The Arsonists chat has been moved to 11:30 EST, Thursday night
at Support Online Hip-hop.
And a big thanks to everyone who turned
out for the Nice shows. We can safely say they were a roaring
success and we've got lots of stories to tell. You'll all
just have to wait until Friday. Look for new interviews, anecdotes,
Matador wants everyone to see the Nice
Weekend. From the cornfields in Clifton, IL to the cattle
farms of central Minnesota, we want this country to rock.
How can we do it? Through your computer.
Apple, CDNOW, Collegeclub.com and Matador
A live webcast of A Nice Weekend In New
York City: Matador Records 10th Anniverary Concert on Sept.
23, 24 and 25. See live sets from 15 bands including Pavement,
Cornelius, Cat Power and Mogwai, all hosted by David Cross
(Mr. Show, HBO stand-up special).
Get your online
ticket to this sold-out three-night event: http://www.cdnow.com/events.
While you're there at CDNOW, you can get all of Matador's
titles at 30% off through 9/28. Plus, CDNOW is also giving
you $10 towards your first purchase - just use this link.
Hope you can make it.
A Nice Weekend
In New York City
Matador Records 10th Anniversary Concerts at Irving Plaza
Thursday, September 23
11:45 PM -- Cornelius
10:45 PM -- Mogwai
9:30 PM -- Red Snapper
8:50 PM -- Arsonists
8:15 PM -- Non Phixion
7:30 PM -- Jega (not part of webcast)
Friday, September 24
11:45 PM -- Pavement
11:00 PM -- Cat Power
9:45 PM -- Chavez
9:00 PM -- Guitar Wolf
8:15 PM -- Lynnfield Pioneers
7:30 PM -- Khan
Saturday, September 25
11:15 PM -- Yo La Tengo (not part of webcast)
10:00 PM -- Mary Timony
9:15 PM -- Solex
8:30 PM -- Come
7:40 PM -- Bardo Pond
2 Events at Tonic in NYC
(not webcast, but very nice)
Saturday, September 25: BORBETOMAGUS
will be celebrating their 20th(!) Anniversary with an afternoon
performance at Tonic.Don, Donald and Jim have been making
mind-blowing music that's inspired us in too many ways to
count, hence their inclusion on our NEW YORK EYE & EAR
CONTROL compilation many moons ago. Said inclusion was
hardly the highlight of their illustrious career, which is
really only just begining when you think about it.
Sunday, September 26:Sue Garner and Rick
Brown, formerly of RUN ON, will be playing at Tonic,
joined by Michael Hurley. Rick and Sue have a new album coming
from Thrill Jockey very soon.
We're pleased to announce that DAVID
CROSS will be MCing Matador's 10 Year Anniversary shows
at Irving Plaza in New York City. Mr. Cross is best known
for his work with Mr. Bob Odenkirk on Mr. Show, but is also
well known as the nurturing, pink-haired professor at the
Academy of Rock. His stand-up comedy special, "The Pride is
Back" will air on HBO tomorrow night at 10pm ET.
Thanks to everyone who entered to win tickets
to the anniversary shows. To get an idea of what you were
up against, here's an email excerpt from the first person
to get all four addresses correct (The answers are: 625 Broadway,
676 Broadway, 611 Broadway and 472 Greenwich, Chris Lombardi's
"I must have been the only one who was
insane enough and had enough time on his hands to go to the
NYPL and look at the Manhattan phone directory on microfiche
to find Chris Lombardi's address in 1989. I don't know if
I should be proud or ashamed about that."
For those of you who didn't win and won't
be able to make it to any of the shows, we may still have
something in store for you. Look for a special edition of
the Matador newsletter and check the website on Tuesday...
Finally: We get a lot of calls from people
asking for directions to the Matador offices. We thought we'd
put together a map of sorts to help you all out.
Winning Is Nice
The Nice Weekend in New York City is just
13 days away. I hope to see you all there. If you haven't
gotten tickets yet, don't worry: here's your last chance.
We've got 5 pairs of tickets for all three nights and we'd
like to give them away to 5 Matador fans. You've just got
to do a
London Is Nice
A Nice Weekend in London went swimmingly.
The shows were packed with screaming teenagers (especially
the first night), the bands played brilliantly, and many many
plastic trays brimming with veggie curries were served in
the ULU bar.
Some high points:
Ill Bill trying to get the audience to
shout back "Refuse To Lose" (problems with English people
pronouncing the "oo" sound)
Live Human's furious turntable jam at the
end of their set
Jon Spencer shouting out Jesper, Rusty,
Patrick, and Mark Ohe's names in the middle of "Motherfuck"
Swel Boogie with his head inside the P.A.,
banging furiously for 8 minutes to Bardo Pond
Ira Kaplan's heartfelt tribute to Chris
and Gerard at the end of Yo La Tengo's set
Impeccably dressed Japanese teenager (Acme
T-shirt, minidisc player, slip-on sandal sneakers, argyle
sox, black pants, clutching Rough Trade bag) going into fits
of ecstasy as Russell signed the back of his T-shirt with
magic marker -- at the same time bending over, clutching one
of Russell's drumsticks in his mouth so his girlfriend could
photograph him. Never has a human being been so happy.
and Gerard would like to add:
A really fun 3 days, tons of musical ground
covered and all kinds of barriers shattered. Live Human were
amazing, Sleater-Kinney had the room screaming, JSBX had the
entire city screaming, but no one knocked out so many patrons
as the Arsonists. Except for maybe Bardo Pond, so we'll call
it a tie. Yo La Tengo played some excellent new songs and
embarrassed the fuck out of me and CL (or at least me) with
their encore of "Love Power" (let's just say Ira's version
of Matador's orgins needs as much fact-checking as Bill Boggs').
I just remembered that Saturday's lineup featured 4 acts w/
dj's in a row, not exactly the old days. But guitar-bass-drums-and-voice
rarely sounds more alive than the way Unwound do it, and there
are nights when they're the greatest. We really appreciated
the way that so many of the bands donated their time and energy,
especially those who were ill or injured (if you can guess
which artist injured his back while carrying an exercise bike
up a flight of stairs, we'll send you a special prize). And
we owe a big thank you to our friends at Foundation, along
with our guest dj's, Nathan Webb, Barry Hogan, Twitch and
John Kennedy. And thanks to Liam and Frazier for dealing with
the merchandise nightmares.
New Releases are Nice
Tuesday = 3 new releases. The second album
from Dutch sampling artist SOLEX, "Pick Up" is a wilder, sneakier,
more layered album than "Solex Vs the Hitmeister." If you
haven't heard her first album, then you're in for 2 great
surprises. JSBX brings you 19 B-sides and remixes with "Xtra-Acme
USA." Don't think of this as a remix record -- the B-sides
alone are enough for an entire album. And finally "Everything
Is Nice: The Matador Records 10th Anniversary Anthology" brings
you 2 CDs of the hits and 1 CD of unreleased tracks from many
of your favorite artists. The best part: the 3 disc set, complete
with excellent liner notes and a shiny cover will retail for
Tour Cancellations are not Nice
Unfortunately, the JON SPENCER BLUES EXPLOSION
has had to cancel all upcoming tour dates, including their
spot at the Coachella Music Festival.
Happy Birthday, Matador!
Today marks the first of the three 10th
Anniversary shows in London. Performing tonight are: KHAN,
UNWOUND, SOLEX, CAT POWER and SLEATER-KINNEY.
We couldn't be more excited. Although, we'd be more excited
if we could actually go to the London shows. Complete recap
of the weekend's festivities in next week's mailer. Look for
So, Matador is more or less officially
10 years old this month and we'd like to celebrate by saying
thank you to all the fans. And what better way to say thank
you than by giving away a few tickets to the 10th Anniversary
shows in New York? Look for your chance to enter in next week's
It's time to take Matador to the streets.
Here's a look at this fall's tours. Be sure to check the Tour
Dates for show specifics.
The DEMOLITION DOLL RODS: The Flaming
Pasties Tour hits almost the entire country so you have no
excuse for missing their show. And they get naked. On stage.
September 15 - October 30
GUITAR WOLF: The Roaring Blood Tour
will be so loud you will not be able to feel anything in your
extremities for quite some time. You will be unable to communicate
with other people.
September 24 - October 31
MOGWAI: The Set the Prom on Fire
Tour. We've asked these Scots not to say anything bad about
our mothers this time around. Beginning next week, they'll
be answering all your questions from the road. Check the bulletin
board for details when we figure them out.
September 1 - September 23
PAVEMENT: The We Love US Maple Tour
will hit mainly the West and Southwest. The band will play
four days in Texas but no shows in Corpus Christi. Sorry.
September 24 - October 16
SOLEX: Live samples + live people
+ live instruments = The Solex vs. Cibo Matto Tour. It promises
to be a mindbending display of music and mixing, the likes
of which we don't think anyone's yet seen. Why can't this
be Girl Power?
September 8 - October 2
Dissatisfied Matador Customer of the Month
Each month we like to provide a forum for
any complaints you, the music fan, might like to register.
This month, we bring you Dissatisfied Matador Customer of
the Month #26. Seems our friend from upstate bought a JON
SPENCER BLUES EXPLOSION album he found, well, dissatisfying.
Please take a moment to read the letter,
analyze the receipt, and study the returned CD and case: