by Edward Smith (courtesy of Smug Magazine)
MTV - Friday, April 24, 2 a.m.
The Cornelius "Star Fruits" video will be on MTV's Amp this
Friday night at 2 a.m.... also, Russ informs me that we have
loads of the Cornelius EP released on Matador Europe. "Free
Fall" comes in two form: the 7" ($4 postpaid from our mailorder
dept.) has two songs--"Free Fall and "Clash"--both available
on Fantasma. The CDEP ($7) has four, those two plus two non-LP
tracks: "Brand New Season" and "Typerite Lesson." ("Typerite"
is on the Japanese release of Fantasma, though. Tres confusing!).
Also out on Matador Europe: "Solex All Licketyplit" by...yep..SOLEX.
Both the CD5 ($6) and 7" ($4) have the same two tracks, the
title track (from the new album, Solex vs. the Hitmeister)
and and unreleased B-side, "Solex West." Solex is currently
on tour; we've got some dates on the tour dates page but expect
more to come. Ms. Solex will be supporting Cornershop in France
and the Notwist in Germany...Solex does a cover called "Faster
Solex Drill Drill Drill" for the compilation of all Wire "The
Drill" covers to be released on WMO
Records in May.
PHAIR has been confirmed to play dates on this summer's
Lilith Fair. See the
tour dates page for the confirmed ones... The new Liz LP now
has a new release date for North America (dates still pending
for the rest of the world): August 11...a long wait, but worth
it! The album, btw, is now officially titled whitechocolatespaceegg.
The first single, "Johnny Feelgood," will come out July 14.
SERVEERT have a new ltd. edition live CD made up of Velvet
Underground covers... we should have some to sell via mailorder
in a week or two.
The new ARAB STRAP album, Philophobia
is has heads turning. Our source at Chemikal Underground (Arab
Strap's UK label) informs us that the record is #26 is the
UK charts and getting massive press... not to mention stuff
Daily Record, 4/20/98
RAPPED FOR SLAGGING TOWN
SCOTLAND'S newest cult pop stars have been disowned by their
home town after branding it rundown and boring.
Falkirk folk are also angry that Aidan Moffat and Malcolm
Middleton - alias the group Arab Strap - depict them as violent
alcoholics and drug addicts.
Both were born in the town, attended Falkirk High and supported
the local football club.
Their lyrics portray the town as lifeless and dull and its
townspeople as alcoholics and drug takers whose main pastimes
are fighting and casual sex.
Their attacks on their home town have provoked outrage.
Provost Alex Fowler said, "These people are a disgrace to
Falkirk and everything they say about our town is wrong."
The remarks have also sparked a backlash against their music
among local youngsters.
Avril Denholm, 16, said: "Falkirk is a good place. The nightlife
is good and there is no problem with drugs or fighting."
no incriminating memos this week...still recovering from the
flu, taxes, and all those ants in the kitchen... got a couple
happenings this weekend for you, though.
and SLEATER-KINNEY (S-K are on Matador Europe, but
on Kill Rock Stars in the U.S.) will be featured on Anthem,
a new National Public Radio (NPR) show. The show will run
tomorrow (Saturday) afternoon on the stations that carry it...
so if you have an NPR station in your area, you may want to
with them and see what time. MARK EITZEL has also taped
a session for the show. It will air some time in May. We'll
keep you posted.
POND's appearance at Terrastock this Sunday got moved
(along with the rest of the festival) to another venue, Custer
Arts Stages, 'cause a huge steel beam fell through the upper
deck of the International Center and destroyed seat 5, row
A, section 22. Sorry, that was Yankee Stadium...But the Terrastock
show got moved. Radio station KFJC
is doing an netcast of the events in San Francisco this weekend.
Bardo Pond's set will air "live" Sunday night, starting at
around 10:15 pm pacific time (1:15 am EST)....assuming the
schedule runs according to plan. See KFJC
EITZEL will also be doing a simultaneous broadcast (on
KCRW 89.9 FM in LA) and
netcast Tuesday, April 21, 10:30 am pacfic time (1:30 pm EST)...
and, for those of you all in LA, he's doing a free in-store
at Tower Records on Sunset Blvd., Thursday, 4/23 6:30 pm,
After many changes, the P5 remix album Happy
End Of You is finally out. The Beck remix never arrived
(sorry), but there are great reinterpretations/reinventions
by the Automator, Dimitri From Paris, Oval, Sean of the High
Llamas, Saint Etienne, 808 State, Daniel Miller and more.
Also, former Matador recording artists THE UNSANE have
a new album called Occupational Hazard on the Relapse
label. We haven't heard it yet, but it got a very good review
in Terrorizer magazine... and SPOON has a new album
out on Elektra (A Series of Sneaks), and are currently
on tour. Elektra has a
new Spoon page on their site where you can get the details.
And last, never least, major congrats to Mike Holdsworth of
Matador Europe and Gina Birch on their recent wedding. (woo
all, we've got a bunch of tour dates this week so I'm going
to send 'em all in a separate email. THE JON SPENCER BLUES
EXPLOSION has a few shows lines up. Three out of four
are all ages, including a couple New York appearances with
none other than Andre Williams supporting. They're also continuing
work on their new album with the Automator....Our own Bassholes
(rhymes with "crass rolls") are also on a couple JSBX bills,
which should prime the crowds for Long
Way Blues 1996-1998, due out April 7.
We're still waiting on a ton of spring and summer U.S. tour
dates to be confirmed but expect SPORTSGUITAR, SOLEX, CORNELIUS,
ARAB STRAP, and TOMMY KEENE dates in the near future...oh,
yeah, and they're not a Matador band but they're good people...you
can find dates for the upcoming Sonic
Youth tour here.
Also for your calendars: Nils says that CORNELIUS (of
etc.) is going to be on MTV's "Indie Outing" this upcoming
Monday, April 6, at 12:30 pm est/pst.
New to the site: a couple new links for new signees ARAB
STRAP. The official one is on the Chemikal
Underground page... For those looking for yet another
bulletin board to fill the gap of the
one we removed earlier this week, here's
another option.. Also, here's an unofficial
Arab Strap page.
Unrelated to Matador but hopefully of interest: A friend of
mine who works at a gen X lifestyle magazine that isn't Spin
just faxed me the letter below. It comes on letterhead from
McCann-Erikson, Coca-Cola's advertising agency, and --for
those not versed in the ways of the magazine world--instructs
the magazine on where Coke's ad should (not) be placed.
March 6, 1998
The purpose of this letter is to clarify the positioning
clause that is included on Coca-Cola Company insertion orders
The positioning clause has been revised to state, "Any Coca-Cola
advertising that faces less than full editorial and/or inappropriate
editorial matter will be subject to a full makegood(2)."
The Coca-Cola Company requires that all insertions are placed
adjacent to editorial that is consistent with each brand's
marketing strategy/positioning. In general, we believe that
positive and upbeat editorial provides a compatible environment
in which to communicate the brand's message.
We consider the following subjects to be inappropriate and
require that our ads are not placed adjacent to articles
discussing the following issues:
you have a positioning question or if an ad needs to be moved
due to inappropriate editorial, you must contact the AOR immediately
and provide positioning options.
(Prescription or illegal)
(e.g. chronic illnesses such as cancer, diabetes, AIDS,
(e.g. mental or physical medical conditions)
Diet Information (e.g. bulimia, anorexia, quick weight
containing vulgar language
If an appropriate positioning option is not available, we
reserve the right to omit our ad from that issue.
The Coca-Cola Company also requires a minimum of 6 pages
separation between competitive advertising (any non-alcoholic
beverage, including water, juice, coffee, milk). If there
is more than one Coca-Cola brand running in an issue of
your magazine, we require 6 pages of separation.
Print Media Buyer
750 Third Avenue
New York, NY 10017
Insertion orders are the contracts magazines and
advertisers sign when an ad is booked. These agreements
vary a great deal, depending on the particular arrangement.
Some are simple promises that the company will actually
run a particular ad; others are more....complicated.
Full makegood. Payback, freebie, do over. It means
that Coke would get to run the ad again for free.
Music journalists: here's your chance! You've
got a need to fill. You really ARE needed!
In other Coca-Cola news (not speaking for Matador, Capitol,
fellow employees, etc.): in case anyone missed the "wacky"
story last week about the high school senior suspended for
wearing a Pepsi T-shirt to Coke day, you can find
it here. Mike Cameron was given the heave ho for embarrassing
the school...as if integrating Coke into class instruction,
inviting Coke execs to come speak, and gathering Coke-clad
students outside to spell "Coke" for the photograph---all
for a lousy $500--WASN'T embarrassing!!!! (no comment on Mike's
depressingly unimaginative form of rebellion)
What's more: the New York times had the AP story above on
their website last week, but replaced it with this one: "Pepsi
Prank To Be Wiped From Record." (in more ways than one!)
The old story is gone--only links to Coke financial/investor
info remain--and the whole focus of the story is that the
treatment was too harsh. Nothing about how fucked up it is
for schools to be pushing corporate pisswater in the first
place! [gratuitous plug: for more info, contact the good people
at The Center for Commercial-Free
Public Education. They work with students to help get
Coke, Pepsi, Nike, etc. out of school curriculums] -- CM