These days, record companies have to pull out all these high-falootin stops to woo folks into stores, or at any rate, Amazon. Nowhere is this notion more prevalent than with deluxe reissues. Pavement's continuing double-disk reissue campaign is a model for other vintage acts with healthy back catalogs to follow. Pavement's exhaustive redos of Slanted and Enchanted, Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain, Wowee Zowee, and soon to come in late November, Brighten the Corners, are chockablock with contemporary b-sides, Peel Sessions, outtakes, and live tracks, not to mention exquisite packaging.
As if 2006's Wowee Zowee (Sordid Sentinels) reissue, bustling with 50 tracks wasn't enough to seal the deal, those who pre-ordered the album were also treated to an exclusive 7" with alternate versions of a couple of the album's sleepier numbers, "Black Out," and "Extradition." Both songs are included in this post, of course, and here's a little background info I dug up:
According to Stephen (Malkmus), this version of "Black Out" (which is not the album recording) was recorded around the time Crooked Rain came out. It was originally intended for a compilation curated by Thurston Moore, but that never materialized. Matador's vault plunderers found it on a reel of final mixes from the Random Falls sessions in NYC from early 1994. "Extradition" is a version with different vocals and a slightly different mix from the album version.
So there you go. Now all you slacker Pavement completists who missed out on this deal the first time around can go to bed with a little more satisfaction tonight. Sorry, no picture sleeve. Move along, there's nothing to see here.
A. Black Out