Yo La Tengo – “Periodically Double or Triple”

Of all the things one might expect from Yo La Tengo, I doubt that a game-show style wheel of chance was on anyone’s list. But, lo, on their latest nationwide tour, the band is making extra-sure that every show is special, with an element of uncertainty that should make things very interesting. To allow them to explain:

For our January/February tour dates, we’ve decided to take the advice of Blood, Sweat & Tears to “ride a painted pony/let the spinning wheel spin.” And just in case that’s not self-explanatory, read on.

We’re going to split our performance into two sets. At the beginning of the night, we’ll bring a Wheel of . . . Fortune? Fate? What ARE those carnival things called? . . . on stage, and spin it. Whatever comes up, that’s what the first 45 minutes will be. Here are the possibilities:

1. Condo Fucks:

[TBB note: Condo Fucks is a YLT alter ego that released Fuckbook, an album of covers, in 2009] 50 million Fuckbook fans can’t be wrong!

2. Dump: [TBB: James McNew’s solo project] Why should Nijmegen and Claremont get all the fun? Is this the night Dump plays your town? Only the wheel knows.

3. The Freewheeling Yo La Tengo:
You ask a question; we answer the question, and maybe follow up with a song.

4. The Name Game:
Have you ever noticed how many Yo La Tengo songs include someone’s name? More than 45 minutes’ worth, that’s for sure, so who knows which ones we’ll do on any given night.

5. Sitcom Theater:
The lucky audience in attendance the night the wheel lands on this space will get to see band and crew act out a classic sitcom.

6. Songs Starting With S:
The only thing more common than a Yo La Tengo song with a name is a Yo La Tengo song starting with S (only one song fits both categories). So many, in fact, that we cannot promise that all of them are on the table, as it were. But we do promise that there will be songs rarely, if ever, heard live.

7. The Sounds of Science part 1
8. The Sounds of Science part 2
[TBB: YLT soundtracked a series of underwater documentary shorts, collected as The Sounds of the Sounds of Science] All of the lovely sounds we created, but none of that pesky science. We’re leaving the movies at home, and dividing the 90-minute program in half.

Quite a wide variety of choices there! If you haven’t yet purchased tickets to the show, some good news: We’re giving away a pair of tickets to Yo La Tengo’s February 22nd show at the Fox Theater (8pm, $25) to the person with the most entertaining answer to the following questions:

Which choice do you hope the wheel lands on at the show? Why?

Entries should be sent to contest[at]thebaybridged.com and should include your full name and the subject line “Yo La Tengo.” We’ll announce a winner on Wednesday, February 9th.

If you don’t win, know that tickets are currently still available for the show, which is part of Noise Pop 2011.