After much Internet speculation and comment-section frothing, the iconic indie band Pavement has announced that it’ll be playing a series of reunion shows next year. (Commence the freakout.) And the first on-sale for those shows is tomorrow! Details on the first announced show—which is taking place at Central Park’s 5000-capacity Rumsey Playground exactly one year and four days from today—after the jump. More »
Between this Monday’s release of the latest covers-stuffed War Child charity album—which includes the Yeah Yeah Yeahs‘ take on “Sheena Is A Punk Rocker” and Lily Allen‘s drowsy reworking of “Straight To Hell”—and the “what are your favorite cover songs” meme going around Facebook lately, I figured it would be fun to have us all share some of our favorite reworkings of popular songs. A few of mine after the jump, presented with minimal comment because after a week of scandals and Grammys and people not being dead I am wiped out. Feel free to share yours! The newer the better!
People we never expected to see on Fox News: Former Pavement singer/current Jick Stephen Malkmus. Question we never expected to hear on Fox News: “I’ve heard from the Urban Dictionary that [Jick] is a specific act of making love. ‘To Jick.’ Is that exciting?” Response that we would kind of expect from someone on Fox News: “I don’t know what ghetto that came from.” Malkmus and Red Eye host Greg Gutfield also discussed the audacity of Blender magazine, the Whitney Museum and how Real Emotional Trash compares to Bach. Notable quotables below.
Oh man, Pavement might be (thinking about someday in the near or far future, and maybe only for one show or maybe for a tour) reuniting! More »
mauraatidolator: ! jessdolator: is that supposed to be me? MY INDIE ROCK T-SHIRT IS CLEAN, THANKS. mauraatidolator: haha no mauraatidolator: it’s just not every day that you see pavement on the funny pages jessdolator: “look, i WASH my decade-old t-shirts.” More »
Mark Ibold is best known for his stints as a member of both Pavement and Sonic Youth, but when he’s not playing bass in a seminal indie rock band, he pays his bills by bartending at the Great Jones Cafe in Manhattan. In an interview with New York magazine, Ibold offers some comments about the restaurant’s famous clientele, anecdotes about dealing with messy eaters and loud drunks, and some vague glimmer of hope for a Pavement reunion tour within the next few years. (“”Our booking agent seems to think we’re going to be doing a reunion tour sometime in the next couple of years,” he says. “But it’s definitely not official”)
After the cut, Ibold answers the most important questIon: Who gets more action, musicians or bartenders?