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Yo La Tengo playing ‘Wheel Spin Shows’ (2011 Tour Dates include 2 nights in Brooklyn)

Yo La Tengo during Chanukah 2010 (more by Chris Gersbeck)
Yo La Tengo

Yo La Tengo have scheduled a new round of dates, and they aren’t Jewish holiday-themed benefit shows or to raise money for Japan, but they will, like the upcoming Elvis Costello shows, contain a special aspect. The band writes:

“For our …[upcoming] tour dates, we’ve decided to take the advice of Blood, Sweat & Tears to “ride a painted pony/let the spinning wheel spin.” And just in case that’s not self-explanatory, read on…”

The Brooklyn dates are May 10th & 11th at The Bell House. Tickets for both 5/10 and 5/11 go on sale Friday at noon (4/1), and can also be found at Other Music with no fee. More dates, and details on what these shows will entail, below…

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We’re going to split our performance into two sets. At the beginning of the night, we’ll bring a Wheel of . . . Fortune? Fate? What ARE those carnival things called? . . . on stage, and spin it. Whatever comes up, that’s what the first 45 minutes will be. Here are the possibilities:

1. Condo Fucks:
50 million Fuckbook fans can’t be wrong!

2. Dump:
Why should Nijmegen and Claremont get all the fun? Is this the night Dump plays your town? Only the wheel knows.

3. The Freewheeling Yo La Tengo:
You ask a question; we answer the question, and maybe follow up with a song.

4. The Name Game:
Have you ever noticed how many Yo La Tengo songs include someone’s name? More than 45 minutes’ worth, that’s for sure, so who knows which ones we’ll do on any given night.

5. Sitcom Theater:
The lucky audience in attendance the night the wheel lands on this space will get to see band and crew act out a classic sitcom.

6. Songs Starting With S:
The only thing more common than a Yo La Tengo song with a name is a Yo La Tengo song starting with S (only one song fits both categories). So many, in fact, that we cannot promise that all of them are on the table, as it were. But we do promise that there will be songs rarely, if ever, heard live.

7. The Sounds of Science part 1
8. The Sounds of Science part 2
All of the lovely sounds we created, but none of that pesky science. We’re leaving the movies at home, and dividing the 90-minute program in half.

Yo La Tengo does Seinfeld

YO LA TENGO – 2011 TOUR DATES
Tuesday, May 10th Brooklyn, NY The Bell House *
Wednesday, May 11th Brooklyn, NY The Bell House *
Saturday, May 14th Nelsonville, OH Nelsonville Music Festival
Monday, June 6th Edinburgh, UK The Queens Hall
Tuesday, June 7th Gateshead, UK Hall One, The Sage Gateshead
Wednesday, June 8th Leeds, UK The Cockpit
Thursday, June 9th Birmingham, UK O2 Academy Birmingham
Friday, June 10th Oxford, UK O2 Academy Oxford
Sunday, June 12th London, UK London Royal Festival Hall, Meltdown Festival
Saturday, June 18th Denver, CO Westword Music Showcase
Monday, June 20th Columbia, MO Blue Note *
Tuesday, June 21st Iowa CIty, IA Englert Theater *
Thursday, June 23rd Minneapolis, MN 400 Bar *
Friday, June 24th Minneapolis, MN 400 Bar *
Saturday, June 25th Chicago, IL Green Music Festival
Sunday, June 26th Chicago, IL Subterranean *
* = Wheel Spin show

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