(photo courtesy The Spiral Stairs Archives)
One week prior to release, ‘The Secret History, Vol. 1’, the Pavement double LP rarities comp. touted in this space previously, is streaming today via NPR Music. NPR’s Jason Heller writes, “these songs have all been floating around for years, either on their original releases, as bonus tracks on reissued albums, or as bootlegs. But bundling them has a purpose, aside from simple commerce: In a recent Pitchfork interview, Malkmus called History “the album that could have been between Slanted And Enchanted and Crooked Rain [the album on which ‘Cut Your Hair’ appears].” He’s right. There’s a coherence to the chaos of these 30 misfit songs, each one an off-kilter, self-sabotaging gem. By stringing them together, they speak powerfully to the way Pavement celebrated songcraft while gnawing at its foundations. If the ’90s had turned out differently, Pavement could have been as popular as, say, Weezer. Instead, as History proves, they were always destined for something stranger.” Also, Weezer are/were terrible! Thanks, Jason!
(Preorder ‘The Secret History, Vol. 1’ from the Matador Store)
(‘The Secret History, Vol. 1’ will be available in Europe via Domino)