Entries tagged with: Matador Records
by Andrew Sacher
London trio Haelos signed to Matador a little while back, and this past June they released the four-song Earth Not Above EP on the label. It had them channeling late '90s trip-hop and doing a good amount of justice to that sound, but the two more recently-released singles from their TBA debut full-length have them expanding into other territories. Titled "Pray" and "Dust," they're both good, but the latter is the strongest one to my ears. It's not quite "alt-R&B" but it's got the soulful-ness and ambient textures that that genre is known for and will probably appeal to its fans. Mostly it's just a lush, stripped-down pop song that doesn't sound like it's going for one particular style. Listen to the new singles, a couple tracks from the EP, and the band's cover of UK band The Beloved's 1990 single "The Sun Rising," below.
The band is set to come to the US in 2016 for SXSW and shows in California and NYC. The NYC shows happen March 29 at Mercury Lounge and March 30 at Baby's All Right. Tickets for Baby's are on sale now and tickets for Merc should be on sale soon.
All dates are listed below...
photo: Steve Gunn at 4Knots Fest 2013 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Steve Gunn recently announced that he signed to Matador and he'll have the followup to 2014's Way Out Weather on that label at some point. Meanwhile, watch the recently-premiered video for "Wildwood" from Way Out Weather, below.
Steve is doing a lot of touring this year, and will be in Austin for SXSW this week. Not long after that, he plays NYC on April 1 at Baby's All Right with Mary Lattimore & Jeff Zeigler, August Wells, and JR Bohannon. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
All dates are listed, with the video, below...
Interpol, NYC, June 2014 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Next month will see the release of El Pintor, the fifth full-length from Interpol. Since their debut with 2002's acclaimed Turn on the Bright Lights, Interpol have continued to explore the depth of their music - a veritable force of sound that varies between the detached misanthropy of bands like Joy Division and those punk compositional textures of bands like Fugazi. While maturation can be a difficult thing to come by in the realm of initial popularity, Interpol have not let the success of their debut be a place of creative satisfaction. Even twelve years after their breakout, Interpol sound as ambitious as ever. BrooklynVegan spoke to Daniel Kessler (guitars/vocals) about the band's upcoming release and what their story has entailed so far.
It's been four years since the self-titled. Was there a different mindset for you guys coming into El Pintor just given that gap in time?
Daniel: We hadn't really discussed, in all honesty, "What are we gonna do" or "How are we gonna do this?" or "What's it gonna be like?" We really didn't. We just kinda got together in August 2012 and borrowed my friends in Battles' space for a few days and basically by day two Paul [Banks] was like "Maybe I should jump on the bass because I tend to sing the bass melodies pretty frequently, and it might help anchor the positions of the songs," and I was like "Cool." It was actually the first time we'd had any discussion about what we were gonna do bass wise for that record, and I had no idea what sort of bass player he really was. I knew he played bass on his record, but right away it was pretty clear. I was more enthused than anything. I'd say by day two or day three we had the formation of what are now a couple of songs on the record. Obviously it's not the songs on the record as far as arrangements, but we had a guitar and bass line and vocals, which we'd never really done that soon off the bat. Sam [Fogarino] flew down from Athens, and by the end of eight days we probably had three songs that were in pretty good shape, and we recorded it, and we really liked the construction, we liked what was happening energy-wise. We didn't really get together again after the last album until 2013 as far as writing goes, so we really wrote the whole record in 2013. It wasn't really, for me, until the very end that I started having a look at what kind of record we had made. During the writing process I knew that the songs had maybe an urgency to them, but I wasn't sort of analyzing anything while we were still in the game. It's like you're looking in from a step back. While we're in the middle of writing and all that, I'm just kind of more focused on what we're doing and logistics and when we're gonna get together again and stuff like that.
by Andrew Sacher
Lower at Chaos in Tejas 2013 (more by Sarah Frankie Linder)
Danish punks Lower have many impressive singles/EPs/demos dating back a few years now, and they've just announced that they've signed to Matador (also home to their Denmark pals Iceage), who will release their debut album, Seek Warmer Climes, on June 17. They also just released the album's first single, "Lost Weight, Perfect Skin," which sounds like their knack for moody punk hasn't gone anywhere. You can listen to that, with the LP artwork and tracklist, below.
As mentioned, Lower are coming over to the US for Posh Isolation Fest in LA, and they've since added other dates to happen while they're here, including two in NYC. First they play Home Sweet Home on May 28 for the venue's Nothing Changes party, and then they play Acheron on May 30. No advance tickets for either show at the moment. All dates are listed below.
All dates are listed, with the new song stream, LP artwork and tracklist, below...
by Andrew Sacher
Athens/Baltimore indie rockers Outer Spaces (not to be confused with Outer Space) are planning a tour for this spring (most of which is TBA), and that tour expects them in NYC this April, but you can see them here much sooner at TONIGHT's (2/5) Death by Audio show with poppy shoegazers Field Mouse, folk pop singer/songwriter Gregory and the Hawk and lo-fi duo Laughing Fingers. $7 at the door. Flyer below.
Outer Spaces evolved out of singer Cara Beth Satalino's solo project, and sees her joined by a revolving lineup that includes Chester Endersby Gwazda (who you may know as the producer of several Dan Deacon and Future Islands albums). Cara used to front the punky indie rock band Witches who had releases on Salinas Records (PS Eliot, Swearin') and Bakery Outlet Records. Following those releases, she put out an EP under her own name, The Good Ones on the same two labels. Not unlike Katie Crutchfield of Cara's former labelmates PS Eliot initially did with Waxahatchee (who Cara has played with), she used the solo project as an opportunity to ditch the distortion-driven songs of her former project in favor of bare, folkier songwriting.
She continued that trend on her February 2013 EP as Outer Spaces, Creature of Nature, but added the full band to expand their sound for their May 2013 7" which came out as part of the Matador Records singles series. The resulting songs, "I Was Divided" and "Eternally Fifteen," are two of the band's best tracks to date, pulling from folk, punk, and indie rock, but never really falling into any of the three.
They're planning on releasing their first full length this year, so stay tuned for more on that. Meanwhile, stream the Matador 7" and the Creature of Nature EP, along with the mostly tentative list of tour dates, below...
Montreal's Majical Cloudz released their impressive Turns Turns Turns EP on Arbutus Records last year, and like their collaborator Grimes (who left her Arbutus home to sign to 4AD), Majical Cloudz have partnered with a Beggars Group-affiliated label Matador Records, who will release a new full length by the duo this year. They also just filmed a Yours Truly session for "Turns Turns Turns," which you can watch below. And as mentioned, they'll be touring with Autre Ne Veut this year and hitting NYC on February 27 at Santos (tickets).
In other Matador news, the label will be reissuing Eleven : Eleven, the debut album from Boston's Come, which originally came out in 1992 and has long been out of print. The band made fans out of J Mascis, Bob Mould, and Kurt Cobain, and they share a member (Chris Brokaw) with Codeine. The reissue will be released as a 2XCD/2XLP with the original album, Come's 10/10/92 performance at the Vermonstress Festival, and a bonus 7" reissue of the "Fast Piss Blues" b/w "I Got The Blues" single. The album will get the same reissue treatment in Europe via Glitterhouse.
The band are also planning some reunion shows for this year, but none have been announced yet. Meanwhile, frontwoman Thalia Zedek (also of Live Skull) will release her fifth solo album on March 19 via Thrill Jockey.
The video for "Submerge" from Eleven and that Majical Cloudz video below...
by Fred Pessaro // BBG
JK Flesh/Prurient art
Between his remix contributions, work as Jesu and other psuedonyms, and overall pioneering work ethic, it seems somewhat appropriate (but sad) to watch the influential labelHydra Head Records sail off into the sunset with a final release from an artist of Justin Broadrick's influence.
But enough with the tears. The new split, titled Worship is the Cleansing of Imagination, features Broadrick as JK Flesh along with the great noise technician Prurient on the flip, each contributing three songs. (The artwork, with a lightswitch in the "off" position is also perhaps a nod to the label's final bow.) Prurient's noisy, instrumental contributions stray from his aggressive darkwave-y LP, Bermuda Drain, which hit the label last year; while JK Flesh's three tracks come off like a glitch-y cross between Godflesh, drum 'n' bass, John Carpenter soundtracks and some of El-P's noisier productions. Stream tracks from the split below including JK Flesh's "Fear of Fear" which makes its debut here. Preorder yours at Hydra Head before the 12/11/12 release. Long live Hydra Head.
In other Justin Broadrick news, Jesu recently dropped the vinyl version of the 2010 Christmas EP via Robotic Empire, as well as his now sold-out contribution to the Matador Singles Club, "Duchess" b/w "Veiled".
Stream that Christmas EP and songs from the new JK Flesh/Prurient split below.
As recently mentioned, Black Friday is also now Record Store Day so music nerds can have fun on the busiest shopping day of the year too. One place you might go, if you're in NYC, is Other Music who write:
For those of you who are spending your holiday in New York City, Other Music will be participating in Record Store Day's second annual Black to Black Friday (Friday, November 23), and this year there will be an even bigger variety of limited RSD-only pressings plus some great advance releases exclusive to independent shops. You can browse a list of all these special titles here on the RSD website, or download a PDF wish list here, and while we can't guarantee that every one of these releases will be available at Other Music, we do have a great assortment of RSD merchandise -- keep in mind, quantities are limited, first come first served, and one per customer, in-store purchases only. We will be closed for Thanksgiving but we'll be back open Friday, regular business hours 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., and we hope to see you!Other Music is also offering free shipping on domestic orders through Monday on regular stuff. Matador Records is offering 15% off stuff with code "BLACKFRIDAY". Saddle Creek has free shipping for orders over $30 and 20% off your entire order using coupon code "blackfriday20".
Some of the RSD exclusives you'll find in record stores on Black Friday are reissues of three different White Stripes singles. One of the record stores guaranteed to be carrying those is Third Man Records in Nashville where they'll also be debuting an expansion...
Third Man Records is inviting you, your family (yes, even those creepy cousins from the kids table) and loved ones to join us the day following Thanksgiving, also known as BLACK FRIDAY, for the Grand Opening of The Third Man Records Novelty Lounge. We've expanded our record shop space and it's now equipped with a dazzling array of coin operated contraptions and attractions guaranteed to pop your peepers and flip your wig. Dig?More about the Novelty Lounge in the video below...
Iceage at LPR, July 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro // BBG)
Iceage have announced that Matador will release their new LP on February 19th (it comes out on Escho in Denmark). So far no other details have been announced, but congrats to the Danish boys who released their 2011 album New Brigade internationally via What's Your Rupture?.
In other news, related band Lower will release their new 7" Someone's Got It in for Me" b/w "But There Has to Be More" on 11/20. Check out a stream of the b-side below and order yours via 540 Records.
Iceage is currently gearing up to play dates in the UK, and will team with Lower in their native Denmark. All tour dates and a stream of their 2011 LP is below.
Lee with Sarah from Talk Normal at MHOW in 2009 (more by Lori Bally)
As mentioned Lee Ranaldo will release his solo album, Between the Time and the Tides on March 20 via Matador. He'll be celebrating the release of that album with a free in-store on the album's release date, March 20 at Other Music at 9 PM.
Yo La Tengo Hanukkah @ Maxwell's 12/22/2011 (via TheRealYLT)
The Lee Ranaldo Band and comedian Ted Alexandro opened the third night of Hanukkah for Yo La Tengo at Maxwell's. Lee, Steve Shelley, and Alan Licht, who is also in Lee's band, joined Yo La Tengo for a number of songs in the latter half of their set, including a cover of Sonic Youth's "Mote," which Lee sings lead on. In the encore, Yo La Tengo covered John Cale's "Andalucia" and Barry Manilow's "Mandy," the latter of which they were joined by John Cameron Mitchell on vocals. Check out the full setlist via Frank & Earthy below.
Speaking of Lee Ranaldo, he's working on his solo album called Between The Times & The Tides, which will be out March 20 via Matador. As mentioned, his live band includes Alan Licht, Irwin Menken, and SY bandmate Steve Shelley. All three members contribute to the album in addition to Sonic Youth collaborator Jim O'Rourke, Nels Cline, John Medeski, Bob Bert (who drummed in SY before Steve Shelley joined, and was also in Pussy Galore who are rumored to be opening one of the YLT shows), Lee's wife and longtime collaborator Leah Singer, and Kathy Leisen. The album was produced by Lee Ranaldo and John Agnello, who produced Sonic Youth's most recent album, The Eternal. According to Sonic Youth's site, he is planning a 2012 tour. Lee spoke to Rolling Stone about the new album:
It's eight songs with a full band and two songs with pretty much acoustic guitar only. I've always been an acoustic guitar player and I've pretty much continued to play acoustic guitar throughout all of the Sonic Youth periods. My material for Sonic Youth often started on acoustic guitar. What was refreshing about this was just to see all these songs sprout and actually kind of follow each other down this road and actually get completed. I've got millions of tapes of half-completed songs and for some reason, at this point, I had the energy to take them all the way through to the end.And about the future of Sonic Youth:
I'm feeling optimistic about the future no matter what happens at this point. I mean, every band runs its course. We've been together way longer than any of us ever imagined would happen and it's been for the most part an incredibly pleasurable ride. There's still a lot of stuff we're going to continue to do. There's tons and tons of archival projects and things like that that are still going on, so there are so many ways in which we are tied to each other for the future both musically and in other ways. I'm just happy right now to let the future take its course and I guess I'm kind of thankful that I've got this other project that kind of came about on its own. It wasn't kind of like, well, "Oh the band is ending for a while and I've got to figure out what to do." It kind of naturally happened in the course of things so that was a nice way for that to come about. I played my first show the day after Kim and Thurston announced [their separation.] That was completely weird.A picture of Lee Ranaldo Band from the Yo La Tengo show and setlists below...
The Men at Bowery Ballroom in November (more by BBG)
Matador Records is presenting the Singles Going Home Alone Subscription Series for 2012, where you will get
6 subscription only 7"es every other month in 2012, plus a special secret bonus item, a tote bag and 10% off all year long on the Matador Store (which cannot be combined with other discounts, email with code will arrive around time of the first single)The first installment is a split 7" between Stephen Malkmus and L.A. Guns, which will feature Malkmus taking on the L.A. Guns track "Wheels Of Fire" and L.A. Guns will cover "Gorgeous George" off Malkmus's most recent LP, Mirror Traffic. That comes out on January 17. It will be followed by a 7" from OBN IIIs on March 20 and another from The Men on May 22. The remaining three are TBA and will come out on 7/10, 9/11, and 11/6. You can subscribe to the series at Matador's site. The list of releases is below.
Speaking of The Men, they just announced a new album due out in March and a tour in support of it which includes SXSW and 285 Kent on March 7 with Nude Beach. They have since added another NYC show happening much sooner at Union Pool on January 13 with Pygmy Shrews, Organs, and Call of The Wild (ex-Awesome Color). All dates and Matador singles series list below...
Matador label-mates James McNew of Yo La Tengo and Ted Leo both have December 2011 Maxwell's shows coming up and both contributed 'Best of 2011' lists to Matador Records for the label's annual big list of lists. Maybe their lists contain some clues on what special guests we can expect at their upcoming NJ shows (Yo La Tengo on all nights of Hanukkah, Ted Leo on New Year's Eve). At a minimum, Ted's list contains a great recommendation for vegan pizza in Brooklyn. Both lists are reprinted below...
DOWNLOAD: Kurt Vile - The Creatures (MP3)
To quote Matador Records...
On November 8, Kurt Vile will be releasing a brand-new 6-song EP on the 12" vinyl and digital formats, entitled So Outta Reach. The EP contains 5 original songs initially recorded during the sessions for Smoke Ring For My Halo but not used for the album, which were reworked with producer John Agnello this summer. In addition, the EP contains a cover of Bruce Springsteen's "Downbound Train."Download new EP track "The Creature" above.
On the same day there will be a deluxe 2-CD version of Smoke Ring For My Halo with a new color cover. The deluxe CD will include the So Outta Reach EP on a second disc, all at the same price as a regular CD.
Kurt heads out on tour later this month with Bright Eyes who just played Williamsburg last week. Kurt played the same Brooklyn venue earlier in the summer with Sonic Youth and Wild Flag who have a new Tom Scharpling-directed video out today for "Romance". Check it out below. Wild Flag's new album (out 9/13 on Merge) is streaming too.
Kurt's next NYC show is a big headlining one at Webster Hall. All tour dates are listed below.
And speaking of Matador bands that have Manhattan shows coming up in the fall, Girls' new album Father, Son, Holy Ghost is streaming too, and that is also below...
DOWNLOAD: Ceremony - Sick (MP3)
For several of us at Matador Records & Filmworks, 'Rohnert Park', the 3rd album from Northern California's CEREMONY wasn't merely one of our favorites of 2010, it also represented one of those moments where we sit around in a dark room and wonder aloud, "can you imagine what these guys will do next?"Ceremony are in NYC now, playing two shows, each of which has featured in BV post in the past day: tonight (6/30) is at House of Vans and Friday is at 538 Johnson (and NOT Death By Audio). All tour dates below...
Those moments usually don't last long. Often one of the cleaners will turn on the lights and we'll have to explain they've not walked in on some kind of corporate hazing ritual. In this instance, however, the moment seemed to extend for several months, finally culminating in the worst kept secret in our version of the rock biz this spring ; Ceremony's next full-length studio album will be a Matador release in 2012.
The announcement of Ceremony's signing to Matador also coincides with the band's swan song for Bridge 9, a 6-song 12? EP/CD/digital EP entitled 'Covers'. Songs by Urban Waste ("Public Opinion"), Pixies ("Nimrod's Son"), Crisis ("Holocaust"), Eddie and the Subtitles ("American Society"), Vile ("5 to 10?) and Wire ("Pink Flag") are reinterpreted by Ceremony on this collection of outtakes from the 'Rohnert Park' sessions. Bridge Nine are taking preorders starting today.
DOWNLOAD: Esben & the Witch - Marching Song (Snorkel Remix) (MP3)
Esben & The Witch at Bowery (more by Leia Jospe)
Gothy UK post-punks Esben & The Witch last visited the U.S. while on tour with Foals last year (pics from Bowery Ballroom). They'll return this March for some headlining shows of their own including one in Brooklyn at the Bell House on March 4th and an early show at Mercury Lounge on March 5th. Tickets for Mercury Lounge are currently on AMEX presale and go on general sale at noon on 1/21, the same time that Bell House tickets go on sale.
Esben & The Witch will release their new LP Violet Cries via Matador on 2/8. Preorder that from Matador, and check out all tour dates as well as what Jack Black (yes, that Jack Black) thinks of the LP, and check out two official videos, below. Grab the new Snorkel Remix of "Marching Song" above.
In related news, Foals are back on the road this spring too, and will play Terminal 5 on May 4th with Freelance Whales. Tickets go on sale Friday 1/21 at noon.
All tour dates and some videos (including two starring Jack Black) are below.
DOWNLOAD: Times New Viking: "No Room to Live" (MP3)
TNV @ a BV Day Party (more by Amanda Hatfield)
"Ohio shit-fi indie rock heroes Times New Viking have signed with Merge Records, who will release their new album, Dancer Equired, on April 25 in the U.S. (Wichita will release it in Europe, Pop Frenzy in Australia, and Big Nothing in Japan.) It's the follow-up to 2009's Matador LP Born Again Revisited.Look for Times New Viking on the lineup of the Merge Records SXSW showcase when it gets announced. That video and another below...
The first single from the record will be "No Room to Live", which previously appeared on a tour-only 7" during the band's jaunt with Guided by Voices last year. You can take a listen to the song above, and check out its video (directed by Brandon Reichard and Pelham Johnston) below."
DOWNLOAD: Blonde Redhead - "Here Sometimes" (Pantha Du Prince remix) (MP3)
Don't plan on being at the BrooklynVegan official CMJ showcase at Music Hall of Williamsburg on Thursday night (now with more Suuns, less Yuck)? Looking for something to do afterwards? The above flyer illustrates another October 21st CMJ option, and though there will be no live music, there will be free beer, giveaways courtesy of Converse, free t-shirts, free beer, prize packs, free beer, and lots of people who work at record labels in the house including two who will be playing music . DJ sets will be by True Panther Soundsystem, Matador founder Gerard Cosloy, Lemonade, and Matador's Dave Martin. The party is also completely free and requires no badge at all. Oh, and it's all in the name of buying music.
Speaking of the 21 year old Matador aka Beggars, the Blonde Redhead/Pantha Du Prince tour, two shows at Webster Hall included, kicks off in Philly tonight (10/15), and 4AD aka Beggars has released a new free remix to celebrate. Grab that above. All dates below...
Dramatic and ethereal, not to mention captivating, the recorded material from UK's Esben & The Witch recall moments of Kate Bush, Bauhaus, Portishead, or the darker side of indie pop. The trio have signed with Matador and will welcome the new Marching Song 12" on Oct 11th and a long-player next year, but in the meantime will hit the road for a string of US dates that will include THREE shows in NYC. One of those dates is TONIGHT (9/20) at Glasslands. It's their first-ever US show and tickets are still on sale. Mon Khmer, Grooms, and Megafortress are also on the bill.
The second NYC show will be supporting Foals at the sold-out Bowery Ballroom on 10/1 (right before they head to Vegas for Matador 21) and the third will see the band supporting A Sunny Day In Glasgow at Knitting Factory on 10/26 (tickets).
Esben & The Witch recently dropped a video for the title track to the Marching Song 12", dig on the video for that, as well as all tour dates below.
Ted Leo @ FYF Fest 2010 (more by Chris Juarez)
We will be releasing a small quantity of GA tickets for Matador 21 next week by lottery. Winners will be picked at random and notified on Tuesday, September 14th at 9:00am. Winners will have 24hrs to purchase their tickets. If they fail to do so, a new winner will be selected the following day at 9:00am. All winners will be given the option to purchase 2 tickets at $250 each + service fees and taxes. This is your last chance (we hope!) to be part of the greatest weekend in human historyThe final lineup/sort-of-schedule for Matador 21, taking place in Las Vegas from Oct 1-3, was recently released. Check it out below.
To enter the lottery please send an email to email@example.com with the title, "21 LOTTERY" in the subject line of your message.
On the Matador 21 schedule you'll see that both The New Pornographers and Ted Leo & the Pharmacists play the final day of the festival, Sunday, October 3rd. It was also just announced that those same two bands will share a bill again two months later in NYC. Tickets for the Monday, December 6th show at Terminal 5 in NYC go on service-fee-free Presale today (9/14), AmEx presale Wednesday at 11am, and then general sale Friday at noon.
In between Las Vegas and NYC, the New Pornographers will play a series of dates with Tokyo Police Club who also have a bunch of shows scheduled without their fellow Canadians. All dates are listed below.
Ted Leo has an even busier schedule between now and December, and as usual, good taste in openers. In September and October he'll hit the road with So Cow and then Kevin Seconds and then Screaming Females again.
All dates and stuff below...
1.) What is the cost and how do the tickets / hotel rooms work?"Remember, tickets go on sale this Friday at 9 AM Pacific via ticketfly.com, and at the two Zia Records locations in Las Vegas at 10 AM Pacific."
The cost of the show starts at $199 for a three-night pass plus an additional $99 per night to stay at the Palms. You can have up to 4 people in one room and the option to purchase up to 4 tickets. After the initial swathe of tickets is sold out, the cost of the show goes up to $225 for a three night pass. You must buy hotel rooms with these tickets - sorry if that seems extreme, but it's how we were able to make this work economically with this lineup of bands in an intimate venue. We negotiated this rate for you and it's a good one. There will be all-night events going on at Palms, and the concept is for a familial event with label staff, artists and fans all mingling and staying at the same site.
VIP tickets are available for $399. These tickets (21+ only) will get you:
- Reserved Seating at the Pearl (AT THE FRONT)
- Access to Opening Party on Friday with open bar with staff and bands
- Priority access into afterparty shows
- Priority access into sky villa parties
- More TBA
For Las Vegas residents, there will be 100 tickets available for $199 at the two Zia Records locations in Las Vegas, for locals. These do not require purchase of hotel rooms. Tickets will be awarded via lottery at both locations, so please, don't attempt to camp out at either store early that morning or the night before.
In response to demand, we are also offering a limited number of a la carte passes for $250 for those who choose not to stay at the Palms. These will be available Friday, July 9th with a 2 ticket limit via the Ticketfly site only.
Once the a la carte passes and the local tickets at Zia are sold out, ALL TICKETS WILL REQUIRE THE PURCHASE OF A HOTEL ROOM.
2.) Will there be an installment plan to buy tickets?
Yes. Details will be available on the Ticketfly site. (The installment plan does not apply to the Zia tickets.)
3.) Can I purchase multiple hotel rooms at the time I purchase the tickets?
4.) Can I purchase a ticket without a hotel room if I'm staying in someone else's room?
No. The only tickets without rooms are the Zia tickets and the limited $250 a la carte passes. Sorry, but that was the only way we could make this work. [FAQ for Matador at 21: The Lost Weekend]
In related news, and as you may have read yesterday in the comments...,
"Tickets for "The Lost Weekend" aka Matador's 21st birthday celebrations at The Palms will go on sale this Friday morning at 9am, PST. Here's the details you've been hassling all of us about over the last week (and don't think we don't appreciate it)...That message is from Matador Records, and is continued below...
Matador's 21st birthday fest will be happening in Las Vegas October 1st-3rd. For it, they've pulled the cream of the indie-rock crop. Previously speculated headliners Belle & Sebastian and Pavement will be there - on top of that, Guided By Voices will be reuniting to play, "in the band's "classic '93-'96 lineup!" The most recent show for GBV was New Year's Eve 2004/05.
In addition to those three, the lineup includes Sonic Youth, Spoon, Yo La Tengo, Cat Power, Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, New Pornographers, Superchunk, Ted Leo & the Pharmacists, Guitar Wolf (who also play NY), Chavez, Girls, Fucked Up, Harlem, Cold Cave, Shearwater, Kurt Vile and Jeffrey Joe Jenson. More will be annonuced July 5th.
A flyer is below...
Solange & Ed...
Her recent credits include playing with Dirty Projectors at Fashion Week and singing with Of Montreal at Highline and Terminal 5. Now Solange is DJing at Brooklyn Bowl on Friday, June 18th. I'm not totally sure if she's a good DJ or not, but tickets are on sale.
"Yesterday, we reported that Interpol's new album comes out September 14. As it turns out, September 14 will be a big day for bruised, world-weary New York indie rock, since that's also the date that Fat Possum will release Lisbon, the new album from the Walkmen.As Pitchfork said right there, Interpol's new album is coming soon too, and their old label Matador will be releasing it in the US! In the UK it will be Interpol's "own newly formed label, Soft Limit" that puts it out on September 13th (one day before the US). More details below. Interpol, now with a new 5-person lineup, are playing a free NYC show on June 26th.
The band recorded the follow-up to 2008's You & Me over two years, working in warehouses in Brooklyn and Philadelphia. They also wrote a few songs on trips to the Portuguese city that gave the album its title. St. Vincent/Mountain Goats/Thermals knob-twiddler John Congleton produced the 11-song album, and Passion Pit/Les Savy Fav veteran Chris Zane engineered it."
Back to Solange for s second... She blogs that that she is in the process of finishing her new, indie (as in not on her former label, Interscope) album with indie rocker Dev from Lightspeed Champion (something that was originally reported a while back). That update is below...
DOWNLOAD: Teenage Fanclub - Baby Lee (MP3)
"Dogged adherents of the "if it ain't broke" philosophy of music, the Glaswegian quartet have been plying their own brand of harmony-laden guitar pop for two decades and little changes here. Pedestrian? Yes. Derivative? Certainly. But an alchemy exists within the band allowing them to find something newly life-affirming in the most well-worn elements of their Byrds-indebted sound. Current single "Baby Lee" might be twee but boasts a melody so sunny it could persuade grown men to skip down the street. And among this record's bittersweet pleasures, drowsy closer "Today Never Ends" is porch music of a timeless kind." [Guardian]Teenage Fanclub's new album, Shadows, was just released overseas in Europe (where they're touring at the moment in support of it). Merge Records puts the album out in the U.S., on June 8th (the last day of their UK tour). Download "Baby Lee" for free above.
In July and August, Teenage Fanclub will play some European festivals. In December they play the Belle & Sebastian-curated "Bowlie 2" ATP in Minehead. Before that they join their fellow Scots for a show in Brooklyn (and maybe a TBA tour?).
Anonymous pointed out that Matador is hosting their 21st anniversary festival in Las Vegas from October 1-3. That makes it seem very likely that Belle & Sebastian will play that too while they're visiting. Las Vegas Weekly reports...
...the host venue appears to be the Pearl at the Palms, according to a source with inside knowledge. And, yes, Pavement is set to headline, a figure close to the band has confirmed; the just-reunited '90s alt-luminaries play LA's Hollywood Bowl on Thursday, September 30, and will perform in Vegas that weekend... Oh, also on that Hollywood Bowl bill? The legendary Sonic Youth, whose latest album, 2009's The Eternal, was released by, ahem, Matador Records. Hmm...Teenage Fanclub's album tracklist and dates below...