Yo La Tengo played a packed house in support of their most recent album, Popular Songs. The two hour set had the trio going on Phish-esque type jams where Ira Kaplan would go into extended riffs creating the classic Yo La Tengo reverb sound they’ve been known for all these years. The cohesion by the trio is one of their best attributes and because of it, the band runs like a well oiled machine. The three fire on all cylinders, two of which are multi-instrumentalists that have mastered everything they’ve touched and all exceled on vocals. The only downfall of the evening was the lack of the quieter songs that I love from Hoboken’s own. I can only imagine how hard it would be to completely satisfy a YLT fan because of their extensive catalog and a reputation for playing covers. During their encore, the group solicited requests from the crowd and after playing , Magnet, the trio decided to go for a slam-dunk by playing Sugar Cube (no complaints on this end) and ended the show with Be Thankful for What You Got. I was very afraid Saturday night and YLT kicked my ass.
Yo La Tengo-Search and Destroy (the Stooges Cover) (live @ WFMU 2002) [mp3]
Yo La Tengo-20th Century Boy (T-Rex Cover) (live @ WFMU 2002) [mp3]
Yo La Tengo-Dancing Barefoot (Patti Smith Cover ) (live @WFMU 2002) [mp3]