Yo La Tengo – Spotlight: Autumn Sweater & Upcoming Album Fade

06 Dec, 2012

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If the only piece of music genre-escaping band, Yo La Tengo, created were the 1997 song, “Autumn Sweater,” they would still be thrilling musicians.  From the gradual romp of its initial drums to lead singer, Ira Kaplan’s, soft whisper, “Autumn Sweater” seamlessly draws the listener in, coddling him or her into a serene mural of sound.  Fortunately, however, the New Jersey-based, New York Mets-inspired (their name comes from 1960s Venezuelan shortstop, Elio Chacon’s, shout when going for a ball), group has produced a plentitude of music:  over ten studio albums, a few film scores, fourteen EPs, and the upcoming album, Fade, due January 15th, 2013.

If you aren’t already familiar with Yo La Tengo, there is indeed a whole lot of music to check out, including their beautifully mellow renditions of some Velvet Underground songs (“I’m Set Free” is particularly great), their cover of John  Cale’s “Hanky Panky Nohow“, and many more songs.

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By Zach Weg

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Zachary Weg

I am a kid from Queens, New York currently going to school in Ithaca, New York. I'm a writing major at Ithaca College where I try to write with both heart and mind, people-watch, and try to perform some stand-up comedy. Having seen every episode of “Seinfeld” and “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” I make at least one reference to the former every day—it just happens—and notice that comedic bits I’ve done are similar in nature to those of Larry David. Probably very derivative but, hey, I’m trying! Seriously, though, I love film, literature, and music, and feel honored to be a part of the team.

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