Archive for May, 2010

Harlem – July Dates With The Dead Weather

By Gerard on Monday, May 24th, 2010

(photos courtesy Tread)

As noted by new addition to Team Matador Stuart Davie, Harlem are just starting their first European tour.  While they’re out of the country and don’t have access to email or telephones (seeing as those are American inventions we’ve yet to share with the rest of the world), we thought it would be fun to sign them up for another tour without their knowledge.

Turns out, however, that’s not so easy. For starters, the tour we were shooting for had already committed to another support band. Also, Harlem’s agent had already accepted an invitation from The Dead Weather to play the dates listed below. I’m sure you’ll agree this is a far more favorable result than anything we had in mind, but it’s a very long year. Sooner or later, we’re gonna make someone do something with someone they don’t wanna be doing it with. Because that’s why we’re in show business.

Tue 07/13/10     Washington, DC                930 Club
Wed 07/14/10   Boston                                  House Of Blues
Mon 07/19/10   San Diego                            House Of Blues
Wed 07/21/10   Los Angeles                        Palladium
Thu 07/22/10     San Francisco                     Warfield
Sat 07/24/10       Portland                               Crystal Ballroom
Mon 07/26/10   Billings, MT                         Babcock Theater
Wed 07/28/10   Minneapolis                       First Avenue
Thu 07/29/10     Milwaukee                         The Rave
Fri 07/30/10        Chicago                                Congress
Sat 07/31/10       Detroit                                  Fillmore
Mon 08/02/10   Baltimore                            Rams Head
Tue 08/03/10     Brooklyn, NY                      Celebrate Brooklyn

(‘Hippies’ on LP/CD and digital files, available from the Matador Store)


By Patrick on Sunday, May 23rd, 2010

The incomparable John Thorne provided this American with an introduction to champ, an Irish mashed potato dish made with greens cooked in milk. The recipe can be found in Pot on the Fire, which I recommend for general reading about food and food history.

This came out fantastic the first time around, and it’s very simple to make. Take 3 “all-purpose” potatoes (I used Yukon Gold), peel them and put them in a pot with a tight-fitting lid. Dissolve 1/2 teaspoon sea salt in 1/2 cup water and pour that over the potatoes. Cover, bring to a boil, lower heat to a simmer and cook for 20 minutes or until the water is gone and the potatoes cooked through. This is not simple (Thorne writes that it will take several tries until you figure out the right proportion of water to potato) – in my case, I ended up raising the heat, cooking for an extra 10 minutes, then adding another 1/4 cup water, boiling again, and cooking for another 4-5 minutes. Much depends on the size of the potato.

Remove from heat and crush potatoes in your fingers until fully mashed and all lumps are gone. Return to pot and cover.

Meanwhile mince 4 scallions – the whole thing including all of the green stalk that isn’t wilted – sprinkle lightly with salt, pour boiling water on top, and drain. Add minced scallions to 1/2 cup milk and gently bring to a simmer. Simmer for 5 minutes so that the milk has absorbed the scallion flavor.

Now put the flame to low under the potato pot, and gradually add the scallion milk, beating with a wooden paddle until luscious and creamy. Add more milk if necessary (I added a splash), as well as generous amounts of salt and freshly ground pepper.

Serve immediately with butter at the table. Can be a main course or side.

Sky Smith & E

By Patrick on Sunday, May 23rd, 2010

Attn : 304 Hudson Street Marketing Geniuses

By Gerard on Friday, May 21st, 2010

Look, I know you guys are the best in the business. We’re practically choking to death on gold record plaques, high chart entries and major label copy-cat campaigners trying to sweat your hottest innovations.

All of that said, I am very, no check that, MEGA disappointed that we’ve yet to introduce a scheme for one of our elite artists (Kurt Vile? Julian Plenti? Ted Leo?) nearly as exciting as THE RICHIE KOTZEN PEACE SIGN VIP EXPERIENCE.  You know that expression, “freedom’s just a word for nothing left to lose?”  Well, in this instance, $100.00 is just another sum that will grant you access to a Richie Kotzen soundcheck.  But wait…….keep waiting…..a bit longer.  OK, that’s enough waiting.  THERE’S MORE!

* – A meet and greet with Richie!   Come meet RIchie, have your photo taken with him and get one personal item signed.
* -  An autographed, limited edition RICHIE KOTZEN 2010 PEACE SIGN WORLD TOUR COMMEMORATIVE POSTER!  (In addition to your personal item, RIchie will also personalize the poster for you at the meet and greet if you’d like)
* -  A copy of Richie’s new CD PEACE SIGN

Hot stuff, eh?  Keep in  mind, while Kotzen’s handlers have some mild disclaimers in place, there’s no mention, for instance, of the legendary axeman placing any restrictions on what sort of personalization you’d like on your poster or signed item.  So presumably, “C.C. Deville sucks, with love, RItchie” is still within bounds.

The 50 greatest samples of all time…

By Patrick on Thursday, May 20th, 2010

In this fascinating Complex article, DJs Kon and Amir list the 50 greatest samples of all time, with sound files of the originals and of their uses. Ranging from David Axelrod to the Honeydrippers, from Busta Rhymes to Public Enemy, the article feels topical now that Matador is releasing hip hop again.

The ‘Together’ bus keeps on rolling…

By Stuart on Thursday, May 20th, 2010

photo credit: James Berry for Gigwise

All this togetherness that The New Pornographers have been spreading shows no sign of slowing down, as hot on the heels of last nights sold-out London Electric Ballroom show they’ve announced details for a brace of UK festival dates and headline shows.

They’re heading back this way in September before returning to headline London’s Shepherd’s Bush Empire and play the Belle & Sebastian curated ‘Bowlie 2‘ ATP weekend in December – full dates below:

5th Electric Picnic Festival, Portlaoise, Ireland
7th Oran Mor,  Glasgow
8th Ruby Lounge,  Manchester
9th Concorde 2,  Brighton
10th End of the Road festival, Larmer Tree Gardens, Dorest

9th Shepherds Bush Empire, London
10-12th ATP Belle & Sebastian ‘Bowlie 2′ Weekender, Minehead, Somerset.

The band also performed “Crash Years” and “What Turns Up In The Dark” live on Mark Riley’s BBC radio show, which you can listen to here (only in the UK, sadly), just skip 12 minutes in.

Matador Archival Madness Extends Prior To Our Formation

By Gerard on Thursday, May 20th, 2010

With our 21st birthday pending, Matador’s research department is currently combing thru microfilm, dental records and ancient shrouds for clues that might shed light on how exactly American’s Most Beloved Independent Label came to fruition. It’s a painstaking process — much like the construction of the Golden Gate Bridge, human lives have been lost. And don’t think I’m not feeling guilty about it ; what’s the point of sending bright young men into a cavern without protective headgear when I could’ve just asked them to check out Michael Duane’s Facebook page?

Shearwater’s Jonathan Meiburg at The Whitney

By Claire T on Wednesday, May 19th, 2010

Photo by: Shawn Robbins / Kata Rokkar

On Friday, June 25 Shearwater’s Jonathan Meiburg will perform at The Whitney Museum as part of the program Backyard Birds: An evening of prose and music celebrating Charles Burchfield.

The evening will include a reading of excerpts from artist Charles Burchfield’s journals by Jonathan Rosen, author of The Life of the Skies: Birding at the End of Nature, along with a performance by Jonathan Meiburg who will be joined by Andy Stack of Wye Oak.

The event starts at 7PM and is free with Museum admission, which is pay-what-you-wish on Fridays from 6-9 pm. No special tickets or reservations are required.

For further details on the event visit the Whitney’s site, here.

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And to those of you in the Philadelphia area, tune in to WHYY this evening for Shearwater’s performance on On Canvas filmed at Johnny Brenda’s in March. The program will also be available to view online as of this Thursday.

Tex and Lucky

By Patrick on Tuesday, May 18th, 2010

We are very honored to welcome Tex and Lucky to the Matador family. Tex and Lucky emerged on the local Atlanta music scene in December 2008, where they were contemporary to bands such as The Wig and The Babycakes, and later followed by Shiva’s Headband and The Conqueroo. The band was formed when Tex left his group The Spades, and joined up with Stacy Sutherland, Benny Thurman, and John Ike Walton who had been playing Texas coastal towns as The Lingsmen.[3] Tommy Hall was instrumental in bringing the band members together, and joined the group as lyricist and electric jug player. Ultimately Lucky joined on vocals and the rest, as they say, is history.

It has been noted that the letter “M” (for marijuana) is the thirteenth letter of the alphabet.

Pavement add Brooklyn show

By Robby on Tuesday, May 18th, 2010

Hey, did you hear?
Pavement are coming to Brooklyn this year… get your tickets Friday.

Sat            5/30            George WA            Sasquatch Festival
Sat            6/19            Toronto ON            Olympic Island
Fri            6/25            Berkeley CA            Greek Theatre
Sun            7/18            Chicago IL            Pitchfork Music Festival
Fri            9/3            Portland OR            Edgefield Amphitheater
Sun            9/5            Seattle WA            The Paramount Theatre
Tue            9/7            Vancouver BC            Queen Elizabeth Theatre
Thu            9/9            Denver CO            First Bank Center
Sat            9/11            Kansas City MO            Uptown Theater
Sun            9/12            St. Paul MN            Wilkins Auditorium
Fri            9/17            Philadelphia PA            Mann Center
Sat            9/18            Boston MA            Agganis Arena
Sun            9/19            Brooklyn, NY            Williamsburg Waterfront

Tue            9/21            New York NY            Central Park
Wed            9/22            New York NY            Central Park
Thu            9/23            New York NY            Central Park
Fri            9/24            New York NY            Central Park
Sun            9/26            Atlanta GA            The Tabernacle
Wed            9/30            Los Angeles CA            Hollywood Bowl            Sonic Youth, No Age