27 August 2020
Veteran alt-rockers YO LA TENGO from New Jersey just announced a new EP called SLEEPLESS NIGHT, with covers of five of their favorite songs. One of Bob Dylan, The Flying Machine, The Delmore Brothers, Ronnie Lane, and The Byrds and one new track of their own.
The covers were all initially released as part of a limited-edition catalog for a Los Angeles Country Museum Of Art retrospective of the Japanese artist Yoshitomo Nara who assisted the band to choose the five covers.
You can hear here their take on THE BYRDS‘ ballad I WASN’T BORN TO FOLLOW, co-written by Carole King and Gerry Goffin, which was part of the soundtrack of the classic movie Easy Rider…
YO LA TENGO: Facebook
New sonic impulses…
14 July 2020
Veteran indie rockers YO LA TENGO shared a pretty weird track called, take a deep
breath, JAMES AND IRA DEMONSTRATE MYSTICISM AND SOME CONFUSION HOLDS (MONDAY). Definitely a contender for the longest song title of the year. It’s a six-minute weirdly droning (on an organ I suppose) jam by band members Ira Kaplan and James McNew in the band’s Hoboken, New Jersey rehearsal room. It sounds like if they both
fell asleep with their heads on the organ for a while. That monotone, yes.
Their comment: “In late April, with the outside world weighing on everybody, we determined that the two of us could assemble in Hoboken without disobeying the rules laid out by Governor Murphy, and resumed ‘practicing’ hardly describes it, because we’ve done no practicing per se, and anyway what would be practicing for playing. James set up one microphone in the middle of the room in case we stumbled on something useful for the future. Instead we decided to release something we did right now.”
Fall asleep here…
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Brand new sonic impulses…
29 October 2018
Almost ten years ago THE LEMONHEADS released their 9th studio album entitled
Varshons. A record of covers from artists such as GG Allin, Wire, Leonard Cohen, and
Linda Perry with guest performances from actress and Aerosmith frontman’s daughter
Liv Tyler and model Kate Moss and guitarist John Perry of legends The Only Ones playing
on five tracks.
On 8 February 2019 the follow-up covers LP VARSHONS II will be launched with versions by Dando and his band of songs by big names such as the Eagles, Lucinda Williams, Florida Georgia Line, Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds and one beauty from New Jersey veterans Yo La Tengo. Here’s the charming and tender CAN’T FORGET…
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Can’t Forget (Yo La Tengo) / Settled Down Like Rain (Jayhawks) / Old Man Blank (The Bevis Frond) / Things (Paul Westerberg) / Speed Of The Sound Of Loneliness (John Prine) / Abandoned (Lucinda Williams) / Now And Then (Natural Child) / Magnet (NRBQ) / Round Here (Florida Georgia Line) / TAQN (The Eyes) / Unfamiliar (The GiveGoods) / Straight To You (Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds) / Take It Easy (The Eagles)
Longtime alternative rockers YO LA TENGO (they formed in 1984 in Hoboken, New Jersey) will release their 15th album ‘There’s A Riot Going On‘ on 16th March. A record dealing with the chaos and the confusion of our troubled era. I guess you could actually make double and triple albums about the turbulent times we live in these days. Today the band shared the fifth track from the upcoming longlayer. FOR YOU TOO is an ongoing trance like trip droning gently forward while singer Ira Kaplan‘s vox floats all over it. Self-reflective, moony and romantic. We know by now that, underneath, these experienced daydreamers always spread a wave of hope and never give up vibe, even in their darkest moments. Probably the reason why they keep surviving, in style and with significant high-quality-songwriting…
Here’s the audio clip…
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New album THERE’S A RIOT GOING ON – out 16 March via Matatdor Records
YO LA TENGO
Wednesday 31 May 2017