Jad Fair w/ Yo La Tengo - Live at Slim's - 89 min.

Recorded live in San Francisco, CA, 11/21/98

Setlist information courtesy of Rob


A really good show with Jad Fair: a mother lode of short, occasionally frenzied, weird and goofy little songs.

A very spooky, atmospheric sound on some tracks ("Helpful Monkey", "Ingenious Scientist", "Young Hearts Break"). Very unusual version of "Drug Test": no drums, just a swimmy-sounding guitar and Ira and Georgia singing. The second song in a long medley, all the songs blurred together.

Some really nice quiet songs, "Circus Strongman", "Embarrassed Teen". Georgia sings "Ashes on the Ground" with Jad.

...and some great rock and/or roll numbers: "Texas Man Abducted", "Big Day Coming", and a swaggeringly over-the-top "You Turn Me On". "Big Day Coming" has a very cool oscillating organ sound and some effects very much like in "Evanescent Psychic Pez Drop".

Many goofy moments, most notably in Jad's monologue in the middle of "Casper the Friendly Ghost", which is hilarious.

About 25 minutes into the show Ira seems kind of stunned by the whole affair, announcing (as if to himself) "oh my goodness". Then: "hey Georgia, maybe you should play a song on that drum set, 'cause if you do, you'll have played every instrument we've got and every piece of equipment."

Audience, excellent sound: very crisp treble, a little light on bass; a solid A. A few tiny diginoise patches early on that I was mostly able to eliminate with the aid of Cool Edit 2000's audio cleanup plugin.

Michael Edmonson (edmonson@sdf.lonestar.org)