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Great Moments From Matador At 21 @ The Palms, Las Vegas

So that happened. It’ll take a few days of drying out and shutting eyes to come to terms with all that transpired in Las Vegas this weekend, though in the spirit of Matador’s three-day, boozy, purely winning 21st birthday blitz through its roster history, here’s a barely bound and scattered stream of its highlights i… More »

By: Amrit Singh / October 5, 2010 - 11:57 am

Yo La Tengo Cover Times New Viking

This is getting meta. A few months ago Times New Viking made like labelmates Yo La Tengo at an Ohio in-store for the latter’s “Nothing To Hide” video. Now Ira, Georgia and James return the favor, covering “Move To California” at this past weekend’s End Of The Festival. (Thanks for the footage, Bobby.) They tone… More »

By: brandon / September 14, 2010 - 1:35 pm

End Of The Road Festival 2010 In Photos

This past weekend Larmer Tree Gardens, near Salisbury, Wiltshire, hosted the fifth annual End Of The Road Festival. This year’s lineup continued the festival’s peripheral deviation from its folk, Americana, and alt-country roots, featuring Yo La Tengo, Black Mountain, Caribou, Iron & Wine, the Antlers, Wilco, Modest Mouse, Wolf Parade, The New Pornographers, Cymbals Eat… More »

By: Amrit Singh / September 13, 2010 - 4:19 pm

Guided By Voices Reunite For Matador 21st Anniversary Party

Jesus Lizard put on great shows in the ’90s. Just as intense, albeit in a different way, were Guided By Voices’ acrobatic karate-kicking, beer-swilling collagist epics. It’s unclear if Robert Pollard & Co. will have as much energy in 2010 (he will), but regardless, the “classic” ’93-’96 lineup’s getting back together in Las Vegas for… More »

By: brandon / June 29, 2010 - 2:51 pm

Flaming Lips & Oklahoma City Philharmonic Cover Yo La Tengo’s “Sugarcube”

Down at Bonnaroo this past weekend, the Lips played the hotly contested midnight hour on Saturday night against the Black Keys and Daryl Hall & Chromeo. We chose to visit Hall’s House because I’ve seen just about enough of Wayne’s ball (and balls) for awhile, although the band sought to make it interesting by affixing… More »

By: Amrit Singh / June 15, 2010 - 3:17 pm

Yo La Tengo – “Here To Fall (Pete Rock Remix)”

Legendary producer/emcee Pete Rock adds something new to the heavily textured “Here To Fall,” the first track on Yo La Tengo’s Popular Songs. Basically, it sounds more like an actual popular song. More specifically, Rock rewires the original’s electronics and strings to make room for chilled-out drum machines, a line about YLT being “the man,… More »

By: brandon / May 18, 2010 - 11:35 am

Coachella 2010: Pavement, Thom Yorke, Gorillaz

Friday got us dancing with LCD and Jay-Z, Saturday featured less clothing, and Sunday closed things out with a generally mellower lineup (plus more amazing weather). It was fitting the reunited Pavement played “In The Mouth A Desert.” Because the desert is where people were watching them. Even if it didn’t feel especially arid. Le… More »

By: stereogum / April 19, 2010 - 4:54 pm

Jeff Mangum To Perform At Chris Knox Benefit

Last June, the legendary New Zealand musician Chris Knox suffered a “series” of strokes. A few months later, we posted Jeff Mangum’s cover of the Tall Dwarfs gem “Sign The Dotted Line,” a take that appears on Stroke – Songs For Chris Knox, a two-disc collection released by Merge to help raise money for Knox’… More »

By: brandon / March 26, 2010 - 12:46 pm

Fucked Up & Friends Cover “Do They Know It’s Christmas?”

We waited all yesterday for this to pop up on iTunes and it’s finally arrived… No strangers to the tradition of benefit recordings — see the “David Christmas” 7″, “Year Of The Pig,” etc. — Fucked Up gathered a bunch of friends to record a cover of Band Aid’s “Do They Know It’s Christmas?” with… More »

By: brandon / December 8, 2009 - 10:11 am

Treasure Island Fest 2009 In Photos

This past Saturday and Sunday was the third annual Treasure Island Festival, on San Francisco’s Treasure Island. We sent Josh Bis to capture the weekend in photos. sounds of buzz… More »

By: Amrit Singh / October 20, 2009 - 9:31 am

Stream The New Yo La Tengo

You’ve heard a few of Yo La Tengo’s Popular Songs. Sink completely into the band’s excellent twelfth full-length over at NPR. More »

By: brandon / September 2, 2009 - 4:01 pm

New Yo La Tengo Video (Feat. Times New Viking) – “Nothing To Hide”

Yo La Tengo’s Pelham Johnston and Brandon Reichard-directed video for Popular Songs’ “Nothing To Hide” was shot at Lost Weekend Records in Columbus, Ohio with labelmates (and Columbus residents) Times New Viking playing the parts of Ira, Georgia, and James during an in-store. The clip follows in the tradition of previous Popular Songs visual treatments,… More »

By: brandon / August 19, 2009 - 8:51 am

New Yo La Tengo Video – “Avalon Or Someone Very Similar” (Stereogum Premiere)

Yo La Tengo’s been generous with advance listens of their lovely and nostalgic new collection Popular Songs, so far offering previews via a pair of must-grab MP3s (the chilled-out ’60s organ funk of “Periodically Double Or Triple,” the Melody Nelson strings of “Here To Fall“) and a raucous live take (see “Nothing To Hide” for… More »

By: Amrit Singh / August 11, 2009 - 1:26 pm

New Yo La Tengo – “Here To Fall”

“Here To Fall” opens Yo La Tengo’s Popular Songs, an album that seems like it was perfectly calibrated to usher in the summer (even though it doesn’t actually come out until September). It has something to do with the textures and the way the band can weirdly evoke a sort of tugging nostalgia even after… More »

By: brandon / July 22, 2009 - 5:05 pm

Wilco/Yo La Tengo @ KeySpan Park, Coney Island 7/13/09

In a few days the city’s indie kids will make their way out to Coney Island for the Voice’s annual Siren festival, chances are many of the same kids who made the trek last night to see Tweedy and Yo La and surprise guests Feist and Ed Droste at KeySpan Park last night. Wilco welcomed… More »

By: Amrit Singh / July 14, 2009 - 10:17 am

New Yo La Tengo – “Nothing To Hide” (Live On French TV)

At the beginning of last month we posted the studio version of one of Yo La Tengo’s Popular Songs, the mellow, organ-lined lead track “Periodically Double Or Triple.” People liked it. For another angle of the trio’s forthcoming collection, here’s the noisier “Nothing To Hide.” It was recorded on French television, which we discovered by… More »

By: brandon / July 6, 2009 - 2:56 pm

Old Folks Review Dirty Projectors, Interview Fiery Furnaces

The last time Scott checked in with the old folks (his favorite folks) of Breakfast At Sulmay’s, he requested they do Dirty Projectors next. And so they did. Seeing how polarizing the arty Brooklyn band’s Bitte Orca can be among the Stereogum readership, whose average age is a mere 57, just imagine these seniors’ response. More »

By: Amrit Singh / June 22, 2009 - 5:59 pm

New Yo La Tengo – “Periodically Double Or Triple”

Georgia Hubley, Ira Kaplan and James McNew will likely be at it longer than you’ll ever be at it. After 2006’s I Am Not Afraid of You and I Will Beat Your Ass and the equally feisty Fuckbook, which they recently released as Condo Fucks, Yo La Tengo are at least a dozen proper album… More »

By: brandon / June 4, 2009 - 10:24 am

All Tomorrow’s Parties NY: Brought To You By My Bloody Valentine’s Favorite Bands

Day last of All Tomorrow’s Parties’ first foray in the great state of New York featured another blockbuster, ’90s-leaning lineup, although this one was extra special: acts hand picked by the triumphantly returning My Bloody Valentine, and evidently proud of it. Each thanked Shields & Co. in their own way, repeatedly, echoing weekend long talk… More »

By: Amrit Singh / September 23, 2008 - 6:43 pm

The McCarren Pool Parties Say Goodbye With Yo La Tengo

And that was that. Yesterday was the last McCarren Pool Party. The city’s gone and had the bright idea to fill the pool with — get this — water instead of hipsters (imagine that), bringing a halt to what quickly became a favorite NYC venue for summer music. The Pool’s life as a staging ground… More »

By: Amrit Singh / August 25, 2008 - 4:35 pm