Very hard for this writer to tell what the big deal is about
a listening party. It isnt as though theres
any free food or drinks, and there is very little chance of
Chris Lombardi busting out the karoke jams on line, so how
good a party can it possibly be? Well, when you have a chance
to check out tracks from Red Snappers latest album,
Our Aim Is To Satisfy..., were talking about
the next best thing. Bask in the wonderment, thanks to our
friends at Yahoo Broadcast and prepare
to be fulfilled.
(hearts) overpriced rock conventions
The music business is mean (and we mean it, man). To commemorate
another invasion of NYC by the greats, near-greats and just
plain zero-talents of todays deal-hunting landscape,
we are presenting an evening of live entertainment this Friday,
October 20 at The Westbeth Theatre (Lower W. Side, Manhattan).
Featured performers will include Bardo Pond, Pole, MC Paul
Barman, Mr. Len (spinning), the NY debut of Live Human, and
the U. S. debut of The Wisdom Of Harry. Early attendees will
receive a special- secret- superduper- mystery- what-is-it?
Item that is most assuredly, not for sale. OK, its a
CD. A goddamn promo CD that costs us just pennies to manufacture,
so we expect you to drop whatever youre doing just on
the off chance you might get to hold it for a few hours before
getting drunk and ending up in some strange mans apartment.
Like a freebie CD is gonna be of much help when that happens!
But seriously folks, we know there are other big name events
that evening, but youve got to trust us when we tell
you they are all guaranteed to disappoint. On the other hand,
virtually every convention-related event promoted and booked
by Matador over the past ten years has resulted in a life-affirming
spectacle that patrons couldnt stop talking about years
to come. Do you remember the year Billy Ruane pulled the plug
on Bailter Space? The night Bob Pollard refused to drink more
than 3 beers on stage, thus violating his contract with the
label? Or the time Liz Phair self-immolated and we had to
hypnotize the entire audience into believing it didnt
happen? Do you really want to risk missing out on history
in your lifetime?
Geometry is out,
and so is Dylan
The staggeringly complex & badass Geometry album
is just out this week, and as performing artists are wont
to do, Dylan Nathan is currently on tour in the UK as part
of the Planet Mu roadshow. Said package tour will arrive in
NYC on October 28th for one night at the Frying Pan (Chelsea
Piers), and will also feature a performance by Planet Mu labelmate
Capitol K, whose new album is also very complex and badass,
in equal measures.
dälek All over the map
With Matadors November release of the new Techno Animal/dalek
12", Megaton b/w Classical Homicide
(Single Of The Week, according to the worlds biggest
Belle & Sebastian fan, Steven Wells), the 2 groups are
preparing for a European tour later this month. In addition,
dalek are in heavy demand...
a remix of the new 2nd Gen single, And/Or
by Techno Animal featuring dalek will be available on Novamute
Recordings in early 2001.
dälek and the oktopus have teamed up with Komplx
of the Labteks to produce the upcoming full length from Oddateee.
Production of a Labtek full length is also in the works.
dälek, still, and the oktopus have been working
as part of the William Hooker Ensemble. The ensemble also
includes William Hooker, Mark Hennen, Jesse Henry, and Tor
Snyder. Look for a possible full length release Live
at the Knitting Factory recorded in August 2000 as well
as upcoming performances. The William Hooker Ensemble will
be performing at Princeton University on December 8th.
dälek will be remixing Ruin It, Ruin Them,
Ruin Yrself, Then Ruin Me from Kid 606s recent
meisterwork Down With The Scene
Lesser Censorship sucks
Last Sundays (Oct. 14) Bottom Of The Hill (SF) gig
featuring Oval, Kid 606 and Lesser, was cancelled when Markus
Popp (Oval) objected to Lessers participation. It seems
that Mr. Popp took exception to what he considered to be the
promotion of mail-order brides, as exemplified by the sleeve
art to Lessers Welcome To The American Experience
(Vinyl Communications). Please, somebody buy this guy a sense
of humor. (I meant Markus, btw). The new Lesser album, Gearhound
is schedule for January release via Matador Europe, following
a midwestern US tour alongside Kid 606, Cex and Blechtum From
Helpful Advice From Ben Goldberg:
Heres how not to approach the press department asking
for a promotional copy. This has been edited for brevity and
to protect the guilty:
Id still like to get a copy of YO LA TANGOs last
record so I can get familiar with them. I talk to a lot of
people in this industry and get asked who I think is "hot"
all the time. From what Ive heard so far...I think I
might become a fan of these guys...though, I must say...I
AM NOT a fan of the bands name.
Im sorry to say we have limited promo quantities and
are currently only sending out CDs to support their upcoming
tour. However, I will definitely keep you in mind for their
future releases and anything else it seems like you may like...
To which this person wrote:
Hmmmmmm... thats really too bad. For them. If you uh...
manage to dig one up anytime soon... let me know... I wouldnt
be inclined to write about them without hearing that last
record. I think you know what I mean.
Crazy stuff, eh? Well, Ben is to be applauded (standing, even)
for defusing this tense situation with diplomacy. But if Rex
Reed really wants a Yo La Tengo album, I say we send him one
before he gets caught stealing it.
Mogwai New recordings,
lots of travel, new stuff in 2001
If you run into someone who looks a little like Stuart
Braithwaite in or around NYC this week, there is no need to
call the police. Unless he was running after you with a tire
iron. Mogwai are in & out of town, toiling furiously over
the long-awaited follow-up to 1999s Come On Die
Young. Recorded once again with the assistance of good
friend Dave Friddman, we are expecting something substantially
different from the last Mogwai album. For one thing, theyll
probably call it something else and manage to come up with
a new sleeve. Beyond that, youre just gonna have to
The magic of Television.
Not the band, the idiot box. And they dont call
it an idiot box because it looks like Richard Lloyd. Teevee
addicts can catch the strains of Live Humans Elephants
Bliss and Cat Powers Salty Dog on
an upcoming episode of the Fox program Freaky Links.
Ive not seen it myself, swearing off all television
until Shasta McNasty comes back on the air.
Also, the music of Couch was recently selected to serve as
the instrumental backing for an advertisement touting the
virtues of the Fleet Banking empire. Seeing as these financial
wizards already affixed their name to the replacement for
the venerable Boston Garden, we are hoping that this Couch
deal is the first step in eventually selling the naming writes
to Matadors New York offices. It might be a bit of a
tongue teaser for Shelby to have to say Matador Records
at The Fleet Towers every time the phone rings, but
we could really use the money. If the other tenants have a
problem with it, screw em, thats why were
on the top floor.
Pizzicato Five Only in theatres
P5s classic "Twiggy Twiggy" can be heard during
the new Charlies Angels motion picture.
We asked Lyle if there wasnt any way we could get some
P5 songs in the Charlies Angels TV show too, but he
just stomped out of the room looking angry. OK, so were
not up on popular culture, at least none of us wasted our
creative genius as a script doctors for some cheesy event
movie when I couldve been making a new Chavez album.
Which reminds me, congratulations to Clay Tarver on his excellent
work on the, uh, Charlies Angels movie. Hey, heres
a good one for you! The voice of Charlie on the
TV was none other than John Forsythe, the guy who played the
part of Blake Carrington on Dynasty. The voice
of KITT, the talking car on Knight Rider, was
supplied by... oh fuck. Whats his name, that old guy
who was always so crabby on St. Elsewhere. Hopefully,
dropping tidbits like these at parties will help make you
a more popular person.
The Pulitzer Prize Vs. Putz Of The Century.
The best way of dealing with hate speech is not necessarily
to stifle it, but sometimes to expose its practitioners
for the numbskulls they truly are. And sometimes, little comment
is necessary. The following appeared in a recent issue of
Elemental Magazine. Perhaps you, or someone you know, would
enjoy corresponding with the author and/our his publishers
after reading the following essay.
"underground culture" issue 22
"WILL YOU STAND UP FOR HIP-HOP
OR BEND OVER?"
by jamarhl crawford
recently, there has been an increased advancement of homosexual
ideals contrasting the family values rhetoric pushed by
the moral majority establishment. in a short time, society
shifted from no gay representation to oversaturation and
inundation. blame it on that damn ellen, one of the more
recent blonde-haired blue-eyed white girls to come cause
the gay movement has been thrust into the forefront and
even frequently compared to the black power movement and
the civil/equal rights struggle. homosexual people have
equeated themselves to black people in this country and
seek to establish their status as a separate group. judging
from the legislation being pushed for affirmative action,
adoption, marriage, HMO sex change coverage, they seem to
have the financial and grassroots support to pull it off.
ultimately, the enviable term "minority" would be even-handedly
applied to encompass black, latino, asian, indian and gay.
isnt america great?
the trickle down theory dictates that eventually the duplication
and assimilation that comes with homosexual integration
into the mainstream would trickle down to permeate all aspects
of society, and it has. we see it in TV and film, where
he flamboyant or funny "gay" character is prevalent or when
comedians & actors don drag for a cheap laugh, a cheap thrill
and a cheap price. even for our youth, cartoonish lavender
& green dinosaurs skip gleefully in homoerotic psychedelic
fantasias with pink teletubbies sporting full triangular
symbology. in music, we cant help but notice sisqo the
flaming dragon, platinum blonde in shiny sequenced outfits,
breathe fire while declaring his faux machismo with a hard,
sexy and tough DMX like twan and blain in a men on hip-hop
skit. hated it.
"wait a minute! they crossed the line now! you mean to tell
me DMX is doing songs with sisqo!?! until recently, hip-hop
had been safe, at least from all outward displays of frilliness.
although there has been speculation as to the inclinations
of LL, Dre, Meth & Red, DMX, Puffy & Mase, Latifah, Lyte,
Queen Pen, Deadly Venoms, Brat, Q-Tip, Wyclef and countless
others im sure, no one has "come out" so to speak. hip-hop
seems to bite the government rap "dont ask, dont tell"
although intelligent people know that homosexuality is behind
the scenes in every genre of the entertainment industry.
right now lesbian imagery is chic for all the videos and
the powers that be are well aware of the trends -- they
should be, they set them and pass them to the entertainment
industry who then pass them on to us.
homosexuality has been a part of their power structure as
far back as it goes and today is no different. caesar couldve
been a label owner, king james a distributor, shakespeare
a magazine editor and caligula couldve been uncle luke
and invented true bootie music with hip-hop flesh fests
resembling roman orgies. hip-hop fashion is fixated ona
homosexual dominated industry where Versace symobolizes
the epitome of jigginess. in places like atlanta and NY
i have seen gays in all the hip-hop gear, baggy FUBU jeans,
Timberland boots, complete with frost bit limp wrists. i
assume every extreme present in out culture is present in
theirs. sellouts, militants, gangstas, etc. enter homo thugs
and homo homeboys.
i overstand that every special interest group is clamoring
to get a piece of hip-hop pie (now that its popular) but
can we draw a line somewhere in hip-hop or is it just comap
come along now? the floodgates of racial integration in
hip-hop have already been opened, but are we ready for the
closet doors to fling open like "see me, love me"? can hip-hop
handle a sexual revolution, especially a homosexual one?
while surfing the net i came across Rainbo Flava, a gay
hip-hop crew out of san fran who include white and black
gays and lesbians. with aliases like Superdyke 2000 and
allegiances to crews like the deep dickollective i think
we are in for some shit, no pun intended.
somehow i dont think MC RuPaul would go over too big and
i think the leap from backpackers to fudgepackers might
be extreme. gay hip hop sounds as crazy as gay reggae...
it aint happening. thankfully, hip-hop shares much in common
with reggae and the urban environments of jamaica and america
have bred Rudeboys and Homeboys who are very protective
of their manhood. the boom bap aint too far from the boom
bye bye and for that reason i believe that hip-hop and reggae
will be the toughest battlegrounds from homosexual integrationists.
Habits of The Young & Well-Connected:
Motley Crue: Too Fast for Love
Memphis Jug Band
Blind Willie McTell: 1927-1935
Barbecue Bob - chocolate to the bone
All Natural Lemon and Lime Flavors - "Turning Into Small"
Bjork - "SelmaSongs"
Jeff Buckley - "Grace"
Dead Meadow - "s/t"
Bob Dylan - "Time Out Of Mind"
Michael Gordon - "Trance"
Jeru the Damaja - "Wrath of the Math"
Charles Mingus - "13 Pictures Anthology"
Tom Petty - "WildFlowers"
RadioHead - "Kid A"
Eric B. and Rakim - "Let the Rhythm Hit Em"
Scientist - "HeavyWeight Dub Champion"
Shakti - "with John McLaughlin"
Our managers mouth, he wont shut up.
Christy Simpson, Matador Records
1. Jimmy Buffet - Songs You Know By Heart. I actually do
know every song by heart. All of them. Chalk that up to a South
Florida upbringing and an early affection for tequila, I suppose.
Never underestimate a man who can write a feel good rock song
about a cheeseburger.
2. Load - Feel The Power. Southern hardcore from my hometown
of Hollywood, FL. Chock full of insane rantings like Anything
is better than watching you shove corn dogs down your throat
while watching a Julia Roberts movie. Corn Dogs? What
can be more southern and hardcore than corn dogs? (Besides Baptists,
3. Placebo - Black Market Music. Brian Molkos best Geddy
Lee to date with his trademark oozing swarminess. Or maybe thats
gushing swankiness? Dripping self indulgence? Just file under
I Feel Dirty.
4. Early Edison - S/T. I like guitar driven pop. A lot. I also
like key lime pie and the word gumbo limbo, but that has very
little to do with Early Edison. Although, I cant imagine they
wouldnt like key lime pie if they would only just give it a
try. It is the indie-est of all the pies, you know.
Doug Nyces hot sh*t List
Unspoken Heard "Truly Unique" (Sevenheads Ent)
Sound Providers "The Difference" (ABB)
Que D "Quite Delicious" (Fat Beats)
The Grass Roots "Body Language" (Conception Records)
Buc Fifty "Electric Chair Rhyming" (Battle Axe)
J-Live "Stir of Echos" (Sevenheads ent.)
Mas Pyke "Umpires" (Bukarance records)
J-Rawls "The Essense Of..." (GrooveAttack)
Canibal Ox "Iron Galaxy" (Def Jux)
Matador Salutes CMJ The Only Way We Know How: By Charging
You Money To Stand In A Crowded Room
The following artists will be playing Matadors
CMJ-related event (we refuse to call it a showcase
on the grounds that showcases suck. All of them.)
MC Paul Barman
The Wisdom Of Harry (U.S. debut)
This massive event will take place Friday evening, October
20th at the Westbeth Theatre on the beautiful lower west side
of Manhattan. The between-performance DJ chores will be handled
by Mr. Len. All of those in paying attendence will receive
a commemorative gift (which may or may not be a ticket stub,
depending on our production schedule).
You might recall that several years ago, we celebrated a CMJ-related
event by handing out a 7" single box set of unreleased tracks
by the evenings performers, under the catchy title The
Robert Haber Memorial Box Set. Well, as it turned out,
Mr. Haber, the esteemed publisher of CMJ, was not actually
deceased. He wasnt even sick. Imagine our embarrassment.
Anyhow, wed like to apologize to Mr. Haber, his friends
and family, and anyone who mightve been misled by our
error. We couldnt afford a fact-checker back then, but
hey, neither can most of the magazines that write about our
Pole live action in the U.S. of fucking A
10.12 LA - El Ray
10.14 SF - CCAC - California College of Arts and Crafts
10.20 NYC - Westbeth Theatre
w/ The Wisdom Of Harry, Live Human, MC Paul Barman, Bardo
10.21 Montreal - Excentris
We wouldve told you sooner, but we need to prove we
could keep a secret.
Lesser Live Event You dont say?
rednecks indiepunks whiteboys and assholes beware!
"bringin you the PhatPPC3.6.2 in the 00!!"
with special guests t.b.c.
sunday october 15th at 7Hz in san francisco
Mention that youve taken abuse from any of the above
artists at the door and get in free! (There was no definition
of abuse on the bulk mailing I got, so maybe you
can just file this one next to zero-tolerance policy.
Just pay the $10. - GC)
Sad Rocket Live Event-ish
Andrew Pekler, aka Sad Rockets, will be spinning live at Tonic
(107 Norfolk, NYC) on Friday, October 6, 9PM. Free to all
21 and over. With special guests Comae performing a live set
and resident DJs Mike Wolf and Timeblind.
Nightmares On Wax Kicking it around
Hey hey hey, N.O.W. are the latest addition to the excellent
DJ Kicks series on Studio
K7; The album is out now and features rare stuff from
N.O.W., A Tribe Called Quest, Kenny Dope, DJ Premier and others.
To add to the list of things that
members of Come are doing:
Thalia Zedek will perform a set at Threadwaxing Space
on Tuesday Oct. 3rd. Accompanying her on viola/violin will
be David Michael Curry of the Willard Grant Conspiracy. Both
Thalia and Chris Brokaw recently performed with Davids
Empty House Cooperative at the Middle East. Chris played guitar
and Thalia played flute. Arrive early (8:00) for the T.Wing
space, as the various performers (readings, spoken words,
music etc.) will be doing short sets at unconfirmed times.
Expect to hear her excellent version of Leonard Cohens
Dance Me to the End of Love. Thalia is also (tbc)
on a bill with Evan Dando on October 18th at the Brattle Theatre
in Harvard Sq., Cambridge, MA. Look in the tour dates update
for more TZ and CB-related shows. Meanwhile we wait patiently
for the live return of Come....
Solex Archived, for your pleasure
If you somehow missed the recent Solex Peel session, theres
no need to hang yourself (unless, of course, theres
something else bothering you). The entire performance can
be heard, for the next few weeks at least, at the BBC
Person who isnt on Matador appears on record
Deanna Varagona, who many people know as that girl
who plays horns in Lambchop, has a new record called
Tangled Messages on the Star Star Stereo label
out of Millwaukee Wisconson. The sharp eyed people out there
may have noticed Deannas contribution (along w/other
Lambchopers) to Yo La Tengos cover of the Bonzo Dog
Bands Ready-Mades on the You Can Have It
All 7"/CD5 (OLE-439). And although she no longer works for
them we loved her in the role of Chicago area Sales Represenative
for DNA. The record also features contributions from many
people from bands that people have heard of.
Dave Martin reports:
Out now on Mille Plateaux is Bit Sand Riders a Pluramon
remix album. Mogwai remixes Hintergrund and Matmos
also fuck w/Hintergrund adding banjo, toy piano
and a bunch of other crap. The record also features such names
as: High Llamas, Lee Ranaldo, SND, Merzbow, FX Randomiz, Sensorama,
Hecker, Atom and Pluramon them/himself. It isnt as good
as the regular Pluramon records, but it is listenable
all the same.
Also, Pluramon are playing at the Knitting Factory this
Tuesday, October 3 w/Kid 606 and Datatchi and they are playing
an instore at Other Music on Monday night. They will have
a drummer, but it will not be Jaki Liebezeit.
P5 They are smoking (but you shouldnt be?)
Starting 9/28 Pizzicato Fives Concerto
will be heard in thetruth.com
television commercial, The Beach, presumably better
than the film of the same, but possibly not as good as the
book that Donovan claimed was so good. The ad will be showing
across the United States, denoucing the evils of nicotine.
Observational/tastes from staff & artistic types:
Helen Rush (Matador Records)
Groundhogs - "Split" (Liberty)
Double Leopards - "The Axe Helve"
(Heavy Conversation) (vinyl only)
Hall Of Fame "S/T" (Siltbreeze)
The Incredible String band -
"The Chelsea Sessions 1967" (Pigs Whisker Music)
Art Ensemble of Chicago -
"Les Stances a Sophie" (Universal Sound)
Burkhard Stangl/Christof Kurzmann - "schnee" (erstwhile)
PG six live at Tonic (NYC) -- Pat Gublar performing solo.
Dean Roberts (w/ Alan Licht, Matt Valentine & Tim Barnes)
live at Tonic (NYC)
My Best Fiend dir. Werner Herzog
Well most Philip K. Dick, I havent been able to kick
the habit for a few years now. My favorite pulp/sci fi author
MC Paul Barman
Rap-related rhymes that rhyme with "Hey you":
debut (EP, "Its Very Stimulating")
Jeru (The Damager)
Stay True (Ghostface song, Supreme Clientele)
K.U. (Khaos Unique, Dels hype man)
Jesper Eklow, Matador Records
Sad Rockets - Transition
I really hope people have enough of the olde attention span
to get to the end of the rainbow and pick up the goddam pot
of gold that is track 12. "Half-Tone Freeze" and track 13.
Robin Williamson - Mirrormans Sequences DBL CD
Being an ex-member of Incredible String Band used to be a
crime, heres one case where history actually changed
reality or the other way around. Lots of people try
it these days, not too many (as in zero) succeed.
Crushed Butler - Uncrushed 10"
Still a hit, I guess people raving over the lame stylings
of JPT Scare Band havent heard this or Split,
Morgen, Ballpower, RocknRoll
Outlaw, Troyka - the list is endless, as good boogie
Spoon - Love Ways CD EP
The long-awaited return of the band with the weirdest label-ambivalence
history I can think of. Awesome stuff, but whats up
with the reverb/echo/room feel on EVERYTHING?
Piero Camporesi - The Fear of Hell and all the others too
for that matter (Land of Hunger, Juice of Life, Bread of Dreams,
Incorruptible Flesh etc etc) - just as minblowing/ spellbinding/
petrifying the second time around, best writer around since
Calvino fell off the chair, and Camporesi isnt even
Church of Naradhama - Ken Brenninger - the man, his music,
the voicemail message... they sound like the stuff between
songs on Space Ritual, strange and out of touch.
FUCK YOU: Eminem, Calexico. Same type of pathetic hack job,
but at least one is a lot richer than the other (a lot younger
Beats he hopes to be pumping in Air Force 2 (someday)
M.O.T.O. - "Im On Top Of The World On Top Of The World"
GG Allin & The Murder Junkies - "Legalize Murder"
N2Deep - "Back To The Hotel"
Terre Thaemlitz - "Selling"
Saccharine Trust - "We Dont Need Freedom"
The Feederz - Teachers In Space (album)
Robbie Williams - Sing When Youre Winning (album)
Stone Temple Pilots - 4 (album)
Zagar & Evans - "Aftermath"