Pavement Announce Rarities Comp The Secret History Vol 1

Pavement have just announced The Secret History Vol 1, a new rarities compilation to be released in August. The 30-track double LP will contain material from the Slanted And Enchanted era (1990-1992), including unreleased session tracks, John Peel sessions, and a 1992 live concert. The album will also come with essays written by Stephen Malkmus, Pavement guitarist Spiral Stairs, Matador Records, Billions Corporation, and Drag City bosses, and a special gatefold designed by Rob Carmichael, the guy behind the covers for Animal Collective’s Merriweather Post Pavilion and the Dirty Projectors’ Bitte Orca.


According to a press release, this will be the first in a series of “shadow albums” to be released over the next five years, with each compilation serving as a companion to a specific album and era in Pavement’s discography. Check out Vol 1’s full tracklisting below; it’s a great starter kit for listeners looking to go deeper, and although longtime fans will that all of this material appeared on the 2002 reissue Slanted And Enchanted: Luxe & Reduxe, this is the first time many of these recordings have been available on vinyl (25 out of 30 tracks, to be exact).

01 “Sue Me Jack”
02 “So Stark (You’re A Skyscraper)”
03 “Summer Babe” (7″ Version)
04 “Mercy Snack: The Laundromat”
05 “Baptist Blacktick”
06 “My First Mine”
07 “Nothing Ever Happens”
08 “Here” (Alternate Mix)
09 “Greenlander”
10 “Circa 1762″ (Peel Session 1)
11 “Kentucky Cocktail” (Peel Session 1)
12 “Secret Knowledge Of Backroads” (Peel Session 1)
13 “Here” (Peel Session 1)
14 “Rain Ammunition” (Peel Session 2)
15 “Drunks With Guns” (Peel Session 2)
16 “Ed Ames” (Peel Session 2)
17 “The List Of Dorms” (Peel Session 2)
18 “Conduit For Sale” [Live Brixton 1992]
19 “Fame Throwa” [Live Brixton 1992]
20 “Home” [Live Brixton 1992]
21 “Perfume V” [Live Brixton 1992]
22 “Summer Babe” [Live Brixton 1992]
23 “Frontwards” [Live Brixton 1992]
24 “Angel Carver Blues Mellow Jazz Docent” [Live Brixton 1992]
25 “Two States” [Live Brixton 1992]
26 “No Life Singed Her” [Live Brixton 1992]
27 “So Stark (You’re A Skyscraper)” [Live Brixton 1992]
28 “Box Elder” [Live Brixton 1992]
29 “Baby Yeah” [Live Brixton 1992]
30 “In The Mouth A Desert” [Live Brixton 1992]

The Secret History Vol 1 is out 8/11 via Matador. Pre-order it here.

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