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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







(photo by Daniel Boud)



directed by Robert Semmer

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

stream/preorder 'David Comes To Life'
stream / download "The Truest Road"
stream 'David's Town'





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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Spoon - 'Telephono' 25th Anniversary, 25% Off Sale



today marks the 25th anniversary of Spoon’s debut album, ‘Telephono’.

Grab it on your format of choice for 25% off now thru Sunday night.

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





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



"Limerick"
Directed by Michael Gibbons



(photo by Taylor Crothers)


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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







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Matador Revisionist History Podcast - Episode One: Mary Timony, Liz Phair and Snail Mail's Lindsey Jordan



(Illustration: Jeff Mahannah)



Today, we are pleased to announce the inaugural episode of the Matador Revisionist History podcast.

It is our hope that this series will add context ­(and content!) to the Revisionist History catalog reissues by calling upon our artists, collaborators, and accomplices to discuss a well-loved Matador ­album celebrating a noteworthy anniversary.

First up: Mary Timony’s Mountains, which has recently turned 20 and is once again available in an expanded and remastered 2xLP edition. She is joined on this episode by Liz Phair and Snail Mail’s Lindsey Jordan for a wide-ranging 90-minute discussion touching on their respective debut albums, creative processes, and favorite tracks from each other’s catalog.

Stream episode one of The Matador Revisionist History Podcast HERE.

Available now until this Friday, save 25% on Mary Timony's Mountains, Liz Phair's Exile in Guyville, and Snail Mail's Lush at the Matador webstore through the link HERE.

And there’s more to come as we close in on significant dates for Kurt Vile, Fucked Up, and The New Pornographers.

Matador Records’ Revisionist History series celebrates the anniversaries of outstanding albums from the label's past with newly remastered reissues accompanied by recently unearthed live footage, unreleased music, photos, and music videos. Last year saw the release of special and extended editions from Guided by Voices, Pavement, Yo La Tengo, Chavez, Mary Timony, and Bailter Space. The series will continue in 2021, which will kick off with a reissue of Bardo Pond’s Amanita. More info to follow!

Find more information on the Revisionist History series HERE.

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





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

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



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

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

 


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

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Mary Timony - "Live At St. Mark's" Bandcamp Live Stream



(Photo: Brendan Canty)

On Thursday, March 4th, Mary Timony will premiere a streamed concert, Live at St. Mark’s. Shot in Washington, D.C. and directed by Brendan Canty, the set is centered around songs from her solo debut, Mountains, reissued in January for the album's 20th anniversary.  Timony is joined throughout the performance by musicians Mark Cisneros, David Christian, Amy Domingues, and Winston Yu.



The concert will stream via Bandcamp Live and will launch at 8 PM EST. Tickets are $10. A new Mountains t-shirt (pictured below) will be available alongside the digital album at the show’s virtual merch table. A replay will remain available for 24 hours for global audiences to view. Tickets available for pre-order HERE.



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




"Splat" (director, Julie Hermelin


(photo Jill Greenberg)

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

Preorder / stream : 'Wammo'

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


Wammo Tracklist:

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

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



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

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

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



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

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Out Today : Mary Timony - 'Mountains' (20th Anniversary Expanded Edition)






(photo  :  Stefano Giovannini)

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

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


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Coming February 12, 2021 : Bailter Space - 'Wammo', 25th Anniversary Edition




"Splat" (director, Julie Hermelin
“The most massive guitar come down music ever. Pop songs that sound like they came from a greyhound bus station at 2am. Riffs baked in slime and flowers that pack the ‘THUD’ of a ball peen hammer to the knee. A blistering bookend to Bailter Space’s unstoppable Matador run, Wammo returns to smoke our collective brain resin and fall asleep with the TV on.”

Ryley Walker
Mogwai's frequent visits to the Matador office invariably resulted in Patrick, Chris, or pretty much anyone on their coffee break generously shoving records in our faces and convincing us that ‘if we hadn't heard this band already, our lives were about to get better. Bailter Space was one of those bands. I loved the use of just one or two chords (economical!) with vocals that I was happy enough with being almost indecipherable. Listening back to Wammo, that guitar sound hasn't dated to my ears at all. Please generously shove this record in your face.

Barry Burns (Mogwai)
By 1995, this NYC-by-way-of-New Zealand power trio that not nearly enough people are in love with had already released a multiple-album masterclass in remaking post-punk, shoegaze, and even industrial in their own dense, heavy, beautiful, emotional, and occasionally hostile image. Then Wammo subtracted none of that while adding hooks bigger than Brit-Pop and NEU!-ing up the rhythms. I certainly hope this reissue puts Bailter Space where they should have been for the last quarter-century: In everyone’s inspirational canon.

Andrew Earles

 



Preorder / stream : 'Wammo'

This year Matador’s Revisionist History has surfaced a number of outstanding and era-defining catalog items by the likes of Pavement, Yo La Tengo, Guided by Voices, Mary Timony, and Chavez.

Today, we bring you the final title of our 2020 lineup: Bailter Space’s 'Wammo', now celebrating its 25th anniversary.

'Wammo' has been remastered from the original tapes and returns to us pressed on translucent orange vinyl. Pre-orders for the new edition are available now via the Matador store.

Formed in Christchurch, New Zealand in 1987 as Nelsh Bailter Space, the band’s musical family tree touches on some of the nation’s most revered weirdo luminaries – including Flying Nun mainstays like the Skeptics, the Clean, and the Gordons.

Bailter Space (aka bailterspace) embraced chaos, but celebrated precision, finding melody amid networks of brooding noise and feedback. After relocating to New York City, the band – who by then included Alister Parker, John Halvorsen, and Brent McLachlan – arrived on Matador in in time for the US release of 'Robot World' (1993). 'Wammo' was the trio’s third and final full-length with the label (their fifth album overall) and was among its most tuneful efforts (relatively speaking!).

At the time, music scribes were a bit puzzled by the record’s “accessibility.” In the rear view, though, we can recognize 'Wammo' for the perfectly melancholy and drone-laced brain-zap that it is.

In July of this year, bailterspace released a new album, 'Concret'.

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


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

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Coming January 15 : Mary Timony - 'Mountains' (20th Anniversary Expanded Edition)



photo : Brett Vapnek

To date Matador’s Revisionist History series has set its focus on the hallowed year of 1995 – surfacing critical releases by Pavement, Yo La Tengo, Guided by Voices, and Chavez.

Today, however, we whirl the dial on the in-house wayback machine and travel toward the future: the year 2000 and Mary Timony’s debut solo album, 'Mountains', which will be reissued on January 15th.

Remastered by Bob Weston, Mountains comes back to us as a gold foil-embossed gatefold 2xLP and will include the previously unreleased original takes of “Return to Pirates,” “Poison Moon,” and “Killed by the Telephone,” which were delivered along with the original master tapes 20 years ago, but were omitted from the final album. The record is completed by a newly recorded orchestral version of “Valley of One Thousand Perfumes” produced by composer Joe Wong (Russian Doll, Midnight Gospel) and mixed by Dave Fridmann.

At the turn of the century, Timony (Ex Hex, Wild Flag, Hammered Hulls) was already a celebrated presence in American underground music – a fixture of D.C. and Boston rock ’n’ roll via her work in Autoclave and Helium respectively. By 1998, though, Helium was drawing to a close and Timony was feeling uncertain about the future. “I had never been good at the rock' n' roll business, and making a living from being in a band just didn't seem like it was in the realm of possibility for me,” she writes. “I just knew I wanted to make another record because that was the part of being in a band that I liked the most.”

At the time of its original release, Timony called 'Mountains', “A Trip to the New Underworld.” “A bunch of hard stuff was happening in my life: family illnesses, people dying, people leaving, relationships ending. I fell into a deep depression,” she explains. “I tried new ways of making music: I tried writing songs without any filter at all, and I purposely didn't think about what the music would sound like to anyone else. I was only interested in describing what was in my head.”
Recorded and mixed in Boston alongside Christina Files and Eric Masunaga and in Chicago with Bob Weston, Mountains found Timony dialing into territory that was barer and more confessional than her work in Helium. Stark arrangements were augmented with newly ornate instrumentation -- piano, vibraphone, and viola -- and the lyrics were tinted with slyly occult imagery.

“Listening back to Mountains now I am struck most by how raw it sounds,” says Timony. “I hear the depression and angst, but also I hear all of that darkness disappearing through the power of music and friendship—and turning into songs during those happy and productive months recording and hanging out in Christina’s loft in downtown Boston.”

Today, you can also watch Timony in the Brett Vapnek-directed short film, "Dream Machine" (1999).



"Dream Machine"
written and directed by Brett Vapnek

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


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Out Today : Chavez - 'Gone Glimmering' (25 Anniversary Edition)





(photo : Michael Lavine)

As we mark today's eagerly awaited formal release of Chavez' 1995 classic, 'Gone Glimmering',  we'll take a brief break from posting front-row videos of their performances to instead showcase Gordon Withers' interpretation of the band's "You Faded".  Though this performance is not found on the 'Gone Glimmering' reissue (just being thorough here -- you wouldn't believe the stupid questions we're asked all the time), more information on Withers' work can be found here.




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Chavez - More Live 1995 Footage



"Hack The Sides Away", live 1995



"The Nerve", live in Columbus, OH 1995



"Repeat The Ending", live 1995

All videos courtesy Chris Wilcha.

stream/preorder 'Gone Glimmering' (25th Anniversary expanded edition) - out October 23

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Chavez - "Break Up Your Band", "Nailed To The Blank Spot" live footage



"Break Up Your Band", live at PS 122
(courtesy Chris Wilcha)



"Nailed To The Blank Spot" (courtesy Chris Wilcha)



(Germany radio interview, courtesy Chavez)

More gold from the vast (?) Chavez archives, above.

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Coming October 23 : Chavez - 'Gone Glimmering (Expanded)', 25th Anniversary Edition





"Break Up Your Band", director, Scott Marshall




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Today, we reintroduce you to the men of Chavez -- Matt Sweeney, James Lo, Clay Tarver, and Scott Marshall -- whose debut full-length, Gone Glimmering, will be reissued on 10/23.

First released on May 23, 1995 Gone Glimmering remains an unparalleled slab of rock-action 25 years on -- evoking the spooky power and mystery of ’70s hard-rock while charting a course toward a future guitar music where dissonance, hooks, and brain crushing beats might thrillingly exist at once.

Back then, lesser scribes tagged the Manhattan-based quartet with thinky adjectives -- knotty, algebraic, angular, etc. Not all of those were exactly off base. Still, whatever braininess Chavez employed was tempered by their passion for the visceral moves of Cheap Trick, The Pretty Things, and Aerosmith’s Rocks. They dug “difficult” sounds but pursued transcendent hooks.

“For a year Clay and I played together in a Chinatown loft as a two-guitar thing before we got together with James,” says Sweeney, recalling the band’s formative rehearsals. By the time Lo came on board, though, Chavez had become more clearly identifiable as a rock ’n roll outfit. “Before practice, we would meet up at Max Fish bar on Ludlow street then go to the rehearsal space,” says Sweeney. “And then we’d go back to Max Fish. This was the Gone Glimmering writing process.”

Back in 1995, Pavement and the Blues Explosion were Matador’s top-tier local draws. Chavez never played a show with either of them, though. Instead, the band found fellowship with psych-adjacent burners like Guided by Voices, Come, and Bardo Pond. They were -- and remain! -- outsiders.



In order to further enrich your re-experience of the record, we also bring you an instructional video in which guitarist Sadie Dupuis (Speedy Ortiz, Sad13), Sweeney, and Tarver deconstruct Chavez’s signature “moves.”

You can also view a newly restored version of the Marshall-directed video for “Break Up Your Band,’ which remains among Matador’s finest-ever productions within the medium!

Freshly remastered by Greg Calbi, Gone Glimmering returns to us as a gatefold 2xLP and will now include four extra tracks drawn from the Pentagram Ring EP never before available on vinyl. Alongside the 2xLP, there will be a limited run of long-sleeve t-shirts which are available to pre-order.

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Gone Glimmering (Expanded) Tracklist
01 Nailed To The Blank Spot
02 Break Up Your Band
03 Laugh Track
04 The Ghost By The Sea
05 Pentagram Ring
06 Peeled Out Too Late
07 The Flaming Gong
08 Wakeman’s Air
09 Relaxed Fit
10 The Nerve
11 You Faded
12 Hack The Sides Away
13 Repeat The Ending




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Out Today : Yo La Tengo - 'Electr-o-pura' 2XLP 25th Anniversary Edition



the 2XLP 25th anniversary edition of Yo La Tengo's 'Electr-o-pura' is out today and is available to purchase or stream at your leisure (though merchants tend to keep their own hours).

Tracklist
01 Decora
02 Flying Lesson (Hot Chicken #1)
03 The Hour Grows Late
04 Tom Courtenay
05 False Ending
06 Pablo And Andrea
07 Paul Is Dead
08 False Alarm
09 The Ballad Of Red Buckets
10 Don’t Say A Word (Hot Chicken #2
11 (Straight Down To The) Bitter End
12 My Heart’s Reflection
13 Attack On Love
14 Blue Line Swinger

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