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New Oral History Celebrates Matador Records

Three-part series tells the history of the venerable label, just as the Matador 21 party kicks off in Las Vegas

October 1, 2010 4:37 PM ET

With Matador 21, the venerable indie label's anniversary bash, set for this weekend in Las Vegas, MySpace Music has created an oral history featuring Matador co-founders Gerard Cosley and Chris Lombardi, Liz Phair, Pavement's Bob Nastanovich and more. Part one covers the label's beginning and the success of Phair's Exile in Guyville and Pavement's Slanted & Enchanted; part two focuses on the label's cult artists, like the Fall and Unsane, and it's parterships with major labels. Part three is forthcoming.

Inside Matador Records' All-Star Birthday Bash

Matador vets Pavement, Sonic Youth, Guided By Voices (with their "classic lineup"), Spoon, Liz Phair, Cat Power, Belle & Sebastian, the New Pornographers, Yo La Tengo, Girls, Superchunk and countless more will all perform this weekend at the Palms — and Rolling Stone will be streaming all of the sets as they happen, plus shooting video on site, posting reviews by Rob Sheffield, and keeping you up-to-the-minute on all the news coming out of the event.

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“Love Is the Answer”

Utopia | 1977

The message of the Beatles' "All You Need Is Love" proved to be a universal and long-lasting one, which Utopia revisited 10 years later on this ballad. "From a lyrical standpoint, it's part of a whole class of songs that I write, which are about filial love," Todd Rundgren explained. "I'm not a Christian, but it's called Christian love, the love that people are supposed to naturally feel because we are all of the same species. That may be mythical, but it's still a subject." Though "Love Is the Answer" wasn't a hit, a cover version two years later by England Dan & John Ford Coley peaked at Number Ten on the Billboard singles chart.

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