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Pavement detail rarities LP for August

paveLegendary indie stalwarts Pavement have today announced The Secret History Vol. 1, the first of five compilation LPs in a new series of rarities releases.

Shedding light on previously unheard material disregarded from original album sessions and scattered as B-sides, the forthcoming compilations are said to be some of the best albums of the 90s that never happened. Starting with Slanted and Enchanted and ending at Terror Twilight.

The Secret History Vol. 1 is set to include gems from Peel Sessions (“Kentucky Cocktail,” “Circa 1762”), seven-inches (“Baptist Blacktick”) and a 1992 live concert from the Slanted and Enchanted-era European tours, with Mark Ibold and Bob Nastanovich in the fold. See the full tracklisting below.

The deluxe double gatefold LP looks to be a fan’s dream, coming with reams of bonus material, essays by Stephen Malkmus and Spiral Stairs, plus essays from Matador Records, Billions Corporation and Drag City.

The Secret History Vol. 1 is due for release on August 14th via Domino. Get your pre-orders in here.

1. Sue Me Jack
2. So Stark (You’re A Skyscraper)
3. Summer Babe (7” Version)
4. Mercy Snack: The Laundromat
5. Baptiss Blacktick
6. My First Mine
7. Nothing Ever Happens
8. Here (Alternate Mix)
9. Greenlander
10. Circa 1762 (Peel Session 1)
11. Kentucky Cocktail (Peel Session 1)
12. Secret Knowledge Of Backroads (Peel Session 1)
13. Here (Peel Session 1)
14. Rain Ammunition (Peel Session 2)
15. Drunks With Guns (Peel Session 2)
16. Ed Ames (Peel Session 2)
17. The List Of Dorms (Peel Session 2)
18. Conduit For Sale [Live Brixton 1992]
19. Fame Throwa [Live Brixton 1992]
20. Home [Live Brixton 1992]
21. Perfume V [Live Brixton 1992]
22. Summer Babe [Live Brixton 1992]
23. Frontwards [Live Brixton 1992]
24. Angel Carver Blues Mellow Jazz Docent [Live Brixton 1992]
25. Two States [Live Brixton 1992]
26. No Life Singed Her [Live Brixton 1992]
27. So Stark (You’re A Skyscraper) [Live Brixton 1992]
28. Box Elder [Live Brixton 1992]
29. Baby Yeah [Live Brixton 1992]
30. In The Mouth Of A Desert [Live Brixton 1992]

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Purling Hiss

purlinghiss_weirdonPURLING HISS
(Drag City)

As a band name Purling Hiss is a pleasing Spoonerism, nearly as satisfying as when Jeremy Hunt, Cultural Secretary’s name was catastrophically mispronounced by James Naughtie on Radio 4’s Today programme.

Weirdon is also a catchy if not mind boggling title for an album. You wonder what causes a weirdon, and is it something you can hide by crossing your legs. Released at the tail (no pun intended) end of last year on Drag City, this one slipped under the radar, but much like the record by Ultimate Painting – it’s a real grower. Part Archers of Loaf, part Pavement, part Tall Dwarfs, and at its gnarliest Male Bonding, this pop is not just angular it’s so wonky that the shelf holding the vinyl copy has just fallen off the wall of Ikea and squashed your meat balls.

Purling Hiss is basically Mike Polizze, and he makes sounding lop sided effortless even though you know his fretwork is spotless. Easily on a par with recent records by Mikal Cronin and Kelley Stoltz, it’s not razing trees to the ground, it’s not ripping them up, but it is making them bend back like Thunderbird 2 emerging from its Tracy Island lair ready to ping in your face. Like an international rescue from your January stupor.

Weirdon is out now on Drag City.

Nick Hutchings

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Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks hit the UK

Stephen Malkmus takes his band The Jicks on tour in the UK in November.

The band will play the dates below. Tickets are available at The Arches for Glasgow and See Tickets for the remaining dates.

10th – Manchester, Ritz
11th – Glasgow, The Arches
12th – Leeds, Constellations Festival
14th – London, KOKO

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Stephen Malkmus and The Jicks release new record

Stephen Malkmus and The Jicks are releasing their new album Mirror Traffic on August 22nd.

The Pavement man’s band enlisted Beck on production duties and said “Beck & I were both burned out on the heavy rocking style…and playing to the strengths of a melody seemed like a way to go.”

The tracklisting for the album is:

1. Tigers
2. No One (Is As I Are Be)
3. Senator
4. Brain Gallop
5. Jumblegloss
6. Asking Price
7. Stick Figures In Love
8. Spazz
9. Long Hard Book
10. Share The Red
11. Tune Grief
12. Forever 28
13. All Over Gently
14. Fall Away
15. Gorgeous George