Yo La Tengo release new LP ‘We Have Amnesia Sometimes’ (listen), announce livestream shows
On Monday, Yo La Tengo finally joined Bandcamp and began sharing recordings from recent freeform jams done in their practice space. They've released one every day this week, and today's is a nine-minute piece of gorgeous ambience titled "Ira searches for the slide, sort of (Friday)."
The five recordings shared on Bandcamp this week all also make up a new EP titled We Have Amnesia Sometimes which is out now and will be released on vinyl in October via Matador. (Order yours.) You can stream the whole thing, and read a note about it from the band, below.
To celebrate, Yo La Tengo will play two ticketed livestream shows -- Saturday, July 18 at 9 PM EDT and Sunday, July 19 at 1 PM EDT -- under the name "We Have Amnesia Live." The sets will be "unique 30-45 minute performances of music generated in the 'formless' style of the Amnesia recordings." Tickets will be $10 and all proceeds from the event will benefit the Brennan Center For Justice, "a nonpartisan law and policy institute fighting for democracy to ensure our elections are fair, to end mass incarceration, and to preserve civil liberties."
If you’ve spent any time hanging out with us at our rehearsal space in Hoboken — that pretty much covers none of you — you’ve heard us playing formlessly (he said, trying to sidestep the word “improvising”). Most of the songs we’ve written in the last 25 years have begun that way, but often we do it for no other reason than to push away the outside world.
In late April, with the outside world weighing on everybody, we determined that the three of us could assemble in Hoboken without disobeying the rules laid out by Governor Murphy, and resumed . . . “practicing” hardly describes it, because we’ve done no practicing per se, and anyway what would we be practicing for . . . playing. James set up one microphone in the middle of the room in case we stumbled on something useful for the future. Instead we decided to release some of the things we did right now.