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March 13, 2009 4:18 PM   Subscribe

For the fourteenth year, Yo La Tengo will murder the classics tonight. (Previously: 2002 2006 2007 2008)

Unlike many community radio fundraisers, WFMU's marathon is one of the most beloved times of the year among the station's followers. You have only two more days to make your pledge and secure one of these mix CDs arranged by WFMU DJs. You can download an mp3 from each premium at the WFMU blog.
posted by roll truck roll (61 comments total) 14 users marked this as a favorite

 
Yeah, I think they are about $300,000 short.
posted by R. Mutt at 4:21 PM on March 13, 2009


Freebird!
posted by carsonb at 4:22 PM on March 13, 2009


Yeah, I think they are about $300,000 short.

And it sucks too, because if I understand the situation correctly, if they don't buy the new antenna this year, they lose their license (not for the station, for the new antenna).

I've pledged twice, and won something both times. There clearly needs to be more competition.
posted by roll truck roll at 4:24 PM on March 13, 2009


(Which is not to say I'm not thrilled about winning stuff. Because I sure am.)
posted by roll truck roll at 4:28 PM on March 13, 2009


Awesome, I'm always meaning to catch this but I've only heard it once . . . I'll be near a computer tonight so I shall stream it. YLT is not my absolute favorite band, but they really sound like they're having a good time during these things, and that's infectious.
posted by arcanecrowbar at 4:48 PM on March 13, 2009


Yeah, arcanecrowbar, that's pretty much how I feel too, though these sessions have definitely compelled me to give YLT's records a second listen.

I especially love how they'll go find your song in WFMU's vaults if they don't know it.
posted by roll truck roll at 5:17 PM on March 13, 2009


I just hope some anonymous donor saves this station because I have received 2 mass emails from Station Manager Ken sounding very worried this week. I'm scared
posted by wheelieman at 5:41 PM on March 13, 2009


Thanks for this! I just turned on my radio for the first time in years.
posted by goingonit at 5:41 PM on March 13, 2009


Listening now. And just pledged.
posted by ocherdraco at 5:55 PM on March 13, 2009 [1 favorite]


That Kokomo cover was great. Did you request something, ocherdraco?
posted by roll truck roll at 6:03 PM on March 13, 2009


They just mentioned Metafilter.
posted by mr_roboto at 6:10 PM on March 13, 2009


Good job, Margaret... you, whoever you are.
posted by pokermonk at 6:10 PM on March 13, 2009


Yeah! That was my pledge! :D
posted by ocherdraco at 6:10 PM on March 13, 2009 [1 favorite]


They just gave a shoutout to someone from Metafilter.
posted by roll truck roll at 6:11 PM on March 13, 2009


Ha. I'm slow.
posted by roll truck roll at 6:11 PM on March 13, 2009


I was about to say "hey they just mentioned mefi..." and saw I've been seriously beaten to the punch.

hooray for group listening experiences, though.
posted by theoddball at 6:12 PM on March 13, 2009


DUDE!
posted by ocherdraco at 6:13 PM on March 13, 2009


Winner!
posted by pokermonk at 6:14 PM on March 13, 2009


mazal tov!
posted by goingonit at 6:14 PM on March 13, 2009


(And by DUDE! I mean OMG I JUST WON SOMETHING!)
posted by ocherdraco at 6:14 PM on March 13, 2009


Yay ocherdraco!
posted by roll truck roll at 6:14 PM on March 13, 2009


happy dance happy dance happy dance!
posted by ocherdraco at 6:16 PM on March 13, 2009


This is the most excruciating version of "Motor Away" I've ever heard. I love it.

Dude, next year post this earlier in the day. I missed out on the first few songs.

Where's my credit card? I've got some financial supportin' to do.
posted by ardgedee at 6:19 PM on March 13, 2009


This is absolutely fantastic. Thank you so much, roll tuck roll for posting. (That version of Victoria had me grinning ear to ear.)
posted by thebergfather at 6:31 PM on March 13, 2009


The setlist so far, as best as I could figure it. I'm actually sure about every song ID below except for the Stevie Wonder, which is an educated guess but could be wrong:

Popcorn (Hot Butter) (my request)
Little Willie Won’t Go (The Sweet)
Help You Ann (Lyres)

Up With The People (Lambchop)
I’m A Boy (The Who)
I’m Wondering (Stevie Wonder) ???
Crimson & Clover (Tommy James & The Shondells)

Waterloo Sunset (The Kinks)
David Watts (The Kinks)
The Village Green Preservation Society (The Kinks)
Kokomo (Beach Boys)

Motor Away (Guided By Voices)
Victoria (The Kinks) (in Mark E Smith accent)
Jimmy Carter Says “Yes” (Gene Marshall) (American Song-Poem Anthology)
posted by trashflow at 6:34 PM on March 13, 2009


Ooh, thanks, trashflow. That's very helpful.
posted by ocherdraco at 6:35 PM on March 13, 2009


Nice. Radio in DC is so sad, I forgot fun indie radio existed.
posted by JoanArkham at 6:40 PM on March 13, 2009


WE MEAN IT MAAAAAAAAAAAAAAN!
posted by escabeche at 6:43 PM on March 13, 2009


Twentieth Century Fox (The Doors)
Call Me (Blondie)
Season of the Witch (Donovan)
God Save The Queen (Sex Pistols)
posted by trashflow at 6:44 PM on March 13, 2009


Jimmy Carter Says “Yes” (Gene Marshall) (American Song-Poem Anthology)

Ah, I wondered what that was.

Dude, next year post this earlier in the day. I missed out on the first few songs.

I do apologize for that. I was actually going to post it last night, and then I didn't. I also kept figuring someone else would.

For the record, I've won this and this. WFMU is your cool friend who knows about all the cool stuff.
posted by roll truck roll at 6:52 PM on March 13, 2009


More people pledge and include MeFi in your pledge so we can identify you in the shoutout! This is fun!
posted by ocherdraco at 6:56 PM on March 13, 2009


OK, Yo La Tengo, you played the Clean and "What Goes On" back to back and you have made me pledge.
posted by escabeche at 7:06 PM on March 13, 2009 [2 favorites]


All of you reading this thread tomorrow missed an insane guitar solo, by the way.
posted by escabeche at 7:06 PM on March 13, 2009


One Bad Apple (Osmonds) (written by George Jackson)
Rockin’ Robin (Bobby Day/Michael Jackson)
Getting Older (The Clean) (dedicated to Richard Davies of The Moles & Cardinal)
What Goes On (Velvet Underground)
posted by trashflow at 7:06 PM on March 13, 2009


roll truck roll, thank you so much for posting this!

My shiny-brand-new American huge Yo La Tengo fan husband talks of this *all* the time and I never thought I'd have the opportunity to listen.

Truly these internets and live streaming are fabulous things indeed!

Rock lobster!
posted by the.carol.baxter.experience at 7:16 PM on March 13, 2009


I don't get Rock Lobster. Can someone explain?
posted by pokermonk at 7:17 PM on March 13, 2009


Rock lo-o-obster! Rock lo-o-obster!
posted by ocherdraco at 7:17 PM on March 13, 2009 [1 favorite]


Sure, pokermonk: The album version of "Rock Lobster" (released in 1979) clocks in at about seven minutes and contains superficially nonsensical lyrics about a beach party and excited rants about real or imagined marine animals ("There goes a dog-fish, chased by a cat-fish, in flew a sea robin, watch out for that piranha, there goes a narwhal, here comes a bikini whale!"), accompanied by absurd, fictional noises attributed to them (provided by Pierson and Cindy Wilson, Pierson provided the higher-pitched noises and Wilson the lower-pitched ones); the chorus consists of the words "Rock lobster!" repeated over and over. [wiki]
posted by ocherdraco at 7:20 PM on March 13, 2009 [1 favorite]


The key there is "superficially nonsensical." They are nonsensical on the surface, but below the surface they are DEEEEEEEP.
posted by ocherdraco at 7:21 PM on March 13, 2009


Woo, heard my name on the radio! They didn't mention MetaFilter though.

pokermonk, I think ocherdraco explained it pretty well. You see, it wasn't a rock.... it was a ROOOOOOCCCCCCKKKKK LOBSTER!

Wow, this version of "Naive Melody" reminds me of that Van Halen concert where they played the backing synth track in the wrong key.
posted by escabeche at 7:22 PM on March 13, 2009


Oh. I see.
posted by pokermonk at 7:24 PM on March 13, 2009


Rock Lobster (B52s)
Stir It Up (Bob Marley)
This Must Be The Place (Naïve Melody) (Talking Heads)
Glad All Over (Dave Clark Five)
posted by trashflow at 7:26 PM on March 13, 2009


Clearly they didn't quite settle their discussion abut which key to play "Glad All Over" in.
posted by roll truck roll at 7:27 PM on March 13, 2009


> Woo, heard my name on the radio! They didn't mention MetaFilter though.

They didn't read my message either. Oh well. I won't withhold the money for that.
posted by ardgedee at 7:34 PM on March 13, 2009


Okay, I couldn't ID the last track in that set. Did anyone get it?

Ticket To Ride (Beatles)
Night Moves (Bob Seger)
(?) My Mother Sky (?)
posted by trashflow at 7:49 PM on March 13, 2009


Could it have been a weird Elvis medley? Snowbird, and Burning Love, and I don't know what else?
posted by kowalski at 7:56 PM on March 13, 2009


Maybe this? I don't know the song.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mother_Sky

Mother Sky (From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia)

Mother Sky is a song by the krautrock group Can, written by Holger Czukay, Jaki Liebezeit, Michael Karoli, Irmin Schmidt, and Damo Suzuki. Lasting fourteen and a half minutes, it was recorded in July 1970 for the soundtrack of Jerzy Skolimovsky's film Deep End and released in 1970 on Can's Soundtracks album. It opens in mid guitar solo before settling down into a familiar Can groove as singer Damo Suzuki mulls the relative merits of madness and "Mother Sky".

"Mother Sky" was covered by the UK band Loop for their Black Sun 12" in 1988 and is available as a bonus track on the Fade Out CD.[1]

It was also covered by Th' Faith Healers on their debut album Lido in 1992.[2][1]

In March 2005, Q magazine placed "Mother Sky" at number 48 in its list of the 100 Greatest Guitar Tracks.
posted by trashflow at 7:56 PM on March 13, 2009


I love the medley. I think last year, they used "Chantilly Lace" for this.
posted by roll truck roll at 8:06 PM on March 13, 2009


Just tuned in and heard their cover of "Another Girl, Another Planet." Can anyone point me to a torrent of this? (after it's done, of course...)
posted by hamfisted at 8:10 PM on March 13, 2009


Did they just sing a little bit of "Fernando"? AWESOME.
posted by ocherdraco at 8:10 PM on March 13, 2009


Trashflow, the mystery track was indeed that Can song.
posted by kowalski at 8:12 PM on March 13, 2009


Another Girl, Another Planet (Only Ones)
One (Is The Loneliest Number) (Nilsson/Three Dog Night)
Three Times One Minus One (T.T.O.M.O) (a/k/a David Cross and Bob Odenkirk)
Just A Little Loving (Early In The Morning) (Barry Mann/Cynthia Weill) (performed by Dusty Springfield & Sarah Vaughan)
Raspberry Beret (Prince)
Private Affair (The Saints)
I’m Stranded (The Saints)
Driver’s Seat (Sniff & the Tears)
Paper Planes (MIA)
Do you hear the __ fernando? (Pixies)
posted by trashflow at 8:15 PM on March 13, 2009


Trashflow, unless the Pixies have done a cover of it (and I don't really know the Pixies) that was "Fernando" by ABBA. (The line is "Do you hear the drums, Fernando?")
posted by ocherdraco at 8:18 PM on March 13, 2009


How right you are, ocherdraco. Thanks! I got confused by something James said right after they quoted those lyrics. I just posted the whole list on the WFMU Blog, with credit given to metafilter poster Kowalski for assisting with the Can ID and to metafilter poster ocherdraco for making the Abba ID. Here’s what I posted:

Popcorn (Hot Butter) (my request)
Little Willy (The Sweet)
Help You Ann (Lyres)

Up With The People (Lambchop)
I’m A Boy (The Who)
I’m Wondering (Stevie Wonder) (?)
Crimson & Clover (Tommy James & The Shondells)

Waterloo Sunset (The Kinks)
David Watts (The Kinks)
The Village Green Preservation Society (The Kinks)
Kokomo (Beach Boys)

Motor Away (Guided By Voices)
Victoria (The Kinks) (in Mark E Smith accent)
Jimmy Carter Says “Yes” (Gene Marshall) (American Song-Poem Anthology)

Twentieth Century Fox (The Doors)
Call Me (Blondie)
Season of the Witch (Donovan)
God Save The Queen (Sex Pistols)

One Bad Apple (Osmonds) (written by George Jackson)
Rockin’ Robin (Bobby Day/Michael Jackson)
Getting Older (The Clean) (dedicated to Richard Davies of The Moles & Cardinal)
What Goes On (Velvet Underground) (Freddy “Boom Boom” Cannon version, according to Gaylord)

Rock Lobster (B52s)
Stir It Up (Bob Marley)
This Must Be The Place (Naïve Melody) (Talking Heads)
Glad All Over (Dave Clark Five)

Ticket To Ride (Beatles)
Night Moves (Bob Seger)
Mother Sky (Can)

Another Girl, Another Planet (Only Ones)
One (Is The Loneliest Number) (Nilsson/Three Dog Night)
Three Times One Minus One (T.T.O.M.O) (a/k/a David Cross and Bob Odenkirk)
Just A Little Loving (Early In The Morning) (Barry Mann/Cynthia Weill) (performed by Dusty Springfield & Sarah Vaughan)
Raspberry Beret (Prince)
Private Affair (The Saints)
I’m Stranded (The Saints)
Driver’s Seat (Sniff & the Tears)
Paper Planes (MIA)
Fernando (Abba)
Unnamed Pixies Request
posted by trashflow at 8:27 PM on March 13, 2009


Thanks for the full setlist! And, having popped through to your profile, did you join MeFi just because of this post? Or was it fortuitous timing?
posted by ocherdraco at 8:45 PM on March 13, 2009


I joined just because of this post. Last year, I consulted mefi (but did not join) when I was similarly trying to keep score at home during the 2008 YLT All-Request Show on WFMU.
posted by trashflow at 9:12 PM on March 13, 2009


p.s. IMHO, this year’s highlights were “Help You Ann,” “Victoria,” “Jimmy Carter Says ‘Yes’,” and “Getting Older.”

And if anyone managed to record a copy of the stream, I would be more than grateful for an MP3! I can be contacted off-list at trashflow at gmail dot com.
posted by trashflow at 9:22 PM on March 13, 2009


Are you the Trashflow who put out the first Love Child 7" single? That was a solid record, used to spin that all the time.
posted by porn in the woods at 11:07 PM on March 13, 2009


Well, thanks for coming round, Trashflow! (And I hope we'll be seeing more of you.)
posted by ocherdraco at 7:48 AM on March 14, 2009


Pokermonk: I don't get Rock Lobster. Can someone explain?

"Rock Lobster" is a deeply felt commentary on the fragile ecosystem at a beach party and how it is important that the silliness factor remain at a certain homeostatic pH level so that major make-out sessions may ensue and people will share their weed with you around the campfire.

Mother Sky is a song about tripping on massive quantities of vitamin C in English and Japanese.
posted by Skygazer at 10:25 AM on March 14, 2009 [1 favorite]


PITW, yes I am indeed the same Trashflow who put out the first Love Child 7"single! Thanks for remembering! I actually got YLT to cover "Know It's Alright" on one of the WFMU Marathon shows a few years back, too! What a small world.
posted by trashflow at 1:00 PM on March 14, 2009


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