From the day nigh two decades ago when the first scratchy sounds of Pavement floated in the ether above Stockton California, the music of Stephen Malkmus has been the gift that keeps on keepin' on. With their fractured songs, unexpected blasts of feedback, laconic vocals, cryptic literate lyrics, and defiant low-fidelity, Pavement were one of the most influential and distinctive bands to emerge from the American underground in the '90s. After splitting the band in 2000, Malkmus has continued on his merry way, recording four ‘solo’ LPs of occasionally whimsical, often psychedelically poptastic brilliance. His latest, Real Emotional Trash is his second credited to his backing band The Jicks.
Last here for two sold out shows in 2001, Stephen Malkmus and The Jicks are joined at the Studio show by The Verlaines – one of the great Dunedin bands to record for the Flying Nun label and whose classic “Death and The Maiden” Malkmus himself covered for the label’s 21st birthday comp Under The Influence. Graeme Downes has reunited The Verlaines for their eighth album, Corporate Moronic, out this month.