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Post Global Music: David Pajo's Favourite Albums
Noel Baker , November 12th, 2013 08:13

Ahead of the reunited Slint playing shows this month and next, the hyper-prolific multi-instrumentalist hones his record collection down to a top 13

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Photograph courtesy of Sebastian Mlynarski

As a kind of musical itinerant, David Pajo always seems to have his eye on another hitching post. Right now his gaze is trained on a good one.

"I would very much like to collaborate with Sunn O)))," says the man with an imprint on some of the more memorable rock releases of the past 25 years. In Slint, he helped invent new angles on riffs and minor chords, napalmed with occasional bursts of noise (somewhere, the instruments on the song 'Rhoda' are still writhing on a dirty basement floor, suffering from post traumatic stress disorder). His other musical trysts include The For Carnation, Tortoise, Royal Trux, Stereolab, currently the Yeah Yeah Yeahs - the list goes on. With typical Kraftwerkian aplomb, Florian Schneider once said: "Collaborations are the black holes of knowledge regimes"; if so, Pajo jumped right into one.

All the while his solo work, through his various Papa/Aerial/M and later Pajo guises have produced songs that are bewitching, euphonic, sometimes unsettling, and all as wide as a Kansas sky, but as this list shows, in recent times he's been shacked up with one of his first loves.

"Metal is like an unstoppable disease," he enthuses - for proof, take in his own Evila project, with its none-more-Norwegian artwork, and his recent fascination with tweeting photographs of crypts. Here are his favourite 13 albums. Act under advisement: contains primetime Ozzy....

Slint play Albert Hall in Manchester on November 28, ATP End Of An Era Part Two at Camber Sands on November 29-December 1 and The Forum in London on December 3; head to ATP's website for full details. Click on his image below to begin scrolling through David's choices


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Nov 12, 2013 5:18pm

Nit-picking, but the ATP event is "End of an Era Part II" - not End of the Road Part II, which would also be cool.

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Nov 12, 2013 6:46pm

wow, great list and including a Thergothon album was the icing on the cake!

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Rein Schommer
Nov 12, 2013 8:20pm

Dave Pajo is seriously hardcore.

Saw Big Black live? Check
SUPPORTED Big Black? Check
1st pressing of Out Of Step? Check
Norwegian Death Metal? Check
Obligatory Dylan album? Check

I can't say I would listen to the Death or Doom Metal albums but the list is very interesting. Pajo is a legend.

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Tony Burkulousis
Nov 13, 2013 1:15am

I remember going to see Stereolab in London around the time of Emperor Tomato Ketchup..."Holy fuck! That's Pajo playing Bass!" (I was a big Slint fan). Then a year or two later I go to a Royal Trux show at Kings Cross, London...once again "Holy fuck!"...and I'll never forget the show at the Union Chapel, Islington when the lightning started up outside illuminating the darkened interior through the stained glass windows...I think Pole and Oval played too that night, so good to hear that stuff loud.

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Nov 13, 2013 7:31pm

Pajo solo is awful; worse than third rate spit back Oldham. And he's had better moments too, as a sideman, though Slint are garbage nostalgia mongers- wow, ever hear Crimson dude???- and nobody should name their kid Fur Part, that's just cruel.

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Nov 14, 2013 12:52pm

In reply to :

Come and get a hug, go on.

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Nov 24, 2013 9:21am

Love this guy's music and his selection. Ulver, Die Kreuzen, Arvo Part, Steve Reich...superb taste. Only things I don't really dig were Ozzy (love Sabbath though) and Leonard Cohen.

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