Topic: Setlist / show review thread

Just got out of the St. Paul show. All add a review in the morning but for now, a set list. Killer show, tho I don’t think Steve saw it that way.

Shiggy
Bike lane
Tigers
Cast off
Solid silk
Baltimore
Out of reaches
Brethren
Houston
Kite
Refute ( spoiler alert, Jo sings! Fucking rad)
Malediction
Jenny
Witch mtn bridge
Difficulties
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Middle America
NO TAN LINES

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That is one hell of a set list. Wow.

Do a little hopscotch

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Setya you hath aroused envy. That sounds so awesome!

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Witch Mountain Bridge?! Lucky.

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Baltimore!

- Nathan

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Yeah that's a pretty great set list. I'd love to hear Malediction on Tuesday night in Columbus, as it's one of my favorites.

Was Difficulties just Difficulties without Let Them Eat Vowels?

Joanna must've agreed to rework her contract. I think I've only ever seen her do some yelling on Jenny and the Ess-Dog and some tortured "harmonizing" on Us. Man, I love Refute so much more than I expected to and this will only make it better.

Notable that they did not play Future Suite. Hopefully that is one they can and will in the future.

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perfectdepth wrote:

Yeah that's a pretty great set list. I'd love to hear Malediction on Tuesday night in Columbus, as it's one of my favorites.

Was Difficulties just Difficulties without Let Them Eat Vowels?

Joanna must've agreed to rework her contract. I think I've only ever seen her do some yelling on Jenny and the Ess-Dog and some tortured "harmonizing" on Us. Man, I love Refute so much more than I expected to and this will only make it better.

Notable that they did not play Future Suite. Hopefully that is one they can and will in the future.

Yes it might be my fave track, so hope it gets in the rotation. But I can admit it probably isn't a great live track, while this set list is pretty perfect.

- Nathan

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It was a great night! I have some pictures and videos that I'll post once i return home, I'm kicking it in st.paul for another day or two.
I think for the tour opener the jicks were really strong, my only fear is Malkmus being hung over for Milwaukee tonight. But he's a pro, he should be oiled up and ready for round 2.

From eternal grey
Fantastic times await

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My two cents:

Bizarre and ultimately shitty show. For whatever reason, Malk was clearly unhappy to be there and his displeasure defined the show from start to finish IMO. I gather he was dissatisfied with the sound/venue, but I thought it actually sounded quite good out in the audience. There were a few moments of annoying feedback, but this was far from a bad show sound-wise, at least from my vantage point. Something was up with what he was hearing onstage, though -- he muttered that various things "didn't  sound right" a few times and after some vocal feedback exploded in his earpiece he flipped out a bit and mentioned that if that happened to Kim Gordon onstage she would "roll out the guillotine."

The rest of the band were champs but they couldn't make up for Steve's negativity and lack of energy. Steve literally just sat down on the stage (not on a chair -- on the stage itself) for the duration of "Kite." The band/arrangements generally sounded good, but it never sounded to me like Steve was doing anything more than going through the motions (without a ton of conviction) so musically it was not particularly satisfying -- despite the good set list. The RET tunes and Malediction sounded great live, as did "Difficulties" -- truly epic and rocking.

Anyway, very odd to see Steve come out on the first stop of this tour so dour and "over it" given the massive PR push they've done leading up to this.

On an "on" night I think this tour will be amazing. Wish last night had been one.

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Can we get confirmation on Diff>LTEV or no LTEV? Also, anyone catch the opener?

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realmac wrote:

Can we get confirmation on Diff>LTEV or no LTEV? Also, anyone catch the opener?

No LTEV. Difficulties was definitely less of a ballad and more of a rock anthem though.

Also they have pretty good merch this tour. Proud owner of a SM dad hat.

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My thoughts are a jumble so this is gonna Come out a chunk at a time.

I caught Lithics. They’re kind of fun but no vocal melody for 45 minutes is not my thing.

I know exactly where fish is coming from with those comments, but I disagree that it affected the musical performance or sheer heft of the songs. Yes I thought Steve was annoyed but they rose above it in my opinion. The house mix was really good, but the monitor situation wasn’t cool and he was getting blasted with serious feedback all night. It was one of those nights where Steve apologized a lot. He did not sit down on the stage for kite. There was a chair. As far as I can tell the chair is there for posture during the intro piece. With how low Steve has his guitar strap set it’s not really possible to use a traditional acoustic finger picking posture. He stood up later in the song.

He tried an acoustic guitar on brethren and again the feedback sucked. He gave that up after a couple bars. Other than that it’s guild and goldtop. First fender-free your i can recall. And Steve is up to NINE pedals if you count tuner.

His attitude was surprising for a tour opener. I think he flew in so it’s not like he was driving a van all for 40 hrs. He had the look of a dude who was potentially questioning himself and wondering how he’d make it thru several weeks of this. Could’ve been just an off night, or could be that he’s kinda done with this routine? I chose to focus on the music and again I’ll contend that the songs were a total triumph.

Personally I was more affected by a few ridiculous fans than I was by Steve’s downer. A few songs in, a seemingly 7 ft tall blonde woman wedged in front of me and talked loudly for a few songs straight. Then she started harassing the band. They were dealing with a lot of tech crap between songs and we’re clearly flustered and then this drunken lady is loudly demanding to know what Steven would specialize in if he were to get a fucking PhD?! So odd. Then there were the people taking the same photo over and over again.  I don’t get out much anymore, I forgot how much annoying other people can be.

One thing I noticed is I feel like Steve is paying more attention to his vocals than ever. His voice was in great shape, opener and all, but it was still notable to me.

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Seems like a fantastic set list.

And a less than auspicious opening for our man Steve.  Hopefully he finds some Sparkle!

My wife won't come see the Jicks with me after years of dragging her to Pavement shows and her getting tired of Steve's hyper-low energy performances. smile

If I see the same Steve on tour as laid out in these reviews, I'll probably just feel nostalgic for the Pavement days, not a bad thing!   

What a setlist though...BALTIMORE!!!

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Yes particle, every song I was kinda like YES! A really cool list.

The other thing I just remembered — Steve’s new amp setup. I didn’t take any pics or videos last night because I just wanted to be there and be in it. Mr Funk has had some influence with our guy steve, who is now playing what looks to be a Benson 3-knob head and separate reverb unit on top of a sideways Benson 2x12. The reverb unit could also be second amp but I didn’t see an ABY or anything so who knows? I don’t know anything about these amps but they look custom. The head and tank are orange with a cool pattern similar to the Earhart series.

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Baltimore, are you fucking kidding me? That is great news. If you’re reading this Jicks, please play it in Glasgow!

This is almost as good as my last signature.

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Goodness, I hope everything is okay.

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Someone grab some pics from the merch table please

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junton wrote:

Someone grab some pics from the merch table please

The jicks have a video in their Instagram showing most of it. In addition to the shirts there is a hat with Steve on a horse a la Polo logo, and a magnetic poetry kit.

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fishfishfish wrote:

My two cents:

Bizarre and ultimately shitty show. For whatever reason, Malk was clearly unhappy to be there and his displeasure defined the show from start to finish IMO. I gather he was dissatisfied with the sound/venue, but I thought it actually sounded quite good out in the audience. There were a few moments of annoying feedback, but this was far from a bad show sound-wise, at least from my vantage point. Something was up with what he was hearing onstage, though -- he muttered that various things "didn't  sound right" a few times and after some vocal feedback exploded in his earpiece he flipped out a bit and mentioned that if that happened to Kim Gordon onstage she would "roll out the guillotine."

The rest of the band were champs but they couldn't make up for Steve's negativity and lack of energy. Steve literally just sat down on the stage (not on a chair -- on the stage itself) for the duration of "Kite." The band/arrangements generally sounded good, but it never sounded to me like Steve was doing anything more than going through the motions (without a ton of conviction) so musically it was not particularly satisfying -- despite the good set list. The RET tunes and Malediction sounded great live, as did "Difficulties" -- truly epic and rocking.

Anyway, very odd to see Steve come out on the first stop of this tour so dour and "over it" given the massive PR push they've done leading up to this.

On an "on" night I think this tour will be amazing. Wish last night had been one.

It's funny how people's perception can vary so much. I thought Stephen was in a fine mood. Not the happiest I've ever seen him, but definitely not unhappy and pissed off. And I didn't think he was being negative or lacked energy. It was the first show of the tour and they were working out some kinks, but I think he and the band handled it quite well.
As for the crowd, I think they were pretty good, with the exception being the woman setyaback mentioned. She Was really horrible, and you could tell Joanna was annoyed and wanted to sew that lady's mouth shut, but Stephen handled it quite well.
There were some songs that didn't sound right to malkmus, but he never seemed pissed off, and it's not surprising since these songs are new and they're still learning how to perfect them live.
I also don't think he seemed like he can't tour or he doesn't want to, he just wants it all to run a little smoother and tighten things up. I think the concert was great, and people seeing the Jicks this tour are in for a real treat.

From eternal grey
Fantastic times await

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1 MC wrote:

It's funny how people's perception can vary so much. I thought Stephen was in a fine mood. Not the happiest I've ever seen him, but definitely not unhappy and pissed off. And I didn't think he was being negative or lacked energy. It was the first show of the tour and they were working out some kinks, but I think he and the band handled it quite well.
As for the crowd, I think they were pretty good, with the exception being the woman setyaback mentioned. She Was really horrible, and you could tell Joanna was annoyed and wanted to sew that lady's mouth shut, but Stephen handled it quite well.
There were some songs that didn't sound right to malkmus, but he never seemed pissed off, and it's not surprising since these songs are new and they're still learning how to perfect them live.
I also don't think he seemed like he can't tour or he doesn't want to, he just wants it all to run a little smoother and tighten things up. I think the concert was great, and people seeing the Jicks this tour are in for a real treat.

Definitely. I'm glad to hear that others didn't perceive things to be quite as off as I did. I was pretty far back, so didn't even hear that annoying patron up front. That's pretty lame. Also it sounds like I was wrong about SM pulling a Richie Tenenbaum and just sitting down onstage for Kite, which is also good to know!

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setyabacksetyabacksetya wrote:
junton wrote:

Someone grab some pics from the merch table please

The jicks have a video in their Instagram showing most of it. In addition to the shirts there is a hat with Steve on a horse a la Polo logo, and a magnetic poetry kit.

Any vinyl? The SM and PL reissues?

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realmac wrote:
setyabacksetyabacksetya wrote:
junton wrote:

Someone grab some pics from the merch table please

The jicks have a video in their Instagram showing most of it. In addition to the shirts there is a hat with Steve on a horse a la Polo logo, and a magnetic poetry kit.

Any vinyl? The SM and PL reissues?

No. Just Sparkle Hard and Wig Out on both lp and cd.

I shouldn’t have said what I said about him not looking like he wanted to be touring. Not really fair at all for a fan to interpret body language. I’ll just say it looked like something was bothering him. I’m sure it was a one-night thing and hope y’all enjoy the rest of the tour!

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setyabacksetyabacksetya wrote:

He tried an acoustic guitar on brethren and again the feedback sucked. He gave that up after a couple bars. Other than that it’s guild and goldtop. First fender-free your i can recall. And Steve is up to NINE pedals if you count

What's his pedalboard now if you can remember?

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I have a pretty good video of Kite that I recorded at this show. As i remember, for the last part of the song, he was kind of on the ground playing with all his new gadgets. I'll post it in a day or two once I'm back home.

From eternal grey
Fantastic times await

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Jeremy wrote:
setyabacksetyabacksetya wrote:

He tried an acoustic guitar on brethren and again the feedback sucked. He gave that up after a couple bars. Other than that it’s guild and goldtop. First fender-free your i can recall. And Steve is up to NINE pedals if you count

What's his pedalboard now if you can remember?

There some good discussion and photo links of current Jicks gear in this thread

http://www.stephenmalkmus.com/punbb/upl … 52&p=7