As soon as I got home from Utah, I caught a cat-nap for a couple of hours. Then I heard about Yo La Tengo doing a snap-benefit for the victims of the Japanese earthquake and disaster.
What can I say? Awesome! (All my videos from the show, here.)
I’d never seen YLT before, but damn, this was one great gig. Gothamist covered it too, and knows their catalog a lot better)
The band was in particularly fun, raunchy form for the two-set show, playing a wide range of their best loved songs, some acoustic rarities, and covers, including an eyeball-popping run through of Velvet Underound classic "Run, Run, Run." Highlights from the first set included the bass-groovy "Moby Octopad," the keyboard-pounding “Periodically Double Or Triple", a lonesome version of "Tears Are In Your Eyes" with Byrne on harmonies, and a slowed-down, spacey version of Talking Heads classic “Thank You For Sending Me An Angel".
Somehow the band delivered an even better second set, unloading every huge guitar song in their arsenal, including “Decora", "Sugarcube", “Cherry Chapstick" and "From A Motel 6." The highlight of the night may have been the absolutely destructive guitar freakout of "Pass The Hatchet, I Think I'm Goodkind," which saw guitarist Ira Kaplan utilizing every trick he knew with his pedals, and even found him switching guitars midway through the song without losing a beat. Overall, it was definitely the best set we've ever seen the band play together.
David Byrne came up for a few songs,
In the category of “it’s a small, cool word”, here are the Feelies are playing in one of my favorite scenes from Jonathan Demme’s Something Wild. A movie that has a cameo from David Byrne’s mom.