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Friday, March 26, 2010
Other routes taken
Pavement was not totally idle during the '00s. Matador rereleased the band's five albums, each in double-CD formats with dozens of previously unreleased tracks. However, each member was also involved in more personal endeavors, some more musical than others.
Stephen Malkmus formed the Jicks, though they eventually became known as Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks, and the band's first album was released by Matador in 2001 under the name "Stephen Malkmus" alone. The band featured Portland fixtures John Moen and Joanna Bolme, though they added Elastica guitarist Justine Frischmann for some tour dates. In 2008, former Sleater-Kinney drummer Janet Weiss joined. Over the course of four albums, Malkmus' jerry-rigged songs were slowly absorbed into a more protracted, psychedelic style.
Scott Kannberg launched Preston School of Industry with drummer Andrew Borger and bassist Jon Erickson in late 2000. Some of the group's early songs had reportedly been written by Kannberg for Pavement's last album, "Terror Twilight" but weren't used. PSI has so far released two albums of conventional indie pop, while Kannberg also runs his own record company, Amazing Grease.
Mark Ibold returned to his job as a bartender in New York at the Great Jones Cafe, while contributing the odd bass part to various one-off projects. In 2006, he stepped in for Kim Gordon as the bass player in Sonic Youth, and he is now considered a full-fledged member of the band.
Steve West had already started his solo project, Marble Valley, two years before Pavement's breakup. The band has since released four albums of grimy progressive rock.
Bob Nastanovich owns, breeds and manages thoroughbred horses for the racing industry. He's also a jockey agent, a chart caller and has published a racing-related newsletter. Musically, he worked with the Silver Jews, led by David Berman, another friend from the University of Virginia. He also road managed tours by both the Jews and the Jicks.