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Apologies if done before, But i just have to talk about 1 of my favourite bands. Ignored by NME since like ever! but to me, a great band.
Fave albums? Opinions? ANYTHING???my favourite album is 'Painful'. One of the great lost albums.

Peter M, Tuesday, 10 December 2002 05:47 (twenty years ago) link

It may surprise many people that lots of good bands don't require validation by the NME to continue their existence.

oh, and classic, by the way.

electric sound of jim (electricsound), Tuesday, 10 December 2002 06:00 (twenty years ago) link

Everyone knows they are classic. ;)

I like "And nothing turned itself inside out" the best.

A Nairn (moretap), Tuesday, 10 December 2002 06:36 (twenty years ago) link

Everyone knows they are classic. ;)

Not precisely.

Ned Raggett (Ned), Tuesday, 10 December 2002 06:40 (twenty years ago) link

Yes, "And Nothing Turned Itself Inside Out" was our favourite, especially "You Can Have It All."

We saw them when they played the RFH a couple of years back with Neil Innes and Robyn Hitchcock added to the line-up. Magic.

Marcello Carlin, Tuesday, 10 December 2002 10:09 (twenty years ago) link

I thought there would have been more fans than this.
what do you think of the covers album 'Fakebook'?

Peter M, Tuesday, 10 December 2002 12:01 (twenty years ago) link

My favourite is Electropura (Blue Line Swinger is phantastic especially live) but you can't really go wrong with this band. The first record was a little weak but afterwards there is not one dud. Fakebook is a nice covers album of not so prominent rock songs. It's ok but I prefer YLT when they venture in whatever style they are just into and make it their own. From noisy rock (May I Sing with Me) to atmospheric slow pop (And Nothing...) and soundtrack (The Sounds of the Sounds of Science).

alex in mainhattan (alex63), Tuesday, 10 December 2002 12:51 (twenty years ago) link

i love Yo La Tengo and wrote a full page feature on em in nme when 'and nothing' was released. so eat that!


stevie (stevie), Tuesday, 10 December 2002 12:56 (twenty years ago) link

Dud. Nice people, boring band.

hstencil, Tuesday, 10 December 2002 15:13 (twenty years ago) link

Painful is just perfect. Also, I can't stop listening to 'We're an American Band' from I Can Hear the Heart...

good article:

Sean Peoples (speoples), Tuesday, 10 December 2002 15:17 (twenty years ago) link

no, really, what cardo you drive?

chk chk chk, Tuesday, 10 December 2002 16:00 (twenty years ago) link

Never been able to get into them -- I have a feeling it requires a larger investment of time than I've been willing to make. The records I've heard sound very average & generic on first pass, I expect it's all in the details.

Mark (MarkR), Tuesday, 10 December 2002 16:17 (twenty years ago) link

maybe you need to take more naps, mark

Josh (Josh), Tuesday, 10 December 2002 16:36 (twenty years ago) link

I'll say classic, but they aren't without fault. If you're not a fan of sloppy guitar wank or domesticated indie-rock they really aren't for you. I'll definitely give them credit for each album having a unique sound and quality, but none are without flaw. Lyrics fans should stick with Fakebook (where they got some help from the canon) and And Then Nothing Turned Itself Inside-Out (their first album of originals to cohere thematically on a lyrical level - despite the flat ending). Guitar freaks should go for Electr-O-Pura and Painful (abrasive and soothing respectively). Then dig in at your own discretion. And if you're a devout indiephile who'd like radio music if it wasn't so crass, they're probably your favorite band.

Anthony Miccio (Anthony Miccio), Tuesday, 10 December 2002 16:38 (twenty years ago) link

I'll definitely give them credit for each album having a unique sound and quality, but none are without flaw.

Yes. And Then Nothing... comes in a digipak which looks pretty bad after a couple years of wear and tear. That's a pretty big flaw.


Nate Patrin (Nate Patrin), Tuesday, 10 December 2002 17:03 (twenty years ago) link

I hope you've checked out the numerous Simpsons samples on James McNew's Dump work too. Even better than a reference.

Anthony Miccio (Anthony Miccio), Tuesday, 10 December 2002 17:32 (twenty years ago) link

Based on And Nothing Turned Itself Inside Out, I'd say typical boring indie. Awful vocals.

Rockist Scientist, Wednesday, 11 December 2002 01:24 (twenty years ago) link

Most of the stuff Ive heard is very boring, however I loved Fakebook. Their verson of "Here Comes My Baby" rocked (my socks).

David Allen, Wednesday, 11 December 2002 01:33 (twenty years ago) link

Awful vocals? Say what you will about Ira, but Georgia always nails her performance on record, especially the last one.

Anyway, I was listening to this song today and looked up the lyrics. I never heard Paul Le Mat or KAte Moss when listening casually.

Everyday (Yo La Tengo)

I want summer's sad songs behind me.
I want a laugh a minute, without fail
Want to be Paul Le Mat in 1980
Looking to forget tomorrow, looking everyday.

I want to see you put your hands together.
I want to cross my heart
I want to hope to die
I hear Kate Moss talk, she talks to me
She's looking for a new beginning everyday.

When Monday comes I want nothing
Come Tuesday morning I want the same
The days and nights fly by
Looking to embrace the nothing, of the everyday

Aaron A., Wednesday, 11 December 2002 07:46 (twenty years ago) link

"Ignored by NME since like ever!"

"And then Nothing..." and "I Can Hear the Heart..." were both in the NME's top 20 albums of the year. Hardly a diss. I have those two recs, plus Electropura, which is good, sloppy fuzz-pop. "And then Nothing.." is gloopy, washy, forgettable ambience. "I Can Hear the heart..." is simply one of the best records of the 90's. Lovely, sweet, touching melodies everywhere. Frequently slathered in beautiful noise. Who could want for more?

weasel diesel (K1l14n), Wednesday, 11 December 2002 13:58 (twenty years ago) link

In many ways my favourite band. I like Anthony Miccio's approach. I'd happily work from anyone's favourite music and suggest some YLT they might like.

Alan Connor (alanconnor), Wednesday, 11 December 2002 23:44 (twenty years ago) link

Painful and Electropura are still my faves but I don't listen to them much anymore. Rarely listen to I Can Hear... and And Then Nothing....

However I really like The Sounds Of The Sounds Of Science - one of my fave releases of the year.

Chris Barrus (xibalba), Thursday, 12 December 2002 18:50 (twenty years ago) link

one month passes...
I can see why some people wouldn't like them, i think a lot of their music moves on very subtle and subliminal levels ("attention to craft" is a phrase i'd use to show my appreciation)...

but what i really want to say is that their cover of neil young's "barstool blues" has been kicking my ass around for about almost 2 weeks now.

gygax!, Tuesday, 14 January 2003 20:36 (twenty years ago) link

Oh yeah, that's great. New album, please.

Nordicskillz (Nordicskillz), Tuesday, 14 January 2003 23:11 (twenty years ago) link

never heard that cover, gygax. where can i find it?

alex in mainhattan (alex63), Wednesday, 15 January 2003 06:58 (twenty years ago) link

I think it's a bootleg.. it was on sunsquashed.com for awhile.

dave225 (Dave225), Wednesday, 15 January 2003 12:56 (twenty years ago) link

According to Matador-

1990, "Here Comes My Baby" PROMO-ONLY CDEP (Bar None Records)
Here Comes My Baby (from Fakebook)
The Story of Jazz (live)
Barstool Blues (live)
Let's Compromise (live, w/Chris Nelson singing)
At The River's Edge (live)
Ecstasy Blues (live)
Speeding Motorcycle (w/Daniel Johnston singing via telephone)

The live songs were recorded at our first-ever Berlin date on a not-especially-pleasant European tour. Chris Nelson, formerly of Information ("Let's Compromise" was one of their songs), later of Mofungo and The Scene Is Now, accompanied us. His occasional lead vocals provided us with many of the tour's memorable moments, particularly a frenzied performance of "1969" at our first-ever Madrid data. It was a free show and therefore packed a fairly large rock club (named The Rock Club), through it turned out there was still sufficient space for the crowd to get out of Chris' wasy when he decided to stage diver from the too-high-to-land-back-first stage. He limped for the rest of the tour, which didn't keep him from playing a stellar short solo set in Nijmegen, where we heard him debut "Gone For A Long Time" if memory serves.
--Ira Kaplan

gygax!, Wednesday, 15 January 2003 16:17 (twenty years ago) link

That $%&$#%% Nuclear War EP is sold out everywhere I look for it.

Rockist Scientist, Wednesday, 15 January 2003 20:56 (twenty years ago) link

destroy: nuclear war ep. four versions of an annoying monotonous song. the worst release ever by ylt. you can stream the whole ep here.

alex in mainhattan (alex63), Thursday, 16 January 2003 06:53 (twenty years ago) link

Thanks for that, Alex. I too have been looking for it everywhere, despite the fact that everyone says it is crap.

Nordicskillz (Nordicskillz), Thursday, 16 January 2003 07:33 (twenty years ago) link

eight months pass...
Is there a just-plain-prettier guitar album in the world than Electr-O-Pura??

(if so plz lemme know asap thx)

Sam J. (samjeff), Wednesday, 24 September 2003 17:50 (nineteen years ago) link

six months pass...
I got I Can Hear The Heart... today (Matador lowered the price! Huzzah!)

I love this band. They make me smile. THERE IS SO MUCH LOVE.

Ian Johnson (orion), Sunday, 28 March 2004 06:09 (eighteen years ago) link

i still think that album is their peak. 'summer sun' disappointed me initially but it has well and truly grown on me

the surface noise (electricsound), Sunday, 28 March 2004 06:17 (eighteen years ago) link

A friend has had my copy of 'And then nothing...' for over a year now.. i'm ready to disown her. I love that album.

Painful has been my favourite of late, esp. Sudden Organ.

derrick (derrick), Sunday, 28 March 2004 06:30 (eighteen years ago) link

seven months pass...
If anyone bought / received "Summer Sun" and kinda, sorta liked it but barely played it, break it out and have another go. I have been playing this album constantly for the last 2 months and it is truly beautiful. Off to buy the 2 I don't have - "Painful" and "Fakebook" this weekend. Hooray!

Piers (piers), Monday, 15 November 2004 22:55 (eighteen years ago) link

may i sing with me and fakebook are my two faves by far, the latter being a weird one-off acoustic valentine to their favorite records, the former being a perfect marriage of pop songwriting with guitar fuckery.

i like quite a bit of painful, too, but it seems to me that the more and more they've gone into sonic fuckery, the less and less attention they've paid to the songs. i liked them best when they had that balance.

fact checking cuz (fcc), Monday, 15 November 2004 23:03 (eighteen years ago) link

they were also classic as ray davies' backing band for one week in new york a few years back -- especially compared to the other two backing bands davies was rotating in and out during the same shows.

fact checking cuz (fcc), Monday, 15 November 2004 23:05 (eighteen years ago) link

Was "may i sing with me" an early release?

(And why don't HTML tags work for me fcc - how you doin' 'em?)

Piers (piers), Monday, 15 November 2004 23:05 (eighteen years ago) link

may i sing with me (achieved through standard html open bracket-I-close-bracket tags) was relatively early, yeah, right after fakebook and before painful. it's the only album they recorded for alias records.

fact checking cuz (fcc), Monday, 15 November 2004 23:13 (eighteen years ago) link

I love Painful; let us know what you think about it. It coheres much better than most of their records, I think; it's all of a piece and a mood. It isn't schizophrenic like Electropura and I Can Hear The Heart. It's the same strength that And The Nothing Turned... has, but it's not overlong.

Ian John50n (orion), Monday, 15 November 2004 23:32 (eighteen years ago) link

If anyone bought / received "Summer Sun" and kinda, sorta liked it but barely played it, break it out and have another go.
Hmmm ... that definitely describes me.

"Painful" is wonderful, it's an album that I can hear two or three times in a day without getting tired of it. "Nowhere Near" was in the top 10 on my ballot for the 90's poll.

As others have mentioned, YLT really should keep their albums under 50 minutes or so, although when they go totally bonkers with their eclecticism ("I Can Hear the Heart ...") they can be excused for stretching things out another ten minutes.

MindInRewind (Barry Bruner), Monday, 15 November 2004 23:40 (eighteen years ago) link

I'm partial to May I Sing With Me. I think it was the first indie record I bought, as a senior in high school. Was turned on to them via Hal hartley - "Always Something" was on a comp of songs from his movies. that summer ('97) I saw them along with Bailter Space and a pre-fame Liz Phair play Irving Plaza in New york. Later, Painful just about soundtracked my freshman year at college. I saw them live a few times after that, but was turned off each time unfortunately. There were a lot of three- or four-note bass melodies that dragged on interminably that wrecked it for me.

57 7th (calstars), Tuesday, 16 November 2004 00:00 (eighteen years ago) link

I Can Hear the Heart gets my vote as fav YLT.

However, I sure wish they'd take the mic away from Ira. God, I hate his voice. Sometimes, I don't think he's even trying.

darin (darin), Tuesday, 16 November 2004 00:37 (eighteen years ago) link

In the current edition of the Oxford English Dictionary there's a big picture of Yo La Tengo next to the word Meh.

noodle vague (noodle vague), Tuesday, 16 November 2004 00:40 (eighteen years ago) link

I think they get better with every record - but each record takes a lot longer to get into ..

Also the Today is the Day , EP version, is pretty fantastic ..

dave225 (Dave225), Tuesday, 16 November 2004 01:17 (eighteen years ago) link

totally classic. is there a better trifecta than painful-electropura-i can hear the heart beat as one? i think they slipped with ...and the night but it's still a good album, just some of those songs take on a stream-of-consciousness vibe combined with Ira's lazy, lou reedy vocals that just beg me to hit >>.

j.m. lockery (j.m. lockery), Tuesday, 16 November 2004 01:32 (eighteen years ago) link

I love Painful and also enjoy I Can Feel the Heart..., but for some reason I found myself liking them less and less in general the more of their albums I listened to. I need to spin them a few more times, of course... but right now I'm just not feeling them in general. Beh.

sleep (sleep), Tuesday, 16 November 2004 14:17 (eighteen years ago) link

They need another singles comp.

gygax! (gygax!), Tuesday, 16 November 2004 17:15 (eighteen years ago) link

I've seen em about 30 times, so guess. (First opening for Jonathan Richman around '86... hey, it's the soundguy from Maxwells!)

Electropura is my favorite. All the "rockists" HATED Summer Sun when it came out.

Great taste in covers too. And they named themselves after a Richie Ashburn tall tale, how Classic can you get?

Dr Morbius (Dr Morbius), Tuesday, 16 November 2004 17:20 (eighteen years ago) link

I think "Summer Sun" is lovely. Like all YLT albums, for me--esp the quieter ones--I go long periods not wanting to play them, thinking they're kinda academic (somehow) and dull, but they're not. "Summer Sun" is no more a 'drop off in quality' than any other record they've released: it's great.

Dark Horse, Tuesday, 16 November 2004 17:52 (eighteen years ago) link

this one's also stylistically the closest to their 90s peak since then

Then I'm psyched!

Josh in Chicago, Tuesday, 17 January 2023 23:41 (three weeks ago) link

Fade rules, I Am Not Afraid Of You rules, There's a Riot rules, wtf u jaded cynics

sleeve, Tuesday, 17 January 2023 23:43 (three weeks ago) link

"this band keeps being good, it's so boring"

sleeve, Tuesday, 17 January 2023 23:43 (three weeks ago) link

tbh Stuff Like That There is top 5 for me...a superfan :D

dronestreet, Tuesday, 17 January 2023 23:45 (three weeks ago) link

i am not afraid of you is quite good! but after a few listens i think i like the new one more

ufo, Tuesday, 17 January 2023 23:51 (three weeks ago) link

"this band keeps being good, it's so boring"

lol it's not that any of it is bad or sub par or even boring, it's just that there never seems to be anything drawing me back. Maybe that's really a "me" problem...

Josh in Chicago, Tuesday, 17 January 2023 23:56 (three weeks ago) link

I felt pretty much the same way; thought for a few years I’d had my fill of Yo La Tengo albums, but these 2 new songs have piqued my interest again — they’re pretty much exactly what I want from them.

Chris L, Wednesday, 18 January 2023 00:35 (two weeks ago) link

Summer Sun is extremely underrated

Cow_Art, Wednesday, 18 January 2023 02:10 (two weeks ago) link

Which sort of underscores my point, as I honestly haven't listened to it since it came out; at the time, following "And Then Nothing Turned Itself Inside-Out," it felt something like a disappointment. So is it underrated? Maybe! At this stage I'd call half their catalog underrated (to me, at least), because scanning the album titles there's not a single one I recall disliking, but also not a single one that pops out as something I specifically return to. It's like the last half dozen albums have been one really long compilation.

Josh in Chicago, Wednesday, 18 January 2023 13:26 (two weeks ago) link

I've been having my own moment with them as a listener these past few months. I loved them in the late '90s as a teen and have always given what they release a listen but hadn't really spent real time with their records for a while...then I grabbed some cheap copies of Stuff Like That There and I Am Not Afraid Of You... and now I'm all the way back in. SLTT is a good example of something I thought I wouldn't need (probably dismissed it unfairly when it came out as "just" quiet covers or something)--it's actually wonderful. And gentle, sure, but still demonstrating their range and taste to superb effect. Sleepless Nights is similar and achieves that weird feeling of like...this is minor work from them in the long run but I still am stunned it's so successful.

I'm someone who thinks Fade is a top 5 album of theirs so I don't feel like their best days are long behind them. (I know that album is now a decade old-wow.) But I'm really excited for this new one.

mr. milligan, Wednesday, 18 January 2023 13:55 (two weeks ago) link

I wish I saved a screenshot of this, but around 2006, there was this bootleg forum I frequented where people traded CD-R's of various shows, and one day, this post comes up where a user calls out another user for sending him a threat with a package of bootlegs he sent him. It's a long, angry post, but also a little vague on the details, and the user it's addressed to actually responds with some bewilderment. Turns out, what sparked the angry post was something like a ribbon or poster promoting Yo La Tengo's upcoming album, but it's designed to look like someone scrawled on a piece of paper "I Am Not Afraid of You and I Will Beat Your Ass." The other guy had included it as a surprise gift.

It was a hilarious misunderstanding, and searching for it now, I found the item in question.

birdistheword, Wednesday, 18 January 2023 18:10 (two weeks ago) link


Evan, Wednesday, 18 January 2023 18:15 (two weeks ago) link

haha that's classic

sleeve, Wednesday, 18 January 2023 19:30 (two weeks ago) link

I love that record title so much because YLT has to be a contender for the least threatening band in all of indie rock's history.

Maxmillion D. Boosted (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Wednesday, 18 January 2023 19:52 (two weeks ago) link

Agree. And yet, you put that record on without any context and it drops right into the intensity of Pass the Hatchet, it totally feels like it fits the title

Lavator Shemmelpennick, Thursday, 19 January 2023 14:51 (two weeks ago) link

Good point, it was around that album when I last saw them live, killer shows (god, it's been so long! glad I'll see them in March).

Maxmillion D. Boosted (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Thursday, 19 January 2023 15:42 (two weeks ago) link

I think it’s actually quite a feat that YLT have remained so consistently good without ever turning that quality into a knock against them. Yes some albums are better than others but personally, aside from the ones that caught me at just the right personal moments of my life, I don’t even have any desire to rank them. Just let ‘em play and may keep playing for a long long time

sctttnnnt (pgwp), Friday, 20 January 2023 02:25 (two weeks ago) link

Yeah, to be honest that is a different but good way of looking at it. I have a couple of favorite records that also happen to be a couple of my favorite records, period. Do I think any of the many others hold up to those? No, not really. But from the band's formative works to their most recent stuff, I know I can always just throw on any random yo la tango album and enjoy it.

Josh in Chicago, Friday, 20 January 2023 02:47 (two weeks ago) link

I've sat down multiple times over the past few years to try to rank the YLT albums and it's damn near impossible for me, the level of consistent quality is so great that I end up just frustrated by not being able to rank like nine of them in my top 5.

Maxmillion D. Boosted (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Friday, 20 January 2023 04:19 (two weeks ago) link

Grade 4/5 class working on some art as we listen to Fade. The best.

clemenza, Friday, 20 January 2023 20:09 (two weeks ago) link

Fade is such a great album, particularly with the second disc on the deluxe version.

Maxmillion D. Boosted (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Friday, 20 January 2023 20:14 (two weeks ago) link

I really need to catch up on the last few albums since Fade.

I can't tell if he's trolling or not (ilxor), Thursday, 26 January 2023 05:53 (one week ago) link

I think they're overrated. Its like they're always playing that safe 60' pop melodies through an alt ock filter. Its like pavement post s&e.

CerebralCaustic, Thursday, 26 January 2023 15:14 (one week ago) link

"I want to see you put your hands together.
I want to cross my heart
I want to hope to die
I hear Kate Moss talk, she talks to me
She's looking for a new beginning everyday."

Embarrasing lyrics

CerebralCaustic, Thursday, 26 January 2023 15:20 (one week ago) link

You can boil down literally any band to an unfair oversimplification, and then fans will counter with tons of examples that don't adhere to it. What do we accomplish in the end?

Evan, Thursday, 26 January 2023 15:24 (one week ago) link

I think they're overrated. Its like they're always playing that safe 60' pop melodies through an alt ock filter. Its like pavement post s&e.

Even if one were to grant this as absolutely true, this would only be one of the many threads they wind through their albums. They have a lot more going on than that.

Maxmillion D. Boosted (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Thursday, 26 January 2023 15:46 (one week ago) link

I don't understand what "safe" has to do with a melody.

Malevolent Arugula (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 26 January 2023 15:48 (one week ago) link

xps In this case even the song cited as having embarrassing lyrics is a counterexample to the reason given for thinking they're overrated!

Vaguely Threatening CAPTCHAs, Thursday, 26 January 2023 15:56 (one week ago) link

Just because I've been listening to a lot of I Am Not Afraid of You..., don't hear any "safe 60' pop melodies" on, say, "Pass the Hatchet, I Think I'm Goodkind".

Maxmillion D. Boosted (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Thursday, 26 January 2023 15:58 (one week ago) link

I'd suggest to accept "no lo tengo" and move on

Evan, Thursday, 26 January 2023 16:01 (one week ago) link

I don't understand what "safe" has to do with a melody.

― Malevolent Arugula (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, January 26, 2023 9:48 AM (eight minutes ago) bookmarkflaglink

Melodies should only be composed by cats running across pianos all other melodies are safe spaces for snowflakes

Blues Guitar Solo Heatmap (Free Download) (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Thursday, 26 January 2023 16:01 (one week ago) link

I've heard both of those things on WFMU in one day

Evan, Thursday, 26 January 2023 16:03 (one week ago) link

In the same song, I'm willing to bet.

Ned Raggett, Thursday, 26 January 2023 16:04 (one week ago) link

On paper an Ira Kaplan guitar solo may appear composed by frightened piano cats, and if the rest of the song is a safe 60s pop melody then we're checking all the boxes. No wonder they're WFMU's darlings

Evan, Thursday, 26 January 2023 16:08 (one week ago) link

In other news, I just saw this yesterday, really lovely, apologies if posted already


Blues Guitar Solo Heatmap (Free Download) (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Thursday, 26 January 2023 16:12 (one week ago) link

I miss them being a neighbor in town. I currently live on the same street they were on for all those years.

Evan, Thursday, 26 January 2023 16:15 (one week ago) link

Lovely 1959 melody there

curmudgeon, Thursday, 26 January 2023 16:19 (one week ago) link

I hadn't noticed valued poster CerebralCaustic's other great contributions today or else I wouldn't have bothered to feed the troll.

Maxmillion D. Boosted (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Thursday, 26 January 2023 16:19 (one week ago) link

cerebral and caustic!

Malevolent Arugula (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 26 January 2023 16:20 (one week ago) link

anyhooooo — good podcast w/ McNew over here! https://aquariumdrunkard.com/2023/01/25/transmissions-james-mcnew-yo-la-tengo-dump/

tylerw, Thursday, 26 January 2023 16:22 (one week ago) link

Who was Goodkind again? All this time I thought they were band but Google doesn't turn up anything definitive?

Chris L, Thursday, 26 January 2023 16:23 (one week ago) link

I assumed it was for fantasy writer Terry Goodkind, but I'm not sure.

Maxmillion D. Boosted (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Thursday, 26 January 2023 16:27 (one week ago) link

Presumably also a nod to the Black Randy album title "Pass the dust, I think I'm Bowie."

nickn, Thursday, 26 January 2023 17:49 (one week ago) link

or perhaps


global tetrahedron, Thursday, 26 January 2023 19:51 (one week ago) link

^^ yeah that was my take on it

sleeve, Thursday, 26 January 2023 20:14 (one week ago) link

YLT are kind of like GBV now where you probably can't doubt the quality of their output, it's going to sound very much like you expect it to, there are a lot of albums, they are all good, and you can be forgiven for getting slightly bored with them.

I saw YLT for the first time in 25 years a few months back and they were so great, still. But now I feel like I could go another 5 years before seeing them again.

I? not I! He! He! HIM! (akm), Thursday, 26 January 2023 20:43 (one week ago) link

I remembered Tom Goodkind's name popping up in New York Rocker back in the day. I still don't understand the song title.

Tom Goodkind, a longtime fixture on the New York City music scene, best known as the co-founder of The Washington Squares folk revival group, died Feb. 28, 2019, in the city after a long battle with a chronic degenerative illness. He was 65.

In recent years, Goodkind served as the conductor of the Lower Manhattan-based all-volunteer group TriBattery Pops, described as something of a contemporary spin on the traditional marching band. Earlier in his career Goodkind was instrumental in creating and/or managing such popular New York music venues as Irving Plaza, the Peppermint Lounge and Roseland.

Three Rings for the Elven Bishop (Dan Peterson), Thursday, 26 January 2023 20:45 (one week ago) link

Yeah that New York Rocker connection certainly makes more sense than my Terry Goodkind reading.

I realized I haven't seen them since Pitchfork 2006, so I'm really excited to see them again in March.

Maxmillion D. Boosted (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Thursday, 26 January 2023 21:39 (one week ago) link

idk ylt definitely have more stylistic variety than gbv

ufo, Thursday, 26 January 2023 22:06 (one week ago) link

i'm buying that? no la tengo

CerebralCaustic, Thursday, 26 January 2023 22:17 (one week ago) link

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