Matador at 21

Performers Various Artists

Matador | September 28, 2010 | Compact Disc

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Audio Mixers: Jesper Eklow; Tom Gloady.
Liner Note Authors: Johan Kugelberg; Gerard Cosloy.
Recording information: Irving Plaza, New York, NY (09/23/1999-09/25/1999).
Illustrator: Frank Longo.
Photographer: Stephan Apicella-Hitchcock.
Finally old enough to gamble, in 2010 the venerable indie rock label Matador Records held a celebration of its 21st birthday in Las Vegas. Less risky for fans, however, is the commemorative set Matador at 21, which collects five discs' worth of highlights from 1989 onward, as well as a disc of performances from Matador's 10th anniversary blowout in 1999, and, for good measure, a set of poker chips. The collection feels like much more than just a plus-size greatest-hits set -- even though Pavement, arguably the label's definitive band, contributes three tracks, none of them are among their best-known songs. Instead, Matador at 21 provides a balanced, bird's eye view of the label's different eras. The first disc is particularly interesting, especially for anyone whose knowledge of Matador came with the successes they had a few years later. It's easy to forget that groups like Teenage Fanclub and Superchunk once called Matador home, while tracks from H.P. Zinker, Unsane, and Toiling Midgets show how much the label's sound and roster was about to change. And while the second disc showcases early- to mid-`90s stars like Pavement, Liz Phair, Guided by Voices, and Yo La Tengo, it spends just as much time with acts who didn't always get buzz-bin hype but went on to craft their own legacies, such as Come, 18th Dye, Guitar Wolf, and Bardo Pond. Indeed, the entire set shows how willing Matador has been to to take chances, whether on electronica in the late `90s or on post-post-punk, stoner rock, and indie folk in the 2000s. With disc five reflecting the label's mix of veteran acts (Sonic Youth, Ted Leo) at the time of the set's release and up-and-comers (Perfume Genius, Harlem), and disc six's mini-sets by Pavement and Cat Power adding die-hard fan appeal, Matador at 21 shows how much Matador's gambles paid off for the label and fans alike. ~ Heather Phares

Format: Compact Disc

Released Date: September 28, 2010

Genre: Lo Fi

Style: Rock & Pop

Number of Discs: 6

Stereo/Mono: Stereo

Label Name: Matador

UPC: 744861100027

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Matador at 21

Performers Various Artists

Format: Compact Disc

Released Date: September 28, 2010

Genre: Lo Fi

Style: Rock & Pop

Number of Discs: 6

Stereo/Mono: Stereo

Label Name: Matador

UPC: 744861100027


Title Track Time
0.DISC 1: THE PRE-DAWN (1989-1992): --
1.Everything Flows - Teenage Fanclub --
2.Dancing Days - H.P. Zinker --
3.Slack Motherfucker - Superchunk --
4.Throw the Bottlefull - Dustdevils --
5.These Streets - Railroad Jerk --
6.Fast Piss Blues - Come --
7.Kid's Allright - Bettie Serveert --
8.Cut Off the Drug Czar's Head - Chain Gang --
9.More Glee - Thinking Fellers Union Local #282 --
10.This Town - Unsane --
11.Compression of the Species - Circle X --
12.Mr. Foster's Shoes - Toiling Midgets --
13.Aim, The - Bailter Space --
14.Perfume-V - Pavement --
0.DISC 2: THE YEARS OF MILK AND HONEY (1993-1995): --
1.Afro - The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion --
2.Big Day Coming - Yo La Tengo --
3.Ballad of Railroad Jerk, The - Railroad Jerk --
4.Superball - Helium --
5.Baby Love Child - Pizzicato Five --
6.Mesmerizing - Liz Phair/The Fall --
7.Silence Kit - Liz Phair/Pavement --
8.Game of Pricks - Guided by Voices/Pavement --
9.Whole Wide World - 18th Dye/Guided by Voices --
10.Peeled Out Too Late - 18th Dye/Chavez --
11.String - Come/Chavez --
12.Secondhand Clothes - Come/Moonshake --
13.Midnight Violence Rock 'n Roll - Guitar Wolf/Moonshake --
14.Back Again - San Francisco Seals/Guitar Wolf --
15.Rumination - S.F. Seals/Bardo Pond --
0.DISC 3: DAYS OF WHISKEY AND TEARS (1996-2001): --
1.Telephasic Workshop - Boards of Canada --
2.Waiting for the Kid to Come Out - Spoon --
3.Autumn Sweater - Yo La Tengo --
4.You Must Be Stopped - Chavez --
5.Tarnished Angel - Silkworm --
6.Flavor, Pt. 1 [Video] - The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion --
7.Fliegen - Pole --
8.American Flag - Cat Power --
9.We Rule the School - Belle & Sebastian --
10.Helps Both Ways - Mogwai --
11.'Bout That Time - Arsonists --
12.Backdraft - Large Professor --
13.Tone Twilight Zone - Cornelius --
14.Flesh & Blood 2010 - Ink/Burger --
15.You Are a Light - Pavement --
16.Blood - Arab Strap --
17.L.A.S.I.K. - Matmos --
0.DISC 4: DON'T CALL IT A COMEBACK (2002-2007): --
1.Hands Away - Interpol --
2.He War - Cat Power --
3.Today Is the Day - Yo La Tengo --
4.From Blown Speakers - The New Pornographers --
5.Fix Up, Look Sharp [Radio Edit] - Dizzee Rascal --
6.Good Moanin' - Dead Meadow --
7.Kids Will Be Skeletons - Mogwai --
8.Setup, The - Mission of Burma --
9.Death Is the Answer - Early Man --
10.Dress Up in You - Belle & Sebastian --
11.All Medicated Geniuses - Pretty Girls Make Graves --
12.Love & Communication - Cat Power --
13.Johnny Viola - Shearwater --
14.Everybody Daylight - Brightblack Morning Light --
15.You Broke My Heart - Lavender Diamond --
16.Tonight We Ride - Jennifer O'Connor --
17.Just Farr a Laugh: The Yogurt Machine - Earles & Jensen --
18.Discretion Grove - Stephen Malkmus --
0.DISC 5: MATADOR TODAY (2008-): --
1.Son the Father - Fucked Up --
2.Sacred Trickster - Sonic Youth --
3.Amplifier - Kurt Vile --
4.Nothing to Hide - Yo La Tengo --
5.There Is No Sun - Jay Reatard --
6.Move to California - Harlem/Times New Viking --
7.Friendly Ghost - Harlem/Ted Leo & the Pharmacists --
8.Bottled in Cork - Cold Cave/Ted Leo & the Pharmacists --
9.My Shepherd - The New Pornographers --
10.Youth and Lust - Cold Cave/Times New Viking --
11.Summer Well - Girls/Interpol --
12.Castaways - Interpol/Shearwater --
13.Marching Song - Esben and the Witch/Shearwater --
14.Lust for Life - The Girls/Cat Power --
15.Superball - Magic Kids/Esben and the Witch --
16.Stay Close - Delorean --
17.Metal Heart - Magic Kids/Cat Power --
18.Learning - Perfume Genius --
19.Real Emotional Trash - Stephen Malkmus & the Jicks/Stephen Malkmus --
0.DISC 6: UNRELEASED LIVE RECORDINGS (FROM MATADOR'S 10TH ANNIVERSARY, NYC 1999): --
1.Here - Pavement (previously unreleased) --
2.Trigger Cut - Pavement (previously unreleased) --
3.Hexx, The - Pavement (previously unreleased) --
4.She Believes - Pavement (previously unreleased) --
5.Unfair - Pavement (previously unreleased) --
6.Zurich Is Stained - Pavement (previously unreleased) --
7.Debris Slide - Pavement (previously unreleased) --
8.Spit on a Stranger - Pavement (previously unreleased) --
9.New Coat - Come (previously unreleased) --
10.Walking Stick Man - Bardo Pond (previously unreleased) --
11.Tommy Gun Angel - Bardo Pond (previously unreleased) --
12.Good Woman - Cat Power (previously unreleased) --
13.Naked, If I Want To - Cat Power (previously unreleased) --
14.You May Know Him/Sea of Love - Cat Power (previously unreleased) --
15.Ex-Cowboy - Mogwai (previously unreleased) --

Editorial Notes

Audio Mixers: Jesper Eklow; Tom Gloady.
Liner Note Authors: Johan Kugelberg; Gerard Cosloy.
Recording information: Irving Plaza, New York, NY (09/23/1999-09/25/1999).
Illustrator: Frank Longo.
Photographer: Stephan Apicella-Hitchcock.
Finally old enough to gamble, in 2010 the venerable indie rock label Matador Records held a celebration of its 21st birthday in Las Vegas. Less risky for fans, however, is the commemorative set Matador at 21, which collects five discs' worth of highlights from 1989 onward, as well as a disc of performances from Matador's 10th anniversary blowout in 1999, and, for good measure, a set of poker chips. The collection feels like much more than just a plus-size greatest-hits set -- even though Pavement, arguably the label's definitive band, contributes three tracks, none of them are among their best-known songs. Instead, Matador at 21 provides a balanced, bird's eye view of the label's different eras. The first disc is particularly interesting, especially for anyone whose knowledge of Matador came with the successes they had a few years later. It's easy to forget that groups like Teenage Fanclub and Superchunk once called Matador home, while tracks from H.P. Zinker, Unsane, and Toiling Midgets show how much the label's sound and roster was about to change. And while the second disc showcases early- to mid-`90s stars like Pavement, Liz Phair, Guided by Voices, and Yo La Tengo, it spends just as much time with acts who didn't always get buzz-bin hype but went on to craft their own legacies, such as Come, 18th Dye, Guitar Wolf, and Bardo Pond. Indeed, the entire set shows how willing Matador has been to to take chances, whether on electronica in the late `90s or on post-post-punk, stoner rock, and indie folk in the 2000s. With disc five reflecting the label's mix of veteran acts (Sonic Youth, Ted Leo) at the time of the set's release and up-and-comers (Perfume Genius, Harlem), and disc six's mini-sets by Pavement and Cat Power adding die-hard fan appeal, Matador at 21 shows how much Matador's gambles paid off for the label and fans alike. ~ Heather Phares
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