Matt and Kim

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Matt and Kim
Mattandkimpiazza.jpg
performing in Philadelphia (July 2010)
Background information
Origin Brooklyn, New York, U.S.
Genres Indie pop, lo-fi[1] Indie Rock
Years active 2004–present
Labels Fader Label
Website www.mattandkimmusic.com
Members Matt Johnson
Kim Schifino

Matt and Kim are an American indie dance duo from Brooklyn, New York. The group formed in 2004 and is composed of Matt Johnson (vocals/keyboards) and Kim Schifino (drums). They are known for their DIY attitude toward music.[2][3]

History[edit]

Matt & Kim (2006)[edit]

Matt and Kim released their first album, Matt & Kim, on October 26, 2006. The album sold modestly, primarily at live shows. Many indie fans praised their music, and the two gained popularity through their many outgoing tours.[4] Following the release of their first album, Matt and Kim began playing high profile music festivals, such as The Siren Music Festival and Lollapalooza.

Grand (2009)[edit]

The duo signed with Fader Label and their second album, Grand, recorded in Matt's childhood bedroom at his parents' home in Vermont, was released on January 20, 2009.

A video for one of the album's highlights, "Lessons Learned", in which the duo strips nude in Times Square, was shot during a very cold winter day in February 2009.[5] The clip became a viral success, being bounced off of YouTube temporarily, which only heightened awareness. By September 13, 2009 though, "Lessons Learned" had won the Breakthrough Video award at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards.[6]

Sidewalks (2010–2011)[edit]

On November 2, 2010, the duo released their third album, Sidewalks. Co-produced by Ben Allen, Oliver Strauss and Matt, the album as a whole adopted a more refined, yet dense hip-hop influence in comparison to the previous two, while still maintaining the upbeat and party-esque style they are known for.[7]

Matt and Kim headlined two U.S. tours in support, in Fall 2010 and again during May/June 2011. They also played numerous festivals including Australia's Big Day Out, Japan's Fuji and V in the UK. In addition, they played at many American colleges, worked extensively through Europe and South America and, in Fall 2011, they supported Blink-182 and My Chemical Romance on select dates.

Although not officially released as a single, the song "Good for Great" received significant airplay in some markets, and was ranked #65 on Boston station WFNX's Top 101 of 2011 list.[8]

Lightning (2012–present)[edit]

On June 22, 2012, Matt and Kim issued a brand new track, "Let's Go" as a digital single, meanwhile, the band put finishing touches on their fourth full length album, Lightning, released on October 2, 2012.[9] So far, their single, "Let's Go", has peaked at number 20 on the Billboard Alternative Songs chart. On June 25, 2012, the duo uploaded a video to their YouTube channel featuring ball handler Pat the Roc performing basketball tricks as "Let's Go" plays in full.[10] Then on September 4, 2012, the duo released a lyric video for another new song on the album, "Now". On October 1, 2012, "Overexposed", "Not That Bad", "Much Too Late", "Ten Dollars I Found", "Tonight", "It's Alright", "I Said" and "I Wonder" were released on YouTube as official first listens. Matt and Kim premiered their official music video for "Let's Go" via the Funny or Die website in November.[11]

The full-length album got a digital/CD/vinyl release on October 2, 2012 and the band began their official US Fall Lightning Tour the next day in Burlington, Vermont.

On February 5, 2013, Matt and Kim kicked off their US tour with Passion Pit.[12] While on tour, the official music video for "It's Alright" was released on February 25, 2013, featuring Matt and Kim in a choreographed dance routine in bed. In March 2013 Matt and Kim wrapped their US tour and performed at Ultra Music Festival in Miami, Florida before heading to Australia for a three-week tour at the end of April.

In May, Matt and Kim announced their touring schedule for summer 2013, starting with a show at the Great GoogaMooga in Brooklyn, NY on May 18, 2013.[13] In June, Matt and Kim performed at Free Press Summer Fest, Sandy Parts Festival, Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival, Firefly Music Festival, Summerfest and Party in the Park. In July, they played at the Keloha Music & Arts Fest and the Forecastle Festival. In August, they played at Lollapalooza in Chicago. In October, they played at Corona Capital, in Mexico City.[14]

In popular culture[edit]

In 2009, their song "Daylight" was featured in a Bacardi commercial, a Mars Bar commercial, and the second episode of Community. "Daylight" was used on the ending credits in Season 6 of the TV series Entourage and in the season 5 finale of the TV show Skins.[15] On August 26, 2009, Matt & Kim played the song "Daylight" on Jimmy Kimmel Live!.[16] The track is featured on NBA Live 10,[17] and as a remixed version featuring De La Soul on FIFA 10.[18] "Daylight" is also on the Need for Speed: Nitro soundtrack.[19] The song also appeared in the game The Sims 3: World Adventures; re-recorded into Simlish, the gibberish language used in the game.[20]

Their song "Cameras" was used in an advertisement for Tune Up in which they were also featured. "Cameras" was also used in the trailer for the Morgan Spurlock film The Greatest Movie Ever Sold and appears on its soundtrack album. Their song "Don't Slow Down" was used in commercials for the MTV series Underemployed and was also used in the first episode of the third Gossip Girl season. "Let's Go" was used in promos for the TV show The Mindy Project; on October 1, 2012, Matt and Kim performed the song on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.[21] Their song "Good Ol' Fashion Nightmare" was featured in the Community pilot.[22] Their song "AM/FM Sound" was featured in the episode of Chuck, "Chuck Versus the Gobbler". In 2014, their song "It's Alright" was used in a Buick car commercial. In 2013 "It's Alright" from the Album "Lightining" was used in the teaser of CS50 fair 2013 which is a course offered by Harvard on-campus and online as well as for free on edX and is attended by millions from all over the world.

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Title Details Peak chart positions
US
[23]
US Rock
[24]
US Indie
[25]
US Heat
[26]
Matt & Kim
Grand
  • Release date: January 20, 2009
  • Label: Fader Label
  • Formats: CD, music download
165 24 4
Sidewalks
  • Release date: November 2, 2010
  • Label: Fader Label
  • Formats: CD, music download
30 6 5
Lightning
  • Release date: October 2, 2012
  • Label: Fader Label
  • Formats: CD, music download
50 21 10
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Singles[edit]

Year Single Peak positions Certifications
(sales threshold)
Album
US
[27]
US
Alt.

[28]
2006 "Yea Yeah" Matt & Kim
2009 "Daylight" 95 Grand
"Lessons Learned"
"Good Ol' Fashion Nightmare"
2010 "Cameras" Sidewalks
2011 "Block After Block"
"Good For Great"
"I'm a Goner" (featuring Soulja Boy and Andrew W.K.) Non-album single
2012 "Let's Go" 20 Lightning
2013 "It's Alright"
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Compilations[edit]

  • This Was Supposed to be a Celebration (2007, Mauled by Tigers)

References[edit]

Notes

  1. ^ "Matt and Kim: The Lo-fi popsters". London: Independent.co.uk. October 2, 2009. Retrieved 2013-02-25. 
  2. ^ "Matt and Kim The Deli's reviews and interviews". Thedelimagazine.com. Retrieved 2011-07-24. 
  3. ^ "Lessons Learned with Matt from Matt and Kim". Retrieved 2013-01-03. 
  4. ^ Harding, Cortney."Rock - "Grand" Scheme". Billboard. Retrieved 2011-10-27. 
  5. ^ "Director's Cut: Matt and Kim's "Lessons Learned"". Pitchfork. Retrieved 2011-07-24. 
  6. ^ "Matt and Kim Win MTV’s Breakthrough Video Award", MVRemix.com, 14 September 2009.
  7. ^ "Sidewalks". Billboard. Retrieved 2011-10-27. 
  8. ^ "The WFNX Top 101 of 2011". WFNX. Retrieved 2013-01-11. 
  9. ^ "LET'S GO - Out 6/25/12". Matt & Kim. Retrieved 2012-06-22. 
  10. ^ "Matt & Kim - LET'S GO - Official First Listen". Matt & Kim. Retrieved 2012-06-25. 
  11. ^ Let's Go from Matt and Kim and Funny Or Die
  12. ^ New York Music News."Matt And Kim to Tour with Passion Pit 2013". New York Music News. November 5, 2013. Retrieved 2012-11-05. 
  13. ^ Pollstar."Matt And Kim’s Summer of Festivals". Pollstar. May 17, 2013. Retrieved 2013-05-17. 
  14. ^ La fiesta con Matt & Kim en el Corona Capital 2013 en el Corona Capital 2013
  15. ^ "Skins - Music - Kyle's episode 8 blog". E4.com. Retrieved 2011-07-24. 
  16. ^ Matt & Kim performing on Jimmy Kimmel Live!
  17. ^ The Official NBA Live 10 Soundtrack[dead link]
  18. ^ The Official FIFA Soccer 10 Soundtrack[dead link]
  19. ^ "Need for Speed NITRO Goes Gold". Ea.com. Retrieved 2011-07-27. 
  20. ^ "The Sims 3 World Adventures Gets an All-Star Soundtrack - PC News at IGN". Uk.pc.ign.com. 2009-10-13. Retrieved 2011-07-24. 
  21. ^ Matt and Kim performing on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon
  22. ^ Greenblatt, Leah. "What's That Song?: Cool Tunes in Recent Ads", Entertainment Weekly, June 12, 2009, p. 61.
  23. ^ "Matt & Kim Album & Song Chart History - Billboard 200". Billboard. Retrieved January 10, 2011. 
  24. ^ "Matt & Kim Album & Song Chart History - Rock Albums". Billboard. Retrieved January 10, 2011. 
  25. ^ "Matt & Kim Album & Song Chart History - Independent Albums". Billboard. Retrieved January 10, 2011. 
  26. ^ "Matt & Kim Album & Song Chart History - Heatseekers Albums". Billboard. Retrieved January 10, 2011. 
  27. ^ "Matt & Kim Album & Song Chart History - Hot 100". Billboard. Retrieved January 10, 2011. 
  28. ^ "Music Charts, Music News, Artist Photo Gallery & Free Video". Billboard. Retrieved December 27, 2012. 
  29. ^ "RIAA - Gold & Platinum - January 10, 2011: "Daylight" certified awards". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved January 10, 2011. 

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