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The Young – 3 New England Shows Cancelled

By Gerard on Saturday, June 30th, 2012

Due to family matter, The Young’s shows tonight, tomorrow and Monday are cancelled. The affected dates/venues are as follows :

Saturday, June 30 – New Haven, CT – Intercambio
Sunday, July 01 – Providence, RI – Dusk
Monday, July 02 – Boston, MA – Plough and Stars

We’re hopeful these shows can be rescheduled at a later date. The Young’s tour resumes Tuesday in Montreal at Il Motore.

(NOTE : Purling Hiss are still playing the New Haven, Providence and Boston dates, as previously scheduled).

Sorry, Our Psychic Quit In 1995

By Gerard on Friday, June 29th, 2012

Date: June 22, 2012 4:39:48 AM EDT

Dear (NAME REDACTED)

I don’t speak very well english, because I’m french, but I’ll try.
I have a problem with old albums of the matador’s group between 1996 and 2005.
Is a psychic at matador in this years ?
I found my life in a lot of albums, like belle and sebastian, you, and others groups.
The more big problem is the group “Fuck” band, where all the CD’s “Pardon my french” turn around my private life.
Is there a psychic who help you to do your album at Matador betwenn 1996 and 2005.
Do you know a psychic who could do that ?
Thanks.

(NAME REDACTED)

Ceremony Join Fucked Up + Bloc Party This Fall

By Claire T on Tuesday, June 26th, 2012

photo credit Alvin Carrillo

We’re very happy to announce that Ceremony, just off the road from a headlining US tour, will be touring the States and Canada this fall with both Fucked Up and Bloc Party.

Dates with Bloc Party  begin going on sale this Friday, June 29 and Saturday, June 30.

Sunday, July 22 – Santa Barbara, CA – Earl Warren Showgrounds (Sound & Fury Festival) – with Blacklisted, Black Breath, Harms Way, Alpha & Omega  – Tickets

Sunday, September 02 – Los Angeles, CA – Los Angeles State Historic Park – (FYF Fest)  – Tickets

Monday, September 03 – Visalia, CA – Garden Street Plaza – with Fucked Up (FREE SHOW)

Wednesday, September 05 – San Francisco, CA – Great American Music Hall – with Fucked Up – Tickets

Thursday, September 06 – Portland, OR – BackSpace Cafe (MusicFest NW) – with Cheap Girls, White Lung – Tickets

Saturday, September 08 – Seattle, WA – Showbox at the Market – with Fucked Up, Lightning Bolt – Tickets

Monday, September 10 – Toronto, ON – Danforth Music Hall – with Bloc Party – Tickets

Friday, September 14 – Boston, MA – House of Blues – with Bloc Party – Tickets

Saturday, September 15 – Upper Darby, PA – Tower Theater – with Bloc Party – Tickets

Sunday, September 16 – Washington, DC – 930 Club – with Bloc Party – Tickets

Monday, September 17 – Washington, DC – 930 Club – with Bloc Party – Tickets

Wednesday, September 19 – Royal Oak, MI – Royal Oak Music Theatre – with Bloc Party

Friday, September 21 – Chicago, IL – Riviera Theatre – with Bloc Party

Saturday, September 22 – Minneapolis, MN – First Avenue – with Bloc Party

Sunday, September 23 – Winnipeg, MB – Burton Cummings Theatre – with Bloc Party – Tickets

Tuesday, September 25 – Edmonton, AB – Edmonton Event Centre – with Bloc Party – Tickets

Wednesday, September 26 – Calgary, AB – MacEwen Hall – with Bloc Party – Tickets

Saturday, September 29 – Vancouver, BC – The Vogue Theatre – with Bloc Party – Tickets

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“Adult” Video directed by BRV BLK BRD

And a reminder to those of you in Australia — Ceremony are coming your way starting this Friday!

Friday, June 29 -  Melbourne  – Irenes
Saturday, June 30 - Melbourne – Bendigo Hotel – 18+
Sunday, July 1 - Adelaide  – Animal House
Tuesday, July 3 - Perth – The Den - 18+
Wednesday, July 4 - Perth – YMCA HQ
Thursday, July 5 - Brisbane  – Between The Walls
Friday, July 6 - Brisbane – Basement 243 - 18+
Saturday, July 7 - Sydney – Hardcore Fest - 18+
Sunday, July 8 - Sydney – Hardcore Fest  (AA)

Check out Ceremony’s cover of The Ramones’ “I Don’t Wanna Be Learned/I Don’t Wanna Be Tamed” here.

Zoo on the Matador Store

www.ceremonyhc.com

PAUL BANKS “Julian Plenti Lives…” EP Out Today + MP3!

By Nils on Tuesday, June 26th, 2012

Paul Banks.

Photo by Helena Christensen

Paul Banks has an EP out TODAY, people. Numbered and limited to 2300 vinyl and 1800 CD copies worldwide, “Julian Plenti Lives…” features two originals (one of them instrumental), and J Dilla, Frank Sinatra, and Harold Faltermeyer covers.

Click here to purchase

Track listing:
1. Perimeter Deactivated (Harold Faltermeyer)
2. Summertime Is Coming (Paul Banks)
3. Mythsysizer (J Dilla)
4. I’m A Fool To Want You (Frank Sinatra)
5. Cavern Worship (Paul Banks)

Following its premiere last week on KCRW’s Morning Becomes Eclectic, Paul and Matador would like to gift you “Summertime Is Coming,” a brooding summer anthem that crescendos to a gorgeous left turn:

“Summertime Is Coming” MP3

Paul Banks will have a full-length album out on Matador this fall. He will be performing at the upcoming FYF Fest, September 1-2 in Downtown LA.

The Young are Touring + Instoreing

By Claire T on Friday, June 22nd, 2012

Photo from The Young tumblr

If you’re in the fine city of Atlanta, Georgia this evening be sure to head over to the fine store of Criminal Records to check out The Young’s all ages and free live in-store set at 6:30PM. Don’t miss it cos it’s going to be GOOD. And then head right on over to Club 529 for the band’s (free!) show there later this evening.

And thus begins The Young’s summer tour that is winding all across the States ‘n Canada this June and July. Check out the below tour listing to see where you can catch them in your neck of the woods. And pick up a copy of Dub Egg (and a dragon t-shirt) while you’re at it.

Also, Los Angeles – an Origami Vinyl in-store has just been added so take heed!

WATCH The Young’s Violitionist session
LISTEN to The Young live on KUT
FOLLOW The Young on Twitter

The Young On Tour (in-stores noted in bold italix)

Friday, June 22 — Atlanta, GA – Criminal Records in-store @ 6:30PM

Friday, June 22 – Atlanta, GA – Club 529 (FREE SHOW) – Info

Saturday, June 23 — Charlotte, NC – Snug Harbor (with White Lung & Meat Group) – Info

Sunday, June 24 – Richmond, VA – Strange Matter (with Purling Hiss)Tickets

Monday, June 25 – Washington, DC – the Black Cat (backstage) (with Purling Hiss) - Tickets

Tuesday, June 26 – Philadelphia, PA – Johnny Brenda’s (with Purling Hiss)Tickets

Wednesday, June 27 – New York, NY – Mercury Lounge (late show) (with Purling Hiss)Tickets

Thursday, June 28 – Hoboken, NJ – Maxwell’s (with Purling Hiss)Tickets

Friday, June 29 – Brooklyn, NY – 285 Kent (with Census and Nude Beach)

Saturday, June 30 – New Haven, CT – Intercambio (with Purling Hiss and Estrogen Highs) – tickets available at Intercambio and Redscroll Records

Sunday, July 01 – Providence, RI – Dusk (with Purling Hiss)

Monday, July 02 – Boston, MA – Plough and Stars (with Purling Hiss and Saralee) – Info

Tuesday, July 03 – Montreal, QC – Il Motore - Info

Wednesday, July 04 – Toronto, ON – the shop under Parts & Labour – Tickets

Thursday, July 05 – Pittsburgh, PA – Gooski’s (with Kim Phuc)

Friday, July 06 – Cleveland, OH – Now That’s Class – Info

Saturday, July 07 – Chicago, IL – Permanent Records in-store @ 5:30PMInfo

Saturday, July 07 – Chicago, IL – the Hideout (with Judson Claiborne)Tickets

Sunday, July 08 – Minneapolis, MN – the Triple Rock – Tickets

Monday, July 09 – Fargo, ND – the Aquarium – Tickets

Wednesday, July 11 – Seattle, WA – The Fun House – Tickets

Thursday, July 12 – Portland, OR – the East End – Info

Friday, July 13 – Reno, NV – Holland Project – Info

Saturday, July 14 – Oakland, CA – 1-2-3-4 GO! Records - (with Spray Paint) – Info

Sunday, July 15 – San Francisco, CA – the Hemlock – Info

Monday, July 16 – Bakersfield, CA – Munoz Gym

Tuesday, July 17 – Los Angeles, CA – Origami Vinyl @ 5:15PMInfo

Tuesday, July 17 – Los Angeles, CA – the Echo (with the Lamps and the Zig Zags)Tickets

Wednesday, July 18 – San Diego, CA – M-Theory in-store @ 5:15PMInfo

Wednesday, July 18 – San Diego, CA – the Casbah

Thursday, July 19 – Phoenix, AZ – the Meat Market

Friday, July 20 – Las Cruces, NM – the Train Yard

 

Pick up Dub Egg on the Matador Store

The Young on Facebook

www.matadorrecords.com/the_young

Tell Us About Your New Band, THURSTON MOORE!

By Nils on Friday, June 22nd, 2012


FOR IMMEDIATE…mmmmm…RELEASE

(newsflash courtesy of Love Sick Times, free periodical for poets and punks)

This song is called BURROUGHS.
It is by the band CHELSEA LIGHT MOVING.

“Burroughs” MP3 – click me

Members of band:
Thurston Moore (gtr/vocals/songwriter)
Keith Wood (gtr)
Samara Lubelski (bass)
John Moloney (drums)

“Burroughs” is the first track from a session recorded in the wilds of Western Massachusetts in the springtime of 2012. It was inspired by the last words of the gentleman who wrote the most significant experimental novels of the late 20th century (Naked Lunch, Soft Machine, The Ticket That Exploded etc.) – writer William S. Burroughs (“Love? What is it? Most natural painkiller what there is.”). After sitting in the orgone box planted in Burroughs’ back yard of Lawrence, Kansas in the midpoint of the 1990s, Thurston Moore came to the realization that at some point he’d need to form a band that played Burroughs Rock. This is the sound of Wild Boys looking to jack hypos of core passion into their veins. Boy on boy. Girl on girl. Start there. It’s not even music – it’s an amphetamine sonnet for the on-the-loose lovers of the world. Chelsea Light Moving will play your town. Right now we’re playing Friday June 22 2012 at the Sled Island bizarro freak slam in Calgary, Alberta near where Neil Young used to skinny dip when he was a laser-brained teen. Then we play Missoula, hometown of zero pop hate puppy Steve Albini. Then we play Boulder and Denver Colorado before Thurston settles down for a week of teaching at the summer writing workshop at Naropa University. Also on the faculty are Amiri Baraka and Anne Waldman, which means: More tunes, more damage. Another song comes yr way in a week, even sicker.

“Burroughs” was recorded and mixed May 18-20, 2012, by Justin Pizzoferrato at Sonelab, Easthampton, MA.

Upcoming Thurston Moore US dates:
June 24 – Missoula, MT The Top Hat
June 27 – Bouler, CO Boulder Theater
June 29 – Denver, CO Larimer Lounge

Watch this space for info about the forthcoming Chelsea Light Moving release on Matador…

More Perfume Genius dates for Europe

By Stuart on Wednesday, June 20th, 2012

Photo by Jake Giles Netter

As if European festivals and a Sigur Ros support slot weren’t enough to keep Perfume Genius busy, they’re already lined up club shows for a return to Europe for September. Catch them at the following dates and have a little reminder of what you can expect by checking out one of the La Bologotheque session videos, shot earlier this year:

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8-Sep-12 Groningen, Holland Vera Euser

10-Sep-12 Luxembourg, Luxembourg Rockhal Hussong

11-Sep-12 Brussels, Belgium Ancienne Belgique De Clippeleir

13-Sep-12 Paris, Cafe De La Danse

14-Sep-12 Kriens, Switzerland, Sudpol Club Galley

17-Sep-12 Prague, Czech Republic, Meetfactory

18-Sep-12 Warsaw, Poland, Hydrozagadka Minta

20-Sep-12 Berlin, Germany, Magnet Linnartz

21-Sep-12 Hamburg, Germany, Reeperbahn Festival Linnartz

22-Sep-12 Frankfurt, Germany, Zoom Linnartz

23-Sep-12 Nuremburg Germany K4 Linnartz

It’s Summer, Get To Know Your TANLINES

By Todd Netter on Tuesday, June 19th, 2012

SUMMER IS  HERE!…ok well it officially starts tomorrow but we can’t contain our excitement so we’re getting started a day early.   Ahhh Summer, the season of extended daylight, backyard BBQs, road trips with friends, summer playlists, and Tanlines + Lemonade of course.

Apologies for that simple and obvious play on words.  But honestly as sure as you’re likely to have some tan lines after laying around the pool drinking a glass of lemonade this summer, we’re convinced both bands (Tanlines and Lemonade) will be on your iPods/stereos while doing so.  But don’t take our word for it, Creator’s Project said that Tanlines are “destined to become your summer soundtrack”, and New York Magazine, Stereogum, and Refinery 29 couldn’t agree more, naming “All Of Me” one of their Songs Of The Summer.

Anyhow since we’ll be spending all summer together, it’s probably a good time to get to know your Tanlines better.  Courtesy of Creator’s Project, click HERE for an intimate look at the band Tanlines, their recording process, how they formed, and much much more.

Also Tanlines will be performing across the US all summer long, starting tomorrow night with an official summer kick off show at the House of Vans in Brooklyn.  A full list of summer tour dates is below.

Mon, June 25 – Los Angeles, CA – School Night @ Bardot (DJ set only)

Tue, June 26 – Santa Barbara, CA – Velvet Jones (presented by 92.9 KJEE)

Wed, June 27 – San Francisco, CA – Brick & Mortar Music Hall (presented by Live 105)

Thu, June 28 – Seattle, WA – Neumo’s (presented by 107.7 The End)

Fri, July 13 – Louisville, KY – Forecastle Festival

Sun, July 15 – Chicago, IL – Lincoln Hall (discount for Pitchfork Festival wristband holders)

Thu, July 19 – Miami, FL – Bardot Miami

Fri, Aug 10 – San Francisco, CA – Outside Lands Festival

Sat, Aug 11 – Columbus, OH – Summerfest 2012

Sat, Sept 1 – Los Angeles, CA – FYF Festival

Thu, Sept 6 – Portland, OR – Music Fest NW

Lemonade – “Softkiss” video debuts

By Gabe on Tuesday, June 19th, 2012

We are psyched up to show you the new video from Lemonade, “Softkiss”, from the awesome (and available to purchase) album Diver. The video was directed by David Franklin (full video credits below), and the band curated a YouTube playlist to accompany the video premiere. Enjoy “Softkiss”:

Lemonade have a couple of shows coming up:
Tue, June 19 – Los Angeles, CA – Echoplex (Check Yo Ponytail)
* with Grimes DJ set; Blood Diamonds; LE1F
Thu, June 21 – New York, NY – Brooklyn Museum
* with Small Black

Video credits:
Director: David Franklin
Cinematographer: Violetta D’Agata
Gaffer: Gautam Kadian
Grip: Felipe Rosa
Production Support: Rebecca An
Editor/VFX Artist: David Franklin
Produced by Artisanal Television
www.artisanaltelevision.com

“Diver traffics in cool, tropical-tinged electropop….bound to get stuck in your head for days.”
- TIME OUT NEW YORK

“pulls in elements from every genre imaginable until their music is just one overwhelmed stew of world-music-informed hedonistic insecurity. It’s a tricky line to walk, but on their sophomore album Diver they do it well. “
- THE FADER

Cat Power – new album Sun and new song Ruin

By Patrick on Monday, June 18th, 2012

Sun is the first album of original material from Cat Power in over six years. Chan Marshall performed and produced Sun herself in various locations including a studio she built in Malibu.

Chan introduces “Ruin” via this YouTube clip directed by Austin Conroy. You can download the MP3 via the link directly below it:

Ruin (192k mp3)

The album comes out on September 4.

Track listing:

1. Cherokee
2. Sun
3. Ruin
4. 3,6,9
5. Always On My Own
6. Real Life
7. Human Being
8. Manhattan
9. Silent Machine
10. Nothin But Time
11. Peace And Love

Produced by Chan Marshall
Mixed by Philippe Zdar

Preorder from iTunes with exclusive bonus tracks (the link will go live in your country at midnight or 1 AM your time tonight):

iTunes preorder (available this evening)

Check back later for details on a special limited vinyl edition of the album, available at your local record store.

catpowermusic.com

Get To Know Your Local Independent Retailer Vol. 14 – Sweat Records

By Michael on Monday, June 18th, 2012

For our 14th Domestic Installation (we’ve had two internationals, but who’s counting?) of our phenomenal, sure-to-be award winning web series, Get To Know Your Local Independent Retailer, I rang up Lauren Reskin (or Lolo as she’s known more cordially) of Miami rockstitution Sweat Records to have a chat about her shop, how record stores affect community and whether or not Iggy Pop wears a shirt when he comes into the store.

Lolo is one of the most involved store owners I’ve worked with and I don’t just mean in the scope of her store. This girl is seriously involved in so many different facets of the fast-blossoming Miami scene and I think we’ve all realized that if independent record stores are going to survive, they have to become cultural and community hubs, rather than simply a destination for commerce. There are few people, if any, who seem to embody this ethos more than our pal Lolo.

And let’s face facts. Any store where Iggy Pop shops (scroll down!) on the regular is probably pretty fucking boss.

1. Tell us briefly about your store.
Sweat Records was started in 2005 as a direct response to Miami having a growing indie music scene but no “traditional” indie record store that could be a hub for our geographically spread-out city.  I was (and still am) a DJ and club promoter and saw more and more people coming out to concerts and events, even though back then it was pretty hard to find out about them.  I started Sweat with my best friend Sara who was in law school at the time, she bowed out in ’07 and is now a super kick-ass public defender.  My current team includes Jason “Jsin” Jimenez who throws renowned Miami hip hop and dubstep parties (((SHAKE))) and Get Low, and Emile Milgrim who owns and operates rad record label Other Electricities.  Our shop is in Little Haiti, synergistically located next door to Churchill’s Pub, one of Miami’s most venerable music venues and is often called the CBGB’s of Miami.

2. What got you into the independent record store business?
I was always drawn to music stores and vividly remember going to Spec’s Music when I was a kid and re-organizing any CDs I saw that were out of place.  In middle school a tiny but immaculately-stocked shop called Back Street Records fueled my obsession and stole all my babysitting money.  When I was 16 I got a job and the freshly-opened Miami Virgin Megastore and worked there until I left to open Sweat in early 2005.  Obviously there is a lot more admin involved now, but I still wholly enjoy just hanging out at the counter and talking about music to the random people that come in.

3. Who are some of your favorite contemporary stores?
Radio-Active Records in Ft. Lauderdale is basically our sister store.  We’re about 25 minutes apart and send each other customers all the time.  They are great guys who are truly passionate about vinyl and they’ve got a great aesthetic.  Other Music in NYC has been a favorite of mine since high school when I would visit to devour their “La Decadanse” section full of French/Japanese/Swedish fantasy pop goodness.

4. How have things been going from a business perspective?
Sales have been going up and up and up.  We just dealt with the street in front of our shop being under construction for over 11 months and still had our best year ever (though we seriously hustled).  It is easy to see that more and more people are taking up buying vinyl as a means to get their music (especially because of the free downloads that come with them – thank you labels who do this for getting it!) and not just a hobby, although that’s on the rise as well.

5. What do you think spells the survival for an independent record store today?
You must be integrated with your community, in touch with your customers, tech-y, and responsive to change and suggestions.  After Hurricane Wilma destroyed our first location, we used our forced move as an opportunity to add an event space, as well as a coffee bar and tables so people could use our wi-fi during the day.  We’ve definitely worked online sales too, in 2011 we launched SweatShopMiami.com which sells only our local music, shirts and merchandise.  The sales from that are a nice pad to our bottom line, and it’s awesome to be able to help bands and local artisans take care of their business.  My best advice would be to seek out niches in your cultural community and fill them.

6. What are some of the coolest thing labels have done with you? Instores? Promotions? Sales?
Drag City hooked it up with the “Free Florida” tour that had Bonnie “Prince” Billy doing a series of free shows in record stores in the state, which was completely amazing.  Kudos to them as we’re geographically disadvantaged so we get passed over a lot, even though we have a very healthy concert-going audience down here.  (Labels: MORE IN-STORES, PLEASE!  It shows that artists care about the fans and not just ticket sales.)  I also think Sub Pop’s indie-only “Loser Edition” colored vinyl is rad.

7. Why do we need record stores?
It’s an easy answer but cities suck without them.  I did not want the kids growing up after me in South Florida to miss out on the experience of going into a unique space full of music, posters, odds and ends, etc.  It’s concrete proof that there is a vibrant reality beyond the overwrought mainstream music and lifestyle.

8. What kind of taco is your favorite?
Tofu cubes marinated in fajita spices with lots of guacamole and Cholula.

9. Who are your top 3 favorite bands right now?
Gotta give some love to these local acts who are totally killing it:  Deaf Poets (hyperactive bluesy garage rock), AXE AND THE OAK (post-punk twang), and Holly Hunt (brain-melting sludge rock).

10. What is your favorite thing about your store? And you can’t say the customers. That’s like saying Einstein or Ghandi when asked “If you could meet one person, living or dead…”
My favorite thing about our physical store is our art – our whole front outside wall is a two-tone mural of our music heroes by CP1 and it’s been featured on CNN, in music videos, and a ton of other places.  We have other pieces around the shop by AHOLSNIFFSGLUE, the TM Sisters, Federico Nessi & Dino Felipe, famed Little Haiti muralist Serge Toussaint and an insanely amazing saltwater tank installation by marine biology/art collective Morphologic.  The tank is mesmerizing and features these brilliantly colored plooshy round corals that are aptly named “discosoma”.  (P.S. The icons on our wall are Prince, Daft Punk, Iggy Pop, Morrissey, MF Doom, David Bowie, Johnny Cash, Aphex Twin, Billie Holiday, Bjork, Serge Gainsbourg, Notorious B.I.G. and two of the Gorillaz.)

11. What are your goals for the future of your store? Long term and short.
Short-term we just finished our third Sweatstock festival (which celebrated our 7th anniversary and RSD 2012) and are working on another similar sort of day fest.  Long-term we basically want Sweat to be around forever.  There’s an independent bookstore chain in Miami called Books & Books that’s open and growing for over 25 years and we take a lot of inspiration from them.  Miami has a really unique sense of community and camaraderie and we want to make sure everything continues on this great upward swing it’s on.

12. When Iggy comes in, does he wear a shirt?
Not always.

*Photos courtesy of TeaJayPhoto

Fava bean and dill khoresh

By Patrick on Saturday, June 16th, 2012

Another recipe from Najmieh Batmanglij’s fantastic Persian cookbook Food Of Life. A khoresh is a stew, nearly always served alongside polo (long-grain rice), which is often cooked to yield a crusty bottom called a tahdig.

Fava beans (broad beans in England) are in season right now. Above is a freshly shelled bowl of them. Another key ingredient is a large amount of fresh dill, chopped with sea salt:

Most khoreshes feature saffron as well. Use copious quantities of the best saffron you can find. It is also essential to pulverize the threads thoroughly, which is not easy. Here it is, dissolved in a mixture of rosewater and verjus (the juice of unripe grapes, added for sourness):

The tahdig, or rice crust, cut into four pie wedges:

The rest of the polo or rice (this is Tilde brand basmati from India):

And the final khoresh, which also includes chicken thighs, along with eggs added on top at the very end:

Ceremony covered The Ramones and are still on tour!

By Robby on Thursday, June 14th, 2012

During the recording sessions for Zoo, Ceremony found some time to knock out covers of some of the tracks that we speculate may have had some impact on the sound of their recent stuff. If you picked up the Hysteria 7″, you heard their take on The Urinals’ “I’m A Bug”, and right now, in conjunction with a giveaway for Ceremony’s show at Warsaw (in Brooklyn) tonight, Noisey have the track on offer for download. Give their cover of The Ramones’ “I Don’t Wanna Be Learned/I Don’t Wanna Be Tamed” a listen here.

 

 

and as the title suggests, Ceremony are STILL on tour! Go see them!

TONIGHT THURSDAY 6/14 Brooklyn NY Northside Festival w/ Citizens Arrest, Royal Headache, Magrudergrind

Fri 6/15 Buffalo NY The Funeral Home w/ Lieutenant, Plates

Sat 6/16 Toronto ON Wrong Bar (NXNE) w/ Killer Mike, Death Grips

Sat 6/16 Toronto ON Dundas Square (NXNE) w/ The Flaming Lips

Sun 6/17 Cleveland  OH Grog Shop w/ White Lung, more TBA

Mon 6/18 Chicago IL Bottom Lounge w/ White Lung, more TBA

Tue 6/19 Minneapolis MN 7th Street Entry w/ White Lung, more TBA

Wed 6/20 Omaha NE The Sand Box w/ White Lung, Slut River

Thu 6/21 Denver CO Marquis Theater w/ White Lung, Negative Degree

 

photo grabbed from sleepwalkers_guide‘s flickr

 

We’re Pretty Sure The Young Love Independent Record Stores

By Michael on Monday, June 11th, 2012

How do we know? Because the dudes are taking time out of their huge North American tour (see below) to play not one, not two, not five but FOUR free, all ages instores along their tour route. Yea dude. Serious shit. In addition to their big release date instore party going down tomorrow at End Of An Ear, The Young will stop by Criminal Records in Atlanta, Permanent Records in Chicago and M-Theory in San Diego for some rock action.  So make sure to stop by and maybe grab yourself an actual Dub Egg.

And if you can’t make it to one of those tons of shows and instores listed below, the band is going to be airing radio sessions on two amazing stations.

This Tuesday June 12 at 9pm Central, tune in to KUT 90.5fm or kut.org. Then on Sunday June 17 at 10pm Central, check them out on KVRX’s Local Live at 91.7fm or kvrx.org.

Friday, June 1 – Austin,TX – Beauty Ballroom (with No Age, Ceremony, Gun Outfit and Joyce Manor)
Saturday, June 9 – McAllen, TX – Simon Sez
Tuesday, June 12 — End of An Ear Release Date In-store (with John Wesley Coleman)
Saturday, June 16 – Austin,TX – 29th Street Ballroom (with Sungod and Spray Paint) (Dub Egg Release Show)
Thursday, June 21 – New Orleans, LA – Siberia
Friday, June 22 – Atlanta, GA – Club 529 (Early instore at Criminal Records)
Saturday, June 23 – Charlotte, NC – Snug Harbor (with White Lung and Meat Group)
Sunday, June 24 – Richmond, VA – Strange Matter (with Purling Hiss)
Monday, June 25 – Washington, DC – the Black Cat (backstage) (with Purling Hiss)
Tuesday, June 26 – Philadelphia, PA – Johnny Brenda’s (with Purling Hiss)
Wednesday, June 27 – New York, NY – Mercury Lounge (late show) (with Purling Hiss)
Thursday, June 28 – Hoboken, NJ – Maxwell’s (with Purling Hiss)
Friday, June 29 – Brooklyn, NY – 285Kent (with Census and Nude Beach)
Saturday, June 30 – New Haven, CT – Intercambio (with Purling Hiss and Estrogen Highs)
Sunday, July 01 – Providence, RI – Dusk (with Purling Hiss)
Monday, July 02 – Boston, MA – Plough and Stars (with Purling Hiss and Saralee)
Tuesday, July 03 – Montreal, QC – Il Motore
Wednesday, July 04 – Toronto, ON – Parts & Labour
Thursday, July 05 – Pittsburgh, PA – Gooski’s (with Kim Phuc)
Friday, July 06 – Cleveland, OH – Now That’s Class
Saturday, July 07 – Chicago, IL – the Hideout (with Judson Claiborne) (Early instore at Permanent Records)
Sunday, July 08 – Minneapolis, MN – the Triple Rock
Monday, July 09 – Fargo, ND – the Aquarium
Wednesday, July 11 – Seattle, WA – The Fun House
Thursday, July 12 – Portland, OR – the East End
Friday, July 13 – Reno, NV – Holland Project
Saturday, July 14 – Oakland, CA – 1-2-3-4 Go! Records (with Spray Paint and more TBA)
Sunday, July 15 – San Francisco, CA – the Hemlock
Monday, July 16 – Bakersfield, CA – Munoz Gym
Tuesday, July 17 – Los Angeles, CA – the Echo (with the Lamps and the Zig Zags)
Wednesday, July 18 – San Diego, CA – the Casbah (Early instore at M-Theory)
Thursday, July 19 – Phoenix, AZ – the Meat Market
Friday, July 20 – Las Cruces, NM – the Train Yard

download an unreleased Cold Cave track, “Believe In My Blood”

By Robby on Friday, June 8th, 2012
BELIEVE IN MY BLOOD was recorded as a B-Side for Cherish The Light Years.  You can hear it now here: http://www.matadorrecords.com/mpeg/cold_cave/cold_cave_believe_in_our_blood.mp3 Cold Cave will be performing at Europa in Brooklyn on June 14th with White Ring and Burning Star Core. Tickets here:  http://www.ticketweb.com/t3/sale/SaleEventDetail?dispatch=loadSelectionData&eventId=4625465&REFERRAL_ID=twfb&pl=scenic

“Believe In My Blood” was recorded as a B-Side for Cold Cave‘s Cherish The Light Years.

Download it now: Believe In My Blood (192kbps mp3)

June 14 – Europa, Brooklyn NY (with White Right, Burning Star Core) – tickets
June 17 – House of Blues, San Diego, CA (with The Jesus & Mary Chain) – tickets

Get To Know Your Local Independent Retailer Vol. 13 – Treehouse Records

By Michael on Tuesday, June 5th, 2012

I’ve never been to Minneapolis but there are a few things I’ve always heard; “Dude. It’s way cooler than you’d think!” or “Dude. It’s a big biking city.” or “Dude. When you get up there, you have to check out Treehouse.” So one day, when I make it up there, I will surely ride a bike over to Treehouse. Until then, I’ll just have to take owner Mark Trehus (yes!) at his word. But by the sounds of it, I’m more likely to run into him in New Orleans… read on.

1. Tell us briefly about your store.

We opened on April 1st, 2001.  From 1973 until then, there was a record store called Oar Folkjokeopus in our spot, which I managed from 1986 until its last day (March 31st of 2001).  We have always been a vinyl-heavy store, concentrating mostly on areas of music that myself and my employees are interested in. Like any good indie store, we have everything from Sun Ra to Hank Williams, from the 13th Floor Elevators to Eddie Bo. We have the best vinyl selection in the state, and carry both new and used. (We do carry a few select CDs, but don’t feel particularly proud about doing so.)  We consider ourselves a RECORD store, pure and simple.  We consistently rate among the best record stores in the country by anybody who knows anything.  No brag, just fact. (ED: #humblebrag)

2. What got you into the independent record store business?

Well, with the old adage of Sex, Drugs & Rock and Roll being the credo during my misspent younger years, I figured that settling into the latter option would be the one most likely to end up without imprisonment , the nuthouse or suicide. I have loved music and have collected records since pre-adolescence. I am still trying to figure out what I want to do when I grow up, and I just turned 57!

3. Who are some of your favorite contemporary stores?

My favorite stores are Peoples Records in Detroit, Michigan, Mississippi Records in Portland, Oregon, and Domino Sound in New Orleans, Louisiana.  All three stores are owned by true music lovers, all 20 years or so my juniors.  The owners and their employees are all very lovely and righteous people, and I am proud and happy to call them my friends.  All of them value love over gold, as do I, and that is what binds us together and soulfully.

4. How have things been going from a business perspective?

I am very fortunate in that regard, as I have other ventures which augment my income.  My store was in the black last year, but a little in the red the previous one.  This year, in a nice turn of events, we have done very, very well–at least by new millennium standards, anyway.  We seem to be back on track toward becoming more profitable again. I hope we have weathered the storm.

5. What do you think spells the survival for an independent record store today?

I don’t believe that there is an easy answer for that.  In this day and age, it seems that all independent record stores need to have a little something extra. For some folks, like Aquarius in San Francisco, it is a strong internet presence.  For Domino Sound in New Orleans, it is having a cheap storefront in a relatively-low income area–coupled with a relaxed, non-extravagant lifestyle. For Mississippi Records, it’s a positive attitude, and an unwavering trust in the basic humanity of people to do right–if you do right unto them too.  And so on and so on.  For me, I am blessed in that I own my own building, have employees who have forsaken personal gain in order to keep Treehouse alive, and have a strong community of loyal, vinyl-loving customers spiritually and soulfully.

6. What are some of the coolest thing labels have done with you? Instores? Promotions? Sales?

In a general sense, the best thing that labels can do for us is to give us (independent stores) records that (a), people actually WANT, and (b), that they can only get from shopping at an independent store.  While many larger labels are unnecessarily fearful of biting the proverbial hand that feeds, smaller labels are offering in-store appearances, price breaks, limited editions or special packaging, etc., by artists that our customers demand.  Specifically, in recent memory, Van Dyke Parks (who has his own small label for his own records) did an in-store with us this month.  This utterly blew my fucking mind!  I mean, come on, VAN DYKE PARKS in our 100-capacity store in the heart of the godforsaken Midwest?  It’s stuff like that that makes me happy that I never went to law school.

7. Why do we need record stores?

Because the soul is being sucked out of our lives by computers and big business. Obtaining music via illegal downloads or on-line sources not only deprives musicians and/or record stores a means to make a living, but more importantly, robs the consumer of an organic, fundamentally-nurturing aspect of the whole gestalt of the music-appreciation process.  Hearing music on an mp3 file on your computer isn’t the same as LISTENING to music. I feel sorry for these fucking kids who don’t get that! The soul is nurtured by listening to RECORDS, on analog equipment, that are (hopefully) bought at a brick-and-mortar, independent, music-loving establishment and listened to AT HOME, on a STEREO SYSTEM.  It is a necessary component of being part of something much, much bigger.  That “something” is a little big to properly define in this small space, but it involves nothing less than the saving of one’s own soul, and keeping one’s integrity in the face of an increasingly greedy and destructive element of society, one which threatens to keep us in check, and to imprison those of us who wish to stay human and t0 love our neighbor as we do ourselves.  The personal and the political truly ARE one and the same, aren’t they?

8. What kind of taco is your favorite?

There is nothing better than authentic tacos al pastor, of course, with a nice red chili pepper salsa.  Is that a trick question? (ED: No)

9. Who are your top 3 favorite bands right now?

Impossible to answer, you know that! But, we’ll say Neil Young & Crazy Horse, Bob Dylan & his band, and whoever I am next going to hear perform live (cuz live music is best!).  Oh, and everybody who records for Matador Records, of course. (ED: Of course.)

10. What is your favorite thing about your store? And you can’t say the customers. That’s like saying Einstein or Ghandi when asked “If you could meet one person, living or dead…”

I have a job where I can walk in the door, and there are ALWAYS some pieces of music–new or used, usually both–to listen to for the first time.  I think that many people go to work where at best they hope to merely survive the day.  I get to have fun because even my “work” is enjoyable.  I feel truly blessed to be in this position, and if it all ends tomorrow, I have had one hell of a run.

11. What are your goals for the future of your store? Long term and short.

Short term, to get through the collection of 6000 records I just bought!  Long term, to get by until I am of retirement age, and then I will decide to sell the store and/or building, or otherwise cash in my chips and move to New Orleans.  There, I plan to open Treehouse Saturday Records.  Treehouse Saturday Records will be in a building that I will buy, will likely live above or in back of, and will be open only on Saturdays.  There, I will have an espresso machine, a cooler full of cold beverages, and records that I have gleaned out of my personal collection for the past week, leading up to that Saturday.  I will use money earned in order to eat copious amounts of jambalaya, etoufee, and gumbo, for the rest of my life, getting even fatter, listening to my records, hanging out with music lovers and enjoying great live music, in the city that I love above and beyond all others.

The Young: Violitionist session debuts

By Gabe on Monday, June 4th, 2012

Secure in the knowledge that everyone spent the weekend listening to Dub Egg (The Young’s Matador debut, out June 12 and available for pre-order), we’re excited to share a session the band did recently in Denton, TX with Violitionist (thanks also to SPIN for the co-present):

See this action in person (shorts included, weather permitting):

Friday, June 1 – Austin,TX – Beauty Ballroom (with No Age, Ceremony, Gun Outfit and Joyce Manor)
Saturday, June 9 – McAllen, TX – Simon Sez
Tuesday, June 12 — End of An Ear Release Date In-store (with John Wesley Coleman)
Saturday, June 16 – Austin,TX – 29th Street Ballroom (with Sungod and Spray Paint) (Dub Egg Release Show)
Thursday, June 21 – New Orleans, LA – Siberia
Friday, June 22 – Atlanta, GA – Club 529
Saturday, June 23 – Charlotte, NC – Snug Harbor (with White Lung and Meat Group)
Sunday, June 24 – Richmond, VA – Strange Matter (with Purling Hiss)
Monday, June 25 – Washington, DC – the Black Cat (backstage) (with Purling Hiss)
Tuesday, June 26 – Philadelphia, PA – Johnny Brenda’s (with Purling Hiss)
Wednesday, June 27 – New York, NY – Mercury Lounge (late show) (with Purling Hiss)
Thursday, June 28 – Hoboken, NJ – Maxwell’s (with Purling Hiss)
Friday, June 29 – Brooklyn, NY – 285Kent (with Census and Nude Beach)
Saturday, June 30 – New Haven, CT – Intercambio (with Purling Hiss and Estrogen Highs)
Sunday, July 01 – Providence, RI – Dusk (with Purling Hiss)
Monday, July 02 – Boston, MA – Plough and Stars (with Purling Hiss and Saralee)
Tuesday, July 03 – Montreal, QC – Il Motore
Wednesday, July 04 – Toronto, ON – Parts & Labour
Thursday, July 05 – Pittsburgh, PA – Gooski’s (with Kim Phuc)
Friday, July 06 – Cleveland, OH – Now That’s Class
Saturday, July 07 – Chicago, IL – the Hideout (with Judson Claiborne)
Sunday, July 08 – Minneapolis, MN – the Triple Rock
Monday, July 09 – Fargo, ND – the Aquarium
Wednesday, July 11 – the Fun House
Thursday, July 12 – Portland, OR – the East End
Friday, July 13 – Reno, NV – Holland Project
Saturday, July 14 – Oakland, CA – 1-2-3-4 Go! Records (with Spray Paint and more TBA)
Sunday, July 15 – San Francisco, CA – the Hemlock
Monday, July 16 – Bakersfield, CA – Munoz Gym
Tuesday, July 17 – Los Angeles, CA – the Echo (with the Lamps and the Zig Zags)
Wednesday, July 18 – San Diego, CA – the Casbah
Thursday, July 19 – Phoenix, AZ – the Meat Market
Friday, July 20 – Las Cruces, NM – the Train Yard

Ceremony at Gilman Street: the documentary

By Gabe on Monday, June 4th, 2012

Like lots of Bay Area crusters, Ceremony spent their formative years hanging out, watching bands and playing shows at 924 Gilman in Berkeley. Noisey brings us a short documentary capturing the spirit of that establishment, and perhaps as interestingly, the personality of the band (produced by Glasnost NYC):

Ceremony’s album Zoo is available now.

The band’s June tour includes a stop in Brooklyn for the Northside Festival (tickets still available):

Monday, June 04 – Metairie, LA – The Cypress (with Cold World, Backtrack, Expire, Dead End Path, Wake Into The Nightmare, Charge The Mound)
Tuesday, June 05 – Gainesville, FL – The Backyard (with Post Teens)
Wednesday, June 06 – Orlando, FL – Backbooth (with Merchandise, Great Deceivers)
Thursday, June 07 – Atlanta, GA – Drunken Unicorn (with Manic)
Friday, June 08 – Belmont, NC – The Haunted Mill (with Joint Damage)
Saturday, June 09 – Washington, DC – St. Stephens Church (with Sacred Love, Muck, Plastic Gods, Girlstabs)
Sunday, June 10 – Philadelphia, PA – First Unitarian Church (with Citizens Arrest, Leather, Waxahatchee)
Monday, June 11 – Wilkes-Barre, PA – Redwood Art Space (with Tigers Jaw, United Youth)
Tuesday, June 12 – Pawtucket, RI – The Met (with Soul Control, Raindanc)
Wednesday, June 13 – Hamden, CT – The Space (with TBA)
Thursday, June 14 – Brooklyn, NY – Warsaw (Northside Fest with Magrudergrind and more TBA)
Friday, June 15 – Buffalo, NY – The Funeral Home (with Lieutenant, Plates)
Saturday, June 16 – Toronto, ON – Wrong Bar (with Killer Mike, Death Grips, Doldrums, Trae Tha Truth)
Saturday, June 16 – Toronto, ON – Dundas Square (NXNE with The Flaming Lips, Soundtrack Of Our Lives, of Montreal, and more)
Sunday, June 17 – Cleveland, OH – Grog Shop (with White Lung, more TBA)
Monday, June 18 – Chicago, IL – Bottom Lounge (with White Lung, more TBA)
Tuesday, June 19 – Minneapolis, MN – 7th Street Entry (with White Lung, more TBA)
Wednesday, June 20 – Omaha, NE – The Sandbox (with White Lung, Slut River, Gag Reflex)
Thursday, June 21 – Denver, CO – Marquis Theater (with White Lung, Negative Degree, Citizen)

Boston baked beans

By Patrick on Sunday, June 3rd, 2012

I recently made Boston (or rather Maine) baked beans, a week-long process. The recipe was devised from several John Thorne recipes, mainly because I didn’t have the right ingredients to make any single one of them. This is mainly a combination of his “Up-North Beans” and his “Downeast Baked Beans” from Serious Pig, a book I highly recommend, not just one of the best cookbooks of the past decade or so, but one of the most interesting books about food traditions and eating:

First, I made salt pork by taking pork belly from Eataly and curing it in a brine of salt and brown sugar for four days (there’s lots of extra left in the freezer for summer chowders):

Next I soaked Rancho Gordo‘s EXCELLENT Jacob’s Cattle beans overnight:

And then put them in the dutch oven and boiled and simmered them with their soaking liquid “until a sharp breath will split the skin of a bean” (this direction has got to come from one of the old recipes Thorne researched), and drained them, reserving the cooking liquid:

The next step is to combine the beans with the salt pork, along with molasses, rum, mustard powder, salt and pepper, and then add back enough bean liquid to be visible through the beans, and bake for 5 1/2 hours at 250 degrees. Every so often you have to check that there’s still a minimum of liquid, and add back bean liquid as necessary, moving on to water once the bean liquid has run out; here’s a shot partway through the baking process:

The final result!

Perfume Genius / Sigur Ros Tour Dates

By Claire T on Friday, June 1st, 2012

Photo by: Jake Giles Netter

We’re very very happy to announce that Perfume Genius will be supporting Sigur Rós on the following summer tour dates:

Sunday, July 29 – Philadelphia, PA – Mann Center for Performing Arts (w/ Sigur Rós) - Tickets

Monday, July 30 – Philadelphia, PA – Mann Center for Performing Arts (w/ Sigur Rós) – Sold Out

Tuesday, July 31 – Brooklyn, NY – Celebrate Brooklyn! at Prospect Park Bandshell (w/ Sigur Rós) – Sold Out

Wednesday, August 01 – Toronto, ON – Echo Beach @ Molson Canadian (w/ Sigur Rós) – Sold Out

More Perfume Genius news coming soon so keep it here!

Perfume Genius Summer European/UK Dates:

June 29 Rock Werchter, Werchter, Belgium
Jun 30 Open Source Festival, Dusseldorf, Germany
July 02 Blaa Oslo, Norway
July 03 Strand Club, Stockholm, Sweden
July o4 Pusterviksbaren, Gothenburg, Sweden
July 05 Roskilde Festival, Roskilde, Denmark
July 07 Super Bock, Super Rock, Lisbon, Portugal
July 09 Spaziale Festival, Turin, Italy
July 10 Piazza Castello, Pordenone, Italy
July 11 Exil, Zurich, Switzerland
July 15 Latitude Festival, Southwold, United Kingdom

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