“For our …[upcoming] tour dates, we decided to take the advice of Blood, Sweat & Tears to “ride a painted pony / let the spinning wheel”. And just in case it’s not self-explanatory, read on … “
Brooklyn dates are May 10 and 11 at Maison Bell. Tickets for both 5/10 and 5/11 goes on sale Friday at noon (4/1), and can also be found at Other Music at no cost. More dates and details on what these shows will involve, below …
We are going to divide our performance into two sets. At the start of the night, we will bring a Wheel from. . . Fortune? Fate? What are these carnival things called? . . . on stage, and spin it. Whatever happens, that’s what the first 45 minutes will be. Here are the possibilities:
1. Condominium fuck:
50 million Fuckbook fans can’t be wrong!
Why should Nijmegen and Claremont have fun? Is it the night that Dump plays in your town? Only the wheel knows it.
3. Freewheeling Yo La Tengo:
You ask a question; we answer the question, and maybe follow up with a song.
4. The name game:
Have you ever noticed how many Yo La Tengo songs include someone’s name? Over 45 minutes, that’s for sure, so who knows what we’ll do on any given night.
5. Sitcom theater:
The lucky audience in attendance the night the wheel lands in this space will be able to see the band and team perform a classic sitcom.
6. Songs starting with S:
The only thing more common than a Yo La Tengo song with a name is a Yo La Tengo song starting with S (only one song matches both categories). So much, in fact, that we can’t promise they’re all on the table, so to speak. But we promise there will be songs rarely, if ever, heard live.
7. The sounds of science part 1
8. The sounds of science part 2
All the pretty sounds we made, but none of that pesky science. We leave the movies at home and split the 90-minute program in half.
Yo La Tengo does Seinfeld
YO LA TENGO – TOUR DATES 2011
Tuesday May 10 Brooklyn, NY The Bell House *
Wednesday, May 11 Brooklyn, NY The Bell House *
Saturday May 14 Nelsonville, OH Nelsonville Music Festival
Monday June 6 Edinburgh, United Kingdom The Queens Hall
Tuesday 7 June Gateshead, UK Hall One, The Sage Gateshead
Wednesday 8 June Leeds, United Kingdom The Cockpit
Thursday 9 June Birmingham, UK O2 Academy Birmingham
Friday June 10 Oxford, UK O2 Academy Oxford
Sunday June 12 London, United Kingdom London Royal Festival Hall, Meltdown Festival
Saturday June 18 Denver, CO Westword Music Showcase
Monday June 20 Columbia, MO Blue Note *
Tuesday June 21 Iowa City, IA Englert Theater *
Thursday June 23 Minneapolis, MN 400 Bar *
Friday June 24 Minneapolis, MN 400 Bar *
Saturday June 25 Chicago, IL Green Music Festival
Sunday June 26 Chicago, IL Subterranean *
* = Wheels rotation show