Pavement, the legendary Stockton, California indie band, are still quite the anomaly in the grand scheme of the indie revival of the '80s and '90s. The Stephen Malkmus-led outfit prided itself on spitballed weirdness and crafty songwriting, rather than over-indulge on the merits of pristine and perfected sounds. This isn't entirely unfounded and can be ascribed to a litany of bands from the time frame, but the indelible quirky nature and remarkable consistency elevated the band to a ballooned cult status. Still, over two decades since the breakout Slanted And Enchanted, Pavement feel untouched, a roughly new emergence that still prevails over much of the DIY garage genre today.

Now, fans will have another chance to explore the merits of one of the eras most curious bands with The Secret History, Vol. 1, a 30 track compilation of Pavement's untouched and lesser-known gems. The August 14th release, courtesy of Domino, will include 25 previously unreleased tracks available on vinyl for the first time, including B-Sides, unreleased sessions, and the band's 1992 Brixton performance.

The vinyl package will also include essays from Malkmus, the band's former label Matador, Billions Corporation, Drag City, and a gatefold design from artist Rob Carmichael. Pre-orders can be made here.

Also, check out The 405's look back on the band's 1995 album Wowee Zowee.

Check out the tracklist below:

  • 1. Sue Me Jack
  • 2. So Stark (You’re A Skyscraper)
  • 3. Summer Babe (7” Version)
  • 4. Mercy Snack: The Laundromat
  • 5. Baptiss Blacktick
  • 6. My First Mine
  • 7. Nothing Ever Happens
  • 8. Here (Alternate Mix)
  • 9. 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 Of A Desert [Live Brixton 1992]