Sports Vs. Sounds: The Staff Of The Classical Runs Down The Best Post-Punk Sports Songs

During my discussion with the fellows behind The Classical, the forthcoming sports site named after the Mark E. Smith composition that reportedly cost the band a recording deal with Motown thanks to the slur about 35 seconds in, I asked why there aren't many punk or post-punk songs about sports. They fired back with an impressive list of songs disproving that premise.

Said Classical member Tim Marchman, who's written about baseball for the Wall Street Journal and the New York Sun (and disdains Yo La Tengo's cover of "Meet the Mets"): "All those guys like Jon Langford, Mark Smith and John Lydon were huge soccer fans. My theory is that they didn't write more about sports because they were obsessed with American culture and didn't know how soccer fit in with that. Meanwhile, the Americans were generally fake Brits. Darby Crash would have written about Arsenal if he had Fox Soccer Channel." More brains on punks on jocks below.

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Today In Exasperating (Yet Enjoyable) Albums: Hits (Pavement For Girls)

Finland-based singer Astrid Swan had a bit of a Pavement Problem. She enjoyed the legendary indie outfit, but she didn't have the same fanaticism about them that her friends had... until, that is, she saw them at the All Tomorrow's Parties festival in the spring of 2010, at which point she got so into them, she decided that she had to record an entire tribute album in their honor. And so she did, and since she is of the female persuasion and not a dude the way that the members of Pavement (and her friends who loved them before she did) are, she decided to call it... Hits (Pavement For Girls).

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2010: The Year In Music Photos

The year in music, circa 2010, started at the Cake Shop, with a shred-down to the New Year courtesy of Siren Festival MVP-to-be Marissa Paternoster and her band Screaming Females. After a tour through the NYE fetes of the Lower East Side and Williamsburg, that night ended amidst a marathon show at Bushwick's Shea Stadium, right around the time the Blastoids' drummer poured paint on his kit and started splattering away.

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My 10 Favorite Concerts Of 2010, Starring Jay-Z, Pavement, And Michael Bolton

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Stephen Malkmus, at the first of Pavement's 50 shows here. Pics by Rob unless noted otherwise.
The 100-plus shows I saw this year spanned from the Cake Shop to Radio City Music Hall, from Williamsburg block parties to Michael Bolton's house in Connecticut, the events that occurred therein all furtively documented on an iPhone notepad and sometimes captured via relentlessly amateurish photography. The best were a mix of usual suspects and total surprises, current hitmakers and reconstructed old-timers, all hitting whatever stage with some combination of joy, ferocity, indifference, disdain, and messianic grandeur. Here are the 10 that made my imminent hearing loss seem nonetheless somehow totally worth it.

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The 10 Biggest Music Stories of 2010

Ah M.I.A., it just wasn't your year, was it? Photo by Rebecca Smeyne.
In 2010, Vampire Weekend and Arcade Fire both had #1 records. LCD Soundsystem, Spoon, MGMT, the National, M.I.A, and Sufjan Stevens all had albums debut in the top ten. Kanye West joined Twitter. Drake started a riot in New York. Converse opened a recording studio in Brooklyn. M.I.A. went to war with the New York Times. Pavement reunited. Juggalos went mainstream. From our vantage point, this year in music was one of the most lawlessly entertaining--purely ridiculous, even--in a long, long while. So in the spirit of the deluge of year-end lists even now beginning to rain down upon us (don't forget to vote in Pazz & Jop!), we figured we'd look back on our ten favorite storylines of 2010. They weren't necessary the biggest, but they were the ones that SOTC had the most fun with, and the ones we cared most about.

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2010, The Year of Indie Pets, Example #6: Mo-Mo-Hair Dances to Wavves "So Bored"


Given the resounding success of last week's declaration that 2010 is the Year of the Indie Pet, it behooves us to provide you with more evidence of this Very Important Trend. Which brings us to "Chinchilla Mohair Room," a slightly confusing, slightly ridiculous blog dedicated to a furry Mohair creature who evidently has a penchant for indie rock. Despite running the Japanese blog through Google Translator, we're still mystified about the specifics. Does the owner have more than one cat? What's the cat's name? Where is this creature based? What makes Atlas Sound better for chasing around a watermelon balloon that, say, Animal Collective? Answers to none of those questions below.

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Five Pavement Songs They Should Pull Out For Their Last Night In Town

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C'mon, Steve, indulge us.
So Pavement Week ends tonight, with one more show in Central Park. We all had a good time, though, right? Dredged up some memories? Sung a few half-remembered choruses? Got rained on? Made some money? (Actually, no, we didn't make any money.) And though the set lists have varied impressively, and everyone's got their own personal favorite ("Perfect Depth"! "Here"!), there's still a few neglected songs they'd do well to dust off before they abandon us (maybe) for good. Such as:

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Scenes From Last Night's Lightning-Filled Pavement Show in Central Park

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Wednesday, September 22

Well, if nothing else, last night's lightning-delayed, rain-soaked Pavement convocation in Central Park (only two more to go!) was a great opportunity for Stephen Malkmus to say a bunch of ridiculous, borderline offensive stuff about the weather. Upon taking the stage, the wind picking up, what will turn out to be a downpour just minutes away: "Is it gonna rain? Do people, like, know that? They just know that I guess. They say they can smell it." Upon (temporarily) stopping the show, lightning flashing everywhere, rain pouring down: "Uh, lightning break. We gotta stop. She'll tell you [points to Parks Department functionary]. But I'm, uh, confirming, it's just a break." And of course, the best one, after the Doppler radar ("Doppler radar? That's not indie," someone shouts) has given us the all clear, rain still coming in waves but the lightning now more or less gone, Pavement striding back onstage to the ragged but swelling roar of the crowd: "Thank you guys...for nothing, really. It was just rain."

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Download Live NYC Sets From Pavement And Superchunk

Put this memory on your iPhone forever.

We just enjoyed a killer weekend of shows for indie-rock nostalgia (or not) types: Pavement's glorious return to NYC you saw coming from a long way off, of course; Superchunk's equally glorious resurgence, maybe not so much. Thanks to NYC Taper, you can peruse full sets from both.

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Hey Good Luck Trying To Sell Your Pavement Tickets Everybody

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Watch this guy goof around in Central Park, for cheap. Real cheap.
The year was 2009. You heard that Pavement were reuniting. You either love them or have been told by people older than you that you should love them. They announced a show in Central Park, for a year later. Like, a whole year later. It sold out. They announced another. And then another. And then another. And then, finally, a fifth show at the Williamsburg Waterfront that would actually take place before all the other ones, which was, if we can be real for a second, a dick move. (OSA says that one didn't quite sell out, if that's any consolation.) You probably bought tickets for one of these, probably somewhere in the middle. Perhaps now, a year later, you'd like to sell them, for what you paid for them, or perhaps even a little more. This is not going to happen.

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