Real Emotional TrashArtist: Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks
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More Info:As Pavement's primary songwriter, Steve Malkmus crafted lazy, catchy art-pop that defined the slacker/indie genre. As a solo artist Malkmus hasn't exactly tightened up, but his music emerges from more expansive sonic terrain. Malkmus certainly remains on his own languid trip, but as Real Emotional Trash proves, his music has grown far too cerebral for him to be called a slacker anymore.
Reviews:Pavement's 20th anniversary is next year, but until then you'll have to tide yourself the way you have been for the entire decade: with another Malkmus/Jicks full-length. We say that like it's a bad thing. Joanna Bolme, Mike Clark and ex-Sleater-Kinney timekeeper Janet Weiss are proving increasingly adept at forging a separate identity for the Jicks. And that's gotta be a relief, because you know they're probably sick of hearing all those Pavement requests.