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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.




    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

        Spit On A Stranger EP

          Limited-edition first and only 12-inch version of Pavement's Spit On A Stranger EP. Issued to accompany the deluxe 23rd anniversary edition of Terror Twilight. Includes never-before-released live recording of "Harness Your Hopes," from Pavement's final shows at the Brixton Academy in 1999.

          TRACK LISTING

          1. Spit On A Stranger
          2. Harness Your Hopes
          3. Roll With The Wind
          4. The Porpoise And The Hand Grenade
          5. Rooftop Gambler
          6. Harness Your Hopes (Live Brixton Academy, London, November 20, 1999)

          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

            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

              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

                  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

                    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

                      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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