Monday, April 30, 2007

Yo La Tengo at Webster Hall

"I Am Not Afraid Of You and I Will Kick Your Ass" was my absolute favorite album name of 2006. Yes from time to time these indie bands get a wee bit carried away with the hip names and album slogans but this is not just an indie band and this album is solid gold. As was all of the music painstakingly composed for this their 16th addition to the Yo La Tengo family. Last night was my first time seeing them, yes yes i had passed up numerous shows before not really feeling the urge to see them live. I regret my mistakes immensely for they put together quite a show. Mixing softly flowing songs with their upbeat dance beats there was definitely a little something for everyone in attendance. Webster Hall was sold out and incredibly warm which did not help for a Sunday night yet the band was ready to perform and delight. For those of us who were not able to make the migration to Coachella i am pretty sure that Yo La Tengo was good enough to make up for it. You can tell they really enjoy the music that they are playing as well as performing to the community of New York, expressing emotion over the closing of Tonic, wishing them all the best and to whoever will occupy that space in the future, 'all the worst.' It was just nice to see such an accomplished act, whom i had heard so much about, be everything that i had hoped they would be.

*photo via KEXP

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