14.March.2016

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We are big college basketball fans here at Matinee HQ, so we are celebrating the number one seeding of our North Carolina Tarheels in the NCAA college basketball tournament with a little March Madness of our own!

Nearly every release in the catalog is currently on sale, and from now through the end of the month you can take an additional 30 percent off everything in the shop including new releases, sale items, and digital downloads. Use promo code madness to take advantage of the extra savings.

Get 7″ and cd singles as low as $1.40 each, and CD albums as low as $2.80 each! Quantities are limited and there are several releases close to selling out forever so please don’t delay.

You can maximize postage savings by selecting the flat rate priority mail envelope which can hold approximately ten CDs or ten 7″ singles for a price that is not much more than what you pay to send just two or three items. Please note that 10″ and 12″ vinyl cannot ship using the flat rate envelope. See the Matinee shop for current availability and help us clear space for an ace batch of new releases this year. In the meantime, happy shopping!

20.January.2016

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The smash sophomore album ‘Stuck In The Never Ending Now’ (matcd074) from Scottish popstars Strawberry Whiplash is getting lots of love in the music press, and here are excerpts from a few of our favorite reviews so far:

“Stuck in the Never Ending Now is packed from top to bottom with sprightly, energetic indie pop nuggets that will brighten turntables and maybe even get some feet moving.” –All Music Guide

“A top-notch pop-Scotch album from the very heights of the Matinee roster.” –In Love With These Times

“Strawberry Whiplash have affirmed their status as one of the finest indiepop bands going.” –The Sound Of Confusion

“Stuck In The Never Ending Now is unabashed tweedom, sweltering in the umbrella of The Primitives and Talulah Gosh, Sandra’s delectable vocals shimmering all over wanna-be MTV hits like ‘If Surface Were Depth’ and the outstanding title track ‘Never Ending Now’ with its fuzzy guitars and impatient drumming.” –Porky Prime Cuts

“Following Glasgow’s fine lineage of janglesome bands such as The Pastels, Belle & Sebastian and early Primal Scream, ‘Time Takes You Away’ is a highly infectious track that burrows its way into your consciousness after only one listen. It could almost be a lost early Creation Records single, and it could also be the most insistently catchy song of 2015; really, it is that good.” –God Is In The TV (Track Of The Day)

“Any band that would take its name from Scottish legends Strawberry Switchblade and Meat Whiplash would get my attention. This followup may as well have been recorded the day after the brilliant ‘Hits in the Car,’ and it feels wonderful to be bouncing to their brand of indie pop again.” –Linear Tracking Lives

“Strawberry Whiplash deliver songs worthy of Lee Hazlewood or the more romantic edge of David Gedge, while remaining absolutely charming. The album only lasts thirty-seven minutes, but is long enough to put a big smile on indie pop fans’ faces.” –Pennyblack Music

“It’s magical guitar pop luster that will fill your room while you’re dancing around to the highly stimulant beat. Record Of The Day!” –50 Third and 3rd

“Strawberry Whiplash has an incredible knack for crafting the perfect aural nuggets, with just the right amount of instrumentation and spot on vocal nuances. Their second album ‘Stuck In The Never Ending Now’ finds the band musing about the passage of time over the course of 12 hook-filled songs.” –When You Motor Away

The album comes in a snazzy eco-wallet and is available worldwide from your favorite record shop, mailorder, or digital provider as well as the Matinee shop. Full release details and more reviews can be found on the catalog page. You can preview the album on the Soundcloud player below:

18.January.2016

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The ace new album ‘In My Flat’ (matcd073) from Scottish favorites The Hermit Crabs is the current best seller on the Matinee hit parade, and the band is basking in the glow of some mighty fine reviews too. Here’s the proof:

“As always is the case with a recording from The Hermit Crabs, Melanie Whittle’s compositions are a star of the proceedings. Personal, intimate, revealing, feisty and witty, she paints evocative little portraits of life in a manner reminiscent of Scottish indie pop peers Belle & Sebastian and Camera Obscura. ‘In My Flat’ is the band’s best work yet.” –When You Motor Away

“A modern Matinee classic.” –In Love With These Times

“Scotland forever. The nation that’s given the world Altered Images, Postcard Records, The Associates, Edwyn Collins, the Cosmic Rough Riders, et al just keeps on giving, and ‘In My Flat’ is joyous and uplifting.” –Porky Prime Cuts

“Great little bouncy, fun and bittersweet indie-pop songs.” –PopMatters (Best Indie Pop of 2015)

“There’s always a spot in my record collection for low-key, well-written pop music, and The Hermit Crabs fit right in.” –Blurt Magazine

“Brave and beautiful.” –Linear Tracking Lives

“In My Flat may be fairly typical indiepop in sound, but the quality of the songs and the way they’re arranged is more than enough to make it stand out from the crowd.” –The Sound Of Confusion

“Grown-up and clean-sounding indie pop from Glasgow.” –Collective Zine

‘In My Flat’ is available on CD eco-wallet or digital download worldwide from your favorite record shop, mailorder, or digital provider as well as the Matinee shop. Full release details are on the catalog page, and you can preview four album classics on the Soundcloud player below:

01.December.2015

Here is a bountiful batch of holiday hymns to accompany your festive celebrations this month. Seasons greetings!

05.November.2015

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New release alert #2 of 2: November 20 also brings the brand new album ‘Stuck In The Never Ending Now’ (matcd074) from Scottish popstars Strawberry Whiplash! It has been three long years since the band’s smash debut album ‘Hits In The Car’ (matcd060) was released, and suitably the eclectic new 12-track album has the inexorable passage of time as its central theme.

Opening track ‘Every Day The Sun Shines Brighter’ starts things off in optimistic fashion with a melodic song about new beginnings, while ‘If Surface Were Depth’ is catchy, playful pop and ‘Too Close To Call’ is a harmonious, multi-layered soundtrack to an indie spaghetti western.

‘Never Ending Now’ is immediately engaging punky pop with scratchy, fast guitars, more great harmonies, and rapid gunfire drumming. ‘Ride The Waves To The Shore’ has a shimmering, bossa nova beat with major seventh chords and groovy bongo backing, while ‘Time Takes You Away’ is all late night New York cool with chugging guitars and a Velvet Underground vibe.

Side two kicks off with the album’s fastest track ‘Halcyon Morning’ providing us with a future indie disco floor filler with C86 fuzzy guitars, a steady drumbeat, and tambourines all racing towards the song’s instrumental coda. ‘All I Ask For Is Everything’ furthers the eclectic mix with a chiming guitar / glockenspiel blend and an incessant back beat reinforcing the selfish nature of the song, while ‘Fly Me Over The Rooftops’ is soaring, immediate pop with detached male backing vocals.

‘A Brave New Scene’ is elegant, multi-layered pop that twinkles and chimes in all the right places, while the funky bass line in ‘Life’s Rich Tragedy’ breaks right through the fourth wall in this musical romp involving an unfaithful method actor in need of direction on stage and in his life. Finally, the album’s poignant swan song ‘This Is All We Have’ opens with an autumnal oboe motif and adds some shimmering guitars before reaching peak loveliness.

Reflective and confident, ‘Stuck In The Never Ending Now’ is twelve more hits from Strawberry Whiplash and an additional Scottish pop classic for the Matinee discography. The album is released November 20 but you can order a copy RIGHT NOW exclusively from the Matinee shop on CD or digital download formats. You can sample four of the hits on our Soundcloud right now too!

05.November.2015

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New release alert #1 of 2: November 20 sees the return of Scottish favorites The Hermit Crabs with a brand new album entitled ‘In My Flat’ (matcd073)! The first recordings from the band since the ‘Time Relentless’ EP (matinee 084) in 2012, the new album features lead songwriter and vocalist Melanie Whittle in collaboration with Jeremy Jensen and Jake Hite of indie favorites The Very Most.

Lead track ‘Bravado and Rhetoric’ is a tale of punk rock gigs put on by girls … two minutes of magnificent guitars, chugging drums, and ace harmonies and one of the catchiest Hermit Crabs songs written to date.

‘I’m A Fool’ is a pensive story of unrequited love that showcases crystalline vocals, intricate guitars, and excellent harmonies all building to multi-layered perfection, while ‘High Maintenance’ details the cons of a long distance relationship and ‘Should I Drop You Off?’ is a simply gorgeous tune with splendid vocals and a wailing pedal steel guitar providing a distinct country vibe.

‘Tracey Emin’s Bed’ is a brilliant number about a depression that led to a scene similar to that portrayed in the celebrated art installation by the British artist in the song’s title. The twinkling keyboards, tambourines, and rich percussion serve as great contrast to the song’s powerful lyrics.

Meanwhile, ‘Stuart Murray’ is a catchy, two-minute pop hit about another famous artist. It’s infectious, upbeat, witty, and undeniably swinging and will be stuck in your head for days. ‘Damage Control’ revisits relationship troubles in a dark and brooding tale that builds to psycho string madness, and the album concludes with a quick, jaunty narrative of infidelity called ‘Did I Tell You That?’

Demonstrating truly impressive songwriting, exquisite vocals, and classic orchestration, ‘In My Flat’ is the consummate release from The Hermit Crabs and another absolute gem for Matinee. The album is officially released November 20 but you can order a copy RIGHT NOW exclusively from the Matinee shop on CD or digital download formats. Have a listen to some Hermit Crabs magic at the Soundcloud link below and you’ll be smitten for sure.

07.July.2015

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The brand new ‘Still Waiting For The Winter’ EP (matinee 092) from The Popguns is back from the pressing plant and looking great!

The title track, one of many highlights from the band’s critically acclaimed ‘Pop Fiction’ album (matcd070), is a stunning showcase of dual female vocals, jangling guitars, and melodies galore. The song is a reflective journey of nights out on the Brighton seafront and the conflict between yearning for the past and living for today. Its ace!

The EP also features three exclusive new tracks that spotlight the incomparable Popguns vocals with stripped back arrangements. ‘BN3’ is a gorgeous slow time waltz with carefully strummed acoustic guitars and lead vocalist Wendy Pickles telling the story of a sporting romance played out at Hove County Cricket Ground. ‘Why You Fell In Love With Me’ is sung with a heartfelt lilt by Kate Mander and has a relaxed country feel and ace harmonies. Finally ‘Diane’s Song’ continues the Chet Baker theme started on ‘Pop Fiction’ album track ‘Alfa Romeo’ with a glorious tune that would make Bacharach and David proud.

Limited to 1000 copies in custom minijacket sleeve, Still Waiting For The Winter is a melancholy diversion for The Popguns as they begin recording a new album. The single is officially released July 17, but you can order a copy today exclusively from the Matinee shop on CD or digital formats. Have a listen to ‘Still Waiting For The Winter’ and ‘BN3’ on our Soundcloud:

19.June.2015

This weekend marks the start of summer here in the northern hemisphere and we are celebrating with another great Matinee sale! We have reduced prices on nearly all releases and from now until July 1st you can take an additional 25 percent off everything in the shop including new releases, sale items, and digital downloads. Use promo code summer to take advantage of the extra savings. Get 7″ and cd singles as low as $1.50 each, and albums as low as $3.50 each! Quantities are limited and there are several releases close to selling out so don’t delay.

You can maximize postage savings by selecting the flat rate priority mail envelope which can hold approximately ten CDs or ten 7″ singles for a price that is not much more than what you pay to send just two or three items. Please check the Matinee shop for current availability and help us clear space for a batch of new releases. Happy shopping!

16.June.2015

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New music alert: next month we will release a fantastic new EP (matinee 092) from celebrated British band The Popguns! Lead track ‘Still Waiting For The Winter’ is one of the highlights from the band’s critically acclaimed ‘Pop Fiction’ album (matcd070) released late last year. A stunning showcase of dual female vocals, jangling guitars, and melodies galore, the song is a reflective journey of nights out on the Brighton seafront and the conflict between yearning for the past and living for today.

The EP also features three exclusive new tracks that spotlight the incomparable Popguns vocals with stripped back arrangements. ‘BN3’ is a gorgeous slow time waltz with carefully strummed acoustic guitars and lead vocalist Wendy Pickles telling the story of a sporting romance played out at Hove County Cricket Ground. ‘Why You Fell In Love With Me’ is sung with a heartfelt lilt by Kate Mander and has a relaxed country feel and ace harmonies. Finally ‘Diane’s Song’ continues the Chet Baker theme started on ‘Pop Fiction’ album track ‘Alfa Romeo’ with a glorious tune that would make Bacharach and David proud.

A melancholy diversion for The Popguns as they begin recording a new album, the EP is limited to 1000 copies and comes in a custom minijacket sleeve. The single is officially released July 17, but we will begin preorders early next month in the Matinee shop. In the meantime, you can listen to the title track and ‘BN3’ on our Soundcloud:

01.June.2015

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The debut album ‘Red Red Skies’ (matcd072) from The Catenary Wires is out today!

Amelia Fletcher and Rob Pursey, best known for making fuzzy, sixties girl-group inspired indie-pop in their previous bands Talulah Gosh, Heavenly, Marine Research and Tender Trap, return as The Catenary Wires with a gentler, more emotive, and melancholy approach fuelled by their great love for pop melodies and harmonies.

The Catenary Wires started when the two left London and found themselves in the middle of the countryside, with no record stores or guitar shops, and no indie scene as such. Having initially abandoned the idea of having a band, they started writing their sad and delicate songs on their daughter’s small acoustic guitar, in the winter, just for themselves.

The duo were enticed to play in public for an event celebrating their old label, Sarah Records, at the Arnolfini Art Gallery in Bristol. They played a few Heavenly songs but also took the opportunity to try out the new material. From the positive reaction, they realized that two people on stage could be a proper band, if a small, fragile one.

‘Red Red Skies’ comprises eight evocative songs, most of which are about relationships falling apart. It starts with their first single ‘Intravenous’, a closely sung duet which talks about the mutual dependency of love, and of resignation to a closeness so extreme that it becomes destructive.

‘When You Walk Away’ tells of a relationship started in the full knowledge that it won’t last. Inspired by Leanne Shapton’s novel “Important Artefacts and Personal Property from the Collection of Lenore Doolan and Harold Morris: Including Books, Street Fashion and Jewelry”, the song exposes Amelia’s voice and Rob’s acoustic guitar at their rawest and most moving.

‘Throw Another Love Song on the Fire’ is a song about heartbreak, while at the same time a satire on other songs about heartbreak, with the depth of Rob’s voice as he sings “thanks for making me unhappy” invoking Stephin Merritt (Magnetic Fields). ‘A Different Scene’ is about missing someone from a long distance, and the feeling of sending off emails and texts and never being sure of their impact, while ‘Things I Love’ is about how once-much-loved things can become poisoned by bad memories.

Some of the songs, such as ‘Like A Fool’ and ‘The Records We Never Play’, are bittersweet duets, with a nod to Johnny Cash and June Carter, Serge Gainsbourg and Brigitte Bardot, or Adam Green and Binki Shapiro. Others, such as ‘When You Walk Away’ and ‘Too Late, I Love You’ are more introspective, with Amelia’s voice reminiscent of Karen Peris (The Innocence Mission) or Hope Sandoval (Mazzy Star).

The band’s name refers to the chain of curves made by the overhead cables seen suspended from pylons or above electric trains, cables that can seem to lead you off to somewhere different and unknown.

The mini-album is produced by Brian O’Shaughnessy (who has worked with people like Denim, Beth Orten, Comet Gain, The Clientele, and Allo Darlin), and Amelia and Rob played all of the instruments between them. They stripped away all the drums and electric guitars and anything that makes noise too easily, to create a beautiful and deliberately vulnerable collection of songs.

The album is available in a deluxe six panel eco-wallet CD and you can score a copy right now in the Matinee shop! Our friends at Elefant Records in Spain have a snazzy 10″ edition for the vinyl lovers out there too. You can preview a few of the album tracks now on our Soundcloud: