Various ‎– Yoyo A Go Go - Another Live Compilation - July 15-20 1997

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Yoyo Recordings ‎– YOYO-LP-10
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Recorded live at the historic Capitol Theater in Olympia, WA. This record is only a portion of the performers that appeared at Yoyo A Go Go.

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blind_squirrel

blind_squirrel

November 27, 2010
edited over 8 years ago

I have listened to this compilation many, many times and have come to love it. While some tracks are pretty noisy and not necessarily great like "Loud Machine", there are a lot of gems on this one and it feels like this festival in '97 was very nice to see.

I bought it because I'm collecting Smith records, but his version of Rose Parade isn't too far off the albeit brilliant Either/Or version of that year, just him solo with his guitar. Some of the bands which went on to get some sort of fame deliver pretty well here, namely Built To Spill, an early, for the lack of words, rather heavy Modest Mouse, with Brock shouting "Dirty Fingernail!" over and over again, also Sleater-Kinney with a nice energetic version of their song.

But what I like most is the singer/songwriter, Lo-Fi stuff on here, in my opinion with some gems. Darnielle of The Mountain Goats, bit of a misleading name for a solo act, is quoting the brilliant "A Case Of You" by Joni Mitchell to start his short song, a small highlight for me on this LP. Other highlights are Jason Traeger, The Feelings, Little Red Car Wreck, Mecca Normal and Mirah in the singer/songwriter section of this compilation, so there is definitely a lot to explore.