As I go through and post these songs every day, I maintain an iTunes smart playlist that gives me a picture of what my options are for each day in the future. It basically has all the song choices from whatever times are left to post, with the artists I’ve already used taken out. Before each posting, I’ll double check to see if I have options that might be better than the originally selected choice. Sometimes, I may have added something to the library that wasn’t there when I first made the list. As I move into more “standard” times for songs, the list of alternatives grows longer and sometimes I may also find a great track that I missed on the first go-round.
Today, the plan was to post the CSS track, “Music is my Hot, Hot Sex.” It’s fun and like “1234”, it was also used in an iPod commercial back in the day. But guess what I found instead? Not one, but two outstanding Pavement songs. That’s right, between “Cut Your Hair” and “Stereo”, Pavement is the master of the 3:07 track. What’s more, I looked at the full list and discovered that I managed to leave Pavement sitting on the sidelines. Given that it’s indie rock week and that Pavement has been a big name in indie rock for a long time, it only makes sense to drop ’em in here.
Anyway, if you’ve watched ESPN’s “PTI,” the opening bars of “Cut Your Hair” will sound awfully familiar to you. Over the years, Pavement’s sound was pretty variable. I really liked the lo-fi slacker vibe of Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain and Brighten the Corners – both of which are much more accessible for new listers than Wowee Zowee, a favorite of many of the band’s diehard fans.