January 17: Slay Tracks (1933–1969)

Slay Tracks (1933–1969) is the debut extended play (EP) by the
American indie rock band Pavement. The group, then consisting of
founding members Stephen Malkmus (pictured in 2005) and Scott Kannberg,
recorded Slay Tracks with producer and future member Gary Young during a
four-hour session on January 17, 1989. The EP was released as a
7″ vinyl record on the band’s own record label Treble Kicker. The music
in Slay Tracks is influenced by indie and punk rock bands, including
Swell Maps and The Fall, and many of the lyrics are inspired by life in
the band’s hometown of Stockton, California. Although only 1000 copies
were pressed, the EP became an underground hit. Most of its initial
reviews were from independently produced zines, and it met with
generally positive reactions. The songs on Slay Tracks would later
appear on the 1993 compilation Westing (By Musket and Sextant),
reaching a wider audience than the EP’s limited initial release. The
release of Slay Tracks was significant to Pavement’s signing to Drag
City, and later to Matador Records. All of the songs from it were played
live throughout Pavement’s history.

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Today’s selected anniversaries:


Pope Gregory XI moved the Papacy back to Rome from Avignon,
effectively becoming the last Avignon Pope.


Italian explorer Giovanni da Verrazzano set sail westward from
Madeira to find a sea route to the Pacific Ocean.


American Revolutionary War: American forces won a surprising
victory over the British at the Battle of Cowpens, one of the most
pivotal battles of the war.


Patrick Purdy opened fire in an elementary school in Stockton,
California, killing five and wounding 30 others.


Harald V, the current King of Norway, succeeded to the throne
upon the death of his father Olav V.

Wiktionary’s word of the day:

Poor; destitute; in need.

Wikiquote quote of the day:

  All I know is that I’m tired of being clever Everybody’s clever
these days. Take a win Take a fall I never wanted your love But I needed
it all…     
–Zooey Deschanel

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