Archive for April, 2010

Ted Leo and his Pharmacists live on ShockHound

By Gabe on Friday, April 30th, 2010

Ted and the band stopped by ShockHound recently to perform some songs from their new album, The Brutalist Bricks (buy the album here).

Here’s the session, and an interview to boot:

TL & The Rx (did I get that right?) on the road:

Friday 18 – Milford, CT – Daniel Street
Saturday 19 – Portland, OR – Backspace
Sunday 20 – Burlington, VT – Higher Ground S.
Monday 21 – Quebec City, QC – Le Cercle
Tuesday 22 – Montreal, QC – Il Motore
Thursday 24 – Ottawa, ON – Zaphod Beebleborx
Saturday 26 – Toronto, ON – Lee’s Palace
Sunday 27 – Buffalo, NY – Mohawk Place

Columbus Individual Promises : “WILL BE A DIVISIVE INFLUENCE FOR FOOD”

By Gerard on Thursday, April 29th, 2010

The only thing I don’t like about this Craigslist ad is that the person who placed it might not be available to fulfill a similar service in other U.S. cities (link swiped from Terminal Boredom)

Are you in a band that’s not going anywhere? Is there a particular member of your band that you want to be rid of but he’s your best friend from grade school and you don’t want to hurt his feelings? Did the bassist and your lead singer break up recently and now practice is three hours of awkward? Then I’m your guy.

Here’s how it works. You bring me in. I play guitar. Doesn’t matter if you need one, just bring me in.

Within 6 weeks, major changes will happen with your band. The drummer will accept a job offer out of state. The keyboardist will announce that he’s getting married and the fiancee isn’t into the whole band thing. The singer will be offered a better gig. One way or another, the band will fall apart. For my part, I won’t say much or talk about anyone or complain. I’ll just learn the songs, show up early for practice, and basically do whatever’s required of me.

But we will never play out. The band will dissolve before that ever happens.

In some cases, just firing me will be enough to get your band moving in the right direction, but to be honest that doesn’t happen very often. Usually it’s something innocuous and it causes the band to break up.

Here’s the deal, though. Some of the remnants will re-form a new band and they will thrive.

I’m asking for $300 up front. It’s up front because, face it, we’re not going to make any money gigging.

Delorean- GROW (Yours Truly session) + NEW Tour Dates

By truepanthersounds on Thursday, April 29th, 2010

The wonderful folks over at Yours Truly did this sweet session with the Delorean guys in their Spanish home. They talk dubstep, their genesis, work and do an intimate and incredible version of “Grow” off of Subiza. PLUS, the guys announced another round of U.S. Tour dates. Tour dates below the video.

Order Subiza HERE
Order Delorean Subiza T-shirt (w/instant mp3 album download) HERE

The version of “Grow” captured in this video is a studied and intimate version of what the band now plays live. It must be hard to be an ambitious musician in Barcelona. Having to tear yourself away from the lure of the white beaches and narrow cobblestone streets to compose in a windowless practice space almost seems impossible!

But it’s here in this video- the bare moments of composition and rehearsal, dissection of every detail that eventually adds up to an ecstatic experience imbued with emotional and musical heart. Ekhi refers to a “musical competition” that drives them to step beyond themselves, to take the time to draw from their surroundings and community to create something better than what’s come before. It’s amazing that Yours Truly captured the band figuring out how to perform the sounds they composed in isolation live. The video shows us the song in its most essential state- underneath the wash of synths and samplers is care and passion, deliberate and constant change. Summoning transcendence is hard spellcasting work and I’ve seen few people as committed to that craft in my life as Delorean. Good music breathes. YES, thank you!

Friday 06.04 New York, NY – Pianos
Saturday 06.05 Brooklyn, NY – Glasslands Gallery
Sunday 06.06 Seattle, WA – Chop Suey
Monday 06.07 Vancouver, British Columbia – Biltmore Cabaret
Tuesday 06.08 Portland, OR – Mississippi Studios
Thursday 06.10 San Francisco, CA – Popscene
Friday 06.11 Los Angeles, CA – Echo

Saturday 07-10 New York, NY – Bowery Ballroom
07-12 Allston, MA – Great Scott
Tuesday 07-13 Montreal, Quebec – Le Belmont
07-14 Toronto, Ontario – Wrongbar
07-15 Cleveland, OH – Grog Shop
Saturday 07-17 Chicago, IL – Pitchfork Music Festival

Listen to Shearwater perform live for KEXP tonight

By Jeremy P. Goldstein on Thursday, April 29th, 2010

Photo courtesy of Holden Richards

Actually, if you’re one of the lucky winners, you’ll be hearing this Shearwater intimate performance live from The Triple Door in Seattle this afternoon, ahead of their gig at the very same venue this evening (still need tickets? Get ‘em here). Fortunately for the rest of us schlubs, the session will be aired back in its entirety at 5PM PDT (for those of you who have trouble with the mathematics, that’s 8PM EDT). KEXP, as you are most likely full aware, airs terrestrially at 90.3 on your FM dial in the greater 206 and online at

I Streamed Delorean’s Subiza and all I got was this Awesome T-Shirt

By truepanthersounds on Wednesday, April 28th, 2010

If you haven’t heard Delorean‘s (recently BNM‘d) Subiza yet, hear it now in its full glory on HERE
Pre-order from Matador Store and get instant mp3 download HERE

Also, you can buy a crisp new Delorean T-shirt that comes with an instant mp3 download of the album.

Digital music wear? MP3-Tee? Call it what you want. We wish we  could just plug headphones into this shirt and go to the beach, but for now this is the best we can do, and frankly it seems pretty good.  Order T-shirt (w/album download) HERE

NYC: The Ultimate Get Together

By Heather Mac on Wednesday, April 28th, 2010

Austin had the original Together Shuttle, Portland made you dance for your tickets, Philly never ran out of free flowing beer, Boston had the most #tweeting participants, Seattle had the highest volume attended, Atlanta and LA were at your favorite local record stores, the list goes on… What’s been so successful about our spring togetherness, has been the individuality of each market’s party. The people, the variety of giveaways, and more! Most all of our #gettogethers have come and gone now in the last two weeks (aside from Cleveland tomorrow, and Phoenix 5/8), and we’ve had a blast with you all! So what could we possibly be posting about…?

Possibly, the Ultimate Get Together. Special guests joining our #togetherness: The New Pornographers! Presented by: Matador Records, Other Music, & The New Pornographers: GET TOGETHER: NEW YORK TUESDAY MAY 4th @ ARROW BAR (85 Ave A) 8-10pm (arrive early for free drinks!) 21+ DJ Set with members of the band + albums available on site. Giveaways: Tickets to New P’s 5/5 Fallon show/performance + autographed TOGETHER vinyl + tickets to 6/19 Terminal 5 + more! …and of course, arrive early to be one of the first 20 to receive Carl Newman’s spring Get Together mix. rsvp: – must rsvp, but, still based upon capacity, arrive early!!

Winners drawn so far for TWEETING @ #gettogethers (please DM email your mailing address to @matadorrecords Heather Mac, and we will send you all sorts of New Pornographers vinyl goodies!) +  more to come: @markjamesmurphy  @emilyhogan  @postmodernism @basicdrummer @volatilerecs @thomashartnett  @CortJstr @brandonc

New Morale Leadership

By Robby on Wednesday, April 28th, 2010

Tomorrow (4/28) at NYC’s Le Poisson Rouge, Cold Cave will proffer the cassette ‘New Morale Leadership’ c24 to those in attendance. This release, with three separate covers (see above) features two sides that range in some of the finest noise experimentation the band has made to date, along with found-sound collage and a re-record of one of their classics. Each different colored cassette is limited to 100 copies and there’s good chance that if you blink, they’ll be gone, so check it out. (tickets here)

Don’t forget that the Life Magazine remix EP is available for pre-order now, and the band will be all over Europe in May.

The New Pornographers “Together Shop” hits LA

By Michael on Tuesday, April 27th, 2010

Next Tuesday May 4 (aka street date for The New Pornographers new CD/LP “Together”) Origami Vinyl in Echo Park will become The Together Shop. For one day only, The Together Shop will feature all things New Pornographers with special sales, ticket giveaways, exclusive album bundles and a one-day-only exclusive poster. Oh and did I mention that there will be free beer and pizza??

Origami Vinyl

1816 W Sunset Blvd.
Los Angeles

Harlem – “Friendly Ghost” video x2

By Gabe on Tuesday, April 27th, 2010

What is it they say, one good turn deserves another? On the eve of the debut of Harlem’s second video from Hippies – for album standout “Friendly Ghost” – a second “Friendly Ghost” clip found its way to the inbox of our US licensing-goddess, Brigitte Green. It seems Harlem has a secret admirer – an ad-agency employee with a little too much time on his hands (well done, Mr. Greg Szmurlo).

First, the official clip, directed by Harlem with videography by Blackmagic Rollercoaster (

And Mr. Szmurlo’s version, also made with love:

YouTube Preview Image

Harlem is on the road:

Tuesday 27 – Montreal, QC – Green Room
Wednesday 28 – Toronto, ON – The Legendary Horseshoe Tavern
Thursday 29 Cleveland, OH Now Thats Class
Friday 30 Detroit, MI Majestic Cafe (with City Center)

Saturday 01 – Chicago, IL - Empty Bottle (with Jaill)
Monday 03 – Milwaukee, WI – Mad Planet (with Jaill, Worrier)
Tuesday 04 – Minneapolis, MN – 7th Street Entry (with Teenage Moods)
Wednesday 05 – Des Moines, IA – Vaudeville Mews
Thursday 06 – Omaha, NE – The Waiting Room
Friday 07 - Kansas City, MO – The Riot Room
Saturday 08 – St. Louis, MO – The Firebird
Monday 10 – Columbus, OH – The Summit
Tuesday 11 – Newport, KY – Southgate House Parlour
Wednesday 12 - Lousville, KY - Zanzabar
Thursday 13 – Nashville, TN – The End
Friday 14 - Memphis, TN – Hi-Tone Cafe
Saturday 15 – Dallas, TX – City Tavern

(order ‘Hippies’ from the Matador Store on LP, CD or digital files)

Cold Cave at NYC’s Le Poisson Rouge This Thursday

By Gerard on Monday, April 26th, 2010

I don’t have much to add except I was at the dentist the other day and she was giving me all sorts of grief about the lack of patriotism on the Matador roster. Satisfied?
(if anyone can recommend a dentist that’s not nearly as batshit insane, please reply via e-mail. thanks)