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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