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Expanding Pavement: Brighten the Corners

Expanding Pavement: Brighten the Corners

Get ready to feel old, even if you were still in high school when Pavement's Brighten the Corners came out in 1997. As Patton Oswalt might say, squibeddy doo, it's rock history! The last great album from the lo-fi pioneers (before their final salvo, the perfectly fine but ultimately just okay Terror Twilight) is about to be reissued and forever enshrined in a two-disc expanded edition, the same honor that's been given previously to Pavement's earlier albums, Slanted and Enchanted, Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain, and Wowee Zowee.

 

Brighten the Corners: Nicene Creedence Ed. (ah, don't those obscurantist titles make you feel all warm and '90s inside?) is set to see the light of day on November 18 via Matador. The dazzling 43-track package's first disc includes a host of b-sides after the original album tracks, and the second has BBC sessions and a ton of previously unreleased ephemera. Not to mention the schmancy 62-page book. Now how old do you feel?

 

Track listing:

 

Disc 1:

01 Stereo
02 Shady Lane / J vs. S
03 Transport Is Arranged
04 Date w/ IKEA
05 Old to Begin
06 Type Slowly
07 Embassy Row
08 Blue Hawaiian
09 We Are Underused
10 Passat Dream
11 Starlings of the Slipstream
12 Fin
13 Westie Can Drum ["Stereo" B-side]
14 Winner of the... ["Stereo" B-side]
15 Birds in the Majic Industry [previously unreleased vocal version taking place of released instrumental "Stereo" B-side version]
16 Slowly Typed ["Shady Lane" B-side]
17 Cherry Area ["Shady Lane" B-side]
18 Wanna Mess You Around ["Shady Lane" B-side]
19 No Tan Lines ["Shady Lane" B-side]
20 And Then... [full seven-minute+ version of "Spit on a Stranger" B-side]
21 Harness Your Hopes ["Spit on a Stranger" B-side]
22 Roll With the Wind ["Spit on a Stranger" B-side]

Disc 2:

01 Then [BBC Radio One Evening Session, January 15, 1997]
02 Harness Your Hopes [BBC Radio One Evening Session, January 15, 1997]
03 The Killing Moon [BBC Radio One Evening Session, January 15, 1997]
04 Winner of the... [BBC Radio One Evening Session, January 15, 1997]
05 Embassy Row Psych Intro [previously unreleased intro, BTC sessions outtake]
06 Nigel [previously unreleased, BTC sessions outtake]
07 Chevy (Old to Begin) [previously unreleased version, BTC sessions]
08 Roll With the Wind (Roxy) [previously unreleased version, BTC sessions]
09 For Sale! The Preston School of Industry [previously unreleased, VPRO "Lola da Musica" TV show, April 4, 1997]
10 Oddity [from the God Save the Clean compilation]
11 Type Slowly (live) [from the Free Tibet compilation]
12 Neil Hagerty Meets Jon Spencer in a Non-Alcoholic Bar [previously unreleased, KCRW's "Morning Becomes Eclectic", February 25, 1997]
13 Maybe Maybe [previously unreleased version, KCRW's "Morning Becomes Eclectic", February 25, 1997]
14 Date w/ IKEA [BBC Radio One John Peel Live Session, August 21, 1997]
15 Fin [BBC Radio One John Peel Live Session, August 21, 1997]
16 Grave Architecture [BBC Radio One John Peel Live Session, August 21, 1997]
17 The Classical [BBC Radio One John Peel Live Session, August 21, 1997]
18 Space Ghost Theme I [previously unreleased, recorded live at WFNX, Boston, February 12, 1997]
19 Space Ghost Theme II [previously unreleased, recorded live at WFNX, Boston, February 12, 1997]
20 Beautiful as a Butterfly [previously unreleased, BTC sessions outtake]
21 Cataracts  [previously unreleased, BTC sessions outtake]

 

[Pitchfork]

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Ah, wonderful! This remains my favourite Pavement album.

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That's a whole lotta goodness right there. "Cherry Area" is the jam! Personally think you're being too dismissive of Terror Twilight though, Jim. It was great in its own odd way.

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I knew there'd be disagreement with my appraisal of Terror Twilight. Sure, it's very cool in and of itself, but compared to its predecessors, I just don't think it stands anywhere near as tall. It's still better than Preston School of Industry, not that I have anything against those records either.

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I'm with broctoon on Terror Twilight. And to think Pavement came from the Sacramento area...

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I liked the first Preston School of Industry record. "Falling Away" is a ridiculously great song. I always thought an acoustic, slower version of it would be awesome. What is Spiral Stairs doing now? Will there be more Preston albums?

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