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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.