Archive for June, 2014

Tonight In Brooklyn : The Young at Union Pool

By Gerard on Friday, June 27th, 2014

Just a reminder that THE YOUNG will be making their first East Coast appearance in eons tonight at Union Pool, playing alongside the formidable Endless Boogie and V.B.A.  Tickets are available here, we’re told there’s a special on Shiner Bock, and provided you don’t ask me if I’ve heard the new Lana Del Rey album, you might get out of the room without a shiner.

(sorry, I didn’t get much sleep last night).

The Young’s 3rd album, ‘Chrome Cactus’ is out August 26 and is available for preorder here.

Yo La Tengo On KLRU’s “Overheard With Evan Smith”

By Gerard on Thursday, June 26th, 2014

During a recent visit to Austin, TX while performing the live score to Sam Green’s “The Love Song Of R. Buckminster Fuller”, Yo La Tengo’s Ira Kaplan and Georgia Hubley visited the studios of KLRU for an extended chat with “Overheard” host Evan Smith.  In terms of prestige, this is considerably more exciting than a booking on the Bethanny Frankel show.  In terms of loud audience participation and distasteful bullying, it ranks somewhere below Wally George’s “Hot Seat”.     You stream the interview here.

Yoko Ono Plastic Ono Band (featuring Yo La Tengo) at Glastonbury

By Stuart on Tuesday, June 24th, 2014

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This Sunday Yoko Ono’s Plastic Ono Band (featuring Yo La Tengo) are performing at Glastonbury festival, the second collaboration between Yo La Tengo and Yoko Ono’s Plastic Ono Band.


The first show took place at New York’s Union Pool last Tuesday (image above) and the next takes place on this Sunday at 6pm on The Park Stage.  People of the UK can watch it in the flesh (wellies recommended), live via the BBC and shortly after we’ll have an online link for those of you living in a country with a better World Cup team (aka – the rest of the world) than England (i.e. – not Spain).

EMA : Western USA Dates + September Shows Supporting Spoon

By Gerard on Monday, June 23rd, 2014

(photo by Marjolein Hoornaert)

After a successful European jaunt, the next leg of EMA’s US touring in support of ‘The Future’s Void’ kicks off tonight in beautiful Boise, ID (dates and links for tickets can be found below). In September, EMA will opening a week of midwestern dates for Spoon.

6/23 Boise, ID The Crux ++
6/24 Salt Lake City Kilby Court
6/25 Denver, CO Lost Lake Lounge*
6/27 Albuquerque, NM Low Spirits*
6/28 Phoenix, AZ Crescent Ballroom*
6/29 San Diego, CA Casbah*
7/1 Los Angeles, CA The Troubadour*++
7/2 San Francisco, CA The Independent*

*Mas Ysa
++ All Ages

9/16 Chicago, IL @ Chicago Theater w / Spoon
9/17 Milwaukee, WI @ Riverside Theatre w/ Spoon
9/18 Madison, WI @ Orpheum Theatre w/ Spoon
9/19 Minneapolis, MN @ State Theatre w/ Spoon
9/20 St. Louis, MO @ Pageant w/ Spoon
9/21 Lawrence, KS @ Liberty Hall w/ Spoon
9/23 Tulsa, OK @ Cain’s Ballroom w/ Spoon

The Future’s Void
is out now on  CD, Cassette and LP (limited edition lavender vinyl) and available direct from The Matador Store.


Mabon “Teenie” Hodges, RIP

By Gerard on Monday, June 23rd, 2014

Memphis guitar genius and songwriter Teenie Hodges, the Hi Rhythm Section linchpin whose accompaniment of artists including, but not limited to Al Green, Ann Peebles, Otis Clay, Syl Johnson and our own Chan Marshall are just a portion of his legacy, passed away Sunday at the age of 68. Our thoughts this morning are with the family, friends and musical collaborators

A summer meal from Ottolenghi’s Jerusalem

By Patrick on Sunday, June 22nd, 2014

Yotam Ottolenghi and Sami Tamimi’s Jerusalem is my kind of cookbook – documenting a food culture centered around a particular region and history, omitting all foams tweezers sous-viding and modernism, and including beautiful photography.

This meal was inspired by eGullet user Soba70′s recent explorations of this book.

First I made filfel chuma (also known as pilpelshuma), a Libyan Jewish hot sauce. (May I point out that Ottolenghi’s instruction to “soak the ancho chile in boiling water for 30 minutes” is very unclear – it could mean that you should pour boiling water over the chile and let it sit off the heat for 30 mins, or it could mean boil the chile for 30 minutes. It means the former.)

See here for Soba’s step-by-step instructions. Taking a visual cue from him, I cut down the quantities of cayenne and sweet paprika by about half. I also left the caraway seeds whole and halved the quantity of garlic per his recommendation. It’s a crazy-great sweet and bitter relish, somewhat like harissa, but drier:

I then made Palestinian fried tomatoes with garlic, again taking Soba’s lead – cooking the crushed garlic cloves, and subbing filfel chuma for the fresh chile. I had to fry in batches with a fairly large skillet – you really need your largest sauté pan for this. Perfect summer dish, and I was even able to find worthy heirlooms at Eataly (since USGM is closed on Sundays):

Finally, the well-known chicken with caramelized onion and cardamom. This really is a perfect dish. I got it better this time than the first time – maybe better chicken, but also high-quality Ceylonese cinnamon from The Spice House, which I’m now certain is the right kind of cinnamon for this dish:

Lower announce UK and European shows

By Stuart on Friday, June 20th, 2014


Following a fortnight of triumphant shows around Europe with Fucked Up and the release of their debut full length, Seek Warmer Climes (store link) Lower announce new live dates for July and August, bookended by shows with Chelsea Wolfe, with headline and festival appearances in between.

On sale today, the full run of shows are:

Wed 30 Jul – Magnolia, Milan, Italy (w/ Chelsea Wolfe) – Tickets
Thu 31 Jul – Feierwerk, Munich, Germany (w/ Chelsea Wolfe) – Tickets
Sat 02 Aug – Visions Festival, London, UK – Tickets
Sun 03 Aug – Bermuda Triangle, Brighton, UK – Tickets
Mon 04 Aug – Sunflower, Birmingham, UK
Tue 05 Aug – Broadcast, Glasgow, UK – Tickets
Wed 06 Aug – Castle, Manchester, UK – Tickets
Thu 07 Aug – OYA Festival, Oslo, Norway – Tickets
Sat 09 Aug – La Plage, Paris, France
Sun 10 Aug – Café Glocksee, Hannover, Germany (w/Chelsea Wolfe) – Tickets
Tue 12 Aug – Melkweg, Amsterdam, Netherlands (w/Chelsea Wolfe) – Tickets
Wed 13 Aug – Le Brass, Brussels, Belgium (w/Chelsea Wolfe) – Tickets
Fri 29 Aug – Jazzhouse, Copenhagen, DenmarkYouTube Preview Image

New Perfume Genius shows

By Stuart on Wednesday, June 18th, 2014

Perfume Genius adds a flurry of newly confirmed shows this summer, adding to the previously announced UK and European shows for August and September.  Currently touring in Asia (with Cat Power and more!) Mike plays Taipei today with the previously announced Hostess Club Weekender taking place this weekend.

New dates below in bold:

Wed 18 Jun – Hostess Club Taipei, Taipei, Taipei
Sat 21-22 Jun - Hostess Club Weekender – Tokyo, Japan
August 1st – OFF Festival, Katowice, Poland
August 2nd – Visions Festival, London, UK
August 27 – Feeerieen, Brussels
August 30 – End Of The Road Festival, Wiltshire, UK (
September 1 – Centre for Contemporary Arts, Glasgow
September 2 – Band on the Wall, Manchester
September 3 – Ramsgate Music Hall, Ramsgate
September 7 – MITO SettembreMusica, Milan


By Rian on Tuesday, June 17th, 2014

Today Lower’s debut album ‘Seek Warmer Climes’ is out everywhere (Escho in Denmark, Big Love in Japan and Matador covering the other corners). The band recently wrapped up a tour in the US and are now in the UK playing shows with Fucked Up tonight and tomorrow. The New York times caught the band in New York and called them “a post-punk band in early metamorphosis, luxuriating in unease,” and describes their songs as “strong, stirring and ready” and “gnarled and fortressed.”

By Now: iTunes / Matador Store – first pressing of the LP on white Vinyl, includes a Lower pin, MP3 download card




By Rian on Friday, June 13th, 2014

Kurt & The Violators will be playing a very special benefit show in Philadelphia next Friday, June 20th in conjunction with R5 Productions at Union Transfer to raise money for the rehabilitation of Ralph Brooks Park in the Point Breeze section of South Philadelphia. ALL proceeds from the show will be donated to the project. The goal is to completely revitalize the park with a new basketball court, playground and more.


More info: