The MataBlog is edited by Matador Records’ co-moaner Gerard Cosloy and individual entries are the work of whoever’s name is next to them. If you enjoyed something in the MataBlog, thank you very much! If there was something you found particularly troubling, please be advised that a) maybe you should read it again and b) the contents of this blog do not necessarily represent the opinions of Matador Records, Beggars Group, the combined staff of either company, nor the Matador artist roster. Opinions are like friends — hardly anyone has one worth listening to.

Kim Gordon - "BYE BYE" on Jimmy Kimmel Live

Stream / Purchase 'The Collective'

Last night, Kim Gordon made her solo late night television debut, performing “BYE BYE” on Jimmy Kimmel Live! The song comes off of her second solo album, 'The Collective,' which was released to critical acclaim in March. Kim Gordon has also announced another run of tour dates kicking off in Minneapolis on June 7, with stops in Chicago, Detroit, Philadelphia, Asheville and more in the US as well as shows and festival plays across Europe and the UK including Paris, London, Munich, Prague, and more.

Kim Gordon on Tour (new dates in bold)
Friday, May 31 De Vooruit, Belgium BE
Friday, June 7 Fine Line, Minneapolis MN
Saturday, June 8 Beyond the Gate @ Bohemian National Cemetery, Chicago IL
Sunday, June 9 El Club, Detroit MI
Monday, June 10 Axis Club, Toronto ON (SOLD OUT)
Wednesday, June 12 Basilica Hudson, Hudson NY
Friday, June 14 Union Transfer, Philadelphia PA
Saturday, June 15 Mr. Smalls Theatre, Pittsburgh PA
Monday, June 17 Headliners Music Hall, Louisville KY
Tuesday, June 18 The Grey Eagle, Asheville NC
Wednesday, June 19 Terminal West, Atlanta GA
Friday, June 21 Cat’s Cradle, Carrboro NC
Saturday, June 22 Out and About Festival, Vienna VA
Tuesday, June 25 Koko, London UK
Wednesday, June 26 O2 Institute2 Birmingham, Birmingham UK
Friday, June 28 Elevate Festival, Graz AZ
Saturday, June 29 Siren's Call 2024, Luxumbourg
Monday, July 1 Muffatwerk, Munich DE
Tuesday, July 2 Meet Factory, Prague CZ
Wednesday, July 3 Open’er Festival, Gydnia PL
Friday, July 5 Roskilde Festival, Roskilde DK
Sunday, July 28 Fuji Rock Festival, Naeba JP

Kim Gordon Online
Official Website

Mdou Moctar - "Imouhar"

"Imouhar", directed by Lauren Greenhall

photo by Ebru Yildiz

(stream/download "Imouhar")
(presave/preorder 'Funeral For Justice')

Mdou Moctar have released a new single and video, "Imouhar", taken from the group’s forthcoming album, 'Funeral For Justice', out May 3rd. A hypnotic rock song building to a feverish crescendo, ‘Imouhar’ calls on the Tuareg people to which the band belong to preserve their Tamasheq language - it's at risk of dying out, and Moctar is one of the few in his community who knows how to write it. "People here are just using French," says Mdou. "They're starting to forget their own language. We feel like in a hundred years no one will speak good Tamasheq, and that's so scary for us." Watch the video, directed by Laura Greenhall above.

In April, the band will return to the US to perform at the Coachella Music and Arts Festival. In June, they will launch US and European headlining tours with festival appearances at Bonnaroo, Green River, Glastonbury, and End of the Road, among others. Find a complete itinerary below

‘Funeral for Justice’ Tracklist

  1. Funeral For Justice

  2. Imouhar

  3. Takoba

  4. Sousoume

  5. Imagerhan

  6. Tchinta

  7. Djallo #1

  8. Oh France

  9. Modern Slaves

Mdou Moctar on Tour


Sunday, April 14 Coachella, Indio CA
Sunday, April 21 Coachella, Indio CA
Wednesday, June 5 Anchor Rock Club, Atlantic City NJ
Thursday, June 6 The Abbey Bar at ABC, Harrisburg PA
Friday, June 7 Friday Cheers Brown's Island
Saturday, June 8 Haw River Ballroom, Saxapahaw NC
Sunday, June 9 The Orange Peel, Asheville NC
Tuesday, June 11 Pour House, Charleston SC
Wednesday, June 12 Saturn, Birmingham AL
Thursday, June 13 Terminal West, Atlanta GA
Friday, June 14 Bonnaroo, Manchester TN
Saturday, June 15 The Hi-Fi, Indianapolis IN
Tuesday, June 18 Thalia Hall, Chicago IL
Wednesday, June 19 Magic Bag, Detroit MI
Thursday, June 20 Beachland Ballroom, Cleveland OH
Friday, June 21 Asbury Hall, Buffalo NY
Saturday, June 22 Green River Music Festival, Greenfield MA
Sunday, June 23 Paradise Rock Club, Boston MA
Wednesday, June 26 Warsaw, Brooklyn NY
Thursday, June 27 9:30 Club, Washington DC
Friday, June 28 Union Transfer, Philadelphia PA
Wednesday, July 3 Electric Brixton, London UK
Sunday, July 7 Down The Rabbit Hole, Beuningen NL
Monday, August 19 Festaal Kreuzberg, Berlin DE
Tuesday, August 20 UT Kreuzberg, Leipzig DE
Wednesday, August 21 Ampere, Munich DE
Thursday, August 22 Magnolia Summerstage, Milan IT
Sunday, August 25 Petit Bain, Paris FR
Monday, August 26 OLT Revierenhof, Antwerp BE
Tuesday, August 27 Paradiso, Amsterdam NL
Friday, August 30 End of the Road Festival, Dorset UK
Saturday, August 31 Manchester Psych Fest, Manchester UK
Sunday, September 1 Moseley Folk Festival, Birmingham UK
Monday, September 2 Saint Luke's, Glasgow UK
Tuesday, September 3 Boiler Shop, Newcastle UK
Wednesday, September 4 The Brudenell Social Club, Leeds UK

Mdou Moctar Online
Official site

Out Today: Bettie Serveert - 'Palomine' (30th Anniversary Edition) + Matador Revisionist History Podcast Ep. 09

(photo: Steve Gullick)

Purchase / Stream 'Palomine'

Earlier this year, we celebrated the 30th anniversary of Bettie Serveert’s debut album, ‘Palomine,” first released via Matador in January of 1993. Today, we’re making a bit more noise, bringing you a Serveert-packed episode of the Matador Revisionist History Podcast. This ninth installment features the band’s own Carol van Dyk and Peter Visser in conversation with host Matt Sweeney (Chavez). They discuss Marcel Duchamp, Groningen’s much-loved Vera club, and their first-ever trip to NYC. Listen HERE.

Also worth a mention: Our limited-edition translucent orange vinyl reissue of ‘Palomine’ drops today and includes a reproduction of the “Brain Tag” 7” included with the original pressing. Find that HERE. A deluxe digital edition of the album is also available via streaming services and features three era-appropriate bonus songs (two of which are drawn from the ‘Brain-Tag’ 7”) – “Smile”, “Maggot”, and “Get The Bird.” Newly remastered versions of the music videos for “Kid’s Allright,” “Palomine,” and “Tom Boy” are available to watch on YouTube.

Bettie Serveert Plays Palomine and Other Favorites

Friday, September 22 Paradiso Amsterdam NL *SOLD OUT*

Friday, October 13 Tivoli Vredenburg Utrecht NL *SOLD OUT*

Butthole Surfers - Classic Catalog TItles Now On Matador

photo by Pat Blashill, 1984

We are pleased to announce that Matador is reissuing a number of key catalog titles by legendary the Butthole Surfers, including the classic albums Psychic…Powerless…Another Man’s Sac, Rembrandt Pussyhorse, Locust Abortion Technician, Hairway to Steven, and piouhgd plus EPs and other material recorded during the band’s strange, grotesque, and ultimately unparalleled first decade. Details about our diabolical physical reissue campaign will be unveiled at a later date (perhaps with great fanfare, perhaps not -- dependeds on whether or how the fan is functioning that week)

stream / download The Butthole Surfers first five albums

'Butthole Surfers 1984-1991 - A Primer' (Playlist)

The Butthole Surfers were formed in 1981 by vocalist Gibby Haynes and guitarist Paul Leary. Drummer King Coffey joined in 1983. Together, they have remained the band’s three constant members across various recording sessions and touring incarnations.

The Butthole Surfers were, unquestionably one of the most beloved, influential, and lights-out insane bands to emerge from the U.S. ’80’s underground and their career is long overdue for critical reassessment and rediscovery (and with that in mind, a feature length documentary about the band is scheduled to premiere in 2024).

‘Psychic… Powerless… Another Man’s Sac’
1. “Concubine" 2:27
2. "Eye of the Chicken" 1:36
3. "Dum Dum" 3:47
4. "Woly Boly" 2:45
5. "Butthole Surfer" 3:02
6. "Lady Sniff" 3:45
7. "Cherub" 6:22
8. "Mexican Caravan" 2:46
9. "Cowboy Bob" 2:55
10. "Gary Floyd" 1:56

‘Rembrandt Pussyhorse’
1. "Creep in the Cellar" 2:05
2. "Sea Ferring" 4:00
3. "American Woman" 5:33
4. "Waiting for Jimmy to Kick" 2:21
5. "Strangers Die Everyday" 3:08
6. "Perry" 3:32
7. "Whirling Hall of Knives" 4:44
8. "Mark Says Alright" 4:08
9. "In the Cellar" 3:18

‘Locust Abortion Technician’
1. "Sweat Loaf" 6:09
2. "Graveyard" 2:27
3. "Pittsburgh to Lebanon" 2:29
4. "Weber" 0:35
5. "HAY" 1:50
6. "Human Cannonball" 3:51
7. "U.S.S.A." 2:14
8. "The O-Men" 3:27
9. "Kuntz" 2:24
10. "Graveyard" 2:45
11. "22 Going on 23" 4:23

‘Hairway To Stephen’
1. "Jimi" 12:38
2. "Ricky" 2:36
3. "I Saw an X-Ray of a Girl Passing Gas" 4:56
4. "John E. Smoke" 6:40
5. "Rocky" 3:45
6. "Julio Iglesias" 3:05
7. "Backass" 6:07
8. "Fast" 1:35

1. "Revolution Part 1" 2:18
2. "Revolution Part 2" 7:28
3. "Lonesome Bulldog" 4:42
4. "Lonesome Bulldog II" 0:39
5. "The Hurdy Gurdy Man" (lyrics and music by Donovan) 3:59
6. "Golden Showers" 3:17
7. "Lonesome Bulldog III" 0:37
8. "Blindman" 3:40
9. "No, I'm Iron Man" 2:25
10. "Something" 2:06
11. "P.S.Y." 12:12
12. "Lonesome Bulldog IV" 0:41

Butthole Surfers online



Our Annual Orgy of Self-Congratulation, Grandstanding & Overconsumption : Matador Artists & Staff Select Their 2022 Favorites

(congrats to 2022 Matador Inventor Of The Year, Dr. Homei Miyashita of Meiji University's Frontier Media Science.  Dr. Miyashita's dogged attempts to create lickable TV screens have yet to revolutionize either watching TV or licking, but both have been more successful than our introduction of Accutron 3000 and Brobot 3000, so there's that).

(Around this time every December, your STRESSED-TO-THE-MAX  editor attempts to coax a list of favorite recordings, books, television programs, life events, etc. out of the label’s artist roster and our music industry cronies. In the past, this exercise has been a difficult process, fraught with nagging, CRYING  and no shortage of defiantly opposed participants, some of whom actually changed labels or places of employment to weasel out of it.

Keep in mind, we're about to close the books on the ANOTHER YEAR OF THE WORLD GOING TO SHIT and perhaps persons with some sense of perspective or sanity  have other things on their mind than trumpeting their own cultural cachet. Thankfully, we only know a few people like that.

For some historical perspective, here’s last year’s selections. Questions or comments about our terrible tastes and/or inexcuasable  omissions are welcome (but not so welcome that we’re inclined to acknowledge receipt).

On behalf of everyone at Matador, here's wishing you, your families and friends a safe & happy holiday and thank you, as always, thanks for putting up with us. 2023 is going to be our craziest year ever (EDITOR'S NOTE : please check this out with the legal department prior to publication, thx) And without further ado, let the coronoation of Van Morrison's 'What's It Gonna Take?'  commence. – Gerard Cosloy)

Hugo Burnham, Gang Of Four

Hugo's Rule-Defying Baker’s Dozen of 2022:
  1. Touring with the best version of Gang Of Four, ever.
  2. Touring with a small but fabulous crew…all three of them (Frank, Patrick, and Devyn.)
  3. Touring with my daughter (Ts) and my dear friend (Dolette) singing back-up together with us; a return from retirement for one, a Master Class for the other.
  4. Playing sober every night.
  5. Matadorians who came to shows who clearly weren’t there because they had to be.
  6. Discovering new writers - M. W. Craven, JD Kirk, Edward Wilson
  7. Still loving Michael Connolly, John Connolly, Mick Herron, Jack Gatland.
  8. Slow Horses on TV
  9. Meeting Tom Hardy and Jodie Comer. England (actors still) Swing Like A Pendulum…(they) Do.
10. Meeting Paul Thompson.
11. Really listening to (and loving) Bill Berry’s drumming.
12. Playing sloppy, under-rehearsed G4 songs vigorously and wonderfully with the original Mekons. And Jon. In Leeds.

13. Jon getting a Grammy Nomination for ’77-‘81. I told him he had to wear the medal on stage next year...

Steve Gunn

Jeff Parker - Mondays at the ETA
Strange World Comp
Sun Ra Arkestra Live
RIP Hamish Kilgour
Gavin Bryars - Sinking of the Titanic reissue
Myriam Gendron & Bridget St John live in NYC
Surface of the Earth 2LP (and Paul Toomey from the band gifting this to me in NZ)
Alice Cotrane - Ptha The El Daoud reissue
Suzzy Roche singing a song about a bird flying into her head - Century Club NYC
Willie Nelson Central Park
RIP Christine Mcvie
Les Rallizes Denudes - Mizutani remaster/reissue
Ryan Sawyer/ Michal Formanek/Patricia Brennan trio
Celestine Ukwu - No Condition is Permanent
RIP Pharoah Sanders
Branko Majata - Over Fields and Mountains
Morteza Mahjubi - Selective Improvisations from Golha
Youth of Today/Glue live (thanks Timmy)
Mary Margaret O'hara live
Best Pool Bondi Beach Iceberg Club, Sydney Australia

Lee Tesche, Algiers

Top 5 staff 2022, in order
1. Emma
2. Malcolm
3. Emily
4. Alex
5. Josh
Honorable Mention: Jake

Steve Burhans, Beggars Group

Ten most listened to releases of 2022 (mostly re-issues, cause that’s my business but also my pleasure)

No particular order:

- V/A – Fell From The Sun (Downtempo And After Hours 1990-91) 2xLP (Ace) Never expected this to be my go to listen this year, but life is a mystery. Compiled by the boys from Saint Etienne and it sounds like it! Cooked a lot of dinners in 2022 to this one.

- The Retail Simps  - Reverberant Scratch: 9 Shots In Tha Dark LP (Total Punk) Someone sold me on this LP by saying it was like Ron House fronting the Bar Kays. That’s accurate and a guarantee of quality (maybe not the quality you expect).

- Thee Isolators – Crying Eyes b/w Close That Door 7” (Iso-Tope)
Killer debut single from a truly deranged crew. Rust belt hoodlums attached to the same live wire that John Terlesky held in his wildest days. There’s some real garage archeology happening here and hopefully it’s just the beginning.

- V/A – East Side 415 2xCS (12 Man Rambo/L-Wood Media)
An amazing and thorough survey of East Bay (Oakland, Richmond, Vallejo) rap that pre-dates the area code switch from 415 to 510 in 1991. A reverbed out booming album (like Master P used to say). Raw and essential.

- Biff Bang Pow – A Better Life: The Complete Creations 4xCD (Cherry Red)
It’s always rare to find another Biff Bang Pow enthusiast. The ones I’ve met are all still close friends. I’m not looking for any new friends… but determined applicants can start here. Everything (and more) released from a band that never seems to get the praise they deserve. Never realized how much this band needed a box set.

- V/A – A Chant About The Beauty Of The Moon At Night: Early Hawaiian Steel Guitar Masters LP (Magnificent Sounds)
Rare and beautiful Hawaiian 78’s collected with love. The influence of this stuff on American 20th century music is laid bare in this rewarding collection. This LP really takes you on a journey to a different (head) space.

- Dredd Foole And The Din – Songs in Heat 1982 CD (Corbett vs. Dempsey)
First in a series of releases covering the worlds of Dan Ireton. This covers the Mission Of Burma encompassing Mark 1 Din and includes the complete session for the world beating debut 7”. Future installments are anxiously anticipated.

- Jacks – Vacant World LP (Mesh-Key)
One of my favorite LP’s ever, in what must be the ultimate version. Loud and crystal clear. The cover has never looked better. Obviously this record should be in every home.

- Richard Thompson – Music From Grizzly Man 2xLP (No Quarter)
Criminally rare on LP, I was happy to revisit this again. Probably the last great Richard Thompson LP and the most striking overall. Moody, atmospheric and intimate.

- Project Pat – Murderers & Robbers LP (Project)
Comp of raw street material from Pat’s Pre-Loud Records, Pre-prison sentence early 90’s mixtapes. Basically unavailable outside of Memphis and the dark corners of the internet, it’s a blessing that we finally got this one on LP for the heads.


The Cat’s Miaow – Songs ’94-’98 LP (World Of Echo)/Hydroplane – Hydroplane LP (Efficient Space) Both sides of this celebrated and yet overlooked group of Australian musicians. Two different styles from two different bands with all the same people. Worth finding these if you can. The hype sticker on the Hydroplane could never live up to the comparisons listed (Radiophonic Workshop, Endtroducing, etc) but was enough to make this cynic pull the trigger.

Gerard Cosloy, Matador Records

Rose Mercie - Kieres Aqua (Jelodanti/Celluloid Lunch)
Bad Breeding - Human Capital (Iron Lung/One Little Indian)

Daniel Bachman - Almanac Behind (Three Lobed)
Tha Retail $imps -Reverberant Scratch : 9 Shots In The Dark (Total Punk)
Cyrus Pireh - Visitor (Artist Pool)
Rome Streetz - Kiss The Ring (Griselda)
Horse Lords - Comradely Objects (Rvng)
Bill Orcutt - Music For Four Guitars (Palilalia)
Puppet Wipes - The Stones Are Watching & They Can Be A Handful (Siltbreeze)
Saint Abdullah & Eomac - Patience Of A Traitor (Other People)
Weak Signal - War & War (Colonel)
Holt Bodish - Build Yourself A Space (Petty Bunco)

Peace De Résistance - Bits & Pieces (Peace Dé Records)
The Lloyd Pack - I Bet You've Got Some Good Stories (Low Company)
Vomitatrix - s/t (ugEXPLODE)
Model Home - Saturn In The Basement (Disciples)
Chronophage - s/t (PPM/Bruit Direct Disques)

Blackhaine - And Salford Falls Apart / "Stained Materials" (Head II)
Rempis  / Reid / Abrams - Allium (Aerophonic)

Michael Beach - Michael Beach 2022 EP (Goner)
Kilynn Lunsford - Custodians Of Human Succession (ever/never)
Jeff Parker - Mondays At The Enfield Tennis Academy (eremite)
Konjur Collective - Blood In My Eye (A Soul Insurgent Guide) (Astral Spirits)
Syko Friend - The Code (PPM)

live :
Horse Lords, Moth Club, London, November
Michael Beach, Goner Fest, Memphis, September
Duma, Mohawk, Austin , November
Bill Orcutt, Hotel Vegas, Austin, October
Iron Maiden, Moody Center, Austin, September

Rosali, Mohawk, Austin, May
Vomitatrix, Sunny's Backyard, Austin April
Emily Robb, Union Pool, Brooklyn, April

Cherubs, Hotel Vegas, Austin, November

film :
"Murina" ()
"Hit The Road" (Panah Panahi)
"The Innocents" (Eskil Vogt)

Television :

"South Side"

Malcolm Donaldson, Matador Records

Tamika’s Lodge by African-American Sound Recordings
Household Name by Momma
Sons Of by Sam Prekop & John McEntire
Eye Escapes by Kraus
EP #31 by This is Lorelei

Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry
Paradais by Fernanda Melchor
Who Will Pay Reparations on My Soul? by Jesse McCarthy
Heart of a Dog by Mikhail Bulgakov
Either / Or by Elif Batuman

Movie of the Year: Tár
TV Program of the Year: Inside the NBA

Recipient of the Eating Dirt and Dragging Ass Award: Stanley (2nd consecutive year)

Sonya Kolowrat, Beggars Group


LYDIA LUNCH RETROVIRUS, Zebulon – Weasel Walter is my new idol
BILLY STRINGS,  The Wiltern – this kid, damn!
mssv, Zebulon – can’t remember the last time I saw Watt play…killed it of course.
NICK CAVE, The Shrine – heartwarming
MINI-MEKONS – saw then in someone’s backyard in LA with about 30 other people.
WILLIAM BASINSKI playing Disintegration Loops at a church with a sick light show. Epic
DEVO at Cruel World Festival in Pasadena – this is how you put on a festival show!
GIRLS AGAINST BOYS, Echoplex – they sound just as amazing as they did in 1996
JONATHAN RICHMAN, Zebulon – this show is in 3 hours, but I know it’s going to be amazing.

Andy Larsen, Matador Direct

Naujawanan Baider -Khedmat BeKhalq (RadioKhiyaban)

Vivid Oblivion - The Graphic Cabinet (Downwards)Brannten Schnüre - Das Glück Vermeiden (Quirlschlängle)
Dale Cornish - Traditional Music of South London (The Death of Rave)
The Bug - Absent Riddim (Pressure)
Sarah Davachi - Two Sisters (Late Music)
Girlsperm - Return to Girlsperm (Thrilling Living)
Oren Ambarchi - Shebang (Drag City)
Kali Malone - Living Torch (Portraits GRM)

Valentina Magaletti - La Tempesta Colorata (A Colorful Storm)
V/A - Music From Saharan WhatsApp (Sahel Sounds)
Pan Daijing- Tissues (Pan)
Nový Sv?t - Desde Infiernos De Flores (Quirlschlängle)
Freundliche Kreisel - Freundliche Kreisel (


V/A - The Buntingford Long Playing Album (Siltbreeze)

Ruby Johnson - Ruby Johnson (Mississippi)

Space Machine - Space Tuning Box (Urashima)
Valentina Goncharova - Ocean: Symphony For Electric Violin and Other Instruments in Ten Parts (Hidden Harmony)
Albert Ayler - Revelations - The Complete ORTF 1970 Fondation Maeght Recordings (INA, Elemental Music)
V/A - Studio One Music Lab (Soul Jazz)
Sidney Sager - Children of the Stones (Trunk Records)
Ornette Coleman - Genesis of Genius (Craft Recordings, Contemporary Records)
Patrick Cowley - Malebox (Dark Entries)
Alice Coltrane - Kirtan - Turiya Sings (Impulse)
Alice Coltrane - Ptah, the El Daoud (Verve)
Count Ossie And The Mystic Revelation of Rastafari - Grounation (Soul Jazz)
Drexciya - Neptune’s Lair (Tresor Records)Smelly Feet - Smelly Neu Pollution (Minimum Table Stacks)


Aaron Leitko, Matador Records

Flasher - Love is Yours (Domino)

Terrence Dixon + Jordan GCZ - Keep in Mind I’m Out of My Mind (Rush Hour)
rRoxymore - Perpetual Now (Smalltown Supersound)
Sam Prekop + John McIntyre- Sons Of (Thrill Jockey)
Norm Chambers - Mirage Colony
Nik Void - Bucked Up Space (Editions Mego)
Chris Forsyth - Evolution Here We Come (No Quarter)
Casual Dots - Sanguine Truth (Ixor Stix)
Jeff Parker ETA IVtet - Mondays at the Enfield Tennis Academy (Eremite Records)

Yasuaki Shimizu - Kiren (Palto Flats)
Huerco S - Plonk (Incienso)
Jigen - Stone Drum Avantgardism (^ ^)
Hammered Hulls - Careening (Dischord)
Oren Ambarchi - Shebang
Qasim Naqvi / Wadada Leo Smith / Andrew Cryille - Two Centuries (Red Hook Records)

Vinnie Martini, Matador Direct

Pere Ubu - Final Solution b/w Cloud 149 (1976, Hearthan Records - USA)
The elusive picture sleeve of this Cleveland punk staple featuring liner notes but guitarist Peter Laughner
Cramp - She Doesn't Love Me b/w Suzy Lie Down (1979, Rip Off Records - N. Ireland)
Double A side Irish punk classic, very hard to find pic sleeve as usual with Rip Off stuff.
Filth - Don't Hide Your Hate b/w Sex & Nothing For Me (1978, Plurex Records - Netherlands)
Top European punk single and the mastering on KBD4 does this one no justice. Loud & raw
Bags - Survive b/w Babylonian Gordon (1978, Dangerhouse - USA)
The final record needed in my Dangerhouse collection, this one has grown significantly  in price, so I was glad to get the right price on this misprint label copy nonetheless.
Dogs - Slash Your Face b/w Fed Up & Are You A Boy Or Are You A Girl? (1978, Detroit Records - USA)
One of the most iconic KBD tracks, had to travel to Den Bosch to get this one but well worth the trip
RAN d. Akira Kurosawa (1985, Japan) at Paris Theater
SEED d. John M. Stahl (1931, USA) at Metrograph
SCANDAL SHEET d. Phil Karlson (1952, USA) at Lenfest Center for the Arts at Columbia University
BLACK TUESDAY d. Hugo Fregonese (1954, USA) at Musuem of Modern Art
CHYTILOVÁ VERSUS FORMAN d. V?ra Chytilová (1982, Belgium) at Film Forum

Paulina Praphanchith, Matador Records

Favorite Albums/EPs of 2022:
Momma - Household Name
Automatic – Excess
Effy - Not What It Seems
Don Glori - Welcome
atmos bloom - Flora

Cola - Deep In View
Schwefelgelb - Whirlpool-Gedanken
Yasuaki Shimizu - Kiren
George Riley - Running In Waves
beabadoobee - Beatopia
Maha - Orkos
Dorothy Ashby - Afro-Harping
Horsegirl - Versions of Modern Performance
Stella Donnelly – Flood
Double Virgo - Eros in the Bunker
Charli XCX – Crash
Hyd - Clearing
Two Shell - Icons
yunè pinku – Bluff
Miya Folick - 2007
Wet Leg - s/t
The Paranoyds - Talk Talk Talk
Body Type - Everything is Dangerous But Nothing’s Surprising
Charlotte Adigery & Bolis Pupol- Topical Dancer
The Linda Lindas - Growing Up
Dehd - Blue Skies
Ian Sweet - Star Stuff
Cate Le Bon - Pompeii
Nilüfer Yanya - Painless
Julia Jacklin - Pre Pleasure
Coby Sey - Conduit

Gonzalo Schiffino, Everlasting

Songs In 2022 (one album, one song)
FAVOURITES (in no particular order)



  • THE SMILE - Noches del Botánico (Madrid)



  • CIRCUIT DES YEUX - (Café Berlin & Marilians Record Shop - Madrid)



  • BESSIE SMITH (Jackie Lay)

  • LINGER ON (Ignacio Julia)






  • 1899


Emma Toney, Beggars Group


Alvvays – Blue Rev
Julia Jacklin – Pre Pleasure
Big Thief – Dragon New Warm Mountain I Believe In You
Jockstrap – I Love You Jennifer B
Momma – Household Name
Horsegirl – Versions of Modern Performance
Winter – What Kind of Blue Are You



Freight Yard – The Garden
Belinda Says – Alvvays
Entropy – Beach Bunny
Miracles – Alex G
Weird Goodbyes – The National
You Will Never Work in Television Again – The Smile
I Was Neon – Julia Jacklin
Shotgun – Soccer Mommy

Josh Turner, Matador Records

Top 50 tracks (playlist 

Moin - Melon
Fred again - Turn On The Lights again.. (feat. Future)
Yves Tumor - God Is a Circle
Jockstrap - Concrete Over Water
Denzel Curry - Zatoichi
L.O.T.I.O.N. Multinational Corporation - Cybernetic Super Lover
Lil Yachty - Poland
Voice Actor - Carefully
Burial - Strange Neighbourhood
Nisa - Exaggerate
bar italia - Banks
Chronophage - Burst The Shell
Alex G - Runner
Spoon - Wild
Lil Ugly Mane - split ends
Let's Eat Grandma - Happy New Year
DARKSIDE - Ecdysis!
Crack Cloud - Costly Engineered Illusion
Straw Man Army - Faces In The Dark
Vaguess - When it's Gone
No Cops For Miles - Stresser Depresser
Fuera de Sektor - En La Oscuridad
Conservative Military Image - For Club and Country
End It - B.C.H.C.
Abrasion - Dios No Te Va Salvar - Fear In Non Fiction
Age of Apocalypse - Fury
A Mourning Star - A World Beyond
Excide - Flip
Life's Question - For You
Long Knife - Modern Fatigue
Weight - Kill until Killed
SIN - On The Run
DJ Sabrina The Teenage DJ - A Part of Me
IShowSpeed - F.U.C.
Low Tape - Escape From Road Valley
Rx Nephew - Inspired By Aunty Jemima
Red Axes, Cohen, Smagghe & Cross - Bump City - Smagghe & Cross Version
AG Club - Adam Sandler
serpentwithfeet - Bless The Telephone
Drugdealer - Valentine
Dennis Taylor - Bicycle Town
Sign Libra - There Must Be An Angel (Playing With My Heart)
Amateur Hour - Bye Bye
The Cat's Miaow - LA International Airport
Wednesday - Bull Believer
Scarlet - Corner Lot
Horsegirl - Option 8
PLOSIVS - Broken Eyes
Pinegrove - Alaska
Harry Styles - As It Was
Jack Harlow - First Class

Top Records

Cities Aviv – Man Plays The Horn [Director’s Cut]
DJ Sabrina The Teenage DJ – Bewitched!
End It – Unpleasant Living
Straw Man Army - SOS
Voice Actor – Sent From My Telephone
Denzel Curry – Melt My Eyez See Your Future
Vaguess – Nothing’s Secret
Fred again… - Actual Life 3 (January 1st – September 9th)
The Cat’s Miaow – Songs ‘94 – ‘98
Chronophage - Chronophage

Top 50 Punk, Hardcore and Metal Tracks (playlist)

Candy Apple - I Don't Wanna Talk About It
End It - B.C.H.C.
Weight - Kill until Killed
Long Knife - Modern Fatigue
Doomsday - Attaining Heaven By Force
C4 - Me and the Boys
Age of Apocalypse - Fury
A Mourning Star - A World Beyond - Fear In Non Fiction
Excide - Flip
Berthold City - Out of Darkness
Wormrot - When Talking Fails, It's Time for Violence!
200 Stab Wounds - Masters of Morbidity
Life's Question - For You
Abrasion - Dios No Te Va Salvar
Conservative Military Image - For Club and Country
GEL - Predominant Mask
Bloodclot - Souls
Speed - Not That Nice
Moral Law - The Looming End
Planet On A Chain - Boxed In
Pummel - Headcase
Extortion - Conquest
Pharmacist - Accelerating Suppuration
Ammo - Known Unknown
Cryptworm - Disgorged Chunks of Life
Undeath - Necrobionics
Falls of Rauros - Poverty Hymn
Belphegor - Virtus Asinaria - Prayer
Darkthrone - Impeccable Caverns of Satan
Behemoth - Ov My Herculean Exile
Autonoesis - Crypt of Thought
Negative Plane - A Work to Stand a Thousand Years
Dream Unending - Secret Grief
SIN - On The Run
MurakuMo - Snake Skin
SYNDROME 81 - Vivre et mourirFuera de Sektor - En La Oscurida
Poison Ruïn - Not Today, Not Tomorrow
No Cops For Miles - Stresser Depresser
G.I. Bill - Not in My Backyard
Tony Molina - The Last Time
Straw Man Army - Faces In The Dark
Final Gasp - The Girl Who Lives On Heaven Hill
SPICE - Recovery
Why Bother? - Bent Spoon Blues
Scarlet - No Today
PLOSIVS - Broken Eyes

Top Noam Klar tweets of 2022

  1. My weekly report be like “your screen time was down 5% last week, for an average 23 hours, 15 minutes a day” lmao

  2. Someone was telling me tonight about their friend Amber and how she’d heard a rumor and I said “oh Amber Heard?” and continued to draw it out for about 10 minutes

  3. Someone has asked me what weekdays September 15 & 16 2024 fall on as if it's possible to know that

  4. Don’t like it when pets are named after artists or similar. A pet should be called something like Butter or Nugget not Alex Turner or “Dosto”

  5. Funny how “pint sized” is used to describe something as dismissively small, when I’m sure not many here would enjoy coming across a “pint sized” cockroach or hornet [2018 retweet]

  6. Understand the cultural fascination but the chef / restaurant fly-on-the-wall genre - Burnt, Boiling Point, Ratatouille, The Bear - is starting to feel a little one note

  7. Remember getting an email from a wellness spa I was at for a “follow up appointment” as it’d been 2 months since I was “discharged”

  8. My desert island disc? A loud looped mayday call in hopes of rescue

  9. Spring is in full bloom yet the crypto winter marches on

  10. Gong bath? I'll stick to a power chord shower, thanks

    Jake Whitener, Matador Records

    22 of 22

    1. MJ Lenderman- Boat Songs
    2. Infinity Knives & Brian Ennals- King Cobra
    3. Charlotte Adigéry & Bolis Pupul- Tropical Dancer
    4. Rachika Nayar- Heaven Come Crashing
    5. Elaine Howley- The Distance Between Heart and Mouth
    6. Eli Winter- S/T
    7. Maria BC- Hyaline
    8. Alex G- God Save the Animals

    9. Dawn Richard- Pigments
    10. Moin- Paste
    11. Naima Bock- Giant Palm

    12. Maria Reis- Benefício da Dúvida
    13. E L U C I D- I Told Bessie
    14. billy woods - Aethiopes
    15. Maral- Ground Groove

    16. Fugitive- Maniac
    17. Cola- Deep In View
    18. Peace De Resistance- Bits and Pieces
    19. Bad Breeding- Human Capital

    20. Ribbon Stage- Hit with the Most
    21. yeule- Glitch Princess
    22. Mabe Fratti- Se Ve Desde Aqui

    Honorable Mentions: Kids on a Killing Spree, Quelle Chris, Ex- Void, David West, Momma, Time Wharp, Alvvays, mophing people

    Emily Zaremba, Matador Records


    Momma - Household Name
    Double Virgo - Estranged & foolish narratives
    They Are Gutting a Body of Water - Lucky Styles
    They Are Gutting a Body of Water/A Country Western- An Insult to the Sport
    Gi Gi - Sunchoke

    Moin - Paste
    Alex G - God Save the Animals
    HAAi - Baby, We’re Ascending
    Tomu DJ - Half Moon Bay
    Whatever the Weather - s/t
    Glitterer - Fantasy Four
    Omar S - Can’t Change
    Cate Le Bon - Pompeii
    Recitals - Orbit I
    Theo Parrish - DJ-Kicks
    Mark William Lewis - God Complex
    Boris - W
    African-American Sound Recodings - Tamika’s Lodge
    The Garbage & the Flowers - Cinnamon Sea
    Rachika Nayar - Heaven Come Crashing
    Lifeguard - Crowd Can Talk
    MJ Lenderman - Boat Songs
    Raum - Daughter
    Hinako Omori - a journey…
    Sorry - Anywhere But Here
    Broadcast - Microtronics - Volumes 1 & 2
    Francesca Heart - Eurybia
    Croatian Amor - Remember Rainbow Bridge
    Bitter Babe, Nick Léon - Delirio
    Duster - Together
    Weyes Blood - And In The Darkness, Hearts Aglow


    bar italia - Polly Armour
    Boy Harsher ft. Cooper B. Handy - Autonomy
    DJ Python - Club Sentimiental, Vol. 3
    Parris - Summer of South West Waves / Dreaming of Sunflowers
    Bill Callahan - Everyway
    Eiko Ishibashi - Ask me how I sleep at night
    caroline - peak chroma
    Babyfather, Tirzah - 1471
    James K - Eiv Mude
    Chanel Beads - Ef
    LUCY - Last Dance
    Yeah Yeah Yeahs ft. Perfume Genius - Spitting Off the Edge of the World
    Maral - lavender’s love
    Dean Blunt - pj harvey cover
    Huerco S. - Plonk IV
    Aldous Harding - Passion Babe
    Midwife - Sickworld
    Evanora Unlimited - Age of Information
    The Weeknd - Gasoline
    Daphni - Cherry
    Henry Solomon, Allie Kelly - Menthol
    Tirzah - Ribs
    Objekt - Bad Apples

Out Today : Spoon & Adrian Sherwood - 'Lucifer On The Moon'

Spoon - photo by Olivia Wolfe

Adrian Sherwood - photo by Harry Borden

Spoon & Adrian Sherwood's 'Lucifer On The Moon' is available today in record shops and via all streaming services.

'Lucifer on the Moon' is the anti-gravity companion to Spoon’s 'Lucifer on the Sofa'. A top-to-bottom rework of the Austin band's tenth album, it was created by On-U Sound founder and UK dub icon, Adrian Sherwood..

'Moon' first took shape as a few heady remixes for the singles from 'Lucifer on the Sofa'. Frontman Britt Daniel offered Sherwood two suggestions: “Avoid things that would not be possible on tape” and “Add whatever you want to add, the less modern the better.” The collaboration shouldn't come as a surprise: dub-inspired production is wound through Spoon’s classic tracks, from "Finer Feelings" to "Inside Out."  The initial results pleased both parties and Sherwood was invited to work on additional songs. And then a few more. “I got into the melody and the thoughts it evoked in me,” the producer explains. “It just evolved and we eventually found ourselves with a whole album.”

'Moon' flips 'Lucifer on the Sofa'’s rhythm tracks inside-out, and often rebuilds them wholesale. Sherwood supplied extensive additional instrumentation via On-U’s extended family of session players, including bassist Doug Wimbish and drummer Keith LeBlanc (both of whom performed in Sugarhill Records’ early ’80s in-house rhythm section). He dug deep into the album’s multi-tracks, surfacing forgotten details and elements not present in the final album mixes.

The result airlifts Spoon’s trademark melodies into lush alien terrain, replete with vibrant echo and rumbling low-end. “It wasn’t just a thing where you pick apart this and that and you stay on the grid and you add a delay,” explains Daniel. “He added so much more instrumentation to the tracks that they became completely different versions of the songs. Not just remixes, but companion pieces. A ‘Part II.’”

stream / download 'Lucifer On The Moon'

'Lucifer On The Moon' Tracklist
01 My Babe
02 On The Radio
03 Held
04 The Devil & Mister Jones
05 Lucifer On The Sofa
06 Astral Jacket
07 Feels Alright
08 Wild
09 The Hardest Cut
10 Satellite

Spoon on Tour
Saturday, November 19 Corona Capital Festival, Mexico City MX
Tuesday, December 6 Beacon Theatre, New York NY
Wednesday, December 7 DC101-derland 2022, Washington DC
Thursday, December 8 ALT 104.5's Friendsgiving, Bensalem PA

Spoon Online
Official Site

VIDEO : Horsegirl - "Option 8" (Live At Thalia Hall)

Recorded this past June 5  at Chicago's Thalia Hall, here's Horsegirl performing "Option 8".  Studio version found on the recently released 'Versions Of Modern Performance'.   Horsegirl resume the touring schedule tomorrow night at Vancouver's Wise Hall.

stream / purchase 'Versions Of Modern Performance'


Horsegirl on tour :

Fri. Jul. 15 - Vancouver, BC @ Wise Hall *
Sat. Jul. 16 - Seattle, WA @ Neumos *
Sun. Jul. 17 - Portland, OR @ Polaris Hall *
Tue. Jul. 19 - San Francisco, CA @ Rickshaw Stop
Thu. Jul. 21 - Los Angeles, CA @ Zebulon *
Fri. Jul. 22 - Los Angeles, CA @ The Echo *
Sat. Jul. 23 - Santa Ana, CA @ Constellation Room *
Tue. Jul. 26 - Minneapolis, MN @ Fine Line *
Wed. Jul. 27 - Madison, WI @ High Noon Saloon *
Thu. July 28 - Milwaukee, WI @ Cactus Club *
Fri. Jul. 30 - Sat. Jul. 31 - Detroit, MI @ Mo Pop Festival
Sat. July 31 - Chicago, IL @ Lollapalooza Music Festival
Tue. Aug. 2 - Columbus, OH @ Rumba Cafe *
Wed. Aug. 3 - Cleveland, OH @ Grog Shop *
Fri. Aug. 5 - Toronto, ON @ Velvet Underground *
Sat. Aug. 6 - Montreal, QC @ Petit Campus *
Sun. Aug. 7 - Cambridge, MA @ The Sinclair *
Wed. Aug. 10 - New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom *^
Sun. Oct. 02 - Brooklyn, NY @ Kings Theatre &

* w/ Dummy
^ w/ Lifeguard
& supporting Pavement

Horsegirl Online

Circuit des Yeux - 'Live In Chicago'

(photo : Evan Jenkins)


Last fall, Circuit des Yeux (Haley Fohr) was invited to record a 4-song live session at Jamdek studio in Chicago. These recordings capture the music from her 2021 album '-io' at the outset of its transition from studio to stage, including band arrangements of the compositions “Vanishing,” “Dogma,” “Sculpting the Exodus,” and “Stranger.”

Fohr was joined on these performances by the musicians
Whitney Johnson (Matchess), Andrew Scott Young, and Ashley Guerrero.

Matador is releasing these four tracks digitally as 'Live From Chicago', available today for streaming or download.

Circuit des Yeux will be on the road throughout the summer and fall, bringing '-io' to audiences in North America, Europe, and the UK. Find the complete itinerary below.

(stream/purchase 'Live In Chicago')


  1. Vanishing

  2. Dogma

  3. Sculpting the Exodus

  4. Stranger

(stream/purchase  '-io')


Circuit des Yeux on tour (new dates in bold)

Thursday, June 2 Decca, Louisville KY
Friday, June 3 Crosstown Arts, Memphis TN
Saturday, June 4 The Earl, Atlanta GA
Sunday, June 5 The Grey Eagle, Asheville NC
Monday, June 6 PhilaMOCA, Philadelphia PA
Tuesday, June 7 Greenwood Cemetery (Pioneer Works), Brooklyn NY
Thursday, June 9 Epsilon Spires, Brattleboro VT
Friday, June 10 Centre PHI, Montreal QC
Saturday, June 11 Arts Court, Ottawa ON
Monday, June 13 918 Bathurst (Wavelength Music Series), Toronto ON
Tuesday, June 14 Trinosophes, Detroit MI
Thursday, June 16 Constellation, Chicago IL
Friday, June 17 Constellation, Chicago IL
Tuesday, August 16 Lodge Room, Los Angeles CA
Wednesday, August 17 The Lab, San Francisco CA
Saturday, August 27 Extramuralhas Festival, Leiria PT
Sunday, August 28 Whisper, Antwerpen BE
Tuesday, August 30 Future Yard, Birkenhead UK
Wednesday, August 31 Summerhall, Edinburgh UK
September 1-4 End of the Road, Lamar Tree Gardens UK
Saturday, September 3 Manchester Psych Fest, Manchester UK
Monday, September 5 National Concert Hall, Dublin IE
Monday, October 3 Slaktkyrkan, Stockholm SE
Tuesday, October 4 Bla, Oslo NO
Wednesday, October 5 Folk, Götenborg SE
Thursday, October 6 Alice at Valby Kulturhus, Copenhagen DK
Saturday, October 8 Meetfactory, Prague CZ
Monday, October 10 Turbina, Budapest HU
Tuesday, October 11 Volkstheater, Vienna AT
Wednesday, October 12 Linhart Hall at Cankarjev Dom, Ljubljana SI
Thursday, October 13 Freakout, Bologna IT
Friday, October 14 Le Ciel, Grenoble FR
Tuesday, October 18 Café Berlin, Madrid ES
Wednesday, October 19 Culturgest, Lisbon PT
Thursday, October 20 Gnration, Braga PT
Friday, October 21 Auditorio de Espinho, Espinho PT

Circuit des Yeux Online


Coming July 15 : Interpol - 'The Other Side of Make-Believe'

photo by Atiba Jefferson

"Toni" - directed by Van Alpert

presave / preorder 'The Other Side of Make-Believe'
stream / download 'Toni'

“Still in shape, my methods refined,” sings Paul Banks on "Toni", the opening track and lead single from Interpol’s 7th LP 'The Other Side of Make-Believe'. The album breaks fresh ground for the group: parallel to exploring the sinister undercurrents of contemporary life, Interpol’s new songs are imbued with pastoral longing and newfound grace. Daniel Kessler's serpentine guitar arrangements crest skywards, Samuel Fogarino shatters his percussive precision into strange metres, while Paul Banks’ sonorous voice exudes a vulnerability that is likely to catch most long-term fans of the band off guard. After all, says Banks, “there’s always a seventh time for a first impression.”

'The Other Side of Make-Believe' began remotely across 2020. In early 2021, Interpol reconvened to flesh out new material at a rented home in the Catskills, before completing it later that year in North London, working for the first time with production veteran Flood (Mark Ellis), as well as teaming up again with former co-producer Alan Moulder.

If fate didn’t quite ordain the circumstances for Interpol’s seventh album, it was at least fortunate that the band had happily concluded their Marauder cycle on stage in front of 30 thousand-odd Peruvian fans. Rather than be sent scrambling like so many other musicians, when the first lockdown clamped Interpol had no new release to promote and no tour to rearrange. They quickly got into a productive mood.

Writing on their own in those geographically-dispersed early stages gave the members a way out of their respective heads: “We really extracted the honey out of this situation”, says Fogarino. Kessler echoes the sentiment: “Working alone was raw at first, but has opened up a vivid new chapter for us.” In the Interpol Venn Diagram, each member found a way of expanding their individual circle in perfect harmony.

As Banks was grounded in Edinburgh for close to nine months, he got cosy in a window-side chair with a pen, pad and atypically cream-coloured bass guitar. “We usually write live, but for the first time I’m not shouting over a drumkit,” he says. “Daniel and I have a strong enough chemistry that I could picture how my voice would complement the scratch demos he emailed over. Then I could turn the guys down on my laptop, locate these colourful melodies and generally get the message across in an understated fashion.” Banks adjusting his personal volume dimmer to a hush chimes with a period of global disquiet and the yearn for reconnection:  "Flood told me the vocals on the demos evoked Mickey Rourke in "Barfly", singing to a patron at the end of the tabletop, and we never felt the need to flip that smoky intimacy into something big and loud when it came to rehearse and record. I got a real kick out of doing the opposite.”

Coming from a group whose early material was characterised by Polish knife-wielders and incarcerated serial killers, you might expect Interpol’s take on the present day to be an emotional tar pit — perhaps doubly so, given the towering credentials of Flood and Moulder’s history with Nine Inch Nails, Curve, Gary Numan, Depeche Mode and more.

Yet Banks felt the call to push in a “counterbalancing” direction, with paeans to mental resilience and the quiet power of going easy. “The nobility of the human spirit is to rebound,” he says. “Yeah, I could focus on how fucked everything is, but I feel now is the time when being hopeful is necessary, and a still-believable emotion within what makes Interpol Interpol.” Kessler concurs: “The process of writing this record and searching for tender, resonant emotions took me back to teenage years; it was transformative, almost euphoric. I felt a rare sensation of purpose biting on the end of my fishing rod and I was compelled to reel it in.”

Even with spare piano caressing the intro of "Something Changed", open-hearted cyclical chord progressions on "Passenger", or anthemic waves of Kessler’s cresting guitar on "Big Shot City", it doesn’t mean Interpol are entirely stopping to smell the roses, though. 'The Other Side of Make-Believe'’s title, cover and a frequent lyrical lean toward fables, smokescreens and the mutability of truth reflect Banks’ disgust with the curdling of the information age. “I feel like the slipperiness of reality, and being willing to get violent on the basis of a factual disagreement, has had a super strenuous effect on the psyche of everyone in the world. Although,” he laughs, “I was talking about it so often that it kind of spooked my bandmates, so I found a way to express my concerns more through the lens of human beings' non-rational faculties, and less civilizational collapse.”

On 'The Other Side of Make-Believe', a deep interpersonal understanding means each member respects the other’s respective strengths better than ever, letting Interpol’s elemental qualities shine through. Song by song, Kessler sketches the architectural blueprint (invariably while watching a film — locus of inspiration for almost every song in the band’s catalogue), Banks frames artwork on the wall, then Fogarino arranges the furniture to have a certain positioning and intent.

Fogarino highlights Flood’s part in this equation “was to hyperbolise all of our good qualities. Our band has never exploited rock ‘n roll tropes, no big drum fills or wailing solos, so he located the core honesty in our sound and found a way to widen it. There’s a phrase I love about drumming: ‘the rhythm hates the melody’ — the best kind of drumming either totally accentuates what’s being conveyed, or ploughs through it.” So what does the splashy, dramatic beat on songs like "Renegade Hearts" and "Gran Hotel" imply? The answer comes back with a grin: “I guess Flood gave me room to plough.”

The band found themselves struck by the producer’s egoless way of operating and the breeziness of recording in his North London studio. They also seem charged by how much Flood and Moulder complimented, rather than challenged, their kinetic energy when performing. “I wouldn’t change a thing,” Kessler states. And though he means Flood and Moulder’s contributions, that sentiment extends to Interpol’s work as a whole.

'The Other Side of Make-Believe' will soon feel as familiar in the public consciousness as it is to Paul Banks, Daniel Kessler and Sam Fogarino. Ever the paradox, the noirish trio have weathered nearly seven albums’ and several line-ups’ worth of rollercoasters far better than anyone might have predicted, never letting their sense of purpose escape. Over time, tags like ‘alternative’ and ‘indie’ have even faded from view. They are simply a rock group nowadays; one of the most distinctive, consequential and enduring rock groups of the 21st century so far. And a quarter-century into their lifespan, the band are all fired up again.

Interpol: their methods refined, still in terrific shape.
– Gabriel Szatan

'The Other Side of Make-Believe'
01. Toni
02. Fables
03. Into The Night
04. Mr Credit
05. Something Changed
06. Renegade Hearts
07. Passenger
08. Greenwich
09. Gran Hotel
10. Big Shot City
11. Go Easy (Palermo)

Interpol on tour (tickets)

Monday, April 25 The Factory In Deep Ellum, Dallas TX *
Tuesday, April 26 ACL Live At The Moody Theater, Austin TX * (SOLD OUT)
Thursday, April 28 Marquee Theatre, Tempe AZ *
Friday, April 29 Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre, San Diego CA * (SOLD OUT)
Saturday, April 30 Greek Theater, Berkeley CA *
Monday, May 2 The Union, Salt Lake City UT *
Tuesday, May 3 Mission Ballroom, Denver CO **
Thursday, May 5 Palace Theatre, St. Paul MN *
Friday, May 6 Byline Bank Aragon Ballroom, Chicago IL *
Saturday, May 7 The Fillmore, Detroit MI *
Sunday, May 8 Agora Theatre, Cleveland OH *
Tuesday, May 10 The Anthem, Washington DC *
Wednesday, May 11 Roadrunner, Boston MA *
Friday, May 13 The Met, Philadelphia PA *
Saturday, May 14 Kings Theatre, Brooklyn NY *
Sunday, May 15 Kings Theatre, Brooklyn NY *
Saturday, May 21 Just Like Heaven Festival, Los Angeles CA ***
Saturday, May 28 Palacio De Los Deportes, Mexico City MX ****
Wednesday, June 8 Sala Apolo, Barcelona ES
Thursday, June 9 Primavera Sound, Barcelona ES
Saturday, June 11 Primavera Sound, Porto PT
Sunday, June 12 Templehof Sounds Festival, Berlin DE
Tuesday, June 14 The Roundhouse, London UK
Wednesday, June 15 The Roundhouse, London UK
Thursday, June 16 Ancienne Belgique, Brussels BE
Saturday, June 18 Salle Pleyel, Paris FR
Sunday, June 19 Pinkpop Festival, Landgraaf NL
Thursday, August 25  Stone Pony Summer Stage, Asbury Park NJ^
Friday, August 26 Budweiser Stage, Toronto ON #
Saturday, August 27 Thompson’s Point, ­Portland ME^
Sunday, August 28 Bold Point Pavilion, Providence RI^
Tuesday, August 30 KEMBA Live! Outdoor, Columbus OH^
Thursday, September 1 ­­Andrew J. Brady Music Center, Cincinnati OH^
Friday, September 2 The Eastern, Atlanta GA %
Saturday, September 3 Rabbit Rabbit, Asheville NC^
Tuesday, September 6 ­Stage AE Outdoors, Pittsburgh PA^
Thursday, September 8 TCU Amphitheater at White River Park, Indianapolis IN^
Friday, September 9 ­Stifel Theatre, St. Louis MO^
Saturday, September 10 The Criterion, Oklahoma City OK^
Tuesday, September 13 The Theater at Virgin Hotels Las Vegas, Las Vegas NV^
Wednesday, September 14 Vina Robles Amphitheatre, Paso Robles CA^
Friday, September 16 Paramount Theatre, Seattle WA^
Saturday, September 17 Pioneer Courthouse Square, Portland OR^
Sunday, September 18 Pioneer Courthouse Square, Portland OR^

* w/ Tycho and Matthew Dear
** w/ Matthew Dear
*** w/ The Shins, Modest Mouse, M.I.A. and more
**** w/ Dry Cleaning
# Metric, Spoon
^ w/ Spoon, The Goon Sax

Interpol Online
Official Site
YouTube Channel

Lucy Dacus - "Kissing Lessons" (Official Lyric Video)

Lucy Dacus has shared a lyric video for her newest single "Kissing Lessons," animated by Michael Speed based on artwork by Carson McNamara.

Stream / Pre-order "Kissing Lessons" 7" (out June 3)

Purchase / Stream Home Video

Dacus begins an almost-entirely sold out UK/EU tour this week in Leeds. A full itinerary, including a newly announced show alongside Courtney Barnett in Richmond VA, is below.

Lucy Dacus on Tour
Friday, March 18th Brudenell Social Club, Leeds UK (SOLD OUT)
Saturday March 19th, Brudenell Social Club, Leeds UK (SOLD OUT)
Sunday, March 20th St Lukes, Glasgow UK (SOLD OUT)
Monday, March 21st Olympia Theater, Dublin IE **
Wednesday, March 23rd Gorilla, Manchester UK (SOLD OUT)
Thursday, March 24th Marble Factory, Bristol UK
Friday, March 25th Kentish Town Forum, London UK (SOLD OUT)
Saturday, March 26th Rough Trade, London UK (SOLD OUT)
Sunday, March 27th Concorde 2, Brighton UK
Tuesday March 29th Rotonde, Brussels BL **
Wednesday, March 30th Paradiso Noord, Amsterdam NL **
Thursday, March 31st Artheater, Cologne DE **
Friday, April 1st 6Music Festival, Cardiff UK (SOLD OUT)
Saturday, April 2nd Molotow, Hamburg DE ** (SOLD OUT)
Sunday, April 3rd Loppen, Copenhagen DK ** (SOLD OUT)
Monday, April 4th Atlas, Aarhus DK **
Wednesday April 6th Parkteatret, Oslo NO **
Thursday, April 7th Nalen Klubb, Stockholm SE ** (SOLD OUT)
Saturday, April 9th Lido, Berlin DE ** (SOLD OUT)
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 **
Thursday, July 21 Central Park Summerstage, New York NY #
Wednesday, July 27 Brown's Island, Richmond VA $
Thursday, July 28 Skyline Stage at The Mann, Philadelphia PA $
Sunday, July 31 Osheaga Festival, Montreal QC
Sunday, August 7 Hinterland Festival, St. Charles IA
Friday, August 26 All Points East Festival, London UK
August 27 – 28, Golden Leaves Festival, Darmstadt DE
Thursday, September 1 End of the Road Festival, Salisbury UK

* w/ Indigo De Souza
** w/ Fenne Lily
# w/ Hop Along
$ w/ Courtney Barnet and Samia

Lucy Dacus Online

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

Spoon - "The Hardest Cut" - Behind The Song

Spoon on tour :
Friday, December 31 ACL Live at The Moody Theater, Austin TX
January 17-22, 2022 Wilco's Sky Blue Sky 2022, Riviera Maya MX

Spoon Online
Official Site

Out Tomorrow: Perfume Genius - 'IMMEDIATELY Remixes' for Record Store Day 2021

Available tomorrow for the first time physically, Perfume Genius' 'IMMEDIATELY Remixes' on metallic silver vinyl exclusively for Record Store Day 2021.

Released digitally earlier in the year, 'IMMEDIATELY Remixes' is the shimmering result of multiple cross-pollinations between Perfume Genius and a cast of renowned contemporaries. This new physical edition is limited to 2500 and will only be available through participating indie stores


1. Whole Life (Jaakko Eino Kalevi Remix)
2. Describe (A. G. Cook Remix)
3. Without You (Jim-E Stack)
4. Jason (Planningtorock Remix)
5. Leave (Jenny Hval Remix)
6. On The Floor (Initial Talk Remix)
7. Your Body Changes Everything (Boy Harsher Remix)
8. Moonbend (Nidia Remix)
9. Just a Touch (Danny L Harle Harlecore Remix)
10. Nothing at All (Westerman Remix)
11. One More Try (Actress Remix)
12. Some Dream (Koreless Remix)
13. Borrowed Light (Katie Dey Remix)

Listen to 'IMMEDIATELY Remixes' 

Perfume Genius Online



Out Today : Kurt Vile - 'Speed, Sound, Lonely KV (EP)'

Today, Kurt Vile releases the 'Speed, Sound, Lonely KV (ep)'. Announced last week with the track ‘How Lucky’ – a cover of and duet with the late John Prine – the EP features an additional Prine cover, a cover of “Cowboy” Jack Clement, and two originals.

Track List :

Speed of The Sound of Loneliness
Gone Girl
How Lucky (with John Prine)

'Speed, Sound, Lonely KV (ep)' is out digitally now. A physical edition will arrive January 15 on pink-colored vinyl and CD.

presave/preorder 'Speed, Sound, Lonely KV (ep)'
Stream/Purchase Bottle It In

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Out Today - Guided By Voices 'Alien Lanes' 25th Anniversary + Pavement 'Sensitive Euro Man' Shape Disc + Bob Nastanovich clip

Out today - the 25th Anniversary limited edition 'Alien Lanes' LP from Guided By Voices. This one was pressed on distinctive blue, red and green wax to mirror the patterned drumhead of the cover, also made available as a bundle with a true-to-the-original remanufacture of an 'Alien Lanes' bottle opener. Truly a merch piece par excellence.

Rumblings from the rumour mill say a scant few LP copies might still be available here

buy/stream 'Alien Lanes'

Guided By Voices Online :
Guided By Voices - website

Also now available - the striking new Pavement speech bubble shape disc featuring the never before committed to vinyl 'Sensitive Euro Man' b/w 'Brink of The Clouds / Candy Lad' - pressed to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the band's third record 'Wowee Zowee'.

A bundle deal for the 'Sensitive Euro Man' shape disc plus 'Wowee Zowee' LP previously only available to US customers is now purchaseable via our UK & EU webstore as well. See here

Marking today's release, a full interview clip with Pavement's Bob Nastanovich - speaking on the recording of 'Wowee Zowee', the album's legacy today, and much more:

Buy / Stream 'Sensitive Euro Man'

Pavement Online :
Pavement - official site



Spoon - "The Underdog" (demo)

(photo : Oliver Halfin)

Spoon continue to plunder their own vault(s) and today unleash the demo version of "The Underdog", the mega-hit from 2007's 'Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga'. Lovers of rock / cinema history might recall the song playing in the closing credits of 2011 Palme d'Or winner "Horrible Bosses" (not, I should stress, a documentary about working at Matador Records).

stream/download "The Underdog" (demo)
stream/order 'Everything Hits At Once : The Best Of Spoon'

Spoon on tour :
Wednesday, December 4th McMenamins Christal Ballroom, Portland OR
Thursday, December 5th Knitting Factory Boise, Boise ID
Saturday, December 7 Intersect, Las Vegas NV

Spoon online :

Official Site

King Krule - "Hey World!" short film, 2020 Touring

(poster art - Jack Marshall)

(photo : Charlotte Patmore)

King Krule today releases the short film, "Hey World!", directed by Charlotte Patmore and written by Archy Marshall. With signature wit and in his own unique style, the short film shows Marshall performing solo four as-yet-unreleased tracks,"Perfecto Miserable," "Alone Omen 3," "(Don't Let The Dragon) Draag On," and "Energy Fleets."

The film comes alongside an announcement for a tour across both sides of the Atlantic, starting on the 3rd of March in Brussels and ending on the 24th of April in Brooklyn. See below for full tour dates.

Tickets go on sale 10AM local time on November 22nd at

Tuesday, March 3rd A.B, Brussels BE
Wednesday, March 4th L’Olympia, Paris FR
Friday, March 6th Melkweg, Amsterdam, NL
Saturday, March 7th K.B Hall, Copenhagen, DK
Sunday, March 8th Columbiahalle, Berlin DE
Thursday, March 19th Olympia, Dublin IE
Saturday, March 21st Barrowland, Glasgow UK
Sunday, March 22nd Albert Hall, Manchester UK
Tuesday, March 24th Brixton Academy, London UK
Wednesday, March 25th Brixton Academy, London UK
Thursday, April 2nd House of Blues, Dallas TX
Friday, April 3rd White Oak Music Hall, Houston TX
Saturday, April 4th Stubbs Waller Creek, Austin TX
Tuesday, April 7th Hollywood Palladium, Los Angeles CA
Wednesday, April 8th Fox Theatre, Oakland CA
Friday, April 10th Showbox Sodo, Seattle WA
Saturday, April 11th Roseland Theatre, Portland OR
Tuesday, April 14th First Avenue, Minneapolis MN
Wednesday, April 15th Riviera Theatre, Chicago IL
Friday, April 17th Queen Elizabeth Theatre, Toronto ON
Saturday, April 18th Mtelus, Montreal QC
Sunday, April 19th House of Blues, Boston MA
Tuesday, April 21st Union Transfer, Philadelphia PA
Wednesday, April 22nd 9.30 Club, Washington DC
Friday, April 24th Kings Theatre, Brooklyn NY
Saturday, April 25th Webster Hall, New York NY

stream/order 'The Ooz'

King Krule online :


Spoon - "Inside Out" (demo)

This morning we're pleased to make available the demo version of Spoon's much-beloved "Inside Out", the studio version of which appeared on 2014's 'They Want My Soul'.   Speaking with Entertainment Weekly, Britt Daniel recalled, “I wrote that on piano. It was just the chords and a melody, and I remember singing it for my girlfriend and at the time and she was not impressed. I was like 'Are you kidding me? I know this is fucking great! And then it kind of just existed as this piano vocal song for a long time. I knew something was good about it but we were making  'I Want Your Soul' and I didn’t want to have just a vocal and piano song on there, it felt we had done that too much already. So we put a beat to it that was sort of stolen from this Dr. Dre song. Then we used that kick-snare pattern and Alex [Fischel, keyboards and guitar] came up with the idea of a harp sound on a keyboard. Then it sounded like something we’d never done before.”

There's a lesson of some sort in here but our office is already awash in "I-told-you-so"-isms already (if that's a thing) but the important part to focus on is that during a period in which we're shining a spotlight on Spoon's past works, more cool artifacts from the band's vault will be unleashed in the days ahead (November 19, December 3 and December 10, to be exact). Play along by utilizing hashtag #spoontbt if you're inclined.

(photo : Oliver Halfin)

stream/downnload "Inside Out" (demo)
stream/order 'Everything Hits At Once : The Best Of Spoon'

Spoon on tour :
Wednesday, December 4th McMenamins Christal Ballroom, Portland OR
Thursday, December 5th Knitting Factory Boise, Boise ID
Saturday, December 7 Intersect, Las Vegas NV

Spoon online :

Official Site

Steve Gunn - 'Motion Pictures (For Carrie)' - Amazon Original

Steve Gunn has contributed a cover of Neil Young's 'Motion Pictures (For Carrie)' towards an Amazon Original release which comes out today. Stream or purchase it exclusively via Amazon Music here.

'Motion Pictures (For Carrie)' is the penultimate track on Young's 1974 release 'On The Beach' - which is suitably well timed to celebrate it's 45th anniversary tomorrow.

Says Gunn of the cover:
“‘Motion Pictures’ perfectly captures the wistful anxiety of 'living in between' the real world and being on the road. I also find watching TV in hotel rooms inspiring.

Steve Gunn begins a run of US tour dates this Sunday in Jacksonville, FL. Ticket links and support details below:

Sunday, July 21 Intuition Ale Works, Jacksonville, FL
Wednesday, July 24 Port City Music Hall, Portland ME !
Thursday, July 25 3S Artspace, Portsmouth NH !
Friday, July 26 Newport Congregational, Newport, RI
Saturday, July 27 ArtsRiot, Burlington VT !
Sunday, July 28 Bar Le ‘Ritz’ P.D.B., Montreal QC !
Tuesday, July 30 The Legendary Horseshoe Tavern, Toronto ON
Wednesday, July 31 Club Cafe, Pittsburgh PA
Thursday, August 1st WTMD First Thursday, Baltimore, MD
Friday, August 2 Johnny Brenda’s Philadelphia PA +
Saturday, August 3 The Bell House Outpost at Industry City, Brooklyn NY ^
Saturday, August 17th Sole East Resort, Montauk, NY
Saturday, August 24 Merleyn, Nijmegen NL
Sunday, August 25 Cabaret Vert Festival, Charleville Mezieres FR
Monday, August 26 Patterns, Brighton UK
Tuesday, August 27 Bodega, Nottingham UK
Wednesday, August 28 Stereo, Glasgow UK
Thursday, August 29 Exchange, Bristol UK
Friday, August 30 End of the Road, Dorset UK
Saturday, August 31 OLT, Antwerp BE *
Sunday, September 1 Sidecar, Barcelona ES
Monday, September 2 Kafe Antzokia, Bilbao ES
Tuesday, September 3 Sala 0, Madrid ES
Wednesday, September 4 ZDB, Lisbon PT
Friday, September 6 Zonnehuis, Amsterdam NL
Saturday, September 7 Misty Fields, Asten-Heusden NL
Sunday, September 8 Brotfabrik, Frankfurt DE
Monday, September 9 Bumann & Sohn, Köln DE
Tuesday, September 10 Lido, Berlin DE
Wednesday, September 11 Trafo, DE
Thursday, September 12 Druckluft, Oberhausen DE
Friday, September 13 Helling, Utrecht NL
Saturday, September 14 Leffingeleuren, Leffing BE
Monday, September 16 Lost Lane, Dublin IE %
Tuesday, September 17 Omeara, London UK %
Thursday, September 19 Kuudes Linja, Helsinki FI %
Monday, September 23 Salon, Istanbul TR %
Friday, October 18 Lambert’s, Austin TX %
Sunday, October 20 Duet Jazz (The Bob Dylan Center Presents: An Evening with Steve Gunn, Tulsa OK
Wednesday, October 23 Showbox Theater, Seattle WA @%
Thursday, October 24 Commodore Ballroom, Vancouver BC @%
Friday, October 25 Wild Buffalo, Bellingham WA @%
Saturday, October 26 Wonder Ballroom, Portland OR @%
Monday, October 28 Slim’s, San Francisco CA @%
Tuesday, October 29 Slim’s, San Francisco CA @%
Wednesday, October 30 Slim’s, San Francisco CA @%

! w/ Bill MacKay
+ w/ Nace-Truscinski Duo
^ w/ Hand Habits
* w/ John Prine
% indicates solo performance
@ w/ Dinosaur Jr.

Steve Gunn online :

Snail Mail - MTV Asia & Australia / New Zealand Tour

Seemingly acting in defiance of a bone-crushing touring schedule (covering five different countries in five short days) Lindsey Jordan managed to find a spare six minutes during Snail Mail's tour of Asia last October to record an epic version of 'Pristine' for MTV Asia's 'MTV Jammin'.

In other 'The Tour That Never Ends Tour' news, Lindsey and the gang will be visiting our friends in the Southern Hemisphere for shows across Australia and New Zealand early next month, details below.

All tour dates

Saturday, March 2 Farmer & The Owl Festival, Wollongong AU
Tuesday, March 5 Oxford Arts Factory, Sydney AU
Thursday, March 7 The Foundry, Brisbane AU
Friday, March 8 Brunswick Festival, Brunswick AU
Sunday, March 10 A Festival Called Panama, Launceston AU
Wednesday, March 13 Galatos, Auckland NZ
Thursday, March 14 Caroline, Wellington NZ
Saturday, April 6 Hope College Chapel, Holland MI
Saturday, May 25 Asbury Lanes, Asbury Park NJ
Sunday, May 26 Boston Calling, Boston MA
Tuesday, May 28, La Maroquinerie, Paris FR
Friday, May 31 Primavera Sound, Barcelona ES
Saturday, June 1 Best Kept Secret, Hilvarenbeek NE
Sunday, June 2 All Points East, London UK
Monday, June 3 Hare and Hounds, Birmingham UK
Tuesday, June 4 Gorilla, Manchester UK
Friday, June 7 Sideways Festival, Helsinki FI
Saturday, June 8 NOS Primavera Sound, Porto PT
Tuesday, June 11 Lido, Berlin DE
Wednesday, June 12 Bergenfest, Bergen NO
Friday, June 14 Botanique Rotonde, Brussels BE
Saturday, June 15 Traumzeit Festival, Duisberg DE
Sunday, June 16 Maifeld Derby, Mannheim DE
Saturday, June 22 Firefly Music Festival, Dover DE
Wednesday, July 17 The Granada, Lawrence KS ++
Thursday, July 18 Off Broadway, St. Louis MO ++
Friday, July 19 Turner Hall, Milwaukee WI ++
Tuesday, July 23 Exit/In, Nashville TN ++
Wednesday, July 24 Headliners, Louisville KY ++
Thursday, July 25 Skully’s Music Diner, Columbus OH
Friday, July 26 Beachland Ballroom, Cleveland OH

! w/ Interpol, Car Seat Headrest
++ w/ Stella Donnelly

Snail Mail Online

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