February 4, 2023

That bizarre Pavement jukebox musical from earlier this month is a part of a bizarre film directed by Alex Ross Perry, although no one, particularly not the filmmakers, appear in a position to articulate what which means.

In line with a brand new profile within the New Yorker, Pavement’s label Matador Data reached out to Perry three years in the past. The band sought a film, however frontman Stephen Malkmus didn’t desire a documentary. He “needed to rent a screenwriter. However he didn’t desire a screenplay.” In line with Perry, “Nobody knew what that meant.”

Perry determined to make one thing “authentic, ridiculous, actual, pretend, idiotic, cliché, illogical,” he mentioned. “You are taking the Todd Haynes Bob Dylan film, the Scorsese documentary, the Pennebaker documentary, and the film Dylan himself directed that everybody hates [Renaldo and Clara], and put all of them in a blender.”

Slanted! Enchanted! A Pavement Musical was a part of that imaginative and prescient, pairing Pavement’s songs with dancing Santas and elaborate musical numbers set in IKEA. “Malkmus is neck and neck with [Stephen] Sondheim when it comes to his narrative storytelling, his sense of allusion and wordplay.” Perry mentioned. However was the musical all a joke? Not fairly. “The last word joke is that it’s truly good,” Perry mentioned.

This possibly the one new Pavement mission to stay up for any time quickly; Malkmus just lately mentioned it will be “whole cringe” in the event that they wrote new music at this time. The band is at the moment on the Australia and New Zealand leg of their reunion tour, and tickets can be found right here. In case you’d like, you possibly can revisit our record of the band’s 10 greatest songs.

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