Jesse Jarnow

“i’m your puppet” & misc. ylt business

“I’m Your Puppet” – Yo La Tengo (download here)
from Mr. Tough 7-inch (2006)
released by Matador

1. Here’s the newest obscura, a literal B-side from the “Mr. Tough” single: a cover of Dan Penn and Spooner Oldham’s “I’m Your Puppet.” Presumably a Beat Your Ass leftover, it’s got lovely strings (David Mansfield?), and is a welcome addition to the late-night playlist.

2. To reach the resources of the old, one now has to use the Wayback Machine at to consult a mirror of the old via the now-old version of The URLs get pretty hilarious. It is here (no graphics, so just, like, wave your arrow over the links to find what yer looking for).

3. So, apparently, there was a BBC session, recently? I seemed to have missed this. Some curious covers on the setlist. Anybody end up with a copy?

4. YLT played in Jersey City on Friday.

Yo La Tengo at the Landmark Loew’s Jersey Theatre
29 September 2006
Why? opened

Pass The Hatchet, I Think I’m Goodkind
Flying Lesson (Hot Chicken #1)
The Weakest Part
Sometimes I Don’t Get You
Winter A Go Go
Mr. Tough
Beanbag Chair
I Feel Like Going Home
Stockholm Syndrome
I Should Have Known Better
Watch Out For Me, Ronnie
Tom Courtenay
The Story of Yo La Tango
I Heard You Looking

*(encore 1)*
Oklahoma USA (The Kinks)
Rocks Off (The Rolling Stones)

*(encore 2)*
Cast A Shadow (Beat Happening)
Did I Tell You?


  1. Michael Slaboch says: - reply

    Hi Jesse,
    Was Why? worth checking out? I’d really have to hustle over to the Vic to catch him after work on Thrusday.

  2. Jesse says: - reply

    In my opinion, yeah, Why? is totally dope: weird hip-hop/indie fusion that (to my ears) works perfectly and sounds like nobody else. “Elephant Eyelash” was one of my faves of last year, but I wasn’t sure how it’d play out live, but the answer was “very creatively.” One dude on drums/vibes, frontdude on keys/mini-drums, one dude on guitar/Rhodes.

  3. neil d says: - reply

    Me and my entourage were of the opinion that Why? was only slightly less annoying than the pinlights that the lighting guy kept flashing in our faces, but I can certainly see that mileage may vary. I can agree on “sounds like nobody else,” though.
    Also, I second the call for somebody to share the BBC show if possible. Apparently Sunsquashed’s RSS feed is busticated, because I never saw his post that this was happening until too late.

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