Out Today : Yo La Tengo’s ‘Extra Painful’

December 2, 2014 happens to mark the 30th anniversary of one of the planet’s best bands making their official live debut — it all went down on a cold Sunday evening at Hoboken’s Maxwell’s, and I feel pretty confident in saying the evening’s headliners have left behind a devastating body of work in the 3 decades and lineup changes since. Not only that, but they’ve continue to record, perform and put the rest of the rock world on notice at every opportunity

But enough about Antietam, apparently this is also the 30th anniversary of Yo La Tengo‘s first show, too, and with that in mind, we’re celebrating the historic moment with today’s double LP / double CD release of ‘Extra Painful’, the expanded edition of the trio’s very first album for Matador, 1993’s ‘Painful’. Earlier today, Pitchfork‘s Stuart Berman said of the reissue, “Yo La Tengo would go on to define ’90s indie—and its evermore sophisticated post-millenial permutations—not by refining their sound, but by blowing it wide open. Painful was the moment of detonation.” (“More so than any other band in recent memory, Yo La Tengo’s body of work hinges on the notion that no song is ever a completely finished, end-state product; what we hear on any given album is seemingly a function of what mood they were in the day it was recorded, what the weather was like on the day of mixing, or how much studio time was left before the budget was blown. There is no such thing as a permanent record; songs have many lives before they’re officially documented and continue to evolve long thereafter.”)

Drowned In Sound’s Benjamin Bland opined that ‘Extra Painful’ represents “a welcome reminder of an album that has never quite gained the classic status it deserves, but despite this the vital ingredient – the intimate feeling at the heart of Painful – remains agelessly undamaged by the passage of time.” It’s a little late in the day for us to opt for an “AGELESSLY UNDAMAGED” sticker quote, but it’s a pretty good idea just the same.

you can order ‘Extra Painful’ on double vinyl or CD from the following :

The Matador Store
Amazon

a handful of tickets are still available for this week’s 30th Anniversary shows in New York, Philly and DC :

12/03 Town Hall, NY NY w/ Antietam
12/04 Town Hall, NY NY w/ The Feelies
12/05 9:30 Club, Washington DC w/ Lambchop
12/06 Trocadero, Philadelphia PA w/ Antietam
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Yo La Tengo : – band site
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