KMA515 Pavement – Quarantine The Past

I am as happy as anybody that Pavement got their shit together and have been schlepping their (now) classic songs around the world again. Sure, some of the members have been active individually during the hiatus, particularly Stephen Malkmus (Jicks) and Spiral Stairs (Preston School Of Industry). But to have Pavement back together again, well, it’s akin to how excited I became when the Pixies blew the dust off and hit the stage a few years ago. Unlike the Pixies, though, I was unable to catch Pavement when they were in Toronto this month. Broken Social Scene opened for them, too. Would’ve been a helluva great show.

Anyway, a recent copy of one of the free Toronto papers, snagged on our trip there last week, proclaimed Pavement to be “Your favourite band’s favourite band,” meaning that the entire generation behind us needs to be introduced to these geniuses of slacker rock. Kind of like in the mid-90’s when Dookie-addled Green Day fans had to be dragged by their snotty little noses to the Ramones and Stiff Little Fingers. Fair enough, and this Pavement hits collection would serve our budding hipsters well as the gateway to just buying (or, more likely) downloading the band’s entire catalogue. Not to sound holier than thou or anything, but in my collection I have almost all the original singles and EPs, as well as the albums, just waiting for another spin (and they usually get it, at some point). You should start your own collection! Then again, you’d do just as well to go buy the gorgeous re-issues of the records, which cover all the extra tracks anyway. Either way, you win!

These 23 tracks are largely what I would have chosen were I tasked to pick representative songs for a retrospective like this, although of course I can think of many more that aren’t here, too… Glad they chose Summer Babe (Winter Version), that tracks slays me every time I hear it. The only song that’s been omitted about which I will loudly bitch is Rattled By The Rush. I mean, C’MON! How could they leave off that blast of wondrousness? Yeesh.

Oh well. Kids, if this is your introduction to this band that totally matters, enjoy this disc and then take your skinny little hipster ass to iTunes and buy all of the rest. You can thank the KMA when your eyes are open fully. By the way, to your future you: you’re welcome. Long live Pavement!

Posted on June 18, 2010, in posts by aaron and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

Have Your Say!

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

1 Shot Spitune

Cincinnati Babyhead

Speaks his mind on music & movies!

Steve For The Deaf

Certain Songs Get Scratched Right In


The World Revolves Around Mars

Aphoristic Album Reviews

Personal Album Review Website

My (life in) music lists

These are the songs that have and will continue to soundtrack my life.


This world's so mixed up everywhere you go

Little Bits of Gaming & Movies


Blog All Night

Rhyme All Night

Stuff and That.

We do reviews, ya dig?


relaxing music

Every number one

Journey through all the songs that topped the charts

The Audible Stew

Salt to Taste

KingcrimsonBlog - The official Blog of Kingcrimsonprog

A Metal Nerd's Blog... Well, What did you expect, porn?


If You Want Vinyl, You've Got It ...


... and classic rock too!

Metal Odyssey > Heavy Metal Music Blog

Welcome to Metal Odyssey, it will be quite the Metal trip!

This is the story of the overly ambitious eagle...

...who evidently found a deer head in the landfill.

The Ü

On film, fiction, odds, and ends.

Songs on a Theme

pop, jazz, & other by subject

Living a Beautiful Life

~ Short Stories, Flights of Fancy and Everyday Anecdotes ~

Complex Distractions

conversations about music, life, and the alien overlords


Movie reviews and anything else that comes to mind


music is life, music is breath, music is us

A (Mostly) Music Blog

Some other stuff too, but mostly music.

Boppin's Blog

Albums, concerts, reviews, audio gear, how to's

Tangled Up In Words

Short Films, Stories, and Music/Film Reviews

Mike Slayen ~ Guitarist

Guitarist For Your Weddings, Private/Corporate Events & More

LP on 45

Celebrating how rock music sends us, saves us, and shows us our true selves—one single at a time

Free City Sounds

Album Reviews by Marshall Gu

80smetalman's Blog

Just another site

LeBrain's Record Store Tales & Reviews

Every record tells a story

A Blog About Music, Vinyl, More Music and (Sometimes) Music...


Revisiting my extensive music collection, one artist at a time

CD & Festival reviews

by Jon Wilmenius


"to be average scares the hell out of me"


Just another site

Thunder Bay Arena Rock

Hard Rock Album and Concert Reviews! (Odd Book Review as well!)

Caught Me Gaming

Confessions of a Casual Core Gamer

%d bloggers like this: