Archive for August, 2012

Lee Ranaldown Under

By Josh Turner on Friday, August 31st, 2012

I should probably apologise to the human race for that horrendous attempt at ‘wit of the week’, but first and foremost, here are the details for Lee Ranaldo’s upcoming Australian tour.

Lemonade – European tour dates

By Josh Turner on Thursday, August 30th, 2012

Those Brooklyn based scamps in Lemonade are crossing the Atlantic once more, a mere month or so since their last flying visit.

This time they will be playing twelve shows, across eight countries – showcasing their strobe-drenched electro-nebula pop to full effect. Tell your friends baby.

The dates read as follows:

13-Sep-12 – London, England – The Lexington
14-Sep-12 – Bristol, England – Start The Bus
15-Sep-12 – Dublin, Ireland – The Grand Social
17-Sep-12 – Glasgow, Scotland – The Captains Rest
18-Sep-12 – Edinburgh, Scotland – Sneaky Pete’s
19-Sep-12 – Fribourg, Switzerland – Fri-Son
21-Sep-12 – St Gallen, Switzerland – Grabenhalle
22-Sep-12 – Cologne, Germany – King Georg
23-Sep-12 – Brussels, Belgium – Bota Witloofbar
24-Sep-12 – Copenhagen, Denmark – Huset
25-Sep-12 – Stockholm, Sweden – Scandic Grand Central.
26-Sep-12 – Netherlands, Amsterdam – Paradiso

Wanna Meet Cat Power?

By Michael on Tuesday, August 28th, 2012

Because if you’re one of the first one hundred people to purchase Sun from Amoeba LA next Tuesday September 4th — aka the day the album hits streets — you can have said album (whether it’s the deluxe version or the regular version) signed right then and there by Chan Marshall herself.

Some more details HERE.

Bummed that you don’t live near LA and can’t possibly make it down for this signing? Well, hopefully your depression can be assuaged by the absolutely stunning 2xLP deluxe edition with alternate gold foiled cover on clear vinyl and bonus 7″ featuring 2 non-album tracks can be picked up at your local independent retailer.

Get To Know Your Local Independent Retailer Vol. 19 – Madcity Music Exchange

By Michael on Tuesday, August 28th, 2012

For some reason that I can’t explain there has always been a seemingly high concentration of Madison, Wisconsin transplants here in New York City.  I mean, it’s New York so you’re bound to run into someone every couple of minutes who isn’t from around here but it seems like everywhere you look there’s some kid from Madison.  And it seems like those who know what’s up all say the same thing – Madcity Music Exchange rules.  So as you should do anywhere you go, trust the locals.

1. Tell us briefly about your store.
MadCity Music Exchange was started in 1981.  Moved to our current location in 1989.  Has long been know as Madison’s place for music fans, hipsters, band dudes/chicks and other arty/low life types.  It was purchased by long term employee Dave Zero in 2007.  Since then it has gone under major renovations and now has a larger and more diverse stock of new and used vinyl and CDs.  Specializing in new releases and hard to find titles.

2. What got you into the independent record store business?
I’m the rare success story of the hang-around-long-enough-and-they’ll-have-to-hire-you philosophy.

3. Who are some of your favorite contemporary stores?
Green Noise Records in Portland is great!  I also really like TD’s CDs and LPs in Bloomington, IN.

4. How have things been going from a business perspective?
The remodeling and expanding of stock has really started to pay off.  We’ve been doing real well.

5. What do you think spells the survival for an independent record store today?
Survival for a record store these days depends on a few things: 1) knowing what your customers expect to find and having it  2) being able to surprise your customers  3) being able to juggle a lot of different ways to find income  4) having a niche that’s needed in your town

6. What are some of the coolest thing labels have done with you? Instores? Promotions? Sales?
We had a instores with The Black Lips and Peter Case that were great.  We also had some fun giveaways from Drag City.  We are up for trying just about anything.

7. Why do we need record stores?
We need record stores because everything else in the music world has become so impersonal.  Reading a review on Pitchfork than downloading it while sitting all by yourself on the couch is a terrible way to live.  Record stores open give you a sense of adventure that should always be part of music.

8. What kind of taco is your favorite?
The one my wife makes me for dinner.

9. Who are your top 3 favorite bands right now?
Imposable for me to get it down to three at any one time.  Sorry.  Recently I’ve been obsessing over: Eater, Abner Jay, Horse Feathers, Nick Lowe, The Spits, Michael Rother, Ebo Taylor and some solo Bob Mould albums I missed the when they originally came out.

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 love the way it looks now.  As mentioned, we’ve been remodeling off-and-on for about four years and finally have it looking good.  It’s spacious, bright and welcoming.  It also has a stage perfect for instores.

11. What are your goals for the future of your store? Long term and short.
Short term: we’ll be revamping our website be e commerce and more interactive.  And getting a new sign for the front on the store.  Long term: Keep selling new and used CDs and vinyl to people who love music.

NPR First Listen : Cat Power – ‘Sun’

By Gerard on Monday, August 27th, 2012

(photo by Stefano Giovanni)

The new Cat Power album ‘Sun’ comes out September 4, but you can hear whole thing starting today via NPR’s “First Listen”, presented by Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton.  NPR’s “All Songs Considered” is hosting a live Q&A with Chan Marshall later today at noon eastern.

Pre-order ‘Sun’ at the Matador Store, iTunes, Amazon or purchase the deluxe vinyl + exclusive 7″ version at your favorite independent retailer on a week from Tuesday.

(UPDATE  -  NPE’s Q&A with Chan is being rescheduled due to weather conditions in Florida.  Check this space for a rescheduled interview).

Aloo chat

By Patrick on Sunday, August 26th, 2012

Aloo chat is an Indian street snack that makes a great summer dish. Recipe adapted from Julie Sahni, Classic Indian Cooking, which is more than a collection of recipes by the way.

1 tbs chat masala (buy pre-prepared or use recipe below*)
1/3 cup cold water

5-6 waxy potatoes (I used Elba Golds from North Haven’s Turner Farms)
2 cups ripe tomatoes (I used heirlooms from the Union Square Greenmarket)
4 tbs finely chopped onions
1 finely chopped jalapeno or habanero (optional)
3 tbs roughly chopped cilantro
1 tsp cumin seeds, toasted for 2 minutes in a small pan over a low flame, shaking the whole time, then ground
1 tbs kosher salt (or more, to taste)
juice of a whole supermarket lemon (or more, to taste)

Mix chat masala* thoroughly with the cold water in a small bowl.

Boil the potatoes until they are tender but not falling apart. Plunge into cold water and peel. Cut into 1/2″ chunks. Place in a large bowl and cover with chat masala+water mixture stirring gently to coat thoroughly, and allow to sit for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Meanwhile, slice tomatoes into 1/2″ chunks, and prepare the rest of the ingredients. Now place the tomatoes, cilantro, onions and optional chopped chiles on top of the potatoes and DO NOT MIX. Put the bowl in the fridge for 30 minutes.

Remove from fridge add the cumin, salt and lemon juice. Now stir the entire mixture gently. Adjust seasoning – you will need to balance the salt and lemon juice to get the right mix of salty and sour. Serve immediately.


* Chat masala recipe (if you want to buy premixed, I’ve heard Everest brand is good):

3/4 tsp cumin seeds (toasted and ground as above)
1/4 tsp cayenne
1/4 tsp black pepper
1/4 tsp ground asafoetida (or hing – the better stuff comes in blocks)
1/4 tsp amchoor (dried mango powder)
1/2 tsp black salt
3/4 tsp kosher salt

All masala ingredients should be thoroughly ground and combined. The black salt is critical for chat. Do not be put off by its sulfurous smell in its raw form.

Perfume Genius – Changes in Upcoming European Tour Schedule

By Josh Turner on Monday, August 20th, 2012

We are very sad to announce that we have to reschedule some Perfume Genius European tour dates.

The current dates are as follows:

28 – Cambridge, Junction (Supporting Grizzly Bear)
29 – Nottingham, Albert Hall, (Supporting Grizzly Bear)
30 – Brudenell Social Club, Leeds
31 – The Globe, Cardiff


1 – End of the Road Festival, North Dorset
2 – Electric Picnic Festival, Ireland
4 – SWG3, Glasgow
5 – Glee Club, Birmingham
6 – Union Chapel, London
8 – Groningen, Holland Vera Euser
10 – Luxembourg, Luxembourg Rockhal Hussong
11 – Brussels, Belgium Ancienne Belgique De Clippeleir
13 – Paris, Cafe De La Danse

And the following dates are CANCELED:

14 – Kriens, Switzerland, Sudpol Club Galley
15 – Duedingen, Switzerland, Bad Bonn
16 – Vienna, Austria, Flex
17 – Prague, Czech Republic, Meetfactory
18 – Warsaw, Poland, Hydrozagadka
20 – Berlin, Germany, Magnet Linnartz
21 – Hamburg, Germany, Reeperbahn Festival Linnartz
22 – Frankfurt, Germany, Zoom Linnartz
23 – Nuremburg Germany K4 Linnartz

Keep hold of tickets for rescheduling news early next week.

Coming October 9 : AC Newman’s ‘Shut Down The Streets’

By Gerard on Monday, August 20th, 2012

(photo by Noah Kalina)

On October 9, we’ll be releasing the 3rd album from A.C. Newman, ‘Shut Down The Streets’ (LP/CD/digital)  the most powerful and personal solo work to date from the New Pornographers founder.  While Newman long ago staked a claim for being one of this continent’s finest pop craftsmen, ‘Streets’ represents a change in tone and a bigger change in subject matter.  I’m not about to give the whole thing away (not when we’ve commissioned a bio writer to do that, anyway), but a year of joy and sorrow in the Newman household has inspired an album of understated elegance and strength. The bar was already set pretty high where this songwriter is concerned, but this isn’t nearly so simple as one of your longtime favorites having delivered 10 great new songs.  Fantastic lyrical chops and musical invention aren’t new territory for Carl, but writing so directly about the most important events in his adult life certainly are.

Recorded in Woodstock, NY (and featuring longtime colleague Neko Case), ‘Streets’ bears the influence of classic ‘70s folk and pop songwriters ranging from Gerry Rafferty to “Daylight Katy”-period Gordon Lightfoot,  Summoning lush sonics with sweeping string & synth backgrounds that are miles away from The New Pornographers’ signature sound, ‘Shut Down The Streets’ is brutally honest, open and affecting in a way Newman has rarely been in the past.

“I’m Not Talking” (192 kbps MP3)

Track Listing:

1) I’m Not Talking
2) Do Your Own Time
3) You Could Get Lost Out Here
4) Encyclopedia of Classic Takedowns
5) There’s Money In New Wave
6) Strings
7) Hostages
8 ) Wasted English
9) The Troubadour
10) They Should Have Shut Down The Streets

Pre-order ‘Shut Down The Streets’ from The Matador Store (first 300 LP’s are on colored vinyl)

on tour this Autumn :

10/21 – Toronto, ON @ Lee’s Palace (Exclaim! 20th Anniversary Concert Series)
10/22 – New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom
10/23 – Allston, MA @ Brighton Music Hall
10/24 – Hoboken, NJ @ Maxwell’s
10/25 – Philadelphia, PA @ First Unitarian Church
10/26 – Washington DC @ Black Cat
10/27 – Durham, NC @ Motorco Music Hall
10/28 – Atlanta, GA @ The Earl
10/29 – St. Louis, MO @ Duck Room at Blueberry Hill
10/30 – Chicago, IL @ The Empty Bottle
11/1 – St. Paul, MN @ Turf Club
11/2 – Winnipeg, Canada @ West End Cultural Centre
11/5 – Edmonton, Canada @ Starlite Room
11/6 – Calgary, Canada @ The Republik
11/8 – Vancouver, BC @ The Biltmore Cabaret (Exclaim! 20th Anniversary Concert Series)*
11/9 – Seattle, WA @ The Crocodile*
11/10 – Portland, OR @ Doug Fir Lounge*
11/12 – San Francisco, CA @ The Independent*
11/13 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Echoplex*
11/14 – San Diego, CA @ The Casbah*

*with special guest Harriet

A.C. Newman
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@acnewman – Twitter (official site)

(‘Shut Down The Streets’ is coming out in Canada on Last Gang and in the UK on Fire Records)

Ceremony to play secret show this Thursday at London’s Old Blue Last

By Josh Turner on Monday, August 20th, 2012

First Look : Deluxe LP Version of Cat Power’s ‘Sun’

By Gerard on Friday, August 17th, 2012

Pretty snazzy, right? Pics courtesy Matt de Jong — we’ll have shots of the CD and standard LP versions on Monday.

Pre-order ‘Sun’via the Matador Store, iTunes, Amazon and/or grab the deluxe vinyl + exclusive 7″ at your favorite independent retailer on September 4.