browse every Showpaper cover while listening to new Matt & Kim (who also announced a tour)
Showpaper #20, cover art by Kim Schifino
In addition to tirelessly listing all-ages NYC shows for 7 years, bi-weekly, print-only newspaper Showpaper (which sadly just called it a day), commissioned a beautiful piece of artwork for their cover every single issue. Browse all of them at their Facebook.
The cover artists often came from the scene which Showpaper was covering. Dustin Pilkington of Best Fwends & Total Abuse designed issue three. Brian Chippendale of Lightning Bolt did issue four. Bjorn Copeland of Black Dice, Hisham Bharoocha of Black Dice & Lightning Bolt, Mark Mothersbaugh of DEVO (!), DJ Dog Dick, Dan Deacon, members of Lucky Dragons, graffiti artist COST, photographer Tod Seelie, Les Savy Fav's Tim Harrington, Genesis Breyer P-Orridge, Daniel Higgs, Pictureplane, Prince Rama, and many more designed covers. Issue 20, which came out in 2008, was designed by Kim Schifino aka Kim from Matt & Kim. That's her art pictured above.
Showpaper was founded by DIY concert promoter Todd P. Todd's name used to be synonymous with DIY shows in Brooklyn. Bands who played his shows a lot became "Todd P bands". Breakout Todd P bands included Vivian Girls, Dan Deacon, and yes: Matt and Kim. It's hard to believe now, but the cheerful duo was once more associated with sweaty, semi-legal, all ages shows in Brooklyn than they were with big festivals, MTV awards, car commercials, and large, Bowery Presents-booked venues like Terminal 5 which is where they're playing on May 14 (tickets go on sale Friday, 1/16). The NYC show is part of a just-announced spring tour that goes from Virginia to Minneapolis. All dates are listed below.
The tour is in support of a new record called New Glow which Harvest Records will release on April 7th. Pre-orders of the album also come with pre-sale show ticket access. Matt & Kim say:
"Anyone who has seen us knows we love any style of music you can have fun and get wild to. I'm not sure we were able to put that diversity on any of our albums the way we did on New Glow. While there are definitely songs that will feel familiar to people who know our stuff, there are also songs like "Get It" which have always been part of who we are but went unrecorded to this point."
Watch a lyric video for "Get It", the album's first single, below.
Matt & Kim @ Danbro Studios, 2008 (more by Ryan Muir)
Meanwhile, Todd P has been busy working on reopening Brooklyn venue Market Hotel which should be officially open as a legal venue sometime this year. Todd probably doesn't speak much to Matt or Kim these days, but I would love to see a reunion happen in the form of a sweaty show at the ex-Dominican nightclub in Bushwick. The So So Glos and TheDeathSet can open. Tod Seelie will take the photos. Kim can design the flyer.
Matt & Kim dates, new song and album tracklist, below...
Matt & Kim - Let's Go
New Glow tracklist:
01 Hey Now
02 Stirred Up
03 Can You Blame Me
04 Hoodie On
05 Make A Mess
06 Killin Me
07 World Is Ending
08 Get It
09 Not Alone
10 I See Ya
Matt & Kim -- 2015 Tour Dates
04/15 Norfolk, VA NorVa
04/16 Columbus, OH LC Pavilion
04/17 Philadelphia, PA Electric Factory
04/20 Asheville, NC Orange Peel
04/21 Atlanta, GA Buckhead Theater
04/23 Austin, TX Stubbs
04/24 Dallas, TX House of Blues
04/25 Houston, TX House of Blues
04/27 Phoenix, AZ Marquee
04/28 Los Angeles, CA Fonda Theatre
04/30 Santa Ana, CA Observatory
05/01 San Diego, CA North Park Theater
05/02 San Francisco, CA Warfield
05/04 Salt Lake City, UT The Depot
05/05 Denver, CO The Ogden
05/08 St Louis, MO The Pageant
05/09 Nashville, TN Marathon Sun
05/11 Washington, DC 9:30 Club
05/14 New York, NY Terminal 5
05/18 Toronto, ON Danforth Music Hall
05/19 Cleveland, OH House of Blues
05/20 Detroit, MI Royal Oak Music Hall
05/21 Chicago, IL Riviera
05/22 Minneapolis, MN Mill City Nights