Yo La Tengo: December 6, 2014 Trocadero Philly – Flac/MP3/Streaming

December 10, 2014

[photos by Max Sall]

This show represents the only time this year that I saw Yo La Tengo live. You have to go back nearly a decade to find a calendar year when I saw the band only once. The band went out on a little mini-tour in celebration of their official 30th anniversary as a band and also in support of a new release called Extra Painful — a reissue of their classic 1993 album Painful packed with a bunch of bonus material. So since the two Town Hall shows were not conducive to recording, I made a roadtrip in the pouring rain to Philadelphia and back. The Trocadero is a converted old theatre right in the heart of Philly’s Chinatown District and its just a few blocks from the Franklin Bridge — an easy in and out of the City. Although the Troc has two balconies and an official capacity of 1200, it definitely has an intimate vibe perhaps since the actual floor is fairly small. But intimate or not, we’re used to seeing Yo La Tengo amongst “friends” at some fairly small-ish places, so there was a definite “road” feel to this show. As YLT shows go, this one had pretty much everything you could ask for including some rare nuggets (“Empty Pool”, “Demons”), special guests (Tara Key early, and full Antietam later), plenty of noisy stuff, and an absolutely ear-crushing “Story”. We are streaming a standout version of “Drug Test” that began with a (separately tracked) false start but like in so many of those situations with a “start over”, the band totally nailed it on the re-do. Yo La Tengo currently has no scheduled dates, but we’re hoping that we get more than one chance to see them live in 2015.

I recorded this set with the Schoeps mounted in the front of the soundboard booth and mixed with a superb feed provide by the band’s longtime and legendary FOH Mark Luecke. As with most YLT recordings, there are level issues — the quiet songs are whispers and the noisey songs are loud as heck — so there are some minor artifacts from my editing to create a more consistent level throughout. Ultimately the sound quality is quite excellent. Enjoy!

Stream “Drug Test”:

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Yo La Tengo
Trocadero Theatre
Philadelphia PA

Digital Master Recording
Soundboard + Audience Matrix

Soundboard [Engineer Mark Luecke] + Schoeps CCM4u Cardioids > Sound Devices 744t > 2 x 24bit 48kHz wavs > Soundforge (level adjustments, mixdown, set fades) > CDWave 1.95 (tracking) > TLH > flac (320 MP3 and tagging via Foobar)

Recorded and Produced by nyctaper

[Total Time 1:57:56]
01 Cherry Chapstick
02 Let’s Save Tony Orlando’s House
03 Super Kiwi
04 [banter – Tara intro]
05 Demons
06 Mr. Tough
07 [dedication to Richard Evans]
08 If It’s True
09 [banter – 30 years]
10 The Empty Pool [Yung Wu]
11 The Whole of the Law [The Only Ones]
12 The Summer
13 [banter – XPN]
14 I’ll Be Around
15 Big Day Coming
16 We’re An American Band
17 [false start]
18 Drug Test
19 Sugarcube
20 Ohm
21 The Story of Yo La Tango
22 [encore break]
23 Today Is The Day
24 [banter – Antietam intro]
25 Orange Song [Antietam]
26 [thanks]
27 What Can I Say [NRBQ]

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11 Responses to Yo La Tengo: December 6, 2014 Trocadero Philly – Flac/MP3/Streaming

  1. oldjollymon
    December 10, 2014 at 10:55 am

    Thanks as always for the Yo-love-tengo! Happy holidays to all…

  2. Steve K
    December 10, 2014 at 11:24 am

    “The Story of YLT” that night was maybe the best single song that I have ever seen them perform, and I’ve seen them many many times since the late ’80s. Thanks for taping that night. I’m psyched to hear this.

  3. eric
    December 10, 2014 at 3:46 pm

    That 22-minute Story of YLT is an all timer.

  4. Bill
    December 10, 2014 at 9:35 pm

    Thanks. I enjoyed seeing the DC show; I’m looking forward to listening to this one as well.

  5. neil d
    December 11, 2014 at 12:13 am

    The Town Hall shows were great, but “not conducive to taping” is if anything an understatement. Really excited to hear this one in full NYCtaper sound.

  6. cialuna
    December 11, 2014 at 9:23 am

    Hey guys, great recording as always. Sorry to hear Town Hall wasn’t a go. I made it the 2nd night and at one point thought I could never ever get tired of hearing The Feelies live. They are a true treasure. After spending most of my adult life seeing LR, ylt & luna exclusively I realize the impact The Feelies and the 2nd VU album had on the creation and continuance of “that” sound.
    Btw..Demons alone would have made the trip to philly worth it. Never heard it live but that soundtrack from ‘I shot Andy Warhol is my all time all time. Where else would you find YLT, luna, wilco, pavement & bettie Serveert in one place?

  7. acidjack
    December 11, 2014 at 10:02 am

    You can probably find those Town Hall recordings if you search a torrent site… both were recorded.

  8. ciaoluna
    December 11, 2014 at 11:21 am

    Cool I’ll check it out. Thx

  9. Joe
    December 11, 2014 at 3:49 pm

    Big thanks for the 90 minute trek to Philly for the capture. I’ve been to the Trocadero a few time, its a good venue. But Its no Town Hall. What makes Town Hall not conducive?? If I may I ask??

  10. December 12, 2014 at 7:48 pm

    Thank you so much for taping this. Love your matrix stuff!! One note, Yo La Tengo are playing Boston New Years Eve. Info at this link

  11. neil d
    December 14, 2014 at 10:54 pm

    Town Hall doesn’t allow recording of any kind, regardless of whether the artist okays it. I believe this has to do with union regs — I’ve even had ushers rush up to me to order me to stop videoing with a small camera. (Though they were somewhat less crazed this time — there are a few clips on YouTube from the YLT shows.)

    On top of that, the acoustics there aren’t ideal for loud guitar rock. Beautiful space, but too much of it for sound to bounce around in.

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