Pavement @ Sasquatch 2010

Ouch.

Sasquatch! 2010: Day Three [Weekly Volcano]

As a reunited, aged Pavement struggled through their set to what seemed like half the number of bodies that’d packed the main stage just moments earlier for LCD Soundsystem – the prevailing vibe of the festival so far being that of good times, getting-drunk, and-raving out in The Middle of Fucking Nowhere, not checking out bands known by people born prior to 1990 – you were reminded of this. Pedals malfunctioned. Stephen Malkmus – who was either a little drunk or more aloof AND COOLER THAN FUCKING EVER – stopped songs on at least two occasions, cussing and apologizing to the crowd in the process. A rare old man standing next to me – in the sea of youth that is Sasquatch! – got visibly frustrated, yelling “Come on!” the second time Malkmus halted. Most in the crowd, however, just felt sorry for Pavement. Something tells me that’s not how they planned it.

  • andrew

    i was there, show was fucking amazing, this guy’s a hater
    haters gonna hate

    • http://www.livemusicblog.com Justin

      that’s good to hear, then. i just read about it and thought it was pretty harsh (if true).

  • andrew

    i was there, show was fucking amazing, this guy’s a hater
    haters gonna hate

    • http://www.livemusicblog.com Justin

      that’s good to hear, then. i just read about it and thought it was pretty harsh (if true).

  • joe FITZ

    They had a couple of problems at the beginning as he mentioned and the crowd for lcd sound system was bigger. But Sasquatch is mostly for hipsters and while lcd sound system put on a great show they reminded me alot of talking heads where as Pavements music now (and especially when it came out) was/is so much fresher and original. They were much more of a visonary band than lcd (i dig lcd btw). And hipsters mostly listen to newer music and some stuff from the 80’s. imho. To me Pavement made 5 amazing albums full of many great songs. If you don’t absolutely love most all of those songs then I’m doubtful you would dig them live. I find that alot of music reviewers don’t do alot of research. They listen to a best of a few times or a handful of songs. I think every reviewer should list their favorite bands/albums with every articale and if we dig the same stuff then I know to trust you, if not then I’ll probably not. Anyway. Despite the mistakes I really enjoyed the show. I would definitley go again.

  • joe FITZ

    They had a couple of problems at the beginning as he mentioned and the crowd for lcd sound system was bigger. But Sasquatch is mostly for hipsters and while lcd sound system put on a great show they reminded me alot of talking heads where as Pavements music now (and especially when it came out) was/is so much fresher and original. They were much more of a visonary band than lcd (i dig lcd btw). And hipsters mostly listen to newer music and some stuff from the 80’s. imho. To me Pavement made 5 amazing albums full of many great songs. If you don’t absolutely love most all of those songs then I’m doubtful you would dig them live. I find that alot of music reviewers don’t do alot of research. They listen to a best of a few times or a handful of songs. I think every reviewer should list their favorite bands/albums with every articale and if we dig the same stuff then I know to trust you, if not then I’ll probably not. Anyway. Despite the mistakes I really enjoyed the show. I would definitley go again.

  • xxx

    Look, I like Pavement, but this reviewer nailed it. Yes, Pavement had a bit of poor luck trying to follow the high-energy LCD Soundsystem set (which was brilliant, but they didn’t help with their sloppy, phoned-in performance. Oh well.

  • xxx

    Look, I like Pavement, but this reviewer nailed it. Yes, Pavement had a bit of poor luck trying to follow the high-energy LCD Soundsystem set (which was brilliant, but they didn’t help with their sloppy, phoned-in performance. Oh well.

  • Adam

    Pavement’s set was anything but phoned in. It was totally sloppy while still being fairly tight for a band like Pavement. Ultimately, it was everything I had waited 7 or so years to see that I never thought I would witness. I completely agree with everything Joe Fitz said. If you’re not familiar with the band/their aloof antics, then you were pretty likely to hate them at a festival. If you’re a fan, though, then it was the best time you’d ever had. It was for me, at least.

  • Adam

    Pavement’s set was anything but phoned in. It was totally sloppy while still being fairly tight for a band like Pavement. Ultimately, it was everything I had waited 7 or so years to see that I never thought I would witness. I completely agree with everything Joe Fitz said. If you’re not familiar with the band/their aloof antics, then you were pretty likely to hate them at a festival. If you’re a fan, though, then it was the best time you’d ever had. It was for me, at least.

  • thedaniel

    i absolutely loved pavement’s performance. of course, i’m quite biased, as i’ve been waiting to see them live for many years. however, i’d say there are a few reasons why their set at sasquatch was brilliant: malkmus was hilariously surly and talkative between songs; there was a great interplay of spiral stairs’ enthusiasm and malkmus’s faux-disdain; pavement is so much about the dichotomy of being too cool/depressed/drunk to care about the extent to which they sound sloppy or silly, and the amazing beauty of the guitar solos and the lyrics which pavement is dying to express something very real; finally, they just played a lot of songs for a festival set, and they didn’t play “conduit for sale.” that’s a win in my book. “here” was about as beautiful as i could have imagined any song could ever be. and that pavement would play “range life” at a festival is just hilarious.

  • thedaniel

    i absolutely loved pavement’s performance. of course, i’m quite biased, as i’ve been waiting to see them live for many years. however, i’d say there are a few reasons why their set at sasquatch was brilliant: malkmus was hilariously surly and talkative between songs; there was a great interplay of spiral stairs’ enthusiasm and malkmus’s faux-disdain; pavement is so much about the dichotomy of being too cool/depressed/drunk to care about the extent to which they sound sloppy or silly, and the amazing beauty of the guitar solos and the lyrics which pavement is dying to express something very real; finally, they just played a lot of songs for a festival set, and they didn’t play “conduit for sale.” that’s a win in my book. “here” was about as beautiful as i could have imagined any song could ever be. and that pavement would play “range life” at a festival is just hilarious.

  • mellou

    I have to agree with the author and ‘xxx’ on Pavement’s performance. Needless to say, I was not a fan before Sasquatch nor am I now.

    The set went on about 10-15 songs too long, they were whiny (a lot of the artists had sound issues as well), I personally didn’t think they were worthy of being headliners (c’mon Sasquatch, they haven’t played that stage in 15 years and you gave them another chance?!), and the guitar solos sounded like spoof-shreds of guitar legends you find on Youtube.

    But maybe ‘thedaniel’ is right:
    “pavement is so much about the dichotomy of being too cool/depressed/drunk to care about the extent to which they sound sloppy or silly, and the amazing beauty of the guitar solos and the lyrics which pavement is dying to express something very real”

    Since I am neither too cool, too depressed, or too drunk I just, obviously, don’t get it….and am very glad it’s that way. :)

    What Pavement’s selling, I’m not buying.

  • mellou

    I have to agree with the author and ‘xxx’ on Pavement’s performance. Needless to say, I was not a fan before Sasquatch nor am I now.

    The set went on about 10-15 songs too long, they were whiny (a lot of the artists had sound issues as well), I personally didn’t think they were worthy of being headliners (c’mon Sasquatch, they haven’t played that stage in 15 years and you gave them another chance?!), and the guitar solos sounded like spoof-shreds of guitar legends you find on Youtube.

    But maybe ‘thedaniel’ is right:
    “pavement is so much about the dichotomy of being too cool/depressed/drunk to care about the extent to which they sound sloppy or silly, and the amazing beauty of the guitar solos and the lyrics which pavement is dying to express something very real”

    Since I am neither too cool, too depressed, or too drunk I just, obviously, don’t get it….and am very glad it’s that way. :)

    What Pavement’s selling, I’m not buying.

  • joe FITZ

    Heh. I personally would have rather seen them somewhere besides a festival but the reason they headlined is because stephen malkmus was a visionary and one of the best songwriters of the 90’s and without him you definitely wouldn’t have had bands like modest mouse, and numerous other bands all over the place that are making music very similar (and imho not near as good) 15 years or more after pavement started it. And although they don’t necesarily fit at a big place like that they definitely do deserve more than most of the people that perform big events like that. Even when I hear bands like Wilco I tihnk they just sound like a more country-fied version of pavement sometimes. Pavement is just one of those essential bands in my opinion. if you’re into modest mouse, arcade fire, wilco, and other “hipster” bands take a listen to some pavement albums, even the “best of”. listen to it a couple of times every 6 months until you like it. there are numerous bands that it took me a really long time to get into… pixies, radiohead, talking heads, PAVEMENT and the list goes on. I listen to all of their albums constantly now and would say that just get better with time.

  • joe FITZ

    Heh. I personally would have rather seen them somewhere besides a festival but the reason they headlined is because stephen malkmus was a visionary and one of the best songwriters of the 90’s and without him you definitely wouldn’t have had bands like modest mouse, and numerous other bands all over the place that are making music very similar (and imho not near as good) 15 years or more after pavement started it. And although they don’t necesarily fit at a big place like that they definitely do deserve more than most of the people that perform big events like that. Even when I hear bands like Wilco I tihnk they just sound like a more country-fied version of pavement sometimes. Pavement is just one of those essential bands in my opinion. if you’re into modest mouse, arcade fire, wilco, and other “hipster” bands take a listen to some pavement albums, even the “best of”. listen to it a couple of times every 6 months until you like it. there are numerous bands that it took me a really long time to get into… pixies, radiohead, talking heads, PAVEMENT and the list goes on. I listen to all of their albums constantly now and would say that just get better with time.