Yo La Tengo Launch Bandcamp Page & Release New Song

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Yo La Tengo started a Bandcamp page. The page’s launch comes with YLT’s first new music of the year, a droning track entitled “James and Ira demonstrate mysticism and some confusion holds (Monday).”

The new tune was recorded and written at Yo La Tengo’s rehearsal space in Hoboken, New Jersey. YLT returned to the space in late April. “James set up one microphone in the middle of the room in case we stumbled on something useful for the future,” Ira Kaplan wrote in a note accompanying the track. “Instead we decided to release something we did right now.”

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Read the full note from Ira below:

If you’ve spent any time hanging out with us at our rehearsal space in Hoboken—that pretty much covers none of you—you’ve heard us playing formlessly (he said, trying to sidestep the word “improvising”). Most of the songs we’ve written in the last 25 years have begun that way, but often we do it for no other reason than to push away the outside world.

In late April, with the outside world weighing on everybody, we determined that the three of us could assemble in Hoboken without disobeying the rules laid out by Governor Murphy, and resumed . . . “practicing” hardly describes it, because we’ve done no practicing per se, and anyway what would be practicing for . . . playing. James set up one microphone in the middle of the room in case we stumbled on something useful for the future. Instead we decided to release something we did right now.

— Ira

Stream “James and Ira demonstrate mysticism and some confusion holds (Monday)” below:

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