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Fucked Up - '44th & Vanderbilt' EP

(photo by David Waldman)

(stream / download '44th & Vanderbilt' EP)
(stream/purchase 'The Chemistry Of Common Life')

Last fall, we celebrated the 15th anniversary of Fucked Up’s ‘The Chemistry of Common Life’ – an era-defining punk LP that also just so happened to be the Canadian band’s Matador Records debut. This Friday, our long-in-the-works orange vinyl 2xLP reissue will finally arrive on shelves.

Today, you can listen to a brand new digital EP, ‘44th & Vanderbilt,’ which compiles three ‘ChemCom’-era session performances with No Age’s excellent remix of “No Epiphany".

We’ve also posted a new episode of the Matador Revisionist History podcast, which finds Mike Haliechuk and Jonah Falco in conversation with former Matador fixture (and current World of Echo proprietor), Natalie Judge. They discuss making the record, recording nine months of overdubs, quitting their day jobs, and asking Michael Stipe to jump on the mic for a Feelies cover at the close of their 12-hour long record release show (spoiler: he passed).

Today, 'The Chemistry of Common Life' remains as conceptually ambitious as it is musically adventurous, pushing through and far beyond the accepted boundaries of punk and hardcore. At the time, we called it “an expansive epic about the mysteries of birth, death, and the origins of life (and re-living). Merging elements of hardcore songwriting with up to 70 tracks of guitars, organs, winds and vocals the music remains iconoclastic and startling.”

Fucked Up Online
Fucked Up website

Out Today : The New Pornographers - 'Electric Version' (20th Anniversary Edition) LP / The New Pornographers On The Matador Revisionist History Podcast

(photo by Erica Henderson)

stream / purchase 'The Electric Version' (20th Anniversary Edition)

In May, The New Pornographers’ sophomore album ‘Electric Version’ (2003) celebrated its 20th anniversary. A limited blue vinyl reissue hits stores today and we’ve also dedicated this latest episode of our Matador Revisionist History podcast to the record, with the band’s A.C. Newman joining longtime Matador publicist Nils Bernstein for a stroll down memory lane with our host, Matt Sweeney.

The Matador Revisionist History Podcast

They discuss how ‘Electric Version’ defied the un-follow-up-able-ness of ‘Mass Romantic,’ how LA neo-hippies Beachwood Sparks inspired the record’s title, and supply a complete track-by-track walkthrough.

“As much as it’s this hard-driving record with these exciting songs that have a lot of information, there’s still a lot of ups and downs and emotional twists and turns,” recalls Bernstein. “It’s just hook after hook after hook.”

The era-appropriate rarity “Turn” – originally a Japan-only bonus track – is now available on streaming services. Newly pristine remasters of the “All For Swinging You Around” and “The Laws Have Changed” music videos are also now on YouTube.

The New Pornographers have dates planned throughout the fall, touring songs from their just-released ninth album, ‘Continue as a Guest’ (Merge). Find a complete itinerary below.

The New Pornographers on tour
Tickets  :

Tuesday, November 7 Music Box, San Diego CA &
Wednesday, November 8 The Fonda Theatre, Los Angeles CA &
November 9—San Francisco, CA—Bimbo’s 365 Club &
Friday, November 10 Bimbo’s 365 Club, San Francisco CA &
Saturday, November 11 Ace of Spaces, Sacramento CA &
Sunday, November 12 McDonald Theatre, Eugene OR &
Tuesday, November 14 The Commodore, Vancouver BC &
Wednesday, November 15 Revolution Hall, Portland OR &
Thursday, November 16 The Showbox, Seattle WA &
Friday, November 17 Knitting Factory, Boise ID &
Saturday, November 18 The Commonwealth, Salt Lake City UT &

& w/ Finom

Matador Revisionist History Podcast Episode 8: Spoon's Britt Daniel and Interpol's Paul Banks

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Stream / Purchase Limited White LP of Spoon's 'Kill The Moonlight'

Stream Interpol's 'The Black EP'

Our core philosophy here at Matador Revisionist History HQ is “What you want, once we’re ready.” And this time, we’re really living up to that.

Last summer, we celebrated the 20th anniversaries of Interpol’s Turn on the Bright Lights and Spoon’s Kill the Moonlight – two career-defining records that were released on the very same day in August of 2002.

Around that time, front men Paul Banks and Britt Daniel huddled with our host Matt Sweeney and taped an episode of the RH podcast. Seven months later, we’re finally prepared for you to hear it.

Everybody on this episode goes way, way back: Sweeney met Daniel during Spoon’s first tour. He met Banks when Turn on the Bright Lights was released, which is around the time Banks initially met Daniel. They reminisce about NYC’s Luna Lounge, Paul explains the importance of yelling in an Interpol song, and Britt stakes his claim to the cowboy hat from the “Wild” video.

Interpol Online
Official Site
YouTube Channel

Spoon Online
Official Site

Pavement - 'Slanted & Enchanted' 30th Anniversary - splatter vinyl + 'Courting Shutdown Offers' CS bundle

(photo : Gail Butensky)

Today, we celebrate 30 years of Pavement’s debut full-length, ‘Slanted & Enchanted,’ which was first released on this day in 1992. It remains a truly monumental album – one that defined/ruined a generation and a genre, depending on who you ask.

This isn’t our first pass at the ‘Slanted & Enchanted’-anniversary-game and we’ve put decades of hard-earned wisdom to work on making this one pop.

To start: On August 12th, we’ll release a limited-edition run of the original LP on red/white/black splatter vinyl.

We’ve also manufactred a lovingly detailed replica of the cassette Pavement used to shop ‘Slanted & Enchanted’ to prospective record labels, titled ‘Courting Shutdown Offers.’ This is an early version of the finished album with a different running order and a handful of alternate track titles. Pop it in a tape deck and experience ‘S&E’ as it was first heard by the era’s taste-making industry types.

And finally, we’ll premiere season two of our Revisionist History Podcast with a conversation featuring Pavement’s Stephen Malkmus and Spiral Stairs. Speaking to host Matt Sweeney (Chavez), the pair discuss preparing for their upcoming reunion tour, dropping out of college to tour with Sonic Youth, and writing “In the Mouth a Desert” after an Earth Day spent tripping on mescaline.

stream / purchase 'Slanted & Enchanted' and / or 'Courting Shutdown Offers'

'Slanted & Enchanted' Track List
1. Summer Babe (Winter Version)
2. Trigger Cut / Wounded-Kite At :17
3. No Life Signed Her
4. In the Mouth a Desert
5. Conduit For Sale!
6. Zurich Is Stained
7. Chesley’s Little Wrists
8. Loretta’s Scars
9. Here
10. Two States
11. Perfume-V
12. Fame Throwa
13. Jackals, False Grails: The Lonesome Era
14. Our Singer

'Courting Shutdown Offers' Track List
1. Chesley’s Little Wrists
2. Jackals, False Grails: The Lonesome Era
3. No Life Signed Her
4. Two States
5. Trigger Cut
6. Fame Throwa
7. Pain Smiles
8. The Wounded Kite
9. Summer Babe
10. Perfume-V
11. My First Mine
12. Baptist Blacktick
13. Loretta’s Scars
14. Pillowjack
15. Here

Pavement on Tour

Thursday, June 2 Primavera Sound, Barcelona ES
Friday, June 10 NOS Primavera Sound, Porto PT
Wednesday, September 7 Balboa Theatre, San Diego CA (SOLD OUT)
Thursday, September 8, Orpheum Theatre, Los Angeles CA (SOLD OUT)
Friday, September 9 Orpheum Theatre, Los Angeles CA (SOLD OUT)
Saturday, September 10 Orpheum Theatre, Los Angeles CA (SOLD OUT)
Monday, September 12 The Masonic, San Francisco CA
Tuesday, September 13 The Masonic, San Francisco CA
Wednesday, September 14 The Masonic, San Francisco CA
Friday, September 16 Edgefield Amphitheatre, Troutdale OR
Saturday, September 17 The Paramount Theatre, Seattle WA (SOLD OUT)
Monday, September 19 Paramount Theatre, Denver CO
Tuesday, September 20 Uptown Theater, Kansas City MO
Wednesday, September 21 The Palace Theatre, St. Paul MN
Thursday, September 22 Chicago Theatre, Chicago IL (SOLD OUT)
Friday, September 23, Chicago Theatre IL
Saturday, September 24 Masonic Cathedral Theatre, Detroit MI (SOLD OUT)
Monday, September 26 Massey Hall, Toronto ON (SOLD OUT)
Tuesday, September 27, Massey Hall, Toronto ON
Wednesday, September 28 Boch Center Wang Theatre, Boston MA (SOLD OUT)
Friday, September 30 Kings Theatre, Brooklyn NY (SOLD OUT)
Saturday, October 1 Kings Theatre, Brooklyn NY (SOLD OUT)
Sunday, October 2 Kings Theatre, Brooklyn NY (SOLD OUT)
Monday, October 3, Kings Theatre, Brooklyn NY
Wednesday, October 5 The Met, Philadelphia PA (SOLD OUT)
Thursday, October 6 Warner Theatre, Washington DC (SOLD OUT)
Saturday, October 8 The Eastern, Atlanta GA (SOLD OUT)
Sunday, October 9 The Eastern, Atlanta GA (SOLD OUT)
Monday, October 10, 3Ten At ACL Live, Austin TX (SOLD OUT)
Tuesday, October 11 ACL Live at the Moody Theater, Austin TX (SOLD OUT)
Monday, October 17th 02 Academy, Leeds UK
Tuesday, October 18th Barrowland Ballroom, Glasgow UK (SOLD OUT)
Wednesday October 19th Usher Hall, Edinburgh UK
Thursday, October 20th 02 Apollo, Manchester UK
Saturday, October 22nd Roundhouse, London UK (SOLD OUT)
Sunday, October 23rd Roundhouse, London UK
Monday, October 24th Roundhouse, London UK
Tuesday, October 25th Roundhouse, London UK
Thursday, October 27th Le Grand Rex, Paris FR
Saturday, October 29th Vega, Copenhagen DK
Sunday, October 30th Sentrum Scene, Oslo NO
Monday, October 31st SE Cirkus, Stockholm SE
Wednesday, November 2nd VoxHall, Aarhus DK
Friday, November 4th Pier 2, Bremen DE
Saturday, November 5th Tempodrom, Berlin DE
Monday, November 7th Cirque Royal, Brussels BE
Tuesday, November 8th Royal Carré Theater, Amsterdam NL
Thursday, November 10th Vicar Street, Dublin IE (SOLD OUT)
Friday, November 11th Vicar Street, Dublin IE (SOLD OUT)
Wednesday, February 15 Tokyo Dome City Hall, Tokyo JP
Thursday, February 16 Tokyo Dome City Hall, Tokyo JP
Saturday, February 18 Namba Hatch, Osaka JP

Pavement Online
Pavement – official site
Pavement at Bandcamp

Episode 5 of The Matador Revision History Podcast With Julien Baker & The New Pornographers


Today, we close out year one of Matador’s Revisionist History podcast, which pairs artists and collaborators to discuss a Matador album celebrating a noteworthy anniversary. The fifth and final episode of our inaugural season brings Julien Baker together with Carl Newman, Neko Case, and John Collins of The New Pornographers. (stream the podcast here)

The New Pornographers are celebrating the 21 st anniversary of their debut album, 'Mass Romantic', with a tour and a reissue, which is pressed on red vinyl and includes a pretty great bonus 7”, “Letter from an Occupant.” Released earlier this year, Baker’s third LP, 'Little Oblivions', is presently lighting up best-of lists across the web and print. Discussion
is enhanced by our host, Matt Sweeney.

They go deep on 'Mass Romantic' – the songs, the scene, the various multitrack tape machines and their timecode synchronization. Case also explains why Canadians do band dynamics better than Americans. Matt and Carl both praise the band Om only to realize that Carl is talking about a different band, Ohmme.

stream/purchase 'Little Oblivions'
stream/purchase 'Mass Romantic'

Julien Baker online

The New Pornographers
The New Pornographers - official site

Matador Revisionist History Podcast - Episode 4: Fucked Up & Titus Andronicus

Listen to the Matador Revisionist History Podcast HERE.

Stream / pre-order limited lightbulb yellow LP edition of David Comes To Life HERE.

Today we pull back the curtain on the fourth installment of the Matador Revisionist History podcast, which pairs artists and collaborators to discuss a Matador album celebrating a noteworthy anniversary.

This episode honors Fucked Up’s epic rock opera, David Comes to Life (2011), which first hit shelves 10 years ago last June.

Here band members Jonah Falco (Mr. Jo), Sandy Miranda (Mustard Gas), and Josh Zucker (Gulag) look back on the early ’10s with friend and tour-mate Patrick Stickles (Titus Andronicus), himself no stranger to punk rock concept albums. Discussion is nudged along by our host, Matt Sweeney.

Their chat yields insight into the writing and recording of David Comes to Life, but also entertaining tangents on composer Jim Steinman’s lewd oblique strategies, roady-ing as a path to physical fitness, and the secret to Fucked Up’s longevity (“If anybody tries to grow and do something better, tear them down”).

Fucked Up on Tour
Wednesday, January 19 Club Saw, Ottawa ON
Thursday, January 20 Bar Le Ritz, Montreal QC
Friday, January 21 Sinclair, Boston MA
Saturday, January 22 Brooklyn Made, Brooklyn NY
Sunday, January 23 Underground Arts, Philadelphia PA
Monday, January 24 Union Stage, Washington DC
Tuesday, January 25 Mr. Smalls, Pittsburgh PA
Wednesday, January 26 Ace of Cups, Columbus OH
Friday, January 28 Shelter, Detroit MI
Saturday, February 5  Great Hall, Toronto ON
Tuesday, February 16 Parish, Austin TX
Thursday, February 18 Ukranian Cultural Center, Los Angeles CA
Friday, February 19 TBD, San Francisco CA
Sunday, February 21 Mississippi Studios, Portland OR
Monday, February 22 Crocodile, Seattle WA
Tuesday, March 29 The Joiners, Southampton UK
Wednesday, March 30 Scala, London UK
Thursday, March 31 Metronome, Nottingham UK
Friday, April 1 Exchange, Bristol UK
Saturday, April 2 District, Liverpool UK
Sunday, April 3 Belgrave Music Hall, Leeds UK
Monday, April 4 Stereo, Glasgow UK
Tuesday, April 5 Gorilla, Manchester UK
Wednesday, April 6 Castle & Falcon, Birmingham UK
Thursday, April  7 Grand Social, Dublin IE

Fucked Up Online
Fucked Up website
David Comes To Life blog

Titus Andronicus Online

Song Exploder With Lucy Dacus

The latest episode of Song Exploder dives into Lucy Dacus' "Thumbs".  Stream it here.

stream / purchase 'Home Video'

Lucy Dacus on Tour

Wednesday, September 22 191 Toole, Tucson AZ %
Friday, September 24 The Theatre at Ace Hotel, Los Angeles CA % (SOLD OUT)
Saturday, September 25 The Observatory OC, Santa Ana CA (SOLD OUT)
Sunday, September 26 August Hall, San Francisco, CA @
Monday, September 27 The Fillmore, San Francisco, CA % (SOLD OUT)
Wednesday, September 29, Neptune Theatre, Seattle WA = (SOLD OUT)
Thursday, September 30 Hollywood Theatre, Vancouver BC $ (SOLD OUT)
Friday, October 1 Wonder Ballroom, Portland OR $ (SOLD OUT)
Saturday, October 2 Neptune Theatre, Seattle WA $ (SOLD OUT)
Sunday, October 3 Spanish Ballroom, Tacoma WA $
Monday, October 4 The Elm, Bozeman MT $
Tuesday, October 5 Urban Lounge, Salt Lake City UT $ (SOLD OUT)
Wednesday, October 6 Gothic Theater, Denver CO $ (SOLD OUT)
Friday, October 8 The Englert Theatre, Iowa City IA $ (SOLD OUT)
Saturday, October 9 First Avenue, Minneapolis MN $ (SOLD OUT)
Sunday, October 10 Thalia Hall, Chicago IL (SOLD OUT)
Monday, October 11 The Vic Theatre, Chicago IL (SOLD OUT)
Tuesday, October 12 Newport Music Hall, Columbus OH $
Thursday, October 14 The Opera House, Toronto ON $ (SOLD OUT)
Friday, October 15 L’Astral, Montreal QC $ (SOLD OUT)
Saturday, October 16 House of Blues, Boston MA $ (SOLD OUT)
Monday, October 18 Higher Ground, Burlington VT $ (SOLD OUT)
Wednesday, October 20 Union Transfer, Philadelphia PA ^ (SOLD OUT)
Thursday, October 21 Union Transfer, Philadelphia PA $ (SOLD OUT)
Friday, October 22 9:30 Club, Washington DC $ (SOLD OUT)
Saturday, October 23, 9:30 Club, Washington DC $ (SOLD OUT)
Monday, October 25 Brooklyn Steel, Brooklyn NY (SOLD OUT)
Tuesday, October 26 Brooklyn Steel, Brooklyn NY (SOLD OUT)
Thursday, October 28 Brooklyn Steel, Brooklyn NY
Friday, October 29 9:30 Club, Washington DC > (SOLD OUT)
Friday, March 18th Brudenell Social Club, Leeds UK
Sunday, March 20th St Lukes, Glasgow UK
Monday, March 21st The Button Factory, Dublin IE
Wednesday, March 23rd Gorilla, Manchester UK
Thursday, March 24th SWX, Bristol UK
Friday, March 25th Kentish Town Forum, London UK
Tuesday March 29th Botanique, Brussels BL
Wednesday, March 30th Paradiso Noord, Amsterdam NL
Thursday, March 31st Artheater, Cologne DE
Saturday, April 2nd Molotow, Hamburg DE
Sunday, April 3rd Lille Vega, Copenhagen DK
Monday, April 4th Atlas, Aarhus DK
Wednesday April 6th Parkteatret, Oslo NO
Thursday, April 7th Nalen Klubb, Stockholm SE
Saturday, April 9th Lido, Berlin DE
Sunday, April 10th Trafo, Jena DE
Tuesday, April 12th Chelsea, Vienna AT
Wednesday, April 13th Milla, Munich DE
Thursday, April 14th Bogen F, Zürich SU
Friday, April 15th La Maroquinerie, Paris FR

% w/ Bachelor
= w/ y la bamba
$ w/ Bartees Strange
^ w/ Shamir
# w/ Laura Stevenson
> w/ Tomberlin

Lucy Dacus Online

Matador Revisionist History Podcast - Episode 3: Gang of Four and Mission of Burma

Today, we are thrilled to present the third episode of the Matador Revisionist History podcast, which pairs artists and collaborators to discuss a Matador album celebrating a noteworthy anniversary.

In honor of the 40th anniversaries of Gang of Four’s Solid Gold and Mission of Burma’s Signals, Calls and Marches, we had Jon King and Hugo Burnham sit down with Clint Conley and Roger Miller. Now labelmates on Matador, the two bands met in 1979 when they shared a bill at Boston’s Rat Club. “They were really loud,” recalls Burnham. “We thought we were loud. And wanted to be loud. And were loud. But it’s like, “We’ve got competition here.”

Featuring a theme song by The New Pornographers’ A.C. Newman and new host Matt Sweeney (Superwolves, Chavez), this one-hour conversation traces the origins of the four-decade friendship between two of the most iconic bands in rock history and comes sprinkled with never-before-heard anecdotes, musings on their greatest artistic influences, and deep takes on Harold and Kumar Go To White Castle.

The Matador Revisionist History podcast is available to stream exclusively via Spotify. Listen to episode 3 HERE.

Solid Gold is now available to purchase and stream HERE and Signals, Calls and Marches is now available to purchase and stream HERE.

Mission of Burma Online

Gang of Four '77-81 online
Gang Of Four / Matador Records

Gang of Four official Facebook
Gang of Four official Twitter
Gang of Four official Instagram

Yo La Tengo's Ira Kaplan on Marc Maron's "WTF"

Perhaps having tired of interviewing such nobodies as Lorne Michaels, CM Punk, Steve Albini, Tom Arnold, Matt Sweeney, The Amazing Jonathan and Barack Obama (sadly, not on the same episode), Marc Maron today welcomes Yo La Tengo's Ira Kaplan to the garage . Bob Odenkirk and David Cross stop by as well, though perhaps they were taped on different days. I have no idea how Marc feels about people hanging out in his driveway waiting to talk, but I don't think I'd like it one bit.


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