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Matador 21 In Las Vegas, Oct. 1-3 : Let The Crazy Speculation Begin

By Gerard on Tuesday, June 29th, 2010

As mentioned previously in this space, Matador will be celebrating the label’s 21st anniversary this October and this much we can finally confirm : there will be 3 nights of shows starting Friday October 1, and concluding Sunday October 3 at the Palms Casino & Resort In Las Vegas, NV. We’ll be dropping further hints about the amazing lineup in the days ahead, but a final announcement and information about how to purchase tickets will be made here at the trusty Matablog on July 5. Are you as psyched as we are?  (hopefully yes, because we’re getting in for free).

(ADDENDUM – there’s been a bit of confusion so just to clear things up, tickets DO NOT GO ON SALE JULY 5.  We’ll merely be announcing the on sale date/time on July 5.  thanks – GC)

Food for hot weather

By Patrick on Sunday, June 27th, 2010

It’s too hot to cook. It was 96 degrees F today in New York City! Here are a couple of non-labor-intensive dishes. Above is a pre-made, but very fresh, salad mix from a purveyor at the Union Square Greenmarket whose name escapes at the moment. It includes snow pea leaves, a variety of bitter greens, and flowers. I tried to do as little damage as possible with a small amount of good olive oil and red wine vinegar.

The illustration below shows Ruth Rogers’s very simple carbonara from her River Cafe cookbook. It uses 3 egg yolks beaten into 60 ml double cream, and emerges flawless every time – much lighter and creamier than Marcella Hazan’s version. I enlivened it with some freshly shelled peas – boiled, drained and sprinkled on top at the end.

Harlem debut “Someday Soon” video and hit the road again

By Gabe on Thursday, June 24th, 2010

Today Gorilla vs Bear drops the hammer on a third video from Harlem’s Hippies (which can/should be purchased here). The “Someday Soon” video was directed by Aaron Brown and Ben Chappell (Focus Creeps).

Harlem take it to the people in the USA again starting this weekend, supporting The Dead Weather on the bulk of the dates:

June
Friday 25 – Tucson, AZ – Plush
Saturday 26 – Costa Mesa, CA – Detroit Bar
Tuesday 29 – San Francisco, CA – The Independent

July
Friday 02 – Seattle, WA – Sunset Tavern
Saturday 03 – Vancouver, BC – 917 Main
Sunday 04 – Portland, OR – East End
Friday 09 - Los Angeles, CA – Echo (Part Time Punks)
Saturday 10 – San Diego, CA – Bar Pink
Tuesday 13 – Washington, DC – 9:30 Club w/The Dead Weather
Wednesday 14 - Boston, MA – House of Blues Boston w/The Dead Weather
Saturday 17 – Brooklyn, NY – Siren Fest
Monday 19 – San Diego, CA – House of Blues San Diego w/The Dead Weather
Wednesday 21 - Los Angeles, CA – Hollywood Palladium w/The Dead Weather
Thursday 22 – San Francisco, CA – Warfield Theatre w/The Dead Weather
Saturday 24 – Portland, OR – Crystal Ballroom w/The Dead Weather
Sunday 25 – Seattle, WA – Capitol Hill Block Party Festival w/The Dead Weather
Monday 26 – Billings, MT – Babcock Theatre w/The Dead Weather
Wednesday 28 – Minneapolis, MN – First Avenue w/The Dead Weather
Thursday 29 – Milwaukee, WI – The Rave w/The Dead Weather
Friday 30 - Chicago, IL – The Congress Theater w/The Dead Weather
Saturday 31 – Detroit, MI – The Fillmore – Detroit w/The Dead Weather

August
Monday 02 – Baltimore, MD – Rams Head Live! w/The Dead Weather
Tuesday 03 – Brooklyn, NY – Prospect Park Bandshell – Celebrate Brooklyn w/The Dead Weather
Saturday 07 – Chicago, IL - Lollapalooza & Empty Bottle w/Wavves

September
Thursday 09-11 – Raleigh, NC – Hopscotch Fest

Interpol : New Release Date For 4th Album, “Lights” Video, New U.S. Dates

By Gerard on Wednesday, June 23rd, 2010

As you might’ve seen reported elsewhere, Interpol recently announced a September release date for their long-awaited, eponymous 4th album, the badly kept-secret portion of said scoop being that Matador would once again, be the band’s record label in North America after a one album stopover at Capitol Records. We’ll have more details soon about the different configurations available, pre-order info, etc. but can reveal the Alan Moulder-mixed ‘Interpol’ (CD/LP/digital) will be released on September 7, a week earlier than originally reported. Though an MP3 has already been in circulation, today marks the debut of the above video for “Lights”, directed by Charlie White.

In the wake of bassist Carlos D’s departure from the band following the completion of the new album, Paul, Daniel and Sam have augmented Interpol’s touring lineup to included David Pajo (Slint, Papa M, Yeah Yeah Yeahs) on bass and Secret Machines’ Brandon Curtis on keyboards. The new quintet will be on display starting tonight in Pittsburgh, with a number of additional dates just confirmed this morning. Though you can expect to see Interpol playing a ton of other North American cities this Autumn, the smaller club dates below are likely to sell out quickly.

June :
Wednesday, June 23 – Pittsburgh, PA Mr. Smalls Theatre
Friday, June 25 – Allentown, PA Crocodile Rock
Saturday, June 26 – New York, NY, Creators Project Party, Milk Studios
Friday, July 23 – Northampton, MA – Pearl Street Ballroom*
Saturday, July 24 – New Haven, CT – Toad’s Place – +
Sunday, July 25 – Baltimore, MD – Ramshead Live – *
Thursday, July 29 – Richmond, VA – The National – +
Friday, July 30 – Norfolk, VA – The NorVA – +
Saturday, July 31 – Atlantic City, NJ – Showboat Atlantic City – House of Blues – #
Wednesday, August 04 – Montclair, NJ – Wellmont Theatre – +
Thursday, August 05 – Boston, MA – House of Blues – +
Friday, August 06 – Clifton Park, NY – Northern Lights – #
Monday, August 09 – Montreal, QC – Metropolis – #
Tuesday, August 10 – Toronto ON – Kook Haus – @
Wednesday, August 11 – Pontiac, MI – Clutch Cargo -+
Friday, August 13 – Milwaukee, WI – The Rave – #
Saturday, August 14 – Minneapolis, MN – First Avenue – *
Sunday, August 15 – Chicago, IL – Vic Theatre – #
Wednesday, August 18 – Charleston, SC – The Music Farm – +
Thursday August 19 – Lake Buena Vista FL – House of Blues – #

@ – on sale June 23
* – on sale June 24
+ – on sale June 25
# – on sale June 26

Interpol – official site

Perfume Genius – “Learning” MP3

By Gerard on Tuesday, June 22nd, 2010

Yesterday, we dropped a bit of a bombshell (said in Lee “Hacksaw” Hamilton voice), revealing the Monday release of the full length debut from Seattle songwriter/vocalist Mike Hadreas, aka Perfume Genius, ‘Learning’. It’s usually our habit to drop an MP3 or two prior to commercial availability and while we hardly regret embracing the element of surprise, at the end of the day, we are creatures of habit.

“Learning” (160k mp3)

‘Learning’ is available today on LP, CD, MP3 or FLAC from The Matador Store

“Heartbreaking, rip-your-toenails out bleakness is part of the charm…a fragile, fucked-up little wonder.” (9/10), Camille Pia, NME

“‘Learning’ is a bruised and suggestive affair; of catharsis and rare, redemptive beauty, which ranks as one of the most uniquely endearing and quietly forceful debut albums of recent years.” (9/10), James Skinner, Drowned In Sound

Out TODAY : Perfume Genius – ‘Learning’ LP/CD/digital album

By Gerard on Monday, June 21st, 2010

Today, Monday June 21*, Matador is releasing the debut full-length album (LP/CD/digital) from Seattle’s Mike Hadreas, aka Perfume Genius.  ‘Learning’ is a home recording as stark, haunting and downright jarring as any we’ve heard ;  harrowing personal stories laid atop unshakable minor-key melodies, we’ve been obsessed with Hadreas’ songs for months and have a sneaking suspicion more than a few of you will have a similar reaction. Actually, a cursory trip around the the internet reveals all sorts of reactions, and while it would be tempting to cobble together the long and varied list of iconic artists Perfume Genius has already been compared to, none of that means anything compared to laying in bed listening to ‘Learning’ at 2am. If you’d prefer to go for a drive while playing the album, that’s ok, too. We’re not here to police your activity.

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You can stream ‘Learning’ starting today at the Perfume Genius MySpace page. There are a pair of Perfume Genius shows in NYC next month ;

Tue, July 20 – 92Y, Tribeca, NY, NY (tickets)
Fri, July 23 – Glasslands, Brooklyn, NY  (with Melati Malay) (tickets)

‘Learning’ is available today on LP, CD, MP3 or FLAC from The Matador Store

*- ‘Learning’ is available in the UK thru Turnstile

Help save a venue

By Stuart on Monday, June 21st, 2010

A good friend of mine (who I once upon a time put on shows with) runs a venue over here in the UK down in Brighton, but sadly the venue is under threat of closure due to noise complaints (but actually there has only been one in the past 12 months) made to the local council.

They are looking to enforce a noise limiter on the venue which would mean any amplified equipment played would trip the limiter and effectively end all live music at the Freebutt.

Over the  years they’ve had a load of Matador bands play, with Fucked Up and Times New viking having played there recently and they’ve booked the Brighton show of the upcoming Shearwater tour, so it means a lot to us here to not see such a decent place go under.  Although many of you reading this might be far away I’d urge you to take 2 minutes out of your day to sign the petition against this happening here and you can read more about the story on the Freebutt’s blog. Thanks!

Your Regularly Scheduled Patrick Amory Culinary Clinic Is Briefly Interrupted…..

By Gerard on Sunday, June 20th, 2010
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…to make way for the fish-preparation skills of Ted Leo & The Pharmacists bassist Marty Violence. Video clip courtesy of Food Punk.

Roast chicken revisited

By Patrick on Saturday, June 19th, 2010

I posted some time ago about Marcella Hazan‘s extremely simple (and not particularly Italian) roast chicken recipe. I make this all the time and have refined the procedure a bit. The result is absolute perfection these days.

Here’s the modified recipe – the key is to observe the ratio of weight to cooking time to the letter, to really loosen and puncture the lemons (whose purpose I now understand better), and to follow the trussing instructions to a tee. The addition of good paprika adds a really nice color and a smoky undertone. The higher temperature at the end leaves you with a really golden-brown, crackly skin – just be sure to disable the smoke detector before that part.

one 2.85 – 3.85 lb whole chicken (preferably Murray’s)
two small lemons
good, fresh Hungarian semi-sharp paprika (e.g. from The Spice House)
coarse sea salt or kosher salt
freshly ground pepper
butcher twine
trussing needle

Preheat oven to 350 F. Remove giblets and neck, pat chicken completely dry with paper towels, both inside and out. Put two tablespoons salt in a mortar, add a generous dump of the semi-sharp paprika, and a good amount of freshly ground black pepper. Grind with pestle. Season chicken thoroughly all over, inside and out. (You don’t need to use all the seasoning – it may get too salty – just make sure you have covered with a thin layer.)

Wash and dry lemons, then loosen their insides by rolling them with both hands pressed firmly on top until you can feel that the juice is flowing. Pierce them deeply all over at least 20 times each with the trussing needle. Insert into cavity of chicken.

Sew chicken closed with 18″ twine. If lemons don’t quite fit, use skin flaps and the pope’s nose to close the gap (I never remove any fat). Sew tightly. Truss legs tightly together so that they are pressed firmly against the breast (you may need the help of someone’s finger to get the knot right).

Place chicken upside-down (legs facing DOWN) in a glass baking dish and put in oven. Cook for 30 minutes at 350.

Remove chicken from oven and rapidly turn over (legs facing UP). Return to oven and cook for an additional 30 minutes (for a 3-3.85 lb chicken) or for an additional 25 minutes (for an under-3 lb chicken).

Now turn heat up to 450. Cook for 20 minutes. Remove from oven and carve. Save the juices that run onto the carving board and pour them over the chicken (and over the white rice, which I strongly recommend serving with this dish) – they are “perfectly delicious,” to quote Marcella.

Note: No basting is needed! Again, to quote Marcella, “This bird is self-basting.”

I’m not certain why this recipe is always such a success, but I think it’s due to the following:

- The salt opens the pores inside the cavity
- The punctured lemons inside the trussed-up cavity baste the upside-down breast in the first phase, keeping it moist
- The trussed legs protect the breast from drying out on the other side
- Because the breast is both moist and protected, it’s possible to cook the dark meat to the degree required for doneness
- The paprika lends the skin an appetizing reddish-brown color – appearance is a huge part of what makes things tasty!

Try it and report back!

Ted instore at Generation pics + store graffiti

By Patrick on Thursday, June 17th, 2010

Ted Leo‘s solo instore at Generation Records in the Village tonight was a huge success, rammed to the gills and featuring a full hour plus set. Ted played pre- and post- Pharmacists songs, including “One Polaroid A Day,” “Ativan Eyes” and “The Mighty Sparrow” from his latest album The Brutalist Bricks. Ted also played Misfits, Eddie & The Hot Rods and Nick Lowe covers. It was one of the packed-est (and hottest) instores I’ve been to in some time, and the crowd was riveted.

Don’t miss TL&RX dates coming up starting in Milford CT (easily reachable via Metro North, as Ted pointed out) tomorrow night – check the tours pages for more details. And keep your eyes peeled for the upcoming video for “Bottled In Cork” directed by Tom Scharpling. It promises to be memorable.

While at Generation we noticed some classic record store graffiti behind the counter that we had to photograph. Enjoy.

Magic Kids Present MEMPHIS (w/MP3)

By truepanthersounds on Wednesday, June 16th, 2010

True Panther is incredibly excited to announce that on August 24th Magic Kids‘ debut album Memphis will see the bright, gleaming and summery light of day. Recorded in the Memphis studio of Doug Easley over the course of several months it is an attempt to re-frame the city, not as the home of musical eras long-gone, but a place where crumbling neighborhoods hidden BBQ places, and closed-down roller rinks are all enveloped by a thick summer air, and a sense of MAGIC.

What Magic Kids share with last century’s masters- Jeff Lynne, Brian Wilson, Van Dyke Parks–  is a belief in the promise of the pop song; in the ability to take a tiny and simple melodic gem, a small moment of wide-eyed sincerity, and translate it into something that is bursting with life. The arrangements and colors hinted at with their singles on Goner and Fat Possum, are in full bloom on the album. There are touches of late 80s Britpop, the Delphonics’ heartbreaking harmonies, ELO’s grandeur, and Belle & Sebastian’s intimacy. And MEMPHIS. While home to artists that range across genres- the music of the city is honest, robust and joyful- often made by iconoclastic, rebellious and larger-than life musicians. This is the Memphis where Magic Kids were born, where Bennett, Al, Ben, Michael, and Will grew up playing in garage bands, hanging around Goner Records and listening to records. It’s also the city that houses the orchestra of musicians they called upon to realize the sound and ambitions planned for this new collection of songs.

Memphis reminds us of some of the first exciting moments of becoming a lifelong music listener. The excitement, sounds, lush harmonies, and celebration. Their music isn’t positive because of the difficulties of life, but in spite of them. They are close to our hearts because they believe that no matter what the circumstances are, deliberate hard work and ambition mixed with joyous honesty still make it possible to craft classic, beautiful, and eternal pop music.

This first song “Summer” is a slightly more restrained and nuanced than what you may have heard before. In the words of the band “this song isn’t ‘fun in the summertime’ kind of summer, but more the wistful, fighting-loneliness-with-your-friends kind of summer.” We felt like sharing this one because honestly, it’s torture watching summer days blaze by without people having this mellow anthem at their disposal. So here we go. Enjoy the summer!

Magic Kids- Summer (mp3)
Pre-order Memphis HERE (and get a free poster and 10% off)
On-Tour with Ariel Pink this Summer


(Photo by Alejandra Sabillon)

Harlem – “Tila” via Amsterdam Acoustics

By Gerard on Tuesday, June 15th, 2010

Harlem’s terrific 2nd LP/CD ‘Hippies’ came out a few months ago, and while the trio are completing their first European tour and getting ready to play the big barns stateside with The Dead Weather, we’re entering what we in the professional rock biz like to call “Phase 2″ of the project.   What is “Phase 2″, you ask?  Simple.  We start linking to awesome looking content that someone has  created.  How does this differ from Phase 1?  To tell you the truth, it’s really a matter of tone.  If you were sitting next to me right now, I’d like WAY more enthusiastic than you’d be comfortable with — imagine one of those 5 Hour Energy commercials gone horribly wrong.

I think this is one of those occasions where you’re just gonna have to enjoy a great video clip and look forward to seeing Coomers, Curtis and Jose in person very soon.  It’s not that I think you’re delicate or something, but I suspect you really don’t wanna know how the sausages are made.

Enter to Win: TOGETHER ON TOUR Soundcheck Sessions! + New Date

By Heather Mac on Tuesday, June 15th, 2010

Get excited about The New Pornographer’s coming Together again to play on tour. Planning on getting Together before the show? How about with the band? The Together theme just keeps trucking along, and we’re proud to announce Together Soundcheck Sessions. What’s this mean? The New Pornographers have partnered up with key blogs, radio stations, and record stores to run special contests in some lucky participating cities – for your chance to win the full Together package. This tour’s together package offers VIP tickets to the show that evening, and passes for your early arrival to check out soundcheck, and meet the band. The following cities and their giveaway hosts are listed below. Stop by your retail store, tune in to your radio station, or click through to the local media presenter… everyone’s on board, coming Together, to bring you… well, Together!

Additionally, we are proud to announce a new NY date as the Terminal 5 NYC show has been SOLD OUT, this newly confirmed date is at the Bell House in Brooklyn for this coming Sunday, June 20th, as part of this promotion. Tickets are on sale today.

Sun 6/20 @ Bell House, Brooklyn NY
Other Music
, Brooklyn Vegan, The Music Slut
WFUV & WFMU Radio

Tue 6/22 @ 9:30 Club Washington, DC
Crooked Beat
Brightest Young Things
WTMD Radio

Sat 6/26 @ Variety Playhouse Atlanta
Criminal Records
Creative Loafing
WRAS
Radio

Sun 6/27 @ Cannery Ballroom Nashville
Grimey’s
Nashville Cream

Mon 7/19 @ The Music Box Los Angeles
Origami
Aquarium Drunkard
KXLU Radio

Fri 7/23 @ Stubb’s Austin
Waterloo
The Austinist
KUT Radio

Sat 7/31 @ The Showbox Seattle
Easy Street
Three Imaginary Girls

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By Patrick on Monday, June 14th, 2010

 
 There has been some complaining that the hot dog pics were making people feel too hungry or something, so I’ve uploaded this instructional placeholder image to bump them down to the next level. The person who was complaining sometimes looks like the guy with the tongue out in the middle, so hopefully this will offer some kind of matablog solace.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Hot dogs

By Patrick on Sunday, June 13th, 2010

Summer means hot dog season. I happened to be travelling around Western Mass., which is a hotbed for certain kinds of dogs (where New England intersects with the upstate New York types), so I stopped by a few well-known shacks.

In the Pioneer Valley, the foot-long dog rules, served of course in top-loaded New England style buns. Tom’s Hot Dogs in Whately, Mass. offers a steamed-foot-long, as shown above. I had one with yellow mustard and onion, one with ketchup and relish. Their homemade baked beans are also superb, redolent of molasses and flecked with pork and spices.

Not far away, in Leeds, Mass., is Scotti’s, housed in a long, twin-peaked roadside building. Scotti’s serves the same steamed franks (what brand are these?), but the recommended toppings here are chili and cheese:

The cheese is just very slightly melted from contact with the hot dog and the hot chili. The bun is not heated, grilled or steamed at all (very different from what you’d find in coastal New England). It’s absolutely delicious, the dog’s natural casing bursting with a crisp snap, and the aromatic chili and cheese just folding right in.

About an hour away, across the hills into the Berkshires, you can find the highly idiosyncratic Teo’s Hotdog Restaurant. Located off the highway in a difficult-to-find, nondescript strip mall, Teo’s is actually a super-real blue collar bar that also serves hot dogs. MINI-hot dogs:

It’s normal to order 6-8 of these, and wash them down with an ice-cold Bud served in a chilled goblet. All the other diners gave every impression of having eaten there every Thursday for the past 20 years. The dogs came in top-loaded buns (which surprised me this close to New York State) with a fine, bitter chili and onion topping.

When I returned to the city I found myself possessed with the desire to make hot dogs. For some reason I bought top-loaded buns (which I do love) but Sabrett’s hot dogs. Sabrett’s are classic NYC all-beef wieners, the kind you get from stands around the city. When I first moved to New York in the ’80s, Gerard, who had been living here for a couple of years, had become a hot dog connoisseur, and explained to me that the stands mainly sold two brands: Sabrett’s and Golden “D”. He preferred Sabrett’s, as do I, and told me that the brand on the stand’s umbrella could be misleading: you need to look at the brand on the sticker on the side of the stand. I’m not sure whether this rule still holds. In fact, I’m not sure that Golden “D” hot dogs are still made. I still love Sabrett’s dogs, and unlike most of my friends and co-workers, am happy to get a “grey-water dog” from a stand around town, loaded up with brown mustard and sauerkraut and served on a steamed side-loading bun.

ANYWAY, I decided to grill the buns in butter like we do in Eastern Mass. and in Maine. Loaded ‘em up with the Sabrett’s dogs, which you cook by dropping into boiling water, bringing back to a boil, covering, and letting sit off the heat for 7 minutes. The first toppings I used were French’s yellow mustard, ketchup and sweet relish, plus a side of bread and butter pickles:

Although the St. Peter’s ale washed them down just fine, there was something schizophrenic about having a salty, garlicky all-beef New York hot dog with yellow mustard, ketchup and relish in a buttery, grilled New England roll!

Even the best hot dogs are really condiment delivery systems, so I pulled out everything I had in the fridge, including an extra large sack of super-adulterated, heavily flavored Sabrett’s sauerkraut:

(Actually I forebore from pulling out European mustards, including two superb Irish ones that Fiona gave me – just seemed the wrong place for them.)

The magical combination for these dogs turned out to be the Sabrett’s sauerkraut with Mr. Mustard’s HOT mustard:

Love the design of that Mr. Mustard label. And of course, I steamed the buns this time – simply by putting them into a steaming steamer for about 45 seconds and then removing them with a pair of tongs.

This has been a brief survey of just a couple types of Northeastern hot dogs. There are of course many, many varieties nationwide, from Coney Islands to Michigans to char polishes. Serious Eats is doing a nationwide survey of them. I’m just going to name and link some of my favorite places:

Boston: First place mention has to go to the legendary Speed’s Hot Dogs. But I’m also a huge fan of The Wieners Circle on North Clark. It even has its own Wikipedia entry now. Just heaven (and basically an entire salad) on a roll – one that magically holds together with perfect proportions and explosions of flavor.

Los Angeles: California dogs are wonderful. My favorite in SoCal was Tail o’ the Pup, located in a building actually shaped like a hot dog. With typical lack of respect for their cultural heritage, the Californians have actually evicted the place. The structure has been put in storage for now. WTF? It’s not like they don’t have enough space down there. Not that New York is much better about this kind of thing (see: Gino’s Italian Cuisine closing… to be replaced by a cupcake place called Sprinkles???!?! O tempora, o mores…)

Hope Floats 2: Nils Tweets (+ free gift!)

By Nils on Saturday, June 12th, 2010

Sorry for the blatant Twitterhustle, but gimme a follow at @MatadorPress.  I realize you follow all sorts of Matador Twittors, but I promise mine will feature minimal retweets/overtweets/asides, exclusive content, quality links, plus contests, candid photos, and the occasional artist semi-nude (watch your back, Eisold).  Plus all followers of a certain date pre-Oct 1 will get a 21st anniversary-related FREE GIFT.  Free! Gift!  And — scene.

Soccer

By Hiddenworld on Friday, June 11th, 2010

HI. Most of you are probably aware by now that it’s soccer season. Soccer season occurs when actual soccer season is over, and the world cup happens. Another thing that happens is charity soccer games. We are involved in one next week, and it’s like this:

Right To Play is an international organization aimed at empowering and building skills of children in the developing world through sport, focusing specifically on girls, people with disabilities, children affected with HIV/AIDS, refugees and street kids. The organization uses soccer in 23 countries in Africa, Asia, the Middle East and South America to promote things like education, health promotion and disease prevention, and community development.

When people say “sports are stupid”, besides the fact that sports are in fact mostly great, this is one of the ways they are actually important as well. Sport is something that touches people everywhere on the planet, and is as culturally prevalent and important as music. The ridiculous global lead up to the world cup this year should help explain what I mean. Kids everywhere in the world want to lead happy and productive lives, and in most cases just want to play soccer.

Anyhow, we’re taking part in a NXNE soccer (football) game next week to benefit Right To Play – a bunch of music people are playing against a bunch of industry people (you can see the lineup HERE) including Rick The Temp. Players are being sponsored individually to raise money, so if this sounds like the kind of thing that might be up your alley, you can go

HERE

to donate money, even if its like $5, or even if you are reading this blog in Djibouti on vacation.
And/Also if you are in Toronto, you can come watch the game. It’s Sunday June 20th at BMO Field.

THANKS.

[via 10,000 Marbles' Looking For Gold blog]

June 24 In Stockton, CA : The Return Of Gary Young

By Gerard on Thursday, June 10th, 2010

The rock world has seen all sorts of momentous reunions no one would’ve predicted recently.  Sammy Hager and Michael Anthony.  DRI.   The Faces with original vocalist Mick Hucknall and bassist Glen Matlock (hey, look it up!). But I feel very safe in saying none of the above pack the punch of the following newsflash  :   Original Pavement drummer Gary Young (above) will be behind the kit, accompanying SM, Spiral, Mark Ibold, Steve West and Bob Nastanovich on Thursday, June 24 at Stockton, CA”s Bob Hope Theatre. You know, the same Stockton concert somebody who may or may not edit this blog used as a cheap excuse to pick on a hardworking reporter who was just trying to do his job. Tickets are still available, but they won’t be forever.  You might wanna think about flying in.

Wouldn’t Jimmy Carter Have Preferred The Same Guitar As Dickey Betts?

By Gerard on Thursday, June 10th, 2010

Rather than a Tele? Seriously? A couple of years back, we received some scathing correspondence from one aggrieved entrepreneur who couldn’t believe Chan Marshall refused to autograph some cheap-as-fuck Charvel Jackson monstrosity he’d planned to flip on eBay. A cursory glance at this crank’s eBay listings revealed all sorts of aberrant auctions, including a Gary Numan autographed acoustic guitar. With all due respect to Mr. Numan, he’s not exactly Bert Jansch.

Anyhow, it was that exchange that came to mind when I saw the auction above earlier today. Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter has an unusually impressive c.v. ; offspring of Miss Lillian, brother to beer magnate Billy, Nobel Peace Prize winner, his tireless work for Habitat For Humanity, inspiration for one of the great pop recordings of the last century, etc…..but playing the guitar was not high on the list. When can we look forward to an auction featuring an Obama-inked B.C. Rich Warlock?

Cold Cave “Life Magzine” remixed by Prurient

By Robby on Wednesday, June 9th, 2010

After a steady stream of remixes for Cold Cave’s “Life Magazine”, a vinyl piece collecting each of them is available in stores now. We’ve to date witnessed Pantha Du Prince, Arthur Baker, Optimo and Delorean take a crack at manipulating “Life Magazine”‘s elements through each of their unique visions. The final track on the EP is Cold Cave member, Dominick Fernow’s ecstatic arrangement under the nom-de-plume of his longstanding project, Prurient.

Life Magazine (Prurient Remix) [160 kbps]

You can find the “Life Magazine” 12″ in Matador’s store, in music retailers across the world and on Cold Cave’s merch table.

Thursday 17   Chicago, IL         Empty Bottle w/Hair Police, Locrian
Saturday 19    Toronto, ON      Wrongbar
Sunday 20      Montreal, QC     Le Belmont