Black Lips @ Williamsburg Waterfront in July (more by Bao Nguyen)
Black Lips

NY Times. As an experiment I put your name into Pandora, the Internet radio service, to see if any of these other bands came up as references, and they didn't. But Lambchop and My Bloody Valentine are two bands I'm not surprised are on your list.

MS. HUBLEY of YLT: Lambchop is a band that has meant so much to us, musically and personally as well. We've become very good friends with them. I'm not sure how much we overlap, although I think we do some.

MR. KAPLAN of YLT: I think we overlap a lot with them actually. I hear their music in things we've done; I hear our music in things they've done. I first heard them [15 years ago] at the Merge Records five-year anniversary. I was just completely blown away. It may not have been until the Black Lips that I saw another band onstage that I'd never heard and thought, "Wow, that's amazing."

That helps explain (not that it needs explaining) why the Black Lips are opening for Yo La Tengo at Roseland Ballroom in NYC on September 25th. Tickets are still on sale.

Check out the rest of that NY Times article for more on what Yo La Tengo are listening to (including their Matador labelmate Kurt Vile). Yo La Tengo's Popular Songs will be out September 8th on Matador. "Here to Fall" and "Periodically Double Or Triple" from the record are re-posted above.

Not mentioned in the New York Times article, are Times New Viking, who are also YLT's labelmate, have opened for then on Hanukkah, and who star in YLT's new new video for the song "Nothing To Hide" (re-posted below).

The Roseland show is part of an extensive fall tour in support of Popular Songs. Those dates, along with a series of videos all from the new album (they've been releasing one each week), are posted in full below...

Yo La Tengo - "Nothing To Hide"

Yo La Tengo - Here to Fall

Yo La Tengo - "Periodically Double Or Triple"

Yo La Tengo - "Avalon Or Someone Very Similar"

One or two more videos like these will be released before the album is released. Dates...

Yo La Tengo - 2009 Tour Dates
September 15 Winooski, VT Higher Ground
September 16 Boston, MA Wilbur Theater
September 17 Washington, DC 9:30 Club
September 18 Durham, NC Carolina Theater
September 19 Atlanta, GA Variety Playhouse
September 21 Asheville, NC Orange Peel
September 22 Knoxville, TN Bijou Theater
September 23 Louisville, KY Headliners
September 24 Nelsonville, OH Stuart's Opera House
September 25 New York, NY Roseland (NYC)
October 02 Montreal, QC Le National
October 03 Toronto, ON Opera House
October 05 Cleveland, OH Beachland Tavern
October 06 Chicago, IL The Vic
October 07 Minneapolis, MN First Avenue
October 09 Omaha, NE Slowdown
October 10 Denver, CO Ogden
October 11 Solano Beach, CA Belly Up Tavern
October 12 Salt Lake City, UT Urban Lounge
October 14 Phoenix, AZ Marquee Theater
October 15 Los Angeles, CA Avalon
October 16 San Diego, CA Soma
October 17 Santa Cruz, CA Rio Theater
October 18 San Francisco, CA 100% Equal Festival
October 20 Portland, OR Crystal Ballroom
October 21 Vancouver, BC Commodore Ballroom
October 22 Seattle, WA Showbox