Yo La Tengo Remixed, revised, and where did all
those people come from?
Clean-up crews are still going through the ticker tape and
no-deposit bottles leftover from this past weeks Yo
La Tengo Virgin Megastore (NYC) appearance. Approx. 750 persons
who may or may not have been shopping at the time enjoyed
themselves. They enjoyed Yo La Tengo, too. On November 14,
were releasing the Danelectro 12"/EP, featuring
Danelectro, Danelectro II, Danelectro
III, and remixes by Q-Unique, Nobazku Takemura and Kit
Mens Basketball Program In Turmoil
We regret to announce that we have terminated the contract
of our Mens Basketball Coach Brad Knox, due to numerous
violations of our Zero Tolerance Policy. It has been suggested
by some of the local media that this policy is intentionally
vague nothing could be further from the truth. To summarize,
we will tolerate absolutely nothing. Nothing at all. If you
catch any member of our staff or artist roster tolerating
something, please contact us via e-mail and well make
sure they are terminated as well.
A few of you have mentioned that you didnt know that
Matador had a Mens Basketball team. So maybe youre
not as smart as you think?
Florida In action
Mount Florida are going to partake in BBC Radio 1s United
Nations program where 2 bands are broadcast live representing
Scotland, Ireland and England. The Scottish part will be coming
from The Lemon Tree in Aberdeen and the whole shebang happens
on Thursday October 5th from 8pm GMT. There will also be a
secret Mount Florida live show in Glasgow on Sunday
October 22nd to celebrate the UK release of the Arrived
Phoenix album the next day (North Americans will have
to wait til January). Depending how well we keep this
secret, it might end up being live from Twitchs bedroom.
If not, chances are it will be in a well known Sunday night
discotheque in the city.
Solex Live webcast/broadcast/all-star cast, today
Solex will be debuting new material today, 9/20 between 5pm
and 7pm EST as part of a Peel Session performed LIVE in the
BBC Studios at Maida Vale. You can hear the session by going
to the BBC website.
Well be announcing dates/times for an upcoming The Wisdom
Of Harry Peel Session in our next update.
Come Everyone keeps asking us whats up.
Sorry, weve got nothing to report as far as Come
recording or playing, but that doesnt mean they are
sitting around the house watching TV.
Drummer Daniel Coughlin and his 2-man band, Throttle, have
completed the 4th (and absolutely last) mastering
of their new LP Transporter, which will be released
by Curve Of The Earth and celebrated with a record release
performance on Friday, October 13 at the Middle East in Cambridge,
Guitarist Chris Brokaw has completed new LPs with The New
Year and Pullman. The New Year has many people who used to
be in Bedhead, and their Steve Albini-recorded debut will
be released on Touch & Go in January. Pullman also has
many groovy people, including new drummer Tim Barnes. Their
new LP is coming in March from Thrill Jockey. Chris also played
on a few songs on the new Willard Grant Conspiracy LP, which
will be out this fall (at least overseas) on Slow River/Rykodisc.
There will also probably be some solo guitar shows this fall
in Boston and New York, so stay tuned.
Quickspace Belgium here they come.
Quickspace have begun to resurface from their summer slumber
and are starting work on new material for their next album
(provisionally titled Fooled You!) ... they are
now minus drummer Steve dEnton who found the dieting
required each night on the last Quickspace U.S. and European
tours too much to handle and who wouldnt? - that or
Ninas feet, we never worked it out. The band are off
to play a couple of shows in Belgium (Brussells Botanique
on 21st Sept and Liege La Zone on 22nd Sept for the sheer
belgiumbeerness of it) and plan to continue with a series
of impulsive a unconventional European dates throughout the
next 3 months. We will keep you notified of these as and when
and sometimes after the event.
Couch A report from that mysterious place where
creative things happen
we were in the studio, are in the studio, are a studio?
anyway, we are working on the follow up release for fantasy.
two and a half weeks of recording real drums, fake organs,
bass, guitars, double-bass, cello, piano, yamaha DX 7... are
finished. everything is now stored on a 18 gigabyte harddisk
we bought from the matador-millions and naturally everything
what happens to this material from now on is more than secret.
but at least we can reveal: couch mastermind michael heilrath
is still busy making safety copies...
Arsonists beyond fabulous, no matter what magazine
Q- Unique writes: we are almost completed on the new
LP, and i must say that we are extremely happy with this one...
jise-one, swel boogie and myself have definitely found a good
chemistry together and the results are great...so far features
are: "kinetic energy," "great scott" and some production from
DJ Doom. Also, we came out in the Sept. 18th issue of Newsweek
in an article entitled "beyond ghetto fabulous: faces of a
hip hop nation".... we also started a softball team called...
"the arsonists" for the snow flake leagues that play throughout
the fall and winter... unfortunately we lost our first 2 games
but Im quite confident that well pick up the pace....
aside from that everything else is cool... peace and may the
force be with you.
first Matador release from Techno Animal will be a split single
with Newark, NJs dälek, Megaton (T.A.)
b/w Classical Homicide (dälek), coming on
November 14. Although this single is part of our ongoing Hip
Hop 12" Series, you could say that Techno Animal & dälek
are hip hop much the way the neutron bomb was a big firecracker.
This is hip hop... and everything else that matters. Both
groups will commemorate the release of this single with an
October/November 2000 tour of Germany and Switzerland (please
check our tour dates section). Techno Animal are currently
working on their Matador full- length debut, Brotherhood
Of The Bomb. For more in-depth info on Techno Animal,
have a look at their new
From the latest Revolver catalog:
The latest band to secure a position on the Smells
Like Records roster is Fuck, a band of whose fine reputation
virtually everyone reading this is aware, thanks to four pristine
recordings, the last two released by Matador during the labels
Ha, ha. We can take a joke. Just look at us, chuckling to
ourselves at this witty jape. Ysee, our clever friends
at Revolver Distribution thought it worthwhile to call attention
to the fact that Matador No Longer Deals With The Rock (or
The Roll). And we dont, the facts speak for themselves.
Every single rock, rocknroll, rock and roll or
remotely rockist act on the label roster has either been terminated
or forced to curb their rockist ways. Wed probably call
it a Zero Tolerance Policy, except those actual words look
too much like a good name for a rock band.
Listening favorites of the people you look up to:
Twitch, Mount Florida
sun city girls - torch of the mystics
shimmer kids - bury my heart at makeout point
max romeo - chase the devil
new lps from sad rockets and the wisdom of harry
peaches - fuck the pain away
zombie nation - kernkraft 400
holger hiller - lamour fou
madonna - music
big brother on channel 4 (hook, line and sinker)
stanislaw lem - the cyberiad
Lyle Hysen, Matador Records
Jason Moran - Facing Left
Dead Prez - Hip Hop
Chicago Underground Trio - Flamethrower
Eleventh Dream Day - Stalled Parade
Shelby Lynne - I am Shelby Lynne
Calexico - Hot Rail
Book: Me Talk Pretty One Day - David Sedaris
Film: One Day In September - 72 Olympics
Top 5 bad career moves for Matador bands:
5) Instead of getting just some sneaker endorsement for the
Arsonists, have em sponsored by the cool Sackerhets
4) Have Cat Power team up with Hollands 60s pride
the Cats and record a single as Cat Power
and the Cats.
3) Calling your second album Lamprey.
2) Have Quickspace sell their name to Microsoft or Norton.
1) Have Eminem remix Pavement (the Slim Shady Lane remix??)
Shelby Campbell, Matador Records
So this may mean nothing to you, but it gives me 2 more
things to live for:
- Stone Roses are releasing a remix album
- New Madonna on sale Monday (9/18)
Oh, and did I mention how much I love my dog?
Ben Goldberg, Matador Records
Shunatao - Calme Blanc (Amanita) French. They think theyre
funny, but they play well, so its almost okay. Good
soundtrack for the Jerry Lewis Telethon.
Jukeboxer - Learns The Alphabet (self-released) Brooklyn home-taper
makes bizarre songs and more bizarre soundscapes. Most bizarre
of all is how amiable it is.
The Fucking Champs - IV (Drag City) Pure, unalternativeated
thrash metal with lots of solo duets and without all that
Circle - Pori (Feldspar) Finnish rock where you take a great
riff and play it over and over and over.
Fuehler - s/t (Amanita) Furious instrumental rock, kind of
like a more enthusiastic Kriedler or a Don Caballero making
music someone would want to hear.
Beans - Tired Snow (Zum Media) Beautiful and elegant compositions
that anyone who likes Godspeed or Sigor Ros should give a
Mac MacCaughn, Supechunk
Bobby Knight news marathon
Sea and Cake Oui
Kool Keith Matthew
Little Steven & the Disciples of Soul Men Without
The West Wing (the tv show)
the Go-Betweens - The Friends Of Rachel Worth
Steve Earle Transcendental Blues
Vandermark 5 Burn the Incline
Patrick Amorys Listening Pile:
1. Small Faces Small Faces (Castle 180 gram vinyl)
2. Lee Morgan Indeed! (Blue Note Japanese vinyl)
3. Circus 2000 Circus 2000 (Vinyl Magic CD)
4. Incredible String Band The Chelsea Sessions 1967
(Pigs Whisker CD)
5. Fresh Maggots Fresh Maggots (Si-Wan CD)
6. Dr. Dre 2001 (Aftermath CD)
7. Brahms Piano Concerto No. 1 (Rubinstein/Reiner/CSO)
8. Elliott Smith XO (Dreamworks CD)
9. Loud Family live tracks (MP3s)
10. The Fucking Champs IV (Drag City CD)
1. Blectum From Blechdom - Snauses & Mallards e.p.
2. Beige - I Dont Either LP
3. The 45 King - April e.p.
4. Move D/ Thomas Meinecke - Freuds Baby CD
5. Mathew Herbert - live in Maria am Ostbahnhof
6. Sluta Leta - Space Is The Place e.p.
7. Nine Yards Orchestra - Our Backyard LP
8. Absynth - the virtual synth, not the drink (although the
drink is nice too)
9. Them - the hip hop group, not the 60s beat combo (although
Van Morrison is okay too)
10. Slipper - Invisible Movies LP
MP. Lancaster, Mount Florida
- Monolake - interstate
- The Wisdom Of Harry - house of binary
- King Crimson - Red
(Id forgotten how powerful this album is)
- Man live in london 1975
- the mp3s from the reaktor site vairious bands from a Reaktor
instruments gig in berlin
- Frank zappa - hot rats
- soft machine 6 (so many jazzy drum loops.... oops the secrets
- yet another fall collection cd
- pink floyd live 1966/69 downloads (birth of punk??)
Gerard Cosloy, Matador Records
Cex - Role Model (Tiger Beat6)
V/A - Putting The Morr Back In Morrisey (Morr Music)
Sole - Bottle Of Humans (Anticon)
Dettinger - Oasis (Kompact)
7 Hurts - Audiophilliac (Output)
Eleventh Dream Day - Stalled Parade (Thrill Jockey)
Not-See TV: death to all reality based television
programs (Survivor, Big Brother, Castaway,
Jailbreak, etc.). Valuable prime-time hours that
could be devoted to real culture (a chat show hosted by King
Kong Bundy, opera in the nude, an Eric Roberts film festival)
are being pissed away.
September 5, 2000
Yo La Tengo Now that the session work is done, theyre
reduced to playing for free
In the aftermath of 3 nights playing alongside Ray Davies
at Manhattans Jane Street Theatre, Yo La Tengo are preparing
for an performance at the Union Sq. Virgin Megastore on Wednesday,
September 13 (7pm). Capacity is limited to however many people
can fit in the store before security freaks out. Wed
give you a precise number, but it all depends on whether some
of the crowd had a heavy lunch that day, or how many children
are in attendance. If youd rather stay in and watch
television, Yo La Tengos recent performance of You
Can Have It All on Late Night WIth Conan OBrien
will be repeated on NBC, October 9.
Live Human Driving their way in your heart
Andrew, Albert and Quest have a bunch of West Coast dates
coming up supporting the Tom Tom Club (no, we didnt
know they were still making records, either), after which
theyll be heading to the East Coast for shows TBA (soon).
Please check the tour dates.
Acting Is An Art Form, Too
Mark Ibold had a bit part in Strangers and Candy
Tuesday night... He played the bassist in a garage band led
by Geris brother. His name on the show was Mark.
Ive not seen the program, but apparently it isnt
one those shows where anyone gets voted off or banished or
anything, so if you dont see Mark on TV again anytime
soon, it isnt because the other cast members hate him.
The roar of the greasepaint, the smell of the crowd
Check the tour dates section for some upcoming Mary T.
solo events. And you can catch her brand new band, Green IV
at Tonic (107 Norfolk St., NYC) this Sunday night, September
Red Snapper Accompanying a
classical (we hope) remake
Temper from the Making Bones LP/CD will
be featured in Get Carter the remake of
the Michael Caine classic, starring Sylvester Stallone and
yup Michael Caine (!). Opens October 6th - very wide. Of course,
this isnt the first time Michael and Rambo have worked
together. Who could forget Escape To Victory,
which featured the trio of Caine, Stallone and Pele? Possibly
the greatest soccer film of all time, only matched by the
Rodney Dangerfield / Jackée masterpiece Ladybugs
(and that had a very good soundtrack as well).
Mecca Normal / Jean Smith
Putting the um in Matador alumni
Check the tour dates section, Jean Smith and Mecca Normal
(newly signed to Kill Rock Stars) have a slew of October dates
in support of Godspeed You Black Emperor.
Matador & God Wed rather not talk about
On the advice of our friends at the Anti-Defamation League,
Matador Records pledges to stop referring to God in our occasional
news updates. We realize that you are entitled to freedom
from religion just as much as you are freedom of religion,
and profusely apologize for recent remarks. Wed also
like to say we are sorry for all the subliminal messages weve
included in recent consumer advertisements, as well as the
religious messages scrawled in the run-off grooves of our
vinyl releases (this was merely our way of trying to thank
those of you who still purchase vinyl).