313: “I’ll Be Around” by Yo La Tengo

Yo La Tengo is not a sand dune.A movie premise: a young boy can see farts. His dedicated mentor, played by a computer-generated Walter Matthau, helps the boy along the strange paths life takes in a world where farts are visible. And as the boy discovers his true passion, handmade dutch oven pottery, he also comes to realize that his mentor had himself been a fart all along, an amalgam of gases, animated by some unknown power, to help guide him toward the potter’s wheel and True Happiness.

Epilogue: the boy has grown into an old man, stooped over his workbench, considering the twists and turns of his life. He watches a kid crop dust his pottery studio, grins, and looks toward the sky, where a translucent Matthau hovers, silent but benevolent.

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That’s a wicked introduction for “I’ll Be Around” by Yo La Tengo, from their brand new album Fade (2013). Enjoy!

Song: I’ll Be Around
ArtistYo La Tengo
Album: Fade
LabelMATADOR
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102: “Periodically Double or Triple” by Yo La Tengo

FUNKY FRIDAY

"Speeding Motorcycle" changed my life.Funky Friday doesn’t have to be a funk song, I don’t guess.

Here’s a juicy video.

Yo La Tengo is all over the place, and shape-shifty.  There’s no formula.  No equations.  Just some crazy personalities flowing.  They’re in Europe now, but back touring the US in December.

Here’s a video from their 2009 album, Popular Songs.

Sink your teeth in, and enjoy.

Song: Periodically Double or Triple
Artist: Yo La Tengo
Album: Popular Songs
Label: Matador Records Limited
Buy from: Amazon | iTunes