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High-quality video of Glasser performing last Saturday night at Fader Fort

Unbelievably high quality footage of Glasser's set at the Fader Fort during CMJ last Saturday night. Even more amazing is when the power cut out and she finishes off "Tremel" acapella, totally unfazed (not unphased as some might have it).

Coming January 31 : Esben and the Witch - 'Violet Cries' full-length debut, First MP3 available today

(from left to right, Thomas Fisher, Daniel Copeman, Rachel Davies. Photography by Adam Kola)

On the heels of their recent "Marching Song" 12" EP and first US tour (culminating in tonight's show at Brooklyn's Knitting Factory), Esben and the Witch will be releasing their debut full-length LP/CD/digital album on January 31, 2011 (February 8 in North America ). The Brighton trio, recently nominated for a Q Award, found themselves nearly drowning in plaudits following "Marching Song"'s release "teetering on the edge of explosive emotion", raved one observer, while the assessment, "thoroughly mesmerizing" came to mind for another.

And while the currently available "Marching Song" 12" is as impressive as advertised, 'Violet Cries', recorded by produced by the band's Daniel Copeman, easily ranks amongst the more audacious and ambitious debut albums, whether in recent memory or in this label's very long run. While we're occupied petitioning retailers to add an "Uneasy Listening" bin card to their sales floor, here's just a hint of what you're in for next February ;

"Warpath" [192kbps mp3] (from 'Violet Cries', OLE 939)

Esben and the Witch will be touring Europe and North America in early 2011 ; though if you're based in one of the relevant cities below,  you'll not want to miss out.

Remaing 2010 Tour dates
26th October - The Knitting Factory, Brooklyn, NY
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4th November - Paris, La Boule Noir
10th November - London, Electrowerkz
11th November - Manchester, Deaf Institute
12th November - Glasgow - Captains Rest
14th November - Leeds - Constellations Festival
27th November - Le Guess Who Festival, Utrecht - Netherlands

Matador at 21 T Shirts for sale

So you couldn't make it out to Vegas, huh? Well it'll be so much easier to lie to your friends and say you were there with when you're rocking one of these sexy Matador at 21 shirts. American Apparel printed tees, act quick as limited stock remains!!!!

We have FOUR different shirts to choose from... click below to check em out.

Kurt Vile Free Indianapolis Instore

Remember last week when I promised that I'd announce MORE free, solo acoustic Kurt Vile instores? Remember?

More to come... stay tuned...

Girls- Broken Dreams Club EP (Mp3)

Broken Dreams Club
Avail. 11/22/10
Pre-order HERE
Rather than us spieling about this record Christopher wrote y'all a letter that sums it all up way better than any of us could. 6 New songs. 30 minutes. Mp3 download below.

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Crab vending machine

Shanghai hairy crabs are available live from vending machines in China (I don't know whether this is as cool as the gold bullion vending machines in Abu Dhabi):

JapanProbe dot com
Uploaded by pubjapaned. - More video blogs and vloggers.

(Courtesy of Serious Eats)

Sonic Youth play London NYE show

As previously reported by our buddies over at ATP you're in for a treat if you happen to be in London this new years eve as there's an amazing gig with Sonic Youth headlining a 4-band bill. Make sure to get down there early to see Factory Floor opening the party, followed by The Pop Group and the 'ATP house band' Shellac, with Mr Stuart Braithwaite spinning records between sets.

Not a bad start to 2011!

Artwork Analysis Corner : Can Someone Please Help Me Out?

I consider myself a somewhat culturally aware, open-minded person. Heck, I've been to Canada a couple of times. And I don't consider myself to have a knee-jerk, negative reaction when it comes to themes of overt sexualty, demonic imagery or collaborations with Klaus Meine. All of that said, I have NO FUCKING IDEA what is going on with the record cover above.

I am not hear to disparage Ms. Pesch's impressive musical achievements (even if her website crashed my computer several times while composing this post) but I'm thoroughly baffled by this sleeve. Were the title of the album, '25 Years In Torn Clothing While Presiding Over A Mass Burial Ground", I'd have a much easier time with it. In any event, as someone in the music business who recently celebrated an important anniversary, I'm sure I speak on behalf of everyone at Matador in congratulating Doro on hitting the big 2-5.

Staff photos from Matador at 21

Some photos from the people who make it all happen here... click on the photos for full-size images.

This is the full Matador and Beggars staff (minus a casualty or two):

BACK ROW: Amy Morgan (just the hair), Julia Willinger, Jeremy Kirkland, Sonya Kolowrat, Michaella Solar-March, Hector Montes, Adam Carroll, Dan Gallo, Blake Thomas, Paul Redding, Gerard Cosloy, Jeremy P. Goldstein, Dave Martin, Stuart Davie, Claire Taylor, Chris Lombardi.

MIDDLE ROW: Lisa Gottheil, Gabe Spierer, Natalie Judge, Brigitte Green, Patrick Amory, Miwa Okumura, Rusty Clarke, Catherine Herrick

FRONT ROW: Mike Venutolo-Mantovani, Todd Netter, Matt Harmon, Nils Bernstein, Steve Glauber, Adam Bohl

And here are the Matador label people specifically:

RobbyMorris, Natalie Judge, Chris Lombardi (in background - Silver Fox), Nils Bernstein, Martin Mills, Patrick Amory, Gerard Cosloy, Stuart Davie.

(NOT SHOWN: Dean Bein)

All photos by the great Reuben Cox.

Friday Oct. 22- Glasser Late night at Coco 66!!

CMJ attendees...Glasser has declared war on your sleeping life. After the Tamaryn, Frankie Rose & The Outs, Light Asylum show at Coco 66 Friday night, stick around and see a special latenight set from Glasser

Perfume Genius in Europe

Photo of Perfume Genius @ Matador at 21

taken from TooSunnyOutHere's Flickr

Perfume Genius are currently showcasing tracks from this years debut album Learning alongside some new material at dates around Europe, which you should try and attend if they head your way.  The upcoming dates are as follows:

21st October - The Cube, Bristol, UK
22nd October - The Hope, Brighton, UK
23rd October - Swn Festival, Cardiff, UK
25th October - Botanique, Brussels, Belgium
26th October - Le Point Emphere, Paris, France
27th October - Paradiso, Amsterdam, Netherlands
28th October - Prizenbar, Hamburg, Germany
If they're not playing near you this time then you can always treat yourself to watching the Pitchfork session they did earlier this year.

The Greatest Piece of (Rock) Historical Revisionism Ever Committed To Video

You know the old saying, "those who forget the past are condemned to repeat it?" No? Well, it's a pretty good saying. The above Pussy Galore bio pic by Michele O'Mara, however brings to mind the truism "history is best retold by persons who don't give a shit about accuracy or likenesses" (OK, I made that up myself). With all due respect to meme-tastic crazes like keyboard kitties and Alexyss Tylor, I see no reason why this video shouldn't top a million or more views by the end of the week. (thanks to Linda Wolfe for the heads-up about this astonishing video)

Kurt Vile Unplugging in Toledo... for free

This the first in a series of instore announcements for the ever-awesome Kurt Vile. Hold your breath... the rest are coming sooooooooooooon.

Glasser at CMJ - UPDATE "Mirrorage" video debuts!!

In addition to the awesome Glasser action this week at CMJ and beyond (see below), we're thrilled to unveil the new video for "Mirrorage" today (via Pitchfork), directed by the great Carlos Charlie Perez:

SURPRISE!!! Those of you who have are anxiously assembling your bzzz band schedules are going to have switch some things around. Due to some creative juking and last second changes Glasser WILL BE performing a few times over CMJ. Needless to say, we're thrilled by this twist of fate, see you at the shows!!

Thu. 10.21 Apple Store Soho In-Store, 103 Prince St. Manhattan. 7pm
Fri. 10.22 Pitchfork #Offline Festival, Brooklyn Bowl 61 Wythe Ave, BK 9pm (and maybe a little surprise down the street later)
Sat  10.23 FADER Fort, Delancey + Forsyth, NYC 6pm

Glasser- Mirrorage (mp3)

Also, don't forget about these upcoming dates in November...
10/10 – Rough Trade East – London, UK (Free Entry)
10/11 – The Macbeth – London, UK (Sold Out)
10/12 – Madame Jojo’s – London, UK (White Heat)
10/13 – Le Point Emphere – Paris, FR
10/15 – ‘In The City’ Festival – NME showcase, Manchester, UK
10/16 - Internasjonalen, Oslo, NO w/Lindstrom(!!)
10/17 – Club Privat – Berlin, GE
11/3- Los Angeles, CA @ Troubadour w/Teen Inc.
11/4- San Francisco @ Popscene (330 Ritch)
11/6- Portland, OR @ Holocene w/Pains of Being Pure At Heart
11/7- Seattle, WA @ Crocodile w/Beat Connection
11/9- Boston, MA @ Middle East w/Violens
11/10- Montreal, PQ @ Il Motore #
11/11- Toronto, ON @ Drake Hotel #
11/12- Pontiac, MI @ Pike Room #
11/13- Chicago, IL @Lincoln Hall #
11/15- Washington D.C. @ Black Cat #
11/16- Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
11/19- Hartford, CT @ Arch Street Tavern
11/20- Baltimore, MD @ Metro Gallery
#= w/Twin Shadow

Kurt Vile "In My Time" 7" out Nov 9, mp3 NOW

"In My Time" b/w "Early Dawnin'", "Sad Ghost"
Digital: October 25
Limited 7": November 9

Kurt Vile "In My Time" [192kbps mp3]

In music biz parlance, you'd call  this new 7" a "teaser/single/pre-release for Kurt Vile's forthcoming long-player produced by John Agnello hitting streets in 2011." And although you're likely to hear one of these tracks on Kurt's next album,  this 7", like every other of his releases, is an item that's worthy of its own recognition. We're excited to announce three brand new tracks by Kurt Vile which will be available for purchase at digital retailers on October 25, and on 7" vinyl on November 9.

You can also pick the 7" up on Kurt Vile and the Violator's nationwide tour, which is happening now!

Wed-Oct-20 Chapel Hill, NC Local 506
Thu-Oct-21 Atlanta, GA The Earl
Fri-Oct-22 Birmingham, AL The Nick
Sat-Oct-23 Nashville, TN Mercy Lounge
Mon-Oct-25 Toledo, OH Mickey Finn
Tue-Oct-26 Covington, OH Mad Hatters
Wed-Oct-27 Columbus, OH Skully’s
Thu-Oct-28 Ann Arbor, MI Blind Pig
Fri-Oct-29 Indianapolis, IN White Rabbit Cabaret
Sat-Oct-30 Chicago, IL Empty Bottle
Sun-Oct-31 Chicago, IL Empty Bottle
Mon-Nov-01 Minneapolis, MN Triple Rock
Thu-Nov-04 Seattle, WA Neumos
Fri-Nov-05 Vancouver, BC Biltmore
Sat-Nov-06 Portland, OR Berbatis Pan
Tue-Nov-09 San Francisco, CA Rickshaw Stop
Thu-Nov-11 Los Angeles, CA Echoplex
Sat-Nov-13 San Diego, CA Casbah
Sun-Nov-14 Tempe, AZ Trunk Space
Wed-Nov-17 San Antonio, TX The Korova
Thu-Nov-18 Austin, TX Emo’s (w/ Purling Hiss, The Young, Air Traffic Controllers)
Fri-Nov-19 Dallas, TX Club Dada
Sat-Nov-20 Little Rock, AR Whitewater Tavern
Sun-Nov-21 Memphis, TN Hi Tone
Wed-Nov-24 Washington, DC Black Cat (backstage)
Fri-Nov-26 Philadelphia, PA Johnny Brendas
Fri-Dec-03 Brooklyn, NY Knitting Factory (w/ Metal Mountains)

10/21-11/13, co-headlining with The Soft Pack
10/19-12/3, support from Purling Hiss

Belle and Sebastian Write About Love Contest FAQs

Jeez you people are psyched!! And we couldn't be happier. But we have received a fair amount of questions pertaining to this contest so here you go. Hope this covers it.

Q: Can I enter more than once?
A: Each code is good for one entry, so yes as long as you have more than one valid code than you can submit multiple entries.

Q: Will I retain ownership of my entry?
A: Nah. Everything submitted becomes property of Matador. Of course, the winner will be credited on the record (and thus thoroughly blogged about and locally hi-fived).

A: Deep breath. Email [email protected] and we'll replace it.

Q: I live in Belarus. Can I enter?
A: Belarus is actually AWESOME. But sorry, no. The contest is open to U.S. and Canada only.

Q: Can I log on to the website more than once?
A: Yes. Your code is not marked as "used" until you submit it with an essay. Meaning you can enter your code, log in, collect your thoughts, spell check, have a coffee and then go back and submit your entry.

Q: What is the deadline for the contest?
A: January 1st, 2011... or 1/1/11... or New Year's Day 2011. However you wanna look at it.

catch Ted Leo at the WFMU Record Fair and in your town

Certainly no stranger to WFMU-appearances, Ted Leo will perform a solo set on the live broadcast of The Cherry Blossom Clinic direct from the WFMU Record Fair, this Saturday at 4:30 PM EST.

Tune in at or better yet, see Ted LIVE at the Metropolitan Pavilion while you scope out the wares of some of the finest record vendors in the world.

WFMU Record Fair
Metropolitan Pavilion (125 W. 18th St)
Sat, Oct 23

Ted Leo & The Pharmacists will also be playing a handful of dates in December including the aforementioned show with the New Pornographers in NYC.

Thu, Dec 2 - Northampton MA - Pearl St
Fri, Dec 3 - Pawtucket RI - The Met Cafe
Sat, Dec 4 - Lemoyne PA - Champion Ship
Mon, Dec 6 - New York NY - Terminal 5 (with the New Pornographers)
Tue, Dec 7 - Baltimore MD - GSpot (with Heks Orkest)
Wed, Dec 8 - Richmond VA - Strange Matter (with Heks Orkest)

photo from the ACL Festival flickr

Interpol Fall US Tour Starts Tonight

Tonight, Interpol kick off their Fall Coast-to-Coast US tour that starts them off at the Fox Theater in Oakland, CA and wraps them up in NYC on November 5 for a Sold Out show at the United Palace Theatre. Check out the attached flyer for all dates. Ticketing links here.

And congrats to the Interpol Meet-and-Greet winners picked so far for the Oakland, Vegas and LA shows! Winners for the additional venues will be contacted in the coming weeks.

Matador/True Panther/4AD/Rough Trade/Sub Pop/XL/Young Turks CMJ party to dominate your Thursday night

God knows there's a bunch of fun stuff going on during the annual College Music Journal Music Marathon, but we want to make sure everyone's aware that we, along with the other Beggars Group labels -- True Panther, 4AD, Rough Trade, XL and Young Turks -- AND our buddies at Sub Pop, are going to be throwing a bit of a rager this Thursday, October 21, from 10pm to 4am. All the info is above on the flyer, and below for those of you on dial-up connections.

4AD/Matador/Rough Trade/Sub Pop/True Panther/XL/Young Turks CMJ Party

Thursday, October 21

10pm to 4am

Stanton Public (17 Stanton Street, btw. Bowery and Chrystie)

FREE, no RSVP needed

Ages 21 and up

DJ sets by Lemonade, True Panther Soundsystem, Dave Martin (Matador Records) and Gerard Cosloy (Matador Records), plus special guests (you never know who'll show up to these things)

Drinks courtesy of PBR

Giveaways from Converse

Free t-shirts from the lovely folks at I Buy Music

Don't miss it!

Saucy karela (bitter melon)

Bitter melon (or karela if you're from Orissa) is one of the most reviled and possibly one of the strangest looking vegetables. It's always fascinated me and I was determined to try it, especially since I found this recipe on the rather odd (but very interesting) Mahanandi blog, written by an Indian cook from Houston.

The recipe combines sweet, sour and bitter flavors via jaggery, tamarind and karela. It's one of those Bengali sorts of recipes that involves steaming the vegetables in a deglazed pan of flavored oil, then adding the other ingredients and spices to finish it off to a sort of vegetable stew.

Karela is covered with zillions of strange little wart-like bumps. I was relieved to learn that you peel these off (along with the skin) before slicing it into bite-sized pieces.

The caramel-ish sweetness of the unrefined jaggery combines wonderfully with the sour tamarind (though I wish the tamarind I get was sourer) and the karela, which is not as bitter as most people say (or maybe I like bitter).

Full Mahanandi recipe here.

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