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News From the True Panther Universe

By truepanthersounds on Friday, February 26th, 2010

LOVE IS IN THE AIR

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…

http://www.crookedrain.com  http://www.spiralstairsmusic.com

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 Leo.com. 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!

thenewpornographers.com


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

Shearwater – “Hidden Lakes” video(s)

By Gabe on Thursday, February 18th, 2010

With Shearwater’s stunning new album The Golden Archipelago available now digitally and in record shops in UK and Europe (and everywhere else this coming Tuesday – 15% off preorders until the 23rd, CD comes packaged with a 50 page perfect-bound dossier and LP contains 2 bonus tracks & a PDF of the dossier…DEEP BREATH…), we bring you the video for album highlight “Hidden Lakes”, directed by Alma Har’el:

Also required-viewing is this heartfelt solo performance of “Hidden Lakes” captured by John-Paul Garrigues – an intimate and intensely beautiful take from Shearwater frontman Jonathan Meiburg:

For the full Shearwater live experience, catch the band on the road in the coming weeks and months:

February
Thursday 18 – Brussels, BE – Botanique Rotonde
Friday 19 – Paris, FR – Le Nouveau Casino
Sunday 21 – Brighton, UK – The Freebutt
Monday 22 – Leeds, UK – The Brudenell Social Club
Tuesday 23 – Glasgow, UK – Captains Rest
Wednesday 24 – Manchester, UK – The Ruby Lounge
Thursday 25 – London, GB – Scala
Friday 26 – Diksmuid, BE – Magnet Club
Saturday 27 – Hamburg, DE – Knust
Sunday 28 – Berlin, DE - Magnet Club

March
Tuesday 02 – Munich, DE – Rote Sonne
Wednesday 03 – Geneva, CZ – L�Usine (PTR)
Thursday 04 – Fribourg, CZ – Nouveau Monde
Friday 05 – Milan, IT – La Casa 139
Sunday 07 – Barcelona, ES – La (2) de Apolo
Monday 08 – Madrid, ES - Moby DIck
Saturday 13 – Austin, TX – Red 7 w/Noveller, Xiu Xiu
Wednesday 24 – Atlanta, GA – The Earl w/Hospital Ships, Wye Oak
Thursday 25 – Chapel Hill, NC – Local 506
Friday 26 – Washington, DC – Rock And Roll Hotel w/Hospital Ships, Wye Oak
Saturday 27 – New York, NY – Bowery Ballroom w/Hosptial Ships, Wye Oak
Tuesday 30 – Cambridge, MA – T. T. The Bear’s w/Hospital Ships, Wye Oak
Wednesday 31 – Montreal QUE, UE – La Sala Rossa w/Hospital Ships

April
Thursday 01 – Toronto, ON – Lee’s Palace w/Hospital Ships, Wye Oak
Friday 02 – Ithica, NY – Castaways w/Hospital Ships, Wye Oak
Sunday 04 – Chicago, IL – Lincoln Hall w/Hosptial Ships, Wye Oak
Tuesday 06 – Minneapolis, MN – 400 Bar
Wednesday 07 – Grinnell, IA – Garnder Lounge @ Grinnell College w/Hospital Ships, Wye Oak
Thursday 08 – Lawrence, KS – Bottleneck
Friday 09 – Norman, OK – The Opolis w/Hosptial Ships, Wye Oak
Saturday 10 – Dallas, TX – The Loft w/Wye Oaks, Hospital Ships
Thursday 22 – Cleveland, OH – Rhythm Room w/Hospital Ships
Friday 23 – Tucson, AZ – Club Congress w/Hospital Ships
Saturday 24 – Silver Lake, CA – Spaceland w/Hospital Ships
Sunday 25 – San Francisco, CA – Bottom of the Hill w/Hospital Ships
Tuesday 27 – Portland, OR – Doug Fir Lounge w/Hospital Ships
Wednesday 28 – Vanvouver, BC – The Biltmore Cabaret w/Hospital Ships
Thursday 29 – Seattle, WA – Triple Door w/Hospital Ships
Friday 30 – Pullman, WA – The Bell Tower

May
Saturday 01 – Boise, ID – Neurolox w/Hospital Ships
Sunday 02 – Salt Lake City, UT – The State Room w/Hospital Ships
Tuesday 04 – Denver, CO – Walnut Room w/Hospital Ships
Friday 07 – Austin, TX – The Parish w/Hospital Ships

Cold Cave dates postponed

By Robby on Thursday, February 18th, 2010

Photo from Kathryn Yu‘s flickr

Cold Cave have canceled the remainder of their Midwest dates as they reconfigure their live setup.  Over the past two nights, Cold Cave’s performances in Las Vegas and Pomona featured founder Wesley Eisold and Dominick Fernow with an extended lineup comprised of Guy Licata (formerly of Hercules and Love Affair and longtime Bill Laswell collaborator) and Jennifer Clavin (formely of Mika Miko).  The same members will take the stage at the Echoplex in Los Angeles tonight.

The band will be resuming dates beginning March 6 at London’s Engine Shed with the Editors. They hope to reschedule all canceled dates in the near future.

The following dates are on schedule as planned:

February

Thursday 18   Echoplex, CA The Glass House w/Smith Westerns, Best Coast

March

Saturday 06            Lincoln, UK            Engine Shed w/ The Editors

Sunday 07            Preston, UK            Guildhall w/ The Editors

Monday 08            Bradford, UK            St. George Hall w/ The Editors

Wednesday 10            Glasgow, UK            The Academy         w/ The Editors

Thursday 11            Dundee, UK             Fat Sams w/ The Editors

Friday 12            Iverness, UK            Ironworks w/ The Editors

Saturday 13            Aberdeen, UK                        Music Hall w/ The Editors

Monday 15            Newcastle, UK            The Academy w/ The Editors

Tuesday 16            Marchester, UK            The Apollo w/ The Editors

Wednesday 17            Cambridge, UK            Corn Exchange w/ The Editors

Thursday 19            Bournemouth, UK            The Academy w/ The Editors

Friday 20            Brighton, UK            The Dome w/ The Editors

Saturday 21            Cardiff, UK            Cardiff University w/ The Editors

Sunday 23            Folkestone, UK            Leas Cliff Hall w/ The Editors

Monday 24            London UK            Brixton Academy w/ The Editors

May

Friday 07            Minehead, AD             All Tomorrow’s Parties

Saturday 08            Leeds, UK            Nation of Shopkeepers

Sunday 09            Glasgow, UK            Captain’s Rest

Monday 10            Manchester, UK            Deaf Institute

Wednesday 12            London, UK            Cargo

Thursday 13            Brighton, UK            Great Escape Festival

Friday 14            Amsterdan, Paradiso

Saturday 15            Brussells, BE            Rotonde

Sunday 16            Hamburg, DE            Ubel & Gefarlich

Tuesday 18            Stockholm, CH            Svenska

Wednesday 19            Copenhagen, DK            Rust

Thursday 20            Berlin, DE            Bang Bang Club

Friday 21            Berlin, DE            Offenbach

Saturday 22            St. Gallen, CH            Theater Palace

Sunday 23            Fribourg, CH            FRI-SON

Monday 24            Bologna, IT            Rocker Festival

Tuesday 25            Turin, IT            Spazio 211

Thursday 27            Paris, FR            Point Emphere

Saturday 29            Barcelona, ES            Primavera Club

Kurt Vile vs Panda Bear

By Annette on Wednesday, February 17th, 2010

Our very own Kurt Vile will be the opening act for the so-hot-right-now Panda Bear in Europe. Tickets are like gold-dust so be prepared to beg, steal or barter your soul for this.

March
10th – Cabaret Sauvage, Paris (with Panda Bear)
11th – Heaven, London (with Panda Bear)
12th – Vicar Street, Dublin (with Panda Bear)

(Kurt photo by Shawn Brackbill; Panda photo from muzikid. Photoshop skills by Annette Lee)

Cold Cave take over Origami Vinyl

By Michael on Wednesday, February 17th, 2010

We here in New York City are a little tired of our west coast friends telling us about their recent streak of 80 degree days. It’s February. It’s supposed to be cold. It’s supposed to be dark. It’s supposed to be gloomy. Deal with it. So to combat the sunshine we’re sending a little bit of the East Coast over to Echo Park tomorrow night when Cold Cave takes over Origami Vinyl for a few hours before their show at The Echoplex.

The store will feature a wall of LPs curated by Cold Cave frontman Wes Eisold, some books and records from Eisold’s own Heartworm Press, a special DJ set/meet-and-greet from the band and free Colt 45.

So quit applying your sunscreen and get your February on.

Official Cold Cave Pre-Party
Origami Vinyl
7pm
1816 W. Sunset Blvd.
Los Angeles
213 413 3030

Fucked Up & Kurt Vile commandeer WKDU Philadelphia at 2:30 and 5:30PM EST today

By Hector on Wednesday, February 17th, 2010

The flyer above pretty much says it all, but if your browser’s not displaying images or you have trouble with military time (and are also unaware of how the subject line of a blog post relates to the content of said post), here are the pertinent details: Fucked Up of Toronto, ON and Kurt Vile of Philadelphia, PA are paying visits to the latter city’s own WKDU before tonight’s show at the Barbary, and each will be treating your ears to a live session at 91.7FM or wkdu.org. Fucked Up plays at around 2:30PM EST (it’s college radio, we thrive on uncertainty in this biz), and Kurt follows at 5:30PM EST (or thereabout).

In addition to the opportunity to see the FU & KV show tonight in Philly, there are a few more chances to see this dynamic duo in action:

Wed-Feb-17 Philadelphia, PA Barbary
Thu-Feb-18 Hoboken, NJ Maxwell’s
Fri-Feb-19 Brooklyn, NY Europa
Sat-Feb-20 Boston, MA Middle East Downstairs

Those of you looking for a more permanent way to spend time with the aforementioned artists (though when you get right down to it, is anything really permanent) should click on over to the Matastore to purchase the latest Fucked Up and Kurt Vile jams, both of which come highly recommended by the discriminating music fans of Philadelphia and the world.

Botswana

By Patrick on Tuesday, February 16th, 2010

Ted Leo – The Mighty Sparrow MP3, Fallon, more

By Patrick on Tuesday, February 16th, 2010

(Photo by Matt Jordan)

“The Mighty Sparrow” is the opening track from the new Ted Leo and the Pharmacists album, The Brutalist Bricks, and it’s a burner:

The Mighty Sparrow (160k MP3)

Keep your eyes on this spot for the video of the song in upcoming weeks.

In other news, Ted will be playing Late Night With Jimmy Fallon on Monday, March 8 – the night before release date. If you’re in or near New York and you’d like to be in the studio audience. click on the link below. Enter for a chance to win seats on the band benches and surround the stage during Ted’s performance. Please make sure you include the code “TED” in your entry form:

fallonbandbench.com

There will be another special event during release week. Once again, keep your eyes on this space. And of course, Ted Leo and the Pharmacists start their tour on Thursday, March 11 in Cleveland:

Thu – 3/11 – Cleveland OH – Grog Shop – Title Tracks
Fri – 3/12 – Pontiac MI – The Crofoot – Title Tracks
Sat – 3/13 – Chicago IL – Bottom Lounge – Title Tracks
Sun – 3/14 – Madison WI – High Noon Saloon – Title Tracks
Mon – 3/15 – Minneapolis MN – First Avenue – Title Tracks
Thu – 3/18 – Spokane WA – The Blvd -
Fri – 3/19 – Seattle WA – Nuemo’s – Hive Dwellers (feat Calvin Johnson)
Sat – 3/20 – Portland OR – Doug Fir Lounge – Golden Bears
Sun – 3/21 – Portland OR – Doug Fir Lounge – Hive Dwellers (feat Calvin Johnson)
Tue – 3/23 – San Francisco CA – Great American Music Hall – Bleached
Wed – 3/24 – Santa Barbara CA – Soho Restaurant & Music Club – Titus Andronicus, Bleached
Fri – 3/26 – Pomona CA – Glass House – Bleached
Sat – 3/27 – West Hollywood CA – Troubadour – Bleached
Sun – 3/28 – Tucson AZ – Club Congress – Bleached
Tue – 3/30 – Dallas TX – House Of Blues – Screaming Females, Sally Crewe & The Sudden Moves
Wed – 3/31 – Austin TX – Parish Room – Screaming Females, Sally Crewe & The Sudden Moves
Fri – 4/2 – New Orleans LA – One Eyed Jacks – Screaming Females
Sat – 4/3 – Tallahassee FL – Club Downunder – Screaming Females
Sun – 4/4 – Atlanta GA – The Masquerade – Screaming Females
Mon – 4/5 – Carrboro NC – Cat’s Cradle – Screaming Females
Wed – 4/7 – Philadelphia PA – First Unitarian Church – Obits
Thu – 4/8 – Washington DC – 930 Club – Obits, Screaming Females
Fri – 4/9 – New York NY – Irving Plaza – Obits, Screaming Females
Sat – 4/10 – Boston MA – Paradise – Obits, Screaming Females

Preorder The Brutalist Bricks – get a 15% discount and (NEW) a free poster
tedleo.com
timorousme.org

Pavement,The New Pornographers and Girls at the Sasquatch Festival

By Gerard on Tuesday, February 16th, 2010

(sadly, there are no plans to show the above film at the Gorge during the weekend of May 29-31)

As you might’ve heard elsewhere last night, Pavement, The New Pornographers and Girls are each taking part in 2010′s Sasquatch Festival (May 29-31, The Gorge, WA). A number of our other favorites are taking part (No Age, Band Of Horses, Quasi, Public Enemy) but we’d I’d like to extend a very special thanks to the organizers of this event for NOT BOOKING SOUNDGARDEN. Keep hope alive!

Detroit 1985

By Patrick on Sunday, February 14th, 2010

Gravy

By Patrick on Saturday, February 13th, 2010

Been spending a lot of time making echt-Italian recipes (Mario Battali: “the sauce is a CONDIMENT!!!”), but there’s nothing I enjoy more than real Italian-American spaghetti and meatballs, aka “gravy” if you come from around here. I was extremely fortunate that our sales and marketing dude Mike Venutolo-Mantovani shared his mom’s gravy recipe recipe with me. I don’t have permission to actually post it, nor could I, because it’s as much a way of life as a “recipe” per se. The writing was overflowing with personality and family vibes. It takes two full days to make it properly, and involves beef neck bones, babyback ribs, meatballs, four different types of tomato and long, long, slow cooking. As you can see, the result was a dense, deep brown-red sauce bursting with chunks of meaty flavor. It was unbelievably delicious and soul-calming in this wet and snowy winter.