for the delay but we've finally got a new Matador
Bulletin Board together. This software doesn't have the
little Matador flags like the one before but I trust people
will figure that out.
Also, we've added a partial
list of stores that regularly carry Matador releases.
Burger/Ink bio is now
in the house. A couple of sound clips, band photo, the works....
And two Cornelius articles from Raygun, from May
1998, and August
Brotherhood of Structure discography
and more about "Structure" artists from Cologne, including
KHAN, MIKE INK, J. BURGER, etc.
A (somewhat dated) spoon
article from Sponic.
interview - short thing from
An excellent CAT POWER interview/live
performance with KCRW's Tricia Halloran, in RealAudio
via UBL's bravenewworld.net,
which, if you can forgive them for pissing on Huxley, might
be worth checking out.
and THE FOR CARNATION each have a song on a new 12"
EP, Sounds of the Geographically Challenged, vol. 3.
From what I gather it's some sort of tribute to living faraway
from your bandmates. Also, all four bands (Windsor for the
Derby and Wino are the other two) have a member with brown
hair. Contact the Temporary Residence Ltd., PO Box 22910,
Baltimore, MD 21203-4910, or firstname.lastname@example.org
for more info; or just send them $6 right away 'cause it says
here there are only about 30 left.
Corin Tucker from SLEATER-KINNEY
has a new record out with her other band, Cadallaca. I met
one of her bandmates, Sarah Dougher (the Crabs, the Lookers),
at a party last month and she told me how to get grant money
and gave me a pen. I love Cadallaca. Introducing...
is the Oregon trio's debut and you can find plenty of info
about 'em here. Sound clips, too.
Seeing Jon Allen (New World of Sound) asleep in the first row
at the Bert Jansch performance last Saturday at Thread Waxing
Space was truly one of them golden moments of CMJ 1998. Also,
the beers at Loeb were very tasty. Musically, Bert Jansch was
the tops, and Tower Recordings were great, too. The Coasters
style moves of Arsonists were amazing as well. Add N to X sucked.
John: His Name Is Alive at Arlene's Grocery. Free show, which
is always good. But Warren DeFever has redefined the bands
style, going from the ethereal stylings of older records to
a funked-up, soul laden blast of Motown energy. When played
live, this created a very interesting and, at the risk of
sounding un-hip, fun rock experience. The band looked like
it came straight out of Beyond the Valley of the Dolls.
The chicks were cool, man, really cool. All in all, a well-spent
45 minutes that left me feeling pretty good for a Thursday
Conrad: DHR night @ CBGB. During Alec Empire's DJ set, I was
hanging off to the side near Mr. Alan Licht. The place was
a mad scene: kids jumping around, throwin' gang signs, drinks
flying in the air. ANYWAYS, during Alec Empire's DJ set, Merzbow
gets on stage. There was a drastic change in music and the
singer begins screaming and rolling around on stage. Russell
Simins, Dan the Automator, and Prince Paul walk in. Prince
Paul was just standing there, trying to make sense of it all.
SO........I go up to him and introduce myself, told him I
like his production skills, yada yada yada. He had just finished
his set with the Automator at the Roxy. Funny thing is, all
his attention was focused on the young NYU punk rock girls
(known to hang out in Washington Square park playing hacky-sack).
Matter a fact, I asked him what he thought about the music.
He was checking out one of these NYU type girls at the time
and said, "Pretty interesting."
Dave M.: My highlight would have to be the NYU security guard
at our showcase who stopped me from leaving the backstage
area. When I told him that I did not have a pass he told me
that I would HAVE TO STAY BACKSTAGE. I want that guy to work
every show I go to.
Che: Cornelius breakin' it down with "Love Me Tender" on ye
olde theremin. Trippy. (Chan Marshall telling me she saw me
yell "hey baby" after one of her songs comes in a close second)
Gerard: Favorite bands I saw: Prolapse, Mogwai, Headcoats,
and Roads to Space Travel. But so what, there are good shows
in this city virtually every night of the week and we don't
have to pay homage to trade magazines or watch companies to
attend most of them.
Erica: The folk fest at Threadwaxing with (the amazing) Bert
Jansch. Bridgett St. John played with this cool guy on a synthisizer
who knew what he was doing. Her lyrics (and her hair) were
kind of frizzy. I liked the strange tile-design art behind
the stage, which I stared during droney parts.
Carrie: Loved the Arsonists and Tower Recordings and the idea
of a Komar
& Melamid "neo-senility" slide show if not the execution.
Also, Operation Reinformation got me to stop talking; DEVO-esque
and stupid in just the right way.
Dave R.: Backstage passes to the Statistics for Business,
Business Law, and C++ midterms
Donovan: Riding in an elevator with Chan Marshall:
Chan: "Do you ever see any lizards in this elevator?"
Elevator Operator: "Nope."
Chan: "Hm. Well, maybe if we were in Mexico."
Elevator Operator: "Yep."
Also, Built To Spill was so loud it made my internal organs
shake.... the real highlight of CMJ was watching Eddie Vedder
and Tim Robbins try to jumpstart the Hovercraft van outside
the Knitting Factory. Of course, Ben (Goldberg) was with me
the whole time and didn't notice a thing.
Ben: 1) Bert Jansch (c.f. Jesper's comments) 2) Learning what
a Donkey Punch is from Kelly at KJHK 3) Knowing that it was
a waste to even attempt going to Mercury Lounge since they
never honor the badge system anyway. 4) Paska, Finnish a cappella
screamer, signing the 7" to my girlfriend: "To Amy, Ben's
forcoming (sic) ex something or another" 5) Lambchop, playing
with Yo La Tengo, members of Neutral Milk Hotel and Mac from
Portachunk. 6) As always, the Canadians!
Mike J (of the Lynnfield Pioneers): Cornelius is going to
be soundchecking for the next couple hours, so naturally you
get a little bored and maybe a little hungry too, what the
hell, so you go upstairs where the food is, and the meat tray
is all filled with these rolled up little cigar-shaped pieces
of roast beef, and they're drying out already, with the edges
all splitting and turning burgundy-colored, while the rest
of it is all pink and fatty. And the cheese tray next to it
has these big round discs of provolone that are curling up
and darkening like dying plants. And you can forget about
the cheddar, it's got that whole dried play-doh thing happening.
And then there's about 16 boxes of chamomile tea, which you
could really, really use, but no hot water, and the only cold
drinks are like Slice and Mello Yello, so you end up settling
for mustard sandwiches on Wonder Wheat and a glass of melting
ice, and you're down in the dumps a bit about it, but then
you find yourself suddenly brightening when you look up and
see Cornelius standing there, in front of that meat tray,
ready to make a choice.
is pleased to announce two new acts: JEGA and KHAN.
Jega is the project of Dylan Nathan, a native of Manchester,
England. He has two 12"s on the Skam label (home of Boards
of Canada) to his credit, and his most recent album, Spectrum,
came out in the UK on Planet µ Records, which is Mike Paradinas'
(a.k.a. µ-ziq) label. Matador will license Spectrum
(double LP/CD) from Planet µ for North American release in
February 1999. Our version will have a bonus track or two.
Khan is one of the stage names of German/ Turkish/ American
musician/svengali Can Oral [see also Khan & Dr. Walker, 4E]
, who also happens to run the Temple Records store in New
York. We'll be releasing a new album in April 1998 and a compilation
after that. More info on Khan's musical geneology, etc. will
Make a Wish Fund Winners Dept.: YO LA
TENGO recently recorded a psychedelic version of The Simpsons
theme for an upcoming episode in which Homer "discovers" hippies.
The theme will run during the credits at the end of the show
so listen up on Novemeber 15.... and in other Yo La news,
Jad Fair and Ira Kaplan will be guest DJ'ing and performing
a couple songs on Gaylord Fields' show on WFMU, 91.1 fm on
Saturday, Nov 7 from 5-7 pm. Internet types can hear
it over the web here.
Fair and Yo La Tengo (from Strange
"Helpful Monkey Wallpapers Entire House"
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"Principal Punishes Students with Bad Impressions and Tired
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The new CHRIS KNOX album, Yes!!, is coming out
now on Matador Europe. Chris' "Not Given Lightly" single has
also been re-released on Curveball Records in conjunction
with the reissue of the fab and exclusively Flying Nun soundtrack
to the film Topless Women Talk About Their Lives, also
on Curveball. Flying Nun, conveniently, has a page of info
up about Yes!! right
here. Yes, indeed.
Knox (from Yes!!)
"The Sweaty Hide of Circumstance" RealAudio
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Matador Europe has also just put out (licensed from Up Records)
Modest Mouse's The Lonesome Crowded West. Up Records has a
nice page up for the record, which they put out in the
U.S. The page lacks, however, sound clips, so here you go:
Mouse (from The Lonesome Crowded West)
"Heart Cooks Brains" RealAudio
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"Bankrupt on Selling" RealAudio
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Rounding out the trio of new Matador Europe releases, there's
the new beaut from David Kilgour (The Clean), David Kilgour
and the Heavy Eights. You may remember Mr. Kilgour's two previous
Flying Nun albums, Sugarmouth (1994) and Here Comes
the Cars (1991)...but regardless, the third should not
disappoint. See the Flying Nun page for the press
release and a goofy photo.
Kilgour (from David Kilgour and the Heavy Eights)
"Off My Mind" RealAudio
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"My One" RealAudio
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A RUN ON
update from Rick Brown. And a short
cat power interview from the toronto sun
Office news: Gerard, Lyle, Patrick, Christina, Donovan, and
Gillespie all have new cell phone numbers, Helen bought a
calculator, the copy machine still sucks, and I'm pissed about
Joke of the Week time. Thanks to intern-in-the-field David
Rappaport, we've been graced with this press release (below)
sent to college radio from Vanilla Ice's record label:
Yes, by all means, hate him for a better reason. Or better
yet, don't hate him at all and save your hostility for someone
Until next time....