Coachella 2007 recently released their ridiculous lineup. Now spread across three days, it just has one glaring mistake where the penis puppet kings Red Hot Chili Fuckers will be headlining day two.
But there will also be the latest in Coachella inspired reunions such as the Chris Cornell-less Audioslave AKA Rage Against the Machine, Jesus and Mary Chain, and Crowded House plus 80s Manchester kings Happy Mondays. Don't forget about the usual array of the hottest of hot indie bands like Peter Bjorn & John, Grizzly Bear, Andrew Bird, Tapes 'n Tapes, along with The Bjork, Arcade Fire, Interpol, The Decemberists, Artic Monkeys, Travis ("Why Does It Always Rain on Me?"), Damon Albarn from Blur and Gorillaz side project The Good, The Bad and The Queen and, last but not least, my favorite Japanese Pop Star Cornelius.
This got me thinking. Can fucking Pavement get back to together? I was listening to "Stereo" from Brighten The Corners while remembering how great his song is all the while being possible one of the most ingenius lyrical compositions of history.
Who can forget the lyric:
what about the voice of geddy lee
how did it get so high?
i wonder if he speaks like an ordinary guy?
(i know him and he does!)
and you're my fact-checkin' cuz
follow that up with another favorite verse:
well focus on the quasar in the mist
the kaiser has a cyst
and i'm a blank want list
the qualms you have and if they stick
they will drown you in a crick
in the neck of a woods
that was populated by
tired nation on the fly
everybody knows advice
that was give out for free
lots of details to discern
lots of details
People forget about the brilliance of Brighten the Corners. But I don't. I fully recognize it whenever I can. A litmus test of true brilliance is when no one else could have possibly done what you've done. In his Pavement years, Malkmus was a genius. So please Mr. Malkmus, toss aside those Jicks and provide us with so more Pavement magic. Life is too short.