As we reach the end of 2018, it would not be an exaggeration to say we’re in the midst of many difficult moments in human history. The icecaps are melting. America is on the brink of a constitutional crisis. You can’t walk 15 feet in any major metropolis without breaking your neck on a discarded scooter. Your personal data (including everything we collect in this campaign) is being used for nefarious means.
All of that said, there is still beauty, mystery, and grandeur in what’s left of the fine arts. And when you’re done with the fine arts, there’s Matador's incredible array of 2018 titles from Belle and Sebastian, Body/Head, boygenius, Car Seat Headrest, Lucy Dacus, Iceage, Interpol, Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks, Liz Phair, Snail Mail, Kurt Vile and Yo La Tengo. Will these records help you sort out a world gone mad?
(moon art : James McNew)
MATADOR HOLIDAY SALE : 25% w/ code "terribletimes"
For a limited time (through the end of October) we're offering all you devoted Matablog readers 20% off at the Matador Store. To receive the discount simply enter promo code 20october at checkout. This is a perfect time to pick up some of our great new releases from DARKSIDE, Lee Ranaldo and the Dust, or Glasser.
Photo by Shawn Brackbill
On Tuesday evening, April 9, come join us in ringing in the release of Kurt Vile's Wakin On A Pretty Daze over at the Apple Store, SoHo.
Kurt will be chatting about the new record with moderator, Matt Pinfield, as part of Apple SoHo's "Meet The Musican" series. Followed by a live performance from Kurt Vile & The Violators.
This event is Free, it's All Ages, it's Open to the Public, and it's gonna be a good time.
Tuesday, April 9, 2013
Kurt Vile's "Meet The Musician"
Apple Store SoHo - 103 Prince Street, NYC
7pm (doors at 6:30pm)
And watch for Kurt Vile on The Hivecast with Matt Pinfield next week!
Pre-order Wakin On A Pretty Daze at the Matador Store
Ever want to wear a piece of Matador Records? Ever want to wear that piece of Matador Records for free? Any order over $50 from the Matador Store will qualify for a Matador shirt (of our choosing) in the size of your choosing.
If you've bought $50 worth of music just tell us what size shirt you'd like in your order comments. Women's sizes available in Medium or Large and Men's sizes available in Small, Medium, Large, or XL. If you don't put a size in the comments you aren't getting one, so please don't leave that info out. Offer valid while supplies last.
Everything on the Matador Store is 13% off through Monday. Don't forget that if you buy over $100 of merchandise you also can get a free Yak-Pak brand record bag. Just add the items to your cart and the discount will take care of itself.
It's spring cleaning time here at Matador, no really, our bosses are making us clean the office tomorrow. To free up some space, and to reward our customers, we will be giving away Yak-Pak brand record bags (a $40 value!) with purchases over $100 at the Matador store. Simply add the record bag of your choosing in black, steel blue, or powder blue and then $100 worth of records/CDs/clothing and the cost of the bag will automatically be subtracted from your total.
As you may or may not know, we've lined up amazing, collectible, colored vinyl from Stephen Malkmus & Jicks, L.A. Guns, OBN III's, The Men, Wounded Lion & Jesu as part of Matador's Singles Going Home Alone 7" club.. and we're telling you... we're coming up with something equally as awesome for #6. When join, you'll get all that plus special surprises that we're not announcing yet AND a 10% discount on all Matador Store orders for club members. To make this all the more exciting, subscriptions are going fast, so order now before it's too late!
SHGA #1 - January
Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks: "Wheels On Fire" b/w L.A. Guns: "Gorgeous Georgie"
SHGA #5 - Steptember
COVER ART COMING SOON
SHGA #6 - November
+ more surprises
(I really don't see the resemblance)
Back in early January WE SHOCKED THE MUSIC WORLD with news of a $1.98 Matador/True Panther Sounds sampler LP including (mostly) new songs from The Young, Ceremony, Lee Ranaldo Tanlines, Perfume Genius, Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks, Fucked Up, Girls, Cold Cave, Esben and The Witch and Kurt Vile. It's come to our attention that a) there's a few stragglers out there who've yet to order this limited edition LP, and b) some of you either trashed your record players or simply prefer music in digital form.
So here's the deal ---
V/A - Intended Play (zip)
Head over to Amazon MP3 to grab the following for a new low price of $6.99 from 11/21-29, as part of their Black Friday Hits promotion.
Thurston Moore 'Demolished Thoughts'
Kurt Vile 'Smoke Ring For My Halo'
Girls 'Father, Son, Holy Ghost' (on True Panther)
You can also find these titles on the popular CD & vinyl formats at the Matador webstore, or your favorite local indie retailer.
We're excited to announce that a number of our favorite catalogue releases have been reissued on 120g vinyl and are now in stock.
The following titles are now available in the Matador Store, and will be on shelves at your favorite record shops on August 9.
OLE-295-0 Belle and Sebastian - If You're Feeling Sinister*
OLE-311-0 Belle and Sebastian - Boy With The Arab Strap*
OLE-361-0 Belle and Sebastian - Tigermilk *
OLE-202-0 Cat Power - What Would The Community Think*
OLE-426-0 Cat Power - The Covers Record
OLE-754-0 Cat Power - Jukebox
OLE-069-0 Yo La Tengo - Painful*
OLE-371-0 Yo La Tengo - And Then Nothing Turned Itself Inside-Out* dbl LP
*includes free download of the entire album
Find these, and many other new and classic Matador, True Panther and distributed releases here. Spend over $50, and get free shipping AND while you're at it, pick up a new Matador tote bag (cuz let's be honest, who doesn't love a tote? )
Fucked Up's MIDNIGHT MADNESS (Tonight): David Comes To Life On-Sale For $3.99 And Up + Much Virtual Storage
To celebrate the release of Fucked Up's David Comes To Life, the album will be on sale for $3.99 (in MP3) as "MIDNIGHT MADNESS" takes over MatadorRecords.com starting at 12am EST tonight.
The catch is, the album will only be $3.99 for about 2 minutes. That's right. From midnight until noon tomorrow, the price of the MP3 album will be steadily going up until it hits full price once again.
And that's not all.... while we can't compete with Fucked Up's physical world antics in Toronto, our version of "MIDNIGHT MADNESS" will also include a virtual pop-up store with a screening room, characters from the "story", a live webcam from Toronto "MIDNIGHT MADNESS" and a preview of our just about ready to launch "MataCloudTM."
Can't get your head around all of this? That's cool, because all you will have to do is check back at this space in 15 hours to really understand.
We'd like to invite you to check out the new store and would appreciate any feedback, there is a button on the right side of the page, and maybe even buy a record or two.
We don't have digital purchases ready to go yet and are still working out some kinks but to encourage your early usage enter code 'TESTER15' at checkout to receive 15% off any order for the next week. Any problems along the way feel free to email [email protected] and we look forward to having this baby up and fully functional in the very near future.
To celebrate our 21st year we are offering up a 21% discount on every order at the Matador store.
In addition, we'll throw in FREE SHIPPING on any orders over $50.
Simply enter code Matador21 at checkout for the discount and select the free shipping option (Sorry, US customers only) Code valid through Dec. 16.
To celebrate the 8/24 release of their debut album Memphis, Magic Kids are going on an epic in-store tour to visit all of their favorite Southern independent records stores. Each store will host a free in-store performance and have some goodies to share with people that show up. All this will be benchmarked by a really really really special Memphis release-date performance that we can't quite tell you about yet....but it is gonna be amazing. Ok, come say hello!!! MEMPHIS EVERYWHERE!!!!!
Wed. 8/25 Knoxville, TN Disc Exchange 6pm
Thu 8/26 Atlanta, GA Criminal Records 7pm
Fri 8/27 Charlotte, NC Lunchbox 6pm
Sat 8/28 Cincinatti, OH Shake It Records 6pm
Sun 8/29 St. Louis, MO Vintage Vinyl 6pm
Mon 8/30 Nashville, TN Grimey's 6pm
Magic Kids- Superball (mp3)
Image from Steve Louie’s Flickr
(photo by Greg Giannukos)
Starting October 2nd in London, Magic Kids are setting off across your fine continent! Make sure to show them a good time.
Fri 10/1 London, UK @ Barfly
Sat 10/2 London, UK @ Camden Proud Galleries
Sun 10/3 Bruges, Belgium @ Botanique/Witloofbar
Tue 10/5 Amsterdam, Holland @ Paradiso
Wed 10/6 Tilburg, Holland @Tilburg 013/Batcave
Thu 10/7 Hamburg, Germany @ Molotow
Fri 10/8 Helsingar, Denmark @ Musikhuset Elvaerket
Sat 10/9 Oslom, Norway @ Café Mono
Sun 10/10 Gothenburg, Sweden @ Pusterviksbaren
Mon 10/11 Stockholm, Sweden @ Landet
Tue 10/12 Copenhagen, Denmark @ Lades
Wed 10/13 Berlin, Germany @ Magnet
Thu 10/14 Köln, Germany @ Werkstatt
Fri 10/15 München, Germany @ Atomic Cafe
Sat 10/16 Zurich, Switzerland @ Club Zukunft
Sun 10/17 Milan, Italy Indierocket party @ Rocket (free entry)
Mon 10/18 Paris, France @ Point Ephemere
Tue 10/19 Oxford, UK @ Jercicho Tavern
Thu 10/21 Bristolm UK @ Louisanna
Fri 10/22 Bristol, UK @ The Social
Sat 10/23 Cardiff, UK @ Swn Festival
Sun 10/24 Newcastle, UK @ The Cluny
Mon 10/25 Leeds, UK @ Nation of Shopkeepers
Tue 10/26 Birmingham, UK @ Hare and Hounds
Wed 10/27 London, UK @ TBC
Thu 10/28 London, UK @ Lexington
photo grabbed from Pooneh Ghana's flickr
A lot has happened since we met Harlem a few years ago. They've written 16 indelible pop songs, played shows across the nation, contributed to a compilation celebrating the one of the better music scenes going right now and beat us in a couple rounds of cee-lo... and in the midst of all that and more, they let us release a damn fine LP that we couldn't be more enthusiastic to yell, "drops today!"
You can grab 'Hippies' at many fine music retail outlets including your local record shop, favorite digital retailer (such as Amazon, emusic or iTunes) and Matador's online store.
And the fun's just getting started - Harlem plays a release show at Waterloo Records in Austin on April 11, Lollapalooza in August and a ton of other dates in between.
It's snowing like crazy here in NYC but True Panther Sounds remains bundled up, huddled away and working hard. Taking a few precious moments every day to find good youtube videos, but also putting out a bunch of records. Wanted to give y'all the latest update in the True Panther Universe..
This last Tuesday, 3/23, we released two brand new records.
Hunx and His Punx' "Gay Singles"
We initially released a limited vinyl pressing this last year, but after blowing through them we re-pressed it on LP/CD/DA. It now has slightly different cover art, a cd that includes all the videos, better quality vinyl, and a free mp3 download with each record. PLUS it's cheaper than before. The songs are classic glammy, and gay. They've gotten better with each listen. Lookout for national and international tour dates in the next few months.
Order HERE (and get a free Chiphunx CD)
U Don't Like Rock'nRoll (mp3)
Morning Benders "Promises" 7"
This is a limited edition single from one of our favorite new bands. Their record is coming out on Rough Trade, but this first single is all ours! It's limited and features an exclusive b-side "Oh Annie", a more plaintive and restrained version of the band. Enjoy!
We're also putting out 3 brand new 12"/digital records on March 9th! New releases from Tanlines, Lemonade, and Janka Nabay. Each record is a totally unique incantation of the dance music spirits- Janka electrified the Bubu dance music of his native Sierra Leone, Lemonade mixed every kind of electronic music from the last 30 years in a big caribbean fruit salad, and Tanlines are making "new music" , coalesced from tropical sounds and restrained house. We're just going to call it all "Yes Wave".
Get all three records in a bundle for only $25 and get instant downloads of the singles and a few exclusive remixes. Order HERE
Order Tanlines- Settings HERE
"Real Life" (mp3)
Order Lemonade- Pure Moods HERE
Order Janka Nabay- Bubu King HERE
"Eh Congo" (mp3)
We're also having a big show to celebrate the release of the 12"s. Hope to see some of you in the New York are there!
That's it for the update for now. Hope you enjoy the records. We have some great stuff on the burners for the new year, full-lengths from Glasser and Magic Kids. Releases from Teengirl Fantasy, The Bitters, and Real Estate. Stoked!!
A little while back, Gerard may or may not have mentioned something about Spiral Stairs playing an instore in Seattle (by a while back I mean this morning and by "may or may not have mentioned" I mean he mapped it out in great detail... I just like suspense).
Well, dear friends, here it is... In celebration of the release of his first album under the SS moniker, Spiral is taking Seattle by free-live-instore storm. Check it. Don't wreck it.
Don't forget, kids, tomorrow marks the first show of Jay Reatard's highly anticipated West Coast Instore Tour.
So if you find yourself bogged down by summer in one of these little not-so-out-of-the-way hamlets up and down the West Coast, be sure to come out, check a FREE ALL AGES instore and pick up Jay's newest record Watch Me Fall.
18th – 6pm @ Amoeba Music Hollywood (LA)
19th – 7pm @ Fingerprints (Long Beach)
20th – 7pm @ M-Theory (San Diego)
21st – 7pm @ Streetlight Records (Santa Cruz)
22nd – 6pm @ Amoeba Music San Francisco (duh)
23rd – 6pm @ Amoeba Music Berkeley (again…)
25th – 6pm @ Jackpot Records (Portland)
26th – 7pm @ Easy Street Records (Seattle)
27th – 7pm @ Sonic Boom Records (Seattle)
28th – 8pm @ Zulu Records (Vancouver)
And if free all ages instores don't whet your palette, maybe this will....................