Our Annual Orgy of Self-Congratulation, Grandstanding & Overconsumption : Matador Artists & Staff Select Their 2018 Favorites

(Matador’s 2018 Person Of The Year Jered Thretin wants you to know that by reading these lists, you’re part of the illusion)

Around this time every year, your long-suffering 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 friends. In the past, the exercise has been an exacting process, fraught with nagging, teeth-gnashing and no shortage of reluctant participants, some of whom actually changed labels or places of employment or their identities/physical appearances to avoid the chore. Even worse, we sometimes overlook persons currently recording for or working for the record label (either that or they’ve saving their lists for a website people actually read).

For some historical perspective, here’s last year’s selections. Questions or comments about our crap taste and/or inexplicable omissions are welcome (but NOT THAT WELCOME) . And without further ado, let the coronation of Mitski commence – GC)

Britt Daniel, Spoon

Top 18 NYC Shows, 2018
The Byrds + Marty Stuart – Town Hall, Sept 24
Gerald Clayton – Village Vanguard, Aug 1
Nathan & the Zydeco Cha-Chas – Connollys, Jan 26
Heart Bones – Brooklyn Bazaar, Nov 30
Thee Oh Sees – Warsaw, Oct 19
Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith – BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn, June 20
Nine Inch Nails – Radio City, Oct 13
Hamilton Leithauser – Cafe Carlyle, Jan 25
!!! – Industry City, Sept 22
Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever – Bowery Ballroom, Sept 15
Alejandro Escovedo – Knitting Factory, Sept 9
Paul Simon – MSG, Sept 21
Bodega – Elsewhere, Aug 23
Morris Day + The Time – Sony Hall, Aug 11
Nick Cave – Barclays, Oct 26
Jon Batiste – Village Vanguard, Nov 3
JD McPherson – Brooklyn Bowl, Dec 4
Elton John – MSG, Nov 8

top 12 NYC margaritas, 2018:
El Camion, Ave A
Chilos, Franklin Ave Brooklyn
Castros, Myrtle Ave Brooklyn
La Esquina, Kenmare
Chela, 5th Ave Brooklyn


Don Chignon, Flatbush Ave Brooklyn
Tacombi, Lafayette Ave Brooklyn
Agave, 7th Ave
Vida Verde, 55th St
Cafe Habana, Prince St
La Contenta Oeste, 11th St
Sweet & Vicious, Spring St

Alex Fishel, Spoon

best shows:
guerilla toss – zebulon
roger waters – laxness arena
ethan gruska – bootleg theater
fell runner – zebulon
david byrne – shrine auditorium
sparks – palace theatre
moaning – best kept secret
olivia kaplan – zebulon

best recordings:
blake mills – look

adrianne lenker – abysskiss
alessandro cortini / lawrence english – immediate horizon
wand – perfume
julian cubillos – in heaven
lala lala – the lamb
dur-dur band – dur dur of somalia vol 1, vol 2
underworld / iggy pop – teatime dub encounters

Steve Gunn
2018
Daniel Carter, Hamid Drake, William Parker set at Troost
Marc Morgan last solo show in NYC for a while at Union Pool
Joshua Abrahms Natural Information Society at the Hideout, Chicago
Drinking wine with Roy Montgomery in ChristChurch
Jessica Pratt
Richard Thompson
Coolio coming to my show in LA and saying what’s up after my set.
Yo La Tengo
Loren Connors & Alan Licht Duo
Mathew Shipp
Tom Carter /Pat Murano Duo at Luncheonette
Heron Oblivion
Bob Dylan doing a 15 minute band melt version of Blowing in The Wind at the Met in Philadelphia. I rushed the stage
Ka Baird
Body Head
Sun Ra Arkestra

Flying in two seater biplane with no windows around New Zealand with a fan who offered to take me on a flight the morning after my show.
Jennifer Castle
World of Echo record store London
Watching Dave Burrell play piano while sitting directly above him from the balcony


Andrew Katz, Car Seat Headrest

1 Trait Danger, 1 Trait High

Ryan Mahan, Algiers

Cardi B – Invasion of Privacy
Gazelle  – Twin Pastoral


Bambara  – Shadow on Everything
Harrga – La Mer
Wetware  – Automatic Drawing
Albedo Fantastica  – Culvert and Starry Night
Hiro Kone –  Pure Expenditure
Uniform – The Long Walk
Daughters –  You Won’t Get What You Want
Krimewatch Krimewatch

Bill Nace, Body/Head

Madison Palffy, SCDT, Northampton MA
Mountain Movers, Ortlieb’s ,Philadelphia PA
Bill Orcutt, Johnny Brenda’s ,Philadlephia PA
Gunn/Truscinski Duo, Great Scott, Boston MA
Simone Forti /Charlamagne Palestine,  LA CA
RP BOO, Philamoca, Phiadlephia PA
Wheatie Mattiasich, Caroline’s Place, Baltimore MD
Jana Rush, Cropped Out Fest, Louisville KY
Pengo, The Liquor Store, Rochester NY
Angst Hase Pfeffer Nase,  The Lab SF

Mike Hadreas, Perfume Genius

Albums:
Amen Dunes – Freedom

Tierra Whack – Whack World
Julia Holter – Aviary

Books:
“Elmet” by Fiona Mozley
“Spinning Silver” by Naomi Novik
“Eileen” by Ottessa Moshfegh

Movies:
Suspiria
Annihilation
Roma
Hereditary

TV:
Succession
The Terror
The Americans

Most of My Listening Went To:
Anita Baker – Rapture
The Sundays – Reading, Writing & Arithmetic
Low – Secret Name
Sade

Elias Rønnenfelt, Iceage

Arvo Pärt – Tabula Rasa
BIlly Boyo – Zim Zim
Black Lips – Satan’s Graffiti or Gods Art?

Bob Dylan – Time Out Of Mind


Camaron De La Isla – Potro De Rabia Y Miel

Dean Blunt – Soul On Fire
Eilert Pilarm – Eilert Forever
Eugene McDaniels – Outlaw
Gloria Ann Taylor – Love Is A Hurtin’ Thing
Hank Wood & The Hammerheads – S/T
Insecure Men – Insecure Men
Levon Helm – Dirt Farmer
Lucinda Williams – Happy Woman Blues
Milk Music – Mystic 100’s
Obongjayar – Bassey
Puce Mary – The Drought
Ramblin’ Jack Elliott – Young Brigham
Roscoe Holcomb – An Untamed Sense Of Control
Sly & The Family Stone – There’s A Riot Goin’ On
Total Control – Laughing At The System
U.S Girls – In A Poem Unlimited

Viagra Boys – Street Worms

Lee Tesche, Algiers

Top 5 staff 2018, in order
1. Gerard
2. Lombardi
3. Patrick
4. Josh
5. Shira
Honorable Mention: Natalie


Will Toledo, Car Seat Headrest

Milton Nascimento – A Festa (Acústico)
Of montreal – White is Relic/Irrealis Mood

kendall : ) – hey
Jandek – Los Angeles Friday

12 Ensemble – Resurrection https://youtu.be/kcPl34KMufg


Matthew Tong, Algiers

SHOW:
GAS – Tennessee Theatre, Knoxville TN

RECORDS:
Marie Davidson – “Working Class Woman”


Hiro Kone – “Pure Expenditure”

TELLY:
The Handmaid’s Tale, Season 2: The travails of Offred beyond the original novel had no reason to be this compelling, yet they were.
Atlanta, Season 2: Ageing out in the music industry so beautifully portrayed here.
My Beautiful Friend: obvs.

FILM:
Nico, 1988

FOOTBALL:

AFC Bournemouth 2 – 2 Newcastle Utd, Dean Court, 24th February: The plucky Cherries scored twice in the last 10 minutes to tie things up and leave Ryan Mahan with a whole lot of egg on his face.

BEST CELEBRITY BEEF:
Lana Del Rey vs Azalea Banks

BEST VIEW:
Castelmola, Sicily

MOST PENIS PARAPHERNALIA GATHERED IN ONE PLACE:
Caffe Bar Turrisi, Castelmola, Sicily
(honourable mention to the Air BnB in Chinatown NYC for the suitcase full of dildos hidden beneath the couch)

BEST RAVE:
Mouth Your Body, Show Nightclub, NYC, April 27-28

WORST AFTERS:
Bushwick A/V, NYC, April 28

BEST FANCY MEAL:
Kachka, Portland OR

BEST BAR FOOD:
Cheesesteak @ Old Pink, Buffalo NY

BEST GOTH CLUB:
Rebound, Athens, Greece

MOST PUNCHABLE BORDER CONTROL GUARDS:
Greece, Croatia

Kurt Vile

Nepotismic Reticulum: 10 faves 2018
“Solid Silk” – Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks
“Need A Little Time” – Courtney Barnett
“Blue From the Dark” – DRINKS
“Sleeping Volcanoes” – Cass McCombs
“Summer’s End” – John Prine
“Elk River Blues” – Nathan Bowles
“Thanksgiving Song” – Grouper
“Shortwave” – Yo La Tengo

“This Time Around” – Jessica Pratt
“New Moon” – Steve Gunn

Patrick Amory, Matador Records

1. Ned Collette – Old Chestnut (it records/Feeding Tube)
2. The Goon Sax – We’re Not Talking (Chapter Music/Wichita)
3. Charlie Tweddle – The Unseen Sound of Music(Mighty Mouth)
4.Jon Hopkins – Singularity (Domino)
5. Spiritualized – “Let’s Dance” from And Nothing Hurt (Bella Union/Fat Possum)
6. Kali Malone – Organ Dirges 2016-2017 (Ascetic House)
7. The continuing incredible restoration work being done by RS3D
8. Music of Northern Laos (Akuphone)
9. Kikagaku Moyo – Masana Temples (Guruguru Brain)
10.Against All Logic – 2012-2017 (Other People)
11. DJ Lilocox – Paz & Amor (Principe)
12. Fucked Up – Dose Your Dreams (Merge)
13. Mr. Fingers – Cerebral Hemispheres (Alleviated)
14. serpentwithfeet – Soil (Tri-Angle/Secretly Canadian)
15. Theo Parrish – Preacher’s Comin/Gullah Geechee (Sound Signature)
16. Tropical Fuck Storm – A Laughing Death in Meatspace (Joyful Noise)

Chris Bithell, Beggars
Favourite Trax of 2018 (not all released this year)

CCFX – The One To Wait [DFA]
Nickodemus – Night Blooming Jasmines [Wonderwheel]
Theophilus London feat. Giggs – Bebey (SN1 Road Mix) [My Bebey]
Amadou & Mariam – Filaou Bessame (Cerrone Remix) [Because]
Insecure Men – Subaru Nights [Fat Possum]
The Fall – Telephone Dub [Fontana/Cog Sinister]
Soulwax – Essential Three [DEEWEE]
Brockhampton – 1997 DIANA [Question Everything]
Dita Von Teese & Sebastien Tellier – Bird of Prey (Bullion Remix) [Record Makers]
The Staple Singers – If You’re Ready (Come Go With Me) [Stax]
Petite Noir – Blame Fire [Roya]
Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs – Body Move (Bag Raiders Remix) [Nice Age]
N.E.R.D feat. Ed Sheeran – Lifting You [Columbia]
Red Axes – Musica Electronique [!K7]
The Chats – Smoko [Hot Wax]
Errorsmith – I’m Interesting, Cheerful & Sociable [PAN]
Q Lazzarus – Goodbye Horses (Demo 2) [Mon Amie]

Sebastian Bollet, Beggars Group

ALBUMS
THEE OH SEES – Smote Reverser
FLAVIEN BERGER – Contre-Temps

SABA – Care For Me
BEAK> – >>>
OUGHT – Room Inside The World
YVES TUMOR – Safe In The Hands of Love
AMEN DUNES – Freedom
BODEGA – Endless Scroll
LOW – Double Negative

MOVIES
THE GUILTY by Gustav Möller
WOMAN AT WAR by Benedikt Erlingsson
THE HOUSE THAT JACK BUILT by Lars Von Trier
GIRL by Lukas Dhont

CONCERTS
DAVID BYRNE at The Paris Philharmonie
RYLEY WALKER at Point Ephémère
KAMAAL WILLIAMS at New Morning
ARCADE FIRE at Bercy
JON HOPKINS at Trianon

PERSONAL EXPERIENCE

Cycling through the Apuseni natural park in Transylvania

Nick Boyd, b4 Sounds / Beggars Group

Dance:
Unknown To The Unknown’s demolition of 2018:
⁃ X-Coast – XTC EP [Hot Haus Recs / UTTU]
⁃ Kornél Kovács – Metropolis EP [UTTU]
⁃ Vin Sol – Dance Trax Vol. 14 [Dance Trax / UTTU]
⁃ SE62 – Good Days EP [Hot Haus Recs / UTTU]
⁃ Lauren Flax – Dance Trax, Vol. 16 [Dance Trax / UTTU]
⁃ Addison Groove & Bim Sanga Present: Bags Inc. – Dance Trax Vol. 17 [Dance Trax / UTTU]
⁃ Contactless – Static EP [UTTU]
⁃ Bell Towers – My Body is a Temple [UTTU]
⁃ DJ Steaw – Heaven EP [Hot Haus Recs / UTTU]

Róisín Murphy and Maurice Fulton’s legend making 2018 four killer twelve inch run on Vinyl Factory. Beautiful design by Bráulio Amado as well:
⁃ Plaything / Like
⁃ The Rumble / World’s Crazy
⁃ Jacuzzi Rollercoaster / Can’t Hang On (feat. Ali Love)
⁃ All My Dreams / Innocence

Krystal Klear’s blockbuster twelve inches:
⁃ Club Studies [Hot Haus Recs / UTTU]
⁃ The Division [Running Back]

The fantastic debut year of Murlo’s Coil Records:
⁃ Sharda – Sharda EP // Huge release, big time favorite
⁃ Murlo & Conducta – “Together”
⁃ Shara – “One Kiss Refix”
⁃ Murlo & S-Type – “Make Believe”
⁃ Sharda & Bassboy – “Drifting”

Luca Lozano – Boss Moves [Running Back]
Eris Drew / Octo Octa – Devotion [Naive]
Malik Hendricks – Introducing Malik Hendricks EP [Bumpin’ Somethin’]

Off The Meds – The Meds Are Kicking In esp. “No B No E”
Niles Cooper – House Gospel EP [Super Tuff]
Dirty Channels vs. Danny Russell / Frazelle – Watchin Out [Athens of The North]
Minimal Violence – MVX / U41A [Technicolour]
AceMo – AceMo EP [Vanity Press] esp. “Get It From The Sound”
VA – Gemišt Part I [House Is OK] esp. Kornél Kovács’ massive “House Is OK”
Shan – Run Tings EP [Running Back]
Sully / FaltyDL – 2 Bad Mice Remixes [Sneaker Social Club]
Asquith – The Conditioning Track [Asquith]
Strategy – Future Shock [The Nite Owl Diner]
Abby Echiverri – Ab Initio [The Bunker New York]
Pangaea – Bone Sucka [Hessle Audio]
Giant Swan – Whities 016 [Whities]
Finn – Dance Music Has Betrayed Us All [Local Action]
Girls of the Internet – Remember My Name [Drab Queen]
Conny – Song For Eva [Cold Tonic]
Local Artist – Dancer / Dreamer [Mood Hut]
Missing Channel – FJAAK 002 // “Onslaught (FJAAK Remix)” is massive
aamourocean – Enjoy The Silence [Casual Gabberz]
Jayda G – Sacred Spaces [JMG Recordings]
Jayda G / Alexa Dash – Diva Bitch [Freakout Cult]
Syclops – Pink Rose [Running Back]
Peggy Gou – Once [Ninja Tune]
DJ Sprinkles / Hardrock Striker – Skylax House Explosion (Under The Loft) / Skylax House Explosion (Under The Ballroom) ‎/ Skylax House Explosion (Under The Garage) [Skylax]
Tony G – Onto/Off One [Sorry Records]
Tony G – ACID TONY [Sorry Records]
Jachary – The Virus Continues… B-Sides and Remixes
Cranklin – City Slicker [Sorry Records]
Stick Figure – FIGUR01 / FIGUR02 [Sorry Records]
Lanlord Lance – Night Sweats Box Set [Sorry Records]
DJ Lag – Stampit EP [Goon Club Allstars]
Clapman – Clapman [Party Central] esp. “Clapman (Kane West Original Mix)”
Danvers – Interludes [WotNot] esp. “Aye Ata”
Another Alias – Creep On The Couch [White of My Eyes]
V/A – Fatherhood Presents Bad Advice, Vol. 1 [Nervous]
V/A – Jubilee Presents: Magic City Vol. 4 esp. Lauren Flax’s “Work Dat” and AceMo’s “Just Waiting 4 U, Tonight (Ann Marie)”
Soundbwoy Killah – “Oh Baby” [Warehouse Rave]
Darling – “Estimu” [Safe Trip]
Alfie Casanova – “Urchin” [CALM]
DJ Lag / DJ Vumar / Biggie – “Jika” [Ice Drop]
Yaeji – “One More”
MOONOVERSUN – “GIRLS/BOYS (Jennifer Walton Remix)”
DJ Boo Man – “Jess H Bmore Anthem”
DJ E-Clyps – “Pancakes” [Classic Music Company]
Basside – “QLCL (DRUMMy’s Endless Torment Megamix)” [Sorry Records]
Sharda / Shanique Marie – “Wanna Know” [Swing Ting]

Mixes
Eris Drew’s ‘Thundering Goddess Mix’ [Mixmag]
HER DAMIT Podcast #28 / Eris Drew (Motherbeat)
RA.604 Eris Drew [Resident Advisor]
DJ Haus Enters The Unknown Vol. 2 [UTTU]
DISCWOMAN 40 x Octo Octa (Polyglamorous Year 3)
Frendzone with Octo Octa & Eris Drew @ The Lot Radio 07/26/2018
Octo Octa | Boiler Room x Is Burning ADE
Geoffrey LaRue – Gay Interest (1962-1981)
Crack Mix 207 – Sharda
Wrecked @ CDA August 2018 (Main Room) 12 – 4
Hunee Boiler Room BUDx Seoul DJ Set
Gerd Janson Boiler Room x Sugar Mountain 2018 DJ Set

Parties/DJ Sets/Shows:
Love Injection Universal Love 001 – 004
Frendzone! // Eris Drew b2b Octo Octa – Good Room
Octo Octa All Night – Good Room
Eris Drew – Sustain-Release
SHYBOI – Sustain-Release
Minimal Violence – Sustain-Release
Legowelt – Sustain-Release
Honey Dijon – Mister Sunday – Nowadays
Noncompliant – Technofeminism – Bossa Nova Civic Club
Soul Summit – Fort Greene Park
Octo Octa – All Nighter – Nowadays
SOPHIE – Elsewhere
Danny L Harle – HARLECOR3 – Sunnyvale
The Lot Radio 2 Year Anniversary
Wrecked (Ron Like Hell/Ryan Smith) w/ Jeffrey Sfire
Wrecked w/ Matrixxman


Emma Buchanan, Matador Records

The Goon Sax – We’re Not Talking
Ned Collette – Old Chestnut
Roy Montgomery – Suffuse
Marie Davidson – Working Class Woman


Guttersnipe – My Mother the Vent
Miranda Winters – Xobeci, What Grows Here?
Julia Holter – Aviary
Girl Pusher – 911
Demdike Stare – Passion
Mitski – Be the Cowboy
U.S. Girls – In a Poem Unlimited
ANMLPLNET – Fall Asleep
SOPHIE – OIL OF EVERY PEARL’S UN-INSIDES
Low – Double Negative
Caroline Says – No Fool Like an Old Fool
Not For You – Drown

Wye Oak – The Louder I Call, the Faster It Runs
Parquet Courts – Wide Awake

Martin Collins, Beggars Group

10. Melody’s Echo Chamber – ‘Breathe In, Breathe Out’
It took six years, a cancelled tour, and an unspecified “serious accident”, but we finally got another album from Melody Prochet.

9. Unknown Mortal Orchestra – ‘Everyone Acts Crazy Nowadays’
For the longest time I was convinced this was a Steely Dan track.

8. Anderson .Paak – ‘Tints (feat. Kendrick Lamar)’
Because even as a feature to Anderson .Paak, Kendrick Lamar had to sneak his way into another end-of-year list.

7. HMLTD – ‘Proxy Love’
Honestly, I have no idea. This one sounds like schlager.

6. The Babe Rainbow – ‘Eureka’
Who is Greggo? Where did he go?

5. Parcels – ‘Lightenup’
I imagine this is what happens if you listen to Daft Punk’s ‘Random Access Memories’ on loop until you pass out.

4. Khruangbin – ‘Maria También’
Wig-wearing Texans making Thai Funk. Obviously.

3. Tempesst – ‘A Little Bit of Trouble’
I really do wonder what possessed Tempesst to move from Australia to the cold of London, but I’m glad they did.

2. Post Animal – ‘Ralphie’
Remember Steve Harrington (Joe Keery) from Stranger Things? Well, he’s in a band and they’re pretty great.

1. Goat – ‘Let It Burn’
“The Gävle Goat is a Christmas display erected annually in Gävle, Sweden. It is a giant goat figure made of straw. It has become famous for being destroyed in arson attacks, and despite security measures, the goat has been burned to the ground thirty-seven times since its first appearance in 1966.” The song is good too.

Gerard Cosloy, Matador Records

Yuzo Iwata – Daylight Moon 
(Siltbreeze)

Rosali 
- Trouble Anyway (Scissor Tail / Spinster Sounds)
Chris Corsano & Bill Orcutt – Brace Up! (Palilalia Records)
David Nance Group – Peaced & Slightly Pulverized (Trouble In Mind)

Lena Hessels – Billow (Terp)
Deaf Wish – Lithium Zion (Sub Pop)
Uniform – The Long Walk (Sacred Bones)
Marlowe – s/t (Mello Music Group)
Armand Hammer – Paraffin (Backwoodz Studio)
Tropical Fuck Storm – A Laughing Death In Meat Space (Joyful Noise)
Heather Leigh – Throne (Editions Mego)
Counter Intuits – “Vietnamese Lighter” (Total Punk)
Obnox – Bang Messiah (Smog Veil)
Träden, s/t (Subliminal Sounds/Gåshud)
Rattle – Sequence (Upset The Rhythm)
The Goon Sax – We’re Not Talking (Wichita)
Thalia Zedek – Fighting Season 
(Thrill Jockey)
Salad Boys – This Is Glue (Trouble In Mind)
Civic – New Vietnam (Anti-Fade)
Jon Spencer – Spencer Sings The Hits (In The Red)
Various Artists – Wound (Carbon)

ISS – s/t EP (Sorry State)
Midnight Mines – Invisible Insurrection Of A Million Minds (Loki)
Charalambides: Tom And Christina Carter (Drawing Room)
Wingtip Sloat – Purge and Swell/Lost Decade (VHF)
Fuck – The Band (Vampire Blues)

Lewsberg – s/t LP

The Kids  / The Real Kids ‎– 1974 Demos / 1977/78 Demos/Live (Crypt)
Wet Tuna – Livin The Die (Feeding Tube)
Bad Sports – Constant Stimulation (Dirtnap)
Mazoma – Stark Joy (Feeding Tube)
Meg Baird & Mary Lattimore – Ghost Forests (Three Lobed)
F.U.K – “Roadkill” b/w “I Got A Head”  7″ (Hozac)
Heavy Metal EP  – (Total Punk)
Wax Chattels – s/t (Captured Tracks)
Kuzu – Hiljaisuus (Astral Spirits)

Eyelids – Maybe More (Jealous Butcher)

live


Mdou Moctar, PhillyMOCA
Deaf Wish, Slim’s /Hopscotch Fest Raleigh NC, Murphy’s/Goner Fest, Memphis, Barracuda Austin
Vampire Belt, Union Pool, Brooklyn


The Scientists, Beerland, Austin
Wire, Ballroom Marfa, Marfa Myths
This Is Not This Heat, Union Park, Chicago

ExEk, Hotel Vegas, Austin

Matthew Lux’s Communications Arts Quartet, Barracuda, Austin
Xylouris White, Beerland, Austin
S.H.I.T., Mohawk, Austin
Loren Connors, Wonders Of Nature, Brooklyn
too many times / most times : Chronophage, Temple Of Angels

“Milford Graves Full Mantis” (dir – Jake Meginsky)

Steve Cross, Remote Control
Melbourne 2018 :

Tropical Fuck Storm: You Let My Tyres Down
Cash Savage & the Last Drinks: Pack Animals
Gena Rose Bruce: The Way You Make Love
Laura Jean: Girls On The TV
Grand Salvo: All Those Stars
Lowtide: Alibi
Winternationale: Eulogies
Moon Rituals: Sky Dance
HTRK Mentions
Mildlife: The Magnificent Moon (Tornado Wallace Remix)

Giulia Distaso, Spin-Go!

BEST ALBUMS – in no particular order

AUTECHRE NTS Sessions 1-4 (Warp)
ZULI Terminal (UIQ)
LOW Double Negative (Sub Pop)
BODY/HEAD The Switch (Matador)
GAZELLE TWIN Pastoral (Anti-Ghost Moon Ray)
GUTTERSNIPE My Mother The Vent (Upset The Rhythm)
700 BLISS Spa 700 (Don Giovanni Records)
JPEGMAFIA Veteran (Deathbomb Arc)
YOUNG ECHO Young Echo (Young Echo Records)
CONDUIT Drowning World (Kitschy Spirit)
HANK WOOD & THE HAMMERHEAD Hank Wood & The Hammerheads (Toxic State)
IDIOTA CIVILIZZATO Idiota Civilizzato (Static Shock Records)

BEST OF ITALIAN UNDERGROUND

SABA SABA Saba Saba (Maple Death Records)

HOLIDAY INN Torbido (Maple Death Records)
HEROIN IN TAHITI Casilina Tapes 2010-2017 (Boring Machines)
LUCTA Black Magic Punk (Occult Punk Gang)
HEITH Laguna (Haunter Records)

Malcolm Donaldson, Matador Records

Marissa Esposito, Beggars Group
Albums:
Shame – Songs of Praise
Mitski- Be The Cowboy
The Goon Sax- We’re Not Talking
Earl Sweatshirt- Some Rap Songs
Let’s Eat Grandma- I’m All Ears
Parquet Courts- Wide Awake!
Ty Segall and White Fence – Joy
Vince Staples- FM!
Flasher- Constant Image


Swearin’- Fall into the Sun
Noname- Room 25
John Maus- Addendum
Snail Mail- Lush
Saba- CARE FOR ME
Iceage- Beyondless
IDLES- Joy as an Act of Resistance.

 Songs:
(no particular order or from albums listed above)
Sorry- Starstruck
Ovlov- Spright
Lala Lala- Destroyer
Goat Girl- The Man
Unknown Mortal Orchestra- Hunnybee
Courtney Barnett- Need A Little Time
Frank Ocean- Moon River
BODEGA- Name Escape
Yellow Days- What’s It All For?
Porches- Find Me
Joey Purp- Elastic
boygenius- Me & My Dog
Sneaks- Money Don’t Grow on Trees

Live Shows:
Homeshake @ Market Hotel
SXSW in Austin, TX
Ty Segall @ Brooklyn Steel
Mount Kimbie @ Brooklyn Steel
King Krule @ Hammerstein Ballroom
Parquet Courts @ Elsewhere
Radiohead @ MSG
BROCKHAMPTON @ Terminal 5
Iceage @ Secret Project Robot
Shame @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Mitski @ Brooklyn Steel

Rian Fossett, Matador Records

Amen Dunes — Freedom
Tirzah — Devotion
Adriane Lenker — abysskiss
Earl Sweatshirt — Some Rap Songs
Mark Renner — Few Traces
Olden Yolk — s/t
Damien Durado — The Horizon Just Laughed
Sunshine EP — s/t
Against All Logic — s/t
Jenny Hval EP —  The Long Sleep
A$AP Rocky — Testing
Yves Tumor — Safe In The Hands of Love

highlights/loves from 2018: seeing Kurt Vile open for Neil Young in Quebec City, launch of @rasmixtapes, every second spent at deer mountain inn, Interpol press conference in Mexico City, Marfa Myths, my brilliant friend (show + books), tropical fuck storm video for “you let my tyres down,” (above)  Taylor from Billions, The Sadies and Kurt playing “Albuquerque” on the lawn of a haunted house in the Catskills, the favourite & mission impossible fallout, a mixtape with a blue watercolor given to me recently, new chris cohen song “edit out”

 

Matt Harmon, Beggars Group

Albums

Amen Dunes – Freedom (Sacred Bones)
Sunwatchers – II (Trouble in Mind)
Gabriella Cohen – Pink is the Color of Unconditional Love(Dot Dash/Captured Tracks)
Barker Trio – Avert Your I (Astral Spirits)
The Goon Sax – We’re Not Talking (Chapter Music / Wichita Recordings)
David Nance Group – Peaced and Slightly Pulverized (Trouble in Mind)
Mono Pause / Metabolismus – Don’t Low Up to the Amped Buenaes (Feeding Tube Records)
Penelope Trappes – Penelope 2 (Houndstooth)
Escape-ism – Hi. I’m THE LOST RECORD (Merge)
Tropical Fuck Storm – A Laughing Death in Meatspace (TFS /Joyful Noise Recordings)
JEFF the Brotherhood – Magick Songs (Dine Alone)
Beak – >>> (Invada Records)
Catherine Christer Hennix – Selected Early works (Blank Forms Editions)
No Age – Snares Like a Hair Cut (Drag City)
Exploded View – Obey (Sacred Bones)
Haruomi Hosano – ParaIiso + Philharmony LP re-issues (Light in The Attic)
Songs
Amen Dunes “L.A.”
Tropical Fuck Storm “You Let My Tyres Down”
Ryley Walker “Telluride Speed”
Deafwish “FFS”
Gruff Rhys “Frontier Man”
Anderson Paak – “Bubblin”
Sons of Kemet “My Queen is Harriet Tubman”
Chris Cohen “Edit Out”
Other Stuff
Saladish cook book by Ilene Rosen
Hilda af Klint – Paintings for the Future (Guggenheim Museum)
Friends with record stores –  Record Grouch (Brooklyn), Vinyl Remains (Pittsburgh), World of Echo Music (London), Lost Padre (Santa Fe)

Fly fishing in New Mexico & Colorado

Shira Knishkowy, Matador Records

These Are 30 Albums In Alphabetical Order That I Greatly Enjoyed in 2018 Not Including Matador Titles:
Amen Dunes – Freedom
Anna St Louis – If Only There Was A River
Ariel Pink – Dedicated To Bobby Jameson
Blake Mills – Looks
David Nance Group – Peace And Slightly Pulverized
Dean Wareham & Cheval Sombre – Dean Wareham vs. Cheval Sombre
DJ Koze – Knock Knock
Hollie Cook – Vessel Of Love
Kacey Musgraves – Golden Hour
Khruangbin – Con Todo El Mundo
Low – Double Negative
Marie Davidson – Working Class Woman
Marisa Anderson – Cloud Corner
Mind Over Mirrors – Bellowing Sun
Nap Eyes – I’m Bad Now
Neko Case – Hell On <— favorite if I had to pick
Ohmme – Parts
Olden Yolk – Olden Yolk
Pusha T – Daytona
Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever – Hope Downs
Ruston Kelly – Dying Star
Sandro Perri – In Another Life
Spiritualized – And Nothing Hurt
The Beths – Future Me Hates Me
The Messthetics – The Messthetics
Thousand Foot Whale Claw – Black Hole Party
Tirzah – Devotion
Vive La Void – Vive La Void
Westerman – Ark
Wooden Shjips – V
This Was My Favorite Book This Year:
My Year Of Rest And Relaxation by Otessa Moshfegh
This Was My Favorite Netflix Original Movie This Year:
To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before
TV Was Really Good This Year Especially:
Atlanta
Better Things
Killing Eve
Marvelous Mrs Maisel
My Brilliant Friend
The Assassination of Gianni Versace

Younger

Noam Klar, Matador Records

Amen Dunes – Believe
Baby Jayy – Out The Rain
Boothroyd – Pure Country
Chrystal – 2 Real
DJ Healer – The Interview
DJ Oblong – Speed Your Rage To Me
Drake – Nice For What
Ella Mai – Boo’d Up
The Garden – 🙁
Gucci Mane feat. Migos – I Got The Bag
Ikonika – Assisted Retweet
The Internet – Come Over
John T Gast – Club Version
Kadhja Bonet – Delphine
Kanye West – Ghost Town
Kids See Ghosts – Reborn
Mary Lattimore – It Feels Like Floating
Playboi Carti feat. Lil Uzi Vert – Shoota
Raar – Le Sacrifice Moral
Skee Mask – Vli

Andy Larsen, Matador Direct

 

Sarah Davachi – Let Night Come On Bells End The Day (Recital) / Gave In Rest (Ba Da Bing!) – Albums refreshingly produced by an atheist woman conjuring a non-secular sound with an evocation of architecture and place rather than of personal spirituality. Beautiful, non-deceptive odes to religious moments, spaces, and influences from a non-believer.
Demdike Stare – Passion (Modern Love)
Lavender Hex – Lavender Hex
Gas – Rausch (Kompakt)
Jlin – Autobiography (Music From Wayne McGregor’s Autobiography) (Planet Mu)
S.H.I.T. – What Do You Stand For? (Iron Lung Records)
Drew McDowall – The Third Helix (Dais Records)

Miss Red – K.O. (Pressure)
Vile Gash – Nightmare In A Troubled Brain (Youth Attack)
Tirzah – Devotion (Domino)
Helena Hauff – Qualm (Ninja Tune)

Etc:
La Misma – Negociacoes De Pas Continuae Como Fazemas Fabulas 7″ (Toxic State Records)
Clara! – Reggaetoneras 3 mixtape (Editions Gravats)
V/A Basement Beehive (Numero Group)
Mark Morgan – Department of Heraldry (Open Mouth) – I haven’t heard this yet. Consider this a placeholder
Films:
The Favourite (Yorgos Lanthimos)
Other Side of the Wind (Orson Welles)
Amazing Grace (Sydney Pollack)
The Opera House (Susan Froemke)
Suspiria (Luca Guadagnino)Valerie Lynch, Spin-Go!

Albums:
GOAT GIRL “Goat Girl”
VILLAGERS “The Art Of Pretending To Swim”

MOUNT EERIE “Now Only”
EVERYTHING IS RECORDED “Everything Is Recorded”
ICEAGE “ Beyondless”
MARIANNE FAITHFULL “Negative Capability”

Songs:
SALMO “90MIN”
DAUGHTER “All I Wanted – Live At Asylum Chapel”
THE KILLS “List Of Demands (Reparations)”
MOSES SUMNEY “Rank & File”
CHILDISH GAMBINO “This is America”
BEIRUT “Gallipoli”
IDLES “Colossus”
FLORENCE + THE MACHINE “Hunger”
BALTHAZAR “Fever”
JACK WHITE “Why Walk A Dog?”
THOM YORKE “Suspirium”
SHARON VAN ETTEN “Jupiter”
MARK RONSON feat. Miley Cyrus “Nothing Breaks Like A Heart”

Concerts:
Beyonce & Jay Z @San Siro

Laura Lyons, Beggars Group

albums:
ariana grande – sweetener
bad gyal – worldwide angel
teyana taylor – ktse
jorja smith – lost & found
hana vu – how many times have you driven by
miya folick – premonitions
mac miller – swimming
mitski – be the cowboy
asap rocky – testing
peggy gou – once
tirzah – devotion
deji okeze – so sorry

against all logic – 2012-2017
empress of – us
channel tres – s/t
octavian – spaceman
tierra whack – whack world
cardi b – invasion of privacy
natalie prass – the future & the past

Vinnie Martini, Matador Direct

BEST REPERTORY FILM SCREENINGS OF 2018

1) The Other Side Of The Wind (1976/2018, Orson Welles) – Film Society
of Lincoln Center and MoMA – 35mm

2) Eight Hours Don’t Make A Day (1972, Rainer Werner Fassbinder) –
MoMA and Film Forum – DCP

3) Lola Montes (1955, Max Ophuls) – Metrograph – 35mm

4) Laughing Anne (1953, Herbert Wilcox) – MoMA – DCP
5) Remember My Name (1978, Alan Rudolph) – Quad Cinema – 35mm

6) Taking Off (1971, Milos Forman) – Anthology Film Archives – 35mm

7) A Moment Of Innocence (1996, Mohsen Makhmalbaf) – Metrograph and MoMA – 35mm

8) Canyon Passage (1946, Jacques Tourneur) – Film Society of Lincoln
Center – 35mm

9) Come Back To The Five & Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean (1982, Robert
Altman) – Museum of the Moving Image – 35mm
10) Amazing Grace (1972/2018, Sydney Pollack) – Film Forum – DCP

MOST HONORABLE MENTION TO:

The Leopard (1963, Luchino Visconti) which I viewed theatrically 3
times in 2018.

Ryan Naideau, Rough Trade

sarah davachi – gave in rest
julee cruise – the voice of love
adrienne lenker – abysskiss
earl sweatshirt – some rap songs
amen dunes – freedom
lisa o’neill – heard a long gone song
teyana taylor – ktse
mount eerie – now only
tozcos – sueños deceptivos
mike – renaissance man
idris ackamoor & the pyramids -an angel fell
twisted thing – lucky 7s demo
asap rocky – testing
mark renner – few traces
idiota civilizzato -st
nines – crop circle
innumerable forms – punishment in flesh

Øyvind Rones, Playground Music

10 AMAZING ALBUMS
Khruangbin – Con Todo El Mundo


Jon Hopkins – Singularity
Snail Mail – Lush
The Go! Team – SEMICIRCLE
Emilie Nicolas – Tranquille Emile
Gang Gang Dance – Kazuashita
Fay Wildhagen – Borders
Blood Orange – Negro Swan
Kurt Vile – Bottle It In
Gundelach – Baltus
10 AMAZING GIGS
David Byrne @ Panorama, New York
Car Seat Headrest @ Roundhouse, London
The Smashing Pumpkins @ Madison Square Garden, New York
Khruangbin @ Øyafestivalen, Oslo
Fay Wildhagen @ Parkteatret, Oslo
Slowdive @ Landmark, Bergen
The Low Frequency In Stereo @ Blå, Oslo
Ulver @ Henie Onstad Kunstsenter, Oslo
Belle & Sebastian @ Sentrum Scene, Oslo

Spielbergs @ Blå, Oslo

SO MANY AMAZING SONGS

Abby Rubin, Beggars Group

Albums/EPs/Songs
Tirzah – Devotion
Amen Dunes – Freedom
Against All Logic – 2012 – 2017
Tierra Whack – Whack World


Virginia Wing – Ecstatic Arrow
Oneotrix Point Never – Love In The Time of Lexapro
Cardi B – Invasion of Privacy
Jenny Hval – Spells
Hollie Cook – Vessel of Love
Westerman – Confirmation, Ark EP
Low – Double Negative
Helena Deland – Claudion
Adrianne Lenker – abysskiss
Kali Uchis – Isolation
Mark Renner – Few Traces (Reissue)
Marie Davidson – Working Class Woman
Viagra Boys – Street Worms
MorMor – Heaven’s Only Wishful
Beach House – 7
Serpentwithfeet – Soil
Okay Kaya – Habitual Love
Julia Holter – Aviary
Empress Of – When I’m With Him
Ariana Grande – thank u, next
Nils Frahm – Spells
Amyl and the Sniffers – Cup Of Destiny
A$AP Rocky – Fukk Sleep (feat. FKA Twigs)
Mitski – Nobody
Channel Tres – Controller
Kurt Vile – Bottle It In
Parquet Courts – Wide Awake (album)
US Girls – In a Poem Unlimited
Smerz – Have Fun EP
Iceage – Beyondless
Liz Phair – Girly Sound to Guyville 25th Anniversary Release

Book – My Year of Rest and Relaxation

Film – The Favourite

Melanie Sheehan, Rough Trade
Top Karaoke Moments of 2018

Rosemont Bar, Brooklyn NY : Crystal Mesh presents a delightfully intimate karaoke-ki hosted by DJ Paradise. On this particular evening, a young lithe gentleman performed the classically coy 1986 hit “We Don’t Have To Take Our Clothes Off” by Jermaine Stewart. As the song progressed, said gentleman slowly started removing ALL of his layers (it was March brrRRrr) until he reached the end of the song, and the end of his wardrobe. He finished the number completely nude, holding the mic in one hand, and his bravery in the other.

The Cat’s Meow, New Orleans LA : There’s a tender balance when traveling, to avoid the obvious and embrace the peculiar. But proximity and a Why Not attitude can tip the scales sometimes and lead you to a Bourbon Street (GASP) karaoke bar. Twas the weekend before Halloween, my two favorite things coming together, a time when people can embarrass publically preen visually and audibly in a mélange of chaos. Sexy Jesus was my bartender, a skull masked man sang Thriller like a pro, the staff broke into a line dancing rendition of Footloose, and our favorite socially awkward slasher Michael Myers was spotted waving his machete in glee to the Friends Theme Song. A friend watched the video I took of him, and aptly noted “He’s such a RACHEL”.

The Karaoke Hole (K-Hole to all the clever darlings out there), London UK : I trekked out to this basement haunt by myself one night, because my quest to always find the next best spot is unyielding. When I walked in, a young unassuming man was singing Mariah Carey “Fantasy” and I knew I was in the right place. The scantily clad drag queen host Rhys’ Pieces brought the vibes and an insanely accurate version of Missy Elliott “Work It”, with backwards lyrics and matching choreo to boot.

Celtica Pub, Newport RI : On the heels of my first Newport Folk Festival came a splendiferous night of ‘Roke in a dark Irish bar with a KJ who was deaf in one ear. Walking up to the door of the place, I met my future ex-husband, Cowboy Doug, who had taken the cordless mic outside and was singing on the sidewalk, staring at the crowd through the window. Later on he wowed me with his rendition of Marc Cohn’s “Walking in Memphis” , closing with “But do I really feel the way I feel? YEAH I DO, Im really feelin that shit tonight, Bro.”  And yes, he did make that hat.

Emma Strickland, Beggars Group

Gouge Away – Burnt Sugar
Vein – Errorzone
Skee Mask – Compro
Lil Peep – Come Over When You’re Sober Pt. 2
Nothing – Dance on the Blacktop
Dedekind Cut – Tahoe
Deafheaven – Ordinary Corrupt Human Love
Fog Lake – Captain
Hovvdy – Cranberry
Touche Amore – Green (Single)
Grouper – Grid of Points
Daniel Avery – Songs for Alpha
Pianos Become The Teeth – Wait For Love
6lack – East Atlanta Love Letter
Jacques Greene – Fever Focus
Single Mothers – Through a Wall
GAS – Rausch
Harrison BDP – Confusion of Sound
Shygirl – Cruel Practice
Rich Brian – Amen

Jake Whitener, Matador Records

LP’s

Kikagaku Moyo- Masana Temples
Ned Collette- Old Chestnut
Parquet Courts- Wide Awake
The Goon Sax- We’re Not Talking
The Cowboy- The Cowboy Album
Aaberg- Albatross
Marlowe- Marlowe
Vera Ellen- Beat Yr Name
Haley Heynderickx- I Need To Start A Garden
Jon Hopkins- Singularity
Illuminati Hotties- Kiss Yr Frenemies
Mourn- Surpresa Familia
Viagra Boys- Street Worms
Marbled Eye- Leisure
JPEGMAFIA- Veteran
Value Void- Sentimental
Lawn- Blood on the Tracks
Daniel Brandt- Channels
Rays- You Can Get There From Here
Olden Yolk- Olden Yolk
Matt Dorrien- In the Key of Grey

EP’s

Duval Timothy- 2 Sim
Puma Blue- Blood Loss
Ultra Beauty- Ultra Beauty
Westerman- Ark
MIKE- Black Soap
Public Practice- Distance is a Mirror
Gasper Nali- Zoona Malawi
Draag- Nontoxic Process
Pinch Points- Mechanical Injury
SLUGS- Cool World

Compilations :

Laura Spiegel- The Expanding Universe
Technicolor Paradise: Rhum Rhapsodies & Other Exotic Delights
We Out Here: The Sound of London Jazz
Voyager Gold Record Box Set

Light In The Attic hits the road…with some doucher we used to know

Venerable and esteemed American record-reissue label Light In The Attic has ventured out on the highways and byways of the Northwest and Pacific Coast regions to visit a whopping 58 record retail establishments – many of whom we at Matador and Matador Direct work with every day.

We salute LITA for their dedication to quality, curation, craftsmansip…and for giving former Matador warehouse troll Jon Treneff an excuse to make his internet comedy debut. Here’s the first installment in LITA’s roadtrip video series (cuz if you aren’t doing content, you just can’t be content) – check here for more video updates from LITA, and patronize America’s great (and medium-great) record stores.

Green Day Out Buy Early Get Nows Us

photo: Nabil Ayers

If Feist would finally confirm to host the first-ever “Christoper Pell Lombardi Awards For Excellence In Convoluted Marketing Schemes”, the fourth installment of Buy Early Get Now (aka The New Ps “Box Of Air”) would finally get its due in the Lifetime Achievement category.   (Note:  Dave Martin still maintains that only time will help folks discover BEGN #4’s genius, and Dave knows both time and genius.)

So here we are, five years and two IHeartRadio Festivals later…and the majors have finally decided to embark on the trail toward customer confusion that we so dutifully blazed.   To wit, Green Day’s foray into the world of selling futures in music.

And because other members of the Matador family have done a far better job lampooning Billie and friends, I’ll leave only a link to this space where we can all watch customer ire unfold in real time:

 

Fish, Meet Barrel : Dee Snider’s Salute To Broadway Musicals

Far be it for me to suggest that Hall of Famer (well, Long Island Music Hall Of Famer) Dee Snider’s new career turn is the worst idea in the entire history of civilization. For instance, it’s not nearly as bad an idea as Ft. Worth’s Complete playing a tiny club instead of the hockey arenas they were destined to headline.   And there’s New Coke.  Or the soundtrack to ‘Brain Candy’ the Bay Of Pigs Invasion.  I could probably go on for at least another two or three minutes, but I think you have the idea.  Some people are gonna give Dee Snider a lot of grief over this, but I bet it’s not even in the top 20 worst ideas of all time.

RIP, Great Purveyor Of Production Values, Working On “Spec”

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Au revoir, to “Soul Train” creator Don Corneilus, who made his exit from this cruel world earlier this morning. While “Soul Train”‘s status as the the longest, continuously running first-run syndicated program in television history will no doubt be cited in Don’s obits, it was his star turn as independent label magnate Mo Fuzz in Bill Fishman’s 1988 comedy, “Tapeheads”, that provided a fledgling Matador Records with a genuine role model.

Costello : My New Box Set’s A Rip Off

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The former Declan McManus was once famously dubbed “Elvis Cosdildo” in a piece of Crypt Records propaganda some years ago, but I suspect there’s a particular point that even Tim Warren and the ever prolific Costello might see eye to eye on, to wit, the suggested list price of Costello & The Imposters’ ‘The Return Of The Spectacular Spinning Songbook’ being obscenely high (ie. $262.00).  Calling the sum, “either a misprint or a satire”, Elvis weighs in with the following ;

All our attempts to have this number revised have been fruitless but rather than detain you with tedious arguments about morality, panache and book-keeping – when there are really bigger fish to filet these days – we are taking the following unusual step.

If you should really want to buy something special for your loved one at this time of seasonal giving, we can whole-heartedly recommend, “Ambassador Of Jazz” – a cute little imitation suitcase, covered in travel stickers and embossed with the name “Satchmo” but more importantly containing TEN re-mastered albums by one of the most beautiful and loving revolutionaries who ever lived – Louis Armstrong.

The box should be available for under one hundred and fifty American dollars and includes a number of other tricks and treats. Frankly, the music is vastly superior.

If on the other hand you should still want to hear and view the component parts of the above mentioned elaborate hoax, then those items will be available separately at a more affordable price in the New Year, assuming that you have not already obtained them by more unconventional means.

To which I’ll only add that while we’ve had no talks with Yo La Tengo about any sort of commercially available document of their own attempts to (ahem) reinvent The Wheel, I can pledge to you, the music-loving public that if such a thing ever comes to pass, you’ll PAY NO MORE THAN $250.00. 

Snap, Crackle, Pop : The Condo Fucks (with The Great Gaylord) at Norton 25

Norton Records is celebrating their 25th anniversary this weekend with a star-studded, 4-night bill at Brooklyn’s Bell House.  We’d like to congratulate Billy Miller and Miriam Linna on their stewardship of one of the planet’s finest labels ; if anyone has done more to document real rock’n’roll, old & new, please don’t tell us about it because we’re running out of room in the record library. The Condo Fucks and longtime associate The Great Gaylord (Fields) were just one of the Friday highlights ; Gaylord wearing earplugs is kind of Rocky Marciano donning a protective headgear. He might be safe, but the rest of us won’t be the same for days.

Pioneer Of Encouraging You To Replace Your Entire Music Collection (Narrowly) Outlasted By His Most Famous Invention

(Ohga with his final innovation, a device that converts Mariah Carey’s photograph to pure energy)

thanks to Mark Ohe for the link to the following news item from the BBC :

The former president and chairman of Sony, Norio Ohga, who was credited with developing the compact disc, has died aged 81, the company has said.

Ohga, who led the company from 1982 to 1995, died of multiple organ failure in the Japanese capital, Tokyo.

During the development of the CD, it was Ohga who pushed for a disc that was 12cm (4.8in) in diameter, because it provided sufficient capacity at 75 minutes to store all of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony.

Sony sold the world’s first CD in 1982 and CDs overtook LP record sales in Japan five years later. Ohga’s specifications are still used today, and have shaped formats developed since, including MiniDisc and DVD.

In 1989, he oversaw the $3.4bn purchase of Hollywood studios Columbia Pictures, which was criticised as unwise and costly at the time.

Ohga also presided over the launch of Sony’s game business, which went on to develop the successful “PlayStation” console.

Jay Reatard – Shattered Records Tour – Fall 2009; “Watch Me Fall” now streaming on AOL Spinner

Jay Reatard live photo-by Jeff Allen

So what has already shaped up as the Summer of Jay Reatard (a documentary, a new album, and a free + all ages in-store tour to name a few major things) is quickly becoming the Autumn of Reatard as well. Perhaps we should simply declare 2009, the year of Jay Reatard?

What can’t be debated is that Jay has put together an allstar line-up to celebrate his own label, Shattered Records. This fall Jay and his friends take to the road for a run of memoriable shows, packed full of unique and terrific bands, headlined each night by Jay himself.

For more about this tour continue to check JayReatard.com for details.

Jay’s new album Watch Me Fall is currently streaming in it’s entirety on AOL’s Spinner.com, be sure to have a listen!

Mon Sep 28 – Chicago – Empty Bottle
Jay Reatard, Nobunny, Hunx & His Punx, Box Elders, Useless Eaters

Tue Sep 29 – Toronto – The Reverb
Jay Reatard, Nobunny, Hunx & His Punx, Box Elders, Useless Eaters

Wed Sep 30 – Montreal – La Sala Rossa
Jay Reatard, Nobunny, Hunx & His Punx, Box Elders, Useless Eaters

Thu Oct 1 – NYC – Le Poisson Rouge
Jay Reatard, Nobunny, Hunx & His Punx, Box Elders, Useless Eaters

Fri Oct 2 – Boston – Harpers Ferry
Jay Reatard, Nobunny, Hunx & His Punx, Box Elders, Useless Eaters

Sat Oct 3 – Baltimore – Ottobar
Jay Reatard, Nobunny, Hunx & His Punx, Box Elders, Useless Eaters

Thu Oct 15 – Seattle – Crocodile Cafe
Jay Reatard, Box Elders, Cheap Time, Lover!

Mon Oct 19 – San Francisco – Great American Music Hall
Jay Reatard, Nobunny, Hunx & His Punx, Box Elders, Digital Leather

Tue Oct 20 – San Diego – The Casbah
Jay Reatard, Nobunny, Hunx & His Punx, Box Elders, Digital Leather

Wed Oct 21 – Los Angeles – El Rey Theater
Jay Reatard, Nobunny, Hunx & His Punx, Box Elders, Digital Leather

for info about the bands touring with Jay then please check out their myspace pages:

No Bunny

Hunx & His Punx

Box Elders

Useless Eaters

Digital Leather

Manufacturing Error Or Major Improvement? – Mark E. Smith’s Latest Crossover Move

Brian Turner supplied the link to the story below, which is as good an excuse as any to mention that WFMU’s annual fundraiser starts this Monday, March 2 and runs until March 15.   From the Sun

THEY may share the same surname but that’s it for similarities between angelic Britain’s Got Talent teen FARYL SMITH and gnarled FALL frontman MARK E SMITH.

So imagine Universal Records’ surprise when they received the first shipment of Faryl’s debut CD from the pressing plant.

A cock-up in production meant that instead of delicate balladry in the honeyed tones of their recently signed youngster, what actually ended up on discs bearing her artwork and info were the grumblings of Mark and his fellow Manc veterans’ 2008 album Imperial Wax Solvent.

Needless to say, Universal chiefs weren’t best pleased.

My spy tells me: “They had ordered hundreds of copies and they were staggered by what was on it.

“They have had severe words with the pressing plant.”

Careful followers of Matador quality control are aware we’ve only made mistakes like that about a half dozen times in our history.  

Suddenly, Tony Victory Seems Like An A-OK Label Dude

From last Wednesday’s Guardian, here’s a SFW excerpt from Alex Hoban’s profile of Japanese boy band factory Johnny’s Jimusho, and the company’s scary founder, “the 77-year-old Don Of Dubiousness, Johnny Kitagawa.”

If graduating from a Junior Johnny to a mere Johnny sounds about as glamorous as pulling slippery condoms on to cucumbers in biology class, then it’s fitting, as being a Johnny’s protégé is hardly a ticket to artistic maturity or even financial security. Most of Johnny’s recording artists are paid a base salary for their efforts, receive no royalties and have no rights to any of their music, their image or even the group’s name. After a few years in the spotlight, many Johnny’s bands are dropped without fanfare, and their members swiftly descend into obscurity and, most probably, depression.

So far, so cut-throat, but there is an even darker element to this whole grim business. Kitagawa claimed he works only with boy bands because they are “easier to handle”, which would be fine if he didn’t mean it literally. Rumours had always been rife of him engaging with unsavoury activities with the boys under his care, and in 1988 Kita Koji, one of the original members of the Four Seasons, published an exposé that accued Kitagawa of sexual harassment and rape. Opening the flood gates, similar accusations from other ex-members came to light, with fresh exposés being published right up to this decade.

Wear the Good-Cause Hat: Anna Ives vs. Cancer

Anna Ives is the very young, very adorable daughter of Zac and Amy Ives. Zac is co-owner of Goner Records, the singer for Final Solutions, and a flat-out great guy. The Goner Records BBS is currently holding an auction while Zac, Amy, and Anna are in Boston, where the latter is receiving specialized radiation treatment. The auction is to help offset the Ives’ mounting hospital bills. I’m here to encourage Matablog readers to either bid on some of the great finds that have made it to the block, and to offer their own donated items for auction. All of the needed information, including Anna’s story, can be found HERE.

The auction can be found HERE.

Read the Memphis Commercial Appeal story about Anna…

Additional questions not answered by those links can be directed to Eric Friedl: [email protected]

Thanks!

Don’t Feel Too Bad, Tom Zutaut…

(above : world famous perfectionist/ingrate)

…Chris and I still get chucked out of Dee-Lite listening parties.   What’s all this about?  According to a post at the endlessly entertaining Metal Sludge.com, former Geffen A&R exec Tom Zutaut was physically removed from a listening party for the new Guns ‘n’ Roses opus, ‘Chinese Democracy’.

“Yeah, sadly it is true that I was escorted out of the Roxy by a beefy security guy just prior to the last three songs of the playback. I did stand on the sidewalk and hear the last three anyway.

“It is sad and disappointing to me that those around Axl would lie to him to fuel his hatred towards me with imaginary events used to drive a wedge between us. I love him deeply, will always love him and wish only the greatest success to one of the world’s last true creative musical sparks with a god-given voice. I am proud of my contributions to his career and am always there for him should he one day become enlightened to the truth of what surrounds him. It is also sad that he doesn’t mention the hard work I put in on my short involvement with ‘Chinese Democracy’ with even a ‘Thank You’ considering lesser players are credited or thanked in the liner notes — even those who ridiculed him, belittled and made fun of him behind his back while I defended his genius ’til those around him poisoned him against me with distortions and lies.

“I wear his hatred as a badge of honor as it would be far worse for him not to care at all.”

Mr. Zutaut has a substantial connection to the Matador Records family tree, having signed Tommy Keene to Geffen, and many years later, starting the now defunct label known as The Enclave, home to the initial US release of Belle & Sebastian’s ‘Are You Feeling SInister?’. As such, we can promise him that if he’d ever like to attend one of our listening parties, we’d love to have him along.

Congrats To Third Eye Blind On Discovering Their Own Paradigm

In announcing their upcoming indie / digital-only EP, the auteurs behind such hits as “Semi-Charmed Life” and uh….whatever their other hit was, have penned the most confusing, self-congratulatory press release this side of my early draft for the Condo Fucks’ ‘Fuckbook’.

Becoming superstars took its toll on the band members’ psyches, and as 3EB ground through the star-making machinery, they eventually found themselves losing creative control of their music and their image, until one day in 2004 they woke up and realized they didn’t recognize themselves anymore. It was then that they decided it was time to take a break — time to take a look inside, re-evaluate who they were as artists, and get back in touch with themselves and their music.

3EB have been inspired by the possibilities and potential that new media provide, and are discovering their own paradigm on how they create and reach people with music. They have toured consistently over the past two years, and sold out every show, playing in front of crowds of up to 11,000 fans, in response to an entirely new fan-base who have discovered this music on the web.

These new fans have proved that, despite a 5-year hiatus between albums, 3EB has in fact deepened its connection with its community.

It’s a pretty amazing piece of work, and aside from their publicist deserving a raise (if not combat pay), we’re now left to ponder the following : just what sort of groundbreaking stuff would these schmoes have come up with had they not “lost creative control of their music”?

Matador Alumni Corner Update

We really oughta do these more often. Don’t call it a comeback, these folks have been here for years. Or somewhere else for months.

  

1) Early ManTouring like crazy and there’s a new EP on the Jarboe-tastic The End.

2) Jacob Morris, formerly one of the key characters beyond the dearly missed Double.  New EP on Rcrd Lbl

3) 18th DyeNew album and US tour.

Paging Davide Tiso.

…would you be interested in writing bios, one-sheets or sticker blurbs for a NY-based independent label?  If so, please get in touch.  From The Gauntlet.com :

EPHEL DUATH has never been one to take the traditional approach to creating music and their latest effort takes this outlook even further. THROUGH MY DOG’S EYES is based on a bizarre concept conjured up by guitarist and founding member DAVIDE TISO, in which the entire album is written from the perspective of a dog. TISO explains: “I wrote a few short stories and it was really fun for me to imagine myself as a dog and to imagine the world from a dog’s perspective. The challenge was to translate the words into lyrics.”



From opening track ‘Gift’, which TISO describes as being about “A cat that the dog kills for the owner as a gift, and he asks the owner if he is happy with the present”, to the thought-provoking ‘Promenade’, a song about a walk in the park which takes a twist when the owner questions himself as to why he’s not as carefree and happy with life as his dog is, the barking mad brilliance runs throughout the course of the whole album. “Every song is a window into the dog’s mind or an event,” TISO continues, “The album touches on a lot of things, both deep and sometimes silly.”

It’s not only the lyrics in THROUGH MY DOG’S EYES which are written from the dog’s perspective – rather the entire album, including the music, is based around this unique and previously unexplored concept. “The music in this case is the soundtrack of the thoughts of the dog – at times you can hear the dog running,” TISO elaborates.

Shred Yr Face : The Skinny

So we already brought you a teaser of info about the forthcoming triple-fun-shot-fest that is SHREDYRFACE. Now here’s the full lowdown :

WEBSITE:
SHREDYRFACE.COM
This will be regularly updated on the road by all bands, showing you exactly what goes on on tour. So keep heading back there for updates and exclusives.

LOGO:

INFO:
Times New Viking, No Age and Los Campesinos! travel across the UK in a big old bus, singing show tunes and making noise. Often individually, occasionally together. We’re pretty sure a bit of Kumbaya will be going down.

DATES :
October
14 Brighton, England – Komedia
15 Liverpool, England – Academy 2
16 Leeds, England – Irish Centre
17 Dublin, Ireland – Whelans
18 Glasgow, Scotland – School of Arts
19 London, England – Pure Groove (in-store) (3 p.m.)
19 London, England – Beyond Retro (in-store) (5 p.m.)
19 London, England – Rough Trade East (in-store) (7 p.m.)
20 London, England – Electric Ballroom
21 Bristol, England – Fleece

7″ ACTION :
The three bands have got their collective heads together for a limited edition tour 7″ that will be available from the Coalition group of indie stores in the UK.
Tracklisting :
01 Los Campesinos!: “Death to Los Campesinos! (Napoleon III Remix)”
02 No Age: “Revolving Credit for Kitty”
03 Times New Viking: “Anything Could Happen” (The Clean cover)

INSTORE(S) :
As well as all this, there’s gonna be some super hot instore action where you can get up close and personal with each band. Maybe you’ll even get sweated on by Beth?

October
14 Brighton Resident – No Age
16 Leeds Crash – Times New Viking
19 London Pure Groove (3pm)
19 London Beyond Retro (5pm)
19 London Rough Trade East (7pm)
22 Manchester Piccadilly – Los Campesinos!

So this is where it gets a little confusing. You’ll already get TNV up at the Leeds Crash store, but as well as that, all three bands will play a store of their choice around London on October 19th. They’ll hit Pure Groove at 3 p.m., Beyond Retro at 5 p.m., and Rough Trade East at 7 p.m., but its currently a big secret as to who plays where. So why not go to all?

ONE LAST THING :
Seattle artist Carlos Ruiz has designed a t-shirt and a limited edition silkscreened poster for the Shred Yr Face tour, both of which will be available at the shows and at Coalition stores. So get down there early and bag your own piece of history.

Lars : The Customer Is Always Wrong

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(above  :  not Lars Ulrich)

“Like DethKlok,” writes Wired’s Elliot Van Bushrick, “Metallica has its every action scrutinized to an extent other bands can only dream of, as if one misstep by the group were capable of causing a worldwide economic meltdown.” Or perhaps, they’re even worse at coping with public criticism than a certain independent record label?

The band’s loquacious drummer Lars Ulrich says fans need to quit bellyaching, accept the released version of the ‘Death Magnetic’ and stop signing an over 12,000 names-strong petition to have the album re-mixed and re-released.

Ulrich told Blender, “Listen, there’s nothing up with the audio quality. It’s 2008, and that’s how we make records. [Producer] Rick Rubin’s whole thing is to try and get it to sound lively, to get it sound loud, to get it to sound exciting, to get it to jump out of the speakers. Of course, I’ve heard that there are a few people complaining. But I’ve been listening to it the last couple of days in my car, and it sounds fuckin’ smokin’.”

He said that in the online world, negative comments reverberate stronger than positive ones. “The Internet gives everybody a voice, and the Internet has a tendency to give the complainers a louder voice. Listen, I can’t keep up with this shit. Part of being in Metallica is that there’s always somebody who’s got a problem with something that you’re doing: ‘James Hetfield had something for breakfast that I don’t like.’ That’s part of the ride.”