Back in 1990, Yo La Tengo released an album called Fakebook, which featured mostly cover songs with a few new originals scattered throughout. On August 28th, they’ll release the spiritual follow-up to that record, Stuff Like That There, via Matador Records. The album marks not only the return of YLT’s brand of indie rock re-workings, but also a reunion with original member Dave Schramm.
The first we heard from the new LP was the band’s version of Special Pillow’s “Automatic Doom”; now, they’ve shared a far more recognizable cover in the form of “Friday I’m in Love” by The Cure. YLT’s rendition of the classic track is carefully stripped back acoustic take, focused largely on gentle guitar strums and a steady, spares drum that never encroaches on the lighter notes of singer Georgia Hubley.
However, the song’s video is another thing entirely. Hubley walks through the streets of Hoboken, NJ singing the song without a care in the world. Meanwhile, the world cares a great deal about her signing, as it’s causing giant exploding hearts to rain down on the Earth in a sort of twee armageddon. Check it out below.
YLT has a string of tour dates supporting Stuff Like That, and you can find those here. Below, check out the album’s tracklist.
Stuff Like That There Tracklist:
01. My Heart’s Not in It (Darlene McCrea)
03. I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry (Hank Williams)
04. All Your Secrets (remake of track from Popular Songs)
05. The Ballad of Red Buckets (remake of track from Electr-o-pura)
06. Friday I’m in Love (The Cure)
07. Before We Stopped to Think (Great Plains)
08. Butchie’s Tune (The Lovin’ Spoonful)
09. Automatic Doom (Special Pillow)
11. I Can Feel the Ice Melting (The Parliaments)
12. Naples (Antietam)
13. Deeper Into Movies (remake of track from I Can Hear the Heart Beating as One)
14. Somebody’s in Love (The Cosmic Rays with Le Sun Ra and Arkestra)