More Pavement rehearsals…

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Update: We now have rehearsal footage! Scroll down!

We’re only a few days away from Pavement’s first reunion show — in Auckland, NZ — and things are firing up. As we last saw the boys, Colin Meloy (of The Decemberists) gave us photographic evidence that this is actually happening, and now there’s more… this time from Spiral Stairs!

He writes via his online blog:

we are about to embark on our very ambitious world tour in a couple days. march 1 is the first date and it’s in a place very special to our hearts… new zealand. we’ve got the great 3d’s opening so it’s gonna be a legendary night. we then travel across the tasman sea to my future country of residence, australia (i’m actually writing this to you from brisbane where i’m spending a few days torturing my fiance and her family practicing the songs before the tour starts). speaking of practice, we recently had two good weeks of practice in portland. it was the first time some of us had been in the same room together for close to 10 years. i think we all were a little nervous. it started off pretty rough, except for our drummer who probably practiced the most. but… by the time we had finished, most of the 40 plus songs we had rehearsed were sounding pretty good. we’re really looking forward to the year ahead and seeing all the fans out there digging the music makes it all worthwhile. so thank you for buying tickets. we’ve also got the cool ‘qtp’ best of comp coming out march 9. it was compiled by the band and includes all our faves from the catalog.

There’s a photo, too:

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From the looks of it, that’s one Stephen Malkmus enjoying himself by ripping apart the floor (not literally, of course). Oh, to be there listening… jamming… or feeding off the incredible hums and feedback. Sigh.

Anyways, if all this isn’t enough, then be sure to read the new Pavement spotlight by our hero Chuck Klosterman over at GQ. It’s pretty intriguing, especially when ol’ Chuck gives his witty [over] analysis on why Pavement continues to be such a glorified indie act.

We’ll find out ourselves when we see one of these 23,123,123 tour dates… or all the YouTube links come early Tuesday morning.

Pavement 2010 Tour Dates:
03/01 – Auckland, NZ @ Auckland Town Hall
03/04 – Sydney, AU @ Enmore Theatre
03/06 – Victoria, AU @ Golden Plains
03/07 – Adelaide, AU @ Thebarton Theatre
03/08 – Perth, AU @ Metro City
03/10 – Brisbane, AU @ The Tivoli
03/12 – Melbourne, AU @ The Palace
04/18 – Indio, CA @ Coachella Music Festival
05/04 – Dublin, IE @ Tripod
05/05 – Glasgow, UK @ Barrowland
05/07 – Paris, FR @ Le Zenith
05/08 – Amsterdam, NL @ Paradiso
05/10 – London, UK @ Brixton Academy
05/11 – London, UK @ Brixton Academy
05/12 – London, UK @ Brixton Academy
05/13 – London, UK @ Brixton Academy
05/14 – Minehead, UK @ All Tomorrow’s Parties
05/15 – Minehead, UK @ All Tomorrow’s Parties
05/16 – Minehead, UK @ All Tomorrow’s Parties
05/18 – Brussels, BE @ Ancienne Belgique
05/19 – Berlin, DE @ Astra
05/20 – Prauge, CZ @ Palac Akropolis
05/21 – Vienna, AT @ Arena
05/22 – Munich, DE @ Muffathalle
05/24 – Rome, IT @ Atlantico Live
05/25 – Bologna, IT @ Estragon
05/28 – Barcelona, ES @ Primavera Sound
05/29-31 – George, WA @ Sasquatch! Music Festival
06/19 – Toronto, ON @ Toronto Island Concert
07/04 – Roskilde, DK @ Roskilde Festival
07/18 – Chicago, IL @ Pitchfork Music Festival
08/12 – Oslo, NO @ Oya Festival
08/14 – Gotenberg, SE @ Way Out West Festival
09/21 – New York, NY @ Central Park SummerStage
09/22 – New York, NY @ Central Park SummerStage
09/23 – New York, NY @ Central Park SummerStage
09/24 – New York, NY @ Central Park SummerStage