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Tommorow On WTF : Stephen Malkmus With Marc Maron

By Gerard on Wednesday, April 30th, 2014

(we’re very hopeful the entire band will be in focus when they’re on national television)

You might recall a few months ago a wide-ranging conversation Marc Maron had with Josh Homme — if not, you can find it here. Either way, on tomorrow’s edition of Marc’s WTF, his featured guest is Stephen Malkmus. Good thing they’ll be getting into some intense subject matter as the latter is unlikely to receive any couch time when the Jicks appear on CBS’ “The Late Show With David Letterman” on Monday, May 19 (see how I slipped that in there?)

Majical Cloudz – New Shows

By Rian on Tuesday, April 29th, 2014

New shows have been announced for Majical Cloudz, including two special events at The Studio at Webster Hall. The first one is this Sunday, May 4th, which will be the book launch from ‘You Can Make Anything Sad’ by Spencer Madsen. There will also be a reading from Das Racist’s Kool A.D. and Mira Gonzalez. Tickets here: http://mata.do/1lOZ4fz.

The second show at The Studio at Webster Hall will be on June 6th with Dutch E Germ. The show will be the first of a new series hosted by Pickfork called Nightcap. Nightcap will also have shows in Chicago, Portland (Oregon), Seattle, San Francisco and New Orleans. Read more about the series here. Tickets for the the first Nightcap go on sale Friday, May 2 at 10 am Eastern time. Tickets are $15 and the show is 21+. Doors are at 10pm.

Full list of upcoming shows:

5/4 - Marlin Room at Webster Hall New York, NY
5/29 – Primavera (Main Show)
5/30 – Primavera (Additional Show)
6/6 – Pitchfork Nightcap @ Webster Hall, NY
6/14 – Sonar Festival
7/11 – The Hudson Project, NY
7/19 – TiME Festival, Toronto
7/20 – Pitchfork Festival, Chicago, IL
7/26 – Hillside Festival, Guelph, ON

FUCKED UP – “Led By Hand” (2nd Track from The Upcoming ‘Glass Boys’), New Tour Dates

By Gerard on Tuesday, April 29th, 2014

(photo by Brendan George Ko)

Earlier this morning, “Led By Hand”, the 2nd song leaked/dropped etc. from  Fucked Up’s upcoming ‘Glass Boys’ LP/CD/digital album —the band’s 4th full-length and the eagerly anticipated followup to  2011’s ‘David Comes To Life’ — was posted to the band’s site.  You can obtain an MP3 download of the song by following Fucked Up’s frantic-yet-highly-insightful Twitter account (@fuckedup).  Featuring a vocal cameo by J Mascis, “Led By Hand” is another taste of what caused one (highly) seasoned observer to say, “where previous albums fucked with your head, ‘Glass Boys’ fucks with your heart.”

To which I can only add, I think this one fucks with your head, too.

Order ‘Glass Boys’ in the format of your choice with a limited edition tote bag, available exclusively from The Matador Store.

Preorder from iTunes
(includes an instant download of “Paper The House”)

(‘Glass Boys’ will be available in Canada via Arts & Crafts)

Fucked Up official site http://fuckedup.cc
Fucked Up  – Twitter http://www.twitter.com/fuckedup
Looking For Gold 

Tour dates after the jump :
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Perfume Genius, Lower and more for Visions Festival 2014

By Stuart on Monday, April 28th, 2014

There’s nothing British people like more than complaining about the weather.  Or when we do finally (hopefully) get a vitamin D boost, spending our time indoors at a summer festival – which is where we’ll be catching the newly announced Lower and Perfume Genius sets on August 2nd in London for Visions Festival 2014, the re-vamped Radfest.

Tickets are on sale now for the multi-venue East London all-dayer: http://visionsfestival.com/tickets.

Also see Perfume Genius at:

June 21-22, 2014 - Hostess Club Weekender – Tokyo, Japan (Tickets)
August 1-3, 2014 – OFF Festival – Katowice, Poland (Tickets)
August 29 – 31, 2014 – End Of The Road Festival – Wiltshire, UK (Tickets)

Hang out with Lower when they play:

Thurs. May 1 – Sun. May 4 – SPOT Festival – Aarhus, DK
Fri. May 16 – Sat. May 17 – The Church On York – Los Angeles, CA (with Iceage, Puce Mary, Sexdrome)
Sun. May 18 – Wall Street – Phoenix, AZ
Mon. May 19 – Soda Bar – San Diego, CA
Tue. May 20 – Holland Project – Reno, NV
Wed. May 21 – Hemlock Tavern, San Francisco, CA
Thu. May 22 – 1234 Go! – Oakland, CA
Fri. May 23 – Munoz Boxing Gym – Bakersfield, CA
Sat. May 24 – E 7th Street – Los Angeles, CA
Tue. May 27 – Cafe Nine – New Haven, CT
Wed. May 28 – Home Sweet Home (Nothing Changes) – New York, NY
Thu. May 29 – Golden Tea House – Philadelphia, CA
Fri. May 30 – Acheron – Brooklyn, NY
Tue. June 10 – Point Ephemere – Paris, FR (with Merchandise)
Sun. June 15 – Gorilla – Manchester, UK (with Fucked Up)
Mon. June 16 – The Cluny – Newcastle, UK (with Fucked Up)
Tue. June 17 – Belgrave – Leeds, UK (with Fucked Up)
Wed. June 18 – Koko – London, UK (with Fucked Up)

Meatballs “Il Casale”

By Patrick on Friday, April 25th, 2014

These meatballs were prepared via a hard-to-find and fairly unusual recipe from Il Casale in Belmont, Massachusetts. I will post the recipe later – suffice it to say that they are the ur-meatballs.

The Yo La Tengo / “Parks & Recreation” Connection Finally Explained

By Gerard on Thursday, April 24th, 2014

As you might’ve read elsewhere, Yo La Tengo — appearing as the combo Bobby Knight Ranger — are featured in tonight’s season 6 finale of NBC’s “Parks & Recreation”.  Given that many of you know even less about show business than you do fitness, personal hygiene or the importance of getting up before 2 in the afternoon, I’m gonna graciously catalog the various scenarios on how exactly, this TV booking came to be.

1) In 2000, the sleeve to Yo La Tengo’s cover of George McRae’s “You Can Have It All” featured an at-the-time struggling NYC model-slash-actress, Amy Poehler, previously best known for her work on an obscure basic-cable comedy program. Shortly after the release of this chart-topping single, she became a regular cast member on “Saturday Night Live” and has appeared in such Palme d’Or winners as “Deuce Bigelow : Male Gigolo” and “Mr. Woodcock”.

Cynics might say Yo La Tengo inclusion on tonight’s “Parks & Rec” is Ms. Poehler’s way of returning the favor.  And that’s how cynics are, always looking for some shitty reason to diminish any sort of achievement.

2) “Parks & Recreation” co-creator Michael Schurr is one of the founders/main minds behind Fire Joe Morgan.  Yo La Tengo’s name is said to have something or other to do with baseball.  Ask someone who likes sports, we’re a record label.

3) Popular recording artists are frequently asked to appear on television programs  (eg. Roger Miller in “Quincy, M.E.”‘s “On Dying High”, Dave Navarro’s sporadic appearances in “Sons of Anarchy”).

Glad I could clear that up for everyone.

Kurt Vile at Pukkelpop 2014

By Rian on Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014

Kurt and his Violators are joining Queens of the Stone Age and Darkside for Pukkelpop 2014.The festival will be in Hasselt, Belgium. All three bands will be playing on Saturday, August 16th.

Get your tickets on the official website and for more info take a look at:

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/pukkelpop
Twitter https://twitter.com/pukkelpop
Instagram @pukkelpop

Here are the rest of the dates and venues to catch Kurt the rest of the summer:

May

Friday 23 KIngston, NY, US BSP Kingston
Saturday 24 Northampton, MA, US Pearl Street Nightclub
Sunday 25 Boston, MA, US Boston Calling Festival
Monday 26 Montreal, QC Corona Theatre
Wednesday 28 Toronto, ON, CA The Phoenix
Friday 30 Nelsonville, OH, US Nelsonville Music Festival
Saturday 31 York, PA, US Capitol Theatre

June

Monday 02 New Haven, CT, US Toads Place
Friday 06 New York , NY, US Governor’s Ball
Saturday 07 New York, NY, US Governors Ball
Sunday 08 New York, NY, US Governors Ball

July

Friday 04 Seattle/George, WA Sasquatch Music Festival
Thursday 10 Keflavik, IK ATP Iceland
Friday 25 Philadelphia, PA Mann Center for The Arts

August

Wednesday 6 Nürnberg, Germany, K4
Thursday 7 Haldern, Germany, Haldern Pop
Friday 8 Castelbuono/Sicily, Italy, Ypsigrock
Friday 15 Hasselt, Belgium, Pukkelpop
Tuesday 19 Amsterdam, Netherlands, Paradiso
Thursday 14 StMalo, FR La Route Du Rock
Saturday 16 London, UK Jebberwocky
Sunday 17 Glanusk, GB Green man Festival
Wednesday 20 Zurich, CH Rote Fabrik
Friday 22 Bilbao, ES Kafe Antzokia
Sunday 24 Madrid, ES Joy
Monday 25 Barcelona, ES Apolo

 

 

 

COACHELLA WEEKEND 2: QOTSA AND DARKSIDE THIS SATURDAY

By Rian on Friday, April 18th, 2014

If you are at the festival, but sure to catch Queens of the Stone Age tomorrow, April 19th, at 9:35pm PST on the Coachella Stage and DARKSIDE in the aptly-named Gobi tent after at 10:50pm PST. If you are anywhere but Indio this weekend, you can watch many performances (including QOTSA) on AXS TV here (please check local listings) or watch it on your computer at AXS.tv.

The full schedule for the festival can be found here and a map here.

Pictures from Coachella Weekend 1:

QOTSA Photo by: Kevin Winter

What Record Store Day Means To Me (Pt. II)

By Gerard on Friday, April 18th, 2014

It was very tempting to post Pt. 1 for the 7th year in a row, but it’s getting harder and harder to find anyone old enough to get the joke that Chris and I once worked at Empire Records. Anyhow, as you’re probably aware, tomorrow marks Record Store Day 2014, undoubtedly a hectic afternoon for our many friends in music retail — here’s hoping the staff at Best Buy manages to stay hydrated.

As for the workers and patrons at what I’m told are “independent music shops” (sounds pretty quaint, right?) it seems the event is not without controversy. On one hand, there’s the perennial complaints about flippers, price gougers and most worryingly, the difficulty actual-functioning-in-2014 bands and labels are having getting their spring titles manufactured anywhere near mid-April.   And on the other hand, there’s the opportunity for music lovers to snatch up such quality items as the Cake box set, the “Ghostbusters” 10” or a long overdue Roxette reissue.

All of that said, no matter how shitty your musical taste is where you stand on this divisive issue, it is my fervent hope we can all exercise patience and mutual understanding when we’re queued up tomorrow morning. Just understand that if you get in my way when I’m trying to grab the last copy of this record, you’re going down like Dave Brown.

TRAILER: ‘FUCKERS’ LIVE FROM THE LONDON FORUM

By Rian on Thursday, April 17th, 2014

‘FUCKERS’ live from the London Forum is coming soon.

Directed by: Giorgio Testi (http://www.pulsefilms.com/)

Sound by: Johnny Hostile

“Fuckers” / “Dream Baby Dream” 12″ (w/ digital download) out May 5 in the UK and Europe and May 6 in North America via Matador/Pop Noire.

More on this release here.

Here is a new episode of Jehnny Beth’s radio show presenting some of the bands performing on the upcoming Savages-curated Pop Noire nights at Shacklewell Arms (May 5th) and Birthdays (May 6th) and concentrating on music she has been discovering while on tour.