Matador at 21
Oct. 2, 2010
Palms Casino, Las Vegas
The show: Don't ask why or how, but we (I) dropped into Matador Record's 21st anniversary music showcase in Las Vegas for one of its three nights this past weekend. It was the night that lacked a big marquee reunion act like Pavement or Guided by Voices, instead boasting, among other acts, a trio of mellowness: Cat Power, Belle N Sebastian and Perfume Genius. That's not to say there weren't plenty of lovely moments in the vast Pearl theater at the Palms. The sight of so many flannel-wearing beardos wandering in the slot-machine glare of the casino floor was a treat in itself.
Here, in no order whatsoever, are thoughts from the night:
The crowd: As alluded to above, this was a stereotypical indie dad crowd–not the sort of people that usually swarm a Vegas casino all at once.
Personal bias: I'm of the generation that, thanks to file sharing and all that, doesn't really understand why record labels exist. This weekend, however, taught me that they were pretty important in the '90s!
Overheard at the after party: “Well, Britt Daniels is standing right behind you.” This was pretty common; the hallmark of the festival was the way that talent and commoners mingled.