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Yo La Tengo’s ‘Fade’ – In Stores (Or Your Mailbox) Today

By Gerard on Tuesday, January 15th, 2013

 

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.

 

Yo La Tengo & Dana Spiotta – “Upstairs At The Square”, Monday Night in NYC

By Gerard on Monday, January 14th, 2013

(photograph by Carrie Armstrong)

Barnes & Noble’s Upstairs at the Square event series pairs writers with musicians for an evening of words and music at B&N’s flagship store in Manhattan’s Union Square.  On Monday, January 14, Upstairs At The Square will feature a performance by Yo La Tengo on the eve of ‘Fade”s release, along with a reading by “Stone Arabia”  author Dana Spiotta.   Admission is free, but you’ll wanna get there early to avoid the crushing disappoint that comes from being told “this is not a lending library” “sorry, we’re full.”

(order ‘Fade’ on deluxe or standard LP editions, CD or digital album from The Matador Store)

Listen to Yo La Tengo live today on WXPN’s Free At Noon

By Hector on Friday, January 11th, 2013

photo by Carlie Armstrong

Watchers of this space most likely already know that Yo La Tengo’s new album, Fade, is out in just a few short days (and is available for pre-order here). What you may not know is that TODAY, January 11, as part of WXPN’s aptly-named Free At Noon concert series, Georgia, Ira & James will be taking the stage to perform for the citizens of Philadelphia at World Cafe Live. Don’t live in Philly? Have to work? You’re in luck, because there is a plethora of ways to hear the show live as it happens on the radio and the internet, to wit:

WXPN Philadelphia (88.5 FM, 88.7 FM in York/Lancaster, Harrisburg at 99.7 FM, in the Lehigh Valley at 104.9 FM)
KUT in Austin, Texas (90.5)
WBFO in Buffalo, NY (88.7 FM)
WITH in Ithaca, NY (90.1 FM)
WRUR in Rochester, NY (88.5 FM)
WKHS Worton/Baltimore, MD (90.5 FM)
Vermont Public Radio

and streaming online on XPN.org and NPR.org.

You’re all out of excuses, then. Bat For Lashes opens the show at noon EST, followed by Yo La Tengo right after.

And don’t forget, Yo La Tengo have a huge world tour beginning later in January. All dates, as well as info on their free west coast  in-store tour after the jump.

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Yo La Tengo’s “Fade” launches Pitchfork album stream series

By Gabe on Monday, January 7th, 2013

Today Pitchfork broke into the early-listening game with their Advance series. The series launched with Yo La Tengo’s new album Fade, out next week.

Stream Fade in it’s entirety. Then, pre-order the album to own.

Yo La hits record stores and the road starting next week:

1/23 – Carrboro, NC – Cat’s Cradle
1/24 – Charlottesville, VA – Jefferson Theater
1/25 – Atlanta, GA – The Buckhead Theater
1/26 – Nashville, TN – Mercy Lounge
1/27 – Birmingham, AL – WorkPlay Theatre
1/29 – Louisville, KY – Brown Theatre
1/31 – St Louis, MO – The Pageant
2/1 – Chicago, IL – Vic Theatre
2/2 – Milwaukee, WI – Turner Hall
2/4 – Minneapolis, MN – First Avenue
2/5 – Madison, WI – Barrymore Theatre
2/7 – Cleveland, OH – Beachland Ballroom
2/8 – Ann Arbor, MI – Michigan Theater
2/9 – Toronto, ONT – Phoenix Concert Theatre
2/11 – Montreal, QB – Corona Theatre
2/12 – South Burlington, VT – Higher Ground
2/13 – Boston, MA – Paradise Rock Club
2/15 – Washington, DC – 9:30 Club
2/16 – New York, NY – Town Hall
3/1 – Lisbon, Portugal – Aula Magna
3/2 – Porto, Portugal – Casa Da Musica
3/4 – Santiago de Compostela, Spain – Sala Capitol
3/5 – Madrid, Spain – Sala La Riveria
3/6 – Barcelona, Spain – L’Auditori
3/8 – Lausanna, Switzerland – Les Docks
3/10 – Milan, Italy – Limelight
3/11 – Frankfurt, Germany – Mousonturm
3/12 – Dusseldorf, Germany – Zakk
3/13 – Berlin, Germany – Volksbuhne
3/15 – Schorndorf, Germany – Manufaktur
3/15 – Brussels, Belgium – AB
3/17 – Amsterdam, Netherlands – Paradiso
3/18 – Paris, France – Le Bataclan
3/20 – London, England – Barbican Centre
3/21 – Manchester, England – The Ritz
3/22 – Glasgow, Scotland – O2 ABC Glasgow
3/23 – Dublin, Ireland – Vicar Street

Yo La Tengo Celebrates The Release Of Fade With Instore Tour

By Michael on Thursday, January 3rd, 2013

In about two weeks, Yo La Tengo will be releasing Fade, the fourteenth studio album of their career, their fifth of this century and their first of the decade. The day after Fade’s January 15 release date (Jan 14 if you’re reading from the UK) the band will head to the West Coast where they will perform four free, all-ages instores at four of the most storied record stores around.

Starting in Long Beach and rolling up the coast, Yo La Tengo will be celebrating the new album with instores from the confines of Fingerprints, Amoeba Hollywood, Amoeba SF, & Easy Street Queen Anne (which is of special import as due to the impending closure of Easy Street QA this will be the very last instore ever to be held at that amazing place. But fear not, Seattlites. Their other location – Easy Street West Seattle – ain’t going nowhere).

So come out, support your local indie, check out one of the best bands around and walk out with what is sure to be one of the best albums of this year, which will be especially easy since these record stores will be freshly stocked with the indie retail only deluxe version of Fade. It’s a deluxe version which comes as a numbered edition printed on rainbow foil with a deluxe 7″ featuring two exclusive covers: “I Saw The Light” (Todd Rundgren) b/w “Move To California” (Times New Viking); MP3 download included in the deluxe edition contains an eleven-minute bonus track titled “Oriole.”

But don’t be bummed if you decided to move back east and are gonna miss these soon to be legendary instores. The band will be kicking off a tour shortly thereafter followed by a bunch of European dates in March. Check those out after the jump.

But first listen to the album track “Ohm” which, in case you missed it due to holiday hangovers, scored a Pitchfork Best New Track designation HERE.

1/23 – Carrboro, NC – Cat’s Cradle
1/24 – Charlottesville, VA – Jefferson Theater
1/25 – Atlanta, GA – The Buckhead Theater
1/26 – Nashville, TN – Mercy Lounge
1/27 – Birmingham, AL – WorkPlay Theatre
1/29 – Louisville, KY – Brown Theatre
1/31 – St Louis, MO – The Pageant
2/1 – Chicago, IL – Vic Theatre
2/2 – Milwaukee, WI – Turner Hall
2/4 – Minneapolis, MN – First Avenue
2/5 – Madison, WI – Barrymore Theatre
2/7 – Cleveland, OH – Beachland Ballroom
2/8 – Ann Arbor, MI – Michigan Theater
2/9 – Toronto, ONT – Phoenix Concert Theatre
2/11 – Montreal, QB – Corona Theatre
2/12 – South Burlington, VT – Higher Ground
2/13 – Boston, MA – Paradise Rock Club
2/15 – Washington, DC – 9:30 Club
2/16 – New York, NY – Town Hall
3/1 – Lisbon, Portugal – Aula Magna
3/2 – Porto, Portugal – Casa Da Musica
3/4 – Santiago de Compostela, Spain – Sala Capitol
3/5 – Madrid, Spain – Sala La Riveria
3/6 – Barcelona, Spain – L’Auditori
3/8 – Lausanna, Switzerland – Les Docks
3/10 – Milan, Italy – Limelight
3/11 – Frankfurt, Germany – Mousonturm
3/12 – Dusseldorf, Germany – Zakk
3/13 – Berlin, Germany – Volksbuhne
3/15 – Schorndorf, Germany – Manufaktur
3/15 – Brussels, Belgium – AB
3/17 – Amsterdam, Netherlands – Paradiso
3/18 – Paris, France – Le Bataclan
3/20 – London, England – Barbican Centre
3/21 – Manchester, England – The Ritz
3/22 – Glasgow, Scotland – O2 ABC Glasgow
3/23 – Dublin, Ireland – Vicar Street

We’d Like To Thank Lamar Odom Of Los Angeles, CA For Donating This Lovely Billboard

By Gerard on Wednesday, January 2nd, 2013

 

Buddy, if there’s anything we can do to repay the favor (DON’T SAY CANDYGRAM), just ask.

Yo La Tengo – “Ohm” from Overlook Park in Portland, Oregon

By Gabe on Thursday, December 20th, 2012

This weekend Portlandians previewed a few tracks from Yo La Tengo’s new album Fade via some wild geo-targeting magic at the giant tree in Overlook Park that doubles as Fade‘s cover-star.

Ira Kaplan of Yo La Tengo had this to say: “I am reminded of the oddball great Beach Boys song “A Day in the Life of a Tree,” from Surf’s Up and sung on that record by their manager at the time Jack Rieley (adequate vocalists obviously being hard to come by in the Beach Boys proper), covered once and only once by YLT–Sept. 17, 1998, at Maxwell’s.”

Here’s what happened, set to the song “Ohm”, from Fade:


Video by Josiah Marshall and Chris Cantino

Pre-order Fade from iTunes.

Exclusive Mixes From Yo La Tengo’s 2012 Hanukkah Residency, On Sale Friday AM Via Download To Benefit Norton Records

By Gerard on Tuesday, December 18th, 2012

(EDITOR’S NOTE : The damage done to Norton RecordsBrooklyn warehouse by Hurricane Sandy has been covered elsewhere ; if you’ve already purchased the mix CD’s mentioned below at the Maxwell’s shows, you can still help Norton out with a donation here For everyone else, the following message was sent to the Yo La Tengo mailing list earlier today).

Hi everybody,
Thanks to all of you who were able to attend this year’s Hanukkah shows at Maxwell’s, and I hope those of you who could not followed the bouncing ball here.
As we’ve done the last two years, we’re going to make the mixes that Georgia, James and I compiled available to you the downloading public for 24 hours: noon Friday December 21 until noon Saturday December 22, and that’s eastern standard time. These are drawn from our record collections–the music is not BY us, just SELECTED by us.
Each download will cost $10 and every penny will be donated to our pals at Norton Records, who were very nearly wiped out by Sandy. (Read all the grisly details here.

But wait! there’s more . . . you will also have the opportunity to pick up two custom mixes from the incredible Norton catalog, one compiled by Miriam Linna and one compiled by Billy Miller.
And we’re still not done!! The good people at Three Lobed Recordings have graciously allowed us to offer downloads of the mix we sold during night six.
All you’ve got to do is go to http://www.yolatengo.com/forsale/ on Friday at noon.

ok?
Ira

Yo La Tengo – Hanukkah 2012

By Patrick on Sunday, December 9th, 2012

photo by Liz Clayton

Yo La Tengo kicked off their annual 8 nights of Hanukkah last night at Maxwell’s in Hoboken. As always, each night features special secret guest bands, comedians and mix CDs. Last night featured the Raybeats, comic Emo Philips and a mix by the legendary Tom Scharpling.

Everybody who works on Yo La Tengo Hanukkah donates their time, and the entire proceeds go to charity. A considerable amount has been raised over the years for deserving causes. This year’s proceeds will all go to Hurricane Sandy-related charities. Last night’s income went to the Rebuild Hoboken Relief Fund. Hoboken was hit particularly hard by the storm – there is still no direct PATH train service between Manhattan and Hoboken, and it is not expected to return until 2013.

The band have made their usual diary entry on their site about last night. Read it for more details.

Tonight’s guests have not been officially announced yet, but this post will be amended when they are. Tonight’s guests are the Sun Ra Arkestra and Fred Armisen. Mix CD by Kurt Wagner.

Yo La Tengo’s new album Fade comes out on January 15. You can preorder it on iTunes now if you want the digital version, and get an instant download of “Before We Run.” Or if you prefer physical media, the Matador Store offers a preorder of the CD, the vinyl, or the deluxe vinyl with a bonus 7″ and 3 exclusive extra tracks. The deluxe vinyl + 7″ will be available exclusively from us and from independent retail stores that carry Matador releases.

Premiere : Yo La Tengo’s “Before We Run” (Animated by Emily Hubley)

By Gerard on Thursday, November 15th, 2012
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Is it a counterintuitive move on our part to make the first publicly available song from Yo La Tengo‘s forthcoming ‘Fade”, the album’s epic finale? Perhaps. But far be it for me to accuse you of over-thinking this stuff. The visual portion of the above clip comes courtesy of acclaimed animator/filmmaker Emily Hubley, while this isn’t the first (or even the second) time her work has been formally associated with Yo La Tengo, we were more excited about this sort of sneak preview than say, simply posting yet another MP3.

(photo by Carlie Armstrong)

‘Fade’ – coming January 15 (January 14 in Europe). Preorder the deluxe LP, standard LP or CD editions here.

Yo La Tengo’s ‘Fade’ LP/CD/Digital Album Coming January 15, North American Tour Starts January 23

By Gerard on Wednesday, November 14th, 2012

(photo by Carlie Armstrong)

On Tuesday, January 15  (Monday, January 14 in Europe), we’ll be releasing ‘Fade’, the new studio album from  Yo La Tengo. Recorded with John McEntire at Soma Studios Electronic Studios in Chicago, ‘Fade’ is reminiscent of landmarks like 1997‘s ‘I Can Hear the Heart Beating as One’ and 2000’s ‘And Then Nothing Turned Itself Inside Out’,  but there’s no shortage of moments that stand far apart from anything the trio have done previously. The 10 song collection, arguably the most focused and cohesive output from Ira, Georgia and James to date, is  a tapestry of fine melody and elegant noise, rhythmic shadowplay and shy-eyed orchestral beauty, songcraft and experimentation.

‘Fade”s lyrical themes of aging, tragedy and emotional bonds are woven into a fully-realized whole ; the results are direct, personal and more than a little uplifting.  If it’s frustrating for us to hint at an album this evocative and heartbreaking without giving you something to check out in advance, check this space tomorrow at around 10am eastern time.

We’re taking preorders on the deluxe or standard LP versions of ‘Fade’, or the CD version.  ( The deluxe LP comes in a numbered edition printed on rainbow foil with a bonus 7″ featuring two exclusive covers: “I Saw The Light” (Todd Rundgren) b/w “Move To California” (Times New Viking) ; MP3 download accompanying the deluxe edition includes an additional 11-minute bonus track, untitled as of this writing).

TRACK LISTING:
Side 1
1. Ohm
2. Is That Enough
3. Well You Better
4. Paddle Forward
5. Stupid Things

Side 2
1. I’ll Be Around
2. Cornelia and Jane
3 Two Trains
4. The Point Of It
5. Before We Run

Yo La Tengo intense 2013 touring schedule in support of ‘Fade’ starts January 23.   Their previously announced European dates are after the jump.

1/23 Carrboro NC, Cat’s Cradle
1/24 Charlottesville VA, The Jefferson
1/25 Atlanta GA, Buckhead*  (tickets)
1/26 Nashville TN, Mercy Lounge
1/27 Birmingham AL, WorkPlay
1/29 Louisville KY, Brown* (tickets)
1/31 St Louis MO, Pageant * (tickets)
2/1 Chicago IL, Vic Theatre
2/2 Milwaukee WI, Turner Hall
2/4 Minneapolis MN, First Avenue
2/5 Madison WI, Barrymore
2/7 Cleveland OH, Beachland Ballroom
2/8 Ann Arbor MI, Michigan Theater
2/9 Toronto ONT, Phoenix
2/11 Montreal QUE, Corona
2/12 Burlington VT, Higher Ground
2/13 Boston MA, Paradise
2/15 Washington DC, 930
2/16 NYC, NY, Town Hall

*with Calexico

Yo La Tengo – official site

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If Popular Broadway Shows Can Have Touring Companies, Why Not Yo La Tengo?

By Gerard on Tuesday, November 6th, 2012

OK, I’ll admit the above headline is not actually what’s going on here.  But it sounds way less crass than “franchising”.

Yo La Tengo in Europe next year

By Stuart on Monday, October 29th, 2012

New photo by Carlie Armstrong

Adding to the previously announced London visit, and following last week’s announcement of their annual Hanukkah shows in December – today we’re flicking the Yo La Tengo tour book forward to March, 2013, where they’ll be undertaking a European tour for almost the entire month.  Ticket links are below and we’ll have more 2013 tour dates coming soon, as well as details of a new album that’s currently in the works.

March 2013

1 – Portugal, Lisbon – Aula Magna – Tickets

2 – Portugal, Porto – Casa Da Musica – Tickets

4 – Spain, Santiago – Sala Capitol -  Tickets (On sale November 8th)

5 – Spain, Madrid – Sala La Riviera – Tickets (On sale November 8th)

8 – Switzerland, Lausanne – Les Docks – Tickets

10 – Italy, Milan – Limelight – Tickets

11 – Germany, Frankfurt – Mousontourm – Tickets

12 – Germany – Dusseldorf – Zakk – Tickets

13 – Germany, Berlin – Volksbuhne

16 – Belgium, Brussels – AB – Tickets

17 – Netherlands, Amsterdam – Paradiso – Tickets

18 – France, Paris – Le Bataclan – Tickets

20 – UK, London – Barbican – Tickets

21 – UK, Manchester – The Ritz – Tickets

22 – UK, Glasgow – O2 ABC – Tickets

23 – Ireland, Dublin – Vicar Street – Tickets

Yo La Tengo – Hanukkah At Maxwell’s, 2012

By Gerard on Friday, October 19th, 2012

(2011 Hanukkah shirt design by Stephen Hunking)

If you’re on the Yo La Tengo mailing list, you received the following message last night.  If you’re not on the Yo La Tengo mailing list, at least we’re looking out for your best interests.

Hi folks,
First things first.  Hanukkah, December 8 – 15, Maxwell’s, Hoboken, NJ. It’s on. Be there or be somewhere else.
If you’re among the many who have asked about this in recent or not-so-recent times and gotten no response or an evasive response, we apologize.  We put off the decision to play this year for way too long.
Tickets will cost $35 and go on sale at noon eastern time on Monday.  Last year they sold out extremely quickly, so no dilly-dallying.  If you’re new to our Hanukkah shenanigans, it goes something like this:
Each night, Yo La Tengo will perform at Maxwell’s.  There will be an opening act and a comedian, and who knows, maybe some other surprise.  At this juncture, we don’t have any idea who will be joining us, and we wouldn’t tell you even if we did.  The proceeds will go to charity.  If you want to know what’s happened in years past, check out the various Hanukkah diaries at yolatengo.com.  And rest assured that this year is bound to be completely different.

To get tickets, go to TicketflyThe link will appear at noon (eastern) Friday, and–I’ll repeat that–tickets will go on sale at noon Monday Oct 22.  A limited number of tickets will also be available at Tunes in Hoboken and Other Music in Manhattan.

OK?
–Ira, Georgia and James

Yo La Tengo – “Stupid Things” 12″ / Digital EP Coming September 25

By Gerard on Tuesday, September 11th, 2012

For the handful of you who haven’t already read about this forthcoming Yo La Tengo release  (LIMITED on vinyl, UNLIMITED in digital fashion) and somehow require the label’s affirmation of the EP’s existence, rest assured, the most prominent music blogs in the world didn’t get it wrong this time.   As hinted elsewhere, there’s a brand new Yo La Tengo album nearing completion, recorded this summer in Chicago, IL with the production assistance of John McEntire. All we’re willing to say on the record at this moment is that the album version of “Stupid Things” is substantially different than the earlier recording found on the new EP.  Further bean-spilling about the new album  (perhaps from us this time around) will be presented for your approval in the days and weeks ahead.  Until then, here’s our webstore blurb for “Stupid Things”, the vinyl version of which isn’t gonna be available for long. – GC

The first new music from Yo La Tengo since 2009’s Popular Songs. “Stupid Things” is a different version of a song that will be appearing on their new album coming out in 2013.

This limited-edition 12” contains the original version of “Stupid Things,” with a vocal completely different from the upcoming album version, along with a clashing, chaotic & randomly beautiful remix by EYE of the Boredoms.

The B-side contains the full original 12-minute long instrumental of the track, awash with gorgeous “Autumn Sweater” style organ and some of Ira Kaplan’s most impressivel guitar improvisations to date.

Cut at 45 RPM and housed in a heavy cardstock silkscreen sleeve, this strictly limited-edition of 1500 copies is numbered on the back and will be an essential buy for all Yo La
Tengo fans, THE REMAINDER OF WHOM WILL BE FUCKED.

PREORDER from The Matador Store.

Yo La Tengo in London, 2013.

By Stuart on Thursday, July 19th, 2012

Yo La Tengo have decided to visit London at the best possible time – after the onslaught of the Olympics and flooding of 2012 – to play a special show at the glorious Barbican venue on March 20th, 2013.  Tickets go on sale Friday, July 20th at the Barbican box office.

If you’ve never been to the venue before arrive early and take the time to explore the brutalist behemoth which is a mix of social housing/arts galley/restaurants/concert halls and more in the heart of London.

photo from Urban75.org

From The Archives (Of Someone Else)

By Gerard on Monday, May 14th, 2012

courtesy Max Vandever, from San Antonio’s Taco Land, 1996.  At least they had air conditioning.

Yo La Tengo Is Murdering A Record Store’s Window

By Gerard on Monday, April 23rd, 2012

congrats to Santa Rosa, CA’s The Last Record Store for their adaptation of this classic CD art…and the best window display we’ve seen in ages.

Yo La Tengo Free All Ages Cali Instore

By Michael on Wednesday, April 18th, 2012

Sometimes we here at Matador HQ just have a habit of booking a shitload of instores at once. Call it motivation (or simply doing my job) on my part but here’s another one to add to your calendars. Yo La Tengo are hitting the road this spring and on Wednesday May 2 at 2:30pm they’ll be stopping in Santa Rosa, CA’s The Last Record Store for a super intimate, free, all ages instore performance.

You probably shouldn’t miss this one. But if you should, you can catch the band that night at Mystic Theatre in Petaluma (a town name that always kinda reminds me of This Island Earth).

Yo La Tengo wants your money (for WFMU), tonight at 9PM EST

By Hector on Friday, March 2nd, 2012

It’s that time of year again: Yo La Tengo will be taking to the radio waves tonight, playing requests (including, perhaps, “Radio Waves”) in exchange for pledges of cash money to America’s premiere freeform radio station, WFMU. Join Ira, Georgia, James, Bruce Bennett and hosts Pseu Braun & Gaylord Fields tonight from 9PM to midnight EST at wfmu.org or on your radio dial at 91.1FM.