Archive for January, 2010

Forbidden rice

By Patrick on Saturday, January 30th, 2010


Saw this at Kalustyan the other day and decided to pick it up. It looks like wild rice but actually has nothing in common with it. The inimitable Kalustyan description says: “GROWN IN CHINA, ONCE EXCLUSIVE GRAIN OF THE EMPERORS & KNOWN AS BLOOD ENCHRICHIN & LONGEVITY RICE. IT IS A MED GRAIN RICE WITH WHITE KERNALS INSIDE THE BLACK BRAN. VERY TENDER WHEN COOKED, HAS NUTTY TASTE, IT IS BEAUTIFUL WHEN SERVED WITH CHEESE AND GREEN VEGETABLE.”

First however you need to rinse it. Startlingly, after the description above, it gives off vast quantities of dark red colored liquid when rinsed. You then cook it as one might cook basmati despite the fact that it’s medium grain. If you happen to buy yours from Kalustyan and are following the cooking instructions on the label, note that the second line of the instructions has been transposed with the fourth. And very importantly, you do not want to cover “lightly”. The correct instruction is to cover “tightly.”

The rice was delicious with roast chicken and green beans. The description above is accurate: nutty and tender, with almost a walnut taste. Recommended.


Rage of the mastering engineers

By Patrick on Friday, January 29th, 2010

The pent-up frustration of mastering and recording engineers who have had to deal with members of an ignorant public for years has finally found in an outlet in a series of viral YouTube videos featuring computer animated characters speaking in computer-generated English accents.

The videos are brilliant, and point to the REAL revolution in the music industry over the past two decades, which is the proliferation of affordable (if often crappy) home-recording solutions. Someone needs to tell all those newspaper reporters that ProTools and GarageBand have had at least as much effect on the industry as P2P and torrents. It’s hard to believe now, but in 1980 it cost a lot of money even to cut a 2-song hardcore single. Analog recording is slow, expensive and requires a ton of skill. Actually, the same goes for decent digital recording, but it’s a hell of a lot cheaper and faster than it used to be. There are now approximately 200 times as many releases coming out annually as there were in 1980, and that doesn’t even account for the huge quantity of music that doesn’t see a commercial release and just lives on MySpace pages, YouTube videos and CDRs.

The above video would be enlightening and hilarious all on its own, but there are tons more. The videos have apparently struck a chord: “OMFG classic bigtime relate to this!” and “BAHAHAAAAA.  I am approached by so many douche-bags like that guy all the time. Stupid FruityLooping, clip-activating, preset-selecting chumps!!!”


Jon. Wow. I have to say you really made those beats bang. Bro. Bro. Get me?

Girls Atlanta Instore

By Michael on Friday, January 29th, 2010


Next Friday Girls will add one more name to the list of the record shops they’ve rocked over the last 6 months or so.

Friday February 5 @ 7pm
Criminal Records
1154-A Euclid Ave. NE
404 215 9511

Oh and by the way, the show at The Earl is sold out… so if you DON’T have a ticket this is your only chance until next time…

Calling All Fucked Up Superfans: 7″ Collection Contest

By Tom W on Friday, January 29th, 2010


We were sitting around Matador World HQ the other day, talking about our favorite hardcore/punk/psychedelic/experimental band and their fans.  Fucked Up has some pretty hardcore ones (no pun intended), which makes sense; with a discography as epic as their live show, you too would tend to attract the fanatical types.  This got us to thinking: what do you get the Fucked Up fan who already has everything?  How about a custom made, one-of-a-kind copy of their new, only-available-at-fine-indie-retailers, Couple Tracks 7″ with YOU on the cover art?  If you win this contest, we will add your photo to the outlined area of the cover art above and ship this one of a kind record to your door.  Kinda cool, I know.

So how then do you get yourself immortalized on this 1 of 1 Couple Tracks 7″ cover?  Simple.  Gather together all your Fucked Up singles and display them in some way.  Sure, your collection can be laid out on your bed but we’ll look favorably upon people who go the extra mile here.  What’s the “extra mile”?  Hard to say.  Impress us.  Feel free to take inspiration from Extreme Ironing.  Prove yourself to be worthy of this honor.

Now take a picture of your collection and e-mail it to  Deadline for entries is midnight on February 6th.  How will a winner be chosen?  Like pornography, we will know it when we see it.  Completeness/a massive collection is important but a generally epic photo is also helpful.  Feel free to incorporate other acts of Fucked Up devotion: shirts, LPs, tattoos, children named Damian, etc.  Win this contest and you’ll surely be the envy of every other Fucked Up fan at their Fucked Up Saves Music SXSW showcase in March.

Ted Leo and the Pharmacists Free At Noon show TODAY live on air

By Jeremy P. Goldstein on Friday, January 29th, 2010

Photo by Rob Scheuerman

In a mere 30 minutes, Ted Leo and the Pharmacists shall rock the house together at Philadelphia’s World Cafe Live for a Free At Noon extravaganza. If you weren’t lucky enough to get tickets ahead of time (you may still be able to weasel your way in, but I can’t promise anything), you can listen live on, or 88.5 terrestrially, as well as on a host of stations all around the country. Check to find stations in your varied ‘hoods (as well as KUT in Austin, WBFO in Buffalo, and Vermont Public Radio) so you can tune in and rock out to jams from the new album, The Brutalist Bricks.

Casual Victim Pile – 3 Nights At Beerland (Update)

By Gerard on Friday, January 29th, 2010


While this week’s release of Matador’s 19-band Austin/Denton compilation, ‘Casual Victim Pile’ has met with mostly favorable notices, some have rightly raised the question, “where’s the inflammatory, entirely unnecessary attacks on other genres / scenes etc.?”   So with that in mind, we commissioned Denny Schmickle to design (and Obsolete Industries to print) a limited edition poster for next week’s 3-night stand at Beerland.  Please, if 60 of these managed to completely obscure the entrance to the Saxon Pub,  rest assured this was purely the handiwork of an overzealous street team.

That said, a limited quantity of the above poster will be free with paid admission ($5) to next Thursday’s NIGHT ONE featuring Follow That Bird!, Dikes Of Holland, Kingdom Of Suicide Lovers, The Distant Seconds and The Persimmons.  On the subsequent Friday (Woven Bones, The Young, Wild America, Flesh Lights, Elvis, The No No No Hopes) and Saturday (Harlem, The Golden Boys, Bad Sports, Love Collector, The Stuffies, Lost Controls) nights, Alan B will be playing records between sets and our good friends from End Of An Ear Records will be peddling LP & CD copies of ‘CVP’.

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(Wild America, photo taken from ballrogs kill’s Flickr stream) co-sponsor of next week’s shows (along with Austinist), will be broadcasting live sessions from Follow That Bird! (February 4, 4:30pm), Wild America (February 5, 12:30pm) and Love Collector (February 6, 4:30pm) as part of their Lounge Acts series.

(Order ‘Casual Victim Pile’ on LP, CD or digital album from The Matador Store)

The Ponys – New U.S. Dates

By Gerard on Thursday, January 28th, 2010

(yes…it’s a old photo.  new ones, soon!)

After a handful of don’t-call-it-a-comeback shows around the midwest last Autumn, The Ponys will be hitting the road for the first time in well, far too long, starting next week. We’ll have some news about a forthcoming commercial-available-recorded-product of some sort or another very soon (unless you read about it elsewhere. We’re not the only credible source in the world!)

Fri Feb 05, 2010 Grinnell, IA Gardner Lounge – Grinnell College with Rank Strangers
Sat Feb 06, 2010 St. Paul, MN Turf Club with France Has the Bomb, Bonbay Sweets, Chambermaids
Tue Apr 27, 2010 Seattle, WA Tractor Tavern with Disappears
Wed Apr 28, 2010 Portland, OR Doug Fir Lounge with Disappears, Meth Teeth
Fri Apr 30, 2010 San Francisco, CA Bottom of The Hill with Disappears, Spencey Dude and the Doodles
Sat May 01, 2010 Los Angeles, CA Spaceland with Disappears, Static Static
Sun May 02, 2010 San Diego, CA Casbah with Disappears, Christmas Island
Fri May 28, 2010 Austin, TX Mohawk (Chaos In Tejas)

Say Hello to Magic Kids

By truepanthersounds on Thursday, January 28th, 2010

(photo by Gabe Spierer)

We’re very proud and honored to announce Memphis, Tennessee’s Magic Kids as the newest addition to the True Panther family.When we first saw Magic Kids on three different NY stages on three different days last summer, we fell in love. A cacophony of pop music; 6 band members, numerous guitars, violins, horns, keyboards, everyone in summer mode- three different chilly NY audiences melted.Magic Kids make swelling, heartfelt and beautiful pop gems that recall some of our favorite eternal rock melodies but with an intimacy and excitement that is fully theirs. They do something that is increasingly rare these days- take the time and care to to create pure, perfect, romantic and joyful music.

Here’s a little clip we put together from footage a friend sent us. They perform live at Gonerfest, lead-singer Bennett talks in a fake-Michael Jackson voice, they record some music, make some hats, eat some food.

To date, the band have released a tremendous single called “Hey Boy” on Goner Records, and have a forthcoming split 7″ w/Chicago’s Smith Westerns on Fat Possum. They’re leaving for a tour with Girls and Smith Westerns TONIGHT (tour dates below), then getting serious in the new Easley Studio in Memphis. Their debut album will be in your hands later this year.

Mon 1/25 Detroit Bar. Costa Mesa, CA
Tue 1/26 Club Congress. Tucson, AZ
Wed 1/27 The Launchpad. Aburquerque, NM
Fri 1/29 The Parish. Austin, TX
Sat 1/30 House of Blues. Dallas, TX
Sun 1/31 Walter’s On Washington. Houston, TX
Tue 2/2 One Eyed Jacks. New Orleans, LA
Thu 2/4 Bottletree. Birmingham, AL
Fri 2/5 The Earl. Atlanta, GA
Sat 2/6 Exit/In. Nashville, TN
Sun 2/7 The Gargoyle. St. Louis, MO
Mon 2/8 The Blue Note. Columbia, MO
Wed 2/10 Bluebird Theater. Denver, CO
Fri 2/12 Urban Lounge. Salt Lake City, UTSun
2/14 Great American Music Hall. San Francisco, CA
Tue 2/16 The Echo, Los Angeles w/Pearl Harbor, Dunes (no Girls & Smith Westerns)
Wed 2/17 Trunk Space, Phoenix, AZ (no Girls & Smith Westerns)
Thu 2/19 Opolis, Norman, OK (no Girls & Smith Westerns)
3/18-3/21 SXSW. Austin, TX

Girls meet the fans

By Michael on Thursday, January 28th, 2010

GIRLS flowers (sandy kim)

This Sunday, January 31st at 3pm Girls will stop by Cactus Music in Houston for a meet-and-greet and signing sesh…

Let’s put it this way… I won’t say they DON’T like when you bring them cookies.

Cactus Music
January 31 @ 3pm
2110 Portsmouth Street
Houston, TX 77098
(713) 526-9272

Jonathan Meiburg on The Huffington Post

By Claire T on Tuesday, January 26th, 2010


Photo by Chris La Putt

Check out The Huffington Post for a guest blog piece from Shearwater’s Jonathan Meiburg entitled “A New Kind of Refugee”. Now up on the Green Page (scroll down, left side). Or go right here.

And just a reminder that there are a mere matter of days to purchase a copy of the beautiful limited edition Golden Dossier via Kickstarter (ends on January 31). Go here to purchase and read more about the dossier.

And a little more time remains to pre-order Shearwater’s upcoming release, The Golden Archipelago (February 23) via the Matastore.

Check out the MP3 for “Black Eyes” and Spring tour dates here.