Pavement, let it be clear, do not intend to piss all over their legacy.
So, having heard the news, what's an 18 year old indie kid, who had to Google 'pavement' when reading the news, and gets his/her music from the Gossip Girl soundtrack, to do??!! Pavement? Right, isn't that the band who has supposedly influenced EVERYONE? The band that got those 10 out of 10 album reviews on Pitchfork?
Yep, that's the one.
Letters have no Arms hereby proudly presents Pavement for Dummies. A brief introduction, a beginner's kit if you will. Start off with these ten songs (and perhaps the Pavement article on allmusic), then work your way through their rather majestic back-catalogue. You've got till next year to memorise all the lyrics and start getting VERY F**KING EXCITED ABOUT NEXT YEAR!!!
The 'hit': Stereo
The quiet one: Strings of Nashville
The bouncy one: Cut your Hair
The wistful one: Here
You've been humming and I think it's forever
Praying for pavement to get back together
Nobody knows where you are living
Nobody knows where you are
You're so far around the bend
The National - So far around the bend