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Out Today : Yo La Tengo - 'Electr-o-pura' 2XLP 25th Anniversary Edition



the 2XLP 25th anniversary edition of Yo La Tengo's 'Electr-o-pura' is out today and is available to purchase or stream at your leisure (though merchants tend to keep their own hours).

Tracklist
01 Decora
02 Flying Lesson (Hot Chicken #1)
03 The Hour Grows Late
04 Tom Courtenay
05 False Ending
06 Pablo And Andrea
07 Paul Is Dead
08 False Alarm
09 The Ballad Of Red Buckets
10 Don’t Say A Word (Hot Chicken #2
11 (Straight Down To The) Bitter End
12 My Heart’s Reflection
13 Attack On Love
14 Blue Line Swinger

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Coming October 9 : Yo La Tengo - 'Sleepless Night'





"Wasn't Born To Follow"


(photo :  Noah Kalina)

On October 9th, Matador Records will release Yo La Tengo’s 'Sleepless Night' -- a six-song EP with one new song (“Bleeding”) plus covers of songs by The Byrds, The Delmore Brothers, Bob Dylan, Ronnie Lane, and The Flying Machine.


(photo : Ryoichi Kawajiri)

The tracks on 'Sleepless Night' were initially released as one side of an LP included within a limited-edition catalogue (published by LACMA and DelMonico Books/Prestel) for the LACMA exhibition, "Yoshitomo Nara", the first international retrospective for the artist Yoshitomo Nara (b. 1959). A longtime YLT fan, Nara worked in collaboration with the group -- Georgia Hubley, Ira Kaplan, and James McNew -- to choose the EP’s songs.

The Matador version of the EP is a single-sided 12” with original cover art by Nara, a drawing of the band by Hubley, and an illustration by McNew etched on the record’s flip.

Ira Kaplan on 'Sleepless Night':
We met Yoshitomo Nara in 2003, would see him at his art shows and our concerts. We dj’d at an opening at the Asia Society, and on another occasion he drew a picture of Georgia strangling me on a Gloomy pencil case that became one of Georgia’s prized possessions until it was stolen from her at the bar at the K-West hotel in Shepherd’s Bush. To make the catalogue of his 2020 exhibit at LACMA more personal, the idea came up to include an LP of some of Nara’s favorite songs as part of a deluxe edition.  We were asked to provide one side of the LP (and that one track be a new composition), with the other side being another six songs selected by Nara, in their original versions.  Here are the six songs we contributed to the LACMA record, chosen in collaboration with Nara.

I probably was introduced to "Blues Stay Away from Me” on NRBQ’s Workshop lp, working backwards to the Louvin Brothers and the Delmore Brothers (with a detour to Doug Sahm and Band). Our version was recorded by Mark Nevers in February 2011.  Charlie Louvin had died just a couple of days before. We were on a tour with William Tyler that came to an end in Nashville. The three of us and William and Kurt Wagner threw together an arrangement of “Blues Stay Away from Me” as a tribute and closed our show at the Exit/In with it. Since we were hanging around Nashville for a few days before going home, we went to Mark’s studio and recorded it.

“Wasn’t Born to Follow” was recorded by Gene Holder as part of the sessions that resulted in Stuff Like That There. Dave Schramm on lead guitar. I’m sure I heard the Byrds’ song for the first time when my mom took me and a bunch of my friends to see Easy Rider. (One kid was forbidden by his parents from joining us, as was my younger brother.  My dad took my brother to see Butch Cassidy instead, and I’m guessing my friend stayed home and did homework.)

Ronnie Lane didn’t write “Roll On Babe,” but his is the version we’re covering. James recorded it in Hoboken.  (And that song was among the songs Georgia played when we dj’d at the Asia Society.)

While making 'And Then Nothing Turned Itself Inside-Out' in Nashville, Roger Moutenot recorded Dylan’s “It Takes a Lot to Laugh, It Takes a Train to Cry” for a John Peel birthday show. As best as we can tell, we sent the one and only copy of the master to England. Yes, we’re as dumbfounded as you are, if not more so. After a lot of sleuthing, we came up with this.

“Bleeding” was written by us, recorded in Hoboken by James.

James also recorded The Flying Machine’s “Smile a Little Smile for Me” for Michael Shelley’s Super Hit Tsunami!, available to people who pledged to WFMU’s 2019 fundraising marathon.

Track List

Blues Stay Away
Wasn’t Born to Follow
Roll On Babe
It Takes a Lot to Laugh
Bleeding
Smile a Little Smile for Me

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Yo La Tengo -'We Have Amnesia Live' Rebroadcast This Weekend





This Saturday and Sunday at 1pm CEST and 7pm CEST (7am EDT and 1pm EDT) you'll have two additional chances to watch Yo La Tengo's performances of 'We Have Amnesia Live'. All proceeds go to benefit the Brennan Center For Justice. Purchase tickets via Noon Chorus. Ira Kaplan will be be in the chat room for the latter of Saturday and Sunday's replays, but by no means should you confuse this experience with an Reddit AMA (no disrespect intended to those who enjoy that sort of thing. OK, maybe a little bit).

Yo La Tengo's two acoustic shows at North Adams, MA's MassMoca scheduled for August 7 and 8 are sold out.

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Yo La Tengo - 'We Have Amnesia Sometimes' + 2 Live Performances Streaming This Weekend



(photo : James McNew)

In case you haven’t caught on already, Yo La Tengo have spent the week quietly seeding the web with new music -- posting one song a day via their freshly minted Bandcamp page.

Today, we’re gathering it all into a single tidy zip file: 'We Have Amnesia Sometimes'. This digital collection features five instrumental compositions that Georgia Hubley, Ira Kaplan, and James McNew recorded over 10 days in late April and early May during socially distanced sessions at their rehearsal space in Hoboken, NJ. A vinyl edition will be available at a later date on Bandcamp via Egon.

Improvisatory and atmospheric, the music expands upon the moods and processes that informed the trio’s now-more-timely-than-ever 2018 full-length, 'There’s a Riot Going On'.
If you’ve spent any time hanging out with us at our rehearsal space in Hoboken — that pretty much covers none of you — you’ve heard us playing formlessly (he said, trying to sidestep the word “improvising”).  Most of the songs we’ve written in the last 25 years have begun that way, but often we do it for no other reason than to push away the outside world.

In late April, with the outside world weighing on everybody, we determined that the three of us could assemble in Hoboken without disobeying the rules laid out by Governor Murphy, and resumed . . . “practicing” hardly describes it, because we’ve done no practicing per se, and anyway what would we be practicing for . . . playing.  James set up one microphone in the middle of the room in case we stumbled on something useful for the future. Instead we decided to release some of the things we did right now.

-- Ira

Initially exclusive to Bandcamp, 'We Have Amnesia Sometimes' is today available via the streaming service of your choice.

'We Have Amnesia Sometimes' - Track List
1. "James and Ira demonstrate mysticism and some confusion holds (Monday)"
2. "Georgia thinks it’s probably okay (Tuesday)"
3. "James gets up and watches mourning birds with Abraham (Wednesday)"
4. "Georgia considers the two blue ones (Thursday)"


5. "Ira searches for the slide, sort of (Friday)"



This weekend Yo La Tengo will be streaming two performances shot at their rehearsal space, Saturday, July 18 at 9pm EDT and Sunday, July 19 at 1pm EDT, under the name 'We Have Amnesia Live'.

The sets will be unique, approximiately 30-45 minutes in length and  generated in the “formless” style of the 'We Have Amnesia Sometimes' recordings. Tickets will be $10 (or $18 for both shows) . All proceeds from the event will benefit the Brennan Center For Justice, a nonpartisan law and policy institute fighting for democracy – to ensure fair elections, to end mass incarceration, and to preserve civil liberties.

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VIDEO : Yo La Tengo - "Tom Courtenay", In Conversation With Director Phil Morrison



Today, we advance the cause of Matador’s Revisionist History series and the 25th anniversary reissue of Yo La Tengo’s 'Electr-o-pura' via a fresh look at the “Tom Courtenay” music video. Recently exhumed from our sub-basement storage facilities, this clip will today make its HQ premiere on Youtube.

Recollections are hazy, but we can say with certainty that the video was aired at least once on MTV’s 120 Minutes. After that, who knows? Maybe you saw it on a 5th generation VHS bootleg. Maybe you squinted through a greatly bit-reduced version using RealPlayer. Well, squint no more! “Tom Courtenay” is now available to stream in crisp, clear, and glorious high definition. 

The video is accompanied by a brand new interview, where Yo La Tengo’s Ira Kaplan, Georgia Hubley, and James McNew reflect on the film’s creation alongside director Phil Morrison ("Junebug"), who also helmed the much-loved YLT classics, “Sugarcube” (1997) and “I’ll Be Around” (2013).



Out this fall via Matador’s Revisionist History series, 'Electr-o-pura' remains one of the most beloved works in Ira, Georgia and James' catalog. Now in a gatefold sleeve and cut from the original 58-minute master, the new reissue is pressed for the first time on two LPs to ensure the highest quality of audio the album has had on vinyl to date.

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Yo La Tengo - ' Electr-o-pura' 25th Anniversary Reissue ; Lucy Dacus Covering "Tom Courtenay"



(photo : Michael Lavine)

Matador's Revisionist History series -- as vexing for some as it is lucrative for others -- continues this week with a 25th anniversary reissue of Yo La Tengo's 1995 masterpiece, the Roger Moutenot co-produced 'Electr-o-pura', now available in a double LP edition for the first time.

The 7th studio Yo La Tengo studio album and the follow-up to 'Painful', 'Electr-o-pura' remains one of the most beloved works in Ira, Georgia and James' catalog, and showed a stylistic range that at time was already bordering on the-very-difficult-keep-up-with (fast forward to 2020 and we'll just say "impossible").  From the single "Tom Courtenay", to the woozy & beautiful "Pablo & Andrea", to the climatic 9 minute, 18 second blowout of "Blue Line Swinger", this album was nothing short of monumental in an era that wasn't short for competition.

A while back, labelmate Lucy Dacus mentioned to us that 'Electr-o-pura' was released on her birthday.  We asked if she'd like to write a few words on the subject ; she's done just that and recorded a cover of "Tom Courtenay" as well.



 
I was born on May 2, 1995, the day that 'Electr-o-pura' came out.

Fourteen years later, I started high school and made a new friend who wore a leather jacket and boots, who expressed confident opinions about music that I had never heard. I devoured every recommendation they gave me in an effort to align my tastes. I wanted to be cool, or at least not uncool. I found out about The Stooges, Philip Glass, and Sonic Youth through my effort to win their approval. I loved it all, and my parents hated every new discovery. Cool was loud.

One day my friend brought me a stack of CDs, all Yo La Tengo, and told me to take them home, listen to them, burn them, and return them. I did what I was told. I liked those records from the start, and more with every listen. I’d lay in bed listening to one of their records, pause the song I was listening to when I got too tired, then push play upon waking.

I remember my confusion upon listening to Electr-o-pura for the first time. I referenced the tracklist on the back of the CD so I could learn titles, but the printed song durations didn’t match up to what I was hearing. I wondered if there was some manufacturing error and I wasn’t hearing the songs I was supposed to hear. “Flying Lesson (Hot Chicken #1)” is listed as lasting just over three minutes when it’s actually 6:42. “Blue Line Swinger” says it’s 3:15, but actually clocks in at 9:18. I know now from looking into it that Yo La Tengo intentionally misprinted the times, trying to combat short attention spans, hoping they would trick people into giving those long songs a chance. It tricked me, though I’m a sucker for long songs anyways. It’s interesting to think about how this move couldn’t be pulled today in a world of digitized music. And if people had short attention spans then, how short are they now? All to say, I liked that they were playful.



What kept me coming back to Yo La Tengo was their understanding of moods. I listened to bands that knew anger, bands that knew sadness, but I didn’t know of any other bands that could express a full life’s range of moods the way they can. From song to song, the music was anxious, celebratory, sorrowful, content, confused, etc. And even when they got loud or dissonant, it never felt hostile. The sounds could be harsh, even ugly, but they were joyful. Some songs could make me cry, but they were gentle, not malevolent. I was taking on someone else’s tastes, and in the process, discovering my own.

Tom Courtenay was the first Yo La Tengo song I learned on guitar. I didn’t know what it meant, but I knew who Julie Christie was and loved the line, “As the music swells somehow stronger from adversity / our hero finds his inner peace.” I didn’t know what the needle had to do with anything, but I couldn’t stop thinking about it. It was like any good poem, leaving space for me, between images. Now, I think the song may be about obsession with media, equating the allure of the movies and movie stars to drug addiction. Who knows, that’s just my take.

Eventually when Matador asked to sign me, the fact that Yo La Tengo is on their roster was a major component of my decision. They’ve been putting out great albums every couple of years for over three decades, experimenting and exploring with what seems to be an uncompromised creativity. That is worth celebrating, especially now, when any opportunity for celebration is a blessing. Happy 25th birthday to Electr-o-pura, and thanks for the music, Yo La Tengo.
- Lucy Dacus

Tracklist
01 Decora
02 Flying Lesson (Hot Chicken #1)
03 The Hour Grows Late
04 Tom Courtenay
05 False Ending
06 Pablo And Andrea
07 Paul Is Dead
08 False Alarm
09 The Ballad Of Red Buckets
10 Don’t Say A Word (Hot Chicken #2
11 (Straight Down To The) Bitter End
12 My Heart’s Reflection
13 Attack On Love
14 Blue Line Swinger

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Anniversary releases for Chavez' 'Gone Glimmering', Bailter Space's 'Wammo', and Mary Timony's 'Mountains' will be announced later this year.  For more info : Matador Revisionist History.

Matador Revisionist History: Yo La Tengo - "Popular Songs"



In commemoration of the 10 year anniversary of Yo La Tengo's Popular Songs, the 2xLP/CD will be 25% off at the Matador Webstore worldwide through September 12th.

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(Yo La Tengo, 2009, photographed by Steve Gullick)


Someone at the label had the brilliant idea to rent a Tribeca theatre for a press + VIP “listening party”*  for this sprawltastic masterpiece and in retrospect, it’s not much of a party without snacks or drinks. To clarify, label staff had snacks and drinks, we just neglected to serve any to the guests.

Anyhow, I thought the playback was going swimmingly, the depth of ‘Popular Songs’ being met with rapt attention until the room’s collective meditation was interrupted by (NAME RHYMES WITH DEAN OF AMERICAN ROCK CRITICS) snoring.

Fuck it, launch parties are for NASA.  If this isn’t Yo La Tengo’s best album it’s firmly in their top 4 (I know it’s a cliche to say, “fight me”, but I’ve studied Muhammad Ali’s patented “rope-a-dope” strategy and I’m pretty confident I can persevere simply by letting you strike me repeatedly until you’re too tired to move)

(* - other than the snoring episode, the other highlight of the afternoon was product manager Todd Netter opining, “you have to admit, John Sterling is a really good announcer.” This observation was entirely unrelated to Todd bringing his tool box of talents to another record company)

- Gerard Cosloy

Yo La Tengo On Tour, Hanukkah Dates On Sale TODAY
September 13-14, Huichica Festival, Walla Walla WA
Monday, September 16 Visual Arts Collective, Garden City ID
Tuesday, September 17 The State Room, Salt Lake City UT
Friday, September 20 El Rey, Los Angeles CA
Monday, September 23 The Chapel, San Francisco CA
Tuesday, September 24 The Chapel, San Francisco CA
Wednesday, September 25 The Chapel, San Francisco CA
Friday, October 11 Barclays Center, Brooklyn NY #
Sunday, December 22 Bowery Ballroom, New York NY
Monday, December 23 Bowery Ballroom, New York NY
Tuesday, December 24 Bowery Ballroom, New York NY
Wednesday, December 25 Bowery Ballroom, New York NY
Thursday, December 26 Bowery Ballroom, New York NY
Friday, December 27 Bowery Ballroom, New York NY
Saturday, December 28 Bowery Ballroom, New York NY
Sunday, December 29 Bowery Ballroom, New York NY 

January 18-22, Wilco’s Sky Blue Sky Festival, Riviera Maya MX

# w/ Bon Iver

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Yo La Tengo - Hanukkah 2019 At The Bowery Ballroom




Yo La Tengo continue their (nearly) annual series of Hanukkah shows for selected charities this December at New York's Bowery Ballroom, December 22-29, with tickets on sale this Friday (September 6) at noon eastern.  No-fee tickets will also be available at the Mercury Lounge box office at noon ($50, cash only).

Yo La Tengo live : (new dates in bold

September 13-14, Huichica Festival, Walla Walla WA
Monday, September 16 Visual Arts Collective, Garden City ID
Tuesday, September 17 The State Room, Salt Lake City UT
Friday, September 20 El Rey, Los Angeles CA
Monday, September 23 The Chapel, San Francisco CA
Tuesday, September 24 The Chapel, San Francisco CA
Wednesday, September 25 The Chapel, San Francisco CA
Friday, October 11 Barclays Center, Brooklyn NY #
Sunday, December 22 Bowery Ballroom, New York NY
Monday, December 23 Bowery Ballroom, New York NY
Tuesday, December 24 Bowery Ballroom, New York NY
Wednesday, December 25 Bowery Ballroom, New York NY
Thursday, December 26 Bowery Ballroom, New York NY
Friday, December 27 Bowery Ballroom, New York NY
Saturday, December 28 Bowery Ballroom, New York NY
Sunday, December 29 Bowery Ballroom, New York NY

January 18-22, Wilco’s Sky Blue Sky Festival, Riviera Maya MX


# w/ Bon Iver
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Yo La Tengo - September West Coast Dates




For Yo La Tengo, doing something big to distract from an August 4 Condo Fucks show with 75 Dollar Bill is a considerable challenge, but we long ago learned to doubt the band at our own peril. Along with a plethora of other global dates, Yo La Tengo have confirmed 6 new shows on the West Coast (and, uh, Idaho) with tickets on sale this Friday at 10am local time.

Yo La Tengo on tour (new dates in bold) :

Wednesday, July 3 Yes24 Muv Hall, Seoul KR
Thursday, July 4 Yes24 Muv Hall, Seoul KR
Saturday, July 6 Playtime Festival, Gachuurt Village MN
Wednesday, July 10 TTN, Hong Kong CH
Saturday, July 13 Legacy Live House, Taipei TW
Sunday, August 4 Union Pool, Brooklyn NY (Condo Fucks, Free Day Show) %
August 8-12 The Boaty Weekender, Barcelona ES *
Wednesday, August 14 Brudenell Social Club, Leeds UK
Thursday, August 15 Rescue Rooms, Nottingham UK
Friday, August 16 Green Man Festival, Crickhowell UK
September 13-14, Huichica Festival, Walla Walla WA
Monday, September 16 Visual Arts Collective, Garden City ID (No fee tickets available at The Record Exchange)
Tuesday, September 17 The State Room, Salt Lake City UT (No fee tickets available at Graywhale)
Friday, September 20 El Rey, Los Angeles CA (No fee tickets available at Old Style Guitar Shop)
Monday, September 23 The Chapel, San Francisco CA (No fee tickets available at the box office)
Tuesday, September 24 The Chapel, San Francisco CA (No fee tickets available at the box office)
Wednesday, September 25 The Chapel, San Francisco CA  (No fee tickets available at the box office)
Friday, October 11 Barclays Center, Brooklyn NY #
January 18-22, Wilco’s Sky Blue Sky Festival, Riviera Maya MX

# w/ Bon Iver
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Happy 25th Birthday To Yo La Tengo's "From A Motel 6"



("From A Motel 6", directed by Hal Hartley)

Today marks the 25th anniversary of Yo La Tengo's "From A Motel 6" being released as a single thru the confusing maelstrom of the major label distribution system. It's also Ira Kaplan's birthday, and to celebrate both of these historic events we're offering 25% off 'Extra Painful' and 'There's A Riot Going On'. Stream "From A Motel 6" and find your territory's Matador Webstore



Yo La Tengo On Tour :

Tuesday, January 22nd Hi How Are You Day 2019, ACL Live at the Moody Theater, Austin TX
Wednesday, February 6th Teatro Capitolio, Lisbon PT
Thursday, February 7th Hard Club, Porto PT
Friday, February 8th Sala Capitol, Santiago de Compostela ES
Saturday, February 9th Teatro Victoria Eugenia, San Sebastian ES
Monday, February 11th Sala La Riviera, Madrid ES
Tuesday, February 12th Oasis Club Teatro, Zaragoza
Wednesday, February 13th Sala Apolo, Barcelona ES
Saturday, February 16th L’Aeronef, Lille FR
Sunday, February 17th EartH, Hackney UK
Monday, February 18th EartH, Hackney UK
Tuesday, February 26th Thalia Hall, Chicago IL*


* (Live Score to “The Love Song of R. Buckminster Fuller: a “live documentary” from filmmaker Sam Green.)

August 8-12 2019, The Belle & Sebastian Boaty Weekender

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Great Music For Terrible Times : 25% Off Holiday Sale


Dear Citizens of Earth,

As we reach the end of 2018, it would not be an exaggeration to say we’re in the midst of many difficult moments in human history.  The icecaps are melting.   America is on the brink of a constitutional crisis.  You can’t walk 15 feet in any major metropolis without breaking your neck on a discarded scooter.  Your personal data (including everything we collect in this campaign) is being used for nefarious means. Nearly 15% of the public believes we actually told someone to “sound more like Adele.”  Nearly $40 million was spent to produce “The Hurricane Heist”

All of that said, there is still beauty, mystery, and grandeur in what’s left of the fine arts.  And when you’re done with the fine arts, there’s Matador's incredible array of 2018 titles from Belle and Sebastian, Body/Head, boygenius, Car Seat Headrest, Lucy Dacus, Iceage, Interpol, Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks, Liz Phair, Snail Mail, Kurt Vile and Yo La Tengo.  Will these records help you sort out a world gone mad? hey, they’re great, but not THAT GREAT.  Almost certainly, and that’s why your friends at Matador —a label as magnanimous as it is humble — are offering an unprecedented 25% OFF when you use the code, “terribletimes” thru December 13. Orders of $40.00 and above receive a free tote bag and take it from me, a tote bag skeptic, you’re way less likely to drop shit all over the sidewalk when you have a stylish bag.



(moon art : James McNew)

MATADOR HOLIDAY SALE : 25% w/ code "terribletimes"

Yo La Tengo - Hanukkah 2018 + The Boaty Weekender



Yo La Tengo's annual series of Hanukkah shows to benefit their chosen charities resumed in 2017 at Lower Manhattan's Bowery Ballroom and continues for another 8-night (duh) run at said venue running this December 2 thru the 9th.  Tickets go on sale this Friday, September 14 at noon eastern time, and no-fee tickets are available in person at the Mercury Lounge box office starting the same day/time (cash only).



In addition, Yo La Tengo have been confirmed to participate in next August's Belle and Sebastian curated Boaty Weekender.  Tickets/info here.

previously announced dates :

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
Wednesday, February 6th - Teatro Capitolio - Lisbon, PT
Thursday, February 7th - Hard Club - Porto, PT
Friday, February 8th - Sala Capitol - Santiago de Compostela - ES Saturday, February 9th - Teatro Victoria Eugenia - San Sebastian, ES Monday, February 11th - Sala La Riviera - Madrid, ES
Tuesday, February 12th - Oasis Club Teatro - Zaragoza, ES
Wednesday, February 13th - Sala Apolo - Barcelona, ES
Saturday, February 16th- L'Aeronef - Lille, FR
Sunday, February 17th - EartH - Hackney, UK
Monday, February 18th - EartH - Hackney, UK

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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

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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

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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

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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.



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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.

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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')






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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.

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





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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



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(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 *

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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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