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October 3 In NYC : The 2nd Ever Screening of Chain Gang's Mondo Manhattan


October 3, 8pn  Anthology Film Archives (2nd Ave. & 2nd Street)

(Never Mind The Oscars, CHAIN GANG ARE BACK, 2/23/12)

Fucked Up play Brooklyn tomorrow night with Parquet Courts, Night Birds and Lemuria

Fucked Up Warsaw Flyer

Fucked Up play Brooklyn tomorrow night with Parquet Courts, Night Birds and Lemuria. At Warsaw, tickets still available here:

In case you missed it, the controversial fourth video from David Comes To Life, "Inside A Frame," came out a couple weeks ago:

Looking For Gold

Turn On The Bright Lights Screening Event and Round Table Discussion

To celebrate the release of TURN ON THE BRIGHT LIGHTS: THE 10TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION, the IFC in New York are hostng a very special event on Monday 3rd December, the eve of the record's digital release*. A screening of rare footage from early Interpol performances and music videos will be followed by a roundtable discussion about TOTBL and it's position in the musical landscape of the early 2000s, featuring Sam Fogarino and Daniel Kessler from the band, Pitchfork founder Ryan Schreiber, Other Music co-owner Josh Madell and moderated by NYU Professor Amanda Petrusich. This promises to be a special evening and will also be your first chance to get your hands on the record itself in all it's glory.

Get your tickets here.

*Please note: Unfortunately, due to a manufacturing delay, the CD and vinyl street dates have pushed a week from Dec 3(UK)/4(US) to Dec 10/11. Digital street date remains the same, and there will be advance physical stock at the event!

Turn On The Bright Lights IFC Screening and Round Table Discussion

It's Summer, Get To Know Your TANLINES

SUMMER IS  HERE!...ok well it officially starts tomorrow but we can't contain our excitement so we're getting started a day early.   Ahhh Summer, the season of extended daylight, backyard BBQs, road trips with friends, summer playlists, and Tanlines + Lemonade of course.

Apologies for that simple and obvious play on words.  But honestly as sure as you're likely to have some tan lines after laying around the pool drinking a glass of lemonade this summer, we're convinced both bands (Tanlines and Lemonade) will be on your iPods/stereos while doing so.  But don't take our word for it, Creator's Project said that Tanlines are "destined to become your summer soundtrack", and New York Magazine, Stereogum, and Refinery 29 couldn't agree more, naming "All Of Me" one of their Songs Of The Summer.

Anyhow since we'll be spending all summer together, it's probably a good time to get to know your Tanlines better.  Courtesy of Creator's Project, click HERE for an intimate look at the band Tanlines, their recording process, how they formed, and much much more.

Also Tanlines will be performing across the US all summer long, starting tomorrow night with an official summer kick off show at the House of Vans in Brooklyn.  A full list of summer tour dates is below.

Mon, June 25 - Los Angeles, CA - School Night @ Bardot (DJ set only)

Tue, June 26 - Santa Barbara, CA - Velvet Jones (presented by 92.9 KJEE)

Wed, June 27 - San Francisco, CA - Brick & Mortar Music Hall (presented by Live 105)

Thu, June 28 - Seattle, WA - Neumo's (presented by 107.7 The End)

Fri, July 13 - Louisville, KY - Forecastle Festival

Sun, July 15 - Chicago, IL - Lincoln Hall (discount for Pitchfork Festival wristband holders)

Thu, July 19 - Miami, FL - Bardot Miami

Fri, Aug 10 - San Francisco, CA - Outside Lands Festival

Sat, Aug 11 - Columbus, OH - Summerfest 2012

Sat, Sept 1 - Los Angeles, CA - FYF Festival

Thu, Sept 6 - Portland, OR - Music Fest NW

Never Mind The Oscars, CHAIN GANG ARE BACK...

...on the big screen, anyway. Chain Gang's centuries in the making "Mondo Manhattan" receives a screening Saturday, March 3 at 1pm as part of NYC's Demented Film Festival . You really don't want to know what kind of VIP gift bag opportunities there are at this event.

This monumental occasion comes very quickly on the heels of Chain Gang's Ricky Luanda releasing a limited edition 7" to accompany the deluxe paperback of Boo-Hooray's "Ed Wood's Sleaze Paperbacks". WIth all due respect to Lana Del Rey, Jeremy Lin and Rick Santorum with this flurry of activity, 2012 is quickly shaping up to be The Year Of Chain Gang.

Because Lower Manhattan Can't Have Enough Duane Reades


...or Chase ATM's.   Grisly footage of what used to be the Mars Bar, locale of some fantastic first dates (and just as many last dates, I'd imagine).  Photo swiped from EV Grieve, chroniclers of a once vibrant neighborhood being turned into, well, something that might still be fun if you're either under 22 or a millionaire (preferably both).

NYC Girls Fans: Buy The Album, Get A Free Ticket

Sometimes over here at Matador HQ we like to try wacky shit like making videos featuring famous funny guys or buying a single Soda Stream for 15 people to use and then wonder why it runs out of gas after a day and a half.

But this time we're doing something a little more simple and a lot more awesome.

As you already know, Girls are playing Terminal 5 on Saturday January 14. As you probably know, tickets are disappearing faster than (insert Kardashian wedding joke here). So just for you, NYC, we've teamed up with some of the best independent records stores in the Big Apple to offer a FREE TICKET when you purchase a copy of Father, Son, Holy Ghost (while supplies last, of course).

Simple as that. Buy the new album at regular price, get a free ticket to the show at Terminal 5.

Visit Other Music, Generation Records, Sound Fix, Permanent Records or Academy Annex NOW because they've each only got a handful of tickets. Do it. DO IT. See you at the show.

Thurston Moore's Demolished Thoughts "Take Away Show"

La Blogotheque filmed Thurston Moore and Samara Lubelski performing songs from 'Demolished Thoughts' at Thurston's NYC apartment, resulting in a striking, unique and very special "Take Away Show". These videos are essential viewing,  complete with shots of Manhattan's streets, Thurston's reminiscences on his early days in the city and some insights into the record.

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'Demolished Thoughts', Thurston Moore's 3rd solo album is out now and available at numerous retaillers, including iTunes (for $7.99), Amazon, your local indie store (on limited edition blue vinyl) and direct from us.

And of course, do not miss 'Demolished Thoughts' live

Thurston Moore dates :

Sat, June 25, Solid Sound Festival, North Adams, MA
Sunday, June 26, Solid Sound Festival, North Adams, MA
Friday, July 15, Pitchfork Festival, Chicago, IL
Saturday, July 16, High Noon, Madison, WI (tickets on sale April 29 at 10am)

Thurston Moore / Kurt Vile & The ViolatorsHush Arbors dates

7/18 Minneapolis, MN – Varsity Theatre (tickets, on sale April 29, noon))
7/21 Vancouver, BC – Rickshaw Theatre (tickets, on sale April 29)
7/22 Seattle, WA - Capitol Hill Block Party
7/23 Portland, OR – Alladin Theatre (tickets)
7/26 San Francisco, CA – Great American Music Hall (tickets)
7/28 Los Angeles, CA – Troubadour (tickets)
7/29 Los Angeles, CA – Troubadour (tickets)
7/30 San Diego, CA – Casbah (tickets)
8/4 Salt Lake City, UT - Twilight Concert Series

Matador/True Panther/4AD/Rough Trade/Sub Pop/XL/Young Turks CMJ party to dominate your Thursday night

God knows there's a bunch of fun stuff going on during the annual College Music Journal Music Marathon, but we want to make sure everyone's aware that we, along with the other Beggars Group labels -- True Panther, 4AD, Rough Trade, XL and Young Turks -- AND our buddies at Sub Pop, are going to be throwing a bit of a rager this Thursday, October 21, from 10pm to 4am. All the info is above on the flyer, and below for those of you on dial-up connections.

4AD/Matador/Rough Trade/Sub Pop/True Panther/XL/Young Turks CMJ Party

Thursday, October 21

10pm to 4am

Stanton Public (17 Stanton Street, btw. Bowery and Chrystie)

FREE, no RSVP needed

Ages 21 and up

DJ sets by Lemonade, True Panther Soundsystem, Dave Martin (Matador Records) and Gerard Cosloy (Matador Records), plus special guests (you never know who'll show up to these things)

Drinks courtesy of PBR

Giveaways from Converse

Free t-shirts from the lovely folks at I Buy Music

Don't miss it!

Interpol To Play Music Hall of Williamsburg

After a week on the West Coast that included Tuesday's release date Outstore & a stop at Jimmy Kimmel Live last night - Interpol are back in NYC playing a show tomorrow (Friday, 9/10) at the Music Hall of Williamsburg.

Tickets are on-sale NOW and you can get 'em HERE // Doors are at 7:3PM with Cloudland Canyon supporting.*

And after you get those MHOW tickets today, be sure to tune in to KCRW's Morning Becomes Eclectic at 11:15AM PST / 2:15PM EST to hear the band's recent session recorded in front of a live studio audience. Those in the LA area can tune in to 89.9FM. Or listen online at

And after that, don't forget to watch "Barricade" on Kimmel:

*(Official MHOW after party starts at midnight at Bruar Falls. For entry, check into Music Hall of Williamsburg on FourSquare for details).

Ted Leo and the Pharmacists playing in Brooklyn SUNDAY!

photo from Hartzine The Indie Music's flickr

How's this for a Friday afternoon treat: Ted Leo and the Pharmacists have been announced as the secret guest headliner of the "JellyNYC Block Party" summer event Sunday (August 1).. making this the second free TL/RX show in NY in a span of under a month (and probably his 23,356th over the past 5 years)

The show takes place at the Brooklyn Bowl (Wythe Ave & N. 11th St) with Darlings and Arpline, but Ted and crew will be kicking around the Williamsburg vicinity the entire day, participating in a DJ set and whatever else it is people do at block parties.

Details here.

Shearwater's Jonathan Meiburg at The Whitney

Photo by: Shawn Robbins / Kata Rokkar

On Friday, June 25 Shearwater's Jonathan Meiburg will perform at The Whitney Museum as part of the program Backyard Birds: An evening of prose and music celebrating Charles Burchfield.

The evening will include a reading of excerpts from artist Charles Burchfield’s journals by Jonathan Rosen, author of The Life of the Skies: Birding at the End of Nature, along with a performance by Jonathan Meiburg who will be joined by Andy Stack of Wye Oak.

The event starts at 7PM and is free with Museum admission, which is pay-what-you-wish on Fridays from 6-9 pm. No special tickets or reservations are required.

For further details on the event visit the Whitney's site, here.

And to those of you in the Philadelphia area, tune in to WHYY this evening for Shearwater's performance on On Canvas filmed at Johnny Brenda's in March. The program will also be available to view online as of this Thursday.

Delorean's Subiza now on iTunes and new tour dates

The last few weeks have been pretty amazing for Delorean. Their tour of the states, opening up for Miike Snow carries on to pretty universal affection. With that in mind we're happy to let you know that Delorean is going to be back stateside a LOT this summer. Here's just a taste for NYC'ers...much more on the way! Current tour dates, including headlining date in Seattle, at the bottom of this post.

Fri Jun 4 @Piano's New York, NY TICKETS
Sat Jun 5 @Glasslands, Brooklyn, NY
Sat Jul 17 @Pitchfork Music Festival, Chicago, IL TICKETS

Americans and Canadian's can pick up Subiza exclusively on iTunes NOW. Subiza will be available on all other digital stores worldwide on 4/20, and physically on 6/8 but for now go to iTunes and get it. Also, you can pre-order the record from the Matador Store and get an instant download as well.

iTunes HERE
Matador Store HERE

Delorean- Stay Close (mp3)

Fri 4/9 @BLUEBIRD THEATER  Denver, CO *
Sat 4/10 @URBAN LOUNGE  Salt Lake City, UT *
Mon 4/12 @COMMODORE BALLROOM Vancouver, B.C. *
Wed 4/14 @HAWTHORNE THEATER Portland, Oregon *
Thu 4/15 @THE INDEPENDENT San Francisco, CA *
Fri 4/16 @THE INDEPENDENT  San Francisco, CA *
Sat 4/17 @ECHOPLEX Los Angeles, CA w/J. J.
*= w/Miike Snow

Mission of Burma / Boston & New York City shows announced for early 2010!


So it's been a mere couple of weeks since Mission of Burma celebrated their very own day in Boston (technically they were in Cambridge, but really folks lets not knit pick) and even longer since their killer set at Jelly NYC's Pool Party (that had no pool, again folks let's not get caught up in the details) in Brooklyn this past July.  Well fear not Northeasterners, Burma's tour plans include coming back our way and not just hitting the West Coast .   As the saying goes, "back by popular demand", Mission of Burma have 4 new shows to announce, 2 in Boston (Paradise Rock Club on Fri, 1/15 + Sat, 1/16/10) and 2 in NYC (Bowery Ballroom on Fri, 1/29 + Sat, 1/30/10).

Pre-sale tickets for the Boston shows go up today at 10am.  CLICK HERE to order tickets.  Tickets are $20 for one show and $35 for both shows.  The pre-sale is only available to those purchasing 2-Day Passes.  You know what they say, double the Burma, double the Fun.  Ok maybe only we say that but we believe it.  General ticket sales for the Boston shows start on Sat, 10/31.

As for the NYC shows just CLICK HERE to purchase tickets to a single show or a 2-Day pass.

Beggars Group/Matador CMJ Party, Thursday October 22

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The kid-tested, Big Bear-approved Beggars Group CMJ Party (not to be confused with the Matador/True Panther jam happening the following night) goes down Thursday, October 22 at Bowery Electric (327 Bowery) from 11pm to the wee hours of the morning, and will feature, among other things, a DJ set by the one and only Gerard Cosloy. RSVP does NOT guarantee entry so please, for the love of God, get there early so we can rage together.

Kurt Vile live on WNYU, 4:30 PM EDT

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It's a good week to be a Kurt Vile fan. Fresh from the weekend's pair of Philly shows, Mr. Vile will be playing a solo acoustic set on WNYU's New Afternoon Show starting at 4:30 PM Eastern. Tune in at 89.1 FM in New York, or online at

The Kurt Vile excitement train continues with tomorrow's release of his Matador debut, Childish Prodigy (which you can still stream here), and two live NYC performances on Wednesday, October 7: a solo performance for WFMU's 7 Second Delay Live at the UCB Theater, and a headlining show (with The Violators) at Mercury Lounge. Full tour, and world domination, to follow.

Yo La Tengo on WFMU today at 3pm

You may have noticed that we've been going on a bit about tonight's epic Yo La Tengo show at Roseland in New York City, and well, what can I say? We're excited. Other excited parties, and human beings in general, should tune in to WFMU at 3:00 this afternoon, when Yo La Tengo's always entertaining bassist James McNew will chat by phone with David Suisman on his Inner Ear Detour show. Also, I do believe David will be playing some music from the new album Popular Songs, which as I'm sure you can imagine is a favorite around these parts.

You can engage with WFMU on the radio dial at 91.1 FM (NYC/East Central NJ) and on WMFU, 90.1 FM (Hudson Valley, Lower Catskills, Western NJ). If those parenthetical locations don't work for you, there's always online listening at

Fucked Up at Brooklyn Masonic Temple

As promised, more details on Fucked Up's live performance of The Chemistry of Common Life at Brooklyn Masonic Temple. Click here to take you to the ticketing page. Tickets go on sale this Friday!


GIRLS + Times New Viking = Record Release Partay

A special album release listening party [presented by INSOUND and IMPOSE Magazine] for the upcoming GIRLS record, Album, and Times New Viking's Born Again Revisited will be on Wednesday, September 16 at Bruar Falls (245 Grand Street) in Williamsburg, Brooklyn starting at 9pm. Both records come out on LP/CD/Digital on September 22nd. All attendees will receive a promo coupon from Insound for a special %discount on the pre-order! And of course: we will have ticket goodies and music giveaways..



Fucked Up Live: Brooklyn Masonic Temple

As we near the one-year anniversary of Fucked Up's The Chemisty of Common Life & the insanity that was the 12 hour show, we're very pleased to announce some exciting Fucked Up news.

On Thursday, November 5, the band will be performing The Chemistry of Common Life live and in its entirety at the Brooklyn Masonic Temple. Joining Fucked Up will be some very special guests performing onstage so as to fully recreate all the sounds on the album.
Ticketing information and further details to follow next week.

If you're in the LA area this Labor Day Weekend, be sure to catch Fucked Up tomorrow at the F Yeah Fest along with Cold Cave, Times New Viking and Kurt Vile.
The band will also be playing Portland's Wonder Ballroom on Saturday, September 19.

And let's not forget to mention the Fucked Up double LP / double CD compilation, Couple Tracks: Singles 2001 - 2009,  slated for an early 2010 release. Keep it here for more.


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