Network News

X My Profile
View More Activity
Post Rock Archive  |  About the Bloggers  |  E-mail: Click Track  |  On Twitter: Click Track  |  RSS Feeds RSS

List: The 21 best Matador Records albums

pavement"Slanted & Enchanted" set the tone, "Crooked Rain" has the hits, but "Wowee Zowee" is Pavement at its most Pavement.

By David Malitz

By the time you read this, I'll be off to Las Vegas for Matador at 21, a three-day celebration of the label that almost-exclusively soundtracked my teenage years. So in light of Matador's 21st birthday, here are my 21 favorite albums the label has released. You'll notice it's light on the noisy early '90s stuff and whatever was going on there in the early 2000s. Most of these come from the mid-'90s when the label had a prolific hot streak.

I'll try to report back on the festivities next week, depending on how much I remember. You can always follow me on Twitter but it might get ugly.

1. Pavement, "Wowee Zowee"
2. Liz Phair, "Exile In Guyville"
3. Guided By Voices, "Alien Lanes"
4. Belle and Sebastian, "If You're Feeling Sinister"
5. Cat Power, "Moon Pix"
6. Spoon, "Soft Effects"
7. Helium, "The Dirt of Luck"
8. Times New Viking, "Rip It Off"
9. Yo La Tengo, "Painful"
10. Jay Reatard, "Matador Singles ‘08"
11. Superchunk, "No Pocky For Kitty"
12. 18th Dye, "Tribute to a Bus"
13. Chavez, "Ride The Fader"
14. Teenage Fanclub, "A Catholic Education"
15. Interpol, "Turn On The Bright Lights"
16. The New Pornographers, "Electric Version"
17. Cornelius, "Fantasma"
18. The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, "Now I Got Worry"
19. The Fall, "Middle Class Revolt"
20. Thinking Fellers Union Local 282, "Strangers From The Universe"
21. Silkworm, "Firewater"

By David Malitz  | October 1, 2010; 1:30 PM ET
Categories:  Lists  | Tags:  Cat Power, Liz Phair, Matador Records, Pavement, Superchunk  
Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   StumbleUpon   Technorati   Google Buzz   Previous: Really quick spins: New albums from Azure Ray, Black Milk, Mavis Staples and a David Bowie tribute
Next: Coda: Farewell, FreeFest; Chuck Brown talks cookies; Alice Cooper fans abound

No comments have been posted to this entry.

Post a Comment

We encourage users to analyze, comment on and even challenge's articles, blogs, reviews and multimedia features.

User reviews and comments that include profanity or personal attacks or other inappropriate comments or material will be removed from the site. Additionally, entries that are unsigned or contain "signatures" by someone other than the actual author will be removed. Finally, we will take steps to block users who violate any of our posting standards, terms of use or privacy policies or any other policies governing this site. Please review the full rules governing commentaries and discussions.

characters remaining

RSS Feed
Subscribe to The Post

© 2010 The Washington Post Company