say you and a friend are watching the NBA playoffs this weekend
and during a time out, a commercial comes on for a certain
wildly popular brand of shoe. Now in the commercial for this
wildly popular brand of shoe, Kevin Garnett and Sharif Abdur-Rahim
are teaching kids how to play basketball in a giant pool,
and behind the action there's a wildy funky beat. Let's say
your friend turns to you and asks, "Nevermind the commercial
-- Who's behind that wildly funky beat?" You can turn to your
friend and say, "Why, that's the LYNNFIELD PIONEERS
with 'Time to Get Dumb.' I've got the record right here."
Then the both of you can turn off your TV and rock out to
the wildly funky music.
PAVEMENT on-line: SonicNet has put
together a Real Audio listening
party with six complete tracks off "Terror Twilight" and
two from the recently released CD5 "Spit on a Stranger." The
party will run Tuesday, June 1 through the following Tuesday,
June 8. SonicNet is also broadcasting a "Rock
N' Roll Insider Chat" with the band on Monday, June 7
at 8:00 pm EDT (5:00 pm PDT). The show will be hosted by Michael
Goldberg (editor of Addicted to Noise) & Gil Kaufman.
CNN Worldbeat will be featuring PIZZICATO
FIVE and portions from their "Playboy Playgirl" video
during a show about Japanese pop on Saturday, June 12th. The
show will air that evening at midnight EDT and then again
the following day (Sunday, June 13th at 3:30pm EDT). Check
for specific times in your area.
SOLEX will be releasing a new 7"
near the end of June in advance of their forthcoming album
"Pick Up." The single is titled "Randy Costanza" after a Pittsburgh,
PA scenester. It seems Solex became OBSESSED with this guy
after they played Pittsburgh on their first tour. Costanza
is a comic artist who has been putting out the self published
comics "Everything Sucks" and "So Shut Off" for years now.
The comics are quite confessional at times and have largely
to do with him and his brother. A Matador insider asked him
what his family thought about the comics after the local paper
ran a lengthy article on him. "Oh, they don't know about them,"
says Costanza. "I hid the newspaper that day."
And: KHAN's "Nowhere" can be heard
in the upcoming independent film "Free Enterprise." Variety called the picture "fast, funny and inventive;
'Free Enterprise' might be described as 'Swingers' meets 'Trekkies.'"
But Lyle saw it and said it was good. It opens in LA on June
4th -- 12 years to the day of the release of "Wrath of Khan."
Attention, British! CORNELIUS, MOGWAI,
and PAVEMENT recorded live at the recent Bowlie weekender
and will be aired on Steve
Lamacq's show on BBC Radio 1 this Monday, May 24th from
8pm - 12am GMT. You can expect to hear Cornelius' set around
9pm. Or if you live in the States, you can expect to hear
none of this.
Monday, June 7th at 9:00pm, the LYNNFIELD
PIONEERS will be doing an on-line chat at Insound.com
(a relatively new, indie-minded retailer). There will be a
contest/give-away on the Insound site leading up to this chat:
4 pairs of tickets to the Maxwell's show in Hoboken, NJ with
4 "Free Popcorn" CDs thrown in for good measure.
J. BURGER has a new release by the
name of "Mrs. New Deal" out on Popular
Music under the moniker "The Modernist." The album includes
three brand new tracks, plus a J. Paape mix. It's available
on 12" Vinyl and 5" CD/Digipack. The CD includes 2 bonus tracks
from the previous Modernist release, "Architainment."
MOGWAI is back with the second
installment of their ongoing European tour diaries. Some
things were said about Dominic's mother that I trust you will
all keep to yourselves.
"You Shine" is the first 7" off Holly Golightly's
new record "Serial Girlfriend." We're all very excited to
hear the B-side, a cover of PAVEMENT's "Box Elder."
Of course, all the turntables here are busy spinning the new
RICKY MARTIN, so we'll just have to wait until the
grooves wear out. "You Shine" is available from Damaged
Good Records for some amount of British money. Or email
Surefire for domestic
Plus: A tiny
interview with SOLEX. Five tiny questions. Five
We receive hundreds of thousands of emails
every day from our attentive listeners. Their thought provoking
questions are what make the frequently asked questions a bounty
of useful information. Here's the latest:
how goes fellows? i'm a college radio dj and was wondering
if you could send me some guitar picks from some of the bands
on your label! muchos gracias!
Friends and Neighbors:
The JON SPENCER BLUES EXPLOSION
contest is finished
and your submissions have been tallied. You should all be
ashamed of yourselves. Only 22 people got it right. Please
take a moment to read up on the FCC's standards of television
decency so you'll know better next time.
The answers are: A. Pubic hair, B. Telephone
numbers, and C. Naked Buttocks. Others who will receive stickers
answered correctly B,C A,B and A,C respectively. I would have
thought MTV would have been in favor of naked buttocks considering
most of its Spring Break programming fare, but I guess that's
why I'm not a television programmer.
Also: The eighth and final JSBX B-side
mp3 -- "Not Yet" -- has been
posted. Sorry about the delay.
world headquarters! Built by the band for the fans. Fuck
has generously taken care of all those pesky tasks reserved
for adoring fan sites like deciphering lyrics and listing
rare 7" minutiae. Plus, they've got the inside take on what
the band does on its days off. Although it's still in its
infancy, you can find a good bit of useful information: tour
dates, news, bonus tracks. Be sure to peruse the "Fuck
seen dancing" section, because if it is any indicator,
this site is destined for hilarity.
WFMU will be broadcasting a live LYNNFIELD
PIONEERS set on Wednesday June 9, from 8-10pm during Brian
Turner's slot in advance of the Pioneers' June 11th show at
Maxwells. FMU is broadcast live over the web via their site
at www.wfmu.org. The Pioneers
will play live and spin records they found while on the road.
Plus, Mark Moore will be playing bass with the tour beginning
May 15 in Rochester. Mark was most recently part of Chan's
Cat Power entourage, touring for the past few months in the
U.S., Europe and Australia.
Blur is shite, according to MOGWAI
in the first installment of their 1999
European tour diary. These Scots report on everything
from how a bunch of "dodgy Moroccans" tried to steal their
shoes and whether or not their pal Robin will eat a dead rat
they found in a local pond. More Mogwai updates to follow
as they become available.
Those itching for new PAVEMENT have
only eleven more days to wait. The "Spit on a Stranger" CD5
and 7" will be available to stores directly from Matador for
a 5/25 street date. For ordering information please call (212)
995-5882. The tracks on the CD are:
spit on a stranger - (ole 384-2)
1. spit on a stranger
2. harness your hopes
3. roll with the wind
4. the porpoise and the hand grenade
5. rooftop gambler
The 7" is "spit on a stranger" b/w "and
then" (ole 384-7)
Mail order customers send $6 for the CD
($3.25 for the 7") check or money order directly to Matador.
Allow 2 to 3 weeks for delivery. A note for Pavement collectors:
the Carrot Rope singles being released in the UK will have
the same B-sides as the US Spit on a Stranger singles.
PIZZICATO FIVE has released a new
cd5 maxi titled "Darlin' of Discotheque EP", available only
in Japan. The songs are:
1. darlin' of discotheque
2. one two three four five six seven eight nine ten barbie
3. tout, tout pour ma cherie
4. jolly bubbly lovely
5. darlin' of discotheque (radio edit)
It's become an instant hit on the Japanese
national single chart, shooting straight to No. 38. We've
not yet heard it, but these figures indicate it must be discolicious!
PAVEMENT play London on the eve of their
biggest hit in England to date. Here's the
with Stuart from MOGWAI on NME website.
let anyone tell you we here at Matador don't know how to celebrate
the Battle of Puebla! In fact, we invited THE LYNNFIELD
PIONEERS to come on down and kick the shit out of some
pinatas. I caught up with them the next day for a quick interview
about all things "cinco":
What's the tastiest Mexican dish you know?
Pioneers: Lucha Reyes.
Matador: Huh? That's not on the menu at Taco Bell.
Pioneers: Of course not! Lucha Reyes was a beautiful
and talented Mexican singer from the 1920s. She committed
suicide over a failed love affair with a matador.
Matador: How fitting. What'd you guys do for the evening?
Pioneers (JP): I got blitzed at the Blarney Stone.
Pioneers (Mike): I ate five jars of mayonnaise.
Fortunately for the folks who showed up
at the Continental last night, that mayo must have worked.
An insider at Matador who wishes to remain anonymous says,
"it was the best Pioneers show I've ever seen."
MANNING is all over the new Virginia Dare album, Baby
Got Away. CMJ has gone so far as to suggest this San Fransico
trio's debut could be "the rebirth of the Velvet Underground
by way of Barbara Manning's perceptive indie folk." We are
still trying to confirm this.
is hitting the road again,
with an emphasis on the Great White North. All Canadians are
encouraged to attend.
The new Rolling Stone promo compilation,
"Editors Picks" (which is sent to new subscribers who subcribe
over the web) kicks off with CORNELIUS' "Count 5 or
6". The track was REALLY picked out by the editors of Rolling
Stone, who then ACTUALLY put the track to open the record.
on Wax review and Pizzicato
And: THE JON SPENCER BLUES EXPLOSION
contest answers/winners will be announced next week.
Plus! A new
mp3 is up on the SOLEX site.
It is "Barely Dressed", a track from the hitmeistersessions
that didn't make the record, but was released in Japan as
an extra track.
That's all for now. I look forward to meeting
each and every one of you. Oh, and Carrie says to remind you
all that Sunday is Mother's Day.
This just in: Matador Records Goes Independent
Not sure what all needs to be said about
this business, but, yes, Matador is pleased to report that
we have ended our relationship with Capitol Records and are
back to being an independent independent. The official press
release is right here.
It says, basically, that Matador releases will now be sold
via independent distributors and our own direct-retail sales
network. All our artists and catalog will remain with Matador,
with the exception of Liz Phair, who goes to Capitol. If there
are any questions, please direct them to Vic.
SOLEX is still recording and has
graced us with a new, unreleased song for Matador's MP3 page,
one she recorded for the Dutch movie "Abeltje." Elisabeth
reports that after the nice artists finished their songs for
the soundtrack, two "major shitproducers" (a Dutch term referring
to the engineers behind hits such as "Rock Me Amadeus") took
over. The producer duo is called Bolland and Bolland, so Solex's
song is heretofore known as "Solex vs. Bolland en Bolland."
Last call for THE JON SPENCER BLUES
EXPLOSION stickers. If you care, enter
now if you haven't already. Answers to the trivia question
will be announced shortly.
People are always asking where to get Matador band t-shirts,
well Kung Fu is now
on the web, with t-shirts from The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion,
Pavement, Yo La Tengo, Helium, and others.
Major fuckup last week: KHAN's New York "party" is
Thursday, May 6th, not whenever I said before. Our
clever receptionist has pointed out that it is nevertheless
possible to make that show and catch the DEMOLITION
DOLLRODS and LYNNFIELD PIONEERS at the Continental:
Lynnfield Pioneers - 8:45 p.m. Dollrods
- 10:30 p.m. Khan - 11:30 (party starts around 10 p.m., though)
FOUND. We are pleased to report that the search for a new web
genius is complete. Matthew James Ransford, son of James Lee
and Jeanne Ransford of Grand Rapids, was recognized April 12
while reading the paper and watching the Food Network at his
home in Clinton Hill. "I love the Food Network," says Matt,
who, at the age of 22, will take over the website and updates
next week. You may or may not recognize Matthew as the creator
of a most excellent Superchunk site (before he pissed all the
fans off, which we respect him for).
It has been my pleasure to serve you all. Please stop sending
me email now. Matador questions should go to the new guy:
I refuse to say goodbye because you should all start reading
my magazine, Stay
take care, people.
over and out.
Carrie McLaren, I