Gerard Cosloy is Co-President of Matador Records, and ran Homestead Records before that. (My cassette of Homestead's seminal 1988 compilation Human Music still gets play when I visit the parents.) When he's not busy doing those things, he blogs about baseball. I pulled him aside after the Blog Factor panel at SXSW to talk, ever so briefly, about food. I was a little nervous, as the last time I'd spoken to Cosloy (on the phone as a college radio MD trying to get Matador to send us the Teenage Fanclub record; our station was more mainstream than a lot of college stations) he yelled at me. But it made his Top 10 Highlights of SXSW So Far, apparently, so maybe now would be a good time to hit him up again for A Catholic Education.
Gerard Cosloy: Yeah, well we get hungry. Patrick [Amory, Matador GM] is a wiz in the kitchen. I do think if you look throughout the years, most people who were degenerate record collectors – as they move on in their lives, the only thing left for them is food. I look forward to the day when we move exclusively to food coverage and can stop putting out records altogether. That's our five year goal.
SB: I know you posted endorsing Torchy's Tacos as the place many may eat every meal during SXSW. Have you managed to eat elsewhere?
GC: I have, as a matter of fact.
SB: So what's the best thing you've eaten this week?
GC: I'd rather not say -- Austin restaurants are overrun this week as it is.
SB: This won't go up till after SXSW.
GC: Well, in that case, Jonathan from Shearwater to me to a Vietnamese place on East Oltorf called Hai Ky which, for better or worse, is probably my favorite place in town these days. Very cheap, the food's awesome, the people who work there are great. Sadly they're closed Sundays, but what can you do?