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Our Annual Orgy of Self-Aggrandizement, Grandstanding & Overconsumption : Matador Artists & Staff Select Their 2014 Favorites

By Gerard on Monday, December 15th, 2014

(above : coaches from “The Voice Of Italy” offer their congratulations to all of 2014′s top contenders)

Around this time every year, your long-suffering dedicated editor attempts to coax a list of favorite recordings, books, television programs, life events, etc. out of the label’s artist roster and our show business colleagues. In the past, the exercise has been an arduous process, fraught with nagging, teeth-gnashing and no shortage of reluctant participants, some of whom actually changed labels or places of employment to avoid the task. In more recent times, however, people can’t wait to tell you everything. Too much, in fact. Why should the blitzkrieg of oversharing be limited to social media when we still have a label blog that attracts nearly a dozen readers a week?

For some historical perspective, here’s last year’s selections. Questions or comments about our predictable tastes and/or inexcuseable omissions are welcome (but not necessarily appreciated). And without further (Freddy) Adu, let the coronations of Protomartyr,Total Control, Sun Kil Moon and The War On Drugs begin :

Anthony Anzaldo, Ceremony

RECORDS
Lykke Li – I Never Learn
Total Control – Typical System
Prince – Art Official Age
Aphex Twin – Syro

Pharmakon – Bestial Burden

SONGS
Zola Jesus – Dangerous Days
Lykke Li – Just Like A Dream
Total Control – Flesh War
Chromeo – Jealous
Ariana Grande – Problem

SHOWS
Prince at the Fox Theatre in Oakland
NIN at Shoreline Amphitheater in Mountain View
Gorilla Biscuits at Mohawk in Austin
Failure at the El Ray in Los Angeles
The Cure at Bottle Rock in Napa

James McNew, Yo La Tengo

Xetas, “The Knife” 7″ (12XU)
Sloppy Heads, Do or Dangle cassette
Run The Jewels, RTJ2 (Fool’s Gold)
Shintaro Sakamoto, Let’s Dance Raw (Zelone/ OM)
Knyfe Hyts, K is for Knyfe (dropbox)
Spray Paint, Clean Blood Regular Acid (Monofonus Press)
Amps For Christ, Canyons Cars and Crows (Shrimper)
Salyu x Salyu, Bed Room Recordings CDR

$75 Bill, Olives In The Ears cassette
Rob Sonic, Alice in Thunderdome
(OK47)
Obnox, Louder Space (12XU)
Oneida/ People of The North “Brah Tapes” vol 1-4 cassettes
OOIOO, Gamel (Thrill Jockey)

Thurston Moore

1. Chloé Griffin  – EDGEWISE : A Picture Of COOKIE MUELLER (b_books)

This book is an astounding labor of love. The author, fascinated by who Cookie Mueller may have been after witnessing her in all the weirdo John Waters films, including Pink Flamingos and Female Trouble, decided to travel the USA interviewing anyone still left alive who spent time with this person. All the insane characters of early 70s Baltimore, P-Town and NYC raise their sloshing glasses to this incredible lightning girl Cookie and all their stories are told in a way which creates a historical travelogue of counter culture avant insanity which is responsible for helping to light the fuse that becomes punk rock and beyond.

2. John Lydon at Rough Trade East 17th October 2014

The Rotten one was bopping around the UK promoting his new book Anger Is An Energy (Simon & Schuster) and we caught his last stop at RT and it was as good as any Sex Pistols or PiL show. He came out with his manager / right hand man and Arsenal accomplice Rambo and a shopping basket full of lager and proceeded to have a high energy back and forth with the audience. His mates from nearby Finsbury Park were there shouting back and forth and Lydon actually did a weird physical transformation into Tony Blair (he hates ‘im). Savage, infuriating – everything his book is – but with a kindness that is always burbling through. I got to meet him fleetingly, the one person I wanted to meet most in this nutso rock n roll world, and he was nice enuff (“Sonic Youth, what are you bloody doing here?”) – but I think he more interested in drowning beers with his pals, which is what he should be doing but damn I think making a record with him in trio with Irmin Schmidt with Can is what Matador should be investing in big time for 2015.

Andy Nelson, Ceremony

Long
Aphex Twin – SYRO
Eno & Hyde – High Life

Francis Harris – Minutes Of Sleep
Future – Honest
Good Throb – Fuck Off
Grouper – Ruins
Hank Wood And The Hammerheads – Stay Home!!
Protomartyr – Under Color Of Official Right
Total Control – Typical System
Vladislav Delay – Visa

Short
Big Zit – Electric Zit Vol. 1
Container – Adhesive
Flesh World – A Line In Wet Grass
Frau – Punk Is My Boyfriend
Golden Teacher – Party People
Pang – Young Professionals
Portable – Surrender
S.H.I. – Struggling Harsh Immortals
Sheer Mag – self titled
Watery Love – Sick People

Elias Ronnenfelt, Iceage

Dirty Beaches – Stateless
Pharmakon – Bestial Burden

Vessel – Punish, Honey
Hank Wood and the Hammerheads – Stay home
Puce Mary – Persona
Institute – Giddy Boys EP
Lower – Seek Warmer Climes
Total Control – Typical System

Anton Rothstein, Lower

What I definitely learned in 2014 is that money still  runs the world, that racism is alive and kicking, and that cops in every aspect of the term, be it professionals or amateurs, still are the scum of the earth.

A short best of-list:
Best drummers: Joe Boyd-Brent of Condominium and Adam Kjær Nielsen of Reverie.
Best live band: Hank Wood and the Hammerheads.
Best people: Boat and Speedboat

Adrian Toubro, Lower

I guess, 2014 taught me that life is what you make it.
That positive energy is the mightiest force. It is also the most difficult energy to achieve
That i love my hometown
That i love Lissabon, Portugal
i realized that Oasis still haven’t been beaten in being the greatest band that ever existed.
AND a thousand other things i can’t remember now…

Patrick Amory, Matador Records

The J.B.’s – These Are The J.B.’s (TEG)
- Scott Walker and Sunn O))) – Soused (4AD)

- Steve Gunn – Way Out Weather (Paradise of Bachelors)
- Hailu Mergia and the Walias – Tche Belew (Awesome Tapes From Africa)
- The Velvet Underground – Super Deluxe 45th Anniversary Edition (Polydor/Universal)
- Ed Askew & Josh Burkett – Live on WFMU (Okraina)
- Sleaford Mods – Divide and Exit (Harbinger Sounds)
- Jef Gilson et Malagasy – Gilson et Malagasy (Jazzman)

- Death Wish – Death Wish (Disclaim Recordings)
- Sun Kil Moon – War On Drugs: Suck My Cock

Adam Bohl, Matador Direct
Personal highlights of 2014

Favorite Trip:

Ringing in the new year in Australia, so many great animals there.

Favorite Drink:
Inventing the best (double) mai tai recipe-
1oz Appleton Extra 12 year Jamaican rum
1oz Rhum Clement VSOP
1oz Rhum Barbancourt 8 year
1oz Smith and Cross Jamaican rum
1oz Pierre Ferrand Orange Curacao
2oz Lime juice
1oz Orgeat
Float of Lemon Hart 151
Shake with lots of crushed ice and serve with lime shell and mint bouquet

Favorite Meal:
Brooklyn Star mollasses brined pork chip

Favorite Art viewed:

Liesl Pfeffer – Asclepiadaceae, 2014

Favorite Sporting Moment:
Winning a third bowling league championship

Favorite Shows:
The xx at the Park Avenue Armory

Tyvek at DBA
Chain and the Gang at Union Pool/Babys Allright

Music I enjoyed throughout the year, big/small/new/old

Flesh Eaters – A Moment To Pray A Second To Die
Angel Olson – Burn Your Fire For No Witness
Perfume Genius – Too Bright
V/A – Anthology Of American Folk Music vinyl box
Kim Deal – 7″ series
Reigning Sound – Shattered

Turn To Crime – Can’t Love
David Kilgour and the Heavy Eights – End Times Undone
Apache Dropout – Heavy Window
Old Testament – Old Testament
Smoke Bellow – Blooming/Middling
Obliterations – Poison Everything
White Fence – For The Recently Found Innocent
Chain and the Gang – Minimum Rock and Roll
Songs: Ohia – Didn’t It Rain reissue
Steve Gunn – Way Out Weather
Obnox – Louder Space
The Young – Chrome Cactus
Ty Segall – Manipulator

Dean Bein, True Panther

ALBUMS
Aby Ngana Diop – Liital (Awesome Tapes from Africa)
Adult Jazz-  Gist Is (Spare Thought)
Ariana Grande – My Everything (Republic)
Beyoncé – Beyoncé (Columbia) [I know this was last year, but it came out after lists last year and it seems sacrilegious to not include it somewhere]
DJ Dodger stadium – Friend of Mine (FOF/Wedidit)
DJ Spoko – War God (Lit City Tracks)
Flying Lotus – You’re Dead! (Warp)
Future Islands- Singles (4AD)
Kassem Mosse- Workshop 19 (Workshop)
Leon Vynehall-  Music for the Uninvited (3024)
Lone – Reality Testing (R&S)
Mac Demarco – Salady Days (Captured Tracks)
Katie Pearl & Davinche – Unreleased Album (Self released)
Mica Levi – Under The Skin OST (Milan)
Objekt – Flatland (Pan)
Perfume Genius – Too Bright (Matador)

Popcaan – Where We Come From (Mixpak)
Real Estate -Atlas (Domino)
Rich Gang – Tha Tour Part 1 (Cash Money)
Schoolboy Q – Oxymoron (BDE)
SD Laika – That’s Harakiri (Tri Angle)
Vessel – Punish Honey (Tri Angle)
War on Drugs – Lost In The Dream (Secretly Canadian)
V/A – I’m Just Like You: Sly Stone’s Flower Power 1969-70 (Light In The Attic)
YG – My Krazy Life (Def Jam)

MIXTAPES
Bankroll Fresh- Life of a Hot Boy
Dej Loaf- Sell Sole
Ethereal – Blackli$t
Goldlink – God Complex
KevinGates – By Any Means
Lil Bibby – Free Crack 2
Lil Durk – Signed to the Streets 2
Sauce Twinz – In Sauce we Trust
Sicko Mobb – Super Saiyan Vol.1
The Stand4rd – The Stand4rd
Travis Scott – Days Before Rodeo

EP/12”s/LOOSIES
Barnt – Chappel (Hinge Finger)
Cashmere Cat – Wedding Bells EP (
Chief Keef Where’s Waldo (self-released)
Dark0 – Fate (Gobstopper)
Evian Christ- Waterfall (Tri Angle)
Future “Hardly”
Gage- Telo (Crazylegs)
Heyqt – Heyqt (XL)
iloveMakonnen – Down So Long (Self-released)
Mumdance x Novelist “Take Time” (Rinse)
Nicki Minaj feat. Lil Herb “Chiraq”
OG Maco – U Guessed It (self-released)
Shura-  Touch
Spooky Black – Reason (self-released)
SZA- Sobriety  (BDE)
Tirzah – No Romance (Greco-Roman)
Fetty Wrap – Trap Queen

Steve Cross, Remote Control

20 Moments Of Pleasure

Amen Dunes – Lonely Richard
Ann Sorel – L’amour a Plusiers
Cher – A Woman’s Story
Chris and Cosey – Dr John (Sleeping Stephen)
Copeland – Advice to Young Girls
Dean Blunt – Forever
Ernie Graham – Sebastian
Future Islands – Light House
G Wayne Thomas – Morning Of The Earth
Holly Herndon – Chorus 

Kevin Coyne – The World Is Full Of Fools
King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard – Satan Speeds Up
Leslie Winer – John Says
Marie Davidson – Perte d’identité 
New Gods – Caravan Park
Pearls – Big Shot 
Perfume Genius – Fool 
Sunbeam Sound Machine – Sailing Away
The Liminanas – I Miei Occhi Sono i Tuoi Occhi 
The War On Drugs – An Ocean Between The Waves
Ty Segall – She Don’t Care

Stuart Davie, Beggars Group

2014:

Ian William Craig – A Turn Of Breath
The War On Drugs – Lost In The Dream
Grouper – Ruins
Iceage – Plowing into the Field of Love
Total Control – Typical System
La Dispute – Rooms of the House
Alex G – DSU
Keaton Henson – Romantic Works
Sontag Shogun – Tale
Sun Kil Moon – Benji
Protomartyr – Under Color of Official Right
Caribou – Our Love
Tobias Jesso Jr in London
Ought @ The Old Blue Last
Belle and Sebastian @ Winfield House
Nils Frahm & Kurt Vile @ Village Underground
The War On Drugs @ Rickshaw Theatre
Queens of the Stone Age @ Reading Festival
The Goldfinch
Boyhood
The Imitation Game
Homeland season 4

Utopia (UK)

Rian Fossett, Matador Records

Music -
Amen Dunes – Love

Andy Stott – Faith in Strangers
Bedhead – 1992-1998
Bing & Ruth – Tomorrow Was the Golden Age
Caribou – Our Love
Cleaners From Venus – Living with Victoria Grey
Fennesz – Venice 10th Anniversary
Frankie Cosmos – Zentropy
Grouper – Ruins
MINKS – Memory Graffiti
Total Control – Typical System
Unwound – No Energy

Movies -
John Wick, Nightcrawler

TV -
Bron/Broen, Death Note, Les Revenants

Books -
Station Eleven – Emily St. John Mandel, My Misspent Youth – Meghan Daum,
Preacher: Book One – Garth Ennis

Animals-

This majestic chameleon,
Harlow & Sage,
This particular Russian fox

Matt Harmon (Beggars Group)

Steve Gunn – Way out Weather [Paradise of Bachelors]
Protomartyr – Under Color of Official Right [Hardly Art]

Ensemble – Economique Melt Into Nothing  [Denovali Records]
Ashley Paul – Heat Source [Important Recs]
Lee Gamble – KOCH [Pan]
Helena Hauff Meets Andreas Gehm EP [Solar One Music]
Jenny Hval & Susanna Meshes of Voice  [SusannaSonata]
Skull Defekts – Street Metal [Thrill Jockey]
Ought – More Than Any Other Day [Constellation]
Jon Mueller & Duane Pitre – Inverted Torch [Type]
Andy Stott -Faith in Strangers [Modern Love]
NHK’Koyxen – Dance Classics Vol III [Pan]
Grouper – Ruins  [Kranky]
William Tyler – Lost Colony EP [Merge]
Icepick – Hexane cassette [Astral Spirits]
Patrizia Oliva & Metabolismus – Noumenon cassette [self-released]

Natalie Judge, Matador Records

Stuff:

Viv Albertine – Clothes, Clothes, Clothes. Music, Music, Music. Boys, Boys, Boys.
20,000 Days on Earth – Directed by Iain Forsyth & Jane Pollard.
We Are The Best! – Directed by Lukas Moodysson (this actually came out last year, but i only saw it this year so i’m keeping it in.)
Protomartyr – Under Color Of Official Right.
Ariel Pink – Pom Pom.
Ought – More Than Any Other Day.
Caribou – Our Love.
The War on Drugs – Lost in the Dream.
Steve Gunn – Way Out Weather.
Total Control – Typical System.
Lana Del Ray – Ultraviolence.
LCD Soundsystem – The Long Goodbye.
House of Cards.

Highs:

The American Ambassadors Reception.
Sleaford Mods @ 12 Bar, London.
Kate Bush @ Hammersmith Apollo, London.
New Office.
New Office Light.
Belle & Sebastian open the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.
Jabberwocky weekend being saved by Kurt Vile, Thee Oh Sees, Ought, Iceage and many more.

Lows:
The attendees of Coachella.
Being promised laser eye surgery, only to be told my eyes are too screwed to have it done.

Sonya Kolowrat, Beggars

Best things of 2014
1) Basilica Festival + Hudson, NY

2) John Darnielle’s book Wolf In White Van
3) The Replacements at Forest Hills Stadium
5) Perfume Genius – “Too Bright”
6) Marchi’s Restaurant NYC – they don’t make them like this anymore.

7) Saltie’s Scuttlebutt sandwich

8 John Lurie art opening at Cavin-Morris gallery
9) Dean Blunt
10) And of course, the Serial podcast

Annette Lee, 4AD

2014 ‘s Highlights and Discoveries
Kate Bush @ Hammersmith Apollo
Getting an iPhone
Bitmoji app – the single greatest reason for having an iPhone
Liars @ Village Underground, London
Swans – To Be Kind
Cocktails In a snow-stormy NYC
Ultrabland by Lush
Berners Tavern, London
24 hours in Berlin with Future Islands
The Red Room bar at the Barbican, London (hooray for Barbican memberships)
Allpress Espresso Roastery, Shoreditch
Nakd bars (specifically Banana Bread and Cocoa Orange flavours)
Grayson Perry @ Royal Festival Hall, London
Julia Holter – Loud City Song
The sausage sandwiches from CWTCH aka Pig Vendor, Wandsworth (the hangover go-to place)
Bradford Cox – Teenage soundtrack (shit film, GREAT soundtrack)
The Plough, Clapton
Bounce balls (special shout out to the coconut academia and peanut butter versions)
Belfast weddings with eccentric parents (sadly not my own)
Tatu Ronkko + Efterklang @ giant asbestos-filled power station, Den Haag
Lana Del Rey – Ultraviolence
Ten-pin bowling with SOHN in Vienna
Kaosarn, Wandsworth
War On Drugs – Lost In The Dream
A weekend of feasting and beer in Brussels
Klara Lewis – Ett
Dolly Parton @ Glastonbury
Dinner at Beagle, Hoxton

Finally snapping up a copy of this at the Indie Label Market
http://www.soundwayrecords.com/product/sndwcd016-ghana-special-modern-highlife-afro-sounds–ghanaian-blues-1968—1981-
Bijou Basket cocktails at Hoi Polloi @ Ace Hotel, London
Bohren & Der Club of Gore @ Grote Kerk, Den Haag
Elton John @ Palau Sant Jordi, Barcelona (I’m actually going this weekend, so this is preemptive)
The beach at Formentera
Tobias Jesso Jr. @ some random place in London Fields
Liars – Mess

Dave Martin, Matador Direct

New Records:
1. Gotobeds – Poor People Are Revolting 12XU 
2. Nude Beach – 77 Don Giovanni
3. Sweet Apple – The Golden Age of Glitter TeePee
4. Reigning Sound – Shattered Merge

5. Elisa Ambrogio – The Immoralist Drag City  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o3gRyyGZN9A
6. Mordecai – Neil’s Generator Richie Records
7. Cheater Slicks – Live Vol. 3 Columbus Discount Records

8. Connections – Into Sixes Anyway 
9. Brain F≠ – Empty Set Sorry State / Grave Mistake
10. Watery Love – Decorative Feeding In the Red
11. Protomartyr – Under Color Of Official Right Hardly Art
12. Lower Plenty – Life/Thrills Mexican Summer
13. David Kilgour and the Heavy Eights – End Times Undone Merge
14. Dark Matter – S/T Siltbreeze
15. Obnox – Louder Space 12XU
16. The Darling Downs – In The Days When The World Was Wide Beast Records
17. J Mascis – Tied To A Star Sup Pop
18. Run The Jewels – 2 Mass Appeal
19. Mike Rep & Friends – Darby Creek Drifter 540 Records
20. Xylouris White – Goats Other Music Recording Co.
21. Hamish Kilgour – All Of It and Nothing Ba Da Bing
22. Dark Blue – Pure Reality  Jade Tree
23. Eastlink – S/T In the Red
24. Ex Hex – Rips Merge
25. The Blind Shake – Breakfast of Failures Goner

Reissues or Archival Stuff:
1. Modey Lemon – House On the Hill &  S/T Omentum Records/Mind Cure
2. Penny Arkade – Not The Freeze Sundazed 
3. The Stroke Band – Green and Yellow Anthology Recordings

4. Savage Amused – Demo Mind Cure 
5. Jack Ruby – Hit And Run AKA the two S/T LPs St. Cecilia / Feeding Tube
6. LiveFastDie – Hit Stains Almost Ready
7. Death of Samantha – If Memory Serves Us Well St. Valentine
8. Don Caballero – Five Pairs of Crazy Pants… Chunklet Industries
9. The Bats – Demo:  5-26-84 Mind Cure
10. Axemen – Derry Legend Luxury Product
11. Fugazi – First Demo Dischord
12. Bored Youth – Are You Alive 1982 Alona’s Dream
13. Terminals – Singles and Sundries Ba Da Bing
14. Bent Wind – Sussex Ugly Pop
15. Ngozi Family – Day Of Judgement Now Again
16. The Bats – The Law Of Things Flying Nun
17. Peter Jefferies – Electricity Superior Viaduct
18. Spies Battle of Bosworth Terrace Siltbreeze
19. Thor’s Hammer – If You Knew… Ugly Pop! 
20. X_____X – X__Sticky Fingers__X Ektro Recordings
21. X – Spurts: The 1977 Recordings & Aspirations Ugly Pop!
22. Dutch Masters – All In The Wires Spacecase Records
23. Breadwinner – Burner Merge
24. Necros – Live in ‘85 Jett Plastic Records
25. Jimi Hendrix – Hear My Music Dagger / Sony

7”s / 12”s / EPs
1. Gotobeds – New York’s Alright (If You Like Sex & Phones) b/w Prisoners Of Love Mind Cure 
2. Deathwish – S/T 12″ Disclaim
3. Ukiah Drag – Dirt Trip b/w Poison Ivy Wharf Cat
4. Watery Love – Sick People b/w I Don’t Care In The Red
5. S.O.A. – First Demo Dischord
6. Shock – EP 3 Shock
7. Jon Wahl and the Amadans – The Angst Blues of… Elastic Records
8. Deaf Wish – St. Vincent +3 Sub Pop
9. Giorgio Murder – Primitive World Goner
10. Whatever Brains – SSR 63/64 Sorry State

Live music
Major Stars / The Broke Revue @ Union Pool / The Gotobeds @ The Wick Nov. 29th
Death of Samantha @ Baby’s All Right May 29th
Mordecai / Watery Love / Endless Boogie @ Union Pool May 25th
Protomartyr / Spray Paint @ Cake Shop April 13th
Lower Plenty @ Baby’s All Right / Life Stinks @ Death By Audio Sept. 18th
Dick Diver/ Dark Blue @ Death By Audio Sept. 26th
JSBX / Pampers @ Union Pool March 20th
Cobra Verde @ The Marlin Room @ Webster Hall Nov. 8th
Deaf Wish / Ausmuteants / Pampers / Degreaser @ Death By Audio Oct. 2nd
Xylouris White @ Union Pool October 16th

Hana Mogulescu, Beggars

In no particular order some of my favorite things from 2014:

Angel Olsen – Burn Your Fire for No Witness
Primavera Sound Festival in Barcelona
Finally watching Twin Peaks after years of being told to do so. WHO KILLED LAURA PALMER?!
Tobias Jesso Jr playing in an airbnb in London and “someone’s kitchen” in Brooklyn
Ringing in the new year while listening to Koreless  and watching the sunrise over the ocean in Tulum
St Vincent – St Vincent. <3 you forever, Annie
Belle & Sebastian live at the American Ambassador’s house in London, complete with an on-stage cameo from the one & only Gabe Spierer
Perfume Genius – Too Bright + all three incredible music videos that have come with it
Watching my best friend since I was 12 get married (cheesy, I know)
Sun Kil Moon – Benji

Hector Montes, Beggars Group

will this year just end already: the list

his name is alive – tecuciztecatl (london london)
the dead space – faker (12xu)
hookworms – the hum (weird world)
a winged victory for the sullen – atomos (kranky)
run the jewels – run the jewels 2 (mass appeal)
wild beasts – present tense (domino)
protomartyr – under cover of official right (hardly art)
total control – typical system (iron lung)
doss – the way i feel (acephale)
naomi punk – television man (captured tracks)

inventions – s/t (temporary residence)

Robby Morris, Matador Records

Gotobeds
Grouper
Steve Gunn
Ninos Du Brasil
Protomartyr
Run The Jewels
Schoolboy Q
Sleaford Mods
Total Control

Ukiah Drag
Vessel

Mark Ohe

Full-length Albums 2014 – A Sweet 16
Alice Gerrard, Follow the Music (Tompkins Square)

Joan Shelley, Electric Ursa (No Quarter)
Steve Gunn, Way Out Weather (Paradise of Bachelors)
Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks, Wig Out at Jagbags (Matador)
Hiss Golden Messneger, Lateness of Dancers (Merge)
Laura Cantrell, No Way There From Here (Thriftshop Recordings)
Hans Chew, Life and Love (At The Helm)
V/A, Parchman Farm: Photographs & Recordings, 1947-1958 (Dust to Digital)
Doug Paisley, Strong Feelings (No Quarter)
Yo La Tengo, Extra Painful (Matador)
Robyn Hitchcock, The Man Upstairs (Yep Roc)
The Spies, The Battle of Bosworth Terrace (Siltbreeze)
Einstürzende Neubauten, Lament (Mute)
Chris Forsyth & The Solar Motel Band, Intensity Ghost (No Quarter)
Tinariwen, Emmaar (PIAS)
V/A, When I Reach That Heavenly Shore: Unearthly Black Gospel (Tompkins Square)

Books

This Changes Everything, Naomi Klein
Corruption in America, Zepher Teachout
Our Daily Poison: From Pesticides to Packaging, How Chemicals Have Contaminated the Food Chain and Are Making Us Sick, Marie-Monique Robin
DIY or Die!, Johan Kugelberg
Extracted: How the Quest for Mineral Wealth Is Plundering the Planet, Ugo Bardi
Power Systems, Noam Chomsky
Wild Tales: A Rock & Roll Life, Graham Nash
Mark Mothersbaugh: Myopia, Adam Lerner

Miwa Okumura, Beggars Senior VP, West Coast Operations & Licensing

Big Boys (re-issue) – Where’s My Towel/ Industry Standard LP
Spoon – They Want My Soul
The Horrors – Luminous
David Kilgour & The Heavy Eights – End Times Undone
Future Islands – Singles
The Flesh Eaters (re-issue) – A Minute To Pray A Second To Die LP
Caribou – Our Love
Perfume Genius-Too Bright
The War on Drugs – Lost In The Dream
The New Pornographers – Brill Bruisers

Boyhood -Richard Linklater
The Leftovers
Transparent

Snaking my way to the front to see The Replacements at Coachella.
Shot a Springfield Arms DP40, 40 Smith and Wesson and a Magpull M4 in Sun Valley, Idaho
The Bar Method (check that off my list)

GBV’s last LA show

Bobby Womack and Teenie Hodges RIP

Reuben Cox’s (Old Style) custom silver foil guitar.

Gonzalo Schiaffino, Everlasting / Popstock

IT’S NOT ONLY ROCK’N ROLL (BUT I LIKE IT) – My favourite albums in no particular order
BECK – Morning Phase
VARIOUS – Warfaring Strangers: Darkscorch Canticles
CHRIS ROBINSON BROTHERHOOD – Phosphorent Harvest

COLUMPIO ASESINO – Ballenas Muertas En San Sebastian
JOSEPH ARTHUR – Lou
JACK WHITE – Lazaretto
JOLLIE HOLLAND – Wine Dark Sea
THE APE – The Ape
TY SEGALL – Manipulator
NEW PORNOGRAPHERS – Brill Bruisers
PETER HAMMILL / GARY LUCAS – Other World
PERFUME GENIUS – Too Bright
HOLY SONS – The Fact Facer
SLEAFORD MODS – Divide And Exit
ANGEL OLSEN – Burn Your Fire For No Witness
ELISA AMBROGIO – The Inmoralist
FOXYGEN – And Star Power
ARIEL PINK – Pom Pom

BEST CONCERTS (You should be there…)
SAVAGES – Shoko (Madrid 20/2)
ROLLING STONES – Santiago Bernabeu (Madrid 25-6) *with my kids!
QOTSA – Primavera Sound (Barcelona)
TY SEGALL – Sala But (Madrid 27/10)

Helen Rush, Matador Direct
Shows: Jan 2014 – Dec 2014
Bill Nace, Okkuyng Lee & Chris Corsano – Jack
Stephen Malkmus & the Jicks – Other Music
Lee Ranaldo / Steve Gunn / Spectre Folk – The Bellhouse
Benefit For Letha Rodman Melchior: Endless Boogie, Crystal Stilts, Love As Laughter, The Rogers Sisters, August Wells, Rebecca Gaffney & Adrian Austin, Nurse & Soldier – Secret Project Robot
Tatsuya Nakatani: Nakantani Gong Orchestra – Jack
Ed Askew / Josephine Foster / Victor Herrero– Columbus Theatre – Providence RI
MV/EE – Baby’s All Right
Charlemagne Palestine (Solo Organ) – Plymouth Church/Issue Project Room
Ben Chasny – Baby’s All Right
Endless Boogie / Magik Markers – Union Pool
Kim Gordon & Okkung Lee – The Stone
Graham Lambkin / Devin DiSanto – Issue Project Room
Yoko Ono & Yo La Tengo  – Union Pool
Elisa Ambrogio  / Bill Nace / The Double – Union Pool
Jacco Gardner – Baby’s All Right
Prince Rupert’s Drops – Baby’s All Right
Heavy Blanket / Honey – Union Pool
Michael Chapman / Zachary Cale – Union Pool
Keijo Haino & Tony Conrad / Okkung Lee – Issue Project Room
Tim Barnes / Barry Weisblat – Silent Barn
Body/Head / Nate Young / Vanessa Rosetto – Union Pool
Holy Sons / Elisa Ambogio  – Union Pool
Kim Gordon & Loren Mazzacane Connors  / Gary War – Issue Project Room

Records: In No Particular Order (+ 2 from 2013)

Elisa Ambrogio – The Immoralist (Drag City)
Prince Rupert’s Drops – Climbing Light (Beyond Beyond is Beyond)
Mary Lattimore / Jeff Zeigler – Slant of Light (Thrill Jockey)
Steve Gunn – Way Out Weather (Paradise of Bachelors)
United Waters – Sunburner (Bathetic)

Tom Carter / Pat Murano – Four Infernal Rivers (MIE)
Angel Olsen – Burn Your Fire for No Witness – (Jagjaguwar)
Tinariwen – Emmaar (Anti)
Vashti Bunyan – Heartleap (Fat Cat/DiCristina)
Fugazi – First Demo (Dischord)
Nathan Bowles – Nansemond (Paradise of Bachelors)
Ty Segall – Manipulator – (Drag City)
Jacco Gardner – Cabinet of Curiosities (Trouble In Mind) 2013
Nathan Salsburg – Hard For To Win And Can’t Be Won (No Quarter ) 2013
Body/Head – The Show Is Over 7” (Matador)
Hamish Kilgour — All Of It And Nothing’ (Ba Da Bing)

Chrissy Stuart, Beggars Music

Twigs at Trees
Paragliding over Lake Atitlan
Drake – “0 to 100 / The Catch Up”
Mica Levi’s Under The Skin score
thefatjewish
The War On Drugs – Lost in the Dream
1st LA earthquake (5.1)
Kim Kardashian as bike rack
Star Wars
Busta Rhymes 2014 (in general)
Beck – “Turn Away”

Future – “Move That Dope”
NYE sunrise celebration in Tulum w/ the best of the best
Mac Demarco “Salad Days”
Popcaan

Gerard Cosloy, Matador Records

Sleaford Mods – Divide & Exit (Harbinger Sounds)
Mordecai – Neil’s Generator (Richie)
Califone – Stitches (Dead Oceans)
Ultimate Painting – s/t (Trouble In Mind)

Rat Columns – Leaf (RIP Society)
Watery Love – Decorative Feeding (In The Red)
Mark Kozelek – Live At Biko (Calo Verde)
Musk – s/t (Holy Mountain)
Swans – To Be Kind (Young God)

Golden Pelicans – s/t (Total Punk)
Chris Forsyth & The Solar Motel Band – Intensity Ghost (No Quarter)
Good Throb – Fuck Off (White Denim)
Centro-matic – Take Pride In Your Long Odds (Navigational Transmissions)
Manateees – Sit n Spin (Pelican Pow Wow)
Spray Paint – Clean Blood, Regular Acid (Monofonus Press)

Exhaustion – Biker (Aarght)
OBN III’s- Third Time To Harm (Tic Tac Totally)
Low Life – Dogging (RIP Society)
Degreaser – Rougher Squalor (ever/never)

Wussy – Attica (Shake It)
John Schooley & His One Man Band – The Man Who Rode The Mule Around The World (Voodoo Rhythm)
Dark Blue – Pure Reality (Jade Tree)
Protomarytr – Under Color Of Official Light (Hardly Art)
Ausmuteants – Order Of Operation (Goner)
Kid Millions / Jim Sauter – Fountain (Family Vineyard)
Real Kids – Shake Outta Control (Ace Of Hearts)
Shellac – Dude Incredible (Touch & Go)

12″ EP’s
Institute – Salt – (Sacred Bones)
Nazi Gold – Climbing The Tower (Super Secret)
Uniform – s/t (Beggar’s Tomb)
Gary Wrong Group – Floods Of Fire (Jeth Row/Bat Shit)

Outer Spaces – Garbage Beach (Salinas)

7”’s

Mystic Inane – “Deep Creep” (Negative Jazz)

Breakout – “True Crime” (Grave Mistake)
Deaf Wish – St. Vincent’s EP (Sub/Pop)

Hysterics – “Can’t I Live” EP (M’Ladys)
Sick Thoughts – “Moral Sickness” (Blast Of Silence)
Sick Thoughts – “Coming Over” (Going Underground)
Sick Thoughts – “I Got Hands” b/w “I’m Tired Of You” (Hidden Volume)
Total Abuse – “Looking For Love” (Deranged)
Lumpy & The Dumpers – “Gnats In The Pisser” (Total Punk)

reissues / archival stuff :

Owen Maercks – Teenage Sex Therapist (Feeding Tube)
Flesh Eaters – A Minute To Pray, A Second To Die (Superior Viaduct)
The Sluts – 12″ Of Sluts (Spread ‘Em/Jeth Row/Race)
Bedhead – 1992-1998 (Numero)
Madrigal – s/t (Lysergia)
Jack Ruby – LP1 /Volume Two (Feeding Tube)
Medival – One Morbid (Buried By Time & Dust)
Shoes This High – Straight To Hell (Siltbreeze)

live shows :

Deaf Wish, Hi Tone, Memphis, Mohawk, Austin September

Counter Intuits, Now That’s Class, Cleveland, May
Swans, Lincoln Hall, Chicago, June
Wreckmeister Harmonies, Elysium, Austin, November
Midnight, Dirty Dog, Austin, August
Wreckless Eric, Hole In The Wall, Austin, October
Tom Carter, Salvage Vanguard Theatre, Austin, November
Radioactivity, Beerland, Austin, March, Hi Tone, Memphis, September
Mordecai, Now That’s Class, Cleveland, May
Life Stinks, Murphy’s, Memphis TN, Septmber
The Clean, Ace Of Cups, Columbus, July
eyehategod, North Door, Austin, November
Godflesh, Mohawk, Austin, April
Califone, someone’s house, Austin, April
Kraftwerk, Riveria Theatre, Chicago, March
The Rebel, Beerland Austin, March, Hotel Vegas, Austin, September
No Bails, Hotel Vegas, Austin, June
Devo, ACL LIve, July
Civil Union, The Grand, Austin, July

What Record Store Day Means To Me (Pt. II)

By Gerard on Friday, April 18th, 2014

It was very tempting to post Pt. 1 for the 7th year in a row, but it’s getting harder and harder to find anyone old enough to get the joke that Chris and I once worked at Empire Records. Anyhow, as you’re probably aware, tomorrow marks Record Store Day 2014, undoubtedly a hectic afternoon for our many friends in music retail — here’s hoping the staff at Best Buy manages to stay hydrated.

As for the workers and patrons at what I’m told are “independent music shops” (sounds pretty quaint, right?) it seems the event is not without controversy. On one hand, there’s the perennial complaints about flippers, price gougers and most worryingly, the difficulty actual-functioning-in-2014 bands and labels are having getting their spring titles manufactured anywhere near mid-April.   And on the other hand, there’s the opportunity for music lovers to snatch up such quality items as the Cake box set, the “Ghostbusters” 10” or a long overdue Roxette reissue.

All of that said, no matter how shitty your musical taste is where you stand on this divisive issue, it is my fervent hope we can all exercise patience and mutual understanding when we’re queued up tomorrow morning. Just understand that if you get in my way when I’m trying to grab the last copy of this record, you’re going down like Dave Brown.

Matador Alumni Corner : There’s A New Thalia Zedek EP

By Gerard on Saturday, April 5th, 2014

Dear Friends,

Since 1982, I’ve had the privilege of standing around trying to pry my jaw off the floor while Thalia Zedek uses 6 strings and a voice that’s seen/felt-it-all to draw blood and much, much more.  While everything she’s done (Dangerous Birds, Uzi, Live Skull, Come) has run the gamut from great to really great her last couple of solo recordings for Thrill Jockey are kinda like Everest or K2 compared to 2001′s ‘Been Here & Gone’ (or as I’ve started calling it, “Lhotse I” — ASK MARK OHE).

Anyhow, the reason I bring this up at 3:30am on a Saturday is because Thalia’s new limited edition EP, ‘Six’ (also available from Thrill Jockey) is apparently only available in very limited numbers and maybe I purchased the last copy in Lower Manhattan, maybe I didn’t.  You shouldn’t take my word for it no matter what.

 

Singles Going Home Alone Update : A) Our Subscription Series Is Totally Awesome, B) Why Haven’t You Signed Up Yet?

By Gerard on Thursday, August 29th, 2013

OK, it seems we’ve been remiss in keeping you up to date with what’s happening with year #2 of our SIngles Going Home Alone subscription 7″ series. As you might recall, 2012′s edition brought limited edition, colored vinyl 7″‘s from Stephen Malkmus & The Jinks / LA Guns (split), OBN III’s, The Men, Wounded Lion, Jesu and Kurt Vile / Meg Baird (another split)…plus a bonus 7″ from the long, lost Boston/Tampa trio Primitive Romance.

At risk of patting ourselves on the back so hard we might end up in traction, we’re feeling like 2013′s lineup to date is even heavier. And when you consider 13 singles weigh almost twice as much as 7, that’s no hollow boast. To recap, here’s what’s come out to date, along with what’s coming soon :

January – Jeffrey Novak – ” I Never Knew I Knew So Much b/w “B-7″

February – Superchunk – “I Hate History” b/w ” Glue” (SS Decontrol)

March – Cian Nugent & The Cosmos – “Hire Purchase (Part I) ” b/w “Hire Purchase (Part II)”

April – Outer Spaces – “I Was Divided ” b/w “Eternally Fifteen”

June – Royal Headache – “Stand And Stare” b/w “Give It All To Me”

July - Bits Of Shit – ” Rider” / “Lazy Cowgirls” / “Total Recall”

August- Lower Plenty / Dick Diver - “At The Very Top” b/w “Altona”

September - Smartboys - “A Different World” b/w “Sacked”

October - Tony Molina – 6 Track EP

Along with a 7″ from Coho Lips before year’s end, we’ll have another 2 singles (plus a bonus surprise) to announce soon. In the meantime, THERE ARE STILL A FEW COPIES OF THESE REMAINING. If you missed out at the start of the year, you can still subscribe and get all of 2013′s 7″‘s so far, plus everything that’s coming between now and December 31st. Ok?   THANKING YOU IN ADVANCE FOR YOUR PATIENCE (AND YOUR MONEY) .

Deep Purple, John Prine, The Church & More : Flipping Thru The Bins WIth Kurt Vile

By Gerard on Saturday, June 1st, 2013
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Video courtesy NorthernTransmisisons.com and the good folks at Zulu Records. I am 100% certain no diss of the Pointed Sticks was intended.

There’s Only 8 More Days Until Record Store Day 2013…

By Gerard on Friday, April 12th, 2013

…or, if you prefer, 8 more days to find great records in real record stores before you risk being trampled to death in a Furby-esque frenzy.  Naturally, we think the above LP is worth the hassle.

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

By Gerard on Wednesday, December 12th, 2012

(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!

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Wrapping Up Singles Going Home Alone 2012 / Introducing SGHA 2013

By Gerard on Wednesday, November 28th, 2012

The 2012 edition of our Singles Going Home Alone subscription series is almost done and dusted. After 7″‘s from Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks / L.A. Guns, OBN III’s, The Men, Wounded Lion and Jesu, SGHA #6 is Kurt Vile and Meg Baird performing a new version of ‘Constant Hitmaker”s’ “Classic Rock In Spring” backed with the duo’s cover of Michael Chapman‘s “Another Story”.

The 7th and final SGHA single of 2012 is bonus 7″ of two previously unreleased songs from the early 80′s Boston-based/Tampa-formed trio Primitive Romance, “Ice” b/w “Flags Drop”

The Kurt & Meg single will ship to subscribers along with the Primitive Romance single and a special commemorative tote bag in early December. SGHA 12 was limited to 750 copies and is completely sold out. However, we’re taking orders now for next year’s series.

For 2013, we’ll be doing a single every month, plus a special secret bonus 7″ at the conclusion, plus a yet-to-be-determined container for all the singles (wooden box?  carrybag made from human flesh? a tote bag Altamont manufacture for free? ). The first single in the series is a pair of new songs from Cheap Time founder Jeffrey Novak, followed by an entry from Matador alumni Superchunk in February (one original backed with a cover of SS Decontrol’s “Glue”). The tentative schedule looks like this :

Jan 29: Jeffrey Novak – I Never Knew I Knew So Much / B-7
Feb 19: Superchunk – I Hate History / Glue
Mar 26: Cian Nugent – TBA
Apr 23: Lower Plenty / Dick Diver – split 7″
May 21: Bits Of Shit – TBA
June 11: Royal Headache - TBA

Info on the subsequent 6 singles is coming after the New Year, but we’re pretty excited by what we’ve got lined up.

US price for the 13-disc +  MYSTERIOUS carrying case 2013 subscription will be $85 inclusive of shipping (12 X $5 plus $25 shipping) – subscribers will receive one single every month.

Canadian price is $95 inclusive of shipping, also mailed every month

Rest of world is $105 inclusive of shipping, however, we’ll be mailing those orders as installments of 3 singles every 4 months, otherwise the postage costs would be prohibitive.

Just like last time, we’re only making 750 subscriptions available. I think they make an awesome holiday gift, however that’s not meant to be a hint of any sort. I mean, I think I’m getting one for free. But if you don’t work for the label, you might wanna act fast.

SGHA 2013 – subscribe here.

Matablog Greatest Hits : Remembering Record Store Day 2008 (And All The Things It Made Me Remember)

By Gerard on Thursday, April 19th, 2012

(EDITOR’S NOTE :  Patrick and I were having a huge argument via IM the other day over which was our nation’s best fake holiday.  He argued it was Arbor Day.  I insisted it was Take Your Anaconda To Work Day.  Well, it turns out WE WERE BOTH WRONG.  Newcomers to the Matador blog have no doubt noticed our somewhat intense fixation with all things music retailing, but have you ever sat up late at night and wondered exactly where that obsession began?  No?  Really?  It’s of no interest to you whatsoever?   Fine. It’ll be a long time before I share something this personal again. And if I make the mistake of doing so, you can bet I won’t republish it 4 years later. – GC)

What Record Store Day Means To Me – A Personal Journey (April 19, 2008)

Much has been written about Record Store Day, and while I’m loathe to get all gushy in public, even for a significant cause such as this, it might be an appropriate time to add a very personal note.

Every now and then, Chris and myself are asked by young persons or hungry-4-facts journalists just how we got our respective starts in the music industry. Chris, as you all know, was the first helmsman to be banned from the America’s Cup for using performance enhancing drugs. His subsequent tell-all, ‘Juiced : On A Boat’, while critically panned, was a huge best-seller in 1989. Along with receiving rightful credit for the widesweeping changes-to-come in competitive sailing, Chris used the book’s profits to finance Matador’s earliest recordings.

My own roots are a tad less spectacular. For one crazy summer, I worked in my hometown record store. It wasn’t as big or as successful as Music Town, but it really had a terrific vibe. My boss, Joe Reeves (above, right), was a really inspiring kind of guy. I hear he’s moved on to things other than music, but I’ll always remember the way he kept the store alive, much the way I’ll always remember all the great music I was turned onto by the rest of the staff. Toad The Wet Sprocket. Better Than Ezra….ok, actually, I can’t remember any others. But surely that’s enough.

It was an awesome work environment and we’ve done everything possible to try and recall the ethos of that cool indie shop and try to apply it to the important work we do every day at Matador Records and Filmworks. I even wanted to borrow the store’s old slogan, “We’re Selling Music, But We’re Not Selling Out”, but Patrick argued it was kind of a dumb cliche. I dunno. I guess you had to be there. That’s the difference between me and him. I still remember what it was like to hear Toad The Wet Sprocket for the first time.

Anyhow, enjoy Record Store Day. And if you know of any cities or states where this occasion isn’t being marked, please let us know and we’ll make sure U2 never play there again.

‘Singles Going Home Alone’ Update : Wounded Lion 7″ Coming In July

By Gerard on Monday, February 13th, 2012

Devoted/obsessive/desperate readers of this blog will recall back in mid December when we announced the launch of the Matador subscription 7″ series, aka ‘Singles Going Home Alone’ (Matador’s Singles Going Home Alone ; A Concept Of Staggering Unoriginality (But You’ll Still Wanna Sign Up) . Earlier this month, we released the first edition in the 2012 series, a split between Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks and peers/pals LA Guns.

(photo by Joseph O’Neil)

The purpose of this note is to remind you this is a limited edition series and if you don’t sign up soon, subsequent editions will be lost to the mysterious world of eBay, lopsided trades and brutal price gouging.  And that’s just the shit I’ll be putting you through with my extra copies.   If you sign up now, you’ll still get the Jicks/LA Guns curio masterpiece and you’re enlisted right in time for a March 7″ from Austin’s OBN III’s, a May 2012 single from The Men (Brooklyn)  and you’ll also receive two new songs in July from WOUNDED LION (above), the oft-instrumental-trading, genius quintet from Los Angeles whose two In The Red albums were amongst the finest of 2010 and 2011 respectively.

SGHA participants #5 and #6 will be revealed soon. But by then, it might be WAY TOO LATE for you.  So stop fucking around and give us your money.    (thanks)

Ceremony – New album Zoo out in March, listen to Hysteria

By Patrick on Friday, January 6th, 2012

Rohnert Park, California’s CEREMONY will be releasing their fourth album, entitled Zoo, on March 6, 2012. Working with producer John Goodmanson, the band have refined their jagged sound while continuing to pursue themes of exurban alienation and confinement. Their previous three albums on the Malfunction and Bridge 9 labels are widely seen as the most compelling, unusual and progressive hardcore of the last five years, and we are incredibly excited to be working with them.

L-R: Anthony Anzaldo (guitar), Ross Farrar (vocals), Jake Casarotti (drums), Andy Nelson (bass, guitar), Justin Davis (bass)

(photo by Ceremony)

Back in December, we announced the 7″ of “Hysteria,” the lead track on the album, backed with the non-LP Urinals cover “I’m A Bug.” Now you can listen to an MP3 of “Hysteria” here:

Hysteria (192k mp3)

Also coming out on March 6 will be the second single from the album, “Adult” backed with the non-album original song “Start Over.” You can preorder it separately, or as part of one of the complicated bundle deals below.

The first 300 copies of Zoo will be on red vinyl exclusively for webstore preorders, and the first 200 copies of “Adult” will be on clear. These have already sold out. Orders going forward will get black vinyl.

Look for an announcement very soon: there’s going to be a special NYC event happening in early February.

matadorrecords.com/ceremony
Ceremony website

Matador’s Singles Going Home Alone ; A Concept Of Staggering Unoriginality (But You’ll Still Wanna Sign Up)

By Gerard on Thursday, December 15th, 2011

With all due respect to our friends at Sub/Pop, Columbus Discount, HoZac, and I don’t know, two dozen other labels who’ve tried it, we’re rolling out a limited edition 7″ subscription series in early 2012. A number of years back, some bright Matador exec came up with the title ‘Singles Going Home Alone’ for a proposed compilation album of the label’s early one-off, long out of print singles (Mark Eitzel, Chain Gang, The Schramms, The Pastels, Fire In The Kitchen, etc.)  A few of the artists we approached politely declined (or impolitely told us to fuck off and die) and rather than repair the shattered relationships, we shelved the title.  Until once fine day last October when Robby Morris suggested we do a bunch of one off singles AGAIN, only this time we’ll try not to alienate all of the participants.

We’re planning on 6 singles over the course of 2012, but if we’re having fun with this, there’s no reason we won’t have another batch lined up for 2013. The in the series will be the long-rumored split 7″ between Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks (left) and L.A. Guns (right), with the former  covering the latter’s “Wheels Of Fire” and Tracii & Co. tackling the latter’s “Gorgeous George”.  We’ve waited nearly 23 years to tell the world L.A. Guns are Matador Recording Artists, and finally we can say it at parties without lying.

(photo by Zac Sprague)

Edition #2 will be a couple of new songs from Austin, TX’s OBN III’s whose most recent ‘The One & Only’ LP (Tic Tac Totally) has made no shortage of 2011 top ten lists.  Well, the good ones, anyway. There’s a longish interview with frontman/dictator Orville Neeley in the latest issue of Maximum Rocknroll…and if that sentence seem a tad out of place on the Matablog, well, keep in mind we just said we’re putting out a record with L.A. Guns. Surprises are relative.

Single #3 will be a new 7″ from NYC’s THE MEN, whose amazing 2nd album, ‘Leave Home’(Sacred Bones) is (again) one of the current year’s finest.  It would be the height of hyperbole to claim this record hasn’t left our turntable, though it would be completely truthful to say it has on some occasions, rolled across the room and supplanted whatever else we thought about putting on.

We’ll reveal the identities behind singles 4, 5 and 6 pretty soon.  If you wait until then, however, you run the not-so-small risk there won’t be any left.

- TAKING ORDERS NOW:

- what you get: 6 subscription only 7″es every other month in 2012, plus a special secret bonus item, a tote bag and 10% off all year long on the Matador Store (which cannot be combined with other discounts)

JANUARY 17 – Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks / L.A. Guns
MARCH 20 – OBN III’s
MAY 22 – The Men
JULY 10 – TBA
SEPTEMBER 11 – TBA
NOVEMBER 6 – TBA

- prices (all inclusive of shipping – each 7″ will be shipped out separately for release date):

$45 US
$55 Canada
$70 rest of world

Alright. Let the thoroughly off-the-mark speculation about the next 3 singles commence.