Friends of Matador,
I have returned from my vacation and bring
you end of summer tidings. I hope you all gave a big thanks
to Russ for delivering the news last week. Cheers to him.
I also bought everyone on the list postcards and fudge from
northern Michigan, so keep a look out in your mail box for
those wonderful treats!
And now, the news:
One week to go before our first nice weekend
-- this one in London. We have some line-up changes to report.
POLE will not be appearing due to a scheduling conflict.
Filling in, graciously, will be a mindblowing trio from SF,
CA by the name of LIVE HUMAN. Their 2 12"'s and recent
LP, Monostereosis (Fat Cat) are among our recent favorites.Live
Human's startling combination of live sampling, scratching,
upright bass, all-improv., etc. pretty much wipes out whatever
divisions existed between free jazz, hip hop and avant rock.
But check them out and decide for yourself.
And finally the nagging question is answered:
Who are the very attractive special guests? None other than
the JON SPENCER BLUES EXPLOSION who will be joining
CORNELIUS, the ARSONISTS, NON PHIXION,
and VOID for the September 4 show.
Tickets are still available for all 3 nights
- and are going fast - via Ticketweb
10 Years All Around
What better way to coincide with a 10 year
compilation than with a 3 day extravaganza of live shows?
It's all the rage! And so, we'd like to announce the Warp
Records 10 Year Live Nights:
Wed 3 Nov 1999 RED SNAPPER
& special guests
Thu 4 Nov 1999 Plaid
Fri 5 Nov 1999 Autechre
BOARDS OF CANADA
Mira Calix (DJ)
Aphex Twin (DJ).
venue for these nights is the Old Truman Brewery (next to
the Vibe Bar) on Brick Lane, London, England. Tickets for
these nights will be priced at 10 per night. All profits are
being donated to the Cambridge Music Therapy appeal.
Two new MP3s for the taking: "Athens,
OH" by SOLEX from her upcoming album "Pick Up"
out September 14th, and "Married
for the Weekend" by the DEMOLITION DOLL RODS from
their recent release "TLA."
Solex, aka Elisabeth Esselink, is set to
embark on a North American tour with Cibo Matto next month
and we'd like you all to attend. If you can't, then we'd like
to offer this anecdote from Elizabeth on the trails of music
"Last monday I shot a video with a French
girl named Gloria Pedemonte. Never had heard of her before.
After some e-mailing back and forth, we came with the crazy
idea to film something on a boat. I would lip-sync the song
'That's what you get with people like that on cruises like
these', while standing on the edge of the boat. Every time
I'm about to finish the sentence some floatable object would
be thrown against me and I would fall into the water. So I
had lots of dry clothes with me and about 20 towels. I could
borrow an old sloop of a friend, and we sailed around some
kind of Island in Amsterdam called K.N.S.M. Island."
"When I spoke to the boat owner he didn't
tell me he tried to restore the cabin of the boat, and that
it wasn't finished yet, that is,....there was no cabin. To
make it short,..a lot of Amsterdam's fishermen applauded every
time I had to change clothes (kept my underwear on though...I
may be prude but not stupid). Another friend came along on
the boat, not for a screentest of course but 'cause his dog
is the most friendly waterloving dog I've ever met,...or so
I thought. Actually my friend had to throw his dog into the
water. (maybe he was afraid of all the strange airbells that
came to the surface,.....an old corpse perhaps ???) The next
day I heard the water is so heavily polluted that I expect
funny bulbs on my skin now any moment."
Titans of the Indie Scene
Finally, we'd like to thank SUPERCHUNK
for putting on nothing short of a kick ass show on Monday
night at the Bowery Ballroom. It's good to know the lads and
lady can still make us want to jump around. For those of you
who are a little shy about their new record, "Come Pick Me
Up," give it a few more listenings -- it's all there, they've
just grown up a little more.
ASF - Arsonists Settin' Fires
As if you needed to be reminded, let me
remind you once again that "As The World Burns" hits the shelves
next Tuesday 8/24. And if you happen to live near New York
City you also happen to be lucky: you'll have 2 chances to
see the ARSONISTS perform live next week. On the day
of release they (the best live hip hop act on Planet ROCK)
will be performing for free at FAT BEATS. That's Tuesday at
4pm, 6th Avenue between 8th and 9th. Can't make it? That's
OK, but don't ever let it happen again: if you purchase "As
The World Burns" at Fat Beats next week you'll also receive
a pass to see the Arsonists live at BOWERY BALLROOM on Saturday
8/28. The show is closed to the public (record- release party
style) and supplies are limited. Both performances are guaranteed
to be hotter than a Dave Matthews parking lot going up in
Warp10 Is Nice
As if our own 10th anniversary compilation
weren't good enough, on 10/12 Matador will be releasing not
one, but 3 double CDs and quadruple LPs to commemorate WARP
RECORDS' 10th Anniversary:
Warp10+2 The Classics '89-'92
Warp10+3 The Remixes
Check it out, there's something for everyone.
Lots and lots of interesting and familiar faces turning up.
Calvin Klein model and soul-crooner extraordinaire
Jon Spencer and THE JON SPENCER BLUES EXPLOSION release
"Xtra-Acme USA" on 9/14. Please don't think of this as "another
remix record" (you'd be wrong); the vast majority of these
songs are (in fact) outtakes that were left off "Acme" and
most of them are (in fact) very ROCKin'. If you heard the
b-sides on the "Talk About The Blues" CD single you know what
I'm talking about.
Also, Dutch sample wizard Elisabeth Esselink
(aka SOLEX) releases "Pick Up" on that same day and
will be touring with Cibo Matto soon thereafter. This one
is a bit of a departure from her debut and involves heaps
of elegant, twisted, but incredibly catchy melodies. Good
& nice stuff indeed.
I Thought You Had It...I Certainly Don't Have It
In case you're wondering what's up with
YO LA TENGO, well here's your answer: everybody's favorite
practitioners of American song-writing have just completed
recording their next album in Nashville (title tba, due early
2000). The mixing's not done yet, but Ira sent us this brief
> Dear Russ,
> Funny working titles? Not us - all our working titles are
> dull dull dull. The "funny" titles are the real ones: "The
> Last Days of Disco" and "Let's Save Tony Orlando's House,"
> I'm guessing are the ones Christina was referring to.
> Other, dryer titles include
> "Madeline," "An Almost-True Story" and "Saturday."
> Anecdotes? Georgia nearly got herself caught in the
> crossfire of a shootout on 38th and 6th the other night.
> There she was, minding her own business, when a couple of
> cops ran by, guns at the ready.
See? Pre-millennium tension is everywhere.
No longer confined to the parking lots and burnt-out fields
of yesterday's big ROCK concerts, but right here on the burnt-out
streets of New York City. Riots, tear gas, and rubber bullets...not
It has been confirmed, however, that this
disturbing incident with Georgia is in NO WAY related to James
"Bunny Baby Jesus" McNew's recent arrest for driving with
a trunk full o' ROCK.
Poems for All
Poetry Contest is finished and the results have been tallied.
I think it's safe to say the whole thing was a success. The
CD-Roms will be mailed out next week -- and I can tell you
we had just over 500 entries, so chances are you'll be getting
a little gift in the mail if you entered. It turned out so
well, in fact, that we opted to choose 25 winners and 20 honorable
mentions and put them up for all to see. What better way to
spend your day at work than reading poetry about a rock band?
Trust me, they're
New Records to Buy
The 10 Year Compilation has been carefully
assembled and the tracks presented to you, the public, for
the very first time (only the unreleased tracks - CD 3 - will
be released on vinyl):
Everything is Nice
Matador 10 Year Anniversary Compilation
Release Date: September 14, 1999
1. Pavement - Stereo
2. Cornelius - Count Five Or Six
3. The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion - Talk About The Blues
4. Cat Power - Cross Bones Style
5. Chavez - Flight '96
6. Nightmares On Wax - Fire In The Middle
7. Non Phixion - Refuse To Lose
8. Jega - Pitbull
9. Unwound - NO TECH!
10. Helium - Cosmic Rays
11. Lynnfield Pioneers - Maximum Sunshine
12. Guitar Wolf - Fujiyama Attack
13. Modest Mouse - Heart Cooks Brain
14. Bardo Pond - Flux
1. Mogwai - Xmas Steps
2. Yo La Tengo - Sugarcube
3. Guided By Voices - The Official Ironmen Rally Song
4. Sleater-Kinney - Banned From The End Of The World
5. Solex - One Louder Solex
6. Matmos - The Banjo's Categorical Gut
7. Arab Strap - Here We Go
8. Khan - Booker To Hooker
9. Red Snapper - Image Of You
10. Arsonists - Blaze
11. Boards Of Canada - Roygbiv
12. Burger/Ink - Do The Strand
13. Pole - Tanzen
14. Void - X-Factor
1. The Lynnfield Pioneers - Windblown
2. The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion - Naked
3. Non Phixion - Sleepwalkers
4. Arsonists - Universal Skills
5. Pizzicato Five - One Two Three Four Five Six Seven Eight
Nine Ten Barbie Dolls
6. Solex - Oh Cripes!
7. Khan - Body Dump (Super-8 Mix)
8. The Wisdom Of Harry - Schtumm
9. Yo La Tengo - Sugarcube (Live)
10. Pavement - Grounded (Crooked Rain Version)
11. Guided By Voices - Choking Tara (Creamy Version)
12. Mary Timony - Aging Astronauts II
13. Bardo Pond - Long Ride
14. Mogwai - Hugh Dallas
15. Cat Power - Sea Of Love
Two new releases from JEGA to report:
One a clear-vinyl split 12" with Kid Spatula (aka Mike Paradinas)
on planet Mu; the other a split 7" with 808 State on the Slut
Smalls singles club (Jockey Slut in-house label).
Matador alumni DAVE SCHRAMM (the
Schramms, Yo La Tengo) has released his 2nd solo album: "hammer
and nails" on the Chicago label the Catamount Company (PO
Box 6368, Chicago, IL 60680).
Song for Free!
The latest release from BARDO POND,
"Set and Setting," is due in record shops next week, August
10th. Matador presents "Datura,"
the third track on the album, for your digital enjoyment.
Jesper adds: Vinyl buyer! New BARDO
POND album is probably the finest looking piece of art
we've released in a long time. However, we, they, them, it
confused the layout of the LP tracklisting with strings, mirrors,
hypnose, cloroform... This one actually has 3 songs on side
one (not 4) and 4 on side two (not 3), as follows (please
ignore LP inner sleeve and LP labels). Sorry:
1. Walking Stick Man
2. This Time (So Fucked)
2. Cross Current
3. Crawl Away
Matador In Movies
BELLE AND SEBASTIAN and ARAB
STRAP are on the soundtrack to the new Irvine Welsh movie
"The Acid House" (author, also of "Trainspotting") along with
many other of your favorite British artists. Most of the songs
on the album are unreleased. Also in film news: "The Adventures
of Sebastian Cole" features tracks from LA PESTE and
THE LYRES. And KHAN has a track in "Free Enterprise."
All three movies open this weekend in New York and will probably
not make it to any other theatres in this country.
And Finally: Errata
Last week we printed a quote attributed
to Billy Corgan. In the article we misspelled his name as
"Corrigan." Seems we've got Billy Corgan confused with Jimmy
Corrigan. We apologize, but hasten to point out that it could
have happened to most anyone: the two are both bald and hail
from Chicago. Coincidence?