opens satellite office in Wildwood, NJ
One of our label presidents thought he could open a secret
office in the holiday hotbed that is Wildwood, NJ --- what
better place to scout for new talent, but the eagle eye of
our colleague Sonya Kolowrat discovered it before we could
get our company stationary reprinted.
Surpise spoiled, we have now chosen to scrap the Wildwood
annex, but reserve the right to try again in another beautiful
American city, Homeland Security permitting.
September 28 is the release date for Interpol's second album,
'Antics', recorded this past winter with longtime associate
The album will be out one day earlier in the UK, with a 7"/CD
single of "Slow Hands" coming out on September 13 (b-sides
to be revealed shortly).
Interpol head out on the Curiosa
tour later this month, followed by some intimate London gigs
in early September. Headlining dates in North America for
the autumn will be announced very soon.
After reviewing some 500 entries, Interpol have picked the
10 winners of the Short Film Contest.
Joey Ingram and Josh Mahan
Thanks to everyone for participating. You'll have a chance
to see the finished films in various environments around the
release of the record.
Guided By Voices
As we count down the hours and minutes prior to the August
24 release of the final-ever Guided By Voices album, 'Half
Smiles Of The Decomposed', we're happy to be the 7th or 8th
media outlet to announce the dates for The Electrifying Conclusion
- Guided By Voices' Farewell Tour.
Aug. 19 - Hudson River Rocks, New York (free admission)
Sept. 9 - Paradise, Boston
Sept. 10 - Theater of the Living Arts, Philadelphia
Sept. 11 - 9:30 Club, Washington D.C.
Sept. 28 - Cat's Cradle, Carrboro, N.C.
Sept. 29 - 40 Watt Club, Athens, Ga.
Oct. 1 - Engine Room, Houston
Oct. 2 - Stubb's BBQ, Austin
Oct. 3 - Gypsy Ballroom, Dallas
Oct. 21 - Al Rosa, Columbus, Ohio
Oct. 22 - Southgate House, Newport, Ky.
Oct. 23 - Beachland Ballroom, Cleveland
Oct. 25 - Bluebird, Bloomington, Ind.
Oct. 26 - Majestic Theatre, Detroit
Nov. 11 - Canes, San Diego
Nov. 12 - Henry Fonda Theatre, Los Angeles
Nov. 13 - The Fillmore, San Francisco
Nov. 15, 16 - Berbati's Pan, Portland
Nov. 17 - Neumos, Seattle
Dec. 3, 4 - Irving Plaza, New York
Dec. 12 - Beacham Theatre, Orlando, Fla.
Dec. 30, 31 - Metro, Chicago
Carl Newman's band are currently on a 6-week North American
tour, with possible European dates to follow this autumn.
There's an exclusive AC/NP t-shirt for sale at these shows,
and while that sounds like copyright infringement to me, you
might wanna buy one anyway. A video for "Miracle Drug" will
be finished very soon.
Listen to A.C. Newman's live performance on KEXP Seattle on
their web archive at kexp.org.
You can catch AC Newman making his US TV debut on CNBC's "McEnroe",
Mission Of Burma
The band just completed a whirlwind European tour followed
by dates on Cape Cod, New Haven and Coney Island. Matador
Europe just released a 7" of "Dirt" b/w "Falling", along with
a CDEP (entitled 'Four Hands') of "Dirt" b/w "Wounded
World Dub Mix" plus Burma's cover of the Dils' "Class
War." Both formats of the single are available at the Matador
Mission Of Burma will be playing Democratic
Gain's "Jumpoff" party, happening July 25 at Boston's
Avalon amidst all the DNC hoopla. Also on the bill that night
are the likes of Bill Clinton and Al Sharpton. Having already
shared a stage in the past with Choke of Negative FX, this
probably won't phase the members of Burma.
unbelievably suave men on a Paris sidewalk
photo by screwball
There's a live version of "Learn How" included on a CD glued
to the cover of the latest issue of 'Comes
With A Smile', which also includes "Uncrowned" by The
Wisdom Of Harry.
The New Pornographers: John Collins
"Currently I'm trying to do my taxes for the last three years
and it's just going great thankyouverymuch! Also, anxiously
awaiting Matador intern-cum-beatpoet-style traveler Matt LeMay
and two of his bandmates who are doing the Grand Tour of indierock
chesterfields this summer, arriving in just a couple of hours.
Ah, summer in southwestern B.C. I pity everyone everywhere
else. My partner in all things rockin' David and I are outfitting
a new recording studio space in a little hood in Vancouver
that our friend Lois from Olympia likes to call 'crackton'.
Come One Come All! We're also working, as always, on some
of internationaly celebrated conceptual artist Rodney Graham's
great songs. Look for his LP/CD 'Rock Is Hard'.
"My other band thee Evaporators
is heading out with Kurt Dahle on drums for a week long tour
down the coast with head-bangers the Icarus Line starting
july 20. While we're out David, Pete Borne from Carls band
and I are going to play a show in L.A. at spaceland thursday
July 11 with Rodney who is opening a show at MOCA."
Yo La Tengo
Following some heavy duty global travel, Yo La Tengo played
at New York's Anthology
Film Archives last week accompanying the light show of
Gary Panter and Joshua White.
You can see YLT performing "Today Is The Day" on CNBC's "McEnroe",
October, Matador will be releasing a double CD 10th anniversary
edition of Pavement's fabulous 2nd album, 'Crooked Rain, Crooked
Rain'. In addition to a remastered version of the original
album, we'll be including a number of extras including alternate
takes/mixes, and previously unreleased songs. Think "The
Great Lost Pavement Album" --- literally nobody has ever
heard these songs before. Package will be an embossed, die-cut
slipcase. Liner notes from SM, Spiral Stairs, and Gerard Cosloy.
Cornelius' website is undergoing a major face-lift (think
of a young-looking for her age Jacklyn Smith) and the English-lanugage
version will be up soon. Snazzy merch will be available for
your buying pleasure this August.
Cornelius recently completed a remix for the Kings Of Convenience,
with a September release promised.
Finally, we're told that "Cornelius will be participating
in the "SOUNDxVISION 2004" exhibition which will be held in
4 prefectures within Japan. At the gallery/exhibition you'll
be able to see the collaboration of Cornelius & Groovisions."
Though Matmos just played a one-off date in Rimmi, Italy,
the big news this month is that we've been contacted by a
young man who claims to "be" Matmos:
We've been informed that recording for the new Cat Power album
has commenced at the Atlanta studio Zero Return. Said studio's
propreitors are down with the Bio
Diesel initiative, which sounds like a great way to reduce
our dependency on fuel that isn't vegetable oil.
More recordings are planned for Barcelona, New York and Jamaica.
The new M. Ward album, 'Transistor Radio' will be released
by Matador Europe this coming January (and by Merge in North
America). Said album features guest appearances by Jim James,
Jenny Lewis, Howe Gelb, John Parish, Vic Chestnutt, Rachel
Blumburg (The Decemberists) amongst others. We'll be releasing
a new 3 song CD single in Europe this October. We just don't
know which songs yet. Matt has the following solo dates planned:
Jul 29 - Carrboro, NC Cat's Cradle - Merge Records 15th Anniversary
Aug 01 - Miami, FL - IO
Aug 07 - London, UK - Bush Hall
Aug 11 - Brighton UK - Hanbury Ballroom
Oct 08 - Fort Worth, TX Ridglea Theater *
Oct 09 - Austin, TX Paramount Theatre *
Oct 12 - Las Vegas, NV House of Blues *
Oct 13 - San Diego, CA Spreckles Theatre *
Oct 14 - Los Angeles, CA Orpheum Theatre *
Oct 15 - Berkeley, CA Zellerbach Auditorium *
Oct 16 - Portland, OR Roseland Theatre *
Oct 18 - Seattle, WA Moore Theatre *
Oct 19 - Vancouver, BC Commodore Ballroom *
* An Evening of Solo & Collaborative Performances Featuring:
Jim James (of My Morning Jacket)
M. Ward also appears on these recent or upcoming recommended
Jim White "Drill a Hole in that Substrate and Tell Me What
You See" (Luaka Bop/V2)
A Tribute to Daniel Johnston (Gammon)
Por Vida: A Tribute to Alejandro Escovedo - trio with Vic
Chesnutt & Howe Gelb (Or)
Band of Blacky Ranchette "Still Lookin' Good To Me" (Thrill
Court & Spark "Dead Diamond River" (Absolutely Kosher)
Matador Alumni Corner
It is with considerable regret that we can confirm Matador
will not be releasing the forthcoming album by The
Jon Spencer Blues Explosion. The new JSBX
full-length, 'Damage', will be released September 28 by Sanctuary.
Also coming in Septmber is the brand new album from Solex,
'The Laughing Stock Of Indie Rock' via the USA's Arena
Rock Recording Co.
Finally, if that weren't enough for the old-friends-making-good
dept., Thalia Zedek
has a staggeringly great new solo album, 'Trust Not Those
In Whom Without Some Touch Of Madness' (Thrill
Jockey) coming out this autumn, too.
In the already-out bin, Cherry
Red have just released a CD compiling the career highlights
of Pete Astor's
old band, The Weather Prophets. 'Blue Skies & Free Rides:
1986-1989. Among those waxing poetic, liner-notes style about
the greateness of Astor (The Wisdom Of Harry)'s old band are
Alan McGee and The Manic Street Preachers' Nicky Wire.
We have just signed a management deal with Bryan Chan, formerly
of the Atlantic Records group LMNT and the TV series "Making
the Band". Bryan has just completed recording 10 songs with
BMG/Tall Boy Entertainment producer Sam Mizell (Jump5, RJ
Helton), and the sound has been categorized as Clay
Aiken meets Train. With a loyal fan base, continued support
from Disney, and a booking agreement with Evolution Talent,
we are confident that Bryan
is in a great position to launch the next phase of his career.
WE WILL BE IN NEW YORK JULY 8-14 AND WOULD LOVE TO MEET WITH
YOU. Bryan is performing at the Sports Illustrated 50th Anniversary
Celebration on July 9, and then we are staying in town for
meetings. Would you have an hour to meet with us?
LMNT's hit song "Juliet" has been in heavy rotation on Radio
Disney for over a year (their longest running #1!), and their
music videos are in constant
rotation on The Disney Channel. LMNT toured last year with
BRITNEY SPEARS as the opening act on her "Dream Within A Dream
Tour", as well as tours with Aaron Carter, Play, Jump5 and
others. They are also featured on a number of recent soundtracks
including the multi-platinum "The Lizzie McGuire Movie",
"Kim Possible", "101 Dalmations 2", "Radio Disney Jams 5",
the just released "Disney Mania 2", and the upcoming "Radio
Disney Ultimate Jams" CD & DVD.
OFFICIAL WEBSITE: www.bryanchanonline.com
I would love to overnight a package to you and schedule a
brief meeting for next week if possible! I hope all is well
Nashville Publicity Group
Post Office Box 291705
Nashville, TN 37229
(615) 417-8149 phone
(615) 523-1831 fax
Mailbag, Part II:
We are a new publishing company here in PA (USA). Just wondering
if you ever have any need for Retro, Christian, Christmas,
Rock, or Halloween. (we provide other genres as well, but
no rap). We can write new ones fast and you can check us out
Margaret Mary Music
Listening Piles and Other Favorites
of the Rich and Famous:
John Collins, New Pornographers
Currently listening to the amazing Cello/Mandolin/Loop/Vocal
duo/trio The Winks. LABEL OWNERS looking for some more quixotic
genius rock that sounds nothing at all like the New Pornographers?
Prepare to fall in love! They're just so cute you want to
pinch their cheeks. But watch out, they slay on cello. They're
touring the west coast right this very moment.
On iTunes player right now, Radio Birdman.
Roger Miller, Mission Of Burma
High point of the European tour:
Go-Kart racing between Glasgow and Manchester. Only casualty
was a digital camera which was dropped onto the track and
summarily driven over.
Managing to get a sunburn in Dublin.
Bob Weston, Mission Of Burma
Mclusky - The Difference Between...
Pinebender - The High Price of Living...
Antelope - ep
Lungfish - Love is Love
Government Issue - Complete History
The Count Me Outs
Bjork - Homogenic
Graham Coxon - Happiness in Magazines
PJ Harvey - Uh Huh Her Um Mumph
Neil Stephenson - "The Confusion"
The following news/pile is for
the "da shippin' dogs," Greg Netter and Blake Thomas:
The Portable R2D2 AC is up and running finer than ever.
Taco Shack, Henderson, NV; Route 215E
Café Habana, New York, NY
Gorats Steakhouse, Omaha, NE
O'Franken Factor/Al Franken Show (Air America Radio)
Superpitcher "Here Comes Love" (Kompact)
Devandra Banhart "Rejoicing In the Hands of the Golden Empress"
Arthur Russell "Calling Out of Context" (Audika)
The Album Leaf "In A Safe Place" (Sub Pop)
Animal Collective "Sung Tongs" (Fat Cat)
AC Newman "The Slow Wonder" (Matador)
Built To Spill "There's Nothing Wrong With Love" (Up)
Modey Lemon "Thunder + Lightning" (Birdman)
Modey Lemon "Predator EP" (Birdman)
Jenn Lannchart, Beggars Group
Currently, I am obsessed w/ organizing & alphabetizing
my cd collection
...Quite the chore.
Movies: "Fahrenheit 9/11" - The kind of propaganda EVERYONE
Buying import 45s...a newish collectors hobby of mine.
Blonde Redhead, Charlatans, & The Hives new singles.
Books: music supervision for indie films
Dyin' to go to the beach now that it's hot as hell out!
Music: Battles, the new Dizzee Rascal, & Interpol ...I Can't
get enough of it!
Sonya Kolowrat, Beggars Group
1. #51 Curry Tofu Noodle Soup at Buddha's Delight in Boston
2. Crab Rangoon - why don't they have this in NYC?
3. Cold Red Borscht - there is NOTHING wrong with pink soup
4. Frozen custard in Wildwood, NJ
5. Café Habana is within lunchtime walking distance of the
office - yahoo!
Lucy Hurst, Beggars Group
Modest Mouse - Good News For People Who Love Bad News
The Naysayer - Kitten Time
Mirah - Advisory Committee
Rilo Kiley - (songs from new record - AMAZING!)
Deerhoof - Milkman
Os Mutantes - Os Mutantes
ESG - A South Bronx Story
Sufjan Stevens - Seven Swans
Brother Danielson - Brother is to Son
I seem to have inherited a lot of Hawaiian music on the iTunes
on my new work computer...
Miwa Okumura, Beggars Group
--Going through hundreds of Interpol short film treatments
made me realize I've got adult attention deficit order.
--50, 000 Republicans and 500,000 protesters are heading to
NYC next month. God, help us.
--listen to "better than most" by a.c. newman repeatedly.
--surf in hawaii
--met a man who was selling hand washed vinyl at a yard sale
in New Jersey and THAT was the selling point.
--I think I'm the only one in the office who still uses a
My-waiting-to-hear listening pile:
Sibelius Symphonies No. 5 & 6
M.I.A. (full album)
Top 5 differences at my new position
Alex Moreno, Beggars Group Video Promotions & Tour Marketing
Before - Fielding BS sales pitch type calls.
After - Having to pay attention to BS sales pitch type calls.
Before - Passing off to a fellow employee an annoying solicitor.
After - Meeting for 30 minutes with annoying solicitors.
Before - Hurrying up in the bathroom when I hear the doorbell
ring in the distance.
After - Passing out in the bathroom.
Before - Letting the interns know I hooked them up with guest
After - Letting 3 or 4 interns hover over me for about 15
minutes while I'm forced to take the aforementioned BS sales
pitch type call.
Before - Coming in at 9:30am
After - Coming in at 10:00am - That half hour makes a world
Sujinder Juneja, Beggars Group
iron and wine - our endless numbered days (subpop)
mclusky - the difference between me and you is that i'm not
on fire (too pure)
vast aire - look mom... no hands (chocolate industries)
mark lanegan - bubblegum (beggars banquet)
pj harvey - uh huh her (island)
rob crow - my room is a mess (absolutely kosher)
sonny rollins - volume two (blue note)
nick drake - made to love magic (universal)
manitoba - up in flames (domino)
david attenborough's 'the private life of plants'
family guy - seasons 1, 2, and 3
jancis robinson's wine course
pierre sparr gew¸rztraminer (france)
warre's otima 10 yr old (portugal)
looking forward to:
celebrating 1 year with a very pretty lady
hiking at the base of the rockies
exploring the wine regions of oregon and washington state
mark lanegan in concert
Euvin Weeber, Beggars Group
Pabst Blue Ribbon
Comets On Fire 'Blue Cathedral' - SubPop
A.C. Newman 'the slow wonder' - Matador
M.I.A 'Sunshowers' Single - XL
Morrissey 'You are the quarry' - Attack
Interpol 'Antics' - Unreleased
Cass Mccombs 'S/T' - 4AD
Mission of Burma 'Four Hands EP' - Matador
Pixies w/Mogwai June 7 Le Zenith Paris FR
"Needle and the Damage Done" as done by Chan Marshall June
Bad Brains 'Banned in D.C.' - Caroline
Mark Ohe, Matador Records
j.j. cale, "5", mercury
taste, "taste", atco
taste, "on the boards", atco
prentice & tuttle, "every loving day", private pressing
michael herley, "watertower", fundamental
creedence clearwter revival, "live in germany", bellaphon
the books, "the lemon of pink", tomlab
the modern lovers, "precise modern lovers order", rounder
bulgaria, "the columbia world library of folk and primitive
rumania, "the columbia world library of folk and primitive
Mike Holdsworth, Matador Records
Al Green - Green Is Blues
Al Green - The Belle Album
Al Green - Call Me
Wilco - A Ghost Is Born
The Weather Prophets - Blue Skies And Free Rides...The Best
Coco Rosie - La Maison De Mon Reve
Alan English, Matador Records
As if it wasn't already an honour enough for my band to open
for Mission Of Burma & Seachange in London the other week
the night was made better still when, as we were loitering
awkwardly in the dressing room, Roger turned to us and said;
"Hey boys, you know that we're not going to drink all this
rider don't you? It'll just go to waste if you don't help
The Good Life - Album Of The Year (Saddle Creek)
Mike Fellows - Limited Storyline Guest (Vertical Form)
65daysofstatic - The Fall Of Math (Monotreme)
Pedro The Lion - Achilles Heel (Jade Tree)
The Futureheads - The Futureheads (679)
Still reeling from the awesome Television and Wilco sets at
Found Magazine Issues 2 & 3
John Fante - The Bandini Quartet
Nils Bernstein, Matador Records
1) fiery furnaces live
3) mexico city
4) frog eyes
5) gino vanelli 'into the night'
6) african head charge
7) ikara colt
8) turkish food
9) hope of the states' instrumentals
10) 'take you on a cruise'
Jesper Eklow, Matador Records
Jack Rose - Brooklyn show july 13, plus 'Opium Musick' LP
Ann Peebles - The Complete Ann Peebles on Hi Records Volume
1 1969 1973 2xCD (Hi)
Fred McDowell - The First Recordings CD (Rounder)
Miighty Flashlight live Tonic, NYC July 2
V/A - When The Sun Goes Down - Sacred Roots Of The Blues CD
Atlee Yeager - Plant Me Now And Dig Me Later LP (Chelsea)
Trad Gras och Stenar - recent US shows, NYx2, Phila, LA, SF
Steven Jay Lobdell and Comets on Fire - live SF with TGS
Patrick Amory, Matador Records
1. Archet D'Or
Subscription Series 2003 (Coup d'Archet 4 LP box)
2. Blood Brothers 'Crimes' (CDR)
3. Chic "My Forbidden Lover" from 'Risqué (Atlantic LP)
4. Mandy Morton and Spriguns 'Magic Lady' (Banshee LP)
5. Bach/Starker Cello Suites (Speakers Corner/Mercury 180
gram LP box)
6. Miles Davis 'Cookin' With The Miles Davis Quintet' (Analogue
Productions 180 gram 45 RPM dbl LP)
7. The Romeros with Maria Victoria 'A Flamenco Wedding Party'
8. Beethoven/Schnabel Complete Piano Sonatoas (Angel 12 LP
9. Stack Waddy 'Stack Waddy' (Dandelion LP)
10. In general, the stars of the 1950s pianisme française
Gerard Cosloy, Matador Records
Scharpling & Wurster - New Hope For The Ape-Eared (Stereolaffs)
Chris Cacavas - Self Taut (Blue Rose)
I Love You But I've Chosen Darkness - s/t (Emperor Jones)
Wilco - Astoria, London, 15 July
Thalia Zedek - Trust Not Those In Whom Without Some Touch
Of Madness (Thrill Jockey)
Shannon Wright - Over The Sun (Touch & Go)
The Weather Prophets - Blue Skies & Free Rides (Cherry Red)
Six Organs Of Admittance - For Octavio Paz (Holy Mountain)
The Blood Bros. - Crimes (V2)
Danny Pearson - The Oblivion Seeker (Frozen)