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Spoon Announce Instagram Fan Art Contest

CONTEST ALERT: Artist Christine Marlene is responsible for the watercolor covering Spoon's new album Hot Thoughts. She made a piece for each song, all of which can be viewed on the band's Instagram account right now. If you're inspired or looking to get your hands on some tickets to see Spoon live OR get an original piece of art, you're in luck. Both are within reach.

Make your own Hot Thoughts gallery in Instagram with #SpoonHotThoughts and you'll have a chance to win one or both of those prizes.


Calling all US-based Savages fans:

Want to see the band play an 8AM gig at London's the 100 Club on January 26th? Enter to win a trip for two to document your experience as a visual and editorial correspondent, taking over the Matador Records Instagram & Twitter for the day. So many once in a lifetime opportunities here people...

Enter contest here:

'Adore Life'
Matador Store-
Google Play
Streaming link

Kurt Vile Art Contest

For those who might have missed this little nugget of a contest, here is all the information you need in order to submit art for "b'lieve i'm goin down... this fall."

We have seen so much amazing fan art for Kurt over the years. This is an opportunity for those artistically inclined to have their design featured on an official Kurt Vile tour t-shirt. The winner will also get to meet Kurt at one of his headline shows on his 2015/2016 world tour. If you are anywhere in the world and want to enter, you can. There are no location restrictions.

Enter here:

Good luck to all!

b'lieve i'm goin down... is out now.

Binge-listen to Tanlines' new album 'Highlights'

Add 'Highlights' to your list/queue and get ready to binge-listen to the album in full at your favorite web destination:

The band play at Rough Trade tonight and Bowery Ballroom tomorrow. Both shows are sold out so I hope you got tickets early. More tour dates can be found here.

Highlights is officially out May 19th on True Panther Sounds. Pre-order below

Kurt Vile - intimate London show next week


Next week Kurt Vile makes a quick trip to the UK to have some cameras shoved in his face and words recorded direct from his mouth about his new album, but to make a life a little more interesting Kurt's going to be playing a solo, free entry, competiton winners only show at London's Barfly on Thursday March 7th presented by The Fly and Field Day.

To win you'll need to head over to The Fly's website and try your luck to enter, with entries closing on March 5th.  If you miss out, you can always catch Kurt at one of these upcoming shows with The Violators:

Sun, Apr 14 – Indio CA – Coachella Festival
Sun, Apr 21 – Indio CA – Coachella Festival
Sun, May 4 – Atlanta GA – Shaky Knees Festival
Mon, May 5 – Atlanta GA – Shaky Knees Festival
Tue, May 7 – Los Angeles CA – Echoplex # *
Wed, May 8 – San Francisco CA – Independent *
Fri, May 10 – Portland OR – Doug Fir # *
Sat, May 11 – Vancouver BC – Biltmore # *
Sun, May 12 – Seattle WA – Neumos # *
Tue, May 14 – Chicago IL – Lincoln Hall *
Thu, May 16 – New York NY – Bowery Ballroom * !
Fri, May 17 – Boston MA – The Sinclair * !
Sat, May 18 – Philadelphia PA – Union Transfer * !
Fri, May 24 – Barcelona ES – Primavera Sound Festival
Sat, May 25 – London GB – Field Day
Sun, May 26 – Brussels BE – AB
Mon, May 27 – Amsterdam NL – Paradiso
Tue, May 28 – Hamburg DE – Knust
Wed, May 29 – Copenhagen DK – Amager Bio

# The Fresh & Onlys
* Steve Gunn
! Angel Olsen

Wakin On A Pretty Day (192k mp3)

Malkmus To Announce "Blowjob" Contest Winner IN SONG Tonight During Amoeba Webcast

If you've been tuned in to CNN this blog lately, you may recall how today marks two very  important future cultural benchmarks.  First, today sees the release of Stephen Malkmus And The Jicks' new album Mirror Traffic.

Second, to celebrate the aforementioned release, Stephen and the Jicks will be playing a free, all-ages instore this evening at Hollywood's seminal rock outlet Amoeba Music at 6pm PST.  The entire performance will be streamed on Amoeba's website so even if you're not in LA, you can still check it out and find out who won the best fucking contest of all-time the contest to help Steve find an alternate word for "blowjob" so that the radio will play his single Senator.

Funny I should mention THIS CONTEST now because contrary to our having told you guys we were going to announce the winner in a few weeks, we're just so damn excited that Stephen will be announcing the winner during this evening's performance of Senator on Amoeba webcast, so be sure to tune in and find out if you've won. And while we've only got a few hours until showtime, we've still yet to determine that perfect "blowjob" substitute. So get your last minute entries in right now. Seriously, we're shutting it down (boss) in a few hours.

And if you just can't wait another minute to get your SM/JCKS online video fix, check out Mirror Traffic's first video right now.

In addition to two other instores later this week, the band will be hitting the road for a very awesome and very extensive tour in a few weeks' time. Those dates below.

9/20 – Detroit, MI, Majestic Theater – tickets
9/21 – Toronto, ON, Phoenix Concert Theatre – tickets
9/22 – Ottowa, ON, Ritual – tickets
9/23 – Montreal, QC, Corona Theatre – tickets
9/24 – Boston, MA, Royale – tickets
9/26 – New York, NY, Terminal 5 – tickets
9/28 – Philadelphia, PA , Theatre of Living Arts – tickets
9/29 – Baltimore, MD, Ram’s Head Live – tickets
9/30 – Charlottesville, VA, Jefferson Theater – tickets
10/1 — Saxapahaw, NC, The Haw River Ballroom – tickets
10/2 – Atlanta, GA, Variety Playhouse – tickets
10/4 – Nashville, TN, Mercy Lounge – tickets
10/5 – Indianapolis, IN, Earth House – tickets
10/6 – Chicago, IL, Vic Theatre – tickets
10/7 – Milwaukee WI, Turner Hall – tickets
10/8 – Minneapolis, MN, Pantages Theatre – tickets
10/11- Seattle, WA, Neptune Theatre – tickets (with Ty Segall)
10/12 – Vancouver, BC, The Biltmore Cabaret – tickets (with Ty Segall)
10/13 – Portland, OR, Crystal Ballroom – tickets (with Ty Segall)
10/16 – San Francisco, CA, Treasure Island Music Festival – tickets
10/19 – Los Angeles, CA, The Music Box – tickets (with Ty Segall)
10/20 – Solana Beach, CA, Belly Up Tavern – tickets (with Ty Segall)




Fucked Up postcard competition winners

You might remember a few weeks ago we decided we wanted more fan-mail to offer up Fucked Up goodies in exchange for a bit of participation with UK fans who went to buy David Comes To Life in any independent record store.  All they had to do was find one of the 5 character postcards, create something associated to the story of the album and send it to our London office.

After some careful deliberation (sleepless nights and a game of paper-rock-scissors), we whittled it down to a winner and a runner up. And the winners is...
(pausing for effect, in true awards style)
Bob Alderdice, for this amazing 5-postcard, 3 dimensional creation which blew us away, well done Bob - you truly surpassed our expectations!



Taking the runner up spot is Graham from Brighton, for the following postcard:

Well done to both, we'll be in touch to arrange your prizes - and for the rest of you?  Better luck next time (though we'll still appreciate any other cool post).

The winning store was Piccadilly Records in Manchester.  Fucked Up's European tour starts tomorrow.

Help Stephen Malkmus write a song

Help Stephen Malkmus write an FCC-friendly version of his new single Senator, from the upcoming album Mirror Traffic (out August 23). As you're probably aware, the chorus features the line "I know what the senator wants - what the senator wants is a blowjob."

Come up with a replacement for the word "blowjob" that radio stations can air, and Stephen will sing the winning entry for the radio single when we send it to stations at the end of September. PLUS, you'll win a one-of-a-kind 7" single featuring your version of "Senator" on one side, and the original version on the flip - the rarest Matador release ever.

Deadline for entries: August 23
Winner to be announced: September 15

Click on the banner above to go to and submit your entry. All standard contest rules and restrictions apply.

And for inspiration...

Meet Interpol thanks to Superglued

Interpol kicked off their Winter tour dates this past Thursday and to celebrate Matador and Superglued teamed up to host a competition for fans to meet the band! To enter, you must register yourself as "Attending" a show via the band's Superglued page - winners are being randomly selected and contacted on the day of the concert. Kevin Carpio met the band last night in San Francisco, along with six other lucky contest winners! See his wrap up of the show here

As well as a chance to meet Paul, Daniel and Sam, there is merchandise signed by the band, and a series of Shepard Fairey prints up for grabs (these were originally only available at Interpol spaces set up for the release of 'Antics' and are no longer available for purchase).

Head to Interpol's Superglued Page to enter the competition, and see Interpol at their upcoming shows:

Wednesday 02 Feb – La Jolla, CA – RIMAC Arena
Friday 04 Feb - Santa Barbara, CA – UCSB Events Center
Saturday 05 Feb– Tempe, AZ - The Marquee
Monday 07 Feb– Salt Lake City, UT – In The Venue
Tuesday 08 Feb– Boulder, CO – Boulder Theater
Wednesday 09 Feb– Omaha, NE – Slowdown
Friday 11 Feb- St Louis, MO – The Pageant
Saturday 12 Feb– Chicago, IL – Riviera Theater
Sunday 13 Feb– Columbus, OH – Newport Music Hall
Tuesday 15 Feb– Toronto, ON – The Sound Academy
Wednesday 16 Feb– Montreal, QC – The Metropolis
Thursday 17 Feb – New York, NY – Radio City Music Hall
Saturday 19 Feb– Boston, MA – House of Blues Boston

Visit the Interpol website to purchase tickets to any of these shows

Win tickets to see Esben and the Witch, read a track-by-track analysis of the album with the band

Today you have the chance to learn all about Esben and the Witch's upcoming debut album that we've been telling you about for a little while now.  Hopefully you've heard the record via one of the streams we linked the other day or have maybe even caught a glimpse of them in one of their sinister music videos, but you might still be left wondering "When did you learn about Argyria?", or "What are those Light Streams you're talking about in track 4?" or maybe you're just what thinking "What the hell did they make of that Jack Black video?!", well worry no longer as you can now find out by following this link.

You're also in luck if you'd like to see them play one of their upcoming UK shows, at the Quietus are giving away a pair of tickets, just for answering the question "Which song features the lyrics 'Violet Cries'?". Easy right? Well get over to the Quietus and grab yourself a pair of tickets!

The UK tour starts next Monday (upon the release date of the album in the UK), followed by shows around Europe and then the USA and Canada. Long list of upcoming shows below...


31st - The Louisiana, Bristol (tickets)


1st - Pavilion Theatre, Brighton (tickets)

3rd - Other Rooms, Newcastle (tickets)

4th - Sneaky Pete's, Edinburgh (tickets)

5th - Rescue Rooms, Nottingham (tickets)

7th - The Harley, Sheffield (tickets)

8th - Hare & Hounds, Birmingham (tickets)

9th - XOYO, London (tickets)

11th - Botanique/Rotonde, Brussels, Belgium (tickets)

12th - Paradiso, Amsterdam, Netherlands (tickets)

13th - Gebäude, Cologne, Germany (tickets)

14th - Molotow, Hamburg, Germany (tickets)

16th - Loppen, Copenhagen, Denmark (tickets)

17th - Comet, Berlin, Germany (tickets)

19th - Route Du Rock Festival, Saint Malo, France (details)

21st - Point Ephemere, Paris, France (tickets)


Thu, 3/3 Washington, DC Red Palace

Fri, 3/4 Brooklyn, NY The Bell House

Sat, 3/5 New York, NY Mercury Lounge

Sun, 3/6 Boston, MA Brighton Music Hall

Mon, 3/7 Philadelphia, PA Kung Fu Necktie

Tue, 3/8 Pittsburgh, OH Brillobox

Wed, 3/9 Akron, OH Musica

Thu, 3/10 Chicago, IL Empty Bottle

Fri, 3/11 Toronto, ON Wrongbar

Sat, 3/12 Denton, TX 35 Conferette

Sat, 3/19 Austin, TX Mess With Texas

Tue, 3/22 Los Angeles, CA Bootleg Theater

Wed, 3/23 San Francisco, CA Bottom of the Hill

Thu, 3/24 Portland, OR Mississippi Studios

Fri, 3/25 Seattle, WA Sunset Tavern

Sat, 3/26 Vancouver, BC The Waldorf Hotel

Who is Stuart Murdoch?

Now that we know exactly what John Ficenec is all about, we can turn our attention to the other half of the Write About Love contest equation; Mr. Stuart Murdoch of Belle and Sebastian.

While this is hardly the most comprehensive or definitive profile of Stuart, it is a quick look at the man behind the impending Belle and Sebastian song about Mr. J. Ficenec.

What is your name?:
Stuart Leopold Murdoch

Where are you from?:
Clarkston, Glasgow

How old are you?:

Of all the amazing entries, why did you pick John Ficenec's?:
It was different, it was easy to read, it was funny and I thought the advice was good!

Have you ever been to Omaha?:
No, never, but I've heard it is a nice town, with a nice zoo.

What do you plan on doing with John when you get there?
I’m going to try real hard not to embarrass him.

Buy Write About Love

Who is John Ficenec?

Earlier this week we answered the question that everyone had been asking; "Who is going to win the Belle and Sebastian 'Write About Love Contest?'"
But as questions beget questions, now everyone wants to know "Who the hell is John Ficenec?"
Well, after a short but relatively arduous search, we've located the lucky fella behind the billion dollar essay about young love (no, he doesn't get a billion dollars*. Even better. He gets to hang out with Stuart Murdoch for a day and then have a Belle and Sebastian song written about him to be released as a limited 7").
A little more about John:

Hello, John.

Where are you from?:
Omaha, Nebraska.

How old are you?:

When/where did you first hear of Belle and Sebastian?:
I heard The Boy with the Arab Strap in a skate video.

What else do you listen to?:
Animal Collective, Panda Bear, Bright Eyes, Elliott Smith, Owen Pallett, Vampire Weekend, The Pains of Being Pure at Heart.

What are your favorite new bands?:
James Blake, Smith Westerns.

Old bands?:
The Clash, The Pixies, Simon & Garfunkel, The Kinks.

Why did you decide to enter the contest?:
Just for the heck of it and for fun.

What was it like when you found out you were in the Final 5?:
Crazy. I had a free period at school and starting freaking out.

We informed you on a Thursday that you were one of the 5 but didn't tell you that you'd won until the next Tuesday. What was the wait like?:
Not that bad, just a little anxiety here and there.

What was it like when you found out that you'd won?:
Amazing. I had gotten done with gym class and checked my phone and saw a missed call and voicemail and decided to call back and found out I won. I was very ecstatic.

Do you have a record player? Will you be able to play the 7" that is YOUR SONG?:
My grandmother has one so yes.

What do you plan on showing Stuart when he comes to Omaha?:
I would like to show him around the Old Market, my neighborhood, a restaurant called Amsterdam Falafel and Kebab, and a bakery called Jones Bros Cupcakes.

What's the one thing Stuart should know about you?:
I am an avid photographer.

*Legally, I had to say that.

Buy Write About Love

Write About Love contest winners, part 3: Grand Prize

The Belle and Sebastian Write About Love contest is closed and the band has judged.


John Ficenec, of Omaha Nebraska!

We reprint his winning essay below. John will be getting a personal visit from Belle and Sebastian singer Stuart Murdoch, and the band will then be writing a song about him, to be released this spring on Matador. (He will also receive the autographed album and Belle and Sebastian medal.)

Advice for Young Lovers: Never in ANY instance believe that you are going to marry someone you are dating/fond of before you are 18. Play the field while you are young. Don’t cheat or be a whore but see what all the fish are like so you’ll know what you like and what you don’t. Don’t dwell on past loves; they are ex’s for a reason. Don’t go out with someone if you have to keep it a secret because when it ends since no one knows you were dating there will be no one there but your actually ex to comfort you and chances are pretty good that they won’t. While you can show some public affection keep it to a minimal of holding hands or a cheek kiss. I always find myself disgusted walking by and seeing people swap tongue right in the middle of public. Yes, we get you are dating and whatnot, but really get a room. Don’t have sex without a condom. Don’t date your best friend. It may sound like a good idea at the time and even while you are going out with them but you know what when the relationship is over so is the amazing friendship. Don’t date people up to 2 years or older until you are 18. Don’t make someone your rebound. It makes them feel like shit and you feel like a monster. Talk to your significant other. Laugh with them ask them questions but DON’T interrogate them. Don’t become too jealous of anyone else. And never EVER get into the friends zone with someone you are fond of. It will scratch away at your heart and soul knowing that you will get no further than friends but that your heart wants to be more than friends.

Buy Write About Love.

Write about Love contest winners, part two: The Runners-Up

We announced the twenty-one honorable mention winners of Belle and Sebastian's Write About Love contest on Tuesday. Today we have Stuart Murdoch's top 5 selections -- from which we will be choosing one GRAND PRIZE WINNER (to be announced later this week, stand by!) We have published all five essays below. These formidable writers will each receive a Belle and Sebastian medal in addition to an autographed LP -- and one of these five finalists will win the GRAND PRIZE; a visit from Stuart and have a song written about her/him!!

Here are the winning essays:

John Ficenac, Omaha NE:

Advice for Young Lovers: Never in ANY instance believe that you are going to marry someone you are dating/fond of before you are 18. Play the field while you are young. Don't cheat or be a whore but see what all the fish are like so you'll know what you like and what you don't. Don't dwell on past loves; they are ex's for a reason. Don't go out with someone if you have to keep it a secret because when it ends since no one knows you were dating there will be no one there but your actually ex to comfort you and chances are pretty good that they won't. While you can show some public affection keep it to a minimal of holding hands or a cheek kiss. I always find myself disgusted walking by and seeing people swap tongue right in the middle of public. Yes, we get you are dating and whatnot, but really get a room. Don't have sex without a condom. Don't date your best friend. It may sound like a good idea at the time and even while you are going out with them but you know what when the relationship is over so is the amazing friendship. Don't date people up to 2 years or older until you are 18. Don't make someone your rebound. It makes them feel like shit and you feel like a monster. Talk to your significant other. Laugh with them ask them questions but DON'T interrogate them. Don't become too jealous of anyone else. And never EVER get into the friends zone with someone you are fond of. It will scratch away at your heart and soul knowing that you will get no further than friends but that your heart wants to be more than friends.

Rebecca Armendariz, Washington DC:

Clark's cancer had spread to his hip and so two months before he died he couldn't really walk. At least not without my help so I was his human crutch crushed on one side anytime he wanted his 33-year-old body moved to another spot in our apartment. After a period of decline he traded me in for a desk chair on wheels and I pushed him around scooping him up from under his armpits when we reached the bathroom. I'd use a firm but tender grip to lower his eggshell body into the tub where he'd sit for hours to make the effort worth it.He hardly left the house except for doctor's appointments. I'd finally convinced him to wear an adult diaper after too many laundry loads of soaked pants and bed sheets. The first night he slept in it I put one on too and we giggled under piles of blankets together sharing a secret before he nodded off. One spring day we let the air breeze through the front and out the back of the apartment. The buried idea of what he'd been missing was exhumed; he wanted to go outside. We drove a few blocks to a friend's where we sat in lawn chairs in a sun-soaked driveway. A snapshot of any one particular moment from that afternoon would appear unremarkable to an outsider. We gossiped and laughed. I drank a beer. After a few hours we were home refreshed by our peek at normalcy. I'd almost forgotten what it was like to see that mischievous amorous look in his eye but after helping him to the couch it disappeared. He wanted to do something for me for once. He wanted me to relax. And for the last time before he died I did.

Lia Braswell, Van Nuys CA:

I fell in love this summer. He was my first love. We spent every day together hand in hand and unaware of the people around us. Then summer came to an end as the leaves started to change colors. He moved away to Rhode Island. He never loved me back. I know he cared about me but the feeling of his subtle disappearance from my life leaves me no choice but to smile and walk away. So as of today I'm forgetting about it. I'm leaving it all behind because in this moment after hours and hours of biking around the valley I realized that the person I love most is someone who changed my life as soon as he left the world. He would have been thirty-one on October 11 2010. He has been gone for almost twelve years. That man is my brother. Still nineteen and no longer in pain. I had an epiphany that I am a musician because of his love. I am who I am because of his love. People tend to let go of loved ones who pass on but I can't seem to part ways with him. The spirituality in me says that he is still around and he's coming to life every second of the day. Even though I can't see him I can feel him. I feel him whisper in my ear “Fuck it. You can do better” and I listen with an everlasting smile. It's not that I'll never find someone to love again. I will know when the time is right and when he is capable of loving me back. I will know when it is no longer Adam whispering in my ear. Every night is different and though it is lonesome I will never be completely alone.

Christina from Ridgewood NY:

One day my best friend and I went to a guitar shop in midtown Manhattan. I was and always have been a musical dope unable to read music or remember where to put my fingers. My childhood piano teacher gave up on me. My friend Lo was quite talented with violin and guitar. A lanky young man with long hair covering his face assisted us showing us acoustic and electric Fender and Gibson. I'm certain neither Lo or I remembered anything he showed us because every time he put his fingers on the frets he flashed us a tattoo on his wrist. It was a big red heart and inside the heart in beautiful script was the word “Nervous Nervous Heart.” Afterwards Lo and I talked about how it was the best tattoo we'd ever seen that the young man seemed such a gentle shy soul it fit him well. We wondered if we wore our heart on our wrist what would it say about us “Bold Skittish Free” I think back on this moment from time to time how we were and how we are. I still cannot play music but I can sing and Lo owns a trendy consignment shop. She lives far away to the North with her husband and child their marriage on the rocks. I still live in NYC with my husband and child going strong surviving disasters and laughing. What would our tattoo hearts say now “Brave Adapting Fractured”.

Daniel Montano, Pittsburgh PA:

I could not contain the Great Love I had inside my Heart. So I went around the city on a bike to Write about Love. I wrote on the walls along the traint racks the rivers and the bridges. In abandoned buildings and on fancy storefronts in the busy shopping area. To express my Love for the Beauty of the World. To reflect the Light of The Sun Moon and Stars. To honor and pay tribute to the simple Beauty of my beloveds face. To place value on feelings of the Heart over the material world. To cover the bricks with precious kisses and sorrowful tears so they too could experience Love. To wake up the sleeping people of the world with Bold Statements of Love. And the people said that my Love was prolific and would go down in History. And they displayed my Love all over the evening news. And when they showed the policeman taking me away even he would say that my Love was profound. And the Judge said so too at my trial when he sentenced me to five years. But my Love was so strong that I took it with me to prison. My love was so determined that it would not diminish but always grow. So in my cell I wrote about Love...I wrote about Love at all costs for it is the noblest cause on Earth and is valued accordingly by God in Heaven. So I got on my knees and prayed I would purify my Love so it wouldn't cause harm. So the World may receive it. God answered my Prayers when a young girl sent me a letter in prison: “I enjoyed reading your Poetry all over the city walls. Please write them in a book so they will last.”

Winners: we will be in touch with you shortly to get you your prizes. (If you haven't heard from us in the next day or so, please email Mike V.)

Buy the Write About Love album.

Write About Love contest winners, part one: Honorable Mentions

As you may have read over on the Belle and Sebastian site, Stuart has chosen the shortlist of winners for the Write About Love contest. We are pleased to announce our Part One winners, the Honorable Mentions, today:

Ann Orsini - Carrboro, NC
Paul Sotrop - Maplewood, NJ
Brett Hall - Lawrence, KS
Michele Muller - Brooklyn, NY
Mike Janzen - Spruce Grove, Alberta (Canada)
Michael Henriksen - Salt Lake City, UT
Blake Gibson - Cincinnati, OH
Ryan Johnson - Ludington, MI
Brian Pfeiffer - Oakland, CA
Tyler Ring - Columbia, TN
Keith Kuramoto - Glendale, CA
Megan Helstone - Bellflower, CA
Chad Johnston - Lawrence, KS
Evan Minsker - Dexter, MI
Joshua Cagan - Los Angeles, CA
Camille Akers - Omaha, NE
Joanna Blauer - Ypsilanti, MI
Nicholas Burica - Tinley Park, IL
Daryan Reay Farrell - Urbandale, IA
Trudy Haley - Scandinavia, WI
Andrew Weber - Bloomington, IN

Honorable Mention winners will receive autographed LPs of Write About Love. (If your name is on the list above and you haven't heard from us, keep checking your email - you should be contacted shortly. If you still haven't heard, please email Mike V and ask him what's up.)

Keep checking back here this week to see Part 2 and Part 3 announcements: the Runner Ups and the Grand Prize - a get-to-know-you meeting with Stuart himself followed by a Belle and Sebastian song written about the winner.

Writing About Love: A Day For The Ages

Why is today such a great day to Write About Love?  We'll get to that in a minute.

I certainly love my wife.  I love my two kids more than I ever thought possible to love anything.   I love my parents.  I love my two brothers.  (This could go on like a thank you speech, sorry if i've left you out... you know who you are.)

I also "love" burritos from La Taqueria on Mission and 25th.  But let's be honest, that's not the same as that prehistoric jolt of adrenalin that probably evolved into "love".   (Though I'd be bummed if I left La Taq's carne asada burrito alone to fend for itself on the dusted plains of the serengeti.)

But that's love, man.

It's all the gradations in a color wheel.  Love is inclusive like that which fuels a damned Matador Records contest.

So what kind of love am I writing about?

It's all love, man.

Today is November 22 and a poke around Wikipedia shows that either this isn't a great day in history for most forms of love or that anyone editing Wikipedia doesn't hold much reverence for celebrating love.

I choose the latter, but just to be sure....

As you clickthrough to Wikipedia, for at least a brief time.... today is now officially "International Write About Love Day".  (UPDATE:  The birkenstocks and socks legion of Wikipedia editors has since killed this holiday.)

Like all good things, let's hope it catches on, @BellesGlasgow!

Belle and Sebastian Write About Love Contest FAQs

Jeez you people are psyched!! And we couldn't be happier. But we have received a fair amount of questions pertaining to this contest so here you go. Hope this covers it.

Q: Can I enter more than once?
A: Each code is good for one entry, so yes as long as you have more than one valid code than you can submit multiple entries.

Q: Will I retain ownership of my entry?
A: Nah. Everything submitted becomes property of Matador. Of course, the winner will be credited on the record (and thus thoroughly blogged about and locally hi-fived).

A: Deep breath. Email [email protected] and we'll replace it.

Q: I live in Belarus. Can I enter?
A: Belarus is actually AWESOME. But sorry, no. The contest is open to U.S. and Canada only.

Q: Can I log on to the website more than once?
A: Yes. Your code is not marked as "used" until you submit it with an essay. Meaning you can enter your code, log in, collect your thoughts, spell check, have a coffee and then go back and submit your entry.

Q: What is the deadline for the contest?
A: January 1st, 2011... or 1/1/11... or New Year's Day 2011. However you wanna look at it.

eMusic Wants To Send You To Matador's 21st Birthday Party In Vegas

But only two of you.  Contest details are here, but the gist of it is pretty simple.  Our friends at eMusic are giving away two tickets to The Lost Weekend at The Palms, plus they're springing for flights and hotel rooms. Gambling losses and legal fees are YOUR problem!

I know we keep promising more hard info about the actual event, and guess what...I'm doing it again.   Next week we'll be confirming 4 additional bands, as well as providing further details about the weekend's schedule.  Your patience is deeply appreciated, and if you have further questions, by all means, send 'em to [email protected]

Meeting Demands for More Get Togethers

Thank you New P's fans! My inbox has been experiencing a heavy volume of interest for more GET TOGETHERS. Well let's bring it. We've had a few additions in the last week. And, here you have it, another three slipping out. + NYC, Phoenix, & more to come!


Thurs 4/29 @ 6PM

@ Happy Dog (5801 Detroit Ave)

RSVP: [email protected]


Sat 4/24 @4PM

@ PARK AVE CDs (2916 Corrine Dr.)

RSVP: [email protected]


Sat 4/24 @ 6PM

Mini Bar (837 Divisadero St.)

rsvp: [email protected]

Tweet Together: Don't forget to hash-tag# your city's get together to chat about the new album while you're there. Why? You may just receive a message, announcing you've won a New Porno's surprise catalogue vinyl package, including the new album, TOGETHER.

Get Together in Atlanta, Los Angeles + Twitter Contest

Good news Atlantans and Los Angelinos, The New Porongraphers GET TOGETHER listening parties stop in your towns next week. Stop in to Criminal Records in Atlanta and Origami Vinyl in Los Angeles to be one of the first to hear The New Pornographers' new record, Together.

@ Criminal Records
1154-A Euclid Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30307
April 24th at 3pm (following the Frightened Rabbit in-store)
RSVP: [email protected]

@ Origami Vinyl
1816 West Sunset Boulevard Los Angeles, CA 90026-3227
April 23rd at 8pm
RSVP: [email protected]


For all attendees of the GET TOGETHERS: we are announcing a contest via twitter wherein you'll have an opportunity to win free copies of all the New Pornographers vinyl we can scrounge up!

When you are at the party, tweet about the record with a hashtag that includes #gettogether and your city. (if you're in Atlanta, you'd tweet #gettogetheratlanta, if in Los Angeles, tweet #gettogetherlosangeles -- it's that simple!). We will select winners at random.

These are just two of the many GET TOGETHERS taking place around the country. Stay tuned for more updates!

Austin - Wed 4/21 8-11pm @ The Scoot Inn (1308 East 4th St.) - RSVP: [email protected]

Boston - Tues 4/20 9-1130pm @ The Independent in Union Square (75 Union Square, Somerville) - RSVP: [email protected]

Chicago – Thurs 4/22 6-9pm @ Beauty Bar (1444 West Chicago Ave) - RSVP: [email protected]

DC – Thurs 4/22 9-1130pm @ Cafe Saint-Ex (1847 14th St.) - RSVP: [email protected]

Indianapolis – Tues 4/20 7-930pm @ Upland Tasting Room (4842 N College) - RSVP: [email protected]

Milwaukee - Thurs 4/22 8-10pm @ Burnhearts (2599 S Logan Ave) – RSVP: [email protected]

Omaha - Mon 4/19 8-11pm @ The Slowdown (729 N 14th St.) - RSVP: [email protected]

Philadelphia - Thur 4/22 730-11pm @ Kung Fu Necktie (1248 Front St.) - RSVP: [email protected]

Portland - Sun 4/18 9-11pm @ Dunes Bar (1905 NE Martin Luther K Blvd) - RSVP: [email protected]

Seattle - Fri 4/23 6-730pm @ Neptune Coffee (8415 Greenwood Ave N.) - RSVP: [email protected]

Want to host a GET TOGETHER in your city? Email heathermacintyre[at] for details

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