Mac DeMarco Caters To His Fans… and More… At This Ain’t No Picnic Thought+Photos: Mac DeMarco at This Ain't No Picnic 8/27/22
LOS ANGELES, CA-
“…Having seen Mac DeMarco perform live on several occasions, there’s one thing through-line that always pops into my mind: “I wouldn’t mind smoking a joint with this dude and just get goofy.” There’s something so pleasantly chill and goofy about Mac and his stage presence that makes the music he performs that much more enjoyable. Opening his set with “On the Level” definitely had those joint-smoking thoughts creep back into my head.
Mac filled his set with songs from throughout his entire repertoire. There was a health dollop of songs from 2 (“The Stars Keep Callin My Name”, “Cooking Up Something Good”, “Ode To Victory”, “Freaking Out The Neighborhood”, “My Kind of Woman”) and Salad Days (“Salad Day”, “Passing Out Pieces”, “Chamber of Reflection”), with selects tracks from Another One (“Another One”) and This Old Dog (“Still Beating”, “On the Level”) and Here Come The Cowobw (“Nobody”).
It didn’t surprise me that Mac catered his setlist to his fans, focusing on those cuts that his fans love. When reviewing the list of songs I recognized, I kind of imagined that they could have been all been pulled from Spotify’s “popular” list on his artist page (FYI, as of 9/27/22, 7 out of the 10 on Spotify’s “popular” playlist were in his set.
Mac gave his fans a little something extra to his fans when he kinda out-of-nowhere started making out with his bassist Daryl Johns towards the start of his set. Perhaps this was a subtle message to his fans regarding the state of the band and a step away from the last person who played bass for him. Whatever it was, it was a moment of unbridled joy that had the entire crowd cheering at the top of their lungs. It’s the way you expect Mac DeMarco shows to feel, and it was perfect…”
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