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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.

Matador Revisionist History: Liz Phair's "Whip-Smart"



How do you follow up one of the most critically acclaimed debut albums of all-time?  Well, if you were Liz Phair — facing intense scrutiny from friends & foes alike — you put your head down and persevere with a collection of songs that resulted in her first (and only) Rolling Stone cover (and Matador’s first ban from Spin Magazine).  But it was all a huge misunderstanding!   FUN TRIVIA  :  at least one retailer objected to the couplet, "Your kisses are as wicked as an F-16
And you fuck like a volcano, and you're everything to me”.  I misheard the lyric, thought it was “M-16”, pointed out the hypocrisy of said establishment peddling RIFLES to children but drawing a line at consensual sex between adults.  Bottom line — they no longer sell any of our products but that’s ok because who wants to buy records at Bass Pro Shop? No one ever said Revisionist history was going to be pretty. 

This month marks 25 years since the release of Liz Phair's sophomore LP Whip-Smart. To commemorate the anniversary Phair's expansive box set Girly Sound to Guyville will be available for 25% off standard list price through September 19th at the Matador webstore worldwide.

STREAM/SAVE 25% ON GIRLY SOUND TO GUYVILLE

STREAM WHIP-SMART


From the archives: '94 Whip-Smart Promotional Postcard

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Out Today : Belle and Sebastian - 'Days of the Bagnold Summer' OST





Belle and Sebastian's soundtrack album to the forthcoming motion picture 'Days of the Bagnold Summer' is out today on LP, CD and all digital formats and can be streamed or purchased here.

Track listing :

01. Sister Buddha (Intro)
02. I Know Where The Summer Goes
03. Did The Day Go Just Like You Wanted?
04. Jill Pole
05. I’ll Keep It Inside
06. Safety Valve
07. The Colour’s Gonna Run
08. Another Day, Another Night
09. Get Me Away From Here I’m Dying
10. Wait And See What The Day Holds
11. Sister Buddha
12. This Letter
13. We Were Never Glorious

Belle and Sebastian on Tour
Thursday, October 31 L'Aéronef, Lille FR
Friday, November 1 Pitchfork Music Festival, Paris FR
Saturday, November 2 Le Krakatoa, Mérignac FR
Sunday, November 3 Le Bikini, Toulouse FR
Monday, November 4 Baluarte, Pamplona ES
Wednesday, November 6 Aula Magna, Lisbon PT
Friday, November 8 Primavera Weekender, Benidorm ES

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Perfume Genius - "Eye In The Wall"



stream/download "Eye In The Wall"



Perfume Genius has released ‘Eye in the Wall’, a new track taken from
The Sun Still Burns Here, a dance and music performance collaboration with Seattle-based choreographer Kate Wallich. The evening-long piece, set to debut in October, is co-directed by Perfume Genius and Wallich and stars Perfume Genius’s Mike Hadreas alongside dance company The YC.

The nearly 9-minute ‘Eye in the Wall’ is a hypnotic swirl of propulsive percussion, celestial atmospherics and a spellbinding vocal performance that is unlike anything Hadreas has done before. Listen to it HERE.

“I think of ‘Eye in the Wall’ as a cosmic peep show,” says Hadreas. “Watching, being watched, dancers unlatched from the Matrix and truly LIVING. Creating new rituals on the other side. Whole bodies braiding, spit glowing in the dark and a camera floating just above. We spent a lot of time in the studio alternating between the math of the song and the magic of it — which was very much like the process of creating the dance itself. Working with Kate Wallich and YC, really being with my body, really being with other bodies - there is control and a real formula but a portal opened up in parallel that is completely free and overwhelmingly full of feeling.”

Wallich adds: “’Eye in the Wall’ is the part of the piece where we lure you in and spit you out. A tornado of body, time, space, transformation and deterioration. It’s like pulling the Death card when you already knew what needed to end.”



(photo by Andrew J.S.)

For nearly a year, Perfume Genius’ Mike Hadreas and Alan Wyffels have been rehearsing with Wallich and The YC in Seattle. Not only are Hadreas and Wyffels fully integrated into the complex choreography of the piece, but the performance will also feature Hadreas performing songs he has composed for the project live, creating an exciting marriage between Perfume Genius’ epic take on popular music and the evocative nature of Wallich’s contemporary dance.

A trailer for The Sun Still Burns Here, featuring a clip of ‘Eye in the Wall’, can be viewed above. The trailer was directed by Zia Anger, with art direction by Andrew J.S.

The world premiere of The Sun Still Burns Here will be held on October 4th and 5th at Seattle’s Moore Theatre, with more performances slated for New York, Minneapolis and Boston through the winter. The full list of dates can be found below.


Perfume Genius with Kate Wallich + The YC Performing The Sun Still Burns Here :
October 4-5, The Moore Theater, Seattle WA
November 13-17 The Joyce Theater, New York NY
December 5-7, Liquid Music X Walker Art Center, McGuire Theater, Minneapolis MN
January 17-18, ICA Boston, Boston MA

Purchase/Stream No Shape

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Spoon - Covering John Lennon's "Isolation" on The Howard Stern Show



On Tuesday, Spoon's cover of John Lennon's "Isolation" was performed for Sirius/XM's Howard Stern Show. "Rent I Pay" from the same session can be viewed via the Sirius/XM app.





stream / download "Shake It Off"
(stream/order 'Everything Hits At Once : The Best Of Spoon')

Spoon on tour :
Monday, October 21 Pepsi Center WTC, Ciudad De Mexico MX
Saturday, December 7 Intersect, Las Vegas NV

Spoon online :

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Lucy Dacus - "Dancing In The Dark"



In honor of The Boss’s birthday, Lucy Dacus has released a cover of Bruce Springsteen’s “Dancing In The Dark,” which can be heard HERE.  This is the fourth installment of her 2019 holiday song series, following her Valentine’s Day cover of “La Vie En Rose,” and original songs “My Mother & I” and “Forever Half Mast,” celebrating Mother’s Day and Independence Day, respectively. Lucy’s ongoing 2019 singles series will also include tracks tied to Halloween, Christmas, and New Year’s, with a physical EP coming in the fall.

In “Dancing In the Dark,” Lucy pays tribute to one of her role models with an inspired Bruce Springsteen cover that foregrounds her ebullient guitar playing. She swaps out the synth line of the original tune in favor of uptempo strumming patterns that coalesce with her arresting vocals to reinvigorate an American classic. “Happy birthday to Bruce,” says Dacus, “but also happy birthday to my dad, the biggest Bruce fan I know and the reason I've listened to The Boss since birth. I resisted it when I was younger as a rebellion to my dad's taste, but I have come to love his music on my own time. His lyricism is embedded in my own songwriting inextricably at this point.

stream/download "Dancing In The Dark"



Lucy Dacus on tour (new dates in bold)

Thursday, September 12 3S Artspace, Portsmouth, NH ##
Saturday, September 14 Grand Point North Festival, Burlington, VT
Sunday, September 15 Ottawa Cityfolk Festival, Ottawa, ONT
Monday, September 16 L’Astral, Montreal , QC ##
Tuesday, September 17 Lee’s Palace, Toronto, ONT ##
Thursday, September 19 El Club, Detroit, MI ##
Friday, September 20 Mr Small’s, Pittsburgh, PA ##
Saturday, September 21 Bristol Rhythm & Roots, Bristol, TN
Wednesday, October 9 Headliner’s, Louisville, KY !
Thursday, October 10 Park West, Chicago, IL !
Friday, October 11 Majestic, Madison, WI !
Saturday, October 12 Cedar Cultural Center, Minneapolis, MN !
Monday, October 14 Slowdown, Omaha, NE !
Wednesday, October 16 The Rialto , Bozeman, MT !
Thursday October 17 Top Hat Lounge, Missoula, MT !
Friday October 18 The Olympic, Boise, ID !
Saturday October 19 The Bartlett, Spokane, WA !
Monday October 21 Hollywood Theatre, Vancouver, BC !
Tuesday October 22 Neumo’s, Seattle, WA !
Wednesday October 23 Aladdin Theater, Portland, OR !
Friday October 25 August Hall, San Francisco, CA !
Saturday October 26 Teregram Theater, Los Angeles, CA !
Monday October 28 Belly Up<, San Diego, CA !
Tuesday October 29 Crescent Ballroom, Phoenix, AZ !
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*

## w/ Quinn Christopherson
! w/ Liza Anne
* w/ Hayley Hendrix

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New Track: Kim Gordon - Air BnB


(Photo by Natalia Mantini)

Kim Gordon's debut solo album, No Home Record, is out a month from today. After releasing the first single and video from that album, "Sketch Artist" last month, Kim Gordon is back with the new track and visual "Air BnB."



Stream "Air BnB" / Pre-Order No Home Record HERE



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Matador Revisionist History: Yo La Tengo - "Popular Songs"



In commemoration of the 10 year anniversary of Yo La Tengo's Popular Songs, the 2xLP/CD will be 25% off at the Matador Webstore worldwide through September 12th.

Stream/Order Here.


(Yo La Tengo, 2009, photographed by Steve Gullick)


Someone at the label had the brilliant idea to rent a Tribeca theatre for a press + VIP “listening party”*  for this sprawltastic masterpiece and in retrospect, it’s not much of a party without snacks or drinks. To clarify, label staff had snacks and drinks, we just neglected to serve any to the guests.

Anyhow, I thought the playback was going swimmingly, the depth of ‘Popular Songs’ being met with rapt attention until the room’s collective meditation was interrupted by (NAME RHYMES WITH DEAN OF AMERICAN ROCK CRITICS) snoring.

Fuck it, launch parties are for NASA.  If this isn’t Yo La Tengo’s best album it’s firmly in their top 4 (I know it’s a cliche to say, “fight me”, but I’ve studied Muhammad Ali’s patented “rope-a-dope” strategy and I’m pretty confident I can persevere simply by letting you strike me repeatedly until you’re too tired to move)

(* - other than the snoring episode, the other highlight of the afternoon was product manager Todd Netter opining, “you have to admit, John Sterling is a really good announcer.” This observation was entirely unrelated to Todd bringing his tool box of talents to another record company)

- Gerard Cosloy

Yo La Tengo On Tour, Hanukkah Dates On Sale TODAY
September 13-14, Huichica Festival, Walla Walla WA
Monday, September 16 Visual Arts Collective, Garden City ID
Tuesday, September 17 The State Room, Salt Lake City UT
Friday, September 20 El Rey, Los Angeles CA
Monday, September 23 The Chapel, San Francisco CA
Tuesday, September 24 The Chapel, San Francisco CA
Wednesday, September 25 The Chapel, San Francisco CA
Friday, October 11 Barclays Center, Brooklyn NY #
Sunday, December 22 Bowery Ballroom, New York NY
Monday, December 23 Bowery Ballroom, New York NY
Tuesday, December 24 Bowery Ballroom, New York NY
Wednesday, December 25 Bowery Ballroom, New York NY
Thursday, December 26 Bowery Ballroom, New York NY
Friday, December 27 Bowery Ballroom, New York NY
Saturday, December 28 Bowery Ballroom, New York NY
Sunday, December 29 Bowery Ballroom, New York NY 

January 18-22, Wilco’s Sky Blue Sky Festival, Riviera Maya MX

# w/ Bon Iver

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Out Today : Spoon - "Shake It Off"







(photo : Oliver Halfin)

Spoon today shine a light on the rarity track “Shake It Off.” Available digitally for the first time ever, and culled from a 2002 split single with Swearing With Motorists (Super Asbestos), the track was recently made the b-side of the 7” version of latest single “No Bullets Spent”

stream / download "Shake It Off"

(stream/order 'Everything Hits At Once : The Best Of Spoon')

Spoon on tour :

Monday, October 21 Pepsi Center WTC, Ciudad De Mexico MX
Saturday, December 7 Intersect, Las Vegas NV

Spoon online :

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Belle and Sebastian - "This Letter"



Ahead of the release of their original soundtrack Days of the Bagnold Summer, out next Friday September 13th, Belle and Sebastian have premiered a new song from the album today, "This Letter." The second single from this album, the new track follows July's release of "Sister Buddha."



Days of the Bagnold Summer Pre-Order

Belle and Sebastian on Tour
Thursday, October 31 L'Aéronef, Lille FR
Friday, November 1 Pitchfork Music Festival, Paris FR
Saturday, November 2 Le Krakatoa, Mérignac FR
Sunday, November 3 Le Bikini, Toulouse FR
Monday, November 4 Baluarte, Pamplona ES
Wednesday, November 6 Aula Magna, Lisbon PT
Friday, November 8 Primavera Weekender, Benidorm ES

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Yo La Tengo - Hanukkah 2019 At The Bowery Ballroom




Yo La Tengo continue their (nearly) annual series of Hanukkah shows for selected charities this December at New York's Bowery Ballroom, December 22-29, with tickets on sale this Friday (September 6) at noon eastern.  No-fee tickets will also be available at the Mercury Lounge box office at noon ($50, cash only).

Yo La Tengo live : (new dates in bold

September 13-14, Huichica Festival, Walla Walla WA
Monday, September 16 Visual Arts Collective, Garden City ID
Tuesday, September 17 The State Room, Salt Lake City UT
Friday, September 20 El Rey, Los Angeles CA
Monday, September 23 The Chapel, San Francisco CA
Tuesday, September 24 The Chapel, San Francisco CA
Wednesday, September 25 The Chapel, San Francisco CA
Friday, October 11 Barclays Center, Brooklyn NY #
Sunday, December 22 Bowery Ballroom, New York NY
Monday, December 23 Bowery Ballroom, New York NY
Tuesday, December 24 Bowery Ballroom, New York NY
Wednesday, December 25 Bowery Ballroom, New York NY
Thursday, December 26 Bowery Ballroom, New York NY
Friday, December 27 Bowery Ballroom, New York NY
Saturday, December 28 Bowery Ballroom, New York NY
Sunday, December 29 Bowery Ballroom, New York NY

January 18-22, Wilco’s Sky Blue Sky Festival, Riviera Maya MX


# w/ Bon Iver
Yo La Tengo online:

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