Announced as “The majesty and mystery of Pavement brought to life” by the legendary
band’s label Matador Records, a musical of the Californian post-slacker-punk heroes premiered last Thursday in New York City. It follows this year’s extensive reunion tour.
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.
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!
The late 70s cult post-punks (Factory Records) are back and their free-jazz-punk
firework is still intact. Led by poet/musician Ted Miltonthe mavericks groove as hell.
Message to all young bands out there: listen and take notes.
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.
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…
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!