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VIDEO : Body/Head with Ikue Mori, Issue Project Room, Nov. 13

video courtesy Windows Have Eyes. More footage here.

VIDEO - Fucked Up - "I Wanna Be A Yank" (Cardboard Brains), Toronto, 16 November

Live at the Horseshoe Tavern, November 16, 2013. Video courtesy CBC ; more classics covered here.
(ADDENDUM : some background on Fucked Up's participation in a tribute to the 1978 short, "The Last Pogo".

VIDEO : Ceremony - Live at This Is Hardcore (Philadephia)

While Ceremony are making plans for recording their 5th album in the very near future, a visitor to the label Facebook page alerted us to the existence of the above footage, shot during This Is Hardcore at Philly's Electric Factory this past August.

Queens of the Stone Age - Spotify live EP available now, Vampyre video behind the scenes launches

A big week for the Queens continues with a Spotify exclusive three song live EP from Cologne, Germany that was captured by WDR1Live.

Stunning takes, the lot, and there's even video for "The Vampyre of Time and Memory":

Queens of the Stone Age - "The Vampyre of Time and Memory" live in Cologne from Matador Records on Vimeo.

Speaking of Vampyre and videos, the only interactive video you need to see this week launched Monday for the track. The project was a collaboration with The Creators Project - experience it in its full glory at

The Creators Project has also launched a behind-the-scenes piece on the making of the video, which was conceived by directors Kii Arens and Jason Trucco along with developers Darknet:

And for emphasis PLEASE WATCH THE DIRECTOR'S CUT of Vampyre. It rules all realms:

DARKSIDE European tour for March 2014

DARKSIDE return to Europe next March, with the duo of Dave Harrington and Nicolas Jaar playing a full month of European shows, bookended by their North American dates in January thru February and their Australian shows in April.

March 2014
1st - Switzerland, Zurich - Kaufleuten - Tickets
2nd - Italy, Milan - Magazzini Generali - Tickets
4th - Belgium, Antwerp - Trix - Tickets
5th - Holland, Amsterdam - 5 Days Off - Tickets
8th - Denmark, Copenhagen - Pumpehuset - Tickets
9th - Sweden, Stockholm - Debaser Medis - Tickets
10th - Norway, Oslo - Parkteatret - Tickets
12th - Germany, Berlin - Astra - Tickets
14th - Germany, Cologne - Gloria - Tickets
15th - Germany, Munich - Muffathalle - Tickets
17th - Italy, Turin - Teatro Carignano (all seated) - Tickets
18th - France, Nice - Nikaïa Live - Tickets
19th - France, Nimes - Paloma - Tickets
20th - France, Bordeaux - Le Rocher - Tickets
21st - France, Nantes - Stereolux - Tickets
23rd - France, Paris - L’Olympia - Tickets
25th - Ireland, Dublin - Button Factory - Tickets
26th - UK, Glasgow - Art School - Tickets
27th - UK, Manchester - Ritz - Tickets
29th - UK, London - Coronet - Tickets

Watch their Boiler Room rooftop session (as the sun sets over NYC) below:

Coming 12/3 : A Lower-Than-Low Priced Compilation LP Of Matador 2013 Highlights

OK, we missed Black Friday by a few days, but if that means ONE LESS TRAMPLING this holiday shopping season, it was totally worth it.  On December 3, we're releasing a limited edition, one-time pressing of a $5.99 list LP , 'It's Been A Business Doing Pleasure With You', featuring 9 songs from (most of) our 2013 releases. In addition to album tracks from Chelsea Light Moving, Majical Cloudz, Body/Head, Lee Ranaldo & The Dust, Iceage and Kurt Vile, there's a live version of Queens of the Stone Age performing "If I Had A Tail" at the 2013 iTunes Festival (Roundhouse, London),  Savages' "City's Full" from last summer's KEXP session, and Yo La Tengo performing "Before We Run" in those same KEXP studios.

We don't have any copies for mail order, sadly, but hopefully you'll find one at your favorite record store after they're done sweeping up all the broken glass, blood, etc. from Black Friday.  If you prefer, you can order a digital version of the comp. right now at the Matador Store.

Coming November 29 : Queens of the Stone Age - '...Like Clockwork' (Black On Black Edition)

A week from Friday, a limited edition, black vinyl / black artwork 2XLP edition of Queens of the Stone Age's album-of-2013 candidate '...Like Clockwork' will be available in stores.  There's only 1200 of these in the USA, with another 1200 earmarked for the rest of the planet.  So get up early.
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Out Today : Yo La Tengo - 'Fade' Deluxe Edition 2XCD

Just a reminder (we've had a few of those today) that Yo La Tengo's 'Fade'  has been reconfigured as a double CD (see above) deluxe edition,  and is in stores today or available direct from the Matador Store.  Here's the scoop on the contents from a September post.

"Super Kiwi" - (MP3, 192K)

Iceage - expanded digital version of 'You're Nothing', Available Today


One of 2013's best albums just got the BONUS treatment ; Iceage's 'You're Nothing' has been expanded in digital form to include 3 additional tracks, "To The Comrades" (Bahumutsi Drama Group), "Jackie" (Sinead O'Connor) and the previously unreleased "A-Rifle". You can order it today via iTunes, or opt for the "To The Comrades" b/w "Jackie" import 7".

Kurt VIle - 'It's A Big World Out There (And I Am Scared)' EP and 'Waking On A Pretty Daze (Deluxe Haze)' 2XCD Out Today

(photo by Johnny Payne)

OK, brace yourselves for a succession of Matablog posts this morning, either heralding titles out today, out a week from Friday or out the Tuesday following. We probably should've spaced this out a little more carefully, but we realize we're competing with new video game consoles, Furbys, Cabbage Patch Graven-Idols and the like this Holiday season so there's NO TIME FOR SUBTLETY.

The new Kurt Vile & The Violators 12" EP, 'It's A Big World Out There (And I Am Scared)' is out today, and the entire EP is available as a bonus CD inside the just released 'Wakin On A Pretty Daze (Deluxe Haze)' double CD(shown above). Kurt, who appears on tonight's episode of "The Best Show On WFMU", graciously provided us with the following liner notes :

delayed ep liner notes for the digi-generation:

Never Run Away (string synth):
this version was the original first single which appeared prior to official album release (only before available in the music vid)
all the tracks are different than the LP version save the drums and acoustic (vocals, electric guitar, synth = all new)
when the album came out a lot of people were askin where the synth version went, so... for the fans!

NRA Reprises:
zoned out arp synth/sequencer experiments. felt good goin down, feels great comin back. like space pop to my ears.
oh yeah, and the chords are the chorus to "never run away" that was no accident...
kv: arp odyssey synth. rob laakso: killer analog sequencer programming. vince nudo: perfect pounding drums.

Feel My Pain:
one of my favorite dark folk tunes from aways back, recorded early on in the "wakin" sessions.
we tried adding a lot of stuff to this but ended up leaving it raw because it felt the realest to me stripped down and pure.

Snowflakes Extended:
this is the full version of "snowflakes are dancing" with all the lyrics.
we faded the song out after the third verse on the LP just for the purpose of flow (one too many long songs)
but i'm proud of all the lyrics -one line of which contains the ep's title- so i just had to bring it back...

Wedding Budz:
original blueprint of the song "air bud" recorded by violator rob laakso in an all night duo session with kv.
it's all about the about the guitars and bass (drum machine and synth not too shabby neither)
crank in headphones and you'll see what we mean B-)

The Ghost of Freddie Roach:
lost epic solo kv session with john agnello in philly
john brought the drum machine and played the percussion.
kv did the rest: vox, some keys, guitars (and epic slide guitar!)

"Feel My Pain" - MP3

Listen to Majical Cloudz' "Savage"

Composed around the same time that Devon Welsh wrote Impersonator, "Savage" has been an integral part of Majical Cloudz' live show for quite some time.

In regards to "Savage", Devon Welsh of Majical Cloudz notes "I think it's important to explain a song a little bit, but not too much. The song is written about a specific set of circumstances and experiences, and Matt and I did such-and-such when we recorded it, but ultimately what the song is 'about' is less important than how and why it is meaningful for you when you listen to it. Explaining too much about the details of the song is not the point, so I won't. "Savage" is about a friendship, it's mysteries and it's moments of excitement, and the way drugs played into all of it. It's about letting go of a relationship as it changes and the emotions that go along with that."

"Savage" is the first new material the duo has released following the release of Impersonator earlier this year.

Buy 'Impersonator' here
Twitter: @majicalcloudz



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Last Friday's DARKSIDE session for KCRW's Morning Becomes Eclectic went so well that we thought hey, why not do that again, but further north? And so it is that Nicolas and Dave will be going on the air live at Seattle's KEXP in just under half an hour (2pm EST/11am PST, to be exact). Listen online at, or in Seattle at 90.3FM.

Queens of the Stone Age - The Vampyre of Time and Memory interactive music video and much more

Today Queens of the Stone Age and The Creators Project are happy to bring you a groundbreaking interactive music video experience for "The Vampyre of Time and Memory", the emotional epicenter of the Queens recent album ...Like Clockwork. I am told that ground was broken here and I believe it. I really do.

The full video experience can be found here:

Immerse y'all, this is truly something special.

The video, directed by Kii Arens and Jason Trucco, is also available (and shareable) in an exquisite Director's Cut (completely required viewing):

In addition, tomorrow sees the release of ...Like Cologne, a three-track EP exclusive to Spotify featuring unique live takes on three QOTSA classics including Vampyre of Time & Memory. ...Like Cologne was recorded September 4 at the Kulturkirche in Cologne, Germany.

Also, November 29 sees the release of …Like Clockwork BLACK-ON-BLACK Black Friday Edition: a limited edition high quality black vinyl pressing of ...Like Clockwork in a blacker sleeve with yet blacker glossy print. The Darth Vader of the vinyl world, only meaner.

Finally: Queens Of The Stone Age have extended the …Like Clockwork US tour:

Jan 30 2014 - Memorial Auditorium - Raleigh, NC
Jan 31 2014 – Township Auditorium – Columbia, SC
Feb 01 2014 – Tennesse Theatre – Knoxville, TN
Feb 03 2014 - Florida Theatre - Jacksonville, FL
Feb 04 2014 - Mahaffey Theater - Saint Petersburg, FL
Feb 05 2014 - The Fillmore Miami Beach at The Jackie Gleason Theater - Miami Beach, FL
Feb 07 2014 - Hard Rock Live - Orlando, FL
Feb 09 2014 - Bayou Music Center - Houston, TX

For more information, go to

Exclusive artist and Citi pre-sales begin Wednesday, November 20 at 10:00 a.m. local time. Tickets will be on sale to the public Friday, November 22 at 10:00 a.m. local time.
For more about Citi Private Pass, go to:

Listen to DARKSIDE's US radio debut today on KCRW's Morning Becomes Eclectic

photo by Emeline Ancel-Pirouelle
Today on KCRW's Morning Becomes Eclectic, for the first time ever, the duo of Nicolas Jaar and Dave Harrington (pka (DARKSIDE) will be performing live on US radio. I'm sitting in the control room right now as they run through songs from their debut full-length, Psychic, and trust me, you don't want to miss this. In Los Angeles, the spot on your radio dial is 89.9FM, and you can also listen online worldwide at They go on at 2:15PM EST/11:15AM PST, so you have plenty of time to mentally prepare yourself.

QOTSA - The Vampyre of Time and Memory interactive music video

Coming Monday


Kurt Vile To Appear On The Next-To-Next-To-Next-To-Next-To Last Episode Of "The Best Show On WFMU"

"Lonestar Statesman" - photo by Aaron Sainz

How does a fellow follow being named one of GQ Magazine's Men Of The Year? I don't know how Daniel Craig, Tom Brady or Justin Timberlake might answer that question, but if you're KURT VILE the answer is so blatantly obvious I can't believe you didn't see it coming from the goddamn headline above. Next Tuesday night, November 19 at 9pm eastern, Kurt will be be a guest on WFMU's "The Best Show On WFMU", as host Tom Scharpling enters his final month of toiling for free weekly programs for the station. It's hardly Kurt's first appearance on "The Best Show", but given the respective trajectories of their careers ---- Kurt entering an orbit only occupied by the entertainment world's biggest stars, Tom preparing for a transition his handlers say might make him "the next Pat O'Brien" --- this could be the final time these two icons are in the same room.

Or maybe they do something similar in a few months. Either way, you won't want to miss it.

Stephen Malkmus & the Jicks "Wig Out At Jagbags" out Jan 7, new song "Lariat"

Resolution this! WIG OUT AT JAGBAGS. #WigOutJicks

January 7 (January 6 in the UK) marks the release of the new Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks album, Wig Out At Jagbags, their first since 2011's Mirror Traffic, which follows a short period of Malkmus being relocated to Berlin. Malkmus sez:

"Wig Out At Jagbags is inspired by Cologne, Germany, Mark Von Schlegell, Rosemarie Trockel, Von Spar and Jan Lankisch, Can and Gas; Stephen-Malkmus-imagined Weezer/Chili Peppers, Sic Alps, UVA in the late 80's, NYRB, Aroma Charlottenburg, inactivity, Jamming, Indie guys trying to sound Memphis, Flipper, Pete Townshend, Pavement, The Joggers, The NBA and home life in the 2010's ..."

Track listing:
1. Planetary Motion
2. The Janitor Revealed
3. Lariat
4. Houston Hades
5. Shibboleth
6. J Smoov
7. Rumble At The Rainbo
8. Chartjunk
9. Independence Street
10. Scattegories
11. Cinnamon and Lesbians
12. Surreal Teenagers

Écoutez "Lariat" ici:

Matador Store Pre-order:
Pre-orders from the Matador store receive pre-order-only "Pick Up The Spare" 7'' (single sided 7'' on strawberry red vinyl) - while supplies last!

iTunes Pre-order:
Pre-order from iTunes receive a download of "Lariat" instantly, and non-album track "Pick Up The Spare" on release date.

The band will be touring UK/Europe in January, with US dates to follow starting in Feb:

Mon Jan 13 -- ?Leeds | Brudenell
Tue Jan 14 -- ?Glasgow | Oran Mor
Wed Jan 15 -- ?Manchester | Gorilla
Thu Jan 16 -- ?London | Forum
Sat Jan 18 -- ?Paris | Divan Du Monde
Mon Jan 20 -- ?Madrid | Joy Eslava
Tue Jan 21 -- ?Barcelona | Bikini
Thu Jan 23 -- ?Milan | Tunnel
Sat Jan 25 -- ?Fribourg | Fri-Son
Sun Jan 26 -- ?Frankfurt | Zoom
Mon Jan 27 -- ?Berlin | Postbahnhof
Wed Jan 29 -- ?Copenhagen |Vega
Thu Jan 30 -- ?Hamburg | Knust
Fri Jan 31 -- ?Cologne | Gebaude 9
Sat Feb 1 -- Brussels | Botanique Orangerie
Sun Feb 2 -- Amsterdam | Bitterzoet

photo by Leah Nash

Tour Tapes

Matador blew off Cassette Store Day this year --- something about our misplacing our calendar. But that hasn't stopped Kurt Vile and Chelsea Light Moving from putting together tour cassettes (splits with Merchandise and VBA, respectively).

Lee Ranaldo (with The Dust) Talks Set Listing

On SuperGlued's curiously enthralling new series "The Set List", Lee Ranaldo talks about how he puts together a set list:

Watch his brilliant set-listage, featuring songs (like THIS and THIS) from his brilliant new album Last Night On Earth, in action in the following cities:

10 - Groningen, NL
11 - Hamburg
12 - Berlin
13 - Cologne
14 - Metz, FR
15 - Metz, FR
17 - Lausanne, FR
18 - Feyzin, FR
20 - Villeneuve D'Asq, FR
21 - London
22 - ATP, baby
23 - Pais
25 - Poitiers, FR
26 - Tours, FR

6 - Portland, OR
7 - Vancouver, BC
8 - Seattle
10 - San Jose
11 - SF
13 - LA
14 - San Diego

8 - Philadelphia
9 - Hamden, CT
10 - Boston
11 - Brooklyn

Delorean - "Unhold" video featuring Caroline from Chairlift debuts with Nowness

Today Nowness has premiered the new video from Delorean, for the song "Unhold" from the band's new album Apar. The song, and now the video, feature appearances from Caroline Polachek of Chairlift:

Delorean: Unhold on

Delorean's North American tour beings in January:

1/24 - Brooklyn, NY - Music Hall Of Williamsburg
1/25 - Washington, DC - Black Cat
1/26 - Philadelphia, PA - Johnny Brenda's
1/28 - Atlanta, GA - Masquerade - Purgatory
1/29 - Birmingham, AL - Bottle Tree
1/30 - New Orleans, LA - One Eyed Jacks
1/31 - Austin, TX - Mohawk
2/1 - Dallas, TX - Club Dada
2/3 - El Paso, TX - Lobrow Palace
2/5 - Phoenix, AZ - Crescent
2/6 - San Diego, CA - Casbah
2/7 - Los Angeles, CA - El Rey Theater
2/8 - Santa Ana, CA - Constellation Room
2/9 - San Francisco - The Independent
2/10 - San Francisco, CA - Independent
2/11 - Seattle, WA - Barboza
2/14 - Minneapolis, MN - 7th St Entry
2/15 - Iowa City, IA - The Mill
2/18 - Chicago, IL - Lincoln Hall
2/20 - Toronto, ON - Hoxton
2/23 - Boston, MA - Sinclair

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