Thanks again to everybody who participated in our Hanukkah shows, performers and crew and audience alike. If you were unable to attend, but would like to pretend you did, we’ve got just the thing. For 24 hours only, we’ll be offering the mixes compiled by Georgia, James and me as downloads, here at yolatengo.com. Throw around an observation like, “Thought it was so cool that Georgia put that alternate version of ‘Heart of Stone’ on her mix,” and no one will suspect you were not at the Bowery Ballroom!
In addition, while supplies last, we’re selling some of the actual cd’s left over from Hanukkah, as well as our K-vell jukebox t-shirt, designed by Stephen Hunking. With
Xmas Jeff Lynne’s birthday just around the corner (happy 70th, Jeff!), you’ll want to stock up now.
Sale begins at 1 pm EST/10 am PST on Thursday December 28. Downloads available until Friday at 1 pm EST. T-shirts and cd’s available until we run out (could be sooner, could be later).
After the outcry to yesterday’s announcement of no Hanukkah diary (admittedly a single email, but written in all caps or maybe it was italics, or possibly neither), I looked for a way to post a News item that would simultaneously respond to popular demand without violating the information blackout I’ve been sworn to uphold. Through the combined efforts of wardrobe assistant Suzanne Despres and photographer Liz Clayton, I think I’ve found the solution. No one will ever figure out who performed Wednesday at the Bowery Ballroom on the second night of Hanukkah, thanks to these ingenious disguises.
With the return of our Hanukkah shows, which began last night at the Bowery Ballroom, we are once again offering no information in advance about who is joining us. This year, we are adding the innovation of not telling you who else is playing EVEN AFTER IT HAPPENS. Consequently, there will be no Hanukkah diary this year–sorry folks, it’s out of my hands, band policy. Believe me, I fought James and Georgia as hard as I could about this.
Satisfied customers of Murder in the Second Degree (hey, it’s possible!) are already familiar with the stellar performance of “Build Me Up Buttercup” delivered by secret weapons Leila Rosenthal and Kelsey White. Well, it turns out the whole thing was captured on video, and here it is. Attentive viewers just might be able to surmise where Leila and Kelsey spent their summers.
We’re going to Asia in late November/early December. Details to follow shortly on the Schedule page. But until then . . .
Having posted daily from January 1 through December 2, 2014, I figured I could do with a brief respite. So now, a mere 17 1/2 months later, I’m back, though admittedly still stuck in the past. I’ve never quite gotten over my disappointment that our “Sugarcube” video not only failed to win Video of the Year at the 1997 MTV Video Music Awards, but didn’t even garner a nomination. What could possibly explain this obvious oversight, I’ve often wondered. Until now. Referencing professor Bob Odenkirk’s lesson, The Foghat Principle–“Does everyone remember the Foghat rule? Your fourth album should be double live”– our friend Joe wrote recently and asked: “How many people have come up to you over the years to tell you that Foghat Live is indeed NOT a double album?” To which we reply, “You’re the first,” and “IT”S NOT???” Can this be true? A little belated research confirms its six songs total 38 minutes and change, and reside comfortably within a single disc. Understandably, the members of the MTV Academy held us accountable for such shoddy scholarship, and indeed, at this late date, many other questions now suggest themselves. For instance, if you want to write rock lyrics, is it truly necessary to learn about where the hobbits dwell? On behalf of Yo La Tengo and Matador Records, all I can say is we apologize.