Friday, February 1, 2013

Yo La Tengo - The Pageant - 1/31/13

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Calexico last night at the Pageant. - JASON STOFF
  • Jason Stoff
  • Calexico last night at the Pageant.

Members of co-headliner Calexico helped craft some highlights with cameos on a few numbers; its best contribution was the chaos added to "Moby Octopad." Its opening set was impressive in scope, with all eight members constantly shifting instruments. The band tours with two different accordions. Calexico shape-shifted into a mariachi band and a flamenco ensemble, but its most successful tunes were its most Americanized.

As for the real Yo La Tengo, I was overall pleased. There is no reason to be bummed if the band is a bit too laid back. That's just what happens when Yo La Tengo stops being polite and starts being real.

Critic's Notebook:

Personal Bias: In the opening paragraph, I called Yo La Tengo one of my favorite bands. More specifically, Yo La Tengo is the only one of my favorite bands that I often forget is one of my favorite bands.

Overheard: "Party! Party! Party!" just before the band's encore, from a (probably [very]) intoxicated young woman.

By The Way: If I was the kind of guy that yelled things at shows, I would have yelled "I have it!" which is the English translation of Yo La Tengo and a surprisingly fun thing to yell.


-I'll Be Around -Stupid Things -We're An American Band -Avalon Or Someone Similar -Tears Are In Your Eyes -The Point Of It -Cornelia & Jane -Mr. Tough -Ohm -Before We Run -Moby Octopad -From A Motel 6 -Pass The Hatchet, I Think I'm Goodkind ENCORE -Little Black Egg (Nightcrawlers cover) -(The) Farmer's Daughter

See Also: - Photos: Yo La Tengo and Calexico at the Pageant - Yo La Tengo's Six Best Cover Songs - Yo La Tengo at The Blue Note, 6/20/11: Review and Setlist - Show Review + Setlist: Yo La Tengo at the Pageant, Sunday, January 24 - Holiday Jams 2010: Yo La Tengo, "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer," Live at Cicero's, 1987

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