"And that shall be the last we speak of it."
Nope. Tonry was wrong. We are still speaking about the day Pavement announced their reunion: the most important day in indie rock since the Pixies got back together to record "Bam Thwok" for the Shrek 2 soundtrack.
Here's the official press release from the band's camp:
After years of speculation, the most important American band of the Nineties is returning to the stage with the lineup of Mark Ibold, Scott "Spiral Stairs" Kannberg, Stephen Malkmus, Bob Nastanovich and Steve West reuniting for dates around the world in 2010. Please be advised this tour is not a prelude to additional jaunts and/or a permanent reunion.
Described in their own Wikipedia entry as having experienced "moderate commercial success," Pavement's catalog for the Matador, Domino, Drag City and Treble Kicker imprints has come to define in the eyes of many the blueprint for independent rock over the past generation. An evidentiary compilation release is planned to coincide with the touring sometime in 2010.
I am fine with it not being a "permanent reunion," but I at least want some "additional jaunts." No one needs new records, box sets, or any of that, but for the band just to perform a one-off show in a city they are not from (Ibold being the exception) just seems odd. Also, I guess Pavement was the "most important American band of the Nineties" because only a band from that era follow that line with the self-deprecating "moderate commercial success" comment.
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