During a recent visit to Austin, TX while performing the live score to Sam Green’s “The Love Song Of R. Buckminster Fuller”, Yo La Tengo’s Ira Kaplan and Georgia Hubley visited the studios of KLRU for an extended chat with “Overheard” host Evan Smith. In terms of prestige, this is considerably more exciting than a booking on the Bethanny Frankel show. In terms of loud audience participation and distasteful bullying, it ranks somewhere below Wally George’s “Hot Seat”. You stream the interview here.
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As you might’ve read elsewhere, Yo La Tengo — appearing as the combo Bobby Knight Ranger — are featured in tonight’s season 6 finale of NBC’s “Parks & Recreation”. Given that many of you know even less about show business than you do fitness, personal hygiene or the importance of getting up before 2 in the afternoon, I’m gonna graciously catalog the various scenarios on how exactly, this TV booking came to be.
1) In 2000, the sleeve to Yo La Tengo’s cover of George McRae’s “You Can Have It All” featured an at-the-time struggling NYC model-slash-actress, Amy Poehler, previously best known for her work on an obscure basic-cable comedy program. Shortly after the release of this chart-topping single, she became a regular cast member on “Saturday Night Live” and has appeared in such Palme d’Or winners as “Deuce Bigelow : Male Gigolo” and “Mr. Woodcock”.
Cynics might say Yo La Tengo inclusion on tonight’s “Parks & Rec” is Ms. Poehler’s way of returning the favor. And that’s how cynics are, always looking for some shitty reason to diminish any sort of achievement.
2) “Parks & Recreation” co-creator Michael Schurr is one of the founders/main minds behind Fire Joe Morgan. Yo La Tengo’s name is said to have something or other to do with baseball. Ask someone who likes sports, we’re a record label.
3) Popular recording artists are frequently asked to appear on television programs (eg. Roger Miller in “Quincy, M.E.”‘s “On Dying High”, Dave Navarro’s sporadic appearances in “Sons of Anarchy”).
Glad I could clear that up for everyone.
YLT’S IRA KAPLAN & GEORGIA HUBLEY ARE ON KLRU’S “OVERHEARD” WITH EVAN SMITH TONIGHT, PERFORMING “THE LOVE SONG OF R. BUCKMINSTER FULLER” LIVE IN AUSTIN 4/17By Rian on Wednesday, April 16th, 2014
Austin’s KLRU is hosting Yo La Tengo’s Ira Kaplan and Georgia Hubley TONIGHT on “Overheard” with Evan Smith. Please note that this event is free, but RSVP is required. In the event page here, you can do just that.
Map and directions to KLRU here.
The band is in town to perform “The Love Song of R. Buckminster Fuller” as a collaboration with filmmaker Sam Green. Love song premiered in 2012 at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art as part of the San Francisco International Film Festival. This revival will be in Austin for only one night and two performances on April 17th.
“Love Song examines Fuller’s remarkable life as a visionary architect, designer, and social critic, most famous for his creation of the geodesic dome. Green draws heavily from the Fuller archive at Stanford, an astonishing collection of notes, letters, blueprints, photographs, films, and ephemera that contains a wonderful record of the utopian thinker and creator’s massive body of work. Yo La Tengo’s eclectic indie rock provides live musical accompaniment to the film and Green’s live narration.”
More information about this event can be found here.
Starting tomorrow Yo La Tengo hit the beach in Australia and New Zealand for 5 shows. Whether or not these actually take place on a beach remains to be seen, but as I write in the drizzle of London, I can only imagine that Australia is all shorts, surfboards and beaches. You guys are so lucky.
03/08/14 Meredith Golden Plains Festival AU
03/09/14 Melbourne Corner Hotel AU
03/11/14 Brisbane The Zoo AU
03/13/14 Sydney Sydney Opera House AU
03/15/14 Wellington Opera House NZ
And remember, you can still get daily updates from Ira, Georgia and James over at the yolatengo.com site.
In what has become a tradition almost as cherished as declarations the New York Mets are financially solvent, Yo La Tengo will make their annual pilgrimage to WFMU’s Jersey City studios this Wednesday night (February 26, 9pm eastern) for the Evan “Funk” Davies show (co-hosted this week by longtime YLT associate Gaylord Fields). As you’ve probably already guessed, for the the paltry sum of $100, Yo La Tengo will (hopefully) cover a song of your selection, with all funds going to WFMU’s annual Marathon.
You can listen or watch a live video stream at WFMU.org, but be advised that unlike most of the station’s wonderful programing, this show will not be archived for on-demand consumption. You can submit your pledges and song requests here in advance.
Have you ever noticed that sometimes after an enormodome show has long been sold out, at the very last minute, the promoter release a small quantity of premium tickets after it’s been determined, for instance, that Passion Pit don’t need an orchestra pit, or Porno For Pyros are forbidden from using pyro (and in some municipalities, the porno’s off the table, too). Well, in a scenario that has almost nothing to do with the above examples, the Bell House have made a tiny quantity of tickets available this morning for Yo La Tengo‘s 4 (otherwise) sold out shows happening Friday December 13-Monday December 16.
If the elbow-throwing, steel-toed boot climate surrounding the Bell House’s merch booth is not to your liking, we’d like to remind you that Album Of The Year candidate ‘Fade’ is available from the Matador store in a variety of formats, including the recently released double CD version including the ‘Fade Out’, 72 minute bonus disc. There’s also the “Super Kiwi” 7″ and the “Ohm” triple 12″ shower-curtain pack, so if you know anyone who claims this time of year is all about manipulating consumer anxiety, be sure to put in a good word for us.
Yo La Tengo – posing for their Press Pop photo shoot
Given that James, Georgia and Ira have been on tour for pretty much the entire year since Fade was released back in January, you’d think we might have let up on twisting their arm for promotional opportunities, but with the promise of a good meal after, we persuaded them to record a BBC 6music session for Marc Riley last night. Playing Ohm around the 46 minute mark, they followed with some chat and two more songs, with renditions of Paddle Forward and I’ll Be Around from the 1:16 mark – listen to all of those here.
Gideon Coe’s 6music show followed where the band had pre-recorded Is The Point Of It, also online now. Currently on their way back to the US, their final shows of the year take place at The Bell House and are all sold-out.
flyer courtesy Jesse Jarnow.
OK, we missed Black Friday by a few days, but if that means ONE LESS TRAMPLING this holiday shopping season, it was totally worth it. On December 3, we’re releasing a limited edition, one-time pressing of a $5.99 list LP , ‘It’s Been A Business Doing Pleasure With You‘, featuring 9 songs from (most of) our 2013 releases. In addition to album tracks from Chelsea Light Moving, Majical Cloudz, Body/Head, Lee Ranaldo & The Dust, Iceage and Kurt Vile, there’s a live version of Queens of the Stone Age performing “If I Had A Tail” at the 2013 iTunes Festival (Roundhouse, London), Savages’ “City’s Full” from last summer’s KEXP session, and Yo La Tengo performing “Before We Run” in those same KEXP studios.
We don’t have any copies for mail order, sadly, but hopefully you’ll find one at your favorite record store after they’re done sweeping up all the broken glass, blood, etc. from Black Friday. If you prefer, you can order a digital version of the comp. right now at the Matador Store.