This year did not exactly begin on a high note for Mike Conte. In January, his band, Early Man, split from Matador, their label of three years, following a somewhat disappointing run. The breakup, for those who pay attention to these types of things, shouldn't come as much of a surprise: The pairing of a retrograde thrash-metal act with the imprint behind Cat Power and Belle & Sebastian was on its own enough to spark up the ol' authenticity... More >>>