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14 Jan 13
For decades now eclectic indie pioneers Yo La Tengo have smothered our senses with a patchwork of fearless, rich musical textures. Each record containing more ideas in one bar than most bands achieve in a career. Fade is their 13th record since 1986 and is also one of their most tight and structured- 10 songs and 45 minutes in length. And lucky for us it’s a joy. The opening "Ohm" is a manta- like, almost- krautrock lumbering elephant of a song, disappearing into squalling feedback at its close.
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20 Mar 12
“Songs can go a million ways” states Lee Ranaldo in the liner notes for his new album Between The Times and The Tides.  With a line-up including Sonic Youth partner in crime Steve Shelley and additional help from musical Zelig Jim O’Rourke (himself once part of the Sonic Youth set up) Ranaldo tries to demonstrate this from the off.