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Out Today : Water From Your Eyes - 'Crushed By Everyone'

photo by Nikolas Soelter

Out today, 'Crushed By Everyone' is a song-by-song rework of Water From Your Eyes’ critically-adored Matador debut, 'Everyone’s Crushed'.

Curated by band members Rachel Brown and Nate Amos, the album dips heavily into WFYE’s personal rolodex with contributions that map the duo’s rapidly expanding community – friends, tourmates, and peers. It’s the rare “remix” record where everybody has met in person (or at least shared some DMs). Kassie Krut twists the title track up amid tumbling kick drums and snare pops. Nourished by Time croons atop a chopped up and scrambled “True Life.” The record also finds Water From Your Eyes reinterpreting themselves, with Nate dialing Nu Metal grind and microtonal drone into an undeniably epic update on “Barley".

Earlier this month, Water From Your Eyes appeared as a musical guest on The Best Show, performing a five-song set.

In February, the band will be back on the road supporting Squid on a full US tour, performing in a newly-minted quartet lineup featuring live drums. Water From Your Eyes will conclude their Europe tour tonight with a performance at Primavera Weekender. The run has received rave reviews, with Pitchfork writing "If there’s still such a thing as distinctively New York cool, we were witnessing it."

stream / purchase 'Crushed By Everyone'
stream / purchase 'Everyone's Crushed'

'Crushed by Everyone' Tracklist

1. Structure (The Cradle Version)
2. Crushed Barley

3. Out There (The Dare Version)

4. Open (Sword II Version)

5. Everyone’s Crushed (Kassie Krut Version)
6. True Life (Nourished by Time Version)

7. Remember Not My Name (Mandy, Indiana Version)

8. 14 (Jute Gyte Version)

9. Buy My Product (fantasy of a broken heart Version)

Water From Your Eyes on Tour
new dates in bold (tickets)

Friday November 17 Primavera Weekender, Benidorm ES
Friday, February 2 The Parish, Austin TX *
Saturday, February 3 Dada, Dallas TX *
Monday, February 5 Basement East, Nashville TN *
Tuesday, February 6 Terminal West, Atlanta GA *
Thursday, February 8 9:30 Club, Washington DC *
Friday, February 9 Union Transfer, Philadelphia PA *
Saturday, February 10 Brooklyn Steel, Brooklyn NY *
Wednesday, February 14 Paradise Rock Club, Boston MA *
Thursday, February 15 SAT, Montreal QC *
Friday, February 16 Phoenix Concert Theatre, Toronto ON *
Sunday, February 18 Thalia Hall, Chicago IL *
Monday, February 19 Fine Line, Minneapolis MN *
Friday, February 23 Revolution Hall, Portland OR *
Saturday, February 24 Rickshaw Theatre, Vancouver BC *
Sunday, February 25 The Crocodile, Seattle WA *
Tuesday, February 27 Regency Ballroom, San Francisco CA *
Thursday, February 29 The Observatory OC, Santa Ana CA *
Friday, March 1 The Belasco, Los Angeles CA *

* - with Squid

Water From Your Eyes Online

25% off everything (including 'Everyone's Crushed' and 'Crushed By Everyone' at The Matador Store and Bandcamp thru November 26 with code BRAINWASHED.

Belle and Sebastian 2024 North American Tour

photo by Anna Isola Crolla

Belle and Sebastian return to North American next Spring for a 21-show tour alongside supports Haley Heynderickx and The Weather Station. All dates on sale November 17  via

Belle and Sebastian on tour :

Tuesday, April 23 The Eastern, Atlanta GA +
Wednesday, April 24 The National, Richmond VA +
Friday, April 26 Union Transfer, Philadelphia PA &
Saturday, April 27 Orpheum Theatre, Boston MA &
Sunday, April 28 M Telus, Montreal QC &
Monday, April 29 History, Toronto ON &
Wednesday, May 1 Paramount Theater, New York NY &
Thursday, May 2 The Anthem, Washington DC &
Friday, May 3 Royal Oak Music Theatre, Detroit MI &
Saturday, May 4 Salt Shed, Chicago IL &
Monday, May 6 Bell’s Eccentric Cafe, Kalamazoo MI +
Tuesday, May 7 Turner Hall Ballroom, Milwaukee WI +
Wednesday, May 8 First Avenue, Minneapolis MN +
Friday, May 10 The Fillmore Auditorium, Denver CO &
Monday, May 13 The Bellwether, Los Angeles CA &
Tuesday, May 14 The Bellwether, Los Angeles CA &
Wednesday, May 15 The Theater at Ace Hotel, Los Angeles CA +
Thursday, May 16 Fox Theater, Oakland CA &
Saturday, May 18 Revolution Hall, Portland OR &
Sunday, May 19 Moore Theatre, Seattle WA &

w/ + Haley Heynderickx
w/ & The Weather Station

stream / purchase 'Late Developers'
stream/purchase 'A Bit Of Previous'

25% off everything except pre-orders now through November 26, including Belle and Sebastian’s ‘Late Developers,’ at the Matador Store / Bandcamp using the code BRAINWASH.

Belle and Sebastian online:

Official site

Now Thru November 26 : 25% Off (Nearly) Everything At The Matador Store

Far be it for us to suggest that you, the valued customer, are in any way susceptible to manipulation. It would be an insult for the label to think you’re so weak-willed that our in-house medium (tbh he’s closer to an xtra large) could somehow dupe you into loading up a virtual shopping cart. So maybe a 25% off discount at the Matador Store with code “BRAINWASH” will do the trick ; offer good from now thru November 26 ; entire in-print catalog included save for preorders.


art : Jeffrey Mahannah

25% off sale

2023 New Releases:

Algiers – ‘Shook’
bar italia – ‘Tracey Denim’
bar italia – ‘The Twits
Belle and Sebastian – ‘Late Developers’
King Krule – ‘Space Heavy’
Lifeguard – ‘Dressed In Trenches’ / ‘Crowd Can Talk’
Queens of the Stone Age – ‘In Times New Roman’
Snail Mail – ‘Valentine (Demos)’
Water From Your Eyes – ‘Everyone’s Crushed’
Yo La Tengo – ‘This Stupid World’

Snail Mail - "Valentine West"

(photo: Skyler Barberio)

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Early next year, Snail Mail will travel to California for Valentine Fest West, a series of two-night stands at LA’s Troubadour and San Francisco’s Great American Music Hall. Each evening will feature a slate of friends and special guests, including Cola, Greg Mendez, Narrow Head, The Reds, Pinks and Purples, Softies, Stephen Steinbrink, and Umbrellas. The show will carry on the spirit of the inaugural Valentine Fest, a sold-out five-night hometown residency at Baltimore’s Ottobar that took place last February. Find a complete itinerary below. Both shows at The Great American Music Hall in San Francisco are presented as part of Noise Pop 2024.

Last week, Jordan marked the two year anniversary of her critically acclaimed album ‘Valentine’ with the release of the ‘Valentine Demos’ EP. The record gathers four stripped-down recordings of songs from the 2021 album, including “Adore You” (a working title for “Valentine”) and previously unreleased song “Easy Thing.” Listen to “Easy Thing” HERE.

2023 has seen Snail Mail tour North America and Europe and perform at festivals including Coachella, Rock En Seine, Lowlands, Green Man, and All Points East.

Snail Mail on Tour
Monday, December 4 Club Quattro, Osaka Japan
Tuesday, December 5 Club Quattro, Nagoya Japan
Wednesday, December 6 Spotify O-East, Shibuya Japan (SOLD OUT)
Thursday, December 7 WWW X, Shibuya Japan

Valentine Fest West

Monday, February 26 Troubadour, Los Angeles CA
w/ Narrow Head, Umbrellas

Tuesday, February 27 Troubadour, Los Angeles CA
w/ Cola, Greg Mendez

Friday, March 1 Great American Music Hall, San Francisco CA
w/ Narrow Head, Greg Mendez, Stephen Steinbrink

Saturday, March 2 Great American Music Hall, San Francisco CA
w/ Cola, The Reds Pinks and Purples, Softies

Snail Mail Online

Yo La Tengo - 'The Bunker Sessions'

"Sinatra Drive Breakdown"




photo by Cheryl Dunn

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stream / purchase 'This Stupid World'

It’s been a triumphant year in Yo La Tengo-world: Georgia, Ira, and James released a highly-acclaimed new album '(This Stupid World'), performed a sold-out US tour, and traveled throughout the globe. Ira even put a heater straight across home plate at Citi Field. And there’s more to come.

Today, they’ve got a new EP landing on digital services, 'The Bunker Sessions', which collects live performances of four songs from 'This Stupid World',  plus one James McNew-led classic.

As of this week, the band is in Japan for a run of shows which includes two sold out dates in Tokyo. On December 7th, they’ll begin their annual Hanukkah residency at Bowery Ballroom (also sold out!). And in February, Yo La Tengo will hit the road once again, touring from San Francisco back to the east coast. Find a complete itinerary below.

‘The Bunker Sessions’ Tracklist
1. Sinatra Drive Breakdown
2. Aselestine
3. Fallout
4. Apology Letter
5. Stockholm Syndrome

Yo La Tengo on Tour

Wednesday, November 8 Club Quattro, Nagoya JP
Thursday, November 9 Bigcat, Osaka JP
Thursday, December 7 Bowery Ballroom, New York NY (SOLD OUT)
Friday, December 8 Bowery Ballroom, New York NY (SOLD OUT)
Saturday, December 9 Bowery Ballroom, New York NY (SOLD OUT)
Sunday, December 10 Bowery Ballroom, New York NY (SOLD OUT)
Monday, December 11 Bowery Ballroom, New York NY (SOLD OUT)
Tuesday, December 12 Bowery Ballroom, New York NY (SOLD OUT)
Wednesday, December 13 Bowery Ballroom, New York NY (SOLD OUT)
Thursday, December 14 Bowery Ballroom, New York NY (SOLD OUT)
Thursday, February 8 The Fillmore, San Francisco CA
Friday, February 9 The Fillmore, San Francisco CA
Saturday, February 10 Bellwether, Los Angeles CA
Monday, February 12 Belly Up, Solana Beach CA (SOLD OUT)
Tuesday, Feb 13 Crescent Ballroom, Phoenix AZ
Wednesday, February 14 Rialto Theatre, Tucson AZ
Friday, February 16 Boulder Theater, Boulder CO
Saturday, February 17 Washington’s, Fort Collins CO
Monday February 19, The Waiting Room, Omaha NE
Tuesday, February 20 Wave, Wichita KS
Thursday, February 22 Longhorn Ballroom, Dallas TX
Friday, February 23 The Heights Theatre, Houston TX
Saturday, February 24 Mohawk, Austin TX
Sunday February 25 Mohawk, Austin TX
Tuesday, February 27 Tipitina’s, New Orleans LA
Wednesday, February 28 Tipitina’s, New Orleans LA
Friday, March 1 Haw River Ballroom, Saxapahaw NC
Saturday, March 2 Haw River Ballroom, Saxapahaw NC


Yo La Tengo online

Out Today: Snail Mail - 'Valentine (Demos)'

Stream / Purchase ‘Valentine Demos’ Vinyl

Marking the two year anniversary of the release of her critically acclaimed album ‘Valentine,’ Snail Mail (Lindsey Jordan) has released ‘Valentine Demos’ EP today digitally and on vinyl. Purchase HERE. Consisting of four early stripped-down recordings of songs from the 2021 album including the previously shared “Adore You” (a working title for “Valentine”), it also features previously unreleased song “Easy Thing.”

'Valentine Demos' tracklist
1. Automate (Demo)
2. c. et al. (Demo)
3. Headlock (Demo)
4. Easy Thing (Demo)
5. Adore You (Valentine Demo)

Snail Mail on Tour
Monday, December 4 Club Quattro, Osaka Japan
Tuesday, December 5 Club Quattro, Nagoya Japan
Wednesday, December 6 Spotify O-East, Shibuya Japan (SOLD OUT)
Thursday, December 7 WWW X, Shibuya Japan

Snail Mail Online

Out Today : bar italia - 'The Twits'

The new bar italia album --- their second of 2023 --- 'The Twits' is in stores everywhere today and streaming worldwide.

'The Twits' Tracklisting
01. my little tony
02. Real house wibes (desperate house vibes)
03. twist
04. worlds greatest emoter
05. calm down with me
06. Shoo
07. que suprise
08. Hi fiver
09. Brush w Faith
10. glory hunter
11. sounds like you had to be there
12. Jelsy
13. bibs

  • Steve Gullick photo prints signed by the band will be available with every order of ‘The Twits’ exclusively via the Matador Store / bar italia Bandcamp while supplies last.

  • “worlds greatest emoter” t-shirt is available exclusively on the Matador Store / bar italia Bandcamp.

  • ‘The Twits’ limited clear LP will be available exclusively on the Matador webstore, limited silver LP will be available at record stores in UK/EU.

bar italia On Tour :

Friday, November 3 Brudenell Social Club, Leeds UK
Saturday, November 4 Room 2, Glasgow UK
Sunday, November 5 Rough Trade, Nottingham UK
Monday, November 6 Rough Trade East, London UK (SOLD OUT)
Tuesday, November 7 Village Underground, London UK (SOLD OUT)
Thursday, November 9 Antipode, Rennes FR
Saturday, November 11 Pitchfork Festival, Paris FR
Sunday, November 12 Le Ciel, Grenoble FR
Monday, November 13 Palace, St. Gallen CH
Wednesday, November 15 B72, Vienna AT
Thursday, November 16 Manufaktur, Schorndorf DE
Friday, November 17 TransCentury Update 2023, Leipzig DE
Saturday, November 18 Molotow Skybar, Hamburg DE
Sunday, November 19 Lido, Berlin DE (SOLD OUT)
Monday, November 20 VEGA, Copenhagen DK
Wednesday, November 22 Tanzhaus West, Frankfurt DE
Thursday, November 23 Rotown, Rotterdam NL
Friday, November 24 Bitterzoet, Amsterdam NL (SOLD OUT)
Saturday, November 25 Trix, Antwerp BE
Sunday, November 26 Botanique, Brussels BE
Friday, December 1 Songbyrd, Washington DC
Saturday, December 2 First Unitarian Church, Philadelphia PA
Sunday, December 3 Elsewhere, Brooklyn NY (SOLD OUT)
Monday, December 4 Bowery Ballroom, New York NY (SOLD OUT)
Tuesday, December 5 Brighton Music Hall, Boston MA
Wednesday, December 6 Sala Rossa, Montreal QC
Friday, December 8 Velvet Underground, Toronto ON
Saturday, December 9 The Loving Touch, Ferndale MI
Sunday, December 10 Empty Bottle, Chicago IL (SOLD OUT)
Monday, December 11 Empty Bottle, Chicago IL
Tuesday, December 12 Turf Club, St. Paul MN
Wednesday, December 13 High Noon Saloon, Madison WI
Friday, December 15 Ace of Cups, Columbus OH
Saturday, December 16 Mahall’s, Cleveland, OH
Sunday, December 17 Club Café, Pittsburgh PA
Wednesday, March 20 The Earl, Atlanta GA
Thursday, March 21 Motorco Music Hall, Durham NC
Friday, March 22 Eulogy, Asheville NC
Monday, March 25 The Blue Room at Third Man Records, Nashville TN
Wednesday, March 27 Toulouse Theatre, New Orleans LA
Thursday, March 28 The Secret Group, Houston TX
Friday, March 29 Mohawk, Austin TX
Saturday, March 30 Sons of Hermann Hall, Dallas TX
Monday, April 1 Sister, Albuquerque NM
Monday, April 8 Mississippi Studios, Portland OR
Tuesday, April 9 Hollywood Theatre, Vancouver BC
Wednesday, April 10 Neumos, Seattle WA
Thursday, May 2 Electric Brixton, London UK

bar italia Online
band website

Out Today: Pretty Girls Make Graves - 'The New Romance' (20th Anniversary Edition)

Pretty Girls Make Graves (2003) photographed by Michael Lavine

stream / purchase ‘The New Romance’

Originally released in September 2003, Pretty Girls Make Graves' Matador debut 'The New Romance' is back in print today on limited white vinyl for the album's 20th anniversary. The LP is accompanied by two music videos from the album newly remastered and available on YouTube, plus two extra tracks on streaming “C-30 C-60 C-90 Go!” and "Magic Lights." Singer Andrea Zollo and guitarist J. Clark guest on the latest installment of our Matador Revisionist History podcast series alongside producer Phil Ek and our host, Matt Sweeney.

‘The New Romance (20th Anniversary Edition)’ Tracklist
01. Something Bigger, Something Brighter
02. The Grandmother Wolf
03. Mr. Club
04. All Medicated Geniuses
05. Blue Lights
06. Chemical, Chemical
07. 7
08. The Teeth Collector
09. Holy Names
10. The New Romance
11. This is Our Emergency
12. A Certain Cemetery
13. C-30 C-60 C-90 Go! (Digital Only)
14. Magic Lights (Digital Only)

Pretty Girls Make Graves online

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