Archive for May, 2010

Green beans with cumin

By Patrick on Monday, May 31st, 2010

This recipe is really easy and obscenely tasty. It is adapted from Madhur Jaffrey’s An Invitation to Indian Cooking. The original recipe specifies very fresh whole pea pods, to be eaten like artichoke leaves (pull between your teeth, so that you eat not just the peas but the fleshy part of the pod as well). I found that it worked very well with green beans (to be eaten whole, as normally), which I happened to have on hand.

3/4 pound green beans
1 tbs ghee
1/8 tsp ground asafoetida (hing powder)
1/4 tsp whole cumin seeds
1/2 tbs lemon juice
1/2 tsp garam masala (plus addition 1/2 tsp garam masala at end) (see note*)
1/2 tsp salt
1/8 tsp freshly ground pepper
1 tbs warm water

Clean and snap off the ends of the green beans.

Heat the ghee over moderately high heat in a 10″ skillet. When hot, add the asafoetida and cumin seeds and stir once. When the cumin seeds change color (10-20 seconds), add the green beans and stir for 1 minute. Add lemon juice, the first 1/2 tsp garam masala, salt and pepper. Stir, add the warm water, bring to a boil, turn heat to very low, cover, and cook gently for about 20 minutes, until tender (Jaffrey specifies 20-30 minutes for the pea pods, but I found the beans were done in just under 20). Stir once or twice during cooking.

Serve in a warm dish, sprinkled with the addiitonal garam masala.

* Note: there are many different varieties of garam masala. For this recipe, I used one from Julie Sahni’s Classic Indian Cooking:

3 tbs black cardamom pods
3 cinnamon sticks, about 2-3 inches long
1 tbs whole black cloves
1/4 cup black peppercorns
1/2 cup cumin seeds
1/2 cup coriander seeds

Break open cardamom pods, remove seeds and reserve; discard skin. Crush the cinnamon with a kitchen mallet to break it into small pieces. Combine all the spices including the cardamom seeds and roast them in a thick-bottomed pan, stirring frequently, until they darken slightly and become richly aromatic. Allow to cool, grind in a spice grinder, and then store in an airtight container in a cool, dark place. Recipe may be cut in half.

I served the green beans with Jaffrey’s kheema with fried onions, plus dishes of Kalustyan’s lime pickle, mixed pickle and mango chutney.

Ravers freak out to Delorean

By Patrick on Friday, May 28th, 2010

Loopy rave dudes get down to “Endless Sunset” by Delorean.

By the way, they’ll be back in the US starting next week:

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
Monday 07.12 Allston, MA – Great Scott
Tuesday 07.13 Montreal, Quebec – Le Belmont
Wednesday 07.14 Toronto, Ontario – Wrongbar
Thursday 07.15 Cleveland, OH – Grog Shop
Saturday 07.17 Chicago, IL – Pitchfork Music Festival

Shearwater take a trip to Europe

By Stuart on Thursday, May 27th, 2010

Not wanting to feel left out of the summer fun, Shearwater will be heading over for a visit to Europe in July and August with visits to some rather intimate UK venues and to play as part of a special show at London’s (amazing) Barbican Theatre featuring 13 of Andy Warhol’s screen shots being accompanied by live music.

They’ll also be spreading some peace and love/playing songs from their most recent and most excellent album The Golden Archipelago at a bunch of festivals around mainland Europe.

To be even more helpful, here’s a full list of all the shows that I’ve just been hinting at…

23rd – De Affaire, Nijmegen
24th – Boomtown Festival, Gent
25th – Pop aan Zee, Domburg
26th – Paradiso, Amsterdam
27th – Audio, Brighton
28th – Stereo, Glasgow
29th – St. Bonaventures, Bristol
30th – The Barbican Theatre, London
31st – The Deaf Institute, Manchester
1st – The Railway, Winchester
4th – Hana B, Marina di Ravenna
5th – Ampere, Munich
6th – Das Bett, Frankfurt
7th – Beatpol, Dresden
8th – Off Festival, Katowice
9th – Comet, Berlin
10th – Uebel & Gefaehrlich (Turmzimmer), Hamburg
12th – Loppen, Copenhagen
13th – Oya @ John Dee, Oslo
14th – Way Out West, Gothenburg

WFMU Primavera broadcasts: Pavement, The New Pornographers, and more

By Hector on Thursday, May 27th, 2010

photo by Bob Weston

WFMU returns to Barcelona’s Primavera Sound festival, which starts tonight and features a lineup that is pretty damned impressive. Just like last year, WFMU will be broadcasting Primavera sets from various artists, including the following Matador bands at the following times (all EDT):

12:10pm Mission of Burma
5:40pm The New Pornographers
8:45pm Pavement

1:10pm Condo Fucks
2:20pm Cold Cave

The full WFMU Primavera broadcast schedule, which includes sets by The Fall, Wire, Liquid Liquid, and other luminaries, can be found at WFMU’s Beware of the Blog. All times are subject to change, so pay attention to WFMU’s Twitter and Facebook for updates. Tune in to WFMU at 91.1FM in NY/NJ, 90.1FM in the Hudson Valley, and for everyone else.

What they’re up to: Kathryn Calder, Mogwai, Dead Meadow, Matmos

By Robby on Wednesday, May 26th, 2010

Even though we’d been convinced that all that slaving away at the myriad marketing gimmicks, “promo opportunities” and general suffering we put bands through would leave us with some very exhausted talent, it turns out that these guys just can’t stop doing thangs… read on to see what some of our beloved have been up to.

Though she’s on tour with the New Pornographers, as we speak, Kathryn Calder just put the finishing touches on her new solo record.  On August 11 the world’ll be treated to ‘Are You My Mother?’ which features an all-star band featuring Neko, Kurt and Todd from The New Pornographers and a handful of other Canadian musical luminaries. Check File Under: Music for more info.

Mogwai will be releasing the pretty stunning looking live LP entitled, Special Moves’ to coincide with the release of their first live film ‘Burning’, which was filmed in Brooklyn during the band’s tour in support of ‘The Hawk Is Howling’ in April of 2009. Check Mogwai’s site for info on ordering the record and where you can catch screenings of ‘Burning’.

Dead Meadow shot by 3mmet

Following the release of their live-film, Dead Meadow released their second live album ‘Three Kings’ and soundtrack to aforementioned film, on the Xemu label in April.

Matmos and So Percussion shot by maggiemoo1

Matmos‘ Drew Daniel and Martin Schmitt have teamed up with So Percussion on a collaboration entitled ‘Treasure State‘ — expect to have your mind twisted on July 8. Cantaloupe Records sez: “The record had a complex gestation period: at the invitation of Brett Allen, the members of Matmos and So Percussion went to the SnowGhost Studios in Whitefish, Montana– the Treasure State which gives the album its title– and collaboratively generated the bulk of the songs. San Francisco plunderphonicist Wobbly then chopped and edited the results on several tracks, and finally, with frequent interventions from Matmos’ M. C. Schmidt, “fifth” So Percussion member and producer Lawson White overdubbed extra elements, processed, and mixed the results.” There’s a handful of live dates, to boot!

Free Ted Leo NYC Instore

By Michael on Wednesday, May 26th, 2010

Thursday June 17 Ted Leo will be stopping by hometown haunt Generation Records for a free, all ages acoustic instore featuring a very special guest (Hint: It’s not Oderus Urungus).

In free schwag news, if you stop by Generation between now and the 17th, you can get an autographed poster with purchase of The Brutalist Bricks CD/LP.

And let us not forget Ted is playing Siren Festival shortly thereafter. Bam!

Download Kurt Vile ‘Square Shells EP’ for FREE

By Robby on Tuesday, May 25th, 2010

Around 2008/2009 Kurt Vile was releasing so many amazing recordings (not excluding the Matador-released barnburner, ‘Childish Prodigy’) it at times could get pretty difficult to keep up. It’s been a little quiet on the recorded music front lately; Kurt’s been touring pretty much non-stop only taking time of to put the finishing touches on his third longplayer, which we’ll be telling you about very soon.

But, today we’re excited to release the newest recorded missive from KV, his ‘Square Shells’ EP — in fact, we’re so excited for you to hear this, that we’re giving away a free download of the EP right now and for the next 24 hours, or so.

UPDATE: Thanks for checking in, the free download is now closed but the EP is available to purchase over at our webstore, in record shops around the world and through your favorite online retailers.

You’ve probably already heard the the track we leaked a few weeks ago, “Invisibility: Non-Existent”, but you’re gonna want to dig into this EP to hear all of it’s perfect summery strummers and psyched-out soundscapes.

By entering your email address below, you’ll get an instant download (and be on a very special Kurt Vile mailing list — we promise we won’t share, sell, or make fun of your email address)

The Square Shells vinyl 12″ is also in stores today and at 12″x12″, the art by Matt Horseshit and Sore Eros has never looked better…

Kurt Vile will also embark on a few awesome live jaunts this summer, don’t miss em:

Sat-Jun-05 Seattle, WA High Dive  w/ The Sadies
Sun-Jun-06 Bellingham, WA Wild Buffalo w/ The Sadies
Mon-Jun-07 Portland, OR Doug Fir w/ The Sadies

Fri-Jun-11 San Francisco, CA Slims  w/ Woods
Sat-Jun-12 Big Sur, CA Henry Miller Library / Woodsist Festival
Mon-Jun-14 Santa Barbara, CA Jensen’s w/ Woods
Tue-Jun-15 Los Angeles, CA Echoplex – Woodsist Festival

Fri-Jun-18 Brooklyn, NY Union Pool w/ The Mad Scene, Meg Baird

Fri-Jul-09 New York, NY Le Poisson Rouge w/ Real Estate
Sat-Jul-10 Hoboken, NJ Maxwell’s w/ Real Estate
Sun-Jul-11 Philadelphia, PA Johnny Brenda’s w/ Real Estate
Mon-Jul-12 Baltimore, MD Ottobar w/ Real Estate
Tue-Jul-13 Pittsburgh, PA Garfield Artworks w/ Real Estate
Wed-Jul-14 Cleveland, OH Beachland Tavern w/ Real Estate
Thu-Jul-15 Bloomington, IN The Bishop w/ Real Estate

Sat-Jul-17 Chicago, IL Pitchfork Music Festival
Mon-Jul-19 Detroit, MI Magic Stick w/ Real Estate
Tue-Jul-20 Toronto, ON The Great Hall w/ Real Estate
Wed-Jul-21 Ottawa, ON Babylon w/ Real Estate
Thu-Jul-22 Montreal, QC Il Motore w/ Real Estate
Fri-Jul-23 Boston, MA Harpers Ferry w/ Real Estate
Sat-Jul-24 New Haven, CT Lilly Pad w/ Real Estate
Tue-Aug-10 Charlottesville, VA Jefferson Theatre w/ Deerhunter
Fri-Aug-13 Boston, MA Royale Nightclub w/ Deerhunter
Sat-Aug14 Northampton, MA Pearl Street w/ Deerhunter

Summerholidays Vs. Punkroutine

By Stuart on Tuesday, May 25th, 2010

It seems everyone is after some sort of Euro trip this summer, with Fucked Up joining (what feels like) the rest of the Matador roster in having a jolly overseas, playing a load of festival dates and a some headline shows in between.  Presumably just to break up the travelling and to hopefully stop the arguing in the back of the van, fights over the stereo and never ending “Are we there yet?!” pestering.

They’ll be tearing up stages on the following dates

15th July – The Barfly, Cardiff, UK

16th July – Guilfest (Rocksound Stage), Guildford, UK

17th July – Dour Festival, Belgium

18th July – Melt Festival, Gräfenhainichen, Germany

19th July – MTC, Cologne, Germany

20th July – De Affaire Festival, Nijmegen, Netherlands

21st July – Hana Bi Beach, Marina Di Ravenna, Italy

22nd July – Spaziale Festival, Turin, Italy

24th July – 1234 Festival, London, UK

25th July – Truck Festival, Oxford, UK

26th July – Klubi, Tampere, Finland

27th July – Klubi, Turku, Finland

28th July – Tavastia, Helsinki, Finland

29th July – Tanci Venue, St Petersburg, Russia

30th July – Aktzal, Moscow, Russia

6th August – Standon Calling, Hertfordshire, UK

7th August – Hevy Festival,  Kent, UK

8th August – Rebellion Festival, Blackpool, UK

9th August – Hoxton Bar and Kitchen, London, UK

11th August – OYA Festival, Oslo, Norway

Spare A Thought (Or Preferably, Some Records) For Buffalo’s Spiral Scratch

By Gerard on Tuesday, May 25th, 2010

The Buffalo News reported nearly $100K worth of fire damage to North Buffalo’s beloved Spiral Scratch Records this past Thursday morning. There’s a benefit taking place at this lovely establishment tomorrow night, and if you’re an out-of-towner sitting on doubles you’d otherwise ignore or eBay (HINT, HINT, don’t be a jerk.

Spiral Scratch c/o Dave Palumbo
72 Nassau Ave
Kenmore, Ny 14217

watch God Help The Girl’s new video and single now!

By Robby on Monday, May 24th, 2010

Though he’s been in the studio with Belle & Sebastian (follow them on twitter for in-studio updates!), Stuart Murdoch‘s God Help The Girl project keeps rocking with a brand new pure-pop single, “Baby You’re Blind”

The track, which is not on the album nor part of the GHTG subscription package, was recorded in Glasgow last year with Linnea Jönsson, the lead singer of Swedish band, Those Dancing Days on vocals.

The download also features a new version of “A Down and Dusky Blonde” with lead vocals by Dina Bankole.

Both tracks will also be available to buy digitally via, and will be bundled with the artwork and video for “Baby You’re Blind,” which was filmed in Stockholm in January of this year.