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  • Carl Z.
    Still my favorite public broadcasting pledge drive... Yo La Tengo Murder the Classics for a Good Cause Kati
    Message 1 of 1 , Apr 20, 2006
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      Still my favorite public broadcasting pledge drive...

      <http://www.pitchforkmedia.com/news/06-04/19.shtml>

      Yo La Tengo Murder the Classics for a Good Cause

      Kati Llewellyn reports:
      Every year, countless people across the world fall into dunk tanks,
      compete on celebrity game shows, and go door-to-door selling wrapping
      paper, all in the name of charity. Yo La Tengo are no exception. Ever
      since 1996, they have made appearances on the New York City-area
      community radio station WFMU as part of the station's annual fund
      drives. Listeners pledging money to 91.1 FM buy themselves a request
      for Yo La Tengo to play a song of their choice, and then Yo La Tengo
      valiantly attempt to honor that request. Sometimes it's a success,
      most of the time it's a miserable failure.

      Now, the band have released a CD, Yo La Tengo is Murdering the
      Classics, documenting their WFMU covers from 1996-2003. The disc is
      available through mail order via Yo La Tengo's website, where it is
      described as "a Best-of, or Best-of-the-Worst, or Worst-of-the-Best,
      or... oh, what's the use, it's dreadful."

      Death by stereo:

      01 "Tighten Up" (Archie Bell and the Drells)
      02 "The Night Chicago Died" (Paper Lace)
      03 "Raw Power" (The Stooges)
      04 "Sea Cruise" (Huey "Piano" Smith)
      05 "Favorite Thing" (The Replacements)
      05 "Baseball Altamont" (Ned Hayden-Philip Shelley)
      07 "Meet the Mets" (Bill Katz-Ruth Roberts)
      08 "Oh Bondage, Up Yours!" (X-Ray Spex)
      09 "Ding Dang" / "Interplanetary Music" (Brian Wilson-Roger McGuinn / Sun Ra)
      10 "Captain Lou" (NRBQ)
      11 "Oh! Sweet Nuthin'" (Lou Reed)
      12 "Route 66" (Bobby Troup)
      13 "Roadrunner" (Jonathan Richman)
      14 "Tijuana Taxi" (Ervan Coleman)
      15 "Mendocino" / "Raindrops Keep Fallin' on My Head" (Doug Sahm / Burt
      Bacharach)
      16 "Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)" (Eurythmics)
      17 "Baby's on Fire" (Brian Eno)
      18 "Mary Anne With the Shaky Hand" (The Who)
      19 "The Hokey Pokey" (Larry Laprise-Taftt Baker-Charles Macak)
      20 "You May Be Right" (Billy Joel)
      21 "Mama Told Me" (Not to Come) (Randy Newman)
      22 "Roundabout" (Yes)
      23 "You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet" (Bachman-Turner Overdrive)
      24 "Don't Worry, Kyoko" (Mummy's Only Looking for Her Hand in the
      Snow) (Yoko Ono)
      25 "Downtown" (Petula Clark)
      26 "Let the Good Times Roll" (Shirley Goodman-Leonard Lee)
      27 "Never on Sunday" (Manos Hadjidakis-Billy Towne)
      28 "20th Century Boy" (T. Rex)
      29 "Rock the Boat" (Hues Corporation)
      30 "Shotgun" (Junior Walker and the All-Stars)
      Medley: "My Sharona" (The Knack), "Mr. Apollo" (Bonzo Dog Band),
      "Sonic Reducer" (Dead Boys), "God Only Knows" (Beach Boys), "If and
      When/The Summer Sun" (Chris Stamey), "Schizophrenia" (Sonic Youth),
      "Another Girl, Another Planet" (The Only Ones), "Bedazzled" (Peter
      Cook-Dudley Moore)

      Yo La Tengo spent some time earlier this year recording with producer
      Roger Moutenot in Nashville for their new album (due in September on
      Matador), and they have a handful of live shows lined up for this
      summer, including, of course, a performance at our very own Pitchfork
      Music Festival (running 29-30 at Chicago's Union Park) alongside Os
      Mutantes, Spoon, Devendra Banhart, Mission of Burma, Aesop Rock, the
      National, Jens Lekman, Tapes 'n Tapes, Chin Up Chin Up, etc., etc.,
      etc.

      La schedule:

      05-29 Rome, Italy - Circolo Delgi Artisti
      05-30 Bologna, Italy - Estragon
      06-01 Barcelona, Spain - Parc del Fòrum (Primavera Sound Festival)
      07-13 Brooklyn, NY - Prospect Park
      07-30 Chicago, IL - Union Park (Pitchfork Music Festival) *
      08-13 Saratoga, CA - Montalvo Center for the Arts

      * with Os Mutantes, Spoon, Devendra Banhart, Mission of Burma, Aesop
      Rock, the National, Jens Lekman, Tapes 'n Tapes, Chin Up Chin Up,
      Diplo, Tarantula A.D., Tyondai Braxton, Bondo Do Role, more TBA

      * Yo La Tengo: http://www.yolatengo.com/
      * Matador: http://matadorrecords.com/
      * WFMU: http://www.wfmu.org/
      * Pitchfork Music Festival: http://pitchforkmusicfestival.com/
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