Pavement

Episode 366: Sparkle Hard - Stephen Malkmus and The Jicks

Episode 366: Sparkle Hard - Stephen Malkmus and The Jicks

Sparkle Hard, Stephen Malkmus' seventh album with his band The Jicks, finds the indie-rock icon/god experimenting with a more "mainstream" palate, slinging some prerequisite Pavement vibes, and even recording one of the most political songs of his career. On our latest podcast, Kevin, Drew, and (Malkmus-superfan) Eduardo are dissecting the new LP to find out if Malkmus has still got "magic," or if his particular brand of indie-rock has seen it's better days. 

PLUS! Whether they're from a far-away universe or somewhere deep within your mind (it is unclear, tbh), the Austin, Texas-based Golden Dawn Arkestra is inviting YOU along on their journey with the first single from their upcoming LP, Children Of The Sun!


Jackson Fishauf - "Mystery Books"

Jackson Fishauf - "Mystery Books"

SOUNDS LIKE: 
The back corner of your garage if your garage were a damn fine studio. Pavement, Camper Van Beethoven, Matthew Sweet, hints of The Replacements, a drunk(er) Uncle Tupelo.

WHY YOU SHOULD CARE:
There’s more to “garage rock” than fuzz…it’s all about immediacy. And Fishauf wields that knowledge like a triple edged katana, slicing through the BS until only the meat remains.


REVIEW: Parquet Courts - "Light Up Gold"

If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, then Steven Malkmus and the other members of Pavement should be feeling complimented indeed after the release of Parquet Courts new album Light Up Gold.  Either that or they should demand royalties.

Now, the “nineties revival” is nothing new and there are far worse bands to emulate than early Pavement (and to a lesser degree Robert Pollard, see e.g. “Caster of Worthless Spells”).  The early nineties DIY aesthetic, rough production, and nearly spoken word vocals pioneered by Pavement (among others) have influenced a generation of musicians, spawning legions of adherents and imitators.  However, the challenge for any act, particularly one that wears it influences proudly on its sleeve, is to use the elements introduced by its predecessors to craft original material that goes beyond mere repetition.