Over the past few months, Glasgow’s Belle & Sebastian have tried something new with their EP release and though it’s been quite mixed as…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.
Parquet Courts and the Thurston Moore Group made their returns to Vancouver last night (Feb. 15th) with a sold-out co-headlining show at the Imperial….Read More
“This is the album I needed to make," says Dacus, who views Historian as her definitive statement as a songwriter and musician. "Everything after…Read More
Danish band, Iceage have debuted theur new song and video for “Catch It”. The track, is the band’s new material since 2014’s Plowing Into…Read More
Stephen Malkmus & the Jicks haas dropped the new single “Middle America”, it’s the first new music from the band, in quite a while,…Read More
Car Seat Headrest has releasesed ‘Cute Thing’, the latest track to be previewed from forthcoming new album Twin Fantasy – a re-recorded, re-imagined new…Read More
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
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