Archive for July, 2014

VIDEO : The Young – “Cry Of Tin”

By Gerard on Wednesday, July 30th, 2014

A few minutes ago, the good people at AV Club premiered “Cry Of Tin”, the new video from The Young’s upcoming 3rd album, ‘Chrome Cactus’ (out August 25). Filmed (mostly) in a NYC storage facility by director Winston Case, we should stress this is neither an accurate representation of The Young’s actual rehearsal environment in Austin, TX, nor is it meant to be a commentary on the honest men & women who do heroic work everyday as America’s key cutters and locksmiths. While the rest of us are making sick guitar records (or having tremendous arguments over the press releases for such), these courageous individuals are our last line of defense against, y’know, being locked out.

It is my fervent hope that not only will this video provide a hint to many of you why we at Matador Records & Filmworks consider The Young to be one of the nation’s most important bands, but you’ll also realize the above clip is a character study and should not be construed as “fighting words” by the locksmith/key cutter whose place of business is roughly 400 feet from my house. Thank you.

The Young’s next North American tour kicks off August 29 in Los Angeles (with Milk’n'Cookies, Lamps and Gun Outfit), but not before they play Austin’s Waterloo Records on ‘Chrome Cactus”s release date, Monday, August 25 at 5pm. We’ll bring the keg, you bring your ID and money for ‘Chrome Cactus’ (both are optional, but we’re mostly fixated on the latter — contrary to popular belief, the beer will drink itself)

Tour Dates
Friday, August, 29 – Los Globos, Los Angeles CA*
Saturday, August, 30 – Hemlock Tavern, San Francisco CA
Sunday, August, 31 – 1234Go Records, Oakland CA^
Thursday, September, 4 – Hotel Vegas, Austin TX
Friday, September, 5 – Bottletree, Birmingham AL
Saturday, September, 6 – 529, Atlanta GA
Sunday, September, 7 – Pinhook, Durham NC
Monday, September, 8 – The Mothlight, Asheville NC%
Tuesday, September, 9 – DC9, Washington DC
Wednesday, September, 10 – Boot & Saddle, Philadelphia PA
Thursday, September, 11 – Glasslands, Brooklyn NY
Friday, September, 12 – Mercury Lounge, New York NY
Saturday, September, 13 – O’Brien’s Pub, Boston MA
Sunday, September, 14 – Vitrola, Montreal QC, Canada
Monday, September, 15 – Silver Dollar Room, Toronto ON, Canada
Tuesday, September, 16 – Now That’s Class, Cleveland OH&
Wednesday, September, 17 – Ace of Cups, Columbus OH&
Thursday, September, 18 – Empty Bottle, Chicago IL
Friday, September, 19 – Hi-Tone Cafe, Memphis TN
Saturday, September, 20 – Foundry Beer Garden, Dallas TX, FREE SHOW#

*w/ Milk ‘N’ Cookies,The Lamps and Gun Outfit
^w/ Rat Columns and Violent Change
%w/ Potty Mouth
&w/ So Cow
# w/ Radioactivity

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A simple summer meal

By Patrick on Sunday, July 27th, 2014

Two courses – I’m actually going to provide recipes this time. Salad of mixed lettuces, followed by habanero-marinated chicken thighs with parsleyed rice.

Salad of mixed lettuces:

- lettuces of your choice – here are romaine and butter lettuces
- cinnamon basil leaves – torn by hand
- fresh sage leaves
- fresh hyssop leaves

Wash and dry the lettuce and tear into bite-size chunks. Add the fresh herbs. Mix well with your hands. Make a vinaigrette by pounding a medium-sized garlic clove with a pinch of coarse salt and a grinding of fresh pepper until it is mush. Add red wine vinegar (not balsamic) and mix well. Add an equal or lesser amount of olive oil, mix well, pour on salad and toss well, serve.

Chicken thighs marinated with habanero:

- 4 good chicken thighs, bone in and skin on
- 1 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 tsp dried Mexican oregano
- 1/2 Western shallot or 2 Asian shallots
- 1 fresh habanero (Scotch bonnet) chile, or more to taste
- 1 large garlic clove
- 3 tsp ghee
- 1/3 cup vermouth

Crumble the Mexican oregano into the salt in a large bowl and mix well with your hands. Finely chop the shallot, and mince the habanero and the garlic. Add to the dry ingredients and mix well. Add the chicken thighs (do not rinse or dry them), and mix thoroughly with the rest of the ingredients so that the marinade covers every surface of the chicken.

(Wash your hands thoroughly after this.)

Cover bowl and place in fridge for 3 hours, removing and turning the thighs once during that time. Remove from fridge, transfer to a room-temperature bowl, and rest at room temp for about 30 minutes.

Using your hands, remove as much of the marinade as possible from the chicken – as many of the pieces of shallot, garlic and habanero as you can squeeze off – and reserve. Now pat the chicken dry thoroughly on both sides and rest on a plate.

Heat the ghee over medium heat in a heavy pot with a lid such as Le Creuset dutch oven. Add the shallot-garlic-habanero mixture and saute until shallots are soft, about 2-3 minutes. Remove the mixture and reserve, saving the oil (the easiest way to do this may be to pour the hot oil and shallot mixture through a sieve into a bowl). Pour the oil back into the pan.

Turn the heat up to medium-high and add the four chicken thighs. Saute for about 4 minutes on each side or until thoroughly browned. Do not worry is the skin sticks to the bottom of the pan.

Return the shallot mixture to the pan, reduce heat to lowest possible setting, cover and cook for about 30 minutes or until the thighs measure about 160F with a probe thermometer.

(Wash your hands again thoroughly after this – you’ve been handling raw habanero.)

Remove the thighs, pour off the fat, saving as much of the shallots as you can – put those on top of the chicken. Return the pot, which should have ample pieces of caramelized meat and herbs sticking to the bottom of it, to a high flame. When hot, add the vermouth and deglaze, stirring and scraping to dislodge as much of the fond as possible. Just before the vermouth has fully evaporated, pour the contents of the pan over the chicken.

Parsleyed rice (start this about 20 minutes before chicken will be ready):

- 2/3 cup carolina or similar long-grain rice
- 1 1/3 cup water
- generous pinch of salt
- about 3-4 tbs fresh parsley, chopped

Combine rice, water and salt in a pot with a tight-fitting lid. Stir well with wooden spoon or paddle. Bring to a boil, stir again with wooden spoon, and cover with lid (place aluminum foil between pot and lid for extra tight seal if necessary), reduce heat to minimum, and cook for 12 minutes. Turn off heat and allow to sit, covered and undisturbed, for another 2 minutes. Remove lid, add parsley, and fluff well with wooden spoon to aerate rice and mix in the parsley.

Serve rice and chicken on same plate with ample amounts of drippings and shallot mixture, as well as lemon wedges and freshly ground pepper

VIDEO : Iceage – “The Lord’s Favorite” (+ New North American Dates)

By Gerard on Thursday, July 24th, 2014

Iceage - “The Lord’s Favorite”
Director – Cali Thornhill DeWitt
Starring Tio Big Vic as Himself & Cali Thornhill DeWitt as Herself

Saturday, August 16 – Jabberwocky, London UK
Thursday, August 28 – Entremuralhas Festival, Leiria Portual
Friday, August 29 – Chart Fair, Copenhagen, Denmark

N. America
(tickets go on sale Monday, July 26, save for the Bowery Ballroom show, which sale commences August 1)

Friday, October, 10 – First Unitarian Church, Philadelphia PA*
Saturday, October, 11 – Metro Gallery, Baltimore MD*
Sunday, October, 12 – Bowery Ballroom, New York NY*
Wednesday, October, 15 – The Flywheel Arts Collective, Easthampton MA*
Thursday, October, 16 – The Great Scott, Boston MA*$
Friday, October, 17 – La Vitrola, Montreal QC, Canada%
Saturday, October, 18 – Gabba Hey, Ottatwwa ON, Canada#
Sunday, October, 19 – Horseshoe, Toronto ON, Canada#
Tuesday, October, 21 – PJ’s Lager House, Detroit MI*#
Wednesday, October, 22 – The Empty Bottle, Chicago IL*#
Thursday, October, 23 – Triple Rock, Minneapolis MN*
Friday, October, 24 – Slowdown, Omaha NE*
Saturday, October, 25 – Jackpot Music Hall, Lawrence KS*
Sunday, October, 26 – Hi-Dive, Denver CO*
Monday, October, 27 – Kilby Court, Salt Lake City UT*
Wednesday, October, 29 – Holland Project, Reno NV*
Friday, October, 31 – Elbo Room, San Francisco CA*
Saturday, November, 1 – The Echo, Los Angeles CA *$
Sunday, November, 2 – The Echo, Los Angeles CA*
Monday, November, 3, – The Casbah, San Diego CA*
Tuesday, November, 4 – 51 West, Phoenix AZ*
Wednesday, November, 5 – Sister, Albuquerque NM*
Saturday, November, 8 – Fun Fun Fun Fest, Austin TX

* w/ Helm
# w/ Father Murphy
$ w/ Rakta
% w/ Merchandise, Lower and Father Murphy


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EMA – New North American Dates

By Gerard on Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014

EMA’s next batch of North American dates — including several opening for Spoon in larger auditoriums, banquet halls, aircraft hangers, etc. — start Septemer 16 with tickets currently on sale.

If you missed it back in April, Sasha Frere-Jones’ New Yorker profile (“Improv Everywhere ; EMA flirts with chaos”) is now available for reading sans subscription.

Saturday, July, 26 – Capitol Hill Block Party, Seattle WA
Sunday, August, 17 – Tom McCall Waterfront Park, Portland OR
Tuesday, September, 16 – Chicago Theater, Chicago IL*
Wednesday, September, 17 – Riverside Theatre, Milwaukee WI*
Thursday, September, 18 – Orpheum Theatre, Madison WI*
Friday, September, 19 – State Theatre, Minneapolis MN*
Saturday, September, 20 – Pageant, St Louis MO*
Sunday, September, 21 – Liberty Hall, Lawrence KS*
Tuesday, September, 23 – Cain’s Ballroom, Tulsa OK*
Thursday, September, 25 – Bar and Arcade, Springfield MO
Friday, September, 26 – Pygmalion Music Festival, Champaign IL
Saturday, September, 27 – MidPoint Music Festival, Cincinnati OH
Monday, September, 29 – Beachland Tavern, Cleveland, OH
Tuesday, September, 30 – Drake Hotel , Toronto ON, Canada
Wednesday, October, 1 – Le Divan Orange, Montreal QC, Canada
Friday, October, 3 – The Space, Hamden CT
Saturday, October, 4 – Boot & Saddle (Red Bull Sound Select), Philadelphia PA
Sunday, October, 5 – Bowery Ballroom, New York NY**
Friday, October, 24 – Barboza, Seattle WA
Saturday, October 25 – Electric Owl, Vancouver BC, Canada
Sunday, October 26 – Mississippi Studios, Portland OR

(* – with Spoon)

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

Sea Island red peas and rice

By Patrick on Saturday, July 19th, 2014

Sea Island red peas and rice

Sea Island red peas. Soaked overnight and drained. Then simmered an equal mixture of ham stock and chicken stock, added the drained beans along with onion, celery, garlic clove, bay leaf, a pork neck bone and some homemade Jamaican curry powder. Back to a simmer, then into a 250F oven for about 2 hours. Removed, seasoned with salt and about half a finely chopped habanero, returned to oven for 20-30 minutes. Blended a portion of peas and liquid and returned to pot. Removed and discarded vegetables and aromatics. Added sliced serrano ham and freshly minced habanero. Served on buttered carolina rice.

It’s hard to overemphasize the depth and complexity of this dish – earthy but with the subtlety of bitter chocolate and the aroma of juniper. That only scrapes the surface actually. Anson Mills does it again, or maybe I’m still just learning about the intensity & levels of flavor of legumes. Please try it.

The New Pornographers – ‘Brill Bruisers’ LP (limited edition paint-splattered vinyl)

By Gerard on Friday, July 18th, 2014

A limited edition, multi-colored paint splattered version of the upcoming New Pornographers ‘Brill Bruisers’ LP is available through the Matador and New Pornographers webstores. Preorder the limited edition LP and receive a 3D poster and 3D glasses (while supplies and/or the mania for all things 3D lasts)

Tonight: Ceremony in Brooklyn (FREE)

By Robby on Friday, July 18th, 2014

Ceremony’s tour with Nothing & Iron Lung pushes on, landing in NYC tonight as part of a free bill at The Brooklyn Night Bazaar. Bad Side open. We’ll see you out.

Details on admission here

Friday, July 18, 2014 – Brooklyn, NY – Brooklyn Night Bazaar
Saturday, July 19, 2014 – Philadelphia, PA – First Unitarian Church
Sunday, July 20, 2014 – Cambridge, MA – The Sinclair
Monday, July 21, 2014 – Washington, DC – Rock & Roll Hotel
Tuesday, July 22, 2014 – Charlotte, NC – Casbah at Tremont Music Hall
Wednesday, July 23, 2014 – Atlanta, GA – Mammal Gallery
Thursday, July 24, 2014 – Orlando, FL – The Social
Saturday, July 26, 2014 – New Orleans, LA – Mudlark
Sunday, July 27, 2014 – Houston, TX – Fitzgerald’s
Monday, July 28, 2014 – Dallas, TX – Trees
Tuesday, July 29, 2014 – Austin, TX – Mohawk
Thursday, July 31, 2014 – Tucson, AZ – 191 Warehouse
Friday, August 01, 2014 – West Hollywood, CA – Roxy Theatre
Saturday, August 02, 2014 – San Francisco, CA – Rickshaw Stop


VIDEO : Perfume Genius – “Queen”

By Gerard on Thursday, July 17th, 2014

(photo by Luke Gilford)

“I’ve seen faces of blank terror when I walk by. Sometimes from seemingly strong, macho dudes – somehow my presence confuses and ultimately scares them. There is a strange power to it that I’ve only recently begun to understand and embrace. After many years trying to sort out exactly what they are scared of, most of the time converting the result into personal shame, there are now moments of monstrous pride”. – Mike Hadreas

As mentioned earlier this week, on September 23 Matador will be releasing the 3rd album from Perfume Genius, ‘Too Bright’ (coming September 22 in the UK via Turnstile). Here’s the album’s first video, “Queen”, directed bySSION :

Preorder ‘Too Bright’ from iTunes and receive “Queen” immediately.
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Upcoming dates :

1 – OFF Festival, Katowice Poland
2 – Visions Festival, London UK
27 – Feeerieen, Brussels Belgium
28 – Mas Mas, Cardigan UK
30 – End of the Road Festival, Salisbury UK

1 – Centre for Contemporary Arts, Glasgow UK
2 – Band on the Wall, Manchester UK
3 – Ramsgate Music Hall, Ramsgate UK
6 – Into The Great Wide Open Festival, Vlieland Netherlands
7 – MITO SettembreMusica, Milan Italy
8 – Circolo degli Artisti, Rome Italy
9 – Locomotiv Club, Bologna Italy
26 – Urban Lounge – Salt Lake City UT
27 – Hi Dive – Denver C
29 – Riot Room – Kansas City MO
30 – Triple Rock Social Club - Minneapolis MN

1 – Lincoln Hall – Chicago IL
2 – Magic Stick – Detroit MI
4 – Virgin Mobile Mod Club - Toronto ON
6 – Brighton Music Hall – Allston MA
7 - Music Hall of Williamsburg – Brooklyn NY
8 – Johnny Brenda’s - Philadelphia PA
9 – The Hamilton – Washington DC
10 – Cat’s Cradle Back Room – Carrboro NC
11 - Drunken Unicorn - Atlanta GA
13 - Three Links – Dallas TX
14 – The Parish – Austin TX
16 - Club Congress – Tucson AZ
17 – Soda Bar – San Diego CA
19 – Roxy Theatre - Los Angeles CA
21 – The Independent – San Francisco CA
22 – Harlow’s – Sacramento CA
24 – Mississippi Studios – Portland OR
25 – Neptune Theatre – Seattle WA

11 – La Maroquinerie, Paris France
12 – Exile, Zurich, Switzerland
13 – Le Romandie, Lausanne Switzerland
14 – Depot, Leuven Belgium
16 – Vega, Copenhagen Denmark
17 - Lido, Berlin German
18 – Pret-a-ecouter Festival, Heidelberg Germany
19 – Bitterzoet, Amsterdam Holland
21 – Le Guess Who Festival, Utrecht Holland
23 – Caves, Edinburgh UK
24 – The Wardrobe, Leeds UK
25 – Oobleck, Birmingham UK
26 – The Haunt, Brighton UK
27 – Islington Assembly Hall, London UK

Perfume Genius online :


You Tube Channel

VIDEO : The New Pornographers – “War On The East Coast”

By Gerard on Wednesday, July 16th, 2014

“We were going for some mid nineties second tier brit pop attitude. In the past, I’ve never really wanted to be in the video. But with this, we wanted to have fun and fully be IN the video.” – Carl Newman

“War On The East Coast” is the first video from the upcoming album by The New Pornographers, ‘Brill Bruisers’ (August 25). As you can see, Carl, Dan Bejar and director Thom Glunt weren’t hesitant to depict the destruction of a major North American city, but I should stress this is not documentary footage. On the pseudo-apocalyptic scale not only do I think this video kicks Michael Bay’s ass (about time, too), but the song’s incredible. Wait ’til you hear the whole album.

A limited edition multi-colored paint splattered version of the LP is available through the Matador and New Pornographers webstores. Pre-order the limited edition LP and receive a 3D poster and 3D glasses (while supplies last)

preorder ‘Brill Bruisers’ from iTunes or Amazon Digital and receive “Brill Bruisers” and “War On The East Coast” today)
preorder ‘Brill Bruisers’ from The New Pornographers Store
Amazon (LP or CD)

Tour Dates
Saturday, July, 19 — Pemberton Music Festival, Pemberton BC  Canada
Friday, August, 8 — Skyline Music Festival, Minneapolis, MN
Friday, August 29 – Sonic Boom Festival, Northlands Park, Edmonton AB Canada
Saturday, September, 6 – Majestic Theatre, Detroit MI
Sunday, September, 7 — Riot Fest, Downsview Park, Toronto ON, Canada
Thursday-Sunday, September, 11-14 - Rifflandia, Victoria BC  Canada
Sunday, October, 5 — The Showbox, Seattle WA*
Monday, October, 6 — The Showbox, Seattle WA*
Wednesday, October, 8 – Crystal Ballroom, Portland OR*
Thursday, October, 9 — Knitting Factory, Boise ID*
Friday, October, 10 — The Depot, Salt Lake City UT*
Saturday, October, 11 — Gothic Theatre, Denver CO*
Monday, October, 13 – The Crescent Ballroom, Phoenix AZ*
Tuesday, October, 14 — Rialto Theatre, Tucson AZ*
Wednesday, October, 15 — Pappy & Harriet’s Pioneertown Palace, Pioneertown CA*
Friday, October, 17 – The Wiltern, Los Angeles CA*
Saturday October, 18 — North Park Theatre, San Diego CA*
Sunday, October 19 — Treasure Island Music Festival, San Francisco CA*
Tuesday, November, 4 — Cannery Ballroom, Nashville TN*
Wednesday, November, 5 — Orange Peel, Asheville NC*
Thursday, November, 6 – Buckhead Theatre, Atlanta GA*
Friday, November, 7 – Civic Theatre, New Orleans LA*
Saturday, November, 8 — Fun Fun Fun Fest, Austin TX*
Monday, November, 10 — The Pageant, St. Louis MO*
Tuesday, November, 11 – Slowdown, Omaha NE*
Thursday, November, 13 – Pabst Theater, Milwaukee WI*
Friday, November, 14 — Riviera Theatre, Chicago IL*
Saturday, November, 15 — House of Blues, Cleveland OH*
Monday, November, 17 – Hammerstein Ballroom, New York NY*
Wednesday, November, 19 — House of Blues, Boston MA*
Thursday, November, 20 — Union Transfer, Philadelphia PA*
Friday, November, 21 — 9:30 Club, Washington, DC*
Sunday, November, 23 — Cat’s Cradle, Carrboro NC*

* – support by The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart

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LOWER : New Autumn US & Canadian Dates With Merchandise

By Gerard on Tuesday, July 15th, 2014

Lower’s second visit to North America this year — and first since the release of ‘Seek Lower Climes’ — kicks off September 23 in Austin and runs through mid-October in Boston. All dates are in support of Tampa’s Merchandise.

(Lower at The Acheron, Brooklyn, May 30, 2014)

Tue. Sept. 23 – Austin, TX @ Red 7
Wed. Sept. 24 – Marfa, TX @ Padres
Thu. Sept. 25 – Albuquerque, NM @ Sister
Fri. Sept. 26 – Tempe, AZ @ 51 West
Sat. Sept. 27 – Los Angeles, CA @ Echoplex
Sun. Sept. 28 – San Diego, CA @ Kensington Club
Tue. Sept. 30 – Santa Cruz, CA @ The Catalyst Atrium
Wed. Oct. 1 – San Francisco, CA @ Rickshaw Stop
Fri. Oct. 3 – Portland, OR @ Mississippi Studios
Sat. Oct. 4 – Vancouver, BC @ Biltmore
Sun. Oct. 5 – Seattle, WA @ The Crocodile
Wed. Oct. 8 – Fargo, ND @ The Aquarium
Thu. Oct. 9 – Minneapolis, MN @ Triple Rock
Fri. Oct. 10 – Chicago, IL @ Empty Bottle
Sat. Oct. 11 – St Louis, MO @ The Luminary Center for the Arts
Sun. Oct. 12 – Columbus, OH @ Ace of Cups
Tue. Oct. 14 – Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Wed. Oct. 15 – Toronto, ON @ Wrongbar
Thu. Oct. 16 – Ottawa, ON @ House Of Targ
Fri. Oct. 17 – Montreal, QC @ La Vitrola
Sat. Oct. 18 – Boston, MA @ Great Scott

Lower compiled a playlist of stuff they were listening to during the recording of ‘Seek Lower Climes’ ; it’s available for streaming thru Rdio.

‘Seek Lower Climes’ is available on LP, CD and digital formats from The Matador Store
Matador Store.

order ‘Seek Lower Climes’ from iTunes