Pavement Is The Best Band Of The 90s And Is Still Cool Today

Pavement Is The Best Band Of The 90s And Is Still Cool Today

No other answer is correct.

Pavement never lacked in their decade-long time together, releasing hit after hit before disbanding in 1999. Regarded as one of the most, if not the most, essential indie bands of all time, Pavement defined the term "indie rock". To learn why exactly this is, one must go back to the early 1990s, when Pavement first began.

In 1992 when their first album "Slanted and Enchanted" was released, it was incredibly fresh. Playful and humorous, Pavement combined lo-fi noise with bizarre lyrics. Furthermore, their playing is rather sloppy and raw, with questionable production. At times, the atonal and off time music makes it seem like Pavement isn't trying at all, or are completely new to their instruments.

This, as well as the lyrics, are actually all on purpose to counterpoint standard rock cliches during those times. The early 90's was a time when both grunge music's serious lyricism and 80's arena-rock style excessive production were huge. Pavement purposely differentiated themselves from both these in their aesthetics and music on "Slanted and Enchanted".

Moving forward, their 1994 sophomore release, "Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain", was a huge stylistic change for Pavement. Ditching the lo-fi sound in favor of more clean production but still keeping some of the raw noise, "Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain" still showed to be a much more varied album overall.

The prototype slacker album, "Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain" is gleaming and distorted. At many times sounding like the entire album is going to fall apart, Pavement leaves the listener never quite knowing just how serious or satirical they're being throughout.

Still, at the height of the grunge movement, "Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain" reinforces Pavement's notion that they were the antithesis of this now an entirely commercial explosion. That they just didn't care; were entirely fed up. And they pulled it off perfectly, with beautiful melodies and sarcastic lyrics.

Pavement went on to drop multiple more solid EP's and LP's after "Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain". These all continued the trend of ditching Slanted and Enchanted"'s lo-fi sound in favor of "Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain"'s more polished and radio-friendly pop sound.

At this point, however, Pavement had already established themselves as the new sound, just as Sonic Youth had done approximately a decade earlier. The mid-1990s also spelled the last hurrah for the grunge explosion, with Pavement riding out the wave until almost 2000 before breaking up.

Throughout it all, Pavement showed just how much they didn't care, how much they don't follow music guidelines until they became the new "cool". The fact that Pavement did this while creating such perfect music that varied throughout their career is no small feat in the commercially dominated world.

It can all be summed up with: grunge music isn't considered very cool today (barring Nirvana), but Pavement is.

Pavement is cool today.

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2. Hopefully entering your name into the lottery to get presale tickets

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4. Impatiently waiting for your presale tickets by listening to their songs on repeat

5. And remembering how obsessed you used to be (definitely still are) with them

6. Trying to coordinate the squad to go to the concert with you

7. Waiting in the Ticketmaster waiting room...

8. ...And feeling super frantic/frustrated because there are about 2000 people in line in front of you

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We have great dining food AND restaurants around us? Wow, we are #blessed.


Westwood is the home to UCLA and offers plenty of interesting and diverse dining options for students and locals alike. Since the area is firmly Bruin territory, you will find lots of on-the-go, affordable eats along with a mix of more modern and upscale restaurants.

Though I definitely haven't had all the food Westwood occurs, being here two years now (omg already!?), I think I can safely recommend certain places to eat.

1. Shamshiri Grill

South Westwood Boulevard is often referred to as Little Tehran, so most of that area is just Persian restaurants. Shamshiri Grill just makes the best meat and whenever I go there, I always order my meal with their special hot sauce, that is to DIE for. A must try.

2. Gushi

I can not tell you how many times I've been to this place. Located near Fat Sal's, you may be tempted to just miss it but let me tell you that is a mistake. I always get their Gushi Bowl which is just heavenly and the right amount to make me feel satisfied without being too filling. Be generous with the Teriyaki and Sriracha sauces on your meat and you are guaranteed to have a good time.

3. Pinches Tacos

I know Mexican food is very common wherever you go but Pinches Tacos is aesthetically pleasing and their food? Even more so. It just tastes so good! I definitely recommend the Asada fries and any tacos.

4. Saffron and Rose

Saffron and Rose is a Persian ice cream parlor like 10 minutes away from Shamshiri Grill and the quality and variety of ice cream is truly impressive. I would not have known my weakness for Jasmine ice cream if I hadn't tried this place and as always, the Saffron and Rose (it's namesake) deserves to be the name of the restaurant because of how rich in flavor it is.

5. Maharaja

I am very particular about my Indian food but the buffets in the afternoons at Maharaja definitely passes my checklist. I actually went there for my birthday so that just tells you how the food doesn't disappoint.

6. Nekter Juice Bar

I found out about this place very recently and I'm so glad I did because their bowls are so good. They also serve smoothies which I haven't had the pleasure to taste yet but I expect the same kind of quality. I am very partial to the Bruin Bowl and the Dragonfruit Bowl.

7. BJs

They have $3 Pizookies on Tuesday.

I am always there on Tuesday.

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What can I say? I just love the restaurants here.

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