FAQ

I'm having a problem with the MP3 download coupon that came with my vinyl LP.

First, please doublecheck that you are entering the UPC (barcode) number fully and exactly, and that you are entering the code exactly. The UPC (barcode) has 12 digits total, and always begins with a 7. The code is case-sensitive. Please make sure that you are not confusing l's with 1's and capital-O's with 0's in both the UPC (barcode) and the code.

If after doublechecking all this, you are still unable to make the download work, please email adam@matadordirect.com.

I've got an issue with a missing and/or damaged mail order..

Please contract adam@matadordirect.com

Where do I send my demos/singles/CD’s etc. ?

Preferably to another label with a smaller roster and/or more time to process such items. We are sorry to say that we no longer accept unsolicited demo submissions. We understand that this sounds terribly pretentious and though at least one (possibly two) of us are terribly pretentious, we are just trying to be fair. We don't have enough time or hands to properly process all of the packages we receive. Rather than let a serious fire hazard develop in our cramped offices (and rather than waste your time and energy), we strongly discourage you from sending us your demo/single/cd etc. unless we have sought you out and requested one. Thank you.

How about if I send you links to my MP3’s or web pages? Do you look at those any faster than you open packages?

Please, don't do this. We appreciate that many talented artists are trying to be heard, but sending us email about your MP3 files is not the way to do it. When people get pushy with us, we tend to ignore them. If this means we run the risk of missing out on some tremendous new sounds, so be it. You've probably missed out on something really great once or twice before in your life, but you haven't let that drive you insane. Please allow us that luxury, too!

How do I get promotional copies of new releases for my blog/magazine/school paper/conspiracy-obsesses newsletter?

If you're in the US, send writing samples to the attention of Catherine Herrick, Matador Records, 304 Hudson Street, New York, NY, 10013.

If you're in the UK, please send writing samples to the attention of Stuart Davie, Matador Records, 17-19 Alma Road, London SW18 1AA.

Does Matador have an internship program?

Yup. If you're in the New York area, send your resume to Angelica Pasquini, Matador Records, 304 Hudson Street, New York, NY 10013. Internships are for a) personal satisfaction b) experience c) whatever, make up your own reason... i.e. no money. And you must be living in the New York area.

Is Matador hiring?

No. That would require someone else being fired or suffering a severe injury and we know you wouldn’t be rooting for that sort of thing.

I'm having a problem with ordering something from The Matador Store. Who should I contact?

Please send all customer service questions, problems or complaints to store@matadorrecords.com.

I would like to have a meeting with you to discuss your company's new media strategy.

Yes, we're sure you would!

I was watching “The Gossip Show” on E! Entertainment Television, and one of the reporters was mentioning something about these new hair accessories — I think she called them Fairy Dust. They are little singular rhinestones which attach in your hair with velcro somehow!! She said they come in a package of 8. She said something about the place that sold them, which had the word “ice” in the title, but I didn’t hear the whole thing!! These hair gems are so cute, and I would love to have some. If you know what I’m talking about, or where I can purchase these, pleease e-mail me!! I would really appreciate the help. Thanks!

Sorry, but per the terms of our 1998 extrication from Capitol Records, we can no longer offer any information about Fairy Dusts.

I’ve just made a low budget/student film and I want to use some matador music to show the movie at Film Festival what should I do?

Download this Word doc, fill it out, and email it to Brigitte Green or fax it (212) 995-5883.

Who do I contact about using Matador music in a studio, film, television program or advertisement?

Brigitte Green can be reached at Beggars Group, 304 Hudson Street, NY, NY 10013 U.S.

I am an inner city English teacher, and my students are reading George Orwell's 1984. I am having a difficult time explaining communism, socialism and fascism to my students without giving a full-blown, time-consuming history lesson. I recall you printed a humorous column some time ago explaining these concepts using cows as examples. Will you please print it again for my students?

Sorry. Let this serve as a cautionary tale to everyone that sometimes hard drives crash and it is possible to lose your best work.

I’ve got a show on a radio station and I want free stuff. Who do I contact?

If you're in the US, email a playlist of your most recent non-comm AAA or college show to Hector Montes, and he’ll think about it. Also include a cover note stating what Matador artists you are particularly interested in. NOTE: If you are a college radio DJ, please check with your music director or program director first to make sure you are not already on the Matador mailing list. We have a strict policy of one promo CD per radio station, and those generally are sent to the music department, except in rare circumstances.

If you're a commercial radio programmer in the US, please contact Risa Lawrenson.

If you're in the UK, please send the same information to our European office's general info address.

What are Matador’s criteria for signing new artists?

Exactly inexact. We've committed to concentrating on artists we're fans of, however it simply isn't possible to work with every artist we're fans of. Believe us, we've tried.

Does Matador sign artists from the U.K. or Europe?

Yes. We’ll sign someone from Mars if we like their music enough.

I’ve just turned 17 and was recently scouted by a famous modeling agency. My problem is that I’m a late developer and I’ve got barely any facial hair. All my friends are shaving daily now, but not me. I’m scared it’s going to get in the way of my modeling career if I can’t produce a five o’clock shadow for the macho shots. Is there any cream or lotion I could rub in? I know everyone develops at different rates but 17 is a bit late, isn’t it?

Facial hair is often the last male sexual characteristic to develop. Most men aren’t shaving daily until they’re 19 or 20 and many men don’t develop full facial hair until their 30s. Modeling agencies want people who reflect the real world and one thing which makes young men attractive is that they don’t yet suffer from a five o’clock shadow. We’d be astonished if your clean-shaven good looks stood in the way of a modeling career. There are no lotions to quicken hair growth but a moisturizer will help to keep your skin looking baby soft.

How did Matador begin? What has happened since?

The label began in 1989 when Chris Lombardi dragged the Austrian duo H.P. Zinker into Wharton Tiers’ Fun City studio to record OLE-001, '...and there was light'. Run out of Chris’ New York apartment, Lombardi added artists such as the Dustdevils, Railroad Jerk and Superchunk to the initial roster. Joined by longtime Homestead Records manager Gerard Cosloy in 1990 (and subsequently, current label president Patrick Amory a few years later), Matador experienced its first taste of crazed media attention & big sales with the North American release of Teenage Fanclub’s debut long-player, 'A Catholic Education', though that was just the start of a long running, PG-13 tale that shows no signs of becoming any easier to follow. Initially known as the label that helped bring Pavement, Liz Phair and The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion to prominence, Matador would later assume a role in the recording careers of Yo La Tengo, Chavez,Pizzicato Five, Cat Power, Interpol, Belle and Sebastian, Mogwai, Kurt Vile, The New Pornographers, Jay Reatard, Fucked Up, Ceremony, Sonic Youth, Perfume Genius, Esben and the Witch, Iceage, Savages and many others.

In 2002, Matador joined forces with the UK's Beggars Group. Beggars purchased 50% of Matador.

Matador continues to do its own wholly independent A&R, art, production and direct-store distribution. The label continues to be run by Patrick Amory, Chris Lombardi and Gerard Cosloy.

In partnership with Dean Bein, Matador owns True Panther Sounds, the imprint that's brought the world exceptional records from Girls, Tanlines, Delorean, Glasser and many others.

Through our partnership with Beggars and under the supervision of our UK based label manager Natalie Judge, we've made great progress in Europe over the last several years, including, but not limited to our representation of UK and European based artists.

Throughout the label’s history, Matador has been a champion of artistic freedom, diversity and innovation. The label’s catalog and release schedule reflect the tastes of the company’s owners, Lombardi, Cosloy and Amory, and their longstanding commitment to sharing the music they love with as many others as possible.

I worked with a guy that had a 2002? or so chevy silverado and it had a rare factory option, a pro-tec composite bed, Im not sure if it was fiberglass or what but it was all plastic, the bed, the tailgate the sides, the whole shot. the whole point was supposed to be that it was lighter than a steel bed so you could haul more weight. I have seen a few other that had this option, the best way to spot them is the tailgate, the tailgates on pro-tec bed trucks have raised embossed lettering, with a tiny pro-tec badge on the gate.

I don't know how much the option cost or how rare it it, but I haven't seen many. The other vehicle I can think of is a ford tempo with power drivers seat.

OK, this really isn't a question.

Who distributes Matador?

Matador Distributor Information - A list of the companies that distribute Matador to record stores across the world.

Matador Friendly Stores List - ¡Viva La Independent! These stores have most of our records, most of the time.

Online & Mail Order Information - Buy directly from Matador through the Matador Store!

Who owns Matador?

Matador is half-owned by label founder Chris Lombardi, co-owner Gerard Cosloy, and president Patrick Amory, and half by Beggars Group.

Yuck is awesome, when is their new album coming out?

Yes, they are great, aren't they? But you’re thinking of Fat Possum. We don’t have anything to do with them.

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