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The MataBlog is edited by Matador Records’ co-moaner Gerard Cosloy and individual entries are the work of whoever’s name is next to them. If you enjoyed something in the MataBlog, thank you very much! If there was something you found particularly troubling, please be advised that a) maybe you should read it again and b) the contents of this blog do not necessarily represent the opinions of Matador Records, Beggars Group, the combined staff of either company, nor the Matador artist roster. Opinions are like friends — hardly anyone has one worth listening to.

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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Algiers - "I Can't Stand It!" (feat. Samuel T. Herring & Jae Matthews)



Stream / Download "I Can't Stand It!"

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(Algiers, photo: Ebru Yildiz)



(Jae Matthews of Boy Harsher, photo by Yulissa Benitez)



(Samuel T. Herring of Future Islands, photo by Justin Flythe)

Today, Algiers release new single “I Can’t Stand It!”, taken from their forthcoming new album 'SHOOK', released February 24th on Matador. The song features Samuel T. Herring (Future Islands) and Jae Matthews (Boy Harsher). It samples fellow Atlanta artist Lee Moses’ 1971 song, “What You Don’t Want Me To Be”.



“I Can’t Stand It!” was written and produced by frontman Franklin James Fisher, who says: “It’s a very personal song about a devastating loss of someone I believed to be the love of my life which nearly ended in my suicide. I think the song’s narrative arc reflects the sense of dread and the path that led me to that moment. She put on “What You Don’t Want Me To Be” the first time I heard it and I knew immediately that I was going to sample it—I just couldn’t have known the result would be a song about our own end. But every time I sing that song now it feels like I heal a little bit more.”

Jae Matthews says: "I wanted to give Algiers not so much a narrative, but a recollection of a feeling. That abstract evocation that comes when you think about someone who broke yr heart and how that pain still tethers you."

Algiers on tour (new dates in bold) :
Thursday, February 9 Workman’s Dublin IE
Wednesday, February 15 Botanique, Brussels BE
Thursday, February 16 Salzhaus, Winterthur CH
Friday, February 17 Bronson, Ravenna IT
Saturday, February 18 Capitol, Pordenone IT
Monday, February 20 Kino Siska, Ljubjana SL
Tuesday, February 21 Flex, Vienna AT
Wednesday, February 22 Posthof, Linz AT
Friday, February 24 Lucerna, Prague CZ
Saturday, February 25 Niebo, Warsaw PL
Wednesday, March 1 Beatpol, Dresden DE
Thursday, March 2 Hole44, Berlin DE
Friday, March 3 Forum, Bielefeld DE
Saturday, March 4 Manufaktur, Schorndorf DE
Sunday, March 5 Club Volta, Cologne DE
Tuesday, March 7 Petit Bain, Paris FR
Wednesday, March 8 The Dome, London UK
Thursday January 26 Washington’s Foco, Fort Collins CO
March 15-17 SXSW, Austin TX
Sunday, March 19 Rebel Lounge, Phoenix AZ
Monday, March 20 Soda Bar, San Diego CA
Tuesday, March 21 Knitting Factory NOHO, Los Angeles CA
Thursday, March 23 Bottom of the Hill, San Francisco CA
Saturday, March 25 Show Bar at Revolution Hall, Portland OR
Sunday, March 26 Madame Lou’s, Seattle WA
Wednesday, March 29 7th St Entry, Minneapolis MN
Thursday, March 30 Sleeping Village, Chicago IL
Friday, March 31 Whirling Tiger, Louisville KY
Sunday, April 2 Big Ears Festival, Knoxville TN
Monday, April 3 The Pinhook, Durham NC
Tuesday, April 4 DC9, Washington DC
Wednesday, April 5 PhilaMOCA, Philadelphia PA
Thursday, April 6 Racket, New York NY
Friday, April 7 Casa del Popolo, Montreal QC
Saturday, April 8 The Garrison, Toronto ON

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Snail Mail - Spring '23 US Tour



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Following her five-night, sold-out "Valentine Festival" hometown residency at Baltimore's Ottobar next month, Snail Mail will be back on the road this spring, performing shows across the US and making stops at Coachella, Shaky Knees, Mission Creek, and Governor’s Ball festivals. Water From Your Eyes and Dazy will support on headline dates. Find tickets HERE.

Fri, February 10 Snail Mail’s Valentine Festival, Baltimore MD SOLD OUT
Sat, February 11 Snail Mail’s Valentine Festival, Baltimore, MD SOLD OUT
Sun, February 12 Snail Mail’s Valentine Festival, Baltimore, MD SOLD OUT
Mon, February 13 Snail Mail’s Valentine Festival, Baltimore, MD SOLD OUT
Tues, February 14 Snail Mail’s Valentine Festival, Baltimore, MD SOLD OUT
Friday, April 7 Mission Creek Festival, Iowa City IA
Saturday, April 8 Slowdown, Omaha NE #
Monday, April 10 Aggie Theatre, Fort Collins CO #
Tuesday, April 11 Fox Theatre, Boulder CO #
Wednesday, April 12 Soundwell, Salt Lake City UT #
Thursday, April 13 AREA15, Las Vegas NV #
Saturday, April 15 Coachella, Indio CA
Sunday, April 16 Fremont Theatre, San Luis Obispo CA #
Tuesday, April 18 Cargo Concert Hall, Reno NV #
Wednesday, April 19 Goldfield Trading Post, Roseville CA %
Thursday, April 20 Rio Theatre, Santa Cruz CA %
Saturday, April 22 Coachella, Indio CA
Sunday, April 23 Yucca North, Flagstaff AZ #
Monday, April 24 The Lowbrow Palace, El Paso TX #
Tuesday, April 25 Sister, Albuquerque NM #
Thursday, April 27 The Jones Assembly, Oklahoma City OK #
Friday, April 28 George's Majestic Lounge, Fayetteville AR #
Saturday, April 29 Black Lodge, Memphis TN #
Monday, May 1 The Vogue, Indianapolis IN #
Tuesday, May 2 Woodward Theater, Cincinnati OH #
Thursday, May 4 123 Pleasant Street, Morgantown WV #
Saturday, May 6 @ The Ramkat, Winston-Salem NC #
Sunday, May 7 Shaky Knees Festival, Atlanta GA
Saturday, June 10 Governor’s Ball Festival, New York NY

# w/ Water From Your Eyes + Dazy
% w/ Water From Your Eyes

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Matador Records is excited to welcome Brooklyn, NYC duo Water From Your Eyes to the label, with a new album due in the first half of 2023.

To mark the occasion, Water From Your Eyes will host a weekly live residency in New York throughout March. Tickets are free and available here. The band has also launched a newsletter, which you can sign up for here.

Water From Your Eyes will also headline shows in London, Brighton, Paris and Brussels before supporting Interpol in Spain and Portugal throughout February.

On the matter of joining the label, the band provided the following words
“This is all very crazy and we aren’t exactly sure what to say besides that it’s incredibly exciting and we are so fortunate to be working with such an amazing group of people. Neither one of us has fully processed the situation but I’m sure that this announcement will bring us closer to grasping reality—as much as the two of us are capable of such a task. We are so grateful to have this opportunity and there are not enough words in the English language to encapsulate our feelings of gratitude at this time. Nevertheless, thanks a bunch. This rocks.”

The ever-evolving project of Rachel Brown (they/them) and Nate Amos (he/him), Water From Your Eyes have released a stream of confoundingly anarchic, dizzyingly inventive, and increasingly recognised experimental pop music. The duo formed in Chicago in 2016 and are now based in Brooklyn.

The band’s 2021 breakout Structure, led by singles “When You’re Around” and "“Quotations”” (not be confused with the similarly titled ”Quotations”’ on the same album), was described by Pitchfork in their Rising feature as "... organized chaos built from the remnants of distorted post-punk, glitchy dance music, inquisitive orchestrals, and snatches of Exquisite Corpse-like word collages". “It holds your gaze long after the mystery fades, “ the album review stated, “channeling a powerful sense of empathy to mesmerizing effect."

Also released in 2021, 'Somebody Else’s Songs' (a reference to the band’s own 2019 album 'Somebody Else’s Song' that won them early attention) was a collection of transmogrified covers encompassing Eminem, Tears For Fears, OMC, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Joe Jackson and Nico. The band member’s individual solo projects, Thanks For Coming (Brown), and This Is Lorelei (Amos), highlight further shades of the duo’s respective fascinations and personalized output.

Water From Your Eyes On Tour, New Dates in Bold
Friday, January 20 Genghis Cohen, Los Angeles CA *
Friday, February 3 The Lexington, London UK +
Monday, February 6 The Prince Albert, Brighton UK &
Friday, February 10 PopUp!, Paris FR
Saturday, February 11 Witloof Bar, Brussels BE
Wednesday, February 15 Sala Capitol, Santiago de Compostela ES @
Thursday, February 16 Lav, Lisboa PT @
Saturday, February 18 São Mamede, Guimarães PT @
Sunday, February 19 Escenario Santander, Santander ES @
Monday, February 20 La Riviera, Madrid ES @
Tuesday, February 21 La Riviera, Madrid ES @
Thursday, February 23 Sala Razzmatazz, Barcelona ES @
Friday, February 24 Mamba!, Murcia ES @
Saturday, February 25 Sala Paris 15, Málaga ES @
Thu, Mar 16 - NYC Residency Night 1 at Secret Location
Fri, Mar 24 - NYC Residency Night 2 @ P.I.T
Fri, Mar 31 - NYC Residency Bowling Night at Melody Lanes
Friday, April 7 Mission Creek Festival, Iowa City IA
Sunday, May 7 Shaky Knees Festival, Atlanta GA

* w/ PENDANT and 24HR Joe
+ w/ Ciel
& w/ Plantoid
@ w/ Interpol

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Out Today : Belle and Sebastian - 'Late Developers'





(photo : Anna Isola Crolla)

stream / purchase 'Late Developers'

Four days following its announcement, Belle and Sebastian today release new album Late Developers. Listen/purchase HERE. Single “I Don’t Know What You See In Me” (“a chorus so smilingly catchy it sounds like they could be thinking of following John Lydon to the Eurovision song contest” – Evening Standard) had its radio debut on Zoe Ball’s Breakfast Show on BBC Radio 2, and the track “When We Were Very Young” is currently on the BBC 6 Music A-List.



The band will be hosting an album listening party on YouTube at 1pm GMT today, with members taking part in the live chat

Watch the video for “I Don’t Know What You See In Me” HERE.

'Late Developers' has already been described as, “full of unexpected moments that bring out their best" (Uncut).

Arriving almost back-to-back to 2022’s Top Ten album ‘A Bit of Previous’, ‘Late Developers’ comes on like its predecessor’s sun-kissed cousin. It is a full-hearted embrace of the band's brightest tendencies that is not only fresh and immediate but possessing of that Belle and Sebastian je ne sais quoi of a group that will always be there for you with the perfect word or melody for the moment, while admitting tunefully that “Every girl and boy / each one is a misery” (“When The Cynics Stare Back From The Wall”).



orange vinyl edition available at the Matador webstore, Belle and Sebastian webstore, Bandcamp and Independent record stores.





Belle and Sebastian on Tour :
Tuesday, April 25 Metropolitan Theatre, Mexico City MX
Friday, April 28 Turner Hall Ballroom, Milwaukee WI
Saturday, April 29 Majestic Theatre, Detroit MI
Sunday, April 30 The Athenaeum Theatre, Columbus OH
Tuesday, May 2 History, Toronto ON
Wednesday, May 3 Bronson Centre, Ottawa ON
Thursday, May 4 Higher Ground, Burlington VT
Friday, May 5 The State Theatre, Ithaca NY
Saturday, May 6 College Street Music Hall, New Haven CT
Monday, May 8 Basilica Hudson, Hudson NY
Tuesday, May 9 White Eagle Hall, Jersey City NJ
Wednesday, May 10 The National, Richmond VA
Friday, May 12 The Eastern, Atlanta GA
Saturday, May 13 St. Augustine Amphitheatre, St. Augustine FL
Sunday, May 14 Culture Room, Ft. Lauderdale FL
Monday, May 15 Jannus Landing, St. Petersburg FL
Wednesday, May 17 Saturn, Birmingham AL
Thursday, May 18 The Pageant, St. Louis MO
Friday, May 19 Bell’s Brewery, Kalamazoo MI
Sunday 2 July: 3Olympia, Dublin
Monday 3 July: Limelight1, Belfast
Wednesday 5 July: Newcastle, O2 City Hall
Thursday 6 July: Hull, University Union Asylum
Saturday 8 July: Liverpool, Olympia
Sunday 9 July: Edinburgh, Usher Hall
Monday 10 July: Aberdeen, Beach Ballroom
Wednesday 12 July: Sheffield, O2 Academy
Thursday 13 July: Oxford, O2 Academy
Friday 14 July: Birmingham, O2 Institute
Saturday 15 July: Cardiff, Great Hall
Monday 17 July: London, Roundhouse
Tuesday 18 July: London, Roundhouse
Wednesday 19 July: Brighton Dome
Friday 21 July: Manchester Academy
Saturday 22 July: Cambridge, Corn Exchange

Belle and Sebastian online:

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Yo La Tengo - "Aselestine"





(Photo: Cheryl Dunn)

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On February 10th, Matador Records will release ‘This Stupid World,’ the brilliant sixteenth album (and, to be honest, the sixteenth brilliant album) by Yo La Tengo. To help fix this date more firmly in the minds of the public, we today offer a new single, the gentle and atmospheric “Aselestine,” which features a lead vocal by Georgia Hubley.



Shortly following the album’s release, the band will embark on a tour of the US and Europe. Find a complete itinerary below.



Yo La Tengo on Tour
Wednesday, February 15 Neptune Theatre, Seattle WA
Thursday, February 16 Neptune Theatre, Seattle WA
Friday, February 17 Wild Buffalo, Bellingham WA - SOLD OUT
Sunday, February 19 Wonder Ballroom, Portland OR
Monday, February 20 Wonder Ballroom, Portland OR
Wednesday, February 22 The Fillmore, San Francisco CA - SOLD OUT
Friday, February 24 The Fillmore, San Francisco CA - SOLD OUT
Saturday, February 25 Teragram Ballroom, Los Angeles CA - SOLD OUT
Sunday, February 26 Teragram Ballroom, Los Angeles CA - SOLD OUT
Monday, February 27 Teragram Ballroom, Los Angeles CA - SOLD OUT
Thursday, March 9 Cat’s Cradle, Carrboro NC
Friday, March 10 Cat’s Cradle, Carrboro NC - SOLD OUT
Saturday, March 11 Orange Peel, Asheville NC
Monday, March 13 The Basement East, Nashville TN
Tuesday, March 14 The Basement East, Nashville TN
Thursday, March 16 Jefferson Theater, Charlottesville VA
Friday, March 17 Union Transfer, Philadelphia PA
Saturday, March 18 Brooklyn Steel, Brooklyn NY
Sunday, March 19 9:30 Club, Washington DC - SOLD OUT
Tuesday, March 21 Mr. Smalls, Pittsburgh PA
Wednesday, March 22 Beachland Ballroom, Cleveland OH
Friday, March 24 Metro, Chicago IL
Saturday, March 25 Turner Hall Ballroom, Milwaukee WI
Sunday, March 26 First Avenue, Minneapolis MN
Monday, April 10 3Olympia, Dublin IE
Wednesday, April 12 New Century Hall, Manchester UK
Thursday, April 13 SWX, Bristol UK
Friday, April 14 The London Palladium, London UK
Sunday, April 16 Ancienne Belgique, Brussels BE
Tuesday, April 18 Paradiso, Amsterdam NE
Wednesday, April 19 LantarenVenster, Rotterdam NE - SOLD OUT
Thursday, April 20 Uebel & Gefaehrlich, Hamburg DE
Friday, April 21 Bremen Teater, Copenhagen DK
Sunday, April 23 Gloria Theatre, Cologne DE
Monday, April 24 Meetfactory, Prague CZ
Tuesday, April 25 Festaal Kreuzberg, Berlin DE
Thursday, April 27 La Cigale, Paris FR
Saturday, April 29 Sala Apolo, Barcelona ES
Sunday, April 30 Warm Up Festival, Murcia ES
Tuesday, May 2 Warner Music The Music Station Pricipe Pio, Madrid ES
Wednesday, May 3 Santana 27 Bilbao ES
Thursday, May 4 Rockschool Barbey, Bordeaux FR

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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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Coming January 13 - Belle and Sebastian - 'Late Developers'





Belle and Sebastian hit the ground running in 2023 with the new album 'Late Developers',released this Friday, January 13th . The first single "I Don’t Know What You See In Me" can be heard now. One of the band’s most unabashedly infectious pop offerings to date, it is also their first co-write, featuring young pop composer Wuh Oh (Peter Ferguson).

Says frontman Stuart Murdoch: "I was bicycling across Scotland last summer, listening to a mix of this song. It was written and produced for us by our friend Pete ‘Wuh Oh’ Ferguson. As I listened to it, I felt lucky to be the first person to get to sing this song. I let my voice swoop and soar in ways that it maybe hasn’t before. And as I continued through fields of gold and green I allowed myself to forget it was Belle And Sebastian,
and pretend it was the latest hit on some random radio station. All music is escape, and perhaps we managed to escape a little further than usual with this unexpected tune.Thanks Pete!"

Arriving almost back-to-back to 2022’s Top Ten album ‘A Bit of Previous’, ‘Late Developers’ comes on like its predecessor’s sun-kissed cousin. It is a full-hearted embrace of the band's brightest tendencies that is not only fresh and immediate but possessing of that Belle and Sebastian je ne sais quoi of a group that will always be there for you with the perfect word or melody for the moment, while admitting tunefully that “Every girl and boy / each one is a misery” (“When The Cynics Stare Back From
The Wall”). “Juliet Naked” channels frantic Billy Bragg-energy with rugged electric guitar and a football stadium worthy chant from Stuart Murdoch. The aforementioned “When The Cynics Stare Back From The Wall” is an unearthed 1994-era pre-Belle and Sebastian gem, with help from Camera Obscura’s Tracyanne Campbell. " So In The Moment” is
breathless psychedelic pop that is arguably one of Stevie Jackson’s best ever songs. “When We Were Very Young” is Smiths-esque jangle rock that is bittersweet, devotional and yearning: “I wish I could be content / With the football scores / I wish I could be content with my daily chores / With my daily worship of the sublime”.

(photograph : Anna Isola Crolla)

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"I Don't Know What You See In Me" - video

‘Late Developers’ Track List

  1. Juliet Naked

  2. Give A Little Time

  3. When We Were Very Young

  4. Will I Tell You A Secret

  5. So In The Moment

  6. The Evening Star

  7. When You’re Not With Me

  8. I Don’t Know What You See In Me

  9. Do You Follow

  10. When The Cynics Stare Back From The Wall

  11. Late Developers


Do you love Belle and Sebastian?

When you look at the cover of one of their records do you instantly get transported to a much-improved state of mind?

Have you found yourself in a dimly lit bar screaming at the top of your lungs over the DJ that YES, “STARS OF TRACK AND FIELD” IS AN ALL-TIME ALBUM OPENER BUT IF YOU THINK ABOUT IT “I DIDN’T SEE IT COMING” MIGHT BE EVEN BETTER???? to your friends who don’t know why the fuck you’re getting so worked up about Belle and Sebastian right now, man?

Do you get a little spring in your step every time you picture them playing the title track from The Boy With The Arab Strap to a room packed like a sardine tin with smiling faces and dancing bodies?

Did you also first fall in love with Belle and Sebastian in 2015 wandering around Belfast in the freezing rain listening to If You’re Feeling Sinister on repeat, only removing your hand from the warmth of your pocket to bring the second track back because the lyric “If I remain passive and you just want to cuddle then we should be okay and we won’t get in a muddle” is killing you and you can’t understand how you haven’t been listening to this band your entire life? No, but something like that maybe?

If you love Belle and Sebastian, 2022’s A Bit of Previous was a surprise gift that felt earned in the midst of some tough-ass times. Belle and Sebastian have already given us a bounty of classic records, so with the previous half-decade’s output – scattered EP’s, soundtracks, and a live record that doubles as a greatest hits collection – you would be forgiven for assuming there was nothing left in the tank and it was time to fire up the tour bus for some album anniversary shows. But you’d be wrong. Turns out the band spent the bleakest parts of peak pandemic times with each other, harnessing the magnitude of an unthinkable situation and the solitude of rides on an empty train car to distant areas of a beautiful snow-covered city. They transmogrified that energy into beams of joy, heartbreak, truth, hope, spirituality, loss and love shining through every moment. It was as if we had been wandering through a cold, dark, seemingly infinite forest until out of nowhere Belle and Sebastian appeared, waiting in the doorway of a warm and familiar space. A space that was previously designated for rehearsal and mail-order, but is currently wallpapered with A4 paper bearing potential song titles. As bass and kick drum patterns pump through the wall, the band invites you in from the cold – not to lie and tell you everything is going to be okay, but to let you know that you are not alone.

SO HOW LUCKY ARE WE THAT THEY WERE MAKING TWO RECORDS ALL ALONG?!

Recorded in the same sessions as A Bit of Previous, Late Developers doesn’t feel like a collection of lesser-than songs that weren’t good enough to go on the “real” record (I’m looking at you, System of a Down’s Hypnotize!). Rather, it’s an embrace of the freedom that comes with a jumbo-sized canvas, skilled students left unsupervised to paint whatever picture they feel like.

While I shudder to do the thing in a bio where I try to describe music to you with words, Late Developers takes you on a journey as the band floats through genres with ease – from the frantic Billy Bragg-with-hella-flute-energy of the opening track, “Juliet Naked,” and what I think might be Stevie Jackson’s best song (“So in the Moment”), into a legit all-out radio-ready dance party in the third quarter of the record (“When You’re Not With Me,” “Do You Follow”) which includes a Belle & Sebastian first, a co-write with young pop composer Pete Ferguson (“I Don’t Know What You See in Me”). They then unearth a 1994-era pre-Belle and Sebastian tune, “When the Cynics Stare Back From the Wall” with the help of Camera Obscura’s Tracyanne Campbell right before they bring you home at the end with a true fuckin' bop (“Late Developers”).

This sunny musical disposition is regularly confronted by the reality that sometimes life and love do not feel good. Major chords on a harpsichord and plucked guitar breeze by as Stuart Murdoch and Sarah Martin lament in harmony, “the world is killing me / I’m out to sea” (“Will I Tell You a Secret”). Belle and Sebastian have always had a knack for juxtaposing the music and lyrics to express the chaotic washing machine of emotion that accompanies being alive. And there’s an effortlessness to Late Developers that reminds you that you are listening to the experts on this. Shit, on “Evening Star” Stuart casually shows off his two-plus-octave vocal range within the first stanza as if it’s nothing. Keep in mind though, no one is flexing and there’s no pretentiousness here. It always feels like friends in a room together communicating through music and enthusiastically encouraging each other to explore every possible path with fervor and love.

It is beyond remarkable and inspiring that a band 600 years or so into their career can make music that not only feels immediate and effective, but two back-to-back albums that feel like Belle and Sebastian are at the top of their game and will always be there for you, while admitting tunefully that yes, “Every girl and boy, each one is a misery.” But it’s not like their goal is to drag you down into the doldrums of despair. They schemed away in the darkness to create something to be brought into the light. Late Developers makes a convincing argument that Belle and Sebastian will eternally be coaxing you towards inner peace with the perfect word for the moment or a melody that lifts you out of the murk of all that terrifying truth and into a world where you can allow yourself to look at the sun, take a deep breath and exist within that truth, living happy in the best way you can.

  • Jeff Rosenstock



orange vinyl edition available at the Matador webstore, Belle and Sebastian webstore, Bandcamp and Independent record stores.





 

Belle and Sebastian on Tour :
Tuesday, April 25 Metropolitan Theatre, Mexico City MX
Friday, April 28 Turner Hall Ballroom, Milwaukee WI
Saturday, April 29 Majestic Theatre, Detroit MI
Sunday, April 30 The Athenaeum Theatre, Columbus OH
Tuesday, May 2 History, Toronto ON
Wednesday, May 3 Bronson Centre, Ottawa ON
Thursday, May 4 Higher Ground, Burlington VT
Friday, May 5 The State Theatre, Ithaca NY
Saturday, May 6 College Street Music Hall, New Haven CT
Monday, May 8 Basilica Hudson, Hudson NY
Tuesday, May 9 White Eagle Hall, Jersey City NJ
Wednesday, May 10 The National, Richmond VA
Friday, May 12 The Eastern, Atlanta GA
Saturday, May 13 St. Augustine Amphitheatre, St. Augustine FL
Sunday, May 14 Culture Room, Ft. Lauderdale FL
Monday, May 15 Jannus Landing, St. Petersburg FL
Wednesday, May 17 Saturn, Birmingham AL
Thursday, May 18 The Pageant, St. Louis MO
Friday, May 19 Bell’s Brewery, Kalamazoo MI
Sunday 2 July: 3Olympia, Dublin
Monday 3 July: Limelight1, Belfast
Wednesday 5 July: Newcastle, O2 City Hall
Thursday 6 July: Hull, University Union Asylum
Saturday 8 July: Liverpool, Olympia
Sunday 9 July: Edinburgh, Usher Hall
Monday 10 July: Aberdeen, Beach Ballroom
Wednesday 12 July: Sheffield, O2 Academy
Thursday 13 July: Oxford, O2 Academy
Friday 14 July: Birmingham, O2 Institute
Saturday 15 July: Cardiff, Great Hall
Monday 17 July: London, Roundhouse
Tuesday 18 July: London, Roundhouse
Wednesday 19 July: Brighton Dome
Friday 21 July: Manchester Academy
Saturday 22 July: Cambridge, Corn Exchange

Belle and Sebastian online:

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Algiers - 2023 North American Dates





(photo :  Ebru Yildiz)

On February 24, Matador Records will release SHOOK, the fourth album by Algiers. This spring, the band will embark on a North American tour, which will kick off in Austin, TX at SXSW and conclude in Toronto.

Last night, Algiers performed a special one-off gig at Brooklyn’s National Sawdust. Over two sets, the band debuted material from SHOOK alongside many of the guest-artists who appear on the album, including Amani, Big Rube, billy woods, DeForrest Brown Jr., Desde, Dreamcrusher, Elucid, Fatboi Sharif, King Vision Ultra, Latoya Kent, Maassai, Mark Cisneros, Nakama, and Patrick Shiroishi.

Stacked with guests spanning icons through to future stars, SHOOK is a lightning rod for an elusive yet universal energy and feeling. A plurality of voices; a spiritual and geographical homecoming; a strategy of communion in a burning world; the story of an end of a relationship; an Atlanta front porch summer party. Ultimately, it's a 17-track set of the most mind-expanding and thrilling music that you are likely to hear anytime soon.

presave / preorder 'SHOOK'

Algiers on tour (new dates in bold) :
Thursday, February 9 Workman’s Dublin IE
Wednesday, February 15 Botanique, Brussels BE
Thursday, February 16 Salzhaus, Winterthur CH
Friday, February 17 Bronson, Ravenna IT
Saturday, February 18 Capitol, Pordenone IT
Monday, February 20 Kino Siska, Ljubjana SL
Tuesday, February 21 Flex, Vienna AT
Wednesday, February 22 Posthof, Linz AT
Friday, February 24 Lucerna, Prague CZ
Saturday, February 25 Niebo, Warsaw PL
Wednesday, March 1 Beatpol, Dresden DE
Thursday, March 2 Hole44, Berlin DE
Friday, March 3 Forum, Bielefeld DE
Saturday, March 4 Manufaktur, Schorndorf DE
Sunday, March 5 Club Volta, Cologne DE
Tuesday, March 7 Petit Bain, Paris FR
Wednesday, March 8 The Dome, London UK
Thursday January 26 Washington’s Foco, Fort Collins CO
March 15-17 SXSW, Austin TX
Sunday, March 19 Rebel Lounge, Phoenix AZ
Monday, March 20 Soda Bar, San Diego CA
Tuesday, March 21 Knitting Factory NOHO, Los Angeles CA
Thursday, March 23 Bottom of the Hill, San Francisco CA
Saturday, March 25 Show Bar at Revolution Hall, Portland OR
Sunday, March 26 Madame Lou’s, Seattle WA
Wednesday, March 29 7th St Entry, Minneapolis MN
Thursday, March 30 Sleeping Village, Chicago IL
Friday, March 31 Whirling Tiger, Louisville KY
Sunday, April 2 Big Ears Festival, Knoxville TN
Monday, April 3 The Pinhook, Durham NC
Tuesday, April 4 DC9, Washington DC
Wednesday, April 5 PhilaMOCA, Philadelphia PA
Thursday, April 6 Racket, New York NY
Friday, April 7 Casa del Popolo, Montreal QC
Saturday, April 8 The Garrison, Toronto ON

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Our Annual Orgy of Self-Congratulation, Grandstanding & Overconsumption : Matador Artists & Staff Select Their 2022 Favorites



(congrats to 2022 Matador Inventor Of The Year, Dr. Homei Miyashita of Meiji University's Frontier Media Science.  Dr. Miyashita's dogged attempts to create lickable TV screens have yet to revolutionize either watching TV or licking, but both have been more successful than our introduction of Accutron 3000 and Brobot 3000, so there's that).

(Around this time every December, your STRESSED-TO-THE-MAX  editor attempts to coax a list of favorite recordings, books, television programs, life events, etc. out of the label’s artist roster and our music industry cronies. In the past, this exercise has been a difficult process, fraught with nagging, CRYING  and no shortage of defiantly opposed participants, some of whom actually changed labels or places of employment to weasel out of it.

Keep in mind, we're about to close the books on the ANOTHER YEAR OF THE WORLD GOING TO SHIT and perhaps persons with some sense of perspective or sanity  have other things on their mind than trumpeting their own cultural cachet. Thankfully, we only know a few people like that.

For some historical perspective, here’s last year’s selections. Questions or comments about our terrible tastes and/or inexcuasable  omissions are welcome (but not so welcome that we’re inclined to acknowledge receipt).

On behalf of everyone at Matador, here's wishing you, your families and friends a safe & happy holiday and thank you, as always, thanks for putting up with us. 2023 is going to be our craziest year ever (EDITOR'S NOTE : please check this out with the legal department prior to publication, thx) And without further ado, let the coronoation of Van Morrison's 'What's It Gonna Take?'  commence. – Gerard Cosloy)

Hugo Burnham, Gang Of Four

Hugo's Rule-Defying Baker’s Dozen of 2022:
  1. Touring with the best version of Gang Of Four, ever.
  2. Touring with a small but fabulous crew…all three of them (Frank, Patrick, and Devyn.)
  3. Touring with my daughter (Ts) and my dear friend (Dolette) singing back-up together with us; a return from retirement for one, a Master Class for the other.
  4. Playing sober every night.
  5. Matadorians who came to shows who clearly weren’t there because they had to be.
  6. Discovering new writers - M. W. Craven, JD Kirk, Edward Wilson
  7. Still loving Michael Connolly, John Connolly, Mick Herron, Jack Gatland.
  8. Slow Horses on TV
  9. Meeting Tom Hardy and Jodie Comer. England (actors still) Swing Like A Pendulum…(they) Do.
10. Meeting Paul Thompson.
11. Really listening to (and loving) Bill Berry’s drumming.
12. Playing sloppy, under-rehearsed G4 songs vigorously and wonderfully with the original Mekons. And Jon. In Leeds.

13. Jon getting a Grammy Nomination for ’77-‘81. I told him he had to wear the medal on stage next year...

Steve Gunn


Jeff Parker - Mondays at the ETA
Strange World Comp
Sun Ra Arkestra Live
RIP Hamish Kilgour
Gavin Bryars - Sinking of the Titanic reissue
Myriam Gendron & Bridget St John live in NYC
Surface of the Earth 2LP (and Paul Toomey from the band gifting this to me in NZ)
Alice Cotrane - Ptha The El Daoud reissue
Suzzy Roche singing a song about a bird flying into her head - Century Club NYC
Willie Nelson Central Park
RIP Christine Mcvie
Les Rallizes Denudes - Mizutani remaster/reissue
Ryan Sawyer/ Michal Formanek/Patricia Brennan trio
Celestine Ukwu - No Condition is Permanent
RIP Pharoah Sanders
Branko Majata - Over Fields and Mountains
Morteza Mahjubi - Selective Improvisations from Golha
Youth of Today/Glue live (thanks Timmy)
Mary Margaret O'hara live
Best Pool Bondi Beach Iceberg Club, Sydney Australia


Lee Tesche, Algiers


Top 5 staff 2022, in order
1. Emma
2. Malcolm
3. Emily
4. Alex
5. Josh
Honorable Mention: Jake

Steve Burhans, Beggars Group

Ten most listened to releases of 2022 (mostly re-issues, cause that’s my business but also my pleasure)

No particular order:



- V/A – Fell From The Sun (Downtempo And After Hours 1990-91) 2xLP (Ace) Never expected this to be my go to listen this year, but life is a mystery. Compiled by the boys from Saint Etienne and it sounds like it! Cooked a lot of dinners in 2022 to this one.

- The Retail Simps  - Reverberant Scratch: 9 Shots In Tha Dark LP (Total Punk) Someone sold me on this LP by saying it was like Ron House fronting the Bar Kays. That’s accurate and a guarantee of quality (maybe not the quality you expect).



- Thee Isolators – Crying Eyes b/w Close That Door 7” (Iso-Tope)
Killer debut single from a truly deranged crew. Rust belt hoodlums attached to the same live wire that John Terlesky held in his wildest days. There’s some real garage archeology happening here and hopefully it’s just the beginning.

- V/A – East Side 415 2xCS (12 Man Rambo/L-Wood Media)
An amazing and thorough survey of East Bay (Oakland, Richmond, Vallejo) rap that pre-dates the area code switch from 415 to 510 in 1991. A reverbed out booming album (like Master P used to say). Raw and essential.

- Biff Bang Pow – A Better Life: The Complete Creations 4xCD (Cherry Red)
It’s always rare to find another Biff Bang Pow enthusiast. The ones I’ve met are all still close friends. I’m not looking for any new friends… but determined applicants can start here. Everything (and more) released from a band that never seems to get the praise they deserve. Never realized how much this band needed a box set.



- V/A – A Chant About The Beauty Of The Moon At Night: Early Hawaiian Steel Guitar Masters LP (Magnificent Sounds)
Rare and beautiful Hawaiian 78’s collected with love. The influence of this stuff on American 20th century music is laid bare in this rewarding collection. This LP really takes you on a journey to a different (head) space.

- Dredd Foole And The Din – Songs in Heat 1982 CD (Corbett vs. Dempsey)
First in a series of releases covering the worlds of Dan Ireton. This covers the Mission Of Burma encompassing Mark 1 Din and includes the complete session for the world beating debut 7”. Future installments are anxiously anticipated.

- Jacks – Vacant World LP (Mesh-Key)
One of my favorite LP’s ever, in what must be the ultimate version. Loud and crystal clear. The cover has never looked better. Obviously this record should be in every home.

- Richard Thompson – Music From Grizzly Man 2xLP (No Quarter)
Criminally rare on LP, I was happy to revisit this again. Probably the last great Richard Thompson LP and the most striking overall. Moody, atmospheric and intimate.



- Project Pat – Murderers & Robbers LP (Project)
Comp of raw street material from Pat’s Pre-Loud Records, Pre-prison sentence early 90’s mixtapes. Basically unavailable outside of Memphis and the dark corners of the internet, it’s a blessing that we finally got this one on LP for the heads.

BONUS BEATS:

The Cat’s Miaow – Songs ’94-’98 LP (World Of Echo)/Hydroplane – Hydroplane LP (Efficient Space) Both sides of this celebrated and yet overlooked group of Australian musicians. Two different styles from two different bands with all the same people. Worth finding these if you can. The hype sticker on the Hydroplane could never live up to the comparisons listed (Radiophonic Workshop, Endtroducing, etc) but was enough to make this cynic pull the trigger.

Gerard Cosloy, Matador Records



Rose Mercie - Kieres Aqua (Jelodanti/Celluloid Lunch)
Bad Breeding - Human Capital (Iron Lung/One Little Indian)



Daniel Bachman - Almanac Behind (Three Lobed)
Tha Retail $imps -Reverberant Scratch : 9 Shots In The Dark (Total Punk)
Cyrus Pireh - Visitor (Artist Pool)
Rome Streetz - Kiss The Ring (Griselda)
Horse Lords - Comradely Objects (Rvng)
Bill Orcutt - Music For Four Guitars (Palilalia)
Puppet Wipes - The Stones Are Watching & They Can Be A Handful (Siltbreeze)
Saint Abdullah & Eomac - Patience Of A Traitor (Other People)
Weak Signal - War & War (Colonel)
Holt Bodish - Build Yourself A Space (Petty Bunco)



Peace De Résistance - Bits & Pieces (Peace Dé Records)
The Lloyd Pack - I Bet You've Got Some Good Stories (Low Company)
Vomitatrix - s/t (ugEXPLODE)
Model Home - Saturn In The Basement (Disciples)
Chronophage - s/t (PPM/Bruit Direct Disques)



Blackhaine - And Salford Falls Apart / "Stained Materials" (Head II)
Rempis  / Reid / Abrams - Allium (Aerophonic)



Michael Beach - Michael Beach 2022 EP (Goner)
Kilynn Lunsford - Custodians Of Human Succession (ever/never)
Jeff Parker - Mondays At The Enfield Tennis Academy (eremite)
Konjur Collective - Blood In My Eye (A Soul Insurgent Guide) (Astral Spirits)
Syko Friend - The Code (PPM)

live :
Horse Lords, Moth Club, London, November
Michael Beach, Goner Fest, Memphis, September
Duma, Mohawk, Austin , November
Bill Orcutt, Hotel Vegas, Austin, October
Iron Maiden, Moody Center, Austin, September



Rosali, Mohawk, Austin, May
Vomitatrix, Sunny's Backyard, Austin April
Emily Robb, Union Pool, Brooklyn, April



Cherubs, Hotel Vegas, Austin, November

film :
"Murina" ()
"Hit The Road" (Panah Panahi)
"The Innocents" (Eskil Vogt)

Television :



"South Side"

Malcolm Donaldson, Matador Records

Tamika’s Lodge by African-American Sound Recordings
Household Name by Momma
Sons Of by Sam Prekop & John McEntire
Eye Escapes by Kraus
EP #31 by This is Lorelei

Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry
Paradais by Fernanda Melchor
Who Will Pay Reparations on My Soul? by Jesse McCarthy
Heart of a Dog by Mikhail Bulgakov
Either / Or by Elif Batuman

Movie of the Year: Tár
TV Program of the Year: Inside the NBA



Recipient of the Eating Dirt and Dragging Ass Award: Stanley (2nd consecutive year)

Sonya Kolowrat, Beggars Group

BEST 10 SHOWS I SAW IN 2022 (non-work) IN NO PARTICULAR ORDER (all in LA) WITH NOTES

LYDIA LUNCH RETROVIRUS, Zebulon – Weasel Walter is my new idol
BILLY STRINGS,  The Wiltern – this kid, damn!
mssv, Zebulon – can’t remember the last time I saw Watt play…killed it of course.
NICK CAVE, The Shrine – heartwarming
MINI-MEKONS – saw then in someone’s backyard in LA with about 30 other people.
WILLIAM BASINSKI playing Disintegration Loops at a church with a sick light show. Epic
DEVO at Cruel World Festival in Pasadena – this is how you put on a festival show!
GIRLS AGAINST BOYS, Echoplex – they sound just as amazing as they did in 1996
JONATHAN RICHMAN, Zebulon – this show is in 3 hours, but I know it’s going to be amazing.

Andy Larsen, Matador Direct



Naujawanan Baider -Khedmat BeKhalq (RadioKhiyaban)



Vivid Oblivion - The Graphic Cabinet (Downwards)Brannten Schnüre - Das Glück Vermeiden (Quirlschlängle)
Dale Cornish - Traditional Music of South London (The Death of Rave)
The Bug - Absent Riddim (Pressure)
Sarah Davachi - Two Sisters (Late Music)
Girlsperm - Return to Girlsperm (Thrilling Living)
Oren Ambarchi - Shebang (Drag City)
Kali Malone - Living Torch (Portraits GRM)



Valentina Magaletti - La Tempesta Colorata (A Colorful Storm)
V/A - Music From Saharan WhatsApp (Sahel Sounds)
Pan Daijing- Tissues (Pan)
Nový Sv?t - Desde Infiernos De Flores (Quirlschlängle)
Freundliche Kreisel - Freundliche Kreisel (Stroom.tv)

Reissues/Archival



V/A - The Buntingford Long Playing Album (Siltbreeze)



Ruby Johnson - Ruby Johnson (Mississippi)



Space Machine - Space Tuning Box (Urashima)
Valentina Goncharova - Ocean: Symphony For Electric Violin and Other Instruments in Ten Parts (Hidden Harmony)
Albert Ayler - Revelations - The Complete ORTF 1970 Fondation Maeght Recordings (INA, Elemental Music)
V/A - Studio One Music Lab (Soul Jazz)
Sidney Sager - Children of the Stones (Trunk Records)
Ornette Coleman - Genesis of Genius (Craft Recordings, Contemporary Records)
Patrick Cowley - Malebox (Dark Entries)
Alice Coltrane - Kirtan - Turiya Sings (Impulse)
Alice Coltrane - Ptah, the El Daoud (Verve)
Count Ossie And The Mystic Revelation of Rastafari - Grounation (Soul Jazz)
Drexciya - Neptune’s Lair (Tresor Records)Smelly Feet - Smelly Neu Pollution (Minimum Table Stacks)

 

Aaron Leitko, Matador Records

Flasher - Love is Yours (Domino)



Terrence Dixon + Jordan GCZ - Keep in Mind I’m Out of My Mind (Rush Hour)
rRoxymore - Perpetual Now (Smalltown Supersound)
Sam Prekop + John McIntyre- Sons Of (Thrill Jockey)
Norm Chambers - Mirage Colony
Nik Void - Bucked Up Space (Editions Mego)
Chris Forsyth - Evolution Here We Come (No Quarter)
Casual Dots - Sanguine Truth (Ixor Stix)
Jeff Parker ETA IVtet - Mondays at the Enfield Tennis Academy (Eremite Records)



Yasuaki Shimizu - Kiren (Palto Flats)
Huerco S - Plonk (Incienso)
Jigen - Stone Drum Avantgardism (^ ^)
Hammered Hulls - Careening (Dischord)
Oren Ambarchi - Shebang
Qasim Naqvi / Wadada Leo Smith / Andrew Cryille - Two Centuries (Red Hook Records)
 

Vinnie Martini, Matador Direct


TOP 5 RECORD SCORES OF 2022
Pere Ubu - Final Solution b/w Cloud 149 (1976, Hearthan Records - USA)
The elusive picture sleeve of this Cleveland punk staple featuring liner notes but guitarist Peter Laughner
Cramp - She Doesn't Love Me b/w Suzy Lie Down (1979, Rip Off Records - N. Ireland)
Double A side Irish punk classic, very hard to find pic sleeve as usual with Rip Off stuff.
Filth - Don't Hide Your Hate b/w Sex & Nothing For Me (1978, Plurex Records - Netherlands)
Top European punk single and the mastering on KBD4 does this one no justice. Loud & raw
Bags - Survive b/w Babylonian Gordon (1978, Dangerhouse - USA)
The final record needed in my Dangerhouse collection, this one has grown significantly  in price, so I was glad to get the right price on this misprint label copy nonetheless.
Dogs - Slash Your Face b/w Fed Up & Are You A Boy Or Are You A Girl? (1978, Detroit Records - USA)
One of the most iconic KBD tracks, had to travel to Den Bosch to get this one but well worth the trip
THEATRICAL RETROACTIVE REVELATIONS OF 2022
RAN d. Akira Kurosawa (1985, Japan) at Paris Theater
SEED d. John M. Stahl (1931, USA) at Metrograph
SCANDAL SHEET d. Phil Karlson (1952, USA) at Lenfest Center for the Arts at Columbia University
BLACK TUESDAY d. Hugo Fregonese (1954, USA) at Musuem of Modern Art
CHYTILOVÁ VERSUS FORMAN d. V?ra Chytilová (1982, Belgium) at Film Forum
 

Paulina Praphanchith, Matador Records

Favorite Albums/EPs of 2022:
Momma - Household Name
Automatic – Excess
Effy - Not What It Seems
Don Glori - Welcome
atmos bloom - Flora



Cola - Deep In View
Schwefelgelb - Whirlpool-Gedanken
Yasuaki Shimizu - Kiren
George Riley - Running In Waves
beabadoobee - Beatopia
Maha - Orkos
Dorothy Ashby - Afro-Harping
Horsegirl - Versions of Modern Performance
Stella Donnelly – Flood
Double Virgo - Eros in the Bunker
Charli XCX – Crash
Hyd - Clearing
Two Shell - Icons
yunè pinku – Bluff
Miya Folick - 2007
Wet Leg - s/t
The Paranoyds - Talk Talk Talk
Body Type - Everything is Dangerous But Nothing’s Surprising
Charlotte Adigery & Bolis Pupol- Topical Dancer
The Linda Lindas - Growing Up
Dehd - Blue Skies
Ian Sweet - Star Stuff
Cate Le Bon - Pompeii
Nilüfer Yanya - Painless
Julia Jacklin - Pre Pleasure
Coby Sey - Conduit

Gonzalo Schiffino, Everlasting

LISTEN.
Songs In 2022 (one album, one song)
FAVOURITES (in no particular order)


ALBUMS


LIVE

  • THE SMILE - Noches del Botánico (Madrid)

  • BRIAN JONESTOWN MASSACRE - (Madrid)

  • TROPICAL FUCK STORM - (Madrid)

  • CIRCUIT DES YEUX - (Café Berlin & Marilians Record Shop - Madrid)


BOOKS

  • YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL AND YOU ARE ALONE. THE BIOGRAPHY OF NICO (Jennifer Otter Bickerdike

  • BESSIE SMITH (Jackie Lay)

  • LINGER ON (Ignacio Julia)


TV SERIES /DOCUMENTARIES / MOVIES

  • BETTER CALL SAUL

  • THE BOYS

  • THE REHEARSAL

  • THE BEAR

  • 1899

  • EL ENCARGADO


Emma Toney, Beggars Group

Albums:

Alvvays – Blue Rev
Julia Jacklin – Pre Pleasure
Big Thief – Dragon New Warm Mountain I Believe In You
Jockstrap – I Love You Jennifer B
Momma – Household Name
Horsegirl – Versions of Modern Performance
Winter – What Kind of Blue Are You

 

Songs:

Freight Yard – The Garden
Belinda Says – Alvvays
Entropy – Beach Bunny
Miracles – Alex G
Weird Goodbyes – The National
You Will Never Work in Television Again – The Smile
I Was Neon – Julia Jacklin
Shotgun – Soccer Mommy

Josh Turner, Matador Records

Top 50 tracks (playlist 

Moin - Melon
Fred again - Turn On The Lights again.. (feat. Future)
Cities Aviv - EVERYTHANG WORKIN ON A NATURAL TIME
Yves Tumor - God Is a Circle
Jockstrap - Concrete Over Water
Dean Blunt - LONDON TONIGHT FREESTYLE
Denzel Curry - Zatoichi
L.O.T.I.O.N. Multinational Corporation - Cybernetic Super Lover
Lil Yachty - Poland
Voice Actor - Carefully
Burial - Strange Neighbourhood
Nisa - Exaggerate
bar italia - Banks
Chronophage - Burst The Shell
Alex G - Runner
Spoon - Wild
Lil Ugly Mane - split ends
Let's Eat Grandma - Happy New Year
DARKSIDE - Ecdysis!
Crack Cloud - Costly Engineered Illusion
Straw Man Army - Faces In The Dark
Vaguess - When it's Gone
No Cops For Miles - Stresser Depresser
Fuera de Sektor - En La Oscuridad
Conservative Military Image - For Club and Country
End It - B.C.H.C.
Abrasion - Dios No Te Va Salvar
Vein.fm - Fear In Non Fiction
Age of Apocalypse - Fury
A Mourning Star - A World Beyond
Excide - Flip
Life's Question - For You
Long Knife - Modern Fatigue
Weight - Kill until Killed
SIN - On The Run
DJ Sabrina The Teenage DJ - A Part of Me
IShowSpeed - F.U.C.
Low Tape - Escape From Road Valley
Rx Nephew - Inspired By Aunty Jemima
Red Axes, Cohen, Smagghe & Cross - Bump City - Smagghe & Cross Version
AG Club - Adam Sandler
serpentwithfeet - Bless The Telephone
Cactus Lee - PERFECT MIDDLE HALL
Drugdealer - Valentine
Dennis Taylor - Bicycle Town
Sign Libra - There Must Be An Angel (Playing With My Heart)
Amateur Hour - Bye Bye
The Cat's Miaow - LA International Airport
Wednesday - Bull Believer
Scarlet - Corner Lot
Horsegirl - Option 8
PLOSIVS - Broken Eyes
Pinegrove - Alaska
Harry Styles - As It Was
Jack Harlow - First Class



Top Records

Cities Aviv – Man Plays The Horn [Director’s Cut]
DJ Sabrina The Teenage DJ – Bewitched!
End It – Unpleasant Living
Straw Man Army - SOS
Voice Actor – Sent From My Telephone
Denzel Curry – Melt My Eyez See Your Future
Vaguess – Nothing’s Secret
Fred again… - Actual Life 3 (January 1st – September 9th)
The Cat’s Miaow – Songs ‘94 – ‘98
Chronophage - Chronophage

Top 50 Punk, Hardcore and Metal Tracks (playlist)

Candy Apple - I Don't Wanna Talk About It
End It - B.C.H.C.
Weight - Kill until Killed
Long Knife - Modern Fatigue
Doomsday - Attaining Heaven By Force
C4 - Me and the Boys
Age of Apocalypse - Fury
A Mourning Star - A World Beyond
Vein.fm - Fear In Non Fiction
Excide - Flip
Berthold City - Out of Darkness
Wormrot - When Talking Fails, It's Time for Violence!
200 Stab Wounds - Masters of Morbidity
Life's Question - For You
Abrasion - Dios No Te Va Salvar
Conservative Military Image - For Club and Country
GEL - Predominant Mask
Bloodclot - Souls
Speed - Not That Nice
Moral Law - The Looming End
Planet On A Chain - Boxed In
Pummel - Headcase
Extortion - Conquest
Pharmacist - Accelerating Suppuration
Ammo - Known Unknown
Cryptworm - Disgorged Chunks of Life
Undeath - Necrobionics
Falls of Rauros - Poverty Hymn
Belphegor - Virtus Asinaria - Prayer
Darkthrone - Impeccable Caverns of Satan
Behemoth - Ov My Herculean Exile
Autonoesis - Crypt of Thought
Negative Plane - A Work to Stand a Thousand Years
Dream Unending - Secret Grief
SIN - On The Run
MurakuMo - Snake Skin
SYNDROME 81 - Vivre et mourirFuera de Sektor - En La Oscurida
Poison Ruïn - Not Today, Not Tomorrow
No Cops For Miles - Stresser Depresser
G.I. Bill - Not in My Backyard
Tony Molina - The Last Time
Straw Man Army - Faces In The Dark
Final Gasp - The Girl Who Lives On Heaven Hill
MIDDLEMAN - Train Man
SPICE - Recovery
Why Bother? - Bent Spoon Blues
Scarlet - No Today
PLOSIVS - Broken Eyes

Top Noam Klar tweets of 2022

  1. My weekly report be like “your screen time was down 5% last week, for an average 23 hours, 15 minutes a day” lmao

  2. Someone was telling me tonight about their friend Amber and how she’d heard a rumor and I said “oh Amber Heard?” and continued to draw it out for about 10 minutes

  3. Someone has asked me what weekdays September 15 & 16 2024 fall on as if it's possible to know that

  4. Don’t like it when pets are named after artists or similar. A pet should be called something like Butter or Nugget not Alex Turner or “Dosto”

  5. Funny how “pint sized” is used to describe something as dismissively small, when I’m sure not many here would enjoy coming across a “pint sized” cockroach or hornet [2018 retweet]

  6. Understand the cultural fascination but the chef / restaurant fly-on-the-wall genre - Burnt, Boiling Point, Ratatouille, The Bear - is starting to feel a little one note

  7. Remember getting an email from a wellness spa I was at for a “follow up appointment” as it’d been 2 months since I was “discharged”

  8. My desert island disc? A loud looped mayday call in hopes of rescue

  9. Spring is in full bloom yet the crypto winter marches on

  10. Gong bath? I'll stick to a power chord shower, thanks

    Jake Whitener, Matador Records

    22 of 22





    1. MJ Lenderman- Boat Songs
    2. Infinity Knives & Brian Ennals- King Cobra
    3. Charlotte Adigéry & Bolis Pupul- Tropical Dancer
    4. Rachika Nayar- Heaven Come Crashing
    5. Elaine Howley- The Distance Between Heart and Mouth
    6. Eli Winter- S/T
    7. Maria BC- Hyaline
    8. Alex G- God Save the Animals



    9. Dawn Richard- Pigments
    10. Moin- Paste
    11. Naima Bock- Giant Palm



    12. Maria Reis- Benefício da Dúvida
    13. E L U C I D- I Told Bessie
    14. billy woods - Aethiopes
    15. Maral- Ground Groove



    16. Fugitive- Maniac
    17. Cola- Deep In View
    18. Peace De Resistance- Bits and Pieces
    19. Bad Breeding- Human Capital



    20. Ribbon Stage- Hit with the Most
    21. yeule- Glitch Princess
    22. Mabe Fratti- Se Ve Desde Aqui


    Honorable Mentions: Kids on a Killing Spree, Quelle Chris, Ex- Void, David West, Momma, Time Wharp, Alvvays, mophing people

    Emily Zaremba, Matador Records

    LPs/EPs:

    Momma - Household Name
    Double Virgo - Estranged & foolish narratives
    They Are Gutting a Body of Water - Lucky Styles
    They Are Gutting a Body of Water/A Country Western- An Insult to the Sport
    Gi Gi - Sunchoke



    Moin - Paste
    Alex G - God Save the Animals
    HAAi - Baby, We’re Ascending
    Tomu DJ - Half Moon Bay
    Whatever the Weather - s/t
    Glitterer - Fantasy Four
    Omar S - Can’t Change
    Cate Le Bon - Pompeii
    Recitals - Orbit I
    Theo Parrish - DJ-Kicks
    Mark William Lewis - God Complex
    Boris - W
    African-American Sound Recodings - Tamika’s Lodge
    The Garbage & the Flowers - Cinnamon Sea
    Rachika Nayar - Heaven Come Crashing
    Lifeguard - Crowd Can Talk
    MJ Lenderman - Boat Songs
    Raum - Daughter
    Hinako Omori - a journey…
    Sorry - Anywhere But Here
    Broadcast - Microtronics - Volumes 1 & 2
    Francesca Heart - Eurybia
    Croatian Amor - Remember Rainbow Bridge
    Bitter Babe, Nick Léon - Delirio
    Duster - Together
    Weyes Blood - And In The Darkness, Hearts Aglow

    Singles:

    bar italia - Polly Armour
    Boy Harsher ft. Cooper B. Handy - Autonomy
    DJ Python - Club Sentimiental, Vol. 3
    Parris - Summer of South West Waves / Dreaming of Sunflowers
    Bill Callahan - Everyway
    Eiko Ishibashi - Ask me how I sleep at night
    caroline - peak chroma
    Babyfather, Tirzah - 1471
    James K - Eiv Mude
    Chanel Beads - Ef
    LUCY - Last Dance
    Yeah Yeah Yeahs ft. Perfume Genius - Spitting Off the Edge of the World
    Maral - lavender’s love
    Dean Blunt - pj harvey cover
    Huerco S. - Plonk IV
    Aldous Harding - Passion Babe
    Midwife - Sickworld
    Evanora Unlimited - Age of Information
    The Weeknd - Gasoline
    Daphni - Cherry
    Henry Solomon, Allie Kelly - Menthol
    Tirzah - Ribs
    Objekt - Bad Apples

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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Queens Of The Stone Age - '...Like Clockwork' & 'Villains' Independent Retail Editions



Opaque Red LP at independent record stores.



Opaque white at independent record stores.


OUT TODAY :  reissues of Queens Of The Stone Age’s 2 more recent studio full-lengths ---  2013’s multiple-GRAMMY-nominated, Billboard 200 #1 charting magnum opus …Like Clockwork and 2017’s redefining Villains will both be reincarnated: …Like Clockwork returns newly recut from its original master tapes with alternate artwork and obi-strip from Boneface with a limited opaque aqua vinyl pressing available direct from Queens Of The Stone Age, Matador Records, and a limited opaque red vinyl pressing available at finer independent retailers. Villains is reissued in a special 5th Anniversary package featuring etching, obi-strip, and a brand new poster by Boneface, and as on limited edition leaf-green transparent vinyl available exclusively via Queens Of The Stone Age and/or Matador Records.

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Spoon - June '23 European Tour w/ The Black Keys



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Following their performance of "Wild" on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert earlier this week, Spoon have announced several European dates alongside The Black Keys in June 2023. Tickets are on sale next Friday, Dec 16 at 9am GMT.

Spoon on Tour
Thursday, December 8 ALT 104.5’s Friendsgiving, Bensalem PA
Sunday, June 18 Zenith Paris, Paris FR *
Wednesday, June 21 London 02, London UK *
Thursday, June 22 AO Arena, Manchester UK *
Saturday, June 24 OVO Hydro, Glasgow UK *
Tuesday, June 27 Palladium, Cologne DE *
Wednesday, June 28 Stadtpart Open Air, Hamburg DE *

* w/ The Black Keys

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Spoon - "Wild" on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert


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Spoon brought "Wild" from their Grammy-nominated 'Lucifer on the Sofa' (Best Rock Album) to The Late Show with Stephen Colbert last night.



Spoon headlines The Beacon Theater in New York City tonight as part of WVUV's "Holiday Cheer for FUV." Remaining tickets are available HERE.

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Spoon on Tour
Tuesday, December 6 Beacon Theatre, New York NY
Wednesday, December 7 DC101-derland 2022, Washington DC
Thursday, December 8 ALT 104.5's Friendsgiving, Bensalem PA

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Slanted! Enchanted! A Pavement Musical



The majesty and mystery of Pavement brought to life on the stage for an abbreviated, unforgettable stand.

SLANTED! ENCHANTED!
a Pavement musical
Workshop Performances

Written and directed by Alex Ross Perry
Songs by Pavement
Arrangements by Keegan Dewitt & Dabney Morris
Choreography by Angela Trimbur
Assistant Choreographer: Tenaya Kelleher
Starring Michael Esper, Zoe Lister-Jones, Kathryn Gallagher

2 performances only
Thursday December 1 - 8pm
Friday December 2 - 2pm

Sheen Center

18 Bleecker St
New York City
$30

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black midi x Mdou Moctar: Morgan and Souleymane at Electrical Audio



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Earlier this year, Mdou Moctar’s Souleymane Ibrahim and black midi’s Morgan Simpson  connected for the first time in Chicago at Electrical Audio on the heels of a recent North American tour. After some set-up and impromptu free-styling, Simpson and Ibrahim drummed to songs together from their respective latest albums: “Sugar/Tzu” from black midi’s Hellfire and “Chismiten” from Mdou Moctar’s Afrique Victime. The drummers found immediate musical affinity spending the afternoon sharing rhythms and playing off one another’s personal cadence and pulse. Today marks the premiere of a mini-documentary showcasing this special drum session on the Rough Trade YouTube Channel.



Mdou Moctar on Tour
Saturday, March 11 Golden Plains, Melbourne AU
March 12-13 Womadelaide, Adelaide AU
March 17-18 Womad Festival, New Plymouth NZ

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Out Today: Horsegirl - 'Rough Trade Super-Disc'



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Horsegirl's 7 track collection of impressionistic demos and outtakes - 'Rough Trade Super-Disc' - is now available to stream and to purchase as limited edition 12" (with etched B-side) exclusively via Rough Trade.

Initially released as an exclusive CD that came with the Rough Trade 'Album of The Month' variant of 'Versions of Modern Performance', the 'Super-Disc' is a collection of demos and outtakes taken from early rehearsals, recorded entirely via phone voice memos. Rough, ready and unadorned, the demos provide a captivating fly-on-the-wall vantage point to the band's music making process.





'Versions of Modern Performance' has been announced as one of Rough Trade's 'Albums of The Year' for 2022. Full editorial list here



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stream / purchase 'Versions Of Modern Performance'

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Spoon - "Christmas Time (Is Here Again)" - Now Streaming



Spoon's version of "Christmas Time (Is Here Again)", previously available as a Spotify exclusive, is now available on all streaming services.

stream / download "Christmas Time (Is Here Again)"
stream / purchase 'Lucifer On The Sofa'
stream / purchase 'Lucifer On The Moon'
(both albums available for 25% now thru November 22 at the Matador Store with code AUTOMATON at check out)

Spoon on Tour
Saturday, November 19 Corona Capital Festival, Mexico City MX
Tuesday, December 6 Beacon Theatre, New York NY
Wednesday, December 7 DC101-derland 2022, Washington DC
Thursday, December 8 ALT 104.5's Friendsgiving, Bensalem PA

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Out Today : Perfume Genius Live at Electric Lady Spotify Session



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Today, in conjunction with Spotify and Electric Lady Studios, Perfume Genius  releases 'Live at Electric Lady'. The four-track EP features “Whole Life,” “Photograph,” and “On the Floor” - re-imagined versions of tracks off his most recent albums 'Ugly Season' and 'Set My Heart On Fire Immediately', as well as a cover of Radiohead’s “4 Minute Warning.”



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As part of the Live at Electric Lady series, participating artists were invited to record their own compositions as well as cover songs by artists connected to the history of the legendary recording studio, resulting in truly unique recordings that showcase each artist’s creativity and musical style. The high-quality live audio recordings are distributed exclusively on Spotify.



“Touring over the last year has been really inspiring after so long away. I am happy to have a document of the new vibrancy and rousing spirit my band brings to the live versions of our most recent albums. "4 Minute Warning" became a favorite of mine during lockdown, something I would sit and sing over and over on the piano in my room. I'm happy to be out of that room now and sharing again." - Mike Hadreas

Tracklist

  1. Whole Life

  2. Photograph

  3. On the Floor

  4. 4 Minute Warning (Radiohead Cover)


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25% off at The Matador Store with code "AUTOMATON" thru November 22

Perfume Genius on Tour
Friday, December 9 Knockdown Center, Queens NY

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Snail Mail - Valentine Fest



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For the first time in nearly 5 years, Snail Mail (Lindsey Jordan) will return to her hometown of Baltimore, MD to present Snail Mail’s Valentine Fest. The festival will take place at the famed Ottobar over the course of 5 nights from February 10th through February 14th, 2023. Each night will feature a major special surprise guest in addition to a set from Snail Mail. The festival was originally planned for February of 2022 but had to be postponed due to Jordan’s vocal cord surgery. More info about the festival is available in a new interview for Variety.

On the residency, Jordan shares “I am so excited to announce a special series of shows in Baltimore next year. It's been almost five years since I've played my hometown, so we're playing five nights of shows, leading up to Valentine's Day, with a surprise band (or two) every night, curated by me. We tried to do this last year, but had to cancel for surgery! Feels worth the wait :) I'll see you at the Ottobar :)”



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There will be a limited edition double 10" heart shaped Snail Mail's Valentine Fest edition of her most recent album Valentine, complete with alternate artwork, for sale at the fest.  A limited number of ticket and signed poster bundles will be available for each night.

Snail Mail on Tour, New Dates in Bold On Sale Friday at 10am ET
Wednesday, November 9 191 Toole, Tucson AZ
Friday, November 11 The Aztec Theatre, San Antonio TX # *SOLD OUT*
Saturday, November 12 Bayou Music Center, Houston TX # *SOLD OUT*
Monday, November 14 Coca-Cola Roxy, Atlanta GA #
Wednesday, November 16 Stage AE, Pittsburgh PA #
Thursday, November 17 Town Ballroom, Buffalo NY # *SOLD OUT*
Saturday, November 19 Roadrunner, Boston MA # *SOLD OUT*
Sunday, November 20 Roadrunner, Boston MA #
Monday, November 21 XL Live, Harrisburg PA #
Friday, February 10 Ottobar, Baltimore MD
Saturday, February 11 Ottobar, Baltimore MD
Sunday, February 12 Ottobar, Baltimore MD
Monday, February 13 Ottobar, Baltimore MD
Tuesday, February 14 Ottobar, Baltimore MD

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