Archive for March, 2013

Meet The Musician (Kurt Vile) April 9, Apple SoHo

By Claire T on Friday, March 29th, 2013

Photo by Shawn Brackbill

On Tuesday evening, April 9, come join us in ringing in the release of Kurt Vile’s Wakin On A Pretty Daze over at the Apple Store, SoHo.

Kurt will be chatting about the new record with moderator, Matt Pinfield, as part of Apple SoHo’s “Meet The Musican” series. Followed by a live performance from Kurt Vile & The Violators.

This event is Free, it’s All Ages, it’s Open to the Public, and it’s gonna be a good time.

Tuesday, April 9, 2013
Kurt Vile’s “Meet The Musician”
Apple Store SoHo – 103 Prince Street, NYC
7pm (doors at 6:30pm)

And watch for Kurt Vile on The Hivecast with Matt Pinfield next week!

Pre-order Wakin On A Pretty Daze at the Matador Store

VIDEO : Kurt Vile – “Never Run Away” and “Wakin On A Pretty Daze” (courtesy Radio K)

By Gerard on Thursday, March 28th, 2013

Hector alerted us to Kurt Vile’s recent solo session for Radio K a few weeks ago, and here’s the impressive results :

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“Never Run Away”

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“Wakin On A Pretty Daze”

studio versions of both songs are on the LP/CD/digital album ‘Wakin’ On A Pretty Daze’, in stores April 9 and available for preorder now from The Matador Store.

Kurt Vile Double Deluxe Edition – Just Arrived!

By Judge on Thursday, March 28th, 2013

Matador HQ have just received the first batch of Deluxe LPs for Kurt Vile’s upcoming release, Wakin On A Pretty Daze.  We thought we’d give you a sneak peak on what fun lies ahead if you decide to decorate your own copy. Props to Annette Lee for hand modelling and Chris Leckie for giffing.

A reminder – the Deluxe Double LP comes on blue vinyl and features a special cover without the graffiti and includes a sticker sheet of graffiti icons for purchasers to customize their own copy. Limited to 3,500 copies in the US and only available directly from Matador or at independent record stores.

Preorder your copy right here!

Video : Chelsea Light Moving – Live At Austin’s Mellow Johnny’s (courtesy KEXP)

By Gerard on Wednesday, March 27th, 2013

A fortnight ago, Chelsea Light Moving played a ridiculous number of Austin shows before and during SXSW in all manner of settings, none of ‘em more hospitable than the warehouse district’s Mellow Johnny’s bicycle emporium. Proprietor Lance Armstrong failed to make an appearance, but we’re told he was contacted mid-set for consultation on the shop’s “you break it, you bought it policy” (on the advice of our lawyers, we’re not showing the footage of Thurston breaking what was apparently a very expensive bike, but we’ll stress it was AN ACCIDENT). Thanks to KEXP for the footage.

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“Sleeping Where I Fall”

Chelsea Light Moving’s debut LP/CD/digital full length is out now and available from The Matador Store

Majical Cloudz will release ‘Impersonator’ on May 21

By Robby on Tuesday, March 26th, 2013

In February when we introduced Majical Cloudz to the pages of this blog, we also hinted at a forthcoming longplayer this Spring. Today we’re excited to share the details of ‘Impersonator‘, their first for Matador and one of the most stirring new albums we’ve heard in recent times. On May 21 (May 27, ex-North America) the album will be available in stores — Below you’ll find some new music & Majical Cloudz’ full worldwide live dates including a tour with Youth Lagoon & European dates.

Majical Cloudz

1. Impersonator
2. This Is Magic
3. Childhood’s End  (mp3)
4. I Do Sing For You
5. Mister
6. Turns Turns Turns (mp3)
7. Silver Rings
8. Illusion
9. Bugs Don’t Buzz
10. Notebook

In follow up to the previous-released “Turns, Turns, Turns”, listen to and download “Childhood’s End” right now

Childhood’s End  (192 kbps mp3)


Majical Cloudz’ Devon Welsh explains of ‘Impersonator’

In the last few years there’s been a massive explosion of amazing music made with computers, samplers and other electronic equipment. The possibilities became nearly endless and musicians indulged those possibilities. I love that kind of music but it also started to overwhelm me. I wasn’t cut out for the maximalist expressions of that style. So I took a break from music, and when I started again it was to make music that barely existed and felt like stillness more than movement. Where the songs could be more about humanness. I love all forms of electronic music, techno, house, rave, hip-hop, but I never want to feel like
the music I’m making is just about stylistic play. The easiest way for me to do that is try to make something without obvious movement; where the music isn’t overstuffed sonically or referentially, it’s emptied out as much as possible. So the vision for Impersonator was to communicate a lot with as little as possible. It’s not meant to energize and turn you out to the world, it’s meant to do the opposite; it’s more like a cocoon.

‘Impersonator”s expressive power and swagger belie its extremely minimal music. These are intensely lyrical songs about death, patience, family, friendship, and desire, with Welsh’s rich vocals atop Matthew Otto Kolaitis’ quiet looped waves of white noise, filtered synths and sparse thuds.

The album is available for pre-order now on all formats at the Matador store & iTunes.

This Spring, Majical Cloudz will be touring with Youth Lagoon in North America & a few headlining dates in Europe.

Tue    4/16    London, UK   White Heat @ Madame Jojos
Wed    4/17    London, UK   Electrowerkz  (with Autre Ne Veut)
Fri     4/19   Paris, FR   Espace B
Wed   4/24  Austin TX   The Mohawk*  (TICKETS)
Thu   4/25  Dallas TX   The Loft* (TICKETS)
Friday 4/26 Houston TX  Fitzgeralds* (TICKETS)
Sat   4/27  New Orleans LA    One Eyed Jacks* (TICKETS)
Sun   4/28  Birmingham AL     Bottletree* (TICKETS)
Tue 4/30 Orlando, FL   The Social (TICKETS)
Wed   5/1   Atlanta GA  Terminal West* (TICKETS)
Fri   5/3   Asheville NC      Grey Eagle Tavern*  (TICKETS)
Sat   5/4   Carroboro NC      Cats Cradle* (TICKETS)
Tue   5/7   Northampton MA    Pearl Street Nightclub* (TICKETS)
Wed   5/8   Hamden CT   Spaceland* (TICKETS)
Fri   5/10  Philadelphia PA   Union Transfer* (TICKETS)
Mon   5/13  Toronto ON  The Great Hall* (TICKETS)
Tue   5/14  Columbus OH A&R Music Bar* (TICKETS)
Wed   5/15  Chicago IL  Metro* (TICKETS)
Thu   5/16  Madison WI  Majestic Theater* (TICKETS)
Fri   5/17  Minneapolis MN    Fine Line Music Cafe* (TICKETS)

* with Youth Lagoon

Follow Majical Cloudz:
Twitter: @majicalcloudz


photo of Majical Cloudz’ Devon Welsh by Denis Nazarov

Queens of the Stone Age & Matador Records …Like Clockwork

By Judge on Tuesday, March 26th, 2013

Kurt Vile Parade In Philadelphia This Saturday

By Nils on Monday, March 25th, 2013

..with your host, Tom Scharpling!

If you are in Philadelphia this Saturday and would like to join the parade, email for time and location.

Dominican food

By Patrick on Sunday, March 24th, 2013

(photo: Village Voice)

There used to be an incredible Dominican restaurant in New York on 14th Street just west of Seventh Ave, called Sucelt Coffee Shop. It was a family-run hole in the wall serving up some of the most delicious food in the city. It closed about five years ago.

Sucelt had an incredible cubano sandwich, great beef empanadas, orange juice freshly squeezed to order in a squeezing machine in front of you and insanely cheap, all kinds of stews and beans, luscious sweet fried maduros (plantains), and a deeply complex and spicy homemade agrio de naranja (bitter orange salsa) sitting in plastic dispensers on the counter.

But my favorite was the chicken stew with rice and black beans, pictured above. I’ve been trying to reverse-engineer it at home. The new and much lauded Latin, Caribbean and Central American cookbook, Gran Cocina Latina, unfortunately does not contain a recipe. Instead I’ve had to troll blogs and online recipes for pollo guisado, with mixed results.

This chicken stew recipe, from Dominican Flavor, contains some of the odd instructions you get from non-professional recipe writers, such as “bring the oil to a boil.” What I got from following the instructions more or less to a T was the following:

It looked good and tasted good, but the meat was too dry, and it certainly wasn’t the same as the Sucelt recipe. Not enough tomato, no potato. The beans here were Rancho Gordo’s new negro de arbol variety, prepared the simple RG way, and certainly had the right blackness and depth of flavor.

Next up was another non-professional recipe, this time from the Burden Clothing website. The photo certainly looked right, but once again, the recipe suffered from various confusing inconsistencies: potatoes are pictured but not listed in the ingredients; the ingredient list is not in the order called for in the instructions; and there is much vagueness on levels of heat, cooking times, etc. Sometimes vagueness can be a virtue, because it encourages you to experiment more, and in fact this version of the dish came much closer to the ideal.

There were also distinct similarities to the first recipe, such as caramelizing white sugar in the oil before you brown the chicken, which made me think I was getting closer to the real thing. At the same time, it called for adding water to the oil, which maybe is what the first recipe assumed you were doing when it told you to “boil the oil.” Adding water and cooking with the lid closed of course results in steaming the meat, and the result was – no surprise – less dry.

The chicken was moist and falling off the bone, there was the distinct green bell pepper aroma in the stew, and the potatoes were perfect. The only problem was that it could have braised/steamed a bit longer, needed a bit more salt, and perhaps a bit more depth of flavor. It could possibly use chicken stock instead of water, or even a dash of Worcestershire sauce (which is apparently genuinely used in Dominican cuisine). I’ll be trying that next time.

The beans this time were Rancho Gordo’s midnight black beans. The bean recipe this time was Cuban, from Three Guys In Miami. (Black beans are more Cuban; Dominicans normally use red beans, but Sucelt gave you a choice of either one.) I can recommend this recipe unreservedly, though I think I want to use a blacker, denser bean than RG’s midnights next time. I subbed red pepper for green pepper.

Kurt Vile – “Never Run Away” debuts on the CW in Philly

By Gabe on Thursday, March 21st, 2013

Our advertising ninja Blake Thomas forgot to tell any of us (perhaps his mind was elsewhere) but last night Kurt debuted the single version of “Never Run Away” (from the upcoming album Wakin On A Pretty Daze, out April 9) with the cutest little infomercial EVER – it aired on the CW network in Philadelphia. Blake kicked us the file for optimum viewing, but we’ve also got a rip of the infomercial itself which a Kurt superfan (OK, Philebrity) passed our way:



You can download “Never Run Away (Single Version)” here.

Coming May 6 : Savages – ‘Silence Yourself’ LP/CD/digital album

By Gerard on Tuesday, March 19th, 2013

(EDITOR’S NOTE : in the early days of 2012, our esteemed colleague Natalie Judge was (loudly) signing the praises of a London band called Savages. In the months since, we’ve become equally obsessed with the quartet, partially on the back of a stunning debut 7″ and followup live EP on their own Pop Noire label, but also via a succession of performances in the UK and US that were as visceral and exciting as anything we’ve witnessed in this label’s history.  The resulting debut album, ‘Silence Yourself”, doesn’t merely fulfill the promise of Savages’ initial releases, but serves as stark notice we’re dealing with a band uniquely inspired, uncannily confident and fully realized in a manner that belies their relatively brief existence. – GC)

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“SAVAGES is not trying to give you something you didn’t have already, it is calling within yourself something you buried ages ago, it is an attempt to reveal and reconnect your PHYSICAL and EMOTIONAL self and give you the urge to experience your life differently, your girlfriends, your husbands, your jobs, your erotic life and the place music occupies in your life. Because we must teach ourselves new ways of POSITIVE MANIPULATIONS, music and words are aiming to strike like lightning, like a punch in the face, a determination to understand the WILL and DESIRES of the self.”

This album is to be played loud in the foreground.”

Savages will release their debut album, ‘Silence Yourself’ on 6th May 2013 on Matador Records / Pop Noire. (May 7 in North America).  Available on LP, CD and digital formats, the album was recorded in Northwest London’s Fish Factory during  December 2012, and is produced by Johnny Hostile and Rodaidh McDonald.

Clocking in at 38 minutes, Silence Yourself opens with an excerpt from the John Cassavetes film ‘Opening Night’, and features new recordings of ‘Husbands’, ‘I Am Here’ and ‘City’s Full’ – first heard on the debut single “Husbands” b/w  “Flying To Berlin” and the ‘I Am Here’ live EP – both previously released on singer Jehnny Beth’s record label Pop Noire.

The first song  from the album available for public perusal is ‘She Will’, which can be heard via the above YouTube clip.

The album will be available to preorder from iTunes tonight at midnight. ;  iTunes preorder purchasers will receive “She Will” instantly.  LP and CD versions are available for preorder from The Matador Store (initial pressing of the LP is on clear vinyl)

‘Silence Yourself’  track listing:

A1 Shut Up
A2 I Am Here
A3 City’s Full
A4 Strife
A5 Waiting For A Sign

B1 Dead Nature
B2 She Will
B3 No Face
B4 Hit Me
B5 Husbands
B6 Marshal Dear

Savages are: Ayse Hassan (bass), Fay Milton (drums), Gemma Thompson (guitar) and Jehnny Beth (vocals)

Following sold out shows in Europe and America, including a recent gig at London’s 1200 capacity Electric Ballroom,  Savages will continue to tour throughout 2013.  Here’s the spring and summer schedule thus far :

19th     Music Hall of Williamsburg, Brooklyn, USA (tickets)
22nd    Horseshoe Tavern, Toronto, Canada
23rd     Lee’s Palace, Toronto, Canada

11th    The Echo, LA, USA
13th     Coachella Festival, Indio,  California, USA
15th     Bunk Bar, Portland, USA
16th     Neumo’s, Seattle, USA
18th     The Independent, San Francisco, USA
20th     Coachella Festival, Indio, California, USA

1st     Queen’s Social Club, Sheffield, UK (tickets)
2nd     SWG3, Glasgow, UK (tickets)
3rd    Liverpool Sound City, UK (tickets)
4th    Live at Leeds Festival, UK (tickets)
5th     Arts Centre, Norwich, UK (tickets)
7th    Bodega, Nottingham, UK (tickets)
8th     Old Fire Station, Bournemouth. UK (tickets)
13th     Botanique-Orangie, Brussels, Belgium (tickets)
15th    Melkweg, Amsterdam, Netherlands (tickets)
16th    Geb9, Cologne, Germany (tickets)
17th    Lido, Berlin, Germany (tickets)
19th     Zoom, Frankfurt, Germany (tickets)
20th    Kinski, Zurich, Switzerland (tickets)
21st    Magnolia Club, Milan, Italy (tickets)
23rd     Primavera Sound Festival, Barcelona, Spain
25th     Field Day Festival, London, UK

1st    Primavera Sound Festival, Porto, Portugal
6th    Pop Noire night, La Maroquinerie, Paris
8th    Manchester Parklife Festival, UK

Savages – official site
Pop Noire