Archive for August, 2009

Times New Viking / US Tour / Fall 2009

By Todd Netter on Friday, August 28th, 2009

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Life in Times New Viking-land, a state-of-mind located the slightest bit north (if at all) of Columbus Ohio, is quite busy these days. And by the look of their newly confirmed tour dates it’s not slowing down anytime soon. More shows will be added so fear not if you don’t see your city listed, it may be added shortly. If your city is listed well then you have no excuse, see you at the show! TNV will be hitting the road with The Axemen, one of their favorite bands from New Zealand, from the San Francisco show (10/29) through the rest of their tour.

Also because everyone around here couldn’t be more excited about TNV’s new album, Born Again Revisited (out 9/22/09), we’ve lined up an extremely generous pre-order package. We’re talking 7″s, a poster, and a great price. But like Cash For Clunkers, this deal won’t last forever. Check out the Matador Store to place your order today!

Wed-Oct-14 Columbus, OH The Summit
Thu-Oct-15 Chicago, IL Empty Bottle
Fri-Oct-16 Urbana, IL The Courtyard Café
Sat-Oct-17 Grinnell, IA Grinnell College
Sun-Oct-18 Minneapolis, MN 7th St Entry
Mon-Oct-19 Fargo, ND The Aquarium
Thu-Oct-22 Seattle, WA Vera Project
Fri-Oct-23 Olympia, WA The Northern
Sat-Oct-24 Portland, OR Berbati’s Pan
Thu-Oct-29 San Francisco, CA Bottom of the Hill
Fri-Oct-30 Santa Cruz, CA Crepe Place
Sun-Nov-01 Los Angeles, CA Echoplex (Part Time Punks)
Tue-Nov-03 Phoenix, AZ Modified Arts
Fri-Nov-06 Dallas, TX The Lounge on Elm St.
Sat-Nov-07 Austin, TX Fun Fun Fun Fest
Mon-Nov-09 Memphis, TN Hi-Tone
Wed-Nov-11 Birmingham, AL Bottletree
Thu-Nov-12 Atlanta, GA Star Bar
Fri-Nov-13 Chapel Hill, NC Local 506
Sat-Nov-14 Baltimore, MD Sonar
Sun-Nov-15 Philadelphia, PA Kung Fu Necktie
Wed-Nov-18 New York, NY Mercury Lounge
Thu-Nov-19 Brooklyn, NY Union Pool
Fri-Nov-20 Hoboken, NJ Maxwell’s
Sat-Nov-21 Boston, MA Great Scott

*Ted Nugent is not up next!

It’s Like Halloween Never Happened

By Gerard on Thursday, August 27th, 2009

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Thanks to the folks at, for a mere $34.99 your kids can celebrate All Hallows Eve done up like the bastard love kid of Wattie and one of the stars of “District 9″. There’s no truth to the rumor, btw, the young model above was the subject of a recent bidding war won by Fat Possum. There’s even less truth to the rumor Matador made the higher offer, but talks broke down over choice of producer. (costume link courtesy Henry Owings)

Times New Viking Unplagued

By Gabe on Thursday, August 27th, 2009

Folks, we could not be more excited about the September 22nd release of Born Again Revisited by Times New Viking. The melodies on this record are as catchy as any the band have written (and we defy you name a group writing catchier jams than TNV), but there’s also a depth to the album that truly rewards repeated listens.

Following last week’s star-turn portraying another one of our favorite artists, Times New Viking return with a live performance of “No Time, No Hope” (a song you might have already heard).

Not just any live performance, this is (correct me if I’m wrong B/J/A/Dave Martin) the first ever acoustic performance by Times New Viking. Shot in Chicago in a rogue run at the Pitchfork Music Festival by Babelgum and Dig For Fire, the performance also appears in an episode of Babelgum’s Ice Cream Man series.

As Dave would say (has said), Times New Viking are unSTOPPable!!! And people, you can pre-order the record for $12 on CD and $13 on vinyl! And BOTH versions come with TWO 7″s and a special poster. Best deal ever, no jk.

OK, here’s the clip:

ABC News’ Dan Harris Does For Yo La Tengo…

By Gerard on Wednesday, August 26th, 2009

….what John Stossel did for “Doctor D” David Schultz. OK, it’s friendlier than that. Anytime a national news program uses words like “sanctum sanctorum” and “late to the party” in relation to Yo La Tengo, we could not be more pleased.

(ADDENDUM : not to look positive media coverage in the mouth or anything, but please accept our apologies in advance for the advertisement that plays prior to the YLT/ABC clip. Blackberry Loves U2. U2 Loves The Virgin Prunes. Does Blackberry love the Virgin Prunes? You can’t presume anything.)

Yo La Tengo BEGN#8: first bonus mp3 up

By Jocelyn on Wednesday, August 26th, 2009

It’s not too late to preorder Popular Songs via Buy Early Get Now. As of today all BEGN participants can download the first of two bonus mp3s, a demo version of “Nothing To Hide.” They also get a full album stream, a poster, a bonus LP, and a copy of Popular Songs on their doorstep on release day, September 8th.

Prettay, prettay, prettay good.

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Jay Reatard’s FREE, All Ages, West Coast, Record Shop Tour

By Todd Netter on Tuesday, August 25th, 2009

Jay Reatard in-store photo

After a day off, Jay Reatard’s FREE, all ages, West Coast, Record Shop Tour (try saying that 5 times fast) is back in action tonight. If you’re in Portland, OR we highly recommend you swing by Jackpot Record’s downtown store at 6pm. Everything we’re hearing from fans, record store owners and Jay himself is that these in-stores have been really fun, really loud, and really crowded. And well why shouldn’t they be. Jay’s got a terrific new album to celebrate and is one of the best performers around these days.

And a reminder for all of you in the Northwest, Jay invades a city/record store near you this week. You’ve been warned!

Tue, 8/25 – Portland OR – Jackpot Records – 6pm

Wed, 8/26 – Seattle WA – Easy Street – 7pm

Thu, 8/27 – Seattle WA – Sonic Boom – 7pm

Fri, 8/28 – Vancouver BC – Zulu Records – 8pm

Burma Listening Party With Suspicious “Surprise” Item

By Gerard on Monday, August 24th, 2009

It’s not a surprise if we tell you what you’re getting.  But if this party is gonna be two and a half hours long, I hope there’s plenty to drink  of enthusiastic people in attendance.

Jay Reatard – “It Ain’t Gonna Save Me” in MTVU’s “The Freshmen”

By Gabe on Monday, August 24th, 2009

Jay’s amazing new video is currently embroiled in a Battle Royale with MTVU rotation at stake. I would make a joke about the bands Jay is up against, but I’ve never heard of any of them.

Please visit “The Freshmen” site and vote for Jay. Over and over again. It’s quick and easy. With your help Jay can infiltrate the hearts and minds and heads of college students everywhere.

Jay Reatard instore tour update

By Michael on Sunday, August 23rd, 2009
Steven leaves the crowd at M-Theory speechless

Steven leaves the crowd at M-Theory speechless

Greetings from the Big White Van (whom the rental company named ‘Beth’),

So we’re officially halfway into the instore tour. 5 down, 5 to go. SoCal is in the bag and we’ve made our way north where it feels like it’s friggin October. Nobody told us it was going to be 55 degrees in August. We’re cold. A shopping day is very much in order. Anything with sleeves is tops on the menu. We’ve switched from three Mexican meals a day to three Thai meals a day. Sonic Youth, Faust, Adam Franklin, Eric’s Trip and Naked Raygun have dominated the stereo. We haven’t played the Bass Fishing video game the the rental company gave to us. A fuse blew on Jay’s amp. Twice. We got free t shirts. We got lost. The Big White Van’s battery died. And that millionaire guy killed his model girlfriend.

Are you sorry you missed one or more of the free, all-ages shows Jay’s been destroying? Well you should be. Cause they’ve been awesome. Amoeba Hollywood, Fingerprints, M-Theory, Streetlight and Amoeba SF were all packed to the gills with fans who certainly walked away satisfied. And Amoeba Berkeley, Jackpot, Easy St., Sonic Boom and Zulu should prove no different.

So if you see the Big White Van flowing through your town, be sure to follow it to the next stop for some ear-bending rock.

See yiz,

Jay, Steven, Billy, Mike and Beth

Seafood chowder

By Patrick on Saturday, August 22nd, 2009


If you grew up in New England, it’s very difficult to stomach what passes for chowder in the rest of the country. Thick white concoctions packed with cornstarch and a few unidentifable clams, or worse, tomatoes. True chowder is buttery and only barely thickened by the crumbling of the potatoes. Milk or at most, light cream, are the dairy ingredients, and the flavor is based on salt pork and the freshest seafood you can buy.

Top seafood chowder can be had at the Maine Diner in Wells, ME – a day trip from Boston. This chowder was based on their recipe, with some hints from John Thorne’s Down East Chowder (since reprinted in the sublime Serious Pig. Since good salt pork is impossible to find in New York (if anyone has a source, please post), we used nitrate-free bacon from Vermont, blanched to remove as much of the smoke flavor as possible. Potatoes are ideally from northern Maine, Aroostook County, but if you can’t find them, use small yellow potatoes such as creamers. They need to be firm, not crumbly like Idaho or russet potatoes. Seafood was the picked meat from a whole lobster (discarding the tomalley), rock shrimp, medium scallops and cherrystone clams. None of this was ideal except for the excellent scallops – you want a lobster right out of the Penobscot, tiny coldwater Maine shrimp, and steamers or soft-shell clams rather than cherrystones.

The lobster bodies were simmered in water to make a stock, and the other seafood was cooked in a strainer in the same water. Meanwhile the blanched bacon was rendered and fried. One diced onion is added to the bacon frypan along with a half stick of butter, and fried until translucent. The potatoes were chopped into half-inch cubes and boiled until cooked but still firm. Lobster shells continued to simmer until close to suppertime, then the broth strained off along with the grit at the bottom, and reduced a bit. 2 cups milk and 2 cups light cream were then added slowly. The translucent onions, butter and blanched bacon are added to the milky broth, and simmered – the seafood goes in at the last minute, along with salt to taste. One eater preferred some fresh ground pepper in his bowl. Common crackers should be sprinkled on top, but since these no longer seem to be made, we used non-salted oyster crackers instead. The result was sublime, as you can see from the photos.