Pavement 'Slow' Down With Reissue, DVD
Beloved underground rock outfit Pavement will be back in the spotlight this fall, thanks to Matador's reissue of its acclaimed 1992 album "Slanted and Enchanted" and the long-awaited double-disc DVD "Beloved underground rock outfit Pavement will be back in the spotlight this fall, thanks to Matador's reissue of its acclaimed 1992 album "Slanted and Enchanted" and the long-awaited double-disc DVD "Slow Century." Both projects are due Oct. 22, exactly 10 years and six months to the day that "Slanted" was originally issued. The new edition has been remastered and beefed up with a host of bonus tracks, including the entire four-track "Watery, Domestic" EP.
Also featured are the studio B-sides from the "Trigger Cut" and "Summer Babe" commercial singles, plus some unreleased studio outtakes from the "Slanted" sessions, an alternate version of album track "Here," and the song "Greenlander," which originally appeared on Rykodisc's 1993 compilation "Born To Choose." The set will be packaged with liner notes encompassing rare photos and reminiscences from band members and friends.
"Slow Century," which has been in the works for years, features 11 music videos for such tracks as "Range Life," "Rattled by the Rush," "Father to a Sister of Thought," "Cut Your Hair," and "Shady Lane," an hour-long documentary by director Lance Bangs, and two complete Pavement concerts that can be viewed from multiple camera angles. Band members and Bangs offer commentary tracks throughout.
The finished project "is altogether excellent," frontman Stephen Malkmus wrote last summer on his official Web site. "A lot of [drummer] Gary [Young] footage and whack Manchester T-shirt bootleggers getting aggro with the film crew. Felt bad about my behavior with Lew Largent of MTV back in 1993, but hey, we all have bad days."
Pavement split in 2000, with Malkmus releasing his self-titled Matador solo debut in February 2001. As previously reported, the artist is recording a new set with his band the Jicks, tentatively titled "Pig Jib" and expected sometime this fall. Malkmus and company will also curate the Sept. 2003 edition of the All Tomorrow's Parties festival in Asbury Park, N.J.
Meanwhile, London-based independent the Beggars Group is close to finalizing a 50% acquisition of Matador, according to a source. The deal could close as early as today (Aug. 2). Plans call for Beggars Group -- home of the Beggars Banquet, 4AD, XL, Mantra, Too Pure, Wiija, and Mo'Wax imprints -- to set up its U.S. shop in Matador's Manhattan offices.
The acquisition will mark the third label partnership in a decade for 13-year-old Matador, whose roster also includes the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, Guided By Voices, Mogwai, and Yo La Tengo. Capitol Records owned 49% of the company from 1996-99, but Matador co-founders Gerard Cosloy and Chris Lombardi ultimately bought back the major's interest. From 1993-96, some Matador titles were distributed by Atlantic.