Our Annual Orgy of Self-Aggrandizement, Grandstanding & Overconsumption : Matador Artists & Staff Select Their 2014 Favorites
(above : coaches from "The Voice Of Italy" offer their congratulations to all of 2014's top contenders)
Around this time every year, your
For some historical perspective, here's last year's selections. Questions or comments about our predictable tastes and/or inexcuseable omissions are welcome (but not necessarily appreciated). And without further (Freddy) Adu, let the coronations of Protomartyr,Total Control, Sun Kil Moon and The War On Drugs begin :
Anthony Anzaldo, Ceremony
Lykke Li - I Never Learn
Total Control - Typical System
Prince - Art Official Age
Aphex Twin - Syro
Pharmakon - Bestial Burden
Zola Jesus - Dangerous Days
Lykke Li - Just Like A Dream
Total Control - Flesh War
Chromeo - Jealous
Ariana Grande - Problem
Prince at the Fox Theatre in Oakland
NIN at Shoreline Amphitheater in Mountain View
Gorilla Biscuits at Mohawk in Austin
Failure at the El Ray in Los Angeles
The Cure at Bottle Rock in Napa
James McNew, Yo La Tengo
Xetas, "The Knife" 7" (12XU)
Sloppy Heads, Do or Dangle cassette
Run The Jewels, RTJ2 (Fool's Gold)
Shintaro Sakamoto, Let's Dance Raw (Zelone/ OM)
Knyfe Hyts, K is for Knyfe (dropbox)
Spray Paint, Clean Blood Regular Acid (Monofonus Press)
Amps For Christ, Canyons Cars and Crows (Shrimper)
Salyu x Salyu, Bed Room Recordings CDR
$75 Bill, Olives In The Ears cassette
Rob Sonic, Alice in Thunderdome
Obnox, Louder Space (12XU)
Oneida/ People of The North "Brah Tapes" vol 1-4 cassettes
OOIOO, Gamel (Thrill Jockey)
1. Chloé Griffin - EDGEWISE : A Picture Of COOKIE MUELLER (b_books)
This book is an astounding labor of love. The author, fascinated by who Cookie Mueller may have been after witnessing her in all the weirdo John Waters films, including Pink Flamingos and Female Trouble, decided to travel the USA interviewing anyone still left alive who spent time with this person. All the insane characters of early 70s Baltimore, P-Town and NYC raise their sloshing glasses to this incredible lightning girl Cookie and all their stories are told in a way which creates a historical travelogue of counter culture avant insanity which is responsible for helping to light the fuse that becomes punk rock and beyond.
2. John Lydon at Rough Trade East 17th October 2014
The Rotten one was bopping around the UK promoting his new book Anger Is An Energy (Simon & Schuster) and we caught his last stop at RT and it was as good as any Sex Pistols or PiL show. He came out with his manager / right hand man and Arsenal accomplice Rambo and a shopping basket full of lager and proceeded to have a high energy back and forth with the audience. His mates from nearby Finsbury Park were there shouting back and forth and Lydon actually did a weird physical transformation into Tony Blair (he hates ‘im). Savage, infuriating – everything his book is – but with a kindness that is always burbling through. I got to meet him fleetingly, the one person I wanted to meet most in this nutso rock n roll world, and he was nice enuff (“Sonic Youth, what are you bloody doing here?”) - but I think he more interested in drowning beers with his pals, which is what he should be doing but damn I think making a record with him in trio with Irmin Schmidt with Can is what Matador should be investing in big time for 2015.
Andy Nelson, Ceremony
Aphex Twin - SYRO
Eno & Hyde - High Life
Francis Harris - Minutes Of Sleep
Future - Honest
Good Throb - Fuck Off
Grouper - Ruins
Hank Wood And The Hammerheads - Stay Home!!
Protomartyr - Under Color Of Official Right
Total Control - Typical System
Vladislav Delay - Visa
Big Zit - Electric Zit Vol. 1
Container - Adhesive
Flesh World - A Line In Wet Grass
Frau - Punk Is My Boyfriend
Golden Teacher - Party People
Pang - Young Professionals
Portable - Surrender
S.H.I. - Struggling Harsh Immortals
Sheer Mag - self titled
Watery Love - Sick People
Elias Ronnenfelt, Iceage
Dirty Beaches - Stateless
Pharmakon - Bestial Burden
Vessel - Punish, Honey
Hank Wood and the Hammerheads - Stay home
Puce Mary - Persona
Institute - Giddy Boys EP
Lower - Seek Warmer Climes
Total Control - Typical System
Anton Rothstein, Lower
What I definitely learned in 2014 is that money still runs the world, that racism is alive and kicking, and that cops in every aspect of the term, be it professionals or amateurs, still are the scum of the earth.
A short best of-list:
Best drummers: Joe Boyd-Brent of Condominium and Adam Kjær Nielsen of Reverie.
Best live band: Hank Wood and the Hammerheads.
Best people: Boat and Speedboat
Adrian Toubro, Lower
I guess, 2014 taught me that life is what you make it.
That positive energy is the mightiest force. It is also the most difficult energy to achieve
That i love my hometown
That i love Lissabon, Portugal
i realized that Oasis still haven’t been beaten in being the greatest band that ever existed.
AND a thousand other things i can’t remember now…
Patrick Amory, Matador Records
The J.B.'s - These Are The J.B.'s (TEG)
- Scott Walker and Sunn O))) - Soused (4AD)
- Steve Gunn - Way Out Weather (Paradise of Bachelors)
- Hailu Mergia and the Walias - Tche Belew (Awesome Tapes From Africa)
- The Velvet Underground - Super Deluxe 45th Anniversary Edition (Polydor/Universal)
- Ed Askew & Josh Burkett - Live on WFMU (Okraina)
- Sleaford Mods - Divide and Exit (Harbinger Sounds)
- Jef Gilson et Malagasy - Gilson et Malagasy (Jazzman)
- Death Wish - Death Wish (Disclaim Recordings)
- Sun Kil Moon - War On Drugs: Suck My Cock
Adam Bohl, Matador Direct
Personal highlights of 2014
Ringing in the new year in Australia, so many great animals there.
Inventing the best (double) mai tai recipe-
1oz Appleton Extra 12 year Jamaican rum
1oz Rhum Clement VSOP
1oz Rhum Barbancourt 8 year
1oz Smith and Cross Jamaican rum
1oz Pierre Ferrand Orange Curacao
2oz Lime juice
Float of Lemon Hart 151
Shake with lots of crushed ice and serve with lime shell and mint bouquet
Brooklyn Star mollasses brined pork chip
Favorite Art viewed:
Liesl Pfeffer - Asclepiadaceae, 2014
Favorite Sporting Moment:
Winning a third bowling league championship
The xx at the Park Avenue Armory
Tyvek at DBA
Chain and the Gang at Union Pool/Babys Allright
Music I enjoyed throughout the year, big/small/new/old
Flesh Eaters - A Moment To Pray A Second To Die
Angel Olson - Burn Your Fire For No Witness
Perfume Genius - Too Bright
V/A - Anthology Of American Folk Music vinyl box
Kim Deal - 7" series
Reigning Sound - Shattered
Turn To Crime - Can't Love
David Kilgour and the Heavy Eights - End Times Undone
Apache Dropout - Heavy Window
Old Testament - Old Testament
Smoke Bellow - Blooming/Middling
Obliterations - Poison Everything
White Fence - For The Recently Found Innocent
Chain and the Gang - Minimum Rock and Roll
Songs: Ohia - Didn't It Rain reissue
Steve Gunn - Way Out Weather
Obnox - Louder Space
The Young - Chrome Cactus
Ty Segall - Manipulator
Dean Bein, True Panther
Aby Ngana Diop - Liital (Awesome Tapes from Africa)
Adult Jazz- Gist Is (Spare Thought)
Ariana Grande - My Everything (Republic)
Beyoncé - Beyoncé (Columbia) [I know this was last year, but it came out after lists last year and it seems sacrilegious to not include it somewhere]
DJ Dodger stadium - Friend of Mine (FOF/Wedidit)
DJ Spoko - War God (Lit City Tracks)
Flying Lotus - You're Dead! (Warp)
Future Islands- Singles (4AD)
Kassem Mosse- Workshop 19 (Workshop)
Leon Vynehall- Music for the Uninvited (3024)
Lone - Reality Testing (R&S)
Mac Demarco - Salady Days (Captured Tracks)
Katie Pearl & Davinche – Unreleased Album (Self released)
Mica Levi – Under The Skin OST (Milan)
Objekt - Flatland (Pan)
Perfume Genius - Too Bright (Matador)
Popcaan – Where We Come From (Mixpak)
Real Estate -Atlas (Domino)
Rich Gang - Tha Tour Part 1 (Cash Money)
Schoolboy Q - Oxymoron (BDE)
SD Laika - That's Harakiri (Tri Angle)
Vessel - Punish Honey (Tri Angle)
War on Drugs – Lost In The Dream (Secretly Canadian)
V/A - I’m Just Like You: Sly Stone’s Flower Power 1969-70 (Light In The Attic)
YG - My Krazy Life (Def Jam)
Bankroll Fresh- Life of a Hot Boy
Dej Loaf- Sell Sole
Ethereal - Blackli$t
Goldlink - God Complex
KevinGates - By Any Means
Lil Bibby - Free Crack 2
Lil Durk - Signed to the Streets 2
Sauce Twinz - In Sauce we Trust
Sicko Mobb – Super Saiyan Vol.1
The Stand4rd - The Stand4rd
Travis Scott - Days Before Rodeo
Barnt - Chappel (Hinge Finger)
Cashmere Cat - Wedding Bells EP (
Chief Keef Where's Waldo (self-released)
Dark0 - Fate (Gobstopper)
Evian Christ- Waterfall (Tri Angle)
Gage- Telo (Crazylegs)
Heyqt - Heyqt (XL)
iloveMakonnen - Down So Long (Self-released)
Mumdance x Novelist “Take Time” (Rinse)
Nicki Minaj feat. Lil Herb “Chiraq”
OG Maco - U Guessed It (self-released)
Spooky Black - Reason (self-released)
SZA- Sobriety (BDE)
Tirzah - No Romance (Greco-Roman)
Fetty Wrap - Trap Queen
Steve Cross, Remote Control
20 Moments Of Pleasure
Amen Dunes - Lonely Richard
Ann Sorel - L'amour a Plusiers
Cher - A Woman's Story
Chris and Cosey - Dr John (Sleeping Stephen)
Copeland – Advice to Young Girls
Dean Blunt – Forever
Ernie Graham – Sebastian
Future Islands – Light House
G Wayne Thomas - Morning Of The Earth
Holly Herndon – Chorus
Kevin Coyne – The World Is Full Of Fools
King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard – Satan Speeds Up
Leslie Winer – John Says
Marie Davidson - Perte d'identité
New Gods – Caravan Park
Pearls - Big Shot
Perfume Genius – Fool
Sunbeam Sound Machine - Sailing Away
The Liminanas - I Miei Occhi Sono i Tuoi Occhi
The War On Drugs - An Ocean Between The Waves
Ty Segall - She Don't Care
Stuart Davie, Beggars Group
Ian William Craig - A Turn Of Breath
The War On Drugs - Lost In The Dream
Grouper - Ruins
Iceage - Plowing into the Field of Love
Total Control - Typical System
La Dispute - Rooms of the House
Alex G - DSU
Keaton Henson - Romantic Works
Sontag Shogun - Tale
Sun Kil Moon - Benji
Protomartyr - Under Color of Official Right
Caribou - Our Love
Tobias Jesso Jr in London
Ought @ The Old Blue Last
Belle and Sebastian @ Winfield House
Nils Frahm & Kurt Vile @ Village Underground
The War On Drugs @ Rickshaw Theatre
Queens of the Stone Age @ Reading Festival
The Imitation Game
Homeland season 4
Rian Fossett, Matador Records
Amen Dunes - Love
Andy Stott - Faith in Strangers
Bedhead - 1992-1998
Bing & Ruth - Tomorrow Was the Golden Age
Caribou - Our Love
Cleaners From Venus - Living with Victoria Grey
Fennesz - Venice 10th Anniversary
Frankie Cosmos - Zentropy
Grouper - Ruins
MINKS - Memory Graffiti
Total Control - Typical System
Unwound - No Energy
John Wick, Nightcrawler
Bron/Broen, Death Note, Les Revenants
Station Eleven - Emily St. John Mandel, My Misspent Youth - Meghan Daum,
Preacher: Book One - Garth Ennis
This majestic chameleon,
Harlow & Sage,
This particular Russian fox
Matt Harmon (Beggars Group)
Steve Gunn - Way out Weather [Paradise of Bachelors]
Protomartyr - Under Color of Official Right [Hardly Art]
Ensemble - Economique Melt Into Nothing [Denovali Records]
Ashley Paul - Heat Source [Important Recs]
Lee Gamble - KOCH [Pan]
Helena Hauff Meets Andreas Gehm EP [Solar One Music]
Jenny Hval & Susanna Meshes of Voice [SusannaSonata]
Skull Defekts - Street Metal [Thrill Jockey]
Ought - More Than Any Other Day [Constellation]
Jon Mueller & Duane Pitre - Inverted Torch [Type]
Andy Stott -Faith in Strangers [Modern Love]
NHK’Koyxen - Dance Classics Vol III [Pan]
Grouper - Ruins [Kranky]
William Tyler - Lost Colony EP [Merge]
Icepick - Hexane cassette [Astral Spirits]
Patrizia Oliva & Metabolismus - Noumenon cassette [self-released]
Natalie Judge, Matador Records
Viv Albertine - Clothes, Clothes, Clothes. Music, Music, Music. Boys, Boys, Boys.
20,000 Days on Earth - Directed by Iain Forsyth & Jane Pollard.
We Are The Best! - Directed by Lukas Moodysson (this actually came out last year, but i only saw it this year so i’m keeping it in.)
Protomartyr - Under Color Of Official Right.
Ariel Pink - Pom Pom.
Ought - More Than Any Other Day.
Caribou - Our Love.
The War on Drugs - Lost in the Dream.
Steve Gunn - Way Out Weather.
Total Control - Typical System.
Lana Del Ray - Ultraviolence.
LCD Soundsystem - The Long Goodbye.
House of Cards.
The American Ambassadors Reception.
Sleaford Mods @ 12 Bar, London.
Kate Bush @ Hammersmith Apollo, London.
New Office Light.
Belle & Sebastian open the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.
Jabberwocky weekend being saved by Kurt Vile, Thee Oh Sees, Ought, Iceage and many more.
The attendees of Coachella.
Being promised laser eye surgery, only to be told my eyes are too screwed to have it done.
Sonya Kolowrat, Beggars
Best things of 2014
1) Basilica Festival + Hudson, NY
2) John Darnielle's book Wolf In White Van
3) The Replacements at Forest Hills Stadium
5) Perfume Genius - "Too Bright"
6) Marchi's Restaurant NYC - they don't make them like this anymore.
7) Saltie's Scuttlebutt sandwich
8 John Lurie art opening at Cavin-Morris gallery
9) Dean Blunt
10) And of course, the Serial podcast
Annette Lee, 4AD
2014 's Highlights and Discoveries
Kate Bush @ Hammersmith Apollo
Getting an iPhone
Bitmoji app - the single greatest reason for having an iPhone
Liars @ Village Underground, London
Swans - To Be Kind
Cocktails In a snow-stormy NYC
Ultrabland by Lush
Berners Tavern, London
24 hours in Berlin with Future Islands
The Red Room bar at the Barbican, London (hooray for Barbican memberships)
Allpress Espresso Roastery, Shoreditch
Nakd bars (specifically Banana Bread and Cocoa Orange flavours)
Grayson Perry @ Royal Festival Hall, London
Julia Holter - Loud City Song
The sausage sandwiches from CWTCH aka Pig Vendor, Wandsworth (the hangover go-to place)
Bradford Cox - Teenage soundtrack (shit film, GREAT soundtrack)
The Plough, Clapton
Bounce balls (special shout out to the coconut academia and peanut butter versions)
Belfast weddings with eccentric parents (sadly not my own)
Tatu Ronkko + Efterklang @ giant asbestos-filled power station, Den Haag
Lana Del Rey - Ultraviolence
Ten-pin bowling with SOHN in Vienna
War On Drugs - Lost In The Dream
A weekend of feasting and beer in Brussels
Klara Lewis - Ett
Dolly Parton @ Glastonbury
Dinner at Beagle, Hoxton
Finally snapping up a copy of this at the Indie Label Market
Bijou Basket cocktails at Hoi Polloi @ Ace Hotel, London
Bohren & Der Club of Gore @ Grote Kerk, Den Haag
Elton John @ Palau Sant Jordi, Barcelona (I'm actually going this weekend, so this is preemptive)
The beach at Formentera
Tobias Jesso Jr. @ some random place in London Fields
Liars - Mess
Dave Martin, Matador Direct
1. Gotobeds - Poor People Are Revolting 12XU
2. Nude Beach - 77 Don Giovanni
3. Sweet Apple - The Golden Age of Glitter TeePee
4. Reigning Sound - Shattered Merge
5. Elisa Ambrogio - The Immoralist Drag City https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o3gRyyGZN9A
6. Mordecai - Neil’s Generator Richie Records
7. Cheater Slicks - Live Vol. 3 Columbus Discount Records
8. Connections - Into Sixes Anyway
9. Brain F? - Empty Set Sorry State / Grave Mistake
10. Watery Love - Decorative Feeding In the Red
11. Protomartyr - Under Color Of Official Right Hardly Art
12. Lower Plenty - Life/Thrills Mexican Summer
13. David Kilgour and the Heavy Eights - End Times Undone Merge
14. Dark Matter - S/T Siltbreeze
15. Obnox - Louder Space 12XU
16. The Darling Downs - In The Days When The World Was Wide Beast Records
17. J Mascis - Tied To A Star Sup Pop
18. Run The Jewels - 2 Mass Appeal
19. Mike Rep & Friends - Darby Creek Drifter 540 Records
20. Xylouris White - Goats Other Music Recording Co.
21. Hamish Kilgour - All Of It and Nothing Ba Da Bing
22. Dark Blue - Pure Reality Jade Tree
23. Eastlink - S/T In the Red
24. Ex Hex - Rips Merge
25. The Blind Shake - Breakfast of Failures Goner
Reissues or Archival Stuff:
1. Modey Lemon - House On the Hill & S/T Omentum Records/Mind Cure
2. Penny Arkade - Not The Freeze Sundazed
3. The Stroke Band - Green and Yellow Anthology Recordings
4. Savage Amused - Demo Mind Cure
5. Jack Ruby - Hit And Run AKA the two S/T LPs St. Cecilia / Feeding Tube
6. LiveFastDie - Hit Stains Almost Ready
7. Death of Samantha - If Memory Serves Us Well St. Valentine
8. Don Caballero - Five Pairs of Crazy Pants… Chunklet Industries
9. The Bats - Demo: 5-26-84 Mind Cure
10. Axemen - Derry Legend Luxury Product
11. Fugazi - First Demo Dischord
12. Bored Youth - Are You Alive 1982 Alona's Dream
13. Terminals - Singles and Sundries Ba Da Bing
14. Bent Wind - Sussex Ugly Pop
15. Ngozi Family - Day Of Judgement Now Again
16. The Bats - The Law Of Things Flying Nun
17. Peter Jefferies - Electricity Superior Viaduct
18. Spies Battle of Bosworth Terrace Siltbreeze
19. Thor’s Hammer - If You Knew… Ugly Pop!
20. X_____X - X__Sticky Fingers__X Ektro Recordings
21. X - Spurts: The 1977 Recordings & Aspirations Ugly Pop!
22. Dutch Masters - All In The Wires Spacecase Records
23. Breadwinner - Burner Merge
24. Necros - Live in ‘85 Jett Plastic Records
25. Jimi Hendrix - Hear My Music Dagger / Sony
7”s / 12”s / EPs
1. Gotobeds - New York’s Alright (If You Like Sex & Phones) b/w Prisoners Of Love Mind Cure
2. Deathwish - S/T 12" Disclaim
3. Ukiah Drag - Dirt Trip b/w Poison Ivy Wharf Cat
4. Watery Love - Sick People b/w I Don’t Care In The Red
5. S.O.A. - First Demo Dischord
6. Shock - EP 3 Shock
7. Jon Wahl and the Amadans - The Angst Blues of… Elastic Records
8. Deaf Wish - St. Vincent +3 Sub Pop
9. Giorgio Murder - Primitive World Goner
10. Whatever Brains - SSR 63/64 Sorry State
Major Stars / The Broke Revue @ Union Pool / The Gotobeds @ The Wick Nov. 29th
Death of Samantha @ Baby’s All Right May 29th
Mordecai / Watery Love / Endless Boogie @ Union Pool May 25th
Protomartyr / Spray Paint @ Cake Shop April 13th
Lower Plenty @ Baby’s All Right / Life Stinks @ Death By Audio Sept. 18th
Dick Diver/ Dark Blue @ Death By Audio Sept. 26th
JSBX / Pampers @ Union Pool March 20th
Cobra Verde @ The Marlin Room @ Webster Hall Nov. 8th
Deaf Wish / Ausmuteants / Pampers / Degreaser @ Death By Audio Oct. 2nd
Xylouris White @ Union Pool October 16th
Hana Mogulescu, Beggars
In no particular order some of my favorite things from 2014:
Angel Olsen - Burn Your Fire for No Witness
Primavera Sound Festival in Barcelona
Finally watching Twin Peaks after years of being told to do so. WHO KILLED LAURA PALMER?!
Tobias Jesso Jr playing in an airbnb in London and "someone's kitchen" in Brooklyn
Ringing in the new year while listening to Koreless and watching the sunrise over the ocean in Tulum
St Vincent - St Vincent. <3 you forever, Annie
Belle & Sebastian live at the American Ambassador's house in London, complete with an on-stage cameo from the one & only Gabe Spierer
Perfume Genius - Too Bright + all three incredible music videos that have come with it
Watching my best friend since I was 12 get married (cheesy, I know)
Sun Kil Moon - Benji
Hector Montes, Beggars Group
will this year just end already: the list
his name is alive - tecuciztecatl (london london)
the dead space - faker (12xu)
hookworms - the hum (weird world)
a winged victory for the sullen - atomos (kranky)
run the jewels - run the jewels 2 (mass appeal)
wild beasts - present tense (domino)
protomartyr - under cover of official right (hardly art)
total control - typical system (iron lung)
doss - the way i feel (acephale)
naomi punk - television man (captured tracks)
inventions - s/t (temporary residence)
Robby Morris, Matador Records
Ninos Du Brasil
Run The Jewels
Full-length Albums 2014 - A Sweet 16
Alice Gerrard, Follow the Music (Tompkins Square)
Joan Shelley, Electric Ursa (No Quarter)
Steve Gunn, Way Out Weather (Paradise of Bachelors)
Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks, Wig Out at Jagbags (Matador)
Hiss Golden Messneger, Lateness of Dancers (Merge)
Laura Cantrell, No Way There From Here (Thriftshop Recordings)
Hans Chew, Life and Love (At The Helm)
V/A, Parchman Farm: Photographs & Recordings, 1947-1958 (Dust to Digital)
Doug Paisley, Strong Feelings (No Quarter)
Yo La Tengo, Extra Painful (Matador)
Robyn Hitchcock, The Man Upstairs (Yep Roc)
The Spies, The Battle of Bosworth Terrace (Siltbreeze)
Einstürzende Neubauten, Lament (Mute)
Chris Forsyth & The Solar Motel Band, Intensity Ghost (No Quarter)
Tinariwen, Emmaar (PIAS)
V/A, When I Reach That Heavenly Shore: Unearthly Black Gospel (Tompkins Square)
This Changes Everything, Naomi Klein
Corruption in America, Zepher Teachout
Our Daily Poison: From Pesticides to Packaging, How Chemicals Have Contaminated the Food Chain and Are Making Us Sick, Marie-Monique Robin
DIY or Die!, Johan Kugelberg
Extracted: How the Quest for Mineral Wealth Is Plundering the Planet, Ugo Bardi
Power Systems, Noam Chomsky
Wild Tales: A Rock & Roll Life, Graham Nash
Mark Mothersbaugh: Myopia, Adam Lerner
Miwa Okumura, Beggars Senior VP, West Coast Operations & Licensing
Big Boys (re-issue) - Where’s My Towel/ Industry Standard LP
Spoon - They Want My Soul
The Horrors - Luminous
David Kilgour & The Heavy Eights - End Times Undone
Future Islands - Singles
The Flesh Eaters (re-issue) - A Minute To Pray A Second To Die LP
Caribou - Our Love
Perfume Genius-Too Bright
The War on Drugs - Lost In The Dream
The New Pornographers - Brill Bruisers
Boyhood -Richard Linklater
Snaking my way to the front to see The Replacements at Coachella.
Shot a Springfield Arms DP40, 40 Smith and Wesson and a Magpull M4 in Sun Valley, Idaho
The Bar Method (check that off my list)
GBV’s last LA show
Bobby Womack and Teenie Hodges RIP
Reuben Cox’s (Old Style) custom silver foil guitar.
Gonzalo Schiaffino, Everlasting / Popstock
IT’S NOT ONLY ROCK’N ROLL (BUT I LIKE IT) – My favourite albums in no particular order
BECK – Morning Phase
VARIOUS – Warfaring Strangers: Darkscorch Canticles
CHRIS ROBINSON BROTHERHOOD – Phosphorent Harvest
COLUMPIO ASESINO – Ballenas Muertas En San Sebastian
JOSEPH ARTHUR – Lou
JACK WHITE – Lazaretto
JOLLIE HOLLAND – Wine Dark Sea
THE APE – The Ape
TY SEGALL – Manipulator
NEW PORNOGRAPHERS – Brill Bruisers
PETER HAMMILL / GARY LUCAS – Other World
PERFUME GENIUS – Too Bright
HOLY SONS – The Fact Facer
SLEAFORD MODS – Divide And Exit
ANGEL OLSEN – Burn Your Fire For No Witness
ELISA AMBROGIO – The Inmoralist
FOXYGEN – And Star Power
ARIEL PINK – Pom Pom
BEST CONCERTS (You should be there…)
SAVAGES – Shoko (Madrid 20/2)
ROLLING STONES – Santiago Bernabeu (Madrid 25-6) *with my kids!
QOTSA – Primavera Sound (Barcelona)
TY SEGALL – Sala But (Madrid 27/10)
Helen Rush, Matador Direct
Shows: Jan 2014 – Dec 2014
Bill Nace, Okkuyng Lee & Chris Corsano – Jack
Stephen Malkmus & the Jicks – Other Music
Lee Ranaldo / Steve Gunn / Spectre Folk – The Bellhouse
Benefit For Letha Rodman Melchior: Endless Boogie, Crystal Stilts, Love As Laughter, The Rogers Sisters, August Wells, Rebecca Gaffney & Adrian Austin, Nurse & Soldier – Secret Project Robot
Tatsuya Nakatani: Nakantani Gong Orchestra – Jack
Ed Askew / Josephine Foster / Victor Herrero– Columbus Theatre – Providence RI
MV/EE – Baby’s All Right
Charlemagne Palestine (Solo Organ) - Plymouth Church/Issue Project Room
Ben Chasny – Baby’s All Right
Endless Boogie / Magik Markers – Union Pool
Kim Gordon & Okkung Lee – The Stone
Graham Lambkin / Devin DiSanto – Issue Project Room
Yoko Ono & Yo La Tengo - Union Pool
Elisa Ambrogio / Bill Nace / The Double – Union Pool
Jacco Gardner – Baby’s All Right
Prince Rupert’s Drops – Baby’s All Right
Heavy Blanket / Honey – Union Pool
Michael Chapman / Zachary Cale – Union Pool
Keijo Haino & Tony Conrad / Okkung Lee – Issue Project Room
Tim Barnes / Barry Weisblat – Silent Barn
Body/Head / Nate Young / Vanessa Rosetto – Union Pool
Holy Sons / Elisa Ambogio – Union Pool
Kim Gordon & Loren Mazzacane Connors / Gary War – Issue Project Room
Records: In No Particular Order (+ 2 from 2013)
Elisa Ambrogio - The Immoralist (Drag City)
Prince Rupert’s Drops – Climbing Light (Beyond Beyond is Beyond)
Mary Lattimore / Jeff Zeigler - Slant of Light (Thrill Jockey)
Steve Gunn - Way Out Weather (Paradise of Bachelors)
United Waters – Sunburner (Bathetic)
Tom Carter / Pat Murano - Four Infernal Rivers (MIE)
Angel Olsen - Burn Your Fire for No Witness – (Jagjaguwar)
Tinariwen – Emmaar (Anti)
Vashti Bunyan – Heartleap (Fat Cat/DiCristina)
Fugazi – First Demo (Dischord)
Nathan Bowles – Nansemond (Paradise of Bachelors)
Ty Segall - Manipulator - (Drag City)
Jacco Gardner - Cabinet of Curiosities (Trouble In Mind) 2013
Nathan Salsburg – Hard For To Win And Can’t Be Won (No Quarter ) 2013
Body/Head - The Show Is Over 7” (Matador)
Hamish Kilgour -- All Of It And Nothing' (Ba Da Bing)
Chrissy Stuart, Beggars Music
Twigs at Trees
Paragliding over Lake Atitlan
Drake - "0 to 100 / The Catch Up"
Mica Levi's Under The Skin score
The War On Drugs - Lost in the Dream
1st LA earthquake (5.1)
Kim Kardashian as bike rack
Busta Rhymes 2014 (in general)
Beck - "Turn Away"
Future - "Move That Dope"
NYE sunrise celebration in Tulum w/ the best of the best
Mac Demarco "Salad Days"
Gerard Cosloy, Matador Records
Sleaford Mods - Divide & Exit (Harbinger Sounds)
Mordecai - Neil’s Generator (Richie)
Califone - Stitches (Dead Oceans)
Ultimate Painting - s/t (Trouble In Mind)
Rat Columns - Leaf (RIP Society)
Watery Love - Decorative Feeding (In The Red)
Mark Kozelek - Live At Biko (Calo Verde)
Musk - s/t (Holy Mountain)
Swans - To Be Kind (Young God)
Golden Pelicans - s/t (Total Punk)
Chris Forsyth & The Solar Motel Band - Intensity Ghost (No Quarter)
Good Throb - Fuck Off (White Denim)
Centro-matic - Take Pride In Your Long Odds (Navigational Transmissions)
Manateees - Sit n Spin (Pelican Pow Wow)
Spray Paint - Clean Blood, Regular Acid (Monofonus Press)
Exhaustion - Biker (Aarght)
OBN III’s- Third Time To Harm (Tic Tac Totally)
Low Life - Dogging (RIP Society)
Degreaser - Rougher Squalor (ever/never)
Wussy - Attica (Shake It)
John Schooley & His One Man Band - The Man Who Rode The Mule Around The World (Voodoo Rhythm)
Dark Blue - Pure Reality (Jade Tree)
Protomarytr - Under Color Of Official Light (Hardly Art)
Ausmuteants - Order Of Operation (Goner)
Kid Millions / Jim Sauter - Fountain (Family Vineyard)
Real Kids - Shake Outta Control (Ace Of Hearts)
Shellac - Dude Incredible (Touch & Go)
Institute - Salt - (Sacred Bones)
Nazi Gold - Climbing The Tower (Super Secret)
Uniform - s/t (Beggar's Tomb)
Gary Wrong Group - Floods Of Fire (Jeth Row/Bat Shit)
Outer Spaces - Garbage Beach (Salinas)
Mystic Inane - “Deep Creep” (Negative Jazz)
Breakout - “True Crime” (Grave Mistake)
Deaf Wish - St. Vincent’s EP (Sub/Pop)
Hysterics - “Can’t I Live” EP (M’Ladys)
Sick Thoughts - “Moral Sickness” (Blast Of Silence)
Sick Thoughts - “Coming Over” (Going Underground)
Sick Thoughts - “I Got Hands” b/w “I’m Tired Of You” (Hidden Volume)
Total Abuse - “Looking For Love” (Deranged)
Lumpy & The Dumpers - “Gnats In The Pisser” (Total Punk)
reissues / archival stuff :
Owen Maercks - Teenage Sex Therapist (Feeding Tube)
Flesh Eaters - A Minute To Pray, A Second To Die (Superior Viaduct)
The Sluts - 12" Of Sluts (Spread 'Em/Jeth Row/Race)
Bedhead - 1992-1998 (Numero)
Madrigal - s/t (Lysergia)
Jack Ruby - LP1 /Volume Two (Feeding Tube)
Medival - One Morbid (Buried By Time & Dust)
Shoes This High - Straight To Hell (Siltbreeze)
live shows :
Deaf Wish, Hi Tone, Memphis, Mohawk, Austin September
Counter Intuits, Now That’s Class, Cleveland, May
Swans, Lincoln Hall, Chicago, June
Wreckmeister Harmonies, Elysium, Austin, November
Midnight, Dirty Dog, Austin, August
Wreckless Eric, Hole In The Wall, Austin, October
Tom Carter, Salvage Vanguard Theatre, Austin, November
Radioactivity, Beerland, Austin, March, Hi Tone, Memphis, September
Mordecai, Now That’s Class, Cleveland, May
Life Stinks, Murphy’s, Memphis TN, Septmber
The Clean, Ace Of Cups, Columbus, July
eyehategod, North Door, Austin, November
Godflesh, Mohawk, Austin, April
Califone, someone’s house, Austin, April
Kraftwerk, Riveria Theatre, Chicago, March
The Rebel, Beerland Austin, March, Hotel Vegas, Austin, September
No Bails, Hotel Vegas, Austin, June
Devo, ACL LIve, July
Civil Union, The Grand, Austin, July
It was the 40th anniversary of the release of Can's Ege Bamyasi LP (an album known to me in my youth as Ege Bamyasi Okraschoten, because I didn't know anything), and WEEK-END Fest was happening in Cologne. The dates were November 30 through December 2, 2012, and the festival featured artists such as Ian Svenonious, Justus Köhnke, Alexis Taylor (of Hot Chip), Scritti Politti, Deerhoof and Stephen Malkmus.
WEEK-END Fest co-curator Jan Lankisch (of Tomlab Records decided to ask Stephen, currently residing in Germany, whether he wanted to play the entirety of Ege Bamyasi with a band of German musicians Jan had rounded up. And Steve loved the idea. So after a few rehearsals, Steve was joined by Sebastian Blume (synths), Felix Hedderich (bass), Jan Philipp Janzen (drums) and Phillip Tielsch (guitar) for a truly magical & wondrous performance of one of the greatest albums of all time. It took place on December 2 at the Alte Kranhalle in Cologne, and was committed to tape by the band. The sound quality is fantastic; the performance jumps out of the grooves and bubbles its way through your stereo.
We are releasing the LP as a 3500-copy limited edition on green vinyl for Record Store Day, April 20, 2013. (Domino will be releasing it on red vinyl in Europe.) The hand-printed silkscreened sleeve was designed by David Shrigley, who also designed the poster for the event, inspired by the original artwork for Ege Bamyasi. It is being printed in Germany by Slowboy.
We're truly honored to be part of this special collaboration between tons of talented artists.
"This was the first Can LP I bought brand-new (Torquay, July 1972), and it is still my favourite."
-- Julian Cope, Krautrocksampler
"Ege Bamyasi was one of those marginal cut-out LPs (along with the 1st Stooges, Rhinoceros, Ambergris a.o.) that you'd find in the bargain bins of department stores in the early 70s. For kids with no money and an allure to weirdness these cheapos were significant listens. Ege Bamyasi with its okra can cover and live circus rock shot on the back was completely singular. And it sounded cool as shit. I still check it as one of the top 10 greatest rock LPs of all time, and it remains a perpetual inspiration."
-- Thurston Moore
(photograph by Carrie Armstrong)
Barnes & Noble's Upstairs at the Square event series pairs writers with musicians for an evening of words and music at B&N's flagship store in Manhattan's Union Square. On Monday, January 14, Upstairs At The Square will feature a performance by Yo La Tengo on the eve of 'Fade''s release, along with a reading by "Stone Arabia" author Dana Spiotta. Admission is free, but you'll wanna get there early to avoid the crushing disappoint that comes from being told
(order 'Fade' on deluxe or standard LP editions, CD or digital album from The Matador Store)
As you may or may not know, we've lined up amazing, collectible, colored vinyl from Stephen Malkmus & Jicks, L.A. Guns, OBN III's, The Men, Wounded Lion & Jesu as part of Matador's Singles Going Home Alone 7" club.. and we're telling you... we're coming up with something equally as awesome for #6. When join, you'll get all that plus special surprises that we're not announcing yet AND a 10% discount on all Matador Store orders for club members. To make this all the more exciting, subscriptions are going fast, so order now before it's too late!
SHGA #1 - January
Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks: "Wheels On Fire" b/w L.A. Guns: "Gorgeous Georgie"
SHGA #5 - Steptember
COVER ART COMING SOON
SHGA #6 - November
+ more surprises
Out today: the Intended Play comp and the first single in Singles Going Home Alone: Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks split with LA Guns
It's Tuesday, January 17 which means our first two releases of the New Year are out today.
First up is Intended Play, the new ultra-budget vinyl-only sampler from Matador and True Panther. The 11-song LP is $1.98 list price - you can actually order it direct for only $1.80 by clicking on the title above. It contains new tracks from THE YOUNG, CEREMONY TANLINES, LEE RANALDO, PERFUME GENIUS and STEPHEN MALKMUS - all of the above from upcoming releases except the SM track which won't appear elsewhere, and recent hits (some of them rare) from KURT VILE, GIRLS, FUCKED UP, ESBEN & THE WITCH and COLD CAVE.
Next is the first single in our new 2012 singles club, SINGLES GOING HOME ALONE. It's an unexpected conjunction between STEPHEN MALKMUS & THE JICKS and the legendary LA GUNS, covering each other. Hear Malkmus jam on "Wheels Of Fire," and Tracii Guns pull out the stops on "Gorgeous Georgie." Sleeve art at the top of the post.
It's not too late to sign up for the singles club, which gets you six exclusive limited-edition 7"es, one every other month this year, plus a special bonus record, an exclusive tote bag and a yearlong 10% discount on all items at the Matador Store, for only $45 including shipping within the US:
SIGN UP HERE
The next two confirmed singles are from Austin's OBN III's on March 20, and Brooklyn's The Men on May 8, with subsequent the singles on July 10, September 11 and November 6.
Other upcoming Matador and True Panther releases:
Feb 7 - Fucked Up - Year Of The Tiger
Feb 21 - Perfume Genius - Put Your Back N 2 It
Mar 6 - Ceremony - Zoo
Mar 20 - Tanlines - Mixed Emotions (True Panther)
Mar 20 - Lee Ranaldo - Between The Times and the Tides
That said, we couldn't help ourselves, and neither could three of our artists, so we proudly announce the following limited-edition items. They're all awesome, they're all limited, and if you don't succeed on getting your hands on them on Record Store Day, just remember that the prices on eBay will (most likely) come down over time.
SO, on Saturday, April 16, Matador will have the following RSD exclusives:
From Byrdesdale Garden City in the UK comes the compilation album DAVID'S TOWN. Featuring 11 unreleased tracks from local bands including Gacy and the Boys, Animal Man, Grain and Hateful Coil, in styles varying from DIY to post-punk to power pop, this limited edition from FU-Discs was recorded in Byrdesdale between 1976 and 1979 and not released until now. An essential document of a thriving scene.
Next comes the new 7" single from THE NEW PORNOGRAPHERS, "Moves." Currently moving up the radio charts, and of course featured in Tom Scharpling's genius video for the track, it comes with the unreleased B-side "Drug Deal Of The Heart," recorded at the sessions for the album Together. (Note: the band is playing Coachella on RSD weekend, and then will tour out of there through April and May.)
Finally we have the new 12" from ESBEN AND THE WITCH, the great trio from Brighton, UK - many of you will have seen one of their great shows at SXSW this month. They just wrapped up their US tour and returned to their homeland. The single is the radio edit of "Chorea" and features a remix of their pounding classic "Eumenides" by Stuart Braithwaite of MOGWAI, along with an entirely unreleased 18-minute version of "Corridors" recorded for The Creators Project and only played at a special installation in London for Karl Sadler's Lit Forest. (Note: Esben return to the road in the UK starting this Friday.)
As usual, we will be taking down our webstore in observation of Record Store Day. Get out there, get in line, and spend some money, goddammit!!!
I was originally going to write about one of my true loves: record stores. I met my wife in a record store and my life still revolves around them, but this year there was a bigger theme than records in my life.
Going places and being with the people you love.
My wife’s family is from Butler, PA and we spent two weeks there this summer doing a whole lot of nothing. It was great. We went to a Bluesox game, we went to the drive in (Photo from noted Bulter native CongoEels flickr.) We went to Moraine state park to ride bikes, swim and have a picnic. It all ruled.
Some other places I went:
Columbus, Ohio. I finally saw the Gibson Bros and it was fantastic.
I love a good wedding and this was one of the best in recent memory, must have something to do with the day. The whole weekend was all so beautiful. We went swimming in this lake.
It was cold and awesome.
I grew up nowhere near the ocean so a clambake was nothing more than an Elvis joke. In real life it is so much more
The Lost Weekend
I’d never been to Las Vegas, I’m far to scared to actually gamble (too many records I want to buy with that money.) Everything related to the weekend wasz fantastic, but I never expected to be so taken with the surroundings.
My final trip of the year is going to be the best one yet, but it is supposed to be a surprise so if you see my parents don’t tell them.
So you couldn't make it out to Vegas, huh? Well it'll be so much easier to lie to your friends and say you were there with when you're rocking one of these sexy Matador at 21 shirts. American Apparel printed tees, act quick as limited stock remains!!!!
We have FOUR different shirts to choose from... click below to check em out.
Certainly no stranger to WFMU-appearances, Ted Leo will perform a solo set on the live broadcast of The Cherry Blossom Clinic direct from the WFMU Record Fair, this Saturday at 4:30 PM EST.
Tune in at wfmu.org or better yet, see Ted LIVE at the Metropolitan Pavilion while you scope out the wares of some of the finest record vendors in the world.
WFMU Record Fair
Metropolitan Pavilion (125 W. 18th St)
Sat, Oct 23
Ted Leo & The Pharmacists will also be playing a handful of dates in December including the aforementioned show with the New Pornographers in NYC.
Thu, Dec 2 - Northampton MA - Pearl St
Fri, Dec 3 - Pawtucket RI - The Met Cafe
Sat, Dec 4 - Lemoyne PA - Champion Ship
Mon, Dec 6 - New York NY - Terminal 5 (with the New Pornographers)
Tue, Dec 7 - Baltimore MD - GSpot (with Heks Orkest)
Wed, Dec 8 - Richmond VA - Strange Matter (with Heks Orkest)
photo from the ACL Festival flickr
In this fascinating Complex article, DJs Kon and Amir list the 50 greatest samples of all time, with sound files of the originals and of their uses. Ranging from David Axelrod to the Honeydrippers, from Busta Rhymes to Public Enemy, the article feels topical now that Matador is releasing hip hop again.
Now if we could only find the homeless guy on the Spiral Scratch cover...
article via Record Collector Magazine
Damian Abraham of Fucked Up @ Sonic Boom Records
512 Bloor Street St. West Toronto, ON M5S 1Y3
416-532-0334 | [email protected]
Fucked Up's Pink Eyes will be hosting an all day event at Toronto's Sonic Boom Records that features in-store performances from Sloan, Adam Green, Meligrove Band, Metz, Buck 65, Valery Gore and more. Damian's also hinted at a special guest appearance for those who show up before 3PM!
60 E. Third St. New York, NY, 10003
When he's not performing in Cold Cave and as Prurient, Dominick Fernow spends his time overseeing the Hospital Productions record label and shop, which primarily focuses in noise and black metal music. For Record Store Day, the store will debut 13 new cassette releases on the label. In addition, the first 100 people to visit the store are invited to come to the store to record their very own noise cassette. The recording gear will be set up and supplied by the store and you can record your own
1 minute noise tape. The store will personalize your cover for you and you will be the only person to have a ?copy. You get to keep your recording free of charge.
100 people. 1 minute tapes. Limited to 1.
Don't forget the Yo La Tengo in-store at Rhino Records in Claremont CA, Kurt Vile at Philly's Beautiful World Syndicate and the special Pavement, Ted Leo and Fucked Up vinyl exclusives available only for Record Store Day TOMORROW! We'll see you out.
limited edition Record Store Day items to endlessly frustrate you and your friends and further enrich eBayWhat we mean is... we've got some limited edition vinyl items at many participating independent record shops for one day, and one day only -- the third annual Record Store Day (henceforth, RSD '10) this Saturday, April 17!
Ted Leo And The Pharmacists - The Oldest House b/w North Coast 7"
OLE-932 (lim. 2375)
Two brand new, never-released, rockers from TL/RX, not included on 'The Brutalist Bricks'. Packaged in a classic dubplate style.
Fucked Up - Daytrotter 7"
OLE-931 (lim. 2000 standard edition, lim. 100/store edition)
The two songs from the 'Couple Tracks' comp plus a third song from the session (an equally screwed-with version of Crooked Head) - this comes in a regular sleeve PLUS 10 limited-edition sleeves each with a photo of, and named after, a different great US record store: CD Alley (Chapel Hill), Disc Exchange (Knoxville), Fingerprints (Long Beach), Generation (New York), Grimey's (Nashville), Lunchbox (Charlotte), Speakertree (Lynchburg), Spiral Scratch (Buffalo), Waterloo (Austin), Wax Trax (Denver). Bear in mind, that each single might be found in any record store.
Pavement - Quarantine The Past: The Best Of Pavement RSD '10 VERSION 2xLP
OLE-933 (lim. 2000)
An alternative version of our double-disc Pavement best-of collection, 'Quarantine The Past'... with a completely different track listing (chosen by contest), cover art fucked with by Stephen Malkmus.
Keep in mind, all these records are available for one day only, so get in line early and pick up some other great records while you're at it!!!
Times like this I wish I never left Philly... Kurt will be stopping by Beautiful World Syndicate this Record Store Day for a free, all ages instore at 3pm. This is gonna rule.
Check it out. Buy some records. Then check it out some more.
We here in New York City are a little tired of our west coast friends telling us about their recent streak of 80 degree days. It's February. It's supposed to be cold. It's supposed to be dark. It's supposed to be gloomy. Deal with it. So to combat the sunshine we're sending a little bit of the East Coast over to Echo Park tomorrow night when Cold Cave takes over Origami Vinyl for a few hours before their show at The Echoplex.
The store will feature a wall of LPs curated by Cold Cave frontman Wes Eisold, some books and records from Eisold's own Heartworm Press, a special DJ set/meet-and-greet from the band and free Colt 45.
So quit applying your sunscreen and get your February on.
Official Cold Cave Pre-Party
1816 W. Sunset Blvd.
213 413 3030
Saturday, November 14 @ 3pm
915 W. Washington
619 220 0485
And if you haven't yet, be sure to pick up a copy of Julian Plenti is Skyscraper here.
So bring your records... or buy one and then bring it...
Next Saturday, November 14 @ 3pm
915 W. Washington
619 220 0485
Directed by Art Boonparn
The 'Love Comes Close' CD/LP is available on November 3rd and is up for preorder now. Earlier today, the limited-to-100 version of Cold Cave's 'Death Comes Close' 12" sold out in minutes. The second version is now available. Head over to the Matador Store for both.
Don't miss Cold Cave this week in New York for CMJ, in the United Kingdom and with Sonic Youth in the next few weeks.
- Tuesday 21st – Stereogum CMJ Showcase @ Studio at Webster Hall, New York NY
- Wednesday 22nd - VICE Late Night Party @ Public Assembly, Brooklyn, NY
- Friday 23rd - Matador/True Panther Sounds Showcase @ Flamboyan Theater, New York NY
- Thursday 29th – Louisiana, Bristol
- Friday 30th - Club Evol @ Korova, Liverpool
- Saturday 31st – Playdate @ Sneaky Petes, Edinburgh
- Sunday 1st – Optimo, Glasgow
- Monday 2nd – Liars Club @ Bodega, Nottingham
- Tuesday 3rd – White Heat @ Madame Jo Jo’s, London
- Wednesday 4th – Barfly, London
- Thursday 5th - Now Wave @ Roadhouse, Manchester
- Friday 6th – Moles, Bath
- Saturday 7th – Be @ Proud, London
- Wednesday 21st – Terminal 5 New York, NY w/ Sonic Youth, Dinosaur Jr.
- Friday 23rd – Wilbur Theater Boston, MA w/ Sonic Youth
In addition to the previously announced and already-limited one-time pressing of Cold Cave's new 12" entitled 'Death Comes Close', in collaboration with Dominick Fernow of Cold Cave/Hospital Productions, Matador is set to release a different extra-limited edition of the 12"
This special version features exclusive artwork by Fernow is hand-assembled, stamped and editioned. Limited to one-hundred (100) copies, these records will make it into select stores and we'll have it available for purchase at the Matador Store on Tuesday October 20 at 3:00 PM EST - They're bound to go fast so mark your calendars and set your alarms.
If you're in New York City next week for the CMJ festivities, you can catch Cold Cave at the following venues:
Just got back from a trip to London and am happy to report that it is still one of the record shopping capitals of the world. I've had many memorable visits there before, especially to the great Beano's in Croydon when it was still three stories of original UK '60s and '70s pressings at reasonable prices, and of course rummaging around in the back room of Minus Zero for folk private pressings, and a memorably expensive (but totally worth it) trawl through the boxes at Intoxica that netted me original 7"es by the Poets and the Mockingbirds as well a mint Parlophone 1st/2nd matrix original mono Rubber Soul.
But this trip was mostly about shopping for new records. I visited the (relatively) new Rough Trade East in Brick Lane, which is London's answer to Amoeba. Totally great experience - nice people, huge selection (esp of dubstep and funky 12"es), interesting books, lots of space. I bought several singles by the great Ramadanman (thanks Dean) as well as a super-cavernous 12" from Aardvarck (recommended by staff), and a £5.99 CD of Richard & Linda Thompson in concert in 1975 that I somehow missed when it came out last year. Also scored double vinyl of the latest Benin comp from Samy Ben Redjeb's Analog Africa label.
The original Rough Trade shop in Talbot Road off Portobello Market is also still great, though I remain stymied by the cramped upstairs. Downstairs is a different matter though - the vinyl is extremely well chosen and guaranteed to appeal to American buyers who are used to paying through the nose on eBay for decent copies of UK original rock and folk. I decided to spend £10 on Genesis's Selling England By The Pound, and also picked up a dead mint Scott 3 in its gorgeous laminated Philips gatefold. Unfortunately the £30 original UK (with insert!) of The Hangman's Beautiful Daughter was not mint.
On to Stand Out / Minus Zero, which remains as mindblowing as ever. I didn't have a chance to talk to the ever friendly Bill Forsyth, but on the Stand Out side of the shop, Bill Allerton still presides over the greatest collection of UK freakbeat and psych still being offered in a physical location. I spotted a copy of The Hush 7" Grey on the wall, one of my longest-term wants, and correctly guessed its price as being £500. Oh well - pass. Bill immediately remarked, "I have boxes and boxes of that sort of thing under the counter."
On for a quick visit to Intoxica, where they were playing some insanely over the top British humor record that could have been a Vivian Stanshall solo album - I wasn't sure. Crazy Latin records I'd never seen before, plus the Turkish alternate sleeve for Led Zep II on the wall - also for £500, in VG. Pass. Didn't go behind the counter here... the stock is incredible, but I don't have that kind of money to spend at the moment.
Finally up to the top of Portobello Road to Honest Jon's, the best world / dub / ethnic store on earth. The genial Alan Scholefield was behind the counter spinning unbelievable deep reggae cuts and coming out to discuss Trikont comps of Vietnamese street music ("total Bo Diddley"). We grabbed a bunch of the latest Honest Jon's comps - including one compiling '70s bands from Upper Volta - and I scored a Tabu Ley Rochereau record from 1969 and a clean original Fela Ikoyi Blindness Nigerian pressing for £25.
Great day? ABSOLUTELY.