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Matador 21% Discount (with free shipping) like… NOW!

By Michael on Wednesday, December 8th, 2010

To celebrate our 21st year we are offering up a 21% discount on every order at the Matador store.

In addition, we’ll throw in FREE SHIPPING on any orders over $50.

Simply enter code Matador21 at checkout for the discount and select the free shipping option (Sorry, US customers only) Code valid through Dec. 16.

Silkscreened Matador at 21 posters now available

By Robby on Wednesday, November 24th, 2010

Ladies & gents, head over to the Matador Store right now to get your hands on these limited-edition (200 of each) “Matador at 21″ posters a few of our good friends and collaborators designed specially for “the Lost Weekend” & our coming-of-age.

Susanna Vapnek – NYC-based painter and collage artist, as well as documentary filmmaker. Designed the sleeves to several records by Spoon.
http://www.susannavapnek.com/ (24″ x 16″)

Frank Longo – Virginia based artist and designer, worked for several years as graphic designer at Matador Records, designed the books for Slanted & Enchanted: Luxe & Reduxe and the Matador at 21 box set (18″ x 24″)

James McNew – Brooklyn-based musician and artist. Bass player, multi-instrumentalist, and occasional lead singer in Yo La Tengo. Also well known for his four-track home-recorded project Dump.    (16.5″ x 24″)

Mogollon – very well known NYC design firm, does work across the fields of fashion, music, editorial, etc., from Madonna to Om Records to Tush Magazine. Also designed a Matador label T-shirt http://www.mogollon-ny.com (18″ x 24″)

SOLD OUT! Lindsay Shutt – Memphis-based artist, designed one of the 7″es in the limited-edition Jay Reatard series (Always Wanting More) http://lindsayshutt.blogspot.com EDIT: & http://www.jezebelitwasyou.blogspot.com (18″ x 24″)

We also have a few of the American Apparel t-shirts from the event left over (in all sizes right now) — pick them up at the store Store & act fast as these shirts are in limited supply!

Pitchfork.tv coverage of Matador at 21 continues!

By Robby on Tuesday, November 23rd, 2010

photo by Reuben Cox

Pitchfork’s been chronicling a sneak peek into the experience that was Matador at 21: The Lost Weekend. Check out some behind-the-scenes action by heading over to Pitchfork TV where they’re rolling out documentary footage from “The Lost Weekend” as we speak. Right now you can watch Chris Lombardi and Fucked Up’s Damian Abraham take you on a tour of the concert grounds (from the Pearl Ballroom to the Hardwood Suite) , Girls’ Christopher Owens performing new tracks in a bathtub, Fucked Up and Ted Leo & The Pharmacists engaging in a legendary battle of the bands, and most recently:

Damian on The Old Strip:

Bob Nastanovich – The Gambler:

Kurt Vile – “Hunchback” (at the Palms Ballroom):

Times New Viking – “Natural Resources, I Love Mine” (at the Palms Ballroom):

The Clean – “Anything Could Happen” (at the Palms Ballroom):

Keep up with Pitchfork for Matador at 21 videos.

Myspace Music also covered the event with live concert highlights from Pavement, Come, Chavez, Fucked Up, The New Pornographers, Ted Leo & The Pharmacists, Shearwater, Guided By Voices, Liz Phair, Sonic Youth and more.

Vegas continued – intimate moments with Girls

By Gabe on Monday, November 15th, 2010

Pitchfork TV continues their awesome coverage of at Matador at 21 with a gorgeous acoustic performance by Christopher Owens of Girls.

Christopher performs the Lysandre suite in a bathtub.

Girls have a brand new EP, Broken Dreams Club, out November 22nd. Pre-order it at True Panther Sounds.

Vegas was fun

By Gabe on Monday, November 8th, 2010

With most of our hangovers having finally subsided (and though some of us remain changed forever), Pitchfork TV begins their rollout of documentary coverage of Matador at 21 from Vegas.

Special thanks to RJ Bentler and the boys for sticking with this and doing a great job.

Much more to come over the next few weeks, stay tuned.

Matador at 21 T Shirts for sale

By Michael on Monday, October 25th, 2010

So you couldn’t make it out to Vegas, huh? Well it’ll be so much easier to lie to your friends and say you were there with when you’re rocking one of these sexy Matador at 21 shirts. American Apparel printed tees, act quick as limited stock remains!!!!

We have FOUR different shirts to choose from… click below to check em out.
BLACK LOGO
GREY LOGO
BLACK ROCKER
GREY ROCKER

Staff photos from Matador at 21

By Patrick on Thursday, October 21st, 2010

Some photos from the people who make it all happen here… click on the photos for full-size images.

This is the full Matador and Beggars staff (minus a casualty or two):

BACK ROW: Amy Morgan (just the hair), Julia Willinger, Jeremy Kirkland, Sonya Kolowrat, Michaella Solar-March, Hector Montes, Adam Carroll, Dan Gallo, Blake Thomas, Paul Redding, Gerard Cosloy, Jeremy P. Goldstein, Dave Martin, Stuart Davie, Claire Taylor, Chris Lombardi.

MIDDLE ROW: Lisa Gottheil, Gabe Spierer, Natalie Judge, Brigitte Green, Patrick Amory, Miwa Okumura, Rusty Clarke, Catherine Herrick

FRONT ROW: Mike Venutolo-Mantovani, Todd Netter, Matt Harmon, Nils Bernstein, Steve Glauber, Adam Bohl

And here are the Matador label people specifically:

RobbyMorris, Natalie Judge, Chris Lombardi (in background – Silver Fox), Nils Bernstein, Martin Mills, Patrick Amory, Gerard Cosloy, Stuart Davie.

(NOT SHOWN: Dean Bein)

All photos by the great Reuben Cox.

A fan’s view: Matador at 21 in Fifteen Minutes

By Patrick on Monday, October 11th, 2010

… including a wedding. We’ll have tons of our own footage coming up, but this précis is pretty great. Sound of the bands improves markedly about halfway in (I think the person must have switched cameras). Well done, and thanks to humanclock.

Matador at 21 in Fifteen Minutes by fan humanclock:

Matador At 21 : The Lost Weekend – AUTOPSY TIME

By Gerard on Wednesday, October 6th, 2010



That didn’t turn out so badly
, did it? From our perspective the paying customers and bands at last weekend’s Matador 21 celebrations at The Palms (NOT SHOWN ABOVE, sheesh!) had a great time.  So did we — ridiculously so.  I think I can speak on behalf of Chris, Patrick and Martin when I say the 72 whirlwind was equal parts humbling, gratifying and inspiring — the overwhelming majority of performances were scorchers (feel free to rate ‘em yourself in the comments area) and we couldn’t have been more psyched to be surrounded by such a crazy bunch of friends, old and new, from around the world.  That so many of you went to such lengths to attend this event is not something we’re gonna forget for a very long time.

We’ve got a mountain of people to thank and if I’ve left anyone out, please take it easy on me BECAUSE MY HEAD STILL HURTS FROM SUNDAY.  To our co-promoter, FYF Fest (Sean Carlson, Phil Hoelting, Mariko Jones) gracias for believing this could actually work.   To our hosts, The Palms Resort & Casino, you couldn’t have been more gracious or helpful (especially when you removed the “PRIME RIB SPECIAL” text and replaced it with “MATADOR 21 : SOLD OUT” on the marquee).  Though the auspices of MySpace Music, millions of viewers around the globe were able to see Mitch Mitchell nearly get his lights punched out some amazing shows.  Altamont – thanks for the cool tote bags (and for not cursing us, with, y’know, Altamont-esque vibes) , Incase, thanks for the iPhone cases.  Sailor Jerry, Miller and Black Star — despite nearly killing a few of us, we’re thanking you as well.

Transmission‘s Graham Williams and Johnny Sarkis performed tireless troubleshooting duties just hours after opening a new venue in Austin, TX.   David Scheid became “THE FIXER” in ways that had no impact on Sunday’s NFL schedule, but heroically assisted our efforts over the weekend in ways we can barely quantify.  I’ve already thanked Nils Bernstein, Gabe Spierer and Adam Farrell privately, so I’ll not embarrass them by citing their brilliant work in this public space. Winston Case’s excursions into the Matador video vaults might’ve exposed him to asbestos, bed bugs and VIDEO MADNESS, but such sacrifices kept us entertained between bands. Archivist Jesper Eklow and former design geniuses, Mark Ohe and Frank Longo, helped assemble many of the fantastic materials that were on dazzling display over the course of the weekend.  We thank Zia Records and Origami Records for setting up show in the lobby, and patiently answering my inquiry about that “fuck you” song I’ve heard so much about (weirdly, that record wasn’t for sale).

Our masters of ceremonies for the weekend were thrown to the lions and somehow emerged unscathed ;  Jeffrey Jensen, Bob Nastanovich, Tom Scharpling and Jon Wurster, thank you so much for sparing all 2300 ticket holders the “humor” of Jay Mohr.   On the DJ front, we commend Mike Haliechuk, James McNew, Dean Bein, Rusty Clarke and Dave Martin for supplying excellent pre-recorded entertainment.   Karaoke Underground made their Las Vegas debut late Saturday and Sunday nights and with assistance from such members of the Matador roster as Ted Leo, Sandy Miranda, Ira Kaplan and Georgia Hubley, showed the Matador at 21 attendees what Austin residents have known for ages (ie. K.U.’s shows-are-tops, so thanks, Kaleb & Hannah).

An attempt to do something on this scale wasn’t gonna be without hiccups  — or wild coughing spasms.  But by the time Guided By Voices had concluded their 30 song set early Monday morning, we felt like The Lost Weekend was everything we’d hoped for and a little bit more.  You might feel otherwise, and perhaps someday there will be an open forum of some sort where you can freely express your dissent. Until that day arrives, however, everyone who wasn’t there will just have to trust me when I say Matador At 21 Was  A Blast (and now I need a cold washcloth).  To the people who care so much about our artists and label, thank you for sharing it with us.

Video Chats Live From The Palms

By Adam F on Friday, October 1st, 2010

We are hooking up with Yowie to do some online video chats with many of the artists playing here at the Palms all weekend.

In just a couple of hours, we’ll be webcasting from the Hardwood Suite during the kick-off gala.

So if you have a webcam, head over to Yowie.com/Music and get up in this.

Matador At 21 : The Lost Weekend In Las Vegas, Webcast via MySpace Music

By Gerard on Wednesday, September 29th, 2010

The majority of this weekend’s sets from the Pearl will be part of a live video/audio stream presented by MySpace Music starting Friday evening.  Though the lineup for the webcast is subject to change, we can confirm that although they’re not included on MySpace’s currently published schedule, Sonic Youth and Cat Power are both participating. Apparently it’s gonna be viewable on iPhones and iPads as well, which should lead to a complete breakdown of socially acceptable behavior in homes and businesses across the world this weekend.

This event is sponsored by MySpace Music, Altamont, Incase, Sailor Jerry and Yowie.

One More Schedule Change For Matador At 21; Harlem & Dead Meadow Playing Late Friday, Saturday Repsectively

By Gerard on Wednesday, September 29th, 2010

Harlem (above, left) are playing the Palms Ballroom Friday after Fucked Up vs. Ted Leo & The Pharmacists ; Dead Meadow (right) are playing the same room late Saturday after Esben and the Witch and Cold Cave. We’re NO LONGER featuring a Saturday afternoon Harlem/Dead Meadow matinee.

It’s a long story but we came to the conclusion a 1:30pm start time on Saturday was a bad bad bad deal for the participants and everyone who’d been rocking Friday night combined. Our apologies for any inconvenience. Also, the event is now officially totally sold sold.
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Matador At 21 : Your Last Crack (We Hope) At Tickets

By Gerard on Monday, September 27th, 2010

As of this writing, there’s a handful of tickets remaining for this weekend’s festivities at the Palms ; late Friday we determined a portion of seats we’d previously reserved for artists, families and friends could be make available to the public. Now that we’ve pestered those who came up short in the last lottery, there’s still a few left (appox. 30 pairs). These tickets are marked as “preferred seating” and do not include access to the VIP opening party on Friday, or any of the afterparties in the Hardwood Suite — sorry, but we’re at capacity for those events.

NEW FAQ – Matador at 21: The Lost Weekend

By Patrick on Sunday, September 26th, 2010

The Mona Lisa of Las Vegas

Below is the new FAQ for Matador at 21: The Lost Weekend, Las Vegas, Oct 1-3, 2010.

(This replaces the old FAQ, which was mostly about how to buy tickets and get rooms.)

MATADOR AT 21 FAQ

1. Where is the Palms?

The Palms Casino Resort main entrance is at 4321 West Flamingo Road, Las Vegas, about one mile West of the Strip:


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The Palms consists of three towers – two of them quite close together in the casino, the Palms Tower and the Fantasy Tower. Both the PEARL THEATER and the PALMS BALLROOM are located in this area, along with most of the bars and restaurants.

The third tower is called Palms Place is and linked to the rest of the resort by a long corridor with moving sidewalks. It also has a separate entrance, parking garage and check-in desk. The address is 4831 West Flamingo Road, about one-quarter mile West in the same building.

Refer to following casino diagram as you read the rest of the FAQ:

(Please note that the top of the casino diagram is South. Click on image for larger version)

2. Where do I pick up my wristbands?

Pick up your wristbands at the PALMS BALLROOM (refer to diagram above). This is accessible through the Palms Tower entrance to the resort – the main entrance. Go STRAIGHT AHEAD through the slot machines, bearing right past the island bar, towards the entrance to the Pearl Theater. The two elevators to the ballroom are directly to the RIGHT of the entrance to the Pearl. If there is a line at the elevators, there is a staircase up (one story) to the ballroom, located directly to the LEFT of the entrance to the Pearl. There will be signs posted.

Make sure to have the credit card that you used to pay for your tickets AND a photo ID with you.

Note: People who purchased VIP tickets will get tickets (with their assigned seat numbers) as well as wristbands. People who purchased General Admission (GA) tickets will just get wristbands.

3. If I am staying at the Palms, where do I check into my room?

If you are staying in a Palms Tower or a Fantasy Tower room, you check in at the reception desk directly to the left of the Palms Tower entrance.

If you are staying in a Palms Place room, try to go directly from the airport to the Palms Place entrance. That entrance is at 4831 Flamingo Road, about a quarter mile further west on Flamingo. Cabs know where it is. Palms Place has its own reception desk, pool, restaurants, bars and facilities.

To get to Palms Place from the main part of the casino, walk to the very west end of the casino (i.e. head right after you enter), past the sports bar and the sportsbook, and look for signs for Palms Place. You will need to take an elevator up one floor and then take the moving sidewalks.

4. What is the schedule of bands?

The complete schedule of events is located HERE.

5. Where is the main show and where are my seats?

See map above: the mainstage shows are located at the PEARL THEATER which is situated in the main part of the casino. After you enter, you go DOWN one level (stairs or elevator) to reach the main portion of the Pearl.

If you bought a VIP ticket, you will have an assigned seat in one of the sections closest to the stage. The assigned seat will be on your ticket. Please show it to the usher.

If you bought a GA ticket, you have the choice of standing in the area directly in front of the stage (while capacity allows), or finding seats in the open areas. Both the standing area and the GA seats will be first-come first-served, each night. If you are sitting in the mezzanine or balcony, you may have to go up in the elevator or the stairs.

6. Are there in-and-out privileges for the shows?

Yes. You may leave and re-enter the PEARL THEATER (mainstage) shows at any time. Just show your wristband. Keep in mind that if you have a GA seat, you should have a friend keep it for you. If you were on the floor and it fills up to capacity during your absence, you may not be allowed back immediately, and will have to find a seat until there is room down there again. Or use a stadium pal.

7. Where are the afterparties and matinee shows?

Again, refer to the schedule located HERE. All the live band afterparties and matinees are located in the PALMS BALLROOM, which is where you collected your wristband (see answer to question #2).

The Karaoke Underground party on Saturday night is located at LITTLE BUDDHA, an Asian restaurant and lounge also located in the main part of the casino. It is quite close to the Pearl and the Ballroom. (See map of the casino above.)

The afterparties, the matinees and the karaoke are all first-come-first-served, and once the spaces fill up, we cannot admit anyone over capacity. The capacity of the Ballroom is approximately 600 people. In-and-out privileges will be observed so long as it is not over capacity.

8. What are the food and drink options?

There are bars located all through the PEARL THEATER, and bars will be available at both the PALMS BALLROOM parties and at LITTLE BUDDHA. The resort also has a food court and buffet, as well as multiple restaurants, bars and nightclubs. See the Palms site for more details.

Outside of the Palms there are innumerable food and drink options. Here are a few:

$$$ Piero’s – 1950s old-school red-sauce Italian joint where Vegas politicos hang out. One of the few original Vegas places left. Reservations required, and jackets for men (though this rule may not always be enforced). Be sure to request a table in the room with the bar. 355 Convention Center Drive, (702) 369-2305, pieroscuisine.com.

$$$ The Palm Steakhouse Las Vegas – The local branch of the famous steakhouse (absolutely no relation to the Palms Casino) is located at Caesar’s Palace on the Strip. Reservations recommended. 3500 Las Vegas Boulevard South (The Strip) in the Forum Shops at Caesar’s Palace, (702) 732-7256, thepalm.com/Las-Vegas.

$ Lotus of Siam – One of the best Thai restaurants in the country. Be sure to tell them that you want Thai-level spicy, not dumbed down for Westerners. 953 East Sahara Ave., (702) 735-3033, no website. If it’s full, there are other restaurants in the large courtyard area where it is located, including a quite good Thai alternative.

$ In-N-Out Burger – Some people love it, some people love to hate it. We (mostly) love it, and can’t get it in the Northeast where we Matadorians come from. They’re all over Vegas, but the closest one is 4888 Dean Martin Drive, (800) 786-1000, in-n-out.com.

$ V Las Vegas Chinatown – Located about a mile north of the hotel is Las Vegas Chinatown, with tons of Asian restaurants, many with vegan options. Centered around Chinatown Plaza, located at 4255 Spring Mountain Road between Arville and Wynn, lvchinatown.com.

V Sunflower Markets – Vegas is not a great town for vegetarians and vegans, but this cheaper alternative to the Wholefoods grocery chain is also located closer to the Palms. 4020 S. Rainbow Blvd., (702) 876-4888, sfmarkets.com/sale-flyers/nevada.

V Wholefoods – If you prefer to go to an organic grocery you already know, then maybe you want Wholefoods anyway. The closest one is located pretty far south on the Strip, near the turnoff to the freeway to the airport. 6689 Las Vegas Blvd., (702) 589-7711, wholefoodsmarket.com.

9. Can I smoke at the shows?

No. You can smoke on the gaming floors, and in some of the bars, but not in the PEARL THEATER.

10. Is there a swagbag?

Every attendee will receive a Matador at 21 totebag. It will not be filled with tons and tons of goodies, but it does have one very special item in it.

11. What kind of T-shirts, records, CDs and other special items will be on sale?

Two record stores, Zia Records of Las Vegas, and Origami Records of Los Angeles, will be selling in the lobby of the PEARL THEATER all weekend. There will be two designs of Matador at 21 T-shirts, seven limited-edition Matador at 21 posters by different artists, the Matador at 21 charity 6-CD box set and low-priced vinyl double LP compilation, records and T-shirts by all the bands performing, as well as a special curated selection of vinyl of all kinds chosen by the bands who are playing.

12. I bought a VIP wristband. Where can I go?

As per the answer to question #5, you have been assigned seats in the front seated sections. In addition, you have access to the Opening Gala in the two-level Hardwood Suite, from 4-7 PM on Friday afternoon. This is the only hotel suite in the world with a professional indoor basketball court, fully stocked with balls, not to mention a professional locker room, scorepad, pool table and room to dance. Of course there is a full bar as well, a rotating loveseat inside a closed cylinder for ultimate privacy, and many nooks, corners and rooms to escape the sports (if you prefer). The Hardwood Suite will close down during showtimes at the Pearl, and reopen afterward from 1-5 AM on Friday and Saturday nights. (It will not be open Sunday night after the last band has played.) Bands and staff may be hanging here as well. The Hardwood Suite is located in the FANTASY TOWER.

Note: the Hardwood Suite is also first-come-first-served, and once the space fills up, we cannot admit anyone over capacity.

13. I’m staying at the Palms. What are check-in and check-out times?

4 PM check-in, 11 AM check-out.

14. What else is there to do?

Slot machines, blackjack, baccarat, poker, sportsbook, swimming pool, the Drift spa (located at Palms Place) plus four other salons, tons of bars and restaurants onsite, a movie theater on site, Pole Position go-kart racing right around the corner on South Arville St. featuring speeds up to 45 MPH. Then – a quick taxi ride to the Strip, a slightly longer taxi ride to downtown, both worth checking out. Outside the city there are many options, from hardcore automatic weapon firing ranges to serious hiking.

15. I’m from Las Vegas, and your dining and activities suggestions suck.

Please make additional suggestions in the comments thread below. The more the better.

16. Is there an ATM onsite?

Oh yes.

17. Can I take photos and video?

Any non-flash photos are fine. NO VIDEO IS ALLOWED.

18. Will the event be filmed?

Yes, the event will be filmed by multiple parties. By attending the event, you consent to have your likeness used used in a future promotional or commercial release.

19. Can I park onsite?

Free parking is available at both the Palms Tower and Palms Place entrances.

20. How do I get from the airport to the Palms?

There are airport shuttles which charge a fee. One is Bell Trans, which charges $7.50 (subject to change) – call (702) 739-7990 or (800) 274-7433. Taxis are easily available and cost roughly $25 including tip.

21. Are there child-care facilities at the Palms?

The Palms offers a Kids Quest child care center, which charges a fee.

22. Is there wi-fi at the Palms?

Wi-fi is available in all hotel rooms for an additional fee.

23. How do I get updates and find out about any changes or special events? What if I have any problems or questions?

If you have any immediate questions (or suggestions), please make them in the comments thread to this FAQ. Keep in mind that we will not be able to answer these with any degree of promptness after Thursday night!

Beyond that: Follow the @matadorAt21 twitter feed. The Twitter hashtag for the festival is #matador21. Regularly check the website located at matadorrecords.com/21, which will be completely revised and updated shortly. You may also email , but please keep in mind that emails can only be answered in the order received.

This event is sponsored by MySpace Music, Altamont, Incase, Sailor Jerry and Yowie.

REVISED SCHEDULE : Matador At 21 : The Lost Weekend In Las Vegas, The Palms

By Gerard on Thursday, September 23rd, 2010

First off, if these changes have left anyone disappointed or inconvenienced, we’re truly sorry.  I’ve been watching videos of the guys in the BP commercials all week trying to strike the right tone for this post, and wouldn’t you know it, MY VIDEO CAMERA IS BROKEN.   Bullet dodged.

On the bright side, hey, DEAD MEADOW are playing.    The opening VIP gala is still happening at 4pm Friday in the Hardwood Suite with dj sets by Ted Leo and myself.  Same room becomes a VIP lounge Friday and Saturday nights, plus late night dj action on Friday (James McNew, Dean Bein) and Saturday (Dave Martin, Robby Morris).  Here’s the live entertainment schedule of events.  Much like real life, everything is subject to change.

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 1st

THE PEARL
Pavement: 12:00am – 1:00am
Sonic Youth: 10:40pm – 11:30am
Fucked Up: 9:35pm – 10:15pm
Chavez: 8:30pm – 9:10pm
Guitar Wolf: 7:30pm – 8:10pm
Doors: 7:00pm

MC : Jeff Jensen

LATE NIGHT PARTY IN PALMS BALLROOM  (LIMITED CAPACITY)
Fucked Up Vs. Ted Leo and The Pharmacists: 1:30am – 2:30am
(One stage. Two bands.  At once. They’re supposed to take turns, song by song…but who knows?)
Doors: 1:00am

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 2nd

THE PEARL
Belle & Sebastian: 11:45pm – 1:00am
Spoon: 10:25pm – 11:15pm
Superchunk: 9:20pm – 10:00pm
Cat Power: 8:15pm – 8:55pm
Perfume Genius: 7:55pm – 8:15pm
Jon Spencer Blues Explosion: 6:50pm – 7:30pm
Come: 5:45pm – 6:25pm
Girls: 4:40pm – 5:20pm
Doors 4:00pm

MC : Bob Nastanovich

MATINEE IN THE PALMS BALLROOM (LIMITED CAPACITY)
Dead Meadow: 2:30pm – 3:15pm
Harlem: 1:30pm – 2:05pm
Doors: 1:00pm

LATE NIGHT PARTY IN PALMS BALLROOM (LIMITED CAPACITY)
Cold Cave: 2:25am – 3:15am
Esben and The Witch: 1:30am – 2:00am
Doors: 1:00am

KARAOKE UNDERGROUND AT LITTLE BUDDHA:
STARTS AT 1:30am

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 3rd

THE PEARL
Guided By Voices: 11:30pm – 1:00am
Yo La Tengo: 10:10pm – 11:05pm
Liz Phair: 9:50pm – 10:10pm
The New Pornographers: 8:40pm – 9:25pm
Ted Leo and The Pharmacists: 7:35pm – 8:15pm
Shearwater: 6:30pm – 7:10pm
Doors: 6:00pm

MC’s : Tom Scharpling & Jon Wurster

MATINEE IN THE PALMS BALLROOM
The Clean: 4:30pm – 5:15pm
Times New Viking: 3:30pm – 4:05pm
Kurt Vile: 2:30pm – 3:05pm
Doors: 2:00pm

General questions :  21@matadorrecords.com

This event is sponsored by MySpace Music, Altamont, Incase, Sailor Jerry and Yowie.

Matador At 21 – The Lost Weekend : Final Opportunity To Purchase General Admission Tickets

By Gerard on Friday, September 10th, 2010

(it isn’t that kind of lottery)

We will be releasing a small quantity of GA tickets for Matador 21 next week by lottery. Winners will be picked at random and notified on Tuesday, September 14th at 9:00am. Winners will have 24hrs to purchase their tickets. If they fail to do so, a new winner will be selected the following day at 9:00am. All winners will be given the option to purchase 2 tickets at $250 each + service fees and taxes. This is your last chance (we hope!) to be part of the greatest weekend in human history

To enter the lottery please send an email to 21@matadorrecords.com with the title, “21 LOTTERY” in the subject line of your message.

Thanks!

Matador at 21: 6-CD charity box set and double vinyl

By Patrick on Wednesday, September 8th, 2010

On September 28, on the eve of the label’s 21st anniversary celebration in Las Vegas, the Matador at 21 box set lands in stores. The limited-edition box contains five CDs documenting the history of the label with remastered songs released from 1989 through 2010, and one CD of unreleased live recordings from the Matador 10th Anniversary concerts in New York City in 1999. These were recorded to multitrack via the Rolling Stones Mobile Truck and not mixed down until now.

As shown above, the set comes in a blue-grey foil-stamped linen-bound box. The six CDs sit in custom digipaks. An 85-page perfect-bound book documents the history of the label with essays, photos, ephemera, emails and more. In addition, the box holds 36 custom Matador poker chips in three values.

The release has been assigned the catalog number OLE-1000, which is pushing it a little bit because we’re really only up to OLE-949 (the upcoming Kurt Vile 7″) in the main sequence. A budget-priced double vinyl set reproduces the contents of Disc 5, ‘Matador Today,’ and will be available on the same day as the box. All proceeds from the set will go to benefit three charities chosen by the label owners, enumerated at the bottom of this post. The artists have graciously agreed to donate their royalties as well in order to make this all possible.*

DISC 1 – THE PRE-DAWN (1989-1992)

1. Teenage Fanclub – Everything Flows
2. H.P. Zinker – Dancing Days
3. Superchunk – Slack Motherfucker
4. Dustdevils – Throw the Bottle Full
5. Railroad Jerk – These Streets
6. Come – Fast Piss Blues
7. Bettie Serveert – Kid’s Alright
8. Chain Gang – Cut Off The Drug Czar’s Head
9. Thinking Fellers Union Local 282 – More Glee
10. Unsane – This Town
11. Circle X – Compression of the Species
12. Toiling Midgets – Mr. Foster’s Shoes
13. Bailter Space – The Today Song
14. Pavement – Perfume-V

DISC TWO – THE YEARS OF MILK AND HONEY (1993-1995)

1. The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – Afro
2. Yo La Tengo – Big Day Coming
3. Railroad Jerk – The Ballad of Railroad Jerk
4. Helium – Superball
5. Pizzicato Five – Baby Love Child
6. Liz Phair – Mesmerizing
7. Pavement – Silence Kit
8. Guided By Voices – Game Of Pricks
9. 18th Dye – Whole Wide World
10. Chavez – Peeled Out Too Late
11. Come – String
12. Moonshake – Secondhand Clothes
13. Guitar Wolf – Midnight Violence Rock’n Roll
14. San Francisco Seals – Back Again
15. Bardo Pond – Rumination

DISC 3: DAYS OF WHISKEY AND TEARS (1996-2001)

1. Boards Of Canada – Telephasic Workshop
2. Spoon – Waiting For The Kid To Come Out
3. Yo La Tengo – Autumn Sweater
4. Chavez – You Must Be Stopped
5. Silkworm – Tarnished Angel
6. The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – Flavor Part 1 (Beck)
7. The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – Flavor Part 2 (Mike D)
8. Pole – Fliegen
9. Cat Power – American Flag
10. Belle & Sebastian – We Rule The School
11. Mogwai – Helps Both Ways
12. Arsonists – Backdraft
13. Large Professor – ‘Bout That Time
14. Cornelius – Tone Twilight Zone
15. burger/ink – Flesh & Blood
16. Pavement – You Are A Light
17. Arab Strap – Blood
18. Matmos – L.A.S.I.K

DISC FOUR: DON’T CALL IT A COMEBACK (2002-2007)

1. Interpol – Hands Away
2. Cat Power – He War
3. Yo La Tengo – Today Is The Day
4. The New Pornographers – From Blown Speakers
5. Dizzee Rascal – Fix Up, Look Sharp
6. Dead Meadow – Good Moanin’
7. Mogwai – Kids Will Be Skeletons
8. Mission Of Burma – The Setup
9. Early Man – Death Is The Answer
10. Belle & Sebastian – Dress Up In You
11. Pretty Girls Make Graves – All Medicated Geniuses
12. Cat Power – Love & Communication
13. Shearwater - Johnny Viola
14. Brightblack Morning Light – Everybody Daylight
15. Lavender Diamond – You Broke My Heart
16. Jennifer O’Connor – Tonight We Ride
16. Earles & Jensen – Just Farr A Laugh: The Yogurt Machine
17. Stephen Malkmus – Discretion Grove

DISC FIVE: MATADOR TODAY (2008 – )

1. Fucked Up – Son The Father
2. Sonic Youth – Sacred Trickster
3. Kurt Vile – Amplifier
4. Yo La Tengo – Nothing to Hide
5. Jay Reatard – There Is No Sun
6. Times New Viking – Move To California
7. Harlem – Friendly Ghost
8. Ted Leo & The Pharmacists - Bottled In Cork
9. The New Pornographers – My Shepherd
10. Cold Cave - Youth and Lust
11. Interpol – Summer Well
12. Shearwater - Castaways
13. Esben and the Witch – Marching Song
14. Girls – Lust For Life
15. Magic Kids – Superball
16. Delorean – Stay Close
17. Cat Power – Metal Heart
18. Perfume Genius – Learning
19. Stephen Malkmus & the Jicks – Real Emotional Trash

DISC SIX: UNRELEASED LIVE RECORDINGS FROM THE 10TH ANNIVERSARY CONCERTS, NEW YORK CITY, SEPTEMBER 1999

1. Pavement – Here (Live 1999)
2. Pavement – Trigger Cut (Live 1999)
3. Pavement – The Hexx (Live 1999)
4. Pavement – She Believes (Live 1999)
5. Pavement – Unfair (Live 1999)
6. Pavement – Zurich Is Stained (Live 1999)
7. Pavement – Debris Slide (Live 1999)
8. Pavement – Spit On A Stranger (Live 1999)
9. Come – New Coats (Live 1999)
10. Bardo Pond – Walking Stick Man (Live 1999)
11. Bardo Pond – Tommy Gun Angel (Live 1999)
12. Cat Power – Good Woman (Live 1999)
13. Cat Power – Naked, If I Want To (Live 1999)
14. Cat Power – You May Know Him / Sea Of Love (Live 1999)
15. Mogwai – Ex-Cowboy (Live 1999)

* Matador and the bands’ proceeds from sales of the box set and the double vinyl will be donated to:

The Jane Addams Hull House Association, a Chicago, IL non-profit that’s been assisting the city’s neediest families (child welfare, domestic violence prevention, literacy-advocacy, etc.) since 1889.

The Ali Forney Center (NYC-based provider of shelter and counseling for homeless gay, lesbian and transgender youth)

The Heart Institute at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (non-profit public hospital and a world leader in pediatric lifesaving)

Matador at 21 will be in stores on September 28. You can preorder it now from the Matador Store.

Matador at 21: The Lost Weekend takes place at the Palms Resort and Casino in Las Vegas from October 1-3, 2010. This event is sponsored by MySpace Music, Altamont and Incase.

Matador At 21 – The Lost Weekend : Final Bill, Schedule Info

By Gerard on Friday, September 3rd, 2010

First of all, we know you’ve been waiting patiently for the information below, and we sincerely apologize for the length of time it took to get it together. But if wanting to put together an even sicker bill than previously announced is a crime, PLEASE LOCK US UP.

1) 50 additional pairs of tickets priced at $250.00 per person  (not including taxes and fees) will be available via a public lottery sometime next week.  We’ll announce the details here and on the 21 site beforehand.

2) Details regarding a limited number of room upgrades will be available at that time.

3) We regret to announce that at present, our supply of VIP tickets has been exhausted.  If that situation changes, we’ll let you know.

4) As rumored in a bunch of places (including this very blog), we’re very happy to confirm the following additions to The Lost Weekend Bill ;  Liz Phair, Times New Viking, Esben and the Witch, Perfume Genius, The Clean, MC’s Jeff Jensen, Bob Nastanovich, Tom Scharpling & Jon Wurster, and a late Friday evening presentation by Austin’s Karaoke Underground. The rough schedule can be found below, and is very much subject to change :

Friday:

4 PM: Gala opening party, Hardwood Suite (VIP ticketholders, limited capacity)

MAIN STAGE (The Pearl):

doors open 6 PM, first band (Guitar Wolf) on at 7 PM

Pavement
Sonic Youth
Fucked Up
Chavez
Cold Cave
Guitar Wolf

MC : Jeff Jensen

2am onwards :  Superchunk/Fucked Up/bands TBC,  Hardwood Suite (VIP ticketholders only, capacity limited)
2am onwards :  Karaoke Underground at Little Buddha (open to all ticketholders, space permitting)

Saturday:

MAIN STAGE (The Pearl):

Belle and Sebastian
Spoon
Superchunk
Cat Power
Perfume Genius
The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion
Come
Girls

MC : Bob Nastanovich

2am : Esben and the Witch, Harlem,  Key West Ballroom (open to all ticketholders, space permitting)

Sunday (MATINEE, in Key West Ballroom, open to all ticketholders, capacity limited):

The Clean
Times New Viking
Kurt Vile

Sunday evening :

MAIN STAGE (The Pearl):

Guided By Voices
Yo La Tengo
Liz Phair
The New Pornographers
Ted Leo & the Pharmacists
Shearwater

MC’s : Tom Scharpling & Jon Wurster

Matador at 21: The Lost Weekend takes place at the Palms Resort and Casino in Las Vegas from October 1-3, 2010. This event is sponsored by MySpace Music, Altamont and Incase.

eMusic Wants To Send You To Matador’s 21st Birthday Party In Vegas

By Gerard on Thursday, August 26th, 2010

But only two of you.  Contest details are here, but the gist of it is pretty simple.  Our friends at eMusic are giving away two tickets to The Lost Weekend at The Palms, plus they’re springing for flights and hotel rooms. Gambling losses and legal fees are YOUR problem!

I know we keep promising more hard info about the actual event, and guess what…I’m doing it again.   Next week we’ll be confirming 4 additional bands, as well as providing further details about the weekend’s schedule.  Your patience is deeply appreciated, and if you have further questions, by all means, send ‘em to 21@matadorrecords.com

Esben and the Witch Sign To Matador, Confirm New EP, First US Tour

By Gerard on Thursday, August 19th, 2010

(Left to Right: Rachel Davies, Daniel Copeman, Thomas Fisher. Photo by Adam Kola)

It’s with considerable excitement that we’re able to reveal the addition of the Brighton trio Esben and the Witch to the Matador roster.  Our first UK based signing in over 6 years, a pair of the band’s recordings — the self released ’33′ and the Too Pure Singles Club-issued 7″, “Lucia, at the Precipice” (the latter already trading for excessive sums on eBay) generated no small amount of global curiosity (not the least of which coming from our offices). Hailed by The Quietus for their “opulent mixture of brooding electronics, crackling guitars and mythological rhetoric”, though Esben and the Witch’s early work is equally brooding and beautiful, we’re pretty confident Rachel, Daniel and Thomas had only skimmed the surface of what they’re capable of.  Their debut Matador EP, the limited 12″, ‘Marching Song’, is scheduled for release on October 11th (October 12 in North America), augmented by two new songs, ‘Done Because We Are Too Menny’ and ‘Souvenirs’.  The band’s first full length album is tentatively scheduled for release in early 2011.

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The accompanying video for ‘Marching Song’ was directed by David Procter and Peter King from the The Agenda Collective.

Esben and the Witch will make their US debut this September touring in support of Mercury Prize nominees Foals along with participating in Matador At 21 : The Lost Weekend  in Las Vegas.  A subsequent UK tour will begin in November.

SEPTEMBER

23 Minneapolis 7th Street Entry *
24 Chicago Lincoln Hall *
25 Detroit Magic Stick *
27 Toronto Lee’s Palace *
28 Montreal La Sala Rossa *
29 Boston Paradise *
30 Philadelphia, Johnny Brenda’s (w/Efterklang)

OCTOBER
1 New York Bowery Ballroom *
3 Las Vegas The Palms Casino & Hotel  **
5 Atlanta Masquerade *
6 Tallahassee Club Downunder *
8 Houston Walters on Washington *
9 Austin The Mohawk ***
10 Dallas The Nightmare *
12 Denver Larimer Lounge *
14 San Diego Casbah *
18 Los Angeles El Ray Theatre *
19 San Jose The Blank Club *
20 San Francisco Bottom of the Hill ****
21 Portland Doug Fir Lounge *
22 Vancouver Venue *
23 Seattle Neumos City Arts Music *
26 Brooklyn, NY Knitting Factory (with A Sunny Day In Glasgow)

NOVEMBER

4 Paris Inrockuptibles @ La Boule Noir
10 London Electrowerkz
11 Manchester Deaf Institute
12 Glasgow Captains Rest
14 Leeds Constellations Festival

* with Foals
** Matador At 21 / The Lost Weekend
*** with School of Seven Bells
**** with Scout Niblett

Preorder the “Marching Song” 12″ EP from The Matador Store (UK orders direct from the band)

Esben and the Witch – official website
MySpace
Facebook group