breaking PAVEMENT news, kids. The video for "Spit on
a Stranger" will air this Sunday night, June 27, on MTV's
120 Minutes. It will be the second video in the show, so be
sure to tune in on time.
Tickets for the Matador 10th Anniversary
NICE WEEKENDS go on sale next Friday, July 2nd. The
New York shows are $20 per night and are available through
Other Music. The London
shows are £15 per night, or £40 for all three.
Tickets can be had through TicketWeb,
Rough Trade shops (Covent Garden and Talbot Road) and many
other wonderful outlets in the UK.
Ain't No Picnic! Sunday, July 4th: If you're not already
planning a sandwichfest in Central Park for the JSBX free
show at Summerstage, get yourself to the Oak Canyon Ranch
in Irvine, CA for a marathon of rock (show starts at 11:30
AM!). Many Matador-associated bands will be appearing, including
SUPERCHUNK, SLEATER-KINNEY, GUIDED BY VOICES,
and LOOPER. Other titans of the indie scene on the
bill: SONIC YOUTH, RFTC, SUNNY DAY REAL ESTATE, THE BOREDOMS,
MIKE WATT, APPLES IN STEREO, WILL OLDHAM. Tickets are on sale
now through Ticketmaster.
THE GREEN MONSTER, Matador Films'
first production, airs on PBS this Tuesday, June 29th at 10PM,
EDT. Tune in and watch it! While you're waiting, read this
information, including a Quicktime/Real video clip.
The June 17 PAVEMENT show at Irving
Plaza will be netcast on SonicNet
this Thursday, July 1 from 9:00 PM to 12:00 PM, EDT. It will
run multiple times so you die-hard fans can scrutinize the
band's every move.
Photos from the Wednesday Irving Plaza show.
A RollingStone review of the Thursday show.
CNN on Steven Malkmus as the anti-rock star.
2 Nice Weekends: Matador 10th Anniversary
Shows (Live Music is Nice)
You won't find us at CMJ, South By Southwest
or any other industry showcases this year. To commemorate
Matador's 10th year of making records, we present the following
action-packed lineups directly to YOU, the music lover:
A Nice Weekend In New York City September
23, 24 and 25 Irving Plaza
Thursday, September 23:
The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion
Friday, September 24:
The Lynnfield Pioneers
Saturday, September 25:
Yo La Tengo
are $20.00 (U.S.) per night and go on sale July 2 via Ticketmaster
at 212-307-7171 and will also be available from Other Music
(4th St. between Broadway and Lafayette, NYC).
Nice Weekend In London September 3, 4 and 5 University of
London Union, Manning Hall
Friday, September 3:
Saturday, September 4:
* very attractive
* special guests
* (to be announced)
Sunday, September 5:
Yo La Tengo
The Wisdom Of Harry
Tickets are 15 per night, or 40 for all
3 shows, and are available starting July 2, 1999, via TicketWeb,
the Rough Trade shops (Covent Garden and Talbot Road) and
many other wonderful outlets.
DISCLAIMER: Thanks to our friends at Kiff/SM, Planet Mu, Chemikal
Underground and Warp, UK, homes to Pole, Jega, Mogwai and
Red Snapper, respectively.]
On September 24th, Matador will release a specially-priced
double CD/LP (OLE-400-1/2) which will have greatest hits as
well as unreleased material from Matador artists (Pavement,
Yo La Tengo, The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, Solex, Mogwai,
Arsonists, Cat Power and many more). On the same date, Matador
will also release a VHS/DVD (OLE-400-3/4) collecting videos
these and others of your favorite Matador artists.
In Other News:
Matador Films announces the broadcast debut
of its first production, a sixty minute documentary entitled
"The Green Monster" depicts the life and auto racing career
of Art Arfons. Without a high school diploma, engineers, or
even blueprints, this small-town Midwestern prodigy of practical
mechanics designed, built, drove and broke land-speed records
in a series of supercharged jet cars he dubbed The Green Monster.
The film will be broadcast nationally on P.O.V.
on PBS, Tuesday June 29th, 1999 at 10PM (check local listings
Warning! Matt's Commentary:
Do see this film. Instead of soaking up
more sensationalist Dateline filler, switch over to PBS and
watch The Green Monster. It's an excellent documentary: gorgeously
filmed, skillfully edited, and with a smart use of archival
footage. Arfons is a fascinating character, driven and yet
reserved -- he and his family tell the wry story behind Arfons'
obsession with an odd sense of pride and wonderment. Here
is a man, a mechanical genius without a high school diploma,
who managed to break barriers even teams of designers and
engineers couldn't muster. All this brought him for a time
into the strange and brief light of American celebrity, an
unlikely hero of the 60's. What is most impressive about Arfons
and the film is that he is well into his later years and is
still building and racing his cars against time. What a fitting
portrait of a man in a country that shuns its old and celebrates
Lyle and Brett Vapneck (old tyme matador
employee) saw a rough cut of the film at the Independent Feature
Market in NYC and Chris and Gerard decided to launch a film
production "company" to help complete the project.
You can view a clip
of the film on our website. In the clip, Arfons is taking
a ride in a centrifuge he built to make sure he'll be fit
enough to travel at high speeds. The music in the background
is "Grease Gun," a new track from PELL MELL (who wrote
and play the original soundtrack).
Matador Films is currently not considering
any new projects. That is, not until they can secure Tom Hanks
to play Chris Lombardi in "Matador In Space."
For those of you who couldn't make it to
the sold out New York City PAVEMENT shows, we have
the next best thing: SonicNet
will webcast last night's Pavement show at Irving Plaza on
Thursday, July 1 from 9:00pm to 12:00pm EDT (it will run three
times). And if that weren't enough, SonicNet
will also be webcasting GUITAR WOLF's February 19th
concert at Akasaka Blitz in Tokyo on June 24 at 8:00pm EDT.
The Guitar Wolf show will only be broadcast once, so tune
in on time.
for a little something extra in your new PAVEMENT
release? Thanks to our friends at Domino UK, the first
to purchase Terror Twilight will receive an interactive
CD-ROM which includes videos for "Carrot Rope" directed
by Lance Bangs, "Stereo" directed by John Kelsey, and
"Shady Lane" directed by Spike Jonze. Plus, special video
footage of the band in Kentucky, goofy animations, and
other very impressive stuff.
This CD-ROM comes free with the purchase of the Terror
Twilight CD (OLE-260) through Matador Direct Stores, CDNow,
or Matador mailorder. This offer is limited to while supplies
last, so make sure you purchase early to get your copy.
We estimate they will only be available for a week.
CD-ROM Availability Info:
Direct Stores: First come, first served.
First 1200 orders only, the CD ROM will be mailed in a separate
Matador Mailorder: First 250 orders only.
For Terror CD send check of money order for $13 to Matador Records,
625 Broadway, NYC 10012 (allow 2-3 weeks for delivery).
TIMONY has joined forces with Carrie from Sleater-Kinney
and together, as THE SPELLS, they have rocked out
a 7"/CDEP called The Age of Backwards EP.Its available
from K RecordsBox 7154 OlympiaWA 98507.
Reminder! Monday is Chatday! First off: at 8:00pm EDT
chat with PAVEMENT on SonicNet.
The hour will be hosted by Michael Goldberg (editor of
Addicted to Noise) & Gil Kaufman. Directly following:
at 9:00pm EDT, switch over to Insound.com
and chat with the LYNNFIELD PIONEERS, fresh from
their US tour.
And to coincide with all this Pavement hoopla, Streamland
will be offering Pavement's "Carrot Rope" video beginning
the afternoon of Monday the 7th.