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Mdou Moctar featuring MC Yallah - "Tala Tannam" (Debmaster Remix)

(photo : WH Moustapha)

In September, Mdou Moctar and band will arrive in the US to begin a much-anticipated tour, with a number of dates already sold out.

Today, listen to “Tala Tannam” (Debmaster Remix), which flips the song’s gentle acoustic guitar vamp into a pulsing and percussive rhythm track for Kenya-born/Uganda-based rapper, MC Yallah (Nyege Nyege Tapes). “I've loved to work on my brother Mdou Moctar's track,” says Yallah. “Fusing hiphop with deep desert sounds really took me to a different place. I hope we meet in real life one day!”

stream / download "Tala Tannam" featuring MC Yallah (Debmaster remix)

Purchase or stream 'Afrique Victime'

Mdou Moctar on tour (new dates in bold)

Thursday, September 2 The Grey Eagle, Asheville NC
Friday, September 3 Bonnaroo, Manchester TN
Saturday, September 4 Terminal West, Atlanta GA
Sunday, September 5 Motorco Music Hall, Durham NC
Tuesday, September 7 Ottobar, Baltimore MD (SOLD OUT)
Wednesday, September 8 Johnny Brenda’s, Philadelphia PA (SOLD OUT)
Thurdsday, September 9, Music Hall of Williamsburg, Brooklyn NY (SOLD OUT)
Friday, September 10 Music Hall of Williamsburg, Brooklyn NY (SOLD OUT)
Saturday, September 11 Gateway City Arts, Holyoke MA
Sunday, September 12 The Sinclair, Boston MA (SOLD OUT)
Tuesday, September 14 Thunderbird Café & Music Hall, Pittsburgh PA
Wednesday, September 15 Ace of Cups, Columbus OH (SOLD OUT)
Thursday, September 16 The Storehouse, Galien MI *SOLD OUT*
Friday, September 17 Lincoln Hall, Chicago IL (SOLD OUT)
Saturday, September 18 Cedar Cultural Center, Minneapolis MN
Monday, September 20 Globe Hall, Denver CO (SOLD OUT)
Tuesday, September 21 Globe Hall, Denver CO
Wednesday, September 22 Urban Lounge, Salt Lake City UT
Thursday, September 23 Treefort Music Festival, Boise ID
Friday, September 24 The Crocodile, Seattle WA
Saturday, September 25 Mississippi Studios, Portland OR (SOLD OUT)
Sunday, September 26 Mississippi Studios, Portland OR (SOLD OUT)
Monday, September 27 The Miniplex, Arcata CA *SOLD OUT*
Tuesday, September 28 The Chapel, San Francisco CA * SOLD OUT*
Wednesday, September 29 Starline, Oakland CA *SOLD OUT*
Saturday, October 2 Lodge Room, Los Angeles CA (SOLD OUT)
Sunday, October 3 Lodge Room, Los Angeles CA *SOLD OUT*

2022 :
Friday, April 1st Het Bos, Antwerpen [BE]
Saturday, April 2nd AB-club, Brussels [BE]
Sunday, April 3rd Bumann, Köln [DE]
Monday, April 4th Paradiso, Amsterdam [NL]
Tuesday, April 5th Effenaar, Eindhoven [NL]
Wednesday, April 6th, Komedia, Brighton [UK]
Thursday, April 7th Hare & Hounds, Birmingham [UK]
Friday, April 8th The Sugar Club, Dublin [IE]
Saturday, April 9th Ulster Sports Club, Belfast [UK]
Sunday, April 10th Drygate, Glasgow [UK]
Monday, April 11th The Brudenell Social Club, Leeds [UK]
Tuesday, April 12th YES, Manchester [UK]
Thursday, April 14th EartH Theatre, London [UK] (venue change)
Friday, April 15th : La cave aux Poètes, Roubaix/Lille [FR]
Saturday, April 16th Le Hasard Ludique, Paris [FR]
Sunday, April 17th Doornroosje, Nijmegen [NL]
Monday, April 18th Molotow - Hamburg [DE]
Tuesday, April 19th Alice, Copenhagen [DK]
Wednesday, April 20th Nefertiti, Gothenburg [SE]
Thursday, April 21st Blaa, Oslo [NO]
Friday, April 22nd, Fasching, Stockholm [SE]
Saturday, April 23rd Plan B, Malmö [SE]
Sunday, April 24th Frannz Club, Berlin [DE]
Monday, April 25th UT Connewitz, Leipzig [DE]
Tuesday, April 26th Meetfactory, Prague [CZ]
Wednesday, April 27th Kapu, Linz [AU]
Thursday, April 28th Rote Fabrik, Zurich [CH]
Sunday, May 1st De Post, Oostende [BE]

Mdou Moctar online
Official site

MC Yallah Online

DARKSIDE - 'Spiral' Out Today

(photo : Jed DeMoss)

The long-awaited 2nd album from DARKSIDE (Nicolar Jaar and Dave Harrington) is finally out today and available on LP, CD and via all streaming platforms.

stream / purchase 'Spiral'


  1. Narrow Road

  2. The Limit

  3. The Question Is To See It All

  4. Lawmaker

  5. I’m the Echo

  6. Spiral

  7. Liberty Bell

  8. Inside Is Out There

  9. Only Young

DARKSIDE is an American rock band formed in Providence, Rhode Island in 2011. The group consists of Chilean electronic musician & vocalist Nicolás Jaar and American multi-instrumentalist Dave Harrington. Jaar and Harrington first met while studying in Providence through their common friend and saxophonist Will Epstein. In the summer of 2011, they toured Europe and Australia in support of Jaar's breakthrough debut album Space Is Only Noise.

Upon returning to Providence, they continued to write together, releasing their self-titled EP in 2012 and their critically acclaimed debut album 'Psychic' on Matador in October 2013. The album was met with glowing reviews, including a 9.0 from Pitchfork and the New York Times calling it "the soundtrack to a lost David Lynch sci-fi movie."

In the years that followed the 'Psychic' tour in 2014, the musicians moved on parallel and occasionally intersecting paths. Jaar would release five albums under his name and two collections of club music as Against All Logic. Harrington worked as a producer and composer, releasing two albums with his Dave Harrington Group. During that time he also played some 300 shows in NYC and Brooklyn, becoming deeply entrenched with a wide-ranging community of improvisers and collaborators, performing and recording with Yuka Honda, Brian Chase, Ilhan Ersahin, Genesis Breyer P-Orridge, Joe Russo, Innov Gnawa, Angel Deradoorian, The Master Musicians of Jajouka, Nels Cline, and more.

In the summer of 2018, Harrington and Jaar rented a small house on Lenni-Lenape territory, which is present-day Flemington, New Jersey. The group spent a week there, making a song a day. While it would take another year and a half to complete their second album, six songs from the band's new record 'Spiral were written and recorded during this initial session.

"From the beginning, DARKSIDE has been our jam band. Something we did on days off. When we reconvened, it was because we really couldn't wait to jam together again,” says Jaar. Harrington echoes this, “It felt like it was time again,” he said. "We do things in this band that we would never do on our own. DARKSIDE is the third being in the room that just kind of occurs when we make music together."

Darkside online :
Darkside at Matador

DARKSIDE - "Spiral" Collective Listening Event

DARKSIDE, the duo of Nicolás Jaar and Dave Harrington, will premiere their long-awaited second album Spiral via a collective YouTube listening event tomorrow (Thursday) at 1pm ET ahead of its official release this Friday, July 23.

Join the countdown and tune in here

Pre-order / Pre-save Spiral

Steve Gunn - "Fulton"


(Photo: Stephanie Nicole Smith)

Stream / download "Fulton"

Pre-order / Pre-save Other You

Steve Gunn has released new single ‘Fulton’, taken from his forthcoming new album Other You, coming August 27th. Gunn says of the song: “One night the air went dead on 1010 WINS, the local AM news station in NYC I find myself listening to from time to time. Everything stopped for a moment, or at least the radio signal did. The long silence came as a surprise, a gift.

In addition, Gunn has announced a three-night live residency at LA’s Gold Diggers ahead between September 9 and 11. The shows will be the first opportunity to watch Gunn performing songs from the new album with a full band, and will feature guests to be announced.

Steve Gunn on Tour, New Dates in Bold On Sale Friday
Thursday, July 22 The Bell House, Brooklyn NY *
Friday, July 23 Catskill Brewery, Livingston Manor NY *
Saturday, July 24 Backside 405, Burlington VT *
Sunday, July 25 Lions Club, Peaks Island ME *
Monday, July 26 Nova Arts, Keene NH *
Tuesday, July 27 Folk On, Newport RI *
Thursday, July 29 Cafe Nine, New Haven CT *
Thursday, September 9 Gold Diggers, Los Angeles CA
Friday, September 10 Gold Diggers, Los Angeles CA
Saturday, September 11 Gold Diggers, Los Angeles CA
Thursday, December 2 Thalia Hall, Chicago IL #
Friday, December 3 Cedar Cultural Center, Minneapolis MN #
Saturday, December 4 Cactus Club, Milwaukee WI #
Sunday, December 5 Lakeside Inn, Lakeside MI #
Tuesday, December 7 Third Man, Nashville TN #
Wednesday, December 8 Terminal West, Atlanta GA #
Thursday, December 9 Recover Brands, Charlotte NC #
Friday, December 10 The Grey Eagle Tavern, Asheville NC #
Saturday, December 11 Cat’s Cradle, Carrboro NC #
Sunday, December 12 Creative Alliance, Baltimore MD #
Tuesday, December 14 The Sinclair, Cambridge MA #
Wednesday, December 15 Gateway City Arts, Holyok
Thursday, December 16 Tubby’s, Kingston NY #
Friday, December 17 Ardmore Music Hall, Ardmore PA #
Saturday, December 18 Bowery Ballroom, New York NY #

* w/ William Tyler
# w/ Jeff Parker

Steve Gunn Online


Lucy Dacus - Tiny Desk (Home) Concert (NPR)

Earlier today, NPR premiered Lucy Dacus' Tiny Desk (Home) session,filmed by Spang TV in a classroom at the high school she attended in Richmond. This location aptly aligns with one of Home Video’s themes - capturing that specific moment in time growing up where emotions and relationships start becoming more complex. Backed by her regular collaborator Jacob Blizard (lead guitar), plus Dominic Angelella (bass guitar), Ricardo Lagomasino (drums), and Sarah Goldstone (keys, background vocal), Dacus intimately presents four songs off of Home Video - “Brando,” and “VBS,” plus the first on camera performances of “Going Going Gone” and “Thumbs” (solo).

A number of dates on Dacus' Autumn tour are sold out, though several have been added (see below), including new shows in Seattle, Bozeman, Denver, Washington DC and additional nights in Chicago and Philadelphia.

Lucy Dacus on Tour  (new dates in bold)
Saturday, July 24 Portland House of Music, Portland ME # SOLD OUT
Sunday, July 25 The Colony, Woodstock NY # SOLD OUT
Tuesday, July 27 Artpark Amphitheater, Lewiston NY !
Wednesday, July 28 Westville Music Bowl, New Haven CT !
Thursday, July 29 Levitt Pavilion SteelStacks !
Friday, July 30 Palladium, Worchester MA !
Saturday, July 31 Forest Hills Stadium, Queens NY !
Sunday, August 1 Terminal Five, NYC NY!
Tuesday, August 3 Sprint Pavilion, Charlottesville VA !
Wednesday, August 4 Red Hat Amphitheater, Raleigh NC !
Thursday, August 5 Rabbit Rabbit, Asheville NC
Friday, August 6 The Eastern, Atlanta GA !
Sunday, August 8 Sloss Furnace, Birmingham AL !
Friday, September 10 The National, Richmond VA * - co-headlining with Julien Baker, + Thao & The Get Down Stay Down (SOLD OUT
Saturday, September 11 The National, Richmond VA * - co-headlining with Julien Baker + Bachelor  (SOLD OUT)
Monday, September 13 Haw River Ballroom, Saxapahaw NC % (SOLD OUT)
Tuesday, September 14 Terminal West, Atlanta GA % (SOLD OUT)
Wednesday, September 15 Brooklyn Bowl, Nashville TN %
Friday, September 17 Trees, Dallas TX %
Saturday, September 18 White Oak Music Hall (Downstairs), Houston TX %
Sunday, September 19 Scoot Inn, Austin TX %
Monday, September 20 Paper Tiger, San Antonio TX %
Wednesday, September 22 191 Toole, Tucson AZ %
Friday, September 24 The Theatre at Ace Hotel, Los Angeles CA %
Saturday, September 25 The Observatory OC, Santa Ana CA
Monday, September 27 The Fillmore, San Francisco, CA %
Wednesday, September 29, Neptune Theatre, Seattle WA =
Thursday, September 30 Hollywood Theatre, Vancouver BC $
Friday, October 1 Wonder Ballroom, Portland OR $ (SOLD OUT)
Saturday, October 2 Neptune Theatre, Seattle WA $  (SOLD OUT)
Monday, October 4 The Elm, Bozeman MT $
Tuesday, October 5 Urban Lounge, Salt Lake City UT $
Wednesday, October 6 Gothic Theater, Denver CO $
Friday, October 8 The Englert Theatre, Iowa City IA $
Saturday, October 9 First Avenue, Minneapolis MN $
Sunday, October 10 Thalia Hall, Chicago IL
Monday, October 11 The Vic Theatre, Chicago IL (SOLD OUT)
Tuesday, October 12 Newport Music Hall, Columbus OH $
Thursday, October 14 The Opera House, Toronto ON $
Friday, October 15 L’Astral, Montreal QC $
Saturday, October 16 House of Blues, Boston MA $
Monday, October 18 Higher Ground, Burlington VT $
Wednesday, October 20 Union Transfer, Philadelphia PA ^ (SOLD OUT)
Thursday, October 21 Union Transfer, Philadelphia PA $
Friday, October 22 9:30 Club, Washington DC $ (SOLD OUT)
Saturday, October 23, 9:30 Club, Washington DC $ (SOLD OUT)
Monday, October 25 Brooklyn Steel, Brooklyn NY  (SOLD OUT)
Tuesday, October 26 Brooklyn Steel, Brooklyn NY (SOLD OUT)
Friday, October 29 9:30 Club, Washington DC >
Friday, March 18th Brudenell Social Club, Leeds UK
Sunday, March 20th St Lukes, Glasgow UK
Monday, March 21st The Button Factory, Dublin IE
Wednesday, March 23rd Gorilla, Manchester UK
Thursday, March 24th SWX, Bristol UK
Friday, March 25th Kentish Town Forum, London UK
Tuesday March 29th Botanique, Brussels BL
Wednesday, March 30th Paradiso Noord, Amsterdam NL
Thursday, March 31st Artheater, Cologne DE
Saturday, April 2nd Molotow, Hamburg DE
Sunday, April 3rd Lille Vega, Copenhagen DK
Monday, April 4th Atlas, Aarhus DK
Wednesday April 6th Parkteatret, Oslo NO
Thursday, April 7th Nalen Klubb, Stockholm SE
Saturday, April 9th Lido, Berlin DE
Sunday, April 10th Trafo, Jena DE
Tuesday, April 12th Chelsea, Vienna AT
Wednesday, April 13th Milla, Munich DE
Thursday, April 14th Bogen F, Zürich SU
Friday, April 15th La Maroquinerie, Paris FR

! w/ Bright Eyes
% w/ Bachelor
= w/ y la bamba
$ w/ Bartees Strange
^ w/ Shamir
# w/ Laura Stevenson
> w/ Tomberlin

Lucy Dacus Online

Coming December 10 : The New Pornographers - 'Mass Romantic' 21st Anniversary Reissue

"Letter From An Occupant"
directed by Michael Dowse

This fall, Matador Records will celebrate the 21st anniversary of The New Pornographers’ debut record and breakout, 'Mass Romantic' (2000), with a limited-edition LP reissue out 12/10.

The album – clocking three singers and 12 effervescent and undeniable power-pop gems – will return to us on red vinyl and will include a bonus 7”, Letter From An Occupant, which includes two rare B-sides, “The End of Medicine” and “When I Was a Baby.”

(STREAM / PREORDER 'Mass Romantic')

What’s more, The New Pornographers will tour the U.S. and Canada this fall playing a series of two-night stands – performing Mass Romantic in its entirety on the first night and running down the equally outstanding Twin Cinema (16th Anniversary!) on the next. Throughout this trip, the band’s lineup will feature AC Newman, Dan Bejar, Joe Seiders, John Collins, Kathryn Calder, and Neko Case, and Todd Fancey.
Everyone wants to be successful but, hand to my heart, I had no delusions of success for The New Pornographers. To be here over 20 years later, still in the game, is something that I simultaneously take for granted (you just get used to it) and feel eternally grateful for. Been here so long that we can do one of those “let’s play that old album all the way through!” gigs. And we are doing just that. 2 nights per city: 1 Mass Romantic, 1 Twin Cinema, plus assorted “hits” from our storied career. Bejar is coming and God knows if we’ll get him again. When he moved to Spain 2 months after Mass Romantic came out, I thought he was done in the band and now 21 years later we’ve convinced him to come along for another ride. Just the nature of our band that it’s a special occasion when all the singers show up. Here’s to you showing up as well! - Carl Newman

The New Pornographers formed in Vancouver in 1997. The whole thing was Carl Newman’s idea – recruiting his favorite local talents Seven Samurai-style for an album that might stand up amidst their already formidable solo careers.

At the time, the parties involved included Newman, Dan Bejar (Destroyer), Neko Case, John Collins, Kurt Dahle, Fisher Rose, and Blaine Thurier.

All told, 'Mass Romantic' took three years to complete and was initially released in 2000 on Mint Records. From there, momentum seemed to build one members-only message board post at a time, with a small and vocal crowd of fans giving rise to wider excitement – critical praise, radio play, a Juno Award, Ray Davies jumping on stage at SXSW, and so on.

The old-fashioned record industry-types at Matador first learned of The New Pornographers through a store, Aquarius Records. In its newsletter, the much-missed San Francisco institution called Mass Romantic “absolutely shiningly great power pop” and “recommended for everyone.” The shop stumped for the record fervently – playing it, displaying it, and generally carrying on about the music to all who would listen. In just one year, Aquarius moved somewhere near 200 copies.

Nobody at Matador (well, almost nobody) could argue with that and the label licensed the Mass Romantic for distribution in Europe and, ultimately, signed the band outright, giving the record a wide reissue in 2002.

And plenty of stuff happened after that! What’s important, though, is that The New Pornographers are going on tour, Mass Romantic is turning 21, and the record is back on shelves December 10th

Mass Romantic LP

01 Mass Romantic
02 The Fake Headlines
03 The Slow Descent Into Alcoholism
04 Mystery Hours
05 Jackie
06 Letter From an Occupant
07 To Wild Homes
08 The Body Says No
09 Execution Day
10 Centre For Holy Wars
11 The Mary Martin Show
12 Breakin’ the Law


“Letter From An Occupant” 7”

A1 Letter From An Occupant
B1 The End of Medicine
B2 When I Was A Baby

The New Pornographers on Tour

Monday, November 29 Levon Helm Studios, Woodstock NY #
Tuesday, November 30 Levon Helm Studios, Woodstock NY &
Wednesday, December 1 9:30 Club, Washington DC #
Thursday, December 2 9:30 Club, Washington DC &
Friday, December 3 Webster Hall, New York NY #
Saturday, December 4 Webster Hall, New York NY &
Monday, December 6 Danforth Music Hall, Toronto ON #
Tuesday, December 7 Danforth Music Hall, Toronto ON &
Thursday, December 9 Neptune, Seattle WA #
Friday, December 10 Neptune, Seattle WA &
Saturday, December 11 Vogue Theater, Vancouver BC #
Sunday, December 12 Vogue Theater, Vancouver BC &

# Performing Mass Romantic in full
& Performing Twin Cinema in full

Out Today: The Goon Sax - "Mirror II"


(Photo: Hugo Nobay)

The Goon Sax have released their third LP today, titled Mirror II. Available on black vinyl, CD and on limited white vinyl at participating independent record stores. While supplies last, every order of Mirror II from the Matador webstore will include a glossy band photo signed by Riley Jones, Louis Forster and James Harrison, pictured below.

Purchase/Stream Mirror II

A very limited quantity of Mirror II t-shirts are still available via the Matador webstore.

The Goon Sax on Tour
Wednesday, September 1 Hare & Hounds, Birmingham UK
Thursday, September 2 Into The Great Wide Open, Vlieland NL
September 2 – 5 End of the Road Festival, Salisbury UK
Monday, September 6 Moth Club, London UK
Tuesday, September 7 Pink Room, Manchester UK
Wednesday, September 8, Mono, Glasgow UK
Sunday, October 10 Sound City, Ipswich UK

The Goon Sax Online
official website

The Goon Sax - "Desire"


directed by Eddie Whelan

Tomorrow, The Goon Sax will release their third album and Matador debut, 'Mirror II'. To mark the occasion, the band has posted a new single and video, “Desire,” which features Riley Jones on lead vocals.

Jones says of the track:
“When I wrote ‘Desire’, I lived with James and Louis in a share house in Paddington, Brisbane called Fantasy Planet. Technically, it was written out like “$ ? a Planet.” It was my friend Tim Green’s reference to the psychoanalytic theory of Jacques Lacan. In my basic understanding of the way Lacan theorized fantasy, desire is founded upon a lack. The diamond (?) represents all the ways we relate to a lost object: everything above, below, around, more than, less than, with, without, in spite of, and because of it. The cause of our desire is a gap that we are always trying to fill, even while it constantly evades us.

Desire is complex. Unconscious attachments hang on invisible threads. Fantasies and daydreams emerge, dangerous hallucinations cause reckless actions, misremembrance causes total distortion. I think that’s why we have to resort to symbols to express it. This song is my symbol (?). I wanted it to feel as expansive as a Les Rallizes Dénudés song - to reverberate beneath waters that flood all the crevices of the earth, to leave no gap unfilled and I wanted it to be as universal as one of those crushing Elvis songs - so poignant that its sentiment seems to ring out forever, just like Desire.”

presave/preorder 'Mirror II'

(limited quantity of signed photos of The Goon Sax available with purchase of 'Mirror II' from the band's webstore or direct from Matador)

The Goon Sax live :

Wednesday, September 1 Hare & Hounds, Birmingham UK
September 2 – 5 End of the Road Festival, Salisbury UK
Monday, September 6 Moth Club, London UK
Tuesday, September 7 Pink Room, Manchester UK
Wednesday, September 8, Mono, Glasgow UK
Sunday, October 10 Sound City, Ipswich UK

The Goon Sax Online
official website

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