Matador Records was a gamble that paid off, and to celebrate its 21st birthday, the groundbreaking indie rock label threw a big bash for itself in Vegas, baby, hence the set of poker chips included in this six-CD collection.
While you play five-card stud and sip some holiday hooch, bask in the sounds of the iconoclastic artists that have called the label home: Teenage Fanclub, Superchunk, Unsane, Pavement, Yo La Tengo, Liz Phair, The New Pornographers, Guided By Voices, Belle And Sebastian, Cat Power, Ted Leo - talk about a mind-blowing array of talent, and of course there's more. If you're a fan of left-of-center, daring musicians who aren't afraid to take chances, this set belongs under your tree.
A bonus disc features performances from Matador's 10th anniversary blowout in 1999 (mini-sets by Pavement and Cat Power). The mood is appropriately celebratory, so deal the cards and get the party started.