Yo La Tengo share remastered “Tom Courtenay” video from “Electr-o-pura” reissue
Yo La Tengo's 1995 album Electr-o-Pura is getting a 25th Anniversary reissue by Matador on September 4 as part of the label's "Revisionist History" series. To celebrate they've just put up a remastered version of the "Tom Courtenay" video on YouTube which marks the first-ever official posting of the clip on streaming services. Directed by Phil Morrison, who would go on to make Junebug, the video has Ira, Georgia and James finally getting their big break -- with a chance to open for the reunited Beatles at NYC's very intimate Mercury Lounge. It's a fantastic video with a whole bunch of cameos and even more Beatles in-jokes, and if you've never seen it, it's never looked better. Watch below.
Along with the video, Yo La Tengo met up with Morrison via Zoom to talk about the making of the video, including how the real Tom Courtenay almost played The Beatles' manager, a special appearance by Marshall Crenshaw (who plays a major role in the original video) and more. Watch that below as well.
Meanwhile, Ira Kaplan and Georgia Hubley both feature on "Already Gone," a new track from CARM, aka yMusic co-founder CJ Camerieri who has played in Bon Iver and Paul Simon's live band and collaborated with The National, Sufjan Stevens, John Legend, The Tallest Man on Earth and more. "Already Gone" is on Justin Vernon and Aaron & Bryce Dessner's 37d03d label. “I am so thrilled that my debut project CARM has found its most natural home at 37d03d,” says CJ. “This music couldn’t have been made without the support and encouragement of this community of musicians and the collaborative spirit of the label is what I strive for with all of the music I make.”
Check out a gallery from Yo La Tengo's 2019 Hanukkah series at Bowery Ballroom.