Hello! Matador starts off the new year with not one, not two,
but TWO new distribution deals in North America. In Canada
we are now exclusive with Montreals FUSION III, home
of Mute, Studio K7, some EFA labels, Minus Records and many
others. In the US, most of our sales now go through ADA, home
of labels too numerous to mention. Matador continues to distribute
direct to about 300 mom-and-pop stores across the country,
and our vinyl can also be had from Revolver.
Exciting Addition to Upcoming Touring Schedule:
January 7, 2002
Stephen Malkmus & Mary Timony
Seoul, South Korea
SH Club, 7:00pm (ish)
Stephen will be accompanied by local musicians from the curiously
named Pavement Copy Band. We sincerely hope that
Mr. Lombardi and Eklow will return with a videotape of this
Jurgen from Couch Writes:
was a busy year for us. we were releasing our fourth album
"profane" and touring in the united states, canada, germany,
croatia, austria, france, netherlands, belgium and the u.k.
thanks for everyone supporting us in any way. you know who
After europe, north
america and japan the current COUCH album profane
was just released in australia. out on comrade
remix business going on: BERNHARD FLEISCHMANN from vienna
remixed COUCHs 12 sind nur 4, released on
the compilation do you think that Ill be different
when youre through (hausmusik.com).
COUCH remixed a song by GLIDER from u.k./canada. scheduled
for release on the album sand from water in late
february. out on alice in wonder records (france) and where
are my records (usa).
CALLA from new york remixed COUCHs alle auf pause.
scheduled for release on the kitty-yo vs. quatermass
compilation out in february on sub
rosa/quatermass. COUCH remixed CALLAs fear
of fireflies. scheduled for release on a calla remix
album on sub rosa/quatermass.
SANKT OTTEN remixed COUCHs Plan. scheduled
for a release on eleganz.
ATTWENGER from austria used the tracks of COUCHs alle
auf pause for a new version with female vocals. out
on the next ATTWENGER album on trikont.
all the best from couch
for possible news you can check: http://www.couchmusik.de
(Drew Daniel, M. C. Schmidt, Jay Lesser) says:
We just got back from a Karl Lagerfeld photo shoot in
Paris. Tonight we play in Reykjavik. Its the last show
of our world tour with Bjork. We celebrated the end of Jay
Lessers birthday hangover with a dip in a geothermal
spa in the pouring rain. It was very dark as its winter
here in Iceland, and Drews mother and brother were there,
and the whole Bjork crew and a choir of Greenlandic girls.
The tour has been full of utopian, ridiculous excursions like
this one, and we dont have space to describe them all,
but we will tell you that we have had a really good time.
If you saw any of the shows then youve seen the tip
of the iceberg. In non-Matador related news, in the upcoming
months we will release a CD of Matmos Live with J. Lesser
(aka High Live and Dirty), and a recording by
Kevin McKereghan, on our own label, Vague Terrain. Matmos
will be playing a show with Terry Riley at the Wexner Center
in April. M. C. Schmidt will go back to his job at the San
Francisco Art Institute and Drew will write another chapter
of his dissertation. Jay Lesser will ride a bicycle.
The word from Khan:
i finally made it to mexico after a crazy dj tour in italy,
germany and portugal. i was in a snowstorm driving from bologna
to milano which usually takes only and hour and half took
us 7 and almost our lives. definitely our nerves and minds.
nobody showed up at the show of course, cause the streets
were all ice, but the 30 people who did show up had a blast
and so did i. disco or die !!
captain comatose 2nd 12" called acapulco 2001 just came out
on playhouse records and is produced by myself and good old
pal dj snax from bedroom productions. check out price
gun baby, a real life story pre sept. 11th out of nyc
when life was still fun in the usa.
isolee finished a very housey remix of no comprendos
say goodbye that will be released soon on playhouse
together with another mix by mr. don disco losoul.
the original say goodbye should be on the up coming
ministry of sound compilation elctech out early
khan exited turkish citizenship and will soon be able to travel
freely in the so called free world. its pretty tough
being a muslim nonbeliever or just a holder of a muslim country
passport these days.
fight the ignorance and not wars!
Aereogramme festive greetings, Bah Humbug.
Thanks to all the lovely americans and canadians who looked
after us on our first ever trans-atlantic tour (and apologies
if you havent been able to get rid of the smell). We
only finished the second leg of the tour three days ago so
it will take a while to scrub the demons off.
Pete Astor, The Wisdom Of Harry
best in show 2001
drukqs - The Aphex Twin
W. Martin grocery shop
John Pilger & The New Statesman
Rays Jazz Shop
The Champion, Wells St, W1
Dave Martin, Matador Records
1) Unreleased records! This year I rocked a lot of records
that still havent come out for one reason or another.
Bands like: The Major Stars, Golden, and Bellini While these
may not be available yet they will be at some point. And they
are so good that they will end up on this list again next
2) The Deadly Snakes Im Not Your Soldier Anymore (In
The Red) In case you havent heard yet I LOVE Rock Music.
3) Monsieur Jeffrey Evans Live At Shangri-La Records: Ive
Lived A Rich Life (Sympathy) Jeffrey is one of the last great
American entertainers. A record like no other.
4) Reigning Sound Break Up...Break Down (Sympathy) Greg Oblivions
new other band. You should expect it to be great,
but beyond that it might not be what you expect.
5) Fugazi The Argument & Furniture (Dischord) They just
keep getting better.
6) The Now Time Delegation Watch For Today (In The Red)
7) The Dirtbombs Ultraglide In Black & The Screws Shake
Your Monkey (In The Red) At first it was all about the Dirtbombs
record, but then slowly the Screws record took over. A few
people moaned about the lack of original material on these
records, but I say if Mick Collins is going to put out records
this good I dont care who writes the songs. You shouldnt
think of owning one without the other.
8) Stars Today (PSF) Essentially a reformed White Heaven (W/Kurihara!)
the first song on this EP is one of the most confounding,
head scratchingly great songs in recent memory. Where it goes
and why it goes there are questions I still think about. I
could use a full album any time now.
9) Come Ons Hip Check (Sympathy) Better production and better
songs than their already great debut album and a supporting
cast of Detroit all stars. Soon people will be pretending
like theyve been into the Come Ons since they lived
10) The Fall Are You The Missing Winner (Cog Sinister) The
last few Fall albums have all been stellar, but this one is
Hey I may be 33 and have two kids but I can be motivated to
leave the house every now and then.
1) The King Brothers @ Maxwells. Without a doubt the most
insane thing I have seen in 5 or six years. I cant stress
enough how over the top they really are. Everyone should see
2) The Deadly Snakes @ Mowhawk Place in Buffalo NY & Some
Cafe on South Street in Philly. Two sets in two weird cities
to very few people, but the Deadly Snakes didnt let
me down. Lots of rock music action. I Love Rock Music.
3) The Major Stars @ Brownies. I cant tell you how disappointed
I was when I found out that the Major Stars did not live in
a "Twisted Village commune," dont take acid constantly
and could carry on conversations as well as operate most modern
appliances, but they were kinda great anyway.
4) Bellini & Golden @ Brownies Wait a minute! How did
two of my favorite shows happen at Brownies? These bands must
have been really good!
5) The Buff Medways @ Cavestomp! @ Warsaw in Greenpoint (not
Williamsburg) Not that most of the Cavestompers
would have noticed or anything but Mr. Childishs new
combo is on fire!
Ben Goldberg, Matador Records
Slayer - God Hates Us All - Their best record in years,
but, a question that has sparked much office debate, can you
really be in your forties and still so angry???
Explosions In The Sky - Those Who Tell The Truth Shall Die
- More of your basic longform instrumental ensemble rock,
but the best of them all.
Royal Tenenbaums - Sometimes hype is justified, although that
usually applies better in movies than in music.
Sun City Girls - Libyan Dream - They put out eight (?) records
this year of old cassette releases, and this (#5) is the best
one, in terms of if youre listening to them because
you like it when they play music.
Ted Leo/Pharmacists - I never liked Chisel, but either hes
matured or Ive lost ground.
Stars Of The Lid - Tired Sounds Of - Sleepytime music.
Pre-Sept 11th Daily Show - The best show on TV suffered a
completely self-indulgent fifteen minute long sputtering crying
fit from Jon Stewart (And while I no longer see the
Trade Centers outside my window, standing in their stead is
the Statue of Liberty!), and then went on to be very,
very not funny. Well, not funny, until they saw that The Onion
did a brilliant issue about the attacks and realized, "Hey!
We can try to be like that!" However, they never reached that
point. The inclusion of guests like the head of the ACLU and
Frank Rich is also very not funny, and the third-rate Charley
Rose interviews with them suck as well. Well, that said, Steve
Carrell is still really great, like when he does the We Love
Showbiz segment (I LOVE Harry Potter! Goddammit help
me, I f**king LOVE that goddamn movie!)
MiniDisc Players - Kind of like an iPod but cheaper, with
a longer lasting battery.
Paula Fox - Amazing author who mostly did kids books but wrote
a couple of beautiful novels in the seventies that were just
rereleased. Her nuanced dialogue is some of the most realistic
you can find.
High School Reunion - Nobody got that fat (even after popping
out babies) or lost that much hair. I thought that would mean
it was disappointing, but I was kind of happy to see it. If
shes on it again, be sure to catch Meridith Leiber on
The Education of Max Bickford.
Matmos/Bjork world tour media break down
. . .
Some books we read while on tour:
Peter MacIntyre A World Lit Only By Fire
Mark Twain A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthurs
Scott Heim Mysterious Skin
T.H. White The Once and Future King
Iain Banks The Business
Edward Said Covering Islam
Michael Jacksons autobiography
Sonny Bargers autobiography
P.T. Barnums autobiography
J.T. LeRoy The Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things
Nick Carter A Bullet for Fidel
Nick Carter The Jewel of Doom
Nick Carter The Mind Poisoners
Nick Carter Run, Spy, Run
Nick Carter The Black Death
Some favorite films/DVDs we watched while on tour:
The Magnificent Seven
Stairway to Stardom
the films of Jean Painleve
Fleetwood Mac: The Making of "Rumours"
Walking with Dinosaurs
The League of Gentlemen series 1
Some of the records we enjoyed while on tour:
lots of Michael Jackson
Fleetwood Mac Rumours
the forthcoming DAT Politics album
Meshuggah Destroy, Erase, Improve
Blevin Blectums forthcoming Talon Slalom
Faxed Head Chiropractic
that Scratch Pet Land CD on Sonig
Puff Daddy that Bad Boy for Life song
Riow Arai Beat Bracelet (Soup Disk)
Tipsy Uh Oh (Asphodel)
Patrick Amorys Records of the Year
1. P. G. Six Parlor Tricks and Porch Favorites
(Perhaps Transparent LP)
2. Fugazi The Argument (Dischord LP)
3. Margo Guryan 25 Demos (Franklin Castle CD)
4. Various Artists Gay Life In Dikanka: R. Crumbs
Old-Time Favorites (Bakhåll CD)
5. Anonymous Inside The Shadow (Aether Archives
6. Pärson Sound (Subliminal Sound double CD)
7. Various Artists Saturday Night Fish Fry (Soul
Jazz double CD)
8. George Szell and the Cleveland Orchestra Live In
Tokyo 1970 (Cleveland Orchestra double CD)
9. Fairport Convention Full House remaster with
extra tracks (Island UK CD)
10. P.F. Sloan Child Of Our Times: The Trousdale Demo
Sessions 1965-1967) (Varèse Sarabande CD)
The P.G. Six album also came out as an Amish CD. Either version
is highly recommended (or both). Three of these records actually
came out in 2000 but I only found them this year. One record
is a reissue; seven others contain material recorded in the
past but only released now. Eight of them are CDs, but this
does not indicate the ratio of vinyl to CD in my listening
Lyle Hysen, Matador Records
Top records in the order in which they appear on the floor:
Gillian Welch - Time (The Revelator) - (Acony Records)
Jason Moran - Black Star (Blue Note)
Fugazi -The Argument (Dischord)
Who Live at Leeds (the 5th version/ purchase is always the
David S. Ware Quartet - Corridors & Parallels (Aum Fidelity)
Eri Yamamoto Trio - Up and Coming (Jane Street Records)
The Come Ons - Hip Check (Sympathy)
Spoon - Girls Can Tell (Merge)
Buffy The Musical-Buffy The Vampire Slayer (Aimster)
Ted Leo and the Pharmacists - The Tyranny of Distance (Lookout)
Jay Miller, Matador Records
1. Crimethinc: Days of War, Nights of Love
2. System Of A Down Toxicity
3. Alkaline Trio From Here Till Infirmary
4. Dashboard Confessional The Places You Have Come To
Fear The Most
5. Rancid Rancid
6. Owls Owls
7. Aereogramme A Story In White
8. The Hives Veni Vidi Vicious
9. Monty Love 20 Songs of Love
10. Hey Mercedes Every Night Fireworks
Chris Frankenburg, Matador Records
1. The Avalanches - Since I Left You (like a party in a box!)
2. Encre - Encre (crunchy, subtle and french)
3. Matmos - A Chance to Cut is a Chance to Cure (somehow avoided
the looming bubble of pretension and followed the path of
4. DJ Food & DK - Now Listen/Solid Steel (bad-ass mix
5. Manitoba - Start Breaking My Heart (clunky and clumbsy
in just the right way) also ran: Complete Death of Cool comp.,
State of the Union comp., Herbert, Plaid, Bjork, Zero 7...
1. The Strokes (wow, they have nice record collections.. what
else? Ouch, I feel the flames already...)
2. The Gorillaz (Dan, what were you thinking?)
3. anything two-step (please...)
1. The (former) B train over the bridge to Brooklyn. The Q
is alright, but its just not the same, I say.
2. That awkward stage between x-boy/girl-friends and lifelong
friends. Geez, I sound like a camp counselor!
Todd Netter, Matador Records
Top 5 + 1 Live Performances of 2001:
5. Halloween Show at Tonic - Included Calla, The Boggs, On!
Air! Library!: Calla (who I had never seen before) rocked
and had the costumes to back it up (full latino gangsta
gear, ohdalay homey). Jason from The Boggs broke a string
but Im telling you no one noticed (and thats a
compliment). I liked the addition of the banjo player too.
As for On! Air! Library! this NYC trio gets better at performing
every time you see them. Dark but beautiful.
4. Valentines Day @ Bowery Ballroom - GUIDED BY VOICES: Maybe
Im just in the holiday spirit. So theyre last
couple of albums havent really lived up to the legacy,
Bob Pollard still controls the stage with his mic swinging
and leg kicking. Im telling you Valentines Day without
a date isnt so bad if you down a couple of beers and
belt out a few pop choruses with GBV.
3. Bowery Ballroom - The White Stripes: This was the first
time Id seen them live. LOUD. I enjoyed Meg Whites
uneasiness on stage, staring at the ceiling and gazing out
into the crowd but not looking at anyone. Jack sure is a busy
man during performances: singing, playing guitar and electric
organ (keyboard). Great Dolly Parton cover.
2. Irving Plaza - Billy Bragg: Technically not this year but
whats an extra 2 or 3 months among friends. It was just
before the 00 election and Mr. Bragg was preaching to
the choir. In between his political tyraids and stories of
his youth (hes not that old) he managed to play some
great songs (even Milkman of Human Kindness and A New England).
The one flaw is after all that activism I still didnt
1. Bowery Ballroom - Arab Strap: This isnt meant as
any disrespect to any of the other great Matador artists.
Just this show was special. Even though Aidan wouldnt
quit bitching about how his equipment wasnt working
correctly they had a sound Id never heard. The music
and vocals were intense, melancholy and utterly enjoyable.
And they even got around to my two favorites off the new album
(Red Thread), Scenery (#3) and Turbulence (#10). Go Glasgow
+1. Planet Rose 12/13/01 - Miwa Okumura: A late addition but
very deserving. I heard Sir Mix-a-lot crying from Seattle.
I think we all recognize that one is not Knighted without
merit. And Sir Mix-a-lot earned it with his masterpiece Babys
Got Back. Miwas solo was a classic performance
by, from what I could tell, was a well seasoned karoke veteran.
I too like big butts and I guess I cannot lie.
Matt Ransford, Matador Records
Things that became favorites in 2001:
The Langley Schools Music Project -
Innocence and Despair, 2001
Fugazi - Argument, 2001
Emergency & I - The Dismemberment Plan, 1999
Streethawk: A Seduction - Destroyer, 2001
Girls Can Tell - Spoon, 2001
Live 1975-85 - Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band,
Hammers and Anvils - Graeme Downes, 2001
(+ the Superchunk live show contines to be a perennial favorite)
Together - dir. Lukas Moodysson, 2000
Amelie - dir. Jean-Pierre Jeunet, 2001
Nashville - dir. Robert Altman, 1975
The Prisoner - str. Patrick McGoohan, 1967
The Crying of Lot 49 - Thomas Pynchon, 1966
Practical Guide to Gardening in Canada -
ed. Brickell & Cole, 2001
Americans We - Eugene Richards, 1994
Uberorgan (at MassMOCA) - Tim Hawkinson, 2001
Oyvind Fahlstrom 1928-1976
Che Ryback, Matador Records
here is my 2 ¢ents....... In no order other than
Tony Hawk 3 for playstation 2
Pabst Blue Ribbon
($3.50 for a sixer of tall boys on 9th and D)
P.G Six Parlor tricks and porch favorites
Deadly Snakes Im not youre soldier anymore
The Fall The unutterable
Spoon Girls Can Tell
Slayer God Hates Us All
The Spicy Rizzacks
Chan Marshall aka Cat Power at the Bowery Ballroom
Me on page 19 of the Glasgow evening times
winning the hockey league finals (not bad for a bunch of drunks
against real people)
women.... you know who you are
people I know
Shelby Campbell, Matador Records
Due to recent events and the current emotional climate
of the country, I feel I should delve a bit deeper and provide
a top ten that really means something to me (really):
the new Volkswagon Eurovan
8 Ft Lauderdale, FL
7 Steele Pulse
6 Philip K Dick
4 Homer J.
3 The Las
2 Truman Capote
Donovan Finn, Matador Records
Best records I listened to a lot this year:
Spoon Girls Can Tell
Shins Oh, Inverted World
The New Year Newness Ends
Superchunk Heres To Shutting Up
Old 97s Satellite Rides
Jay Farrar Sebastpool
Kill Creek Colors of Home
Otaku Bitwise Operators
... And You Will Know Us By The Trail of Dead -advance CD-
Pinehurst Kids Bleed It Dry
Motherless Broolkyn by Jonathan Lethem
Superchunk/Aereogramme/Rilo Kiley at Bowery Ballroom, Thanksgiving
Best TV show:
6 Feet Under
Best office moment:
Sitting across from Matt for the last 6 months. Too many good
stories to mention.
Favorite new slang:
Realization of the year:
Scots have the best slang in the world. See above.
See also: Pish, poxy, etc.
See also also: Spending too much time with Mogwai, Aereogramme,
Twitch and the rest of the Matador Scotland posse.
James McNew, Yo La Tengo
favorite reruns 2001:
King Of The Hill
Freaks and Geeks
Buffy The Vampire Slayer
the Russell Simins episode of Molto Mario
Aesop Rock, Labor Days
Refrigerator, Comedy Minus One
v/a, Studio One Soul
Buffy The Vampire Slayer
Aphex Twin, Drukqs
v/a, Trojan Soulful Reggae 3cd
Arsonists, Date of Birth
12"s on Orthlorng Musork
Todd Barry, Medium Energy
Spoon, Everything Hits At Once
Sun Ra, Nuclear War & Night of The Purple Moon reissues
Kevin Spacey, "Mind Games"
v/a, Slurped vols. 1&2
v/a, The Funky 16 Corners
Jackie Mittoo, The Keyboard King at Studio One
Christy Simpson, Matador Records
top 10 of 2001 (no order, of course)
1. Beethovens Hair by Russell Martin
2. Gillian Welch Time:The Revelator
3. Spoon Girls Can Tell
4. Thalia Zedek Been Here and Gone
5. Yeah Yeah Yeahs s/t
6. French Kicks Young Lawyer
7. No Seats on the Party Car by Zack Lipez/Nick Zinner
8. V/A -This Is Next Year (A Brooklyn-Based Compilation)
9. Candy Darlings Darling Drinks Because You Cry
10. Tight Bros From Way Back When Lend You A Hand
Jesper Eklow, Matador Records
Best of thu year 2001, as I remember it january 3 2002,
sure I gotta be missing tons of stuff:
words and letters:
christopher hitchens - unacknowledged legislation plus recent
ginger geezer - the life of vivian stanshall by lucian randall,
lobby loyde - plays with george guitar cd (vicious sloth reissue)
d4 - 6twenty cd (flying nun)
othar turner, jessie mae hemphill, jsbx live brooklyn, nov
sorry, but I cant recall a single good movie from 2001,
but, hey, I got to see Champagne Charlie (um, the British
40s film) and The Mystery of the Leaping Fish finally
- and yeah, dtv!!!! - only had it for a day, but seems awesome
so far, 2xlarry sanders per night, premiership games, alan
partridge! monty python dvd box, wish i owned one!!
Andrew Pekler, Sad Rockets
Fennesz - Endless Summer (Mego)
Safety Scissors - Parts Water (Plug Research)
Jan Jelinek - Loop Finding Jazz Records (Scape)
Smith & Hack - Tribute (Hardwax)
Matmos - A Chance To Cut... (Matador)
Girls On Top - I Wanna Dance With Numbers/ Being Scrubbed
Rhythm & Sound - Jah Rule (Rhythm & Sound) 10"
Faruk Green - A Certain Mr. Green
Defcon 5 feat. Blue - Goodbye (Moving In) 7"
Theo Parrish - Segments From the Fifth Wheel (Moods &
Albums of the year:
Lift to experience - The texas jerusalem crossroads / slayer
- god hates us all / will haven - Carpe diem / otis redding
- best of / fugazi - the argument / stars of the lid - (new
Books of the year:
dirt - Mötley crüe biography / Steppenwolf
- Hermen Hess (hey! i just found out about it o.k.?) / The
heart is deceitful above all things - j.t. leroy
Film of the year:
Audition - Im not even going to attempt to spell the
Webshite of the year - buddyhead.com
Gerard Cosloy, Matador Records
Fugazi - The Argument (Dischord)
M. Ward - End Of Amnesia (Future Farmer)
Wilco - Yankee Hotel Foxtrot
Joe Morris - Singularity (Aum Fidelity)
Timeblind - Rugged Redemption (Orthlong Musork)
Califone - Roomsound (Perishable)
Destroyer - Streethawk, A Seduction (Misra)
Sparklehorse - Its A Wonderful Life (Capitol)
Fennesz - Endless Summer (Mego)
Lali Puna - Scary World Theory (Morr Music)
Jackie-O Motherfucker - Liberation (Roadcone)
Sensational - Get On My Page (Ipecac)
Marumari - Supermogadon (Carpark)
PG Six - Parlor Tricks & Porch Favorites (Amish)
Curb Your Enthusiasm (HBO)
Cex - Oops, I Did It Again (Tigerbeat 6)
The New Year - Newness Ends (Touch & Go)
Kathy McGinty - s/t (Hamburger)
Jim ORourke - Insignificance (Drag City)