Pitchfork Music Festival taps Pavement, Modest Mouse, and LCD Soundsystem

2009 Pitchfork Music Festival

This year’s Pitchfork Music Festival in Chicago is already shaping up nicely. Announced today, the first batch of bands includes the reunited Pavement, Modest Mouse, LCD Soundsystem, and many other fan favorites.

From Pitchfork.com:

The Pitchfork Music Festival will hit Union Park in Chicago July 16-18. And this year’s lineup is seriously amazing. We’ve got the reunited Pavement! Holy shit! Not to mention indie godheads Modest Mouse, James Murphy’s dance-punk juggernaut LCD Soundsystem, Wu-Tang Clan master chef Raekwon, St. Vincent, Lightning Bolt, Cass McCombs, Sleigh Bells, and Here We Go Magic.

All that is only the beginning. This year’s Pitchfork Music Festival will feature more bands than ever before and a longer day of music on Friday.

Tickets go on sale at noon Central time today at TicketWeb. Single-day passes cost $40, and three-day passes cost $90. (There are no two-day passes this year.) Keep watching this space for more details.

Besides Coachella, this is the other music festival I’d want to attend. I’ve only been to Chicago once, but its appreciation for great music was incredibly obvious.


Pavement compilation track list spans entire career


On March 9, Matador will release Quarantine the Past: The Best of Pavement in light of the band’s worldwide reunion tour. I usually stay away from compilations if they don’t contain unreleased material, but Pavement deserves its own given the band’s stature. I expected Quarantine the Past to contain fan favorites, but also selections the band enjoys to play. In looking at the track list recently unveiled on the Matablog, I can say that those involved really did a great job putting it together.

The track list is below:

Quarantine the Past: The Best of Pavement

01 Gold Soundz (Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain)
02 Frontwards (Watery, Domestic EP)
03 Mellow Jazz Docent (Perfect Sound Forever EP)
04 Stereo (Brighten the Corners)
05 In the Mouth a Desert (Slanted & Enchanted)
06 Two States (Slanted & Enchanted)
07 Cut Your Hair (Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain)
08 Shady Lane / J Vs. S (Brighten the Corners)
09 Here (Slanted & Enchanted)
10 Unfair (Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain)
11 Grounded (Wowee Zowee)
12 Summer Babe (Winter Version) (Slanted & Enchanted)
13 Range Life (Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain)
14 Date w/ IKEA (Brighten the Corners)
15 Debris Slide (Perfect Sound Forever EP)
16 Shoot the Singer (1 Sick Verse) (Watery, Domestic EP)
17 Spit on a Stranger (Terror Twilight)
18 Heaven Is a Truck (Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain)
19 Trigger Cut/Wounded-Kite at :17 (Slanted and Enchanted)
20 Embassy Row (Brighten the Corners)
21 Box Elder (Slay Tracks 1933-1969 EP)
22 Unseen Power of the Picket Fence (No Alternative compilation)
23 Fight This Generation (Wowee Zowee)


Pavement to play Norway’s Øya Festival with Big Boi, Gaslight Anthem

Norway festival

Pavement is really taking this reunion tour seriously. The band will headline Norway’s Øya Festival, which goes down August 10-14 in Olso’s Medieval Park. Joining the reunited indie rockers will be Outkast rapper Big Boi, dancehall stalwarts Major Lazer, and hardcore giants Converge (brief band descriptions are tough, OK). The festival boasts over 200 bands during its five-day run, so there’s something for everyone. Personally, I’d just want to catch my favorite band and look at the beautiful Scandinavian women.

To recap, Pavement has also confirmed dates at festivals such as Primavera, Roskilde, All Tomorrow’s Parties and Sasquatch in 2010. They might just play your friend’s birthday party if you ask nicely.


Spiral Stairs hints at new Pavement material


I don’t know how I let this euphoric piece of new fly under my radar. In an interview with The Age, Pavement’s Spiral Stairs suggests the band will record new songs if the tour goes well. He’s screwing with us, right?

The announcement claimed the tour was not a prelude to a full-blown reformation but during a recent chat Kannberg revealed that new Pavement songs could be on the cards.

“If it’s enjoyable for us, I think it is inevitable that we’ll make some more music,” Kannberg said from Seattle as he packed up his worldly goods ahead of a move to Melbourne to marry an Australian lass.

“I hope so because I think it will be fun.

“If I was a fan of the band, I’d want to hear some new music, but we’re just going to see how it goes.

“We’re taking it one step at a time.”

Kannberg said Pavement had plenty of creative steam left when it broke up, and he had missed the band’s unique chemistry, camaraderie and sense of humour.

During Pavement’s years apart, Kannberg toured with his Preston School of Industry outfit and appeared as a guest with other relatively obscure bands. But it just wasn’t the same.

Pavement is the one band I wouldn’t mind recording new material after a long hiatus. People always wonder what the next Beatles album would have sounded like if the band had stayed together. I wasn’t around back then, so I never had the rabid curiosity. With Pavement, however, I can’t help but speculate.


Pavement expands reunion tour

After opening their 2010 reunion tour with dates in Australian and New Zealand, Pavement will spend a month in the U.K. and Europe. The lucky countries include France Italy, Germany, Czech Repbulic, and Ireland.

Here’s how the tour is shaping up:

Pavement 2010 Tour Dates
03/01 – Auckland, NZ @ Auckland Town Hall
03/04 – Sydney, AU @ Enmore Theatre
03/06 – Victoria, AU @ Golden Plains
03/07 – Adelaide, AU @ Thebarton Theatre
03/08 – Perth, AU @ Metro City
03/10 – Brisbane, AU @ The Tivoli
03/12 – Melbourne, AU @ The Palace
05/04 – Dublin, IE @ Tripod
05/05 – Glasgow, UK @ Barrowland
05/07 – Paris, FR @ Le Zenith
05/08 – Amsterdam, NL @ Paradiso
05/10 – London, UK @ Brixton Academy
05/11 – London, UK @ Brixton Academy
05/12 – London, UK @ Brixton Academy
05/13 – London, UK @ Brixton Academy
05/14 – Minehead, UK @ All Tomorrow’s Parties
05/15 – Minehead, UK @ All Tomorrow’s Parties
05/16 – Minehead, UK @ All Tomorrow’s Parties
05/18 – Brussels, BE @ Ancienne Belgique
05/19 – Berlin, DE @ Astra
05/20 – Prauge, CZ @ Palac Akropolis
05/21 – Vienna, AT @ Arena
05/22 – Munich, DE @ Muffathalle
05/24 – Rome, IT @ Atlantico Live
05/25 – Bologna, IT @ Estragon
05/27 – Barcelona, ES @ Primavera Sound
05/29-31 – George, WA @ Sasquatch! Music Festival
09/21 – New York, NY @ Central Park SummerStage
09/22 – New York, NY @ Central Park SummerStage
09/23 – New York, NY @ Central Park SummerStage
09/24 – New York, NY @ Central Park SummerStage

As of this point, my concert in New York City on September 24 is the last stop on the tour. I really hope it remains that way.