Friday, July 24, 2009

Yo La Tengo Drops Another Track From Popular Songs, Plans Fall Tour

We already expressed some skepticism about Yo La Tengo's upcoming Popular Songs, and now our initial skepticism is (unfortunately) being reinforced. The band has just dropped a second tune from the record, and again - it hits our ears as called-in.

Much like it's predecessor, "Periodically Double Or Triple", "Here To Fall" comes across as something of an artistic wank, with a fair bit of stereotypical production elements thrown in for good measure. Again, it may work in the context of the record, but the faux-Motown fuzz vibe just seems like the band trying, and not quite getting there.

Given Yo La Tengo's near-perfect history of not releasing a dud, you figure it would have to happen sometime. We still have some faith, and wouldn't be so silly as to call Popular Songs DOA. That being said, we're hoping these early track releases aren't indicative of the whole record. If you're digging the tracks, you can snag it early through Matador's Buy Early Get Now program - otherwise you'll have to wait for the record's September 8th release date.

Either way, the band rocks live, and you should not hesitate to catch them on their summer tour in support of Popular Songs.

Yo La Tengo Fall Dates 2009
09/15 - Burlington, VT @ Higher Ground
09/16 - Boston, MA @ Wilbur Theater
09/17 - Washington DC @ 9:30 Club
09/18 - Durham, NC @ Carolina Theater
09/19 - Atlanta, GA @ Variety
09/21 - Asheville, NC @ Orange Peel
09/25 - New York, NY @ Roseland
10/02 - Montreal, QC @ Le National
10/03 - Toronto, ON @ Opera House
10/05 - Cleveland, OH @ Beachland Ballroom
10/06 - Chicago, IL @ The Vic Theatre
10/07 - Minneapolis, MN @ First Ave
10/09 - Omaha, NE @ Slowdown
10/10 - Denver at Ogden
10/11 - Aspen at Belly Up
10/12 - Salt Lake City at Urban Lounge
10/14 - Phoenix at Marquee
10/15 - Los Angeles at Avalon
10/16 - San Diego at Soma
10/17 - Santa Cruz at Rio Theater
10/18 - San Francisco at Treasure Island Festival (tickets on sale)
10/20 - Portland at Crystal Ballroom
10/21 - Vancouver at Commodore Ballroom
10/22 - Seattle at Showbox SoDo

mp3: Yo La Tengo - Here To Fall