No, the trio of Georgia Hubley, Ira Kaplan and James McNew haven’t gone all Nickelback on us. For the sake of this particular release, they’ve simply named their 12th (or 14th depending on how you count) Popular Songs. But that doesn’t necessarily mean to expect an album that will please Top 40 kids, or even longtime Yo La Tengo fans. You see, the content of this brand new offering, which is officially scheduled for release on September 8th via Matador Records, is billed as the band’s “bravest musical statement to date”. Yes, folks, we’re dealing with some irony!
Recorded in Hoboken and Nashville in early 2009 with longtime collaborator Roger Moutenot, Popular Songs is centered around a stylistic range billed as “startling,” with some parts sounding like the Yo La Tengo we’ve come to know and love and others not. The end result? “An epic work thats cooly confident as it is wildly adventurous,” says Matador. But don’t take their word for it. Check out the album’s first mp3, “Periodically Double Or Triple” below for an early taste.
Additional details including a tracklist, information pertaining to a new Buy Early Get Now campaign for the album, and fall tour dates will be unveiled in the coming days – perhaps as soon as tomorrow.
“Periodically Double Or Triple”
Yo La Tengo 2009 Tour Dates:
06/04 – Paris, FR @ LAlhambra
06/07 – Hamburg, DE @ Imperial Theatre
06/08 – Berlin, DE @ Babylon
06/11 – Amsterdam, NL @ Bimhuls
06/12 – Brussels, BE @ Botanic
06/15 – London, UK @ Queen Elizabeth Hall
07/13 – Brooklyn, NY @ Keyspan Park
07/17 – Chicago, IL @ Pitchfork Music Festival