February 13, 1994 |
You can call Pavement the Nirvana of art rock, but be prepared for the Stockton quintet to hate the title. While Nirvana introduced punk to the mainstream by fusing the abrasive genre with pop, Pavement meshes catchy melodies with experimental noise for the average kid who didn't attend art school. The group's sweet 'n' sour sound hasn't earned them millions yet, but it has made Pavement college rock's newest superstars. "We knew our music was good, but we didn't think it was way up there," says Pavement guitarist and singer Scott Kannberg, still reeling from the success of the group's 1992 debut album, "Slanted and Enchanted."
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 25, 2014 |
Beck made his name as a recycler, a smart, savvy searcher known for finding new value in old things. So it makes sense that the artist responsible for "Mellow Gold" and "Odelay," both high points of mid-'90s cut-and-paste pop, would eventually get around to recycling himself. That's more or less what Beck does on his latest album, "Morning Phase. " With the same downbeat acoustic vibe and many of the same players, the new record serves as a kind of spiritual sequel - a "companion piece," his camp calls it - to 2002's "Sea Change," on which the singer broke from his established collage aesthetic to offer up a dozen slow-and-low folk songs about the pain of heartache.