Intended Play 2012 – Review

May 25, 2012

In January, Matador released Intended Play 2012, a sampler LP of new and classic songs from various artists for the outrageous sum of $1.98.

Preston School of Industry- Monsoon – Review

March 22, 2004

That-other-guy-from-Pavement, Scott “Spiral Stairs” Kannberg, returns with his second Preston School of Industry album, sounding more Terror Twilight than either “Date With Ikea” or “Two States.”

Matmos – The Civil War – Review

February 23, 2004

Matmos glitch their way through battlefields of the 1860s, bleeping, blooping, fuzzing, and squealing with ancient synths like a birthday party for lunatics.

Couch – Profane – Review

February 22, 2002

Couch is a fluid and graceful band, and with Profane being their fourth album, they seem to have had time to settle into a style.

Stephen Malkmus – Review

June 3, 2001

Stephen Malkmus’ first solo record has him continuing the brilliant path his former band’s last record trailblazed, and it sounds a million times more mature.

Solex – Pick Up – Review

April 1, 2000

If Tricky and April March married their music, this would be their daughter. The music of Solex (real name: Elisabeth Esselink) really is that interesting.

Bardo Pond – Set and Setting – Review

January 1, 2000

There’s something detachedly sexy in Bardo Ponds’s slow, deliberate lazified-jam climb up a spiral staircase. Maybe the sultriness of Isobel Sollenberger’s vox.

Fuck – Conduct – Review

April 1, 1999

Although Conduct is a somewhat more plugged-in affair than their previous disc, Pardon My French, the rockier moments lack the thrust of macho metallurgy.

Robert Pollard – Waved Out – Review

January 1, 1999

Truth is, as reflexively brilliant and endlessly prolific as Pollard remains, for a guy that puts out as much as he does, he’s the biggest rocktease around.

Lyres – On Fyre – Review

November 1, 1998

Matador Records did us all a huge favor by re-releasin’ On Fyre, Lyres, Lyres, A Promise Is a Promise and the super-rare debut EP known as AHS 1005.

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