Let's announce the track listing for Matador's
Tenth Anniversary Compilation video to be released on VHS
and DVD on September 14, shall we? "Everything Is Nice" is
the title. The DVD version will also include "What's Up, Matador?"
in its entirety. How's that for value?
Pavement Range Life
Power Cross Bones Style
Chavez Break Up Your Band
Solex Solex All Licketysplit
Cornelius Star Fruits Surf Rider
Yo La Tengo Sugarcube
JSBX Talk About the Blues
Guitar Wolf Jet Generation
Pizzicato 5 I Hear a Symphony
Cat Power Nude As The News
PAVEMENT Poetry Project
The entries are in and our distinguished
panel of judges are scrutinizing and criticizing them all very,
very carefully. All your hard work will soon pay off; we're
impressed with the preliminary results. There are smart people
in the world, and we thank you. While the contest "officially"
closed today, we'll still be accepting entries
through the weekend, because we, like most everything, are nice.
But come Monday morning, that's it. Winners and losers will
be announced Friday, August 6.
XFM (104.9 FM) in London will broadcast a
SOLEX interview - playing tracks from the new album 'Pick
Up' this Saturday (31st) between 10pm and midnight. Turn off
your TV, turn on your radio.
The current issue of SPIN magazine, looking
back through the past decade, offers Billy Corrigan's 1994 response
to PAVEMENT's Range Life: "Pavement does not write emotional,
personal music," Corrigan said later that year. "When you see
me, when you hear me, you're getting the warts and the beautiful.
I'm not hiding anything."
And now, Matador presents a look into office
life at a national chain book seller. The first email was accidentally
sent to the entire company. (This is completely true. Only the
names have changed.)
From: Terry McCormick #108
To: Beth Lowry #108
Subject: STICKER CHANGE FORM
Date: Tuesday, July 20, 1999 9:00AM
ROUGH GD EUROPEAN FOOTBALL 98 IS LISTED AS A FOOTBALL BOOK
WHEN IT IS REALLY A SOCCER BOOK. THAT IS JUST PLAIN NUTS.
Two hours later....
From: Terry McCormick #108
To: All Staff
Subject: STICKER CHANGE FORM
Date: Tuesday, July 20, 1999 11:00AM
THIS IS TERRY FROM 108 BEGGING FOR FORGIVENESS. BETH AND I
DID NOT KNOW WHO TO SEND THE WRONG STICKER FORM TO. BETH IN
NO WAY IS RESPONSIBLE FOR THE ADD ON OF "NUTS" THAT OFFEND
YOU ALL. I AM NEW AT THIS E-MAIL STUFF AND THOUGHT ONLY BETH
WOULD SEE THAT. I WAS JUST TRYING TO ADD A LITTLE LEVITY HERE.
I IN NO WAY INTENDED TO INSULT ANYONE. MY JOB AT xxxxxx HAS
BEEN NOTHING SHORT OF GREAT AND THE THOUGHT THAT I HAVE OFFEND
SOME OF YOU BOTHERS ME GREATLY. I SINCERELY OFFER MY HUMBLE
APOLOGY AND HOPE IN THE FUTURE THAT I WILL NOT BE SO STUPID.
I AM TRULY SORRY.
Canada is a Dangerous
On the morning of July 22nd, THE JON
SPENCER BLUES EXPLOSION tour van was broken into in the
loading dock of The Sheraton in Vancouver, Canada. The window
was smashed and a mess of gear was stolen, including mics,
amps, rack equipment, and Jon's very rare 1962 theremin. Also
taken were several tour shirts, one of which was discovered
later on a local homeless
In related JSBX news, JON SPENCER
will be appearing on the fX network's "The X Show" on Tuesday
the 27th at 10 PM. ("X as in chromosome - it's an icky guy
show," says Deborah.) He is supposed to be demonstrating the
theremin, which we've been told he's borrowed from a friend
Stealing is WRONG
If this JSBX trouble and the recent misfourtunes
of Sonic Youth weren't enough, JEGA was recently forced
to cancel his dates on the Flaming Lips "Music Against Brain
Degeneration Revue" Tour when someone at the airline he was
flying lost/stole his equipment en route from Grand Rapids
to his gig at the Anchorage in NYC with KHAN and DJ
Ease from NIGHTMARES ON WAX. If we had the name of
said carrier, we'd surely be cursing their name right now,
but we don't so, "curses to you, red baron!" We are not making
Regardless, here's an excellent interview
Friday Night with
KHAN & THE LYNNFIELD PIONEERS
are playing tonight, Friday the 23rd at 10 PM, as part of
the Digital Club Festival in NYC. Unfortunately, both are
on stage in different venues at the same time. Good thing
they're both being webcast!
Friday night, the cool glow of your monitor, a bag of pork
USA Networks Continues
its Tradition of Mediocrity
VS Evil) is the USA Network's latest foray into hipster
programming. The show has been described as Pulp Fiction meets
Buffy, but I'd probably call it any hyperstylized Saturday
afternoon UPN show meets some other overly dramatic teen WB
show. Point is, pay attention to the music in the August 1st
episode (8:00 PM) if you happen to catch it. Then try to match
the songs to the credits. Find NIGHTMARES ON WAX, COME,
BOARDS OF CANADA and BURGER/INK. Now listen
for something strikingly similar to JSBX's "Calvin."
See if you can spot "Magical Colors." Sounds awfully familiar,
doesn't it? Now look for a JSBX credit. Let us know if you
The PAVEMENT Poetry Project
is still on, kids! Time to get your pens and your paper. We've
still got CD-ROMs and posters to give away. Enter!
PAVEMENT Poetry Contest! We've got 500 Pavement
CD-ROMs to give away and we want them to go to our closest,
most talented friends. So. Here's how to enter. Write us a
Pavement poem. It can be about Pavement's rock ability; it
can be about Steve West's drumming. It can be a miniature
Pavement song; it can be a testament to your rare Pavement
trivia knowledge. Anything Pavement. Any form. Haiku, ballad,
free verse, dirty limerick. Make it good.
The best fifteen poems will in addition
to winning a Pavement CD-ROM, win a poster autographed by
the band, some stickers, and publication on the Matador Web
Site (including, but not limited to praise and/or ridicule
from various staff members). The remaining 485 poems will
win a CD-ROM (read: it will not be difficult to win, so enter!)
BARDO POND are playing the first
night of Terrastock
III, a 3 day psychedelic music festival taking place in
London (ULU), August 27, 28 and 29, proceeds to benefit the
very excellent Ptolemaic
Terrascope magazine. Also appearing are Damon & Naomi,
Bevis Frond, Brother JT & Vibrolux, The Music Tapes, WIndy
& Carl, Tom Rapp, Spaceheads, Hood, Kirk Lake and many others.
This will be the third year that Bardo
Pond have taken part in Terrastock (and the first year it
has taken place in England).
The film ODE directed by Kelly Reichart
will be showing at the Lincoln Center Film Festival Saturday,
July 17 at 3:30 and Monday, July 19 at 6:15. Kelly's previous
work includes the film "A River Of Grass" as well as videos
by Christmas. The film is a modern update to the legend of
Billy Joe McAllister show on Super-8 and features a score
by Will Oldham, a new song by YO LA TENGO and some
fine acting by Johnny Wurster of SUPERCHUNK.
Matador asks: Enough on-line games and
The answer, no. Good thing launch.com
has come along with "The MixLab." From the launch.com press
release: "the MixLab is a groundbreaking technological effort
for which artists like JSBX (whose track is "So Trance"),
DJ Spooky, Money Mark, [and others] have contributed unreleased
samples for remixers to tweak into their own supersonic collages
and then upload for worldwide access and commentary." There
are prizes for the best remixers (although none as good as
poster or CD-ROM from Pavement, hint hint!) We
haven't yet tested it out, but if it's an exciting new technology
we can't live without, it's got to be good. Right? Right?
If we got your interest sparked in pictures
of the dead baby last week, we've got something conincidentally
this week to keep that interest piqued. Seriously though,
has an excellent interview with Dr. Stanley Burns, author
of "Sleeping Beauty: Memorial Photography in America" and
"A Morning's Work," among others. Burns has the largest collection
of historical images (outside a museum) and has become something
of a specialist on memorial photography. There's a great page
on 19th century practices of photographing mothers with their
deceased children and how those practices have become valuable
to the greiving process in modern American hospitals. Do check
MOUNT FLORIDA are a Glasgow based
duo consisting of M.P. Lancaster and Twitch (also known as
Mike and Keith, but they can call themselves whatever they
want). Twitch is a DJ with all kinds of time served in the
club wars at sonora and pure (Edinburgh), and he's also the
guy behind the experimental label, pi. M.P. has been involved
in a myriad of art / installation projects, most of them pretty
undercover compared to his current endeavors.
The collaborative beast that is Mount Florida
have recorded some of the coolest stylistic collisions we've
heard in a long time, equal parts ambient, cut + paste, dub
and dance. Fun stuff, but hardly easy listening. Mount Florida's
first release for Matador, a 12" / CD of "Lost
in Satie" is coming this autumn.
Led by vocalist / guitarist / all-around-instrumentalist
Pete Astor, THE WISDOM OF HARRY have released a series
of awe- inspiring singles for the Faux Lux, Motorway, Lissy's
and Static Caravan labels. These hard-to-find pop artifacts
have been collected for mass consumption on the Stars of Super
8 compilation. The group's own Faux
Lux label will be releasing this album in the UK, while
Matador will be doing the job throughout the rest of the free
world in August of this year.
Their music has been described by one commentator
as "scuffed, unsettling soundtracks, full of unexpected jolts
of noise and intense atmospherics, backlit by still-life projections."
The same guy claimed "they build a sound that's equal parts
Sparklehorse, Suicide and Underworld," but that's a bit much,
Wisdom of Harry's Caesar
Mogwai to Blur: You're shite
If you were listening back in May when
we broke the first installment of the MOGWAI European
diary, you'd already know Blur is shite. Now Mogwai has
taken the logical next step in modern propagandizing: T-Shirts.
If you're fortunate enough to attend the T In The Park Festival
in Kinross, UK this Saturday, you can pick one up. On the
Matador marketing office's short list of what is shite:
Method Man skits.
Matador VS. Spin, Raygun
SPIN Magazine, August 1999:
Will Hermes reviews "Dr. Samuel J. Hoffman and the Theremin"
(Basta/Allegro). "...[Dr. Hoffman], the podiatrist and theremin
master here shows tone control that hacks like Jon Spencer
can only dream of."
Jesper Eklow responds:
That's really fucking funny, because if
it wasn't for Jon's use of the Theremin we wouldn't have had
a revival AT ALL. After Electricity and Good Vibrations NO
ONE used this thing until Jon came along with it, and all
of a sudden every hip taste maker were Theremin experts already
and had been for "years". I had never seen one in real life
until I stepped into CBGB's one sunday night in 1992... ALSO,
Jon always claimed he had absolutely NO IDEA how to "play"
the damn thing anyway. Jon Spencer is very much responsible
for our Theremin Awareness the past 7 years, SPIN Magazine
We're also curious about RAYGUN's
advertising logic. After an ad submission from the "Nice?
or not Nice?" series featuring a photo circa 1895 of a deceased
baby in a coffin reading "Death is nice," we were told the
piece came too close on the heels of the Littleton Colorado
shooting and the ad was rejected. Maybe it should have read
"Death is unacceptable."
They have been called the best DJs of the
world. They are easy & playful with their horns, bass lines
& beats. Chat with NIGHTMARES ON WAX live from Montreux, Switzerland.
Saturday, July 10, 2:00 PM (ET) on SonicNet.
Interviews & Reviews
Those with short attention spans: read
Yahtzeen. Five questions. Five answers.
Plus, a thoughtful review
of 2 Lone Swordsmen on Salon.
Look here for European Matador information. Ease of navigation,
elegant design, sound clips, tour dates, biographies the
whole lot of quality you've come to expect from Matador here
and abroad. Or one of the two. Although the site is improving
by the minute, there's already a lot to gaze at. On a continent
where sex is still legal (ferrets, too), it's good to know
that Matador is still Matador.
We regret to announce that THE JON SPENCER
BLUES EXPLOSION will not be performing at the New York
Nice Weekend shows due to complications with Judah Bauer's
pregnancy. Instead, Mogwai will play Thursday night. Tickets
for both the New York and London shows go on sale TODAY!
PAVEMENT are playing the Bumbershoot
Festival in Seattle on September 4. Bumbershoot is a big
arts festival over Labor Day weekend where one low admission
price gets you in to see everything. Other acts this year
include RFTC, Sonic Youth, REM, and "in-your-face acoustic
rockers Violent Femmes." (Quote from the website.) The Festival
is not just music the Literary Arts Program features over
50 writers and poets and the 1 Reel Film Festival will show
over 100 short films.
Thanks to everyone who saw THE GREEN
MONSTER this past Tuesday. We unfortunately have no plans
to make video copies for sale, but if this situation changes
in the future, we'd like to let you know. Please send us a
postcard with your name, address and phone number to: The
Green Monster c/o Matador Films, 625 Broadway 12th Fl, NY,
Havoc in Brooklyn, NY - Saturday July 17
A DJ/Live Music/Multi-Room Party in conjunction with Smackmellon
Studios, a not-for-profit experimental artist complex in Brooklyn.
Featuring: Prince Paul - THE ARSONISTS
- DJ Franco - DJ Soulslinger - Polaris - Tower Recordings
- Mr. Finewine - Eszter Balint - Rai from Vampyros Lesbos
- Delmar from Liquid Sky - Duane from Other Music - Smallchange
- Clay Caplice - Whit Dickey Trio
Food, Booze, Video Artists. What better
way to spend a Saturday for $10? At Smackmellon Warehouse
Space: 56 Water Street, D.U.M.B.O, 6p-2a (underneath the Brooklyn
In disribution news: We have signed a label
deal with Mushroom Distribution Services (MDS) for Australia
and New Zealand. Besides MDS being a great label and our contact
Simon Killen being Mike Holdsworth's "mate from the old days,"
we will continue to work with our longtime friends at Flying
Nun (who represent MDS in NZ).
What does this mean to you, the listener?
Many new Matador releases will be available domestically in
Aust/NZ and the deal will enable more bands to tour down under.
In addition to signing a deal for Australia
and New Zealand, we are pleased to annouce that we have done
the same for Brazil. The company is called Trama Music and
yes, just like MDS, they will release most of our records
domestically in Brazil. Matador=Global Player.