Posted on Friday 16 April 2010

Pavement live at Fox Theatre, Pomona
[photo from the balcony by eurekaiv]

Apparently unencumbered by any Coachella-enforced touring restrictions, Pavement played their first U.S. show in 10+ years last night. In Pomona. As much as a pain of a drive that Pomona is, it was actually a pretty awesome fringe L.A. crowd, maybe with the exception of the superfan next to me continually screaming “we missed you” like Spiral Stairs was her younger brother home from college and requesting “Debris Slide” as if knowledge of the relatively obscure b-side was her ticket backstage. Unfortunately for me, it wasn’t.

The Middle East opened and were actually quite good, especially considering that the mellow mood of many of their songs on a hyped up pre-reunion tour is probably not the most generous setting to hear them. They had a lot of musicians, and the sound was equally large. Freed said Iron & Wine, I said Polyphonic Spree. Tamato/tamahto.

The 2 1/2 hour set included most of the tracks from their recent “best of” album. They were incredibly solid and comfortable considering the age of the music. They looked and dressed pretty much exactly the same – the Dickies & button down shirts are still hipster relevant. Malkmus was awesome. I was surprised how much I enjoyed Bob Nastanovich’s instrumentation/screamy vocals/clown act. With two encores, and “Here” played for the romantics, I doubt anyone went home feeling they missed anything. And sorry to the rich kinds in Indio this weekend, I find it hard to believe how any outdoor festival or concert could compare to the intimate setting of being packed up front in the middle of Pavement fans starving for a band playing at the top of their game. Luckily I have a phonographic memory, so here’s the setlist:

silence kit
elevate me later
give it a day
no life singed her
father to a sister of thought
rattled by the rush
kennel district
in the mouth a desert
shady lane
spit on a stranger
two states
range life
gold soundz
fight this generation
summer babe
cut your hair
the hexx
. . . . . . . .
date with ikea
trigger cut
starlings on the slipstream
box elder
. . . . . . . .
zurich is stained
loretta’s scars
conduit for sale

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