October 20, 2009

We were thrilled to have Roy Loney join us during our encore last Saturday at the Rio in Santa Cruz.  Abetted by Endless Boogie‘s The Governor, we blasted through a couple of songs from the Flamin’ Groovies’ classic Teenage Head record: “Have You Seen My Baby?” and “Teenage Head.”  Neglected to get someone to send me a photo, but Google Images to the rescue.  A quick search for “Yo La Tengo,” “Roy Loney” and “Santa Cruz” came up with this shot, which I think should give you a pretty fair idea of the excitement.

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October 15, 2009

I don’t think I can come up with the words to describe what NRBQ means to me (they’ve been broken up for years now, and I still can’t bring myself to use the past tense).   So we want to note the recent passing of not one, but two key players in the NRBQ saga: co-founder and original lead guitarist Steve Ferguson, and one-time manager Captain Lou Albano.  At the risk of disturbing the peace we dearly hope these two gentlemen are resting in, we post in genuine loving tribute our stab at NRBQ’s classic “Captain Lou,” yanked from our Yo La Tengo Is Murdering the Classics.


October 8, 2009

Did you catch YLT’s in-studio session at 89.3 The Current out of Minneapolis yesterday? Me neither. But it’s been archived online and you can listen below.

September 29, 2009

Enjoying a few relaxing days off–spending an inordinate amount of time in uptown Manhattan: last Saturday night, we saw Extract (was that Mike Judge in a cameo?  We’d have consulted the credits but the cineastes running the AMC Loews 84th St. were in such a frenzy to restart the advertising that they turned off the movie somewhere between THE and END) and today we donned our berets and turtlenecks and took in the Robert Frank exhibit at the Met.  En route, was invited to “fuck off” while biking through Central Park.

And speaking of berets, we have some exciting news about our November tour of Europe.  Joining us on ten dates will be France’s own Wreckless Eric and Amy Rigby!  Come early, stay late, follow the tour from city to city.  You’ll regret none of it.  More details on the Schedule page.

Wondered if I could find a photo of Eric and Amy on stage with us at Hanukkah, so I did a search at Google images.  I figured this was close enough:

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September 24, 2009

Tune in tomorrow to WFMU — the band will be chatting via phone to David Suisman on his Inner Ear Detour program, right at the top of the 3:00 PM hour, EST. You’ll be able to stream the entire interview online here.

Who Asked You?
A Collection of Interviews & Press What-Nots compiled by Nick “Stewey” Morehouse, YLT personal chef/webmaster

• Ira goes from Cartoon Network to politician George McGovern in this interview with Louisville’s Courier-Journal.

• James tells The Athens News he doesn’t know what Greg Ginn was thinking when he wrote “Nervous Breakdown”…

• But maybe he would find out after days of waking up at 6:00 am to talk to Morning Zoo DJs?

September 22, 2009

Thought I’d pipe up to thank everyone who came out last night in rain-soaked Asheville to take in the rock show at the Orange Peel.  Endless Boogie started things out with a monstrous one-song 50-minute set, doing whatever they call “Sister Ray” when Top Dollar eschews all mentions of ding-dongs.  We brought Mr. Dollar on stage for the final number of our site-specific three-song meteorological encore: the Dils/Rank and File’s “Sound of the Rain” (pretty sure I was mixing and matching the lyrics), the Beatles’ “Rain” (featuring Greg Cartwright on upside-down guitar), and the Velvet Underground’s “Hey Mr. Rain.”  Then we repaired to the bar for a restorative drink and to listen to some Grateful Dead.

Our mini-tour of the ‘villes continues tonight in Knoxville.  See you there.