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The MataBlog is edited by Matador Records’ co-moaner Gerard Cosloy and individual entries are the work of whoever’s name is next to them. If you enjoyed something in the MataBlog, thank you very much! If there was something you found particularly troubling, please be advised that a) maybe you should read it again and b) the contents of this blog do not necessarily represent the opinions of Matador Records, Beggars Group, the combined staff of either company, nor the Matador artist roster. Opinions are like friends — hardly anyone has one worth listening to.

Spoon announce new European tour dates



Depeche Mode sang it, Spoon are living it, they just can't get enough of our continental shores. Announcing today - with ticket's going on sale this Friday - are six more tour dates (in bold) to bolster an already prodigious live schedule.

November 2 – Orangerie (at Botanique) – Brussels, Belgium
November 6 – Concorde 2 – Brighton, UK
November 7 – Arts Club – Liverpool, UK
November 9 – The Junction – Cambridge, UK
November 11 – Kaserne – Basel, Switzerland
November 12 – Santeria Social Club – Milan, Italy

June 17 – Festsaal Kreuzberg, Berlin, Germany
June 18 – Maifeld Derby Festival, Manheim, Germany
June 19 – Technikum, Munich, Germany
June 22 – Piknik i Parken, Oslo, Norway
June 24 – Amager Bio, Copenhagen South, Denmark
June 27 – Gorilla, Manchester, United Kingdom
June 28 – The Arts School, Glasgow, United Kingdom
June 30 – O2 Forum, London, United Kingdom
July 2 – Main Square Festival, Arras, France
July 3 – Gloria Theatre, Cologne, Germany
July 5 – La Maroquinerie, Paris, France
July 7 – Mad Cool Festival, Madrid, Spain
July 8 – NOS Alive, Lisbon, Portugal



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Spoon Announce Instagram Fan Art Contest



CONTEST ALERT: Artist Christine Marlene is responsible for the watercolor covering Spoon's new album Hot Thoughts. She made a piece for each song, all of which can be viewed on the band's Instagram account right now. If you're inspired or looking to get your hands on some tickets to see Spoon live OR get an original piece of art, you're in luck. Both are within reach.

Make your own Hot Thoughts gallery in Instagram with #SpoonHotThoughts and you'll have a chance to win one or both of those prizes.

Jamaican kheema

There is nothing especially Jamaican about this and it's not kheema. It was just too hot today in NYC to make my planned Madhur Jaffrey dish so I improvised this simpler, fresher version. I happened to have bean broth in the freezer from making verdinas. Any broth would do, though I think a bean broth might lend a silky texture.



The ground beef was quite fatty. That is key to making the most out of this dish. If your beef is lean, make sure you add extra oil.

1 tbs neutral oil, such as grapeseed
1 lb ground beef
1/2 yellow onion, chopped
3 long green (mild Indian-type) chillies, chopped, plus extra
1/2 habanero chilli, minced
1/2 cup riesling, or any white wine
1 cup verdina bean broth + water, or any broth, or just water
1 tbs freshly ground allspice
1 tsp freshly ground black pepper
1/2 tsp cayenne powder
pimentón de la vera (hot) (optional)
1 to 1 1/2 tsp salt, plus more to taste
fresh limes

Heat oil in dutch oven over high heat until shimmering, nearly smoking. Brown 2/3 of the beef into 2 batches for about 4 minutes each, searing and smoking (use fan and screen), removing to bowl with slotted spoon.

Cook onions and chillies in the remaining oil over medium heat until caramelized and colored, about 7-8 minutes.

Raise heat and add riesling, scraping up the brown bits and stirring. Boil it off and add the bean broth. Continue to cook - the mixture should be rich, thick and aromatic.

Add the cooked beef, the raw beef, and all remaining ingredients including salt (moderating according to whether or not the broth was salty). Sprinkle the pimentón de la vera over the top to taste. Mix well. The liquid should just _barely_ cover the meat, if at all. If not, add a few drops more water.

Bring to a boil but as soon as it is close to boiling, reduce heat to a bare simmer and cook for about 1 hour until reduced and thick. Check for salt and add more if necessary - you will probably need it. Be sure not to dry out the meat. If you allow to sit for about 15 minutes after cooking, some moistness may return and the flavors will cohere.

Scatter fresh chopped green chillies over the top, plus a generous squeeze of lime juice.

Served over thymed white rice, with more limes and chillies at the table.

Algiers to support Depeche Mode on European stadia tour


Photo credit - Chiara Viola Donati

Up until now the tastiest link between Matador Records and Depeche Mode has been Anthony Anzaldo's left arm.

In a bid to out-do this, Algiers have announced they will support Depeche Mode on their upcoming European tour, playing some pretty sizeable venues along the way - including the Stade De France, Stadio Olimpico and the San Siro stadium in Milan - which we're willing to bet hasn't seen a performance as aggressive since Gennaro Gattuso donned the famous black & red.

Tour dates:

June 11th - HDI Arena - Hannover, DE
June 12th - HDI Arena - Hannover, DE
June 18th - Letzigrund Stadion - Zurich, CH
June 20th - Commerzbank-Arena - Frankfurt, DE
June 22nd - Olympiastadion - Berlin, DE
June 25th - Stadio Olimpico - Rome, IT
June 27th - San Siro - Milan, IT
June 29th - Stadio Renato Dall'ara - Bologna, IT
July 1st - Stade De France - Paris, FR
July 4th - Veltins-Arena - Gelsenkirchen, DE

Tickets available on the official Depeche Mode site



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Spoon - "Hot Thoughts" Video, Mexico City Residency, Fall Dates With The Shins



"Hot Thoughts" (directed by Matt Muir)





Via director Matt Muir, Spoon have released a video for 'Hot Thoughts' titular track (see above) a week prior to 3 dates in Mexico City (in bold below). In addition, there's 4 shows of the enormodome (well, amphitheatre) variety happening in September & October alongside The Shins in Berkeley, San Diego, Phoenix and Denver (tickets on sale this Friday, 10am local time)

Upcoming tour dates :

April 18 - The Imperial, Ciudad De México, Mexico
April 19 - Foro Indierocks!, Atizapán De Zaragoza, Mexico
April 20 - Foro Indierocks!, Atizapán De Zaragoza, Mexico

April 27– Soul Kitchen – Mobile, AL
April 28 – The Lyric – Oxford, MS
April 29 – Varsity Theater – Baton Rouge, LA
May 1 – Ritz Ybor – Tampa, FL
May 2 – House of Blues – Orlando, FL
May 3 – Georgia Theatre – Athens, GA
May 5 – Music Farm – Charleston ,SC
May 6 - Orange Peel, Asheville, NC***
May 7 – The Ritz – Raleigh, NC
May 9 – Mill and Mine – Knoxville, TN
May 11 – Newport Music Hall – Columbus, OH
June 17 - Festsaal Kreuzberg, Berlin, Germany
June 18 - Maifeld Derby Festival, Manheim, Germany
June 19 - Technikum, Munich, Germany
June 22 - Piknik i Parken, Oslo, Norway
June 24 - Amager Bio, Copenhagen South, Denmark
June 27 - Gorilla, Manchester, United Kingdom
June 28 - The Arts School, Glasgow, United Kingdom
June 30 - O2 Forum, London, United Kingdom
July 2 - Main Square Festival, Arras, France
July 3 - Gloria Theatre, Cologne, Germany
July 5 - La Maroquinerie, Paris, France
July 7 - Mad Cool Festival, Madrid, Spain
July 8 - NOS Alive, Lisbon, Portugal
July 14 - Forecastle, Louisville, KY
July 15 - Sloss Festival, Birmingham, AL
July 18 - Charlotte Metro Credit Union, Charlotte, NC*
July 19 - Sprint Pavilion, Charlottesville, VA*
July 21 - Blue Hills Bank Pavilion, Boston, MA
July 22 - State Theatre, Portland, ME*
July 23 - Metropolis, Montreal, QC*
July 25 - Massey Hall, Toronto, ON**
July 26 - Stage AE - Indoors, Pittsburgh, PA*
July 28 - Panorama Festival, New York NY
July 29 - BB&T Pavilion (XPoNential Music Festival), Camden NJ
July 30 - Merriweather Post Pavilion, Columbia MD +
August 1 - The Fillmore, Detroit, MI**
August 6 - Hollywood Bowl,& Los Angeles CA
August 20 - Mavericks, Jacksonville, FL
August 23 - Music Farm, Columbia, SC
August 28 - Knitting Factory, Spokane, WA
August 30 - Windspear Centre, Edmonton, AB
August 31 - Macewan Hall, Calgary, AB
September 2 - Malkin Bowl, Vancouver, BC
September 5 - Knitting Factory, Boise, ID
September 6 - The Depot, Salt Lake City, UT
September 9- Mishwaka Amphitheatre – Bellevue, CO
September 11 - Sokol Auditorium, Omaha, NE
September 13 - Pabst Theatre, Milwaukee, WI
September 14 - Orpheum Theatre, Madison, WI
September 15 - Palace Theater, Saint Paul, MN
September 30 - Greek Theater, Berkeley CA****
October 1 - Cal Coast Credit Union (OAT), San Diego CA****
October 3 - Comerica Theater, Phoenix AZ****
October 5 - Red Rocks Amphitheater, Denver CO****
October 17 - House of Blues, New Orleans, LA
October 20 - Music Farm, Columbia, SC
October 21 - Mavericks, Jacksonville, FL


+ - with Belle and Sebastian and Andrew Bird
& - with Belle and Sebastian
* - with the New Pornographers
**- with Cherry Glazerr
*** - with Tennis
**** - with The Shins

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Kurt Vile : EP Vinyl Reissues, New US Dates





Hey, look at us, actually repressing a couple of Kurt Vile EP's you've been trying to acquire for far too long.  On May 19, we're reissuing the 6-song 'So Outta Reach' (2011) on blue vinyl and on the same day, 2010's 'Square Shells' on opaque colored vinyl.  Activate your preorder skills below :

'So Outta Reach'

'Square Shells'

(photo by @sophietajravimiles)

In addition, Kurt's playing 3 Eastern datesin June including a free show at Portsmouth, NH's Prescott Park Arts Festival  and a rather intimate show in the town made famous by Howard Stern (and infamous by Homestead Records) Rockville Centre, NY.

Wednesday, June 21 - Portsmouth, NH - Prescott Park Arts Festival
Thursday, June 22 - Providence, RI - Columbus Theatre (tickets on sale today at noon eastern, password is "prettydaze")
Friday, June 23 - Rockville Center, NY - Cannon’s Blackthorn
BUY or stream b'lieve i'm goin down...

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