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Matador Records joins forces with True Panther Sounds

Published on November 9, 2009, by in The Mix.

Matador Records, the indie label which seems to have exploded this year, has just purchased the True Panther Sounds label (home to ‘Girls’).

The Matador Records Blog: After months of speculation (much of it in our own corridors), we can happily announce that Matador Records has purchased the True Panther Sounds label. TPS, best known to many of you as the imprint behind Girls‘ recent rise to prominence, will continue to be managed by label founder Dean Bein. What would possess Matador to become involved with another label in this capacity? As Victor Kiam once explained his decision to purchase the Remington Shaver operation, “I liked it so much, I bought the company.” Needless to say, we like Dean, Girls, Glasser, Tanlines, Lemonade and Hunx & His Punx much more than than Mr. Kiam appreciated those razor blades.

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Nirvana…’Bleach’ twenty years later

It seems so odd to me that Nirvana released their album, ‘Bleach’, almost twenty years ago (head scratch). Well, in support of the albums’ anniversary, Sub Pop Records is releasing a reworked version of ‘Bleach’ on November 3rd.

NirvanaSub Pop Records: This expanded CD/double-LP will include a never-before-released live performance, special packaging and the first run of the double-LP will be on 180g white vinyl (the first run of the original LP was also on white vinyl). Both formats will be available for pre-order here at subpop.com leading up to this edition’s release.

Originally recorded over three sessions with producer Jack Endino at Seattle’s Reciprocal Recording Studios in December 1988 and January 1989, Bleach was released in June of ‘89. This 20th Anniversary Edition has been re-mastered from the original tapes at Sterling Sound in a session overseen by producer Jack Endino.

This edition will include an unreleased live recording of a complete February 9th, 1990 show at the Pine Street Theatre in Portland, Oregon. The show features performances of “Love Buzz,” “About a Girl” and a cover of The Vaselines’ song “Molly’s Lips” and has been re-mixed from the original tapes by Endino (complete track listing below). A 52-page CD /16-page LP booklet which includes candid photos of the band not previously released to the public will also be included in this deluxe edition.

Take A Listen: About A Girl (remastered) from Nirvana

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Pela will no longer be making music together

Published on October 21, 2009, by in The Mix.

PelaAlthough this was announced about a month ago, I just heard that Pela, a band that I am fond of, has decided to part ways…bummer.

Note from Pela: It is with great sadness that we write you today. Pela’s collective journey has come to an end. Over the past 2 years we’ve faced tremendous obstacles. We recorded an album twice, had a falling out/legal battle with our old label, fired 2 managers, had a big record deal fall through, and Billy had a hand injury followed by a foot injury.

We’ve worked tirelessly to get our music out of ourselves and into your ears. We worked endlessly to make the music and our live show the best we could. At the end of the day we had to start dealing with some realizations.

We will never be able to thank you enough for your support. For those of you that drove and flew hours just to see a show, we thank you. For those of you who wrote us and gave us the opportunity to get to know you, we thank you. For those of you who told us to keep soldiering on, we thank you. Words can’t really describe how we’re feeling about this difficult decision, but we want you to know that it’s the healthiest decision we could make.

Your lovely faces are etched into our memories. Looking at the Crowd Project videos says it all. Please keep in touch, we’ll promise to do the same.

xoxo- Nate, Billy, Tom, and Eric

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Thom Yorke and his new band made their live debut this past weekend

Published on October 5, 2009, by in The Mix.

Radiohead’s Thom Yorke debuted new material with an all-star backing band at an intimate venue in Los Angeles this past weekend.

The frontman rolled out several tunes with the new band (yet to be named), which featured Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea, REM collaborator Joey Waronker, Brazilian multi-instrumentalist Mauro Refosco, and producer Nigel Godrich. Tickets for the last-minute “secret” gig at the Echoplex were at a premium, selling out in a matter of minutes and reportedly being scalped online for as much as $3,000. Continue Reading (NME)

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The 2009 Barclaycard Mercury Prize Winner is…

Published on September 9, 2009, by in The Mix, Videos.

Speech Debelle for her album, “Speech Therapy.”

PS: I was personally rooting for Florence and the Machine as well as  Kasabian.

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Noel Gallagher explains why he quit Oasis…again

Published on August 31, 2009, by in The Mix.

Noel Gallagher provided fans with details of his seemingly sudden departure from Oasis this past weekend on Oasisinet.com.

“Dearly beloved, it is with a heavy heart and a sad face that I say this to you this morning” :

“As of last Friday, August 28, I have been forced to leave the Manchester rock ‘n’ roll pop group Oasis. The details are not important and of too great a number to list. But I feel you have the right to know that the level of verbal and violent intimidation towards me, my family, friends and comrades has become intolerable. And the lack of support and understanding from my management and bandmates has left me with no other option than to get me cape and seek pastures new.

“I would like firstly to offer my apologies to them kids in Paris who’d paid money and waited all day to see us only to be let down AGAIN by the band. Apologies are probably not enough, I know, but I’m afraid it’s all I’ve got. While I’m on the subject, I’d like to say [sorry] to the good people of V Festival that experienced the same thing. Again, I can only apologize – although I don’t know why, it was nothing to do with me. I was match-fit and ready to be brilliant. Alas, other people in the group weren’t up to it.

“In closing I would like to thank all the Oasis fans, all over the world. The last 18 years have been truly, truly amazing (and I hate that word, but today is the one time I’ll deem it appropriate). A dream come true. I take with me glorious memories.”

“Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have a family and a football team to indulge. I’ll see you somewhere down the road. It’s been a fuckin’ pleasure.”

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