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Yo La Tengo Cover Themselves on New Album ‘Stuff Like That There’

Hoboken rockers share reinterpretation of “Deeper Into Movies,” cover Special Pillow’s “Automatic Doom”

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Yo La Tengo will celebrate their 30th anniversary with a new album that features original songs, covers and reinterpreted Yo La Tengo tracks.

Yo La Tengo will celebrate their 30th anniversary – and the 25th birthday of their 1990 breakout LP Fakebook – with a new album featuring original songs, covers and a handful of reinterpreted Yo La Tengo tracks. Stuff Like That There will arrive August 28th on Matador Records, though the band have made two tracks – a cover of Soft Pillow’s “Automatic Doom” and a reworking of their own I Can Hear the Heart Beating as One song “Deeper Into Movies”– available now.

In a long statement accompanying the Stuff Like That There announcement, Lambchop singer Kurt Wagner spoke lovingly of Yo La Tengo and their new album. “Stuff Like That There may well be a 25th anniversary sequel to the idea of Fakebook, but to my ears it makes a case for simply returning to what moved Yo La Tengo to make things in the first place: embracing the people who they still hold close and making a spirited noise about it,” Wagner said.

Stuff Like That There is available for pre-order now through the Matador Store; fans who order early will also receive “a full-print tote bag containing a circa 2015 cassingle with new unreleased songs and mystery Stuff,” a press release promises. The band will also hit the road this fall with all tour dates listed below.

“With Fakebook as template, Stuff Like That There is a record with ties to the past which contribute to the sound they make furthered by an affinity for the sounds they love,” Wagner added. “Somehow they compose the already composed by return. It’s clear-eyed. It’s clever and concealed. Rare is the band that can cover themselves. Rarer is the band that would even think of it and rarer still is a band that would return to the conception and re-imagine its first breakthrough record. Someone may have read recently that old quote about how, ‘In not knowing history, one is doomed to repeat it.’ There’s not another band that I know that is less doomed than Yo La Tengo.” 

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Stuff Like That There Track List

1. “My Heart’s Not in It” (Darlene McCrea)
2. “Rickety”
3. “I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry” (Hank Williams)
4. “All Your Secrets” (remake of track from Popular Songs)
5. “The Ballad of Red Buckets” (remake of track from Electr-o-pura)
6. “Friday I’m in Love” (The Cure)
7. “Before We Stopped to Think” (Great Plains)
8. “Butchie’s Tune” (The Lovin’ Spoonful)
9. “Automatic Doom” (Special Pillow)
10. “Awhileaway”
11. “I Can Feel the Ice Melting” (The Parliaments)
12. “Naples” (Antietam)
13. “Deeper Into Movies” (remake of track from I Can Hear the Heart Beating as One)
14. “Somebody’s in Love” (The Cosmic Rays with Le Sun Ra and Arkestra)

Yo La Tengo Tour Dates

June 26 – Calgary, AB @ Sled Island Music & Arts Festival
September 5 – San Sebastian, Spain @ Kutxa Kultur Festibla
September 23 – Troy, NY @ Troy Savings Bank Music Hall
September 24 – Glenside, PA @ Keswick Theatre
September 25 – Washington, DC @ Lincoln Theatre
September 26 – Durham, NC @ The Carolina Theatre of Durham
September 27 – Atlanta, GA @ Variety Playhouse
September 29 – Millvale, PA @ Mr. Smalls Theatre
September 30 – Toronto, ON @ Queen Elizabeth Theatre
October 2 – Montreal, QC @ Corona Theatre 
October 3 – Boston, MA @ The Wilbur Theatre
October 15 – Dublin, Ireland – National Concert Hall
October 16 – Glasgow, Scotland – The Garage
October 18 – Bristol, UK – Colston Hall
October 19 – Coventry, UK – Warwick Arts Center
October 20 – London, UK – O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire
October 23 – Paris, France – La Cigale
October 24 – Holland, Amserdam – Paradiso
October 25 – Leuven, Belgium – Het Depot
October 27 – Berlin, Germany – Heimathafen
October 28 – Koln, Germany – Kulturkirche
November 5 – Chicago, IL @ The Vic Theatre
November 6 – Madison, WI @ Barrymore Theatre 
November 7 – Minneapolis, MN @ Pantages Theatre 
November 9 – Boulder, CO @ Boulder Theater 
November 13 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Theatre at Ace Hotel 
November 14 – San Francisco, CA @ The Masonic
November 17 – Eugene, OR @ WOW Hall
November 18 – Portland, OR @ Revolution Hall 
November 20 – Seattle @ Neptune Theatre 
November 21 – Vancouver, BC @ Vogue Theatre

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