Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain
Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain is the second studio album by American indie rock band Pavement. The album, released on February 2, 1994, saw the band move on towards a more accessible rock sound than that of their more lo-fi debut Slanted and Enchanted and achieve moderate success with the single "Cut Your Hair"; the album saw original drummer Gary Young replaced by Steve West. It was a UK Top 20 hit upon release; as of 2009, the album had sold about 500,000 copies. AllMusic's Stephen Thomas Erlewine gave Crooked Rain a perfect 5-star rating, describing it as "the Reckoning to Slanted & Enchanted's Murmur", he concluded that the album was "a vibrant, dynamic resonant album that stands as a touchstone of underground rock in the'90s and one of the great albums of its decade." Robert Christgau of the Village Voice gave the album an A grade, describing it as "a tour de force melodywise". Entertainment Weekly's David Browne gave the album a B+, writing that "Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain is just a bunch of guys dwelling on topics like skateboarding, plane crashes and mocking Stone Temple Pilots.
When they set those sentiments to bumpy-road drones or a bit of a country lilt...the result has a subtle, ingratiating beauty." Los Angeles Times critic Richard Cromelin gave the album 3.5 out of 4 stars. Cromelin wrote that the album contains "some of the Meat Puppets' loopiness, a Stones/Burritos folk-country resonance, a chirpy pop tunefulness--along with enough contrary abrasiveness to keep you from getting too comfortable with them." In 2003, the album was ranked number 210 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time and number 10 on their best albums of the Nineties. In 2003, it was ranked number 8 on Pitchfork's list Top 100 Albums of the 1990s, in 2010, the song "Gold Soundz" was listed as number one on Pitchfork's 200 Greatest Songs of the 1990s. In July 2014, Guitar World ranked Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain at number 21 in their "Superunknown: 50 Iconic Albums That Defined 1994" list; the photo in the middle of the cover was taken from the March 1978 issue of National Geographic Magazine.
The album was included in the book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die. The album was reissued on October 26, 2004 by Matador Records under the name Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain: LA's Desert Origins; the re-released version contains two discs: the first is the original album as well as B-sides and compilation tracks from that era. The second disc is a collection of unreleased tracks featuring former drummer Gary Young and live BBC Sessions; the collection features forty-nine tracks, culled from various previous recordings, including the original album, the single "Cut Your Hair", "Range Life", "Gold Soundz", the "Gold Soundz" Australia-N. Z. French Micronesia Tour'94 EP, the "Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain" bonus 7", other recording sessions at Random Falls, NY, Louder Than You Think in Stockton, CA, Waterworks, NY over the course of 1993. All songs written by Stephen Malkmus. "Silence Kid"* – 3:01 "Elevate Me Later" – 2:51 "Stop Breathin'" – 4:28 "Cut Your Hair" – 3:07 "Newark Wilder" – 3:53 "Unfair" – 2:33 "Gold Soundz" – 2:41 "5-4=Unity" – 2:09 "Range Life" – 4:54 "Heaven Is a Truck" – 2:30 "Hit the Plane Down" – 3:36 "Fillmore Jive" – 6:38- Due to an ink splodge on the back of the original artwork, the song "Silence Kid" has become erroneously known as "Silence Kit".
This misnomer persisted when designer Mark Ohe printed it onto the back of the reissue Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain: LA's Desert Origins, despite the interior artwork showing the correct name in print several times, including written in Stephen Malkmus' own handwriting. Since its original naming, however, it appears the band refers to the song as "Silence Kit" in set listings, too. Credits adapted from the album's liner notes. Pavement Stephen Malkmus – vocals, bass Scott Kannberg – guitar, organ, percussion Mark Ibold – bass, vocals Steve West – drums, percussion Bob Nastanovich – percussion, vocalsTechnical Pavement – production Bryce Goggin – engineer, piano Mark Venezia – engineer
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The modern word guitar, its antecedents, has been applied to a wide variety of chordophones since classical times and as such causes confusion. The English word guitar, the German Gitarre, the French guitare were all adopted from the Spanish guitarra, which comes from the Andalusian Arabic قيثارة and the Latin cithara, which in turn came from the Ancient Greek κιθάρα. Which comes from the Persian word "sihtar"; this pattern of naming is visible in setar and sitar. The word "tar" at the end of all of these words is a Persian word that means "string". Many influences are cited as antecedents to the modern guitar. Although the development of the earliest "guitars" is lost in the history of medieval Spain, two instruments are cited as their most influential predecessors, the European lute and its cousin, the four-string oud. At least two instruments called "guitars" were in use in Spain by 1200: the guitarra latina and the so-called guitarra morisca; the guitarra morisca had a rounded back, wide fingerboard, several sound holes.
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An extended play record referred to as an EP, is a musical recording that contains more tracks than a single, but is unqualified as an album or LP. Contemporary EPs contain a minimum of three tracks and maximum of six tracks, are considered "less expensive and time-consuming" for an artist to produce than an album. An EP referred to specific types of vinyl records other than 78 rpm standard play and LP, but it is now applied to mid-length CDs and downloads as well. Ricardo Baca of The Denver Post said, "EPs—originally extended-play'single' releases that are shorter than traditional albums—have long been popular with punk and indie bands." In the United Kingdom, the Official Chart Company defines a boundary between EP and album classification at 25 minutes of maximum length and no more than four tracks. EPs were released in various sizes in different eras; the earliest multi-track records, issued around 1919 by Grey Gull Records, were vertically cut 78 rpm discs known as "2-in-1" records. These had finer than usual grooves, like Edison Disc Records.
By 1949, when the 45 rpm single and 331⁄3 rpm LP were competing formats, seven-inch 45 rpm singles had a maximum playing time of only about four minutes per side. As an attempt to compete with the LP introduced in 1948 by rival Columbia, RCA Victor introduced "Extended Play" 45s during 1952, their narrower grooves, achieved by lowering the cutting levels and sound compression optionally, enabled them to hold up to 7.5 minutes per side—but still be played by a standard 45 rpm phonograph. These were 10-inch LPs split onto two seven-inch EPs or 12-inch LPs split onto three seven-inch EPs, either sold separately or together in gatefold covers; this practice became much less common with the advent of triple-speed-available phonographs. Some classical music albums released at the beginning of the LP era were distributed as EP albums—notably, the seven operas that Arturo Toscanini conducted on radio between 1944 and 1954; these opera EPs broadcast on the NBC Radio network and manufactured by RCA, which owned the NBC network were made available both in 45 rpm and 331⁄3 rpm.
In the 1990s, they began appearing on compact discs. RCA had success in the format with their top money earner, Elvis Presley, issuing 28 Elvis EPs between 1956 and 1967, many of which topped the separate Billboard EP chart during its brief existence. During the 1950s, RCA published several EP albums of Walt Disney movies, containing both the story and the songs; these featured the original casts of actors and actresses. Each album contained two seven-inch records, plus a illustrated booklet containing the text of the recording so that children could follow along by reading; some of the titles included Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs and what was a recent release, the movie version of 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, presented in 1954. The recording and publishing of 20,000 was unusual: it did not employ the movie's cast, years a 12 in 33⅓ rpm album, with a nearly identical script, but another different cast, was sold by Disneyland Records in conjunction with the re-release of the movie in 1963.
Because of the popularity of 7" and other formats, SP records became less popular and the production of SPs in Japan was suspended in 1963. In the 1950s and 1960s, EPs were compilations of singles or album samplers and were played at 45 rpm on seven-inch discs, with two songs on each side. Other than those published by RCA, EPs were uncommon in the United States and Canada, but they were sold in the United Kingdom, in some other European countries, during the 1950s and 1960s. Record Retailer printed the first EP chart in 1960; the New Musical Express, Melody Maker and Music Echo and the Record Mirror continued to list EPs on their respective singles charts. The Beatles' Twist and Shout outsold most singles for some weeks in 1963; when the BBC and Record Retailer commissioned the British Market Research Bureau to compile a chart it was restricted to singles and EPs disappeared from the listings. In the Philippines, seven-inch EPs marketed as "mini-LPs" were introduced in 1970, with tracks selected from an album and packaging resembling the album they were taken from.
This mini-LP format became popular in America in the early 1970s for promotional releases, for use in jukeboxes. Stevie Wonder included a bonus four-song EP with his double LP Songs in the Key of Life in 1976. During the 1970s and 1980s, there was less standardization and EPs were made on seven-inch, 10-inch or 12-inch discs running either 331⁄3 or 45 rpm; some novelty EPs used odd shapes and colors, a few of them were picture discs. Alice in Chains was the first band to have an EP reach number one on the Billboard album chart, its EP, Jar of Flies, was released on January 25, 1994. In 2004, Linkin Park and Jay-Z's collaboration EP, Collision Course, was the next to reach the number one spot after Alice in Chains. In 2010, the cast of the television series Glee became the first artist to have two EPs reach number one, with Glee: The Music, The Power of Madonna on the week of May 8, 2010, Glee: The Music, Journey to Regionals on the week of June 26, 2010. In 2010, Warner Bros. Records revived the format with their "Six-Pak" offering of six songs on a compact disc.
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Slanted and Enchanted
Slanted and Enchanted is the debut studio album by American indie rock band Pavement, released in April 1992 on Matador Records. The album was distributed to critics as early as months before its official release; the recording sessions were split between South Makepeace Studios in Brooklyn, New York and Louder Than You Think Studios in Stockton, CA. The first single, "Summer Babe" appeared in August 1991, it was the last release on Chicago's Drag City label. It contained the B-sides "Mercy Snack" and "Baptist Blacktick" that were included on the deluxe version of the album. A different mix of "Summer Babe," entitled "Summer Babe," became the first track on the band's debut album; the song was ranked by Rolling Stone magazine as number 286 in its 2004 list of the 500 greatest songs of all time, as number 292 in the 2011 update of the list. The title Slanted and Enchanted is taken from the title of a cartoon made by Silver Jews frontman David Berman, its cover art was created by appropriating that of an existing album, Ferrante & Teicher's Keyboard Kapers.
Slanted and Enchanted was released on 20 April 1992 to critical acclaim reaching a peak of number 72 on the UK Albums Chart. A two-disc expanded version of the album and Enchanted: Luxe & Reduxe, was released in 2002. In 2003, the album was ranked number 134 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time, number 135 in the 2012 update of the list; as of 2007, the album has sold 150,000 copies. I think Slanted and Enchanted is the best record we made,only because it's less self-conscious and has an unrepeatable energy about it. In a contemporary review of the album, Robert Christgau of The Village Voice was positive, writing that Pavement are "good at both tune and noise" and that Slanted and Enchanted yields "a message complex enough to offer hope... that the lyrics will catch up". Erik Davis of Spin designated Slanted and Enchanted as the magazine's "Platter du Jour" for March 1992, describing the album as "so fine it seems too perfect."Since its release Slanted and Enchanted has appeared on many critics' best-of lists and is cited as being among the most influential indie rock albums of the 1990s.
AllMusic's Stephen Thomas Erlewine cited the album as "a left-field classic" and "one of the most influential records of the'90s". In 2002, Pitchfork awarded the album their maximum grade of 10.0/10.0 in a review of the album's reissue and ranked it as the fifth greatest album of the 1990s in 2003. Rolling Stone called Slanted and Enchanted "the quintessential indie rock album." Designates unordered lists. All tracks written except where noted. On 22 October 2002, Matador Records released a remastered and extended version of the album with unreleased material; this 2 CD edition, titled Slanted and Enchanted: Luxe & Reduxe, contains 48 songs, featuring the entire original disc and, in addition, 3 outtakes of which one is an unreleased song and the other two are alternate takes, plus the B-sides from the "Summer Babe" and "Trigger Cut" singles, 5 songs from two different John Peel sessions, the 4-track EP Watery, 13 tracks of a live performance of the band held at the Brixton Academy in London on 14 December 1992.
This expanded version reached number 5 in the US Billboard Top Independent Albums and number 152 in the US Billboard 200 charts. Stephen Malkmus – vocals, guitar Scott Kannberg – bass, guitar Gary Young – drums, percussion Cy Jameson – engineer Slanted and Enchanted at Discogs
Quarantine the Past: The Best of Pavement
Quarantine the Past: The Best of Pavement is a compilation album released by Pavement on March 8, 2010 to coincide with the band's reunion. The title of the compilation references a lyric from the 1994 song "Gold Soundz", the first song featured on the compilation. On January 5, 2010, Matador Records announced that a greatest hits compilation entitled Quarantine The Past: The Best Of Pavement would be released on March 9 on CD, double LP, would contain 23 tracks from Pavement's entire career including “the scratchy and mysterious sounds of their early vinyl-only releases to the rich, multi-layered warmth of their final recordings.” The blog posting noted that “although the compilation does not include any unreleased material, it digs deeper than the hits.” The blog posting revealed the artwork of the compilation, announced a contest to guess the order of the songs on the album in which the first-place winner would get to see a Pavement reunion concert at Central Park Summerstage. In addition, a second-place winner with the “most imaginative track listing” would have their track listing pressed on a limited edition Record Store Day double LP version of Quarantine The Past.
On January 25, Matador announced the correct track listing of the album and announced the winner of the competition. "Gold Soundz" - 2:40 from Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain "Frontwards" – 3:01 from Watery, Domestic "Mellow Jazz Docent" – 1:52 from Perfect Sound Forever "Stereo" – 3:07 from Brighten the Corners "In the Mouth a Desert" – 3:48 from Slanted and Enchanted "Two States" – 1:48 from Slanted and Enchanted "Cut Your Hair" – 3:05 from Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain "Shady Lane / J Vs. S" – 3:51 from Brighten the Corners "Here" – 3:55 from Slanted and Enchanted "Unfair" – 2:31 from Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain "Grounded" – 4:15 from Wowee Zowee "Summer Babe" – 3:15 from Slanted and Enchanted "Range Life" – 4:56 from Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain "Date w/ IKEA" - 2:38 from Brighten the Corners "Debris Slide" - 1:56 from Perfect Sound Forever "Shoot the Singer" - 3:15 from Watery, Domestic "Spit on a Stranger" - 3:01 from Terror Twilight "Heaven is a Truck" - 2:29 from Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain "Trigger Cut/Wounded-Kite At:17" - 3:15 from Slanted and Enchanted "Embassy Row" - 3:50 from Brighten the Corners "Box Elder" - 2:24 from Slay Tracks: 1933–1969 "Unseen Power of the Picket Fence" - 3:50 from No Alternative compilation "Fight this Generation" - 4:23 from Wowee Zowee On February 2, 2010 Matador Records announced the second-place winner of their competition, in which their “most imaginative” track listing would be made into a special edition Record Store Day double LP release.
Limited to 1,000 copies, this edition features special silkscreen cover art designed by the band themselves and was released on April 17 at participating record stores. The track listing is as follows: "Zurich Is Stained" – from Slanted and Enchanted "Trigger Cut/Wounded-Kite At:17" – from Slanted and Enchanted "Grave Architecture" – from Wowee Zowee "Unfair" – from Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain "…And Carrot Rope" – from Terror Twilight "Shady Lane / J Vs. S" – from Brighten the Corners "Two States" – from Slanted and Enchanted "Fame Throwa" – from Slanted and Enchanted "Cut Your Hair" – from Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain "Here" – from Slanted and Enchanted "Extradition" – from Wowee Zowee "Stereo" – from Brighten the Corners "The Hexx" – from Terror Twilight "Shoot The Singer" – from Watery, Domestic "Kennel District" – from Wowee Zowee "Price Yeah!" – from Slay Tracks: 1933–1969 "No Life Singed Her" – from Slanted and Enchanted "Stop Breathin’" – from Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain "Type Slowly" – from Tibetan Freedom Concert compilation "Fin" – from Brighten the Corners "Forklift" – from Demolition Plot J-7 "Fight This Generation" – from Wowee Zowee "Box Elder" – from Slay Tracks: 1933–1969 David Winton Bell – Photo Courtesy Greg Calbi – Mastering Doug Easley – Engineer Mitch Easter – Engineer Jesper Eklow – Compilation Nigel Godrich – Engineer Bryce Goggin – Engineer Cy Jameson – Engineer Davis McCain – Engineer Mark Ohe – Art Direction Pavement – Compilation, Art Direction Mark Venezia – Engineer
Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks
Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks is an American rock band consisting of Stephen Malkmus, Mike Clark, Joanna Bolme, Jake Morris. Malkmus was the main songwriter behind the influential 1990s indie rock band Pavement; the Jicks formed in 2000 immediately after Pavement's 1999 "hiatus" began. The group's first record - which had a working title of Swedish Reggae - was called Stephen Malkmus, it was released by Matador Records on February 13, 2001. The group made their official live debut at New York's Bowery Ballroom only a few weeks before their first record was released. Around this time, Pavement's auxiliary percussionist Bob Nastanovich began acting as The Jicks' tour manager, Mike Clark joined on keyboards. Pig Lib was the name of the band's second record, released in 2003; the album featured a looser interplay between the musicians with longer song lengths and a growing emphasis on guitar solos. The album received positive reviews, gaining 4/5 stars from Rolling Stone and an 8.0/10 from Pitchfork Media.
In 2003 the Jicks opened for Radiohead on their North American tour, in 2004 the band helped to curate an edition of the British All Tomorrow's Parties festival. Face the Truth, came in 2005 to positive reviews, many of them claiming a return to Wowee Zowee-type form. Most of the album was recorded by Malkmus alone in his basement, although each member of the Jicks play on at least one song on the record; the band toured only behind this record due to the fact that Malkmus had a new child. During this time period Joe Plummer filled in on drums. On October 2, 2006, it was reported by Pitchfork that John Moen had become a full-time member of The Decemberists and had been replaced by Janet Weiss - drummer of Quasi and the then-defunct Sleater-Kinney; the band's fourth studio album, Real Emotional Trash, was recorded at SnowGhost Music in Whitefish and released on March 4, 2008 to positive reviews. While Malkmus spent much of 2010 on tour with Pavement, the band completed recording on their fifth album Mirror Traffic with Beck Hansen.
Prior to the release, Janet Weiss' departure from the Jicks lineup was announced. Her place was taken by ex-Joggers drummer Jake Morris; the band's sixth studio album, Wig Out at Jagbags, was released on January 7, 2014. It was recorded in the La Chapelle studio in Belgium with Pavement's F. O. H. Live sound engineer Remko'El Duche' Schouten. Overdubs were done in Berlin; the album was mixed in Amsterdam's IJland Studio. On March 26, 2018, it was announced that the band's seventh studio album, Sparkle Hard would be released on May 18, 2018. For much of the band's existence, the Jicks did not perform songs by Malkmus's previous band Pavement. However, since about 2012, the group has shown a greater willingness to play Pavement songs. Played Pavement songs in Jicks performances have included "In the Mouth a Desert", "Shady Lane", "Box Elder", "Stereo" among others. Current membersStephen Malkmus - vocals, guitar Joanna Bolme - bass, synthesizer Mike Clark - keyboards, guitar Jake Morris - drums Former membersJohn Moen - drums, vocals Joe Plummer - drums Janet Weiss - drums Stephen Malkmus Pig Lib Face the Truth Real Emotional Trash Mirror Traffic Wig Out at Jagbags Sparkle Hard "Phantasies" "Discretion Grove" "Jenny & The Ess-Dog" "Jo Jo's Jacket" "Dark Wave" "Baby C'mon" "Kindling For The Master" "Baltimore" "Gardenia" "Cold Son" "Tigers" "Senator" "Stick Figures in Love" "Wheels of Fire" b/w "Gorgeous Georgie" "Lariat" "Middle America" "Shiggy" "Refute"
Free Kitten is a supergroup composed of Sonic Youth's Kim Gordon and Pussy Galore's Julie Cafritz. Performing under the name Kitten, they changed their name after receiving threats of legal action by a heavy metal singer performing under the same name. Boredoms member Yoshimi P-We took up the task of drumming, Pavement's Mark Ibold joined on as bassist, they have released a handful of albums and singles on label Kill Rock Stars, including a remix 12" featuring DJ Spooky. They toured on 1993's Lollapalooza. A studio album, 2008's Inherit, on Thurston Moore's Ecstatic Peace label, is the group's most available. Kill Rock Stars band factsheet page, includes mp3 sample track Free Kitten at AllMusic