We're still smack in the middle of Hanukkah. I know this because Yo La Tengo still has a few of their annual Hanukkah gigs over at Maxwell's to go. And also because people I know on Facebook and Twitter--like they do around this time every year--continue to post this video (typically titled somethin ... More >>
... and even if you were present for all of the Ocropolis III, Oneida's extended improvisation at last weekend's All Tomorrow's Parties Presents I'll Be Your Mirror festival down in Asbury Park, it's worth revisiting the day via NPR's archive of the whole shebang, which is split into three parts sho ... More >>
During my discussion with the fellows behind The Classical, the forthcoming sports site named after the Mark E. Smith composition that reportedly cost the band a recording deal with Motown thanks to the slur about 35 seconds in, I asked why there aren't many punk or post-punk songs about spor ... More >>
David Byrne and Yo La Tengo care. All photos by Jesse Jarnow.Yo La Tengo
Wednesday, March 23
Better than: Sitting home alone fretting about cataclysmic awfulness.
It's been 26 years since Yo La Tengo played every Wednesday at Maxwell's, and a last-minute benefit for Peace Wi ... More >>
Big Star's Third/Sister Lovers is quite possibly the most beloved power-pop album of all time, and certainly the most poignantly morose, a heartbreaking state only exacerbated by frontman Alex Chilton's death last year. Now comes word of a full-album live tribute with a crazy all-star cast, a ... More >>
If there's one common complaint we hear as rock critics, it's "I could totally do your job." First off--shhh, don't tell anyone! Secondly, "jobs" traditionally pay better than this, so we'll gladly go Parent Trap with you in a heartbeat.
Either way, we decided to get some measurable data o ... More >>
In the week we continued counting down the worst songs of 2010, noting atrocities from Susan Boyle, Liz Phair, Christina Aguilera, Jackyl, and NeverShoutNever, and Die Antwoord, we also began our overall year in review, listing the 10 biggest music stories of 2010, our 10 favorite concerts, t ... More >>
Fatigue sets in as we reach CMJ's halfway point, but buck up: Plenty of sweet bands left to see, plenty of priceless industry wisdom to absorb via this afternoon's slate of panels, helpfully listed below with brief, jaded, profoundly unhelpful commentary.
Titus Andronicus play Webster Hall during last year's CMJ. Photo by Rebecca SmeyneAh, the first day of CMJ: a moment of optimism, possibility, and prophecy. Even now every website and publication with any kind of music-related bent is scrambling to post guides and predictions, links to MySpac ... More >>
If it worked for M.I.A., why not YLT? The beloved New Jersey outfit will kick off CMJ next week in the best possible way, playing a free show on Tuesday at Brooklyn Bowl opened by none other than SOTC favorites Screaming Females. Doors at 6 p.m., show at 8 p.m., which is slightly more mercifu ... More >>
The full lineup for "Channeling Chilton," per City Winery's site, is a beast, full of friends, admirers, and longtime cohorts, including Big Star drummer Jody Stephens, now the last remaining member of the power-pop gods' original lineup in the wake of bassist Andy Hummel's death last week. P ... More >>
The six-hour benefit for underground New Zealand songwriter Chris Knox at Le Poisson Rouge on Thursday was indie-fundraising done right: all-star jams that made sense, meaty set lengths, a thoroughly worthwhile lineup, decidedly fan-oriented ticketing, and a stunning marquee name to sell out the r ... More >>
In this week's Village Voice, we unveil our 2009 Fall Arts Guide: Dan Weiss on the Jane Austen alt-rock of Brooklyn locals the Pains of Being Pure at Heart, Jed Lipinski in conversation with George Packer on the occasion of the author's forthcoming Interesting Times: Writings From a Turbulent ... More >>
--Yo La Tengo's excellent new Popular Songs comes out today, and by way of celebrating the band and album artist Dario Robleto will be at the D'amelio Terras Gallery tonight, signing copies of the record. There will a giveaways, including a chance to win tickets to the band's surely triumphan ... More >>
The prophecies of a teenage Jonathan Richman, drawn in 1967.
Jonathan Richman's first group, the Modern Lovers, distilled the early hipster scene at CBGB down to punk. But throughout his subsequent solo career, he's favored acoustic instrumentation over sonic assault, and his songwriting has borr ... More >>
--R. Kelly, who still wants to have sex with every woman in the world, has been keeping a low profile as of late. But that's changing. The R&B singer has announced Untitled, his first album in two years. Kelly explained to MTV News, "I wanted to mix it up a little. I want whoever listens to the ... More >>
photo by Liz Clayton Dawn Sutter Madell, via the Yo La Tengo diary
Eight shows, eight-and-a-half comedians, eight charities, eight mix CDs, 24 sit-ins, and three Velvet Underground covers later, Yo La Tengo brought another Hanukkah at Maxwell's to a close. But, as befits a band named in reference ... More >>