Yo La Tengo: Great Rock Band or Greatest Rock Band?

Here’s some­thing I scrib­bled about @TheRealYLT back in 2007. It’s still so true. Need more proof? Fine. Check out these clips of a reunit­ed Pussy Galoredaz­zling the crowd at Maxwell’s last week. Let’s not for­get the fact that Yo La Ten­go are still play­ing their stan­dard 8 night Hanukkah run while Ira recov­ers from an undis­closed ill­ness. Since I could­n’t make it to any of their shows this week, I’m lis­ten­ing to every­thing Yo La Ten­go on Spo­ti­fy. Unsur­pris­ing­ly, it’s per­fect for this week.

These guys are seri­ous­ly the great­est, most gen­er­ous act in indie rock and I can’t help but think peo­ple still take them for grant­ed, because, well, they do.

(I’d be remiss if I did­n’t link over to Jesse Jarnow’s online home, Frank & Earthy, for full setlists from these shows.)


A.C. Newman @ Johnny Brenda’s

A.C. New­man
Orig­i­nal­ly uploaded by J T. Ram­say

I went out to see A.C. New­man at John­ny Bren­da’s Tues­day night. I had a great time. I’m going to write about the man and his new album, Get Guilty, over at my work blog, Blind­ed by the Hype, today (hope­ful­ly.)

It was an amaz­ing show. Regard­less of how you feel about his most recent stuff with the New Pornog­ra­phers, or his solo work, he’s an unde­ni­able show­man who must be seen to be believed. I can think of few song­writ­ers whose body of work has been so con­sis­tent­ly strong since he came back on the scene with the New Pornog­ra­phers near­ly a decade ago.

If you’re not at SXSW and you’re look­ing to hear some great music, make sure you get your­self out to see A.C. New­man when he comes to town. You won’t be dis­ap­point­ed.