Archive for July, 2011

Thurston Moore takes over your radio today (if you split your day between LA and Minneapolis)

By Hector on Thursday, July 28th, 2011
photo by Ari Marcopoulos

Two excellent opportunities to catch Thurston Moore performances on the radio today, true believers. In just under an hour, Thurston plays live in KCRW’s studio as part of their popular Morning Becomes Eclectic program. He’ll be going on at 2:15PM EDT/11:15 PDT, and the session can be heard at 89.9FM in LA or on

If that’s not enough for you (and really, why would it be?), you can also tune in to The Current to hear a performance that Mr. Moore and company did for them last time they were in Minneapolis. 6:00PM EDT/5:00PM CDT is the time, 89.3FM is the location on your radio dial, and you can point your web browser here to listen online.

An Apology from Sandbag to Buy Early Get Now customers

By Stuart on Thursday, July 28th, 2011


Following on from last week’s blog post, we have finally resolved the problem on the delay of orders with Sandbag getting orders of the Fucked Up BEGN 7″s out to UK and European customers.  A message we received today from Sandbag follows.

Once again, we’ve sorry for this and are making changes to make sure this can’t happen again.


Sandbag is nearly 10 years old as a company and has been very fortunate to be involved with very many excellent projects. These projects have ranged from enabling Oxfam and the Make Poverty History coalition to raise awareness and millions of pounds to help those that really need it, through to ethically manufacturing merchandise for the likes of Adele and The xx. For several years now, Sandbag has helped the Buy Now Get Early team deliver some amazing music around the world.

We have hundreds of thousands of customers every year and we do our utmost to look after each and every one in the manner that has established our reputation as a company that looks after the fans.

Unfortunately, in rare instances, things sometimes go wrong. Prophetically, something did go wrong with the Buy Early Get Now – Fucked Up campaign.

Very simply, human error led to many customers not receiving the products that they had paid for. We have now shipped these orders and apologise for the delay in Buy Early Get Now customers getting their music.


Christiaan Munro

Director – Sandbag Limited


Matador vinyl reissues are here!

By Robby on Wednesday, July 27th, 2011

















We’re excited to announce that a number of our favorite catalogue releases have been reissued on 120g vinyl and are now in stock.

The following titles are now available in the Matador Store, and will be on shelves at your favorite record shops on August 9.

OLE-295-0   Belle and Sebastian - If You're Feeling Sinister*
OLE-311-0   Belle and Sebastian - Boy With The Arab Strap*
OLE-361-0   Belle and Sebastian - Tigermilk *
OLE-202-0   Cat Power - What Would The Community Think*
OLE-426-0   Cat Power - The Covers Record
OLE-754-0   Cat Power - Jukebox 
OLE-123-0   Guided By Voices - Alien Lanes*
OLE-069-0   Yo La Tengo - Painful*
OLE-371-0   Yo La Tengo - And Then Nothing Turned Itself Inside-Out* dbl LP

*includes free download of the entire album

Find these, and many other new and classic Matador, True Panther and distributed releases here. Spend over $50, and get free shipping AND while you’re at it, pick up a new Matador tote bag (cuz let’s be honest, who doesn’t love a tote? )

Ceremony are in Europe AS WE SPEAK

By Robby on Tuesday, July 26th, 2011

Ceremony are in the midst of a tour which brings them to Germany six (!) times, without skipping Switzerland, Belgium, Denmark and the UK. Don’t miss these guys.

Tuesday — 26 — Munchen, DE — Feierwerk
Wednesday — 27 — Stuttgart, DE — Juha West
Thursday — 28 — Zurich, CH — Dynamo Werk 21
Friday — 29 — Koln, DE — Underground
Saturday — 30 — Mol, BE — Breakout Fest

Sunday — 1 — Hannover, DE — Bei Chez Heinz
Monday — 2 — Hamburg, DE — Hafenklang
Tuesday — 3 — Berlin, DE — Hafenklang
Wednesday — 4 — Fredericia, DK — Fredericia Hardcore Festival
Thursday — 5 — Leisnig, DK — Sucks’n’Summer
Friday — 6 — Brugge, BE — JH Comma
Sunday — 8 —Port Lympne, UK — Hevy Fest


For our friends in Richmond, we’re also excited to let you know that Ceremony are part of the below bill:

Thursday — 18 — Richmond, VA — Best Friends Day 10 @ The Bike Lot (w/ Zero Boys, Off With Their Heads, Screaming Females, Worn In Red)


photo lifted from xChrisZx‘s flickr

Ted Leo And The Pharmacists – Fall 2011 U.S. Dates

By Gerard on Monday, July 25th, 2011

(Ted, shown in his natural summer habitat, ie. a large outdoor gig in New York City, more specifically, South Street Seaport, two weekends ago)

Lest anyone believe a recent run of solo shows would mean an autumn of leaf-blowing,  strange pagan rituals and pumpkin carving  for the powerhouse quartet known as Ted Leo And The Pharmacists, not so fast.  Tickets for all of the gigs below are now available, and if you think there’s a conspicuous gap in the schedule during the weekend of November 5th and 6th, rest assured I have no idea what you’re talking about.

Fri, 9/23 – Philadelphia, PA – Johnny Brenda’s (Johnny Brenda’s 5th Anniversary – evening show, 21+) (tickets)
Sat, 9/24 – Philadelphia, PA – Johnny Brenda’s (Johnny Brenda’s 5th Anniversary – afternoon show, all ages) (tickets)
Tue, 10/25 – Newark, DE – Mojo Main (tickets)
Wed, 10/26 – Raleigh, NC – King’s Barcade (tickets)
Thu, 10/27 – Columbia, SC – New Brookland Tavern (tickets)
Sat, 10/29 – Gainesville, FL – The Venue (tickets)
Sun, 10/30 – Miami, FL – Churchill’s (tickets)
Tue, 11/1 – Tampa, FL – Crowbar (tickets)
Wed, 11/2 – Tallahassee, FL – Club Downunder
Thu, 11/3 – Pensacola, FL – Handlebar (tickets)
Fri, 11/4 – Baton Rouge, LA – Spanish Moon (tickets)
Tue, 11/8 – Oxford, MS – Proud Larry’s (tickets)
Wed, 11/9 – Birmingham, AL – Bottletree (tickets)
Thu, 11/10 – Asheville, NC – The Grey Eagle (tickets)
Sat, 11/12 – Washington, DC – Sacred Heart Church, benefit for the National Day Laborer Organizing Network and We Are
Family DC

(‘The Brutalist Bricks’, still available from The Matador Store on LP. compact disc and a multitude of digital formats)

Apricot salad redux – with braised pork

By Patrick on Sunday, July 24th, 2011

As a followup to last week’s post about Thai salads, here is a variation on that apricot salad – this time with braised slivered pork and mint. Although not shown in this photo, the salad contains crispy dried shrimp as well.

Any pork will do, but a fattier or more cartilaginous cut will work best. Blanch from a cold water start (salt the water), change the water if you like, bring to a boil again and braise – and be sure to remove when still slightly pink.

Matador Radio Rampage this weekend: Fucked Up, Ted Leo And The Pharmacists take to the airwaves

By Hector on Friday, July 22nd, 2011
photo by Daniel Boud

Several of Matador’s finest will be playing festivals on opposite sides of the country this weekend, and three of them will also be available to non-festivalgoers through the magic of Mr. Marconi’s marvelous invention (and also the Internet).

UPDATE: Thurston Moore has sadly had to cancel his KEXP session today.

At 8:00PM EDT/5:00PM PDT, Fucked Up will play a live set on Seattle’s KEXP before taking the stage at the Capitol Hill Block Party. The set can be heard at 90.3 on Seattleites’ FM dials, and at for the web-savvy.

Tomorrow, Ted Leo And The Pharmacists will be bringing the noise to WXPN’s XPoNentional Music Festival in the lovely (and incredibly hot) city of Philadelphia. Their 5:15PM EDT/2:15PM PDT set will be broadcast on XPN for those of you unfortunate enough not to experience it live. Tune in (hopefully from somewhere with lower temperatures and/or air-conditioning) at 88.5FM in Philly, or at

UK/EU – Fucked Up “Buy Early Get Now” order update

By Stuart on Friday, July 22nd, 2011

It has now been several weeks since we released the latest, greatest Fucked Up album David Comes To Life, but for some of you in Europe who bought the “Buy Early Get Now” option we know you’re still waiting for your bonus 7″s to reach you, which we’re really very sorry about.

There’s different factors which have affected the delivery time of these reaching you, a later than expected shipping from the US manufacturer to our European distributor (Sandbag) meant we were a few days off missing the June 28th release date, which was followed by an internal error at Sandbag where they mistakenly shipped out one of the 7″s individually, followed by the rest of the (three) 7″s in another shipment.  We’ve been told by Sandbag that all orders have now shipped (on July 13th/14th) but that before they can claim the items were lost in the post (by Royal Mail) they have to allow 7 days.

This means: your records have been posted and should be on their way to you, hopefully you’ll be enjoying them right now.
But, if you still haven’t received your packages by tomorrow you can get in touch with Sandbag directly (  to pass on your details so they can make a claim with Royal Mail. Some people on the Fucked Up Facebook group are reporting that they have started to receive their records, so they are (slowly) getting out there.

We’re very sorry for all the hassle this has caused and are looking to put it right in every way we can.


Our New Endeavor – We’re Not Just Jerking Around

By Gerard on Thursday, July 21st, 2011

Thanks to Jared Zoltar who graciously forwarded the photograph above…but we’ve known about it for ages.  Let’s just say our medical staff didn’t think much of company ownership sampling the products for 2 months in lieu of a focus group.

Girls “Vomit” MP3 + Tour Dates

By truepanthersounds on Thursday, July 21st, 2011
Photo by Sandy Kim

On September 13th, 2011, San Francisco’s Girls will release their second album Father, Son, Holy Ghost on True Panther. Two years after their debut (Album), and one year after the follow-up EP (Broken Dreams Club) it is the natural third entry in Girls’ recorded trinity, and features their most accomplished recordings to date. Both previous releases demonstrated that behind the noise of a back story loud enough to swallow most bands, stood two true rock craftsmen and traditionalists, who convey their own intimate, unique, and troubled visions.

For Father, Son, Holy Ghost Christopher Owens and JR White holed up in a basement recording studio located in San Francisco’s downtown Tenderloin district and “Vomit” is the first offering from those sessions. The juxtaposition of pain and beauty – hope and misery – which lie at the heart of classic rock and gospel music, are at the core of the song and the album.

Christopher shares his own thoughts: “I wrote vomit before Girls was even a band or an idea, this is one of the first songs I ever wrote along with ‘Substance’ and ‘Headache’ what you’re hearing in “Vomit” is someone who is at life’s lowest, seeing the light, and becoming a songwriter.”

Pre-order Father, Son, Holy Ghost HERE (and receive a free unreleased track flexi disc w your order)

Click HERE to download MP3

Girls are on tour this fall, below is the schedule with ticket links :)

14 – Atlanta, GA - Variety Playhouse
15 – Asheville, NC - The Orange Peel
16 – Nashville, TN - Mercy Lounge
17 – Carrboro, NC - Cat’s Cradle
19 – Washington, D.C. - 9:30 Club
20 – Philadelphia, PA - Theatre of Living Arts
22 – New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom
23 – New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom
24 – Boston, MA - Paramount Center
25 – Montreal, QC Canada - Corona Theatre
27 – Toronto, ON Canada - The Mod Club
29 – Chicago, IL - Lincoln Hall
30 – Madison, Wi - Majestic Theatre


1 – Minneapolis, MN - First Avenue
4 – Vancouver, BC Canada - Biltmore Cabaret
5 – Seattle, WA - Neptune
6 – Portland, OR - Wonder Ballroom
8 – San Francisco, CA - Great American Music Hall
9 – San Francisco, CA - Great American Music Hall