Girls Make Graves
don't know what's the more stunning development -- Pretty
Girls Make Graves' impending album-of-the-year, 'The New
Romance', or the fact that we finally scooped Pitchfork
on a story about one of our own bands. Following their
breakthrough releases for the Lookout and Dim Mak labels,
the Seattle quintet have emerged with their hotly anticipated
Matador debut. That 'The New Romance' is as anthemic and
explosive as 'Good Health' is no surprise; but the band's
compositional skills have grown by leaps and bounds, along
with their flair for the dramatic.
record features the single "This Is Our Emergency" (coming
out in August via Matador UK along with some non-album tracks
from a recent radio session). Pretty Girls Make Graves are
currently on tour in the US with the Alkaline Trio; they'll
be doing European festivals along with club dates supporting
the Blood Brothers in August.
We're so spoiled for cultural stimulation that we run the
risk of taking geniuses for granted. But enough about Jim
J. Bullock; the new Guided By Voices CD/LP, 'Earthquake Glue'
will be snapping synapses worldwide this August. The remarkable
output of Robert Pollard and cohorts might be a bit dizzying,
but you'll ignore the new album at your own peril --- this
one further establishes Bob P. in the pantheon of classic
rock songsmiths and you can get an early taste by checking
out the MP3 of "My Kind Of Soldier" here,
or the MP3 of "I'll Replace You With Machines" at gbv.com.
YLT are currently occupied with a global tour that encompasses
headlining club shows, lots of festivals and more than a few
unique events --- a co-headlining show with Calexico at London's
Somerset House on July 14th, amongst them. Ira, Georgia and
James can be seen peering out from the cover of the latest
issue of The Wire,and
perhaps this will be food for thought for others in the publishing
industry when they see how quickly this edition is snapped
up (I think it is fair to say it will be almost impossible
to find within a month's time).
- new album
"We are happy to announce that we've finished our new album,
entitled 'The Civil War'. We recorded most of the new record
at home, and at the homes of some friends in Los Angeles (Steve
Goodfriend and Jim Putnam of Radar Bros. and Mark Lightcap
of Acetone/The Warm Inventions) Some synthesizer recordings
were made with Keith Fullerton Whitman at the Harvard University
Studio for Electro-Acoustic Composition during our residency
there. It was an honour to get to play one of the original
Serge modular synthesizer built by Ivan Tcherepnin himself.
David Grubbs plays some piano which he recorded in New York
City at the Rare Book Room. Keenan Lawler recorded some guitar
for us in a sewer pipe in Louisville, Kentucky. There's also
some location recordings from Hoover, Alabama which we gathered
while travelling. The album's design and layout has been done
by Rex Ray and looks rather lush. Mark Boswell made a video
for our version of "The Stars and Stripes Forever".
Currently on her longest European tour ever, Chan Marshall
will be making her UK TV debut this Friday, May 23 on BBC
2's "Later With Jools Holland". Also appearing that night
are the Electric Six, the Pretenders and our favorite member
of the Power Station, Robert Palmer. An MP3 of "I Don't
Blame You", for those who haven't bought or downloaded
the album, is now available at our music
Check the tour
dates section and check it twice -- Mogwai are touring
UK clubs as the setup for 'Happy Songs For Happy People' begins,
followed by a handful of US shows (NY + W. Coast) topped by
an Los Angeles show at the Palladium, a bill including the
Magic Band and Mission Of Burma (All
Tomorrow's Parties). "Hunted By A Freak" from the aforementioned
new LP/CD is available now for download from our MP3
section. Over at http://www.mogwai.co.uk,
there's some snazzy video footage from the album's recording.
Following some well received shows supporting Stephen Malkmus
& The Jicks, Dead Meadow are heading to London for gigs on
May 27 (The Underworld) and May 29 (The Metro) as the buzz
builds for the 2XLP/1XCD release of 'Shivering King and Others'.
An MP3 of "Good Moanin'" is available now from our action-packed
Amidst a score of US radio festivals and overseas open-air
events, Interpol will be returning to the small screen on
Monday, June 16 when they appear on ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Show.
We've been assured that Mike Tyson will not be co-hosting
that night, but hopefully he'll be watching from home. BREAKING
A multi-format single of "Obstacle 1" is coming via Matador
UK in August to coincide with Interpol's Carling Weekend dates
in Reading and Leeds. If you've not noticed previously, the
Floria Sigismondi-directed clip for "Obstacle 1" is up on
our video page in streaming
Real Player glory.
Wild praise and the ringing of cash registers greeted the
6 May release of 'The Electric Version' ---- though some would
have you believe the real story was Neko
Case's winning some 'Women of Indie Music Who Are Photographed'
competition sponsored by a publication whose name we can't
mention. With no disrespect intended towards said magazine
or its readership, we at Matador pride ourselves on being
a Family Record Label (translation : some of us have members
of our families who will kill us if we're caught looking at
the website that gave Neko the award --- so we ignore it for
the articles) so instead we'll concentrate on The New Pornographers'
MON 6/2 SALT LAKE CITY, UT Liquid Joe's
TUE 6/3 DENVER, CO Gothic
THU 6/5 PHOENIX, AZ Nita's
FRI 6/6 TUCSON, AZ Riatlo Theatre
SAT 6/7 SAN DIEGO, CA Casbah
SUN 6/8 LOS ANGELES, CA Knitting Factory
MON 6/9 SAN FRANCISCO, CA Bimbo's
TUE 6/10 SAN FRANCISCO, CA Bimbo's
THU 6/12 PORTLAND, OR Aladdin Theatre
FRI 6/13 VANCOUVER, BC Commodore
SAT 6/14 SEATTLE, WA Showbox
TUE 7/1 CALGARY, AB The Whiskey
WED 7/2 SASKATOON, SK Amigo's
THU 7/3 REGINA, SK The State
FRI 7/4 WINNIPEG, MG West End
SAT 7/5 MINNEAPOLIS, MN First Avenue
SUN 7/6 CHICAGO, IL Metro
MON 7/7 DETROIT, MI Magic Stick
TUE 7/8 TORONTO, ON Phoenix
WED 7/9 QUEBEC CITY, QC Cabaret du Capitole
THU 7/10 BOSTON, MA Middle East
FRI 7/11 NEW YORK, NY Bowery Ballroom
SAT 7/12 NEW YORK, NY Bowery Ballroom
SUN 7/13 WASHINGTON, DC Black Cat
MON 7/14 COLUMBUS, OH Little Brothers
TUE 7/15 CLEVELAND, OH Beachland
The band will be making their US network TV debut on CBS'
'Late Night With David Letterman' on Tuesday, June 17. An
MP3 of "The New Face Of Zero & One" is up now on our audio
Malkmus & The Jicks
Perhaps you've seen the tv commercials, those that say "real
people really win Matador online competitions". Like the time
we gave away Ricky Luanda's house (perhaps we should've found
him somewhere else to live first). So we were thrilled to
award Mike Guillen a brand new iPod for his winning entry
in the Stephen Malkmus trivia contest. We're in the process
of loading up Mike's new iPod with some Gordon Lightfoot rarities,
but we promise he'll have it soon. In the meantime, there's
a new SM/Jicks UK single of 'Dark Wave' (taken from 'Pig Lib')
along with the bonus tracks from the US value-add CD. There
are some heavy rumours about August dates supporting a world
famous-yet-not-sucky-at-all arena act (hint : not Audioslave!)
that we can neither confirm or deny, because fuck it, we're
not Pollstar. Do we come round to your place of work and knock
the mineral water bottle out of your mouth?
Our friends at Chemikal
Underground are about to release a new Aereogramme CD
EP. Since we're bringing in a limited quantity for sale to
Matador's direct retail accounts, here's the C.U. press release
summing things up :
"Following on from Aereogramme's well received album 'Sleep
and Release' earlier this year we proudly present the Livers
& Lungs EP.
"The EP sounds great and is pretty varied, as you'd expect
from the band. Track 1, 'Indiscretion # 243', is taken from
the album. All the others are exclusive to this release.
"Early morning hotel room sessions and sound-checks were utilised
to get tracks 2 & 4 completed between Boston and Cleveland
on the first part of Aereogramme's US tour at the end of March.
'Inhalation Blues' was recorded at the end of 2002 as an exclusive
bonus track for the Japanese version of 'Sleep and Release',
this version has been tidied up a little and given a well
"'Thriller' (track 4). Yes, it is a cover of Michael Jackson's
famous tune. The band tackled this first for John Peel in
February. However, they felt compelled to give it another
go feeling that the version on the Peel Session just didn't
live up to their own rigorous expectations."
"Livers & Lungs EP"
1. Indiscretion #243
2. Asthma Came Home for Christmas
3. Inhalation Blues
(editor's note : the following comments by Mark Eitzel do
not necessarily reflect the views of Matador Records' management,
staff, artist roster or their pets).
"This director in Toronto has offered me to be in his documentary
entitled 'I, Curmudgeon'. How come they don't offer me the
documentary 'I, Bon Vivant' - I mean I could really get my
teeth into that.
"Just want everyone to know that I DID NOT cancel the tour
with the Sea and The Cake. The truth is I NEVER CONFIRMED
IT! We were talking about doing it but I couldn't make it
work. I keep getting these emails from people who wonder why
I cancelled. I DID NOT CANCEL!!!! I WAS NEVER ON THE BILL!!!!!!!
"Recently I have decided to dress up my image a little and
have taken to wearing the suit and tie that my sister and
brother and law bought for me last christmas. On my last tour
of Spain I was checking into a hotel in A Coruna where there
was a large anti fascist rally going on outside. It seems
that some old fascists had rented a room in the hotel to watch
a video of some old fascist from 20 years ago. The people
in the rally thought that it was a meeting of 'young fascists'
and they wanted to duke it out with them. As we left the hotel
some time later the anti fascists outside who I think felt
cheated by the lack of fascists (they should go to Ohio) actually
thought (because of my suit and tie) that I was one of the
'young' fascists which I guess is sort of a backhanded compliment
and they threw a few sticks and tried to polaroid me - but
I want to tell the town of A Coruna who I'm sure have been
waiting for this - that I am really not a fascist. Sorry.
Though I visited Franco's tomb and thought it was kind of
"Well thats it for now. And also tell the people who run the
US website that I would refer to be replaced on the show by
a much more sultry 50's star. Replace me with a Joan Crawford
type - not Donna Fucking Reed. (Also I wanna steal that 'Eitzel
doll' picture for my web site!!)."