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The MataBlog is edited by Matador Records’ co-moaner Gerard Cosloy and individual entries are the work of whoever’s name is next to them. If you enjoyed something in the MataBlog, thank you very much! If there was something you found particularly troubling, please be advised that a) maybe you should read it again and b) the contents of this blog do not necessarily represent the opinions of Matador Records, Beggars Group, the combined staff of either company, nor the Matador artist roster. Opinions are like friends — hardly anyone has one worth listening to.

Steve Gunn - March 2020 North American Tour



(Poster by Mike Zimmerman)

After announcing two January 2020 Southern Californian dates last week, Steve Gunn has announced a co-headlining North American tour alongside Mary Lattimore and William Tyler in March 2020. Tickets for those dates, leading into Big Ears Festival in Knoxville TN, are on sale this Friday at 11am EST.

Gunn begins Australian touring this weekend, following his first ever performance in Japan earlier this month and dates in New Zealand ending tonight in Hawkes Bay.

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Steve Gunn On Tour, New Dates in Bold
Wednesday, November 13 Sitting Room Session, Hawkes Bay NZ %
November 16 + 17 Mullum Music Festival Mullumbimby AU
Monday, November 18 Junk Bar, Brisbane AU
Wednesday, November 20 Altar, Hobart AU
Thursday, November 21 Theatre Royal, Castlemaine AU +
Friday, November 22 Melbourne Music Week, Melbourne AU + %
Saturday, November 23 Coalchella, Wombarra Bowlo, Wombarra AU
Sunday, November 24 Red Rattler, Sydney AU +
Friday, January 3 Ace Hotel & Swim Club, Palm Springs CA (Free with RSVP)
Friday, January 17 Zebulon, Los Angeles CA
Monday, March 16 Third Man Records, Nashville TN
Tuesday, March 17 Terminal West, Atlanta GA
Wednesday, March 18 The Atlantic, Gainesville FL
Friday, March 20 Gramps, Miami FL
Saturday, March 21 Intuition Ale Works, Jacksonville FL
Monday, March 23 Recover Brands, Charlotte NC
Tuesday, March 24 Cat’s Cradle Back Room, Carrboro NC
Wednesday, March 25 The Grey Eagle, Asheville NC
March 26-28 Big Ears Festival, Knoxville TN *
+ w/ Tiny Ruins
* with Kim Gordon, Bill Nace and John Truscinski performing "Sounds for Andy Warhol's Kiss"

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Matador's End Of Decade Sale : 2010-2019 - Banality Meets Finality

(art : William Stout)

anyone can do a Black Friday or Cyber Monday sale. Only the truly insane (h/t Crazy Eddie) will pull something like this on a random Tuesday, however. Now thru December 2, we're offering 25% off everything at the Matador Store (save for Lucy Dacus’ ‘2019′, and new titles from Desert Sessions and Algiers) w/ code “25offeverything” (HIGH FIVE, CREATIVE COPY TEAM) . LP's, CD's, MP3's, hey, maybe even a few ill-advised cassettes from the greatest catalog in modern musical history from all of your favorites - Yo La Tengo, Snail Mail, Interpol, Belle and Sebastian, Steve Gunn, Spoon, Julien Baker, Car Seat Headrest, Perfume Genius, Stephen Malkmus (with and without The Jicks), Queens of the Stone Age, Kim Gordon, Lucy Dacus, Algiers, the New Pornographers, Cat Power, Ceremony, Liz Phair, Unsane, Guided By Voices, Darkside, Pavement, the New Pornographers, Sonic Youth, Fucked Up...I could go on but YOU GET THE IDEA.

Let the gifting / hoarding commence!

Spoon - "Inside Out" (demo)






This morning we're pleased to make available the demo version of Spoon's much-beloved "Inside Out", the studio version of which appeared on 2014's 'They Want My Soul'.   Speaking with Entertainment Weekly, Britt Daniel recalled, “I wrote that on piano. It was just the chords and a melody, and I remember singing it for my girlfriend and at the time and she was not impressed. I was like 'Are you kidding me? I know this is fucking great! And then it kind of just existed as this piano vocal song for a long time. I knew something was good about it but we were making  'I Want Your Soul' and I didn’t want to have just a vocal and piano song on there, it felt we had done that too much already. So we put a beat to it that was sort of stolen from this Dr. Dre song. Then we used that kick-snare pattern and Alex [Fischel, keyboards and guitar] came up with the idea of a harp sound on a keyboard. Then it sounded like something we’d never done before.”

There's a lesson of some sort in here but our office is already awash in "I-told-you-so"-isms already (if that's a thing) but the important part to focus on is that during a period in which we're shining a spotlight on Spoon's past works, more cool artifacts from the band's vault will be unleashed in the days ahead (November 19, December 3 and December 10, to be exact). Play along by utilizing hashtag #spoontbt if you're inclined.

(photo : Oliver Halfin)

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Spoon on tour :
Wednesday, December 4th McMenamins Christal Ballroom, Portland OR
Thursday, December 5th Knitting Factory Boise, Boise ID
Saturday, December 7 Intersect, Las Vegas NV

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Lucy Dacus - '2019' EP Out Today



Lucy Dacus' hotly anticipated (well, slowly released over the course of this year, anyway) '2019' EP is available in full today via your favorite streaming service or on 12" vinyl at your local record shop or thru the Matador Store.

Tracklist :
1. Fool’s Gold
2. La VIe En Rose
3. My Mother & I
4. Forever Half Mast
5. Dancing In The Dark
6. In The Air Tonight
7. Last Christmas

stream/purchase '2019'
stream / order 'Historian' on clear vinyl

Lucy Dacus on tour :

Sunday, November 17 Corona Capital Festival, Mexico City MX
Wednesday, December 4 Royale, Boston, MA%
Thursday, December 5 Webster Hall New York, NY%
Saturday, December 7 9:30 Club, Washington, DC%
Sunday, December 29 Johnny Brenda’s, Philadelphia PA *
Monday, December 30 Johnny Brenda’s, Philadelphia PA +
Tuesday, December 31 Johnny Brenda’s, Philadelphia PA &
January 17-19 , Songwriters Festival, South Walton FL
Friday, March 6 Ryman Auditorium, Nashville TN ^

% w/ Haley Heynderickx
* w/ McKinley Dixon
+ w/ Angelica Garcia
& w/ Addy & Mal Blum
^ w/ Ruston Kelly

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Lucy Dacus - "Fools Gold"





(photo : Elizabeth Weinberg)

Marking the final instalment from her 2019 EP, out November 8th on Matador Records, Lucy Dacus has shared New Years-inspired original song "Fool’s Gold"

An arresting showcase of Dacus’ emotionally incisive songwriting, "Fool’s Gold" sees rhythmic acoustic guitar and Lucy’s crystalline vocals sketch with poignant brushstrokes the latent ambiguity and soul-searching that often accompanies this period of the year, moving deftly to a chorus of goosebumps-inducing emotional gravitas.

“I started writing 'Fool's Gold' the moment after the last person left a New Year's Eve party I hosted in 2018,” says Dacus, “I did what I said - drank the last of the champagne alone, felt anxious, and locked the door behind everyone. New Year's has grown to be my favorite holiday, and this may be my favorite song on the EP.”

Dacus performed the song live in session for Seattle’s KEXP, who exclusively premiered the track. Watch the performance below :



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Lucy Dacus on tour :

Sunday, November 17 Corona Capital Festival, Mexico City MX
Wednesday, December 4 Royale, Boston, MA%
Thursday, December 5 Webster Hall New York, NY%
Saturday, December 7 9:30 Club, Washington, DC%
Sunday, December 29 Johnny Brenda’s, Philadelphia PA *
Monday, December 30 Johnny Brenda’s, Philadelphia PA +
Tuesday, December 31 Johnny Brenda’s, Philadelphia PA &
January 17-19 , Songwriters Festival, South Walton FL
Friday, March 6 Ryman Auditorium, Nashville TN ^

% w/ Haley Heynderickx
* w/ McKinley Dixon
+ w/ Angelica Garcia
& w/ Addy & Mal Blum
^ w/ Ruston Kelly

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Algiers - 2020 April / May EU Tour Dates



 

Augmenting their already lengthy trip around Europe scheduled for February and March 2020, Algiers have announced this morning an extra clutch of dates taking them back onto the continent in April & May.

The band will revisit Germany, and add stops in Sweden, Switzerland and Russia.

Venue information and ticket links available below, with new dates in bold

Monday, February 3 The Haunt, Brighton UK
Wednesday, February 5 Village Underground, London UK
Thursday, February 6 YES, Manchester UK
Friday, February 7 Stereo, Glasgow UK
Saturday, February 8 Whelans, Dublin IE
Monday, February 10 Brudenell, Leeds UK
Wednesday, February 12 Botanique Rotonde, Brussels BE
Thursday, February 13 Paradiso Upstairs, Amsterdam NE
Friday, February 14 Club Volta, Cologne DE
Saturday, February 15 Manufaktur, Schorndorf DE
Monday, February 17 Zoom, Frankfurt DE
Tuesday, February 18 Beatpol, Dresden DE
Thursday, February 20 Hybrydy, Warsaw PO
Friday, February 21 Lucerna Music Bar, Prague CZ
Saturday, February 22 Flex, Vienna AU
Monday, February 24 Strom, Munich DE
Wednesday, February 26 Monk, Rome IT
Thursday, February 27 Ohibo, Milan IT
Saturday, February 29 La 3 Razzmatazz, Barcelona ES
Sunday, March 1 Cafe Berlin, Madrid ES
Tuesday, March 3 Rock School Barbey, Bordeaux FR
Wednesday, March 4 Stereolux, Nantes FR
Thursday, March 5 La Maroquinerie, Paris FR
Wednesday, March 11 Johnny Brenda’s, Philadelphia PA
Thursday, March 12 Black Cat, Washington DC
Friday, March 13 Mothlight, Asheville NC
Saturday, March 14 529, Atlanta GA
Friday, March 20 Club Congress, Tucson AZ
Saturday, March 21 Casbah, San Diego CA
Tuesday, March 24 The Echo, Los Angeles CA
Wednesday, March 25 Slim’s, San Francisco CA
Saturday, March 28 Polaris Hall, Portland OR
Sunday, March 29 The Crocodile, Seattle WA
Wednesday, April 1 Turf Club, St. Paul MN
Thursday, April 2 Cactus Club, Milwaukee WI
Friday, April 3 Empty Bottle, Chicago IL
Saturday, April 4 Rumba Club, Columbus OH
Sunday, April 5 Deluxx Fluxx, Detroit MI
Monday, April 6 The Baby G, Toronto ON
Tuesday, April 7 Bar Le Ritz, Montreal QC
Thursday, April 9 Saint Vitus, Brooklyn NY
Tuesday, April 21 Knust, Hamburg DE
Friday, April 24 Nalen Klubb, Stockholm SE
Saturday, April 25 Mejeriet, Lund SE
Monday, April 27 Lido, Berlin DE
Wednesday, April 29 Morze, St. Petersberg RU
Thursday, April 30 Aglomerat, Moscow RU
Sunday, May 3rd ISC, Bern CH
Monday, May 4th Bogen F, Zurich CH

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New From Lucy Dacus - "Last Christmas"





Ringing in the festive season, Lucy Dacus has released a cover of Wham’s “Last Christmas”. Following the release of acclaimed holiday-themed singles “La Vie En Rose,” “My Mother & I,” “Forever Half Mast,” “Dancing In The Dark,” and “In The Air Tonight” throughout the year, “Last Christmas” is the sixth installment taken from Dacus’ '2019' EP that is out November 8th on Matador Records and can be preordered below. The EP also features an unreleased original tribute to New Year’s titled “Fools Gold.” A special bundle set of the 2019 EP and a limited edition, clear vinyl pressing of Dacus’s breakthrough 2018 album Historian will be available through the Matador Records webstore.

Sped-up, amped-up and delivered through a megaphone to chugging abandon, Dacus’ reworking of "Last Christmas" imbues the sweater-sporting classic with a spontaneous energy that turns it playfully on its head. “I don't really like Christmas,” says Dacus. “In the studio, we listened to the original of ‘Last Christmas’ and didn't talk about an arrangement. I just told everyone to play it angry. This is what happened first take. It actually came out pretty fun, maybe a tad psychotic.”

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Lucy Dacus on tour :

Friday, November 1 Gothic Theatre, Englewood, CO !
Monday, November 4 Delmar Hall, St Louis, MO !
Tuesday, November 5 Woodward Theatre, Cincinnati, OH !
Wednesday, November 6 Covenant Fine Arts Center, Grand Rapids, MI
Sunday, November 17 Corona Capital Festival, Mexico City MX
Wednesday, December 4 Royale, Boston, MA%
Thursday, December 5 Webster Hall New York, NY%
Saturday, December 7 9:30 Club, Washington, DC%
Sunday, December 29 Johnny Brenda’s, Philadelphia PA *
Monday, December 30 Johnny Brenda’s, Philadelphia PA +
Tuesday, December 31 Johnny Brenda’s, Philadelphia PA &
January 17-19 , Songwriters Festival, South Walton FL
Friday, March 6 Ryman Auditorium, Nashville TN ^

! w/ Liza Anne
% w/ Haley Heynderickx
* w/ McKinley Dixon
+ w/ Angelica Garcia
& w/ Addy & Mal Blum
^ w/ Ruston Kelly

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