Entries tagged with: Yo La Tengo
by Bill Pearis
Rory reading the Bob Pollard interview in The Big Takeover, Gilmore Girls S2
Talk has been swirling for months that Gilmore Girls would be returning to television as a short-form Netflix series. Netflix confirmed it today: it's called Gilmore Girls Seasons and will be four 90-minute "movies" each set in one of the four seasons, within a single year. Series creator Amy Sherman-Palladino, who was famously fired from the show after its sixth season on the WB, will return along with husband Daniel Palladino to write and direct all four. Hopefully this will right some of the wrongs committed in the show's not-very-good seventh, Palladino-free season.
Almost the entire main cast -- Lauren Graham, Alexis Bledel, Scott Patterson, Kelly Bishop, Sean Gunn, and Keiko Agena -- have been confirmed for Seasons. Only Melissa McCarthy, who played chef Sookie and has since become a huge movie star, has not been announced as returning (she hasn't been announced as not returning either). Edward Hermann, who played Lorelia's father and sadly died in 2014, is the only other castmember who'll be notably absent. Filming starts Monday (February 1) but no premiere date has been set.
Girlmore Girls remains one of the most musically obsessed shows ever on TV. Rarely was there an episode that didn't at least mention a band, Grant Lee Phillips and Sebastian Bach had a recurring roles, and Sonic Youth, The Bangles, The Shins, Joe Pernice, Yo La Tengo, and Sparks (!) all appeared in the series. (Most of these were all in the same episode.) There was also an episode subplot based on Brian Jonestown Massacre documentary DiG! (complete with Joel Gion appearance), and it is also the only show, to my knowledge, ever to mention The Shaggs by name. No word on whether Phillips, who played the town troubadour, will return -- he was last seen leaving Stars Hollow to open for Neil Young.
Watch some of Gilmore Girls' most musical moments, below...
by Bill Pearis
Tortoise's new album, The Catastrophist -- their first in seven years -- was just released and if you haven't checked that out you can stream it via Spotify below. One of the album's highlights is "Yonder Blue," a slow and low ballad featuring vocals by Yo La Tengo's Georgia Hubley. They've just released a video for that, directed by Joe Martinez who said this about his vision:
When I listened to 'Yonder Blue' over and over again I felt a sense of longing and melancholy; a feeling of infinite want or a yearning for something. So I decided to personify this feeling into a character for the 'Yonder Blue' video. A person in pursuit of her identity and a journey that has the feeling of being incomplete; a snapshot of an existential journey and a moment to revel in the undefined qualities of life.Watch the video below.
Pacific Northwest festival Pickathon has its 2016 edition on August 5 - 7 in Happy Valley, Oregon and they just announced the initial line-up which includes Jeff Tweedy, Yo La Tengo, Beach House, Ty Segall & The Muggers, Black Mountain, The Oh Hellos, Patrick Watson, Thee Oh Sees, Fruit Bats, Dan Deacon, Julia Holter, BADBADNOTGOOD, Alvvays, Protomartyr, La Luz, Ultimate Painting, Moon Duo, Ezra Furman, Sir Richard Bishop, The Woolen Men, and more. Tickets are on sale now.
Stay tuned for more Pickathon 2016 acts to be announced. In the meantime, you can check out the full initial lineup, along with an announcement videos featuring DIIV and Leon Bridges at last year's Pickathon, below.
Festival creator Adam Zacks and Live Nation have announced the lineup for the Sasquatch! Music Festival, taking place May 27th - 30th, with over 120 artists including performances by The Cure, Florence & The Machine, Disclosure, Major Lazer, Alabama Shakes, A$AP Rocky, Sufjan Stevens, M83, Grimes, Chet Faker, and Jamie xx. Created by Adam Zacks in 2002, the festival's stellar lineups have featured a blend of established and emerging artists at the stunning Gorge Amphitheatre set atop the cliffs overlooking the Columbia River, making this festival an international destination as well as a uniquely Pacific Northwest mainstay. Tickets to the 2016 Sasquatch! Music Festival will go on sale Tuesday, January 12 at 10 a.m. (PST) at SasquatchFestival.comCo-headliner Florence & The Machine was also announced on Shaky Knees today too, and just announced a tour with Grimes.
Check out the full Sasquatch lineup below...
by Andrew Sacher
Three Lobed Recordings is releasing a five-album set this week called Parallelogram. Each album is a different split between two artists, and "each LP will be housed within its own letter pressed 'matchbook' bearing new original artwork by Casey Burns and printed by Dexterity Press." Each one is a pretty amazing pairing. They've got modern-day folk singer Hiss Golden Messenger on one with '60s-era folk vet Michael Chapman, avant-folk artist Six Organs of Admittance on one with American Primitivism guitarist William Tyler, the ever-evolving Kurt Vile with frequent collaborator Steve Gunn, Sonic Youth's Thurston Moore & John Moloney (aka Caught On Tape) with the Alan Bishop/Bill Orcutt/Chris Corsano trio, and space rockers Bardo Pond with long-running indie staples Yo La Tengo.
The series has a mix of new original music from the artists, and covers. Hiss Golden Messenger takes on JJ Cale's "Wish I Had Not Said That," Elephant Micah's "Still Life Blues," and David Wiffen's "Smoke Rings."
Kurt Vile and Steve Gunn's split has each artist playing on each other's songs, which actually marks the first time they've collaborated in studio (despite playing live together for so long). KV takes on Randy Newman's "Pretty Boy" and John Prine's "Way Back When," and offers up a solo banjo version of his song "Red Apples" (now called "Red Apples For Tom Scharpling") from his 2009 God Is Saying This To You... album. Steve Gunn's half includes a cover of Nico's "60/40."
Thurston Moore and John Moloney take "Ono Soul" from Thurston's 1995 album Psychic Hearts, and turn it into a 19+ minute noise exploration for their sole contribution to the series. The Bishop/Orcutt/Corsano songs were recorded at one of the trio's only two performances, and include a wacked-out cover of Cream's "Politician."
You can order all five splits here and stream them in full below...
photo: Yo La Tengo at Kings Theatre in October (more by PSquared)
The annual Ecstatic Music Festival returns in 2016 from January 29 to March 19, with all performances happening at NYC's Merkin Concret Hall except the opening night at The Jerome L. Greene Performance Space with Man Forever & Tigue.
The collaborative series also includes Pharaohe Monch & PitchBlak Brass Band on 2/4, Bang on a Can People's Commissioning Fund Concert on 2/6, Rachel Grimes & Longleash on 2/10, Yo La Tengo & Alvin Lucier on 2/17, Lee Ranaldo & Dither on 3/2, Exceptet, Ensemble Échappé & Goldfeather on 3/13, William Tyler, Quindar & Nick Hallett on 3/17, and M. Lamar, Charlie Looker & Mivos Quartet on 3/19.
photo: Martin Courtney at BV-CMJ 2015 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Alex Bleeker and the Freaks begin their tour in Connecticut tonight (11/11) and it hits NYC Thursday (11/12) at Brooklyn Bowl. Since we last spoke, several guests were added to that show. It now includes Steve Gunn, Alex's Real Estate bandmate Martin Courtney (who just released a great solo album), Darkside collaborator Will Epstein playing with Elvis Perkins collaborator Jesse Lauter, and King Cyst, aka Luka Usmiani of Big Troubles and Real Estate side project Ducktails. Tickets for that show are still available. Updated Alex Bleeker dates are listed below.
In related news, Real Estate are among the artists who contributed a previously-unreleased track to be auctioned off as a 7" with proceeds going to help Thomas Fekete of Surfer Blood, who's fighting cancer. The others are Guided by Voices, Yo La Tengo, Alex Somers, Lou Barlow, The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, The Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger, Cults, Julianna Barwick, The Drums, And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead, Nick Diamonds, and Surfer Blood. You can also donate $10 or more to download the tracks. More info here.
Sleigh Bells, Yoko Ono & Flaming Lips, Interpol & Shepard Fairey, Sharon Van Etten, and Angel Olsen also donated autographed items to be auctioned off, with the proceeds going to Thomas. Cymbals Eat Guitars just auctioned off a guitar at their NYC show over the weekend to donate the proceeds to Thomas too.
Thomas also has an ongoing GoFundMe campaign set up that you can donate to.
Details on the songs being auctioned below...
photo: Yo La Tengo @ Kings Theatre in October (more by PSquared)
Yo La Tengo just brought their acoustic, four-piece lineup tour through NYC and the band have now announced more dates. They include another swing across North America in 2016, this time in their usual electric trio configuration. Those dates wrap up at Jersey City's lavishly renovated Loew's Jersey Theatre on April 9. Tickets go on sale Friday (11/13) at 10 AM.
Dates also include at show at Hudson, NY's Club Helsinki on March 23. Tickets for that show will be available soon. All dates are listed, along with video of Yo La Tengo's appearance on CBS This Morning from back in August, below...
photos by Rachel Juarez-Carr
Gruff Rys @ Shepherd's Bush Empire, London 10/20/2015
There's a lot of news in the world of Super Furry Animals. Having gotten back together for the reissue of the 2000 Welsh language LP, Mwng, and to play festival dates (including NYC's 4 Knots this summer), the band seem to be officially back in action. They've announced North American dates for the West Coast in February, and after that they'll open for Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds on UK dates in spring 2016. Hopefully the rest of North America -- and maybe a new SFA album? -- will follow. Stay tuned. All dates are listed below.
Before that, SFA frontman Gruff Rhys is turning his 2007 album Candylion into a family-friendly musical called The Insatiable, Inflatable Candylion that is a collaboration with the National Theatre Company of Wales and will have a holiday run at SWALEC Stadium in Cardiff, Wales from December 16 - January 2. Here's the synopsis:
This Christmas, take a trip to Pixel Valley, a magical world filled with positive vibes, colourful, mixed up characters and badminton.That actually sounds kind of great. Tickets are on sale.
Come on an adventure with Polar Pear, Sledgehog, Cheffyl and the larger than life insatiable, inflatable Candylion... what will become of life in the valley when negative vibes take over the town?
Musicians and actors collide in this immersive production that blurs the line between a theatre show and sing-a-long live music gig, inspired by Gruff Rhys' (Super Furry Animals) seminal album, Candylion.
Gruff also just opened for Yo La Tengo at London's Shepherd's Bush Empire on Monday (10/21) where he played a selection of solo and SFA songs. He also came out for YLT's encore where they performed Super Furry single "(Drawing) Rings Around The World." Video of that, plus setlist and more pics from Gruff's set at Shepherd's Bush, below.
photos by Rachel Juarez-Carr
Yo La Tengo @ Shepherd's Bush Empire 10/20/2015
Having wrapped up the East Coast leg of their North American tour, Yo La Tengo have taken their special mostly-acoustic tour with extra member Dave Schramm to the UK and Europe and played London's Shepherd's Bush Empire. Like their new album, Stuff Like That There, the set featured a lot of covers, including The Bonzo Dog Band's "I Want to Be With You," The Scene is Now's "Yellow Sarong" and The Cure's "Friday I'm in Love." As mentioned, for the encore they brought out opener Gruff Rhys for a rendition of Super Furry Animals' "(Drawing) Rings Around The World." Setlist and more pics are below.
After playing Rome, YLT will head back this way for dates in the Midwest and West Coast. Tour dates are listed below.
The Big Ears Festival will return in 2016 from March 31 to April 2 to various venues in downtown Knoxville, TN. The lineup includes Bryce Dessner, Philip Glass, The Gloaming, Yo La Tengo, Andy Stott, Wolf Eyes, Marc Ribot, Andrew Bird, Bonnie "Prince" Billy, Lambchop, Shabazz Palaces, Bombino, Molly Nilsson, Laurie Anderson, Sunn O))), Angel Olsen, Faust, Kamasi Washington, Circuit des Yeux, Ikue Mori and many more.
Tickets go on sale on Friday (10/23) at noon EST. Check out the full lineup below...
photos by P Squared
Yo La Tengo / Nick Lowe @ Kings Theatre
Yo La Tengo's special four-piece, mostly acoustic tour, with Dave Shramm's electric guitar providing a few jolts, hit Brooklyn's gorgeous Kings Theatre on Saturday. As on their new, Fakebook-esque album Stuff Like That There, the night was heavy on covers, including The Cure's "Friday I'm in Love" and Minutemen's "Corona." The great Nick Lowe opened the show and came out for Yo La Tengo's encore, guesting on renditions of The Left Banke's "Walk Away Renee" and his own "Rollers Show."
More pics from Yo La Tengo and Nick Lowe's show at Kings, below...
photos by P Squared
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.