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Yo La Tengo Live on WFMU -- 2012 All-Request Marathon TONIGHT
March 2, 2012 4:48 PM   Subscribe

Yo La Tengo are once again playing requests for pledges Yo La Tengo are once again playing requests for pledges, beginning at 9pm US EST TONIGHT on WFMU. Every year, Yo La Tengo perform requests live on-air in exchange for pledges, to help keep freeform noncommercial radio station WFMU (91.1 FM in Jersey City, NJ) on the air. This year is no exception. They will begin playing at 9pm US EST tonight, and will be playing listener requests for several more hours.
posted by trashflow (85 comments total) 14 users marked this as a favorite

 
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posted by roll truck roll at 4:51 PM on March 2, 2012


This seems to have rather localized value. What about the majority of us who don't live in New Yawk or New Joisy?
posted by Chocolate Pickle at 4:55 PM on March 2, 2012


And I thought I was going to be prompt and post this thread at 8. Oh, well.

If you're on the move, you can get the free WFMU app for your phone.

Android

iPhone
posted by maudlin at 4:55 PM on March 2, 2012


Chocolate Pickle, they stream live through their web site (the main link in the post). I'm in Toronto and can listen just fine.
posted by maudlin at 4:56 PM on March 2, 2012 [1 favorite]


Also, we might get them to say "MetaFilter" on air again.
posted by ocherdraco at 5:10 PM on March 2, 2012


The highlight of this year's fund raiser so far was Station Manager Ken making and wearing a suit made of vinyl records.
posted by 1970s Antihero at 5:19 PM on March 2, 2012


Oh my God I'm actually going to be around at the right time this year.

I have ... I have waited so long for this.
posted by penduluum at 5:28 PM on March 2, 2012 [1 favorite]


I'm really excited for the show. I actually forgot that it was happening until just this morning.

I haven't really paid much attention to the marathon so far this year. Most years, I donate enough money to get two or three of the mix CDs, but I space it out over the two weeks so I can be in the running for lots of contests. This year we're flat broke, so I just made a small nominal donation when I got the newsletter in the mail in January.
posted by roll truck roll at 5:29 PM on March 2, 2012


By the way, if you're at your computer anyway, open the stream now, as the connections often run out during this.
posted by roll truck roll at 5:39 PM on March 2, 2012


Thank you for posting this! Excited!
posted by pymsical at 5:41 PM on March 2, 2012


Oh cool. In case you didn't notice, there's a video stream this year.
posted by roll truck roll at 6:02 PM on March 2, 2012


Where's the video stream link?
posted by maudlin at 6:05 PM on March 2, 2012


wfmu.org has the ustream broadcast up right now, as well as audio streams. Should be starting soon!
posted by Team of Scientists at 6:06 PM on March 2, 2012


Just refresh the WFMU.org homepage. I watched it for a bit and then switched back to audio, as I'm using my screen to work on something.
posted by roll truck roll at 6:06 PM on March 2, 2012


Ah. Had to refresh the home page a few times.
posted by maudlin at 6:07 PM on March 2, 2012


Ha! Come on Down to My Boat
posted by maudlin at 6:12 PM on March 2, 2012


I'm also excited about actually catching this this year! I always read about it the next morning and sulk.
posted by nebulawindphone at 6:16 PM on March 2, 2012


Set One:
Bent Fabric - Alley Cat
Every Mother's Son - Come On Down To My Boat
Flying Machine - Smile A Little Smile For Me
Spooner Oldham & Dan Penn ( & Yo La Tengo) - I'm Your Puppet
Tall Dwarfs - Crush?
Bent Fabric - Alley Cat
posted by trashflow at 6:24 PM on March 2, 2012 [2 favorites]


Yeah, I think that was Crush.
posted by maudlin at 6:28 PM on March 2, 2012 [1 favorite]


So how much is a "request size pledge" anyway?

By the way, this is awesome to hear live - thanks for the FPP.
posted by gazole at 6:29 PM on March 2, 2012


I switched to the audio stream. Anybody else having issues with the video feed?
posted by Team of Scientists at 6:29 PM on March 2, 2012


stupidsexyFlanders (ours?) just got name-checked for pledging.
posted by maudlin at 6:29 PM on March 2, 2012


I think a request costs $100, and you also get the T-shirt and a choice of mix CDs.
posted by roll truck roll at 6:31 PM on March 2, 2012


I gave up on video: they're being hammered.

You need to pledge $100 for a request. Other premiums for pledging are listed here.
posted by maudlin at 6:32 PM on March 2, 2012


stupidsexyFlanders (ours?) just got name-checked for pledging.

Nah, that was a riff on the city of Antwerp, in the Flanders region of Belgium.
posted by goodnewsfortheinsane at 6:35 PM on March 2, 2012


I wondered how long it would take to get a Monkees song in.
posted by roll truck roll at 6:40 PM on March 2, 2012


Are we going to liveblog the Yo La Tengo marathon? This is so cute.
posted by mykescipark at 6:41 PM on March 2, 2012


- Offspring: I Want You Bad (original)
- Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band: I Want To Be With You (original)
- Monkees: I Want To Be Free (original)
- Monkees: Daydream Believer (original)
posted by maudlin at 6:42 PM on March 2, 2012 [1 favorite]


Set Two:
Bob Hilliard & Carl Sigman - Civilization (Bongo, Bongo, Bongo (I Don't Want to Leave the Congo) (from the Broadway musical "Angel in the Wings," originally sung by Elaine Stritch)
Charlie Robison - I Want You Bad (written by T.D. Adams/P. Crandon)
Bonzo Dog Band - I Want to Be With You
Monkees - I Wanna Be Free
Monkees - Daydream Believer
posted by trashflow at 6:43 PM on March 2, 2012 [1 favorite]


Are we going to liveblog the Yo La Tengo marathon?

Looks like it. Shhhh ...
posted by maudlin at 6:43 PM on March 2, 2012


Wait, that wasn't an Offspring original? How embarrassing.
posted by maudlin at 6:44 PM on March 2, 2012 [1 favorite]


Actually, it's an NRBQ song (That is the one they played right? I think the Offspring one is a different song).
posted by neroli at 6:49 PM on March 2, 2012 [1 favorite]


Have they done "Party Rock Anthem" yet?
posted by birdherder at 6:51 PM on March 2, 2012


You're right, neroli. I had NRBQ open in another window. All the ADD in the world doesn't mean you can truly multi-task.
posted by maudlin at 6:51 PM on March 2, 2012 [2 favorites]


If they do I am revoking my Mouse of Today pledge I made last week.
posted by wheelieman at 6:52 PM on March 2, 2012


"The question was, 'Where did you meet him?'"
posted by roll truck roll at 6:59 PM on March 2, 2012


Down! Down!
posted by Capt. Renault at 6:59 PM on March 2, 2012


Set three:
Lesley Gore - Sunshine, Lollipops, and Rainbows
The Marvelettes - Please Mr. Postman
Shangri-Las - Leader of The Pack
Sam Cooke - Bring It On Home To Me
Misfits - Hybrid Moments
posted by trashflow at 7:05 PM on March 2, 2012


That was a lovely set. I have things to do to get ready for tomorrow, but...
posted by Capt. Renault at 7:08 PM on March 2, 2012


I'm checking trashflow's setlists before I make any more links. I cannot be trusted with multiple tabs.

- Leslie Gore: Sunshine, Lollipops and Rainbows (original-ish)
- The Marvelettes: Mr. Postman (original) [Bonus cover: Karen Carpenter near-acapella]
- Shangri-Las: Leader of the Pack (from I'm Got a Secret) [Bonus kind of related: Rocky Horror Touch-a Touch-a Touch-a Touch Me]
- Sam Cooke: Bring It On Home To Me (original)
- Misfits: Hybrid Moments (fan video mashup)
posted by maudlin at 7:09 PM on March 2, 2012


They're taking Canadian Tire money? *scrambles*
posted by maudlin at 7:10 PM on March 2, 2012


Video stream has been going strong since at least the beginning of this current break.
posted by Team of Scientists at 7:14 PM on March 2, 2012


Apeman!
posted by goodnewsfortheinsane at 7:19 PM on March 2, 2012


Rutles!
posted by swift at 7:26 PM on March 2, 2012


Man, that Pull Me Up was awesome.
posted by nebulawindphone at 7:27 PM on March 2, 2012 [2 favorites]


Some of them tried to hit the bridge of Pulled Up, but they couldn't pull it together in time.
posted by Team of Scientists at 7:27 PM on March 2, 2012


Set Four (missing one):
Kinks - King Kong
Kinks - Apeman
Electric Trains???? I'm going?? (couldn't hear vocals)
Talking Heads - Pulled Up
Rutles - Cheese and Onions
posted by trashflow at 7:32 PM on March 2, 2012


When the hosts are trying to get pledges, are YLT basically practicing their next set in the background? Because Iron Man or Paranoid will most certainly be coming up if so.
posted by LionIndex at 7:33 PM on March 2, 2012


Yeah, I'm definitely hearing Paranoid back there.
posted by Team of Scientists at 7:34 PM on March 2, 2012


They're rehearsing Black Sabbath in the background.
posted by 1970s Antihero at 7:34 PM on March 2, 2012


That performance of Blue Moon was pretty great.
posted by Dismantled King at 7:40 PM on March 2, 2012


Wow, the Clean?
posted by LionIndex at 7:42 PM on March 2, 2012


trashflow, you've gotten most of them. I'm just trying to keep up.

- Kinks: King Kong (animated)
- Kinks: Apeman (original promo film)
- ? (couldn't get that either)
- Talking Heads: Pulled Up (wheee!!!)
- The Rutles: Cheese and Onions (original)
posted by maudlin at 7:49 PM on March 2, 2012


YLT has recorded "With a Girl Like You" before.
posted by 1970s Antihero at 7:49 PM on March 2, 2012


Set Five:
Big Star - Blue Moon
Black Sabbath - Paranoid
The Clean - Tally Ho
Troggs (and Condo Fucks) - With A Girl Like You
Monkees (and Minor Threat) - (I'm Not Your) Steppin' Stone
posted by trashflow at 7:50 PM on March 2, 2012


Hah, Uncontrollable Urge is the song I wanted Tom to make his Best Show theme for 2012.
posted by Team of Scientists at 8:02 PM on March 2, 2012


Powderfinger was simultaneously awesome and hilarious...
posted by plantbot at 8:06 PM on March 2, 2012


Set six:
Devo - Uncontrollable Urge
Neil Young - Powderfinger
Richard and Linda Thompson - Wall of Death
Derek and the Dominoes - Layla (instrumental)
posted by trashflow at 8:13 PM on March 2, 2012


I tuned in late. I actually scheduled a flight so I'd be back at home in time to listen to this, but had some delays so missed the first couple of hours. Is the video going to be available on the archives, or is anyone recording it who'd be willing to share?
posted by plantbot at 8:18 PM on March 2, 2012


Theme from Batman was a brilliant idea for a request
posted by plantbot at 8:20 PM on March 2, 2012 [2 favorites]


I think they choose not to archive it, plantbot. Sorry, outta luck.
posted by Team of Scientists at 8:23 PM on March 2, 2012


HOLY SHIT IT'S THE SOFT BOYS. Beautiful.
posted by nebulawindphone at 8:25 PM on March 2, 2012


They never archive the recordings of this show, unfortunately. I assume for copyright reasons.

If anyone has a recording or knows where to find it, I'd love to know where it is so I can be sure not to listen to it.
posted by roll truck roll at 8:25 PM on March 2, 2012


It does seem like kind of obvious bootleg bait.
posted by nebulawindphone at 8:27 PM on March 2, 2012


They did release this a few years ago, though.
posted by Team of Scientists at 8:29 PM on March 2, 2012


Bootlegs have shown up on some music blogs before, I think. Keep an eye on Hype Machine.
posted by maudlin at 8:30 PM on March 2, 2012


The audio usually turns up in various places eventually. Just wait a week and start poking around. The video would be extra-sweet, though, and I KNOW someone's taping it. And of course I'd buy it from 'FMU if that was an option (hint, hint).
posted by plantbot at 8:31 PM on March 2, 2012


I didn't think the world needed a vaguely gynecological love song about Crispin Glover. But, I mean, I've been wrong about these things before.
posted by nebulawindphone at 8:35 PM on March 2, 2012 [1 favorite]


Set Seven (not sure about a few):
Neil Hefti - Batman TV Show Theme
"When You Hear The Little Whistle Blow Rock"? "Feel That Beat"?
Soft Boys - I Wanna Destroy You
Sparks - Angst In My Pants
Searchers ( and Neil Young) - Farmer John (w/ Ramones - Gabba Gabba Hey intercut)
Children In Adult Jails - Crispin Glover Can I Come On Over? Christian Slater Can I See You Later?"
posted by trashflow at 8:37 PM on March 2, 2012


Heard during Born to Run: "Did you bring your sax?"
posted by Team of Scientists at 8:46 PM on March 2, 2012 [1 favorite]


This would be a good time to hug your dachshund.
posted by maudlin at 8:49 PM on March 2, 2012


Gaylord is the shit
posted by plantbot at 8:50 PM on March 2, 2012 [1 favorite]


gah, can't believe I missed the Clean, but that was a great "Born To Run."
posted by escabeche at 8:50 PM on March 2, 2012


Set Eight:
Bruce Springsteen & The E-Street Band - Born To Run
Blues Magoos - (We Ain't Got) Nothin' Yet
Nick Lowe - Marie Provost (Gaylord Fields on vocals)
Velvet Underground - Sweet Jane
Replacements - Nightclub Jitters (medley) included:
(not played)
Dinosaur Jr - The Wagon (not played)
Townes Van Zant - If I Needed You
Bruce Springsteen - Bobbie Jean
Dillard and Clark - Why Not Your Baby
George Jones - The King Is Gone (a/k/a Yadda Dadda Doo)
Moody Blues/Peter Gabriel/Pink Floyd
Tim Dog - Fuck Compton (Gerard C's request)
Neil Young - Flying On The Ground Is Wrong (Vicky W's request)
The Sweet - Little Willie Won't Go
Mott The Hoople - All The Young Dudes
Michael Bolton
Fleshtones - Please Mr. Custer
Verlaines - Death and the Maiden (Steven B's request)
Tom Jones - It's Not Unusual To Be Loved By Anyone
Taylor Swift - Safe and Sound
Unrest - I Do Believe That You Are Blushing
Hee Haw Song
Monkees - Pleasant Valley Sunday
Haircut 100 - Love Plus One
Break Even - Falling To Pieces
Rocky Horror Show song
Big Star - Back of the Car
Big Star - For You
posted by trashflow at 9:08 PM on March 2, 2012 [2 favorites]


Thanks for keeping the setlist going, trashflow. You should hang out on Metafilter on the other days of the year too.
posted by roll truck roll at 9:12 PM on March 2, 2012 [2 favorites]


Awesome work, trashflow!
posted by maudlin at 9:13 PM on March 2, 2012


They didn't play my request this year, or even acknowledge it in the medly.
posted by trashflow at 9:20 PM on March 2, 2012


Hooray, got here just in time! Not.

Oh well, I'll hope someone captured the audio at least. I've been a fan of this since they released the Daniel Johnston phone-in, but have never heard it live.
posted by intermod at 9:21 PM on March 2, 2012 [1 favorite]


The "Electric Trains" entry might have been Leaving Trains, although I have no idea what song.
posted by intermod at 9:24 PM on March 2, 2012


I don't think it was the Leaving Trains. I wrote down the words "electric trains" because those were some of the only lyrics I thought I could make out.
posted by trashflow at 9:38 PM on March 2, 2012


Okay, here's my semi-final list. Any help filling in the blanks would be welcome:

Yo La Tengo - 2012 WFMU All Request Marathon
March 3, 2012


Bent Fabric - Alley Cat
Every Mother's Son - Come On Down To My Boat
Flying Machine - Smile A Little Smile For Me
Spooner Oldham & Dan Penn ( & Yo La Tengo) - I'm Your Puppet
Tall Dwarfs - Crush
Bent Fabric - Alley Cat

Bob Hilliard & Carl Sigman - Civilization (Bongo, Bongo, Bongo (I Don't Want to Leave the Congo) (from the Broadway musical "Angel in the Wings," originally sung by Elaine Stritch)
NRBQ - I Want You Bad
Bonzo Dog Band - I Want to Be With You
Monkees - I Wanna Be Free
Monkees - Daydream Believer

Lesley Gore - Sunshine, Lollipops, and Rainbows
The Marvelettes - Please Mr. Postman
Shangri-Las - Leader of The Pack
Sam Cooke - Bring It On Home To Me
Misfits - Hybrid Moments

Kinks - King Kong
Kinks - Apeman
Electric Trains???? I'm going?? (couldn't hear vocals)
Talking Heads - Pulled Up
Rutles - Cheese and Onions

Big Star - Blue Moon
Black Sabbath - Paranoid
The Clean - Tally Ho
Troggs (and Condo Fucks) - With A Girl Like You
Monkees (and Minor Threat) - (I'm Not Your) Steppin' Stone

Devo - Uncontrollable Urge
Neil Young - Powderfinger
Richard and Linda Thompson - Wall of Death
Derek and the Dominoes - Layla (instrumental)

Neil Hefti - Batman TV Show Theme
"When You Hear The Little Whistle Blow Rock"? "Feel That Beat"?
Soft Boys - I Wanna Destroy You
Sparks - Angst In My Pants
Searchers ( and Neil Young) - Farmer John (w/ Ramones - Gabba Gabba Hey intercut)
Children In Adult Jails - Crispin Glover Can I Come On Over? Christian Slater Can I See You Later?" (Pseu Braun on vocals)

Bruce Springsteen & The E-Street Band - Born To Run
Blues Magoos - (We Ain't Got) Nothin' Yet
Nick Lowe - Marie Provost (Gaylord Fields on vocals)
Velvet Underground - Sweet Jane
Replacements - Nightclub Jitters (medley) included:
(not played)
Dinosaur Jr - The Wagon (not played)
Townes Van Zandt - If I Needed You
Bruce Springsteen - Bobby Jean
Dillard & Clark - Why Not Your Baby
George Jones - The King Is Gone (So Are You)
Moody Blues/Peter Gabriel/Pink Floyd
Tim Dog - Fuck Compton (Gerard C's request)
Neil Young - Flying On The Ground Is Wrong (Vicky W's request)
The Sweet - Little Willy
Mott The Hoople - All The Young Dudes
Michael Bolton
Fleshtones - Please Mr. Custer
Verlaines - Death and the Maiden (Steven B's request)
Tom Jones - It's Not Unusual To Be Loved By Anyone
Taylor Swift - Safe and Sound
Unrest - I Do Believe You Are Blushing
Hee Haw Song
Monkees - Pleasant Valley Sunday
Haircut 100 - Love Plus One
Break Even - Falling To Pieces
Rocky Horror Show - Dammit Janet
Big Star - Back Of A Car
Big Star - For You
posted by trashflow at 9:40 PM on March 2, 2012 [2 favorites]


My request did not get played :(
but I did get mocked by Ira :)

I'm pleased that Big Star directly preceded Black Sabbath, just as they do on my LP shelf. Pseu's song about Crispin Glover and Christian Slater was fucking fabulous.
posted by FelliniBlank at 4:48 AM on March 3, 2012


Okay, I think I filled in all the gaps and corrected all the errors in my real-time transcription. This version should be final and correct:

Bent Fabric - Alley Cat
Every Mother's Son - Come On Down To My Boat
Flying Machine - Smile A Little Smile For Me
Spooner Oldham & Dan Penn ( & Yo La Tengo) - I'm Your Puppet
Tall Dwarfs - Crush
Bent Fabric - Alley Cat (reprise)

Bob Hilliard & Carl Sigman - Civilization (Bongo, Bongo, Bongo (I Don't Want to Leave the Congo) (from the Broadway musical "Angel in the Wings," originally sung by Elaine Stritch)
NRBQ - I Want You Bad
Bonzo Dog Band - I Want to Be With You
Monkees - I Wanna Be Free
Monkees - Daydream Believer

Lesley Gore - Sunshine, Lollipops, and Rainbows
The Marvelettes - Please Mr. Postman
Shangri-Las - Leader of The Pack
Sam Cooke - Bring It On Home To Me
Misfits - Hybrid Moments

Kinks - King Kong
Kinks - Apeman
Byrds - Goin' Back
Talking Heads - Pulled Up
Rutles - Cheese and Onions

Big Star - Blue Moon
Black Sabbath - Paranoid
The Clean - Tally Ho
Troggs (and Condo Fucks) - With A Girl Like You
Monkees (and Minor Threat) - (I'm Not Your) Steppin' Stone

Devo - Uncontrollable Urge
Neil Young - Powderfinger
Richard and Linda Thompson - Wall of Death
Derek and the Dominoes - Layla (instrumental)

Neil Hefti - Batman TV Show Theme
A-Bones - A-Bomb Bomp
Soft Boys - I Wanna Destroy You
Sparks - Angst In My Pants
Premiers (and Neil Young) - Farmer John (w/ Ramones - Gabba Gabba Hey intercut)
Children In Adult Jails - Crispin Glover (Pseu Braun on vocals)

Bruce Springsteen & The E-Street Band - Born To Run
Blues Magoos - (We Ain't Got) Nothin' Yet
Nick Lowe - Marie Provost (Gaylord Fields on vocals)
Velvet Underground - Sweet Jane
Replacements - Lovelines (medley) included: Dinosaur Jr - The Wagon; Townes Van Zandt - If I Needed You; Bruce Springsteen - Bobby Jean; Dillard & Clark - Why Not Your Baby; George Jones - The King Is Gone (So Are You); Moody Blues/Peter Gabriel/Pink Floyd; Tim Dog - Fuck Compton (Gerard C's request); Neil Young - Flying On The Ground Is Wrong (Vicky W's request); The Sweet - Little Willy; Mott The Hoople - All The Young Dudes; Michael Bolton; Fleshtones - Please Mr. Custer; Verlaines - Death and the Maiden (Steven B's request); Tom Jones - It's Not Unusual To Be Loved By Anyone; Taylor Swift - Safe and Sound; Unrest - I Do Believe You Are Blushing; Hee Haw Song; Monkees - Pleasant Valley Sunday; Haircut 100 - Love Plus One; Break Even - Falling To Pieces; Meatloaf - Paradise By The Dashboard Light; Big Star - Back Of A Car; Big Star - For You

Highlights IMHO: Tall Dwarfs - Crush; The Marvelettes - Please Mr. Postman; Misfits - Hybrid Moments; Derek and the Dominoes - Layla (instrumental); Nick Lowe - Marie Provost (Gaylord Fields on vocals); Velvet Underground - Sweet Jane.

My request that was not played: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_7LS_x_px48
posted by trashflow at 9:42 PM on March 3, 2012


Really dying to hear their cover of Crush, by Tall Dwarfs. No sign yet :(
posted by Corduroy at 10:18 PM on March 3, 2012


Two final corrections:
(1) A commenter on the Matador Records Blog reports that the seminal recording of “I’m your Puppet” was released by James and Bobby Purify in 1966. Another version was subsequently recorded by Sam & Dave in 1967. The YLT version sounds pretty faithful to the Purify version. Dan Penn released his own recording of the song in 1994, but "I'm Your Puppet" is most closely associated with the Purifys despite the fact that they didn’t write it.

(2) Bruce Bennett of the A-Bones (and of Yo La Tengo during the WFMU Marathon) reports that the track “A-Bomb Bomp” (in the seventh set) which I eventually attributed to The A-Bones was actually a cover of a song originally recorded by Mike Fern.
posted by trashflow at 7:22 AM on March 7, 2012


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