Posted in music on September 23, 2010

"Saw Pavement frontrow/center in the rain/thunder/lightening, got a setlist, made it 2 BK in time for YYYs at Secret Project Robot. Oh my god" - Jenn Pelly

"Ready to relive tonight's Pavement concert in the pouring rain. Can you make that happen? Kind of night that keeps me in love with my NYC." - Jenna Schnuer

"Pavement in the pouring, pouring rain. Best show ever." - Cara McDonough

Pavement @ Central Park Summerstage - Sept 22, 2010 (via Keith G)
Pavement

Those who braved the weather Wednesday night ended up getting a still-great Pavement show, but a slightly shorter and much wetter one than the one the night before at the same Central Park venue. Lightning caused an unplanned intermission, but the show did go on after the break, even though the rain didn't stop.

Keith, who sent in the setlist (thanks!), reports that despite the break, "I'm pretty sure they played everything on the list. During the end of the show they played Linden, then Here, then Conduit to close out the show." More, including a full set of pics, coming later HERE.

Times New Viking opened what was the third of five Pavement reunion shows happening in NYC. Thee Oh Sees opened the night before. The first NYC show was Sunday night at Williamsburg Waterfront with Jenny and Johnny and Endless Boogie. Endless Boogie open again tonight (9/23). The final NYC show is Friday with The Beets.

Download the first show at NYC Taper.

Check out a 15 minute Big Ass Lens video from the first show, below...

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Comments (120)

this was so fun, somehow. really, there's something badass about braving your favorite music in the rain. the fatigue afterwards is unbelievable; getting pelted by water while singing along to range life does a body hard.

Posted by Anonymous | September 23, 2010 2:31 AM

Set list! Frame it quick.

Posted by Icky's Ego | September 23, 2010 3:35 AM

Times New Viking were great, shame their set was cut short.
Loved the "it looked so much bigger when Simon and Garfunkel played here" comment from the drummer

Posted by Anonymous | September 23, 2010 6:41 AM

Bought a ticket off a scalper for $10 at 7pm

Posted by Anonymous | September 23, 2010 6:43 AM

beeeeets tomorrow. yea-citie.

Posted by Anonymous | September 23, 2010 7:05 AM

Really amazing show, my only complaint was during the intermission a group of people started a singalong of cut your hair (which they had already played) and that gave me serious douche chills.

Posted by Anonymous | September 23, 2010 7:29 AM

last night's spizzle trunk featured a verse of lyrics that comes from the rarely performed and never studio-recorded "black walls." (it's one of the first songs on the slow century documentary, the one were gary young spends the whole song doing headstand.)

also noteworthy about last night's show - the ace of cakes crew was there and had a horse-themed cake for the band. scott and mark came out to the crowd a few minutes after the doors opened and gave some slices to the fans, but they only had two or three plates/forks left and couldn't give out that much.

Posted by Anonymous | September 23, 2010 7:30 AM

What do the black dividing lines on the set list mean?

Posted by Anonymous | September 23, 2010 8:32 AM

Great show again..

I can't believe they played everything on the set list even though there was probably 20 min delay.

Ok so can we hear....Transport is arranged or No Life singed her tonight or Friday pleaseeeee?

Posted by Anonymous | September 23, 2010 8:45 AM

Pretty fun show... but what the hell was with that awful comedy routine before TNV went on?

Posted by Anonymous | September 23, 2010 8:51 AM

Dear God did Times New Viking suck. Awful singing, awful playing, and dumb nearly unintelligible banter between songs. They sound like they were heavily influenced by the Shaggs, but the Shaggs are better.


Pavement on the other hand was f'ing awesome.

Posted by Helvetica Barbarian | September 23, 2010 8:59 AM

so great just so great.

Posted by Anonymous | September 23, 2010 9:00 AM

nice looking set. lines on setlist means they don't immediately go into the next song.

Posted by Anonymous | September 23, 2010 9:02 AM

one ticket for $10? you got ripped off. saw guys selling 3/$20.

Posted by Anonymous | September 23, 2010 9:06 AM

something tells me that the comedy before times new viking was intentionally bad... my friends and i suspected it was stephen malkmus in drag

Posted by Anonymous | September 23, 2010 9:14 AM

New Time Viking are terrible.

Posted by Anonymous | September 23, 2010 9:16 AM

"one ticket for $10? you got ripped off. saw guys selling 3/$20."

dude walking in next to me got 2 for $10

Posted by Anonymous | September 23, 2010 9:18 AM

I believe the comedy routine was by Jeffrey Jensen, one half of the "Earles and Jensen" comedy duo that put out a pretty funny prank call CD called "Just Farr a Laugh" a few years back; it was re-issued by Matador fairly recently.

Posted by Anonymous | September 23, 2010 9:25 AM

don't expect bargains tonight as lots of people from last night will want to go back due to bad weather conditions.

Posted by Anonymous | September 23, 2010 9:25 AM

I didn't have a great vantage for the comedy, but I thought it sounded like Scott Thompson. The jokes were purposefully awful. Honduran meatstick? A pitbull eating a bowl of dogfood? However, I was laughing more at the people around me who were seriously angered by the foul talk.

Posted by Anonymous | September 23, 2010 9:28 AM

It wasn't Malkmus in drag. He and Mark were signing people's posters during the comedy set.

But yeah, what the hell was that?

Posted by Anonymous | September 23, 2010 9:29 AM

nastanovich is so thoroughly the man. his enthusiasm made me so happy. what a bizarre experience seeing pavement play in front of a lightning storm and the cute chicks from ace of cakes.

Posted by Anonymous | September 23, 2010 9:30 AM

Pavement played in the crooked rain

Posted by Anonymous | September 23, 2010 9:34 AM

add me to the people who got in for $10 list.

Posted by Anonymous | September 23, 2010 9:40 AM

sounds like the cheap hipsters made out. guess that makes up for having to shell out $40 for the pixies reunion.

f'ing cheap douchebags.

Posted by Anonymous | September 23, 2010 9:46 AM

Hey coupon clippers, nobody gives a fuck about how much you spent about your ticket.

Posted by Anonymous | September 23, 2010 9:46 AM

i got somebody to pay me $10 to take their ticket.

Posted by Anonymous | September 23, 2010 9:48 AM

9:46 I paid $5 to see Pixies in Camden on the reunion tour...ha!

Posted by Anonymous | September 23, 2010 9:51 AM

Back in '92 I saw Pavement for a nickel.

Posted by Anonymous | September 23, 2010 9:56 AM

Scored a free ticket from a very nice woman. Thank You! The show was amazing. Opening with Heckler Spray and closing with Conduit For Sale was perfect. The rain storm just added to the wonder of it all. And, of course, hats off to Bob.

Also, I think Bob is reading these comments. People were begging for Zurich, Here and Summer Babe in yesterday's post. We got all three last night. Start making requests. Texas Never Whispers? Loretta Scars? Strings of Nashville? Teenage Piss Party? Kentucky Coctail? From Now On?

Posted by Anonymous | September 23, 2010 9:56 AM

@ 9:46....Don't be bitter, be better!

Posted by Anonymous | September 23, 2010 9:58 AM

I saw Journey in 1982 for free. My parents paid for the ticket.

Keep these stories coming!

Posted by Coups | September 23, 2010 10:00 AM

yeah last night was really heavy on slanted and enchanted... so amazing.

grounding nearly made me pass out. watching mark play bass on that was so epic

Posted by Anonymous | September 23, 2010 10:02 AM

Bob....

if you're reading this,

Please play Transport is Arranged and No Life Singed Her!

for Tiki!

Thanks!

See you tonight and tomorrow!!!

Posted by Anonymous | September 23, 2010 10:04 AM

i meant grounded.... ugh

Posted by Anonymous | September 23, 2010 10:06 AM

Hope they play "Zurich is Stained" on Friday. Love that song. Throw "Circa 1762" and "Greenlander" in there while you're at it

Posted by Anonymous | September 23, 2010 10:07 AM

Billie and Carrot Rope, tonight, please!

Posted by Anonymous | September 23, 2010 10:08 AM

the punchline to that last joke was a bulldog eating a jar of mayonnaise. i wasn't offended by the off-color nature of the jokes; they were just so terribly not funny. definitely not SM - he has a good sense of humor.

i found the set to be really heavy on Brighten the Corners, which is not a problem for me. i would have like to hear Black Out, but I thought they were great.

Posted by Anonymous | September 23, 2010 10:10 AM

Seriously incredible show. If you're a Pavement fan on the fence, don't be.

Really hard to pick a highlight. "Fight This Generation" and "Range Life," probably. Guitars were perfect. Malkmus vocals were a little rough but energy was great. Good crowd too.

Also, Times New Viking? Songs were bland, banter was terrible. "You guys excited for Cake? They're gonna play 'The Distance' later." Bold words for a band that knows exactly five chords, two vocal melodies and one rhythm. Cool. Alright.

Posted by Anonymous | September 23, 2010 10:12 AM

jeff jensen was the comedy, he is a special man

Posted by Anonymous | September 23, 2010 10:12 AM

jeff jensen... like the LOST fanatic at EW?

Posted by Anonymous | September 23, 2010 10:15 AM

Is asking for Sensitive Euro Man a stretch?
Btw..I know this is old hat but I am still taken aback by one disc (I shot Andy Warhol)containing Pavement, Wilco, YLT, luna and Bettie Seveert in one place.

Posted by ciao luna | September 23, 2010 10:19 AM

you guys are so stingy and cheap. You claim to be diehard Pavement fans, and tickets went on sale 1 year ago, yet you did not have a ticket for the show and looked to buy 1 for really cheap. and then you have the nerve to brag about this because some decent hard working person lost alot of $$? the guy above is write - hipsters are ultra cheap but you have no qualms to spend lots of $$ on beer and drinks, t-shirts so you can brag you were at concert.

Posted by Anonymous | September 23, 2010 10:23 AM

typo - I meant right not write!

Posted by Anonymous | September 23, 2010 10:24 AM

>yeah last night was really heavy on slanted and enchanted

>i found the set to be really heavy on Brighten the Corners

So which was it?

Posted by Anonymous | September 23, 2010 10:26 AM

set times?

do they allow you to bring in a bag?

Posted by Anonymous | September 23, 2010 10:28 AM

^ take a look at the setlist. 8 songs off of slanted, 4 off of brighten

Posted by Anonymous | September 23, 2010 10:30 AM

10:29 -- Hahahaha

Posted by Anonymous | September 23, 2010 10:32 AM

Times New Viking went on about 7, Pavement about 8. You can bring in a bag but they search it.

Posted by Anonymous | September 23, 2010 10:35 AM

if pavement is taking requests from bv commenters, i'll eat my hat. that said, please play the unseen power of the white picket fence.

Posted by Anonymous | September 23, 2010 10:36 AM

they played 5 songs from brighten:

stereo
shady lane
ikea
passat dream
starlings

the set list was really heavy on pavement songs.


Posted by Anonymous | September 23, 2010 10:38 AM

when i was young i jumped fences, stood outside begging for a ticket, weaseled my way passed bouncers and door hacks... these days, i just wanna see the show, i can afford to buy an advance ticket... but if you guys wanna stand around mooching and bragging about ten dollar tickets, more power to you...

Posted by Anonymous | September 23, 2010 10:38 AM

figures the one outdoor pavement show i go to and it rains... however, they were great... glad i saw them...

Posted by Anonymous | September 23, 2010 10:39 AM

this whole ten dollar ticket deal seems to be more important that the show... remember the music?

Posted by Anonymous | September 23, 2010 10:40 AM

I was thinking of caring about all the people posting here who bought tickets for next to nothing last night around the venue. But then I quickly realized I really couldn't give a fuck. zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz...

Posted by soysalami | September 23, 2010 10:41 AM

who was the guy who sang 'unfair?'

Posted by Anonymous | September 23, 2010 10:41 AM

Carrot Rope and Circa 1762 for Friday night please. Dedicate it to "Anonymous".

Posted by Anonymous | September 23, 2010 10:41 AM

Transport Is Arranged

Posted by anonymous | September 23, 2010 10:51 AM

Tell me more about these $10 tickets. (Rubbing chin)

Posted by Anonymous | September 23, 2010 10:51 AM

"the set list was really heavy on pavement songs."

Haha! FTW!!

Posted by Anonymous | September 23, 2010 10:53 AM

They definitely did not play "Father to a Sister of a Thought."

Posted by Anonymous | September 23, 2010 10:58 AM

They definitely did not play "Passat Dreams."

Posted by Anonymous | September 23, 2010 10:58 AM

Still hoping they'll play AT & T at some point on this tour!

Posted by Anonymous | September 23, 2010 10:59 AM

Night 1 was way better, but Gold Soundz and Cut Your Hair sounded awesome on Night 2.

Posted by Anonymous | September 23, 2010 10:59 AM

"this whole ten dollar ticket deal seems to be more important that the show... remember the music?"

unfortunately its all about the benjamins, thats the world we live in

Posted by Anonymous | September 23, 2010 11:00 AM

yeah... who was that guy who sang unfair?? a fan?

Posted by Anonymous | September 23, 2010 11:04 AM

8:32 - I think the hand-drawn black lines mean times when Spiral's guitar tech will bring him a new guitar, and the computer printed black lines were designed to be the encore breaks (which they sort of waved off because of the rain. We could find out for sure if somone has an image of Malk's setlist and the black lines were in different places, because they don't always change guitars at the same time.

they did not play passat dream

they did play father to a sista

Posted by Anonymous | September 23, 2010 11:05 AM

they definitely did not play Passat Dream

Posted by Anonymous | September 23, 2010 11:06 AM

Seeing a show in the rain "adds" to an experience, just like seeing Sunn in the dark "added" to my experience. Bah. I will be happy to see Pavement tonight, on a dry fall evening.

;)

Posted by Anonymous | September 23, 2010 11:12 AM

$10 tix bcs this was the first show of what was to be a full-fledged reunion to go on sale. Apparently, it had something to do with one-upping the scalpers.

Posted by emr | September 23, 2010 11:12 AM

Anyone got $10 for Eels a T5?

Posted by Anonymous | September 23, 2010 11:13 AM

11:00 its not about the Benjamins its about the Hamiltons!

Posted by Anonymous | September 23, 2010 11:14 AM

the rain sucked. get real.

Bob sang Unfair. To me. I swear. He's not my neighbor, he said. I've never been to bakersfield, so I don't know what he's talking about.

Posted by Anonymous | September 23, 2010 11:24 AM

I was in the front and I think the douche next to me took tnv's advice when they said to drop acid now to really feel it during gold soundz...pavement wasn't even on stage and his eyes were rolled back in his head and he was dead weight. His gf had to drag his ass outta the crowd! Bet he's mighty pissed this morning...

Posted by Anonymous | September 23, 2010 11:24 AM

Yes to Father, no to Passat. They played everything on the list above.

and TNV were, as always, great. Loved the new material. It's a shame people heckled them off, they're a good band to open for Pavement, it's just, no one wants an opening band, they're not going to pay attention when they're waiting for Pavement...

Posted by Anonymous | September 23, 2010 11:25 AM

i like shows at summer stage, for me the sound is always good standing on the field in front of the stage...

Posted by Anonymous | September 23, 2010 11:28 AM

"my only complaint was during the intermission a group of people started a singalong of cut your hair (which they had already played) and that gave me serious douche chills."

i was one of those people singing... sorry

Posted by Anonymous | September 23, 2010 11:35 AM

Pavement is like the new Phish of out generation

Posted by Anonymous | September 23, 2010 11:42 AM

baba ganoush

Posted by Anonymous | September 23, 2010 11:42 AM

since when did acid make you pass out?

Posted by Anonymous | September 23, 2010 11:43 AM

since people started making up stories about taking acid

Posted by Anonymous | September 23, 2010 11:47 AM

11:42 the out generation? You mean gay people? humph I would figure Scissor Sisters or Of Montreal would be a better representation of the out generation!

Posted by Anonymous | September 23, 2010 11:47 AM

Phish list Pavement as one of their influences. No joke...

http://www.phantasytour.com/phish/boards_thread_print.cgi?threadID=2177835

Posted by Anonymous | September 23, 2010 12:00 PM

fuck... i must have dreamt Passat Dream. I probably should have dreamt Black Out instead. I think I would have enjoyed it more.

Posted by guy who used to think they played Passat Dream | September 23, 2010 12:01 PM

VERY little variation among the three New York set lists so far. Don't get your hopes up to hear your obscure favorites.

(I'm not bitter, just realistic.)

Posted by Regular reader | September 23, 2010 12:04 PM

i really wanted to hear frontwards :(

Posted by Anonymous | September 23, 2010 12:05 PM

TNV didn't get heckled off the stage. Some douchenozzle from Summerstage was given them the "wrap it up" sign around 7:25. I guess to squeeze in some more concession sales.

Posted by Anonymous | September 23, 2010 12:07 PM

^ i'm actually pretty certain they predicted the lightning storm and wanted to get pavement on asap. and i looked at my phone, it was 7:32 when they got the wrap up sign.

Posted by Anonymous | September 23, 2010 12:09 PM

The 'lightning' was probably planned to make more concession sales as well.

Posted by Anonymous | September 23, 2010 12:10 PM

The rain actually made the show more enjoyable. Except for the people who brought umbrellas. There are a thousand people standing behind you. Either get a poncho, take the rain, or go stand somewhere else! It's rain. You'll live.
Nut up or shut up!

Posted by Anonymous | September 23, 2010 12:10 PM

The rain actually was a pretty amazing thing. It was like taking a shower with Stephen Malkmus and my fiance.

Posted by Anonymous | September 23, 2010 12:12 PM

I was next to 10th graders...they were singing during the intermission and shit, once the rain started, they smelled like 10th grade gym class. A little teen spirit goes a long way, boys.

Posted by Anonymous | September 23, 2010 12:18 PM

wish they played 'we are underused', love that song

Posted by Anonymous | September 23, 2010 12:24 PM

HAS: 2 tickets
WANTS: Hollister gear

Posted by Anonymous | September 23, 2010 12:28 PM

9:46--AMEN

7:30--Thanks for the cool tip on Spizzle Trunk!

Posted by Anonymous | September 23, 2010 12:28 PM

They played songs that started and ended.

Posted by Anonymous | September 23, 2010 12:30 PM

God bless Times New Viking for their Cake comment.

Posted by Anonymous | September 23, 2010 12:30 PM

i'm not a huge cake fan or anything... but really, it's not like Blues Traveller or some lame crap played there the other night. didn't really find that joke very funny

Posted by Anonymous | September 23, 2010 12:34 PM

I don't mind if people bring umbrellas to shows, so long as they hold them responsibly and don't forget the people around them and twirl the little metal points into my face.

Posted by Anonymous | September 23, 2010 12:35 PM

Did they play Hot Trucks????????????

Posted by Anonymous | September 23, 2010 12:35 PM

Here, what a great ending song to play.

Posted by streetdude | September 23, 2010 12:59 PM

...true. but the actually ended with conduit for sale

Posted by Anonymous | September 23, 2010 1:02 PM

I just let out a SERIOUS "Whew" seeing they closed with "Conduit" again and not that elusive "Feed 'em to the (Linden) Lions" -- if I miss the show where that finally gets dropped, I'ma kick some serious MalkmASS!! ;-)

Super jazzed for tonight...sorry soggy b'tards but I stood around in a torrential downpour in Prospect Park seeing the Jicks in 2003...it was transcendent to be seeing SM onstage again for the first time since '97, but I felt pretty bitchslapped afterwards. Flipping out about tonight though!! Let's get a Fame Throwa, or a Kris Kraft! Or an Easily Fooled, or a Rain Ammunition! Or a ...

Posted by Carol | September 23, 2010 1:08 PM

So Stoked for this show; finally my date w/ikea... please play: Texas never whispers, Frontwards, Lions and Loretta's Scars.

Posted by Anonymous | September 23, 2010 1:14 PM

anon 11:00 - that's the world YOU live in. good luck ;)

Posted by Anonymous | September 23, 2010 1:30 PM

1:08- They DID play Lion Linden. Just not in the order on that setlist. They played it shortly after they restarted.

Posted by Anonymous | September 23, 2010 1:42 PM

i took acid for this show and halucinated that it was rainings.

Posted by Anonymous | September 23, 2010 2:12 PM

what time are they going on tonight/thursday?

who's the opener?

Posted by mike | September 23, 2010 2:17 PM

Lotsa real Pavement fans here. Pavement fans who don't know the names of the songs, or what album they're on. Don't want to see other Matador lo-fi bands open for Matador lo-fi bands. In other words, idiots.

TNV were really good, liked the new songs and the professional mix. Also, I think that's the first time I've seen her play the Acetone and not the Alesis.

The people at the show have actually been pretty cool, at least way up front. Going to all 5 nights including Waterfront. BTW - bummed a light off that guy in the red shirt who had to be dragged out right before he locked up. That pure extract of pineal gland is some strong ess...

Posted by Anonymous | September 23, 2010 3:09 PM

Oh, and please keep us all updated on how much you paid for tickets. I'm starting a spreadsheet...

Posted by Anonymous | September 23, 2010 3:10 PM

all respect to the second night crowd, but that first show was the one where perhaps the most fervent fans (and yes, scalpers) bought tickets a year in advance (I know, the other three were days later, but still), and they skimped on Slanted (no Babe, no Tinged, no Here, no States, no Scars, no Fame, not nice...they did three of those last night as stated here.)
gee thanks.
still nice to see them (and the weather was perfect so that was good.)

nitpicking, but core fans care, luck of the draw, or Bob's mood.

Posted by Anonymous | September 23, 2010 3:12 PM

Based on nothing, I'm guessing the penultimate night will be the one with the b-sides and obscurities. The Secret Knowledge of Haunt Me Down the Unseen Power of Drunks With Guns. God bless that spleeph in mah mouth...

Posted by Anonymous | September 23, 2010 3:20 PM

"Lotsa real Pavement fans here. Pavement fans who don't know the names of the songs, or what album they're on. Don't want to see other Matador lo-fi bands open for Matador lo-fi bands. In other words, idiots."

Item #1 and Item #2 are different kinds of items. Sorry to shatter your dreams of label solidarity, but there's a big difference between a lo-fi aesthetic and lazy, derivative songwriting. That difference was illustrated last night. Cake > Spin Doctors > Times New Viking.

Posted by Anonymous | September 23, 2010 3:24 PM

times viking guy gotta haircut...

Posted by Anonymous | September 23, 2010 3:34 PM

the Distance....

ah, 1996

Posted by Anonymous | September 23, 2010 3:35 PM

3:09 yeah, but did they play Hot Trucks???

Posted by Anonymous | September 23, 2010 3:46 PM

Tonight: No More Kings!!!! Sutcliffe Catering!!!! It'll never happen, but it's nice to dream.

Posted by Anonymous | September 23, 2010 4:42 PM

and in the most unrealistic possibility of all....

range life

Posted by Anonymous | September 23, 2010 5:01 PM

how about raft and cooling by sound, am i the only one looking to hear those?

Posted by Anonymous | September 23, 2010 6:05 PM

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