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Stephen Malkmus and The Jicks - new album "Wig Out at Jagbags" streaming now at Amazon

Happy impending hangover everyone. We hope you've successfully escaped your family. I wrote this two weeks ago so pray for me to be free by now also, retrospectively.

We are very stoked, with the help of Amazon, to bring you the new album from Stephen Malkmus and The Jicks, Wig Out at Jagbags, streaming in it's entirety. The album is available to pre-order on LP and CD.


The record is truly fantastic: vintage Malkmusian guitar-flogging and melodic-wizardy, good for a listen on your comeups and comedowns. See you in the field.

Xmas Gift To You: Body/Head "Last Mistress" Remix

Yours for the t(we)aking: A phenomenal 14-minute remix of "Last Mistress" from Body/Head's Coming Apart LP (on New York Times and Spin's Best Of 2013 lists, among others), by Jake Meginsky. Play loud.

Click here to download (mp3)


Matador Store Pre-order:
pre-order Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks' 'Wig Out At Jagbags' and receive the  “Pick Up The Spare” 7” (single sided 7” on strawberry red vinyl) – while supplies last.

Singles Going Home Alone Update : Last Chance For the 2013 Edition

In the wake of singles from Jeffrey Novak, Superchunk, Cian Nugent, Lower Plenty, Bits Of Shit, Royal Headache, Outer Spaces, Smartboys and Tony Molina, the final 3 7"'s of the 2013 'Singles Going Home Alone' series are shipping to subscribers shortly ;

Sleaford Mods - "Routine Dean" b/w "Pubic Hair Ltd"

Steve Gunn - "WIldwood" b/w "Worn Threads"

Coho Lips - "Less Of Everything" b/w "Lick Your Sore Chops"

The 13th / bonus single is in production and the band's identity will revealed shortly. If you're looking for a hint, they hail from the same region as the adopted home of last year's bonus artist and have several records (old and not-so-old) in the Matador catalog. If that's not setting it up for you on a tee, I don't know what is.

There's a handful of subscriptions still available at The Matador Store. SGHA is taking a year (decade?) off in 2014 while we fantasize about pressing plant capacity magically tripling.

VIDEO : Queens of the Stone Age - "Smooth Sailing" (ACL/PBS)

Queens of the Stone Age, fresh off '...Like Clockwork' being voted the #1 album of 2013 by the readers of Spin, make their Austin City Limits TV debut on Saturday, January 4 (PBS). Here's a clip of '...Like Clockwork''s "Smooth Sailing" from last October's taping.

Malkmus & The Jicks x Momofuku Milk Bar

In honor of their forthcoming LP, Wig Out At Jagbags, Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks and Momofuku Milk Bar are joining forces to bring you a limited time soft serve flavor inspired by the song "Cinnamon And Lesbians". The special flavor will be available at one of Milk Bar's New York store locations for a very limited time starting on January 7 release date. Wondering what it will taste like? So are we. More details to come!

And as you ponder over the possibilities of this flavor, check out the "Cinnamon And Lesbians" video directed by Jay Winebrenner.

And don't forget you'll be able to listen to all of Wig Out At Jagbags in full starting New Year’s Eve on Amazon. The stream will live at – but don’t visit that URL yet as nothing’s happening there until the 31st of December. Instead, we’ve made it easy for you to set a reminder with iCal, or with Google Calendar.

Pre-order Wig Out At Jagbags on the Matador Store.

Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks on:

Flyer by Gary Panter


Cat Power : Covering Hugh Martin's "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas" In The New Apple Commercial

OK, Judy Garland's version is the best least until this week. Let this be a cautionary tale for anyone quick to scold a sulky teen for fucking around on the smartphone all Christmas. You could be interrupting the next Abel Ferrara!

1000 Times Better Than Frost/Nixon : Nardwuar Quizzes King Krule

clip courtesy the one, the only Nardwuar The Human Serviette

Savage: A New Song (and Music Video) from Majical Cloudz

Fans will already be familiar with "Savage," a staple of Majical Cloudz sets over the past year. They have now recorded it in the studio and made a quick music video. Watch it at the link above.

Devon Welsh writes about the song on the video on his tumblr HERE

Lots of interesting Majical Cloudz stuff happening in 2014 so keep your eyes peeled.

VIDEO : Lee Ranaldo & The Dust - "Lecce, Leaving" (from "Conan", 12/12/13)

(video courtesy TBS / Team Coco)

Our Annual Orgy of Self-Congratulation, Grandstanding & Overconsumption : Matador Artists & Staff Select Their 2013 Favorites

(close personal friend of the Matador family, Ryan Seacrest salutes Dick Diver on their strong showing in the 2013 staff and artists poll)

Around this time every year, your underappreciated good-looking editor attempts to coax a list of favorite recordings, books, television programs, life events, etc. out of the label's artist roster and our rock biz colleagues. In the past, the exercise has been an arduous process, fraught with nagging, teeth-gnashing and no shortage of reluctant participants. In more recent times, however, people can't wait to tell you everything. Too much, in fact. For some historical perspective, here's last year's selections. Questions or comments about our predictable tastes and/or inexcuseable omissions are welcome (but not necessarily appreciated). Bombs away! (full lists after the jump)

Anthony Anzaldo, Ceremony

Feb 9, Negative Approach at The Great American Music Hall and April 23, Prince at the DNA Lounge

Drake - Hold On We're Going Home

Chris Brokaw, Come

---Marrying Kathy Lindenmayer, August 16, Poulsbo, WA.
---Slow-dancing with Kathy as Mission of Burma played "Trem Two" at our wedding party, September 20, Somerville MA.
---Kicking out the jams with COME, THE LEMONHEADS, and WREKMEISTER HARMONIES.
---Becoming STEPFATHER to Joshua Ulysses Lindenmayer and UNCLE to Daniel Christopher Barber.
---The box of 101 cd's and 2 cassettes I received in the mail from Maurizio Bianchi.
---My first synthesizer.
---The phantasmagorical charcuterie that is OLYMPIC PROVISIONS.
---The continually stunning and inspiring work of SPECTRUM DANCE THEATER, Seattle WA.
---Taking a chartered boat ride around Manhattan with my wife and my great buddy Roddy Bogawa after we took MOMA by storm.
---All the love, good tidings and great cheer I received from my family and friends all year.

Daniel Copeman, Esben and the Witch

Leviathan - A documentary about commercial fishing in the north atlantic. Brutal, honest and harrowing, the whole documentary has no melodic score or tangible narrative. It is all shot on go pro cameras and sonically is almost exclusively derived of the audio from said cameras. The shots are long, close and uncompromising. Its a genuinely intense experience to watch. Phenomenal.

Godspeed You! Black Emperor statement after winning the Polaris prize. If you have not already, just read it. A vital, incredible band.

The Wasp Factory opera by Ben Frost - I saw this at the Royal Opera House earlier this year and musical and from a stage production point of view it was just mind blowing. A fantastically well constructed and paced piece of theatre. Ben Frost is a man who can do little wrong in my eyes and this was no different.

Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, Push The Sky Away and Hookworms, Pearl Mystic - Probably collectively our two favourite albums of 2013 both in van and in headphone staples.

I should not really put something us related in here but fuck it, this year we went to the Twin Peaks diner and the coffee was awful but we did not give a shit, life dream ticked off.

One last special mention to this as the best piece of music journalism of the year. Hats off John Doran.

Georgia Hubley, Yo La Tengo

dinner at au pied de cochon MONTREAL FEBRUARY

martin short in atlantic city APRIL
steve gunn/time off JULY
jumping in the lake at Oak St Beach CHICAGO JULY
dinner at cotogna SF JULY
maxwell's closing block party JULY
brooks headley's tour diary in lucky peach AUGUST
jody stephens and luther russell at musack benefit LA AUGUST

the world's end NYC AUGUST
superchunk at bowery ballroom NYC SEPTEMBER

swamp dogg at ponderosa stomp NEW ORLEANS OCTOBER
2 meals at Sylvain in NEW ORLEANS OCTOBER

Jonas Mekas Diaries, Notes & Sketches aka Walden @ Tate Modern Liverpool DECEMBER
dinner at NOPI London SIX HOURS AGO

James McNew Yo La Tengo

$75 Bill, Whiskey With Hail cassette
Uncluded, Hokey Fright LP
Obnox, Canabible OH EP
Fushitsusha, Namaewo Tsukenaide Hoshii Namaewo Tsuketeshimauto Subetede Nakunatte Shimaukara LP, and Mada Atatakaiuchino Konoimani Subetenonazowo Sosogikomou LP
People of The North, Sub Contra LP
Brokeback, Brokeback and The Black Rock LP
Run The Jewels s/t
Steve Gunn, Time Off LP
Shintaro Sakamoto, Don't Know What's Normal EP
William Tyler, Impossible Truth LP
Ed Askew, For The World LP
Glenn Jones, My Garden State LP
Mudhoney, The Vanishing Point LP

Thurston Moore, London


– a GREAT record store at 90 King St. Northampton, MA 01060 USA
Run by Ted Lee (pictured) and Byron Coley this place has bins of excellent 2nd hand LPs that hit all the right poon points – from no wave kraut confusion to cbgb t-head winghead pyschosis to folk femme velvet sexx aktion to noise (is dead). Also deep book section with mimeo poet vibration. Oh and sometimes gigs in the back room (for yr pleasure). Bonus: the John Fahey original paintings which adorn the walls – worth the trip.

2. The Analog Ghost Records label has released a limited edition Xmas tunes comp LP called ‘Comfort & Joy’ featuring Mike Watt, Terry Riley, Wooden Wand, Wckr Spgt and others. It can also be ordered as a cassette (with alternate Jad Fair artwork). Proceeds go to providing resources for homeless youth. This is why we do record labels! Or at least one of the (good) reasons

3. I suppose Patti opened the gates with Just Kids raising the bar for literate memoirs from punk origins (even though her book is decidedly pre-punk. A purported sequel is promised) but their seemed to be a bit of bliss revisionism in the pages, which is fine as romantic device but it was thrilling, and equally engaging, to have more of a raw and compulsive rock read from the post punk revolution from Richard Hell – I Dreamed I was a Very Clean Tramp and Morrissey – Autobiography. They are interestingly dissimilar yet both are hell bent on putting punks in their place whilst contemplating the personal process of creative endeavor with sincere and awkward grace/thought.

Bob Nastanovich, Pavement

1. Gloom Balloon--You Make Me Feel Like A Natural Disaster/Fix The Sunshine pts. 1-7 (Maximum Ames)--Patrick Tape Fleming's glistening new album. Check it out.
2. Mumford's--Immediate Family (Maximum Ames)--Brand new action the Ames party machine.
3. Dolfish--Live Shows--In 2013, I had the pleasure of tour managing and playing a little bit with my buddy Max Sollisch from Cleveland. Loved it. He even wrote a ditty for Yahoo! in April (back when they were cool (as in pre-Pogue and pre-Couric)) called "Dollar Store". Max strides into a Detroit studio soon to record his new album.
4. The Wheelers--The Wheelers (Maximum Ames)--Didn't think bands wanted to blister and shred any more. They do.

5. Pennyhawk--"Of Course You Don't Need Glasses" video--I love this video. You can watch it on YouTube. Kate Kennedy is a whiz.
6. Leslie and the LYs--Live Shows--Sweeping the USA during the months of January, February and March. Don't miss it. Check your local listings. They'll be popping up everywhere.
7. Grass Widow--Internal Logic (HLR Label)--Okay, I'm a year behind. But, I'm only one year behind.
8. Love Songs For Lonely Monsters--Live Shows--The up and comers.
9. Ramona and the Swimsuits--Live Shows--The funnest of the fun.
10. Christopher The Conquered--Live Shows--The spark plug. Proof that these lists are not necessarily in any order.

Andy Nelson, Ceremony

Darkside - Psychic
DJ Koze - Amygdala
Drake - Nothing Was The Same
Framtid - Defeat Of Civilization

Iron Lung - White Glove Test
Joanna Gruesome - Weird Sister
Julia Holter - Loud City Song
Kanye West - Yeezus
Nils Frahm - Spaces
Radiator Hospital - Something Wild

Bad Side - Everybody Wants Something From Me
Demdike Stare - Testpressing #002
Good Throb - Culture Vulture
Keluar - Ennoea
Permanent Ruin - Hell Is Real
The Repos - Lost Still Losing
Royal Headache - Stand And Stare
Terekke - Yyyyyyyyyy
Tony Molina - Dissed And Dismissed
Trade - SHEWORKS005

Carl Newman, The New Pornographers, A.C. Newman


Jeffrey Novak 'Lemon Kid'
Thee Oh Sees 'Floating Coffin'
Okkervil River 'The Silver Gymnasium'

Peter Gutteridge 'Pure' re-issue
White Fence 'Cyclops Reap'


The Returned ('Les Revenants')
Orphan Black
Breaking Bad
Comedy Bang Bang
Top Of The Lake


Karen Russell 'Vampires in The Lemon Grove
George Saunders 'Tenth Of December'
Kate Atkinson 'Life After Life'
Hari Kunzru 'Gods Without Men' (I know it didn't come out this year)

Real Life:

Being a dad to a toddler has been pretty amazing.

Devon Welsh, Majical Cloudz


Dirty Beaches - Drifters/Love is the Devil
Tim Hecker - Virgins
Deafheaven - Sunbather
My Bloody Valentine - MBV
Autre Ne Veut - Anxiety

Dean Bein, True Panther Sounds

Aero Manyelo - Kasi Vibes (Outhere Records)
Cass McCombs - Big Wheel And Others (Domino)

Courtney Barnett - A Sea Of Split Peas (Milk! Records)
Danny Brown – Old (Fool's Gold)
DJ Rashad - Double Cup (Hyperdub)
Earl Sweatshirt, “Doris” (Tan Cressida/Sony)
Forest Swords - Engravings (Tri Angle)

Jensen Sportag- Stealth Of Days (Cascine)
John Talabot - DJ Kicks (K7)
Jon Hopkins - Immunity (Domino)
Julianna Barwick "Nepethe" (Dead Oceans)
Kanye West, “Yeezus” (Def Jam)
Kurt Vile - Walkin On A Pretty Daze (Matador)
The Knife - Shaking The Habitual (Rabid)
Logos - Cold Mission (Keysound)
Lonnie Hallie - Keeping A Records of It (Dust To Digital)
Oneohtrix Point Never - R Plus Seven (Warp)
William Onyeabor - Who is William Onyeabor? (Luaka Bop)

Alex Coulton - Murda / Break Pressure 12" (Black Acre)
Audio Push - Come As You Are
Chance The Rapper - Acid Rap
Devil - Harbinger
Justin Bieber- this year's singles....
Kevin Gates - Stranger Than Fiction
Lil Durk - Signed To The Streets
Lloyd Banks - F.N.O.
Master P - Al Capone
Mike WiLL Made It - everything....
Sophi - Bipp/Elle (Numbers)
Tirzah - I'm Not Dancing (Greco-Roman)
Tink - Bo$$ Up
Suicideyear - Japan
Visionist - I'm Fine (Lit City Trax)
Young Thug - 1017 Thug

Nils Bernstein, Matador Records

Top 5 Albums of 2013

Nils Frahm - Spaces
Castevet - Obsian
Majical Cloudz - Impersonator
Mikal Cronin - Mc II
Neko Case - The Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight, The Harder I
Fight, The More I Love You

Top 5 Mexican Distillates Of 2013

Mezcal Gin "PA+9" from Pierde Almas

Jane Chardiet, Matador Direct

1) Pharmakon - Abandon (Sacred Bones)
2) Humanbeast- Venus Ejaculates Into The Banquet
3) Raspberry Bulbs- Deformed Worship
4) Secret Boyfriend- This is Always Where You've lived
5) Phemale- City Silk

6) Gag- This Punk Shit is Cool but I Want to be Rob Zombie when I'm 28
7) Sofia Reta- Bad Luck
8 Profligate- The Red Rope EP
9) Merchandise- Totale Nite
10) Destruction Unit- Deep Trip

Steve Cross, Remote Control Records

10 tracks my teen self wants to kill me for enjoying this year

Spirit –Urantia
David McWilliams - Lady Margaret
Steve Miller - Journey from Eden
Boz Scaggs - Angel Lady
Emmanuelle Parrenin - Thibault Et L'arbre D'or
5th Dimension - (Last Night) I Didn't Get To Sleep At All
Philippe Sarde - Le Cortege Et Course
Bread - Guitar Man
Al Balabil - Al Bisal Ma Bitoh
Lindsay Buckingham - Play In The Rain (Continued)

Stuart Davie, Matador Records

The best things I saw this year:

The final season of Breaking Bad
Light Show @ The Hayward Gallery (video)
Kurt Vile @ London Barfly
Yo La Tengo @ The Barbican
This sign in my building

The finish line of Brighton Marathon
Fucked Up @ Netil House
Majical Cloudz @ Electrowerkz
Queens of the Stone Age @ Download Festival

A bag full of left-over rider booze that fuelled my Latitude festival
10 birthday cakes in one day for Dean Fertita (possibly more)

Savages at the Mercury awards show

Matador at #1 in the UK charts (for a day or two at least)

This motivational sign, mid-way through a half marathon

Barn Owl - V
Pan American - Cloud Room, Glass Room
Crash Of Rhinos - Knots
Deerhunter - Monomania
Twin Peaks - Sunken
Nils Frahm - Screws (2012, I was late to the party)
Songs: Ohia - The Magnolia Electric Co. (10th anniversary)
Parquet Courts - Light Up Gold
Tobias Jesso Jr - Demos

Matt Harmon, Beggars Group

Holden - The Inheritors (Border Community)
Dead C - Armed Courage (Ba Da Bing)
Bill Callahan - Dream River (Drag City)
Iceage - You're Nothing (Matador)
Cut Hands - Damballah 58 (Blackest Ever Black)
Ensemble Economique - Fever Logic (Not Not Fun)
Helena Hauff - Actio Reactio (Werkdiscs)
Tim Hecker - Virgins (Kranky)
William Winant - Five American Percussion Pieces (Poon Village)
Mikal Cronin - MCII (Merge Records)
Peter Broderick - Float re-issue (Erased Tapes)
Rashad Becker - Traditional Music of National Species Vol 1 (PAN)
Ben Vida, Meredyth Sparks, Anthony Elms - Extraction (Future Audio Graphics)
Kuupuu - Sisar (EM)
Ákos Rózmann - Images of the Dream and Death (ideologic Organ/Editions Mego)
Haxan Cloak - Excavation Part 1 (Tri Angle)
Magical Cloudz - Impersonator (Matador)
Felicia Atkinson - With Her Own Hands (Shelter Press)

Catherine Herrick, Beggars Group

Catherine's Impartial (ie Non BGMR) Top 10 Amplified Live Experiences of 2013 In Chronological Order:
Prince Rupert's Drops - Secret Project Robot - January 18
Big Freedia - Brooklyn Bowl - January 25
John Mulaney - Carolines on Broadway - February 24

Mr. Clit and the Pink Cigarettes - Main Squeeze (Little Rock, AR) - March 12 (photo attached)
Endless Boogie - Knockdown Center - July 4
Prince and the New Power Generation - City Winery - August 22
Jinx Monsoon in The Vaudevillians - The Laurie Beechman Theatre - August 27
RuPaul's Drag Race: Battle Of The Seasons - Gramercy Theatre - September 8
Sparks - Webster Hall - October 28
Excepter - Body Actualized Center - November 1

Helen Johnson, Matador Direct

Magic Markers – Surrender To The Fantasy LP (Drag City)
Crystal Stilts – Nature Noir LP (Sacred Bones)
The Limiñanas – Costa Blanca LP (Trouble In Mind)

Amor De Dias – The House At Sea LP (Merge)
Body/Head – S/T 12” (Open Mouth)
Sidi Toure – Alafia LP (Thrill Jockey)
Steve Gunn – Time Off LP(Paradise Of Bachelors)
Prince Rupert Drops – Run Slow LP (Beyond Beyond Is Beyond)
Kiki Pau – Pines LP (Beyond Beyond Is Beyond)
Cate Le Bon – Mug Museum LP (Wichita)
Ty Segall – Sleeper LP (Drag City)
Michael Chapman - Wrecked Again LP (Light In The Attic)
Zachary Cale – Blue Rider LP (All Hands Electric)
Honey LTD. - The Complete LHI Recordings LP (Light In The Attic)

Body/Head (Kim Gordon/Bill Nace) w/ Sightings - Union Pool
Body/Head – MOMA
White Out & Zeena Parkins – The Stone
Prince Rupert Drops – Secret Project Robot
Eye Banker (Doug Shaw/Tim DeWitt) – Secret Project Robot
Yo La Tengo – Town Hall (played one mellow and one heavy set)
Charlemagne Palestine – Issue Project Room
Keiji Haino – Issue Project Room (two shows, one vocal & one guitar)
Keiji Haino & Lorren Mazzacane Conors – Whitney Museum
Richard Youngs - Issue Project Room
Graham lambkin & Jason Lescalleet – Issue Project room
Crystal Stilts – Webster Hall
Tara Jane O’Neil (w/ Samara Lubelski, Marcia Bassett & Ryan Sawyer) – Clocktower Gallery
Sidi Toure – BAM Cafe
Thurston Moore & Tom Surgal performing live to the Film ‘Street’ by James Nares

Other Good Things:
Playing a ‘Metal Mountains’ show in Turners falls MA ‘ Spirit In the Boot #4 ‘ with Red favorite, Willie Lane, Samara Lubelski & Joshua Burkett reading.
Kim Gordon Art Opening – White Columns
WFMU Record Fair
…and as always, my cats……

Natalie Judge, Matador Records

Ten albums I like a lot from 2013, in no particular order, not including anything i've worked on:
White Fence - Live in San Francisco
Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds - Push The Sky Away
Jon Hopkins - Immunity
Arctic Monkeys - AM
Mutazione - Italian Electronic & New Wave Underground 1980-1988 - Various artists
Thee Oh Sees - Floating Coffin
Factory Floor - Factory Floor
The Fat White Family - Champagne Holocaust
These New Puritans - Fields of Reeds
Deerhunter - Monomania

Best artwork award of 2013 goes to the aforementioned Thee Oh Sees:

Personal highlights:
Dog, Flat, 30, Queens #2, Savages at Mercury's, Japan.

Christian Klenke, Beggars Germany

1. Travelling to the Carpathians
2. Kirin J Callinan live at Reeperbahn Festival
3. "The NeverEnding Story - long version" finally released!
4. Disclosure - "When a Fire Starts to Burn"
5. My Bloody Valentine still are My Bloody Valentine
6. First half of "Gravity"
7. A cold beer on a warm summer's night at Rome's Gianicolo hill
8. Sebadoh still writing surprisingly splendid songs ("Final Days")
9. Dancing to Richard Sanderson's "Reality" in a pink shower of confetti (at Engtanzparty, Berlin Festival)
10. BRMC live in Amsterdam

Sonya Kolowrat, Beggars Group

Foxygen - We Are the 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace & Magic
Mikal Cronin - MCII
Night Beds - Country Sleep
Moon Duo - Mazes
Death Grips - Government Plates
(image if ya want )
Cate LeBon - Mug Museum
The Caretaker - An Empty Bliss Beyond This World
Prince Rupert's Drops -Run Slow
Inside Llewyn Davis - Soundtrack + movie

Joel RL Phelps - Gala

Dave Martin, Matador Direct

New Records:

1. Carousel - Jeweler's Daughter - TeePee
2. Disappears - ERA - Kranky

3. Oblivians - Desperation - In The Red

4. Cheap Time - Exit Smiles - In The Red
5. Jeffrey Novak - Lemon Kid - Trouble In Mind
6. Bare Mutants - The Affliction - In The Red
7. Bassholes - Boogieman Stew - Columbus Discount Records
8. Counter Intuits - S/T - Pyramid Scheme Records
9. Implodes - Recurring Dream - Kranky

10. Endless Boogie - Long Island - No Quarter
11. Human Eye - 4: Into Unknown - Goner
12. Brother JT - The Sveltness Of Boogietude - Thrill Jockey
13. Life Coach - Alpha Waves - Thrill Jockey
14. Crystal Stilts - Nature Noir - Sacred Bones
15. Mick Turner - Don't Tell The Driver - Drag City
16. Amor De Dias - The House At Sea - Merge

17. Native Cats - Dallas - Ride The Snake
18. Actuers - S/T - Public Information Records
19. Dick Diver - Calendar Days - Chapter Music
20. Pampers - S/T - In The Red
21. True Sons Of Thunder - Stop And Smell Your Face - Little Big Chief Records
22. Connections - Private Airplane & Body Language - Anyway Records
23. Alan Licht - Four Years Older - Editons Mego
24. Guitar Wolf - Beast Vibrator - Guitar Wolf Records
25. Mordecai - College Rock - Richie Records


1. Shockwave Riderz - S/T 12" - Faux Totem Records
2. Gotobeds - Ipso Facto b/w Television Addict - Mind Cure Records
3. Talbot Adams - Red Diamonds b/w Not Even Europe - Spacecase Records
4. Obnox - Smoke Woody Haze 12" - 12XU Records
5. Carousel - On My Way b/w Warriors - Mind Cure Records
6. Buck Biloxi & The Fucks - Holodeck Survivor b/w Not Getting Stabbed - Total Punk Records
7. Cheap Time - Goodbye Age b/w Soon Over Soon - Total Punk Records
8. Strapping Field Hands - Sitting On Her Whiskers b/w Impossible To Say - Richie Records
9. Dinosaur Jr. - The Only Other Way b/w The Lung (Live) - Skullcandy

10. Shock - The Fucker b/w Dr. Smegmatic - Shock Records

New Old Music:

1. Real Enemy - Life With The Enemy - Mind Cure Records
2. Hawkwind - Leave No Star Unturned - Dirter Promotions
3. The New Bomb Turks - !!Destroy-Oh-Boy!! & Tape Worm Blues - Crypt Records
4. Snapper - S/T - Flying Nun / Captured Tracks
5. Human Expression - Love At A Psychedelic Velocity - Mississippi Records
6. Eleventh Dream Day - New Moodio - Comedy Minus One
7. Scorched Earth Policy - GoingThru A Hole In The Back Of Your Head - Siltbreeze Records
8. Victor Dimisch Band - S/T - Siltbreeze Records
9. Devo - Hardcore Devo Volumes 1 & 2 - Superior Viaduct
10. The Flesh Eaters - No Questions Asked - Mono Records
11. Neil Michael Hagerty & The Howling Hex - The Hildreth Tapes - Golden Lab Records
12. 39 Clocks - Pain It Dark - Luxury Product
13. Sector Zero - Guitar Attack b/w Hiding In My Car - Goner Records
14. Peter Jefferies - The Last Great Challenge In A Dull World - De Stijl Records
15. Peter Gutteridge - Pure - 540 Records
16. The Renderers - Measured Strychnine Invitations - Exiled Records
17. Venom P Stinger - Meet My Friend Venom / What's Yours Is Mine / Waiting Room / Walking About - Drag City
18. C.C. Riders - Monsieur Jeffrey Evans & His C. C. Riders - Spacecase Records
19. Skullflower - Kino Volumes 1-4 - Dirter Promotions / Shock Records
20. True Believers - Accept It b/w Death By Freezing / Gusto Hungry - Hozac Records
21. Ego Summit - The Room Isn't Big Enough - 540 Records

22. Epicycle - You're Not Gonna Get It 1978-81 - Hozac Records
23. Spinal Tap - Soundtrack - The Control Group
24. Urinals - Negative Capability - In The Red
25. Afflicted Man - I'm Off Me 'ead & High Speed & The Afflicted Man - Get Stoned Ezy - Permanent Records / Guerssen Records

Hector Montes, Beggars Group

California X - California X - Don Giovanni
Clinic - Free Reign II - Domino
Mikal Cronin - MCII - Merge
The Dead C - Armed Courage - Ba Da Bing
Eluvium - Nightmare Ending - Temporary Residence Ltd.

The Focus Group - The Elektrik Karousel - Ghost Box
His Name Is Alive - Dragons Look Out Your Window (s/r)
Jon Hopkins - Immunity - Domino
Milk Music - Cruise Your Illusion - Fat Possum
My Bloody Valentine - mbv - s/r
The Native Cats - Dallas - Ride The Snake
Pissed Jeans - Honeys - Sub Pop

Shockwave Riderz - 12” + Cassette - S/R
Wire - Change Becomes Us - Pink Flag

YVETTE - Process - Godmode

Robby Morris, Matador Records

records, in no order, by: dean blunt, wolf eyes, nick cave and the bad seeds, steve gunn, nils frahm, bill callahan, dick diver, connections
live: kanye west, destruction unit (for the same reasons)

Gonzalo Schiaffino, Everlasting / Popstock


Badfinger – Baby Blue
The Ballet – All the Way
Bass Drum Of Death – Shattered Me
The Black Angels – Always Maybe
Black Joe Lewis – Vampire
Blank Realm – Cleaning Up My Mess
Brother JT – Somebody Down There
David Bowie – Where Are We Now?
The Excitements – Ha, Ha, Ha
Gabo Ferro – Volver a Volver
Gap Dream – Greased
Guadalupe Plata – Milana
Har Mar Superstar – Lady, You Shot Me
Janelle Monáe – Givin Em What They Love [feat. Prince]
Jason Isbell – Songs That She Sang In The Shower
John Grant – GMF
Julio de la Rosa feat. Ana Franco, Dani Llamas, Enrique Bunbury, Hannot Mintegia, Miguel Rivera, Nahúm García & Nieves Lázaro – La Fiera Dentro
King Khan & the Shrines – Better Luck Next Time
Low – So Blue
Lower Plenty – White Walls
Mad Season – Black Book Of Fear
Mark Lanegan & Duke Garwood – War Memorial
Mazes – Notes Between F&E
Mick Harvey – I Wish That I Were Stone - Act 2
Mikal Cronin – Weight
Nadine Shah – Runaway
Night Beats – At the Gates
North Mississippi Allstars – Rollin 'n Tumblin
Obits – I'm Closing In
Paul McCartney – Cut Me Some Slack
Primal Scream – 2013
The Sadies – Another Yesterday Again
Steve Mason – Oh My Lord
Surf City – It's a Common Life
Tijuana Panthers – Tony's Song
Unknown Mortal Orchestra – Swim and Sleep
Wooden Shjips – These Shadows
Wooden Wand – Southern Colorado Song


DAVID BOWIE - The Next Day (Sony)
BROTHER JT - The Svelteness Of Boogietude (Thrill Jockey)
HAR MAR SUPERSTAR - Bye Bye 17 (Cult Records)
JASON ISBELL - Southerneastern (Thirty Tigers)
JULIO DE LA ROSA - Pequeños Trastornos Sin Importancia (Ernie Records)
MARK LANEGAN & DUKE GARWOOD - Black Pudding (Heavenly Recordings)
NORTH MISSISSIPPI ALLSTARS - World Boogie Is Coming (Songs From The South)
TY SEGALL - Sleeper (Drag City)
NIGHT BEATS - Sonic Bloom (Reverberation Appreciation Sociaty)
MAZES - Better Ghosts (Fat Cat)
MAD SEASON - Above (Reissue - Sony)
VELVET UNDERGROUND - White Light/White Heat (Reissue Universal)


GUADALUPE PLATA - El Sol (Madrid - 22Feb13)
JULIO DE LA ROSA - Teatro lara (Madrid - 17Oct13)
DAVID BYRNE & ST VINCENT - (Madrid - Circo Price 5Sep13)
NORTH MISSISSIPPI ALLSTARS - (Madrid - Caracol 10Oct13)



Naomi Scott, Beggars Group

Some non-beggars albums I've enjoyed this year (in no order):
Pissed Jeans
Shannon & The Clams
Amon Amarth
David Bowie
Yancey Boys

Janelle Monae
Sky Ferreira
Blood Orange

Karaoke Jams of the year:
Miley Cyrus - Wrecking Ball
Boy Meets Girl - Waiting For A Star To Fall
Heart - Alone
En Vogue - Free Your Mind
Alannah Myles - Black Velvet

Netflix finds of the year:

Beauty Is Embarrassing
Mike Birbiglia's My Girlfriend's Boyfriend
Beauty And The Beast (1987 Ron Perlman/Linda Hamilton version)

Gabe Spierer, Beggars Group

Savages - Silence Yourself and LIVE: I have not fallen for a band this hard in a long time. It was borderline awkward. Best live band in the world. I won't miss a show until they break up.

Kanye West - Yeezus and the Yeezus Tour: the album is weird, beautiful, dissociative, insanely self-indulgent, self-congratulatory and spectacular. The live show is all those things plus it's GIGANTIC - a budgetless Broadway trainwreck/revelation. We bought shirts. Best show I saw in 2013 not performed by Savages.

JAY-Z - Magna Carta Holy Grail: really, really liked the record and don't totally understand why people were so put off by the materialist braggadocio (like it's new from him?)...maybe it was the Samsung thing...I will say I'll always remember the record being announced in a TIMEOUT-LENGTH commercial during Game 5 of the NBA game before THE CRAZIEST SHIT I HAVE EVER SEEN HAPPEN IN A BASKETBALL GAME (controlling for the magnitude of the circumstances): Game 6 of the NBA Finals was probably my favorite thing this year. The greatest shooter ever (and my favorite player ever) hitting the clutchest shot ever to save the legacy of the greatest player of his generation (and maybe the greatest player ever - it's getting to be a conversation, and re: Ray Ray saving LBJ's legacy, James was pretty majestic himself in that fourth quarter). Plus they ended up taking out the Spurs who Fuck The Spurs Forever. I'll never forget it.

Eminem - The Marshall Mathers LP 2: Again, I can't understand why the reviews were so shit. If you're judging the album outside the established context of the guy's almost two-decade career (you know that the lyrical content will be dumb to really really dumb, that some beats will be a revelation and others will literally be a joke, etc), I suppose you might miss THE RAPPING, which at times on MMLP2 can scarcely be believed. Devastating. And I actually like most of the songs, just generally.

Danny Brown - Old: for whatever reason I can only judge this record in the context of Pusha T's wildly overrated My Name Is My Name, even though the two albums are basically unrelated. I couldn't wait for the latter but when it arrived nearly alongside the former it just couldn't get any run on my iPhone. I didn't realize Brown was capable of such diversity (I only knew about THE DANNY BROWN VOICE) nor did I expect a record I would revisit so much. And since I gave Eminem a lot of credit for his rapping pyrotechnics, a note on how lazy Pusha sounds on MNIMN: he phones in almost every individual rhyme on that thing. No idea what you people are hearing. I'm still a fan though - if there's an entry point I'm missing can someone tell me what it is?

Neko Case - "Man" and "Nearly Midnight, Honolulu": two songs I repeatedly cherrypicked from a very good album.

A$AP Ferg - Trap Lord: if for no other reasons than "Shabba" and "Lord", a great back-to-back early in the record. Sort of like Neko Case but I actually listened to the whole album sometimes.

Baroness -Yellow & Green: I'm pretty sure this came out in 2012 but I listened to it A LOT this year, plus it's really long and sort of sounds like Foo Fighters.

Ka - The Night's Gambit: the tiniest little rap record of the year. Super unique with inventive, weird beats and near-whispered raps. Is "dusky" a word? Am I using it right?

Kevin Gates - Stranger Than Fiction: I know The Luca Brasi Story is the one most people liked and the one you'll see on some lists but this was my jam. Either way the dude is talented and "Thinking With My Dick" is the funniest song of the year.

Dick Diver - Calendar Days: so good, so pop, so Kiwi (even if they're Australian).

Michael Cronin - MCII: I just listened to this a hell of a lot. Every time I did I thought "well I don't love this"...but I put it on as much as anything so I feel like I might have been wrong.

Vampire Weekend - Modern Vampires of the City: I'm a huge fan of the band but this might go down as my favorite of the first three albums. I'm not sure what to say about "Step", "Hannah Hunt" or "Hudson" except that all three just HAUNTED me in their own way.

A$AP Rocky - Long.Live.A$AP: not sure what it was about the A$AP crew but they had some of the great sequencing triumphs in rap this year....the "Fuckin' Problems", "Wild For The Night", "1Train" run was the best back-to-back-to-back of 2013.

Sampha - Dual EP: I'm just surprised I liked this as much as I did. I didn't know it was my thing. Nothing against Sampha. He's great. I just didn't see it coming. For me. It's gorgeous and the songs are terrific. Also - on Fallon with Drake. Wow.

Iceage - You're Nothing: as someone told me that Lombardi told them, "it sounds like it could all fall apart at any second but somehow it never does". And amid all of that "chaos": some of the best melodies and songwriting of 2013. Sensational.

Deerhunter - Monomania: especially "Back To The Middle", "The Missing", "Blue Agent" and "Monomania". But, the whole thing.

Queens Of The Stone Age - ...Like Clockwork and hearing "My God Is The Sun" (+4) for the first time at SXSW on the roof of the Omni with Natalie and Robby, and learning that Matador was going to put the record out: I think this is the only one of "these" on this list. Sue me. It was big!

Kleenex Girl Wonder - Let It Buffer: Another classic from my just-about-my-fave...He writes indie rock lyrics like a rapper (as I believe he mentions on the record) and songs with as much heart and wit as anyone. I don't just keep saying this for fun. He's one of the greats. Speaking of back-to-back-to-back(-to-back)s: "Mr. Big Philosopher", "William Roberts", "BFF", "Exeunt.". The first KGW full-length on vinyl since Ponyoak (right?) and a worthy reentry in the format.

Chrissy Stuart, Mattitude Music

Cars, Cigars, and Son in Cuba

Bestia's Bone Marrow
Atoms for Peace at Fai Do Do
Fried Clams at The Bite in Menemsha
50 Mile Bike Ride in Colorado with My Dad
Cayo Largo, Cuba
Sampha & Drake`
Bad Sports - Bras
Snowshoeing in the Redwoods
Kayne West - Yeezus

Blake Thomas, Beggars Group

Trailer: World War Z - Paramount
Beer: Snake IPA cask - Flying Dog
Burger: Hillstone
Album: Phosphorescent - Muchacho
Laugh: Matt De Jong
Live: Deerhunter - Webster Hall
Video: Manhattan - Cat Power
Booze: Blanton's Gold - Buffalo Trace
TV: Breaking Bad - AMC
Sandwich: East Villy Cheese Steak - Whitmans
Song: 'Wakin on a Pretty Day' - Kurt Vile
Movie: The Conjuring - New Line
Looking forward to: Endless Boogie/Malkmus and the Jicks show

Mike Venutolo-Mantovani, Matador Direct

Top 14 for '13
1. ovlov - am (Exploding In Sound)

2. Brother JT - The Sveltness Of Boogitude (Thrill Jockey)
3. Rhye - Woman (Loma Vista)
4. Yo La Tengo - Fade (Matador)
5. Marnie Stern - The Chronicles Of Marnia (Kill Rock Stars)
6. Anna Calvi - One Breath (Domino)
7. Charles Waters Quartet - Chroma Colossus: 13 Visions Of The City (Amish)
8. The Brooklyn What - Hot Wine (self-released)
9. Joel RL Phelps & The Downer Trio - Gala (12XU)
10. Stephen Malkmus And Friends - Ege Bamyasi Record Store Day Exclusive (Matador)
11. King Khan And The Shrines - Idle No More (Merge)
12. Queens Of The Stone Age - …Like Clockwork (Matador)
13. Potty Mouth - Hell Bent (Old Flame)
14. Washed Out - Paracosm (Sub Pop)

Song O The Year
Hop Along - Sister Cities

Web Gem
Groupie Dirt

Eli's Interceptions
1. Pick six vs Dallas
2. Pick six vs Chicago
3. Pick six vs Oakland

Viral Sensations
1. It's Too Damn Hot!!
2. Oh My Dayum
3. Trumpet Fight

Patrick Amory, Matador Records

steve gunn - time off
patrick leigh fermor - the broken road
dick diver - calendar days
vintage postage stamps
alan garner - boneland
guy halsall - worlds of arthur
interior with mirror
front free endpaper
stephen king - doctor sleep

fuchsia - fuchsia song

Gerard Cosloy, Matador Records,

Bottomless Pit - Shade Perennial (Comedy Minus One)
Ooga Boogas - s/t (Aarght)
Spray Paint - s/t (SS Records)
Spray Paint - Rodeo Songs (SS Records)
Martha's Vineyard Ferries - Mass Grave (Kiam)

Radioactivity - s/t (Dirtnap)
Running - Vaguely Ethnic (Castleface)
Jeffrey Novak - Lemon Kid (Trouble In Mind)
Destruction Unit - Void (Jolly Dream)
Destruction Unit - Deep Trip (Sacred Bones)
Chris Corsano / Bill Orcutt - The Raw & The Cooked (Palilalia)

Sun Kil Moon/The Album Leaf - Perils From The Sea (Calo Verde)
Endless Boogie - Long Island (No Quarter)
Ex-Cult - Ex-Cult (Goner)
Dick Diver - Calendar Days (Chapter Music)
Cuntz - Solid Mates (Homeless)

Impalers - s/t (540)
Counter Intuits s/t (Pyramid Scheme)
A Giant Dog - Bone (Tic Tac Totally)
Mordecai - College Rock (Richie)
Lloyd Pack - At Home With The Lloyd Pack (L'Esprit De L'Escalier)

Buck Biloxi & The Fucks - s/t (Red Lounge)
Pampers - s/t (In The Red)
Chris Forsyth - Solar Motel (Paradise Of Bachelors)
Bassholes - Boogieman Stew (Columbus Discount)
Gary Wrong Group - Knights Of Misery 12" (Total Punk)
Thalia Zedek Band - Via (Thrill Jockey)
The School Of Radiant Living - s/t (Radiant)


Gary Wrong Group/Wizzard Sleeve - "Halloween Violence" (Jeth Row/Pelican Pow Wow)
Gas Rag - 'Human Rights' EP (Beach Impediment)
Gotobeds - "Ipso Facto" (Mind Cure)
Buck Biloxi & The Fucks - "Holodeck Survivor" (Total Punk)
Manateees - "Neat Freak" (Pelican Pow Wow)
Wet Lungs - s/t 7" EP (Twistworthy)

Chance - In Search (Paradise Of Bachelors)
Dark - Dark Round The Edges (Machu Picchu)
Peter Gutteridge - Pure (540)
Victor Dimisich Band - s/t (Siltbreeze)
Venom P. Stinger - Meet My Friend Venom / What's Yours Is Mine (Drag City)

Craig Leon - Nommos (Superior Viaduct)
Dump - Superpowerless / I Can Hear Music (Morr Music)
Afflicted Man - I'm Off Me 'Ead (Permanent)

live :

Rusted Shut (Mohawk, Austin)
Cuntz (Death By Audio, NYC, Buccaneer, Memphis, Mohawk, Austin)
Destruction Unit (Beerland, Austin, Hotel Vegas, Austin)

Tyvek (Empty Bottle, Chicago)
Wizzard Sleeve (Empty Bottle, Chicago, Hi-Tone, Memphis)
Cheater Slicks (Beerland, Austin, Empty Bottle, Chicago)
Total Control (Holy Mountain, Austin)
Protomartyr (Beerland, Austin, Bottom Lounge, Chicago)
Richard Buckner (Hotel Vegas, Austin)
Hoax (Mohawk, Austin)
The Rats (Mohawk, Austin)
Iron Maiden (Circuit Of The Americas Speedway, Austin)

Lee Ranaldo and The Dust on Conan tonight!

Lee Ranaldo and The Dust will be performing "Lecce, Leaving" - Rolling Stone's #99 Song Of The Year, from their album Last Night On Earth - on Conan tonight! Also appearing on the show is The Sexiest Man Alive, Tim Conway (humor is sexy, people!), and a nice man named Adam Levine. Conan airs on TBS at 11:00pm.
photo by Markus Thorsen

Savages - live in Europe in 2014

Some of the rescheduled dates from this year, some brand brand new. All on sale now, so go get 'em.

Yo La Tengo - 4 Bell House Shows This Weekend, Tickets Just Released

Wits : Game Show ("I Wast Into Their Earlier Stuff"), with Paul F. Tompkins and Yo La Tengo. (video courtesy American Public Media)

Have you ever noticed that sometimes after an enormodome show has long been sold out, at the very last minute, the promoter release a small quantity of premium tickets after it's been determined, for instance, that Passion Pit don't need an orchestra pit, or Porno For Pyros are forbidden from using pyro (and in some municipalities, the porno's off the table, too). Well, in a scenario that has almost nothing to do with the above examples, the Bell House have made a tiny quantity of tickets available this morning for Yo La Tengo's 4 (otherwise) sold out shows happening Friday December 13-Monday December 16.

If the elbow-throwing, steel-toed boot climate surrounding the Bell House's merch booth is not to your liking, we'd like to remind you that Album Of The Year candidate 'Fade' is available from the Matador store in a variety of formats, including the recently released double CD version including the 'Fade Out', 72 minute bonus disc. There's also the "Super Kiwi" 7" and the "Ohm" triple 12" shower-curtain pack, so if you know anyone who claims this time of year is all about manipulating consumer anxiety, be sure to put in a good word for us.

Coming Spring 2014 : EMA's 'The Future's Void' (LP/CD/digital album)

(photo : Erika M. Anderson)

In early 2014, Matador will be releasing the 2nd album from Portland-based EMA, 'The Future's Void', the followup to 2011's widely acclaimed 'Past Life Martyred Saints' (Souterrain Transmissions) (*- City Slang will be releasing 'The Future's Void' in Europe). The first publicly available track from the new album, "Satellites", is available today via iTunes.

"Satellites" hints at a further emboldened Erika M. Anderson, without forgoing the industrial-noise sound and glorious fuzz of her solo debut and previous work with Gowns. Crucially, she still maintains the visceral songwriting and a DIY recording ethos unique to herself (aided once again by Leif Shackelford on production duties). Opening with a wall of hiss, scree and galloping piano motif, ‘Satellites’ bursts into a flame of feedback and bass to provide one her best tracks to date.

The track also introduces us to some of the new album’s metaphysical themes, of struggling to understand where we fit in the digital age and where we are all headed. ‘Satellites’ explores the places where everyone has equal access, but is also under constant surveillance; “We fought the wars with information. Outer space seems very cold.”

With ‘Satellites’, EMA continues to evoke a distinctive sonic signature that saw her rightfully recognised as one of the most singular artists to emerge in 2011, and is likely to see her bound into the public consciousness once again in 2014.

EMA - official site

Yo La Tengo: listen again to their BBC 6music session

Yo La Tengo - posing for their Press Pop photo shoot

Given that James, Georgia and Ira have been on tour for pretty much the entire year since Fade was released back in January, you'd think we might have let up on twisting their arm for promotional opportunities, but with the promise of a good meal after, we persuaded them to record a BBC 6music session for Marc Riley last night.  Playing Ohm around the 46 minute mark, they followed with some chat and two more songs, with renditions of Paddle Forward and I'll Be Around from the 1:16 mark - listen to all of those here.

Gideon Coe's 6music show followed where the band had pre-recorded Is The Point Of It, also online now.  Currently on their way back to the US, their final shows of the year take place at The Bell House and are all sold-out.

Stephen Malkmus and The Jicks - new song and video "Cinnamon and Lesbians"; listen to the album on New Year's Eve at Amazon; Wig Out at Other Music announced

Stephen Malkmus and The Jicks' new album Wig Out At Jagbags is out January 7th. You've already heard the stupendous "Lariat" and today sees the debut of the first proper video from the record, for the previously unheard "Cinnamon and Lesbians" (available now as an instant grat with iTunes preorder). The video was directed by Jay Winebrenner:

Additionally, Amazon has announced an exclusive US pre-release stream of Wig Out At Jagbags - it begins on New Year's Eve for your pre-Wigout wiggling! The stream will live at - but don't visit that URL yet as nothing's happening there until the 31st of December. Instead, we've made it easy for you to set a reminder with iCal, or with Google Calendar. Remembering is hard. We've got you. You can pre-order the CD and LP now.

ALSO: on Thursday January 9th some insane shit is happening at Other Music in NYC (SM + Jicks support a wide variety of retailers y'all). BUT: you have to do your work early by entering to win at the store or at We're talking private show and private party with Stephen Malkmus and The Jicks. UPDATE: Other Music will pick five winners who can each bring ten friends for their own private instore! I am literally wigging out:

Finally, the band hits the road in '14:

Wed Feb 12 - Denver, CO - Gothic Theatre (with Tyvek)
Fri Feb 14 - Columbia, MO - Mojo's (with Tyvek)
Sat Feb 15 - St. Louis, MO - Old Rock House (with Tyvek)
Sun Feb 16 - Omaha, NE - The Waiting Room (with Tyvek)
Tue Feb 18 - Minneapolis, MN - Cedar Cultural Center (with Tyvek)
Wed Feb 19 - Madison, WI - High Noon Saloon (with Tyvek)
Thu Feb 20 - Chicago, IL - Lincoln Hall (with Disappears)
Fri Feb 21 - Ferndale, MI - The Loving Touch (with Disappears)
Sat Feb 22 - Toronto, ON - Lee's Palace (with Disappears)
Sun Feb 23 - Montreal, QC - Cafe Campus (with Disappears)
Tue Feb 25 - Boston, MA - Paradise (with Disappears)
Wed Feb 26 - New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom (with Disappears)
Thu Feb 27 - Brooklyn, NY - Music Hall of Williamsburg (with Endless Boogie)
Fri Feb 28 - Washington, DC - Black Cat (with Endless Boogie)
Sat March 01 - Philadelphia, PA - Theatre of Living Arts (with Endless Boogie)
Mon March 03 - Carrboro, NC - Cat's Cradle (with Purling Hiss)
Tue March 04 - Atlanta, GA - Terminal West (with Purling Hiss)
Wed March 05 - Birmingham, AL - The Bottletree (with Purling Hiss)
Thu March 06 - New Orleans, LA - The Parish @ House of Blues (with Purling Hiss)
Fri March 07 - Houston, TX - Fitzgerald's Upstairs (with Purling Hiss)
Sun March 09 - Dallas, TX - Granada Theater (with Purling Hiss)
Sat March 15 - Portland, OR - Star Theater
Thu March 27 - San Francisco, CA - Slim's (with Speedy Ortiz)
Fri March 28 - Los Angeles, CA - El Rey Theatre (with Speedy Ortiz)
Sat March 29 - San Diego, CA - Casbah (with Speedy Ortiz)
Sun March 30 - Pioneertown, CA - Pappy & Harriets Pioneertown (with Speedy Ortiz)
Tue April 01 - Phoenix, AZ - The Crescent Ballroom (with Speedy Ortiz)
Wed April 02 - Las Vegas, NV - Beauty Bar (with Speedy Ortiz)
Thu April 03 - Salt Lake City, UT - Urban Lounge (with Speedy Ortiz)
Sat April 05 - Missoula, MT - Top Hat (with Speedy Ortiz)
Mon April 7 - Calgary, AB - Republik (with Speedy Ortiz)
Tue April 8 - Edmonton, AB - Starlite Room (with Speedy Ortiz)
Thu April 10 - Vancouver, BC - Rickshaw Theatre (with Speedy Ortiz)
Fri April 11 - Victoria, BC - Lucky Bar (with Speedy Ortiz)
Sat April 12 - Seattle, WA - Neptune Theatre (with Speedy Ortiz)

DARKSIDE on The Current tonight

photo by Emeline Ancel-Pirouelle
Wrapping up a recent run of instudio sessions across the country, tonight at 11:00PM EST/10:00PM CST St. Paul's The Current will be airing their visit from DARKSIDE. Hear Nico and Dave tonight on The Current's New Hot show. Twin Cities locals can listen in at 89.3FM, while the rest of us have to be content with tuning in online at

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: the session is now archived on The Current's site and can be listened to by clicking here.

Queens of the Stone Age - 3 Grammy Nominations, New U.S. Shows In February

Congrats to Queens of the Stone Age on garning 3 Grammy nominations this past Friday night.  '...Like Clockwork' was  nominated For Best Rock Album, Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical, and "My God Is The Sun" was nominated for Best Rock Performance.  The Grammys are happening January 26 on CBS, and we can say with full confidence that we're looking forward to the telecast much more than we were the year Paul Reiser hosted.

With arena shows at Barclays Center in Brooklyn (see above), Allstate Arena in Chicago and Agganis Arena in Boston just days away, Queens of the Stone Age have confirmed three additional February 2014 dates.

2/10 - San Antonio, TX - Majestic Theatre
2/11 - El Paso, TX -­ Abraham Chavez Theatre
2/13 - Las Vegas, LV -­ The Joint

Exclusive artist and Citi Private Pass presales begin Wednesday, December 11 at 10:00 a.m. local time. Tickets will be on sale to the public starting Friday, December 13 at 10:00 a.m. local time.

full US January/February dates after the jump
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
Feb 10 2014 - Majestic Theatre - San Antonio, TX
Feb 11 2014 - Abraham Chavez Theatre - El Paso, TX
Feb 13 2014 - The Joint - Las Vegas, NV

Lee Ranaldo San Francisco Guitar Clinic

After the success of Lee Ranaldo's first ever Guitar Clinic held over here in NYC, Lee will be hosting a second installation at the venerable Amoeba Music San Francisco.

So on Wednesday December 11 at 5pm, head on over to 1855 Haight Street and get yourself schooled by a true master of his trade. And make sure you grab a copy of the new album Last Night On Earth.


And Be Sure Catch Lee And The Dust On Tour Now

Fri Dec 06 – Portland, OR – Doug Fir Lounge
Sat Dec 07 – Vancouver, BC – Biltmore Cabaret
Sun Dec 08 – Seattle, WA – Barboza
Tue Dec 10 – San Jose, CA – The Blank Club
Wed Dec 11 - San Francisco - Amoeba Music Free All Ages Guitar Clinic
Wed Dec 11 – San Francisco, CA – The Chapel
Fri Dec 13 – Los Angeles, CA – The Echo
Sat Dec 14 – San Diego, CA – The Casbah
Wed Jan 8 – Philadelphia, PA – Boot & Saddle
Thurs Jan 9 - Hamden, CT - Spaceland Ballroom
Fri Jan 10 – Boston, MA – Brighton Music Hall
Sat Jan 11 – Brooklyn NY – The Bell House
Sat Jan 25 - Atlanta, GA - Red Bull Sound Select


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