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love, on a laserbeam, from brooklyn (with 111 mp3s)

Friends! Landlubbers! Brooklynites!

I sincerely hope you are all weathering the season with minimum
weather-induced mope and maximum nog.

Here are 111 songs — old faves, new friends, Dylan covers, shuffle-zen,
etc.. — I have thought ginchy since the last time I did one of these (and
in a more compatible file format, too):

Sorry about all the ads & clutter on MegaUpload, here’s how to navigate it:
1. Click above link.
2. Ignore flashing lights, find code next to MegaUpload logo, enter code into special box, click “download.”
3. Wait 45 seconds (sing rousing chorus of “Contact” while watching onscreen
counter, waving arms), click “Free download.”
4. Save! Go!

…when on harddrive, click on file

Helper monkeybots are on call in the comments section to answer any technical

Other’n that, see y’all next year.


ylt hanukkah mixes, 12/07

The Yo La Tengo Hanukkah mixes: part 1 and part 2.

Part 1: Georgia, Ira, James, Todd-O-Phonic Todd Abramson
Part 2: Yoshitomi Nara, Matmos, Eye, David Cross

If you enjoy the mixes, please consider donating to the charities for which they were intended. (See original setlists for more info.)

Happy holidays y’all. Check back in soon for my own holiday megamix.

frow show, episode 34

Episode 34: Christmas in Bourgwick…

Listen here.

(Thanks to Boomy for many Holiday Sounds from the Way Out.)

1. “Silent Night” – Ween (from Merry Little Christmas compilation)
2. “A Very Special Christmas, part 2” – Wayne Butane
3. “Frow Show Theme” – MVB
4. “Christmas at Ground Zero” – Weird Al Yankovic (from Polka Party)
5. “In the Hot Sun of A Christmas Day” – Caetano Veloso (from Caetano Veloso (1971))
6. “Santa Claus Is Ska-Ing To Town” – Granville Williams Orchestra (from Trojan Christmas box set)
7. “Sugar Rum Cherry” – Duke Ellington (from Three Suites)
8. “It’s Christmas Time” – The Qualities (from Sun Ra: The Singles compilation)
9. “Reindeer Boogie” – Hank Snow
10. “Run Rudolph Run” – Keith Richards (from Run Rudolph Run single)
11. “Rock n Roll Santa” – Yo La Tengo (from Merry Christmas from… EP)
12. “12 Days of Christmas” – Twin Peaks cast (from KROQ Acoustic Christmas compilation)
13. “Christmas With William S.” – The Olivia Tremor Control (from Singles and Beyond compilation)
14. “The Priest, They Called Him” – William S. Burroughs and Kurt Cobain (from The Priest, They Called Him EP)
15. “Turkey Song” – Stephan Mathieu and Ekkehard Ehlers (from Heroin)
16. “Blue Christmas” – Ernest Tubb

steve martin’s “the bohemians”

The Frow Show will return tomorrow with a special Christmas in Bourgwick episode. For now, Steve Martin’s “The Bohemians,” from Cruel Shoes (1979). Kinda makes ya nostalgic for a simpler age, eh?

Were they rebels? Were they artists? Were they outcasts from society? They were all of these. They were The Bohemians.
These bohemians, Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Williams, and their seven children, Biff, Tina, Sparky, Louise, Tuffy, Mickey, and Biff Number Two, lived in a notorious artists’ colony and planned community.

Naturally, the bohemians’ existence thrived on creativity. Early in the morning, Mrs. Williams would rise and create breakfast. Then, Mr. Williams, inspired by his wife’s limitless energy, would rush off to a special room and create tiny hairs in a sink. The children would create things, too. But being temperamental artists, they would often flush them away without a second thought.

But the bohemians’ creativity didn’t stop there. Mr. Williams would then rush downtown and create reams and reams of papers with numbers on them and send them out to other bohemians who would create special checks to him with figures like $7.27 written on them.

At home, the children would be creating unusual music, using only their voices to combine in avant-garde, atonal melodies.

Yes, these were the bohemians. A seething hot-bed of rebellion — the artists, the creators of all things that lie between good and bad.

ornette coleman on interviews

Ornette Coleman, quoted in Howard Mandel’s Miles, Ornette, and Cecil:

When you ask a question or make a statement it’s either that you know the subject that you’re talking about or you’re trying to express something without the persons you’re talking to changing their views of it. You try to make their view of it more clear to them so they can stay more natural, rather than to think that you’re just trying to get them to repeat something to make you feel more secure or something.

Coleman gets at the artificial casualness of the typical interview, where the interviewer has to figure out how to best ask a question without leading the witness, so to speak. Often, this involves some sort of carefully managed reduction of the questioner’s knowledge of his subject. Despite wanting an interview to flow like a natural conversation, the very relationship between interviewer and subject makes it virtually impossible.

“mr. tambourine man” – bob dylan

“Mr. Tambourine Man” – Bob Dylan (download)
recorded 30 July 1999, Jones Beach Amphitheater, Wantagh, NY (download whole show)

(file expires December 24th)

(And… reentry complete.) A friend of mine once negatively characterized Bob Dylan’s live vocals as “UPdownUPdownUPdown.” And not inaccurately. But, Dylan’s too ornery to alternate so blandly (except when he is). It’s like Mike Gordon said — speaking of criticisms that the Grateful Dead just ran up and down scales together — you have to know when to go down and when to go up. Given Dylan’s gnarled voice — part affected, part acquired — even the up/downs sometimes get blurred, which is why I’m so frabjously psyched about this summer ’99 soundboard, in which Dylan cuts through completely.

In Chronicles, Dylan spins a probably bullshit yarn to describe his improvised vocal melodies, taught to him by Lonnie Johnson, involving “an odd- instead of an even-numbered system” and “a highly controlled system of playing [that] relates to the notes of a scale, how they combine numerically, how they form melodies out of triplets and are axiomatic to the rhythm and the chord changes.” Which is where the UPdownUPdown comes from. And the fastSLOWfastSLOW, and all the layered combinations.

At its best, though, it all congeals into melody, as it did during shows I saw in 1999 and 2000, when Dylan’s Larry Campbell-dominated band blew both Paul Simon and Phil Lesh’s genial revues off the summer shed stages. This “Mr. Tambourine Man” resists singalongs and stumbles, almost surprised at itself, around a new melody, with all the revelation that entails. Dylan never quite sings it directly — which is sort of the point, like an improvisation unresolved — but still delivers appropriate drama. This is what I love about live Dylan. It can be elusive, and I’m glad I finally have a solid example I can point to. If you don’t like it, well, there it is.

So, who’s got the awesome Never Ending Tour soundboards? Sendspace that shit up. (Thx to Ace Cowboy for digging this one up.)

“i wanna be your partner” – bob dylan & “fourth time around” – yo la tengo

“I Wanna Be Your Partner” – Bob Dylan (download)
from Dimestore Medicine bootleg, c. 1966

“Fourth Time Around” – Yo La Tengo (download) (buy)
from I’m Not There OST

(files expire December 21st)

(Re-entry continues…) Yo La Tengo’s two Bob Dylan covers on the soundtrack to Todd Haynes’ I’m Not There — “I Wanna Be Your Lover” and “Fourth Time Around” — constitute a tiny sub-category in Dylan’s work: response songs to the Beatles. The former lifts its chorus from Lennon/McCartney so-cast-off-they-let-Ringo-sing “I Wanna Be Your Man” (supplanting Dylan’s earlier draft, the proto-PC “I Wanna Be Your Partner”). “Fourth Time Around,” meanwhile, is Dylan’s rewrite of “Norwegian Wood,” with a similar plot (cheekily oblique conversation about an affair) set to a similar melody in a similar mood. Dylan’s version is way more sly, of course, with its wry put-downs (“your words are not clear, you better spit out your gum”) and the snotty/Britty crutch/crotch double entendre at its end (“I didn’t ask for your crutch, now don’t ask for mine”). Intentional choice on YLT’s part to mirror Haynes’ meta-textual orgy? Only the nose knows for sure. The nose being Ringo.

“i’ll keep it with mine” – yo la tengo

“I’ll Keep It With Mine” – Yo La Tengo (download)
recorded 30 December 2005, Maxwell’s, Hoboken, NJ

(file expires December 20th)

Sleep. Soon. In the meantime, to aid in the ever-so-gradual reentry, the Georgia-sung “I’ll Keep It With Mine” from the stunning sleeper show the night before New Year’s, 2005. Purdy Nico arrangement (superior to Dylan’s clunkier demo, oddly), aided by Rolling Thunder/sessionman stringdude David Mansfield. Sleep. Now. But first, maybe headphones. (Thx to Neil & Brandon for the tunes.)

the phlorescent mcnewtang clan & eddie (ylt, night 8)

(My now-complete Maxwell’s reports: part 1, part 2.)

Yo La Tengo at Maxwell’s
11 December 2007
*(Hanukah, night 8)*
Times New Viking and David Cross opened.

Mix disc by Ira.

Night Falls on Hoboken
Eight Day Weekend (Gary “U.S.” Bonds)
Double Dare
Cone of Silence
The Weakest Part
Mr. Tough
Paul Is Dead
Stockholm Syndrome
I Should Have Known Better
Autumn Sweater (organless version)
Watch Out For Me, Ronnie
Blue Line Swinger
Love Power (Herb Hartic/Norman Blaoman) (with Hanukah shout-outs)

*(encore)* with Howard Kaylan of the Turtles/Flo & Eddie
Hungry Heart (Bruce Springsteen) (with Beth Murphy of Times New Viking on keyboards)
You Baby (P.F. Sloan/Steve Barri)
One Potato, Two Potato (The Crossfires)
Love Songs in the Night (Michael Brown)
Metal Guru (T-Rex)
She’d Rather Be With Me (The Turtles)

(Please post all corrections, etc., in comments.)

a rum-tiddy-pum (ylt, night 7)

Yo La Tengo at Maxwell’s
10 December 2007
*(Hanukah, night 7)*
The New Pornographers and Andy Blitz opened.

Mix disc by Yoshitomo Nara.

TV Party (Black Flag) (sung as “Dreidel Party”)
From A Motel 6
The Room Got Heavy
False Alarm
Beanbag Chair
Mr. Tough
Magnet (NRBQ) (with Jon Wurster of Superchunk on drums)
Saturday (with JW)
The Story of Jazz
We’re An American Band
Mushroom Cloud of Hiss
You Can Have It All (George McCrea) (all on drums)

*(encore)* with Roy Loney of the Flamin’ Groovies on vocals and Bruce Bennett on guitar
Have You Seen My Baby (Randy Newman)
High Flyin’ Baby (Flamin’ Groovies)
Teenage Head (Flamin’ Groovies)
Slow Death (Flamin’ Groovies)

(Please post all corrections, etc., in comments.)

midnight train to hoboken (ylt, night 6)

(also: my reviews so far.)
Yo La Tengo at Maxwell’s
9 December 2007
*(Hanukah, night 6)*
Redd Kross and Heather Lawless opened.

Mix disc by Eye.

Eight Days A Week (The Beatles)
I Should Have Known Better
Autumn Sweater
Pass the Hatchet, I Think I’m Goodkind >
Last Days of Disco
Today is the Day (fast)
Sometimes I Don’t Get You
The Weakest Part
Out the Window
Drug Test
Tom Courtenay
I Heard You Looking (with Joe Puleo on organ)
Our Way To Fall

September Gurls (Alex Chilton) (with Redd Kross)
Bus Stop (The Hollies) (with Redd Kross)
Who Loves the Sun (Velvet Underground) (with Redd Kross)
Calling Dr. Love (KISS) (with Redd Kross)
My Little Corner of the World (Bob Hilliard/Lee Pockriss) (with Ira’s mom)

(Please post all corrections, etc., in comments.)

the ghost of henry chadwick (ylt, night 5)

Yo La Tengo at Maxwell’s
8 December 2007
*(Hanukah, night 5)*
Dew-Claw, Sarah Vowell, and Amy Poehler opened.

Mix disc by Georgia.

Barnaby, Hardly Working
Stockholm Syndrome
Tears Are In Your Eyes
Season of the Shark
Don’t Say A Word (Hot Chicken #2)
Song For Mahlia
The River of Water (with Dave Rick of Dew-Claw/ex-YLT on guitar)
Sometime In The Morning (Carole King/Gerry Goffin) (with DR and Stephen Hunking on vocals/guitar)
E.T.I. (Blue Oyster Cult) (with DR and SH)
Mr. Tough
Big Day Coming
Watch Out For Me, Ronnie
The Story of Yo La Tango

*(encore)* with Alex Chilton on guitar and vocals
I’ve Had It (The Bell-Notes)
The Oogum Boogum Song (Brenton Wood)
Let Me Get Close To You (Carole King/Gerry Goffin)
Femme Fatale (Velvet Underground)
Baby Strange (T-Rex)
Hey Little Child (Alex Chilton)
Government Center (Modern Lovers)

(Please post all corrections, etc., in comments.)

the i-ra arkestra (ylt, night 4)

Yo La Tengo at Maxwell’s
7 December 2007
*(Hanukah, night 4)*
Endless Boogie and Todd Barry opened.

Mix disc by James.

Cherry Chapstick
Evanescent Psychic Pez Drop
Pass the Hatchet, I Think I’m Goodkind
Little Eyes
The Crying of Lot G
The Summer
The Weakest Part
Beanbag Chair
Detouring America With Horns
I Should Have Known Better
Tom Courtenay
Heroin (Velvet Underground, Roky Erickson arrangement) (with Jesper Eklow of Endless Boogie on guitar)
Take Care (Alex Chilton)

*(encore)* with Alex Chilton on guitar and vocals
Let Me Get Close To You (Carole King/Gerry Goffin)
‘Til The End of the Day (The Kinks)
Time Is On My Side (Jerry Ragovoy) (with Tammy Lynn Michaels on vocals)
Femme Fatale (Velvet Underground)
Hey Little Child (Alex Chilton)
Jeepster (T-Rex) (with Todd Barry on drums)

(Please post all corrections, etc., in comments.)

the todd-o-phonic sound (ylt, night 3)

Yo La Tengo at Maxwell’s
6 December 2007
*(Hanukah, night 3)*
The dB’s and Eugene Mirman opened.

Mix disc by Todd Abramson.

Nuclear War (Sun Ra)
Five Cornered Drone (Crispy Duck)
The Race Is On Again
Autumn Sweater
The Weakest Part
Mr. Tough
No Water (with Chris Stamey of the dB’s on guitar)
I Wanna Be Your Lover (Bob Dylan) (with CS on organ, Gene Holder on guitar, Will Rigby on 2nd drums)
Cast A Shadow (Beat Happening) (with GH and WR on drums)
Don’t Have To Be So Sad (with WR)
Tom Courtenay
Styles of the Times
Watch Out For Me, Ronnie
I Heard You Looking (with Joe Puleo on organ)

Heart Full of Soul (The Yardbirds) (with CS)
The Question (Will Rigby) (with WR)
Solitary Man (Neil Diamond) (with Jim James of My Morning Jacket on vocals and guitar)
Secret Agent Man (P.F. Sloan/Steve Barri) (with JJ)
Hard Luck Woman (KISS) (with JJ)

(Please post all corrections, etc., in comments.)

sudden ira (ylt, night 2)

Yo La Tengo at Maxwell’s
5 December 2007
*(Hanukah, night 2)*
The Clean and John Oliver opened.

Mix disc by David Cross.

Green Arrow
Eight Day Weekend (Gary “U.S.” Bonds)
Pass the Hatchet, I Think I’m Goodkind
Stockholm Syndrome
The Room Got Heavy
Beanbag Chair
Winter A Go Go
Nowhere Near
This Diamond Ring (Gary Lewis)
Upside Down
Deeper Into Movies (with Hamish Kilgour of the Clean on 2nd drums)
Big Day Coming (fast) > (with HK)
Little Honda (The Beach Boys) (with HK)

Blitzkrieg Bop (instrumental) (The Ramones)
Easy Action (T-Rex) (with David Kilgour and Bob Scott of the Clean on vocals)
Seemingly Stranded (David Kilgour) (with DK, BS and Mac McCaughan of Superchunk on organ)
What Am I Gonna Do? (The Dovers) (with DK, BS, and MM)
Blitzkrieg Bop (The Ramones) (with BS)

(Please post all corrections, etc., in comments.)

the return of the mcnewtang clan (ylt, night 1)

Yo La Tengo at Maxwell’s
4 December 2007
*(Hanukah, night 1)*
Versus and Jon Benjamin and Jon Glaser opened.

Mix disc by Matmos.

Carnival Time (Al Johnson) (sung as “Hanukah Time,” with Mike, Jeff, and Steve on horns)
Mr. Tough (with Mike, Jeff, and Steve on horns)
We’re An American Band
Damage (with James Baluyut of Versus on guitar)
She’s My Best Friend (Velvet Underground)
Flying Lesson (Hot Chicken #1)
Alyda (Georgia on keys)
I Feel Like Going Home (Georgia on keys)
From A Motel 6
Sudden Organ
Watch Out For Me, Ronnie
The Story of Yo La Tango

Autumn Sweater (with Jon Glaser as “Kim” on vocals)
What’s My Name (The Clash) (with Mark Arm of Mudhoney on vocals)
Operation (Circle Jerks) (with Mark Arm)
Too Animalistic (Angry Samoans) (with Mark Arm)
Ain’t Talkin’ ‘Bout Love (Van Halen) (with Mark Arm)
Cabaret (Fred Ebb/John Kander) (with Mark Arm)

(Please post all corrections, etc., in comments.)

frow show, episode 33

Episode 33: Get yer mind off winterttime…

Listen here.

1. “It Takes A Lot to Laugh, It Takes A Train To Cry” – Yo La Tengo (from Wingding BBC session)
2. “You Ain’t Goin’ Nowhere” – Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova (from I’m Not There OST)
3. “Frow Show Theme” – MVB
4. “Faust Arp” – Radiohead (from thumbs_down webcast)
5. “Bodies” – Tunng (from Comments of the Inner Chorus)
6. “I’ve Seen It All” – Bonnie “Prince” Billy (from Ask Forgiveness)
7. “Kim Smoltz” – Ween (from The Mollusk demos)
8. “Walcott” – Vampire Weekend (from Blue CD-R)
9. “Night Comes Creeping” – The Screaming Trees (from Anthology)
10. “Playing In the Band” – The Grateful Dead (from 1979/12/28 Oakland Coliseum)
11. “Nuclear War (version 1)” – Yo La Tengo (from Nuclear War EP)

a stop in springfield, mass, 11/07

“walcott” – vampire weekend

“Walcott” – Vampire Weekend (download)
from Blue CD-R

(file expires December 10th)

Gak, there are so many reasons why I wanna hate Vampire Weekend. Despite my love for Graceland and Remain in Light, the idea of nostalgia for ’80s world-pop sung seems kinda repellant, let alone revived by a buncha Ivy Leaguers singing about being Ivy Leaguers. Plus, they seem a perfect embodiment of the indie archipelago’s shift towards what once would’ve been considered totally goddamn bland/lite. There are times when Vampire Weekend might as well be the Gin Blossoms. Geeze, fuck me in the beard.

At first, “Walcott” was a perfect summary of all that. I mean, how entitled do you have to be to sing about being bored at Cape Cod?

But it’s such a winning hook — “outta Cape Cod, outta Cape Cod tonight” — that it becomes the sonic equivalent of a recklessly charming preppy, all windswept hair and big smile and kinda creepily Aryan. Really, though, bling is in, and there’s a certain cross-cultural egalitarianism in the concept. For that, Vampire Weekend communicate it in a different way than their hip-hop equivalents. For them, instead of strife and drugs and violence and struggle, it’s about safety and warmth. Fuzzy, even. Certainly, the channeling of the ’80s — childhood for the band’s presumed 20something listeners — doesn’t hurt. All that comes part and parcel with the songs, though, which linger, linger, linger.