Unfortunately, i never got to see Pavement perform. Like so many other groups i grew up listening to and being influenced by, they called it quits before i ever got to attend a concert. And that sucks, BUT, i did get to see Stephen Malkmus perform with The Jicks way way back in 2001 when the artist released his first post-Pavement record. And he was fantastic, as sardonic and insightful as he's always been...and continues to be. Malkmus's latest record with The Jicks, "Sparkle Hard," came out a couple of days ago, and is another excellent addition to his ever expanding catalog. Get it from Matador and watch the video of a stripped down, solo acoustic take of the record's first single "Middle America."