21 January 2011

Yo La Tengo @ the Trocadero, Philadelphia, 1/20/11

"When we planned this tour, there was nothing we looked forward to more than the groans of disappointment."
As advertised there was a wheel of fortune spun to decide the fate of the first set, and while a sitcom reanactment was clearly the popular choice and the personal hope was for a set by the Condo Fucks, the truth of the matter was everyone was still faced with a 12.5% percent chance of dreams coming true. The wheel landed on Sounds of Science Pt II, and that was cool too.
The entire show was great, with a second set full of more known cuts such as "Autumn Sweater" and "Pass the Hatchet, I Think I'm Goodkind" and quite a possibly a cover or two by Tyrone Hill. Opinions may vary, but at the end of the day this was still a damn good band playing music for a captivated live audience. Apparently, Yo La Tengo loves playing Philadelphia and even if that's not actually the case, all were certainly appreciative.
This was the first night of the wheel spinning adventure, and from the looks of it things went off without a hitch. If the marker lands on Sounds of Science Pt. II for the next several nights consecutively then there may be issues with variation but the whole concept is ambitious nonetheless. Truthfully, they could have played whatever they wanted and gotten away with it. A tremendous amount of reverence hung in the air, and the drinks were only mildly overpriced.

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