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Coming October 7 : 'It Could Have Been A Brilliant Career' - the Belle and Sebastian Reissues

On October 7, 2014, Matador will be reissuing all ten Belle and Sebastian LP's ;

Tigermilk (Matador / Jeepster)
If You’re Feeling Sinister (Matador / Jeepster)
The Boy With The Arab Strap (Matador / Jeepster)
Fold Your Hands Child, You walk Like A Peasant (Matador / Jeepster)
Push Barman To Open Old Wounds (Matador / Jeepster)

Dear Catastrophe Waitress (Matador / Rough Trade) with alternate art
The Life Pursuit (Matador / Rough Trade)
The BBC Sessions (Matador / Jeepster)
Write About Love (Matador / Rough Trade)
The Third Eye Centre (Matador / Rough Trade)

Each album is repackaged in resealable mylar bags, each with a customized obi strip and download card.
There's new cover art for 'Dear Catastrophe Waitress', and 'Push Barman To Open Old Wounds', "The Life Pursuit' and 'Dear Catastrophe Waitress' will be back in print on vinyl for the first time in ages.

You can preorder the series (in whole or ala carte) from The Matador Store,. Order the full set and receive the handsome tote bag shown above (or if you prefer, order the bag separately)

Belle and Sebastian on tour :

Sunday, September, 28 – Fillmore Miami Beach at Jackie Gleason Theater, Miami FL
Monday, September, 29 – House Of Blues, Orlando FL
Wednesday, October 1, – Tabernacle, Atlanta GA
Friday, October 3 – Austin City Limits Music Festival, Austin TX
Monday, October 6 – The Theatre at Ace Hotel, Los Angeles CA (SOLD OUT)
Tuesday, October 7 – The Theatre at Ace Hotel, Los Angeles CA (SOLD OUT)
Wednesday, October 8 – Civic Space Park, Phoenix AZ
Friday, October, 10 – Austin City Limits Music Festival, Austin TX
Sunday, October, 12 – Corona Capital Music Festival, Mexico City, Mexico
Friday, October, 31 – Pitchfork Music Festival Paris, Paris France

Belle and Sebastian - official site
'It Could Have Been A Brilliant Career' - official site
Belle and Sebastian - Twitter

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

Wrapping Up Singles Going Home Alone 2012 / Introducing SGHA 2013

The 2012 edition of our Singles Going Home Alone subscription series is almost done and dusted. After 7"'s from Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks / L.A. Guns, OBN III's, The Men, Wounded Lion and Jesu, SGHA #6 is Kurt Vile and Meg Baird performing a new version of 'Constant Hitmaker"s' "Classic Rock In Spring" backed with the duo's cover of Michael Chapman's "Another Story".

The 7th and final SGHA single of 2012 is bonus 7" of two previously unreleased songs from the early 80's Boston-based/Tampa-formed trio Primitive Romance, "Ice" b/w "Flags Drop"

The Kurt & Meg single will ship to subscribers along with the Primitive Romance single and a special commemorative tote bag in early December. SGHA 12 was limited to 750 copies and is completely sold out. However, we're taking orders now for next year's series.

For 2013, we'll be doing a single every month, plus a special secret bonus 7" at the conclusion, plus a yet-to-be-determined container for all the singles (wooden box?  carrybag made from human flesh? a tote bag Altamont manufacture for free? ). The first single in the series is a pair of new songs from Cheap Time founder Jeffrey Novak, followed by an entry from Matador alumni Superchunk in February (one original backed with a cover of SS Decontrol's "Glue"). The tentative schedule looks like this :

Jan 29: Jeffrey Novak -- I Never Knew I Knew So Much / B-7
Feb 19: Superchunk - I Hate History / Glue
Mar 26: Cian Nugent - TBA
Apr 23: Lower Plenty / Dick Diver - split 7"
May 21: Bits Of Shit - TBA
June 11: Royal Headache - TBA

Info on the subsequent 6 singles is coming after the New Year, but we're pretty excited by what we've got lined up.

US price for the 13-disc +  MYSTERIOUS carrying case 2013 subscription will be $85 inclusive of shipping (12 X $5 plus $25 shipping) - subscribers will receive one single every month.

Canadian price is $95 inclusive of shipping, also mailed every month

Rest of world is $105 inclusive of shipping, however, we'll be mailing those orders as installments of 3 singles every 4 months, otherwise the postage costs would be prohibitive.

Just like last time, we're only making 750 subscriptions available. I think they make an awesome holiday gift, however that's not meant to be a hint of any sort. I mean, I think I'm getting one for free. But if you don't work for the label, you might wanna act fast.

SGHA 2013 - subscribe here.

Fucked Up - Year Of The Tiger - artwork, preorder bundle, more

Since 2006, Fucked Up have released a 12" single on each Chinese New Year. Named after the beasts in the Chinese Zodiac, "Year Of The Tiger" is the latest in the series. The song is an progressive rock anthem featuring guest vocalists Jim Jarmusch, Annie-Claude Deschênes and Austra. It was produced by Shane Stoneback (Vampire Weekend, Sleigh Bells) during the sessions for last year’s critically acclaimed rock opera David Comes To Life. The 15-minute long track features the band’s well-known layers of guitar and roaring vocals, taken to a new level with the addition of piano, Jarmusch’s dark recitations and Deschênes’s gorgeous crescendos, in this menacing but uplifting story about the predation of predators.

The B-side “ONNO”?is a 22-minute long palindromic drone. It explores new realms for the band, opening up new landscapes of space and hypnotic repetition.

$1 from the sale of each record will go to Save Tigers Now.

You can preorder the 12" from the Matador Store.

NEW BUNDLE DEAL: Get the double vinyl LP of David Comes To Life PLUS Year Of The Tiger, normally $26, for only $23. Click here

Looking For Gold
Fucked Up Facebook Page
Fucked Up Facebook Group

Guided By Voices - new single by original lineup, The Unsinkable Fats Domino

The first recordings from the classic Guided By Voices lineup of Robert Pollard, Tobin Sprout, Mitch Mitchell, Greg Demos and Kevin Fennell hit the stores on November 22 with the Matador single from their upcoming self-released album "Let's go Eat The Factory." The single is called "The Unsinkable Fats Domino" b/w "We Won't Apologize," and you can download an MP3 of the A-side here:

The Unsinkable Fats Domino (192k MP3)

The single will be out on 7" vinyl and digital single formats NOVEMBER 22.

Preorder the 7"

Kurt Vile - So Outta Reach EP and deluxe edition of album November 8, The Creature MP3 now

On November 8, Kurt Vile will be releasing a brand-new 6-song EP on the 12" vinyl and digital formats, entitled So Outta Reach. The EP contains 5 original songs initially recorded during the sessions for Smoke Ring For My Halo but not used for the album, which were reworked with producer John Agnello this summer. In addition, the EP contains a cover of Bruce Springsteen's "Downbound Train."

On the same day there will be a deluxe 2-CD version of Smoke Ring For My Halo with a new color cover. The deluxe CD will include the So Outta Reach EP on a second disc, all at the same price as a regular CD.

Download new track "The Creature" here:

The Creature (192k mp3)

So Outta Reach EP track listing:

1. The Creature
2. It's Alright
3. Life's A Beach
4. Laughing Stock
5. Downbound Train
6. (so outta reach)

We have three preorder options, all of which come with a free poster:

Preorder the 12" or digital EP
Preorder a special vinyl bundle of the 12" EP plus the original vinyl LP of Smoke Ring For My Halo for only $20
Preorder the deluxe 2-CD set

Kurt Vile hits the road again with his full band starting at Austin City Limits on Friday, September, and then continuing through to the West Coast with Bright Eyes. He then plays Northeast dates with the Flaming Lips in October, followed by blowout year-end shows in New York and Philadelphia to celebrate the EP and deluxe edition release in November:

Fri - 9/16 - Austin TX - Austin City Limits
Sat - 9/17 - Austin TX - Stubb's - Bright Eyes (ACL aftershow)
Sun - 9/18 - El Paso TX - Tricky Falls
Mon - 9/19 - Albuquerque NM - Sunshine Theatre - Bright Eyes
Wed - 9/21 - San Diego CA - SOMA - Bright Eyes
Fri - 9/23 - Los Angeles CA - Hollywood Forever - Bright Eyes
Sat - 9/24 - Las Vegas NV - Boulevard Pool at Cosmopolitan - Bright Eyes
Sun - 9/25 - Santa Barbara CA - Santa Barbara Bowl - Bright Eyes
Mon - 9/26 - Reno NV - Knitting Factory - Bright Eyes
Wed - 9/28 - Seattle WA - Paramount Theatre - Bright Eyes
Fri - 9/30 - San Francisco CA - Hardly Strictly Bluegrass
Mon - 10/24 - Portland ME - State Theater - The Flaming Lips
Tue - 10/25 - Rochester NY - Main Street Armory - The Flaming Lips
Thu - 10/27 - Norfolk VA - The NorVa - The Flaming Lips
Fri - 11/11 - New York NY - Webster Hall
Sat - 11/12 - Philadelphia PA - Union Transfer

Kurt Vile Facebook Page

New Esben and the Witch website, remix

Though we're just getting started with the new year we've already started counting down days again here as we eagerly await the street date of the debut Esben and the Witch album, Violet Cries, out on January 31st (UK/Europe) and February 8th (US, Rest of World).  We're so eager in fact, that we've got a great offer on at the Matador store where you can pre-order the CD or LP for just $10 which also includes a free poster!

Whilst we've been arranging that the band have been busy working on a new website that is now up at, offering not only a glimpse to the booklet artwork but also a free download of an exclusive remix of 'Marching Song' by Snorkel.

The band start their UK and European tour on January 31st, with a full list of dates below.


31st - The Louisiana, Bristol, UK (tickets)


1st - Pavilion Theatre, Brighton, UK (tickets)

3rd - Other Rooms, Newcastle, UK (tickets)

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

5th - Rescue Rooms, Nottingham, UK (tickets)

7th - The Harley, Sheffield, UK (tickets)

8th - Hare & Hounds, Birmingham, UK (tickets)

9th - XOYO, London, UK (tickets)

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

12th - Paradiso, Amsterdam, Netherlands (tickets)

13th - Gebäude, Cologne, Germany (tickets)

14th - Molotow, Hamburg, Germany (tickets)

16th - Loppen, Copenhagen, Denmark (tickets)

17th - Comet, Berlin, Germany (tickets)

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

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

'Belle and Sebastian Write About Love'- album details, pre-order and mp3

We are now less than 5 weeks away from the release of 'Belle and Sebastian Write About Love' - so no matter how much we'd like the album to be a huge Christmas Day style surprise for everyone on the day of release, the details will start appearing on your favourite online retailers soon and no doubt bits of the music will be permeating various media outlets.

So - first off here is the lead track - "Write About Love" - for everyone to listen to (or, if you are one of the first 20,000 visitors, to download). We sent it off to our Twitter follower @recordingtime yesterday - and she posted about it here

We hope you like it! Along with the rest of the album, it was recorded in Los Angeles earlier this year and produced by Tony Hoffer. It also features a guest vocal by Carey Mulligan. For those in the USA, the song is available on iTunes from today - if you are elsewhere, it won't be released officially until after the album - 25th October in the UK.

If that is confusing, then things are a little more straightforward with the album! It comes out on the 12th October in the USA and Canada and the day before in the UK and most of the rest of the world -we'll post any variations on these release dates nearer the time.

It is, of course, our third album for Rough Trade and was recorded in April and May at Sound Factory Studio B. Stuart wrote the majority of the songs and one ("Sunday's Pretty Icons") with Mick; Sarah wrote and takes lead vocal on "I Didn't See It Coming" and "I Can See Your Future"; Stevie wrote and sings "I'm Not Living In The Real World". The are also some guests - as well as the aforementioned Carey Mulligan, Norah Jones duets with Stuart on "Little Lou, Ugly Jack, Prophet John" and some orchestration is added by members of LA's The Section Quartet.

pre order CD/LP via the Matador Store

The album will be available on CD, Gatefold Vinyl and digitally. The full track listing is:

I Didn't See It Coming
Come On Sister
Calculating Bimbo
I Want The World To Stop
Little Lou, Ugly Jack, Prophet John
Write About Love
I'm Not Living In The Real World
Ghost of Rockschool
Read The Blessed Pages
I Can See Your Future
Sunday's Pretty Icons

In addition, two bonus tracks, "Last Trip" and "Suicide Girl", will be available as a 7 inch with the vinyl edition in most countries, and with all editions from selected retailers in the USA [including the Matador Store. Pre-order now.] A further song, "Blue Eyes of A Millionaire", will be a bonus track with selected digital outlets. Full localised details of variations and pre-sales will all be added in due course.

'Interpol' iTunes preorder details, TV, tour dates!

photo from nicodelaia's flickr stream

Interpol's fourth, self-titled album is available for preorder RIGHT NOW on iTunes! Click here to pre-order, and you will receive an instant download of a brand new track: "Barricade". You'll also get a free download of "Crimewaves", an exclusive track, that will only be available to those who purchase the album before the album's street date (9/7) via iTunes.

You'll be able to catch Interpol playing "Barricade" live on The Late Show with David Letterman on Thursday July 29.

ALSO: Interpol will be back on the road this fall!

Mon 10/18        Oakland CA                      Fox Theater
Thu 10/21         San Diego CA                      Soma
Fri 10/22            Las Vegas NV                      The Joint
Sat 10/23        Los Angeles CA                  The Greek
Mon 10/25        Denver CO                      Ogden Theater
Wed 10/27        Dallas TX                          Palladium
Thu 10/28        Austin TX                          Stubb's
Fri 10/29            Houston TX                      Verizon
Sun 10/31        New Orleans LA                  Voodoo Festival
Mon 11/01        Atlanta GA                      Tabernacle
Wes 11/03        Washington DC                  Constitution Hall
Thu 11/04        Philadelphia PA                  Tower Theatre
Fri 11/05            New York NY                      United Palace

Last chance to pre-order The New Pornographers' 'Together' and recieve a free 7" and poster

In 24 hours, 'Together' will be unleashed in stores nationwide, which means you have a little under 24-hours preorder the album on Matador's webstore in order to to earn a free poster and a very special 7" entitled 'Togetherness: The New Pornographers Play Outrageous Cherry' which features the New Pornographers covering the insanely underrated Detroit band. The 7" will also be available, free with purchase at your favorite independent record store (while supplies last)

Cold Cave "Life Magazine" Arthur Baker Remix & 2 free shows in NYC this weekend

Following Pantha Du Prince's re-work, we're excited to unleash the lead-off track from Cold Cave's forthcoming remix EP, "Life Magazine (The Arthur Baker's Not Going Back Mix)". In this rare remix from Arthur Baker, legendary for producing Afrika Bambaattaa and New Order, we find "Life Magazine" transformed into epic, hard-hitting track poised to ignite many a dancefloor.

"Life Magazine (The Arthur Baker's Not Going Back Mix)" [160 kbps]

The Life Magazine Remixes EP will be available on vinyl on June 8 and is available on the Matador Store for pre-order now.

A1. Life Magazine (The Arthur Baker’s Not Going Back Remix)
A2. Life Magazine (An Optimo (Espacio) Remix)
B1. Life Magazine (Pantha Du Prince First Flash Remix)
B2. Life Magazine (Prurient Remix)

photo by Austin Durant

For those of you in New York City, Cold Cave will be playing two free outdoor shows this weekend. On Saturday (4/24), they play at Solar 1 and at Barnard College on Sunday (4/25) as part of 2010's WBAR-B-Q, alongside Blues Control, Liturgy and Burning Star Core and others.

Next Thursday (4/29) Cold Cave will headline Le Poisson Rouge as a part of a special event featuring Light Asylum and DJ sets from WFMU's Michael Goodstein and Mike Simonetti from Italians Do It Better/Troubleman Unlimited. TICKETS.

Rest of the world, keep reading for even more Cold Cave dates.

Sat    24    New York, NY    Solar 1
Sun    25    New York, NY    Barnard College/Columbia
Thu    29    New York, NY    Le Poisson Rouge
Fri    07    Minehead, AD UK    All Tomorrow's Parties
Fri    07    Minehead, AD UK    All Tomorrow's Parties
Sat    08    Leeds, DS UK    Nation of Shopkeepers
Sun    09    Glasgow, OW UK    Captain's Rest
Mon    10    Manchester, ER UK    Deaf Institute
Wed    12    London, ON UK    Cargo
Thu    13    Brighton, ON UK    Great Escape Festival
Fri    14    Amsterdan, AN    Paradiso
Sat    15    Brussells, LS BE    Rotonde
Sun    16    Hamburg, RG DE    Ubel & Gefarlich
Tue    18    Stockholm, LM CH    Svenska
Wed    19    Copenhagen, EN DK    Rust
Thu    20    Berlin, IN DE    Bang Bang Club
Fri    21    Berlin, IN DE    Offenbach
Fri    21    Offenbach, CH DE    Hafen 2
Sat    22    St. Gallen, EN CH    Theater Palace
Sun    23    Fribourg, RG CH    FRI-SON
Mon    24    Bologna, NA IT    Rocker Festival
Tue    25    Turin, IN IT    Spazio 211
Thu    27    Paris, IS FR    Point Emphere
Sat    29    Barcelona, NA ES    Primavera Club
Thu    17    Chicago, IL    Empty Bottle
w/Hair Police, Locrain
Sat    19    Toronto, ON CA    Wrongbar
Sun    20    Montreal, QC CA    Le Belmont

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

Pavement Best Of Track Listing and Contest Winner


So we got more than 1200 entries to the Pavement Guess The Track Listing contest for the Quarantine The Past best-of collection. As you may recall, first prize was for the track listing closest to the actual track listing. The actual track listing is:

2. Frontwards (WATERY, DOMESTIC EP)
3. Mellow Jazz Docent (PERFECT SOUND FOREVER EP)
5. In The Mouth A Desert (SLANTED & ENCHANTED)
8. Shady Lane / J Vs. S (BRIGHTEN THE CORNERS)
11. Grounded (WOWEE ZOWEE)
12. Summer Babe (Winter Version) (SLANTED & ENCHANTED)
16. Shoot The Singer (1 Sick Verse) (WATERY, DOMESTIC EP)
17. Spit On A Stranger (TERROR TWILIGHT)
18. Heaven Is a Truck (CROOKED RAIN, CROOKED RAIN)
19. Trigger Cut/Wounded-Kite At :17 (SLANTED & ENCHANTED)
21. Box Elder (SLAY TRACKS 1933-1969 EP)
22. Unseen Power Of The Picket Fence (NO ALTERNATIVE COMP)
23. Fight This Generation (WOWEE ZOWEE)

All tracks are fully remastered from the original tapes (including for the early material) and will be available on mid-priced CD and mid-priced dbl LP as well as digital album. Low-priced vinyl reissues of all five Matador LPs plus the Watery, Domestic EP will land on the same date - March 9 - and keep your eyes peeled for other interesting Pavement issues to come over the course of this year.

Winner of the first prize expenses-paid trip to NYC to see Pavement in Central Park next September is Flavio Seixlack of São Paolo, who submitted this sequence, hitting 17 out of the 23 tracks:

2. In The Mouth A Desert (SLANTED AND ENCHANTED)
3. You're Killing Me (SLAY TRACKS 1933-1969 EP)
6. Shady Lane / J Vs. S (BRIGHTEN THE CORNERS)
7. Major Leagues (TERROR TWILIGHT)
9. Frontwards (WATERY, DOMESTIC EP)
10. Painted Soldiers (KIDS IN THE HALL: BRAIN CANDY OST)
14. Grounded (WOWEE ZOWEE)
16. Spit On A Stranger (TERROR TWILIGHT)
18. We Dance (WOWEE ZOWEE)
19. Summer Babe (Winter Version) (SLANTED AND ENCHANTED)
20. Box Elder (SLAY TRACKS 1933-1969 EP)
21. Trigger Cut/Wounded-Kite At :17 (SLANTED AND ENCHANTED)
23. Fight This Generation (WOWEE ZOWEE)

Second prize will be awarded to the most imaginative track listing - which will be pressed up into a limited-edition double vinyl LP for Record Store Day (April 17). We will be announcing this later this week, along with the 3 runner-up winners of complete sets of Pavement Matador vinyl.

Keep your eyes on this spot.

Preorder Quarantine The Past with a 15% discount

Cold Cave - stream "Love Comes Close" in its entirety

With Tuesday officially welcoming "Love Comes Close" to the Matador canon, here's an opportunity to check out Cold Cave's debut masterwork in its entirety. Listen, then order the album to own forever.

 Cold Cave - "Love Comes Close"  by  matadorrecs

Cold Cave playing live in California and New York

Cold Cave kick off their first ever west coast performances tonight in San Diego with a string of dates to follow in California through September's early days. They include a stop at the FYF Fest in Los Angeles with fellow Matador acts, Fucked Up, Kurt Vile and Times New Viking.

  • September 3 @ Soda Bar, San Diego (w/ Strange Boys)

  • September 4 @ The Casbah, San Diego (w/ Glass Candy, Best Coast)

  • September 5 @ FYF Fest, LA Historic State Park, Los Angeles (w/ Fucked Up, Kurt Vile, Times New Viking and more - set times)

  • September 7 @ The Knockout, San Francisco

The band also has a handful of special events planned in the NYC area to follow which includes a special, free performance at the Rogan Bouwerie boutique, a slot on the WFMU Fest and opening for Sonic Youth and Dinosaur Jr.

The pre-order for 'Love Comes Close' is now live on the Matastore - get in there now to recieve a free poster with your order and a 15% discount.

Yo La Tengo - Popular Songs vinyl is in


And it looks and sounds incredible. Heavy-duty gatefold sleeve printed at Stoughton. Two HQ-180 gram LPs pressed at RTI. Four custom Matador labels based on classic record labels of the distant past.

The album artwork is built around sculptures by Dario Robleto. On the front, At War With the Entropy of Nature / Ghosts Don't Always Want to Come Back (2002) depicts a cassette made out of carved bone and bone dust from every bone in the body, trinitite (glass produced during the first atomic test explotion, from the Trinity test site in 1945, when heat from the blast melted surrounding sand), metal screws, rusty and typeset. Two other works appear on the interior gatefold and the back cover.

The album comes with an MP3 download coupon for all 12 songs - 74 minutes of music.

Click on the images for full-size shots.


If you preorder the album as part of Buy Early Get Now, you'll get an additional vinyl LP of gorgeous, wonderful instrumental score composed and performed by Yo La Tengo for the motion picture Adventureland. This LP is exclusive to this promotion and has not been released in any form before. You'll also get two bonus MP3s, a free poster, and other surprise extras.

You can also choose to preorder the record separately, without participating in Buy Early Get Now.

Preorder from Other Music (Buy Early Get Now version)

Preorder from Insound (either version)

Preorder from the Matador Store (either version)

Preorder from Amazon (regular version)

Preorder from iTunes (digital version only)

Or visit and use the map to find a physical store near you.

UK and Europe customers: please visit Buy Early Get Now UK.

Times New Viking: New Single, New Album, New Life

Really good news, TNV fans.

The Born Again Revisited preorder is up in its final incarnation in the Matastore, and it's unfuckingbelievable. In a fit of unprecedented (and probably never-to-be-repeated) generosity, when you preorder Born Again Revisited through Matador Direct, you get:

-the new TNV single, Move to California, 7"

-the Stay Awake EP, 7"

-the Whitney poster from the band's 2008 performance

Click here to get in on this incredible offer, while supplies last!  Remember, your goods arrive on release day - Sept. 22nd - only when you preorder from the Matastore.


Buy Early Get Now, Now Deep Fried And Wrapped In Newspaper


Buy Early Get Now #8 has officially launched in the UK.  It offers the same tasty treats of an instant stream of the entire album, the Adventureland score on LP, bonus MP3s, a poster and your choice of Popular Songs on LP or CD.

For any of you Brits looking to save a little on shipping, just go to the special BEGN-UK page and order it now.

Yo La Tengo Video Series - "Periodically Double or Triple"

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As promised, another week another Yo La Tengo video clip from their upcoming album Popular Songs. This week director John McSwain makes sure you're getting your daily allowance of fruits - a key food group and an unlikely comedic/visual tool - as he gives us his take on YLT's new song Periodically Double or Triple.

Please check out the latest and greatest in the Yo La Tengo video series:

Also don't forget that Yo La Tengo's new album is out on Sept 8th. Click here to pre-order Popular Songs or visit Buy Early Get Now for the unstoppable deluxe package.

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