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Coming July 23 : DARKSIDE - 'Spiral'




"The Limit"


(photo : Jed DeMoss)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Tracklist

  1. Narrow Road

  2. The Limit

  3. The Question Is To See It All

  4. Lawmaker

  5. I’m the Echo

  6. Spiral

  7. Liberty Bell

  8. Inside Is Out There

  9. Only Young




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



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


(photo : WH Moustapha)

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

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

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

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



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

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

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





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



"Limerick"
Directed by Michael Gibbons



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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







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Out Today : Perfume Genius - 'IMMEDIATELY Remixes' (LP on Records Store Day, June 12)

 



Today, Perfume Genius releases the 'IMMEDIATELY Remixes' album, a companion album to the 2020 tour de force,  'Set My Heart On Fire Immediately', remixed in original running sequence by Boy Harsher, Jenny Hval, A. G. Cook, Actress, Danny L Harle, Jaakko Eino Kaleivi, Jim-E Stack, Planningtorock, Initial Talk, Nídia, Westerman, Actress, Koreless and Katie Dey. Hadreas has said, "I'm very honored to have all these incredible musicians rework these songs. I felt personally remixed listening to their versions, hearing the spirit of my song completely transformed was very magical. Each one feels like a little portal to a fucked up shared world."

The 2xLP will be pressed on metallic silver vinyl, limited to an edition of 2,500 exclusive to independent  record stores as part of Record Store Day on June 12.




IMMEDIATELY Remixes Tracklist

  1. Whole Life (Jaakko Eino Kalevi Remix)

  2. Describe (A. G. Cook Remix)

  3. Without You (Jim-E Stack)

  4. Jason (Planningtorock Remix)

  5. Leave (Jenny Hval Remix)

  6. On The Floor (Initial Talk Remix)

  7. Your Body Changes Everything (Boy Harsher Remix)

  8. Moonbend (Nidia Remix)

  9. Just a Touch (Danny L Harle Harlecore Remix)

  10. Nothing at All (Westerman Remix)

  11. One More Try (Actress Remix)

  12. Some Dream (Koreless Remix)

  13. Borrowed Light (Katie Dey Remix)




Today, at 1PM PST/4EST Mike Hadreas and Alan Wyffels present Club IMMEDIATELY. Listen to the 'IMMEDIATELY Remixes' album with Mike and Alan. Between tracks, call into the Perfume Genius Loveline with your questions. Plus, special giveaways that include signed LP's and a Playstation 5. Prize winners will be chosen only during the event.



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Out Today : Gang Of Four - 77-81 Box Set


After some manufacturing delays, the long-anticipated Gang Of Four 77-81 box set is available in stores today.   A compact disc edition will be available on May 8.

In addition, remastered version of 'Entertainment!' and 'Solid Gold' are available on streaming services starting today.

At 1opm eastern today (Friday, March 12)  Tim Burgess' "Tim's Twitter Listening Party" turns the program's attention to 'Entertainment!'



In addition, at 2pm eastern, Jon King and Hugo Burnham will take part in an Reddit AMA.

77-81 Tracklist

Entertainment!
A1. Ether
A2. Natural’s Not In It
A3. Not Great Men
A4. Damaged Goods
A5. Return The Gift
A6. Guns Before Butter
B1. I Found That Essence Rare
B2. Glass
B3. Contract
B4. At Home He’s A Tourist
B5. 5.45
B6. Love Like Anthrax
Solid Gold
A1. Paralysed
A2. What We All Want
A3. If I Could Keep It For Myself
A4. Outside The Trains Don’t Run On Time
A5. Why Theory?
B1. Cheeseburger
B2. The Republic
B3. In The Ditch
B4. A Hole In The Wallet
B5. He’d Send In The ArmySingles
A1. To Hell With Poverty
A2. It’s Her Factory
A3. Armalite Rifle
B1. Capital (It Fails Us Now)
B2. History’s Bunk!
B3. Cheeseburger (Live) *
B4. What We All Want (Live) **Live at Hammersmith PalaisLive at American Indian Center 1980
A1. Not Great Men
A2. Contract
A3. Outside The Trains Don’t Run On Time
A4. Damaged Goods
B1. He’d Send In The Army
B2. Guns Before Butter
B3. 5.45
C1. Anthrax
C2. It’s Her Factory
C3. Ether
C4. Natural’s Not In It
D1. At Home He’s A Tourist
D2. Rosanne
D3. Return The Gift
D4. GlassCassetteSIDE A -The Early Demos (Various)I) Rehearsal Room – Leeds, 1977-78The Things You Do
What You Ask For
Armalite Rifle
Love Like Anthrax
Silence Is Not Useful
Disco Sound
Damaged Goods
Elevator

II) Cargo Demos – Cargo Studio, Rochdale

Song One
Song Two

iii) The Tapes – Poiydor Studios, Jan 1978

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


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

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

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Lucy Dacus - "Thumbs"





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The last few years have been tremendous for Lucy Dacus. Today, she continues the momentum with a heart wrenching new single, “Thumbs.” The song debuted live following its creation in fall 2018 and has since become a fan favorite, so much so that it has its own dedicated Twitter account. In spirit of the anticipation and love for the song, prior to its official release, Dacus surprised 100 random fans with a hand-assembled VHS tape with a recording of “Thumbs.” The track showcases Dacus’ evocative and profound storytelling, her voice magnetic over scaled back synth and mellotron.

Written during a 15 minute car ride to dinner in Nashville, Dacus says: “Like most songs I write, I wasn’t expecting it and it made me feel weird, almost sick. It tells the story of a day I had with a friend during our freshman year of college, a significant day, but not one that I had thought of for years. I started playing it live a month or so later during the boygenius tour after Phoebe and Julien encouraged me to. I knew I wanted a long time to get used to playing it since it made me feel shaky, so I ended sets with it for about half the shows I played in 2019. Before I played it, I would ask the audience to please not record it, a request that seems to have been respected, which I'm grateful for."



“Thumbs” Lyrics

You hung up the phone
and I asked you what was wrong.
Your dad has come to town.
He’d like to meet.
I said, “You don’t have to see him,”
but for whatever reason, you can’t tell him no.


So we meet him at a bar.
You were holding my hand hard.
He ordered rum and coke.
I can’t drink either anymore.
He hadn’t seen you since the fifth grade.
Now you’re nineteen and you’re 5’8”.
He said, “Honey, you sure look great.
Do you get the checks I send on your birthday?”

I would kill him
if you let me.
I would kill him
quick and easy.
Your nails are digging into my knee.
I don’t know how you keep smiling.

I love your eyes
and he has ‘em.
Or you have his
‘cause he was first.
I imagine my thumbs on the irises
pressing in
until they burst.

I clear my throat and say we oughta get home.
He offers us a ride.
I reply, “No, that’s alright.”
When we leave, you feel him watching,
so we walk a mile in the wrong direction.

I would kill him
if you let me.
I would kill him
quick and easy.
Your nails are digging into my knee.
I don’t know how you keep smiling.
I don’t know how you keep smiling.
I don’t know how you keep smiling.
I wanna take your face between my hands
and say:

You two are connected by a pure coincidence.
Bound to him by blood, but baby, it’s all relative.
You’ve been in his fist ever since you were a kid,
but you don’t owe him shit even if he said you did.
You don’t owe him shit even if he said you did.

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



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

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



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Coming May 21 : Mdou Moctar - 'Afrique Victime'



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


(photo : WH Moustapha)


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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




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

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

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

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





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

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

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

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

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

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



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Out Today : Julien Baker - 'Little Oblivions'






Today (Friday, February 26) marks the official release date for Julien Baker's eagerly anticipated 'Little Oblivions'.   There's myrian ways to stream or purchase,  and this map of independent retailers might help you find any remaining copies of the gold vinyl edition.

Little Oblivions Tracklist

  1. Hardline

  2. Heatwave

  3. Faith Healer

  4. Relative Fiction

  5. Crying Wolf

  6. Bloodshot

  7. Ringside

  8. Favor

  9. Song in E

  10. Repeat

  11. Highlight Reel

  12. Ziptie



Today at 2pm, Julien Baker will be joined by Mackenzie Scott of Torres and WNXP’s Jewly High for NPR Music's Listening Party for 'Little Oblivions'.  RSVP here.


Julien Baker's streamed performance  from Analog at Hutton Hotel takes place Thursday, March 25 at 8pm AET / 7 pm GMT / 9 PM ET.  Tickets are available 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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Julien Baker - "Heatwave" Premiere & Lyric Video


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


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








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




"Splat" (director, Julie Hermelin


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

Preorder / stream : 'Wammo'

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


Wammo Tracklist:

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

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



"Favor" (lyric video by Sabrina Nichols)

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

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

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

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Julien Baker - "Hardline" (Lyric Video)



"Hardline" - from 'LIttle Oblivions', out February 26
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Following the debut earlier this month of Joe Baughman's amazing video for Julien Baker's "Hardline", this morning we're showcasing Sabrina Nichols' lyric video for the same track.

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



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

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

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



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

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





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

Track List :

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



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

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






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

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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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Julien Baker - "Hardline" Premiere & Video, KEXP Performance



"Hardline"
directed by Joe Baughman


“A few years ago I started collecting travel ephemera again with a loose idea of making a piece of art with it. I had been touring pretty consistently since 2015 and had been traveling so much that items like plane tickets and hotel keycards didn't have much novelty anymore. So I saved all my travel stuff and made a little collage of a house and a van out of it. I wanted to incorporate it into the record and when we were brainstorming ideas for videos we came across Joe Baughman and really liked his work so we reached out with the idea of making a stop-motion video that had similar aesthetic qualities as the house I built did. I don't know why I have the impulse to write songs or make tiny sculptures out of plane tickets. But here it is anyway: a bunch of things I've collected and carried with me that I've re-organized into a new shape.” - Julien Baker

 


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This morning we're debuting another track from Julien Baker's much anticipated forthcoming album 'Little Oblivions' with the new single, “Hardline”. The video for “Hardline” was directed by Joe Baughman who notes, “even after having spent 600 hours immersed in ‘Hardline’ and having listened to it thousands of times, I am still moved by it. It was a fun and ambitious challenge creating something that could accompany such a compelling song.  The style of the set design, inspired by a sculpture that Julien created, was especially fun to work in. I loved sifting through magazines, maps, and newspapers from the 60s and 70s and finding the right colors, shapes, and quotes to cover almost every surface in the video."

'Little Oblivions' is out February 26.

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At 10am EST today, listeners can tune in to hear Julien's KEXP session via the station’s YouTube page.  She performs “Hardline” as well as other tracks off 'Little Oblivions'. The session also features an interview with Cheryl Waters.

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Darkside - "LIberty Bell"



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DARKSIDE is the collaborative duo of Dave Harrington and Nicolas Jaar.

Dormant since the close of touring for their debut full-length, 'Psychic', the group quietly reconvened in 2018 to begin writing new music.

Following more than a year of work, Harrington and Jaar completed 'Spiral', the second DARKSIDE album, in December of 2019, which has been mixed by Rashad Becker, mastered by Heba Kadry, and will be released this spring.

Today, you can listen to the first single, "Liberty Bell".

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