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Cat Power Band Profiles #4 – Nico

By Gabe on Friday, September 28th, 2012

Before Cat Power hits the road this fall with her new band in support of Sun, we wanted you to meetherband, and with the final introduction of Nico, now you have. Get psyched for this fiery feline fivesome (sorrysorrysorrysorry) to hit your town soon (tour dates below!).

FULL NAME and ANY ALIASES:
Nico Turner

INSTRUMENT:
Percussion
Keys
Electronics
Bass
Vocals

HOMETOWN/HOMEBASE:
Los Angeles, California

PREVIOUS ROCK ‘N ROLL EXPERIENCE/QUALIFICATIONS:
VOICEsVOICEs
(work with) Prefuse 73
Brightblack Morning Light
RRIICCEE (Vincent Gallo)

FIRST EXPOSURE TO CAT POWER/FAVORITE CAT POWER SONG:
My first exposure to Cat Power was at age fifteen or sixteen, watching MTV2, the Cross Bones Style video came on and I immediately stopped everything I was doing to watch. Favorite Cat Power song is “Maybe Not”

“DON’T LEAVE HOME WITHOUT IT” ALBUM FOR THE ROAD:
Aaliyah – Aaliyah
Sister Crayon – Bellow
Fever Ray
Rio En Medio – Frontier

Say it with me, one last time with feeling: Cat Power and her new band hit the road soon!

October
Thursday 11 – Miami, FL – Grand Central
Saturday 13 – Mexico City, MX – Corona Capital Music Festival
Thursday 18 – Ithaca, NY – The State Theater
Friday 19 – Montreal, QC – The Metropolis
Saturday 20 – Toronto, ON – Kool Haus
Monday 22 – Washington, DC – 9:30 Club
Tuesday 23 – New York, NY – Hammerstein Ballroom
Wednesday 24 – San Boston, MA – House Of Blues
Thursday 25 – Philadelphia, PA – Electric Factory
Saturday 27 – Detroit, MI Royal – Oak Music Theater
Sunday 28 – Chicago, IL – Riviera Theater
Monday 29 – Milwaukee, WI – Pabst Theater
Tuesday 30 – Minneapolis, MN – Mill City Nights

November
Friday 02 – Vancouver, BC – Vogue Theater
Saturday 03 – Seattle, WA – Showbox Sodo
Sunday 04 – Portland, OR – Crystal Ballroom
Tuesday 06 – Oakland, CA – Fox Theater
Thursday 08 – Los Angeles, CA – Hollywood Palladium

Interpol – Turn On The Bright Lights: The Tenth Anniversary Edition

By Patrick on Friday, September 28th, 2012

Photo: Exum

Ten years ago, Interpol’s debut album seized the imagination of a generation. The spare, lean textures, darkly oblique lyrics and suave stage presence were entirely different from the bands who preceded them on the charts and the radio.

Now on November 19, we are commemorating Turn On The Bright Lights with a Tenth Anniversary Edition, fully remastered in a beautiful deluxe hardbound book with unreleased photos (48 pages in the CD, 28 large pages in the vinyl) and a second disc of bonus tracks, many unreleased, plus demos and B-sides and a DVD.

The album will be available as a double CD+DVD, double LP+DVD, and digital album with digital booklet. Preorders will come with a replica of the band’s first piece of merchandise, a button with the original Interpol logo.

THE ORIGINAL ALBUM, REMASTERED:

1. Untitled
2. Obstacle 1
3. NYC
4. PDA
5. Say Hello To The Angels
6. Hands Away
7. Obstacle 2
8. Stella Was A Diver And She Was Always Down
9. Roland
10. The New
11. Leif Erikson

THE BONUS MATERIAL:

1. Interlude (iTunes single) §
2. Specialist (Interpol EP)
3. PDA (First Demo, 1998)
4. Roland (First Demo, 1998)
5. Get The Girls (Song 5) (First Demo, 1998)
6. Precipitate (2nd Demo, 1999) §
7. Song Seven (Original Version) (2nd Demo, 1999) §
8. A Time To Be So Small (Orig Version) (2nd Demo,1999)
9. Untitled (Third Demo, 2001) * =
10. Stella (Third Demo, 2001) * =
11. NYC (Third Demo, 2001) =
12. Leif Erikson (Third Demo, 2001) * =
13. Gavilan (Cubed) (Third Demo, 2001) †
14. Obstacle 2 (Peel Session, 2001) =
15. Hands Away (Peel Session, 2001) =
16. The New (Peel Session, 2001) * =
17. NYC (Peel Session, 2001) * =

§ unreleased on vinyl
* unreleased recording
† unreleased song
= in the vinyl package, this track is only included on the bonus coupon

THE DVD:

- The 3 music videos: PDA, NYC, Obstacle 1
- Mercury Lounge, NYC concert footage, May 2000 (Sam’s first show with the band, multi-camera shoot)
- The Troubadour, Los Angeles concert footage, September 2002 (professional multi-camera shoot)

The band writes:

In 2002, we released our first album, Turn On the Bright Lights. We had waited close to five years for the opportunity to record an album. Needless to say this was a memorable moment for us. We never had any expectations for how the album would be received. We just wanted to present our music as an album to anyone who would be open to hearing it. It was incredible to finally tour and see people react to these songs. We never could have imagined that the album would have reached so many people throughout the world.

We spent a good deal of time this past year digging through our archives and asking others to dig through theirs in the hopes of uncovering some forgotten material. The result of our hunting and gathering has yielded this Tenth Anniversary Edition of Turn On the Bright Lights. We wanted to do something special for the fans who have always supported us. We wanted to do something special for the best fans in the world. We hope you enjoy it.

Sincerely yours,
Daniel Kessler

Preorder the album and get limited bonus Interpol pin
interpolnyc.com

AC Newman – Brooklyn Record Release Gig/Party, October 8

By Gerard on Friday, September 28th, 2012
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“Want You To Know”: A Short Film By James Blose set to the music of A.C. Newman’s ‘Shut Down The Streets’

Do I need to repeat the information listed above?  Quite possibly, if your eyesight sucks or you don’t have one of those new fancy Retina displays (HINT HINT).  On Monday, October 8 our good friends at Brooklyn Vegan are presenting a bash to commemorate the following day’s U.S. release of AC Newman‘s ‘Shut Down The Streets’ at The Rock Shop (249 4th Avenue, Brooklyn).    The evening is said to feature “a live performance, full album playback, drink specials, album giveaways, + more!” and I don’t know about you, but it’s the whole, ” + more!” portion of the pitch that really has my curiosity piqued.   Surely a free AC Newman show would be enough to get you out of the house.  Throw in the drink specials, swag giveaways, etc. and this already sounds too good to be true.  But “more”?   Either we’re promising more than one mere record release party can possibly deliver (hey, it wouldn’t be the first time) or this truly is the can’t miss event of early October, 2012 (in Brooklyn.  on weeknights). I don’t think you wanna risk missing out on the latter. And the former already sounded pretty good to me.  In fact, if I see you there, I’ll personally buy you a drink (keep in mind the room might be quite dark and my eyesight sucks).

You can score a free ticket to the 10/8 party by purchasing ‘Shut Down The Streets’ at one of the following NYC area independent shops.  The following stores will have the LP/CD in stock the weekend prior :

Other Music
Generation/Bleecker
Academy
Sound Fix
Ear Wax
Halcyon
Permanent
In Living Stereo
Rebel Rebel
Co Op

“Encyclopedia Of Classic Takedowns” (192 kbps MP3)

Pre-order ‘Shut Down The Streets’ on the LP, CD or digital formats from The Matador Store (first 300 LP’s are on colored vinyl)


A.C. Newman
at Facebook
@acnewman – Twitter
ACNewman.net (official site)

Light In The Attic hits the road…with some doucher we used to know

By Gabe on Thursday, September 27th, 2012

Venerable and esteemed American record-reissue label Light In The Attic has ventured out on the highways and byways of the Northwest and Pacific Coast regions to visit a whopping 58 record retail establishments – many of whom we at Matador and Matador Direct work with every day.

We salute LITA for their dedication to quality, curation, craftsmansip…and for giving former Matador warehouse troll Jon Treneff an excuse to make his internet comedy debut. Here’s the first installment in LITA’s roadtrip video series (cuz if you aren’t doing content, you just can’t be content) – check here for more video updates from LITA, and patronize America’s great (and medium-great) record stores.

Cat Power Band Profiles #3 – Alianna

By Gabe on Thursday, September 27th, 2012

Yesterday we said “hello again!” to Gregg, and before that we were introduced to Adeline, but we were only halfway home! Say hello Alianna, and we’ll wrap up the fun tomorrow.

FULL NAME and ANY ALIASES:
ALIANNA KALABA

INSTRUMENT:
DRUMS

HOMETOWN/HOMEBASE:
Grew up in CHICAGO, lived in NY for 8 years and been living in SF for the past year….

PREVIOUS ROCK ‘N ROLL EXPERIENCE/QUALIFICATIONS:
WE RAGAZZI was my first band in chicago. played with a bunch of bands in chicago and new york over the years. played 77 BOADRUM in NY and 88 BOADRUM in LA. the last band that i played with was the CROCODILES…..

FIRST EXPOSURE TO CAT POWER/FAVORITE CAT POWER SONG:
My first exposure was to MOON PIX in my 20′s while living in chicago…..METAL HEART

“DON’T LEAVE HOME WITHOUT IT” ALBUM FOR THE ROAD:
NEIL YOUNG – EVERYBODY KNOWS THIS IS NOWHERE

Cat Power and band are hitting the road! Purchase Sun!

October
Thursday 11 – Miami, FL – Grand Central
Saturday 13 – Mexico City, MX – Corona Capital Music Festival
Thursday 18 – Ithaca, NY – The State Theater
Friday 19 – Montreal, QC – The Metropolis
Saturday 20 – Toronto, ON – Kool Haus
Monday 22 – Washington, DC – 9:30 Club
Tuesday 23 – New York, NY – Hammerstein Ballroom
Wednesday 24 – San Boston, MA – House Of Blues
Thursday 25 – Philadelphia, PA – Electric Factory
Saturday 27 – Detroit, MI Royal – Oak Music Theater
Sunday 28 – Chicago, IL – Riviera Theater
Monday 29 – Milwaukee, WI – Pabst Theater
Tuesday 30 – Minneapolis, MN – Mill City Nights

November
Friday 02 – Vancouver, BC – Vogue Theater
Saturday 03 – Seattle, WA – Showbox Sodo
Sunday 04 – Portland, OR – Crystal Ballroom
Tuesday 06 – Oakland, CA – Fox Theater
Thursday 08 – Los Angeles, CA – Hollywood Palladium

Cat Power Band Profiles #2 – Gregg

By Gabe on Wednesday, September 26th, 2012

A familiar face to anyone lucky enough to catch Cat Power with the Dirty Delta Blues combo over the last few years, our second CP side-”man” is in fact the only man in the group. Joining Adeline Jasso, who was introduced yesterday, the second member the new Cat Power outfit to be unveiled (in the role of musical director – shit I’m spoiling!) is none other than Mr. Gregg Foreman.

FULL NAME and ANY ALIASES:
Gregg Foreman (Mr.Pharmacist)

INSTRUMENT:
Guitar . Organs . Piano . Synth . Electronics . Sitar . Vocals

HOMETOWN/HOMEBASE:
Philadelphia/ Los Angeles (homebase)

PREVIOUS ROCK ‘N ROLL EXPERIENCE/QUALIFICATIONS:
The Delta 72 . Pink Mountaintops . The Black Ryder . The Meek . Cat Power (2006-2011) Cat Power(Current Musical Director)
The Blues Explosion (session piano on Acme) . Producer of various underground bands . . .

FIRST EXPOSURE TO CAT POWER/FAVORITE CAT POWER SONG:
Played with Chan (Delta 72) at the cooler in NYC in 96
Favorite Cat Power Song(s) – Rockets . Good Woman

“DON’T LEAVE HOME WITHOUT IT” ALBUM FOR THE ROAD:
sorry I can’t name one

Velvet Underground – VU and Nico
Serge Gainsbourg – Comic Strip
Suicide – First Album
Rowland S Howard – Teenage Snuff Film
The Cure – Seventeen Seconds
Black Flag – Damaged

Once again, catch Cat Power and band on tour and pickup Sun if you haven’t.

October
Thursday 11 – Miami, FL – Grand Central
Saturday 13 – Mexico City, MX – Corona Capital Music Festival
Thursday 18 – Ithaca, NY – The State Theater
Friday 19 – Montreal, QC – The Metropolis
Saturday 20 – Toronto, ON – Kool Haus
Monday 22 – Washington, DC – 9:30 Club
Tuesday 23 – New York, NY – Hammerstein Ballroom
Wednesday 24 – San Boston, MA – House Of Blues
Thursday 25 – Philadelphia, PA – Electric Factory
Saturday 27 – Detroit, MI Royal – Oak Music Theater
Sunday 28 – Chicago, IL – Riviera Theater
Monday 29 – Milwaukee, WI – Pabst Theater
Tuesday 30 – Minneapolis, MN – Mill City Nights

November
Friday 02 – Vancouver, BC – Vogue Theater
Saturday 03 – Seattle, WA – Showbox Sodo
Sunday 04 – Portland, OR – Crystal Ballroom
Tuesday 06 – Oakland, CA – Fox Theater
Thursday 08 – Los Angeles, CA – Hollywood Palladium

Green Day Out Buy Early Get Nows Us

By Adam F on Wednesday, September 26th, 2012

photo: Nabil Ayers

If Feist would finally confirm to host the first-ever “Christoper Pell Lombardi Awards For Excellence In Convoluted Marketing Schemes”, the fourth installment of Buy Early Get Now (aka The New Ps “Box Of Air”) would finally get its due in the Lifetime Achievement category.   (Note:  Dave Martin still maintains that only time will help folks discover BEGN #4′s genius, and Dave knows both time and genius.)

So here we are, five years and two IHeartRadio Festivals later…and the majors have finally decided to embark on the trail toward customer confusion that we so dutifully blazed.   To wit, Green Day’s foray into the world of selling futures in music.

And because other members of the Matador family have done a far better job lampooning Billie and friends, I’ll leave only a link to this space where we can all watch customer ire unfold in real time:

 

Cat Power Band Profiles #1 – Adeline

By Gabe on Tuesday, September 25th, 2012

As Cat Power readies a brand new band and innovative stage show for her upcoming tour, we thought we’d take some time to introduce you to her (mostly) new musical sisters (and brother) in arms.

FULL NAME and ANY ALIASES:
Adeline Fargier (maiden) Jasso (married)

INSTRUMENT:
Guitar

HOMETOWN/HOMEBASE:
I was born in Valence, France and I now live in Los Angeles, California.

PREVIOUS ROCK ‘N ROLL EXPERIENCE/QUALIFICATIONS:
Played and recorded with Troy Von Balthazar (ex Chokebore)
Over Gain Optimal Death (OGOD)
Antarcticans
LANDy (actor/director Adam Goldberg)
Hot Gossip
The Black Pine

FIRST EXPOSURE TO CAT POWER/FAVORITE CAT POWER SONG:
I saw her perform on the French television show Nulle Part Ailleurs when I was 15 years old back in 1996. They played Nude As The News, it was my first exposure to Cat Power and it is still to this day my favorite song. I went see her play a few months later in Lyon.

“DON’T LEAVE HOME WITHOUT IT” ALBUM FOR THE ROAD:
Too hard to choose between these three, they all are indispensable to me for different reasons:
Soft Machine “Soft Machine”
George Harrison “All things must pass”
Les Rallizes Denudes “Mitzutani”

Look for Cat Power and band on tour in support of Sun (and purchase the album if you haven’t already):

October
Thursday 11 – Miami, FL – Grand Central
Saturday 13 – Mexico City, MX – Corona Capital Music Festival
Thursday 18 – Ithaca, NY – The State Theater
Friday 19 - Montreal, QC – The Metropolis
Saturday 20 – Toronto, ON – Kool Haus
Monday 22 – Washington, DC – 9:30 Club
Tuesday 23 – New York, NY – Hammerstein Ballroom
Wednesday 24 – San Boston, MA – House Of Blues
Thursday 25 – Philadelphia, PA – Electric Factory
Saturday 27 – Detroit, MI Royal – Oak Music Theater
Sunday 28 – Chicago, IL – Riviera Theater
Monday 29 – Milwaukee, WI – Pabst Theater
Tuesday 30 – Minneapolis, MN – Mill City Nights

November
Friday 02 – Vancouver, BC – Vogue Theater
Saturday 03 – Seattle, WA – Showbox Sodo
Sunday 04 – Portland, OR – Crystal Ballroom
Tuesday 06 – Oakland, CA – Fox Theater
Thursday 08 – Los Angeles, CA – Hollywood Palladium

Paul Banks’ Noisey documentary debuts: “Beyond tight is the realm of feel”

By Gabe on Tuesday, September 25th, 2012

And other priceless nuggets contained herein.

Noisey was given unprecedented access as Paul Banks prepared for the first shows in support of his upcoming solo album Banks (available for pre-order). What resulted is possibly the most transparent and intimate portrayal yet of the Interpol frontman. An absolute must-watch:

Look for Paul and the band on tour soon:

November
Saturday 03 – Austin, TX – Fun Fun Fun Fest
Friday 09 – Washington, DC – The Howard Theater
Saturday 10 – Philadelphia, PA – The Trocadero
Tuesday 13 – New York, NY – Studio @ Webster Hall
Thursday 29 – Las Vegas, NV – House Of Blues (Las Vegas)
Friday 30 – Santa Ana, CA – The Observatory

December
Saturday 01 – San Francisco, CA – Slim’s
Monday 03 – San Diego, CA – House of Blues San Diego
Wednesday 05 – Los Angeles, CA – The Fonda Theater

The Young – “Dance With The Ramblers” video and new U.S. Dates

By Gerard on Monday, September 24th, 2012

Today’s announcement of upcoming dates for The Young (including Texas shows with Merchandise and The Spits) just happens to coincide with the World Premiere of the 2nd video from ‘Dub Egg’. Sans any appearance by members of The Young, “Dance With The Ramblers” was directed by Austin auteur John Wesley Coleman, whose previous videos for The Golden Boys, James Arthur’s Manhunt and the Riverboat Gamblers have made him one of the most sought after video directors since F. Gary Gray.

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We’ll be issuing a further reminder and/or revision to the below dates as they draw closer, along with a top-secret (for now) bit of new recording of someone else’s composition.

Oct 2nd Denton TX at Rubber Gloves
Oct 3rd Austin TX at Red 7
Nov 3rd Austin TX at Fun Fun Fun Festival, Auditorium Shores
Nov 4th San Antonio TX at the Korova
Nov 7th Nashville TN at the Mercy Lounge
Nov 8th Charlottesville VA at the Box
Nov 9th Philadelphia PA at Kung Fu Necktie
Nov 10th New York City NY at the Cake Shop
Nov 11th Brooklyn NY at Cameo Gallery
Nov 12th State Collage PA at Chronic Town
Nov 13th Columbus OH at Ace of Cups
Nov 14th Bloomington IN at the Bishop
Nov 15th Chicago IL at the Beat Kitchen
Nov 16th St Louis MO at Plush
Nov 17th Dallas TX at Bryan Street Tavern

10/2-10/3 w/ Merchandise
10/2 w/ Wiccans
11/4 w/ the Spits
11/17 w/ Young Prisms

Dub Egg’, LP/CD and digital album, available from the Matador Store
The Young on Facebook

Get To Know Your Local Independent Retailer Vol. 21 – Tres Gatos

By Michael on Monday, September 24th, 2012

Tres Gatos. Translation: Three Gatos. Or a killer New England shop that’s one part record store, one part book seller, one part enoteca and one part tapas (tapash, if you wanna pronounce it correctly) joint. I’m pretty sure the coolest thing about Tres Gatos is how they let the customers DJ. I tried doing that at a Wendy’s once and it didn’t go over too well. I talked to store manager Phil Wilcox about Gatos, tacos, and winos. Dig it.

Tres Gatos
470 Centre Street
Jamaica Plain, MA
857 719 9294

1. Tell us briefly about your store.
Tres Gatos is a Spanish style tapas restaurant and wine bar in the front, first rate record and bookstore in the back, While we do stock used vinyls, CDs and books, we specialize in new titles, ranging from the latest bestsellers to obscure or cult choices. Guests at the bar are encouraged to request music, bring in vinyl from home to play during dinner, or bring drinks back to the store and hang out. The idea, one which sounded odd at first but has happily caught on, is to feel like you’re over a friends house for a dinner party, enjoying great food and drink and exploring a curated record and book collection.

2. What got you into the independent record store business?
I was lucky enough to meet David Doyle, the owner of Rhythm and Muse, the store he operated for years before expanding into Tres Gatos. It seemed to me that he had a passion, and a flair for knowing his customers and what they wanted. When I’d go out in Jamaica Plain, I’d see people with vinyl or books under their arms that David had sold them and it seemed to me that he was a trendsetter for our little corner of heaven in Boston. I wanted to do that too. And so I came on board as a clerk at the old store, and when Tres Gatos opened, David gave me the gift that every nerd from the suburbs wants – the chance to run a book and record store, and one with a bar in it to boot!

3. Who are some of your favorite contemporary stores?
New England has so many great stores, with different themes and strengths and followings. I love Stax Of Wax in Provincetown for prices, Bull Moose in Maine for selection-Mystery Train in Gloucester, MA for the same reasons. Nuggets on Commonwealth Ave in Boston is a landmark, too. Same for Cheapo Records in Central Square.

4. How have things been going from a business perspective?
We’ve been lucky enough to have a solid neighborhood following and regulars who get us through the tough months. We operate in a place with a massive college and undergrad population and the kids love records, but when they go away during the summer it is our neighborhood regulars that pull us through. The restaurant brings in all sorts of business from all over the state and New England, and we’ve received some great press. We opened in February 2011, but I don’t think we hit our stride until December of that year. Since then, the business has been steadily growing, and Record Store Day 2012 was the busiest day we’ve ever had.

5. What do you think spells the survival for an independent record store today?
I think you need to be a friend. I think you need to be a place where people want to go, hang out, have a beer, spin a vinyl, hang out, and eventually, you’ll build up a connection where any record these folks need, they’ll come to you. It’ll turn back the clock and make the idea of a download simply silly, but only if you build up a rapport and a mutual respect. They go out of their way to come to you, you have to go out of your way for them. The days of the lazy clerk behind the desk reading the paper is over. You need to open up a dialogue. And also, stock interesting things. Stock the hits, the no-brainers, but also things that are odd, conversation pieces, hard to come by. Things not just for the classic ‘collector’ but also for the casual fan who wants something to show off.

6. What are some of the coolest thing labels have done with you? Instores? Promotions? Sales?
We have such a multi-purpose space here. Admittedly, we haven’t done that much directly with labels as far as promotions go although the odd promo record or t-shirt is always nice. We’ve tried our hand at having live music events, and its been a success. Rock, jazz, blues, flamenco guitar, all sorts of things. We’ve also had some in-store book events and signings.

7. Why do we need record stores?
We have to try to keep some things tangible in this world, and to keep some places as meetinghouses, forums and hang outs for all the misfits out there. Record stores tie a community together. We have a guy in a business suit talking about blues with a kid with cut off sleeves, covered in tattoos, on a nightly basis. Its amazing. I’m 24, so I’m right on the border for this, but I am part of the last generation who knew the novelty, the excitement, the fun of waiting around for a song you wanted to come on the radio. The joy when it came on, the dash to the tape-recorder, always missing the beginning of the song, to get it recorded. You were young, couldn’t afford CDs, couldn’t get a ride to the mall and there were no downloads. Music just seemed more special. Record stores keep it special. When someone comes who doesn’t know what they’re looking for and then they find it – Nico or Dusty Springfield or some Ornette Coleman record – and they light up, it’s so great to watch. It means alot more then clicking a few buttons on a computer and getting instant gratification.

8. What kind of taco is your favorite?
Crunchy, and full of meat. A soft taco is just a burritos boring cousin. And never fish.

9. Who are your top 3 favorite bands right now?
I’m big into the new Magnetic Fields record, I’m loving the new Justin Townes Earle, I think Dr. John’s latest might be the best record of the year so far. I’m listening to all sorts of stuff. My most listened to list right now would be Chet Baker, Destroyer, Love, The Zombies, Tom Waits, a bunch of other stuff. This is an amazing time for music. Great music is coming from every direction.

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 looking out and seeing people drinking, talking about music, hanging out. It really is like a house party. People come in as a couple, or a group of four, and end up sitting, and eating, with three or four new people, just because they ALSO like Delta Spirit or Miles Davis or whoever. A lot of relationships start here. A couple who got married dropped us a line to say we were a first date. It’s more, hopefully, than a place to shop, or eat, but it’s also a place to meet, to talk, to see and be seen. And I love the beer.

11. What are your goals for the future of your store? Long term and short.
In the short term I want to keep expanding our network and get people excited about music, about owning vinyl, turntables, make it a thing buzzed about around town. We’ve done pretty well on that front so far, I think. Long term, I want all of Boston to buy its records here. I want to beat online competitors, as well as Newbury Comics, the behemoth that has had, until now, somewhat of a monopoly on new records in New England. I want people to drive in from out of town, not to just shop, but to have an experiance, have a night. Eat delicious food, have good drinks, meet new friends, and buy some great records.

AC Newman – “Encyclopedia Of Classic Takedowns”, The 2nd MP3 from ‘Shut Down The Streets’

By Gerard on Friday, September 21st, 2012

(of course, by “out now”, we mean “out October 9″)

As mentioned in this space a few weeks ago, on October 9 Matador will be releasing the 3rd A.C. Newman album, ‘Shut Down The Streets’.   The ’70′s folk/pop-inflected masterpiece was dubbed “an album of understated elegance and strength” by one of our more insightful (and good-looking) executives, and here’s another example of Carl”s musical & lyrical brilliance  to whet your appetite :

“Encyclopedia Of Classic Takedowns” (192 kbps MP3)

There’s further recognition, by the way, for one of the continent’s great songsmiths (or, if you prefer, songwriters).  Though I’m sworn to secrecy by a colleague (who is so many thousands of miles away, what’s she going to do, yell at me?), I’m told one of your favorite New Pornographers songs  will be heard next month as the intro theme music for a popular new television comedy that may or may not feature group therapy as a central theme in the show.  It’s not that new Charlie Sheen thing either, so let’s not get into that.  There’s loads of other places on the internet if all you want to do is complain about Charlie Sheen. He was alright in “Platoon” — you think you could do better?

Pre-order ‘Shut Down The Streets’ on the LP, CD or digital formats 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
at Facebook
@acnewman – Twitter
ACNewman.net (official site)

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

 

Tagine of chicken in tomato sauce

By Patrick on Thursday, September 20th, 2012

First, listen to the new A.C. Newman song while you start preparing the recipe.

This is an adaptation of tuna and tomato sauce from the Tagine Deck. The result is a sort of Moroccan version of puttanesca.

I did this in an unglazed tagine, but you could use a glazed tagine or just a saucepan or dutch oven.

1 lb chicken thighs, patted dry and slashed three times on the skin side
1 lemon’s worth of juice
1 tsp salt
2 cups fresh or canned tomatoes, diced in their juice
1 tbs tomato paste
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 tbs fresh hyssop, chopped
1 preserved lemon, rinsed and pulp discarded, the remainder julienned
2 tbs capers, rinsed
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
1/8 tsp pimentón de la vera (dulce)
1/4 cup olive oil

Marinate the chicken in the lemon juice and salt, rubbing the mixtures into the meat and the slashes, for at least one hour at room temperature. Turn once during that time.

Meanwhile, prepare the other ingredients. Put the tomatoes and tomato paste in a skillet and cook at medium heat until reduced and saucy, at least 15 minutes. Add the garlic a few minutes before the tomatoes are ready. Stir in the hyssop, preserved lemon, capers, cayenne pepper and pimentón and cook for 5 minutes more or until the flavors are mingled.

Oil the tagine and arrange the marinated chicken thighs inside it. Add the sauce from the skillet and move the chicken pieces around until they are well coated. Slowly bring to a simmer, using a flame tamer if necessary for the health of the tagine, then cover and cook over very low heat until tender, about 45 minutes. Taste and adjust for salt.

(the original recipe called for 18 pitted black oil-cured olives as well, which I did not have on hand. I think they would make an excellent addition. be sure to coordinate your salt though because there are a lot of salty ingredients in this dish.)

Ceremony show you inside their bag

By Michael on Wednesday, September 19th, 2012

So Amoeba Music does this cool thing where they get these cool people to come in a buy some cool records and film them talking about it and make into a cool little series called What’s In My Bag. Ceremony is the latest cool band to be featured. Check out what they bought below. And then check them out on their tour with Bloc Party and then some here.

 

Fucked Up announce European tour dates

By Josh Turner on Tuesday, September 18th, 2012

Having previously mentioned their support slot with The Vaccines, Fucked Up have announced they’ll play eight further shows this November across Europe.

14/11/12 – Manchester, Deaf Institute
15/11/12 – Birmingham, Rainbow – Tickets
16/11/12 – Brighton, Coalition – Tickets
17/11/12 – London, Alexandra Palace – supporting The Vaccines
18/11/12 – Amsterdam, Paradiso (Upstairs) – NL
19/11/12 – Cologne, Gebaude 9 – DE – Tickets
20/11/12 – Tampere, Klubi – FI
21/11/12 – Helsinki, Tavastia – FI
22/11/12 – Istanbul, Babylon – TR – Tickets

Cat Power – “Cherokee” video

By Gabe on Monday, September 17th, 2012

The first video from the new album Sun, available at iTunes, Target ($9.99) and your local indie retailer (exclusive deluxe vinyl).

Directed by Chan Marshall
Director of Photography: Greg Hunt

Press Releases Of The Ailing Stars (Or, “Chavez Aren’t Playing ATP”)

By Gerard on Friday, September 14th, 2012
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(EDIITOR’S NOTE : the 24 hour rock news cycle isn’t kind to stories of great seriousness, but we’re hopeful the following will serve as a teaching moment of sorts for our younger readers, or the illiterate older people they hang out with. The memo below came to us via Chavez earlier today – GC)

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
:

Chavez regrets to announce cancellation of their appearance at September 23′s “I’ll Be Your Mirror” / All Tomorrow’s Parties in New York curated by Greg Dulli.

Suffering from what has been called “near lethal exhaustion” due to the band’s heavy touring schedule, guitarist Clay Tarver has checked himself into The Serenities Treatment Center outside of Mesa, Arizona.

The band’s management said only he will be receiving attention for issues he has battled for some time, and released a short statement from the famed guitarist: “I hope to catch my breath, face some demons, and come out kicking more ass than ever. You’re the best.”

Chavez asks “the number one fans in the world” to please respect Tarver’s privacy at this delicate time.

Cat Power – “Cherokee” – this Monday, September 17th

By Gabe on Friday, September 14th, 2012

Paul Banks US Tour dates Nov/Dec

By Nils on Wednesday, September 12th, 2012


Photo: Losanjealous

We are f&*king psyched to announce the first of Paul Banks’s tour dates, in support of his album ‘Banks‘, out October 23. He will be performing with a full band.

11/3 Austin, TX – FunFunFun Fest

11/9 Washington, DC – Howard Theatre

11/10 Philadelphia, PA – Trocadero

11/13 New York, NY – Webster Hall

11/29 Las Vegas, NV – House Of Blues

11/30 Santa Ana, CA – Observatory

12/1 San Francisco, CA – Slim’s

12/3 San Diego, CA – House Of Blues

12/5 Los Angeles, CA – Fonda Theatre

Check out the first MP3 from ‘Banks’, “The Base”, in which Paul reimagines “Space Oddity” for the Iraq War (or maybe not), HERE. Click HERE for Jan/Feb European dates. And go deep via his website and Twitter.

Yo La Tengo – “Stupid Things” 12″ / Digital EP Coming September 25

By Gerard on Tuesday, September 11th, 2012

For the handful of you who haven’t already read about this forthcoming Yo La Tengo release  (LIMITED on vinyl, UNLIMITED in digital fashion) and somehow require the label’s affirmation of the EP’s existence, rest assured, the most prominent music blogs in the world didn’t get it wrong this time.   As hinted elsewhere, there’s a brand new Yo La Tengo album nearing completion, recorded this summer in Chicago, IL with the production assistance of John McEntire. All we’re willing to say on the record at this moment is that the album version of “Stupid Things” is substantially different than the earlier recording found on the new EP.  Further bean-spilling about the new album  (perhaps from us this time around) will be presented for your approval in the days and weeks ahead.  Until then, here’s our webstore blurb for “Stupid Things”, the vinyl version of which isn’t gonna be available for long. – GC

The first new music from Yo La Tengo since 2009’s Popular Songs. “Stupid Things” is a different version of a song that will be appearing on their new album coming out in 2013.

This limited-edition 12” contains the original version of “Stupid Things,” with a vocal completely different from the upcoming album version, along with a clashing, chaotic & randomly beautiful remix by EYE of the Boredoms.

The B-side contains the full original 12-minute long instrumental of the track, awash with gorgeous “Autumn Sweater” style organ and some of Ira Kaplan’s most impressivel guitar improvisations to date.

Cut at 45 RPM and housed in a heavy cardstock silkscreen sleeve, this strictly limited-edition of 1500 copies is numbered on the back and will be an essential buy for all Yo La
Tengo fans, THE REMAINDER OF WHOM WILL BE FUCKED.

PREORDER from The Matador Store.