I was minding my own business at work, miserably checking the Guardian’s liveblog as United clinched their 20th title. It was an act of self-flagellation as RVP scored again and again. What a jerk. So I didn’t pay too close attention, just enough to savor some pain. But then…. this showed up:
Now, as Yo La Tengo are one of the greatest American rock bands of the past 25 years, they’re naturally one of my favorites. But not everyone worldwide is on board with my opinion of the band. And this is the Guardian, a British paper, on a specialty football liveblog. There is no context whatsoever. The previous several posts do not lead to this one.
Who the fuck is Lars Neale? Snow Patrol- how dare he? What a lame jibe! But it seems that somewhere someone has combined two of the most delicious things, Yo La Tengo and Arsenal Football Club, into a mindblowing confection.
The comment made me lose all concentration, and I spent the next five minutes idiotically scrolling up and down the livefeed, trying to find the root of it. I google “Lars Neale” and “Allan Castle” and come up with nothing. Eventually my eyes refocus and I see that at the very bottom, in the very beginning, the blogger had posted the video for Yo La’s most recognized tune, “Sugarcube.” A nice way to start it all off, I think. Too nice, really, for the teams involved, but whatever, a little generosity is fine. I also realize that the blog isn’t formatted like they usually are: all comments are being emailed to the blogger, and he’s publishing a few in his own posts. I begin reading upwards, and come upon this:
The connection between Arsenal and Yo La Tengo is not quite as fantastic as I originally hoped, in fact it’s a bit pathetic. The guy insults both. And Allan Castle isn’t cool; he’s wikipedia-ing a band that he says he knows about, and using the terrible phrase “fashionable amongst the cognoscenti.” (By the way, the definitive caricature of Yo La Tengo is here). Allan Castle… a disappointment. I’m all for kinship, but let’s really love the things we love.