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Celebrate Matador's 105th Anniversary WIth A 102 Song Playlist At Spotify

It may have escaped your attention earlier this week, what with all the column inches afforded Taylor Swift's decision to remove music from Spotify, that the last remaining American who witnessed the formation of Matador Records had either passed away or disabled their Facebook account.  With this historic occasion in mind, we've assembled a 102 song Matador playlist at Spotify that will either have you partying like it's 1889 or perhaps will provoke a huge outcry over all songs that are missing (for instance, Taylor Swift's earliest works for Matador). Write down your favorite omissions, and we'll try to get 'em cleared in time for our 110th Anniversary!


Who Amongst Us Has Not Projectile Vomited Upon Seeing David Coverdale Perform?

(because you've already heard far too much Whitesnake in your lifetime, here's The Sickness, instead)

I'd make a pretty good Lionel Huntz, but more importantly, the South Wales Argus reports a Whitesnake concert goer is suing after slipping in a pile of puke at a show last December.

Lindy Butcher, 39, went to the gig with her friend Caroline Burns and was walking to the Loft Bar in Newport Leisure Centre when she said she slipped and her feet went from under her, causing her to fall and land on both knees.

She said she was helped up by a man at the gig, on December 7, 2011, who told her she had fallen in sick.

Ms Butcher, who was not drinking as she was driving them both home that night and had flat-soled Converse trainers on, said: “It was horrifying, you don’t expect to fall in someone’s vomit.”

Ms Butcher, landlady at the Cwmcarn Hotel,was cleaned up with disinfectant, she says. She missed the start of the concert as she had to go to the first aid room and spoke to the front desk to explain what had happened. She then sat down to let Miss Burns enjoy the concert. Ms Butcher’s tickets were refunded as a goodwill gesture.

A claim filed against Newport council said she suffered bruising and soreness to her knees as well as pain through her neck and shoulders and muscle spasms between her ribs.

Fucked Up bringing Halloween horror to the UK

What do you want for Halloween? Not a question often asked, but let Matador take the time to make sure you're all getting what you want for this, the most special of holidays.

Burned retinas?  Pulverised ear drums?  Sweaty hugs?  More fun than you can shake a (broom)stick at?  Well, if thats the case we might be able to help you, as Fucked Up bring their festive fun to the UK this week, culminating in a special show at The Scala in London on October 31st.   And if you can't make the show? Well, the gift of a burnt eyeball is free to all, courtesy of the flyer below.

Along with the ever fantastic Fucked Up live show, we'll also have competitions for the best (and worst) fancy dress, prizes and a photographer to document all the stupidity. Support comes from the excellent (and costumed!) Eagulls and Cold Pumas, both of whom are well worth turning up early for.

Happy Holidays?

Further Fucked Up tour dates include:


28th – Paris, Pitchfork Music Festival (France) Tickets
29th – Leeds, Nation Of Shopkeepers (UK)
30th – Manchester, Soundcontrol (UK) Tickets
31st – London, Scala (UK)  Tickets **Halloween**


1st – Hamburg, Molotow (Germany) Tickets
2nd – Loppen Christiana, Copenhagen (Denmark) Tickets
3rd – Lund, Mejeriet (Sweden) Tickets
4th – Stockholm, Debaser (Sweden)


Performing David Comes To Life, in full

11-14 - In The Round at Le Poisson Rouge* - Sold Out

11-15 - Warsaw, Brooklyn, NY* - tickets

* Titus Andronicus support at both shows


Australia tour (supporting Foo Fighters)

Nov 28 – Perth NIB Stadium

Dec 2 – Melbourne AAMI Park

Dec 3 –  Melbourne AAMI Park

Dec 5 – Adelaide Cricket Groud

Dec 8 –  Sydney Football Stadium

Dec 10 –  Gold Cost Metricon Stadium

Dec 13 –  Auckland Western Springs

TheWheelYLT: A Twitter-Fueled Wheelspin For A Pair Of Tickets

As many of you have read, Yo La Tengo is embarking on a tour where the band will go into each night putting the fate of the evening's setlist in the hands of a lucky wheel spinner.

To take the wheel concept into 2011 online contest mode, the band has posted a mesmerizing spinning contest wheel on their site -

Winning two free concerts tickets via the wheel is simple:

1.  Follow (or be a follower already of) Yo La Tengo on Twitter (

2.  Every day between 12 pm EST and 1 pm EST the wheel will land on one lucky Twitter follower.

3.  That winning Twitter follower will win two free tickets to the following day's show near their hometown (travel to show is not included).

The wheel will claim the first winner tomorrow (Wednesday) for the Philly show.

(Note:  To allay any travel concerns, somehow they have figured out how to select only followers near an upcoming show.)

Additionally, every night the band will be webcasting the wheel spin live on the home page of

A full rundown of dates and where you can buy tickets - should the wheel let you down - are on the band's site.
Obligatory legaleze:

1.  Must be over 18 to win

2.  Travel to and from show not included in prize

3.  No purchase necessary

Jennifer O'Connor To Channel Her Inner Stevie Nicks In Philly

This news just in from the JOC camp....

She will be joining a loose cabal of "not-so-star-ish-indie-rock-stars" at Johnny Brenda's in Philly next Monday to perform Tusk front to back.  I think this thing is also at Union Hall this Sunday.

A full press release right after the jump.
MARCH 29, 2010: In appreciation and celebration of musician Lindsey Buckingham's mad genius and one of modern music’s most “punk rock-soft rock” albums, Fleetwood Mac’s Tusk, The Lindsey Buckingham Appreciation Society will perform its interpretation of the classic 1979 double album in its entirety Monday, May 17 at Johnny Brenda’s in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania with special guest Jennifer O'Connor.

After five years of “Yeah, we should really do this... no, seriously!'”e-mails, phone calls, and drinking sessions, fellow Lindsey Buckingham/Fleetwood Mac obsessives Charlie Hall (vocalist and multi-instrumentalist who has played drums with Jens Lekman, The War on Drugs, Windsor for the Derby, Tommy Guerrero and others) and Patrick Berkery (drummer for Danielson, Pernice Brothers, Bigger Lovers, Mazarin and others) finally put their musical pipe dream into action in 2009, and found four kindred music spirits to form The Lindsey Buckingham Appreciation Society.

The six-person collective is based out of several points along the I-95 corridor between New England and Philadelphia, and also includes Tony Goddess (formerly of Papas Fritas, currently with Jenny Dee & The Deelinquents), Birdie Busch (a Philadelphia-based singer and songwriter), Samantha Goddess (a vocalist and multi-instrumentalist, also of Jenny Dee & The Deelinquents) and Dave Hartley (bassist and vocalist with The Buried Beds, The War on Drugs and BC Camplight).

The Lindsey Buckingham Appreciation Society is not a tribute act and will not perform in costume. The band features no defined character roles and is more a loving exploration of the album than a verbatim reproduction. For more about The Lindsey Buckingham Appreciation Society, visit

May 17             Johnny Brenda's, 1201 Frankford Ave., Philadelphia, PA (special guest Jennifer O'Connor - tickets $8, show 8 pm)

Merry Christmas from Matador


The Decade Can't End Soon Enough (Unless You're Having Fun) - Matador Artists, Staff And Associates Remember 2009 (Before It's Done)


(sure, we're allowed to have an annual holiday party, but who's supposed to pay for the cleanup?)

Once upon a time --- when the bulk of our internet activity was longer than 140 characters --- the Matador website feature periodic news updates (almost all of 'em brutally late in arrival), along with an informal selection of staff and roster listening favorites. Said feature fell by the wayside when we made the fateful transition to the Matablog some 3 1/2 years ago. But fuck it, it's the holiday season, and what better way to embrace the spirit of sharing than with a ferocious onslaught of grandstanding, oneupmanship and elitist self-fellatio?

But enough about our plans for Matador's 21st Anniversary celebrations.  Without further Freddy Adu, here's an impressive array of '09/decade favorite records, events & things from some of your most beloved Matador artists and the people who enable them. Dig in, after the jump :

O Memorable 2009!

By Jonathan Meiburg, Shearwater

- “Anio No Mba Hisoko” by Mme. Ravao & Rajoro
-“Kemayoran” by Grup Bamba Pruang
- Three young Loggerhead Shrikes, nearly fledged, Guerrero Park, Austin
- Sound of feral cats tearing down my screen door
- The Tahitian Choir II: Rapa Iti (Shanachie)
- A startled family of skunks (mom & kittens), Tornillo TX
- Tarantula Hawks (Pepsis sp.), Tornillo
- Neumann M49 microphones and 80-series Neve consoles (Tornillo and Austin)
- Laphroaig single malt
- Jackrabbit and Peregrine Falcon, Mariscal mercury mine (abandoned),TX
-Acorn Woodpeckers – Chisos Mountains, TX
- Imperial Woodpecker, stuffed and mounted - Rare Bird/Type Specimen room, American Mus. of Natural History
- Saw the bones of a bird I collected years ago in the Falklands in a little box in a cabinet in the basement of the AMNH, awaiting the distant future


-“Why Baby Why” by George Jones
- “Dambala” by Exuma
- Long-distance conversations with Mark Ohe (in Germany) and Frank Longo (in a trailer on a mountain in VA)
- Nicholas Kahn and Richard Selesnick, rising to the task again and again
- David Thomas Broughton at End of the Road Fest, Dorset UK
- Bought the last of the surplus Enron First Class Mail envelopes from Topps Office Supply, 5th Street, Austin
- Bach Sinfonia #9 in F Minor (BMW 795), as played by Glenn Gould (if you’re speeding) and by Tatiana Nikolaieva (if you’re crashing)
- Film: The Alchemist, by Bruno Monsaingeon
- Woke up with a body temperature of 105
- Found out my hearing hasn’t suffered as much as I thought
- Marshall 195 1x12 cabinet + 1963 Fender Princeton
-“Devotional Number One” by Roky Erickson
-“Apparently They Were Traveling Abroad” by Roger Waters
- Early frost killed the lavender, and the yellowbells.
- But the almond verbena was fine.

Kurt Dahle, The New Pornographers
Best of list for 2009

KURT VILE- Childish Prodigy

What can I say I don't get out much anymore, but I sure like this record... alot.

Brian Case, The Ponys

The Horrors - Primary Colors (XL)
Times New Viking - Born Again (Matador)
Kurt Vile - Childish Prodigy (Matador)
XX - XX (Young Turks)
Beak> - Beak> (Ipecac)
Nudge - As Good As Gone (Kranky)
Niesennmondi - Destination Tokyo (Small Town Supersound)
Strange Boys - And Girls Club (In The Red)
Jimi Tenor & Tony Allen - Inspiration Information 4 (Strut / !K7)
Girls - Album (True Panther Sounds)
Woven Bones - Midas Touch EP (Zoo Music)

James McNew, Yo La Tengo

Top 14 things listened to and/or looked at in/ from 2009

1. The Best Show on WFMU


2. "Delocated"
3. "Move To California," Times New Viking
4. Achewood
5. Yura Yura Teikoku live gigs
6. Mary Halvorson & Jessica Pavone, Thin Air LP
7. "Tim & Eric Awesome Show Great Job"
8. Oneida, Rated O LP
9. Box Elders, Alice and Friends LP
10. Reigning Sound, Love and Curses LP
11. Why?, Eskimo Snow LP
12. Tortoise, Beacons of Ancestorship LP
13. The 13th Floor Elevators box set
14. "Steven Seagal: Lawman"

Cold Cave :

Jim Carroll

Ted Leo
Best of 2009 as of 12/15/09

JEFF: The Brotherhood live and on record in August
St. Vincent - live and on record in May
Battlestar Galactica finale in March
Hiking in Muir Woods redwoods, California in November
Learning to cook pasta like risotto in November
Us in the studio making a new record in August and September
Hard Skin in Brighton last night (12/14/09)
Finally being in a band that's on the same page enough to agree to covering Samhain in December
Early morning artcic walks on desolate beach in Rhode Island in January and February

Stuart Braithwaite, Mogwai

1 Four Tet/Burial - Moth (12")


2 Raekwon - OBFCL2 lp
3 Bill Callahan - Sometimes I wish we were an Eagle lp
4 Fuck Buttons - Tarot Sport lp
5 Batman and Robin - comic
6 Twilight Sad - Forget the night ahead lp
7 Missisipi Records - ENTIRE OUTPUT!!!!!!!!!!
8 Arkham Asylum - PS3 game
9 Sunn - Monoliths and Dimensions lp
10 Lil Wayne - No Ceilings mixtape

Damian Abraham, Fucked Up
Coolest things of 2009

10) Reading on the Internet that I had gotten a job with Fox News
Even though it was 100% not true it was still funny to read about.
9) Playing in Serbia with Korn.
Any where else it the world and this would have been lame but because vit was in Serbia it was ill.
8) Kevin Shields hooking Sandy up with weed.
There are certain moments in that you could never imagine happening until you see it unfold.
7) Playing Glastonbury.
Sure we played at something stupid like 2pm on a friday but it was still one of the craziest shows we have ever played.
6) Finishing the the "Feed The World" cover.
It was touch and go for the entire process but thanks to the help of people on the record, Jon Drew, Matador and itunes it came to be... so buy it so we can give the organizations involved more money! (yes, that was a shameless plug)
5) Jeffrey Wright moshing during our Chemistry Of Common Life show.
Although I did not see this to confirm it, even if it didn't happen it is still funny to picture in your head.
4) Winning the Polaris
I still can't believe this happened but it did and Metric is bummed.
3) Being dissed by Thurston Moore
At ATP during a "Soft Focus" interview Thurston described Fucked Up as "dude-core" and while that is a super lame thing to say at least knows who we are!... kinda.
2) Touring China.
We snuck in via boat and toured for two weeks. It the most exciting tour we have ever done.
1) The Birth Of Holden
My wife and I became parents.

Peter Prescott, Mission Of Burma

in no particular order and not all music either...........fucked up-the chemistry of common living and 2 live shows i had the pure pleasure of seeing.........the coen bros.-a serious man...........explode into colors live.............. the joys of watching fellow old farts at play: jesus lizard at austin's funfunfun fest,the feelies opening for sonic youth in boston, faust in kentucky [i know,i know the kids have had it with this reunion shit and i sympathize,really,i do,so just make music better than these bands and i promise to shut the fuck up]...........this season's dexter....................erase errata live.....................reason's to watch the television at all:colbert and stewart..............pavement converse, live....................the end

Jared Phillips, Times New Viking

1. earles & jensen
'just farr the record' lp
2. times new viking
'born again revisited' lp
3. axemen
'scary' dbl. lp
4. text messaging (new for me)
5. moonshine
6. times new viking
'move to california' 7"

Jose Boyer, Harlem
Top Ten Dreamiest Buzz Band Ladies of '09
in no particular order...
Annie of St. Vincent
Vivian Girls (3)
Charlotte Gainsbourg
Pearl Harbor (both)
Natasha of Bat For Lashes
The girl from Beach House
Missy of the Love Language

Dean Bein, True Panther Sounds

Between losing a planner, having my computer stolen, and just generally having a poor memory these are the releases that stuck out this year. Thank god I can't lose my twitter page because then I'd truly be navigating the past blindly.

Cass McCombs- Catacombs
Omar Souleyman- Dabke 2020
Death- …For the world to see
Mt Kimbie- Maybes
Kurt Vile- Childish Prodigy
Spiritualized live at Primavera Sound
Joy Orbison- Hyph Mngo
Real Estate- Real Estate
Smith Westerns - Smith Westerns
Phoenix- Wolfgang Amedeus Phoenix
Julianna Barwick- Florine
Delorean- Ayrton Senna
Liturgy- Renihilation
Nguzunguzu/Kingdom/Guido/Joy Orbison Floating Points 12"s and mixes
A Orillas Del Magdalena- Coastal Cubias From Colombia's Discos Fuentes
Telepathe- Dance Mother

Honorable mentions: Dominant Legs, Kyle Hall, Micachu, Young Prisms, Bullion, Pearl Harbour, The Ballet

Looking forward to in '10: SADE, Light Asylum, Magic Kids, Joker, Salem, Starring, new Lemonade and Glasser albums and countless exciting TPS-singles. A few exciting secrets too!

Natalie Judge, Matador Records

Highs of 2009:
Don Draper
The return of The Jesus Lizard
Spiritualized at The Royal Festival Hall performing 'Ladies and Gentleman...'
Synth Britannia on BBC4
Dirty 3 with Nick Cave play in a hotel room at ATP NYC
Burberry sample sale


Pissed Jeans - King of Jeans
Sonic Youth at The Scala, London
Beggars Boat Race - 22miles down The Thames
Dotori Sushi, Finsbury Park

Lows of 2009:
Eating Andouillette for the first and last time.

Kevin Bodenheimer, Matador Records
My Ten favorite non-Beggars Group releases of 2009

Amesoeurs - Amesoeurs
Prurient - Rose Pillar
Joshua Emery Blatchley - VDSQ Solo Acoustic Vol. 1
Peste Noire - Ballade Cuntre Lo Anemi Francor
Cold Cave - Cremations
Lil Wayne - No Ceilings
Cult Ritual - Cult Ritual
Theophilus London - This Charming Mixtape
Real Estate - Real Estate
Washed Out - Life of Leisure

Ten Best Meals I ate in 2009:
Porchini Mushroom Ravioli - Il Mulino (Manhattan)
Boiled Pork & Chive Dumplings with Peking Duck Sesame Pancake - Vanessa's Dumplings (Manhattan)
Greek Schnitzel Sandwich - Schnitzi Schnitzel Bar (Brooklyn)
Deep Dish Pizza -  Giordano's (Chicago)
Italian Combo - Lange's Deli - (Scarsdale)
Swedish Meatballs - Aquavit (Manhattan)
Sweet & Pungent Pork - Hop Kee (Mahhattan)
Gui Zhou Spicy Chicken - Grand Sichuan St. Marks (Manhattan)
Beef French Dip Sandwich  - Phillipe's (Los Angeles)

Adam Bohl, Matador Direct
12 things that just popped in my head that I liked this year

Woods - Songs of Shame LP
Intelligence - Fake Surfers/Crepuscule With Pacman LPs
Bassholes - ...and Without a Name LP


Young Governor - Virginia Creeper 7"
Hunx - Gay Singles LP
Circulatory System - Signal Morning LP
Zero Boys - History Of...LP
TV Ghost - Cold Fish LP
Ryan Pitts and the Boy Toys 7"
Fresh & Onlys - Grey Eyed Girl/Self Titled LPs and Bomb Wombs CS
Reigning Sound - Love & Curses LP
Almost all of the Columbus Discount Singles club (almost none of Sub Pop's)

Adam Farrell, Beggars Group

Top Albums
Thee Oh Sees - Help (In The Red)
Superchunk - Leaves in the Gutter EP (Merge)
Zion I - The Take Over (Gold Dust)
Abner Jay - True Story of Abner Jay (Mississippi Records)
Big Business - Mind The Drift (Hydra Head)
Sonny Smith and the Sunsets - Tomorrow Is Alright (Soft Abuse)
Clipse - Re-Up Gang (Got Snow Fall 2K9 Edition) Bootleg (
Monolake - Silence EP (imbalance computer music)
Death - ...For The Whole World To See (Drag City)
Drake - So Far 8 Bar'd (

Top Work Rock Moments

The Bro'd Trip(s) (props to Mike V, the #1 shotgun rider in sales)
Andy Falkous' touching opus on leaked albums
Colbert grabbing a couple verses on "This Year" in front of a studio audience
Getting to write a marketing plan for Sonic Youth (and not having them puke all over it)
Touching the Doolittle 1/2 tape demos and all other bounty at the Beggars Archive

Jeremy P. Goldstein, Beggars Group

Top-10 rekkids of 2009
1. The Big Pink - A Brief History Of Love - 4AD. MBV meets OMD? A male-fronted Curve? Either way, two great tastes that taste great together. Bring on the shoegaze revival!
2. Prodigy - Invaders Must Die - Cooking Vinyl. No one heard this record, really, but if this had been the follow-up to Fat Of The Land, I'd guess platinum status a few times over.
3. The xx - xx - XL Recordings. Truly amazing debut. Reminds me of Massive Attack.
4. The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart - The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart - Slumberland. The great Slumberland label is resuscitated and issues excellent POPBAH record.
5. The Rifles - The Great Escape - Nettwerk. Supergrass for 2009? Works for me.
6. The Horrors - Primary Colours - XL Recordings. Talk about pulling a 180. Record is completely different than their debut and their newfound shoegaze attack won me over in a big way.
7. A Place To Bury Strangers -Exploding Head - Mute. I guess I'm really into the nu-skool shoegaze movement. Can you blame me?
8. Idlewild - Post Electric Blues - Cooking Vinyl. They pretty much just can't do anything wrong it my eyes. This album was a grower
9. Doves - Kingdom Of Rust - Astralwerks. A long-awaited eturn to form from Manc dreampop merchants.
10. Julian Plenti - Julian Plenti is...Skyscraper - Matador. Interpol side project? I don't care what you call it, Paul KILLED IT on this record.

Top-10 things that weren't rekkids.
1. Intelligentsia coffee, Chicago. As of right now, best espresso in US.
2. Manchester United winning their third title running. Losing Ronaldo and losing the Champions League final, not as awesome.
3. Blue Bottle coffee, San Francisco. SO CLOSE, but second. I think.
4. Academy of Sciences, San Francisco. This shit is so next level. Amazing stuff.
5. Moto, Chicago. One of the five most incredible meals of my life. Must be seen and tasted to be believed.
6. The architecture of downtown Chicago. Spent a fair amount of time there this year and between the Wrigley, Tribune and other downtown buildings: wow: mind-blowing craftsmanship.
7. Margherita pizza at Keste, NYC. In theory, the best pie in the 212. I vote yes.
8. The Big Island. Haven't been yet, but will be there in two weeks. Expecting lava fields to rank in my yearly top-10.
9. Stumptown coffee, Portland. These three coffee purveyors are providing far and above the expected. Destination coffee, for sure.
10. The wife. When you find The One, you gotta give her multiple shoutouts, right? Cornerstone of my life, awesome chef, and sidekick extraordinaire. And the fact that's she's hot doesn't hurt, does it?

Catherine Herrick, Beggars Group

-  Getting the first stamp on my passport (!) and finally putting faces to the names of the lovely people at 17-19 Alma Road, One Codrington Mews and 66 Golborne Rd, and being warmly welcomed and taken care of by said people.
- Pastries in London.  A flapjack from The Pantry, and an apple danish-type thing in the lobby of The K-West.  Never been much of a pastry person, I just grabbed both hastily out of hunger without thinking either choice would be particularly appetizing until I took a bite.  Face was subsequently MELTED-OFF in both cases.
- Jarvis Cocker at The Village Underground.  I border on being a psycho fan, so this is a no-brainer to anyone who knows me.
-  The Big Pink and Muse at The 02 Arena.  Due to poor travel planning, Gabe and I got there just in time for "Dominos" (doh!) and got laughed at by everyone at 4AD.  Then came Muse.  Never really listened to them before, but it was refreshing to see such unabashed fist-pumping arena rock.
-  Jay Reatard at Underworld.  First time seeing Jay with the new band members.  They KILLED IT.
-  Atlas Sound at Cargo.  Both Bradford Cox and Sian Alice Group played great sets, and I ran into The Early Years, love those guys!
- Spilling my beer all over Richard Onslow.  It was an accident, and I did feel BAD about it, but... he's just so well dressed, it was KIND OF perfect.
- Being swarmed by a gang of drunken Brits decked out in Ponchos and Sombrero hats whilst ordering Margaritas for myself and Lucy Hurst.
- Some things just straddle the fine line between awesome and terrifying.  Did I really dance like this in front of people at Milo's Birthday party???  Was definitely singing along to this at top volume, and it wasn't at a karaoke bar!  Oh boy.
-Patrick Johnson's controversial hat.  My birthday is coming up.  Just sayin'

New York
10 notable show-nights in order of date
4/16 Throbbing Gristle at The Brooklyn Masonic Temple.
6/??? Sharon Van Etten (it was the weekend of Bushwick Open Studios, not sure of the exact date) in a loft in Bushwick.
7/4 Kurt Vile + Violators at Woodsist Festival (outside of Market Hotel).
7/29 Jarvis Cocker at Music Hall Of Williamsburg.
9/5 tUnE-yArDs at Music Hall Of Williamsburg.
9/26 the long awaited live debut of Courtier at Matchless followed by **** two acts whose names I don't know at Mighty Robot.  If you were there can you PLEASE let me know who they were/are!???
10/16 The Horrors at Music Hall Of Williamsburg.

Hooray for Earth 2008 1

10/20 (more like 2:00am on 10/21, eep!) Hooray For Earth at Crash Mansion during CMJ.
10/23 Cold Cave at the Matador/True Panther CMJ Party at the Flamboyan Theater.
11/20 Bear In Heaven at Zebulon.

Jeremy Kirkland, Beggars Group

10. papercuts-you can have what you want
9. animal collective-merriweather post pavilion
8 girls-album
7. the horrors-primary colours
6. the mountain goats-life of the world to come
5. the xx-the xx
4. wild beasts-two dancers
3. phoenix-wolfgang amadeus phoenix
2. yo la tengo-popular songs
1. foreign born-person to person

mountain goats @ webster hall
sonic youth @ terminal 5
phoenix @ summerstage

best 7"
rainbow bridge 7"

the hangover
inglourious basterds

Steve Knutson, Rough Trade Records

1. Alela Diane "To Be Still"
2. King Midas Sound "Waiting For You"


3. Kevin Drumm "Imperial Distortion"
4. Broadcast & The Focus Group "Investigate Witch Cults of the Radio Age"
5. Sound System International - King Tubby All-Stars
5. Animal Collective "Merriweather Post Pavilion"
6. Peste Noire "Ballade cuntre lo Anemi francor"
7. Lambchop "Live at XX Merge"
8. Cold Cave "Love Comes Close"
9. Grizzly Bear "Veckatimest"
10. Headless Heroes "The Silence Of Love"
11. Dirty Projectors "Bitte Orca"
13. Pere Ubu "Long Live Pere Ubu!"
14. Ancestors "II"
15. Micachu "Jewellery"

Annette Lee, 4AD

Things I've enjoyed this year (in no particular order and off the top of my head):
Efterklang @ Barbican, London
X Factor
Sushi of Shiori, London
All three ATP festivals. The hangovers afterwards were totally worth it.
Moving to a house with Sky+ and an enormous TV. End of my social life as I know it.
The entirety of SXSW
Charlie Brooker's Twitter updates
The entirety of Primavera Sound
Vodka - many varieties
Finding the rabbit hole at Glastonbury festival
Red wine
Blue steak
Deerhunter @ Scala, London
Malcolm Tucker (The Thick Of It)

Hector Montes, Beggars Group
Alphabetical (or Chronological) Lists of Favorites, 2009

John Adams - Doctor Atomic Symphony/Guide to Strange Places (Nonesuch)
Animal Collective - Merriweather Post Pavilion (Domino)
Bill Callahan - Sometimes I Wish We Were An Eagle (Drag City)
Dinosaur Jr - Farm (Jagjaguwar)
Dirty Projectors - Bitte Orca (Domino)
The Flaming Lips - Embryonic (Warner Bros.)


Ben Frost - By The Throat (Bedroom Community)
Girls - Album (True Panther Sounds)
HEALTH - Get Color (Lovepump United)
The Horrors - Primary Colors (XL)
Mission of Burma - The Sound The Speed The Light (Matador)
Nomo - Invisible Cities (Ubiquity)
Phoenix - Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix (Glassnote)
Pissed Jeans - King of Jeans (Sub Pop)
Rusted Shut - Dead (Load)
Sonic Youth - The Eternal (Matador)
Sunn O))) - Monoliths & Dimensions (Southern Lord)
The Veils - Sun Gangs (Rough Trade)
Kurt Vile - Childish Prodigy (Matador)
The xx - xx (XL)

Abe Vigoda - Reviver (Post Present Medium)
Cold Cave - Death Comes Close 12" (Matador)
Deradoorian - Mind Raft EP (Lovepump United)
The Horrors - "Whole New Way" 7" (XL)
Mayyors - Deads 12"
Nodzzz - "True To Life" 7" (What's Your Rupture?)
Pantha du Prince - "The Splendour" 12" (Rough Trade)
Superchunk - "Crossed Wires" 7" (Merge)
Talbot Tagora's side of the Abstract Distractions split EP (OlFactory)
Twin Stumps - Twin Stumps EP
Vampire Weekend - "Cousins" 7" (XL)
Young Governor - "Virginia Creeper" 7" & Hidden Love EP

Mulatu Astatke - New York-Addis-London: The Story of Ethio Jazz 1965-1975 (Strut)
Comet Gain - Broken Record Prayers (What's Your Rupture?)
The Feelies - Crazy Rhythms / The Good Earth (Bar None)
The Jesus Lizard - Pure / Head / Goat / Liar / Down (Touch & Go)
Red Red Meat - Bunny Gets Paid (Sub Pop)
The Stone Roses - The Stone Roses (Legacy)
The Vaselines - Enter The Vaselines (Sub Pop)

books (read in 2009, not necessarily released in 2009):
Roberto Bolano, 2666
Dan Chaon, Await Your Reply
Drew Gilpin Faust, This Republic of Suffering: Death and the American Civil War
Sam Harris, The End of Faith: Religion, Terror, and the Future of Reason
Jason, Low Moon
Michael Kupperman, Tales Designed to Thrizzle: Volume 1
Muriel Spark, The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie
Charles Stross, Wireless

Twitter feeds:
bellinitheband (Bellini, the band)
hodgman (writer/expert Jon Hodgman)
MataWarehouse (the Matador Warehouse)
MKupperman (cartoonist Michael Kupperman)
OGOchoCinco (Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Chad Ochocinco)
scharpling (radio personality Tom Scharpling)
THE_REAL_SHAQ (the real Shaq)
tonymillionaire (cartoonist Tony Millionaire)
truepanther (Dean Bein of True Panther Sounds)
warrenellis (the English writer, not the Australian musician)

- Not having to go to court after getting a summons for "blocking the sidewalk' while attempting to leave an Oh Sees show at Glasslands (7/2)
- Catching myself before I fell all the way off a 4th-story fire escape (7/11)
- Accidentally breaking into someone's unlocked cabin, thinking it was the one we'd rented for ATP New York, and being greeted by multiple pieces of evidence that the (thankfully absent) owner of said cabin owned guns and knew how to use them (9/11)
- Seeing The Jesus Lizard three times in 2009 (9/11, 10/31, 11/16)
- Receiving a Kindle for my birthday (9/29)
- Mike Venutolo-Mantovani ordering 40 shots of whiskey at the Beggars Group CMJ party (10/22)
- WFMU station manager Ken Freedman, drunk out of his mind on live radio (and in front of a live audience) at the UCB Theatre for Seven Second Delay (12/2)
- The following text from my fiancee after Alabama annihilated Florida to win the SEC Championship: "Game over. Tebow crying. Awesome" (12/5)
- The Fisticup (, a gift from my Secret Santa (12/10)

Steve Glauber, Matador Direct
Favorite releases from the decade-clincher: 2009

Fiery Furnaces – I’m Going Away LP
Ganglians – Monster Head Room LP
Girls – “Hellhole Ratrace”, “Lust for Life”
Animal Collective – Merriweather Post Pavilion LP

Strange Boys - …And Girls Club LP
Sonic Youth – “What We Know”
Ty Segall – Lemons LP
Condo Fucks – Fuckbook LP
Ted Leo – “The Back Seat of My Car” from Tom Scharpling’s RAM tribute album, DOG
Intelligence – Fake Surfers LP
Raekwon ft. Inspectah Deck & Masta Killa – “Kiss the Ring”
Thee Oh Sees – Help LP
Dirty Projectors – Bitte Orca LP
Atlas Sound ft. Panda Bear – “Walkabout”
Beyonce – “Single Ladies (Put a Ring On It)”

Matt Harmon, Beggars Group

T.A.S.K. - Relaxing Time is Over LP (Heart Worm) - First album from this Berlin group with members of the Stuttgart collective Metabolismus.
Polvo - In Prism 2XLP (Merge) - It really is a triumphant return though it took me two to three listens to fully embrace it. Grab the double LP which comes with fantastic Independent Project Press gatefold jacket and on heavy weight vinyl.
Sun Araw - Heavy Deeds 12" (NNF) - Heavy Deeds, indeed.
Predator Vision/Sun Araw split 12" (NNF) - This was the first SA-related release I bought...  "Hey, Mandala" yeah.
Samara Lubelski - Future Slip (Ecstatic Peace) -  Love everything she does but this one considerably ups the game. Co-produced by Thurston Moore.
Girls - Hellhole Ratrace 10" (Fantasy Trashcan / True Panther) - The tune that started it all. This song and the b-side make up a near perfect bite-sized nugget.
Sic Alps - A Long Way Around to a Shortcut 2XLP (Drag City) - You reissue it, I get to list it again.
Woods - Songs of Shame LP (Woodist) - Yes, I am on the bandwagon for this one, but still waiting on the next Menaguar album.
Graham Lambkin - Softly Softly Copy Copy CD (Kye) - microphone abuse, field recordings, violin drone .... makes me miss The Shadow Ring even more than I already do.
Infinity Window - Artifical Midnight LP (Arbor) - Heavy drones. "Sheet of Face" is the jam that you want to hear.


Amen Dunes "DIA" CD (Locust) - Reverb-drenched psych gem.
Tony Conrad///Genesis Breyer P-Orridge - Taking Issue LP (Dais) - Violin vs. violin. Living legends live at Issue Project Room.
Yo Gabba Gabba - Music is Awesome CD (Filter) - All I know is that show is trippy as hell, involves Biz Markie and this album keeps my son busy for 40 minutes in a row.

Live experience of the year
Soldiers Of Fortune @ Bell House 9/24/09 - scorching 21-minute version of "Wooly Bully" featuring the triple guitar threat of Pat Sullivan, Bruno Merrick and Mike Bones plus Brad Truax, Kid Million & Barry London.

Art books
"Paris 48 2 29E" by Ami Sioux (OFR) - US ex-pat musician/photographer who has friends draw a map to a favorite place which she follows and then takes a photo of. Sounds weird but very personal and affecting. Follows 2008's Reykjavik 64 08N21 54W.
"Matthew's Ghost Houses Long Gone" drawn by Nigel Peake (Nigel Peake) - Second year in a row that I've included a book from Scottish artist Nigel Peake. I can get  enough of his incredible ink line drawings, subtle watercolor work and astute observations of the world around him.
Rokuro Taniuchi "Works" - I made this title up because all the text is in japanese but incredible overview of the work from this illustrator of weird, creepy and quite surreal kids books, murals, television shows  and more. Only available from and costs about $35 in shipping alone, but well worth it.

which reminds me ... - my favorite site for book art, cover designs, illustrations and downright incredible images. Turned me on to Taniuchi earlier this year.

Lisa Gottheil, Beggars Group
In no order:

1.  The xx -- fun since August!
2.  Getting to meet and work with Jarvis Cocker. Swoon  Oh.  I checked 08 list and I guess I met him last year.  Re-meeting Jarvis and continuing to swoon.
3.  Having a 2 1/2 year old - she cracks me up
4. In December discovered the show "The League" .  Other TV that filled my time :  Its Always Sunny In Philadelphia, Yo Gabba Gabba (see #3)
5.  Having a 'hockey boyfriend"
6.  Having a real boyfriend/baby daddy
7.  "Dominos'
8.  Rediscovering my love for select festivals and the fun that comes with the artist pass
9.  First snowfall upstate
10.  Swimming in the lake in the summer
11.  The Ham/Swiss/Pickle sandwich at the deli on the SW corner from our office
12.  My continued adoration for "Gossip Girl" and Nate
13.  My gym opened a branch 2 blocks from home.   Yes, very sad this is part of my list
14.  Jawbox on Fallon
15.  NOFX's "My Orphan Year'  Sad song
16.  Seamless Web and I became very good friends

Jonathan Lang, Beggars Group

Yo La Tengo - Roseland Ballroom
St. Vincent - 92Y Tribeca
The Horrors & NIN - Bowery Ballroom
Real Estate & Titus Andronicus @ The Whitney

Grizzly Bear - Veckatimest
Yeah Yeah Yeahs - It's Blitz!
Animal Collective - Merriweather Post Pavillion + Fall Be Kind EP
St. Vincent - Actor
Girls - Album
Neon Indian - Psychic Chasms
The XX- XX
Real Estate - S/T
Washed Out - Life of Leisure EP

St. Vincent - Marrow
The XX - Crystalized
Real Estate - Fake Blues
A Sunny Day In Glasgow - Close Chorus
Grizzly Bear - Two Weeks
Animal Collective - My Girls, Why Would I Want? Sky
Julian Casablancas - 11th Dimension
Yo La Tengo - And The Glitter Is Gone
Washed Out - You'll See It

Modern Family (ABC)
True Blood: Season 2(HBO)
Lost: Season 5(ABC)
Dexter: Season 4 (SHO)
Battlestar Galactica: Season 4 (SyFy)

Heather MacIntyre, Beggars Group
with gerard's permission, instead of living in the past, i've decided to write about thing's im looking forward to in 2010:

- Magnetic Fields - Realism (Nonesuch)
- Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti 2010 project, (4AD)
- Harlem - Hippies (Matador),
- Cloud Nothings - Untitled 12" (Group Tightener),
- The Depreciation Guild - Spirit Youth  LP (Kanine),
- The Super Vacations - Thank You  LP (Shdwply),
- Four Tet - There Is Love In You  (Domino),
- Jonsi 2010 LP (XL Recordings),
and most/finally: Serena-Maneesh S-M #2  LP (4AD)

MORE "B" THINGS: bike-rides, bbq, brevity, bourbon, believing, bonfires, bartering, beats, bravery, baking, and by all means, balance

- Stop having the reoccurring lucid nightmare involving a shark, in the Lightning Bolt mask, in the context of a Goosebump choose-your-ending book scenario.
- Popping my "way too late night karaoke" cherry that i've suppressed for the last year and change, with staff
- Taking up smoking in order to become closer to co-workers, and overall, look cooler
- Broadening my already pathetic, extensive collection of foreign vampire movies
- The final season of LOST (it needs to end)

Robby Morris, Matador Records

(in no order)


blues control - local flavor
broadcast & the focus group - witch cults of the radio age
demdike stare - symbiosis
emeralds - what happened & allegory of allergies
little claw - human taste
cass mccombs - catacombs
salvation - of unforgiving wind 12"
shackleton - three EPs
thee oh shees - help, et al.
vladislav delay - tummaa
young governor - virginia creeper b/w & i'm a mess & english tim b/w in the heart of a harem 7"'s

Todd Netter, Beggars Group

So I could undoubtedly fill my top albums of the year with Matador/Beggars Group related albums but where's the fun in that?  So here goes...
5 Bands/Albums I Listened To A Lot In 2009:
Japandroids Post-Nothing
Foreign Born -  Person To Person
Fever Ray - Fever Ray
Real Estate - Real Estate
Thee Oh Sees - Help

5 Bands/Albums From 2009 I Plan On Listening To More in 2010:
Obits I Blame You
Best Coast Best Coast + Make You Mine 7"s
Cymbals Eat Guitars Why There Are Mountains
Fuck Buttons Tarot Sport
Neko Case Middle Cyclone

5 Favorite Albums of the 2000s (admittedly nothing out of left field here and everything is from the first half of the decade but I listened to these 5 albums so much and in the end they may just be my favorite of the 2000s):
Sufjan Stevens Illnois
Arcade Fire Funeral
Boards of Canada Geogaddi
The Shins Oh, Inverted World
Elliot Smith Figure 8

5 Favorite Matador/Beggars Group Shows Of 2009:
Titus Andronicus at the Whitney Museum (July) - a rowdy show, so rowdy in fact that security had to cut their performance short by a song or two.
Yo La Tengo at the Roseland Ballroom (Sept) - band's music was accompanied by a terrific light show put on by Joshua White and Gary Painter
Mission of Burma's "Burma Day in Boston" (Oct) - Burma was properly recognized, in the form of a declaration from the City of Boston.
Jay Reatard's "Shattered Records Tour" at Le Poisson Rouge (Oct) - now that was a bill, 4-5 hours of great bands and great fun.  more of a party than a show.
Camera Obscura's show at the Music Hall of Williamsburg (Nov) - the very best I've heard them sound when playing songs from My Maudlin Career.

5 NYC moments for the history books (2000-09):
Sept 11, 2001
the Northeast Blackout of August 2003
the NYC Transit Strike in December 2005
the closing of the original Yankee Stadium - Sept 2008
Barack Obama's inauguration - January 2009 (ok not a NYC specific day but a pretty historic one nonetheless)

Gabe Spierer, Beggars Group

Foreign Born - Person to Person
All things Young Governor (esp. "Virginia Creeper" 7")
Atlas Sound - Logos and live in London in November
The fact that Epitaph did the Blood Brothers deluxe CD reissues. Not the albums themselves (which range from good to perfect), just the fact that this series exists. Amazes me for some reason.
Nine Inch Nails live at Bowery Ballroom
Death - ...For The Whole World To See
Girls - Dave Martin tells me, "Saying 'I told you so' is poor form." OK. Great year for Girls! Never saw it coming.
Watching The xx happen. Never saw it coming. No, really, I didn't.
Luxury - "Green Hearts" from "Yellow Pills: Prefill" comp. The first song after The xx on my iTunes, so I listened to it a lot. Power-pop magic.
The Horrors - Primary Colours and live at Music Hall of Williamsburg in October (always pretty great live, but this was like last-show-of-a-long-tour crusher-style honing-your-shit-every-night-across-America awesome)
Jay-Z live at Liberty State Park
Times New Viking - Born Again Revisited and live, always. Maybe the best band in the world, and definitely the funniest.
The Magic Kids live...Just the right side of a very thin line.
Zachary Cale - Walking Papers

Mike Venutolo-Mantovani, Matador Direct

Sound Things
Superchunk - Leaves in the Gutter EP (Merge)
The xx - xx (XL/Young Turks)
Sonic Youth - The Eternal (Matador)
Dinosaur Feathers - Fantasy Memorial EP (Self-released)
Young Governor - Virginia Creeper 7" (Self-released)
The Dutchess and the Duke - Sunrise/Sunset (Hardly Art)
Future of the Left - Travels With Myself and Another (4AD)
Death - For The Whole World to See (Drag City)
Wildbirds and Peacedrums - The Snake (The Control Group)
Pants Yell! - Received Pronounciation (Slumberland)
Anni Rossi - Rockwell (4AD)
Ofege - Try and Love (Academy LPs)
Sunn O))) - Monoliths & Dimensions (Southern Lord)
King Khan and BBQ - The Invisible Girl (In The Red)
Woods - Songs of Shame (Woodsist)
Rainbow Bridge - Big Wave Rider 7" (True Panther Sounds)
Blue Roses - Blue Roses (XL)

Sight Things
Fucked Up at the Independent
Dinosaur Feathers at Cameo (first night of residency)
Built to Spill at Terminal 5
Future of the Left at Spike Hill
tUnE-yArDs pretty much every time I see her
Kurt Vile at The Empty Bottle
The Mountain Goats at Webster Hall
Jay Reatard at Fingerprints
Sonic Youth at Electric Factory
too many others to list...

Happy Things
The Bro'd Trip
Finding the third piece of the Sherpas puzzle
Gibson's Steaks
Tiger Woods
ET's face when she met Ibold
Practicing Sonic Youth tunes in a beer closet with Gabe
Dean's office (file under "The Appropriation of True Panther Sounds")
Eula opens for Mission of Burma
Todd Netter: Karaoke God
Chicago weekends with the Big Goober
Hours upon hours of shit talking with Helen
Sonic Youth's House of Shifting Plates and Ridiculous Juice
Youtube-ing plane crash videos in an effort to scare the shit out of myself
Ben Goldberg's Dave Martin impression
Having a Matador logo on my paycheck
The Chicago Aquarium
Beggars/Matador Saucony Team... Trivial Pursuit night especially
Jay Reatard instore tour
Playing 50 shows in one summer with pow wow!
The Fesken/Fiedler wedding... don't let anyone tell you Ex Models can't dance
Izzy finally getting used to my beard
The opportunity to work with Sonic Youth
A return to form in dick and fart jokes
Hockey Bob
Pitchfork Festival
J Mascis on stage with Built to Spill
Atlanta Jin Jin
Villanova Basketball (Top 5!!! Go NOVA!!!)
Realizing that mom is tougher than I ever could have imagined
And so is dad
Chicago rock and roll buddy Dave
Hanging out in Paul Rosenberg's Magical Warehouse of Taxis
Making fantastic records with Dinosaur Feathers & Sherpas in said warehouse
Writing a "Best Of..." list for this here site

Best of 2009
Somehow convincing these guys that it'd be in their best interests to hire me

Worst of 2009
5 trips to Chicago and not one stop at Taco Burrito King. Weak, Mike... Reeeal weak.
The fucking Giants
The fucking Mets
Jimmy fucking Johnson
Helen's fucking bike

Dave Martin, Matador Direct

New records
1. Dutchess & the Duke - "Sunset/Sunrise" Hardly Art
2. Blues Control - "Local Flavor" Siltbreeze
3. Thomas Function - "In The Valley of Sickness" Fat Possum
4. Reigning Sound - "Love and Curses" In The Red
5. Mantles - S/T Siltbreeze


6. Greg Cartwright - "Live At The Circle A" Dusty Medical
7. Tyvek - S/T Siltbreeze
8. CoCoComa - "Things Are Not Alright" Goner
9.Espers - III Drag City
10. The Mayfair Set - "Young One" Captured Tracks / Woodsist

Almost:  the Clean - "Mister Pop", Vivian Girls - "Everything Goes Wrong" V/A - World's Lousy With Ideas Vol. 8, Boys Club - S/T, Heavy Trash - "Midnight Soul Serenade", Mannequin Men - "Lose Your Illusion Too", Naam - S/T, Polvo - "In Prisim", King Khan & BBQ Show - "Invisible Girl", Blank Dogs - "Under and Under"

Old Records New Again
1. Death - "For The Whole World To See" Drag City
2. Bill Fox - "Shelter From The Smoke" Scat
3. Crushed Butler - "Uncrushed" Radio Heartbeat
4. Mirrors - "Something That I Would Never" Velvet Times
5. Ivy Green - S/T Pogo
6. Ofege - "Try And Love" Academy LPs
7. V/A - "Messthetics #107:  London DIY vol. 3" Hyped2Death
8. Big Star - "Keep An Eye On The Sky"
9. Thin Lizzy - "Still Dangerous: Live At The Tower Theatre Philadelphia 1977" VH1 Classics
10. Betty Davis - "Is It Love Or Desire" - Sundazed

Almost:  Velvet Underground 7" box, Love - "Love Lost", V/A "Where The Action Is:  L.A. Nuggets"  Eddy Current Suppression Ring -S/T, Nerves -"One Way Ticket" & "Live @ The Pirate's Cove" & The Breakaways "Walking Out On Love" , V/A "Total Pop Vol. 1" and a bunch of records that got reissued that are essential but I didn't get too crazy about because I already had that action (not trying to be "that guy - just old) like the Jesus LIzard, Monks, The Terminals and the Feelies

Singles or EPs
1. Wounded Lion - "Creatures in the Cave (Ballad)" b/w Parots - Gilongo
2. Mike Rep & the Quotas - "Donovan's Brain Pts. 1 & 2" Columbus Discount Records
3. Sandwich - "Assisted Living" b/w "I've Had A Few" Columbus Discount Records
4. Cave Weddings - "Bring Your Love" b/w "Let's Drive" HoZac
5. Idle Times - "Get Your Feet Off The Ground" b/w "Driving You Sad" Woodsist & "Million Miles Away" b/w "Whatever Works For You" HoZac
6. Cheater Slicks - "Erotic Woman" b/w "Can't You Hear My (Heartbeat) " Columbus Discount Records
7. Monks - "Pretty Suzanne" b/w "Monk Time" Red Lounge Records
8. Kim Phuc - "Weird Skies" b/w "Suicide Circle" Dear Skull Records
9. Mark Sultan - "Hold On" b/w "I Hear A New World" Sub Pop & "I Am The End" b/w "Catastrophe" In The Red
10. Blank Dogs - "In Here" 7" - Down In The Ground  Sure it is a great record, but it was eclipsed the drama surrounding it.

Almost:  The rest of the Columbus Discount Records singles club records that came out in 2009 (and Year two has been pretty great so far too). Pyschedelic Horseshit "Shitgaze Anthems" & "Too Many Hits" (even if I just listed it), Silver Shampoo 7" on Whats Your Rupture?, White Mystery - "Powerglove" "Aaron" b/w "Ye Olde Stone"  on HoZac

Blake Thomas, Beggars Group

Food: Top 3 steak sambos I've had recently in NY
1. Harry's Cafe
2. Pastis
3. Estancia (Greenwich st.)

Album: The Dutchess and the Duke "Sunset/Sunrise"  (sorry Dave, but the shit is good)
Video: Dinosaur Jr. - Over it
Beer: Life & Limb (Sixpoint Bengali Tiger is real tasty too)
Booze: Black Maple Hill Small Batch Bourbon
Single: R. Kelly Echo
Movie: House Of The Devil
Team: Jayhawks. Beak ‘em
Show: Kurt Vile at Mercury Lounge
Blog: Hipster Runoff
TV: Friday Night Lights is real good

Patrick Amory, Matador Records
Best of 2009, a/k/a Adieu Vieille Europe:


1. Peste Noire - Ballade cuntre lo Anemi francor CS (De Profundis)
2. Young Governor - Hidden Love 12" EP (Parts Unknown)
3. Killed By Glam comp LP (Moonboot)
4. Ash Pool - Saturns Slave 7" (Hospital Productions)
5. Arthur Russell - Come To Life 7" (just the Arthur Russell side) (Terrible Records)
6. Tyvek - Tyvek LP (Siltbreeze)
7. Mount Kimbie - Maybes 12" (played at 33rpm) (Hotflush Recordings)
8. Eight Acts Of Origin comp LP (Raging Bloodlust)
9. Messthetics #107: DIY '78-'81 London III comp CD (track 10 onwards) (Hyped 2 Death)
10. Ashdautas - Shadow Plays of Grief and Pain CD (Ixiol Productions)
11. GG King - Adult Rock 7" (B-side only) (Douchemaster)
12. Spiritual Singers - Ntsamina LP (Mississippi)
13. Aardvarck - Blööm 3 12" (white label)
14. Omar Souleyman - Dabke 2020 CD (Sublime Frequencies)
15. Ofege - Try and Love LP (Academy)
16. Cedric IM Brooks & The Light Of Saba - The Magical Light Of Saba (Honest Jon's)
17. Dodsferd - Suicide And The Rest Of Your Kind Will Follow CD (Moribund Records)
18. Legends Of Benin comp dbl LP (Analog Africa)
19. Fleetwood Mac In Concert February 5, 6, 7 1970 4XLP box set (esp 2nd sidelong version of Rattleshake Snake) (Vinyl Lovers)
20. Ouaga Affair: Hard Won Sound Of The Upper Volta 1974-1978 dbl LP (Savannahphone)

Gerard Cosloy, Matador Records

Jeffrey Novak – After The Ball (LMN)
Jesu – Opiate Sun (Calo Verde)


Bad Sports – s/t (Douchemaster)
The Golden Boys – Electric Wolfman (Daggerman/Alien Snatch)
Maximo Park – Quicken The Heart (Warp)
Tommy Keene – In The Late Bright (Second Motion)
Hex Dispensers – Winchester Mystery House (Douchemaster)
CoCoComa – Things Are Not All Right (Goner)
Love Collector – “My Baby Goes Waaah!” 7? (Big Action)
John Wesley Coleman – Steal My Mind (Certified P.R.)
Tyvek – s/t (Siltbreeze)
The Mayfair Set – Young Ones 12? EP (Captured Tracks/Woodsist)
Box Elders – Alice & Friends (Goner)
Chimiks – s/t (Slovenly)
Young Governor – “Virgina Creeper” 7? (Plastic Idol)

live :
Mayyors (someone's house, March)
Gunslingers (Beerland, March)
The Muffs (Southpaw, Brooklyn, January)
Ratas Del Vaticano (Sound On Sound, May),
Gentlemen Jesse & His Men (The Earl, Atlanta, August)
Cruddy (End Of An Ear, December)
Don Howland's A Burning Bus (Murphy's, Memphis, September),
Axemen (Broken Neck, November)
Total Abuse (Cake Shop, NYC, January)
Andrew Dice Clay (Riviera Hotel, Las Vegas, November)
Pierced Arrows (Satyricon, Portland. October)
Endless Boogie (Beerland/Music Gym, March)
TV Ghost (Headhunters, March),
Brutal Knights (Emo's, May)
Jesus Lizard, (Waterloo Park, November)
Spider Bags / John Wesley Coleman (The Grand, December)
but for sheer consistent brilliance, over and fucking over again, Dikes Of Holland

worst things about 2009:
the home field disadvantage(s) of Citi Field
Sound On Sound closing

best things about 2009 :
furry fire alarms!
Manny Pacquiao
Trailer Space

The Diceman cometh


Sonic Youth, Andrew "Dice" Clay, there have been a lot of amazing shows in the past few days. Hickory-dickory-dock, folksss...

A Homeless Guy's Editorial : Tony Victory's Idea Of Karma

As readers of America's most popular music blog have probably already heard, yours truly had a particularly unpleasant Monday night/Tuesday morning ; to wit, my South Austin home completely burned to the ground. Everything I owned --- along with the possessions of 2 roommates/dear friends, was lost in the blaze.

Over the past two days, I've been truly humbled and touched by how many of you --- friends and strangers alike --- have reached out to offer support, a place to crash, something to eat, etc. Sadly, I can say that such expressions of humanity were not unanimous.

As readers of America's 2nd or 3rd most popular record label blog are probably aware, I've made a frequent practice at poking fun at Victory Records and the brains behind the operation, Tony Brummel.

Earlier today I received the following e-mail message from someone claiming to be Brummel ;

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I've got to admit, I had previously underestimated Brummel. Not only would I have bet real money he couldn't spell karma if you spotted him the K-A-R, but he's even capable of attaching a .gif all by himself. But here's the serious conclusion you can take away from this ill-advised attempt at a rejoinder ; Brummel considers my watching my home and possessions turned to ashes karmic payback for....criticism of his record label? An innocent pet burning to death is acceptable payback for mocking his dopey-as-fuck records, ads and business practices?

If you're a fan of Victory or the label's bands, I've got no quarrel with you. We all like what we like and no one needs to apologize for that not even fans of these schmucks. Honestly, though I can't speak on behalf of his current or former roster (or employees),  I don't think Tony Victory's aesthetic crimes are deserving of anything other than good old fashioned ribbing.  What he expressed to me today, however, is another story.  I think he deserves to have it widely circulated. Brummel can rub himself raw at the thought of my suffering personal or material loss ; if something similar happens to him, I'll be the first person to ship Tony a box of good records.  They might be the first decent ones he's ever heard.

My trip to Mykonos



2008 - The Year In <strike>Self Congratulation</strike> Music : Matador Artists, Staff & Pals Feel The Need To Share

(work crews feverishly prepare for the announcement of just what we've been watching and eating in 2008)

Every December I send out a rambling, somewhat desperate electronic message to the Matador artist roster (well, most of 'em) along w/ label staff and our Beggars' colleagues, begging for their favorite people/places/things/records/memories from the year about to conclude. We've got our longest list of best-of's so far, though keep in mind, if Gabe and Dave's submissions were edited, we'd be back to our mid '90's brevity all over again. Read 'em and weep, after the jump - G.C.

Jonah Falco, Fucked Up

Top Ten times I wished I was dead on tour this year:

10 - Zurich: Band mates spread false rumours on the internet about my other band breaking up right before a 2.5 week tour of the UK. Rash of confused emails from every promoter arrives, wine spills all over my brand new shirt. The stain is in the shape of Lake Eerie.
9 - Glasgow: I send our driver to the wrong airport to pick us up and as a result we have to sneak into T in the Park festival and almost miss our set. Walked into Rage Against the Machine's backstage area but no one would play me at Ping Pong.
8 - Anytown: Damian tucks his penis between his legs to make a Mangina while facing the drums, but it pops out like springy snakes in a fake can of Cashews and I drop my sticks in the middle of "Crusades."
7 - New York City: Hour 6 and onward at the 12 hour gig. My joints are all the size of grapefruits from playing so hands still haven't recovered. Playing a show the next night and having a bouncer advise me to "Do Well" because his friends "The Hell's Angels" were there.
6 - Buffalo: We actually found a portion of Buffalo that didn't look like the scene in Dresden from the film version of Slaughterhouse 5, but ate Chinese Food that was about the equivalent taste to a condom filled with mealworms.
5 - Playing a house show, I get hit in the face with a firm object and start to bleed. I look at my snare and it's a sneaker, I look up and some rotten faced, scabby bastard is smiling at me giving the finger.
4 - Madrid: Developing a cold, bloated, and sitting backstage eating pieces of Salami, Sandy says "look behind you" and there are 5 cockroaches descending on me like the tarantulas in "Raiders of the Lost Ark"
3 - Basque Country: Playing with the Adolescents and shouting "WHERE ARE THE ADOLESCENTS????" at the dinner table as they all quietly dined RIGHT BESIDE ME. Casey Royer threw me into a black hole later.
2 - Philadephia: Invited to do a DJ set, I basically drag the whole band to some shit bar in downtown Philly, play some songs, drink lots, and get REALLY into it, dancing etc...A few weeks later I find out the entire band had been calling me "Carlton" since.
1 - Over the past year: Ben pukes blood, Sandy gets a kidney stone, Mike gets a lightbulb in the face, Josh nearly dies from getting dosed with Crack, Damian nearly bleeds to death in Calgary.......I lie in wait.

Andrew Earles’ personal highlights of 2008…in no order.

1. Reading, or finally reading, Brock Yates’ Cannonball! The World’s Greatest Outlaw Road Race, Josh Alan Friedman’s Tales of Times Square, When Sex Was Dirty, and Tell The Truth Until They Bleed, various writers’ The Best American Crime Reporting 2008, James Lee Burke’s The Neon Rain and Jesus Out To Sea, current and back issues of the excellent Stop Smiling magazine, various writers’ A Prisoner of Memory, various writers’ The Blue Religion, Bill Buford’s Among the Thugs, Robert S. McNamara’s In Retrospect: The Tragedy and Lessons of Vietnam, Joe Carducci’s Enter Naomi: SST, L.A. and All That…, Mirielle Silcoff’s Urban Animals: A Comic Field Guide, Jim Harrison’s A Good Day to Die, James Crumley’s The Last Good Kiss and Dancing Bear, Thomas Berger’s Who is Teddy Villanova, Don Herron’s Willeford, and Bill Pronzini’s Gun in Cheek: An Affectionate Guide to the Worst in Crime Fiction.
2. Boris “Smile” (the 2LP version…stateside, Southern Lord).

3. Torche “Meanderthal” (Hydra Head)
4. Geisha “Die Verbrechen der Liebe” (Crucial Blast)
5. Ian Christie’s Bazillion Points book publishing imprint.
6. TAD: Busted Circuits and Ringing Ears – A no-bullshit look at what happened to four guys who were not overly eccentric, psychotic, schizophrenic…this films distance from the uninspired, wallowing, contrived and unending parade of documentaries about musical “outsiders”…probably one big reason I dug it so much.
7. Metallica “…And Justice for All” (half-speed masters, 45 RPM, 4x12” reissue box set…Warner Bros.) - My ears are closed to the resounding protests of the misguided masses, for THIS is the best Metallica album.
8. Finding my once-lost copy of The Embarrassment’s 2 CD compilation “Heyday: 1979 – 1983” (Bar No…well, eBay or Amazon)
9. Making some serious headway with on my collection of Charles Willeford titles (a financially-backhanded thanks to and eBay)
10. Surviving a particularly brutal and terrifying bout of appendicitis.
11. Pyramids s/t (Hydra Head)
12. The Crucial Blast label.
13. The 3 CD Big Dipper anthology (Merge)
14. The release of “Earles and Jensen Present…Just Farr A Laugh Vol. 1 & 2 (The Greatest Prank Calls Ever!)”
15. My new (for 2008) Schwinn “Trail Way” dual-purpose/hybrid MULTISPEED bicycle.
16. Neil Hamburger “Sings Country Winners” (Drag City)
17. My sincere and deep enjoyment of the following movies and TV shows: Shooter, There Will Be Blood, UKM: The Ultimate Killing Machine, Role Models, Dan Aykroyd Unplugged on UFO’s, Season 5 of The Wire, UFO Files, MonsterQuest, the hilarious Burn Notice, and The Strangers (a simple and mostly non-violent horror film that scared and troubled me to the core…this is the way it should be done). I’m forgetting so many….
18. Becoming a hermit or at least cutting the social activity by about 75%

Ben Cook, Fucked Up

1. Hooking up with the little guy from Set Your Goals in San Fran, and not telling anyone.
2. Being so close to Beyonce @ BBC I could smell her.
3. Asking the singer of Hercules & Love Affair to go on a rollercoaster with me in Holland. I love you. Call me ?
4. Copenhagen
5. Scootie/D.T.F
6. Mariah E=Mc2
7. Newcastle, Where's my leather jacket? Eff you.
8. Stephen Ireland
9. Smoking Crack in Barcelona
10. Valentina

Thurston Moore, the sonik-youth

1. Eight Miles High (Das Wilde Leben) - German movie about Uschi Obermaier,
super 60s Rolling Stones groupie who was a commune radical in Berlin.
2. Let the Right One in (Låt den rätte komma in) - Norwegian movie about a
12 yr old boy who is bullied and meets a friend - a 12 yr old vampire girl.
Sweet and sticky.
3. The Savage Detectives - Robert Bolano - fiction book. 18 year old Mexico
City poet dude falls in with weirdo literary gang who call themselves the
Visceral Realists. Funny, strange, sexy - kickass book - looking forward to
his next one (Bolano's dead) - just came out, titled: 2666
4. Noise Nomads - solo noise dude runs the Bonescraper cassette label and is
killer artist. His performances are surreal disconnections of true noise
physicality. A lot of heart.
5. Uneven Universe - duo from Michigan using saxophones and junk sound. Dan
“Dude” Dlugosielski and Hellfire Holly. Dan runs the ExciteBike (EXBX)
label. Both are also in Cardboard Sax with Wolf Eyes' John Olson. Check it:

The Evolution of A Cro-Magnon - memoir by John Joseph, singer of the
Cro-Mags. Kinda like the Ringolevio of the early 80s NYC hardcore scene. And
written in a super-1st person narrative where he will, while talking about
someone, call that person out ("Hey Vinnie, if yr reading this, get in touch
man, gotta work some shit out") - not a direct quote but like that.
Harrowing pre-teen urban nightmare life saved by an epiphany at a
Faith/Untouchables/Bad Brains gig in Virginia. A gripper.

Stuart Braithwaite, Mogwai


1 Hunger the amazing debut film by (the English) Steve McQueen
2 Remember Remember by Remember Remember lp (apologies for Rock Action nepotism)
3 The Dark Knight film
4 Bon Iver album album
5 Kick Ass comic by Mark Millar
6 Celtic winning the league on the last day of the season
7 Neon Neon lp
8 The Earth album
9 The Shellac album
10 Waltz with Bashir film

Gregg Foreman, Cat Power / The Rare Birds

2.Jukebox ( of course ) Cat Power
3.Endless Boogie
4.Gary Numan - Replicas reissue

5.My Bloody Valentine @ Roskilde
6.Beach House - live in London
7.DIg Lazurus Dig - Bad Seeds
8.Beachwood Sparks - Live in Philadelphia
9.The Photography of Piper Ferguson
10.Cat Power . Spiritualized . Bad Seeds @ Hollywood Bowl

Barry Burns, Mogwai

1. Promo of Scottish band De Rosa's new album called Prevention on Chemikal
Underground Records. If I like it, it's bound to sell literally hundreds, of
2. Gladly having to cut short a tour in the spastic fuckhole that is
America, thank fuck for drummers with serious heart issues.
3. The credit brunch, it's what's for dinner.
4. Russia's return to groupthink idiocy.
5. The end to the win-able dual wars on terror and drugs, finally! The
streets are dry.

6. A rediscovery of the band called Crystallized Movements (you know, from
the past)
7. Christopher Hitchens and (nearly) everything he says. Especially about
Diana, our dead princess. A great orator.
8. The re-emergence of the non-mild winter in Glasgow. It's fucking baltic
here again and quite rightly, that's why I bought an unfashionable North
Face coat. Last year, wearing that jacket, I temporarily looked like a long
haired mutt hanging out a warm Ford.
9. That new president guy you got that isn't a primate's skinbag rash.
10. The late discovery of both The Wire and The Sopranos. Don't even try to
tell me they're shite, over here we're stuck with EastEnders, the
omnipresent Michael Caine and a stupid non-biased, un-entertaining and
factual media which is apparently the envy of the world. But they don't tell
you that on TV.

Jonathan Meiburg, Shearwater
I. Music

1. Pekos/Yoro Diallo (Yalla Yalla recs)
2. Lost Wisdom by Mt Eerie w/ Julie Doiron and Fred Squire
3. Do It! by Clinic
4. Wild Combination (Arthur Russell bio-film)
5. 44 duets for violin by Bela Bartok, performed live before our show at Le Poisson Rouge, NYC
6. Wild applause from thousands every time I said "this is our last song, Coldplay is next!"

II. Hyphenated Books

1. Black Lamb and Grey Falcon - A Journey through Yugoslavia by Rebecca West
2. The Civil War - A Narrative (3 Vols.) by Shelby Foote
3. American Buffalo - In Search of a Lost Icon by Steven Rinella

III. Wildlife

1. Black Bear (my first), near Saugerties, NY
2. dozens of Red Kites soaring over the M40, UK
3. captive Striated Caracara ‘Sirius’, Hawk Conservancy, Andover, UK
4. hybrid Golden-Fronted/Red-Bellied Woodpecker, on the feeder in our front yard, Austin TX
5. Family of Gray Foxes in the vacant lot across the street (my neighbor leaves bread for them at night)

Nathan Shineywater, Brightblack Morning Light


"The cover of our Lp features the feathers of the Red Guilded
Spricker, a woodpecker who would wake us all up in the mornings by
hammering the roof. I couldn't figure out what to do so I checked out
a book at the library on local birds, and read that this bird
'sometimes sleeps in warm window ledges if a suitable nest has not
been made on time.' So then I realized he was sleeping outside of the
window. This year he's returned & made a huge hole in the roof, now
living inside the adobe. I'm glad to see him again!"

Jeffrey Jensen

Mario Chalmers miraculous 3-point shot. He’ll never pay full price for an independently produced 7 inch single in that town for the rest of his life.
KU embarrassing North Carolina in the final four. Man, that was a long time coming. Watching Roy get interviewed during the finals wearing a Jayhawk was sweet. The outrage it caused among UNC alums…icing kid…straight up icing.
Men who look like old lesbians dot com. This is old news to some but I just discovered it this year.
King of Kong-DVD
Jimmy Kimmel Live-Yes, there are way too many empty-headed “actors and actresses” featured and yes, 95 percent of the music guests suck and yes, Uncle Frank and Guillermo aren’t that funny and yes, sometimes the whole show has an off-putting “we’re mean spirited post-swing revival jocks” vibe. BUT the monologue is still the most consistently funny 15 minutes on TV plus the Cousin Sal and Jake Byrd bits are genius (youtube them if you don’t know what I’m talking about).
Can’t stop the bleeding dot com. Considering that our Chief G. Cosloy runs the ship over there this a little interbred and brown-nosery. BUT this mega-blog is a very impressive accomplishment EVERY DAY. Makes me feels genuinely less guilty for the amount of time I devote to the world of sports.

Juniors Restaurant in Brooklyn. The food is awful but it draws the best assortment of true characters in NYC. Go there to drink booze or eat sweets and play cards. Try the Hoboken (chocolate ice cream with pineapple syrup). Yes, I’m old and fat.
Full 75-game run of Ken Jennings Jeopardy appearances on the Game Show Network. Could I think of something more constructive to do with my free time than Tivo Jeopardy and match my wits against trivia god Ken Jennings by actually scoring my own answers along with his everyday? Probably.
Neil Hamburger Plays Country Winners. Arguably his worst offering so far but this is the only “new” record I think I actually bought this year. Yes, that says a lot about Neil Hamburger and the state of music but I think it says more about how little I care anymore.
Uncle Floyd Vivino performs at Collucci's in North Haledon New Jersey every Tuesday night.
The Tennis Hall of Fame in Newport, Rhode Island. I love sports halls of fame, this one is pretty small and kinda stuffy BUT a wing devoted to Bobby Riggs and Billy Jean King? Wowzers!!!
Visiting Saratoga Springs Racetrack. VERY crowded VERY blue-blooded and insultingly expensive to visit. But never having been there it lived up to my huge expectations just based on the beauty of the track itself.
The moment where Chris “Mad Dog” Russo broke down and cried during his farewell broadcast of the Mike and Mad Dog show.
Fried asparagus rolls from the venerable E. Village sushi haunt Sapporo East. Maybe my favorite food item in the world. If I were forced to pick a dish for competitive eating this is it.
Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job! Are these fat boys actually funnier than me? Maybe…hmmm…maybe.
Building my biz to the point where I don’t actually have to work shifts on my taco truck.
The inspiring and unexpected performance from Fernando Tatis.
Jonathan King-King of Hits 8 CD comp. How many artists deserve and 8 CD retrtospective? This is so good.
Last but not least Earles and Jensen present…Just Farr a Laugh The Greatest Prank Phone Calls Ever Vols. 1 & 2.

Damian Abraham, Fucked Up

Top Ten Things I didn't Do In 2009 That I Should Have Done to be a better person...
10) Try "Drank"
9) See Dark Knight in the Theatre
8 Hear "Chinese Democracy"
7) Play "Grand Theft Auto IV"
6) Lose money in the stock market
5) Get a pizza from that new place on Ossington
4) Watch Rage Against The Machine (when we played a festival with them)
3) Start watching Saturday Night Live again
2) Fall in love with / totally hate (insert band name here)
1)Vote for Obama (I'm Canadian)

Jennifer O'Connor

Spiritualized - Songs in A & E
Silver Jews - Lookout Mountain, Lookout Sea

Damien Jurado - Caught In The Trees
making a record with John Agnello
Kanye West - 808's and Heartbreak
Estelle - "American Boy"
Deerhunter - Microcastles
Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds - Dig, Lazarus, Dig!
Jay Reatard- both singles collections
touring with the Amy Ray band
putting out a Dump 7" on Kiam
Barack Obama
The Replacements re-issues
Rhianna - "Disturbia"
Lil Wayne feat Jay-Z - "Mr. Carter"
Coldplay - "Lost"
All 5 seasons of the Wire
T.I. featuring Rhianna - "Live Your Life"

James McNew, Yo La Tengo

Antietam, Opus Mixtum (Carrot Top LP)
Lambchop, OH (Ohio) (Merge LP)

Why?, Alopecia (Anticon LP)
Times New Viking, Rip It Off (Matador LP)
Fucked Up, Year of the Pig (Matador EP)
Madlib, Presents WLIB AM - King Of The Wigflip (Stones Throw LP)
Devin Flynn and Gary Panter, Devin and Gary Go Outside (Picture Box LP)
Anne Bacheley, Headquarters (no label LP)
Eddie Marcon, Kao Ga Iru (Pong Kong EP)
Mudhoney, The Lucky Ones (Sub Pop LP) + "Street Waves" (Sub Pop 7")

Mark Ibold, Sonic Youth / Pavement

Cacio e Pepe-- classic "easy" Roman pasta. One day i'll get it right...
Knyfe Hyts --"smoke the milk"
Mickey One-- new (sony?) print intro'd by Tom Surgal at Anthology
Tretorn-- classic tennis sneaker reissue
Montreal food scene--- Liverpool House, J. Beef, l'Express, Schwartz', Kitchen club
Atwater, Jean-Talon, so much more...
Sic Alps- "US EZ" lp on Siltbreeze
Thai food blog-- from photographer Austin Bush. i gotta go to BKK!!
Pension Briol-- Dolomiti--- worth hiking to, but if you have kids you can hire an SUV
to get you there....
Rivendell bikes -- one day I'll own one, but until then I'll buy parts!
Mississippi records-- haven't heard 'em all, but love the 4 that I have...
Ojai Pixie Tangerines-- sometimes small as a quarter! Order early in season from Friends Ranch, Ojai, CA

Claire Taylor, Beggars Group

Beachwood Sparks at Maxwell's
Book Club (started with 10 members; now at 3)

The Faces reunite / plan '09 tour (99% chance I take this one back in '09; for now I remain optimistic)
Five Live Yardbirds LP
Greenpoint Y
Harmonica (learning to play much to delight of roommates and neighbors)
Mad Men
Shearwater at (Le) Poisson Rouge
Technicolor Web of Sound Radio
Vetiver - Thing Of The Past

Sonya Kolowrat, Beggars Group

1) anticipation of becoming a mother in mid-January
2) Being at SNL with Vampire Weekend and the after party and the after-after party
3) FILM - "The First Saturday In May" - about the Kentucky Derby - amazing!!!
4) ALBUM - Beach House - Devotion
5) Strasbourg, Saskatchewan
6) The National & REM at Madison Square Garden
7) Jacques Torres' Hot Chocolate
8 ALBUM - Bonnie Prince Billy - Lie Down In The Light
9) Seeing Jarvis Cocker & Spiritualized in the same week
10) hand dipped salted caramels from Nunu/bittersweet chocolate tiles topped with grey sea salt from poco dolce in SF

Gonzalo Schiaffino, Popstock Distribuciones (Spain)
Best of the year in no particular order except # 1

# 1 Next year: 2009

- Berlin’s release through Matador. Lou Reed in Malaga (final date Berlin’s tour)
- Tom Waits @ Kursaal (San Sebastian)
- Tribu Fandango (
- Feed Back: The Velvet Underground: legend, truth by Ignacio Julia (book)
- Cave Singers (artist, record)
- Eli Paperboy Reed (artist, record, show)
- Messi & Barça (football)
- Californication (TV)
- Zoe y Luca (my sons)
- Ondiñas do Mendo (I insist. If you are in Madrid and want the best tapas in town this is your place!))

Gabe Spierer, Beggars Group

Neurosis and Mastodon, two nights at the Brooklyn Masonic Temple - As much as I love seeing Mastodon, Neurosis owned these two cold nights in January.
Mates of State - "Re-Arrange Us" - Yeah yeah yeah. I love this album. Riding your bike over the bridge, you can hardly tell that you're harmonizing out of tune.
Fleet Foxes - "Fleet Foxes" and "Sun Giant" and like 5 times in concert - Yeah yeah yeah to a lesser extent. Seriously though, I don't think there was a better bunch of songs or singing this year. And this:
Fucked Up - "The Chemistry of Common Life" - Such a great album. Pop songs also, really.
Department of Eagles - In Ear Park and live on a rooftop - Heartbreaking sounds, really beautiful. Live performances in '09!

Hamlet 2 - The best movie I've seen in the theater in a long time. Very laughy
the Jay Reatards live. so good. Billy is the best drummer.
All Tomorrow's Parties at Kutsher's - My dad played baseball here in his youth (JKJKheadbobJKLOL). That's actually true though.
Chairlift - Does You Inspire You - Really pretty and catchy
Girls (the band) - watch out for them in 2009. It's going to happen.
True Panther Sounds and Dean Bean Bein - Great label, better dude.
girls (not the band)
Kleenex Girl Wonder (not Girls, or girls) - Mrs. Equitone - Reconnecting with genius of Graham Smith was one of the year's most pleasant surprises.
Lil' Wayne - Tha Carter 3 - It's not perfect, but it's pretty damn good. Rotten year for hip hop, kinda.
Times New Viking - Rip It Off - Midwest rock record of the year. They are destroying minds in concert right now too.
Monotonix live - Could be terrible, is actually excellent.
The 2007-08 NBA Champion Boston Celtics - I can't believe how hard I was rooting for a Boston team. Ray Ray got a ring though!!! Also, would they have won that series if his jumper had never returned? No chance.
Mario Chalmers - I can't believe I rooted for the Jayhawks. Also, Memphis lost that game at line.
The Muslims changing their name to the Soft Pack - Christmas comes early!!
King Khan and the Shrines "secret show" at Don Pedros after they played the Sea Port. WOW
Meneguar and and Oxford Collapse making the best records of the mid-'90s of 2008. Both really really great.
THE VIVIAN GIRLS - 2008 touchstone, to be sure.
Moving to the city
Moving two doors down from Hospital Productions
Getting to write a top ten list for the Matador website

Brigitte Green, Beggars Group (in no particular order)

1. Yo La Tengo, last McCarren pool party
2. Let The Right One In
3. Bon Iver: For Emma, Forever Ago
4. Obama!!!
5. The Dark Knight
6. Endless Boogie at 58 Cole St / JC
7. Louis Bourgeois retrospective at Guggenheim - sorry if you missed it
8. Deerhunter: Microcastle / Weird Era Cont
9. True Blood
10. saying farewell to my 20s

Adam Farrell, Beggars Group

Favorite music put out there in 2008 (in no order)

"Wagonwheel Blues" by War on Drugs (Secretly Canadian)
"Nighthawks" by Teen Getaway (self-released EP)
"Get Awkward" by Be Your Own Pet (Ecstatic Peace/XL)
"We Got It For Cheap Vol III" by Re-up Gang (Re-up Gang Records)
"Dear Science" by TV On The Radio (Interscope/4AD)
"Love Is Overtaking Me" by Arthur Russell (Audika Records)
"Gnawa All Stars" comp (John John Records)
"Obsession" comp (Bully Records)
Unnamed mixtape procured from van driver in Morocco featuring Oudaden, Ahouzar and Izenzar

Favorite anti-social networking moments in 2008

1. Fucked Up not having a MySpace profile
2. Never once Twittering
3. Geoff Travis asking me what Twittering is all about
4. Arthur Magazine inspiring me to delete my personal MySpace profile

Favorite book: The Bro Code (given to me as a gift from Lesley)

Jeremy Goldstein, Beggars Group

Top-10 albums of 2008:
1. The Music - Strength In Numbers
2. Glasvegas - Glasvegas
3. Darker My Love - 2
4. Pendulum - In Silico
5. Shearwater - Rook

6. People In Planes - Beyond The Horizon
7. Sigur Ros - með suð í eyrum við spilum endalaust
8. Mogwai - The Hawk Is Howling
9. Metallica - Death Magnetic
10. Longwave - Secrets Are Sinister

Top-10 things of 2008

1. Getting married
2. Honeymooning in Sorrento and the Amalfi Coast

3. Getting married
4. Honeymooning in Sorrento and the Amalfi Coast

5. Getting married
6. Honeymooning in Sorrento and the Amalfi Coast

7. Getting married
8. Honeymooning in Sorrento and the Amalfi Coast
9. Getting married

10. Honeymooning in Sorrento and the Amalfi Coast

Top-10 food items of 2008

1. Mushroom ravoli at Tra Vigne. Best. Reception. Food. EVER. This dish was amazing. And off the menu to boot.
2. Margherita pizza at Antica Pizzaria da Michelle, Naples. There's a reason this place has been in business since the 1800s.
3. Margherita pizza at Da Gigino, Sorrento. Lovely tucked away restaurant in Sorrento. Went three times. Was stoked each and every one of them.
4. Gelateria Davide, Sorrento. Went every day. Don't feel guilty in the least.
5. White tuna with garlic at Kamakura, Alameda. Again, an old standby never fails to impress.
6. Mushroom pappardelle at Il Bagatto. Too bad it's such a battle to eat there, as everything I've ever had there has been amazing.
7. Combination #2 (or #3, can't remember): Shrimp taco and lobster burrito at El Zarape in San Diego. Garett and Halloran I will always love you for taking me here. And sort of hate you since you get to eat it far more often than I.
8. Veggie burrito at El Farolito, San Francisco. Would be on my top-10 every year if I still lived in the Bay Area.
9. One of the 10s of Rosenbloom zins I had this year. Each one was delicious. Join the Red Rangers club. You will not be disappointed.
10. Margaritas at my apartment. Mine are still better than any others I've had. Sorry, New York. And everywhere else.

Jeremy Kirkland, Beggars Group

Deerhunter "Microcastle/Weird Era Cont"
Fucked Up "The Chemistry of Common Life"
My Cast Iron Skillet
Calexico Burritos (no not the band silly)
Department of Eagles "In Ear Park"
Planet Earth on Bluray
Crystal Stilts "Alight of Night"
last but not least barack obama

Lisa Gottheil, Beggars Group

1 summertime in the Catskills
2 Gavin and Stacy on BBC America
3 Jaya learning to walk and talk
4 seamless web
5 the final season of the shield - sad its the final one but it was great
6 this american life on ipod to and from work
7 Be Your Own Pet -both "Get Awkward" album and especially "Get Damaged " EP
8 fucked up - album and what i saw of the 12 hour show
9 maui in november
10 actually reading a few novels and watching a few films in their entirety

Matt Harmon, Beggars Group

Sic Alps "U.S. EZ" (Siltbreeze)
Obits "One Cross a Piece" 7" (Stint)
Growing "All The Way" (Social Registry)
Devon Williams "Carefree" (Ba Da Bing)
No Age "Nouns" (Subpop)
Vivian Girls "s/t" (Mauled by Tigers / In the Red)
Bird Show "Untitled" (Kranky
Meneguar "The In Hour" (Woodist)
Expo 70 "White Ohms" (Beta Lactum)
The Dead C "Secret Earth" (Ba Da Bing)
Fucked Up "The Chemistry of Common Life" (Matador)
TV on the Radio " (Interscope)
"Tilting and Drifting: The Music of Scott Walker" live at the Barbican (London) 11.6.08
"Maps" drawn by Nigel Peak (Analogue Books

Blake Thomas, Beggars Group

Neil Young - Live At Massey Hall (LP)
The Firefighter sandwich, still going strong (M&M deli at 6th and Broome)
Blanton's Bourbon
Cheeseburgers (top five ny subcategory)
-Houstons (park ave)
-Royal (Ave. C i think)
-Shake Shack (madison sq. park)
-Diner (brooklyn)
-The Spotted Pig (w. 12th)
Pavement - Brighten The Corners: Nicene Creedence Edition
Paris' bike sharing program, genius
Sierra Nevada Harvest wet hop ales
The Faint at Terminal 5
Harry's Cafe's Steak and Cheese, rich and insanely good (hanover sq.)
Fucked Up - The Chemistry Of Common Life
Seghesio Zinfandel, not a big wine person but this was real good (september wines, stanton st.)
Oktoberfest in München mit meinen kameraden
Kansas Jayhawks 07-08 Season (Lawrence, KS / Kansas City, MO / Omaha, NE / Detroit, MI / San Antonio, TX)

Robby Morris, Beggars Group

New Records (In No Order):
Bonnie "Prince" Billy - Lie Awake In The Light and Ask Forgiveness
The Walkmen - You & Me
Deerhunter - Microcastle / Weird Era Cont.
Kurt Vile - Constant Hitmaker
Fennesz - Black Sea
Thee Oh Sees - The Master's Bedroom Is Worth Spending A Night In
Robert Forster - The Evangelist

Reissues/Collections (In No Order):
Arthur Russell - Love Is Overtaking Me
Ursula Bogner - Recordings 1969-1988
Sun City Girls - You're Never Alone With A Cigarette, Singles Volume 1
V/A - African Scream Contest

A late '07 Release I picked up in '08:
Gavin Bryars, Phillip Jeck, Alter Ego - The Sinking of The Titanic

The Ex with Getatchew Mekurya, Mahmoud Ahmed and Alemayehu Esthete with Either/Orchestra @ Damrosh Park Bandshell
Watching Glauber Rocha's Antonio Das Mortes on the big screen and again on the small screen
Mad Men Season 2

Todd Netter, Beggars Group

my season's greetings to everyone:


To Dorian Cox, I know you had a rough year but stay positive things will get better!

Top 5 recent things that happened in the office (not in chronological order):
- I got a Steve Keene painting from Nils. It's official now, I've worked for Matador Records.
- The Bro Code. Read it and learn suckers.
- Chris Dane Owen. just watch:
- Office Cleaning Day. Ok this hasn't happened yet but soon...and necessary!
- The holiday party karaoke session. Patrick aptly dubbed it: Karaoke as Warfare. 'nuff said.

Top 5 shows (in no particular order):
- Vampire Weekend at Summer Stage (in the pouring rain, really fun)
- King Khan & The Shrines at Don Pedro's (a rowdy night was had)
- M.I.A. at McCarren Pool (the stage and lighting were amazing and Holy Fuck opened up)
- Times New Viking at the WFMU show at Irving Plaza (the best sounding show I've seen TNV play)
- Sigur Rós at MoMA (on Icelandic Independence day and an Olafur Eliasson exhibit too. Wow what a night!)

Top 5 albums (in no particular order):
- M83 "Saturdays = Youth"
- School of Seven Bells "Alpinisms"
- Times New Viking "Rip It Off"
- Fuck Buttons "Street Horrrsing"
- Pavement "Brighten The Corners - Nicene Creedence Edition"

Top 5 albums I should have listened to more (and I'll make sure that I do):
- Lindstrøm "Where You Go I Go Too"
- High Places "High Places"
- Blank Dogs "The Crystal Ladies"
- Crystal Stilts "The SinKing"
- Bon Iver "For Emma, Forever Ago"

Top 5 music related persons, places, events or things (in no particular order, have I mentioned that before):
- Fucked Up's 12 Hour Show. Anyone who was there knows how great this was.
- The Bell House. Who doesn't like a new venue and this one by all accounts seems like a good one.
- Record Store Day. I'm glad it's back for 2009, hopefully the stores are too.
- SXSW. I thought it was great this year.
- Jay Reatard Matador Singles 7"s. I got a complete set, sorry not trying to rub it in.

Top 5 non-music related persons, places or events (very much in particular order):
- Meg Baker. She's a pretty rad lady.
- Obama. Let me say that again President Obama.
- 2 week vacation in Sun Valley, Idaho this Xmas and NYE. Can you tell I'm excited?
- Giants beating the undefeated Patriots in the Super Bowl. I still can't believe that happened.
- Going to Yankee Stadium in it's final season (Fri, Aug 15th against the Royals).

Jane Pollard, Beggars Group
Top ten live experiences of 2008
1 - The jaw-dropping closeness of Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds in session at Miloco Studios, London
2 - Fuelling my obsession seeing Damien Jurado two nights in a row in New York
3 - Spine-tingling quietness of an acoustic performance by Stuart Staples in his studio, Limogues
4 - The gospel according to Bill Callahan at St. James' Church, London
4.5 - The sur-reality of Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds at the Hollywood Bowl
5 - Making new friends at Rowland S Howard Toff on the Town, Melbourne
6 - Necking free vodka and oscillating wildly to The Gossip playing the Deitch Projects party, Miami
7 - Losing my ears to My Bloody Valentine, Roundhouse, London
8 - Picking up the pieces of my heart after Spiritualized at iTunes Festival, Air studios, London
9 - Antony and the Johnsons raising the roof of the Barbican, London
9.5 - Clutching a camera throughout the Grinderman warm-up show in Hove
10 - Sitting on the floor at the Bon Iver Rough Trade East in-store, London

Catherine Herrick, Beggars Group

Becoming an Aunt for a 2nd time with the Birth of my Nephew, Nicholas
Baking for the first time without assistance
Creating my own recipe for the best Sangria ever
Having authentic Texas BBQ for the first time
Meeting Jarvis Cocker and having to run and shriek in the mailroom like a giddy teenager immediately afterwards
Seeing Mission of Burma play Signals, Calls, and Marches AND Vs. at Bowery Ballroom
The re-release of Sweatin' To The Oldies as a 5 DVD set with the inclusion of inspirational bonus disc Love Yourself and Win
The bulk shipment of Crunk!!! Energy Drink from Lil Jon's peeps to our office, and hoarding the sugar-free cans
Becoming an honorary Kanas Citian without having spent time in the town
The luxury of learning to play bass on a really nice Rickenbacker that is bigger than I am

Annette Lee, 4AD

2008 - the highs:
- Wispa bars
- Shearwater @ St Giles Church
- Two hours' tete-a-tete with Gary Numan on the set of This Morning. A new career high.
- Fucked Up @ GYC, Guildford.
- Halloween chez Alma Road.

- Kill Your Friends by John Niven. Terrifyingly real.
- Seeing Eddie Izzard perform live twice. The man is a genius in heels

2008 - the lows:
- Saturday @ ATP vs The Fans between 5pm and midnight. Clearly Bloody Marys and me don't mix.
- Chronic sunburn on the last day of my only summer holiday. More pain than life itself.
- The new Indiana Jones. 2 hours of my life I will never get back.

Helen Rush, Matador Direct
Favorite Quote of 2008

"Prepare to put mustard on those words for you will soon be consuming them along with this slice of humble pie that comes direct from the oven of shame set at gas mark egg on your face"................Ha ha.........

Some music I loved this year, old and new, in alphabetical order (sorry if I forgot you)
A.R. & Machines - Die Grüne Reise
Beauregard Ajax – Deaf Priscilla
Blank Dogs – 'On Two Sides' and 'The Fields'
Cold Sun – Dark Shadows
The Common People - Of The People By The People For The People
Crystal Stilts - S/T 12" and 'Alight Of Night'
Damien Eih, A.l.k & Brother Clark – Never Mind
The Electronic Hole – S/T
Lau Nau - Ebony & Ivory
Meneguar – The In Hour
Morgen – S/T
Vivian Girls – S/T

Ragbag Rats – our office 'sports' team……we got to the finals……but………

My list of all the bands I saw in 2008 (up to 12/7/08) just to see…… here it is
Sightings/Blues Control – Midway NYC 1/5/08
Ecstatic Peace Showcase – Thurston Moore, MV/EE, Tall Firs, Religious Knives – Knitting Factory NYC 1/8/08
Endless Boogie /Human Bell – Pianos NYC 1/13/08
Endless Boogie/Children/Andrew WK (solo piano)/Jeff Jensen – Pianos NYC 1/20/08
Growing/I.U.D/Voorhees – Death By Audio - Brooklyn 1/24/08
Six Organs of Admittance (with Elisa Ambrogio)/Mick Tuner & Jim White/Mouthus – Mercury Lounge NYC 1/29/08
James Blackshaw and Jozef Van Wissem – At some art gallery on Orchard St. NYC– 1/31/08
Tall Firs – Knitting Factory NYC- 1/31/0
The Hidden Twin/Star Maker – Union Pool – Brooklyn 2/28/08
Tall Firs/Talk Normal - Some loft party in S. Williamsburg, Brooklyn 2/29/08
Soft People – Unitarian Church – Philadelphia PA 3/8/08
DRMWPN - AV-aerie - Chicago IL 3/10/08
Blues Control/Naked On The Vague/Psychedelic Horseshit/Pink Reason/Times New Viking @ Siltbreeze SXSW '08 Showcase - Austin TX 3/13/08
Mikey Bones/Psychic Ills @ Social Registry SXSW '08 Showcase - Austin TX 3/13/08
Sightings/Be Your Pet/Leslie Keffer & Valerie Martino/Bill Nace & Thurston Moore/Little Claw/Black Helicopters/Tall Firs/ Sunburned Hand of the Man/J Mascis/Thurston Moore and The No Wave Bandits @Ecstatic Peace SXSW '08 Showcase - Austin TX 3/14/08
Jandek/Christina Carter SXSW '08 Showcase - Austin TX 3/15/08
Eat Skull/Wooden Shjips/Wildild Life @ Holy Mountain SXSW '08 Showcase - Austin TX 3/14/08
TNV/Pink Reason In-Store – Sound Exchange – Houston TX 3/15/08
Why?/Crypticize – Rudyards Pub – Houston TX 3/15/08
Hands Off Cuba – Springwater – Nashville TN 3/19/08
Stellar Om Source/ True Prime – Glasslands Brooklyn 3/26/08
White Out w/ Samara Lubelski – The Stone NYC 3/29
PG. 6 and Bob Bannister/Nalle/Begushkin - Glasslands Brooklyn 3/30/08
Tall Firs (record release party)/Telepathe – rehab – NYC - 4/5/08
Tall Firs/Knyfe Hyts/Awesome Color - Glasslands Brooklyn 5/2/08
Blood On The Wall – Mercury Lounge - NYC 5/17/08
NY VS NZ II - Lin Culbertson & Tom Surgal (a.k.a White Out) with MV Carbon - The Stone 5/22/08
Brooke Sietinsons, Meara O'Reilly, Eric Carbonara, Bill Nace - The Stone NYC 5/23/08
Mike Wexler/Koen Holtkamp – Glasslands, Brooklyn 5/28/08
Blues Control/Henry Flynt - Glasslands, Brooklyn 5/31/08
Spectre Folk – re-hab NYC 6/7/08
MV & EE – Knitting Factory NYC 6/12/08
Endless Boogie/Aboretum – Mercury Lounge NYC 6/18/08
Sonic Youth – Battery Park NYC 7/4/08
Thurston Moore/Bill Nace – rehab – NYC 7/5/08
Vivian Girls/Meneguar – Death By Audio NYC 7/8/08
Crystal Stilts/Pink Reason/The Duchess & The Duke – The Charleston NYC 7/13/08
Joshua Burkett/Willie Lane (w/ Samara Lubelski & Raffe) – Brooke's back yard – Philadelphia 7/19/08
MV&EE/Dust Dive/ Lat-Longitude – a field, Hudson NY 7/26/08
Awesome Color – Knitting Factory NYC 7/26/08
Modey Lemon – Mercury Lounge NYC 7/28/08
Awesome Color – Santo's NYC 7/28/08
Tall Firs/King Khan & The Shrines/Deerhiunter/Black Lips – McCarren Pool Brooklyn 8/3/08
Meg Baird/Phospphorescent/Vetiver – Music Hall Of Williamsburg – Brooklyn 8/3/08
White Out with Carlos Giffoni – The Stone NYC 8/20/08
Vivian Girls – Death By Audio Brooklyn 8/20/08
Thurston Moore, Ryan Sawyer, Matt Heyner & Susan Alcorn - The Stone NYC 8/23/08
Sonic Youth – McCarren Pool Park Brooklyn 8/30/08
Dan Higgs/Lau Nau – someone's apartment in Asbury Park NJ 9/12/08
Talk Normal/Lau Nau/Mira Billotte (of White Magic)/Indian Jewelry – Knitting Factory NYC 9/19/08
Lone Wolf and Cub - Deitch Gallery NYC 9/25/08
Che Chen/Mike Wexler – Abrons Art Center NYC 9/27/08
Mark Morgan (Sightings) & Pat (NNCK)/Northampton Wools (Thurston Moore & Bill Nace) – The Stone NYC 9/27/08
White Out w/ Strings (Samara Lubelski and MV Carbon)/Gate – rehab NYC 10/8/08
Times New Viking/Wire – Irving Plaza NYC 10/9/08
Michael Chapman – Knitting Factory – NYC 10/9/08
Dead C/Sightings/Northampton Wools – Bowery Ballroom NYC 10/13/08
Fucked Up 12 hr show – Rogan store – NYC 10/14/08
Jamie Lidell – Music Hall Of Williamsburg Brooklyn 10/15/08
Gangi/Effi Briest – Glasslands Brooklyn 10/19/08
MV&EE / Woods – Death By Audio Brooklyn 11/4/08 (OBAMA's night)
Vivian Girls/Times New Viking/Deerhunter – Bowery Ballroom NYC 11/8/08
Los Llamarada/ Hank IV – The Charleston – Brooklyn NYC 11/12/08
AC Newman – The Bellhouse – Brooklyn NYC – 11/15/08
Vampire Weekend – Terminal 5 NYC 12/3/08
Crystal Stilts/Love Is All – Bowery Ballroom NYC 12/7/08

Sadness: RIP Spencer Gates

Sara McManus, Matador Direct

1. Girls - Lust For Life - 7" (True Panther Sounds)

1. Suzannah Johannes - s/t - 7" (Range Life Records)
1. 100% Raw Veganism
1. Crystal Stilts - Alight of Night (Slumberland)
1. The Brooklyn Flea in Clinton Hill, Brooklyn
1. The Kansas Jayhawks winning the National Championship on my 25th Birthday
1. NODZZZ - s/t (What's Your Rupture?)
1. Bopper, Bla, and sometimes Ricky
1. Being the Flower Girl in Megan and Corey's wedding
1. White Flight (Range Life Records)

Kimberly Powenski, Matador Direct

1. Bruce Springsteen's cover of Suicide's 'Dream Baby Dream' first installment of Blast First Petite's 10" series, it made a believer out of me.
2. 'Let The Right One In' by Tomas Alfredson.
3. Jay Reatard Singles and CMJ shows and all of the shows, generally all of it... can't wait for the album!
4. Shock of the New by Robert Hughes.
5. Joe Carducci book reading of 'Enter Naomi' that guy has some amazing stories
6. Teenage Jesus and the Jerks reunion
7. Crypt Records - Brooklyn Shop (RIP)
8. Francis Bacon Retrospective at the Tate (and my amazing friends laura and sam who waited for me to finish looking at the show!)
9. Death By Audio
10. Sacred Bones label

Dave Martin, Matador Direct

Full length Records:
Thomas Function "Celebration"
Eddy Current Supression Ring "Primary Colours"
Cheap Time S/T

Dutchess & The Duke "She's The Dutchess, He's the Duke"
Prisonshake - "Dirty Moons"
Darling Downs "From One To Another"
Meneguar "The In Hour"
Naked On the Vague "The Blood Pressure Sessions"
Blank Dogs "On Two Sides"
Wayne Rogers "Infinite For Now"
Goodnight Loving S/T
Cobra Verde "Haven't Slept In A Year"
Modey Lemon - "The Birth of Jazz"
Vivian Girls S/T
Crystal Stilts - "Alight of Night"
Black & Whites - S/T
Nobunny - "Love Visions"
Brother JT3 "Jelly Roll Gospel"
The Rebel "Northern Rocks Bear Weird Vegetable"
Nothing People - S/T
The Pets - "Misdirection"
Nodzzz - S/T
Gentleman Jesse & His Men "Introducing..."
Coconut Coolouts "Party Time Machine"
Lili Z "The Two Of Us"

7" Records:
Nodzzz "I Don't Wanna Smoke Marijuana" b/w "We Are The Only Animals"
Lover / Live Fast Die - "Booger in My Asshole" b/w "Sick As Shit Of Shit"
Vivian Girls "Wild Eyes"
Wounded Lion "Carol Cloud" b/w "Pony People"
Pink Reason - "Borrowed Time" & "Winonna" & "3:16" 7"s
Tyvek "Sidewalk"
Blank Dogs "Setting Fire To Your House" b/w "I Was Counting"
Estrogen Highs "She Don't Bother"
Life Partners "Aids Of Spades" b/w "Teenager In Trouble"
CaUSE co-MOTION! - "Who's Gonna Care" & "I Lie Awake" 7"s
Buzzer - "Disco Kidz"
Box Elders - "Hole In My Head"
Kim Phuc - "Wormwood Star"
Dutchess & The Duke "Scorpio"
Disappears - "2008 1 & 2"

Milk 'n Cookies Dbl LP
Mad Mike Monsters Volumes 1-3
Animals & Men - "Never Bought, Never Sold"
Charlie Feathers - "Wild Side of Life" "Honky Tonk Kind" & "Long Time Ago" LPs
Tommy Jay "Tall Tales of Trauma"
Dead C re-issues
Nigeria Special & Rock Special & Disco Funk Special
Rats LP
Messthetics series
The Nixe

Fabulous Diamonds, Blues Control, Rot Shit & Psychedelic Horseshit at Asterisk in Brooklyn
Naked on the Vague @ the Charleston.
Cheap Time @ that Todd P Kent Ave place. Totally killed, about as good as a band can get.
Suttree @ Don Pedro's. beautiful
Live Fast Die & Thomas Function @ the Annex. LFD kinda stole the show between Aaron's stage moves & Camero's interaction w/the club staff & booker, but Thomas Function were great too.
Sex Vid @ asterik. Thought they were a little whatever earlier @ the Knitting Factory, but later that night they were on fire.
Tyvek @ Death By Audio. Made up for their disappointing Charleston show and then some.
Dutchess & the Duke @ the Charleston & Music Hall of Williamsburg. Great both times, but the antagonistic vibes flying at the MHoW made it even a bit better.
Home Blitz & Rot Shit @ South Oakland (Pgh) house Party this summer. Worth totally re-arranging my schedule for & then driving all night to get home.
Vivian Girls & the Crystal Stilts it seems like both played everywhere all the time, but both bands are so much better live than their records (and I love their records) and getting better each time I see them.
Pink Reason: saw a bunch of shows. Pretty much all the same songs at each one give or take, but each one was totally different & totally great.
Blues Control, Daniel DiMaggio, Hank IV & Los Llamarada @ the Charleston. Everyone was great but Hank IV made me proud to be old.
Vaselines @ Southpaw

Adam Bohl, Matador Direct

Nobunny - Love Visions
Eddy Current Suppression Ring - Primary Colours
Viva L'American Death Ray - Sangre Libre
Thee Oh Sees - The Masters Bedroom Is Worth Spending A Night In
Thomas Function - Celebration
Broken Strings - Broken Strings
Eat Skull - Sick to Death
Eric & The Happy Thoughts - not an album, but the cd-r of demos i have
The Muslims - The Muslims

Harlem - Free Drugs

Wounded Lion - Carol Cloud/Pony People
Hunx - Good Kisser
Hunx - You don't like rock n' roll
Nodzzz - I don't wanna (smoke marijuana)
Romance Novels - Hoosier Hits
Times New Viking - Stay Awake
The Intelligence - Debt & Esp b/w Chateau bandit
Chocolat - Gabrielle
Antony and the Johnsons - Another World

Patrick Amory, Matador Records

2008 non-Matador new releases:

Sic Alps - United 7" (self-released)
Hooray For Earth - demos CDR

Pretty & Nice - Get Young CD (Hardly Art)
Kompakt Total 9 triple LP (Kompakt)
Cheap Time - Cheap Time LP (In The Red)
Shitty Limits - Espionage 7" (Dire)
burger/voigt - Roter Platz 12" (Kompakt)
Lindstrom - Where You Go I Go Too dbl LP (Fidelity/Smalltown Supersound)
Nodzzz LP (What's Your Rupture?)
Tyvek - Sidewalk 7" (M'Lady's)
Wrathful Plague - Bitter Forest Winds CDR
Varghkoghargasmal/October Falls split 7" (Deathstrike)
Blitzen Trapper - "God & Suicide" from Furr CD (Sub Pop)

2007/8 reissues/comps:


T.P. Orchestre Poly-Rythmo de Cotonou - The Vodoun Effect: Funk and Sato from Benin's Obscure Labels 1973-1975 CD (Analog Africa)
Phata Phata: 78rpm Records from the Birth of Mbaqanga MP3 mix (Excavated Shellac/Matsuli)
Ethiopiques 22: Alemayehu Eshete 1972-1974 CD (Buda Musique)
Tabu Ley Rochereau - The Voice Of Lightness: Congo Classics 1961-1977 dbl CD (Sterns)
Black Mirror: Reflections In Global Musics (1918-1955) CD (Dust-to-Digital)
African Scream Contest: Raw & Psychedelic Afro Sounds from Benin & Togo '70s CD (Analog Africa)
Living Is Hard: West African Music In Britain, 1927-1929 dbl LP (Honest Jon's)
Nigeria Special: Modern Highlife, Afro-Sounds and Nigerian Blues 1970-1976 two dbl LP sets (Soundway)
Orchestre Regional de Kayes LP (Mississippi)
Give Me Love: Songs of the Brokenhearts - Baghdad, 1925-1929 dbl LP (Honest Jon's)
1970s Algerian Proto-Rai Underground LP (Sublime Frequencies)
Joe Higgs - Life Of Contradiction CD (Pressure Sounds)
Big Mama Unice Hi-Life & Jazz MP3 mix (Voodoo Funk)

power pop:

Shoes - Double Exposure dbl CD (Black Vinyl Records)
Titan: It's All Pop! dbl CD (Numero Group)
Milk N Cookies - Milk N Cookies dbl LP (Radio Heartbeat)
Speedies - Speedy Delivery LP (Radio Heartbeat)
Teenline CDRs (Hyped2Death)

black metal:

Thurston "Satanakiss" Moore - Black Mixtal CDRs
1349 - Hellfire dbl LP (Back on Black)

Natalie Judge, Matador Records

Shearwater - Rook
Boris at Primavera Festival and eating Paella on the beach
Times New Viking at ATP May, MBV at ATP NYC and Teenage Jesus... at ATP Xmas

Watching the crowd reaction to Jay Z at Glastonbury from the privileged view point of side of stage
The number of Fancy Dress costumes i've worn this year
Stalking Fucked Up around the UK for the whole of 2008
Shearwater at St Giles Church, London
Eating Doritos at the North Pole under 24hr sun
Shredyrface1 and the plotting of Shred2
Shellac's Halloween costumes at Release The Bats
Searching for the best sushi in London, the quest continues.
Cheap Time - s/t

Jesper Eklow, Matador Records

Orchestre Poly-Rythmo de Cotonou – The Vodoun Effect 1972-1975 CD
Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks - Real Emotional Trash LP
Farley Mowat/John De Visser - This Rock Within The Sea: A Heritage Lost - book
Jim Ford - Point Of No Return CD
Dandelions - Dandelions LP
The 2007/2008 New York Giants
Tinariwen live highline ballroom (ok, so it was in nov 2007, sue me)
Stack - Above All LP
Almendra - Almendra 1 & Almendra 2 LPs
Iliya Troyanov - The Collector Of Worlds - book
Dale Hawkins - Born In Louisiana 10"
Del Jones' Positive Vibes - Court Is Closed LP
Performing Ferret Band CD
v/a - Messthetics DIY series #s 101-106 CDs

Gerard Cosloy, Matador Records

recorded :

Prisonshake - Dirty Moons (Scat)
The Notwist - The Devil, You + Me (Domino/City Slang)
Endless Boogie - Focus Level (No Quarter)
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds - Dig, Lazarus, Dig!!! (Anti/Mute)
The Distant Seconds - Spectral Evidence (Sweetheart Contract)
Fennesz - The Black Sea (Touch)
Jesu - Why Are We Not Perfect? EP (Hydra Head)
18th Dye - Amorine Queen (Crunchy Frog)
Gentlemen Jesse & His Men - s/t (Douchemaster)
The New Year - The New Year (Touch & Go)
Cheap Time - s/t (In The Red)
Steinski - What Does It All Mean? 1983-2006 (Illegal Art)
Jarboe & Justin Broadrick - J2 (The End)
Retribution Gospel Choir - s/t (Calo Verde)
The Busy Signals - s/t (Dirtnap)
The Young - "Get Out Of My Face" 4 song 7" (Supersecret)

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Rock City Sixteen - Lunette Noires Nuits Blanches 7" (Cigarette Music)
Box Elders - "Hole In My Head" 7" (Grotto)
V/A - Messthetics Greatest Hiss, Vol. 1 (Hyped 2 Death)

live :
AH Kraken, Beerland, Austin TX
Marked Men finale / Wax Museums / Bad Sports, Rubber Gloves, Denton, TX
The Notwist, ULU, London,
Black Time, Hi-Tone, Memphis
Tyvek / The Homosexuals, The Crofoot, Detroit
Los Llamarada, Spiros, Austin,
Dikes Of Holland, everywhere, everytime, Austin
Awesome Color, Mohawk, Austin
Wire, Irving Plaza, NYC
Witch Hats, Santos Party Haus/ Cake Shop, NYC
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, James Dolan's Party Barn, NYC
Fucked Up w/ special guest John Rzeznik performing the latter's cover of "Mommi, I'm A Misfit", Bowery, NYC (5am approx. everyone had gone home. Including Fucked Up)
Total Abuse, not often enough, Austin

non music : The Guardian setting David Mitchell and Russell Brand loose on the sports pages, Hai KY (e. oltorf st., Austin, TX), "Pineapple Express" and the continued ascent of Gary Cole, election night 11/04/08, Austin's taco trailer population explosion,, "Peep Show" season 6, "The Best Show On WFMU", Derek Erdman.

Bad stuff : Mets bullpen, Mets relievers, the guys who pitch for the Mets after the starters leave the game. Mets closers, set up men, mop up men, their families and friends. Prop 8. Twitter/F-book pests. Not necessarily in that order.

Miwa Reports: "We Jamboree Econo"

This just in from the Monte RV depot in Linden, NJ:
Just leaving linden nj to pick up the hospitality vehicle el monte calls the "jamboree" - an appropriate name for the upcoming festivities we soon will encounter.


Look for this beast parked out front of the Rogan Store all day.

Shearwater Live at Florence Gould Hall NYC

If you missed this truly amazing evening with Shearwater, or just want to see it over and over the show is now readily available. The wonderful people at Baeble Music recorded it and are streaming the first set in which they played Rook in it's entirety. Here's a preview of show with the band playing Leviathan, Bound.  Full set can be enjoyed here.

Exclusive Matablog Footage : Hova's Glastonbury Riposte To Noel Gallagher

You've probably already heard about Jay-Z's mock tribute to Oasis' "Wonderwall" at the Glastonbury Festival this past Saturday night. While rock blogs across the globe are showing the same YouTube clip from the BBC3's footage of the event, I'm pleased to say the Matablog editorial staff have discovered secret video of the former Marcy Projects product leading his all-star band through an early morning rehearsal.

Matador's Victory Dance For When Earles and Jensen Soundscans Boom

Here is a taster of how we are going to celebrate when the Earles and Jensen Soundscans accelerate, this is just the tip of the iceberg wait till they totally take off then our pecks will really be glistening

Lethal Bizzle Vs. The Download Festival's Sophisticated Audience

If I had found it at the beginning of the set, I'm not sure I would have carried on. It was a banana skin, thrown at my feet as I played last weekend's Download festival. On the outside, someone had written "Bizzle you black cunt". I couldn't believe my eyes.

Being who I am, I'd probably do it again. I'm pretty sure my DJ wouldn't though. We're used to getting looks and things like that when we tour middle England, six black guys getting out of a van, you can see they're looking at you and getting defensive. That can get frustrating, but you deal with it. This was different. Why did they have to bring my race into it? Lethal Bizzle, Guardian Music Blog, 6/20/08

Chicken in a bag

Late to posting this: a couple of months ago I became intrigued by John Thorne's writing on poached chicken, in his first book, Simple Cooking. He modifies a recipe by Barbara Tropp, where you submerse an entire chicken in boiling water, cover it, turn off the heat, wait for two hours and then eat. Thorne uses a Reynolds oven-proof bag (first time I'd come across this item, but it was available at my local supermarket), and increases the cooking time to three hours. You rub the chicken with olive oil and herbs, put it in the bag, and then suck all the air out of the bag, or at least as much as possible. I'm not a huge fan of sucking on a bag containing a raw chicken, but it is an absolute must since the chicken will not submerge otherwise.

Do not attempt this recipe if you like attractive food. The chicken will emerge pallid and sweaty, though "meltingly tender" and, as Thorne puts it, "full of its own flavor."

Matador Records and Record Store Day!


I know for me, every day is Record Store Day, but now there is an official day to celebrate independently owned record stores and it is this Saturday, April 19th! RECORD STORE DAY!

The following bands/members will be participating by:
The New Pornographers - John - DJing at Vintage Vinyl (St. Louis, MO) @ 3:00
Times New Viking - Adam - DJing at Used Kids Records (Columbus, OH) throughout the day between bands
The Cave Singers- In-store performance at CD World (Eugene, OR) @ 3:00
Dead Meadow - Jason - DJing at Other Music (NYC) @ 3:00


Also, this is a list of the very special, very limited edition items we produced specifically for this day:
Matador Turntable Slipmats
Stephen Malkmus - Cold Son 10"
FREE Matador Sampler CD

Shat In The (Linkin Park's) Van!!

No square inch of scenery left to chew, no square inch of Shatner's ass to kiss, and no clips of the interview on YouTube yet, but one can enjoy Mike Patton exploring everything that happened in music between The Infectious Grooves and Linkin Park!

End of an Ear Welcomes The Cave Singers To Austin

The Cave Singers will be performing at End of an Ear on Friday, Oct. 19th at 5pm. The performance is free to all so please come enjoy!

(photograph by jenny j.)

The Cave Singers at End of an Ear
Friday, 10/19 at 5pm
2209 South First Street
Austin, TX

You can also catch them later that night at Emo's, supporting Black Mountain.

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