Sunday, April 15, 2007

"Baby, there's no guidance when random rules"

I've been on a circa 1990s indie rock kick in the recent days thanks to my rediscovery of a Pavement mix I got a few months ago (I've also been listening to lots of Dinosaur Jr lately -- their newest due out in May is fanfuckingtastic!). Pavement, led by indie rock giant Stephen Malkmus, is one of those bands that took me a while to warm up to. The hooks have always been there for me, but I didn't fully embrace the quirky songwriting until recently.

Malkmus and Berman rockin' the mike.

I think I came around thanks in part to my interest in The Silver Jews. Fronted by David Berman, him and Malkmus have collaborated for years and exhibit similar styles both musically and lyrically. Berman has a distinct style as well -- this ain't just some Malkmus' side project.

Here are some tunes from both Pavement and The Silver Jews.

Pavement -- Summer Babe (Winter Version)

Buy Slanted and Enchanted here

Pavement -- Carrot Rope
Buy Terror Twilight here

The Silver Jews -- Sleeping Is The Only Love
Buy Tanglewood Numbers here

The Silver Jews -- Dallas
Buy The Natural Bridge here



ryan said...

Hey, if you like Malkmus's stuff, check out The Jicks....i think that's his new band

ryan said...

By the way....i just checked out those Silver Jews songs. I really, really like them. They're the second best thing you've introduced me to, so far (The Hold Steady is #1). I've added The Silver Jews to my "I'll Download Later" section of eMusic.

I was hesitant after my first listen of The Hold Steady, I had read one of your blogs on them a long time ago and had heard them on Letterman, but wasn't sure if I liked them or not. I think I even told Gerdon that they reminded me of the Gin Blossoms/Toad the Wet Sprocket/Soul Asylum trifecta of the 90s. Now, they're one of my top bands. So, I give you props on that one...

Bryan said...

Thanks for the suggestion Rutledge. I've been meandering that way and to his solo stuff these days.

Glad you like the HS and SJ. They're not the stuff I typically like, but someone suggested them to me and I liked it immediately. If you haven't already, get HS' Separation Sunday. I think it's better than Boys and Girls although I really loved that album.