July 26 marks the 5th anniversary of the Matablog’s public debut (after MONTHS of beta-testing), truly a day in that will go down in rock / internet history as the moment blogging finally came to fruition as
letting you know about record release parties in cities thousands of miles away a force for social change. Over these past 5 years, the Matablog has gone from being the #7 or #8 most widely read source for news and information about this label to being somewhere in the top 3 or 4. It is, however, the number one source of information concerning whatever Patrick has concocted in his well-stocked kitchen that weekend, and if you think you’re gonna get that kind of content from Paste or Metal Sludge.com, think again.
Though I realize many of you would like to credit me alone for the Matablog’s wild success (and I thank each of you for the cards, letters and fruit baskets that arrived today, especially the videogram from former NY Gov. Elliot Spitzer) it couldn’t have happened without the hard work, insight, and passion for THE TRUTH the Matador and Beggars staffs bring to the table, nor without the contributions from our family of recording artists. It is my fervent hope that in the days to come, the Matablog will continue to serve as a beacon of light in the otherwise dreary world of rock biz puffery. Frankly, I’d settle for Todd Netter not referring to it as “Mata-blog”, but perhaps that’s something we can target after the 10th anniversary.
Anyhow, enough with all of that insider-baseball bullshit. There’s no point celebrating a big anniversary without a party, and this weekend Matador has Thurston Moore, Cold Cave and Kurt Vile all appearing at our Matablog 5th Anniversary Bash in Chicago’s Union Park. I realize there’s a bunch of non-Matador artists on the bill ; there might even be banners atop the stages that fail to mention the actual name of the festival, but that’s ok. Not every record label blog is magnanimous enough to share their weekend in the sun with others, but after all this time you oughta know that we’re all about inclusion. Here’s to five (hundred) more years!