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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)

Xmas Gift To You: Body/Head "Last Mistress" Remix

Yours for the t(we)aking: A phenomenal 14-minute remix of "Last Mistress" from Body/Head's Coming Apart LP (on New York Times and Spin's Best Of 2013 lists, among others), by Jake Meginsky. Play loud.

Click here to download (mp3)

Listen to Majical Cloudz' "Savage"

Composed around the same time that Devon Welsh wrote Impersonator, "Savage" has been an integral part of Majical Cloudz' live show for quite some time.

In regards to "Savage", Devon Welsh of Majical Cloudz notes "I think it's important to explain a song a little bit, but not too much. The song is written about a specific set of circumstances and experiences, and Matt and I did such-and-such when we recorded it, but ultimately what the song is 'about' is less important than how and why it is meaningful for you when you listen to it. Explaining too much about the details of the song is not the point, so I won't. "Savage" is about a friendship, it's mysteries and it's moments of excitement, and the way drugs played into all of it. It's about letting go of a relationship as it changes and the emotions that go along with that."

"Savage" is the first new material the duo has released following the release of Impersonator earlier this year.

Buy 'Impersonator' here
Twitter: @majicalcloudz


Stephen Malkmus & the Jicks "Wig Out At Jagbags" out Jan 7, new song "Lariat"

Resolution this! WIG OUT AT JAGBAGS. #WigOutJicks

January 7 (January 6 in the UK) marks the release of the new Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks album, Wig Out At Jagbags, their first since 2011's Mirror Traffic, which follows a short period of Malkmus being relocated to Berlin. Malkmus sez:

"Wig Out At Jagbags is inspired by Cologne, Germany, Mark Von Schlegell, Rosemarie Trockel, Von Spar and Jan Lankisch, Can and Gas; Stephen-Malkmus-imagined Weezer/Chili Peppers, Sic Alps, UVA in the late 80's, NYRB, Aroma Charlottenburg, inactivity, Jamming, Indie guys trying to sound Memphis, Flipper, Pete Townshend, Pavement, The Joggers, The NBA and home life in the 2010's ..."

Track listing:
1. Planetary Motion
2. The Janitor Revealed
3. Lariat
4. Houston Hades
5. Shibboleth
6. J Smoov
7. Rumble At The Rainbo
8. Chartjunk
9. Independence Street
10. Scattegories
11. Cinnamon and Lesbians
12. Surreal Teenagers

Écoutez "Lariat" ici:

Matador Store Pre-order:
Pre-orders from the Matador store receive pre-order-only "Pick Up The Spare" 7'' (single sided 7'' on strawberry red vinyl) - while supplies last!

iTunes Pre-order:
Pre-order from iTunes receive a download of "Lariat" instantly, and non-album track "Pick Up The Spare" on release date.

The band will be touring UK/Europe in January, with US dates to follow starting in Feb:

Mon Jan 13 -- ?Leeds | Brudenell
Tue Jan 14 -- ?Glasgow | Oran Mor
Wed Jan 15 -- ?Manchester | Gorilla
Thu Jan 16 -- ?London | Forum
Sat Jan 18 -- ?Paris | Divan Du Monde
Mon Jan 20 -- ?Madrid | Joy Eslava
Tue Jan 21 -- ?Barcelona | Bikini
Thu Jan 23 -- ?Milan | Tunnel
Sat Jan 25 -- ?Fribourg | Fri-Son
Sun Jan 26 -- ?Frankfurt | Zoom
Mon Jan 27 -- ?Berlin | Postbahnhof
Wed Jan 29 -- ?Copenhagen |Vega
Thu Jan 30 -- ?Hamburg | Knust
Fri Jan 31 -- ?Cologne | Gebaude 9
Sat Feb 1 -- Brussels | Botanique Orangerie
Sun Feb 2 -- Amsterdam | Bitterzoet

photo by Leah Nash

Kurt Vile - "Feel My Pain" MP3 - from the 'It's A Big World Out There (And I Am Scared)' EP

As previously touted in this space
, on November 19, we're releasing a new, 7-song 12" EP from Kurt Vile, 'It's A Big World Out There (And I Am Scared)' (preorder here) ; all 7 tracks will comprise the bonus disc on the 2XCD, 'Wakin On A Pretty Daze: Deluxe Daze (Post Haze)', also in stores November 19 (preorder here).  Here's an MP3 from from the new EP, "Feel My Pain"

"Feel My Pain" - MP3

Kurt writes :
This track was recorded during the first cluster of sessions at Dreamland Studios, May 2012.
(same sessions that conjured up most of album opener "wakin on a pretty day" I should add!)

"Feel My Pain" is a particularly meticulous guitar composition that i remember playing over and over back when writing it and then even more so when i had finished it, sort-of possessed.

We added a lot to this later only to strip it back again favoring the raw to the chamber-pop this go 'round. Spectral arrangement and a mellow-ominous delivery (if such a thing is possible)...

KV- gtrs/vox
RL- bass

engineered by John Agnello
mixed by Rob Laakso
produced by KV & RL

(photo by Shawn Brackbill)

Kurt Vile & The Violators are at New York's Terminal Five this Friday night, October 25, with support from Lee Ranaldo & The Dust and Beach Fossils.   Beach Fossils open the rest of the tour - dates after the jump  ; we'll have 100 copies of the 'It's A Big World Out There' 12" EP on translucent red vinyl at the Terminal 5 show and another 100 on red at the Union Transfer show (Philadelphia) Saturday night.

Thursday, October 24 - Kingston, NY - BSP Kingston #  tickets
Friday, October 25 – New York, NY – Terminal 5 ! % tickets
Saturday, October 26 – Philadelphia, PA – Union Transfer ! # tickets
Sunday, October 27 – Baltimore, MD – Ottobar ! # tickets
Monday, October 28 - Charlotte, NC - Chop Shop ! # tickets
Tuesday, October 29 – Athens, GA – 40 Watt ! # tickets
Wednesday, October 30 -- Charleston, SC -- The Pour House # tickets
Thursday, October 31 – Jacksonville, FL – Jack Rabbits ! # tickets
Friday, November 01 -- Miami, FL - Grand Central ! # tickets
Saturday, November 2 – Orlando, FL – The Social ! # tickets
Sunday, November 3 – Tallahassee, FL – Club Downunder ! # tickets
Monday, November 4 - Mobile, AL - Alabama Music Box ! # tickets
Tuesday, November 5 – New Orleans, LA – One Eyed Jack’s ! # tickets
Wednesday, November 6 – Houston, TX – Walter’s ! # ^ tickets
Thursday, November 7 - Austin, TX - Fun Fun Fest Nites at The Mohawk (9:45pm)
Friday, November 8 - Austin, TX -- Fun Fun Fun Fest (Orange Stage; 5:20PM)
Monday, November 11 – Oxford, MS – Proud Larry’s ! tickets
Tuesday, November 12 – Chattanooga, TN – JJ’s Bohemia ! tickets

! Beach Fossils support
% Lee Ranaldo and The Dust support
# VBA support
^ Merchandise support
*with Roger Sellers, The Tontons

"Ambulancer" - A New Song From Lee Ranaldo & The Dust

Lee Ranaldo and his faithful Dust (Steve Shelley, Alan Licht, and Tim Luntzel) revealed the second song of their forthcoming LP "Last Night On Earth" today via Rolling Stone:

Lee tells RS that the song originated acoustically and resembling Neil Young's "Ambulance Blues," before morphing & expanding (as most of the songs on this album do) into a beautifully turbulent, darkly melodic guitar freakout.

You can also check out another album track, "Lecce, Leaving," HERE. "Last Night On Earth" is out October 8.

Majical Cloudz "Bugs Don't Buzz"

"Bugs Don't Buzz" is one of the many highlights of Majical Cloudz album 'Impersonator'  & and the band's live show (which are happening right now!). Based around a single, looped piano progression, the song's striking simplicity is one of those many secrets behind what makes Majical Cloudz so evocative.

Download: "Bugs Don't Buzz" (192 kbps mp3)

Along with Majical Cloudz' current tour with Youth Lagoon, they've added a few dates including an album release show in Broooklyn, which we'll be revealing more info on soon. New dates below in bold.

Fri   5/3   Asheville CA      Grey Eagle Tavern*
Sat   5/4   Carroboro NC      Cats Cradle*
Tue   5/7   Northampton MA    Pearl Street Nightclub*
Wed   5/8   Hamden CT   The Space*
Thurs 5/9 Brooklyn NY The Bell House*
Fri   5/10  Philadelphia PA   Union Transfer*
Mon   5/13  Toronto ON  The Great Hall*
Tue   5/14  Columbus OH A&R Music Bar*
Wed   5/15  Chicago IL  Metro*
Thu   5/16  Madison WI  Majestic Theater*
Fri   5/17  Minneapolis MN    Fine Line Music Cafe*

Tues 5/21 Brooklyn, NY May 21 -- 'Impersonator' release show

* with Youth Lagoon

'Impersonator' is available for pre-order now on all formats at the Matador storeiTunes.


Follow Majical Cloudz:
Twitter: @majicalcloudz


photo by Sarah O'Driscoll

Majical Cloudz will release 'Impersonator' on May 21

In February when we introduced Majical Cloudz to the pages of this blog, we also hinted at a forthcoming longplayer this Spring. Today we're excited to share the details of 'Impersonator', their first for Matador and one of the most stirring new albums we've heard in recent times. On May 21 (May 27, ex-North America) the album will be available in stores -- Below you'll find some new music & Majical Cloudz' full worldwide live dates including a tour with Youth Lagoon & European dates.

Majical Cloudz

1. Impersonator
2. This Is Magic
3. Childhood’s End  (mp3)
4. I Do Sing For You
5. Mister
6. Turns Turns Turns (mp3)
7. Silver Rings
8. Illusion
9. Bugs Don’t Buzz
10. Notebook

In follow up to the previous-released "Turns, Turns, Turns", listen to and download "Childhood's End" right now

Childhood’s End  (192 kbps mp3)


Majical Cloudz' Devon Welsh explains of 'Impersonator'

In the last few years there’s been a massive explosion of amazing music made with computers, samplers and other electronic equipment. The possibilities became nearly endless and musicians indulged those possibilities. I love that kind of music but it also started to overwhelm me. I wasn’t cut out for the maximalist expressions of that style. So I took a break from music, and when I started again it was to make music that barely existed and felt like stillness more than movement. Where the songs could be more about humanness. I love all forms of electronic music, techno, house, rave, hip-hop, but I never want to feel like
the music I’m making is just about stylistic play. The easiest way for me to do that is try to make something without obvious movement; where the music isn’t overstuffed sonically or referentially, it’s emptied out as much as possible. So the vision for Impersonator was to communicate a lot with as little as possible. It’s not meant to energize and turn you out to the world, it’s meant to do the opposite; it’s more like a cocoon.

'Impersonator''s expressive power and swagger belie its extremely minimal music. These are intensely lyrical songs about death, patience, family, friendship, and desire, with Welsh’s rich vocals atop Matthew Otto Kolaitis' quiet looped waves of white noise, filtered synths and sparse thuds.

The album is available for pre-order now on all formats at the Matador store & iTunes.

This Spring, Majical Cloudz will be touring with Youth Lagoon in North America & a few headlining dates in Europe.

Tue    4/16    London, UK   White Heat @ Madame Jojos
Wed    4/17    London, UK   Electrowerkz  (with Autre Ne Veut)
Fri     4/19   Paris, FR   Espace B
Wed   4/24  Austin TX   The Mohawk*  (TICKETS)
Thu   4/25  Dallas TX   The Loft* (TICKETS)
Friday 4/26 Houston TX  Fitzgeralds* (TICKETS)
Sat   4/27  New Orleans LA    One Eyed Jacks* (TICKETS)
Sun   4/28  Birmingham AL     Bottletree* (TICKETS)
Tue 4/30 Orlando, FL   The Social (TICKETS)
Wed   5/1   Atlanta GA  Terminal West* (TICKETS)
Fri   5/3   Asheville NC      Grey Eagle Tavern*  (TICKETS)
Sat   5/4   Carroboro NC      Cats Cradle* (TICKETS)
Tue   5/7   Northampton MA    Pearl Street Nightclub* (TICKETS)
Wed   5/8   Hamden CT   Spaceland* (TICKETS)
Fri   5/10  Philadelphia PA   Union Transfer* (TICKETS)
Mon   5/13  Toronto ON  The Great Hall* (TICKETS)
Tue   5/14  Columbus OH A&R Music Bar* (TICKETS)
Wed   5/15  Chicago IL  Metro* (TICKETS)
Thu   5/16  Madison WI  Majestic Theater* (TICKETS)
Fri   5/17  Minneapolis MN    Fine Line Music Cafe* (TICKETS)

* with Youth Lagoon

Follow Majical Cloudz:
Twitter: @majicalcloudz


photo of Majical Cloudz' Devon Welsh by Denis Nazarov

Kurt Vile - "Never Run Away" debuts on the CW in Philly

Our advertising ninja Blake Thomas forgot to tell any of us (perhaps his mind was elsewhere) but last night Kurt debuted the single version of "Never Run Away" (from the upcoming album Wakin On A Pretty Daze, out April 9) with the cutest little infomercial EVER - it aired on the CW network in Philadelphia. Blake kicked us the file for optimum viewing, but we've also got a rip of the infomercial itself which a Kurt superfan (OK, Philebrity) passed our way:



You can download "Never Run Away (Single Version)" here.

Kurt Vile - Wakin On A Pretty Daze and Wakin On a Pretty Day

Kurt Vile's new album WAKIN ON A PRETTY DAZE will come out on April 9. He recorded it with producer John Agnello at a multitude of different studios throughout the Northeast in the second half of last year. It is a 69-minute long double album.

Check out the opening track WAKIN ON A PRETTY DAY. You can download it as an MP3 or listen on YouTube, accompanied by outtake footage from the Steve Powers (ESPO) documentary about the album cover mural. (Note: this is NOT the music video. The real video will be revealed in good time.)

Wakin On A Pretty Day (192k mp3)

Track list:

Side A:
1. Wakin On A Pretty Day
2. KV Crimes
3. Was All Talk

Side B:
4. Girl Called Alex
5. Never Run Away
6. Pure Pain

Side C:
7. Too Hard
8. Shame Chamber
9. Snowflakes Are Dancing

Side D:
10. Air Bud
11. Goldtone

The record will of course be available on several different formats, as follows:

Standard double vinyl gatefold with printed innersleeves and lyric sheet

Deluxe double vinyl gatefold with different cover depicting the blank building wall before Steve Powers painted it, and including a sticker sheet of the Powers paintings so that you can customize your own album artwork. This version includes the printed innersleeves and lyric sheet, but is also on limited, numbered BLUE VINYL.

First edition CD will be in a mini-gatefold like the LP cover, with the disc in a printed innersleeve in one pocket, and fold-out lyric sheet and insert in the other pocket.


The iTunes preorder, available as of tomorrow, February 12, will include an instant download of "Wakin On A Pretty Day" PLUS a preorder-only bonus track entitled "The Ghost Of Freddy Roach." You can only get this bonus track by preordering the album at iTunes. You'll receive the track on the April 9 release date along with the full album.


More news. If you're in New York City, we're going to be heading over to the legendary Electric Lady Studios tomorrow (Tuesday, February 12) to listen to the album in all its glory and have some drinks, specifically a custom-made cocktail entitled the Pretty Daze. Interested in attending? Head over to Brooklyn Vegan for a chance to win! Space is extremely limited!

photo by Shawn Brackbill

Kurt isn't just releasing a record, he's also touring, with the Violators backing him up:

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

Tickets for all the US dates go on sale Feb 15 except LA (Feb 16) and Seattle (on sale today).

Paul Banks Drops Mixtape featuring El-P, High Prizm, Mike G and Talib

Just in from the department of unexpectedness.... Banks (no, not Lloyd) has upped a mixtape and it's called EVERYBODY ON MY DICK LIKE THEY SUPPOSED TO BE.

Actually, we kinda knew this was happening.  Paul sent over a rough mixtape about 9 months ago of his beats and production and it was genius. And what, with all the Kendricks and the A$APs and whatever, we thought a mixtape would take Banks to new heights if we got it out months before release.

But the long-standing issues with Matador and the rap game quickly blew up our pre-release hype strategy.  Long story short, we have earned a certain "cash-only" rep in the hip hop world requiring us to either send briefcases handcuffed to interns to studios deep in Flatbush or.... call in favors which takes time.

In this case, Paul called in a some mega-favors and got features from El-P, Talib, Mike G, and... hold up, HIGH PRIZM (né High Priest).

(Programming note, I've spent the entire morning doing things to all sorts of websites that we aren't ever allowed to do.  I AM DARKTOOB. And I feel like Dean Bein.)

Listen to the whole thing over on Soundcloud:

The El-P cut entitled "Quite Enough" has been excerpted for those needing "an entry point".

And you can download it at all Datpiff:


Iceage debut "Coalition" mp3, 'Thrown Together' art event and spring tour

We've already told you a bit about Iceage's new record 'You're Nothing' that's out in a little over a month (February 19 to be precise,pre-order it) and today we have some audio evidence to back up any of the effusive claims we have and will be making about this amazing record.

Download or listen to Iceage's "Coalition"



In the lead up to the album release, Iceage will make a brief trip to NYC where they'll be playing an aforementioned show at 285 Kent on January 25. In addition, there will be a very special event entitled "Thrown Together" featuring performances and artwork by Iceage as well as their peers, inspirations, collaborators and friends at Manhattan's Home Sweet Home and the Fig. 19 gallery upstairs.



featuring live performances from:
& DJs Sean Ragon (Cult of Youth), Chris Hansell (Warthog) & Antwon

Artwork by:
Ascetic HouseWill BooneCarson CoxGenesis CrespoCali Dewitt, Eugene (Perdition/Crazy Spirit), Nina HartmannAlexander HeirGreh Holger, Ryan LowryAnthony PappalardoMarissa Paternoster (Screaming Females), Micki PelleranoLoke Rahbek, Elias Bender Rønnenfelt, Adam Rossiter, Sam Ryser (Crazy Spirit) & more.

131 Chrystie St.
7PM doors
Limited-edition silkscreened tickets available at Fig 19. gallery (free, upstairs) for show ($10, downstairs)


Finally, Iceage are set to embark on a European and North American tour starting in February and extending through March, dates below!

Thu. Jan. 24 -- Middletown, CT @ Wesleyan University (Eclectic House) – FREE SHOW
Fri. Jan. 25 -- Brooklyn, NY @ 285 Kent
Sat. Jan. 26 -- New York, NY @ Home Sweet Home
Thu. Jan. 31 – Berlin, DE @ CTM Festival
Fri. Feb. 1 – Amsterdam, NL @ Grauzone Festival
Mon. Feb. 25 – Glasgow, UK @ Broadcast
Tue. Feb. 26 – Liverpool, UK @ Shipping Forecast
Wed. Feb. 27 – Sheffield, UK @ Shakespeare’s
Thu. Feb. 28 – London, UK @ Electrowerkz
Fri. March 1 – Brighton, UK @ The Albert
Sat. March 2 – Nottingham, UK @ Chameleon Arts Café
Mon. March 4 – Paris, FR @ Espace B
Tue. March 5 – Brussels, BE @ Les Ateliers Claus
Wed. March 6 – Eindhoven, NL @ Area 51
Thu. March 7 – Gronigen, NL @ Vera
Fri. March 8 – Munster, DE @ Gleiss 22
Sun. March 10 – Hamburg, DE @ Hafenklang
Wed. March 20 – Vancouver, BC @ the Biltmore w/ Spectres
Thu. March 21 – Seattle, WA @ Barboza
Fri. March 22 – Olympia, WA @ Capital Theater (backstage)
Sat. March 23 – Portland, OR @ Star Theater
Mon. March 25 – San Francisco, CA @ Rickshaw Stop w/ Merchandise, Wet Hair
Tue. March 26 – Oakland, CA @ New Parish w/ Merchandise, Wet Hair
Thu. March 28 – Bakersfield, CA @ Munoz Gym w/ Milk Music
Fri. March 29 – Los Angeles, CA @ Echoplex w/ Milk Music
Sun. March 31 – San Diego, CA @ Casbah w/ Milk Music
Mon. April 1 – Tempe, AZ @ Deadhorse Warehouse w/ Milk Music, Destruction Unit
Thu. April 4 – Denver, CO @ Marquis Theater w/ Merchandise, Wet Hair
Sat. April 6 – Grinnell, IA @ Grinnell College w/ Wet Hair – FREE SHOW
Sun. April 7 – Minneapolis, MN @ Triple Rock Club
Tue. April 9 – Madison, WI @ University of Wisconsin – FREE SHOW
Wed. April 10 – Chicago, IL @ Empty Bottle w/ Final Grin
Thu. April 11 – Columbus, OH @ Ace of Cups
Fri. April 12 – Pittsburgh, PA @ 6119
Tue. April 16 – Burlington, VT @ Monkey House w/ White Lung
Wed. April 17 – Boston, MA @ TT the Bear’s w/ White Lung
Thu. April 18 – New Haven, CT @ Lilly’s Pad (Toad’s Place Upstairs)
Fri. April 19 – Philadelphia, PA @ First Unitarian Church w/ White Lung
Sat. April 20 – New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom w/ White Lung
Thu. May 30 – Sun. June 2 – Austin, TX @ Chaos in Tejas


** photo by  Kristian Emdal

Esben And The Witch - Wash The Sins Not Only The Face - Coming January 21st

We are incredibly excited to announce that Esben and the Witch will return with their new album Wash the Sins Not Only the Face, on January 21st.  The Brighton (UK) trio follow up their acclaimed 2011 debut album Violet Cries by transcending 'second album' preconceptions, crafting a record that's bold, confident, expansive and not 'difficult' in the slightest.  Daniel Copeman of the band says: “We had a clearer idea of what we wanted to achieve on this album, and how we could achieve it. We’re more focused, more confident.”

Premiering the first track taken from the album today, Deathwaltz shows a band that have come of age and that new found confidence certainly shines through.  The band also launch a new website today as well as announcing UK and European tour dates that will follow the album's release, culminating with a headline London Scala show.
Here's all the facts you should need:

Release date:
January 21st 2013.

LP (OLE 991-1) - initial run will include a limited edition bonus 7", tracks to be announced soon.
CD (OLE 991-2) - digipack CD.
Download (OLE 991-6) - iTunes exclusive will include the two tracks from the bonus 7".

1.      Iceland Spar
2.      Slow Wave
3.      When That Head Splits
4.      Shimmering
5.      Deathwaltz
6.      Yellow Wood
7.      Despair
8.      Putting Down The Prey
9.      The Fall Of Glorieta Mountain
10.    Smashed To Pieces In The Still Of The Night

Deathwaltz MP3 download can be found HERE.

Esben and the Witch on tour:
February 2013
Thu 07 Feb - Birmingham - Hare & Hounds
Fri 08 Feb - Glasgow - School Of Art
Sat 09 Feb - Manchester - Bunker
Fri 15 Feb - Brussels - Botanique
Sat 16 Feb - Munster - Gleiss 22
Sun 17 Feb - Hamburg - Knust
Mon 18 Feb - Berlin - Bi Nuu
Wed 20 Feb - Munich - 59to1
Thu 21 Feb - Zürich - Rote Fabrik
Fri 22 Feb - Cologne - Gebaude 9
Sat 23 Feb - Utrecht - Tivoli Oudegracht Spiegelbar
Tue 26 Feb - London - Scala

Preorder Wash The Sins Not Only The Face:
Rough Trade
Matador store

Esben and the Witch, by Jonathan Hyde. (l-r):
Daniel Copeman: guitar, bass, drums, percussion, synth
Thomas Fisher: guitar, percussion, synth
Rachel Davies: vocals, bass, guitar, drums

Listen: Ceremony "Everything Burns", from an upcoming tour split 7" with Titus Andronicus

Ceremony continue their seemingly endless journey of tearing up venues large & small* off the back of their 2012 LP, 'Zoo'. This fall, their touring continues when they share many-a-stage with Titus Andronicus. In that same spirit of sharing, they'll be releasing a very limited piece of vinyl with said roadmates, a split 7" featuring a brand new Ceremony song, "Everything Burns".

Listen: "Everything Burns" [192 kbps mp3]
Ceremony "Everything Burns" b/w Titus Andronicus "In A Big City"
limited to 500, available only at the venues/shows below  (more shows & details TBA!)

* listen to Ceremony play in one of the smaller venues from their last tour, a trailer at FYF Fest with Making Time RADioHERE.

Fri-Oct-19 Halifax, NS Reflections Cabaret - Halifax Pop Explosion
Sat-Oct-20 Halifax, NS The Pavillion  - Halifax Pop Explosion
Tue-Oct-23 Philadelphia, PA First Unitarian Church†
Wed-Oct-24 Washington, DC Rock and Roll Hotel†
Thu-Oct-25 Richmond, VA Strange Matter†
Sun-Oct-28 Gainesville, FL Florida Theater of Gainesville - The Fest 11 w/ Propagandhi
Mon-Oct-29 Tampa, FL Crowbar†
Wed-Oct-31 Atlanta, GA 529†
Fri-Nov-02 Memphis, TN Hi Tone†
Sun-Nov-04 Austin, TX Red 7 FFF Nites  w/ Bleached
Tue-Nov-06 Tempe, AZ Sail Inn†
Thu-Nov-08 Los Angeles, CA El Rey†
Fri-Nov-09 San Diego, CA Irenic†
Sat-Nov-10 Santa Ana, CA Constellation Room†
Sun-Nov-11 Santa Cruz, CA Catalyst Atrium†
Mon-Nov-12 San Francisco, CA Great American Music Hall†
Wed-Nov-14 Seattle, WA Neumo's†
Thu-Nov-15 Vancouver, BC Biltmore Cabaret†
Sat-Nov-17 Boise, ID Neurolux†
Mon-Nov-19 Denver, CO Larimer Lounge†
Tue-Nov-20 Lawrence, KS Jackpot†
Wed-Nov-21 Omaha, NE Sokol Underground†
Thu-Nov-22 Minneapolis, MN 7th St Entry†
Fri-Nov-23 Milwaukee, WI Turner Hall†
Sat-Nov-24 Madison, WI The Frequency†
Sun-Nov-25 Chicago, IL Metro†
Mon-Nov-26 Detroit, MI Majestic†
Tue-Nov-27 Toronto, ON Lee's Palace†
Wed-Nov-28 Montreal, QC Il Motore†
Thu-Nov-29 Burlington, VT Higher Ground Lounge†
Fri-Nov-30 Boston, MA The Sinclair†
Sat-Dec-01 Hoboken, NJ Maxwell's†
Sun-Dec-02 New York, NY Webster Hall†
† with Titus Andronicus


top photo by Jimmy Fontaine


AC Newman - "Encyclopedia Of Classic Takedowns", The 2nd MP3 from 'Shut Down The Streets'

(of course, by "out now", we mean "out October 9")

As mentioned in this space a few weeks ago, on October 9 Matador will be releasing the 3rd A.C. Newman album, 'Shut Down The Streets'.   The '70's folk/pop-inflected masterpiece was dubbed "an album of understated elegance and strength" by one of our more insightful (and good-looking) executives, and here's another example of Carl''s musical & lyrical brilliance  to whet your appetite :

"Encyclopedia Of Classic Takedowns" (192 kbps MP3)

There's further recognition, by the way, for one of the continent's great songsmiths (or, if you prefer, songwriters).  Though I'm sworn to secrecy by a colleague (who is so many thousands of miles away, what's she going to do, yell at me?), I'm told one of your favorite New Pornographers songs  will be heard next month as the intro theme music for a popular new television comedy that may or may not feature group therapy as a central theme in the show.  It's not that new Charlie Sheen thing either, so let's not get into that.  There's loads of other places on the internet if all you want to do is complain about Charlie Sheen. He was alright in "Platoon" --- you think you could do better?

Pre-order 'Shut Down The Streets' on the LP, CD or digital formats from The Matador Store (first 300 LP's are on colored vinyl)

on tour this Autumn :

10/21 – Toronto, ON @ Lee’s Palace (Exclaim! 20th Anniversary Concert Series)
10/22 – New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom
10/23 – Allston, MA @ Brighton Music Hall
10/24 – Hoboken, NJ @ Maxwell’s
10/25 – Philadelphia, PA @ First Unitarian Church
10/26 – Washington DC @ Black Cat
10/27 – Durham, NC @ Motorco Music Hall
10/28 – Atlanta, GA @ The Earl
10/29 – St. Louis, MO @ Duck Room at Blueberry Hill
10/30 – Chicago, IL @ The Empty Bottle
11/1 – St. Paul, MN @ Turf Club
11/2 – Winnipeg, Canada @ West End Cultural Centre
11/5 – Edmonton, Canada @ Starlite Room
11/6 – Calgary, Canada @ The Republik
11/8 – Vancouver, BC @ The Biltmore Cabaret (Exclaim! 20th Anniversary Concert Series)*
11/9 – Seattle, WA @ The Crocodile*
11/10 – Portland, OR @ Doug Fir Lounge*
11/12 – San Francisco, CA @ The Independent*
11/13 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Echoplex*
11/14 – San Diego, CA @ The Casbah*

*with special guest Harriet

A.C. Newman
at Facebook
@acnewman - Twitter (official site)

('Shut Down The Streets' is coming out in Canada on Last Gang and in the UK on Fire Records)


Coming October 9 : AC Newman's 'Shut Down The Streets'

(photo by Noah Kalina)

On October 9, we'll be releasing the 3rd album from A.C. Newman, 'Shut Down The Streets' (LP/CD/digital)  the most powerful and personal solo work to date from the New Pornographers founder.  While Newman long ago staked a claim for being one of this continent's finest pop craftsmen, 'Streets' represents a change in tone and a bigger change in subject matter.  I'm not about to give the whole thing away (not when we've commissioned a bio writer to do that, anyway), but a year of joy and sorrow in the Newman household has inspired an album of understated elegance and strength. The bar was already set pretty high where this songwriter is concerned, but this isn't nearly so simple as one of your longtime favorites having delivered 10 great new songs.  Fantastic lyrical chops and musical invention aren't new territory for Carl, but writing so directly about the most important events in his adult life certainly are.

Recorded in Woodstock, NY (and featuring longtime colleague Neko Case), 'Streets' bears the influence of classic ‘70s folk and pop songwriters ranging from Gerry Rafferty to “Daylight Katy”-period Gordon Lightfoot,  Summoning lush sonics with sweeping string & synth backgrounds that are miles away from The New Pornographers' signature sound, 'Shut Down The Streets' is brutally honest, open and affecting in a way Newman has rarely been in the past.

"I'm Not Talking" (192 kbps MP3)

Track Listing:

1) I'm Not Talking
2) Do Your Own Time
3) You Could Get Lost Out Here
4) Encyclopedia of Classic Takedowns
5) There's Money In New Wave
6) Strings
7) Hostages
8 ) Wasted English
9) The Troubadour
10) They Should Have Shut Down The Streets

Pre-order 'Shut Down The Streets' from The Matador Store (first 300 LP's are on colored vinyl)

on tour this Autumn :

10/21 – Toronto, ON @ Lee’s Palace (Exclaim! 20th Anniversary Concert Series)
10/22 – New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom
10/23 – Allston, MA @ Brighton Music Hall
10/24 – Hoboken, NJ @ Maxwell’s
10/25 – Philadelphia, PA @ First Unitarian Church
10/26 – Washington DC @ Black Cat
10/27 – Durham, NC @ Motorco Music Hall
10/28 – Atlanta, GA @ The Earl
10/29 – St. Louis, MO @ Duck Room at Blueberry Hill
10/30 – Chicago, IL @ The Empty Bottle
11/1 – St. Paul, MN @ Turf Club
11/2 – Winnipeg, Canada @ West End Cultural Centre
11/5 – Edmonton, Canada @ Starlite Room
11/6 – Calgary, Canada @ The Republik
11/8 – Vancouver, BC @ The Biltmore Cabaret (Exclaim! 20th Anniversary Concert Series)*
11/9 – Seattle, WA @ The Crocodile*
11/10 – Portland, OR @ Doug Fir Lounge*
11/12 – San Francisco, CA @ The Independent*
11/13 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Echoplex*
11/14 – San Diego, CA @ The Casbah*

*with special guest Harriet

A.C. Newman
at Facebook
@acnewman - Twitter (official site)

('Shut Down The Streets' is coming out in Canada on Last Gang and in the UK on Fire Records)

Download Cat Power "Cherokee" and Nicolas Jaar's remix of it now

A while back we shared the track "Ruin" from Cat Power's forthcoming record, 'Sun'. Today, we're excited to present another: 'Sun''s first track, "Cherokee", alongside a breathtaking rendition composed by Nicolas Jaar. Both tracks are now available for streaming/download below. Enjoy!

Keep your eyes here and on for more Cat Power news coming soon (as in, this week)...


Pre-order 'Sun' on the Matador Store, iTunes, Amazon and/or grab the deluxe vinyl + exclusive 7" at your favorite indie retailer on September 4.

Coming October 23 : The New Paul Banks album, 'Banks'

(photo by Helena Christensen)

On October 23, Matador will release the 2nd solo album from Interpol vocalist/guitarist Paul Banks.  With 'Banks' (LP/CD/digital), Paul ditches the Julian Plenti alter-ego, and the resulting 10-song album is a tour-de- force of exhilarating minor-key intensity.

The Base (192 kbps MP3)

Banks was recorded in New York and Connecticut with producer Peter Katis (Interpol, The National, Shearwater, Jónsi...).  The album is  personal and epic, catchy and serpentine - much like your favorite Interpol albums - with Paul's wry humor, bare emotion, and varied influences all in full effect.

track listing :

1. The Base
2. Over My Shoulder
3. Arise, Awake
4. Young Again
5. Lisbon
6. I’ll Sue You
7. Paid For That
8. Another Chance
9. No Mistakes
10. Summertime Is Coming

preorder 'Banks' on LP or CD from The Matador Store.

Paul Banks on Twitter

Chelsea Light Moving "Empires Of Time" & "Frank O'Hara Hit"


The CHELSEA LIGHT MOVING song that was posted July 25 for free entitled Frank O'Hara Hit is actually some other song, by the same band, called Empires Of Time. For your edification and further free-fall into the vortex of confusion we now present you the song Frank O'Hara Hit. The previous message from Thurston Moore pertaining to the intention of this tune is still active. If there's anything to be known about Empires of Time, know that it is a call of honor, and a kiss on the hallowed forehead, to Roky Erickson of Austin, Texas, a maestro of American psychedelic rock n roll of the highest order.

Go for it,

Thurston Moore


[ed: to hopefully relieve further confusion, here are links to all the songs shared by Chelsea Light Moving to date:

"Groovy & Linda"
"Frank O'Hara Hit"
"Empires of Time"


Free Song #3 by Chelsea Light Moving: "Frank O'Hara Hit"

[edit: Due to an unfortunate mix up, the track posted here originally on July 25 was the Chelsea Light Moving track "Empires Of Time", this post has now been amended to the correct audio for "Frank O'Hara Hit".]

from on-tour in Europe, Thurston Moore writes:

“Frank O’Hara Hit”

Free Song #3 by



Today is July 25 and it’s my birthday. I’m 54. This song is called Frank O’Hara Hit. And it’s by this band I started called Chelsea Light Moving. Right now we’re whipping around Europe playing some summer love-cry gigs. I wanted to release this song by the end of July because it’s a meditation on that month through history in events that define a lot of what mytho-romanticizes my heart, both broken and blessed at the moment. On July 25, 1965 Bob Dylan with the Paul Butterfield Blues Band delivered to rock n’ roll the dissident soul of folk music and poetry. For many it was already a viable meeting but Dylan set it on fire for the world to see. And he was famously cursed and booed by the gatekeepers of old ways wariness.  The song he sang was Phantom Engineer (later titled It Takes A Lot To Laugh, It Takes A Train To Cry). On July 24, 1966 the NYC poet Frank O’Hara was struck by a dune buggy while hanging out on Fire Island, and died the next day. O’Hara knew poetry in all it’s formalist glory and like John Cage’s ear to music liberated it for writers for an unending time. In his essay Personism: A Manifesto (published in Leroi Jones’ Yugen magazine in 1961) he writes, "I don't ... like rhythm, assonance, all that stuff. You just go on your nerve. If someone's chasing you down the street with a knife you just run, you don't turn around and shout, 'Give it up! I was a track star for Mineola Prep’…As for measure and other technical apparatus, that's just common sense: if you're going to buy a pair of pants you want them to be tight enough so everyone will want to go to bed with you. There's nothing metaphysical about it." On July 26, 1943 Mick Jagger was born in Dartford, Kent, England and would become the 20th century’s erotic pinup for the unsafety of teeny bop girls everywhere preaching the gospel soaked blues of African-American music that their parents were most likely frightened to death of. His skill in getting it and keeping it together and continuing to honor the magic that rocks the fuck out when Howlin’ Wolf hit the mic is what inspires every tantalizing facet of real rock n’ roll. On July 29, 1966 our hero Bobby Dylan crashed his motorbike while taking it for a spin in Woodstock He had just recorded three lightning rod LPs (Bringing It All Back Home, Highway 61 Revisited, Blonde on Blonde), a book of writing (Tarantula) and was taking a breather between a just finished nine month world tour (where he was facing audiences half pissed at his “Judas!” betrayal of folk purity) and readying for sixty-four American gigs booked by money hog Albert Grossman. He was amphetamine skinny and breathing high-octane annunciation. He returned to us a man in control of his image and he provocatively crushed celebrity underfoot like a shitty Marlboro. Let us kiss our lovers gently in July as the lathered sunrays of August take us into contemplation and a sweet trust to a future we will always fight for. In rock n roll, soul, tenderness and piety.


Thurston Moore,

Commune di Santo Stefano di Sessanio, ITALY
July 25, 2012



Thurston Moore (gtr/vocals/songwriter)
Keith Wood (gtr)
Samara Lubelski (bass)
John Moloney (drums)



26 - Castelbasso, Italy - Soundlabs Festival
28 - Hyeres, France  - Midi Festival
29 - Dijon, France - Le Consortium
30 - Dudingen, Switzerland - Bad Bonn
31 - Luxembourg City, Luxembourg - Den Atelier


1 - Antwerp, Belgium - Rivierenhof
2 - Schorndorf, Germany - Manufaktur
3 - Vienna, Austria - Stadtsaal
4 - Katowice, Poland - OFF Festival
5 - Dresden, Germany - Alter Schlachthof
6 - Copenhagen, Demnark - VEGA
8 - Oslo, Norway - OYA Festival
9 - Goteburg, Sweden - Way Out West Festival


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