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