Yo La Tengo - "Ohm" video

Ohm,” the sighing drone that opens Yo La Tengo’s excellent new album Fade, is one hell of a song, and when I saw them earlier this year, they played two different versions of it in the same show. The song’s new video is a fantastical animated affair, one that stars various clones of band members, a tentacled VW bug, a way-too-complicated mathematical equation, and, I’m pretty sure, the cigar-chomping cartoon baby from Who Framed Roger Rabbit. Lil Bush creator Donick Cary directed the video, and you can watch it below.

Fade is out now on Matador, and a forthcoming triple-12″ single version of “Ohm” will include “a printed flat in a 4-box poly shower curtain display case,” whatever that is.

Comments (3)
  1. Such a beautiful song deserves better than a Flash animation, no? The math part is a neat idea, though. They should have shot that live-action as the entire video.

  2. I’m curious about the two different versions of the song played live. I’m presuming one was styled like on the album, and the other was…different? Is that right? How so?

  3. Recent Yo La Tengo shows have been two-set affairs……they open with an acoustic set, and the second half of the show is electric. So they start off by playing acoustic Ohm, and then the fully amped electric version on the album later in the show.

    They essentially play it the same way, but the acoustic version is rather whispered and lovely.

    I think it’s one of their single best songs in years, so it makes sense. So nice, they play it twice!

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