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Ted Leo & The Pharmacists - New Album, New MP3, New (Global) Dates


A few months ago, we not-so-casually mentioned the addition of Ted Leo & The Pharmacists to the Matador roster of Talented & Good-Looking Artistic Persons.  Admittedly, it was the bog standard Matador signing announcement.   Obligatory mention of Ted's impressive back catalog.  Citation of Ted as one of our all-time favorite live artists and songwriters.  Oh-so-predictable references to Chipotle and Trump Realty.

Of course, that was before we heard the new album.  And make no mistake, 'The Brutalist Bricks' --- available on LP, CD and via all popular digital storefronts March 9, 2010 --- is one of those career-defining, "can you believe what you're hearing?" kinda records that makes most other activity the day you first play it nearly impossible (in other words, we're suggesting you shower before you open the package).   Recorded through 2009 at Brooklyn's Seaside Lounge, 'Bricks' could be the most confident, kinetic and varied work in Ted's canon, and considering his body of work until now, that's no easy claim to make.   If you've seen Ted/Rx at any point in the past year, you've probably heard a few of the songs before, but the final studio versions pack a considerable punch. And here's a punch to tide you over (we'd prefer you pay for the full beating) :

"Even Heroes Have To Die"  (192k MP3)

Upcoming dates :

(Ted Leo & The Pharmacists)

Wed, Dec 2nd - Philadelphia PA - First Unitarian Church
Thu, Dec 3rd - Washington DC - The Black Cat
Sat, Dec 5th - Cambridge MA - Middle East
Sun, Dec 6th - New York NY - Bowery Ballroom (sold out)

Thurs, December 10 - Spain - Madrid - Primavera Club '09
Friday, December 11 - Spain - Barcelona - Primavera Club '09
Saturday, December 12 - Spain - Barcelona - Primavera Club '09

Ted Leo (solo):

Mon., December 14 - UK - Brighton - Engine Room (with Dillinger Four + Hard Skin)
Tues., December 15 - UK - Canterbury - Bramleys
Weds, December 16 - UK - London - Brixton Windmill
Thurs., December 17  - UK - Kingston - New Slang
Fri., December 18  - UK - London - Grosvenor (with Wat Tyler)

Ted Leo -website, MySpaceTwitter

Jay Reatard's Orlando 'out'store

As much as Jay enjoys hanging out in record stores, he apparently loves playing OUTSIDE of them even more.
Stop by Vinyl Richie's Wiggly World at 2:30pm this Saturday for a very special out-store by Jay and his new band as they take over Richie's parking lot for a free, all ages rock show.

Jay Reatard Vinyl Richie's eFlyer

Vinyl Richie's Wiggly World
2436 E. Robinson St.
407 895 0001

Julian Plenti live - What It Looks Like From The Front Row

Ok, maybe the second row.  YooToob is chock full of footage from the first ever Julian Plenti U.S. tour, but with all due respect to the aspiring videographers out there, the above clip ---- "Only If You Run", from the November 18 show at SF's Great American Music Hall ---is one of the better looking/sounding from the pile.

('Julian Plenti Is Skyscraper' LP/CD/digital album available from the The Matador Store)

Chicken with fried onions and lemon


Back to India. Another Delhi recipe from Madhur Jaffrey's first book. Like many of the dishes in 'An Invitation,' you start by stirring and frying onions in butter until they reduce and crisp into little brown rings (what Julie Sahnee calls "brown-frying"). In Jaffrey's universe this takes 5 minutes or so, but in the real world, it takes about 30 minutes, so leave time. Also like many of the dishes in the book, you remove the crispy, browned onion rings from the shortening (I used ghee), and then cook the rest of the dish in the onion-flavored oil - first by searing the chicken, and then sauteeing the classic onion-garlic-ginger paste followed by spices, yogurt and tomato.

This is a totally delicious dish, and the combination of lemon slices, chicken, sugar and the long, thick, slow-simmered sauce is deeply satisfying. Indian cooks assume that you will be cooking bone-in chicken for its depth of flavor. I used a combination of bone-in and boneless thighs. I removed the bones from the thigh meat, but browned them and put them in the sauce along with everything else.

Served with basmati rice, tomato chutney, lime pickle, yogurt and the dish below.


I improvised a side dish of mixed zucchini and butternut squash. Going by memory of a Bengali okra dish, I heated oil in the khadai, added nigella seed, cinnamon stick and a red chili, followed by the chopped squashes. Once they had cooked to al dente, I added salt, stirred a few more times, and drained the vegetables, reserving the oil. I put the oil back in the pan, added a chopped green chili, black mustard seed, turmeric and cayenne powder, fried for about 30 seconds, added some water, reduced, and poured this dressing over the vegetables. It was delicious - I recommend.

Pomegranate soup


Another Iranian recipe adapted from Batmanglij's New Food Of Life, this is sort of the Persian borscht. Beets as well as pomegranate contribute to the rich purple color.

We used lamb meatballs, made the usual way with grated onions, salt and pepper. You start the soup by browning onions and garlic in ghee, and then add pomegranate juice, chives, mint, parsley and chopped beet to simmer for 20 minutes. Next, tilda basmati rice and the meatballs go in and the mixture cooks for 30 minutes longer, half covered. Finally, you add angelica powder (if you have it - we didn't) and simmer for another 35 minutes.

We omitted the split peas, coriander and angelica - otherwise this was roughly by the book. The result is sweet, sour and meaty and very satisfying on a chilly day.

[Some corrections made to the above description since this was first posted.]

Mission Of Burma - WOXY Session


(photo by WOXY's Loren Kilpatrick)

A couple of weeks ago, Mission Of Burma entertained several thousand rain-drenched Austin folk as part of the annual Fun Fun Fun Festival in Waterloo Park. The afternoon prior, the band visited WOXY's new South Austin studios (located just a stone's throw from my house --- please, that's just an expression. DON'T BE THROWING ANYTHING) and the resulting session is available for download here, save for Burma's cover of the Yardbirds' ""Happenings Ten Years Time Ago".

Just a reminder that following a recent run on the West Coast, a few tickets still remain for the following dates :

1/15 - Paradise, Boston
1/16 - Paradise, Boston

1/29 - Bowery Ballroom, NYC
1/30 - Bowery Ballroom, NYC

(The Sound, The Speed, The Light, LP/CD and digital album, available from The Matador Store)

("Innermost" b/w "Here It Comes" MP3/FLAC single, also available from The Matador Store)

FU - Couple Tracks - First MP3: Neat Parts (LTD SINGLE NOW AVAILABLE FOR PREORDER)


Here is the first MP3 from Fucked Up's 25-song COUPLE TRACKS singles compilation, coming out January 26.

Neat Parts (192k mp3)

originally released as the B-side to the "Triumph Of Life" 7" (Vice/Jade Tree, 2006)

Here is what the band has to say about the song in the extensive liner notes:

"Neat Parts contains an acoustic guitar. The only thing you can do with a guitar that's more embarrassing than sitting in a studio with headphones on playing an acoustic guitar, is riding the subway with one strapped to your back so everyone knows you are going to band practice. Otherwise this is a snappy little bside. The title doesn't mean anything, it just sounds cool. I think we might have seen it written on the wall at our practice space. The drum beat from this song and 'Teenage Problems' is taken from the Undertones song 'My Perfect Cousin.'"

coupletracks12in   coupletracks7

To confuse matters slightly, Fucked Up will be releasing a 7" entitled "Couple Tracks" / "Holden" on the same day as the comp. These are two brand-new songs. Although the cover image will be identical to the album, the packaging is going to be a little bit unusual - we'll get into that closer to release day.

There will be special ways to get the 7" both from us (including if you've preordered already) and from select indie retailers, to be announced shortly. We'll also have something to announce about getting your hands on some rare original 7"es collected on the comp. For now, your best bet is to preorder the album, currently with a 15% discount - more details coming soon: UPDATE - YOU CAN NOW PREORDER THE SINGLE AS A PREORDER BUNDLE WITH THE ALBUM, CLICK THE LINK BELOW:

Preorder the album (with full details on track listing).

Tons of shows coming up in Europe starting this week, and North America in February:

Wed 25 Nov 2009 - London, UK - Barfly
Thu 26 Nov 2009 - London, UK - Barfly
Fri 27 Nov 2009 - Brussels, Belgium - Le Botanique
Sat 28 Nov 2009 - Urecht, Holland - Ekko 'Le Guess Who Festival'
Sun 29 Nov 2009 - Leipzig, Germany - Conne Island
Mon 30 Nov 2009 - Krakow, Poland - Drukarnia
Tue 01 Dec 2009 - Vienna, Austria - Arena
Wed 02 Dec 2009 - Graz, Austria - PPC
Thu 03 Dec 2009 - Dusseldorf, Germany - Rotkompot
Sat 05 Dec 2009 - Minehead, UK - All Tomorrows Parties
Tue 23 Feb 2010 - St. Catherines, ON - L3 Nightclub w/ Leatherface

(ADDENDUM : the following February dates with Kurt Vile have just been confirmed)

Fri-Feb-12 Oberlin, OH The 'Sco (Dionysus Disco) / Oberlin College
Sat-Feb-13 Chicago, IL Empty Bottle
Sun-Feb-14 Bloomington, IN Video Saloon
Mon-Feb-15 Newport, KY Southgate House
Tue-Feb-16 Baltimore, MD Ottobar
Wed-Feb-17 Philadelphia, PA Barbary
Thu-Feb-18 Hoboken, NJ Maxwell's
Fri-Feb-19 Brooklyn, NY Europa
Sat-Feb-20 Boston, MA Middle East Downstairs)

Jay Reatard Atlanta Instore

Holy crap. It's almost December.

Anyway, next Thursday December 3rd Jay Reatard and his brand-spankin-new band will stop in Criminal Records in Atlanta for a very awesome, very free, very all-ages instore... come kick it.

Jay Criminal instore flyer

Thursday December 3 @ 4:30pm
Criminal Records
1154-A Euclid Ave.
404 215 9511

Cold Cave announce February dates

Cold Cave

Photo by Kathryn Yu used without permission

For those of you in the middle and southeastern quadrants of these United States, wondering when Cold Cave was going to be in your town - today is your lucky day. In February, Cold Cave will hit the following cities.


  • 11/23 Boston, MA - Wilbur Theater (w/ Sonic Youth)

  • 11/30 Seattle, WA - The Vera Project

  • 12/01 Portland, OR - Rotture (w/ Former Ghosts)

  • 12/03 San Francisco, CA - Bottom Of The Hill (w/ Former Ghosts)

  • 12/04 Los Angeles, CA - Center For The Arts, Eagle Rock (w/ Former Ghosts)

  • 12/05 San Diego, CA - Casbah (w/ Nite Jewel, Ale Mania)

  • 12/06 Los Angeles, CA - Part Time Punks Night/The Echo (w/ Nite Jewel)

  • 12/11 Philadelphia, PA - Voyeur

  • 2/5 Charlottesville, VA - Twisted Branch Tea Bazaar

  • 2/6 Knoxville, TN - Pilot Light

  • 2/9 Orlando, FL - Backbooth

  • 2/10 Tampa, FL - Crowbar

  • 2/11 Atlanta, GA - 529

  • 2/13 Greensboro, NC - Studio B

  • 2/20 Haverford, PA - Haverford College

  • 2/21 Buffalo, NY - Mohawk Place

  • 2/22 Pittsburgh, PA - Garfield Artworks

  • 2/23 Cleveland, OH - Grog Shop

  • 2/24 Pontiac, MI - Crofoot Ballroom - Pike Room

  • 2/25 Chicago, IL - Empty Bottle

  • 2/26 Madison, WI - The Project Lodge

  • 2/27 Urbana, IL - Canopy Club/Club Void

  • 2/28 Lexington, KY - Al's Bar

The Diceman cometh


Sonic Youth, Andrew "Dice" Clay, there have been a lot of amazing shows in the past few days. Hickory-dickory-dock, folksss...

Other Than Wishing Wreckless Eric & Amy Rigby's Names Were Bigger...


...I'm not sure these German street posters could be any nicer (thanks to Todd Netter for the jpg).

Jon Spencer speaks

File this under "totally fascinating blasts from the past". Gerard is that a category?

Jon Spencer talks to Ian Svenonius (I figured they'd be nemeses for the similar territory they mined during my youth) on VBS. Seriously interesting stuff:

Yo La Tengo To Play Rough Trade Instore


Photo taken from turgidson's Flickr, used without permission.

Following their largest ever UK date earlier this month at The Roundhouse, Camden; Yo La Tengo will be returning to London early next month to play a very rare instore performance at Rough Trade East in advance of their performance at ATP's Nightmare Before Christmas.

More details to come, but what I can tell you at this time is that this will be a stripped-down 'Freewheeling' style set as seen on these shores earlier in the year.  Wristbands to gain access to the instore will only be available on the day from the store.

December 3rd. 7pm.

Rough Trade East
'Dray Walk'
Old Truman Brewery
91 Brick Lane
E1 6QL

Watch this space for more details.

Shearwater - The Golden Archipelago

The Golden Archipelago is Shearwater's third album for Matador. It arrives February 23 in North America and February 15 in the rest of the world.

Jay Reatard / US Tour Dates Starting SOON!


Starting Saturday, Jay Reatard is back in the States shredding clubs from Chicago to Dallas and everywhere in between (and East of the Rockies to be totally clear). And on a couple of key dates, Jay will be sharing the bill with The Pixies. For all of them though he'll be sharing the stage with Anders Thode (bass) and Jacob Elving (drums) of Cola Freaks fame. The three of them just finished touring Europe together and if the video above (filmed by our very own Natalie Judge) is any indication, they've taken to one another quite well. Be sure you check them out for yourselves when they roll through a town near you. And if bringing in 2010 with Jay Reatard seems right up your alley (apparently it's up Spoon's) then make sure you're in Milwaukee on Dec 31st.

Sat, 11/21 - Chicago IL - Aragon Ballroom (with THE PIXIES)
Sun, 11/22 - Columbus OH - The Summit
Mon, 11/23 - Pittsburgh PA - Brillobox
Tue, 11/24 - New York NY - Hammerstein Ballroom (with THE PIXIES)
Wed, 11/25 - Northampton MA - Pearl Street Nightclub
Fri, 11/27 - Boston MA - Wang Theatre (with THE PIXIES)
Sat, 11/28 - Philadelphia PA - Johnny Brendas
Mon, 11/30 - Wash DC - Constitution Hall (with THE PIXIES)
Tue, 12/1 - Chapel Hill NC - Local 506
Wed, 12/2 - Athens GA - 40 Watt Club
Thu, 12/3 - Atlanta GA - The Earl
Fri, 12/4 - Orlando FL - Backbooth
Sat, 12/5 - Tampa FL - Crowbar
Sun, 12/6 - Mobile AL - Alabama Music Box
Mon, 12/7 - New Orleans LA - One Eyed Jacks
Tue, 12/8 - Houston TX - Walters on Washington
Wed, 12/9 - Austin TX - Emo's (Harlem supporting)
Thu, 12/10 - Dallas TX - Granada Theater
Thu, 12/31 - Milwaukee WI - The Riverside Theater (with SPOON)

Girls Live on KEXP today at 12Noon PST, 3PM EST

Remember yesterday when Julian Plenti got his groove on for KEXP? Today it's Girls' turn. Tune in at 12Noon PST (3PM EST for those of you who are hard of understanding) at 90.3 FM in the Seattle area to hear the sonic loveliness of the San Francisco minstrels. Or, if you're not lucky enough to be in Seattle, or are in Seattle and don't have a radio (who ARE you, exactly?), you can always keep up on the station's website.

Tell a friend. Or 12.

Girls Live on KCMP in Minneapolis

Girls stopped by the beautiful KCMP studios in St. Paul, Minnesota this last weekend and dropped three beautiful, melancholy jams for a still and crisp aired Midwestern afternoon. Their versions of "Ghostmouth" and "Lauren Marie" sound extra gauzy and lush in the room ordinarily used for recording classical music, a performance of non-album track "Heartbreaker" takes the whole thing over the top. Thanks to The Current for being such great hosts and making these songs sound so good!

Stream it HERE

Julian Plenti Rocks The KEXP House Today At 3PM PST

The man, the myth, the legend, Julian Plenti, brings his live show extravaganza to the Seattle airwaves today with a performance for KEXP. You can catch the set live at 3PM PST (6PM EST) on the dial at 90.3FM and online at

Plenti and his bandmates then will thrill and amaze at Chop Suey later this evening, before continuing their tour in Portland, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Chicago, Boston, New York and Philadelphia through the rest of November.

Yo La Tengo - January U.S. Dates And Ticket Details


(Georgia and Ira, Manchester Uni, November 7, 2009, photo taken from Paul Eames' Flickr stream)

Though Yo La Tengo have hit many of the world's most cosmopolitan cities while touring in support of the monumentally great 'Popular Songs', there are a number of Mid-American locales that haven't thrilled to Ira, Georgia and James at the height of their performing powers.  Not until January, that is, at which time Yo La Tengo return to the domestic touring circuit, but this time, with a twist.

For each of the (reasonably priced) concert dates below, tickets are available with no additional surcharge from area record stores and/or directly from the venues. Yo La Tengo, their booking agency and local promoters have put a fair bit of time into these arrangements, and here's our contribution to the effort ; a Google Map that will help you find the outlets listed individually below.

Fri., 1/22 - Pontiac MI - Crofoot Ballroom - $17
Tickets available from Stormy, 13210 Michigan Ave., Dearborn MI 48126
Wazoo, 336 1/2 State St., Ann Arbor MI 48104
Crofoot box office, 1 South Saginaw St., Pontiac MI  48342

Sat., 1/23 - Madison WI - Barrymore Theatre - $20
Tickets available from B Side, 436 State St., Madison WI 53703
Barrymore box office, 2090 Atwood Ave., Madison WI 53704)

Sun., 1/24 - St Louis MO - The Pageant - $19.50
Tickets available from Vintage Vinyl, 6610 Del Mar Ave., St. Louis MO 63130
Euclid, 601 East Lockwood, St. Louis MO 63119
Pageant box office, 6161 Delmar Blvd., St. Louis  MO 63112-1200 (cash only)

Tue., 1/26 - Lawrence KS - Granada Theatre - $17
Tickets : Love Garden, 822 Massachusetts St., Lawrence KS 66044
Granada box office, 1020 Massachusetts St., Lawrence KS 66044

Thu., 1/28 - Houston TX - Warehouse Live - $20
Tickets  Vinal Edge, 13171 Veteran's Memorial Drive, Houston TX 77014
Sound Exchange,1846 Richmond, Houston TX 77098
Cactus, 2110 Portsmouth, Houston TX 77098

Fri., 1/29 - Austin TX - Antone's - $20
Tickets : End of an Ear, 2209 South 1st St., Austin TX 78704

Sat., 1/30 - Dallas TX - Granada Theatre - $20

Good Records, 1808 Greenville Ave., Dallas TX 75206
Granada box office, 3524 Greenville Ave., Dallas TX 75206

Julian Plenti US Tour Kickoff


Photo Credit: Gabi Porter /

Tomorrow night, Julian Plenti kicks off his November US tour at the House of Blues, San Diego in support of his debut release, Julian Plenti...Is Skyscraper.  Earlier tomorrow, lucky San Diegans (San Diegers? San Diegists?) can catch Mr. Plenti at the excellent M-Theory Music where he'll be signing Skyscraper in all its various physical formats (3PM).

US dates...

Saturday, November 14 - San Diego, CA - House of Blues - Tickets

Monday, November 16 - Seattle, WA - Chop Suey - Tickets

Tuesday, November 17 - Portland, OR - Holocene - Tickets

Wednesday, November 18 - San Francisco, CA - Great American Music Hall - Tickets

Thursday, November 19 - Los Angeles, CA - El Rey Theater - Tickets

Saturday, November 21 - Chicago, IL - Metro - Tickets

Monday, November 23 - Boston, MA - Paradise Rock Club - Tickets

Tuesday, November 24 - New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom - Tickets

Wednesday, November 25 - Brooklyn, NY - Brooklyn Bowl - Tickets

Friday, November 27 - Philadelphia, PA - First Unitarian Church - Tickets

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