I think we left off with the oddball underwater soundtrack "The Sounds of the Sounds of Science" (2001), so next on the agenda I guess we have 2003's "Summer Sun".....I consider it their weakest effort thus far, although far from worthless......Georgia Hubley's mother had just passed away, and you can feel the pain and loss on the album, completely like any other Yo La Tengo disc.....it does have its moments, of course, but I'd give it two stars, a DAMN low rating for this band. understandable as death certainly does things like this to all of us, but not a favorite of mine.
They most certainly had a comeback in them however. 2006's "I am Not Afraid of You And I Will Beat Your Ass" is one of my faves, one of the best albums of that years, and contains perhaps my very favorite Yo La Tengo track, "Pass the Hatchet, I Think I'm Goodkind", a marvelous long freakish guitar workout..... (it also contains "The Story of Yo La Tango" (yes tAngo!), another long slammer jammer.... there is more great shit like "Mr Tough" and "Dapnia", a wonderful comeback LP and one NOT to be missed. Great album.
Their next "proper" release was "Popular Songs", 2009.......while hardly up to the standard of "I Am Not Afraid of You....", there are some good tracks here, this is a band with a seemingly inexhaistible supply of material......."Avalon or Someone Very Similar", "The Fireside", and "And the Glitter is Gone" all remind of classic YLT........it's a decent album........if it were MY rock n roll Hall of Fame they'd walk in tomorrow, they have given us three times the great rock n roll that many bands in there have (hi Rush).
As far as I can tell I got all the studio "regular" releases.......there is a LOT more stuff to go, take me at my word.......the next post we will start on some comps and stuff, and this is MORE great stuff, trust me (MIGHT even have a WOXY lounge act, have to check).... anyway, LOTS more to come, LOTS, so stay tuned.
SUMMER SUN-01 Beach Party Tonight/02 Little Eyes/03 Nothing But You and Me/04 Season of the Shark/05 Today Is the Day/06 Tiny Birds/07 How To Make a baby Elephant Float/08 Georgia vs. Yo La Tengo/09 Don't Have to Be So Sad/10 Winter A Go-Go/11 Moonrock Mambo/12 Let's be Still/13 Take Care
I AM NOT AFRAID OF YOU AND I WILL BEAT YOUR ASS-01 Pass Me the Hatchet, I THink I'm Goodkind/02 Beanbag Chair/03 I Feel Like Going Home/04 Mr Tough/05 Black Flowers/06 The Race Is On Again/07 The Room Got Heavy/08 Sometimes I Don't Get You/09 Daphnia/10 I Should Have Known Better/11 Watch Out For Me Ronnie/12 The Weakest Part/13 Song For Mahalia/14 Point and Shoot/15 The Story of Yo La Tango
FADE-01 Ohm/02 Is That Enough/03 Well You Better/04 Paddle Forward/05 Stupid THings/06 I'll Be Around/07 Cornelia and Jane/08 Two Trains/09 The Point of It/10 Before We Run
Dont think this is close to finished though.......there is so much more material here it will make your head spin!