Posted in music | pictures on September 24, 2010

Pavement @ Central Park Summerstage - Sept 23, 2010 (via Keith G)
Pavement

Four down. One to go. More on Thursday night's Rumsey Playfield show (pictures included), and some video from Pavement's appearance on Fallon (also happened last night), later.

PREVIOUSLY: NIGHT THREE, NIGHT TWO, COLBERT, NIGHT ONE.

---

      

Comments (132)

Why do tix for tonight say 5:30 but everyone says they don't play until 8:00?????

Posted by Anonymous | September 24, 2010 8:04 AM

Doors @ 5:30, not the band

Posted by Anonymous | September 24, 2010 8:05 AM

ENDLESS BOOGIE are hands down the best opener in the world. malkface came out and played 4th lead guitar then he came out with bob nastovitch's band and threw down pac-man style. chomp chomp mutherfuckers. chomp chomp.

Posted by S. | September 24, 2010 8:17 AM

been holding these tickets for a year....can't wait until tonight!!!

Posted by Anonymous | September 24, 2010 8:44 AM

can we stop talking about this fucking band now? when will it end? ucch.

Posted by Anonymous | September 24, 2010 8:45 AM

845am when you start realizing that pavement is better than hummus you eat every day.

Bob,
Thanks for playing Loretta now please play Transport is Arranged or No Life Singed Her tonight!!!!!

No Life Singed Her would sound amazing at Summerstage....

Posted by Anonymous | September 24, 2010 8:48 AM

Bob- I love perth!!!

Posted by Anonymous | September 24, 2010 8:55 AM

They played Shoot the Singer as well.

Posted by Anonymous | September 24, 2010 8:59 AM

My ticket says 8:30

Posted by Anonymous | September 24, 2010 9:04 AM

9:04 - lie much?

Posted by Anonymous | September 24, 2010 9:06 AM

Add Shoot The Singer after Stop Breathing and that's the correct setlist from last night. It was a great show. Can't wait for tonight.

Posted by Anonymous | September 24, 2010 9:11 AM

Pavement is god like Clapton is to Cream. Am I right guys?

Posted by Anonymous | September 24, 2010 9:18 AM

now here is a band that actually writes songs! I think all the Chill-wavers or whatever the hipsters think they're called these days...should study a band like this for a few hundred weeks...and realize the more than subtle distinctions!

Long Live Malkmus!

Posted by John | September 24, 2010 9:19 AM

@9:11 shoot the singer is listed after stop breathing on the setlist.

Posted by Anonymous | September 24, 2010 9:20 AM

uhm will i still be able to get in cheap tonight?

Posted by Anonymous | September 24, 2010 9:25 AM

Tonight they will play until 10:30pm!!!

Posted by Anonymous | September 24, 2010 9:33 AM

> uhm will i still be able to get in cheap tonight?

It's a Friday night, so it's doubtful. I had so much fun on Tuesday that I went back last night for a second chance at hearing some other songs. On Tuesday, people were giving away tickets for free. Last night they were $20-30. Expect full price tonight.

Posted by Anonymous | September 24, 2010 9:37 AM

SOOOOO EXCITED FOR TONIGHT!!!!

Posted by Anonymous | September 24, 2010 9:38 AM

I don't know, I got a free ticket last night after waiting outside the entrance for like 5 minutes.

Posted by Anonymous | September 24, 2010 9:42 AM

ok i am now sick of hearing about this band

Posted by Anonymous | September 24, 2010 9:42 AM

Bootlegs m*therf**kers??!!!

Posted by Anonymous | September 24, 2010 9:43 AM

pavement are good and at times great, but their lack of emotion on record and live (except bob nastanovich) leaves me with the comparison that they are the mahler of contemporary music. melodrama without passion. malkmus writes lyrics the rem way even thought he wanted to be mark e smith (his lyrics aren't genius). i saw pavement tons of times, even last night. and yeah i'm a hater, but a friend loves this group, and i always go.

i guess being passionless was the scourge of gen-x and look at the world now.

the crowd looked like pleasant suburbanites with MAs who live in brooklyn or morning side heights. i guess that was what pavement always aspired to.

Posted by Anonymous | September 24, 2010 9:48 AM

yeah that's enough ffs.

Posted by Anonymous | September 24, 2010 9:50 AM

i don't know whether to be proud or embarrassed that i've never heard pavement (and i have a volumnious catalogue of music listening and concert experiences).

then again, i've never seen 'rocky' and never watched 'friends.'

Posted by Anonymous | September 24, 2010 9:52 AM

9:48 you admit you hate Pavement, but you've gone to see them "tons of times" and again last night. You're weird.

Posted by nygrump | September 24, 2010 9:52 AM

they played "you're killing me" too

Posted by Anonymous | September 24, 2010 9:52 AM

So far NYC shows rankings according to the set list/crowd....

1) 2nd night at Summerstage
2) 1st night at Summerstage
3) 3rd night at Summerstage
4) Williamsburg Waterfront

Where will tonight's show be???

Posted by Anonymous | September 24, 2010 9:52 AM

...at Summerstage

Posted by Anonymous | September 24, 2010 9:55 AM

what time does Pavement hit the stage?
and how long do they play?

Posted by ryan soup | September 24, 2010 9:57 AM

People were still giving away tickets for free last night. I showed up without a ticket at 7:20 p.m. and was inside within five minutes with a free ticket.

I first approached a guy who wanted $50 for a ticket. The second person I asked simply gave me his extra ticket.

The show was amazing. I was a bit disappointed by the flow of Wednesday's set but last night was pretty much perfect.

My only complaint: I have gone two nights and still haven't heard "Debris Slide."

Question of the day: Is Watery, Domestic the best four-song, 10-minute indie EP ever?

Posted by Anonymous | September 24, 2010 9:58 AM

does security pat you down when you go in? like... if there's a flask in my pocket, is that a problem?

Posted by Anonymous | September 24, 2010 9:59 AM

"ok i am now sick of hearing about this band"


Then stop clicking on Pavement headlines and reading about them, you pathetic pencil-d!ck loser.

Posted by Anonymous | September 24, 2010 10:02 AM

They check your bag but they don't pat you down.

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

pavement ist rad

Posted by George | September 24, 2010 10:11 AM

>Question of the day: Is Watery, Domestic the best four-song, 10-minute indie EP ever?

I'd put the Pig Lib EP up there, too, though it's more than 4 songs and longer than 10 minutes. The EP is better than the record.

Posted by Anonymous | September 24, 2010 10:13 AM

"they played "you're killing me" too"

No, they didn't. Watery, Domestic is amazing. They played Debris Slide on Tuesday. Maybe it will be in the set again tonight.

Posted by Anonymous | September 24, 2010 10:18 AM

What is the price on the ticket?

Posted by Anonymous | September 24, 2010 10:20 AM

i believe the tickets were originally $38.50 plus almost $10 in fees

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

Can you bring a messenger bag? Its says no knapsacks, duffle bags or suitcases. Thanks.

Posted by anonymous | September 24, 2010 10:32 AM

They let me in with a msger bag... they just search it first

Posted by Anonymouse | September 24, 2010 10:41 AM

I've got all this Harvard LSD... WHY WON'T ANYBODY FUCK ME?????

Posted by Anonymous | September 24, 2010 10:42 AM

Why not leave the bag at home? I never understood people that go to concerts and look like the are going to climb Kilimanjaro.

On nights where I know I will be going to shows, I leave my bag at home. Go to work with a book for the train and leave it there. Not so hard.

Posted by Anonymous | September 24, 2010 10:44 AM

I was reminded last night why Pavement shows can sometimes be so frustrating... they have always had zero sense of pacing and apparently haven't changed it this time around. Instead of getting energy really high after banging out 4-5 songs in a row, they start to get things going and then crash it to a halt with a ton of dead time between songs.

That said, it was still great to see them live again. "She Believes" was awesome and made my night.

I'm from out of town, so I don't know anything about the Beets opening tonight. What are they like?

Posted by em | September 24, 2010 10:47 AM

>Why not leave the bag at home? I never understood people that go to concerts and look like the are going to climb Kilimanjaro.

But I'll have all my files.

Posted by Anonymous | September 24, 2010 10:47 AM

anyone got the real set list?

Posted by Anonymous | September 24, 2010 10:48 AM

10:47, re: The Beets- slackers w/o the songs

Posted by Anonymous | September 24, 2010 10:51 AM

That is the real setlist.

Posted by Anonymous | September 24, 2010 10:54 AM

They definitely played well and all but you can tell that they are just up there playing their hits for the paycheck that comes along with it. Didn't Zappa say it best "We're Only In It For the Money"?

side note: S.M. said on stage last night that he was "so sick of you guys" to the rest of his band mates. Doesn't look like this reunion will be lasting must longer.

Posted by Anonymous | September 24, 2010 11:02 AM

"side note: S.M. said on stage last night that he was "so sick of you guys" to the rest of his band mates. Doesn't look like this reunion will be lasting must longer."

He said he was just joking right after that. They also said they have three shows left in their existence. The band was very up front about this being a one time thing as soon as they announced it. If that doesn't turn out to be true, so be it.

Posted by Anonymous | September 24, 2010 11:04 AM

Shoot and Stop Breathing just came much later than on the list.

Also, am I wrong, or is there one song missing from the list? I really seem to recall something else being played, around Fight, and I can't remember it now.

Posted by Anonymous | September 24, 2010 11:09 AM

Actually some people looking for tix on CL tonight.

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

"Shoot and Stop Breathing just came much later than on the list.

Also, am I wrong, or is there one song missing from the list? I really seem to recall something else being played, around Fight, and I can't remember it now."

No, they weren't. That's the setlist. It's correct.

Posted by Anonymous | September 24, 2010 11:14 AM

that is the exact correct setlist.

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

I ve seen a lot of pavement shows going back to '94-95. I've also seen a lot of Malkmus + the Jicks show as well over the past 10 years. Last night's show (9/23/10) was the GREATEST Pavement/Malkmus performance I have ever seen. The band was unbelievably tight and for anyone who has ever seen them in the past 'tight' would never be a word associated with ANY pavement show. And I was at both Tues and Wed night shows - which were also great - but LAST NIGHT WAS THE BEST PAVEMENT SHOW I HAVE EVER SEEN.

Posted by peacefrogx | September 24, 2010 11:27 AM

Pavement goes on at 8pm, plays til 10pm. Almost like clockwork.

Posted by Anonymous | September 24, 2010 11:29 AM

>Pavement goes on at 8pm, plays til 10pm. Almost like clockwork.

Despite this info, ten more people will ask what time they go on (and if they can bring in a rucksack and flask).

Posted by Anonymous | September 24, 2010 11:35 AM

11:27: I agree. I have now seen Pavement five times (twice in 1994, once in 1996 and Wednesday and Thursday of this week) and last night's show was easily the best I've seen them play.

Runner-up: their 1994 performance at the Amherst College Front Room in front of about 150-200 people.

Posted by Anonymous | September 24, 2010 11:36 AM

What was their entrance song??

Posted by Anonymous | September 24, 2010 11:37 AM

Endless Boogie was awful. The first song was 17 minutes long and basically the same riff the entire time with guitar solos over it. Thankfully, they only played one more song.

Pavement was terrific, though.

Posted by Anonymous | September 24, 2010 11:38 AM

Loretta's was so gorgeous last night. Here's hoping they do it again.

Posted by Anonymous | September 24, 2010 11:42 AM

Noticed during "Our Singer" that Spiral, Bob N and Ibold were hugging each other offstage. It's sad how Malkmus distances himself... does he actually think the Jicks are the better band? I guess the Malk-Spiral thing is what prevents this from becoming something more.

Posted by Anonymous | September 24, 2010 11:48 AM

Runner-up: their 1994 performance at the Amherst College Front Room in front of about 150-200 people.

I saw them play at the old Academy Theater in NYC back in June '95 in support of Wowee Zowee. That was a reaaalllly fun show with lots of spirit and comedy and terrific showmanship. But the music was just good, it wasn't great. Last night it was great.

Posted by Anonymous | September 24, 2010 11:49 AM

Pavement is a religion. We're all born again. Lets rejoice to the sounds of Crooked Rain.

Posted by Anonymous | September 24, 2010 11:53 AM

>Why not leave the bag at home?

cuz sometimes I'm coming from work and don't have the time to go home, or I'm traveling from out of town and need to carry a few things. Sadly, most everyone has internalized the police state security fetish so you don't question the right of venues to control you.

what I don't get are 1. the people who go to expensive shows to just talk all the way through it 2. the people who can't attend a show without interacting with their cell phone constantly-a suitable phallic replacement for a surveilled culture

Posted by nygrump | September 24, 2010 11:54 AM

>Why not leave the bag at home? I never understood people that go to concerts and look like the are going to climb Kilimanjaro.


some of us have jobs and don't have time to go home and drop our things off.

Posted by Anonymous | September 24, 2010 11:55 AM

To the commenter who quoted the lyric from "Gangsters and Pranksters," it's actually "harbored LSD." I thought it was Harvard as well. Bob Nastanovich used to post to the Pavement email list back in the '90s, and clarified by saying, "Pavement's an ACC band, not goddamn Ivy League."

Posted by Anonymous | September 24, 2010 11:57 AM

11:36/11:27...

I have only seen 1 Pavement show (last night) but it was easily the best Pavement show I have ever seen. This goes back to the early/mid 90s when I didn't see any Pavement shows.

But truthfully, last night ruled. I know good shit when I hear it. And last night was really, really fun.

Posted by mark | September 24, 2010 12:00 PM

so were there $10 tickets for sale outside the venue last night? if so might try and go again tonight....

Posted by Anonymous | September 24, 2010 12:02 PM

Totally agree about Watery, Domestic; it's the perfect EP. Plus it's Gary Young's swansong since it's the last thing they did with them.

Posted by Scobie | September 24, 2010 12:03 PM

@11:35 - "rucksack" LOL!!!

Posted by anonypus | September 24, 2010 12:04 PM

I saw some really, really early pavement shows, starting with one at Berkeley Square in the fall or winter of 1991 that was after the Summer Babe single on Drag City but before S&E. I saw them a few times between S&E and Crooked Rain as well. They were sloppy as hell, with the old drummer sometimes spending as much time walking in circles around the stage as actually drumming, but it was fun as hell and really exciting to witness something vital and new (yes, they had their obvious influences, but culturally they were very fresh). It is a little strange to me to read the comments about how they are better now than back then. I agree that the shows in the mid to late 90s were uninspired, but for me nothing will match the excitement of the DC/S&E era shows.

Posted by anon | September 24, 2010 12:11 PM

I was right in front of herr Malkmus. Though at times he seemed to be enjoying himself, more often than not he seemed to be hating this, mostly. It appears to me he's just doing his old friends a courtesy, a mercy tour. He clearly wants to get on with his life, but unfortunately, him without his back catalog is not nearly as interesting as this. And I think he knows this, though the arteest inside him detests this thought. Maybe if he had the right band behind him he could do both, and be happy.

Last night was good but I've seen them better. They muffed lots of intros and couldn't handle slight changes in arrangement. He was unprepared for Gold soundz and told Bob it was "not a good choice for second song, at all, sorry." He snapped at Ibold at one point and also snapped at west after he didn't like the beat provided for some song off westing.
He could barely be bothered to play IKEA, leaving out crucial guitar tasters and didn't bother to sing his parts either.

I didn't enjoy that flippancy (or talk of "only 3 more shows to go in this band's existence") and you can kind of see why they don't/ditn't go any further...they get in their own way. They kill their own momentum. They forget a lot of stuff, blow a lot of things, and seem to get on edge oveer the frustration. I'm sure it's hard -this is actually technically hard to play stuff and it's a lot of work to remember all these cues and things. Malkmus is a crafty, super inventive and creative player and singer. And the band was an innovative superpower who's work during their five year peak'92-97 holds up better than anything else in that era or for that matter, the whole genre.

There were moments last night that I have so missed -Bob, bob and bob was friggin awesome. UNFAIR was amazing and the energy off of that was tremendous. There were countless moments of beauty that I hadn't heard in ages. I am glad I got to see them again, and I had good time. But I sure wish, for their own sake, that it could exceeded their own expectations and been everything that they always wanted or strived for.

Sadly, I see return of the handcuffs.

Posted by mojo | September 24, 2010 12:15 PM

@11:04 At the Seattle show Malkmus said they've already booked another tour for next year.

Posted by Anonymous | September 24, 2010 12:15 PM

people lookin on c-list have not been to the previous shows and are unaware of the FLOOD of tix that have been at all the previous shows.

Posted by Anonymous | September 24, 2010 12:20 PM

Anon 12:15pm really???

Where else they can they play? They've played basially everywhere....except Antartica, South America and Africa!

Posted by Anonymous | September 24, 2010 12:29 PM

12:15 actually made a well-considered, lengthy and informative comment. What an asshole. Hummus/Meh/Daft Punk/etc.

Posted by Anonymous | September 24, 2010 12:39 PM

In reaction to 12:15's comments - Malkmus' disinterest is disheartening for the fan to say the least. I never really understood when bands with brilliant back catalogs and adoring fans can take most of it for granted and be disgruntled. I wanna say its maybe just an off-night for him, but Malkmus' indifference and moodiness is just a drag.

Posted by Anonymous | September 24, 2010 12:40 PM

yeah you can bring a knapsack. I've come straight from work with my knapsack all 4 shows so far. All 4 have been great.

Loretta's Scars: maximum Fallness


Posted by Anonymous | September 24, 2010 12:41 PM

wow, looks like the best setlist so far. frontwards AND shoot the singer? killer. looking forward to tonight. hopefully it'll be of equal caliber.

Posted by pulaski | September 24, 2010 12:43 PM

Isn't it a bit presumptuous to make judgements about what SM is thinking based on your vantage point at one concert?

I was at the show. The band was great. They looked like they were having fun. I've been to Jicks shows too - SM seemed like the same guy at every show.

I don't know if he loves or hates his band mates or if he was playing for the money or for fun. I just know a good show when I see one.

Posted by Anonymous | September 24, 2010 12:47 PM

What time did the encore start?

Posted by Anonymous | September 24, 2010 1:25 PM

@12:40

Malkmus clearly isn't as into it as his bandmates or fans, but what do you expect? As much as I love Pavement, Malkmus has always been an ass.

Posted by Anonymous | September 24, 2010 1:38 PM

11:37: Entrance song was Marble Valley, Westie's band. Can't remember the name right now.

Posted by Anonymous | September 24, 2010 1:49 PM

i saw pavement way back...they were called gravel..i mean sand. yea washed me away to the sea with that set.

Posted by Anonymous | September 24, 2010 1:51 PM

Been to all shows including waterfront. First night of Central Park was the best thus far. Lots of funny banter, seemed like friends just having fun on-stage, tighter musically. Each subsequent night has seemed like Malkmus would get a little testy at some point about a flub and then Spiral would purposely eff up the very next song to get him back. And SM went out of his way to publicly pay tribute to Westie's drumming last night on stage. Seemed like he realized he was coming off kinda jerky and wanted to right a wrong and at the same time bring up the old sore subject that supposedly made them split up to begin with. Also seems like SM's mic stand is getting further and further away from the band.

Regardless, off-handed genius is always better than studied competency.

Posted by Anonymous | September 24, 2010 2:06 PM

@mojo 12.15:

i agree completely. after the raves i'd heard of the first two nights, there were moments of the band's disaffectedness and contempt (for the audience, for each other) that killed the few actually inspired moments of performance i saw. not to mention malkmus was clearly trashed, and spiral was clearly cranky.

where i was standing (front-right), most of the crowd were 20-somethings who probably had never seen pavement but grew up with their records. they were awestruck and glowing, just to be hearing the songs, which were performed mostly competently, but rarely with any zeal. at times, they rose to actually having fun (usually the slanted and westing material, it seemed).

but the lowlights to me were the bickering, the phony shout-outs, the childish one-upsmanship going on between malkmus and spiral during some of the more rambling solos, and a sense that despite his more introspective, mature songs, malkmus hasn't grown up from being the brat he was. that (unfortunately) seemed cool in the late 90's. since, i'd like to think we've all grown up a bit, and it's disappointing to see that he hasn't.

they made it clear last night was about money, not love.

Posted by jarlow | September 24, 2010 2:07 PM

2010 Pavement > '90s Pavement

Posted by Anonymous | September 24, 2010 2:14 PM

i bet it's probably true that this tour has been more fun for people seeing the band for the first time, that have been introduced to them in the past 10 years or so (i'm in my 20s, "found out" about pavement since the breakup, and have enjoyed the shows i've been to on this tour -- though i can't compare to what it was like seeing them in the 90s).

Posted by Anonymous | September 24, 2010 2:17 PM

one other thing, and i'm sure this could generate a lot of worthwhile posts -- curious, what exactly brought about the pavement breakup, and is it well documented anywhere (online)?

thanks...

Posted by Anonymous | September 24, 2010 2:20 PM

you people are weird, didn't you see the band i saw last night? there were smiles all around. pavement hada blast, please don't go looking for drama

Posted by Anonymous | September 24, 2010 2:26 PM

I think Malkmus said in the beginning of the tour that he's only doing this to help Bob's financial problems....

I'll try to find the interview later....

Posted by Anonymous | September 24, 2010 2:26 PM

well, breaking up + getting bigger than ever = easy way to cash out (this tour).

Posted by Anonymous | September 24, 2010 2:29 PM

10:47, re: The Beets- They are a band from Doug, hit songs include "Killer Tofu" and "I Need More Allowance"

Posted by Anonymous | September 24, 2010 2:29 PM

For all this talk about SM being an ass, all of you dudes sure worship his ass

Posted by Anonymous | September 24, 2010 2:36 PM

interesting thread, thanks for the input, and only two mentions of the h word, yay. looking forward to forming my own opinion tonite.

Posted by Anonymous | September 24, 2010 2:37 PM

interesting thread, thanks for the input, and only two mentions of the h word, yay. looking forward to forming my own opinion tonite.

Posted by شات كتابي | September 24, 2010 2:43 PM

There are a lot of people posting about how it was THE BEST pavement show they'd ever seen, or how the band is tight now.

Um...no. Just: no, no, no.

Listen, I *love* Pavement. I consider them one of my favorite bands ever. I still listen to their first three albums frequently (the last two don't hold up).

And I have seen them about half a dozen times, going back to the Crooked Rain tour and through the 90's. And the ONLY time they put on a great show was that first one, when they (and I) were young and they'd didn't completely hate the music scene or playing with each other.

Since then, including last night's (Thursday's) show at Summerstage, the continue to confound. There were moments of beauty, for sure. They can sound like so many different bands through the course of one set. Stop Breathin was slow and sincere and gorgeous. Fight This Generation, the same, and they extended it and made it unique. And some of the old favorites, like Grounded and Gold Soundz (which, btw, I thought it was brilliant to start with, leading the show with two of their most beloved songs and inverting the expectation of a set) sounded terrific.

But to say that they played tightly together, or even together, just isn't true. For all of Nostanovich's eneregy and bizarre sounds, he detracted from lots of songs by barking into his mic while Malkmus was singing. I love his vocals about half the time, but he feels compelled to yell into the mic *all the time.*

As for Malkmus, he's just not interested in playing the standard rock star role: heart on his sleeve, thrashing around, voice rising out of expeceted range. No. You won't get them from him. It's always seemed to me that that version of a rock star strikes Malkmus as a cliche and he just won't be a part of it. (Obviously, I'm speculating here.) Reagrdless of his feelings, his on-stage coldness lets someone at a Pavement show, if they want to, have a unique kind of detachment, where you can really assess the songs, the quality of the performance, and the innovations or changes. At the same time, you're never going to feel--or at least I haven't--like the band cares, for more than a few songs at a time.

As I said to my sister last night as we were leaving, they wrote those songs almost 20 years ago. They were different people, much younger people. I can understand why they wouldn't necessarily find passion in the songs. And it can be enough just to hear them floating in the ether of Central Park for one (or 4) nights. Just don't go expecting transcendance.

Posted by James | September 24, 2010 2:49 PM

If Bob is having financial issues maybe he should just get a fucking real job like everybody else

Posted by Anonymous | September 24, 2010 2:53 PM

Great show last night... w/loretta was so choice.

and Yes! Watery Domestic is the best ep ever- can we get some tracks tonight? Please, Lindon Lions and Texas never whispers.

Thanks!

Posted by EStahl | September 24, 2010 2:57 PM

@2:53 I figured they've all got money problems. Let's face it, they didn't sell that many records, were never a hot ticket, are virtually non entity on radio or in licensing...

Posted by Anonymous | September 24, 2010 3:01 PM

Some times it's best not to get too close to your heroes.

Posted by Anonymous | September 24, 2010 3:02 PM

Can't wait for the Walkmen show.

Posted by Anonymous | September 24, 2010 3:03 PM

"the crowd looked like pleasant suburbanites with MAs..."

Truer words were never spoken 9:48am. I've never seen such a plain vanilla audience. No edge. Fight Gen?!? Uhm...I think not.

Posted by Anonypus | September 24, 2010 3:09 PM

>"the crowd looked like pleasant suburbanites with MAs..."

>Truer words were never spoken 9:48am. I've never seen such a plain vanilla audience. No edge. Fight Gen?!? Uhm...I think not.

Who cares if it were you and 1000 farm animals? Enjoy the music.

Posted by Anonymous | September 24, 2010 3:14 PM

i went on wed. and everyone around me and on stage seemed super stoked.
not sure what everyones problem is.

Posted by Anonymous | September 24, 2010 3:14 PM

Wow. You Pavement fans are way bigger geeks than the phish fans. Good lord.

Posted by Anonymous | September 24, 2010 3:17 PM

Fast Japanese Spin Cycle > Watery, Domestic

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

not a fair comparison to phish fans, they have way too may tours to talk about and computations of set lists.

Posted by Anonymous | September 24, 2010 3:25 PM

@3:09

You're just begging for people to start on the pathetically self conscious scenesters in the audience, aren't you?

Posted by Anonymous | September 24, 2010 3:26 PM

Hopscotch Willie > Slanted & Enchanted

Bez > Bob Nostanovich

Posted by Anonymous | September 24, 2010 3:31 PM

Hey all, just curious: when they've played Range Life, do they change the lyrics to swap out Smashing Pumpkins and Stone Temple Pilots with some more timely, but equally irrelevant in the long run, bands?

Posted by Anonymous | September 24, 2010 3:31 PM

"Pleasant suburbanites with MAs"

I hear ya! Polite educated people who live within an hour of a city but not in the city are the worst!

Posted by Anonymous | September 24, 2010 3:31 PM

3:31 - Nope.

Posted by Anonymous | September 24, 2010 3:36 PM

@3:31... I read somewhere that during the UK tour, he replaced the Pumpkins with "The Walkmen" once or twice.

Posted by Anonymous | September 24, 2010 3:42 PM

>"Pleasant suburbanites with MAs"

>I hear ya! Polite educated people who live within an hour of a city but not in the city are the worst!

Exactly. I'm sure these guys are right out of Sid and Nancy.

Posted by Anonymous | September 24, 2010 3:46 PM

3:25pm - true...but then again, you'd never hear phish play the same song 5 nights in a row...

Posted by Anonymous | September 24, 2010 3:48 PM

@2:26: I read that too. Considering Bob's other life is in horseracing, I wonder how quickly he'll blow through this windfall. I can see pavement doing maybe a few more shows next year once the Terror Twilight deluxe comes out... I think Malkmus did this mainly for the money (at least his children are ensured of going to college now), which is why you've seeing everyone but him interviewed during this tour. He's keeping a professional distance from it all, although I'd like to think in the homestretch of this tour that maybe now he has a different, better appreciation for things pavement. I think the other guys in the band genuinely never wanted to break up and this is a reaffirmation of that. At least Ibold has the Sonic Youth gig now too... very happy for him.

Posted by Anonymous | September 24, 2010 3:52 PM

I would like to apologize to everyone at the show last night for having grown up, put on big boy pants, and gotten my hair cut since I saw Pavement the first time in '94. I guess the fact that I got a babysitter and didn't drink until I passed out, spend the entire time on twitter, or taking photos for my shitty blog makes me edge-free. So be it. I know that I saw them play a great version of Range Life under a full moon in Central Park and went home happy.

Posted by Anonymous | September 24, 2010 3:58 PM

@3:58 Excellent, esp. the blog comment ... It's funny to see the young kids so eager to get high and try to make these shows the most incredible thing in the history of ever.

Posted by Anonymous | September 24, 2010 4:06 PM

Nice, 3:58.

Posted by Anonymous | September 24, 2010 4:08 PM

3:58 & 4:06 - Thank you!

Posted by Anonymous | September 24, 2010 4:10 PM

agreed. And all us fortysomething original pavement fans have been eating Hummus for decades, so big deal.

Posted by Anonymous | September 24, 2010 5:04 PM

I'm 3:09 and I'm also a responsible fortysomething that didn't drink until I passed out, spend any time on twitter or take photos for any blog. BTW, what's any of that got to do with my comment?

Posted by Anonypus | September 24, 2010 6:02 PM

there was nothing at all transcendent about the Pavement show on Tues. - it was simply a solid show by a good band. No more no less. And none more was needed.

The Who in 1979...that was transcendent.

The Clash in 1982, same.

or the Stooges in 2003 for that matter....if we're talking reunions.

Posted by Anonymous | September 24, 2010 7:29 PM

yeah, but did you eat transcendent hummus at the Clash show?


Posted by Anonymous | September 24, 2010 9:23 PM

i'll kick it off: tonight's pavement show was tremendous... and i got in for $10.

Posted by Anonymous | September 24, 2010 10:44 PM

agreed about tonight's show. easily the best of the five night run.

Posted by Anonymous | September 24, 2010 11:40 PM

bunch of videos of tonight's (friday) show uploading here now:

http://www.youtube.com/maestro416

really awesome show

Posted by Anonymous | September 24, 2010 11:54 PM

got in for 10 as well. not as good as summerstage #2 for me. i bet #1 was the best though.

Posted by Anonymous | September 24, 2010 11:54 PM

hard to beat the first night in the park - unless they did no life singed her

Posted by Anonymous | September 24, 2010 11:55 PM

wow, what a bunch of know-nothing jackasses commenting here! project much, y'all? if you watched this show and saw an angry band led by a selfish jerk trying to cash in instead of a band having a ridiculous amount of fun, that says more about you than them. and frankly, we're not interested in the innards of your psychology. save it for someone who's being paid to absorb your mental dreck.

Posted by onceler | September 28, 2010 9:35 AM

Leave a Comment