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(Editor's note : roughly 9 years ago this weekend, internet history was made with the introduction of the Matablog. Since the blog medium was almost entirely played out by that time, this was sort of akin to trumpeting the invention of the CB Radio in 1995, but just the same, we've persevered and thoroughly enjoyed spreading misinformation and hastily correcting broken links. Here's to another 9 years --- at the very least --- of being scooped by Pitchfork on our own news stories! - GC)
According to New York Magazine (our personal style bible), this blog thing is really taking off. As you know, the management of Matador Records cannot resist any scheme that might either a) make us money or b) result in our selling half of the company again, so voila, it's THE MATABLOG.

In the days and weeks ahead, you'll be graced with intense, personal observations, screeds and propositions from a star-studded cavalcade of innovative artists and music business veterans. Probably more of the latter. But we're not above composing something and putting Ricky Luanda's name on it, especially if things are slow.

We'll do our best to cover a range of cultural issues, but hopefully not sports. No one wants to read about that shit, trust me.


Gerard Cosloy
your editor

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 long-suffering dedicated 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 colleagues. In the past, the exercise has been an arduous process, fraught with nagging, teeth-gnashing and no shortage of reluctant participants, some of whom actually changed labels or places of employment to avoid the task. In more recent times, however, people can't wait to tell you everything. Too much, in fact. Why should the blitzkrieg of oversharing be limited to social media when we still have a label blog that attracts nearly a dozen readers a week?

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)

Thurston Moore

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

Favorite Trip:

Ringing in the new year in Australia, so many great animals there.

Favorite Drink:
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
1oz Orgeat
Float of Lemon Hart 151
Shake with lots of crushed ice and serve with lime shell and mint bouquet

Favorite Meal:
Brooklyn Star mollasses brined pork chip

Favorite Art viewed:

Liesl Pfeffer - Asclepiadaceae, 2014

Favorite Sporting Moment:
Winning a third bowling league championship

Favorite Shows:
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)
Future “Hardly”
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)
Shura-  Touch
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 Goldfinch
The Imitation Game
Homeland season 4

Utopia (UK)

Rian Fossett, Matador Records

Music -
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

Movies -
John Wick, Nightcrawler

TV -
Bron/Broen, Death Note, Les Revenants

Books -
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.
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
Kaosarn, Wandsworth
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

New Records:
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
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

Live music
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

Steve Gunn
Ninos Du Brasil
Run The Jewels
Schoolboy Q
Sleaford Mods
Total Control

Ukiah Drag

Mark Ohe

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
The Leftovers

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

COLUMPIO ASESINO – Ballenas Muertas En San Sebastian
JACK WHITE – Lazaretto
THE APE – The Ape
TY SEGALL – Manipulator
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

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
Star Wars
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)

12" EP’s
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

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 ;

James McNew, Yo La Tengo Inc.

Shintaro Sakamoto, How To Live With A Phantom (Zelone, JP)

Oneida, Absolute II (Jagjaguwar)
Shinji Masuko, Woven Music (Brah)
Tyvek, Nothing Fits (In The Red)
Hail Mary Mallon, Are You Gonna Eat That (Rhymesayers)
Jennifer O'Connor, I Want What You Want (Kiam)
Antietam, Tenth Life (Carrot Top)
Eleventh Dream Day, Riot Now! (Thrill Jockey)
Thee Oh Sees, Castlemania (In The Red)
Salyu, S(o)un(d)beams (Toy's Factory, JP)
Feelies, Here Before (Bar None)
PJ Harvey, Let England Shake (Island/ Vagrant)
Alvarius B, Baroque Primitiva (Poon Village)
Heidecker & Wood, Starting From Nowhere (Little Record Co.)

Wesley Eisold, Cold Cave

Cut Hands- s/t LP
Cass McCombs- Wit's End LP
Bleached- Searching Through The Past/Electric Chair 7"

Veronica Falls- s/t LP
Ke/Hil- Hellstation LP
Weekend- Red EP

BALACLAVAS - Snake People
JOHN MAUS - We Must Become The Pitiless Censors Of Ourselves
MORPHOSIS - What Have We Learned
NICOLAS JAAR - Space Is Only Noise
THE VACCINES - What Did You Expect From The Vaccines?


Anthony Anzaldo, Ceremony

Top 11 Shows
Prince @ Oracle Arena, Oakland CA. 2/23
Prince @ HP Pavilion, San Jose CA.
Prince @ Oracle Arena, Oakland CA. 2/21
Prince @ Oracle Arena, Oakland CA. 2/24
Dillinger Escape Plan @ Chaos in Tejas
Zola (5/6)
Blaqk audio (1/6)
Negative Approach (11/5)
Furs (5/3)
Kylie (5/21)
Pixies (11/20)
Dillinger (6/4)

Top 10 Singles
Superbass (Nicki Minaj)
We Found Love (Rihanna)
Rumor Has It (Adele)
Seekir (Zola Jesus)
Confetti (Cold Cave)
Without You (David Guetta & Usher)
Extralovable (Prince)
I Hate You (Doe Eye)
The Other Shoe (Fucked Up)
People Are The Same Everywhere (Morrissey)

Dominick Fernow, Cold Cave

cut hands

genocide organ
blackest ever black label
sandwell district cd
the true werwolf/black misery 7"
red hot chili peppers
drive movie soundtrack

Ted Leo

11 (but not all of the) great things of 2011, in no particular order:

1. PUJOL, "Nasty, Brutish, and Short" EP - Nashville trio, fronted by one Daniel Pujol, making tight blasts of noisy power pop with a, dare I say "philosophical?" - YES I DO - "PHILOSOPHICAL" lyrical bent - not unlike a snottier and punker (but still humorous), concerned (but not emo), "Perfect Sound Forever" by some amazing people who, for all I know, may have never even heard "Perfect Sound Forever."
2. PUJOL, Live - all of the above plus better (and Mitch, the bass player's, long red hair flopping about).
3. DOOM (UK) at Chaos in Tejas - bought the "Police Bastard" 7" from somebody running a distro at ABC-NoRio in 1989, and first met Brian, the guitarist, in 1997, when he drove an old band of mine, The Sin Eaters, on our only UK tour.  We began bonding over our mutual respect for our past achievements, but my respect for HIM went nova when he put on Monster Magnet's "Spine of God" followed by Rush's "Caress of Steel" on the night drive from London to Bradford.  2011 in Austin was the only time I've ever seen them live.
4. The fact that DOOM played the ENTIRETY of Crass' "Reality Asylum" as their intro music at Chaos in Tejas, 2011 - *TEARS!!*
5.  Being able to spend a week on the other side of the mic as IFC's roving correspondent at SXSW this year.
6.  Paulie Gee's pizza, Greenpoint, Brooklyn.
7.  Jason Pierce (née "Spaceman")'s "Ladies and Gentlemen, we are Floating in Space" (Spiritualized) installation at the Creators' Project Festival, Dumbo, Brooklyn - an audio puzzle, that's secret lay within five different quad mixes arrayed on the floor of a gray open space, lit by four "sun" beams.  Emo?  In the ancient and best sense - a brain-stirring and heart-moving reminder of how music can transport.  Genuis.
8.  Iberia - TL/Rx tour of ONLY Spain and Portugal, via our label over there, La Castañya (Barcelona).  They smoke almost as much as the kids in Florida, and vegan ain't easy, but still, I'd move there before almost anywhere else.
9.  Summer 2011 midwest tour with Tweak Bird - for us, a chance to revisit a lot of "Tyranny of Distance" stuff on the occasion of its 10th anniversary, AND, we got to do it with this amazing heavy psych-punk-doom duo.
10.  Comedy in New York and New Jersey - "The Best Show on WFMU," with Tom Scharpling, "Hot Tub" with Kurt Braunohler & Kristin Schall, Kurt's "Night of the Living," "How Was Your Week?" with Julie Klausner, "You had to be There" with Sara Schaeffer and Nikki Glaser, "Mr. Coconuts," with Gabe Delahaye, "Big Terrific" with Max Silvestri, "Pretty Good Friends," with Eugene Mirman, PLUS Ted Alexandro, Todd Barry, Wyatt Cenac, Jena Friedman, etc., etc., etc.
11.  Comedy in other places - "The Paul F. Tompkins Show," in LA, Scott Aukerman's "Comedy Death Ray" in LA, John Hodgman EVERYWHERE.

Jason Costanzo, The Young
Top Things Projected Onto A Flat Surface Within My Immediate Vicinity In 2011:
The Forgotten Space - Allan Sekula & Noel Burch
"Robinson" trilogy - Patrick Keiller
Japon and Silent Light - Carlos Reygadas
The End Of Eternity - Andrei Yermash
The Sacrifice - A. Tarkovsky (35mm screening, Austin Cinematheque)
Pickpocket - R. Bresson (35mm screening, Paramount Theater, Austin)

Invasion - Hugo Santiago & Jorge Luis Borges
Water and Power - Pat O'Neill
Neil Young & The International Harvesters - 1984 ACL broadcast (screening at Alamo Drafthouse, Austin)
Heritage Of The Owl and A Grin Without Cat - Chris Marker
Sharp Edge Blunt - Leighton Pierce (Union Docs, Brooklyn)

Respect and adieu to: Bert Jansch, Joe Bageant, Raul Ruiz, George Kuchar, Peter Falk

Jeff Jensen


1.    Call of The Wild is probably the best rock band in 2011 NYC
2.    Big Youth played to less than a hundred people at a high school gymnasium in Brooklyn
3.    The Rae Town street dance in downtown Kingston. Best party scene I ever seen.
4.    I made a Fruitpie the Magician costume for Halloween and won a costume contest. Help save him.
5.    I got drunk and blathered about nothing in particular I mean “acted in a legit movie” with a buncha lovable lugs. It’s called The Comedy.
6.    Favorite bar of 2011…TIE between Cocosone bar on Ishigaki Jima and Roku in Shibuya
7.    Hysteria of Hurricane Irene was pretty funny and thrilling
8.    Top 3 Jeffrey Jensen live “bands”… Ramones cover band Jeffrey and the Hymen; The Jewish and The Complete Faggots (new trio with Allison and Mike Fellows debuting this Friday)
9.    I witnessed Booby Valli perform at Colucci’s Restaurant
10. Omar Souleyman at Santo’s made an impression

Adam Bohl, Matador Direct

I'm always terrible at compiling these lists so I'm not going to overthink things or get too down on myself for everything I left off. 2012 will be the year I keep better track of this stuff (probably not), but here are some LPs and 7"s (that were not associated with Beggars or Matador) that stood out.

1. In The Red Records - I could probably make half of my list with their releases so I'll leave it to one spot, so many great albums this year. Wounded Lion, TV Ghost, Mark Sultan, Thee Oh Sees, etc...
2. Shannon and The Clams - Sleep Talk LP- Really surprised how into this record I am. People into Hunx or Nobunny should really pick this up, they'll probably like it more.
3. Olivia Tremor Control reissued LPs. A little bit of a guilty pleasure, taking me back to my early college days. Nice to finally have these on vinyl though.
4 War On Drugs - Slave Ambient LP. Kurt Vile doesn't make this list because I'm excluding Matador albums but this sister (brother?) band released one hell of an album.
5. Wax Museums - Eye Times LP Totally forgot about these guys and upon hearing this played in the office a few times had to go get myself a copy. Not normally into stuff so punk-y but this ones is really catchy and fun


6. Grudge - When Christine Comes Around 7" I wish I bought a lot more of all the great 7" reissues coming out this year on labels like Sing Sing and Last Laugh then I did, but I bought this one, and it rules. One song about smashing faces just isn't enough, give me two.
7. Apache Dropout LP/ Shot Down 7" (someone get me that Mexican Summer one!) Love the album and 7"s really bummed I haven't seen these guys live yet.
8 Happy Thoughts - S/T LP Some of my favorite dudes, glad this thing finally came out even if it does seem a couple years too late and have an awful cover.
9. Howling Hex - Wilson Semiconductor LP I always have a soft spot for NMH, even though I haven't been super into the last few records this one seems pretty great so far, especially the B side.
10. Charles Bradley - No Time For Dreaming LP It's rad that a killer soul LP can still come out that isn't on some cheesy Mayer Blowhorn tip. It was also awesome seeing him perform in a downpour in Ft. Greene this summer.
11. Dow Jones and The Industrials - Can't Stand The Midwest 7" Great reissue, and also from my hometown, West Lafayette represent.

Helen Rush, Matador Direct

Records (in no particular order):
Graham Lambkin - Amateur Doubles LP
Sidi Toure - Sahel Folk LP
Stan Hubbs - Crystal LP
Meg Baird - Seasons On Earth LP
200 Years - S/T LP (just came out but I LOVE it)
Nathan Salsberg - Affirmed LP
Jakob Olausson - Morning and Sunrise LP
Crystal Stilts - Radiant Door 12"
PG Six - Starry Mind LP
United Waters - Your First Ever River LP
Woods/Kurt Vile split 7"

Soldiers of Fortune - Ball Strength LP
Angus Maclise - Dream Weapon I, II & III LP's
Steve Tilston - An Acoustic Confusion LP

Shows (in no particular order):
Magik Markers/Six Organs Of Admittance - The Stone
White Out with Nels Cline - The Stone
Michael Morley - The Stone
Kim Gordon with Chris Corsano & Yoko Ono - The Stone
Graham Lambkin & Vanessa Rossetto - The Stone
Elisa Ambrogio - The Stone
Lin Culbertson with Marina Rosenfeld & Andrea Parkins - The Stone
Samara Lubelski & Marcia Bassett Duo - A Gallery on the LES
Roe Enney - The Stone & Secret Project Robot
Mira Billotte : Solo Performance with Art Show - Secret Project Robot
P.G Six solo - Union Pool & Zebulon
Glenn Jones - Zebulon
Soldiers of Fortune Record Release - Zebulon
Michael Chapman - Zebulon
Talk Normal - DBA
Thought Forms - DBA
Oneida - in their rehearsal/recording space at Monster Island (Benefit for Japan)
Jason Lescalleet and Graham Lambkin: Air Supply CD Release - Issue Project Room
Alan Lomax - Unseen footage from the Lomax archives - Loft space, Vanderbilt Ave Bklyn
Getting married to Ian Johnson (it really was the best day)
RIP: Bert Jansch & Strindberg (my beautiful cat)

Sonya Kolowrat, Beggars Group

top stuff of 2011.
-going to the Grammys
-going to the Moth with my friend Ben and Mishka Shubaly and then listening to the Moth podcast religiously
-learning how to make a terrarium
-finally watching The Wire
-watching Angus pretend to play any instrument he can get his hands on

-Saskatchewan in the summer
-going to London and seeing Jarvis Cocker in the Rough Trade office
-Getting Jeffrey Lewis in the New York Times
-eating the pork belly at Bozu
-turning 40
-Calgel nail art
-Cutting For Stone, by Abraham Verghese - the best book I've read in YEARS.
-and finally, Patrick Stickles on Twitter.

Gabe Spierer, Beggars Group

Fucked Up - David Comes To Life: none of the albums on this list are ranked, except this one. It was my favorite, most-played record of 2011 and one of the most invigorating rock records I have heard since the last Fucked Up album. Fists were pumped.
Kleenex Girl Wonder - Secret Thinking: Graham Smith has amazed me for many many years , but for him to pull out a classic, this far Please check this record out.
Stephen Malkmus and The Jicks - Mirror Traffic
Discovering DMX after ignoring him in high school and beyond (Flesh Of My Flesh, Blood Of My Blood and It's Dark And Hell Is Hot are especially great). Dude is just mean.
Fleet Foxes - Helplessness Blues
Maya Evans Judd
Times New Viking - Dancer Equired
Atlas Sound - Parallax
Don Trip and Star Lito - Stepbrothers
Meeting Of Important People - S/T
Gucci Mane - Writing On The Wall 2
Oscar Osceola Spierer
Cat's Eyes - Cat's Eyes

Pusha T - Fear Of God II: Let Us Pray

Dean Bein, True Panther Sounds

Top !! albums 20!!
Balam Acab- Wonder/Wander (Tri Angle)

The Caretaker- An empty bliss beyond this World (History Always Favours The Winners)
Kurt Vile- Smoke Ring For My Halo (Matador)
Motion Sickness of Time Travel- Luminaries & Synastry (Digitalis)

Oneohtrix Point Never- Replica (Mexican Summer)
Peaking Lights- 936 (Not Not Fun)
Planningtorock- W (DFA)
Rene Hell- Terminal Symphony (Type)
Real Estate- Days (Domino)
Vybz Kartel- Kingston Story (Mixpak)
The Weeknd- House of Balloons (Self-released)

Top !! Singles/EPs/Mixtapes 20!!
A$AP Rocky- LiveLoveA$AP (Self-released)
Blawan- Getting Me Down (Self-released)
French Montana- Coke Boys 2 (Self-released)
Holy Other- With U (Tri Angle)
Jacques Greene- Another Girl (Lucky Me)
Jamie XX- Far Nearer (Numbers)
Juicy J & Lex Luger- Rubba Band Business 2 (Self-released)
Kwony Cash- Dis One 4 Da Peons (Self-released)
LHF – EP2: The Line Path (Keysound)
Lone- Echolocations (R&S)
Stacy Barthe- Sincerely Yours (Self-released)

Looking forward to:
New records from Beach House, Sun Araw/Congos, SPVCXGHXZTPVRRP, Haxan Cloak, Blondes, The XX, How To Dress Well

Blake Thomas, Beggars Group

Album: Smoke Ring For My Halo - Kurt Vile
Chain Burger: Houston's - Hillstone
Video: Is Tropical - The Greeks
Booze: Pappy Van Winkle 20yr. - Buffalo Trace
Song: 'The Other Shoe' - Fucked Up


Movie Trailer: Trollhunter - Magnet
Sports: Kansas' Morris Twins - F.O.E.
Live: Fucked Up - Webster Hall
Sandwich: Fried Chicken - Diner Brooklyn
TV show: Game Of Thrones - HBO
Brewery: Ballast Point - San Diego
NYC Burger: Minetta Tavern - MacDougal St.
Work Times: Pitchfork Festival - Chicago
Looking Forward to: Soula Coaster - R. Kelly

Dave Martin, Matador Direct


1. Psandwich - Northren Psych - Columbus Discount Records
2. Wounded Lion – IVXLCDM – In The Red Records
3. Brain F? - Sleep Rough – Grave Mistake / Static Shock Records
4. Mark Sultan – Whatever I Want / Whenever I Want – In The Red Records
5. Apache Dropout – S/T – Family Vinyard
6. The Cynics – Spinning Wheel Motel – Get Hip Records
7. Meg Baird – Seasons On Earth - Drag City Records
8. Times New Viking – Dancer Equired – Merge Records
9. Kim Phuc – Copsucker – Iron Lung Records
10. Urge Overkill – Rock ‘n’ Roll Submarine – UO Records
11. Gillian Welch – The Harrow & The Harvest – Acony Records
12. Pink Reason – Shit In The Garden – Siltbreeze Records
13. J. Mascis – Several Shades Of Why – Sub Pop Records
14. Wild Flag – S/T – Merge Records
15. Robert Scott – Ends Run Together – Flying Nun
16. Cat’s Eyes – S/T – Polydor
17. Bardo Pond – S/T – Fire
18. Crystal Stilts – In Love With Oblivion – Slumberland Records
19. Cheater Slicks – Live Volume 1 – Columbus Discount Records
20. Case Studies – The World Is Just A Shape to Fill The Night – Sacred Bones
21. The Renderers – Rocket Into Nothing – Ba Da Bing
22. Papercuts – Fading Parade – Sub Pop
23. Charles Bradley – No Time For Dreaming - Dunham Records
24. Human Eye – They Came From The Sky – Sacred Bones
25. Cakekitchen – Kangaroos In My Top Paddock – Violet Times

1. Kreayshawn – Gucci Gucci – Sony Music
2. OBN III’s – No Way To Rock ‘n Roll -Super Secret Records,  Runnin On Fumes & Heavy Heart 7”s – Tic Tac Totally
3. Cheap Time –Another Time b/w Immediate Future - Cass Records
4. Home Blitz – A.T.K. b/w Last Cycle - Mexican Summer
5. Blues Explosion – Black Betty b/w No Reservations – Shove

6. Double Negative – Hardcore Confusion Vols 1 & 2 – Sorry State Records
7. Thee Cormans – Down Mit Der Fuzz b/w Emergency – In The Red Records
8. The Liminanas – AF3458 - SDZ  / (I’ve Got) Trouble In Mind  - Trouble In Mind
9. Apache Dropout – Shot Down - Trouble In Mind / Radiaton  - Mexican Summer
10. The Everymen – Hello, Nice Evening… - State Capital Records
11. Women In Prison – Strange Waves, Births of Rot b/w Circles & Circles – Hozac
12. Raw Blow – Purple Haze b/w Bawlin – Raw Blow
13. The Mantles – Rasberry Thighs b/w Roman Hat – SDZ Records
14. Timmy’s Organism/ John Wesley Coleman III – Split 7” – Goner Records
15. Slices –Modern Bride b/w Chump Change – Kemado

Reissues or new releases of old music
1. Tyvek – Fast Metabolism – M’Lady’s / Water Wing Records
2. Michael Yonkers Band – Microminature Love – Sub Pop / De Stijl
3. Stan Hubbs – Crystal – Companion / Gloriette Records
4. Michael Chapman – Fully Qualified Survivor – Light In The Attic Records
5. Void – Sessions 1981-83 – Dischord Records
6. Faith – Subject To Change & First Demo – Dischord Records
7. The Bats – Daddy’s Highway – Flying Nun
8. Cheater Slicks – Our Food Is Chaos – Almost Ready Records
9. Träd Gräs Och Stenar – Gardet  12.6.1970 – Subliminal Sounds
10. Los Dug Dugs – S/T & Smog – Lion Productions
11. Dow Jones & the Industrials – Family Vinyard
12. Vernon Wray – Waysted – Sebastian Speaks
13. Limes – Tarantula! – Goner
14. DMZ – Radio Demos – Munster
15. Bloodloss – Lost My Head For Drink – Dirty Knobby Records
16. Thomas Jefferson Slave Apartments – Burning Trash b/w Price of My Words – Negative Guest List
17. Guilty Pleasures – Summer Strange – Dusty Medical Records
18. Grudge – When Christine Comes Around b/w I’m Gonna Smash Your Face In – Mighty Mouth
19.  The Embarrassment – Sex Drive b/w Patio Set – Last Laugh Records
20. Lyres – Live At Cantones – Munster

Live Shows
1. Brain F? / The Men – 583 Johnson  - August 4th
2. Kim Phuc / Double Negative 583 Johnson - April 30th
3. Reigning Sound – Maxwell’s - February 12th
4. Mark Sultan – Cake Shop - December 1st
5. Cheap Time – Shea Stadium - November 18th
6. Cheap Time / Guitar Wolf  Knitting Factory - May 13th
7. The Cynics – Lone Wolf Café - October 31st
8. Ma’am / Sleepyhead / Schooly D– Maxwell’s  August 5th
9. Scratch Acid – Webster Hall - November 7th
10. Renderers – Cake Shop – September 17th

Mike Venutolo-Mantovani, Matador Direct


1. Brain F? - Sleep Rough (Grave Mistake)
2. Crooked Fingers - Breaks In The Armor (Merge)
3. The Shrine - Featherheads 7" (Eliminator Records)
4. Mark Sultan - Whatever I Want (In The Red)
5. Mark Sultan - Whenever I Want (In The Red)
6. Mastadon - Live At The Aragon (WBR RSD Excluisve)
7. Wild Flag - S/T (Merge)
8. Crisis Of Confirmity - Fistfight In The Parking Lot 7" (Drag City)
9. Reigning Sound - Abdication... For Your Love EP (Scion A/V)
10. Cat's Eyes - s/t (Polydor)
11. Total Babes - S/T (Old Flame)

1. Fu Manchu at Santos Party House
2. Guided By Voices New Year's Eve at Irving Plaza
3. Fucked Up in the round at LPR
4. Kurt Vile at Webster Hall
5. tUnE-yArDs at Pitchfork Festival

Stuart Davie, Matador Records


Royal Headache - s/t
Antlers - Burt Apart
Tim Hecker - Ravedeath, 1972
Real Estate - Days
Fucked Up - David Comes To Life
J Mascis - Several Shades Of Why
Kurt Vile - Smoke Ring For My Halo
Mogwai - Hardcore Will Never Die, But You Will
Iceage - New Brigade
Sea And Cake - The Moonlight Butterfly

Other great stuff in 2011:
Making my first trip to New York and acting the total tourist, only skimming the surface of the city.
Running took over my life a bit this year, I competed in my first race and finished a half marathon in 1:32.52, leaving me to only aim higher for 2012.
My US West coast vacation - I loved Seattle, Portland and San Francisco in different ways and had the greatest 2 weeks.
I didn't spend enough time watching watching enough new tv shows, but BBC's Human Planet and Frozen Planet were both incredible.
I didn't read as much as I should do (again) but Born To Run was a highlight from what I did manage to get through.
I took the plunge and moved in with the girlfriend.  I won't let her put up her ugly painting in our bedroom, whilst she think's the Tim Hecker record is trying to brainwash me.  So far, so good.

Aims for next year:
Run a 1:30 half marathon
Get a ticket for at least one of the London Olympics basketball events
Travel more
Survive the apocalypse and get to go to an NBA game.

Lisa Gottheil, Beggars Group

My top 10 of 2011

1.  The release of Hudson Scott Lewis, born on 2/27.   He's super cute.

2.  Friday Night Lights took over my life for a few months and I fell in love with Tim Riggins.  I miss him and think about him daily.

And in no particular order with the rest of this list:
3.  Titus Andronicus / Fucked Up in the round
4.  Seeing Scratch Acid.    Getting to be their publicist for the tour
5.  Neon Swine
6.  Kicking some ass (by luck) in the Sensative Beggars League.   Go Flatiron Tight-Enz

7.  The return of Sean Avery to the NY Rangers
8. Friendly Fires in Central Park
9.  Ratatat in Central Park
10. Murakami


Adam Farrell, marketing (Beggars Group)

A few albums I played a lot....

Cat's Eyes s/t (Downtown/Co-op) [this]

Starlito Ultimate Warrior (Grind Hard Apparel)

Tim Hecker Ravedeath, 1972 (Kranky)

Nicholas Jaar Darkside EP (Clown and Sunset)

The Weeknd House of Balloons (Rapidshare)

Bill Callahan Apocalypse (Drag City)

A couple jams that I played more than all else...
Uncle Murda "The Warning" (watch)
Azealia Banks "212" (watch)

Natalie Judge, Matador Records

Queens Of The Stone Age - la zona rosa, Austin TX - 16th march 2011
Factory Floor - The Citipost Building, London - 25th March 2011


Pulp - Primavera, Barcelona - 27th May 2011
Delorean - On a boat going up and down the Thames - 14th July 2011
Ceremony - Dynamo, Zurich - 28th July 2011

M83 - Hurry Up, We're Dreaming
The War On Drugs - Slave Ambient
Iceage - New Brigade
The Jesus Lizard - Club

Friday 29th April, 2011 - Getting a day off, thanks to these guys

Jeremy P. Goldstein, Beggars Group

1. Boxer Rebellion – The Cold Still
2. Lowline - Lowline - Townsend
3. Tape The Radio - Heartache and Fear - Hi-Tone
4. Cold Cave – Cherish The Light Years - Matador
5. Horrors, The – Skying - XL Recordings
6. M83 - Hurry Up, We're Dreaming - Mute
7. White Lies – Ritual - Fiction/Geffen/Interscope
8. Chapel Club - Palace - Loog
9. Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds - Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds - Sour Mash/Mercury
10. The Wombats - This Modern Glitch - Bright Antenna

Honorary mention: Domino State - Uneasy Lies The Crown - Exhibition (record came out in 2010, but I only found it this year. Would have made my top-5 if I'd heard in on time or it came out this year)

Top-10 Stuff and Things
1t. Parke Trafford Goldstein
1t. Piper Alyssa Goldstein
3. June 6, 2011, 6:45AM and 6:47 AM. The day and time my life changed forever. For the better
4. Eleven Madison Park. Finest restaurant in NYC? Gets my vote
5. Manchester United v. MLS All-Stars. A chance to see United on US soil, from the front row?!?! Yes please, and thank you.
6. Num Pang. Cambodian take the banh mi. Favorite sandwich of the year.
7. The drive from Miami to Key West. Well, parts of it. Some of the smaller keys were amazing to drive around and explore.
8. RBC Coffee. Finally, good coffee below Canal.
9. Wailea, HI. Cheating here, since I won't be there until December 27, but definitely looking forward to some R&R.
10. French Laundry. Again, cheating, but will finally be eating there in the very near future and is there any way it doesn't make the list?

Hagino Tiger Reid (Hostess, Japan)

Konichiwa, Somethings I remember from 2011.
Missing Cheese.
Flea Market selling.
Meeting Gruff Rhys.
Massive Earthquake.
Drinking in Bann, Yutenji.
Yosuke moving to Osaka.
Giving up smoking (I hope).
Watching Pulp at Primavera.
A caravan in Camber Sands.
Lots of aftershock earthquakes.
Gang Gang Dance "Eye Contact".
Fucked Up "David Comes To Life"
Volunteering in the north of Japan.
Haruki Murakami, 1Q84 finishing all 3.
Florence And The Machine "Ceremonial"
Been mistaken for a member of Warpaint.
Cycling around Amsterdam with my sisters.
Owning a badge that says "I am a band parent."

Robby Morris, Matador Records

Balam Acab - Wander / Wonder
Bill Callahan - Apocalypse
Destroyer - Kaput
PJ Harvey - Let England Shake
Iceage - New Brigade
Kim Phuc - Copsucker
Cass McCombs - Wit's End

The Men - Leave Home
Omegas - Blasts of Lunacy
Times New Viking - Dancer Equired
Ricardo Villalobos and Max Loderbauer - Re: ECM
War on Drugs - Slave Ambient

Matt Harmon, Beggars Group

Skull Defekts "Peer Amid" LP (Thrill Jockey)
The War on Drugs "Slave Ambient'"(Secretly Canadian)
Fucked Up "David Comes to Life" (Matador Records)
Woods "Sun & Shade" (Woodsist)
v/a "Not the Space You Know, But Between Them" boxset (Three Lobed Recordings)
Amen Dunes "Through Donkey Jaw" (Sacred Bones)
Destroyer "Kaputt" (Merge Records)
Zachary Cale "Noise of Welcome" (All Hands Electric)
FRKWYS VOL. 8 - Blues Control & Laraaji LP (FRKWYS)
Tim Hecker "RAVEDEATH" 1972 (Kranky)
Grouper "AIA: Alien Observer" LP (Yellow Electric)
Ensemble Economique "Crossing the Pass, by Torchlight" (Dekorder)
Group Inerane "Guitars From Agadez 3" CD re-issue (Sublime Frequencies)

Steve Glauber, Matador Direct

favorite tunes from 2011. if anything here is not from 2011, don't really care:
Apache Dropout - s/t LP
Deerhoof - Deerhoof vs Evil LP
Fucked Up - David Comes to Life LP
Kurt Vile - Smoke Ring For My Halo LP
War on Drugs - Slave Ambient LP
Mikal Cronin - s/t LP
OBN III's - s/t EP
Sic Alps - Napa Asylum LP
Thee Oh Sees - Carrion Crawler / The Dream LP
Times New Viking - Dancer Equired LP
Ty Segall - Live in Aisle 5 LP, "Buick Mackane" T. Rex cover
Digital Leather - "Mind Eraser"
WIld Flag - "Romance"

Annette Lee, Beggars Group

2011 - My Highlights
- Pulp at Primavera Festival, Barcelona, nearly 15 years after the first time I saw them live (my first ever concert).
- Learning how to ride a bike.
- Finally seeing big brother walk down the aisle and get hitched.
- Joining the gym, and actually enjoying the benefits of exercise (a lifetime first)
- Memorable trips (for many reasons) to Taiwan, Barcelona, Norfolk, New York, Amsterdam, Berlin and Milan.
- Discovering a previously untapped talent for air rifle shooting (thanks Holkham County Fair, Norfolk)
- Japanese culinary heaven at Nobu.

- Mabel the dog. Every office should have one (photo attached)
- The world-famous dumplings at Din Tai Fung, Taipei
- First taste of a kangaroo steak (a very intensely-flavoured red meat, best served medium rare)
- Albums by Beyoncé, Jay-Z/Kanye, PJ Harvey, Frank Ocean
- The entire Formula 1 season and the BBC's brilliant coverage (2012 onwards will not be the same without it).
- Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy and Submarine films.
- Gang Gang Dance at Bowery Ballroom - a live-altering experience.

- Getting a dinner plate with my name on it (pic attached, not taken by me I hasten to add). A nice way to end the year.

Jean-Phillippe Aline, Beggars Group

- second trip in Brazil (food, drink, no hangover, beach, daily jog along Ipanema beach with good music on = REAL LIFE)
- sunrise on Angkor Vat Temple, Cambodia, as we say in french : MERVEILLEUX
- my stay at villa medici (definitely want to be an artist)
- finally met GOD aka Sufjan Stevens - best show I attended this year at Olympia, people went mad
- my new turntable
- best singles : I was so r&b this year
motivation by kelly rowland
thinking of you by frank ocean
night air by jamie woon
swear by inc.
hey - king
far nearer - jamie xx

- albums of the year
Ben Westbeech - There's more to life than this
Jill Scott -the light of the sun
Bon Iver - Bon Iver
Red Hot + Rio - Various

- movie of the year : Polisse
- documentary : Cat Fish (2010)
- best TV show : The Killing

- best music video : A long Time - Mayer Hawthorne
- best restaurants: le pantruche (paris) - cuc gach quan (ho chi minh city)

Ruth Barlow, Beggars Group

Album Highlights/Fav's this year
Uncle Acid and the Deadbeats - Blood Lust
Kurt Vile - Smoke Ring For My Halo
Ice Age - New Brigade
EMA - Past Life Martyred Saints
Jeff The Brotherhood - We Are The Champions
Sharon Van Etten - Epic (technically the year before but new for me_)

Wooden Shijps - West
Wu Lyf - Go Tell Fire To The Mountain
Eminem - Recovery (sorry but i love it)
Eminem - The Eminem Show (yes this is old)
Dizzee Rascal - Boy in the corner (yes this too)
Dizzee Rascal - Showtime (and this)

Live Highlights/Fav moments
Coldplay at Glastonbury (an actual masterclass in how to play to 100,000 people plus)
SBTRKT at Field Day (genuine good times side of stage party)
Esben and the Witch at SXSW (i think it was the beauty parlour backyard - such intensity at 2.30 in the afternoon should be applauded!)
Odd Future at Don't Mess with Texas at SXSW-  (chaos rating 10/10)
Perfumed Genius in Beijing (cry inducing)
PJ Harvey playing and looking like an apparition at Primavera
Twin Shadow at Scala  (upping their live game every time i see them)
Glasser at XOYO (something clicked)
Edward Sharpe at the Old Vic Tunnels in London (culty and uplifting - loved the 3 nights out of 5 i went to)

Theatre Highlights
Jerusalem, Apollo Theatre London - never seen ANYONE (Mark Rylance) be so good at their job EVER - mention it to me - my eyes will glaze over and jaw will drop again and again
London Road at the National Theatre - if I described what this 'play' was about you'd be confused... It was an amazing and inventive take on language and natural rhythm - so good I went back twice
Julian Barrett's debut in the Chekhov comedy The Government Inspector at The Young Vic - just bawdy, farcical and funny

Book Highlights
The Sisters Brothers - Patrick De Witt - Coen Brothers like Cowboy tale
Tom Robbins - Villa Incognito - just bonkers
Ernest Hemingway - The Man and the Sea - classic should have read years ago

Frank Dikotter - Mao's Great Famine: The History of China's most devastating catastrophe 1958 - 1962 - mind blowing knowledge gain

TV Highlights
Boardwalk Empire - Season Two - artificial violence is funny and i'm a little intrigued by Michael Pitt
The Sopranos from the start - needs to be done ...
Breaking Bad - about to start Season 3 makes me nervy but who've thunk it from Malcolm in the Middle's dad
The Killing -  original Danish Version - didn't need to be as long as it was but brilliantly compelling and Danish is so pretty as a language

Masterchef - the celebrity one, the professionals one and the public one... i sort of love the learning aspect and best of all there is no effort needed in watching a show like this, perfect wind down tv

Other stuff
getting a badass tattoo
The Royal Wedding for the extra bank holiday
Djing at Silent Disco Reading Festival
Travelling to Hong Kong and mainland China for the first time - wowser that was different

and finally

Not so great things of 2011

a newly reformed Pulp at Primavera, Glastonbury & Reading - sorry friends but i wasn't really interested - i enjoyed the first time too much
Feral people taking to the streets to rob and vandalise areas of London
Lewis Hamilton having a mare of grand prix season - stupid red bull and vettel
Rihanna at the O2 -  felt like i was at a gig celebrating her vagina rather than her pop tunes - lame, soulless corporate pop - well done Live Nation

cheers to 2011, bring it on 2012

Kathryn Braddick, Beggars Group

2011 has been a pretty awesome year it's the year I became Mrs Rodger, lost 5 stone (70lb) and choose Josh over Beyonce.  What a year!!

I got married and we had our first dance on a light up dance floor to The National "Fake Empire" (it's a lot longer than you imagine mainly because we hadn't practiced!!)

In a biggest loser direction and to get ready for the wedding we both decided we need to lose a bit of excess flab and managed to just smash it, sadly I had to give up cider :( !

Glastonbury saw me stood in a field of crazy Beyonce fans and having a eureka moment where I turned to my friend and we decided Josh is fitter and Queens Of The Stone Age were to be our headline act.  I still stand by it being the best decision of the weekend - they were amazing!  I watched Beyonce a few days later from the comfort of my sofa.

Other highlights include - Spending valentines with Adain Moffat, 'David Comes to Life' (on repeat), hitting LA & E3 with Brigitte but not her singing along to Adele, Biffy at Sonisphere,  my work hendo being spent in the best three bars in London -  Crobar, Garlic & Shots & finally Big Red, 'How To Be A Woman' written by Caitin Moran.  Bring on twentytwelve!

Hector Montes, Beggars Group

new records in alphabetical order:
Atlas Sound - Parallax (4AD)
The Caretaker - An Empty Bliss Beyond This World (History Always Favors the Winners)
Comet Gain - Howl of the Lonely Crowd (What's Your Rupture?)

Cut Hands - Afro Noise I (Very Friendly)
Deaf Center - Owl Splinters (Type)
Elite Gymnastics - Ruin (Acephale)
The Feelies - Here Before (Bar/None)
Fucked Up - David Comes to Life (Matador)
Tim Hecker - Ravedeath, 1972 (Kranky)
Iceage - New Brigade (Escho/Dais/What's Your Rupture?/XL/Abeano/Fat Possum)
The Men - Leave Home (Sacred Bones)
Oneohtrix Point Never - Replica (Mexican Summer)


Total Control - Henge Beat (Iron Lung)
Kurt Vile - Smoke Ring for My Halo (Matador)
The Weeknd - House of Balloons (self-released)
Wild Beasts - Smother (Domino)

old records in chronological order:
The Louvin Brothers - Tragic Songs of Life & Satan Is Real (Light in the Attic)
The Beach Boys - The Smile Sessions (Capitol)
Queen - A Night at the Opera (Island)
Harald Grosskopf - Synthesist (Rvng Intl.)
Art Yard - "The Law" b/w "Something In Your Eyes" 7" (Ride the Snake)
The Art of Noise - Who's Afraid of The Art of Noise? (Salvo/ZZT)
R.E.M. - Lifes Rich Pageant (Capitol)
Arthur Russell - Let's Go Swimming (Audika)
Talk Talk - Laughing Stock (Ba Da Bing)
Disco Inferno - The Five EPs (One Little Indian)

Jeremy Kirkland, Beggars Group

My Top Records of 2011 ( in no particular order)

King Krule - EP
Cat's Eyes - (self titled)
Destroyer - Kaputt
Fucked Up - David Comes To Life
PJ Harvey - Let England Shake
Smith Westerns - Dye It Blonde
Kurt Vile - Smoke Ring For My Halo

Other things of 2011
Getting married to my lovely wife Elizabeth!


Chrissy Stuart, Mattitude Music

Albums (in no particular order):
Fucked Up - David Comes To Life
The Weeknd - House of Balloons
Adele - 21
Iceage - New Brigade
Atlas Sound - Parallax
Unknown Mortal Orchestra - Unknown Mortal Orchestra
Kurt Vile - Smoke Ring For My Halo

Little Dragon - Ritual Union
PJ Harvey - Let England Shake
tUnE-yArDs - w h o k i l l
Bad Sports - Kings of The Weekend
Dirty Beaches - Badlands

Straw's Donut Burger in SF
Alexander McQueen at The Met
Ceremony in Boyle Heights
Drive soundtrack
Moving from NYC to California (and not hating it, not even close)
Anything Rebecca Black does
Pierre Huyghe's remake of Brancusi's Sleeping Muse (Frieze Art Fair, London)
Lana Del Rey's lips
Stephen Malkmus sleeping at our office
Date shakes
UT beating A&M in rivalry's final game (hook 'em!)

Living within driving distance to Death Valley
Joy Orbison & Ramadanman at The Roxy
Griffith Park Observatory
Tune-Yards at the Troubadour

Steve Cross, Remote Control

Lost Animal - Lose The Baby
Been holding out for this since Jarrod Quarell use to perform it live with St Helens. Desperate and perhaps
not entirely socially acceptable.

Dick Diver – Head Back
Aged bodies of the Velvets, early Go-Betweens, Modern Lovers, Flying Nun exhumed on the frayed edges
of the Melbourne “scene”.


The Field – Is This Power
Ketamine flavoured wooziness. Scores bonus points for the massive Jah Wobble-esque bass line.

Salem – Till The World Ends
Maybe I’m over intellectualising, but this may wikileak the relationship between the vacuous state of
American pop and the apocalyptic cornerstone of US foreign policy.

EMA – California
It’s linear. Patti Smith’s Birdland set in the time of the great suburban meth plague.

Dirty Beaches – True Blue
Late night 50s Americana filtered through a cheap car radio. Plus he has immaculate hair.

Trouble Books & Mark McGuire – Floating Through Summer
“Jams” - the most abused term of the year. Here it kinda works

Stag Hare – Lavender Raven Tears
Golden rule 2011: Don’t trust face painters ascribing spiritual value to their work. They mainly sound like
the Thompson Twins. Stag Hare made me a hypocrite.

Twerps – Who Are You
Something of a sibling to Dick Diver, sharing musical bad posture, mumbled social ineptitude, a lazy
distain and great songs

Eternal Tapestry & Sun Araw – Night Gallery III
Stallones plays keyboards and flute, normally I am flute intolerant.

Patrick Amory, Matador Records

1. Baby Dee LP - Regifted Light (Drag City)
2. Viscount Hidemaro Konoye - Mozart, Haydn DA (Berlin Philharmonic, 1937-38) (Pristine)
3. Robert Scott - Ends Run Together LP (Flying Nun)
4. Cass McCombs - Humor Risk LP (Domino)
5. Milk Music - Beyond Living 12" EP (self-released)
6. Shearwater - The Island Arc Live DA (self-released)
7. Various Artists - Opika Pende: Africa at 78 RPM 3CD box (Dust-to-Digital)
8. Tonetta - 777 Vol. II LP (Black Tent)
9. Art Yard - The Law 7" (Ride The Snake)
10. Cian Nugent - Doubles LP (VHF)

Gerard Cosloy, Matador Records

Wiccans - Skullduggery (Katorga Works)
Noveller - Glacial Glow (Weird Forest)
Obnox - I'm Bleeding Now (Smog Veil)
Flesh Lights - Muscle Pop (Twistworthy)


Jesu - Ascension (Calo Verde)
Tommy Keene - Behind The Parade (Second Motion)
Wounded Lion - IVXLCDM (In The Red)
Video - Leather, Leather (Play Pinball)
Mikal Cronin - s/t (Trouble In Mind)
OBN III's - The One & Only (Tic Tac Totally)
Total Control - Henge Beat (Iron Lung)


Mind Spiders - s/t (Dirtnap)
Deaf Wish - Mercy (Radio Records)  (2010, so kill me)
Robert Scott - Ends Run Together (Flying Nun) (see above)
Pygmy Shrews - You People Can All Go Straight To Hell (Jack Shack)
Barreracudas - Nocturnal Missions (Douchemaster)
Factory Star - Enter Castle Perilous (Occulation)
Kitchen's Floor - Look Forward To Nothing (Siltbreeze)
Yussuf Jerusalem - Blast From The Past (Florida's Dying)
Quin Galavis - Should Have Known You (Threadpull)
Witches - Forever (Bakery Oulet)

singles :

Boomgates - Layman's Terms (Smart Guy)

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Creamers - Modern Day (Jolly Dream)
Creamers - Slow Burn (Secret Beach)
Avon Ladies - Guns & Gold (Katorga Works)
Women In Prison - Strange Waves (HoZac)]
Sex Cult - Errand Boy (Goner)
Slices - Modern Bride (Kemado)
Charles Albright - Weight (Permanent)

old bits reissued nicely : Laurice/Grudge (Mighty Mouth), Tyvek (M'Lady's), Art Yard (Ride The Snake), The Gruberger Brothers

live : Unholy Two (Austin, March and May), Deaf Wish (Memphis, September), Wiccans (Austin, July), Mind Spiders (Atlanta, April), Cheap Time (Austin, Memphis, September),  Reigning Sound (NYC, November), Hank Wood & The Hammerheads (NYC, October), Wire (London, February) Hank IV (San Francisco, October), Broken Water (Austin, April), Wax Museums (Austin, March), Brain Idea (Chicago, July), Richard Buckner (Austin, October)

Best (non-human) things in the world : J. Mueller, this guy, this place. That's enough oversharing for one day.

UK/EU BEGN Customers - If You Experienced Problems

Sometimes, as much as you try to get things 'right' they always come out 'nearly there'.  Yesterday we opened orders for BEGN for the upcoming Fucked Up release of 'David Comes To Life' and some European customers may have experienced issues with their digital downloads.

If you are a UK or EU customer, you may have experienced problems redeeming your voucher code, thus unable to download the MP3 delights promised to you.  If this was you, we sincerely apologise.  All gremlins have now been removed from the system and regular service has resumed.  Please do not try to pay again, we'll only keep your money.  Instead, head back to, log in, re-input your code that you received from Sandbag yesterday and you should be on your way to aural pleasure.  Please note: in the "retailer" field, enter 'Sandbag' (not Sandman).  Any other problems, please comment below and we'll help you out, or refer to the help page on Sandbag.

Regards, The Management.

Champagne in the morning

The Worst Part Is, They're Registered At Williams-Sonoma

Staff, management and the entire artist roster of Matador Records wish to congratulate Robyn Hitchcock and Chris Lombardi on their recent marriage.

It's a hell of a way to avoid the draft, but immigrating to Canada's not so easy.

Inquiring Minds Wanna Know : What's Up With The Blank Discs In The Pretty Box?

Q:  Why are the extra discs in my 'Challengers' Executive Edition box set blank?

A : Don't worry, they're not defective.  They're supposed to be blank. 

Here's how the Executive Edition works :  the box set you've bought is packaging for 3 screen printed CD-Rs.  The content for the box set will be made available to download a track at a time from  When all the tracks and files have been made available, you can burn them to the appropriate CD-R.

Q: What file formats will this stuff be in?

A: Audio files will be provided as 256kbps MP3, as well as in FLAC format.  Most people are familiar with mp3s, they're the download format of choice and play in virtually any portable audio file device like the iPod.FLAC is a lossless, open source format that provides audio at the same quality as factory pressed CDs.  The file size is significantly larger than mp3, and the files don't play in iTunes.  For more info on FLAC, go to

Q: How will I know when to burn the CDs?

A: At there's a burn meter that shows you how much Executive material we've released, and how much more is left to go until you can burn each disc.  We've got material lined up for the next couple months, so expect not to burn the discs until then.

Q: I'd like to watch late night television tonight but haven't done so since Ted Koppel left "Nightline". Do you have any recommendations?

A: Absolutely.  The New Pornographers will be performing tonight on CBS's "The Late Show With David Letterman."  Dave's other guests will be Hayden Panettiere and Jeff Goldblum. Hopefully the latter will have some good stories to share from his days playing opposite Ben Vereen on "Tenspeed & Brown Shoe", though perhaps he's done something since, too. 

We Get Your Letters

Mr. Tough

Sure. We get some letters. A lot of letters. Like this classic one. But, this latest might take the cake. Why? Because it's not restraining order worthy nor is it demanding money back in exchange for returning some downloads. No, the stars have aligned for this Mr. Tough and this one band (who he seems to own more than one album from):
Dear (Matador)
Hi. I am a citizen of Glagow in Scotland, and my name (as you may see) is Michael Tough. Interestingly, Yo La Tengo's latest single release in the UK is entitled Mr. Tough. I have been aware of Yo La Tengo since I bought their single Danelectro (version 2 of which is on the playlist for my funeral - when it comes), and have purchased a couple of albums since, namely Prisoners Of Love and the current I Am Not Afraid Of You....
I tried to purchase the single Mr. Tough, but none of the major or independent stores in Glasgow had it listed, leading me to believe it is only available as a download. Would this be correct?

The point I am trying to get round to, though, is this; would there be any promotional material available for the current single? It is not every day that a record is realeased with one's name as its title, and this 'novelty' holds an appeal. I saw some cover art for the single on a couple of download sites, but am reluctant to print and copy it on to a t-shirt, for example, for copyright reasons. As I now have the song on hard copy twice (once on the album and once, ironically, from a free new-release compilation CD given away by HMV when I bought the album) I see less need to buy the single if indeed it is available on hard copy.

If there might be any promo items with the Mr. Tough text and imagery that are lying around the office and looking for a home with a real Mr. Tough (by name only, and not so much by nature to be honest) then I would be happy to provide that home and very appreciative. In the offchance that you could please help me in my quest, may I provide a postal address upon request at a later time? Thankyou for taking the time to read this essentially begging letter, and I hope it doesn't bother you .


Mr. Michael Tough

We have since learned he has a cousin Ronnie. Can someone get this guy onto that helicopter?

Related: Yo La Tengo do Mr. Tough (YouTube)

Paging Stuart Murdoch!

In the snail mail days, this would've made the Matador Wall Of Shame, easy.


We are currently looking for 6 artists to write 6 songs over the course of the next six months with Nikki Sixx from Mötley Crüe.  We are looking for songs to be written that can go from rock to alt to pop.

Please contact Jason Spies with questions and or artist submissions: [email protected]; 212-334-3160


Sam Alpert
10th Street Entertainment/Eleven Seven Music
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New York, NY 10012
p: (212) 334-3160 ext. 107
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Motley Crue* Meat Loaf* Blondie* Yes* Everclear* The New Cars* Hanson* Buckcherry* Marion Raven* Jonny Lives* Exies*

Here's a question: does Matablog replace the Matador BB?

And if not, why not? I mean, even if you don't have blog posting privileges (which presumably you regular posters could apply for), you can always make comments to blog posts. And none of you are.

So... what's the difference? What's the value to Matador the label, and its artists, to maintain a lightly moderated BB and a heavily (or at least more) moderated blog on the same site? What purposes do each serve? Please respond (and your response will not be edited, I promise.)

Eagerly awaiting answers and participation, eagerly promoting (we don't hide beind "coolness" here) current albums from Matmos, Mission Of Burma, Brightblack Morning Lght, and upcoming new releases from Jennifer O'Connor on Aug 22, Yo La Tengo on Sep 12, Chavez comp on Oct 10, and Pavement Wowee Deluxe in November... let's see some action guys. Or why are we here? What purpose does the BB serve? What purpose does the matablog serve? I wanna see reponses from tinobeat, bitterfuit, Lukas, Maximo, vesper, 9000, Mr. HCI and all the regular BB posters. Is the blog too "corporate" and "controlled" for you? How about some comments at least???


Damage Control Is Our Business (And Business Is Very Good)

From this morning's New York Times.

Matador Records' Gerard Cosloy (above) said Tuesday he harbors no hatred towards wearers of straw hats and he apologized to ''everyone in the indie rock community for the vitriolic and harmful words'' he used in a infrequently visited, rarely updated weblog.

''Hatred of any kind goes against my faith,'' he said in a statement released through publicist Nils Bernstein

''I'm not just asking for forgiveness,'' Cosloy said. ''I would like to take it one step further, and meet with the Pitchfork staff, with whom I can have a one-on-one discussion to discern the appropriate path for healing.''

Cosloy said he's ''in the process of understanding where those vicious words came from during that Fuze energy drink inspired display'' and hopes members of the Chicago community, ''whom I have personally offended,'' will help him in his recovery efforts.

''There is no excuse, nor should there be any tolerance, for anyone who thinks or expresses any kind of anti-straw hat remark,'' Cosloy said.

''But please know from my heart that I am not against people who wear straw hats or flip-flops in public. I am not a bigot. Hatred of any kind goes against my faith.''

Cosloy acknowledged ''there will be many in that community who will want nothing to do with me, and that would be understandable. But I pray that door is not forever closed.''

He said he must take responsibility for making anti-straw hat remarks because as a public person, ''when I say something, either articulated, typed, or blurted out in a moment of insanity, my words carry weight in the public arena. Not very much weight, but enough to impact future party invitations."


According to New York Magazine (our personal style bible), this blog thing is really taking off. As you know, the management of Matador Records cannot resist any scheme that might either a) make us money or b) result in our selling half of the company again, so voila, it's THE MATABLOG.

In the days and weeks ahead, you'll be graced with intense, personal observations, screeds and propositions from a star-studded cavalcade of innovative artists and music business veterans. Probably more of the latter. But we're not above composing something and putting Ricky Luanda's name on it, especially if things are slow.

We'll do our best to cover a range of cultural issues, but hopefully not sports. No one wants to read about that shit, trust me.


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