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#KickingtheCanon by Tanner Stechnij Music

Pavement | Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain

May 1, 2020

During their ten-year stint as a recording band, Pavement showcased a talent for evolutionary steps with markedly small adjustments. On paper, there are a lot of commonalities between Slanted & Enchanted — their lo-fi, noisy 1992 debut album, plenty canon-worthy in its own right — and it’s follow-up, 1994’s Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain. But by simplifying the arrangements and cutting out some sound, Pavement’s sophomore effort embodies a new approach, developing a slackerish aesthetic that diverges into a chic sound that would…

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#KickingtheCanon by Greg Cwik Music

Pavement | Slanted and Enchanted

Pavement’s debut album, a sui generis cornucopia of fuzz-box riffs and unwonted lyrics, opens with the best song the band ever recorded, maybe the best debut single of the decade: a three-minute, lo-fi emission of buzzsaw guitar and Dadaist lyrics (“My eyes stick to…

January 20, 2019
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