Entries tagged with: Yo La Tengo
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.
Yo La Tengo at Pitchfork Festival 2013 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Yo La Tengo, who usually play eight nights of Hanukkah at the now-closed Maxwell's, recently announced three holiday shows happening just after Hanukkah at The Bell House from December 13-15. All three of those shows have since sold out, but YLT added a fourth date happening on December 16 at the same venue. Tickets for the newly added date are on sale now.
Updated dates are listed, along with a video, below...
Yo La Tengo @ Pitchfork 2013 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
It's not during Hanukkah (which starts on Thanksgiving this year) or at Maxwell's (which is closed), but Yo La Tengo will be playing three local holiday shows at the Bell House in Brooklyn on December 13, 14 & 15. Tickets are on sale now.
In other news, YLT are releasing a deluxe edition of their latest album, Fade, on November 19 via Matador. Tracklist is below.
Yo La Tengo have a few more dates, including Riot Fest Denver this weekend. All are listed below.
Maxine Brown @ Lincoln Center Out of Doors 2011 (more by Jacob Blickenstaff)
You may remember a couple years ago the girl group extravaganza that happened as part of Licoln Center Out of Doors. Some of the producers of that show have put together the Girl Group Sound Spectacular which will happen at BB King Blues Club on Sunday (9/8) featuring the original vocal talents of:
Baby Washington ("That's How Heartaches are Made")Backing these legendary voices will be The Boyfriends, which features Yo La Tengo's Ira Kaplan, plus members of Losers Lounge, the Uptown Horns and music director, Jeremy Chatzky. Tickets are on sale now.
Barbara Harris (of The Toys "A Lovers Concerto")
Beverly Warren (of the Raindrops "The Kind of Boy You Can't Forget")
Lillian Walker-Moss (of The Exciters "Tell Him")
Louise Murray (of The Jaynetts "Sally Go Round the Roses")
Margaret Ross-Williams (of The Cookies "Chains")
Maxine Brown ("Oh No, Not My Baby")
Nanette Licari (of Reparata and the Delrons "Whenever a Teenager Cries")
Toni Wine ("A Groovy Kind of Love")
photos by Wei Shi
MGMT / Beach House / giant cat
Before My Bloody Valentine performed, screens on the sides of the stage encouraged fans to pick up complimentary pairs of earplugs. It was not an idle warning: My Bloody Valentine was the loudest band I heard perform at the main stage all weekend, though a friend insists that The Melvins were louder.LA's two-day FYF Fest wrapped up on Sunday (8/25) with one of the few US appearances of 2013 from shoegaze legends My Bloody Valentine (who unfortunately didn't allow photographers), the continuously more psychedelic MGMT, and a mix of metal (Baroness, The Melvins), hardcore (Touche Amore), dream pop (Beach House, Washed Out), garage rock (The Orwells, Mikal Cronin) and more. In this post, we've got shots of MGMT, Beach House, Baroness, and Washed Out, plus Solange, Kurt Vile, Yo La Tengo, Chelsea Wolfe (who is currently streaming her new album), and more.
Shortly after the band's eagerly awaited m b v was released this year, I recall reading that after blowing out a few amps and multiple bouts of tinnitus, My Bloody Valentine was never quite able to fully re-create the Loveless tones in concert. Most of last night's songs sounded a little different, notably "Only Shallow," but the variances in guitar tones kept things interesting. Bilinda Butcher's voice still sounds the same and Kevin Shields still creates the swirling guitar sounds by using countless effects pedals.
The band performed quite a few Loveless tracks, with "When You Sleep" being an early stand out track. m b v's "New You" followed, once again showing off the band's digital effect skills. Even though m b v was released over two decades after Loveless, the band's old and new material meshed together seamlessly. [Phoenix New Times]
Pictures of day 1 are HERE, and more of day 2, below...
Iggy and the Stooges at SXSW 2013 (more by Greg Cristman)
The Toronto one happens from August 24-25 in Fort York and features sets from The Replacements, Iggy and the Stooges, The Weakerthans, Rocket from the Crypt, Dinosaur Jr., Best Coast, The Flatliners, and Single Mothers (who all play day 2). Tickets for that day are on sale now. Flyer below.
The Denver one happens from September 21 to 22 at May Farms and features sets from The Replacements, Iggy and the Stooges, AFI, Brand New, Rocket From the Crypt, Guided by Voices, The Dismemberment Plan, Superchunk, Against Me!, Best Coast, Minus the Bear, Chuck Ragan, Bosnian Rainbows, This Will Destroy You, Touche Amore, Single Mothers and more on day 1; and blink-182, Rancid, Public Enemy, Matt & Kim, FLAG, Bad Religion, Yo La Tengo, Naked Raygun, Stars, Peelander-Z, Off With Their Heads, and more on day 2. Tickets (2-day passes and single day tickets) are on sale now. Full day-by-day lineup below.
photos by Ken Bachor
The Bongos w/ Glenn Mercer / Todd Abramson, Steve Fallon & Ira Kaplan / block party
"I think Todd said it best," the Bongos guitarist James Mastro said during the block party, referring to Mr. Abramson. "It's like a Mardi Gras funeral. It's sad, but it's also a celebration. The Bongos must have played a couple of hundred shows here, more than any place we've ever played."We already did a wrap-up of Hoboken club Maxwell's final night (7/31) and here we have a set of pictures, including both the farewell block party outside and the two shows inside with Delicate Steve and The Individuals (early), and "a" and The Bongos (late). The pics also include shots of original Maxwell's owner Steve Fallon, Todd Abramson, Yo La Tengo's Ira Kaplan and Georgia Hubley, The Feelies' Glenn Mercer, WFMU's Gaylord Fields and more.
Gaylord Fields, a disc jockey for WFMU-FM, who was spinning discs at the block party, evoked the funeral-celebration dichotomy as well.
"It's like any departure," Mr. Fields said. "You don't feel it until afterwards. I don't miss Maxwell's now. I'll miss it a month from now." - [NY Times]
In related news, NYC Taper has posted his recording of Mission of Burma's late show at Maxwell's on Sunday night which you can download.
More pics from Maxwell's final night, plus a few videos, are below.
by Andrew Sacher
One of the more polarizing bands, as far as indie rock fans are concerned, is the Grateful Dead. But despite all the hipsters who want to make sure no one thinks they're hippies, there's a big chunk of the indie community who actually likes this band, so it's pretty cool that The National have gathered members from a bunch of great indie bands -- Vampire Weekend, The War on Drugs, Bon Iver, The Walkmen, and Kurt Vile & the Violators -- to participate in a Grateful Dead tribute album, as Relix reports. (They announced it yesterday [8/1], aka Jerry Garcia's birthday.)
Like Dark was the Night, which The National's Dessner brothers also curated, this will benefit AIDS organization Red Hot. But unlike that one, which was a compilation, this one "will hone in on a few all-star ensembles assembled for the project as well as select featured guests." The Relix article continues:
The Dessners also cite Sonic Youth's Lee Ranaldo and Yo La Tengo's Ira Kaplan as big-name indie guitarists with an affinity for the Dead who'd fit on the album. In 2012, Aaron Dessner, The Walkmen's Walter Martin and the Devendorf brothers performed with Bob Weir at benefit show held at the Dead guitarist's TRI Studios. Vampire Weekend's Chris Tomson has also performed with Weir at TRI while The War on Drugs regularly cover "Touch of Grey." As they mention in the September issue of Relix, the Dessners riffed on "Eyes of the World" for eight hours during their first jam session with Bryan Devendorf in middle school."Both Lee Ranaldo and Ira Kaplan just helped commemorate the closing of Maxwell's.
"There are all kind of corners of the musical world that are deeply influenced by the Dead that one wouldn't expect," Bryce Dessner says. "Lee Ranaldo is a crazy Deadhead. So that was part of the idea but I think it is broader than that now. Jerry Garcia was a total cat."
Onetime Grateful Dead drummer Mickey Hart is taking his Mickey Hart Band to Port Chester's Capitol Theatre on September 21. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
Grateful Dead lyricist Robert Hunter is playing a few Northeast shows this year, including 9/26 at The Paramount (tickets), 10/5 at Capitol Theatre (tickets), and 10/10 at Town Hall (tickets). All dates are listed below.
Watch a video of members of The National performing with the Dead's Bob Weir in 2012, below...
by Andrew Sacher
The Bongos @ Maxwell's 7/31/13 (via Stephen P. Marsh)
Once the Bongos were on stage, Richard Barone introduced the group the way he did back in the Eighties - "We're the Bongos from Hoboken, New Jersey" - and got a rousing cheer from the capacity crowd. Guitarist Jim Mastro (now the owner of Hoboken's Guitar Bar and Guitar Bar Jr.) looked dashing in a cowboy shirt and straw boater, while Barone changed into a black button-down shirt and tie for the set.Legendary Hoboken rock club Maxwell's officially closed its doors last night (7/31) after being open for over 30 years. It did go out with a bang though. After hosting a number of great shows from artists who came to bid their farewells over the last couple months, yesterday there was a closing block party (which Ira and Georgia from Yo La Tengo DJed) outside and two shows inside. The first was an early show with one of the first bands to play Maxwells, The Individuals, and Delicate Steve. Then the very final show was another of the first bands to play the venue, The Bongos, and the actual first band to play, "a" (whose lineup included members of The Bongos and The Individuals). The above review is from The Bongos' set. Pictures from that show are coming soon.
After ripping through the bouncy power-pop tunes that helped the Bongos gain national attention and a major label record deal, Barone announced that JEM Records would be releasing a hitherto-unheard Bongos album, recorded but never released back in the late Eighties, on October 1.
As the set started to wind down, the band brought owner Todd Abramson and his mentor and predecessor, Steve Fallon, to the stage, along with Ira Kaplan and the Feelies' Glenn Mercer. With Mercer at the mic, everyone in the room sang along to a spirited version of the Velvet Underground's "Rock And Roll." [NJ.com]
As mentioned in that review above, the newly-reformed Bongos will release a previously-unheard album on October 1 via JEM Records. It's called Phantom Train, and was initially recorded as the followup to 1985's Beat Hotel, but never finished. They just released the first single from the album, "My Wildest Dreams," which certainly sounds like it was written in the '80s, but also sounds very fresh (and pretty damn awesome). Listen to it over at SPIN.
photos by Kenneth Bachor
Lee Ranaldo & the Dust @ Maxwell's - 7/30/13
The second to last show ever at legendary Hoboken rock club Maxwell's happened last night (7/30), headlined by Sonic Youth's Lee Ranaldo and his current band, The Dust, whose lineup also includes Sonic Youth drummer/Maxwell's co-owner Steve Shelley. The night began with a set from Houndmouth (who had just played Newport Folk Festival), and direct support came from a "secret" band, Single Dynamite, which ended up including Yo La Tengo's Ira Kaplan and Quasi/Wild Flag's Janet Weiss. Pictures of last night's show (unfortunately none of Houndmouth) are in this post.
Maxwell's farewell block party just began (4 PM), and the final two shows tonight are an early one with The Individuals and Delicate Steve and a late one with The Bongos and "a" ( both sold out). And just a heads up that if you planned to use the Lincoln Tunnel to get to Maxwell's today, it was apparently closed due to a debris spill but just reopened, reports ABC News.
More pictures from last night below...
This is it, the last day for iconic Hoboken rock club, Maxwell's which is shutting it's doors tonight (or the wee hours of Thursday) after 35 years. Last night's penultimate show at Maxwell's was headlined by Lee Ranaldo & The Dust. One of the openers was a mystery group, Single Dynamite, which turned out to include Yo La Tengo's Ira Kaplan and Quasi drummer Janet Weiss. Did anyone go last night? How was it?
UPDATE: Check out a full set of pictures from the Lee Ranaldo/Single Dynamite show.
Meanwhile, today's Maxwell's closing block party starts at 4 PM on the street outside the club. In addition to the already-announced line-up of The Bongos, The Individuals and "a", Delicate Steve has been added to the bill. NJ.com reports that thing may be broken up into two separate shows inside the club: Delicate Steve and The Individuals at 6 PM; and then The Bongos and "a" at 9 PM.
photos by Amanda Hatfield
Lil B / Foxygen / Yo La Tengo
After entering with a robed choir behind him, R. Kelly starts stringing together his hits, medley style. A verse, a chorus, and then on to the next. Songs about "getting freaky in the club," the kitchen, the car, wherever. Kelly was the subject of a years-long investigation over child-pornography charges, but was eventually acquitted in 2008. None of that appears to matter to anyone left in the park tonight, as one of the largest crowds in Pitchfork history flocks to check out the dominant R&B performer of the last two decades. The Union Park crowd reaction isn't quite as over-the-top as that of his typical audience, but the dancing continues to escalate until the set peaks with "When a Woman's Fed Up" and the stepping songs "Happy People" and "Step in the Name of Love," accompanied by white balloons. Kelly saves "I Believe I Can Fly" for the encore, and this time white-dove balloons fill the sky. [Chicago Tribune]Pitchfork Music Festival 2013 wrapped up on Sunday (7/21) with its most hip hop heavy day, including sets from rappers El-P, Killer Mike, Lil B, and Tree, plus rap producers TNGHT and Evian Christ (who both happen to be Kanye collaborators). And not exactly rap, but in that real there were also sets from MIA and obscure up-and-comer R. Kelly. It wasn't all hip hop though. Sunday also gave us sets from Foxygen (whose singer, Sam France, continued his streak of climbing at festivals), Yo La Tengo, Waxahatchee, Autre Ne Veut, Glass Candy, and more. Pictures of the final day of the festival are in this post.
If you haven't been keeping up with our coverage of Pitchfork festival, day 1 pictures and review are HERE, and more pictures are HERE and HERE. Day 2 pictures and review are HERE and more pictures are HERE. Day 3 pictures continue below...
photos by David Andrako
Belle & Sebastian & friends @ Celebrate Brooklyn - 7/15/2013
Belle & Sebastian just wrapped up their tour with Yo La Tengo, which hit NYC last Thursday (7/11) for a very enjoyable show at Prospect Park which was a fundraiser for Celebrate Brooklyn! We already ran one set of pictures and here's another -- including shots of the onstage dance-a-thon that happened during "The Boy with the Arab Strap" -- in this post.
While no word on a brand new B&S album, the Scottish group will be releasing an odds-and-ends compilation, titlted The Third Eye Centre on August 27. It collects b-sides, non-LP tracks and remixes from the last ten years. Think of it as a companion to essential 2005 comp Push Barman to Open Old Wounds. It's available as a gatefold double-LP or hardbound book CD. Check out the cover art, tracklist and a stream of the Miaow Miaow remix of "Your Cover's Blown," below.
Belle & Sebastian have a few more U.S. shows to go -- they play ACL Live in Austin tonight (7/16) and will wrap things up at this weekend's Pitchfork Festival in Chicago. All upcoming tour dates and more pictures from their Prospect Park show below...
by Fred Pessaro
Belle & Sebastian @ Celebrate Brooklyn, 7/11/2013
A packed Prospect Park Bandshell marked the return of Belle & Sebastian, who were joined by tourmates Yo La Tengo as part of a sold-out ticketed benefit for Celebrate Brooklyn! last night (7/11). The long-running pop band ran through material from their close-to 20-year career at the cool & shady outdoor venue, stopping to make anecdotes about the incredible weather, Scottish skin in the New York sun, and everyone's favorite topic as of late, Citibikes.
Yo La Tengo (who have a new video) is a hell of a support act, and the band readied the crowd with their extensive and varied catalog, stopping to swap instruments and also remark on the excellent weather. So far no additional NYC dates for the NJ band, but maybe we'll see them in Hoboken soon?
Great night all around. Head below for more pictures from a gorgeous night at Prospect Park.
by Bill Pearis
As you may know, Belle & Sebastian and Yo La Tengo play Celebrate Brooklyn! in Prospect Park on Thursday (7/11), for which tickets are sold out. Something you can still get, however, is Yo La Tengo's new single, "Ohm," which is from this year's Fade album. It's being released as a three-pack 12" which comes in a "4-box poly shower curtain display case." You can check out the artwork below.
"Ohm" also has a video, which was written and directed by onetime Simpsons scribe Donick Cary and animated by Sugarshack Animation. Like most YLT videos, it goes the extra mile, and I'd love to see a big printout of that "What is Yo La Tengo?" equation.
You can watch the "Ohm" video, and check out YLT's current tour schedule, below.
photos by PSquared Photography
Wilco w/ Tommy Stinson // Wilco w/ Yo La Tengo
Wilco have been pretty busy this year. After playing Bonnaroo on June 14, they made their way to North Adams, MA this past weekend (6/21-23) for their own Solid Sound Festival. Wilco themselves performed day 1 and day 2, and we caught them the first day when they did an all-covers set (except for "Kingpin") with a number of special guests.
Yo La Tengo joined them on a cover of YLT's "Tom Courtenay" and during the encore for The Modern Lovers' "Roadrunner." Replacements/Guns N Roses bassist Tommy Stinson joined them on a cover of The Replacements' "Color Me Impressed." And Brooklyn indie pop band Lucius appeared for covers of of The Kinks' "Waterloo Sunset," Abba's "Waterloo," (there's a transition) and The Band's "The Weight." They also did a couple Big Star covers, Pavement's "Cut Your Hair," Grateful Dead's "Ripple," Velvet Underground's "Who Loves the Sun," Neil Young's "Cinnamon Girl," Daft Punk's "Get Lucky," and many more. Pictures from the show are in this post. The full setlist and some videos are below, and you can also download audio of the entire set at NYC Taper.
Wilco have no plans to slow down this summer. They're about to kick off a tour with Bob Dylan (who they also covered at Solid Sound), which comes to the NYC-area for four shows in July. Most of the tour (and three of those NYC-area dates) are with My Morning Jacket, except the Jones Beach (7/27) show, which is with Beck (who also plays Prospect Park in August).
On day 1 of Solid Sound, we also caught a set from the reunited legendary gospel funk group The Relatives. Pictures of their set, more of Wilco's, and the Wilco setlist/videos, below...
photos by PSquared Photography
Lambchop at Europa - 6/16/13
Kurt Wagner's long-running alt-country band Lambchop, who returned in 2012 with a new album, Mr. M, have been continuing to tour in support of it this year. Kurt and co. came to NYC last week during the Northside Festival for a show at Europa on June 16 with Rebecca Hart opening and James McNew of Yo La Tengo sitting in with Lambchop during their set. Pictures from the show are in this post.
Pitchfork Festival 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro)
As mentioned, Chicago's Pitchfork Music Festival is returning to Union Park from July 19-21 with sets from Bjork, Joanna Newsom, Belle & Sebastian, R. Kelly, Solange, Rustie, Low, The Breeders, Swans, Savages, Merchandise, Julia Holter, KEN mode, White Lung, TNGHT, Evian Christ, Waxahatchee, El-P, Killer Mike, and more across three stages (Red, Blue, and Green). The set times for the festival have now been announced, and you can check out the full day-by-day schedule below.
3-day passes are sold out, but single day tickets are still available.
photos by PSquared Photography
Yo La Tengo @ Maxwell's, 6/15/2013
"This band does not exist without this club," singer-guitarist Ira Kaplan announced during Yo La Tengo's final appearance at the sainted Hoboken, New Jersey locale Maxwell's last Saturday. (The venue is set to close on July 31.) Kaplan's concision was emblematic of the night, during which the trio were tasked with wrapping up a 33-year-long relationship with the room in two 45-minute sets. That they did so with a good deal of real sentiment and a minimum of nostalgia was further testament to the strength of Yo La Tengo's connection to the place -- this was just another excellent gig at home.What started as an opening slot (as their all-covers alter-egos Condo Fucks) for Scottish group The Pastels turned into a headlining set for Yo La Tengo when the latter's visas didn't come through in time. It was also fortuitous in some ways, as it gave the Hoboken indie legends one last show at their equally legendary hometown rock club that is closing its doors for good at the end of July. The band, as YLT, performed an acoustic set and then came back for an electric set as Condo Fucks, doing covers of The Who, The Kinks, Slade, The Rolling Stones, Fugs and more. Setlist is below. Was Saturday's show the last time Yo La Tengo will play Maxwell's?
Among other milestones, the uptown Hoboken bar/restaurant/venue was where eventual husband and wife Kaplan and singer-drummer Georgia Hubley first met at a Feelies show in 1980, where Kaplan soon worked as soundguy and Hubley as a DJ, where they hung out more nights than not and made a slow progression from playing covers at back-room parties to the first Yo La Tengo show in 1984, to, eventually, some 72 guest-studded menorah-lit Hanukkah performances between 2001 and 2012. - [SPIN]
We've got six weeks left of Maxwell's, including upcoming (and sold-out) shows with The Feelies, Titus Andronicus, The Felice Brothers, Ted Leo, and Lee Ranaldo, plus not sold-out shows with Screaming Females (7/21, tix), Reigning Sound (6/30, tix), The Muffs (7/25, tix) and more.
More pictures from the YLT show below...
photos by Greg Cristman
The Remains @ The Bell House - 6/7/13
'60s Boston garage rockers The Remains came to NYC for a show at the Bell House on Friday (6/7) with '80s/'90s NYC garage rockers The A-Bones (who featured Ira Kaplan of Yo La Tengo and the owners of Norton Records). Both bands were introduced by Lenny Kaye of Patti Smith's band (who also just played). Pictures, including ones of the setlists (though The A-Bones replaced "Steady with Betty" with "Real True Love" on theirs) are in this post.