Posts tagged ‘Pavement’
Next-Big-Things Surfer Blood recently dropped by the Grand Rapids music blog Halfway House Music to jam some tunez.
During their stay, the band performed a couple of tracks off of their debut Astro Coast (Kanine), a new track called “I’m Not Ready” and…a Pavement cover!
You can check out their cover of Pavement’s “Box Elder” by going to the Halfway House website (right here).
You can also download the entire session at the Halfway House website.
However, they did leave. Their last “full” album was 2001’s Here’s to Shutting Up and after that absence, Superchunk brings us a strong, hooky album that is unfortunately a decade too late, which may sound a bit unfair.
The past few years have seen a rise in other bands have taken that self-aware weirdo pop and run full tilt with it plainly building on what acts like Superchunk, Dinosaur Jr. and Pavement have done before.
The large issue is that these newer, younger bands have pushed forward and are able to offer experiences that are influenced by that kind of 1990s kick but are thankfully not slavishly devoted to it.
Everything about this album is just extraneous. There is no delight of the unexpected, there is no note not calculated based on time-tested, 90s, slightly-pop, slightly-punk “alternative” sound. If you love that sound, then you’re set. Hell, this is probably your favorite year ever with the return or return to form of so many 90s bands and you’re just reading this to confirm your opinion that this album totally rocks. If that’s the case, you probably already have this album.
If you are not already a fan, this album may convince you to check out their previous works, but it’s not an essential release and will most likely be forgotten this time next year.
Majesty Shredding is a solid album recalling a particular sound in a particular time and your tolerance for that kind of music will inform your patience for the album.
At the onset of the summer, The Henry Clay People put out their second record, Somewhere on the Golden Coast, which has garnered comparisons to Pavement, The Replacements, and The Hold Steady — not bad company. They are taking their own style of 70s barrock on the road this October in a mostly headlining tour that will see them open a date or two for the Drive-By Truckers. If you think you have them figured out by now, I bet you couldn’t guess the band will be appearing on the October 5th episode of NBC’s Parenthood, called “Date Night.” Don’t get too excited, it’s probably going to be one of those 3-second intro shots of a bar after commercial, but hey, it’s national television. Good for them.
Pavement went out with a bang on Friday night. Their last of 5 NYC area shows, I just want to let the pictures speak for themselves. The band looked happy. The fans looked happy. If they stay together, even if just for touring purposes once in a while, we’ll all be happy. Pavement. We love you.
CHECK OUT OUR PHOTOS HERE
…and also download the last song of the NYC nights…”Range Life,” live in Central Park below. NYCtaper.com has all of the complete shows for download up on their site. I highly suggest you check them out.
01 Heckler Spray
02 In the Mouth of A Desert
04 Spit On A Stranger
06 Shady Lane
07 Date With Ikea
09 Cut Yr Hair
11 Conduit for Sale!
12 Father to a Sister of Thought
14 Starlings of the Slipstream
15 Gold Soundz
17 And Then (The Hexx)
18 We Dance
19 Silence Kit
21 No Life Singed Her
23 Stop Breathin
25 Elevate Me Later
28 encore break 1
29 Rattled by the Rush
30 Heaven Is A Truck
31 Summer Babe
32 encore break 2
33 Kennel District
35 Debris Slide
37 Range Life
“It’s all happening,” as Penny Lane would say.
Only weeks after Weezer announced they would be touring eventually playing just The Blue Album and Pinkerton, they have already revealed the dates of when and where the shows are taking place. Are you ready to fully relive your youth folks? Well we know we are. Okay, here it goes, check out all of the Weezer dates for the nicely titled “Memories Tour.” Those in bold mark the beginning of the tour as prior dates will focus on promoting their newest disaster release Hurley (Epitaph)
09-24 Columbus, OH – Ohio State University
09-25 Peoria, IL – Bradley University
10-01 Las Vegas, NV – Mirage Hotel and Casino
10-29 New Orleans, LA – Voodoo Festival
10-30 Atlanta, GA – Chastain Park Amphitheatre
11-26 Los Angeles, CA – Gibson Amphitheatre (Memories Tour)
11-27 Los Angeles, CA – Gibson Amphitheatre (Memories Tour)
11-29 San Francisco, CA – Nob Hill Masonic Center (Memories Tour)
11-30 San Francisco, CA – Nob Hill Masonic Center (Memories Tour)
Pretty sad looking right? For the reason there is no East Coast dates….yet. We have our fingers crossed though that the tour will head all over the country. It would be a shame if i didn’t.
If you are lucky enough to spend the last night in NYC with Pavement today, make it a good one. The show starts only in a matter of hours. To hold you over until then, check out the performances the band did on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon last night! They played “Unfair,” and “Stereo,” the latter on the internet only, with contest winner Steve Goss. Lucky bastard. You can watch those below.
Pavement goes on at 8pm tonight at Central Park. Tickets are sold out. See you there!
Watch “Stereo” HERE