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Interpol - 'The Black EP' / 'Turn On The Bright Lights' (2002 Documentary)







(photo : Michael Edwards)



On August 20th, Interpol’s canonical debut album 'Turn On The Bright Lights' turns 20. To commemorate this moment, the band today make the fan-favorite and TOTBL companion 'The Black EP' available on digital platforms.

Originally released on August 26, 2003, as a limited-edition CD, the long out of print 'The Black EP' features the studio version of "Say Hello To The Angels", a demo of "NYC" and four TOTBL-era songs recorded live in session for Radio France in 2002, including fabled non-album bonus track "Specialist".

Accompanying the release is a 2002 short documentary on the band made by a French subsidiary of then-label EMI. Hitherto lost in the annals of 144p
YouTube rips, the 13-minute clip is brought to glorious hi-res restoration,
featuring interviews with the band as well as snippets of performances of
‘PDA’, ‘NYC’, ‘Untitled’ and ‘Stella was a diver and she was always down’.



stream 'The Black EP's'
stream / purchase 'Turn On The Bright Lights'
stream / purchase 'The Other Side Of Make-Believe'

'The Black EP'  Tracklist

  1. Say Hello To The Angels

  2. NYC (Demo)

  3. Obstacle 1 (Black Sessions)

  4. Specialist (Black Sessions)

  5. Leif Erikson (Black Sessions)

  6. PDA (Black Sessions)


Turn on the Bright Lights Tracklist

  1. Untitled

  2. Obstacle 1

  3. NYC

  4. PDA

  5. Say Hello to the Angels

  6. Hands Away

  7. Obstacle 2

  8. Stella was a diver and she was always down

  9. Roland

  10. The New

  11. Leif Erikson


Interpol on tour :

Thursday, August 25 Stone Pony Summer Stage, Asbury Park NJ #
Friday, August 26 Budweiser Stage, Toronto ON #
Saturday, August 27 Thompson’s Point, ­Portland ME^
Sunday, August 28 Bold Point Pavilion, Providence RI^
Tuesday, August 30 KEMBA Live! Outdoor, Columbus OH^
Thursday, September 1 ­­Andrew J. Brady Music Center, Cincinnati OH^
Friday, September 2 The Eastern, Atlanta GA %
Saturday, September 3 Rabbit Rabbit, Asheville NC^
Tuesday, September 6 ­Stage AE Outdoors, Pittsburgh PA^
Thursday, September 8 TCU Amphitheater at White River Park, Indianapolis IN^
Friday, September 9 ­Stifel Theatre, St. Louis MO^
Saturday, September 10 The Criterion, Oklahoma City OK^
Tuesday, September 13 The Theater at Virgin Hotels Las Vegas, Las Vegas NV^
Wednesday, September 14 Vina Robles Amphitheatre, Paso Robles CA^
Friday, September 16 Paramount Theatre, Seattle WA^
Saturday, September 17 Pioneer Courthouse Square, Portland OR^
Sunday, September 18 Pioneer Courthouse Square, Portland OR^
Friday, November 4 Jeunesse Arena, Rio de Janeiro BR $
Saturday, November 5 Primavera Sound, São Paulo BR $
Tuesday, November 8 Pedreira Paulo Leminski, Curitiba BR
Thursday, November 10 Kilkfest, Asunción PY
Saturday, November 12 Primavera Sound Santiago de Chile, Santiago CL
Sunday, November 13 Primavera Sound Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires AR
Tuesday, November 15 Arena 1, Lima PE $

# Metric, Spoon
^ w/ Spoon, Water From Your Eyes
$ w/ Arctic Monkeys

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Coming September 9 : Spoon - 'Kill The Moonlight' 20th Anniversary White Vinyl Edition









"The Way We Get By" (directed by Steve Hanft)

Here’s one of those videos where I'm still trying to figure out what’s going on. I remember we worked on a shot of me making a suggestive handoff of a seemingly nefarious package, and some espionage-like loose story that was to be bookended by a little performance done on the sidewalk without a permit. Shot in a few hours in Chinatown during a 19-day van tour where we had no days off, the package handoff sequence had to be removed from the edit because MTV deemed it too indicative of a drug deal. I’m not sure what happened to the rest of the story but this thing holds up pretty well. The video was directed by Steve Hanft who had among other things, and this is the truth, years earlier directed a movie I had never heard of called "Kill The Moonlight". I thought I'd discovered that phrase in an early 19th century futurist manifesto. And well, I had. But so had he. Picture me trying to explain that to him on set when he thought our album referenced his movie. Steve had also shot the video for Beck’s song "Loser" and Beck put an album out one month after ours which had a song on it called "Paper Tiger", as did 'Kill The Moonlight'. That’s some universe type shit
. - Britt Daniel

On September 9 we're releasing a special white vinyl edition to mark the 20th anniversary of Spoon's landmark 4th album 'Kill The Moonlight', originally released by Merge in North America and 12XU in Europe. Considered by many to amongst the band's finest works, we're not likely to make more additional white vinyl copies of 'Kill The Moonlight' until the 40th anniversary rolls around, so preorder yours while you have a chance.

stream / preorder 'Kill The Moonlight' 20th Anniversary Edition : spoon.ffm.to/killthemoonlight

stream / preorder 'Lucifer On The Sofa'  : spoon.ffm.to/lots

Tracklist

01 Small Stakes
02 The Way We Get By
03 Something to Look Forward To
04 Stay Don’t Go
05 Jonathan Fisk
06 Paper Tiger
07 Someone Something
08 Don’t Let It Get You Down
09 All the Pretty Girls Go to the City
10 You Gotta Feel It
11 Back to the Life
12 Vittorio E.

Spoon on tour :

Thursday, August 25  Stone Pony Summer Stage, Asbury Park NJ %
Friday, August 26 Budweiser Stage, Toronto ON #
Saturday, August 27 Thompson’s Point, ­Portland ME %
Sunday, August 28 Bold Point Pavilion, Providence RI %
Tuesday, August 30 KEMBA Live! Outdoor, Columbus OH %
Thursday, September 1 ­­Andrew J. Brady Music Center, Cincinnati OH %
Saturday, September 3 Rabbit Rabbit, Asheville NC %
Sunday, September 4 Ryman Auditorium, Nashville TN %
Tuesday, September 6 ­Stage AE Outdoors, Pittsburgh PA %
Thursday, September 8 TCU Amphitheater at White River Park, Indianapolis IN %
Friday, September 9 ­Stifel Theatre, St. Louis MO %
Saturday, September 10 The Criterion, Oklahoma City OK %
Tuesday, September 13 The Theater at Virgin Hotels Las Vegas, Las Vegas NV %
Wednesday, September 14 Vina Robles Amphitheatre, Paso Robles CA %
Friday, September 16 Paramount Theatre, Seattle WA %
Saturday, September 17 Pioneer Courthouse Square, Portland OR %
Sunday, September 18 Pioneer Courthouse Square, Portland OR %
Thursday, October 6 Tolouse Theatre, New Orleans LA
Friday, October 7 Tolouse Theatre, New Orleans LA
Sunday October   9 Austin City Limits Festival, Austin TX
Tuesday, October 11 Cain’s Ballroom, Tulsa OK
Wednesday, October 12 Party For The Parks, Zilker Park, Austin TX
Saturday,October 15 Tannahill’s Tavern & Music Hall, Fort Worth TX
Sunday October 16 Austin City Limits Festival, Austin TX
Saturday, November 19 Corona Capital Festival, Mexico City MX

# Metric, Interpol,
% w/ Interpol, Water From Your Eyes

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Out Today : Yo La Tengo - 'I Can Hear The Heart Beating As You' - 25th Anniversary Edition



photo : Rafael Fuchs




stream / purchase 'I Can Hear The Heart Beating As One' 25th Anniversary Edition

The 25th anniversary edition of Yo La Tengo's landmark 'I Can Hear The Heart Beating As One' is available today in the USA on double vinyl and via all streaming services.  The deluxe vinyl edition will be in shops worldwide on August 12.

I Can Hear The Heart Beating as One 25th Anniversary Deluxe Tracklist

  1. Return to Hot Chicken

  2. Moby Octopad

  3. Sugarcube

  4. Damage

  5. Deeper into Movies

  6. Shadows

  7. Stockholm Syndrome

  8. Autumn Sweater

  9. Little Honda

  10. Green Arrow

  11. One PM Again

  12. The Lie and How We Told It

  13. Center of Gravity

  14. Spec Bebop

  15. We're an American Band

  16. My Little Corner of the World

  17. Autumn Sweater (Peel Session 1997)

  18. Shadows (Peel Session 1997)

  19. I Heard You Looking (Peel Session 1997)

  20. Autumn Sweater (Bundy K. Brown, John Herndon, Douglas McCombs and David Pajo Remix)

  21. Autumn Sweater (U-Ziq Remix)

  22. Autumn Sweater (Kevin Shields Remix)Yo La Tengo on Tour
    Yo La Tengo on tour :

    September 2-4, Nelsonville Festival, Nelsonville OH
    Saturday, September 24 Frantic City, Atlantic City NJ %

    * w/ Sylvan Esso, Indigo De Souza
    ^ w/ Japanese Breakfast, Cate Le Bon
    % w/ Snail Mail, Car Seat Headrest, more


Matador Revisionist History Podcast - Episode 7: Yo La Tengo



Stream Episode 7 of The Matador Revisionist History Podcast

Pre-order I Can Hear the Heart Beating as One on limited yellow vinyl

In April, Yo La Tengo’s landmark 1997 album I Can Hear the Heart Beating as One celebrated its 25th anniversary.

In this latest episode of our Matador Revisionist History podcast, the band – Georgia Hubley, Ira Kaplan, and James McNew – joins label co-owner Gerard Cosloy to discuss the record’s history and singular standing within the YLT oeuvre. “We know this is considered a key part of the arc,” explains Kaplan. “If we’re at the merch table and somebody is asking, ‘I don’t have any of your records, which one should I get?’ we know this is the right answer. Whether we feel that way or not, we know we’re supposed to recommend this record.”

Further reminiscences include the origin of The Condo Fucks, how a fake Brian Brain tribute album spiraled into real-life drama, and why the working title of “The Lie and How We Told It” was “The Hard Singing Song.” Listen HERE.



Our limited-edition yellow vinyl reissue of I Can Hear the Heart Beating as One will be out July 29 (US/CA, Aug 12 ROW). Pre-order HERE. We have also posted a digital deluxe version of the album, which includes the band’s 1997 Peel Session and remixes of “Autumn Sweater” by µ-Ziq, Kevin Shields, and members of Tortoise. Find that HERE.

Matador’s team of archivists have also unearthed an extended cut of the “Sugarcube” video. The clip was directed by Phil Morrison and stars David Cross and Bob Odenkirk, creators of the legendary comedy sketch series, Mr. Show. For added context, the band also recorded a conversation with Cross reflecting on the making of the video and its legacy, which you can view HERE.

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Coming July 29 : Yo La Tengo - 'I Can Hear The Heart Beating as One' 25th Anniversary Edition



photo : Rafael Fuchs




stream / purchase 'I Can Hear The Heart Beating As One' 25th Anniversary Edition

Today, Yo La Tengo’s undeniable classic 1997 album 'I Can Hear the Heart Beating as One' is a quarter of a century old. To celebrate, a digital deluxe version of the album is released today offering a smorgasbord of extras: the band’s 1997 Peel Session featuring live takes of “Autumn Sweater,” “Shadows,” and a 9-minute pass through “I Heard You Looking,” as well as remixes of “Autumn Sweater” by µ-Ziq, Kevin Shields, and members of Tortoise, many of which have not previously been made available for streaming. “I remember that I wanted it sounding pretty organic, which is why I recorded it to a cassette and pitched it about a bit,” recalls µ-Ziq’s Mike Paradinas. “It really is all over the place.”

Best of all: Matador’s archivists have unearthed a director’s cut of the “Sugarcube” video, directed by Phil Morrison and starring David Cross  and Bob Odenkirk, creators of the legendary comedy sketch series, "Mr. Show", which adds 30 seconds of never-before-seen footage. “I had the greatest time making this! Mr. Show reunion, of course, and a great song and scenario,” says Odenkirk. “We improvised these hard-rock clowns, perhaps my greatest work in ‘clowning,’ and would love to revisit and really dig deep on who these two were – hair-metal go-getters!”





photo : Lisa Johnson



"Sugarcube" - directed by Phil Morrison



“It was fun! (Pretty rare for a music video.) And such a good group of people making it for pretty much nothing, including David Doernberg, Joe Ventura, Nicole Whitaker, James Whitaker, Michael Mees, Leesa Evans, Damon Chesse, Amy Silver, Elena Balshem, Matt Chesse, Bill Ryan, Dennis Callaci (and maybe Allen Callaci and Chris Jones), and many more. The school sweatshirts were made by the legendary The Wizard, on Sunset near The Roxy and The Rainbow.”

On the physical end of things, the record will be made available in a limited 25th anniversary edition on translucent yellow vinyl on July 29 (US/CA) & Aug 12 (ROW). Also available will be a reproduction of the video’s “President McKinley Academy of Rock” sweatshirts



I Can Hear The Heart Beating as One 25th Anniversary Deluxe Tracklist

  1. Return to Hot Chicken

  2. Moby Octopad

  3. Sugarcube

  4. Damage

  5. Deeper into Movies

  6. Shadows

  7. Stockholm Syndrome

  8. Autumn Sweater

  9. Little Honda

  10. Green Arrow

  11. One PM Again

  12. The Lie and How We Told It

  13. Center of Gravity

  14. Spec Bebop

  15. We're an American Band

  16. My Little Corner of the World

  17. Autumn Sweater (Peel Session 1997)

  18. Shadows (Peel Session 1997)

  19. I Heard You Looking (Peel Session 1997)

  20. Autumn Sweater (Bundy K. Brown, John Herndon, Douglas McCombs and David Pajo Remix)

  21. Autumn Sweater (U-Ziq Remix)

  22. Autumn Sweater (Kevin Shields Remix)

    Yo La Tengo on Tour

    Friday, May 20 Historic Durham Athletic Park, Durham NC *
    Thursday, June 2 Primavera Sound Festival, Barcelona ES
    Saturday, July 23 Dell Music Center, Philadelphia PA ^
    September 2-4, Nelsonville Festival, Nelsonville OH
    Saturday, September 24 Frantic City, Atlantic City NJ %

    * w/ Sylvan Esso, Indigo De Souza
    ^ w/ Japanese Breakfast, Cate Le Bon
    % w/ Snail Mail, Car Seat Headrest, more


Pavement - 'Slanted & Enchanted' 30th Anniversary - splatter vinyl + 'Courting Shutdown Offers' CS bundle





(photo : Gail Butensky)



Today, we celebrate 30 years of Pavement’s debut full-length, ‘Slanted & Enchanted,’ which was first released on this day in 1992. It remains a truly monumental album – one that defined/ruined a generation and a genre, depending on who you ask.

This isn’t our first pass at the ‘Slanted & Enchanted’-anniversary-game and we’ve put decades of hard-earned wisdom to work on making this one pop.

To start: On August 12th, we’ll release a limited-edition run of the original LP on red/white/black splatter vinyl.

We’ve also manufactred a lovingly detailed replica of the cassette Pavement used to shop ‘Slanted & Enchanted’ to prospective record labels, titled ‘Courting Shutdown Offers.’ This is an early version of the finished album with a different running order and a handful of alternate track titles. Pop it in a tape deck and experience ‘S&E’ as it was first heard by the era’s taste-making industry types.

And finally, we’ll premiere season two of our Revisionist History Podcast with a conversation featuring Pavement’s Stephen Malkmus and Spiral Stairs. Speaking to host Matt Sweeney (Chavez), the pair discuss preparing for their upcoming reunion tour, dropping out of college to tour with Sonic Youth, and writing “In the Mouth a Desert” after an Earth Day spent tripping on mescaline.

stream / purchase 'Slanted & Enchanted' and / or 'Courting Shutdown Offers'

'Slanted & Enchanted' Track List
1. Summer Babe (Winter Version)
2. Trigger Cut / Wounded-Kite At :17
3. No Life Signed Her
4. In the Mouth a Desert
5. Conduit For Sale!
6. Zurich Is Stained
7. Chesley’s Little Wrists
8. Loretta’s Scars
9. Here
10. Two States
11. Perfume-V
12. Fame Throwa
13. Jackals, False Grails: The Lonesome Era
14. Our Singer

'Courting Shutdown Offers' Track List
1. Chesley’s Little Wrists
2. Jackals, False Grails: The Lonesome Era
3. No Life Signed Her
4. Two States
5. Trigger Cut
6. Fame Throwa
7. Pain Smiles
8. The Wounded Kite
9. Summer Babe
10. Perfume-V
11. My First Mine
12. Baptist Blacktick
13. Loretta’s Scars
14. Pillowjack
15. Here





Pavement on Tour

Thursday, June 2 Primavera Sound, Barcelona ES
Friday, June 10 NOS Primavera Sound, Porto PT
Wednesday, September 7 Balboa Theatre, San Diego CA (SOLD OUT)
Thursday, September 8, Orpheum Theatre, Los Angeles CA (SOLD OUT)
Friday, September 9 Orpheum Theatre, Los Angeles CA (SOLD OUT)
Saturday, September 10 Orpheum Theatre, Los Angeles CA (SOLD OUT)
Monday, September 12 The Masonic, San Francisco CA
Tuesday, September 13 The Masonic, San Francisco CA
Wednesday, September 14 The Masonic, San Francisco CA
Friday, September 16 Edgefield Amphitheatre, Troutdale OR
Saturday, September 17 The Paramount Theatre, Seattle WA (SOLD OUT)
Monday, September 19 Paramount Theatre, Denver CO
Tuesday, September 20 Uptown Theater, Kansas City MO
Wednesday, September 21 The Palace Theatre, St. Paul MN
Thursday, September 22 Chicago Theatre, Chicago IL (SOLD OUT)
Friday, September 23, Chicago Theatre IL
Saturday, September 24 Masonic Cathedral Theatre, Detroit MI (SOLD OUT)
Monday, September 26 Massey Hall, Toronto ON (SOLD OUT)
Tuesday, September 27, Massey Hall, Toronto ON
Wednesday, September 28 Boch Center Wang Theatre, Boston MA (SOLD OUT)
Friday, September 30 Kings Theatre, Brooklyn NY (SOLD OUT)
Saturday, October 1 Kings Theatre, Brooklyn NY (SOLD OUT)
Sunday, October 2 Kings Theatre, Brooklyn NY (SOLD OUT)
Monday, October 3, Kings Theatre, Brooklyn NY
Wednesday, October 5 The Met, Philadelphia PA (SOLD OUT)
Thursday, October 6 Warner Theatre, Washington DC (SOLD OUT)
Saturday, October 8 The Eastern, Atlanta GA (SOLD OUT)
Sunday, October 9 The Eastern, Atlanta GA (SOLD OUT)
Monday, October 10, 3Ten At ACL Live, Austin TX (SOLD OUT)
Tuesday, October 11 ACL Live at the Moody Theater, Austin TX (SOLD OUT)
Monday, October 17th 02 Academy, Leeds UK
Tuesday, October 18th Barrowland Ballroom, Glasgow UK (SOLD OUT)
Wednesday October 19th Usher Hall, Edinburgh UK
Thursday, October 20th 02 Apollo, Manchester UK
Saturday, October 22nd Roundhouse, London UK (SOLD OUT)
Sunday, October 23rd Roundhouse, London UK
Monday, October 24th Roundhouse, London UK
Tuesday, October 25th Roundhouse, London UK
Thursday, October 27th Le Grand Rex, Paris FR
Saturday, October 29th Vega, Copenhagen DK
Sunday, October 30th Sentrum Scene, Oslo NO
Monday, October 31st SE Cirkus, Stockholm SE
Wednesday, November 2nd VoxHall, Aarhus DK
Friday, November 4th Pier 2, Bremen DE
Saturday, November 5th Tempodrom, Berlin DE
Monday, November 7th Cirque Royal, Brussels BE
Tuesday, November 8th Royal Carré Theater, Amsterdam NL
Thursday, November 10th Vicar Street, Dublin IE (SOLD OUT)
Friday, November 11th Vicar Street, Dublin IE (SOLD OUT)
Wednesday, February 15 Tokyo Dome City Hall, Tokyo JP
Thursday, February 16 Tokyo Dome City Hall, Tokyo JP
Saturday, February 18 Namba Hatch, Osaka JP

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Out Today : Fucked Up - 'Do All Words Can Do'





Available today at all fine retailers and streaming platfoms, Fucked Up's 'Do All Words Can Do', a nine-track compilation gathering 'David Comes To Life'era-appropriate rarities and B-sides, all of which were previously available only on 7” 45's.

'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

Purchase / Stream 'Do All Words Can Do'

Purchase/ Stream 'David Comes To Life' - 10th Anniversary Edition



At one PM eastern today, Fucked Up will participate in Indieheads' "Ask Me Anything".  Please keep in mind that while you can ask the band anything, they are under no obligation to answer everything.

Fucked Up on tour (tickets)

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 SOLD OUT *
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
Saturday, June 4 Punk It Fest, Helsinki FI
Thursday, July 6 The Great Hall, Toronto ON
Friday, July 7 The Great Hall, Toronto ON
Tuesday, July 12 Club Saw, Ottowa ON
Wednesday, July 13 Bar Le Ritz, Montreal QC
Thursday, July 14 Sinclair, Boston MA
Friday, July 15 Brooklyn Made, Brooklyn NY
Saturday, July 16 Brooklyn Made, Brooklyn NY
Sunday, July 17 Underground Arts, Philadelphia PA
Monday, July 18 Union Stage, Washington DC
Tuesday, July 19 Mr. Smalls, Pittsburgh PA
Wednesday, July 20 Ace of Cups, Columbus OH
Thursday, July 21 Thalia Hall, Chicago IL
Friday, July 22 Shelter, Detroit MI
Saturday, August 27 Parish, Austin TX

* w/ Tuka, Sacred Paws

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Coming April 8 : Pavement - 'Terror Twilight : Farewell Horizontal'





"Be The Hook"
animation by Sabrina Nichols



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For more than a decade, Matador Records has chosen to ignore the ongoing (and, as social media caught on, increasingly not-so-polite) demands of ardent Pavement fans who have pined for a deluxe reissue of the band’s much-loved fifth and final album, 'Terror Twilight'.

Some frustration is warranted. After all, we did put out comprehensive special edition sets covering every other Pavement studio album. The truth is that we were just holding out for them to play some shows again.

On April 8th, Matador will release 'Terror Twilight: Farewell Horizontal', an exhaustive 45-track set compiling the remastered original album, B-sides, home demos, rehearsal tapes, era-appropriate live recordings, and even the rough tracks from Pavement’s scrapped session at Sonic Youth’s Echo Canyon studio. Altogether, it features 28 unreleased tracks. Today, you can listen to the never before heard full-band track “Be The Hook”.

The 4xLP and 2xCD editions will include a book with never-before-seen photos and commentary/context from band members Mark Ibold, Stephen Malkmus, Bob Nastanovich, Spiral Stairs, and Steve West as well as producer Nigel Godrich.

The LP will restore Godrich’s suggested sequence – which foregrounds the album’s headiest songs – while the CD preserves the final track order assembled by the band.

Originally released in 1999, 'Terror Twilight' marked a departure from Pavement’s established operating methods. Which is to say that it was recorded with a big-time producer in an expensive studio. However, for all the talk of “polish” and “precision” it’s still very much a Pavement record. And a great one. Like every Pavement album that preceded it, 'Terror Twilight' thrills and confounds. Often at the same time. Twenty-two years on, the songs remain moody, strange, and eminently deserving of re-celebration.


(photo : Charlie Gross)





Terror Twilight: Farewell Horizontal LP Tracklist

LP1 - Side A
1) Platform Blues
2) The Hexx
3) You Are a Light
4) Cream of Gold
5) Ann Don’t Cry

LP1 - Side B
1) Billie
2) Folk Jam
3) Major Leagues
4) Carrot Rope
5) Shagbag #
6) Speak, See, Remember
7) Spit On a Stranger

LP2 - Side C
1) The Porpoise and the Hand Grenade
2) Rooftop Gambler
3) Your Time to Change
4) Stub Your Toe
5) Major Leagues (Demo Version)
6) Decouvert de Soleil

LP2 - Side D
1) Carrot Rope (SM Demo) #
2) Folk Jam Moog (SM Demo) #
3) Billy (SM Demo) #
4) Terror Twilight [Speak, See, Remember] (SM Demo) #
5) You Are a Light (SM Demo) #
6) Cream of Gold Intro (Jessamine) #
7) Cream of Gold (SM Demo) #

LP3 - Side E
1) Spit On a Stranger (SM Demo) #
2) Folk Jam Guitar (SM Demo) #
3) You Are a Light (Echo Canyon) #
4) Ground Beefheart [Platform Blues] (Echo Canyon) #
5) Folk Jam (Echo Canyon) #

LP3 - Side F
1) Ann Don’t Cry (Echo Canyon) #
2) Jesus in Harlem [Cream of Gold] (Echo Canyon) #
3) The Porpoise and the Hand Grenade (Echo Canyon) #
4) Spit On a Stranger (Echo Canyon) #
5) Be the Hook #

LP4 - Side G
1) You Are a Light (Jackpot!) #
2) Terror Twilight [Speak, See, Remember] (RPM) #
3) Rooftop Gambler (Jessamine) #
4) For Sale! The Preston School of Industry (Jessamine) #
5) Frontwards (Live) #

LP4 - Side H
1) Platform Blues (Live) #
2) The Hexx (Live) #
3) You Are a Light (Live) #
4) Folk Jam (Live) #
5) Sinister Purpose (Live) #

#= previously unreleased
2xCD features 1999 album sequence

Pavement on Tour

Thursday, June 2 Primavera Sound, Barcelona ES
Friday, June 10 NOS Primavera Sound, Porto PT
Wednesday, September 7 Balboa Theatre, San Diego CA (SOLD OUT)
Thursday, September 8, Orpheum Theatre, Los Angeles CA (SOLD OUT)
Friday, September 9 Orpheum Theatre, Los Angeles CA (SOLD OUT)
Saturday, September 10 Orpheum Theatre, Los Angeles CA (SOLD OUT)
Monday, September 12 The Masonic, San Francisco CA
Tuesday, September 13 The Masonic, San Francisco CA
Wednesday, September 14 The Masonic, San Francisco CA
Friday, September 16 Edgefield Amphitheatre, Troutdale OR
Saturday, September 17 The Paramount Theatre, Seattle WA (SOLD OUT)
Monday, September 19 Paramount Theatre, Denver CO
Tuesday, September 20 Uptown Theater, Kansas City MO
Wednesday, September 21 The Palace Theatre, St. Paul MN
Thursday, September 22 Chicago Theatre, Chicago IL (SOLD OUT)
Friday, September 23, Chicago Theatre IL
Saturday, September 24 Masonic Cathedral Theatre, Detroit MI (SOLD OUT)
Monday, September 26 Massey Hall, Toronto ON (SOLD OUT)
Tuesday, September 27, Massey Hall, Toronto ON
Wednesday, September 28 Boch Center Wang Theatre, Boston MA (SOLD OUT)
Friday, September 30 Kings Theatre, Brooklyn NY (SOLD OUT)
Saturday, October 1 Kings Theatre, Brooklyn NY (SOLD OUT)
Sunday, October 2 Kings Theatre, Brooklyn NY (SOLD OUT)
Monday, October 3, Kings Theatre, Brooklyn NY
Wednesday, October 5 The Met, Philadelphia PA (SOLD OUT)
Thursday, October 6 Warner Theatre, Washington DC (SOLD OUT)
Saturday, October 8 The Eastern, Atlanta GA (SOLD OUT)
Sunday, October 9 The Eastern, Atlanta GA (SOLD OUT)
Tuesday, October 11 ACL Live at the Moody Theater, Austin TX (SOLD OUT)

Monday, October 17th 02 Academy, Leeds UK
Tuesday, October 18th Barrowland Ballroom, Glasgow UK (SOLD OUT)
Wednesday October 19th Usher Hall, Edinburgh UK
Thursday, October 20th 02 Apollo, Manchester UK
Saturday, October 22nd Roundhouse, London UK  (SOLD OUT)
Sunday, October 23rd Roundhouse, London UK
Monday, October 24th Roundhouse, London UK
Tuesday, October 25th Roundhouse, London UK
Thursday, October 27th Le Grand Rex, Paris FR
Saturday, October 29th Vega, Copenhagen DK
Sunday, October 30th Sentrum Scene, Oslo NO
Monday, October 31st SE Cirkus, Stockholm SE
Wednesday, November 2nd VoxHall, Aarhus DK
Friday, November 4th Pier 2, Bremen DE
Saturday, November 5th Tempodrom, Berlin DE
Monday, November 7th Cirque Royal, Brussels BE
Tuesday, November 8th Royal Carré Theater, Amsterdam NL
Thursday, November 10th Vicar Street, Dublin IE  (SOLD OUT)
Friday, November 11th Vicar Street, Dublin IE  (SOLD OUT)

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Episode 5 of The Matador Revision History Podcast With Julien Baker & The New Pornographers



 



Today, we close out year one of Matador’s Revisionist History podcast, which pairs artists and collaborators to discuss a Matador album celebrating a noteworthy anniversary. The fifth and final episode of our inaugural season brings Julien Baker together with Carl Newman, Neko Case, and John Collins of The New Pornographers. (stream the podcast here)

The New Pornographers are celebrating the 21 st anniversary of their debut album, 'Mass Romantic', with a tour and a reissue, which is pressed on red vinyl and includes a pretty great bonus 7”, “Letter from an Occupant.” Released earlier this year, Baker’s third LP, 'Little Oblivions', is presently lighting up best-of lists across the web and print. Discussion
is enhanced by our host, Matt Sweeney.

They go deep on 'Mass Romantic' – the songs, the scene, the various multitrack tape machines and their timecode synchronization. Case also explains why Canadians do band dynamics better than Americans. Matt and Carl both praise the band Om only to realize that Carl is talking about a different band, Ohmme.

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Available Today : Bardo Pond - 'Amanita' - 25th Anniversary Edition









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Video created by Michael Speed
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"Limerick"
Directed by Michael Gibbons



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Today, December 10 Matador Records commemorates the 25th anniversary of the the pioneering Philadelphia quintet Bardo Pond's long out-of-print second album and label debut, 'Amanita', with a newly remastered 2xLP reissue.

Formed in 1991, 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.

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 next 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 are available on streaming services for the first time today.

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Available Today : The New Pornographers - 'Mass Romantic' 21st Anniverary Edition









"Letter From An Occupant"
directed by Michael Dowse

After a wait we can only describe as, well, exactly what we promised and you should've by all rights expecting , Matador Records is celebrating the 21st anniversary of The New Pornographers’ debut record and breakout, 'Mass Romantic' (2000), with a limited-edition LP reissue out today.

The album – clocking three singers and 12 effervescent and undeniable power-pop gems – will return to us on red vinyl and will include a bonus 7”, Letter From An Occupant, which includes two rare B-sides, “The End of Medicine” and “When I Was a Baby.”

(STREAM / PURCHASE 'Mass Romantic')
Everyone wants to be successful but, hand to my heart, I had no delusions of success for The New Pornographers. To be here over 20 years later, still in the game, is something that I simultaneously take for granted (you just get used to it) and feel eternally grateful for. Been here so long that we can do one of those “let’s play that old album all the way through!” gigs. And we are doing just that. 2 nights per city: 1 Mass Romantic, 1 Twin Cinema, plus assorted “hits” from our storied career. Bejar is coming and God knows if we’ll get him again. When he moved to Spain 2 months after Mass Romantic came out, I thought he was done in the band and now 21 years later we’ve convinced him to come along for another ride. Just the nature of our band that it’s a special occasion when all the singers show up. Here’s to you showing up as well! - Carl Newman

The New Pornographers formed in Vancouver in 1997. The whole thing was Carl Newman’s idea – recruiting his favorite local talents Seven Samurai-style for an album that might stand up amidst their already formidable solo careers.

At the time, the parties involved included Newman, Dan Bejar (Destroyer), Neko Case, John Collins, Kurt Dahle, Fisher Rose, and Blaine Thurier.

All told, 'Mass Romantic' took three years to complete and was initially released in 2000 on Mint Records. From there, momentum seemed to build one members-only message board post at a time, with a small and vocal crowd of fans giving rise to wider excitement – critical praise, radio play, a Juno Award, Ray Davies jumping on stage at SXSW, and so on.

The old-fashioned record industry-types at Matador first learned of The New Pornographers through a store, Aquarius Records. In its newsletter, the much-missed San Francisco institution called 'Mass Romantic' “absolutely shiningly great power pop” and “recommended for everyone.” The shop stumped for the record fervently – playing it, displaying it, and generally carrying on about the music to all who would listen. In just one year, Aquarius moved somewhere near 200 copies.

Nobody at Matador (well, almost nobody) could argue with that and the label licensed the 'Mass Romantic' album  for distribution in Europe and, ultimately, signed the band outright, giving the record a wide reissue in 2002.

And plenty of stuff happened after that! What’s important, though, is that The New Pornographers are going on tour (EDITOR'S NOTE : that's been happening for a little while now), 'Mass Romantic' is turning 21, and the record is back on shelves today.



Mass Romantic LP

01 Mass Romantic
02 The Fake Headlines
03 The Slow Descent Into Alcoholism
04 Mystery Hours
05 Jackie
06 Letter From an Occupant
07 To Wild Homes
08 The Body Says No
09 Execution Day
10 Centre For Holy Wars
11 The Mary Martin Show
12 Breakin’ the Law

“Letter From An Occupant” 7”

A1 Letter From An Occupant
B1 The End of Medicine
B2 When I Was A Baby



The New Pornographers on Tour

Friday, December 10 Neptune, Seattle WA &
Saturday, December 11 Vogue Theater, Vancouver BC #
Sunday, December 12 Vogue Theater, Vancouver BC &


# Performing Mass Romantic in full
& Performing Twin Cinema in full

Fucked Up - "David Comes To Life" 10th Anniversary Edition



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The 10th anniversary edition of Fucked Up's opus David Comes To Life is out today on limited lightbulb yellow vinyl. The band will perform the rock opera in full this winter throughout North America and the UK, full itinerary below.



A companion piece Do All Words Can Do, compiling nine rarities from the David Comes To Life era will be out on March 25, 2022. Stream two preview tracks from that LP "The Truest Road," "Do All Words Can Do," and pre-order the vinyl HERE.



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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

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The New Pornographers - "Letter From An Occupant"



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Out today: The New Pornographers’ Mass Romantic era three-song single “Letter From An Occupant.” Including two songs on streaming for the first time, “The End of Medicine” and Donner Party cover “When I Was A Baby.” The “Letter From An Occupant” single appears as a bonus 7” in orders of the limited red vinyl edition of Mass Romantic, out Dec 10.



The New Pornographers take Mass Romantic (and Twin Cinema!) on the road beginning next week. Link to remaining tickets and full itinerary below.



The New Pornographers on Tour (tickets)
Monday, November 29 Levon Helm Studios, Woodstock NY # *SOLD OUT*
Tuesday, November 30 Levon Helm Studios, Woodstock NY & *SOLD OUT*
Wednesday, December 1 9:30 Club, Washington DC # *SOLD OUT*
Thursday, December 2 9:30 Club, Washington DC & *SOLD OUT*
Friday, December 3 Webster Hall, New York NY # *SOLD OUT*
Saturday, December 4 Webster Hall, New York NY & *SOLD OUT*
Monday, December 6 Danforth Music Hall, Toronto ON #
Tuesday, December 7 Danforth Music Hall, Toronto ON &
Thursday, December 9 Neptune, Seattle WA # *SOLD OUT*
Friday, December 10 Neptune, Seattle WA & *SOLD OUT*
Saturday, December 11 Vogue Theater, Vancouver BC #
Sunday, December 12 Vogue Theater, Vancouver BC &

# Performing Mass Romantic in full
& Performing Twin Cinema in full
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Fucked Up - "Do All Words Can Do"





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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

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Matador Revisionist History Podcast - Episode 4: Fucked Up & Titus Andronicus



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Today we pull back the curtain on the fourth installment of the Matador Revisionist History podcast, which pairs artists and collaborators to discuss a Matador album celebrating a noteworthy anniversary.

This episode honors Fucked Up’s epic rock opera, David Comes to Life (2011), which first hit shelves 10 years ago last June.

Here band members Jonah Falco (Mr. Jo), Sandy Miranda (Mustard Gas), and Josh Zucker (Gulag) look back on the early ’10s with friend and tour-mate Patrick Stickles (Titus Andronicus), himself no stranger to punk rock concept albums. Discussion is nudged along by our host, Matt Sweeney.

Their chat yields insight into the writing and recording of David Comes to Life, but also entertaining tangents on composer Jim Steinman’s lewd oblique strategies, roady-ing as a path to physical fitness, and the secret to Fucked Up’s longevity (“If anybody tries to grow and do something better, tear them down”).

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 TBD, San Francisco 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

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Matador Revisionist History Podcast - Episode 3: Gang of Four and Mission of Burma



Today, we are thrilled to present the third episode of the Matador Revisionist History podcast, which pairs artists and collaborators to discuss a Matador album celebrating a noteworthy anniversary.

In honor of the 40th anniversaries of Gang of Four’s Solid Gold and Mission of Burma’s Signals, Calls and Marches, we had Jon King and Hugo Burnham sit down with Clint Conley and Roger Miller. Now labelmates on Matador, the two bands met in 1979 when they shared a bill at Boston’s Rat Club. “They were really loud,” recalls Burnham. “We thought we were loud. And wanted to be loud. And were loud. But it’s like, “We’ve got competition here.”



Featuring a theme song by The New Pornographers’ A.C. Newman and new host Matt Sweeney (Superwolves, Chavez), this one-hour conversation traces the origins of the four-decade friendship between two of the most iconic bands in rock history and comes sprinkled with never-before-heard anecdotes, musings on their greatest artistic influences, and deep takes on Harold and Kumar Go To White Castle.

The Matador Revisionist History podcast is available to stream exclusively via Spotify. Listen to episode 3 HERE.

Solid Gold is now available to purchase and stream HERE and Signals, Calls and Marches is now available to purchase and stream HERE.

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Coming December 10 : The New Pornographers - 'Mass Romantic' 21st Anniversary Reissue









"Letter From An Occupant"
directed by Michael Dowse

This fall, Matador Records will celebrate the 21st anniversary of The New Pornographers’ debut record and breakout, 'Mass Romantic' (2000), with a limited-edition LP reissue out 12/10.

The album – clocking three singers and 12 effervescent and undeniable power-pop gems – will return to us on red vinyl and will include a bonus 7”, Letter From An Occupant, which includes two rare B-sides, “The End of Medicine” and “When I Was a Baby.”

(STREAM / PREORDER 'Mass Romantic')

What’s more, The New Pornographers will tour the U.S. and Canada this fall playing a series of two-night stands – performing Mass Romantic in its entirety on the first night and running down the equally outstanding Twin Cinema (16th Anniversary!) on the next. Throughout this trip, the band’s lineup will feature AC Newman, Dan Bejar, Joe Seiders, John Collins, Kathryn Calder, and Neko Case, and Todd Fancey.
Everyone wants to be successful but, hand to my heart, I had no delusions of success for The New Pornographers. To be here over 20 years later, still in the game, is something that I simultaneously take for granted (you just get used to it) and feel eternally grateful for. Been here so long that we can do one of those “let’s play that old album all the way through!” gigs. And we are doing just that. 2 nights per city: 1 Mass Romantic, 1 Twin Cinema, plus assorted “hits” from our storied career. Bejar is coming and God knows if we’ll get him again. When he moved to Spain 2 months after Mass Romantic came out, I thought he was done in the band and now 21 years later we’ve convinced him to come along for another ride. Just the nature of our band that it’s a special occasion when all the singers show up. Here’s to you showing up as well! - Carl Newman

The New Pornographers formed in Vancouver in 1997. The whole thing was Carl Newman’s idea – recruiting his favorite local talents Seven Samurai-style for an album that might stand up amidst their already formidable solo careers.

At the time, the parties involved included Newman, Dan Bejar (Destroyer), Neko Case, John Collins, Kurt Dahle, Fisher Rose, and Blaine Thurier.

All told, 'Mass Romantic' took three years to complete and was initially released in 2000 on Mint Records. From there, momentum seemed to build one members-only message board post at a time, with a small and vocal crowd of fans giving rise to wider excitement – critical praise, radio play, a Juno Award, Ray Davies jumping on stage at SXSW, and so on.

The old-fashioned record industry-types at Matador first learned of The New Pornographers through a store, Aquarius Records. In its newsletter, the much-missed San Francisco institution called Mass Romantic “absolutely shiningly great power pop” and “recommended for everyone.” The shop stumped for the record fervently – playing it, displaying it, and generally carrying on about the music to all who would listen. In just one year, Aquarius moved somewhere near 200 copies.

Nobody at Matador (well, almost nobody) could argue with that and the label licensed the Mass Romantic for distribution in Europe and, ultimately, signed the band outright, giving the record a wide reissue in 2002.

And plenty of stuff happened after that! What’s important, though, is that The New Pornographers are going on tour, Mass Romantic is turning 21, and the record is back on shelves December 10th



Mass Romantic LP

01 Mass Romantic
02 The Fake Headlines
03 The Slow Descent Into Alcoholism
04 Mystery Hours
05 Jackie
06 Letter From an Occupant
07 To Wild Homes
08 The Body Says No
09 Execution Day
10 Centre For Holy Wars
11 The Mary Martin Show
12 Breakin’ the Law

 

“Letter From An Occupant” 7”

A1 Letter From An Occupant
B1 The End of Medicine
B2 When I Was A Baby



The New Pornographers on Tour
(tickets)

Monday, November 29 Levon Helm Studios, Woodstock NY #
Tuesday, November 30 Levon Helm Studios, Woodstock NY &
Wednesday, December 1 9:30 Club, Washington DC #
Thursday, December 2 9:30 Club, Washington DC &
Friday, December 3 Webster Hall, New York NY #
Saturday, December 4 Webster Hall, New York NY &
Monday, December 6 Danforth Music Hall, Toronto ON #
Tuesday, December 7 Danforth Music Hall, Toronto ON &
Thursday, December 9 Neptune, Seattle WA #
Friday, December 10 Neptune, Seattle WA &
Saturday, December 11 Vogue Theater, Vancouver BC #
Sunday, December 12 Vogue Theater, Vancouver BC &

# Performing Mass Romantic in full
& Performing Twin Cinema in full

Fucked Up - "David Comes To Life" European Tour



Fucked Up have added European dates to their forthcoming tour performing David Comes To Life in full for the album's 10th anniversary. A limited pressing of David Comes To Life on lightbulb yellow vinyl will be issued on December 10th.

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Fucked Up on Tour, New Dates in Bold on Sale Wednesday
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, 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

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Fucked Up - 'David Comes To Life' 10th Anniversary Edition







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In 2011, Toronto’s Fucked Up delivered an album that chafed the edges of punk rock’s conceptual boundaries – a set of songs that splayed freely into unexpected instrumentation, psychedelic drift, and situationist philosophy. Its ambition was limitless and its run time opulent.

Which is to say, they made a concept album.

On December 10th, Matador Records will celebrate the 10th anniversary of Fucked Up’s titanic 78-minute early ’10s masterpiece, 'David Comes to Life;, with a limited-edition 2xLP reissue on lightbulb-yellow vinyl.

The group will also tour North America (East and West Coast dates) and the UK early next year performing the album in full. Find the complete list of dates below.

Today, you can listen to “The Truest Road,” drawn from a rarities LP that will be announced later this year. The compilation 'David’s Town' – a companion to 'David Comes to Life', previously available only on vinyl – has also been made available on streaming for the first time ever.

'David Comes To Life' is a story of lost love, global meltdown, depression, bombs, guilt and madness. Or is it? A modern-day morality tale set amid the dour backdrop of a British industrial town in the late ’70s, it’s a four-part play that follows the dark moods and inner psyche of the titular hero. At the same time, the reliability of the narrator gets called into question. The tables are turned, responsibility shifts, and the story goes meta.

Of course, you could always ignore the backstory and just listen to a fiercely imaginative double album of blistering, melodic rock'n'roll shot through with all manner of psychic weirdness

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David Comes To Life Tracklist
01. Let Her Rest
02. Queen of Hearts
03. Under My Nose
04. The Other Shoe
05. Turn the Season
06. Running on Nothing
07. Remember My Name
08. A Slanted Tone
09. Serve Me Right
10. Truth I Know
11. Life in Paper
12. Ship of Fools
13. A Little Death
14. I Was There
15. Inside a Frame
16. The Recursive Girls
17. One More Night
18. Lights Go Up



Fucked Up on Tour, Tickets on Sale Friday
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

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Matador Revisionist History Podcast, Ep. 2: Kurt Vile & John Agnello





We return today with the second installment of the Matador Revisionist History podcast, which pairs artists and collaborators to discuss a Matador album celebrating a noteworthy anniversary.

This episode honors Kurt Vile’s eternal and undeniable classic, 'Smoke Ring For My Halo' (2011), which celebrated its 10th birthday back in March.

Here, Kurt and producer John Agnello reminisce on the making of the record — setting the scene (“We were like the suburban Ramones,” says Kurt), geeking out, and hinting at the moment’s make-it-or-break-it pressures (“Better not fuck it up,” Kim Gordon told Agnello). Kurt and John both wind up using the word “magic” a lot and not without reason.

More Revisionist History action is on the way as we close in on big dates for Fucked Up, Gang of Four, Mission of Burma, and The New Pornographers.

And, of course, you can revisit our debut episode, which features Mary Timony, Liz Phair, and Snail Mail’s Lindsey Jordan.

'Smoke Ring For My Halo' LP/CDs are on sale now through May 18th. No discount code necessary.

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