Pavement Alums Keep Busy
Former Pavement principals Stephen Malkmus and Scott Kannberg are keeping busy as fall approaches, Malkmus with a fresh round of tour dates in support of his self-titled Matador solo debut, and KannbeFormer Pavement principals Stephen Malkmus and Scott Kannberg are keeping busy as fall approaches, Malkmus with a fresh round of tour dates in support of his self-titled Matador solo debut, and Kannberg with the debut Matador set by his new band, Preston School of Industry.
After three international festival dates this weekend, Malkmus and his band the Jicks will return to North America for a 27-date trek, including previously announced appearances at Seattle's Bumbershoot Festival (Sept. 1) and Los Angeles' All Tomorrow's Parties festival (Oct. 19). The tour is currently booked through a Nov. 20 date in Toronto, with more dates expected.
Preston School of Industry will release "All This Sounds Gas" Tuesday (Aug. 28) on Matador. The album was preceded by the "Goodbye to the Edge City" EP, issued in June on the Kannberg co-founded label Amazing Grease. A North American tour kicks off Oct. 25 in Portland, Ore., and wraps Nov. 24 in San Francisco.
Writing in his online tour diary, Malkmus describes Kannberg's new band as "loose pop in the Pavement vein. Really I could close my eyes and it could [be] a Scott song on the [Pavement] albums, so he hasn't lost his touch."
Meanwhile, Malkmus reports that he has seen the completed cut of the long-delayed Pavement DVD, and says it "is altogether excellent. A lot of [drummer] Gary [Young] footage and whack Manchester t-shirt bootleggers getting aggro with the film crew. Felt bad about my behaviour with Lew Largent of MTV back in 1993, but hey, we all have bad days." Matador has a tentative release date of spring 2002 for the collection, which will include videos, live performance footage, and more.
Here are Stephen Malkmus' confirmed tour dates:
Aug. 24: Leeds, England (Leeds Festival)
Aug. 25: Hasselt, Belgium (Pukkelpop Festival)
Aug. 26: Reading, England (Reading Festival)
Sept. 1: Seattle (Bumbershot Festival)
Oct. 19: Los Angeles (Ackerman Ballroom / All Tomorrow's Parties Festival)
Oct. 20: Sacramento, Calif. (Colonial Theatre)
Oct. 27: Omaha, Neb. (Sokol Auditorium)
Oct. 30: St. Louis (Mississippi Nights)
Oct. 31: Champaign, Ill. (High Dive)
Nov. 9: Columbia, S.C. (Uncle Doctor's)
Nov. 16: New York (Roxy)
Nov. 19: Montreal (Club Soda)
Nov. 20: Toronto (Guvernment)