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Our Annual Orgy of Self-Congratulation, Grandstanding & Overconsumption : Matador Artists & Staff Select Their 2021 Favorites

(congrats to the winner of the 2021 Matador Invention Of The Year Award, Sarco for their development of a 3D-printed pod. The company claims it's purpose built for assisted suicides, but with addition of bluetooth speakers, it might also be the perfect place to listen to every episode of the Matador Revisionist History podcast on an endless loop.)

(Around this time every year, your underappreciated editor attempts to coax a list of favorite recordings, books, television programs, life events, etc. out of the label’s artist roster and our show-business pals. In the past, this exercise has been a trying process, fraught with nagging, GUILTING and no shortage of hesitatnt-to-violently opposed participants, some of whom actually changed labels or places of employment to avoid the task (i believe the young people call it ghosting, I call it being totally blown off for the 11th year in a row). Even worse, we sometimes overlook persons currently recording for or working for the record label (either that or they saved their list for their own Substack).

Keep in mind, we're about to close the books on the (SECOND) WORST YEAR EVER and perhaps persons with some sense of perspective or humility have other things on their mind than shouting from the rooftops about their cultural cachet. Thankfully, we only know a few people like that.

For some historical perspective, here’s last year’s selections. Questions or comments about our crap tastes and/or laughable omissions are welcome (but not so welcome that we’re inclined to acknowledge receipt).

On behalf of everyone at Matador, here's wishing you, your families and friends a safe & happy holiday and thank you, as always, for putting up with our bullshit -you won't believe what we've got planned for 2022. And without further ado, let the coronoation of Kings Of Leon's 'When You See Yourself' commence. – Gerard Cosloy)

Hugo Burnham, Gang Of Four


HARRY STYLES (still, since seeing th\em/him with my daughter. Great show, great records. In early 1D, he was a mix of a young Jagger and Mickey Dolenz. She goes on her own, now. )

BLOODYWOOD (Indian Heavy Metal Band…actually from India. Steaming good)
AMERICANO COFFEE (I know, it’s weaker…but still good if the beans are)
DRUM LESSONS (probably way too late to start, now - but George here at school is really good)
FEAR THE WALKING DEAD (jumped the shark and back again and cheesy…but it’s a guilty pleasure)
SUPERWOLVES (Folkey stuff ain’t usually my bag…but Pajo plays with them sometimes, and my Missus did a film with Will 100 years ago. Small world)
JUDY HENSKE (OK, I dig some folk music after all…that voice! Thank you, Andrew Vachss)
DEEP PURPLE (but only ‘In Rock’. My inner 14 year-old lives)
10,000 MANIACS (The diametric opposite of Deep Purple, but the loveliest people, and the smartest onstage set-up)
JOHN LYDON ON ’THE MASKED SINGER’ (I mean, c’mon! Brilliant! Plus I knew it in about 10 seconds)
GOLF (I know…I know...)
INTERNATIONAL RUGBY ON TV (SO much better than American Football. A real men’s game - Can I say that? Women play it a lot now, too - including The Bodysnatchers/Specials’ Rhoda Dakar’s daughter, who is really good)
ANTI-NOWHERE LEAGUE (A fun bunch to hang out with way back when, and they’re still at it. They’re from my Manor down in Kent, where I grew up.)
MASSACHUSETTS’ REPUBLICAN GOVERNOR (A decent guy and a real music fan. MA GOP-types call him a RINO. Ergo - a better man by far than any of those assholes)
THE OXFORD COMMA (there’s no bloody argument here. Fight me)
VINYL SIDING (I swore all my life I’d never…but some of it’s damn good these days. Only on my rental place, though)
SMOKING CIGARS (Summer time only, when I mow)

Ryan Mahan, Algiers

Warthog, La Milagrosa, Anti Machine 31 July | AB Studios | Rockaway, NY
Blackhaine, 18 November | Peckham Audio | London, UK
Uniform, 13 November | TV Eye | Brooklyn, NY
Armand Hammer, 7 November | Knockdown Center | Brooklyn, NY

Taqbir s/t

Hiro Kone Silvercoat the throng
Armand Hammer Haram
The Bug Fire
Space Afrika Honest Labour
Regional Justice Center Crime and Punishment
Canal Irreal s/t

Lee Tesche, Algiers

Top 5 staff 2021, in order
1. Aaron
2. Emma
3. Malcolm
4. Emily
5. Gerard
Honorable Mention: Jake

Steve Gunn

RIP Milford Graves

Loren Connors at Union Pool
Natural Information Society @Woodsist fest
Willie Lane & Wednesday Knudsen Duo 10 forward
Don Cherry: Organic Music Societies Book
Dylan at the Beacon
QTIP’s Abstract Radio show
La Piscine (The Swimming Pool) film forum
George Saunders : A swim in the Pond in the Rain
John Lurie : The History of Bones
RIP Greg Tate

RIP Michael Chapman
Best day off Peaks Island, Maine
Leon & Sons Wine shop Brooklyn
Laura Ortman William Tyler Duo Bell House
Arthur Russell : Another Thought Re Issue
Most daring purchase : A Purple Beret
Oren Arembarchi & Crys Cole : Les Atelier Claus

Bill Nace at Le Poisson Rouge
Dogpatch Podcast
Jeff Parker ‘Forfolks’
Alan Licht: Common Tones Book
US Open

Myriam Gendron: Ma delire Songs love,lost & found

Nabil Ayers, 4AD

L'Rain - Fatigue
Turnstile - Glow On + this Live BBC session
Georgia Ann Muldrow - VWETO III
Patricia Brennan - Maquishti

Succumb - XXI
Dean Blunt - Black Metal 2
Black Midi - Cavalcade
Midwife - Luminol

Ruth Barlow, Beggars

One thing
And one thing only
but it’s a great thing …

Adam Bohl, Matador Direct

Madlib - Sound Ancestors (Madlib Invazion)
The Cowboy - Riddles From The Universe (Feel It Records)
Various Artists - Written On the Wall : American Soul Music 1958-1974 (Cairo Records/Mississippi Records) I highly recommend anything in this series.
Jamie Branch - Fly Or Die Live (International Anthem)
Wednesday - Twin Plagues (Orindal Records)
Ty Segall - Harmonizer (Drag City)
Endless Boogie - Admonitions (No Quarter)
Keith Hudson – The Black Breast Has Produced Her Best, Flesh Of My Skin Blood Of My Blood Reissue (VP Records)

Various Artists - Hillbillies In Hell XII (The Iron Mountain Analogue Research Facility) If you can ignore the name and album artwork this series has some great country deep cuts.
Mark Fry - Dreaming Of Alice Reissue (Now-Again)

Fatboi Sharif - Ghandi Loves Children
Grateful Dead - Fox Theatre, St. Louis, MO 12/10/71 (Rhino Records) All the jams of the era, really transports you back to a college dorm room.

bonus category :

Drink of the Year: Piña loca michelada from Mi Otra Casa Michelada House 2

Emma Buchanan, Matador Records

Astrid Øster Mortensen - Gro Mig En Blomst
bar italia - Bedhead
The Bug - Fire
Dean Blunt - Black Metal 2
DJ Headwound - The Day You Die Is The Day I Smile
Florry - Big Fall
GG King - Remain Intact
Hawthonn - Earth Mirror
King Woman - Celestial Blues
Lily Konigsberg - Lily We Need To Talk Now
Lost Girls - Menneskekollektivet
Low Life - From Squats to Lots
Mountain Movers - World What World
Miho Hatori - Between Isekai and Slice of Life
NINA - Classics
Scotch Rolex - Tewari
Succumb - XXI
Water From Your Eyes - Structure

Temkins, Patty and Selma, Fast Eddie, Bush Tetras, SAW I-III, SAW VI, Gwar: Scumdogs of the Universe 30th Anniversary Tour.

Gerard Cosloy, Matador Records

The Notwist - Vertigo Days (Morr Music)
Saint Abdullah - To Live Ala West (Important)
Madam Data - The Gospel Of The Devourer (PTP)
Gudrun Gut & Mabe Fratti - Let's Talk About The Weather (Umor Rex)
Leda - Covid "Music " I Made With My Guitar (Knotwilg)
The Bug - Fire (Ninja Tune)
Rosali - No Medium (Spinster)

GG King - Remain Intact (Total Punk)
Model Home - Both feet en th infinite (Don Giovanni)
Michael Beach - Dream Violence (Goner)
Patrick Shiroishi - Staying Human / Luke Stewart - Works For Pioneer Works (Profane Illumination)
billy woods / Moor Mother - BRASS (Backwoodz Studios)

Skogar - Paradise City Jams (Studio Barnhus)
Chris Corsano/ Bill Orcutt - Made Out Of Sound (Palilalia)

Astute Palate - s/t (Petty Bunco)
Senyawa - Alkisah (Phantom Limb)
Emily Robb- How To Moonwalk (Petty Bunco)
FACS - Present Tense (Trouble In Mind)
Powers/Rolin Duo - Strange Fortune (Astral Editions)
Soft Shoulder - Formerly On Fluorescent Paper (Gilgongo)
Patrick Shiroishi - Hidemi (American Dreams)

Container - Creamer (Drone)
Lucy Miller & The Dog Roses - s/t (Soleils Bleus)
Endless Boogie - Admonitions (No Quarter)
Various - We Live In Strange Times (Spacecase)
Derek Monypeny - The Hand As Dealt (2182)
Claire Rousay - A Softer Focus (American Dreams)
Rob Noyes - Arc Minutes (VDSQ)
The Weather Station - Intolerance (Fat Possum)
Claire Rousay - 17 Roles (All Mapped Out) (Shelter Press)
Tcheser Holmes - The T Is Silent (Black Science Fiction)
Model Home + Saint Abdullah - Invasive Inclinations (PTP)

Unda Fluxit - Stone Ringing Sorrows (ever/never)
Matthew J. Rolin - The Dreaming Bridge (Feeding Tube)
Armand Hammer / The Alchemist - Haram (Backwoodz Studioz)
Kuzu - All Your Ghosts In One Corner (Aerophonic)
CIA Debutante - Dust (Siltbreeze)

small screen 2021 : Sally Carmen, Kate Winslet, Eddie Kingston,
big screen 2021 : "Fire Music : The Story Of Free Jazz" (director, Tom Surgal)

people playing music in person list :

GG King, Railgarten, Memphis
Able Noise, Cafe Oto, London
Mourning [A} BLKStar Far Out Lounge, Austin
Chronophage, a barn, October
Malcolm Mooney & The Eleventh Planet, Union Pool, Brooklyn
Uniform, Elysium, Austin

Malcolm Donaldson, Matador Records

Some of my favorite new albums released in 2021
Ignorance - The Weather Station
Structure - Water From Your Eyes

Van Gogh’s Left Ear - Zelooperz
SHILOH: Lost For Words - John Glacier
World What World - Mountain Movers
Shade - Grouper
View No Country - Kraus
A Color of the Sky - Lightning Bug
Slitherman Activated - RXKNephew
Geotag IV - Boundary
Touch The Earth - Placid Angles

Some favorite reads (new and old) of 2021

Magic Actions - Tobi Haslett
A Little Devil in America - Hanif Abdurraqib
Oval - Elvia Wilk
Song of Solomon - Toni Morrison
Drive Your Plow Over The Bones of the Dead - Olga Tokarczuk
Stoner - John Williams
Father Goriot - Honoré de Balzac

Favorite dog acquisition of the year: Stanley

Rian Fossett, Matador Records

Music: Wau Wau Collectif Yaral Sa Doom (album),
Amen Dunes “Feel Nothing” (single)
Movie: Titane

TV: The White Lotus
Book: The Plot by Jean Hanff Korelitz
Podcast: Rancho Thatchmo
Photo of Enzo

Pam Garavano, Beggars

John Andrews – Cookbook
Izzy Johnson – Earth Tones
Lingua Ignota – Sinner Get Ready
L’Rain - Fatigue
Low – Hey What

(photo : Eli Johnson)

Marisa Anderson & William Tyler – Lost Futures
Modern Nature – Island of Noise
Spellling – The Turning Wheel
Sylvie – s/t EP
Yu Su – yellow river blue

Conny Frischauf – Die Drift
Phýõng Tâm – Magical Nights
Leslie Winer - When I Hit You - You'll Feel It
Telex – This is Telex
Screamers - Demo Hollywood 1977
Seefeel - Rupt + Flex 94 — 96

Matt Harmon, Beggars US

Seafoam Walls - XVI (Daydream Library)
Racchika Nayar - Our Hands Against the Dark (NNA Tapes)
The Notwist - Vertigo Days (Morr Music)
Sam Wilkes - ONE THEME & Subsequent Improvisations (Leaving Records)
James Brandon Lewis - Jesup Wagon (TAO Forms)

KMRU - Logue (Injazero Records)
Angel Bat Dawid and tha Brotherhood - LIVE (International Anthem)
Alex Ward - Gated (Discus Music)
Ryley Walker - Course of Fable (Husky Pants)
Myriam Gendron - Ma délire – Songs of love, lost & found (Feeding Tube Records)
Caroline Shaw & So Percussion - Let the Soil Play Its Simple Part (Nonesuch)
Perila – 7.37/2.11 (A Sunken Mall)
Irreversible Entanglements - Open the Gates (International Anthem)
Natural Information Society - descension (Out of Our Constrictions) featuring Evan Parker (Eremite Records)
Michael Grigoni, Chihei Hatakeyama & Stephen Vitiello – Earth Awhile (White Paddy Mountain)
Rat Columns - Pacific Kiss (Tough Love)

Re-issues, Boxset, live and misc…
Can - Live in Stuttgart 1975 (Spoon/Mute)
Gang of Four 77-81 Boxset (Matador Records)
John Coltrane – A Love Supreme : Live in Seattle (Impulse!)
Obits - Die at the Zoo (Subpop)

Shirley Collinns “The Rose and the Briar” (Domino Records)
Beak> - “Oh No” (Invada Records UK)
Oneohtrix Point Never & Elizabeth Fraser - “Tales From the Trash Stratum” (Warp)
Colloboh - “Rpm+” (Leaving Records)

Sonya Kolowrat, Beggars


    1. Cemetery walks (Hollywood Forever Cemetery in particular)

    2. Danzig

    3. The Screamers

    4. Rock docs – too many to list, but everyone needs to watch ‘Summer Of Soul’

    5. Nicholas Canyon Beach

    6. Trazadone & Cymbalta

    7. Idles + Turnstile

    8. Osoyoos, British Columbia

    9. Stacy Karp

10. Gary Gulman (comedian)

Aaron Leitko, Matador Records
Model Home - both feet en th infinite (Don Giovanni Records)
John Coltrane - A Love Supreme: Live in Seattle (Impulse!)

Henry Kawahara - Cybernetic Defiance and Orgasm (Em Records)

Topdown Dialectic - Vol. 3 (Peak Oil)
Superabundance - S/T (Future Times)
Wild Up & Christopher Roundtree - Julius Eastman, Vol. 1: Femenine
Natural Information Society ft. Evan Parker - Descension (Out of Our Constrictions) (Eeremite)
Roland Kayn - Tektra (Reiger Records Reeks)
Skee Mask - Pool (Ilian Tapes)
Organic Music Societies (Blank Forms 06)
Ryley Walker - Course in Fable (Husky Pants)
Jeff Parker - Forfolks (International Anthem)
Le Ron Carson - Under the Conditions (Sound Signature)
Steve Summers - Generation Loss (L.I.E.S.)
Irreversible Entanglements - Open the Gates (International Anthem)
Black Rave Culture - S/T (Haus of ALTR)
PDP III - Pilled Up on a Couple of Doves (Shelter Press)
Pauline Anna Strom - Angel Tears in Sunlight (RVNG)
Bitchin Bajas - Switched on Ra (Drag City)

FACS - Present Tense (Trouble in Mind)

Vinnie Martini, Matador Direct


5) Swell Maps - Let's Build A Car b/w Big Maz In The Country & ...Then Poland (1980, Rough Trade)
Have been after this Japanese pressing of one of my all-time favorite UK punk singles (yes, this is a PUNK record, ask Geoff Travis) so jumped at the chance when a Discogs seller in the UK had it at the nice price
4) Tours - Language School b/w Foreign Girls (1979, self-released)
John Peel played this track 50 weeks in a row which caused the TOURS, from Poole to become the next big thing, major label flirting aside nothing but 8 different color PVC sleeves were to follow, this however is the OG press on b&w cardboard sleeve.
3) Dogs - Rot 'n' Roll b/w Teen Slime (1977, Rave Up Records)
#3 on my want list going into the year, I was finally able to pull off a trade with the Noxious one. Teen Slime is one of the best American punk B sides ever
2) Chiefs- Blues b/w Tower 18 & Knocked Out (1980, Playgems Records)
LA punk Holy Grail for me and the most recent acquisition, check Popsike if you want to see the most money I have ever spent for a record
1) CRIME - Frustration b/w Murder By Guitar (1977, Crime Music)

My top want of all time, I found a cherry copy courtesy of a collector friend selling of a collection, this single instantly makes every other record in your fire box obsolete, there has never been and will never be another band like San Francisco's CRIME, and this their 2nd single being their most ferocious recording ever. A reissue or a bootleg cannot match the glory of this one.


The Subterranean Hawks - Obviously Five Believers (Seventeen Records)
Stephen Duffy quit a not yet famous Duran Duran to join up with Birmingham's punk outfit TV EYE featuring a young Dave Kusworth who would later make brilliant solo records as well as with his band The Bounty Hunters and most importantly collaborating with Nikki Sudden in Jacobites. Presented here is various recordings over the 2 years the Subterranean Hawks, later simply renamed The Hawks existed and although this LP is not supposed to be a full length record it does flow quite well with tracks like the iconic Big Store and What Can I Give showing a moody post-punk side but the B-Side starts off with a ripping pop number that displays Duffy's lyrical power, very surprised this wasn't a hit let alone a song recorded by a band that was never signed to a label! All 10 tracks are killer and this record is a must own for fans of Duffy, Kusworth and hell I think any Echo & The Bunnymen fan would enjoy it too.

  1. The Third Generation (d. R.W.Fassbinder, 1979 - West Germany)

  2. Fassbinder's radical socio-political drama, media overload. Loved it. Streaming on Criterion

  3. It Always Rains On Sunday (d. Robert Hamer, 1947 - UK)

  4. East End London noir with brilliant ensemble cast, a fully loaded 91mins. Streaming on Kanopy

  5. Major Dundee (d. Sam Peckinpah, 1965 - USA)

  6. A Moby Dick Western. Peckinpah at his most Fordian, would love to see the 4.5hr cut. Steaming on Starz

  7. Bandits of Orgosolo (Vittorio De Seta, 1961 - Italy)

  8. Maybe the best Italian Neorealist film you will see, an extension of De Seta's magnificent (which are streaming on Criterion and are highly recommended) documentary shorts about Sardinian townspeople with incredible detail of their lives, work and traditions. Not streaming

  9. Rivals (d. Krishna Shah, 1972 - USA)

  10. Very bizarre family drama starring comedian Robert Klein and future Bad Ronald, Scott Jacoby as an ambitious boy with a strong affection for his mother and Klein plays a NYC tour guide who woos her to the boy's disdain. An ending that will leave your jaw on the ground! Streaming on Tubi

Louise Lemercier, 4AD

My 2021 Massive Hits (Old and New)

EXEK - Several Souvenirs
Lil Ugly Mane - into a life
Wipers - Stormy
He Said - A.B.C. Dicks Love
Rated Z - Whatever People Say That I Am (That’s What I’m Not)
She Devil - Scraps
800 Cherries - through
Discovery Zone - Dance II
Fabiana Palladino - Shimmer
Evil House Party - Wicked
Oliver Coates - Butoh baby
Joanne Robertson, Oliver Coates - Doubt
Grouper - Kelso (Blue Sky)
Sky H1 - Elysian Heights
The Orchids - Striving For The Lazy Perfection
The Field Mice - Sensitive
Better Day - Hard Soul Mix

Koo De Tah - Missed You All Along

Sabrina Nichols, Beggars

Big Thief- Sparrow
Beach House- Pink Funeral
Spirit of the Beehive- There’s Nothing You Cant Do
Kitchen- Shooting Star
Waveform*- Favorite Song

Baby Keem- issues
Cardi B – Up
Melaina Kol- Prison Moon
Full Body 2- ador // ation
Steve Gunn - Other You
Joyer- Cranky Boy
Circuit Des Yeux- Sculpting the Exodus
Mdou Moctar- Ya Habibti
Cammy Enaharo – Real Love

Øyvind Rones, Playground
Top 10 Norwegian Albums 2021
Vilde Tuv - Melting Songs / Absolutely stunning recorder-based new age / eurodance record
Benedikt - Balcony Dream / Amazing songs, amazing album, amazing artwork, amazing everything

Smerz - Believer / The art of making techno, trip-hop, folk and classical make beautiful sense as a whole


Electric Eye - Horizons / One of those albums where you think you know where it’s all heading, but you’ll be wrong
Misty Coast - When I Fall From The Sky / Melodic and subtle, quiet and loud - and just excellent alt pop
Orions Belte - Villa Amorini / If Khruangbin isn’t enough for you, you definitely need Orions Belte
Kenneth Ishak - Native Tongue / Forever Norway’s best kept secret, this time produced by Lars Horntveth (Jaga Jazzist)
Frøkedal - Flora / Possibly one of the best albums yet from one of Norway’s main indie names the past couple of decades
Girl In Red - If I Could Make It Go Quiet / Just super fun and catchy from the beginning to the end

Lokoy - Badminton / Remember how Norwegians made cool indie stuff in the 90s? No? It was awesome, and this was the vibe

Abby Rubin, Beggars

Wau Wau Collectif - Yaral Sa Doom
Equiknoxx - Basic Tools Mixtape
Turnstile - GLOW ON
Yu Su - Yellow River Blue

Grouper - Shade
Anika - Change
Spirit Of The Beehive - ENTERTAINMENT, DEATH
Linda Smith - Till Another Time: 1988 - 1996
Nation of Language - A Way Forward
Saint Etienne - I’ve Been Trying To Tell You
For Those I Love - s/t

Gonzalo Schiaffino, Popstock

CHARLY, new family member.




  • FRANK ZAPPA. La Musica Se Resiste A Morir (Manuel de la Fuente)


  • THE OFFICE (revisited for the umpteenth time)



  • LOST (another one revisited)


Dominik Schmidt, Beggars


  1. Lucy Dacus - Home Video

  2. Big Red Machine - How Long Do You Think It's Gonna Last?

  3. Villagers - Fever Dreams

  4. The Notwist - Vertigo Days

  5. Grandbrothers - All the Unknown

  6. Julien Baker - Little Oblivions

  7. Snail Mail - Valentine

  8. Sam Fender - Seventeen Going Under

  9. The War On Drugs - I Don't Live Here Anymore

  10. Durand Jones & The Indications - Private Space

  11. London Grammar - Californian Soil

  12. Celeste - Not Your Muse

  13. Easy Life - Life's A Beach

  14. Joy Crookes - Skin

  15. Mini Trees - Always In Motion

  16. Torres - Thirstier

  17. BADBADNOTGOOD - Talk Memory

  18. Middle Kids - Today We're The Greatest

  19. James Blake - Friends That Break Your Heart

  20. Helado Negro - Far In

  21. Ben Howard - Collections From The Whiteout

  22. Mustafa - When Smoke Rises

  23. Parquet Courts - Sympathy For Life

  24. Sam Evian - Time To Melt

  25. Japanese Breakfast - Jubilee

  26. Geese - Projector

  27. Thala - Adolescence

  28. Modest Mouse - The Golden Casket

  29. Efterklang - Windflowers

  30. Courtney Barnett - Things Take Time, Take Time


  1. Pinegrove - Alaska

  2. Durand Jones & The Indications - Witchoo

  3. Villagers - The First Day

  4. Julian Baker - Hardline

  5. Lucy Dacus - Brando

  6. Easy Life - Ocean View

  7. Ada Lea - damn

  8. Snail Mail - Ben Franklin

  9. Clairo - Amoeba

  10. Bayuk - Head Under Waves

  11. Torres - Don´t Go Puttin Wishes in My Head

  12. Big Red Machine - Phoenix (feat. Fleet Foxes & Anaïs Mitchell)

  13. Parquet Courts - Walking at a Downtown Pace

  14. Helado Negro - Gemini & Leo

  15. Sam Evian - Time to Melt

  16. London Grammar - Lose Your Head

  17. We Were Promised Jetpacks - Fat Chance

  18. James Vincent McMorrow - Poison to You

  19. Holly Humberstone - The Walls Are Way Too Thin

  20. Berwyn – Mia

1. Dune

  1. Free Guy

  2. Nomadland

  3. Cruella

  4. Coda

  5. James Bond

  6. Luca

  7. Nobody

  8. The Suicide Squad

  9. Black Widow


  1. Loki

  2. Foundation

  3. WandaVision

  4. Squid Game

  5. Your Honor

  6. Sex Education – series 3

  7. Mare Of Easttown

  8. Only Murders In the Building

  9. Lupin
    10. The White LotusMelanie Sheehan, Rough Trade

    Welcome to my Comedy Favorites of 2021
    (and yes maybe some 2020 in there as well, because we all know it’s just been one long stupid year anyway)

    Pen15 Season 2 Part 2

    No one has ever blown the door of cringe traumedy this far off its hinges, and as I hear this new batch of episodes that just dropped may be the last, I wanna take a moment to salute thee. Even setting aside thehuge meaning this show has had for me personally in nailing biracial Asian American adolescent angst, the value of this show to anyone and everyone who has ever been 13 is immeasurable. Set aside some time this holiday break to cry, laugh, feel queasy, then cry and laugh some more.

    Curb Your Enthusiasm – Season 11
    I’m sorry, but I will never get tired of this show. EVER. If, however, for some reason YOU are worried that you may not have it in you for yet another season of social assassinations, Leon-isms, and Susie insults then please may I inform you that this year Tracy Ullman joins the cast as City Councilwoman Irma Kostroski and steals every goddamn scene she enters.

    Prettt-y Prettt-y Prettt-y irresistible, if you ask me.

    Beth Stelling
    I’ve been a fan ever since her “meat coat” bit from 2017 and recently caught her “Girl Daddy” special from last year.

    It’s fantastic and I promise you’ll never look at a Koala Care changing station the same ever again.

    Dave Attell @ Caroline’s
    I’m reticent to share this with the world but – every year, between Christmas and New Year’s, Comedy Legend Dave Attell does a string of shows at Caroline’s on Broadway. Attending these is one of my most cherished of holiday traditions. Even though I DON’T want you there grabbing up all MY tickets, it would be irresponsible to not mention it as a favorite. And since it didn’t get to happen last year, it feels extra special to get to experience this again.

    Josh Johnson has a lot of jokes about being lazy, but don’t let him fool ya. My favorite baloney hater dropped TWO specials this year, Elusive and #(Hashtag) and they are both wonderful. He also started a top notch night at The Stand called Flex Comedy that my freshly vaccinated ass ran to the second it felt safe to watch standup indoors (where it belongs!) again. He is a true gem.

    Gary Gulman’s
    Yeah yeah, I know his fantastic Great Depresh special came out in 2019, but I saw Gary multiple times this year and he kills it, reliably, every time. He recently played Carnegie Hall but you can still catch him literally anywhere in NY, as I did on the patio of a café in Woodside, doing a captivating hour and a half that included skillfully eviscerating a brother & sister who made the mistake/bold choice of sitting up front.

    Sam Jay not only put out a fiercely funny special last year but also nabbed a show on HBO this year called Pause that finally officially freed the nipple, as well as made you wish you could be invited to every party Sam Jay is at forever.

    Maria Bamford is the perfect pandemic comedian. While others struggled to perform on Zoom during lockdown, this Dynamite Lady (Netflix heads know what I’m talking about) thrived. Maria has been performing in undesirable, challenging (i.e. outdoor) locations with minimal audiences for years. Her specials have her marvelously maneuvering bus stops, bookstores, bowling alleys, as well as a private concert for her parents and pugs in her actual house. One of my favorite examples of Maria’s abilities is her improvised set to absolutely no one in 7 Minutes in Purgatory. Bow down, bitches. She deserves it.

    Bowen Yang is my everything. I haven’t been this excited about a SNL cast member since Kate McKinnon, and the fact that I willingly listen to his pop culture podcast Las Culturistas when I can’t stand 99.9% of the format really speaks volumes. He is absolutely delightful on Nora From Queens as well (a show I would give bigger props to if she would stop going by Awkwafina completely. Girl, I love you, but pull a Dwayne Johnson already and move on!)

    And finally we reach the best chunk o’ coal to be on constant rotation in my comedy collection.
    I am lucky enough to have seen the genius of Norm MacDonald live in my lifetime, and this year had tickets to see him again. Sadly, I was relegated to dressing up as Turd Ferguson for Halloween instead. I hope I did him proud. (EDITOR'S NOTE : this is one occasion where we could've used a photo)

    Honorable Mentions because apparently this isn’t long enough already:
    -Jared Goldstein is a completely brand-new comedy crush for me and should be everyone else’s too.
    -Shout out to me finally watching the episode Joe Pera Discovers The Who and then starting it over and watching it again. And again.
    -Excited to binge watch MacGruber: the series and How To with John Wilson Season 2 over the holidays while my mom yells at me to turn the tv off.

    Quanie Thornton, Beggars

    Aaliyah – Aaliyah (Reissue)
    BADBADNOTGOOD – Talk Memory
    Cleo Soul – Mother
    Heaux Tales – Jazmine Sullivan

    Mustafa – When Smoke Rises
    Nala Sinephro – Space 1.8SONGS
    Amethyst Rays (Extended) – Epifania
    BADBADNOTGOOD – Love Proceeding (feat. Arthur Verocai)
    Billie Eilish – Your Power
    Chandler – Joyce Wrice
    Dynamite – Gallant & Brandy
    m y . l i f e – J. Cole, 21 Savage & Morray
    My Little Love – Adele
    NEON PEACH – Snoh Aalegra ft. Tyler, The Creator
    Nobody – Nas feat. Ms. Lauryn Hill
    Stay Alive – Mustafa

    Emma Toney, Beggars

    Olivia Rodrgio , Sour

    Wednesday, Twin Plague
    Lucy Dacus, Home Video
    Bachelor, Doomin’ Sun
    Wet Leg, Chaise Lounge
    Search Party
    The Other Two
    The Reporter of the Week Review Brah
    Frank Watkinson Youtube Covers
    The Strokes, Irving Plaza
    The New York City Ferry
    Sumo Oranges
    Beggars Coney Island trip

    Josh Turner, Matador Records

    Releases (open competition)

    1. Yu Su – ‘Yellow River Blue’

    2. PinkPantheress – ‘to hell with it’

    3. Asian Glow – ‘Cull Ficle’

    4. Lana Del Rey – ‘Chemtrails Over The Country Club’

    5. Zachary McClellan – The Gyres

    6. Richard Dawson & Circle – Henki

    7. John Carroll Kirby – Cryptozoo

    8. Jackson Reid Briggs & The Heaters – Waiting In A Corner

    9. Ánnámáret – ‘Nieguid duovdagat’

    10. DJ Manny – ‘Signals In My Head’

    Releases (hardcore & metal)

    1. Final Gasp – ‘Haunting Whisper’

    2. Ekulu – ‘Unscrew My Head’

    3. Angel Du$t – ‘YAK: A Collection Of Truck Songs’

    4. Big Cheese – ‘Anymore for Anymore?’

    5. The Chisel – ‘Retaliation’

    6. Turnstile – ‘Glow On’

    7. Portrayal of Guilt – ‘Christfucker’

    8. Suffering Hour – ‘The Cyclic Reckoning’

    9. Gulch / Sunami – Split

    10. C4 – ‘Chaos Streaks’

      1. David Horridge & Kevin McCormick – ‘Light Patterns’

      2. Female Species – ‘Tale Of My Lost Love’

      3. Karate – ‘Karate’

      4. Al-Dos Band – ‘Doing Our Thing With Pride’

      5. Static – ‘Toothpaste & Pills: Demos and Live 1978 – 1980


      1. Angels Envy Rye - the rum barrel finish makes it special

      2. Glenfarclas 25 - affordable for a 25yr

      3. Michters Rye - currently the best US distillery

      4. Whistlepig 10 – tough but sweet. typical New Englander

      5. Nikka Coffee Grain – yet to test this against the coffee malt

    1. Playlists

      1. Pure Enough

      2. Midnight Marauder

      3. Mystic Valley Sailing & Regatta Club

      4. Glimpses Thro’ the Rift

      5. 2021 - Selects

      Jake Whitener, Matador Records

      21 for 2021

      L’Rain Fatigue (Mexican Summer)
      Low Hey What (Sub Pop)
      Civic Future Forecast (Flightless / ATO)
      Arooj Aftab Vulture Prince (New Amsterdam)
      Floating Points & Pharoah Sanders Promises (Luaka Bop)
      Rosali No Medium (SPINSTER)
      Yu Su Yellow River Blue (Self Released)
      Maria BC Devil's Rain EP (fear of missing out)
      Mabe Fratti Sera Que Ahora Podremos Entendernos (Unheard of Hope)
      Tarta Relena Fiat Lux (Self Released)
      Taqbir S/T EP (Self Released)
      Writhing Squares Chart for the Solution (Trouble in Mind)
      Nana Yamato Before Sunrise (Dull Tones)
      Sally Decker In the Tender Dream EP (NNA Tapes)
      Painted Shrines Heaven and Holy (Woodsist)
      Irreversible Entanglements Open the Gates (International Anthem)
      Nala Sinephro Space 1.8 (Warp)
      Space Afrika Honest Labour (Dais Records)
      The Reds Pinks and Purples Uncommon Weather (Slumberland Records)
      Yasmine Williams Urband Driftwood (SPINSTER)
      Ekulu Unscrew My Head (Cash Only Records)

      Favorite Songs of the year :

      For further listening

Top 5 Moments of 2021
Angel Bat Dawid and Jaimie Branch’s “Alters and Tabernacles” at IRL
Steve Gunn’s jaw dropping encore at The Bell House
Jaimie Branch’s entire opening set for Yo La Tengo’s Hanukkah
Yo La Tengo’s moving performance of “Ohm” at the Kaatsbaan Festival
Mary Lattimore’s sunset performance at Greenwood Cemetery

Emily Zaremba, Matador Records

Favorite albums/EPs:
Skee Mask - Pool
bar italia - bedhead
Hildegard - Hildegard
Siete Catorce - Temperatura
Slow Crush - Hush
Dean Blunt - Black Metal 2

Tristan Arp - Sculpturegardening
Doss - 4 New Hit Songs
Water From Your Eyes - Structure
HTRK - Rhinestones
Sassy 009 - Heart Ego
Vivian Koch - Beyond Contact
Placid Angles - Touch The Earth
James K - 036
Lawrence Le Doux - Compassion Lake
Yves Tumor - The Asymptotical World
Yu Su - Yellow River Blue
Vegyn - Like A Good Old Friend
Mica Levi - Blue Alibi
Ekulu - Unscrew My Head
Samuel Organ - A Safe Place in Cyberspace
Flock of Dimes - Head of Roses
CFCF - Memoryland
They Are Gutting A Body Of Water/Full Body 2 - EPCOT
Grouper - Shade

Favorite movies seen in theaters:
Red Rocket
Another Round
Fallen Angels 4k restoration
Out of the Blue 4k restoration
Possession 4k restoration
Cure 4k restoration
La Piscine 4k restoration
Mulholland Drive 4k restoration

Our Annual Orgy of Self-Congratulation, Grandstanding & Overconsumption : Matador Artists & Staff Select Their 2020 Favorites

(Congratulations to the landslide winner of the Matador Artists & Staff Poll for Person Of The Year 2020 to Clorox Scentiva Wipes.)

(Around this time every year, your underappreciated editor attempts to coax a list of favorite recordings, books, television programs, life events, etc. out of the label’s artist roster and our entertainment business cronies. In the past, this exercise has been an exacting process, fraught with nagging, GUILTING and no shortage of reluctant participants, some of whom actually changed labels or places of employment or their identities/physical appearances to avoid the chore. Even worse, we sometimes overlook persons currently recording for or working for the record label (either that or they saved their list for Brooklyn Vegan)

Keep in mind, we're about to close the books on the WORST YEAR EVER and perhaps persons with some sense of perspective or empathy have other things on their mind than shouting from the rooftops about their cultural cachet.  Thankfully, none of those persons can be found below or it would be a really short list.

For some historical perspective, here’s last year’s selections. Questions or comments about our predictable tastes and/or inexcusable omissions are welcome (but not so welcome that we’re inclined to comment or reply).  Last year, industry titan Mike Sniper correctly predicted that such lists would be broken down thusly, “half hugely famous commercially viable things that TMZ would report on, the other half off-kilter and ‘weird.’ McDonalds Weird. Like The McRib.”,  but in 2020 I am happy to report that all participants had some much extra time to bask in new creations, we're no longer confined to a Carly Rae / McRib dichotomy.  That's what passes for progress, at least in list-compilng land.

On behalf of Matador's owners, investors, legal representatives and  street team (none of whom are allowed on the actual street any more due to liability issues, so we just pay them to make crank calls to Sub Pop), here's wishing you, your families and friends a safe & happy holiday and thank you, as always, for putting up with us.  And without further ado, let the coronoation of 'Diplo Presents Thomas Wesley Chapter One : Snake Oil' commence. – Gerard Cosloy)

Mikey Coltun, Mdou Moctar
2020 favorite albums

-Jeff Parker - Suite For Max Brown
-Bill Nace - Both
-Horse Lords - The Common Task

-Kiko Dinucci - Rastilho
-Kate NV - Room For The Moon
-Tidiane Thiam - Siftorde
-Duma - Duma
-J. Zunz - Hibiscus
-Mary Halvorson’s Code Girl - Artlessly Falling
-Deerhoof - Love-Lore
-Maghreb K7 Club - Synth Raï, Chaoui & Staifi
-Raven Chacon - ‘An Anthology Of Chants Operations’
-Hiroshi Yoshimura - Green (reissue)
-Moor Jewelry - True Opera
-Black Myths - Birth Of A Nation
-DJ Diaki - Balani Fou
-T. Gowdy - Therapy With Colour
-Mary Lattimore - Silver Ladders
-Meitei - Kof?
-Curved Light - Vita Ex Machina
-METZ - Hail Taxi

Steve Gunn

Don Cherry - Om Shanti Om Black Sweat Record
The Sadies - Union Pool
Black Unity Trio - Al-Fatihah reissue Gotta Groove
Johnathan Richman & Will Oldham Town Hall
FIrst Cow - Kelly Reichhardt director/William Tyler Soundtrack

Marc Orleans - RIP
Patrick Amory on mixcloud
Complete films of Agnes Varda Criterion
Steve Potts - Musique Pour Le Film D'un Ami - Aguirre Records
Mary Oliver - Devotions
How to with John Wilson
How the River Ganges Flows - Sublime Masterpieces of Indian Violin 1933-52 Third Man Records

Georgia Hubley, Yo La Tengo
1 George Sanders was married to Zsa Zsa Gabor.
2 You can freeze just about anything and it’ll taste pretty good weeks, months later.

3 Potatoes and onions don’t like to be stored together.


4 Viola Smith, “fastest girl drummer in the world” died this year at the age of 107. I’d never heard of her. theLAnd Magazine quoted her as saying “Maybe it’s the drums that have kept me spry, or the wine, or going to the casino.”
“Why not let the girls play in the big bands?” she wrote in an editorial for Down Beat titled “Give Girl Musicians a Break!” that I read about in her NYT obituary. “In these times of national emergency, many of the star instrumentalists of the big name bands are being drafted. Instead of replacing them with what may be mediocre talent, why not let some of the great girl musicians of the country take their places? There are many girl trumpet players, girl saxophonists and girl drummers who can stand the grind of long tours and exacting one-night stands,” she continued. “The idea of girls being able to play only legitimately is a worn-out myth now.”
That did the trick.
5 There were two US presidents named Harrison and one of them was President Benjamin (1889-1893) who declined to take advantage of the new electricity recently installed in the White House. I found out about this by watching chef David Chang impressively win a million dollars for his charity Southern Smoke Emergency Relief fund on Who Wants to Be a Millionaire.
6 I like Elvis a lot. I watched four Elvis movies in the last 3 months. One documentary, two concert films and one that he starred in.
7 I see a neighbor, whose window is about 10 or 12 yards across from my kitchen window, spending a lot of time at a desk, presumably in front of his computer. I worry about his blood circulation. And also that he can see me opening and closing my refrigerator about 70 times a day.
To be fair, some of those times are when I’ve opened it and forgotten why, and then I reopen it about 3 seconds later.
8 Elvis really liked Monty Python. I knew that and forgot, but I just relearned it.
9 Little Richard used to defecate in his mother’s jarred preserves as a youngster.

10 I can make chopped chicken liver from scratch and it’s not bad!

Bill Nace, Body/Head
1. Friday nite zoom readings by Byron Coley
2. Friday nite "zooms" with Kesin and Krefting
3. Text chain with Twig and Dillo
4. Basement "jam" vids from Mark Morgan
5. Milford Graves: A Mind-Body Deal - ICA Philadelphia
6. Upcoming Emily Robb solo LP
7. Coffee with Richie
8. Drawing with Hunter
9. Painting
10. Kim Gordon roughs for Gus Van Sant short

Lee Tesche, Algiers
Top 5 staff 2020, in order
1. Gerard
2. Lombardi
3. Josh
4. Rian
5. Alex
Honorable Mention: Patrick

Jean-Paul Aline, Beggars Group
What’s Your Pleasure ? – Jessie Ware
b7 – Brandy

souvenir – Jonah Yano
All The Time – Jessy Lanza
Regresa – Buscabulla
Roisin Machine – Roisin Murphy
3.15.20 – Childish Gambino
Sin Miedo – Kali Uchis
Untitled (Rise) – Sault
Circles – Mac Miller
Will This Make Me Good – Nick Hakim
Miss Colombia – Lido Pimienta

Bonus : Le Jeune (EP) - Quinzequinze

Madonna – Madame X Tour / Lisbon
Algiers – Paris / La Maroquinerie
Roisin Murphy – Live On Mixcloud


Small Axe : Lovers Rock
I may Destroy you
The Crown

Book :
Where The Crawdads Sing – Delia Owens

Nabil Ayers, 4AD

JYOTI Mama, You Can Bet!
Keeley Forsythe Debris
Kelly Lee Owens Inner Song
SAULT Untitled (Black Is)

Alan Braufman The Fire Still Burns (the family biz)
Alabaster DePlume To Cy & Lee: Instrumentals Vol. 1
Mourning [A] BLKstar The Cycle
Grimes pausing her New York Times interview to talk about Raisin Bran
Dry Cleaning’s NYC shows in March… my last
U.S. Girls at The Dance
Post Malone’s Nirvana live stream

Chris Bithell - Beggars Group

Fave tracks released in 2020 (-ish)
Heavy emphasis on the party music... We needed it.

Green Gartside - Tangled Man [Rough Trade]

Warmduscher - Midnight Dipper (Soulwax Remix) [The Leaf Label]
Eris Drew - Transcendental Access Point [Interdimensional Transmissions]
SAULT - Free [Forever Living Originals]
Peter Cat Recording Co. - Portrait of a Time [Panache]
lau.ra & Secaina - Sideways [Needwant]
Róisín Murphy - We Got Together [Loaded]
Paul Epworth & Ishmael - Space Inc. [Sony]
Kaytranada & Pharrell Williams - Midsection [RCA]
Onipa - Makoma [Strut/K7]
Becky and the Birds - Wondering [4AD]
Dua Lipa - Hallucinate (prod. SG Lewis & Jacques Lu Cont) [Warner]
Bonobo & Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs - Heartbreak [Outlier]
Corridor - Domino [Sub Pop]
Ruthven - Have You Decided? [XL]
Jessica Winter - The Other (Chambermix) [Roya]
Erika de Casier & El Trick - Little Bit (El Trick Remix / Sydlandsmix) [Jeep]
The Organism - Jhana [Eklektisch]
Kiwi & Ghost Culture - I Feel Better [Crossbreed]
Pregoblin - Love Letters [eOne]
Hot Chip & Jarvis Cocker - Straight To The Morning [Domino]
Red Axes - Arpman [Dark Entries]
LA Priest - Beginning (Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs Remix) [Domino]
Låpsley - Speaking of the End [XL]
The Avalanches - Oh The Sunn / We Go On [Modular]
SAULT - Monsters [Forever Living Originals]

1010 Benja SL - Dobby [Young Turks]

Nick Boyd, Beggars Group

Everything released this year by AceMo, MoMa Ready, Bored Lord, Kush Jones, DJ Swisha, DJ Delish, Ali Berger, Eris Drew, Octo Octa, Huey Mnemonic, Max Watts, Nikki Nair, Tim Reaper, OSSX, James Bangura, INVT, An Avrin, El Blanco Nino, Fear-E, Allergy Season, musclecars, A. G. Cook, Haus of Altr, Towhead Recordings, Moveltraxx, Sweat Equity, Scuffed Recordings, C Powers, Chucky73 and the whole Sie7etr3 crew, Alex Falk, Amal, ART DLR, Bad Bunny, Bad Boy Chiller Crew, Drummy, Kindergarten Records, Bastiengoat, Juke Bounce Werk, Nick Leon, Black Cadmium, Black Girl / White Girl, Boof, Charli XCX, Lil Uzi Vert, Kiwi Rekords, Private Caller, Sammy Virji, Rico Nasty, Mark Archer, They Hate Change, Tyga Paw, DJ Girl, ROOM, Coloring Lessons, Super Tuff, T5UMUT5UMU, quest?onmarc. Honorable mention to the fourteen releases we did on Sorry Records this year.

Emma Buchanan, Matador Records

Augustus Muller - Machine Learning Experiments
Aurat - Poison
Beatrice Dillon - Workaround
Chronophage - Th’pig’kiss’d Album
Constant Smiles - Control
Cool Greenhouse - s/t
Duma - Duma
GISM - Detestation reissue
Gwenifer Raymond - Strange Lights Over Garth Mountain

Jackie Lynn - Jacqueline
Joanne Robertson - Painting stupid girls
Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith - The Mosaic of Transformation
Kelly Lee Owens - Inner Song
Necrot - Mortal
Nidia - Não Fales Nela Que A Mentes
No Home - Fucking Hell
Noveller - Arrow
OOIOO -Nijimusi
PE - Person
Ramble Tamble - Burned County Data
Renee Van Trier - Something of What I’ve Lost
Skeleton - Skeleton

Special Interest - The Passion Of
Vacant Gardens - Under the Bloom
Vladislav Delay - Rakka

Gerard Cosloy, Matador Records

Saint Abdullah - In God's Image (Psychic Liberation)

Amani + King Vision Ultra - An Unknown Infinite (PTP)
No Home - Fucking Hell (d/l bandcamp)
Chronophage - Th' Pig Kissed (Cleta Patra)
Felicia Atkinson - Everything Evaporate (Shelter Press)
Still House Plants - Fast Edit (Bison / Blank Forms)
Model Home - One Year (Disciples)
Sofehso - A Record (First Terrace)
Claire Rousay - Both (Second Editions)
Soft Shoulder - Contextual Depreciation (Gilgongo)
Dr. Pete Larsen and His Cytoxic Nyatti Band - s/t (Dagoretti)
Dean Roberts - Not Fire (Erstwhile)
Armand Hammer - Shrines (Backwoodz Studioz)

Ono - Red Summer (American Dreams)

Triple Negative - God Bless The Death Drive (Penultimate Press)
Mint Mile - Ambertron (Comedy Minus One)
NE$$ x Baby J - 21st Century Blues
Obnox - Savage Raygun (ever/never)
David Nance - Staunch Honey (Trouble In Mind)
Sumac - May You Be Held (Thrill Jockey)
Uniform - Shame (Sacred Bones)
Duma - s/t (Nyege Nyege Tapes)
Powers / Rolin Duo - s/t (Feeding Tube)
Will Johnson - El Capitan (Keeled Scales)
Horse Lords - The Common Task (Northern Spy)

Dan Melchior - Embankment To The End Of The Line (Gertrude Tapes)
FACS - Void Moments (Trouble In Mind)
E- Complications (Silver Rocket)

Jon Collin - Water And Rock Music, Volumes 3-4 (Feeding Tube/Early Music)
Lamps - People With Faces (In The Red)
Astute Palate - s/t (Petty Bunco)
Magik Markers - 2020 (Drag City)
Barry Walker Jr. - Shoulda Zenith (Holy Moutain)

Reissues / vault-y bits :
Black Unity Trio - Al - Fatihah (Gotta Groove)
Dadamah - This Is Not A Dream (Grapefruit)
Ela Orleans - Lost (La Station Radar)
Phew - Vertical Jamming (Disciples)
United Mutation - Dark Self Image (Radio Raheem)

Top 3 TV Moments :
1) Geoff Metcalfe getting stabbed in the neck with a broken wine bottle
2) Geoff Metcalfe falling off his roof

3) Eddie Kingston - spoken word

Steve Cross, Remote Control
20 tracks that got me through 2020
Soccer96 - I Was Gonna Fight Fascism

Kelly Lee Owens – Corner Of My Sky ft. John Cale
Nadia Reid - Best Thing
Sault – Little Boy
Cabane feat. Bonnie "Prince" Billy – Take me home Pt2

The Weather Station – Robber

Moonduo –Planet Caravan
Alexandra Savior - But You
Bill Callahan - Sea Song (feat. Mick Turner)
Rival Consoles - Vibrations on a String
Aoife Nessa Frances - Blow Up
Car Seat Headrest - Deadlines (Thoughtful)
Kelly Lee Owens – On
Lou Doillon – Alexandrie, Alexandra
Ghostpoet - Breaking Cover
Sei Still - El Camino
Daniel Avery - Lone Swordsman
Son Lux - Only (Chasing You) [feat. William Bell]
Shannon Lay/Steve Gunn - Clay Pigeons

Blake Mills - Money Is The One True God

Malcolm Donaldson, Matador Records
20 new albums and (some new, some old) reads I enjoyed in 2020

"Paraphrase" - Sarah Resnick
Invisibility Blues - Michele Wallace
Libra - Don Delillo
Tell Me How Long the Train's Been Gone - James Baldwin
Satantango - Laszlo Krasznahorkai
Butcher's Crossing - John Williams
Sula - Toni Morrison
The Factory - Hiroko Oyamada
Real Life - Brandon Taylor
Two Serious Ladies - Jane Bowles

Bonus Round: Favorite not-new new release

Rian Fossett, Matador Records

Art Feynman - Half Price at 5:30
Mary Lattimore - Silver Ladders
Omar S - You Want
Pop Smoke - Shoot For The Stars Aim For The Moon
Neil Young - Homegrown
Kelly Lee Owens - Inner Song
Yves Tumor - Heaven To A Tortured Mind
Jorge Elbrecht - Presentable Corpse
Domenique Dumont - People On SundayOneohtrix Point Never- Magic Oneohtrix Point Never

My Favorite Show - How To with John Wilson
My Favorite Enzo - @enzothesweetboy

Jonathan Gold, Beggars Group
Arca – KiCk i (XL)
Caribou – Suddenly (Merge)
Dehd – Flower of Devotion (Fire Talk)

Desire Marea – Desire (Izimakade)
Eartheater – Phoenix: Flames Are Dew Upon My Skin (PAN)
Jessie Ware – What’s Your Pleasure (PMR/Friends Keep Secrets/Interscope)
Kelly Lee Owens – Inner Song (Smalltown Sound)
Naked Roommate – Do the Duvet (Trouble In Minds)
Perfume Genius – Set My Heart on Fire Immediately (Matador)
Popcaan – FIXTAPE (Unruly/OVO Sound)
Special Interest - The Passion Of (Night School/ Thrill Living)
Yves Tumor – Heaven to A Tortured Mind (Warp)

Deaton Chris Anthony – BOOGY WOOGY (Self-Released)
Meth Math – Pompi (In Real Life)

Park Hye Jin – How Can I (Ninja Tune)
Moonchild Sanelly – Nüdes (Transgressive)
Shygirl – ALIAS (Because)

BbyMutha – “Cocaine Catwalk” (Self-released)
Bicep – “Apricots” (Ninja Tune)
Blake Mills – “Money Is The One True God” & “Vanishing Twin” (New Deal/Verve)
Creams – “DIE 4 U” (Self-released)
Jeannette Ndiaye – “Makom Ma Bobe” (Kalita)
Julie Byrne, Jefre Cantu-Ledes – “Love’s Refrain” (Mexican Summer)
keiyaA – “Hvnli” & “Rectifya” (Forever)
Koraal – “Vuurdin” (Nous’klaer Audio)
Lorenzo Senni – “Dance Tonight Revolution Tomorrow” (Warp)
Mary Lattimore – “Pine Trees” (Ghostly)
Maurice Fulton, Peggy Guo – “Jigoo” (Gudu)
MOTHERMARY – “Catch Fire” (Italians Do It Better)
Pop Smoke – “Shake The Room (feat. Quavo)” (Victor Victor Worldwide/ Republic)

Pam Garavano, Beggars Group
15 new & 10 reissues albums I loved this year. I strive to never list albums I work on, but if I did, plum by widowspeak and clot by wax chattels along with the reissue of OXZ’s catalog are all aces.

new releases:
adrianne lenker - songs (4ad)
ana roxanne - because of a flower (kranky)
constant smiles - control (living waters)
cut worms - nobody lives here anymore (jagjaguwar)
kate nv - room for the moon (rvng)
katie gately - loom (houndstooth)

le volume courbe - fourteen years ep (honest jons)
mary lattimore - silver ladders (ghostly)
lucrecia dalt - no era sólida (rvng)
modern nature - annual (bella union)
perfume genius - set my heart on fire immediately (matador)
psychic ills - never learn not to love 7-inch (sacred bones)
snowy - audio commentary (spunk)
tomberlin - projections ep (saddle creek)
westerman - your hero is not dead (partisan)

dadamah - this is not a dream (grapefruit)
loscil - coast/range/arc (kranky)

priscilla ermel - origins da luz (music from memory)
hiroshi yoshimura - green? (light in the attic)
pole - 1, 2 & 3 (mute)
pale saints - comforts of madness 30th anniv. (4ad)
pylon - pylon box (new west)
the sound - physical world 7-inch (reminder)
neil young - homegrown (reprise)
various artists - ak79 (flying nun)

Matt Harmon, Beggars Group
Modern Nature - Annual EP (Bella Union)
Brigid Dawson and The Mothers Network - Ballet of Apes (Castleface)
Irreversible Entanglements - Who Sent You (International Anthem)
Sunwatchers - Oh Yeah! (Trouble in Mind Records)
CS + Crème - Snoopy (The Trilogy Tapes)
Beatrice Dillion - Workaround (Pan)
Lingo Seini et son groupe - Musique Hauka (Sahel Sounds)
T.V Sun - Mosses (Anyway)

Quin Kirchner - The Shadows and The Light (Astral Spirits)
Roomful of Teeth - Michael Harrison: Just Constellations EP (Amsterdam)
Penelope Trappes - “Eel Drop” EP (Houndstooth)
Omar S - You Want (FXHE Records)
Oneohtrix Point Never - Magic Oneohtrix Point Never (Warp)
Nazar - Guerilla (Hyper-Dub)

HAAi “Head above the Parakeets” (Mute)
Les Sins & Acemo “C’mon Les’ Go” (Company Studio/Sonic Messengers)
Dave Harrington + Nate Mercereau “Things Move Quickly When They Feel Right” (How So Records)
AceMoMa, AceMo & Moma Ready “Revolutionary” (HAUS of ALTR)
Jenny Hval “Bonus Material” (Sacred Bones)
Mdou Moctar “Ibitan” (self-released)
Sault “Free” (Forever Living Originals)
Dan Matz “Now Lucifer” (Assumed Identity)


Rashied Ali + Frank Lowe - Duo Exchange (Survival Records)
Anthony Moore - “Out” (Drag City)
Various Artists - Guasá, Cununo y Marimba. Afro-Colombian Music the West Coast (Gertudis Bonilla)

Noam Klar, Matador Records
my top 5 Mad Men episodes as viewed during lockdown 1&2:
1. Season 5, episode 11: “The Other Woman”
2. Season 7, episode 14: “Person To Person”
4. Season 6, episode 8: “The Crash”
4. Season 1, episode 12: “Nixon Vs Kennedy”

5. Season 3, episode 6: “Guy Walks Into an Advertising Agency”

Sonya Kolowrat, Beggars Group

I moved to LA from the E.Coast in the summer of 2019, and my “Covid project” has been a deep study into all things LA Punk rock. Living in NYC, one gets a little locked into E.Coast stuff, so I had the rare pleasure of discovering a new old band. In the early punk days in LA, there was one band that ruled it all and influenced it all. THE SCREAMERS. I AM STILL MAD that no one told me about them ages ago. You have to click on all the stuff below and then you too can get SO excited about a band that never officially released an album and only existed from 1975-1981. Why didn’t you tell me about this band when I was 4? Here’s a list of things I have explored and enjoyed related to this band.

    1. “122 Hours Of Fear” (kicks in after a minute, and the anticipation build is worth it)

    2. “Vertigo”

  1. Screamer’s singer Tomata du Plenty on CNN talking about his post-band art career.

  2. KK Barrett – Former Screamers drummer, now Academy Award nominated production designer

  3. The Cockettes – SF avant garde psychedelic hippie theater group that Tomata was in – Documentary/Website

  4. The Hollywood Columbarium at Hollywood Forever where Tomata Du Plenty is laid to rest (bonus resting place of Rozz Williams of Christian Death one floor above)

  5. The art of Gary Panter (designed the iconic Screamers “screaming man” logo in addition to a Yo La Tengo album cover)

  6. Books: We Got the Neutron Bomb: The Untold Story of L.A. Punk by Brendan Mullen & Marc Spitz, Under The Big Black Sun - A Personal History of LA Punk and it's sequel, More Fun in the New World: The Unmaking and Legacy of L.A. Punk - by John Doe and Tom DeSavia

  7. Lydia Lunch’s podcast and Pleasant Gehman’s podcast

  8. Cornell University’s Screamers collection

Andy Larsen, Beggars Group
Full lengths:
M. Takara and Carla Boregas - Linha D’Água (El Rocha Records)

Valentina Magaletti, Marlene Ribeiro - Due Matte (Horn of Plenty)
Kübler Ross - Kübler Ross (Akashic Records)
Sarah Davachi - Cantus, Descant (Late Music)
Alan Braufman - The Fire Still Burns (Valley of Search)
Vladislav Delay - 500 Push-Up (feat Sly and Robbie) (Sub Rosa)
Beatrice Dillon - Workaround (Pan)
Ambrose Akinsmusire - on the tender spot of every calloused moment (Blue Note Records)
Cindy Lee - What's Tonight To Eternity (W.25th)
Crazy Doberman - Illusory Expansion (Astral Spirits)

EPs, singles, collections, and archive releases:

Don Cherry - Om Shanti Om (Black Sweat Records)
Charles Curtis - Performances and Recordings 1998-2018 (Saltern)
Nkisi - Initiation (Initiation)
Neutrals - Personal Computing (Slumberland Records)

Xylitol - I’m Pretty Sure I Would Know If Reality Were Fundamentally Different Than I Perceived It To Be (Thrilling Living)
Alvin Lucier - String Noise (Black Truffle)
Coil - Musick To Play In The Dark (Dais)
Harry Pussy - Superstar (Palilalia)
Model Home - One Year (Disciples)
Marika Politissa - All Parts Dark (Olvido Records)

Annette Lee, 4AD
Top 10 discoveries / things that have kept me sane during lockdown:
1. Schitts Creek
2. I May Destroy You

3. Why I’m No Longer Talking To White People About Race by Reni Eddo-Lodge (Book)
4.East cookbook by Meera Sodha
5.Perfecting a gut-busting pork ramen
6.Ruth Rogers’ Sausage Ragu recipe (thanks to Patrick Amory)
7. Calcarius orange and Kindelli Luna Nueva Blanc wines
8. Lagman from Karamay Urghur restaurant
9. NTS Radio
10.Lockdown Parenting Hell podcast

Aaron Leitko, Matador Records
Model Home - SE (Future Times)
Autechre - Sign (Warp)
KMRU - Peel (Editions Mego)

Beatrice Dillon - Workaround (PAN)

Ulla - Tumbling Towards a Wall (Experiences Ltd.)
Luke Stewart - Exposure Quintet (Astral Spirits)
Butch Willis - Amateur on Plastic DVD (Teen-Beat)
US Girls - Heavy Light (4AD)
Vikingur Olafsson - Debussy / Rameau (Deutsche Grammophon)
HOA011 - V/A (Haus of Altr)
Bill Callahan - Gold Record (Drag City)
Kelley Stoltz - Ah! (etc.) (Agitated Records)
Seltene Erden - Scorched Erden (Youth)
Adam X - Acid Archives 92-94 (L.I.E.S.)
Cygnus - Neon Flux (World Building)
Prince - Sign o the Times Super Deluxe (Warner)

Jeff Parker - Suite For Max Brown (International Anthem)

Imaginary Softwoods - Annual Flowers in Color 2020 Remaster (Amethyst Sunset/Mineral Disk)
M. Geddes Gengras - Time Makes Nothing Happen
Haley Fohr @ Hirshhorn 12.6.29
Clear Channel @ Marx Cafe 1.3.20
Jonathan Richman / Bonnie “Prince” Billy @ Lincoln Theater 3.7.20

Irreversible Entanglements @ Rhizome 3.8.20

Ryan Naideau, Rough Trade
new stuff:
theo parrish - wuddaji
the microphones in 2020
gillian welch - boots, all the good times
lil uzi vert - eternal atake
21 savage - savage mode II
mike - weight of the world

dj blackpower - king of the night
necrot - mortal
malokarpatan - krupinské ohne
after - life repeats
lady ehepr - gloatre
straw man army - age of exile
twisted thing - sacred cement
jeff rosenstock - no dream
cadenaxo - lenguas podridas
chronophage - th' pig kiss'd
blair - nothing helps

ippei matsui & aki tsuyoku - natsu no zenbu
domenique dumont - people on sunday
v/a - equiknoxx music in 2020

old stuff:
world standard - asagao
v/a - still in my arms comp
don cherry - om shanti om
valium aggelein - black moon
shirley scott - one for me
v/a - la locura de machuca 1975-1980

Abby Rubin, Beggars Group
2020 Favorites
Lamb Rabbit- Heart True

Dominique Dumont - People On Sunday
Against All Logic - 2017-2019
Fiona Apple - Fetch The Boltcutters
Tara Clerkin Trio - S/T
Oneohtrix Point Never - Magic Oneohtrix Point Never
Neil Young - Homegrown

The Soft Pink Truth - Shall We Go On Sinning So That Grace May Increase?
Waxahatachee - St. Cloud
Caribou - Never Come Back
SAULT - Untitled (Rise)
Burna Boy - Twice as Tall
Kelly Lee Owens - Inner Song
Mary Lattimore - Silver Ladders
Gia Margaret - Mia Gargaret
Moodyman - Taken Away
Loma - Don’t Shy Away
Marie Davidson - Renegade Breakdown
Ela Minus - Acts of Rebellion
Art Feynman - Half Price at 3:30
Yves Tumor - Heaven To A Tortured Mind
Yves Jarvis - Sundry Rock Song Stock
The Avalanches - We Will Always Love You

Josh Turner, Matador Records
New in 2020
John Carroll Kirby - My Garden
Mil-Spec - World House

Vein - Old Data In A New Machine Vol. 1
Jamael Dean - Ished Tree
Yves Tumor - Heaven To A Tortured Mind
Bib - Delux
Mary Lattimore - Silver Ladders
Jay Electronica - A Written Testimony
Chubby & The Gang - Speed Kills
Honourable mentions:
End It - One Way Track
SUSS - Promise
William Tyler - New Vanitas
Graf Orlock - Decibel Flexi

Six Organs of Admittance - Companion Rises

Found in 2020
Federico Mompou - Impressions
Bartok - Romanian Folk
The Telescopes - Taste
International Harvester - Sov Gott Rose-Mari
Normil Hawaiians - More Wealth Than Money
Stan Hubbs - Crystal
Chuck Johnson - Balsams
The Orioles - Crying In The Chapel
Dara Puspita - Ba-Da-Da-Dum
Read in 2020
Pierre Berton - Klondike 1896 - 1899
Dan Hooper - At The Edge of Time
A K Blakemore - Fondue
Evan Osnos - Age of Ambition
Mixes / Lists
Hung, Drawn & Quartered - 20th February 2020
Sauvages - Sauvages#180

Jake Whitener, Matador Records

Favorite Releases of 2020 :

Sarah Mary Chadwick- Please Daddy (Sinderlyn)
Slauson Malone- Vergangenheitsbewältigung (Crater Speak) (Grand Closing)
Maral- Push (Leaving Records)
Ramble Tamble- Burned County Data (Self-Released)
Pink Siifu- Negro (Field Left)
Duma- Omni (Nyege Nyege Tapes)Your
Duval Timothy- Help (Carrying Colour)
Nazar- Guerilla (Hyperdub LTD)
No Home- Fucking Hell (Self-Released)
Special Interest- The Passion Of (Night School / Thrilling living)
Yves Tumor- Heaven to a Tortured Mind (Warp)
Crack Cloud- Pain Olympics (Self-Released)
Irreversible Entanglements- Who Sent You? (International Anthem)
Park Hye Jin- How can I (Ninja Tune)
The Cowboy- Wifi on the Prairie (Self-Released)

(more from 2020 and beyond)

Sweetie Zamora, Remote Control Records
My favourite releases of 2020 - a year of everything and nothing all at the same time.
Carla Geneve - The Right Reasons

Christine and the Queens - La vita nuova
Dua Lipa - Future Nostalgia

Jessie Ware - What’s Your Pleasure?
Joji - Nectar
Lady Gaga - Chromatica
Little Dragon - New Me, Same Us
Miiesha - Nyaaringu
Perfume Genius - Set My Heart On Fire Immediately
Roisin Murphy - Roisin Machine
Romy - Lifetime
SAULT - Untitled (Black Is) & Untitled (Rise)
Surprise Chef - Daylight Savings
Taylor Swift - Folklore & Evermore
The Chicks - Gaslighter
Yaeji - WHAT WE DREW ??? ????

Emily Zaremba, Matador Records
Albums/EPs in no particular order:
Actress - Karma & Desire
Joanne Robertson - Painting Stupid Girls
Model Home - One Year
Beatrice Dillon - Workaround

Ichiko Aoba - Windswept Adan
Special Interest - The Passion Of
Adrianne Lenker - songs
Moodymann - Taken Away
lojii - lo&behold
Park Hye Jin - How can I

Tristan Arp - Suggested Forms
Bill Callahan - Gold Record
Kelly Lee Owens - Inner Song
Ana Roxanne - Because of a Flower
No Joy - Motherhood
Kate NV - Room For The Moon
Julianna Barwick - Healing is A Miracle
DJ Python - Mas Amable
Songs in no particular order:

Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith - “Expanding Electricity”

Dehd - “Loner”
Standing on the Corner - “Angel”
Against All Logic - “Penny”
Pa Salieu - “Frontline”
HAAi - “Rotating in Unison”
Sassy 009 - “Ghost Town”
Oneohtrix Point Never - “I Don’t Love Me Anymore”
Bktherula - “Summer”
Sufjan Stevens - “The Ascension”
The 1975 - “Yeah I Know”
Shygirl - “Slime”
Jwords - “Numb”
Yves Tumor - “Gospel For A New Century”
Katie Dey - “Happiness”
SAULT - “Strong”
Salem - “Old Gods”
Yung Lean - “Yayo”

Our Annual Orgy of Self-Congratulation, Grandstanding & Overconsumption : Matador Artists & Staff Select Their 2018 Favorites

(Matador's 2018 Person Of The Year Jered Thretin wants you to know that by reading these lists, you're part of the illusion)

Around this time every year, your long-suffering editor attempts to coax a list of favorite recordings, books, television programs, life events, etc. out of the label’s artist roster and our show business friends. In the past, the exercise has been an exacting process, fraught with nagging, teeth-gnashing and no shortage of reluctant participants, some of whom actually changed labels or places of employment or their identities/physical appearances to avoid the chore. Even worse, we sometimes overlook persons currently recording for or working for the record label (either that or they’ve saving their lists for a website people actually read).

For some historical perspective, here’s last year’s selections. Questions or comments about our crap taste and/or inexplicable omissions are welcome (but NOT THAT WELCOME) . And without further ado, let the coronation of Mitski commence – GC)

Britt Daniel, Spoon

Top 18 NYC Shows, 2018
The Byrds + Marty Stuart - Town Hall, Sept 24
Gerald Clayton - Village Vanguard, Aug 1
Nathan & the Zydeco Cha-Chas - Connollys, Jan 26
Heart Bones - Brooklyn Bazaar, Nov 30
Thee Oh Sees - Warsaw, Oct 19
Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith - BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn, June 20
Nine Inch Nails - Radio City, Oct 13
Hamilton Leithauser - Cafe Carlyle, Jan 25
!!! - Industry City, Sept 22
Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever - Bowery Ballroom, Sept 15
Alejandro Escovedo - Knitting Factory, Sept 9
Paul Simon - MSG, Sept 21
Bodega - Elsewhere, Aug 23
Morris Day + The Time - Sony Hall, Aug 11
Nick Cave - Barclays, Oct 26
Jon Batiste - Village Vanguard, Nov 3
JD McPherson - Brooklyn Bowl, Dec 4
Elton John - MSG, Nov 8

top 12 NYC margaritas, 2018:
El Camion, Ave A
Chilos, Franklin Ave Brooklyn
Castros, Myrtle Ave Brooklyn
La Esquina, Kenmare
Chela, 5th Ave Brooklyn

Don Chignon, Flatbush Ave Brooklyn
Tacombi, Lafayette Ave Brooklyn
Agave, 7th Ave
Vida Verde, 55th St
Cafe Habana, Prince St
La Contenta Oeste, 11th St
Sweet & Vicious, Spring St

Alex Fishel, Spoon

best shows:
guerilla toss - zebulon
roger waters - laxness arena
ethan gruska - bootleg theater
fell runner - zebulon
david byrne - shrine auditorium
sparks - palace theatre
moaning - best kept secret
olivia kaplan - zebulon

best recordings:
blake mills - look

adrianne lenker - abysskiss
alessandro cortini / lawrence english - immediate horizon
wand - perfume
julian cubillos - in heaven
lala lala - the lamb
dur-dur band - dur dur of somalia vol 1, vol 2
underworld / iggy pop - teatime dub encounters

Steve Gunn
Daniel Carter, Hamid Drake, William Parker set at Troost
Marc Morgan last solo show in NYC for a while at Union Pool
Joshua Abrahms Natural Information Society at the Hideout, Chicago
Drinking wine with Roy Montgomery in ChristChurch
Jessica Pratt
Richard Thompson
Coolio coming to my show in LA and saying what’s up after my set.
Yo La Tengo
Loren Connors & Alan Licht Duo
Mathew Shipp
Tom Carter /Pat Murano Duo at Luncheonette
Heron Oblivion
Bob Dylan doing a 15 minute band melt version of Blowing in The Wind at the Met in Philadelphia. I rushed the stage
Ka Baird
Body Head
Sun Ra Arkestra

Flying in two seater biplane with no windows around New Zealand with a fan who offered to take me on a flight the morning after my show.
Jennifer Castle
World of Echo record store London
Watching Dave Burrell play piano while sitting directly above him from the balcony

Andrew Katz, Car Seat Headrest

1 Trait Danger, 1 Trait High

Ryan Mahan, Algiers

Cardi B - Invasion of Privacy
Gazelle  - Twin Pastoral

Bambara  - Shadow on Everything
Harrga - La Mer
Wetware  - Automatic Drawing
Albedo Fantastica  - Culvert and Starry Night
Hiro Kone -  Pure Expenditure
Uniform - The Long Walk
Daughters -  You Won’t Get What You Want
Krimewatch Krimewatch

Bill Nace, Body/Head

Madison Palffy, SCDT, Northampton MA
Mountain Movers, Ortlieb's ,Philadelphia PA
Bill Orcutt, Johnny Brenda's ,Philadlephia PA
Gunn/Truscinski Duo, Great Scott, Boston MA
Simone Forti /Charlamagne Palestine,  LA CA
RP BOO, Philamoca, Phiadlephia PA
Wheatie Mattiasich, Caroline's Place, Baltimore MD
Jana Rush, Cropped Out Fest, Louisville KY
Pengo, The Liquor Store, Rochester NY
Angst Hase Pfeffer Nase,  The Lab SF

Mike Hadreas, Perfume Genius

Amen Dunes - Freedom

Tierra Whack - Whack World
Julia Holter - Aviary

“Elmet” by Fiona Mozley
“Spinning Silver” by Naomi Novik
“Eileen” by Ottessa Moshfegh


The Terror
The Americans

Most of My Listening Went To:
Anita Baker - Rapture
The Sundays - Reading, Writing & Arithmetic
Low - Secret Name

Elias Rønnenfelt, Iceage
Arvo Pärt - Tabula Rasa
BIlly Boyo - Zim Zim
Black Lips - Satan's Graffiti or Gods Art?

Bob Dylan - Time Out Of Mind

Camaron De La Isla - Potro De Rabia Y Miel

Dean Blunt - Soul On Fire
Eilert Pilarm - Eilert Forever
Eugene McDaniels - Outlaw
Gloria Ann Taylor - Love Is A Hurtin' Thing
Hank Wood & The Hammerheads - S/T
Insecure Men - Insecure Men
Levon Helm - Dirt Farmer
Lucinda Williams - Happy Woman Blues
Milk Music - Mystic 100's
Obongjayar - Bassey
Puce Mary - The Drought
Ramblin' Jack Elliott - Young Brigham
Roscoe Holcomb - An Untamed Sense Of Control
Sly & The Family Stone - There's A Riot Goin' On
Total Control - Laughing At The System
U.S Girls - In A Poem Unlimited

Viagra Boys - Street Worms

Lee Tesche, Algiers

Top 5 staff 2018, in order
1. Gerard
2. Lombardi
3. Patrick
4. Josh
5. Shira
Honorable Mention: Natalie

Will Toledo, Car Seat Headrest

Milton Nascimento - A Festa (Acústico)
Of montreal - White is Relic/Irrealis Mood

kendall : ) - hey
Jandek - Los Angeles Friday

12 Ensemble - Resurrection

Matthew Tong, Algiers

GAS - Tennessee Theatre, Knoxville TN

Marie Davidson - "Working Class Woman"

Hiro Kone - "Pure Expenditure"

The Handmaid's Tale, Season 2: The travails of Offred beyond the original novel had no reason to be this compelling, yet they were.
Atlanta, Season 2: Ageing out in the music industry so beautifully portrayed here.
My Beautiful Friend: obvs.

Nico, 1988


AFC Bournemouth 2 - 2 Newcastle Utd, Dean Court, 24th February: The plucky Cherries scored twice in the last 10 minutes to tie things up and leave Ryan Mahan with a whole lot of egg on his face.

Lana Del Rey vs Azalea Banks

Castelmola, Sicily

Caffe Bar Turrisi, Castelmola, Sicily
(honourable mention to the Air BnB in Chinatown NYC for the suitcase full of dildos hidden beneath the couch)

Mouth Your Body, Show Nightclub, NYC, April 27-28

Bushwick A/V, NYC, April 28

Kachka, Portland OR

Cheesesteak @ Old Pink, Buffalo NY

Rebound, Athens, Greece

Greece, Croatia

Kurt Vile

Nepotismic Reticulum: 10 faves 2018
“Solid Silk” - Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks
“Need A Little Time” - Courtney Barnett
“Blue From the Dark” - DRINKS
“Sleeping Volcanoes” - Cass McCombs
“Summer’s End” - John Prine
“Elk River Blues” - Nathan Bowles
“Thanksgiving Song” - Grouper
“Shortwave” - Yo La Tengo

“This Time Around” - Jessica Pratt
“New Moon” - Steve Gunn

Patrick Amory, Matador Records

1. Ned Collette - Old Chestnut (it records/Feeding Tube)
2. The Goon Sax - We're Not Talking (Chapter Music/Wichita)
3. Charlie Tweddle - The Unseen Sound of Music(Mighty Mouth)
4.Jon Hopkins - Singularity (Domino)
5. Spiritualized - "Let's Dance" from And Nothing Hurt (Bella Union/Fat Possum)
6. Kali Malone - Organ Dirges 2016-2017 (Ascetic House)
7. The continuing incredible restoration work being done by RS3D
8. Music of Northern Laos (Akuphone)
9. Kikagaku Moyo - Masana Temples (Guruguru Brain)
10.Against All Logic – 2012-2017 (Other People)
11. DJ Lilocox - Paz & Amor (Principe)
12. Fucked Up - Dose Your Dreams (Merge)
13. Mr. Fingers - Cerebral Hemispheres (Alleviated)
14. serpentwithfeet - Soil (Tri-Angle/Secretly Canadian)
15. Theo Parrish - Preacher's Comin/Gullah Geechee (Sound Signature)
16. Tropical Fuck Storm - A Laughing Death in Meatspace (Joyful Noise)

Chris Bithell, Beggars
Favourite Trax of 2018 (not all released this year)

CCFX - The One To Wait [DFA]
Nickodemus - Night Blooming Jasmines [Wonderwheel]
Theophilus London feat. Giggs - Bebey (SN1 Road Mix) [My Bebey]
Amadou & Mariam - Filaou Bessame (Cerrone Remix) [Because]
Insecure Men - Subaru Nights [Fat Possum]
The Fall - Telephone Dub [Fontana/Cog Sinister]
Soulwax - Essential Three [DEEWEE]
Brockhampton - 1997 DIANA [Question Everything]
Dita Von Teese & Sebastien Tellier - Bird of Prey (Bullion Remix) [Record Makers]
The Staple Singers - If You're Ready (Come Go With Me) [Stax]
Petite Noir - Blame Fire [Roya]
Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs - Body Move (Bag Raiders Remix) [Nice Age]
N.E.R.D feat. Ed Sheeran - Lifting You [Columbia]
Red Axes - Musica Electronique [!K7]
The Chats - Smoko [Hot Wax]
Errorsmith - I'm Interesting, Cheerful & Sociable [PAN]
Q Lazzarus - Goodbye Horses (Demo 2) [Mon Amie]

Sebastian Bollet, Beggars Group

THEE OH SEES - Smote Reverser

SABA - Care For Me
BEAK> - >>>
OUGHT - Room Inside The World
YVES TUMOR - Safe In The Hands of Love
AMEN DUNES - Freedom
BODEGA - Endless Scroll
LOW - Double Negative

THE GUILTY by Gustav Möller
WOMAN AT WAR by Benedikt Erlingsson
GIRL by Lukas Dhont

DAVID BYRNE at The Paris Philharmonie
RYLEY WALKER at Point Ephémère
JON HOPKINS at Trianon


Cycling through the Apuseni natural park in Transylvania

Nick Boyd, b4 Sounds / Beggars Group

Unknown To The Unknown’s demolition of 2018:
? X-Coast - XTC EP [Hot Haus Recs / UTTU]
? Kornél Kovács - Metropolis EP [UTTU]
? Vin Sol - Dance Trax Vol. 14 [Dance Trax / UTTU]
? SE62 - Good Days EP [Hot Haus Recs / UTTU]
? Lauren Flax - Dance Trax, Vol. 16 [Dance Trax / UTTU]
? Addison Groove & Bim Sanga Present: Bags Inc. - Dance Trax Vol. 17 [Dance Trax / UTTU]
? Contactless - Static EP [UTTU]
? Bell Towers - My Body is a Temple [UTTU]
? DJ Steaw - Heaven EP [Hot Haus Recs / UTTU]

Róisín Murphy and Maurice Fulton’s legend making 2018 four killer twelve inch run on Vinyl Factory. Beautiful design by Bráulio Amado as well:
? Plaything / Like
? The Rumble / World’s Crazy
? Jacuzzi Rollercoaster / Can’t Hang On (feat. Ali Love)
? All My Dreams / Innocence

Krystal Klear’s blockbuster twelve inches:
? Club Studies [Hot Haus Recs / UTTU]
? The Division [Running Back]

The fantastic debut year of Murlo’s Coil Records:
? Sharda - Sharda EP // Huge release, big time favorite
? Murlo & Conducta - “Together”
? Shara - “One Kiss Refix”
? Murlo & S-Type - “Make Believe”
? Sharda & Bassboy - “Drifting”

Luca Lozano - Boss Moves [Running Back]
Eris Drew / Octo Octa - Devotion [Naive]
Malik Hendricks - Introducing Malik Hendricks EP [Bumpin’ Somethin’]

Off The Meds - The Meds Are Kicking In esp. “No B No E”
Niles Cooper - House Gospel EP [Super Tuff]
Dirty Channels vs. Danny Russell / Frazelle - Watchin Out [Athens of The North]
Minimal Violence - MVX / U41A [Technicolour]
AceMo - AceMo EP [Vanity Press] esp. “Get It From The Sound”
VA - Gemišt Part I [House Is OK] esp. Kornél Kovács’ massive “House Is OK”
Shan - Run Tings EP [Running Back]
Sully / FaltyDL - 2 Bad Mice Remixes [Sneaker Social Club]
Asquith - The Conditioning Track [Asquith]
Strategy - Future Shock [The Nite Owl Diner]
Abby Echiverri - Ab Initio [The Bunker New York]
Pangaea - Bone Sucka [Hessle Audio]
Giant Swan - Whities 016 [Whities]
Finn - Dance Music Has Betrayed Us All [Local Action]
Girls of the Internet - Remember My Name [Drab Queen]
Conny - Song For Eva [Cold Tonic]
Local Artist - Dancer / Dreamer [Mood Hut]
Missing Channel - FJAAK 002 // “Onslaught (FJAAK Remix)” is massive
aamourocean - Enjoy The Silence [Casual Gabberz]
Jayda G - Sacred Spaces [JMG Recordings]
Jayda G / Alexa Dash - Diva Bitch [Freakout Cult]
Syclops - Pink Rose [Running Back]
Peggy Gou - Once [Ninja Tune]
DJ Sprinkles / Hardrock Striker - Skylax House Explosion (Under The Loft) / Skylax House Explosion (Under The Ballroom) ?/ Skylax House Explosion (Under The Garage) [Skylax]
Tony G - Onto/Off One [Sorry Records]
Tony G - ACID TONY [Sorry Records]
Jachary - The Virus Continues… B-Sides and Remixes
Cranklin - City Slicker [Sorry Records]
Stick Figure - FIGUR01 / FIGUR02 [Sorry Records]
Lanlord Lance - Night Sweats Box Set [Sorry Records]
DJ Lag - Stampit EP [Goon Club Allstars]
Clapman - Clapman [Party Central] esp. “Clapman (Kane West Original Mix)”
Danvers - Interludes [WotNot] esp. “Aye Ata”
Another Alias - Creep On The Couch [White of My Eyes]
V/A - Fatherhood Presents Bad Advice, Vol. 1 [Nervous]
V/A - Jubilee Presents: Magic City Vol. 4 esp. Lauren Flax’s “Work Dat” and AceMo’s “Just Waiting 4 U, Tonight (Ann Marie)”
Soundbwoy Killah - “Oh Baby” [Warehouse Rave]
Darling - “Estimu” [Safe Trip]
Alfie Casanova - “Urchin” [CALM]
DJ Lag / DJ Vumar / Biggie - “Jika” [Ice Drop]
Yaeji - “One More”
MOONOVERSUN - “GIRLS/BOYS (Jennifer Walton Remix)”
DJ Boo Man - “Jess H Bmore Anthem”
DJ E-Clyps - “Pancakes” [Classic Music Company]
Basside - “QLCL (DRUMMy's Endless Torment Megamix)” [Sorry Records]
Sharda / Shanique Marie - “Wanna Know” [Swing Ting]

Eris Drew's 'Thundering Goddess Mix' [Mixmag]
HER DAMIT Podcast #28 / Eris Drew (Motherbeat)
RA.604 Eris Drew [Resident Advisor]
DJ Haus Enters The Unknown Vol. 2 [UTTU]
DISCWOMAN 40 x Octo Octa (Polyglamorous Year 3)
Frendzone with Octo Octa & Eris Drew @ The Lot Radio 07/26/2018
Octo Octa | Boiler Room x Is Burning ADE
Geoffrey LaRue - Gay Interest (1962-1981)
Crack Mix 207 – Sharda
Wrecked @ CDA August 2018 (Main Room) 12 - 4
Hunee Boiler Room BUDx Seoul DJ Set
Gerd Janson Boiler Room x Sugar Mountain 2018 DJ Set

Parties/DJ Sets/Shows:
Love Injection Universal Love 001 - 004
Frendzone! // Eris Drew b2b Octo Octa - Good Room
Octo Octa All Night - Good Room
Eris Drew - Sustain-Release
SHYBOI - Sustain-Release
Minimal Violence - Sustain-Release
Legowelt - Sustain-Release
Honey Dijon - Mister Sunday - Nowadays
Noncompliant - Technofeminism - Bossa Nova Civic Club
Soul Summit - Fort Greene Park
Octo Octa - All Nighter - Nowadays
SOPHIE - Elsewhere
Danny L Harle - HARLECOR3 - Sunnyvale
The Lot Radio 2 Year Anniversary
Wrecked (Ron Like Hell/Ryan Smith) w/ Jeffrey Sfire
Wrecked w/ Matrixxman

Emma Buchanan, Matador Records

The Goon Sax - We're Not Talking
Ned Collette - Old Chestnut
Roy Montgomery - Suffuse
Marie Davidson - Working Class Woman

Guttersnipe - My Mother the Vent
Miranda Winters - Xobeci, What Grows Here?
Julia Holter - Aviary
Girl Pusher - 911
Demdike Stare - Passion
Mitski - Be the Cowboy
U.S. Girls - In a Poem Unlimited
ANMLPLNET - Fall Asleep
Low - Double Negative
Caroline Says - No Fool Like an Old Fool
Not For You - Drown

Wye Oak - The Louder I Call, the Faster It Runs
Parquet Courts - Wide Awake

Martin Collins, Beggars Group

10. Melody’s Echo Chamber - ‘Breathe In, Breathe Out’
It took six years, a cancelled tour, and an unspecified “serious accident”, but we finally got another album from Melody Prochet.

9. Unknown Mortal Orchestra - ‘Everyone Acts Crazy Nowadays’
For the longest time I was convinced this was a Steely Dan track.

8. Anderson .Paak - ‘Tints (feat. Kendrick Lamar)’
Because even as a feature to Anderson .Paak, Kendrick Lamar had to sneak his way into another end-of-year list.

7. HMLTD - ‘Proxy Love’
Honestly, I have no idea. This one sounds like schlager.

6. The Babe Rainbow - ‘Eureka’
Who is Greggo? Where did he go?

5. Parcels - ‘Lightenup’
I imagine this is what happens if you listen to Daft Punk’s ‘Random Access Memories’ on loop until you pass out.

4. Khruangbin - ‘Maria También’
Wig-wearing Texans making Thai Funk. Obviously.

3. Tempesst - ‘A Little Bit of Trouble’
I really do wonder what possessed Tempesst to move from Australia to the cold of London, but I’m glad they did.

2. Post Animal - ‘Ralphie’
Remember Steve Harrington (Joe Keery) from Stranger Things? Well, he’s in a band and they’re pretty great.

1. Goat - ‘Let It Burn’
“The Gävle Goat is a Christmas display erected annually in Gävle, Sweden. It is a giant goat figure made of straw. It has become famous for being destroyed in arson attacks, and despite security measures, the goat has been burned to the ground thirty-seven times since its first appearance in 1966.” The song is good too.

Gerard Cosloy, Matador Records

Yuzo Iwata - Daylight Moon ?(Siltbreeze)

Rosali ?- Trouble Anyway (Scissor Tail / Spinster Sounds)
Chris Corsano & Bill Orcutt - Brace Up! (Palilalia Records)
David Nance Group - Peaced & Slightly Pulverized (Trouble In Mind)

Lena Hessels - Billow (Terp)
Deaf Wish - Lithium Zion (Sub Pop)
Uniform - The Long Walk (Sacred Bones)
Marlowe - s/t (Mello Music Group)
Armand Hammer - Paraffin (Backwoodz Studio)
Tropical Fuck Storm - A Laughing Death In Meat Space (Joyful Noise)
Heather Leigh - Throne (Editions Mego)
Counter Intuits - "Vietnamese Lighter" (Total Punk)
Obnox - Bang Messiah (Smog Veil)
Träden, s/t (Subliminal Sounds/Gåshud)
Rattle - Sequence (Upset The Rhythm)
The Goon Sax - We're Not Talking (Wichita)
Thalia Zedek - Fighting Season ?(Thrill Jockey)
Salad Boys - This Is Glue (Trouble In Mind)
Civic - New Vietnam (Anti-Fade)
Jon Spencer - Spencer Sings The Hits (In The Red)
Various Artists - Wound (Carbon)

ISS - s/t EP (Sorry State)
Midnight Mines - Invisible Insurrection Of A Million Minds (Loki)
Charalambides: Tom And Christina Carter (Drawing Room)
Wingtip Sloat - Purge and Swell/Lost Decade (VHF)
Fuck - The Band (Vampire Blues)

Lewsberg - s/t LP

The Kids  / The Real Kids ?– 1974 Demos / 1977/78 Demos/Live (Crypt)
Wet Tuna - Livin The Die (Feeding Tube)
Bad Sports - Constant Stimulation (Dirtnap)
Mazoma - Stark Joy (Feeding Tube)
Meg Baird & Mary Lattimore - Ghost Forests (Three Lobed)
F.U.K - “Roadkill” b/w “I Got A Head”  7" (Hozac)
Heavy Metal EP  - (Total Punk)
Wax Chattels - s/t (Captured Tracks)
Kuzu - Hiljaisuus (Astral Spirits)

Eyelids - Maybe More (Jealous Butcher)


Mdou Moctar, PhillyMOCA
Deaf Wish, Slim's /Hopscotch Fest Raleigh NC, Murphy's/Goner Fest, Memphis, Barracuda Austin
Vampire Belt, Union Pool, Brooklyn

The Scientists, Beerland, Austin
Wire, Ballroom Marfa, Marfa Myths
This Is Not This Heat, Union Park, Chicago

ExEk, Hotel Vegas, Austin

Matthew Lux's Communications Arts Quartet, Barracuda, Austin
Xylouris White, Beerland, Austin
S.H.I.T., Mohawk, Austin
Loren Connors, Wonders Of Nature, Brooklyn
too many times / most times : Chronophage, Temple Of Angels

"Milford Graves Full Mantis" (dir - Jake Meginsky)

Steve Cross, Remote Control
Melbourne 2018 :

Tropical Fuck Storm: You Let My Tyres Down
Cash Savage & the Last Drinks: Pack Animals
Gena Rose Bruce: The Way You Make Love
Laura Jean: Girls On The TV
Grand Salvo: All Those Stars
Lowtide: Alibi
Winternationale: Eulogies
Moon Rituals: Sky Dance
HTRK Mentions
Mildlife: The Magnificent Moon (Tornado Wallace Remix)

Giulia Distaso, Spin-Go!

BEST ALBUMS - in no particular order

AUTECHRE NTS Sessions 1-4 (Warp)
ZULI Terminal (UIQ)
LOW Double Negative (Sub Pop)
BODY/HEAD The Switch (Matador)
GAZELLE TWIN Pastoral (Anti-Ghost Moon Ray)
GUTTERSNIPE My Mother The Vent (Upset The Rhythm)
700 BLISS Spa 700 (Don Giovanni Records)
JPEGMAFIA Veteran (Deathbomb Arc)
YOUNG ECHO Young Echo (Young Echo Records)
CONDUIT Drowning World (Kitschy Spirit)
HANK WOOD & THE HAMMERHEAD Hank Wood & The Hammerheads (Toxic State)
IDIOTA CIVILIZZATO Idiota Civilizzato (Static Shock Records)


SABA SABA Saba Saba (Maple Death Records)

HOLIDAY INN Torbido (Maple Death Records)
HEROIN IN TAHITI Casilina Tapes 2010-2017 (Boring Machines)
LUCTA Black Magic Punk (Occult Punk Gang)
HEITH Laguna (Haunter Records)

Malcolm Donaldson, Matador Records

Marissa Esposito, Beggars Group
Shame – Songs of Praise
Mitski- Be The Cowboy
The Goon Sax- We’re Not Talking
Earl Sweatshirt- Some Rap Songs
Let’s Eat Grandma- I’m All Ears
Parquet Courts- Wide Awake!
Ty Segall and White Fence – Joy
Vince Staples- FM!
Flasher- Constant Image

Swearin’- Fall into the Sun
Noname- Room 25
John Maus- Addendum
Snail Mail- Lush
Iceage- Beyondless
IDLES- Joy as an Act of Resistance.

(no particular order or from albums listed above)
Sorry- Starstruck
Ovlov- Spright
Lala Lala- Destroyer
Goat Girl- The Man
Unknown Mortal Orchestra- Hunnybee
Courtney Barnett- Need A Little Time
Frank Ocean- Moon River
BODEGA- Name Escape
Yellow Days- What’s It All For?
Porches- Find Me
Joey Purp- Elastic
boygenius- Me & My Dog
Sneaks- Money Don’t Grow on Trees

Live Shows:
Homeshake @ Market Hotel
SXSW in Austin, TX
Ty Segall @ Brooklyn Steel
Mount Kimbie @ Brooklyn Steel
King Krule @ Hammerstein Ballroom
Parquet Courts @ Elsewhere
Radiohead @ MSG
Iceage @ Secret Project Robot
Shame @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Mitski @ Brooklyn Steel

Rian Fossett, Matador Records

Amen Dunes -- Freedom
Tirzah -- Devotion
Adriane Lenker -- abysskiss
Earl Sweatshirt -- Some Rap Songs
Mark Renner -- Few Traces
Olden Yolk -- s/t
Damien Durado -- The Horizon Just Laughed
Sunshine EP -- s/t
Against All Logic -- s/t
Jenny Hval EP --  The Long Sleep
A$AP Rocky -- Testing
Yves Tumor -- Safe In The Hands of Love

highlights/loves from 2018: seeing Kurt Vile open for Neil Young in Quebec City, launch of @rasmixtapes, every second spent at deer mountain inn, Interpol press conference in Mexico City, Marfa Myths, my brilliant friend (show + books), tropical fuck storm video for "you let my tyres down," (above)  Taylor from Billions, The Sadies and Kurt playing "Albuquerque" on the lawn of a haunted house in the Catskills, the favourite & mission impossible fallout, a mixtape with a blue watercolor given to me recently, new chris cohen song "edit out"

Matt Harmon, Beggars Group

Amen Dunes - Freedom (Sacred Bones)
Sunwatchers - II (Trouble in Mind)
Gabriella Cohen - Pink is the Color of Unconditional Love(Dot Dash/Captured Tracks)
Barker Trio - Avert Your I (Astral Spirits)
The Goon Sax - We’re Not Talking (Chapter Music / Wichita Recordings)
David Nance Group - Peaced and Slightly Pulverized (Trouble in Mind)
Mono Pause / Metabolismus - Don’t Low Up to the Amped Buenaes (Feeding Tube Records)

Penelope Trappes - Penelope 2 (Houndstooth)
Escape-ism - Hi. I’m THE LOST RECORD (Merge)
Tropical Fuck Storm - A Laughing Death in Meatspace (TFS /Joyful Noise Recordings)
JEFF the Brotherhood - Magick Songs (Dine Alone)
Beak - >>> (Invada Records)
Catherine Christer Hennix - Selected Early works (Blank Forms Editions)
No Age - Snares Like a Hair Cut (Drag City)
Exploded View - Obey (Sacred Bones)
Haruomi Hosano - ParaIiso + Philharmony LP re-issues (Light in The Attic)
Amen Dunes “L.A.”
Tropical Fuck Storm “You Let My Tyres Down”
Ryley Walker “Telluride Speed"
Deafwish “FFS”
Gruff Rhys “Frontier Man”
Anderson Paak - "Bubblin"
Sons of Kemet “My Queen is Harriet Tubman”
Chris Cohen “Edit Out"
Other Stuff
Saladish cook book by Ilene Rosen
Hilda af Klint - Paintings for the Future (Guggenheim Museum)
Friends with record stores -  Record Grouch (Brooklyn), Vinyl Remains (Pittsburgh), World of Echo Music (London), Lost Padre (Santa Fe)

Fly fishing in New Mexico & Colorado

Shira Knishkowy, Matador Records
These Are 30 Albums In Alphabetical Order That I Greatly Enjoyed in 2018 Not Including Matador Titles:
Amen Dunes - Freedom
Anna St Louis - If Only There Was A River
Ariel Pink - Dedicated To Bobby Jameson
Blake Mills - Looks
David Nance Group - Peace And Slightly Pulverized
Dean Wareham & Cheval Sombre - Dean Wareham vs. Cheval Sombre
DJ Koze - Knock Knock
Hollie Cook - Vessel Of Love
Kacey Musgraves - Golden Hour
Khruangbin - Con Todo El Mundo
Low - Double Negative
Marie Davidson - Working Class Woman
Marisa Anderson - Cloud Corner

Mind Over Mirrors - Bellowing Sun
Nap Eyes - I’m Bad Now
Neko Case - Hell On <— favorite if I had to pick
Ohmme - Parts
Olden Yolk - Olden Yolk
Pusha T - Daytona
Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever - Hope Downs
Ruston Kelly - Dying Star
Sandro Perri - In Another Life
Spiritualized - And Nothing Hurt
The Beths - Future Me Hates Me
The Messthetics - The Messthetics
Thousand Foot Whale Claw - Black Hole Party
Tirzah - Devotion
Vive La Void - Vive La Void
Westerman - Ark
Wooden Shjips - V
This Was My Favorite Book This Year:
My Year Of Rest And Relaxation by Otessa Moshfegh
This Was My Favorite Netflix Original Movie This Year:
To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before
TV Was Really Good This Year Especially:
Better Things
Killing Eve
Marvelous Mrs Maisel
My Brilliant Friend
The Assassination of Gianni Versace


Noam Klar, Matador Records

Amen Dunes - Believe
Baby Jayy - Out The Rain
Boothroyd - Pure Country
Chrystal - 2 Real
DJ Healer - The Interview
DJ Oblong - Speed Your Rage To Me
Drake - Nice For What
Ella Mai - Boo'd Up
The Garden - :(
Gucci Mane feat. Migos - I Got The Bag
Ikonika - Assisted Retweet
The Internet - Come Over
John T Gast - Club Version
Kadhja Bonet - Delphine
Kanye West - Ghost Town
Kids See Ghosts - Reborn
Mary Lattimore - It Feels Like Floating
Playboi Carti feat. Lil Uzi Vert - Shoota
Raar - Le Sacrifice Moral
Skee Mask - Vli

Andy Larsen, Matador Direct


Sarah Davachi - Let Night Come On Bells End The Day (Recital) / Gave In Rest (Ba Da Bing!) - Albums refreshingly produced by an atheist woman conjuring a non-secular sound with an evocation of architecture and place rather than of personal spirituality. Beautiful, non-deceptive odes to religious moments, spaces, and influences from a non-believer.
Demdike Stare - Passion (Modern Love)
Lavender Hex - Lavender Hex
Gas - Rausch (Kompakt)
Jlin - Autobiography (Music From Wayne McGregor's Autobiography) (Planet Mu)
S.H.I.T. - What Do You Stand For? (Iron Lung Records)
Drew McDowall - The Third Helix (Dais Records)

Miss Red - K.O. (Pressure)
Vile Gash - Nightmare In A Troubled Brain (Youth Attack)
Tirzah - Devotion (Domino)
Helena Hauff - Qualm (Ninja Tune)
La Misma - Negociacoes De Pas Continuae Como Fazemas Fabulas 7" (Toxic State Records)
Clara! - Reggaetoneras 3 mixtape (Editions Gravats)
V/A Basement Beehive (Numero Group)
Mark Morgan - Department of Heraldry (Open Mouth) - I haven't heard this yet. Consider this a placeholder
The Favourite (Yorgos Lanthimos)
Other Side of the Wind (Orson Welles)
Amazing Grace (Sydney Pollack)
The Opera House (Susan Froemke)
Suspiria (Luca Guadagnino)Valerie Lynch, Spin-Go!

GOAT GIRL “Goat Girl”
VILLAGERS “The Art Of Pretending To Swim”

EVERYTHING IS RECORDED “Everything Is Recorded”
ICEAGE “ Beyondless”
MARIANNE FAITHFULL “Negative Capability”

DAUGHTER “All I Wanted – Live At Asylum Chapel”
THE KILLS “List Of Demands (Reparations)”
MOSES SUMNEY “Rank & File”
CHILDISH GAMBINO “This is America”
BEIRUT “Gallipoli”
IDLES “Colossus”
JACK WHITE “Why Walk A Dog?”
THOM YORKE “Suspirium”
MARK RONSON feat. Miley Cyrus “Nothing Breaks Like A Heart”

Beyonce & Jay Z @San Siro

Laura Lyons, Beggars Group

ariana grande - sweetener
bad gyal - worldwide angel
teyana taylor - ktse
jorja smith - lost & found
hana vu - how many times have you driven by
miya folick - premonitions
mac miller - swimming
mitski - be the cowboy
asap rocky - testing
peggy gou - once
tirzah - devotion
deji okeze - so sorry

against all logic - 2012-2017
empress of - us
channel tres - s/t
octavian - spaceman
tierra whack - whack world
cardi b - invasion of privacy
natalie prass - the future & the past

Vinnie Martini, Matador Direct


1) The Other Side Of The Wind (1976/2018, Orson Welles) - Film Society
of Lincoln Center and MoMA - 35mm

2) Eight Hours Don't Make A Day (1972, Rainer Werner Fassbinder) -
MoMA and Film Forum - DCP

3) Lola Montes (1955, Max Ophuls) - Metrograph - 35mm

4) Laughing Anne (1953, Herbert Wilcox) - MoMA - DCP
5) Remember My Name (1978, Alan Rudolph) - Quad Cinema - 35mm

6) Taking Off (1971, Milos Forman) - Anthology Film Archives - 35mm

7) A Moment Of Innocence (1996, Mohsen Makhmalbaf) - Metrograph and MoMA - 35mm

8) Canyon Passage (1946, Jacques Tourneur) - Film Society of Lincoln
Center - 35mm

9) Come Back To The Five & Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean (1982, Robert
Altman) - Museum of the Moving Image - 35mm
10) Amazing Grace (1972/2018, Sydney Pollack) - Film Forum - DCP


The Leopard (1963, Luchino Visconti) which I viewed theatrically 3
times in 2018.

Ryan Naideau, Rough Trade

sarah davachi - gave in rest
julee cruise - the voice of love
adrienne lenker - abysskiss
earl sweatshirt - some rap songs
amen dunes - freedom
lisa o’neill - heard a long gone song
teyana taylor - ktse
mount eerie - now only
tozcos - sueños deceptivos
mike - renaissance man
idris ackamoor & the pyramids -an angel fell
twisted thing - lucky 7s demo
asap rocky - testing
mark renner - few traces
idiota civilizzato -st
nines - crop circle
innumerable forms - punishment in flesh

Øyvind Rones, Playground Music

Khruangbin - Con Todo El Mundo

Jon Hopkins - Singularity
Snail Mail - Lush
Emilie Nicolas - Tranquille Emile
Gang Gang Dance - Kazuashita
Fay Wildhagen - Borders
Blood Orange - Negro Swan
Kurt Vile - Bottle It In
Gundelach - Baltus
David Byrne @ Panorama, New York
Car Seat Headrest @ Roundhouse, London
The Smashing Pumpkins @ Madison Square Garden, New York
Khruangbin @ Øyafestivalen, Oslo
Fay Wildhagen @ Parkteatret, Oslo
Slowdive @ Landmark, Bergen
The Low Frequency In Stereo @ Blå, Oslo
Ulver @ Henie Onstad Kunstsenter, Oslo
Belle & Sebastian @ Sentrum Scene, Oslo

Spielbergs @ Blå, Oslo


Abby Rubin, Beggars Group

Tirzah - Devotion
Amen Dunes - Freedom
Against All Logic - 2012 - 2017
Tierra Whack - Whack World

Virginia Wing - Ecstatic Arrow
Oneotrix Point Never - Love In The Time of Lexapro
Cardi B - Invasion of Privacy
Jenny Hval - Spells
Hollie Cook - Vessel of Love
Westerman - Confirmation, Ark EP
Low - Double Negative
Helena Deland - Claudion
Adrianne Lenker - abysskiss
Kali Uchis - Isolation
Mark Renner - Few Traces (Reissue)
Marie Davidson - Working Class Woman
Viagra Boys - Street Worms
MorMor - Heaven’s Only Wishful
Beach House - 7
Serpentwithfeet - Soil
Okay Kaya - Habitual Love
Julia Holter - Aviary
Empress Of - When I’m With Him
Ariana Grande - thank u, next
Nils Frahm - Spells
Amyl and the Sniffers - Cup Of Destiny
A$AP Rocky - Fukk Sleep (feat. FKA Twigs)
Mitski - Nobody
Channel Tres - Controller
Kurt Vile - Bottle It In
Parquet Courts - Wide Awake (album)
US Girls - In a Poem Unlimited
Smerz - Have Fun EP
Iceage - Beyondless
Liz Phair - Girly Sound to Guyville 25th Anniversary Release
Book - My Year of Rest and Relaxation

Film - The Favourite

Melanie Sheehan, Rough Trade
Top Karaoke Moments of 2018

Rosemont Bar, Brooklyn NY : Crystal Mesh presents a delightfully intimate karaoke-ki hosted by DJ Paradise. On this particular evening, a young lithe gentleman performed the classically coy 1986 hit “We Don’t Have To Take Our Clothes Off” by Jermaine Stewart. As the song progressed, said gentleman slowly started removing ALL of his layers (it was March brrRRrr) until he reached the end of the song, and the end of his wardrobe. He finished the number completely nude, holding the mic in one hand, and his bravery in the other.

The Cat’s Meow, New Orleans LA : There’s a tender balance when traveling, to avoid the obvious and embrace the peculiar. But proximity and a Why Not attitude can tip the scales sometimes and lead you to a Bourbon Street (GASP) karaoke bar. Twas the weekend before Halloween, my two favorite things coming together, a time when people can embarrass publically preen visually and audibly in a mélange of chaos. Sexy Jesus was my bartender, a skull masked man sang Thriller like a pro, the staff broke into a line dancing rendition of Footloose, and our favorite socially awkward slasher Michael Myers was spotted waving his machete in glee to the Friends Theme Song. A friend watched the video I took of him, and aptly noted “He’s such a RACHEL”.

The Karaoke Hole (K-Hole to all the clever darlings out there), London UK : I trekked out to this basement haunt by myself one night, because my quest to always find the next best spot is unyielding. When I walked in, a young unassuming man was singing Mariah Carey “Fantasy” and I knew I was in the right place. The scantily clad drag queen host Rhys’ Pieces brought the vibes and an insanely accurate version of Missy Elliott “Work It”, with backwards lyrics and matching choreo to boot.

Celtica Pub, Newport RI : On the heels of my first Newport Folk Festival came a splendiferous night of ‘Roke in a dark Irish bar with a KJ who was deaf in one ear. Walking up to the door of the place, I met my future ex-husband, Cowboy Doug, who had taken the cordless mic outside and was singing on the sidewalk, staring at the crowd through the window. Later on he wowed me with his rendition of Marc Cohn’s “Walking in Memphis” , closing with “But do I really feel the way I feel? YEAH I DO, Im really feelin that shit tonight, Bro.”  And yes, he did make that hat.

Emma Strickland, Beggars Group

Gouge Away – Burnt Sugar
Vein – Errorzone
Skee Mask – Compro
Lil Peep – Come Over When You’re Sober Pt. 2
Nothing – Dance on the Blacktop
Dedekind Cut – Tahoe
Deafheaven – Ordinary Corrupt Human Love
Fog Lake – Captain
Hovvdy – Cranberry
Touche Amore – Green (Single)
Grouper – Grid of Points
Daniel Avery – Songs for Alpha
Pianos Become The Teeth – Wait For Love
6lack – East Atlanta Love Letter
Jacques Greene – Fever Focus
Single Mothers – Through a Wall
GAS – Rausch
Harrison BDP – Confusion of Sound
Shygirl – Cruel Practice
Rich Brian – Amen

Jake Whitener, Matador Records


Kikagaku Moyo- Masana Temples
Ned Collette- Old Chestnut
Parquet Courts- Wide Awake
The Goon Sax- We're Not Talking
The Cowboy- The Cowboy Album
Aaberg- Albatross
Marlowe- Marlowe
Vera Ellen- Beat Yr Name
Haley Heynderickx- I Need To Start A Garden
Jon Hopkins- Singularity
Illuminati Hotties- Kiss Yr Frenemies
Mourn- Surpresa Familia
Viagra Boys- Street Worms
Marbled Eye- Leisure
Value Void- Sentimental
Lawn- Blood on the Tracks
Daniel Brandt- Channels
Rays- You Can Get There From Here
Olden Yolk- Olden Yolk
Matt Dorrien- In the Key of Grey


Duval Timothy- 2 Sim
Puma Blue- Blood Loss
Ultra Beauty- Ultra Beauty
Westerman- Ark
MIKE- Black Soap
Public Practice- Distance is a Mirror
Gasper Nali- Zoona Malawi
Draag- Nontoxic Process
Pinch Points- Mechanical Injury
SLUGS- Cool World

Compilations :

Laura Spiegel- The Expanding Universe
Technicolor Paradise: Rhum Rhapsodies & Other Exotic Delights
We Out Here: The Sound of London Jazz
Voyager Gold Record Box Set

Interpol's Sam Fogarino covers Charlie Pickett

Chicago's venerable Bloodshot Records is celebrating a 20th anniversary, and the newly released 'While No One Was Looking : Toasting 20 Years of Bloodshot Records' compilation features Interpol's Sam Fogarino covering "I Liked It A Lot", by Miami's Charlie Pickett (above).

Light In The Attic hits the road...with some doucher we used to know

Venerable and esteemed American record-reissue label Light In The Attic has ventured out on the highways and byways of the Northwest and Pacific Coast regions to visit a whopping 58 record retail establishments - many of whom we at Matador and Matador Direct work with every day.

We salute LITA for their dedication to quality, curation, craftsmansip...and for giving former Matador warehouse troll Jon Treneff an excuse to make his internet comedy debut. Here's the first installment in LITA's roadtrip video series (cuz if you aren't doing content, you just can't be content) - check here for more video updates from LITA, and patronize America's great (and medium-great) record stores.

Green Day Out Buy Early Get Nows Us

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If Feist would finally confirm to host the first-ever "Christoper Pell Lombardi Awards For Excellence In Convoluted Marketing Schemes", the fourth installment of Buy Early Get Now (aka The New Ps "Box Of Air") would finally get its due in the Lifetime Achievement category.   (Note:  Dave Martin still maintains that only time will help folks discover BEGN #4's genius, and Dave knows both time and genius.)

So here we are, five years and two IHeartRadio Festivals later...and the majors have finally decided to embark on the trail toward customer confusion that we so dutifully blazed.   To wit, Green Day's foray into the world of selling futures in music.

And because other members of the Matador family have done a far better job lampooning Billie and friends, I'll leave only a link to this space where we can all watch customer ire unfold in real time:


Fish, Meet Barrel : Dee Snider's Salute To Broadway Musicals

Far be it for me to suggest that Hall of Famer (well, Long Island Music Hall Of Famer) Dee Snider's new career turn is the worst idea in the entire history of civilization. For instance, it's not nearly as bad an idea as Ft. Worth's Complete playing a tiny club instead of the hockey arenas they were destined to headline.   And there's New Coke.  Or the soundtrack to 'Brain Candy' the Bay Of Pigs Invasion.  I could probably go on for at least another two or three minutes, but I think you have the idea.  Some people are gonna give Dee Snider a lot of grief over this, but I bet it's not even in the top 20 worst ideas of all time.

RIP, Great Purveyor Of Production Values, Working On "Spec"

Au revoir, to "Soul Train" creator Don Corneilus, who made his exit from this cruel world earlier this morning. While "Soul Train"'s status as the the longest, continuously running first-run syndicated program in television history will no doubt be cited in Don's obits, it was his star turn as independent label magnate Mo Fuzz in Bill Fishman's 1988 comedy, "Tapeheads", that provided a fledgling Matador Records with a genuine role model.

Costello : My New Box Set's A Rip Off

The former Declan McManus was once famously dubbed "Elvis Cosdildo" in a piece of Crypt Records propaganda some years ago, but I suspect there's a particular point that even Tim Warren and the ever prolific Costello might see eye to eye on, to wit, the suggested list price of Costello & The Imposters' 'The Return Of The Spectacular Spinning Songbook' being obscenely high (ie. $262.00).  Calling the sum, "either a misprint or a satire", Elvis weighs in with the following ;

All our attempts to have this number revised have been fruitless but rather than detain you with tedious arguments about morality, panache and book-keeping - when there are really bigger fish to filet these days - we are taking the following unusual step.

If you should really want to buy something special for your loved one at this time of seasonal giving, we can whole-heartedly recommend, “Ambassador Of Jazz” - a cute little imitation suitcase, covered in travel stickers and embossed with the name “Satchmo” but more importantly containing TEN re-mastered albums by one of the most beautiful and loving revolutionaries who ever lived – Louis Armstrong.

The box should be available for under one hundred and fifty American dollars and includes a number of other tricks and treats. Frankly, the music is vastly superior.

If on the other hand you should still want to hear and view the component parts of the above mentioned elaborate hoax, then those items will be available separately at a more affordable price in the New Year, assuming that you have not already obtained them by more unconventional means.

To which I'll only add that while we've had no talks with Yo La Tengo about any sort of commercially available document of their own attempts to (ahem) reinvent The Wheel, I can pledge to you, the music-loving public that if such a thing ever comes to pass, you'll PAY NO MORE THAN $250.00. 

Snap, Crackle, Pop : The Condo Fucks (with The Great Gaylord) at Norton 25

Norton Records is celebrating their 25th anniversary this weekend with a star-studded, 4-night bill at Brooklyn's Bell House.  We'd like to congratulate Billy Miller and Miriam Linna on their stewardship of one of the planet's finest labels ; if anyone has done more to document real rock'n'roll, old & new, please don't tell us about it because we're running out of room in the record library. The Condo Fucks and longtime associate The Great Gaylord (Fields) were just one of the Friday highlights ; Gaylord wearing earplugs is kind of Rocky Marciano donning a protective headgear. He might be safe, but the rest of us won't be the same for days.

Pioneer Of Encouraging You To Replace Your Entire Music Collection (Narrowly) Outlasted By His Most Famous Invention

(Ohga with his final innovation, a device that converts Mariah Carey's photograph to pure energy)

thanks to Mark Ohe for the link to the following news item from the BBC :

The former president and chairman of Sony, Norio Ohga, who was credited with developing the compact disc, has died aged 81, the company has said.

Ohga, who led the company from 1982 to 1995, died of multiple organ failure in the Japanese capital, Tokyo.

During the development of the CD, it was Ohga who pushed for a disc that was 12cm (4.8in) in diameter, because it provided sufficient capacity at 75 minutes to store all of Beethoven's Ninth Symphony.

Sony sold the world's first CD in 1982 and CDs overtook LP record sales in Japan five years later. Ohga's specifications are still used today, and have shaped formats developed since, including MiniDisc and DVD.

In 1989, he oversaw the $3.4bn purchase of Hollywood studios Columbia Pictures, which was criticised as unwise and costly at the time.

Ohga also presided over the launch of Sony's game business, which went on to develop the successful "PlayStation" console.

Jay Reatard - Shattered Records Tour - Fall 2009; "Watch Me Fall" now streaming on AOL Spinner

Jay Reatard live photo-by Jeff Allen

So what has already shaped up as the Summer of Jay Reatard (a documentary, a new album, and a free + all ages in-store tour to name a few major things) is quickly becoming the Autumn of Reatard as well. Perhaps we should simply declare 2009, the year of Jay Reatard?

What can't be debated is that Jay has put together an allstar line-up to celebrate his own label, Shattered Records. This fall Jay and his friends take to the road for a run of memoriable shows, packed full of unique and terrific bands, headlined each night by Jay himself.

For more about this tour continue to check for details.

Jay's new album Watch Me Fall is currently streaming in it's entirety on AOL's, be sure to have a listen!

Mon Sep 28 - Chicago - Empty Bottle
Jay Reatard, Nobunny, Hunx & His Punx, Box Elders, Useless Eaters

Tue Sep 29 - Toronto - The Reverb
Jay Reatard, Nobunny, Hunx & His Punx, Box Elders, Useless Eaters

Wed Sep 30 - Montreal - La Sala Rossa
Jay Reatard, Nobunny, Hunx & His Punx, Box Elders, Useless Eaters

Thu Oct 1 - NYC - Le Poisson Rouge
Jay Reatard, Nobunny, Hunx & His Punx, Box Elders, Useless Eaters

Fri Oct 2 - Boston - Harpers Ferry
Jay Reatard, Nobunny, Hunx & His Punx, Box Elders, Useless Eaters

Sat Oct 3 - Baltimore - Ottobar
Jay Reatard, Nobunny, Hunx & His Punx, Box Elders, Useless Eaters

Thu Oct 15 - Seattle - Crocodile Cafe
Jay Reatard, Box Elders, Cheap Time, Lover!

Mon Oct 19 - San Francisco - Great American Music Hall
Jay Reatard, Nobunny, Hunx & His Punx, Box Elders, Digital Leather

Tue Oct 20 - San Diego - The Casbah
Jay Reatard, Nobunny, Hunx & His Punx, Box Elders, Digital Leather

Wed Oct 21 - Los Angeles - El Rey Theater
Jay Reatard, Nobunny, Hunx & His Punx, Box Elders, Digital Leather

for info about the bands touring with Jay then please check out their myspace pages:

No Bunny

Hunx & His Punx

Box Elders

Useless Eaters

Digital Leather

Manufacturing Error Or Major Improvement? - Mark E. Smith's Latest Crossover Move

Brian Turner supplied the link to the story below, which is as good an excuse as any to mention that WFMU's annual fundraiser starts this Monday, March 2 and runs until March 15.   From the Sun

THEY may share the same surname but that’s it for similarities between angelic Britain’s Got Talent teen FARYL SMITH and gnarled FALL frontman MARK E SMITH.

So imagine Universal Records’ surprise when they received the first shipment of Faryl’s debut CD from the pressing plant.

A cock-up in production meant that instead of delicate balladry in the honeyed tones of their recently signed youngster, what actually ended up on discs bearing her artwork and info were the grumblings of Mark and his fellow Manc veterans’ 2008 album Imperial Wax Solvent.

Needless to say, Universal chiefs weren’t best pleased.

My spy tells me: “They had ordered hundreds of copies and they were staggered by what was on it.

“They have had severe words with the pressing plant.”

Careful followers of Matador quality control are aware we've only made mistakes like that about a half dozen times in our history.  

Suddenly, Tony Victory Seems Like An A-OK Label Dude

From last Wednesday's Guardian, here's a SFW excerpt from Alex Hoban's profile of Japanese boy band factory Johnny's Jimusho, and the company's scary founder, "the 77-year-old Don Of Dubiousness, Johnny Kitagawa."

If graduating from a Junior Johnny to a mere Johnny sounds about as glamorous as pulling slippery condoms on to cucumbers in biology class, then it's fitting, as being a Johnny's protégé is hardly a ticket to artistic maturity or even financial security. Most of Johnny's recording artists are paid a base salary for their efforts, receive no royalties and have no rights to any of their music, their image or even the group's name. After a few years in the spotlight, many Johnny's bands are dropped without fanfare, and their members swiftly descend into obscurity and, most probably, depression.

So far, so cut-throat, but there is an even darker element to this whole grim business. Kitagawa claimed he works only with boy bands because they are "easier to handle", which would be fine if he didn't mean it literally. Rumours had always been rife of him engaging with unsavoury activities with the boys under his care, and in 1988 Kita Koji, one of the original members of the Four Seasons, published an exposé that accued Kitagawa of sexual harassment and rape. Opening the flood gates, similar accusations from other ex-members came to light, with fresh exposés being published right up to this decade.

Wear the Good-Cause Hat: Anna Ives vs. Cancer

Anna Ives is the very young, very adorable daughter of Zac and Amy Ives. Zac is co-owner of Goner Records, the singer for Final Solutions, and a flat-out great guy. The Goner Records BBS is currently holding an auction while Zac, Amy, and Anna are in Boston, where the latter is receiving specialized radiation treatment. The auction is to help offset the Ives' mounting hospital bills. I'm here to encourage Matablog readers to either bid on some of the great finds that have made it to the block, and to offer their own donated items for auction. All of the needed information, including Anna's story, can be found HERE.

The auction can be found HERE.

Read the Memphis Commercial Appeal story about Anna...

Additional questions not answered by those links can be directed to Eric Friedl: [email protected]


Don't Feel Too Bad, Tom Zutaut...

(above : world famous perfectionist/ingrate)

...Chris and I still get chucked out of Dee-Lite listening parties.   What's all this about?  According to a post at the endlessly entertaining Metal, former Geffen A&R exec Tom Zutaut was physically removed from a listening party for the new Guns 'n' Roses opus, 'Chinese Democracy'.

"Yeah, sadly it is true that I was escorted out of the Roxy by a beefy security guy just prior to the last three songs of the playback. I did stand on the sidewalk and hear the last three anyway.

"It is sad and disappointing to me that those around Axl would lie to him to fuel his hatred towards me with imaginary events used to drive a wedge between us. I love him deeply, will always love him and wish only the greatest success to one of the world’s last true creative musical sparks with a god-given voice. I am proud of my contributions to his career and am always there for him should he one day become enlightened to the truth of what surrounds him. It is also sad that he doesn't mention the hard work I put in on my short involvement with 'Chinese Democracy' with even a 'Thank You' considering lesser players are credited or thanked in the liner notes — even those who ridiculed him, belittled and made fun of him behind his back while I defended his genius 'til those around him poisoned him against me with distortions and lies.

"I wear his hatred as a badge of honor as it would be far worse for him not to care at all."

Mr. Zutaut has a substantial connection to the Matador Records family tree, having signed Tommy Keene to Geffen, and many years later, starting the now defunct label known as The Enclave, home to the initial US release of Belle & Sebastian's 'Are You Feeling SInister?'. As such, we can promise him that if he'd ever like to attend one of our listening parties, we'd love to have him along.

Congrats To Third Eye Blind On Discovering Their Own Paradigm

In announcing their upcoming indie / digital-only EP, the auteurs behind such hits as "Semi-Charmed Life" and uh....whatever their other hit was, have penned the most confusing, self-congratulatory press release this side of my early draft for the Condo Fucks' 'Fuckbook'.

Becoming superstars took its toll on the band members’ psyches, and as 3EB ground through the star-making machinery, they eventually found themselves losing creative control of their music and their image, until one day in 2004 they woke up and realized they didn’t recognize themselves anymore. It was then that they decided it was time to take a break -- time to take a look inside, re-evaluate who they were as artists, and get back in touch with themselves and their music.

3EB have been inspired by the possibilities and potential that new media provide, and are discovering their own paradigm on how they create and reach people with music. They have toured consistently over the past two years, and sold out every show, playing in front of crowds of up to 11,000 fans, in response to an entirely new fan-base who have discovered this music on the web.

These new fans have proved that, despite a 5-year hiatus between albums, 3EB has in fact deepened its connection with its community.

It's a pretty amazing piece of work, and aside from their publicist deserving a raise (if not combat pay), we're now left to ponder the following : just what sort of groundbreaking stuff would these schmoes have come up with had they not "lost creative control of their music"?

Matador Alumni Corner Update

We really oughta do these more often. Don't call it a comeback, these folks have been here for years. Or somewhere else for months.


1) Early ManTouring like crazy and there's a new EP on the Jarboe-tastic The End.

2) Jacob Morris, formerly one of the key characters beyond the dearly missed Double.  New EP on Rcrd Lbl

3) 18th DyeNew album and US tour.

Kevin Shields, Lee Mavers Fuck Off

"Art and commerce have always made strange bedfellows," Gould told "When they asked Michelangelo to paint the Sistine Chapel, they didn't say, 'Can you do it in the fourth quarter?' so they can make their numbers. Great art sometimes takes time."

Paging Davide Tiso.

...would you be interested in writing bios, one-sheets or sticker blurbs for a NY-based independent label?  If so, please get in touch.  From The :

EPHEL DUATH has never been one to take the traditional approach to creating music and their latest effort takes this outlook even further. THROUGH MY DOG'S EYES is based on a bizarre concept conjured up by guitarist and founding member DAVIDE TISO, in which the entire album is written from the perspective of a dog. TISO explains: "I wrote a few short stories and it was really fun for me to imagine myself as a dog and to imagine the world from a dog's perspective. The challenge was to translate the words into lyrics."

From opening track 'Gift', which TISO describes as being about "A cat that the dog kills for the owner as a gift, and he asks the owner if he is happy with the present", to the thought-provoking 'Promenade', a song about a walk in the park which takes a twist when the owner questions himself as to why he's not as carefree and happy with life as his dog is, the barking mad brilliance runs throughout the course of the whole album. "Every song is a window into the dog's mind or an event," TISO continues, "The album touches on a lot of things, both deep and sometimes silly."

It's not only the lyrics in THROUGH MY DOG'S EYES which are written from the dog's perspective - rather the entire album, including the music, is based around this unique and previously unexplored concept. "The music in this case is the soundtrack of the thoughts of the dog - at times you can hear the dog running," TISO elaborates.

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