Local DIY acts tUnE-yArDs and Citay joined up with other indie acts at the Bowery Ballroom in New York City on Sunday to celebrate the 10-year anniversary of indie/punk bible Our Band Could Be Your Life. In order to give a proper homage to the revered tome, and the bands that inspired it, each artist covered songs by one of the 13 bands mentioned in the book. And thanks to NPR's All Songs Considered, you can hear each set from the show.
Oakland's tUnE-yArDs performed a Sonic Youth tribute, a freakish and powerful (aren't they always?) take on the no-wavey "The Burning Spear," from Sonic Youth's 1981 debut, while San Francisco's Citay covered Mission of Burma's "Trem Two" and "Peking Spring." Those tributes joined 12 other bands who took the Bowery Ballroom stage, which included Dirty Projectors' Black Flag, Ted Leo's Minor Threat, Titus Andronicus' Replacements, Dan Deacon's Butthole Surfers, St. Vincent's Big Black, and a speech by Our Band author Michael Azerrad.
The full concert recording can be found here.