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Back when he was in Pavement, Stephen Malkmus was slacker pop’s poet laureate. Mumbling pretty much whatever he pleased over a variety of shambolic indie rawk tunes, he came off droll, sarcastic, earnest, direct and unfathomable, all at once. ‘Crooked Rain’ saw the band throw out some of the genre’s most memorable numbers (“Gold Soundz” and “Cut Your Hair”, I’m looking at you), but their other records offered strange sprawls through country twang, disgruntled noise and existential suburbia. One of the most praised bands ever.

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Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks
Sparkle Hard

Here's renowned Pavementeer Stephen Malkmus with more indie rock verbosity. Sparkle Hard is his latest record as bandleader of the Jicks, and with its aggressively cheerful title, it's no surprise that he's found some peace writing from a place of joy. I'm sure there's some signature sad sighs in the...view item »

Pavement
Slanted & Enchanted

This was the Pavement I liked. A sloppy sprawling lo-fi charm fest taking heavy influence from the Velvet Underground and the Fall but stumbling blinking in the sun with classic melodies glinting through the fuzzy production and madcap drumming. On top of that add Malkmus wordplay and you get an...view item »

Pavement
Terror Twilight

I wasn’t as filled with glee as I usually would be when I first heard Pavement’s final album “Terror Twilight”. There are some brilliant songs on here; I just feel that Nigel Godrich’s production took the Pavement out of Pavement, made them operate in a more confined space and reined t...view item »

Spiral Stairs
Doris and The Daggers

Perennial second-in-commands of indie rock bands rejoice! The king of all runner-ups Scott Kannberg is here on his own, returning to his Spiral Stairs project with plenty of PR references to his time in Pavement. It’s not really fair, considering just how different he sounds as a songwriter. With his voice a grumbly octave down and his son...view item »

Pavement
The Secret History Volume 1

The Slanted & Enchanted period of Pavement’s existence is probably most ripe for rarities and oddities. It’s back when they felt like GbV’s rival in terms of spitting rather than making songs, and to me the record has always felt like it could have gone on far longer, given its ramshackle spirit (moreso than Wo...view item »

Pavement
Brighten The Corners

Fuck me, I don't know where they're digging up all the bonus tracks for these Pavement reissues but there are at least a thousand on the one for Brighten the Corners so it's obviously an abundantly generous source. There's a whole other career in there. I'll limit this to a quickie since it should be common knowledge that Pavement are about the...view item »

Pavement
Wowee Zowee- Sordid Sentinels Edition

Pavement sound different here – more grown up perhaps, despite coming only a year after the brilliant “Crooked Rain Crooked Rain”. The album opens with the beautiful/odd/brilliant “We Dance”, an acoustic ballad that falls from the speakers like snow. The twisted, off-kilter craziness r...view item »

Pavement
Westing By Musket & Sextant

Westing (By Musket and Sextant) is a compilation of early singles – pre-Slanted and Enchanted era Pavement. In the main, the songs don’t sound much like what came after but you can see that the Pavement of Slanted & Enchanted is a progression from this. It’s apparent that they’re still trying to find their sound here ...view item »

Pavement
Crooked Rain Crooked Rain

Really, if you don't own this, then you have no credibility as a music lover. This is what happens when parents give their kids too many e-numbers in their diet, and then send them off to college. No denying it, Malkmus is better than you, in every possible way... don't even bother trying to rebute it. Crooked Rain is the answer to all your life...view item »

Pavement
Wowee Zowee

If there could ever be anything close to a modern day White Album, this is it. My first introduction to Pavement was "Rattled by the Rush", track 2 off this album; I was taken with its quiet chaos and looked up other songs by the band. While maybe not topping any "Best of the 90s" lists, Wowee Zowee gives its listener the clearest representation...view item »