According to their website, they'll play two sets each night. The second one will be fairly conventional, or at least as conventional as humanly possible. It's the first set that needs to be reported on.
The band plans on utilizing a spinning wheel of sorts that will be spun at the beginning of each show. What the wheel decides is what will be played for the first forty five minutes. There are a bevy of options. There are conventional ideas like performing tunes from the group's other rad band Condo Fucks or from bassist James McNew's solo joint Dump.
There are also other really awesome options like having a question and answer segment that might have music, or 45 minutes of Yo La Tengo songs that feature someone's name in the title, or perhaps exclusively playing songs that begin with the letter S, and finally... what is being dubbed as "Sitcom Theater" in which band and crew will act out a classic sitcom. They might also play the music from the instrumental record The Sounds of Science, but only half of it because presumably it's longer than forty five minutes.
William Tyler will be the opener for these shows, and the tour dates are below.
1/20: The Trocadero, Philadelphia PA
1/21: 9:30 Club, Washington DC
1/22: Cat's Cradle, Carrboro NC
1/23: Cat's Cradle, Carrboro NC
1/25: The Social, Orlando FL
1/26: Freebird Live, Jacksonville FL
1/28: Variety Playhouse, Atlanta GA
1/29: Tipitina's, New Orleans LA
1/31: WorkPlay, Birmingham AL
2/01: Exit/In, Nashville TN
2/03: The Vogue Theater, Indianapolis IN
2/04: Metro, Chicago IL
2/05: Mr. Small's Fun House, Pittsburgh PA
once again, this is fucking great