- Slanted & Enchanted - OLE-038 - 1993-04-20
- Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain - OLE-079 - 1994-02-14
- Wowee Zowee - OLE-130 - 1995-04-11
- Live At The Palace 1994 - OLE-170 - 2006-10-20
- Brighten The Corners - OLE-197 - 1997-02-11
- Terror Twilight - OLE-260 - 1999-06-08
- Live - OLE-324 - 2008-12-09
- Slow Century - OLE-388 - 2002-10-22
- Slanted & Enchanted: Luxe & Reduxe - OLE-557 - 2002-10-22
- Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain: LA's Desert Origins - OLE-610 - 2004-10-26
- Wowee Zowee: Sordid Sentinels Edition - OLE-722 - 2006-11-07
- Brighten The Corners: Nicene Creedence Edition - OLE-805 - 2008-12-09
- Live In Germany (Record Store Day Limited Exclusive) - OLE-855 - 2009-04-18
- Quarantine The Past: The Best Of Pavement - OLE-900 - 2010-03-09
- Terror Twilight DELUXE - OLE-927 - 2011-11-08
- Quarantine The Past: The Best Of Pavement (Record Store Day Version) - OLE-933 - 2010-04-17
- Gold Soundz: The In (compleat) - OLE-948 - 2010-03-31
- Cut Your Hair - OLE-082 - 1994-01-07
- Haunt Your Down - OLE-087 - 1994-02-14
- Gold Soundz - OLE-101 - 1994-06-19
- Rattled by the Rush - OLE-134 - 1995-03-30
- Father To A Sister of Thought - OLE-169 - 1995-06-27
- Pacific Trim - OLE-188 - 1996-02-27
- Shady Lane - OLE-266 - 1997-06-10
- Spit On A Stranger - OLE-384 - 1999-05-25
- Major Leagues - OLE-398 - 1999-10-12
- Black Out / Extradition - OLE-749 - 2006-11-07
Pavement: The Secret History, Vol. 1
The strangest thing about Pavement? Not that there were ever many non-strange things about Pavement? Even tthough they made their era’s finest rock albums, the albums only told half their story. Pavement also made some of the Nineties’ best albums that *never* happened. Until now.
Every proper Pavement album, from the out-of-nowhere debut Slanted and Enchanted to the summer-upper Terror Twilight, was accompanied by a flurry of slay tracks and stray slack—songs that got scattered on B-sides, EPs, compilations, radio sessions. Any other band could have hopped on a lost nugget like “Circa 1762” or “Sensitive Euro Man” and milked it into a legend, or at least a check from an imminently sadder-but-wiser major label. But Pavement were too busy writing and recording great songs to worry about where to stash them, and they moved too fast to leave a tidy trail. So they left these songs off their albums. Some never got released at all.
Pavement made five proper album-as-albums: Slanted and Enchanted (1992), Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain (1994), Wowee Zowee (1995), Brighten The Corners (1997) and Terror Twilight (1999). Each has its own sound. Each has its own legend. But each of their official albums has a shadow album—and it’s usually as strong as the album that actually *did* come out. It’s time for the world to hear the albums Pavement could have made, if they’d been a little less ambitious about music and a little more ambitious about the music business. If they’d been the kind of band to sweat the legacy. But if they were that kind of band, would they have written so many great songs? Much less *these* great songs? No.
Matador is finally releasing a series of these shadow albums. The first, naturally, is The Secret History, Vol. 1, collecting the songs that got away during the era of Slanted and Enchanted, which Stephen Malkmus, Scott Kannberg and Gary Young recorded on the cheaper-than-cheap in January 1991. The Secret History, Vol. 1 collects gems from Peel Sessions (“Kentucky Cocktail,” “Circa 1762”) and seven-inches (“Baptist Blacktick”) as well as live slop from the first European tours, with Mark Ibold and Bob Nastanovich in the fold. Some are outtakes from Slanted—imagine leaving these tunes off your first album, when as far as you know or imagine, it’s your *only* album. These tracks (some of which had never been rumored among Pavement freaks) came out on the 2002 Slanted and Enchanted: Luxe & Reduxe double CD reissue. But they’ve never been separately available as an album in their own right, and many of them have never been on vinyl before.
The rarities collected here could have been—or maybe even should have been—cobbled together into a quickie stopgap album, a Slanted sequel. (It’s easy to forget now, but Crooked Rain didn’t come out till nearly two years after Slanted—three years after the tape started making the rounds.) The world (or at least a few undermedicated corners of it) was impatient for more Pavement product—a summer ’93 throwaway sandwiched somewhere between Robot World and Admonishing the Bishops, or between Exile in Guyville and Painful? But Pavement were too busy tinkering with their next ideas to bother packaging their last ideas. And so they moved on and left these songs to make their own haphazard way through the world.
At the time, fans chased down these songs, any time we caught a whiff of a ghost of a rumor that they might exist. It’s hard to overstate how tricky it was to find them; it’s also hard to overstate the excitement of suspecting there were always more Pavement tunes out there in the ether yet to be heard. You could spend literally years searching for just one listen. “Greenlander,” one of their best ballads, which would have been the fifth or sixth best song on Slanted—how did Pavement release that gem? They gave it to a pro-choice benefit comp Born to Choose (the kind of political statement people tended to overlook, since it didn’t fit their simplified image of what Pavement was).
Pavement really could have cranked out twice as many albums, without diluting their quality-control level at all. Even the hardest-core fans were often unaware of how many top-shelf songs were getting left off the albums. All through their career, the non-album tunes ranked with their absolute best: “Strings of Nashville,” “Easily Fooled,” “Raft,” “No Tan Lines,” “Nail Clinic,” “Give It A Day.” At the time, these songs circulated via mix tapes and underground radio and bootlegs and some girl you knew who had a third-gen dub of the I Shot Andy Warhol soundtrack advance.
(Sometimes you shelled out full retail for something like the “Schoolhouse Rock” Rocks! comp. You did what you had to do.)
But that was part of the romance of being a Pavement fan—the lads loved the album format, without feeling restricted to it. So you knew the albums were just the tip of the iceberg. They never made the same record twice, even when we all basically wanted them to. Each album came as a surprise. Each sounded little like the last one and less like the next one, until there weren’t any next ones. Each one started massive arguments about whether this year’s Pavement was too drastically different from last year’s. Including, incredibly, their *first* album, which followed three rapturously received EPs but flippantly refused to sound like them.
And each one baffled fans who thought they knew exactly what Pavement would do next, because the band was too restless/bratty/stubborn/maddening to do the obvious next move. As Malkmus sang in “The Secret Knowledge of Backroads,” circa 1992, right after Slanted came out: “Hunter called, said to me/ It’s not as good as the first EP.” (Everyone in Charlottesville knew Hunter, just as every town had a Hunter or two. He was cool. )
Well, whatever else they are, Pavement have always been surefire argument-starters. And for some reason, Pavement attract the kind of listeners who love to argue heatedly over the core canon: if you’re ever trapped in a bar during a Wowee vs. Brighten debate, you might want to consider starting a fire, a less painful way to go than getting riddled with secondhand “‘Fin’: ‘Grounded’ = ‘Starlings in the Slipstream’: ‘Blackout’” shrapnel. Now that the shadow Pavement albums are getting an official release, those arguments are just going to get louder.
But Pavement never wasted time defining their turf—geographically, they were scattered between the East Coast (Greenpoint, back before the glass houses and spritzers on ice) and the West (L.A.’s range rovers and cinema stars) and around the South. And in the same way, they were too slippery to get trapped in their corner of history. That’s why Pavement stand outside the fashions of their time, even the fashions they helped create. That’s also part of why the music continues to inspire new bands who hear it as a challenge to make up their own rules. Somewhere in your town, a band is trying to live up to these songs—not trying to copy them or rewrite them (although that’s been tried and often works out fine), just to partake of the same spirit. “Circa 1762,” from this album—play it back to back with Parquet Courts’ “Picture of Health” to get a sense of how two brilliant bands shoot their ideas back and forth across the decades. (Parquet Courts don’t sound like that anymore, of course—just like Pavement didn’t sound like “Circa 1762” a year later.)
Pavement always refused to be cowed by history, by the Fillmore jive of those who claimed the tricks had all been done and used up, the last-time-was-the-best-time nostalgia pimps. As Pavement proclaim in one of these songs, “We light the burnt match / And stick a flag on it.” So none of these songs sound dated, even though they’re all decades old.
And now that they can stand alone as an official Pavement album, all these great songs on The Secret History, Vol. 1 just keep on moving through time. The unquarantinable past. The randomly spent present. The underground, out-of-sight future.
Rob Sheffield, May 2015
News From The Matablog
(handiwork of Robin Groves) Just a reminder that the Pavement rarities comp., 'The Secret History Vol. 1' (gloriously depicted here), is out TODAY via Matador in North America and Domino in Europe. Publications including but not limited to Newsweek, New York and Rolling Stone have been awash in coverage for this important title, but I'm pretty sure a confident, iconoclastic person like yourself isn't swayed by that sort of thing and you were gonna order the 2XLP anyway. order 'The Secret History, Vol. 1' from the Matador Store) Amazon (UK/EU - Domino) Pavement on Facebook Tumblr Pavement - Matador Band Page
(photo courtesy The Spiral Stairs Archives) One week prior to release, 'The Secret History, Vol. 1', the Pavement double LP rarities comp. touted in this space previously, is streaming today via NPR Music. NPR's Jason Heller writes, "these songs have all been floating around for years, either on their original releases, as bonus tracks on reissued albums, or as bootlegs. But bundling them has a purpose, aside from simple commerce: In a recent Pitchfork interview, Malkmus called History "the album that could have been between Slanted And Enchanted and Crooked Rain [the album on which 'Cut Your Hair' appears]." He's right. There's a coherence to the chaos of these 30 misfit songs, each one an off-kilter, self-sabotaging gem. By stringing them together, they speak powerfully to the way Pavement celebrated songcraft while gnawing at its foundations. If the '90s had turned out differently, Pavement could have been as popular as, say, Weezer. Instead, as History proves, they were always destined for something stranger." Also, Weezer are/were terrible! Thanks, Jason! (Preorder 'The Secret History, Vol. 1' from the Matador Store) ('The Secret History, Vol. 1' will be available in Europe via Domino)
Behold these glamorous photos of the upcoming release 'The Secret History Volume 1'. This 2xLP is available now for pre-order: http://smarturl.it/SecretHistory_Vol1 (out officially August 11th).
(photo courtesy The Spiral Stairs Archives) On August 11, Matador Records will release a double LP, 'The Secret History Vol. 1' in North America*, the first of five compilations in a new series of Pavement rarities. The 30 tracks, 25 of which will be available on vinyl for the first time ever, are allculled from the Slanted and Enchanted era (1990-1992) (and previously available on the 'Slanted & Enchanted: Luxe & Reduxe' CD). The deluxe double LP contains essays by Stephen Malkmus and Spiral Stairs, plus essays from Matador Records, Billions Corporation, and Drag City bosses, and a gorgeous gatefold designed by Rob Carmichael (Animal Collective, Dirty Projectors). (Preorder 'The Secret History, Vol. 1' from the Matador Store) ('The Secret History, Vol. 1' will be available in Europe via Domino) The strangest thing about Pavement? Not that there were ever many non-strange things about Pavement? Even though they made their era’s finest rock albums, the albums only told half their story. Pavement also made some of the Nineties’ best albums that never happened. Until now. Every proper Pavement album, from the out-of-nowhere debut Slanted and Enchanted to the summer-upper Terror Twilight, was accompanied by a flurry of slay tracks and stray slack—songs that got scattered on B-sides, EPs, compilations, radio sessions. But Pavement were too busy writing and recording great songs to worry about where to stash them, and they moved too fast to leave a tidy trail. So they left these songs off their albums. Some never got released at all. Pavement made five proper album-as-albums: Slanted and Enchanted (1992), Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain (1994), Wowee Zowee (1995), Brighten The Corners (1997) and Terror Twilight (1999). Each has its own sound. Each has its own legend. But each of their official albums has a shadow album—and it’s usually as strong as the album that actually did come out. It’s time for the world to hear the albums Pavement could have made, if they’d been a little less ambitious about music and a little more ambitious about the music business. If they’d been the kind of band to sweat the legacy. But if they were that kind of band, would they have written so many great songs? Much less these great songs? No. Matador is finally releasing a series of these shadow albums. The first, naturally, is The Secret History, Vol. 1, collecting the songs that got away during the era of Slanted and Enchanted, which Stephen Malkmus, Scott Kannberg and Gary Young recorded on the cheaper-than-cheap in January 1991. The Secret History, Vol. 1 collects gems from Peel Sessions (“Kentucky Cocktail,” “Circa 1762”) and seven-inches (“Baptist Blacktick”) as well as live slop from the first European tours, with Mark Ibold and Bob Nastanovich in the fold. Some are outtakes from Slanted—imagine leaving these tunes off your first album, when as far as you know or imagine, it’s your only album. These tracks (some of which had never been rumored among Pavement freaks) came out on the 2002 Slanted and Enchanted: Luxe & Reduxe double CD reissue. But they’ve never been separately available as an album in their own right, and many of them have never been on vinyl before. TRACKLISTING: 1. Sue Me Jack 2. So Stark (You’re A Skyscraper) 3. Summer Babe (7” Version) 4. Mercy Snack: The Laundromat 5. Baptiss Blacktick 6. My First Mine 7. Nothing Ever Happens 8. Here (Alternate Mix) 9. Greenlander 10. Circa 1762 (Peel Session 1) 11. Kentucky Cocktail (Peel Session 1) 12. Secret Knowledge Of Backroads (Peel Session 1) 13. Here (Peel Session 1) 14. Rain Ammunition (Peel Session 2) 15. Drunks With Guns (Peel Session 2) 16. Ed Ames (Peel Session 2) 17. The List Of Dorms (Peel Session 2) 18. Conduit For Sale [Live Brixton 1992] 19. Fame Throwa [Live Brixton 1992] 20. Home [Live Brixton 1992] 21. Perfume V [Live Brixton 1992] 22. Summer Babe [Live Brixton 1992] 23. Frontwards [Live Brixton 1992] 24. Angel Carver Blues Mellow Jazz Docent [Live Brixton 1992] 25. Two States [Live Brixton 1992] 26. No Life Singed Her [Live Brixton 1992] 27. So Stark (You’re A Skyscraper) [Live Brixton 1992] 28. Box Elder [Live Brixton 1992] 29. Baby Yeah [Live Brixton 1992] 30. In The Mouth A Desert [Live Brixton 1992] Pavement on Facebook Tumblr Pavement - Matador Band Page
Today marks 10 years since the passing of John Peel, a man who opened the BBC radio airwaves for bands and artists outside the remit of the stations "regular" programming and opened the minds of thousands listening at home to sounds they otherwise may have never heard. One of the original BBC Radio 1 DJs, throughout his 5-decade spanning career he never showed no signs of slowing down and his influence on (the good part) of modern music is immeasurable. As a small tribute to the many Matador bands who recorded a Peel Session over the years, we've compiled a selection of some of the session that made it on to YouTube, (many - including The Fall, Wisdom Of Harry and Pretty Girls Make Graves - haven't) and there's a full archive of all the Peel sessions over at the BBC Website: http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio1/johnpeel/sessions/. Featuring: Cat Power, Interpol, Yo La Tengo, Pavement, Belle and Sebastian, Sonic Youth, Mogwai, The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, Solex, Unsane, Arab Strab, Unwound, Guided By Voices, Superchunk, Techno Animal and Boards Of Canada. Enjoy.
Matador announces new album from aspiring singer-songwriter & friends.
Matador announces new album from aspiring singer-songwriter and friends. We’re still not sure of titles, dates or anything else, but we can tell you that sometime in early 2001, Matador will be releasing a new full-length album by Stephen Malkmus, fronting a new trio known as The Jicks. We at Matador have always been supportive of new, unheard artists, and we’re confident that the rock & roll stylings of these youngsters will be like nothing you have ever heard. OK, check that, they will actually be very much like something you have heard (but something very good, indeed).
Lance Bangs, director of many Pavement videos and the guy who’s putting the Slow Century VHS/DVD together, posted this on the bulletinboard:
Re: I can see that the DVD is delayed
Mon May 22 06:49:33 2000
It’s being finalised, and will be released, but the date won’t be announced until it is ready for production and Matador have sufficient time to handle it’s manufacturing and release. Since it has been a while, I will run through what it entails:
Music Videos for:
Cut Your Hair
rattled by the Rush
father to a Sister of a Thought
Spit on a Stranger
Alternate videos for:
Rattled by The Rush
Cut Your Hair
The DVD has a 2nd audio track option of commentary by the band over the videos, and a 3rd audio track with commentary from directors where they were available.
Between the Music Videos there is interstitial footage of them making the videos, appearing on various television segments, etc.
Following that is an hour of live footage and documentary material spanning from 1990 up to the last three songs they performed at the Brixton Academy in late November of 1999 (stop bereathing/conduit for sale/here).
All of that material should be on the planned VHS as well as the DVD, with the exception of the audio commentary tracks.
Additionally, the DVD is likely to contain a substantial amount of concert footage shot with two cameras, which you can jump back and forth between at your own discretion. The setlist for this is as follows:
July 14 1999
In the Mouth A Desert
Speak See Remember
Spit On A Stranger
Date with Ikea
Cream Of Gold
Harness Your Hopes
I’m finishing up edits of versions of Grounded, Summer Babe, Unfair, Fin, Range Life, Frontwards, Give it a Day, Kennel D, Carrot Rope, and Whip It to make sure that they will fit without too much compression on the disc as well.
We’ve designed the menus, including some short animated clips, have a thorough discography, and basically took full advantage of the DVD format. I still need to finalize the documentary and get the bands approval, and go through clearances with Matador for the various clips that came from various television stations over the years, but it is very close now, and I think that fans will be pleased with how comprehensive and thorough the disc will be. They are a tremendous band, and I appreciate their patience, Matador’s patience, and the fans patience while this was all being pulled together.
As you all can tell by now the Pavement DVD is not coming out in February. Once they have it finished we will put it back on the schedule. The VHS/DVD will have every Pavement video, plus some live footage. Lance Bangs (director of "Spit On A Stranger" and "Major Leagues") has filmed all sorts of extras for the DVD: interviews with band members, more live footage, animation, etc. He made it sound really great.
Tune into HBO, those of you who have it: CORNELIUS will be on “Reverb” November 23rd (11:30 ET/PT) with Moby and Calexico. Reverb broadcasts live footage, backstage interviews, swooping cameras, all that good concert stuff. Also: PAVEMENT will be featured the next week (November 30) with Built to Spill. That performance comes from a show they did with Calexico in San Diego, so look for them in the background this week. Check the Reverb website for more detailed information, just don’t read the copy: “get any closer and the bouncers will kick your ass!” Uh-huh.
Any dimestore Zen Master can tell you patience is the key to a lot of things, and we like to apply that philosophy to releases. Especially the PAVEMENT video compilation, “Slow Century.” February 22, friends.
A live webcast of A Nice Weekend In New York City: Matador Records 10th Anniverary Concert on Sept. 23, 24 and 25. See live sets from 15 bands including Pavement, Cornelius, Cat Power and Mogwai, all hosted by David Cross (Mr. Show, HBO stand-up special).
Pavement: The We Love US Maple Tour will hit mainly the West and Southwest. The band will play four days in Texas but no shows in Corpus Christi. Sorry. September 24 - October 16.
The Pavement Poetry Contest is finished and the results have been tallied. I think it's safe to say the whole thing was a success. The CD-Roms will be mailed out next week -- and I can tell you we had just over 500 entries, so chances are you'll be getting a little gift in the mail if you entered. It turned out so well, in fact, that we opted to choose 25 winners and 20 honorable mentions and put them up for all to see. What better way to spend your day at work than reading poetry about a rock band?
Trust me, they're good.
The current issue of SPIN magazine, looking back through the past decade, offers Billy Corrigan's 1994 response to Pavement's Range Life: "Pavement does not write emotional, personal music," Corrigan said later that year. "When you see me, when you hear me, you're getting the warts and the beautiful. I'm not hiding anything."
Announcing The Pavement Poetry Contest! We've got 500 Pavement CD-ROMs to give away and we want them to go to our closest, most talented friends. So. Here's how to enter. Write us a Pavement poem. It can be about Pavement's rock ability; it can be about Steve West's drumming. It can be a miniature Pavement song; it can be a testament to your rare Pavement trivia knowledge. Anything Pavement. Any form. Haiku, ballad, free verse, dirty limerick. Make it good.
The best fifteen poems will in addition to winning a Pavement CD-ROM, win a poster autographed by the band, some stickers, and publication on the Matador Web Site (including, but not limited to praise and/or ridicule from various staff members). The remaining 485 poems will win a CD-ROM (read: it will not be difficult to win, so enter!)
Late breaking Pavement news, kids. The video for "Spit on a Stranger" will air this Sunday night, June 27, on MTV's 120 Minutes. It will be the second video in the show, so be sure to tune in on time.
The June 17 Pavement show at Irving Plaza will be netcast on SonicNet this Thursday, July 1 from 9:00 PM to 12:00 PM, EDT. It will run multiple times so you die-hard fans can scrutinize the band's every move.
Looking for a little something extra in your new Pavement release? Thanks to our friends at Domino UK, the first to purchase Terror Twilight will receive an interactive CD-ROM which includes videos for "Carrot Rope" directed by Lance Bangs, "Stereo" directed by John Kelsey, and "Shady Lane" directed by Spike Jonze. Plus, special video footage of the band in Kentucky, goofy animations, and other very impressive stuff.
This CD-ROM comes free with the purchase of the Terror Twilight CD (OLE-260) through Matador Direct Stores, CDNow, or Matador mailorder. This offer is limited to while supplies last, so make sure you purchase early to get your copy. We estimate they will only be available for a week.
Pavement on-line: SonicNet has put together a Real Audio listening party with six complete tracks off "Terror Twilight" and two from the recently released CD5 "Spit on a Stranger." The party will run Tuesday, June 1 through the following Tuesday, June 8. SonicNet is also broadcasting a "Rock N' Roll Insider Chat" with the band on Monday, June 7 at 8:00 pm EDT (5:00 pm PDT). The show will be hosted by Michael Goldberg (editor of Addicted to Noise) & Gil Kaufman.
Attention, British! Cornelius, Mogwai, and Pavement recorded live at the recent Bowlie weekender and will be aired on Steve Lamacq's show on BBC Radio 1 this Monday, May 24th from 8pm - 12am GMT. You can expect to hear Cornelius' set around 9pm. Or if you live in the States, you can expect to hear none of this.
"You Shine" is the first 7" off Holly Golightly's new record "Serial Girlfriend." We're all very excited to hear the B-side, a cover of Pavement's "Box Elder." Of course, all the turntables here are busy spinning the new Ricky Marin, so we'll just have to wait until the grooves wear out. "You Shine" is available from Damaged Good Records for some amount of British money. Or email Surefire for domestic prices.
Those itching for new Pavement have only eleven more days to wait. The "Spit on a Stranger" CD5 and 7" will be available to stores directly from Matador for a 5/25 street date. For ordering information please call (212) 995-5882. The tracks on the CD are:
spit on a stranger - (ole 384-2)
1. spit on a stranger
2. harness your hopes
3. roll with the wind
4. the porpoise and the hand grenade
5. rooftop gambler
The 7" is "spit on a stranger" b/w "and then" (ole 384-7)
Mail order customers send $6 for the CD ($3.25 for the 7") check or money order directly to Matador. Allow 2 to 3 weeks for delivery. A note for Pavement collectors: the Carrot Rope singles being released in the UK will have the same B-sides as the US Spit on a Stranger singles.
Pavement launched their new pleasingly designed website this week, pavementtherockband.com...just in time to prepare for an early May European press junket. While in England, the band is said to have plans to record a Lamacq Live session (I dunno what it is, either) for BBC Radio One. This, I'm told, will be broadcast May 24. After a small promo tour in four Europeon cities -London, Paris, Cologne and Stockholm--the rockers will be return for a full U.S. tour. Terror Twilight, as you may be aware, will be out June 8.