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Out Today : Car Seat Headrest - 'MADLO : Influences', 'MADLO : Remixes'

(art by Cate Wurtz)

(art by Cate Wurtz)

(photo : Carlos Cruz)

Today, Car Seat Headrest have made two new EPs available to stream and download – 'MADLO: Influences' and 'MADLO: Remixes'.

The former comprises covers of four tracks the band has cited as influences on 'Making A Door Less Open', including takes on songs by David Bowie, Nine Inch Nails, Kate Bush, and The Who. The latter is a 5-track EP of remixes that includes re-works by Superorganism, Scuba, yeule, Dntel, and 1 Trait Danger

stream / download 'MADLO Influences'
stream / download 'MADLO : Remixes'


MADLO: Influences
1. Golden Years (David Bowie)
2. Substitute (The Who)
3. March of the Pigs (Nine Inch Nails)
4. Running Up That Hill (Kate Bush)

MADLO: Remixes
1. Martin (Superorganism Remix)
2. Martin (1 Trait Danger Remix)
3. Weightlifters (Scuba Remix)
4. Deadlines (yeule Remix)
5. Life Worth Missing (Dntel Remix)

stream / purchase 'Making A Door Less Open'

Car Seat Headrest Online :

Car Seat Headrest at Matador

Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks - 'Sparkle Hard' Out Today, New Events In Seattle, L.A.

(photo by James Rexroad)

After a wait some might describe as "interminable", or perhaps even "long", 'Sparkle Hard', the latest & greatest album from Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks is now available to purchase or download.   If you're in the Seattle area this coming Tuesday, consider making your way to KEXP's Gathering Space at noon AND NOT SIMPLY BECAUSE IT'S A LOVELY SPACE FOR GATHERING(S).

Following the unfortunate cancellation of July's FYF Festival in Los Angeles, the Jicks have added a show at LA's Roxy on July 19. Tickets go on sale today at 10am pacific time.

('Sparkle Hard - The Supercut' - directed by Brook Linder)

order / stream 'Sparkle Hard'

Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks on tour :

Friday, June 1 Turf Club, St. Paul MN (SOLD OUT)
Saturday, June 2 The Back Room at Colectivo, Milwaukee WI
Sunday, June 3 Thalia Hall, Chicago IL

Tuesday, June 5 Ace of Cups, Columbus OH (SOLD OUT)
Wednesday, June 6 Rex Theater, Pittsburgh PA

Thursday, June 7 Grog Shop, Cleveland OH

Friday, June 8 Magic Stick, Detroit MI
Saturday, June 9 Lee’s Palace, Toronto ON (SOLD OUT)
Monday, June 11 Theatre Fairmount, Montreal QC
Tuesday, June 12 The Sinclair, Cambridge MA (SOLD OUT)
Thursday, June 14 Music Hall of Williamsburg, Brooklyn NY (SOLD OUT)
Friday, June 15 Music Hall of Williamsburg, Brooklyn NY (SOLD OUT)
Saturday, June 16 Theatre of Living Arts, Philadelphia PA
Sunday, June 17 Black Cat, Washington DC
Tuesday, June 19 Cat’s Cradle, Carrboro NC
Wednesday, June 20 The Georgia Theatre, Athens GA
Thursday, June 21 Mercy Lounge, Nashville TN
Friday, June 22 Zanzabar, Louisville KY
Saturday, June 23 The Woodward Theater, Cincinnati OH
Tuesday, July 17 Mystic Theatre, Petaluma CA
Wednesday, July 18 Slim’s, San Francisco CA
Thursday, July 19 The Roxy, Los Angeles CA
Sunday, July 22 The Crescent Ballroom, Phoenix AZ
Wednesday, July 25, Mohawk, Austin TX
Thursday, July 26 White Oak Music Hall, Houston TX
Friday, July 27 Granada Theater, Dallas TX
Saturday, July 28 The Vanguard, Tulsa OK
Sunday, July 29 Record Bar, Kansas City MO
Tuesday, July 31 Gothic Theatre, Englewood CO
Wednesday, August 1 Urban Lounge, Salt Lake City UT
Friday, August 3 Rickshaw Theatre, Vancouver BC
Saturday, August 4 Neptune Theatre, Seattle WA
Sunday, August 5 Star Theater, Portland OR
Wednesday, October 17th Albert Hall, Manchester UK
Thursday, October 18th SWG3, Glasgow UK
Friday, October 19th Vicar St., Dublin IE
Sunday, October 21st SXW, Bristol UK
Monday, October 22nd The Asylum, Birmingham UK
Wednesday, October 24th Hackney Arts Center, London UK
Thursday, October 25th Concorde 2, Brighton UK
Monday, October 29th Lido, Berlin DE
Tuesday, October 30th Stadtgarten, Cologne DE
Wednesday October 31st Melkweg, Amsterdam NL

Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks online :


Julien Baker - 'Turn Off The Lights' Out Today, "CBS This Morning" Performance Tomorrow

Today marks the release of Julien Baker's hotly anticipated --- and ridiculously well-reviewed --- 2nd album, 'Turn Off The Lights'.  Baker's global touring continues with tonight's show at New York's Town Hall, and tomorrow she'll make her national TV debut on "CBS This Morning".

order 'Turn Out The Lights'
order 'Turn Out The Lights' from The Matador Store LP version with or without a bundled t-shirt or on compact disc.
North American and European Tour Dates
Friday, October 27 Town Hall New York NY +
Saturday, October 28 Somerville Theatre Somerville MA + (SOLD OUT)
Sunday, October 29 Union Transfer Philadelphia PA +
Monday, October 30, Rough Trade NY, Brooklyn NY (Q&A with brief performance)
Friday, November 03 Crossing Border Festival The Hague NL
Saturday, November 04 Ekko Utrecht NL
Monday, November 06 The Lantern Bristol UK
Tuesday, November 07 Brudenell Social Club Leeds UK
Wednesday, November 08 CCA Glasgow UK
Thursday, November 09 Whelans Dublin IE
Friday, November 10 Union Chapel London UK  (SOLD OUT)
Sunday, November 12 Autumn Falls Brussels BE  
Monday, November 13 
Les Etoiles Paris FR  
Tuesday, November 14 Heimathafen Neukolln Berlin DE  
Wednesday, November 15 Uebel & Gefahrlich Hamburg DE  
Thursday, November 16 New Fall Festival Düsseldorf DE  
Friday, November 17 El Sol Madrid ES  
Saturday, November 18 Theatro Circo Braga PT
Sunday, November 19 La De Apolo Barcelona ES  
Wednesday, November 29 Bijou Theatre Knoxville TN *
Thursday, November 30 Marathon Music Works Nashville TN *
Friday, December 01 1884 Lounge at Minglewood Hall Memphis TN *
Saturday, December 02 Delmar Hall  St. Louis MO +
Monday, December 04 Fox Theatre Boulder CO +
Wednesday, December 06 Top Hat Missoula MT +
Thursday, December 07 The Bartlett Spokane WA +
Friday, December 08 Neptune Theatre Seattle WA +
Saturday, December 09 Rickshaw Theatre Vancouver BC   +
Sunday, December 10 Aladdin Theater Portland OR +
Tuesday, December 12 The Fillmore San Francisco CA +
Thursday, December 14 Palace Theatre Los Angeles CA +
Friday, December 15 The Irenic San Diego CA +
Saturday, December 16 The Crescent Ballroom Phoenix AZ +
Monday, December 18 Emo’s Austin TX +
Tuesday, December 19 The Heights Theater Houston TX +
Wednesday, December 20 The Kessler Theater Dallas TX +
+ Half Waif supports
* David Bazan supports

Julien Baker online


Out Today : HÆLOS - 'Full Circle'

Just a reminder that today (March 18), HÆLOS' hotly anticipated full length debut, 'Full Circle' is available on LP, CD, digital formats and via all streaming services. Currently in the midst of a whirlwind SXSW run, HÆLOS saw 'Full Circle' hailed earlier this week by outlets including but not limited to Pitchfork, Paste and more surely to come. The latter's John Brandon suggests, "NASA might consider making (this) a playlist for their next mission", and since every single one of us is an aspiring astronaut (EDITOR'S NOTE : can we get some stats on this before publishing?) we're clearly talking about an early album-of-the-year candidate. Upcoming dates and ordering details are below :

on tour :
Today - Empire Control Room, Austin (Baeble) - 2pm
Today - Hotel San Jose, Austin (SXSanJose) - 5pm
Today - Latitude 30, Austin (Clash Magazine & British Embassy) - 10pm
Saturday - Urban Outfitters, Austin - 1pm
Saturday - Barracuda, Austin ( - 3:30pm
Monday, March 28 - U Street Music Hall, Washington, DC
Tuesday, March 29 - Mercury Lounge, New York
Wednesday, March 30 - Baby's All Right, New York
Friday, April 1 — Middle East - Upstairs, Cambridge, MA
Saturday, April 2 — O Patro Vys, Montreal, QC
Tuesday, April 5 — The Drake, Toronto, ON
Thursday, April 7 — Empty Bottle, Chicago, IL
Friday, April 8 — Collective Coffee-Prospect Cafe, Milwaukee, WI
Saturday, April 9 — 7th Street Entry, Minneapolis, MN
Tuesday, April 12 — Barboza, Seattle, WA
Wednesday, April 13 — Doug Fir Lounge, Portland, OR
Friday, April 15 — Coachella, Indio, CA
Tuesday, April 19 — Brick & Mortar, San Francisco, CA
Wednesday, April 20 — The Echo, Los Angeles, CA
Friday, April 22 - Coachella, Indio, CA

'Full Circle' availeble from the following :

HÆLOS online :

Car Seat Headrest - 'Teens Of Style' Out Today, New January Dates Announced

(Sonic Boom, Seattle, 10/29/15)

It would be no exaggeration to say the amount of critical acclaim that's greeted today's release of Car Seat Headrest's 'Teens Of Style' has been equal parts awesome and overwhelming. For us, anyway.  If yesterday's KEXP session is anything to go by Will Toledo's ALL BUSINESS when it comes to this kinda thing and while "unflappable" in the dictionary used to have a picture of a bird encased in rubber bands, it will now feature a sketch of Will.  Preferably one of those Wall St. Journal style sketches, I've always liked those.

Anyhow, what oughta be a national sensation has now grown into a full-fledged INTERNATIONAL INCIDENT.  Check the dates below.

Tuesday, November 17 - London UK - Servant Jazz Quarters
Friday, November 20 - Paris, France - Espace B
Saturday, November 21 - Utrecht, Netherlands - Le Guess Who Festival
Friday, November, 27 - Minneapolis MN - 7th St Entry*
Saturday, November, 28 - Madison  WI - The Frequency*
Sunday, November, 29 - Chicago IL - Schubas
Monday, November, 30 - Detroit  MI - The Loving Touch*
Tuesday, December, 1 - Toronto ON - Silver Dollar
Wednesday December, 2 - Montreal QC - Le Ritz
Friday, December, 4 - Cambridge  MA - The Lizard Lounge*
Saturday, December, 5 - Brooklyn NY - Baby’s All Right*
Sunday, December, 6 - Philadelphia  PA - Johnny Brenda’s*
Monday, December, 7 - Washington DC - DC9*
Tuesday, December, 8 - Richmond VA - Strange Matter*
Thursday, December, 10 - Atlanta GA - The Earl*
Friday, December, 11 - Nashville TN - High Watt*
Saturday, December, 12 - St. Louis MO - The Demo*
Sunday, December 13 - The Lookout, Omaha NE
Saturday, January 9 - Sunset Tavern, Seattle WA
Monday, January 11 - The Bartlett, Spokane WA
Tuesday, January 12 - The Wild Buffalo, Bellingham WA
Wednesday, January 13  Neurolux, Boise, ID
Thursday, January 14 - Kilby Court, Salt Lake City UT
Friday, January 15 - Hi Dive, Denver CO
Sunday, January 17 - Valley Bar, Phoenix AZ
Monday, January 18 - The Casbah, San Diego CA
Tuesday, January 19 - Bootleg Bar, Los Angeles CA

* w/ NE-HI

order 'Teens Of Style' from the following :

The Matador Store

Car Seat Headrest online :

Out Today : Yo La Tengo's 'Extra Painful'

December 2, 2014 happens to mark the 30th anniversary of one of the planet's best bands making their official live debut --- it all went down on a cold Sunday evening at Hoboken's Maxwell's, and I feel pretty confident in saying the evening's headliners have left behind a devastating body of work in the 3 decades and lineup changes since. Not only that, but they've continue to record, perform and put the rest of the rock world on notice at every opportunity

But enough about Antietam, apparently this is also the 30th anniversary of Yo La Tengo's first show, too, and with that in mind, we're celebrating the historic moment with today's double LP / double CD release of 'Extra Painful', the expanded edition of the trio's very first album for Matador, 1993's 'Painful'. Earlier today, Pitchfork's Stuart Berman said of the reissue, "Yo La Tengo would go on to define '90s indie—and its evermore sophisticated post-millenial permutations—not by refining their sound, but by blowing it wide open. Painful was the moment of detonation." ("More so than any other band in recent memory, Yo La Tengo’s body of work hinges on the notion that no song is ever a completely finished, end-state product; what we hear on any given album is seemingly a function of what mood they were in the day it was recorded, what the weather was like on the day of mixing, or how much studio time was left before the budget was blown. There is no such thing as a permanent record; songs have many lives before they’re officially documented and continue to evolve long thereafter.")

Drowned In Sound's Benjamin Bland opined that 'Extra Painful' represents "a welcome reminder of an album that has never quite gained the classic status it deserves, but despite this the vital ingredient – the intimate feeling at the heart of Painful - remains agelessly undamaged by the passage of time." It's a little late in the day for us to opt for an "AGELESSLY UNDAMAGED" sticker quote, but it's a pretty good idea just the same.

you can order 'Extra Painful' on double vinyl or CD from the following :

The Matador Store

a handful of tickets are still available for this week's 30th Anniversary shows in New York, Philly and DC :

12/03 Town Hall, NY NY w/ Antietam
12/04 Town Hall, NY NY w/ The Feelies
12/05 9:30 Club, Washington DC w/ Lambchop
12/06 Trocadero, Philadelphia PA w/ Antietam
Yo La Tengo : - band site

New Release Tuesday : Thurston Moore - The Best Day 2XLP/CD/digital album

Just a reminder - the new Thurston Moore album, 'The Best Day', proclaimed by the A/V Club's Chris Mincher to be "a palpably invigorated blend of brawny, sprawling guitar rock and meditative arrangements" is available today throughout North America (everywhere else yesterday) --- direct order details and updated tour dates are found below.

Thurston Moore Band on tour :

Tuesday, October 21 - Brooklyn NY --St. Vitus (with PCPC) (SOLD OUT)
Wednesday, October 22 -Cambridge MA -- The Sinclair
Thursday, October 23 0-Hamden CT -- The Ballroom at The Outer Space
Friday, October 24- Pawtucket RI -- The Met
Saturday, October 25- Philadelphia PA -- Boot & Saddle
Sunday, October 26 - Brooklyn NY -- Rough Trade NYC
Thursday, October 30 - Lucerna Music Hall, Prague, Czech Republic
Friday, October 31 - BIME Festival, Bilbao Spain
Sunday, November 2 - Alcatraz, Milan, Italy
Monday, November 3 - Antoniano (seated), Bologna, Italy
Tuesday, November 4 - Komplex Club, Zurich, Switzerland
Wednesday, November 5 - Rockhal, Luxembourg, Luxembourg
Friday, November 7 - Islington Assembly Hall, London, UK
Saturday, November 8 - Fleece, Bristol, UK
Sunday, November 9 - Gorilla, Manchester, UK
Tuesday, November 11 - Art School, Glasgow, UK
Wednesday, November 12 - Bodega, Nottingham, UK
Saturday, November 15 - Crossing Border Festival, The Hague, Netherlands
Sunday, November 16 - Gebaude 9, Cologne, Germany
Tuesday, November 18 - Räucherkammer, Wiesbaden, Germany
Wednesday, November 19 - Ampere, Munich, Germany

Order 'The Best Day' from The Matador Store

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

Thurston Moore - Facebook, Twitter

Out Now : Perfume Genius - 'Too Bright', KEXP Session Today, Sonic Boom Instore Tomorrow

On the heels of some wildly enthusiastic international press coverage, we're thrilled that today marks the moment when you can bring the new Perfume Genius album, 'Too Bright' into your home / vehicle / phone for real. Above and below are some shots of the LP and CD packaging ; click on the individuals pics for high resolution versions.

While Mike Hadreas hits the road this Thursday night in Salt Lake City, there's some hometown events planned for week-of-release in Seattle. For starters, you can hear Perfume Genius in session on KEXP today at 4pm eastern / 1pm pacific time, and there's an instore performance at Sonic Boom tomorrow night at 6pm (free, all ages)

order 'Too Bright' from the following :
The Matador Store (LP & CD)

Amazon MP3
Google Play

Tour Dates :

26 - Urban Lounge - Salt Lake City UT
27 - Hi Dive - Denver CO
29 - Riot Room - Kansas City MO
30 - Triple Rock Social Club - Minneapolis MN

1 - Lincoln Hall - Chicago IL
2 - Magic Stick - Detroit MI
4 - Virgin Mobile Mod Club - Toronto ON
6 - Brighton Music Hall - Allston MA
7 - Music Hall of Williamsburg - Brooklyn NY
8 - Johnny Brenda's - Philadelphia PA
9 - The Hamilton - Washington DC
10 - Cat's Cradle Back Room - Carrboro NC
11 - Drunken Unicorn - Atlanta GA
13 - Three Links - Dallas TX
14 - The Parish - Austin TX
16 - Club Congress - Tucson AZ
17 - Soda Bar - San Diego CA
19 - Roxy Theatre - Los Angeles CA
21 - The Independent - San Francisco CA
22 - Harlow's - Sacramento CA
24 - Mississippi Studios - Portland OR
25 - Neptune Theatre - Seattle WA

11 - La Maroquinerie, Paris France
12 - Exile, Zurich, Switzerland
13 - Le Romandie, Lausanne Switzerland
14 - Depot, Leuven Belgium
16 - Vega, Copenhagen Denmark
17 - Lido, Berlin German
18 - Pret-a-ecouter Festival, Heidelberg Germany
19 - Bitterzoet, Amsterdam Holland
21 - Le Guess Who Festival, Utrecht Holland
23 - Caves, Edinburgh UK
24 - The Wardrobe, Leeds UK
25 - Oobleck, Birmingham UK
26 - The Haunt, Brighton UK
27 - Islington Assembly Hall, London UK
28 - 29 -- Vodafone Mexefest 2014, Lisbon Portugal

Perfume Genius online :


You Tube Channel

Interpol - 'El Pintor' In Stores Today, CBS' "The Late Show" Tonight, Other Music Signing Tomorrow

The eagerly awaited 5th album from Interpol, 'El Pintor' is available everywhere starting today.   Daniel, Paul and Sam conclude an exhaustive week of NYC promo with an appearance tonight on CBS' "The Late Show With David Letterman" (11:35 eastern, 10:35 central)  (Dave's other guests tonight are Michael Strahan and Sir Richard Branson), and they'll be signing  copies of 'El Pintor'  at West 4th Street's Other Music at 5pm, Wednesday.  Other Music will have the limited white vinyl edition,  but if you'd like to guarantee entry, you can bring a receipt from OM if you've purchased the album from them today (Tuesday).

Updated tour dates :

Monday, September, 15 – Commodore Ballroom, Vancouver BC, Canada
Tuesday, September, 16 – Paramount Theatre, Seattle WA
Wednesday, September, 17 – Crystal Ballroom, Portland OR (SOLD OUT)
Saturday, September, 20 – Fox Theatre, Oakland CA (SOLD OUT)
Wednesday, September, 24 – House of Blues, San Diego CA (SOLD OUT)
Friday, September, 26 – The Depot, Salt Lake City UT
Saturday, September, 27 – Ogden Theatre, Denver CO
Monday, September, 29 – Granada Theatre, Lawrence KS
Tuesday, September, 30 – Cain’s Ballroom, Tulsa OK
Thursday, October, 2 – South Side Ballroom, Dallas TX
Friday, October, 3 – House of Blues, Houston TX (SOLD OUT)
Saturday, October, 4 – Austin City Limits, Zilker Park, Austin TX (SOLD OUT)
Sunday, October 5 - Stubb's, Austin TX
Tuesday, October, 7 – House of Blues, New Orleans LA
Thursday, October, 9 – Minglewood Hall, Memphis TN
Saturday, October, 11 – Austin City Limits, Zilker Park, Austin TX
Thursday, November, 6 – Jannus Landing, St Petersburg FL
Friday, November, 7 – House of Blues, Orlando FL
Saturday, November, 8 – Fillmore, Miami FL
Monday, November, 10 – The Tabernacle, Atlanta GA
Tuesday, November, 11 – Marathon Music Works, Nashville TN
Wednesday, November 12 - Riviera Theatre, Chicago IL
Friday, November, 14 – First Avenue, Minneapolis MN
Monday, November, 17 – Newport Music Hall, Columbus OH
Tuesday, November, 18 – Kool Haus, Toronto ON, Canada
Thursday, November, 20 – Metropolis, Montreal QC, Canada
Friday, November, 21 – House of Blues, Boston MA
Saturday, November, 22 – Union Transfer, Philadelphia PA (SOLD OUT)
Monday, November, 24 – Terminal 5, New York NY (SOLD OUT)
Wednesday, November, 26 – Terminal 5, New York NY (SOLD OUT)
Saturday, November, 29 – 9:30 Club, Washington DC (SOLD OUT)
Sunday, November, 30 – 9:30 Club, Washington DC

Order 'El Pintor' from the following :
LP or CD from the Matador Store
Interpol store
Google Play
Best Buy (discount coupon, this week only)
Target (CD edition features two bonus tracks, “Malfeasance” and “Slow Hands (Live At Brixton Academy)” - available in the U.S. only)

Interpol - official site
Interpol - Facebook, Twitter, Instagram
Interpol YouTube channel

Out Today - Esben And The Witch "Wash The Sins Not Only The Face"

Today sees the release of the second album from Esben and the Witch.  Wash The Sins Not Only The Face is as majestic as it is triumphant - dispelling any fears of the 'difficult second album', the band have grown into themselves and produced a focused and confident album. The album has been streaming all week over at Pitchfork.

For folks outside of the US - Order / download here, or visit your local independent record store - iTunes | Vinyl | CD And for those stateside, grab your copy from the Matador Store.

Playing live in Europe this February, the dates are below.  Esben will also be playing live at a free instore at Rough Trade East tomorrow, Tuesday 22nd January.

Tue 22 Jan - London - Rough Trade East (7pm)

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
Sun 24 Feb - Paris Point - Ephemere
Tue 26 Feb - London - Scala


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