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Interpol - They'll Be Seeing You In The Parking Lot

Next Tuesday, September 7 Interpol will be playing an exclusive event in the parking lot of Space 15 Twenty (1520 N. Cahuenga Blvd.) to kick off the release of their new self-titled album which drops that day.

Pre-order now or buy the album on 9/7 at any of the stores listed below* to receive a guaranteed-entry wristband to the event while supplies last.

*If you preorder the album online via the Matador Store, simply put "LA OUTSTORE" in the comments section to receive guaranteed entry while supplies last. Our guaranteed entry list is now full.

Interpol Signing in Seattle!!!

Interpol - 6 Different Camera Choices For Pitchfork's POV Session

Interpol's first installment for Pitchfork TV's POV Concert Series debuted this morning ; there are six different perspectives to choose from during the band's performances of "Lights", "Summer Well" and "Barricade" from the forthcoming 'Interpol' LP/CD/digital album, as well as a rendition of "Take You On A Cruise' from 'Antics'.

Preorder 'Interpol' (in stores Sept. 7) from The Matador Store.

Interpol - "Barricade" video

"Barricade", from the forthcoming 'Interpol', directed by Moh Azima.

Preorder Interpol - S/T on CD, single LP or double 12"45 or digital download from The Matador Store. In stores, September 7.

eMusic Wants To Send You To Matador's 21st Birthday Party In Vegas

But only two of you.  Contest details are here, but the gist of it is pretty simple.  Our friends at eMusic are giving away two tickets to The Lost Weekend at The Palms, plus they're springing for flights and hotel rooms. Gambling losses and legal fees are YOUR problem!

I know we keep promising more hard info about the actual event, and guess what...I'm doing it again.   Next week we'll be confirming 4 additional bands, as well as providing further details about the weekend's schedule.  Your patience is deeply appreciated, and if you have further questions, by all means, send 'em to [email protected]

Magic Kids new video "Superball"

This week Magic Kids released their record, played a symphony accompanied show for 500 of their hometown friends and fans, and left for a week-long instore tour. But the news doesn't stop here. Happy to share this new video for "Superball" directed by Jack Ferry. Evokes some simple classic vids, faces, instruments, soft-focus lights...eternally into it.

Order Magic Kids "Memphis" HERE (and get an instant mp3 download of the album)

Cold Cave website, "Tomorrow" cover, tour dates

Cold Cave have unveiled a new website and christened it with a free download of a demo they recorded in April of 2009; a cover of Hunkydory's 1982 track "Tomorrow". Click here, or head over to to check it out, along with the latest updates from the band. Don't forget, the band will hit the road for a quick westcoast run in September

Download: Cold Cave - Cold Cave - "Tomorrow" (demo) [by Hunkydory]

Sep 2 2010  9:00P


San Diego, CA

Sep 3 2010  8:00P

@ Detroit Bar w/ ABE VIGODA

Costa Mesa, CA

Sep 4 2010  12:30P

FYF FEST at LA State Historic park

Los Angeles, CA

Sep 5 2010  7:00P

@ Great American Music Hall w/ ABE VIGODA

San Francisco, California

Sep 6 2010  6:00P

@ Henry Miller Memorial Library w/ABE VIGODA

Big Sur, California

Sep 9 20108:00P

@ Holocene

Portland, Oregon

Sep 10 20108:00P

@ Neumos

Seattle, WA

Sep 30 2010 7:00P

@ Hollywood Palladium w/ SPOON

Hollywood, California

Oct 1-3 2010
@ The Pearl at The Palms Resort
Matador at 21
Las Vegas, NV

*photo from neitherfishnorflesh's flickr

Thank You Memphis

Tonight's Magic Kids show at the Levitt Bandshell was really really special. Thank you to the hundreds of people that came out, the Memphis Youth Symphony who helped realize the ambition of the band's arrangements, Goner Records for selling (and selling out of) the album, and of course Magic Kids. The city of Memphis is truly a strange and wonderful place and I can't think of a more strange and wonderful tribute than tonight. Really bowled over.

Also really excited about the response people have been having to the record. Reviews are trickling in little by little but so far so good. Prefix assigned it one of the top 3 scores they've given any record so far this year. Thank you. A few nice selections below....

PREFIX- "A truly ineffable pop album. The Magic Kids are going at your heart with every melodic tool in their arsenal -- shouts and synths, strings and sugary production -- all in an effort to make your summer (or fall, or winter, or old age) that much better."

Washington Post- "more than a simple exercise in retro charm ... a fully realized and immaculately executed pop vision."

One Thirty BPM- "Memphis is a little record that sounds massive ....Memphis is a truly lovely album, one that can transport even the most cynical of grizzled old folks back to the glory days of their youth, and a very promising start to a band’s career."

Lincoln Journal Star- ""Magic Kids have created some magical, gorgeous classic pop here, one of the most pleasant and engaging surprises I've heard in months."

Order Memphis HERE

Magic Kids Memphis out NOW (Cassette + Symphony + Dates)

Magic Kids' pop-odyssey MEMPHIS hits the streets today. We're celebrating the occasion on a few fronts. For those of you all over the world, we pressed up a very limited edition surprise version of the album on Cassette. It's limited to 250 copies to be sold at a few future shows, but for the time being, you can purchase the tape (along with CD/LP) until it runs out on the True Panther and Matador stores. Get an instant mp3 download of the record with order as well.

Order CD/LP/Tape/DA HERE

For those of you in Memphis, the band are celebrating the album's release with a really special one-time performance alongside the Memphis Youth Symphony. Memphis is flipping out about the event, a benefit for MYS and a special way for the band to capture the more baroque elements of the record in a way that's difficult to on the road.  You can read about it here, here and here. Supposedly the Levitt Shell is where Elvis played some of his first shows. YES!

For those of you in the rest of the country, the band are embarking on basically a 3-month world tour that starts out with a tour of Southern independent record stores, TOMORROW. Can't stop wont stop.

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
09-01 Lubbock, TX – The Foundation *
09-03 Phoenix, AZ – The Trunk Space *
09-04 Los Angeles, CA – FYF Fest
09-05 San Francisco, CA – Bottom of the Hill*
09-08 Vancouver, BC – The Media Club*
09-09 Seattle, WA – The Vera Project *
09-10 Portland, OR – Backspace- Music Fest NW *
09-11 Garden City, ID – Visual Arts Collective *
09-13 Salt Lake City, UT – Kilby Court *
09-14 Denver, CO – Hi Dive *
09-16 Lawrence, KS  – Replay Lounge *
10-1 London, UK @ Barfly
10-2 London, UK @ Camden Proud Galleries
10-3 Bruges, Belgium @ Botanique/Witloofbar
10-5 Amsterdam, Holland @ Paradiso
10-6 Tilburg, Holland @Tilburg 013/Batcave
10-7 Hamburg, Germany @ Molotow
10-8 Helsingar, Denmark @ Musikhuset Elvaerket
10-9 Oslom, Norway @ Café Mono
10-10 Gothenburg, Sweden @ Pusterviksbaren
10-11 Stockholm, Sweden @ Landet
10-12 Copenhagen, Denmark @ Lades
10-13 Berlin, Germany @ Magnet
10-14 Köln, Germany @ Werkstatt
10-15 München, Germany @ Atomic Cafe
10-16 Zurich, Switzerland @ Club Zukunft
10-17 Milan, Italy Indierocket party @ Rocket (free entry)
10-18 Paris, France @ Point Ephemere
10-19 Oxford, UK @ Jercicho Tavern
10-21 Bristolm UK @ Louisanna
10-22 Bristol, UK @ The Social
10-23 Cardiff, UK @ Swn Festival
10-24 Newcastle, UK @ The Cluny
10-25 Leeds, UK @ Nation of Shopkeepers
10-26 Birmingham, UK @ Hare and Hounds
10-27 London, UK @ TBC
10-28 London, UK @ Lexington
Fri 11/05 Dallas, TX @ The Cavern ?
Sun 11/07 Houston, TX @ Numbers ?
Mon 11/08 Baton Rouge, LA @ Spanish Moon ?
Wed 11/10 Chapel Hill, NC @ Local 506 ?
Fri 11/12 New York, NY @ Mercury Lounge ?
Sat 11/13 Brooklyn, NY @ Silent Barn ?
Mon 11/15 Cleveland, OH @ Beachland Tavern ?
Tue 11/16 Chicago, IL @ Empty Bottle ?
Wed 11/17 St. Louis, MO @ Firebird ?
Thu 11/18 Nashville, TN @ The End ?
* w/Candy Claws
?= w/Bosco Delrey

The New Pornos on ABC's "Amplified" from Lollapalooza

We love "Amplified", ABC News's online music show with World News Sunday anchor Dan Harris.  Smart, candid interviews with good bands, juiced up with lotsa good music and video. Dan delayed his current Iraq trip (apparently Iraqis say "hello" - in English - to mean "goodbye" - and no one knows why) to yap with AC Newman and Kathryn Calder at Lollapalooza.  There are at least two things that even I didn't know in this interview.

Shearwater November Tour

(photo taken from the portable victoria's Flickr)

If you're not able to catch Shearwater at this year's Austin City Limits Festival, fear not! The band will be back on the road this November playing a cross-country tour with Damien Jurado. Tickets are now on-sale.

Tuesday 11/2 - Birmingham, AL - The Bottletree *

Wednesday 11/3 - Tallahassee, FL - The Engine Room *

Thursday, 11/4 - Orlando, FL - The Social *

Friday 11/5 - Atlanta, GA - The Earl *

Saturday 11/6 - Chapel Hill, NC - Local 506 *

Sunday 11/7 - Charlottesville, VA - The Southern *

Tuesday 11/9 - Washington, DC - Rock N Roll Hotel *

Wednesday 11/10 - Philadelphia, PA - Johnny Brenda's *

Thursday - 11/11 - Boston, MA - The Middle East Downstairs #

Friday 11/12 - Brooklyn, NY - Music Hall of Williamsburg *

Saturday 11/13 - Pittsburgh, PA - Thunderbird Cafe *

Sunday 11/14 - Detroit, MI - The Magic Stick *

Tuesday 11/16 - Chicago, IL - Lincoln Hall *

Thursday 11/18 - St. Louis, MO - Duck Room *

Friday 11/19 - Lawrence, KS - The Jackpot *

Saturday 11/20 - Norman, OK - The Opolis *

* Damien Jurado Supports

#with Horse Feathers, Damien Jurado & Anais Mitchell

Ted Leo & The Pharmacists - "Bottled In Cork" video surprise on Funny Or Die

On Friday, Ted Leo checked in with a lengthy, illuminating instant-classic of a blog post. In it, our fearless leader looked back on the past, evaluated his present and pondered an evolving future...which, he revealed, would include the second Lookout Records alumni foray into the theeee-a-thah.

We think he must have been talking about this:

Is that Paul F. Tompkins? Julie Klaussner? John Hodgman? Patrick from Titus?? Terre fucking T???

Director Tom Scharpling and co outdid themselves, to be sure.

Ted Leo and The Pharmacists' new album The Brutalist Bricks is available for purchase here.

The band will hit the road shortly:

Thursday 02 - La Jolla, CA - Che Cafe Collective (UC San Diego)
Friday 03 - San Diego, CA - Casbah
Saturday 04 - Los Angeles, CA - Fuck Yeah Fest
Monday 06 - Vancouver, BC - Rickshaw Theater
Tuesday 07 - Victoria, BC - Element Nightclub
Wednesday 08 - Seattle, WA - The Vera Project
Thursday 09 - Portland, OR - Crystal Ballroom
Thursday 23 - Pittsburgh, PA - Diesel
Friday 24 - Newport, KY - Midpoint Music Festival
Saturday 25 - Urbana, IL - Pygmalion Music Festival
Sunday 26 - Columbia, MO - The Blue Note
Tuesday 28 - Lawrence, KS - Jackpot Saloon and Music Hall
Wednesday 29 - Denver, CO - Marquis Theater

Monday 04 - Phoenix, AZ - Rhythm Room
Tuesday 05 - Sante Fe, NM - Corazon
Wednesday 06 - Norman, OK - The Opolis
Thursday 07 - Little Rock, AR - Vinos
Sunday 10 - Austin, TX - Austin City Limits
Tuesday 12 - Gainesville, FL - Common Grounds
Wednesday 13 - Orlando, FL - The Social (Orlando)
Thursday 14 - St Augustine, FL - Cafe Eleven
Friday 15 - Greenville, SC - The Handlebar
Saturday 16 - Charlottesville, VA - The Southern

Girls to headline Fillmore in SF 10/15

Girls(photo from Robbix' Flickr)

October 15, 2010 Girls will be playing their biggest show yet in San Francisco- at the legendary Fillmore. Growing up in SF it sometimes seemed the closest a local band could get to the Fillmore's stage was a matinee show of The Other Ones (they are from Marin anyways!) so we couldn't be more excited for this. Show them some love San Francisco!

Buy tickets HERE
Buy Album HERE

(p.s. the Lust for Life video went Youtube PLATINUM!! )

Esben and the Witch Sign To Matador, Confirm New EP, First US Tour

(Left to Right: Rachel Davies, Daniel Copeman, Thomas Fisher. Photo by Adam Kola)

It's with considerable excitement that we're able to reveal the addition of the Brighton trio Esben and the Witch to the Matador roster.  Our first UK based signing in over 6 years, a pair of the band's recordings --- the self released '33' and the Too Pure Singles Club-issued 7", "Lucia, at the Precipice" (the latter already trading for excessive sums on eBay) generated no small amount of global curiosity (not the least of which coming from our offices). Hailed by The Quietus for their "opulent mixture of brooding electronics, crackling guitars and mythological rhetoric", though Esben and the Witch's early work is equally brooding and beautiful, we're pretty confident Rachel, Daniel and Thomas had only skimmed the surface of what they're capable of.  Their debut Matador EP, the limited 12", ‘Marching Song’, is scheduled for release on October 11th (October 12 in North America), augmented by two new songs, ‘Done Because We Are Too Menny’ and ‘Souvenirs’.  The band's first full length album is tentatively scheduled for release in early 2011.

The accompanying video for ‘Marching Song’ was directed by David Procter and Peter King from the The Agenda Collective.

Esben and the Witch will make their US debut this September touring in support of Mercury Prize nominees Foals along with participating in Matador At 21 : The Lost Weekend  in Las Vegas.  A subsequent UK tour will begin in November.


23 Minneapolis 7th Street Entry *
24 Chicago Lincoln Hall *
25 Detroit Magic Stick *
27 Toronto Lee’s Palace *
28 Montreal La Sala Rossa *
29 Boston Paradise *
30 Philadelphia, Johnny Brenda's (w/Efterklang)

1 New York Bowery Ballroom *
3 Las Vegas The Palms Casino & Hotel  **
5 Atlanta Masquerade *
6 Tallahassee Club Downunder *
8 Houston Walters on Washington *
9 Austin The Mohawk ***
10 Dallas The Nightmare *
12 Denver Larimer Lounge *
14 San Diego Casbah *
18 Los Angeles El Ray Theatre *
19 San Jose The Blank Club *
20 San Francisco Bottom of the Hill ****
21 Portland Doug Fir Lounge *
22 Vancouver Venue *
23 Seattle Neumos City Arts Music *
26 Brooklyn, NY Knitting Factory (with A Sunny Day In Glasgow)


4 Paris Inrockuptibles @ La Boule Noir
10 London Electrowerkz
11 Manchester Deaf Institute
12 Glasgow Captains Rest
14 Leeds Constellations Festival

* with Foals
** Matador At 21 / The Lost Weekend
*** with School of Seven Bells
**** with Scout Niblett

Preorder the "Marching Song" 12" EP from The Matador Store (UK orders direct from the band)

Esben and the Witch - official website
Facebook group

Glasser- Home (mp3) from Ring

Glasser's Ring is arriving in our hands September 28th but for now, here is the first taste of Ring entitled "Home". The song remains in line with the Glasser we've heard before, eclectic and beat-driven with instrumental melodies often driven by Cameron's own voice. But there is a depth to both the arrangement and recording which somehow makes the song simultaneously intimate and explosive.

Glasser- Home (mp3)

Pre-order Ring HERE and get either limited clear vinyl or limited deluxe cd jacket designed by Tauba Auerbach.


Sept 29 Milwaukee, WI @ Turner Hall

Sept 30 Chicago, IL @ Metro

Oct 2 Boston, MA @ Paradise

Oct 3 New York, NY @ Webster Hall

Oct 4 Brooklyn, NY @ The Music Hall of Williamsburg

Oct 5 Washington, DC @ Black Cat

Oct 7 Nashville, TN @ Mercy Lounge

Kurt Vile & The Violators - New US Dates, Co-Headlining w/ The Soft Pack

(because we can never enough of photos that show Kurt tuning.  pic taken from C89's flicker page)

Following the recent release of the 'Square Shells' 12" / digital EP and subsequent recording in NYC with John Agnello, Kurt Vile (accompanied by the Violators on all dates) will be hitting the road this Autumn for dates with San Diego quartet The Soft Pack.   They'll be taking turns on who's playing last each night --- headliner noted with initials following venue name on the schedule below ;

21 Atlanta, GA              The Earl                            KV
22 Birmingham, AL           The Nick                            TSP
23 Nashville, TN            Mercy Lounge                        KV
26 Cincinnati, OH           Mad Hatter's                        TSP
27 Columbus, OH             Skully¹s                            KV
28 Ann Arbor, MI            Blind Pig                           TSP
29 Indianapolis, IN         White Rabbit                        KV
30 Chicago, IL              Empty Bottle                        TSP
31 Chicago, IL              Empty Bottle                        KV

01 Minneapolis, MN          Triple Rock Social Club             TSP
04 Seattle, WA              Neumos                              KV
05 Vancouver, BC            Biltmore Cabaret                    TSP
06 Portland, OR             Berbatis Pan                        KV
09 San Francisco, CA        Rickshaw Stop                       KV
11 Los Angeles, CA          Echoplex                            TSP
13 San Diego, CA            The Casbah                          TSP

Magic Kids to perform with the Memphis Youth Symphony - "Memphis" live in Memphis!

Next Tuesday August 24th, to celebrate the release of Magic Kids' debut album Memphis, the band will perform selections from the album live with the Memphis Youth Symphony at the legendary Levitt Shell in, you guessed it, Memphis. We're told Elvis played his first show at the Levitt Shell (but we can't remember who told us).

This is Memphis the way it was meant to be heard (and you can hear it how it actually sounds at the band's MySpace where the album is streaming).

Admission to the concert is $5, all of which goes directly to the Memphis Youth Symphony Program. Doors are at 6:30, and the show starts at 7:30.

Pre-order Memphis here.

Most Assuredly Not A Matador At 21 : The Lost Weekend Update

We'll be announcing a couple of additions to the lineup for Oct. 1-3 very soon.  In the meantime, however, the above photograph of Matador's Chris Lombardi, shown basking in the Palms' Hardwood Suite, provides just a hint of what's in store for those lucky enough to attend this sold-out event.  Not shown : Tim Donaghy.

Matador's Natalie Judge Named One Of Billboard's Young Execs On The Rise

Congrats to our our London-based label manager Natalie Judge, on being named one of Billboard Magazine's "30 Under 30".  Said list "recognizes rising young executives who are driving our business forward with their artistic and business vision", and along with recognizes Natalie's work on behalf of Sonic Youth and Fucked Up, Billboard adds, somewhat ominously, that said list included "Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, then 23, in 2007."  While this might not mean we're 3 years away from a David Fincher movie about Judge being sued by half the universe (though if we are, I'd like to be played by Fred "The Hammer" Williamson), it does point to the rarefied nature of said acknowledgment. This sort of thing doesn't happen to the people we like and respect nearly often enough, so an occasion like this, we'll raise a glass in Natalie's honor and consider ourselves very lucky she's making stuff happen for us instead of someone else.

Belle & Sebastian - Write About Love LP/CD/digital album, Coming October 12


We got together last week with a few gallant lads and lassies, and we recorded the first part of the B&S TV show that we’ve been hinting at. Here’s a clip to get you in the mood. The song is from the new record, and it’s called “I Want The World To Stop”

We had a really nice day that day, thanks to everyone who travelled a variety of distances to be there! London, Manchester, Newcastle, etc, it was a good effort.

And while I’m at it, here’s a look at the real cover of “Belle And Sebastian Write About Love”. Some websites got hold of the wrong end of the stick last week (perhaps not suprisingly), but no harm done!

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