The MataBlog is edited by Matador Records’ co-moaner Gerard Cosloy and individual entries are the work of whoever’s name is next to them. If you enjoyed something in the MataBlog, thank you very much! If there was something you found particularly troubling, please be advised that a) maybe you should read it again and b) the contents of this blog do not necessarily represent the opinions of Matador Records, Beggars Group, the combined staff of either company, nor the Matador artist roster. Opinions are like friends — hardly anyone has one worth listening to.

Thurston Moore takes over your radio today (if you split your day between LA and Minneapolis)

photo by Ari Marcopoulos
Two excellent opportunities to catch Thurston Moore performances on the radio today, true believers. In just under an hour, Thurston plays live in KCRW's studio as part of their popular Morning Becomes Eclectic program. He'll be going on at 2:15PM EDT/11:15 PDT, and the session can be heard at 89.9FM in LA or on

If that's not enough for you (and really, why would it be?), you can also tune in to The Current to hear a performance that Mr. Moore and company did for them last time they were in Minneapolis. 6:00PM EDT/5:00PM CDT is the time, 89.3FM is the location on your radio dial, and you can point your web browser here to listen online.

An Apology from Sandbag to Buy Early Get Now customers


Following on from last week's blog post, we have finally resolved the problem on the delay of orders with Sandbag getting orders of the Fucked Up BEGN 7"s out to UK and European customers.  A message we received today from Sandbag follows.

Once again, we've sorry for this and are making changes to make sure this can't happen again.


Sandbag is nearly 10 years old as a company and has been very fortunate to be involved with very many excellent projects. These projects have ranged from enabling Oxfam and the Make Poverty History coalition to raise awareness and millions of pounds to help those that really need it, through to ethically manufacturing merchandise for the likes of Adele and The xx. For several years now, Sandbag has helped the Buy Now Get Early team deliver some amazing music around the world.

We have hundreds of thousands of customers every year and we do our utmost to look after each and every one in the manner that has established our reputation as a company that looks after the fans.

Unfortunately, in rare instances, things sometimes go wrong. Prophetically, something did go wrong with the Buy Early Get Now – Fucked Up campaign.

Very simply, human error led to many customers not receiving the products that they had paid for. We have now shipped these orders and apologise for the delay in Buy Early Get Now customers getting their music.


Christiaan Munro

Director – Sandbag Limited


Matador vinyl reissues are here!

















We're excited to announce that a number of our favorite catalogue releases have been reissued on 120g vinyl and are now in stock.

The following titles are now available in the Matador Store, and will be on shelves at your favorite record shops on August 9.
OLE-295-0   Belle and Sebastian - If You're Feeling Sinister*
OLE-311-0   Belle and Sebastian - Boy With The Arab Strap*
OLE-361-0   Belle and Sebastian - Tigermilk *

OLE-202-0   Cat Power - What Would The Community Think*
OLE-426-0   Cat Power - The Covers Record
OLE-754-0   Cat Power - Jukebox

OLE-123-0   Guided By Voices - Alien Lanes*

OLE-069-0   Yo La Tengo - Painful*
OLE-371-0   Yo La Tengo - And Then Nothing Turned Itself Inside-Out* dbl LP

*includes free download of the entire album

Find these, and many other new and classic Matador, True Panther and distributed releases here. Spend over $50, and get free shipping AND while you're at it, pick up a new Matador tote bag (cuz let's be honest, who doesn't love a tote? )

Ceremony are in Europe AS WE SPEAK

Ceremony are in the midst of a tour which brings them to Germany six (!) times, without skipping Switzerland, Belgium, Denmark and the UK. Don't miss these guys.

Tuesday — 26 — Munchen, DE — Feierwerk
Wednesday — 27 — Stuttgart, DE — Juha West
Thursday — 28 — Zurich, CH — Dynamo Werk 21
Friday — 29 — Koln, DE — Underground
Saturday — 30 — Mol, BE — Breakout Fest

Sunday — 1 — Hannover, DE — Bei Chez Heinz
Monday — 2 — Hamburg, DE — Hafenklang
Tuesday — 3 — Berlin, DE — Hafenklang
Wednesday — 4 — Fredericia, DK — Fredericia Hardcore Festival
Thursday — 5 — Leisnig, DK — Sucks’n'Summer
Friday — 6 — Brugge, BE — JH Comma
Sunday — 8 —Port Lympne, UK — Hevy Fest


For our friends in Richmond, we're also excited to let you know that Ceremony are part of the below bill:

Thursday -- 18 -- Richmond, VA -- Best Friends Day 10 @ The Bike Lot (w/ Zero Boys, Off With Their Heads, Screaming Females, Worn In Red)


photo lifted from xChrisZx's flickr

Ted Leo And The Pharmacists - Fall 2011 U.S. Dates

(Ted, shown in his natural summer habitat, ie. a large outdoor gig in New York City, more specifically, South Street Seaport, two weekends ago)

Lest anyone believe a recent run of solo shows would mean an autumn of leaf-blowing,  strange pagan rituals and pumpkin carving  for the powerhouse quartet known as Ted Leo And The Pharmacists, not so fast.  Tickets for all of the gigs below are now available, and if you think there's a conspicuous gap in the schedule during the weekend of November 5th and 6th, rest assured I have no idea what you're talking about.

Fri, 9/23 - Philadelphia, PA - Johnny Brenda's (Johnny Brenda's 5th Anniversary - evening show, 21+) (tickets)
Sat, 9/24 - Philadelphia, PA - Johnny Brenda's (Johnny Brenda's 5th Anniversary - afternoon show, all ages) (tickets)
Tue, 10/25 - Newark, DE - Mojo Main (tickets)
Wed, 10/26 - Raleigh, NC - King's Barcade (tickets)
Thu, 10/27 - Columbia, SC - New Brookland Tavern (tickets)
Sat, 10/29 - Gainesville, FL - The Venue (tickets)
Sun, 10/30 - Miami, FL - Churchill's (tickets)
Tue, 11/1 - Tampa, FL - Crowbar (tickets)
Wed, 11/2 - Tallahassee, FL - Club Downunder
Thu, 11/3 - Pensacola, FL - Handlebar (tickets)
Fri, 11/4 - Baton Rouge, LA - Spanish Moon (tickets)
Tue, 11/8 - Oxford, MS - Proud Larry's (tickets)
Wed, 11/9 - Birmingham, AL - Bottletree (tickets)
Thu, 11/10 - Asheville, NC - The Grey Eagle (tickets)
Sat, 11/12 - Washington, DC - Sacred Heart Church, benefit for the National Day Laborer Organizing Network and We Are
Family DC

('The Brutalist Bricks', still available from The Matador Store on LP. compact disc and a multitude of digital formats)

Apricot salad redux - with braised pork

As a followup to last week's post about Thai salads, here is a variation on that apricot salad - this time with braised slivered pork and mint. Although not shown in this photo, the salad contains crispy dried shrimp as well.

Any pork will do, but a fattier or more cartilaginous cut will work best. Blanch from a cold water start (salt the water), change the water if you like, bring to a boil again and braise - and be sure to remove when still slightly pink.

Matador Radio Rampage this weekend: Fucked Up, Ted Leo And The Pharmacists take to the airwaves

photo by Daniel Boud
Several of Matador's finest will be playing festivals on opposite sides of the country this weekend, and three of them will also be available to non-festivalgoers through the magic of Mr. Marconi's marvelous invention (and also the Internet).

UPDATE: Thurston Moore has sadly had to cancel his KEXP session today.

At 8:00PM EDT/5:00PM PDT, Fucked Up will play a live set on Seattle's KEXP before taking the stage at the Capitol Hill Block Party. The set can be heard at 90.3 on Seattleites' FM dials, and at for the web-savvy.

Tomorrow, Ted Leo And The Pharmacists will be bringing the noise to WXPN's XPoNentional Music Festival in the lovely (and incredibly hot) city of Philadelphia. Their 5:15PM EDT/2:15PM PDT set will be broadcast on XPN for those of you unfortunate enough not to experience it live. Tune in (hopefully from somewhere with lower temperatures and/or air-conditioning) at 88.5FM in Philly, or at

UK/EU - Fucked Up "Buy Early Get Now" order update

It has now been several weeks since we released the latest, greatest Fucked Up album David Comes To Life, but for some of you in Europe who bought the "Buy Early Get Now" option we know you're still waiting for your bonus 7"s to reach you, which we're really very sorry about.

There's different factors which have affected the delivery time of these reaching you, a later than expected shipping from the US manufacturer to our European distributor (Sandbag) meant we were a few days off missing the June 28th release date, which was followed by an internal error at Sandbag where they mistakenly shipped out one of the 7"s individually, followed by the rest of the (three) 7"s in another shipment.  We've been told by Sandbag that all orders have now shipped (on July 13th/14th) but that before they can claim the items were lost in the post (by Royal Mail) they have to allow 7 days.

This means: your records have been posted and should be on their way to you, hopefully you'll be enjoying them right now.
But, if you still haven't received your packages by tomorrow you can get in touch with Sandbag directly ([email protected])  to pass on your details so they can make a claim with Royal Mail. Some people on the Fucked Up Facebook group are reporting that they have started to receive their records, so they are (slowly) getting out there.

We're very sorry for all the hassle this has caused and are looking to put it right in every way we can.


Our New Endeavor - We're Not Just Jerking Around

Thanks to Jared Zoltar who graciously forwarded the photograph above...but we've known about it for ages.  Let's just say our medical staff didn't think much of company ownership sampling the products for 2 months in lieu of a focus group.

Girls "Vomit" MP3 + Tour Dates

Photo by Sandy Kim

On September 13th, 2011, San Francisco’s Girls will release their second album Father, Son, Holy Ghost on True Panther. Two years after their debut (Album), and one year after the follow-up EP (Broken Dreams Club) it is the natural third entry in Girls’ recorded trinity, and features their most accomplished recordings to date. Both previous releases demonstrated that behind the noise of a back story loud enough to swallow most bands, stood two true rock craftsmen and traditionalists, who convey their own intimate, unique, and troubled visions.

For Father, Son, Holy Ghost Christopher Owens and JR White holed up in a basement recording studio located in San Francisco’s downtown Tenderloin district and "Vomit" is the first offering from those sessions. The juxtaposition of pain and beauty - hope and misery - which lie at the heart of classic rock and gospel music, are at the core of the song and the album.

Christopher shares his own thoughts: "I wrote vomit before Girls was even a band or an idea, this is one of the first songs I ever wrote along with 'Substance' and 'Headache' what you're hearing in "Vomit" is someone who is at life's lowest, seeing the light, and becoming a songwriter."

Pre-order Father, Son, Holy Ghost HERE (and receive a free unreleased track flexi disc w your order)

Click HERE to download MP3

Girls are on tour this fall, below is the schedule with ticket links :)

14 - Atlanta, GA - Variety Playhouse
15 - Asheville, NC - The Orange Peel
16 - Nashville, TN - Mercy Lounge
17 - Carrboro, NC - Cat's Cradle
19 - Washington, D.C. - 9:30 Club
20 - Philadelphia, PA - Theatre of Living Arts
22 - New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom
23 - New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom
24 - Boston, MA - Paramount Center
25 - Montreal, QC Canada - Corona Theatre
27 - Toronto, ON Canada - The Mod Club
29 - Chicago, IL - Lincoln Hall
30 - Madison, Wi - Majestic Theatre


1 - Minneapolis, MN - First Avenue
4 - Vancouver, BC Canada - Biltmore Cabaret
5 - Seattle, WA - Neptune
6 - Portland, OR - Wonder Ballroom
8 - San Francisco, CA - Great American Music Hall
9 - San Francisco, CA - Great American Music Hall

Kurt Vile w/ Bright Eyes + November Philly Headline

Photo: SleepyDoll3 flickr

Just off playing the Pitchfork Festival and currently touring the states, we're happy to report road warriors Kurt Vile and the Violators are going to be back on the road again this fall playing some shows with Bright Eyes. And if that's not enough, November 12 will also bring a homecoming headline show for KV & The Violators at Philly's Union Transfer.

Lots of dates here. New ones in bold.

And to those in Big Sur, please note the July 27 venue has moved to Fernwood.

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
25th: New Parish, Oakland, CA (with Thurston Moore) Tickets
26th: Great American Music Hall, San Francisco, CA (with Thurston Moore) Tickets
27th: Fernwood, Big Sur, CA
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

2nd: The Loft, Dallas, TX Tickets
4th: Twilight Concert Series @ Pioneer Park, Salt Lake City, UT (with Thurston Moore) - FREE
5th: Mercy Lounge, Nashville, TN Tickets
6th: 40 Watt, Athens, GA Tickets
7th: The Earl, Atlanta, GA Tickets
9th: Cats Cradle, Carrboro, NC - Tickets
10th: Rock N Roll Hotel, Washington, DC (with Woods) Tickets
11th: Wellmont Theatre, Montclair, NJ (with M. Ward) Tickets
12th: Williamsburg Waterfront, Brooklyn, NY (with Sonic Youth and Wild Flag) Tickets
18th: Pukkelpop – Hasselt, Belgium
20th: Festival de Paredes de Coura - Paredes de Coura, Portugal
21st: Rote Fabrik – Zurich, Switzerland
22nd: Manufaktur – Schorndorf, Germany
23rd: Berghain Kantine – Berlin, Germany
24th: Posten – Odense, Denmark
25th: Malmöfestivalen – Malmö, Sweden
26th: Club What We Do Is Secret @ Strand - Stockholm, Sweden
27th: Cafe Mono - Oslo, Norway
28th: Pusterviksbaren - Gothenburg, Sweden
29th: Tavastia – Helsinki, Finland
30th: Vega – Copenhagen, Denmark
31st: Nato – Leipzig, Germany

2nd: Into the Great Wide Open – Vlieland, Netherlands
4th: End of the Road festival – Dorset UK
5th: Sound Control – Manchester UK (+ Woods)
6th: Stereo – Glasgow UK (+ Woods)
7th: The Fleece – Bristol UK (+ Woods)
8th: Scala – London UK (+ Woods)
9th: Le Grand Mix – Tourcoing (F)
10th: Take Root festival – Groningen, Netherlands
11th: Doornroosje – Nijmegen, Netherlands
16th: Austin City Limits Festival, Zilker Park, Austin, TX
19th: Sunshine Theatre, Albuquerque, NM (w/ Bright Eyes) on sale 7/22
21st: SOMA, San Diego, CA (w/ Bright Eyes) on sale 7/22
24th: The Boulevard Pool at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, Las Vegas, NV (w/ Bright Eyes and Warpaint) on sale 7/22
25th: Santa Barbara Bowl, Santa Barbara, CA (w/ Bright Eyes)
26th: Knitting Factory, Reno, NV (w/ Bright Eyes) on sale 7/22

12th: Union Transfer, Philadelphia, PA (headline)

Thai summer salads

It's not that these salads are meant to be eaten in summer, it's just that they are best and easiest in the summer in New York - and of course are appropriate for the temperature.

Apricots are in season here right now, and I happened to have some, so I threw together the salad above tonight. Deep-fry the dried-shrimp till crispy (about 15 seconds), then drain and dry on paper towels. It's essential to have good dried shrimp. These ones come from the Phillipines.

Toss the apricot slices with some salt and let sit for 5 minutes. Sprinkle on the dried shrimp and some chopped fresh mint leaves. The dressing should be composed of 1/2 tsp salt, 1/4 cup fish sauce, 2 tbs palm sugar and 1/4 cup granulated sugar, heated gently until the dry ingredients are dissolved, then the mixture cooled, and finally mixed with 1/2 cup fresh lime juice (just before serving). Obviously cut down the amounts for the size of the salad - I made one-fourth the amount of the dressing recipe for the salad shown above. That said, "Thai salads are not so much dressed as anointed liberally" - David Thompson.

For variations on this theme, braise a bunch of cartilaginous pork and then sliver and scatter over the salad. Substitute fresh shrimp for dried - boil it briefly. Or get large shrimp and butterfly and grill them.

The best known Thai salad is som tumm, or green papaya salad. It comes from Isan in the northeast of Thailand (New Yorkers should check out the excellent new Isan restaurant Zabb Elee in the East Village) and shares similarities with the cuisine of nearby Laos. The above shot of the ingredients is misleading in some respects. The apple eggplant was destined for a curry, not the salad. And you really should use snake beans (also known as yard beans) for the salad, not regular Western green beans, though the latter will do in a pinch.

You prepare som tumm in a Lao mortar and pestle, which unlike the solid granite Thai version (used for pounding curry pastes) is made of clay and wood. The salad ingredients are gently mashed together, starting with garlic and Thai chiles and then moving on to snake beans, dried shrimp, palm sugar, lime juice, cherry tomatoes, fish sauce and the green (unripe) papaya. You can julienne the latter with a mandoline or benriner, or do it the old-fashioned way, holding the papaya in your left hand and rapidly hitting the peeled surface with your knife until the surface is scored with parallel cuts, then shave the pieces off, the repeat.

This som tumm recipe mainly comes from Kasma Loha-unchit's invaluable thaifoodandtravel site, with some substitutions based on David Thompson. But the accompaniment is pure Thompson - sweet crispy pork. This is a two-day preparation and involves pork neck with palm sugar, Indonesian sweet soy sauce (kecap manis), oyster sauce, salt and star anise. The pork is marinated in the syrup and then dried overnight, and finally, deep-fried:

The combination of the chewy, sticky pork with the crisp textures and tangy flavors of the som tumm is intoxicating.

Help Stephen Malkmus write a song

Help Stephen Malkmus write an FCC-friendly version of his new single Senator, from the upcoming album Mirror Traffic (out August 23). As you're probably aware, the chorus features the line "I know what the senator wants - what the senator wants is a blowjob."

Come up with a replacement for the word "blowjob" that radio stations can air, and Stephen will sing the winning entry for the radio single when we send it to stations at the end of September. PLUS, you'll win a one-of-a-kind 7" single featuring your version of "Senator" on one side, and the original version on the flip - the rarest Matador release ever.

Deadline for entries: August 23
Winner to be announced: September 15

Click on the banner above to go to and submit your entry. All standard contest rules and restrictions apply.

And for inspiration...

The Matablog's 5th Anniversary : Celebrating 5 Years Of Blatant Self-Promotion

July 26  marks the 5th anniversary of the Matablog's public debut (after MONTHS of beta-testing), truly a day in that will go down in rock / internet history as the moment blogging finally came to fruition as letting you know about record release parties in cities thousands of miles away a force for social change.  Over these past 5 years, the Matablog has gone from being the #7 or #8 most widely read source for news and information about this label to being somewhere in the top 3 or 4.  It is, however, the number one source of information concerning whatever Patrick has concocted in his well-stocked kitchen that weekend, and if you think you're gonna get that kind of content from Paste or Metal, think again.

Though I realize many of you would like to credit me alone for the Matablog's wild success (and I thank each of you for the cards, letters and fruit baskets that arrived today, especially the videogram from former NY Gov. Elliot Spitzer) it couldn't have happened without the hard work, insight, and passion for THE TRUTH the Matador and Beggars staffs bring to the table, nor without the contributions from our family of recording artists.  It is my fervent hope that in the days to come, the Matablog will continue to serve as a beacon of light in the otherwise dreary world of rock biz puffery.  Frankly, I'd settle for Todd Netter not referring to it as "Mata-blog", but perhaps that's something we can target after the 10th anniversary.

Anyhow, enough with all of that insider-baseball bullshit.  There's no point celebrating a big anniversary without a party, and this weekend Matador has Thurston Moore, Cold Cave and Kurt Vile all appearing at our Matablog 5th Anniversary Bash in Chicago's Union Park.  I realize there's a bunch of non-Matador artists on the bill  ;  there might even be banners atop the stages that fail to mention the actual name of the festival, but that's ok.  Not every record label blog is magnanimous enough to share their weekend in the sun with others, but after all this time you oughta know that we're all about inclusion.    Here's to five (hundred) more years!

Ritualistic Love Energy from Thurston Moore, "Circulation"

In which our dashing hero Thurston Moore presents a hypnotic music video for the menstruation-themed "Circulation", from his solo album Demolished Thoughts, which The AV Club called "an album of deeply psychedelic unplugged love songs...abstract poetry that eventually congeals into a sticky hash-ball of searching, sexuality, and sadness."

($5 now at Amazon!)

Of the video, Thurston sez: "Circulation, the 2nd video from Demolished Thoughts (after the dream cloud love + war visuals of “Benediction” by the mysterious, elusive director Josef Marie) - was inspired by the free-spirit poet/artist girls of Northampton Massachusetts who would explode and levitate into expressionistic transcendence whenever cool records would spin by local DJs Bill Nace, Jake Meghinsky and, when asked (rarely) - T Moore hisself. After being entranced and inspired by this ritualistic love energy it was decided by TM and Rose Mackey, one of the leading lights of this wild heart gang, to combine forces. Rose, a film director by devotion, and TM, who was looking to visualize his jam “Circulation” came together, employed the sensitive eye of Andrew Kesin, long running chief administrator of TM’s own Ecstatic Peace record label, to capture the magic touch of dance and music..... ------- and we all shine on."

Produced by Andrew Kesin
Directed by Rose Mackey
Edited by Rose Mackey
Shot by Jeff Derose, Kevin Derose, Andrew Greto, and Andrew Kesin

Fri-Jul-15 Chicago, IL Pitchfork Music Festival
Sat-Jul-16 Madison, WI High Noon Saloon
Mon-Jul-18 Minneapolis, MN Varsity Theatre
Thu-Jul-21 Vancouver, BC Rickshaw Theatre
Fri-Jul-22 Seattle, WA Capitol Hill Block Party
Sat-Jul-23 Portland, OR Alladin Theatre
Mon-Jul-25 Oakland , CA New Parish
Tue-Jul-26 San Francisco, CA Great American Music Hall
Thu-Jul-28 Los Angeles, CA Troubadour
Fri-Jul-29 Los Angeles, CA Troubadour
Sat-Jul-30 San Diego, CA Casbah
Sun-Jul-31 Pioneertown, CA Pappy & Harriets
Thu-Aug-04 Salt Lake City, UT Twilight Music Series
Sun-Aug-28 Ottawa, ONT Ottawa Folk Festival
Tue-Aug-30 Philadelphia, PA Sanctuary @ First Unitarian Church

7/18-7/30 & 8/4 Co-Bill with KURT VILE AND THE VIOLATORS
HUSH ARBORS support 7/18-7/30
CASS MACCOMBS Supports 7/31
MEG BAIRD supports 8/30

Interpol and David Lynch debut video collaboration

Today two legends of the game bring us their striking collaboration (via Huffington Post with a bit of backstory from the band) : I Touch A Red Button, a short film by David Lynch, is set to the song "Lights", from Interpol's self-titled 2010 album (available digitally for an exceedingly reasonable price, as well as on LP and CD):

The band is still on the road, wrapping up a full year of hard work and ruling:

Wednesday 13 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club
Thursday 14 - Philadelphia, PA - Lincoln Financial Center
Friday 15 - Atlantic CIty, NJ - Borgota Music Box
Sunday 17 - St. Louis, MO - Busch Stadium
Monday 18 - Cleveland, OH - House of Blues Cleveland
Wednesday 20 - East Rutherford, NJ - New Meadowlands Stadium
Friday 22 - Indianapolis, IN - IN The Vogue
Saturday 23 - Minneapolis, MN - TCF Bank Stadium
Monday 25 - Detroit, MI - The Fillmore Detroit
Tuesday 26 - Pittsburgh, PA - Heinz Hall for the Perf. Arts

Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks - Tigers

Photo Credit: Leah Nash

We're happy to bring you another killer track from the forthcoming album by Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks, Mirror Traffic (out August 23).  This one's called "Tigers". Download it here.

Tigers (192k mp3)

Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks On Tour:

9/20 – Detroit, MI, Majestic Theater – tickets

9/21 – Toronto, ON, Phoenix Concert Theatre – tickets

9/22 – Ottowa, ON, Ritual – tickets

9/23 – Montreal, QC, Corona Theatre – tickets

9/24 – Boston, MA, Royale – tickets

9/26 – New York, NY, Terminal 5 – tickets

9/28 – Philadelphia, PA , Theatre of Living Arts – tickets

9/29 – Baltimore, MD, Ram’s Head Live – tickets

9/30 – Charlottesville, VA, Jefferson Theater – tickets

10/1 -- Saxapahaw, NC, The Haw River Ballroom - tickets

10/2 – Atlanta, GA, Variety Playhouse – tickets

10/4 – Nashville, TN, Mercy Lounge – tickets

10/5 – Indianapolis, IN, Earth House – tickets

10/6 – Chicago, IL, Vic Theatre – tickets

10/7 – Milwaukee WI, Turner Hall – tickets

10/8 – Minneapolis, MN, Pantages Theatre – tickets

10/11- Seattle, WA, Neptune Theatre – tickets

10/12 – Vancouver, BC, The Biltmore Cabaret – tickets

10/19 – Los Angeles, CA, The Music Box – tickets

10/20 - Solana Beach, CA, Belly Up Tavern - tickets

Pre-order Mirror Traffic from the Matador store and receive a free poster.

Listen to "Senator" here

Cold Cave remix Belle and Sebastian and add European tour dates

A few weeks back we mentioned Belle And Sebastian's forthcoming 12" EP (out July 26, pre-order it) which is backed with several exclusive b-sides, including a remix of the track "I Didn't See It Coming" by COLD CAVE's Wes Eisold. Today, we're excited to share that track with you.

Belle & Sebastian - I Didn't See It Coming (Cold Cave Remix)

Also, we'll take this moment to remind you that Cold Cave's US tour starts in Brooklyn tonight, and we've excited to announce a following bunch of dates which brings the band to Europe in August and September (new dates in bold).

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
Saturday, July 23 – Seattle, WA – Capitol Hill Block Party
Monday, July 25 – San Francisco, CA — Great American Music Hall (Austra Supports)
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 (Austra Supports)

Friday, August 26 - Reading UK, Reading Festival - Tickets
Saturday, Augist 27 - Leeds UK, Leeds Festival - Tickets

Monday, August 29 - Amsterdam, NL - Bitterzoet - Tickets
Tuesday, August 30 - Luxembourg BE - Exit 007 - Tickets
Wednesday, August 31 - Luzern, Switzerland - Treibhaus - Tickets
Thursday, September 1 - Milan, IT - Magnolia Parade - Tickets
Friday, September 2 - Montalcino, IT -  Itaylo Harvest Festival - Tickets
Saturday, September 3 - Rome, IT - Circolo delgi Artisti - Tickets
Monday, September 5 - Paris, FR - Point Emphere - Tickets
Tuesday Sept 6 Brussels, BE - Botanique - Tickets

Cold Cave summer mix tape and summer tour

Last week on their website, COLD CAVE's Wesley Eisold posted a pretty spectacular mix of "songs for the summer"; a playlist containing sounds ranging from pure pop to avant garde, some familiar and some obscure, somehow all tied together loosely for this season and certainly worthy of repeat listens.

Check it out here.

This digital mixtape also rings in the kick off of Cold Cave's summer tour, which starts at The Knitting Factory in Brooklyn tomorrow should likely hits your town thereafter.

And hey, check this space tomorrow for even more exciting Cold Cave content.

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
Saturday, July 23 - Seattle, WA - Capitol Hill Block Party
Monday, July 25 – San Francisco, CA — Great American Music Hall (Austra Supports)
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 (Austra Supports)

Girls Announce U.S. Tour Dates

Girls are pleased to announce a North American tour this fall in support of their sophomore full-length, Father, Son, Holy Ghost which comes out 9.13.11. The band is back in SF right now, hard at work practicing away and making sure the live set blows people away come September!

Tickets go on sale FRIDAY check back here or sign up for the mailing list and see if maybe we can find a way to get you a headstart…..

Pre-order Father, Son, Holy Ghost HERE

Sep 03 Los Angeles, CA – FYF
Sep 14 Atlanta, GA – Variety Playhouse
Sep 15 Asheville, NC – Orange Peel
Sep 16 Nashville. TN – Mercy Lounge
Sep 17 Chapel Hill, NC – Cat’s Cradle
Sep 19 Washington, DC – 9:30 Club
Sep 20 Philadelphia, PA – Theatre of Living Arts
Sep 22 New York, NY – Bowery Ballroom
Sep 23 New York, NY – Bowery Ballroom
Sep 24 Boston, MA – Paradise Rock
Sep 26 Montreal, QC – Corona Cabaret (POP Montreal Festival)
Sep 27 Toronto, ONT – Mod Club Theatre
Sep 29 Chicago, IL – Lincoln Hall
Sep 30 Madison, WI – Majestic Theatre
Oct 01 Minneapolis, MN – First Ave Nightclub
Oct 04 Vancouver, BC – Baltimore Cabaret
Oct 05 Seattle, WA – Neptune Theatre
Oct 06 Portland, OR – Wonder Ballroom
Oct 08 San Francisco, CA – Great American Music Hall
Oct 09 San Francisco, CA – Great American Music Hall

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