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Pavement

Westing (By Musket And Sextant) - 2022 Reissue

    The first Matador pressing of Pavement’s Westing (By Musket And Sextant), the compilation of Pavement’s early work from 1989-1993. The new pressing coincides with this year’s release of the Terror Twilight: Farewell Horizontal 4xLP box set and a 30th anniversary limited vinyl edition of Slanted & Enchanted. Pavement begins several months out touring by headlining Primavera Sound Barcelona before continuing onto sold-out tour dates in North America and Europe.

    TRACK LISTING

    You're Killing Me
    Box Elder
    Maybe Maybe
    She Believes
    Price Yeah!
    Forklift
    Spizzle Trunk
    Recorder Grot
    Internal K-Dart
    Perfect Depth
    Recorder Grot (Rally)
    Heckler Spray
    From Now On
    Angel Carver Blues/Mellow Jazz Docent
    Drive-By-Fader
    Debris Slide
    Home
    Krell Vid-User
    Summer Babe
    Mercy Snack: The Laundromat
    Baptist Blacktick
    My First Mine
    My Radio

    Spoon

    Lucifer On The Sofa

      Spoon’s tenth album, Lucifer on the Sofa, is the band’s purest rock ’n roll record to date. Texas-made, it is the first set of songs that the quintet has put to tape in its hometown of Austin in more than a decade. Written and recorded over the last two years – both in and out of lockdown – these songs mark a shift toward something louder, wilder, and more full-colour.

      From the detuned guitars anchoring “The Hardest Cut,” to the urgency of “Wild," to the band’s blown-out cover of the Smog classic “Held,” Lucifer on the Sofa bottles the physical thrill of a band tearing up a packed room. It’s an album of intensity and intimacy, where the music’s harshest edges feel as vivid as the directions quietly murmured into the mic on the first-take. According to frontman Britt Daniel, “It’s the sound of classic rock as written by a guy who never did get Eric Clapton.”


      TRACK LISTING

      Side A
      Held
      The Hardest Cut
      The Devil & Mister Jones
      Wild
      My Babe
      Side B
      Feels Alright
      On The Radio
      Astral Jacket
      Satellite
      Lucifer On The Sofa

      The New Pornographers

      Mass Romantic (Matador Revisionist History Edition)

        In December 2021, Matador Records will celebrate the 21st anniversary of The New Pornographers’ debut record and breakout, Mass Romantic (2000), with a limited-edition LP reissue. The album – clocking three singers and twelve effervescent and undeniable power-pop gems – will return to us on red vinyl and will include a bonus 7”, “Letter From An Occupant”, which includes two rare B-sides, “The End of Medicine” and “When I Was a Baby.” 

        TRACK LISTING

        Mass Romantic
        The Fake Headlines
        The Slow Descent Into Alcoholism
        Mystery Hours
        Jackie
        Letter From An Occupant
        To Wild Homes
        The Body Says No
        Execution Day
        Centre For Holy Wars
        The Mary Martin Show
        Breakin’ The Law

        Letter From An Occupant (7”)
        The End Of Medicine (7”)
        When I Was A Baby (7”)

        Julien Baker

        Little Oblivions (CREASED SLEEVE) - Love Record Stores 2021 Edition

          Love Record Stores Edition available instore from 10am on Saturday September 4th, any remaining copies will be available on online from 9pm on the same day.
          Limited to one per person.


          Kurt Vile

          Speed, Sound, Lonely KV (EP)

            Kurt Vile’s Speed, Sound, Lonely KV (ep) was recorded and mixed in sporadic sessions that spanned four years at The Butcher Shoppe studio in Nashville, TN. It includes five songs —covers of John Prine and “Cowboy” Jack Clement as well as two originals —and was recorded alongside a cast of local heavies like Bobby Wood, Dave Roe, and Kenny Malone with Dan Auerbach (The Black Keys) and Matt Sweeney (Chavez, Superwolf) tossed into the mix as well.

            Most importantly, it features what KV has called "Probably the single most special musical moment in my life” –a duet with the late John Prine on the songwriter’s well-loved tune, “How Lucky.” “The truth is John was my hero for a long time when he came into The Butcher Shoppe to recut one of his deepest classics with me. And, man, I was floating and flying and I couldn't hear anything he told me while he was there till after he was gone for the night,” notes Vile in a personal statement that accompanies the record. “A couple nights later we were playing ‘How Lucky’ together again; this time onstage at the Grand Ole Opry on New Year's Eve at the turn of 2020. Nothing like seeing John and his band of musical brothers and family and friends playing into the new decade in front of an adoring audience on that stage in Nashville, TN... and, yup, that's just how lucky we all got that night."

            TRACK LISTING

            Speed Of The Sound Of Loneliness
            Gone Girl
            Dandelions
            How Lucky (with John Prine)
            Pearls

            Yo La Tengo

            Sleepless Night EP

              Yo La Tengo returns with an EP comprised of the new original track “Bleeding” and five covers written by Bob Dylan, Carole King and Gerry Goffin, The Delmore Brothers, and more.

              The new album includes original cover artwork by renowned Japanese artist Yoshitomo Nara along with an etched illustration by YLT’s own James McNew on the disc’s b-side.

              The Matador release follows the debut of Los Angeles County Museum of Art’s Yoshitomo Nara solo exhibition and corresponding catalog, which includes the six new Yo La Tengo tracks along with a B-side of other musicians curated by the artist.

              TRACK LISTING

              Blues Stay Away From Me
              Wasn’t Born To Follow
              Roll On Babe
              It Takes A Lot To Laugh, It Takes A Train To Cry
              Bleeding
              Smile A Little Smile For Me

              Spoon

              Gimme Fiction - 2020 Reissue

                Gimme Fiction, the fifth studio album from Spoon, originally released in 2005 and featuring the single ‘I Turn My Camera On’. Newly recut from the original masters.

                Gimme Fiction is released as part of the Slay On Cue series, which will see the reissue of the band’s first eight records in original editions - Telephono (1996), Soft Effects EP (1996), A Series Of Sneaks (1998), Girls Can Tell (2001), Kill The Moonlight (2002), Gimme Fiction (2005), Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga (2007) and Transference (2010).

                “Some of these albums haven’t been available on vinyl or CD in years, and in some places they never actually came out,” says frontman Britt Daniel.

                TRACK LISTING

                The Beast And Dragon, Adored
                The Two Sides Of Monsieur Valentine
                I Turn My Camera On
                My Mathematical Mind
                The Delicate Place
                Sister Jack
                I Summon You
                The Infinite Pet
                Was It You?
                They Never Got You
                Merchants Of Soul

                Spoon

                Transference - 2020 Reissue

                  Transference is the seventh studio album by Spoon, newly recut from the original masters

                  Transference is released as part of the Slay On Cue series, which will see the reissue of the band’s first eight records in original editions - Telephono (1996), Soft Effects EP (1996), A Series Of Sneaks (1998), Girls Can Tell (2001), Kill The Moonlight (2002), Gimme Fiction (2005), Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga (2007) and Transference (2010).

                  “Some of these albums haven’t been available on vinyl or CD in years, and in some places they never actually came out,” says frontman Britt Daniel.

                  TRACK LISTING

                  Before Destruction
                  Is Love Forever?
                  The Mystery Zone
                  Who Makes Your Money
                  Written In Reverse
                  I Saw The Light
                  Trouble Comes Running
                  Goodnight Laura
                  Out Go The Lights
                  Got Nuffin
                  Nobody Gets Me But You

                  Spoon

                  Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga - 2020 Reissue

                    Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga, Spoon’s sixth studio record, featuring the singles ’The Underdog’ and ‘You Got Yr. Cherry Bomb’. Originally released in 2007 and now newly recut from the original masters

                    Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga is released as part of the Slay On Cue series, which will see the reissue of the band’s first eight records in original editions - Telephono (1996), Soft Effects EP (1996), A Series Of Sneaks (1998), Girls Can Tell (2001), Kill The Moonlight (2002), Gimme Fiction (2005), Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga (2007) and Transference (2010).

                    “Some of these albums haven’t been available on vinyl or CD in years, and in some places they never actually came out,” says frontman Britt Daniel.

                    TRACK LISTING

                    Don't Make Me A Target
                    The Ghost Of You Lingers
                    You Got Yr. Cherry Bomb
                    Don't You Evah
                    Rhythm & Soul
                    Eddie's Ragga
                    The Underdog
                    My Little Japanese Cigarette Case
                    Finer Feelings
                    Black Like Me

                    Pavement

                    Sensitive Euro Man / Brink Of The Clouds/Candylad

                      Matador Records is excited to announce the release of a three-song shaped picture disc commemorating the 25th anniversary of Pavement’s 1995 album Wowee Zowee. The special disc, cut in the shape of the speech bubble found on the cover of Wowee Zowee, features the tracks “Sensitive Euro Man” and “Brink of the Clouds/Candylad” that first debuted on Wowee Zowee: Sordid Sentinels, the expanded edition that was released on CD in 2006, and will be available on vinyl for the first time via Matador Records globally. Limited to a one-time press of 3,000 copies.

                      TRACK LISTING

                      Sensitive Euro Man
                      Brink Of The Clouds/Candylad

                      Spoon

                      A Series Of Sneaks - 2020 Reissue

                        ‘A Series Of Sneaks’, Spoon's second studio album, released in 1998.
                        Newly recut from the original masters.

                        “Hints at the possibility of perfection” – Pitchfork.

                        ‘A Series Of Sneaks’ is released as part of the Slay On Cue series, which will see the reissue of the band’s first eight records in original editions - Telephono (1996), Soft Effects EP (1996), A Series Of Sneaks (1998), Girls Can Tell (2001), Kill The Moonlight (2002), Gimme Fiction (2005), Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga (2007) and Transference (2010).

                        “Some of these albums haven’t been available on vinyl or CD in years, and in some places they never actually came out,” says frontman Britt Daniel.

                        TRACK LISTING

                        Utilitarian
                        The Minor Tough
                        Execution
                        Reservations
                        30 Gallon Tank
                        Car Radio
                        Metal Detektor
                        June's Foreign Spell
                        Chloroform
                        Metal School
                        Staring At The Board
                        No You're Not
                        Quincy Punk Episode
                        Advance Cassette

                        Spoon

                        Girls Can Tell - 2020 Reissue

                          ‘Girls Can Tell’, the third studio album from Spoon, originally released in 2001.

                          Newly recut from the original masters.

                          “A start-to-finish triumph” - Rolling Stone. 

                          ‘Girls Can Tell’ is released as part of the Slay On Cue series, which will see the reissue of the band’s first eight records in original editions - Telephono (1996), Soft Effects EP (1996), A Series Of Sneaks (1998), Girls Can Tell (2001), Kill The Moonlight (2002), Gimme Fiction (2005), Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga (2007) and Transference (2010).

                          “Some of these albums haven’t been available on vinyl or CD in years, and in some places they never actually came out,” says frontman Britt Daniel.

                          TRACK LISTING

                          Everything Hits At Once
                          Believing Is Art
                          Me And The Bean
                          Lines In The Suit
                          The Fitted Shirt
                          Anything You Want
                          Take A Walk
                          1020 AM
                          Take The Fifth
                          This Book Is A Movie
                          Chicago At Night

                          Spoon

                          Kill The Moonlight - 2020 Reissue

                            Kill The Moonlight, Spoon’s fourth studio album originally released in 2002 and featuring the hit single ’The Way We Get By’. 

                            Newly recut from the original masters.

                            ‘Kill The Moonlight’ is released as part of the Slay On Cue series, which will see the reissue of the band’s first eight records in original editions - Telephono (1996), Soft Effects EP (1996), A Series Of Sneaks (1998), Girls Can Tell (2001), Kill The Moonlight (2002), Gimme Fiction (2005), Ga Ga Ga Ga (2007) and Transference (2010).

                            “Some of these albums haven’t been available on vinyl or CD in years, and in some places they never actually came out,” says frontman Britt Daniel.

                            TRACK LISTING

                            Small Stakes
                            The Way We Get By
                            Something To Look Forward To
                            Stay Don't Go
                            Jonathan Fisk
                            Paper Tiger
                            Someone Something
                            Don't Let It Get You Down
                            All The Pretty Girls Go To The City
                            You Gotta Feel It
                            Back To The Life
                            Vittorio E

                            Spoon

                            Telephono - 2020 Reissue

                              Telephono, the debut album, available on vinyl for the first time since 1996. Newly recut from the original masters

                              Telephono is released as part of the Slay On Cue series, which will see the reissue of the band’s first eight records in original editions - Telephono (1996), Soft Effects EP (1996), A Series Of Sneaks (1998), Girls Can Tell (2001), Kill The Moonlight (2002), Gimme Fiction (2005), Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga (2007) and Transference (2010).

                              “Some of these albums haven’t been available on vinyl or CD in years, and in some places they never actually came out,” says frontman Britt Daniel.

                              TRACK LISTING

                              Don't Buy The Realistic
                              Not Turning Off
                              All The Negatives Have Been Destroyed
                              Cvantez
                              Nefarious
                              Claws Tracking
                              Dismember
                              Idiot Driver
                              Towner
                              Wanted To Be Your
                              Theme To Wendel Stivers
                              Primary
                              The Government Darling
                              Plastic Mylar

                              Spoon

                              Soft Effects - 2020 Reissue

                                Soft Effects, the legendary EP, available on vinyl for the first time since 1997. Newly recut from the original masters.

                                Soft Effects is released as part of the Slay On Cue series, which will see the reissue of the band’s first eight records in original editions - Telephono (1996), Soft Effects EP (1996), A Series Of Sneaks (1998), Girls Can Tell (2001), Kill The Moonlight (2002), Gimme Fiction (2005), Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga (2007) and Transference (2010).

                                “Some of these albums haven’t been available on vinyl or CD in years, and in some places they never actually came out,” says frontman Britt Daniel.

                                TRACK LISTING

                                SIDE 1
                                Mountain To Sound
                                Waiting For The Kid To Come Out
                                I Could See The Dude
                                Get Out The State
                                Loss Leaders

                                SIDE 2
                                Mountain To Sound
                                Waiting For The Kid To Come Out
                                I Could See The Dude
                                Get Out The State
                                Loss Leaders

                                Perfume Genius

                                Set My Heart On Fire Immediately

                                  Set My Heart On Fire Immediately is the fifth studio album from Perfume Genius that will be released May 15th on Matador Records. It sees artist and musician Mike Hadreas re-teaming with GRAMMY-nominated producer Blake Mills and features contributions from musicians Jim Keltner, Pino Palladino and Matt Chamberlin. It was recorded in Los Angeles, where Perfume Genius settled in 2017 with longtime partner and musical collaborator Alan Wyffels.

                                  The album explores and subverts concepts of masculinity and traditional roles, and introduces decidedly American musical influences. Throughout Hadreas plays with themes of love, sex, memory and the body, channeling popular music mythologies while irreverently authoring its own – from the delirious, Cyndi Lauper-nodding celebratory pop of ‘On The Floor’, specters of Elvis on haunted tremolo waltz ‘One More Try’, to the harpsichord- punctuated baroque pop of ‘Jason’, and gliding steel guitar and Balearic rhythm of ‘Without You’.

                                  “I wanted to feel more open, more free and spiritually wild,” says Hadreas, “and I’m in a place now where those feelings are very close-- but it can border on being unhinged. I wrote these songs as a way to be more patient, more considered -- to pull at all these chaotic threads hovering around me and weave them in to something warm, thoughtful and comforting.”

                                  First album taster ‘Describe’ captures this sense of fleetingness and living in the moment through a heavy fog of grizzly distortion and tumbling slide guitars: “It started as a really somber ballad. It was very minimal and very slow. And then it turned into this beast of a song. I started writing that about when you are in such a dark place that you don’t even remember what goodness is or what anything feels like. And so, the idea was having someone describe that to you, because you forgot or can’t get to it.” Its accompanying video, self-directed by Hadreas, envisions “an end of the world where there are no boundaries, there are no edges, no rules, or the rules are completely new with how you interact with each other and the space around you.”

                                  TRACK LISTING

                                  1. Whole Life
                                  2. Describe
                                  3. Without You
                                  4. Jason
                                  5. Leave
                                  6. On The Floor
                                  7. Your Body Changes Everything
                                  8. Moonbend
                                  9. Just A Touch
                                  10. Nothing At All
                                  11. One More Try
                                  12. Some Dream
                                  13. Borrowed Light 

                                  Algiers return in 2020 with their third album 'There Is No Year', which will be released January 17th on Matador Records. 'There is No Year' solidifies and expands upon the doom-laden soul of their foundation, toward an even more epic, genre-reformatting sound, one somehow suspended in the amber of “a different era,” as described by guitarist Lee Tesche. 

                                  STAFF COMMENTS

                                  Barry says: Shouty melancholic rockers Algiers bring us all the feels on their newest outing, 'There Is No Year'. Clearly influenced by the torrid political climes, this rousing and hearty romp is as meaningful as is effecting, a brilliantly written call to arms.

                                  TRACK LISTING

                                  There Is No Year
                                  Disposession
                                  Hour Of The Furnaces
                                  Losing Is Ours
                                  Unoccupied
                                  Chaka
                                  Wait For The Sound
                                  Repeating Night
                                  We Can’t Be Found

                                  Desert Sessions

                                  Vols. 11 & 12

                                    In 1997, Josh Homme (Queens of the Stone Age) and a handful of friends retreated to the desert of Joshua Tree, CA in order to isolate themselves from the distractions and comforts of their everyday lives. What began as a casual writing and recording session amongst friends has since become a project of legend. Spanning twelve volumes over the course of two decades, Desert Sessions has featured some of music’s most cherished icons stepping out of their comfort zones and collaborating with one another to create some of the most exciting music of their careers.

                                    After nearly sixteen years since its last entry, the longest-running mix tape in existence, Desert Sessions returns with two stunning new volumes in its already storied catalog, Vol. 11 & 12, featuring collaborations from Billy Gibbons (ZZ Top), Les Claypool (Primus), Stella Mozgawa (Warpaint), Jake Shears (Scissor Sisters), Mike Kerr (Royal Blood), Carla Azar (Autolux, Jack White), Matt Sweeney (Chavez), David Catching (Co-founder of Rancho De La Luna studio), comedian Matt Berry (What We Do in the Shadows), Töôrnst Hülpft and newcomer Libby Grace.

                                    STAFF COMMENTS

                                    Barry says: It looks pretty mad, I know. Josh Homme collaborates with various standout members of rock / indie / grunge royalty (plus a killer tune with Jake Shears of Scissor Sisters), but believe me, it's very good. Country tinged rock, foot-stomping psychedelic shredding and damn good songwriting make for a really interesting combination of sounds, and in the end, a brilliant LP.

                                    TRACK LISTING

                                    Move Together (lead Vocal: Billy F. Gibbons)
                                    Noses In Roses Forever (lead Vocal: Joshua Homme)
                                    Far East For The Trees
                                    If You Run (lead Vocal: Libby Grace)
                                    Crucifire (lead Vocal: Mike Kerr)
                                    Chic Tweetz (vocals: Töôrnst Hülpft, Matt Berry)
                                    Something You Can’t See (lead Vocal: Jake Shears)
                                    Easier Said Than Done (lead Vocal: Joshua Homme)

                                    Kim Gordon

                                    No Home Record

                                      With a career spanning nearly four decades, Kim Gordon is one of the most prolific and visionary artists working today. A co-founder of the legendary Sonic Youth, Gordon has performed all over the world, collaborating with many of music’s most exciting figures including Tony Conrad, Ikue Mori, Julie Cafritz and Stephen Malkmus. Most recently, Gordon has been hitting the road with Body/Head, her spellbinding partnership with artist and musician Bill Nace. Despite the exhaustive nature of her résumé, the most reliable aspect of Gordon’s music may be its resistance to formula. Songs discover themselves as they unspool, each one performing a test of the medium’s possibilities and limits. Her command is astonishing, but Gordon’s artistic curiosity remains the guiding force behind her music.

                                      It makes sense that this “American idea” (as Gordon says on the agitated rock track “Air BnB”) of purchasing utopia permeates the record, as no place is this phenomenon more apparent than Los Angeles, where Gordon was born and recently returned to after several lifetimes on the east coast. It was a move precipitated by a number of seismic shifts in her personal life and undoubtedly plays a role in No Home Record’s fascination with transience. The album opens with the restless “Sketch Artist,” where Gordon sings about “dreaming in a tent” as the music shutters and skips like scenery through a car window. “Even Earthquake,” perhaps the record’s most straightforward track embodies this mood; Gordon’s voice wavering like watercolor: “If I could cry and shake for you / I’d lay awake for you / I got sand in my heart for you,” guitar strokes blending into one another as they bleed out across an unstable page. Front to back, No Home Record is an expert operation in the uncanny. You don’t simply listen to Gordon’s music; you experience it.

                                      TRACK LISTING

                                      Sketch Artist
                                      Air BnB
                                      Paprika Pony
                                      Murdered Out
                                      Don’t Play It
                                      Cookie Butter
                                      Hungry Baby
                                      Earthquake
                                      Get Yr Life Back

                                      Kurt Vile

                                      Childish Prodigy - 10th Anniversary Edition

                                        Reissued with the original 7” for the first time since its original pressing, and printed on coloured vinyl for the first time ever, Kurt Vile’s Matador debut Childish Prodigy is back this October.

                                        TRACK LISTING

                                        LP
                                        Hunchback
                                        Dead Alive
                                        Overnite Religion
                                        Freak Train
                                        Blackberry Song
                                        Monkey
                                        Heart Attack
                                        Amplifier
                                        Inside Looking Out

                                        7”
                                        He's Alright
                                        Farfisas In Falltime
                                        Take Your Time

                                        FOR A LIMITED PERIOD ONLY BOTH ALL FORMATS INCLUDE A FREE CD BONUS DISC, 'ACOUSTIC UNSEEN' (TRACKLISTING BELOW).

                                        For over a decade, guitarist/vocalist Steve Gunn has been one the American music’s most pivotal figures-conjuring immersive and psychedelic sonic landscapes both live and on record, releasing revered solo albums ranking high on in-the-know end of year lists, alongside exploratory collaborations with artists as diverse as Mike Cooper, Kurt Vile, and Michael Chapman (whose most recent studio album he produced). Gunn is known for telling other people's stories, but on his breakthrough fourth album, The Unseen In Between, he explores his own emotional landscapes with his most complex, fully realized songs to date. 

                                        STAFF COMMENTS

                                        Laura says: Steve Gunn’s talents as a guitarist are well known, whether it be the American primitive finger picking style of his early work, as a member of Kurt Vile’s Violators or from any number of collaborations over the years, but on this album it’s as much about the songs as the guitar. His songwriting conjures vivid images while at the same time leaving space for your imagination to fill the gaps. This is beautifully exemplified on “Vagabond” on which he duets with Espers’ Meg Baird and “Stonehurst Cowboy” a tribute to his father and his generation who grew up in the shadow of Vietnam. And the guitars! Did I mention the guitars? Whether it’s the gentle acoustics of “New Moon” or the hypnotic looping riffs of “New Familiar” and “Morning Is Mended”, they are truly mesmerizing. A wonderfully understated record that’s already worked its way into my all time favourites.

                                        TRACK LISTING

                                        New Moon
                                        Vagabond
                                        Chance
                                        Stonehurst Cowboy
                                        Luciano
                                        New Familiar
                                        Lightning Field
                                        Morning Is Mended
                                        Paranoid

                                        'ACOUSTIC UNSEEN' BONUS DISC:
                                        1. New Moon
                                        2. Vagabond
                                        3. Chance
                                        4. Luciano
                                        5. New Familiar
                                        6. Lightining Field
                                        7. Paranoid

                                        Travel can inspire in surprising ways: Kurt Vile discovered as much making his first record in three years, the eclectic and electrifying Bottle It In, which he recorded at various studios around the country over two very busy years, during sessions that usually punctuated the ends of long tours or family road trips.

                                        Every song, whether it’s a concise and catchy pop composition or a sprawling guitar epic, becomes a journey unto itself, taking unexpected detours, circuitous melodic avenues, or open-highway solos. If Vile has become something of a rock guitar god—a mantle he would dismiss out of humility but also out of a desire to keep getting better, to continue absorbing new music, new sounds, new ideas—it’s due to his precise, witty playing style, which turns every riff and rhythm into points on a map and takes the scenic route from one to the next.

                                        Using past albums as points of departure, Bottle It In heads off in new directions, pushing at the edges of the map into unexplored territory: Here be monster jams. These songs show an artist who is still evolving and growing: a songwriter who, like his hero John Prine, can make you laugh and break your heart, often in the same line, as well as a vocalist who essentially rewrites those songs whenever he sings them in his wise, laconic jive-talkin’ drawl. He revels in the minutiae of the music— not simply incorporating new instruments but emphasizing how they interact with his guitar and voice, how the glockenspiel evokes cirrocumulus clouds on “Hysteria,” how Kim Gordon’s “acoustic guitar distortion” (her term) engulfs everything at the end of “Mutinies,” how the banjo curls around his guitar lines and backing vocals from Lucius to lend a high-lonesome aura to “Come Again.”

                                        These journeys took Vile more than two years to navigate, during which time he toured behind his breakout 2015 album b’lieve I’m goin’ down, recorded a duets album with Australian singer-songwriter-guitarist Courtney Barnett, opened for Neil Young in front of 90,000 people in Quebec, famously became a clue on Jeopardy, hung out with friends, took vacations with his wife and daughters. “I’ve been bouncing around a lot and recording all over. My family would meet me in the middle of America, and we’d go on a road trip somewhere. I would record in between all that stuff.”

                                        As Vile prepares for another round of lengthy tours and countless shows, these songs should prove good company, reminders of the love and responsibility he has toward those he leaves at home and those
he meets along the way. That makes the sentiments resonate more strongly and lends Bottle It In an emotional weight. “It’s like that moment on the airplane,” Vile says, “when you’re on your way somewhere and you have that burst of panic. When you’re terrified of dying, that’s when you want people to know you love them.”

                                        STAFF COMMENTS

                                        Andy says: Everything we love about KV in one superb LP. More dynamic than his last outing and the most beautifully produced of all his albums, Bottle It In also features a cover of Charlie Rich's Rollin With The Flow: a massive, classic, country-pop beaut, which is possibly the prettiest thing he's ever committed to tape.

                                        TRACK LISTING

                                        1. Loading Zones
                                        2. Hysteria
                                        3. Yeah Bones
                                        4. Bassackwards
                                        5. One Trick Ponies
                                        6. Rollin With The Flow
                                        7. Check Baby
                                        8. Bottle It In
                                        9. Mutinies
                                        10. Come Again
                                        11. Cold Was The Wind
                                        12. Skinny Mini
                                        13. (bottle Back)

                                        For the first time since 2007’s Our Love to Admire, Interpol have opened themselves up to the input of a producer. For two-week spells between December of 2017 to April of 2018, they travelled to upstate New York to work with Dave Fridmann – famed for recording with Mercury Rev, Flaming Lips, MGMT, Spoon, Mogwai, and countless more.

                                        In the run up to writing and recording, Sam found himself immersed in soul drummers such as Al Jackson Jr (Otis Redding’s drummer) and 80’s funk producers Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis. “How can I make shit swing?” was the question Sam repeatedly asked himself, and the answer is in the striding gallop of opener “If You Really Love Nothing,” the embellished skip ‘n’ bounce of “Stay in Touch” and the R&B swagger of closer “It Probably Matters.” Interpol have always been world-beaters at creating a feeling, but Marauder is where the feel is just as crucial.

                                        Paul may have stepped out of the shadows as a bassist, but he’s stepping into an even brighter light as a songwriter. During Interpol’s previous albums, the singer largely kept himself out of his own work, preferring to fill his lyrics with detached thoughts, characters, and observations, often phrased in abstract. But more than 20 years on since forming at NYU, the frontman is finally allowing himself to play a role in his own stories.

                                        “This record is where I feel touching on real things that have happened to me are exciting and evocative to write about,” he explains. “I think in the past, I always felt autobiography was too small a thing for me to reference. I feel like now, I’m able to romanticize parts of my own life.”

                                        STAFF COMMENTS

                                        Barry says: FOUR YEARS! That's long enough to wait for a new Interpol album isn't it, if anything i'd say it was a little too long, but you'll be delighted to know (as I was) that it's every bit the Interpol album we all want and deserve. Brilliant hooks, snarling vox and heavy AF guitars. Thoroughly killer.

                                        TRACK LISTING

                                        If You Really Love Nothing
                                        The Rover
                                        Complications
                                        Flight Of Fancy
                                        Stay In Touch
                                        Interlude 1
                                        Mountain Child
                                        NYSMAW
                                        Surveillance
                                        Number 10
                                        Party's Over
                                        Interlude 2
                                        It Probably Matters

                                        There's a riot going on. You don't need me, or Yo La Tengo, to tell you that. These are dark times, in our heads as much as in the streets. It's easy to lose contact with the ground, flying through endless banks of storm clouds day after day. Confusion and anxiety intrude into daily life and cause you to lose your compass. There are times that call for anthems, something to lift you out of your slump and put fire in your feet. And then there are times when what is indicated is a balm, a sound that will wrap around you and work out the knots in your neck.

                                        While there's a riot going on, Yo La Tengo will remind you what it's like to dream. The sound burbles and washes and flows and billows. If records were dedicated to the cardinal elements, this one would be water. There are shimmery hazes, spectral rumbles, a flash of backward masking, ghostly flamingos calling "shoo-bop shoo-bop." You are there. And even if your mind is not unclouded--shaken, misdirected, out of words and out of time--you can still float, ride the waves of an ocean deeper than your worries, above the sound and above the Sound.

                                        For Yo La Tengo this is a slow-motion action painting, and Georgia Hubley, Ira Kaplan, and James McNew did it all themselves, in their rehearsal studio, with no outside engineer (John McEntire later did the mix). They did not rehearse or jam together beforehand; they turned on the recorder and let things coalesce. Songs came together over long stretches, sometimes as much as a year going by between parts. You'd never guess this, since the layers are finessed with such a liquid brush. You'd imagine most of the songs had sprung forth whole, since they will enter your head that way. Within two listens you will be powerless to resist the magnetic draw of "Shades of Blue," will involuntarily hear "She May, She Might" on your internal jukebox first thing in the morning and "Let's Do It Wrong" late at night. While there's a riot going on you will feel capable of bobbing through like a cork.

                                        In 1971, when the nation appeared to be on the brink of violently coming apart, Sly and the Family Stone released There's a Riot Goin’ On, an album of dark, brooding energy. Now, under similar circumstances, Yo La Tengo have issued a record with the same name but with a different force, an album that proposes an alternative to anger and despair. Their first proper full-length since 2013’s Fade, There's a Riot Goin’ On is an expression of freedom and sanity and emotional expansion, a declaration of common humanity as liberating as it is soft-spoken. 

                                        TRACK LISTING

                                        You Are Here
                                        Shades Of Blue
                                        She May, She Might
                                        For You Too
                                        Ashes
                                        Polynesia #1
                                        Dream Dream Away
                                        Shortwave
                                        Above The Sound
                                        Let's Do It Wrong
                                        What Chance Have I Got
                                        Esportes Casual
                                        Forever
                                        Out Of The Pool
                                        Here You Are

                                        It’s about change and the power to change. It’s about metamorphosis and evolution. It’s about sticking to your guns and toughing it out. It’s about now, not tomorrow. It’s about recognizing your potential. It’s about self-doubt and inaction. It’s about you. It’s about me. It’s about you and me and the others. It’s about the choices we make. It’s about finding the poetry and avoiding the cliché. It’s about being the solution, not the problem. It’s about showing weakness to be strong. It’s about digging through your dirt to look for diamonds. It's about claiming your right to think unacceptable thoughts. It’s about boredom and the things we do to drive it away. It’s about being on your own so you can be with people. It’s about knowing what it means to be human and what it might mean one day. It’s about the parts and the sum of the parts. It's about the music and the message: together, one and the same. It’s about bass, guitars, drums and vocals. It’s about opening-out and never, ever dying. But most of all it’s about love, every kind of love. Love is the answer.

                                        Savages’ second album Adore Life was recorded in RAK Studios, London in April 2015. Johnny Hostile was the producer and Richard Woodcraft the engineer. Anders Trentmöller took care of the mixing in Copenhagen. 

                                        TRACK LISTING

                                        The Answer
                                        Evil
                                        Sad Person
                                        Adore
                                        I Need Something New
                                        Slowing Down The World
                                        When In Love
                                        Surrender
                                        TIWYG
                                        Mechanics


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