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This CD single and vinyl 7" preceded the release Stephen Malkmus' debut solo effort by a month, and featured that LP's "Discretion Grove" and two B-side tracks. The release of this single hinted at the quality of the highly anticipated forthcoming full-length. Discretion Grove showed that free from the confines of Pavement, the artist formerly known as S.M. could construct solid, rocking, yet quirky tunes — even if they were somewhat devoid of the chaotic charm that propelled that former group into the rarefied stratosphere. And it's clear why the two B-sides here didn't make it onto the self-titled LP; they're throwaways when stacked up against the Malkmus canon — a fact the eccentric, pseudo-psychedelic production touches can't conceal.


Born: 30 May 1966 in Santa Monica, CA

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

After Pavement announced they were going on hiatus at the end of 1999, the status of one of America's finest indie rock bands was a mystery for the first half of 2000. It became clearer that summer, however, when it was revealed that both singer/songwriter/guitarists Stephen Malkmus and Scott Kannberg were preparing solo albums. Malkmus was particularly busy during that time, performing new songs with Kim's Bedroom -- a one-off group that also included Sonic Youth's Kim Gordon and Jim O'Rourke --...
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