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Fucked Up - "David Comes To Life" NOW STREAMING at NPR

Starting today you can listen to Fucked Up's guitar-monument David Comes To Life in its entirety at NPR.

Fresh air indeed. The album, out next Monday(UK)/Tuesday(US) is available for pre-order.

If you need to know more about Fucked Up and David Comes To Life (and you need to know, more), check out this awesome documentary:


Fucked Up will hit the road in the US soon:


4th - Free Press Summer Fest @ Eleanor Tinsley Park, Houston, TX (tickets)

5th - Chaos In Tejas @ The Mohawk, Austin, TX (tickets)

23rd - Terminal 5, New York, NY (tickets)

24th - Royale, Boston, MA (tickets)

26th - First Unitarian Church, Philadelphia, PA (tickets)

27th - Rock and Roll Hotel, Washington DC (tickets)

28th - Kings Barcade, Raleigh, NC (tickets)

29th - The Earl, Atlanta, GA (tickets)

30th - Exit/In, Nashville, TN (tickets)


1st - Firebird, St. Louis, MO (tickets)

2nd - Lincoln Hall, Chicago, IL (tickets)

3rd - Call The Office, London, ON (tickets)

31st - Osheaga Festival, Montreal, QC (tickets)

Interpol and Kurt Vile on WFMU's Primavera Sound broadcast

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This is WFMU's third year broadcasting from Barcelona's Primavera Sound festival, and I daresay they're really getting the hang of it. This year two of Matador's finest will be featured on WFMU's Primavera broadcasts. Tune in tonight at 7:00PM EDT to hear Interpol, and tomorrow at 5:45PM EDT for Kurt Vile & The Violators.

WFMU's predictably stellar Primavera broadcast schedule can be found here. Listening can be accomplished at 91.1FM in the New York City area, 90.1FM in the Hudson Valley, and online at

Coming August 23 : Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks' 'Mirror Traffic' LP/CD/digital album

On August 23, 2011, Matador will be releasing 'Mirror Traffic', the 5th post-Pavement album from Stephen Malkmus and the 3rd or 4th to bear the Jicks name (depending on whether you're looking at spines, sleeves or labels).  Produced by Beck Hansen, 'Mirror Traffic' makes a compelling case that after some 22 years in the public eye, Stephen Malkmus' full range of musical and lyrical capabilities had yet to be previously explored. The casual virtuosity (and staggering guitar invention) won't necessarily come as a shock, nor will the rapier wit of one of contemporary rock's brightest minds.  But without dissing prior works that we deeply love, we can promise that 'Mirror Traffic' is the album that ties together Stephen's skill-set like none of its predecessors.  The recording is nothing short of gorgeous, the songs crackling with confidence.  Calling this an album of the year candidate is really selling the record and the talented ensemble behind it short --- what's so special about this year, anyway?

It is with regret -- and deep appreciation for one of our favorite players of all-time --- that we can confirm 'Mirror Traffic' is the final Jicks album to feature the drumming of Janet Weiss. Jake Morris, best known to many of you as the drummer for The Joggers, will assume the same position in the Jicks for upcoming shows, which we'll be announcing very soon.  We'll also get on with the business of previewing an MP3 from 'Mirror Traffic' on a date in the very near future.

Fairport Convention live in 1970

Also watch Matthews Southern Comfort cover "My Front Pages" from the same show:

Kurt Vile: un-notwatchable Yours Truly/MTV Hive session, new tour dates

Kurt Vile recorded an excellent session recently with Yours Truly and MTV Hive. We overlooked it initially, but don't make the same mistake we did. Both songs appear on Smoke Ring For My Halo (buy the album).

"Baby's Arms"

"Jesus Fever"

Kurt's on the road, with some dates just announced (newbies in bold):

20th: Kazimier, Liverpool (Sound City)
21st: Captain’s Rest, Glasgow (Stag and Dagger Festival)
22nd: The Hope, Brighton SOLD OUT
23rd: La Maroquinerie, Paris
24th: L’Abordage, Evreux
25th: Place Saint Michel, Bordeaux
26th: Top of the Folk @ L’antipode, Rennes
28th: Primavera Sound Festival, Barcelona
29th: Ghetto, Istanbul

11th: Bowery Ballroom, New York, NY (with Meg Baird and Purling Hiss) SOLD OUT
12th: First Unitarian Church, Philadelphia, PA (with Meg Baird and Pissed Jeans) Tickets
24th: Sled Island Fest, Calgary, AB Tickets
25th: Sled Island Fest, Calgary, AB Tickets
29th: Vega, Groningen
30th: Uebel & Gefährlich, Hamburg

11th: Brighton Music Hall, Boston, MA (with Woods) Tickets
12th: La Sala Rossa, Montreal, QUE (with Woods) Tickets
13th: Lee’s Palace, Toronto, ONT (with Woods) Tickets
14th: Grog Shop, Cleveland, OH (with Woods) Tickets Tickets
15th: Russian Recording, Bloomington, IN (with Woods) Tickets
17th: Pitchfork Fest, Chicago, IL Tickets
18th: Varsity Theatre, Minneapolis, MN (with Thurston Moore) Tickets
21st: Rickshaw Theatre, Vancouver, BC (with Thurston Moore) Tickets
22nd: Capitol Hill Block Party, Seattle, WA Tickets
23rd: Aladdin Theater, Portland, OR (with Thurston Moore) Tickets
26th: Great American Music Hall, San Francisco, CA (with Thurston Moore) Tickets
28th: Troubadour, Los Angeles, CA (with Thurston Moore) Tickets
29th: Troubadour, Los Angeles, CA (with Thurston Moore) Tickets
30th: Casbah, San Diego, CA (with Thurston Moore) Tickets
31st: Rhythm Room, Tempe, AZ

11th: Wellmont Theatre, Montclair, NJ (with M. Ward) Tickets
12th: Williamsburg Waterfront, Brooklyn, NY (with Sonic Youth and Wild Flag) Tickets

16th: Austin City Limits Festival, Zilker Park, Austin, TX

Thurston Moore sends greetings from Wilmington, DE via WXPN tonight

In about five hours, the stage of the beautiful new World Cafe Live at The Queen in Wilmington, DE (pictured above) will play host to Thurston Moore, playing a set of new material at the annual Non-Commvention. If you are not attending this august gathering of non-commercial radio's best and brightest, take solace in the fact that you can listen to Thurston's set on the air and Internetwaves of Philadelphia's WXPN. If you're in the area, tune in to 88.5FM. Anywhere else in the world, point your browser at Both of the above should be done at 11:55PM 11:40PM EDT to ensure maximum enjoyment.

Delorean - Pitchfork 3D session

It's a half-session/half-3D music video vibey from Pitchfork TV. It's cool.

Please purchase Subiza if you haven't already, and do last summer all over again this summer.


Bob Barker Never Would've Let This Happen

Mostly because he's more of a Don Dokken George Lynch kind of guy.   Tracii Guns on "The Price Is Right", Ladies & Gentleman.   For no other reason other than I'm pretty sure that no matter what happens next, your weekend can only get better after this.

Cold Cave Summer Tour Dates

Photo Credit:  Steven Andrew Garcia (from Cold Cave live at Space 15Twenty)

We've been announcing a lot of headlining Cold Cave summer tour dates on the Matablog recently. And we've got a few more dates to add to the ever-growing list as the band have just confirmed July shows in LA, San Francisco, Portland and Vancouver. Here's a full look at where they'll be and when. And don't forget; if you cannot wait until July, you can still catch the band this May in Kansas City, St. Louis, Cincinnati, Columbus and Pittsburgh.

Here's the full look:

Wednesday, May 18 – Kansas City, MO – The Record Bar (CC headline) - Tickets

Thursday, May 19 – St. Louis, MO – Luminary Center for the Arts (CC headline) - Tickets

Friday, May 20 – Cincinnati, OH – MOTR Pub (CC headline)

Saturday, May 21 – Columbus, OH – Wexner Center (CC headline) - Tickets

Sunday, May 22 – Pittsburgh, PA – Brillobox (CC headline) - Tickets

Tuesday, July 12 - Brooklyn, NY -- Knitting Factory (Cult of Youth Supports) - Tickets

Wednesday, July 13 - Montreal, QC --  La Sala Rossa (Cult of Youth Supports) - Tickets

Thursday, July 14 - Toronto, ON -- Legendary Horseshoe Tavern (Cult of Youth Supports) - Tickets

Friday, July 15 - Detroit, MI -- Magic Stick (Cult of Youth Supports) - Tickets

Saturday, July 16 - Chicago, IL -- Pitchfork Festival

Sunday, July 17 - Minneapolis, MN -- Varsity Theater (Cult of Youth Supports) - Tickets

Monday, July 18  — Fargo, ND  — The Aquarium (Cult of Youth Supports) - Tickets

Thursday, July 21 - Vancouver, BC -- Biltmore Cabaret (Austra Supports) - Tickets

Friday, July 22 - Portland, OR -- Doug Fir Lounge (Austra Supports) - Tickets

Monday, July 25 - San Francisco, CA -- Great American Music Hall (Austra Supports) - ON SALE MAY 22

Tuesday,  July 26 –  San Diego, CA — Casbah  (Austra Supports) - Tickets

Wednesday, July 27 - Los Angeles, CA -- Los Angeles Ukranian Center (Austra Supports)

Friday, July 29 – Salt Lake City – Urban Lounge (Austra Supports) - Tickets

Saturday, July 30 – Denver – Bluebird Theater (Austra Supports) - Tickets

Sunday, July 31 — Omaha NE  — Waiting Room    (Austra Supports) - Tickets

Monday,  August 1  - Saint Louis, MO  — Firebird (Austra Supports)

Tuesday,   August 2  — Cleveland,  OH — Grog Shop  (Austra Supports) - Tickets

Thursday, August 4 - Washington, DC -- Rock N Roll Hotel (Austra Supports) - Tickets

Friday, August 5 - Philadelphia, PA -- Voyeur (Austra Supports)

Saturday, August 6 - New York, NY -- Bowery Ballroom - Tickets


Listen & Watch "Villains of the Moon"

Cherish The Light Years (cd, lp, digital)


Thurston Moore album available on iTunes now, blue vinyl at the indies on Tuesday

The third proper studio album from THURSTON MOORE is available on iTunes today [US only]:

Demolished Thoughts - Thurston Moore

Or you can hold out until next Tuesday to buy the gatefold double LP on limited blue vinyl, only available at your local indie store or direct from us.

Demolished Thoughts was produced by Beck and featuring the Thurston on guitar and vocals, Samara Lubelski on violin, Mary Lattimore on harp, Beck on synths, vocals and bass, and Joey Waronker on percussion, among others.

Thurston will be playing his record release show in NYC at Music Hall of Williamsburg this Friday with the full band (including Samara and Mary, and adding Keith Woods on guitar, Matt Heyner on bass and John Maloney on drums). Tickets are still available.

Benediction (192k mp3)
Circulation (192k mp3)
Thurston Moore on Facebook

[edit:] and here's an actual photo of the record in front of one of the pressing machines at United:

Fucked Up: The Movie

Well, sort of. Here's an amazing short documentary about Fucked Up and their new album David Comes To Life, directed by Robert Semmer. Required viewing, no shit:

David Comes To Life , out June 6(UK)/7(US) is, as discussed, available to pre-order as part of the best Buy Early Get Now offer to date.

Thurston Moore - album now streaming

Starting today you can treat yourself to a preview of the Thurston Moore album Demolished Thoughts, via streams on the NPR and Guardian websites.  The album proper comes out next week, via the usual digital and CD formats and also on limited edition clear double-vinyl (from Urban Outfitters stores) or blue vinyl (from your favourite local independent retailer or the Matador store).

Thurston plays live this Friday at Williamsburg Hall of Music and then will be playing in-store at Other Music (NY) on the eve of the album's release. After that he plays 3 shows in Europe before returning for more US dates and shows with Kurt Vile, all of which are listed below:

Thurston Moore dates :

Friday, May 20 – Music Hall Of Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY

Monday, May 23rd - Other Music in-store, NYC

May 28th – Paris, France – Le Grande Halle (Villette Sonique Festival) *playing a non-Demolished Thoughts set

May 29th – Brussels, Belgium – AB Concerts *playing a Demolished Thoughts based set

May 30th – London, UK – Union Chapel *playing a Demolished Thoughts based set

Sat, June 25, Solid Sound Festival, North Adams, MA

Sunday, June 26, Solid Sound Festival, North Adams, MA
Friday, July 15, Pitchfork Festival, Chicago, IL
Saturday, July 16, High Noon, Madison, WI (tickets on sale April 29 at 10am)


Thurston Moore / Kurt Vile & The ViolatorsHush Arbors dates

7/18 Minneapolis, MN – Varsity Theatre (tickets, on sale April 29, noon))
7/21 Vancouver, BC – Rickshaw Theatre (tickets, on sale April 29)
7/23 Portland, OR – Alladin Theatre (tickets)
7/26 San Francisco, CA – Great American Music Hall (tickets)
7/28 Los Angeles, CA – Troubadour (tickets)
7/29 Los Angeles, CA – Troubadour (tickets)
7/30 San Diego, CA – Casbah (tickets)

Check Out Cold Cave on Morning Becomes Eclectic Today

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Indeed, NYC synth magicians Cold Cave will help Los Angelinos get through that rough period between most recent coffee to delicious lunchtime with a 30-minute set today on KCRW's Morning Becomes Eclectic. Tune in at 11:15AM PDT/2:15PM EDT (perhaps it will help us right-coasters with our digestion) to hear Wes Eisold and his band of keyboard warriors unleash tunes from the awesome new Cherish The Light Years under the watchful gaze and alongside the thoughtful questioning of Jason Bentley. As you're probably well aware, KCRW can be heard at 89.9FM or can be streamed online. Cold Cave also rocks it, nighttime-stylee, tonight at The Music Box at The Henry Fonda. The show is sold out, but perhaps you know a guy who knows a guy.

Fucked Up - part 4/4 of David Comes To Life out on Buy Early Get Now

The fourth (and final) part of Fucked Up's David Comes To Life is out now as a download for Buy Early Get Now people:

ACT FOUR: A revelation from Vivian sheds more light on Veronica's death; Octavio and Vivian explain their motives, and David is reborn.

14. I Was There
15. Inside A Frame
16. The Recursive Girl
17. One More Night
18. Lights Go Up

That completes the early part of this thing - BEGN fans will also be getting four 7" singles with extra tracks from the album sessions, as well as a poster and bonus MP3s. It's not too late to join up if you want these things - simply preorder from the Matador Store, or locate a more convenient mail order or retail location on the map at

You can also do a simple regular preorder for just the LP, CD or digital, or just wait for the album to come out on June 7.

More details on the David Comes To Life album and story at

Reminder: Cold Cave Free LA Show at Space 15Twenty!

Photo Credit: Pooneh Ghana's flickr


As previously posted Cold Cave will be performing a free show at the Urban Outfitters’ affiliated Space 15Twenty space TONIGHT!

Wristbands for entry are available at Fingerprints, Origami, Vacation Vinyl and Rhino Records (while supplies last!). And keep your eyes glued to the Matador Facebook & Twitter for additional chances to win entry.

And an update since yesterday's post; you can now also win a chance at tickets to Space 15Twenty by tuning in to KXLU (88.9FM Los Angeles). KXLU will be giving away tickets on the air until Noon PST today. Don't miss out!

All the wristbands have been handed out, but the first 100 attendees to show up at Space 15 Twenty will be admitted (based on capacity)

Space 15Twenty Details::
Thursday, May 12 at 8PM
Space 15Twenty - 1520 N Cahuenga Blvd, Los Angeles, CA
(entry guaranteed with wrist band until capacity)

And don't forget, Cold Cave will also be playing The Music Box this Friday (SOLD OUT) with  tour-mates, The Kills. And if that's not enough Cold Cave will also be performing live on KCRW's "Morning Becomes Eclectic" this Friday morning (live at 11:15AM PST, 2:15PM EST). Details here.

Listen to "Villains Of The Moon" here & watch the video here

Chain Gang - Breathing New Life Into The Otherwise Moribund Music Video Genre

If this isn't enough to spearhead a U68 revival, I don't know what it will take.  Thanks to Ricky Luanda for providing a link to the above clip for Chain Gang's 'Cut Off The Drug Czar's Head", as heard on the 1993 Matador CD, 'Perfumed' (and more recently, on our sprawltastic 'Matador At 21' box set)

Thurston Moore Other Music Instore

Yea it's a evening before his new album Demolished Thoughts drops. Yea it's at NYC institution Other Music. Yea it's a free Thurston Moore instore.

????????And you probably don't need me to tell you but you should also check out Thurston's show at Music Hall Of Williamsburg a few days prior.

Fucked Up: Part 3 of David Comes To Life out for Buy Early Get Now customers

Today Fucked Up release part 3 of David Comes To Life for Buy Early Get Now participants.

Most of the album's 18 tracks have now gone out to BEGN fans:

ACT ONE: Love, then tragedy, strikes the town.

1. Let Her Rest
2. Queen Of Hearts
3. Under My Nose
4. The Other Shoe

ACT TWO: David loses Veronica, and then himself, as he succumbs to guilt and despair.

5. Running On Nothing
6. Remember My Name
7. A Slanted Tone
8. Serve Me Right

ACT THREE: Another character is revealed, putting the responsibility for Veronica's death into question.

9. Truth I Know
10. Life In Paper
11. Ship Of Fools
12. A Little Death

Act Four, containing tracks 13-18, comes out for BEGN participants tomorrow morning. To join, preorder from us or via another store (click the link at top to find one convenient to you) and buy the BEGN package - you get lots of extras like bonus 7"es, a poster and more.

Fucked Up are currently touring Europe.

David comes to life for real on June 7.
Looking For Gold
Fucked Up on Facebook

Fucked Up - part two of David Comes To Life

Part two of Fucked Up's David Comes To Life is out TODAY for Buy Early Get Now customers.

They're getting the next 4 songs on the record in MP3, FLAC or stream according to their choice, along with PDFs of the lyrics from the booklet. Parts 3 and 4 come out tomorrow and Friday.

It's not too late to preorder for Buy Early Get Now - not only will you get the record in early digital form, you still get the physical format of your choice along with bonus MP3s, four unreleased 7"es, a poster and more. Go to to find a convenient mail order source (including the Matador Store), or a brick-and-mortar retailer near you, to place your preorder.

For everyone else, the album is out June 7, and you can have a sip of the juice by checking out the four free pre-release singles.
Looking For Gold
Fucked Up on Facebook

Kurt Vile & The Violators Join Sonic Youth & Wild Flag

photo credit: fil.zuzarte's flickr

We're very happy to announce that Kurt Vile & The Violators will be joining Sonic Youth and Wild Flag on the August 12 Williamsburg Waterfront lineup in scenic Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Tickets are still available for this show so get them while you can! And don't forget KV & The Violators are playing their way across Europe and North America this spring and summer. Here's a look at the  tour far...


10th : Chelsea Club, Vienna

11th : Festsaal Kreuzberg, Berlin

12th : Vega (Small Hall), Copenhagen

13th : Voxhall, Aarhus

14th : All Tomorrow’s Parties. Minehead (curated by Animal Collective)

15th : Tivoli, Utrecht

16th : Bitterzoet, Amsterdam

17th : Les Nuits de Botanique (Rotunde), Brussels

18th : Charlatan, Gent

19th : Rough Trade East, London (free in-store, 1pm)

19th : Corsica Studio, London SOLD OUT

20th : Kazimier, Liverpool (Sound City)

21st : Captain’s Rest, Glasgow (Stag and Dagger Festival)

22nd : The Hope, Brighton SOLD OUT

23rd : La Maroquinerie, Paris

24th : L’Abordage, Evreux

25th : Place Saint Michel, Bordeaux

26th : Top of the Folk @ L’antipode, Rennes

28th : Primavera Sound Festival, Barcelona

29th : Ghetto, Istanbul


11th : Bowery Ballroom, New York, NY (with Meg Baird and Purling Hiss)  SOLD OUT

12th : First Unitarian Church, Philadelphia, PA (with Meg Baird and Pissed Jeans) Tickets

24th : Sled Island Fest, Calgary, AB

25th : Sled Island Fest, Calgary, AB

29th : Vega, Groningen

30th : Uebel & Gefährlich, Hamburg


11th : Brighton Music Hall, Boston, MA (with Woods) Tickets

12th : La Sala Rossa, Montreal, QUE (with Woods) Tickets

13th : Lee's Palace, Toronto, ONT (with Woods) Tickets

14th : Grog Shop, Cleveland, OH (with Woods) Tickets

15th : Russian Recording, Bloomington, IN (with Woods) Tickets

17th : Pitchfork Fest, Chicago, IL

18th: Varsity Theatre, Minneapolis, MN (with Thurston Moore) Tickets

21st : Rickshaw Theatre, Vancouver, BC (with Thurston Moore) Tickets

23rd : Aladdin Theater, Portland, OR (with Thurston Moore) Tickets

26th : Great American Music Hall, San Francisco, CA (with Thurston Moore) Tickets

28th : Troubadour, Los Angeles, CA (with Thurston Moore) Tickets

29th : Troubadour, Los Angeles, CA (with Thurston Moore) Tickets

30th : Casbah, San Diego, CA (with Thurston Moore) Tickets


12th : Williamsburg Waterfront, Brooklyn, NY (with Sonic Youth and Wild Flag) Tickets


Listen to "Jesus Fever" here and watch the video here

Smoke Ring For My Halo (CD, LP, Digital) available here

Kurt Vile On Facebook

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