Over the past year or so, Stephen Malkmus and his Jicks, Mark Ibold and his Sonic Youth, and Bob Nastanovich and his IKEA have been getting more column space, but Scott Kannberg, aka Pavement co-founder Spiral Stairs, is back and ready for some of his own. He’s released a couple albums as Preston School Of Industry, but takes full credit for The Real Feel, making it something of a solo debut. Of course, “solo” rarely means “solo,” so Kannberg was joined by Australian rock band Gersey (Spiral spent a bit of time in Melbourne before returning to Seattle), the Preston folks, the Posies, Austin-based guitarist Ian Moore, and Broken Social Scenester Kevin Drew. The thing was mixed by the Posies’ Jon Auer: Listen to his work via lead track/vintage rocker “Maltese Terrier” (oddly, it sorta sounds Australian). As you’ll note, there’s a different kind of animal featured on the cover.
Spiral Stairs – “Maltese Terrier” (MP3)
The Real Feel is out 10/20 via Matador. The vinyl edition will feature a different track order and a limited-edition bonus 7″. There’ll be a North America tour in the fall, so keep your eyes peeled, overdosing raccoons.