Slacker Legends PAVEMENT Released Their Debut Album ‘SLANTED & ENCHANTED’ 20 Years Ago Today

Back in time

20 April 2022

Californian slacker rockers PAVEMENT, led by the team’s captain Stephen Malkmus released their much lauded debut album SLANTED AND ECHANTEDon 30 April 1992,
20 years ago today.

SPIN magazine wrote: “Who do these enchanted boys conjure up? Forces of nature like Captain Beefheart, Swell Maps, Pere Ubu, the Fall, Thinking Fellers, Union 282, Giant Sand,
and the Minutemen. But while I can definitely hear the echoes of these influences, what really brings these bands to mind is that, like Pavement, they open up space. On Slanted, Pavement makes things happen where nothing happened before.

Pavement takes you to oil wells and houseboats, deserts, and starscapes, a city spread out like peanut butter, no man’s land, and the place where summer ends. The lyrics fill the air as well, enigmatic and fresh, stuff about making mistakes, catching angels, listening to the radio, and waiting for your dreams to come shuffling over the horizon, waiting in a sunlight that blisters the soul.” Full review here.

Turn Up The Volume says: One of the best
demo-sounding albums ever. Vintage indie rock.

Highlight : Trigger Cut (live version)

Stream full album…

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UK/Europe tour dates 2022

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THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN – 7 New Firecrackers From The Past Week

7 new firecrackers from the past 7 days

1. Forgotten by KORN (Bakersfield, CA)

This new single is vintage Korn. Uncomplicated nu-metal for everybody
who wants their ears to go bonkers. From their forthcoming, 14th LP
Requiem, out early next month.

Arggghhh…

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2. Won’t Stand Down by MUSE (UK)

This comeback haymaker is” “about standing your ground against bullies, whether that
be on the playground, at work or anywhere.”
I was a fan of early Muse exploits (their 2004 masterwork Absolution still gives me goosebumps). Their stardom made them go a bit too artificial and predictable for my liking. But this new one roars hard with a metallic sound as big as St Paul’s Cathedral in London. Cast-iron!

Turn up the heat…

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3. UZI by BLURT (Gloucestershire, UK)

The late 70s cult post-punks (Factory Records) are back and their free-jazz-punk
firework is still intact. Led by poet/musician Ted Milton the mavericks groove as hell.
Message to all young bands out there: listen and take notes.

Let’s roll…

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4. Wrong Answers Only by THE STREETS and MASTER PEACE (UK)

The Streets‘ musical brain Mike Skinner and rapper Master Peace
joined forces for this easy-going hip-pop jingle.

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5. Be The Hook by PAVEMENT (Stockton, CA)

Not really a new track. It’s a previously unrealized song from their Twilight Terror
album sessions (their final LP – 1999). It will be part of a deluxe reissue edition titled Terror Twilight: Farewell Horizontal’, out next April. More info here.

Get hooked here…

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6. Brother The Cloud by EDDIE VEDDER (Seattle)

Eddie Vedder has his third solo album Earthling. I could swear
that this explosive single comes from a lost Pearl Jam longplayer.

Here’s why…

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7. Love Is Selfish by JACK WHITE (Detroit)

Busy bee Jack White (real name: John Anthony Gillis )
gives birth to his 5th solo LP Fear Of Down in April.

Hear his acoustic lullaby track…

PAVEMENT Come In April With Deluxe Reissue Of 1999 Album ‘TERROR TWILIGHT’

12 January 2022

Band: PAVEMENT
Who: Californian indie rockers who made noise from 1998-1999 with
5 studio LPs. They reunited some time ago and will tour the globe.

Reissue: TERROR TWILIGHT
This was their final album, released in 1999.
The deluxe edition is titled ‘Terror Twilight: Farewell Horizontal’.

Out: 8 April 2022 – all info and order info via Matador Records.

Content: The 45-track collection will include a remastered version of the album,
B-sides, home demos, rehearsal tapes, live recordings, and some rough tracks from
a session at Sonic Youth’s Echo Canyon studios. The physical editions will also come
with a book containing photos and commentary from the band. The LP version will
restore the tracklist sequence suggested by the album’s producer Nigel Godrich,
while the CD will retain the band’s final track order.

Along the announcement comes previously unreleased track Be The Hook

Original album…

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PAVEMENT: Facebook

Happy 55 To Former PAVEMENT Maestro STEPHEN MALKMUS

30 May 2021

Artist: STEPHEN MALKMUS

Who: The former Pavement ringleader. A successful
indie band from Stockton, CA. Active from 1989-1999.
They recorded 5 studio albums. Malkmus went solo
backed by different bands: Silver Jews (1992-1993),
The Crust Brothers (1998) and The Jicks (2001-2018).

Born: 30 May 1966 in Santa Monica, CA, US Happy 55!

3 big Malkmus moments…

– CUT YOUR HAIR –
(With Pavement – 1994)

– RATTLED BY THE RUSH –
(With Pavement – 1995)

– DEADO –
(Solo – 2001)

STEPHEN MALKMUS: Facebook

PAVEMENT Released Third Outstanding Album ‘WOWEE ZOWEE’ 25 Years Ago…

New and old albums to make your day…

13 April 2020

Californian slacker rockers PAVEMENT, with mastermind Stephen Malkmus in control, released their third longplayer WOWEE ZOWEE, one of their best efforts, on 11 April 1995, 25 years ago. Malkmus revealed the success of the album saying that while his judgment may have been influenced by his appetite for marijuana usage, the songs ‘sounded like hits‘ to him.

AllMusic wrote: “With its vast array of musical styles, Wowee Zowee isn’t as accessible
as ‘Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain’ or as immediate as the bracing, noisy pop of ‘Slanted & Enchanted’. Pavement never abandon their warped pop aesthetic, they simply expand it, incorporating elements of folk-rock, English music hall, soul, jazz and country… After
repeated listens, the songs play off each other, creating a dense collage of ’90s rock & roll
that recasts the past and present into one rich, kaleidoscopic, and blissfully cryptic world
view.”
Full review here. Score 4.5/5

Album in full…

PAVEMENT: Facebook

‘CUT YOUR HAIR’ by PAVEMENT – Their Best Selling Single Ever (1994)

3 February 2020

Band: Pavement
SingleCut Your Hair – written by the band’s
mastermind Stephen Malkmus criticizing
the importance of image in the music industry
B-sidesCamera (R.E.M cover) and Stare
Released: February 1994
Album: Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain – their second LP
Score: The single reached #10 on Billboard’s Alternative Songs, their highest score ever

Here’s the original video…

PAVEMENT: Facebook