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Anthony Carew

Yo La Tengo's Crazy Comedy Tour

By November 10, 2010

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Imagine you're indie legends Yo La Tengo. You're heading out on like your millionth US tour, playing at the Cat's Cradle for like the billionth (and billion-and-first) time(s). Is there any way you could spice things up?

If you're indie legends Yo La Tengo, you'll know there's only one answer: it's time for the comedy stylings of Yo La Tengo.

Hoboken's finest recently announced on their website that their forthcoming 2011 shows won't be decided by scribbling down a set-list with a sharpie back-stage. Instead, they'll turn over their fate to a giant wheel-of-fortune. That apparently really will exist.

The laugh-riot goes as follows: the band spin the wheel, and for the first 45 minutes of their set, they do exactly what the wheel tells them. That might be a set of Yo La Tengo songs beginning only with the letter 'S' or including someone's name in the title ("Song for Mahila" qualifies for both!). Or, it might be their soundtrack to The Sounds of Science. Or, it might be something more wacky.

Like a set as their garage-rock alter-egos, the Condo Fucks. Or a set playing the songs of bassist James McNew's side-project, Dump. Or a "question-and-answer" set where the band take Qs from the audience and provide As as songs, somehow. Or, most bizarrely, a set where the trio won't kick out the jams, but will, instead, act out a classic sitcom.

So, then, imagine you're indie legends Yo La Tengo. What's your favorite Seinfeld episode?

Hilarity Ensues:
January 20: Philadelphia, PA - The Trocadero
January 21: Washington, DC - 9:30 Club
January 22: Carrboro, NC - Cat's Cradle
January 23: Carrboro, NC - Cat's Cradle
January 25: Orlando, FL - The Social
January 26: Jacksonville, FL - Freebird Live
January 28: Atlanta, GA - Variety Playhouse
January 29: New Orleans, LA - Tipitina's
January 31: Birmingham, AL - WorkPlay
February 1: Nashville, TN - Exit/In
February 3: Indianapolis, IN - The Vogue Theater
February 4: Chicago, IL - Metro
February 5: Pittsburgh, PA - Mr. Small's Fun House

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