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A.C. Newman on WFMU, Saturday 3PM EST

(Image lifted from ryan muir's flickr)

A.C. Newman and band are set to bring rollicking live renditions of Get Guilty's finest as well as some trademark charm to Terre T's Cherry Blossom Clinic this Saturday, January 31 at 3PM EST.

WFMU can be found on the radio dial at 91.1 FM (NYC/East Central NJ) and on WXHD, 90.1 fm (Hudson Valley, Lower Catskills, Western NJ) and as always, online.  If you miss it, the performance and interview will be archived over at

Belle Artwork Contest Winner

To say that we were impressed with this contest would be an understatement.  The entries ranged from nü american gothic weird to recycled internet meme.

At the end of the day, Stuart said it came to this:
"once the group realised beans was in fact represented (as a mosquito at the back) they gave him the prize!"

So, without further adooo...  congratulations Colocho from France. (yes, he is a true artist...only one name)

Upon hearing of his good fortune (and enduring a GITMO-esque indemnification process to prove he was indeed the creator of this original piece of art), Colocho exclaimed:

mon véritable nom est Éric Girard , 36 ans, Colocho est mon nom d'illustrateur. Je vis et travaille à Lyon, France.

Je doit dire que la musique de Belle and Sebastian accompagne souvent mes séances de travail. C'est donc un grand honneur pour moi d'avoir été choisi par le groupe, surtout que la participation fut abondante et de qualité.

J'avoue qu'à ce jour j'ai encore beaucoup de mal à y croire, mon entourage également.
C'est surréaliste !

Mon dessin était tout en simplicité, encre, pinceau, papier... Je ne pensais vraiment pas attirer l'attention du groupe...

J'ai tout de suite eu l'envie de faire un dessin noir et blanc, mes amis et ma compagne m'ont reprochés de ne pas mettre une touche de couleur...

Cependant mon parti pris a été récompensé.

Je suis comblé... Cette nouvelle arrive au bon moment dans ma carrière, un coup de projecteur pour faire connaître mon travail.

Merci infiniment au groupe.

Merci infiniment à Matador Records.

Merci infiniment à vous.


We have consulted our French to English translator site and we are pretty sure we don't see "remuneration" anywhere in that message.

Click here for a gallery of the finalists.  You all get the Matador B&S discography on CD.

Stay tuned for information on when these limited edition CDs will be on shelves.

Wear the Good-Cause Hat: Anna Ives vs. Cancer

Anna Ives is the very young, very adorable daughter of Zac and Amy Ives. Zac is co-owner of Goner Records, the singer for Final Solutions, and a flat-out great guy. The Goner Records BBS is currently holding an auction while Zac, Amy, and Anna are in Boston, where the latter is receiving specialized radiation treatment. The auction is to help offset the Ives' mounting hospital bills. I'm here to encourage Matablog readers to either bid on some of the great finds that have made it to the block, and to offer their own donated items for auction. All of the needed information, including Anna's story, can be found HERE.

The auction can be found HERE.

Read the Memphis Commercial Appeal story about Anna...

Additional questions not answered by those links can be directed to Eric Friedl: [email protected]


Tonight At The Blender Theatre - Marcellus Hall & The Hostages

If you're looking for the proper way to observe Chris Lombardi's birthday (rather than say, sending Chris a very lavish gift and/or cash) you might consider former Railroad Jerk/White Hassle frontman Marcellus Hall's new band.

They're playing tonight at the Blender Theatre --- perhaps the most prestigious auditorium named after a rock magazine since the closing of the Metal Hammer Centre For The Performing Arts. I won't be there, so tell me how it went.

My trip to Mykonos



Hot Adult Video

With apologies to Pedro Almodovar.

Matador artifacts, part three

Here are both sides of a label catalog that was published on LP innersleeves in our early days. Click on the images to see a larger and more readable version.

Fucked Up - A>D>D Live Set; file under So Rad

Filmed and and recorded in glorious analog truth, Pitchfork TV debuts it's latest series "A>D>D" with Fucked Up, who brought the heat just hours after playing for some 12 hours in NYC.

Here is "Son the Father" and go to for "Black Albino Bones" and "Twice Born"

Tour dates below the vid.

Moore / Gustafsson East Coast Dates

(Sonic Youth's) Thurston Moore and scandanavian saxophone demon Mats Gustafsson are playing the following shows together starting next week.  It's a big enough deal as is, but when you add a Cambridge date featuring a reunion of The Sickness (trunk of the Groinoids/Flesh Missles/Kil Slug/Upsidedowncross/Adolf Satan family tree --- eat my dust, Pete Frame!), you've got the makings of an historic event.

The Cave Singers, Seattle and yonder, very very soon

It may not be of the magnitude of a Saturday Night Live appearance but other bands from Seattle have big news of their own to announce as well. In this case it happens to be news from our favorite bearded, guitar strummers of the Northwest, the Cave Singers, so of course we want to share it with people far and wide. Or at least people on the West Coast of the United States via the Matablog.

Anyhow they've been enlisted to show Department of Eagles around the West Coast. We invite you stop by one of their shows starting this week. We can promise they won't make you sit through Rosario Dawson skits, that's a Matador guarantee!

Fri, Jan 23 / Los Angeles CA / Troubadour

Sat, Jan 24 / Merced CA / The Partisan*

Sun, Jan 25 / San Francisco CA / Cafe Du Nord

Tue, Jan 27 / Portland OR / Doug Fir

Wed, Jan 28 / Seattle WA / Neumos

*show without Dept of Eagles

Fucked Up live in-store the Lunchbox

Good records? Check.

Friendly neighborhood indie retail staff? Check.

Sweaty, shirtless hardcore? Check.

If you're around the Charlotte, NC area this Saturday, 1/24, be sure to stop in the Lunchbox and check out Fucked Up live in-store at 4pm. The band is stopping through during there current U.S. tour to help celebrate Lunchbox's three year anniversary.

The Lunchbox 1419-A Central Ave. Charlotte

Jennifer O'Connor to perfom on KUT tomorrow

(Image poached from setoutrunning's flickr page)

Taking a breath between gigs on her seemingly never-ending tour, Jennifer O'Connor and her band stop by Austin's KUT to perform a special live session. Austinites can hear it on Thursday (1/22) at 2PM on 90.5 FM, while the rest can stream from

There's more information to be found here.

(Fucked Up) TV Party : Pink Eyes, "Red Eye", "Detox"

The character in the center is not a Matador recording artist, but the gent on the far right most certainly is.  That's Pink Eyes from multi-time Juno Award winning beat combo Fucked Up, and he'll be adding his commentary skills to MTV's "Detox" tonight (Jan 21) at 11pm eastern.   A few hours later, the Toronto vocalist can be seen as a guest on Fox News' "Red Eye".

If you'd rather not watch TV, however, you can always drive to Philadelphia.  Here's the rest of Fucked Up's current North American tour :

Wed-Jan-21 Philadelphia, PA Kung Fu Necktie
Thu-Jan-22 Baltimore, MD Talking Head (with Vincent Black Shadow)
Fri-Jan-23 Charlottesville, VA Outback Lodge
Sat-Jan-24 Charlotte, NC Milestone
Sun-Jan-25 Atlanta, GA The Earl (with the Carbonas, Bukkake Boys)
Tue-Jan-27 Gainesvile, FL Sluggo's (with Iron Livers)
Wed-Jan-28 Pensacola, FL Engine Room (with Iron Livers)
Thu-Jan-29 New Orleans, LA Ducbo (with Iron Age)
Fri-Jan-30 Houston, TX Walter's on Washington (with Iron Age)
Sat-Jan-31 Austin, TX Emo's (with Iron Age and Annihilation Time)
Mon-Feb-02 Albuquerque, NM The Launchpad
Tue-Feb-03 Phoenix, AZ Phix Gallery
Wed-Feb-04 San Diego, CA Casbah (with Mika Miko)
Fri-Feb-06 Los Angeles, CA The Echo (with Mika Miko)
Sun-Feb-08 San Francisco, CA The Independent (with Mika Miko)
Wed-Feb-11 Denver, CO Larimer Lounge
Thu-Feb-12 Omaha, NE Waiting Room
Fri-Feb-13 Grinnell, IA Grinnell College - Gardner Lounge
Sat-Feb-14 Chicago, IL High Concepts Laboratory (early ALL AGES)
Sat-Feb-14 Chicago, IL Empty Bottle (late 21+)
Sun-Feb-15 Detroit, MI Crofoot - Pike Room

(The Chemistry Of Common Life - LP/CD/digital album, available from The Matador Store)

Jennifer O'Connor -'09 Dates Continue

...on tour with Amy Ray...

...followed by February and March solo dates. If we don't see you at one or more of these, hopefully it's just the poor lighting.

(Here WIth Me, LP/CD/digital)

A.C. Newman at Virgin Union Square

Don't forget, kids...TONIGHT at the Virgin Megastore in Union Square, Carl and Co. will be playing an in-store to support Carl's new LP/CD Get Guilty.

(photo by Daniel Corrigan)

A.C. Newman
Performance and Signing

Tuesday, January 20th
7:00 PM
Virgin Megastore Union Square Cafe
52 East 14th Street

Until then, you can check out the video of "The Changeling (Get Guilty)," the second song from Carl's DUMBO sessions, posted today on stereogum.....

Jaguar Love's First Trip To Australia

(J, Cody and Johnny wishing a GWB a fond farewell. Sort of.)

OK, a couple of club dates in the middle of some massive festival gigs on the NiN-headlined Soundwave clusterfück. If you're attending one of the latter, be sure to say it's gonna be a loooong day.

Saturday, February 21 Brisbane - Soundwave, RNA Showgrounds
Sunday, February 22 Sydney, Soundwave, Eastern Creek Fairgrounds
Monday February 23 Campbelltown - City Hotel with Minus The Bear and Straylight Run
Thursday February 26 Melbourne - NEXT! with Minus The Bear and Straylight Run
Friday February 27 Melbourne - Soundwave Festival, Melbourne Park
Saturday February 28 Adelaide - Soundwave Festival, Bonython Park
Monday March 2 Perth - Soundwave Festival, Steel Blue Oval

Department of People Actually Win These Things??

Remember that contest we ran over the holidays? The one where you could win every 7" in our Jay Reatard Singles Series plus an autographed copy of the Beck split? For most it was a minor waste of time- but one randomly selected person actually won this thing!

Congratulations to Matt Elliot of Newfoundland, Canada! Enjoy the records!

Fucked Up - Pink Eyes Interview In Berlin

Camera work and interrogation courtesy Blurt's Jenna Young.

SM Interview At Rotoworld

Whether he's giving props to former UVA standout Jeff Lamp (above) or defending his fantasy sports addiction as more socially acceptable than internet porn (mental note : be sure to use this line someday), Stephen Malkmus takes everything Rotoworld's Steve Alexander has to dish out. I've been (virtually) ass-kicked by SM on countless occasions, and thus, can vouch for his fantasy sports prowess, though learning his commitment to the craft extends to scanning the waiver wire whilst going thru airport security is a little sobering. For the sake of Malk's competitors, TSA, can't you do something about this?

Here's my fave snippet from the interview :

Q : What is the best live act going right now? The popular answer seems to be My Morning Jacket, and I tend to agree.

SM: No - Endless Boogie.

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