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Headquarters: New York City

Founded: 1989

Founded by: Chris Lombardi

Link: Matador Records

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Biography[]

Matador started in 1989 out of the owner's apartment, although quickly grew in both size and prestige with lots of influential and respected acts being added to their roster. In 2002, they got bought by Beggar's Banquet, and prior to that, they had worked a deal with Capitol that included distribution in exchange for having first dibs on some of their artists (most notably Liz Phair, whose self-titled record did very well for the major label after her three records for Matador).

Active Roster[]


Inactive Roster[]

  • 18th Dye
  • 2 Foot Flame
  • Aereogramme
  • Arsonists
  • Babylon Dance Band
  • Bailter Space
  • Barbara Manning
  • Bardo Pond
  • Bassholes
  • Belle & Sebastian
  • Bettie Serveert
  • Boards of Canada
  • Bullet Lavolta
  • Bunnybrains
  • burger/ink
  • Chain Gang
  • Chavez
  • Chris Knox
  • Circle X
  • Come
  • Console
  • Couch
  • dälek
  • David Kilgour
  • Demolition Doll Rods
  • D-Stroy
  • Dustdevils
  • Fire In The Kitchen
  • Flipper
  • Fuck
  • Graeme Downes
  • Guitar Wolf
  • H.P. Zinker
  • Helium
  • Jad Fair (for one album with Yo La Tengo)
  • Jega
  • Jimi Tenor
  • JPS Experience
  • Khan
  • Kustomized
  • Large Professor
  • Liquor Giants
  • Live Human
  • Liz Phair
  • Lynnfield Pioneers
  • Mark Eitzel
  • Mary Timony
  • MC Paul Barman
  • Mecca Normal
  • Modest Mouse
  • Moonshake
  • Mount Florida
  • Mr. Len
  • Nightmares On Wax
  • Non Phixion
  • Pastels
  • Pavement
  • Pell Mell
  • Pitchblende
  • Pizzicato Five
  • Plone
  • Pole
  • Portastatic
  • Prisonshake
  • Quickspace
  • Railroad Jerk
  • Red Snapper
  • Robert Pollard
  • Run On
  • Sad Rockets
  • Sensational
  • SF Seals
  • Shams
  • Silkworm
  • Sleater-Kinney
  • Smog
  • Solex
  • Spoon
  • Sportsguitar
  • Superchunk
  • Techno Animal
  • Teenage Fanclub
  • Thalia Zedek
  • The Bionaut
  • The Clean
  • The Fall
  • The For Carnation
  • The Frogs
  • The Lyres
  • The Modernist
  • The Schramms
  • The Soft Boys
  • Thinking Fellers Union Local 282
  • Tobin Sprout
  • Toiling Midgets
  • Tommy Keene
  • Two Lone Swordsmen
  • Unrest
  • Unsane
  • Unwound
  • Void


Key Releases[]

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