Friday, June 7, 2013

We try not to lose our hearts

Yo La Tengo - "Ohm" (Fade)

This may be projecting a tad, but I think Yo La Tengo is a band that clicks with me so hard because I feel like its members and I have a lot in common. They realize the correct answer to the "Beatles or Stones" question is "The Velvet Underground." But, like me, they're far more into Loaded than White Light/White Heat. And because they are goofy music nerds, like me, they don't absorb the Velvets' drug-addled streetwise thing, but rather just an appreciation for their unique combination of long-form krautrock-y guitars and oldies pop song sensibility. They don't have that rebellious edge. They'd rather write about love than looking for heroin. That is the fix that they, and I, are more fixated on.


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