Hi, I'm a cartoon depiction of WFMU DJ Gaylord Fields (click the image to enlarge it — that's me in the upper left panel). Since 1996, the kind, generous and talented folks in Yo La Tengo have appeared on my program (or we've shanghaied the show of a co-conspirator) with instruments in hand to raise funds. (See cartoon James, Georgia and Ira — evidently, honorary "fourth Tengo" Bruce Bennett couldn't stand still long enough to be captured by graphic artist Adrian Tomine.) For this year's presentation, we'll all be crashing Pseu Braun's show on Friday, March 16th, 8-11 PM Eastern Time, where they will sing cover songs for pledges, and my job will be to antagonize a befuddled Pseu while we spiel about how and why you should pledge to the WFMU Fundraising Marathon.
Here's how it works, if you'd like to play along: You call in with a pledge of at least $100 with a cover song you want them to Yo La Tengofy. They come up with a spot arrangement and try their level best to play it. (And keep in mind that this is not "Stump the Band" — please request a song you think they'll be familiar with in order to increase the chance they can play it. They can't play a song they don't know, after all.) Be inspired by the example of cartoon Joe from Hackensack (see panel 4): Maybe your request will appear on a second volume of the long-awaited album Yo La Tengo Is Murdering the Classics (if they dare go through that again).