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Matador Records (Record label)
Matador Records is a New York-based, in indie rock music specialized record label, founded in 1989 by Chris Lombardi. You can call Matador Records one of the most important Independent Labels at all. Not least because the who-is-who of indie rock was oder actually is signed here: Sonic Youth, Yo La Tengo, Pavement, Guided By Voices, Sleater-Kinney, Cat Power, just to name some of them. The over 20 year old history of the label is multifaceted and can only be outlined here. One year after Chris Lombardi founded Matador Records in his apartment in New York City, Gerald Cosloy – who has been the runner of Homestead Records – joined the label. Since then they run the label together. In 1994 Matador Records entered to a partenship with Atlantic Records, belonging to Warner Music. In 1996 Capitol Records bought 49 percent of the holdings of Matador, but in 1999 Lombardi and Cosloy were able to buy it back. Since 2002 Matador belongs to Beggars Group and next to the headquarter in New York they have a dependance in London.
Matador Records in Features
Music Portrait | posted 31.05.2012
Perfume genius
Ultra personal Stories
Perfume Genius is one of the most interesting artists to discover these days. His life was and is characterized by things that he himself decribes as »weird shit«. Alcohol and drugs he could escape, at least. The result of this experiences are songs, that stagger back and forth between classic and modern, provided with a brutally blunt lyric. A blessing in times of superficial communication.
Matador Records in Reviews
Music Review | posted 01.09.2015
Yo La Tengo
Stuff Like That There
»Stuff Like That There« by the indie veterans Yo La Tengo is a record full of revised tracks and covers. And it’s just as much fun as »Fakebook« was in 1990.
Music Review | posted 05.12.2012
Interpol
Turn On The Bright Lights - Tenth Anniversary Edition
Even ten years later, the record still sounds fresh: fragile, yet powerful songwriting with a constantly high emotional intensity.
Music Review | posted 05.02.2011
Esben And The Witch
Violet Cries
The »next big thing« from Brighton presents an incredible cinematic bombast, hiding behind a misty curtain of sound.
Recent Articles
Music News | posted 19.03.2018
Wooden Shijps
New album: »V«
Wooden Shijps have announced a new album for the 25.5.2018. It’s her first album in five years, her fifth, and it’s called »V«. It promises a promising summer.
Music Comment | posted 20.11.2019
RSD Black Friday 2019
12 Vinyl records to look out for
We’ve browsed through this year’s list of exclusive Record Store Day Black Friday 2019 releases and put together a selection of twelve Vinyl records that we’ve identified as possible highlights.
Music News | posted 18.04.2019
Flying Lotus
New album: »Flamagra«
After five years a new album by Flying Lotus is going to be released: »Flamagra«. The first video features David Lynch as the leading actor and whets the appetite for the sixth album which will be out May 24th. HHV then has an exclusive White Vinyl Edition.
Music News | posted 30.08.2018
Neneh Cherry
New Album: »Broken Politics«
»Broken Politics« is the new work by Neneh Cherry. The album of the Swede, completely produced by Four Tet this time, will be released on October 19th on Smalltown Supersound.
Music Essay | posted 01.07.2019
Women Of Jazz
We Insist Female
Women in jazz are still not a matter of course. That has to change. For in the past, female musicians have had a decisive influence on jazz and the future is also in their hands.