Tag: Matador Records

Julien Baker's new album, Turn Out The Lights, comes out Oct. 27.

Julien Baker – ‘Turn out The Lights’ (album review)

The long-awaited sophomore album from Memphis, Tennessee’s Julien Baker, Turn Out the Lights was released last week. It was long-awaited because her debut, Sprained Ankle, was one of the best debut records in years. Sprained Ankle was full of heart-wrenching songwriting, from heartbreak to depressive thoughts, Baker’s music hits direct to the heart. It was such a strong release that […]

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Courtney Barnett & Kurt Vile – ‘Lotta Sea Lice’ (album review)

Courtney Barnett & Kurt Vile – ‘Lotta Sea Lice’ (album review)

When I think of laid-back guitar rock, it’s hard to beat Courtney Barnett’s Sometimes I Sit and Think and Sometimes I Just Sit. Unless you’re talking about Kurt Vile’s Wakin’ On a Pretty Daze. Luckily, Courtney Barnett and Kurt Vile have joined forces on Lotta Sea Lice, their first record together. The result is an album loaded with wonderful, quirky […]

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Melodic Tonic ’17, October 11th

Melodic Tonic ’17, October 11th

Today’s mid-week serving of new music features a global flavor. Featuring artists from Australia to the UK, these six songs offer equal amounts of bright pop and darker electronica. We start with good news from one of our favorite Glasgow bands.   Belle and Sebastian – “I’ll Be Your Pilot” (Glasgow, Scotland) RIYL: Belle and Sebastian You can’t really call Belle […]

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Melodic Tonic ’17, September 27th

Melodic Tonic ’17, September 27th

The Melodic Tonic ’17, September 27th edition provides the perfect antidote to the mid-week blues – a.k.a. hump day. Most of the tunes will leave you in a relaxed state, and we’ve included the video to one song as it’s a must see. Happy Wednesday everyone.   Courtney Barnett and Kurt Vile – “Continental Breakfast” (Australia/USA) Lotta Sea Lice by […]

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The Matinee August 17th

The Matinee August 17th

The Matinee August 17th edition features nine songs to delight your senses – and some will bring you to your knees. You’ll want to dance and shimmy your shoulders, rock out, and even laugh out loud at times. So sit back and enjoy these new music treats. The first one, though, requires you to be sitting down with the tissues […]

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Delve into Algiers’ fiery ‘The Underside of Power’ (album review)

Delve into Algiers’ fiery ‘The Underside of Power’ (album review)

Two years ago, Algiers announced themselves to the world with their raw but fiery debut album. Algiers introduced us to the intercontinental band’s kaleidoscopic sound that was unlike anything released that year or even in this decade. Elements of gospel, soul, post-punk, New Wave, blues, and indie rock were masterfully blended into a maelstrom of combustible sonic energy. Algiers’ brilliance […]

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Perfume Genius – ‘No Shape’ (album review)

Perfume Genius – ‘No Shape’ (album review)

On his remarkable album, 2014’s No Bright, Mike Hadreas unveiled a different side to Perfume Genius. He was vulnerable, assertive, commanding, and proud, and No Bright was the pinnacle of his canon. It was simultaneously a sermon and an enlightening for all willing to hear his message. Three years later, Hadreas has returned with a new record that still requires […]

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The Matinee April 28th

The Matinee April 28th

The Matinee April 28th is like a high school reunion, as each of the nine artists / bands featured today have occupied past playlists and/or have had their albums reviewed. This is a first for us. Algiers – “The Underside of Power” (Atlanta, USA) RIYL: TV on the Radio, Benjamin Booker, Leon Bridges Atlanta-based indie rockers Algiers are one of […]

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Spoon – ‘Hot Thoughts’ (album review)

Spoon – ‘Hot Thoughts’ (album review)

There has been a trend among aspiring indie-rockers of using rainbow colors to signal youthful optimism and blissful psychedelic confusion. So maybe to the uninitiated (who is uninitiated at this point?) the cover of Spoon’s new album might look like something synthy, fun and perky. But the moment you dive into the multi-chrome skull, you realize oh right, you’re listening to […]

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The Matinee March 23rd

The Matinee March 23rd

The Matinee March 23rd once again features nine songs, and each one will intrigue you in different ways. Some will make you laugh while others will have you thinking about your place in the world. Whatever you’re feeling like today, hopefully the mini-playlist will satisfy your mood.   Perfume Genius – “Slip Away” (Seattle, USA) RIYL: Arcade Fire, Future Islands, […]

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Steve Gunn – “Eyes On The Lines”

Steve Gunn – “Eyes On The Lines”

By now, you know Steve Gunn‘s story – guitar player turned solo artist, whose 2014 album Way Out Weather was among the most rewarding and outstanding albums of that year. It was an emphatic statement by Gunn, proclaiming to the world that he legitimately belongs alongside the likes of Damien Jurado, Father John Misty, and Jack White as multi-talented artists who […]

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Savages – “Adore Life”

Savages – “Adore Life”

When Savages released their debut album, Silence Yourself, in 2013, it caught a lot of people by surprise. This wasn’t your typical four-piece, all-women band from the UK. They weren’t making catchy Brit-pop or attempting to be the next Spice Girls. Instead, they went deep into their souls and released an album that lied somewhere between doom rock and post-punk. […]

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Kurt Vile – “b’lieve i’m goin down”

Kurt Vile – “b’lieve i’m goin down”

For nearly fifteen years and after a countless number of albums as a solo artist and with The War on Drugs (which he founded in 2003 but then departed in 2008 to focus on his solo career), Kurt Vile has emerged as one of the great singer-songwriters of his generation. However, his unassuming and even shy demeanor has made him […]

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Yo La Tengo – “Stuff Like That There”

Yo La Tengo – “Stuff Like That There”

The original buzz on Stuff Like That There, Yo La Tengo’s fourteenth studio album, was it was a cover album. The reality is a bit different. Like the iconic Facebook, this is a complicated album. It is part cover album but also contains some reworking of the bands own material plus a couple of new songs. It is all uniquely Yo La […]

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Algiers – “Algiers”

Algiers – “Algiers”

The first notes on the Algiers self-titled debut album (released June 2 on Matador Records) are instantly gripping: ominous yet reverent, its languid cadence and bluesy gospel harmonies give voice to the oppressive weight of southern heat and humidity. The first track, “Remains,” greets your ears not as a gentle breeze but with the turbulence of an impending storm. You […]

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HÆLOS’ otherworldy “Earth Not Above” EP

HÆLOS’ otherworldy “Earth Not Above” EP

Late in 2014, Arthur Delaney, Dom Goldsmith, and Lotti Benardout – better known as HÆLOS – released “Dust”, a sultry electronic-ambient single that caught the attention of thousands of listeners. Among them was influential BBC 1 radio host Zach Lowe, who included the trio on his “Next Hype”. Shortly after the unsolicited promotion, HÆLOS was signed by indie label giant […]

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Melodic Tonic, vol. 1

Melodic Tonic, vol. 1

Welcome to the first installment of your weekly Melodic Tonic, a collection of singles served up every Monday like Happy Hour cocktails for your ears. These posts are for those of you whose busy schedules make it hard to consume entire albums. We get it! Full albums require a time commitment, but these audio apéritifs are designed for quick enjoyment. […]

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HÆLOS – “The Sun Rising”

HÆLOS – “The Sun Rising”

  A couple of months ago, we featured HÆLOS‘ “Earth Not Above” on a previous Weekend Showcase.  The London-based trio return with, “The Sun Rising”, a cover of The Beloved’s 1989 song. HÆLOS, though, add their own spin, offering dramatic and dark arrangement that incorporate electronic, dub-step, and garage. The second half of the song is absolutely brilliant, combining the cinematic qualities […]

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First Impressions: Belle and Sebastian, “Girls in Peacetime Want to Dance”

First Impressions: Belle and Sebastian, “Girls in Peacetime Want to Dance”

Next week is a huge week. New albums by Sleater-Kinney, their first in nearly 10 years; Portland storytellers The Decemberists; and the fun and eclectic Belle and Sebastian. It was difficult to pick which album to focus on as our first First Impressions of 2015, but we opted to go with the Scottish troupe of Stuart Murdoch, Stevie Jackson, Sarah […]

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