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Coming July 23 : DARKSIDE - 'Spiral'




"The Limit"


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On July 23, DARKSIDE will release its much-anticipated second full-length, 'Spiral', via Matador Records. Today, you can listen to new song “The Limit”.

DARKSIDE is an American rock band formed in Providence, Rhode Island in 2011. The group consists of Chilean electronic musician & vocalist Nicolás Jaar and American multi-instrumentalist Dave Harrington. Jaar and Harrington first met while studying in Providence through their common friend and saxophonist Will Epstein. In the summer of 2011, they toured Europe and Australia in support of Jaar's breakthrough debut album Space Is Only Noise.

Upon returning to Providence, they continued to write together, releasing their self-titled EP in 2012 and their critically acclaimed debut album 'Psychic' on Matador in October 2013. The album was met with glowing reviews, including a 9.0 from Pitchfork and the New York Times calling it "the soundtrack to a lost David Lynch sci-fi movie."

In the years that followed the 'Psychic' tour in 2014, the musicians moved on parallel and occasionally intersecting paths. Jaar would release five albums under his name and two collections of club music as Against All Logic. Harrington worked as a producer and composer, releasing two albums with his Dave Harrington Group. During that time he also played some 300 shows in NYC and Brooklyn, becoming deeply entrenched with a wide-ranging community of improvisers and collaborators, performing and recording with Yuka Honda, Brian Chase, Ilhan Ersahin, Genesis Breyer P-Orridge, Joe Russo, Innov Gnawa, Angel Deradoorian, The Master Musicians of Jajouka, Nels Cline, and more.

In the summer of 2018, Harrington and Jaar rented a small house on Lenni-Lenape territory, which is present-day Flemington, New Jersey. The group spent a week there, making a song a day. While it would take another year and a half to complete their second album, six songs from the band's new record 'Spiral were written and recorded during this initial session.

"From the beginning, DARKSIDE has been our jam band. Something we did on days off. When we reconvened, it was because we really couldn't wait to jam together again,” says Jaar. Harrington echoes this, “It felt like it was time again,” he said. "We do things in this band that we would never do on our own. DARKSIDE is the third being in the room that just kind of occurs when we make music together."

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Tracklist

  1. Narrow Road

  2. The Limit

  3. The Question Is To See It All

  4. Lawmaker

  5. I’m the Echo

  6. Spiral

  7. Liberty Bell

  8. Inside Is Out There

  9. Only Young




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Horsegirl Signs With Matador, Livestream Taking Place April 12



Chicago’s Horsegirl, the trio of  Penelope Lowenstein (she/her), Nora Cheng (she/her), and Gigi Reece (they/them), have signed to Matador. In conjunction with the signing, the band will perform a free livestream concert on April 12th at 7pm EST via Vans Channel 66. This broadcast is the first time many outside of Chicago will have the chance to see Horsegirl play live.

Raised in Chicago, Lowenstein, Reece and Cheng each started playing music at a young age. Lowenstein and Cheng met through a local music program, where they initially bonded over their similar taste in records. After frequenting local shows together, and Reece joining one night, they quickly became friends who fell in love with discovering music, sending each other songs and videos from now defunct DIY bands and scenes. There was an immediate collective vision developing that would inform what would soon become Horsegirl. The idea of playing together felt very natural and fun, and a further way to explore music they loved together.  Now together for almost two years, the trio have played contemporary art museums, all ages venues, and house parties.



Horsegirl operate as a true unit, with a young and punk-minded aesthetic. There’s an edginess to their overall lyrics and sound, which feature dreamy guitars and distinct dual vocal melodies by Cheng and Lowenstein, and the propulsive rhythmic drums of Reece. While they’ve only released three songs thus far, they’ve already garnered praise from scores of media outlets worldwide. The first pressing of their 7”, “Ballroom Dance Scene” b/w “Sea Life Sandwich Boy,” (Sonic Cathedral) sold out within 24 hours.

Today is Tuesday, a wonderful day for some wonderful news. We are very excited to announce that Horsegirl has signed to Matador Records. 


Two years ago when we were underclassmen, we pooled together our money to see Yo La Tengo live (Ira Kaplan handed us his guitar). That fall we played a show in the street with a Stephen Malkmus poster taped to the kick drum. When Belle & Sebastian played the entirety of If You’re Feeling Sinister at Pitchfork, we stood in the front and said Judy had a dream of Horsegirl. Matador has been formative for our relationship as friends and musicians, and we feel insanely grateful to be working with them. 


We are really appreciative of everybody who has amplified our work in these past few months, the people who’ve found us and understand what we’re going for, and the Chicago kids who’ve understood all along. 


To the adults at the Yo La Tengo show who said we were too young to like good music (and made fun of Penelope for bringing her backpack): kids are going to bring punk-rock back.

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Mdou Moctar - "Afrique Victime" video, 'Afrique Victime' Cell Phone Edition



"Afrique Victime"
Directed by: Cem Misirlioglu
Footage shot by: Mamadou Halidou & WH Moustapha (Dynamique Image) and Mikey Coltun in Niamey, Niger, winter 2020


(photo : WH Moustapha)

Mdou Moctar returns with the tour de force title track from his new album 'Afrique Victime', released May 21st on Matador Records.

“The wind born in Tunisia spread all over Arabia / Africa is a victim of so many crimes / If we stay silent it will be the end of us / Why is this happening?” sings Moctar on the heartfelt yet defiantly incandescent seven-and-a-half-minute rallying cry as it scales mournful chanting, hypnotically propulsive groove and an interstellar coda of Moctar’s sky-bound guitar work. The accompanying video for the radio edit of the track was filmed in Niamey, the capital of Niger, where the band briefly convened in November for a set of impromptu performances.

Says Moctar: "’Afrique Victime’ is a message to all of the countries with money and power who come into Africa and kill the leaders who try to empower the people and lead revolutions. This pushes the area into danger and instability and emboldens the terrorists, and it’s the people who suffer and have no justice. Africa is innocent. The French use our uranium, but 90% of the people here don't have electricity. Imagine."

Moctar recently made a special guest appearance on Off White’s Imaginary TV channel, helmed by designer Virgil Abloh.



In addition to vinyl, CD, picture disk and digital formats, 'Afrique Victime' will be available as a special and limited cellphone edition. Hearkening back to the way Moctar's music originally spread and proliferated across the Sahara via word-of-mouth Bluetooth mobile phone swaps, this collector's edition of Afrique Victime arrives pre-loaded onto a classic Nokia 6120 handset and specially mastered for it.

Mdou Moctar will be appearing at the 2021 edition of the Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival this coming September 3.

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Coming October 8 : 25th Anniversary Remastered Edition Of Bardo Pond's 'Amanita'





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"Shadow Puppet"
Video created by Michael Speed
art by Bardo Pond and Michael Gibbons



"Limerick"
Directed by Michael Gibbons



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Formed in 1991, Philadelphia’s Bardo Pond have spent some thirty years mapping guitar music’s outer limits – dialing into extremes of noise, chaos, and harmony in free-form compositions that now unfurl across 12 full-length records and a near-limitless body of EPs, cassettes, and CD-Rs. 

On October 8th, Matador Records will celebrate the 25th anniversary of the quintet’s long out-of-print second album and label debut, 'Amanita', with a newly remastered 2xLP reissue.

Recorded by the lineup of John Gibbons (guitar), Michael Gibbons (guitar), Isobel Sollenberger (voice, flute), Clint Takeda (bass), and Joe Culver (drums), Amanita is the place where the band’s collective spontaneous creativity blazed into maturity. 

“Amanita was a manifesto of everything we were trying to do,” says Michael Gibbons. It was really a template for everything we did later. We were a real unit – just so creative, just making up riffs. There were songs, but they were still rooted in our free-improv base. We had a beauty, but we also had a really strong impulse to be dissonant.”

Even within the heady subcultural micro-verse of ’90s underground zoner-music, the Fishtown-basement-dwelling quintet’s vision of “psychedelia” was singular in its heaviness. “We weren’t interested in the cliched idea of what that term meant,” says Gibbons. "We were very interested in the psychedelic experience as it being a bridge to rebirth.” 

“What’s the chemical your brain releases when you’re overwhelmed? Endorphins. That’s what we were trying to get to when we played these parts." 

Amanita's music is emblematic of that sensibility – 82-minutes of confusion and transcendence. 

The remainder of the band’s Matador catalog – 'Lapsed' (1997), 'Set and Setting' (1999), and 'Dilate' (2001) – will see reissue later this year alongside a 2xLP rarities compilation.

Bardo Pond – now John and Michael Gibbons, Isobell Sollenberger, and Jason Kourkounis – remains active, maintaining a prolific output and performing regularly.

'Amanita' Tracklist
01 Limerick
02 Sentence
03 Tantric Porno
04 Wank
05 The High Frequency
06 Sometimes Words
07 Clean Sweep *
08 Yellow Turban
09 Rumination
10 Be A Fish
11 Tapir Song
12 Brambles *
13 RM

* Previously vinyl only, these tracks will be available on streaming/digital download on the album release date.







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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.



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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

Entertainment!
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
Elevator

II) Cargo Demos – Cargo Studio, Rochdale

Song One
Song Two

iii) The Tapes – Poiydor Studios, Jan 1978

Essence Rare
Tourist
Return The Gift
5.45
Corked Up With The Ether


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

Why Theory
Cargo
Trains
Army
Disco/Funk
Dog’s Breath
Asshole
Cymbal
Reverb
Cheeseburger
Ditch

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Now Streaming - Stephen Malkmus and Von Spar - 'Can's 'Ege Bamyasi'"


Handwriting/Artwork by David Shrigley



(Video: Tom Schreiber,Edit: Gesa Gadow, Project idea & management: Jan Lankisch)

Stephen Malkmus & Von Spar's perfomance of CAN’s 'Ege Bamyasi', recorded live at Weekend Fest 2012 (and originally released on green and red vinyl editions for Record Store Day 2013 )is now available digitally for the first time

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Perfume Genius - "Describe" (A. G. Cook Remix)



"Describe" (A. G. Cook remix)
(directed by Jack Wedge and Will Freudenheim)

Today Perfume Genius reveals A. G. Cook’s remix of his single “Describe.” The track is taken off the forthcoming 'IMMEDIATELY Remixes' album which is set for digital release on March 12 and in stores on June 12 (Record Store Day).



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Coming May 21 : Mdou Moctar - 'Afrique Victime'



"Tala Tannam", video directed by Cem Misirlioglu
Footage shot by WH Moustapha (Dynamique Image) & Mikey Coltun


(photo : WH Moustapha)


On May 21, Matador Records will release 'Afrique Victime', the long-awaited new album by Mdou Moctar.

With ‘Afrique Victime’ the prodigious Tuareg guitarist and songwriter Mdou Moctar rips a new hole in the sky ­– boldly reforging contemporary Saharan music and “rock music” by melding guitar pyrotechnics, full-blast noise, and field recordings with poetic meditations on love, religion, women's rights, inequality, and Western Africa’s exploitation at the hands of colonial powers.

Mdou’s home is Agadez, a desert village in rural Niger. Inspired by traditional Tuareg melodies and YouTube videos of Eddie Van Halen’s six string techniques, he mastered the guitar and created his own burning style. A born charismatic, Mdou went on to tell his story as an aspiring artist by writing, producing, and starring in the first Tuareg language film: a remake of Purple Rain called Akounak Tedalat Taha Tazoughai – which translates to “Rain The Color Of Blue With A Little Red In It” – winning the approval of his family and his community. The word and the sound travelled across West Africa via mobile phone data cards, a popular form of local music distribution. Grueling DIY world tours and albums on the independent US label Sahel Sounds followed, including 2019’s landmark Ilana: The Creator, which earned Mdou an ecstatic international audience.

'Afrique Victime' is result of the combined efforts of Mdou and the members of the band that shares his name. His crucial collaborator is Ahmoudou Madassane, who’s been his rhythm guitarist since 2008. Their two guitars are an alchemical combination. As a songwriter, producer, and recording artist Ahmoudou is the premier musical ambassador to Tuaregs in Niger ­– empowering young musicians with instruments, recording opportunities, and visas. Masassane helped form the revolutionary first woman-fronted Tuareg guitar band Les Filles De Illighadad, whose debut album and tours caused an international sensation in 2019.

The band’s youngest member is prodigal drummer Souleymane Ibrahim, also a member of both the well-known Niger band, Sultanat Star De L'air, and the longest running wedding band in Agadez, Etran De L'air. Souleymane’s playing on this album ferociously sets a new standard for the “rock” drum set.

Producer and bassist Mikey Coltun flies 20 hours from Brooklyn, NYC, then takes a 28-hour bus ride to reach Agadez so the band can practice and record. With no support from a major label or a manager, they made this journey out of Niger every time they toured. In the past three years, Mikey’s played over 500 shows on three continents as Mdou Moctar’s bassist, road manager, producer/recording engineer, and friend. Coltun recorded and produced 'Afrique Victime' around the band’s travels in 2019 ­– working in studios, apartments, hotel rooms, venue backstages, and in field recordings in Niger.

Recording and honing songs as a touring outfit forged a live wire new sound. If Ilana was a late ’60s early ’70s ZZ Top and Black Sabbath record – 'Afrique Victime' is mid-’70s to early ’80s Van Halen meets Black Flag meets Black Uhuru. The ferocity of Moctar’s electric guitar and the band's hypnotic rhythm section are on awe-inspiring display “Chismiten” and the mournful yet incandescent title track. Elsewhere, Moctar finds inspiration in highlighting lesser-known facets of the group: “While people have gotten to know Mdou Moctar as a rock band, there is a whole different set of music with this band done on acoustic guitars, which we wanted to incorporate into this album in order to go through a sonic journey,” he says. Mdou pays homage to one of his heroes Abdallah Ag Oumbadagou, the legendary Niger musician and political revolutionary, on songs “Habibti” and “Layla”. “Abdallah was a contemporary of Tinariwen and helped to pioneer the sound of Tuareg guitar music blended with drum machines and electronic sounds”.

“From prison to Nobel prize. They ceded to Mandela / Africa is a victim of so many crimes / If we stay silent it will be the end of us / Why is this happening? “Moctar asks on the title track. “I want the world to know that we are making music to promote world peace and be with everyone on the same level, fighting against racism”, he says. “All colors and genders are equal. Women, men and children all suffer in the desert due to the colonization by France and therefore there is a lack of the basics - hospitals, drinking water, schools.”

The needs of Agadez are a major part of what drives Moctar as an artist and promoting the region’s youth through music is an especially personal cause. “I know what it’s like to have been in that position,” he says, “to not have the support of your family, or the money for guitars or strings, it’s really hard. I have a lot of support from the younger generation, because I help them out a lot. When I get back from tour, I give them gear that I bought while I was away so they can go out and form their own bands.”

Says Coltun: “In Agadez the music and feeling at Tuareg weddings is exactly like the best of Western DIY/Punk shows. It's loud, energetic and powerful. There is a sense of everyone helping out. Tuaregs are a tight community. If you're Tuareg you're considered family.”

The music listeners are the beneficiaries of the staggeringly powerful do-it-yourself musical ethic of Mdou Moctar – the man and the band – who’ve worked so hard to bring the spirits of families and communities in Niger to the West. Afrique Victime sounds and feels like a Tuareg hand reaching down from the sky, and we are very lucky for this chance to get lifted.

'Afrique Victime' is now available for pre-order on LP (standard black vinyl, picture disc and multiple colored vinyl editions) and compact disc. There's also a t-shirt bundle.

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'Afrique Victime' Tracklist
1. Chismiten
2. Taliat
3. Ya Habibti
4. Tala Tannam
5. Untitled
6. Asdikte Akal
7. Layla
8. Afrique Victime
9. Bismilahi Atagah

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Gang of Four - 'Entertainment!' and 'Solid Gold' LP & CD Reissues

"Gang of Four, in a way, were the great missing link that led us all down a road of austerity of sound, and discipline of method.
You could be fooled into thinking they are minimalist, but these are keenly arranged tracks that trade on the currency of suspense, and the power of reduction. The lyrical layer is poetic, passionate and painfully human." - Brendan Canty, Fugazi

“When I was 14, no album gave me more excitement than Entertainment! It was the first album that I wore out the vinyl grooves on. I learned the words and could "sing" along with it. Songs Of The Free and Solid Gold followed suit. Gill and King, along with Boon, McCulloch and Stipe, were rock gods for me. "
Bob Nastanovich, Pavement




On April 23, Matador Records will reissue two of Gang of Four’s critical early works, 'Entertainment! '(1979) and 'Solid Gold' (1981). Both have been remastered from the original analog tapes and will be made available on LP and CD.

Gang of Four’s debut record, 'Entertainment!', remains one of the most beloved and influential works of its era (or any era, really) – an unparalleled collection of songs that has left an indelible mark on generations of bands, producers, and artists.

The group’s second album, 'Solid Gold', celebrates its 40th anniversary today.

It boasts a much deeper, bass heavy sound and contains the singles "Outside the Trains Don't Run On Time" and "He'd Send In The Army."





'Entertainment!'and 'Solid Gold' are also collected in 'GANG OF FOUR: 77-81', due out March 12 on LP and April 23 on CD.

This stunning limited-edition box set gathers Gang of Four’s influential early work – the two aforementioned full-lengths, an exclusive singles LP, and an exclusive double LP of the never officially released 'Live at American Indian Center 1980'. Additionally, the package includes two new badges, a C90 cassette tape compiling 26 never-before-issued outtakes, rarities and studio demos from 'Entertainment!' and 'Solid Gold', and an epic 100-page, full-color hardbound book.

The book details the history and legacy of the original Gang of Four with never-before-seen photos, contributions from surviving original band members, rare posters, ephemera, flyers, essays, artwork, liner notes and more. It also marks the first official publication of their lyrics.

The CD version of the box will not include the badges or the C90. The demo recordings will instead be made available through a download code.

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A new tribute album, 'The Problem of Leisure: A Celebration of Andy Gill and Gang of Four', will be released in May via Gill Music and features contributions from Flea and John Frusciante, Warpaint, La Roux, and more.

This month, 'Solid Gold' and 'Entertainment!' will be featured on #timstwitterlisteningparty, where Dave Allen, Hugo Burnham, and Jon King will comment on the songs throughout playback. Tune in for those at 6pm GMT on 3/1 and 3/12 respectively.



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Spoon - "Lines in the Suit - 30 Minutes Old (1999 Home Demo)"





The #GirlsCanTell 20th anniversary week marches on with this recently re-unearthed rarity, the accurately-named "Lines In The Suit - 30 Minutes Old (1999 Home Demo)." Streaming now for the first time: #matadorrevisionisthistory

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Julien Baker - "Heatwave" Premiere & Lyric Video


"Heatwave" - lyric video by Sabrina Nichols), from 'Little Oblivions', out this Friday, February 26


"Maybe it's a trite or well-trod topic, but ‘Heatwave’ is really just about being confronted with how much time I spend worrying about things that are trivial. I was stuck in traffic because a car had randomly combusted, and it made me feel so stupid for being concerned with the things I had been anxious about earlier that day. It was just such a poignant thing, an event that communicated a lot of complex things in a single image. So I wrote a song about it. I know I'm not the first person to witness an atrocity and consider my own mortality or life's fragility because of it, but that truly was my experience. Theoretically the lesson or symbolism to be interpreted there is that life is precious and it's not worth it to give your time and energy to negative thoughts, but jesus, how could you be a person alive on earth right now and not have negative thoughts? It's certainly less romantic to say that the consideration of life's fragility made me feel relieved at my own inconsequence, but it's true; it is comforting to think of the minuscule role everyone plays in the human drama, to realize we have more choice about what we give power over us than we maybe thought." - Julien Baker








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The 20th Anniversary of Spoon's 'Girls Can Tell'



“Girls Can Tell was the Hail Mary pass that absolutely no one thought was gonna find a receiver. It was the record where the colors changed, trains collided, and suddenly we sounded a lot more like us than we’d ever sounded before. At the time it felt like a last chance and it also felt like the last gasp of youth, which seems a little funny now considering how shaped it was by oldies radio, the Supremes, the Kinks, and Eleanor Friedberger's cassette of Get Happy. The big idea behind Girls Can Tell was to take stock of the band’s MO from inception until that point, to carefully consider all the things we’d been trying to do and the way we'd been doing them, and then set out specifically to avoid all of it. To instead come up with some new songs that were actually about where I was at and how I was feeling! Songs that knew no cool rules. Songs that cried themselves to sleep at night and got up and shook themselves by the collar the next morning. It was the record that sorted out how much fight we had left in us. It came out February 20, 2001.”

“And now here’s the #GirlsCanTell Deluxe Playlist - all the tracks from the album plus songs I was obsessed with and forcing on my bandmates at the time. It’s possible you'll notice some hints of You’re Lookin Fine in The Fitted Shirt, or some very similar opening lyrics in Possession and Anything You Want, or some amateur stabs at the Supremes’ rhythm section on Take The Fifth. All liberally borrowed when we needed it most, now gratefully returned via the digital sea.” — BD

 


Get 25% off Spoon's 'Girls Can Tell' now thru Friday, February 26.

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Out Today : Bailter Space - 'Wammo', 25 Anniversary Remastered Edition




"Splat" (director, Julie Hermelin


(photo Jill Greenberg)

As previously touted in this space, the 25th anniversary remastered edition of Bailter Space's 'Wammo' is available today via all streaming services, finer record shops and mail order.  Author and labelmate Andrew Earles once wrote of 'Wammo', "Bailter Space's final album for Matador (fifth overall) finds the band showing everyone how skilled it was at erasing any lines of demarcation separating wickedly catchy pop songs and washes of guitar noise and toothy dynamics."  Alister Parker, Brent McLachlan and John Halvorsen  are still erasing lines (sonic and otherwise) to this very day, so where's their Hall Of Fame nomination?

Preorder / stream : 'Wammo'

(Flying Nun are releasing a limited green vinyl edition of 'Wammo'.)


Wammo Tracklist:

Untied
Splat
At Five We Drive
Zapped
Colours
Retro
Glimmer
Voltage
D Thing
Wammo

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Julien Baker - "Favor" (Premiere & Lyric Video)



"Favor" (lyric video by Sabrina Nichols)

"Favor" is the third track from Julien Baker's eagerly anticipated 3rd album, "Little Oblivions", out February 26.

“I used to think about myself, like I was a talented liar,” Baker sings on the track, “turns out that all my friends were trying to do me a favor.” Here those friends are Baker’s boygenius collaborators, Lucy Dacus and Phoebe Bridgers. Phoebe says, “Julien is one of those people whose opinion you want to hear about everything. A true critical thinker with an ever-changing and ridiculously articulate worldview. Her music changes in the same way, and this record is my favorite thing she’s ever done. I’m sure I’ll think the same about the next one.”

Lucy noted, “We sang on "Favor" in Nashville the same day we recorded vocals for Graceland Too and a song of mine. That day had the same atmosphere as when we recorded the boygenius EP. Making music was just a natural result of being together, easy as can be but also rare in a way that feels irreplicable. I love the song for its stark but sensitive picture of friendship, what it looks like to recover from broken trust. Makes me think about how truth only ever breaks what should be broken, and how love is never one of those things. I’m always honored to be brought into Julien’s life and music.”

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Julien Baker - "Hardline" (Lyric Video)



"Hardline" - from 'LIttle Oblivions', out February 26
presave / preorder

Following the debut earlier this month of Joe Baughman's amazing video for Julien Baker's "Hardline", this morning we're showcasing Sabrina Nichols' lyric video for the same track.

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Coming March 26 - Spoon - 'Gimme Fiction' Limited Red/White Vinyl / "The Best Of Spoon at Austin City Limits", This Saturday



On Friday, March 26, we're releasing a red/white vinyl edition of Spoon's 5th album, 2005's 'Gimme Fiction'.  Stream/preorder here.

This Saturday night, January 30th, catch "The Best Of Spoon at Austin City Limits"on your local PBS outlet.

"Austin City Limits has always been good to us, going back to when I was served underage beers in the old UT studios at the Stevie Ray Vaughan taping of 1989. We’ve played the show four different times now, and it never feels less than epic to be on stage with that set of the Austin skyline."
-Britt Daniel



Gimme Fiction Tracklist
01 The Beast And Dragon, Adored
02 The Two Sides of Monsieur Valentine
03 I Turn My Camera On
04 My Mathematical Mind
05 The Delicate Place
06 Sister Jack
07 I Summon You
08 The Infinite Pet
09 Was It You?
10 They Never Got You
11 Merchants of Soul

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Available Today On Vinyl & CD : Kurt Vile - 'Speed, Sound, Lonely KV (EP)'





After previous release via digital auspices, today is the official release date for Kurt Vile's 'Speed, Sound, Lonely KV (ep)' on the resilient vinyl and compact disc formats.

Track List :

Speed of The Sound of Loneliness
Gone Girl
Dandelions
How Lucky (with John Prine)
Pearls



"How Lucky" (with John Prine)
"Prine, KV and Ferg as Babies" drawing by Delphine Vile in Nashville.

purchase / stream  'Speed, Sound, Lonely KV (ep)'
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Out Today : Mary Timony - 'Mountains' (20th Anniversary Expanded Edition)






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Today is the official release date for the deluxe reissue of Mary Timony's 2000 solo debut, 'Mountains'.  The expanded, 2 disc version is available in stores today.

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Tracklist
01. Dungeon Dance
02. Poison Moon
03. I Fire Myself
04. The Bell
05. Painted Horses
06. The Hour Glass
07. 13 Bees
08. The Golden Fruit
09. Whisper From the Tree
10. 1542
11. Valley of One Thousand Perfumes
12. Tiger Rising
13. An-deluzion
14. The Fox and Hound
15. Rider on the Stormy Sea
16. Return to Pirates (Kingston St. Session)
17. Poison Moon (Kingston St. Session)
18. Killed by the Telephone (Kingston St. Session)
19. Valley of One Thousand Perfumes (Orchestral Version)


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Our Annual Orgy of Self-Congratulation, Grandstanding & Overconsumption : Matador Artists & Staff Select Their 2020 Favorites



(Congratulations to the landslide winner of the Matador Artists & Staff Poll for Person Of The Year 2020 to Clorox Scentiva Wipes.)

(Around this time every year, your underappreciated editor attempts to coax a list of favorite recordings, books, television programs, life events, etc. out of the label’s artist roster and our entertainment business cronies. In the past, this exercise has been an exacting process, fraught with nagging, GUILTING and no shortage of reluctant participants, some of whom actually changed labels or places of employment or their identities/physical appearances to avoid the chore. Even worse, we sometimes overlook persons currently recording for or working for the record label (either that or they saved their list for Brooklyn Vegan)

Keep in mind, we're about to close the books on the WORST YEAR EVER and perhaps persons with some sense of perspective or empathy have other things on their mind than shouting from the rooftops about their cultural cachet.  Thankfully, none of those persons can be found below or it would be a really short list.

For some historical perspective, here’s last year’s selections. Questions or comments about our predictable tastes and/or inexcusable omissions are welcome (but not so welcome that we’re inclined to comment or reply).  Last year, industry titan Mike Sniper correctly predicted that such lists would be broken down thusly, “half hugely famous commercially viable things that TMZ would report on, the other half off-kilter and ‘weird.’ McDonalds Weird. Like The McRib.”,  but in 2020 I am happy to report that all participants had some much extra time to bask in new creations, we're no longer confined to a Carly Rae / McRib dichotomy.  That's what passes for progress, at least in list-compilng land.

On behalf of Matador's owners, investors, legal representatives and  street team (none of whom are allowed on the actual street any more due to liability issues, so we just pay them to make crank calls to Sub Pop), here's wishing you, your families and friends a safe & happy holiday and thank you, as always, for putting up with us.  And without further ado, let the coronoation of 'Diplo Presents Thomas Wesley Chapter One : Snake Oil' commence. – Gerard Cosloy)

Mikey Coltun, Mdou Moctar
2020 favorite albums

-Jeff Parker - Suite For Max Brown
-Bill Nace - Both
-Horse Lords - The Common Task



-Kiko Dinucci - Rastilho
-Kate NV - Room For The Moon
-Tidiane Thiam - Siftorde
-Duma - Duma
-J. Zunz - Hibiscus
-Mary Halvorson’s Code Girl - Artlessly Falling
-Deerhoof - Love-Lore
-Maghreb K7 Club - Synth Raï, Chaoui & Staifi
-Raven Chacon - ‘An Anthology Of Chants Operations’
-Hiroshi Yoshimura - Green (reissue)
-Moor Jewelry - True Opera
-Black Myths - Birth Of A Nation
-DJ Diaki - Balani Fou
-T. Gowdy - Therapy With Colour
-Mary Lattimore - Silver Ladders
-Meitei - Kof?
-Curved Light - Vita Ex Machina
-METZ - Hail Taxi

Steve Gunn


Don Cherry - Om Shanti Om Black Sweat Record
The Sadies - Union Pool
Black Unity Trio - Al-Fatihah reissue Gotta Groove
Johnathan Richman & Will Oldham Town Hall
FIrst Cow - Kelly Reichhardt director/William Tyler Soundtrack



Marc Orleans - RIP
Patrick Amory on mixcloud
Complete films of Agnes Varda Criterion
Steve Potts - Musique Pour Le Film D'un Ami - Aguirre Records
Mary Oliver - Devotions
How to with John Wilson
How the River Ganges Flows - Sublime Masterpieces of Indian Violin 1933-52 Third Man Records

Georgia Hubley, Yo La Tengo
TEN THINGS I DISCOVERED IN 2020
1 George Sanders was married to Zsa Zsa Gabor.
2 You can freeze just about anything and it’ll taste pretty good weeks, months later.

3 Potatoes and onions don’t like to be stored together.



 

4 Viola Smith, “fastest girl drummer in the world” died this year at the age of 107. I’d never heard of her. theLAnd Magazine quoted her as saying “Maybe it’s the drums that have kept me spry, or the wine, or going to the casino.”
“Why not let the girls play in the big bands?” she wrote in an editorial for Down Beat titled “Give Girl Musicians a Break!” that I read about in her NYT obituary. “In these times of national emergency, many of the star instrumentalists of the big name bands are being drafted. Instead of replacing them with what may be mediocre talent, why not let some of the great girl musicians of the country take their places? There are many girl trumpet players, girl saxophonists and girl drummers who can stand the grind of long tours and exacting one-night stands,” she continued. “The idea of girls being able to play only legitimately is a worn-out myth now.”
That did the trick.
5 There were two US presidents named Harrison and one of them was President Benjamin (1889-1893) who declined to take advantage of the new electricity recently installed in the White House. I found out about this by watching chef David Chang impressively win a million dollars for his charity Southern Smoke Emergency Relief fund on Who Wants to Be a Millionaire.
6 I like Elvis a lot. I watched four Elvis movies in the last 3 months. One documentary, two concert films and one that he starred in.
7 I see a neighbor, whose window is about 10 or 12 yards across from my kitchen window, spending a lot of time at a desk, presumably in front of his computer. I worry about his blood circulation. And also that he can see me opening and closing my refrigerator about 70 times a day.
To be fair, some of those times are when I’ve opened it and forgotten why, and then I reopen it about 3 seconds later.
8 Elvis really liked Monty Python. I knew that and forgot, but I just relearned it.
9 Little Richard used to defecate in his mother’s jarred preserves as a youngster.

10 I can make chopped chicken liver from scratch and it’s not bad!

Bill Nace, Body/Head
1. Friday nite zoom readings by Byron Coley
2. Friday nite "zooms" with Kesin and Krefting
3. Text chain with Twig and Dillo
4. Basement "jam" vids from Mark Morgan
5. Milford Graves: A Mind-Body Deal - ICA Philadelphia
6. Upcoming Emily Robb solo LP
7. Coffee with Richie
8. Drawing with Hunter
9. Painting
10. Kim Gordon roughs for Gus Van Sant short

Lee Tesche, Algiers
Top 5 staff 2020, in order
1. Gerard
2. Lombardi
3. Josh
4. Rian
5. Alex
Honorable Mention: Patrick

Jean-Paul Aline, Beggars Group
Albums
What’s Your Pleasure ? – Jessie Ware
b7 – Brandy



souvenir – Jonah Yano
All The Time – Jessy Lanza
Regresa – Buscabulla
Roisin Machine – Roisin Murphy
3.15.20 – Childish Gambino
Sin Miedo – Kali Uchis
Untitled (Rise) – Sault
Circles – Mac Miller
Will This Make Me Good – Nick Hakim
Miss Colombia – Lido Pimienta

Bonus : Le Jeune (EP) - Quinzequinze

Shows
Madonna – Madame X Tour / Lisbon
Algiers – Paris / La Maroquinerie
Roisin Murphy – Live On Mixcloud

TV SHOWS


Small Axe : Lovers Rock
I may Destroy you
The Crown

Book :
Where The Crawdads Sing – Delia Owens

Nabil Ayers, 4AD

JYOTI Mama, You Can Bet!
Keeley Forsythe Debris
Kelly Lee Owens Inner Song
SAULT Untitled (Black Is)



Alan Braufman The Fire Still Burns (the family biz)
Alabaster DePlume To Cy & Lee: Instrumentals Vol. 1
Mourning [A] BLKstar The Cycle
Grimes pausing her New York Times interview to talk about Raisin Bran
Dry Cleaning’s NYC shows in March… my last
U.S. Girls at The Dance
Post Malone’s Nirvana live stream

Chris Bithell - Beggars Group

Fave tracks released in 2020 (-ish)
Heavy emphasis on the party music... We needed it.

Green Gartside - Tangled Man [Rough Trade]


Warmduscher - Midnight Dipper (Soulwax Remix) [The Leaf Label]
Eris Drew - Transcendental Access Point [Interdimensional Transmissions]
SAULT - Free [Forever Living Originals]
Peter Cat Recording Co. - Portrait of a Time [Panache]
lau.ra & Secaina - Sideways [Needwant]
Róisín Murphy - We Got Together [Loaded]
Paul Epworth & Ishmael - Space Inc. [Sony]
Kaytranada & Pharrell Williams - Midsection [RCA]
Onipa - Makoma [Strut/K7]
Becky and the Birds - Wondering [4AD]
Dua Lipa - Hallucinate (prod. SG Lewis & Jacques Lu Cont) [Warner]
Bonobo & Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs - Heartbreak [Outlier]
Corridor - Domino [Sub Pop]
Ruthven - Have You Decided? [XL]
Jessica Winter - The Other (Chambermix) [Roya]
Erika de Casier & El Trick - Little Bit (El Trick Remix / Sydlandsmix) [Jeep]
The Organism - Jhana [Eklektisch]
Kiwi & Ghost Culture - I Feel Better [Crossbreed]
Pregoblin - Love Letters [eOne]
Hot Chip & Jarvis Cocker - Straight To The Morning [Domino]
Red Axes - Arpman [Dark Entries]
LA Priest - Beginning (Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs Remix) [Domino]
Låpsley - Speaking of the End [XL]
The Avalanches - Oh The Sunn / We Go On [Modular]
SAULT - Monsters [Forever Living Originals]

1010 Benja SL - Dobby [Young Turks]

Nick Boyd, Beggars Group



Everything released this year by AceMo, MoMa Ready, Bored Lord, Kush Jones, DJ Swisha, DJ Delish, Ali Berger, Eris Drew, Octo Octa, Huey Mnemonic, Max Watts, Nikki Nair, Tim Reaper, OSSX, James Bangura, INVT, An Avrin, El Blanco Nino, Fear-E, Allergy Season, musclecars, A. G. Cook, Haus of Altr, Towhead Recordings, Moveltraxx, Sweat Equity, Scuffed Recordings, C Powers, Chucky73 and the whole Sie7etr3 crew, Alex Falk, Amal, ART DLR, Bad Bunny, Bad Boy Chiller Crew, Drummy, Kindergarten Records, Bastiengoat, Juke Bounce Werk, Nick Leon, Black Cadmium, Black Girl / White Girl, Boof, Charli XCX, Lil Uzi Vert, Kiwi Rekords, Private Caller, Sammy Virji, Rico Nasty, Mark Archer, They Hate Change, Tyga Paw, DJ Girl, ROOM, Coloring Lessons, Super Tuff, T5UMUT5UMU, quest?onmarc. Honorable mention to the fourteen releases we did on Sorry Records this year.

Emma Buchanan, Matador Records

PYLON - BOX
Augustus Muller - Machine Learning Experiments
Aurat - Poison
Beatrice Dillon - Workaround
Chronophage - Th’pig’kiss’d Album
Constant Smiles - Control
Cool Greenhouse - s/t
Duma - Duma
GISM - Detestation reissue
Gwenifer Raymond - Strange Lights Over Garth Mountain



Jackie Lynn - Jacqueline
Joanne Robertson - Painting stupid girls
Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith - The Mosaic of Transformation
Kelly Lee Owens - Inner Song
Necrot - Mortal
Nidia - Não Fales Nela Que A Mentes
No Home - Fucking Hell
Noveller - Arrow
OOIOO -Nijimusi
PE - Person
Ramble Tamble - Burned County Data
Renee Van Trier - Something of What I’ve Lost
Skeleton - Skeleton

Special Interest - The Passion Of
Vacant Gardens - Under the Bloom
Vladislav Delay - Rakka

Gerard Cosloy, Matador Records

Saint Abdullah - In God's Image (Psychic Liberation)

Amani + King Vision Ultra - An Unknown Infinite (PTP)
No Home - Fucking Hell (d/l bandcamp)
Chronophage - Th' Pig Kissed (Cleta Patra)
Felicia Atkinson - Everything Evaporate (Shelter Press)
Still House Plants - Fast Edit (Bison / Blank Forms)
Model Home - One Year (Disciples)
Sofehso - A Record (First Terrace)
Claire Rousay - Both (Second Editions)
Soft Shoulder - Contextual Depreciation (Gilgongo)
Dr. Pete Larsen and His Cytoxic Nyatti Band - s/t (Dagoretti)
Dean Roberts - Not Fire (Erstwhile)
Armand Hammer - Shrines (Backwoodz Studioz)

Ono - Red Summer (American Dreams)



Triple Negative - God Bless The Death Drive (Penultimate Press)
Mint Mile - Ambertron (Comedy Minus One)
NE$$ x Baby J - 21st Century Blues
Obnox - Savage Raygun (ever/never)
David Nance - Staunch Honey (Trouble In Mind)
Sumac - May You Be Held (Thrill Jockey)
Uniform - Shame (Sacred Bones)
Duma - s/t (Nyege Nyege Tapes)
Powers / Rolin Duo - s/t (Feeding Tube)
Will Johnson - El Capitan (Keeled Scales)
Horse Lords - The Common Task (Northern Spy)



Dan Melchior - Embankment To The End Of The Line (Gertrude Tapes)
FACS - Void Moments (Trouble In Mind)
E- Complications (Silver Rocket)



Jon Collin - Water And Rock Music, Volumes 3-4 (Feeding Tube/Early Music)
Lamps - People With Faces (In The Red)
Astute Palate - s/t (Petty Bunco)
Magik Markers - 2020 (Drag City)
Barry Walker Jr. - Shoulda Zenith (Holy Moutain)

Reissues / vault-y bits :
Black Unity Trio - Al - Fatihah (Gotta Groove)
Dadamah - This Is Not A Dream (Grapefruit)
Ela Orleans - Lost (La Station Radar)
Phew - Vertical Jamming (Disciples)
United Mutation - Dark Self Image (Radio Raheem)

Top 3 TV Moments :
1) Geoff Metcalfe getting stabbed in the neck with a broken wine bottle
2) Geoff Metcalfe falling off his roof



3) Eddie Kingston - spoken word

Steve Cross, Remote Control
20 tracks that got me through 2020
Soccer96 - I Was Gonna Fight Fascism


Kelly Lee Owens – Corner Of My Sky ft. John Cale
Nadia Reid - Best Thing
Sault – Little Boy
Cabane feat. Bonnie "Prince" Billy – Take me home Pt2


The Weather Station – Robber

Moonduo –Planet Caravan
Alexandra Savior - But You
Bill Callahan - Sea Song (feat. Mick Turner)
Rival Consoles - Vibrations on a String
Aoife Nessa Frances - Blow Up
Car Seat Headrest - Deadlines (Thoughtful)
Kelly Lee Owens – On
Lou Doillon – Alexandrie, Alexandra
Ghostpoet - Breaking Cover
Sei Still - El Camino
Daniel Avery - Lone Swordsman
Son Lux - Only (Chasing You) [feat. William Bell]
Shannon Lay/Steve Gunn - Clay Pigeons

Blake Mills - Money Is The One True God

Malcolm Donaldson, Matador Records
20 new albums and (some new, some old) reads I enjoyed in 2020





















"Paraphrase" - Sarah Resnick
Invisibility Blues - Michele Wallace
Libra - Don Delillo
Tell Me How Long the Train's Been Gone - James Baldwin
Satantango - Laszlo Krasznahorkai
Butcher's Crossing - John Williams
Sula - Toni Morrison
The Factory - Hiroko Oyamada
Real Life - Brandon Taylor
Two Serious Ladies - Jane Bowles

Bonus Round: Favorite not-new new release



Rian Fossett, Matador Records



Art Feynman - Half Price at 5:30
Mary Lattimore - Silver Ladders
Omar S - You Want
Pop Smoke - Shoot For The Stars Aim For The Moon
Neil Young - Homegrown
Kelly Lee Owens - Inner Song
Yves Tumor - Heaven To A Tortured Mind
Jorge Elbrecht - Presentable Corpse
Domenique Dumont - People On SundayOneohtrix Point Never- Magic Oneohtrix Point Never

My Favorite Show - How To with John Wilson
My Favorite Enzo - @enzothesweetboy

Jonathan Gold, Beggars Group
Albums
Arca – KiCk i (XL)
Caribou – Suddenly (Merge)
Dehd – Flower of Devotion (Fire Talk)



Desire Marea – Desire (Izimakade)
Eartheater – Phoenix: Flames Are Dew Upon My Skin (PAN)
Jessie Ware – What’s Your Pleasure (PMR/Friends Keep Secrets/Interscope)
Kelly Lee Owens – Inner Song (Smalltown Sound)
Naked Roommate – Do the Duvet (Trouble In Minds)
Perfume Genius – Set My Heart on Fire Immediately (Matador)
Popcaan – FIXTAPE (Unruly/OVO Sound)
Special Interest - The Passion Of (Night School/ Thrill Living)
Yves Tumor – Heaven to A Tortured Mind (Warp)

EPs
Deaton Chris Anthony – BOOGY WOOGY (Self-Released)
Meth Math – Pompi (In Real Life)



Park Hye Jin – How Can I (Ninja Tune)
Moonchild Sanelly – Nüdes (Transgressive)
Shygirl – ALIAS (Because)

Songs
BbyMutha – “Cocaine Catwalk” (Self-released)
Bicep – “Apricots” (Ninja Tune)
Blake Mills – “Money Is The One True God” & “Vanishing Twin” (New Deal/Verve)
Creams – “DIE 4 U” (Self-released)
Jeannette Ndiaye – “Makom Ma Bobe” (Kalita)
Julie Byrne, Jefre Cantu-Ledes – “Love’s Refrain” (Mexican Summer)
keiyaA – “Hvnli” & “Rectifya” (Forever)
Koraal – “Vuurdin” (Nous’klaer Audio)
Lorenzo Senni – “Dance Tonight Revolution Tomorrow” (Warp)
Mary Lattimore – “Pine Trees” (Ghostly)
Maurice Fulton, Peggy Guo – “Jigoo” (Gudu)
MOTHERMARY – “Catch Fire” (Italians Do It Better)
Pop Smoke – “Shake The Room (feat. Quavo)” (Victor Victor Worldwide/ Republic)

Pam Garavano, Beggars Group
15 new & 10 reissues albums I loved this year. I strive to never list albums I work on, but if I did, plum by widowspeak and clot by wax chattels along with the reissue of OXZ’s catalog are all aces.

new releases:
adrianne lenker - songs (4ad)
ana roxanne - because of a flower (kranky)
constant smiles - control (living waters)
cut worms - nobody lives here anymore (jagjaguwar)
kate nv - room for the moon (rvng)
katie gately - loom (houndstooth)



le volume courbe - fourteen years ep (honest jons)
mary lattimore - silver ladders (ghostly)
lucrecia dalt - no era sólida (rvng)
modern nature - annual (bella union)
perfume genius - set my heart on fire immediately (matador)
psychic ills - never learn not to love 7-inch (sacred bones)
snowy - audio commentary (spunk)
tomberlin - projections ep (saddle creek)
westerman - your hero is not dead (partisan)

reissue:
dadamah - this is not a dream (grapefruit)
loscil - coast/range/arc (kranky)



priscilla ermel - origins da luz (music from memory)
hiroshi yoshimura - green? (light in the attic)
pole - 1, 2 & 3 (mute)
pale saints - comforts of madness 30th anniv. (4ad)
pylon - pylon box (new west)
the sound - physical world 7-inch (reminder)
neil young - homegrown (reprise)
various artists - ak79 (flying nun)

Matt Harmon, Beggars Group
ALBUMS
Modern Nature - Annual EP (Bella Union)
Brigid Dawson and The Mothers Network - Ballet of Apes (Castleface)
Irreversible Entanglements - Who Sent You (International Anthem)
Sunwatchers - Oh Yeah! (Trouble in Mind Records)
CS + Crème - Snoopy (The Trilogy Tapes)
Beatrice Dillion - Workaround (Pan)
Lingo Seini et son groupe - Musique Hauka (Sahel Sounds)
T.V Sun - Mosses (Anyway)



Quin Kirchner - The Shadows and The Light (Astral Spirits)
Roomful of Teeth - Michael Harrison: Just Constellations EP (Amsterdam)
Penelope Trappes - “Eel Drop” EP (Houndstooth)
Omar S - You Want (FXHE Records)
Oneohtrix Point Never - Magic Oneohtrix Point Never (Warp)
Nazar - Guerilla (Hyper-Dub)

SONGS
HAAi “Head above the Parakeets” (Mute)
Les Sins & Acemo “C’mon Les’ Go” (Company Studio/Sonic Messengers)
Dave Harrington + Nate Mercereau “Things Move Quickly When They Feel Right” (How So Records)
AceMoMa, AceMo & Moma Ready “Revolutionary” (HAUS of ALTR)
Jenny Hval “Bonus Material” (Sacred Bones)
Mdou Moctar “Ibitan” (self-released)
Sault “Free” (Forever Living Originals)
Dan Matz “Now Lucifer” (Assumed Identity)

REISSUES



Rashied Ali + Frank Lowe - Duo Exchange (Survival Records)
Anthony Moore - “Out” (Drag City)
Various Artists - Guasá, Cununo y Marimba. Afro-Colombian Music the West Coast (Gertudis Bonilla)

Noam Klar, Matador Records
my top 5 Mad Men episodes as viewed during lockdown 1&2:
1. Season 5, episode 11: “The Other Woman”
2. Season 7, episode 14: “Person To Person”
4. Season 6, episode 8: “The Crash”
4. Season 1, episode 12: “Nixon Vs Kennedy”

5. Season 3, episode 6: “Guy Walks Into an Advertising Agency”

Sonya Kolowrat, Beggars Group
TOP 10 SCREAMERS + RELATED THINGS I DISCOVERED IN 2020

I moved to LA from the E.Coast in the summer of 2019, and my “Covid project” has been a deep study into all things LA Punk rock. Living in NYC, one gets a little locked into E.Coast stuff, so I had the rare pleasure of discovering a new old band. In the early punk days in LA, there was one band that ruled it all and influenced it all. THE SCREAMERS. I AM STILL MAD that no one told me about them ages ago. You have to click on all the stuff below and then you too can get SO excited about a band that never officially released an album and only existed from 1975-1981. Why didn’t you tell me about this band when I was 4? Here’s a list of things I have explored and enjoyed related to this band.



    1. “122 Hours Of Fear” (kicks in after a minute, and the anticipation build is worth it)

    2. “Vertigo”






  1. Screamer’s singer Tomata du Plenty on CNN talking about his post-band art career.

  2. KK Barrett – Former Screamers drummer, now Academy Award nominated production designer

  3. The Cockettes – SF avant garde psychedelic hippie theater group that Tomata was in – Documentary/Website

  4. The Hollywood Columbarium at Hollywood Forever where Tomata Du Plenty is laid to rest (bonus resting place of Rozz Williams of Christian Death one floor above)

  5. The art of Gary Panter (designed the iconic Screamers “screaming man” logo in addition to a Yo La Tengo album cover)

  6. Books: We Got the Neutron Bomb: The Untold Story of L.A. Punk by Brendan Mullen & Marc Spitz, Under The Big Black Sun - A Personal History of LA Punk and it's sequel, More Fun in the New World: The Unmaking and Legacy of L.A. Punk - by John Doe and Tom DeSavia

  7. Lydia Lunch’s podcast and Pleasant Gehman’s podcast

  8. Cornell University’s Screamers collection


Andy Larsen, Beggars Group
Full lengths:
M. Takara and Carla Boregas - Linha D’Água (El Rocha Records)



Valentina Magaletti, Marlene Ribeiro - Due Matte (Horn of Plenty)
Kübler Ross - Kübler Ross (Akashic Records)
Sarah Davachi - Cantus, Descant (Late Music)
Alan Braufman - The Fire Still Burns (Valley of Search)
Vladislav Delay - 500 Push-Up (feat Sly and Robbie) (Sub Rosa)
Beatrice Dillon - Workaround (Pan)
Ambrose Akinsmusire - on the tender spot of every calloused moment (Blue Note Records)
Cindy Lee - What's Tonight To Eternity (W.25th)
Crazy Doberman - Illusory Expansion (Astral Spirits)

EPs, singles, collections, and archive releases:

Don Cherry - Om Shanti Om (Black Sweat Records)
Charles Curtis - Performances and Recordings 1998-2018 (Saltern)
Nkisi - Initiation (Initiation)
Neutrals - Personal Computing (Slumberland Records)



Xylitol - I’m Pretty Sure I Would Know If Reality Were Fundamentally Different Than I Perceived It To Be (Thrilling Living)
Alvin Lucier - String Noise (Black Truffle)
Coil - Musick To Play In The Dark (Dais)
Harry Pussy - Superstar (Palilalia)
Model Home - One Year (Disciples)
Marika Politissa - All Parts Dark (Olvido Records)

Annette Lee, 4AD
Top 10 discoveries / things that have kept me sane during lockdown:
1. Schitts Creek
2. I May Destroy You



3. Why I’m No Longer Talking To White People About Race by Reni Eddo-Lodge (Book)
4.East cookbook by Meera Sodha
5.Perfecting a gut-busting pork ramen
6.Ruth Rogers’ Sausage Ragu recipe (thanks to Patrick Amory)
7. Calcarius orange and Kindelli Luna Nueva Blanc wines
8. Lagman from Karamay Urghur restaurant
9. NTS Radio
10.Lockdown Parenting Hell podcast

Aaron Leitko, Matador Records
Model Home - SE (Future Times)
Autechre - Sign (Warp)
KMRU - Peel (Editions Mego)

Beatrice Dillon - Workaround (PAN)



Ulla - Tumbling Towards a Wall (Experiences Ltd.)
Luke Stewart - Exposure Quintet (Astral Spirits)
Butch Willis - Amateur on Plastic DVD (Teen-Beat)
US Girls - Heavy Light (4AD)
Vikingur Olafsson - Debussy / Rameau (Deutsche Grammophon)
HOA011 - V/A (Haus of Altr)
Bill Callahan - Gold Record (Drag City)
Kelley Stoltz - Ah! (etc.) (Agitated Records)
Seltene Erden - Scorched Erden (Youth)
Adam X - Acid Archives 92-94 (L.I.E.S.)
Cygnus - Neon Flux (World Building)
Prince - Sign o the Times Super Deluxe (Warner)

Jeff Parker - Suite For Max Brown (International Anthem)



Imaginary Softwoods - Annual Flowers in Color 2020 Remaster (Amethyst Sunset/Mineral Disk)
M. Geddes Gengras - Time Makes Nothing Happen
Haley Fohr @ Hirshhorn 12.6.29
Clear Channel @ Marx Cafe 1.3.20
Jonathan Richman / Bonnie “Prince” Billy @ Lincoln Theater 3.7.20

Irreversible Entanglements @ Rhizome 3.8.20

Ryan Naideau, Rough Trade
new stuff:
theo parrish - wuddaji
the microphones in 2020
gillian welch - boots, all the good times
lil uzi vert - eternal atake
21 savage - savage mode II
mike - weight of the world



dj blackpower - king of the night
necrot - mortal
malokarpatan - krupinské ohne
after - life repeats
lady ehepr - gloatre
straw man army - age of exile
twisted thing - sacred cement
jeff rosenstock - no dream
cadenaxo - lenguas podridas
chronophage - th' pig kiss'd
blair - nothing helps



ippei matsui & aki tsuyoku - natsu no zenbu
domenique dumont - people on sunday
v/a - equiknoxx music in 2020

old stuff:
world standard - asagao
v/a - still in my arms comp
don cherry - om shanti om
valium aggelein - black moon
shirley scott - one for me
v/a - la locura de machuca 1975-1980

Abby Rubin, Beggars Group
2020 Favorites
Lamb Rabbit- Heart True



Dominique Dumont - People On Sunday
Against All Logic - 2017-2019
Fiona Apple - Fetch The Boltcutters
Tara Clerkin Trio - S/T
Oneohtrix Point Never - Magic Oneohtrix Point Never
Neil Young - Homegrown



The Soft Pink Truth - Shall We Go On Sinning So That Grace May Increase?
Waxahatachee - St. Cloud
Caribou - Never Come Back
SAULT - Untitled (Rise)
Burna Boy - Twice as Tall
Kelly Lee Owens - Inner Song
Mary Lattimore - Silver Ladders
Gia Margaret - Mia Gargaret
Moodyman - Taken Away
Loma - Don’t Shy Away
Marie Davidson - Renegade Breakdown
Ela Minus - Acts of Rebellion
Art Feynman - Half Price at 3:30
Yves Tumor - Heaven To A Tortured Mind
Yves Jarvis - Sundry Rock Song Stock
The Avalanches - We Will Always Love You

Josh Turner, Matador Records
Favourites
New in 2020
John Carroll Kirby - My Garden
Mil-Spec - World House



Vein - Old Data In A New Machine Vol. 1
Jamael Dean - Ished Tree
Yves Tumor - Heaven To A Tortured Mind
Bib - Delux
Mary Lattimore - Silver Ladders
Jay Electronica - A Written Testimony
Chubby & The Gang - Speed Kills
Honourable mentions:
End It - One Way Track
SUSS - Promise
William Tyler - New Vanitas
Graf Orlock - Decibel Flexi

Six Organs of Admittance - Companion Rises



Found in 2020
Federico Mompou - Impressions
Bartok - Romanian Folk
The Telescopes - Taste
International Harvester - Sov Gott Rose-Mari
Normil Hawaiians - More Wealth Than Money
Stan Hubbs - Crystal
Chuck Johnson - Balsams
The Orioles - Crying In The Chapel
Dara Puspita - Ba-Da-Da-Dum
Read in 2020
Pierre Berton - Klondike 1896 - 1899
Dan Hooper - At The Edge of Time
A K Blakemore - Fondue
Evan Osnos - Age of Ambition
Mixes / Lists
Hung, Drawn & Quartered - 20th February 2020
Sauvages - Sauvages#180



Jake Whitener, Matador Records


Favorite Releases of 2020 :


Sarah Mary Chadwick- Please Daddy (Sinderlyn)
Slauson Malone- Vergangenheitsbewältigung (Crater Speak) (Grand Closing)
Maral- Push (Leaving Records)
Ramble Tamble- Burned County Data (Self-Released)
Pink Siifu- Negro (Field Left)
Duma- Omni (Nyege Nyege Tapes)Your
Duval Timothy- Help (Carrying Colour)
Nazar- Guerilla (Hyperdub LTD)
No Home- Fucking Hell (Self-Released)
Special Interest- The Passion Of (Night School / Thrilling living)
Yves Tumor- Heaven to a Tortured Mind (Warp)
Crack Cloud- Pain Olympics (Self-Released)
Irreversible Entanglements- Who Sent You? (International Anthem)
Park Hye Jin- How can I (Ninja Tune)
The Cowboy- Wifi on the Prairie (Self-Released)

(more from 2020 and beyond)

Sweetie Zamora, Remote Control Records
My favourite releases of 2020 - a year of everything and nothing all at the same time.
Carla Geneve - The Right Reasons

Christine and the Queens - La vita nuova
Dua Lipa - Future Nostalgia



Jessie Ware - What’s Your Pleasure?
Joji - Nectar
Lady Gaga - Chromatica
Little Dragon - New Me, Same Us
Miiesha - Nyaaringu
Perfume Genius - Set My Heart On Fire Immediately
Roisin Murphy - Roisin Machine
Romy - Lifetime
SAULT - Untitled (Black Is) & Untitled (Rise)
Surprise Chef - Daylight Savings
Taylor Swift - Folklore & Evermore
The Chicks - Gaslighter
Yaeji - WHAT WE DREW ??? ????

Emily Zaremba, Matador Records
Albums/EPs in no particular order:
Actress - Karma & Desire
Joanne Robertson - Painting Stupid Girls
Model Home - One Year
Beatrice Dillon - Workaround



Ichiko Aoba - Windswept Adan
Special Interest - The Passion Of
Adrianne Lenker - songs
Moodymann - Taken Away
lojii - lo&behold
Park Hye Jin - How can I



Tristan Arp - Suggested Forms
Bill Callahan - Gold Record
Kelly Lee Owens - Inner Song
Ana Roxanne - Because of a Flower
No Joy - Motherhood
Kate NV - Room For The Moon
Julianna Barwick - Healing is A Miracle
DJ Python - Mas Amable
Songs in no particular order:

Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith - “Expanding Electricity”



Dehd - “Loner”
Standing on the Corner - “Angel”
Against All Logic - “Penny”
Pa Salieu - “Frontline”
HAAi - “Rotating in Unison”
Sassy 009 - “Ghost Town”
Oneohtrix Point Never - “I Don’t Love Me Anymore”
Bktherula - “Summer”
Sufjan Stevens - “The Ascension”
The 1975 - “Yeah I Know”
Shygirl - “Slime”
Jwords - “Numb”
Yves Tumor - “Gospel For A New Century”
Katie Dey - “Happiness”
SAULT - “Strong”
Salem - “Old Gods”
Yung Lean - “Yayo”

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