Yo La Tengo brought just a touch of normality to our pandemic times with two socially distanced shows at MASS MoCA in North Adams, MA on Friday and Saturday nights. Mind you it was still a little surreal, playing above the museum's courtyard from an elevated loading bay. "Live from the set of Space:1999," the band joked on Instagram.
Each night had an audience of only 100 or so with Yo La Tengo playing mostly acoustic. As they tend to do, Ira, Georgia and James peppered their sets with covers: Friday night included Bob Dylan's "Wanted Man," Wilco's "If Ever I Was a Child," Richard & Linda Thompson's "For Shame of Doing Wrong," and The Velvet Underground's "I Heard Her Call My Name" in addition to YLT songs like "Ohm," "Stockholm Syndrome," "I Feel Like Going Home" and more.