Pretty Girls Make Graves
As previously tipped by Pitchfork
(scooped again, fuck) and the
band's own site, the Seattle quintet Pretty Girls Make
Graves have signed to Matador in a worldwide deal. Following
their brilliant releases for the Lookout and Dim Mak labels,
Matador will be releasing the 2nd PGMG full length CD/LP this
autumn, produced (once again) by Phil Ek. Currently on tour,
Pretty Girls Make Graves will be appearing at South By Southwest
as part of the Lookout bill also featuring Ted Leo & The Pharmacists
and the Oranges Band at Emo's Jr. on March 13.
Interpol - You can't have a rock show in
Indio without Dio (but they'll try anyway).
The band are flying directly back from France on April 26
in order to headline the 2nd stage at the Coachella
Valley Music & Arts Festival in Indio, CA on April 27.
This massive weekend event features 67 or so major talents
(Fischerspooner and the Libertines, too) and tickets are moving
As mentioned in an earlier report, a UK 7"/CD single of "Say
Hello To The Angels" will be available on import next month,
right around the time the band are putting the finishing touches
on a video for "Obstacle 1".
Yo La Tengo - new MP3, old fund-raising.
As anticipation builds for the April 8 release of 'Summer
Sun' (CD/2XLP), we've got another MP3 from this amazing album,
"Little Eyes", available now for download.
The next item comes to us from our friends at WFMU who need
your money almost as badly as those people who compile the
'Certain Damage' compilations :
Yo La Tengo Play Requested Covers for Pledges!
Saturday, March 15th, 9pm - Midnight
on Are We There Yet? with Tamar
Despite the fact they'll be in Austin, Texas that very morning,
Hoboken's Yo La Tengo leap through airports and time zones
to be with WFMU once again for our Marathon! Ira, Georgia,
James and pal Bruce again take your requests, playing any
cover you can hit them with for a pledge to the station. Join
hostess Tamar and co-host Gaylord Fields as they take your
orders and pass them on to the band.Ý
WFMU can be heard in the tri-state area at 91.1 and 90.1 FM,
and all over the godforsaken planet at http://www.wfmu.org
Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks - Done, Dusted
and Value Added.
Early copies of 'Pig Lib' come with a limited value-add 5-song
EP -- two studio tracks and three live ones, all never heard
before on record -- in a special slipcase/digi thing. Get
to stores early, or preorder from the Matador
Store. And as we prepare for global conflict with duct
tape, saran wrap and newly pressed copies of 'Pig Lib', Stephen
Malkmus & The Jicks have been in the curating mood, assembling
a star-studded line up for London's "Down The Dustpipe" festival,
a 2 day event taking place at the South Bank's Royal Festival
Headlined both evenings by SM & The Jicks, other performers
include Super Furry Animals, Graham Coxon, Bert Jansch, the
Buff Medways, Alternative TV, the Groundhogs and others.
For more information, click here.
Aereogramme in their own words:
Hello again. Thanks for taking the time
to read our nonsense. Aereogramme have been getting ready
for the release of our new album and imminent tours so we
have been busy little monkeys and so we have a couple of things
to let you know about.
First of all, our new website is up and running and looking
pretty fine indeed although it aint quite finished yet but
you can leave messages/abuse/questions for us on our messageboard
and have a look at our new scary photos and such like. It
is held together by aereogramme digimatronics. Watch in amazement
as microsoft crummbles ! To find it, click on www.aereogramme.com
and you shall be there.
There is also a new video to behold if you go to www.chemikal.co.uk
. We recorded ourselves acting like tourists on the last U.S.
tour and patched it altogether with "indiscrection # 243 "
from the new album. So you get to hear a new track and see
Martin doing his rare "monkey dance". It is a sight worth
seeing, believe me.
So, if you live in the U.S. then you already have our new
album released and if you live anywhere else then you have
to wait until march 3rd . Weird eh? Still, we will be touring
in Britain , the U.S. and Europe in between march and june
so keep checking www.matadorrecords.com
and www.chemikal.co.uk for any new
dates as they are getting confirmed as we speak.
We hope to see you soon. If we dont make it to your town/city
, please forgive us but we leave tours up to the tour agents
and they know best. We dont.
Finally ( are you still reading this?), i would like to explain
how great it was to travel to Belgium and Holland last week
for a press trip. Eighteen interviews and not one of them
mentioned Mogwai ! Thank you !
a e r e o g r a m m e
p.s. For what its worth, all musical activities seem less
important with an impending war . I hope for peace without
Cat Power - media goes nuts, Chan gets good
As public and press alike continue going ga ga in the wake
of 'You Are Free''s release, even label management is having
trouble keeping pace. I bought an issue of Newsweek's international
edition the other day hoping for some definition of which
countries are in Donald Rumsfeld's "Old Europe" and which
are in "New Europe", and instead I was greeted with a half
page on Chan Marshall. Though the article didn't mention anything
about the massive first week sales of 'You Are Free', let's
just pause for a moment to let it all sink in.
OK, that's enough. The Brett Vapnek directed video of "He
War" will be available soon. And the massive Cat Power tour
continues --- check the tour dates section
M. Ward - 'Transfiguration of Vincent' coming
on Matador Europe
Matador Europe is licensing the new M. Ward album, 'Transfiguration
of Vincent' (ole 578-2) for April 28 release this tremendous
cd is coming to us courtesy of our good friends at merge.
this is the 3rd album from M. Ward, a Portland, Oregon based
guitarist/vocalist whose 2001 album 'End of Amnesia' attracted
considerable praise through its release on Loose (UK) and
Future Farmer (US). Ward came to our attention some years
back via the patronage of comrade/collaborator Howe Gelb (Giant
Sand) who issued the first m. ward album, 'duets for guitars,
no. 2' on his ow om label in 1999. The following is the biography
provide to us by Merge:
M. Ward is a Portland, Oregon based
songwriter whose music seems to occupy a place that is uniquely
"out of time". A place that bridges the gaps between the roots
of various American musical traditions-folk, country, blues
and rock. Armed with a guitar, harmonica, sparse percussion
and a tin-pan alley-esque piano, Ward spins timeless classics
that seem to flow effortlessly; simple yet eloquent tales
alive with metaphor and imagery, told in a raspy, sepia-toned
croon. Listening to an M. Ward record is like thumbing through
and old family photo album, full of black and white photographs
that are fading around the edges; an imperfection that only
adds to the clarity of their memories.
Transfiguration of Vincent is the third solo album from M
Ward, who cut his musical teeth in the San Luis Obispo based
trio Rodriguez. In composition and style his music has been
compared to such luminaries as Tom Waits, Granddaddy, Sparklehorse
and Howe Gelb (the Giant Sand front man has been one of Ward's
strongest champions, releasing the young songwriter's debut
CD, Duet For Guitars #2, on his own Ow Om label). Ward's seemingly
effortless finger picking guitar conjures the elegance of
the late John Fahey. Critics and fans on both sides of the
Atlantic were sent swooning over his 2001 collection, End
Late in 2002, Ward was asked to accompany indie-rock wunderkind
Conor Oberst on his Bright Eyes Orchestra tour across the
U.S. Packed houses were held in rapt awe as Ward weaved his
spell; they then rushed to gobble up CDs by the box after
the show. The seeds have been sown for Transfiguration of
Vincent to be the breakout release for one of America's most
enigmatic songwriters. We welcome you to come along for the
GBV - revised album & song titles for yet-another
life changing masterpiece:
The new Guided By Voices album is called Model Prisoner In
The Five Senses Realm [nope, it's called Edison's Memos --
no wait, the title's changed again, it's called Phantasmagoric
Upstarts (??! What?), phew he's gone and changed it again,
and it's now Earthquake Glue! -- Hold your horses, brand new
plan, the album is untitled again and Robert is circulating
a list of 50 titles around the Matador offices for comments.
We like The Grooms Have Hit Ice. - Ed.] and shall reach your
local record shop on or before August 19, 2003. Songs shall
1. My Son, My Secretary, My Country
2. I'll Replace You With Machines
3. She Goes Off At Night
4. Beat Your Wings
5. Useless Inventions
6. Dirty Water
7. The Best of Jill Hives
8. Dead Cloud
9. Mix Up The Satellites
10. Main Street Wizards
11. A Trophy Mule in Particular
12. Apology in Advance
13. Secret Star
14. Of Mites and Men
GBV have the following upcoming dates supporting Cheap Trick.
If you don't think Bun E. Carlos is the coolest guy on earth,
you're just wrong.
04/08/03 Minneapolis, MN State Theatre
04/11/03 Rockford, IL Coronado Theater
04/12/03 Chicago, IL Vic Theater
Dead Meadow - a correction:
Just to make sure, the new album is called 'Shivering King
and Others'. The person who got the title wrong last time
has donated all of his shares in Matador Records, Inc. to
Covenant House and Father Bruce Ritter (who was very funny
in "Three's Company" all those years ago). This joke would've
made the "We're Sorry" campaign had it be thought of in time.
Always good for pt. II, however.
Also, we would like to stress that Dead Meadow are a Washington
DC band. Not Virginia, Washington DC. In the rich cultural
history of Wes Unseld, White Boy, Troublefunk, No Trend, Black
Market Baby, the Urban Verbs and Egoslavia. WASHINGTON DC!!!
Arab Strap - someone needs a hug (though
not us or them):ÝÝ
Please check the tour dates section
as Arab Strap's spring 2003 tour in support of Bright Eyes
is now very much confirmed. Also on the way is the newly launched
Arab Strap site going
live this weekend with new and exclusive content, including
MP3s not available elsewhere (that's what we mean by "exclusive").
'Mondays At The Hug & Pint' is out on April 22.
Mogwai : agony in the bag [or it happy songs
in the bag - Ed.]
A wonderful gesture, though our ebay account was terminated
after that unfortunate underwear scam. At least we raised
enough money to fix the elevator.
Matmos filling you in:
Drew Daniel has been so tied up lately: working on the new
Matmos album, completing various remix duties for Erase Errata
and The Melvins and Smyglyssna and My Robot Friend and Kevin
Blechdom and Tussle, programming and assisting on the records
of close friends and casual acquaintances, blabbing endlessly
to the media about his solo project The Soft Pink Truth (out
now in the UK, Europe and Japan but not available in the US
until April 8th or so). Add all that up with the fact that
he's teaching his "literature and evil" seminar at UC Berkeley
this semester and it's no suprise that his dissertation has
been suffering as a result. In particular, he lost a lot of
momentum in his second chapter struggling to adjudicate some
conflicts been Deleuze's account of masochism and the Freudian
model (itself already a hotbed of tension between primary
and secondary masochism); Drew is man enough to agree with
his advisors suspicion that perhaps these squabbles aren't
particularly illuminating when held up against The Merchant
of Venice, the ostensible subject of the chapter. So it's
back to the drawing board for Drew, which means that from
here on M. C. Schmidt will be the official Matmos communicator.
If you wish to write to Matmos, and we hope you do, then write
to this address from now on:
M. C. Schmidt, a thoughtful and gracious Leo/Dragon, likes
long walks on the beach and ear-nuzzling.
PS: Having completed most of our new album and gearing up
to master the darn thing, we were saddened to note the closure
of Olde West, our local mastering suite. If anyone knows how
to contact former Olde West mastering engineer Rick Wilson
please get in touch, we would love to continue working with
Mark Eitzel writes:
"After a triumphant tour of South America performing
solo with John McIntire (Tortoise, Sea and the Cake) and Sam
Prekof (sp!) (Sea and the Cake) - I finally moved to Chicago
as I have been threatening and it is very very cold and grey.
I am starting to record my next record in April with a band
that I have been playing with here. In the second half of
April I will be doing a quite extensive tour of Spain, Portugal
and of course Moscow - and will be spending some time in London
during May hopefully continuing my collaboration with Howie
Cornelius - Yuko's solo album
Just a note to let you know that Ochre Records is about to
release the new album from Cornelius drummer Yuko Araki, under
the name Migu. You can read more about it at http://office-augusta.com/araki/index.html
The no longer on Matador dept:
The new double CD by Console,
'Reset The Preset' (Virgin/Payola) is in the shops and is
exactly the sort of thing deserving of your hard earned cashÖmiles
deeper than their Matador one-off 'Rocket In The Pocket',
'Preset' would fit nicely alongside Cornelius' 'Point' in
the multi-dimensional sweepstakes. You can check out a video
of the new look/new sound Console band at http://www.console.li/diverse/Dirt.mov
None of the persons below have good taste,
but they all taste good:
Jesper Eklow, Matador Records
Sparks - Lil' Beethoven CD (Artful)
Fleetwood Mac - The Vintage Years Live (Boston Tea Party 1970)
- CD (Eagle)
Vivian Stanshall - Sir Henry at Rawlinson End LP (Charisma)
Bengt Hambraeus - Constellations & Interferences LP (Limelight)
Fred McDowell & Johnny Woods LP (Rounder)
Luis Russell - New Call of The Freaks 78 (Okeh)
Goon Show Classics LPs (BBC)
Nate of the Station: How come in all the press ravings about
"The American Song-Poem Anthology - Do You Know The Difference
Between Big Wood And Brush" (Bar None) there's endless musings
on Ira Kaplan, NRBQ et al (and rightfully so) but NO ONE mentions
that the very finest cover version of any MSR track was done
by The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion way back in 1992?
Ben Goldberg, Beggars Group
LET THE METAL LIVE ON LIST:
*Overkill 'Feel The Fire' - First album which carries some
metal cliches that now are charmingly nostalgic, but the classics
"Rotten to the Core" and the original "Overkill" (which went
on to have at least two sequel versions) are on first Metallica
*Iron Maiden 'Powerslave'- Although their hights of popularity
was with Seventh Son of a Seventh Son, Powerslave exemplified
them with their greatest faculties at their best abilities.
*S.O.D. 'Speak English or Die' - Okay, it kind of sucks now,
but the "chug-chug" riff sound has never been surpassed, and
singer Billy Milano hung out with all the skinheads at Paramus
*Pretty Maids 'Future World' - Still waiting for this one
to reappear on VH1 Classics.
Voivod "Voivod" - Possibly one of the four greatest Voivod
right over from Killing Technology and under Dimension H”tross.
Jason Newstead (aka "Jasonic") fits in perfectly by not standing
kind of like Billy Corrigan on the New Order album.
Books: Iris Murdoch and Saul Bellow and Bruce
Listening to :
The Czars -The Ugly People vs The Beautiful People,
Flaming Lips The Soft Bulletin,
Azure Ray Every Kiss Yu Miss Maks A Frekkel,
Scott Walker - Scott 4.
Dave Martin, Matador Records
1. Modey Lemon - Perfecting The Blues Cassette (Thorax the
Devestator) New action to hold you over until the 2nd record
comes out later in the Spring. 30 minutes of practice space
mayhem that just doesn't quit. Also has a perfect example
of the "Pittsburgh Accent" on it.
2. Les Rallizes Denudes - Le 12 Mars 1977 a Tachikawa (Over
Level) Not sure if this is legit or not, but to have this
stuff available is pretty great. This Dbl CD is the same as
the first bootleg double LP that came out in 2002 and doesn't
sound quite as good as the LP, but good luck finding that.
For years fans of Japanese Psychedelic and/or extreme music
talked about how amazing this stuff is and now you can find
out that they were right. For anyone who has ever bought a
record on PSF this is essential.
3. Cobra Verde - Easy Listening (Muscle Tone) Well CV mainman,
John Petkovic, finally got it together to send me the rest
of his record and it might be even better than I had hoped
for. If you know me then you know I love rock music. This
more than fits the bill.
4. Simply Saucer - Cyborgs Revisited (Sonic Unyon) This isn't
quite out yet, but when I heard that it was being reissed
I pulled out the old Fist Puppet CD. It really could be the
"Best Canadian LP ever."
5. Arcane Candy #2 magazine Geektastic new magazine w/a read
at your own risk, extensive, Don Bowles (Germs, Vox Pop, Three
Day Stubble etc.) interview where two grown (?) men get their
Haino/Heinos confused. Also has a pretty informative PSF records
4. The Scene Creamers - I Suck On That Emotion (Drag City)
New record from Ian Svenonius & Michelle Mae where they are
joined by Alex Minoff (Golden) on quitar! Blew my mind!
5. Weird War S/T (Drag City)Ý I was so damaged by The Scene
Creamers that I went back to this and put it in rotation.
Except for that "Burgers and Fries" song (never has such a
promising title yeilded so little) this thing is top notch.
6. The Speaking Canaries - Last Type CDR - Damon Che's new
record, most of which I've had in various forms (LP only releases,
cassettes that he's given me etc.) in one form or another
for over a year, but here it's edited down to 8 songs in just
under 40 minutes. Damon's take on things is so unique, an
amazing testament to the American experience and unlike anything
else out there that I am continually in awe. Another Speaking
7. T”d Gr”s & Stenar - Djungelns Lag CD (1/2 Special)
8. Tr”d Gr”s & Stenar - Mors Mors CD (1/2 Special) The 3rd
& 4th LPs by these Swedish Psych heavyweights finally get
reissued. And what a job they (1/2 Special) have done. Great
liner notes, tons of photos and both CDs tack on super heavy
duty bonus track action (both in the 25 to 30 minute range.)
If you have ever bought a record by Can, Quicksilver Messenger
Service, Am–n Dull (I or II), Mu...You get the idea. You need
9. Ruth Copeland - I Am What I Am & Self Portrait (Sequel)
I had no idea about these records until Dan Allen sent me
this CD. Ruth is backed up by Funkadelic on these records
and they are about as essential as the first four Funkadelic
records. Esp. I Am What I Am. Just reissued on Sequel, replacing
the extremely ugly Deep Beats CD version.
10. The Hentchmen - LaSabre Radar video & Three Times Infinity
(Norton) These Michigan veterans and Norton recording artists
decided to make a video?!?!?! It turns out to blow away just
about every other video made by labels big and small worldwide.
The record is still top notch too. You should really check
Patrick Amory, Matador Records
Bergen White - For Women Only (SSS International LP)
Pete Townshend - Who Came First (Track LP)
Leo Kottke - Greenhouse (Capitol LP)
Fred Neil - Fred Neil (Capitol LP)
Tim Rose - Love, A Kind of Hate Story (Capitol LP)
Les Irresistibles - The Story of Baxter Williams (CBS France
Lee Dorsey - Yes We Can (Polydor LP)
Sheridan/Price - This is to certify that... (Gemini LP)
Dolly Parton - Dolly, Dolly, Dolly (RCA LP)
Canned Heat - Boogie With Canned Heat (Liberty LP)
The Peelers - Banished Misfortune (Polydor Folk Mill UK LP)
5 Hand Reel - For A' That (RCA UK LP)
Alun Ashworth Jones - Al Jones (Parlophone UK LP)
NME - Unholy Death (Diseased Music LP)
Gerard Cosloy, Matador Records
The Clean - Compilation (Merge)
Console - Reset The Preset (Virgin/Payola)
Various - Broklyn Beats 7" Series (Broklyn Beats)
Cass McCombs - Not The Way (Monitor)
The Loud Family - From Ritual To Romance (125)
Jon Rauhouse - Steel Guitar Air Show (Bloodshot)
The Speaking Canaries - Last Type (CDR)
Blue Orchids - From Severe To Serene (LTM)
DJ/rupture - Gold Teeth Thief (Violent Turd)