Former Pavement frontman Stephen Malkmus is putting the finishing touches on his third solo album, which he tells Billboard.com will likely be released in April or May by Matador.

Former Pavement frontman Stephen Malkmus is putting the finishing touches on his third solo album, which he tells Billboard.com will likely be released in April or May by Matador. "It's fun," he says of the as-yet-untitled set. It's tearing sh*t up in the basement-style. Take no prisoners."

A handful of the tracks have been road-tested by Malkmus and his band the Jicks, including "Baby Come On" and "It Kills," a live version of which will appear on Matador's 15th anniversary compilation, due Oct. 12.

"I did more of it myself, a little bit like the old Pavement records," Malkmus reveals. "Because the studio was in my basement, I took the helm. I pretty much engineered it myself; punching in with my toe, Todd Rundgren-style. I think it has come out pretty good, but I'm looking for some extra ears to make sure it's as good as I think it is."

The album will be the follow-up to 2003's "Pig Lib," which debuted at No. 5 on Billboard's Top Independent Albums chart. The group has no live shows on the horizon for the rest of the year, but Malkmus will trek to Argentina next month for solo performances as part of rock festivals in Cordoba and Buenos Aires.

"It's all Argentinean indie bands," he says with a laugh. "There was talk of Stereolab going, and I could open for them. I would have been happy to do that, because I don't really know how to entertain a bunch of Argentinean kids.

"I'll play some Pavement songs or whatever I can not to get killed," he continues. "I think I'm going to have to go a little loud; electric guitar and a fuzzbox. I don't know how small it will be. If it's really small, I can handle it. But if it's 200 people or more, it starts to get a little bit sketchy and I need to have some noise jams [laughs]."

As previously reported, Matador will on Oct. 26 release a 10th anniversary edition of Pavement's "Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain," bolstered with 11 never-before-heard tracks.