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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