Reviews Label: Matador

Label: Matador

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Mogwai - Happy Songs For Happy People album cover

Mogwai

Happy Songs For Happy People, 2003

8.7 / 10

The indie nation are a bunch of whiners. Not only that, but they're pretentious, snobbish, and apparently humorless. Probably why Mogwai has always stuck out like a sore thumb around ...

Pretty Girls Make Graves - The New Romance album cover

Pretty Girls Make Graves

The New Romance, 2003

7.0 / 10
Multiple Authors

While there definitely are problems with musical priority in this album, after listening to Good Health, the most negative thing I can say about this album is it pales in ...

Pretty Girls Make Graves - The New Romance album cover

Pretty Girls Make Graves

The New Romance, 2003

4.0 / 10
Multiple Authors

'What is this band? Quasi-popular tripe not worth my time. What's the problem? The band is way too dependent upon the guitars to entertain the audiences. Although the guitarists do ...

A.C. Newman - The Slow Wonder album cover

A.C. Newman

The Slow Wonder, 2004

8.7 / 10

For this review I plan on writing about three things: The New Pornographers, summer, and my last week of school (specifically a History of Macroeconomics final). So, for those of ...

Interpol - Antics album cover

Interpol

Antics, 2004

8.6 / 10
Multiple Authors

Turn on the Bright Lights is a great debut album. The guitars are compelling when paired with Paul Banks's jarring vocals, letting bizarre lyrics like "subway is a porno" slide. ...

Interpol - Antics album cover

Interpol

Antics, 2004

8.9 / 10
Multiple Authors

Well Scene Point Blank-ers, I've got some bad news: there will be nothing shocking in this review. The reason for this is that there is nothing surprising about the new ...

Dead Meadow - Feathers album cover

Dead Meadow

Feathers, 2005

9.0 / 10

Dead Meadow, hailing from the D.C. area, formed out of The Impossible Five when they broke up in 1999. Jason Simon (guitar/vocals) Steve Kille (bass) and Mark Laughlin (Drums) went ...

The New Pornographers - Twin Cinema album cover

The New Pornographers

Twin Cinema, 2005

8.5 / 10

Have an empty space between your copies of Hearts of Oak and Chutes Too Narrow? Need a sparkling new addition to your collection of great bands with horrible names? Feel ...

Cat Power - The Greatest album cover

Cat Power

The Greatest, 2006

7.9 / 10

As Forrest Gump so nearly once said, "Cat Power is a lot like a box of chocolates..." From the disparities in her albums, songs ranging from the brilliant to the ...

Mogwai - Mr. Beast album cover

Mogwai

Mr. Beast, 2006

6.7 / 10

I'm riding a veritable roller coaster. Yes, arguably the most clichéd analogy to begin any form of discussion about a post-rock record; I'm painfully aware but it's late and I'm ...

Pretty Girls Make Graves - Élan Vital album cover

Pretty Girls Make Graves

Élan Vital, 2006

8.2 / 10

When Pretty Girls Make Graves released their 2003 album The New Romance, I didn't think there was any way for it to not make the majority of critics' top 10 ...

Fucked Up - Year of the Pig (Reissue) album cover

Fucked Up

Year of the Pig (Reissue), 2008

4.7 / 10
200 Words Or Less

A re-release of an EP that came out last year from this overrated punk band from Canada that someone inked a deal with indie's scared cow of a label, Matador ...

Mogwai - The Hawk is Howling album cover

Mogwai

The Hawk is Howling, 2008

9.0 / 10

The usual post-rock sites were ablaze with “new Mogwai is boring” posts a few weeks before it was released, which signaled not only the impending leak had finally happened, but ...

Fucked Up - The Chemistry of Common Life album cover

Fucked Up

The Chemistry of Common Life, 2008

7.8 / 10

In Fucked Up’s early years, they only released songs on seven-inch records, two songs at time, sometimes three, very rarely four or more. Songs during the fifties and sixties were ...

Ted Leo & The Pharmacists - The Brutalist Bricks album cover

Ted Leo & The Pharmacists

The Brutalist Bricks, 2010

8.0 / 10

Their first record for Matador; their first record featuring new bassist Marty Key: The Brutalist Bricks is a record of firsts. It's the band's second shortest record, however (2004's Shake ...

Fucked Up - David Comes To Life album cover

Fucked Up

David Comes To Life, 2011

8.0 / 10

It was one of the most anticipated albums of the year, and was welcomed with such positive reception. Needless to say, my expectations were high. Chemistry of Common Life was ...

Ceremony - Zoo album cover

Ceremony

Zoo, 2012

8.0 / 10

Few bands have covered as much ground within the confines of the hardcore genre as northern California’s Ceremony. The release of 2008’s Still Nothing Moves You saw a stunning display ...

Iceage - You're Nothing album cover

Iceage

You're Nothing, 2013

9.5 / 10

The fact that this record’s release coincided with me preparing for and subsequently taking a vacation, and you know, having a life outside of writing record reviews, means you’re likely ...

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