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by Joel Streeter

The 2nd album from the San Francisco-based singer/songwriter is an epic pop masterpiece featuring the Bay Area's brightest musical talent including Jim Bogios of Counting Crows on drums and guest appearances by Megan Slankard and Brad Brooks.
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1. Matador
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2. Make a Wish
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3. Drive Away
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4. Baby Your Time's Here Too
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5. Close Your Eyes
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6. Man of the Hour
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7. Molly
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8. Father's Son
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9. Like a Bird in Its Gilded Cage
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10. Bad Example (All Hail the Lost)
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11. A Better Day
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12. I'll Have You Back
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Album Notes
Matador, the second album from indie-pop singer/songwriter Joel Streeter, features some notable Bay Area musical talent including Jim Bogios of Counting Crows on drums and Jerry Becker, multi-instrumentalist for Train, returning to produce as he did on Joel’s debut, Hear Me Out. Recorded over the course of 3 years at Tiny Telephone Studios and Hyde Street Studios, Matador also features contributions from James Deprato (Chuck Prophet) on guitar, Matt Cunitz (John Vanderslice, All Ones, Mushroom) on keyboards, and guest vocals from Megan Slankard ( and Brad Brooks (

Building on the success of his debut album, Hear Me Out, Matador is an ambitious pop record in the style of XTC, Wilco, Crowded House, and Paul McCartney. Fusing classic ‘70s singer/songwriter sophistication with modern and adventurous production. Featuring 14 of the Bay Area’s finest musicians, the album boasts a diverse sonic palette including strings, horns and analog keyboards. Described as “an avowed melody junkie” by, Streeter’s songs remain satisfyingly accessible yet wholly original.

Praise for Joel Streeter’s debut, Hear Me Out:

“Singer-songwriter Joel Streeter cleverly fuses Britpop melodies with
mid-tempo indie rock while navigating his songs away from many of the
traditional pitfalls of generic pop songwriting.” – Johnny Funcheap,

“I came across Joel’s music on Pandora. I love it! It immediately grabbed me and I had to quickly flip the window to see who it was.” -- Steve Chen, Co-Founder of YouTube

“Hear Me Out’s vintage sensibilities extend to its sonic complexity and depth and a seemingly conscious return to the dogged studio mastery and songsmithing more common to late 60’s and early 70’s pop than to today’s latest retrofitted rehash acts. Streeter is nothing less that an avowed melody junkie. …Clear evidence of an indispensable songwriting talent, Streeter’s debut is as likely to propel Streeter into the O.C. soundtrack category as it is to win over a sizable cadre of grizzled indie-pop fanatics.” –

“A pop classic…an artist that comes out of right field with another sound that is just waiting to be discovered. Streeter shows that he has what it takes to define a genre.” – Caroline Leonardo, Evolution of Media



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Editors Pick
With a touch of Neil Finn’s wry sensitivity, a hint of Britpop snarl, and some Revolver-era Beatles’ arrangements, Joel Streeter has written a collection of tunes worthy of the star-lineup that helped him record it. Players who are members of or worked with the likes of Counting Crows, Train, Mushroom, Sheryl Crow, Ben Folds, John Vanderslice, and Chuck Prophet lent their significant chops and sensibilities to the process, creating a classic-sounding pop album full of bounce, melodic arch, and lyrical substance. But Streeter is no aping Anglophile, either. Though his compositions confidently draw a lineage back to the British Invasion, he sings in an earnest and unmistakably American voice. It is this combination that gives his music a strong sense of uniqueness. “Matador” is introspective and connective, deep and bright, ambitious and comforting.