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An Orgy of Self-Congratulation, Grandstanding & Overconsumption : Matador Artists & Staff Select Their 2012 Favorites

December 12th, 2012 at 8:00 am by Gerard

(above : angry mob reacts to the news that at least two or 3 people didn’t even mention the Total Control 7″)

Around this time every year, your overpaid overworked editor attempts to coax a list of favorite recordings, books, television programs, life events, etc. out of the label’s artist roster and our rock biz colleagues. In the past, the exercise has been an arduous process, fraught with nagging, teeth-gnashing and no shortage of reluctant participants. In more recent times, however, the serial oversharing epidemic that’s run rampant throughout all online activity has infected our bands and staff alike. The rhetorical question, “who fucking asked you?” cannot be applied in this instance, because they were all asked. For some historical perspective, here’s last year’s pile. Questions or comments about our lousy tastes and/or blatant omissions are welcome (but not necessarily appreciated). And away we go!

Damian Abraham, Fucked Up

My fav records that I acquired off my want list this year:

Da Slyme – “st”  (with 1/1 FUCKED UP “Couple Tracks cover” haha) DBLP
- I got this thru Hits and Misses (RIP) in Toronto but it came from the drummer I believe. It didn’t have a cover but the covers were just spraypainted covers of random records, so my friend Woody made me a copy of his cover and I recreated the stencil on a Fucked Up lp. A seminal Canadian record that I have wanted since I read about it in the Smash the State lp insert.

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Filth – “Don’t Hide Your Hate” 7″ -
From Rotate This in Toronto. A top tier Killed By Death jam if there ever was one. Dutch punk so good that when asked what it sounds like all I can offer is: “Kinda
perfect”

Slapshot – “Back On The Map” LP – Test Press #16 (my lucky number)
Traded this from my brother for a record I had given my wife. Does that make me a bad person?

Deja Voodoo – “Hiekkaa Hietarannan” 7″ – I bought this from the guy that did our show in Tampere. The og lo-fi garage two piece’s hardest
to find single… in their native Canada at-least.

V/A – “Triple Cross Counter Tour Compilation” 7″ -
The last Bastard record I needed and I managed to have exactly enough cash on me to buy it and still have enough change to get back to the hotel on the subway as I was facing the nightmare scenario of having a bank card that wouldn’t work while in a Japanese record store.

LSD – “Jast Last” (“dead model” cover) 7″ – Bought this on an earlier trip this year to Japan. Buying Japanese hardcore records in Japan is the perk of being in a touring band that I had desired the longest… Yay me!

Dezerter – “Underground Out Of Poland” LP
I found this at She Said Boom in Toronto having looked for it forever. Polish hardcore that was smuggled out from behind the iron curtain by Joey Keithley from Canadian hardcore legends DOA (who sadly called it a day this year so: RIP). RAGING political hardcore produced under a government that wasn’t always the biggest fan of such expression I would imagine.

Kiddeo – “Kids Can Rock” LP -
Picked this up at Sonic Boom in Toronto. A soundtrack album for the 80′s kid’s tv show. I grew up clowning on this show with my brother. A show for kids featuring a clown make-up wearing rock and roll band was sure to raise the ire of a precocious surly eight year old. Now as a parent I yearn for this to be put into reruns so I could watch it with my three year old.

d.b.s. – “Snowball” 7″
Another trade pick up. I first saw the video for this song on The Wedge (the tv show I host now… watch… please). Although they were not the first punk band I had ever heard, they were the first band that showed me that I could do it too. They were a bunch of kids slightly older then my 14 year old self touring the world and playing punk. It made me want to start my first band… who was nowhere near as good as d.b.s. While this is not an exceptionally valuable record it took me forever to find it.

Negative Approach “st” (rejected test press) 7″
The source shall remain anonymous but I did have to sell close to 400 records out of the collection to buy it. The record itself needs no introduction. The rejected test press was the holy grail of record collecting for me
since I learnt of it’s existence 12 years ago. I had a chance to get it and I went for it… if for no other reason than to prevent the 23 year old from traveling thru time and space to beat my ass for not going for it.

Anthony Anzalado, Ceremony

ALBUMS
1. Twin Shadow – Confess
2. Frank Ocean – Channel Orange
3. Gossip – A Joyful Noise

4. Blaqk Audio – Bright Black Heaven
5. Jessie Ware – Devotion
6. Converge – All We Love We Leave Behind
7. No Statik – Everywhere You Aren’t Looking
8. Marina & The Diamond – Electa Heart
9. Daughn Gibson – All Hell
10. Swans – The Seer

TRACKS
1. Frank Ocean – Pyramids
2. Blaqk Audio – Let’s Be Honest
3. Gossip – Move In The Right Direction
4. Twin Shadow – Five Seconds
5. Jessie Ware – Wildest Moments
6. King Tuff – Bad Thing
7. Usher – Climax
8. Converge – Coral Blue
9. Marina & Diamonds – State Of Dreaming

Chris Brokaw, Come, Codeine

JESUS IS MY SON “1914-1918″ (CD)

INSECT FACTORY – “Melodies From A Dead Radio” (LP)
VATICAN SHADOW – “Ghosts Of Chechnya” (2xCS)
LETHA RODMAN – “Moon Mountain” (CS)
ZZ TOP – “La Futura” (CD)
RENE HELL – “Catalina and London” (CS)
TORN HAWK – “Mark Of The Hound” (12″)
GRUNT – “Ritual of Mortality” (CS)
THOMAS KONER – “Novaya Zemlya” (CD)
INNER TUBE – “s/t” (LP)
NICOLAS LOBO – “Slowed and Mirrored” (CS)
OREN AMBARCHI/ROBIN FOX – “Connected” (CD)
REGRESSION – “Other Days” (CD)
JEFF PARKER – “Bright Light In Winter” (LP)
MB – “Mental Machination Musing” (CS)
SPYKES – “Personal Contact” (CS)
GEOFF FARINA – “Wishes Of The Dead” (CD)
KEVIN DRUMM – “Crowded” (LP)
PRURIENT – “Tiger Smells A Corpse” (3xCS)
TOR LUNDVALL – “The Shipyard” (LP)
JAC BERROCAL/DAVID FENECH/GHEDALIA TAZARTES – “Superdisque” (LP)
JENNIFER O’CONNOR – I Want What You Want (LP)
TIM FOLJAHN – Songs For An Age Of Extinction (LP)

Favorite new pedal: Endangered Audio Research AD4096
Favorite new music toy: Korg Monotron Delay Analogue Ribbon Synthesizer

Kyle Edwards, The Young

Top Ten Tour Eats of 2012

1.  The Owlery, Bloomington IN:  Vegan Fried Chicken Dinner

2.  Zante’s Pizza, San Francisco CA:  Indian Pizza


3.  La Estrella #3, Highland Park CA:  Fish Tacos

4.  Van Loc, Houston TX:  Garlic Tofu

5.  Odge’s, Chicago IL:  Hot Dogs

6.  Vinnie’s, Anna Maria’s, & Carmine’s, Brooklyn NY:  Pizza Binge

7.  Poutinville, Montreal QC:  Braised Beef Poutine

8.  Cevapcici, WestFest, Chicago IL:  Multiple Animal Logs
9.  El Farolito, Oakland CA:  Carne Asada Burrito
10.  Jimboy’s, Reno NV & Rosedale CA:  Parmesan Tacos

Ross Farrar, Ceremony

1.  Dawn of Humans – Blurst of the Bird Fish EP
2. Savages – Husbands EP
3.  Tronics -  Love Backed by Force LP (reissue)
4. Burning Sensation – S/T LP

5. Constant Mongrel – Everything Goes Wrong LP
6. Total Control – Scene From a Marriage EP
7. Sauna Youth – Dreamlands LP
8. Creative Adult – Dead Air EP
9. Spitting Image – Valley Floor EP
10. Slut River – Off White EP
11. Coffin Pricks – S/T EP
12. Feedtime – The Aberrant Years (box set)
13. Dark Times – S/T EP
14. Eagulls / Mazes – split EP
15. Frederick Seidel – Poems: 1959-2009

Thomas Fisher, Esben and the Witch

My favourite records of the year were”Angels of darkness, demons of light II” by Earth and “WIXIW” By Liars. Earth for soundtracking strolls around the city at both day and night. The Liars record is probably my favourite of theirs, the style and sounds they use on it really suit them.

Best live show, hands down, Swans at Koko. Totally captivating.

Saw some cool films, ” Beasts of the Southern Wild” was probably my favourite fictional one. The father/daughter relationship in that is a thing of beauty. Set against this crazy apocalyptic bayou setting called The Bathtub, a real top film in my opinion. As for documentaries “Nostalgia for the light” and “Marina Abramovich, the artist is always present” were really fascinating and inspiring respectively.

Gregg Foreman ~ Cat Power
/ Pink Mountaintops / Black Ryder / The Meek

The Speedy and miraculous recovery of Friend and beloved DJ – Jonathan Toubin !!!

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‘Autoluminescent’ – Rowland Howard Film (2011 but wasn’t available for USA til 2012)
‘Lawless’ – (Film written by Nick Cave)
Cold Cave / American Nightmare – (Live)
Willis Earl Beale – (Live)
Chelsea Wolfe – ‘Unknown Rooms’ (LP)
Cat Power – ‘Sun’ (Ha had to , but it is a great record)
Austin Psych Fest 2012 – Music Festival produced by the Black Angels in Austin Tx
The Laurels – Aussie Psych Band
Strangers Family Band – Live (Los Angeles Psychedelia produced by Steve Kille of Dead Meadow)

James McNew, Yo La Tengo

Lambchop , Mr. M (Merge)

El-P, Cancer 4 Cure (Def Jux)
Mamaguitar, Sings Mamaguitar (Zelone)
Thee Oh Sees, Putrifiers II (In The Red)
Why?, Mumps etc (Anticon)
Tim Heidecker, Titanic and Other Songs (Orion Read)
Redd Kross, Researching The Blues (Merge)
Oneida, A List Of The Burning Mountains (Brah)
Ceremony, Zoo (Matador)
Aesop Rock, Skelethon (Rhymesayers)
Neal Morgan, In The Yard (Drag City)
Man Forever, Pansophical Cataract (Thrill Jockey)
Killer Mike, R.A.P Music (Williams Street)
Koozies, Woodies and Beer comp (Brah)
Fushitsusha, Hikari to Nazukeyo + Mabushii Itazura Na Inori (Heartfast) + Document Film of Keiji Haino sdtrk (PSF)

Sandy Miranda, Fucked Up

My ten favourite days of 2012:
1. April 13-15, 20-22: Meeting Snoop Dog, Dave Chapelle, and Fred Armison at Coachella
2. June 1-2: Primavera Sound
3. June 17: Doing mushrooms at the MMVA’s and losing
4. July 29: Playing Fuji Rock in Japan and winning
5. August 4: Playing Sappyfest in New Brunswick
6. August 5-9: Visiting St. John’s, Newfoundland
7. August 31: Playing Mexico City for the first time
8. September 24: Being nominated for a second Polaris Prize
9. November 3-4: Playing back-to-back shows in Tokyo and Austin
10. November 22-24: Playing Turkey for the first time.

Thurston Moore, Chelsea Light Moving, Sonic Youth

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1.The ZZZ’s  (live at the Jellyfish Brother’s crib, Miami FLA) I went down to play a solo gig in Mami during Art Basel and the next morning I’m having Cubano breakfast with Rat Bastard. We’re gonna do a secret noise show in a warehouse that night and when I walk out on the street to lick some sunrays this kid comes up to me and sez he’s the son of David Amram (jazz bop poet pianist who pal’d around with Kerouac) and he’s touring around with a Japanese girl trio and they’re looking for a gig. I say “hold on”, and I fetch Rat and he meets them and they say “we are noise group” and he sez “be at the warehouse at midnight and you can play” and they do and they are AMAZING. A cross between Gong and Teenage jesus. I haven’t stood there so enjoyingly stunned in front of a band since maybe seeing Afri Rampo (also Japanese girl noise) tear shit up when they first came over ten years ago.

2. Richard HellI Dreamed I was a Very Clean Tramp: An Autobiography (Ecco books) – I been waiting to read Hell’s memoir since hearing excerpts of it from his strange mouth a solid year or so ago. I was taken aback as he talked of his relationship with Tom Verlaine, his cohort and co-founder of Television, one of the most significant groups in the lineage New York City rock n roll history. He exposed his retrospective feelings of their difficult friendship without contempt or vitriol but allowing the realiy of emotional discomfort that such alien boys may have with each other come under some personal analysis. This is “Life” for those of us who become dreamy when considering the advent of punk rock. Hell’s details can be knowingly sloppy but their’s enough prosaic insight here to send chills down any punk rock historian’s spine. I mean he did invent this shit.

3. Café Oto (music café, Dalston East London) – I have big time reasons to relocate to London these days, and the closer I can be to Café Oto the better. At least three times a week this joint hosts startling perfromances of musc from in and out of the margins. Improvisor legends old and young, traveling radical noise creeps, song stretchers, dance, theatre — I just spent three nights there with The Ex where they curated a showcase celebrating their 33 1/3 years as a band. Every minute was awesome. Incredible zone with no stage and killer shochu (with cold green tea – recommended) and very good, friendly vibes. Up the street is the Vortex for most straight up avant jazz action. Fuck it, I like the rain.

4. The jazz kissas of Tokyo Japan — I’m not much of bar hanger outer at all, even though I mention Café Oto and I do like to swill shaggys at Great Jones Café as poured by Mark Ibold but after all the years of hitting Japan and beelining around to the record sttores that have the best revenue of 2nd hand jazz vinyl IN THE UNIVERSE I never knew to much abut the culture of the “jazz kissa”. This is a joint that serves sake, beer and coffee and spins jazz LPs exclusively on perfectly tuned hi fi analog sound equipment. The most famous one in Shinjuku is DIG which started in the early 60s and advertised itself as supplying “Booze + Jazz”. I spent an evening there looking through the scrapbooks of it’s owner where he shot photos of Thelonious Monk, Ornette Coleman, Miles Davis – everyone — and a lot of these cats, back in the day, would set up in the corner sometimes and rip a session. The jazz kissa, a throwback to the heady day of post war Japan when American jazz became a rallying sound of imperialist liberation, may be a quaint reminder of bygone times but the ones that do exist, and some are rather recent, are exquisite. I happened upon one in the Jimbocho area where all the used bookstores are, called Big Boy. It had an awesome sound system, almost akin to the way reggae sound systems are, as far as fetishization goes, and when I asked to hear a track off a Bill Evans LP, the proprietor pulled out a mint mono copy and a stereo one as well and asked which I’d like to hear. I chose mono, natch, and then and there Bill Evans, long thought deceased, appeared in the room with attendant piano, CONJURED!

Bob Nastanovich, Pavement

2012 top ten list (in no particular order):

1) Dolfish–I’d Rather Disappear Than Stay The Same
2) Mumford’s–Triple Trinities
3) The Poison Control Center–live
4) Wolves In The Attic–live
5) Derek Lambert and The Prairie Fires–The Forest Floor cassette
6) Mantis Pincers–live
7) William Tyler–”Ohaspe” b/w “Tennessee Blues” 7″
8) Wax Fang–Mirror, Mirror EP
9) La Rosa Tamaleria
10) Bud Select 55

Andy Nelson, Ceremony

Long:

Blank Realm – Go Easy
Constant Mongrel – Everything Goes Wrong
Daughn Gibson – All Hell
Frank Ocean – channel ORANGE
Julia Holter – Ekstasis
Merchandise – Children Of Desire
Raime – Quarter Turns Over A Living Line
Scott Walker – Bisch Bosh
Shackleton – Music For The Quiet Hour/The Drawbar Organ EPs
Sickoids – self titled

Short:
Burial – Kindred
Daughn Gibson – Lite Me Up
Dawn Of Humans – Blurst Of The Birdfish
Fennesz – Fa 2012
Give – Voodoo Leather
Hoax – 3rd EP
The Ropes – Always Nothing
Savages – Husbands
Scott & Charlene’s Wedding/Peak Twins split
Total Control – Scene From A Marriage

Hans Zimmerman, The Young

Best Stuff I Saw in Austin (unless noted otherwise)
Neil Young & Crazy Horse
The Clean
Destruction Unit
Wiccans
Vaaska
Timmy’s Organism (NYC)
Royal Headache
Cheap Time

Pink Reason (Columbus, OH)
Lamps (LA)

Jean-Phillpe Aline, Beggars France

2012 was all about food and music :-)

favorite albums of the year (non-beggars)

nite jewel – one second of love
kendrick lamar – good kid, m.a.a.d city
frank ocean – channel orange

favorite songs
everything is embarrassing – sky ferreira
losing you – solange
get free – major lazer

tv programs
SNL’s homeland parody (that kills the tv series)
Veep (first season)
Game Change

Movies
Amour
Killer Joe
Moonrise Kingdom

Personal experiences
First trip to Japan

Best Hotel
Benesse House (Naoshima island)

Favorite Restaurants
Le Pantruche (Paris)
Abri (Paris)
Pierre Sang (Paris)
Gion Nanba (Kyoto)

Favorite video

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Antony & The Johnsons

Adam Farrell, Beggars Group

Albums / EPs
John Talabot – Fin
Killer Mike – R.A.P. Music
The Chromatics – Kill For Love
Julia Holter – Ekstasis
Miguel – Kaleidoscope Dream
Swans – The Seer

Nude Beach – II
Deep Magic – Empty Soul EP

Songs
Clique by Big Sean (& others)
Big Beast by Killer Mike
Lord Knows by Dum Dum Girls
Rigamortis by Kendrik Lamar
The Full Retard by El-P

Visuals/events
Rise And Fall of Apartheid – International Center of Photography (NYC)
Yayoi Kusama exhibit – Tate Modern (London)
Adam Fuchs – all that Captain Murphy shit
Rock And Roll Billboards of the Sunset Strip by Robert Landau (Blake says 2013 is gonna get real tight)
Flying Lotus – that whole campaign
Sleigh Bells – the first few things on that campaign
PS1 Warmup (props to Dean, Chen and crew!)
The Bell Labs complex in Holmdel, NJ (unofficial tour)

Reads
The Idea Factory by Jon Gertner (inspired above tour)

Downloadables
Nicolas Jarr – BBC Radio 1 Essential Mix
Gaslamp Killer – Brainfeeder RA mixtape
Evernote – which made this list possible (and Richard Laing for making me feel alright about using it)

Alex Hadjiloukas, Matador Direct
Albums

1. The Men – Open Your Heart (Sacred Bones) – Few albums this year got me as supremely stoked upon each listen as this one. It absolutely shreds, while perfectly showcasing a band taking their already-established strengths and pushing them into a whole new territory. The spacey jammed-out tracks are equally as engaging as the straight up face-melters, sometimes even more so, and the first two songs alone are worth the price of admission. I saw them over the summer and the set was pretty much all completely new material, stuff that was on some serious modern-day Neil Young type shit. Can’t wait to hear what they do next.

2. Perfume Genius – Put Your Back N 2 It (Matador) – Beautiful. Just beautiful. Every track is equal parts devastating heartbreak and (somehow) joyous, uplifting hope. And that fact the he can implement that formula 12 times in a row, each time at three and a half minutes or less, without it ever losing any of its potency is totally mind-blowing. The dude just gets it. The aural definition of the word “sublime”.

3. Liars – WIXIW (Mute) – Over the summer I was working this job in downtown Brooklyn that would usually have me getting out around 1-2am, and for about two weeks this is literally all I would listen to during my long and lonely commute home on the G train. It just seemed to fit so well because, much like living in a giant urban sprawl such as New York, the whole album has this pervading feeling of nervous, passive dread; it’s like sensing some really terrible force (be it physical, mental, or spiritual) existing somewhere just beyond the surface that never chooses to fully show itself. It’s always there but you can’t quite put your finger on it. And that’s what really scares you.

4. Ceremony – Zoo (Matador) – There are still moments when I play this album and can hardly believe that it came from a group of guys whose first album (and overall M.O.) was “Violence Violence”. Making fast brutal noise is all well and good, and I love hardcore just as much as the next guy who grew up in suburban Pennsylvania/New Jersey/Long Island. But I’m also a sucker for a great pop hook and solid musicianship, and here they brilliantly balance the best of both worlds while also proving just how well-versed they are musically. I mean, shit! Some tracks on here are almost straight up surf rock! It rules! I honestly feel that any of their old fans who trash this record simply need to grow the fuck up. It’s clear that Ceremony has, and man, just listen to what happened.

5. Dirty Projectors – Swing Lo Magellan (Domino) – A lot of people nowadays (myself included) are pretty quick to write off Brooklyn’s current indie rock giants. Animal Collective has gotten too weird and annoying (even by their standards), Grizzly Bear has gotten too frumpy and boring, etc. But these guys, I just can’t deny ‘em. Their output has been so consistently strong, and I sincerely believe that this is the best record they’ve ever made. Again, a perfect combination of styles old and new. The first time I heard that riff kick in on Offspring Are Blank I actually had a minor physical freak-out over how good it was. Chills throughout my body, shaky hands, the works. Granted, I was insanely stoned at the time, but nonetheless. The whole record plays through on this totally weirdo neo-White-Album-era-Beatles wavelength and the results are just really, really pleasurable.

6. Menomena – Moms (Barsuk) – After everything these guys have been through they could have either called it quits or just started putting out really mediocre records, but instead they’ve worked through all their inner turmoils and come back stronger than ever. Further reason as to why they’re one of my absolute favorite current bands.

7. Ty Segall Band – Slaughterhouse (In The Red) – Everything he put out this year was solid, but this one definitely trumps them all for me. It just fucking rips.

8. Dan Deacon – America (Domino) – Gorgeous, intelligent, transcendent. And above all else, like with the rest of his records you can still totally lose your mind and dance like a maniac to it. The whole USA suite is concrete proof that the man is an absolute genius and a true modern-day composer.

9. Godspeed You! Black Emperor – Allelujah! Don’t Bend! Ascend! (Constellation) – Really didn’t see this one coming (hell, no one did) so my inner-16-year-old was absolutely ECSTATIC when, in typical Godspeed fashion, it kind of just quietly appeared out of nowhere one day back in October. The night that Hurricane Sandy hit the city I was holed up alone in my apartment getting drunk with this blasting on repeat, totally anticipating the end of world.

10. Thee Oh Sees – Putrifiers II (In The Red) – Another year, another fantastic album from Dwyer and Co. At this point I don’t think it’s possible that they’ll ever put out a recording I won’t like.

Shows
The Magnetic Fields @ ACL Live (SXSW)
Ty Segall and Thee Oh Sees @ The Well
Dirty Projectors @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Menomena @ Bowery Ballroom
Dean Wareham plays Galaxie 500 @ Le Poisson Rouge

Films
The Master
Skyfall
Samsara
Shut Up and Play The Hits
Looper

Television
Boardwalk Empire and Breaking Bad. Nothing else came CLOSE.

Matt Harmon, Beggars Group

Julia Holter – Ekstatis (Rvng Intl)
Pete Swanson – Pro Style EP (Type)
Michael Pisaro – Tombstones (HEM)
Tim Hecker & Daniel Lopatin – Instrumental Tourist (Software)

Shadow Ring – Remains (Kye)
The Men – Open Your Heart (Sacred Bones)
Ty Segall Band – Slaughterhouse (Drag City)
Bob Mould – Silver Age (Merge)
Keith Fullerton Whitman – Generators (Editions Mego)
Gunn – Truscinski Duo – Ocean Parkway (Three Lobed Recordings)
Joshua Abrams – Represencing (Eremite Records)
Crystal Ark – s/t (DFA)
Oneohtrix Point Never / Rene Hell – split (NNA Tapes)
Marcia Bassett & Samara Lubelski – Sunday Night, Sunday Afternoon (Kye)
Emeralds – Just to Feel Anything (Editions Mego)

Helen Johnson, Matador Direct

Records (in no particular order):
FJ McMahon – Spirit  Of the Golden Juice (Circadian Press)
Cate Le Bon – Cyrk II  (The Control Group)

Samara Lubelski – Wavelength (Destijl)
Marcia Bassett / Samara Lubeslski – Sunday Night, Sunday Afternoon (KYE)
Mike Wexler -  Dispossession (Mexican Summer)
Rhyton – The Emerald Tablet (Thrill Jockey)
200 Years – S/T (Drag City)
200 Years – Holyoke (Grapefruit Record Club)
The Baird Sisters – Until You find Your Green (Grapefruit Record Club)
Six Organs of Admittance – Ascent (Drag City)
Blues Control – Valley Tangents (Drag City)
The Shadow Ring – Remains Unchanged (KYE)
Prince Rupert Drops – Run Slow (Beyond, Beyond is Beyond)
Neil Young – Psychedelic Pill (Reprise)
Crystal Syphon – Family Evil (Roaratorio)
Willie Lane – Guitar Army Of One (Cord Art)
Mark Fosson – Digging In The Dust : Home Recordings 1976 (Tompkins Sqaure)
Laurie Spiegel – The Expanding Universe (Unseen Worlds
Bruce Langhorn – The Hired Hand (Scissor Tail Records)
V/A – Traces One (GRM)

Live (in no particular order):
Cate Le Bon/Pigeons @ Mercury Lounge
Thurston Moore & Samara Lubelski @ Issue project Room (part of the ‘Flowers & Cream’ poetry Night)
Rangda @ Zebulon
Blues Control @ Roulette
Mike Wexler @ Zebulon
200 Years @  Zebulon
P.G Six @ Zebulon
Steve Gunn & Chris Forsyth @ Zebulon
Loren Mazzacane Connors & Thurston Moore @ Public Assembly
Graham Lambkin & C Spencer Yeh @ The New Museum
Whiteout w/ Dave Shuford @ 285 Kent
Whiteout w/ Anders Nilsson @ Zebulon
Magik Markers @ Roulette
Samara Lubelski & Marcia Bassett @ Issue Project Room
Cate Le Bon/Quilt  @ Mercury Lounge
Cate Le Bon @ Union Pool
Tom Carter w/ Pigeons @ Zebulon
RL Boyce @ Great Jones Cafe
Six Organs Of Admittance/Blues Control @ Mercury Lounge

Film:
Last Kind Words  (This is a great film by Kevin Barker and Amy Miller)

Misc:
Fostering cats for the ASPCA

Some questions my 4 yr old niece asked……
Do mice really exist?
Is the moon really made of cheese?
Is it christmas today? (asked in June)
Are these ladybirds poisonous?
When will I be a mermaid?

Natalie Judge, Matador Records

2012 was soundtracked occasionally with the following and in no particular order:
Sharon van Etten – Tramp
Metal Dance – Trevor Jackson Comp

Daniel Rossen – EP
Black Bananas – rad times express
John Talabot – fin.
The Men – open your heart
Merchandise – Children of Desire
Daughn Gibson – All Hell
Total control – henge beat (this may be technically 2011)
Death Grips – the money store

Dave Martin, Matador Direct

New albums
1. Major Stars – Decibels Of Gratitude – Important / Twisted Village
2. Cate Le Bon – Cyrk  & Cyrk II – The Control Group

3. Cheater Slicks – Reality Is a Grape – Columbus Discount Records
4. Disappears – Pre Language – Kranky
5. The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – Meat & Bone – Boombox/Mom + Pop
6. Cheap Time – Wallpaper Music – In The Red
7. Tyvek – On Triple Beams – In The Red
8. Karl Hendricks Trio – The Adult Section – Comedy Minus One
9. Dirty Three – Toward The Low Sun – Drag City
10. Apache Dropout – Bubblegum Graveyard – Trouble In Mind
11. Redd Kross – Researching The Blues – Merge Records
12. Lamps – Under The Water, Under The Ground – In The Red
13. Times New Viking – Over & Over – Siltbreeze
14. Mad Scene – Blip – Siltbreeze
15. Home Blitz – Frozen Track – Mexican Summer
16. Bailterspace – Strobosphere – Fire
17. Killer Mike – R.A.P. Music – Williams Street
18. Timmys Organism – Raw Sewage Roq – In The Red
19. Reports – Dynamo Cambridge – Ride The Snake
20. Majutsu No Niwa – Frontera – New Vague / Musik Atlach
21. Mount Carmel – Real Women – Siltbreeze
22. Fabulous Diamonds – Commercial Music – Chapter Music
23. El-P – Cancer 4 Cure – Fat Possum
24. Six Organs Of Admittance – Ascent – Drag City
25. Foreign Mothers – Duh – Thread Pull Records

Singles
1. A Burning Bus – Anti b/w Paranoia Paradise – Harvest Records
2. Bare Mutants – Without You b/w Inside My Head – Hozac Records

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3. Buck Biloxi & the Fucks – Weirdos On The Street   Orgone Toilet
4. Cheap Time – Other Stories b/w In This World – Sweet Rot Records
5. Family Curse / White Murder Split – Middle Age America b/w Breakdown – Doormat Records
6. No Bails – Soundproof Room b/w Werthers Original / Skate Or Die – Orgone Toilet
7. Native Cats / UV Race Split – Ten Years Transportation b/w 3 UV Race songs -  Ride The Snake Records
8. The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – Gadzooks! b/w Tell Me That You Love Me – Jukebox #6 – In The Red Records
9. V/A Worlds Lousy With Ideas Volume 9 – Almost Ready Records Featuring Cheater Slicks, Thee Spivs & Psandwich
10. Livefastdie – Practicing For The Gangbang b/w You Ruin All My Fun- Total Punk Records

Reissues
1. The Clean – Oddities – Five Forty Records
2. Great Unwashed – Clean Out Of Our Minds – Exiled Records
3. Jessie Mae Hemphill – Feelin’ Good – Sutro Park
4. Sonic Youth – Smart Bar Chicago 1985 – Sonic Youth Records
5. Mike Rep & The Quotas – Rocket To Nowhere b/w Quasar – Mighty Mouth Records
6. Various Artists – Time To Go:  The Southern Psychedelic Movement – Flying Nun Records
7. David Kilgour – Here Come The Cars – DeStijl &  Left By Soft – 12XU
8. feedtime – today is friday – SSR & box set – Sub Pop
9. Max Block – Air Ache In The Belly Of The Leech – Siltrbreeze
10. Toy Love – Live At The Gluepot – Goner
11. Bilders – Reissue Series on Unwucht
12. Jack Ruby – Hit & Run b/w Bad Teeth – Saturday Records
13. Necros – Ambionic Sound – Alona’s Dream
14. Thin Lizzy – S/T – Light In The Attic
15. Pin Group – Ambivalence – Flying Nun Records
16. Lungfish – A.C.R. 1999 – Dischord Records
17. Legs – Aaaa The New Memphis Legs – Goner Records
18. Scientists – Rubber Never Sleeps – Bang
19. Doug Jerbine – Is Jesse Harper – Drag City Records
20. Psychosurgens – Horizontal Action b/w Wild Weekend – Crypt Records
21. Brian Crook – Bathysphere – Meds
22. Dead Moon – Too Many People – Mississippi / Change Records
23. Lost Sounds – Lost Lost – Goner Records
24. Rites Of Spring – Six Song Demo – Dischord Records
25. Wicked Lady – The Axeman Cometh & Psychotic Overkill – Guerszen

Live Shows
feedtime – Death By Audio & Maxwell’s shows
Kim Phuc / Joint Damage – The Acheron
Major Stars – Cake Shop
Karl Hendricks Trio / Ma’am – Leftfield
Savages – House of Vans
Nude Beach / Everymen – Union Pool
Disappears – Glasslands
Bare Mutants- Cake Shop
Brain F≠ / White Lung – 538 Johnson

Hector Montes, Beggars Group

21 mostly musical things I liked about 2012 in the order in which I thought of them:
gay people being recognized as human beings (may be pending in your area)

Holy Other – Held (Tri Angle)
Shallow Rewards
Perfume Genius – Put Your Back N2 It (Matador)
Grimes – Visions (4AD)

Elite Gymnastics – RUIN 4 (Acephale)
Purity Ring – Shrines (4AD)
Killer Mike – R.A.P. Music (Williams Street)
the saga of @Love_that_goku

Naomi Punk – The Feeling (Couple Skate)
Liars – WIXIW (Mute)
Bob Mould performing Copper Blue, Silver Age, and a few Hüsker Dü songs live in Minneapolis
Chromatics – Kill For Love (Italians Do It Better)
Lil Ugly Mane – Mista Thug Isolation (S/R)
Tanlines live at FYF and various other places
CFCF – Exercises (Paper Bag)
Swans – The Seer (Young God)
Brian Eno – Lux (Warp)
Cate Le Bon – Cyrk (The Control Group)
Tyvek – On Triple Beams (In The Red)
Recycle Cuture – various remixes

Robby Morris, Matador Records

releases by: death grips, diamond version, dirty three, hoax, lower,
the men, merchandise, angel olsen, raime, tyvek, vatican shadow & more

Gabe Spierer, Beggars Group

Father John Misty – Fear Fun
Killer Mike – R.A.P Music
Frankie Rose – Interstellar
Dirty Three – Toward The Low Sun
Cate LeBon – CYRK

Rick Ross – Rich Forever
Titus Andronicus – Local Business
Single Mothers – Single Mothers EP

Chrissy Stuart, Beggars Music

Shit Girls Say Twitter Feed
Adele sweeping the Grammys
Radiohead in the Desert 2 weekends in a row
Frank Ocean – Channel Orange
Endeaver belly rub over our LA office
Silver Linings Playbook. excelsior indeed.
Beach House – Bloom
Juicy J at SXSW
GIRLS
Cat Power – Cherokee (Nicolas Jaar Remix)

James Franco is Riff Raff
Tame Impala – Lonerism

Marc Jacobs’ people-mover show for Spring Summer 2013 Vuitton in Paris
OBN III’s – s/t
Klimt’s drawings exhibit at The Getty
Best LA Celebrity Sighting – Queen Latifah at Malo
High Desert Test Sights & Garth’s Place in Joshua Tree

Claire Taylor, Beggars Group

tv…..
Sherlock
The Hour
Boardwalk Empire
Downton Abbey

food/drink….
James (Prospect Heights)
Momo Sushi Shack (Bushwick)
Blue Cow (Big Rapids, MI)
Zahav (Philadelphia)
Cafe Regular du Nord (Park Slope)

movies…
Amadeus (saw it for the 1st time this year!)

Step Brothers (will remain on this list every year for the rest of my life)
Farewell My Queen
Anna Karenina
The Rolling Stones – Crossfire Hurricane
The Master

performances / exhibits…
“Misterman” at St. Ann’s Warehouse, Brooklyn (technically saw this very late in December 2011)
The Stones at the Barclays, Brooklyn (Dec.8) (I’ve not even gone to this show as of submission deadline but assuming I’ll want it on the list)
The Everymen at everywhere
Maurizio Cattelan: All, Guggenheim

Visions of Arcadia, Philadelphia Art Museum
Beatrix Potter: The Picture Letters, Morgan Library & Museum

print…
Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell
The Sense Of An Ending by Julian Barnes
A Very Irregular Head: The Life of Syd Barrett by Rob Chapman
Making It New: The Art and Style of Sara and Gerald Murphy by Deborah Rothschild
The Paris Wife by Paula McLain
NYMag weekly crossword

Blake Thomas, Beggars Group

BEST OF MY YEAR
Best Album: Slaughterhouse – Ty Segall Band
Chain Burger: Shake Shack – NYC
Video: ‘Haters Wanna Be Me’ – Krispy Kreme
Movie: The Cabin In The Woods – Lionsgate
Booze: Black Maple Hill 16yr – Heaven Hill
Song: ‘Wave Goodbye’ – Ty Segall Band

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Movie Trailer: Prometheus – 20th Century Fox
Sports: Jayhawks versus Tigers / Thomas Robinson block – Allen Fieldhouse
Live: The Faint – Terminal 5
Sandwich: Steak Sandwich – Harry’s Cafe
TV show: Homeland – Showtime
Brewery: Founders – Michigan
NYC Burger: Prime Meats – Brooklyn
Work Times: Pitchfork Festival – Chicago (thanks Albin)
Looking Forward to: Summer Hummer 2013, i’mmm gonna bring it.

Tiger , Hostess/Beggars Japan

Nico-chan
Yama-chan
Adele (again)
Breaking Bad
Matsuko Deluxe
Feeling homesick
Accepting turning 30
Purity Ring / Shrines
Curry Udon in Osaka
Kyrary Pamyu Pamyu
Yosuke leaving Japan

Chromatics / Kill For Love
Meeting Jason Spaceman
LAs Rose Bowl Flea Market
Radiohead @ Fuji Rock 2012
Ceremony & Daughter @ SXSW
Losing my iphone 2wice this year
Bat For Lashes / The Haunted Man
Going to the dentist like a grown up
Remaking of Point Break @ Primavera
Incinerating all my clothes @ Primavera
Hostess Club Weekender (all 3 of them)
Receiving a Sister Oscar from Cat Power
Bringing Michael back to life @ Primavera
Beach House & Spiritualized @ Primavera
Beavis & Butthead do Tokyo w/ Steve & Paul

Mike Venutolo-Mantovani, Matador Direct

The Best Records Of 2012
1. Black Breath – Sentenced To Life (Southern Lord)

2. White Lung – Sorry (Deranged)
3. Bobby Womack – The Bravest Man In The Universe (XL)
4. Ceremony – Zoo (Matador)
5. The Men – Open Your Heart (Sacred Bones)
6. Cate Le Bon – CYRK (The Control Group)
7. Shintaro Sakamoto – How To Live With A Phantom (Other Music Recordings)
8. Bob Mould – Silver Age (Merge)
9. Die Antwoord – Ten$ion (Zef Recordz)
10. Nude Beach – II (Other Music Recordings)
11. A.C. Newman – Shut Down The Streets (Matador Records)
12. Father John Misty – Fear Fun (Sub Pop)
13. 200 Years – 200 Years (Drag City)
14. Red Kross – Researching The Blues (Merge)

The Best Shows Of 2012
Bruce at Giants Stadium Night 2
Bruce at Giants Stadium Night 3 (Birthday show)
Bruce at MSG in April
Single Mothers at Bowery Ballroom
Alabama Shakes at Terminal 5
The Everymen Record Release Show at Public Assembly

The Best Shirts Of 2012
Black Archers Of Loaf tee
Plaid Sears Roebuck western style
Green gingham
Black Hanes tee with the hole by the shoulder
Grey Slowtrain tee (RIP Slowtrain)

Best Purchases Of 2012
Thin Lizzy DVD
Vaccaro Generator X
Vintage Leather NJ Devils jacket

The Best Things About 2012
Krispy Kreme
Playing tons of Hurricane Sandy Benefits
Light In The Attic’s West Coast Road Trip
Di Paolo’s Italian Specialties
Lots of other things too.

Jen Willis, Beggars Music

Visiting LA for the first time and hanging out with Chrissy and the guys from Activision at Venice Beach
Having dim sum with our sub publishers for SE Asia in Hong Kong whilst on vacation over there
Successfully completing 3 half marathons in London, Brighton and Richmond
The 4AD party in New York in June
Learning to sail a yacht
Albums of the year -
Django Django
Cat Power
Shows of the year:
Bobby Womack at the Apple instore in soho, New York
Magnetic North at Wilton’s music hall in east London
Esben and the Witch at Heaven in central London
Lemonade at Madame Jo Jo’s in central London
SBTRKT at Reading festival

Patrick Amory, Matador Records

J.C. & Co. – Music By (JC Records LP)
Bill Fay – Life Is People (Dead Oceans dbl LP)
Cate Le Bon – Cyrk (Control Group LP)
Marching Church – Throughout The Borders (Posh Isolation 7″ EP)
Shoes – Bazooka (Numero Group LP)
The Men – Open Your Heart (Sacred Bones LP)
The Clean – Odditties (540 dbl LP)
Furtwängler – Beethoven 6th & 8th Symphonies (1952/53) (Pristine Classical FLAC)

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Carly Rae Jepsen – Call Me Maybe video

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Merchandise at 538 Johnson, Sept 13

Gerard Cosloy, Matador Records

Wiccans – Field II  (Katorga Works)
Tyvek – On Triple Beams (In The Red)

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Protomartyr – No Passion, All Technique (Urinal Cake)
Sun Kil Moon – Among The Leaves (Calo Verd )
Jennifer O’Connor – I Want What You Want (Kiam)
OBN III’s – s/t (Tic Tac Totally)
Lamps -  Under The Water Under The Ground (In The Red)
Nazi Gold – A Message Of Love (Super Secret)
Swans – The Seer (Young God)
Cheap Time – Wallpaper Music (In The Red)
Mordecai – s/t (Killer Tree)
bailterspace – Strobosphere (Fire)
Dan Melchior – The Backward Path (Northern Spy), Excerpts and Half-Speeds (Kye)
Woolen Kits – Four Girls (Trouble In Mind)
Hank Wood & The Hammerheads – Go Home (Toxic State)
G.Green – Crap Culture (Mt. St. Mountain)
Cop City /Chill Pillars – Hosed (Florida’s Dying)
GR – A Reverse Age (Mexican Summer)
The Mad Scene – Blip (Siltbreeze)

singles

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Spray Paint – “Pro Knife” , “Squaw” b/w “Psychic Doug” (SSR)
Spray Paint – “Spock Fingers” b/w “Pink Pus” (SSR)

Gary Wrong – “Heroin Beach” b/w ” Mayhem Troopers” (Batshit)
Recide – Statues EP (Even Worse)
Pink Reason – “Ache For You” b/w “Darken Daze” (Savage Quality)
Flesh Lights – Too Big To Fail 2X 7″ (Super Secret)
Total Control – “Scene From A Marriage” b/w “Contract” (Sub Pop)
A Burning Bus – “Anti” b/w “Paranoid Paradise” (Harvest Recordings)
Useless Eaters – The Moves EP (Jolly Dream)
Watery Love – “New Kind Of KIck” b/w “A Condom” (Negative Guest List)
Ex-Cult – “M.P.D.” b/w  “No Fun On The Beaches” (Goner)
The Best – “Black Triangle” b/w “King Of The Underground” (Twistworthy)
Outer Spaces – “Civilization’s Dying” (mp3)
A Giant Dog – “Dammit Pomengrante” b/w “Can’t Complain” (Tic Tac Totally)
Protomartyr – ‘Colpi Probibiti’ EP (X!)
Satanic Rockers – “Eviction” b/w “Rat Versus Boredom” (Quemada)

wayback machine :
Harry Pussy – Let’s Build A Pussy (Editions Mego),
Toy Love – ‘Live At The Gluepot’ (Goner),

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Black Task – Blacktask/Spikes To The Wall (Radio Raheem)
Feedtime – Today Is Friday (SSR),  box set (Sub/Pop),
The Pin Group – ‘Retrospective’ (Siltbreeze)
Soggy – Slog (Memoire Neuve)

live : Monoshock, (Hemlock Tavern, SF, July), Destruction Unit (Beerland and The Grand, Austin, March, Red 7, Austin, July and November), Pygmy Shrews finale (285 Kent, Brooklyn, February)  Bits Of Shit (Beerland, Austin, September, Hi-Tone Lounge,  Memphis, September), Gary Wrong Group (Hi-Tone Lounge, Memphis, September), SsserpentssS (Austin, too many times),  Shellac (Lincoln Theatre, Chicago, August) Mark Kozelek (Scottish Rite Theatre, Austin, September), Swans (LaZone Rosa, Austin), Feedtime (Beerland, Austin, April, Midnight (Beerland, Austin, June), Puffy Areolas (Beerland, Austin, March), ), Sonny Vincent & The Bad Reactions (Beerland, Austin, May), Death Of Samantha (Trailer Space, Austin, March), Wussy (Mohawk, Austin, June)

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One Response to “An Orgy of Self-Congratulation, Grandstanding & Overconsumption : Matador Artists & Staff Select Their 2012 Favorites”

  1. Ryan Walsh Says:

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