let's play two!
  • MONDAY, AUGUST 24, 2009

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More videos from Yo La Tengo's upcoming release Popular Songs; this time to the tune of "Avalon or Something Very Similar" and "Nothing to Hide". The first treatment is sort of trippy in its' odd, geometric configurations. There is the soft green meadow of what looks like Brooklyn's Prospect Park. Kites shoot up in the air (flying machines reminiscent of their previous video, in a way), and triangle cut outs, all dancing on a line, courtesy of a stop motion approach. Not sure what director John McSwain's getting at here. But the results are somewhat mesmerizing. Don't be surprised if you trail off through the peace of it all.






"Nothing to Hide" finds the band taking a different sort of approach, and getting pretty darn cute in the process. In what looks like a classic, early 90's video, pals Times New Viking step in to play the role of Yo La Tengo, gigging at a poorly attended in-store at Lost Weekend Records. Again, not many folks show up so the band resorts to collecting their own payment. Unfortunately, the video ends on a punch line at Times New Viking's expense. All in good fun though.






Popular Songs will be released via Matador on September 8th, 2009. Yo La Tengo currently has a fairly lengthy tour in support of the record planned. Check out the dates below.

Yo La Tengo on Tour


Sep 15 - Higher Ground - Burlington, Vermont
Sep 16 - Wilbur Theater - Boston, Massachusetts
Sep 17 - 9:30 Club - Washington, Washington DC
Sep 18 - Carolina Theater - Durham, North Carolina
Sep 19 - Variety Playhouse - Atlanta, Georgia
Sep 21 - The Orange Peel - Asheville, North Carolina
Sep 22 - Bijou Theatre - Knoxville, Tennessee
Sep 23 - Headliners Music Hall - Louisville, Kentucky
Sep 24 - Stuart's Opera House - Nelsonville, Ohio
Sep 25 - Roseland Ballroom - New York, New York
Oct 2 - Le National - Montreal
Oct 3 - Opera House - Toronto
Oct 5 - Beachland Ballroom - Cleveland, Ohio
Oct 6 - Vic Theatre - Chicago, Illinois
Oct 7 - First Ave - Minneapolis, Minnesota
Oct 9 - The Slowdown - Omaha, Nebraska
Oct 10 - The Ogden - Denver, Colorado
Oct 11 - Belly Up - Aspen, Colorado
Oct 12 - Urban Lounge - Salt Lake City, Utah
Oct 14 - Marquee - Phoenix, Arizona
Oct 15 - Avalon - Los Angeles, California
Oct 16 - Soma - San Diego, California
Oct 17 - Rio - Santa Cruz, California
Oct 18 - Treasure Island Festival - San Francisco, California
Oct 20 - Crystal Ballroom - Portland, Oregon
Oct 21 - Commodore - Vancouver
Oct 22 - Showbox Sodo - Seattle, Washington
Nov 5 - Tripod - Dublin
Nov 6 - ABC1 - Glasgow
Nov 7 - Academy 2 - Manchester
Nov 8 - The Roundhouse - London
Nov 10 - Forum - Bielefeld
Nov 11 - Het Depot - Leuven
Nov 12 - Melkweg - Amsterdam
Nov 14 - Gra Hal - Copenhagen
Nov 15 - Cosmopolite - Oslo
Nov 17 - Kagelbanan - Stockholm
Nov 18 - Mejeriet - Lund
Nov 19 - Markthalle Hamburg
Nov 20 - Crossing Border Festival - Den Hague
Nov 22 - Zakk - Dusseldorf
Nov 23 - Postbahnhof - Berlin
Nov 25 - Hipnoza Club - Katowice
Nov 26 - Arena - Vienna
Nov 27 - Fri-Son - Fribourg
Nov 28 - Auditorium Flog - Florence
Nov 30 - Bataclan - Paris
Dec 4 - All Tomorrow's Parties - Minehead

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