Archive for February, 2010

News From the True Panther Universe

By truepanthersounds on Friday, February 26th, 2010


It’s snowing like crazy here in NYC but True Panther Sounds remains bundled up, huddled away and working hard. Taking a few precious moments every day to find good youtube videos, but also putting out a bunch of records. Wanted to give y’all the latest update in the True Panther Universe..

This last Tuesday, 3/23, we released two brand new records.

Hunx and His Punx‘ “Gay Singles”
We initially released a limited vinyl pressing this last year, but after blowing through them we re-pressed it on LP/CD/DA. It now has slightly different cover art, a cd that includes all the videos, better quality vinyl, and a free mp3 download with each record. PLUS it’s cheaper than before. The songs are classic glammy, and gay. They’ve gotten better with each listen. Lookout for national and international tour dates in the next few months.
Order HERE (and get a free Chiphunx CD)
U Don’t Like Rock’nRoll (mp3)

Morning Benders “Promises” 7″

This is a limited edition single from one of our favorite new bands. Their record is coming out on Rough Trade, but this first single is all ours! It’s limited and features an exclusive b-side “Oh Annie”, a more plaintive and restrained version of the band. Enjoy!
Order HERE
Promises (mp3)

We’re also putting out 3 brand new 12″/digital records on March 9th! New releases from Tanlines, Lemonade, and Janka Nabay. Each record is a totally unique incantation of the dance music spirits- Janka electrified the Bubu dance music of his native Sierra Leone, Lemonade mixed every kind of electronic music from the last 30 years in a big caribbean fruit salad, and Tanlines are making “new music” , coalesced from tropical sounds and restrained house. We’re just going to call it all “Yes Wave”.

Get all three records in a bundle for only $25 and get instant downloads of the singles and a few exclusive remixes. Order HERE

Order Tanlines- Settings HERE
Real Life” (mp3)
Order Lemonade- Pure Moods HERE
“Lifted” (mp3)
Order Janka Nabay- Bubu King HERE
Eh Congo” (mp3)

We’re also having a big show to celebrate the release of the 12″s. Hope to see some of you in the New York are there!

That’s it for the update for now. Hope you enjoy the records. We have some great stuff on the burners for the new year, full-lengths from Glasser and Magic Kids. Releases from Teengirl Fantasy, The Bitters, and Real Estate. Stoked!!

Harlem – New April/May Dates, April Fools’ Friends Day Rec. Release Show

By Gerard on Friday, February 26th, 2010

(l-r : Curtis, Coomers, pic taken from J Is For Jetsetter’s Flickr stream)

Harlem are on the West Coast as of this writing, catching up with old friends and making new ones in advance of their second album, ‘Hippies’ (LP/CD/digitized bits) coming out on April 6 (April 26 in the UK and Europe).  Though a bunch of new spring dates were just announced (below), we’d like to call special attention to the band’s April 1st show at Austin’s Mohawk, will serve as a record release bash for ‘Hippies’ (if not one of those annual record label stunts where we claim we’re doing a Record Store Day exclusive with Wal-Mart or something of that nature). Cowabunga Babes are on the bill and additional pals will be confirmed shortly.

3/13 – Aquarium Drunkard party, Red Eyed Fly, Austin, 3pm
3/16 – House Of Guys, 1907 Rio Grande, Austin, (with The Beets, Fungi Girls, Air Waves)
3/18 – Red 7, Austin (official SXSW event with Bad Sports, Pierced Arrows, Ravonettes)
3/19 – Levi’s Fader Fort, Austin, 2:15 pm
3/19 – Spin Party, Stubbs (indoors), Austin, 3:40pm
4/1 – Mohawk, Austin (record release bash)
4/13 -One Eyed Jacks, New Orleans, LA
4/14 – Bottletree, Birmingham, AL
4/15 – The Earl, Atlanta, GA
4/16 – JJ’s Bohemia, Chattanooga, TN
4/17 – Night Light, Chapel Hill, NC
4/19 – DC 9, Washington DC
4/20 – Golden West, Baltimore, MD
4/21 – Kung Fu Necktie, Philadelphia, PA
4/22 – Mercury Lounge, NYC, NY (early show)
4/23 – Market Hotel, Brooklyn, NY
4/24- Maxwell’s, Hoboken, NJ (with Titus Andronicus)
4/25 – Great Scott, Allston, MA
4/27 – Green Room, Montreal, Quebec
4/28 – Legendary Horseshoe Tavern, Toronto, Ontario
4/29 – Now That’s Class, Cleveland, OH
4.30 – Majestic Cafe, Detroit, MI
5/01- Empty Bottle, Chicago, IL
5/02- Mad Planet, Milwaukee, WI (with Jail)
5/04- 7th Street Entry, Minneapolis, MN
5/05 – Vaudeville Mews, Des Moines, IA
5/06 – Waiting Room, Lincoln, NE
5/07 – Riot Room, Kansas City, MO (with Gil Mantera)
5/08- Firebird, St. Louis, MO
5/10 – The Summit, Columbus, OH
5/11 – Southgate House, Newport,  KY
5/12 – Zanzibar, Louisville, KY
5/13 – The End, Nashville, TN
5/14 – Hi Tone, Memphis, TN
5/15 – City Tavern, Dallas, TX

(Preorder ‘Hippies’ on LP or  CD for 15% before April 6 from The Matador Store – poster included)

“Friendly Ghost” (192k mp3)

Pavement Rehearsal Update

By Spiral Stairs on Friday, February 26th, 2010

spiral here from the pavement. we are about to embark on our very ambitious world tour in a couple days. march 1 is the first date and it’s in a place very special to our hearts… new zealand. we’ve got the great 3d’s opening so it’s gonna be a legendary night. we then travel across the tasman sea to my future country of residence, australia (i’m actually writing this to you from brisbane where i’m spending a few days torturing my fiance and her family practicing the songs before the tour starts). speaking of practice, we recently had two good weeks of practice in portland. it was the first time some of us had been in the same room together for close to 10 years. i think we all were a little nervous. it started off pretty rough, except for our drummer who probably practiced the most. but… by the time we had finished, most of the 40 plus songs we had rehearsed were sounding pretty good. we’re really looking forward to the year ahead and seeing all the fans out there digging the music makes it all worthwhile. so thank you for buying tickets. we’ve also got the cool ‘qtp’ best of comp coming out march 9. it was compiled by the band and includes all our faves from the catalog.

also… thanks to all for buying the spiral stairs record. i’m planning some shows in the new year in between the pavement maelstrom. we’re set to play all tomorrow’s parties in the uk and maybe some others around those festival dates. as for north america, look for shows in june or july in the midwest and east coast.

in the meantime, enjoy these photos from portland…

Fucked Up live from Brooklyn – Ray Concepcion; FACT Mag mixtape

By Gabe on Friday, February 26th, 2010

Last Friday night, some of us were lucky enough to catch Fucked Up perform a set that – even by the band’s lofty standard – was really one for the ages.

Luckily for those unable to attend, New York videographer Ray Concepcion ably captured the first couple of songs from the set. If you haven’t already, be sure to pick up Fucked Up’s Couple Tracks: Singles 2002-2009 and The Chemistry of Common Life (from which the below tunes originate):

Every Man for Himself and God Against All: Fucked Up from Ray Concepcion on Vimeo.

Also, FACT Mag has just published a mixtape by Mr. Jo of FU.

Finally, the first non-Matador employee to respond to this post correctly identifying the up-and-coming New York bedroom-pop wizard rocking the Fucked Up t-shirt on Looking For Gold wins a prize.

Ted Leo & The Pharmacists – Karaoke / Record Release Bash

By Gerard on Tuesday, February 23rd, 2010

(photo by Shawn Brackbill)

On Tuesday, March 9 — the official day of release for the new LP/CD/digital album The Brutalist Bricks — Ted Leo & The Pharmacists will be playing a handful of songs, new and old at Brooklyn’s Knitting Factory. After a brief intermission, the quartet will return to the stage to provide musical accompaniment for an evening of karaoke. A list of available songs will be posted at the door, as well as in advance at the new look Ted Might this be a rare opportunity to see Chris Lombardi performing his award-winning version of “The Wreck Of The Edmund Fitzgerald”? Probably not, but if spreading such information guarantees greater press coverage and/or a line around the block, well, we’ll do whatever it takes..

Tickets are available here.

The Mighty Sparrow (160k MP3)

(Preorder The Brutalist Bricks – get a 15% discount and a free poster)

Everybody put your hands (Together) right now

By Patrick on Monday, February 22nd, 2010

(photo by Jason Creps)

If the snowflakes pouring down over the website didn’t tip you off, it’s time for everyone to put their hands (together) right now. Below is a taster from The New Pornographers’ forthcoming album Together, out May 4:

Your Hands (Together)” (160k MP3)

This song is just the tip of the iceberg so far as Together is concerned – here is the full track listing:

1. Moves
2. The Crash Years
3. Your Hands (Together)
4. Silver Jenny Dollar
5. Sweet Talk, Sweet Talk
6. My Shepherd
7. If You Can’t See My Mirrors
8. Up In The Dark
9. Valkyrie In The Roller Disco
10. A Bite Out Of My Bed
11. Daughters Of Sorrow
12. We End Up Together

As always, the album features the immense talents of A.C. Newman, Dan Bejar, Kathryn Calder, Neko Case, John Collins, Kurt Dahle, Todd Fancey and Blaine Thurier. It was produced by Phil Palazzolo and recorded at various studios in Vancouver, Brooklyn and Woodstock New York, and oh man, do we love it.

Now preorder the album and get a free 7″ and a free poster:

Preorder Together right now!

Shearwater – “Black Eyes”, Live At Melkweg

By Gerard on Monday, February 22nd, 2010
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congrats to the unidentified videographer who shot Shearwater last Thursday night in Amsterdam on getting one of the most important parts of such shoots right ; MAKING CERTAIN NO TALL PEOPLE ARE BLOCKING YOUR VIEW

(order ‘ The Golden Archipelago’ on LP/CD or digital album from the Matador Store, today’s the last day for the 15% discount)

Shearwater covers Brian Eno

By Patrick on Sunday, February 21st, 2010

(photo by Frank Yang)

Seems like it should have happened ages ago. Check out Shearwater covering “Baby’s On Fire” by Brian Eno. Taking Tiger Mountain was my introduction to non-mainstream music, years ago. Listen on Chromewaves Radio.

The Golden Archipelago is in stores on Tuesday (or last week if you live in Europe).

[edit: I guess this one's actually from Here Come The Warm Jets. Memory is not what it used to be. I was clearly thinking of "The Fat Lady Of Limbourg."[/edit]

Chili revisited

By Patrick on Sunday, February 21st, 2010

(above: chili about 90 minutes in)

Devotees of the Matablog will remember our previous discussions of chili. Here at the ‘dor we prefer real texas red – no beans, not much tomato, and the beef in big meaty chunks rather than ground. We also make our own chili powder using an assortment of different whole dried chiles. All this contributes to what John Thorne calls real chili’s distinctive rasp. But it also makes for a certain austerity. I’m reminded of Thorne’s description of artisanal grits: “Their taste may hold a narrow place on the flavor spectrum, but that doesn’t mean it’s limited.” What if you have a craving for a real chili with a more sumptuous flavor?

It was while I was having these midwinter musings that I ran across this post from Serious Eats food science writer J. Kenji Lopez-Alt, “How To Make The Best Chili Ever.” Kenji’s recipe contained some real insights and I decided to give it a try – with a couple of alterations, of course.

(above, from left to right, mildest to hottest: anaheim, pasilla, ancho, guajillo, cascabel, pequin)

The main thing that interested me was his treatment of the whole chiles: toast them, cook them down in stock, puree them, and then fry the puree. This rids the chili of the grittiness that powder can sometimes provide. It smooths Thorne’s rasp, perhaps a bit too much, but the aim here is a more luscious, comfortable chili. This method certainly achieves it.

Another idea that really rang true for me was his treatment of the beef. I had been finding it very difficult to get a true browned flavor from my chuck, even cut into 1/8″ or 1/4″ cubes (by hand) – the amount of water released from the small pieces of meat during the long browninng necessary to cover that surface area necessarily interferes with developing a caramelized crust. Kenji’s solution: brown the whole pieces of meat, let them cool, and then cut them up. He also borrows an idea from Heston Blumenthal and adds a small amount of toasted star anise, which adds no perceptible liquorice notes but does mysteriously bring out the browned meat flavor.

Most of the rest of his ideas also meet no opposition from me: umami bombs (soy sauce, anchovies and Marmite, all added to the puree of chiles), unsweetened chocolate (we’re already a long way from Thorne’s purism), a slug of hard liquor at the end to release all the complex aromas.

(mmm… now that’s a beautiful piece of chuck)

My main changes: I browned my meat in rendered suet, which is not only more true to chili’s past but also tastier. Instead of just shortribs, I used a combination of shortribs and chuck, all from the great Florence Meat Market in the Village. I abstained from adding coffee, since one eater has a reaction to it. I put in about half the tomatoes that Kenji recommends (you don’t want to go too far), and of course I omitted the beans. I didn’t put in 1/4 cup of Frank’s Red Hot Sauce – I’ve always found this to be a hot sauce of limited depth or interest – and ultimately this chili was not spicy enough. Next time I would add back some of Thorne’s recipe by crumbling in pequins as the chili cooks to adjust the spice balance. That said, I did actually use more chilis that Kenji calls for – I believe that chili should taste primarily of chile and beef, and his formulation would only pair a tablespoon or two of chili powder equivalent with 4-5 pounds of meat – definitely not sufficient. Finally, I used sherry vinegar instead of the cider vinegar he calls for, just because that’s what I had around.

All this said, this chili was astounding, bursting with intense, deep, rich soulful flavor. It was a bit sweeter and more accommodating than I would like – as I wrote above, it needs more kick, but that will be easy to achieve next time with careful administration of pequins or chiles de arbol during the simmering process. Other than that, this chili was just about perfect – and all the eaters concurred.

If you’d like to try this, here is the link to Kenji’s recipe (be sure to read the preparation notes here as well). Below are my changes.

- omit beans
- dried chiles used: 2 anaheim, 2 ancho, 2 pasilla, 1 guajillo, 1 cascabel, 3 pequin (and I wish I’d used more of the hot ones)
- meat used: 2 whole bone-in shortribs (see picture for size), 3 lbs well marbled chuck
- fat used: 2″ X 2″ X 2″ piece of suet, cut into small pieces and fully rendered (olive oil added when necessary to get the correct amounts)
- omit coffee beans
- fresh chiles used: 1 jalapeno PLUS 1 Thai bird chile (and I wish I’d used more)
- half the amount of tomatoes (i.e. about 14 ounces)
- sherry vinegar substituted for cider vinegar
- Frank’s Red Hot Sauce – omitted
- garnish – omitted in its entirety except the Saltines

This chili is truly stunning. I urge you try it.

Bert Parks sings Wings Let ‘Em In

By Patrick on Saturday, February 20th, 2010