April 17, 2010 |
Through the decade or so the band was together, the guys in Pavement did a lot that broke from the tradition established by classic rock bands and their boomer heroes. Pavement tuned its guitars all wrong. Its members refused to make conventional sense, or to take their live shows too seriously. They avoided causes or political stands. They were neither slickly commercial nor rebelliously anti-commercial, but sort of stubbornly — or passively — oblivious. And they were fiercely anti-nostalgic, rejecting rock's usual blues or country building blocks.
June 4, 1999 |
*** Pavement, "Terror Twilight," Matador. "Bring on the major leagues," sings Stephen Malkmus, and while that may be unrealistic for his veteran indie band, in producer Nigel Godrich's hands he shows new depth and warmth. As on Beck's "Mutations," Godrich's imaginative ornamentation favors melancholic humanism over Gen-X smugness and spurs stream-of-consciousness flow. They also open new musical dimensions--the near-epic "Platform Blues" more or less quotes Led Zeppelin's "Dancing Days."
February 2, 1997 |
Seems like there's nothing but sad chords on the car radio these days, but X's 1980 lament "The Unheard Music" still carries weight in its revival by Elastica and Pavement's Stephen Malkmus. That track is joined by a serene "Odelay" outtake from Beck and other new items from Sonic Youth, Superchunk, Boss Hog and the Flaming Lips in an appropriately edgy collection for slacker specialist Richard Linklater's latest opus. * Albums are rated on a scale of one star (poor) to four (excellent).
July 14, 1996
With Guns N' Roses still planning a new album, Slash is doing music for the Quentin Tarantino-produced movie "Curdled," due in the fall. The music is said to have a Latin flavor. . . . While her debut album climbs the charts a year after its release, young singer Jewel has started work on new songs with producer Peter Collins (Indigo Girls, Bon Jovi). Release plans are not set yet.
December 7, 2001
* Clorox Co. said it will eliminate 585 jobs in the U.S. and Latin America, or 5.3% of its work force, to reduce costs following a year of profit declines. The Oakland-based maker of Glad bags and Tilex cleaner as well as its namesake bleach said the reductions will save $40 million to $45 million a year starting in the fiscal year beginning in July. * Redwood City, Calif.-based Napster Inc.
February 13, 1994 |
PAVEMENT "Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain" Matador * * * 1/2 If Kurt Cobain's strangled rasp was the voice of upstart youth in '92, and Smashing Pumpkin Billy Corgan's neurotic angel took over in '93, Stephen Malkmus' wobbly croon is a real candidate as this year's model.