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Yo La Tengo - World Cafe Live Broadcast At Noon, "CBS This Morning" Tomorrow, 'Stuff Like That There' Out Today

If you're not already aware that today (Friday, August 28) marks the official release date of Yo La Tengo's 'Stuff Like That There', I guess you could say the record label had done a very poor job. Since you're too polite and kind to say that (to our faces, anyway), let's concentrate on the next couple of days of exciting activity :


Yo La Tengo, performing at World Cafe Live at noon, broadcast live on WXPN, video stream available here.


Yo La Tengo guest DJ'ing and signing copies of 'Stuff Like That There' at Other Music.


Yo La Tengo live on "CBS This Morning" (as seen below) :

Order 'Stuff Like That There' on LP or CD from The Matador Store, including bundle with tote + cassingle w/ 2 new unreleased tracks

Order 'Stuff Like That There' from the following digital outlets :
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Yo La Tengo - official site

Kurt Vile - 'b'lieve i'm goin down...' Trailer

The above clip was directed by Danny Perez.

'b'lieve i'm goin down..'is available on standard CD and double LP. A limited-edition triple LP expanded version, b’lieve i’m goin (deep) down..., features 6 bonus tracks. iTunes and Amazon MP3 pre-orders both have an instant grat download of "Pretty Pimpin,” as well as two pre-order-only bonus tracks that disappear on release: "b’lieve i’m goin down" and "bad omens (no faders)”

Preorder from :
The Matador Store:
UK orders
Kurt’s Store:
Google Play:

Friday October 2 Boston, MA - The Paradise * #
Saturday October 3 Austin, TX - Austin City Limits Festival
Sunday October 4 Austin, TX - Austin City Limits
Wednesday October 7 New York, NY - Webster Hall * #
Thursday October 8 Washington DC - 9:30 Club * #
Friday October 9 Philadelphia, PA - Union Transfer * #
Saturday October 10 Austin, TX - Austin City Limits Festival
Sunday October 11 Austin, TX - Austin City Limits Festival
Wednesday October 14 Los Angeles, CA - Fonda Theater %
Friday October 16 San Francisco, CA - Filmore %
Saturday October 17 Portland, OR - Crystal Ballroom %
Sunday October 18 Seattle, WA - The Showbox %
Wednesday October 21 Minneapolis, MN - Mill City Nights * #
Friday October 23 Chicago, IL - Thalia Hall * #
Saturday October 24 Detroit, MI - St Andrew's Hall * #
Sunday October 25 Toronoto, ONT - Phoenix Theatre * #

Friday October 30 Paris, FR - Pitchfork Festival

Saturday October 31 Amsterdam, NL - London Calling @ Paradiso *
Sunday November 1 Brussel, Belgium - Autumn Falls @ AB-Box *
Tuesday November 3 Hamburg, Germany - Uebel & Gefahrlich *
Wednesday November 4 Aarhus, Denmark - Voxhall
Thursday November 5 Oslo, Norway - Rockefeller
Friday November 6 Stockholm, Sweden - Munchenbryggeriet *
Saturday November 7 Copenhangen, Demark - Amerbio *
Monday November 9 Berlin, Germany - Postbahnhof *
Tuesday November 10 Koln, Germany - Gebaeude 9 *
Wednesday November 11 Brighton, UK - Concorde 2 *
Thursday November 12 London, UK - Electric Ballroom*
Friday November 13 Bristol, UK - Motion *
Sunday November 15 Dublin, EIR - Vicar Street *
Monday November 16 Glasgow, UK - ABC1 *
Tuesday November 17 Leeds, UK - Leeds Uni Stylus *
Wednesday November 18 Manchester, UK - The Ritz *
Friday November 20 Lucerne, CH - Sudpol *
Saturday November 21 Lyon, France - Epicerie Moderne *
Sunday November 22 Barcelona, Spain - Apolo *
Monday November 23 Madrid, Spain -
Penelope *
Tuesday November 24 Lisbon, Portugal - Armazem F *
Monday December 28 - Friday January 1 - The Falls Music & Arts Festival - Lorne, Marion Bay + New South Wales, Bryon Bay
Friday January 8 - Sunday January 10 Busselton, Western Australia - Southbound Festival
Sunday January 10 - Tuesday January 12 - Tauranga, New Zealand - McLaren Falls Park Music & Arts Festival
Thursday March 10 - London, UK - Roundhouse

* - with Waxahatchee
# - with Luke Roberts
% - with Cass McCombs and Heron Oblivion


HÆLOS - "Earth Not Above" Video Premiere, New Dates Announced

Following the recent release of their “Earth Not Above” 12” EP, HÆLOS now present their first video for title track ‘Earth Not Above’, which premiered earlier today via The Fader. Filmed by Jesse Jenkins, the video marks the first installment from a trilogy to come from the London trio.

Whilst currently putting the finishing touches to their debut album, HÆLOS are touring this Autumn, today announcing a pair of headline UK dates at Manchester’s Night & Day on 26th October and The Laundry in London on 27th October. Ahead of these headline dates the band support TV On The Radio at London’s Roundhouse on the 30th + 31st August. See all upcoming tour dates below.

Saturday, August, 22 – Dockville Festival, Hamburg, DE
Saturday, August, 29 - Tetley Art Gallery, Leeds UK
Saturday, August, 30 - Roundhouse, London UK*
Monday, August, 31 - Roundhouse, London UK*
Friday, September, 4 - Into The Great Wide Open, Vlieland Island, NE
Sunday, September, 6 - Festival No. 6, Portmeririon, UK
Monday, October, 26 - Night & Day, Manchester, UK
Tuesday, October, 27 - The Laundry, London, UK
October, 29 - Pitchfork Festival Paris, Paris FR
November, 7 - Fun Fun Fun Fest, Auditorium Shores, Austin TX

Order 'Earth Not Above' via the following :

Rough Trade / Piccadilly / Jumbo

HÆLOS online :
Website / Facebook / Twitter / Instagram / Soundcloud

VIDEO: Tobias Jesso Jr. - "Crocodile Tears" & "Hollywood" (from Monday's 'Jimmy Kimmel Live')

For those who were in bed early last night (in order to wake up extra early to hear Yo La Tengo on NPR's Morning Edition) here's what you missed. Tobias Jesso Jr. performed on Jimmy Kimmel Live last night alongside his new band Duk. Check out "Crocodile Tears" and "Hollywood" below.

Buy ‘Goon’ below:

TPS store:
Google Play:


Those who believe that Steve Gunn is always on tour now have a little more ammo for that theory. Below find newly announced tour dates in bold as well as several festivals on difference sides of the Pacific spread out between late summer and fall.

Wednesday August 12 - Saturday August 22 - Parades de Coura Festival, Porto, Portugal
Thursday August 20 - Sunday August 23 - Green Man Festival, Neath, UK
Saturday August 29 - Union Pool, Brooklyn NY - FREE SHOW
Friday September 11 - Hopscotch Music Festival, Raleigh NC #
Friday September 18 - Sunday September 20 - Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion,  Bristol TN
Thursday October 22 -  First Unitarian Church - Side Chapel, Philadelphia PA*
Friday October 23 - Union Pool, Brooklyn NY*
Saturday October  24 - Union Pool, Brooklyn NY*
Sunday October 25 - Iron Horse, Northampton, MA*@
Monday October 26 - Signal Kitchen, Burlington VT*
Tuesday October 27 - La Plante, Montreal, QC*
Thursday October 29 - The Great Hall, Toronto ON*
Friday October 30 - Marble Bar, Detroit MI*
Saturday October 31 - Constellation Room, Chicago IL*

Saturday November 7 - Untapped Festival, Dallas TX
Sunday November 8 - Fun Fun Fun Fest, Austin TX
# performing as Steve Gunn & The Black Twig Pickers
* w/ James Elkington & Nathan Salsburg
@ on sale 8/21
bold = just announced

Yo La Tengo : 'Stuff Like That There' Streaming Today via NPR First Listen

In advance of the August 28 release date, NPR First Listen is streaming the new Yo La Tengo album, 'Stuff Like That There' in full today. Jason Heller hails YLT's "encyclopedic love of music that transcends genre" ("the album shows, yet again, just how euphorically Yo La Tengo scrawls outside the line"), though it seems his editors cut the line where he compliments Matador Records' restraint in eschewing some super tired "Straight Outta Hoboken" meme for cheap social media laughs.

One the evening of Friday, August 28, Other Music is hosting a release day party for 'Stuff Like That There', with Ira, Georgia and James DJ'ing and signing records. In addition, those who purchase the album will have a chance to win two guest list spots to "Songs Like These Here": an evening of YLT-themed piano karaoke featuring Joe McGinity, Tuesday, September 8, at Sid Gold's Request Room in Manhattan

Preorder 'Stuff Like That There' on LP or CD from The Matador Store, including bundle with tote + cassingle w/ 2 new unreleased tracks)

Preorder 'Stuff Like That There' from the following digital outlets, with "Automatic Doom" and "Deeper Into Movies" available instantly.
Google Play

Yo La Tengo - official site


Algiers will be returning to the UK and Europe this Autumn. All dates and ticket links below.

Tuesday, October 27 - Loppen, Copenhagen DK TICKETS ***
Thursday, October 29 - Strom, Munich, DE TICKETS
Friday, October 30 - Mousonturm, Frankfurt, DE TICKETS
Saturday, October 31 - Badehaus Szimpla, Berlin, DE TICKETS
Sunday, November 1 - Motolow, Hamberg, DE TICKETS
Monday, November 2 - Gebaude 9, Cologne, DE TICKETS
Tuesday, November 3 - Beautes Soniques Festival, Namar, BE TICKETS
Wednesday, November 4 - AB Club, Brussels, BE TICKETS
Friday, November 6 - The Hug & Pint, Glasgow, UK TICKETS
Saturday, November 7 - Gulliver’s, Manchester, UK TICKETS
Sunday, November 8 - The Hope, Brighton, UK TICKETS
Monday, November 9 - The Lexington, London, UK TICKETS
Tuesday, November 11 - Les Inrocks, Paris, FR TICKETS
Wednesday, November 12 - Festival Les Indisciplines, Lorient, FR TICKETS
Thursday, November 13 - La Cartonnerie, Reims, FR FREE SHOW
Friday, November 14 - Sonic Visions Festival, Luxembourg TICKETS
Sunday, November 16 - La Coope, Cermont Ferrand, FR TICKETS
Monday, November 17 - Le Ninkasi Cafe, Lyon, FR FREE SHOW
Wednesday, November 19 - Frion, Fribourg, CH TICKETS
Thursday, November 20 - Palace, St Gallen, CH TICKETS
*** W/ Girl Band

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Savages : New Album Trailer

Words written by Phyllis Rose from Jazz Cleopatra: Josephine Baker In Her Time and spoken by Henry Rollins
Footage shot in January 2016 during Savages’ NYC residency

Savages on tour

Thursday, August 20 - Pappy & Harriet’s, Pioneertown, CA
Friday, August 21 - The Sayers Club, Las Vegas, NV
Saturday, August 22 - FYF Fest, LA Historic State Park, Los Angeles, CA
Sunday, August 23 - Casbah, San Diego, CA
Tuesday, August 25 - Great American Music Hall, San Francisco, CA
Wednesday, August 26 - The Roxy, Los Angeles, CA - SOLD OUT
Friday, September 4 - Into The Great Wide Open, Vlieland, Netherlands
Friday, September 11 - La Bâtie - Festival de Genève, Lausanne, Switzerland
Friday, October 23 - Saturday, October 24 - Simple Things Festival, Bristol, UK

Savages Facebook

Majical Cloudz - 'Are You Alone?' Coming October 16, "Silver Car Crash" Premiere

(photo by Sarah O'Driscoll)

In 2013, the Canadian musical-performance art project Majical Cloudz released Impersonator via label Matador, garnering global praise as one of the year's best albums. Since then, principle writer and vocalist Devon Welsh has been fastidiously crafting the band's second studio album, while simultaneously touring the world with producer Matthew Otto. Today, Majical Cloudz announce their anticipated sophomore LP, 'Are You Alone?', arriving in-stores and online around the world on October 16th.

Building off a solidly-laid visual and sonic foundation, the narrative remains - simple yet emotionally forthcoming lyrics showcasing raw vulnerability, backed by sparse instrumentation and minimalist production. Welsh delivers melancholic but melody driven vocals echoing off elemental tones, praising love and friendship, commiserating over heartbreak and sadness. Written and recorded between Montreal and Detroit, it comes as no surprise that Welsh and Otto have created another soulful novella, continuing to contribute to the evolution of sound in pop, indie, and electronic music.

This morning, Majical Cloudz are sharing the first single off of 'Are You Alone?', "Silver Car Crash",

1. Disappeared
2. Control
3. Are You Alone?
4. So Blue
5. Heavy
6. Silver Car Crash
7. Change
8. If You're Lonely
9. Downtown
10. Easier Said Than Done
11. Game Show
12. Call On Me

Preorder 'Are You Alone?' from The Matador Store, iTunes or Amazon.

Majical Cloudz online :
official site

Pavement - 'The Secret History Vol. 1' Out Today

(handiwork of Robin Groves)

Just a reminder that the Pavement rarities comp., 'The Secret History Vol. 1' (gloriously depicted here), is out TODAY via Matador in North America and Domino in Europe. Publications including but not limited to Newsweek, New York and Rolling Stone have been awash in coverage for this important title, but I'm pretty sure a confident, iconoclastic person like yourself isn't swayed by that sort of thing and you were gonna order the 2XLP anyway.

order 'The Secret History, Vol. 1' from the Matador Store)
(UK/EU - Domino)

Pavement on Facebook
Pavement - Matador Band Page

Thurston Moore Band : Other Music Signing Thursday, More Dates Announced

More dates have been added to the Thurston Moore Band's relentless global schedule in support of 'The Best Day', and in addition, they'll be signing records and other items (NOTHING PERISHABLE, PLEASE) at NYC's Other Music, tomorrow, Thursday August 6 at 7pm.

Wednesday, August, 5th - Union Transfer, Philadelphia PA*
Thursday, August, 6th - Bowery Ballroom, New York NY*
Friday, August, 7th - Black Cat, Washington DC *
Thursday, September, 10th - Triple Rock Social Club, Minneapolis MN^
Friday, September, 11th - High Noon Saloon, Madison WI#^
Saturday, September, 12th - Riot Fest & Carnival, Chicago IL
Sunday, September, 13th - Loving Touch, Ferndale MI^
Tuesday, September, 15th - Grog Shop, Cleveland OH^
Wednesday, September, 16th - Club Café, Pittsburgh PA^
Thursday, September, 17th - Monty Hall, Jersey City NJ^
Saturday, September, 19th - Riot Fest & Expo, Toronto ONT

* w/ Chain And The Gang
# w/ Mikal Cronin

Order 'The Best Day' from The Matador Store

(in Japan, 'The Best Day' is available from Hostess)

Thurston Moore - Facebook, Twitter


(photo: Hannah Godley)

Earlier this morning Lower announced that they will be back in North America this October for dates with Makthaverskan as well as Modern Sky Festival in Central Park. This news comes on the heels of a new single "At The Endless Party" off the band's upcoming EP 'I'm A Lazy Son, But I'm The Only Son' (out September 11th - Escho in Denmark, Matador WW).

Tickets not linked below go on sale this Friday, 10am local.
Sunday, October, 4 - Modern Sky Festival @ Rumsey Playfield, New York NY
Tuesday, October, 6 - Smiling Buddha, Toronto, Ontario*
Wednesday, October, 7 - La Vitrola, Montreal, Quebec*
Thursday, October, 8 - Great Scott, Allston, MA*
Friday, October, 9 - Ortlieb's Lounge, Philadelphia PA*
Saturday, October, 10 - Strange Matter, Richmond VA*
Monday, October, 12 - PJ's Lager House, Detroit MI*
Tuesday, October, 13 - Beat Kitchen, Chicago IL*
Wednesday, October, 14 - Ace of Cups, Columbus OH*
w/ Makthaverskan

Now Streaming At NPR First Listen : Pavement's 'The Secret History, Vol.1'

(photo courtesy The Spiral Stairs Archives)

One week prior to release, 'The Secret History, Vol. 1', the Pavement double LP rarities comp. touted in this space previously, is streaming today via NPR Music. NPR's Jason Heller writes, "these songs have all been floating around for years, either on their original releases, as bonus tracks on reissued albums, or as bootlegs. But bundling them has a purpose, aside from simple commerce: In a recent Pitchfork interview, Malkmus called History "the album that could have been between Slanted And Enchanted and Crooked Rain [the album on which 'Cut Your Hair' appears]." He's right. There's a coherence to the chaos of these 30 misfit songs, each one an off-kilter, self-sabotaging gem. By stringing them together, they speak powerfully to the way Pavement celebrated songcraft while gnawing at its foundations. If the '90s had turned out differently, Pavement could have been as popular as, say, Weezer. Instead, as History proves, they were always destined for something stranger."    Also, Weezer are/were terrible!  Thanks, Jason!

(Preorder 'The Secret History, Vol. 1' from the Matador Store)

('The Secret History, Vol. 1' will be available in Europe via Domino)


(Photo by Dave Ma)

After the digital release of Hælos' "Earth Not Above" EP back in June, we are pleased to say that you will now be able to physically get your hands on a limited edition 12" version as of August 14th, which will mark the first of it's kind for the London trio. You can pre-order from the following links below:

Rough Trade / Piccadilly / Jumbo

Track listing:

A1. Earth Not Above
A2. Cloud Nine
B1. Breathe
B2. Ethyr

You can listen to the EP here.

Over the summer so far the band have been playing at several festivals including Field Day, Secret Garden Party, Latitude and Heartbeats, and will be performing with TV on the Radio at their London Roundhouse shows. Full list of tour dates below.

Saturday, August, 22 –  Dockville Festival, Hamburg, DE
Thursday, August, 30 - Roundhouse, London*
Friday, August, 31 - Roundhouse, London*
Sunday, September, 6 – Festival No.6, North Wales, UK
Thursday, October, 29 - Pitchfork Festival, Paris

*Supporting TV on the Radio


Watch this space...


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