 2013 and received with open arms and blown minds across the world. The fact that a record steeped so heavily in non-traditional structures and improvisation could touch so many people was not a surprise to anyone who had seen Body/Head in a live setting. No Waves captures that raw improvisation and harnesses the power into a listening experience of pure, unmediated intensity.

The fire of improvisation is not the fire of the elements. Body/Head deal in electricity, but they exist in the fire of improvisation. As such, they need to play live to sustain themselves. Call it the ontological necessity of a band working heavily with the flow of power (power flowing back and forth between the members of the band, flowing through band and audience, flowing through the mental and material planes, etc). 'No Waves', a document of this flow of power, offers a different side of the band they revealed on 'Coming Apart'. Yes, some of the songs cross over in undefinable ways, but the live foundation of No Waves brings all new energies to the fore. Everything reveals itself in the now.

One of the pleasures of a live record is a chance for the listener to feel the music develop and unfold from a previously known departure point. This experience is magnified with Body/Head due to the improvisatory basis of the band, which encourages new sounds and modes of communication with every show. We hear new vocal melodies developing, new attacks on strings, new clusters of intervals. It is the sound of sound evolving. Listening to No Waves, one can't help feel that despite the title of their previous record, 'Coming Apart', we're actually hearing Kim and Bill become one. Guitars and vocals flow into each as if played by a single creature. The sound of their evolution causes audiomorphic sensations. Two guitars or eight? Four hands or one? One voice or two?

The live record also plays with orientation via it's concentration on communication. Which way are you listening to it? Listen once and hear certain forms. Listen to the same part again and you may perceive new forms, like overhearing a game of telephone. With 'No Waves', Body/Head adds a document to the library of classic live records that never exhaust themselves no matter how many times they are listened to. Musicians and groups such as Albert Ayler, High Rise, Van Morrison, Rudolph Grey, Bill Evens, Swans, etc. knew the unique possibilities of a live record that invites participation from the listener. It's the beauty of a path cleared at the moment it was recorded and for every moment to come. It's Body/Head doing what they do best - making the listener smile as they participate with the band in joyous, creative time. The Élan vital never rocked so hard.
- Ben Chasny


PREORDER 'No Waves' from Matador and other beloved physical/digital outlets. Orders via Kung Fu feature a t-shirt/LP or CD bundle.

TOUR DATES
Thursday, November 10 – Ottobar, Baltimore MD

Friday, November 11 –PhilaMOCA, Philadelphia PA

Saturday, November 12 – National Sawdust, Brooklyn NY

Thursday, November 17 – Masonic Lodge @ Hollywood Forever Cemetery, Los Angeles CA

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Steve Gunn - "Ancient Jules" 12" EP For Black Friday ; NPR "Field Recordings" Session Premieres Today

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On November 25 we'll be releasing a limited edition 12" of Steve Gunn's "Ancient Jules" + two songs that didn't feature on the recent, 'Eyes On The Lines', "The Handshake" and "The Soloist". You can watch Steve performing "Full Moon Tide", "Night Wander" and "Ark" via the auspices of NPR, starting tonight.



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Tour Dates :

Saturday, October 15 - Logan Square Food Truck Social, Chicago IL (SG w/ Jim Elkington)
Friday, October 28 – K4, Nürnberg (D)
Saturday, October 29 – Aalhaus – Hamburg (D)
Sunday, October 30 – Mejeriet – Lund (S)
Monday, October 31 – Atlas – Aarhus (DK)
Tuesday, November 1 – Pustervik – Gothenburg (S)
Wednesday, November 2 – Cafe Mono – Oslo (N)
Thursday, November 3 – Kägelbanan – Stockholm (S)
Friday, November 4 – Musikcaféen – Copenhagen (DK)
Saturday, November 5 – Auster Club – Berlin (D)
Sunday, November 6 – King George – Köln (D)
Monday, November 7 – Autumn Falls @ De Zwerver – Leffinge (B)
Tuesday, November 8 – Rotown Rotterdam – Rotterdam (NL)
Wednesday, November 9 – Autumn Falls @ Het Bos – Antwerpen (B)
Thursday, November 10 – Le Guess Who? – Utrecht (NL)
Friday, November 11 – Le Trabendo – Paris (F) with Kevin Morby*
Saturday, November 12 – The Hope & Ruin – Brighton (UK)
Sunday, November 13 – The De La Warr Pavilion – Bexhill (UK)
Monday, November 14 – 100 Club London – London (UK)
Tuesday, November 15 – Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Music Room – Liverpool (UK)
Wednesday, November 16 – Whelan’s – Dublin (Ireland)
Thursday, November 17 – McHugh’s Bar – Belfast (UK)
Friday, November 18 – Broadcast – Glasgow (UK)
Saturday, November 19 – High & Lonesome @ Brudenell Social Club – Leeds (UK)
Sunday, November 20 – Gullivers – Manchester (UK)
Friday, December 9 - The Bell House, Brooklyn NY (with Endless Boogie and 75 Dollar Bill)

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Kim Gordon - "Murdered Out"

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"Murdered Out"

Earlier this morning, NPR Music premiered "Murdered Out", the first single by Kim Gordon issued under her own name, recorded with producer Justin Raisen and Warpaint drummer Stella Mozgawa. The following are Kim's words on the subject :

Black matte spray.

When I moved back to LA I noticed more and more cars painted with black matte spray, tinted windows, blackened logos, and black wheels. This was something I had occasionally seen in the past, part of low-rider car culture. A reclaiming of a corporate symbol of American success, The Car, from an outsider’s point of view. A statement-making rejection of the shiny brand new look, the idea of a new start, the promise of power, and the freedom on the open road. Like an option on a voting ballot, "none of the above.”

“Murdered Out," as a look, is now creeping into mainstream culture as a design trend. A coffee brand. A clothing line. A nail polish color.

Black-on-black matte is the ultimate expression in digging out, getting rid of, purging the soul. Like a black hole, the supreme inward look, a culture collapsing in on itself, the outsider as an unwilling participant as the “It" look.


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I met the uber talented Justin Raisen, the producer, offhandedly. He was working on a project with another artist and kept sending me tracks to listen to with the possibility of getting me to sing on one of them. When I learned I could make up my own lyrics, I was in. With the remaining bits of unused vocals, he started what would be "Murdered Out." Stella Mozgawa (Warpaint) plays drums, based on the trashy drums that Justin first laid down. I went back and did more vocals and guitar and we mixed it…"Murdered Out" was such a great surprise! Looking forward to our next collaboration.

Kim Gordon

August 2016


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Lucy Dacus - 'No Burden' LP reissue available today

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Matador's repress of the LP version of Lucy Dacus' critically acclaimed debut, 'No Burden' in available today, September 9 and can be ordered here. Clear vinyl versions with a limited edition signed poster are in stock at our lovely offices right this moment. The CD and digital versions, though less likely to make a pleasant THUD sound when dropped on your doorstep, kitchen counter or pillow, are available from the usual suspects, listed below.

Lucy Dacus on tour :

Tuesday, September 13 – Ram’s Head Live – Baltimore MD% SOLD OUT
Thursday, September 15 – Bowery Ballroom, New York NY$ SOLD OUT
Friday, September 16 – Bowery Ballroom, New York NY$
Saturday, September 17 – The Sinclair – Boston MA$ SOLD OUT
Sunday, September 18 – Bar le Ritz PDB, Montreal QC$
Monday, September 19- Virgin Mobile Mod Club,Toronto ON$
Wednesday, September 21 – El Club, Detroit MI$
Thursday, September 22 – The Pygmalion Festival, Urbana IL
Saturday, September 24 – MidPoint Music Festival Cincinnati OH
Sunday, September 25 – Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, Cleveland OH$
Tuesday, September 27 – Majestic Theatre, Madison WI$
Wednesday, September 28 - Cedar Cultural Center, Minneapolis MN
Friday, September 30 - Stubbs's, Austin TX*, SOLD OUT
Saturday, October 1 – Austin City Limits Festival, Zilker Park, Austin, TX
Friday, October 7 – The National, Richmond VA
Friday, October 21 - Primavera Club, Barcelona
Tuesday, October 25 - Eldorado, Switzerland
Wednesday, October 26 - Pitchfork Avant-Garde @ La Mecanique Undulatory , Paris
Friday, October 28 - Charlatan, Gent
Saturday, October 29 - DDW Music @ Altstadt, Eindhoven
Sunday, October 30 - New Fall Festival, Düsseldorf
Tuesday, November 1 - The Crofters Rights, Bristol
Wednesday, November 2 - The Waiting Room, London
Thursday, November 3 - Soup Kitchen, Manchester
Friday, November 4 - Brudenell Games Room, Leeds

% w/ Frightened Rabbit
$ w/ Car Seat Headrest
* w/ Andrew Bird

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