Said to be the “classic
era” lineup from the Matador salad years.
By Fred Mills
Matador Records dropped a bomb yesterday at the label’s
Matador will be
celebrating the label’s 21st anniversary this October and this much we can
finally confirm : there will be 3 nights of shows starting Friday October 1,
and concluding Sunday October 3 at the Palms Casino & Resort In Las Vegas,
NV. We’ll be dropping further hints about the amazing lineup in the days ahead,
but a final announcement and information about how to purchase tickets will be
made here at the trusty Matablog on July 5.
Fair enough. As you can see from the poster (below), it’s a
killer lineup, what with Pavement
headlining, plus Sonic Youth, Belle & Sebastian, Spoon, Cat Power, Yo La
Tengo, the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, the New Pornographers, Girls,
Superchunk, Ted Leo & the Pharmacists, Guitar Wolf, Fucked Up, Shearwater,
Harlem, Cold Cave, Kurt Vile, Jeffrey Joe Jenson and
But what’s really getting the indie world all in a dither is
the Guided By Voices notation – specifically the “classic ’93 to ’96 lineup.”
That would roughly mean the Robert Pollard, guitarists Tobin Sprout and Mitch
Mitchell, bassist Greg Demos and drummer Kevin Fennell incarnation and the Bee Thousand – Under the Bushes Under the
Stars era, prior to the arrival of John Petkovic and Doug Gillard (it’s
unlikely those two would be getting back with Pollard anytime soon).
And Pollard himself posted on his website the photo at the
top of the page along – just 4 of the 5, but perhaps not tellingly so – with a
notation that the classic lineup would be getting back together without
specifically naming names.
So – start booking those Vegas plane tickets, folks. We
already know of at least one west-of-the-Missisissippi-based BLURT editor who’s
making his reservations right now…
[Photo Credit: Michael Lavine]