The Blanton Museum of Art
"...Gerard Cosloy, co-owner of Matador Records, one of the most influential indie labels of the past two decades, won't speak on the record about the 3am blaze on Aug. 11 that destroyed his near-century-old two-story home on Lindell Avenue, except to express his gratitude for the communal support that surfaced in its wake..."
"...Five blistering years later, Flesh Lights' second full-length finally issues next week. Credit Gerard Cosloy's 12XU Records for Free Yourself, bearing Vandever's interest in Cheap Trick's own muscle pop..."
"...Matador co-founder and Austinite Gerard Cosloy (revisit "Slanted & Enchanted," Jan. 22, 2010) was privy to the budding band early on..."
"..."I already have a full-time job; I'm not trying to create another," replied Gerard Cosloy about the relaunch of his indie label 12XU (see "Slanted & Enchanted," Jan. 22, 2010)..."
"...Matador Records co-owner Gerard Cosloy is reviving his boutique label 12XU to release Casual Victim Pile II, an 18-band companion piece to last year's revered Red River sampler (see "Slanted & Enchanted," Jan. 22, 2010)..."
"...It certainly pays to have Matador Records co-head Gerard Cosloy prowling Red River regularly. Local garage-pop trio Harlem recently signed to the indie titan, which is digitally re-releasing the band's gloriously shambled 2008 debut, Free Drugs..."
"...Inside every record-label employee there's a destruction-prone animal, thirsting for noise. Or at least that appeared to be the case yesterday at the Carousel Lounge as Matador Records co-owner Gerard Cosloy and Butthole Surfer and former Trance Syndicate head King Coffey rattled the walls under the moniker Air Traffic Controllers..."
"...His major unit remains the OBN IIIs, which he fronts, vocalizes, and guitars. Their twisted punk take on Thin Lizzy-esque hard rock, Worth a Lot of Money, came out this week on indie magus Gerard Cosloy's local imprint, 12XU Records...."
"...And it's an amazing story due to the fact that YLT have stayed relevant through every trendy scene wave. Plus, the anecdotes are priceless; Austinites will especially enjoy the sections on Matador head Gerard Cosloy's early years..."
"...Red 7, 8:55pm The most promising act on Gerard Cosloy's latest local punk shooter, Casual Victim Pile II, OBN III's is the Red River equivalent of the Ramones' Rock 'N' Roll High School, with members of A Giant Dog, the Strange Boys, and brat pack leader Orville Bateman Neeley III, a prolific local producer and guitarist for Bad Sports. – Austin Powell High Tension Wires..."
"..."Anybody who was alive in that era and had a pulse in any sense of what was going on musically knows how important SST was," recalls locally based Matador Records co-owner Gerard Cosloy. "It was far and away the best label in America..."
"...Seventeen days, six hours, six minutes, and 17 seconds: That's how long it'll be – since we last checked – until local drummer JJ Ruiz can return to the Scoot Inn after helping himself to a drink during the Air Traffic Controllers free show there last Thursday. Gerard Cosloy took to his defense with mock-epic protest on his sports blog, Can't Stop the Bleeding..."
"..."Bullshit" is the first word sneered on Casual Victim Pile II – by Orville Bateman Neeley III on "Do My Thing." Neeley then shows up on A Giant Dog's dive bar rave-up "The Grand," plus he also recorded Naw Dude's hardcore hive "Steal From Your Parents." That six degrees of separation informs Matador Records' Southern bureau chief Gerard Cosloy's second installment of Beerland-centric punk, picking at the threads of 18 Austin acts. The vinyl-only LP, out this time on his revived 12XU imprint, shows the local graveyard is still full of warm bodies, and the variations on rock & roll, much like last year's debut collection, come up at six degrees too: Simple Circuit's "Sattrash" is jittery surf-punk; Hatchet Wound's "Fuck the Past" is a lovely slice of K Records heaven; the French Inhales' "All Bed & No Breakfast" is heavy-lidded psych..."
"...• Gerard Cosloy, Austin-based co-owner of seminal indie label Matador Records, lost his Bouldin Creek home in a fire on Aug. 11..."
"...The potential loss of in-depth, feature articles has already been bemoaned in this blog (ironic, I know). The SXSW panel, which featured former Sleater-Kenny guitarist and current NPR blogger Carrie Brownstein, Stereogum’s Amrit Singh, Idolator’s Maura Johnston, Perfect Sound Forever’s Jason Gross, Drowned in Sound’s Sean Adams, and Matador Record’s co-owner Gerard Cosloy, brought up more pertinent concerns of the online format in a refreshingly self-aware and self-critical discussion..."
"...Hyping the significance of blogs' place in music's new indieconomics was a rightly moot point among the panel of premier tastemakers, who instead addressed concerns over the medium's blurred affiliations and critical obligations. At the forefront of the shift, Stereogum's Amrit Singh and DrownedinSound's Sean Adams waxed hesitant of the downsides of amateur online editing, while Matador Records co-owner Gerard Cosloy noted the effects of snap-judgment journalism bleeding over to many print publications, and Idolator's Maura Johnston proffered that "journalism all over is becoming devalued." Yet they all also drew a traditional line for blogs from, in Cosloy's words, "the glory days of fanzines" and acknowledged the medium's ability to develop a story or trend as it unfolds..."
"..."Somehow we came to the attention of one of the greatest record labels in the country at that point, very much by chance," explains Daniel. "[Matador majordomo] Gerard Cosloy came to that anti-South by Southwest showcase at the Blue Flamingo..."
"...One of Austin's most exciting live acts of the last decade sprang out of the ashes of Fire vs. Extinguisher in 2008 and net exposure the following year on Matador Records co-owner Gerard Cosloy's local scene document Casual Victim Pile..."
"...They tear through scruffy bop rockers with outsider yearning but never abandon faith in the transformative power of transistor melodies. Their 2014 debut, Put Together, on local Matador co-owner Gerard Cosloy's 12XU imprint, spools forth like a compilation of misplaced gems from Greg Shaw's estate. – Greg Beets..."
"...Parking variance was ultimately the undoing of it. I threw a party for Gerard [Cosloy, Matador Records co-owner and the man behind local imprint 12XU Records] on New Year’s and got a zoning warning..."