THE MUSIC OF PAJO by Sarah Becker

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Born in Texas, raised in Kentucky; David Pajo is a musician. His name is not in common parlance, but Pajo has been involved in much of the greatest music of the last two decades.

He first played out in the early 1980s. He went on to instant infamy with the group Slint (1986-1990). During the 1990s, Pajo played with King Kong, The Palace Brothers, Stereolab, Royal Trux, The For Carnation, Tortoise and Bonnie 'Prince' Billy. He is also featured on many of their early records.

In 1995, Pajo started the M franchise, issuing a single and a split single in short order. As Aerial M, he released several singles, a self-titled album and a remix album. As Papa M, he produced three full-length albums.

In 2002, Pajo joined Billy Corgan's Zwan, with whom he released an album and toured the world for two years. It was during this time that he started the Papa M singles series.

Pajo then played bass with Early Man as well as participating in the reunion of Slint.

"Hole of Burning Alms" appeared in 2004 - to date, the last Papa M record. This collected Aerial M and Papa M sides to form another long-playing link in the M chain.

Since then, David Pajo has recorded as Pajo. His self-titled first release came in the summer of 2005 - a collection of solo recordings made on the road. He then released the home recording "1968," as part of a Pajo trilogy. The final album under the name Pajo was a collection of Misfits covers performed acoustic, "Scream With Me." This album was only released on vinyl and download. He has played live as Pajo very sparingly, shy of a few dates dotted around the globe.

He also joined Dead Child as their guitarist and released "Attack" on Touch & Go Records.

From 2009-10, David played bass, keyboards, and acoustic guitar with the Yeah Yeah Yeahs for their world tour of "It's Blitz."

He occasionally performs "Live From A Shark Cage" as Papa M and continues to write and record his one-man metal project, Evila.

From April 2010 to February 2011, he replaced Carlos D as the bassist for Interpol and toured extensively.

He is still active as a solo musician, writes and records with Evila, and still works with his bandmates in Slint.

Currently, David Pajo is performing with the Yeah Yeah Yeahs again for their 2013 world tour. Please check out their tour dates at www.yeahyeahyeahs.com.