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5.0 out of 5 stars Can a double CD this cheap be this good?, 27 Jan 2002
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This review is from: What's Up Matador (Audio CD)
I have this on constant rotation. There's always something new to discover from its many many tracks. Little bit of skronk rock (Pavement) a pinch of European Americana (Betty Serveert) and some full on teethgrinding punkmetal (Unsane). This is great for Sunday afternoon vegging, with the TV turned down to silent and the stimulant of your choice. Buy it!!!
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars What's up?, 27 Sep 2005
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E. A Solinas "ea_solinas" (MD USA) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: What's Up Matador (Audio CD)
Matador Records is known for its selection of outstanding musical artists -- the bands that are/were signed to them range from indie-rock legends to obscure gems.

"What's Up Matador" is a good compilation of some of Matador's highlights -- it's not only a good cross-section of the best and most timeless work here, but also a fun listen, and a good introduction to some good music. It's missing a few of the best and bravest, but is still an excellent place to start on some cool indie-rock.

Several indie-rock staples were signed onto Matador over the years, and they are given places of honor: the gone-but-never-forgotten Pavement, excellent Guided by Voices and Spoon, as well as other outstanding bands like The Fall, Cat Power, Superchunk and Yo La Tengo. Often these bands get more than one song.

But Matador also gives the spotlight to lesser known bands and artists. For example, the quirky Japanese pop band Pizzicato Five. Also present are the rough-edged rock of Silkworm and Railroad Jerk, a couple of songs by Liz Phair before she went teeny-pop, the trembling lo-fi of Helium, the energetic pop of Bettie Serveert, and the aggressively weird Mecca Normal.

Okay, sprinkled here and there are a few duds. I have to admit that Chavez is not my favorite -- I can only take a few explosive chords at a time, unless Billy Corgan is playing them. And there are a few glaring omissions -- where are Nightmares on Wax, Solex, Sleator-Kinney?

Fortunately, those omissions are compensated for by the excellent -- sometimes ingenious -- music that surrounds them on all sides. Pop, electronica, rock -- it's all here. Matador plays it safe with some of the songs, such as Pavement and Teenage Fanclub, but also plays risky by including so many songs by little-known bands.

Like the other Matador compilations, "What's Up Matador" is a good place to start on the voyage of indie rock bliss. Smooth sailing.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars value for money, 26 Nov 2004
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M. Partyka "bonus_maciek" (York UK) - See all my reviews
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Excellent compilation of great rock songs of the nineties. Various moods, short doses of best bits from the likes of Liz Phair (you don't really need the whole album just to have Stratford on Guy). Only in the case of Yo La Tengo in made me buy more of their albums.
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