February 1, 2008

Hey everybody,

Having finally finished washing off the blue body paint and digesting our Super Bowl 6-foot sub, we’re ready to turn our attention to March Madness. The festivities begin on Sunday, March 2 when once again we (aided, abetted and enabled by Mr. Bruce Bennett) will be taking your requests on the airwaves of WFMU, helping that most excellent of radio stations raise the necessary dough to continue their most excellence for another year. We’ll be on the air with Gaylord Fields and Bob Brainen from 5 – 8 pm, eastern time, and we hope you can tune in on your radio or computer and throw some money WFMU’s way. More information can be found here.

Next you can find us on the side of the road, with the collective Yo La Tengo thumb outstretched and a sign that says TEXAS OR BUST. We’ll be in Austin for the popular South by Southwest cavalcade, with side trips to Houston and Dallas. We’re arriving in time for the film festival, where The Toe Tactic, a new movie we’ve scored, is screening. In between barbecue expeditions to Lockhart and Taylor, we’ll do some rocking with the My Morning Jacket, and some Freewheeling in Dallas, and maybe some other stuff too. Then we’ll come home.

For those of you who can’t catch The Toe Tactic in Austin, we’re happy to tell you it’s been selected for this year’s edition of New Directors/New Films. (If you’re scoring at home, that makes three years in a row we’ve been part of this festival, following Junebug in 2006 and Old Joy in 2007.) It will be showing at the Walter Reade Theater on Saturday, March 29 at 6 pm and at the Museum of Modern Art on Monday, March 31 at 9 pm. Tickets are on sale now.

The latter date of which just happens to be Opening Day.