Pavement's Crooked Rain Crooked Rain: LA's Desert Origins
Purchased Pavement's Crooked Rain Crooked Rain: LA's Desert Origins re-issue double CD.
I admit that my indie rock cred is pretty low, having bought this solely on the basis of two reviews with a perfect rating (an A+ rating by Will Hermes—my favourite music critic—in SPIN Magazine and the 10 at Pitchfork) without ever knowingly heard any of the tracks. After a couple of listens, I'm impressed with the lyricism and the competence of the guitar work, and can hear in newer indie rock songs some of the influence Pavement may have had on them and the industry. The liner notes (more like a booklet) are amazing: photos of the band, lengthy text about memories of recording and touring, and a paragraph on each song from the originally-released album.