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Winter Wonderland

Last summer Matt was in NYC for a week being tributed for his album Me Me Me and playing the Antifolk Fest. While there he also managed to squeeze in a little recording time with old buddy Justin Remer from Elastic No No Band and Weemayk Music for a cover of the holiday classic Winter Wonderland. Justin managed to put together some snowy NYC footage for the song. It even includes some shots outside of our old apartment on Suffolk Street (OJ Central NYC). They’re the scenes with the blue Citi Bikes parked out side. Happy Holidays!

MMM Tribute show in NYC @ The Sidewalk Cafe, Aug. 4th

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Hey Folks. Matt here. I’m heading back to NYC on Thursday for a week. The main reason is to take part in this amazing tribute show that our pal David  (Boog City Press) is having for the 15 year anniversary of my album: Me Me Me. This is also part of a much bigger festival he’s having to help celebrate 22 years of Boog City. Needless to say this kind of thing doesn’t happen to me every day and I’m very excited about it. Some good friends will be covering the songs off the album and then I”m going to play the, very rarely performed, last track: Plutonium and then a handful of some of my more recently authored tunes. So, I think it’s going to be a pretty compelling evening. I just might lose my shit. You’re not gonna wanna miss that. Regardless, if you’re in or around the NYC area this Sunday I’d love to see your smiling faces there.

Here are the details.
Sunday, August 4th @ The Sidewalk Cafe (NYC)
Boog City Presnts: Classic Albums Live Major Matt Mason USA’s: Me Me Me (for its 15th Anniversary)
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@Sidewalk Café, 94 Avenue A. NYC
8pm, Tip Jar ($5 suggested)
Directions: A/B/C/D/E/F/V to W. 4th St.
Directions: F/V to 2nd Ave., L to 1st Ave.
Venue is at East 6th Street
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Kung Fu Crimewave
—Mr Softie —Budapest —Rockstar

Steve Espinola and Preston Spurlock
—The Ballad Of Danny Scheer —Inside Of You

Jonathan Berger
—Black Hole

Dan & Rachel
—I Know You Know —Rose Paned Glasses

Todd Carlstrom and the Clamour
—Price Is Right —Apple Sauce —I’m Sorry

Justin Remer
—Goodbye Southern Death Swing —Kicker

Casey Holford
—Krooklyn

The Trouble Dolls
—Waitress Song

Major Matt Mason USA
—Plutonium
(Full Set)

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RIP Big Snow Buffalo Lodge

Matt and I discovered Big Snow Buffalo Lodge orginally through our friend Julian Fader (drummer of Ava Luna, ex-Quilty). We were still living in NYC and it was January of 2012. Matt and I knew we were going to move to Kansas, but I really wanted to take a shot at playing a venue or two we’d never played before. In any city I think you can get stuck played the same venues too frequently- we wanted to try something new- maybe to parallel this very new transition we were making of moving out of the city.
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We had our “farewell NYC” show in Big Snow in March 2012, and it was one of the most bittersweet fun shows we ever had. RJ and Yoni were running the space and were warm and professional without being uptight- it’s a DIY space, but they managed to get good sound out of it (no easy feat!). Their friendly vibe made everyone there feel welcome and like the place was ours too. Our friend Lippe took a lot of pictures of us at that Farewell show, and a couple of them ended up being the artwork for our latest record, Courage.
Somehow in our transition of moving out of the city ….into the transition of doing more with our music, we developed a real attachment to Big Snow Buffalo Lodge. I think maybe because it was there when we were leaving…offering a supportive place to have our Farewell Show –and it was also there on our subsequent trips back to the city- (the last time standing out in our minds as one of our more joyous NY shows ever—a sweaty dance-filled night with speedy ortiz). Big Snow was a real gem of a venue, and a port in a storm for us. It’s hard to think about NOT playing there now. I can’t believe they are closing their doors.
They will be very missed. Matt and I both thank them for wonderful memories.
-Nan Turner
(Since the original posting of this blog we discovered some more details behind the reasons for Big Snow’s closing. We wish Yoni a speedy recovery. He is a sweet man. Learn more details from this Village Voice Blog Post.)