Today, Spoon shared details of their forthcoming ninth album Hot Thoughts, set for release on March 17 through Matador Records. Spoon have also shared…Read More
Matador was started by Chris Lombardi in 1989 in his New York City apartment. The following year, Lombardi was joined by former Homestead Records manager Gerard Cosloy, and the two of them have run it together since. In 1993, the label began a partnership with Atlantic Records which lasted for a couple of years. Then in 1996, Capitol Records purchased a 49 percent stake in Matador, but Lombardi and Cosloy bought it back in 1999. It has been co-owned by the Beggars Group since 2002 and now operates in both New York and London.
Patrick Amory, Matador’s longtime label manager, is currently label President and a partner of Lombardi and Cosloy.
In the early 2000s, Matador had to sidestep unwanted involvement in the current Recording Industry Association of America dispute over Peer-to-peer file sharing networks. Matador’s Patrick Amory contacted the RIAA multiple times in order to ensure that an erroneous listing on the group’s website of Matador as an RIAA member was removed. After several attempts, the name of the independent label was removed from the membership list.
Matador acquired True Panther Sounds as an imprint in 2009.
In October 2010, Matador celebrated the label’s 21st anniversary with a series of concerts at the Palms Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. Pavement, Yo La Tengo, the New Pornographers, Ted Leo & The Pharmacists, Guided By Voices, Kurt Vile, Cold Cave, Fucked Up, Liz Phair, Shearwater, Superchunk, Come, Times New Viking, Belle & Sebastian, Cat Power, Chavez, Perfume Genius, Harlem, and Guitar Wolf were amongst the participants.
Memphis, TN-based singer/songwriter Julien Baker is the latest addition to the renowned Matador Records roster. The 21-year-old’s devastating and vulnerable debut album, Sprained Ankle,…Read More
On January 13, 2017, Chavez (Matt Sweeney, Clay Tarver, James Lo, Scott Marshall) will release Cockfighters, a new 3-song 12”/digital EP on Matador Records….Read More
Body/Head, is comprised of members Kim Gordon (CKM, Sonic Youth, Free Kitten, etc.) and guitarist Bill Nace (X.O.4, Vampire Belt, Ceylon Mange, etc). The…Read More
When I moved back to LA I noticed more and more cars painted with black matte spray, tinted windows, blackened logos, and black wheels….Read More
Car Seat Headrest has announced a run of new North American fall Dates, including stops in Minneapolis, Chicago, San Francisco, and Dallas. Car Seat…Read More
Richmond, Virginia-based songwriter Lucy Dacus is the latest addition to Matador Records roster. The 21-year-old’s debut album, No Burden, which was released earlier this…Read More
After the release of their recent full-length, Full Circle, via Matador, UK band HÆLOS have announced its plans to return to North America, for…Read More
Steve Gunn will release Eyes On The Lines, his new album and debut for Matador Record on June 3rd. After sharing “Conditions Wild” and…Read More
Teens of Denial is the thirteenth album in Car Seat Headrest’s (aka 23-year-old Will Toledo) and his second for Matador Records, and first to…Read More
Matador Records has announced that it will release Car Seat Headrest’s Teens of Denial on May 20th. Teens of Denial is the thirteenth album…Read More
Car Seat Headrest (aka 23-year-old Will Toledo) today releases his first new song since the release of his 2015 Matador Records debut, Teens of…Read More