As mentioned earlier, Yo La Tengo’s September 25 homecoming concerto at NYC’s Roseland Ballroom is likely to be the hottest rock event $28.50 will buy these days. But in addition to the star studded bill of YLT, Black Lips and the Susquehanna Industrial Tool & Die Co., the evening will be hosted by John Oliver, whose contributions to Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show” you are no doubt, very familiar with.
I’d like to think my suggestion of Fred Travalena was taken very seriously by the band, and were it not for Fred’s recent passing, I’d be announcing his participation at this very moment.
We’d also like to congratulate Yo La Tengo on the new LP/CD/digital full-length ‘Popular Songs’ entering the Billboard chart at #58 — the highest chart entry of the band’s career. To paraphrase a great, if misunderstood American artist, we’re very happy for the Beatles, but ‘Popular Songs’ is one of the best albums of all-time.