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Matador At 21 : The Lost Weekend In Las Vegas, Webcast via MySpace Music

The majority of this weekend's sets from the Pearl will be part of a live video/audio stream presented by MySpace Music starting Friday evening.  Though the lineup for the webcast is subject to change, we can confirm that although they're not included on MySpace's currently published schedule, Sonic Youth and Cat Power are both participating. Apparently it's gonna be viewable on iPhones and iPads as well, which should lead to a complete breakdown of socially acceptable behavior in homes and businesses across the world this weekend.

This event is sponsored by MySpace Music, Altamont, Incase, Sailor Jerry and Yowie.

One More Schedule Change For Matador At 21; Harlem & Dead Meadow Playing Late Friday, Saturday Repsectively

Harlem (above, left) are playing the Palms Ballroom Friday after Fucked Up vs. Ted Leo & The Pharmacists ; Dead Meadow (right) are playing the same room late Saturday after Esben and the Witch and Cold Cave. We're NO LONGER featuring a Saturday afternoon Harlem/Dead Meadow matinee.

It's a long story but we came to the conclusion a 1:30pm start time on Saturday was a bad bad bad deal for the participants and everyone who'd been rocking Friday night combined. Our apologies for any inconvenience. Also, the event is now officially totally sold sold.

Magic Kids "Candy" for Yours Truly

Magic Kids were in the Bay Area for the first time. They played Valentines Day with Girls and Smith Westerns the night before and it was a beautiful show. The next day they cobbled together this orchestra, which features Christopher + Garrett from Girls, Max from Smith Westerns, some friends of someone's aunt who had a weekend flute club, a real string section and some more random friends to play this early version of Candy for the Yours Truly guys. It was kind of a rainy day but it felt so warm in that room. Hope you enjoy. Video is hosted HERE on your's truly's site which also has a nice letter from the band.

The band is leaving for Europe this week and coming back for a tour of the states. Tour dates HERE

Order Magic Kids Memphis HERE

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Perfume Genius plays the Hollywood Forever cemetery tonight and more dates

photo from youneedtoseethese's flickr

Well into his first ever US tour, Perfume Genius will be stopping at the legendary Masonic Lodge at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery in Los Angeles tonight. To catch a glimpse of the tracks from 'Learning' come to life, check out these videos and do yourself a favor and see Perfume Genius live.

Tuesday 28        Los Angeles, CA         Masonic Lodge At Hollywood
Saturday 02        Las Vegas, NV        Palms Casino (Matador At 21)
Tuesday 05        Chicago, IL             Schubas
Thursday 07        Toronto, ON             Drake Hotel
Sunday 10        Brooklyn, NY         Knitting Factory
Monday 11        Philadelphia, PA         First Unitarian Church

Glasser's Ring out TODAY and new Tour Dates

Hey Folks! The day is finally here. Glasser's fantastic debut "Ring" is in stores now. You can pick it up at your local, on itunes (where it's specially priced and includes 2 bonus tracks) or the True Panther Store (where you can order now and get an instant mp3 download of the album).

Cameron and the band are currently holed up in Justin Vernon's studio in the wilds of Minnesotta rehearsing for their upcoming tour with Gayngs. You can see some photos of Gayngs/Glasser jamming together HERE. Their shows together are below, but we're also happy to announce a new round of dates, this time with fellow New Yorkers Twin Shadow!

New tour dates below in BOLD
9/29- Milwaukee, WI @ Turner Hall *
9/30- Chicago, IL @ Metro *
10/1- Alfred, NY @ Alfred University (Students only) *
10/2- Boston, MA @ Paradise  *
10/3- New York, NY @ Webster Hall  *
10/4- Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg  *
10/5- Washington, DC @ Black Cat  *
10/6- Carrboro, NC @ Cat's Cradle  *
11/3- Los Angeles, CA @ Troubadour
11/4- San Francisco @ Popscene (330 Ritch)
11/6- Portland, OR @ Holocene ‡
11/7- Seattle, WA @ Crocodile
11/10- Montreal, PQ @ Il Motore #
11/11- Toronto, ON @ Drake Hotel #
11/12- Pontiac, MI @ Pike Room #

* w/Gayngs
# w/Twin Shadow
‡ w/Pains of Being Pure At Heart

Fucked Up tour with Arcade Fire

Pink Eyes @ Standon Calling Festival - 2010

Photo credit - James Kendall (Flickr)

So while the mania surrounding Matador @ 21 continues, those of us in Europe need to remind you of tours and things happening over here! Fucked Up have just announced another European tour, this time supporting Arcade Fire at a bunch of arena shows around Europe at the end of November.  Before trying to conquer some of the biggest stages they've ever played they'll be playing with Against Me! in the UK - all of the relevant dates are listed below.

Aside from that we'll also finally have copies of the Year Of The Ox EP available to buy from October the 4th, you might be interested in pre-ordering that from Rough Trade (US customers can pick up the EP now via our friends at Merge) if you can't make it along to see them play.

Catch Fucked Up live at the following shows:
22nd October - Southampton, Mo' Live *
23rd October - Manchester, Academy *
24th October - Cardiff, Solus *
25th October - Bristol, O2 Academy *
26th October - Coventry, Kasbah *
27th October - Glasgow, QMU *
28th October - Nottingham, Rock City *
29th October - Leeds, Met Uni *
30th October - Reading, Sub 89 *
31st October - Plymouth, University *
1st November - Cambridge, Junction *
2nd November - Oxford, O2 Academy *
3rd November - London, Electric Ballroom *
*Supporting Against Me!
- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
18th November - Atlantica Pavillion, Lisbon, Portugal^
20th November - Palacio de Deportes, Madrid, Spain^
21st November - Palau Sant Jordi, Barcelona, Spain^
24th November - Le Dome, Marseille, France^
26th November - Halle Tonby Garnier, Lyon, France^
28th November - Zenith, Munich, Germany^
29th November - Philipshalle, Desseldorf, Germany^
^Supporting Arcade Fire

Matador At 21 : Your Last Crack (We Hope) At Tickets

As of this writing, there's a handful of tickets remaining for this weekend's festivities at the Palms ; late Friday we determined a portion of seats we'd previously reserved for artists, families and friends could be make available to the public. Now that we've pestered those who came up short in the last lottery, there's still a few left (appox. 30 pairs). These tickets are marked as "preferred seating" and do not include access to the VIP opening party on Friday, or any of the afterparties in the Hardwood Suite --- sorry, but we're at capacity for those events.

NEW FAQ - Matador at 21: The Lost Weekend

The Mona Lisa of Las Vegas

Below is the new FAQ for Matador at 21: The Lost Weekend, Las Vegas, Oct 1-3, 2010.

(This replaces the old FAQ, which was mostly about how to buy tickets and get rooms.)


1. Where is the Palms?

The Palms Casino Resort main entrance is at 4321 West Flamingo Road, Las Vegas, about one mile West of the Strip:

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The Palms consists of three towers - two of them quite close together in the casino, the Palms Tower and the Fantasy Tower. Both the PEARL THEATER and the PALMS BALLROOM are located in this area, along with most of the bars and restaurants.

The third tower is called Palms Place is and linked to the rest of the resort by a long corridor with moving sidewalks. It also has a separate entrance, parking garage and check-in desk. The address is 4831 West Flamingo Road, about one-quarter mile West in the same building.

Refer to following casino diagram as you read the rest of the FAQ:

(Please note that the top of the casino diagram is South. Click on image for larger version)

2. Where do I pick up my wristbands?

Pick up your wristbands at the PALMS BALLROOM (refer to diagram above). This is accessible through the Palms Tower entrance to the resort - the main entrance. Go STRAIGHT AHEAD through the slot machines, bearing right past the island bar, towards the entrance to the Pearl Theater. The two elevators to the ballroom are directly to the RIGHT of the entrance to the Pearl. If there is a line at the elevators, there is a staircase up (one story) to the ballroom, located directly to the LEFT of the entrance to the Pearl. There will be signs posted.

Make sure to have the credit card that you used to pay for your tickets AND a photo ID with you.

Note: People who purchased VIP tickets will get tickets (with their assigned seat numbers) as well as wristbands. People who purchased General Admission (GA) tickets will just get wristbands.

3. If I am staying at the Palms, where do I check into my room?

If you are staying in a Palms Tower or a Fantasy Tower room, you check in at the reception desk directly to the left of the Palms Tower entrance.

If you are staying in a Palms Place room, try to go directly from the airport to the Palms Place entrance. That entrance is at 4831 Flamingo Road, about a quarter mile further west on Flamingo. Cabs know where it is. Palms Place has its own reception desk, pool, restaurants, bars and facilities.

To get to Palms Place from the main part of the casino, walk to the very west end of the casino (i.e. head right after you enter), past the sports bar and the sportsbook, and look for signs for Palms Place. You will need to take an elevator up one floor and then take the moving sidewalks.

4. What is the schedule of bands?

The complete schedule of events is located HERE.

5. Where is the main show and where are my seats?

See map above: the mainstage shows are located at the PEARL THEATER which is situated in the main part of the casino. After you enter, you go DOWN one level (stairs or elevator) to reach the main portion of the Pearl.

If you bought a VIP ticket, you will have an assigned seat in one of the sections closest to the stage. The assigned seat will be on your ticket. Please show it to the usher.

If you bought a GA ticket, you have the choice of standing in the area directly in front of the stage (while capacity allows), or finding seats in the open areas. Both the standing area and the GA seats will be first-come first-served, each night. If you are sitting in the mezzanine or balcony, you may have to go up in the elevator or the stairs.

6. Are there in-and-out privileges for the shows?

Yes. You may leave and re-enter the PEARL THEATER (mainstage) shows at any time. Just show your wristband. Keep in mind that if you have a GA seat, you should have a friend keep it for you. If you were on the floor and it fills up to capacity during your absence, you may not be allowed back immediately, and will have to find a seat until there is room down there again. Or use a stadium pal.

7. Where are the afterparties and matinee shows?

Again, refer to the schedule located HERE. All the live band afterparties and matinees are located in the PALMS BALLROOM, which is where you collected your wristband (see answer to question #2).

The Karaoke Underground party on Saturday night is located at LITTLE BUDDHA, an Asian restaurant and lounge also located in the main part of the casino. It is quite close to the Pearl and the Ballroom. (See map of the casino above.)

The afterparties, the matinees and the karaoke are all first-come-first-served, and once the spaces fill up, we cannot admit anyone over capacity. The capacity of the Ballroom is approximately 600 people. In-and-out privileges will be observed so long as it is not over capacity.

8. What are the food and drink options?

There are bars located all through the PEARL THEATER, and bars will be available at both the PALMS BALLROOM parties and at LITTLE BUDDHA. The resort also has a food court and buffet, as well as multiple restaurants, bars and nightclubs. See the Palms site for more details.

Outside of the Palms there are innumerable food and drink options. Here are a few:

$$$ Piero's - 1950s old-school red-sauce Italian joint where Vegas politicos hang out. One of the few original Vegas places left. Reservations required, and jackets for men (though this rule may not always be enforced). Be sure to request a table in the room with the bar. 355 Convention Center Drive, (702) 369-2305,

$$$ The Palm Steakhouse Las Vegas - The local branch of the famous steakhouse (absolutely no relation to the Palms Casino) is located at Caesar's Palace on the Strip. Reservations recommended. 3500 Las Vegas Boulevard South (The Strip) in the Forum Shops at Caesar's Palace, (702) 732-7256,

$ Lotus of Siam - One of the best Thai restaurants in the country. Be sure to tell them that you want Thai-level spicy, not dumbed down for Westerners. 953 East Sahara Ave., (702) 735-3033, no website. If it's full, there are other restaurants in the large courtyard area where it is located, including a quite good Thai alternative.

$ In-N-Out Burger - Some people love it, some people love to hate it. We (mostly) love it, and can't get it in the Northeast where we Matadorians come from. They're all over Vegas, but the closest one is 4888 Dean Martin Drive, (800) 786-1000,

$ V Las Vegas Chinatown - Located about a mile north of the hotel is Las Vegas Chinatown, with tons of Asian restaurants, many with vegan options. Centered around Chinatown Plaza, located at 4255 Spring Mountain Road between Arville and Wynn,

V Sunflower Markets - Vegas is not a great town for vegetarians and vegans, but this cheaper alternative to the Wholefoods grocery chain is also located closer to the Palms. 4020 S. Rainbow Blvd., (702) 876-4888,

V Wholefoods - If you prefer to go to an organic grocery you already know, then maybe you want Wholefoods anyway. The closest one is located pretty far south on the Strip, near the turnoff to the freeway to the airport. 6689 Las Vegas Blvd., (702) 589-7711,

9. Can I smoke at the shows?

No. You can smoke on the gaming floors, and in some of the bars, but not in the PEARL THEATER.

10. Is there a swagbag?

Every attendee will receive a Matador at 21 totebag. It will not be filled with tons and tons of goodies, but it does have one very special item in it.

11. What kind of T-shirts, records, CDs and other special items will be on sale?

Two record stores, Zia Records of Las Vegas, and Origami Records of Los Angeles, will be selling in the lobby of the PEARL THEATER all weekend. There will be two designs of Matador at 21 T-shirts, seven limited-edition Matador at 21 posters by different artists, the Matador at 21 charity 6-CD box set and low-priced vinyl double LP compilation, records and T-shirts by all the bands performing, as well as a special curated selection of vinyl of all kinds chosen by the bands who are playing.

12. I bought a VIP wristband. Where can I go?

As per the answer to question #5, you have been assigned seats in the front seated sections. In addition, you have access to the Opening Gala in the two-level Hardwood Suite, from 4-7 PM on Friday afternoon. This is the only hotel suite in the world with a professional indoor basketball court, fully stocked with balls, not to mention a professional locker room, scorepad, pool table and room to dance. Of course there is a full bar as well, a rotating loveseat inside a closed cylinder for ultimate privacy, and many nooks, corners and rooms to escape the sports (if you prefer). The Hardwood Suite will close down during showtimes at the Pearl, and reopen afterward from 1-5 AM on Friday and Saturday nights. (It will not be open Sunday night after the last band has played.) Bands and staff may be hanging here as well. The Hardwood Suite is located in the FANTASY TOWER.

Note: the Hardwood Suite is also first-come-first-served, and once the space fills up, we cannot admit anyone over capacity.

13. I'm staying at the Palms. What are check-in and check-out times?

4 PM check-in, 11 AM check-out.

14. What else is there to do?

Slot machines, blackjack, baccarat, poker, sportsbook, swimming pool, the Drift spa (located at Palms Place) plus four other salons, tons of bars and restaurants onsite, a movie theater on site, Pole Position go-kart racing right around the corner on South Arville St. featuring speeds up to 45 MPH. Then - a quick taxi ride to the Strip, a slightly longer taxi ride to downtown, both worth checking out. Outside the city there are many options, from hardcore automatic weapon firing ranges to serious hiking.

15. I'm from Las Vegas, and your dining and activities suggestions suck.

Please make additional suggestions in the comments thread below. The more the better.

16. Is there an ATM onsite?

Oh yes.

17. Can I take photos and video?

Any non-flash photos are fine. NO VIDEO IS ALLOWED.

18. Will the event be filmed?

Yes, the event will be filmed by multiple parties. By attending the event, you consent to have your likeness used used in a future promotional or commercial release.

19. Can I park onsite?

Free parking is available at both the Palms Tower and Palms Place entrances.

20. How do I get from the airport to the Palms?

There are airport shuttles which charge a fee. One is Bell Trans, which charges $7.50 (subject to change) - call (702) 739-7990 or (800) 274-7433. Taxis are easily available and cost roughly $25 including tip.

21. Are there child-care facilities at the Palms?

The Palms offers a Kids Quest child care center, which charges a fee.

22. Is there wi-fi at the Palms?

Wi-fi is available in all hotel rooms for an additional fee.

23. How do I get updates and find out about any changes or special events? What if I have any problems or questions?

If you have any immediate questions (or suggestions), please make them in the comments thread to this FAQ. Keep in mind that we will not be able to answer these with any degree of promptness after Thursday night!

Beyond that: Follow the @matadorAt21 twitter feed. The Twitter hashtag for the festival is #matador21. Regularly check the website located at, which will be completely revised and updated shortly. You may also email , but please keep in mind that emails can only be answered in the order received.

This event is sponsored by MySpace Music, Altamont, Incase, Sailor Jerry and Yowie.

REVISED SCHEDULE : Matador At 21 : The Lost Weekend In Las Vegas, The Palms

First off, if these changes have left anyone disappointed or inconvenienced, we're truly sorry.  I've been watching videos of the guys in the BP commercials all week trying to strike the right tone for this post, and wouldn't you know it, MY VIDEO CAMERA IS BROKEN.   Bullet dodged.

On the bright side, hey, DEAD MEADOW are playing.    The opening VIP gala is still happening at 4pm Friday in the Hardwood Suite with dj sets by Ted Leo and myself.  Same room becomes a VIP lounge Friday and Saturday nights, plus late night dj action on Friday (James McNew, Dean Bein) and Saturday (Dave Martin, Robby Morris).  Here's the live entertainment schedule of events.  Much like real life, everything is subject to change.


Pavement: 12:00am – 1:00am
Sonic Youth: 10:40pm – 11:30am
Fucked Up: 9:35pm – 10:15pm
Chavez: 8:30pm – 9:10pm
Guitar Wolf: 7:30pm – 8:10pm
Doors: 7:00pm

MC : Jeff Jensen

Fucked Up Vs. Ted Leo and The Pharmacists: 1:30am – 2:30am
(One stage. Two bands.  At once. They're supposed to take turns, song by song...but who knows?)
Doors: 1:00am


Belle & Sebastian: 11:45pm – 1:00am
Spoon: 10:25pm – 11:15pm
Superchunk: 9:20pm – 10:00pm
Cat Power: 8:15pm – 8:55pm
Perfume Genius: 7:55pm – 8:15pm
Jon Spencer Blues Explosion: 6:50pm – 7:30pm
Come: 5:45pm – 6:25pm
Girls: 4:40pm – 5:20pm
Doors 4:00pm

MC : Bob Nastanovich

Dead Meadow: 2:30pm – 3:15pm
Harlem: 1:30pm – 2:05pm
Doors: 1:00pm

Cold Cave: 2:25am - 3:15am
Esben and The Witch: 1:30am – 2:00am
Doors: 1:00am

STARTS AT 1:30am


Guided By Voices: 11:30pm – 1:00am
Yo La Tengo: 10:10pm – 11:05pm
Liz Phair: 9:50pm – 10:10pm
The New Pornographers: 8:40pm – 9:25pm
Ted Leo and The Pharmacists: 7:35pm – 8:15pm
Shearwater: 6:30pm – 7:10pm
Doors: 6:00pm

MC's : Tom Scharpling & Jon Wurster

The Clean: 4:30pm – 5:15pm
Times New Viking: 3:30pm – 4:05pm
Kurt Vile: 2:30pm – 3:05pm
Doors: 2:00pm

General questions :  [email protected]

This event is sponsored by MySpace Music, Altamont, Incase, Sailor Jerry and Yowie.

Times New Viking - have new video, play with Pavement, tour with GBV

Here's a brand-new video for the "Move To California" 7" b-side "Teen Spirit In Hell". Buy the 7", and the album Born Again Revisited, and more awesome TNV crap. The video was directed by Brandon Reichard and edited by Marina Goldshteyn:

The Columbus, OH sons and daughter of the revolution are playing shows with two of the best bands (just, the best).

Tonight they open for Pavement in Central Park, and play with that band again in Atlanta on Sunday.

Next week, TNV hit the road with the reunited, classic Guided By Voices lineup.

Times New Viking will have their hands full blowing those bands off the stage, like they're used to doing. Go see them try, harder:

Wednesday 22 - New York, NY - Rumsey Playfield @ Central Park w/Pavement
Thursday 23 - Montclair, NJ - Meat Locker
Fri Sep 24 - Haverford, PA - Haverford College
Sunday 26 - Atlanta, GA - The Tabernacle w/Pavement
Tue Sep 28 - Little Rock, AR - White Water Tavern
Wed Sep 29 - Dallas, TX - Palladium
Thursday 30 - Austin, TX - The East Side Drive In w/Guided By Voices

Sat October 02 - Lawrence, KS - Scion Garage Fest
Sun October 03 - Las Vegas, NV - Matador 21
Monday 04 - Los Angeles, CA - The Wiltern w/Guided By Voices
Tuesday 05 - San Francisco, CA - Warfield Theatre w/Guided By Voices
Thursday 07 - Portland, OR - Crystal Ballroom w/Guided By Voices
Saturday 09 - Seattle Wa, WA - Showbox SODO w/Guided By Voices
Tuesday 12 - Minneapolis, MN - First Avenue w/Guided By Voices
Wednesday 13 - Chicago, IL - Vic Theatre w/Guided By Voices
Thursday 14 - St. Louis, MO - St. Louis University/Billken Club


Glasser's debut album Ring, is set to hit stores on 9/28. Something we haven't spent much time talking about is how the album is loosely structured like the chiastic (or, Ring) structure used in ancient literature. Ideas are paired in symmetric order, often leading bidirectionally towards a certain concept. Songs are used to represent often contradictory emotional states.. So we wanted your first listen to it to reflect that. No set beginning or end, just dive into the album and go with it.

New Yorkers, Glasser made a special listening installation of the album. Go hang out at AVA Project in the East Village this weekend, bring a beer, and maybe a little pocket change because over the next three days, you can purchase a limited clear vinyl copy of the record at the space 2 weeks before release date (9/28).

Then Glasser is taking off for a string of tour dates with Gayngs, but starting it all off with a really special album release show at Amoeba in Los Angeles!

ON TOUR W/GAYNGS (Feat. Bon Iver)
Sept 24 Los Angeles, CA @ Amoeba Hollywood (Record Release Show)
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

Delorean- Real Love Video

A few months ago, when talking about the meaning behind the song "Real Love" and possible ideas for a video Ekhi said something like "Real love is being in a state of conflict against the outside world". Focus Creeps took this concept and ran with it, making a beautiful, dreamy and ultimately pretty psychedelic and creepy video for "Real Love". Enjoy!

Order Subiza HERE
Order Real Love single HERE

Tour Dates
China, Japan, Australia and Spain dates coming up check HERE
Fri Nov 5 – Hailey’s – Denton, TX *
Mon Nov 8 – Rhythm Room – Phoenix, AZ *
Wed Nov 10 – GAMH – San Francisco, CA *
Sat Nov 13 – Biltmore Cabaret – Vancouver, BC *
Tue Nov 16 – 7th St. Entry – Minneapolis, MN *
Wed Nov 17 – Lincoln Hall – Chicago, IL *
Thu Nov 18 – Mod Club – Toronto, ON *
Fri Nov 19 – Le Belmont – Montreal, QC *
Sat Nov 20 – Middle East Downstairs – Cambridge, MA *
Mon Nov 22 – First Unitarian Church – Philadelphia, PA *
Tue Nov 23 – Rock and Roll Hotel – Washington, DC *
* w/

Yo La Tengo's 8 Nights Of Hanukkah at Maxwell's ; Tickets On Sale Weds, 9/15

As you've probably gleaned from the above headline, Yo La Tengo are once again going to mount an 8-night stand at Hoboken's venerable Maxwell's as part of the band's (almost) annual Hanukkah celebrations.  Tickets for the December 1-8 shows go on sale September 15 at noon eastern time and are available from Ticketfly.  We don't have any information to share concerning Yo La Tengo's invited guests for this charitable endeavor, but if past Hanukkahs are anything to go by, it will probably be an embarrassment of riches.

The New Pornographers' October 15 Concert Cancelled On Account Of AWESOME BAND NAME

(above : where taking things way too literally meets no fun whatsoever)

The Grand Rapids Press' John Serba reports The New Pornographers' scheduled gig on October 15 at Calvin College has been scrapped.  Since the above headline already explains why, you might want to visit another website rather than continue reading.  Still here?  OK!

The college released a statement explaining, "after weeks of discussion and consideration, the irony of the band's name was impossible to explain to many. The band's name, to some, is mistakenly associated with pornography. Consequently, Calvin, to some, was mistakenly associated with pornography. Neither the college nor the band endorses pornography."

Calvin student activities director Ken Heffner, who books concerts for the college, said refunds would be issued today, and that the cancellation is a "peaceful parting of ways" between the school and the band. The group was scheduled to perform Oct. 15 in the Calvin Fieldhouse Complex. The Calvin box office can be reached at 526-6282.

Keep in mind, this is (allegedly) an institution of higher learning devoted to the liberal arts. And with all due respect to Mr. Heffner and the Calvin board of trustees, decisions like this --- or as I like to call 'em, defacto censorship --- can have a chilling effect on free expression.  Would Calvin College's student activities board cancel an appearance by Cannibal Corpse, merely because neither they or the band endorse cannibalism?  Would Calvin turn down a chance to award Michigan treasure Doc Dart an honorary doctorate (thus making him "Doctor Doc Dart") merely because Lansing's great man of letters once fronted a band called The Crucifucks?

Probably, yes.  But that doesn't make it any less sad and I suspect the entire Calvin College community are the poorer for it.

The New Pornographers, Ted Leo & The Pharmacists at Terminal 5, Dec. 6

Double bills featuring two generation-defining acts don't come along that often and when they do, you can't risk missing such an occasion for fear of being labeled a cultural cretin. But enough about the Eddie Money/Lou Gramm cruise to the Bahamas,  The New Pornographers and Ted Leo & The Pharmacists are playing NYC's Terminal 5 on Monday, December 6.  Presale for tickets starts tomorrow morning.

Matador At 21 - The Lost Weekend : Final Opportunity To Purchase General Admission Tickets

(it isn't that kind of lottery)

We will be releasing a small quantity of GA tickets for Matador 21 next week by lottery. Winners will be picked at random and notified on Tuesday, September 14th at 9:00am. Winners will have 24hrs to purchase their tickets. If they fail to do so, a new winner will be selected the following day at 9:00am. All winners will be given the option to purchase 2 tickets at $250 each + service fees and taxes. This is your last chance (we hope!) to be part of the greatest weekend in human history

To enter the lottery please send an email to [email protected] with the title, "21 LOTTERY" in the subject line of your message.


Austin Movienight (or) Popcorn Makes Me Wanna High-Kick

2 of the first documentaries ever made about music* are set to grace Austin's silver screen later this month when Alamo Drafthouse teams up with End Of An Ear and Matador to bring you Watch Me Jumpstart and Slow Century -- two films about esteemed Matador alums Guided By Voices and Pavement -- as part of the Alamo's Music Monday Series.
$2 gets you admission along with some killer food and drink specials.

And be sure to catch the bands when they come to the Casual Victi.... er.... Live Music Capital.

Guided By Voices
Thursday September 30 @ East Side Drive
w/ Times New Viking

Tuesday September 28 @ Stubb's Waller Creek
w/ Woven Bones

*well, not really.

Esben and the Witch : First US Show, Sept. 20 at Glasslands

In addition to a bunch of club dates, shows supporting Foals and an appearance at Matador 21 in Vegas, Esben and the Witch will make their first North American debut a week from Monday at Brooklyn's Glasslands.  Tickets are available here and they're not gonna last long.

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

Interpol To Play Music Hall of Williamsburg

After a week on the West Coast that included Tuesday's release date Outstore & a stop at Jimmy Kimmel Live last night - Interpol are back in NYC playing a show tomorrow (Friday, 9/10) at the Music Hall of Williamsburg.

Tickets are on-sale NOW and you can get 'em HERE // Doors are at 7:3PM with Cloudland Canyon supporting.*

And after you get those MHOW tickets today, be sure to tune in to KCRW's Morning Becomes Eclectic at 11:15AM PST / 2:15PM EST to hear the band's recent session recorded in front of a live studio audience. Those in the LA area can tune in to 89.9FM. Or listen online at

And after that, don't forget to watch "Barricade" on Kimmel:

*(Official MHOW after party starts at midnight at Bruar Falls. For entry, check into Music Hall of Williamsburg on FourSquare for details).

Matador at 21: 6-CD charity box set and double vinyl

On September 28, on the eve of the label's 21st anniversary celebration in Las Vegas, the Matador at 21 box set lands in stores. The limited-edition box contains five CDs documenting the history of the label with remastered songs released from 1989 through 2010, and one CD of unreleased live recordings from the Matador 10th Anniversary concerts in New York City in 1999. These were recorded to multitrack via the Rolling Stones Mobile Truck and not mixed down until now.

As shown above, the set comes in a blue-grey foil-stamped linen-bound box. The six CDs sit in custom digipaks. An 85-page perfect-bound book documents the history of the label with essays, photos, ephemera, emails and more. In addition, the box holds 36 custom Matador poker chips in three values.

The release has been assigned the catalog number OLE-1000, which is pushing it a little bit because we're really only up to OLE-949 (the upcoming Kurt Vile 7") in the main sequence. A budget-priced double vinyl set reproduces the contents of Disc 5, 'Matador Today,' and will be available on the same day as the box. All proceeds from the set will go to benefit three charities chosen by the label owners, enumerated at the bottom of this post. The artists have graciously agreed to donate their royalties as well in order to make this all possible.*

DISC 1 - THE PRE-DAWN (1989-1992)

1. Teenage Fanclub - Everything Flows
2. H.P. Zinker - Dancing Days
3. Superchunk - Slack Motherfucker
4. Dustdevils - Throw the Bottle Full
5. Railroad Jerk - These Streets
6. Come - Fast Piss Blues
7. Bettie Serveert - Kid's Alright
8. Chain Gang - Cut Off The Drug Czar's Head
9. Thinking Fellers Union Local 282 - More Glee
10. Unsane - This Town
11. Circle X - Compression of the Species
12. Toiling Midgets - Mr. Foster's Shoes
13. Bailter Space - The Today Song
14. Pavement - Perfume-V


1. The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion - Afro
2. Yo La Tengo - Big Day Coming
3. Railroad Jerk - The Ballad of Railroad Jerk
4. Helium - Superball
5. Pizzicato Five - Baby Love Child
6. Liz Phair - Mesmerizing
7. Pavement - Silence Kit
8. Guided By Voices - Game Of Pricks
9. 18th Dye - Whole Wide World
10. Chavez - Peeled Out Too Late
11. Come - String
12. Moonshake - Secondhand Clothes
13. Guitar Wolf - Midnight Violence Rock'n Roll
14. San Francisco Seals - Back Again
15. Bardo Pond - Rumination


1. Boards Of Canada - Telephasic Workshop
2. Spoon - Waiting For The Kid To Come Out
3. Yo La Tengo - Autumn Sweater
4. Chavez - You Must Be Stopped
5. Silkworm - Tarnished Angel
6. The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion - Flavor Part 1 (Beck)
7. The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion - Flavor Part 2 (Mike D)
8. Pole - Fliegen
9. Cat Power - American Flag
10. Belle & Sebastian - We Rule The School
11. Mogwai - Helps Both Ways
12. Arsonists - Backdraft
13. Large Professor - 'Bout That Time
14. Cornelius - Tone Twilight Zone
15. burger/ink - Flesh & Blood
16. Pavement - You Are A Light
17. Arab Strap - Blood
18. Matmos - L.A.S.I.K


1. Interpol - Hands Away
2. Cat Power - He War
3. Yo La Tengo - Today Is The Day
4. The New Pornographers - From Blown Speakers
5. Dizzee Rascal - Fix Up, Look Sharp
6. Dead Meadow - Good Moanin'
7. Mogwai - Kids Will Be Skeletons
8. Mission Of Burma - The Setup
9. Early Man - Death Is The Answer
10. Belle & Sebastian - Dress Up In You
11. Pretty Girls Make Graves - All Medicated Geniuses
12. Cat Power - Love & Communication
13. Shearwater - Johnny Viola
14. Brightblack Morning Light - Everybody Daylight
15. Lavender Diamond - You Broke My Heart
16. Jennifer O'Connor - Tonight We Ride
16. Earles & Jensen - Just Farr A Laugh: The Yogurt Machine
17. Stephen Malkmus - Discretion Grove


1. Fucked Up - Son The Father
2. Sonic Youth - Sacred Trickster
3. Kurt Vile - Amplifier
4. Yo La Tengo - Nothing to Hide
5. Jay Reatard - There Is No Sun
6. Times New Viking - Move To California
7. Harlem - Friendly Ghost
8. Ted Leo & The Pharmacists - Bottled In Cork
9. The New Pornographers - My Shepherd
10. Cold Cave - Youth and Lust
11. Interpol - Summer Well
12. Shearwater - Castaways
13. Esben and the Witch - Marching Song
14. Girls - Lust For Life
15. Magic Kids - Superball
16. Delorean - Stay Close
17. Cat Power - Metal Heart
18. Perfume Genius - Learning
19. Stephen Malkmus & the Jicks - Real Emotional Trash


1. Pavement - Here (Live 1999)
2. Pavement - Trigger Cut (Live 1999)
3. Pavement - The Hexx (Live 1999)
4. Pavement - She Believes (Live 1999)
5. Pavement - Unfair (Live 1999)
6. Pavement - Zurich Is Stained (Live 1999)
7. Pavement - Debris Slide (Live 1999)
8. Pavement - Spit On A Stranger (Live 1999)
9. Come - New Coats (Live 1999)
10. Bardo Pond - Walking Stick Man (Live 1999)
11. Bardo Pond - Tommy Gun Angel (Live 1999)
12. Cat Power - Good Woman (Live 1999)
13. Cat Power - Naked, If I Want To (Live 1999)
14. Cat Power - You May Know Him / Sea Of Love (Live 1999)
15. Mogwai - Ex-Cowboy (Live 1999)

* Matador and the bands' proceeds from sales of the box set and the double vinyl will be donated to:

The Jane Addams Hull House Association, a Chicago, IL non-profit that's been assisting the city's neediest families (child welfare, domestic violence prevention, literacy-advocacy, etc.) since 1889.

The Ali Forney Center (NYC-based provider of shelter and counseling for homeless gay, lesbian and transgender youth)

The Heart Institute at Children's Hospital Los Angeles (non-profit public hospital and a world leader in pediatric lifesaving)

Matador at 21 will be in stores on September 28. You can preorder it now from the Matador Store.

Matador at 21: The Lost Weekend takes place at the Palms Resort and Casino in Las Vegas from October 1-3, 2010. This event is sponsored by MySpace Music, Altamont and Incase.

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