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There's A Riot Going OnThere’s a riot going on. You don’t need me, or Yo La Tengo, to tell you that. These are dark times, in our heads as much as in the streets. It’s easy to lose contact with the ground. Confusion and anxiety intrude into daily life and cause you to lose your compass. There are times that call for anthems, something to lift you out of your slump and put fire in your feet. And sometimes what is needed is a balm, a sound that will wrap around you and work out the knots in your neck.
For Yo La Tengo, this is a slow-motion action painting. Ira Kaplan, Georgia Hubley, and James McNew did it all themselves, in their rehearsal studio, with no engineer and no complicated equipment (John McEntire later assisted in mixing). They did not rehearse together beforehand; they turned on the recorder and let things coalesce. Songs came together over long stretches, sometimes as much as a year going by between parts. You’d never guess this, since the layers are joined with such a liquid brush. You’d imagine most of the songs had sprung forth whole, since they will enter your head that way. Within two listens you will be powerless to resist the magnetic draw of “Shades of Blue,” will involuntarily hear “She May, She Might” on your internal jukebox first thing in the morning and “Let’s Do It Wrong” late at night.
While there’s a riot going on, Yo La Tengo will remind you what it’s like to dream. The sound burbles and washes and flows and billows. If records were dedicated to the cardinal elements, this one would be water. There are shimmery hazes, spectral rumbles, a flash of backward masking. You are there. And even if your mind is not unclouded--shaken, misdirected, out of words and out of time--you can still float, ride the waves of an ocean deeper than your worries, above the sound and above the Sound.LP 1
1. You Are Here
2. Shades of Blue
3. She May, She Might
4. For You Too
6. Polynesia #1
7. Dream Dream Away
2. Above the Sound
3. Let’s Do It Wrong
4. What Chance Have I Got
5. Esportes Casual
7. Out of the Pool
8. Here You Are
$27.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs SealedBuy Now
Extra PainfulDeluxe Reissue of 1993’s classic Painful, in time for the band’s 30th anniversary.
2xLP includes bonus 7” in p/s with ephemera, photos, original band-aid sticker, the first YLT Gazette in 14 years, liner notes by Matador’s Gerard Cosloy and the band.
This release includes three unreleased songs from the original sessions recording Painful.
In addition there are locked loops of alternate versions of “Big Day Coming” and “From A Motel 6” in the runout grooves of LP2.LP 1: Painful (1993)
1. Big Day Coming
2. From A Motel 6
3. Double Dare
5. Nowhere Near
6. Sudden Organ
7. A Worrying Thing
8. I Was A Fool Beside You For Too Long
9. The Whole Of The Law
10. Big Day Coming
11. I Heard You Looking
LP 2: Extra Painful Bonus Disc (1992-1993)
1. Nowhere Near (demo)
2. From A Motel 6 (live Acoustic)
3. Tunnel Vision (unreleased Instrumental Demo)
4. Sudden Organ (demo)
5. Smart Window (unreleased Painful Session)
6. Big Day Coming (live Acoustic)
7. Slow Learner (unreleased Demo)
8. Double Dare (demo)
9. A Worrying Thing (demo)
10. I Heard You Looking (live)
Shaker 7” - Exact Repro Of Original Single
2. For Shame Of Doing Wrong
$26.99Vinyl LP + 7" - 2 LPs SealedBuy Now
I Can Hear The Heart Beating As OneI Can Hear the Heart Beating as One is the eighth studio album by the American indie rock band. It was produced by Roger Moutenot and recorded at House of David in Nashville, Tennessee. The album expands the guitar-based pop of its predecessor Electr-O-Pura to encompass a variety of other music genres, including bossa nova, krautrock, and electronic music. Most of the songs on the album deal with melancholy emotions and range from short and fragile ballads to long and open-ended dissonance.
Upon release, Beating as One reached number 19 on the Billboard 's Heatseekers Albums chart, becoming the first Yo La Tengo album to enter the charts. Three songs from the album, "Autumn Sweater", "Sugarcube", and the cover "Little Honda", were released as singles. The album received considerable acclaim from music critics, who praised the band's ability to successfully expand the boundaries of nearly any pop style. The album is widely regarded as the band's best work and is frequently included on several publications' best album lists. In 2010, Rolling Stone placed it at number 86 on its list of 100 Best Albums of the Nineties.1. Return To Hot Chicken
2. Moby Octopad
5. Deeper Into Movies
7. Stockholm Syndrome
8. Autumn Sweater
9. Little Honda
10. Green Arrow
11. One PM Again
12. The Lie And How We Told It
13. Center of Gravity
14. Spec Bebop
15. We're An American Band
16. My Little Corner Of The World
$27.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs SealedBuy Now
Popular SongsFinally back in print, the double vinyl of Yo La Tengo’s most recent album, Popular Songs!
The sprawling, 12-track record (including three songs over 8 minutes in length, and one 15 minute jam) is one of their most eclectic and cathartic.
Featuring the Parisian pop of “Avalon or Someone Very Similar,” the joyous rocker “Nothing To Hide” and the whimsical “Periodically Double Or Triple.”
Recorded in Hoboken and Nashville in early 2009 with longtime associate Roger Mountenot, Popular Songs finds the trio of Georgia Hubley, Ira Kaplan and James McNew at the height of their creative powers, fashioning an epic work that’s cooly confident as it is wildly adventurous.
In the words of Mike Wolf, “Yo La Tengo is not afraid. They walk confidently forward, into the unknown, hand in hand. They may just be hitting their stride.”LP1
1. Here To Fall
2. Avalon Or Someone Very Similar
3. By Two’s
4. Nothing To Hide
5. Periodically Double Or Triple
6. If It’s True
7. I’m On My Way
8. When It’s Dark
9. All Your Secrets
1. More Stars Than There Are In Heaven
2. The Fireside
3. And The Glitter Is Gone
$24.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs SealedBuy Now
FadeFade is the most direct, personal and cohesive album of Yo La Tengo's career. Recorded with John McEntire at Soma Studios in Chicago, it recalls the sonic innovation and lush cohesion of career high points like 1997's I Can Hear the Heart Beating as One and 2000's And Then Nothing Turned Itself Inside Out. The album is a tapestry of fine melody and elegant noise, rhythmic shadowplay and shy-eyed orchestral beauty, songfulness and experimentation.1. Ohm
2. Is That Enough?
3. Well You Better
4. Paddle Forward
5. Stupid Things
6. I’ll Be Around
7. Cornelia and Jane
8. Two Trains
9. The Point Of It
10. Before We Run
$21.99Vinyl LP - SealedBuy Now
Alternative rock first emerged in Britain in the late 70s and early 80s, but it didn’t really hit its stride until the 90s with the arrival of bands like the Red Hot Chili Peppers and
Alternative rock first emerged in Britain in the late 70s and early 80s, but it didn’t really hit its stride until the 90s with the arrival of bands like the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Jane’s Addiction. That was also right around the time that Nirvana and Pearl Jam fueled the grunge rock explosion.
And when you want the full and real alt rock experience, you’ve gotta try it out on vinyl, and SoundStage Direct is your one-stop shop for all the best alternative rock vinyls.