If you heard “Beanbag Chair” (MP3) and thought, “This new Yo La Tengo album is gonna be awesome!” you thought right.
All the familiar reference points are covered: twee ditties with moaning guitars, feedback-happy garage anthems, and are a handful of beautiful piano ballads with swelling strings that’ll stop you in your tracks. But there are some surprises. The sweet waltz “Sometimes I Don’t Get You” recalls R.E.M. “Mr. Tough” is Ween covering Van Morrison. It’s the Hoboken heroes’ best and most well-rounded collection since I Can Heart The Heart. And it’s called I Am Not Afraid Of You And I Will Beat Your Ass! How awesome.
I’m posting this even though it fades out early at the end (actually a pretty smart move from Matador’s promo dept … so we’ll all go and buy it, yes?).
Yo La Tengo – “Mr. Tough” (MP3 Link Expired)
9/11 oops, 9/12. YLT play Prospect Park tonight.
UPDATE: Jon texts us from the show:
Just was in the beer line behind barbara bush…g w’s daughter drinks bud light.
Thanks Jon! How many bodyguards?