Preston School Of Industry Rumoriffic
Were very pleased to announce that later in 2001,
Matador will be releasing a new full-length album by the Bay
Area rock n roll band known as the Preston School
Of Industry. Those of you who have been lucky enough to catch
their recent performances around the US opening for the likes
of Mogwai, the White Stripes and others, know better than
we do that this band have great songs, charisma and style
literally dripping from every pore. Led by Pavement founder
Spiral Stairs, PSOI will have a new 10"/CD EP on Spirals
Amazing Grease label very soon, followed not long afterwards
by the Matador full-length.
Belle & Sebastian Just when you thought wed
never tell you anything.
Massive news from the Belle & Sebastian camp (which is
actually more like an office or a personal computer. They
dont really have a camp per se and with
the exception of certain survivalist groups we dont
know anyone who does). Theres a new single coming in
June, Jonathan and David, backed with Take
Your Carriage Clock and The Loneliness of the
Middle Distance Runner on 7", 12" and CD5. If that wasnt
thrilling enough, the band are currently putting the finishing
touches on a soundtrack album for the forthcoming, the-title-is-top-secret
motion picture from director Todd Solondz (Happiness,
Welcome To The Dollhouse). Matador will be releasing
this album in Autumn 2001, and well have more information
to share with you once were allowed to release it, but
since this movie features the man already acclaimed by one
of us as The Christ of Character Actors, Paul
Giamatti, its place in filmic history would be assured even
if it sucked. Which it most assuredly doesnt.
Thalia Zedek One of the planets finest vocalists
and her forthcoming solo debut
Dates & titles are still in that TBA netherworld,
but later this year well be releasing a solo album from
Thalia Zedek, the phenomenal vocalist/guitarist whose contributions
to bands including Come, Uzi, Live Skull and the Dangerous
Birds, have long made her a favorite of ours and yours too,
well bet. With the assistance of producer Bryce Goggin
(Come, Chavez, Bettie Serveert), Thalia is nearing completion
on an album were confident will reestablish her as an
awesome talent worthy of fear and respect. OK, maybe not fear.
But this does bring us to the age-old question, is it better
to be feared or respected? Some would argue that only through
fear can you maintain power. Others would argue that true
power can only be gained through mutual respect and understanding.
I dont really have an opinion on this and hopefully
you dont either. We have lots of work to do around here
without bogged down in philosophical debate.
Malkmus + Jicks on Letterman, No Flipping,
A helpful reminder that Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks
will be performing their new single, Jenny & The
Ess Dog on CBS The Late Show with David
Letterman this Tuesday night (tonight) at 11:30pm (EST).
The first person who can tell us that last time a Matador
artist appeared on this fine program (you must name the artist,
the air date and the other guests who appeared) will win their
choice of Nils cell phone number or a (non-autographed)
photo of Alan Thicke. Matador reserves the right to substitute
prizes. No employees or family members are eligible to win.
Mogwai New EP that should by no means
distract you from the important task of purchasing Rock
Action the day it comes out:
On the heels of Mogwais recent US tour selling out
venues all over the place, we have news that the band have
released a new CD EP on the Temporary Residence label, Travels
In Constants Vol. 12. We dont have any free copies
of this EP to give you, so please ask someone else.
Mark Eitzel upcoming free NY solo
While in town doing promo stuff for the May release of
The Invisible Man, Mark Eitzel will also be doing
a special acoustic performance at 7pm, Monday April 16 at
the Housing Works Used Book Cafe. (126 Crosby Street in NYC,
Btwn Houston and Prince, 1 block east of Broadway)
Housing Works is a non-profit organization that provides housing,
health care, job training, advocacy, and many other services
for homeless New Yorkers living with HIV and AIDS. All proceeds
from book and food sales at the Cafe benefit Housing Works.
The gig itself is free, but if youd like to make a donation
or purchase something, that would be great.
Khan phoned this one in:
Some news from south of the border. Im playing
tonight at a new private club where Im the first non-Spanish
speaking host in Mexico City. I also have an offer of running
a Wed. weekly lesbian club night at "el Punto" in Mexico D.F.
The club is known as a rehearsal space for music fanatic kids
who rehearse their moves in front of a big mirror at the club.
They copy the exact moves of all pop videos. Khan finally
got his own dance company.
The Wisdom of Harry Updated
Professor Pete Astor (whats he building in there?)
is currently recording in Bigfoot studios. Lots of words and
guitar playing, sounding like Duane Eddy meeting 57
Elvis in space. Sometimes. And as Ellis Island Sound, together
with his musical partner David Sheppard, the Manic Street
Preachers Ocean Spray is being teased into
a Penguin Cafe-type shape, featuring massed acoustic guitars
and melodicas over the ever-funky Bentley Rhythm Ace. A new
CD single of Coney Island Of Your Mind has just
come out in UK, along with some non-album material including
a cover of The Falls Rebellious Jukebox.
D-Stroy Shares his thoughts with
you lucky readers
If this one dont get up, I give up on taking
part in these updates. Sup monkey people? IM great,
sore as hell, just got back from hosting a Burton Snowboard
event for the first time. It was intense. The mountains were
sick and the weather was dope. I busted my ass so much that
I wanted to beat up all the little 8 year old kids that were
showing off doing tricks. Yeah, I called a couple of them
punks but they went by so fast they didnt hear me. I
died laughing for hours every time I fell. New single, Roll
Out 12" out 5/22, the most important record cause its
the first of the D-Stroy/Pyrobot movement.
Listening piles. Because home taping is killing home cd burning.
Patrick Amory, Matador Records
1. The Kinks "The Great Lost Kinks Album" LP (Reprise)
2. Atlantic Ocean "Tranquillity [sic] Bay" LP (Love)
3. The New Year "Newness Ends" LP (Touch & Go)
4. Spoon "Girls Can Tell" LP (Merge)
5. Coloured Balls "Ball Power" LP (EMI AUS)
6. Kaleidoscope "The Fairfield Parlour Years" dbl CD (Kaleidoscope
7. Them "Time In! Time Out For Them" LP (Tower)
8. Status Quo "Blue For You" LP (Vertigo)
9. Status Quo "Quo" LP (Vertigo)
10. Status Quo "On The Level" LP (Vertigo)
But frankly as wonderful as all these records are, "The Great
Lost Kinks Album" is really #1 and the rest are #91-99.
Doug Nyces cookies and treats list.
Self Scientific -- "The Self Science" LP (SOL Music Works)
Lone Catalysts -- "Place to be" (BUKA)
D-Stroy -- "The Show Must Go On" (Matador)
Jay Dee -- "Welcome To Detroit" LP (BBE)
Cappadonna -- "Supermodel" (Epic)
SoundProviders feat. Grap Luva -- "Who Am I" (ABB)
Wes Mongomery -- Boss Guitar (Riverside)
Unspoken Heard -- "This Is Me" (Sevenheads)
J-Zone feat. Huggy Bear -- "Live from Pimp Palace East" (Eastern
Dave Martin, Matador Records
1. Monsieur Jeffery Evans "Live At Shangri-La Records:
Ive Lived A Rich Life" Record of the year and people
are going to have to go a long way to beat it. 2. OOIOO Live.
3. The Now Time Delegation "Watch For Today"
4. Screamers "In A Better World" Dbl CD of Live & Demo stuff
5. The Stars "Today"
6. Steffan Basho Junghans "Inside"
7. Modey Lemon "You Bug Me / Combustion (bring it on)"
8. The Karl Hendricks Rock Band "Thank God We Have Limes"
9. Howe Gelb "Confluence"
10. Autechre "Confield"
Mr Pete Astor (The Wisdom Of Harry) currently
endorses the following musical things:
The Modern Age by The Strokes - fucking irresistible!
J.J. Cale - Naturally LP - particularly the drum box tracks,
the tape hiss and the albums thirty-two minute length.
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds - "As I Sat Sadly By Her Side" and
"God Is in the House" from the new album. Such intelligence,
such passion, such psychosis! Noodles - The Complete Death
Of Cool - the perfect accompaniment to a quick game of Star
"Music Arcade" - Giant Sand - a song that stopped me in my
tracks, but I have no idea why.
Gerard Cosloy, Matador Records
M.Ward - upcoming CD (Loose)
Company Flow / Ill Bill - Simian D aka Feeling Ignorant
Alias - Final Act (Anticon)
Grand Agent - By Design (Groove Attack)
Mark Robinson - EM CD (Teenbeat)
Jan Jelinick - Loop-Finding-Jazz-Record (scape)
April 1, 2001
- 1 April 2001
by J. Jack Monty and Sam Flax
"MATASTER" PROGRAM GIVES AWAY RECORDS FOR FREE
New York, NY -- In a strategic move designed to change
music industry forever, Matador Records will launch the "Mataster"
program. A program that will allow listeners to get records
for free, while charging radio stations and writers for promos.
"Well be post dating the promo fees to cover the last
ten years of free records," said Matadors financial
guru Adam Carrol. "We will also charge for postage, at the
current domestic rate of course" said Carrol. "Plans are in
the works to levy additional charges handling and insurance
and incidentals. We just need to figure out what we can get
away with." "Mataster" distributions of the free CDs will
be centered around keggers and drum-circles at college campuses,
Jell-o shot nights at bars and at Taco Bells.
REISSUE SERIES TO CONTINUE WITH JAZZ
Jazzville, Non-Player Town -- Riding the sales momentum
of Ken Burns JAZZ series, Matador will release a 400
cd box set of Louis Armstrongs catalog. The set -- listing
at $5,000 US ($7,000 CANADA) -- will cover such career highlights
as Louis first attempts at smoking weed, as well as
his first use of the word "cats" -- which was pronounced as
"elephants" -- and a never-before-heard track of him wiping
sweat from his forehead. If successful, Matador will follow
up the Armstrong release with a 500 CD box set of Wynton Marsalis.
Tentatively titled, "Hey! Look at me! I am the non-threatening
cherubic face of homogenized Jazz!" the set is considered
so dense that the liner notes themselves will need their own
ZIP code. Highlights of the set include Wynton brilliantly
kissing his own ass, as well as his memorable firing of all
the white Jews from the Lincoln Center Jazz Band. Future titles
in Matadors re-issue series will include a daring entre
into Country/Techno which will be released on piano-roll only,
the preferred medium of Country/Techno lovers. Look for it
MARK EITZEL SWITCH SET LISTS
Stonerville College -- In an unprecedented musical
move sensitive-songster Mark Eitzel will take on the heavy
sounds of Mogwai while Mogwai will explore their sensitive-songster
side. "We discussed the idea at SXSW, and thought wed
do it at SXSE, but then realized theres no such thing
as SXSE so we decided to do it NXSW to debut the new set."
The daring move was decided when both artists said they would
rather tour on each others records. "Its like musically
sharing a t-shirt with your roommate. Or a pizza," said the
very enthusiastic Eitzel. "Im so bored with playing
the new set, so I decided to play Mogwais." "I figure
all I need was about 8,000 more amps, a drummer and a distortion
pedal & Im ready to go!" Although unavailable for comment,
Mogwai dove headfirst into the endeavor by holing up in Marks
apartment deciding which of his trademark hats they should
IN OTHER LABELS: I GOTTA BE LIEB!
TV Theme-Land, TV -- TVT will be releasing a special
edition soundtrack for that commercial starring TVT president
Steve Gottlieb. The record will contain such beloved highlights
as "Steve on the cell phone in a restaurant," "Steve checking
his stock quotes in the recording studio," plus from the 80s
Reissue Series, "Steve Gottliebs Pony Tail (Jason Nevins
Remix 89)." "The explosive success of such soundtracks
as Grumpier Old Men, Species 2, The
Fan, and Spy Kids will carry over to the
release of the Steve Gottlieb Commercial Soundtrack
said TVT label rep Samuel Flaxton. A special limited edition
2-CD set will include an extended remix of "Steves Theme"
by Trent Reznor.
WCW DONATES MERCHANDISE TO THE HOMELESS
McMahonville, WWF -- In the wake of the WWFs
(World Wrestling Federations) acquisition of rival WCW
(World Championship Wrestling), the WCW has announced it will
donate all WCW merchandise to the homeless. "Lets face
it," said former WCW owner Ted Turner, "these shirts and crap
arent worth much anymore." The plan -- which will clothe
the nations growing homeless population while giving
Turner a massive tax write-off -- calls for the immediate
airlift of all t-shirts, hats and drinking paraphernalia to
the nations poor and needy. "I am looking forward to
getting a stack of Nitro-Girl shirts and hats for me and my
family," said Washington, DC homeless man Buddy "No-Teeth"
Gumshoes. "I think this is a great idea," said WCW wrestler
Dustin Rhodes, "Im really going to need some t-shirts
when I move into that refrigerator box Ive been eyeing
for the last 5 hours."
WORKS TO PREVENT SHAVED HEAD DISEASE
Astor Place, New York -- In an attempt to thwart the
head trend that began in the NBA but was quickly adopted by
non-NBA rockers like Billy Corgan & trip-technoist Moby, as
well as most rock and roll roadies, Matador has formed the
said M.S.H.D.C.C. (Matador Shaved Head Disease Control Center).
Although once thought controllable, Shaved Head Disease has
quickly turned into a global epidemic. "My ponytail was really
starting to show some parking lots upstairs," said roadie
Rob "Rockmeister" Brickman. "So I figured with the shaved
head look people could think that Im either a big Midnight
Oil fan, or a possible member of the Utah Jazz." In the past,
Matador has successfully thwarted such social-life threatening
trends as the Fanny Pack as well as the Puffy Paisley Shirt,
but feels this current epidemic might be their biggest challenge
to date. "We feel that the trend could cross back to the female
gender, with the return of Sinead OConnor" said M.S.H.D.C.S.
(Matador Shaved Head Disease Control Specialist) Shelby Cambell,
"but we have a lot of men in their thirties to concentrate
on." Efforts include handing out wigs at several upcoming
Soft Boys concerts as well as sending a Shaved Head Awareness
team to local schools in an effort educate the nations
youth on the social dangers of a barren scalp.