And so begins the second song off my favorite Pavement album, Wowee Zowee. This Tuesday Matador Records will release the band’s third LP in their ongoing extended reissue campaign that began with 2002’s excellent Slanted & Enchanted: Luxe & Reduxe and continued in ’04 with Crooked Rain Crooked Rain: L.A.’s Desert Origins. Like it’s predecessors Wowee Zowee: Sordid Sentinels Edition brings the goods making itself truly essential to Pavement fans. The two disc affair gathers the outtakes, BBC Sessions, demos, b-sides, one-offs and EPs of the era in an easy one stop shop. Even the most savvy Internet downloader will find something here to pony up the bucks. Besides the music Sordid Sentinels includes the packaging and sixty-plus page booklet that include SM liner notes and other noteworthy tidbits.But by far the real reason to check this out, if you are a Pavement fan and not overly familiar with the material, is the original album. After the more straightforward Crooked Rain Crooked Rain, Wowee Zowee was a big dose of weird dropped on fans in the Spring of 1995. Relishing in it’s own quirkiness the album holds up extremely well today — as well as it did upon it’s release — making it many a Pavement fans most preferred and cohesive listening experience in album form. An excellent creeper album that will soon have you coming back for more, and further cements Pavement’s reputation as the most important band of the 1990s.
MP3: Pavement :: Rattled By The Rush
MP3: Pavement :: Grounded
Live, April 24, 1994:
MP3: Pavement :: Heckler Spray/In The Mouth Of A Desert
Amazon: Pavement – Wowee Zowee (Sordid Sentinals)
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