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What's Up Matador

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What's Up Matador

Current Status:
In Season
Reissues, Rock

We gave it a B

Leave it to this impudent indie label to compile a back-patting retrospective—featuring the likes of Liz Phair, Yo La Tengo, Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, and Come—that perversely avoids its acts’ best-known, or best, songs. (Choosing Pavement’s ”Texas Never Whispers” is akin to a Motown history on which Stevie Wonder is represented only by ”Golden Lady”—good, but not essential.) Still, this double disc, What’s Up Matador, paints a colorful portrait of distorted-guitar indie rock of the ’90s, and the rarities collected on its second half include choice leftovers from Spencer, Cat Power, and Tobin Sprout, among others. B