Sunday, April 18, 2010

Album Review: Quarantine the Past: The Best of Pavement

After ten years of silence and a career that includes five albums and a legacy of sonic and interpersonal discord, Pavement has just released Quarantine the Past: The Best of Pavement, a 23 song greatest hits album pulled from a cross-section of their catalog. The collection is far from a typical greatest hits album, partially because the band had no real conventional hits to speak of but it allows the listener to follow the band from their cassette tape beginnings to their abrupt ending while appreciating their special brand of melodic disharmony and witty sarcasm.

While the song choices draw from across their tenure they are heavily pulled from the band’s two initial and most notable albums: Slanted and Enchanted and Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain including classic songs such as: "Here," "Range Life," "Heaven Is a Truck," and their closest brush to a hit "Cut Your Hair." All the well-known Pavement songs are included but what’s great about the band has never been their popular appeal, it’s their unique grungy and sometimes awkward garage sound paired with abstract poetic lyrics pulled from inspirations in classic rock, punk, and country and it’s well represented on the album.

The collection mixes in terrific tracks like: "Shoot the Singer (1 Sick Verse)" from the Watery, Domestic EP and the Slay Tracks song "Box Elder" which helps show why the band’s been so influential with their smart melodies and bright raw feel. The album is the kind of thing that should be issued to everyone entering art school and is without question a must have for any fan of low-fi indie rock.

Now, to get my hands on a pair of tickets to their live show this summer...

For: Short & Sweet NYC

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Tim Needles: Renaissance Man (366 Days of the Year)

Here's a three part article that was recently written about me by Louis Lasser IV, a very creative artist in his own right, for the Long Island Examiner. It's strange to see you life in third person but it's cool so I thought I'd share.

Tim Needles: Renaissance Man (366 Days of the Year)

Tim Needles: The Oak Tree Metaphor

Tim Needles Loves Art (and Art Reciprocates)

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Friday, April 9, 2010

I had lost my mind....

I was thinking this to myself quietly today and I thought of Daniel, if you haven't seen this biography it's one of my absolute favorites...absolute and get the album The Late Great Daniel Johnston while your at it (even though he's still alive).