Two years ago today, we were having our picture taken in Portland by Carlie Armstrong. One of the locations she chose was so striking, we ended up using it for the cover of Fade. Thanks, Carlie! More set decoration, courtesy of David of Belleville IL: How could I leave out the overexcited effort to give Georgia her Mr. Magoo papier-mâché head at the Blue Note Columbia MO on the ‘And Nothing Turned Itself Inside Out tour’ September 13, 1999. Now that’s a Mastercard commercial my friend! His email includes all sorts of misinformation. The year was 1997 and we were on tour (with David Kilgour) supporting I Can Hear the Heart Beating as One. But in David’s defense, as I learned on numerous subsequent occasions (though not the ones pictured below), it’s hard to keep your thoughts straight when your brains are encased in Magoo.
If there’s a smooth segue to this note from Ryan of Calgary, I haven’t found it: I selected “Nowhere Near,” well, the first half anyhow, as our wedding song. My wife, Karen, and I got married on 13 September 2008 in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. It was a beautiful moment, especially as we were the only ones at the wedding who knew who Yo La Tengo are. When I first played it for my wife, she cried. I would love to hear that song played live someday.