Album: Groove Denied
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While 2018’s Sparkle Hard was the full-band album that Stephen Malkmus released after a four-year absence, the album he originally wanted to release was eventually called Groove Denied, which consisted of synth-oriented songs he’d been working on for years. This so freaked out Matador — who’d been releasing Malkmus’s records for 25 years — that the record label president flew out to Portland personally to reject the record.
Naturally, Malkmus had fallen prey to the Young/Mould Corollary to the Townshend Rule: not only will a great guitarist eventually make a synth-oriented record, the record label will likely freak out when it happens.