Re: 30+ Year-Old Bands
posted at 3/22/2013 11:38 AM EDT
In response to MattyScornD's comment:
In response to yogafriend's comment:
Anyone? Opinions on Yo La Tengo? I'd make a thread, but I'm not sure it would be quite right coming from me, although I am quite taken with what I know of them.
Great band. Dreamy, diverse, noisy, ambitious stuff. Not rock in a typical sense, but more of a jazzy chamber pop. "Painful" was my first intro to the band, heavy as I was into Sonic Youth and the Velvets. Saw them play with Sebadoh around the same time.
Since then, they kind of faded in and out of my vision - usually on soundtracks, i.e. "I Shot Andy Warhol". "I'm Not Afraid Of You..." is the last album I bought.
I love their cover of '4th Time Around" on the 'I'm Not There' soundtrack, among others. They have a penchant for covers, which they seem to be able to roll off effortlessly. A good friend used "You Can Have It All" as his wedding song.
I've only heard one song - "Is That Enough" - off of their latest LP, but it's solid as usual. It's definitely 'mood music' for me...very situational. Not surprised you would discover them.
Just as with Harper, there is much to explore....
They are definitely my somewhat usual cup of tea, it's true. :)
Been on my radar for about 2-3 years, but I just didn't pursue, as they would go off and on, and you know, so much music, so little focus. I saw someone with the band's name as her handle 2-3 years ago, in a discussion forum about other topics, which is how I found out about them in the first place.
Could have knocked me over w/a feather that they were founded in the 80's (rather than the 90's) and are now going on their 30th.
The timing is that they had a new release in January 2013; that put them on my radar for a purchase once and for all.
The new album, "Fade" (funny you said they "faded in and out ...") looks perfect for me. Lots of long-standing fans think it's a great album, but may not feel the need to buy "more of the same" (fits nicely in with their catalog) -- what I found is that "I'm Not Afraid of You" is one of the most mentioned albums, along with "I Can Hear the Heart Beating as One" and " ...?? " And then Turned Inside Out" (might have this a bit off) ... in any event, I put the new album into my cart on Amazon, and there it will stay.
See, it's easy as pie for me to come in on a band like this, with a dozen albums to their credit -- it's the bees and honey. Lots of long-standing fans already have what they view as their "masterpieces" so as much as they love the band, they may pass on "Fade" because it's more of the same, whereas for (people like) me, it's just the beginning.
BTW, did you see that "Low" just popped out a new album like a week ago or so? Just when I said I had to stop buying music that all sounded the same ... (but it doesn't sound the same to me-- that's the problem).
There is, however, no place like home. :D