Pavement – Quarantine The Past


Quarantine The Past: The Best Of Pavement comes out on March 9, 2010. This fully remastered 23-track compilation will be available on MID-PRICED double LP, CD and digital album formats. The tracks span the entirety of Pavement’s career from 1989 to 1999, from the scratchy and mysterious sounds of their early vinyl-only releases to the rich, multilayered warmth of their final recordings. Although the compilation does not include any unreleased material, it definitely digs deeper than the hits.

Preorder (with 15% discount) direct from Matador HERE

Simultaneously, we will be re-releasing Pavement’s complete Matador LP catalog (the 5 albums including the “Watery, Domestic” 12″ EP) on L(ow) P(rice) vinyl. (The premium deluxe vinyl we have released on the first four albums will continue to be available.)

Quarantine The Past lands in stores as Pavement embark on their first live appearances since the fall of 1999. Dates begin in New Zealand on March 1 and continue through Australia and Europe over the spring and summer, with 4 dates in New York’s Central Park next September. More US shows will be announced shortly.

We are holding a Guess The Track Listing Contest. The album contains 23 tracks, all previously released, and the first track is “Gold Soundz” (MP3 of remastered version below). Prizes will be awarded as follows:

FIRST PRIZE for the track listing closest to the actual track listing
SECOND PRIZE for the most imaginative track listing
FOUR RUNNERS-UP in either of the above two categories (4 runner-up prizes total)

First prize will be a pair of tickets, with flights and hotel rooms, to see Pavement at Central Park Summerstage on Tuesday, September 21, 2009 2010. Plus a complete set of Pavement Matador 12″ vinyl.

Second prize will be having your track listing pressed up in a special limited-edition vinyl double LP for Record Store Day (April 17). You will receive 5 copies of your best of selection. Plus a complete set of Pavement Matador 12″ vinyl.

Runner-up prizes will be complete sets of Pavement Matador 12″ vinyl.

To participate, please make your choice of 23 tracks (remember, the first one is “Gold Soundz”) below – click on the ALBUM COVER to get started:

A few more clues: 3 pre-Matador tracks are included, plus one song that originally came out on a compilation. Every Matador album is represented, plus Watery, Domestic.

Deadline for entries is 2 weeks from today: TUESDAY, JANUARY 19.

Entry is open to anyone worldwide, with the exception of those listed under the contest rules and restrictions.

Download the remastered MP3 of “Gold Soundz”:

Gold Soundz (160k mp3)

Pavement 2010 dates announced so far:

Mon Mar 01, 2010 – Auckland – Auckland Town Hall
Thu Mar 04, 2010 – Sydney – Enmore Theatre
Fri Mar 05, 2010 – Sydney – Enmore Theatre
Sat Mar 06, 2010 – Meredith – Golden Plains Festival
Sun Mar 07, 2010 – Adelaide – Thebarton Theatre
Mon Mar 08, 2010 – Perth – Metro City
Wed Mar 10, 2010 – Brisbane – Tivoli Theatre
Fri Mar 12, 2010 – Melbourne – Palace Theatre
Tue May 04, 2010 – Dublin – Tripod SOLD OUT
Wed May 05, 2010 – Glasgow – Barrowland Ballroom SOLD OUT
Fri May 07, 2010 – Paris – Le Zenith
Sat May 08, 2010 – Amsterdam – Paradiso
Mon May 10, 2010 – London – Brixton Academy
Tue May 11, 2010 – London – Brixton Academy SOLD OUT
Wed May 12, 2010 – London – Brixton Academy SOLD OUT
Thu May 13, 2010 – London – Brixton Academy SOLD OUT
Fri May 14, 2010 – Minehead, West Somerset – All Tomorrow’s Parties SOLD OUT
Sat May 15, 2010 – Minehead, West Somerset – All Tomorrow’s Parties SOLD OUT
Sun May 16, 2010 – Minehead, West Somerset – All Tomorrow’s Parties SOLD OUT
Tue May 18, 2010 – Brussels – Ancienne Belgique SOLD OUT
Wed May 19, 2010 – Berlin – Astra
Thu May 20, 2010 – Praha – Palac Akropolis
Fri May 21, 2010 – Vienna – Arena
Sat May 22, 2010 – Munich – Muffathalle
Mon May 24, 2010 – Rome – Atlantico
Tue May 25, 2010 – Bologna – Estragon
Thu Jul 01, 2010 – Roskilde – Roskilde Festival
Fri Jul 02, 2010 – Roskilde – Roskilde Festival
Sat Jul 03, 2010 – Roskilde – Roskilde Festival
Sun Jul 04, 2010 – Roskilde – Roskilde Festival
Thu Aug 12, 2010 – Oslo – Oyafestival
Sat Aug 14, 2010 – Gothenburg – Way Out West Festival
Tue Sep 21, 2010 – New York, NY – Central Park Summerstage SOLD OUT
Wed Sep 22, 2010 – New York, NY – Central Park Summerstage SOLD OUT
Thu Sep 23, 2010 – New York, NY – Central Park Summerstage SOLD OUT
Fri Sep 24, 2010 – New York, NY – Central Park Summerstage SOLD OUT

More info at:

And yes, a deluxe version of Terror Twilight is planned for next fall, to complete the deluxe editions of each Pavement album that we have been issuing every two years.

44 thoughts on “Pavement – Quarantine The Past”

  1. Every time there is new Pavement news, I get completely 13 year old girl giddy with excitement. Keep it coming!

    I already have my tickets to a few NYC shows, driving from Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.

  2. I bet you bastards neglected to put “speak, see, remember” on there – which is a crying shame y’all!

  3. Death to 180g vinyl! Very nice move, guys. It’s great to see a label putting out affordable records.

  4. How will track order be factored in/weighted? If I name 22 tracks correctly, but my order’s all off; and someone else gets 21 right, in close to the correct order; could that person beat me out? Or will order only be considered in the event a tiebreak is needed (btw. multiple entries sharing the highest number of trax correctly ID’d)? Thx

  5. So no B-sides? I would definitely put “Sue Me Jack”, “No Tan Lines” and “Harness Your Hopes” on my best-of list.

  6. This contest is nuts, there’s just too many permutations. Who picked the tracks, Pavement? In which case wouldn’t we expect a somewhat obscure tracklist? Or Matador? In which case I would see all the singles and some other heavy hitters? What’s the running time? How many tracks on side 1… NEED MORE HINTS ughhhhhh

  7. I find it kind of odd that the track pool is missing a load of B-sides and that the list does not include “Killing Moon”, which is considerably popular according to Amazon.

    If it turns out to be on the record, then there’ll be Hell! >:)

  8. “it definitely digs deeper than the hits”….does that mean deep songs in addition to the hits? or are the hits not included at all? it would be weird if Matador left out “the hits”

    I wonder how many SS songs are included too…I dig Date w/ IKEA, but not much else

  9. Yeah, there are a lot of questions left unanswered here (such as — can you only submit one entry?, etc.). The “contest rules and restrictions” mentioned above, but I don’t seem to be able to find those on this site…

  10. The Best Of compilation is meant as an introduction for Pavement newbies as well as a survey of the band’s oeuvre, so it doesn’t include any B-sides or rarities to speak of aside from the one compilation track. Deeper than the hits = album tracks. For the contest, we only listed songs from the categories listed in the post above: each of the 5 Matador albums plus the Watery, Domestic EP, the compilation tracks, and the pre-Matador releases. If all the EPs, B-sides and rarities had been listed, then it would be nearly impossible to guess the correct track listing (and misleading as well). For the “imaginative” track listing, the contest is to come up with the most imaginative track listing within the limits imposed by the existing comp, i.e., again, the categories listed above.

  11. Well, I entered into the contest, but I sure wish I thought it through before I sent my entry in. oh well. I can’t wait to get the double LP.

  12. I reckon all songs from the first Peel session are amongst the best, but they have all been quarantined from the past! I’d also include no songs from Terror Twilight and really I wouldn’t include Gold Soundz either even though Crooked Rain is my favourite Pavement album. Actually most of their best songs weren’t singles!

    If it includes their awful cover of the Killing Moon or their worst song Carrot Rope that is a shame, but not the end of the world (yet). Just you wait until 2012!

    Has Gary Young entered?
    Did he vote for Shoot the Singer?

  13. Ah man, we could have sent multiple entries? Oh speghetios…

    Well, this terrific band is reuniting so that’s all that really matters in the end. Thanks for holding this awesome contest!

  14. Aww i missed the date… had this ready but forgot that day.. duh.

    will i be close?
    Rock on All!

    1. Gold Soundz
    2. Grave architecture
    3. Transport is Arranged
    4. Speak See Remember
    5. Grounded
    6. Baptist Blackstick
    7. Picket fence
    8. Box Elder
    9. Slient Kit
    10. Summer Babe
    11. Spit on stranger
    12. Rattled by the Rush
    13. Perfume-V
    14. Secret Knowledge of the Backroads
    15. Cherry Area
    16. Here
    17. Range Life
    18. Debris Slide
    19. Cut Your Hair
    20. Stereo
    21. You are a Light
    22. We dance
    23. Fin

  15. Having been sent a CDR promo of the compilation today, synchronously the same day Steve West’s Marble Valley play a couple of minutes walk from where I’m posting this, I can remark that the track list runs together very well. Who compiled it?
    Although it omits my three favourites Grave Architecture, Texas Never Whispers and Circa 1862 the segues of Date w/IKEA into Debris Slide, Grounded into Summer Babe, Heaven is a Truck into Trigger Cut into Embassy Row into Box Elder make up for that. The one odd thing really is ending with Fight This Generation which doesn’t sound at all final. Maybe Here (which I seem to recall closed the original promo cassette running order for Slanted and Enchanted) would seem logical?
    I got about half the tracks right, but did it all rather cynically trying to guess what the label would choose rather than my genuine favourites (as three of them were not allowed). I tried to put Unfair in the running order and the computer wouldn’t recognise that song, which is odd as it is on the compilation! Maybe the machine I was using had an Unfair Virus?

  16. Thanks for the good vibes, B. Hell. Very strange about Unfair! Plenty of people were able to choose it successfully, based on the submissions.

    The whole story of how the compilation came together is told in this Matador Bulletin Board thread:

    More discussion about the final track listing in the comments to this post:

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