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March 3, 2011 - 4:35pm

Kristyn Acho's journey through 'Matador at 21': Disc Two


View Disc 1 here.

Disc 2 — The Years of Milk and Honey (1993-1995)

While disc one of Matador showcased bands one may easily forget were featured on the label, (Teenage Fanclub and Superchunk, anyone?) disc two gives some obscure acts a chance to hold the spotlight. Sure, disc two is graced with its fair share of rock heavyweights—Pavement, Liz Phair, and Guided by Voices are all featured on the disc—but its tracks by bands like Come, Guitar Wolf, and 18th Dye that truly convey what Matador was all about: taking risks. Seriously, what other label was willing to release a record by a raucous, grit-punk act with infamously cataclysmal live shows? It was Matador, after all, who made Guitar Wolf the cult favorite they are today—listen to Seiji’s snarl on “Midnight Violence Rock’N Roll” and revel in seditious, acidic punk at its best.