Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Cut Your Hair...

tonight is another new episode of LOST, so i'm stoked on that. i missed last tuesday, so i have to play catchup tonight. let's see how things are going on the island this time. are they being messed with by aliens, or is it all just a dream??? if it has an ending like that, then i believe there will be an uprising with the hardcore fans the likes of which nobody can fathom. be warned, you lost writers you. this is a message from the fans. if we get some cheap cop-out ending then we will rain down upon you and make 2012 come early!!!

okay, so with a little bit of steam gone, now is the time for music. today is another episode in what i like to call, "indie rock 101". if there was just one band that defines indie rock, look no further than, Pavement.

these guys have recently gotten back together for touring, so now is the time to get them on the blog. they are playing at some major festivals this year, like Coachella and Pitchfork Fest, so if they are near you, then go check them out. by the way, those aren't the only dates they are playing. they actually just started a world tour, so everybody pretty much has a chance to go see them.

oh yeah, i forgot to give you your 101 lesson. this is strictly for those who don't know. pavement originally started in 1989 and broke up in 1999. they are responsible for setting the blue print in indie rock. they demonstrated simple songwriting and musicianship. it was a smack in the face to all the bands at the time. alternative music was here and it brought upon an entirely new style. artist could make their own personal, experimental and fanboyish music without all the gripes from the mainstream or records companies. pavement, in their early days, were often compared to bands like, The Fall and Swell Maps, but the band themselves preferred artists like, The Replacements.

the band released five albums and several ep's over the course of their career. they had a minor hit on college radio and mxtxvx with the song, "cut your hair". this would be considered the bands high point, but fans say otherwise. there is a certain epicness that comes from legends like pavement, and the desire to see them again has finally taken center stage with them reuniting this year. they never left people's thoughts and feelings towards them, and with that comes the greatness of music.

today you will find all their full length albums. we first start with the wonderful debut, Slanted and Enchanted. this album is where it all started and it's held up there in high regard. the production and song craft is indie rock 101, and there is no mistaking it's status as one of the best albums ever made. it, along with the next album, are included in the Rollingstone 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. and speaking of that next album, we now come to, Crooked Rain, Crooked. this is, (in my opinion) the bands best album. it contains the song, "cut you hair" as well as other great songs like, "gold soundz" and "range life". in third we have the album, Wowee Zowee and then the album, Brighten the Corners. in fifth and last place is their final effort, the album Terror Twilight. that's it for now. there are rumors that the band might be getting back in the studio to make new recordings, but i'll hold that with a grain of salt. so, until then you have these albums to settle your stomach. enjoy!!!






Darlin' don't you go and cut your hair
Do you think it's gonna make him change?
"I'm just a boy with a new haircut"
And that's a pretty nice haircut
Charge in like a puzzle
Hitmen wearing muzzles
Hesitate you die
Look around, around
The second drummer drowned
His telephone is found

Music scene is crazy
Bands start up each and every day
I saw another one just the other day
A special new band
I remember lying
I don't remember a line
I don't remember a word
But I don't care, I care, I really don't care
Did you see the drummer's hair?

Advertising looks and chops a must
No big hair!
Songs mean a lot when songs are bought
And so are you
Let's run down to the practice room
attention and fame
a career
career, career, career

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