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YACHT’s dynamic synth pop duo of Jona Bechtolt and Claire L. Evans took an untraditional route for this installment of Under The Influence, interspersing songs with books and pieces of art that influenced their new album Shangri-La. In the band’s words: … More »

New York just became the 6th largest state to approve same-sex marriage. Yes! The Senate bill passed 33-to-29, Governor Cuomo signed the measure shortly after, and the law goes into effect in 30 days. A historic night to be sure, one probably best not spent in front of a laptop. Too late. But in case… More »

PROGRESS REPORT: Portland’s cosmic dancers to release Shangri-La this summer.

After being on the phone with YACHT — the dynamic twosome of Jona Bechtolt and Claire L. Evans — one thing quickly becomes clear: these two people are, in all likelihood, having a lot more fun than most people on… More »

More YACHT stories

YACHT – “Holiday” (Weezer Cover)

Fun fact: according to Jona Bechtolt, his YACHT partner Claire L. Evans "...used to run the #2 most-popular Weezer fansite." Consider this cover a fan…
jessica | February 9, 2010 - 5:20 pm

Stereogum & team9 Present… MySplice 4: 2009 Mashed Up

There could not have been a more apt ID3 than that of Freelance Hellraiser's "Stroke Of Genius," the MP3 that launched this decade's most fitting…
Scott Lapatine | December 23, 2009 - 10:59 am

YACHT Remix Wolfmother

Jona and Clare magically make "New Moon Rising" sound much less like an overblown Lenny Kravitz outtake. You can download it, along with Fontän and…
brandon | September 10, 2009 - 10:13 am

New YACHT Video – “Psychic City (Voodoo City)”

The video for YACHT's perfectly summery "Psychic City (Voodoo City)," from their perfectly summery LP See Mystery Lights, has Jona and Claire demonstrate a slew…
Amrit Singh | July 29, 2009 - 1:02 pm

New YACHT – “Psychic City”

Now a duo signed to DFA, YACHT have grand plans for See Mystery Lights, their debut for James Murphy's label. One such plan involves bulging…
Amrit Singh | May 27, 2009 - 1:57 pm

YACHT Cover The Fabulous Stains

YACHT pay tribute to the 1981 pre-riot grrl cult flick Ladies And Gentlemen, The Fabulous Stains via their forthcoming "Don't Put Out" 7". "Waste Of…
brandon | May 14, 2009 - 10:56 am

YACHT Unveil Seizure-Friendly See Mystery Lights Cover Art

When we were down in Austin (last year) asking terrible Texas trivia questions of any rockers who were bored enough to answer, Jona Bechtolt and…
Amrit Singh | April 9, 2009 - 5:18 pm

New YACHT Video – “Summer Song”

There's been a few developments in the world of YACHT since last we checked in. For one: YACHT is now a full-time duo, with the…
Amrit Singh | August 19, 2008 - 3:01 pm

YACHT Remixes Stereolab, Ratatat

Remixes can be a dime a dozen (or a penny a laptop), but after listening to YACHT's tweaks of Stereolab and Ratatat tunes for a…
brandon | August 12, 2008 - 10:09 am

MTV Lets Us Know Portland Has Bands, Basements, Rain, Trees

Echoing Slate's out-of-date Portland exposé from this past fall, MTV's followed the momentum of their Brooklyn 2008 piece with a feature on PDX. What we…
brandon | July 16, 2008 - 3:43 pm


YACHT is the brainchild of ex-Blow member and current-MacBook Air "Airmail" co-inventor Jona Bechtolt. …
jim | July 16, 2008 - 6:06 am

Stereogum’s Texas Music Trivia – Round 2

In addition to shooting a ton of performances in Austin last week, we subjected many of our favorite acts to Texas music trivia. You saw…
Stereogum | March 19, 2008 - 11:37 am

SXSW: Stereogum’s Texas Music Trivia – Round 1

The people of Austin are nice enough to welcome thousands (and thousands) of vagabond music fans into their city for a few days each year,…
brandon | March 16, 2008 - 5:58 pm

Free YACHT & Blow Instrumentals

Giving us something better than a penny to pick up, the always kind Portland beat-tweaker Jona Bechtolt's posted a bunch of free YACHT and Blow…
Stereogum | December 21, 2007 - 9:32 am

New YACHT – “See A Penny (Architecture In Helsinki Remix)”

AiH and YACHT are known to dip into each other's troughs: they're tourmates; YACHT was one of the many (many, many) tapped to rework Architecture's…
Stereogum | June 21, 2007 - 5:16 pm

More Songs For The Summer From YACHT, Immaculate Machine

With no consensus pick emerging from our call for your top summer jamz, YACHT steps up to the plate with an unsubtly-titled track aiming for…
Stereogum | June 6, 2007 - 1:22 pm

New YACHT Video – “See A Penny (Pick It Up)”

Stereogum Puppet Show DJ Jona Bechtolt (a.k.a. YACHT, one-half of the Blow) entrusted the directorial direction of his first clip from I Believe In You.
Stereogum | May 7, 2007 - 3:21 pm

On Location With YACHT, Architecture In Helsinki

A couple of our favorite artists are rolling out high-concept vids for their blog-sweeping tracks and were good enough to pass along some still shots…
Stereogum | April 12, 2007 - 11:41 am

New YACHT – “See A Penny (Pick It Up)”

The Blow beatsmith and Live 'Gum alum YACHT (a/k/a Jona Bechtolt) has made the first single available from his forthcoming, third solo effort, enchantingly titled…
Stereogum | March 26, 2007 - 9:31 am

New Yacht Video – “Healthy Student”

Here's a clip from a cool project from The Blow beatsmith and Stereogum Puppet Show DJ, YACHT. This track comprises samples Nirvana and ONLY Nirvana,…
Stereogum | March 13, 2007 - 9:40 am