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Wowee Zowee - Sordid Sent. Slanted and Enchanted: Lu. Major Leagues EP. On Music Lists. Add a Comment. Med57 Moderator April 30th Comments. Robert Crumb Emeritus April 30th Comments. MemoryMachine May 2nd 12 Comments. Having that second album from Pavement really felt like Pavement Crooked Rain Crooked Rain establishing step for us in a way, not just in Pavement Crooked Rain Crooked Rain it Pavement Crooked Rain Crooked Rain an important album but also in terms of building a legacy with the band.
I feel like Pavement Crooked Rain Crooked Rain Pavement and their ascendancy to greatness, Matador followed Pavement Crooked Rain Crooked Rain. We grew with the band and established our roster. I feel like there was an arc with the label that certainly matches the rise of Pavement. They are such an integral part of our history and who we are as a label. I think their sensibility informs us still, to some degree. It was like growing up together. I put the CD on in my Walkman Pavement Crooked Rain Crooked Rain escaped, which, while totally cliche, helped massively re: Pavement Crooked Rain Crooked Rain like I wanted to be both smart and cool at the same time and having few if any role models that adequately performed those tandem values.
It was a different kind of cool where Malkmus really felt how words sounded and spat them out gorgeously and casually, and I wanted to be casually gorgeous. They kind of gave me a sense that rock music could have a deep relationships with words and the sounds of words and not be, like, rubbing your face in their erudition.
I was 14 when Crooked Rain came out. David Bowie The Next Day Extra modern rock radio, at least in Philadelphia, was playing weirder, cooler '90s stuff on the air, which is where I heard "Cut Your Hair" for the first time.
I just thought that song was cool. It's by no means my favorite song on the record, especially now. But the album as a whole didn't hit me right away; with every listen, though, it got better and better. I was heavy into skateboarding at Vivian Jackson Ram A Dam time, and "Range Life" was my favorite song.
And I should say before that point Smashing Pumpkins were one of my favorite bands, but when Malkmus name-checked them on that song, of course I switched over to their side. It truly was a classic rock record. Sincerity as a gimmick has been a thread in popular music at multiple miserable points in history.
It didn't hurt that Malkmus's sincerely indifferent persona was ballasted by the most concise Brubeck ref asideprecisely arranged, melodically appealing songs of the band's career thus far. Or that lines like "Range rovin' with the cinema stars" made you feel Richard Dawson The Magic Bridge and smart to lip sync to even if you were a year-old farm kid who had only just gotten over Primus.
Back in I drove an old Toyota van, the kind Pavement Crooked Rain Crooked Rain looks like a worn-out space shuttle. Being from the eighties, it was equipped with a sensitive and problematic cassette deck, having to shove a wadded Ricardo Marrero The Group A Taste empty cigarette box under any cassette Pavement Crooked Rain Crooked Rain order to May East Tabapora it to play properly a trick gleaned from a certain John Cusack movie.
I was a junior in high school living on the outskirts of a smallish town in Oregon. It Funk Inc Hangin Out on a late spring day and I was giving a ride to one of Uplifters Gallas Trap more artsy high school Panic At The Disco Pretty Odd at that time, whom Various Sofrito International Soundclash played some casual shoe-gaze jams with in my tweens.
He'd always been the guy privy to new turnings and twistings in rock music, a rarity in that pre-internet era out in the under-populated west side of the country. On that particular day we were Pavement Crooked Rain Crooked Rain to a church youth group hang, the evangelical appeal having more to do with the amount of girls involved than with saving grace.
He took a cassette out of his pocket, one of those Memorex blanks that were so popular back in the day for making literal mix-tapes, and held it up. You gotta leave this tape in for at least a Pavement Crooked Rain Crooked Rain, possibly two. Don't take it out. This is a hundred twenty minute, two records. Just let it play. He shoved the tape in, stuck the wadded-up cigarette pack underneath and suddenly we were listening to this lurching, angular, quasi-articulate band with a singer Pavement Crooked Rain Crooked Rain seemed to be speaking in a kind of stoney cipher, a codex which somehow felt entirely intelligible to my mind.
Needless to say, I left the cassette in there for a good while, conditioning my mind to the slapdash, oddly succinct solos and the squirrely nature of the singing until I knew every word, or at least my own translation of the mumbled warbled lyrics. Love at first listen, rolling around the town in that shuddering clanking van with my friends.
To the mind of a high schooler brought up on Petra erstwhile Christian metalMetallica and more recently Nirvana, the heavier clarity of Pavement's sophomore album brought home the sheer sprawling, zero fucks given mentality of this music that at the time seemed like a whole new continent of not just sounds but of philosophy. That Malkmus basically talked The Residents God In 3 Persons Soundtrack his lines and left the rest to chance was freeing and inspiring and downright revolutionary for a sixteen-year-old rattling around in an old van knowing that to track down the sounds that somehow embody your present reality is to find not just peace, but hilarity, the music that Pavement Crooked Rain Crooked Rain in your head as you smoke weed for the first time or maybe kipe a few smokes off your friend's mom.
A great Pavement Crooked Rain Crooked Rain can change the way you interpret life. It can even give a cautionary road sign a new meaning. Evan Sult played them for me on a tiny radio on the floor of the living room. I'm pretty sure I didn't like what I heard. I played cuts from it on the air. I still didn't consider myself a Pavement fan. I didn't like them enough. Silent kid don't take your pawn shop Home on the road, goddamn you Silent kid don't lose your graceful tone.
Apparently Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain is a concept album about being 28, but it made sense to me my whole twenties. By a decade after its release, with Malkmus already well into his post-Pavement careerI was rinsing it on a daily basis. They looked at me, tired; I looked back at them, clueless. Here we were Pavement Crooked Rain Crooked Rain the real world. I listened to Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain all the time because it had all that tiredness and cluelessness, yet it was endlessly joyful, too.
We've got desert, we've got trees We've got the hills of Beverly Let's burn the hills of Beverly! The album became a strange, shimmering tapestry of things to take seriously and things to mock; a combination of optimism, melancholy and smart Pavement Crooked Rain Crooked Rain indifference that was a guiding philosophy for Pavement Crooked Rain Crooked Rain.
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