What Is Matador Reading and Listening To?

by David Miller Sep 15, 2009
Inside the funky libraries and playlists of our crew.

Each day at Matador we line out publishing priorities, to-do lists, and stokes to the rest of the team via a central email called ‘the daily.’ Inevitably it goes off on tangents. Yesterday’s was a ‘what are you reading and listening to?’ kind of thing. Here’s what people said:

Adam Roy, contributing editor, Matador Sports. Listening: It’s been months, but I’m still glued to Tobacco’s record, Fucked-Up Friends. It’s like nothing I’ve ever heard. Electronica, but warm and organic. Trippy as all hell. Reading: A couple weeks ago, I discovered Olé, the big sports daily in Argentina.


David Miller, Senior Ed. Listening: Juana Molina, Atlas Sound.

Reading: Shoplifting from American Apparel by Tao Lin.

Ross Borden, Founding member, CEO: Listening to: 1. Major Lazer (diplo + switch) BBC essential mix. free download here 2. Artist: Paul white album: The Strange Dreams of Paul White — a rec from our very own Paul Sullivan. 3. Artist: Bullion album: Pet Sounds: In the Key of Dee Reading The Economist.

Hal Amen, co-editor, Matador Trips. Reading: I’m currently try to get into Blade Runner in Spanish–proving harder than I’d hoped. Was it foolish to take on sci-fi in a foreign language?

Sarah Menkedick, Co-Editor, Matador Abroad. Listening to: Bon Iver’s “For Emma, Forever Ago.” This is classic drinking-whisky-in-winter-post-breakup music. Reading: Lolita in Tehran, by Azar Nafisi.

Lola Akinmade, Editor Matador Goods. ReadingThe New Age of Adventure – an anthology from National Geographic Adventure. Listening: U2’s Magnificent (also danced in to this on the wedding day!), and Razorlight’s Wire to Wire.

Christine Garvin, contributing editor, BNT: Reading: Been trying to get my hands on a cheap copy of Emotional Freedom by Judith Orloff, and revisiting, once again, The Energy of Money by Maria Nemeth. Listening: my old peeps at Non-Stop Bhangra, for Jimmy Love’s latest bhangra mixes.

Juliane Huang, Intern of the Century. Listening: N.A.S.A. – Spirit of Apollo.

Reading: Junot Diaz – The Brief and Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao.

Paul Sullivan. Reading: Roberto Bolaño, The Savage Detectives + The Rest is Noise by Alex RossListening: Fuckpony – Let The Love Flow, David Sylvian – Manafon.

Eileen Smith, Community Outreach Ninja. Reading: La Vuelta a Chile en Bicicleta by Régine Bienvenue and Pierre Devaux, A Woman Alone: Travel Tales from Around the Globe edited by Faith Conlon, Ingrid Emerick and Christina Henry de Tessan and Cadillac Desert, the American West and its Disappearing Water by Mark Reisner. Listening: mainly to Crud, not worth mentioning.

Carlo Alcos, Co-Editor, Matador Trips. Reading: I just finished Yoga for People Who Can’t Be Bothered to Do It by Geoff Dyer. Right now I’m two pages into Pico Iyer’s The Lady and the Monk. Listening: currently a lot of Josh Ritter and Bright Eyes/Conor Oberst…and lately old school Public Enemy, De La Soul, Pharcyde, Tribe Called Quest…

Ian MacKenzie, Matador Network Architect. Reading: The End of Your World – Adyashanti.

Listening: Wilco, Michael Franti.

Michelle Shusterman, Contributing Editor, Matador Goods. Reading: Outliers, Malcolm Gladwell.

Listening: Ojos de Brujo

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