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Thurston Moore - A Stream Of "Circulation" Is A Mere "Like" Button Away

As we continue preparations for the May 24 release of Thurston Moore's 'Demolished Thoughts' (LP/CD/digital album), Thurston's launched an official Facebook page. Visitors willing to take the most mild of virtual loyalty pledges (ie. selecting "Like") are rewarded with a preview of "Circulation" from the Beck-produced 'Demolished Thoughts'.

In addition, there's a new Thurston Twitter feed for news/info surrounding this project ;!/DemoedThoughts

UK/EU BEGN Customers - If You Experienced Problems

Sometimes, as much as you try to get things 'right' they always come out 'nearly there'.  Yesterday we opened orders for BEGN for the upcoming Fucked Up release of 'David Comes To Life' and some European customers may have experienced issues with their digital downloads.

If you are a UK or EU customer, you may have experienced problems redeeming your voucher code, thus unable to download the MP3 delights promised to you.  If this was you, we sincerely apologise.  All gremlins have now been removed from the system and regular service has resumed.  Please do not try to pay again, we'll only keep your money.  Instead, head back to, log in, re-input your code that you received from Sandbag yesterday and you should be on your way to aural pleasure.  Please note: in the "retailer" field, enter 'Sandbag' (not Sandman).  Any other problems, please comment below and we'll help you out, or refer to the help page on Sandbag.

Regards, The Management.

Fucked Up - Buy Early Get Now LIVE plus digital single #3

As announced last week, our ninth Buy Early Get Now promotion goes live today, for the new Fucked Up album, David Comes To Life.

You can preorder NOW via mail order from the Matador Store, preorder in person or mail order from any participating retailer on this map, or if you are in the UK or Europe, from our UK store.

Wherever you preorder, you will be given a code that lets you log in to, where you can download your extras and early album stream/download. If you preorder physical goods, those will be available for you to pick up at the store you bought it from, or shipped to your house if you've mail ordered, according to the schedule below:

NOW Instant download of 5 non-album tracks plus the 3 digital singles already released
MAY 10-13 (EARLY) Full 192k album stream and high-quality album download in 4 parts, one per day
JUNE 7 (RELEASE DATE) Pick up the physical album and poster at the store you preordered from, or if you mail ordered, delivered to your door, plus a download of the Record Store Day Exclusive 'David's Town' LP
JUNE 28 The 4 bonus 7"es are available for pick up / delivered to your door (or as MP3s/FLACs if you ordered the all-digital package)

In addition, we released the third single from the album (of 4), "Ship Of Fools," today. The first 30 people to respond to a Facebook post / tweet made at noon yesterday were overnighted CDRs of the track:

Ship Of Fools (192k mp3)

Digital single #4 and last, "Queen of Hearts," will come out on May 3.

Fucked Up on Facebook
Looking For Gold

Thurston Moore / Kurt Vile Summer Tour

(Kurt Vile photo by Shawn Brackbill)

In what's likely to be one of the hotter tickets of Summer 2011, Thurston Moore and Kurt Vile & The Violators are hooking up for 7 North American dates this July in support of both of their most recent album, the former's upcoming 'Demolished Thoughts', and Vile's wildly acclaimed 'Smoke Ring For My Halo'.  Additional dates for both --- sadly, only playing in tandem from July 18 to the 30th --- are listed below.

This also seems as opportune a time as any to suggest that you check out the new Facebook pages for Thurston and Kurt. You never know when the fateful day might arrive that a crucial bit of news, perhaps some leaked music, might appear over there instead of here.

Thurston Moore at Facebook

Kurt Vile at Facebook

Thurston Moore / Kurt Vile & The Violators / Hush Arbors dates

7/18 Minneapolis, MN - Varsity Theatre (tickets, on sale April 29, noon))
7/21 Vancouver, BC - Rickshaw Theatre (tickets, on sale April 29)
7/23 Portland, OR - Alladin Theatre (tickets)
7/26 San Francisco, CA - Great American Music Hall (tickets)
7/28 Los Angeles, CA - Troubadour (tickets)
7/29 Los Angeles, CA - Troubadour (tickets)
7/30 San Diego, CA - Casbah (tickets)

additional Thurston Moore dates :

Friday, May 20 - Music Hall Of Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY
Sat, June 25, Solid Sound Festival, North Adams, MA
Sunday, June 26, Solid Sound Festival, North Adams, MA
Friday, July 15, Pitchfork Festival, Chicago, IL
Saturday, July 16, High Noon, Madison, WI (tickets on sale April 29 at 10am)

additional Kurt Vile & The Violators dates :

Saturday, June 11, Bowery Ballroom, NYC (with Pissed Jeans and Meg Baird) (tickets)
Sunday, June 12, First Unitarian Church, Philadelphia PA (with Pissed Jeans and Meg Baird) (tickets)
Friday June 25, Saturday June 26 - Sled Island Festival, Calgary, AB
Monday, July 11, Brighton Music Hall, Boston MA (with Woods)
Tuesday, July 12, Le Salsa Rossa, Montreal, QUE (with Woods) (tickets)
Thursday, July 14, The Grog Shop, Cleveland, OH (with Woods)
Friday, July 15, Russian Recording, Bloomington IN (with Woods) (tickets)

Thurston Moore -
[192kbps mp3], from 'Demolished Thoughts', LP/CD/digital album, coming May 24

Kurt Vile - Jesus Fever [192kbps mp3], from the LP/CD/digital album 'Smoke Ring For My Halo'.

Pioneer Of Encouraging You To Replace Your Entire Music Collection (Narrowly) Outlasted By His Most Famous Invention

(Ohga with his final innovation, a device that converts Mariah Carey's photograph to pure energy)

thanks to Mark Ohe for the link to the following news item from the BBC :

The former president and chairman of Sony, Norio Ohga, who was credited with developing the compact disc, has died aged 81, the company has said.

Ohga, who led the company from 1982 to 1995, died of multiple organ failure in the Japanese capital, Tokyo.

During the development of the CD, it was Ohga who pushed for a disc that was 12cm (4.8in) in diameter, because it provided sufficient capacity at 75 minutes to store all of Beethoven's Ninth Symphony.

Sony sold the world's first CD in 1982 and CDs overtook LP record sales in Japan five years later. Ohga's specifications are still used today, and have shaped formats developed since, including MiniDisc and DVD.

In 1989, he oversaw the $3.4bn purchase of Hollywood studios Columbia Pictures, which was criticised as unwise and costly at the time.

Ohga also presided over the launch of Sony's game business, which went on to develop the successful "PlayStation" console.

Buy Early Get Now #9: Fucked Up - David Comes To Life

Remember back when we told you that Fucked Up had a new album on the horizon? Well that time is racing towards us faster than you can say "Byrdesdale Spa FC."  However we've still got a little ways to go before the June 7 street date.  But alas!  We've found a way to not only get you the whole album early but for you to score a bunch of exclusive content.  We're talking bonus 7"es, non-album tracks, posters.

The time has come for us to welcome back our dear old (and newly trademarked) friend Buy Early Get Now.

For its ninth birthday, Buy Early Get Now is getting the Fucked Up treatment and by placing a pre-order via mail order directly from us*or at a trusted local independent retailer for David Comes To Life on CD or 2xLP beginning Tuesday April 26, you'll get the following:

- Instant download of 5 non-album songs plus the pre-album digital singles as MP3s on April 26.
- A full 192k album stream and hi-quality album download in 4 parts over 4 days from May 10-13.
- The CD or 2xLP and exclusive poster mailed to your house via Matastore or available to pick up on June 7.
- Download of Record Store Day Exclusive David's Town comp on June 7.
- 4 bonus 7"es of 7 extra non-album songs available to pick up on June 28.

And, as always, if you don't live anywhere near a participating retailer, you can always pre-order David Comes To Life directly from the Matador Store.

For more info on Buy Early Get Now click HERE or email [email protected] for more details.

Check out all the other goings on at Looking For Gold and

*Any UK/EU shoppers can mail order HERE.

Kurt Vile adds more UK dates; Brits celebrate their good fortune

[photo by Shawn Brackbill]

Rejoice, citizens of Britain, for we're announcing more Kurt Vile & The Violators shows! Kurt and friends will be back in September for a string of shows with the excellent Woods.


4th : End Of The Road Festival, Dorset

5th : Sound Control, Manchester (+ Woods)

6th : Stereo, Glasgow (+ Woods)

7th : The Fleece, Bristol (+ Woods)

8th : The Scala, London (+ Woods) [TICKET WEBSEE TICKETS]

Let's not forget the rest of the European tour which looks like this....


8th : King Georg, Koln

9th : Feierwerk, Munich (+ O'Death)

10th : Chelsea Club, Vienna

11th : Festsaal Kreuzberg, Berlin

12th : Vega (Small Hall), Copenhagen

13th : Voxhall, Aarhus

14th : All Tomorrow's Parties. Minehead (curated by Animal Collective)

15th : Tivoli, Utrecht

16th : Bitterzoet, Amsterdam

17th : Les Nuits de Botanique (Rotunde), Brussels

18th : Charlatan, Gent

19th : Rough Trade East, London (free in-store, 1pm)

19th : Corsica Studio, London SOLD OUT

20th : Kazimier, Liverpool (Sound City)

21st : Captain's Rest, Glasgow (Stag and Dagger Festival)

22nd : The Hope, Brighton SOLD OUT

23rd : La Maroquinerie, Paris

24th : L'Abordage, Evreux

25th : Place Saint Michel, Bordeaux

26th : Top of the Folk @ L'antipode, Rennes

28th : Primavera Sound Festival, Barcelona

29th : Ghetto, Istanbul


29th : Vega, Groningen

30th : Uebel & Gefährlich, Hamburg


1st : Roskilde Festival, Roskilde

2nd : Fusion Festival, Lärz

3rd : Metropolis Festival, Rotterdam

If you haven't already, you can watch the official video for 'Jesus Fever' here:


Cold Cave and Fucked Up added to Reading & Leeds festivals

The somewhat unimaginative (but guaranteed to sell out) Reading and Leeds festivals just got a lot better with the addition of Cold Cave and Fucked Up for the end of summer UK weekend festival.

Fucked Up play the NME/Radio 1 tent (Leeds - Friday, Reading - Sunday), whilst Cold Cave play the dance tent (Reading - Friday, Leeds - Saturday) .  Interpol were announced previously and play way up the bill on the main stage (Leeds - Friday, Reading - Sunday).

For a full line-up and tickets head to the Reading or Leeds official websites.

All bands have extensive tours ahead of this, click to check the upcoming tour dates of Cold Cave, Fucked Up and Interpol.

Fucked Up - second of four singles, release party tonight after Coachella, LA tomorrow

Today Fucked Up release the second of four singles from the upcoming album David Comes To Life. Entitled "A Little Death," the song is track 13 out of 18. Its urgent tone plays against an underlying tale of resignation and defeat, and showcases a different side of this insanely multilayered album from the first single released a couple of weeks ago.

A Little Death (192k mp3)

Appropriately enough, the band will be celebrating the release of this (sad?) single with a free show at the ACE Hotel in Palm Springs after Coachella ends tonight. They will be performing multiple songs from the new album. Doors open at midnight. Come and get a free postcard containing more information on the story.

If you can't make it out to the desert, catch them at the Echoplex in LA tomorrow night. Tickets are only $5.

* To avoid confusion, these singles are DIGITAL singles. There will be plenty of REAL singles coming for you collectors.

Stay tuned for the release of single number 3 on Tuesday, April 26.

Esben and the Witch 'Chorea' video for their Record Store Day release

Photo by Magnus Aske Blikeng from the show at St Phillips Church in Manchester, UK

The new Esben and the Witch video premiered yesterday on Pitchfork with several awkward figures shot on location around the Sussex coast by Brighton, England where the band reside when not on tour.  The video provides both a visual representation of the Chorea affliction and a link to their Chorea EP artwork.

The Chorea EP is released tomorrow as part of Record Store Day and features a remix of 'Eumenides' by Stuart Braithwaite of Mogwai, along with the 18-minute long track 'Corridors' from their installation with Karl Sadler.

The band also tour mainland Europe next month, dates for those shows are below:


9th - Manufaktur, Schorndorf, Germany

10th - Mascotte, Zurich, Switzerland

11th - Spazio 211, Turin, Italy

12th - Circolo degli Artisti, Rome, Italy

13th - Plastic, Milan, Italy

14th - Covo, Bologna, Italy

16th - Palace, St Gallen, Switzerland

17th - Mousonturm, Frankfurt, Germany

18th - Doornroosje, Groningen, Netherlands

19th - Bitterzoet Club, Amsterdam, Netherlands

20th - Rotown, Rotterdam, Netherlands

21st - Charlatan, Ghent, Belgium

22nd - Les Nuits Botanique (Orangerie), Brussels, Belgium

24th - Gleiss 22, Munster, Germany

25th - Karlstorbahnhof, Heidleburg, Germany

26th - Atomic Cafe, Munich, Germany

27th - B72, Vienna, Austria

28th - Seewiesen Festival, Linz, Austria

29th - K4, Nurnberg, Germany


Some New Cold Cave Dates

Photo Credit: Jake Giles Netter

Cold Cave are touring the US like madmen this summer in support of their April 5 release Cherish The Light Years and we've got a couple new dates to announce in SLC and Denver:

Friday July 29 - Salt Lake City -  Urban Lounge (Austra Supports)

Saturday July 30 - Denver - Bluebird Theater (Austra Supports)

More dates will be announced shortly!

And don't forget Cold Cave will be out out at Coachella this Friday playing the Mojave Tent at 3PM.

Full run of dates:

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)

Friday, May 13 -- Los Angeles, CA -- The Music Box (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)

Saturday, May 21 - Columbus, OH - Wexner Center (CC headline)

Sunday, May 22 – Pittsburgh, PA – Brillobox (CC headline)

Monday, July 18  -- Fargo ND  -- The Aquarium (Cult of Youth Supports)

Tuesday,  July 26 --  San Diego CA -- Casbah  (Austra Supports)

Friday, July 29 - Salt Lake City - Urban Lounge (Austra Supports)

Saturday, July 30 - Denver - Bluebird Theater (Austra Supports)

Sunday, July 31 -- Omaha NE  -- Waiting Room    (Austra Supports)

Monday,  August 1  -- Saint Louis MO  -- Firebird  (Austra Supports)

Tuesday,   August 2  -- Cleveland  OH -- Grog Shop  (Austra Supports)

Listen to Villains of the Moon here

Listen to The Great Pan is Dead here

The New Pornographers - Emmy Nominated, And On The Road


We're in the midst of a heavy period of activity for The New Pornographers ; in addition to a new batch of US dates (below), the band's "Sweet Talk" video for Oxfam's Gulf oil spill relief efforts (directed by Shannon Hart Reed  has just been nominated for an Emmy in the "Societal Concerns" category.  Though Record Store Day is a slightly less important cause than those supervised by Oxfam, it's obviously one very close to our hearts, and saturday's chapter in this annual celebration of independent music retailing will feature a limited edition 7" of 'Together''s "Moves" b/w the unreleased B-side “Drug Deal Of The Heart", plus a download code for said tracks and the Tom Scharpling-directed video for the a-side.

Thu, 4/14 - Albuquerque, NM - Sunshine Theater*
Fri, 4/15 - Tempe, AZ - Marquee Theater*
Sat, 4/16 - Indio, CA - Coachella Festival
Sun, 4/17 - Santa Cruz, CA - Rio Theatre
Mon, 4/18 - San Francisco, CA - The Regency Ballroom*
Thu, 4/21 - Omaha, NE - The Waiting Room#
Fri, 4/22 - Indianapolis, IN - The Vogue^
Sat, 4/23 - Cleveland, OH - House of Blues^
Mon, 4/25 - Buffalo, NY - Town Ballroom^
Tue, 4/26 - Cincinnati, OH - Bogart's^
Wed, 4/27 - Iowa City, IA - Ballroom at The Univ of Iowa^
Thu, 4/28 - Urbana, IL - Canopy Club^
Fri, 4/29 - Columbia, MO - The Blue Note^

* = with Menomena
^ = with The Walkmen
# = with The So-So Sailers

Coachella stage times announced/Bands on the road - Interpol announce special Coachella set details

As announced on the official Coachella page, stage times are out now for all bands playing this weekends festival and you'll find Matador and True Panther bands well represented, without any clashes (...hopefully) too!

Additionally, Interpol have announced exciting details about their Coachella performance in collaboration with The Creators Project, David Lynch, Andi Watson, HPX and Wieden & Kennedy:

Interpol Under Surveillance

Surrounded as we are by an ever-increasing number of cameras in our daily lives, we begin to lose ownership of our own images. Anonymous technology is analyzing, categorizing and archiving our very existence.

Interpol, in collaboration with David Lynch, Andi Watson, HPX and Wieden & Kennedy present a visual juxtaposition of the seen and the unseen. As the observer becomes the observed, the performance explores the deepening layers of covert surveillance, morphing data acquisition into visual beauty and questioning the fine line between the viewer and the voyeur.

Featuring the premiere of the David Lynch animation "I Touch A Red Button Man" for the song "Lights", and utilizing real-time visual manipulation from Seattle-based HPX, the performance will be streamed live to the internet as well as to the audience at Coachella.

From here Interpol continue their tour around the southern states with School Of Seven Bells, The New Pornographers head out with the Walkmen in tow, Cold Cave join the Kills on the road, Glasser will be supporting TV On The Radio, whilst Delorean bring their broken Spanglish charm to headline shows in Chicago and Brooklyn.

The Coachella stages and times for all our acts are below, enjoy!

Cold Cave – 3pm @ Mohave Stage
Interpol – 7:25pm @ Coachella Stage

Glasser – 5:15pm @ Gobi Tent
The New Pornographers –  6:35pm @ Outdoor Theatre

Delorean – Sun, 4/17, 2pm or 3pm @ Gobi Tent

Salem remix Interpol for vinyl-only 12"

Interpol are releasing a Limited Edition 12” Vinyl-only Remix EP on April 16th as a celebration of Record Store Day in Europe. The release features remixes of “Try It On” by Salem, Ikonika and Banjo or Freakout - To give you a taste of what is to come the band thought they would offer up the Salem remix from the 12".

The Remix EP will receive a North American release in the later part of the summer after the band's upcoming tour dates. Below is a reminder of the shows and link to the band's website where you can purchase tickets.

Also! If you are heading to Coachella this weekend, don't miss the Interpol performance. They've been brewing something up with the Creators Project...

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
Friday 06 - Ashbury Park, NJ - Paramount Theatre
Saturday 07 - Providence, RI - Lupo's
Sunday 08 - New York, NY - Terminal 5 * With Blonde Redhead

Tuesday 05 – Chicago, IL – Soldier Field Stadium
Wednesday 06 - Cincinnati, OH - Bogart's
Friday 08 – Montreal QUE, UE – Hippodrome
Saturday 09 – Montreal QUE, UE – Hippodrome
Monday 11 – Toronto ONT, NT – Rogers Center
Wednesday 13 - Washington DC - 9:30 Club
Thursday 14 – Philadelphia, PA – Lincoln Financial Center
Friday 15 - Atlantic City, NJ - Borgata Music Box
Sunday 17 – St. Louis, MO – Busch Stadium
Monday 18 - Cleveland, OH - House Of Blues
Wednesday 20 - East Rutherford, NJ – New Meadowlands Stadium
Friday 22 - Indianapolis, IN - The Vogue
Saturday 23 – Minneapolis, MN – MN TCF Bank Stadium
Monday 25 - Detroit, MI - The Fillmore Detroit

For on-sale info and ticketing links visit here.

To purchase Interpol visit here.


Here are a few dates missing:

07.18.2011 • HOB Cleveland • Cleveland, OH


*photo from perlamuter's flickr


Kurt Vile Free Solo Acoustic Instore (You're Welcome, Seattle)

I told you we had more Kurt Vile instores to announce. And you know what? We're not even done. But for now, all you Seattleites.... Seattleuns???.... Seattleers??? whatever. Go see Kurt at Sonic Boom. It's free and it's gonna be awesome.
And let us not forget Kurt's proper show with the Violators at Sunset Tavern that evening. I hear they have pizza now.

Glasser - The Creators Project mini-doc

The Creators Project brings us a fascinating look Cameron Mesirow of Glasser and her creative process. Purchase Glasser's Ring here.

Glasser plays Coachella April 15th as well as the below dates with TV On The Radio (SF and LA dates just announced!):

Fri, 4/22 - Chicago, IL - Metro
Sat, 4/23 - Minneapolis, MN - First Ave
Sun, 4/24 - Minneapolis, MN - First Ave
Tue, 4/26 - Denver, CO - Ogden
Fri, 4/29 - San Francisco, CA - Independent
Sat, 4/30 - San Francisco, CA - Independent
Mon, 5/2 - San Diego, CA - 4th & B
Tue, 5/3 - Los Angeles, CA - Music Box

Curry of boneless pork shin and green peppercorns

This is David Thompson's curry of boneless pork shin with green peppercorns. A highly unusual recipe from a memorial book, at first he thought there was an ingredient missing - "it shouldn't work." However it does work, and is extraordinarily delicious. Two hours of pounding paste last night, then an hour and half of heating, cracking, scooping, chunking and double-milking coconut this morning. Boneless pork shin is not easy to find in NYC, so I substituted pork shoulder on the advice of my butcher - the braise in coconut milk and lemongrass offshoots takes some time, so allow plenty of time for your guests (I kept them satiated with a shrimp paste relish, also from Thompson, with raw apple eggplants and snake beans). I didn't have fresh peppercorns, alas, or holy basil (substituted Thai basil, not at all the same) - but this turned out oily, fragrant and unbelievably delicious. It's all gone, so I guess it worked.... huge amount of effort, and no leftover paste, but definitely worth it. It's in the "Menus" section of Thai food, where a lot of great dishes are hidden.
If you want a link let us know.

Cold Cave's 'Cherish The Light Years" In Stores Today + Some New Dates

Cherish The LIght Years

Cold Cave's second full-length album, 'Cherish The Light Years', is available in stores worldwide today.

As a special bonus for the iPad nation, the iTunes version of the album comes with "LP" - the first-ever iTunes LP for Matador.  It has a bunch of hand-written lyrics from Wes and a grip of photos from the band's last tour around the world.   You can get that here.

And while you can catch the band opening up for the Kills over the next month, the first few shows of the band's upcoming July tour have been confirmed.

Mon     7/18          Fargo ND                    The Aquarium  Cult of Youth Supports
Tue      7/26           San Diego CA             Casbah  Austra Supports
Sun     7/31            Omaha NE                   Waiting Room Austra Supports
Mon     8/1            Saint Louis MO          Firebird Austra Supports
Tue      8/2             Cleveland  OH            Grog Shop Austra Supports



Thurston Moore, Live at The Music Hall Of Williamsburg, May 20

(photograph by Ari Marcopoulos)

To mark the release of his new solo full-length, 'Demolished Thoughts', Thurston Moore is playing Brooklyn's Williamsburg Hall Of Music on May 20, with tickets going on sale this Friday, April 8 via (American Express cardholders will have an opportunity to purchase tickets on Wednesday, April 6).

In addition to the full-priced ticket option ($20), you'll have your choice of ticket(s) + 'Demolished Thoughts' bundles ;

a) one ticket + a copy of "Demolished Thoughts" on CD ($30)

b) one ticket + a copy of "Demolished Thoughts" on  LP (colored vinyl, with download code) ($35)

The CD or limited edition colored vinyl copies of 'Demolished Thoughts' can be collected at the merch table on the night of the show - four days before the official  release date of May 24,

Fucked Up to headline the Echoplex and support Dino Jr. at T5

Photo credit: Jake Giles Netter (Fucked Up at Matador 21)

We're excited to report that Fucked Up will be playing Terminal 5 on Thursday, June 23, supporting Dinosaur Jr. (who will be performing Bug in its entirety)!! Also on the bill are OFF! and Henry Rollins (interviewing Dino Jr. live). Ticket on-sale begins this Friday.

In addition, Fucked Up will also be headlining the Echoplex in LA on Saturday, April 16. Ticketing information to follow shortly so keep your eyes peeled for updates. And as previously reported, the band are playing the Ace Hotel, Palm Springs on Friday, April 15.

RSVP to The Ace Hotel show here
This show  is free and open to the public. Capacity is limited. First come first serve!

Listen to "The Other Shoe" here


15th -- Kings Highway at The Ace Hotel -- Palm Springs, CA

16th -- Echoplex -- Los Angeles, CA (ticketing info to be announced)


6th – White Rabbit, Plymouth – UK (tickets)

7th – Clwb Ifor Bach, Cardiff – UK (tickets) *MATINEE SHOW

7th – The Croft, Bristol – UK

8th – Institue, Birmingham – UK

9th – The Well, Leeds – UK

10th – Cabaret Voltaire, Edinburgh – UK (tickets)

11th – The Cluny, Newcastle – UK (tickets)

12th – Future Sonic – Sound Control, Manchester – UK

13th – Vera, Gronigen – Netherlands (tickets)

14th – 013 Small Hall, Tilburg – Netherlands

15th – Melkweg, Amsterdam – Netherlands (tickets)

16th – Festaal Kreuzberg, Berlin – Germany (tickets)

17th – Underground, Cologne – Germany (tickets)

18th – Batofar, Paris – France

19th – Trix, Antwerp – Belgium (tickets)

20th – Stag and Dagger @ Village Underground, London – UK (tickets)

21st – Liverpool Sound City @ Kazimir, Liverpool – UK (tickets)


4th - Free Press Summer Fest - Eleanor Tinsley Park - Houston, TX

5th - Chaos in Tejas -- The Mohawk - Austin, TX (supporting Dillinger Four)

23rd - Terminal 5 -- New York (supporting Dinosaur Jr. w/ OFF! and Henry Rollins)
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