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What's Up Matador
Various Artists
What's Up Matador
Genres: Alternative Rock, Folk, Pop, Rock
 
  •  Track Listings (24) - Disc #1
  •  Track Listings (20) - Disc #2

With its sardonically intelligent liner notes, this 2 CD (Favorite Tracks and Unreleased Tracks, respectively) collection is the ultimate introduction to the record industry's harbinger of hip. Home to indie-rock integrit...  more »

      
   
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All Artists: Various Artists
Title: What's Up Matador
Members Wishing: 0
Total Copies: 2
Label: Matador Records
Original Release Date: 8/26/1997
Release Date: 8/26/1997
Genres: Alternative Rock, Folk, Pop, Rock
Styles: Hardcore & Punk, Indie & Lo-Fi, New Wave & Post-Punk, Singer-Songwriters, Progressive, Progressive Rock
Number of Discs: 2
SwapaCD Credits: 2
UPC: 744861016328

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With its sardonically intelligent liner notes, this 2 CD (Favorite Tracks and Unreleased Tracks, respectively) collection is the ultimate introduction to the record industry's harbinger of hip. Home to indie-rock integrity, Matador has helped usher critic's darlings like Liz Phair, Guided by Voices, Yo La Tengo, The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, and others to cult status, just as Matador cofounder Gerard Cosloy's Homestead Records provided a haven for groups like Dinosaur Jr. and Big Black in the '80s. If Homestead's The Wailing Ultimate ably summed that label's influence before Cosloy's departure, What's Up Matador is doubly impressive. Besides, where else can you hear Pavement's lazy-cool version of Echo & The Bunnymen's "Killing Moon"? -- Mark Woodlief

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What else do you expect?...
Chris | Indianapolis, IN | 03/27/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)

"It's a MATADOR compilation. Since the label is immune to signing bad bands, you won't find a bad track on this disc.An excellent sampler, but works just as well as an album. If you prefer to have your sounds mixed, you'll love the variety of this album.Particularly good?: GBV, Pavement, Pizzicato 5, Chavez, Helium, and Yo La Tengo(as usual)."
Something for everybody- not quite
Ryan Kendrick | Colorado | 02/19/2000
(4 out of 5 stars)

"Too cool for mainstream radio listeners. If thats you, you might grimmace through most of the songs. If you listen to indie rock already, then its definately worth the price. It took me a couple times through to weed out the unlistenable tracks, Wich I later sratched out on the jewel back, track list. I am left with about 30 songs that have proven quite enjoyable. This comp has prompted me to buy CDs from Cat Power, pavement, bettie serveert, and posibly more when I find them. If you do own this set, you no longer have to buy these artists "blindly", wich I suspect was the original marketing strategy from the people at Matador."
Sleater-Kinney isn't a Matador band
E. A Solinas | 09/27/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)

"An earlier review contains an extremely obvious error: Sleater-Kinney isn't on this compilation because S-K IS NOT on Matador!

It's pretty sad when reviewers attempt to sound authoritative when they don't know even the basic facts."