Matador at 21

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All Music Guide - Heather Phares
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Heather Phares
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/28/2010
  • Label: Matador Records
  • UPC: 744861100027
  • Catalog Number: 1000
  • Sales rank: 149,852

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Everything Flows - Teenage Fanclub (5:13)
  2. 2 Dancing Days - H.P. Zinker (3:06)
  3. 3 Slack Motherfucker - Superchunk (2:52)
  4. 4 Throw the Bottlefull - Dustdevils (2:59)
  5. 5 These Streets - Railroad Jerk (2:19)
  6. 6 Fast Piss Blues - Come (3:53)
  7. 7 Kid's Allright - Bettie Serveert (4:20)
  8. 8 Cut Off the Drug Czar's Head - Chain Gang (3:48)
  9. 9 More Glee - Thinking Fellers Union Local #282 (6:16)
  10. 10 This Town - Unsane (2:40)
  11. 11 Compression of the Species - Circle X (5:07)
  12. 12 Mr. Foster's Shoes - Toiling Midgets (2:32)
  13. 13 The Aim - Bailter Space (5:16)
  14. 14 Perfume-V - Pavement (2:12)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Afro - The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion (2:56)
  2. 2 Big Day Coming - Yo La Tengo (4:13)
  3. 3 The Ballad of Railroad Jerk - Railroad Jerk (5:29)
  4. 4 Superball - Helium (2:35)
  5. 5 Baby Love Child - Pizzicato Five (3:32)
  6. 6 Mesmerizing - Liz Phair (3:55)
  7. 7 Silence Kit - Liz Phair (3:00)
  8. 8 Game of Pricks - Guided by Voices (1:33)
  9. 9 Whole Wide World - 18th Dye (3:11)
  10. 10 Peeled Out Too Late - 18th Dye (3:36)
  11. 11 String - Chavez (3:47)
  12. 12 Secondhand Clothes - Moonshake (3:57)
  13. 13 Midnight Violence Rock 'n Roll - Guitar Wolf (2:39)
  14. 14 Back Again - San Francisco Seals (4:36)
  15. 15 Rumination - Bardo Pond (6:24)
Disc 3
  1. 1 Telephasic Workshop - Boards of Canada (6:37)
  2. 2 Waiting For the Kid To Come Out - Spoon (2:41)
  3. 3 Autumn Sweater - Yo La Tengo (5:18)
  4. 4 You Must Be Stopped - Chavez (3:24)
  5. 5 Tarnished Angel - Silkworm (5:09)
  6. 6 Flavor, Pt. 1 - The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion (4:38)
  7. 7 Fliegen - Pole (4:49)
  8. 8 American Flag - Cat Power (3:31)
  9. 9 We Rule the School - Belle and Sebastian (3:27)
  10. 10 Helps Both Ways - Mogwai (4:54)
  11. 11 'Bout That Time - Arsonists (3:15)
  12. 12 Backdraft - Large Professor (3:31)
  13. 13 Tone Twilight Zone - Cornelius (3:39)
  14. 14 Flesh & Blood 2010 - Burger (4:44)
  15. 15 You Are a Light - Pavement (3:57)
  16. 16 Blood - Arab Strap (2:51)
  17. 17 L.A.S.I.K. - Matmos (3:56)
Disc 4
  1. 1 Hands Away - Interpol (3:04)
  2. 2 He War - Cat Power (3:29)
  3. 3 Today is the Day - Yo La Tengo (4:28)
  4. 4 From Blown Speakers - The New Pornographers (2:49)
  5. 5 Fix Up, Look Sharp - Dizzee Rascal (3:14)
  6. 6 Good Moanin' - Dead Meadow (6:14)
  7. 7 Kids Will Be Skeletons - Mogwai (5:26)
  8. 8 The Setup - Mission of Burma (3:09)
  9. 9 Death is the Answer - Early Man (5:35)
  10. 10 Dress Up In You - Belle and Sebastian (4:23)
  11. 11 All Medicated Geniuses - Pretty Girls Make Graves (3:25)
  12. 12 Love & Communication - Cat Power (4:35)
  13. 13 Johnny Viola - Shearwater (2:30)
  14. 14 Everybody Daylight - Brightblack Morning Light (5:59)
  15. 15 You Broke My Heart - Lavender Diamond (3:32)
  16. 16 Tonight We Ride - Jennifer O'Connor (4:10)
  17. 17 Just Farr a Laugh: The Yogurt Machine - Earles & Jensen (5:40)
  18. 18 Discretion Grove - Stephen Malkmus (3:01)
Disc 5
  1. 1 Son the Father - Fucked Up (6:35)
  2. 2 Sacred Trickster - Sonic Youth (2:11)
  3. 3 Amplifier - Kurt Vile (4:01)
  4. 4 Nothing To Hide - Yo La Tengo (2:46)
  5. 5 There is No Sun - Jay Reatard (3:45)
  6. 6 Move to California - Harlem (2:43)
  7. 7 Friendly Ghost - Ted Leo & the Pharmacists (3:02)
  8. 8 Bottled in Cork - Cold Cave (3:16)
  9. 9 My Shepherd - The New Pornographers (4:37)
  10. 10 Youth and Lust - Cold Cave (4:02)
  11. 11 Summer Well - Girls (4:02)
  12. 12 Castaways - Interpol (3:17)
  13. 13 Marching Song - Esben and the Witch (3:49)
  14. 14 Lust for Life - The Girls (2:25)
  15. 15 Superball - Esben and the Witch (2:23)
  16. 16 Stay Close - Delorean (4:33)
  17. 17 Metal Heart - Magic Kids (3:54)
  18. 18 Learning - Perfume Genius (2:44)
  19. 19 Real Emotional Trash - Stephen Malkmus & the Jicks (10:09)
Disc 6
  1. 1 Here - Pavement (4:34)
  2. 2 Trigger Cut - Pavement (3:17)
  3. 3 The Hexx - Pavement (5:39)
  4. 4 She Believes - Pavement (3:06)
  5. 5 Unfair - Pavement (3:13)
  6. 6 Zurich is Stained - Pavement (1:55)
  7. 7 Debris Slide - Pavement (2:32)
  8. 8 Spit On a Stranger - Pavement (3:31)
  9. 9 New Coat - Come (5:44)
  10. 10 Walking Stick Man - Bardo Pond (8:39)
  11. 11 Tommy Gun Angel - Bardo Pond (5:33)
  12. 12 Good Woman - Cat Power (3:37)
  13. 13 Naked, If I Want To - Cat Power (3:25)
  14. 14 You May Know Him/Sea of Love - Cat Power (3:42)
  15. 15 Ex-Cowboy - Mogwai (9:22)
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Album Credits

Technical Credits
Jimmy Page Composer
Robert Plant Composer
Sonic Youth Composer
Teenage Fanclub Composer
Yo La Tengo Composer
Dustdevils Composer
Barbara Manning Composer
Superchunk Composer
Unsane Composer
Come Composer
Thinking Fellers Union Local #282 Composer
Toiling Midgets Composer
Bailter Space Composer
Bettie Serveert Composer
Liz Phair Composer
Silkworm Composer
Pizzicato Five Composer
Greg Calbi Mastering
David Callahan Composer
Roger Miller Composer
Marcellus Hall Composer
Chavez Composer
Bardo Pond Composer
Robert Pollard Composer
Ted Leo Composer
Mary Timony Composer
Circle X Composer
18th Dye Composer
Guitar Wolf Composer
Belle and Sebastian Composer
Arab Strap Composer
Stephen Malkmus Composer
Gerard Cosloy Liner Notes
Matmos Composer
Mogwai Composer
Steve Fallone Mastering
Patrick Amory Song Selection
Ricky Luanda Composer
Frank Longo Art Direction, Illustrations
Arsonists Composer
Chan Marshall Composer
Britt Daniel Composer
Scott Kannberg Composer
Stefan Betke Composer
Johan Kugelberg Liner Notes
The Explosion Composer
Jörg Burger Composer
Dead Meadow Composer
Jonathan Meiburg Composer
Interpol Composer
Pretty Girls Make Graves Composer
Keigo Oyamada Composer
Jesper Eklow Song Selection
A.C. Newman Composer
Jennifer O'Connor Composer
Times New Viking Composer
Jay Reatard Composer
Harlem Composer
Lavender Diamond Composer
Fucked Up Composer
Wesley Eisold Composer
Kurt Vile Composer
Andrew Earles Composer
Jeffrey Jensen Composer
Rachel Hughes Composer
W.P. Mitchell Composer
Christopher Owens Composer
Bennett Foster Composer
Delorean Composer
Mike Hadreas Composer
Esben and the Witch Composer
Will McElroy Composer
Jerry Miller Jr. Composer
N. Shineywater Composer
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