Longtime fans of Yo La Tengo are well aware of the trio’s encyclopedia-like knowledge of music, displayed through their penchant for peppering their concerts with outrageous, leftfield covers of everything from Sun Ra’s “Nuclear War” to Jackson Browne’s Fast Times At Ridgemont High sex anthem “Somebody’s Baby.” So, the appearance of this mysterious side project, where they claim to be an obscure Matador catalog act from New London, Connecticut called Condo Fucks (perhaps a snide reaction to the corporate gentrification of their beloved Hoboken and the Lower East Side?) should not come as a surprise. Entitled Fuckbook (a spin on Yo La’s own indelible 1990 covers album, Fakebook), Georgia Condo, Kid Condo and James McNew blast through 11 glorious fast, fuzzy and frantic renditions of a wide array of AOR and post-punk nuggets from the likes of The Kinks, The Small Faces, The Electric Eels, The Flamin’ Groovies, Richard Hell, The Beach Boys, The Troggs and Slade. Fans of the kinder, gentler Yo La Tengo may be taken aback by the ferocity with which the trio attacks these songs. However, those who have braved their yearly Hanukkah residency at Maxwell’s will certainly understand.
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