|26 August 1997||Matador Records||OLE-163-1|
01. Cat Power – Back Of Your Head
02. Come – Strike
03. Railroad Jerk – One Step Forward
04. The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – Dig My Shit!
05. Guided By Voices – My Thoughts Are A Gas
06. Spoon – Telamon Bridge
|Double vinyl edition in gatefold sleeve with die-cut white paper inner sleeves, also issued as a double CD edition and there was an accompanying What’s Up Matador? video.
The CD edition of this album featured two discs one of which was ‘Favorite Tracks’ and the other titled ‘Unreleased Tracks’ and included everything on this edition with the exception of Liquor Giants and Guitar Wolf.
A1. Cat Power – Back of Your Head
Writers: Cat Power
Published: Dreading Futures/Doorman (BMI)
Recorded for VPRO, Radio 5 “De Avonden”
Thanks to Barry Kamer and Jan Hiddink
Little Known Fact: Chan Marshall’s name is pronounced just like Sean or Shawn, not like, y’know Jackie Chan. And Cat Power is TWO WORDS (except in cases where it is one word).
A2. Come – Strike
A3. Railroad Jerk – One Step Forward
A4. The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – Dig My Shit!
A5. Guided By Voices – My Thoughts Are A Gas
A6. Spoon – Telamon Bridge
B1. Pavement – The Killing Moon
B2. Silkworm – Hangman
B3. Yo la Tengo – Don’t Say A Word (Demo Version)
B4. Barbara Manning – The Blood Of Feeling
B5. Bettie Serveert – Life Is an Imbecile
C1. Liz Phair – Stuck On An Island
C2. The For Carnation – Alfredo’s Welcome
C3. Run On – Days Away
C4. Mecca Normal – Hurricane Watch
C5. Helium – Lucy
D1. Chavez – Theme From “For Russ”
D2. Tobin Sprout – Small Parade
D3. Liquor Giants – Riverdale
D4. Bardo Pond – The Trail
D5. Guitar Wolf – Kawasaki ZII 750 Rock ‘n’ Roll
D6. Pizzicato Five – Happy Birthday
“What is a record label? What are “recoupables”? What is “indie cred?” Who is Ricky Luanda? Where is my mail order?
Everyday, we receive countless letters, faxes and electronic mail messages from children who want to know “what’s up?” And although we try the best we can to answer their questions individually (especially if they send pictures), we couldn’t possibly satisfy everyone. Enter award-winning film maker Clay Tarver. Clay (who also plays guitar in Chavez) conceived of an instructional (yet entertaining) film that would introduce young people to the world of Matador. With the help of cable television fixture Bill Boggs (perhaps you’ve seen his work as a pitch man for the 18″ satellite dish) and a New Jersey elementary school audience, Tarver’s film answers all the questions you’ve ever had about Matador, its origins, the bands and their way of life.
The companion double LP that you’re holding, should serve as an easy initiation to this strange, but very responsible record label. For the hard-core fan, this album’s plethora of rare and/or unreleased material, should ensure hours of listening pleasure, in not a decent resale value.
From the label’s inception in 1989, Matador’s aesthetic has been defined by the musical tastes of company founder Chris Lombardi, and his partner Gerard Cosloy. Said tastes have ranged from brutal power of the Unsane, to the exotica stylings of Pizzicato Five. While the label has never been defined by one particular sound, the common denominator has always been the quality and individuality of the artists themselves. Matador’s success to date is completely due to the ingenuity and hard work of these artists…we thank them it was a benefit record for Boy’s Town.
Matador’s humble roots are similar to that of most do-it-yourself independents. Although documenting the music creations of our favorite artists is our main motivation, we also hope that in some small way our efforts offer encouragement to others…letting everyone know that with an $80,000.00 loan and two major label infusions of cash, you can do it too!
A label is only as strong as its roster, and without the talents of our bands, we might as well start a clothing line (don’t think we haven’t considered it). That said, can never forget the wonderful people who made all this possible: our lawyers.
“What’s Up Matador was compiled, realized and executed during a span of too many years by the following people, amongst others:
Conceptualization: Chris Lombardi
Indoctrination: Gerard Cosloy
Execution: Patrick Amory
Medication: Mark Ohe
Meditation: Jesper Eklow
Perspiration: Isaac Bess
Dehydration: Esther Oliver
Collection: Kris Gillespie
Mystification: Andrea Goldman
Interrogation: Rusty Clarke
Manipulation: Christina Zafiris
Criminalization: Lenard & Gonzalez
Inspiration: Cured Meats
Mastered By SAE Mastering
Video written and directed by Clay Tarver
Thanks to everyone at Matador, all the participating artists, and their lawyers”
BARCODE: 7 44861 01632 8
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