Archive for September, 2012

Ceremony are on tour now

By Robby on Tuesday, September 11th, 2012

Ceremony have begun what’s shaping up to be a busy fall season. Here are some dates they have upcoming, a few with Bloc Party… and stay tuned, as the story usually goes with our road warriors from the Bay Area, there’s a ton more to come.

(see all the dates after the break)

photo of Ceremony at FYF Fest grabbed from Debi Del Grande‘s flickr


Paul Banks european tour in 2013

By Stuart on Tuesday, September 11th, 2012

Photo by Helena Christensen

Looking way ahead to next year (yes, already), we have Paul Banks heading out on a pretty extensive European tour in support of his new album Banks (coming October 23rd),  These shows will be the first time Paul’s played his solo material over here since his last visit in 2009, so we figure you’ll hopefully be excited, should Paul be hitting your city.  Tickets go on sale 11am Friday, so get your reminder set.

Listen: The Base (192k MP3) from ‘Banks’.



20th – Dublin, Academy – IE (Tickets)

21st – Glasgow, King Tuts – UK (Tickets)

22nd – Manchester, Sound Control – UK (Tickets)

24th – London, Koko – UK (Tickets)

25th – Brussels, AB – BE (Tickets)

27th – Luxembourg – Den Atelier – LU  (Tickets)

28th – Frankfurt – Mousonturm – DE (Tickets)

29th – Cologne – Gloria – DE (Tickets)

31st – Lausanne, Les Docks – CH (Tickets)



1st – Milan, Magazzini Generali – IT (Tickets)

2nd – Ljubljana, Kino Siska – SI (Tickets)

3rd – Vienna – Wuk – AT (Tickets)

5th – Prague, Roxy – CZ (Tickets)

6th – Berlin, Kesselhaus – DE (Tickets)

7th – Copenhagen, Amger Bio – DK (Tickets)

9th – Hamburg, Gruenspan – DE (Tickets)

10th – Amsterdam, Melkweg – NL (Tickets)

11th – Paris, L’Alhambra – FR (Tickets)

13th – Istanbul, Babylon – TR (Tickets)

14th – Istanbul, Babylon – TR (Tickets)

15th – Athens, Fuzz Club – GR ( or


Get To Know Your Local Independent Retailer Vol. 20 – Sonic Boom

By Michael on Monday, September 10th, 2012

The Rolling Stone called it one of the Best Stores In America.  Spin called it the 5th best record store around (original link has been taken down, but trust.)  It’s one of Mike V’s (me) three best record stores in America.  And I’m clearly much more important than both the Rolling Stone and Spin. So there’s that.

Sonic Boom – or “The Boom” as absolutely no one calls it – is a Seattle Rock City institution.  Talk to anyone from the great northwest and they’ll inevitably have a cockle-warming story about co-owners Jason or Nabil, or the sadly departed (from the job, not the mortal coil) Melanie or one of the many knuckleheads (See also: Jon Treneff, Gabe Spierer, Matt Olsen) that have come from the confines of Sonic Boom and all of their sagelike rock and roll wisdom.  I spoke with co-head Boomer Jason Hughes – who is arguably my favorite person in the record business – about some stuff.  That stuff is below.

1. Tell us briefly about your store.
Sonic Boom Records is a relatively small neighborhood store, about 2200 square feet, that curates its inventory carefully.  The store has been around since 1997 (15 years in September) and, at times, we had up to 3 locations.  My business partner Nabil (ED: Current head of 4AD, Nabil Ayers) and I started in the bottom of a house in Fremont with about 600 s.f., very little money and our own collections to fill the used up.  We moved Fremont to a bigger store down the street in 2000, opened in Ballard in 2001, opened a store on Capitol Hill in 2003, closed Fremont in 2008, moved Capitol Hill in 2009 and, subsequently, closed that store in 2011.  Phew.  We now have just 1 store location in Ballard.  We carry new and used CD’s and vinyl, music accessories, headphones, toys, magazines, books and some guitar stuff.

2. What got you into the independent record store business?
I wanted a raise and a little respect. I was working at another store. I was also working at 2 local radio stations which made it a no brainer.

3. Who are some of your favorite contemporary stores?
Twist & Shout, Shake It, Waterloo.

4. How have things been going from a business perspective?
We still try and carry some catalog but it’s mostly new releases and used that sells for us.  Used LP’s have really been picking up which is good since the margins are way better.  Overall it’s been a belt tightening few years but we’re still here.

5. What do you think spells the survival for an independent record store today?
Cost/inventory control, good employees, used sales, good community relations and customer service.

6. What are some of the coolest thing labels have done with you? Instores? Promotions? Sales?
New Pornographers midnight sale/in-store.  MIA in-store.  Actually lots of great in-stores:  Death Cab for Cutie, Shins, Superchunk, Stephen Malkmus, Stars, Iron & Wine. We also did custom silk screening on site for Record Store Day and our Interpol signing.

7. Why do we need record stores?
If we all buy online, what’s the point of getting out of bed?  (ED: How else would we get tacos?)  Human interaction is important.  I can’t tell you how many customers met their significant others here at Sonic Boom.  We’re a meeting place, a social hub and a destination for good music.  Who doesn’t need all that?  All great neighborhoods should have a good record store, books store and retail core.

8. What kind of taco is your favorite?
Carne Asada, San Diego style.

9. Who are your top 3 favorite bands right now?
Diiv, Chromatics, Bob Mould and Divine Fits.

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 being surprised by a new favorite band and I like my current group of employees. I’d probably like to meet Otis Redding, not that you asked.

11. What are your goals for the future of your store? Long term and short.
I’d like to expand our vinyl and still be around in 10 years.

Fucked Up to support The Vaccines

By Josh Turner on Saturday, September 8th, 2012

Fucked Up will be playing a one off show to support The Vaccines at London’s Alexandra Palace on November 17th.

Will The Vaccines be able to handle our Canadian bruisers? Will they escape without being upstaged? Perhaps so, check out their take on the Minor Threat cover of the The Standells’ track “Sometimes Good Guys Don’t Wear White.” They’re even joined on stage by original ‘Threat member Lyle Preslar.

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Cat Power European Tour 2012

By Judge on Friday, September 7th, 2012

Photo by Jenni Li

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you might have realised that this week sees the release of the new Cat Power album Sun (available to buy HERE).  Today, we’re hugely excited to announce that Chan Marshall and her new band will be touring through Europe, starting in November and running up to mid December.  The tour will also include her first UK show for more than four years at London’s Roundhouse on December 12th.  These dates follow the previously announced US tour dates and her forthcoming appearance on “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” next week (September 11th) – you can apply to win tickets to be in the audience HERE.

Ticket details below – all dates are on sale now, unless otherwise stated.

November 26 – Amsterdam, Paradiso – Tickets (on sale September 15th)
November 28 – Koln, E-werk – Tickets
November 29 – Berlin, Huxleys – Tickets
December 1 – Hamburg, Grosse Freiheit 36 – Tickets (*edit – not November 30th)
December 2 – Munich, Theaterfabrik – Tickets (*edit – not December 1st)
December 3 – Milan, Alcatraz – Tickets (on sale September 11th)
December 4 – Bologna, Estragon – Tickets (on sale September 11th)
December 6 – Zurich, Volkshaus – Tickets
December 7 – Madrid, Matadero – Tickets

December 8 – Barcelona, Sant Jordi Club – Tickets

December 10 – Paris, Le Trianon –  SOLD OUT
December 12 – London Roundhouse -  SOLD OUT
December 14 – Brussels, AB ClubSOLD OUT

Medical Facilities Of North America Begin Wild Scramble For The ‘La Sexorcisto: Devil Music, Vol. 1′ Booklet

By Gerard on Wednesday, September 5th, 2012

(we’re not entirely sure who this is, but he’s never played drums in any lineup of White Zombie)

Sorry I’ve been out of Matablog commission for a while.  Earlier this week, me and members of the new, super-secret Matador Records Street Team (they’re kind of like SEAL Team 6, except they can’t bench press as much) visited  record stores to misfile copies of Animal Collective’s ‘Centipede Hz’ in the hopes of improving ‘Sun”s first week chart placement (guess where I got the idea?) Before you flip out over the ethics of this scheme, I should confess it didn’t turn out exactly as planned.  The entire team (save for me, thankfully) was maced by the first shop owner we hit, and after a visit to the local emergency room was followed by a conference call with our solicitors…well, guess who forgot to have the Street Team sign waivers indemnifying the label in the result of physical injury?

I won’t bore you with the details except to say some of these street teamers come from families who are very litigious.  I think we can all agree that what’s wrong with this country is job creators like my partners and I being stifled by people who are afraid of a little competition.  But don’t cry for Matador Records, folks. No matter how high or low we might get over the day to day machinations of the music business, rest assured that no one in our organization has ever faked the identity of a former White Zombie drummer in order to avoid a $75K bill.

Ted Leo and Rebecca Gates tour Europe this month

By Patrick on Wednesday, September 5th, 2012

Ted Leo will be touring Europe as a solo performer from September 13-28, along with Rebecca Gates:

09.13 Café Berlín, Madrid (ES)
8€ Adv / 10€ • 22h
Buy Tickets / Facebook Event

09.14 Sala Matisse, Valencia (ES)
10€ Adv / 13€ • 22h
Buy Tickets / Facebook Event

09.15 MMVV, Vic (ES)
22h Rebecca Gates – Carpa Negra
01h Ted Leo – Carpa Negra
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09.17 Sala TZVR, Sant Feliu de Guíxols (ES)
6€ • 22h
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09.19 Espace B, Paris (FR)
8€ Adv / 10€ • 20h30
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09.20 Shacklewell Arms, London (UK)
6£ Adv • 8pm Buy Tickets / Facebook Event
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09.21 King Georg, Köln (GE)
12€ • 20h
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09.22 Munchen, TBA (GE)

09.23 Nürnberg, K4 (GE)
21h • Ticket Info (no presale):
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09.24 Monarch, Berlin (GE)
Facebook Event
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09.25 Leipzig, Ilses Erika / Prager Fruehling (GE)
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09.27 Conte Staccio, Roma (IT)
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09.28 Heliogàbal, Barcelona (ES)
8€ Adv / 10€ • 21h
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More Info:
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Cat Power – Sun – out today – plus new video teaser directed by Cat Power

By Patrick on Tuesday, September 4th, 2012

Cat Power logo

Sun regular cover

photo by Stefano Giovannini

Cat Power’s new album SUN is out today. It is available as digital album, compact disc, double vinyl LP with download coupon, and deluxe double vinyl LP with exclusive special cover artwork, bonus 7″ with two extra tracks, clear vinyl and download coupon.

CD shots:

Deluxe vinyl shots:

If you haven’t heard them yet, check out “Ruin” and “Cherokee” here:

Ruin (192k mp3)
Cherokee (192k mp3)

Watch the teaser for the new video of Cherokee, directed by Cat Power and due to premiere on September 17, here:

And for those of you in the Los Angeles area, RSVP via the invitation below to celebrate the release date with Chan Marshall and other DJs tonight at the Standard downtown, starting at 9 PM:

Cat Power release part invite

Buy Sun directly from Matador.

Murgh cholay

By Patrick on Saturday, September 1st, 2012

Another variant on the endless quest for the perfect chole (also called chana masala), is this Lahori dish, which combines chickpeas with yogurt-braised chicken. The recipe is courtesy of Meenal’s Kitchen. It’s fairly straightforward; I’ll just note the following:

- I used chicken thighs, bone in
- I used ghee instead of oil
- the “1/2 cup curd” in the ingredients list is yogurt – I combined with some sour cream
- dhania powder is ground coriander seed
- despite their place in the list, the chopped green chiles belong in the garnish at the end
- when she says “add dry spices” she is referring to the whole dry spices, not the ground spices. despite this, I sauted both before adding the onion-yogurt mixture

This dish is almost unbelievably delicious, pretty easy, and you can skip the chickpeas if you like.

Also, check out the comments to the recipe, someone completely insane got in there.