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Yo La Tengo: December 14, 2013 Bell House – Flac/MP3/Streaming

December 19, 2013

[photos by PSquared Photography]

Yo La Tengo has never been shy inviting guests of all sorts to play live with them. Just peruse the pages of this site for audio evidence of the frequency and often mindbending success of those collaborations. For Saturday night’s show, the second of the Bell House run, they welcomed perhaps the most eclectic guest we’ve ever seen, a woman whose name we only heard as “Yen” playing a stringed Chinese instrument called the guzheng. Wikipedia tells us that the guzheng usually has 21 strings and movable bridges and it dates back about 2500 years. Although in recent years, the instrument has found its way into some rare rock and jazz compositions, the closest I’ve ever seen to this type of collaboration was during Bjork’s 2007 tour when Min Xiao Fen guested for one song on the Chinese stringed instrument the Pipa for all of the NYC dates. But that was one song. The Yo La Tengo guest played on the majority of the first (acoustic) set, and with one minor quibble, the instrument added a unique subtle depth to all of the tracks upon which is was featured. Perhaps my favorite song that featured the collaboration was “Paddle Forward”, where the rhythmic sound of the guzheng strings paralleled and enhanced the water imagery of the lyrics. The only song where perhaps the addition didn’t quite work was on “Green Arrow” where Ira’s slide guitar solos sounded too close in tone to the guzheng, and the climaxes sounded a bit cluttered. But all in all, this guest appearance was one of the more memorable and unique and was quite the success. For the electric set we were back to the trio and as with all the second sets this week, it raged from start to finish. This night’s closing song was a twenty-minute working of “Tango” that touched on all aspects of the band’s sound — quiet melody, rich harmonic instrumentation, thrash, unpredictable solos and a crescendo for the ages. The encores featured three covers and were icing on the cake of another amazing YLT experience.

I recorded this show with the Neumann Hypercards mounted on the rail in front of the soundboard and mixed with an excellent feed by veteran YLT FOH Mark Luecke. The sound quality is superb, enjoy!

Stream “Nowhere Near”:

Stream “Before We Run”:

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Yo La Tengo
Bell House
Brooklyn, NY USA

Digital Master Recording
Soundboard + Audience Matrix

Soundboard (engineer Mark Luecke) + Neumann KM-150s > Edirol R-44 (Oade Concert Mod) > 24bit 48kHz wav file > Soundforge (level adjustments, set fades, downsample) > CDWave 1.95 > (tracking) > TLH > flac (320 MP3 and Tagging via Foobar)

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Set 1
[Total Time 49:29]
01 Ohm
02 Green Arrow
03 Paddle Forward
04 Fog Over Frisco
05 The Point of It
06 Cornelia and Jane
07 I’ll Be Around
08 Autumn Sweater
09 Nowhere Near

Set 2
[Total Time 1:34:10]
10 Stupid Things
11 Well You Better
12 False Alarm
13 Super Kiwi
14 Shaker
15 Before We Run
16 Double Dare
17 Decora
18 Ohm (electric)
19 The Story of Yo La Tango
20 [encore break]
21 Drug Test
22 [banter – Hanukkah]
23 Gimme All Your Lovin [ZZ Top]
24 Griselda [Peter Stampfel]
25 [banter – false start]
26 Behind That Locked Door [George Harrison]

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Yo La Tengo: December 13, 2013 Bell House – FLAC/MP3/Streaming

December 17, 2013

[Photos by acidjack]

During their expansive worldwide tour that consumed most of this year, Yo La Tengo tried an interesting concept: At every non-festival show, they would play the same song, “Ohm”, twice. The song would open the first, acoustic set, then pop up again somewhere in the middle of the noisier electric set that followed. It’s almost like they want to be sure we don’t miss the point. To paraphrase it, there is no point in resisting change.

Anyone who joined us for the band’s Hanukkah tradition at Maxwell’s last year, or in previous years, might well have nodded along to many of those lines from “Ohm” as they watched the band perched in front of the fanciful wooden forest on the much broader stage of the Bell House. Whether or not the band’s Hanukkah tradition survives, its spiritual home did not. The spirit at the Bell House on this first night contained both hope and regret. Even if that impossible-to-replicate intimacy of Maxwell’s was gone, even without the rotating cast of surprise opening acts and comedians and non-stop-wacky collaborations, we were still staring down four nights of sold-out shows by the ever-generous band, played to their hometown crowd. A band that, even as veterans go, came as road-tested as possible, arguably at the top of their powers.

Each of the four nights — each of which will be posted on this site in the coming days — followed the band’s tour-long acoustic/electric format, with only the Fade songs repeated (along with a few that cropped up as both acoustic and electric incarnations). Along with Ira’s hilarious banter during “Periodically Double or Triple”, the highlight of the acoustic portion was the cover of the Zombies’ “You Make Me Feel Good”, which made its only appearance of the tour. The electric set boasted the uncommonly played “Story of Jazz” and closed out on one of our favorite of the sprawling jam numbers, “Pass the Hatchet, I Think I’m Goodkind”. Anyone who didn’t expect YLT to pull something out of their hat for the encore by that point shouldn’t have given up hope so easily. Bruce Bennett of Brooklyn garage rockers The A-Bones parachuted in for an encore of three classic covers: The Seeds’ “Can’t Seem To Make You Mine”, The Flamin’ Groovies’ “Slow Death” (a 2013 debut) and Arthur Lee’s “Luci Baines”. The night closed on the quiet but hopeful coda of “Big Day Coming”, a song that echoed that message from “Ohm”. No need to lose time resisting the flow of change. These four nights of the holiday season were meant for celebration.

I recorded this set with a soundboard feed provided by the band’s longtime engineer Mark Luecke combined with Schoeps MK4V microphones. The sound quality is outstanding. Enjoy!

Nights 2, 3 and 4 will be posted in the coming days. Thanks, as always, to Yo La Tengo, Mark and their incredible crew, and to Jesse Jarnow for the setlist.

Stream “You Make Me Feel Good” [The Zombies] from the acoustic set:

Stream “Slow Death” [Flamin’ Groovies] from the electric set:

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Yo La Tengo
The Bell House
Brooklyn, NY USA

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Recorded and produced by acidjack

Soundboard (engineer: Mark Luecke) + Schoeps MK4V (at SBD, PAS)>KC5>CMC6>Sound Devices USBPre2>>Edirol R-44 [OCM]>2x24bit/48kHz WAV>Adobe Audition CS 5.5 (noise reduction on acoustic SBD, mix down)>Izotope Ozone 5 (EQ, effects)>Audacity 2.0.3 (fades, tracking, amplify, balance, downsample, dither)>FLAC ( level 8 )

Setlist courtesy of Jesse Jarnow

Set 1 (acoustic) [Time: 46:16]
01 Ohm
02 Two Trains
03 Periodically Double or Triple
04 Madeline
05 You Make Me Feel Good [The Zombies]
06 The Point of It
07 Cornelia and Jane
08 I’ll Be Around
09 Black Flowers

Set 2 (electric) [Time: 1:32:07]
10 Stupid Things
11 We’re An American Band
12 Stockholm Syndrome
13 Super Kiwi
14 If It’s True
15 Before We Run
16 The Story of Jazz
17 Tom Courtenay
18 Ohm
19 Pass the Hatchet, I Think I’m Goodkind
20 [encore break]
21 Can’t Seem To Make You Mine [The Seeds]*
22 Slow Death [Flamin’ Groovies]*
23 Luci Baines [Arthur Lee]*
24 [banter]
25 Big Day Coming

* With Bruce Bennett of The A-Bones on guitar and vocals.

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