Posted in music on October 4, 2010

by BBG

Guided By Voices at Matador 21 (via)

"Anyone who walked into the popular casino during the three-day venture witnessed a culture shock like no other as hundreds of well-established, middle-aged rockers filled the building to see label legends Sonic Youth, Pavement, Belle and Sebastian, Guided by Voices and more. Performing inside the small and intimate Pearl, most of the bands were playing in Vegas for the first time.

"It has run smoothly but with a lot of help from the staff and all the people that are working for us," said founder of Matador Records, Chris Lombardi. "It's come together. We were very conscious of all the potential snafus that could arise and so far it's been fun."

Potential snafus were rife but any real problems were kept to a minimum during the first two days, besides Pavement's performance on Friday. Having paved the way for some of the most well-known artists of our generation, (think Weezer and Ben Kweller), the '90s rockers had continuous difficulties with their sound that caused problems both onstage and offstage for the band.

But that didn't seem to faze the crowd, which was made up of fans from all over the world, all who were more than ecstatic to see their favorite Matador artists. The festival went so well, actually, that it's kind of surprising." [The Rebel Yell]

While NYers were fast asleep and trying to stay warm at 5AM, Matador 21 was officially coming to a close in the Las Vegas desert early Monday morning (10/4) with a two hour set from Guided By Voices. Over the course of a full-set and two encores, both Hamish Kilgour (The Clean) and Matt Sweeney (Chavez) made unscheduled appearances with GBV (as a stage-diver/crowdsurfers) as the band tore through classics like "A Salty Salute", "Tractor Rape Chain", "I Am A Scientist", and around 30+ (!) others.

The label's 21st anniversary party kicked off on Friday with sets from Pavement and Sonic Youth (who played the Hollywood Bowl in LA) along with Chavez, Fucked Up, Guitar Wolf (whose flights were delayed, forcing a late Friday night performance), and Harlem. Saturday featured a headlining set from Belle & Sebastian (who recently played Williamsburg Waterfront), in addition to Spoon, Superchunk, Cat Power, Perfume Genius, Come, Esben & the Witch, Cold Cave, and Girls. Collaborations seemed to be the order of the day: Yo La Tengo hopped on stage with The Clean, Hamish returned the favor, Ted Leo joined Liz Phair...

A selection of videos and setlists from the festival, below....

Guided By Voices - "A Salty Salute" / "Tractor Rape Chain"

Guided by Voices "Under the Bushes Under the Stars" LIVE Matador at 21 10/2/10

Guided by Voices "Lethargy" LIVE Matador at 21 10/2/10

Guided by Voices "Long Live the Weekend" LIVE Matador at 21 10/2/10

Guided by Voices "A Good Flying Bird" LIVE Matador at 21 10/2/10

Guided By Voices - "Pimple Zoo" / "Closer You Are"

CHAVEZ Setlist 10/1/10 (via)

SONIC YOUTH Setlist 10/1/10 (via)
Sonic Youth

SUPERCHUNK Setlist 10/2/10
Throwing Things
Skip Steps 1&3
My Gap Feels Weird
Digging For Something
Detroit Has a Skyline
Seed Toss
Learned To Surf
Cast Iron
Slack Motherfucker
Precision Auto

THE CLEAN Setlist 10/3/10 (via)
The Clean

LIZ PHAIR Setlist 10/3/10 (via)
Divorce Song
Fuck And Run (duet with Ted Leo)

CAT POWER Setlist 10/3/10 (via)
Cat Power

GUIDED BY VOICES Setlist 10/3/10 (via)
salty salute
shocker in gloomtown
tractor rape chain
pimple zoo
closer you are
buzzards and dreadfule crowes
valuable knife
A Tobin Sprout song
motor away
"babies and gentlemen
snother song"
striped white jets
"high 5 from ham"
GoldHeart Queen
goldstar robotboy
Awful Bliss
14 Cheerleader Coldfront
My Impression Now
I am a scientist
My Son Cool
16 cups coffee water lecture
Echoes Myron
game pricks
exit flagger
"put the sign back on goddammit"
johnny appleseed
smothered in hugs
don't stop now
quality of armor
Some Drilling Implied



Comments (35)

soooo what was the deal with pavement's performance??

Posted by Anonymous | October 4, 2010 11:57 PM

you guys left "Some Drilling Implied" off the end of the Geebs list...

Posted by bwana | October 5, 2010 12:24 AM

does anthony bourdain sing for gbv?

Posted by Anonymous | October 5, 2010 8:25 AM

Pavement were never a good live band, even in their heyday.

Posted by shecky | October 5, 2010 8:31 AM

they were a good live band at the 5 shows they just played in NYC.

Posted by Anonymous | October 5, 2010 9:20 AM


Posted by Anonymous | October 5, 2010 9:23 AM

Watching that performance for looked like Malkmus was ready to move on. He looked so pissed off at Spiral Stairs for most of the show.

Posted by Anonymous | October 5, 2010 9:34 AM

"and around 30+ (!) others."

GBV have always played this many songs live. Why is the reviewer so surprised?

Posted by Anonymous | October 5, 2010 9:35 AM

SM was pissed at the last Central Park show as well.

Posted by Anonymous | October 5, 2010 9:38 AM

Hope GBV gets better by the time they get here.

Posted by Anonymous | October 5, 2010 9:40 AM

9:35, i dunno if it's that he is surprised, i think it's more excitement...

Posted by Anonymous | October 5, 2010 9:44 AM

Venerable NEW YORK label throws a party in VEGAS with a $250.00 MINIMUM buy in during a recession year. "Indie" rock indeed: This one was strictly for the aging yuppie set.

Posted by Anonymous | October 5, 2010 9:57 AM


Posted by Anonymous | October 5, 2010 10:07 AM

Pollard got old - I guess that is what years of drinking does to you. Pay attention kids!

Posted by Anonymous | October 5, 2010 10:15 AM

99% of the people on this board have never seen GBV to even say 'they suck' or whatever 'hummus' quote will come out on this forum. If they have, they'd know better. Would of LOVED to of seen this. GBV/Sonic Youth/Pavement U.S. Tour would kill like no other.

Jealous as hell.

Posted by Anonymous | October 5, 2010 10:33 AM

gbv = greatest band ever

Posted by Anonymous | October 5, 2010 10:40 AM

Anon 9:57am, stop whining. The show sold out, so Matador clearly doesn't need whiners like you.

I am also jealous that it was not on the east coast. There is no place in NYC for an event like this. The 10th anniversary party at Irving Plaza was just another concert.

Posted by Anonymous | October 5, 2010 10:41 AM

Pollard was always old, get with it

Posted by Anonymous | October 5, 2010 11:09 AM

Pavement were OK, not bad, but not great. Much better this spring at ATP-Minehead. GBV rocked. No not as good as the first time I saw this lineup in 93, but I'm not as good either. Robert was pretty much on pitch most of the show. And Tobin is their not-so-secret weapon.

Posted by Andy | October 5, 2010 11:15 AM

The Tobin Sprout song was " A Good Flying Bird" from Alien Lanes.

Posted by Anonymous | October 5, 2010 11:52 AM

Pollard was already 37 when Bee Thousand came out... he rocks harder at 52 then all of Williamsburg combined

Posted by Anonymous | October 5, 2010 11:56 AM

sm was not pissed at the nyc shows, what do you mean? and i think he was more pissed at the vegas show because it wasn't a good one and there were sound issues. take your made up gossip to where it belongs!

Posted by Anonymous | October 5, 2010 12:16 PM

can people not say "snafu?" it makes me shudder.

Posted by Anonymous | October 5, 2010 12:27 PM

12:16 I was in Vegas standing right under Spiral Stairs the whole show, and I'd say the statements of interband tension are less gossip and more likely true.

Malkmus changed his traditional microphone setup so his back was to the band for the better share of the show (he usually sets up sideways with his right side to the audience, looking at the band).

When Spiral Stairs got his one vocal slot, Malkmus laid on the ground and fiddled around ambivalently. This visibly riled Spiral Stairs.

Spiral Stairs shook his head with a disgusted expression more than once in Malkmus's direction.

The sound problems made the tension worse, and the final show of their tour was a dud. They did have great shows elsewhere in 2010--I saw them three times on this tour and can testify that the Vegas show was bottom-tier Pavement.

Posted by Anonymous | October 5, 2010 12:48 PM

lots of bands had problems with the monitors all weekend--the bands couldn't hear themselves, especially on the right, where Kannberg was standing. he got incredibly upset a few times, but it was pretty obvious to the crowd that he was upset about his monitors, as many other bands were for the rest of the weekend.

people love to read all kinds of soap opera into the Malkmus vs. Kannberg thing, I don't know why. The show was great, though. (unless yr not a Pavement fan, obviously!)

Posted by Anonymous | October 5, 2010 1:06 PM

It's really funny seeing sour grapes from people who weren't there. It was fucking incredibly satisfying. And Wurster's ripping on brooklyn hipsters was hilarious; he and Scharpling were hands-down the best MCs.

Pollard's old? Can you high kick over your head?

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

"Venerable NEW YORK label throws a party in VEGAS with a $250.00 MINIMUM buy in during a recession year. "Indie" rock indeed: This one was strictly for the aging yuppie set."

I was wondering why their seemed to be fewer douche bags there. It was awesome. Thanks for not showing up and letting people who just enjoy music have a good time.

Posted by Anonymous | October 5, 2010 3:52 PM

3:52 Agreed.

Posted by Anonymous | October 5, 2010 3:54 PM

I was actually at the Thursday Central Park show and it played out almost exactly like what's been described re: the Matador show. Malkmus dicked around during Date w/ Ikea, SS seemed miffed and spent the rest of the show pissy about his rig and inexplicably walking off the stage (a couple times).

At Williamsburg Malkmus was "exercising" during Kennel District, which SS didn't seem to dig either.

Who knows? Who cares? They weren't staying together past this tour anyway. They did, however, seem to be having a total blast at the Hollywood Bowl show, maybe because they and No Age and Sonic Youth sounded earth-shatteringly great in that venue.

Posted by Tim | October 5, 2010 4:01 PM

Pavement sounded great at Matador except they kept turning off SS's monitor. I was watching from the balcony and could see him arguing with the sound tech on the side of the stage. He had to struggle through "Kennel District".

Posted by Anonymous | October 5, 2010 4:14 PM

I went to the Wednesday and Friday night shows. Pavement was in pretty great spirits both nights, but there was one moment on Friday night that was either incredibly tense or an inside joke between Malkmus and Malkmus.

They started playing "Elevate Me Later" and someone botched a cue (can't remember if it was West or Spiral Stairs), and Malkmus just stands there, frozen and contemptuous, for fifteen seconds or so. Someone from the audience screams "STOP BEING A PRISS!" and Nastanovich, attempting to deflate the situation, jokingly addresses the audience, "I've got a story tell you." Eventually, Malkmus smiles and the band launches into the song.

It was either tension or fake tension. Either way, Malkmus seemed to be the only one in on the joke. Or enjoying it.

Posted by Anonymous | October 5, 2010 4:18 PM

@ 1:10 Agree! Scharpling and Wurster were hilarious and totally understood the audience and what the vibe of the weekend was about. Loved the comments about indie bloggers, esp. with so many of them present. Jeff Jensen was painfully unfunny and didn't know when to cut short a failed bit. As much as I love Bob N., he didn't so much emcee as much as make an off-the-cuff comment and then announce the band name. Still better than Jensen. But if Matador does something for the 25th anniversary, S&W should do the whole thing.

Posted by em | October 5, 2010 6:23 PM

Anyone who's heard the Just Farr a Laugh compilation by Earles & Jensen will understand how appropriate Jensen's introduction of Sonic Youth was. On that compilation, the character Barabara claims to be a blues guitarist who's really into Steve Shelley.

I was just sad that Jensen didn't do any Bleachy material.

Posted by Anonymous | October 5, 2010 6:26 PM

The club is open alright. GbV rocks so much it makes me jealous. Congratulations to those who were able to see it, it was a historic concert. On the other hand I went from Brazil to see Pavement at Summerstage, so I am good...

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

It looked like Malkmus was ready to move on. He looked so pissed off at Spiral Stairs for most of the show.

Posted by Las Vegas Shows | December 26, 2010 1:39 PM

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