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

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


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


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


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


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


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.

35 thoughts on “Matador at 21: 6-CD charity box set and double vinyl”

  1. You know, I adore a lot of these bands, and i’m sure the market for yet more live pavement trax must be insatiable, but…

    where are Mecca Normal and Run On and Couch and The Double? You’re ignoring the brightest gems in yr fine catalog for the stuff everyone already knows about!

  2. Will these chips be good to use at the Palms for the weekend? Is the Palms releasing a limited edition chip for the weekend? Definitely would be cool!!

  3. um… is the price listed here for this – $35 – a misprint? perhaps there’s supposed to be a “1” in front of it ($135)? If not, this is an INSANE #$%^&* price for all this awesomeness. straight. the $%^&. up. holy mother. I’m all in!!!

  4. Hey Ryon,

    If you weren’t a hipster douche and had actually “been there” back in “the day,” (as in being at the tour in ’94) you would know that “Silence Kit” was the song title listed on the CRCR record – well before you bought the reissue. ;p


  5. Chips are actually full 14 grams I believe… we’ll have a weigh-off here to find out. They are not usable at the Palms, sorry! The set will be available for purchase at the event. As far as who to include and who to leave out… it was a very difficult decision.

    Stay tuned for more 21st surprises.

  6. Besides your normal day-to-day operations at Matador, you are…

    – On the one hand, preparing arguably the coolest and potentially most fun/rewarding independent/garage rock music festival of all time (in an awesome, intimate Las Vegas environment): MATADOR @ 21.

    – On the other, releasing a fantastic, supremely-high-quality (in both packaging and music) box set, benefitting 3 charities: MATADOR @ 21.

    Guys and gals of Matador: You are a label that is quite easy to root for and support.

    Thumbs up across the board for Matador Records’ 2010!

  7. I was going to say the same thing about Ryon’s comment, but then I thought it may have been a joke so didn’t. Still not sure.

  8. What Jensen said…ditto.

    Thank you Matador.

    I’m going to order it from my favorite indie record store in the world “Music Saves” in Cleveland Ohio.

  9. Agree regarding Mecca Normal, Couch…would have also liked to see the Lynnfield Pioneers and Demolition Doll Rods…

  10. Why is Pavement not making a stop in Michigan? It’s just kind of unfortunate because they have been everywhere else in the world…including ohio.

  11. Hi Dale,

    I don’t know. We’re just the record label. You’d best address touring questions to bands’ booking agents.

  12. Dudes – you shoulda taken a leaf outta Warp’s 20 Boxset – stick lots more rare/unreleased tracks or get everyone to cover each others tracks, as I have most of this on vinyl bar the live stuff it’s still not worth the punt even with the good intentions…

  13. Looks great happy 21 Matador. U missed so many gems mind. The Frogs, Demolition Doll Rods, Pizzicato Five, GBV. Needs to be at least another disc!

  14. There are 5000 copies of the box set worldwide. Approximately one-fifth of those are promotional items for the bands and the staff.

    The box is almost sold out.

  15. If we’d made only 500 or 1000 of these, the per-unit piece would have been astronomical! Something around $150 retail, maybe more.

  16. looking forward to adding it to the other fine [email protected]’s – the only music I collect now, impressive huh!

    now where is that delivery van?


    CatPower’s coming to my corner of the planet for an outdoorsy gig really soon (WestAust.) – be there!

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