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Iceage add San Francisco, Brooklyn dates to tour

In addition to the aforementioned European dates, Iceage will return to New York for a two-night stand at Brooklyn's Acheron. These dates follow Iceage's appearances at San Francisco's Rickshaw Shop and the Culture Collide & Corona Capital festivals. New dates in bold


8th – Oya – Olso, Norway
10th – Visions Festival, London
15th – La Route Du Rock, Saint Marlo, France
16th – Parades De Coura, Portugal
24th – Jazzhouse, Copenhagen, Denmark
28th – Tusindfryd, Ålborg, Denmark
29th – Train, Århus, Denmark
30th – Walker Festival, ungdommenshus middelfart, Denmark


9th –   San Francisco,CA  Rickshaw Stop
10th  –   Los Angeles,CA     the Echo (Culture Collide Festival)
13th  –   Mexico City,Mexico   Corona Capital Music Festival
15th  –      Brooklyn,NY             the Acheron
16th   –    Brooklyn,NY             the Acheron
31st – Pitchfork Paris festival, France

photo lifted without permission from Tom Spray's flickr


New Savages Dates In LA & Chicago

("I Am Here", live in Union Park, Chicago, Pitchfork Festival, July 20. video courtesy

A pair of shows were added to Savages' September North American itinerary earlier today ; ticketing links are below, and both shows go on sales this Friday, August 2.

9/16: Metro, Chicago IL (tickets)
9/30: Fonda Theatre, Los Angeles CA (tickets)

Iceage back in Europe

Having toured long and hard across North America this year, Iceage return home for shows across Denmark during a larger European tour.

As it's been a minute since they last played in Europe, here's a reminder of what to expect from their live show, in the form of 'Morals', shot in New York back in January.


8th - Oya - Olso, Norway

10th - Visions Festival, London

15th - La Route Du Rock, Saint Marlo, France

16th - Parades De Coura, Portugal

24th - Jazzhouse, Copenhagen, Denmark

28th - Tusindfryd, Ålborg, Denmark

29th - Train, Århus, Denmark

30th - Walker Festival, ungdommenshus middelfart, Denmark


31st - Pitchfork Paris festival, France

VIDEO : Savages - "She Will", Pitchfork Festival, July 20

Savages, Union Park, Chicago, July 20. Footage courtesy Pitchfork.

Free All Ages Come Instore

So you mean to tell me that Come - with original lineup of Thalia Zedek, Chris Brokaw, Arthur Johnson and Sean O’Brien - are playing a free, all ages instore the night of the final show on their US tour in Atlanta at the famed Criminal Records.

And while you're there, be absolutely fucking sure that you pick up a copy of the reissue of "one of the best rock albums of all time."

You'll probably be treated to at least one version of " Submerge"

VIDEO : Cat Power - "Cherokee", Live At Latitude Festival 2013


Courtesy of the BBC, here's footage of Cat Power at last weekend's Latitude Festival, performing "Cherokee" from 'Sun'.

New Matador Additions To Pitchfork Paris

New additions from Matador have been announced for Pitchfork's Parisian Takeover in November.  Savages and Majical Cloudz join the previously announced Yo La Tengo and Iceage for the three day event at the Grande Halle De La Villette on October 31st - November 2nd.

Full lineup of artists will soon be updated HERE.

Savages live on The Current today, KCRW tomorrow

Hey Twin Cities, were you doing something last night that caused you to miss out on seeing the band that pretty much owned Pitchfork Festival? Well stop kicking yourself, Sally, because if you listen to The Current tonight at 8:00PM EDT/7:00PM CDT, you can get a taste of what you missed when Jehnny, Gemma, Ayse & Fay rip through what is sure to be a blistering set of songs. Listen at 89.3FM in Minneapolis/St. Paul or online at

If you, on the other hand, are the sort who prefers his or her blisters to be a little earlier in the day, you'll want to give a listen to KCRW's Morning Becomes Eclectic tomorrow, where Savages will be going live at 2:15PM EDT/11:15AM PDT in advance of their two sold out shows at the El Rey. Tune in at 89.9FM or

Your next chances to catch Savages live in the U.S. are below:

9/10: 9:30 Club, DC
9/11: Mr Small’s, Pittsburgh
9/12: Terminal 5, NYC
9/14: Laneway Festival, Detroit
9/15: The Basement, Columbus
9/17: First Avenue, Minneapolis
9/18: High Noon Saloon, Madison
9/20: Bluebird Theater, Denver
9/23: Neumo’s, Seattle
9/24: Biltmore Caberet, Vancouver
9/25: Wonder Ballroom, Portland
9/27: The Independent, San Francisco
10/1: Crescent Ballroom, Phoenix
10/4-6 : Austin City Limits, ZIlker Park, Austin*
10/5: Verizon Theatre, Grand Prairie (w/ QOTSA)
10/7: Nashvillle Municipal Auditorium, Nashville (w/ QOTSA)
10/8: Arkansas Music Pavilion, Fayetteville (w/ QOTSA)
10/9: Brady Theater, Tulsa (w/ QOTSA) (tickets)
10/11-13 : Austin City Limits, Zilker Park, Austin*

*- specific date/time of Savages’ appearance will be announced soon.

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New Lee Ranaldo and The Dust Tour Dates; Album Due In October

Lee Ranaldo and The Dust will be touring the US and Canada this fall and winter in support of a new album to be released in October, the followup to 2012's Between The Times and The Tides. The album will technically be the debut release from Lee Ranaldo and The Dust [Alan Licht, Steve Shelley, Tim Luntzel], reflecting its more band-oriented approach and sound. The first round of dates is below, more dates coming soon (including UK/Europe), and full album details will be released in August.

Check out Lee's site, Facebook, and Twitter!

All US dates on sale this Friday, July 26.

Oct 8 -- Hudson, NY -- Club Helsinki

Oct 9 -- Buffalo, NY -- Tralf Music Hall

Oct 11 -- Toronto, ON -- Horseshoe Tavern

Oct 12 -- Detroit, MI -- Trinosophes

Oct 13 -- Chicago, IL -- The Empty Bottle

Oct 14 -- Madison, WI -- High Noon Saloon

Oct 15 -- Minneapolis, MN -- Triple Rock

Oct 17 -- Iowa City, IA -- Gabe's

Oct 18 -- Omaha, NE -- The Waiting Room*

Oct 19 -- Lawrence, KS -- The Bottleneck*

Oct 20 -- St. Louis, MO -- The Firebird*

Oct 22 -- Nashville, TN -- Exit/Inn

Oct 23 -- Asheville, NC -- The Grey Eagle

Oct 25 -- New York, NY -- The Bell House

Dec 6 -- Portland, OR -- Doug Fir Lounge

Dec 7 -- Vancouver, BC -- Biltmore Cabaret

Dec 8 -- Seattle, WA -- Barboza

Dec 11 -- San Francisco, CA -- The Chapel

Dec 13 -- Los Angeles, CA -- The Echo

* = with Built To Spill

European dates - on sale at different times, please watch this space:

Sun 10-Nov-2013 NL GRONINGEN - VERA
Tue 12-Nov-2013 DE BERLIN - TBC
Wed 13-Nov-2013 DE COLOGNE - GEBAUDE 9
Thu 14-Nov-2013 FR METZ - acoustic show at le musée de la cour d'or
Mon 18-Nov-2013 FR FEYZIN - Epicerie Moderne
Thu 21-Nov-2013 UK LONDON - THE GARAGE
Fri 22-Nov-2013 UK CAMBER SANDS - ATP FESTIVAL at Camber Sands
Sat 23-Nov-2013 FR PARIS - Boulogne Billancourt BB MIX FESTIVAL

Photo by Stefano Giovannini

Majical Cloudz on Morning Becomes Eclectic today

As seen in these pages previously, Devon Welsh and Matthew Otto, the duo professionally known as Majical Cloudz, are in the midst of a West Coast instore tour that takes them to Los Angeles's Origami Vinyl today. What we haven't told you until now is that Majical Cloudz will also be paying a visit to KCRW this morning to appear on Morning Becomes Eclectic at 11:15AM. So really, you can't lose, LA: listen to them on the radio, or see them at the instore...hell, do both! All you have to do to accomplish the former is turn your radio dial to 89.9FM in LA, or if you're not in LA (or don't have a radio), listen online at

Majical Cloudz West Coast Instore Tour

Monday July 22

Origami Vinyl
1816 W Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles

Tuesday July 23
235 Yale Ave

Wednesday July 24
1055 Valencia St
San Francisco

Thursday July 25
The Last Record Store
1899 Mendocino Ave
Santa Rosa


Kurt Vile Live on WNRN

KV in the studio at The Current in March. Photo courtesy of The Current (MPR / Jennifer Simonson)

Turn up the AC and tune in to WNRN today at 4pm EST to catch a live solo in-studio performance from Mr. Kurt Vile.

You can listen online right here or download the WNRN app for your iPhone, iPad, etc…
And of course if you're in the Charlottesville, VA area, tune the radio to 91.9.

Kurt will be taking to the airwaves ahead of tonight's show with The Violators at the Jefferson Theatre. Tix here.

Tour Dates here
Wakin On A Pretty Daze on the Matador Store

Kurt Vile Harvest Instore Today!

Double KV trouble today in Asheville. Swing by Harvest Records today at 4pm to check out Kurt Vile's free solo instore performance. And, of course, make sure you get yourself out to The Grey Eagle tonight to see Kurt live with The Violators. Grab tickets now before they're gone.

Kurt Vile & The Violators On Tour:

Wednesday, July 17 – Asheville, NC – The Grey Eagle #
Thursday, July 18 – Carrboro, NC – Cats Cradle #
Friday, July 19 – Charlottesville, VA – Jefferson Theatre #
Saturday, July 20 – Washington, DC – 9:30 Club #
Saturday, July 27 – Edmonton, AB – Interstellar Rodeo
Sunday, July 28 – Calgary, AB – Calgary Folk Music Festival

Friday, August 02 – Sunday, August 4 – Happy Valley, OR – Pickathon
Monday, August 05 – Vancouver, BC – Rickshaw Theater
Tuesday, August 06 – Seattle, WA – Showbox At The Market
Friday, August 09 – Fresno, CA – Audie’s Olympic
Saturday, August 10 – San Miguel, CA – The Ranch in San Miguel
Sunday, August 11 – San Francisco, CA – Outside Lands
Tuesday, August 13 – Salt Lake City, UT – Urban Lounge
Thursday, August 15 – Denver, CO – Bluebird Cafe
Friday, August 16 – Lawrence, KS – The Granada
Saturday, August 17 – St. Louis, MO – Firebird
Monday, August 19 – Dallas, TX – Trees
Tuesday, August 20 – Austin, TX – Mohawk (Outside)
Friday, August 23 – Albuquerque, NM – Sister
Saturday, August 24 – Phoenix, AZ – Crescent Ballroom
Sunday, August 25 – Los Angeles, CA – FYF Fest

Wednesday, August 28 – Philadelphia, PA – City Hall Concert Series

Thursday, September 05 – Saturday, September 07 – Raleigh, NC – Hopscotch Music Festival
Wednesday, September 25 – Pittsburgh, PA – The Warhol Sound Series @ Carnegie Music Hall
Thursday, September 26 – Cincinatti, OH – Midpoint Music Festival
Friday, September 27 – Urbana, IL – Pygmalian Music Festival

Saturday, October 12 – Mexico City, Mexico – Corona Capital Music Festival

Friday, October 25 – New York, NY – Terminal 5 !
Saturday, October 26 – Philadelphia, PA – Union Transfer !
Sunday, October 27 – Baltimore, MD – Ottobar !
Tuesday, October 29 – Athens, GA – 40 Watt !
Thursday, October 31 – Jacksonville, FL – Jack Rabbits !
Saturday, November 2 – Orlando, FL – The Social !
Sunday, November 3 – Tallahassee, FL – Club Downunder !
Tuesday, November 5 – New Orleans, LA – One Eyed Jack’s !
Wednesday, November 6 – Houston, TX – Walter’s !
Monday, November 11 – Oxford, MS – Proud Larry’s !
Tuesday, November 12 – Chattanooga, TN – JJ’s Bohemia !

# = Swirlies support
! = Beach Fossils support

Wakin On A Pretty Daze on the Matador Store

Body/Head (Kim Gordon and Bill Nace) Announce New Tour Dates

Body/Head, Kim Gordon and Bill Nace's improvisatory guitar duo, are playing several dates this fall in support of their Matador debut album, Coming Apart, available for pre-order HERE. The first batch are below, but watch this space for more fall dates at unexpected venues and events.

Tue Sep 10    Brooklyn, NY    Union Pool
Thu Sep 12    Los Angeles, CA    The Echo
Fri Sep 13    San Diego, CA     San Diego Music Thing (featured presentation by Kim)
Sat Sep 14    San Diego, CA    The Casbah
Sat Sep 21    Lexington, KY    Boomslang Festival
Tue Sep 24    Chicago, IL    Museum of Contemporary Art
Wed Sep 25    Detroit, MI    Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit
Wed Oct 02    Augusta GA    Westobou Festival - Sacred Heart Cultural Center

As previously announced, Coming Apart is out on Matador Sep 10 (Sep 16 in UK/Europe).

Additionally, Bill Nace will be playing the following shows:

Thu July 18
Steve Baczkowski/Bill Nace duo with Tamio Shirashi
JACK, Brooklyn, NY

Thu July 25
Jake Meginsky/Bill Nace/Vic Rawlings Trio
Montague Bookmill, Montague MA

Sat Aug 31
Paul Flaherty/Bill Nace duo
Stanhope House, Stanhope NJ

Check out some of Bill's other projects at his Open Mouth Records.

Kim Gordon will also have an exhibition of her visual art, Design Office Since 1980, opening at White Columns gallery in New York on September 7 and running through October 19.

Ted Leo - US Solo Dates Supporting Aimee Mann

(above : Aimee and Ted, Cologne, January 2013. Though the shows below will feature separate sets, there's no law on the books preventing the pair from playing together at some point if they so choose)

Fri, 9/27 - Austin, TX - Paramount Theatre
Sat, 9/28 - Dallas, TX - Granada Theatre
Sun, 9/29 - Houston, TX - House of Blues
Tue, 10/1 - New Orleans, LA - Tipitina's
Wed, 10/2 - Baton Rouge, LA - Manship Theatre at Shaw
Fri, 10/4 - Atlanta, GA - Variety Playhouse
Sat, 10/5 - Franklin, TN - Dolly Chandler Frankly Theatre
Sun, 10/6 - Louisville, KY - The Clifton Center
Tue, 10/8 - Charlotte, NC - McGlohon Theater
Wed, 10/9 - Saxapahaw, NC - Haw River Ballroom
Thu, 10/10 - Blacksburg, VA - Lyric Theatre
Fri, 10/11 - Harrisburg, PA - Whitaker Center
Sun, 10/13 - Ithaca, NY - The State Theatre
Tue, 10/15 - Bloomington, IN - Buskirk-Chumley Theatre
Sat, 10/19 - Iowa City, IA - Englert Theatre
Sun, 10/20 - Minneapolis, MN - Dakota Jazz Club
Mon, 10/21 - Minneapolis, MN - Dakota Jazz Club


I'd always thought that authentic gazpacho required blending that Mediterranean staple, stale bread, but not according to José Andrés. His incredibly simple, purist gazpacho calls for just tomatoes, cucumber, green pepper, a garlic clove, sherry vinegar, olive oil and salt.

I added half a fresh jalapeno, helped out our still somewhat pallid NYC tomatoes with some San Marzano juice, and omitted his elaborate garnish, substituting a slice of avocado. I like some chunkiness & pulp, so didn't bother to strain. His tips for tasting at key steps are essential.

Kurt Vile Free All Ages Instore At Grimey's

File Under: Last minute news but you're super stoked if you live in Nashville.

It's a very specific filing, but this is a very specific event. KV just announced a free, all-ages solo acoustic instore at Music City institution Grimey's.

Check him out when you're wondering, "What am I gonna do today?" on Sunday.

And after this jawn wraps, be sure to catch Mr. Vile and his Violators at the Mercy Lounge that evening.

Belle and Sebastian Album Pre-order, On Tour...

Belle and Sebastian played a beautiful set last night at Celebrate Brooklyn! in Prospect Park. Included in this set was a fantastic live version of "Your Cover's Blown". Speaking of which, you can check out the Miaoux Miaoux Remix of that song right here.

This remix is also on the August 27 release of The Third Eye Centre a compilation of remixes and non-LP Belle and Sebastian tracks from the past decade. Check out some of the gorgeous packaging below. All formats (CD, standard LP, deluxe LP) can now be pre-ordered on the Matador Store. And to those first 100 folks who pre-order the deluxe LP, you'll receive a free Belle and Sebastian autographed poster that features exclusive artwork. So get on that pre-ordering! (update: the 100 posters w/ deluxe LP  are now sold out).

Deluxe Double LP comes on 180 gram vinyl in high-gloss jackets

CD comes in hardbound book packaging recalling the classic Push Barman To Open Old Wounds collection.

Belle and Sebastian 2013 Tour Dates:

12– Merriweather Post Pavillion – Washington DC
13– Stage AE – Pittsburgh
14– Bunbury Music Festival – Cincinatti
16– ACL @ The Moody Theatre – Austin
17– Santa Barbara Bowl – Santa Barbara
18– Twilight Series– Salt Lake City
20– Pitchfork Festival – Chicago
26– Open Air Festival – San Sebastian, Spain
27th July – Low Cost Festival, Spain

15– Sonorama – Spain
17– Parades de Coura – Portugal
23– Rock en Seine – Paris, France
30– Openair Festival – Zurich, Switzerland
SEP 1– End Of The Road Festival – Dorset
SEP 6– Bestival – Isle Of Wight

Pre-order The Third Eye Centre on the Matador Store (standard and deluxe LP versions come with download coupon)

Pre-order available on iTunes on Tuesday, July 16


Independent Label Market in London - We're Setting Up Shop

If you're around London's east end tomorrow, Matador's UK label staff (there's only 3 of us y'know) will be selling goodies down at the annual Independent Label Market.  Alongside all our latest releases, you'll find some rare old greats, out of print 7"s, signed posters, cakes, flags, badges, tote bags, tshirts and much much more.

Join us baking in the sun alongside our friends at Domino, 4AD and Bella Union and our enemies at XL, Secretly Canadian and Wichita.  JUST KIDDING GUYS. xoxoxo

Majical Cloudz West Coast Instore Tour

We already know how special a Majical Cloudz instore performance can be, right?

Well lucky you, out west-ers because in a few short weeks, Majical Cloudz are taking their intimate show to one of the most intimate settings of all; the free all-ages instore.

The band will be hitting four of our favorite California independent retailers on their way up the coast from San Diego to Santa Rosa. Details below.

In the meantime, check out this new video for 'Bugs Don't Buzz.'

Majical Cloudz West Coast Instore Tour

Sunday July 21
915 W Washington
San Diego

Monday July 22
Origami Vinyl
1816 W Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles

Tuesday July 23
235 Yale Ave

Wednesday July 24
1055 Valencia St
San Francisco

Thursday July 25
The Last Record Store
1899 Mendocino Ave
Santa Rosa

Yo La Tengo - "Ohm" Video & Triple 12" Pack

While Yo La Tengo continue their global touring in support of what's likely to be considered one of 2013's top albums, 'Fade', we'd like you to STOP WHATEVER YOU'RE DOING right this moment and focus intently on the album's first song.

The second video from 'Fade', "Ohm" was written and directed by Donick Cary, with animation created by Sugarshack Animation, and was produced by Dejda Mishkovsky. Fans of "The Simpsons" might recall Cary's writing credits from such episodes as "D'ohing In The Wind", "Thirty Minutes Over Tokyo" and "The Last Temptation Of Krust". Apparently they still give awards for music videos and after watching "Ohm" multiple times, I'm sure you'll agree it's a good thing the band invested in an extra large trophy cabinet.

(NOTE TO OUR FRIENDS IN GERMANY : if by some chance the YouTube version of the above clip is blocked, try here instead)

We're releasing a limited edition triple 12" set of multiple versions of "Ohm" ; 3 12" singles with a printed flat in a 4-box poly shower curtain display case. There's metal grommets in the curtain if you'd prefer to display it on your wall (or, if you're especially nuts, in your shower).

Contents :

ORANGE COVER ---- Ohm (album version) b/w Oriole (mix 12)
RED COVER ---- Ohm (live rock version) b/w Oriole (mix 15)
BLUE COVER ---- Ohm (live quiet version) b/w Oriole (mix 29)

All versions are unreleased except the original version. Each 12" pack comes with a download coupon with all the tracks plus the radio edit of "Ohm".

We'll be selling the "Ohm" 12" triple pack early at the Matador table during the CHIRP Record Fair at the Pitchfork Music Festival in Chicago's Union Park, starting Friday afternoon, July 19. However, you can preorder The "Ohm" 3X12" from The Matador Store today.. It'll be in finer record stores on Tuesday, July 30.

Yo La Tengo's schedule of live appearances can be found after the jump :

10 Jul 2013 Mann Center Philadelphia, PA with Belle and Sebastian
11 Jul 2013 Celebrate Brooklyn @ Prospect Park Bandshell Brooklyn, NY with Belle and Sebastian
12 Jul 2013 Merriweather Post Pavilion Columbia, MD with Belle and Sebastian
13 Jul 2013 Stage AE Pittsburgh, PA with Belle and Sebastian
14 Jul 2013 Bunbury Festival Cincinnati, OH with Belle and Sebastian
19 July  - UK, Suffolk - Latitude Festival - Tickets
21 Jul 2013 Pitchfork Festival @ Union Park Chicago, IL
28 Jul 2013 Fuji Rock Festival Naeba, Japan
23 Aug 2013 El Plaza Condesa Mexico City, DF, Mexico

October 31 - November 2 - France, Paris - Pitchfork Festival - Tickets

Sun 03 Nov - France, Nantes - Le Frand Atelier - Tickets
Tue 05 Nov - Germany, Munich - Muffathalle - Tickets
Wed 06 Nov - Czech Republic, Prague - Akrpopolis - Tickets
Thu 07 Nov - Austria, Vienna - Wuk - Tickets
Fri 08 Nov - Croatia, Zagreb - Culture Factory - Tickets
Sun 10 Nov - Germany, Heidelberg - Enjoy Jazz - Tickets
Mon 11 Nov - Germany, Dresden - Hellerau - Tickets
Tue 12 Nov - Germany, Hamburg - Gruenspan - Tickets
Thu 14 Nov - Sweden, Stockholm - Debaser - Tickets
Sat 16 Nov - Finland, Helsinki - Nosturi - Tickets
Mon 18 Nov - Norway, Oslo - Rockefeller - Tickets
Tue 19 Nov - Denmark, Copenhagen - Vega - Tickets
Mon 02 Dec - Belgium, Leuven - Het Depot - Tickets
Wed 04 Dec - UK, Liverpool - East Village Arts Bar - Tickets (On sale Friday)
Thu 05 Dec - Ireland, Dublin - Vicar Street - Tickets
Sat 07 Dec - UK, Bexhill - De La Warr Pavilion - Tickets (On sale Friday)
Sun 08 Dec - UK, London - Barbican, Milton Court - Tickets (Buckminster Fuller show

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