Pavement to Release Greatest Hits Album

This year should be deemed the “Year of Pavement.” Every indie kid’s dream is that one day the classic band would reunite and of course, now that it’s happening and they’re going on a worldwide tour, what possibly could get us more into the mood? Matador Records has just the thing to hold us over until then. The label will be releasing Quarantine The Past: The Best Of Pavement on March 9 and will feature 23 songs spanning the band’s 10 year career.  The album will be a double LP and CD, and the treble kicker is that Matador is making the fans guess what the tracklisting is, with the exception of the first song, “Gold Soundz.” If you figure out the right songs on the record,  you have a chance to win some awesome prizes like a trip to see Pavement play in Central Park, New York City! Check out the concert details below and head to Matador Records to enter!

From Matador

We are holding a Guess The Track Listing Contest. The album contains 23 tracks, all previously released, and the first track is “Gold Soundz” (MP3 of remastered version below). Prizes will be awarded as follows:

FIRST PRIZE for the track listing closest to the actual track listing
SECOND PRIZE for the most imaginative track listing
FOUR RUNNERS-UP in either of the above two categories (4 runner-up prizes total)

First prize will be a pair of tickets, with flights and hotel rooms, to see Pavement at Central Park Summerstage on Tuesday, September 21, 2009. Plus a complete set of Pavement Matador 12″ vinyl.

Second prize will be having your track listing pressed up in a special limited-edition vinyl double LP for Record Store Day (April 17). You will receive 5 copies of your best of selection. Plus a complete set of Pavement Matador 12″ vinyl.

Runner-up prizes will be complete sets of Pavement Matador 12″ vinyl.

…A few more clues: 3 pre-Matador tracks are included, plus one song that originally came out on a compilation. Every Matador album is represented, plus Watery, Domestic.

Deadline for entries is 2 weeks from today: TUESDAY, JANUARY 19.

Entry is open to anyone worldwide, with the exception of those listed under the contest rules and restrictions.

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BIGGEST NEWS EVER! PAVEMENT REUNION TOUR IS ON!

KIDS IT’S FINALLY HAPPENING!!! Just confirmed last night that PAVEMENT IS PLAYING 4 NIGHTS AT CENTRAL PARK SUMMERSTAGE in 2010 as part as the PAVEMENT REUNION TOUR. We all knew it would happen someday when the Godfathers of Indie would reunite, but now knowing it’s actually for real is just beyond our wildest imagination. The band is also rumored to be playing All Tomorrow’s Parties and Coachella in 2010. We have a feeling this tour is going to be HUGE. Summer Babe here we come!!!

Secondhand Sunday: Pavement ‘Major Leagues’

When I listen to Pavement, I still get chills down my spine. I remember hearing them for the first time when I was 12 years old. Stephen Malkmus looks super foxy in this video ladies so watch out. ‘Major Leagues’ was one of their last videos off of Terror Twilight a record I hold very near and dear to my heart. Pavement and golf, does it get any better? (or amusing?). Here’s hoping to one day they decide to reunite. The world needs it.

Yoni Wolf of Why? Covers Pavement

Digging back in my mind, I’m not sure if I’ve ever heard anyone else cover Pavement. I know its been done (it had to happen somewhere, right?) but I think I have chosen to avoid it up until now. Let me explain this to you; I am not always a fan of bands doing covers of my favorite bands. Pavement is really near and dear to me. I’ve been listening to them since I was 12 years old. They are what got me into indie rock. They are like the supreme beings of music to me.  The thought of other bands covering them makes me cringe sometimes.

But now there is an exception….

Why?’s Yoni Wolf has just released his cover of the Pavement classic ‘Shoot the Singer (1 Sick Verse)’ and quite frankily, he did a really nice job. Wolf took the song and recorded it with a piano, a big difference from the original version. It gives the song a feeling of darkness which is something I wouldn’t have expected. Wolf really made it his own and kudos to him for that.

Download Yoni Wolf’s version of ‘Shoot the Singer (1 Sick Verse)’

Pavement Reunite! (for about 15 minutes, literally)

I have always hoped for the day when the news would arrive that Indie Godfathers, Pavement were reuniting.  I often consider going to Mark Ibold’s place of work (he works in a resturant in NYC) and trying to talk to him  about ‘How we can rebuild Pavement’. Well, I ALMOST had it this time!

Pavement reunited at  Bob Nastanovich’s Nashville wedding where all members were in attendence. Stephen Malkmus, Ibold, and Steve West took to the stage as Malkmus performed “Come and Get Your Love” and The O’ Jays “Love Train.”  WOW. That must have been a site to see. By the end of the night the Pavement boys were onstage, not performing with each other, but just there together. I guess its been too long since they’ve played together to play actual Pavement songs. Whether or not Pavement will ever actually reunite is up in the air, but fingers crossed! Ibold we need to talk…..

A short clip of Malkmus Performing at Bob’s Wedding

An oldie but goodie Pavment video, Gold Soundz