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Our Annual Orgy of Self-Aggrandizement, Grandstanding & Overconsumption : Matador Artists & Staff Select Their 2014 Favorites



(above : coaches from "The Voice Of Italy" offer their congratulations to all of 2014's top contenders)

Around this time every year, your long-suffering dedicated editor attempts to coax a list of favorite recordings, books, television programs, life events, etc. out of the label's artist roster and our show business colleagues. In the past, the exercise has been an arduous process, fraught with nagging, teeth-gnashing and no shortage of reluctant participants, some of whom actually changed labels or places of employment to avoid the task. In more recent times, however, people can't wait to tell you everything. Too much, in fact. Why should the blitzkrieg of oversharing be limited to social media when we still have a label blog that attracts nearly a dozen readers a week?

For some historical perspective, here's last year's selections. Questions or comments about our predictable tastes and/or inexcuseable omissions are welcome (but not necessarily appreciated). And without further (Freddy) Adu, let the coronations of Protomartyr,Total Control, Sun Kil Moon and The War On Drugs begin :

Anthony Anzaldo, Ceremony

RECORDS
Lykke Li - I Never Learn
Total Control - Typical System
Prince - Art Official Age
Aphex Twin - Syro



Pharmakon - Bestial Burden

SONGS
Zola Jesus - Dangerous Days
Lykke Li - Just Like A Dream
Total Control - Flesh War
Chromeo - Jealous
Ariana Grande - Problem

SHOWS
Prince at the Fox Theatre in Oakland
NIN at Shoreline Amphitheater in Mountain View
Gorilla Biscuits at Mohawk in Austin
Failure at the El Ray in Los Angeles
The Cure at Bottle Rock in Napa

James McNew, Yo La Tengo

Xetas, "The Knife" 7" (12XU)
Sloppy Heads, Do or Dangle cassette
Run The Jewels, RTJ2 (Fool's Gold)
Shintaro Sakamoto, Let's Dance Raw (Zelone/ OM)
Knyfe Hyts, K is for Knyfe (dropbox)
Spray Paint, Clean Blood Regular Acid (Monofonus Press)
Amps For Christ, Canyons Cars and Crows (Shrimper)
Salyu x Salyu, Bed Room Recordings CDR



$75 Bill, Olives In The Ears cassette
Rob Sonic, Alice in Thunderdome
(OK47)
Obnox, Louder Space (12XU)
Oneida/ People of The North "Brah Tapes" vol 1-4 cassettes
OOIOO, Gamel (Thrill Jockey)

Thurston Moore

1. Chloé Griffin  - EDGEWISE : A Picture Of COOKIE MUELLER (b_books)

This book is an astounding labor of love. The author, fascinated by who Cookie Mueller may have been after witnessing her in all the weirdo John Waters films, including Pink Flamingos and Female Trouble, decided to travel the USA interviewing anyone still left alive who spent time with this person. All the insane characters of early 70s Baltimore, P-Town and NYC raise their sloshing glasses to this incredible lightning girl Cookie and all their stories are told in a way which creates a historical travelogue of counter culture avant insanity which is responsible for helping to light the fuse that becomes punk rock and beyond.



2. John Lydon at Rough Trade East 17th October 2014

The Rotten one was bopping around the UK promoting his new book Anger Is An Energy (Simon & Schuster) and we caught his last stop at RT and it was as good as any Sex Pistols or PiL show. He came out with his manager / right hand man and Arsenal accomplice Rambo and a shopping basket full of lager and proceeded to have a high energy back and forth with the audience. His mates from nearby Finsbury Park were there shouting back and forth and Lydon actually did a weird physical transformation into Tony Blair (he hates ‘im). Savage, infuriating – everything his book is – but with a kindness that is always burbling through. I got to meet him fleetingly, the one person I wanted to meet most in this nutso rock n roll world, and he was nice enuff (“Sonic Youth, what are you bloody doing here?”) - but I think he more interested in drowning beers with his pals, which is what he should be doing but damn I think making a record with him in trio with Irmin Schmidt with Can is what Matador should be investing in big time for 2015.

Andy Nelson, Ceremony

Long
Aphex Twin - SYRO
Eno & Hyde - High Life



Francis Harris - Minutes Of Sleep
Future - Honest
Good Throb - Fuck Off
Grouper - Ruins
Hank Wood And The Hammerheads - Stay Home!!
Protomartyr - Under Color Of Official Right
Total Control - Typical System
Vladislav Delay - Visa

Short
Big Zit - Electric Zit Vol. 1
Container - Adhesive
Flesh World - A Line In Wet Grass
Frau - Punk Is My Boyfriend
Golden Teacher - Party People
Pang - Young Professionals
Portable - Surrender
S.H.I. - Struggling Harsh Immortals
Sheer Mag - self titled
Watery Love - Sick People

Elias Ronnenfelt, Iceage


Dirty Beaches - Stateless
Pharmakon - Bestial Burden



Vessel - Punish, Honey
Hank Wood and the Hammerheads - Stay home
Puce Mary - Persona
Institute - Giddy Boys EP
Lower - Seek Warmer Climes
Total Control - Typical System

Anton Rothstein, Lower

What I definitely learned in 2014 is that money still  runs the world, that racism is alive and kicking, and that cops in every aspect of the term, be it professionals or amateurs, still are the scum of the earth.

A short best of-list:
Best drummers: Joe Boyd-Brent of Condominium and Adam Kjær Nielsen of Reverie.
Best live band: Hank Wood and the Hammerheads.
Best people: Boat and Speedboat

Adrian Toubro, Lower

I guess, 2014 taught me that life is what you make it.
That positive energy is the mightiest force. It is also the most difficult energy to achieve
That i love my hometown
That i love Lissabon, Portugal
i realized that Oasis still haven’t been beaten in being the greatest band that ever existed.
AND a thousand other things i can’t remember now…

Patrick Amory, Matador Records

The J.B.'s - These Are The J.B.'s (TEG)
- Scott Walker and Sunn O))) - Soused (4AD)



- Steve Gunn - Way Out Weather (Paradise of Bachelors)
- Hailu Mergia and the Walias - Tche Belew (Awesome Tapes From Africa)
- The Velvet Underground - Super Deluxe 45th Anniversary Edition (Polydor/Universal)
- Ed Askew & Josh Burkett - Live on WFMU (Okraina)
- Sleaford Mods - Divide and Exit (Harbinger Sounds)
- Jef Gilson et Malagasy - Gilson et Malagasy (Jazzman)



- Death Wish - Death Wish (Disclaim Recordings)
- Sun Kil Moon - War On Drugs: Suck My Cock

Adam Bohl, Matador Direct
Personal highlights of 2014

Favorite Trip:



Ringing in the new year in Australia, so many great animals there.

Favorite Drink:
Inventing the best (double) mai tai recipe-
1oz Appleton Extra 12 year Jamaican rum
1oz Rhum Clement VSOP
1oz Rhum Barbancourt 8 year
1oz Smith and Cross Jamaican rum
1oz Pierre Ferrand Orange Curacao
2oz Lime juice
1oz Orgeat
Float of Lemon Hart 151
Shake with lots of crushed ice and serve with lime shell and mint bouquet

Favorite Meal:
Brooklyn Star mollasses brined pork chip

Favorite Art viewed:



Liesl Pfeffer - Asclepiadaceae, 2014

Favorite Sporting Moment:
Winning a third bowling league championship

Favorite Shows:
The xx at the Park Avenue Armory



Tyvek at DBA
Chain and the Gang at Union Pool/Babys Allright

Music I enjoyed throughout the year, big/small/new/old

Flesh Eaters - A Moment To Pray A Second To Die
Angel Olson - Burn Your Fire For No Witness
Perfume Genius - Too Bright
V/A - Anthology Of American Folk Music vinyl box
Kim Deal - 7" series
Reigning Sound - Shattered



Turn To Crime - Can't Love
David Kilgour and the Heavy Eights - End Times Undone
Apache Dropout - Heavy Window
Old Testament - Old Testament
Smoke Bellow - Blooming/Middling
Obliterations - Poison Everything
White Fence - For The Recently Found Innocent
Chain and the Gang - Minimum Rock and Roll
Songs: Ohia - Didn't It Rain reissue
Steve Gunn - Way Out Weather
Obnox - Louder Space
The Young - Chrome Cactus
Ty Segall - Manipulator

Dean Bein, True Panther

ALBUMS
Aby Ngana Diop - Liital (Awesome Tapes from Africa)
Adult Jazz-  Gist Is (Spare Thought)
Ariana Grande - My Everything (Republic)
Beyoncé - Beyoncé (Columbia) [I know this was last year, but it came out after lists last year and it seems sacrilegious to not include it somewhere]
DJ Dodger stadium - Friend of Mine (FOF/Wedidit)
DJ Spoko - War God (Lit City Tracks)
Flying Lotus - You're Dead! (Warp)
Future Islands- Singles (4AD)
Kassem Mosse- Workshop 19 (Workshop)
Leon Vynehall-  Music for the Uninvited (3024)
Lone - Reality Testing (R&S)
Mac Demarco - Salady Days (Captured Tracks)
Katie Pearl & Davinche – Unreleased Album (Self released)
Mica Levi – Under The Skin OST (Milan)
Objekt - Flatland (Pan)
Perfume Genius - Too Bright (Matador)



Popcaan – Where We Come From (Mixpak)
Real Estate -Atlas (Domino)
Rich Gang - Tha Tour Part 1 (Cash Money)
Schoolboy Q - Oxymoron (BDE)
SD Laika - That's Harakiri (Tri Angle)
Vessel - Punish Honey (Tri Angle)
War on Drugs – Lost In The Dream (Secretly Canadian)
V/A - I’m Just Like You: Sly Stone’s Flower Power 1969-70 (Light In The Attic)
YG - My Krazy Life (Def Jam)

MIXTAPES
Bankroll Fresh- Life of a Hot Boy
Dej Loaf- Sell Sole
Ethereal - Blackli$t
Goldlink - God Complex
KevinGates - By Any Means
Lil Bibby - Free Crack 2
Lil Durk - Signed to the Streets 2
Sauce Twinz - In Sauce we Trust
Sicko Mobb – Super Saiyan Vol.1
The Stand4rd - The Stand4rd
Travis Scott - Days Before Rodeo

EP/12”s/LOOSIES
Barnt - Chappel (Hinge Finger)
Cashmere Cat - Wedding Bells EP (
Chief Keef Where's Waldo (self-released)
Dark0 - Fate (Gobstopper)
Evian Christ- Waterfall (Tri Angle)
Future “Hardly”
Gage- Telo (Crazylegs)
Heyqt - Heyqt (XL)
iloveMakonnen - Down So Long (Self-released)
Mumdance x Novelist “Take Time” (Rinse)
Nicki Minaj feat. Lil Herb “Chiraq”
OG Maco - U Guessed It (self-released)
Shura-  Touch
Spooky Black - Reason (self-released)
SZA- Sobriety  (BDE)
Tirzah - No Romance (Greco-Roman)
Fetty Wrap - Trap Queen

Steve Cross, Remote Control

20 Moments Of Pleasure



Amen Dunes - Lonely Richard
Ann Sorel - L'amour a Plusiers
Cher - A Woman's Story
Chris and Cosey - Dr John (Sleeping Stephen)
Copeland – Advice to Young Girls
Dean Blunt – Forever
Ernie Graham – Sebastian
Future Islands – Light House
G Wayne Thomas - Morning Of The Earth
Holly Herndon – Chorus 



Kevin Coyne – The World Is Full Of Fools
King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard – Satan Speeds Up
Leslie Winer – John Says
Marie Davidson - Perte d'identité 
New Gods – Caravan Park
Pearls - Big Shot 
Perfume Genius – Fool 
Sunbeam Sound Machine - Sailing Away
The Liminanas - I Miei Occhi Sono i Tuoi Occhi 
The War On Drugs - An Ocean Between The Waves
Ty Segall - She Don't Care

Stuart Davie, Beggars Group

2014:



Ian William Craig - A Turn Of Breath
The War On Drugs - Lost In The Dream
Grouper - Ruins
Iceage - Plowing into the Field of Love
Total Control - Typical System
La Dispute - Rooms of the House
Alex G - DSU
Keaton Henson - Romantic Works
Sontag Shogun - Tale
Sun Kil Moon - Benji
Protomartyr - Under Color of Official Right
Caribou - Our Love
Tobias Jesso Jr in London
Ought @ The Old Blue Last
Belle and Sebastian @ Winfield House
Nils Frahm & Kurt Vile @ Village Underground
The War On Drugs @ Rickshaw Theatre
Queens of the Stone Age @ Reading Festival
The Goldfinch
Boyhood
The Imitation Game
Homeland season 4



Utopia (UK)

Rian Fossett, Matador Records

Music -
Amen Dunes - Love



Andy Stott - Faith in Strangers
Bedhead - 1992-1998
Bing & Ruth - Tomorrow Was the Golden Age
Caribou - Our Love
Cleaners From Venus - Living with Victoria Grey
Fennesz - Venice 10th Anniversary
Frankie Cosmos - Zentropy
Grouper - Ruins
MINKS - Memory Graffiti
Total Control - Typical System
Unwound - No Energy

Movies -
John Wick, Nightcrawler

TV -
Bron/Broen, Death Note, Les Revenants

Books -
Station Eleven - Emily St. John Mandel, My Misspent Youth - Meghan Daum,
Preacher: Book One - Garth Ennis

Animals-



This majestic chameleon,
Harlow & Sage,
This particular Russian fox

Matt Harmon (Beggars Group)

Steve Gunn - Way out Weather [Paradise of Bachelors]
Protomartyr - Under Color of Official Right [Hardly Art]



Ensemble - Economique Melt Into Nothing  [Denovali Records]
Ashley Paul - Heat Source [Important Recs]
Lee Gamble - KOCH [Pan]
Helena Hauff Meets Andreas Gehm EP [Solar One Music]
Jenny Hval & Susanna Meshes of Voice  [SusannaSonata]
Skull Defekts - Street Metal [Thrill Jockey]
Ought - More Than Any Other Day [Constellation]
Jon Mueller & Duane Pitre - Inverted Torch [Type]
Andy Stott -Faith in Strangers [Modern Love]
NHK’Koyxen - Dance Classics Vol III [Pan]
Grouper - Ruins  [Kranky]
William Tyler - Lost Colony EP [Merge]
Icepick - Hexane cassette [Astral Spirits]
Patrizia Oliva & Metabolismus - Noumenon cassette [self-released]

Natalie Judge, Matador Records

Stuff:



Viv Albertine - Clothes, Clothes, Clothes. Music, Music, Music. Boys, Boys, Boys.
20,000 Days on Earth - Directed by Iain Forsyth & Jane Pollard.
We Are The Best! - Directed by Lukas Moodysson (this actually came out last year, but i only saw it this year so i’m keeping it in.)
Protomartyr - Under Color Of Official Right.
Ariel Pink - Pom Pom.
Ought - More Than Any Other Day.
Caribou - Our Love.
The War on Drugs - Lost in the Dream.
Steve Gunn - Way Out Weather.
Total Control - Typical System.
Lana Del Ray - Ultraviolence.
LCD Soundsystem - The Long Goodbye.
House of Cards.

Highs:



The American Ambassadors Reception.
Sleaford Mods @ 12 Bar, London.
Kate Bush @ Hammersmith Apollo, London.
New Office.
New Office Light.
Belle & Sebastian open the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.
Jabberwocky weekend being saved by Kurt Vile, Thee Oh Sees, Ought, Iceage and many more.

Lows:
The attendees of Coachella.
Being promised laser eye surgery, only to be told my eyes are too screwed to have it done.

Sonya Kolowrat, Beggars

Best things of 2014
1) Basilica Festival + Hudson, NY



2) John Darnielle's book Wolf In White Van
3) The Replacements at Forest Hills Stadium
5) Perfume Genius - "Too Bright"
6) Marchi's Restaurant NYC - they don't make them like this anymore.



7) Saltie's Scuttlebutt sandwich



8 John Lurie art opening at Cavin-Morris gallery
9) Dean Blunt
10) And of course, the Serial podcast

Annette Lee, 4AD

2014 's Highlights and Discoveries
Kate Bush @ Hammersmith Apollo
Getting an iPhone
Bitmoji app - the single greatest reason for having an iPhone
Liars @ Village Underground, London
Swans - To Be Kind
Cocktails In a snow-stormy NYC
Ultrabland by Lush
Berners Tavern, London
24 hours in Berlin with Future Islands
The Red Room bar at the Barbican, London (hooray for Barbican memberships)
Allpress Espresso Roastery, Shoreditch
Nakd bars (specifically Banana Bread and Cocoa Orange flavours)
Grayson Perry @ Royal Festival Hall, London
Julia Holter - Loud City Song
The sausage sandwiches from CWTCH aka Pig Vendor, Wandsworth (the hangover go-to place)
Bradford Cox - Teenage soundtrack (shit film, GREAT soundtrack)
The Plough, Clapton
Bounce balls (special shout out to the coconut academia and peanut butter versions)
Belfast weddings with eccentric parents (sadly not my own)
Tatu Ronkko + Efterklang @ giant asbestos-filled power station, Den Haag
Lana Del Rey - Ultraviolence
Ten-pin bowling with SOHN in Vienna
Kaosarn, Wandsworth
War On Drugs - Lost In The Dream
A weekend of feasting and beer in Brussels
Klara Lewis - Ett
Dolly Parton @ Glastonbury
Dinner at Beagle, Hoxton



Finally snapping up a copy of this at the Indie Label Market
http://www.soundwayrecords.com/product/sndwcd016-ghana-special-modern-highlife-afro-sounds--ghanaian-blues-1968---1981-
Bijou Basket cocktails at Hoi Polloi @ Ace Hotel, London
Bohren & Der Club of Gore @ Grote Kerk, Den Haag
Elton John @ Palau Sant Jordi, Barcelona (I'm actually going this weekend, so this is preemptive)
The beach at Formentera
Tobias Jesso Jr. @ some random place in London Fields
Liars - Mess

Dave Martin, Matador Direct

New Records:
1. Gotobeds - Poor People Are Revolting 12XU 
2. Nude Beach - 77 Don Giovanni
3. Sweet Apple - The Golden Age of Glitter TeePee
4. Reigning Sound - Shattered Merge



5. Elisa Ambrogio - The Immoralist Drag City  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o3gRyyGZN9A
6. Mordecai - Neil’s Generator Richie Records
7. Cheater Slicks - Live Vol. 3 Columbus Discount Records



8. Connections - Into Sixes Anyway 
9. Brain F≠ - Empty Set Sorry State / Grave Mistake
10. Watery Love - Decorative Feeding In the Red
11. Protomartyr - Under Color Of Official Right Hardly Art
12. Lower Plenty - Life/Thrills Mexican Summer
13. David Kilgour and the Heavy Eights - End Times Undone Merge
14. Dark Matter - S/T Siltbreeze
15. Obnox - Louder Space 12XU
16. The Darling Downs - In The Days When The World Was Wide Beast Records
17. J Mascis - Tied To A Star Sup Pop
18. Run The Jewels - 2 Mass Appeal
19. Mike Rep & Friends - Darby Creek Drifter 540 Records
20. Xylouris White - Goats Other Music Recording Co.
21. Hamish Kilgour - All Of It and Nothing Ba Da Bing
22. Dark Blue - Pure Reality  Jade Tree
23. Eastlink - S/T In the Red
24. Ex Hex - Rips Merge
25. The Blind Shake - Breakfast of Failures Goner

Reissues or Archival Stuff:
1. Modey Lemon - House On the Hill &  S/T Omentum Records/Mind Cure
2. Penny Arkade - Not The Freeze Sundazed 
3. The Stroke Band - Green and Yellow Anthology Recordings



4. Savage Amused - Demo Mind Cure 
5. Jack Ruby - Hit And Run AKA the two S/T LPs St. Cecilia / Feeding Tube
6. LiveFastDie - Hit Stains Almost Ready
7. Death of Samantha - If Memory Serves Us Well St. Valentine
8. Don Caballero - Five Pairs of Crazy Pants… Chunklet Industries
9. The Bats - Demo:  5-26-84 Mind Cure
10. Axemen - Derry Legend Luxury Product
11. Fugazi - First Demo Dischord
12. Bored Youth - Are You Alive 1982 Alona's Dream
13. Terminals - Singles and Sundries Ba Da Bing
14. Bent Wind - Sussex Ugly Pop
15. Ngozi Family - Day Of Judgement Now Again
16. The Bats - The Law Of Things Flying Nun
17. Peter Jefferies - Electricity Superior Viaduct
18. Spies Battle of Bosworth Terrace Siltbreeze
19. Thor’s Hammer - If You Knew… Ugly Pop! 
20. X_____X - X__Sticky Fingers__X Ektro Recordings
21. X - Spurts: The 1977 Recordings & Aspirations Ugly Pop!
22. Dutch Masters - All In The Wires Spacecase Records
23. Breadwinner - Burner Merge
24. Necros - Live in ‘85 Jett Plastic Records
25. Jimi Hendrix - Hear My Music Dagger / Sony

7”s / 12”s / EPs
1. Gotobeds - New York’s Alright (If You Like Sex & Phones) b/w Prisoners Of Love Mind Cure 
2. Deathwish - S/T 12" Disclaim
3. Ukiah Drag - Dirt Trip b/w Poison Ivy Wharf Cat
4. Watery Love - Sick People b/w I Don’t Care In The Red
5. S.O.A. - First Demo Dischord
6. Shock - EP 3 Shock
7. Jon Wahl and the Amadans - The Angst Blues of… Elastic Records
8. Deaf Wish - St. Vincent +3 Sub Pop
9. Giorgio Murder - Primitive World Goner
10. Whatever Brains - SSR 63/64 Sorry State

Live music
Major Stars / The Broke Revue @ Union Pool / The Gotobeds @ The Wick Nov. 29th
Death of Samantha @ Baby’s All Right May 29th
Mordecai / Watery Love / Endless Boogie @ Union Pool May 25th
Protomartyr / Spray Paint @ Cake Shop April 13th
Lower Plenty @ Baby’s All Right / Life Stinks @ Death By Audio Sept. 18th
Dick Diver/ Dark Blue @ Death By Audio Sept. 26th
JSBX / Pampers @ Union Pool March 20th
Cobra Verde @ The Marlin Room @ Webster Hall Nov. 8th
Deaf Wish / Ausmuteants / Pampers / Degreaser @ Death By Audio Oct. 2nd
Xylouris White @ Union Pool October 16th

Hana Mogulescu, Beggars

In no particular order some of my favorite things from 2014:



Angel Olsen - Burn Your Fire for No Witness
Primavera Sound Festival in Barcelona
Finally watching Twin Peaks after years of being told to do so. WHO KILLED LAURA PALMER?!
Tobias Jesso Jr playing in an airbnb in London and "someone's kitchen" in Brooklyn
Ringing in the new year while listening to Koreless  and watching the sunrise over the ocean in Tulum
St Vincent - St Vincent. <3 you forever, Annie
Belle & Sebastian live at the American Ambassador's house in London, complete with an on-stage cameo from the one & only Gabe Spierer
Perfume Genius - Too Bright + all three incredible music videos that have come with it
Watching my best friend since I was 12 get married (cheesy, I know)
Sun Kil Moon - Benji

Hector Montes, Beggars Group

will this year just end already: the list



his name is alive - tecuciztecatl (london london)
the dead space - faker (12xu)
hookworms - the hum (weird world)
a winged victory for the sullen - atomos (kranky)
run the jewels - run the jewels 2 (mass appeal)
wild beasts - present tense (domino)
protomartyr - under cover of official right (hardly art)
total control - typical system (iron lung)
doss - the way i feel (acephale)
naomi punk - television man (captured tracks)



inventions - s/t (temporary residence)

Robby Morris, Matador Records

Gotobeds
Grouper
Steve Gunn
Ninos Du Brasil
Protomartyr
Run The Jewels
Schoolboy Q
Sleaford Mods
Total Control



Ukiah Drag
Vessel

Mark Ohe

Full-length Albums 2014 - A Sweet 16
Alice Gerrard, Follow the Music (Tompkins Square)



Joan Shelley, Electric Ursa (No Quarter)
Steve Gunn, Way Out Weather (Paradise of Bachelors)
Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks, Wig Out at Jagbags (Matador)
Hiss Golden Messneger, Lateness of Dancers (Merge)
Laura Cantrell, No Way There From Here (Thriftshop Recordings)
Hans Chew, Life and Love (At The Helm)
V/A, Parchman Farm: Photographs & Recordings, 1947-1958 (Dust to Digital)
Doug Paisley, Strong Feelings (No Quarter)
Yo La Tengo, Extra Painful (Matador)
Robyn Hitchcock, The Man Upstairs (Yep Roc)
The Spies, The Battle of Bosworth Terrace (Siltbreeze)
Einstürzende Neubauten, Lament (Mute)
Chris Forsyth & The Solar Motel Band, Intensity Ghost (No Quarter)
Tinariwen, Emmaar (PIAS)
V/A, When I Reach That Heavenly Shore: Unearthly Black Gospel (Tompkins Square)

Books

This Changes Everything, Naomi Klein
Corruption in America, Zepher Teachout
Our Daily Poison: From Pesticides to Packaging, How Chemicals Have Contaminated the Food Chain and Are Making Us Sick, Marie-Monique Robin
DIY or Die!, Johan Kugelberg
Extracted: How the Quest for Mineral Wealth Is Plundering the Planet, Ugo Bardi
Power Systems, Noam Chomsky
Wild Tales: A Rock & Roll Life, Graham Nash
Mark Mothersbaugh: Myopia, Adam Lerner

Miwa Okumura, Beggars Senior VP, West Coast Operations & Licensing

Big Boys (re-issue) - Where’s My Towel/ Industry Standard LP
Spoon - They Want My Soul
The Horrors - Luminous
David Kilgour & The Heavy Eights - End Times Undone
Future Islands - Singles
The Flesh Eaters (re-issue) - A Minute To Pray A Second To Die LP
Caribou - Our Love
Perfume Genius-Too Bright
The War on Drugs - Lost In The Dream
The New Pornographers - Brill Bruisers

Boyhood -Richard Linklater
The Leftovers
Transparent

Snaking my way to the front to see The Replacements at Coachella.
Shot a Springfield Arms DP40, 40 Smith and Wesson and a Magpull M4 in Sun Valley, Idaho
The Bar Method (check that off my list)



GBV’s last LA show



Bobby Womack and Teenie Hodges RIP



Reuben Cox’s (Old Style) custom silver foil guitar.

Gonzalo Schiaffino, Everlasting / Popstock

IT’S NOT ONLY ROCK’N ROLL (BUT I LIKE IT) – My favourite albums in no particular order
BECK – Morning Phase
VARIOUS – Warfaring Strangers: Darkscorch Canticles
CHRIS ROBINSON BROTHERHOOD – Phosphorent Harvest



COLUMPIO ASESINO – Ballenas Muertas En San Sebastian
JOSEPH ARTHUR – Lou
JACK WHITE – Lazaretto
JOLLIE HOLLAND – Wine Dark Sea
THE APE – The Ape
TY SEGALL – Manipulator
NEW PORNOGRAPHERS – Brill Bruisers
PETER HAMMILL / GARY LUCAS – Other World
PERFUME GENIUS – Too Bright
HOLY SONS – The Fact Facer
SLEAFORD MODS – Divide And Exit
ANGEL OLSEN – Burn Your Fire For No Witness
ELISA AMBROGIO – The Inmoralist
FOXYGEN – And Star Power
ARIEL PINK – Pom Pom


BEST CONCERTS (You should be there…)
SAVAGES – Shoko (Madrid 20/2)
ROLLING STONES – Santiago Bernabeu (Madrid 25-6) *with my kids!
QOTSA – Primavera Sound (Barcelona)
TY SEGALL – Sala But (Madrid 27/10)

Helen Rush, Matador Direct
Shows: Jan 2014 – Dec 2014
Bill Nace, Okkuyng Lee & Chris Corsano – Jack
Stephen Malkmus & the Jicks – Other Music
Lee Ranaldo / Steve Gunn / Spectre Folk – The Bellhouse
Benefit For Letha Rodman Melchior: Endless Boogie, Crystal Stilts, Love As Laughter, The Rogers Sisters, August Wells, Rebecca Gaffney & Adrian Austin, Nurse & Soldier – Secret Project Robot
Tatsuya Nakatani: Nakantani Gong Orchestra – Jack
Ed Askew / Josephine Foster / Victor Herrero– Columbus Theatre – Providence RI
MV/EE – Baby’s All Right
Charlemagne Palestine (Solo Organ) - Plymouth Church/Issue Project Room
Ben Chasny – Baby’s All Right
Endless Boogie / Magik Markers – Union Pool
Kim Gordon & Okkung Lee – The Stone
Graham Lambkin / Devin DiSanto – Issue Project Room
Yoko Ono & Yo La Tengo  - Union Pool
Elisa Ambrogio  / Bill Nace / The Double – Union Pool
Jacco Gardner – Baby’s All Right
Prince Rupert’s Drops – Baby’s All Right
Heavy Blanket / Honey – Union Pool
Michael Chapman / Zachary Cale – Union Pool
Keijo Haino & Tony Conrad / Okkung Lee – Issue Project Room
Tim Barnes / Barry Weisblat – Silent Barn
Body/Head / Nate Young / Vanessa Rosetto – Union Pool
Holy Sons / Elisa Ambogio  – Union Pool
Kim Gordon & Loren Mazzacane Connors  / Gary War – Issue Project Room

Records: In No Particular Order (+ 2 from 2013)

Elisa Ambrogio - The Immoralist (Drag City)
Prince Rupert’s Drops – Climbing Light (Beyond Beyond is Beyond)
Mary Lattimore / Jeff Zeigler - Slant of Light (Thrill Jockey)
Steve Gunn - Way Out Weather (Paradise of Bachelors)
United Waters – Sunburner (Bathetic)



Tom Carter / Pat Murano - Four Infernal Rivers (MIE)
Angel Olsen - Burn Your Fire for No Witness – (Jagjaguwar)
Tinariwen – Emmaar (Anti)
Vashti Bunyan – Heartleap (Fat Cat/DiCristina)
Fugazi – First Demo (Dischord)
Nathan Bowles – Nansemond (Paradise of Bachelors)
Ty Segall - Manipulator - (Drag City)
Jacco Gardner - Cabinet of Curiosities (Trouble In Mind) 2013
Nathan Salsburg – Hard For To Win And Can’t Be Won (No Quarter ) 2013
Body/Head - The Show Is Over 7” (Matador)
Hamish Kilgour -- All Of It And Nothing' (Ba Da Bing)

Chrissy Stuart, Beggars Music

Twigs at Trees
Paragliding over Lake Atitlan
Drake - "0 to 100 / The Catch Up"
Mica Levi's Under The Skin score
thefatjewish
The War On Drugs - Lost in the Dream
1st LA earthquake (5.1)
Kim Kardashian as bike rack
Star Wars
Busta Rhymes 2014 (in general)
Beck - "Turn Away"



Future - "Move That Dope"
NYE sunrise celebration in Tulum w/ the best of the best
Mac Demarco "Salad Days"
Popcaan

Gerard Cosloy, Matador Records



Sleaford Mods - Divide & Exit (Harbinger Sounds)
Mordecai - Neil’s Generator (Richie)
Califone - Stitches (Dead Oceans)
Ultimate Painting - s/t (Trouble In Mind)



Rat Columns - Leaf (RIP Society)
Watery Love - Decorative Feeding (In The Red)
Mark Kozelek - Live At Biko (Calo Verde)
Musk - s/t (Holy Mountain)
Swans - To Be Kind (Young God)



Golden Pelicans - s/t (Total Punk)
Chris Forsyth & The Solar Motel Band - Intensity Ghost (No Quarter)
Good Throb - Fuck Off (White Denim)
Centro-matic - Take Pride In Your Long Odds (Navigational Transmissions)
Manateees - Sit n Spin (Pelican Pow Wow)
Spray Paint - Clean Blood, Regular Acid (Monofonus Press)



Exhaustion - Biker (Aarght)
OBN III’s- Third Time To Harm (Tic Tac Totally)
Low Life - Dogging (RIP Society)
Degreaser - Rougher Squalor (ever/never)



Wussy - Attica (Shake It)
John Schooley & His One Man Band - The Man Who Rode The Mule Around The World (Voodoo Rhythm)
Dark Blue - Pure Reality (Jade Tree)
Protomarytr - Under Color Of Official Light (Hardly Art)
Ausmuteants - Order Of Operation (Goner)
Kid Millions / Jim Sauter - Fountain (Family Vineyard)
Real Kids - Shake Outta Control (Ace Of Hearts)
Shellac - Dude Incredible (Touch & Go)


12" EP’s
Institute - Salt - (Sacred Bones)
Nazi Gold - Climbing The Tower (Super Secret)
Uniform - s/t (Beggar's Tomb)
Gary Wrong Group - Floods Of Fire (Jeth Row/Bat Shit)



Outer Spaces - Garbage Beach (Salinas)

7”'s

Mystic Inane - “Deep Creep” (Negative Jazz)



Breakout - “True Crime” (Grave Mistake)
Deaf Wish - St. Vincent’s EP (Sub/Pop)



Hysterics - “Can’t I Live” EP (M’Ladys)
Sick Thoughts - “Moral Sickness” (Blast Of Silence)
Sick Thoughts - “Coming Over” (Going Underground)
Sick Thoughts - “I Got Hands” b/w “I’m Tired Of You” (Hidden Volume)
Total Abuse - “Looking For Love” (Deranged)
Lumpy & The Dumpers - “Gnats In The Pisser” (Total Punk)

reissues / archival stuff :



Owen Maercks - Teenage Sex Therapist (Feeding Tube)
Flesh Eaters - A Minute To Pray, A Second To Die (Superior Viaduct)
The Sluts - 12" Of Sluts (Spread 'Em/Jeth Row/Race)
Bedhead - 1992-1998 (Numero)
Madrigal - s/t (Lysergia)
Jack Ruby - LP1 /Volume Two (Feeding Tube)
Medival - One Morbid (Buried By Time & Dust)
Shoes This High - Straight To Hell (Siltbreeze)

live shows :

Deaf Wish, Hi Tone, Memphis, Mohawk, Austin September



Counter Intuits, Now That’s Class, Cleveland, May
Swans, Lincoln Hall, Chicago, June
Wreckmeister Harmonies, Elysium, Austin, November
Midnight, Dirty Dog, Austin, August
Wreckless Eric, Hole In The Wall, Austin, October
Tom Carter, Salvage Vanguard Theatre, Austin, November
Radioactivity, Beerland, Austin, March, Hi Tone, Memphis, September
Mordecai, Now That’s Class, Cleveland, May
Life Stinks, Murphy’s, Memphis TN, Septmber
The Clean, Ace Of Cups, Columbus, July
eyehategod, North Door, Austin, November
Godflesh, Mohawk, Austin, April
Califone, someone’s house, Austin, April
Kraftwerk, Riveria Theatre, Chicago, March
The Rebel, Beerland Austin, March, Hotel Vegas, Austin, September
No Bails, Hotel Vegas, Austin, June
Devo, ACL LIve, July
Civil Union, The Grand, Austin, July

What Record Store Day Means To Me (Pt. II)

It was very tempting to post Pt. 1 for the 7th year in a row, but it’s getting harder and harder to find anyone old enough to get the joke that Chris and I once worked at Empire Records. Anyhow, as you’re probably aware, tomorrow marks Record Store Day 2014, undoubtedly a hectic afternoon for our many friends in music retail — here’s hoping the staff at Best Buy manages to stay hydrated.



As for the workers and patrons at what I’m told are “independent music shops” (sounds pretty quaint, right?) it seems the event is not without controversy. On one hand, there’s the perennial complaints about flippers, price gougers and most worryingly, the difficulty actual-functioning-in-2014 bands and labels are having getting their spring titles manufactured anywhere near mid-April.   And on the other hand, there’s the opportunity for music lovers to snatch up such quality items as the Cake box set, the “Ghostbusters” 10” or a long overdue Roxette reissue.

All of that said, no matter how shitty your musical taste is where you stand on this divisive issue, it is my fervent hope we can all exercise patience and mutual understanding when we’re queued up tomorrow morning. Just understand that if you get in my way when I’m trying to grab the last copy of this record, you’re going down like Dave Brown.

There's Only 8 More Days Until Record Store Day 2013...



...or, if you prefer, 8 more days to find great records in real record stores before you risk being trampled to death in a Furby-esque frenzy.  Naturally, we think the above LP is worth the hassle.

An Orgy of Self-Congratulation, Grandstanding & Overconsumption : Matador Artists & Staff Select Their 2012 Favorites



(above : angry mob reacts to the news that at least two or 3 people didn't even mention the Total Control 7")

Around this time every year, your overpaid overworked editor attempts to coax a list of favorite recordings, books, television programs, life events, etc. out of the label's artist roster and our rock biz colleagues. In the past, the exercise has been an arduous process, fraught with nagging, teeth-gnashing and no shortage of reluctant participants. In more recent times, however, the serial oversharing epidemic that's run rampant throughout all online activity has infected our bands and staff alike. The rhetorical question, "who fucking asked you?" cannot be applied in this instance, because they were all asked. For some historical perspective, here's last year's pile. Questions or comments about our lousy tastes and/or blatant omissions are welcome (but not necessarily appreciated). And away we go!



Damian Abraham, Fucked Up

My fav records that I acquired off my want list this year:

Da Slyme - "st"  (with 1/1 FUCKED UP "Couple Tracks cover" haha) DBLP
- I got this thru Hits and Misses (RIP) in Toronto but it came from the drummer I believe. It didn't have a cover but the covers were just spraypainted covers of random records, so my friend Woody made me a copy of his cover and I recreated the stencil on a Fucked Up lp. A seminal Canadian record that I have wanted since I read about it in the Smash the State lp insert.

From Rotate This in Toronto. A top tier Killed By Death jam if there ever was one. Dutch punk so good that when asked what it sounds like all I can offer is: "Kinda
perfect"

Slapshot - "Back On The Map" LP - Test Press #16 (my lucky number)
Traded this from my brother for a record I had given my wife. Does that make me a bad person?

Deja Voodoo - "Hiekkaa Hietarannan" 7" - I bought this from the guy that did our show in Tampere. The og lo-fi garage two piece's hardest
to find single... in their native Canada at-least.

V/A - "Triple Cross Counter Tour Compilation" 7" -
The last Bastard record I needed and I managed to have exactly enough cash on me to buy it and still have enough change to get back to the hotel on the subway as I was facing the nightmare scenario of having a bank card that wouldn't work while in a Japanese record store.

LSD - "Jast Last" ("dead model" cover) 7" - Bought this on an earlier trip this year to Japan. Buying Japanese hardcore records in Japan is the perk of being in a touring band that I had desired the longest... Yay me!



Dezerter - "Underground Out Of Poland" LP
I found this at She Said Boom in Toronto having looked for it forever. Polish hardcore that was smuggled out from behind the iron curtain by Joey Keithley from Canadian hardcore legends DOA (who sadly called it a day this year so: RIP). RAGING political hardcore produced under a government that wasn't always the biggest fan of such expression I would imagine.

Kiddeo - "Kids Can Rock" LP -
Picked this up at Sonic Boom in Toronto. A soundtrack album for the 80's kid's tv show. I grew up clowning on this show with my brother. A show for kids featuring a clown make-up wearing rock and roll band was sure to raise the ire of a precocious surly eight year old. Now as a parent I yearn for this to be put into reruns so I could watch it with my three year old.

d.b.s. - "Snowball" 7"
Another trade pick up. I first saw the video for this song on The Wedge (the tv show I host now... watch... please). Although they were not the first punk band I had ever heard, they were the first band that showed me that I could do it too. They were a bunch of kids slightly older then my 14 year old self touring the world and playing punk. It made me want to start my first band... who was nowhere near as good as d.b.s. While this is not an exceptionally valuable record it took me forever to find it.

Negative Approach "st" (rejected test press) 7"
The source shall remain anonymous but I did have to sell close to 400 records out of the collection to buy it. The record itself needs no introduction. The rejected test press was the holy grail of record collecting for me
since I learnt of it's existence 12 years ago. I had a chance to get it and I went for it... if for no other reason than to prevent the 23 year old from traveling thru time and space to beat my ass for not going for it.

Anthony Anzalado, Ceremony

ALBUMS
1. Twin Shadow - Confess
2. Frank Ocean - Channel Orange
3. Gossip - A Joyful Noise



4. Blaqk Audio - Bright Black Heaven
5. Jessie Ware - Devotion
6. Converge - All We Love We Leave Behind
7. No Statik - Everywhere You Aren't Looking
8. Marina & The Diamond - Electa Heart
9. Daughn Gibson - All Hell
10. Swans - The Seer

TRACKS
1. Frank Ocean - Pyramids
2. Blaqk Audio - Let's Be Honest
3. Gossip - Move In The Right Direction
4. Twin Shadow - Five Seconds
5. Jessie Ware - Wildest Moments
6. King Tuff - Bad Thing
7. Usher - Climax
8. Converge - Coral Blue
9. Marina & Diamonds - State Of Dreaming

Chris Brokaw, Come, Codeine

JESUS IS MY SON "1914-1918" (CD)



INSECT FACTORY - "Melodies From A Dead Radio" (LP)
VATICAN SHADOW - "Ghosts Of Chechnya" (2xCS)
LETHA RODMAN - "Moon Mountain" (CS)
ZZ TOP - "La Futura" (CD)
RENE HELL - "Catalina and London" (CS)
TORN HAWK - "Mark Of The Hound" (12")
GRUNT - "Ritual of Mortality" (CS)
THOMAS KONER - "Novaya Zemlya" (CD)
INNER TUBE - "s/t" (LP)
NICOLAS LOBO - "Slowed and Mirrored" (CS)
OREN AMBARCHI/ROBIN FOX - "Connected" (CD)
REGRESSION - "Other Days" (CD)
JEFF PARKER - "Bright Light In Winter" (LP)
MB - "Mental Machination Musing" (CS)
SPYKES - "Personal Contact" (CS)
GEOFF FARINA - "Wishes Of The Dead" (CD)
KEVIN DRUMM - "Crowded" (LP)
PRURIENT - "Tiger Smells A Corpse" (3xCS)
TOR LUNDVALL - "The Shipyard" (LP)
JAC BERROCAL/DAVID FENECH/GHEDALIA TAZARTES - "Superdisque" (LP)
JENNIFER O'CONNOR - I Want What You Want (LP)
TIM FOLJAHN - Songs For An Age Of Extinction (LP)

Favorite new pedal: Endangered Audio Research AD4096
Favorite new music toy: Korg Monotron Delay Analogue Ribbon Synthesizer

Kyle Edwards, The Young

Top Ten Tour Eats of 2012



1.  The Owlery, Bloomington IN:  Vegan Fried Chicken Dinner



2.  Zante's Pizza, San Francisco CA:  Indian Pizza


3.  La Estrella #3, Highland Park CA:  Fish Tacos



4.  Van Loc, Houston TX:  Garlic Tofu



5.  Odge's, Chicago IL:  Hot Dogs



6.  Vinnie's, Anna Maria's, & Carmine's, Brooklyn NY:  Pizza Binge



7.  Poutinville, Montreal QC:  Braised Beef Poutine



8.  Cevapcici, WestFest, Chicago IL:  Multiple Animal Logs
9.  El Farolito, Oakland CA:  Carne Asada Burrito
10.  Jimboy's, Reno NV & Rosedale CA:  Parmesan Tacos

Ross Farrar, Ceremony

1.  Dawn of Humans – Blurst of the Bird Fish EP
2. Savages – Husbands EP
3.  Tronics -  Love Backed by Force LP (reissue)
4. Burning Sensation – S/T LP



5. Constant Mongrel – Everything Goes Wrong LP
6. Total Control – Scene From a Marriage EP
7. Sauna Youth – Dreamlands LP
8. Creative Adult – Dead Air EP
9. Spitting Image – Valley Floor EP
10. Slut River – Off White EP
11. Coffin Pricks – S/T EP
12. Feedtime – The Aberrant Years (box set)
13. Dark Times – S/T EP
14. Eagulls / Mazes – split EP
15. Frederick Seidel – Poems: 1959-2009

Thomas Fisher, Esben and the Witch



My favourite records of the year were"Angels of darkness, demons of light II" by Earth and "WIXIW" By Liars. Earth for soundtracking strolls around the city at both day and night. The Liars record is probably my favourite of theirs, the style and sounds they use on it really suit them.



Best live show, hands down, Swans at Koko. Totally captivating.



Saw some cool films, " Beasts of the Southern Wild" was probably my favourite fictional one. The father/daughter relationship in that is a thing of beauty. Set against this crazy apocalyptic bayou setting called The Bathtub, a real top film in my opinion. As for documentaries "Nostalgia for the light" and "Marina Abramovich, the artist is always present" were really fascinating and inspiring respectively.

Gregg Foreman ~ Cat Power
/ Pink Mountaintops / Black Ryder / The Meek

The Speedy and miraculous recovery of Friend and beloved DJ - Jonathan Toubin !!!

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BpP9iWupUo0[/youtube]

'Autoluminescent' - Rowland Howard Film (2011 but wasn't available for USA til 2012)
'Lawless' - (Film written by Nick Cave)
Cold Cave / American Nightmare - (Live)
Willis Earl Beale - (Live)
Chelsea Wolfe - 'Unknown Rooms' (LP)
Cat Power - 'Sun' (Ha had to , but it is a great record)
Austin Psych Fest 2012 - Music Festival produced by the Black Angels in Austin Tx
The Laurels - Aussie Psych Band
Strangers Family Band - Live (Los Angeles Psychedelia produced by Steve Kille of Dead Meadow)

James McNew, Yo La Tengo



Lambchop , Mr. M (Merge)



El-P, Cancer 4 Cure (Def Jux)
Mamaguitar, Sings Mamaguitar (Zelone)
Thee Oh Sees, Putrifiers II (In The Red)
Why?, Mumps etc (Anticon)
Tim Heidecker, Titanic and Other Songs (Orion Read)
Redd Kross, Researching The Blues (Merge)
Oneida, A List Of The Burning Mountains (Brah)
Ceremony, Zoo (Matador)
Aesop Rock, Skelethon (Rhymesayers)
Neal Morgan, In The Yard (Drag City)
Man Forever, Pansophical Cataract (Thrill Jockey)
Killer Mike, R.A.P Music (Williams Street)
Koozies, Woodies and Beer comp (Brah)
Fushitsusha, Hikari to Nazukeyo + Mabushii Itazura Na Inori (Heartfast) + Document Film of Keiji Haino sdtrk (PSF)

Sandy Miranda, Fucked Up

My ten favourite days of 2012:
1. April 13-15, 20-22: Meeting Snoop Dog, Dave Chapelle, and Fred Armison at Coachella
2. June 1-2: Primavera Sound
3. June 17: Doing mushrooms at the MMVA's and losing
4. July 29: Playing Fuji Rock in Japan and winning
5. August 4: Playing Sappyfest in New Brunswick
6. August 5-9: Visiting St. John's, Newfoundland
7. August 31: Playing Mexico City for the first time
8. September 24: Being nominated for a second Polaris Prize
9. November 3-4: Playing back-to-back shows in Tokyo and Austin
10. November 22-24: Playing Turkey for the first time.

Thurston Moore, Chelsea Light Moving, Sonic Youth

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YH6BamI1gsM[/youtube]

1.The ZZZ's  (live at the Jellyfish Brother’s crib, Miami FLA) I went down to play a solo gig in Mami during Art Basel and the next morning I'm having Cubano breakfast with Rat Bastard. We're gonna do a secret noise show in a warehouse that night and when I walk out on the street to lick some sunrays this kid comes up to me and sez he's the son of David Amram (jazz bop poet pianist who pal'd around with Kerouac) and he's touring around with a Japanese girl trio and they're looking for a gig. I say "hold on", and I fetch Rat and he meets them and they say "we are noise group" and he sez "be at the warehouse at midnight and you can play" and they do and they are AMAZING. A cross between Gong and Teenage jesus. I haven't stood there so enjoyingly stunned in front of a band since maybe seeing Afri Rampo (also Japanese girl noise) tear shit up when they first came over ten years ago.



2. Richard HellI Dreamed I was a Very Clean Tramp: An Autobiography (Ecco books) - I been waiting to read Hell’s memoir since hearing excerpts of it from his strange mouth a solid year or so ago. I was taken aback as he talked of his relationship with Tom Verlaine, his cohort and co-founder of Television, one of the most significant groups in the lineage New York City rock n roll history. He exposed his retrospective feelings of their difficult friendship without contempt or vitriol but allowing the realiy of emotional discomfort that such alien boys may have with each other come under some personal analysis. This is “Life” for those of us who become dreamy when considering the advent of punk rock. Hell’s details can be knowingly sloppy but their’s enough prosaic insight here to send chills down any punk rock historian’s spine. I mean he did invent this shit.

3. Café Oto (music café, Dalston East London) - I have big time reasons to relocate to London these days, and the closer I can be to Café Oto the better. At least three times a week this joint hosts startling perfromances of musc from in and out of the margins. Improvisor legends old and young, traveling radical noise creeps, song stretchers, dance, theatre — I just spent three nights there with The Ex where they curated a showcase celebrating their 33 1/3 years as a band. Every minute was awesome. Incredible zone with no stage and killer shochu (with cold green tea – recommended) and very good, friendly vibes. Up the street is the Vortex for most straight up avant jazz action. Fuck it, I like the rain.

4. The jazz kissas of Tokyo Japan — I’m not much of bar hanger outer at all, even though I mention Café Oto and I do like to swill shaggys at Great Jones Café as poured by Mark Ibold but after all the years of hitting Japan and beelining around to the record sttores that have the best revenue of 2nd hand jazz vinyl IN THE UNIVERSE I never knew to much abut the culture of the “jazz kissa”. This is a joint that serves sake, beer and coffee and spins jazz LPs exclusively on perfectly tuned hi fi analog sound equipment. The most famous one in Shinjuku is DIG which started in the early 60s and advertised itself as supplying “Booze + Jazz”. I spent an evening there looking through the scrapbooks of it’s owner where he shot photos of Thelonious Monk, Ornette Coleman, Miles Davis – everyone — and a lot of these cats, back in the day, would set up in the corner sometimes and rip a session. The jazz kissa, a throwback to the heady day of post war Japan when American jazz became a rallying sound of imperialist liberation, may be a quaint reminder of bygone times but the ones that do exist, and some are rather recent, are exquisite. I happened upon one in the Jimbocho area where all the used bookstores are, called Big Boy. It had an awesome sound system, almost akin to the way reggae sound systems are, as far as fetishization goes, and when I asked to hear a track off a Bill Evans LP, the proprietor pulled out a mint mono copy and a stereo one as well and asked which I’d like to hear. I chose mono, natch, and then and there Bill Evans, long thought deceased, appeared in the room with attendant piano, CONJURED!

Bob Nastanovich, Pavement

2012 top ten list (in no particular order):



1) Dolfish--I'd Rather Disappear Than Stay The Same
2) Mumford's--Triple Trinities
3) The Poison Control Center--live
4) Wolves In The Attic--live
5) Derek Lambert and The Prairie Fires--The Forest Floor cassette
6) Mantis Pincers--live
7) William Tyler--"Ohaspe" b/w "Tennessee Blues" 7"
8) Wax Fang--Mirror, Mirror EP
9) La Rosa Tamaleria
10) Bud Select 55

Andy Nelson, Ceremony

Long:



Blank Realm - Go Easy
Constant Mongrel - Everything Goes Wrong
Daughn Gibson - All Hell
Frank Ocean - channel ORANGE
Julia Holter - Ekstasis
Merchandise - Children Of Desire
Raime - Quarter Turns Over A Living Line
Scott Walker - Bisch Bosh
Shackleton - Music For The Quiet Hour/The Drawbar Organ EPs
Sickoids - self titled

Short:
Burial - Kindred
Daughn Gibson - Lite Me Up
Dawn Of Humans - Blurst Of The Birdfish
Fennesz - Fa 2012
Give - Voodoo Leather
Hoax - 3rd EP
The Ropes - Always Nothing
Savages - Husbands
Scott & Charlene's Wedding/Peak Twins split
Total Control - Scene From A Marriage

Hans Zimmerman, The Young

Best Stuff I Saw in Austin (unless noted otherwise)
Neil Young & Crazy Horse
The Clean
Destruction Unit
Wiccans
Vaaska
Timmy's Organism (NYC)
Royal Headache
Cheap Time



Pink Reason (Columbus, OH)
Lamps (LA)

Jean-Phillpe Aline, Beggars France

2012 was all about food and music :-)

favorite albums of the year (non-beggars)



nite jewel - one second of love
kendrick lamar - good kid, m.a.a.d city
frank ocean - channel orange

favorite songs
everything is embarrassing - sky ferreira
losing you - solange
get free - major lazer

tv programs
SNL's homeland parody (that kills the tv series)
Veep (first season)
Game Change

Movies
Amour
Killer Joe
Moonrise Kingdom

Personal experiences
First trip to Japan

Best Hotel
Benesse House (Naoshima island)

Favorite Restaurants
Le Pantruche (Paris)
Abri (Paris)
Pierre Sang (Paris)
Gion Nanba (Kyoto)

Favorite video

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U9a1C1qXHfM[/youtube]

Antony & The Johnsons

Adam Farrell, Beggars Group

Albums / EPs
John Talabot - Fin
Killer Mike - R.A.P. Music
The Chromatics - Kill For Love
Julia Holter - Ekstasis
Miguel - Kaleidoscope Dream
Swans - The Seer



Nude Beach - II
Deep Magic - Empty Soul EP

Songs
Clique by Big Sean (& others)
Big Beast by Killer Mike
Lord Knows by Dum Dum Girls
Rigamortis by Kendrik Lamar
The Full Retard by El-P

Visuals/events
Rise And Fall of Apartheid - International Center of Photography (NYC)
Yayoi Kusama exhibit - Tate Modern (London)
Adam Fuchs - all that Captain Murphy shit
Rock And Roll Billboards of the Sunset Strip by Robert Landau (Blake says 2013 is gonna get real tight)
Flying Lotus - that whole campaign
Sleigh Bells - the first few things on that campaign
PS1 Warmup (props to Dean, Chen and crew!)
The Bell Labs complex in Holmdel, NJ (unofficial tour)

Reads
The Idea Factory by Jon Gertner (inspired above tour)

Downloadables
Nicolas Jarr - BBC Radio 1 Essential Mix
Gaslamp Killer - Brainfeeder RA mixtape
Evernote - which made this list possible (and Richard Laing for making me feel alright about using it)

Alex Hadjiloukas, Matador Direct
Albums



1. The Men - Open Your Heart (Sacred Bones) - Few albums this year got me as supremely stoked upon each listen as this one. It absolutely shreds, while perfectly showcasing a band taking their already-established strengths and pushing them into a whole new territory. The spacey jammed-out tracks are equally as engaging as the straight up face-melters, sometimes even more so, and the first two songs alone are worth the price of admission. I saw them over the summer and the set was pretty much all completely new material, stuff that was on some serious modern-day Neil Young type shit. Can’t wait to hear what they do next.

2. Perfume Genius - Put Your Back N 2 It (Matador) - Beautiful. Just beautiful. Every track is equal parts devastating heartbreak and (somehow) joyous, uplifting hope. And that fact the he can implement that formula 12 times in a row, each time at three and a half minutes or less, without it ever losing any of its potency is totally mind-blowing. The dude just gets it. The aural definition of the word “sublime”.

3. Liars - WIXIW (Mute) - Over the summer I was working this job in downtown Brooklyn that would usually have me getting out around 1-2am, and for about two weeks this is literally all I would listen to during my long and lonely commute home on the G train. It just seemed to fit so well because, much like living in a giant urban sprawl such as New York, the whole album has this pervading feeling of nervous, passive dread; it’s like sensing some really terrible force (be it physical, mental, or spiritual) existing somewhere just beyond the surface that never chooses to fully show itself. It’s always there but you can’t quite put your finger on it. And that’s what really scares you.

4. Ceremony - Zoo (Matador) - There are still moments when I play this album and can hardly believe that it came from a group of guys whose first album (and overall M.O.) was “Violence Violence”. Making fast brutal noise is all well and good, and I love hardcore just as much as the next guy who grew up in suburban Pennsylvania/New Jersey/Long Island. But I’m also a sucker for a great pop hook and solid musicianship, and here they brilliantly balance the best of both worlds while also proving just how well-versed they are musically. I mean, shit! Some tracks on here are almost straight up surf rock! It rules! I honestly feel that any of their old fans who trash this record simply need to grow the fuck up. It’s clear that Ceremony has, and man, just listen to what happened.

5. Dirty Projectors - Swing Lo Magellan (Domino) - A lot of people nowadays (myself included) are pretty quick to write off Brooklyn’s current indie rock giants. Animal Collective has gotten too weird and annoying (even by their standards), Grizzly Bear has gotten too frumpy and boring, etc. But these guys, I just can’t deny ‘em. Their output has been so consistently strong, and I sincerely believe that this is the best record they’ve ever made. Again, a perfect combination of styles old and new. The first time I heard that riff kick in on Offspring Are Blank I actually had a minor physical freak-out over how good it was. Chills throughout my body, shaky hands, the works. Granted, I was insanely stoned at the time, but nonetheless. The whole record plays through on this totally weirdo neo-White-Album-era-Beatles wavelength and the results are just really, really pleasurable.

6. Menomena - Moms (Barsuk) - After everything these guys have been through they could have either called it quits or just started putting out really mediocre records, but instead they’ve worked through all their inner turmoils and come back stronger than ever. Further reason as to why they’re one of my absolute favorite current bands.

7. Ty Segall Band - Slaughterhouse (In The Red) - Everything he put out this year was solid, but this one definitely trumps them all for me. It just fucking rips.

8. Dan Deacon - America (Domino) - Gorgeous, intelligent, transcendent. And above all else, like with the rest of his records you can still totally lose your mind and dance like a maniac to it. The whole USA suite is concrete proof that the man is an absolute genius and a true modern-day composer.

9. Godspeed You! Black Emperor - Allelujah! Don’t Bend! Ascend! (Constellation) - Really didn’t see this one coming (hell, no one did) so my inner-16-year-old was absolutely ECSTATIC when, in typical Godspeed fashion, it kind of just quietly appeared out of nowhere one day back in October. The night that Hurricane Sandy hit the city I was holed up alone in my apartment getting drunk with this blasting on repeat, totally anticipating the end of world.

10. Thee Oh Sees - Putrifiers II (In The Red) - Another year, another fantastic album from Dwyer and Co. At this point I don’t think it’s possible that they’ll ever put out a recording I won’t like.

Shows
The Magnetic Fields @ ACL Live (SXSW)
Ty Segall and Thee Oh Sees @ The Well
Dirty Projectors @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Menomena @ Bowery Ballroom
Dean Wareham plays Galaxie 500 @ Le Poisson Rouge

Films
The Master
Skyfall
Samsara
Shut Up and Play The Hits
Looper

Television
Boardwalk Empire and Breaking Bad. Nothing else came CLOSE.

Matt Harmon, Beggars Group

Julia Holter - Ekstatis (Rvng Intl)
Pete Swanson - Pro Style EP (Type)
Michael Pisaro - Tombstones (HEM)
Tim Hecker & Daniel Lopatin - Instrumental Tourist (Software)



Shadow Ring - Remains (Kye)
The Men - Open Your Heart (Sacred Bones)
Ty Segall Band - Slaughterhouse (Drag City)
Bob Mould - Silver Age (Merge)
Keith Fullerton Whitman - Generators (Editions Mego)
Gunn - Truscinski Duo - Ocean Parkway (Three Lobed Recordings)
Joshua Abrams - Represencing (Eremite Records)
Crystal Ark - s/t (DFA)
Oneohtrix Point Never / Rene Hell - split (NNA Tapes)
Marcia Bassett & Samara Lubelski - Sunday Night, Sunday Afternoon (Kye)
Emeralds - Just to Feel Anything (Editions Mego)

Helen Johnson, Matador Direct

Records (in no particular order):
FJ McMahon - Spirit  Of the Golden Juice (Circadian Press)
Cate Le Bon - Cyrk II  (The Control Group)



Samara Lubelski - Wavelength (Destijl)
Marcia Bassett / Samara Lubeslski - Sunday Night, Sunday Afternoon (KYE)
Mike Wexler -  Dispossession (Mexican Summer)
Rhyton - The Emerald Tablet (Thrill Jockey)
200 Years - S/T (Drag City)
200 Years - Holyoke (Grapefruit Record Club)
The Baird Sisters - Until You find Your Green (Grapefruit Record Club)
Six Organs of Admittance - Ascent (Drag City)
Blues Control - Valley Tangents (Drag City)
The Shadow Ring - Remains Unchanged (KYE)
Prince Rupert Drops - Run Slow (Beyond, Beyond is Beyond)
Neil Young - Psychedelic Pill (Reprise)
Crystal Syphon - Family Evil (Roaratorio)
Willie Lane - Guitar Army Of One (Cord Art)
Mark Fosson - Digging In The Dust : Home Recordings 1976 (Tompkins Sqaure)
Laurie Spiegel - The Expanding Universe (Unseen Worlds
Bruce Langhorn - The Hired Hand (Scissor Tail Records)
V/A - Traces One (GRM)

Live (in no particular order):
Cate Le Bon/Pigeons @ Mercury Lounge
Thurston Moore & Samara Lubelski @ Issue project Room (part of the 'Flowers & Cream' poetry Night)
Rangda @ Zebulon
Blues Control @ Roulette
Mike Wexler @ Zebulon
200 Years @  Zebulon
P.G Six @ Zebulon
Steve Gunn & Chris Forsyth @ Zebulon
Loren Mazzacane Connors & Thurston Moore @ Public Assembly
Graham Lambkin & C Spencer Yeh @ The New Museum
Whiteout w/ Dave Shuford @ 285 Kent
Whiteout w/ Anders Nilsson @ Zebulon
Magik Markers @ Roulette
Samara Lubelski & Marcia Bassett @ Issue Project Room
Cate Le Bon/Quilt  @ Mercury Lounge
Cate Le Bon @ Union Pool
Tom Carter w/ Pigeons @ Zebulon
RL Boyce @ Great Jones Cafe
Six Organs Of Admittance/Blues Control @ Mercury Lounge

Film:
Last Kind Words  (This is a great film by Kevin Barker and Amy Miller)

Misc:
Fostering cats for the ASPCA

Some questions my 4 yr old niece asked......
Do mice really exist?
Is the moon really made of cheese?
Is it christmas today? (asked in June)
Are these ladybirds poisonous?
When will I be a mermaid?

Natalie Judge, Matador Records

2012 was soundtracked occasionally with the following and in no particular order:
Sharon van Etten - Tramp
Metal Dance - Trevor Jackson Comp



Daniel Rossen - EP
Black Bananas - rad times express
John Talabot - fin.
The Men - open your heart
Merchandise - Children of Desire
Daughn Gibson - All Hell
Total control - henge beat (this may be technically 2011)
Death Grips - the money store

Dave Martin, Matador Direct

New albums
1. Major Stars - Decibels Of Gratitude - Important / Twisted Village
2. Cate Le Bon - Cyrk  & Cyrk II - The Control Group



3. Cheater Slicks - Reality Is a Grape - Columbus Discount Records
4. Disappears - Pre Language - Kranky
5. The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion - Meat & Bone - Boombox/Mom + Pop
6. Cheap Time - Wallpaper Music - In The Red
7. Tyvek - On Triple Beams - In The Red
8. Karl Hendricks Trio - The Adult Section - Comedy Minus One
9. Dirty Three - Toward The Low Sun - Drag City
10. Apache Dropout - Bubblegum Graveyard - Trouble In Mind
11. Redd Kross - Researching The Blues - Merge Records
12. Lamps - Under The Water, Under The Ground - In The Red
13. Times New Viking - Over & Over - Siltbreeze
14. Mad Scene - Blip - Siltbreeze
15. Home Blitz - Frozen Track - Mexican Summer
16. Bailterspace - Strobosphere - Fire
17. Killer Mike - R.A.P. Music - Williams Street
18. Timmys Organism - Raw Sewage Roq - In The Red
19. Reports - Dynamo Cambridge - Ride The Snake
20. Majutsu No Niwa - Frontera - New Vague / Musik Atlach
21. Mount Carmel - Real Women - Siltbreeze
22. Fabulous Diamonds - Commercial Music - Chapter Music
23. El-P - Cancer 4 Cure - Fat Possum
24. Six Organs Of Admittance - Ascent - Drag City
25. Foreign Mothers - Duh - Thread Pull Records

Singles
1. A Burning Bus - Anti b/w Paranoia Paradise - Harvest Records
2. Bare Mutants - Without You b/w Inside My Head - Hozac Records

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GPmN8x0Wb6U[/youtube]

3. Buck Biloxi & the Fucks - Weirdos On The Street   Orgone Toilet
4. Cheap Time - Other Stories b/w In This World - Sweet Rot Records
5. Family Curse / White Murder Split - Middle Age America b/w Breakdown - Doormat Records
6. No Bails - Soundproof Room b/w Werthers Original / Skate Or Die - Orgone Toilet
7. Native Cats / UV Race Split - Ten Years Transportation b/w 3 UV Race songs -  Ride The Snake Records
8. The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion - Gadzooks! b/w Tell Me That You Love Me - Jukebox #6 - In The Red Records
9. V/A Worlds Lousy With Ideas Volume 9 - Almost Ready Records Featuring Cheater Slicks, Thee Spivs & Psandwich
10. Livefastdie - Practicing For The Gangbang b/w You Ruin All My Fun- Total Punk Records

Reissues
1. The Clean - Oddities - Five Forty Records
2. Great Unwashed - Clean Out Of Our Minds - Exiled Records
3. Jessie Mae Hemphill - Feelin' Good - Sutro Park
4. Sonic Youth - Smart Bar Chicago 1985 - Sonic Youth Records
5. Mike Rep & The Quotas - Rocket To Nowhere b/w Quasar - Mighty Mouth Records
6. Various Artists - Time To Go:  The Southern Psychedelic Movement - Flying Nun Records
7. David Kilgour - Here Come The Cars - DeStijl &  Left By Soft - 12XU
8. feedtime - today is friday - SSR & box set - Sub Pop
9. Max Block - Air Ache In The Belly Of The Leech - Siltrbreeze
10. Toy Love - Live At The Gluepot - Goner
11. Bilders - Reissue Series on Unwucht
12. Jack Ruby - Hit & Run b/w Bad Teeth - Saturday Records
13. Necros - Ambionic Sound - Alona's Dream
14. Thin Lizzy - S/T - Light In The Attic
15. Pin Group - Ambivalence - Flying Nun Records
16. Lungfish - A.C.R. 1999 - Dischord Records
17. Legs - Aaaa The New Memphis Legs - Goner Records
18. Scientists - Rubber Never Sleeps - Bang
19. Doug Jerbine - Is Jesse Harper - Drag City Records
20. Psychosurgens - Horizontal Action b/w Wild Weekend - Crypt Records
21. Brian Crook - Bathysphere - Meds
22. Dead Moon - Too Many People - Mississippi / Change Records
23. Lost Sounds - Lost Lost - Goner Records
24. Rites Of Spring - Six Song Demo - Dischord Records
25. Wicked Lady - The Axeman Cometh & Psychotic Overkill - Guerszen

Live Shows
feedtime - Death By Audio & Maxwell's shows
Kim Phuc / Joint Damage - The Acheron
Major Stars - Cake Shop
Karl Hendricks Trio / Ma'am - Leftfield
Savages - House of Vans
Nude Beach / Everymen - Union Pool
Disappears - Glasslands
Bare Mutants- Cake Shop
Brain F≠ / White Lung - 538 Johnson

Hector Montes, Beggars Group

21 mostly musical things I liked about 2012 in the order in which I thought of them:
gay people being recognized as human beings (may be pending in your area)



Holy Other - Held (Tri Angle)
Shallow Rewards
Perfume Genius - Put Your Back N2 It (Matador)
Grimes - Visions (4AD)



Elite Gymnastics - RUIN 4 (Acephale)
Purity Ring - Shrines (4AD)
Killer Mike - R.A.P. Music (Williams Street)
the saga of @Love_that_goku



Naomi Punk - The Feeling (Couple Skate)
Liars - WIXIW (Mute)
Bob Mould performing Copper Blue, Silver Age, and a few Hüsker Dü songs live in Minneapolis
Chromatics - Kill For Love (Italians Do It Better)
Lil Ugly Mane - Mista Thug Isolation (S/R)
Tanlines live at FYF and various other places
CFCF - Exercises (Paper Bag)
Swans - The Seer (Young God)
Brian Eno - Lux (Warp)
Cate Le Bon - Cyrk (The Control Group)
Tyvek - On Triple Beams (In The Red)
Recycle Cuture - various remixes

Robby Morris, Matador Records

releases by: death grips, diamond version, dirty three, hoax, lower,
the men, merchandise, angel olsen, raime, tyvek, vatican shadow & more

Gabe Spierer, Beggars Group

Father John Misty - Fear Fun
Killer Mike - R.A.P Music
Frankie Rose - Interstellar
Dirty Three - Toward The Low Sun
Cate LeBon - CYRK



Rick Ross - Rich Forever
Titus Andronicus - Local Business
Single Mothers - Single Mothers EP

Chrissy Stuart, Beggars Music

Shit Girls Say Twitter Feed
Adele sweeping the Grammys
Radiohead in the Desert 2 weekends in a row
Frank Ocean - Channel Orange
Endeaver belly rub over our LA office
Silver Linings Playbook. excelsior indeed.
Beach House - Bloom
Juicy J at SXSW
GIRLS
Cat Power - Cherokee (Nicolas Jaar Remix)



James Franco is Riff Raff
Tame Impala - Lonerism



Marc Jacobs' people-mover show for Spring Summer 2013 Vuitton in Paris
OBN III's - s/t
Klimt's drawings exhibit at The Getty
Best LA Celebrity Sighting - Queen Latifah at Malo
High Desert Test Sights & Garth's Place in Joshua Tree

Claire Taylor, Beggars Group

tv.....
Sherlock
The Hour
Boardwalk Empire
Downton Abbey

food/drink....
James (Prospect Heights)
Momo Sushi Shack (Bushwick)
Blue Cow (Big Rapids, MI)
Zahav (Philadelphia)
Cafe Regular du Nord (Park Slope)

movies...
Amadeus (saw it for the 1st time this year!)



Step Brothers (will remain on this list every year for the rest of my life)
Farewell My Queen
Anna Karenina
The Rolling Stones - Crossfire Hurricane
The Master

performances / exhibits...
"Misterman" at St. Ann's Warehouse, Brooklyn (technically saw this very late in December 2011)
The Stones at the Barclays, Brooklyn (Dec.8) (I've not even gone to this show as of submission deadline but assuming I'll want it on the list)
The Everymen at everywhere
Maurizio Cattelan: All, Guggenheim



Visions of Arcadia, Philadelphia Art Museum
Beatrix Potter: The Picture Letters, Morgan Library & Museum

print...
Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell
The Sense Of An Ending by Julian Barnes
A Very Irregular Head: The Life of Syd Barrett by Rob Chapman
Making It New: The Art and Style of Sara and Gerald Murphy by Deborah Rothschild
The Paris Wife by Paula McLain
NYMag weekly crossword

Blake Thomas, Beggars Group


BEST OF MY YEAR
Best Album: Slaughterhouse - Ty Segall Band
Chain Burger: Shake Shack - NYC
Video: 'Haters Wanna Be Me' - Krispy Kreme
Movie: The Cabin In The Woods - Lionsgate
Booze: Black Maple Hill 16yr - Heaven Hill
Song: 'Wave Goodbye' - Ty Segall Band

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sftuxbvGwiU[/youtube]

Movie Trailer: Prometheus - 20th Century Fox
Sports: Jayhawks versus Tigers / Thomas Robinson block - Allen Fieldhouse
Live: The Faint - Terminal 5
Sandwich: Steak Sandwich - Harry's Cafe
TV show: Homeland - Showtime
Brewery: Founders - Michigan
NYC Burger: Prime Meats - Brooklyn
Work Times: Pitchfork Festival - Chicago (thanks Albin)
Looking Forward to: Summer Hummer 2013, i'mmm gonna bring it.

Tiger , Hostess/Beggars Japan

Nico-chan
Yama-chan
Adele (again)
Breaking Bad
Matsuko Deluxe
Feeling homesick
Accepting turning 30
Purity Ring / Shrines
Curry Udon in Osaka
Kyrary Pamyu Pamyu
Yosuke leaving Japan



Chromatics / Kill For Love
Meeting Jason Spaceman
LAs Rose Bowl Flea Market
Radiohead @ Fuji Rock 2012
Ceremony & Daughter @ SXSW
Losing my iphone 2wice this year
Bat For Lashes / The Haunted Man
Going to the dentist like a grown up
Remaking of Point Break @ Primavera
Incinerating all my clothes @ Primavera
Hostess Club Weekender (all 3 of them)
Receiving a Sister Oscar from Cat Power
Bringing Michael back to life @ Primavera
Beach House & Spiritualized @ Primavera
Beavis & Butthead do Tokyo w/ Steve & Paul

Mike Venutolo-Mantovani, Matador Direct

The Best Records Of 2012
1. Black Breath - Sentenced To Life (Southern Lord)



2. White Lung - Sorry (Deranged)
3. Bobby Womack - The Bravest Man In The Universe (XL)
4. Ceremony - Zoo (Matador)
5. The Men - Open Your Heart (Sacred Bones)
6. Cate Le Bon - CYRK (The Control Group)
7. Shintaro Sakamoto - How To Live With A Phantom (Other Music Recordings)
8. Bob Mould - Silver Age (Merge)
9. Die Antwoord - Ten$ion (Zef Recordz)
10. Nude Beach - II (Other Music Recordings)
11. A.C. Newman - Shut Down The Streets (Matador Records)
12. Father John Misty - Fear Fun (Sub Pop)
13. 200 Years - 200 Years (Drag City)
14. Red Kross - Researching The Blues (Merge)

The Best Shows Of 2012
Bruce at Giants Stadium Night 2
Bruce at Giants Stadium Night 3 (Birthday show)
Bruce at MSG in April
Single Mothers at Bowery Ballroom
Alabama Shakes at Terminal 5
The Everymen Record Release Show at Public Assembly

The Best Shirts Of 2012
Black Archers Of Loaf tee
Plaid Sears Roebuck western style
Green gingham
Black Hanes tee with the hole by the shoulder
Grey Slowtrain tee (RIP Slowtrain)

Best Purchases Of 2012
Thin Lizzy DVD
Vaccaro Generator X
Vintage Leather NJ Devils jacket

The Best Things About 2012
Krispy Kreme
Playing tons of Hurricane Sandy Benefits
Light In The Attic's West Coast Road Trip
Di Paolo's Italian Specialties
Lots of other things too.

Jen Willis, Beggars Music

Visiting LA for the first time and hanging out with Chrissy and the guys from Activision at Venice Beach
Having dim sum with our sub publishers for SE Asia in Hong Kong whilst on vacation over there
Successfully completing 3 half marathons in London, Brighton and Richmond
The 4AD party in New York in June
Learning to sail a yacht
Albums of the year -
Django Django
Cat Power
Shows of the year:
Bobby Womack at the Apple instore in soho, New York
Magnetic North at Wilton's music hall in east London
Esben and the Witch at Heaven in central London
Lemonade at Madame Jo Jo's in central London
SBTRKT at Reading festival

Patrick Amory, Matador Records

J.C. & Co. - Music By (JC Records LP)
Bill Fay - Life Is People (Dead Oceans dbl LP)
Cate Le Bon - Cyrk (Control Group LP)
Marching Church - Throughout The Borders (Posh Isolation 7" EP)
Shoes - Bazooka (Numero Group LP)
The Men - Open Your Heart (Sacred Bones LP)
The Clean - Odditties (540 dbl LP)
Furtwängler - Beethoven 6th & 8th Symphonies (1952/53) (Pristine Classical FLAC)

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fWNaR-rxAic[/youtube]

Carly Rae Jepsen - Call Me Maybe video

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rOYlnwIf6gY[/youtube]

Merchandise at 538 Johnson, Sept 13

Gerard Cosloy, Matador Records



Wiccans - Field II  (Katorga Works)
Tyvek - On Triple Beams (In The Red)

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W4fflEtvKeM[/youtube]

Protomartyr - No Passion, All Technique (Urinal Cake)
Sun Kil Moon - Among The Leaves (Calo Verd )
Jennifer O'Connor - I Want What You Want (Kiam)
OBN III's - s/t (Tic Tac Totally)
Lamps -  Under The Water Under The Ground (In The Red)
Nazi Gold - A Message Of Love (Super Secret)
Swans - The Seer (Young God)
Cheap Time - Wallpaper Music (In The Red)
Mordecai - s/t (Killer Tree)
bailterspace - Strobosphere (Fire)
Dan Melchior - The Backward Path (Northern Spy), Excerpts and Half-Speeds (Kye)
Woolen Kits - Four Girls (Trouble In Mind)
Hank Wood & The Hammerheads - Go Home (Toxic State)
G.Green - Crap Culture (Mt. St. Mountain)
Cop City /Chill Pillars - Hosed (Florida's Dying)
GR - A Reverse Age (Mexican Summer)
The Mad Scene - Blip (Siltbreeze)

singles

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EgZnyY63kPY[/youtube]

Spray Paint - "Pro Knife" , "Squaw" b/w "Psychic Doug" (SSR)
Spray Paint - "Spock Fingers" b/w "Pink Pus" (SSR)



Gary Wrong - "Heroin Beach" b/w " Mayhem Troopers" (Batshit)
Recide - Statues EP (Even Worse)
Pink Reason - "Ache For You" b/w "Darken Daze" (Savage Quality)
Flesh Lights - Too Big To Fail 2X 7" (Super Secret)
Total Control - "Scene From A Marriage" b/w "Contract" (Sub Pop)
A Burning Bus - "Anti" b/w "Paranoid Paradise" (Harvest Recordings)
Useless Eaters - The Moves EP (Jolly Dream)
Watery Love - "New Kind Of KIck" b/w "A Condom" (Negative Guest List)
Ex-Cult - "M.P.D." b/w  "No Fun On The Beaches" (Goner)
The Best - "Black Triangle" b/w "King Of The Underground" (Twistworthy)
Outer Spaces - "Civilization's Dying" (mp3)
A Giant Dog - "Dammit Pomengrante" b/w "Can't Complain" (Tic Tac Totally)
Protomartyr - 'Colpi Probibiti' EP (X!)
Satanic Rockers - "Eviction" b/w "Rat Versus Boredom" (Quemada)

wayback machine :
Harry Pussy - Let's Build A Pussy (Editions Mego),
Toy Love - 'Live At The Gluepot' (Goner),

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Black Task - Blacktask/Spikes To The Wall (Radio Raheem)
Feedtime - Today Is Friday (SSR),  box set (Sub/Pop),
The Pin Group - 'Retrospective' (Siltbreeze)
Soggy - Slog (Memoire Neuve)

live : Monoshock, (Hemlock Tavern, SF, July), Destruction Unit (Beerland and The Grand, Austin, March, Red 7, Austin, July and November), Pygmy Shrews finale (285 Kent, Brooklyn, February)  Bits Of Shit (Beerland, Austin, September, Hi-Tone Lounge,  Memphis, September), Gary Wrong Group (Hi-Tone Lounge, Memphis, September), SsserpentssS (Austin, too many times),  Shellac (Lincoln Theatre, Chicago, August) Mark Kozelek (Scottish Rite Theatre, Austin, September), Swans (LaZone Rosa, Austin), Feedtime (Beerland, Austin, April, Midnight (Beerland, Austin, June), Puffy Areolas (Beerland, Austin, March), ), Sonny Vincent & The Bad Reactions (Beerland, Austin, May), Death Of Samantha (Trailer Space, Austin, March), Wussy (Mohawk, Austin, June)

Intended Play 2012, the vinyl bargain of the year & some good music to boot



Today we're psyched to tell you that OLE-981 is the Matador Records & True Panther Sounds' 2012 Intended Play Sampler hits shelves on January 14. This (insanely) budget-priced vinyl sampler showcases new tracks and now-classics from the Matador/True Panther syndicate circa 2011-2012, and much like the Cherry Red sampler from which this LP finds inspiration, is destined to rank at #1 on all music retail charts.

Oh, did we mention its costs $1.98!?!

The comp features unreleased tracks from: THE YOUNG (Austin, TX – Matador debut Spring 2012), CEREMONY (Rohnert Park, CA – Hysteria 7” coming February 2012), LEE RANALDO (from
Between the Times & The Tides, March 20), PERFUME GENIUS (sophomore album, Put Your
Back Into It
, February ), STEPHEN MALKMUS & THE JICKS (unreleased track from Mirror Traffic
sessions) and True Panther bros, TANLINES.

The album also features 2011 favorites, GIRLS (from Father, Son, Holy Ghost on True Panther), KURT VILE (from So Outta Reach EP), ESBEN & THE WITCH (Hexagons EP, first time on vinyl), FUCKED UP (from the David Comes To Life companion 7") & COLD CAVE (exclusive re-mix/remaster of the Cherish The Light Years favorite).

Revisit your favorites from 2011, and get a preview of 2012 from your friends at Matador Records and True
Panther Sounds for under two dollars!

1 THE YOUNG - Don't Hustle For Love*
2 KURT VILE - Life's A Beach
3 GIRLS - My Ma
4 CEREMONY - Hysteria*
5 TANLINES - TBA
6 LEE RANALDO - Off The Wall*
7 FUCKED UP - Into The Light
8 ESBEN & THE WITCH - Hexagons II
9 PERFUME GENIUS - All Waters*
10 COLD CAVE - Confetti (edit)
11 STEPHEN MALKMUS & THE JICKS - Polvo*
* unreleased

Pre-order it HERE or find it in your favorite vinyl retailer on 1/17)

Bringing you some black friday deals, without fear of being trampled



Head over to Amazon MP3 to grab the following for a new low price of $6.99 from 11/21-29, as part of their Black Friday Hits promotion.

Thurston Moore  'Demolished Thoughts'
Kurt Vile  'Smoke Ring For My Halo'
Girls  'Father, Son, Holy Ghost' (on True Panther)

You can also find these titles on the popular CD & vinyl formats at the Matador webstore, or your favorite local indie retailer.

Matador at 21: 6-CD charity box set and double vinyl









On September 28, on the eve of the label's 21st anniversary celebration in Las Vegas, the Matador at 21 box set lands in stores. The limited-edition box contains five CDs documenting the history of the label with remastered songs released from 1989 through 2010, and one CD of unreleased live recordings from the Matador 10th Anniversary concerts in New York City in 1999. These were recorded to multitrack via the Rolling Stones Mobile Truck and not mixed down until now.

As shown above, the set comes in a blue-grey foil-stamped linen-bound box. The six CDs sit in custom digipaks. An 85-page perfect-bound book documents the history of the label with essays, photos, ephemera, emails and more. In addition, the box holds 36 custom Matador poker chips in three values.

The release has been assigned the catalog number OLE-1000, which is pushing it a little bit because we're really only up to OLE-949 (the upcoming Kurt Vile 7") in the main sequence. A budget-priced double vinyl set reproduces the contents of Disc 5, 'Matador Today,' and will be available on the same day as the box. All proceeds from the set will go to benefit three charities chosen by the label owners, enumerated at the bottom of this post. The artists have graciously agreed to donate their royalties as well in order to make this all possible.*

DISC 1 - THE PRE-DAWN (1989-1992)

1. Teenage Fanclub - Everything Flows
2. H.P. Zinker - Dancing Days
3. Superchunk - Slack Motherfucker
4. Dustdevils - Throw the Bottle Full
5. Railroad Jerk - These Streets
6. Come - Fast Piss Blues
7. Bettie Serveert - Kid's Alright
8. Chain Gang - Cut Off The Drug Czar's Head
9. Thinking Fellers Union Local 282 - More Glee
10. Unsane - This Town
11. Circle X - Compression of the Species
12. Toiling Midgets - Mr. Foster's Shoes
13. Bailter Space - The Today Song
14. Pavement - Perfume-V

DISC TWO - THE YEARS OF MILK AND HONEY (1993-1995)

1. The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion - Afro
2. Yo La Tengo - Big Day Coming
3. Railroad Jerk - The Ballad of Railroad Jerk
4. Helium - Superball
5. Pizzicato Five - Baby Love Child
6. Liz Phair - Mesmerizing
7. Pavement - Silence Kit
8. Guided By Voices - Game Of Pricks
9. 18th Dye - Whole Wide World
10. Chavez - Peeled Out Too Late
11. Come - String
12. Moonshake - Secondhand Clothes
13. Guitar Wolf - Midnight Violence Rock'n Roll
14. San Francisco Seals - Back Again
15. Bardo Pond - Rumination

DISC 3: DAYS OF WHISKEY AND TEARS (1996-2001)

1. Boards Of Canada - Telephasic Workshop
2. Spoon - Waiting For The Kid To Come Out
3. Yo La Tengo - Autumn Sweater
4. Chavez - You Must Be Stopped
5. Silkworm - Tarnished Angel
6. The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion - Flavor Part 1 (Beck)
7. The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion - Flavor Part 2 (Mike D)
8. Pole - Fliegen
9. Cat Power - American Flag
10. Belle & Sebastian - We Rule The School
11. Mogwai - Helps Both Ways
12. Arsonists - Backdraft
13. Large Professor - 'Bout That Time
14. Cornelius - Tone Twilight Zone
15. burger/ink - Flesh & Blood
16. Pavement - You Are A Light
17. Arab Strap - Blood
18. Matmos - L.A.S.I.K

DISC FOUR: DON'T CALL IT A COMEBACK (2002-2007)

1. Interpol - Hands Away
2. Cat Power - He War
3. Yo La Tengo - Today Is The Day
4. The New Pornographers - From Blown Speakers
5. Dizzee Rascal - Fix Up, Look Sharp
6. Dead Meadow - Good Moanin'
7. Mogwai - Kids Will Be Skeletons
8. Mission Of Burma - The Setup
9. Early Man - Death Is The Answer
10. Belle & Sebastian - Dress Up In You
11. Pretty Girls Make Graves - All Medicated Geniuses
12. Cat Power - Love & Communication
13. Shearwater - Johnny Viola
14. Brightblack Morning Light - Everybody Daylight
15. Lavender Diamond - You Broke My Heart
16. Jennifer O'Connor - Tonight We Ride
16. Earles & Jensen - Just Farr A Laugh: The Yogurt Machine
17. Stephen Malkmus - Discretion Grove

DISC FIVE: MATADOR TODAY (2008 - )

1. Fucked Up - Son The Father
2. Sonic Youth - Sacred Trickster
3. Kurt Vile - Amplifier
4. Yo La Tengo - Nothing to Hide
5. Jay Reatard - There Is No Sun
6. Times New Viking - Move To California
7. Harlem - Friendly Ghost
8. Ted Leo & The Pharmacists - Bottled In Cork
9. The New Pornographers - My Shepherd
10. Cold Cave - Youth and Lust
11. Interpol - Summer Well
12. Shearwater - Castaways
13. Esben and the Witch - Marching Song
14. Girls - Lust For Life
15. Magic Kids - Superball
16. Delorean - Stay Close
17. Cat Power - Metal Heart
18. Perfume Genius - Learning
19. Stephen Malkmus & the Jicks - Real Emotional Trash

DISC SIX: UNRELEASED LIVE RECORDINGS FROM THE 10TH ANNIVERSARY CONCERTS, NEW YORK CITY, SEPTEMBER 1999

1. Pavement - Here (Live 1999)
2. Pavement - Trigger Cut (Live 1999)
3. Pavement - The Hexx (Live 1999)
4. Pavement - She Believes (Live 1999)
5. Pavement - Unfair (Live 1999)
6. Pavement - Zurich Is Stained (Live 1999)
7. Pavement - Debris Slide (Live 1999)
8. Pavement - Spit On A Stranger (Live 1999)
9. Come - New Coats (Live 1999)
10. Bardo Pond - Walking Stick Man (Live 1999)
11. Bardo Pond - Tommy Gun Angel (Live 1999)
12. Cat Power - Good Woman (Live 1999)
13. Cat Power - Naked, If I Want To (Live 1999)
14. Cat Power - You May Know Him / Sea Of Love (Live 1999)
15. Mogwai - Ex-Cowboy (Live 1999)

* Matador and the bands' proceeds from sales of the box set and the double vinyl will be donated to:

The Jane Addams Hull House Association, a Chicago, IL non-profit that's been assisting the city's neediest families (child welfare, domestic violence prevention, literacy-advocacy, etc.) since 1889.

The Ali Forney Center (NYC-based provider of shelter and counseling for homeless gay, lesbian and transgender youth)

The Heart Institute at Children's Hospital Los Angeles (non-profit public hospital and a world leader in pediatric lifesaving)

Matador at 21 will be in stores on September 28. You can preorder it now from the Matador Store.

Matador at 21: The Lost Weekend takes place at the Palms Resort and Casino in Las Vegas from October 1-3, 2010. This event is sponsored by MySpace Music, Altamont and Incase.



I Streamed Delorean's Subiza and all I got was this Awesome T-Shirt


If you haven't heard Delorean's (recently BNM'd) Subiza yet, hear it now in its full glory on HERE
Pre-order from Matador Store and get instant mp3 download HERE

Also, you can buy a crisp new Delorean T-shirt that comes with an instant mp3 download of the album.

Digital music wear? MP3-Tee? Call it what you want. We wish we  could just plug headphones into this shirt and go to the beach, but for now this is the best we can do, and frankly it seems pretty good.  Order T-shirt (w/album download) HERE

Yo La Tengo, Live At Claremont, CA's Rhino Records This Saturday

My personal Record Store Day nightmare involves sleeping thru an 8am wake up call and by the time I show up at my favorite record shop, all the cool shit is gone and all that's left is the limited (but not limited enough) Godsmack 7".



So with that in mind, we're encouraging you to get plenty of sleep Friday night, especially those of you in or near Claremont, California. On Saturday ---- the day before playing Coachella --- Yo La Tengo will be playing Rhino Records at 3pm. The last time I visited this establishment, I found one of these, so you might wanna turn up early. Unless you're into Godsmack, in which case I reckon you can take your time.

News From the True Panther Universe

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It's snowing like crazy here in NYC but True Panther Sounds remains bundled up, huddled away and working hard. Taking a few precious moments every day to find good youtube videos, but also putting out a bunch of records. Wanted to give y'all the latest update in the True Panther Universe..


This last Tuesday, 3/23, we released two brand new records.


Hunx and His Punx' "Gay Singles"
We initially released a limited vinyl pressing this last year, but after blowing through them we re-pressed it on LP/CD/DA. It now has slightly different cover art, a cd that includes all the videos, better quality vinyl, and a free mp3 download with each record. PLUS it's cheaper than before. The songs are classic glammy, and gay. They've gotten better with each listen. Lookout for national and international tour dates in the next few months.
Order HERE (and get a free Chiphunx CD)
U Don't Like Rock'nRoll (mp3)

Morning Benders "Promises" 7"


This is a limited edition single from one of our favorite new bands. Their record is coming out on Rough Trade, but this first single is all ours! It's limited and features an exclusive b-side "Oh Annie", a more plaintive and restrained version of the band. Enjoy!
Order HERE
Promises (mp3)



We're also putting out 3 brand new 12"/digital records on March 9th! New releases from Tanlines, Lemonade, and Janka Nabay. Each record is a totally unique incantation of the dance music spirits- Janka electrified the Bubu dance music of his native Sierra Leone, Lemonade mixed every kind of electronic music from the last 30 years in a big caribbean fruit salad, and Tanlines are making "new music" , coalesced from tropical sounds and restrained house. We're just going to call it all "Yes Wave".


Get all three records in a bundle for only $25 and get instant downloads of the singles and a few exclusive remixes. Order HERE

Order Tanlines- Settings HERE
"Real Life" (mp3)
Order Lemonade- Pure Moods HERE
"Lifted" (mp3)
Order Janka Nabay- Bubu King HERE
"Eh Congo" (mp3)

We're also having a big show to celebrate the release of the 12"s. Hope to see some of you in the New York are there!



That's it for the update for now. Hope you enjoy the records. We have some great stuff on the burners for the new year, full-lengths from Glasser and Magic Kids. Releases from Teengirl Fantasy, The Bitters, and Real Estate. Stoked!!

Spiral Stairs Seattle Instore... TONIGHT!

Don't forget now, hear? Spiral Stairs live instore TONIGHT at Sonic Boom Ballard. Dig.

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Oh indie retail... how we love thee...

Because just when we thought you couldn't go and get any better, you go ahead and do something totally awesome like making this killer Yo La Tengo window display to celebrate today's release of "Popular Songs."

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So if you find yourself in Bloomington, Indiana and you happen to pass by Landlocked Music be sure to stop in and tell them that we love them... very, very much.

TNV - M o v e t o C a l i f o r n i a

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Catalog number OLE-896 is Times New Viking MOVE TO CALIFORNIA 7", slated to come out on September 8. The four song 7" contains two tracks from the upcoming BORN AGAIN REVISITED LP, those being "Move To California" and "City On Drugs," plus two songs from the coveted STAY AWAKE REVISITED cassette, namely "Pentagram" and "Teen Spirit In Hell."

Preorder the new album, in stores September 22, and get this 7", plus a copy of last year's STAY AWAKE 7", and a free poster, all for only $13 - while supplies last.

Download the MP3 of "Move To California" here, and enjoy your weekend:

Move To California (192k mp3)

Oh, and fuck your blog.

Christmas shopping - Cat Power double 10" EP and more



This coming Tuesday, the limited-edition double vinyl gatefold 10" EP from Cat Power hits the stores. Entitled Dark End Of The Street, it includes six bewitching cover songs from the Jukebox sessions and not included on that album. This would make a wonderful Christmas or Hannukah present for someone who likes gatefold covers, or cover songs, and it's available for preorder now.

We have a lot of other deluxe packages from this year appropriate for stocking-stuffers or under-the-tree action. The deluxe 44-song, 48-page book, die-cut slipcase edition of Pavement's Brighten The Corners, for example (and if you preorder now, you can still - just - get the ultra-limited live vinyl bonus LP, exclusive to this release). Two weeks ago we released Belle and Sebastian's justly acclaimed BBC Sessions, with essential radio performances from their early 1996-2001 period. The deluxe version of the CD comes with a second disc containing a complete concert in Belfast from December 2001. The set includes covers of I'm Waiting For The Man, The Boys Are Back In Town and Here Comes The Sun. This is strictly limited and once it goes, it's gone.

There's also the deluxe version of the Mogwai's latest, The Hawk Is Howling, which comes with a bonus DVD containing two videos for "Batcat" (including one nightmarish one directed by Dominic Hailstone of Chris Cunningham / Aphex Twin video fame), and a short documentary about the band by Vincent Moon.

And of course, last March, we released to-die-for versions of the three original Mission Of Burma albums on Ace of Hearts. We've banged on enough about the real all-analog mastering from the original tapes, the precious live footage from the late '70s and early '80s, the gatefold sleeves on the vinyl, and the books with interviews and photos and more. We're prouder of these packages than any other reissue we've ever done. All three are available for a very short time longer in a vinyl bundle deal for 50 bucks.

There are also a few deluxe copies of Cat Power's Jukebox left with the gatefold foil digipak and second CD. Then there's just about every vinyl release from this year, nearly all printed at Stoughton and pressed on RTI HQ180 vinyl. Single LPs here and double LPs here.

And of course, there are also Matador T-shirts, record bags, and slipmats... not to mention bundle deals.

The Matador Store.



photo of Chan Marshall by Stefano Giovanini

Dude From The Non-Lansing Fix(x) Doesn't Like The Toyota Commercial, Either

Toyota's recent "Saved By Zero" spots have inspired everything from Facebook hate groups to actual killing sprees (ok, not yet, BUT JUST YOU WAIT) and is it any wonder that an individual most likely to profit from this aesthetic atrocity agrees that it sucks? From the Las Vegas Journal's Jerry Fink :



“I would prefer to have been the one singing it,” Cy Curnin says during a recent phone interview from his farm in France. You can hear the real version when the Fixx performs free concerts Friday and Saturday at Green Valley Ranch.

He’s amused at the irony of using the song to tout 0 percent car financing.

“It’s a bit cheesy,” he says. “It was about looking at your own life, not so much about amassing material things but about experiences that lend you to be blissful. It’s peeling away illusions we pick up along the way. Our identity isn’t the suit we wear or the latest gadget. Our identity is the freedom to pick and choose from all aspects of humanity and to make a stand.

“The song was written from the point of view of the release you get when you have nothing left to lose. It’s sort of a meditation. It clears your head of all fears and panics and illusions and you get back to the basics, which is a Buddhist mantra, which I practiced back then, and which I still do. The idea of the song is how great it is to get back to zero.”

The theme drives Curnin’s life.

Several years ago he moved to France with his new wife and started living off the land and off royalties.

“We are 100 percent self-sufficient,” says Curnin, a native of Wimbledon, England. “We’re getting back to the roots of it. My wife runs a guesthouse. We run all of the stuff we grow and produce through the guesthouse, feeding people. Tonight there are six people who will be eating some of our pigs.”

Fucked Up's Damian wears clothes in FRONT magazine




Click above and find out exactly why Damian has the best tits to ever go in a magazine. It had me convinced anyway.

Want to dress like your favourite Canadian FRONTman? Follow this link here for cool threads, the likes of which will undoubtedly lead to you hanging out with Charlotte from The Subways in a field in Berkshire, a lifetime ambition I've yet to fulfill until now.

You've Got Another Thing Coming : Halford's Close Encounters



A few weeks ago I was killing time between flights at big box-y retailer who shall remain nameless, and though I'd originally ventured inside to purchase a car charger for my phone, I ended up dropping $16.98 on the new Judas Priest double CD 'Nostradamus'. The cover sticker claimed there was a coupon good for a free general admission ticket to see Priest, Dio-fronting-Sabbath, Motorhead and Testament, and I figured even if the concept album was just as rotten as I suspected, this was still a good deal.

WRONG WRONG WRONG.  As it turned out, Mr.-Has-No-Loyalty-To-Indie-Retail got karmic payback up the rear when he failed to read the fine print --- "WHILE SUPPLIES LAST", etc.     No free Priest ticket.  One $16.98 pair of ugly coasters.  Let this be a lesson to you all --- if you're gonna buy terrible records, the least you can do is buy them from a record store and not some fucking refrigerator warehouse.

With that intense experience behind me, I was pleased to read the following interview with Judas Priest's Rob Halford, as conducted by the LA Weekly's Skylaire Alfvegren.

L.A. WEEKLY:Rob, how are you?
ROB HALFORD:
I'm fine. Did you survive the earthquake?


I was in Northern California at a UFO convention.
Oh, for the band?


No, not the band.
The things in the sky?


The things in the sky.
Well, I've got some stories to tell you. I've had one or two encounters in England, not close encounters, but things that have totally freaked me out. It absolutely fascinates me. I think maybe just because it's an artistic thing. People that are in tune with their emotions and creativity, I think that a lot of us are prone to that almost sixth-sense phenomenon. Having said that, people from all walks of life see those things in the sky, you know. But I think it's something very bizarre and it's been with humanity forever.


Ezekiel's Wheel, Zoroaster, heck, Muhammad, the Dogon tribe ... I'm curious. Do you feel certain camaraderie with Nostradamus because he was basically exiled, somewhat like heavy metal, and ultimately triumphed when he gained the patronage of Catherine de Medici and wrote the quatrains?
Yeah! Thank you for picking up on that! You're one of the few journalists that has. But that was one of the appealing parts of the man's character. You know, in metal, we talk about rejection, and running up against people that attack us. That's exactly what that guy went through. He was looked upon as a bit of a freak, and he had this gift, this uncanny ability to have these visions and prophecies, and he was looked upon as being someone — at least by the Catholic Church — dabbling in the black arts.


I definitely see a parallel between your music and the man's life.
Oh, but it was a terrible time to live, the 16th century, to a certain extent. There were still remnants of the Inquisition going on, which was hideous. He dealt with all that, and we thought, man, this guy led a bit of a metal life with some of those emotional elements, but he stood up for himself and he was triumphant in the end, and that's just a great story.

Jay Reatard single #4: split 7" with Deerhunter



The fourth single in Matador's series of limited-editions by Jay Reatard is a split 7" with Atlanta's Deerhunter. The A-side is Jay covering Deerhunter's "Flourescent Grey," and the B-side is Deerhunter covering Jay's "Oh, It's Such A Shame."

The cover photo, taken by our own The Judge at May's All Tomorrow's Parties in Camber Sands, can be seen above.

OLE-819 will be in stores on July 22.

Our webstore preorder time and date will be: BASTILLE DAY — Monday, July 14 at 3:00 PM EDT.

Remember, if you miss the preorder, check your local stores. You can also buy the single digitally (MP3 or FLAC) from the webstore. And all six 7"es will be compiled on an LP/CD to be released this fall.

Here is the summary of the singles so far:

#1, See/Saw / Screaming Hand — April 8
#2, Painted Shut / An Ugly Death — May 20
#3, Always Wanting More / You Mean Nothing To Me — June 24
#4, Flourescent Grey (Jay Reatard) / Oh, It's Such A Shame (Deerhunter) — July 22

July-August tour dates:

Sun 7/13 - Baltimore MD - Sonar
Mon 7/14 - Philadelphia PA - Johnny Brenda's
Tue 7/15 - Brooklyn nY - Prospect Park (w/ Spoon)
Thu 7/17 - Providence RI - Lupo's (w/ Spoon)
Sat 7/19 - Chicago IL - Pitchfork Late Night Show (w/ King Khan and the Shrines, Cheap Time)
Sat 7/19 - Chicago IL - Pitchfork Festival
Mon 7/21 - Minneapolis MN - Triple Rock
Tue 7/22 - Fargo ND - The Aquarium
Fri 7/25 - Seattle WA - Capitol Hill Block Party
Sat 7/26 - Vancouver BC - Commodore Ballroom
Tue 7/29 - San Francisco CA - The Independent
Wed 7/30 - Los Angeles CA - Echo
Thu 7/31 - San Diego CA - Casbah
Fri 8/1 - Mesa AZ - Hollywood Alley
Sun 8/3 - Austin TX - Red 7(w/ Cheap Time)
Mon 8/4 - Dallas TX - Club Dada

Gentlemen (& Gentlewomen), Let The Bitching Begin : Paste's 17 Best Record Stores In America



With a flair for the aribtrary not seen since Ronald Thomas Clonte's 'Rock, Rot And Rule' hit the bookstores, Paste's attempts to rank the nation's top 17 record shoppes is bound to generate some cheap traffic to this blog and at least a half dozen comments between now and 5pm.

  • Amoeba Records, Los Angeles, CA

  • Criminal Records, Atlanta, GA

  • Other Music, New York City

  • Cat Head Delta Blues & Folk Art, Clarksdale, MS

  • Waterloo Records, Austin, TX

  • Aquarius Records, San Francisco, CA

  • Dusty Groove America, Chicago, IL

  • Ernest Tubb Record Shop, Nashville, TN

  • Shangri-La Records, Memphis, TN

  • Music Millennium, Portland, OR

  • Ear X-Tacy, Louisville, KY

  • Louisiana Music Factory, New Orleans, LA

  • Newbury Comics, Boston, MA

  • Grimey's New + Pre-Loved Music, Nashville, TN

  • Turntable Lab, New York City

  • The Electric Fetus, Minneapolis, MN

  • Jerry's Records, Pittsburgh, PA


Everyone is entitled to their opinion, but I am personally saddened that my own favorite neighborhood dealer-of-things-at-high-volume failed to make the cut.   But enough about Empire Records, End Of An Ear oughta be pissed off, too.

Jay Reatard "Always Wanting More" PRE-ORDER Up NOW





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The third 7" in Jay Reatard’s Matador singles series, “Always Wanting More b/w You Mean Nothing To Me”, is up for pre-order RIGHT NOW. Because of the extremely limited quantity of this record we will only honor one copy per customer.

The sleeve design, by Lindsay Shutt, comes in a clear plastic sleeve with Dangerhouse-style paper half-insert; the disc is clear one-sided vinyl with both tracks on the a-side and a silkscreen design printed directly onto the b-side. In short, ABSOLUTELY INCREDIBLE. Note, because printing a record without a center label often results in an enlarged center hole, you'll have to carefully center the record on the spindle before playing. We're also including a FREE MP3 download of each song with purchase (a download coupon is enclosed with each record)

ORDER HERE


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