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Slanted & Enchanted - 30th Anniversary Edition

    This 30th Anniversary Edition of the Pavement full-length debut marks the beginning of Matador Revisionist History 2022, a catalog series that includes releases from Yo La Tengo, Interpol and Spoon this year. 

    In 1992 "Slanted And Enchanted", arguably the first and best release of 90s 'slacker rock', felt like a compendium of all the very best post-punk moments from the previous fifteen years as well as a surprising new combination of wit, absurdism, noise and pop. All these years later, the album is still fresh, still exciting and still makes most of the competition sound derivative and lazy. So to summarise; still slanted, still enchanting.




    STAFF COMMENTS

    Laura says: It's easy to forget just how different Pavement sounded to their 'indie' contemporaries back in '92 when this LP was first released. Their angular, abstract art rock and Steven Malkmus' witty, absurdist lyrics were a breath of fresh air and have subsequently influenced a whole heap of bands down the years.
    30 years on and it still sounds as fresh as it did back then and is there a more perfect soundtrack to the summer sunshine than "Summer Babe"?
    Check out that splatter vinyl too!!!!

    TRACK LISTING

    Side A
    1. Summer Babe
    2. Trigger Cut/Wounded-Kite At :17
    3. No Life Singed Her
    4. The Mouth A Desert
    5. Conduit For Sale!
    6. Zürich Is Stained
    7. Chesley's Little Wrists

    Side B
    1. Loretta's Scars
    2. Here
    3. Two States
    4. Perfume-V
    5. Fame Throwa
    6. Jackals, False Grails: The Lonesome Era
    7. Our Singer

    Pavement

    Westing (By Musket And Sextant) - 2022 Reissue

      The first Matador pressing of Pavement’s Westing (By Musket And Sextant), the compilation of Pavement’s early work from 1989-1993. The new pressing coincides with this year’s release of the Terror Twilight: Farewell Horizontal 4xLP box set and a 30th anniversary limited vinyl edition of Slanted & Enchanted. Pavement begins several months out touring by headlining Primavera Sound Barcelona before continuing onto sold-out tour dates in North America and Europe.

      TRACK LISTING

      You're Killing Me
      Box Elder
      Maybe Maybe
      She Believes
      Price Yeah!
      Forklift
      Spizzle Trunk
      Recorder Grot
      Internal K-Dart
      Perfect Depth
      Recorder Grot (Rally)
      Heckler Spray
      From Now On
      Angel Carver Blues/Mellow Jazz Docent
      Drive-By-Fader
      Debris Slide
      Home
      Krell Vid-User
      Summer Babe
      Mercy Snack: The Laundromat
      Baptist Blacktick
      My First Mine
      My Radio

      Pavement

      Terror Twilight: Farewell Horizontal

        Terror Twilight: Farewell Horizontal is an exhaustive 45-track reissue of the band’s much-loved fifth and final album. The new special edition compiles the remastered original album, B-sides, home demos, rehearsal tapes, era-appropriate live recordings, and even the rough tracks from Pavement’s scrapped session at Sonic Youth’s Echo Canyon studio. Altogether, it features 28 unreleased tracks.

        Originally released in 1999, Terror Twilight marked a departure from Pavement’s established operating methods. Which is to say that it was recorded with a big-time producer in an expensive studio. However, for all the talk of “polish” and “precision” it’s still very much a Pavement record. And a great one. Like every Pavement album that preceded it, Terror Twilight thrills and confounds. Often at the same time. Twenty-two years on, the songs remain moody, strange, and eminently deserving of re-celebration.

        The 4xLP and 2xCD editions include a book with never-before-seen photos and commentary/context from band members Mark Ibold, Stephen Malkmus, Bob Nastanovich, Spiral Stairs, and Steve West as well as producer Nigel Godrich (Radiohead, Beck).

        TRACK LISTING

        LP Tracklisting

        Side A
        1) Platform Blues
        2) The Hexx
        3) You Are A Light
        4) Cream Of Gold
        5) Ann Don’t Cry

        Side B
        1) Billie
        2) Folk Jam
        3) Major Leagues
        4) Carrot Rope
        5) Shagbag #
        6) Speak, See, Remember
        7) Spit On A Stranger

        Side C
        1) The Porpoise And The Hand Grenade
        2) Rooftop Gambler
        3) Your Time To Change
        4) Stub Your Toe
        5) Major Leagues (Demo Version)
        6) Decouvert De Soleil

        Side D
        1) Carrot Rope (SM Demo) #
        2) Folk Jam Moog (SM Demo) #
        3) Billy (SM Demo) #
        4) Terror Twilight [Speak, See, Remember] (SM Demo) #
        5) You Are A Light (SM Demo) #
        6) Cream Of Gold Intro (Jessamine) #
        7) Cream Of Gold (SM Demo) #

        Side E
        1) Spit On A Stranger (SM Demo) #
        2) Folk Jam Guitar (SM Demo) #
        3) You Are A Light (Echo Canyon) #
        4) Ground Beefheart [Platform Blues] (Echo Canyon) #
        5) Folk Jam (Echo Canyon) #

        Side F
        1) Ann Don’t Cry (Echo Canyon) #
        2) Jesus In Harlem [Cream Of Gold] (Echo Canyon) #
        3) The Porpoise And The Hand Grenade (Echo Canyon) #
        4) Spit On A Stranger (Echo Canyon) #
        5) Be The Hook #

        Side G
        1) You Are A Light (Jackpot!) #
        2) Terror Twilight [Speak, See, Remember] (RPM) #
        3) Rooftop Gambler (Jessamine) #
        4) For Sale! The Preston School Of Industry (Jessamine) #
        5) Frontwards (Live) #

        Side H
        1) Platform Blues (Live) #
        2) The Hexx (Live) #
        3) You Are A Light (Live) #
        4) Folk Jam (Live) #
        5) Sinister Purpose (Live) #

        #= Previously Unreleased

        2xCD Features 1999 Album Sequence

        Pavement

        Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain - Reissue

          Originally released in 1994, this was Pavement's second album, and it signaled the end of Pavement seeing themselves as a recording experiment and the beginning of Pavement as a full time touring band. One of the casualties of this change was the eccentric and usually drunk drummer Gary Young (included here are eight tracks of pre-album Gary Young sessions), whom was replaced by Steve West who bought a greater stability to the line up. The new line up recorded "Crooked Rain Crooked Rain" in NYC, and it proved to be an instant indie classic, packed with superb tracks including singles such as the awesome "Cut Your Hair", "Range Life" and "Gold Soundz".

          TRACK LISTING

          Silence Kid
          Elevate Me Later
          Stop Breathin
          Cut Your Hair
          Newark Wilder
          Unfair
          Gold Soundz
          5-4=Unity
          Range Life
          Heaven Is A Truck
          Hit The Plane Down
          Fillmore Jive

          ‘Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain: LA’s Desert Origins’ 2CD Bonus Tracks:
          Camera
          Stare
          Raft
          Coolin' By Sound
          Kneeling Bus
          Strings Of Nashville
          Exit Theory
          5-4 Vocal
          Jam Kids
          Haunt You Down
          Unseen Power Of The Picket Fence
          Nail Clinic
          All My Friends
          Soiled Little Filly
          Range Life
          Stop Breathing
          Ell Ess Two
          Flux = Rad
          Bad Version Of War
          Same Way Of Saying
          Hands Off The Bayou
          Heaven Is A Truck (Egg Shell)
          Grounded
          Kennel District
          Pueblo (Beach Boys)
          Fucking Righteous
          Colorado
          Dark Ages
          Flood Victim
          JMC Retro
          Rug Rat
          Strings Of Nashville
          Instrumental
          Brink Of The Clouds
          Tartar Martyr
          Pueblo Domain
          The Sutcliffe Catering Song

          Pavement

          Wowee Zowee - Reissue

            "Wowee Zowee", originally released by Matador in April 1995 on the eve of Pavement's infamous mud-bespattered mainstage appearance at Lollapalooza, began life as a controversial release. Fresh off the success of "Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain" with its chart topping Modern Rock hit "Cut Your Hair", the band went into the studio and came out with a deliberately chaotic and eclectic album that sounded nothing like its predecessor. With influences from the Groundhogs to the Frogs, Captain Beefheart to the more obscure mid- 80s central California hardcore bands featured on Maximum Rock'n'Roll comp "Not So Quiet On The Western Front", "Wowee Zowee" confused critics and alienated fans. How fantastic, then, that it went on to scan 122K copies and became many fans' fave Pavement album. A return to their pre- Crooked cacophony, the songs have a darkness that now seems appropriate, and with Bryce Goggin at the mixing desk, the production was the band's most rocking to date.

            TRACK LISTING

            We Dance
            Rattled By The Rush
            Black Out
            Brinx Job
            Grounded
            Serpentine Pad
            Motion Suggests Itself
            Father To A Sister Of Thought
            Extradition
            Best Friend's Arm
            Grave Architecture
            AT&T
            Flux = Rad
            Fight This Generation
            Kennel District
            Pueblo
            Half A Canyon
            Western Homes

            Wowee Zowee: Sordid Sentinels Edition’ 2CD Bonus Tracks:
            Sordid
            Brink Of The Clouds
            False Skorpion
            Easily Fooled
            Kris Kraft
            Mussle Rock
            Give It A Day
            Gangsters & Pranksters
            Saganaw
            I Love Perth
            Sentinel
            Sensitive Euro Man
            Stray Fire
            Fight This Generation
            Easily Fooled
            Soul Food
            It's A Hectic World
            Kris Kraft
            Golden Boys/Serpentine Pad
            Painted Soldiers
            I Love Perth
            Dancing With The Elders
            Half A Canyon
            Best Friend's Arm
            Brink Of The Clouds/Candylad
            Unfair
            Easily Fooled
            Heaven Is A Truck
            Box Elder
            No More Kings
            Painted Soldiers
            We Dance

            Pavement

            Terror Twilight - Reissue

              Where 1997's "Brighten The Corners" saw Stephen Malkmus and his merry band of indie rock pranksters shine a light on the band's rock-centric qualities, "Terror Twilight" harkens back to 95's "Wowee Zowee", when Pavement were all about the shambolic sprawl of Alternative possibility. Of course, four years later the context is entirely different - the band's fate as rock's (commercially unsuccessful) great post-Nirvana hope is nearly sealed. And maybe that's where both the terror and the twilight come into play - in the realization that preaching sprawling possibility to the converted is more a noose than an open field, that failed expectations are a setting sun.

              So, a downbeat spirit pervades "Twilight"'s songs. And in this gloom, Malkmus looks for and finds soft, dark, melodic wonders: "Spit On A Stranger" turns its eye towards relationships, "Major Leagues" towards a careerist's self-worth, and "Ann Don't Cry" tries to be an anthem for outsiders while visibly flashing its own lonely tear. It's not until the closing "Carrot Rope", a sunny bit of mid-tempo Pavement-pop-foolery with two competing and overlapping vocals, that a major-key ray of light is cast upon the proceedings. Let's hope that this little light is enough to get them through the night.

              TRACK LISTING

              Spit On A Stranger
              Folk Jam
              You Are A Light
              Cream Of Gold
              Major Leagues
              Platform Blues
              Ann Don't Cry
              Billie
              Speak, See, Remember
              The Hexx
              ...And Carrot Rope

              Pavement

              Slanted And Enchanted - Reissue

                In 1992 "Slanted And Enchanted", arguably the first and best release of 90s 'slacker rock', felt like a compendium of all the very best post-punk moments from the previous fifteen years as well as a surprising new combination of wit, absurdism, noise and pop. All these years later, the album is still fresh, still exciting and still makes most of the competition sound derivative and lazy. So to summarise; still slanted, still enchanting.

                TRACK LISTING

                Summer Babe
                Trigger Cut/Wounded-Kite At :17
                No Life Singed Her
                In The Mouth A Desert
                Conduit For Sale!
                Zürich Is Stained
                Chesley's Little Wrists
                Loretta's Scars
                Here
                Two States
                Perfume-V
                Fame Throwa
                Jackals, False Grails: The Lonesome Era
                Our Singer

                Pavement

                Brighten The Corners - Reissue

                  Pavement's fourth proper LP seems to be a direct response to anyone who thought 1995's "Wowee Zowee" sealed a downward spiral from indie-pop heroes to incomprehensible, in-joke nonconformists. On "Brighten The Corners", the rock hero in Pavement re-emerges as the dominant stereotype, making the lyrical idiosyncrasies on which critics of the band like to harp into witty window-dressing. Nowhere is this dichotomy better heard than on the electrifying opener, "Stereo", which rages with anthemic power-chords and a rock-star chorus ('Hey! Listen to me! I'm on the stereo'), while also pondering the longest-standing mystery in rock, the voice of Rush singer Geddy Lee ('how did it get so high/I wonder if he speaks like an ordinary guy').

                  Musically, "Brighten The Corners" extends the rock tradition to the other side of Sonic Youth's dissonant discoveries while staying free of grunge's self-defeatist mentality. No longer a group of lo-fi pranksters, Pavement has tightened up into a mighty ensemble, able to jam like psychedelic maniacs (the closing "Fin") or fly by night like punks on speed ("Embassy Row"). Lyrically, Stephen Malkmus and co-conspirator Scott Kannberg (aka Spiral Stairs) have started questioning where they belong in a late-90s world seemingly devoid of secrets and mysteries. Their declarations present yet another yin-yang to the Pavement whole: Kannberg's answers seem to lie in emotional stability, Malkmus' in the never-ending search itself. These uncertainties of dealing with one's unrecognised worth play out like an Irvine Welsh novel: the chapters full of spunky glee, the ending steeped in melancholy.

                  TRACK LISTING

                  Stereo
                  Shady Lane/J Vs. S
                  Transport Is Arranged
                  Date W/IKEA
                  Old To Begin
                  Type Slowly
                  Embassy Row
                  Blue Hawaiian
                  We Are Underused
                  Passat Dream
                  Starlings Of The Slipstream
                  Fin

                  ‘Brighten The Corners: Nicene Creedence’ 2CD Bonus Tracks:
                  And Then (The Hexx)
                  Beautiful As A Butterfly
                  Cataracts
                  Westie Can Drum
                  Winner Of The
                  Birds In The Majic Industry
                  Harness Your Hopes
                  Roll With The Wind
                  Slowly Typed
                  Cherry Area
                  Wanna Mess You Around
                  No Tan Lines
                  And Then (The Hexx)
                  Harness Your Hopes
                  The Killing Moon
                  Winner Of The
                  Embassy Row Psych Intro
                  Nigel
                  Chevy (Old To Begin)
                  Roll With The Wind (Roxy)
                  Oddity
                  Type Slowly
                  Neil Hagerty Meets Jon Spencer In A Non-Alcoholic
                  Bar
                  Destroy Mater Dei
                  It's A Rainy Day, Sunshine Girl
                  Maybe Maybe
                  Date W/IKEA
                  Fin
                  Grave Architecture
                  The Classical
                  Space Ghost Theme I
                  Space Ghost Theme II

                  Pavement

                  Quarantine The Past: The Best Of Pavement - Reissue

                    ‘Quarantine The Past: The Best Of Pavement’ spans the entirety of Pavement’s career from 1989 to 1999, from the scratchy and mysterious sounds of their early vinyl-only releases to the rich, multi-layered warmth of their final recordings.

                    TRACK LISTING

                    Gold Soundz
                    Frontwards
                    Mellow Jazz Docent
                    Stereo
                    In The Mouth A Desert
                    Two States
                    Cut Your Hair
                    Shady Lane/J Vs. S
                    Here
                    Unfair
                    Grounded
                    Summer Babe
                    Range Life
                    Date W/ IKEA
                    Debris Slide
                    Shoot The Singer (1 Sick Verse)
                    Spit On A Stranger
                    Heaven Is A Truck
                    Trigger Cut/Wounded-Kite At :17
                    Embassy Row
                    Box Elder
                    Unseen Power Of The Picket Fence
                    Fight This Generation

                    Pavement

                    Westing (By Musket And Sextant) - Reissue

                      Westing is a compilation of Pavement's early singles and rarities, that shows the band growing from the initial "Slay Tracks" EP through to the singles and EP's from their first two albums.


                      TRACK LISTING

                      You're Killing Me
                      Box Elder
                      Maybe Maybe
                      She Believes
                      Price Yeah!
                      Forklift
                      Spizzle Trunk
                      Recorder Grot
                      Internal K-Dart
                      Perfect Depth
                      Recorder Grot (Rally)
                      Heckler Spray
                      From Now On
                      Angel Carver Blues/Mellow Jazz Docent
                      Drive-By-Fader
                      Debris Slide
                      Home
                      Krell Vid-User
                      Summer Babe
                      Mercy Snack: The Laundromat
                      Baptist Blacktick
                      My First Mine
                      My Radio

                      Pavement

                      Sensitive Euro Man / Brink Of The Clouds/Candylad

                        Matador Records is excited to announce the release of a three-song shaped picture disc commemorating the 25th anniversary of Pavement’s 1995 album Wowee Zowee. The special disc, cut in the shape of the speech bubble found on the cover of Wowee Zowee, features the tracks “Sensitive Euro Man” and “Brink of the Clouds/Candylad” that first debuted on Wowee Zowee: Sordid Sentinels, the expanded edition that was released on CD in 2006, and will be available on vinyl for the first time via Matador Records globally. Limited to a one-time press of 3,000 copies.

                        TRACK LISTING

                        Sensitive Euro Man
                        Brink Of The Clouds/Candylad


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