wowee zowee, the first pavement album i bought and still my favourite. it's just so varied, from laid back country-ish songs (father to a sister of thought) to demented krautrock style jams (half a canyon) to wonderfully catchy pop songs (at & t, grounded). i can't fault this album.
as for malkmus & the jicks / preston school of industry; it has to be malkmus without a doubt, he's just a much better songwriter. as for pavement reforming, i wouldn't have any complaints if they did but it's not something i've really thought about much either.