MATADOR // LABEL FAVORITES 1995 - 1999
Guided by Voices - “Under the Bushes Under the Stars” // The Jon Spencer Blues Explosions - “Now I Got Worry” // Bardo Pond - “Lapsed” // Pavement - “Brighten The Corner” // Yo La Tengo - “I Can Hear the Heart Beating as One” // Spoon - “A Series of Sneaks” // Boards of Canada - “Music Has tbe Right to Children” // Cat Power - “Moon Pix” // Pavement - “Terror Twilight”
I’ve been thinking a lot about labels lately. Records labels. Back in the day it was one of the easier ways to find new music. If you trusted the source, you could trust their choices on other bands. These days, it’s much easier to discover new music. This is something that is taken for granted. It used to be a real mission to discover new musical wonder. These days it’s a million blogs clammering to tell you who to listen to and then it was your favorite record store’s clerks and some select magazines (and of course 120 minutes!). I’m making these lists not only out of nostalgia, but also to remind myself of how important many of these indie labels were to me and my growth as a music lover. Maybe this will encourage some others to look back, but if not - that’s fine too, there is plenty of goodness to occupy today, but don’t be afraid to look back at yesterday. Today was inspired by yesterday. There’s bound to be something special waiting for you back there.