So, why did Malkmus leave "Harness Your Hopes" off Brighten The Corners
? Though he liked the song, he thought it sounded wrong after the band spliced the track to shorten a waltz section that came after its chorus. The band didn't tell Malkmus about the change, and it soured him on the song.
"It's better, I like it, it's cool that we did that, it's old-school or whatever," he told Stereogram
in 2017 of the analog adjustment. "But it sounded wrong to me or something, and I was like, 'That's a B-side.' It's terrible, too - nobody told me! I guess I was such a boss, and maybe nobody thought I would listen."
Malkmus added that usually Pavement guitarist Scott Kannberg or another band colleague would tell him when it was a good song. "So, it should have been on the record," he admitted. "I'm just saying that's my mistake."