We at Matador are pleased to announce that New York Citys
Interpol have joined the label. The
first release will be a beautifully packaged self-titled EP
at the tasty list price of $3.98, in stores June 4th. Their
debut full-length will follow in late August. In addition,
catch Interpol opening for Belle and Sebastian at the second
NYC show, May 6 at the Hammerstein Ballroom. Interpol will
also be headlining the Bowery Ballroom in New York on May
28, with American Analog Set supporting. Please visit Interpols
Jon Spencer Blues Explosion
Improving Late Night Television and Other Mediums
The biggest news around here since the Manhattan Deli
went out of business is that the Blues Explosion will be the
musical guests on Last Call With Carson Daly on
June (watch this space for the exact date). For our Canadian
friends, the band will also be performing on Open Mike
with Mike Bullard on May 14.
The band are winding up a European tour this week, and then
begin their US run in Washington DC on April 24. West Coast
residents have faith, the band will be heading your way later
in the summer, but for now they will be laying
waste to the East Coast and Midwest.
For those cable & satellite dish owning families with MTV2
or MuchMusic access, keep your eyes peeled for the insanely
cool new video for She Said directed by Floria
Sigismondi. The She Said video is on
the Matador site now, along with a video interview with
the band and an MP3 of Do You Wanna Get It which
is one of the 4 songs that is only available on the deluxe
vinyl LP version of Plastic Fang.
For those of you anxiously awaiting the results of the recent
Blues Explosion swag contest, well be announcing the
winners on the site early next week. We got a few more entries
than we expected and its taking a day or two to get
Resurrecting the Egon label, Launching yolatengo.com, Surviving
Now exclusively available from yolatengo.com,
The Sounds of The Sounds Of Silence features 78
minutes of new instrumental music by Yo La Tengo. The CD contains
the entire score written and performed by the band to accompany
the legendary but rarely seen undersea documentary shorts
by influential French avant-garde filmmaker Jean Painleve.
Yo La Tengos score, originally debuted on stage at the
San Francisco Film Festival in April 2001 with the band providing
live accompaniment to the films, echoes the films haunting
surrealist imagery, yet the music is equally evocative on
its own, from the dreamy soundscapes of Sea Urchins
and How Some Jellyfish Are Born to the harsher,
more dissonant moods of Liquid Crystals and The
Love Life Of The Octopus. In September 2001, the group
went into a Nashville studio and laid down the complete score
with longtime producer Roger Moutenot. The resulting CD also
features vibrant color photos from the films, along with ominious
and comforting illustrations by Jim Woodring and Jad Fair.
Go and download
a free MP3 of The Love Life Of The Octopus
and to find out how to order this CD.
One of the worlds greatest live bands are especially
popular with their neighbors this year. Thats because
they keep going on tour. Just back from West Coast and Southwestern
dates, Bardo Pond hit the road again with Fursaxa in mid June.
Theres a new CDEP available from the very naggy folks
at ThreeLobed and
is only available by subscription. Yes, this does sound like
one of those Sub Pop things, but take our word for it, ThreeLobed
arent gonna send you a fucking Ron Sexsmith single and
act like theyre doing you a favor.
Belle and Sebastian
Catch Belle and Sebastian in their US Network TV debut
when they appear on Late Night With Conan OBrien
this Friday, April 26.
Forget the Oscars, the Grammies, the Emmys and the Slammies.
Its all about the SXSW video awards. Did you hear that
Cornelius video for Drop received the Special
Jury Award for Music Video? This is true. See
why it deserves such an honor. And see not just the winning
video but three others, all songs from his new album.
Cornelius is currently warming up for his US tour, planned
for August. We dont have dates yet, but dont you
worry your pretty little heads. Were anxious to see
his new live experience, too.
In the meantime, hes touring practically every city
in Japan and will head
to Europe to do shows in London, Paris, and Amsterdam
in early May.
Guided By Voices
Pollard and Co. will be making the scene with former SportsCenter
anchor Craig Kilborns late nite program on June 17 (CBS).
We tried to get them booked on Keith Olbermanns show,
but apparently it was taken off the air a long time ago and
no one bothered to tell us about it (thanks). The following
day, June 18, Guided By Voices will be performing at the Los
Angeles branch of the sprawling Amoeba Records superstore.
A similar appearance at the SST superstore was cancelled on
account of my busting out of a weird 1980s time warp.
Boy were the haircuts severe in those days. Look out for an
import CD5 of Everywhere With Helicopter and way
too many live dates all throughout the summer.
Our good friends will be touring econo style (i.e. no
private jet this time were making the entire
band hitchhike) hitting North (and South) America for a few
shows next month. It may be a while before Mogwai are back
in this part of the world, so catch em if you can:
14th May Sao Paulo Teatro do SESC Vila Mariana - BRAZIL
15th May Sao Paulo Teatro do SESC Vila Mariana - BRAZIL
17th May Belo Horizonte Teatro Francisco Nunes - BRAZIL
18th May Rio De Janeiro Venue TBC - BRAZIL
19th May Santiago Teatro Novedades - CHILE
21st May Brooklyn - WARSAW
22nd May Baltimore - OTTO BAR
23rd May Pittsburgh - CLUB LAGA
24th May Louisville - HEADLINERS
25th May Chicago - FIRESIDE BOWL
27th May Toronto - LEES PALACE
28th May Montreal - CABARET
The following disturbing news comes to us courtesy of the
offices of Lost Dog Records, Glasgow, Scotland:
The first release on Scotlands Lost Dog Recordings will
be The Sick Anchors eponymously titled EP. It features
3 cover versions which are as unique as they are faithful
of Atomic Kitten, The Fall and The Mills Brothers.
The members of The Sick Anchors are Aidan from Arab Strap,
Stuart from Mogwai and Sheepy who currently whores his phenomenal
ivory-tinkling skills for bands of the calibre of Arab Strap,
The Delgados and Mull Historical Society amongst others. He
is also a member of The Reindeer Section (then again, who
This release will be available on the mediums of compact disc
and strictly limited edition 7 inch baw-busting vinyl.
There are currently no plans to release the record in the
states or Canada, but that doesnt mean you wont
be able to find it if you look hard enough. Or you can order
it from the label
Preston School of Industry
More tour action, this time from Scott Kannberg and comrades.
Following UK dates supporting Wilco, they will be coming to
your town or one near it in May and June, all the while keeping
a tour diary on
their website. Keep your eye on the Matador website for
constantly updated tour info as it rolls in. Heres a
message from far away you might be interested in:
Tom from Trifekta Records in Melbourne here. I put out
PSOI here. Thanks for mentioning their Aussie dates in your
newsletter. Im releasing The Idea of Fires
as a CD single to co-incide with the tour with b-sides Walls
of Grain, Suddenly Stable and Save
Our Happiness. It comes in a super swish digi pack too.
Any chance of you please mentioning the release on your next
Tom, consider it done.
In the midst of UK dates supporting Idlewild, Aereogramme
have just finished work on a self-produced video for Post-Tour
Pre-Judgement due to be added to the Matador
site in the next few weeks. Were still hoping for an
Aereogramme summer tour. But you know how hope
is, we can hope til were blue in the face and
that wont get you out of the house to see Aereogramme.
But were not above using physical force, either.
During an early 2002 respite from Matador-related activity,
Mark Eitzel has a new album about to land in your lap. The
first, Music for Courage and Confidence is a collection
of covers recorded in 1998. Produced by Brian Paulson (Man
Sized Action, Son Volt, Superchunk) and Johan Kugelberg (Spain,
Ugly Things associate editor, one-time Matador insider) and
featuring such all-star players as Ethan Johns (H-Bombs, various
Ryan Adams productions), Joey Waronker (Beck, that dog) and
Bjorn Olsson, Music for Courage features Eitzel
interpretations of songs near and dear to your heart; from
Bill Withers Aint No Sunshine, to
Culture Clubs Do You Really Want to Hurt Me?
to Phil Ochs Rehearsals for Retirement,
this range of material is bigger than the Grand Canyon. The
album comes out in the U.S. on April 23 via the New West Label.
Matmos Drew reports
We are doing our best to stay busy in our autumn
years. In fact were stressed out, OK? When were
not busy preparing for our concert at the Wexner Center with
Terry Riley, were busy programming Bjork songs for the
Coachella festival, unless of course were busy working
on our collaborative project with the Kronos Quartet, which
we do when were not busy working on the promotion and
dissemination of our brand new CD Matmos Live with J
Lesser which weve put out ourselves on our own
vanity label Vague Terrain. You can find out how to get this
record at our
website. In between these bouts of being busy, we are
busy plotting and planning the new Matmos album, which will
be rather labour intensive and requires lots of extra technical
assistance and car trips to remote desert locations. In the
off hours we remain busy with impending remix action involving
Matmos versus the Melvins, the Coup, Iannis Xenakis, and Tipsy.
Lastly Drew keeps himself occupied with a solo project of
cut up house music as The Soft Pink Truth. So were kind
of busy you could say. Somehow we manage to hold down jobs
too, of a sort.
Fresh from a sold-out show at NYCs Joes Pub
debuting material from The Golden Dove, Mary will
also be playing at the Khyber Pass in Philly on April 26.
Watch the Matador site at the end of April for an MP3 from
the album, which might or might not be the same song that
so many lucky Jane subscribers will be receiving on the magazines
next sampler in a couple weeks. Mary and her backing ensemble
will take their show on the road this summer. Well also
have a video interview for you early
I will be on tour from June 6th to the end of the month
in the US of A. and hope to go to Europe in September. I am
going to be playing at Ladyfest DC this August, also doing
live scoring for a silent movie Vampyre by Dryer
at the Coolidge in Boston in July. Brett Vapnek and I are
making a video in a few weeks, probably for the song Dr.
Cat. There will be dancing in the video. here are some
other shows that are just me alone on keyboard:
april 25 smith college
april 26 khyber pass, philadelphia
april 27 black swan pub, tivoli ny
Theres no such thing as down time in Khans
...just came back to NYC from a festival in Mexico
City. it was my biggest visa nightmare so far. After waiting
for 2 weeks in Frankfurt/Germany and going to the Mexican
embassy every day to find out that it didnt arrive I
flew to NYC. Here, I recieved a phone call from the promoter
of the Technogeist Festival that I have to come as the main
act of the night. I went to the airport with only a fax stating
I was invited and got on the plane. on my way to d.f. I thought
im flying directly into jail. ive
been to jail in mexico before and was not planing on repeating
that experience ever again, but I was very intrigued by the
money and I just love mexico, so I arrived to be greeted by
a busty sexy lady who charmed a mexican immigration officer
into letting me into the country.
i pretty much went straight from the airport onto stage. strange
feeling that was.....
...im off on our states tour with Kid Congo, playing
5 shows with Nick Cave, plus some more by ourselves in the
states and canada if they let me in. I still dont have
my visa for canada. (editors note: dear Mountie authorities,
hes just kidding!)
Playhouse just recieved the test pressings of "Say Good Bye"
remixes by Isolee and losoul. I have a copy and have to admit,
they are absolutley fantastic. Isolees mix is a body
and soul psychedelic house mix that sounds like the dj is
spinning in your head. the losoul mix, "Shes Homeless",
(does he mean Julee?) is very German minimal funky house.
The original and lenni ship version are included on the 12".
I will be hosting a musical in geneva this fall and will move
to washington d.c. in november. I need some go-go action.
Cat Power Chan graces us with a word
i met a lady named Ther yesterday,
she was a bartender in a seafod resturant
called Halls in Pensacola, Florida.
She was wearing a silver broche pendant,
that of a flower, it had some glitter attatched to it.
met a man named matt ward recently, in san fran,
leading to Tallahasse, he probably is, despite the
leading well known greats to all of us,
he probably is, the best thing going.
he goes under his musicianship name : M.Ward
and he can play and
he can sing like a great big heart
im going on and on, lets see.............
paris france may 3
spanish tour, I think starting may 9 ??
i want quite desperately for M.Ward to accompany me.
then theres a swiss show june 28
then theres an atlanta georgia on july 3
but before all of that im heading back to the
west to finish the rest
of U R FREE,
cat powders new rekkerd
going to joshua tree.
hope yall are swell
love is in the air
not only cuz its spring
we must not let bombs burst into air.
Lesser J always hands these things
in on time.
Hey there. Not sure who got the news, but I ended up taking
Jamie Lidells spot on the whole of the Kid606 / Gold
Chains Tour. Things went pretty well, I should think, tho
I surprised a lot of folks by being on that tour; my addition
was not well documented.
Is anyone else drawn in by the magical appeal of the iPod?
I rarely listen to music, and never on the go,
yet... The force is so strong... An MP3 player that can hold
my address book and I can have it engraved with my own personal
message? Getting weak.... Must ... Hide ... Credit card. (Management
note: If anyone from Apple is reading this and is considering
send J some free stuff, well, just wait a darned second. Dont
forget your loyal friends at Matador who are such intense
Mac loyalists that forced our bookkeeper to go work for MarthaStewart.com
rather than let him keep a windows machine on premises.)
After careful consideration, Mr. Cosloy has decided to give
Lesser another go here at Matador Europe. (Mangement note:
this is pending feedback from our focus group) I am hoping
to get this thing outta me by summerand the plan is for it
to be... Uh... Slightly more listenable than GEARHOUND...
Yes, I know what you are thinking... Sellout... Well I cant
defend myself, other than to say that I am a straight mercenary
getting my hustle on, scrub.
Label Co-President Apologizes,
Hopes We Can All Move On
Matador co-president Gerard Cosloy has issued a profuse
apology to the city and residents of Columbus, OH, for his
inappropriate remarks in a recent news update. Furthermore,
any remarks attributed to Mr. Cosloy by a Columbus Post-Dispatch
journalist recently were either fabricated or taken out of
context. At no time did Mr. Cosloy refer to Columbus as a
dump, the citys music scene as medieval
or its women as ferociously ugly. Matador Records
has consulted its attorneys and we are prepared to let this
one slide... just as soon as we stop getting angry e-mail
from some nut in Columbus.
Hey! Theyve got the internet in Columbus!
Label Employees and their self-serving lists:
Todd Netter, Matador Records
Well Ive been both pleased and disappointed with
music (which is to broadly categorize several areas/events/experiences,
etc.) since the last update.
Under the pleased category:
1. I have to start with GBV resigning with Matador. Just think,
now I get a free ticket to shows and an advance copy of the
new cd (which I got to admit has some real gems: #5 Cheyenne,
#7 Back to the Lake, #11 Pretty Bombs, #12 Eureka Signs).
And best of all now I can use the line I work for Matador,
what fucking label do you work for.
2. I finally saw the Liars. When they first hit the stage
and I saw the lead singer I thought this guy could be the
cover boy for VICE magazine. I feel like he has to somehow
be related to Karen from the Yeah, Yeah, Yeahs. After I heard
them, I found out that this band had a sound that was as cool
as their look. The screaming vocals added with some serious
bass lines made for a great live performance. These guys play
hard and their sound is driving and raw.
3. I have become addicted to playing the White Stripes Stripe
Out. This is their indie rock version (I think they
made it before V2) of a childhood favorite Arkanoid (the game
where you try to bounce the ball off geometric shapes). I
cant get that far though (maybe the 3rd level, Im
not sure how many levels they have).
Under the disappointed category:
1. Hearing that Other Music - Boston closed down. Having lived
in Boston I realize that city needs as many cool things as
possible, so it sucks when Harvard Sq. loses something worthwhile.
Why couldnt it have been Urban Outfitters, Abercrombie
& Fitch, for god sakes that Curious George store. Plus I had
a friend who worked there. Good luck OM staff, especially
with your landlord.
2. The Clinic show at the Bowery Ballroom. It was pretty boring.
I know that performances dont always have to be exciting
to be good but this was just so plain. I dont mind what
Ive heard on the albums, just live it was a little blah.
The Rapture just got my blood moving and my feet stomping,
so when Clinic came on I was a little deflated. And oh yeah
the surgical scrubs, come on!
3. The Osbornes. I mean prior to this show I already thought
MTV was the worse thing to happen to my generation, but come
this show is just plain wrong. I was wondering how long it
would be before celebrities were going to get jealous of all
the attention regular folks were getting through shows like
the Real World, Survivor, etc. I guess I know the answer,
not very long. I saw the episode where Ozzy and offspring
were complaining that the neighbors were being too loud. Ozzy
Osbourne (formerly of Black Sabbath) complaining that someone
else is too loud? That would be like if Mogwai went to a BLUR
concert and left halfway complaining that "those Blur guys
are just too intense." The Osbornes suck!
-Mops Psychedelic Sounds In Japan Victor Entertainment
*the others are not worth mentioning mostly for your benefit.
Roy Smeck - Plays Hawaiian Guitar
Donna Summer - To All Methods Which Calculate Power
"Banjo" Ikey Robinson - (1929-1937)
Nebulous Rex - Episode 1 (http://www.compound-eye.org/rex/html/home.htm)
Twigy - The Legendary Mr. Clifton
Blind Blake - Ragtime Guitars Foremost Fingerpicker
Patrick Amorys Listening Pile
Fairport Convention Heyday (Island Remasters CD,
with essential extra tracks)
Papete Berimbau E Percussão (Discos Marcus Pereira
Bach Piano Cto. No. 2: Glenn Gould/Leonard Bernstein/Columbia
SO (Columbia LP)
Schubert Quintet in C: Heifetz/Piatigorsky/Primrose
and guests (RCA LP)
Kenny Dorham Round About Midnight At The Cafe
Bohemia Vol. 2
(Blue Note Japan LP)
AC/DC Live From The Atlantic Studios (Atlantic LP)
Charles Mingus Pithecanthropus Erectus (Atlantic reissue
Dvorak Violin Cto.: David Oistrakh/Kyrill Kondrashin/Moscow
(Melodiya/Eurodisc Israel LP)
Gerard Cosloy, Matador Records
consonant s/t (Fenway)
Wire Read & Burn (Pink Flag)
Yo La Tengo The Sounds Of The Sounds Of Silence (Egon)
Califone Deceleration One (Perishable)
Various Crooked O.ST. (Wordsound)
Herrmann & Kleine Our Noise (Morr Music)
Elvis Costello When I Was I Cruel (Island)
Marumari The Remixes (Car Park)
Dave Martin, Matador Records
1) Modey Lemon - S/T You could say this came out of nowhere,
but most of you should have seen this bands 7" on my
list for a good while last year. The full length not only
lives up, but maybe even betters the 7". A wonderfull mix
of rock action, the occasional metal move and general mayhem
and confusion. Better than I could have ever hoped for.
2) The Major Stars - Distant Effects & Live. They toured w/one
of the worst bands of all time, Acid Mothers Temple,
and blew them away night after night. The Knitting factory
show was totally savage! The new record is the same CDR that
I had on my top ten and year end list last year. It is now
about to come out for real, for real though. Dont miss
the bus cause this one is a keeper.
3) Overhang Party - Everything! I just get more and more obsessed
with these guys. Super emotional pysch jams. They have a couple
tracks on the Tokyo Flashback comps (Vols 2 & 3) and some
records that they put out themselves on Pataphysique, including
a fantastic double CD &7" pack and I also have a handfull
of live CDRs that I cant stop rocking.
4) The Mops - m Psychedelic Sounds In Japan & The Spiders
- Lets Go Spiders! comp on Big Beat. Im trying
to decide which one of them does a better cover of The Animals
Inside Looking Out.
5) Rocket From The Tombs - The Day The Earth Met The... Except
for the odd, coulda been a contender vibe to the liner notes
this is as great as you could hope for. Even more essential
than that Peter Laughner comp from years ago or disc five
of the Pere Ubu box. Even if you are a super obsessive, tape
trading geek this has some stuff that you dont have.
6) Brother JT - Maybe We Should Take Some More & Spirituals
- A slightly more mellow and slightly more weird outing from
JT and then another ROCK record for the Drag City empire.
He makes it all seem easy. I still think he is one of the
ALL TIME GREATS.
7) Don Howland - The Land Behind The Mountains - According
to liner notes I helped ruin his budding music carreer. Thankfully
I didnt succeed. Ive also heard rumors about the
Bassholes being active again.
8) Damon & Naomi W/ Kurihara - Song To The Siren: Live in
San Sebastian - Really nice live record that will come with
a DVD that features some really spotty camera work by yours
9) Dead Meadow - Both LPs. You wouldnt know it from
listening to them but these heavy rock jams are made by some
young kids from D.C. Full on!
10) King Brothers 6x3 New Japanese mini album (This is coming
out in the us w/6 more songs as 12x3). While no record could
really match their live show this has the King Brothers "stretching
out" a bit.
Ben Goldberg, Matador Records
1) Desperate Characters by Paula Fox - Small time, it
concerns a womans cat bite. Big time, its about
shifting relationships between married people and about the
new school values that were permeating the country at the
time it was written (1970). I have an irrational dislike of
poetry, but her writing is genius prose. Its like Don
DeLillo without the intentionally arcane crap element.
2) Galloping Coroners - Dancing In The Sun - I have yet to
hear rock music from Budapest that isnt incredible.
Okay, Ive only heard Galloping Coroners and Kampec Dolores,
but its a small country. This is on Neurot Recordings,
which is known for its metalness, and this might arguably
be called something like metal, but its full of folk
melodies and chanting. And its a really, really long
3) Clinic at Bowery Ballroom - Ive been going to a series
of disappointing live shows lately by lauded bands who were
supposed to blow me away, so I was all ready to hate Clinic.
Alas, alack, they were incredible, with tight rhythm, fast
presentation, and a 45 minute show that felt perfectly short.
And You Will Know Them Because They Deserve The Hype Theyre
4) 1 Mile North - Glass Wars - Rhythm-less instrumentals of
a relaxed and intricate nature. Theyre a two-member
band, with variety too, but always chose an ambient-inspired
route. Its like the result of test subjects who grew
up listening only to Roy Montgomery records.
5) Donnie Darko - I had no idea what this movie was about
before seeing it, and to fully enjoy it, its best not
to. Not perfect - some intricacies of the plot are confused
and dont quite explain themselves well - but the fact
that this came out through a Hollywood company is pretty astounding.
Tears For Fears never sounded so good.
Mark Ohe, Matador Records
good on ya baby (x)
rocknroll toilet (the soft boys)
sleepy silver door (dead meadow)
drifting downstreams (dead meadow)
dusty nothing (dead meadow)
the white worm (dead meadow)
mighty fine jam (endless boogie)
polly on the shore (robyn hitchcock)
i often dream of trains (robyn hitchcock)
white line (neil young & crazy horse)
Those of you who remember the old Matador days of filling
in a mailorder form on our site, printing it out and mailing
it to us with a check will be glad to know weve
stepped into the modern age.
Weve brought it back, only this time its hi-fi.
Find your favorite releases, whether from within the Matador
Store or within each bands section, add them to your
cart, and checkout with your credit card. Everybody
Plastic Fang Contest
Blues Explosion contest to enter,
with lots of prizes. Were giving away 5 big packages,
including copies of the limited edition CD & vinyl, t-shirts,
signed photos, stickers, and VHS copies of the She Said
video. Youll need to write a short horror story in order
Mogwai North America Tour
Mogwai is dropping by next month for eight shows on and
around the East Coast. Please find the time to destroy further
May 21 - Warsaw - Brooklyn, NY - 18+
tickets onsale now online
or in person at Other Music NYC 212-477-8150
and Earwax Records in Williamsburg, Brooklyn 718-486-3771
May 22 - Baltimore, MD - Otto Bar -
tickets onsale now online
plus more info
May 23 - Pittsburgh, PA - Club Laga
- All Ages
tickets onsale now
plus more info
May 24 - Louisville, KY - Headliners
- 18 +
(ticket info very soon!)
May 25 - Chicago, IL - Fireside Bowl
- All Ages
(ticket info very soon!)
May 27 - Toronto, ON - Lees Palace
tickets onsale now online
in person at Soundscapes (416) 537-1620 &
Rotate This (416)
504-8447 plus more
May 28 - Montreal, PQ - Cabaret Music
Hall - 19+
(ticket info very soon) check www.greenland.ca
Miighty Flashlight support on all dates