Just an(other) reminder that today marks the release date for ‘Fade’, the first new Yo La Tengo album in 3 1/2 years. Calling Georgia, Ira and James one of the most important bands in Matador’s history is, to tell the the truth, selling them very short. That they’ve made some of the most amazing albums of our lifetimes is pretty well established, but ‘Fade’ suggests the trio have scaled new heights in their power to surprise. That virtually every important media outlet from Pitchfork to Mojo to Stereogum to The Guardian seems to echo these sentiments speaks volumes about how music critics are amongst society’s most underpaid and underappreciated cultural missionaries.
If you can’t find a record shop in your neighborhood, the deluxe (shown above) or standard LP editions are available at the Matador Store, as are the CD (shown below) and digital versions. Yo La Tengo will be on NBC’s “Late Night With Jimmy Fallon” tonight at 12:30am eastern, and their West Coast tour of record shops starts Wednesday in Long Beach, CA.