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The MataBlog is edited by Matador Records’ co-moaner Gerard Cosloy and individual entries are the work of whoever’s name is next to them. If you enjoyed something in the MataBlog, thank you very much! If there was something you found particularly troubling, please be advised that a) maybe you should read it again and b) the contents of this blog do not necessarily represent the opinions of Matador Records, Beggars Group, the combined staff of either company, nor the Matador artist roster. Opinions are like friends — hardly anyone has one worth listening to.

Yo La Tengo - "Shades Of Blue" b/w "Time Fades Away" Spotify Single



(photo : GODLIS)

With Yo La Tengo's global touring in support of Album Of The Year candidate 'There's A Riot Going On' recommencing next Thursday (see below), a new single's available for streaming this morning exclusively via Spotify ;   a new version of 'There's A Riot...''s "Shades Of Blue", and a cover of Neil Young's 'Time Fades Away', both recorded at Spotify Studios this Spring.

stream "Shades Of Blue" b/w "Time Fades Away"

stream / purchase 'There's A Riot Going On'

Yo La Tengo on tour :

Thursday, June 28 Rocks Off Concert Cruise, New York NY (SOLD OUT)
Thursday, July 12 Mad Cool Festival Madrid ES
Friday, July 13 Nos Alive Festival Oeiras PT
Saturday, August 25 Badesøen Festival, Copenhagen DK
Sunday, August 26 Sommer in Altona, Hamburg DE
Monday, August 27 Doornrosje, Nijmegen NL
Wednesday, August 29 Komedia, Brighton UK
August 30 - September 2 End of the Road Festival, Larner Tree Gardens, Tollard Royal, UK
August 30 - September 2 Into The Great Wide Open Festival Vlieland NL
Sunday, September 9 OctFest, New York NY
Tuesday, September 11 Columbus Theater, Providence RI
Wednesday, September 12 Kingston BSP, Kingston NY
Thursday, September 13 The Asbury, Buffalo NY
Friday, September 14 The Majestic, Detroit MI
Saturday, September 15 Beachland Ballroom, Cleveland OH
Monday, September 17 Delmar Hall, St. Louis MO
Tuesday, September 18 The Lyric, Oxford MI
Thursday, September 20 Granada Theater, Dallas TX
Friday, September 21 Paper Tiger, San Antonio TX
Saturday, September 22 White Oak Music Hall, Houston TX
Sunday, September 23 Mohawk, Austin TX
Monday, October 8th - Umeda Club Quattro - Osaka, Japan
Tuesday, October 9th - Club Quattro - Nagoya, Japan
Wednesday, October 10th - Tsutaya O-East - Tokyo, Japan

Yo La Tengo online:

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Yo La Tengo - New US Dates In September



(pic : GODLIS)

Currently laying waste to Europe (well, entertaining major portions, anyway), Yo La Tengo have added additional U.S. shows in support of 'There's A Riot Going On' kicking off September 11 in Providence, RI. If you're sick to death of paying exorbitant ticket fees, just demand to get on the guest list like you work for a record company. WOAH, DID I SAY THAT OUT LOUD? What I really meant is, local venues and kindly record shops are selling physical tickets sans service charge (see below).

(stream / purchase 'There's A Riot Going On')

Tuesday, September 11 Columbus Theater, Providence RI
Presale password: youarehere
No fee tickets available at venue box office

Wednesday, September 12 Kingston BSP, Kingston NY
Presale password: RIOT
No fee tickets : Outdated Café, Rocket Number Nine Records, Jacks Rhythms, Woodstock Music Shop, Dark Side Records – all cash only

Thursday, September 13 The Asbury, Buffalo NY
No fee tickets available at venue box office

Friday, September 14 The Majestic, Detroit MI
No fee tickets available at venue box office and UHF Records

Saturday, September 15 Beachland Ballroom, Cleveland OH
No fee tickets available at venue box office

Monday, September 17 Delmar Hall, St. Louis MO
Presale password: Jersey
No fee tickets available at venue box office

Tuesday, September 18 The Lyric, Oxford MI
No fee tickets available at End of All Music

Thursday, September 20 Granada Theater, Dallas TX
Presale password: RIOT
No fee tickets available at Good Records

Friday, September 21 Paper Tiger, San Antonio TX
No fee tickets available at Rumble (bar adjacent to venue)

Saturday, September 22 White Oak Music Hall, Houston TX
No fee tickets available at Cactus Music

Sunday, September 23 Mohawk, Austin TX
No fee tickets available at End of an Ear, Waterloo Records

previously announced tour dates :

May 17 - Manufaktur, Schorndorf DE
May 19 - Le Cabaret Sauvage, Paris FR
May 20 - Ancienne Belgique, Brussels BE
May 31 - Seattle, WA - Neptune Theater
June 1 - Seattle, WA - Neptune Theater (SOLD OUT)
June 2 - Portland, OR - Wonder Ballroom (SOLD OUT)
June 3 - Portland, OR - Wonder Ballroom (SOLD OUT)
June 5 - San Francisco, CA - Fillmore Theater
June 6 - San Francisco, CA - Fillmore Theater
June 8 - Los Angeles, CA - Teragram Ballroom (SOLD OUT)
June 9 - Los Angeles, CA - Teragram Ballroom (SOLD OUT)
Sunday, June 10 Pappy & Harriet’s, Pioneertown, CA
Thursday, June 28 Rocks Off Concert Cruise, New York NY
Thursday, July 12 Mad Cool Festival Madrid ES
Friday, July 13 Nos Alive Festival Oeiras PT
Saturday, August 25 Badesøen Festival, Copenhagen DK
Sunday, August 26 Sommer in Altona, Hamburg DE
Monday, August 27 Doornrosje, Nijmegen NL
Wednesday, August 29 Komedia, Brighton UK
August 30 - September 2 End of the Road Festival, Larner Tree Gardens, Tollard Royal, UK
August 30 - September 2 Into The Great Wide Open Festival Vlieland NL
Monday, October 8th - Umeda Club Quattro - Osaka, Japan
Tuesday, October 9th - Club Quattro - Nagoya, Japan
Wednesday, October 10th - Tsutaya O-East - Tokyo, Japan

Yo La Tengo online:

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Yo La Tengo's 'There's a Riot Going On' Is Available Today



Yo La Tengo's woozily captivatating new studio album 'There's a Riot Going On' is released worldwide today. This new record has been hailed by many as the band performing at their best - moving between sonic pastures equally familiar and unfamiliar to anyone who has kept up with them over their dazzling career

Buy it / Stream it

The band have been keeping busy - just last night announcing Japanese dates for October:



Monday, October 8th - Umeda Club Quattro - Osaka, Japan
Tuesday, October 9th - Club Quattro - Nagoya, Japan
Wednesday, October 10th - Tsutaya O-East - Tokyo, Japan

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VIDEO : Yo La Tengo at National Sawdust



Earlier today, Pitchfork Live premiered the entirety of Yo La Tengo's set from Brooklyn's National Sawdust last week that saw the band performing songs from the forthcoming, 'There's A Riot Going On', many of them for the first time in public.



(photo : GODLIS)

This coming Saturday afternoon, Yo La Tengo return to WFMU's Jersey City studios to play their (nearly) annual role in the station's fund-raising marathon. As you might know by now, YLT's covers-for-cash initiative is not part of the listener-supported WFMU's vast archives, so tune in at 3pm eastern and enjoy the murdering for the best of all causes.

STREAM / PREORDER 'There's A Riot Going On'

Tour Dates :

March 28 - Minneapolis, MN - First Avenue*
March 29 - Chicago, IL - Thalia Hall*
March 30 - Chicago, IL - Thalia Hall*
March 31 - Toronto, ON - Phoenix*
April 2 - Burlington, VT - Higher Ground *
April 3 - Boston, MA - Paradise*
April 4 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club*
April 6 - Brooklyn, NY - Brooklyn Steel*
April 7 - Philadelphia, PA - Union Transfer *
April 8 - Charlottesville, VA - Jefferson*
April 10 - Carrboro, NC - Cat’s Cradle*
April 11 - Carrboro, NC - Cat’s Cradle*
April 12 - Atlanta, GA - Terminal West*
April 13 - Nashville, TN - Basement East *
April 14 - Nashville, TN - Basement East*
April 28 Olympia Theatre, Dublin IE
April 29 SWG3, Glasgow UK
April 30 Manchester Academy 2, Manchester UK
May 1 Birmingham Town Hall, Birmingham UK
May 3 - Church Leeds, Leeds UK
May 4 - Royal Festival Hall, London UK
May 6 - Paradiso, Amsterdam NL
May 7 - Heimathafen, Berlin DE
May 8 - Gloria Theatre, Cologne DE
May 9 - Munchner Kammerspiele, Munich DE
May 11 - Pogon Jedinstvo, Zagreb HR
May 12 - Dom Omladine, Belgrade RS
May 13 - A38 Ship, Budapest HU
May 15 - Fabrique, Milan IT
May 16 - Fri-Son, Fribourg CH
May 17 - Manufaktur, Schorndorf DE
May 19 - Le Cabaret Sauvage, Paris FR
May 20 - Ancienne Belgique, Brussels BE
May 31 - Seattle, WA - Neptune Theater *
June 1 - Seattle, WA - Neptune Theater *
June 2 - Portland, OR - Wonder Ballroom *
June 3 - Portland, OR - Wonder Ballroom *
June 5 - San Francisco, CA - Fillmore Theater *
June 6 - San Francisco, CA - Fillmore Theater *
June 8 - Los Angeles, CA - Teragram Ballroom *
June 9 - Los Angeles, CA - Teragram Ballroom *

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Yo La Tengo - "For You Too" (from 'There's A Riot Going On')






(photo by GODLIS)

Perhaps you recall our mid-January premiere of 4 songs from Yo La Tengo's forthcoming album, 'There's A Riot Going On'?  And perhaps you don't --- who are we to make assumptions about your attention span and capacity for detail? THE IMPORTANT THING is that we're sharing another of the album's standout tracks, "For You Too" in advance of the album's March 16 release.

STREAM / PREORDER 'There's A Riot Going On'

Tour Dates :

March 28 - Minneapolis, MN - First Avenue*
March 29 - Chicago, IL - Thalia Hall*
March 30 - Chicago, IL - Thalia Hall*
March 31 - Toronto, ON - Phoenix*
April 2 - Burlington, VT - Higher Ground *
April 3 - Boston, MA - Paradise*
April 4 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club*
April 6 - Brooklyn, NY - Brooklyn Steel*
April 7 - Philadelphia, PA - Union Transfer *
April 8 - Charlottesville, VA - Jefferson*
April 10 - Carrboro, NC - Cat’s Cradle*
April 11 - Carrboro, NC - Cat’s Cradle*
April 12 - Atlanta, GA - Terminal West*
April 13 - Nashville, TN - Basement East *
April 14 - Nashville, TN - Basement East*
April 28 Olympia Theatre, Dublin IE
April 29 SWG3, Glasgow UK
April 30 Manchester Academy 2, Manchester UK
May 1 Birmingham Town Hall, Birmingham UK
May 3 - Church Leeds, Leeds UK
May 4 - Royal Festival Hall, London UK
May 6 - Paradiso, Amsterdam NL
May 7 - Heimathafen, Berlin DE
May 8 - Gloria Theatre, Cologne DE
May 9 - Munchner Kammerspiele, Munich DE
May 11 - Pogon Jedinstvo, Zagreb HR
May 12 - Dom Omladine, Belgrade RS
May 13 - A38 Ship, Budapest HU
May 15 - Fabrique, Milan IT
May 16 - Fri-Son, Fribourg CH
May 17 - Manufaktur, Schorndorf DE
May 19 - Le Cabaret Sauvage, Paris FR
May 20 - Ancienne Belgique, Brussels BE
May 31 - Seattle, WA - Neptune Theater *
June 1 - Seattle, WA - Neptune Theater *
June 2 - Portland, OR - Wonder Ballroom *
June 3 - Portland, OR - Wonder Ballroom *
June 5 - San Francisco, CA - Fillmore Theater *
June 6 - San Francisco, CA - Fillmore Theater *
June 8 - Los Angeles, CA - Teragram Ballroom *
June 9 - Los Angeles, CA - Teragram Ballroom *

Yo La Tengo online :

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Coming March 16 : Yo La Tengo's 'There's A Riot Going On' (4 New Songs Premiering Today)





(photo : GODLIS)

Yo La Tengo’s new album 'There’s a Riot Going On' will be released on March 16th on Matador Records and can be pre-ordered HERE. 'There's A Riot Going On' is a  warm, ambitious record, a striking self-produced creation from one of the most celebrated and adventurous bands in rock history, whose dynamic range touches on pure noise and serene beauty and everything in between.

To showcase the full depth of this fearless fifteen-track album, Yo La Tengo have released four new songs today (“You Are Here,” “Shades of Blue,” “She May, She Might,” and “Out of the Pool”), which can be heard HERE.



Following their sold-out eight night run of Hanukkah shows in NYC this past December, Yo La Tengo commence their world tour on March 28th in Minneapolis, hitting major Midwest, East Coast, and West Coast markets. The full list of tour dates can be found below Luc Santé’s bio.

There's a riot going on. You don't need me, or Yo La Tengo, to tell you that. These are dark times, in our heads as much as in the streets. It's easy to lose contact with the ground, flying through endless banks of storm clouds day after day. Confusion and anxiety intrude into daily life and cause you to lose your compass. There are times that call for anthems, something to lift you out of your slump and put fire in your feet. And then there are times when what is indicated is a balm, a sound that will wrap around you and work out the knots in your neck.

While there's a riot going on, Yo La Tengo will remind you what it's like to dream. The sound burbles and washes and flows and billows. If records were dedicated to the cardinal elements, this one would be water. There are shimmery hazes, spectral rumbles, a flash of backward masking, ghostly flamingos calling "shoo-bop shoo-bop." You are there. And even if your mind is not unclouded--shaken, misdirected, out of words and out of time--you can still float, ride the waves of an ocean deeper than your worries, above the sound and above the Sound.

For Yo La Tengo this is a slow-motion action painting, and Georgia Hubley, Ira Kaplan and James McNew did it all themselves, in their rehearsal studio, with no outside engineer (John McEntire later did the mix). They did not rehearse or jam together beforehand; they turned on the recorder and let things coalesce. Songs came together over long stretches, sometimes as much as a year going by between parts. You'd never guess this, since the layers are finessed with such a liquid brush. You'd imagine most of the songs had sprung forth whole, since they will enter your head that way. Within two listens you will be powerless to resist the magnetic draw of "Shades of Blue," will involuntarily hear "She May, She Might" on your internal jukebox first thing in the morning and "Let's Do It Wrong" late at night. While there's a riot going on you will feel capable of bobbing through like a cork.

In 1971, when the nation appeared to be on the brink of violently coming apart, Sly and the Family Stone released There's a Riot Goin’ On, an album of dark, brooding energy. Now, under similar circumstances, Yo La Tengo have issued a record with the same name but with a different force, an album that proposes an alternative to anger and despair. Their first proper full-length since 2013’s Fade, There's a Riot Going On is an expression of freedom and sanity and emotional expansion, a declaration of common humanity as liberating as it is soft-spoken.

-Luc Sante, December 2017



PREORDER / STREAM 'There's A Riot Going On'
(available on digital formats, 2XLP, compact disc and a limited quantity of orange translucent vinyl available at independent record shops and direct from the Matador Store)


Tour Dates :

March 28 - Minneapolis, MN - First Avenue*
March 29 - Chicago, IL - Thalia Hall*
March 30 - Chicago, IL - Thalia Hall*
March 31 - Toronto, ON - Phoenix*
April 2 - Burlington, VT - Higher Ground *
April 3 - Boston, MA - Paradise*
April 4 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club*
April 6 - Brooklyn, NY - Brooklyn Steel*
April 7 - Philadelphia, PA - Union Transfer *
April 8 - Charlottesville, VA - Jefferson*
April 10 - Carrboro, NC - Cat’s Cradle*
April 11 - Carrboro, NC - Cat’s Cradle*
April 12 - Atlanta, GA - Terminal West*
April 13 - Nashville, TN - Basement East *
April 14 - Nashville, TN - Basement East*
April 28 Olympia Theatre, Dublin IE
April 29 SWG3, Glasgow UK
April 30 Manchester Academy 2, Manchester UK
May 1 Birmingham Town Hall, Birmingham UK
May 3 - Church Leeds, Leeds UK
May 4 - Royal Festival Hall, London UK
May 6 - Paradiso, Amsterdam NL
May 7 - Heimathafen, Berlin DE
May 8 - Gloria Theatre, Cologne DE
May 9 - Munchner Kammerspiele, Munich DE
May 11 - Pogon Jedinstvo, Zagreb HR
May 12 - Dom Omladine, Belgrade RS
May 13 - A38 Ship, Budapest HU
May 15 - Fabrique, Milan IT
May 16 - Fri-Son, Fribourg CH
May 17 - Manufaktur, Schorndorf DE
May 19 - Le Cabaret Sauvage, Paris FR
May 20 - Ancienne Belgique, Brussels BE
May 31 - Seattle, WA - Neptune Theater *
June 1 - Seattle, WA - Neptune Theater *
June 2 - Portland, OR - Wonder Ballroom *
June 3 - Portland, OR - Wonder Ballroom *
June 5 - San Francisco, CA - Fillmore Theater *
June 6 - San Francisco, CA - Fillmore Theater *
June 8 - Los Angeles, CA - Teragram Ballroom *
June 9 - Los Angeles, CA - Teragram Ballroom *

Yo La Tengo online :

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Yo La Tengo - 2018 North American Dates



(photo by Jacob Blickenstaff)

On the heels of selling out all 8 nights at NYC's Bowery Ballroom for their most-certainly-on-again Hanukkah Residency, Yo La Tengo have confirmed a long list of North American shows below (new gigs in bold). Much like the previously announced European tour, you are free to speculate whether or not these shows may or may not have something or other to do with new recordings that are typically played on turntables, compact disc machinery, car stereos, telephones, etc. Though we shall not confirm or deny anything of the sort, we are powerless (sadly) to stop you from wondering out loud just what's happening.

Tour Dates :

December 12 - New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom (Hannukah) - SOLD OUT
December 13 - New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom (Hannukah) - SOLD OUT
December 14 - New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom (Hannukah) - SOLD OUT
December 15 - New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom (Hannukah) - SOLD OUT
December 16 - New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom (Hannukah) - SOLD OUT
December 17 - New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom (Hannukah) - SOLD OUT
December 18 - New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom (Hannukah) - SOLD OUT
December 19 - New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom (Hannukah) - SOLD OUT
March 28 - Minneapolis, MN - First Avenue*
March 29 - Chicago, IL - Thalia Hall*
March 30 - Chicago, IL - Thalia Hall*
March 31 - Toronto, ON - Phoenix*
April 2 - Burlington, VT - Higher Ground *
April 3 - Boston, MA - Paradise*
April 4 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club*
April 6 - Brooklyn, NY - Brooklyn Steel*
April 7 - Philadelphia, PA - Union Transfer *
April 8 - Charlottesville, VA - Jefferson*
April 10 - Carrboro, NC - Cat’s Cradle*
April 11 - Carrboro, NC - Cat’s Cradle*
April 12 - Atlanta, GA - Terminal West*
April 13 - Nashville, TN - Basement East *
April 14 - Nashville, TN - Basement East*
April 28  Olympia Theatre, Dublin IE
April 29  SWG3, Glasgow UK
April 30 Manchester Academy 2, Manchester UK
May 1 Birmingham Town Hall, Birmingham UK
May 3 - Church Leeds, Leeds UK
May 4 - Royal Festival Hall, London UK
May 6 -  Paradiso, Amsterdam NL
May 7 - Heimathafen, Berlin DE
May 8 - Gloria Theatre, Cologne DE
May 9 - Munchner Kammerspiele, Munich DE
May 11 - Pogon Jedinstvo, Zagreb HR
May 12 - Dom Omladine, Belgrade RS
May 13 -  A38 Ship, Budapest HU
May 15 - Fabrique, Milan IT
May 16 -  Fri-Son, Fribourg CH
May 17 -  Manufaktur, Schorndorf DE
May 19 -  Le Cabaret Sauvage, Paris FR
May 20 -  Ancienne Belgique, Brussels BE
May 31 - Seattle, WA - Neptune Theater *
June 1 - Seattle, WA - Neptune Theater *
June 2 - Portland, OR - Wonder Ballroom *
June 3 - Portland, OR - Wonder Ballroom *
June 5 - San Francisco, CA - Fillmore Theater *
June 6 - San Francisco, CA - Fillmore Theater *
June 8 - Los Angeles, CA - Teragram Ballroom  *
June 9 - Los Angeles, CA - Teragram Ballroom *

* - public tickets on sale Friday, December 1


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Yo La Tengo - 2018 European Dates

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(photo by Jacob Blickenstaff)


Yo La Tengo kick off an extensive European tour next April in Dublin. MIGHT THIS TOUR HAVE SOMETHING OR OTHER TO DO WITH NEW RECORDINGS? Maybe. Possibly. Who can really say for sure in confusing times such as these. Tickets go on sale 10am GMT this Friday (and that's a fact).

Saturday, April 28, 2018 Olympia Theatre, Dublin IE
Sunday, April 29, 2018 SWG3, Glasgow UK
Monday, April 30, 2018 Manchester Academy 2, Manchester UK
Tuesday, May 1, 2018 Birmingham Town Hall, Birmingham UK
Thursday, May 3, 2018 Church Leeds, Leeds UK
Friday, May 4, 2018 Royal Festival Hall, London UK
Sunday, May 6, 2018 Paradiso, Amsterdam NL
Monday, May 7, 2018 Heimathafen, Berlin DE
Tuesday, May 8, 2018 Gloria Theatre, Cologne DE
Wednesday, May 9, 2018 Munchner Kammerspiele, Munich DE
Friday, May 11, 2018 Pogon Jedinstvo, Zagreb HR
Saturday, May 12, 2018 Dom Omladine, Belgrade RS
Sunday, May 13, 2018 A38 Ship, Budapest HU
Tuesday, May 15, 2018 Fabrique, Milan IT
Wednesday, May 16, 2018 Fri-Son, Fribourg CH
Thursday, May 17, 2018 Manufaktur, Schorndorf DE
Saturday, May 19, 2018 Le Cabaret Sauvage, Paris FR
Sunday, May 20, 2018 Ancienne Belgique, Brussels BE

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Saturday : Yo La Tengo In Covers-4-Cash Mode To Benefit WFMU

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This Saturday afternoon, in what's become an annual March tradition even more cherished than boring the fuck out of strangers with talk of "brackets" and feeble excuses why SXSW prevented you from doing your goddamn day job, Yo La Tengo will return to the studios of Jersey City's WFMU -- a broadcaster recently deemed by one member of label ownership, "kind of ok, if you're into that sort of thing" --- and will attempt to perform the cover songs of your choice for a donation of $100.



Ira, Georgia and James will invade the 3pm-6pm eastern time-slot occupied by Todd-o-phonic Todd (a dj so unique, when they made him, they broke the mold) to accept your challenge(s). The program will co-hosted by Gaylord Field (a dj so unique, when they made him, they broke the mold-maker). Funds raised from this endeavor and the rest of WFMU's march marathon will enable Todd to interview AC/DC's Phil Rudd the following Saturday, perhaps gleaning some insight into the drummer's much-publicized legal troubles (I'M NOT MAKING ONE WORD OF THIS UP). Thank you.

Yo La Tengo - 'Murder In The Second Degree' CD's Now Available (From Them, Not Us)

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The long-awaited sequel to 'Yo La Tengo Is Murdering The Classics' is finally available. From Yo La Tengo.com :

We're Back, Back in the New York Groove

We can think of no more apt a headline for this second edition of "highlights" of our annual appearance on WFMU. Admittedly, the station resides in Jersey City, not New York, and among the many beats deployed within, all fall safely outside of the category of "groove." Yet apt is apt. You better believe it.

So impressive is Adrian Tomine's cover art that it is entirely possible that you, the prospective purchaser, are unfamiliar with what will unfold for the next 76 minutes should you be so rash as to part with your hard-earned money. For the last 20 years (and counting), Yo La Tengo, accompanied by cub reporter Bruce Bennett, have performed live on WFMU during their fundraising Marathon, and in return for listeners' pledges of support, we have attempted to play their requests, with no prior knowledge of what those requests will be, and without utilizing any of the many web sites that provide lyrics and chords. We rely instead on a lifetime of listening and the forgiveness of our audience.

As with this volume's predecessor, we will not tell you what songs are essayed. A track listing that includes, say, "Rock and Roll All Nite," "Rock and Roll Love Letter" and "Rock and Roll, Hoochie Koo" (one of which is here; the other two have never been requested) will all but demand imagining how it might sound, and you will be wrong. As listeners familiar with Yo La Tengo Is Murdering the Classics already know, but you will learn the hard way: There are endless ways to ruin a song.

And let's all raise a glass of something non-alcoholic to WFMU's Gaylord Fields, who has either hosted or co-hosted us for all 20 (and counting) years.

We compiled Murder in the 2nd Degree years ago. Would it have made sense to tweak the contents, and add some more recent material? Undoubtedly. But that would require us to listen back to more of these performances. And as Half Japanese put it so aptly on "No More Beatlemania" (not included): "Once is enough."


PURCHASE YOURS AT THE YO LA TENGO MERCH TABLE OR HERE





YO LA TENGO - ON THE ROAD AGAIN (SOON)

Georgia, James and Ira are playing a handful of shows in September and I'm here to remind you about them should you find yourself in the vicinity. YLT PR photo

(photo by Mike Baehr - @mikebaehr )

Saturday, September 3 - Riot Fest, Denver CO
Friday, September 9 - Old Town School of Folk Music, Chicago IL
Sunday, September 11 - *Finney Chapel, Oberlin OH
Tuesday, September 13 - State Theatre, State College PA
Wednesday, September 14 - Carnegie Music Hall, Pittsburgh PA (with Lambchop)
Friday, September 23 - Copenhagen Beer & Music Celebration, Boston MA
Saturday, September 24 - The Warehouse at FTC, Fairfield CT

*This show only: Dave Schramm on lead guitar. Two sets by Yo La Tengo, no opener. No-fee tickets available at Finney Chapel box office.

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Tonight At Bowery Ballroom : Yo La Tengo in Salute To Other Music

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As you've probably read elsewhere, West 4th Street's much beloved Other Music closed this past weekend after two decades of passionate curation/musical evangelism. Others have done far better than I in eulogizing this store and what it brought to New York City (and beyond) but suffice to say OM played an outsized role in the trajectory of more than a few Matador artists (see above). Consider this a belated thanks to Other Music's staff, ownership and patrons for their respective roles in making the planet a more interesting place.

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Tonight at Bowery Ballroom, Yo La Tengo --- no strangers to Other Music --- are participating in Other Music Forever, alongside Julianna Barwick, Bill Callahan, Frankie Cosmos, Helado Negro, Menahan Street Band, Psychic Ills, Matana Roberts, The Tallest Man On Earth, Sharon Van Etten, and John Zorn’s SIMULACRUM. Tickets are sold out, however there's still some action on Stubhub as of this writing.

Tomorrow Night : Yo La Tengo In Jersey City



(above : prior to Saturday's show, Journal Square's previous high-water mark of culture, if not independent recording)

Hey, just a reminder that Yo La Tengo's exhaustive run of North American touring on behalf of 'Stuff Like That There' takes them to Jersey City's historic Landmark Loew's Jersey Theater tomorrow night (Saturday, April 9). Good seats still remain and by good we mean they are probably very comfortable. The promoter's event listing promises "2 sets: one rock and the other more acoustic", which could also be characterized as "2 sets : one rock and one less rock,", or perhaps "2 sets : one loud and one soft," or maybe even "2 sets : one exhibiting fearsome power, the other, showcasing the band's more nuanced, some might say BREATHTAKINGLY BEAUTIFUL side." But hey, I'm no promoter and I fully get there's not a ton of room on the marquee for this kind of thing.

order 'Stuff Like That There' on LP or CD from The Matador Store, including bundle with tote + cassingle w/ 2 new unreleased tracks)

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Yo La Tengo - Back On Tour



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Hey Lazy! While you were relaxing over the holiday weekend, Yo La Tengo got themselves back on the road for the Spring leg of their US tour.

Tuesday, March, 29 - Exit/In, Nashville, TN SOLD OUT - (opening act: Lambchop)
Friday, April, 1 - Big Ears Festival, Knoxville TN (a special collaboration with Lambchop)
Saturday, April, 2, The Orange Peel, Asheville, NC
Sunday, April, 3 - Music Farm, Charleston SC
Tuesday, April, 5 - Baltimore Sound Stage, Baltimore MD*
Thursday, April 7 - Academy of Music, Northampton MA*
Friday, April, 8 - The Music Hall, Portsmouth NH*
Saturday, April, 9 - Landmark Loew’s Jersey Theatre, Jersey City NJ*
Friday, May 27 - Sunday, May 29 - Sasquatch! Festival, Quincy WA*
Saturday, May 28 - The Wilma, Missoula MT*
August 5 - August 7 - Pickathon, Happy Valley OR*

*all ages

STUFF LIKE THAT THERE:
Matador Store: http://smarturl.it/StuffLIkeThatThereLP
iTunes: http://smarturl.it/StuffLIkeThatThere
Amazon: http://smarturl.it/Stuff_LikeThat_There
Google play: http://smarturl.it/StuffLIkeThatThere_g

BAND LINKS:
Official Website - http://yolatengo.com/
Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/TheRealYLT
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Yo La Tengo In Covers-For-Cash-Controversy



Reigning Greatest Radio Station In The World WFMU features no advertising and no underwriting, they're impervious to the nudges and bags of drugs provided by record labels like American Century Matador, and most importantly, their legion of volunteer programmers (record-hound degenerates, most of 'em) routinely pull up the greatest shit (old & new) imaginable. There are several of this label's best-known artists who received their earliest airplay on WFMU ; others still, had their minds polluted at an early age and CAUGHT THE BUG (if you'll excuse the expression) as a direct result of this Jersey City based broadcaster.

So how, pray tell, do these maniacs keep the lights on? Simple--- BEGGING, hi tech and otherwise. WFMU is 100% listener supported and without hounding the living shit out of you for two weeks every March, the station's astonishing vault of online/archived programming would be a fond,though faint memory. No one is more aware of these circumstances than Yo La Tengo --- heck, Ira Kaplan even spends hours he could otherwise devote to answering your fan mail by toiling as a fill-in host for WFMU. So once again, as they've done for most years (including those from remote locations), Ira, Georgia and James will return to WFMU this coming Saturday, March 12 between 3 and 6pm (with hosts Todd-o-Phonic Todd and Gaylord Fields) and will perform cover songs of your choosing in exchange for lavish sums wrested from your bank account. Ever wanted to hear YLT's version of "Formation"? Longed to hear their take on "Take On Me?" Me neither. In fact, there might not be enough money on earth to get them to play either of those songs, but you'll never know unless you offer. And unlike the rest of WFMU's amazing offerings, this show will not be archived, so blow this one off at your own risk.

WFMU can be heard worldwide at wfmu.org and you can pledge whatever's left in your swear jar/trust fund / structured settlement right here.

Yo La Tengo on tour :

Saturday, March, 26 - Hudson, NY - Club Helsinki
Sunday, March, 27 - Charlottesville, VA - Jefferson Theater
Tuesday, March, 29 - Nashville, TN - Exit/In
Friday, April, 1 - Knoxville, TN - Big Ears Festival (a special collaboration with Lambchop)
Saturday, April, 2 - Asheville, NC - The Orange Peel
Sunday, April, 3 - Charleston, SC - Music Farm
Tuesday, April, 5 - Baltimore, MD - Baltimore Sound Stage
Thursday ,April, 7 - Northampton, MA - Academy of Music
Friday, April, 8 - Portsmouth, NH - The Music Hall
Saturday, April, 9 - Jersey City, NJ - Landmark Loew’s Jersey Theatre

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Yo La Tengo's Ira Kaplan on Marc Maron's "WTF"



Perhaps having tired of interviewing such nobodies as Lorne Michaels, CM Punk, Steve Albini, Tom Arnold, Matt Sweeney, The Amazing Jonathan and Barack Obama (sadly, not on the same episode), Marc Maron today welcomes Yo La Tengo's Ira Kaplan to the garage . Bob Odenkirk and David Cross stop by as well, though perhaps they were taped on different days. I have no idea how Marc feels about people hanging out in his driveway waiting to talk, but I don't think I'd like it one bit.

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Yo La Tengo, New U.S. Dates Announced, Appearing On NBC's "Last Call With Carson Daly"



(photograph by Francisco Michel)

After kicking off the latest leg of domestic touring support of 'Stuff Like That There', Yo La Tengo have confirmed a bunch of winter/spring 2016 show (tickets on sale this Friday), the majority of 'em with the time-tested trio of Ira, Georgia and James, though the Ann Arbor and Austin shows will feature the additional guitar stylings of Dave Schramm. If you're not already satiated by Yo La Tengo's recent appearance on WGN's Morning News (and I'm pretty sure you're not), catch YLT this Tuesday night / Wednesday morning on NBC's "Last Call With Carson Daly" (1:35 am eastern, 12:35 am central). We'll post a clip when/if network censors have approved the footage, promise.



updated tour schedule :

Monday, November 9 - Boulder CO - Boulder Theater*
Thursday, November 12 - San Diego, CA - San Diego Music Thing @ Observatory North Park
Friday, November 13 - Los Angeles CA - The Theatre at Ace Hotel
Sunday, November 15 - Santa Cruz, CA - Rio Theatre
Saturday, November 14 - San Francisco CA - The Masonic
Tuesday, November 17 - Eugene OR - WOW Hall
Wednesday, November 18 - Portland OR - Revolution Hall
Friday, November 20 - Seattle WA- Neptune Theatre
Saturday, November 21 - Vancouver BC - Vogue Theatre*

the new dates :
Wednesday, January 28 - Cleveland OH - Beachland Ballroom
Thursday, January 29 - Ann Arbor, MI - Ann Arbor Folk Festival*&
Saturday, January 30 - Columbus, OH - Wexner Center for the Arts
Sunday, January 31 - St. Louis, MO - The Ready Room
Thursday, February 4 - Oklahoma City, OK - ACM@UCO Performance Lab
Friday, February, 5 - Dallas, TX - Granada Theater
Saturday, February, 6 - Austin, TX - Hogg Auditorium*&
Saturday, March, 26 - Hudson, NY - Club Helsinki
Sunday, March, 27 - Charlottesville, VA - Jefferson Theater
Tuesday, March, 29 - Nashville, TN - Exit/In
Friday, April, 1 - Knoxville, TN - Big Ears Festival (a special collaboration with Lambchop)
Saturday, April, 2 - Asheville, NC - The Orange Peel
Sunday, April, 3 - Charleston, SC - Music Farm
Tuesday, April, 5 - Baltimore, MD - Baltimore Sound Stage
Thursday ,April, 7 - Northampton, MA - Academy of Music
Friday, April, 8 - Portsmouth, NH - The Music Hall
Saturday, April, 9 - Jersey City, NJ - Landmark Loew’s Jersey Theatre

& w/ Dave Schramm
*denotes acoustic set-up

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TOMORROW (Saturday) : Yo La Tengo With Dave Schramm + Nick Lowe at Brooklyn's King's Theatre



(video courtesy WXPN)

Hey, just wanted to remind everybody (especially those that HATE POSTSEASON BASEBALL as much as I do, can you spell B-O-R-I-N-G?) that Yo La Tengo's biggest show in the metropolitan NYC area in a long time is happening tomorrow evening at Brooklyn's beautiful (well, I'm told) King's Theatre. The one and only Nick Lowe provides support and I'm here to say that if he's half as good as he was opening for The Cars at Boston Garden in March of 1982...well, let's hope he's much better than that, right? I'm sure it'll be great!



(Nick Lowe in 1982. He doesn't look exactly like this anymore but by tomorrow night, I bet you don't, either)

Ira, Georgia, James and Dave Schramm continue their travels next week with a tour starting at Dublin's National Concert Hall. When the late Yogi Berra was once told that Dublin had elected a Jewish mayor, he declared, "only in America!" I think these words still ring true to this day.

Thursday, October 15 - Dublin Ireland - National Concert Hall
Friday, October 16 - Glasgow Scotland - The Garage
Sunday, October 18 - Bristol UK - Colston Hall
Monday, October 19 - Coventry UK - Warwick Arts Center
Tuesday, October 20 - London UK - O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire
Friday, October 23 - Paris France - La Cigale
Saturday, October 24 - Amsterdam Netherlands - Paradiso
Sunday, October 25 - Leuven Belgium - Het Depot
Tuesday, October 27 - Berlin Germany - Heimathafen
Wednesday, October 28 - Koln Germany - Kulturkirche
Friday, October 30 - Bologna, Italy - Teatro Antoniano
Saturday, October 31 - Rome, Italy - Parco Della Musica
Thursday, November 5 - Chicago IL - The Vic Theatre
Friday, November 6 - Madison WI - Barrymore Theatre
Saturday, November 7 - Minneapolis MN - Pantages Theatre
Monday, November 9 - Boulder CO - Boulder Theater*
Thursday, November 12 - San Diego, CA - San Diego Music Thing @ Observatory North Park
Friday, November 13 - Los Angeles CA - The Theatre at Ace Hotel
Sunday, November 15 - Santa Cruz, CA - Rio Theatre
Saturday, November 14 - San Francisco CA - The Masonic
Tuesday, November 17 - Eugene OR - WOW Hall
Wednesday, November 18 - Portland OR - Revolution Hall
Friday, November 20 - Seattle WA- Neptune Theatre
Saturday, November 21 - Vancouver BC - Vogue Theatre*



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Yo La Tengo With Dave Schramm : Tour Starts Tonight



(video courtesy CBS This Morning)



(photo by Dennis Condren)

Just a reminder that Yo La Tengo's massive acoustic tour (accompanied by Dave Schramm) in support of 'Stuff Like That There' kicks off tonight at Troy, NY's Troy Savings Bank Music Hall. We realize there's many exciting things to do in Troy (for instance, drive to Albany) and with that mind, felt it was super important to further highlight the first show of what should be a magically journey.

Wednesday, September 23 - Troy NY - Troy Savings Bank Music Hall
Thursday, September 24 - Glenside PA - Keswick Theatre
Friday, September 25 - Washington DC - Lincoln Theatre
Saturday, September 26 - Durham NC - The Carolina Theatre of Durham
Sunday, September 27 - Atlanta GA - Variety Playhouse
Tuesday, September 29 - Pittsburgh PA - Mr. Smalls Theatre
Wednesday, September 30 - Toronto ON - Queen Elizabeth Theatre
Friday, October 2 - Montreal QC - Corona Theatre
Saturday, October 3 - Boston MA - The Wilbur Theatre
Saturday, October 10 - New York, NY - Kings Theatre*(w/ Special Guest Nick Lowe)
Thursday, October 15 - Dublin Ireland - National Concert Hall
Friday, October 16 - Glasgow Scotland - The Garage
Sunday, October 18 - Bristol UK - Colston Hall
Monday, October 19 - Coventry UK - Warwick Arts Center
Tuesday, October 20 - London UK - O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire
Friday, October 23 - Paris France - La Cigale
Saturday, October 24 - Amsterdam Netherlands - Paradiso
Sunday, October 25 - Leuven Belgium - Het Depot
Tuesday, October 27 - Berlin Germany - Heimathafen
Wednesday, October 28 - Koln Germany - Kulturkirche
Friday, October 30 - Bologna, Italy - Teatro Antoniano
Saturday, October 31 - Rome, Italy - Parco Della Musica
Thursday, November 5 - Chicago IL - The Vic Theatre
Friday, November 6 - Madison WI - Barrymore Theatre
Saturday, November 7 - Minneapolis MN - Pantages Theatre
Monday, November 9 - Boulder CO - Boulder Theater*
Thursday, November 12 - San Diego, CA - San Diego Music Thing @ Observatory North Park
Friday, November 13 - Los Angeles CA - The Theatre at Ace Hotel
Sunday, November 15 - Santa Cruz, CA - Rio Theatre
Saturday, November 14 - San Francisco CA - The Masonic
Tuesday, November 17 - Eugene OR - WOW Hall
Wednesday, November 18 - Portland OR - Revolution Hall
Friday, November 20 - Seattle WA- Neptune Theatre
Saturday, November 21 - Vancouver BC - Vogue Theatre*



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Yo La Tengo - World Cafe Live Broadcast At Noon, "CBS This Morning" Tomorrow, 'Stuff Like That There' Out Today







If you're not already aware that today (Friday, August 28) marks the official release date of Yo La Tengo's 'Stuff Like That There', I guess you could say the record label had done a very poor job. Since you're too polite and kind to say that (to our faces, anyway), let's concentrate on the next couple of days of exciting activity :

TODAY :



Yo La Tengo, performing at World Cafe Live at noon, broadcast live on WXPN, video stream available here.

TONIGHT :

Yo La Tengo guest DJ'ing and signing copies of 'Stuff Like That There' at Other Music.

SATURDAY :

Yo La Tengo live on "CBS This Morning" (as seen below) :







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