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Mdou Moctar

Niger EP Vol. 2

    Mdou Moctar has announced details of part two of the Niger EP series – featuring live and alternate versions of songs spanning the band’s discography recorded in their native Niger.

    “Ibitlan is a love song,” says producer and bassist Mikey Coltun. “Mdou sings about his love for a woman, comparing her to a beautiful valley with a stream running through it, how her skin is a yellow flower and her smile is like lightning. This particular recording was done in Agadez in 2017 at a wedding. Mdou and I had played three weddings a day for about a month and a half on that trip. It was like bootcamp. I loved it. Ibitlan is one of Mdou's oldest songs and is covered by pretty much every Tuareg guitarist. We've played versions of this song lasting over 20 minutes. It's definitely one of my favorites to play!”

    An innovative alchemy of Tuareg folk, blues and rock, electric guitar pyrotechnics, field recordings and electronics with poetic call-to-arms lyrics about the plight of his homeland of Niger, Moctar’s 2021 album Afrique Victime swept end of year lists, achieving high placements in The Economist, The Guardian, The New York Times, Uncut, MOJO, Pitchfork, The New Yorker, NPR, Rolling Stone, Dazed & Confused, DJ, Crack and many others.

    TRACK LISTING

    1. Iblis Amghar
    2. Ibitilan
    3. Nakane Dish
    4. Chimoumounim
    5. Asdikte Akal
    6. Azawad

    Mdou Moctar

    Niger EP Vol. 1

      Niger EP Vol. 1 features recordings captured in Moctar’s native country, including previously unreleased 13-minute drum machine & electric guitar epic ‘Imouhar’, four live versions of songs from across Moctar’s albums Afrique Victime, Afelan and Akounak Tedalat Taha Tazoughai (translating to “Rain the Color of Blue with A Little Red In It”, the soundtrack to Moctar’s Tuareg-language film remake of Prince’s Purple Rain), as well as a drum machine version of Afrique Victime opening track ‘Chismiten”. Watch a visualiser for ‘Chismiten’ (Drum Machine Version) HERE.

      Producer and bass player Mikey Coltun says: “In 2021, we started the Mdou Moctar mixtape series. These releases compiled field recordings, cellphone voice memos, interview clips, conversations captured in the tour van, and blown-out board recordings from shows all over the world. As a continuation of those mixtapes, we present the Niger EPs, which examine the roots of the Mdou Moctar band. Early Mdou recordings were contained on cassettes, though the humble tape was soon replaced by the quick and easy facility of cellphone technology. Long bus rides are common in West Africa. On one of these rides, you might be seated next to a stranger and ask, "What are you listening to?" Then a song exchange would begin over Bluetooth. This is a very real way artists found their music distributed far from home. In that vein, the Niger EP series features solely recordings taped in Mdou Moctar's home country of Niger. Volume 1 begin the series with a mix of recordings from 2017-2020, documenting the band at weddings, picnics, rehearsals, and even impromptu house concerts. A must have for any Mdou Moctar fan!”

      An innovative alchemy of Tuareg folk, blues and rock, electric guitar pyrotechnics, field recordings and electronics with poetic call-to-arms lyrics about the plight of his homeland of Niger, Moctar’s 2021 album Afrique Victime swept end of year lists, achieving high placements in The Economist, The Guardian, The New York Times, Uncut, MOJO, Pitchfork, The New Yorker, NPR, Rolling Stone, Dazed & Confused, DJ, Crack and many others.

      TRACK LISTING

      1. Imouhar (Drum Machine Version)
      2. Chismiten (Drum Machine Version)
      3. Sibidoul (Live)
      4. Afelan (Live)
      5. Layla (Live)
      6. Afrique Victime (Live)

      Yo La Tengo

      This Stupid World

        The most live-sounding Yo La Tengo album in years. Times have changed for Yo La Tengo as much as they have for everyone else. In the past, the band has often worked with outside producers and mixers. In their latest effort, the first full-length in five years, This Stupid World was created all by themselves. And their time-tested judgment is both sturdy enough to keep things to the band’s high standards, and nimble enough to make things new. At the base of nearly every track is the trio playing all at once, giving everything a right-now feel. There’s an immediacy to the music, as if the distance between the first pass and the final product has become more direct.

        Available on standard black vinyl, CD and on limited blue vinyl.

        TRACK LISTING

        1. Sinatra Drive Breakdown
        2. Fallout
        3. Tonight’s Episode
        4. Aselestine
        5. Until It Happens
        6. Apology Letter
        7. Brain Capers
        8. This Stupid World
        9. Miles Away

        BOYGENIUS (Julien Baker, Phoebe Bridgers, And Lucy Dacus)

        BOYGENIUS EP

          Julien Baker, Phoebe Bridgers, and Lucy Dacus formed boygenius after booking a tour together, but the trio had subconsciously been in the works for longer than that. Through a series of tours and performances together, and chance encounters that led to friendships – including Bridgers’ and Dacus’ first in-person meeting backstage at a Philadelphia festival, greenroom hangouts that felt instantly comfortable and compatible, a couple of long email chains and even a secret handshake between Baker and Dacus – the lyrically and musically arresting singer-songwriters and kindred spirits got to know each other on their own terms.

          STAFF COMMENTS

          Darryl says: A wonderful folky flecked EP from the amazing combined talents of Julien Baker, Phoebe Bridgers and Lucy Dacus.

          TRACK LISTING

          Bite The Hand
          Me & My Dog
          Souvenir
          Stay Down
          Salt In The Wound
          Ketchum, ID

          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

            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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