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10- The Michigan Daily - Tuesday, October 12, 1999


Indie rock Pavement
releases new single

The notion of a Pavement single
seems funny considering the fact that the
band receives so little radio play. The last
time the indie-rock deities in Pavement
acquired any air time before midnight
was in 1994 with
"Cut Your Hair"
from "Crooked
Rain, Crooked
Pavement Rain."
Major Leagues So to release
"Major Leagues"
Matador as a single is a bit
Reviewed by misleading. It is
Andy Klein an EP of B-sides
Forthe waily that only the
devout Pavement
fan will appreciate.
The dreamy "Major Leagues,"a selec-
ton from this spring's full-length release
"Terror Twilight," opens the album in
grand fashion making use of all of the

signature Pavement moves that make
fans love them: Stephen Malkamus' out
of tune voice, lazy melodies and slightly
off rhythm guitars. But for some reason
everything mixes so nicely together in
this song that you forget all this and just
enjoy the lullaby.
Later, we get to hear the demo version
of"Major Leagues" that features a cheap
keyboard and Malkamus' voice sound-
ing more apathetic than ever Its choppv
rhythm hurts this rendition as it lacks tht.
peaceful flow of the album sersion.
'Nigel Godrich, producer of "Terror
Twilight" most likely played a large
role in the final cut of the song.
Godrich, also known for working
wonders with Radiohead's "OK
Computer" and Beck's "Odelay" suc-
cessfully translated Pavement's low-fi
sound into high-fi majesty, but here
the band decides to break the flow

and return to low-fi
Besides the melodious "Killing
Moon'" a dark and meaningful song
based on two chords, the songs are lill
of inside jokes and disjunct instrumenta-
tion. For exanplte, in "The Classical,
the album's closing track, Malkamus
mumbles over and over, "I've never felt
bett'rin my life
Then he screams it until finally he
says absolutely nothing at all and instead
spews out incoherent syllables while the
band goes on to create acid laden Jimi
l-endix-type chaos. It is destined to be a
elasse among Pavement fans.

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