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The Most Memorable Albums of 1999 (Part 2)

PopMatters is 20 and to celebrate we are looking back at the popular music that defined the year of our birth. Part two covers the most memorable albums from March through June, highlighted by monster hits from the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Moby, and Travis.

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The 100 Greatest Alternative Singles of the '90s - Part 2 (80 - 61)

The second part of our examination of the 100 Greatest Alternative Singles of the '90s includes Pavement, Suzanne Vega, Morrissey, Dinosaur Jr., and more.

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Pavement: The Secret History, Vol. 1

As a vinyl-only reissue, Matador is focused a on a very specific and very curious quadrant of consumers, but those that need what is the first in many likely volumes are assuredly still going to get their money's worth.

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Orange Popsicles and Lemonade: 20 Timeless Songs of Summer

Whether you're at the beach or just hanging out in the backyard, these timeless summer classics are sure to make the summer sun shine a little bit brighter.

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Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks: Wig Out at Jagbags

Parsing Stephen Malkmus' lyrics has been an indie pastime for going on close to a quarter century, so can it be any surprise that Wig Out at Jagbags serves up its fair share of lines that beg for reading too much into?

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Ovlov: am

Some of the year's best guitar rock, straight out of the garage.

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Counterbalance No. 124 Pavement's 'Slanted and Enchanted'

I saw your girlfriend and she was eating her fingers, just another meal. But she waits there in the levee wash, mixin' cocktails with a plastic tipped cigar and listening to the 124th most acclaimed album of all time.

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Darlings: Perfect Trip

Pavement-obsessed Brooklynites bow to the altar of their heroes on their debut. In doing so, they find a very comfortable niche to explore in the future.

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Cate Le Bon: Cyrk II

This sequel EP to Le Bon's early 2012 release is done in by self-consciously arty sloppiness.

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Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks: Mirror Traffic

It might be odd to say this about someone who has been around as long as Stephen Malkmus has, but it seems like he's finally comfortable in his own skin on Mirror Traffic.

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Gold Soundz: The 20 Essential Pavement Songs

What better way is there to mark Stephen Malkmus' past milestones and present achievements than to revisit his most memorable Pavement songs?

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Real Feelings: An Interview with Spiral Stairs

Stealing his drummer's cymbals? Making "Melbournian" music? Reuniting the most beloved indie-rock band of the '90s? All just a day in the life of Scott Kannberg, who recently released his first "solo" album ...

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Our Band Could Be Your Life. Again. Band Reunions Redefined in the 2000s

The decade's most memorable reunion stories have not been cash grabs by classic rock giants, but unexpected comebacks by some of indie's most valuable players. Here's why.

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Spiral Stairs: The Real Feel

Scott Kannberg's solo debut is aesthetically assured but ultimately a little empty.

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Pavement: Brighten the Corners: Nicene Creedence Edition

Brighten the Corners focused in a way that showed the band not bucking the burdens of indie rock off their backs, as they did on Wowee Zowee, but setting them aside to make a great record.

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