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Cold Cave mix for The Quietus

Our good friends at The Quietus have been long-time supporters of Cold Cave and they've not been quiet in their admiration (you can see what we mean here, here, here, here and here). So when those aforementioned gentlemen asked Cold Cave card-carrying member Dominick Fernow to compile a mix for the website, the response was never going to be anything other than a resounding affirmative.

Listen to Dom's startling mix below.
Cold Cave are currently on tour in the UK for a handful of shows, including one at The Lexington in London hosted by none other than The Quietus.

31st - The Stereo, Glasgow [buy tickets]

1st - The Ruby Lounge, Manchester [buy tickets]
2nd - Clwb Ifor Bach, Cardiff
4th - Rough Trade East, London (free in-store show)
5th - The Lexington, London (The Quietus presents) [buy tickets]

And if you happen to be in the New York zip code, new album Cherish The Light Years can be picked up a week early from Hospital Productions (the record store run by Dom). Head to their homepage for more information.

Yo La Tengo - New U.S. Dates, Spinning Wheel & Otherwise

Following the wild success of Yo La Tengo's Spinning Wheel tour of North America earlier this year, additional dates, (wheel-spinners are marked *)  have been scheduled, with a smatter of festival dates thrown in.

Tue, May 10 - Brooklyn, NY - Bell House * (tickets on sale, Friday, April 1, or at Other Music for no service charge)
Wed, May 11 - Brooklyn, NY - Bell House * (tickets on sale, Friday, April 1, or at Other Music for no service charge)
Sat, May 14 - Nelsonville, OH - Nelsonville Music Festival
Sat, June 18 - Denver, CO - Westword Music Showcase
Mon, June 20 - Columbia, MO   - Blue Note * (tickets available at the box office with no service charge)
Tue, June 21 - Iowa CIty, IA * - Englert Theater (on sale Mon, 4/4 at the box office with no service charge)
Thu, June 23 - Minneapolis, MN  - 400 Bar *  (tickets available at Down In The Valley with no service charge)
Fri, June 24 - Minneapolis, MN  - 400 Bar * (tickets available at Down In The Valley with no service charge) *
Sat, June 25 - Chicago, IL - Green Music Festival
Sun, June 26 - Chicago, IL - Subterranean *

as mentioned in this space, a tour dubbed "Reinventing The Wheel" is taking place in the UK in early June :

June, 6th Edinburgh Queens Hall
June 7th The Sage Gateshead
June 8th Leeds Cockpit
June 9th Birmingham O2 Academy 2
June 10th Oxford O2 Academy
June 12th London Royal Festival Hall (as part of the Meltdown Festival)


'Cherish the Light Years' available for purchase now at Hospital Productions

Cold Cave's forthcoming LP, 'Cherish the Light Years'' "official street date" is April 5 but those in the NYC area can pick up a copy one week early (aka NOW) at Cold Cave member, Dominick Fernow's awesome record boutique, Hospital Productions (60 E. 3rd St. NY, NY). And although the Cold Cave CD/LP shouldn't be too hard to find once you get there, be sure to pick up some of the other treasures to be found at the store.

Magic Kids tour starts TODAY!

Hey, remember in January when we told you about the destined-to-be-awesome Magic Kids/Cults tour? Well the day has arrived, they kick off the journey tonight in Brooklyn. Get out there!

Wed. 3/30 Brooklyn, NY @Knitting Factory*

Thu 3/31 New York, NY @Mercury Lounge*

Fri 4/1 Boston, MA @Brighton Music Hall*

Sat 4/2 Montreal, QC @Il Motore*

Mon 4/4 Toronto, ONT @The Legendary Horseshoe Tavern*

Tue 4/5 Buffalo, NY @Soundland*

Wed 4/6 Cleveland, OH @ Grog Shop*

Thur 4/7 Chicago, IL @ Empty Bottle*

Fri 4/8 Minneapolis, MN @ 7th St. Entry*

Mon 4/11 Seattle, WA @ The Crocodile*

Tue 4/12 Portland, OR @ Mississippi Studios*

Thu 4/14 San Francisco, CA @The Independent*


*w/ Cults

If you haven't gotten your hands on 'Memphis' yet, well, what are you waiting for?

Fucked Up: "A Little Death" single release party at the Ace Hotel during Coachella

To celebrate the release of the second of four singles from their upcoming album David Comes To Life, Fucked Up will be playing a midnight show at the Ace Hotel in Palm Springs on Friday, April 15. This is of course during the weekend of the Coachella Festival. The digital single is called "A Little Death" and will be available both here on the Matablog and on iTunes on that Friday.

See you there!

Mission of Burma...1, 2, 3...Tour Dates

After hitting Brooklyn and Hoboken this past January with two blistering, sold-out shows, Mission of Burma are set to follow up with a handful of new dates in the upcoming months.  First, they will officially usher in the summer in the northeast with a pair of Memorial Day weekend shows in Rhode Island and Maine, and then they'll head to Texas in July for a one-off at the Mohawk in Austin.  A limited number of tickets for all three shows are available for presale starting today at 10AM.
Thu, May 26 - The Met Cafe, Pawtucket, RI (Presale)
Sat, May 28 - The Space, Porland, ME (Presale)
Fri, July 22 - The Mohawk, Austin TX (Presale)

Matador Releases For Record Store Day, April 16

To be perfectly frank, we thought about blowing off Record Store Day this year. It's not that we don't support record stores - far from it, it's what 37 of 38 employees prefer - but the huge glut of supposedly limited-edition releases, the scrum to get to the counter in the morning, and then the instant reappearance of many of the records on eBay at inflated sums are all an unintended and unwelcome side-effect of the event.

That said, we couldn't help ourselves, and neither could three of our artists, so we proudly announce the following limited-edition items. They're all awesome, they're all limited, and if you don't succeed on getting your hands on them on Record Store Day, just remember that the prices on eBay will (most likely) come down over time.

SO, on Saturday, April 16, Matador will have the following RSD exclusives:

From Byrdesdale Garden City in the UK comes the compilation album DAVID'S TOWN. Featuring 11 unreleased tracks from local bands including Gacy and the Boys, Animal Man, Grain and Hateful Coil, in styles varying from DIY to post-punk to power pop, this limited edition from FU-Discs was recorded in Byrdesdale between 1976 and 1979 and not released until now. An essential document of a thriving scene.

Next comes the new 7" single from THE NEW PORNOGRAPHERS, "Moves." Currently moving up the radio charts, and of course featured in Tom Scharpling's genius video for the track, it comes with the unreleased B-side "Drug Deal Of The Heart," recorded at the sessions for the album Together. (Note: the band is playing Coachella on RSD weekend, and then will tour out of there through April and May.)

Finally we have the new 12" from ESBEN AND THE WITCH, the great trio from Brighton, UK - many of you will have seen one of their great shows at SXSW this month. They just wrapped up their US tour and returned to their homeland. The single is the radio edit of "Chorea" and features a remix of their pounding classic "Eumenides" by Stuart Braithwaite of MOGWAI, along with an entirely unreleased 18-minute version of "Corridors" recorded for The Creators Project and only played at a special installation in London for Karl Sadler's Lit Forest. (Note: Esben return to the road in the UK starting this Friday.)

As usual, we will be taking down our webstore in observation of Record Store Day. Get out there, get in line, and spend some money, goddammit!!!

Charlie Rose, Fuck Off : Ted Leo's SXSW Interviews for IFC

As if he wasn't busy enough of late with a terrific run of solo shows (included a bunch during South By Southwest's music and interactive festivals earlier month) and composing the music for Julie Klausner's "How Was Your Week" podcasts, Ted Leo recently extended his arsenal of talents to include interviewing the great and near-greats of the rock scene as part of the Independent Film Channel's coverage of SXSW.   Some of the interviews in questions are linked below, and while I'm very impressed with Ted's work --- and I say this with all due respect --- it feels to me like he learned no lessons whatsoever from this footage of the late Tom Snyder I suggested he watch.  What the fuck, I am just shouting into the ether over here?

Along with Ted's chat with Liz Phair (above), here are links to discussions with the following :

Michael Stipe
Sharon Van Etten
Emmylou Harris
J Mascis
Sir Bob Geldof
The Kills
Billy Bob Thornton

There's more where that came from over at

stream Cold Cave 'Cherish the Light Years' NOW, see them in Europe


Around the release date for 'Cherish The Light Years' (still available for pre-order with a 15% discount) and ahead of their North American Spring tour, Cold Cave take a little time out to visit Europe for a few dates around the UK, followed by a couple in mainland Europe.  These will be their first European dates in almost a year and their first with their new 5-piece line up, consisting of Wes Eisold, Dominick Fernow, Jennifer Clavin, Tonie Joy and Alex Garcia-Rivera. Get yourself along to one of the following shows ready to witness their stupendous new sounds at one of the following dates:
29th - Start The Bus, Bristol, UK
30th - Brudenell Social Club, Leeds, UK
31st - Stereo, Glasgow, UK
1st - Ruby Lounge, Manchester, UK
2nd - Ifor Bach, Cardiff, UK
4th-Rough Trade East, London, UK - free in-store show. On stage @ 7pm, wristbands available from 6pm/when purchasing album.
5th - The Lexington, London, UK (The Quietus Night)
6th - De Kreun, Kortrijk, Belgium
9th - Jack Daniels Music Day, Barcelona, Spain 

You can also stream 'Cherish The Light Years' ahead of its release next week right here, at KCRW, The Quietus and myriad supporters' sites around the web.

Listen to 'The Great Pan is Dead' MP3 .

Come - Back In Action

Following a terrific performance at last October's Matador 21/ Lost Weekend in Las Vegas, Come are again returning to the stage, playing Brooklyn's Bell House on Saturday, April 16, along with Chicago's Eleventh Dream Day (whose new Thrill Jockey album, 'Riot Now' is available at better record shops).  Tickets are available here.

(ADDENDUM : Come are also playing Cambridge, MA's Oberon Theatre on April 14).

Perfume Genius touring Europe

This May will see Perfume Genius returning to Europe to play dates, which will be the first of the year for Mike. It'll see them playing their biggest venues in the UK to date and will end at Primavera Sound festival (where you'll also catch Glasser and Kurt Vile).


Bring on the May (touring madness). Dates listed below.



14 – Sheffield City Hall (Grand Ballroom), Sheffield

15 – Bodega, Nottingham (tickets)

16 – Bush Hall, London (tickets)

17 – The Kings Arms, Manchester (tickets)

18 – The Sugar Club, Dublin (tickets)

20 – Les Nuits Botanique, Brussels (tickets)

21 – De Duif Church, Amsterdam (tickets)

28 – Primavera Sound Festival, Barcelona


Perfume Genius - 'Lookout, Lookout'

The Kurt Vile Instore Tour Rolls On

Only this time, it's in congress with his current run of dates opening for fellow long-hair guitarissta J Mascis.
Kurt is confirmed to stop in a few more record shops around here before heading west (but don't fret... there are even more to come).
You guys are so lucky.

*Photo by Shawn Brackbill

Fucked Up - new album, first of four singles

Right from the start, Toronto's Fucked Up have been pushing musical and conceptual boundaries. Their third album, the 18-song, 78-minute David Comes To Life is a rock opera, an album set to a play. Though no less monumental, it is far more melodic than their breakthrough The Chemistry of Common Life. There are more female vocals, which work in perfect contrast to Damian Abraham's highly effective wounded bull growl. The band sound tighter, with more space for the flourishes and imaginative songwriting that entwine their love of fey British indie pop with heavy riffing, and some genuinely twisted turns. Perhaps most grippingly, the triple-guitar interplay between Mike Haliechuk, Josh Zucker and Ben Cook has risen to symphonic levels. They channel musicians from Angus Young, Pete Townshend and Noel Gallagher to Bob Stinson and Lyle Preslar with ease and grace.

As for the story - more on that to come.

Here is the first of four DIGITAL singles that will be released from the album leading up to its June 7 release date. It's entitled The Other Shoe, and you can get it here:

The Other Shoe (192k MP3)

photo by Daniel Boud

The band will also tour Europe and the UK around release, a full list of dates are below.


6th - White Rabbit, Plymouth - UK (tickets)

7th - Clwb Ifor Bach, Cardiff - UK (tickets) *MATINEE SHOW

7th - The Croft, Bristol - UK

8th - Institue, Birmingham - UK

9th - The Well, Leeds - UK

10th - Cabaret Voltaire, Edinburgh - UK (tickets)

11th - The Cluny, Newcastle - UK (tickets)

12th - Future Sonic - Sound Control, Manchester - UK

13th - Vera, Gronigen - Netherlands (tickets)

14th - 013 Small Hall, Tilburg - Netherlands

15th - Melkweg, Amsterdam - Netherlands (tickets)

16th - Festaal Kreuzberg, Berlin - Germany (tickets)

17th - Underground, Cologne - Germany (tickets)

18th - Batofar, Paris - France

19th - Trix, Antwerp - Belgium (tickets)

20th - Stag and Dagger @ Village Underground, London - UK (tickets)

21st - Liverpool Sound City @ Kazimir, Liverpool - UK (tickets)
Looking For Gold

Yo La Tengo : Reinventing The Wheel in The UK

Making its UK debut this summer comes Yo La Tengo’s much talked about Reinventing The Wheel Tour. A show of two halves with no support act where anything goes…

…so long as the wheel has the final say.

A single spin of the wheel dictates the first half, guaranteeing it to be unlike any other on the tour. The second half will see Yo La Tengo perform a Yo La Tengo show. If you're lucky enough to have seen Yo La Tengo play multiple times, you'll know that they never play the same set twice, so that too will be unlike any other on the tour. Sufficed to say, this will be a unique tour on every level. Spin that wheel !

Reinventing The Wheel makes its way to the UK this June with the band playing the following shows –

6th Edinburgh Queens Hall
7th The Sage Gateshead
8th Leeds Cockpit
9th Birmingham O2 Academy 2
10th Oxford O2 Academy
12th London Royal Festival Hall (as part of the Meltdown Festival)

Tickets will go on sale on Monday. Please check with the relevant venue for more details.

Kurt Vile to headline Bowery Ballroom & First Unitarian Church

GOOD NEWS: Kurt Vile & the Violators will headline the Bowery Ballroom in NYC (June 11) First Unitarian Church in Philadelphia (June 12), headlining both venues with Philly-buds Pissed Jeans opening (EDIT: Meg Baird has been added as an opener to both shows!).

Thursday 24 – New York, NY – Mercury Lounge w/J Mascis
Friday 25 – Brooklyn, NY – Music Hall of Williamsburg w/J Mascis
Saturday 26 – Boston, MA – Brighton Music Hall w/J Mascis
Monday 28 – Red Hook, NY – Bard College
Tuesday 29 – Pittsburgh, PA – Andy Warhol Museum
Wednesday 30 – Cleveland Heights, OH – Grog Shop w/J Mascis
Thursday 31 – Ann Arbor, AL Blind Pig w/J Mascis

Friday 01 – Chicago, IL – Subterranean w/J Mascis
Saturday 02 – Minneapolis, MN – 7th Street Entry w/J Mascis
Sunday 03 – Iowa City, IA – The Mill
Tuesday 05 – Gambier, OH – Kenyon College
Wednesday 06 – Nashville, TN – The End
Thursday 07 – Atlanta, GA – The Earl w/J Mascis
Friday 08 - Athens, GA – Melting Point w/J Mascis
Saturday 09 – Asheville, NC – Grey Eagle Music Hall w/J Mascis
Sunday 10 – Carrboro, NC – Cat’s Cradle w/J Mascis
Monday 11 – Baltimore, MD – Ottobar
Thursday 21 – Los Angeles, CA – The Echo
Friday 22 – San Francisco, CA – Bottom of the Hill
Saturday 23 – Portland, OR – Bunk Bar
Sunday 24 – Seattle, WA – Sunset Tavern
Monday 25 – Vancouver, BC – The Waldorf Hotel

Sunday 08 – Koln, DE – King Georg
Monday 09 – Munich, FR – Feierwerk
Tuesday 10 – Vienna, AT – Chelsea Club
Wednesday 11 - Berlin, DE – Festaal Kreuzberg
Thursday 12 – Copehagen, DK - Vega
Friday 13 – Aarhus, DK – Voxhaul
Saturday 14 – Minehead, UK – ATP Nightmare b4 Xmas
Sunday 15 – Utrecht, NL – Tivoli
Monday 16 – Amsterdam, NL – Bitterzoet
Tuesday 17 – Brussel, BE – Les Nuits de Botanique
Wednesday 18 – Gent, BE – Charlatan
Thursday 19 – London, UK – Corsica Studios
Friday 20 – Liverpool, UK – Sound City @ Kazimier
Saturday 21 – Glasgow, UK – Stagg & Dagger Festival
Monday 23 – Paris, FR – La Maroquinerie
Wednesday 25 – Bordeaux, FR - Place Saint Michel
Thursday 26 – Rennes, FR – Top of the Folk @ L’antipode
Saturday 28 – Barcelona, ES – Primavera Sound Festival
Sunday 29 – Istanbul, TR – Ghetto

Saturday 11 - New York, NY -- Bowery Ballroom (on sale: April 1)
Saturday 12 - Philadelphia, PA -- First Unitarian Church

[photo by Shawn Brackbill, check out more cool shots at Self-Titled Magazine]

GLASSER: New iTunes EP and TV On The Radio Tour Dates

Another exciting week of Glasser news. First off, she wowed a packed First Presbyterian Church crowd during the Pitchfork SXSW showcase. Those of you who weren't there are in luck bc our friends at iTunes recorded the show and now have it available as a live EP. It's available now and includes some reworkings of album cuts as well as the below, a cover of Irish standard "Let No Man Steal Your Thyme"

Glasser iTunes Live: SXSW EP available HERE

Some of you who weren't down in Austin can still catch the show because she's going to hit the road as main support for TV On The Radio!! Wow Yes!! We can announce a few of the dates now, but there are more coming so stay on the lookout:

Friu 4/15 Indio, CA @ Coachella
Fri 4/22 Chicago, IL @ Metro *
Sat 4/23 Minneaplis, MN @ First Ave *
Sun 4/24 Minneaplis, MN @ First Ave *
Tue 4/26 Denver, CO @ Ogden *
Mon 4/02 San Diego, CA @ 4th and B *
*w/TV On The Radio

Thurston Moore - "Benediction", First MP3 from 'Demolished Thoughts'

As mentioned earlier this month, May 24 marks the release date for the new 2XLP / compact disc / digital album from Thurston Moore, 'Demolished Thoughts'.   The Beck-produced 9 song collection is an achingly beautiful work that ranks amongst Moore's most nuanced and personal. Though we're still a ways off from revealing Thurston's touring plans for the summer, we're pleased to reveal the first MP3 from 'Demolished Thoughts', the album's opening song, "Benediction".

[192kbps mp3]

Yo La Tengo's Benefit For Japan Relief

(there's not really a good reason for the above jpeg, but if you happen to own one of these tapes and don't want it anymore, DON'T KEEP THE MONEY)

Yo La Tengo are playing a benefit this coming Wednesday night, March 23, at Maxwell's in Hoboken, NJ, with  all proceeds going to Peace Winds Japan.  The show starts at 9pm  --- there may or may not be a support band (this is all coming together rather fast).  Tickets are $50 and go on sale tomorrow morning at 10am eastern, exclusively through Ticketfly, who've agreed to donate their fees to the cause in question.  If you can't attend and would like to help out, Peace Winds Japan accepts donations here.

Todd Netter reports from SXSW, part two

More from sturdy PM Todd Netter on the SXSW action. Here he reports on hard-working Brightonians Esben and the Witch, who in addition to playing NINE shows are doing tons of interviews, playing to adoring audiences and facing off hostile hip hop fans at the FADER Fort.

Todd Netter reports from SXSW, part one

Our trusty Product Manager Todd Netter reports from SXSW...

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