Second on the ride of Belle & Sebastian’s EP journey, they seem to have tightened things up from last time. While still a stylistic…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.
Yo La Tengo’s new album There’s a Riot Going On will be released on March 16th on Matador Records. Yo La Tengo have released…Read More
Car Seat Headrest fans, new and old alike, will be elated to learn that Will Toledo’s 2011’s Bandcamp release, Twin Fantasy, has been re-recorded…Read More
We met with Matador Recording artist Julien Baker before her show at the Rickshaw, with Half Waif and Adam Torres. We discussed early days…Read More
Singer/songwriter Lucy Dacus’s forthcoming release Historian will be available on March 2nd via Matador Records. Along with the announcement, Dacus is sharing the lead-track…Read More
Set in the world of a YouTube Photoshop tutorial, Spoon have released what may be one of the most simple-yet-odd music videos of all time…Read More
Julien Baker today debuted the video for the title-track from her new album Turn Out The Lights, which will be released on October 27,…Read More
Today’s announcement of three new releases from Belle and Sebastian, How To Solve Our Human Problems Part 1, How To Solve Our Human Problems…Read More
Daydreamers Courtney Barnett and Kurt Vile’s first collaborative album Lotta Sea Lice is as rambling and aloof yet rocking as fans of either artist…Read More
Spoon have released a new video set to a live recording of album track, “I Ain’t The One.” British artists and filmmakers Iain Forsyth…Read More
Today, Belle & Sebastian have released the video for their latest single, “We Were Beautiful.” The clip was Directed by Blair Young from The…Read More
Matador Records has signed singer/songwriter Snail Mail. Snail Mail, AKA: 18-year-old Lindsey Jordan, will release her full-length debut in 2018, the album follows the…Read More