Rob Sheffield has many things to say about Rebecca Black. This is great if just for the burn on Fleet Foxes.
AND THE SABRINA SHOUT OUT OH MY GOD
This is not a fib - I was there too, marking the first (and presumably, last) time I have ever seen Yo La Tengo get booed.
Even though I knew that the novelty factor would wane after 10 mins or so, I was firmly in the “into it” camp - it was uncanny how much Ira nailed the delivery of his character (and to a lesser but still impressive extent, James). Frankly, I admire them for sticking with it - the band had clearly put a long time into practicing their lines and it would have somehow felt like a defeat to wind it down early.
But. While YLT has certainly earned enough goodwill to do pretty much whatever they want, I too was baffled and disappointed by the extended intermission that followed. Given that there was an extremely long and involved break/tuning session after the opening act (the surprisingly great William Tyler), and given that the instruments were left untouched during the first set, it was extremely off-putting to suffer through another long break (and for some reason, more tuning). Simply put, it just didn’t feel very Yo La Tengo-y, especially given the ticket price.
But yeah, once back onstage, they killed it. Perhaps in a nod to the previous 50 minutes, they launched into a percussion-heavy rendition of “The Room Got Heavy” and it was all jams from there. I bought a coffee mug.