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Fucked Up - "Do All Words Can Do"

Pre-order / Stream the newly released single Do All Words Can Do

Pre-order / Stream David Comes To Life

Next month, Matador will honor the 10th anniversary of Fucked Up’s early ’10s masterwork David Comes to Life with a limited-edition lightbulb-yellow 2xLP reissue. That album –which clocks in at 78-minutes –may be as heavy a dose of genre-bursting progressive-psychedelic-hardcore punk brilliance as anybody can comfortably ingest at once.

But if we’re somehow underestimating you, there’s more. On March 25th, Fucked Up will release Do All Words Can Do, a nine-track compilation gathering David era-appropriate rarities and B-sides, all of which were previously available only on 7”.

(Pictured above: David Comes To Life 10th anniversary vinyl, out Dec 10)
The band will also tour North America (East and West Coast dates) and the UK early next year performing the album in full.

Fucked Up’s Jonah Falco, Sandy Miranda, and Josh Zucker also appear on the most recent episode of Matador's Revisionist History podcast. Joined by friend and tour-mate Patrick Stickles of Titus Andronicus–whose own punk rock concept album, The Monitor, also turns 10 this year–the conversation offers insight (and entertaining dirt) on the writing and recording of DCTL. Listen HERE.

Do All Words Can Do Tracklist
1. Queen of Hearts (Demo)
2. What Would You Do
3. Do All Words Can Do
4. Into the Light
5. Byrdesdale Garden City
6. What They Didn’t Know
7. The Truest Road
8. Remember Me
9. Octavio Made the Bomb

Fucked Up on Tour
Wednesday, January 19 Club Saw, Ottawa ON
Thursday, January 20 Bar Le Ritz, Montreal QC
Friday, January 21 Sinclair, Boston MA
Saturday, January 22 Brooklyn Made, Brooklyn NY
Sunday, January 23 Underground Arts, Philadelphia PA
Monday, January 24 Union Stage, Washington DC
Tuesday, January 25 Mr. Smalls, Pittsburgh PA
Wednesday, January 26 Ace of Cups, Columbus OH
Friday, January 28 Shelter, Detroit MI
Saturday, February 5  Great Hall, Toronto ON
Tuesday, February 16 Parish, Austin TX
Thursday, February 18 Ukranian Cultural Center, Los Angeles CA
Friday, February 19 Starline Social Club, Oakland CA
Sunday, February 21 Mississippi Studios, Portland OR
Monday, February 22 Crocodile, Seattle WA
Tuesday, March 29 The Joiners, Southampton UK
Wednesday, March 30 Scala, London UK
Thursday, March 31 Metronome, Nottingham UK
Friday, April 1 Exchange, Bristol UK
Saturday, April 2 District, Liverpool UK
Sunday, April 3 Belgrave Music Hall, Leeds UK
Monday, April 4 Stereo, Glasgow UK
Tuesday, April 5 Gorilla, Manchester UK
Wednesday, April 6 Castle & Falcon, Birmingham UK
Thursday, April  7 Grand Social, Dublin IE

Fucked Up Online
Fucked Up website
David Comes To Life blog

Spoon - "Christmas Time (Is Here Again)"

(photo: Oliver Halfin)

Stream "Christmas Time (Is Here Again)"

Pre-order Lucifer on the Sofa / Stream "The Hardest Cut"

Spoon has shared their take on The Beatles 1967 fan club single "Christmas Time (Is Here Again)" for Spotify Singles: Holiday Edition 2021. The collection marks the fifth year of Spotify Singles: Holiday and includes a wide range of covers and originals, from artists across a myriad of genres, in hopes of connecting friends and family from afar as they listen. Recorded at Jim Eno’s Public HiFi studio in Austin, frontman Britt Daniel says about the track, “Recording ‘Christmas Time (Is Here Again)’ was a group effort that pulled us away from rehearsals and quickly sent us down a turbulent path of what you might call the Christmas spirit. And it’s our song with the most band members doing vocals ever - pretty sure I’m counting four. THE WAR ON CHRISTMAS IS OVER.”

Spoon recently announced the forthcoming release of their tenth studio album, Lucifer On the Sofa, out February 11th, 2022. The album was co-produced by Spoon and Mark Rankin (Adele, Queens of the Stone Age) and features contributions from Dave Fridmann and Justin Raisen. It’s the band’s purest rock ’n roll record to date. Texas-made, it is the first set of songs that the quintet has put to tape in its hometown of Austin in more than a decade and bottles the physical thrill of a band tearing up a packed room. It’s an album of intensity and intimacy, where the music’s harshest edges feel as vivid as the directions quietly murmured into the mic on the first take.  According to frontman Britt Daniel, “It’s the sound of classic rock as written by a guy who never did get Eric Clapton.”

Spoon on Tour
Friday, December 31 ACL Live at The Moody Theater, Austin TX
January 17-22, 2022 Wilco’s Sky Blue Sky 2022, Riviera Maya MX

Spoon Online
Official Site

Steve Gunn - "Live at the Rat Fink Room" + West Coast Tour Announcement

Next month, Steve Gunn will kick off a co-headlining tour of the Midwest and East Coast alongside guitarist Jeff Parker. Today, we’re pleased to share news that come spring, the pair will also be hitting the West Coast, performing dates in California, Oregon, and Washington. This will include a special three-night run at Zebulon in Los Angeles – billed as “Steve Gunn, Jeff Parker, and Friends” – which will feature Gunn’s full backing band as well special guests. Find the complete tour itinerary below.

And for those who want to watch Steve Gunn right now, not to worry.

Earlier this fall, Gunn taped a live session at the Jackie Kannon’s Rat Fink Room. Located at 50th St. and 3rd Avenue in NYC, this was the first the first dedicated stand-up comedy club on planet earth, founded in September 1963 by record producer Morris Levy. Gunn performs two songs – “Fulton” and “On the Way” – from his latest LP, Other You.

Steve Gunn: Live from the Rat Fink Room
Camera: Jarred Alterman, Sean Price Williams
Sound recordist: Ernie Indradat
Editor: Jarred Alterman
Producer: Michael Chaiken

Steve Gunn on Tour, New Dates in Bold on Sale Friday
Thursday, December 2 Thalia Hall, Chicago IL #
Friday, December 3 Cedar Cultural Center, Minneapolis MN #
Saturday, December 4 Cactus Club, Milwaukee WI #
Sunday, December 5 Lakeside Inn, Lakeside MI # *SOLD OUT*
Monday, December 6 The Bishop, Bloomington IN #
Tuesday, December 7 Third Man, Nashville TN #
Wednesday, December 8 Terminal West, Atlanta GA #
Thursday, December 9 Recover Brands, Charlotte NC # *SOLD OUT*
Friday, December 10 The Grey Eagle Tavern, Asheville NC #
Saturday, December 11 Cat’s Cradle, Carrboro NC #
Sunday, December 12 Creative Alliance, Baltimore MD #
Tuesday, December 14 The Sinclair, Cambridge MA #
Wednesday, December 15 Gateway City Arts, Holyoke MA #
Thursday, December 16 Tubby’s, Kingston NY # *SOLD OUT*
Friday, December 17 Ardmore Music Hall, Ardmore PA #
Saturday, December 18 Bowery Ballroom, New York NY #
Wednesday, February 2 De Studio, Antwerpen BE
Thursday, February 3 Earth, London UK
Friday, February 4 Strange Brew, Bristol UK
Saturday, February 5 Pink Room, Manchester UK
Sunday, February 6 Brudenell Social Club, Leeds UK
Monday, February 7 Slay, Glasgow UK
Tuesday, February 8 Ulsters Sports Club, Belfast IE
Wednesday, February 9 Grand Social, Dublin IE
Friday, February 11 Maschinehaus, Berlin DE
Saturday, February 12 Nachtasyl, Hamburg DE
Sunday, February 13 Pumpehuset, Copenhagen DK
Tuesday, February 15 Nieuwe Kerk, Haarlem NL
Thursday, February 17 Le Consulat, Paris FR
Friday, February 18 Le Consortium, Dijon FR
Saturday, February 19 Hors Piste Festival, Annecy FR
Sunday, February 20 Rote Fabrik, Zurich CH
Tuesday, March 29 Pappy and Harriet’s, Pioneertown CA #
Wednesday, March 30 The Casbah, San Diego CA #
Thursday, March 31 Zebulon, Los Angeles CA *
Friday, April 1 Zebulon, Los Angeles CA *
Saturday, April 2 Zebulon, Los Angeles CA *
Monday, April 4 The Guild Theatre, Menlo Park CA #
Tuesday, April 5 The Chapel, San Francisco CA #
Wednesday, April 6 Sebastiani Theatre, Sonoma CA #
Friday, April 8 The Aladdin Theatre, Portland OR #
Saturday, April 9 Fawcett Hall, Tacoma WA #
Sunday, April 10 St. James Hall, Vancouver BC #
Monday, April 11 The Crocodile, Seattle WA #
Friday, April 15 Three Lobed Festival, Durham NC
Saturday, April 16 Three Lobed Festival, Durham NC ^# w/ Jeff Parker
* "Steve Gunn, Jeff Parker & Friends"
^ Gunn-Truscinkski Duo

Steve Gunn Online

Horsegirl - "Billy" + March 2022 Tour Dates

(photo: Todd Fisher)

Stream "Billy" / Pre-order 7"

Chicago’s Horsegirl, the trio of 17-19 year olds Penelope Lowenstein (she/her), Nora Cheng (she/her), and Gigi Reece (they/them), present “Billy,” their debut single/video via their new label, Matador. In conjunction, they announce a North American tour, during which they’ll make their SXSW debut and play their first show ever in many of these cities. Having only formed in 2019, Horsegirl’s first three singles captured the ears and attention of fans and critics worldwide.

Recorded at Chicago’s Electrical Audio and co-produced by the band and legendary producer John Agnello (Dinosaur Jr., Sonic Youth, Kurt Vile), “Billy” marks a significant evolution for the young band. The “Billy” 7”, out March 25 and available for pre-order today, features a cover of the Minutemen’s “History Lesson Part 2” on the b-side (available only on the 7”). Horsegirl discuss creating the song and video:

There was a period of last year where the three of us spent every day together writing and recording. It was during this time, when we practically lived in Penelope’s basement, that ‘Billy’ was written. Penelope had recently read about Nick Drake's alternate tunings prompting her to detune her guitar, while Nora overlaid a rhythmic vocal line detailing the life of a fictional character, Billy. At the time, we had been listening to a lot of New Zealand underground bands (80’s/90’s Flying Nun). With that scrappiness in mind, we worked the rest of the song out through improvising together, and ‘Billy’ quickly fell into place.

“‘Billy’ is our first release with a label, and it feels particularly special that it is with Matador, whom we have admired since we were young. After a year of hard work, we are very happy to finally share music, especially with those who have uplifted Horsegirl in the last year. We feel so thankful to have been able to record this song with John Agnello, whose work we adore, at Electrical Audio, a Chicago institution. Recording this song was a dream experience for us, and John has become a very trusted mentor.

“We shot the ‘Billy’ music video with our friends on a rainy Chicago day and feel particularly thankful for everyone who danced the twist with us, and those who gave us their apartment, camera equipment, film expertise, and feedback. This video is a love letter to our city and friends. The song is a love letter to past music scenes we wish we could have witnessed. Please listen to ‘Billy’ in your kitchen with a group of good friends and dance along– we can’t wait to share it with you.

Horsegirl on Tour
Wednesday, March 16 SXSW, Austin TX
Thursday, March 17 SXSW, Austin TX
Saturday, March 19 PhilaMOCA, Philadelphia PA
Sunday, March 20 DC9, Washington DC
Tuesday, March 22 Market Hotel, Brooklyn NY

Horsegirl Online

Perfume Genius - North American 2022 Tour Announcement

Purchase / Stream Set My Heart On Fire Immediately

Stream IMMEDIATELY Remixes

Following a tour this month including two nights at a sold out Hollywood Bowl with Tame Impala, Perfume Genius aka Mike Hadreas has announced a 2022 North American Tour. The tour will kick off in Los Angeles and include stops in Philadelphia, DC, Chicago, New York City, Boston and more.

The dates mark some of his first live shows in these cities since the release of his critically acclaimed Set My Heart on Fire Immediately. Tickets are on sale Friday, November 19th at 10am local time and a full rundown of dates can be found below.

Sunday, March 20 The Wiltern, Los Angeles CA ^
Monday, March 21 The Fillmore, San Francisco CA *
Wednesday, March 23 Union Transfer, Philadelphia PA *
Thursday, March 24 College Street Music Hall, New Haven CT *
Friday, March 25 9:30 Club, Washington DC *
Saturday, March 26 Mr. Smalls Theatre, Millvale PA *
Monday, March 28 Turner Hall Ballroom, Milwaukee WI *
Tuesday, March 29 Thalia Hall, Chicago IL *
Wednesday, March 30 Fine Line, Minneapolis MN *
Friday, April 1 Saint Andrew’s Hall, Detroit MI *
Saturday, April 2 The Phoenix Concert Theatre, Toronto ON *
Sunday, April 3 Théâtre Rialto, Montreal QC *
Tuesday, April 5 Royale, Boston MA *
Wednesday, April 6 Gateway City Arts, Holyoke MA *
Thursday, April 7 Beacon Theatre, New York NY *

^ w/ Julia Holter, Hand Habits
* w/ Hand Habits

Perfume Genius Online

In Space No One Can Hear You Stream : 25% Off (Almost) All Matador Titles

In the race for (commercial) outer space, Matador is in first place. We just can’t get our CEO back -- he’s been up there for ages (#marooned, moron’d, etc.). But to celebrate this pending tragedy, we’re putting anything and everything (save for Snail Mail’s ‘Valentine’ and any preorders) onsale for 25% off  now through December 1.

Some people laughed when our guy said he was opening a pressing plant on the surface of Mars, but with the entire industry backed up, who's laughing now?  Well, he's laughing for sure, but not in a good way.

art : Jeff Mahannah

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