Jo Jo's Jacket 7''
Rating: 7 missing neon signs out of 10
I was bummed when Pavement broke up, as most of their fans were, but pretty quickly Stephen Malkmus put out a self-titled record that sounded just like the last couple of Pavement records...and we knew the world would be ok. The title track here is off of that album, and it's a damn good song. Malkmus was always clearly very involved in shaping Pavement's sound, but when you hear his solo work it's very clear just how much influence he held. My feelings are not nearly as strong on the flip track as they are for the title track - "Open And Shut Cases" - the lyrics of which mostly are just those four words in the title repeated over and over. It is the epitome of a seven inch b-side: there, but barely.
Side note: the label on my b-side is all jacked up...not sure if this was normal for this release, or I'm just "special."