Photo Credit: Alvin Carrillo
UPDATE: Ceremony's Allentown, PA show at the Maingate Nightclub on Monday, Dec. 3 has been cancelled. Refunds will be made available at point of purchase. In lieu of this show, the band will be playing Bethlehem, PA at the Space for Secret Art (ask a punk for the address) on Monday, December 3 along with Stick Together and United Youth.
While tonight's Ceremony show at the Sinclair* (Cambridge, MA) has unfortunately been cancelled, Ceremony will be playing a show tonight at Anchors Up!
Friday, November 30 / Ceremony at Anchors Up! (58 River Street in Haverhill, MA).
Also on this bill: New Brigade, Beware, Minus, Dead End Path, Soul Search, Rude Awakening, Bane
Go here for further show details.
In addition, Ceremony will be playing live on the air this afternoon on WZBC (Boston College).
If you're in the Boston area, tune in at 3:30pm EST via 90.3FM
Otherwise, you can tune in online at WZBC.org or iTunes Radio under College/University.
*While the Sinclar show this evening has been canceled, it has been rescheduled for Titus Andronicus on January 27. Ceremony will not be on this bill. Refunds are available at point-of-purchase; tickets for the original show will be honored at the rescheduled January 27 show. Further information can be found here.
Following last night’s headline London show, Iceage are revealed as secret headliners for a punk all-dayer at the Shacklewell Arms in Dalston on Sunday, December 2. The day is co-hosted with our friends SexBeat as part of Freedom from Torture Presents... – a festival of music taking place throughout December in support of survivors of torture, with all proceeds going to the charity. Iceage are joined by Eagulls who are revealed as the other special guests.
On the day there will be an incredible raffle, with prizes from Matador, 4AD, Rough Trade, XL, Wichita, Mute, Warp, Bella Union, Domino and more who are also coming together to support the event and Freedom from Torture.
Tickets cost £7 with all proceeds going to Freedom from Torture. Tickets are available to buy from: www.freedomfromtorture.org/presents
Also performing on the day are Mazes from Manchester, Vision Fortune from south London, Chain of Flowers from Cardiff and Boneyards from Brighton and London. All the bands are looking forward to being part of the amazing live music for an incredible cause, Chain of Flowers’s Joshua Smith said: “Freedom from Torture speaks up for the survivors of torture and organised violence, alerting people of the unthinkable experiences these people have been through. These events are an incredible way to spread the word of what this charity does for these people, and we are really happy to be a part of it.”
Shacklewell Arms, 71 Shacklewell Lane, Dalston, London, E8 2EB
Tickets £7 from http://www.freedomfromtorture.org/events/6794
ALL proceeds go to the Charity Freedom From Torture
Iceage 10:15- 11:00
Fair Ohs DJs
Eagulls 9:00- 9:45
Mazes 7:50- 8:30
Tough Love DJs
Vision Fortune 6:50-7:20
Sauna Youth DJs
Chain of Flowers 5:50-6:20
Read it here:
The Tenth Anniversary edition is arriving in the hands of mail order customers on December 4, and will be in stores December 11.
To create a real sense of that time and why Turn On The Bright Lights was such an important album we'd like to create a seminal list of the best tracks of 2002.
Make a Spotify playlist of your favourite tracks from 2002 and post it as a comment to this message. The best playlist will be chosen via a heated debate in the Matador offices. The creator of the winning playlist will win a signed copy of the Turn On The Bright Lights: The 10th Anniversary Edition Double LP as well as a video of Sam Fogarino listening to their playlist. Really.
To jog your memory, here's a little playlist showing what Matador was up to in 2002.
Get your tickets here.
*Please note: Unfortunately, due to a manufacturing delay, the CD and vinyl street dates have pushed a week from Dec 3(UK)/4(US) to Dec 10/11. Digital street date remains the same, and there will be advance physical stock at the event!
The 2012 edition of our Singles Going Home Alone subscription series is almost done and dusted. After 7"'s from Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks / L.A. Guns, OBN III's, The Men, Wounded Lion and Jesu, SGHA #6 is Kurt Vile and Meg Baird performing a new version of 'Constant Hitmaker"s' "Classic Rock In Spring" backed with the duo's cover of Michael Chapman's "Another Story".
The 7th and final SGHA single of 2012 is bonus 7" of two previously unreleased songs from the early 80's Boston-based/Tampa-formed trio Primitive Romance, "Ice" b/w "Flags Drop"
The Kurt & Meg single will ship to subscribers along with the Primitive Romance single and a special commemorative tote bag in early December. SGHA 12 was limited to 750 copies and is completely sold out. However, we're taking orders now for next year's series.
For 2013, we'll be doing a single every month, plus a special secret bonus 7" at the conclusion, plus a yet-to-be-determined container for all the singles (wooden box? carrybag made from human flesh?
Jan 29: Jeffrey Novak -- I Never Knew I Knew So Much / B-7
Feb 19: Superchunk - I Hate History / Glue
Mar 26: Cian Nugent - TBA
Apr 23: Lower Plenty / Dick Diver - split 7"
May 21: Bits Of Shit - TBA
June 11: Royal Headache - TBA
Info on the subsequent 6 singles is coming after the New Year, but we're pretty excited by what we've got lined up.
US price for the 13-disc + MYSTERIOUS carrying case 2013 subscription will be $85 inclusive of shipping (12 X $5 plus $25 shipping) - subscribers will receive one single every month.
Canadian price is $95 inclusive of shipping, also mailed every month
Rest of world is $105 inclusive of shipping, however, we'll be mailing those orders as installments of 3 singles every 4 months, otherwise the postage costs would be prohibitive.
Just like last time, we're only making 750 subscriptions available. I think they make an awesome holiday gift, however that's not meant to be a hint of any sort. I mean, I think I'm getting one for free. But if you don't work for the label, you might wanna act fast.
SGHA 2013 - subscribe here.
(FYI that last photo is Tom with none other than Peter Tork.)
1. Tell us briefly about your store.
Vintage Vinyl has been operating in the Delmar Loop of St. Louis since 1980---we saw ourselves that year as the 'alternative' home-town urban record store. Currently, we are a 7800 square foot mothership for the intelligent music lover. We made a point of opening on the ONLY 'racial neutral zone' of our city, with an eye to pleasing both a mainstream/independent rock clientele, as well as the deep-dish urban market for soul/jazz/blues/gospel, as well as reggae & hiphop. In other words, we ended up selling more Bobby Womack than Cat Stevens.
2. What got you into the independent record store business?
In the middle/late 70s, my partner Lew Prince was running the Finest Record Chain in Colorado. I was doing work in the retail/wholesale/indie side of things, promotion and club-work in Manhattan at that time. We both wanted to return to St. Louis; we saw it as justly-fabled and half-forgotten foundation music city, and we could use the contacts and knowledge both of us had acquired working in the industry towards doing our own store.
3. Who are some of your favorite contemporary stores?
In our own town, we have several. Euclid Records & Apop Records comes to mind here. Love my musical compadres in the AIMS Coalition, to which we belong. There are GREAT stores around the country, to say the least. Last time I was New Orleans, Domino Sounds Record Shack was proper! Jason with Sonic Boom in Seattle, Boo Boo Records in Cali, Shake It in Cincinnati, Waterloo in Austin. Music Millennium in Portland seem to have inspired a nest of indie stores in that town. These are just a few of my favorite stores.
4. How have things been going from a business perspective?
In 2000 we recognized that although our city had the most square footage per capita given over to retail music of ANY city in the USA, those chain and mall stores were not our future or really or then present-day competition. The internet and digital download okey-doke was seen as a sobering reality. Since then, we have continued in business by being a destination store in St. Louis, and evolving to where now, I can smile and say, "NO! CDs are not 'going away' anymore than vinyl ever did" We've always done both, and wish to be the alternative to on-line shopping in ways that option can never connect to the customer. As far as business now, 2012?? Better than selling jet-skis in rural areas, I'd say.
5. What do you think spells the survival for an independent record store today?
Beyond knowing your market, be adept at both new and used sales in all physical formats. Try and be the garden of earthly musical delights wherever you pitch your tent, and being able to work magic helps also.
6. What are some of the coolest thing labels have done with you? Instores? Promotions? Sales?
We've released world-quality music on a number of labels over the past 33 years; Charlie Parker Live In D.C. 1953, crucial blues & hip hop releases in the 80s; currently our label Sound System Records has quite fine reggae releases by U-Roy, a great dub set by The Roots Radics, 2 LPs by Nicodemus. We partnered with SONY in the 90s to do a 1,000 piece edition, double LP giveaway of a live Pearl Jam set as part of promotion with local corporate radio; in-stores/live appearances with everyone from Tommy Lee To Willie Dixon, Queens Of The Stone Age to Ike Turner, Marilyn Manson to Charlie Louvin. 100s of in-stores, Eddie Levert of the O'Jays, George Clinton, Black Angels, Peter Tork, the great Rudy Ray Moore, AKA the Dolemite, etc etc. Two in-stores that were a gas with the Insane Clown Posse. Eazy E, Jason Mraz. All styles served here, y'know?? Our 20th anniversary party was with the legendary Jamaican band The Skatalites. Oh, we've had our fun.
7. Why do we need record stores?
Bootsy Collins answered this one day, a few years ago in Cincinnati: he stood at a table where the owners of indie stores around the nation sat, and quietly with great conviction said, "I know things are tough sometimes, but your communities NEED you to do what you do, because you-carry-the-music-culture in your towns. BEST BUY don't know a damn thing about Bootsy Collins, but you do! SO PLEASE. I know it's hard, but keep goin' on. When it seems it's not worth it, PLEASE, keep just goin' on. So, as the man say, Who Feels It Know It, true??" There are continual moments at my store where the collective sense of musical community amounts to a mystic beating heart that is part of this River City called St. Louis: where Chuck Berry still walks and plays, where Miles Davis started, where Ike Turner walked the bar playing guitar, where the original Stooges played their final show. I recall once, during the Rodney King business, there was a sense of dread and tenseness in people. I remember seeing a customer walk in, visibly agitated, and he said to me, I just HAD to come in here and cool off, and check out some music. Sometimes, I'll recommend taking a Thelonious Monk record: now call me in the morning if it's not better.
8. What kind of taco is your favorite?
I like some grilled snapper in mine.
9. Who are your top 3 favorite bands right now?
It depends on the genre of music. I just saw soul legend Lee Fields do a hellacious set a few weeks back. At Red Rocks last month, I experienced as great a performance as I've ever seen by Winston Rodney, The Burning Spear, which is to say as great and powerful as reggae ever gets. Sure would love to see a 2nd release by Them Crooked Vultures. I just heard the pre-release of Psychedelic Pill by Neil Young, and it's killer. And when I was in my teens and 20s back in that day, I HATED Neil Young. So, it's all over the place.
10. What is your favorite thing about your store?
Too many things. It has been a great personal blessing to work with the employees we've had for more than 3 decades, many hundreds of talented people, and the customers too. I'm always struck by how essentially NICE our customers always are.
11. What are your goals for the future of your store? Long term and short.
Long Term and short term? To thrive and continue enjoying this musical aquarium we've built here on the Delmar Loop. As a Baptist preacher might say in the pulpit, GLORY!
Photos courtesy of Louis Kwok
Also today, the "Not The Same" single went live on iTunes, featuring an extended version of the song (also utilized in the video) and a remix by DJ Spoko.
Next week, on Thursday December
Finally, the band wrap up a year of touring with a handful of upcoming shows, including a headline date at New York City's Webster Hall:
11/28/2012 Boston, MA @ The Paradise // PLEASE NOTE VENUE CHANGE - tickets
11/29/2012 New York, NY @ Webster Hall - tickets
11/30/2012 Washington, DC @ The Black Cat - tickets
12/1/2012 Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer - tickets
Char siu is Cantonese barbecued pork and something I've wanted to make for a long time. This is a two-day preparation. The recipe is mainly based on posts in this thread on eGullet, as well as some comments in this post on the Food Canon blog from Singapore.
I used pork belly instead of loin, resulting in a lot more fat and fatty, chewy pieces.
1 lb pork belly, sliced into 1" x 2" strips containing fat and lean, pricked all over with a fork
(a) marinade base:
1/2 cup dark soy sauce
1/2 cup water
1/2 stick cinnamon
2 1/2 star anise
1 tbs cloves
1 tbs cumin seeds
1 tbs coriander seeds
(b) other marinade ingredients:
1 tbs dark soy sauce
1/2 tsp five spice powder
1 1/2 tbs brown bean sauce
1 tsp brown sugar
3 cloves of garlic, mashed and lightly chopped
1/4 tsp - 1/2 tsp salt
pinch of MSG (optional)
First make the marinade base. Simmer the first 1/2 cup dark soy sauce with the water and whole spices for an hour. Be sure to keep the flame very low so that the whole spices don't burn. It should be a bare simmer.
Discard the whole spices, and combine the liquid marinade base in a medium-sized bowl with the other marinade ingredients and mix thoroughly. Taste and adjust balance for sweet / salty.
Add the pieces of pork to the bowl and combine thoroughly with your hands, rubbing the liquid into the pork. Put in fridge and marinate overnight.
About 2 hours before you want to eat, remove pork chunks from bowl, reserving marinade (discard the pieces of garlic). Thread the meat on skewers, leaving a small space between chunks. Use a set of two skewers for each set of chunks of pork, so that you will be able to turn them easily. (I used wooden skewers similar to these, which needed soaking in water so they wouldn't burn - if you have metal ones, so much the better - just make sure they're long enough to stretch to both sides of your roasting pan.)
Put oven rack in middle of oven and preheat to 300F.
1 1/2 tbs hoisin sauce
1 tbs brown bean sauce
1 tbs Shaoxing rice wine
1 1/2 tbs honey
1/4 tsp five spice powder
Mix thoroughly, and adjust sweet / salty balance to taste.
Put about 1/2" water in a roasting pan narrow enough to balance the skewers on, and place the skewers on top so that the pork is above the water. Place in oven.
Bake for 1 hour 10 minutes, turning every 20 minutes.
Now raise the heat to 425F and brush the meat with the basting liquid. Cook for 20 minutes more, basting frequently.
Carefully take the pork from the oven and remove from skewers when cool enough to handle. Chop into 1/4" pieces and set on a plate to rest for at least 30 minutes. Do not cover or keep warm - char siu should be eaten at room temperature!
Above: dipping sauces: light soy sauce, hoisin sauce, Chinese mustard.
Serve with steamed rice, and a vegetable foil - something like this baby bok choy (recipe from Steamy Kitchen).
Incredibly easy and delicious dish that will take 20 minutes to prepare.
The recipe is from Serious Eats and I followed it to the letter. (Used two cardboard containers of low-sodium Kitchen Basics chicken stock, and one cup of water.)
Hardbound book containing double vinyl + DVD, hardbound book containing double CD + DVD, or digital album. Full details on the contents here. Preorder it here.
At the same time, we are proud to present an MP3 highlight from the package, the very first demo of the song "Roland." It was originally released on the band's first EP, Fukd ID #3 (Chemikal Underground) on December 11, 2000:
Roland (First Demo)
In addition, you can watch the band talk some more about New York locations from back in the day - here it's Context Studios, where they rehearsed:
Nostalgic for the old-school intensity of bands like Herejía, Histeria, Solución Mortal, Masacre 68, Atoxxxico, and Xenofobia? Then get with 2013 and grab a flight to Mexico City for Ceremony’s Mexican debut on January 12!
The show is at the historic cantina-slash-bullfighting museum (bueno, there’s bullfighting posters on the walls) La Faena, where apprentice bullfighters would hang out in the 50s, and now Ceremony, bullshit-fighters of Rohnert Park, will bring their brutal live show. The “faena,” or “task,” is the matador’s balletic final series of passes, one-on-one with the bull, preparing it for the kill, displaying his art, superiority, and courage in the process (metaphors with Ceremony abound).
With Monterrey’s Locus De Control, Tampico’s Depths, and local DF bands Sankinpankin, Nazareno El Violento, and the Sunny Day Real Estate-influenced En Círculos. For ticket info and more CLICK HERE.
(photo by Jimmy Fontaine)
We're excited to announce that the second longplayer from Copenhagen's Iceage will see release on Matador (& Escho in Denmark) on February 19, 2013. Preceding that date, the band will be touring the United Kingdom later this month. All dates can be found below. Keep it close to this blog, and Iceage's, for loads of exciting things to come.
Nov 21 - Belfast - Limelight
Is it a counterintuitive move on our part to make the first publicly available song from Yo La Tengo's forthcoming 'Fade", the album's epic finale? Perhaps. But far be it for me to accuse you of over-thinking this stuff. The visual portion of the above clip comes courtesy of acclaimed animator/filmmaker Emily Hubley, while this isn't the first (or even the second) time her work has been formally associated with Yo La Tengo, we were more excited about this sort of sneak preview than say, simply posting yet another MP3.
(photo by Carlie Armstrong)
'Fade' - coming January 15 (January 14 in Europe). Preorder the deluxe LP, standard LP or CD editions here.
(photo by Carlie Armstrong)
On Tuesday, January 15 (Monday, January 14 in Europe), we'll be releasing 'Fade', the new studio album from Yo La Tengo. Recorded with John McEntire at Soma Studios Electronic Studios in Chicago, 'Fade' is reminiscent of landmarks like 1997‘s 'I Can Hear the Heart Beating as One' and 2000’s 'And Then Nothing Turned Itself Inside Out', but there's no shortage of moments that stand far apart from anything the trio have done previously. The 10 song collection, arguably the most focused and cohesive output from Ira, Georgia and James to date, is a tapestry of fine melody and elegant noise, rhythmic shadowplay and shy-eyed orchestral beauty, songcraft and experimentation.
'Fade''s lyrical themes of aging, tragedy and emotional bonds are woven into a fully-realized whole ; the results are direct, personal and more than a little uplifting. If it's frustrating for us to hint at an album this evocative and heartbreaking without giving you something to check out in advance, check this space tomorrow at around 10am eastern time.
We're taking preorders on the deluxe or standard LP versions of 'Fade', or the CD version. ( The deluxe LP comes in a numbered edition printed on rainbow foil with a bonus 7" featuring two exclusive covers: "I Saw The Light" (Todd Rundgren) b/w "Move To California" (Times New Viking) ; MP3 download accompanying the deluxe edition includes an additional 11-minute bonus track, untitled as of this writing).
2. Is That Enough
3. Well You Better
4. Paddle Forward
5. Stupid Things
1. I'll Be Around
2. Cornelia and Jane
3 Two Trains
4. The Point Of It
5. Before We Run
Yo La Tengo intense 2013 touring schedule in support of 'Fade' starts January 23. Their previously announced European dates are after the jump.
1/23 Carrboro NC, Cat's Cradle
1/24 Charlottesville VA, The Jefferson
1/25 Atlanta GA, Buckhead* (tickets)
1/26 Nashville TN, Mercy Lounge
1/27 Birmingham AL, WorkPlay
1/29 Louisville KY, Brown* (tickets)
1/31 St Louis MO, Pageant * (tickets)
2/1 Chicago IL, Vic Theatre
2/2 Milwaukee WI, Turner Hall
2/4 Minneapolis MN, First Avenue
2/5 Madison WI, Barrymore
2/7 Cleveland OH, Beachland Ballroom
2/8 Ann Arbor MI, Michigan Theater
2/9 Toronto ONT, Phoenix
2/11 Montreal QUE, Corona
2/12 Burlington VT, Higher Ground
2/13 Boston MA, Paradise
2/15 Washington DC, 930
2/16 NYC, NY, Town Hall
Yo La Tengo - official site
Yo La Tengo's European tour starts March 1 ;
1 - Portugal, Lisbon - Aula Magna - Tickets
2 - Portugal, Porto - Casa Da Musica - Tickets
4 - Spain, Santiago - Sala Capitol - Tickets
5 - Spain, Madrid - Sala La Riviera - Tickets
6 - Spain, Barcelona - L'Auditori - Tickets
8 - Switzerland, Lausanne - Les Docks - Tickets
10 - Italy, Milan - Limelight - Tickets
11 - Germany, Frankfurt - Mousontourm - Tickets
12 - Germany - Dusseldorf - Zakk - Tickets
13 - Germany, Berlin - Volksbuhne
15 - Germany, Schorndorf - Manufaktur - Tickets
16 - Belgium, Brussels - AB - Tickets
17 - Netherlands, Amsterdam - Paradiso - Tickets
18 - France, Paris - Le Bataclan - Tickets
20 - UK, London - Barbican - Tickets
21 - UK, Manchester - The Ritz - Tickets
22 - UK, Glasgow - O2 ABC - Tickets
23 - Ireland, Dublin - Vicar Street - Tickets
Dear friends: Ceremony is currently on tour with Titus Andronicus. Tonight they play in Seattle, WA, at Neumo's. This afternoon, they play live on Seattle radio institution KEXP at 6:00PM EST/3:00PM PST. If you happen to live in Seattle, you can listen at 90.3FM. If you live anywhere in this crazy world, you can listen at KEXP.org. No RSVP required. BYOB.
Ceremony's remaining tour dates await you below:
Wed-Nov-14 Seattle, WA Neumo’s†
Thu-Nov-15 Vancouver, BC Biltmore Cabaret†
Sat-Nov-17 Boise, ID The Crux† (early, all ages)
Sat-Nov-17 Boise, ID Neurolux† (late, 21+)
Mon-Nov-19 Denver, CO Larimer Lounge†
Tue-Nov-20 Lawrence, KS Jackpot†
Wed-Nov-21 Omaha, NE Sokol Underground†
Thu-Nov-22 Minneapolis, MN 7th St Entry†
Fri-Nov-23 Milwaukee, WI Turner Hall†
Sat-Nov-24 Madison, WI The Frequency†
Sun-Nov-25 Chicago, IL Metro†
Mon-Nov-26 Detroit, MI Majestic†
Tue-Nov-27 Toronto, ON Lee’s Palace†
Wed-Nov-28 Montreal, QC Il Motore†
Thu-Nov-29 Burlington, VT Higher Ground Lounge†
Fri-Nov-30 Boston, MA The Sinclair†
Sat-Dec-01 Hoboken, NJ Maxwell’s†
Sun-Dec-02 New York, NY Webster Hall†
Mon-Dec-03 Allentown, PA Maingate Nightclub
† with Titus Andronicus
Purchase Ceremony's still red-hot 2012 release, Zoo, at the Matastore.
Interpol visit old haunts, Turn On The Bright Lights: The Tenth Anniversary Edition available at iTunes for pre-orderToday Interpol launches a series of short vignettes shot around New York City detailing the band's early days:
Turn On The Bright Lights: The Tenth Anniversary Edition (out December 4) is now available at for pre-order at iTunes.
Many more Interpol nuggets are coming over the next few weeks as we ramp up to #TOTBL10 (Patrick, can that be the official hash tag?). Stay tuned.
Hello to all,
Regrettably, we are going to postpone the Nov 13th Webster Hall show.
The show will be rescheduled for December 14th.
Tickets that have already been purchased are of course valid, or refundable.
Needless to say, we were VERY excited about rocking out for our hometown crowd. But it will just have to wait.
Basically, Sandy managed to disrupt the preparations that are necessary to put on a good concert.
Again, I apologize for any inconvenience this causes any of you.
But I hope to see you ALL in December. You bring your cherubic faces, and I will bring the rock.
For tickets, check this link:
Due to some unfortunate incidents on my trip to Europe last week, I have to be eating milder food. This meal even works for the vegetarians (sorry, not for the vegans).
The bell pepper salad couldn't be easier - just char them all over above a gas flame, seal in a plastic bag for 10 minutes, peel, slice, sprinkle with salt, pepper and olive oil.
The pasta with lemon and ricotta is scarcely more difficult. The full recipe can be found over on food52. It calls for the best ingredients, but I used Foodtown ricotta and Earthbound Organics arugula from the supermarket and it was delicious.
You will do well to listen to Brahms's First Piano Concerto in the recording by Clifford Curzon while eating these dishes. Obviously nobody expects you to own the SXL but maybe the Ace Of Clubs reissue? [edit: there appears to be no Ace Of Clubs version] Paying special attention to the French horn bits as always with Brahms: