As we speak, our friends at NPR Music are sharing 'Smoke Ring For The Halo' with the world (it's in stores next Tuesday). Head on over there to listen to the entire album, and don't forget to pre-order the album now to receive a 15% discount.
And as we've mentioned, Kurt's about to engage in some heavy touring this Spring with an in-store tour that commences tomorrow:
03/01 Boston, MA - Newbury Comics (Newbury Street store)
03/02 Washington, DC - Red Onion Records and Books
03/02 Baltimore, MD - Sound Garden
03/04 Philadelphia, PA - AKA Music
03/08 Brooklyn, NY - Academy LPs (with Northampton Wools)
03/08 New York, NY - Generation Records
03/08 New York, NY - Other Music
03/10 Ithaca, NY - Castaways (with J Mascis)
03/11 Toronto, Ontario - The Great Hall (Canadian Music Fest) (with J Mascis)
03/12 Kingston, Ontario - The Mansion
03/13 Burlington, VT - Monkey House
03/14 Milford, CT - Daniel Street
03/19 Austin, TX - Ground Control Showcase at Auditorium Shores (SXSW)
03/22 Brattleboro, MA - Headroom Stages (with J Mascis)
03/23 Philadelphia, PA - World Cafe Live (with J Mascis)
03/24 New York, NY - Mercury Lounge (with J Mascis)
03/25 Brooklyn, NY - Music Hall of Williamsburg (with J Mascis)
03/26 Boston, MA - Brighton Music Hall (with J Mascis)
03/28 Red Hook, NY - Bard College
03/29 Pittsburgh, PA - Andy Warhol Museum
03/30 Cleveland Heights, OH - Grog Shop (with J Mascis)
03/31 Ann Arbor, MI - Blind Pig (with J Mascis)
04/01 Chicago, IL - Subterranean (with J Mascis)
04/02 Minneapolis, MN - 7th Street Entry (with J Mascis)
04/03 Iowa City, IA - The Mill
04/05 Gambier, OH - Kenyon College
04/06 Nashville, TN - The End
04/07 Atlanta, GA - The Earl (with J Mascis)
04/08 Athens, GA - Melting Point (with J Mascis)
04/09 Asheville, NC - Grey Eagle (with J Mascis)
04/10 Carrboro, NC - Cat's Cradle (with J Mascis)
04/21 Los Angeles, CA - The Echo
04/22 San Francisco, CA - Bottom of the Hill
04/23 Portland, OR - Bunk Bar
04/24 Seattle, WA - Sunset Tavern
04/25 Vancouver, British Columbia - Waldorf Hotel
05/11 Berlin, Germany - Festaal Kreuzberg
05/15 Utrecht, Netherlands - Tivoli
05/19 London, England - Corsica Studios
05/20 Liverpool, England - Sound City Festival
05/21 Glasgow, Scotland - Stag & Dagger Festival @ Captains Rest
05/25-29 Barcelona, Spain - Primavera Sound Festival
06/30-7-3 Roskilde, Denmark - Roskilde Festival
photo borrowed from maryrehak's flickr
If the headline above fills you with questions, questions such as 'why would I write to the FCC?' or 'what's KUSF?' or 'isn't the Belle And Sebastian plug kind of gratuitous?', well, allow me to answer the first two.
The condensed version: KUSF is the University of San Francisco's community radio station, and has been since 1977. That means they've been around almost as long as The Fall (though I don't think they've had as much staff turnover). Last month, USF secretly sold KUSF's transmitter, abruptly took them off the air, and kicked everyone out of the station, with plans to transition the place to an Internet-only concern. Not surprisingly, KUSF's DJs and staff, almost none of whom had any notice of the sale until they were escorted from the premises, think that's a pretty fucked up thing to do, and we agree with them (as does Ty Segall).
By now you may be wondering what you can do to help KUSF get back on the air and back to being the incredibly valuable community resource it's been for over three decades. Well, as the title of this post states, today is the LAST DAY that you can write to the FCC urging them to stop the sale. There are succinct directions on how exactly to do so posted HERE.
Additionally, the exiled KUSF volunteers have set up a Paypal account for people to donate toward their legal fees. Generous souls can open up their pocketbooks HERE.
Finally, if you love Twitter as much as I do, you can get breaking news by following KUSF's Twitter account, which is HERE.
Justifiably acclaimed for his work as an illustrator, Marcellus Hall is best recalled by some of us as the ridiculously talented vocalist/guitarist/songwriter whose recordings and performances fronting Railroad Jerk and White Hassle were some of the best things about living in New York City once upon a time. That said, Hall The Musician still has numerous tricks up his sleeve and as such, we're happy to pass along the news that Issac Brock's Glacial Pace label has released a new Marcellus Hall LP/CD/digital album, 'The First Line'. Our copy is in the mail, but we're gonna vouch for the musical contents, anyway. Not a month goes by that someone --- often a rather famous musican (or an extremely good looking woman) --- asks us, "just what is Marce Hall up to these days?" and the opportunity to give an answered more informed than "how the fuck should I know?" is no small cause for celebration.
As the centerpiece of their announcement, the Creators Project debuted the short film "Interpol on Interpol", an unprecedented look at the band's history and creative process, with special emphasis on last year's fantastic self-titled album (buy the album here). Take a look:
Interpol continues to pound the pavement:
Wednesday 13 - Reno, NV - Knitting Factory
Thursday 14 - Sacramento, CA - Crest Theatre
Friday 15 - Indio, CA - Coachella
Sunday 17 - Tuscon, AZ - Rialto Theatre
Monday 18 - Albuquerque, NM - Sunshine Theatre
Wednesday 20 - Tulsa, OK - Cain's Ballroom
Thursday 21 - Austin, TX - Austin Music Hall
Friday 22 - Helotes, TX - Josabis Amphitheatre
Sunday 24 - Kansas City, MO - The Beaumont Club
Monday 25 - Memphis, TN - Minglewood Hall
Tuesday 26 - New Orleans , LA - House of Blues - New Orleans
Thursday 28 - Tampa, FL - The Ritz
Friday 29 - Miami Beach, FL - Fillmore Miami Beach
Saturday 30 - Lake Buena Vista, FL - House of Blues - Lake Buena Vista
Monday 02 - Nashville, TN - Ryman Auditorium
Tuesday 03 - Charlotte , NC - The Fillmore Charlotte
Wednesday 04 - Raleigh, NC - Disco Rodeo
Tuesday 05 - Chicago, IL - Soldier Field Stadium
Friday 08 - Montreal QUE, UE - Hippodrome
Saturday 09 - Montreal QUE, UE - Hippodrome
Monday 11 - Toronto ONT, NT - Rogers Center
Thursday 14 - Philadelphia, PA - Lincoln Financial Center
Sunday 17 - St. Louis, MO - Busch Stadium
Wednesday 20 - East Rutherford, NJ - New Meadowlands Stadium
Saturday 23 - Minneapolis, MN - MN TCF Bank Stadium
So Crazy Eddie's opened it's doors 40 years ago (1971 for the math impaired) in Brooklyn, New York. Today, and TODAY ONLY, Amazon MP3 and Ted Leo are offering up his critically lauded and commonly embraced, album from last year, The Brutalist Bricks, for just $3.99. Yes you read that right, $3.99. Coincidence? Probably (thanks Wikipedia), but that really misses the point...YOU'D BE CRAZY NOT TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THIS. Visit Amazon today for a great deal!
Also for all you West Coasters, remember that Ted's one man show is headed your way this week. For other parts of the country he'll see you in April + May.
And we're also pleased to announce that Ted will be performing at SXSW, solo style, as well:
Sun, 3/13 - The Mohawk - Barbarian Group/Stumble Upon Party
Mon, 3/14 - Venue 222 - Wearcast Party
Wed, 3/16 - The Swan Dive - Brooklyn Vegan Showcase
Thu, 3/17 - French Legation Museum - Other Music Day Party
Fri, 3/18 - The Mohawk - Flower Booking / Onion A.V. Club / Canvas Media Party
This thiyal is an adaptation of a Keralan shrimp recipe. The curry is made with a dark, sour sauce of toasted grated coconut, tamarind and browned onion. Like many Keralan dishes, it is anointed at the end with an oily stir fry of dried red chiles, curry leaves and mustard seeds. It's deeply complex & satisfying.
The original recipe is for seafood which makes me wonder whether it didn't call for kodampoli (also known as "fish tamarind") rather than regular tamarind. The recipe comes from Maya Kaimal's Curried Favors, which doesn't ever call for kodampoli though it is a common ingredient in this part of India.
I served it with spinach pachadi from the same book. This is a failsafe recipe - easy and delicious. The coolness of the yogurt plays off the spiciness of the chiles. The earthiness of the spinach and curry leaves permeates the entire mixture.
So it's with that body of work (probably part of an Experience Music Project exhibit, if not an entirely new wing someday) in mind, that I'd like to help you, the mystified, befuddled rock fans of today, make some sense of what modern music journalists are banging on about. For instance, when Uncut's Louis Pattison writes of Kurt Vile's 'Smoke Ring For My Halo', "the real heart of this record seems to lie in the moments of stillness and rest, where strung-out slackerdom attains an almost sacred quality", what the layperson might not understand is that Mr. Pattison is really trying to say,"THIS IS THE GREATEST RECORD OF 2011 SO FAR AND IF YOU DISAGREE, I'M GOING TO HIT YOU WITH A SHOVEL".
Likewise, when Mojo's Stevie Chick might cause some casual readers to scratch their heads with his thoughts regarding 'Smoke Ring' ("while the melodies and vibe seem to be channeling lost AM radio transmissions from the '70's, Vile's no relic-treasuring throwback, finding a unique, laconic voice of his own amongst the tangle"), the Rock-Criticism-To-English-Translator (tm) generates the following ; "it is a work of total genius, to only purchase one copy would be a crime against art, beauty and the human spirit."
Of course, our good friends from the British monthlies aren't the only ones prone to bouts of understatement, and that's why you're so very lucky I'm here to make sense of yet another Kurt Vile rave, this one coming from Pitchfork's Jayson Greene, who argues 'Smoke Ring For My Halo"'s "Ghost Town", "churns along in a similar weightless middle space as Wilco's 'I Am Trying To Break Your Heart' but instead of Jeff Tweedy's earnest napkin poetry Vile gives us muttered, inscrutable darts, a series of private jokes for an audience of one." What Mr. Greene wanted to testify was actually, "Kurt Vile's prose has molested my mind. And I was asking for it."
It's been my pleasure to walk you through the intellectual mine field that passes for record reviews, and who knows? The next time one of these analysts is beating around the bush, I'll not hesitate to assist, particularly if it can put the work of Kurt Vile in a deserved, wider context.
Later this week Fucked Up will be needing to change up their winter wear for something a little cooler as they head down to the summery southern hemisphere as they join the Soundwave Festival around Australia. Seeing as they're going to be around that neck of the woods they'll also be heading over to Indonesia, Thailand and Singapore to sample to sites and play some shows.
26th - Soundwave Festival, Brisbane, AUZ
27th - Soundwave Festival, Sydney, AUZ
2nd - Manning Bar, Sydney, AUZ (w/ Terror)
3rd - Corner Hotel, Melbourne, AUZ (w/ The Bronx)
4th - Soundwave Festival, Melbourne, AUZ
5th - Soundwave Festival, Adelaide, AUZ
7th - Soundwave Festival, Perth, AUZ
After completing a whole load of north american dates, Kurt Vile (and the Violators) will be heading over to Europe for 3 weeks worth of shows, starting early May and taking in headline shows and festivals, including Primavera Sound, Stag & Dagger and Liverpool Sound City festivals.
Ahead of the release of the new album 'Smoke Ring For My Halo' Pitchfork have previewed the album track 'Ghost Town' naming it best new music - you can head there now to hear it for yourself.
A full list of the all important tour dates are below, you can also further familiarise yourself with the new album by listening to 'Jesus Fever' and then pre-ordering 'Smoke Ring For My Halo' with a 15% discount.
8th - King Georg, Koln - Germany
9th - Feierwerk, Munich - Germany
10th - Chelsea Club, Vienna - Austria
11th - Festsaal Kreuzberg, Berlin - Germany
12th - Vega, Copenhagen - Denmark
13th - Voxhall, Aarhus - Denmark
15th - Tivoli, Utrecht - Netherlands
16th - Bitterzoet, Amsterdam - Netherlands
17th - Les Nuits de Botanique, Brussel - Belgium
18th - Charlatan, Gent - Belgium
19th - Corsica Studios, London - UK (SEE TICKETS / TICKETWEB)
20th - Sound City @ Kazimier, Liverpool - UK
21st - Stag & Dagger Festival @ Captain's Rest, Glasgow - UK
23rd - La Maroquinerie, Paris - France
25th - Place Saint Michel, Bordeaux - France
26th - Top of the Folk @ L'antipode, Rennes - France
28th - Primavera Sound Festival, Barcelona - Spain
29th - Ghetto - Istanbul, Turkey
later in the year
June 30th - July 3rd - Roskilde Festival - Denmark
September 2nd-4th - End Of The Road Festival, Dorset - UK
Attention all fans of Glasser:
On February 28th, 2011 Glasser will be performing on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. Here is where you come in…
How would you like a chance to be close to Glasser’s performance on the show?
Click on the link below and you will be directed to our “Band Bench” Sweepstakes entry form. Enter for a chance to win seats on our band benches and an opportunity to surround the stage during Glasser’s performance.
Please make sure you include the following band code: GLA, in your entry form.
Regular Matablog readers will be both familiar with and appreciative of the restraint with which we discuss the various going-on that are inevitably a part of life here in the music industry's fast lane. It’s at the risk of ruining our reputation for understatement, then, that I describe the anticipation for Kurt Vile’s forthcoming album, Smoke Ring For My Halo, as approaching a fever pitch. Kurt & The Violators are happy to contribute to that build-up with today’s live broadcast of their WXPN Free at Noon show, which starts exactly when you would think it would: 12:00 noon EST. Philadelphia, tune in at 88.5FM. Rest of the world, do yourself a favor and listen online.
Tune in to the pending awesomeness on 90.3FM in the greater 206 or listen online on KEXP's site.
Photo Credit: Shawn Brackbill
As previously reported Kurt Vile And The Violators will be touring North America this Spring in support of the forthcoming Kurt Vile LP, Smoke Ring For My Halo.
We're happy to report some more dates to the touring schedule, including a West Coast headline run at the end of April (new dates below in bold).
But before all this kicks off, don't forget, Mr. Vile will be doing a run of East Coast solo in-store dates around Smoke Ring For My Halo's March 8 release. You can find all in-store date and location info here.
Kurt Vile And The Violators Spring Tour
Thursday, March 10 – Ithaca, NY – Castaways #
Friday, March 11 – Toronto, ONT – The Great Hall (Canadian Music Fest) #
Saturday, March 12 -- Kingston, ONT -- The Mansion **
Sunday, March 13 -- Burlington, VT -- Monkey House **
Monday, March 14 -- Milford, CT -- Daniel Street **
Saturday, March 19 -- Austin, TX -- Ground Control Showcase at Auditorium Shores (SXSW)
Tuesday, March 22 – Battleboro, VT – Headroom Stages #
Wednesday, March 23 – Philadelphia, PA – World Cafe Live #
Thursday, March 24 – New York, NY – Mercury Lounge # (SOLD OUT)
Friday, March 25 – Brooklyn, NY – Music Hall of Williamsburg #
Saturday, March 26 – Boston, MA – Brighton Music Hall #
Monday, March 28 -- Red Hook, NY -- BARD College **
Tuesday, March 29 – Pittsburgh, PA – Andy Warhol Museum **
Wednesday, March 30 – Cleveland Hts, OH – Grog Shop #
Thursday, March 31 – Ann Arbor, MI – Blind Pig #
Friday, April 01 – Chicago, IL – Subterranean #
Saturday, April 02 – Minneapolis, MN – 7th Street Entry #
Sunday, April 03 -- Iowa City, IA -- The Mill **
Tuesday, April 05 -- Gambier, OH -- Kenyon College **
Wednesday, April 06 -- Nashville, TN -- The End **
Thursday, April 07 – Atlanta, GA – The Earl #
Friday, April 08 – Athens, GA – Melting Point #
Saturday, April 09 – Asheville, NC – Grey Eagle #
Sunday, April 10 – Carrboro, NC – Cat’s Cradle #
Thursday, April 21 -- Los Angeles, CA -- The Echo **
Friday, April 22 -- San Francisco, CA -- Bottom Of The Hill **
Saturday, April 23 -- Portland, OR -- Bunk Bar **
Sunday, April 24 -- Seattle, WA -- Sunset Tavern **
Monday, April 25 -- Vancouver, BC -- Waldorf Hotel **
# Supporting J Mascis
** Kurt Vile And The Violators Headline
Pre-order Smoke Ring For My Halo here for 15% off + a free poster
Listen to "Jesus Fever" here
San Francisco's best dressed men, Matmos, return to Europe this May with Mr J. Lesser in tow.
14/05/11 Glasgow (UK), Old Fruitmarket
15/05/11 Birmingham (UK), MAC Art Centre *
17/05/11 Belfast (UK), SARC *
18/05/11 Dublin (IE), Button Factory *
19/05/11 London (UK), Auto-Italia *
21/05/11 Torino (IT), Museum Arte Contemporanea Rivoli *
23/05/11 Rome (IT), Circolo degli Artisti *
24/05/11 Bologna (IT), Locomotiv *
26/05/11 Paris (FR), La Gaite Lyrique *
27/05/11 Brussels (BE), VK *#
28/05/11 Metz (FR), Les Trinitaires *
29/05/11 Berlin (DE), Hau1 * (date swapped with Leipzig)
30/05/11 Leipzig (DE), Centraltheater * (date swapped with Berlin)
* w/ John Wiese
# w/ Oval
And if you ever wondered what the basement of M.C. Schmidt and Drew Daniel's Baltimore home looks like, then skip the car commercials and have a look at their Electric Independence.
We'd like to invite you to check out the new store and would appreciate any feedback, there is a button on the right side of the page, and maybe even buy a record or two.
We don't have digital purchases ready to go yet and are still working out some kinks but to encourage your early usage enter code 'TESTER15' at checkout to receive 15% off any order for the next week. Any problems along the way feel free to email firstname.lastname@example.org and we look forward to having this baby up and fully functional in the very near future.
Photo Credit: Sebastian Mlynarski
As previously reported, Cold Cave will be heading out on the road this Spring in support of their forthcoming LP, Cherish The Light Years.
Check out the below list of dates as there have been some additions & date changes for the previously scheduled shows in Kansas City, St. Louis, Cincinnati and Pittsburgh.
Friday, April 08 – Bloomington, IN – The Bishop (CC headline) Cancelled
Monday, April 11 – Denver, CO – Larimer Lounge (CC headline)
Wednesday, April 13 – Salt Lake City, UT — Urban Lounge (CC headline)
Thursday, April 14 – Tucson, AZ – Club Congress (CC headline)
Friday, April 15 - Indio, CA - Coachella
Sunday, April 17 - Phoenix, AZ - ICYC (CC headline)
Tuesday, April 19 – Dallas, TX – Granada Theater (supporting The Kills)
Wednesday, April 20 – Austin, TX – La Zona Rosa (supporting The Kills)
Friday, April 22 – Nashville, TN – Cannery Ballroom (supporting The Kills)
Saturday, April 23 – Atlanta, GA – Masquerade (supporting The Kills) **
Sunday, April 24 – Washington, DC – 9:30 Club (supporting The Kills)
Tuesday, April 26 – Boston, MA – Royale (supporting The Kills) **
Wednesday, April 27 – Philadelphia, PA – Theater of Living Arts (supporting The Kills) **
Thursday, April 28 – Hartford, CT – The Mill (at Trinity College) (CC headline)
Friday, April 29 – New York, NY – Terminal 5 (supporting The Kills) **
Saturday, April 30 – Montreal, QC – Olympia (supporting The Kills)
Sunday, May 1 – Toronto, ON – Sound Academy (supporting The Kills)
Tuesday, May 3 – Detroit, MI – Majestic (supporting The Kills) **
Wednesday, May 4 – Chicago, IL – Vic Theater (supporting The Kills)
Thursday, May 5 – Minneapolis, MN – First Ave (supporting The Kills) **
Sunday, May 8 – Vancouver, BC – Commodore Ballroom (supporting The Kills)
Monday, May 9 – Seattle, WA – Showbox (supporting The Kills) **
Tuesday, May 10 – Portland, OR – Wonder Ballroom (supporting The Kills **
Wednesday, May 11 – San Francisco, CA – The Fillmore Auditorium (supporting The Kills) **
Saturday, May 14 - Pomona, CA - The Fox Theatre (supporting The Kills) **
Monday, May 16 - El Paso, TX - Bombadiers (CC headline)
Wednesday, May 18 – Kansas City, MO – The Record Bar (CC headline)
Thursday, May 19 – St. Louis, MO – Luminary Center for the Arts (CC headline)
Friday, May 20 – Cincinnati, OH – MOTR Pub (CC headline)
Sunday, May 22 – Pittsburgh, PA – Brillobox (CC headline)
(Ticketmaster bundle is applicable for shows marked **)
Pre-order Cherish The Light Years (15% off + a free poster) here
Listen to "The Great Pan Is Dead" here
Actually, we can't guarantee there will be any cake left over. But salutations to the persons responsible for the culinary masterpiece above, inspired of course, by Yo La Tengo's highly risky/controversial current touring scheme.
(photo by David Weaver)
It's been a long time since we updated you on the comings and goings of the contributors to our 2010 Austin compilation album, 'Casual Victim Pile'. Since the last missive, the Golden Boys and Wild America went (the former to Europe for a December trip, the latter committed rock'n'roll auto de fé with a house show finale) and Dikes Of Holland came (out with a new full-length album that was arguably one of last year's best). But for for the purpose of appearing to be timely/relevant for a change, we'll focus on the recent activity of Follow That Bird! (above), who mark the release of their brand new Mt. Fuji 7" with the following tour dates ;
sat 2.12 - austin, tx @ the mohawk w/ silent diane, dikes of holland, holy wave
thur 2.17 - el paso, tx @ garage tequila
fri 2.18 - tucson, az @ hangart
mon 2.21 - san francisco @ the knockout
thur 2.24 - eugene, or @ wandering goat coffee co
fri 2.25 - portland, or @ the woods
sat 2.26 - portland, or @ wtf bikes
sun 2.27 - seattle, wa @ the sunset tavern
thur 3.3 - denver, co @ the hi-dive
fri 3.4 - albuquerque, nm @ blackbird
sat 3.5 - marfa, tx @ marfa book company
On a slightly related tip, there's a second volume of 'CVP' --- the creatively dubbed, 'Casual Victim Pile II' coming out on vinyl very soon on another label. I'm told it might be a quality endeavor, but at the risk of getting all corporate for a moment, is the theft of Matador's intellectual property not even worth protesting? I don't know how these people can sleep at night.
Get psyched, people. Get real psyched.