Former Pavement frontman Stephen Malkmus will release his second solo album, “Pig Lib,” in March via Matador. Malkmus is backed by his band the Jicks, featuring bassist Joanna Bolme and drummer John Moen. According to Matador’s over the summer that songs included “Doctor Drop,” “Do Not Feed the Oysters, “The Calories,” “Vanessa From Queens,” and “Chromatic Advisor,” among others. The set is the follow-up to his self-titled solo debut, which debuted at No. 3 on Billboard’s Heatseekers chart in March 2001 and has sold 67,000 copies in the U.S. to date, according to SoundScan.
As previously reported, Malkmus and the Jicks will curate the first East Coast edition of the U.K.-bred All Tomorrow’s Parties festival. The weekend event, scheduled for September 2003, will take place at two venues located in Asbury Park, N.J. No artists have yet been announced.
Meanwhile, Pavement is back in the news thanks to Matador’s recent expanded reissue of the group’s seminal 1992 debut, “Slanted and Enchanted,” along with the comprehensive “Slow Century” DVD. The new edition of “Slanted” is No. 22 on Billboard’s Top Independent Albums chart this week.