Archive for the 'Yo La Tengo' Category

Wednesday, August 26th, 2015

Yo La Tengo is unmistakable. Over the last 31 years, the Hoboken band has created a signature style, one that’s comprised of identifiable building blocks: Georgia Hubley’s hushed, husky voice and drumming, which balances a jazzy lilt and garage rock minimalism; James McNew’s insistently driving and melodic bass; Ira Kaplan’s cooing voice and rangy guitar […]

Thursday, June 4th, 2015

Fans of Yo La Tengo’s softer side received some very good news this week with the announcement of the band’s latest LP, Stuff Like That There, out August 28th. It’s being pitched as a “spiritual sequel” to YLT’s beloved, semi-acoustic 1990 album, Fakebook, which masterfully mixed covers, re-worked originals and new songs. Judging from the two songs […]

Wednesday, December 3rd, 2014

At this point, it’s hard to imagine a world without Yo La Tengo. The band celebrates their 30th anniversary this week with a series of east coast shows, and yesterday released a deluxe reissue of their 1993 masterpiece Painful packed to the gills with bonus material: demos, live recordings and unreleased nuggets (not to mention […]

Monday, February 11th, 2013

Recently, I was thinking about artists who have been around awhile and whose work has been labeled as ‘influential’ at one point or another. Thirteen albums into their career, Yo La Tengo certainly falls into that lot. But what makes a listener care about their new music? It’s an interesting question. Why should I care […]

Tuesday, March 1st, 2011

The Yo La Tengo gang hit Los Angeles last week at the El Rey with their Wheel-O-Songs—which fortuitously included a set comprised of tunes via their garage rock alter-egos, Condo Fucks. (That album, by the way, remains a favorite in the YLT ancillary project universe). The band clearly loves a good cover as evidenced on […]

Wednesday, December 1st, 2010

It’s the first of December. In addition to it being the first day in the last month of the year, it’s also when I allow myself to begin with the month-long Christmas song onslaught. For fans, Yo La Tengo’s annual run of Hanukkah shows in Hoboken has become the stuff of legend. So, in keeping […]

Monday, May 10th, 2010

Last week, while discussing unofficial compilations, I suggested that readers share some if their favorites in the comments. In doing so I asked myself the same question. While a number come to mind, I want to highlight a set that was put together by the now defunct music blog Setting The Woods On Fire. In […]

Wednesday, July 22nd, 2009

Matador just released “Here to Fall,” the second mp3 teaser off Yo La Tengo’s upcoming LP, Popular Songs, which is slated for retail shelves September 8th.  The band plays the Avalon, here in Los Angeles, October 15th. Related: Yo La Tengo :: They Shoot, We Score Download: MP3: Yo La Tengo :: Here to Fall […]

Saturday, July 11th, 2009

“If you build it, they will come,” or in the case of Yo La Tengo, if they record it I will most likely eventually get around to listening to it — whatever the it may be.  In this case, the it in question is a collection of tracks the group  scored for various films over […]