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
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

Amen Dunes – Freedom

Tierra Whack – Whack World
Julia Holter – Aviary

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


The Terror
The Americans

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

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

GAS – Tennessee Theatre, Knoxville TN

Marie Davidson – “Working Class Woman”

Hiro Kone – “Pure Expenditure”

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.

Nico, 1988


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.

Lana Del Rey vs Azalea Banks

Castelmola, Sicily

Caffe Bar Turrisi, Castelmola, Sicily
(honourable mention to the Air BnB in Chinatown NYC for the suitcase full of dildos hidden beneath the couch)

Mouth Your Body, Show Nightclub, NYC, April 27-28

Bushwick A/V, NYC, April 28

Kachka, Portland OR

Cheesesteak @ Old Pink, Buffalo NY

Rebound, Athens, Greece

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

THEE OH SEES – Smote Reverser

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

THE GUILTY by Gustav Möller
WOMAN AT WAR by Benedikt Erlingsson
GIRL by Lukas Dhont

DAVID BYRNE at The Paris Philharmonie
RYLEY WALKER at Point Ephémère
JON HOPKINS at Trianon


Cycling through the Apuseni natural park in Transylvania

Nick Boyd, b4 Sounds / Beggars Group

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]

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
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 

- 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)


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)


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
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
Iceage- Beyondless
IDLES- Joy as an Act of Resistance.

(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
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


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)
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:
Better Things
Killing Eve
Marvelous Mrs Maisel
My Brilliant Friend
The Assassination of Gianni Versace


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)

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
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!

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

EVERYTHING IS RECORDED “Everything Is Recorded”
ICEAGE “ Beyondless”
MARIANNE FAITHFULL “Negative Capability”

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”
JACK WHITE “Why Walk A Dog?”
THOM YORKE “Suspirium”
MARK RONSON feat. Miley Cyrus “Nothing Breaks Like A Heart”

Beyonce & Jay Z @San Siro

Laura Lyons, Beggars Group

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


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


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

Khruangbin – Con Todo El Mundo

Jon Hopkins – Singularity
Snail Mail – Lush
Emilie Nicolas – Tranquille Emile
Gang Gang Dance – Kazuashita
Fay Wildhagen – Borders
Blood Orange – Negro Swan
Kurt Vile – Bottle It In
Gundelach – Baltus
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


Abby Rubin, Beggars Group

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


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
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


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

John Peel – remembered

Today marks 10 years since the passing of John Peel, a man who opened the BBC radio airwaves for bands and artists outside the remit of the stations “regular” programming and opened the minds of thousands listening at home to sounds they otherwise may have never heard. One of the original BBC Radio 1 DJs, throughout his 5-decade spanning career he never showed no signs of slowing down and his influence on (the good part) of modern music is immeasurable.

As a small tribute to the many Matador bands who recorded a Peel Session over the years, we’ve compiled a selection of some of the session that made it on to YouTube, (many – including The Fall, Wisdom Of Harry and Pretty Girls Make Graves – haven’t) and there’s a full archive of all the Peel sessions over at the BBC Website: http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio1/johnpeel/sessions/.

Featuring: Cat Power, Interpol, Yo La Tengo, Pavement, Belle and Sebastian, Sonic Youth, Mogwai, The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, Solex, Unsane, Arab Strab, Unwound, Guided By Voices, Superchunk, Techno Animal and Boards Of Canada.


Alumni Corner : Help Marcellus Hall Complete His New Album

There’s few reading this who didn’t have their adolescence or adulthood dramatically improved by the songs of Railroad Jerk / White Hassle founder Marcellus Hall. Following a fantastic solo LP in 2011, ‘The First Line’,, he’d like to put the finishing touches on another masterpiece, but (see above) your assistance would be appreciated..


In addition, here’s a trailer for Hall’s new children’s book, ‘Everyone Sleeps’.

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

(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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Hear A.C. Newman’s ‘Shut Down The Streets’ a week before it’s out

It’s out October 9, but today you get a first listen at A.C. Newman’s third solo effort ‘Shut Down The Streets’ Do yourself a favor and check out what in our completely unbiased opinion we believe to be 10 of the best songs ever put to tape. Then, do your friends a favor and send them this link. Carl, via a blogging on the Huffington Post, sez:

Here is my album, Shut Down The Streets. Maybe you know me from The New Pornographers, and you may recognize Neko Case’s voice in these songs, you may even think “This one sounds so much like a New Pornographers song” and you may ask yourself “Who the hell are the New Pornographers?” All that aside, this album is all about birth, death, happiness and sadness, chronicling a time in my life where all those things had to learn to coexist side by side. There was that and a sudden obsession with the song “Baker Street” by Gerry Rafferty. That led to an obsession with the psychedelic sounds of the late 70s singer songwriter. So my most personal songs ever somehow made the most sense when I played them in a mutated version of an outdated style from my childhood. That’s just how things go.

You can own ‘Shut Down The Streets’ on the LP, CD or digital formats next Tuesday. Grab it at The Matador Store (first 300 LP’s are on green vinyl) or at your favorite music retailler.

See it live:

10/8 – Brooklyn, NY @ The Rock Shop (FREE RECORD RELEASE PARTY – a live performance, full album playback, drink specials, album giveaways, + more!)

10/21 – Toronto, ON @ Lee’s Palace (Exclaim! 20th Anniversary Concert Series)
10/22 – New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom
10/23 – Allston, MA @ Brighton Music Hall
10/24 – Hoboken, NJ @ Maxwell’s
10/25 – Philadelphia, PA @ First Unitarian Church
10/26 – Washington DC @ Black Cat
10/27 – Durham, NC @ Motorco Music Hall
10/28 – Atlanta, GA @ The Earl
10/29 – St. Louis, MO @ Duck Room at Blueberry Hill
10/30 – Chicago, IL @ The Empty Bottle
11/1 – St. Paul, MN @ Turf Club
11/2 – Winnipeg, Canada @ West End Cultural Centre
11/5 – Edmonton, Canada @ Starlite Room
11/6 – Calgary, Canada @ The Republik
11/8 – Vancouver, BC @ The Biltmore Cabaret (Exclaim! 20th Anniversary Concert Series)*
11/9 – Seattle, WA @ The Crocodile*
11/10 – Portland, OR @ Doug Fir Lounge*
11/12 – San Francisco, CA @ The Independent*
11/13 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Echoplex*
11/14 – San Diego, CA @ The Casbah*

*with special guest Harriet

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(‘Shut Down The Streets’ is coming out in



Lee Ranaldo on tour, online, and on our mind

Because the haze of summer dayz has taken hold, it’s time to remind everyone that Lee Ranaldo starts up an East Coast tour with Wilco tomorrow night at Wolf Trap in Virginia. This summer tour has Lee in NYC next week for a Celebrate Brooklyn show at Prospect Park and a spot on the line-up at WXPN’s XPoNential Festival in Philly (technically Camden), among a number of other shows listed below.

We’re also happy to be able to share with you a brand new Rolling Stone session that Lee did with his full band (Steve Shelley, Alan Licht, and Irwin Menken). It launched today, and it’s definitely worth checking out! CLICK HERE TO DO SO

Tue, July 17 – Vienna, VA – Wolf Trap*
Wed, July 18 – Vienna, VA – Wolf Trap*
Thu, July 19 – Charlottesville, VA – nTelos Wireless Pavillon*
Sat, July 21 – Camden, NJ – XPoNential Music Festival*
Tue, July 24 – Brooklyn, NY – Celebrate Brooklyn @ Prospect Park*
Fri, July 27 – Hudson, NY – Basillia Hudson
Sat, July 28 – Cooperstown, NY – Brewery Ommegang*
Sun, July 29 – Essex Junction, VT – Midway Lawn @ Champlain Valley Expo*
Mon, July 30 – Portland, ME – SPACE Gallery
Tue, July 31 – New London, CT – Hygenic Art Park
Wed, Aug 1 – Hartford, CT – Bushnell Theatre*
Fri, Aug 3 – Rochester, NY – Highland Bowl @ Highland Park*
Sat, Aug 4 – Columbus, OH – Lifestyle Communities Pavillion*

* = supporting Wilco

A.C. Newman covers “Hey, That’s No Way To Say Goodbye”

In case you were wondering what A.C. Newman‘s been up to during the slight lull the New Pornographers’ heavy road-warrioring behind 2010’s excellent ‘Together‘… well, what we can tell you is he’s just recorded this great cover of Leonard Cohen’s “Hey, That’s No Way To Say Goodbye”. Watch it below, and knowing Carl, we can be sure there’s probably a lot more in the pipeline.

If Something Great Comes Out In The Next 17 Days, We Don’t Wanna Know ; Matador Artists, Staff & Pals Tie A Bow Around 2011

(trusty 2011 Matador ballot counters voice displeasure over management cancelling a game that required them to drink 27 shots each time Total Control received a vote)

The whole year-end Best-Of thing has gotten completely out of hand. For starters, I hear Sub Pop published theirs on Labor Day. Spin’s list featured 4 albums from the same NYC indie in their top 11 ; even Vladimir Putin thinks there’s something screwy going on.  Still, even though such polls reek of patronage and self-congratulation, some traditions die hard around here.  And without further ado, we present the 2011 edition of “Hey Check Us Out, We Like Cool Stuff”.  It is our fervent hope that after scanning these lists, you’ll never again question our cultural superiority find a hidden gem or two thoroughly ignored by the mainstream media. Or failing that, you won’t resent us too much.  On behalf of the entire Matador Records family, we thank you for making 2011 one of the least litigious in our history, and here’s hoping 2012 is equally crammed with joyous milestones (weddings, births, elective plastic surgeries). Though I’d settle for a new Cat Power album.   Lists after the jump ;

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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.

Cold Cave summer mix tape and summer tour

Last week on their website, COLD CAVE’s Wesley Eisold posted a pretty spectacular mix of “songs for the summer”; a playlist containing sounds ranging from pure pop to avant garde, some familiar and some obscure, somehow all tied together loosely for this season and certainly worthy of repeat listens.

Check it out here.

This digital mixtape also rings in the kick off of Cold Cave’s summer tour, which starts at The Knitting Factory in Brooklyn tomorrow should likely hits your town thereafter.

And hey, check this space tomorrow for even more exciting Cold Cave content.

Tuesday, July 12 – Brooklyn, NY — Knitting Factory (Cult of Youth Supports) – Tickets
Wednesday, July 13 – Montreal, QC –  La Sala Rossa (Cult of Youth Supports) – Tickets
Thursday, July 14 – Toronto, ON — Legendary Horseshoe Tavern (Cult of Youth Supports) – Tickets
Friday, July 15 – Detroit, MI — Magic Stick (Cult of Youth Supports) – Tickets
Saturday, July 16 – Chicago, IL — Pitchfork Festival
Sunday, July 17 – Minneapolis, MN — Varsity Theater (Cult of Youth Supports) – Tickets
Monday, July 18  — Fargo, ND  — The Aquarium (Cult of Youth Supports) – Tickets
Thursday, July 21 – Vancouver, BC — Biltmore Cabaret (Austra Supports) – Tickets
Friday, July 22 – Portland, OR — Doug Fir Lounge (Austra Supports) – Tickets
Saturday, July 23 – Seattle, WA – Capitol Hill Block Party
Monday, July 25 – San Francisco, CA — Great American Music Hall (Austra Supports)
Tuesday,  July 26 –  San Diego, CA — Casbah  (Austra Supports) – Tickets
Wednesday, July 27 – Los Angeles, CA — Los Angeles Ukranian Center (Austra Supports)
Friday, July 29 – Salt Lake City – Urban Lounge (Austra Supports) – Tickets
Saturday, July 30 – Denver – Bluebird Theater (Austra Supports) – Tickets
Sunday, July 31 — Omaha NE  — Waiting Room    (Austra Supports) – Tickets
Monday,  August 1  – Saint Louis, MO  — Firebird (Austra Supports)
Tuesday,   August 2  — Cleveland,  OH — Grog Shop  (Austra Supports) – Tickets
Thursday, August 4 – Washington, DC — Rock N Roll Hotel (Austra Supports) – Tickets
Friday, August 5 – Philadelphia, PA — Voyeur (Austra Supports)
Saturday, August 6 – New York, NY — Bowery Ballroom – Tickets (Austra Supports)

Ted Leo…The Ultimate Deal

So Crazy Eddie’s opened it’s doors 40 years ago (1971 for the math impaired) in Brooklyn, New York. Today, and TODAY ONLY, Amazon MP3 and Ted Leo are offering up his critically lauded and commonly embraced, album from last year, The Brutalist Bricks, for just $3.99.  Yes you read that right, $3.99.  Coincidence?  Probably (thanks Wikipedia), but that really misses the point…YOU’D BE CRAZY NOT TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THIS.  Visit Amazon today for a great deal!

Also for all you West Coasters, remember that Ted’s one man show is headed your way this week.  For other parts of the country he’ll see you in April + May.

And we’re also pleased to announce that Ted will be performing at SXSW, solo style, as well:

Sun, 3/13 – The Mohawk – Barbarian Group/Stumble Upon Party

Mon, 3/14 – Venue 222 – Wearcast Party

Wed, 3/16 – The Swan Dive – Brooklyn Vegan Showcase

Thu, 3/17 – French Legation Museum – Other Music Day Party

Fri, 3/18 – The Mohawk – Flower Booking / Onion A.V. Club / Canvas Media Party

Ted Leo tours the US solo style!

We just wanted to remind everyone of some good news.  If you live on the West Coast then Ted Leo is coming to visit on a run of solo tour dates later this month.  Fear not though for all who live east of the Pacific Ocean, Ted loves you too and has just announced another series of solo US tour dates, slated for late April/early May.  Please visit Ted’s site for more details about his upcoming tour dates and hopefully we’ll see you at one of these shows!

Sat, 2/19 – Los Angeles, CA – Skybar at Mondrian Hotel –

Sun, 2/20 – Los Angeles, CA – Center for the Arts Eagle Rock

Wed, 2/23 – Riverside, CA – The Barn @ UC Riverside

Thu, 2/24 – San Francisco, CA – Bottom of the Hill (Noise Pop Festival)

Fri, 2/25 – Seattle, WA – U of Washington

Sat, 2/26 – Portland, OR – BackSpace Cafe

Wed, 4/27 – Boston, MA – Brighton Music Hall

Thu, 4/28 – Dover, NH – Dover Brickhouse

Fri, 4/29 – Hamden, CT – The Space

Sat, 4/30 – Scranton, PA – The Vintage Theater

Sun, 5/1 – Philadelphia, PA – Kung Fu Necktie

Tue, 5/3 – Pittsburgh, PA – Andy Warhol Museum

Wed, 5/4 – Cleveland, OH – B-side Liquor Lounge

Thu, 5/5 – Chicago, IL – Schubas Tavern

Fri, 5/6 – Madison, WI – The Terrace

Sat, 5/7 – Iowa City, IA – Gabe’s

Sun, 5/8 – St Louis, MO – Off Broadway

Wed, 5/11 – Atlanta, GA – Drunken Unicorn

Thu, 5/12 – Chapel Hill, NC – Local 506

Esben takeover Drowned in Sound

Today you’ll find Esben and the Witch occupying Drowned In Sound in one of the more peaceful takeovers currently taking place.  The band are all over the website with essays discussing a range of influences, from the location of the photo shoot for the Violet Cries artwork, to the power of lyrics and creative writing, memories of their favourite film scores and their personal discovery of the great Scott Walker.

The band started their UK tour last night in Bristol to a sell-out crowd and tonight they play their hometown show in Brighton, before continuing around the UK and Europe, then crossing the pond for shows around the US and Canada, including a stop at SXSW in March.

Violet Cries was released yesterday in the UK and Europe and is available as of Feb 8th everywhere else. If you’re still waiting for its release you can still get yourself the album on pre-order for just $10 over at the Matador store or check a preview of the album at the bands website.

Esben & The Witch album premiere

so it was 6 degrees F (-14 Celsius) when I left for the office this morning.  A crisp, bright, and beautiful winter morning.  Admittedly I’m in quite a positive head space for a frigid, January, Monday morning but I digress.  Esben & The Witch appear to be in an equally friendly mood this winter’s day and have premiered their debut album Violet Cries, in full, via Stereogum

and if you missed it last week, please be sure to check out Esben & The Witch’s second music video “Warpath” and remember they’ll be touring throughout Europe and the US this February + March.

Mon, 1/31 Bristol, UK The Louisana
Tue, 2/1 Brighton, UK  Pavillion Theatre
Tue, 2/8 Birmingham, UK  Hare & Hounds
Wed, 2/9 London, UK  XOYO
Fri, 2/11 Brussels, BE  Botanique/Rotonde
Sat, 2/12 Amsterdam, NL  Paradiso
Mon, 2/14 Hamburg, DE  Molotow
Wed, 2/16 Copenhagen, SE  Loppen
Thu, 2/17 Berlin, DE  Comet
Sat, 2/19 Saint Malo, FR  Route Du Rock Festival
Mon, 2/21 Paris, FR  Point Ephemere
Thu, 3/3 Washington, DC Red Palace
Fri, 3/4 Brooklyn, NY The Bell House
Sat, 3/5 New York, NY Mercury Lounge
Sun, 3/6 Boston, MA Brighton Music Hall
Mon, 3/7 Philadelphia, PA Kung Fu Necktie
Tue, 3/8 Pittsburgh, OH Brillobox
Wed, 3/9 Akron, OH Musica
Thu, 3/10 Chicago, IL Empty Bottle
Fri, 3/11 Toronto, ON Wrongbar
Sat, 3/12 Denton, TX 35 Conferette
Sat, 3/19 Austin, TX Mess With Texas
Tue, 3/22 Los Angeles, CA Bootleg Theater
Wed, 3/23 San Francisco, CA Bottom of the Hill
Thu, 3/24 Portland, OR Mississippi Studios
Fri, 3/25 Seattle, WA Sunset Tavern
Sat, 3/26 Vancouver, BC The Waldorf Hotel

Man, Are We An Opinionated Bunch Or What? – Matador Artists, Staff & Associates Slam The Lid On 2010

There’s no shortage of publications, blogs, label websites, etc.,  running their own screwy lists of 2010’s top recordings, events, etc.   How is Matador’s annual entry any different?  Well for starters, our lists are much longer. Thanks for indulging us this year, folks.   The Best Of The Bests Ofs, right after THIS : Continue reading “Man, Are We An Opinionated Bunch Or What? – Matador Artists, Staff & Associates Slam The Lid On 2010”

Interpol – They’ll Be Seeing You In The Parking Lot

Next Tuesday, September 7 Interpol will be playing an exclusive event in the parking lot of Space 15 Twenty (1520 N. Cahuenga Blvd.) to kick off the release of their new self-titled album which drops that day.

Pre-order now or buy the album on 9/7 at any of the stores listed below* to receive a guaranteed-entry wristband to the event while supplies last.

*If you preorder the album online via the Matador Store, simply put “LA OUTSTORE” in the comments section to receive guaranteed entry while supplies last. Our guaranteed entry list is now full.

What they’re up to: Kathryn Calder, Mogwai, Dead Meadow, Matmos

Even though we’d been convinced that all that slaving away at the myriad marketing gimmicks, “promo opportunities” and general suffering we put bands through would leave us with some very exhausted talent, it turns out that these guys just can’t stop doing thangs… read on to see what some of our beloved have been up to.

Though she’s on tour with the New Pornographers, as we speak, Kathryn Calder just put the finishing touches on her new solo record.  On August 11 the world’ll be treated to ‘Are You My Mother?’ which features an all-star band featuring Neko, Kurt and Todd from The New Pornographers and a handful of other Canadian musical luminaries. Check File Under: Music for more info.

Mogwai will be releasing the pretty stunning looking live LP entitled, Special Moves’ to coincide with the release of their first live film ‘Burning’, which was filmed in Brooklyn during the band’s tour in support of ‘The Hawk Is Howling’ in April of 2009. Check Mogwai’s site for info on ordering the record and where you can catch screenings of ‘Burning’.

Dead Meadow shot by 3mmet

Following the release of their live-film, Dead Meadow released their second live album ‘Three Kings’ and soundtrack to aforementioned film, on the Xemu label in April.

Matmos and So Percussion shot by maggiemoo1

Matmos‘ Drew Daniel and Martin Schmitt have teamed up with So Percussion on a collaboration entitled ‘Treasure State‘ — expect to have your mind twisted on July 8. Cantaloupe Records sez: “The record had a complex gestation period: at the invitation of Brett Allen, the members of Matmos and So Percussion went to the SnowGhost Studios in Whitefish, Montana– the Treasure State which gives the album its title– and collaboratively generated the bulk of the songs. San Francisco plunderphonicist Wobbly then chopped and edited the results on several tracks, and finally, with frequent interventions from Matmos’ M. C. Schmidt, “fifth” So Percussion member and producer Lawson White overdubbed extra elements, processed, and mixed the results.” There’s a handful of live dates, to boot!