Archive for June, 2009

Sonic Youth Week on Pitchfork TV

By Gabe on Monday, June 8th, 2009

Today marks the official launch of Sonic Youth Week on Pitchfork and Pitchfork TV, in celebration of the release of “The Eternal” (which you can buy here).

Things actually kicked off on Friday with the One Week Only screening of Lee Ranaldo and Leah Singer’s film “Drift”. Check it out.

Here’s what’s in store for Sonic Youth Week, beginning with part one of the absolutely MINDMELTING Sonic Youth A>D>D session (Sonic Youth, in four-track cassette and VHS glory. As incredible as that sounds, it’s better.):


“Sacred Trickster”

Monday June 8 – A>D>D session, part one

Tuesday June 9 – A>D>D session, part two

Wednesday June 10 – Sonic Youth: The Pitchfork Interview, Part One

Thursday June 11 – Sonic Youth: The Pitchfork Interview, Part Two

Friday June 12 – Sonic Youth curated the videos on Pitchfork TV. Some incredible selections.

Sonic Youth Free Instore @ Apple SoHo

By Michael on Monday, June 8th, 2009
(Photo Courtesy of

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Sonic Youth will celebrate the release of their new record ‘The Eternal’ by giving a special free live performance Tuesday, June 9th at  at the Apple Store, Soho in NYC

Doors are at 7:30 and the performance is at 9:00. Guest passes are required to attend this event and are available for pickup at 10am Monday June 8th at the Apple Store, SoHo.  One non-transferable pass per person (with photo ID) will be granted on a first come, first served basis.  Please also bring your ID to the event along with your guest pass.

Homemade ricotta

By Patrick on Sunday, June 7th, 2009


Nils informed me, several years ago, that it was incredibly easy to make homemade ricotta. I filed that information away and did nothing with it until, after a visit to Buon Italia in Chelsea Market, I ended up with a bag of Setaro lumaconi, the large snail-shell pasta that is meant to be stuffed. With ricotta.

I found the recipe on eggs on sunday. I already had the ingredients, as you probably do: whole milk, heavy cream, coarse salt and lemon juice. You may or may not have cheesecloth – I had tons left over from my ventures into Thai food. The whole thing takes 15 minutes max, and voila, you have made cheese! I felt incredibly competent afterwards.

We stuffed the ricotta into lumaconi with chopped ham and baked it.

Rigatoni with pork sausage and red and yellow peppers

By Patrick on Saturday, June 6th, 2009

Rigatoni with pork sausage and red and yellow peppers

This recipe is from Marcella Hazan, who in turn got it from a celebrated 1970s Bologna restaurant with the unlikely name of Al Cantunzein. The classic recipe uses homemade pappardelle. I used factory-made rigatoni. It’s lovely, a perfect summer pasta, with the often elusive flavors of the bell peppers, sweet and bitter, laced through the dish.

Stir and fry two tablespoons of chopped onions in 4 tablespoons of olive oil at medium-high heat. When the onions turn a pale gold, add 4 sweet Italian pork sausage (no fennel or other spices mixed in, please), chopped into half-inch rounds. Cook for another 2 minutes, stirring, then add 1 red and 2 yellow bell peppers, seeded, peeled and chopped into 1-inch squares, and saute for another 7-8 minutes. Add sea salt and freshly ground black pepper, stir well, and then pour in one can of drained, chopped San Marzano tomatoes (no basil or other spices added), and cook at a lively simmer for 15-20 minutes or until the tomatoes float free of the oil. Combine with pasta, toss thoroughly, add 2 tablespoons of butter and 2/3 cup of grated reggiano, and toss thoroughly again. Serve immediately with plenty more reggiano to grate on top.

Easy recipe – the only pain is peeling the damn peppers! I hate that.

Wine was a lively 2007 Saint-Véran from Jean Manciat

Cat Power – Touring With The Pretenders

By Gerard on Friday, June 5th, 2009

Cat Power will be on the road this summer playing a series of outdoor venues in support of The Pretenders. With the execption of the 8/29 bill, Juliette & The Licks will open all of the shows below.  Tickets are currently on sale. First person to name the former Matador recording artist who has Juliette & The Licks in his MySpace Top 10 wins a Matador back catalog item of our choosing!

8/8, Hampton Beach, NH (Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom)
8/9, Asbury Park, NJ (Stone Pony)
8/10, New York, NY (Central Park Summerstage)
8/12, Boston, MA (Bank of America Pavillion)
8 /13, Upper Darby, PA (Tower Theatre)
8/14, Washington, DC (Warner Theatre)
8/16, Columbus, OH (LC Pavillion Outdoor)
8/18, Chicago, IL (Aragon Ballroom)
8/20, Council Bluffs, IA (Harrah’s Council Bluffs- Stir Cove)
8/22, Littleton, CO (Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield)
8/23, Salt Lake City, UT (Red Butte Garden Ampitheatre)
8/25, Troutdale, OR (Edgefield Ampitheatre)
8/26, Vancouver, BC (Malkin Bowl)
8/27, Redmond, WA (Marymoor Ampitheatre)
8/29, Saratoga, CA (The Mountain Winery) *
9/1, Pala, CA (Pala Casino — Starlight Theater)
9/3, Los Angeles, CA (The Greek Theatre)

(* – The Pretenders and Cat Power only)

Coming September 8 : Yo La Tengo’s ‘Popular Songs’

By Gerard on Thursday, June 4th, 2009


(cassette by Dario Robleto)

We have an old saying at Matador HQ, “the only thing predictable about Yo La Tengo albums is their high level of excellence and crazy amount of musical ground covered”.  Trouble is, even if you believe we really have an old saying that unwieldly, it doesn’t really do justice in this instance. The new Yo La Tengo CD/2XLP/digital  album ‘Popular Songs” (OLE 856-1,2) could be the bravest musical statement to date in a career full of ‘em.   Recorded in Hoboken and Nashville in early 2009 with longtime associate Roger Mountenot, ‘Popular Songs’ finds the trio of Georgia Hubley, Ira Kaplan and James McNew at the height of their creative powers, fashioning an epic work that’s cooly confident as it is wildly adventurous.

Even for longtime followers of Yo La Tengo, the stylistic range encompassed on ‘Popular Songs’ is startling ; the band aren’t merely conversant with rock & pop subgenres stretching into the double digits, but their unselfconscious mastery of such is simply uncanny.  Without absolving you of the sacred responsibility of listening to this album from start to finish (with no commercial interruptions!) , we can say with full confidence there are portions of ‘Popular Songs’ where a cursory needle drop reveals a band that doesn’t sound instantly like Yo La Tengo — or at least how you recognized them prior to now.  In the words of Mike Wolf, “Yo La Tengo is not afraid. They walk confidently forward, into the unknown, hand in hand. And 12 (or 14) albums in, they may just be hitting their stride.” 

“Periodically Double Or Triple” is the first MP3 from ‘Popular Songs’.  In the days to follow, we’ll have further announcements regarding a Buy Early Get Now campaign for the album, along with Yo La Tengo’s autumn tour plans.

Second bonus Sonic Youth MP3 up on Buy Early Get Now

By Patrick on Tuesday, June 2nd, 2009


The second of three bonus Sonic Youth MP3s has been posted on the Buy Early Get Now site, and it’s pretty fascinating – the 6-minute demo version of “(I Got A) Catholic Block” from 1987. Go log in and grab it.

And if you haven’t preordered for Buy Early Get Now yet, it’s still not too late – we have a few of the live LPs left. Order HERE

Update Your Status: Sonic Youth’s New Album On iLike

By Adam F on Tuesday, June 2nd, 2009

Starting today, iLike is streaming the full Sonic Youth album from their socially-aware web site.

Streaming of full albums might seem like so April 28, 2009 to all you loyal Buy Early Get Now-ists, but rest assured that no one streaming this album on iLike will get a Live LP as part of the promised “special experiences” for the winners of the accompanying “Trickster Challenge” quiz contest.

Oh… and while we’re talking about Buy Early Get Now, a new song has been posted to your account.  It’s a demo from 1987 called “Castle Catholic Block (Demo)”.  It pretty much rips.

Stiltz & Serious C Have Accomplished The Near Impossible :

By Gerard on Monday, June 1st, 2009
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With their “Young Con Anthem”, they’ve made me nostalgic for M.C. Bud Bundy.  (video link taken from Boing Boing)

The Cave Singers – new album, first MP3

By Patrick on Monday, June 1st, 2009


The second album from Seattle’s Cave Singers is coming on August 18. It is entitled ‘Welcome Joy’ and adds a world of color and nuance to the already great songs from their 2007 debut. The trio of Peter Quirk, Derek Fudesco and Marty Lund were joined on this record by Amber Webber (Black Mountain, Lightning Dust) and Ashley Webber (Lightning Dust). They recorded the album at The Hive in Vancouver with Colin Stewart.

Our first MP3 is the gorgeous, brooding, building “Beach House”:

Beach House (192k mp3)

Look out for the Cave Singers this September and October as they’ll be touring across North America with Lightning Dust. Keep your eyes peeled for details, which will be coming soon.