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Pavement’s Still Got It

Pavement at Central Park's Summerstage

There has been much attention to Pavement‘s recent reunion tour in the media, like magazines from the New Yorker on down. The excitement of Generation X (or is it Y?) at getting to hear one of their anthem leaders live again was contagious. It’s odd to think that it had actually only been ten years since their last show; somehow it seemed much longer. Pavement’s reunion got a lot more love and attention than other bands who have gotten back together after not having played for much longer stints (see Bachman-Turner Overdrive and Spandeau Ballet).

I had the fortune of getting to see them twice on this tour: back in July in Chicago at Pitchfork Music Festival and on September 21 in Central Park. I will admit that I was exhausted at Pitchfork (they were the last band of the 2.5 day-festival) and didn’t make much of an effort to get up front because I knew I was seeing them again.

At Central Park’s Summerstage, after an opening set by Thee Oh Sees (which I missed), Pavement (the complete and original lineup of Stephen Malkmus, Bob Nastanovich, Scott Kannberg, Mark Ibold and Steve West) took the stage for the first of a four-night stint in Central Park (they played one show at the Williamsburg Waterfront on September 19 as well). The crowd was full of aging hipsters and ex-lonely boys that were shaking in their boots in anticipation. As Malkmus and Co. came on stage and started playing the hit (in the smallest sense of the word) “Shady Lane” you could tell they were as happy as the crowd to be there.

Stephen Malkmus

The Pavement stage

They proceeded to play more than 25 songs, but made plenty of time for stage banter and joke cracking in between (sample: “I didn’t realize they had such good weed on the Upper East Side” — Bob Nastanovich). They actually played a few less “popular” songs than I thought they would (no “Spit on a Stranger,” “Summer Babe,” or “Major Leagues”), but I think they just wanted to vary the setlist since they had so many nights in a  row there. Personal favorites included “Range Life,” “Gold Soundz,” (after which Malkmus quipped, “”That was the Superchunk version of ‘Gold Soundz.’ In a good way, obviously.”) Box Elder,” “Stop Breathin’,” and “Unfair Song,” as well as “Debris Slide” and “Conduit for Sale,” which featured Nastanovich stomping and jumping across the stage and growling into the microphone–he looked like he was having a blast.

Bob Nastanovich pacing the stage in Central Park at Pavement’s reunion show

All in all it was a pretty perfect evening, and it seems like after reading reviews of the other sets at Central Park, was probably the best one (too bad for everyone at the Wednesday show when it rained!). Here’s the complete set list (thanks Brooklynvegan):

Shady Lane
Frontwards
Elevate Me Later
Starlings of the Slipstream
Stereo
Kennel District
Grounded…spiral’s dad’s fave
Rattled by the Rush
We Dance
In the Mouth a Desert
Perfume-V
Unfair Song
Infinite Spark
Gold Soundz
Debris Slide
Range Life
Trigger Cut
Cut Your Hair
Perfect Depth
Fight This Generation
Box Elder

–Encore–
Date with IKEA
Shoot the Singer
Conduit for Sale
Silence Kit
Heaven is a Truck
Stop Breathin’

Pavement in Central Park

October 6, 2010 at 6:05 pm 1 comment

Dan Deacon at Red Hook Park and Recommended Free Outdoor Shows

Dan Deacon at Red Hook Park

Baltimorean Dan Deacon has been a darling of the Brooklyn scene for the past 5 years or so, endearing promoters like Todd P and creating some of the best music events turned dance parties in the city. His last album, 2009’s Bromst, was well-received but Deacon hadn’t played in Brooklyn since, I believe, last summer’s show with No Age and Deerhunter at Brooklyn Bowl. So, it was with great excitement that the crowd welcomed him to Red Hook Park last month (June 16), as part of Summerstage‘s “expansion” shows (Summerstage is normally always held at Central Park, but this year some shows are being held at various parks around the city).

Dan Deacon at Red Hook Park

Dan Deacon at Red Hook Park

First of all, I don’t understand why they don’t have more shows at this location–it was great! Plenty of room, good sound, and, well, not so convenient to get to (I recommend biking!). It was easy to get a good view of Deacon’s onstage antics and the crowd surfing was plentiful. Deacon played songs from various previous albums as well as a few new ones. He led the crowd in some synchronized dance moves, encouraged hula hooping and organized a dance contest. The crowd was happy and friendly and Deacon seemed pleased as punch to be there.

Dan Deacon at Red Hook Park

Dan Deacon at Red Hook Park

As my first free outdoor show of the summer, it was a winner. And in case you’re wondering what other outdoor shows I’m excited about, here you go:

What are you looking forward to??? More Dan Deacon pictures after the jump!

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July 9, 2010 at 3:07 pm Leave a comment


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