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12:56 pm
Tue February 26, 2013

5 Things You Should Know About Yo La Tengo

Yo La Tengo, founded in 1984, takes its name from a sporting anecdote.
Credit Carlie Armstrong / Matador Records

1. The group, which was founded in 1984 in Hoboken, New Jersey, takes its name from a sporting anecdote: Legend has it that during the 1962 season two members of the New York Mets––center fielder Richie Ashburn and shortstop Elio Chacon––collided on an all-too-frequent basis. A native of Venezuela, Chacon was confused when Ashburn would yell, “I’ve got it!” as he was going after a ball. A teammate intervened and told Ashburn that he might have more luck yelling "¡Yo la tengo!" (Spanish for “I’ve got it!”) instead. He did––only to be knocked about by left fielder Frank Thomas, who allegedly quipped, “What’s a yellow tango?”

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Jazz
9:00 am
Thu November 1, 2012

November Feature: The Marsalis Family

Throughout November, Night Train features music from today's first family of American jazz - the Marsalis Family. Though Wynton Marsalis is perhaps the best known member, father Ellis and brothers Branford, Delfeayo and Jason are also accomplished musicians with impressive careers in their own right. They also have the unique distinction of being the only family to have collectively been named NEA Jazz Masters.

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Jazz
9:00 am
Thu October 4, 2012

October Feature: Pat Metheny

Pat Metheny is one of the rare artists in jazz who combines the highest level of artistry with a popularity that extends well beyond the usual jazz circles. He is widely regarded as one of the finest guitarists of his generation and is known for his technical skill, heartland melodies and adventurous artistry.

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Music
2:09 pm
Mon August 13, 2012

Featured Artist: Patti Smith

Patti Smith was America’s first punk poet. Influenced by beat writers such as Allen Ginsberg and William S. Burroughs as much as by rock and roll and classic literature­­including French symbolist poets Paul Verlaine and Arthur Rimbaud­­Smith’s emergence from the New York punk rock scene of the 1970s ushered in a new era in popular music in which academic intellect and street smarts were equally appealing.

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