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Out Today : Yo La Tengo - 'Electr-o-pura' 2XLP 25th Anniversary Edition



the 2XLP 25th anniversary edition of Yo La Tengo's 'Electr-o-pura' is out today and is available to purchase or stream at your leisure (though merchants tend to keep their own hours).

Tracklist
01 Decora
02 Flying Lesson (Hot Chicken #1)
03 The Hour Grows Late
04 Tom Courtenay
05 False Ending
06 Pablo And Andrea
07 Paul Is Dead
08 False Alarm
09 The Ballad Of Red Buckets
10 Don’t Say A Word (Hot Chicken #2
11 (Straight Down To The) Bitter End
12 My Heart’s Reflection
13 Attack On Love
14 Blue Line Swinger

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Spoon - "Rainy Taxi (Big Beat)"



Spoon has released a new track "Rainy Taxi (Big Beat)" available exclusively on Bandcamp. A new take on "Rainy Taxi" from the 2014 LP They Want My Soul, the single was recorded remotely in May 2020 by Spoon's Britt Daniel and Alex Fischel in Austin TX and Los Angeles CA respectively.



During Bandcamp's 24 hour fee-waiving period today (Midnight PST Fri Sep 4 to Midnight PST Sat Sep 5) Spoon and Matador will donate all proceeds earned from the "Rainy Taxi (Big Beat)" single to Austin Community Foundation.

The premiere of the new track coincides with the release of Spoon's full discography on Bandcamp.

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Coming Saturday, August 29 : Spoon - 'All The Weird Kids Up Front: Más Rolas Chidas'



Way too long ago we held a contest challenging you to create an alternate ‘Best of Spoon’ album as a playlist, with the winner being decided by number of followers. After an endless delay (THANKS, GLOBAL PANDEMIC), the winning playlist has been pressed as a limited edition LP ; ‘All The Weird Kids Up Front (Ma?s Rolas Chidas),’ available for the first time this weekend at independent record stores as part of Record Store Day Drops. Find out how to get yours here. #RSD2020

As we count down to Saturday, the second runner-up, Blair's #MyBestOfSpoon, is available for your listening pleasure here.

Tracklist, assembled by Jason Jezek
01 The Fitted Shirt
02 Don't Make Me a Target
03 The Beast and Dragon, Adored
04 Is Love Forever?
05 I Summon You
06 Out Go the Lights
07 Who Makes Your Money
08 The Ghost of You Lingers
09 Paper Tiger
10 WhisperI'lllistentohearit
11 Tear It Down
12 New York Kiss

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Coming October 9 : Yo La Tengo - 'Sleepless Night'





"Wasn't Born To Follow"


(photo :  Noah Kalina)

On October 9th, Matador Records will release Yo La Tengo’s 'Sleepless Night' -- a six-song EP with one new song (“Bleeding”) plus covers of songs by The Byrds, The Delmore Brothers, Bob Dylan, Ronnie Lane, and The Flying Machine.


(photo : Ryoichi Kawajiri)

The tracks on 'Sleepless Night' were initially released as one side of an LP included within a limited-edition catalogue (published by LACMA and DelMonico Books/Prestel) for the LACMA exhibition, "Yoshitomo Nara", the first international retrospective for the artist Yoshitomo Nara (b. 1959). A longtime YLT fan, Nara worked in collaboration with the group -- Georgia Hubley, Ira Kaplan, and James McNew -- to choose the EP’s songs.

The Matador version of the EP is a single-sided 12” with original cover art by Nara, a drawing of the band by Hubley, and an illustration by McNew etched on the record’s flip.

Ira Kaplan on 'Sleepless Night':
We met Yoshitomo Nara in 2003, would see him at his art shows and our concerts. We dj’d at an opening at the Asia Society, and on another occasion he drew a picture of Georgia strangling me on a Gloomy pencil case that became one of Georgia’s prized possessions until it was stolen from her at the bar at the K-West hotel in Shepherd’s Bush. To make the catalogue of his 2020 exhibit at LACMA more personal, the idea came up to include an LP of some of Nara’s favorite songs as part of a deluxe edition.  We were asked to provide one side of the LP (and that one track be a new composition), with the other side being another six songs selected by Nara, in their original versions.  Here are the six songs we contributed to the LACMA record, chosen in collaboration with Nara.

I probably was introduced to "Blues Stay Away from Me” on NRBQ’s Workshop lp, working backwards to the Louvin Brothers and the Delmore Brothers (with a detour to Doug Sahm and Band). Our version was recorded by Mark Nevers in February 2011.  Charlie Louvin had died just a couple of days before. We were on a tour with William Tyler that came to an end in Nashville. The three of us and William and Kurt Wagner threw together an arrangement of “Blues Stay Away from Me” as a tribute and closed our show at the Exit/In with it. Since we were hanging around Nashville for a few days before going home, we went to Mark’s studio and recorded it.

“Wasn’t Born to Follow” was recorded by Gene Holder as part of the sessions that resulted in Stuff Like That There. Dave Schramm on lead guitar. I’m sure I heard the Byrds’ song for the first time when my mom took me and a bunch of my friends to see Easy Rider. (One kid was forbidden by his parents from joining us, as was my younger brother.  My dad took my brother to see Butch Cassidy instead, and I’m guessing my friend stayed home and did homework.)

Ronnie Lane didn’t write “Roll On Babe,” but his is the version we’re covering. James recorded it in Hoboken.  (And that song was among the songs Georgia played when we dj’d at the Asia Society.)

While making 'And Then Nothing Turned Itself Inside-Out' in Nashville, Roger Moutenot recorded Dylan’s “It Takes a Lot to Laugh, It Takes a Train to Cry” for a John Peel birthday show. As best as we can tell, we sent the one and only copy of the master to England. Yes, we’re as dumbfounded as you are, if not more so. After a lot of sleuthing, we came up with this.

“Bleeding” was written by us, recorded in Hoboken by James.

James also recorded The Flying Machine’s “Smile a Little Smile for Me” for Michael Shelley’s Super Hit Tsunami!, available to people who pledged to WFMU’s 2019 fundraising marathon.

Track List

Blues Stay Away
Wasn’t Born to Follow
Roll On Babe
It Takes a Lot to Laugh
Bleeding
Smile a Little Smile for Me

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VIDEO : Perfume Genius - "Whole Life" (From CBS' "The Late Show WIth Stephen Colbert")



Today, Perfume Genius (Mike Hadreas) performed “Whole Life” from album of the year candidate 'Set My Heart On Fire Immediately,' on CBS' "The LateShow With Stephen Colbert". The #PlayAtHome performance was shot in Los Angeles,
CA. Hadreas was backed by long time collaborator Alan Wyffels.

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Out Today - Guided By Voices 'Alien Lanes' 25th Anniversary + Pavement 'Sensitive Euro Man' Shape Disc + Bob Nastanovich clip



Out today - the 25th Anniversary limited edition 'Alien Lanes' LP from Guided By Voices. This one was pressed on distinctive blue, red and green wax to mirror the patterned drumhead of the cover, also made available as a bundle with a true-to-the-original remanufacture of an 'Alien Lanes' bottle opener. Truly a merch piece par excellence.

Rumblings from the rumour mill say a scant few LP copies might still be available here

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Also now available - the striking new Pavement speech bubble shape disc featuring the never before committed to vinyl 'Sensitive Euro Man' b/w 'Brink of The Clouds / Candy Lad' - pressed to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the band's third record 'Wowee Zowee'.

A bundle deal for the 'Sensitive Euro Man' shape disc plus 'Wowee Zowee' LP previously only available to US customers is now purchaseable via our UK & EU webstore as well. See here

Marking today's release, a full interview clip with Pavement's Bob Nastanovich - speaking on the recording of 'Wowee Zowee', the album's legacy today, and much more:



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