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  Pavement (band) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Pavement was an American indie rock band in the 1990s.
Pavement formed in Stockton, California, in 1989 as a studio project of guitarists and vocalists Stephen Malkmus and Scott Kannberg, known originally only as "S.M." and "Spiral Stairs," respectively.
Pavement's most obvious influence during this time was English rock band The Fall, although Kannberg stated in a 1992 interview that he preferred The Replacements to The Fall.
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 Pavement - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Pavement (material): An American English term referring to the durable surfacing of roads and walkways.
Pavement (British English): A British English term for a walkway along the side of a road (which Americans call sidewalks).
Pavement (architecture): A floor-like indoor or outdoor stone or tile structure.
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 Pavement - Biography - AOL Music
Pavement, along with Sebadoh, were the leaders of the lo-fi movement that dominated U.S. indie rock in the early '90s.
Pavement supported the album with their first national tour, and while it didn't reach many cities, it became notorious for the band's sloppy sound and Young's grandstanding.
Young was asked to leave the band during 1993; his last release with the group was the EP Watery, Domestic, which was released in the fall of 1992.
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 Matador Records | Pavement Biography
Pavement’s extraordinary fifth album is their first recorded on 24 tracks and the first produced by Nigel Godrich (Radiohead’s OK Computer, Beck’s Mutations).
Pavement aren’t just America’s most literate band, they could be its finest living writers, I mean in addition to their songs being wildly catchy and unpretentious and all that.
The 3rd (or 4th) album by Pavement is a thoughtful and challenging work, certain to thrill and confound the hundreds of thousands of rock fans previously enraptured by ‘Crooked Rain’ and ‘Slanted and Enchanted.’ Recorded at Easley County Jail, Memphis, Pavement speak out for the first time since their incarceration.
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 Blur - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Through some reinvention, Blur reclaimed their position as an art pop rock band in the late 1990s by incorporating pseudo-indie-rock and lo-fi influences of the American bands in the style of Pavement and R.E.M., which finally gave them their elusive American success in 1997.
Although the band intimated in some interviews that they might record a new album in 2004 this never materialised and in recent years all three remaining members have devoted their energy to solo projects.
The band, named The Good, the Bad and the Queen are expected to release their self titled album in January 2007.
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 Metroactive Music | Pavement
But Pavement is currently suffering from the old adage "Live by the sword, die by the sword"--the sword in this case being the strict indie-rock elitist rules Pavement claimed to live by at the beginning of its career.
Pavement's lyrics, however, though at times poetic ("The edge of creation is blurred and blushed / not a lot of room to grow inside this lovely terrarium"), can also seem like so much self-generated nonsense.
To me, however, a problem with Pavement's current work is the pervasive lack of a definitive rhythm--a particularly odd circumstance given that the band began with two drummers (a la the Grateful Dead and the Butthole Surfers).
www.metroactive.com /papers/metro/03.13.97/pavement-9711.html   (1100 words)

 The Michigan Daily Online   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-23)
For Pavement followers who felt that 1994's "Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain," was the band's greatest achievement and that 1995's "Wowee Zowee" was a misstep, "Brighten the Corners" will bring the boys back into your good graces.
Pavement is often at its best when it is at its most raucous, when its songs get all wound up with energy, attitude and emotion and threaten to careen completely out of control.
While die-hard Pavement fans may wish that the new record had a little more of a consequences-be-damned willingness to rock out, this is definitely an excellent and entertaining album.
www.pub.umich.edu /daily/1997/mar/03-13-97/arts/arts2.html   (1494 words)

 Pavement - Slanted and Enchanted: Luxe and Reduxe (Matador)
Even with their shadowy pseudonyms and record covers that ripped off the Fall, Pavement was a band that demanded notice for their music over their style.
Marking the band's last real release of material featuring original drummer Gary Young, the four songs on the EP are effortless and a wonderful use of 12 minutes.
While the band later matured and underwent personnel changes, the unbridled energy and enthusiasm present in the studio and live work from this period marks the true high water mark that Pavement was left to chase for the rest of their days.
www.fakejazz.com /reviews/2002/pavement.shtml   (1077 words)

 VH1.com : Pavement : Biography - Urge Music Downloads
Pavement, along with Sebadoh, were the leaders of the lo-fi movement which dominated U.S. indie rock in the early '90s.
Their revampment resulted in a near-hit with "Cut Your Hair," but the mainstream decided Pavement was too strange for their tastes and the band decided they preferred the underground, leaving the band as one of the most popular -- and the most influential -- American indie rock band of the '90s.
The new lineup appeared on the band's first full-length album, Slanted and Enchanted, although the group didn't record any of the album as a full band; instead, it was pieced together by Malkmus and Kannberg.
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 Pavement: Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain: L.A.'s Desert Origins - PopMatters Music Review
Pavement never quite made the leap from indie rock gods to a full-fledged mainstream success, as many had thought they would, but in 1994, they came awfully close.
By then, Pavement were touring extensively, recording Peel Sessions on BBC radio, and becoming the most written-about band in American indie rock, but the mystery of that great debut album had faded.
While The Fall was always the band's primary influence, the obvious Mark E. Smith rip-offs are toned down greatly on Crooked Rain (save for the brief "Hit the Plane Down"), and as this set shows, it was R.E.M. that seemed to be on the band's minds during this period.
www.popmatters.com /music/features/041115-pavement.shtml   (1097 words)

 Pavement: Slow Century (2002) (V)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-23)
Pavement's working life as a band coincided with the mainstream explosion of alternative rock in the early to mid 1990s, spearheaded by Nirvana.
Some of these bands still exist, some don't, but their music is out there waiting to be discovered by generations to come, just like previous music fans have rediscovered The Velvet Underground, Big Star, Television, Wire, The Buzzcocks and Pere Ubu, to name a few.
An essential purchase to anyone who is remotely interested in the band, and also highly recommended to anyone exploring the history and roots of alternative rock, especially those who have recently had their ears opened by The Strokes, The White Stripes, BRMC et al.
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 Pavement review band   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-23)
And like the band's self-referential retro-country "Range Life," the songs bask in a healthy dose of jaded irony, taking self-conscious jabs at the mechanizations of the music biz.
But the boys in Pavement have grown up a bit, and most of the tracks on "Corners" are tepid exercises all pointing to a not-quite-thirtysomething fear of commitment.
Not that he's suddenly morphed into Axl Rose, or even Bono; I suspect that Pavement's main man hides behind his vocal sophistries to keep from falling into the trappings of a lifestyle where "Transport is Arranged." And the ladies should take heart-- classic rock never sounded so good.
www.virginiamusicflash.com /pavement.htm   (363 words)

 CNN - Pavement's Stephen Malkmus: Viva la anti-diva - June 21, 1999   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-23)
For a guy whose band is credited with leading the lo-fi indie-rock movement of the early '90s -- a band still hailed by music critics as one of the decade's most powerful groups -- Malkmus seems decidedly indifferent.
But then again, Pavement is a band that, ostensibly at least, made its mark by never trying to make a mark at all.
Pavement was conceived by guitarists/vocalists Malkmus and Scott Kannberg in the 1980s as a studio project in Stockton, California -- also home to crooner Chris Isaak.
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 The Music Box: Pavement - Terror Twilight (Album Review)
Pavement is most certainly a group with talent.
The group finally permits their talent for grafting world-weary emotion with catchy little melodies, and the songs are unmarred by the band's apparent fear of greater success.
New and longtime fans alike can only hope this isn't true as the band just now seems to be getting it together enough to take their brand of rock 'n‘ roll to the next level.
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 Pavement   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-23)
The Stockton, CA-based band's laconic slacker flavor, snottily intelligent lyrics, lo-fi production style, elliptical song structures, bursts of abrasive noise, and smiling fuck-all attitude made them a prototype for the indie rock explosion and one of the most important and influential bands of the decade.
Pavement's laid-back fourth effort, 1997's Brighten the Corners, with its mellow sun-baked classic "Shady Lane," suggested the band was getting a bit older and possibly even more mature.
By the next year, both Malkmus and Kannberg had moved on to new bands, the former moving to Portland to front Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks and Kannberg heading Preston School Of Industry.
www.epitonic.com /artists/pavement.html   (353 words)

 Pavement: Slanted and Enchanted ---Ink Blot Magazine
Pavement began to attract attention with their "Slay Tracks" 7-inch, especially the b-side, "Box Elder." Debut album Slanted and Enchanted was a huge cult success, changing the path of Matador records and American indie rock in the '90s.
And while Pavement's imitators never cashed in (or sought to), they've been just as passionate and prevalent as the flannel-shirted hordes.
Tuneful, almost romantic, they are classic rock without the cheese and they helped convince a lot of guitar bands that it is still OK to play pop music.
www.inkblotmagazine.com /rev-archive/pavement.htm   (288 words)

 Rolling Stone : Pavement Battle the Odds In New York: Pavement   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-23)
Pavement, the most tuneful lo-fi band of the rock and roll era, was putting on a show to remember.
This was the rogue Pavement of old, ragged musicians led by a guy who could barely sing muddling their way through too-beautiful songs and wondering at the end of it all how they'd sounded so good.
It was an intriguing occurrence, one that probably made a lot of fans wonder which band they liked better: the inscrutable murk-rockers or the mature pop craftsmen of the new millennium.
www.rollingstone.com /artists/pavement/articles/story/5927376/pavement_battle_the_odds_in_new_york   (728 words)

 Ink Blot Magazine: The Pavement Mothership
The last time we talked to Pavement, we didn't realize it might be, like, the last time we talked to Pavement.
Pavement began to attract attention with their "Slay Tracks" 7-inch, especially the b-side, "Box Elder." Debut album Slanted and Enchanted was a huge cult hit, changing the path of American indie rock in the '90s.
In what is easily the band's most arcane and experimental effort, Pavement began playing with their instruments again.
www.inkblotmagazine.com /pavement_mothership.htm   (283 words)

 Pavement - Terror Twilight (Matador) - Drawer B Review   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-23)
Pavement has the unfortunate stigma of coming from the school of noise.
I read a recent review of the band's opening night in Chicago for the current tour, and it was full of fan complaints that the band was too mellow and didn't play enough oldies.
Pavement's new album, Terror Twilight, is by far the best thing the band has ever recorded, but it doesn't have a trendy or shocking sound.
www.drawerb.com /features/pavement.htm   (587 words)

 Amazon.co.uk: Brighten the Corners: Music: Pavement   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-23)
Pavement's fourth proper LP seems to be a direct response to anyone who thought 1995's WOWEE ZOWEE sealed a downward spiral from indie-pop heroes to incomprehensible, in-joke nonconformists.
Pavement was still in solid form in "Brighten the Corners." While it may not be the best, the mix of complex rock and thoughtful singing is enough to make it another budding classic by Pavement.
After the haphazard, awkward beauty of Pavement's first three albums, the initial overriding impression of 'BTC' to fans of the band was that the sound had been smoothed over to its detriment.
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 Metroactive Music | Pavement
Good though Pavement is--and there was a time when I adored the band--it seemed to have been fatally damaged by indie-rock attitude and adulation.
Now, instead of using all sorts of obfuscatory bullshit, Pavement has even reverted to such traditional tacks as a list of thank-yous on the CD cover and a song-sequence that puts the best track, "Spit on a Stranger," first, thus leaving the listener wanting to hear more--and more and more.
Pavement might have worn out its welcome with the überhip, who aren't inclined to like a record with this many jams and ballads.
www.metroactive.com /papers/metro/06.24.99/pavement-9925.html   (1071 words)

 Underfoot: Pavement Pounds the Pumpkins, Tool   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-23)
When Pavement took the stage around 10:30 the film clip on the left side of the stage projected the flaming chaos of Burning Man.
The reason I kind of started is that I was seeing all these bands in San Francisco and they were making a lot of the same mistakes that a lot of people make.
Those were the bands we were listening to at that time.
www.poprocks.com /articles/pavement.html   (1349 words)

 Blogcritics.org: Weekly Artist Overview: Pavement
Time has since put their achievements into better relief; Pavement were the leaders of the lo-fi movement, perhaps the most critical genre of the early 1990's, and the lessons they taught, particularly on Slanted and Enchanted, continue to inform loners with 4-tracks around the world.
Pavement was formed in Stockton in 1989 by Stephen Malkmus and childhood friend Scott Kannberg in 1989.
Pavement joined the 1994 Lolapalooza tour and received very mixed reactions from the audience, ranging from adoration to hostility; at one stop in West Virgina, the crowd pelted the band with rocks, forcing the red-faced and upset band to walk offstage mid-set.
blogcritics.org /archives/2005/07/04/101417.php   (3381 words)

 Pavement - Audio samples, biography and discography from Bands On Demand Indie Rock guide on UGO
Pavement was a study in conflicts, and ultimately succumbed to its own laid-back prerogative.
Their follow-up, Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain, contained the MTV hit "Cut Your Hair" and pushed the band into Lollapalooza-like status, but afterwards they never quite managed to release anything that had the same crossover appeal; that's not to say they turned into slouches.
Pavement not only didn't care about their pretentious peers, but they even went so far as to slag them on record.
www.ugo.com /channels/music/features/bandsondemand/Indie/artist.asp?bn=pavement   (363 words)

 Amazon.com: Terror Twilight: Music: Pavement   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-23)
Pavement's last album(or arguably Malkmus' first solo record)sees them embrace a fuller,more streamlined sound that surprisingly (since their initial charm was their roughness)works in their advantage giving Malkmus' songwriting a more refined tone and enhancing the band's challenging musical detours.
This album is the most endearing work Pavement did in their 12 years of being a band.
Pavement was once sloppy and imperfected which is what made their early records such a treat to listen to and, more often than not, a strange and difficult listen.
www.amazon.com /exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/B00000IKUQ?v=glance   (1323 words)

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