Far be it for me to suggest that Hall of Famer (well, Long Island Music Hall Of Famer) Dee Snider's new career turn is the worst idea in the entire history of civilization. For instance, it's not nearly as bad an idea as Ft. Worth's Complete playing a tiny club instead of the hockey arenas they were destined to headline. And there's New Coke. Or
Pasta e fagioli, or pasta bazoo as Chris's father called it when he was growing up.
The beans are borlottis from Rancho Gordo. Recipe was a combination of this austere New York Times rendition with a baroque version from the Dean & Deluca cookbook. The latter differs mainly in starting with a mirepoix and using a rind of Reggiano (which fortunately I'd had sitting in my fridge for over two years) in the sauce.
The dish is a strange combination of a pasta, a soup and a stew, and is deeply rich and satisfying.
(Dub Egg test press sleeve. Photo from theyoungblog.tumblr.com)
We're very excited to report that The Young will soon be hitting the road around the release of June 12's Dub Egg. This includes a run of Texas dates leading up to release (including Chaos In Tejas), an ATX release show at 29th Street Ballroom and a full on tour beginning June 21. See below for the full run including co-headline dates with Purling Hiss.
The Young. On Tour...
Friday, May 25 - Denton, TX - the Lion's Den
Saturday, May 26 – Houston,TX – Walter’s on Washington with Balaclavas and slngs
Sunday, May 27 – Beaumont,TX – the Victoria House (2110 Victoria 77701) with Coma in Algiers and Cussins
Friday, June 1 – Austin, TX – Beauty Ballroom with No Age, Ceremony, Screaming Females, Gun Outfit and Joyce Manor – Tickets
Saturday, June 9 – McAllen, TX – Simon Sez
Saturday, June 16 – Austin,TX – 29th Street Ballroom with Sungod and Spray Paint (Dub Egg Release Show)
Thursday, June 21 - New Orleans, LA - Siberia
Friday, June 22 - Atlanta, GA - Club 529
Sunday, June 24 - Richmond, VA - Strange Matter (with Purling Hiss) - Tickets
Monday, June 25 - Washington, DC - the Black Cat (backstage) (with Purling Hiss & The Convocation) - Tickets
Tuesday, June 26 - Philadelphia, PA - Johnny Brenda's (with Purling Hiss) - Tickets
Wednesday, June 27 - New York, NY - Mercury Lounge (late show) (with Purling Hiss) - Tickets
Thursday, June 28 - Hoboken, NJ - Maxwell's (with Purling Hiss) - Tickets
Friday, June 29 - Brooklyn, NY - 285 Kent
Saturday, June 30 - New Haven, CT - Intercambio (with Purling Hiss and Estrogen Highs) - tickets available at Intercambio and Redscroll Records
Sunday, July 01 - Providence, RI - Dusk (with Purling Hiss)
Monday, July 02 - Boston, MA - Plough and Stars (with Purling Hiss and Saralee)
Tuesday, July 03 - Montreal, QC - Il Motore - NOTE NEW VENUE
Wednesday, July 04 - Toronto, ON - the shop under Parts & Labour - Tickets
Thursday, July 05 - Pittsburgh, PA - Gooski's (with Kim Phuc)
Friday, July 06 - Cleveland, OH - Now That's Class
Saturday, July 07 - Chicago, IL - the Hideout (with Judson Claiborne) - Tickets
Sunday, July 08 - Minneapolis, MN - the Triple Rock - Tickets
Monday, July 09 - Fargo, ND - the Aquarium - Tickets
Wednesday, July 11 - Seattle, WA - The Fun House - Tickets
Thursday, July 12 - Portland, OR - the East End
Friday, July 13 - Reno, NV - Holland Project
Saturday, July 14 - Oakland, CA - T.B.A. (with Spray Paint)
Sunday, July 15 - San Francisco, CA - the Hemlock
Monday, July 16 - Bakersfield, CA - Munoz Gym
Tuesday, July 17 - Los Angeles, CA - the Echo (with the Lamps and the Zig Zags) - Tickets
Wednesday, July 18 - San Diego, CA - the Casbah
Thursday, July 19 - Phoenix, AZ - the Meat Market
Friday, July 20 - Las Cruces, NM - the Train Yard
Watch "Livin' Free" live from the Mohawk, Austin.
Listen to "Don't Hustle For Love" x "Why Feel Spooky?"
Pre-order Dub Egg on the Matastore
Perfume Genius hits the road in the UK and Europe this summer:
07/05/12 Sheffield, UK - The Lantern Theatre - SOLD OUT
08/05/12 Glasgow, UK - Captains Rest - SOLD OUT
09/05/12 Manchester, UK - Deaf Institute
10/05/12 London, UK - St Pancras Old Church - SOLD OUT
12/05/12 Brighton, UK - Uterian Church
13/05/12 Bath, UK - Chapel Arts
14/05/12 London, UK - St Pancras Old Church - SOLD OUT
16/05/12 Brussels, Belgium - Botanique - SOLD OUT
17/05/12 Amsterdam, Netherlands - Amstelkerk
19/05/12 Rotterdam, Netherlands - Paradijskerk
20/05/12 Cologne,Germany -Gebaude 9
21/05/12 Hamburg, Germany - Prinzebar
22/05/12 Berlin, Germany - PrivatClub
24/05/12 Paris, France - Divan Du Monde
Featuring Carmen Hadreas-Boggs
Director / Editor – Winston H. Case
Directory of Photography – Sam Heesen
Producer – Greg Finch
Post FX – Stephen McNally
A Palo Duro Production
Those of you with some sort of long-term memory will hopefully remember the previously announced Lee Ranaldo dates, but now we can reveal The Men will join to support at the London show happening this June. The Men of course have a 7" single out on the Singles Going Home Alone series, whilst Lee is out in support of his latest album. He recently played a stripped back set for The New Yorker, performing "Off The Wall" and "Hammer Blows" (which follow the dizzying over zealous multi-camera angle interview edit).
Dear faithful radio listener,
Today on Seattle's KEXP, available on the radio dial at 90.3FM or online at KEXP.org, we have a dynamic duo of artists performing for your edification and enlightenment.
In just under half an hour, Rohnert Park, CA's Ceremony, fresh off opening for Refused and playing an UNPRECEDENTED 16+ show at Mercury Lounge last night, will be rocking and rolling the airwaves with soothing sounds from their latest opus, Zoo (available for purchase here). Tune in at 12:30PM EDT/9:30AM PDT.
There are a few more chances to catch Tanlines on tour, don't sleep:
4/24/12 Seattle, WA @ Barboza
4/25/12 Portland, OR @ Doug Fir Lounge
4/27/12 San Francisco, CA @ Rickshaw Stop
4/29/12 San Diego, CA @ Casbah
4/30/12 Los Angeles, CA @ Echo
Photo by Toni Francois taken from Tono.tv
We're very excited to announce that Kurt Vile And The Violators will be playing Central Park SummerStage on Saturday, June 16 (with Dawes). This will be a FREE show (first come, first served) so mark your calendar and get yourself out to Central Park on June 16. Further show information here. We guarantee beautiful weather!
And don't forget, Kurt Vile And The Violators are playing many more spring/summertime shows in the US and abroad. Here they are:
Thursday, May 17 - Lancaster, PA - Chameleon Club (with Black Bananas) - Tickets
Friday, May 18 - Nelsonville, OH - Nelsonville Music Festival - Tickets
Saturday, May 19 - Ann Arbor, MI - Blind Pig (with Black Bananas) - Tickets
Sunday, May 20 - Chicago, IL - Lincoln Hall (with Black Bananas) - Tickets
Monday, May 21 - Madison, WI - High Noon (with Black Bananas) - Tickets
Tuesday, May 22 - Minneapolis, MN - 400 Bar (with Black Bananas) - Tickets
Wednesday, May 23 - Fargo, ND - Aquarium (with Black Bananas) - Tickets
Friday, May 25 - Vancouver, BC - Biltmore - Tickets
Saturday, May 26 - George, WA - Sasquatch Festival - Tickets
Sunday, May 27 - Portland, OR - Star Theater (with Black Bananas) - Tickets
Wednesday, May 30 - San Francisco, CA - The Fillmore (with Black Bananas) - Tickets
Sunday, June 10 - Manchester, TN - Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival - Tickets
Saturday, June 16 - New York, NY - Central Park SummerStage (with Dawes) - FREE SHOW
Friday, June 22 – Scheessel, Germany – Hurricane Festival
Saturday, June 23 – Neuhausen Ob Eck, Germany – Southside Festival
Tuesday, June 26 – Stockholm, Sweden – WWDIS Summer Festival
Wednesday, June 27 – Borlange, Sweden – Peace And Love Festival
Sunday, July 08 – Amsterdam, Netherlands – Melkweg
Thursday, July 12 – Benicàssim, Spain – Benicàssim Festival
Friday, August 03 – Katowice, Poland – OFF Festival
Pick up Smoke Ring For My Halo on the Matador Store
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1. Tell us briefly about your store.
2 stores, 1st store opened in ‘87 when I was 19 yrs old, moved it to bigger location in ‘89. With Seattle music booming, we opened our doors the same year as Sub Pop, if that gives you an idea of what was in the air. By ‘97 we took over space next door, held after-hour shows/instores (Mudhoney, Rocket From Crypt, Luna). In ‘99 we converted it to a full service café and diner. Three years later we opened 2nd store, our downtown location (6,000) sq feet, 3 blocks away from Tower Records. Grand Opening Week featured instores by Paul Westerberg, Elvis Costello, Jack Johnson. We’ve gone on to host over 500 instores at this location. We were recognized for some cool award winning displays and our huge 20 foot hand-painted murals outside and the 10 foot billboards inside the stores. We like to help break and develop new bands, that’s what we do. For 10 years we’ve been the onsite retailer at the annual Sasquatch Festival.
2. What got you into the independent record store business?
My mother was an independent radio promoter in late 70’s-80’s, working with labels such as Casablanca, Arista, MCA. Also, my mom’s husband at the time had 12,000 records (out of order). I took it upon myself one summer when I was 12 years old to alphabetize them. I became a record junkie at a young age, worked at two different stores, from age 13-18. Both stores went out of business around same time, I put the owners together, I assumed the debt and consolidated the two stores into one.
3. Who are some of your favorite contemporary stores?
Euclid, Streetlight, Music Millenium, Waterloo, Luna, Vacation
4. How have things been going from a business perspective?
We can’t go deep into new catalog anymore, something we once prided ourselves on. The titles are either unavailable, one way, or they sit for too long. Margins are getting better, but the volume of sales are down. On huge titles, what once would’ve sold 3,000 copies in a year, now sells 1,000.
5. What do you think spells the survival for an independent record store today?
Small, niche, community involvement, store design/aesthetic, quick used turns, more than fair prices, tech savvy and progressive, buying power.
6. What are some of the coolest thing labels have done with you? Instores? Promotions? Sales?
Street date instores; Cave Singers, Shins, Band of Horses, Head and the Heart, Brandi Carlisle.
7. Why do we need record stores?
Gathering place for like minded people, instinct, awareness, community support. We need healthy places like this, otherwise we’ll all be getting drunk at bars talking about the good ol' days of when a record store was in this space.
8. What kind of taco is your favorite?
9. Who are your top 3 favorite bands right now?
Real Estate, Viva Voce, Pickwick
10. What is your favorite thing about your store? And you can't say the customers. That's like saying Einstein or Ghandi when asked "If you could meet one person, living or dead..."
Riding my bike in, grabbing a coffee from our coffee bar, looking at new release wall, pricing some used vinyl, being surprised by a new record.
11. What are your goals for the future of your store? Long term and short.
More collaboration with like minded businesses. More vinyl bins.
congrats to Santa Rosa, CA's The Last Record Store for their adaptation of this classic CD art...and the best window display we've seen in ages.
What Record Store Day Means To Me - A Personal Journey (April 19, 2008)
Much has been written about Record Store Day, and while I'm loathe to get all gushy in public, even for a significant cause such as this, it might be an appropriate time to add a very personal note.
Every now and then, Chris and myself are asked by young persons or hungry-4-facts journalists just how we got our respective starts in the music industry. Chris, as you all know, was the first helmsman to be banned from the America's Cup for using performance enhancing drugs. His subsequent tell-all, 'Juiced : On A Boat', while critically panned, was a huge best-seller in 1989. Along with receiving rightful credit for the widesweeping changes-to-come in competitive sailing, Chris used the book's profits to finance Matador's earliest recordings.
My own roots are a tad less spectacular. For one crazy summer, I worked in my hometown record store. It wasn't as big or as successful as Music Town, but it really had a terrific vibe. My boss, Joe Reeves (above, right), was a really inspiring kind of guy. I hear he's moved on to things other than music, but I'll always remember the way he kept the store alive, much the way I'll always remember all the great music I was turned onto by the rest of the staff. Toad The Wet Sprocket. Better Than Ezra....ok, actually, I can't remember any others. But surely that's enough.
It was an awesome work environment and we've done everything possible to try and recall the ethos of that cool indie shop and try to apply it to the important work we do every day at Matador Records and Filmworks. I even wanted to borrow the store's old slogan, "We're Selling Music, But We're Not Selling Out", but Patrick argued it was kind of a dumb cliche. I dunno. I guess you had to be there. That's the difference between me and him. I still remember what it was like to hear Toad The Wet Sprocket for the first time.
Anyhow, enjoy Record Store Day. And if you know of any cities or states where this occasion isn't being marked, please let us know and we'll make sure U2 never play there again.
Girls are now headed into the desert for a special show at Pappy & Harriet's tonight in Pioneertown, CA and then hit Coachella tomorrow for the second weekend of madness.
We are seriously thrilled to announce that Paul Banks will release a 5-song EP on June 12, titled “Julian Plenti Lives...”, in advance of a full-length Paul Banks LP due this fall. The EP will be available digitally, and limited to 2300 vinyl and 1500 CD copies worldwide (pre-order HERE). Centered around the beautiful, brooding “Summertime is Coming,” the EP also features an original instrumental, and three covers that illustrate the breadth of Paul’s muses - songs by J Dilla, Frank Sinatra, and Harold Faltermeyer (composer of the soundtrack to “The Running Man”).
You probably shouldn't miss this one. But if you should, you can catch the band that night at Mystic Theatre in Petaluma (a town name that always kinda reminds me of This Island Earth).
photo credit Alvin Carrillo
NYC'ers rejoice as you'll now have an additional chance to see Ceremony when they play Brooklyn's Northside Festival this June 14 at Warsaw (with Screaming Females, Royal Headache, and Magrudergrind). This is in addition to the band's upcoming April shows on April 23 at Terminal 5 w/ REFUSED and a headline Mercury Lounge late night show that same night. Tix here for Mercury. Additional touring dates have also just been added and noted in bold below including an Australian run of dates in late June/July. (All shows are All Ages unless noted otherwise).
North American Dates:
Friday, April 20 - Cambridge, MA - The Democracy Center (with Night Birds, Sweet Jesus, Outlook)
Saturday, April 21 - Philadelphia, PA - The Barbary (with Salvation, Watery Love, Dead People Screaming)
Sunday, April 22 - Washington, DC - RAS Hall (with Night Birds, Sick Fix, Cheesus Crust) - SOLD OUT
Monday, April 23 - New York, NY - Terminal 5 (with Refused) - SOLD OUT
Monday, April 23 - New York, NY - Mercury Lounge - LATE SHOW (Midnight Set) 16+
Sunday, May 27 - Oakland, CA - The New Parish (with Big Kids, Gun Outfit)
Monday, May 28 - Santa Barbara, CA - Velvet Jones (with Royal Headache)
Tuesday, May 29 - Phoenix, AZ - Rhythm Room (with Royal Headache, Avon Ladies)
Wednesday, May 30 - Albuquerque, NM - Launchpad (with Royal Headache)
Thursday, May 31 - Oklahoma City, OK - Conservatory (with Screaming Females)
Friday, June 01 - Austin, TX - Beauty Ballroom (Chaos In Tejas with No Age, Screaming Females, The Young, Gun Outfit, Joyce Manor)
Sunday, June 03 - Austin, TX - The Mohawk (Chaos In Tejas with Moss Icon, Iceage, Give, Thou)
Monday, June 04 - Metairie, LA - The Cypress (with Cold World, Backtrack, Expire, Dead End Path)
Tuesday, June 05 - Gainesville, FL - The Backyard (with Screaming Females)
Wednesday, June 06 - Orlando, FL - Backbooth (with Screaming Females, Great Deceivers)
Thursday, June 07 - Atlanta, GA - Drunken Unicorn (with Screaming Females)
Friday, June 08 - Belmont, NC - The Haunted Mill (with Screaming Females)
Saturday, June 09 - Washington, DC - St. Stephens Church (with Screaming Females)
Monday, June 11 - Wilkes-Barre, PA - Redwood Art Space (with Screaming Females)
Wednesday, June 13 - Hamden, CT - The Space (with Screaming Females)
Thursday, June 14 - Brooklyn, NY - Warsaw (Northside Fest with Screaming Females, Royal Headache, Magrudergrind)
Friday, June 15 - Buffalo, NY - The Funeral Home
Saturday, June 16 - Toronto, ON - Wrong Bar (NXNE with Killer Mike, Death Grips, Doldrums, Tra Tha Truth) 19+
Saturday, June 16 - Toronto, ON - Dundas Square (NXNE with The Flaming Lips, Soundtrack Of Our Lives, of Montreal, and more - free non-ticketed show)
Sunday, June 17 - Cleveland, OH - Grog Shop
Monday, June 18 - Chicago, IL - Bottom Lounge
Tuesday, June 19 - Minneapolis, MN - 7th Street Entry
Wednesday, June 20 - Omaha, NE - The Sandbox (please note : Omaha venue change)
Thursday, June 21 - Denver, CO - Marquis Theater
Friday, June 29 - Melbourne - Irenes
Saturday, June 30 - Melbourne - Bendigo Hotel - 18+
Sunday, July 1 - Adelaide - Animal House
Tuesday, July 3 - Perth - The Den - 18+
Wednesday, July 4 - Perth - YMCA HQ
Thursday, July 5 - Brisbane - Between The Walls
Friday, July 6 - Brisbane - Basement 243 - 18+
Saturday, July 7 - Sydney - Hardcore Fest - 18+
Sunday, July 8 - Sydney - Hardcore Fest (AA)
Get Zoo on the Matador Store (CD + LP)
(photo by Angel Ceballos)
Perfume Genius haunts the late-night airwaves twice in the next two days, first on Jersey City's WFMU, and tomorrow night on Minneapolis's The Current.
Tune in to WFMU at midnight EDT tonight on 91.1FM (or listen online at wfmu.org) to hear Perfume Genius's session for the country's oldest freeform station. Tomorrow night at 10:00PM CDT, you can check out his session for The Current by pointing your radio to 89.3FM, or listen online here.
There are still a few chances to catch Perfume Genius live in the coming days, as seen below:
Tue, 4/17 – Mississippi Studios – Portland, OR – Tickets
Wed, 4/18 – The Biltmore Cabaret – Vancouver, BC – Tickets
Thu, 4/19 – The Crocodile – Seattle, WA – Tickets
Watch the La Blogotheque Take Away Show
Pick up Put Your Back N 2 It on the Matador Store
Perfume Genius on Facebook
Everything on the Matador Store is 13% off through Monday. Don't forget that if you buy over $100 of merchandise you also can get a free Yak-Pak brand record bag. Just add the items to your cart and the discount will take care of itself.
"Livin' Free", shot live at the Mohawk, Austin, TX, March 12. Studio version kicks off 'Dub Egg' (LP/CD/digital album), in stores June 12, or available for preorder now from the Matador Store.
The Young - Livin' Free (192k MP3)
The Young - "Don't Hustle For Love" b/w "Why Feel Spooky?" digital single
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