YLT is the kind of band I always wanted to be part of (& hoped Silver Jews would be more like). With a tight rhythm section and a guitarist who appreciates great sounds at least as much as great songs, they understand the difference between what makes a great album and what makes a great show. One of the things Yo La Tengo is loved for is their eclectic array of covers of songs they record and play live. From Black Flag to Arthur Lee (“A House Is Not a Motel!”); they even have a great version of a song from Mel Brooks’ The Producers. That a band of this caliber whose brilliant Murdering The Classics cover album rivals the all-covers albums by Bryan Ferry, can appreciate the value of the Piano Van sideshow as an opener gave me hope….
The Who performed its landmark concept album Quadrophenia on two nights in Chicago, IL. The set list may have been known in advance, but the veteran British rockers played with conviction and fire.
Although Pete’s no longer sells sweet treats, on this night Ashley and Brodeur nourished us with plenty of delicious ear candy.
Bragg and his very professional band are an excellent combo, and when you include his old and new songs, you’ve got a heady mixture.
Once again the big news is that Big Takeover #72 Spring 2013 issue was completed in Brooklyn this month! Pre-order – Subscribe – Renew – Great gifts! Click through for a quick description of its contents.