When it comes to music geeks, you don’t have to look much further then the trio from Yo La Tengo – James McNew, Ira Kaplan and Georgia Hubley. What started out as a husband and wife project in the early 80s is now considered one of indie musics more sought after acts. It’s amazing to think how long these guys have been around. When you think of bands like Rolling Stones or Aerosmith, you don’t often think about their new albums or songs. You go after their original music because that is where most of their inspiration lies. Today, they’re burnt out and are barely capable of writing a good rock song even if their life depended on it. Yo La Tengo on the other hand have fans clinging to every new album, song and note that they produce – myself included.
I remember the first time I listened to “And Then Nothing Turned Itself Inside-Out”. I was driving up to what would be my new home for the next 6 years and counting, Boston, and I remember wondering why I hadn’t listened to or heard about these guys before. This alone made me curious to wonder what else was out there that I have been missing for oh so many years. The song, “Last Days of Disco”, means a lot to me. I put it on my first mix tape for my soon to be wife, Amanda.