Merry Early Christmas, Here’s A New Yo La Tengo Song

You’re probably on your way out the office door by now, ready to go home for the holidays or work through them or drink yourself into oblivion, whichever. But before you do, here’s one last little musical stocking stuffer to nurse your hangover or lull you into your food coma, a new track from Yo La Tengo’s upcoming Fade, out January 15th. "Ohm," a delightful, fuzzy sort of number with plenty of "doot doot doots" at the end, is accompanied by a time-lapse video of a tree in Portland’s Overlook Park. Spoiler alert: The tree doesn’t move much, to which someone who doesn’t like Yo La Tengo would probably be like, "Guess that tree is bored listening to Yo La Tengo too! Hey-o!"

Says YLT’s Ira Kaplan in the YouTube Description:

"I am reminded of the oddball great Beach Boys song ‘A Day in the Life of a Tree,’ from Surf’s Up and sung on that record by their manager at the time Jack Rieley (adequate vocalists obviously being hard to come by in the Beach Boys proper), covered once and only once by YLT—Sept. 17, 1998, at Maxwell’s."

Yeah, I guess I could see the resemblance. Anyway, Yo La Tengo. Happy holidays, everyone! 

10 ‘Indie’ Albums From 10 Years Ago That Are Better Than Interpol’s ‘Turn On The Bright Lights’

Matador on December 4th will release the 10th Anniversary Double LP of Interpol’s Turn On The Bright Lights. (“All pre-orders include exact replica Interpol pin from the era,” too, so act fast!) I don’t know about you guys, but my relationship with this album never went beyond zoning out to “Untitled”—or maybe “NYC,” if I was feeling especially moody. Here’s the stuff that came out in 2002 and was vastly better. Just sayin’.

The Notwist — Neon Golden

Boards Of Canada — Geogaddi

Lambchop — Is A Woman

The Walkmen — Everyone Who Pretended To Like Me Is Gone

Imperial Teen — On

Mclusky — Mclusky Do Dallas

Luna — Romantica

Belle & Sebastian — Storytelling

Sleater-Kinney — One Beat

Broken Social Scene — You Forgot It In People

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Lee Ranaldo Goes ‘Off The Wall’

When Thurston Moore and Kim Gordon announced they were splitting up after infinite years of being together (or so it seemed), a million indie rockers cried out in unison. But what about the other members of Sonic Youth? Guitarist Lee Ranaldo and drummer Steve Shelley have invested just as much in the band, and with an indefinite hiatus likely in the cards, they would have to rebound quickly and get new projects going, lest they squander all of that carefully built-up alternative credibility. Shelley currently plays in Chicago rock band Disappears, but Ranaldo is striking out more distinctly: he’s releasing a solo album on March 20, entitled Between the Time and the Tides, from which you can hear the first single, "Off The Wall." Via Matablog, click here to give it a listen.

It’s jangly and brusque and upbeat, just as you’ve come to expect from the guitar hero. As Stereogum points out, the album has a hell of a players’ club: Shelley and long-time SY producer John Agnello are involved, as are Wilco wunderkind Nels Cline and the multi-talented John Medeski. This is going to be rock music, experimental in parts but propulsive and rollicking and all that. (All of the adjectives in the world, basically.) Watch out for March 20, when Between the Time and the Tides drops via Matador.