September 12th, 2011
We’ve Got A Couple Records Out Tomorrow, Mahn.
Hey dude, you ever read Pitchfork Media? Really? Me too. Well then, you already know that Girls Father, Son, Holy Ghost got the fresh Best New Music tag and a ripe 9.3 rating. Pretty. Freakin’. Awesome.
To celebrate, we’re having Girls play America’s first ever NATIONWIDE INSTORE! (see below)
People, get psyched.
And then get your St. Vincent on. Seriously… homegirl is everywhere. From the cover of Spin to the sarcophagi at the Metropolitan Museum Of Art to LA’s Space15Twenty.
Yea, that’s right. Ms. Vincent is celebrating the release of her Strange Mercy with a very, very cool Los Angeles OUTSTORE at Hollywood’s Space15Twenty.
“What’s that got to do with us?” you ask? Well maybe nothing more than solidarity but you should know that the only way to get a ticket to the show is to purchase Strange Mercy at any of the participating Angelino Independent Record Shoppe. Cool, right?
And be sure to remind your customers that both of these albums are on exclusive indie-only wax.
Girls: Black and White Vinyl 2xLP with a bonus flexi featuring non-album tracks
St. Vincent: Indie exclusive White Vinyl
Happy Street Date, folks.
This Is your absolute LAST CHANCE to sign up for Girls Across America
All you have to do is sign up, embed the widget that I’ll be sending around shortly on your website, blog or Facebook, and send me proof of participation. This will ensure that you’ll get the exclusive, limited vinyl that we’ll be making in the near future.
REMINDER: ONLY STORES WHO PARTICIPATE IN THE WEBSTREAM EVENT WILL GET THIS PIECE!
So sign up.
This Mortal Coil Has A Box Set.
“Box Set is OUT OF CONTROL. SO MUCH SHIT. SO FUCKING DELUXE. SO COVETED.” – Dave Martin
That’s right, friends. This thing is absolutely off-the-charts insane. We’re talking all three TMC albums, remastered from the original analog studio tapes, PLUS a fourth album which compiles all the singles including a lost single that was originally slated for the Rough Trade Singles Club AND the otherwise unavailable recording of Neil Young’s “We Never Danced.”
For those of you on the visual tip, the three albums have re-designed sleeves by Ivo Watts-Russel and Vaughan Oliver while the fourth album, unavailable outside this box set, incorporates unseen images of Pallas Citroen – the “face” of This Mortal Coil.
The shit is real deal expensive ($71.50 store cost; $129.98 list) but is absolutely worth it for a fan.
So now is a good time to gauge how many of your customers would want such a piece in advance of it’s 11/8 street date.
Starsky and Hutch
Thank You, NYC.
This weekend sure was an emotional one up here in NYC. I just want to remind everyone that no matter how much a pain in the ass the authorities may be toward those of us who have a tendency to play our music a touch too loud, they always do a fantastic job of keeping us all safe. Don’t hesitate to thank a cop or firefighter today.
August 29th, 2011
Girls Across America
Why is it that some of you have STILL not signed up to participate in Girls Across America? I mean, really? I know that I’ve already told you that participating is the ONLY WAY TO GET A LIMITED INDIE-RETAIL-ONLY PIECE OF GIRLS VINYL, right? Haven’t I told you that? Man. Don’t you want A LIMITED INDIE-RETAIL-ONLY PIECE OF GIRLS VINYL? Don’t you want that? Man.
So sign up already! It’s gonna be awesome. And if you have no idea what I’m talking about (you should) email me and say “Hey Mike, what the hell are you talking about?”
In short, on Friday 9/16 we’re live-streaming a Girls instore on the websites of independent record stores nationwide. Stores who participate in the stream get a LIMITED INDIE-RETAIL-ONLY PIECE OF VINYL to sell to your devoted customers. Duh.
Speaking Of That New Girls Album
I know we’ve told you already but I’m gonna keep telling you and then keep telling you some more that the new Girls album Father, Son, Holy Ghost has some totally killer bonuses. First off, LP1 of this double LP is on standard black wax and LP2 is on White Vinyl. It’s like an Oreo cookie that rocks. Secondly, the LP comes a bonus flexi disc featuring non-album track “Love Life.” This flexi is available only at Independent Retail. Stoked.
It’s out 9/13 and we’re celebrating with GIRLS ACROSS AMERICA (see above, man).
Best Odd Future
Hey remember when I sent that big rah-rah email about us little guys being on top of the pile and how awesome it’d be if and when that happened? Yea well last night Tyler, The Creator won the 2011 MTV VMA for Best New Artist. We’re psyched. Tyler is pscyheder.
St. Vincent Makes Her 2nd or 3rd National Television Debut Tonight On Letterman
Yes I know what DEBUT means. And I know that Ms. Vincent (nee Clark) has played late-night TV before. But damn I just love the way “debut” rolls off the tounge. And saying things with a silent T at the end make me feel all French and urbane.
Tonight St. Vincent will be playing “Cruel” – the first single from her album Strange Mercy – on The David Letterman Program. So check it out if you’re still awake.
I’ll be Tivo’ing because my parents make me go to sleep as soon as the streetlights come on.
In other St. Vincent news, the video for the aforementioned “Cruel” premiered last week on Huffington Post. It’s pretty disturbing. Watch it. And then read the REVIEW of St. Vincent’s performance at the Metropolitan Museum Of Art. But you probably already have as it got picked up more or less EVERYWHERE.
Hot Tip From The Rough Trade Wire
Rough Trade has two very awesome records by two very awesome artists coming out later this fall. Stay tuned for further news but for right now, get psyched that Jeffrey Lewis’ A Turn In The Dream-Songs hits shelves on October 11.
Later that month, Austinites Strange Boys see the release of their Rough Trade debut Live Music (that’s “Live” like “I live here, dude.” Not “Live” like that fucking awesome band from York, PA with the bald dude singer). That one is out October 25.
Remember When The Horrors Played That Show For MTV And They Filmed It And It Looked Awesome?
I do, bro. I do. Check out the entire performance from the Big Apple’s Studio At Webster Hall RIGHT NOW.
Hey I sure hope all my East Coasters are doing ok after this weekend. Let us know if we can help in anyway. And no, I’m not talking about a Pavement instore. Don’t play on my emotions, homes.
You Ever See A Muppet Play Blast Beats?
Boo and Yah
This newsletter would have been much funnier if I were on the beach during a hurricane trying to report whilst getting knocked over by wind gusts.
Hey this is “Handsome” Mike V signing off like Vin Scully. Keep it real, USA.
August 15th, 2011
I Know What Malkmus Wants
Yes yes y’all. The triumphant return of the Slacker King is upon us, replete with a song whose hook employs the word “blowjob.” Methinks the stars are aligned and Zeus is smiling down on us from atop Rock Mountain.
Stephen Malkmus And The Jicks’ Mirror Traffic hits the streets next Tuesday and people are freakin psyched. Just sayin.
What’s that? You’re shoppers wanna hear more? We know you’ve been playing those on your overheads incessantly but rather than have your customers wait around for the next spin, you can tell them to check it right now, cause the whole album is streaming over at NPR (via Matablog).
September 13 Should Be Some Kind Of National Holiday
Cause we’re like a couple of St. Nick’s over here. Between St. Vincent’s Strange Mercy and Girls’ Father, Son, Holy Ghost we’re slinging the rock like it’s going out of style. But it’s not. Cause if it was, we wouldn’t have a job. But that’s beside the point. What is the point? Oh right. The point is we have two outfuckingstanding albums coming out on the same day.
Starting with St. Vincent, who has a HUGE Under The Rader cover piece out now which spans twelve friggin’ pages of print. Not to mention her gracing the cover of Spin and Time Out NY. JLo be damned. Ms. Annie Clark is officially a covergirl. Stop what you’re doing and check out her BNM’d track “Surgeon” right HERE.
How about Girls? Yea their video for “Vomit” is getting picked up EVERYWHERE. I mean, how often can we say that one of our bands is featured on musclecar enthusiast website Stang Nation? Check out the video over HERE.
And if dropping a kickass album weren’t awesome enough news, the band kick off their TOUR the day after hits shelves. We couldn’t ask for more. Except maybe a ride in some of Stang Nation’s slickest Stangs. I just wanna say Stang as many times as possible*.
Did I mention the first pressing of the album comes with a limited flexi? Cause I just did. Sucka.
But that’s not the only treat we’ve got for you independent retailers. We’ve got something big and juicy to announce very soon. So stay tuned here. Same bat time. Same bat channel.
THIS JUST IN!!! (seriously) Girls are confirmed to make their late night television debut with a street date performance on Jimmy Fallon! Happy Monday.
The Horrors Hitting Highways
I love alliteration. And The Horrors love touring. We’re a few weeks away from their first US tour behind their excellent new Skying, which according to YOU guys is lighting up the registers in a pretty real way. So check them out for suuuuuuure.
tUnE yArDs HaS BiG nEwS
And we’ll be letting you know what that big news is tomorrow. So stay tuned to our trusty Twitter account @matadordirect.
Hint: It involves a Beastie Boy.
Oh. And you should pick up a copy of Paste. Ms. yArDs graces this month’s cover.
Price Change Alert!
So the prices on Friendly Fires latest Pala are going up in early September on both formats so now’s a good time to stock up and get ‘em on the cheap.
CD WAS $9.98 WILL $14.98
LP WAS $16.98 WILL BE $22.98
On The Road Again.
Tours and Tours. So fun!
This is Mike V and this has been you’re bi-weekly Matador Direct Independent Retail Update. Keep on keepin’ on.
August 2nd, 2011
“It’s been a while…” – Staind
w h o k i l l s i t w h e n s h e d e b u t s o n l a t e n i g h t t v?
Merrill freakin’ Garbus does. If you were up late last night, maybe you caught tUnE yArDs’ incendiary performance on Jimmy Fallon with guest accompaniment by The Roots’ ?uestlove and Black Thought.
If you live on the same octogenarian schedule that I do and were asleep by 7:15, then you missed it. Watch it HERE.
I seriously have never seen Jimmy Fallon so excited. And I know my Jimmy Fallon.
The Horrors have an album out on Tuesday
There isn’t much more to say. The Horrors are about to drop some knowledge on American soil with their third long player Skying. It’s really fucking good.
They’ll be touring in a few weeks time but you already knew that.
Howler is a great rock and roll band from Minneapolis.
A few weeks ago that was about all you could say about these northern youngs. Now you can shout at the moon, “Howler is a great rock and roll band from Minneapolis who JUST SIGNED WITH ROUGH TRADE.” You can download their first MP3 HERE.
Welcome to the party, boys.
“Welcome back to the same ol’ place that you laughed about” – The Welcome Back Kotter Theme Song
That’s right. Welcome back Jeffery Lewis. It’s not that he went anywhere as much as it’s just how I’ve been waiting a lifetime to quote the 3rd greatest theme song of all time*… but he’s got a new record coming out this fall. We’re stoked. Read all about it.
The Wax Of The Proletariat
A handful of Matador’s most sought after vinyl has been reissued on 120g vinyl and they’re in our warehouse and ready to move. (FYI this includes the long out of print Yo La Tengo titles Painful and And The Nothing Turned Itseld Inside Out). So be excellent to your customers and make sure you’re stocked on these immortalesque Matador Records titles. ole.
Issue #37: St. Vincent
You can read a bit about how St. Vincent is on the cover of Under The Radar HERE. Or you can go pick up a copy and read the HUGE piece about her. What you can’t read about is how her show on the roof of NYC’s Metropolitan Museum Of Art sold out in 2 minutes. Check out that and other US tour dates on her site.
Tyler IS The Video Star
Remember when Kanye said Tyler, The Creator’s video for “Yonkers” was the “video of the year?” Well apparently MTV agrees.
Tours, mahn. Tours.
Check em out, dude. They’re really good live.
HERE and HERE.
*Third only to The Greatest American Hero and Rocky
July 5th, 2011
Just cause it’s the middle of summer doesn’t mean we stop. No, in fact much like that Coors Light train from the commercials, we just roll through a sweaty summer day and we do our best to keep shit cool. How cool? Reeeeeeeeeeal cool. And what’s cooler that a mysterious British producer called Zomby? Not the Fonz, not Hutch, not even Mike Lowrey.
So yea. In keeping cool, Zomby’s Dedication is out next Tuesday and judging by many of your completely unsolicited emails, you guys are psyched! So make sure you get up with Dave or Helen and stock yoselves. It’s the cool thing to do.
Kurt Vile In Tinseltown
So I know that you’re all still fawning over Kurt Vile’s Smoke Ring For My Halo. Well permit me to blow thee’s mind once again. This week we’re gonna unveil the video for Smoke Ring’s “Baby’s Arms” but before we do that, we have this outstanding video trailer/mini-doc. I’ll stop trying to explain and let you watch it. It’s really, really cool.
“WATCH ME NOW! “ – James Brown
Speaking Of The Moving Pictures
The Horrors just premiered the video for their new track “Still Life” on Pitchfork Media Dot Com.
It’s way tripped out, mahn.
Did I Tell You About That New St. Vincent Record?
I probably did. And the headline was probably the same. But it’s my newsletter and I retain the right of repetition. Read all about it.
Interpol At A Stadium Near You
Yessirs, that’s right. Interpol are headed to a stadium (hopefully) in your town starting tonight at Chicago’s Soldier Field. They’re opening for Ceremony… er. Wait. I mean U2.
Luckily, peppered in throughout the tour are a headlining dates at some clubs and theaters that seat less than 80,000 people.
Check out the dates HERE.
No Gang Gang Dancing In The Van
Yes. The masters of vibery are driving around this crazy country of ours bringing their show to the people. Their tour starts next week. Be sure to check them out.
In other tour news, Thurston Moore and Kurt Vile are hitting the road together. So dust off your Holy Crap shirt and get psyched.
Find Us Underneath The Chili Pepper!
Who’s coming to Pitchfork Festival? We’re a little over a week away from our scheduled departure date when we hit Route 80 in our own little Millennium Falcon. We’ll be partying with our friends Thurston Moore, Kurt Vile, Deerhunter, Cold Cave, Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti, Gang Gang Dance, Tyler The Creator and Tune Yards.
Come find us in the record fair. We’ll be underneath the big Chili Peppers. Look up.
I Hope The Van’s Air Conditioner Works
Cause it’s hot – DAMN HOT – on the lonely highway. Be sure to give our bands a warm welcome when they come through your town. Tour dates HERE and HERE.
USA! USA! USA!
America. Fuck yea.
June 21st, 2011
Short and sweet this week, my rock and roll darlings. Dig in.
The New Fucked Up Video Is Fucking Unreal.
No bullshit. No hyperbole. No more talking. Just watch.
It’s Nice And Cool Down Here In The Video Vault
Fucked Up ain’t the only band around here with a totally kickass new video. Alela Diane just dropped her video for “Desire” and it is “non-unwatchable.” Check it out now.
And then when you’re done checking out the video, check out Alela at a club near you. Did I mention how awesome it is that she’s hitting the road with Fleet Foxes soon?
June 23 Birmingham, AL Bottletree
June 25 Austin, TX Stubb’s
June 29 Los Angeles, CA Echo
June 30 Oakland, CA The New Parish
July 1 Big Sur, CA Henry Miller Memorial Library
July 2 Grass Valley, CA Center For The Arts
July 17 Minneapolis, MN State Theater*
July 18 Kansas City, MO Uptown Theater*
July 19 St. Louis, MO Pageant*
July 21 Denver, CO Fillmore Auditorium*
July 22 Salt Lake City, UT Red Butte Garden*
July 23 Boise, ID Knitting Factory*
July 24 Troutdale, OR Edgefield*
*supporting Fleet Foxes
SBTRKT Is Coming
Mystery Brit SBTRKT is hitting our shores for some NYC engagements but if you can’t make those, you CAN stream his album – which comes out next Tuesday – over at Hype Machine. Yea man. Dig it.
Welcome To The Funhouse
We’d like to cordially welcome The Young – who have signed the papers bearing the ubiquitous Matador logo – into our dysfunctional yet very loving little family here at 304 Hudson and beyond. First I’ll tell you that this band is really, really good. And then I’ll shut up so you can read more about it here.
Have You Heard The One About The New St. Vincent Album?
Yep. It’s coming. And it’s pretty mindblowing. Check out the verbiage along with the amazing video of St. Vincent covering Big Black right now. Let’s get the train-a-rollin’.
Summer means a few things. First, the grills are hot and the beers are cold. Second, Mike will be a sweaty, out of breath mess until September. Third, the Mets will come close to, but won’t eclipse, a .500 record. And last and most importantly, the rock bands take to the road. Check out our awesome bands in your town.
Tour dates here and here.
Hot Distributed Product
Check this business. We just got a shipment of the new self-released Guitar Wolf LP. Holler at Dave or Helen and tack a few on your orders.
Would you rather drive the van from The A Team or the General Lee?
I gotta go with the Lee but that’s cause I’m secretly a redneck.
This guy couldn’t make up his mind.
RIP Big Man.
June 13th, 2011
Speaking Of Fucked Up
No, in fact I wasn’t speaking of Fucked Up. But I should have been. Everyone else seems to be.
This album is getting some of the most insane reviews we’ve read in a long, long time. Some amazing highlights below. Get the net. It’s your scene. It’s gotta be, babe.
Spin: “The most epic punk album ever…It’s one of the most overly complicated hard-rock records of the past ten years. It’s also one of the best.”
Pitchfork: “A convincing demonstration of what can happen when a band works without limitations.” 8.6 Best New Music
Rolling Stone: “Fucked Up’s real appeal is simple: guitars, three of ‘em, though it can seem like thirty…they sustain eighty minutes of rousing noise-swirl powerage, like Husker Du’s Zen Arcade re-imagined by anarchist Yetis.”
Washington Post: “Few albums this year will ask for more of your time, but none will return as much on the investment…A behemoth on multiple levels.”
Rocksound: “An absolute monster of a project, with sublime levels of intricacy.”
NME: “Their diverse, dimensional and multi-layered tale of love lost, found and endured reflects a band defined by tumultuous relations and the evolution of their fanbase. We dare you to hold them back.”
Buzzgrinder: “This record is superb from front to back.”
Chicago Tribune: “An exhilarating, engulfing sound.”
The L Magazine: “has few precedents in hardcore or indie and effortlessly sustains itself for 78 minutes.”
Austin Chronicle: “a postapocalyptic punk love store of epic ambition – a masterpiece.”
Austin American-Statesman: “folds into everything from the Kinks to My Bloody Valentine to Sham 69.”
BBC Music: “One brilliant rock song follows another, defiantly leaden in construction but stalwart in performance. Rarely does such simple rock sound so satisfying.”
Alela Diane To Support Fleet Foxes On The Dusty Highway
So get this awesomeness; Spin-approved Must Hear Artist Alela Diane is confirmed as main support for my bearded brethren, megabros Fleet Foxes on their July run of dates. We couldn’t be more excited for this. Well, we could but that would involve resurrecting Jerry for a Dead reunion.
No. Not really.
07/17/11 Sun - Minneapolis MN @ State Theatre
07/18/11 Mon - Kansas City MO @ Uptown Theater
07/19/11 Tue - St Louis MO @ Pageant
07/21/11 Thu - Denver CO @ Fillmore Auditorium
07/22/11 Fri - Salt Lake City UT @ Red Butte Garden
07/23/11 Sat - Boise ID @ Knitting Factory
07/24/11 Sun - Troutdale OR @ Edgefield
Tyler Killed The Radio Star
Dude is clearly not satisfied with a meager 12 million views on his Yonkers video so what does he do? He drops his next video – for the track “She” – on a Friday evening and racks up a million plus views in two days. Watch in now. What’s it up to? Bonkers.
From The Safari-and-Hardcore Inspired Offices Of Matador Records
Subhead 1: What The Hell Is A ‘Jick’ Anyway?
Clearly you’ve heard the fist MP3 from Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks upcoming Mirror Traffic (out 8/23).
Wait. WHAT? You haven’t? Really? No. Like. Really?
What are you waiting for. Download the song here.
Subhead 2: A View Of Thurston Moore’s Inner Sanctum
Last month Le Blogotheque filmed Thurston Moore and Samara Lubelski playing songs from Demolished Thoughts in Thurston’s NYC apartment. It’s one of the more intimate and gorgeous sessions you’ll see. Watch it.
Subhead 3: Back To Work, You Crazy Scots.
What do Belle and Sebastian, ice cream men, waste managers, road workers, dental technicians and butchers have in common? Probably nothing (though that’s strictly speculation. I’m sure you can find a white-coated, pavement-laying, debris-clearing rock and roller with a sweet tooth SOMEWHERE if you look hard enough). Find out for yourself after you watch the ridiculously entertaining video for “Come On Sister” right here.
You may remember five paragraphs ago when I made mention of the fabled American Highway. Good cause we’ve got more tour action coming your way. NYCers Blonde Redhead are taking it to the streets and coming to a rock club near you. Dig it, mahn. Dig it.
6/26/11 Sun - Seattle, WA @ Neumo’s
6/26/11 Mon - Portland, OR @ Doug Fir Lounge
6/29/11 Wed - Oakland, CA @ The New Parish
6/30/11 Thu - San Francisco, CA @ The Independent
7/1/11 Fri - Los Angeles, CA @ Echoplex
7/2/11 Sat - Los Angeles, CA @ El Rey
7/3/11 Sun - Big Sur, CA @ Henry Miller Memorial Library
7/18/11 Mon - Chicago, IL @ Millennium Park
7/19/11 Tues - Chicago, IL @ The Bottom Lounge
More Tours? Yes. More.
And as always, we’ve got so many bands out on the road it can make your head spin faster than their tires.
Check out who’s coming where HERE and HERE.
What’s Mike’s Favorite Queens Of The Stone Age Song Title?
You’d already know that it’s “You Got A Killer Scene There, Man” if you followed us on Twitter.
May 31st, 2011
Alela Diane and Wild Divine Are Hitting The Pavement Hard
Guess whose tour starts tomorrow? That’s right. Alela Diane and company are kicking it off at Seattle’s Tractor Tavern and then swooping all over the freakin’ place. Check out the dates HERE. And please let me know if you’d like to check out the show.
Oh and that show we talked about in Seattle… that’s not even the first chance to hear Alela tomorrow. At 7pm West Coast tyyyyme (10pm EST) Alela is stopping in KEXP with her band for a live session. Make sure you tune in.
Gang Gang Dance Take To The VHS Decks
Have I told you about this session? ‘Cause it’s pretty insane. You should watch it. Now. I’ll save the explanations.
Oh and come July, Gang Gang Dance are coming to bite your face off with their face-biting-off live extravanganzi – yea I just made the word extavanganzi up. So what? So check em out live. You won’t be sorry. Dates HERE.
Buy Early Get Now… One More Time!
Fucked Up – David Comes To Life. It’s out Tuesday. It’s getting the BEGN treatment. Just to be clear. Let’s go over it one more time. Since you got your BEGN coupons, you’ve been taking orders and payments. Now it’s time to tell Dave and Helen how many BEGN packages you presold. Just remember to order them on a separate line from the non-BEGN version of David Comes To Life. Your CDs and LPs will come with your regular order and starting Tuesday, the customers who preordered can come back in with their coupons and redeem their albums. In your box will be a corresponding number of posters that go with the package… so if you aren’t the one who unpacks the boxes, PLEASE make sure these are not thrown out, given away, hung on the walls, used for packaging, etc. These are for the BEGN paying customers.
THE 7″ES WILL NOT BE COMING THIS WEEK! They’ll be here on June 28 so make sure your customers keep the 7″ half of their coupon. Let me know if there are any questions.
Drake Loves XL Recordings
Maybe some of you got this when I sent it last week. Maybe you didn’t. Worth a resend. For sure.
Lucky us when we heard that Degrassi alum Drake released two tracks on his blog that feature not one but two of our beat friendly artists.
First off, he samples Jai Paul’s Best New Track “BTSTU.” Check it out HERE.
THEN! he remixed the SBTRKT’s awesome “Wildfire” HERE.
You can read all about it over at Pitchfork.
And of course Drake Tweeted this to his scads of followers.
Fuck Art, Let’s Dance
Sometimes during our impromptu Matador Direct dance parties Matt will come back with his cardboard and bust some headspins out while Gabe freestyles over a Claire Taylor beatbox. But on June 28, everyone can take it easy and let the hi fi do the work as we’ve got a heap of very danceable and very electronic releases hitting the streets for you and your post-late night crew.
SBTRKT’s self-titled LP and CD, Jonsi Go Out Remix 12″ and the Jai Paul Str8 Outta Mumbai 12″ are all dropping Tuesday June 28. See you in the dance tent.
Follow Us On Twitter, Dammit!
I’m NOT going to ask you again.
It’s Summertime And The Livin’ Is Easy
It’s 87 degrees in New York. That’s is all.
Gil Scott-Heron, RIP
As I’m sure many of you already heard over the long weekend, Gil Scott-Heron has passed away in New York City. He certainly left an indelible stamp on all of us and it was nothing short of a pleasure working on a record by such a luminous figure. Our thoughts are with anyone his life and words touched.
May 17th, 2011
Ramble On, Ramblers
Over here at Beggars HQ we hate downtime because downtime means having no excuse to not clean your desk area. So to combat the boredom blues, we put out awesome albums by the shitload (yes, that is an industry term).
Fast on the heels of our last madhouse street date, we’ve got two amazing records by Thurston Moore and Friendly Fires.
First let’s talk about Friendly Fires.
We kicked it off last week in a big, big way as we premiered their album on Hype Machine which shot the band into the #1 spot on elbo.ws.
Additionally, features came or coming in Nylon, Complex, Paste, NPR & Nylon Guys. Elle, Teen Vogue, Spin, People & Filter all reviewed the album. Even TV heads took note first when Jimmy Fallon had the band on a few weeks back and on the horizon the band are confirmed for the Jimmy Kimmel show on June 9.
And if all that coolness weren’t enough, the boys are taking the hip shaking live show around the US starting next week.
And Thurston Moore?
Well, by now I’m sure you’ve heard how ridiculously gorgeous Mr. Moore’s latest effort Demolished Thoughts is.
And if you haven’t, take my word for it. It’s amazing. And he’s got some really fantastic events leading up to release (See also: Music Hall Of Williamsburg show, Other Music Instore) and a killer tour with Kurt Vile shortly thereafter.
So make sure you’re on the ball on this one… though judging by a lot of your excited emails, most of you already are.
Oh. And since this is a newsletter for independent record stores, now may be a good time to mention again that we’re doing Thurston’s LP on colored vinyl available ONLY at independent record shops. Talk to Dave or Helen for more details.
Last Call At The Last Chance Saloon
This is it, folks. The last chance to get signed up for Buy Early Get Now. Fucked Up’s David Comes To Life is the business and the term “album of the year” is already being brandished around some internets message boards.
So don’t miss this bus. I will say it again. Don’t. Miss. This. Bus.
Email me to get involved.
Speaking of Movies
While we’re on the topic of Fucked Up, let’s talk movies. More specifically Fucked Up: The Movie. Even more specifically it’s not really a movie but rather a short documentary. It’s essential viewing. Serious. Watch it. Share it. Spread it.
If you want to take the high road and just sit back and watch, you can do that here.
But if you want to be a hero, to me and Canadians everywhere, you’ll take this code and embed the mini-doc on your website.
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What Happens When You Get A Group Of Girls Who Can Rock On A TV Set?
They kill it and then proceed to sell a boatload of records just as Warpaint did recently on Jools Holland.
Sales increased 645% due to the TV appearance, and reentered the UK chart at #51, with over a 1,600 + sold following the broadcast. So let’s feel those waves over here.
Check out Undertow and Elephants.
This girl is for real. This record is for real. The promo she’s doing is for real. Along her current tour, Ms. yArDs and company will be stopping in for some really great sessions. Tomorrow she’s at WNYC for a live Soundcheck Session, next week she stops back in for a Studio 360 Session and later in June she’ll be at KCRW for a live MBE Session. And if that weren’t enough, she recently stopped in to have a chat and play some songs with Greg Kot and Jim DeRogatis on their excellent Sound Opinions show. That air date is still TBD but certainly stay tuned.
Ladies and Gentlemen, we’d like to welcome the newest member of our big, wacky, multi-international, unspeakably good-looking family. Zomby is an absurdly talented producer from London who has signed with 4AD to release his album Dedication which is slated to bend minds on our shores July 12. I could tell you more but you should just read and listen here.
And remember that 10″ we had over here? That sold out faster than… well… yea. It sold out really fast.
On The Road Again
And as always, our homeboys and homegirls are out on the road, burning that midnight oil in a town near you. Or hell. In your town. Check out tour dates here and here.
And Now For Something Completely Unrelated (included specifically for our fearless leader Matt “Il Jeffe” Harmon)
That’s right, ladies and gentlemen, it’s the return of Death Metal Rooster.
May 2nd, 2011
Tramps Like Us, Baby We Were Born To Die.
I spent most of Friday bursting with more Jersey pride than I normally burst with as my homestate kinsmen Titus Andronicus premiered their amazing new video (directed by fellow Garden Stater Tom Scharpling) which takes place entirely in the homeland of Bruce Springsteen, Danny DeVito, Adrenaline OD and Buzz Aldrin, proving once and for all that New Jersey is the best thing America has to offer (this is not up for discussion rather it is a statement of fact). The only thing that’d make this video cooler are a bunch of badass Navy SEALS. Nah mean?
Check out the video here.
The boys and girls of Titus have a brief respite from the road before hitting that highway yet again supporting Okkervil River. Those dates here. Do they ever stop touring? Let’s hope not.
What’s Our Widget Strategy?
Did you ever think “Man, it’d be really cool if a record label could figure out a way to premiere a band’s new album at our stores?”
Did you ever also think “Man it’d be even cooler if that record label was staffed by a bunch of obscenely attractive people?”
My answer to you: “Yes, we can America! And yes, we are really friggin’ good looking.”
Starting tomorrow, we are going to premiere the new Gang Gang Dance album Eye Contact on your websites, newsletters, social networks and blogs. That’s right, brothas and sistahs. Tomorrow your old pal Me will be sending you an embed code for a widget (nee: embeddable music vessel) that will stream the entire album on your sites, Facebooks and in your newsletters an entire week before the album hits your shelves. So keep an eye out for that email tomorrow.
Cold Cave It Is
Cold Cave absolutely killed it this past Friday (no pun intended but if you don’t know that they are currently on tour with The Kills, then yes maybe the pun was intended. But maybe not.) at NYC’s Terminal 5 and are continuing their US tour clean through the month of May. Check out their dates here. Seriously. DO NOT MISS THESE SHOWS!
From The Very Clean Desk Of Rough Trade US
Here’s to hoping you’re digging Alela Diane’s latest effort Alela Diane & Wild Divine as much as some of the journalists out there. Pitchfork is loving this album and we want you to read all about it.
And if that weren’t enough, you know, this 9 out of 10 review at Spin ain’t too shabby.
Alela is bringing her intimate show to your town with her impending full US tour. You should see it. It’s wonderful.
In other Rough Trade news, the Unthank sisters, known not coincidentally as The Unthanks brought their family folk circus to Jools Holland. Check out “Queen Of Hearts” here and “Last” here.
WHAT ELSE MIKE? YOU DONE YET?
Oh no, baby. I’m just getting started.
It’s Almost Tyler Time
After all the talk about this guy it’s nearly time for everyone to get what all the fuss is about. I know you don’t need a reminder that Tyler, The Creator’s debut Goblin is out next Tuesday. Make sure you have plenty of stock. People like this guy. A lot.
Fucked Up Buy Early Get Now
Just a reminder that Fucked Up’s installment of Buy Early Get Now is going off like Cliff Huxtable that time Theo cut school and got busted. Seriously. It’s shaping up to be our best BEGN yet and the orders are coming in at an astounding rate. If you haven’t signed up and want to get involved, please let me know. Just send me your most recent logo as a jpg and any address updates and I will get you set up on our nifty little retail map and make sure you’ve got BEGN coupons in your store as fast as humanely possible.
Back To The Basement (Jaxx)
We have a bunch of Basement Jaxx stock coming back in from our friends across the pond, provided their not still watching reruns of that wedding. Remedy, Rooty, Kish Kash and Singles will be available in the next few weeks and only via Matador Direct so tell Helen or Dave that you want some. Because, let’s face it, you do.
And as always, we’ve got a smattering of our road hog rock and rollers blowing their way through your town soon.
Keep an eye out for tUnE-yArDs, Stornoway, Friendly Fires, Cold Cave, Interpol, Ted Leo and others coming through.
Dig the dates here and here.
This Is A Funny Video Which Has Nothing To Do With This Week’s Newsletter
And This Is A Post-Script
We’re listening to the new Thurston Moore album right now and it’s really friggin’ fantastic.
And This Is One More Video That Has Nothing To Do With Anything
That’s right. Rage Against The Cage. America’s finest a’capella grunge choir. Whooooa oh whoa. Uh huh.