Solex Low Kick & Hard Bop coming in
A note from Elisabeth: Just gave a huge envelope
to a FedEx guy. The envelope included the production master
& artwork for my new record. To be released on September 11th.
The poor guy got attacked by one of my cats. One way or the
other she keeps thinking shes a dog. Anyway, the record is
an absolute No-Bullshit record called Low Kick and Hard
Bop; 42 minutes, 15 songs. Heres a top five of album
titles that didnt make it to the sleeve:
1) The Loopholes
2) Because Im Worth It.
3) A Cross between Cyndi Lauper and Early SPK.
4) Fuckie Fuckie Cheap Cheap
5) Swedish Reggae
Arsonists Upcoming instore events
Arsonists are hitting the entire U.S. during the journey
in support of the Beatnuts, previewing material from the upcoming
Arsonists CD / LP Date Of Birth.
You can catch the following instore appearances:
LOS ANGELES: Saturday, June 23rd at 3PM
Fat Beats LA, 7600 Melrose, Los Angeles, CA 90036
323-655-8997 ** This is a freestyle / signing event
AUSTIN: Sunday, July 1st at 3PM
33 Degrees, 4017 Guadalupe Street, Austin, TX 78751
512-302-5233 ** This is a freestyle / signing event
ATLANTA: Saturday, July 7th at 3PM
Criminal Records, 466 Moreland Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30307
404-215-9511 ** This is a performance / signing event
In addition, were still waiting for the details, but were
told that Q-Unique will be featured in a series of upcoming
radio commercials for Nike.
Large Pro The name is shorter, the talent is larger
Large Pro, formerly known as Large Professor, has shaved
letters from his name in the name of brevity. Easier to fit
on marquees this way. His first full-length solo album for
Matador or anyone else is coming this autumn; more news about
the recording as we receive it.
The previously touted Been Here & Gone solo debut
from the Come vocalist/guitarist will be out on July 31. Prior
to that, Zedek is making a brief European promo trip including
a one-off solo appearance at Londons 12 Bar Club on
June 23. US dates to follow.
MP3s Because we just love to give give give
Dear friends, the following MP3s
are available now:
from please teenage
From Lubricate Your Living-Room
Album in stores 6/26/01
From Been Here and Gone
Album in stores 07/31/01
Rights Make 1 Wrong
From Rock Action
Album in stores now.
From No Comprendo
Album in stores now.
From the 12" of the same name
12" in stores now
From The Invisible Man
Album in stores now.
Contest Time Cause We Like Nothing Better Than Listening
To The Losers Complain.
Pedal - Win a custom-made Mogwai Big Muff pedal!
Poster - Write a review of a Bardo Pond/Mogwai show and
win a signed, silkscreened Bardo Pond poster.
Malkmus Flexi - The first 1000 to enter will win a 7"
clear flexi of Jo Jos Jacket.
Five 12"es - Write us your top 5 P5 memories to win a
set of 3 P5 promo 12"es.
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Fighters, not lovers
When they arent picking fights with the Strokes
(talk about a mismatch were talking 85
Bears vs. Columbia. The university, not the country), Mogwai
are laying down the science for audiences all over the USA.
Available only on the current Mogwai/Bardo Pond US Tour: a
special limited-edition vinyl 10" with 2 exclusive tracks
from each band. Mogwai presents "D to E" and "Drum Machine"
while Bardo Pond deliver "Despite The Roar (In Spite of Themselves)
Alternate Take" and "Highlands." Weve got a Mogwai video
interview conducted by the esteemed Mr. Nils Bernstein.
If you hop over to the Matador Europe site, you can check
out Bardo Pond performing "Inside,"
last month in London.
Preston School Of Industry
PSIO are currently making new friends in the UK as they
play their first shows in that territory. Theres a new,
non-album EP coming on Amazing Grease sometime this month,
followed by a 7"/CD5 of "Whalebones" on Domino UK. The Matador
(U.S./Canada) release of All This Sounds Gas (LP/CD)
hits the shelves in August.
The Funky Precedent Vol. 2
Coming July 31: Matador Records and No Mayo Records are
proud to announce the release of The Funky Precedent Vol.
2, featuring emerging hip hop DJs, soul artists and producers
from the Bay Area. Like its predecessor, The Funky Precedent
Volume 1 (released in 1999 on No Mayo / Loosegroove), FPV2
shines a light on artists who are shaking up the hip-hop scene
from the inside out. While FPV1 showcased groups from Los
Angeles underground community such as Jurassic 5, Black
Eyed Peas, Ozomatli and Dilated Peoples, FPV2 is focused on
the massive creative energy erupting from San Francisco, Oakland
and the greater Bay Area. FPV2 is 15 tracks of hip-hop, soul
and turntablism, featuring over fifty MCs, djs
and producers including Planet Asia, Rasco, Zion I, Foreign
Legion, Live Human, Encore, Protest, Fanatik, DJ Vinroc, DJ
Quest and Pep Love.
with The Funky Precedent series and No Mayos stated
purpose, proceeds from this release will support music education
at Mission High School in San Francisco, Freemont High School
and Manchester Elementary in Los Angeles, CA.
A double A-side 12" featuring Zion Is "We Got It and
Skhool Yards "Here We Come" will be released on June
For those about to miss the boat, we give you the one-finger
salute. Couchs 4th album (2nd for us), Profane
has been out a couple of months, and if you consider yourself
any sort of a well-informed, smart person with good taste-in-daring-sounds,
youve either already bought the album, stolen it or
made a copy of it. Or at the very least checked it out. But
were pretty sure you havent, not yet. Our friend
Richard Martin at the Seattle Weekly says of Profane:
"guitarist Juergen Soder, keyboardist Stefanie Bohm and their
mates succeed again, sping complex rhythms and hidden melodies,
straying into fascinating jams." The equally observant Michael
Endelman of the Boston Phoenix says, "Couch arrive at a state
of suspended animation, somewhere between Sonic Youths
Daydream Nation and Tortoises 20 minute
epic Djed." Sounds right up your alley, right?
We can sit here twisting your arm all day or you can download
"Slogan" and get a
hint of why were all bent out of shape.
Couch just completed their first U.S. tour. Here, in unedited
form, is Juergen Soders tour diary:
new york: with fellow kitty-yos peaches and gonzales
who made the knitting factory sold out two times that evening.
aha: these people from the I-D/Face fashion pages actually
exist. we were happy that our equipment arrived in time. lets
not talk about the second show: the audience consisted of
raik+patrick from kitty-yo, donovan from matador and david
amherst: with trans am who brought their own beer and
immediately put it on ice in a drum-case (good idea!). we
learned that college-shows are only good for money (sorry,
at least thats what everyone told us). our attempt to
attend a college-party with the fitting title "bavarian party"
failed dramatically because the booze was all gone.
boston: first headlining show with to quite good local
support bands. a women purchased 2 couch shirts: one for her
and one for her daughter. which we thought was quite flattering.
montreal: illegal bordercrossing without work permit
is nothing we can really recommend. the border guy looked
up "couch" in the internet and actually found some things
but we were pretending that some other band stole our name.
and stupid enough: it did work out. casa del popolo, a nice
small club/vegeterian restaurant run by godspeed member mauro,
was packed and we didnt try to speak french.
toronto: with local postrocker white starliner. just
a very good show. canada was good to us!
detroit: everyone was telling us: "you are going to
see the real america here." obviously the meant the crackheads
parading on the streets. gold dollar is a great rock club
with three surveillance cameras controling the parking lot
and you can check them from the stage while playing. other
band: black rebel motor cycle club. poor major bands have
to bring their own microphones, light and fog (?). moreover:
good detroit based band paik. the attempt to party was crashed
by a guy at the best western who made us check in for hours
and hours. our keyboarder stephanie forgets all her stuff
and a little fedex drama begins but was brought to a good
end by donovan.
chicago: noise pop festival with laltra. we met
the booker who ended up not booking us. good show. 5 people
in the front row seemed to make notes of michaels finger-movements.
scary! the booker who doesnt book us invited us to the
autechre show and we finally got to hear some death metal.
minneapolis: early show as support for bevis frond
and michael something from soul coughin. this place was huge.
driving days: wow. north dakota is pretty flat, montana is
awesome. we passed by white cloud the albino buffalo and got
to see some wild life and waterfalls in yellowstone national
seattle: with dub narcotic. calvin wears a cowboy hat
and dub narcotic got a great new drummer. our show was one
of the best of the tour. we stay at calvins in olympia
and the k people show us their universe and supply us with
candies, purses, gloves and good vibrations.
portland: opening for andy smith from portishead as
dj. nice but a bit overstyled club without liquor license.
why do americans WATCH djs spin?
francisco: we meet our booker christian from the kork
agency. very nice. even if he almost kills us in a car accident
while showing us around in sf. we open for bevis frond for
the second time. these guys are funny! we stay at christians
who is living next to a crack dealer with a pitbull called
"sin." But christian also got a pitbull.
los angeles: we got 20 minutes to see the beach of
santa monica. we meet jay from the matador office who has
to bring back our car in a 5 day ride. good luck jay! last
show. we cant believe it. This was great.
The songwriter Paris Match called "the most important
American voice since Robeson" is in the homestretch of a massive
European tour. Marks first US trip in support of The
Invisible Man starts on June 21, with a warm up show
at San Franciscos Amoeba Records on Tuesday the 19th.
The performance is free, but if youd like to give Mark
some money, he accepts most currencies. Watch
some footage from Marks recent Housing Works benefit
performance in New York.
D-Stroy instore performance
Saturday, June 16th at 7PM
Cop Shop, 77 West Main Street, Smithtown, NY 11787
631 360 9700
"Roll Out" 12" in stores now. "The Matador" b/w "Vitamin D"
12" in stores August 14th. Look for a D-Story CDEP this fall.
Matmos Bjork dates announced
Matmos will be supporting Bjork on her upcoming world
tour of venues that may-or-may not be Opera Houses, depending
on who you ask. To paraphrase Homer Simpson, "no opera dogs?"
Dates in Japan and France have been confirmed, with U.S. shows
announced very soon.
Lesser Wed like to yank the academy (around)
Lessers Gearhound LP/CD has received an
honorable mention in the 15th Prix Ars Electronic awards in
the category of Digital Music. The competition, organized
by the Austrian Broadcasting Corporation (ORF) also gave nods
to worldwide talents such as Blectum From Blechdom, Ryoji
Idkeda, Pan Sonic, Janek Schaefer and Kid 606. Sadly, Radioheads
Kid A and Billy Idols Cyberpunk
were not recognized another popularity contest? More
information can be found at http://pixarsorf.at
We have no concrete news for you (yet) concerning Chans
new recordings, but we can let it slip that Cat Power will
be making 2 rare festival appearances at the upcoming Reading
& Leeds events, which will also feature performances from
colleagues such as Mogwai, Stephen Malkmus, Marilyn Manson,
Eminem, and uh, well, you get the idea. Chan will be on the
Carling Stage at Leeds on Friday August 24, and shell
be playing the same stage at Reading on Sunday the 26th.
A big chunk of the Matador roster is traveling to sunny Barcelona
this weekend as the label prepares for a big night Saturday
the 16th, when Techno Animal, Lesser, Sad Rockets, Matmos,
Khan (with Julee Cruise) and Twist of Mount Florida are all
featured performers. Theres tons of other stuff happening
at Sonar that weekend including performances from Sonic Youth,
Sigur Ros, KK Null, Terry Riley, Richie Hawtin and more. For
more information, http://www.sonar.ya.com
The (late) listening pile, from Graeme Downes
Ron Sexsmith is growing on me. Cool lyricist. "Lebanon Tenessee"
Shihad - General Electric. NZ band, heavy rock with pop inflections.
Some very cool tracks, maybe they should be famous.
Soundgarden - Superunknown, just refreshing my memory. Not
my cup of whatever but good to teach from re changing time
signatures and the like.
Sonic Youth - Goo, yes Im terrible, we supported them
once in Auckland but I just never got round to checking out
"Finally the Verlaines other guitarist Paul Winders in conjunction
with sister Kiri and drummer Jeff Harford (Bored Games, Shayne
Carters first band) collectively known as Valve have
just released their debut album. Darkmoody and downright beautiful.
Not pluggin it cos its Pauls record (if I didnt
like it I would have kept my trap shut). Anyway anyone interested
in checking it out email Valve at email@example.com.
The records called E minor. Havent got hold of
Shayne Carters new album yet (the band is called Dimmer)
but theres been clips shown here for two songs that
are very strong. Very cool videos (and I hate videos as a
rule no matter how good they are) good enough that maybe they
will turn up on MTV or somesuch in the coming months."
Graemes solo debut, Hammers & Anvils is
coming on Matador later this summer.
Dan Cook, formerly of the Lynnfield Pioneers, is the man behind
Most of these streaming radio things are somewhat underwhelming
(ie. the guy at parallelism.com just keeps playing the same
Starz album over and over again), but Raremusic.com is a startling
Barbara Manning, formerly of, uh, this label, is once again,
staking her claim as one of the finest rocknroll
performers breathing. Her new album, You Should Know,
recorded with her excellent new band, The Go-Luckys, is yet
another highlight in a career packed with em. Hey, they
can give Lucinda Williams a shopping cart full of Grammys,
but You Should Know is worthy of a Nobel Prize
or 2. For more information, http://www.barbaramanning.com