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Fucked Up - '44th & Vanderbilt' EP




(photo by David Waldman)

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(stream/purchase 'The Chemistry Of Common Life')







Last fall, we celebrated the 15th anniversary of Fucked Up’s ‘The Chemistry of Common Life’ – an era-defining punk LP that also just so happened to be the Canadian band’s Matador Records debut. This Friday, our long-in-the-works orange vinyl 2xLP reissue will finally arrive on shelves.





Today, you can listen to a brand new digital EP, ‘44th & Vanderbilt,’ which compiles three ‘ChemCom’-era session performances with No Age’s excellent remix of “No Epiphany".

We’ve also posted a new episode of the Matador Revisionist History podcast, which finds Mike Haliechuk and Jonah Falco in conversation with former Matador fixture (and current World of Echo proprietor), Natalie Judge. They discuss making the record, recording nine months of overdubs, quitting their day jobs, and asking Michael Stipe to jump on the mic for a Feelies cover at the close of their 12-hour long record release show (spoiler: he passed).






Today, 'The Chemistry of Common Life' remains as conceptually ambitious as it is musically adventurous, pushing through and far beyond the accepted boundaries of punk and hardcore. At the time, we called it “an expansive epic about the mysteries of birth, death, and the origins of life (and re-living). Merging elements of hardcore songwriting with up to 70 tracks of guitars, organs, winds and vocals the music remains iconoclastic and startling.”



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Pavement - 'Crooked Rain Crooked Rain' 30th Anniversary





Today marks the 30th anniversary of the formal release of Pavement’s 2nd album, ‘Crooked Rain Crooked Rain’. While some would prefer to commemorate the occasion with long essays, ill-advised covers or a series of tribute night at City Winery (I suppose that would also entail ill-advised covers, though you could opt for originals “in-the-style of”), your friends at Matador know there’s only two ways you really wanna celebrate ; by buying the album (again) or streaming it (over and over again).

(band photos by Gail Butensky)

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Out Today: Pretty Girls Make Graves - 'The New Romance' (20th Anniversary Edition)







Pretty Girls Make Graves (2003) photographed by Michael Lavine

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Originally released in September 2003, Pretty Girls Make Graves' Matador debut 'The New Romance' is back in print today on limited white vinyl for the album's 20th anniversary. The LP is accompanied by two music videos from the album newly remastered and available on YouTube, plus two extra tracks on streaming “C-30 C-60 C-90 Go!” and "Magic Lights." Singer Andrea Zollo and guitarist J. Clark guest on the latest installment of our Matador Revisionist History podcast series alongside producer Phil Ek and our host, Matt Sweeney.

‘The New Romance (20th Anniversary Edition)’ Tracklist
01. Something Bigger, Something Brighter
02. The Grandmother Wolf
03. Mr. Club
04. All Medicated Geniuses
05. Blue Lights
06. Chemical, Chemical
07. 7
08. The Teeth Collector
09. Holy Names
10. The New Romance
11. This is Our Emergency
12. A Certain Cemetery
13. C-30 C-60 C-90 Go! (Digital Only)
14. Magic Lights (Digital Only)

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Fucked Up - 'The Chemistry of Common Life' (15th Anniversary)





(Fucked Up, 2008. Credit: David Waldman)

Stream / Pre-order 'The Chemistry of Common Life' Vinyl

Originally released October 7th, 2008, The Chemistry of Common Life is the second album by Toronto punk band Fucked Up.

Today, we celebrate the record’s 15th anniversary with the promise of a fresh-looking orange vinyl reissue due out February 23rd. Pre-order it HERE.

The band has also completed a new video for the song “Black Albino Bones,” which is assembled from era-appropriate tour photos, videos, and ephemera. And, finally, Matador’s hardworking archivists have unearthed a never-before-seen 30-minute clip from The Chemistry of Common Life’s still-much-discussed 12-hour-long NYC record release show – an event that somehow roped-in members of The Vivian Girls, Vampire Weekend, and The Cro-Mags, as well as J. Mascis and, very briefly, Michael Stipe.



(Video created by Tiff Pritchett)



Today, The Chemistry of Common Life remains as conceptually ambitious as it is musically adventurous, pushing through and far beyond the accepted boundaries of punk and hardcore. At the time, we called it “an expansive epic about the mysteries of birth, death, and the origins of life (and re-living). Merging elements of hardcore songwriting with up to 70 tracks of guitars, organs, winds and vocals the music remains iconoclastic and startling.”





Fucked Up drummer Jonah Falco writes:

“After Hidden World it felt like all of the musical impulses of Fucked Up condensed and turned into this musical dew, which inexplicably settled in this heavier, condensed place. The layering became way more intentional and focused, and instead of just making things long for the sake of being long, dense for the sake of being dense, the length and weight of our songs was necessary to house new found compositional moves. Development, tension, narrative, and space in song.

In some ways it felt like mockery – putting bongos on ‘Crooked Head’ and French horn on ‘Days of Last,’ ‘Royal Swan’ having about 1% punk involved, etc. – but in other ways opened the door for us moving forward to give these outlying ideas about our music precedence in our songwriting. Chemistry was unchained and free creativity from inexperienced and raw, but demanding and developing musicians.”

Next week, Fucked Up will play a special one-off show, performing The Chemistry of Common Life in its entirety at Toronto’s Horshoe Tavern.

The group will also tour throughout North America, the UK, and the EU this fall, with appearances at Pitchfork Music Festival in London and the Primava Weekender in Benidorm. Find the complete itinerary below.

Fucked Up On Tour
October 14 Toronto, ON @ The Horseshoe Tavern
October 25 Silver Spring, MD @ The Fillmore
October 26 Stroudsburg, PA @ The Sherman Theater
October 27 Asbury Park, NJ @ Stone Pony
October 28 Richmond, VA @ Richmond Music Hall
October 29 Philadelphia, PA @ Brooklyn Bown
October 30 Brooklyn, NY @ Warsaw
October 31 New York, NY @ Irving Plaza
November 10 Leeds, UK @ Temple of Boom
November 11 London, UK @ Pitchfork Music Festival
November 12 Bournemouth, UK @The Bear Cave
November 13 Lille, FR @ L’Aeronef (Club Room)
November 14 Paris, FR @ Petit Bain
November 15 Reims, FR @ La Cartonnerie
November 17 Benidorm, ES @ Primavera Weekender
November 18 Malaga, ES @ Paris 15
November 19 Barcelona, ES @ La Nau
November 21 Milan, IT @ Legend
November 22 Wiesbaden, DE @ Kesselhaus
November 23 Cologne, DE @ MTC

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Out Today : The New Pornographers - 'Electric Version' (20th Anniversary Edition) LP / The New Pornographers On The Matador Revisionist History Podcast





(photo by Erica Henderson)





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In May, The New Pornographers’ sophomore album ‘Electric Version’ (2003) celebrated its 20th anniversary. A limited blue vinyl reissue hits stores today and we’ve also dedicated this latest episode of our Matador Revisionist History podcast to the record, with the band’s A.C. Newman joining longtime Matador publicist Nils Bernstein for a stroll down memory lane with our host, Matt Sweeney.

The Matador Revisionist History Podcast

They discuss how ‘Electric Version’ defied the un-follow-up-able-ness of ‘Mass Romantic,’ how LA neo-hippies Beachwood Sparks inspired the record’s title, and supply a complete track-by-track walkthrough.

“As much as it’s this hard-driving record with these exciting songs that have a lot of information, there’s still a lot of ups and downs and emotional twists and turns,” recalls Bernstein. “It’s just hook after hook after hook.”

The era-appropriate rarity “Turn” – originally a Japan-only bonus track – is now available on streaming services. Newly pristine remasters of the “All For Swinging You Around” and “The Laws Have Changed” music videos are also now on YouTube.

The New Pornographers have dates planned throughout the fall, touring songs from their just-released ninth album, ‘Continue as a Guest’ (Merge). Find a complete itinerary below.

The New Pornographers on tour
Tickets  :


Tuesday, November 7 Music Box, San Diego CA &
Wednesday, November 8 The Fonda Theatre, Los Angeles CA &
November 9—San Francisco, CA—Bimbo’s 365 Club &
Friday, November 10 Bimbo’s 365 Club, San Francisco CA &
Saturday, November 11 Ace of Spaces, Sacramento CA &
Sunday, November 12 McDonald Theatre, Eugene OR &
Tuesday, November 14 The Commodore, Vancouver BC &
Wednesday, November 15 Revolution Hall, Portland OR &
Thursday, November 16 The Showbox, Seattle WA &
Friday, November 17 Knitting Factory, Boise ID &
Saturday, November 18 The Commonwealth, Salt Lake City UT &

& w/ Finom

Pretty Girls Make Graves - 'The New Romance' 20th Anniversary Edition







photo by Michael Lavine



"This Is Emergency" (directed by Mike Ott and James Harris)



"All Medicated Geniuses"

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Today, we celebrate the 20th anniversary of Pretty Girls Make Graves’ sophomore album, 'The New Romance'. Originally released in 2003, this was the Seattle punk band’s Matador Records debut.

After more than a decade out of print, the album will return to us in a limited edition white vinyl pressing in stores on November 3. Pre-order that HERE. A deluxe digital version also lands today on digital services and features two b-sides “Magic Lights,” newly available on streaming, and a cover of Bow Wow Wow’s home-taping anthem, “C-30 C-60 C-90 Go!” We’ve also posted remastered music videos for singles “All Medicated Geniuses” and “This is Our Emergency.”

Singer Andrea Zollo and guitarist J. Clark guest on the latest installment of our Matador Revisionist History podcast series alongside producer Phil Ek and our host, Matt Sweeney.

Pretty Girls Make Graves formed in Seattle in 2001. The members – Andrea Zollo, Derek Fudesco, J. Clark, Nick Dewitt, and Nathan Thelen – were already local underground luminaries, owing to their time in punk and hardcore bands like Death Wish Kids, Area 51, and Murder City Devils.

The quintet released an EP, a handful of 7” singles, and a full-length, Good Health (Lookout! Records), before getting a cold email from Matador Records founder Chris Lombardi, who may or may not have read a positive review in Pitchfork. A deal was struck and the band decamped to the bucolic Bear Creek studio to track 'The New Romance' with Ek.

In the podcast, Zollo and Clark go deep on the band’s early years, talking influences (Drive Like Jehu, Ink & Dagger, Fugazi), rock band do’s / don’ts, and what it’s like to practice riffs in a freezing cold paper mache igloo.

‘The New Romance (20th Anniversary Edition)’ Tracklist
01. Something Bigger, Something Brighter
02. The Grandmother Wolf
03. Mr. Club
04. All Medicated Geniuses
05. Blue Lights
06. Chemical, Chemical
07. 7
08. The Teeth Collector
09. Holy Names
10. The New Romance
11. This is Our Emergency
12. A Certain Cemetery
13. C-30 C-60 C-90 Go! (Digital Only)
14. Magic Lights (Digital Only)





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Out Today : Kurt Vile - 'Wakin On A Pretty Daze' (10th Anniversary Edition)





(photo: Shawn Brackbill)



Stream / Purchae limited vinyl for 'Wakin On A Pretty Daze'

We're pleased to (re)-announce that upon 10th anniversary of Kurt Vile's beloved fifth full-length and first 2xLP, ‘Wakin on a Pretty Daze’ (2013), we've released a special blue/yellow vinyl edition.  




This limited pressing will also include a reproduction of the “make your own cover” ESPO sticker sheet that accompanied the original 2013 special-edition. A special 'Wakin' shirt designed by ESPO is also available to purchase separately or bundle with an LP on both webstores. A yellow vinyl version of the record is available everywhere.  

Where previous albums alternated between gorgeous fingerpicking and heavy guitar workouts, ‘Wakin’ blended the two into dreamy and expansive songs that frequently stretched well out beyond the five-minute mark. 

Back then we said: “It’s a record that would have sounded great 30 years ago, sounds great today, and will still sound great 30 years from now.” Ten years down the line, we’re still confident that ‘Wakin’ will deliver the goods – yesterday, today, and in 2043.







The reissue serves as the latest entry in Matador Records’ Revisionist History series, our ongoing campaign to jog the record-buying (and streaming!) public’s memory, though "jolt" could be used in place of :"jog".




(illustration: Jeff Mahannah)

Kurt Vile on Tour

Tickets at kurtvile.com

Wednesday, September 20 Tree House Brewing Company, Deerfield MA
Thursday, September 21 State Theatre of Ithaca, Ithaca NY
Friday, September 22 Higher Ground, South Burlington VT
Saturday, September 23 Garde Arts Center, New London CT
Sunday, September 24 Woodsist Festival, Accord NY
September 29 – October 1, Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival, San Francisco
CA
Tuesday, October 3 Ventura Music Hall, Ventura CA
Wednesday, October 4 Fremont Theater, San Luis Obispo CA
Thursday, October 5 Fulton 55, Fresno CA
Friday, October 6 Pappy & Harriet’s, Pioneertown CA
October 7 - 8 Rebels & Renegades, Monterey CA
October 9 – 15 Philly Music Fest, Philadelphia PA
October 12 – 15 Infinite Dream Fest, Iowa City IA
Saturday, November 18 Miller Symphony Hall, Allentown PA

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Liz Phair - 'Exile In Guyville' 30th Anniversary Edition, "Miss Lucy"





"Miss Lucy"





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Today marks 30th anniversary of Liz Phair’s iconic debut album, Exile In Guyville, a record whose impact and resonance has only grown more profound over the last three decades.

To celebrate, we’ve made a long-lost studio outtake available to stream. “Miss Lucy” was recorded with Brad Wood during sessions for 'Exile in Guyville' but left off the album in favor of including “Flower.” An early demo version of the song was made available previously as part of the Girly-Sound tapes.

This fall, Matador will also reissue 'Exile in Guyville' on limited-edition purple vinyl. The 2xLP is available for pre-order now and will be out October 20th .

In November, Phair will celebrate the record by launching a full band US tour and performing 'Exile In Guyville' in its entirety (along with some additional hits) at some of the largest venues of her career.

Exile in Guyville Tracklist
01 6' 1"
02 Help Me Mary
03 Glory
04 Dance of the Seven Veils
05 Never Said
06 Soap Star Joe
07 Explain It to Me
08 Canary
09 Mesmerizing
10 Fuck and Run
11 Girls! Girls! Girls!
12 Divorce Song
13 Shatter
14 Flower
15 Johnny Sunshine
16 Gunshy
17 Stratford-on-Guy
18 Strange Loop



Liz Phair on Tour

Tickets

Tuesday, November 7 The Magnolia, El Cajon CA
Wednesday, November 8 Rialto Theatre, Tucson AZ
Friday, November 10 The Wiltern, Los Angeles CA
Saturday, November 11 The Masonic, San Francisco CA
Monday, November 13 Revolution Hall, Portland OR
Tuesday, November 14 Moore Theatre, Seattle WA
Friday, November 17 Palace Theatre, St. Paul MN
Saturday, November 18 Chicago Theatre, Chicago IL
Sunday, November 19 Masonic Temple, Detroit MI
Tuesday, November 21 Roadrunner, Boston MA
Wednesday, November 22 Franklin Music Hall, Philadelphia PA
Friday, November 24 Kings Theatre, Brooklyn NY
Saturday, November 25 The Anthem, Washington DC
Monday, November 27 Ryman Auditorium, Nashville TN
Tuesday, November 28 Atlanta Symphony Hall, Atlanta GA
Thursday, November 30 Orpheum Theater, New Orleans LA
Friday, December 1 ACL Live at the Moody Theater, Austin TX
Sunday, December 3 Majestic Theatre, Dallas TX

support on all dates from Blondshell

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Liz Phair - 'Exile in Guyville' 30th Anniversary Tour



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This year marks the 30th anniversary of Liz Phair’s beloved debut record, 'Exile In Guyville,' which was first released on June 22, 1993 via Matador.

An 18-track double album loosely framed as a song-by-song reply to The Rolling Stones’ Exile on Main St., Exile In Guyville was dubbed a classic upon arrival. The album’s profile has only risen in the ensuing years. It is now regarded as an iconic work and a feminist landmark, recently ranked #4 in Pitchfork’s “Best 150 Albums of the 1990s” and cracking the top 100 of Rolling Stone’s “Best 500 Albums of All Time.”

This fall, Phair will celebrate the record by launching a full band US tour and performing Exile In Guyville in its entirety (along with some additional hits) at some of the largest venues of her career. Pre-sales will begin on Wednesday, May 17. All dates will be on sale to the public at 10am local time on Friday, May 19.

Liz Phair on Tour, TICKETS
Tuesday, November 7 The Magnolia, El Cajon CA
Wednesday, November 8 Rialto Theatre, Tucson AZ
Friday, November 10 The Wiltern, Los Angeles CA
Saturday, November 11 The Masonic, San Francisco CA
Monday, November 13 Revolution Hall, Portland OR
Tuesday, November 14 Moore Theatre, Seattle WA
Friday, November 17 Palace Theatre, St. Paul MN
Saturday, November 18 Chicago Theatre, Chicago IL
Sunday, November 19 Masonic Temple, Detroit MI
Tuesday, November 21 Roadrunner, Boston MA
Wednesday, November 22 Franklin Music Hall, Philadelphia PA
Friday, November 24 Kings Theatre, Brooklyn NY
Saturday, November 25 The Anthem, Washington DC
Monday, November 27 Ryman Auditorium, Nashville TN
Tuesday, November 28 Atlanta Symphony Hall, Atlanta GA
Thursday, November 30 Orpheum Theater, New Orleans LA
Friday, December 1 ACL Live at the Moody Theater, Austin TX
Sunday, December 3 Majestic Theatre, Dallas TX

All dates w/ Blondshell

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Matador Revisionist History Continued : The New Pornographers - 'Electric Version' 20th Anniversary Edition





(photo by Erica Henderson)



"All For Swinging You Around" (directed by Blaine Thurier)



"The Laws Have Changed" (directed by Blaine Thurier)



This week, Matador Records will celebrate the 20th anniversary of The New
Pornographers’ second full-length, 'Electric Version' – first released May 6, 2003 – with a limited-edition opaque blue vinyl reissue out September 22. Today, the band’s era-appropriate rarity “Turn” – originally a Japan-only bonus track – will make its debut on streaming services. Newly pristine remasters of the “All For Swinging You Around” and “The Laws Have Changed” music videos will also be made available on YouTube.

(preorder 'Electric Version' on LP / stream 'Electric Version' and "Turn")

As for the music: no sophomore slumping to be found here. Back then we wrote, “Withmimpossibly huge hooks and an innate understanding of every pop trick in the book, this follow-up to 2000’s breakthrough Mass Romantic is the most exciting pop record we’ve heard in a long while.” For once, tastemakers of the day shared our enthusiasm. “The
New Pornographers mix the pop purism of the Beach Boys, the power charge of Cheap Trick and the gentle psychedelia of Syd Barrett,” wrote the New York Times, who labeled 'Electric Version', “some of the best pop of the year.”

The New Pornographers have dates planned throughout the spring and fall, touring songs from their just-released ninth album, 'Continue as a Guest' (Merge). Regarding the new record, Rolling Stone called it, "an LP that delivers its vivid emotional payoff in subtle gestures...the results can be magisterial." Find a complete itinerary below.

‘Electric Version’ Tracklist
01. The Electric Version
02. From Blown Speakers
03. The Laws Have Changed
04. The End of Medicine
05. Loose Translation
06. Chump Change
07. All For Swinging You Around
08. The New Face of Zero and One
09. Testament to Youth in Verse
10. It’s Only Divine Right
11. Ballad of a Comeback Kid
12. July Jones
13. Miss Teen Wordpower





The New Pornographers on Tour
Tickets:

Thursday, May 4 Turner Hall, Milwaukee WI +
Friday, May 5 Thalia Hall, Chicago IL *SOLD OUT* +
Saturday, May 6 Thalia Hall, Chicago IL *SOLD OUT* +
Monday, May 8 Memorial Hall, Cincinnati OH +
Tuesday, May 9 Newport Music Hall, Columbus OH +
Thursday, May 11 El Club, Detroit MI *SOLD OUT* +
Friday, May 12 Danforth Music Hall, Toronto ON +
Saturday, May 13 Higher Ground Ballroom, Burlington VT +
Sunday, May 14 Wall Street Theater, Norwalk CT +
Monday, May 15 Royale, Boston MA +
Wednesday, May 17 Brooklyn Steel, Brooklyn NY +
Thursday, May 18 Union Transfer, Philadelphia PA +
Friday, May 19 9:30 Club, Washington DC *SOLD OUT* +
Saturday, May 20 9:30 Club, Washington DC *SOLD OUT* +
Sunday, May 21 Haw River Ballroom, Saxapahaw NC *SOLD OUT*
Tuesday, November 7 Music Box, San Diego CA &
Wednesday, November 8 The Fonda Theatre, Los Angeles CA &
Friday, November 10 Bimbo’s 365 Club, San Francisco CA &
Saturday, November 11 Ace of Spaces, Sacramento CA &
Sunday, November 12 McDonald Theatre, Eugene OR &
Tuesday, November 14 The Commodore, Vancouver BC &
Wednesday, November 15 Revolution Hall, Portland OR &
Thursday, November 16 The Showbox, Seattle WA &
Friday, November 17 Knitting Factory, Boise ID &
Saturday, November 18 The Commonwealth, Salt Lake City UT &

+ w/ Wild Pink
& w/ Finom

Kurt Vile - 'Wakin On A Pretty Daze' 10th Anniversary





(photo: Shawn Brackbill)

Stream / Pre-order limited vinyl for 'Wakin On A Pretty Daze'

In 2023, Kurt Vile is making numbers count. Just last month, Matador Records presented the iconic Philadelphia songwriter with a (vegan) cheesesteak trophy to commemorate the 100-millionth stream of “Pretty Pimpin” on Spotify.  

Today, though, we’d like to draw your attention to another significant KV digit: The 10th anniversary of his fifth full-length and first 2xLP, ‘Wakin on a Pretty Daze’ (2013).   



To celebrate this milestone, we’ve brought the record back as a blue + yellow vinyl split available via KV and Matador webstores. This limited pressing will also include a reproduction of the “make your own cover” ESPO sticker sheet that accompanied the original 2013 special-edition. A special 'Wakin' shirt designed by ESPO is also available to purchase separately or bundle with an LP on both webstores. A yellow vinyl version of the record will be made available everywhere.  

Where previous albums alternated between gorgeous fingerpicking and heavy guitar workouts, ‘Wakin’ blended the two into dreamy and expansive songs that frequently stretched well out beyond the five-minute mark. 

Back then we said: “It’s a record that would have sounded great 30 years ago, sounds great today, and will still sound great 30 years from now.” Ten years down the line, we’re still confident that ‘Wakin’ will deliver the goods – yesterday, today, and in 2043.







The reissue serves as the latest entry in Matador Records’ Revisionist History series, our ongoing campaign to jog the record-buying (and streaming!) public’s memory about our many catalog items now poised to celebrate a significant anniversary. Matador will mark these anniversaries with new reissues and re-pressings.  So far, the Revisionist History class of 2023 has highlighted Bettie Serveert’s Palomine, Pavement’s Slanted and Enchanted, and Yo La Tengo’s I Can Hear the Heart Beating as One.




(illustration: Jeff Mahannah)

Kurt Vile on Tour
Thursday, May 4 The Venice West, Venice CA
Friday, May 5 Beachlife Festival, Redondo Beach CA
Monday, May 15 Town Hall, New York NY
Sunday, June 11 Best Kept Secret, Hilvarenbeek NE
Monday, June 12 Koko, London UK
Tuesday, June 13 Koko, London UK
Thursday, June 15 SWX, Bristol UK
Friday, June 16 Black Deer Festival, Tunbridge Wells UK
Sunday, June 18 Body & Soul Festival, Clonmellon IE
Monday, June 19 New Century Hall, Manchester UK
Tuesday, June 20 Boiler Shop, Newcastle Upon Tyne UK
Wednesday, June 21 Queens Hall, Edinburgh UK
Thursday, June 22 The Level, Nottingham UK
Friday, June 23 O2 Institute, Birmingham UK
Sunday, June 25 Chalk, Brighton UK
Monday, June 26 Le Grand Mix, Tourcoing FR
Tuesday, June 27 Kulturhaus Karlstorbahnhof, Heidelberg DE
Wednesday, June 28 Muffathalle, Munich DE
Thursday, June 29 Muffathalle, Munich DE
Friday, June 30 Spazio 211 Open Air, Turin IT
Saturday, July 1 Off Tune Festival, Prato IT
Sunday, July 2 Ferrara Comfort Festival, Ferrara IT
Monday, July 3 Kino Siska, Ljubljana SL
Wednesday, July 5 Rote Fabrik, Zürich CH
Friday, July 7 Pointu Festival, Fours FR
Sunday, July 9 Cactus Festival, Brugge BE
Thursday, July 20 White Eagle Hall, Jersey City NJ *
Friday, July 21 Nelsonville Music Festival, Nelsonville OH
Saturday, July 22 The Castle Theatre, Bloomington IL
Sunday, July 23 The Caverns, Pelham TN *
Monday, July 24 Millennium Park Summer Music Series, Chicago IL ^
Wednesday, July 26 40 Watt Club, Athens GA *
Thursday, July 27 Neighborhood Theatre, Charlotte NC *
Friday, July 28 Outlaw Music Festival, Columbia MD +

* w/ Florry
^ w/ Finom
+ Willie Nelson

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Lucy Dacus - "Night Shift" (Official Music Video)



(photo: Phobymo)

Pre-order 'Historian' on limited red vinyl with original artwork

Historian, the cherished sophomore LP from Lucy Dacus celebrates its five year anniversary this month. In conjunction, Dacus unveils the first-ever “Night Shift” music video today, directed by Jane Schoenbrun (We're All Going to the World's Fair) and featuring Dacus, and Jasmin Savoy Brown (Yellowjackets).



The “Night Shift” video premiered last night in New York at Nitehawk Prospect Park, followed by a Q+A with Dacus and Schoenbrun, moderated by E.R. Fightmaster and Liza Anne who both had featured roles in the video, and a screening of We’re All Going To The World’s Fair.



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Matador Revisionist History Podcast Episode 8: Spoon's Britt Daniel and Interpol's Paul Banks





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Stream / Purchase Limited White LP of Spoon's 'Kill The Moonlight'

Stream Interpol's 'The Black EP'

Our core philosophy here at Matador Revisionist History HQ is “What you want, once we’re ready.” And this time, we’re really living up to that.

Last summer, we celebrated the 20th anniversaries of Interpol’s Turn on the Bright Lights and Spoon’s Kill the Moonlight – two career-defining records that were released on the very same day in August of 2002.

Around that time, front men Paul Banks and Britt Daniel huddled with our host Matt Sweeney and taped an episode of the RH podcast. Seven months later, we’re finally prepared for you to hear it.

Everybody on this episode goes way, way back: Sweeney met Daniel during Spoon’s first tour. He met Banks when Turn on the Bright Lights was released, which is around the time Banks initially met Daniel. They reminisce about NYC’s Luna Lounge, Paul explains the importance of yelling in an Interpol song, and Britt stakes his claim to the cowboy hat from the “Wild” video.

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Bailterspace - April '23 North American Tour



Today, Bailterspace have announced several tour dates on the East and West Coast slated for April 2023. The tour follows their first American performance in many years last Summer at NYC's Mercury Lounge, supporting their newest album 'Concret' as well as the recent 25th anniversary of their landmark LP 'Wammo.' West Coast dates are on sale today and East Coast dates will be on sale this Friday at 10am EST.



Purchase / Stream Limited Orange 'Wammo' LP

Purchase 'Concret' Directly From Bailter Space

Bailter Space on Tour
Friday, April 22 Bottom of the Hill, San Francisco CA *
Saturday, April 23 Zebulon, Los Angeles CA #
Sunday, April 24 Artifice, Las Vegas NV
Wednesday, April 26th at Johnny Brenda's, Philadelphia PA
Thursday, April 27 DC9, Washington DC
Friday, April 28 Mercury Lounge, New York NY

* w/ Terry Gross
# w/ Flat Worms
+ w/ Orange Eats Creeps

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Bettie Serveert - 'Palomine' 30th Anniversary Edition





(photo by Lee To Sang)

Kicking off Matador’s Revisionist History Series for 2023, today we celebrate the 30th anniversary of Bettie Serveert’s debut album, ‘Palomine’. Heralded in its original four-star review by Rolling Stone as "untamed and free as pop gets,” this 1993 classic will see its first pressing by Matador since the album's original release on June 23rd on limited-edition translucent orange vinyl, accompanied by the “Brain-Tag” 7”, which was included with the original pressing.

(stream / preorder 'Palomine')

A deluxe digital edition of the album is out today on streaming services, featuring three era-appropriate bonus songs (two of which are drawn from the ‘Brain-Tag’ 7”) – “Smile”, “Maggot”, and “Get The Bird.” Newly remastered versions of the music videos for “Kid’s Allright,” “Palomine,” and “Tom Boy” are available to watch on YouTube HERE.

“Looking back on recording the Palomine album, we were as green as grass,” say the band’s Carol van Dyk and Peter Visser, “but we loved music and most of all, we loved playing our own songs. When we started our band in the summer of ’91, we never had any ambitions, never thought about a 'career' in music, beyond maybe playing a gig or two. But then Matador Records responded to our 1st demo, offering us a record deal, which started the ball rolling and it changed our lives forever! ‘Pal o’ mine’ will always be like a dear friend to us and even after 30 years, we still enjoy playing those songs.”

While a debut album, ‘Palomine’ marked the second time around for Bettie Serveert. The band first formed in Arnhem in 1986, first calling themselves Betty Serveert, with bassist Herman Bunskoeke, guitarist Peter Visser, and singer/guitarist Carol van Dyk. At that time, Bunskoeke and Visser were also playing in a more established band, De Artsen, and decided to focus on their main gig. Betty Serveert ceased to exist after 6 months and van Dyk joined up as De Artsen’s sound engineer.

By late 1990 De Artsen had split. Bettie Serveert, as they now called themselves, reconvened, joined by drummer Berend Dubbe. A seven-song demo was recorded in December 1991 and one copy ended up in our one-room lower Broadway office.



It’s important to note that nobody in this band is named “Bettie Serveert.” The name – which translates into “Bettie served” (as in tennis) – was suggested by drummer Berend Dubbe, who had seen a tennis-instruction book by Dutch tennis player, Betty Stöve.

The reissue serves as the latest entry in Matador Records’ Revisionist History series, our ongoing campaign to jog the record-buying (and streaming!) public’s memory about our many catalog items now poised to celebrate a significant anniversary.



(art by Jeff Mahannah)



"Tom Boy" (directed by Jesse Peretz)



"Kid's Alright" (directed by Jesse Peretz)



"Palomine" (directed by Tamara Davis)

‘Palomine (30th Anniversary Deluxe Edition)’

  1. Leg

  2. Palomine

  3. Kid's Allright

  4. Brain-Tag

  5. Tom Boy

  6. Under The Surface

  7. Balentine

  8. This Thing Nowhere
    9Healthy Sick
    10 Sundazed to the Core
    11 Palomine (Small)
    12 Smile
    13 Maggot
    14 Get The Bird


‘Palomine’ LP:

Side A:

  1. Leg

  2. Palomine

  3. Kid’s Allright

  4. Tom Boy

  5. Under The Surface


Side B:

  1. Balentine

  2. This Thing Nowhere

  3. Healthy Sick

  4. Sundazed to The Core

  5. Palomine (small)


 

‘Brain-Tag’ 7” Tracklist:

Side A
1.Brain Tag
Side B
1. Smile
2. Get The Bird





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Lucy Dacus - 'Historian' (5th Anniversary Edition)



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Five years ago today on December 12 2017, Lucy Dacus released "Night Shift" and announced her breakthrough sophomore album 'Historian.' Today Dacus has announced a new 5th anniversary edition of the album on limited red vinyl with never-before-seen original album artwork.

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







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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’.



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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 One' - 25th Anniversary Edition



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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



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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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