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Smart Moves

Lloyd Cole The Negatives (March) Stephen Malkmus Stephen Malkmus (Matador) Well-read, wryly funny, emotionally aloof, bookishly handsome–if Lloyd Cole and Stephen Malkmus hadn’t become successful songwriters, they would’ve made charismatic English professors. Instead, each helped define college rock in his respective decade, Malkmus by fronting Pavement through the 90s and Cole by providing the prefix […]

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Pavement

PAVEMENT Rumors have been flying for months that Pavement’s Terror Twilight (Matador), which hits the shelves Tuesday, is to be the band’s swan song. If that’s true, they’re going out with more of a whimper than a bang—but even Pavement’s whimpering beats a lot of other people’s banging. The new album builds on the direct […]

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Class in Session

Pavement is guided by a voice integral to but rarely heard in rock—that of the Privileged White Guy, as played here by Stephen Malkmus. He began with “love” songs set in monied locales like “Here” and “Summer Babe” (the Salinger phase); he’s snapped on hoi polloi pop artists Smashing Pumpkins and Stone Temple Pilots (the […]