Jay Reatard / Sonic Youth Hang Them All / No Garage A 12" split from Jay Reatard and Sonic Youth. Matador 7"
Snail Mail Habit A reissue edition of Snail Mail's 2016 EP Habit, now available with alternative artwork and her cover of The 2nd Most Beautiful Girl In The World. Delightful singer songwriter with a slacker rock influence, fans of Phoebe Bridgers and Lucy Dacus should get into this. “Lindsey Jordan is an indie-rock prodigy.” - Rolling Stone “Lindsey Jordan is arguably alt-rock’s most exciting new name” - Sunday Times “Jordan possesses a powerful, stop-in-your-tracks sort of voice.” -Billboard “Wildly talented.” -Stereogum Matador 12" | CD
Sonic Youth Battery Park, NYC: July 4th 2008 Recorded at Battery Park NYC’s River to River Festival on July 4th 2008, this now classic Sonic Youth set features totemic live versions of career spanning tracks such as ‘The Sprawl’, ‘Schizophrenia’ and ‘Bull In The Heather’. Initially only available with preorders of 2009’s ‘The Eternal’, this incredible live document has been made available again on vinyl a decade after its original release. Matador LP
Lucy Dacus No Burden Debut from Richmond VA's Lucy Dacus that was released earlier in the year and received critical acclaim. Warm indie rock with very direct lyricism for fans of Waxatchee, Courtney Barnett and Sharon Van Etten Matador CD | LP
Interpol Antics (15th Anniversary Edition) A special 15th Anniversary edition of a classic record from Interpol. After two years of seemingly endless tours, the quartet returned in early 2004 to Peter Katis’s Tarquin Studios in Bridgeport, Conn., to record their second album. They had already debuted a handful of songs earmarked for Antics on the road: “Length of Love,” “Narc,” “C’mere.” Meanwhile, having revisited – and reinvented– the material from Bright Lights night after night, they discovered new strengths. There was more room for experimentation in these songs, for toying with arrangements and intricacies of individual parts, than on their debut. With Antics, Interpol has delivered a disc even more engaging than its celebrated predecessor, without sacrificing any of the depth that has made them such an important band for so many. The songs are at once catchier and more variegated, revealing themselves over time to a degree heard on few current releases, and nothing is ever obvious. Frontman Paul Banks describes, “A lot of time, there are specific topics or events that that inspire the songs, but it’s not explicit in my lyrics.“ Indeed, with Interpol, things are rarely what they seem. Matador Records LP
Steve Gunn The Unseen In Between 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. Matador CD | LP
Kim Gordon No Home Record Anyone who pre-orders the LP will go into a draw to win a very limited 12" single of 'Murdered Out / Sketch Artist', we have only 3 of these 12"s! The long-awaited and highly anticipated solo full length from Kim Gordon! Known well as a co-founder of Sonic Youth, her career spans nearly four decades, 20+ albums long, but now is the time for the legendary musician to unleash a solo project. Despite the exhaustive nature of her re?sume?, 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. Matador Records CD | LP