It was a quiet '06 for our man Stephen Malkmus. Or was it? The specter of Pavement loomed large over indie rock's latest pack of buzz bands, most notably Minneapolis' marvelously askew Tapes 'N' Tapes. And the expansive decade-later reissue of Wowee Zowee— Pavement's last great album as well as their weirdest—restored its spotty reputation once and for all. Meanwhile, Malkmus was busy covering such Dylan classics as "Maggie's Farm" and "Ballad of a Thin Man" for Todd Haynes' quasi-biopic I'm Not There, in which a handful of different actors portray the living legend. He also managed to recruit Janet Weiss, fresh off the dissolution of Sleater-Kinney, as the new drummer of his... More >>>