Pavement played Central Park (night 3 of 4)
It was 70 degrees under a full moon in Central Park as Pavement‘s NYC reunion week continued. The band came out into a cloud of smoke with strands of low hanging light bulbs hanging overhead. They launched into Grounded followed by an excellent Gold Soundz and it was off to the races as they burned thru 27 songs over the next 2 hours that leaned heavily on Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain and Slanted & Enchanted. The sound system was crystal clear and it was vintage Pavement all night: big sloppy guitars, tight drums, quirky ballads, punk rock and dry banter. Malkmus: “We’re a team up here. There’s 5 of us, we’re like a basketball team…a basketball team that would lose.”
The nitrous mafia was out in full effect post-show on the pathway that leads out to 5th Avenue. Orange balloons everywhere…eventually the fuzz swarmed in and shut it down. Shooooooooooosh.
Pavement set list, Central Park 9/23
Spit on a Stranger
Rattled by the Rush
Cut Your Hair