Pavement Album Due In June

Indie-rock band Pavement's still-untitled fifth album, produced by Nigel Godrich (Beck, Radiohead), is set for release June 8. One of the album's gentle-sounding cuts, tentatively titled "Spit on a Stranger," includes the refrain, "Now I see the long, the short, the middle and what's in between/ I could spit on a stranger, you're a bitter stranger." The atmospheric "The Hex" is reminiscent of the band's last album, Brighten the Corners (1997), and opens with images of Capistrano swallows: "God installed that radar in your pointy little beak so you'd return," sings Stephen Malkmus. Other tracks set for the album include the tentatively titled "Family Tree" and "Anne."