Entries tagged with: Yo La Tengo
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Yoko Ono w/ Yo La Tengo, Thurston Moore & more @ Modern Sky Fest 10/4/2015
This was the second annual New York edition of the Modern Sky festival: a matter-of-fact event, essentially a promotional venture to bring Chinese youth culture to American audiences -- although there weren't very many non-Chinese speakers in attendance, and some of these bands aren't exactly young. (There will be a similar concert in Seattle on Sunday, with the same Chinese bands and some different American ones.) Both New Pants and Miserable Faith -- Beijing bands with roots in punk and metal that later moved on to synth-pop and reggae -- have been around since the late 1990s.Yoko Ono headlined the second-annual NYC edition of the Modern Sky Festival on Sunday (10/4) in Central Park, and her Plastic Ono Band featured a few heavy hitters: Yo La Tengo, Thurston Moore, Ornette Coleman's son, Denardo, on drums, plus tabla player Nitin Mitta, cellist Kris Hoffman, Julianna Barwick on backing vocals, keyboardist Jared Samuel, and Yoko's son, Sean Lennon (who played with The Moonlandingz on Saturday and Cibo Matto on Thursday). Pictures from her set are in this post.
English-speaking and Chinese bands alternated through the afternoon and evening. Saturday's lineup also included Lower, the young Danish postpunk group; Mark Sultan, the scrappy, surfy one-man band from Montreal; the current, one-original-member incarnation of the English postpunk band Gang of Four; and Yoko Ono, with an all-star version of the conceptual group she calls Plastic Ono Band. Most of the performances felt a bit utilitarian, a bit trade show. Different kinds of people were there for different reasons. The day couldn't conjure a shared mind-set. - [NY Times]
As the Times article quoted above mentioned, Modern Sky serves mainly to showcase Chinese bands to North America, this year including New Pants, Hedgehog, Song Dongye, and Miserable Faith; but Western acts included Gang of Four (that only features Andy Gill from the original lineup), Danish band Lower, and King Khan cohort Mark Sultan (aka BBQ). We unfortunately missed their sets. Did you go to Modern Sky? More pics from Yoko Ono & the Plastic Ono Band, below...
As mentioned, Yo La Tengo's new album, Stuff Like That There, is in Fakebook mode, a mix of covers, reworkings of their own songs and a few new songs in there, too. Among the covers is a lovely, Georgia Hubley-sung take on The Cure's treacly "Friday I'm in Love." The band has just shared its video, which was directed by Jason Woliner (Human Giant, Nathan for You) and has Hubley singing the song as the apocalypse happens around her. It's a slightly less bleak take on it than, say, The Leftovers. As to what brings the world to an end, well you're just going to have to watch, below.
If you miss out on the presale, you can try again in the general on-sale starting Friday (6/19) at 10 AM. All tour dates and streams from YLT's new album are here.
Yo La Tengo, who recently celebrated their 30th anniversary, will release a new album, Stuff Like That There, on August 28 via Matador. Reuniting with former member Dave Schramm on electric guitar, the Hoboken legends are also revisiting the Fakebook concept, mixing covers (Hank Williams, The Cure, Lovin' Spoonful, Antietam), redoing a few of their own songs, and recording a couple new ones as well. You can stream a couple songs from the LP below.
The band, who recently played a Cake Shop anniversary show as Condo Fucks, will be on tour this fall, most of it in an acoustic setup, with Ira on acoustic guitar, Schramm on electric, Georgia up-front on a small kit, and James on upright bass. They've just added a NYC date to the acoustic tour, happening October 10 at Kings Theatre with special guest Nick Lowe. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (6/19) at 10 AM but you can get them early via the BrooklynVegan presale which begins Thursday (6/18) at 10 AM. Check back Thursday morning for the password.
Before that Yo La Tengo, along with Taylor Ho Bynum, Daniel Carter, Susie Ibarra and Tony Maimone, will be performing as The Little Black Egg Big Band at Red Hook's Pioneer Works on June 28. Oren Ambarchi will open the Pioneer Works show. Tickets are on sale, and here's a little more info:
Named for Georgia Hubley's rarely performed solo guitar project Little Black Egg, the expanded Little Black Egg Big Band features Hubley and her Yo La Tengo compatriots Ira Kaplan and James McNew, joined by bassist Tony Maimone (Pere Ubu), an array of jazz mainstays including Susie Ibarra, Daniel Carter, Taylor Ho Bynum, and more TBA.All tour dates are listed, along with new album art/tracklist and song streams, below...
photo: Lee Ranaldo w/ Sonic Youth in 2011 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Sonic Youth's Lee Ranaldo has a few live appearances coming up this year. He's got a Grateful Dead tribute in Chicago with Alex Bleeker, members of Yo La Tengo and more, a Mass. show with Oneida, a free Lincoln Center Out of Doors show in August (also with Yo La Tengo), and one of the Storm King Art Center shows in New Windsor, NY.
Before any of that happens though, he's got a show this month here in NYC. He's currently working on a new record with Barcelona producer Raül Fernandez Refree, and the pair will play "Barcelona Sounds" at Joe's Pub on June 29. The show is presented in collaboration with the Institut Ramon Llull & sponsored by Estrella Damm. Tickets are on sale now.
Watch a Lee Ranaldo video below...
photos by P Squared Photography
Condo Fucks @ Cake Shop 5/22/2015
I'll admit that it was somewhat surreal to see the three members of Yo La Tengo enter tiny basement stage at Cake Shop. We've seen hundreds of bands on this stage, but perhaps never one of the kind of legendary status that YLT possesses. The set began as all of the Condo Fucks shows we've seen have begun, with the instrumental Booker T track "Outrage" before the band personalized the Harmonics song "On the Warpath". The remaining set-proper was a high-energy run through the band's usual garage covers -- Rascals, Flamin Groovies, The Exciters and the like. At the mid-set mark, the Condo Fucks were joined by long-time friend Gaylord Fields ("The Great Gaylord") on vocals for a four-pack of songs that we've never seen the band perform before. The clear highlight was the extended version of the Swamp Dogg cult classic "Total Destruction To Your Mind" which we're streaming below. A Condo Fucks show is a rare event and it was a very classy move that Yo La Tengo celebrated Cake Shop's 10th Anniversary by treating the venue to this special show. - [NYC Taper]Cake Shop has been celebrating their 10th anniversary all month with a series of "super shows" featuring bands they love and sometimes ones don't normally play somewhere as small as this Ludow St. venue. That was the case on Friday (5/22) when Yo La Tengo played under their covers-loving alter ego Condo Fucks. Pictures and setlist from the show are in this post. NYC Taper recorded the show and you can stream "Total Destruction," which featured Gaylord Fields on vocals, below and download the whole thing over his way.
That show also had sets from a couple other long running NY-scene bands, Antietam and Speed the Plough (who we missed.) Pictures from Antietam's set are below.
enter to win tickets to see Pixies & TV on the Radio in NJ, at the end of this post...
photo: Pixies in Northampton in 2014 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Memorial Day Weekend is this weekend and, as usual, there's no lack of things for music fans to do. Maybe you're taking the opportunity to get out of town and head to a festival. Metalheads surely know it's that time of year again for Maryland Deathfest (Neurosis, Napalm Death, Yob, Triptykon, Inter Arma, DRI, Mobb Deep, more). Those who want to dance could head to Detroit for Movement (Squarepusher, !!!, Disclosure DJ set, Method Man, Hudson Mohawke, Dog Blood, Danny Brown, DJ Snoop Dogg, more). Punks may want to hit Bled Fest (Modern Life Is War, Touche Amore, The Early November, Small Brown Bike, Pianos Become the Teeth, more) or Punk Rock Bowling (Refused, Rancid playing And Out Come the Wolves, Discharge, Sick Of It All, Murder City Devils, Mighty Mighty Bosstones, The Muffs, more). And indie rock fans can head to Boston Calling (Beck, Pixies, My Morning Jacket, Tame Impala, St. Vincent, TV on the Radio, Sharon Van Etten, more).
A couple good New York options that are just a few hours away from NYC are electronic festival Mysteryland, which happens at Bethel Woods Center for the Arts (where the original Woodstock took place) and has Diplo, Skream, Matthew Dear, Classixx, Dillon Francis, Empire of the Sun, Giraffage, iLoveMakonnen, Moon Boots and more; and there's the first free concerts of the summer at Montauk's The Surf Lodge. They have Mac DeMarco on Friday (5/22), Escort on Saturday (5/23), and Capital Cities on Sunday (5/24).
But if you'd rather stay in NYC for the weekend, there's plenty to do here as well. We've made a list of ten shows we think are worth seeing. Browse that list, along with a few honorable mentions at the end, below...
More of Cake Shop's 10th anniversary "super shows" have been announced. Next Friday (5/22) it'll be Condo Fucks (aka Yo La Tengo in cover band mode), plus a couple more veteran NY-area indie rock acts, Antietam and Speed the Plough (which counts Feelies drummer Stanley Demeski as a member). Tickets are on sale now. (Will advance tickets for Cake Shop be a regular thing? They did finally redo their website.)
Then on Saturday, May 22 it's a bunch of Cake Shop faves: Juan Wauters, Air Waves, My Teenage Stride, Green Pages, and Paper Fleet. That show is $10 at the door. Flyers below.
As mentioned, this Friday (May 15) is Obnox and the bill now also includes PC Worship, Rips and Endless Boogie. No advance tickets for that one. On Saturday night (5/16) it's Nude Beach, OCDPP (aka OJ from Xray Eyeballs, Cassie Ramone and Dee Dee of Dum Dum Girls), Weird Womb, Cold Waste and Young Ruins. Both of those shows are $10 at the door.
The final weekend of super shows (May 29 & 30) will be announced on Friday, but the last night of the month (Sunday, May 31) is a staff party that's open to everyone.
Not a "super show" but interesting: Mary Epworth, sister of Paul Epworth (producer of Adele, Bloc Party & more) plays Cake Shop on May 24 with Dominique Leone, Thomas Dimuzio, and Nick Didkovsky. You can check out the video for Mary Epworth's "Long Gone" below. And don't forget that Cake Shop will also host NYC Popfest on May 28 with Beverly, Young Romace, Wildhoney Roman a Clef, and Souvinir Stand (tickets).
Flyers and videos below...
On August 5 at Damrosch Park Badnshell, electric guitar quartet Dither joined by Sonic Youth's Lee Ranaldo and Yo La Tengo, and then by Bang on a Can All-Stars' Mark Stewart for Steve Reich's Electric Counterpoint, with experimental duo Matmos opening. Then two days later at Hearst Plaza (8/7) there's a Denitia & Sene show, and the next night (8/8) at Damrosch Park Bandshell Watkins Family Hour will perform Bob Dylan's Highway 61 Revisted in full. Watkins Family Hour features Sean & Sara Watkins of Nickel Creek, as well as Fiona Apple, Don Heffington, Sebastian Steinberg and special guests. Justin Townes Earle opens that show.
There's also ex-Kraftwerk member Wolfgang Flür performing under his MusikSoldat moniker on July 23 at Damrosch Park Bandshell as a special guest with Botsich + Fussible, whose album Motel Baja he appears on. Country veteran Lyle Lovett plays Damrosch Park Bandshell on August 9, Randy Newman plays there on July 25, and Afropunk presents a showcase there on July 31 with Vintage Trouble, Lion Babe, The Skins and a screening of The Triptych: Wangechi Mutu. Later that same night, Rocky Horror Picture Show screens "silent" (audience will hear the sound via wireless headphones) at the same venue.
For more info on these free, all ages shows, head to the festival's website. Full schedule below...
Now in its third year, the NYC Podfest brings the best of, you guessed it, podcasts from across the country to New York for a fun-filled audio-based weekend (January 9 - 11). This year festival founder Jeremy Wein is bringing bigger names than ever to The Bell House (Friday, January 9) and Fontana's (Saturday, January 10 and Sunday, January 11). Tickets are on sale now. Things kick off at The Bell House with Kevin Allison's (The State) RISK! podcast. This show has become hugely successful online and in LA, where its monthly live show consistently packs the Nerdist Theater at The Meltdown. The show, which has featured Marc Maron, Sarah Silverman, Janeane Garofalo, Lisa Lampanelli, and more, asks its guests to reveal personal, often embarrassing stories about themselves that they thought they would never tell. This show's theme is "Butts" and features Sasheer Zamata (SNL), stand up Matt Braunger, and more TBA.
Other interesting shows include a podcast panel on 1/10 at Fontana's (tickets) hosted by Jason Zinoman of The New YorkTimes featuring podcast experts Dave Hill (WFMU's The Goddamn Dave Hill Show), Julie Klausner (How Was Your Week?, and Matt Braunger (Ding-Donger with Matt Braunger); later that same evening at Fontana's, it's "The Daily Show Podcast without Jon Stewart" (featuring Hasan Minhaj and Executive Producer Adam Lowitt); and Fontana's on Sunday 1/11 at 8PM it's The Todd Barry Podcast with special guests Yo La Tengo.
There's lots more. View the full lineup below.
Photo: Yo La Tengo @ Town Hall 12/4/14 (via @ironic_hashtag)
Then came the guests of honor: guitarist Ira Kaplan, drummer Georgia Hubley, and bassist James McNew. They began with "Ohm," off of their 2013 record, Fade. Normally a rather innocuous and--per its name--meditative track, here it was reincarnated as abrasive and noisy, with Ira flailing along with his guitar. They truly ripped the song to shreds, and this for their opening number. The rest of the set took the audience on a tour through Yo La Tengo's thirty years, featuring bygone gems "The Cone of Silence" from their debut album Ride The Tiger (with longtime YLT pal Dave Schramm on guitar) and "Upside-Down" from 1992's May I Sing With Me, as well as crowd favorites "Hey Mr. Tough" and an outstanding, nearly fifteen-minute-long version of "I Heard You Looking" with Feelies' guitarists Glenn Mercer and Bill Million along for the ride. Ira, in his classic striped t-shirt and jeans uniform, commented at one point that "the idea that we get to play with [The Feelies] in this century is so special to us," and the crowd heartily agreed. [Audiofemme]Indie veterans Yo La Tengo celebrated 30 years as a band at Town Hall this month. They played two shows -- 12/3 with their old pals Antietam, whose members (and 9 ex-YLT bassists) joined them for covers of Urinals' "Surfin' With The Shah" and Neil Young's "Prisoners of Rock 'n Roll"; and 12/4 with another band of old pals, The Feelies, whose members joined them for several songs, including a few YLT originals and covers of Neil Young's "Time Fades Away" and Psychedelic Furs' "Pretty in Pink." Former member Dave Schramm and past contributor Chris Nelson also joined them for a few songs on night 2, including a cover of The Scene Is Now's "Yellow Sarong."
The Feelies' 11-song opening set on night 2 included a handful of their old favorites, and the following day they played a headlining show in NJ at Asbury Lanes with a 31-song set that included two new songs and covers of The Velvet Underground, The Stooges, The Doors, The Rolling Stones and The Beatles. Setlists from both Feelies show and both nights of YLT at Town Hall, below.
Yo La Tengo and Antietam also played The Troc in Philly on 12/6 after the NYC run, and you can listen to an audio recording of Antietam's full set over at NYC Taper. One song from it, "Hands Down," can be streamed below.
YLT's Ira Kaplan and Georgia Hubley also just performed this week at Jon Spencer and his wife/Boss Hog bandmate Cristina Martinez's holiday party. Bust was there and posted this Instagram, as was Jon Spencer producer Chris Maxwell who posted the one above.
Yo La Tengo's next show is New Year's Eve in Boston at the Hynes Convention Center. Tickets for that are on sale now.
James McNew of YLT also posted his favorite albums of 2014. You can find out who made his list, along with the YLT/Feelies setlists and the Antietam recording, below...
The Feelies at Maxwell's in 2013 (more by PSquared)
Yo La Tengo's holiday season two-night run at Town Hall begins tonight (12/3) with their pals Antietam and continues Thursday (12/4) with more pals The Feelies. The show with The Feelies is sold out but you can still get tickets for tonight's.
After Thursday's show, The Feelies have a couple dates of their own coming up, including one in their home state of NJ on Friday (12/5) at Asbury Lanes. Tickets for that show are on sale now. After that, they play Baltimore on Saturday. All dates are listed, with a video, below.
photos by Tim Griffin
Austin's Fun Fun Fun Fest wrapped up this past weekend with a variety of killer music across punk, metal, hip hop, indie, electronic and plenty of the in-between, plus comedy, wrestling, BMX competitions and more. The lineup spanned legends like Judas Priest, Gorilla Biscuits and Nas through great newer artists like Angel Olsen, Deafheaven and Courtney Barnett. We've already written plenty about it -- check out our reviews of day 1, day 2 and day 3 -- as well as posted pictures of Judas Priest, Gorilla Biscuits and Mineral.
Yo La Tengo at The Bell House in 2013 (more by PSquared)
Though Yo La Tengo can't do their Hanukkah shows at Maxwell's anymore (because it's closed, at least as a venue), they continue to do multi-night runs in the NYC-area around the holiday season. This year, they'll play Town Hall on December 3 and 4 (a couple weeks before Hanukkah) with cool NY/NJ indie vet openers both nights. Night 1 is with Antietam, who have opened for YLT more than once in the past. And night 2 is with The Feelies (ditto). Tickets for those shows go on sale Saturday (9/13) at noon.
That's the only announced date for The Feelies at the moment, but Antietam also play Louisville Outskirts Festival with Marnie Stern, Tara Jane O'Neil, Tweens and others in October. YLT have some other dates, including Fun Fun Fun Fest. All of their dates are listed below...
photos by P Squared Photography; words by Bill Pearis
Ira Kaplan w/ The Clean @ Glasslands 8/22/2014
New Zealand indie rock icons The Clean are on tour in North America and just played two NYC shows, both of which had notable surprise guests: Will Butler of Arcade Fire played a solo opening set at Rough Trade on Thursday (8/21), and at Glasslands on Friday (8/22) Ira Kaplan and Georgia Hubley of Yo La Tengo joined the band onstage for a good chunk of their set. Pictures and (dark) video of "Getting Older" from Glasslands are in this post.
I was at the Rough Trade show (missed Butler's set) but enjoyed's The Clean's loose -- very loose -- hour-long set that included such Flying Nun standards as "Tally Ho," "Draw(in)g To A (W)hole" and "Anything Can Happen." David Kilgour's famous dislike for practicing had songs stopping more than coming to an end, but the group seemed to be in good spirits.
David's brother, Hamish, pulled double duty on Friday night, as his new Brooklyn-based band, Roya, opened the night. Pics from their set, plus more of The Clean, below...
photos by Greg Cristman
Oneida w/ James McNew @ Glasslands 7/17/2014
Joining the band for this show, as he did at Glasslands last year, was James McNew of Yo La Tengo and Dump, whose bass playing mingled nicely with the swirling controlled chaos on the stage. Although technically a four-song "set", this set had a similar structure, with a 40-minute sequence of "Cedars" into "Economy Travel" adding two shorter songs, "Cock Fight" and "You Get Brighter" (a 48-minute version of which appeared at the 2013 Glasslands show) to round it out. We expect to see some of these compositions whittled down to album length for a future release, but in a way that'd be a shame. This act's sound cannot be contained on a few pieces of plastic, nor can their songs properly be culled to one right "version". The beauty is in the expression of it at a given time on a given night-the very reason live recordings exist in the first place. - [NYC Taper]Oneida, augmented by Yo La Tengo bassist James McNew, played Glasslands on Thursday (7/17), the first date of a short summer tour. Pictures from their set are in this post and you can stream the whole thing below, and download it over at NYC Taper.
Opening the night was noise-n-rhythm trio, Beech Creeps, the current band of ex Ex Models' Zach Lehrhoff that also features Luke Fasano (Yeasayer / People Get Ready) and Mark Shue (The Library is on Fire, Monster Crunch). You can catch Beech Creeps in a couple weeks when they play Rockaways spot Rippers on August 9 with Call Of The Wild and Giggly Boys. That's a free afternoon show.
Dysrythmia @ Glasslands
In betweeen were another trio, instrumental metallers Dysrythmia, one of Kevin Hufnagel's many projects that also features Colin Marsten. Dysrythmia's next scheduled show is playing the second night of Virus' two night stand at Brooklyn's Saint Vitus on October 25 (tickets).
More pictures from the show and the Oneida set stream, below....
photos by Anne Terada
Yoko & Yo La @ Union Pool 6/17/2014
Yoko Ono is playing next weekend's Glastonbury Festival (along with unpopular headliners Metallica) and as a warm up for her performance, Yoko and the Plastic Ono Band played a secret gig at Brooklyn's Union Pool last night (6/17). The venue had nothing listed in their calendar. The Plastic Ono band, in this case, was actually Yo La Tengo (why weren't they called Yoko Tengo?) making it even more of an intimate thrill. Yoko's 10-song set touched on the entirety of her career, including way back to "Don't Worry, Kyoko" and "Why." Pictures and setlist are in this post.
The 2014 lineup of Austin festival Fun Fun Fun Fest, happening NOV 7 . 8 & 9 at Auditorium Shores, is here. In the poster above and listed below....
Like FYF Fest, they've got a Blood Brothers reunion show.
This is also Austin's show on the growing Failure reunion tour.
Ditto for emo vets Mineral
So much more greatness listed below....
The Decemberists on 'Parks & Rec'
The 6th season finale of Parks and Recreation aired last night, and as was announced, the episode featured appearances from The Decemberists, Ginuwine, Letters to Cleo, Yo La Tengo and Wilco's Jeff Tweedy.
The musicians were on the show to play the Pawnee/Eagleton Unity Concert. The Decemberists, Ginuwine, and Letters to Cleo performed as themselves, while Yo La Tengo were performing as fictional band Bobby Knight Ranger, and Jeff Tweedy (as we learned in the last episode) was fronting a reunion set from fictional band Land Ho!. Without giving away too many spoilers, there were some surprise Pawnee locals performing too.
Watch the full episode below (concert starts at 22:28)...
Ira Kaplan w/ YLT at The Bell House in December (more by PSquared)
There technically weren't any Yo La Tengo Hannukah shows last year, but YLT member Ira Kaplan will be taking part in a Passover show in NYC this year. He's one of many names appearing at the annual Downtown Seder at CIty Winery on April 7, a venue that often hosts Jewish events (like the Klezmer brunch). (The actual Passover actually starts a week later.) Front and rear tables are already sold out, but you can still reserve a middle table.
The lineup is very diverse (and not all music), including famous radio/tv sex therapist Dr. Ruth, folk singer Pete Yarrow (of legendary NYC trio Peter Paul and Mary), former baseball player Art Shamsky (Mets, Reds) who is in the National Jewish Sports Hall of Fame, singer/songwriter Keren Ann who is Israeli (as are performers David Broza and J.Viewz), Basya Schechter (lead singer of NYC's American Jewish world music band Pharaoh's Daughter), City Winery regular David Bromberg, Jewish-themed comedian Jackie Hoffman, Dan Zanes (of the Del Fuegos) and two members of Yiddish theater, Elmore James (not the blues musician) and Zalmen Mlotek.
In related news, Yo La Tengo will appear on Parks & Rec soon.
Ron Swanson & Colin Meloy (via Nick Offerman Twitter)
The season 6 finale of Parks and Recreation airs on April 24, and executive producer Michael Schur has told The A.V. Club that the episode will have some pretty big name musical guests. Wilco's Jeff Tweedy, Yo La Tengo, The Decemberists, Ginuwine and Letters to Cleo will all appear, but not all of them will play themselves. Jeff Tweedy will be playing the former lead singer of a band called Land Ho!, and Yo La Tengo will play Bobby Knight Ranger, a Night Ranger cover band. You may remember that Ginuwine is "Donna's cousin," and Ben Wyatt is a pretty big Letters to Cleo fan.
Watch the clip of Tom learning Ginuwine is Donna's cousin below...
photos by PSquared Photography
Yo La Tengo @ The Bell House, 12/13/13
Yo La Tengo launched a four-night residency at Brooklyn's Bell House on Friday, playing a double-header set to a crowd of devotees who, in previous years, would've followed the band to their usual mid-December haunt, legendary Hoboken bar/restaurant/music venue Maxwell's.Maxwell's is no more and, as the SPIN article mentions above, Yo La Tengo's four sold-out holiday shows at The Bell House were not intended to replace their legendary Hanukah runs at the Hoboken venue (where Maxwell's booker Todd Abramson now works). But they did work a similar intimate vibe over the course of the weekend. Each show worked the same: two sets, one acoustic and one electric, and they opened with "Ohm" and reprised it in the electric set every night. Pictures from Night 1 and setlists from all four shows are in this post, and you can download a recording of the entire show over at NYC Taper.
But Maxwell's closed the doors to its performance space this past summer, leaving that annual series of Hanukkah shows without a home. And while the New Jersey trio have found a new haven in a sold-out room near the Gowanus Canal, frontman Ira Kaplan insisted that the December 13 gig was simply the first in a string of "boring old Yo La Tengo shows," and not the next installment of the treasured Hanukkah franchise, which ran from 2001 to 2012.
So, rather than the usual eight concerts, there are four, and the standard Hanukkah show openers -- a musical act followed by stand-up comedy -- were missing. What remained, though, was the intimacy shared between the audience and the indie-rock lifers. - [SPIN]
people outside Other Music on Record Store Day 2013 (more by PSquared)
Other Music, the NYC record store (15 E 4th St) and record label (home to Nude Beach, Mutual Benefit, and others), has published its top 30 albums of 2013 list. The multi-genre list has a lot of cool, generally smaller releases in the electronic, hip hop, garage rock, folk, jazz, and other genres, steering clear of the big names that end up on a lot of these lists.
Check out the whole list in alphabetical order below, and read commentary on each one, plus take a look at Other Music's favorite reissues here.
by Andrew Sacher
Pitchfork just posted their Top 100 Tracks of 2013. It's got what some people might call the worst song ever, the song with the most talked-about rap verse of the year, some surprises, and some of the year's most undeniable songs. Their #1 pick is certainly one of those undeniable songs, whether or not you're a fan of the artist who made it. What do you think of their list? Did your favorite song make it? Any glaring omissions?
Check out the full top 100 below...
(via Sarah Kenney Ackermann)
Happy almost Hanukkah! It begins at sundown tonight (though from where I'm writing this I haven't seen the sun at all today anyway) and as always, there are some musical events in NYC that you can attend to celebrate.
As discussed, Matisyahu is doing his annual "Festival of Light" shows, including one in NYC on December 8 at Webster Hall. Since we last spoke, Jewish rapper Kosha Dillz was added to some of those shows, including the one at Webster Hall. Tickets for that show are still available.
Matisyahu also recently released a Hanukkah app for children, which you can get at the iTunes store. He also appears in the new video for "World on Fire" by LA-via-Israel band Moshav. The video "shows that the greatest of gifts requires very little money. The camera follows a $20 bill as it passes through the hands of children and adults that have different hopes and hardships." You can watch it below.
Moshav are also one of the artists in NYC for the previously discussed annual Sephardic Music Festival, which goes down across multiple NYC venues from tonight (11/27) through December 5. They play Saturday (11/30) at 401 9th St in Park Slope (tickets). You can check out the full Sephardic Music Fest lineup here.
There's no Yo La Tengo shows during Hanukkah this year, but they are playing four holiday shows at The Bell House in December, which are all sold out.
Like they've done in past years, Klezmer punk band Golem will play a NYC show during Hanukkah. This year they play Glasslands on December 3 with The Unemployed Fortune Tellers and Minnie Tonka. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
Or, instead of music, you can use your day off to check out the Judaica exhibit at The Met.
There's other non-religious events going on for Thanksgivukkah Weekend too.