everything's ending here
When I was about 14-years-old, my cousin lent me every Pavement record (at that time everything from Westing to Wowee Zowee). I actually didn't fall in love with the band right away, but at some point "Summer Babe" grabbed me, and then "Silence Kit," and it went from there.
Fast-forward a few years to my final year of high school. Pavement was set to play the Vogue in support of Terror Twilight. The trouble was, I didn't have any friends who liked Pavement, and, at that age, the idea of going to a show by myself wasn't an option in my head. As luck would have it, about a week before the show, my cousin let me know she was going to be in town and would love to go to the show with me. Triumphant, I bussed to the mall to scoop up two tickets... only to find out that it had been sold out for weeks.
So, Tuesday night was about a decade in the making.
I like Quasi, but I was never a huge fan. That said, the combination of Pitchfork's 90's list-acular last week and the fact that post-Sleater-Kinney, I'll celebrate any opportunity to watch Janet Weiss do her thing behind a drum kit, made their opening set a welcome addition.
By all accounts, Pavement were never known for their live show. And, from a performance standpoint, they're still merely good, not great. They're not super tight (though, if they were, it wouldn't really be Pavement, would it?), Malkmus looks like he's bored most of the time, and save for Bob Nastanovich, the rest of guys aren't the liveliest bunch to take the stage together either. But that wasn't really the point.
While my friend (a longtime Pavement fan) quipped that it was "the make sure Bob has a retirement fund" tour, this was about giving fans who missed the band the first time around a chance to hear songs live for the first time and older fans a little nostalgia trip. And that's just what was delivered.
Sean has the full 27-song setlist (plus a review of his own) up. And, while I could quibble about what they did and didn't include, if you were coming for a greatest hits set, you more or less got what you paid for.
now playing: Spacehog - In the Meantime