I'm a white guy in his 30s, so this list is essensh (essential). Pavement's output for me was from ages 15 - 22, formative indie rock years.
  1. Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain
    This was the first album I heard and still holds on to my heart especially with "Stop Breathing", "Gold Sounds", and "Range Life".
  2. Wowee Zowee
    I had this on cassette and would listen to it in my blue Subaru station wagon around town and road trips. It is a little shitty and a little great. Its intertwined with so many many memories that I just can't quit the country twang and various punk/psychedelia.
  3. Slanted And Enchanted
    This is the favorite of most and I love it. Catch me on another day and this might be in the 1 or 2 spot, but you also have to be in the mood for its slightly more lofi heartfelt nonsense.
  4. Brighten The Corners
    Still some great tunes, but they are starting to clean up their act a bit too much for me here.
  5. Westing (By Musket And Sextant)
    its actually a compilation of various b-sides, 7-inch releases, and refuse, but I like it more than Terror Twilight, so here she is. Worth it for "Box Elder".
  6. Terror Twilight
    Just, not right. This production style doesn't work for Pavement. I don't hate it, but I also don't care about it
  7. BONUS: Watery, Domestic
    My fave of the EPs. Pretty and almost heartbreaking even tho you don't know what Malmus is talking about.