Above: Graphic Logo for Belly Up Tavern.
After Pavement split in the late 90s, it was the end of one of the most consistently unique, interesting and high quality bands ever, it was also the beginning of an awesome solo career. Stephen Malkmus, formerly Pavement’s lead singer/guitarist/songwriter, needed a new direction and he found that direction with his new project, Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks. While Pavement’s Wowee Zowee was a great collection of ideas and song snippets, Malkmus’ current direction seems to expand the ideas and casual intricacies of that album into epic stories. Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks consist of catchy tunes that are thrown into a mix of epic guitar jams.