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There are certain things guaranteed to make me happy: my daughter's smile, late-afternoon light along the Pacific Coast, apple-pear-cranberry pie, the feeling you get entering an air-conditioned Smithsonian museum, reading poetry in German, a Cal Bears victory, and a new release from one of of my favorite bands. When that new release is from a band that has long since broken up, though, the delight is tinged with sadness. I'll take it, though. And since I'm one of the few people out there who will confess to having Wowee Zowee as my favorite Pavement album in its original state -- the reissue of Slanted and Enchanted trumps it -- I'm especially excited that it's going to be getting the expanded treatment: "Doctor's leaving for the holiday season. . ."

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Mode: stiff and slack
Muse: a wedding-day memory of "Grounded"

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From: marcegoodman Date: July 25th, 2006 02:05 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
With few exceptions, I'm the type of fan who thinks of a band's most recent record as my favorite. And so it was with each successive Pavement record. My fondness for a band also deepens as it begins to sound as if it is reaching out towards some greater (theoretical at least) audience. (I'll tip my hat by calling this the Xgau factor.) It's funny that you connect "Grounded" with your wedding day, because I remember Malkmus somewhere spoke of "Rattled By The Rush" as being partly about the anxiety of coupling. I remember hearing a version of "Grounded" (which included shout-outs to "sweet" Gerard and "sweet" Johan) at one of the Great American shows during the Crooked Rain tour and being absolutely thrilled again to hear it on Wowee.
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: July 25th, 2006 04:41 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
I was that way with Pavement pretty much. I love all their records. But Wowee Zowee has the most songs of the original albums and was quirkier than the rest in terms of its arrangement, so it was my favorite.

I was at that Great American Music Hall show. I was at every show Pavement played there, I believe, though I only caught the tail end of the one that came as the second show of the night that time. My favorite was the one in April, 1994, right after Kurt had died, when they broke into improvised "space" that culminated with Malkmus shouting "27 years old" over and over. It was hard to figure out exactly what he was trying to convey, but the feelings were sincerely full of duende under that veneer of irony. I think that was the show where Gary Young's band opened too.

I hope you're liking Oneida!
From: marcegoodman Date: July 25th, 2006 03:48 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
I would have guessed that you were at the show. I saw both shows that night and because there were so few of us who stuck around our between-show idlings included a long round of small talk with Gerard and SM. For some reason, I missed the next year's shows, but it sounds like I missed a good one. By sheer dumb luck, I literally bought the very last ticket available for one of the Fillmore shows on the TT tour. Song of the night? Summer Babe, which sort of surprised me at the time. I swear could feel the crowd and band surge upwards as the chorus approached.

Oneida rocked! And it was great to meet the missus! I sent along the GT you requested and a mix
CD I recently made for someone that I thought YOU would especially appreciate.
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: July 25th, 2006 04:57 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Thanks! So the show you were talking about was 1993? It's hard to keep track. I saw what I believe was the band's first show in S.F., at the Kennel Club in April, 1992. I saw them open for Sonic Youth later that year. I drove up to Sacramento to see them at one point -- early 1994? -- at a Rialto-ish theater with Knapsack opening for them. I saw them at Bimbo's on Columbus, with Silkworm opening. I saw the Fillmore shows. I saw Lollapalooza at the Shoreline. I also saw Pavement's last show in S.F. -- I believe it was, anyway -- during the second-go-round of the Terror Twilight show. That was a Maritime Hall. Calexico opened for them. It wasn't the best venue, though.
From: marcegoodman Date: July 26th, 2006 01:28 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
It is hard to keep track. The shows I was talking about was the April '94 date. I believe Rollerskate Skinny (featuring Kevin Shields' brother Jimi on vocals) opened. I also saw the Lollapalooza show. And the Brighten the Corners show at the Warfield with Apples in Stereo opening. Did Silkworm wear sailor outfits at the show you saw? I don't remember where I saw that Silkworm/Pavement show. And I missed a set of tour-warmup shows at the Kilowatt too. And I arrived at Maxwell's in Hoboken for a July '90 show just in time to see the band putting away their instruments.

By the way, I listened to Tinkers To Evers to Chance today perhaps for the first time ever in Tucson while reading Hallward on Deleuze on Bergson on memory. The experience was downright uncanny.
art_thirst From: art_thirst Date: July 25th, 2006 03:33 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
A Cal Bears victory? That struck me funny then, I remembered, I'm an alumni too. (...even if I only took one class.)
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: July 25th, 2006 04:38 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Oh, yes. I'm devoted, even though I never hung out with the Greek set (except Mark Bingham, for obvious reasons).

I loved your raspberries! Grand Marais is great. That whole part of Minnesota is so wonderful.
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