Pavement @ The Williamsburg Waterfront, On Video
Pavement week in the city has begun. The New Yorker‘s asked if you remember where your tickets are, a fair question and a shared crisis for most who succumbed to the hysterical rush on Ticketmaster one year ago to buy access to this Tuesday’s show at Central Park, only to watch a second, third, even fourth show added there, and then one more preceding them all, which happened last night at the Williamsburg Waterfront. Yes, Pavement in Williamsburg, in a riverfront park bordered by fancy condos, a symbol of this hipster neighborhood’s gentrification and so a symbolic place to spend a night with a band of scrubbed-up hipster heroes amidst a lucrative reunion tour.
But more than just money, with Pavement’s live show now there is also a bit of redemption — this is not the band that acerbically plodded through “Stereo” at Coachella in ’99, but the one that did the fest this year, fronted by a relatively enthused Malkmus whose “listen to me”s were genuinely excited, or at least good advice. This band is actually having fun. And sounding great. This was my third night with Pavement in their reunited form, and like those previous sets at Coachella and Pitchfork the dudes left folks satisfied. Unlike those previous sets, this was a dedicated concert, for them by them, which meant an expanded setlist that brought out most of the outliers from those two previous sets, as well as all the “hits,” with a first-time bonus for me in the form of a fantastic “Rattled By The Rush.” What we have here, though, is some nice fan video by Big Ass Lens of the encore’s final four songs: “Starlings of the Slipstream,” “Gold Soundz,” “Kennel District,” and “Range Life.” [UPDATE: Also, the whole show is now available to download over at nyctaper.] Dig in to the vid:
More in Pavement embeds: On 9/23 the band will do Fallon, with a contest-winning guitarist helping pick up (or, enhance, I guess) the slack. Tune in.
Last night’s setlist:
“Cut Your Hair”
“Date With IKEA”
“Rattled by the Rush”
“Elevate Me Later”
“Fight This Generation”
“Father to a Sister of Thought”
“In the Mouth a Desert”
“Spit on a Stranger”
“Starlings of the Slipstream”