Intended Play sampler 2008 — ready to download and burn

March 18th, 2008 at 6:03 pm by Patrick

For the first time, we’re making our annual ‘Intended Play’ label sampler available digitally. Click on the link to get a zipped file of all 12 tracks plus front and back artwork, and burn it yourself (or just listen to it digitally):

Intended Play 2008 (zip file)

Track listing:

1. Jay Reatard Always Wanting More (from 7″ #3, due out June 17 June 24)
2. Times New Viking DROP-OUT (from Rip It Off, released January 22)
3. Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks Cold Son (from Real Emotional Trash, released March 4)
4. Shearwater Leviathan, Bound (from Rook, due out June 3)
5. Cat Power Metal Heart (from Jukebox, released January 22)
6. Matmos Polychords (from Supreme Balloon, due out May 6)
7. Mission Of Burma That’s How I Escaped My Certain Fate (from Vs.: The Definitive Edition, released today, March 18)
8. Jaguar Love Bats Over The Pacific Ocean (from Take Me To The Sea, due out this summer August 19)
9. The Cave Singers Helen (from Invitation Songs, released last September)
10. Dead Meadow I’m Gone (from Old Growth, released February 5)
11. The New Pornographers All The Things That Go To Make Heaven And Earth (live) (from Live From Soho (iTunes Exclusive), released March 11)
12. Earles & Jensen Bleachy Is Back In Town, Look Out (from Just Farr A Laugh Vols. 1 & 2: The Greatest Prank Phone Calls Ever!, due out April 22 May 6)

The sharp-eyed among you will note that some of these tracks are not the ones released as promo MP3s to date.

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42 Responses to “Intended Play sampler 2008 — ready to download and burn”

  1. Sara Says:

    Dear Matador, you are all extremely awesome and wonderful people. Thank you for this mix!

  2. Tom Says:

    Thanks so much Matador. You are an amazing record label.

  3. Arthur Says:

    Thanks so much!!!

  4. McG Says:

    Too kind, too freakin’ kind. Hope you don’t mind me linking from my blog. Pax.

  5. Patrick Says:

    Link away…

  6. McG Says:


    Thanks for sharing. Just linked to the .zip file. A big ole thanks for all the great tunes.

  7. JP Says:

    It’s been more than ten years since I’ve worn the equivalent of white vinyl shavings from the grooves of my What’s up Matador 2CD sampler. Interesting to note the staying power of the label’s stalwarts and the well rounded variety of acts being developed then and still now. look it up. Oh yeah, Thanks Matador! Again and again.

  8. Simon Says:

    Great, thanks!
    Now waiting for a video top 10 in a zip file!

  9. impatient Says:

    extremely kind of you, even with new shearwater in it, yay! thanks a ton! 🙂

  10. florencia Says:

    I can´t believe this, you rock! You make me wanna buy all your records just for retrieving this good action
    Thank you!!!

  11. Stéphane Says:

    merci beaucoup !

  12. sutter Says:

    Merci merci merci …

  13. alex Says:

    thank you

  14. eitzel Says:

    Another Merci from France ! You’ve just showed the other record companies that not only were you a highly respectable one with great choices of artists but also a generous and praiseworhty one knowing how to make your “customers” (or rather listeners) faithful to the artists you produce.

  15. thisKID Says:

    …already in heavy rotation.

  16. Patrick Says:

    Thanks for all the good vibes, folks. With regard to eitzel’s comment, we do of course still need “customers” to stay in existence… record labels only make money by selling records; other revenue streams such as income from live shows, selling merchandise etc. go directly to the artist.

  17. arai masaki Says:


  18. Andrew Careaga Says:

    Yes, what they said. What a great record label!

  19. Guillaume Says:

    Thank You !
    Guillaume from France…

  20. Ed Says:

    Hi there,

    Pretty cool what we have here… seems music isn’t dead then…
    keep going , many thanks


  21. Joseph Saint-Giust Says:

    Great job
    thanks for sharing



    Matador est Le label internationnal le plus couillu au monde.

    Thanks Matador for being what you are.

  23. DROCOURT Claude Says:

    Hello and Bravo.

    But why did you choose “matador” which evokes the bullfight, a practice cruel to animals?


  24. Gerard Says:

    The name was culled from the Pedro Almodóvar film, “Matador”. Our salute to a surrealist sex comedy should in no way be construed as an endorsement of animal cruelty.

    The term “Matador” and the the associated imagery are all a part of the popular cultural lexicon. We are in no way responsible for glamorizing animal cruelty any more than a basketball announcer might be in referencing “matador defense”.

  25. othman selmi Says:

    un grand merci de la Tunisie pour matador, et merci encore pour ce tres bon cru pour 2008.

  26. Doc Says:

    Still the best !
    Thank U so much.
    Grazie ragazzi !

  27. gootsy Says:

    a great idea from a great label… thanxxxx from France !

  28. Marcus Says:

    Thanks very much!

    Keep on letting us hear good stuff!



  29. Big Chris Says:

    Cheers Matador…good stuff…wish all labels took a hint from yous

  30. Lubyanka Svetlana Kubismersch Says:

    get it on !!!

  31. NickW Says:

    Thanks for the download and the interesting content.
    Have to say, the very lo-fi quality of tracks 1 and 2 nearly put me off – but remaining sounds enjoyable and very welcome concept. Cheers !

  32. Nick Says:

    You guys are great. Some of the artists I love, some I’m familiar with and others are new to me. Thanks for doing this, no doubt it will open my ears to new artists who will benefit along with those it will make me want to buy more of (Mission Of Burma!) Cheers!

  33. McBevrus Says:

    The EP gets a mention in Friday’s Guardian newspaper.

    Thank you, what a kindly bunch you are 🙂

  34. Bons Neuf Says:

    I loved Everything Is Nice so much I’ve bought it twice thus far, you’ve helped shape my musical ear.

    Thanks for sharing!

    You keep putting them out, i’ll keep buying.

  35. Beha Says:


    thanks a lot for the mix…
    really nice of you guys (:

  36. bernard Jean Says:

    Thanks very much for this excellent idea ! Excellent musical choice.

  37. Kickintheteeth Says:

    Thanks !!!

  38. Delysid Says:

    I too love past Matador compilations, so this is a treat I look forward to hearing.

  39. DaySide Says:

    Hey Tnx Guys !!

  40. Patrick Says:

    Hey everyone, the Fall 2008 Intended Play sampler is now ready for free download – go for it:

  41. adios Says:

    Solo se puede decir una cosa, gracias!

  42. Harrison Says:

    Thanks for sharing!
    Too bad I just found it now.