Condo Fucks exist as an alternative reality where Ira Kaplan, Georgia Hubley and James McNew can perform as an authentic 60’s garage band playing a selection of eclectic covers without the need to actually be Yo La Tengo at any point during the evening. On Friday night at Mercury Lounge, the alter-ego of one of the favorite bands of this site delivered a blistering thirty-five minute set that left the packed crowd shaking their heads in awe. As we have witnessed so many times at Yo La Tengo shows, the band is comprised of three of the most knowledgeable music fans around — they are literally encyclopedias of 20th Century popular music. So it was no surprise that the Mercury setlist contained only two songs from the sole Condo Fucks release, 2009’s Fuckbook. Instead, the band played eleven other covers, ranging from 50’s R&B, to 60’s iconoclasts The Fugs, to obscure early 70’s proto-punk (electric eels, Richard Hell), to 80’s alternative (Television Personalities), all performed in a high-speed, feedback-drenched, vocally-distorted garage sound. When the set ended far too soon with the Flamin’ Groovies “Dog Meat” (streaming below), a song originally actually recorded on a two-track cassette deck in an actual garage, we took solace in the fact that for their Hanukkah shows in a few weeks, Yo La Tengo will undoubtedly dig out some of these songs to spice up the eight shows’ setlists. See you then.
I recorded this set with the Neumann microphones mounted at the soundboard booth and combined with a perfectly mixed board feed. Per the band’s instructions, the vocals were mixed at maximum levels to capture that authentic overdriven 60’s garage sound, and the venue’s team captured that sound perfectly. Enjoy!
Stream “Dog Meat [Flamin’ Groovies]”:
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New York, NY USA
Digital Master Recording
Soundboard + Audience Matrix
Soundboard + Neumann KM-150s > Edirol R-44 (Oade Concert Mod) > 2x 24bit 48kHz wav files > Soundforge (level adjustments, mixdown, set fades) > CDWave 1.95 (tracking) > TLH (level 7) > flac (320 MP3 and Tagging via Foobar)
Recorded and Produced by nyctaper
(many thanks to James McNew and Jeffrey Lazar for the setlist help)
[Total Time 36:50]
01 Outrage [Booker T & The MGs]
02 Accident [electric eels]
03 Come See Me [Pretty Things]
04 I Want You to Be My Girl [Frankie Lymon & The Teenagers]
05 I’m Your Man [Richard Hell]
06 Frenzy [Fugs]
07 With A Girl Like You [The Troggs]
08 You Better Mind [Doris Troy]
09 Get Down [Half Life]
10 Look Back in Anger [Television Personalities]
11 Tiger in Your Tank [Muddy Waters]
12 Come On Up [Young Rascals]
13 Dog Meat [Flamin Groovies]
If you enjoyed this recording from NYCTaper, PLEASE SUPPORT Condo Fucks (Yo La Tengo), visit their website, visit the website at Matador Records, and purchase Fuckbook from the Matador Records website [HERE].