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Westing (By Musket and Sextant)


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Begun in the late ‘80s as a home-taping project between Stockton, California pals Stephen Malkmus and Scott Kannberg, Pavement pressed up several limited edition “lo-fi” EPs  (Slay Tracks 1933-1969, Demolition Plot J-7, Perfect Sound Forever) that made it into influential taste-maker hands and that reflected the duo’s interest in marginal rough-cut sounding underground post-punk rockers such as Swell Maps and the Fall. Westing collects these early releases along with a few singles and flexi-disc rarities for a self-contained look at the band’s early evolution. Layers of tape hiss and raw guitar distortion dominate the sound, but underneath the murk rest tunes that alternate between unabashedly catchy (“Box Elder,” “From Now On,” “Summer Babe”) and unapologetically abrasive (“Forklift,” “My Radio”), sometimes within the same tune. Not everyone will find “Perfect Depth” a hummable exercise, but fans of difficult listening will cherish the squalls of feedback, the inconsistently intruding basslines and the addition of drummer Gary Young — who redefines the term erratic — as part of the amateurish charm. From these deliberately rough beginnings, an entire indie-rock aesthetic for the ‘90s was formed.

Customer Reviews

full of nickels, nickels and dimes

Westing & (whatever the title means) has some gems. It's not always easy listening, as in it wasn't slickly produced-it's kinda fuzzy-but some songs stand out and some grow on you, and so it's kinda cool. Box Elder is both funny and angry. She Believes is a sort of love song with satire, i guess. I love Home. Forklift and Debris Slide have got those catchy choruses. And it probably would have been fun to be there while they were laying down all these tracks...

The Tuneage

Great songs with some crazy unorthodox guitar. Definatly makes me say die, die, die. If you have not heard pavement dont start her start crooked rain followed by slanted and enchanted or the other way around love terror,brighten ,wowee big doogs

First Pavement Experience

This album or collaberation of eps (not Slanted and Enchanted or Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain) was my first pavement experience. I fell in love! This is low production rock at its finest. The raw power crankin from a car stereo is an experience i cannot recommend enough! Just be warned if you are used to more recent pavement albums this makes crooked rain, crooked rain sound like a polished gem.


Formed: 1989 in Stockton, CA

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '80s, '90s

With their fractured songs, unexpected blasts of feedback, laconic vocals, cryptic literate lyrics, and defiant low-fidelity, Pavement were one of the most influential and distinctive bands to emerge from the American underground in the '90s. Pavement, along with Sebadoh, were the leaders of the lo-fi movement that dominated U.S. indie rock in the early '90s. Initially conceived as a studio project between guitarists/vocalists Stephen Malkmus and Scott Kannberg in the '80s, Pavement gradually became...
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