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Matador Revisionist History Podcast - Episode One: Mary Timony, Liz Phair and Snail Mail's Lindsey Jordan

(Illustration: Jeff Mahannah)

Today, we are pleased to announce the inaugural episode of the Matador Revisionist History podcast.

It is our hope that this series will add context ­(and content!) to the Revisionist History catalog reissues by calling upon our artists, collaborators, and accomplices to discuss a well-loved Matador ­album celebrating a noteworthy anniversary.

First up: Mary Timony’s Mountains, which has recently turned 20 and is once again available in an expanded and remastered 2xLP edition. She is joined on this episode by Liz Phair and Snail Mail’s Lindsey Jordan for a wide-ranging 90-minute discussion touching on their respective debut albums, creative processes, and favorite tracks from each other’s catalog.

Stream episode one of The Matador Revisionist History Podcast HERE.

Available now until this Friday, save 25% on Mary Timony's Mountains, Liz Phair's Exile in Guyville, and Snail Mail's Lush at the Matador webstore through the link HERE.

And there’s more to come as we close in on significant dates for Kurt Vile, Fucked Up, and The New Pornographers.

Matador Records’ Revisionist History series celebrates the anniversaries of outstanding albums from the label's past with newly remastered reissues accompanied by recently unearthed live footage, unreleased music, photos, and music videos. Last year saw the release of special and extended editions from Guided by Voices, Pavement, Yo La Tengo, Chavez, Mary Timony, and Bailter Space. The series will continue in 2021, which will kick off with a reissue of Bardo Pond’s Amanita. More info to follow!

Find more information on the Revisionist History series HERE.

Mary Timony Online

Liz Phair Online
Matador Artist Page

Snail Mail Online

VIDEO : Mdou Moctar - "Tala Tannam" (live)

Mdou Moctar - "Talla Tannam" (live)

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

studio version on 'Afrique Victime', out May 21.
“In winter 2020, the Mdou Moctar band met up in Niamey, the capital of Niger, to record a few songs in anticipation of the release of ‘Afrique Victime’. We were staying on the outskirts of town at a friend's home. One day, we quietly set up in front of the house to film a few songs. Despite our relative isolation, the noise of the band inevitably attracted a crowd. What started as the four of us simply playing a few songs for a camera turned into a three-night run of rowdy concerts, bringing in hundreds of eager listeners. Each night, kids from all over the city would line up at our door, rushing over after their final evening prayer. These performances were completely spontaneous and wholly unplanned. Thanks to our audience, we were able to capture the spectacular energy of a typical Niamey concert for you. We're thrilled about it and hope you will be, too. Enjoy!”

stream / download "Tala Tannam" (studio version)
presave / preorder 'Afrique Victime'

Mdou Moctar online:

Official site

Coming April 1: Aquarium Drunkard & Gold Diggers Present Steve Gunn

(photo: Chris Sgroi)

Purchase / Stream The Unseen In Between

On Thursday, April 1, Steve Gunn will premiere his first fully produced streamed concert. Presented by Aquarium Drunkard, this solo set will see Gunn debut two new songs alongside fan favorites performed live from the celebrated Hollywood venue (and former Slayer rehearsal space), Gold Diggers.

The concert was directed by Chris Sgroi (Skirmish Productions) with additional filming and editing by Tom Berninger and produced by Gold Diggers' Tyler Hale.


The set will stream via Noonchorus and will kick off at 8 PM local time. Tickets are $12. A replay will remain available for 48 hours for global audiences to view.

Steve Gunn Online

Out Today : Perfume Genius - 'IMMEDIATELY Remixes' (LP on Records Store Day, June 12)


Today, Perfume Genius releases the 'IMMEDIATELY Remixes' album, a companion album to the 2020 tour de force,  'Set My Heart On Fire Immediately', remixed in original running sequence by Boy Harsher, Jenny Hval, A. G. Cook, Actress, Danny L Harle, Jaakko Eino Kaleivi, Jim-E Stack, Planningtorock, Initial Talk, Nídia, Westerman, Actress, Koreless and Katie Dey. Hadreas has said, "I'm very honored to have all these incredible musicians rework these songs. I felt personally remixed listening to their versions, hearing the spirit of my song completely transformed was very magical. Each one feels like a little portal to a fucked up shared world."

The 2xLP will be pressed on metallic silver vinyl, limited to an edition of 2,500 exclusive to independent  record stores as part of Record Store Day on June 12.

IMMEDIATELY Remixes Tracklist

  1. Whole Life (Jaakko Eino Kalevi Remix)

  2. Describe (A. G. Cook Remix)

  3. Without You (Jim-E Stack)

  4. Jason (Planningtorock Remix)

  5. Leave (Jenny Hval Remix)

  6. On The Floor (Initial Talk Remix)

  7. Your Body Changes Everything (Boy Harsher Remix)

  8. Moonbend (Nidia Remix)

  9. Just a Touch (Danny L Harle Harlecore Remix)

  10. Nothing at All (Westerman Remix)

  11. One More Try (Actress Remix)

  12. Some Dream (Koreless Remix)

  13. Borrowed Light (Katie Dey Remix)

Today, at 1PM PST/4EST Mike Hadreas and Alan Wyffels present Club IMMEDIATELY. Listen to the 'IMMEDIATELY Remixes' album with Mike and Alan. Between tracks, call into the Perfume Genius Loveline with your questions. Plus, special giveaways that include signed LP's and a Playstation 5. Prize winners will be chosen only during the event.


stream / purchase 'IMMEDIATELY Remixes'
stream / purchase 'Set My Heart On Fire Immediately'

Perfume Genius Online

Out Today : Gang Of Four - 77-81 Box Set

After some manufacturing delays, the long-anticipated Gang Of Four 77-81 box set is available in stores today.   A compact disc edition will be available on May 8.

In addition, remastered version of 'Entertainment!' and 'Solid Gold' are available on streaming services starting today.

At 1opm eastern today (Friday, March 12)  Tim Burgess' "Tim's Twitter Listening Party" turns the program's attention to 'Entertainment!'

In addition, at 2pm eastern, Jon King and Hugo Burnham will take part in an Reddit AMA.

77-81 Tracklist

A1. Ether
A2. Natural’s Not In It
A3. Not Great Men
A4. Damaged Goods
A5. Return The Gift
A6. Guns Before Butter
B1. I Found That Essence Rare
B2. Glass
B3. Contract
B4. At Home He’s A Tourist
B5. 5.45
B6. Love Like Anthrax
Solid Gold
A1. Paralysed
A2. What We All Want
A3. If I Could Keep It For Myself
A4. Outside The Trains Don’t Run On Time
A5. Why Theory?
B1. Cheeseburger
B2. The Republic
B3. In The Ditch
B4. A Hole In The Wallet
B5. He’d Send In The ArmySingles
A1. To Hell With Poverty
A2. It’s Her Factory
A3. Armalite Rifle
B1. Capital (It Fails Us Now)
B2. History’s Bunk!
B3. Cheeseburger (Live) *
B4. What We All Want (Live) **Live at Hammersmith PalaisLive at American Indian Center 1980
A1. Not Great Men
A2. Contract
A3. Outside The Trains Don’t Run On Time
A4. Damaged Goods
B1. He’d Send In The Army
B2. Guns Before Butter
B3. 5.45
C1. Anthrax
C2. It’s Her Factory
C3. Ether
C4. Natural’s Not In It
D1. At Home He’s A Tourist
D2. Rosanne
D3. Return The Gift
D4. GlassCassetteSIDE A -The Early Demos (Various)I) Rehearsal Room – Leeds, 1977-78The Things You Do
What You Ask For
Armalite Rifle
Love Like Anthrax
Silence Is Not Useful
Disco Sound
Damaged Goods

II) Cargo Demos – Cargo Studio, Rochdale

Song One
Song Two

iii) The Tapes – Poiydor Studios, Jan 1978

Essence Rare
Return The Gift
Corked Up With The Ether

SIDE B – Abbey Road DemosFrom 5th January 1981 - (single track from cassette)

Why Theory
Dog’s Breath

stream / purchase Gang Of Four 77-81

Gang Of Four 77-81 online :
Gang Of Four / Matador Records

Gang Of Four online

Spoon - "Breakdown" / "A Face In The Crowd" (Live)

Out today, Spoon has released live recordings of two Tom Petty covers, "Breakdown" and "A Face in the Crowd" captured last October at The Catacomb in Austin TX.

Both songs are available to stream / purchase through the link HERE.

Video captured by Peter Simonite, Scott Cremeens & Chris Rusch, edited by Sabrina Nichols. Audio recorded by Britt Daniel and mixed by Jim Eno.

Spoon online
Official Site

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