Entries tagged with: Yo La Tengo
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.
Bummer news from the world of Visa Problems:
It is with a heavy heart that we have to announce that the pastels will not appear at chickfactor 21 because their work visas have not yet been sent to them. if their visas are approved soon, they will come and play a show in new york.The Chickfactor 21 show was to have been The Pastels' first US show in 16 years. We're not sure where that puts the 6/15 Maxwell's show -- maybe Condo Fucks will just turn into a full-on Yo La Tengo show? Stay tuned.
our backup plan was to have the clientele headline in their place, but they too are waiting on visas in a similar situation.
we are heartbroken but the show must go on. we will announce a replacement or two later today. obviously we feel horrible for everyone who has rearranged their lives to be there and will try to make it up to you somehow, someday. we still have a crazy stellar lineup and but if need be refunds are available at point of purchase.
the clientele also will appear later this year if their visas are approved. both bands applied *ages* ago. - [chickfactor]
by Bill Pearis
Glaswegian indie stalwarts The Pastels released Slow Summits this week via Domino Records and it's an appropriate title for the band's first new album in 16 years. (Not counting the one they made with Japanese group Tenniscoats a few years back.) Recorded with John McEntire, the new record was made with core members Stephen McRobbie and Katrina Mitchell and features guest appearances from members of Teenage Fanclub (TFC's Gerard Love is actually in the band these days), former Pastel Annabel "Aggi" Wright, two-thirds of To Roccoco Rot, and Tenniscoats. The record doesn't pull any surprises, maybe not as shambolic as they were once known for, but that's a good thing. It's the kind of sunny, fuzzy, heartfelt pop the Pastels are known for. You can stream it on Rdio and Spotify and you can watch the video for single "Check Your Heart" below.
As mentioned, The Pastels will be here in a couple weeks for Chickfactor 21, playing The Bell House on June 13 with Dump, The Jim Ruiz Set, Lois and "surprise guests." Tickets for that show are still available. They have added another NYC-area show happening while they're here at Maxwell's in Hoboken on June 15 with The Condo Fucks (aka Yo La Tengo). Maybe at that show we'll get a group version of Daniel Johnston's "Speeding Motocycle" which they've both covered. Tickets are on sale for that show too.
LA Fest FYF Fest is celebrating 10 years this year, and will take over Los Angeles State Historic Park on August 24 & 25. Check out the massive lineup in the poster above, and in alphabetical order below...
Sigur Ros at @ Celebrate Brooklyn! 2012 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
We've known about a few Celebrate Brooklyn! shows already (Belle & Sebastian / Yo La Tengo, The Roots with Jim James, Beck), but festival has announced their full 2013 schedule which includes Big Boi, Amadou & Miriam, Calexico, Mavis Staples, Cody Chesnutt, Os Mutantes, The Waterboys, Jamie Lidell / Dan Deacon, and They Might Be Giants... all of which are free. Celebrate Brooklyn! kicks off the season with a free show with Patty Griffin on June 5.
The full Celebrate Brooklyn! schedule is below.
Pitchfork Festival 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro // BBG)
The final Pitchfork Festival lineup has now been announced, and in addition to previously announced acts like R. Kelly, Joanna Newsom, and Swans, it now includes M.I.A., Lil B, Solange, Wire, Yo La Tengo, Low, Savages, Toro Y Moi, Phosphorescent, Metz, Autre Ne Veut, Mikal Cronin, Parquet Courts, Merchandise, Woods, Julia Holter, Glass Candy, Andy Stott, Pissed Jeans, Frankie Rose, Ryan Hemsworth, Waxahatchee, Blood Orange, Daughn Gibson, Evian Christ, White Lung, KEN Mode, and DJ Rashad.
Three-day passes and single-day tickets are still available.
In other Chicago music festival news, Lollapalooza early bird passes went on sale today, sold out, and then regular 3-day passes went on sale and sold out. Single day tickets go on sale April 9.
Full Pitchfork Festival lineup and schedule below...
Yo La Tengo at Prospect Park in 2012 (more by Jessica Amaya)
Yo La Tengo recently announced they'd be going on a co-headlining tour with Belle and Sebastian, which hits NYC on July 11 at Prospect Park for a Celebrate Brooklyn! show. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (2/22) at noon.
YLT also just expanded their tour, and it now includes two more appearances in NYC. On April 9 and 10 at non-profit art space The Kitchen, they'll be performing their original score for Sam Green's "live documentary" The Love Song of R. Buckminster Fuller. The film is a documentary on multi-disciplinary artist R. Buckminster Fuller, and "at every screening, Green narrates the film in person and cues images from a laptop while Yo La Tengo performs their original score." The screening will take place twice each day (7 PM and 9 PM). Online tickets are sold out, but there is always a wait list and usually a number of them released at the door.
An updated list of dates and the visual clip for "Ohm" off of their new album, Fade, below...
Cincinnati, OH festival Bunbury Music Festival is returning for its second year from July 12 - 14, 2013. The lineup was just announced and it includes MGMT (who were also just announced for Firefly Music Festival), The National (who were also just announced for Bonnaroo and have a huge Brooklyn show coming up), Belle and Sebastian and Yo La Tengo (who just announced a tour together, which includes a Prospect Park show), Camera Obscura, Black Joe Lewis and the Honeybears, Savoir Adore, Bear Hands, Oberhofer, We Are Scientists, Chairlift, Cake, Tegan & Sara, Tokyo Police Club, Devotchka, Those Darlins, Buffalo Killers, Sky Ferreira, and more.
Tickets for the festival are on sale now. Full lineup below...
Belle and Sebastian at Williamsburg Waterfront in 2010 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Scottish indie pop vets Belle and Sebastian haven't gone on a full tour of North America in over two years, but once they were announced as a headliner for this year's Pitchfork Festival, we knew they'd finally be crossing the Atlantic again. And now, a full tour leading up to their slot at that festival has been announced. Many of the dates are with fellow indie legends Yo La Tengo (who just released an album and played NYC), including the NYC date, which is a Celebrate Brooklyn! show at Prospect Park on July 11. Tickets for that show are not on sale yet, but you can check ticketmaster for updates.
Belle and Sebastian are also the subject of a new "Pitchfork Classic" documentary, which is an hour-long exploration of their 1996 album, If You're Feeling Sinister, directed by RJ Bentler. You can watch that documentary and check out a list of all upcoming dates below...
We already told you that the 2013 edition of Wilco's Solid Sound Music & Arts Festival will go down June 21 - 23 at MASS MoCA in North Adams, MA. The line-up has now been revealed and includes sets from Yo La Tengo, Os Mutantes, Low, The Dream Syndicate, Reggie Watts, onetime Miracle Legion frontman Mark Mulcahy, Neko Case and more. And Wilco, of course. "Early Worm" tickets are sold out but you can still get "Early Bird" and regular three-day passes here.
Full line-up for 2013 Solid Sound fest is below...
by Bill Pearis
still from "I'll Be Around"
Yo La Tengo have a pretty good history with videos, going to rock school with "Sugarcube" and opening for the Beatles in "Tom Courtenay." The band's new video for "I'll Be Around" takes a less overtly humorous approach, combining the new lyric trend with a recipe for tortilla soup, while Superchunk's Mac McCaughan mimes the words in a pastoral setting. But then just when you think you've got the video figured out, director Phil Morrison (Junebug) takes us somewhere unexpected. You can watch it below.
The video was also the first (and so far only) post on YLT's new Tumblr and hopefully they'll fill it with cat pics, weird videos, and animated gifs soon. Meanwhile, Ira, Geogia and James have just started their winter tour that will hit NYC on February 16 for a sold out show at Town Hall.
Jessie Ware at The Box, Dec. 2012 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Soundgarden at Irving Plaza, Nov. 2012 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
today in NYC
* Lady Rizo @ Joe's Pub
* Brian Settles @ Barbes
* Mike Daisey @ Joe's Pub
* Soundgarden @ Terminal 5
* MS MR, Gospels @ Mercury Lounge
* The Mandingo Ambassadors @ Barbes
* John Cale @ Brooklyn Academy of Music
* School of Seven Bells @ Dr. Martens Store
* Andrew James, Dub Trio @ Rockwood Music Hall
* Heliotropes, Gang Signs, Blackout @ Union Pool
* Black Prairie, John Wesley Harding @ Union Hall
* John Darnielle of The Mountain Goats @ Studio X
* WIERD w/ La Misma, Black Boot @ Home Sweet Home
* The Airborne Toxic Event, The Chevin @ Webster Hall
* Agusti Fernandez, Joe Morris, Nate Wooley @ The Stone
* Infected Mushroom DJ, The M Machine DJ @ Brooklyn Bowl
* G. Love & Special Sauce, Swear and Shake @ Irving Plaza
* The Trews, The Constant, the Rotaries @ Bowery Electric
* Child Bite, Firecracker Firecracker, The Flag @ Death By Audio
* Vaudeville, KO.DO.NA, Baby Copperhead, Ed Askew Band @ Cake Shop
* Zedd, Jessie Ware, Twenty One Pilots, Robert DeLong @ Highline Ballroom
* HUERCO S., Anthony Naples, Terekke, Bookworms & Steve Summers @ Cameo Gallery
* Mykki Blanco, Boychild, Psychoegyptian, Fatherhood, Dope Body @ Mercury Lounge
* Big Terrific w/ John Mulaney, James Adomian, Jackie Kashian, Kara Klenk @ Cameo
* Wild International, Jamaican Queens, Ludwig Persik, Steel Phantoms @ Glasslands
* A Sunny Day in Glasgow, Friend Roulette, Desert Stars, Relatives, Heidi Harris @ Pianos
* Electroputas, Beverly, Eye Banner, Metal Mountains @ Secret Project Robot
* Arrington de Dionyso, Greg Saunier, C. Spencer Yeh, Ross Chait Myles Eammons Duo, Lea Bertucci @ Silent Barn
* 'Allen Ginsberg's First Blues' w/ Lou Reed, Anne Waldman, Ambrose Bye, CA Conrad, Steven Taylor, Hettie Jones, Arthur's Landing & more @ Housing Works
Tonight's John Cale show at BAM is a tribute to Nico with a number of guests including Kim Gordon, Mark Lanegan, Sharon Van Etten, Magnetic Fields, and more.
Screaming Females are guests tonight on the Chris Gethard Show which airs tonight at 11 PM.
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Yo La Tengo's new album, Fade, is out this week and the band appeared last night on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, performing "Ohm" with Fred Armisen on second drums. (He played with them at one of their Hanukkah shows you may remember.) YLT also did "I'll Be Around" as an online exclusive and you can watch both below.
Electronic pop trio Darkstar are releasing their new album, News from Nowhere, on February 5 via Warp, but you can stream the entire thing ahead of its release, below.
Yo La Tengo at Maxwell's in 2012 (more by PSquared Photography)
As mentioned, Yo La Tengo are releasing their new album, Fade, on January 15 via Matador, and to celebrate, they'll be doing a few in-store performances in the US before their international tour begins. The first in-store is in NYC on January 14 at Barnes & Noble in Union Square with author Dana Spiotta (Stone Arabia, Eat the Document). The others are all on the west coast and the flyer for those shows is below.
UPDATE: You can now stream Fade in its entirety at Pitchfork's new album streaming service.
An updated list of dates and the video for "Ohm" off of Fade, below...
Yo La Tengo at Maxwell's earlier this month (more by PSquared Photography)
Yo La Tengo recently wrapped up their eight-night Hanukkah run at Maxwell's. At those shows, different people make a mix CD for each night, and this year discs were made by Yoni Wolf, Ira Kaplan, Cory Raybron of Three Lobed Recordings, Georgia Hubley, Shintaro Sakamoto, James McNew, Kurt Wagner, and Tom Scharpling. Now, for 24 hours only, you can purchase the mixtapes at Yo La Tengo's website. Sounds like a pretty great last minute gift for that Yo La Tengo-obsessed family member of yours, and "every penny will be donated directly to our pals at Norton Records, who were very nearly wiped out by Sandy."
As mentioned, YLT are releasing a new album, Fade, on January 15 via Matador and supporting the album on a tour which hits NYC on February 16 at Town Hall. Tickets for that show are still available. The band just revealed the video for a track off that album, "Ohm." If you missed it, you can watch it below.
the giant tree in Overlook Park...
"This weekend Portlandians previewed a few tracks from Yo La Tengo's new album Fade via some wild geo-targeting magic at the giant tree in Overlook Park that doubles as Fade's cover-star." - Matador RecordsMeditate to the new Yo La Tengo video for "Ohm" below...
Yo La Tengo with Norman Blake (photo by Liz Clayton, via)
We opened night eight with "Ohm" (recorded by John McEntire on YLT's forthcoming Fade record). Norman helped us out for the rest of the set. We took care of some unfinished business from our repertoire ("The Cone of Silence," "I Feel Like Going Home"), played some covers both observant ("Goin' Back") and non- ("Walking on Ice"). Next up was one-time Teenage Fanclub producer Don Fleming for his classic "Evelyn Marble," Dylan's "I Wanna Be Your Lover," and TFC's "God Knows It's True." We closed with "I Heard You Looking," from both the Yo La Tengo and Teenage Fanclub book, and -- what else? -- "Eight Days a Week." And that was almost that. We climbed the stairs from the basement one last time, already drumming the intro to "Antmusic," and pulled some percussionists from the front row for a little bonus thunder. Gaylord had a few more observations he wanted to make, and as long as he was there, we backed him on "My Little Red Book" and the Great Gaylord/Condo Fucks classic (by way of the Rolling Stones) "Rice Krispies." And oh yeah, my mom sang "My Little Corner of the World." I unplugged the menorah (if I only I had heard it referred to as the meNorman in time to use that joke on stage), and THAT was that.-[YLT]Norman Blake (Teenage Fanclub), Don Fleming and Gaylord Fields joined Yo La Tengo for the final night of their annual Hanukkah residency at Maxwell's Saturday night (12/15). Ira's mom Marilyn Kaplan also made an appearance. You can check out the full setlist below.
Like all the Hanukkah shows at Maxwell's this year and every year, proceeds from Saturday's performance were donated to charity, in this case Jersey Shore Relief. The final night's curated mix cd was from Yoni Wolf of Why? who will be touring in 2013. Yo La Tengo will also be touring a lot more, with a new album, in 2013.
Past YLT Chanukah nights at Maxwell's this year included guests and openers Barbara Manning, El-P, Real Estate, The Feelies, Sun Ra Arkestra, the Raybeats, and Titus Andronicus/Jon Glaser/Jon Benjamin Andrew Bird. Click each of those nights to see more about the show and its setlist. Check out the poster from each night, and the final night's setlist, below....
photos by PSquared Photography
YLT w/ Andrew Bird / the Jons / Titus @ Maxwell's, 12/14/2012
Titus Andronicus opened the night with a roar -- I always read about them as being a punk-rock group, and maybe they are in the old-fashioned (and my favorite) definition of that term as "indescribable." Patrick made the only mention from the stage of the night about Connecticut, which makes him stronger than me. A great set, closing with the breathtaking one-two of "Titus Andronicus Forever" and the seasonal favorite "Roadrunner"...On the penultimate night of Hanukkah (and a bad vibe day to put it mildly), Yo La Tengo did their best to keep spirits high, with special guest Andrew Bird (as speculated) sitting in on violin for the entirety of their set, and guest vocalist Devendra Banhart (who narrates the Tim Maia short film which screens for free in Brooklyn Sunday) singing for the encore. (Setlist is below.)
...If you spend any time around the three of us, sooner or later you'll hear one or everybody burst into "Acappella Ghostbusters," as made famous by Jon Glaser and Jon Benjamin's Soundtrackappella (or is it Soundtracappella -- I forgot to ask, but that's ok, they'd have given me two different answers). Ten years after Hanukkah 2002, we asked them if they agreed with us it was time for a return engagement. - [YLT]
As speculated and then expected, fellow New Jersyians Titus Andronicus made for one of the highest profile openers of the week, and Jons Benjamin and Glaser brought the funny.
The night's Charity was Waves for Water's Hurricane Sandy Relief Initiative and Ira Kaplan made the mix CD. Tonight's the last night of their Hanukkah run -- who will be the openers? UPDATE: Teenage Fanclub's Norman Blake and Gaylord Fields open the final night.
More pictures from Night 7 are below, along with YLT's setlist.
In other news, as the tweet above hints, it looks like a pretty good chance that Titus will be opening for Yo La Tengo tonight. UPDATE: They did!
A list of all dates and flyer are below.
It's possible that we met Barbara Manning on the same day in 1990 that we met James and Joe Puleo. We were booked at Providence's Rocket with World of Pooh, featuring Barbara on bass, and Christmas, in new bassist James McNew's first show. So it was especially meaningful to us that, after a few years of playing hard to get, Barbara was available to open night six...Former San Francisco Seals singer Barbara Manning and Eugene Mirman were openers on the sixth night of Yo La Tengo's annual Hanukkah Week shows which last night benefited the Ali Forney Center. The mix CD was made by Cory Rayborn of Three Lobed Recordings.
...With the Hoboken PATH station closed, people are having to be extra creative about how they get to Maxwell's. On night five, John Oliver revealed a heretofore untried method that involved a train to Secaucus (not recommended) and last night, Eugene Mirman described a route that no GPS would concoct unless the current model, in addition to helping you avoid tolls or find the shortest distance, offers to take you where you're most likely to be murdered. Fortunately for us, and certainly Eugene, he lived to tell us about his local Guitar Center, where he's the two most famous shoppers, and the difference between stairs in England and the U.S. - [YLT]
We're in the home stretch now with two night's left. Who will open tonight? Jeff Tweedy is in town, having appeared on The Colbert Report last night. Then again, Titus Andronicus just tweeted this: "Tonight, every New Jersey indie rocker's dream comes true for @titus_ndronicus. #STAYTUNED."
Any oddsmakers out there?
Setlist from last night, plus the mix CD cover are below.