Yo La Tengo, San Fran Bath House, Wellington, February 2010
Again, it seems like I stayed at home for 18 months if you just look at the dates on these posts’ tickets, but it’s really just that most gigs here in Wellington, you pay at the door and get a stamp at most… which kind of think of it, is actually a great idea for another blog. Anyhoooo… Yo La Tengo. What an awesome band, what a forward focussed trio, what diversity… what a back catalogue! Best thing about this show was that it was three days before our wedding, so in a way itwas not a ‘Stag’ or a ‘Hen’, but more a ‘Hag Do’. Fi and I roped in our bridesmaid & best man plus their partners and went to see Hobeken’s finest pop/rock/alt trio! Fuck, they were good. So many brilliant songs to choose from, especially on those last two albums which had really attracted my ears: I Am Not Afraid of You and I Will Beat Your Ass and Popular Songs. What can I say about these guys live? They encompass such variety, so many examples of all pop music’s spectrum that some shitty blog/tumblr like this does them no justice. In a single record, or an hour live, you go from pure Nashville (‘Stockholm Syndrome’), dumb three chord rock (‘Watch Out For Me Ronnie’) to feedback drone (‘The Room Got Heavy’), to alt-rock (‘Sugar Cube’), to Tin Pan Alley (‘Sometimes I Don’t Get You’), to indie pop (’You Can Have It All’), and back, via a latino side street (‘Mr Tough’). Okay, so I’ve had a Pinot Gris or two, but Yo La Tengo really do deserve to have more of a following… The Rock And Roll Hall of Fame would be good, if it was not already populated with so much industry cack. A wonderful show - even if I thought the sound could have been louder. And they hung round afterwards to have a beer and chat to fans. Bless them. I know this song is older than the material they were touring, but when they kind of asked for requests at the end, the shouts for ‘Autumn Sweater’ were hard to deny. Yo La Tengo. Never miss them.