Stop The Vote, Pt. II
Youll be pleased to know that Captain Caveman has
accepted his partys nomination for Vice-President. However,
no one seems to know who or what his party is, and it appears
as though the top of the ticket is helmed by a raccoon (or
possibly, a small man in a raccoon costume). Much like previous
national elections, we at Matador do not feel comfortable
asking you to vote and drive, but if you must do so, please
run someone over.
Animal New material this fall and in 2001.
Say what you will about free agency, but from a record
label perspective, its really great knowing we can reward
our loyal season ticket holders with the occasional high-profile
signing. And dont worry, well get to one of those
sooner or later. Until then, we are getting ready for a multitude
of new releases from Techno Animal, the UK duo of Justin
Broadrick (Godflesh) and Kevin Martin (God). On the heels
of their recent split LP/CD Symbiotics with Porter Ricks (Mille
Plateaux), a plethora of releases for labels such as Digital
Hardcore, Grand Royal and Force Inc., and recent remixes for
JSBX, 2nd Gen and others, Techno Animal will have a split
12" later this year with Newark, NJs Dalek, followed
by new singles and a resulting full-length Matador album in
2001. Without wanting to tip anyones hand too far in
advance, we can tell you that the new Techno Animal material
is headed in a more deliberate hip hop infused direction,
and collaborations with a varied cast of MCs are planned.
More news to come.
Yo La Tengo Once they had a home.
Now, they get closer and closer to yours.
Yo La Tengo will continue their relentless U.S. schedule
in support of And Then Nothing Turned Itself Inside
Out, playing with Versus from September 15-24, and Chris
Knox from September 27-29 (check out tour dates section).
Versus have a new album forthcoming from Merge; Chris Knox
has a new album on Flying Nun. You can consider the above
Also, Ira, Georgia and James will be backing an aspiring singer-songwriter
named Ray Davies for 3 nights at the Jane St. Theatre (August
23, 24, 25) in New York City. Weve not been able to
find much in the way of biographical information about this
Davies guy on the Internet, but were open minded enough
to want to check the shows out just the same. We encourage
you to do so as well.
Bardo Pond Sneak peek at new stuff.
Bardo Pond are continuing work on their new Matador album,
tentatively scheduled for early 2001. If you cant wait
that long (and several hundred, possibly thousands of you,
cant), the wonderful persons at Hummingbird
Mountain are releasing a limited edition 3 song 10", including
Blurred, which is available in mp3 form.
D-Stroy The hardest working man in show business.
This week, anyway.
I, D-Stroy is working hard on putting the blue print
in effect. Ive spent more of the summer in Europe then
in NYC, but Im here now. I recently went out there and
did as much as possible. I hosted and performed at many spots,
opened up for DAngelo, recorded with Tom Morello of
Rage Against the Machine and recorded some solo joints. After
the million meetings Ive been having Im happy
to announce that its official. D-Stroy will be hitting
everyone that loves music in the noggin with more fire. Lets
get ready to rumble, party people! D-Stroy formerly
known as D-Stroy
(Management Note: The phrase Lets get ready to
rumble is a trademark held by ring announcer Michael
Buffer. The above use of that phrase does not in any way constitute
an endorsement by Mr. Buffer of D-Stroy or his music. Thank
Puts The Muscle Into Solo Debut
Russell Simins, easily the finest looking drummer in the
Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, lets loose with all those thoughts
and feelings (musical and otherwise) you didnt know
he had in him or maybe you just suspected, but were
too afraid to ask. Public Places is the name of
Russells new CD/LP, and you can find it in all responsible
record stores on October 17, courtesy of our friends at Grand
Competition is Evil
(and besides, the other guys are lame):
Citysearch, the online guide to boring stuff you can find
in a regular newspaper, are sponsoring some kind of bogus
competition where visitors can vote for their favorite
local label. Some schmoe at Astralwerks is trying to
get our goat by daring us to battle them in this flimsy contest
(maybe they thought local meant low-calorie)
and as a favor to Frank Longo, heres where
you can vote for Matador, the greatest local label of
This is right up there with those Time Magazine Man of The
Century polls where Ric Flair or Hank the Angry Drunken Dwarf
out-poll Jesus Christ and Adolf Hitler combined (not that
they didnt deserve it). Seriously, if someone needs
validation this badly, why dont they just have flowers
delivered to themselves? Theres no nicer pick-me-up
than a bouquet of flowers.
Listening Piles That Were
Too Late For The Last Listening Pile:
Pete Astor, The Wisdom Of Harry
The Marshall Mathers LP - Eminem
The Sound Of The Pirates mixed by Zed Bias
Supa Dupa Fly - Missy Elliott
The Button Down Mind Of Daniel Bell - Tresor 142
Langois - last frequency presets
Abandoned Stations On londons Underground - J.E. Connor
Tragic Epilogue - Anti Pop Consortium
Welcome to the Afterfuture - Mike Ladd
Filmmusik - Felix Kubin
Spanners - The Black Dog
(in no particular order)
optiganally yours - optiganally yours presents:
misfits - (probably a greatest hits album
d/led from hotline server)
dre - chronic 2001
zoogz rift - island of living puke (back-to-back with...)
sun ra - space is the place
(somehow the same album as zoogz rift)
blectum from blechdom - the messy jesse fiesta
prong - beg to differ
cannonball adderly - live in san francisco
mudhoney - super fuzz big muff
sisqo - !! thongthongthong !
announces new album from aspiring singer-songwriter &
Matador announces new album from aspiring singer-songwriter
and friends. Were still not sure of titles, dates or
anything else, but we can tell you that sometime in early
2001, Matador will be releasing a new full-length album by
Stephen Malkmus, fronting a new trio known as The
Jicks. We at Matador have always been supportive of new,
unheard artists, and were confident that the rock &
roll stylings of these youngsters will be like nothing you
have ever heard. OK, check that, they will actually be very
much like something you have heard (but something very good,
New MP3s available
now (and later):
Album in stores 8/15/00
MP3 available now
From Out Of Nowhere
MP3 & album available now
From the 12" of the same name
In stores 8/29/00
MP3 available Tuesday
From the How Hard is That? 12"
12" in stores now
MP3 available Tuesday
From the 12" of the same name
12" in stores now
MP3 available Tuesday
Arsonists Recording Continues.
The Arsonists are more than halfway done with their new
LP, Q-Unique producing 85-90% of the album, as well as picking
up the mic. Jise One and Swel Boogie steppin up to bat from
out of the shadows of the last LP. The best is yet to come.
Rockets Shit you overhear at parties.
Andrew Pekler, aka Sad Rockets: I just moved to
Berlin a week ago and am very excited to finally be living
in a real city after having spent the first 25 years of my
life in the provinces (Monterey CA, Heidelberg, Germany).
But rather than bore you with the details of my move, let
me tell you an anecdote I heard recently:
Two guys talking:
John: Hey Bill, an embarrassing thing happened to me
Bill: Whats that?
John: Well, when I went to the travel agents to
get a plane ticket for my trip to Pittsburgh, the woman that
helped me had such large breasts that I inadvertently said
Id like a round trip ticket to Titsburg.
Man, was that embarassing!
Bill: That reminds me of something similar that happened
to me. When I was on vacation last month with my wife, we
were sitting at the breakfast table and I wanted to say Honey,
could you pass me the butter? but what slipped out instead
was You fucking bitch! Youve ruined my whole goddamn
(Note: the management of Matador Records does not necessarily
condone the use of the words vacation or butter.
Wed also like to tell you that Sad Rockets upcoming
Matador debut LP/CD is called Transition, not
Blue Room, as previously noted).
Khan We wanted to say pass the butter,
but what slipped out was when is your fucking record
going to be finished?
Khan reports: I started mixing my new album here in
Berlin with Jammin Unit from Air Liquide. After recording
the playbacks in April and May here in Berlin I went back
to NY to record several singers now Im putting this
together. First song I did is the song Julee Cruise did which
is a very crazy romantic up tempo ballad. Than I did a song
with Chicago legend Andre Williams and an NYC harmonica player.
It kinda sounds like Canned Heat on acid. Right now I started
mixing the track I did with Jon Spencer. I will record
Francoise Cactus of Stereo Total next week with 2 tracks and
OK, that sounds good. We didnt have to be so rude.
These are some of our favorite things:
Jurgen Soder, Couch
v/a - putting the morr back in morrissey (morr music)
workshop - workshop (ladomat)
Stuart Braithwaite, Mogwai
1 Britney Spears - Ooops i did it again
2 Belted Child - Vintage Reality (lp)
3 Phillip Glass - Solo Piano
4 Stockhausen - Kontakte
5 Lord Of The Rings (radio play)
M.P. Lancaster, Mount Florida
yes - tales from topographic oceans
groundhogs - bbc live thing
grateful dead - morris county gig 70s-ish
black sabbath - paranoid
gong - gazus
nordheim - electric
amon duul II - woof city
something modern - cant remember what its called
fall - carrier bag man
Treibhaus Schoenhauser Allee
Captain Comatose Comatose Captain on Playhouse
Fred Bigot binary & ternary ? french release
Guillaume Berroyer UnknowMysterioso Karat 03
T.G. 20 Jazz Funk Greats
Langnese Vinetta Ice cream
Native Instruments Reaktor
Ben Goldberg, Matador Records
* Fela Kuti - Original Suffer Head/I.T.T. (MCA) This is one
of many reissues of Kuti, who founded the Afro Beat sound
with brilliant 20 minute funk compositions. In his spare time,
he founded his own society and was repeatedly beaten by government
* David Grubbs - The Spectrum Between (Drag City) The sound
of one Gastr clapping for himself, but in good rhythm.
* Lovely Midget (Corpus Hermeticum) - Rachel Shearers
drone thing and a beautiful addition to any background noise.
* China Crisis - Collection (Caroline) - Eighties band I never
heard of and just borrowed from Gary. I never was an OMD fan,
but I like to think I was at some point.
Che Ryback, Matador Records
The White Stripes s/t lp.
Various artists All tore up lp.
The new printer in the sales dept.
EA sports triple play 2001 for Sony playstation.
Bjorn Olsson Instrumental Music... cd.
Mike Ink Respect remixes Dbl 12".
Dr. Browns Black cherry soda.
Matt Ransford, Matador Records
Mark Bowden - Black Hawk Down
Kate Walbert - Where She Went
Don DeLillo - White Noise
Doug Nyces (Matador Records) current Hot Sh*t
Bahamadia - BB Queen (Goodvibe recordings)
MOP - Ante Up (Loud)
Phil da Agony - Blunted (Goodvibe)
MF Doom - Operation Doomsday (Fondle Em)
De La Soul - Mosiac Thump LP (Tommy Boy)
Donovans (Matador Records) favorites pile:
New DVD player
Dave and Katies new puppy
Badly Drawn Boy The Hour of Bewilderbeast
Peter Bruntnell Normal For Bridgewater
Tommy Guerrero A Little Bit Of Somethin
Mojave 3 Excuses For Travellers
Appliance Six Modular Pieces
The Ivory Coast The Rush of Oncoming Traffic
Anything by Kid 606
Jesper Eklow, Matador Records
1. Dag Vag & Svinstia - Dimma 7"
1. Mud Hutters - The Declaration 7"
1. The Marc Thor Band - Love Sucks 7"
1. Bizarros - Laser Boys 7"
1. The Rutto - Mä Vihaan 7"
1. Tomrerclaus - Punk Them Into Shit 7"
1. Nicodemus, Matchez & Grozde - Hellbound Train 7"
1. Teddy & The Frat Girls - Alophen Baby 7"
Patrick Amory, Matador Records
1. Shirley Collins The Power of the True Love Knot
2. James Gang Rides Again
3. Nirvana The Story of Simon Simopath
4. V/A Tresor Vol. 8
5. Billy Gilman Oklahoma from One Voice
6. The Orb The Orbs Adventures Beyond The Underworld
7. Der Dritte Raum latest single
8. Infected Mushroom Classical Mushroom
Gerard Cosloy, Matador
Matmos/Motion - split 12" (Fat Cat)
J-Zone Presents: A Bottle Of Whupass EP (Old Maid)
Susumu Yokota - Sakura (Leaf)
Leila - Courtesy Of Choice (XL)
Team Doyobi - 12" (Skam)
Kaffe Matthews/Haley Newman - Pointy Stunt (Audioview)
The Champs - NWOBHM2 (mp3)