Archive for January, 2011

Ted Leo’s Solo Show In LA (And An Early Contender For Flyer Of The Year)

By Gerard on Monday, January 31st, 2011

as if you needed any other reason to attend, keep in mind that whenever the Sklar Bros. make a public appearance, there’s always the smallest chance Mary J. Blige might turn up in support of her former collaborators.

Alumni Corner : New Albums From Times New Viking & The Cave Singers

By Gerard on Sunday, January 30th, 2011

(there will be plenty of time for questions, just as soon as I’m finished with my speech)

Ever notice how government officials (and/or the New York Mets) try to bury stories that don’t entirely flatter themselves on Friday nights or weekends? No? GOOD, you’re just my kind of person! In the spirit of helpfulness (and perhaps acknowledging that every member of our constituency doesn’t read popular music blogs 75 times a day), we’d like to issue the following friendly reminders ;

a) On April 26, Merge (U.S.) and Wichita (UK) will be releasing the new Times New Viking album, ‘Dancer Equired’. We’ve heard it, and no matter what hyperbole our rec. biz pals are throwing around, it’s even better than whatever they’re saying. .

b) On Feb. 22, Jagjaguwar is issuing the 3rd album from The Cave Singers, ‘No Witch’. I’ve not heard this one (damn you, Web Sharrif!), but when we’re promised the new full-length exhibits “a ferocity and bite we’ve yet to see from the band”, you can be certain I’m getting my rabies vaccination cash in order. Hope you do the same.

More Thai cooking

By Patrick on Sunday, January 30th, 2011

Three more Thai dishes, all adapted from David Thompson’s Thai Food. The first and second were served together.

Above is a Thai street food called neua pat bai grapao – stir-fried minced beef with chiles and holy basil. It’s unbearably delicious and very simple and quick to make. For an individual serving: Pound 2 long green chiles with 4 bird chiles and a large pinch of salt to make a paste in your mortar. Pound in 3 peeled garlic cloves. Heat a wok over high heat until extremely hot, add 1 tbs vegetable oil until extremely hot, fry the paste for about a minute, add 1/5 pound ground beef. Continue to fry and stir while breaking up the beef until mostly browned, about a minute. Add 3 tbs chicken stock (unsalted), a large pinch of white sugar, 1 tbs dark soy sauce, 1 tbs light soy sauce, sprinkle over a handful of holy basil leaves and serve.

I accidentally misread dark soy sauce as “black” soy sauce, a Thai variation that is sweet as well as salty. I’ve tried it both ways and can report that the black soy adds an extra dimension – make sure to taste and adjust seasoning at the very end though.

Holy basil is the basil generally used in spicy basil stirfries that you have encountered in Thai restaurants. It’s bitter and sharp and spicy compared to “Thai basil,” which is the Thai variant of sweet basil, the fragrant purple-stemmed garnish added to curries at the very end.

Kaffir lime juice dressing with grilled prawns (saeng wa gung pao) is confusingly listed under relishes in Thompson’s book, a hint that the Thai think of dish classification very differently from Americans. This looks and tastes like a salad to us. Thompson writes with typical understatement, “It has an unusual combination of flavors and textures that stimulates a flagging palate,” and that is true – it makes an excellent accompaniment to the minced beef stirfry above, served with jasmine rice and some prik nam pla.

The shrimp are grilled unpeeled, yielding a pleasant flavor of char. Once cool, you must peel, devein and shred them. They are then dressed with this fantastic dressing:

2 tbs kaffir lime juice
2 tbs Asian citron or mandarin orange juice
1 tbs fine white sugar
2 tbs fish sauce

and combined with the remaining ingredients. I used regular lime juice and mandarin orange juice (conveniently in season right now – the oranges are particularly juicy and rich) and the result is eye-poppingly delicious.

The remaining ingredients are idiosyncratic, to say the least:

2 bird chiles, pounded
3 red shallots, very finely sliced
1 tbs very finely sliced lemongrass
4 kaffir lime leaves, very finely julienned
2 tbs julienned young ginger
1 tbs julienned long red or green chile
handful of mixed mint and coriander leaves

If you’ve ever tried to eat even very fine slices of raw lemongrass or ginger, it doesn’t seem like this would work at all. For some reason, when all the ingredients are combined, they become perfectly edible, their texture and flavor balancing out the dressed shrimps perfectly. “The amount of shredding and the uncommon ingredients in this recipe suggest that it was originally royal food.”

Heavenly beef (neua sawarn) is another street food, “served with chile sauce and an ice-cold beer.” Totally fantastic. I used round, but Thompson recommends rump. The strips are marinated in a paste of coriander root, salt, garlic and white peppercorns, along with sugar and light soy, for three hours. You then press crushed coriander seeds into the beef and dry it in the sun until almost, but not quite, dry – about a full day. I used an oven set to just warm. You then DEEP FRY them in hot oil. Delicious!

By the way, Thompson has a new book devoted to Thai street food. If it’s anything like Thai Food, it should be fantastic, and the photos are supposed to be gorgeous. Unfortunately it’s coffee-table sized and difficult to use in the kitchen. Link is here.

Interpol’s US tour begins today, Fred Armisen’s got the throw

By Gabe on Thursday, January 27th, 2011

As we welcome the mighty Interpol back to their native shores today, we offer you three brand new live performance clips by our friends at Yours Truly.

Interpol – buy their excellent self-titled album here. Catch them on the road here(s):

Thursday 27 – Vancouver, BC – Orpheum
Friday 28 – Seattle, , WA – The Showbox SODO
Saturday 29 – Portland, OR – Roseland Theater
Monday 31 – San Francisco, CA – Warfield Theatre

Wednesday 02 – La Jolla, CA – RIMAC Arena
Friday 04 - Santa Barbara, CA – UCSB Events Center
Saturday 05 – Tempe, AZ - The Marquee
Monday 07 – Salt Lake City, UT – In The Venue
Tuesday 08 – Boulder, CO – Boulder Theater
Wednesday 09 – Omaha, NE – Slowdown
Friday 11 - St Louis, MO – The Pageant
Saturday 12 – Chicago, IL – Riviera Theater
Sunday 13 – Columbus, OH – Newport Music Hall
Tuesday 15 – Toronto, ON – The Sound Academy
Wednesday 16 – Montreal, QC – The Metropolis
Thursday 17 – New York, NY – Radio City Music Hall
Saturday 19 – Boston, MA – House of Blues Boston

Wednesday 13 – Reno, NV – Knitting Factory
Thursday 14 – Sacramento, CA – Crest Theatre
Friday 15 – Indio, CA – Coachella
Sunday 17 – Tuscon, AZ – Rialto Theatre
Monday 18 – Albuquerque, NM – Sunshine Theatre
Wednesday 20 – Tulsa, OK – Cain’s Ballroom
Thursday 21 – Austin, TX – Austin Music Hall
Friday 22 – Helotes, TX – Josabis Amphitheatre
Sunday 24 – Kansas City, MO – The Beaumont Club
Monday 25 – Memphis, TN – Minglewood Hall
Tuesday 26 – New Orleans , LA – House of Blues – New Orleans
Thursday 28 – Tampa, FL – The Ritz
Friday 29 – Miami Beach, FL – Fillmore Miami Beach
Saturday 30 – Lake Buena Vista, FL – House of Blues – Lake Buena Vista

Monday 02 – Nashville, TN – Ryman Auditorium
Tuesday 03 – Charlotte , NC – The Fillmore Charlotte
Wednesday 04 – Raleigh, NC – Disco Rodeo

Tuesday 05 – Chicago, IL - Soldier Field Stadium
Friday 08 - Montreal QUE, UE – Hippodrome
Saturday 09 – Montreal QUE, UE – Hippodrome
Monday 11 – Toronto ONT, NT – Rogers Center
Thursday 14 – Philadelphia, PA – Lincoln Financial Center
Sunday 17 – St. Louis, MO – Busch Stadium
Wednesday 20 - East Rutherford, NJ – New Meadowlands Stadium
Saturday 23 – Minneapolis, MN – MN TCF Bank Stadium

Win tickets to see Esben and the Witch, read a track-by-track analysis of the album with the band

By Stuart on Thursday, January 27th, 2011

Today you have the chance to learn all about Esben and the Witch’s upcoming debut album that we’ve been telling you about for a little while now.  Hopefully you’ve heard the record via one of the streams we linked the other day or have maybe even caught a glimpse of them in one of their sinister music videos, but you might still be left wondering “When did you learn about Argyria?”, or “What are those Light Streams you’re talking about in track 4?” or maybe you’re just what thinking “What the hell did they make of that Jack Black video?!”, well worry no longer as you can now find out by following this link.

You’re also in luck if you’d like to see them play one of their upcoming UK shows, at the Quietus are giving away a pair of tickets, just for answering the question “Which song features the lyrics ‘Violet Cries’?”. Easy right? Well get over to the Quietus and grab yourself a pair of tickets!

The UK tour starts next Monday (upon the release date of the album in the UK), followed by shows around Europe and then the USA and Canada. Long list of upcoming shows below…


31st – The Louisiana, Bristol (tickets)


1st – Pavilion Theatre, Brighton (tickets)

3rd – Other Rooms, Newcastle (tickets)

4th – Sneaky Pete’s, Edinburgh (tickets)

5th – Rescue Rooms, Nottingham (tickets)

7th – The Harley, Sheffield (tickets)

8th – Hare & Hounds, Birmingham (tickets)

9th – XOYO, London (tickets)

11th – Botanique/Rotonde, Brussels, Belgium (tickets)

12th – Paradiso, Amsterdam, Netherlands (tickets)

13th – Gebäude, Cologne, Germany (tickets)

14th – Molotow, Hamburg, Germany (tickets)

16th – Loppen, Copenhagen, Denmark (tickets)

17th – Comet, Berlin, Germany (tickets)

19th – Route Du Rock Festival, Saint Malo, France (details)

21st – Point Ephemere, Paris, France (tickets)


Thu, 3/3 Washington, DC Red Palace

Fri, 3/4 Brooklyn, NY The Bell House

Sat, 3/5 New York, NY Mercury Lounge

Sun, 3/6 Boston, MA Brighton Music Hall

Mon, 3/7 Philadelphia, PA Kung Fu Necktie

Tue, 3/8 Pittsburgh, OH Brillobox

Wed, 3/9 Akron, OH Musica

Thu, 3/10 Chicago, IL Empty Bottle

Fri, 3/11 Toronto, ON Wrongbar

Sat, 3/12 Denton, TX 35 Conferette

Sat, 3/19 Austin, TX Mess With Texas

Tue, 3/22 Los Angeles, CA Bootleg Theater

Wed, 3/23 San Francisco, CA Bottom of the Hill

Thu, 3/24 Portland, OR Mississippi Studios

Fri, 3/25 Seattle, WA Sunset Tavern

Sat, 3/26 Vancouver, BC The Waldorf Hotel

Chavez To Play Historic Site Of Stabbing-Riot Jersey Venue

By Gerard on Wednesday, January 26th, 2011

(Chavez, photographed sometime between 1956 and 2011)

Having already blown away a global audience with the webcast of their Matador at 21 set, the men of Chavez return to the stage next September 30, playing Asbury Park’s Convention Center as part of the Portishead-curated All Tomorrow’s Parties.   Said auditorium holds a rather special place in rock lore ; in addition to hosting early gigs by the Rolling Stones, Kiss, the Who and Led Zeppelin, the Convention Center was also the host for a 1956 Frankie Lymon & The Teenagers set that ended with three attendees being stabbed.  While we’re hopeful history doesn’t repeat itself, it might be a good idea for Chavez to consider a reenactment/exorcism of sorts — surely there are any number of out of work thespians / supernaturalists (or perhaps a combination of the two) that might be available to assist.  We promise to forward all suggestions to the appropriate persons.

Who is Stuart Murdoch?

By Michael on Wednesday, January 26th, 2011

Now that we know exactly what John Ficenec is all about, we can turn our attention to the other half of the Write About Love contest equation; Mr. Stuart Murdoch of Belle and Sebastian.

While this is hardly the most comprehensive or definitive profile of Stuart, it is a quick look at the man behind the impending Belle and Sebastian song about Mr. J. Ficenec.

What is your name?:
Stuart Leopold Murdoch

Where are you from?:
Clarkston, Glasgow

How old are you?:

Of all the amazing entries, why did you pick John Ficenec’s?:
It was different, it was easy to read, it was funny and I thought the advice was good!

Have you ever been to Omaha?:
No, never, but I’ve heard it is a nice town, with a nice zoo.

What do you plan on doing with John when you get there?
I’m going to try real hard not to embarrass him.

Buy Write About Love

Esben & The Witch album premiere

By Todd Netter on Monday, January 24th, 2011

so it was 6 degrees F (-14 Celsius) when I left for the office this morning.  A crisp, bright, and beautiful winter morning.  Admittedly I’m in quite a positive head space for a frigid, January, Monday morning but I digress.  Esben & The Witch appear to be in an equally friendly mood this winter’s day and have premiered their debut album Violet Cries, in full, via Stereogum

and if you missed it last week, please be sure to check out Esben & The Witch’s second music video “Warpath” and remember they’ll be touring throughout Europe and the US this February + March.

Mon, 1/31 Bristol, UK The Louisana
Tue, 2/1 Brighton, UK  Pavillion Theatre
Tue, 2/8 Birmingham, UK  Hare & Hounds
Wed, 2/9 London, UK  XOYO
Fri, 2/11 Brussels, BE  Botanique/Rotonde
Sat, 2/12 Amsterdam, NL  Paradiso
Mon, 2/14 Hamburg, DE  Molotow
Wed, 2/16 Copenhagen, SE  Loppen
Thu, 2/17 Berlin, DE  Comet
Sat, 2/19 Saint Malo, FR  Route Du Rock Festival
Mon, 2/21 Paris, FR  Point Ephemere
Thu, 3/3 Washington, DC Red Palace
Fri, 3/4 Brooklyn, NY The Bell House
Sat, 3/5 New York, NY Mercury Lounge
Sun, 3/6 Boston, MA Brighton Music Hall
Mon, 3/7 Philadelphia, PA Kung Fu Necktie
Tue, 3/8 Pittsburgh, OH Brillobox
Wed, 3/9 Akron, OH Musica
Thu, 3/10 Chicago, IL Empty Bottle
Fri, 3/11 Toronto, ON Wrongbar
Sat, 3/12 Denton, TX 35 Conferette
Sat, 3/19 Austin, TX Mess With Texas
Tue, 3/22 Los Angeles, CA Bootleg Theater
Wed, 3/23 San Francisco, CA Bottom of the Hill
Thu, 3/24 Portland, OR Mississippi Studios
Fri, 3/25 Seattle, WA Sunset Tavern
Sat, 3/26 Vancouver, BC The Waldorf Hotel

Delorean have new US Tour Dates

By truepanthersounds on Monday, January 24th, 2011

(photo by Francis Chung)

Well, not a lot. But those of us who got hooked on Delorean last year will take what we can get. In addition to the Coachella appearance you may have read about, Delorean will be hitting San Francisco, Chicago and New York this summer. They may have some new treats (songs, lights, dances, holographic new band members, etc.) in store. We’ll just have to wait and see!

Buy Subiza HERE

Thursday, April 14 – San Francisco – Slim’s Buy Tickets
Sunday, April 17 – Coachella Buy Tickets
Tuesday, April 19 – Chicago, IL – Lincoln Hall
Thursday, April 21 – Brooklyn, NY – Brooklyn Bowl

A Thai feast

By Patrick on Saturday, January 22nd, 2011

Cucumber salad with crispy dried shrimp (yumm taeng kua). Sliced cucumber and red shallots in a dressing of fish sauce, palm sugar, white sugar, salt and lime juice, garnished with mint and coriander. Adapted from Su-Mei Yu.

Tamarind relish (nahm prik makam boran). Served with raw tomatillo, endive, baby carrots and pickled garlic. The relish consists of dried red chiles, tamarind pulp, salt, garlic, dried prawns and palm sugar pounded to a paste in a mortar and pestle. From David Thompson.

A dry red curry of shrimp (chuu chii haeng gung). The curry is called “dry” because it does not contain a large amount of soupy sauce, as “wet” curries do. A simple red curry paste is pounded (dried red chiles, salt, galangal, lemongrass, kaffir lime zest, coriander root, red shallots, garlic and shrimp paste), and then fried in the vegetable oil used to fry the shrimp, seasoned with white sugar and fish sauce, moistened with chicken stock (I simmered the shrimp bodies in the stock first), and garnished with kaffir lime leaves and coriander. I brined the shrimp beforehand; I should have cut down on the saltiness of the curry to compensate for this. Adapted from David Thompson (who uses lobster instead).

Crying tiger (seur rong hai), one of my favorite Thai dishes. Full details at the link. I used 20 bird chiles this time, but could have gone for even more. Next time I will try it with 30.

The crying tiger was even better cold a few days later. You can really see the green color imparted by the chiles and the crushed green peppercorns:

The meal was served with nam pla prik (chopped bird chiles in fish sauce, with a splash of lime juice in this case), and prik dong nahm som (minced chiles in vinegar sauce, with garlic and salt) on the side.

David Thompson, Thai Food
Su-Mei Yu, Cracking The Coconut