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If anything big came out on Thursday evening, you’ll note that it’s not on this list. I wrote this yesterday afternoon, as I am now on a plane to Chicago for the Pitchfork Music Festival. If you see me there, say hi; I’ll be the tall guy. Even without any late-breaking additions, this was a… More »

Last weekend at Soldier Field in Chicago, the Grateful Dead played a series of farewell shows with Phish frontman Trey Anastasio standing in for the late Jerry Garcia. Alex Bleeker, who has covered the Dead with his bands Real Estate and the Freaks, was in attendance all three nights. We asked him to share hisMore »

The literary giant Alexis Krauss said it best: It was the best of times, it was the worst of times. From big-budget campaigns to no-budget crowdfunding, the haves and have-nots alike made selling albums an art unto itself this year, staving off the format’s impending extinction for now and turning music fandom into an exceptionally… More »

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Yo La Tengo – “Friday I’m In Love” (The Cure Cover) Video

Yo La Tengo’s mostly-covers album Stuff Like That There comes out next month, and it includes the band’s takes on songs from Hank Williams, the Lovin’ Spoonful, and, um, Yo La Tengo. (We posted their revamped version of their own song “Deeper Into Movies.”) But the song from the album that we were most excited… More »

By: Tom Breihan / July 14, 2015 - 12:56 pm

Listen To Yo La Tengo On The Best Show

Yesterday, eternal Hoboken indie deities Yo La Tengo announced the impending release of their new album Stuff Like That There, a collection of covers. They also shared two of the songs that’ll appear on the album: A new version of their own classic “Deeper Into Movies” and a take on “Automatic Doom,” a song from… More »

By: Tom Breihan / June 3, 2015 - 11:42 am

Yo La Tengo Announce New Album Stuff Like That There, Share Two Songs

Yo La Tengo have announced Stuff Like That There, a new album made up of covers, reworkings of old songs, and a few new tracks. The album is a spiritual successor of sorts to 1990’s Fakebook, which had pretty much the same structure. Covers on this one include takes on the Cure, Hank Williams, the… More »

By: James Rettig / June 2, 2015 - 10:20 am

Download Condo Fucks’ (AKA Yo La Tengo’s) Covers Set For Cake Shop’s 10th Anniversary

Back in 2009, Yo La Tengo released Fuckbook, an album of scrappy, noisy lo-fi punk under their alter-ego Condo Fucks. And every once in a while, YLT will dust off that Condo Fucks name to play a set of covers. This past Friday, they played the Cake Shop, the tiny Lower East Side venue that… More »

By: Tom Breihan / May 26, 2015 - 3:17 pm

Yo La Tengo – “Suspirica”

Old 3C is a Columbus record label specializing in reissues of classic Ohio punk and indie-rock records, managed by Paul Nini of ’80s underground titans the Great Plains. The label’s 50th and final release is called Fifty@50, and it comprises 50 previously unreleased songs, each 50 seconds long. A press release hilariously describes the com… More »

By: Chris DeVille / January 8, 2015 - 5:27 pm

Clickhole Takes On “Sex With With All 3 Members Of Yo La Tengo”

The Onion’s sister site Clickhole posted an article today called, “I Regret Waiting Until Marriage To Have Sex With All 3 Members Of Yo La Tengo,” where the author lamented that she saved sex for marriage when she could have had sex with all three members of the New Jersey band. “All throughout high school… More »

By: James Rettig / October 23, 2014 - 7:16 pm

Yo La Tengo Announce 20th Anniversary Painful Reissue, 30th Anniversary Shows

Even if their annual Hanukkah shows won’t be happening now that Hoboken haven Maxwell’s is closed, Yo La Tengo will still be doing a series of special concerts this December. 12/2 marks the band’s 30th anniversary, and to celebrate they’re playing a run of four shows — two in New York and one each i… More »

By: Chris DeVille / October 21, 2014 - 1:04 pm

Yoko Ono & Yo La Tengo Glastonbury Video Goes Viral For All The Wrong Reasons

At Glastonbury a week and a half ago, Yoko Ono played a set with Yo La Tengo backing her, a big event for fans of way-out music. Ono is 81 years old and still capable of slashing through any noise around her, and this is badass. And a video of Ono and Yo La Tengo… More »

By: Tom Breihan / July 8, 2014 - 10:17 am

Watch Yo La Tengo, Jeff Tweedy, Decemberists, Ginuwine, & Letters To Cleo On Parks And Rec’s Season Finale

Last night, the great NBC sitcom Parks And Recreation ended its sixth season with an hour-long finale. All season, the show has been building up to the Pawnee Unity Concert, an effort to bring the show’s town of Pawnee, Indiana after it merged with Eagleton, its neighboring rival. And so the show went out big,… More »

By: Tom Breihan / April 25, 2014 - 9:33 am

Yo La Tengo, Decemberists, Ginuwine To Appear With Jeff Tweedy On Parks & Rec

One of the major plot lines in the back half of this season of Parks And Recreation is the department’s attempt to put on a Pawnee-Eagleton Unity Concert. We’ve already heard that Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy will be stopping by for the concert, and we now know that Yo La Tengo, the Decemberists, Ginuwine, and Letter… More »

By: James Rettig / March 28, 2014 - 12:20 pm

Stereogum’s 50 Favorite Songs Of 2013

Determining the year’s best albums is, admittedly, a subjective pursuit. But even more than an albums roundup, a list of songs is an intensely personal way to sum up a year in music. It is a process of appreciating the trees in a forest so sprawling it can never be mapped out entirely, celebrating the… More »

By: Stereogum / December 12, 2013 - 1:09 pm

The 50 Best Albums Of 2013

Earlier this year, New York Times pop critic Jon Caramanica wrote a piece about pop’s Summer Of Smooth, about how many of this year’s big warm-weather crossover hits were soft and breezy and immaculately produced and comforting pieces of throwbacky, slick pseudo-R&B. Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” drove the narrative, but it also encompassed Bruno Mar… More »

By: Stereogum / December 3, 2013 - 10:58 am

Yo La Tengo, Ira Glass, & Eugene Mirman – “Toymageddon” Video

Thanks to the iconic Hoboken venue Maxwell’s shutting down, Yo La Tengo’s annual Hanukkah residency is over for good, but that doesn’t mean the band is through with quirky seasonal celebrations. They used this year’s Festival Of Lights as an occasion to share a new post-apocalyptic Christmas song called “Toymageddon” featuring This American Life host… More »

By: Chris DeVille / December 2, 2013 - 10:25 am

Painful Turns 20

Technically, Yo La Tengo existed for almost a decade before Painful. But the Yo La Tengo we know and love begins here, with the record that turns 20 years old tomorrow. It was the first to feature the lineup that continues on today, matching married founding members Ira Kaplan and Georgia Hubley with most excellent… More »

By: Chris DeVille / October 4, 2013 - 2:06 pm

Yo La Tengo – “Super Kiwi”

Earlier this year, New Jersey indie royalty Yo La Tengo released their truly excellent new album Fade, and you should make a real effort to hear it if you haven’t already. One song that came from that album’s sessions but didn’t make the cut for the album is “Super Kiwi,” and the band is releasingMore »

By: Tom Breihan / October 4, 2013 - 2:03 pm

Yo La Tengo Announce Fade: Deluxe Edition

Just last night I was at tiny Stuart’s Opera House in tiny Nelsonville, Ohio, watching Yo La Tengo tear through two sets — one quiet, one loud, both heavy on material from this year’s exceptional Fade. Frontman Ira Kaplan mentioned a deluxe edition of the album was on its way and that it would include… More »

By: Chris DeVille / September 18, 2013 - 12:14 pm

Justin Timberlake Squashes Kanye Beef, Films Target Commercial At Maxwell’s

Earlier this year, Justin Timberlake and Kanye West took a couple of minor swipes at each other. Onstage at one of his shows, Kanye had told the crowd, “I got love for Hov, but I ain’t fuckin’ with that ‘Suit & Tie.'” Timberlake guested on SNL soon after, and he tweaked the lyrics to “Suit… More »

By: Tom Breihan / August 29, 2013 - 9:23 am
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