July 19, 2004

Matador opens satellite office in Wildwood, NJ
One of our label presidents thought he could open a secret office in the holiday hotbed that is Wildwood, NJ --- what better place to scout for new talent, but the eagle eye of our colleague Sonya Kolowrat discovered it before we could get our company stationary reprinted.

Surpise spoiled, we have now chosen to scrap the Wildwood annex, but reserve the right to try again in another beautiful American city, Homeland Security permitting.


September 28 is the release date for Interpol's second album, 'Antics', recorded this past winter with longtime associate Peter Katis.

The album will be out one day earlier in the UK, with a 7"/CD single of "Slow Hands" coming out on September 13 (b-sides to be revealed shortly).

Interpol head out on the Curiosa tour later this month, followed by some intimate London gigs in early September. Headlining dates in North America for the autumn will be announced very soon.

After reviewing some 500 entries, Interpol have picked the 10 winners of the Short Film Contest.

Gregory Brunkalla
Talmage Cooley
David Fenster
Zach Freyer
Joey Ingram and Josh Mahan
Ty Roberts
Michael Robinson
T. Sutton
Richard Sylvarnes
Christina Vantzos

Thanks to everyone for participating. You'll have a chance to see the finished films in various environments around the release of the record.

Guided By Voices
As we count down the hours and minutes prior to the August 24 release of the final-ever Guided By Voices album, 'Half Smiles Of The Decomposed', we're happy to be the 7th or 8th media outlet to announce the dates for The Electrifying Conclusion - Guided By Voices' Farewell Tour.

Aug. 19 - Hudson River Rocks, New York (free admission)
Sept. 9 - Paradise, Boston
Sept. 10 - Theater of the Living Arts, Philadelphia
Sept. 11 - 9:30 Club, Washington D.C.
Sept. 28 - Cat's Cradle, Carrboro, N.C.
Sept. 29 - 40 Watt Club, Athens, Ga.
Oct. 1 - Engine Room, Houston
Oct. 2 - Stubb's BBQ, Austin
Oct. 3 - Gypsy Ballroom, Dallas
Oct. 21 - Al Rosa, Columbus, Ohio
Oct. 22 - Southgate House, Newport, Ky.
Oct. 23 - Beachland Ballroom, Cleveland
Oct. 25 - Bluebird, Bloomington, Ind.
Oct. 26 - Majestic Theatre, Detroit
Nov. 11 - Canes, San Diego
Nov. 12 - Henry Fonda Theatre, Los Angeles
Nov. 13 - The Fillmore, San Francisco
Nov. 15, 16 - Berbati's Pan, Portland
Nov. 17 - Neumos, Seattle
Dec. 3, 4 - Irving Plaza, New York
Dec. 12 - Beacham Theatre, Orlando, Fla.
Dec. 30, 31 - Metro, Chicago

A.C. Newman
Carl Newman's band are currently on a 6-week North American tour, with possible European dates to follow this autumn. There's an exclusive AC/NP t-shirt for sale at these shows, and while that sounds like copyright infringement to me, you might wanna buy one anyway. A video for "Miracle Drug" will be finished very soon.

Listen to A.C. Newman's live performance on KEXP Seattle on their web archive at kexp.org.

You can catch AC Newman making his US TV debut on CNBC's "McEnroe", August 11.

Mission Of Burma
The band just completed a whirlwind European tour followed by dates on Cape Cod, New Haven and Coney Island. Matador Europe just released a 7" of "Dirt" b/w "Falling", along with a CDEP (entitled 'Four Hands') of "Dirt" b/w "Wounded World Dub Mix" plus Burma's cover of the Dils' "Class War." Both formats of the single are available at the Matador Store.

Mission Of Burma will be playing Democratic Gain's "Jumpoff" party, happening July 25 at Boston's Avalon amidst all the DNC hoopla. Also on the bill that night are the likes of Bill Clinton and Al Sharpton. Having already shared a stage in the past with Choke of Negative FX, this probably won't phase the members of Burma.

four unbelievably suave men on a Paris sidewalk
photo by screwball

There's a live version of "Learn How" included on a CD glued to the cover of the latest issue of 'Comes With A Smile', which also includes "Uncrowned" by The Wisdom Of Harry.

The New Pornographers: John Collins writes:
"Currently I'm trying to do my taxes for the last three years and it's just going great thankyouverymuch! Also, anxiously awaiting Matador intern-cum-beatpoet-style traveler Matt LeMay and two of his bandmates who are doing the Grand Tour of indierock chesterfields this summer, arriving in just a couple of hours. Ah, summer in southwestern B.C. I pity everyone everywhere else. My partner in all things rockin' David and I are outfitting a new recording studio space in a little hood in Vancouver that our friend Lois from Olympia likes to call 'crackton'. Come One Come All! We're also working, as always, on some of internationaly celebrated conceptual artist Rodney Graham's great songs. Look for his LP/CD 'Rock Is Hard'.

"My other band thee Evaporators is heading out with Kurt Dahle on drums for a week long tour down the coast with head-bangers the Icarus Line starting july 20. While we're out David, Pete Borne from Carls band and I are going to play a show in L.A. at spaceland thursday July 11 with Rodney who is opening a show at MOCA."

Yo La Tengo
Following some heavy duty global travel, Yo La Tengo played at New York's Anthology Film Archives last week accompanying the light show of Gary Panter and Joshua White.

You can see YLT performing "Today Is The Day" on CNBC's "McEnroe", August 5.


This October, Matador will be releasing a double CD 10th anniversary edition of Pavement's fabulous 2nd album, 'Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain'. In addition to a remastered version of the original album, we'll be including a number of extras including alternate takes/mixes, and previously unreleased songs. Think "The Great Lost Pavement Album" --- literally nobody has ever heard these songs before. Package will be an embossed, die-cut slipcase. Liner notes from SM, Spiral Stairs, and Gerard Cosloy.

Cornelius' website is undergoing a major face-lift (think of a young-looking for her age Jacklyn Smith) and the English-lanugage version will be up soon. Snazzy merch will be available for your buying pleasure this August.

Cornelius recently completed a remix for the Kings Of Convenience, with a September release promised.

Finally, we're told that "Cornelius will be participating in the "SOUNDxVISION 2004" exhibition which will be held in 4 prefectures within Japan. At the gallery/exhibition you'll be able to see the collaboration of Cornelius & Groovisions."

Though Matmos just played a one-off date in Rimmi, Italy, the big news this month is that we've been contacted by a young man who claims to "be" Matmos:

Cat Power
We've been informed that recording for the new Cat Power album has commenced at the Atlanta studio Zero Return. Said studio's propreitors are down with the Bio Diesel initiative, which sounds like a great way to reduce our dependency on fuel that isn't vegetable oil.

More recordings are planned for Barcelona, New York and Jamaica.

M. Ward
The new M. Ward album, 'Transistor Radio' will be released by Matador Europe this coming January (and by Merge in North America). Said album features guest appearances by Jim James, Jenny Lewis, Howe Gelb, John Parish, Vic Chestnutt, Rachel Blumburg (The Decemberists) amongst others. We'll be releasing a new 3 song CD single in Europe this October. We just don't know which songs yet. Matt has the following solo dates planned:

Jul 29 - Carrboro, NC Cat's Cradle - Merge Records 15th Anniversary Party!

Aug 01 - Miami, FL - IO
Aug 07 - London, UK - Bush Hall
Aug 11 - Brighton UK - Hanbury Ballroom

Oct 08 - Fort Worth, TX Ridglea Theater *
Oct 09 - Austin, TX Paramount Theatre *
Oct 12 - Las Vegas, NV House of Blues *
Oct 13 - San Diego, CA Spreckles Theatre *
Oct 14 - Los Angeles, CA Orpheum Theatre *
Oct 15 - Berkeley, CA Zellerbach Auditorium *
Oct 16 - Portland, OR Roseland Theatre *
Oct 18 - Seattle, WA Moore Theatre *
Oct 19 - Vancouver, BC Commodore Ballroom *

* An Evening of Solo & Collaborative Performances Featuring:
Bright Eyes
Jim James (of My Morning Jacket)
M. Ward

M. Ward also appears on these recent or upcoming recommended recordings:

Jim White "Drill a Hole in that Substrate and Tell Me What You See" (Luaka Bop/V2)
A Tribute to Daniel Johnston (Gammon)
Por Vida: A Tribute to Alejandro Escovedo - trio with Vic Chesnutt & Howe Gelb (Or)
Band of Blacky Ranchette "Still Lookin' Good To Me" (Thrill Jockey)
Court & Spark "Dead Diamond River" (Absolutely Kosher)

Matador Alumni Corner
It is with considerable regret that we can confirm Matador will not be releasing the forthcoming album by The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion. The new JSBX full-length, 'Damage', will be released September 28 by Sanctuary.

Also coming in Septmber is the brand new album from Solex, 'The Laughing Stock Of Indie Rock' via the USA's Arena Rock Recording Co.

Finally, if that weren't enough for the old-friends-making-good dept., Thalia Zedek has a staggeringly great new solo album, 'Trust Not Those In Whom Without Some Touch Of Madness' (Thrill Jockey) coming out this autumn, too.

In the already-out bin, Cherry Red have just released a CD compiling the career highlights of Pete Astor's old band, The Weather Prophets. 'Blue Skies & Free Rides: 1986-1989. Among those waxing poetic, liner-notes style about the greateness of Astor (The Wisdom Of Harry)'s old band are Alan McGee and The Manic Street Preachers' Nicky Wire.

Hey Gerard,

We have just signed a management deal with Bryan Chan, formerly of the Atlantic Records group LMNT and the TV series "Making the Band". Bryan has just completed recording 10 songs with BMG/Tall Boy Entertainment producer Sam Mizell (Jump5, RJ Helton), and the sound has been categorized as Clay
Aiken meets Train. With a loyal fan base, continued support from Disney, and a booking agreement with Evolution Talent, we are confident that Bryan
is in a great position to launch the next phase of his career.

WE WILL BE IN NEW YORK JULY 8-14 AND WOULD LOVE TO MEET WITH YOU. Bryan is performing at the Sports Illustrated 50th Anniversary Celebration on July 9, and then we are staying in town for meetings. Would you have an hour to meet with us?

LMNT's hit song "Juliet" has been in heavy rotation on Radio Disney for over a year (their longest running #1!), and their music videos are in constant
rotation on The Disney Channel. LMNT toured last year with BRITNEY SPEARS as the opening act on her "Dream Within A Dream Tour", as well as tours with Aaron Carter, Play, Jump5 and others. They are also featured on a number of recent soundtracks including the multi-platinum "The Lizzie McGuire Movie",
"Kim Possible", "101 Dalmations 2", "Radio Disney Jams 5", the just released "Disney Mania 2", and the upcoming "Radio Disney Ultimate Jams" CD & DVD.

OFFICIAL WEBSITE: www.bryanchanonline.com

I would love to overnight a package to you and schedule a brief meeting for next week if possible! I hope all is well with you...

Brian Mayes
Nashville Publicity Group
Post Office Box 291705
Nashville, TN 37229
(615) 417-8149 phone
(615) 523-1831 fax

Mailbag, Part II:

We are a new publishing company here in PA (USA). Just wondering if you ever have any need for Retro, Christian, Christmas, Rock, or Halloween. (we provide other genres as well, but no rap). We can write new ones fast and you can check us out here:


Joe DeMark
Margaret Mary Music

Listening Piles and Other Favorites of the Rich and Famous:

John Collins, New Pornographers
Currently listening to the amazing Cello/Mandolin/Loop/Vocal duo/trio The Winks. LABEL OWNERS looking for some more quixotic genius rock that sounds nothing at all like the New Pornographers? Prepare to fall in love! They're just so cute you want to pinch their cheeks. But watch out, they slay on cello. They're touring the west coast right this very moment.

On iTunes player right now, Radio Birdman.

Roger Miller, Mission Of Burma
High point of the European tour:
Go-Kart racing between Glasgow and Manchester. Only casualty was a digital camera which was dropped onto the track and summarily driven over.

Low point:
Managing to get a sunburn in Dublin.

Bob Weston, Mission Of Burma
Mclusky - The Difference Between...
Pinebender - The High Price of Living...
Antelope - ep
Lungfish - Love is Love
Government Issue - Complete History
The Count Me Outs
Bjork - Homogenic
Graham Coxon - Happiness in Magazines
PJ Harvey - Uh Huh Her Um Mumph
Neil Stephenson - "The Confusion"

The following news/pile is for the "da shippin' dogs," Greg Netter and Blake Thomas:
The Portable R2D2 AC is up and running finer than ever.

Eating Pile:
Taco Shack, Henderson, NV; Route 215E
Café Habana, New York, NY
Gorats Steakhouse, Omaha, NE

Listening Pile:
O'Franken Factor/Al Franken Show (Air America Radio)
Superpitcher "Here Comes Love" (Kompact)
Devandra Banhart "Rejoicing In the Hands of the Golden Empress" (XL)
Arthur Russell "Calling Out of Context" (Audika)
The Album Leaf "In A Safe Place" (Sub Pop)
Animal Collective "Sung Tongs" (Fat Cat)
AC Newman "The Slow Wonder" (Matador)
Built To Spill "There's Nothing Wrong With Love" (Up)
Modey Lemon "Thunder + Lightning" (Birdman)
Modey Lemon "Predator EP" (Birdman)


Jenn Lannchart, Beggars Group
Currently, I am obsessed w/ organizing & alphabetizing my cd collection
...Quite the chore.

Movies: "Fahrenheit 9/11" - The kind of propaganda EVERYONE should see

Buying import 45s...a newish collectors hobby of mine.
Blonde Redhead, Charlatans, & The Hives new singles.

Books: music supervision for indie films

Dyin' to go to the beach now that it's hot as hell out!

Music: Battles, the new Dizzee Rascal, & Interpol ...I Can't get enough of it!

Sonya Kolowrat, Beggars Group
1. #51 Curry Tofu Noodle Soup at Buddha's Delight in Boston
2. Crab Rangoon - why don't they have this in NYC?
3. Cold Red Borscht - there is NOTHING wrong with pink soup
4. Frozen custard in Wildwood, NJ
5. Café Habana is within lunchtime walking distance of the office - yahoo!

Lucy Hurst, Beggars Group
Modest Mouse - Good News For People Who Love Bad News
The Naysayer - Kitten Time
Mirah - Advisory Committee
Rilo Kiley - (songs from new record - AMAZING!)
Deerhoof - Milkman
Os Mutantes - Os Mutantes
ESG - A South Bronx Story
Sufjan Stevens - Seven Swans
Brother Danielson - Brother is to Son
I seem to have inherited a lot of Hawaiian music on the iTunes on my new work computer...

Miwa Okumura, Beggars Group
--Going through hundreds of Interpol short film treatments made me realize I've got adult attention deficit order.
--50, 000 Republicans and 500,000 protesters are heading to NYC next month. God, help us.
--listen to "better than most" by a.c. newman repeatedly.
--surf in hawaii
--met a man who was selling hand washed vinyl at a yard sale in New Jersey and THAT was the selling point.
--I think I'm the only one in the office who still uses a cd walkman.

My-waiting-to-hear listening pile:
Rogue Wave
Sibelius Symphonies No. 5 & 6
M.I.A. (full album)

Top 5 differences at my new position
Alex Moreno, Beggars Group Video Promotions & Tour Marketing (former Receptionist)

Before - Fielding BS sales pitch type calls.
After - Having to pay attention to BS sales pitch type calls.

Before - Passing off to a fellow employee an annoying solicitor.
After - Meeting for 30 minutes with annoying solicitors.

Before - Hurrying up in the bathroom when I hear the doorbell ring in the distance.
After - Passing out in the bathroom.

Before - Letting the interns know I hooked them up with guest list tickets
After - Letting 3 or 4 interns hover over me for about 15 minutes while I'm forced to take the aforementioned BS sales pitch type call.

Before - Coming in at 9:30am
After - Coming in at 10:00am - That half hour makes a world of difference!!!

Sujinder Juneja, Beggars Group
listening to:

iron and wine - our endless numbered days (subpop)
mclusky - the difference between me and you is that i'm not on fire (too pure)
vast aire - look mom... no hands (chocolate industries)
mark lanegan - bubblegum (beggars banquet)
pj harvey - uh huh her (island)
rob crow - my room is a mess (absolutely kosher)
sonny rollins - volume two (blue note)
nick drake - made to love magic (universal)
manitoba - up in flames (domino)


david attenborough's 'the private life of plants'
family guy - seasons 1, 2, and 3
jancis robinson's wine course


grolsch (holland)
creemore (canada)
bruichladdich (scotland)
pierre sparr gew¸rztraminer (france)
warre's otima 10 yr old (portugal)

looking forward to:

celebrating 1 year with a very pretty lady
hiking at the base of the rockies
exploring the wine regions of oregon and washington state
mark lanegan in concert

Euvin Weeber, Beggars Group
Rooftop BBQ's
Pabst Blue Ribbon
Comets On Fire 'Blue Cathedral' - SubPop
A.C. Newman 'the slow wonder' - Matador
M.I.A 'Sunshowers' Single - XL
Morrissey 'You are the quarry' - Attack
Interpol 'Antics' - Unreleased
Cass Mccombs 'S/T' - 4AD
Mission of Burma 'Four Hands EP' - Matador
Pixies w/Mogwai June 7 Le Zenith Paris FR
"Needle and the Damage Done" as done by Chan Marshall June 26
Bad Brains 'Banned in D.C.' - Caroline

Mark Ohe, Matador Records
j.j. cale, "5", mercury
taste, "taste", atco
taste, "on the boards", atco
prentice & tuttle, "every loving day", private pressing
michael herley, "watertower", fundamental
creedence clearwter revival, "live in germany", bellaphon
the books, "the lemon of pink", tomlab
the modern lovers, "precise modern lovers order", rounder
bulgaria, "the columbia world library of folk and primitive music", columbia
rumania, "the columbia world library of folk and primitive music", columbia

Mike Holdsworth, Matador Records
Al Green - Green Is Blues
Al Green - The Belle Album
Al Green - Call Me
Fennez- Venice
Wilco - A Ghost Is Born
The Weather Prophets - Blue Skies And Free Rides...The Best Of 1986-1989
Coco Rosie - La Maison De Mon Reve

Alan English, Matador Records
As if it wasn't already an honour enough for my band to open for Mission Of Burma & Seachange in London the other week the night was made better still when, as we were loitering awkwardly in the dressing room, Roger turned to us and said; "Hey boys, you know that we're not going to drink all this rider don't you? It'll just go to waste if you don't help yourselves..." (!)

Current Listening:

The Good Life - Album Of The Year (Saddle Creek)
Mike Fellows - Limited Storyline Guest (Vertical Form)
65daysofstatic - The Fall Of Math (Monotreme)
Pedro The Lion - Achilles Heel (Jade Tree)
The Futureheads - The Futureheads (679)

Still reeling from the awesome Television and Wilco sets at Glastonbury...

Current Reading:

Found Magazine Issues 2 & 3
John Fante - The Bandini Quartet

Nils Bernstein, Matador Records
1) fiery furnaces live
2) mogwai
3) mexico city
4) frog eyes
5) gino vanelli 'into the night'
6) african head charge
7) ikara colt
8) turkish food
9) hope of the states' instrumentals
10) 'take you on a cruise'

Jesper Eklow, Matador Records
Jack Rose - Brooklyn show july 13, plus 'Opium Musick' LP (Eclipse)
Ann Peebles - The Complete Ann Peebles on Hi Records Volume 1 1969 1973 2xCD (Hi)
Fred McDowell - The First Recordings CD (Rounder)
Miighty Flashlight live Tonic, NYC July 2
V/A - When The Sun Goes Down - Sacred Roots Of The Blues CD (Bluebird)
Atlee Yeager - Plant Me Now And Dig Me Later LP (Chelsea)
Trad Gras och Stenar - recent US shows, NYx2, Phila, LA, SF & Portland
Steven Jay Lobdell and Comets on Fire - live SF with TGS

Patrick Amory, Matador Records
1. Archet D'Or Subscription Series 2003 (Coup d'Archet 4 LP box)
2. Blood Brothers 'Crimes' (CDR)
3. Chic "My Forbidden Lover" from 'Risqué (Atlantic LP)
4. Mandy Morton and Spriguns 'Magic Lady' (Banshee LP)
5. Bach/Starker Cello Suites (Speakers Corner/Mercury 180 gram LP box)
6. Miles Davis 'Cookin' With The Miles Davis Quintet' (Analogue Productions 180 gram 45 RPM dbl LP)
7. The Romeros with Maria Victoria 'A Flamenco Wedding Party' (Mercury LP)
8. Beethoven/Schnabel Complete Piano Sonatoas (Angel 12 LP box)
9. Stack Waddy 'Stack Waddy' (Dandelion LP)
10. In general, the stars of the 1950s pianisme française

Gerard Cosloy, Matador Records
Scharpling & Wurster - New Hope For The Ape-Eared (Stereolaffs)
Chris Cacavas - Self Taut (Blue Rose)
I Love You But I've Chosen Darkness - s/t (Emperor Jones)
Wilco - Astoria, London, 15 July
Thalia Zedek - Trust Not Those In Whom Without Some Touch Of Madness (Thrill Jockey)
Shannon Wright - Over The Sun (Touch & Go)
The Weather Prophets - Blue Skies & Free Rides (Cherry Red)
Six Organs Of Admittance - For Octavio Paz (Holy Mountain)
The Blood Bros. - Crimes (V2)
Danny Pearson - The Oblivion Seeker (Frozen)


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