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  • Audio CD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Matador Records
  • ASIN: 5555147813
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

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Format: 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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By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 27 Sept. 2005
Format: 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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Format: Audio CD
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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Amazon.com: HASH(0x91a18120) out of 5 stars 11 reviews
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x925d9d54) out of 5 stars I WASN'T DUMB BUT I WAS SO NAIVE... 16 Oct. 2000
By EriKa - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
What an amazing collection! I bought it because I wanted to have Liz Phair's stunning and fun "Stuck on an Island"... for me, the bargain price was worth it just for her! But the rest of this 2 CD collection is stellar! Yo La Tengo is a consistent favourite, Pavement's super cool version of Echo and the Bunnymen's "Killing Moon" is exquisite, the Pizzicato 5 tracks are **SO FUN** (especially the cute "Happy Birthday"), and Cat Power is always a subtle and subdued hue of brilliant ("Nude as the News" is one of her louder songs and is also just... breathtaking)! Other treats here: Teenage Fanclub, the much overlooked Bailter Space, The Fall and Guided by Voices. Nothing bad about this collection... and if you are lucky you will find something new to love! There is definitely enough variety here to please everyone.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x925d9da8) out of 5 stars What else do you expect?... 27 Mar. 2001
By Chris - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
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).
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x925da1e0) out of 5 stars What's up? 19 Sept. 2005
By E. A Solinas - Published on Amazon.com
Format: 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.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x925da5ac) out of 5 stars something for everybody- not quite 19 Feb. 2000
By Ryan Kendrick - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
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.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x925da690) out of 5 stars best compilation I've ever purchased 19 Mar. 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Never before have I bought a cd, "blind", and been so all-out psyched with it! There is NOT a dud on here, and I'm a picky listener. I've got a whole bunch of new bands to seek out. Particular stand-outs are Guided By Voices, Helium, Cat Power, Railroad Jerk, Pizzacato Five... VERY guitar-driven, though, so, if that's not your bag, look elsewhere... What a bargain! Snap it up!
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