Most of my "10 all-time favorite albums" listed last week were from the '70's. The most recent, "Urban Bushmen" was released in 1980. "Monks Music" dates from 1957, and "The Village Green" on the same day as "The White Album, and "Blonde On Blonde" in 1968.
It takes awhile for the really good ones to reveal themselves as "all time".
Some records from the '90's are definitely in the running, and will likely make a future list.
It's a great example of a band transcending their abilities. They almost achieve "classic rock".
Of course the followup "Wowee Zowee" was a terrible disappointment.
None of the subsequent albums leading up to their 1999 breakup are as consistent.
Stephen Malkmus, the principal songwriter has gone on to release seven solo albums backed by The Jicks. The four I have recall the high water mark of "Crooked Rain" nicely. He's an affable singer, with a knack for writing memorable melodies, and may someday be the subject of a Weekend Mix.
His lyrics tend to be somewhat free associative, making this absurd video translation of "Cinnamon and Lesbians" rather funny.