Plans and Narrow Stairs are better than you remember them being, especially Narrow Stairs (which I think has a great cover; it symbolizes all the different turns their music takes on the album and how the production is big and bright and beautiful).
“If you say Seth Cohen didn’t represent you then you weren’t represented by him.” -donnytilla, a genius (just kidding, I know what you mean).
The limbo Danny! was in between the Def Jux and OkayPlayer deals was pretty lengthy. He dropped a classic called Where Is Danny? during said limbo, which is sort of his version of Madvillainy. But Payback’s damn good too; check out “Speed” as well.
I guess you can’t count Unplugged because it’s a live album, but still, that album is so good.
I AM SO OUTRAGEOUS.
I love CyHi’s verse on “So Appalled,” but I guess that is the only thing I’ve heard from him, so maybe he is not always that good. Woo constructive comment.
To me, it’s not even a question that Brighten the Corners is better than Terror Twilight, and I’d even go so far as to say that Brighten the Corners is my favorite Pavement album (and “Type Slowly” is the best Pavement song, but I guess we can wait until the ‘top 10 Pavement songs’ post for that argument). But really, I think all their full-lengths save TT could be thought of as ‘the best’ depending on the day, which is one reason I love Pavement so much.
Fuckin’ finally. The songs on those new 7″ records are great, so I’m looking forward to this! Also, not to be that guy, but Pinback were on Touch and Go (which also had to shut down, sad) before they signed to Temporary Residence.
It’s good! Nobody’s paying attention because of Frankie O, I guess. Love Kimya Dawson on “Crows 1″
No kidding, great song to go along with all that action. Most fun I’ve had watching a music video in a long time.
“Bethany Cosentino isn’t stupid.” Uh, who said she was? There has to be a better way to lead into the fact that she chose Jon Brion to produce this record.
I can’t really speak to the ‘moment’ either, but having read about it in books like Rob Sheffield’s Love Is a Mixtape, it seems like that would definitely lend itself to people thinking it is their best record. But as someone who never listened to Pavement until 2007, my favorite album of theirs (aka the one I think is ‘the best’) is probably Brighten the Corners.
The concept of ‘the moment’ is very interesting especially since I can’t think of something like that that’s happened in music since, like, 2001, maybe?
All the Pavement reissues are super well-done and worth getting even if you already have the albums. Slanted’s deluxe edition has Ed Ames, which I also love, and also the whole Watery, Domestic EP and unreleased songs from those sessions too, including Greenlander.
Always keeping the white man down.
Not sure why the 311 release isn’t notable.
Hope this doesn’t sound too whatever (obviously you are the one writing for Stereogum and I am the one commenting on Stereogum), but I liked this column much more this week than I did in the last two weeks. It seemed like there was a common thread throughout the piece (the influence of ghosts and religious imagery on School of Seven Bells), and the writing was less ‘let’s make every sentence sound like part of a press release’ and was much more readable as a result. Most of all, it got me interested in listening to the new School of Seven Bells record. Thanks for writing it.
I mean, you’re right that Cheap Girls isn’t the most original band ever, and I definitely appreciate that albums like Interstellar and Visions are pushing things forward, but Cheap Girls just nails that ’90s college radio rock (or whatever you’d call it) sound so well that I think they’re worth a listen.
I would also like to know what happened exactly. The death’s obviously sad no matter what, but if he died of natural causes, I will probably plunge into a fun spiral of “I HAVE TWO YEARS LEFT TO LIVE! WHAT HAVE I ACCOMPLISHED?!” for a few days.
The new Cheap Girls record came out this week too. Listen to Cheap Girls, y’all.
I want to see Maya Rudolph dance with her awesome dancing faces while Sleigh Bells plays.
Hard-hitting journalist DJ Possum Waffles Freshie, as usual, is asking the questions everyone else is afraid to ask.
As a cyborg, Gucci Mane is great!
Flesh of my Flesh, Songs of my Songs.
Really? I don’t think most people who protest new Walmarts are doing it from an elitist standpoint. I think they’re worried that local businesses will close as a result of Walmart moving in, and also about how bad Walmart’s wages are for workers (probably worse than the wages given by local businesses). I’m also going to go out on a limb and say that Walmart execs aren’t putting a Walmart in downtown Athens because they want to help those in poverty.
The Athens area (I am not from there but know people who are/were) already has two Walmarts a little outside city limits. This one is a bigger deal because it will be located downtown, very close to loved local businesses that might shut down as a result of Walmart’s cheaper prices (though I guess accessible to people downtown who don’t have a car). Two seems enough for me. I remember going to school in a poorer part of the country and taking the bus to Walmart to buy school supplies – there was a bus system in the area, and one of the bus lines went right to Walmart’s front door. There are probably similar buses in Athens to get to the other two Walmarts. Walmart has its place, but the oversaturation is unnecessary and bad for everyone, I think.
I guess I’m assuming some things here, but I think there are a lot of factors involved and it’s hard to make a blanket statement like you made without thinking about it a little more.
Thanks for doing this. I dug up Oaklandazulasylum recently and was surprised by how much good stuff was on there that I missed when I heard it the first time. I know the music on the new album won’t sound the same, but it’s cool that the process is similar as it was for that first record.
I’ll be the first to admit that I never really sat down with Eskimo Snow for a long time. Not that I dislike it; I think I just got stuck on their other records too much. Sorry, Yoni :(. The songs from ES were good live when I saw them a couple years ago, though.