As we noted earlier this week, Pavement might reunite. I’m kind of meh on the news. Pavement is not exactly at the top of my drop-everything-and-run list for reunion pipe-dreams. I was a ho-hum Pavement fan in college, saw them live a few times, and enjoyed a select few of its records. I understand that most Pavement fans are a bit more enthusiastic than I, which is fine. Time has not made my heart grow any fonder, though, especially after witnessing one of Stephen Malkmus’ borderline jam-band marathons sets with the Jicks. So, after reading about Pavement’s varying will-they/won’t they news, I am puzzled by one thing: is a Pavement reunion a big ticket item? Spiral Stairs is quoted as saying that Pavement’s booking agent is waiting for the “right number” for them to play (the fact that the band has a booking agent might be a giveaway about the reunion’s credibility). Even at the peak of its powers, Pavement was a middling draw at best. I saw the band at the beginning, and I saw it near the end- the venue sizes weren’t too dissimilar. Will the Coachella crowd really wet itself over a sloppy Pavement set? I know that hype from blogs and Pitchfork news items have magical fairy dust powers to make small things suddenly huge, but would a booking agent really fork over mounds of cash for Pavement? It’s certainly possible that the band’s legend has grown to a point where a whole new generation of kids are chomping at the bit for a reunion. Maybe, a Pavement reunion is to these hypothetical kids what a Talking Heads reunion would be for me. But I kind of doubt it.