– Pavement, “Stereo” (1997)
Indeed. I’m seeing Pavement tonight at the Williamsburg Waterfront Series. Should be really dope. My friend Andrew scored VIP tickets (free beers), which means for once I don’t have to worry about sneaking cheap whiskey past security. For the uninitiated, Pavement was THE indie-rock band of the 1990s, with their catchy hooks and zany lyrics. Revisiting their catalog to prep for the concert I was struck by how mainstream many of the songs sound now. That could speak to Pavement’s tremendous influence, but it also could be a reminder of how much of music is about the presentation- the chasm between Pavement fans and mainstream rock fans was probably far greater than the chasm between Pavement and mainstream music itself.