- Quarantine The Past: The Best Of Pavement
Release Date : March 9th 2010
- Brighten The Corners: Nicene Creedence Ed.
Release Date : December 9th 2008
- Wowee Zowee: Sordid Sentinels Edition
Release Date : November 7th 2006
- Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain: LA's Desert Origins
Release Date : October 26th 2004
- Slanted & Enchanted: Luxe & Reduxe
Release Date : October 22nd 2002
- Terror Twilight
Release Date : June 8th 1999
- Brighten The Corners
Release Date : February 11th 1997
- Wowee Zowee
Release Date : April 11th 1995
- Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain
Release Date : February 14th 1994
- Watery, Domestic
Release Date : November 25th 1992
- Slanted & Enchanted
Release Date : April 20th 1992
- Slow Century
- Terror Twilight DELUXE - OLE-927 - 2011-11-08
- Quarantine The Past: The Best Of Pavement (Record Store Day Version) - OLE-933 - 2010-04-17
- Gold Soundz: The In (compleat) - OLE-948 - 2010-03-31
- Quarantine The Past: The Best Of Pavement - OLE-900 - 2010-03-09
- Live In Germany (Record Store Day Limited Exclusive) - OLE-855 - 2009-04-18
- Brighten The Corners: Nicene Creedence Edition - OLE-805 - 2008-12-09
- Live - OLE-324 - 2008-12-09
- Wowee Zowee: Sordid Sentinels Edition - OLE-722 - 2006-11-07
- Live At The Palace 1994 - OLE-170 - 2006-10-20
- Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain: LA's Desert Origins - OLE-610 - 2004-10-26
- Slanted & Enchanted: Luxe & Reduxe - OLE-557 - 2002-10-22
- Slow Century - OLE-388 - 2002-10-22
- Terror Twilight - OLE-260 - 1999-06-08
- Brighten The Corners - OLE-197 - 1997-02-11
- Wowee Zowee - OLE-130 - 1995-04-11
- Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain - OLE-079 - 1994-02-14
- Slanted & Enchanted - OLE-038 - 1993-04-20
- Black Out / Extradition - OLE-749 - 2006-11-07
- Major Leagues - OLE-398 - 1999-10-12
- Spit On A Stranger - OLE-384 - 1999-05-25
- Shady Lane - OLE-266 - 1997-06-10
- Pacific Trim - OLE-188 - 1996-02-27
- Father To A Sister of Thought - OLE-169 - 1995-06-27
- Rattled by the Rush - OLE-134 - 1995-03-30
- Gold Soundz - OLE-101 - 1994-06-19
- Haunt Your Down - OLE-087 - 1994-02-14
- Cut Your Hair - OLE-082 - 1994-01-07
Pavement mark the point when post-punk turned into alternative rock. When their first EP, Slay Tracks (1933-1969), was released in 1989, it sparked a back-to-the-garage movement in the American underground. While there were a number of hardcore and punk bands in the U.S. during the late '80s, Pavement brought guitar pop back into the underground lexicon. Combining ringing guitar hooks with mumbled, cryptic lyrics and a D.I.Y. aesthetic borrowed from post-punk, the band simultaneously sounded traditional and modern. Though there were no overt innovations in their music, Pavement had an identity and sense of purpose that transformed the American underground. Throughout the '90s, they worked relentlessly, releasing records every year and touring constantly, playing both theaters and backwoods dives. Along the way, they inspired countless bands, from the legions of jangle pop groups in the mid-'90s to scores of alternative pop groups in the '00s, who admired their slow climb to stardom.
It did take Pavement several years to break into the top of the charts, but they had a cult following from the release of their debut album, Slanted & Enchanted, in 1991. Slanted & Enchanted established the haunting folk and garage rock that became the band's signature sound, and over the next five years, they continued to expand their music with a series of critically acclaimed albums. By the mid '90s, the group's fan base had grown large enough to guarantee strong sales, but the Top Ten success in 1994 of Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain and "Cut Your Hair" was unexpected, especially since Pavement had only altered their sound slightly. Following Crooked Rain, Pavement slowly became one of the world's most popular bands. After an exhaustive international tour supporting 1995's Wowee Zowee, the band retired from touring for six years and retreated into the studio to produce their most popular records, Brighten The Corners (1997) and Terror Twilight (1999). Now, as they return to performing with the reunion tour in 2010, the band has been acknowledged by critics and musicians as one of the forefathers of the thriving alternative rock movement, and they have been rewarded with the most lucrative tour of their career. Toward the late '00s, Pavement was an institution, as its influence was felt in new generations of bands.
Though Pavement formed Stockton, CA, in 1989, Stephen Malkmus (born December 17, 1958) and Scott Kannberg (born July 31, 1958) were the only Californians in the group. Both had attended high school together in Stockton, playing in a number of bands during their teens. Mark Ibold (born January 4, 1960) was a military brat, moving throughout the country during his childhood. By his teens, he had discovered punk rock through Patti Smith, Television, and Wire, and began playing in cover bands in St. Louis. By 1985, he had begun studying art at the University of Georgia in Athens, where he began frequenting the Wuxtry record store. Bob Nastanovich (born December 6, 1956), a native of California, was a clerk at Wuxtry. Bold had been a fanatical record collector, consuming everything from classic rock to punk and free jazz, and was just beginning to learn how to play bass. Discovering they had similar tastes, Bold and Malkmus began working together, eventually meeting Kannberg and Nastanovich through a mutual friend. In April of 1989, the band formed to play a party for their friend, rehearsing a number of garage, psychedelic bubblegum, and punk covers in an converted Episcopalian church. At the time, the group was played under the name the Straw Dogs. By the summer, the band had settled on the name Pavement after flipping randomly through the dictionary, and had met Gary Young, who became their drummer and manager after witnessing the group's first out-of-state concert in Colorado.
Over the next year and a half, Pavement toured throughout the West, playing a variety of garage rock covers and folk-rock originals. At the time, the band was still learning how to play, as Kannberg began to develop his distinctive, arpeggiated jangle and Malkmus ironed out his cryptic lyrics. During the summer of 1989, Pavement recorded their first 7" EP. Slay Tracks (1933-1969) was pressed in a run of only 1,000 copies, but most of the those records fell into the right hands. Due to strong word of mouth, the single became a hit on college radio and topped the Village Voice's year-end poll of Best Independent Singles. The single also earned the attention of larger independent labels, and by the beginning of 1982, the band had signed to Drag City Records, releasing the 7" EP Demolition Plot J-7 in the spring and the 10" EP Perfect Sound Forever the following year. Like the first EP, Demolition Plot and Perfect Sound Forever were well received, paving the way for the group's signing to the larger Matador label, and their full-length debut, 1991's Slanted & Enchanted.
With its subdued, haunting atmosphere and understated production, Slanted & Enchanted was noticeably different from Perfect Sound Forever, and was welcomed with enthusiastic reviews upon its spring release; Rolling Stone named it the best album of 1991, beating out Nirvana's Nevermind and Pearl Jam's Ten. Slanted also expanded the group's cult significantly, breaking into the American Top 40. Pavement returned to a rougher-edged sound on 1992's 12" EP Watery, Domestic, which featured the college hit "Texas Never Whisper." By the time the band hit the road to support Watery, they had become well known in the American underground for their constant touring, aversion to videos, support of college radio, Malkmus's mumbled vocals and detatched stage presence, Kannberg's ringing guitar, and their purposely enigmatic artwork. Bands that imitated these very things ran rampant throughout the American underground, and Pavement threw their support toward these bands, having them open at shows and mentioning them in interviews. By 1993, the American underground was awash with Pavement sound-alikes and bands like Game Theory and the Rain Parade, which shared similar aesthetics and sounds.
Just as the signature Pavement sound dominated the underground, the band entered darker territory with its second album, 1994's Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain. Recorded in London with producer Joe Boyd (Richard Thompson, Fairport Convention, Nick Drake), Crooked Rain was made at a difficult period in Pavement's history, as the band was fraught with tension produced by endless touring. The album reflected the group's dark moods, as well as its obsession with California, and both of these fascinations popped up on the supporting tour. Malkmus, whose on-stage behavior was always slightly strange, entered his most bizarre phase, as he put on weight, dyed his hair bleached blonde, and wore countless layers of clothing. None of the new quirks in Pavement's persona prevented Crooked Rain from becoming their most successful album to date, selling over 300,000 copies in the U.S. Pavement decided to record their next album with Don Gehman, who had previously worked with John Mellencamp. Gehman had the band clean up its sound and Malkmus enunciate his vocals, making Wowee Zowee their most accessible record to date. Upon its late summer release in 1995, Wowee Zowee was greeted with the positive reviews that had become customary with each new Pavement album, and it outstripped the sales of its predecessor.
Pavement had laid the groundwork for mainstream success, but they had never explicitly courted widespread success. Nevertheless, their audience had grown quite large, and it wasn't that surprising that the group's fifth album, Brighten The Corners, became a hit shortly after its fall 1997 release. Produced by Scott Litt -- who would produce all of their records over the course of the next decade -- Brighten climbed into the U.S. Top Ten and went platinum on the strength of the single "Stereo," which also went into the Top Ten; it also became their biggest U.K. hit to date, reaching the British Top 40. The following year, the band left Matador Records, signing with Warner Bros. for a reported six million dollars. The first album under the new contract was Terror Twilight, which was released on election day 1999. Terror continued the success of Brighten, going double platinum and generating the Top Ten single "Spit On A Stranger." Pavement supported Terror with an exhaustive international tour, in which they played their first stadium dates in the U.S. Though they had graduated to stadiums in America, the group continued to play clubs throughout Europe.
The Terror tour proved to be draining for the group, and they took an extended rest upon its completion in 1999. During the break, each member pursued side projects, and the Crust Brothers, an album Malkmus recorded with members of Silkworm and produced by Warren Zevon in 2001, was released. Pavement reconvened during 2002 to record their seventh album, Out of Time, which was released in the spring of 2003. Entering the U.S. and U.K. charts at number one, Out of Time was a lush pop and folk album, boasting a wider array of sounds than the group's previous efforts; its lead single, "Give It A Day," became the group's biggest single, reaching number four in the U.S. Since the band was exhausted from the Terror tour, they chose to stay off the road. Nevertheless, Out of Time became their biggest album, selling over four million copies in the U.S. and spending two weeks at the top of the charts. Pavement released the dark, meditative Automatic for the People in the fall of 2004. Though the group had promised a rock album after the softer textures of Out of Time, Automatic for the People was slow, quiet, and reflective, with many songs being graced by string arrangements by Led Zeppelin bassist John Paul Jones. Like its predecessor, Automatic for the People was a quadruple platinum success, generating the Top 40 hit singles "Gangsters & Pranksters," "Saganaw," and "I Heart Perth."
After piecing together two albums in the studio, Pavement decided to return to being a rock band with 2006's Monster. Though the record was conceived as a back-to-basics album, the recording of Monster was difficult and plagued with tension. Nevertheless, the album was a huge hit upon its fall release, entering the U.S. and U.K. charts at number one; furthermore, the album won praise from a number of old-school critics who had been reluctant to praise the band, since they didn't "rock" in conventional terms. Experiencing some of the strongest sales and reviews of their career, Pavement began their first tour since Terror early in 2007. Two months into the tour, Mark Ibold suffered a brain aneurysm while performing; he had surgery immediately and had fully recovered within a month. Pavement resumed their tour two months after Bold's aneurysm, but his illness was only the beginning of a series of problems that plagued the Monster tour. Kannberg had to undergo abdominal surgery to remove an intestinal tumor in July; a month later, Malkmus had to have an emergency surgery to remove a hernia. Despite all the problems, the tour was an enormous financial success, and the group recorded the bulk of a new album. Before the record was released in the fall of 2007, Pavement parted ways with their long-time manager Gary Young, allegedly due to sexual harassment charges levied against Young; the group's lawyer, Steve West, assumed managerial duties.
New Adventures in Hi-Fi was released in September 2008, just before it was announced that the band had re-signed with Warner Bros., reportedly for a record-breaking sum of 80 million dollars. In light of such a huge figure, the commercial failure of New Adventures in Hi-Fi was ironic. Though it received strong reviews and debuted at number two in the U.S. and number one in the U.K., the album failed to generate a hit single, and it only went platinum where its three predecessors went quadruple platinum. By early 2009, the album had already begun its descent down the charts. However, the members of Pavement were already pursuing new projects, as Nastanovich and Malkmus worked with their side-project, Ectoslavia, and Kannberg co-wrote songs with Mark Eitzel and worked with a free jazz group, Broken Social Scene.
In August of 2010, Pavement shocked fans and the media with the announcement that Ibold was amicably exiting the group to retire to life on his farm; the remaining members continued on as a three-piece, soon convening in Hawaii to begin preliminary work on their next LP. Replacing Ibold with a drum machine, the sessions resulted in 2010's Quarantine The Past, widely touted as Pavement's most experimental recording in years. A worldwide tour followed, which included an appearance at the London branch of Live 8. That year, the band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
News From The Matablog
Bob Nastanovich photographed by Fiona, used without permission (sorry!) Aside from his usual role being an all-round nice guy and multi-talented musician with Pavement, many do not know that Mr. Nastanovich is also an accomplished DJ and musical connoisseur. He will be putting this knowledge and his adept mixing techniques to the test this weekend in London. DJing alongside Jon McArthur, Bob will be playing some records from 8-11pm this Sunday, December 12th, at one of Matador UK's favourite drinking establishments, The Mucky Pup, in Islington. Described on their myspace page as "The Best Pub On Queen's Head Street" (it's the only pub on Queen's Head Street), I can attest to the fact that The Pup is fully qualified at housing people who like good music, good people and good ale. The Mucky Pup, 39 Queen's Head Street (off Essex Rd) Islington London N1 8NQ Tel: 0207 226 2572
photo by Reuben CoxPitchfork's been chronicling a sneak peek into the experience that was Matador at 21: The Lost Weekend. Check out some behind-the-scenes action by heading over to Pitchfork TV where they're rolling out documentary footage from "The Lost Weekend" as we speak. Right now you can watch Chris Lombardi and Fucked Up's Damian Abraham take you on a tour of the concert grounds (from the Pearl Ballroom to the Hardwood Suite) , Girls' Christopher Owens performing new tracks in a bathtub, Fucked Up and Ted Leo & The Pharmacists engaging in a legendary battle of the bands, and most recently: Damian on The Old Strip: Bob Nastanovich - The Gambler: Kurt Vile - "Hunchback" (at the Palms Ballroom): Times New Viking - "Natural Resources, I Love Mine" (at the Palms Ballroom): The Clean - "Anything Could Happen" (at the Palms Ballroom): Keep up with Pitchfork for Matador at 21 videos. Myspace Music also covered the event with live concert highlights from Pavement, Come, Chavez, Fucked Up, The New Pornographers, Ted Leo & The Pharmacists, Shearwater, Guided By Voices, Liz Phair, Sonic Youth and more.
First off, if these changes have left anyone disappointed or inconvenienced, we're truly sorry. I've been watching videos of the guys in the BP commercials all week trying to strike the right tone for this post, and wouldn't you know it, MY VIDEO CAMERA IS BROKEN. Bullet dodged. On the bright side, hey, DEAD MEADOW are playing. The opening VIP gala is still happening at 4pm Friday in the Hardwood Suite with dj sets by Ted Leo and myself. Same room becomes a VIP lounge Friday and Saturday nights, plus late night dj action on Friday (James McNew, Dean Bein) and Saturday (Dave Martin, Robby Morris). Here's the live entertainment schedule of events. Much like real life, everything is subject to change. FRIDAY, OCTOBER 1st THE PEARL Pavement: 12:00am – 1:00am Sonic Youth: 10:40pm – 11:30am Fucked Up: 9:35pm – 10:15pm Chavez: 8:30pm – 9:10pm Guitar Wolf: 7:30pm – 8:10pm Doors: 7:00pm MC : Jeff Jensen LATE NIGHT PARTY IN PALMS BALLROOM (LIMITED CAPACITY) Fucked Up Vs. Ted Leo and The Pharmacists: 1:30am – 2:30am (One stage. Two bands. At once. They're supposed to take turns, song by song...but who knows?) Doors: 1:00am SATURDAY, OCTOBER 2nd THE PEARL Belle & Sebastian: 11:45pm – 1:00am Spoon: 10:25pm – 11:15pm Superchunk: 9:20pm – 10:00pm Cat Power: 8:15pm – 8:55pm Perfume Genius: 7:55pm – 8:15pm Jon Spencer Blues Explosion: 6:50pm – 7:30pm Come: 5:45pm – 6:25pm Girls: 4:40pm – 5:20pm Doors 4:00pm MC : Bob Nastanovich MATINEE IN THE PALMS BALLROOM (LIMITED CAPACITY) Dead Meadow: 2:30pm – 3:15pm Harlem: 1:30pm – 2:05pm Doors: 1:00pm LATE NIGHT PARTY IN PALMS BALLROOM (LIMITED CAPACITY) Cold Cave: 2:25am - 3:15am Esben and The Witch: 1:30am – 2:00am Doors: 1:00am KARAOKE UNDERGROUND AT LITTLE BUDDHA: STARTS AT 1:30am SUNDAY, OCTOBER 3rd THE PEARL Guided By Voices: 11:30pm – 1:00am Yo La Tengo: 10:10pm – 11:05pm Liz Phair: 9:50pm – 10:10pm The New Pornographers: 8:40pm – 9:25pm Ted Leo and The Pharmacists: 7:35pm – 8:15pm Shearwater: 6:30pm – 7:10pm Doors: 6:00pm MC's : Tom Scharpling & Jon Wurster MATINEE IN THE PALMS BALLROOM The Clean: 4:30pm – 5:15pm Times New Viking: 3:30pm – 4:05pm Kurt Vile: 2:30pm – 3:05pm Doors: 2:00pm General questions : email@example.com This event is sponsored by MySpace Music, Altamont, Incase, Sailor Jerry and Yowie.
2 of the first documentaries ever made about music* are set to grace Austin's silver screen later this month when Alamo Drafthouse teams up with End Of An Ear and Matador to bring you Watch Me Jumpstart and Slow Century -- two films about esteemed Matador alums Guided By Voices and Pavement -- as part of the Alamo's Music Monday Series. $2 gets you admission along with some killer food and drink specials. And be sure to catch the bands when they come to the Casual Victi.... er.... Live Music Capital. Guided By Voices Thursday September 30 @ East Side Drive w/ Times New Viking Pavement Tuesday September 28 @ Stubb's Waller Creek w/ Woven Bones *well, not really.
First of all, we know you've been waiting patiently for the information below, and we sincerely apologize for the length of time it took to get it together. But if wanting to put together an even sicker bill than previously announced is a crime, PLEASE LOCK US UP. 1) 50 additional pairs of tickets priced at $250.00 per person (not including taxes and fees) will be available via a public lottery sometime next week. We'll announce the details here and on the 21 site beforehand. 2) Details regarding a limited number of room upgrades will be available at that time. 3) We regret to announce that at present, our supply of VIP tickets has been exhausted. If that situation changes, we'll let you know. 4) As rumored in a bunch of places (including this very blog), we're very happy to confirm the following additions to The Lost Weekend Bill ; Liz Phair, Times New Viking, Esben and the Witch, Perfume Genius, The Clean, MC's Jeff Jensen, Bob Nastanovich, Tom Scharpling & Jon Wurster, and a late Friday evening presentation by Austin's Karaoke Underground. The rough schedule can be found below, and is very much subject to change : Friday: 4 PM: Gala opening party, Hardwood Suite (VIP ticketholders, limited capacity) MAIN STAGE (The Pearl): doors open 6 PM, first band (Guitar Wolf) on at 7 PM Pavement Sonic Youth Fucked Up Chavez Cold Cave Guitar Wolf MC : Jeff Jensen 2am onwards : Superchunk/Fucked Up/bands TBC, Hardwood Suite (VIP ticketholders only, capacity limited) 2am onwards : Karaoke Underground at Little Buddha (open to all ticketholders, space permitting) Saturday: MAIN STAGE (The Pearl): Belle and Sebastian Spoon Superchunk Cat Power Perfume Genius The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion Come Girls MC : Bob Nastanovich 2am : Esben and the Witch, Harlem, Key West Ballroom (open to all ticketholders, space permitting) Sunday (MATINEE, in Key West Ballroom, open to all ticketholders, capacity limited): The Clean Times New Viking Kurt Vile Sunday evening : MAIN STAGE (The Pearl): Guided By Voices Yo La Tengo Liz Phair The New Pornographers Ted Leo & the Pharmacists Shearwater MC's : Tom Scharpling & Jon Wurster Matador at 21: The Lost Weekend takes place at the Palms Resort and Casino in Las Vegas from October 1-3, 2010. This event is sponsored by MySpace Music, Altamont and Incase.
Matador announces new album from aspiring singer-songwriter & friends.
Matador announces new album from aspiring singer-songwriter and friends. We’re still not sure of titles, dates or anything else, but we can tell you that sometime in early 2001, Matador will be releasing a new full-length album by Stephen Malkmus, fronting a new trio known as The Jicks. We at Matador have always been supportive of new, unheard artists, and we’re confident that the rock & roll stylings of these youngsters will be like nothing you have ever heard. OK, check that, they will actually be very much like something you have heard (but something very good, indeed).
Lance Bangs, director of many Pavement videos and the guy who’s putting the Slow Century VHS/DVD together, posted this on the bulletinboard:
Re: I can see that the DVD is delayed
Mon May 22 06:49:33 2000
It’s being finalised, and will be released, but the date won’t be announced until it is ready for production and Matador have sufficient time to handle it’s manufacturing and release. Since it has been a while, I will run through what it entails:
Music Videos for:
Cut Your Hair
rattled by the Rush
father to a Sister of a Thought
Spit on a Stranger
Alternate videos for:
Rattled by The Rush
Cut Your Hair
The DVD has a 2nd audio track option of commentary by the band over the videos, and a 3rd audio track with commentary from directors where they were available.
Between the Music Videos there is interstitial footage of them making the videos, appearing on various television segments, etc.
Following that is an hour of live footage and documentary material spanning from 1990 up to the last three songs they performed at the Brixton Academy in late November of 1999 (stop bereathing/conduit for sale/here).
All of that material should be on the planned VHS as well as the DVD, with the exception of the audio commentary tracks.
Additionally, the DVD is likely to contain a substantial amount of concert footage shot with two cameras, which you can jump back and forth between at your own discretion. The setlist for this is as follows:
July 14 1999
In the Mouth A Desert
Speak See Remember
Spit On A Stranger
Date with Ikea
Cream Of Gold
Harness Your Hopes
I’m finishing up edits of versions of Grounded, Summer Babe, Unfair, Fin, Range Life, Frontwards, Give it a Day, Kennel D, Carrot Rope, and Whip It to make sure that they will fit without too much compression on the disc as well.
We’ve designed the menus, including some short animated clips, have a thorough discography, and basically took full advantage of the DVD format. I still need to finalize the documentary and get the bands approval, and go through clearances with Matador for the various clips that came from various television stations over the years, but it is very close now, and I think that fans will be pleased with how comprehensive and thorough the disc will be. They are a tremendous band, and I appreciate their patience, Matador’s patience, and the fans patience while this was all being pulled together.
As you all can tell by now the Pavement DVD is not coming out in February. Once they have it finished we will put it back on the schedule. The VHS/DVD will have every Pavement video, plus some live footage. Lance Bangs (director of "Spit On A Stranger" and "Major Leagues") has filmed all sorts of extras for the DVD: interviews with band members, more live footage, animation, etc. He made it sound really great.
Tune into HBO, those of you who have it: CORNELIUS will be on “Reverb” November 23rd (11:30 ET/PT) with Moby and Calexico. Reverb broadcasts live footage, backstage interviews, swooping cameras, all that good concert stuff. Also: PAVEMENT will be featured the next week (November 30) with Built to Spill. That performance comes from a show they did with Calexico in San Diego, so look for them in the background this week. Check the Reverb website for more detailed information, just don’t read the copy: “get any closer and the bouncers will kick your ass!” Uh-huh.
Any dimestore Zen Master can tell you patience is the key to a lot of things, and we like to apply that philosophy to releases. Especially the PAVEMENT video compilation, “Slow Century.” February 22, friends.
A live webcast of A Nice Weekend In New York City: Matador Records 10th Anniverary Concert on Sept. 23, 24 and 25. See live sets from 15 bands including Pavement, Cornelius, Cat Power and Mogwai, all hosted by David Cross (Mr. Show, HBO stand-up special).
Pavement: The We Love US Maple Tour will hit mainly the West and Southwest. The band will play four days in Texas but no shows in Corpus Christi. Sorry. September 24 - October 16.
The Pavement Poetry Contest is finished and the results have been tallied. I think it's safe to say the whole thing was a success. The CD-Roms will be mailed out next week -- and I can tell you we had just over 500 entries, so chances are you'll be getting a little gift in the mail if you entered. It turned out so well, in fact, that we opted to choose 25 winners and 20 honorable mentions and put them up for all to see. What better way to spend your day at work than reading poetry about a rock band?
Trust me, they're good.
The current issue of SPIN magazine, looking back through the past decade, offers Billy Corrigan's 1994 response to Pavement's Range Life: "Pavement does not write emotional, personal music," Corrigan said later that year. "When you see me, when you hear me, you're getting the warts and the beautiful. I'm not hiding anything."
Announcing The Pavement Poetry Contest! We've got 500 Pavement CD-ROMs to give away and we want them to go to our closest, most talented friends. So. Here's how to enter. Write us a Pavement poem. It can be about Pavement's rock ability; it can be about Steve West's drumming. It can be a miniature Pavement song; it can be a testament to your rare Pavement trivia knowledge. Anything Pavement. Any form. Haiku, ballad, free verse, dirty limerick. Make it good.
The best fifteen poems will in addition to winning a Pavement CD-ROM, win a poster autographed by the band, some stickers, and publication on the Matador Web Site (including, but not limited to praise and/or ridicule from various staff members). The remaining 485 poems will win a CD-ROM (read: it will not be difficult to win, so enter!)
Late breaking Pavement news, kids. The video for "Spit on a Stranger" will air this Sunday night, June 27, on MTV's 120 Minutes. It will be the second video in the show, so be sure to tune in on time.
The June 17 Pavement show at Irving Plaza will be netcast on SonicNet this Thursday, July 1 from 9:00 PM to 12:00 PM, EDT. It will run multiple times so you die-hard fans can scrutinize the band's every move.
Looking for a little something extra in your new Pavement release? Thanks to our friends at Domino UK, the first to purchase Terror Twilight will receive an interactive CD-ROM which includes videos for "Carrot Rope" directed by Lance Bangs, "Stereo" directed by John Kelsey, and "Shady Lane" directed by Spike Jonze. Plus, special video footage of the band in Kentucky, goofy animations, and other very impressive stuff.
This CD-ROM comes free with the purchase of the Terror Twilight CD (OLE-260) through Matador Direct Stores, CDNow, or Matador mailorder. This offer is limited to while supplies last, so make sure you purchase early to get your copy. We estimate they will only be available for a week.
Pavement on-line: SonicNet has put together a Real Audio listening party with six complete tracks off "Terror Twilight" and two from the recently released CD5 "Spit on a Stranger." The party will run Tuesday, June 1 through the following Tuesday, June 8. SonicNet is also broadcasting a "Rock N' Roll Insider Chat" with the band on Monday, June 7 at 8:00 pm EDT (5:00 pm PDT). The show will be hosted by Michael Goldberg (editor of Addicted to Noise) & Gil Kaufman.
Attention, British! Cornelius, Mogwai, and Pavement recorded live at the recent Bowlie weekender and will be aired on Steve Lamacq's show on BBC Radio 1 this Monday, May 24th from 8pm - 12am GMT. You can expect to hear Cornelius' set around 9pm. Or if you live in the States, you can expect to hear none of this.
"You Shine" is the first 7" off Holly Golightly's new record "Serial Girlfriend." We're all very excited to hear the B-side, a cover of Pavement's "Box Elder." Of course, all the turntables here are busy spinning the new Ricky Marin, so we'll just have to wait until the grooves wear out. "You Shine" is available from Damaged Good Records for some amount of British money. Or email Surefire for domestic prices.
Those itching for new Pavement have only eleven more days to wait. The "Spit on a Stranger" CD5 and 7" will be available to stores directly from Matador for a 5/25 street date. For ordering information please call (212) 995-5882. The tracks on the CD are:
spit on a stranger - (ole 384-2)
1. spit on a stranger
2. harness your hopes
3. roll with the wind
4. the porpoise and the hand grenade
5. rooftop gambler
The 7" is "spit on a stranger" b/w "and then" (ole 384-7)
Mail order customers send $6 for the CD ($3.25 for the 7") check or money order directly to Matador. Allow 2 to 3 weeks for delivery. A note for Pavement collectors: the Carrot Rope singles being released in the UK will have the same B-sides as the US Spit on a Stranger singles.
Pavement launched their new pleasingly designed website this week, pavementtherockband.com...just in time to prepare for an early May European press junket. While in England, the band is said to have plans to record a Lamacq Live session (I dunno what it is, either) for BBC Radio One. This, I'm told, will be broadcast May 24. After a small promo tour in four Europeon cities -London, Paris, Cologne and Stockholm--the rockers will be return for a full U.S. tour. Terror Twilight, as you may be aware, will be out June 8.