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YO LA TENGO
Camden 2010 [no label, 1CD]
Live at the XPoNential Music Festival, Wiggins Park, Camden, NJ, July 17, 2010. Very good FM broadcast.
While the Hoboken, New Jersey Yo La Tengo have stuck to their indie roots, over the years, they have also come to be known as consummate cover artists. Their cover of the Beach Boys’ Little Honda looks like a regular fixture in their setlist.
But when they strike up a partnership with the Sun Ra Arkestra, it is no longer a question of doing covers (the band does do a mean version of Nuclear War). With the the Sun Ra Arkestra, Yo La Tengo are not only exploring the roots of rock ‘n’ roll, they are building bridges and looking at what music can encompass, in their case, the blend of indie music and free jazz.
Someone at the Holland House in Nashville concocted a drink named after the group, which sort of sums up what Yo La Tengo are about: “the drink conjures a zesty blend of lime juice, honey syrup, mezcal, mole bitters and - wait for it - smashed avocado. The off-the-menu recommendation from our server was a well-balanced blend of sweet and citrus with a subtle buttery finish.” Similarly, one shouldn’t be surprised if Yo La Tengo can be more than a little intoxicating.
For those who haven’t caught on the Yo La Tengo magic, this is what James Brownstein posted at the WXPN 88.5 site: “Yo La Tengo started off their set with Nothing To Hide, displaying their grungy, alternative, and delightfully off-tempo style. Guitarist and vocalist Ira Kaplan wore his guitar low, and looked as if he was getting a workout from strumming so hard. His wife, Georgia Hubley, sat behind the drum set and surprised concert goers with her hard hitting style. Bassist James McNew crunched out his grungy bass lines, rumbling the ground with each stroke of his fingers. And at any given moment, the band could be turned totally upside down. For “The Weakest Part”, Kaplan played piano, McNew played acoustic guitar, and Hubley was the lead singer while drumming. It was almost as if they turned into a different group.
Before Periodically Double or Triple, “Kaplan welcomed onto the stage the legendary horn section from Sun Ra and his Arkestra. This four-piece section, consisting of trumpets and trombones, brought an energy to the stage that took the performance up to a new level. The Arkestra members danced around stage, sometimes falling to the ground and blasting their horns while on their backs. This energy, coupled with Yo La Tengo’s crazed feedback solos and distorted guitar riffs, made this particular performance one for the history books.”
It’s hard to imagine but Yo La Tengo have been around for 26 years and it sure sounds like they can go on for another 26 more.
Thanks to bbernardini for recording and sharing the tracks on the Dime site. Thanks also to Joe del Tufo, who posted pictures of the gig at studiomlive.com.
Click on the highlighted tracks to download the MP3s (these are high quality MP3s - sample rate of 192 kbps). As far as we can ascertain, these tracks have never been officially released on CD.
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Track 01. Radio Intro (3.5MB)
Track 02. Stage Intro (1.2MB)
Track 03. Nothing To Hide (4.2MB)
Track 04. Frenzy (a Fugs cover) (4.3MB)
Track 05. The Weakest Part (4.2MB)
Track 06. Here To Fall (8.7MB)
Track 07. Sugarcube (6.3MB)
Track 08. Periodically Double Or Triple (6.1MB)
Track 09. Little Honda (11.1MB)
Track 10. More Stars Than There Are In Heaven (9.7MB)
Track 11. Radio Outro (1.3MB)
Tracks 8-10 w/ Sun Ra Arkestra Horns
Click on the link to order Yo La Tengo’s 12th full-length album, 2009’s Popular Songs.