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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  
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