So, yes: let us now discuss Pavement. Or more to the point, let us discuss the band Violet & I saw in Boston on Saturday, on the home stretch of their massive reunion tour cash-in-apalooza. There will be time for a more detailed examination of The Event later in the week, but for now let it suffice to say: pretty spry for some old guys. Alternate snark: Boy, the Jicks sure have let themselves go.
In the meantime, let's enjoy a trip down memory lane, shall we? Not just the hits - in fact, I avoided all but a couple of the "hits" - more a guide for the perplexed who may already be predisposed to the idea that "Cut Your Hair" is an annoying song that sounds unfortunately like Weezer. So here's some deep cuts, b-sides, and other assorted ephemera culled from those massive double-disc reissues they've been releasing the last decade; as well as a couple oddball covers of their songs by other artists (one of which I think is pretty good, the other of which I think is endearingly awful, you guess which one is which), and a couple cameos from their biggest influences, for those playing the rock critic game at home. (Pavement have never made any secret of wearing their influences on their sleeves, and this kind of trainspotting is part of the fun.) The goal is, shall we say, a kind of "secret history" that serves not as a corrective but a corollary to the kind of strange focus that comes from hits-heavy reunion shows and the best-of compilations that inspire them.
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All songs by Pavement unless noted.
1. Spit On A Stranger
2. Embassy Row
3. No Life Singed Her
4. The Fall - The Classical
5. Winner Of The
6. Krell Vid-User
7. No More Kings
8. Los Campesinos! - Frontwards
9. We Dance (Alternate Mix)
10. R.E.M. - Camera
11. Dark Ages
12. Fillmore Jive
14. 5 - 4 Vocal
15. Nickel Creek - Spit On A Stranger
16. No Tan Lines
17. Shoot The Singer (1 Sick Verse)
18. JMC Retro
19. And Then (The Hexx) (Extended Version)
20. Jackals, False Grails: The Lonesome Era
21. R.E.M. - (Don't Go Back To) Rockville
22. Range Life
23. You're Killing Me
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