100% there is a new album, just look through the evidence in this thread.
Seemed to me that Certs got overrun in the late '90s by LifeSavers' mint offerings.
fish, I somewhat agree with you, but... how much of it is Matador and how much of it is Steve? Steve's been pretty active on Twitter since he joined, and he has hardly said anything about this new album or the electronic stuff (a few mentions in replies). Historically, we've seen pretty much every Jick other than Steve work the angles for new records... and Steve is pretty quiet apart from the arranged interview circuit.
I say that with full respect for everyone involved. It just seems, from a distance, that perhaps SM's vibe sets the tone.
But to your point, one of the points of a label is to have that infrastructure and to get fans pumped up, and yeah, Matador's support for the Jicks has seemed decidedly casual the last two records, especially compared to the juice they've put into almost every other release from their active roster in the same time period. The last juicy thing they did on the Jicks front was arguably the promotion around Senator, with the video having Jack Black and Gary Cole, and the "what does the senator want" contest.