Posted in music | pictures on October 1, 2010

photos by Graeme Flagenheimer, words by Nick Dierl

Pavement

No Age kicked off the night's festivities at the Hollywood Bowl Thursday night (9/30); playing in front of a hometown crowd with the confidence and humility that has gained Dean Spunt and Randy Randall such great acclaim in both Los Angeles and worldwide. With the addition of third live member William Kai Strangeland-Menchaca their sound has been fleshed out enough to fill the entirety of the outdoor theater. Burning through both old favorites and songs from their brand new album Everything In Between, they were an energizing start to the evening.

Sonic Youth took the stage next and opened their set with the calm poise one would expect from such tried and true veterans. Despite their elder status in the rock community they still rocked with the best of them, with Steve Shelley's bombastic drumming and Kim Gordon's bass accompanying the guitar heroics of Lee Ranaldo and Thurston Moore. Their experience showed through most obviously during the noise interludes and outros of the songs as they meticulously built a swarm of dissonant feedback, with Gordon scraping her bass across the stage at one point, only to snap harmoniously back into unison with everyone else a moment later. Sonic Youth continued to prove that, despite their age, they are still in the prime of their live career.

Pavement opened their headlining set with crowd pleaser "Cut Your Hair" with exuberance and energy, as if they had never taken an eleven-year break. Stephen Malkmus' jangly guitar bravado and playful banter with the crowd from the show's start set the mood for what would turn out to be a wonderful set. After Watery, Domestic cut "Frontwards", they moved into what Malkmus referred to as "the California diptych" of "Gold Soundz" and "Shady Lane" (supposedly Irvine and Silverlake, respectively). This made their intention to play crowd favorites clear early. Selecting songs from the breadth of their catalog, they kept mostly to the raucous tunes, rarely breaking out the slower numbers (save for set highlights "Grounded" and "Spit on a Stranger").

The band was congenial and grateful toward the crowd at the Bowl, exactly as one would hope a group in their position to be on one of the final American dates of their reunion tour (that included five NYC shows). Malkmus seemed sincere later in the set as he delivered the chorus of "Stereo", another of the night's highlights, singing excitedly "I'm on the stereo!", almost as if he was legitimately still surprised that people care about his songs. Bob Nastanovich brought great energy to the show the whole night, getting right into the thick of the people at the front of the crowd during Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain gem "Unfair". The swagger and personability of the whole band throughout the night made for a spectacular evening worth waiting the last eleven years for - a successful victory lap for one of indie rock's greats that will hopefully be repeated soon.

Due to time constraints, Pavement didn't get to do an encore though Graeme got a peak at the written setlist which did have "Two States" and "AT&T" listed. The LA crowd still got 17 songs.

Both Sonic Youth and Pavement move on to Vegas for the weekend (where both of their sets will be streamed online from). More pictures and the full Pavement setlist from Hollywood Bowl, and a few videos, below..

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No Age

No Age

No Age

No Age

No Age

No Age

No Age

No Age

Sonic Youth

Sonic Youth

Sonic Youth

Sonic Youth

Sonic Youth

Sonic Youth

Sonic Youth: 'Candle' (live)

Pavement

Pavement

Pavement

Pavement

Pavement

Pavement

Pavement "Spit on a Stranger" Live 9/30/2010 @ the Hollywood Bowl

Pavement "Summer Babe" Live 9/30/2010 @ the Hollywood Bowl

Pavement: "Range Life" (live)

Pavement Concert at Hollywood Bowl, Los Angeles, CA, USA Setlist on September 30, 2010
Cut Your Hair
Frontwards
Gold Soundz
Shady Lane
Rattled By The Rush
Grounded
Silence Kit
Date With Ikea
Unfair
Spit on a Stranger
In the Mouth a Desert
Perfume-V
Summer Babe
Stereo
Stop Breathing
Range Life
Here

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Comments (51)

they were gonna break out at&t finally and they ran out of time?!?! that's such a bummer

Posted by Anonymous | October 1, 2010 2:46 PM

now that is a bill. nothing like west coast hummus.

Posted by Anonymous | October 1, 2010 2:46 PM

they played at&t in austin for the first time on tour. has anyone found any video of it yet?

Posted by Anonymous | October 1, 2010 2:50 PM

What about Sonic Youth's setlist? I'm curious as to what they might play in Vegas tonight...

Posted by Anonymous | October 1, 2010 3:02 PM

Half the photos are crystal clear and half look like they were shot from the soundboard with a cellphone. I assume the staff/lighting/other facts made it a frustrating night for the photographers there.

Posted by Anonymous | October 1, 2010 3:03 PM

AT&T is fucking jinxed, I swear

Posted by Anonymous | October 1, 2010 3:04 PM

Wow, now that is a billing!

Posted by CNC | October 1, 2010 3:05 PM

3:03 - looks like the vertical images were resized incorrectly, hence the pixelation. i doubt that was how the images were intended to appear to the photographer or BV

Posted by Anonymous | October 1, 2010 3:08 PM

sonic youth's set included:
candle
death valley '69
shadow of a doubt
hey joni

Posted by ~ Rita (* | October 1, 2010 3:24 PM

PveMEHnt

Posted by Anonymous | October 1, 2010 3:24 PM

LA vegan

Posted by Anonymous | October 1, 2010 3:50 PM

I still don't know how we got 5 show and no AT&T :(

Posted by Anonymous | October 1, 2010 3:53 PM

or type slowly

Posted by Anonymous | October 1, 2010 3:55 PM

Now, that would be an amazing line up to see. Jealous.

Posted by Anonymous | October 1, 2010 3:56 PM

what is the obsession over at&t? nyc got some great nights and great setlists-better than los angeles got. 28 songs vs 17 songs, on most nights.

Posted by Anonymous | October 1, 2010 3:58 PM

at&t = great song

Posted by Anonymous | October 1, 2010 4:00 PM

what high school senior penned that write up "bombastic drumming", "guitar heroics", and best of all... "The swagger and personability of the whole band throughout the night made for a spectacular evening worth waiting the last eleven years for - a successful victory lap for one of indie rock's greats that will hopefully be repeated soon."

Congrats you passed music journalism 101

Posted by Anonymous | October 1, 2010 4:08 PM

Sonic Youth's set was 100% 1980s. Candle, The Sprawl, 'Cross the Breeze, Shadow of a Doubt, Death Valley '69, White Cross, Hey Joni. And others. They got 45 or so mins.

Posted by Tito | October 1, 2010 4:20 PM

white cross fucking KILLS. never seen them do it live tho...

Posted by Anonymous | October 1, 2010 4:23 PM

4:08... i liked this article, shut up

Posted by Anonymous | October 1, 2010 4:36 PM

Brooklyn poseurs do not deserve at&t

Posted by Anonymous | October 1, 2010 4:42 PM

i think it's safe to say that if someone wants to hear at&t at a pavement show, they're not a poseur, idiot

Posted by Anonymous | October 1, 2010 4:43 PM

Lol I think they finally got the hint, considering probably every city requested it.

Posted by Anonymous | October 1, 2010 5:01 PM

i so love hearing sy doing their '80s stuff so much the last couple years, but i really, really would love to see them revisit some of the work on 'thousand leaves', 'murray street', etc. just sayin'.

Posted by Anonymous | October 1, 2010 5:17 PM

I wish they would play that rare b-side that came out on the AT&T seven inch... I believe the track was called "Hummus Stain Got Me Good"

Posted by Anonymous | October 1, 2010 6:42 PM

You poseurs were 9 when Wowee Zowee was released. Stop acting all hip.

I can tell you are from Williamsburg. I can smell you from here (Manhattan).

Posted by Anonymous | October 1, 2010 8:45 PM

is the comment above a troll..it seems so strange. that's a mid-period album, bragging about being way older than everyone considered cool or hip, bragging about being able to live in insanely unaffordable manhattan because of his big adult career... why would a dude like that be concerned with hipness or any kids across the river in hiptown. i think it's the hilariously inappropriate (Manhattan) in parentheses that does it.

Posted by Anonymous | October 1, 2010 8:51 PM

good call on the sy thousand leaves jams. that tour was excellent . . ... . the hits of sunshine jams were great. I have been listening to the eternal recently and it is fantastic.

Posted by Anonymous | October 1, 2010 8:54 PM

Um, if you are under 30 like me, we really did grow up with a whole lot of crap music. Our shining bands are Arcade Fire and My Morning Jacket? That sucks. Seeing Pavement and Sonic Youth 15 years ago must have been pretty cool.

Posted by Anonymous | October 1, 2010 9:09 PM

4:43 - - you just made the case that you are, indeed, a poseur. hummus man will send you a prize.

Posted by Anonymous | October 1, 2010 9:33 PM

the exact reason why SY were playing old songs was because their current bassist was in Pavement....the arrangements for much of the 00's material involves a quintet, and Kim plays third guitar.
Either Ibold or before him O'Rourke covered bass.
But that sounds fantastic - Sonic Youth back to their classic 4tet music from the 80's.

Posted by Anonymous | October 1, 2010 11:08 PM

i dont listen to either sonic youth or pavement, but like both and like THE IDEA of both. greatlineup for a show, at a great venue no less. would have liked to have been there.

Posted by Anonymous | October 2, 2010 12:20 AM

show was great. SY ruled - saw them at the wiltern a few months back, more a fan of goo and earlier than the recent albums - so last night was a great stylist imo.
I thought pavement were better at the fox back in may or June or whenever.

old guy cred - first saw pavement in 94 with bailter space.

Posted by dusty bottoms | October 2, 2010 2:04 AM

older guy cred - first saw Sonic Youth on a triple bill with Neil Youn&Crazy Horse and Social Distortion in '90. SY were in the middle, Goo had just come out.

Posted by Anonymous | October 2, 2010 12:42 PM

If you see a band a decade into their existence that doesn't give you cred. Some of us saw them in the early '80s.

Posted by Anonymous | October 2, 2010 2:03 PM

being an old dude gives you the opposite of cred and you should probably focus on things less frivolous than your hipness compared to a bunch of sweaty kids.

Posted by Anonymous | October 2, 2010 2:09 PM

Pavement were pretty horrible in Vegas. I think they were really drunk or something.
I had to leave midset.
New York shows were much better.

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

All I have to say is that the Lighting Designer for Sonic Youth is welcome at my house any time....that was so hot!

Pavement's LD??? is someone dating a college chick that "Likes Lights"? makes me sad to see that space go so unexplored.

Posted by litechik | October 2, 2010 3:35 PM

old cred argument - how stupid to those criticizing anyone posting here about past shows, it isn't at all about wanted hipster cred. In fact, that is entirely a naive youthful thing (and that's fine too), looking for or judging anyone's "cred". Please.
Anyone writing ANYTHING here, is only about having fun writing about and discussing so called frivolous things. That's the point.
It is fun, and pointless. Go eat some more hummus, self-serious folk who give anyone older a hard time for enjoying having seen bands for over twenty years. There's not meaning to it, it is fun.
Take your cred and spread it on a pita.

Posted by Anonymous | October 2, 2010 3:59 PM

I first ate Hummus back in 1969. (true.)

Posted by Anonymous | October 2, 2010 4:54 PM

Chickpeas give me gas, so I can't eat hummus.

Baba ganoush, on the other hand, is the Middle Eastern treat we can all get behind.

Posted by Anonymous | October 2, 2010 5:22 PM

I've got one better than seeing Sonic Youth in the 80's - I was in a band with Thurston Moore in Kindergarten in the early 60's.

someone name it.

Posted by Anonymous | October 2, 2010 7:12 PM

Nothing beats the Sonic Youth / Saccharine Trust / Swans show in L.A. in the '80s.

Posted by Crosseyed Sniper | October 2, 2010 7:31 PM

sonic youth > pavement

Posted by Anonymous | October 3, 2010 8:50 AM

Thurston Meh

Posted by Anonymous | October 3, 2010 8:35 PM

2:29...... I've always noticed Malkmus played with his back to his bandmates when Pavement was coming to an end in 1999, like he was pissed and could no longer stand them, which was the case. He seemed to be doing that at the Vegas show.

Posted by Anonymous | October 3, 2010 8:51 PM

Steven Malkmeh is totally fine with his bandmates, and was totally happy with the tour. It happened, it was great, and now onward - I predict a Jicks reunion tour.

Posted by Anonymous | October 4, 2010 12:30 AM

This show was absolutely amazing! SY killed it with old hits. The sounds at the HB is unreal. Not sure why SY opened for pavement.

Posted by lewis | October 4, 2010 10:37 AM

why wouldn't SY open for pavement... sonic youth may be the bigger band, but they've been playing consistently for like 30 years, would be kind of anti-climactic the other way around.

Posted by Anonymous | October 4, 2010 10:51 AM

either way holmes, it ruled. best show I have seen in 5 years.

Posted by lewis | October 4, 2010 11:00 AM

I would have loveloveloved it if Pavement had played AT&T. Definitely one of my all time favorite tracks.

Posted by Elise | October 4, 2010 11:16 AM

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