It's about freakin' time! Matador Records has announced that it will be re-issuing Pavement's 1995 album Wowee Zowee. Matador had been re-releasing each of the Pavement albums to coincide with its 10 year anniversary, but nothing happened when Wowee became 10 years old.
The re-issues for both Slanted and Enchanted and Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain were incredible collections. Both featured an entire second disc of bonus material -- much of it previously unavailable in any format. But when 2005 ended without any mention of a re-issue for Wowee, I assumed Matador had cancelled the project.
To many Pavement fans, Wowee Zowee is an unsung classic. It was written off at the time of its initial release as being too weird. It may have been too weird for much of the mainstream audience that had discovered Pavement the year before, but it was not for older fans. The album was a commercial disappointment at the time, and led many critics to begin writing Pavement's eulogy.
Pavement made two more albums before officially breaking up in 1999. At this time, Matador has not released a track listing or a release date for the expanded Wowee. In case you don't have the original, here is one of the many great tracks from the album.