Archive for the 'matador artifacts' Category
By Gerard on Friday, February 24th, 2012
(I really don’t see the resemblance)
Back in early January WE SHOCKED THE MUSIC WORLD with news of a $1.98 Matador/True Panther Sounds sampler LP including (mostly) new songs from The Young, Ceremony, Lee Ranaldo Tanlines, Perfume Genius, Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks, Fucked Up, Girls, Cold Cave, Esben and The Witch and Kurt Vile. It’s come to our attention that a) there’s a few stragglers out there who’ve yet to order this limited edition LP, and b) some of you either trashed your record players or simply prefer music in digital form.
So here’s the deal —
you can still order the vinyl version from The Matador Store or hound your local retailer who might’ve filed it in THE $2 BIN. Failing that, here’s a free download of the entire compilation. You’re welcome!
V/A – Intended Play (zip)
By Gerard on Thursday, July 14th, 2011
July 26 marks the 5th anniversary of the Matablog’s public debut (after MONTHS of beta-testing), truly a day in that will go down in rock / internet history as the moment blogging finally came to fruition as
letting you know about record release parties in cities thousands of miles away a force for social change. Over these past 5 years, the Matablog has gone from being the #7 or #8 most widely read source for news and information about this label to being somewhere in the top 3 or 4. It is, however, the number one source of information concerning whatever Patrick has concocted in his well-stocked kitchen that weekend, and if you think you’re gonna get that kind of content from Paste or Metal Sludge.com, think again.
Though I realize many of you would like to credit me alone for the Matablog’s wild success (and I thank each of you for the cards, letters and fruit baskets that arrived today, especially the videogram from former NY Gov. Elliot Spitzer) it couldn’t have happened without the hard work, insight, and passion for THE TRUTH the Matador and Beggars staffs bring to the table, nor without the contributions from our family of recording artists. It is my fervent hope that in the days to come, the Matablog will continue to serve as a beacon of light in the otherwise dreary world of rock biz puffery. Frankly, I’d settle for Todd Netter not referring to it as “Mata-blog”, but perhaps that’s something we can target after the 10th anniversary.
Anyhow, enough with all of that insider-baseball bullshit. There’s no point celebrating a big anniversary without a party, and this weekend Matador has Thurston Moore, Cold Cave and Kurt Vile all appearing at our Matablog 5th Anniversary Bash in Chicago’s Union Park. I realize there’s a bunch of non-Matador artists on the bill ; there might even be banners atop the stages that fail to mention the actual name of the festival, but that’s ok. Not every record label blog is magnanimous enough to share their weekend in the sun with others, but after all this time you oughta know that we’re all about inclusion. Here’s to five (hundred) more years!
By Gerard on Monday, March 2nd, 2009
….but if you were cleaning up all the jpgs on your desktop and happened to come across a photo of Matmos’ Drew Daniel a) wearing a Burzum tee and b) standing in front of what appears to be A BURNED DOWN CHURCH, what would you do?
That’s right. You’d post the pic to the Matablog. Enjoy your monday.
By Dean on Friday, February 6th, 2009
Carry your Matador records around town with fear of dog-earing NO LONGER. We’ve done a lot of vinyl specials recently so now we’re doing a special vinyl container deal.
The bags are size large Dickies record bags with front clip and flap closure, inner and outer pockets and organizers, top handle and adjustable strap. Featuring a high quality embroidery of the Matador logo. They come in black, powder blue, and steel blue.
If you order one of our new, really awesome record bags, plus a piece of vinyl from the store you get free shipping anywhere in the US or Canda. Just enter “lovevinyl” in the promo code line during checkout and you’ll be good to go.
By Patrick on Monday, January 26th, 2009
Here are both sides of a label catalog that was published on LP innersleeves in our early days. Click on the images to see a larger and more readable version.
By Patrick on Tuesday, November 11th, 2008
Click on image for larger view.
This is the one-sheet for Superchunk‘s second album, OLE-035, No Pocky For Kitty, now available on Merge. A one-sheet is industryspeak for a retail sell-sheet. They are to be distinguished from bios, which are directed at press and tend to be more serious (and more frequently vetted by bands, if not actually written by them). A one-sheet is supposed to grab a frazzled buyer’s attention and say “order this record in quantity” with quick and catchy reasons why. It is not a place to meditate on music or art, which is not to say we haven’t done that on occasion.
This one-sheet was probably written by Johan Kugelberg, Matador’s first sales director.
By Patrick on Monday, November 10th, 2008
Here is part one of an occasional series on Matador artifacts from our history. The Matador Profiles ad series (recently resurrected) ripped off the Creem Profiles ads from the 1970s, which in turn ripped off the Dewars Profiles ads from that period and earlier. Click on the image for a legible version.
Here you can see the ultra-suave Michael Cudahy, singer and main songwriter in Boston’s Christmas, whose album Vortex we released in 1993 (by which time the band had relocated to Las Vegas). Later he was in Combustible Edison, over whom we will politely draw a curtain. He also nearly beat Jeopardy contestant Ken Jennings, the 17-show champ, on June 25, 2004. In the early 1980s he helped start the legendary artist-owned label Propeller Records, which released important records by the Dangerous Birds, V;, the Neats, Art Yard, CCCP-TV and many others. (Sadly the Propeller masters were all destroyed in a disastrous fire at Cudahy’s house in Allston many years ago, so HA HA there will be no digital reissues.)