That bizarre Pavement jukebox musical from earlier this month is a part of a bizarre film directed by Alex Ross Perry, although no person, particularly not the filmmakers, appear capable of articulate what meaning.
In response to 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 response to Perry, “Nobody knew what that meant.”
Perry determined to make one thing “reputable, ridiculous, actual, faux, idiotic, cliché, illogical,” he mentioned. “You’re 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 by way of 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 really good,” Perry mentioned.
This perhaps the one new Pavement undertaking to look ahead to any time quickly; Malkmus just lately mentioned it might be “complete cringe” in the event that they wrote new music right this moment. The band is at the moment on the Australia and New Zealand leg of their reunion tour, and tickets can be found right here. If you happen to’d like, you’ll be able to revisit our listing of the band’s 10 greatest songs.