Wednesday, October 25, 2006
The latest issue of Rolling Stone magazine featuring Fergie of the Black Eyed Peas is their annual Hot List issue. Under the heading Hot Anticipation the mag lists "Alt-Rock Reunions." Pavement, The Smiths, The Replacements, Husker Du, as well as a few other bands are listed along with a short writeup speculating on the likelihood of a reunion. The only rule is that all the original members of the band (or the original members from when the band was making their most important music) must be part of the reunion.
Following The Pixies, The Smiths, and the Smashing Pumpkins, Pavement is this year's rumoured high profile act to headline the Coachella Festival in May. Safe money seems to be on Malkmus and co. Morissey reported that he turned down a payday of 5 million for last year's Coachella.
Although not included in the list, Chavez has decided to beat everyone else to the punch. For those not familiar with Chavez you may be forgiven. The band existed for only a few brief years. The Band is/was Matt Sweeney, Clay Tarver, Scott Masciarelli, and drummer James Lo. Known for the excellent guitar work of Sweeney and Tarver, they released 1995's Gone Glimmering and 1996's Ride The Fader and then essentially disbanded. Sweeney was in Billy Corgan's post Pumpkins project Zwan. He also collaborated with Bonnie "Prince" Billy on 2005's Superwolf. I'm not too familiar with what the rest of the gang has been up to. Matador just released a 2-disc, 1-dvd box set, Better Days Will Haunt You. It compiles the original two albums plus some B-sides. All the tracks have been remastered for your listening pleasure.
The band has announced four dates with all four original members with more to possibly follow:
12/30/06-San Francisco, CA
Chavez - Ride The Fader
Chavez - You Faded