buttonYo La Tengo @ Shibuya O-East (19th Feb '07)

They Don't Build Them Like They Used To

Yo La Tengo
      Countless new indie groups are formed each day. They've got the right clothes, the right hair style, and a few of them can even play decent music. Although they may pump out a few cool songs, how many of them do you think will still be popular in 20, 15, or even 10 years? Will people actively seek out their early work two decades from now?

Yo La Tengo      It seems like they just don't build bands like they used to. With so much visual media readily available across the planet 24 hours a day, looking cool has become far more important than being creative and talented. It's a telling sign that bands like Yo La Tengo and Sonic Youth remain at the forefront of the American indie scene more than 20 years after forming. While so many acts fade out shortly after attracting attention, amazingly enough, neither of these seminal groups looks like they have any plan to pack it in anytime soon.

Yo La Tengo      Kicking off their Japanese tour in front of a nearly sold-out crowd of hipsters old and new at O-Nest, Yo La Tengo showcased the excellent musical prowess that has helped them build and sustain a two-decade long career. Opening things on a quiet note with "Our Way To Fall" from 2000's And Then Nothing Turned Itself Inside Out, the band's set was a smorgasbord of sound and styles as they hopped from album to album. Husband and wife Ira Kaplan and Georgia Hubley along with third member James McNew all took turns singing and playing different instruments as the New Jersey group accented its acclaimed indie rock with bits of folk, art rock, punk, noise rock, and even a touch of disco!

      Kaplan joked early on that Yo La Tengo were a little tired as they had arrived in Japan the day before so that they could race in the 2007 Tokyo Marathon. The audience laughed as he made up final placements for everyone in the massive race. Going on to introduce the next track, "Beanbag Chair," he briefly forgot the name of their latest studio full-length, last fall's I Am Not Afraid of You and I Will Beat Your Ass, showing the band's age as he said "It's hard to remember all these titles after a while."

      Despite their memories beginning to fade as they advance in years, Yo La Tengo can still rock out with the best of them. Every one of the numerous dancing bodies that appeared on the floor of O-East whenever the band launched into one of their more fast-paced numbers will gladly attest to this. Up and coming groups watch and learn - there is a lot you can gain from the likes of Yo La Tengo.

Yo La Tengo

report by shawn and photos by keco

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"I Am Not Afraid of You and I Will Beat Your Ass"
(US import / 国内盤 / Yo La Tengo - I Am Not Afraid of You and I Will Beat Your Ass)
previous works

"Prisoners of Love: A Smattering of Scintillating Senescent Songs: 1985-2003"
( US import 3枚組 / US import 2枚組 / 国内盤 3枚組 / Yo La Tengo - Prisoners of Love - A Smattering of Scintillating Senescent Songs 1985-2003)
"Today Is the Day" ( US import / 国内盤 / Yo La Tengo - Today Is the Day! - EP)
"Summer Sun" ( US import / 国内盤 / Yo La Tengo - Summer Sun)
"And Then Nothing Turned Itself Inside-Out"
( US import / 国内盤 / Yo La Tengo - And Then Nothing Turned Itself Inside-Out)
"I Can Hear the Heart Beating as One"
( US import / 国内盤 / Yo La Tengo - I Can Hear the Heart Beating As One)
"Electr-O-Pura"( US import / 国内盤 )
"Painful"( US import / 国内盤 / Yo La Tengo - Painful)
"Today Is the Day"( US import / 国内盤 )
"Genius + Love = Yo La Tengo"( US import / 国内盤 / Yo La Tengo - Genius + Love = Yo La Tengo)

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