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News from True Panther Sounds for you this morning...

“PULL UP” on a typical night out in NYC with ABRA and her BFF…  Drinking 40s, going to Chinatown, stacks of cash, motocross and ATV racing, “Scream” masks, late-night tattoo appointments.  Filmed on-location in summer 2016 with support from The FADER, ABRA says of the video, "Shout out to A$AP Tyy for bringing his boys out, and showing us a good time."

ABRA’s new merch store is now open for business ( and her recent Pitchfork Paris Festival set can be viewed HERE.  PRINCESS EP is out now on True Panther Sounds / Awful Records.

44 years ago...

Kraftwerk live in Soest, winter 1970. The earliest surviving concert footage. My favorite part starts at 16:42. You will have others.

Watch Polish free jazz combo cover Queens of the Stone Age

Actually it's a bit unfair to reduce Polish musician Gabriele Kulka to just a genre label, so call this whatever you like. A truly memorable & new take on "Keep Your Eyes Peeled" by Queens of the Stone Age from this talented group of Polish musicians.

Savage: A New Song (and Music Video) from Majical Cloudz

Fans will already be familiar with "Savage," a staple of Majical Cloudz sets over the past year. They have now recorded it in the studio and made a quick music video. Watch it at the link above.

Devon Welsh writes about the song on the video on his tumblr HERE

Lots of interesting Majical Cloudz stuff happening in 2014 so keep your eyes peeled.

Queens of the Stone Age perform Vampyre of Time and Memory on Conan

Keep your eyes peeled (as they say) for the Vampyre video coming soon.

Perfume Genius "Lookout, Lookout" video directed by Patrick Sher, NYC show

Click above to watch the first proper video for Perfume Genius, for the song "Lookout, Lookout" (via Pitchfork). Directed by Patrick Sher and shot in Portland.

Perfume Genius has also just announced one more NYC show before the end of the year, supporting Light Asylum at a secret space in Bushwick next Wednesday, December 15. The $28 tickets include free hors d'oeuvres and three free drinks. Go to envelopefamily to buy tickets; location information will be included with purchase confirmation.

For those of you who missed it, yesterday we re-released the Learning album in a special slipcase edition with new artwork and three new tracks. You can buy it from us:


or from your favorite local record store or online retailer. Check out an MP3 of Dreeem, one of the new tracks, HERE

High-quality video of Glasser performing last Saturday night at Fader Fort

Unbelievably high quality footage of Glasser's set at the Fader Fort during CMJ last Saturday night. Even more amazing is when the power cut out and she finishes off "Tremel" acapella, totally unfazed (not unphased as some might have it).

Magic Kids "Candy" for Yours Truly

Magic Kids were in the Bay Area for the first time. They played Valentines Day with Girls and Smith Westerns the night before and it was a beautiful show. The next day they cobbled together this orchestra, which features Christopher + Garrett from Girls, Max from Smith Westerns, some friends of someone's aunt who had a weekend flute club, a real string section and some more random friends to play this early version of Candy for the Yours Truly guys. It was kind of a rainy day but it felt so warm in that room. Hope you enjoy. Video is hosted HERE on your's truly's site which also has a nice letter from the band.

The band is leaving for Europe this week and coming back for a tour of the states. Tour dates HERE

Order Magic Kids Memphis HERE

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Delorean- Real Love Video

A few months ago, when talking about the meaning behind the song "Real Love" and possible ideas for a video Ekhi said something like "Real love is being in a state of conflict against the outside world". Focus Creeps took this concept and ran with it, making a beautiful, dreamy and ultimately pretty psychedelic and creepy video for "Real Love". Enjoy!

Order Subiza HERE
Order Real Love single HERE

Tour Dates
China, Japan, Australia and Spain dates coming up check HERE
Fri Nov 5 – Hailey’s – Denton, TX *
Mon Nov 8 – Rhythm Room – Phoenix, AZ *
Wed Nov 10 – GAMH – San Francisco, CA *
Sat Nov 13 – Biltmore Cabaret – Vancouver, BC *
Tue Nov 16 – 7th St. Entry – Minneapolis, MN *
Wed Nov 17 – Lincoln Hall – Chicago, IL *
Thu Nov 18 – Mod Club – Toronto, ON *
Fri Nov 19 – Le Belmont – Montreal, QC *
Sat Nov 20 – Middle East Downstairs – Cambridge, MA *
Mon Nov 22 – First Unitarian Church – Philadelphia, PA *
Tue Nov 23 – Rock and Roll Hotel – Washington, DC *
* w/

Magic Kids new video "Superball"

This week Magic Kids released their record, played a symphony accompanied show for 500 of their hometown friends and fans, and left for a week-long instore tour. But the news doesn't stop here. Happy to share this new video for "Superball" directed by Jack Ferry. Evokes some simple classic vids, faces, instruments, soft-focus lights...eternally into it.

Order Magic Kids "Memphis" HERE (and get an instant mp3 download of the album)

Salseros freak out to Delorean

Loopy salseros and salseras get down to "Simple Graces" by Delorean.

The New Pornographers - "Crash Years" video

The New Pornographers return with the second video from Together (buy the album here). This one kicks ass too, but with added whimsy. The video was directed by Sammy Rawal, and Pitchfork has the launch:

Also, on the heels of an appearance at last weekend's Sasquatch Festival, the band will hit the road in short order:

Monday 07 - Calgary, AB - MacEwan Hall w/Mountain Goats
Tuesday 08 - Edmonton, AL Edmonton Event Centre w/Mountain Goats
Wednesday 09 - Saskatoon, SK - The Odeon Events Center w/Mountain Goats
Thursday 10 - Winnipeg, MB - The Garrick Center w/Mountain Goats
Friday 11 - Minneapolis, MN - First Avenue
Saturday 12 - Milwaukee, WI - Pabst Theater w/Dutchess and the Duke, The Dodos
Sunday 13 - Columbus, OH - Newport Music Hall w/The Dutchess and the Duke, The Dodos
Monday 14 - Pontiac, MI - The Crofoot w/Dutchess & The Duke, The Dodos
Tuesday 15 - Toronto, ON - The Sound Academy w/The Dutchess and the Duke, The Dodos
Thursday 17 - Montreal, QC - Le National w/The Dutchess and the Duke, The Dodos
Friday 18 - Boston, MA - House of Blues w/The Dutchess and the Duke, The Dodos
Saturday 19 - New York, NY - Terminal 5 w/The Dutchess and the Duke, The Dodos
Monday 21 - Philadelphia, PA - Trocadero Theatre w/The Dutchess and the Duke, The Dodos
Tuesday 22 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club w/The Dutchess and the Duke, The Dodos
Wednesday 23 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club w/The Dutchess and the Duke, The Dodos
Friday 25 - Chapel Hill, NC - Memorial Hall @ UNC w/The Dutchess and the Duke, The Dodos
Saturday 26 - Atlanta, GA - Variety Playhouse w/The Dutchess and the Duke, The Dodos
Sunday 27 - Nashville, TN - Cannery Ballroom w/The Dutchess and the Duke, The Dodos
Monday 28 - St Louis, MO - The Pageant w/The Dodos

Wednesday 14 - Vancouver BC - The Vogue
Thursday 15 - Vancouver, BC - The Vogue Theatre w/Imaad Wasif, The Dodos
Friday 16 - Portland, OR - Crystal Ballroom w/Imaad Wasif, The Dodos
Saturday 17 - Jacksonville, OR - Britt Pavillion w/Imaad Wasif, The Dodos
Sunday 18 - Oakland, CA - Fox Theater w/Imaad Wasif, The Dodos
Monday 19 - Los Angeles, CA - The Music Box w/Imaad Wasif, The Dodos
Tuesday 20 - Los Angeles, CA - The Music Box w/Imaad Wasif, The Dodos
Wednesday 21 - Tuscon, AZ - Rialto Theatre w/Imaad Wasif, The Dodos
Friday 23 - Austin, TX - Stubb's BBQ
Saturday 24 - Dallas, TX - The Showroom at Palladium
Sunday 25 - Tulsa, OK - Cain's Ballroom
Monday 26 - Lawrence, KS - Liberty Hall
Wednesday 28 - Denver, CO - Ogden Theatre
Thursday 29 - Salt Lake City, UT - Twilight Concert Series
Friday 30 - Boise, ID - Egyptian Theatre
Saturday 31 - Seattle WA - The Showbox (with Imaad Wasif + The Dodos)

Sunday 01 - Seattle WA - The Showbox (with Imaad Wasif + The Dodos)
Wednesday 04 - Madison, WI - Orpheum Theatre

Ravers freak out to Delorean

Loopy rave dudes get down to "Endless Sunset" by Delorean.

By the way, they'll be back in the US starting next week:

Friday 06.04 New York, NY – Pianos
Saturday 06.05 Brooklyn, NY – Glasslands Gallery
Sunday 06.06 Seattle, WA – Chop Suey
Monday 06.07 Vancouver, British Columbia – Biltmore Cabaret
Tuesday 06.08 Portland, OR – Mississippi Studios
Thursday 06.10 San Francisco, CA – Popscene
Friday 06.11 Los Angeles, CA – Echo

Saturday 07.10 New York, NY – Bowery Ballroom
Monday 07.12 Allston, MA – Great Scott
Tuesday 07.13 Montreal, Quebec – Le Belmont
Wednesday 07.14 Toronto, Ontario – Wrongbar
Thursday 07.15 Cleveland, OH – Grog Shop
Saturday 07.17 Chicago, IL – Pitchfork Music Festival

The New Pornographers play Crash Years on Fallon

The New Pornographers performed "Crash Years" on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon yesterday. Neko Case takes the lead vocal and yes, that's Todd Barry playing the sleigh bell. Dan Bejar was also in the house, and it's a straight-up loose, joyous performance of a kind rarely seen on broadcast TV. And some serious rock cello moves.

Matador Records is not responsible for any drumstick injuries that may or may not have occurred.

TOGETHER is in stores this week - pick it up at:

Other Music
Newbury Comics
Think Indie
The Matador Store

or visit one of your favorite local record stores today.

God Help the Girl - "Funny Little Frog" video premiere

June 23 sees the release of the God Help the Girl, a story set to music by Stuart Murdoch of Belle and Sebastian.

In the latest video from the album, available for purchase here, Stuart seeks out and auditions a group of young singers who ultimately provide the vocal backbone for God Help the Girl.

Fans will recognize "Funny Little Frog" from Belle's most recent album, "The Life Pursuit".

A.C. Newman performs on

A.C. Newman recorded several tracks from his upcoming album Get Guilty at a studio in Brooklyn's DUMBO neighborhood last Monday, and we filmed it. Click the video above to see the first one, "Like A Hitman, Like A Dancer" via

Don't miss A.C. Newman at the Virgin Megastore in Union Square, New York, on January 20 at 7 PM.

Preorder Get Guilty, in stores January 20.

Fucked Up - Crooked Head Video

Here's the brand new Fucked Up video, the first in the band's history. Edited by Bajir Cannon/Shot by Brendan FitzGerald of

Order The Chemistry of Common Life HERE

Moby and Fucked Up perform Blitzkrieg Bop

Jay Reatard on the Interface

photo by Fredy Perojo

Watch Jay play 3 songs (including See/Saw) on the Spinner Interface. Just went live today.

Matador Singles '08 is in stores tomorrow.

Fucked Up on the F Yeah tour

Videothing taped a bunch of footage of Fucked Up on the F Yeah tour up the West Coast a couple weeks ago. Also featuring Crystal Antlers and the Strange Boys.

Go here (or click on the image above) and then select "fucked up in washington":

Fucked Up on F Yeah on Videothing

For more details on what was obviously a substance-soaked trip (at least for some members), see this tour diary post on Looking For Gold.

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