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Happy bloody Halloween from Fucked Up

And Pitchfork TV:

Fucked Up play London tonight for Halloween, finish up in Europe and Scandinavia, then perform their incredible album David Comes To Life (buy it) in its entirety in New York City in a couple of weeks followed by dates in Australia and on a cruise:

Monday 31 - London, GB - Scala

Tuesday 01 - Hamburg, DE - Molotow
Wednesday 02 - Loppen, DK - Christiana
Thursday 03 - Nr Malmo, SE - Mejeriet
Friday 04 - Stockholm, SE - Debaser slussen
Monday 14 - New York, NY - Le Poisson Rouge - David Comes To Life show IN THE ROUND w/Titus Andronicus
Tuesday 15 - Brooklyn, NY - Warsaw - David Comes To Life show w/Titus Andronicus
Monday 28 - Perth, AU - nib Stadium

Friday 02 - Melbourne, AU - AAMI Park
Saturday 03 - Melbourne, AU - AAMI Park
Monday 05 - Adelaide, AU - Cricket Ground
Thursday 08 - Sydney, AU - Football Stadium
Saturday 10 - Gold Coast, AU - Metricon Stadium
Tuesday 13 - Auckland, AU - Western Springs

Friday 10 - Miami, FL - Bruise Cruise Festival

Esben and the Witch - Hexagons Cinema opens next week


We've already teased you with the new material coming your way in November from Esben and the Witch.  We announced the release of the Hexagons EP and that the band would be a special event happening on November 4th, but just to keep you all on your toes here's the jump on what'll be starting next Friday.

Lasting for 6 days, with 6 showings per day, Esben and the Witch present the Hexagons cinema - an online event featuring the band showcasing the upcoming EP in full and for free.   The footage was shot in the Duke of York's cinema in Esben's hometown of Brighton, which also happend to be the oldest continually operating cinema in the UK.

Tickets for this online treat are free, but limited, so to grab your seat in one of the performance you'll need to head over to The Hexagons Cinema and book now.

You can pre-order the Hexagons EP on the Matador Store, the  remaining 2011 tour dates are:

November 16th – Corsica Studios, London, UK
November 18th – Festival Saint-Ghetto, Bern, Switzerland
November 19th – Amalgame, Yverdon, Switzerland

Yo La Tengo's 8 Nights of Hanukkah (2011 Edition)

(I think I heard someone backstage talking about people showing up for a gallery exhibition for all the wrong reasons!)

Tickets for Yo La Tengo's annual Hanukkah residency at Hoboken's Maxwell's go on sale tomorrow at noon eastern time.  You can purchase online via or in person at Other Music (NYC) or Tunes (Hoboken).  All proceeds will be donated to a varied list of Yo La Tengo-approved charities. As has been the practice in years past, Ira, Georgia and James will be joined on these bills by an impressive array of all-star musical and comedic talent.  At the risk of siphoning some of Brooklyn Vegan's comment traffic, feel free to make your wild guesses, but please be advised we're not forwarding them to the band.  They've been planning this kind of thing for a while --- they really know what they're doing.

(Dr.) Katrina & The Gloom Wave : Aussie Doc Says Depression = Metal Abuse

(imagine courtesy Kil Slug's Francis Larry Kelly Jr.)

University Of Melbourne researcher Dr Katrina McFerran, no relation presumably, to one-time Matador Recording artist Bobby McFerrin, is "immersed in a new study that aims to find out why some young people use heavy metal music in a negative way." The good Dr. would have you believe "young people at risk of depression are more likely to listen habitually and repetitively to heavy metal music."  This will come as a crushing blow to persons devoted to exploiting the power electronics and goth genres, but let's allow Katrina to give her side of it, via The Melbourne Newsroom ;

By conducting in-depth interviews with 50 young people aged between 13 and 18, along with a national survey of 1000 young people, Dr McFerran is looking to develop an early intervention model that can be integrated into schools to impact positively before behavioral problems occur.

“The mp3 revolution means that young people are accessing music more than ever before and it’s not uncommon for some to listen to music for seven or eight hours a day,” she said.

“Most young people listen to a range of music in positive ways; to block out crowds, to lift their mood or to give them energy when exercising, but young people at risk of depression are more likely to be listening to music, particularly heavy metal music, in a negative way.

“Examples of this are when someone listens to the same song or album of heavy metal music over and over again and doesn’t listen to anything else. They do this to isolate themselves or escape from reality.

“If this behavior continues over a period of time then it might indicate that this young person is suffering from depression or anxiety, and at worst, might suggest suicidal tendencies.”

Yes, well, ok.  But where's the downside?



Guided By Voices - new single by original lineup, The Unsinkable Fats Domino

The first recordings from the classic Guided By Voices lineup of Robert Pollard, Tobin Sprout, Mitch Mitchell, Greg Demos and Kevin Fennell hit the stores on November 22 with the Matador single from their upcoming self-released album "Let's go Eat The Factory." The single is called "The Unsinkable Fats Domino" b/w "We Won't Apologize," and you can download an MP3 of the A-side here:

The Unsinkable Fats Domino (192k MP3)

The single will be out on 7" vinyl and digital single formats NOVEMBER 22.

Preorder the 7"

Fucked Up bringing Halloween horror to the UK

What do you want for Halloween? Not a question often asked, but let Matador take the time to make sure you're all getting what you want for this, the most special of holidays.

Burned retinas?  Pulverised ear drums?  Sweaty hugs?  More fun than you can shake a (broom)stick at?  Well, if thats the case we might be able to help you, as Fucked Up bring their festive fun to the UK this week, culminating in a special show at The Scala in London on October 31st.   And if you can't make the show? Well, the gift of a burnt eyeball is free to all, courtesy of the flyer below.

Along with the ever fantastic Fucked Up live show, we'll also have competitions for the best (and worst) fancy dress, prizes and a photographer to document all the stupidity. Support comes from the excellent (and costumed!) Eagulls and Cold Pumas, both of whom are well worth turning up early for.

Happy Holidays?

Further Fucked Up tour dates include:


28th – Paris, Pitchfork Music Festival (France) Tickets
29th – Leeds, Nation Of Shopkeepers (UK)
30th – Manchester, Soundcontrol (UK) Tickets
31st – London, Scala (UK)  Tickets **Halloween**


1st – Hamburg, Molotow (Germany) Tickets
2nd – Loppen Christiana, Copenhagen (Denmark) Tickets
3rd – Lund, Mejeriet (Sweden) Tickets
4th – Stockholm, Debaser (Sweden)


Performing David Comes To Life, in full

11-14 - In The Round at Le Poisson Rouge* - Sold Out

11-15 - Warsaw, Brooklyn, NY* - tickets

* Titus Andronicus support at both shows


Australia tour (supporting Foo Fighters)

Nov 28 – Perth NIB Stadium

Dec 2 – Melbourne AAMI Park

Dec 3 –  Melbourne AAMI Park

Dec 5 – Adelaide Cricket Groud

Dec 8 –  Sydney Football Stadium

Dec 10 –  Gold Cost Metricon Stadium

Dec 13 –  Auckland Western Springs

Fucked Up NYC David Comes To Life show sold out... but they've added a second show

Fucked Up's first-ever performance of David Comes To Life in its entirety is SOLD OUT. That's at Le Poisson Rouge, on Monday, November 14, and the band will be playing in the round.

They have now added a second show on Tuesday, November 15 at Warsaw in Brooklyn, playing David Comes To Life - but not, sadly, in the round - not available there. However, Titus Andronicus will be supporting at both shows.

Buy David Comes To Life
Looking For Gold
Fucked Up on Facebook

Coming this Halloween: TV Casualty's debut 7"

On October 31st*, Matador will release a charity 7" from Philadelphia's TV Casualty.

This is the first recorded document to be released by a collective made up of Brian Sokel (Franklin, AM/FM), Andy Nelson (Ceremony, Paint It Black), Atom Goren (Atom and His Package) & Chris Wilson (Ted Leo & the Pharmacists). Over the past few years the group has played out in and around Philly for different charitable events, assembling as The Ramones (with Rodney Anonymous), Black Flag (with Dan Yemin) and Minor Threat (with Mike McKee). Here, Ted Leo joins the band as Glen Danzig, in what else but their take on The Misfits (watch some past performances here)!

As part of Matador's famed ELO- catalogue series (confused? consult the discography), this blood-red 7" features covers of Children In Heat, Angelfuck, Teenagers From Mars, We Bite, Who Killed Marilyn, Some Kinda Hate. All proceeds collected on sales of this release will be donated on behalf of TV Casualty & Matador to The Attic Youth Center, Philadelphia's only LGBTQ Youth Center.

TV Casualty's next live date is on October 28 at The Florida Theater as part of The Fest in Gainesville, Florida. Money collected at this show will go to Occupy Philadelphia.

Pre-order the single at the Matador store now.

*The band will have copies for sale on their 10/28 show in Gainesville and you should be able to find the 7" in your local stores around then. You can also buy the tracks digitally starting 10/31.

Kurt Vile Webster Hall + Union Transfer Only 7''

Photo: Carl Pocket's twitter

As previously reported, Kurt Vile and The Violators are playing a couple headline November dates in NYC and Philly in support of the November 8 So Outta Reach EP & deluxe Smoke Ring For My Halo releases.

To those attending the NYC (Webster Hall) and Philly (Union Transfer) shows...a brand new, very limited and very FREE Kurt Vile 7'' will be given away at the door, upon entrance.

side a: RUNNER UPS (sweet mix)

The 7'' giveaway is a while supplies last deal for both shows so if you want to get your hands on a copy be sure to arrive early to claim. This 7'' will only be made available at these shows and once they're gone, they're gone.

In other Kurt Vile And The Violators touring news, the band will also be playing the Braddock Carnegie Library in Braddock, PA on November 10; supporting Andrew Bird. Tickets can be purchased here.

KV & The Violators On Tour::


22nd: Hamilton College, Clinton NY  (Free for Hamilton College students / Open to public with admission at the door / All Ages)

24th: State Theatre, Portland, ME (w/ The Flaming Lips) tickets

25th:  Main Street Armory, Rochester, NY (w/ The Flaming Lips) tickets

27th: The NorVa, Norfolk, VA (w/ The Flaming Lips) tickets


10th: Braddock Carnegie Library, (Levi's Presents Benefit Braddock) - WITH ANDREW BIRD - tickets

11th: Webster Hall, New York, NY (headline) tickets - WITH WIDOWSPEAK AND THE YOUNG - tickets **

12th: Union Transfer, Philadelphia, PA (headline) tickets - WITH BLUES CONTROL AND FAR-OUT FANGTOOTH - tickets **


1st: Kings Arms Tavern, Aukland, NZ

3rd: The Bakery, Perth, AUS tickets - tickets

4th: Corner Hotel, Melbourne, AUS - tickets

6th: Oxford Art Factory, Sydney, AUS - tickets

8th: Woodland, Brisbane, AUS

9th: Meredith Music Festival, Meredith, AUS

**: free 7'' with show entry (only while supplies last / first come first serve)

Listen to "The Creature" and "Life's A Beach"

Pre-order the So Outta Reach 12'' or digital EP here

Pre-order Smoke Ring For My Halo deluxe 2-CD set here

Ira Kaplan's Participation In The Democratic Process Blown Way Out Of Proportion

Only the most cynical of observers would look at the above item, taken from the venerable Hoboken Patch, and conclude this was some sort of sleazy ploy to promote the upcoming Condo Fucks show at the Mercury Lounge (November 4, supporting The Glands). Except it is.  On our part, anyway.  Still, you'd like to think we live in a world where showing interest in community matters was the rule rather than the exception, that Ira could attend such meetings without being harassed by local reporters, photographers or his own record label.

Two Reminders / Corrections Concerning The Young

a) The Young are playing this Saturday night at Austin, TX's Emo's (inside) with Pierced Arrows and Don't.  This post is simply a cheap excuse to show off the snazzy flyer for the event.

b) the Friday,  November 11 date at the Cake Shop is no longer happening.  Instead, the Young's first NYC show in nearly a year will take place the same evening supporting Kurt Vile & The Violators at Webster Hall.

Dry red curry of beef and pumpkin

Another variation on a David Thompson recipe, this seasonal dish uses pumkpin, though any squash could potentially be used. If using pumpkin, select a small, heavy "pie pumpkin" over the large ones used for jack-o'-lanterns. Pierce from top with a heavy knife, then carefully carve into two pieces. Scoop out the inside and separate the seeds from the pulp. Discard pulp. Roast seeds on an oiled tray, salted, in one layer, in preheated 325-degree oven for about 25 minutes. Stir and turn after 10 minutes, and several times thereafter. They make a nice snack.

Carve half of the pumpkin into lozenge-shaped pieces, about an inch by an inch square, and about a half-inch thick. Be sure to remove the peel. Soften in a pot of boiling salted water for about 5 minutes or less.

The paste for this curry is relatively simple and very adaptable to different recipes, so make a bunch and save in the fridge - it will keep for months:

10 dried long red chiles (seeded, soaked in cold salted water and drained)
large pinch of sale
1 1/2 tbs chopped galangal
3 tbs chopped lemongrass
2 tsp finely grated kaffir lime zest
1 tbs chopped & scraped coriander root
1 tbs chopped red shallot
2 tbs chopped garlic
2 tsp shrimp paste (first loosely wrap in foil, then roast in a 450-degree oven for 5 minutes)

Pound each ingredient in a mortar and pestle until it becomes a paste, then add the next one, continuing until you have a fine paste.

You will also need:

1-2 lbs nicely marbled shell steak or ribeye, chopped across the grain and diagonally into 1X1X1/2" pieces
oil for deep frying
large pinch of white sugar
2 tbs fish sauce
1/2 cup stock or water
5 kaffir lime leaves, finely minced
bunch of coriander leaves

Deep-fry the steak in 350-degree oil for about 10-15 seconds - you don't want it cooked. Discard all but 5 tbs of the oil. Fry 3 tbs of the curry paste in the oil over medium heat until fragrant - about 5 minutes. Season with the sugar and half the fish sauce. Add the steak and stir until cooked - probably only 2 minutes at most - add the pumpkin pieces just before the steak is done, and stir thoroughly. Moisten during this process with stock or water if necessary - it's probably not necessary, you should not have a "sauce" with this dish, which is why it's called dry. It should be extremely oily and fragrant. Taste and adjust for seasoning - it should taste salty, hot, rich and slightly sweet in that order - add up to the remaining half of the fish sauce if needed to balance the flavor, being very careful not to overdo it.

Stir in the kaffir lime leaves and the coriander leaves and serve with jasmine rice, nam pla prik and other sides.

Own your own work of art

Do you collect art? No? Well, would you like to start?

The next 15 people who make a purchase over $75 at the Matador Store will walk away with a complimentary Steve Keene painting we commissioned for the new Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks album Mirror Traffic.

Remember that all domestic orders over $50 already qualify for free shipping, and only 15 of these paintings are available, so act fast.


Fucked Up perform David Comes To Life in its entirety (and in the round) in New York, November 14

On Monday, November 14 in New York, for the first time ever, Fucked Up will be performing their critically acclaimed album DAVID COMES TO LIFE in its entirety. This will be the inaugural live performance for many of the 18 songs. In addition, the band will be performing in the round. As if that's not enough, Titus Andronicus will be opening.

The event happens at Le Poisson Rouge in Manhattan. Buy tickets here.

Buy the album.

Looking For Gold
Fucked Up on Facebook

Fucked Up and Kurt Vile rocking down under

Always partying the hardest and touring the furthest, Fucked Up and Kurt Vile (along with the Violators) both head for warmer climates with tours south of the equator this winter.  It'll be Kurt's first time ever to Australia and New Zealand, whilst Fucked Up aren't strangers to the land down under - though they may be strangers to some of the 50,000 capacity stadiums they'll be playing whilst supporting the Foo Fighters.

Tenacious D also support on the FF tour, meaning Matador's favourite frenemy of 2011 (friend/enemy) will be sharing the stage too. We can only assume that hilarity will ensue.


Those all important dates:

Kurt Vile and The Violators

Thu-Dec-01 - Auckland, NZ Kings Arms Tavern

Sat-Dec-03 -Perth, AUS The Bakery

Sun-Dec-04 -Melbourne, AUS Corner Hotel

Tue-Dec-06 - Sydney, AUS Oxford Art Factory

Thu-Dec-08 - Brisbane, AUS Woodland

Fri-Dec-09 - Meredith, AUS Meredith Music Festival


Fucked Up (all dates supporting Foo Fighters)

Nov 28 - Perth NIB Stadium

Dec 2 - Melbourne AAMI Park

Dec 3 -  Melbourne AAMI Park

Dec 5 - Adelaide Cricket Groud

Dec 8 -  Sydney Football Stadium

Dec 10 -  Gold Cost Metricon Stadium

Dec 13 -  Auckland Western Springs


Both acst still have US tour dates left, check Kurt's here and Fucked Up's here.

Stephen Malkmus and The Jicks: "Senator" video debuts on Grantland

The new video from Stephen Malkmus and The Jicks' Mirror Traffic (buy the album) - directed by Scott Jacobson and starring Jack Black and Gary Cole - is presented today by Grantland. There's nothing like having movie stars in your video.

Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks are finishing up their US tour:

Sunday 16 - San Francisco, CA - Treasure Island Music Festival
Wednesday 19 - Los Angeles, CA - The Music Box At The Henry Fonda
Thursday 20 - Solano Beach, CA - Belly Up Tavern

Full video credits:

Starring: Jack Black, Gary Cole, Morgan Nagler, DC Pierson, Chris Regan, Brian Stack, Maria Thayer, Todd Levin, Adam Willis, April O'Neil, Dan O'Reilly

Written/directed/edited.... Scott Jacobson
Director of Photography.... Fortunato Procopio
Second Camera.... Charles Son
Assistant Director/Etc..... Whitney Blank
Graphics.... Nora Smith
Portland DP.... Reed Harkness
Second Unit.... Mike James
Assistant Camera.... Brad Greenspan
Second AC.... Nicky Fuchs
Production Manager.... John Henry Lang
Production Designer.... Nigel Mogg
Jib Operator.... Gaston Carrizo
Gaffer.... Dan Jagels
Grip.... Zach Helmer
Hair and Makeup.... Michele Dawn Sweeney
PA.... Mike Gamms
Location Services by.... HotHouse Productions

Special thanks to Ruth and David at El Corazon en las Nubes alpaca ranch in Malibu, CA.

Thanks to The Woods in Portland, Origami Vinyl, Adam Willis, Todd Levin, Drea Clark, Dave Willis, Nils Bernstein, Chris Lombardi, Ted Travelstead.

some new CEREMONY tour dates

Along with an appearance at Austin's Fun Fun Fun Fest, Ceremony will hit the road in the coming weeks, playing Southern California and Flordia. Don't miss them.

Nov 4 - Nov 6, Austin TX, US, Fun Fun Fun Fest
Thu, Nov 10 , 2011 , Los Angeles CA , US , Troubador ,
Fri, Nov 11 , 2011 , Santa Cruz CA , US , Pioneer ,
Sat, Nov 12 , 2011 , San Francisco CA , US , Submission Gallery ,
Sun, Nov 13 , 2011 , Ventura CA , US , Zoeyís Cafe ,
Thu, Dec 8 , 2011 , Orlando FL , US , Willís Pub ,
Fri, Dec 9 , 2011 , Miami FL , US , Churchillís Pub ,
Sat, Dec 10 , 2011 , Tampa FL , US , Transitions Art Gallery ,

photo from ingridjohansen's flickr

Chavez - "You Must Be Stopped", As Not Seen On Network Television

"You Must Be Stopped" (studio version available on the 'Better Days Will Haunt You' 2XCD/DVD set), video courtesy NBC and "Late Night With Jimmy Fallon".  Earlier in the day, Chavez taped a version of "Laugh Track" for broadcast, but not before they were prevented from handing out copies of the newly released "Chavez : The Video Game" to every member of Fallon's studio audience.  We heard something about "not upstaging the country-club pseudo-athlete" who was the program's other guest.  That's a pretty harsh way of referring to Alan Cumming, but whatever, we're not about show biz squabbles.

Stephen Malkmus And The Jicks live on KEXP today

photo by Leah Nash
Stephen Malkmus And The Jicks continue their trek across these United States today with a stop in Seattle, WA, where they will be commandeering the radio waves for a live session at KEXP. Tune in at 4:00PM EDT/1:00PM PDT at 90.3FM or

Still a few more Jicks live actions left, catch them on the road while you still can:

Tuesday 11 – Seattle, WA – Neptune Theatre
Wednesday 12 – Vancouver, BC – The Biltmore Cabaret
Thursday 13 – Portland, OR – Crystal Ballroom
Sunday 16 – San Francisco, CA - Treasure Island Music Festival
Wednesday 19 – Los Angeles, CA – The Music Box At The Henry Fonda
Thursday 20 – Solano Beach, CA – Belly Up Tavern

Listen to Kurt Vile's "Life's A Beach"

Check out "Life's A Beach" from the forthcoming Kurt Vile So Outta Reach EP.

The So Outta Reach 6-song EP will be available on 12? and digital formats on November 8. This is the same day that the deluxe 2-CD version of Smoke Ring For My Halo (with new color cover) also releases. This deluxe CD will include the So Outta Reach EP on a second disc. (Same price as a regular CD / pre-order here).


And don't forget, Kurt Vile and the Violators still have MORE DATES in 2011 in the States plus Australia & New Zealand. This includes a few dates supporting the Flaming Lips and some very exciting headline shows at NYC's Webster Hall and Philly's Union Transfer. Get yer tix below.


24th: State Theatre, Portland, ME (w/ The Flaming Lips) tickets

25th: Main Street Armory, Rochester, NY (w/ The Flaming Lips) tickets

27th: The NorVa, Norfolk, VA (w/ The Flaming Lips) tickets


11th: Webster Hall, New York, NY (headline) tickets on-sale Friday, August 19

12th: Union Transfer, Philadelphia, PA (headline) tickets


01: Kings Arms Tavern, Aukland, NZ

03: The Bakery, Perth, AUS tickets

04: Corner Hotel, Melbourne, AUS tickets

06: Oxford Art Factory, Sydney, AUS tickets

08: Woodland, Brisbane, AUS

09: Meredith Music Festival, Meredith, AUS

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