Posted in music | pictures on September 30, 2010

"Not to be dramatic but Chavez is kind of blowing me away. Also, brodeo up in Parkside." - gillianmae

"look, if you were not at the chavez show at parkside lounge last night, you were somewhere not good enough. and that's final. #chavez" - coolingpie

"Holy Cobra is Chavez really playing at Parkside Lounge right now?
Anybody there?" - Oksana Baiul

"Chavez show ruled. So glad I paid hundreds to fly to Vegas instead of $7 at Parkside Lounge #oppositeofthat" -uhhAnnie

Chavez @ Parkside Lounge, 9/29/2010 (photo by Jen Barzyk)

Thank you to the helpful people who pointed out that Chavez were playing a secret show at Parkside Lounge in NYC last night (9/29). It was a warm up for the (much more expensive) Matador 21 Festival happening in Las Vegas this weekend.

If you missed it, and you can't make it to Vegas, don't fret. The Vegas sets by Chavez, along with Pavement, Sonic Youth, Belle & Sebastian, Guided By Voices, Liz Phair and others will be streamed live (and on repeat) courtesy of MySpace Music at

The full stream schedule, Chavez's NYC setlist, and a few more pictures (thanks Jen and Quilty) including one of the setlist (which replaces parts of song names with "Marsh"), below...


Chavez (photos by quilty band)





CHAVEZ - Top Pocket Man

"Top Pocket Man"
"Break Up Your Band"
"New Room"
"Unreal Is Here"
"Peeled Out Too Late"
"The Ghost by the Sea"
"Pentagram Ring"
"You Must Be Stopped"
"You Faded"
"Repeat the Ending"
"Flight '96"


Chavez: 8:30pm - 9:10pm
Fucked Up: 9:35pm - 10:15pm
JUST ADDED: Sonic Youth: 10:40 pm - 11:30 pm
Pavement: 12:00am - 1:00am
(The entire night's stream will then repeat the next morning)
JUST ADDED: Girls: 4:40pm - 5:20pm
Come: 5:45pm - 6:25pm
Perfume Genius: 7:55pm - 8:15pm
JUST ADDED: Cat Power: 8:15pm - 8:55pm
JUST ADDED: Superchunk: 9:20pm - 10:00pm
Spoon: 10:25pm - 11:15pm
Belle & Sebastian: 11:45pm - 1:00am
(The entire night's stream will then repeat the next morning)
Shearwater: 6:30pm - 7:10pm
Ted Leo + The Pharmacists: 7:35pm - 8:15pm
New Pornographers: 8:40pm - 9:25pm
JUST ADDED: Liz Phair 9:50pm - 10:10pm
Guided By Voices: 11:30pm - 1:00am



Comments (36)

Parkside is a great venue. Despite being a tiny place, they have a decent PA and lighting. Always had a blast when I played there.

Posted by Anonymous | September 30, 2010 5:41 PM

uhhh yaaaaaa

Posted by Anonymous | September 30, 2010 5:44 PM

Chavez, still better than 99.999% of the bands written about about on this site

Posted by Anonymous | September 30, 2010 5:49 PM

holy shit this rocks.

Posted by Anonymous | September 30, 2010 6:11 PM

Ugh wish I knew about this!!!

Posted by JT | September 30, 2010 6:13 PM

those streaming set times are pacific not eastern standard? i.e. gbv would be on at 2:30am not 11:30 pm?

Posted by Anonymous | September 30, 2010 6:16 PM

a rare treat indeed.

Posted by Anonymous | September 30, 2010 6:41 PM

I filmed the whole show, will post more video soon, thanks for using my footage BV

Posted by Matt Dilg | September 30, 2010 6:47 PM

looks more like a lo-deo.

Posted by Anonymous | September 30, 2010 7:40 PM

I remember Chavez opening up for Pavement at the Matador 10th anniversary party.

Posted by Anonymous | September 30, 2010 8:14 PM

yes, please post whole show! thanks

Posted by Anonymous | September 30, 2010 8:20 PM

chavez? are they mexican?

Posted by Anonymous | September 30, 2010 8:50 PM

seriously, fucking CHAVEZ man. still AMPED!

Posted by Anonymous | September 30, 2010 9:44 PM

it was so good!!!! fuck!

Posted by Anonymous | September 30, 2010 9:56 PM

wait. people care about chavez? this enthusiasm is surprising to me.

Posted by Anonymous | September 30, 2010 10:29 PM

believe it or not, 10:29, actual good music stands the test of time.

Posted by Anonymous | October 1, 2010 12:41 AM

no new songs? weren't they supposed to be working on a new album last time they played shows (when the box set came out)?

Posted by Anonymous | October 1, 2010 5:10 AM

crap!!! this would have been amazing. these guys were SO good, glad to see they are still remembered fondly!

Posted by Anonymous | October 1, 2010 9:29 AM

please please please chavez and come should play proper nyc shows.

Posted by Anonymous | October 1, 2010 10:26 AM

norah jones did a farm aid warmup set last night at rockwood (stage 2)

Posted by javiere buchananeversonia | October 1, 2010 11:42 AM

WTF, did Brooklyn Vegan give us a heads up that Chavez would play a warm-up show? I would have gone had it been a headline. Don't sleep this!

Posted by Anonymous | October 1, 2010 11:45 AM

I like Chavez almost as much as I like hummus... And I really like hummus.

Posted by Anonymous | October 1, 2010 11:49 AM

brooklynvegan might not have given the heads up, but the village voice certainly did.

Posted by Anonymous | October 1, 2010 12:13 PM

is this stream in pacific time???

Posted by Anonymous | October 1, 2010 12:47 PM

im glad it didnt show up here, cuz the place was full but it wasn't like it was tough to get in or anything. it was how a secret show should be...secret.

Posted by Anonymous | October 1, 2010 1:09 PM

love it! Chavez put out some amazing videos as well.

Posted by Anonymous | October 1, 2010 2:16 PM

FUCK! Wish I would have known!

Posted by Anonymous | October 1, 2010 2:56 PM




Posted by Anonymous | October 1, 2010 3:47 PM

Man, what an epic first night! Guitar Wolf only played 15 minutes because they arrived late from a delayed flight, but they ended up doing a full set at the afterparty around 4 a.m.

Chavez, FU and Sonic Youth were also fantastic. Each had their A games, and I haven't seen Thurston this animated in a long time. With the time constraints, there was little messing around and each had great pacing.

Pavement's set was fun, gloriously loud but also tense. They came running out on stage fired up only to have drum issues during the first song that ground things to a halt (leading to SM and Bob doing Perfect Depth). Then it seemed like the band was having monitor issues (SM, SW and SS each motioning wildly at different times to the sound guy) Then it seemed like something had changed within the band as Malkmus, who usually faces everyone from the side, swung his mic around so that it looked like his back was facing them most of the night. Whatever happened led to an incredible, cathartic "Conduit for Sale." At the end of the set (AT&T was amazing), Spiral marched off and seemed pissed and the rest of the band kind stumbled away one by one, Bob eventually hugging Malkmus. No official band farewell, just some thanks from Bob and SM and waves from SW and MI. It seemed like they had plans to really kill but then the early difficulties sent things off the tracks. Maybe that was Spiral's frustration? He was at the signing table (along with Bob) for autographs prior to the set and he was super cool. Sucked to see him so frustrated at the end.

Anyhow, it was a wierd ending to the reunion tour here if this is indeed the end. Was I the only one who noticed that vibe? Here's hoping they do a few gigs next year for the Terror Twilight reissue. I can see that happening for the money, but after last night, it convinced me more than ever that SM would not want to do the new record/world tour thing with pavement again. I hope I'm wrong and was just misreading things last night.

Posted by Anonymous | October 2, 2010 12:50 PM

12:50am: you're not mistaken. it was obvious how poorly things went for pavement watching it play out from the balcony. spiral was in near meltdown mode, didn't play at all for several songs, knocked down was a bad scene, and certainly the worst pavement set i've ever seen. sad way to end the tour stateside. especially after the sonic youth set, which killed

Posted by Anonymous | October 2, 2010 5:29 PM

It was just technical issues. Every band in the Pearl theater this weekend has trouble with the monitors on the right side of the stage... Girls and Superchunk made the same scene as Pavement, with frustration over the sound problems.

Posted by Anonymous | October 3, 2010 4:49 PM

Yeah, it looked like it was a technical issue thing and not a band thing. 4:49 was right... there were sound issues with pretty much every set. How the hell can that happen for three days straight at a theater as nice as the Pearl? Unacceptable. GbV was awesome and they fought through issues on Tobin's side, as you couldn't even hear his guitar on the first couple of songs and then it seemed his mic went low during some songs and you couldn't hear his backing vox. Cool to see David Kilgour stage dive and Matt Sweeney crowd surf during that set.

What a fantastic weekend. Matador put together an amazing event. Maybe we can get Drag City to do something similar in Chicago. When's their next major anniversary? Maybe that's one way to get the Pavement boys back one more time...

Posted by em | October 4, 2010 5:48 AM

I organized the show at Parkside on the 29th. Chavez was an amazing surprise...they crashed my show and I would gladly have them do it again! With 7 bands already lined up it was a tight squeeze, but thanks to the graciousness of fellow musicians such as Brother, The Ne're Do Wells, New Madrid ( and Voodo Fe' (, we made the night an amazing success. Come back to Parkside on Saturday 23 October& see what other surprises are in store...

Posted by Isa Nicole | October 12, 2010 3:15 PM

They never played "Repeat the Ending" such a great song, too bad :(

Posted by Anonymous | October 16, 2010 7:07 PM

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