Perfect Sound Forever: A Pavement Playlist

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Comprised of Stephen Malkmus (SM Jenkins), Scott Kannberg (Spiral Stairs), Mark Ibold, Bob Nastanovich, and Steve West (and Gary Young for a minute in their early days), I can say with 100% certainty that Pavement is my favorite band in the world and will always hold that title.

While I’ve seen Stephen Malkmus & the Jicks on various occasions, I’m ashamed to say I never got a chance to see the band perform live, and get overly excited with the smallest news item relating to a possible reunion, whether it’s Malkmus talking about a one-off ‘reunion’ gig for Matador Records‘ 20th anniversary party, rumors the band hired a booking agent and approached Coachella about performing this year (and they’d look a lot better headlining on Saturday than The Killers, who, like Jack Johnson last year, have zero business even being on the bill…), or even listening to the Dark Was the Night album and hearing Matt Berninger, of The National, sing on the track “So Far Around the Bend”:

You’ve been humming in a daze forever
Praying for Pavement to get back together

So, when a friend with great ears tells me they’ve only been minimally exposed to Pavement music, I definitely feel the need to create a Pavement playlist, though this task is always a bit difficult given their prolificacy: during their time together, a period of approximately 10 years ranging from 1989-1999, Pavement released 5 LPs and 9EPs to critical acclaim:





Perfect Sound Forever: A Pavement Playlist track listing:
  1. “Home” from Watery, Domestic
  2. “Summer Babe (Winter Version)” (play) from Slanted & Enchanted
  3. “Box Elder” from Westing (By Musket and Sextant)
  4. “Unfair” from Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain
  5. “Gold Soundz” from Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain
  6. “Major Leagues” from Terror Twilight
  7. “Range Life” from Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain
  8. “Type Slowly” from Brighten the Corners
  9. “Grounded” from Wowee Zowee
  10. “Unseen Power of the Picket Fence” from the No Alternative AIDS benefit compilation
  11. “Kennel District” from Wowee Zowee
  12. “Two States” from Slanted & Enchanted
  13. “Embassy Row” from Brighten the Corners
  14. “Stop Breathin'” from Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain
  15. “Passat Dream” from Brighten the Corners
  16. “Cut Your Hair” from Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain
  17. “Shady Lane” from Brighten the Corners
  18. “Starlings of the Slipstream” from Brighten the Corners
  19. “Ann Don’t Cry” from Terror Twilight
  20. “Zurich is Stained” from Slanted & Enchanted
  21. “Fight This Generation” from Wowee Zowee
If anyone has any thoughts, suggestions, or recommendations please let me know so I can continue to improve this list while keeping it at no more than 20 songs.
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