Review: Yo La Tengo

Yo La Tengo

Anyone who is a fan of Yo La Tengo’s fourth full-length, Fakebook (released in 1990), will be pleased to hear its unofficial “sequel,” Stuff Like That There, prepared to hit record stores on August 28th for its 25th anniversary.  The original line-up (Ira Kaplan, Georgia Hubley, James McNew, Dave Schramm) went back in the studio with producer, Gene Holder (of the dB’s) for 14 beautifully compiled folk songs that weave in and out of remakes, familiar covers, and a handful of brand new songs.

You find yourself at the end of a school dance surrounded by nothing but a ghost town full of balloons and streamers swaying alone in your fanciest shoes. Everyone has gone off to the next big thing, but you choose to share a moment with the greatest catch of all; soothing sounds and your true love. Kurt Wagner gives credit to the band for “embracing the people who they still hold close and making a spirited noise about it.” Listen and feel for yourself.

Listen to this: in a hammock under a starlit sky after having a great time with your favorite people.
—Lia Braswell

Check out the new Yo La Tengo video for their song “Friday, I’m in Love.”

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