Archive for March, 2008

New JO’C record: 2 mixes to go

By JenniferO on Saturday, March 22nd, 2008

I’m sitting on the couch at Headgear with my new record almost finished. It took 12 days total. 2 mixes to go and we’ll be done. I’m totally sick and need to spend a few days in bed and John got his car broken into last night. So, the last couple of days have been a little bumpy. But when all is said and done (which will be soon), it will have been completely worth it.

We’ve had so much fun making this record and I can’t wait for you to hear it.

Here’s a few more pics for ya. Have a Happy Easter!




me, michael, deebs

2 inch to 1/2 inch, yo:


Me and my new best friend, John Agnello, in the delirium of day 12:

me and agnello finish mixing

Love, love, love

Jennifer O’Connor

God Of Thunder Enters The Competitive Eating Ranks

By Gerard on Saturday, March 22nd, 2008

Since the Matablog’s inception in the summer of 2006, there have been no shortage of items directly or indirectly related to Kiss.

Some of these entries were on the trivial side of things. And others were just downright retarded.

Every single one, however, was more interesting and dignified than this news report from New Zealand.

On the other hand, if Punky Meadows would like to challenge Joey Chestnut and Kobayashi at Coney Island next July, I’m pretty sure I’ll be watching.

Brace Yourself For Spongmonkey

By Kimberly on Friday, March 21st, 2008
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There are few words that can introduce this clip, I give you Spongmonkey from

The Voice (& Rhythm Section) Of A Generation Diagnosed With Mysterious Hand Condition

By Gerard on Friday, March 21st, 2008


(l-r : Joanna, Janet and Stephen, pic courtesy SG, T-Wolves Blog)

I don’t know exactly which gang signs are being flashed here, but imagine what Randy Foye could do on a regular basis with this kind of support?

Also, there’s no truth to the rumor after the game, Kevin McHale tried to swap the Jicks’ rooting interest to Danny Ainge in exchange for a copy of ‘Bark Along With The Young Snakes’.

Green chilli chicken (or green chile chicken)

By Patrick on Friday, March 21st, 2008

I’ve posted about this dish before, but it’s my habit to keep cooking dishes I enjoy until I really understand them. Plus no pictures last time.

This is another recipe from my favorite Indian food region, Kerala. More specifically, it comes from the centuries-old Jewish community in Cochin, a religiously tolerant city that was an independent “princely state” under the British and only joined the rest of India in 1947. Not many Cochin Jews still live there, apparently, since they’ve migrated to Israel. This was a Sabbath dish, and was collected by Madhur Jaffrey from the Kodar family for her 1985 cookbook, A Taste Of India (which is her best so far as I’m concerned).

I said this chicken wasn’t spicy when I made it before; since then, I’ve kicked up both the cayenne and the green chiles and it’s far superior. The basic flavor is bitter from the chiles, then sour from the tamarind, and finally sweet/salty from the chicken… with the herbal aromas of the curry leaves.

As with many Keralan dishes, you start by sizzling the curry leaves (highly aromatic, slightly bitter leaves of the kari tree, nothing to do with Indian “curries”) in hot oil. You then stir and fry shallots, garlic, ginger and green chiles in the curry-leaf flavored oil until browned (above).

You then take a swig of a modish, Eric Asimov-approved Loire non-classified red such as Le Cousin.

You then add tomatoes. Yes, tomatoes! I used crappy off-the-vine ones from the supermarket – you know, the ones that look good and have zero taste. I would have done better with canned San Marzano. Though I think the main role of the tomatoes in this dish is to add color and acidity, so it’s not a big deal.

Now add the chicken. Good chicken is a must! In this part of this country, your best bet is Murray’s. Far superior to Bell & Evans. Of course, if you live near a farm or a good green market, you may be able to better still. For Indian food, chicken is always skinned, so that the meat absorbs the flavors of the sauce better. The bone is always left in, which of course adds depth and intensity to the flavor. You do have to hack the unboned pieces up so that they’re about half a thigh (as above), and a cleaver would be ideal for that, but I don’t have a cleaver so I use my chef’s knife. I need to get a cleaver.

You saute the chicken briefly with the shallot-chili-tomato mixture, plus salt, turmeric and cayenne pepper, add water, cover tightly, and simmer for 20 minutes, stirring once during that time. The picture above is from the stirring once, so about halfway through. Click on the picture to peer deeply into the pot.

Finally, you add some MORE slivers of green chile, cover again, cook for 5 minutes, and then add some tamarind which you have earlier marinated and strained… this is the sour element. You then cook, uncovered, for another 10 minutes to reduce. I serve it with basmati rice and a pungent vegetable dish.

Earles & Jensen Now Available for Pre-Order

By Dean on Thursday, March 20th, 2008

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We’re extremely happy to announce that Earles & Jensen‘s titanic contribution to the world of comedy (and Western Civilization for that matter…) “Just Farr A Laugh” is now available for pre-order! We love to reward genius here at Matador so we’re currently offering those with the daring and clarity of vision to pre-order $3 off, a free poster, and a special surprise non-sequitur gift. As some of you may know we have faced some serious legal-obstacles in producing this release. Ambulance chasing notwithstanding, this double-CD and 35 page book remains a work of genius that we’re sure you’ll enjoy.

Place your pre-order HERE

SM & Joanna Bolme On The Making Of ‘RET’

By Gerard on Thursday, March 20th, 2008
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There’s another 7 clips from the same interview, courtesy of Snow Ghost Music

Why Is Product Management At The Beggars Group Such A Highly Coveted Position?

By Gerard on Thursday, March 20th, 2008


Well, amongst other reasons, you’ll never again have to sleep alone.  Actually, given our budgets,  it isn’t really an option.  From left to right, Adam Elliot, Beth Murphy, P.M.-to-the-stars Todd Netter, Jared Phillips.  (photo : Gabe Spierer)

Jaguar Love – European Dates

By Gerard on Wednesday, March 19th, 2008

(photo by Renee McMahon)

Times New Viking, video’d in Denton

By Gerard on Wednesday, March 19th, 2008

Amongst SXSW’s embarrassment of riches last week was the opportunity to see Times New Viking some 6 times in 5 days (not counting their stint backing Mike Rep at Siltbreeze’s Thursday evening bash).  However, the fine performances by our favorite Columbus trio are by no means limited to major rock biz trade fairs.

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Above, Beth, Adam and Jared negotiating the friendly confines of Denton, TX’s Strawberry Fields, March 11.